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Public Works,Ferry Companies Cant Reach Agreement on Operating ContractPage 7 After Weeks of No Work, Concrete Is Poured on Centerline HolePage 3 March 24-30, 2014 Copyright 2014 Senator Defends Cockghting in Face of New Federal Animal Fighting LawPage 5Photos by Steve Simonsen Frolicking by St. John: World renowned St. John photographer and resident Steve Simonsen captured this majestic Humpback whale around 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. Steve compares his readiness during whale season to a were two adult humpback whales who were quite active with continuous breeching and tail slapping, according to Simonsen. Parents, Residents and Senators Rally Behind Guy H. Benjamin SchoolPage 4
2 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson email@example.com NEWS EDITOR Jaime Elliott firstname.lastname@example.org COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Milam, Mauri Elbel, Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd, Bob Malacarne, Raven Philips NEWSLINE (340) 776-6496 www.tradewinds.vi email@example.com ADVERTISING firstname.lastname@example.org MAILING ADDRE SS Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 CIRCULATION Call the newsline to be added as a newsstand site SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. & U.S.V.I. only $90.00 per year email: email@example.com THIRD CLASS PERMIT U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 3 St. John, VI 00831 COPYRIGHT 2014 All rights reserved. No reproduction of news stories, letters, columns, photographs or advertisements allowed without written permission from the publisher. TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCThe Community Newspaper Since 1972 By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds Ask Oriel Smith the names of the 11 donkeys that have been born into the herd he oversees at the Caneel Bay Resort and you may get some insight into what he might chose for the name of the latest edition. But Smith is asking the public to help in naming the female born at 11:45 a.m. on March 7 at Caneels Hawksnest Bay Beach, the latest addition to the Caneel Herd which currently numbers 13. Smith over the years has named at least 10 babies distinctive names such as Sugar Millie and Christmas and Eva, a mother and daughter who showed up at the resort on Christmas day a few years ago. That baby and mama now will not leave me, said Smith. Everywhere I go that mommy and baby are following me. I can barely make them out in the distance and they are coming for me, This one is so so special, he said of the new female. For now mother and baby are getting to know each other in the privacy Caneel has offered to celebrities and politicians for years. They are staying between Scott Beach, Turtle Bay and Hawksnest, Smith said of the resorts more secluded beaches. Another couple of days shell come down, but mommas keeping her there for now.Newest Addition to Oriels Donkey Herd at Caneel Bay Resort Needs Name The newest edition to above, was born on March 7. VITEMA Town Meetings Territorywide on VI Hazard Mitigation PlanThe Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is updating the USVI State Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify activities that can be undertaken by both the public and private sectors to reduce property damage caused by hurricanes, As part of the process, VITEMA is holding town meetings ter ritorywide to provide residents the opportunity to become actively involved in developing mitigation strategies that reduce or elimiwill be held: VITEMA Emergency Operations Center, 8&9 King Cross Street, Christiansted on St. Croix. Sprauve School auditorium on St. John. larly on St. John where theyre toted to the beach by the thousands. But its a well-known fact that these plastic bottles, many of which are left behind by hikers and beach-goers, have adverse affects on the environment. The Island Green Living Association will take an in-depth look at the big business of bottled water at its Thursday, March 27, Green Thursdays seminar at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill Schools upper campus atrium. IGLA will screen Tapped, a 2009 documentary by directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey, which examines the effects of the bottled water industry on the environment. Tapped investi gates everything from the production of the bottles to their journey in the ocean, where many of them unfortunately end up. The documentary also discusses the issue of whether water should be a basic human right, or a commodity to be bought and sold. Everyone is welcome to attend the movie screening. Please bring a cushion. For more information on IGLA, visit www.iglavi. org. Stay tuned for an announcement on IGLAs April 24 Green Thursdays event, St. John in Layers: Maps of Paradise An Aer ial Tour of St. John.IGLA To Address Bottled Water Crisis with March 27 Screening of Tapped First Annual St. John Blues Blowout March 29 at Winston Wells Ball FieldGet ready for the blues, Love City! The night will feature music by Samantha Fish, Johnny Rawls, Anthony Gomes and T.C. Carr with proceeds going to St. John Rescue. And dont miss the chance to hear T.C. Carr jamming out on Friday night, March 28, at Cruz Bay Landing, starting at 8 p.m., where tickets for the main concert will be available for purchase. Tickets for St. John Blues Blowout, hosted by the St. John Blues Society, are $35 in advance, and will be more at the door. Tickets are available at Connections, Chelsea Drug Stores, Ronnies Pizza, Kilroys Laundry, Gecko Gazebo in Cruz Bay. For more information about the concert, how to help or to donate, call Ronnie Klingsberg at Ronnies Pizza at (340) 693-7700.
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds More than two months after beginning emer gency repair work on a section of Centerline Road, there has been slow, if any, progress at the site until one day last week. It took more than three years and numer ous phone calls and petitions from residents from when the road was initially damaged awarded the federally funded project to Island Roads Corporation. More than two months later, with such slow progress at the site, residents are again voicing frustration. When are they ever going to resume work on our road, asked one resident. Centerline Road is the sole federal highway connecting Coral Bay and Cruz Bay. Several portions of the road, including an area near the Upper Carolina subdivision, were initially damaged in the wake of heavy rains from Tropical than place orange cones in the area until heavy rain in May 2013 sent a section of the road tumbling down the hillside. Since May of last year Centerline Road has been passable only in one lane near the Upper ued assessing damage, drawing up plans and Administration. Finally, in January 2014, DPW issued the contract to Island Roads and crews moved planned $1 million project which was expected to last nine months. Island Roads crews erected two sets of stop around the two gaping holes in Centerline Road near Upper Carolina. Crews dug out the holes, put rebar in place and seemed to be ready to pour concrete when work halted. While DPW Commissioner Darryl Smalls did not return St. John Tradewinds phone calls Road repairs, several Island Roads crew mem bers said the hold-up was between DPW and Department of Planning and Natural Resources over permits which were not in place. The project was stalled for at least three worried that the now even larger holes would ter trucks, concrete trucks, school buses and more. Right now there are just boards holding up the road, said one Coral Bay resident. That wont last forever. Finally on Wednesday morning, March 19, an Island Roads crew was at the Centerline Road site ready to pour concrete. While the truck didnt arrive until the afternoon, residents were not complaining. They were going fast until there was some kind of hiccup, said a Coral Bay citizen. Then there were three weeks of nothing. Now supposedly everything is supposed to be worked out; well see. Im just glad they got some concrete in there, said another Coral Bay resident. They came in and made the hole bigger and then they didnt come back for a while. While it seemed that whatever was holding up the project over the past several weeks had been alleviated, there was no further sign of activity at the road site following the March 19 concrete pour. This is just way too slow, said a resident. Seems like its going to take much longer than they originally planned because there is never anyone working there. St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 3 Thursday, Mar. 27thSt. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott After Weeks of No Work, Concrete Is Poured on Centerline Road HoleINDEXBusiness Directory ..............24 Church Directory .................22 Crime Stoppers ...................23 Cryptoquip ...........................21 Letters ............................16-17 Obituaries ............................18 Police Log ...........................23 Real Estate ....................26-27
By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds As rumors swirl across the island of the Department of Educations plan to shutter Guy Benjamin School, parents, residents the small Coral Bay elementary school. ond grade classes from GBS to Julius E. Sprauve School just before the beginning of this school year, further cutting the small Coral Bay elementary schools decreasing enrollment. At recent meetings DOE Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory has spoken about looking at options other than an elementary school at GBS. formed the school of any decisions, FrettGregory and St. Thomas/St. John District Superintendent Jeanette Smith-Barry have cited the cost of running the school at about $1.1 million for a student body of 55. While the decision to close schools is solely the discretion of DOE, St. Thomas/ St. John District Senator Donald Cole and St. John Senator at Large Craig Barshinger have joined the chorus of voices urging Whether or not the school is going to be closed is a concern for parents, teachers and stakeholders, said Cole. That decision is basically in the hands of the executive branch and the Department of Education. As the Chair of the Committee on Educa tion and Workforce Development, I went over and met with the staff. I found the school to be one of the most conducive learning environments in all of the schools that I have visited in the terri tory, said Cole. And I saw a serious community participation in the school. It was impressive to see what is going on at Guy Benjamin School. Crunching the numbers supplied by DOE, Barshinger urged residents to register their children for GBS during the districts early registration period. What we did was we looked at the hisschool and we broke it down really clearly, said Barshinger. Enrollment at the school has fallen to about 55 and it costs $1.1 mil lion to keep the school open. The department was looking at closing the school entirely and we said what if there were 100 students at the school. said that if there were 100 students registered at GBS, they wouldnt have a choice, Barshinger said. Theyd have to keep the school open. The Senator at Large asked residents who intended to register their children at GBS to 67 students who planned to be registered at GBS. When the need to transfer kindergarten Cole explained. The controversy started in the beginning of the school year when the DOE said they didnt have enough teachers for kindergar grades to JESS, said Cole. It was not an enrollment issue, it was about lack of teach ers. Now theyre morphing this argument into being about enrollment. education and can not be duplicated at JESS Cruz Bay campus, explained Barshinger. DOE is not a villain here, they are just said the Senator at Large. Their commit ment to early education, however, is not strong. They think if it works at GBS well move it to JESS and well have excellent early learning there. Theyre thinking like bureaucrats and I suspect that theyre wrong, said Barshinger. The feeling of GBS and the overall spaciousness of the campus has a country school feel. By every common sense and by test score measures, its an excellent environment for early learning. been talking for years about building a new school out of Cruz Bay and relocating JESS. would move students to a school they hope to one day relocate. For years weve advocated moving JESS out of Cruz Bay and now you want to move a bunch more students into Cruz Bay, said Cole. JESS may be able to house the students but look at the school grounds; its landlocked in the middle of Cruz Bay sandwiched between bars, said Barshinger. Do you think that is an ideal environment for early learning? We want our kids to have some breathing room. Barshinger is urging any parents across the island who want to see GBS remain open to register their children during DOEs early registration session this Monday, March 24, at JESS from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unless we act decisively now, were in great risk of losing GBS, said Barshinger. This is a call to arms. If the excellence of GBS were lost it would be tragic. The time for parents to act is sooner rather than later, Barshinger added. If DOE closes the school people will get up in arms, but the time to get up in arms is now and register your children during the early registration, he said. If you wait school, you will have no choice but to register them at JESS. We have the ability to ensure the vibrant early learning environment of GBS for our children for years to come. needs, education should be more important, Cole explained. but somewhere along the line there should Cole. And you should have two schools on St. John to have choices. DOE is hosting an early registration session on Monday, March 24, at JESS from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.4 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 Parents, Residents and Senators Rally Behind Guy Benjamin School www.igbavi.org www.facebook.com/Island GreenLivingAssociationThe ReSource Depot is located at Git Hill & CenterlineShop and donate at the ReSource Depot Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please join usThursday, March 27 5:30 p.m. Git Hill School upper campus atriumWell screen the lm Tapped and discuss the issue of bottled water. Everyone is welcome! April 24 : St. John in Layers: Maps of Paradise An Aerial Tour of St. John Dont miss this wonderful evening of art, music and wine! FRIDAY NIGHT FETE BEST OF BOTH WORLDSMarch 28, 2014 6-9 P.M. Mongoose Junction, St. John LIVE MUSIC & ART ANIA WILSONWEARABLE ART HAND-MADE JEWELRYPRIZE DRAWING WINE TASTINGat ISLAND CORK Whether or not the school is going to be closed is a concern for parents, teachers and stakeholders. That decision is basically in the hands of the executive branch and the Department of Education.
By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds St. Croix Senator Alicia Chucky Hansen, most recently in the headlines for voting against a measure to remove V.I. law exempting spouses from rape, is a new federal law making it a federal crime to attend The federal laws and our territorial laws do not align, and so our people are rightfully concerned about whether they can participate in this activity that has been a part of the Virgin Islands culture and tradition for many, many years, said Hansen in a press release to Congress to obtain an exception to the new federal that did not happen, and now theres confusion. The Farm Bill, which was signed into law last month by President Barack Obama, makes it a federal Islands Department of Justice is awaiting an opinion from the Solicitor General on whether the law will under territorial law, Chief Deputy Attorney General Wayne Anderson said earlier this month. The V.I. Police Department is also waiting to hear spokesperson Melody Rames said earlier this month. Recent testimony by Delegate to Congress Donna in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Christensen submitted a statement to the V.I. Legislature last week stating the intent of the Farm Bill was to ban attendance in places all 50 U.S. states, and is legal in all U.S. territories. Despite her testimony and Hansens support of bring an end to animal cruelty in the Virgin Islands once and for all. As a 12th generation Virgin Islander, I can tell OUR culture, St. Thomian Alana Mawson said in a letter to senators in the wake of the Farm Bills passage. It is part of a lowlife culture that was brought here from elsewhere and it is now time for it to be eliminated. There is nothing cultural to be proud of cess just so one can gamble on it. St. John Animal Care Center manager Ryan Moore made illegal in the territory. but they dont have razor blades tied to their legs in the wild, he said. Thats the big issue. Its illegal in the states and we feel it should be illegal here. St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 5 Virgin Islands Senator Defends Cockghting in Face of New Federal Animal Fighting LawThe federal laws and our territorial laws do not align, and so our people are rightfully concerned about whether they can participate in this activity that has been a part of the Virgin Islands culture and tradition for many, many years. Fresh from the SeaSt. John Tradewinds News Photos by Tom Oat all the wary mariner would say. Happy Holidays! S END LETTERS G U EST OPINIONS & OBITUARIES TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds After skipping St. John in her Saturday, March 15, announcements of her candidacy for Gover nor on St. Croix and St. Thomas, Del. to Congress Donna Christensen brought her 2014 campaign to Love City on Sunday, March 16. As the 2014 political campaign season warms up, Christensen literally turned up the volume on her campaign with running mate Lt. Governor candidate Basil Ottley Jr. for a large crowd moving to the beat of a live music at the Frank Powell Park bandstand late into the evening. Christensen, who had served as a U.S. Virgin Islands Democratic Party National Committeeto Congress as Dr. Donna Christian Green in 1995. I ran because it was an open seat and people started asking me to run, Christensen said. I hesitated, she admitted. You have to take a lot of licks in politics. In the 2014 gubernatorial race, Christensen acknowledges her almost 20 years of Washington experience give her the tools and contacts to work with Washington. D.C., to resolve the territorys fesI never wanted to be Gover nor, Christensen said during a lull early in the Sunday evening event. I thought about it, but it was not something I wanted to do. Im not one to not do something because its too hard, Christensen added. Christensen postponed her St. John kick-off in deference to the funeral of St. Johnian Magarbi Matthews in Cruz Bay on March 8, which was attended by the Delegate, Governor John P. deJongh 6 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 Del. Donna Christensen Brings Campaign For V.I. Governor to St. John Supporters ST. JOHN S LAW FIRM SINCE 1989Real Estate / Land Use / Environmental / Trusts and Estates / Probate Business Entities / Consulting / Litigation / Personal InjuryLocated at beautiful Est. Lindholm, aboe Asolare, 340-693-8255, www.stjohnilaw.comJ. Brion Morrisette & Raf Muilenburg, Partners Clyde Murphree, Of Counsel St. John Tradewinds News Photo File by Tom Oat Advocate for Homeless Seeking Donations members while consulting The Marketplace. and distributing collection jars to help support the homeless on St. John. St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat
St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 7 By T om Oat St. John Tradewinds Four weeks after Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said the government-owned St. John-St. Thomas ferries were ready to be put into operation and two weeks after Comm. Smalls said the Guard inspections, the multimillion-dollar vessels are sitting in Crown Bay. Sitting in the shadows of the cruise ships since last fall, the sleek, gleaming vessels are caught in an apparent stand-off between the government and reluctant ferry franchisees Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services, Public Works has to get serious about a contract, said Delrise Varlack of Varlack Ventures. The ferry companies have not been able to complete a contract with the Department of Public Works to operate the governmentowned vessels, Varlack said. spections of the new ferries the V.I. government is providing to the two ferry franchisees serving the Red Hook, St. Thomas, to St. John route. in published reports on Friday, March 7, that inspections. scheduled the inspections and drills when contacted by Tradewinds as late as Friday, March 14. We have not been scheduled for an inspection, U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson Ricardo Castrodad said Tuesday, March 11. Late January Deadline Missed In late January, Smalls told Tradewinds the ferries would be in service by the end of February. The ferries, which were built in Louisiana and cost $3.25 million each, were paid for with federal funds. They will be owned by the government and leased to Transpor tation Services and Varlack Ventures, which have share the franchise for ferry service between Red Hook and Cruz Bay. The vessels already underwent their major inspections stateside before comTradewinds. The ferries underwent sea trials in late October 2013 and, after initial USCG invessels arrived in in the territory in November. The vessels arrived in Cruz Bay in early cation ceremony, complete with champagne christening, December 6. They must undergo New to Zone inspection under the supervision of the Captain of the Port of San Juan before commencing operation in the USVI, according to USCG They already have received their Cer said. If everything is in order, inspections USCG spokesperson said. When they are scheduled. The ferry companies had to decide which company would operate which ferry and assign crew before the vessels can undergo Its not that time-consuming or lengthy an inspection, Castrodad said. The safety inspections will include drills the vessel operation and safety procedures, the USCG spokesperson added. There was still no announcement on which company was assigned the ferry named Cruz Bay 1 and which company will be operating the ferry christened Red Hook 1 .Public Works has to get serious about a contract. Delrise Varlack of Varlack Ventures. Public Works and Ferry Companies Cant Reach Agreement on Operating Contract The St. John Historical Society would like to thank the following businesses for their help in making our 40th anniversary party special: And our biggest thanks goes to our anonymous $100,000 donor. To contribute to our goal of building a new home visit www.facebook.com/stjohnhistoricalsociety or email email@example.com. Thank you!
8 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Despite a land dispute between property owners of the beach, the 18th Annual Flotilla to support Guy Benjamin School drew a huge crowd to Hansen Bay on the islands East End on Saturday afternoon, March 22. Hosted by the Coral Bay Yacht Club, the Flotilla featured a day sail, DJ music and great food while raising money for the small, Coral Bay public elementary school GBS. Students in the school get to sail to the party aboard the Coral Bay Tall Ship Silver Cloud thanks to the generous Captain Elliot Hooper. This year three GBS students even steered the 100-foot long schooner off its anchor as she made her way to the beach party. En route, Delroy Ital Anthony entertained the students with music and drumming. About 20 CBYC members sailed their boats over to the beach from Coral Bay harbor, offering a great deal, $40, for residents to hop Flotilla Supporters Pack Hansen Bay Beach, Raise $12K for GBS www.facebook.com/yelena.rogers.photographyYelena Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757 Sunday 10am HAWKSNEST BEACH facebook Freshwater Church St. John USVITerry Lansdale, Pastor 340.514.6578(CHILDCARE AVAILABLE) aboard with all proceeds going to the school. Other attendees were welcome to drive to the beach and pay a $20 entry fee, where a huge spread of local treats from BBQ ribs to stewed chicken and fresh grilled hamburgers and hot dogs were enticing. Attendance tickets coupled with to win $500 cash or a weekend stay at Estate Concordia Ecoresort helped the event raise about $12,000 for GBS. Enjoying the day under sunny skies, many attendees were trying not to let the obvious tension between the Hansen Bay Beach landowners put a damper on the event. With permission from one of the two feuding property owners were prepared with their own tent and benches, which were all put to use. All of the benches on the western end of the beach were tagged with Private Property signs which numerous people said they were asked not to use by the adjacent landowner who was also in attendance. Seemingly oblivious to the tension on land, GBS students, family members and supporters splashed in the waves and enjoyed a beauti ful afternoon at the beach where a DJ kept the vibe upbeat all day. Before sailing away and drivKujawa of Kiote Sails winning the weekend at Concordia and Skinny Legs owner Doug Bean winning the cash prize. St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Elliott www.SkinnyLegs.comBe here even when you are thereCoral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook
St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 9 SJCF Impact Meeting Draws 50 Residents Ready To Help Set PrioritiesBy Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds tions to more than 40 local organizations helped St. John Comto establish priority goals at the groups annual Impact Meeting on Tuesday, March 18, at Bethany Moravian Church Hall. Taking information gathered at last years Impact Meeting, SJCF Executive Director Celia Kalousek compiled an online Angel Network which put the dizzying number of agencies on one-easy-to-navigate site. At this years Impact Meeting, Kalousek shared the new site and showed agency representatives how to edit their listings and join in online community discussions. The group also began the task of setting priorities in four main ar eas: youth development; environment and animal welfare; community enrichment; and health and human services. What I originally planned to have was a panel discussion about at last years meeting, said Kalousek. But the list included dozens of items in each of the impact areas. It wasnt my place to narrow them down. I read them all and had blank voting ballots so people wrote down their top priorities, Kalousek said. Even people who didnt make last weeks meeting will have a chance to share their opinions. This with a link on the groups website, www.thestjohnfoundation.org, so all residents can share their ideas, Kalousek added. priorities based on the meeting for people to vote and allow a write in spot so if what is important to you is not written down, you can add it, she said. It will be the voice of the community driving our priorities moving forward. As of press time Kalousek was still tallying the top priorities offered at last weeks SJCF Impact Meeting attendees. Ideas included building the new public school on St. John, improving the current recreation center and opening a youth recreation center in Coral Bay, launching a Cruz Bay shuttle, creating a food co-op, establish ing a bicycle and walking path on North Shore Road and more. Amazing stuff came out of the meeting, said Kalousek. In addition to weighing in on SJCF priorities, residents can also engage on topics important them, fering the help they need through the SJCF website. Individuals in need can go to one place and link to potential ser vice organizations that can help them, said Kalousek. Potential volunteers and philanthropists out what the priority needs are in the community, who is doing what to address those needs, and connect with any service organization from one easy access point. The network will facilitate collaborations between service providers, donors and community members for more effective and needs, said the SJCF Executive Director. The Angel Network allows the agencies themselves to announce their needs by being able to edit their information as needed, Kalousek added. Within this directory, these agencies are able to post their volunteer needs, wish list items and funding needs, activities and events that further support their cause, she said. They can also add valuable content to discussions about developing solutions to address current societal chal lenges. The whole point of the network is about creating positive change for the community and engaging residents which has been SJCFs mission since its inception, explained Kalousek. In preparation to celebrate our 25th anniversary in October of this year, SJCF urges residents and $25,000.00 REWARDFor information leading to the arrest and conviction for the murder of Jimmy Malfetti Some items that were stolen at the time of the murder of Jimmy Malfetti on January 18, 2014, in St. John, USVI46 HD Flat Screen TV Iphone 5S Bose Soundlink snorkel gear If anyone knows the whereabouts of these items, or info on his murder, please call CRIME STOPPERS or email: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com www.facebook.com/justiceforjimmymalfetti and help us build a stronger community, Kalousek said. Give, get involved, speak up, show up. Together we can make St. John a true paradise for everyone. For more information about the Angel Network and to take SJCFs survey, go to www.thestjohnfoundation.org. GBS Early Registration Monday, March 24, at JESS.
St. John Tradewinds Greetings from the members of St. John Rescue. February proved to be a busy month for the members of St. John Rescue. We conducted four training sessions, attended four St. John events and responded to eight calls for assistance. We currently have 23 active responding members including eight EMTs and one Paramedic. The balance of our members are EMRs (Emergency Medical Responders). However, we do realize that education and training is an ongoing process. Which explains why we train on a regular basis. St. John Rescue is the only agency on St. John that provides rappelling and extrication services. We know that we cannot fail to be prepared when it comes to these two skills. So we train on a regular basis. You may have seen us rappelling down steep hills throughout St. John. This is a potentially dangerous activity so we dedicate rappelling. In addition, we train regularly John Rescue has the only set of extrication tools on St. John. Our Power Hawk tool provides us with a powerful device that can cut up a vehicle that has someone trapped inside. We also have staused for a vehicle that is unstable or for a building that has collapsed. Our pillows are actually rugged air bags that can lift a fully loaded water truck. We have used these air bags to extricate a person who was trapped under a large truck. They are remarkably strong and easy to use. St. John Rescue provides free training to all its members. Anyone who lives on St. John is welcome to join our great organiza tion. Applications are available on line at www.stjohnrescue.org. You are welcome to attend our reguThursday of each month starting training sessions are hosted on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month starting at 7 p.m. and on the last Sunday starting at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend. You should see what we do. CPR T raining Available We offer CPR training on the second Saturday of each month starting at 9:30 a.m. To sign up, call 340-626-5118 or email star firstname.lastname@example.org The cost is $30. Everyone should know CPR. During the months of April and May we have trainers coming to us from the states to provide special ized training in Multiple Casualty 10 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 FEBRUARY RESPONSES Feb 1Patient Transfer from MKS Feb 2Patient Transfer from MKS Park Feb 3Patient Transfer from MKS Park Mamey Peak WE PROVIDED EMERGENCY MEDICAL COVERAGE FOR THE FOLLOWING EVENTS: concert comes to St. John at the Westin Feb 228 Tuff Miles We training in February: faculty at St. John Christian Feb 8CPR at our Feb 12Extrication training Feb26Rappelling training To The Rescue crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 www.stjohnweddingplanner.com www.katilady.com 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying Americas ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! Incidents, Incident Command, Patient Assessment, and emergency medicine. Thanks to our chief Pete Hassen and to our newly elected Secretary Bryan Barnes our 26 foot rescue boat Marine One is fully operational and ready to respond to any emergency on the water. At our annual meeting we elected the following members to our board of directors: President Amy Raymond, Vice President Andy Peter, Secretary Bryan Barnes, Treasurer Maya Matthews Sterling, Chief Pete Hassen, and Thank you to all our friends who have been supporting us throughout the years. Remember, needed to help us continue to proservices to the people of St. John.On-going Training Keeps Rescue Organization Prepared Hawk Extrication Tool.
St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 11 St. John Tradewinds What started as a way to engage students in growing local foods has grown into a series of delicious multi-course events! The next event will be on Friday, April Farm to Table and Culinary Arts programs. The EARTH (Education And Resiliency Through Horticulture) Program, in coordination with Iowa State University, began four years ago by growing plants on the patio of Gifft Hill Schools Upper Campus. It has now expanded to three garden areas at the Upper Campus, a childrens garden at the Lower Campus and a banana grove. The purpose is to expose students of Gifft Hill School to eat healthy and delicious meals. It has taken many years of planning and numerous donations to be on the Cafeteria in the territory. The students participating in a semester long Farm to Table class have not only participated in the planting, tending and harvesting of the fruits and vegetables with Dr. Dave Minner, they also learned how to cook local foods with Chef LaShanda Francis. The reason I joined this class is that I wanted to learn about how to plant and grow foods, said student Tevin Williams. But when we got into the kitchen I got excited about cooking too. The most challenging thing about this class is to be a part of a catering event, said another student Stephanie Kemp. It was more stressful than I thought. The basics of cooking are good to learn for my future, because in college my mom is not going to be there to cook for me! The upcoming April 4 dinner will feature a student-created menu under the tutelage of guest Chef Mathayom Vacherat of St. John Catering. Student JoAnne Attika, says that before this class she didnt cook but now experiments at home: I learned about new vegetables, cooking things I had never seen before. I am excited to see what the people think about the food we create. I like food, says fellow student Kaitlyn Cummings. I think it is cool how you can take something you grew yourself and make something delicious! There are a few seats left for You can email Sarahhaynes@ giffthillschool.org for more infor mation regarding pricing and reservations. VIERS T o Celebrate 45th Anniversary Farm to T able Dinner on April 4thSt. John Tradewinds UVIs Virgin Islands Environmental Resources Station (VIERS) will host a celebration of the 45th anniversary of Project Tektite I, which established an ambitious underwater habitat research project for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the spring of 1969 on St. John. The cele bration is planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, by the St. John Historical Society and Clean Islands International, which operates VIERS for UVI. about Tektite I, donated by Tektite Program Manager who used the underwater habitat to study living conditions similar to what future NASA astronauts would encounter in space, will also be present. The four John VanDerwalker, Ed Clifton, Ian Koblick and Gary Davis will share recollections about their Public tours of the Tektite Underwater Habitat Museum at VIERS will also be offered. Recent museum additions include updated artifact displays, a miniature model of the interior of the underwater habitat, and life-size replicas of the habitats control room and Persons planning to attend the celebration are asked to RSVP with VIERS Manager Tony Blackwell by calling (340) 776-6721 or sending e-mail to tony@ viers.org. For details contact Randy Brown via e-mail at email@example.com or call (410) 647-2500. 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12 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 St. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jim FurneauxWild Ting shore. By Jim Furneaux St. John Tradewinds Wild Ting won the Cees de Graaff trophy for best elapsed time in the 41st running of the Around St. John Regatta on Sunday, March 16. The St. John Yacht Club-sponsored event attracted a naker and Beach Cat. The 12to 18-knot easterly winds and clear skies created perfect sailing weather for a good start off Two Brothers. Full moon tides and their associated currents St. John. the spinnakers creating a colorful parade of boats along Point. Wild Ting, a 40 foot Dufour, circumnavigated the 21 mile course in 3 hours 35 minutes and 44 seconds. The trophy is named in honor of the late Cees de Graaff a long-time member and former commodore of the St. John Yacht Club. in the non-spinnaker class. In the Spinnaker class 4th, 5th and 6th place racers were all within one minute with Gray Goose edging out Larry Bests Osprey by one second. Taking top honors in the Spinnaker class was Desper ado, captained by Chuck Pessler who continued a string of recent victories in his IC-24 boat. Second place went to Magic Bus, an IC-24 with Phil Shannon at the helm. Third place was another IC-24, MT, captained by Mike Feierabend, vice commodore of the sponsoring St. John Yacht Club. Newhards Columbia 50, Flying Circus. In second place was Botox Barbie, a Hunter 54 captained by Warren Stryker, followed in third place by Hotel California Too, a Santa Cruz 70 skippered by owner Steve Schmidt. The Beach Cat class featured three competitors with two crew each creating an exciting sight as the racers hiked out on their trapezes. The three competitors added a special twist to the competition as they actually stopped and shared lunch in Newfound Bay on the north shore of St. John. Beach Cat racers are truly a rare breed. Paul Stoeken Island Sol, a 16 foot Hobie Cat, followed in second place by Flight Risk, a Nacra 17 skippered by John Holmberg and third place went to a 5.8 meter Nacra, Taco Hell with Sam Fifer at the helm. One bonus for the racers was a $400 haulout allowTaco Hell. The next St. John Yacht Club racing event will is the Commodores Cup May 3 and 4 in Coral Bay. The skippers meeting and registration will be Friday, May 2, at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay starting at 6:30 p.m. The Commodores Cup is a major fundraiser for the St. John Kids and the Sea (KATS) sail training program and is jointly run with the Coral Bay Yacht Club and the Nauti Yacht Club, and sponsored by Budget Marine.Wild Ting Takes Cees de Graaff Trophy in 41st Around St. John Race a 17-foot Nacra. Two Brothers with Mingo Local St. Johnian, Larry makes a beautiful sight with spinnaker full of air. The three beach cat entrants nearing the start. crewmate hike out on their
St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 13 FULL VETERINARY SER VICESCanines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com ISLAND SOLAR V.I. 300-watt panels 300-watt inverters SunDrum solar hot water systems Battery stand-alone systems Energy audits Diesel generators Conventional solar hot water systems Power management systems Off-grid living for over 12 years on Lovango Cay. Dan Boyd t: 340-626-9685 e: firstname.lastname@example.org We are anAuthorizedV.I.EnergyDealer& Grid-Tie Systems as low as $3.50 per watt and Nohidden SAY NO TO W APA By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds St. John Olympian Mayumi Mimi Roller is not ready to hang up her racing gloves. Roller and sailing partner Kayla McComb are gearing up for a summer full of European regattas event set for September. Roller, 23, grew up in Coral Bay, learning to tack and jibe in youth sailing program Kids and the Sea. After graduating from Antilles School where she helped the sailing team earn a national title, Roller sailed for St. Marys College of Maryland and continued to place among the countrys top sailors. Roller took a year off from college to pursue her Olympic dreams and represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in the London Olympic Games in 2012 sailing in womens laser. This time around, Roller and fellow St. Marys alum McComb who established residency on St. John in order to represent the VI with Roller are mastering the trapeze style womens 49er FX. These high performance skiffs are a recent advancement of the mens Olympic 49er hulls with a reduced sail area for womens racing. They represent the leading technology in womens sailing and a new challenge for former laser sailers Roller and McComb. Since buying a 49er FX in the fall the two spent two weeks train ing in California before moving the boat to Florida. They spent all of January and part of February training daily on the boat in Miami regattas, explained Roller. that we sailed in, the North American Championships and the Miami Olympic Class Regatta, said Rollwere about 22 out of 29, and 26 two events. We learned a lot and had some really great moments, she said. We got third in a race in the North Americans and sixth in a race in the OCR. T raining in the Northeast Roller and McComb have been training in Maryland, where Roller is assistant coach for the St. Marys sailing team as they gear up for this summers European regattas. But the two wont be going far without community support. Their priority is buying a boat in time for the summer. The sailing partners plan to race in three regattas in Europe this summer and in order to be competitive, need to buy a boat on the continent, explained Roller. We are hoping to raise enough money to buy a new boat for our European travel this summer, said Roller. A new boat costs around $30,000, but if you charter a boat at three different events its about the same cost as buying one. And when you charter you charter from other Olympic teams which char ter our their older boats. Theyre not usually in good condition, she said. Its best to have your own boat and have your own keel. You dont have to worry about damaging a charter and having to pay for those repairs for someone else. summer regatta is in Germany in the end of June. Then they plan to race in three events in Europe before heading back stateside for events in New York and Canada in August. Were hoping to do three events in Europe and then come back to do two events, one in Canada and other in New York in August, said Roller. Then well head back to The sailors will be on St. John this week and will host fundraising campaigns across the island. They plan to start collecting items for a Roller and McComb are accepting donations of all kinds, from gift art and more, to be included in the The two also plan to host events at island restaurants, so keep an eye out for Roller an McComb across St. John this week. Were trying to start the process of collecting items and gift er. Were also hoping to collect bigger donation items for a silent auction. Were accepting everything we can get right now, said Roller. This is a much, much more expensive campaign than the laser. Were already spending a lot more money than we anticipated. McComb and Roller will return to St. John in May when they plan tion fundraiser. To donate to Roller and McCombs Olympic campaign or for more information email rollerm email@example.com. And keep up with the sailors on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mksailingisv391.St. John Olympic Sailor Sets Sights on Rio Summer Games 2016 St. John Tradewinds News Photo
14 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 By Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds Growing up as a young girl on St. John, Teshanne Phillip fondly recalls the island women who served as her mentors. Now, with Elevate, Phillip hopes to empower young women in the Virgin Islands and nationwide by sharing her own experiences and by teaching them about subjects like forgiveness, achieving greatness, and setting and accomplishing goals. I am so excited about this new project, and I am blown away by the feedback that Ive been receiving on the book, said Phillip. The St. John native, who graduated from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School in 1999, today lives in south Florida where she leads a mentorship program at a foster home. Her relation ship with the young women in the home inspired her to help others achieve great ness. Phillips passion for the girls in the foster home is evident as she speaks about her interactions with them. Ranging in age from 14 to 17, the young women were removed from their homes due to their parents passing away or being incarcerated. Some of the teens have been in the home from a very young age. We work with them on deal with some of the hurt and some of the struggles theyve faced, said Phillip. The home is overseen by rotating foster moms, so theyll have three or four moms in the house per week. They dont have anyone thats consistent in their lives. Phillip works with the girls on independent living skills, from cleaning their rooms to putting together a grocery list to job interview skills. These ladies inspired me to put together a lesson plan to help and encourage young women, said Phillip. These girls dont have any parents; they dont have anyone to invest in them. Growing up on St. John, I had numerous people on the island who invested in me, and now I want to be someone who invests in someone elses life. Elevate, released on Valentines Day, is a workbook with various lesson plans that the reader can follow, backed up by Phillips own experiences. My hope is that this book touches the lives of so many people, said the author. I tell readers that if youre going through something its okay, youre going to get through this. Weve lets do something about it. Phillip is traveling to St. John at the end of this month and will host a book signing event at the Frank Powell Park on March 29 at 5 p.m., complete with music by DJ LS1. Shes also scheduled a book signing in Fort Lauderdale at the end of April, but it was important to her to introduce Elevate on St. I wanted to introduce can celebrate with my family there, said Phillip. I still have a lot of friends at home and I realize one of the things we lack at home we are living this life as other people say we are rather than as the person we know we are. Phillip gave a nod to her mentors for helping her reach her own goals in life. I feel like this is not just my accomplishment, she said. This is an accom plishment by all of us. They have all played such a major role in my life.St. John Native Teshanne Phillip Releases Book, Elevate, Geared Toward Empowering Young Women St. John Tradewinds The Best of Both Worlds Fine Art and Craft Gallery is hosting series of Friday Night Ftes, with the next event featur ing wearable hand-made jewelry by Ania Wilson. A surprise drawing for fun prizes and live music is set for Friday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mongoose Junction. Paul Tsakeres of Island Cork will be offering a wine tasting and other shops and restaurants will be open so come for the art, music and fun. For more information, call Best of Both Worlds at 340-693-7005. her book on Saturday, Friday Fte at Best of Both W orlds Features Plants, Honey and FoodSt. John Tradewinds News Photos by Jaime Eilliott By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds From leather worker Tracey Keating to beekeeper Elmo Rabsatt, the American Legion Viggo E. Sewer Post #131 and Womens Auxiliary hosted Mama Jauna at the Coral Bay Agriculture Station on Saturday afternoon, March 22. Named after a steeped rum concoction, which American Legion members were sampling for the crowd, the event was a plant, art and food sale on the grounds of the Ag. Station, where the American Legion and Womens Auxiliary have created a The meeting space and a modern kitchen are upstairs at the Ag. Station where Womens Auxiliary members cooked up some delicious local food, available for purchase at Mama Jauna. Proceeds from the event support the American Legions annual BBQ party for wounded veterans with Team River Runner. right.
St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 15 By Jaime Elliott St. John Tradewinds Let the rhythmic songs of the tropical tree frogs melt away your stress as you enjoy lush, tropical living with gorgeous valley and hillside views and steady breezes at Turtle Haven in Estate Glucksberg. This one bedroom, one bathroom home nestled on for sale for $349,000, explained Islandia Real Estate sales associate Jane Kelly. The home is located in Estate Glucksberg, a very private setting nestled in the well protected hills, said Kelly. The valley views are amazing in this sun dappled mountain. Located in the mid-island neighborhood of Estate Glucksberg, the shopping and nightlife of Cruz Bay is only a short drive away while the islands famed North Shore beaches are close by as well. Turtle Haven boasts a roomy screened in deck where youre sure to spend countless hours enjoying leads into an expansive great room giving the home a feeling of spaciousness. Enjoyable hours await you in the large screened great room, said Kelly. The home also boasts an updated kitchen, vaulted ceilings and more, Kelly added. It is pristine living at Turtle Haven, said the Islandia Real Estate sales associate. Turtle Have is an idyllic home that incorporates vaulted ceilings, a contemporary kitchen and bath and a loft bedroom. A spacious lower lever offers potential for additional living space, according to Kelly. The lower level has fantastic potential for a second utility room, she said. The weather protected ceil ing, the generous deck and railing enhances this space for a studio or another bedroom/living area. At Turtle Haven youll never tire being embraced by those lush green hillsides. Enjoy the wonderful breezes, the brilliant green hillside and the mountains and valleys that surround you from Turtle Haven, said Kelly. The home is in excellent condition with a galva nized roof and terraced grounds, Kelly added. The condition of the home is excellent, she said. The roof is galvanized and the builder was John Fitzgerald. The newly built house was completed in 2009. The owner has lovingly terraced the grounds incorporating natural stone and plantings, said the Islandia Real Estate sales associate. For more information about Turtle Haven call Kelly at Islandia Real Estate at (340) 776-6666 or on her cell phone at (941) 544-5855. Enjoy Lush Valley and Mountain Views from Turtle Haven PO BOX 429, ST. JOHN, VI 774-1625 ACROSS FROM LIBRARY U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 501 (3) c NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION WHIP is about 2-3 yrs old and is as sweet as can be. She loves being around people, both adults and kids, and is great with other dogs. Her tounge is always hanging out of her mouth. Whip would add alot of love to any home. St. John Tradewinds News Photos
16 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 Crossword Answers Puzzle on Page 24 NEXT DEADLINE:THURSDA Y, MARCH 27th2013-TO-DATE 1st Degree Burglaries: 1 Rapes: 1 2014-TO-DATE Rapes: 2 Letters To St. John TradewindsMy wife Ann and I arrived on St. John via the car ferry from St. Thomas on Friday February 21. We drove straight...well not so straight...to the villa wed rented overlooking Reef Bay. A nine day stay had begun and would include honeymoon time for our eldest daughter from Los Angeles, and lots of recreation and visiting with our middle daughter from Los Angeles and a close family friend from Michigan. on the way back to Reef Bay from Cinnamon Bay. I circled the parking lot(tery) while she went in to get a few things for dinner and breakfast. By the time I waited-out a space, she found me and said her wallet was missing. I went in, bought the goods, and on we went. For Ann no license, no credit cards, no cash, The good news was that I got to do all the driving and loved it. The better news was that the St. John police took a full report of the loss and gave Ann a document which was accepted by American Airlines and Love City Car Ferries crew had found the wallet on the ferry deck and had been trying reach her by cell, but you all know Verizon isnt St. John friendly. Back through Miami to Maryland, she got the phone messages from Love City...they mailed her wallet back with all the cash and contents. Wow! Big thanks to St. John...a most awesome vacation. Thanks to the St. John Police. Thanks to the Love City Car Ferries crew. Well be back. Dan Kugler Ann HamanSt. John Exhibits Generosity and AssistanceI want to thank Alana Mawson for her continu ing demands that the VI Senate bring the territory into 21st century civilization by banning all forms VI history for 12 generations, she knows and testi from other islands; and that by allowing it to exist legally, the USVI Senate is pandering to a low-life minority. tality and barbarism among spectators, especially the young and uninformed. Social services and law ento the torment and abuse of weaker beings: wives, children and elders. And we all know that animaland are enmeshed with the sale of guns and drugs So why are we looking the other way? Especially now when Federal laws make it illegal The US Humane Society writes: The newly enacted Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, it a federal felony to knowingly bring a minor under a spectator, punishable by up to one year in prison law enforcement with additional tools to put an end to Along with Ms Mawson and other strong-minded advocates, we must demand that the VI Senate bring our Anti-Cruelty Bill into step with federal law. We cant allow ourselves to be ruled by the worst of our community. Paula Myles St John, VIThanks for Animal Rights Activists Bravo to Senator Nellie OReilly for speaking out Those who justify this barbaric practice as cul tural are forgetting that slavery was cultural, but that did not make it right. Like Senator Clarence Payne, who was the only senator to vote against the dolphinarium at Coral World, Sen. OReilly is honoring the message of Dr.Martin Luther King who said; Never, never be afraid to do whats right especial ly if the well being of a person or animal is at stake. Anne Marie Porter St. John ISLAND NOTES from the publisherSpring is here. Watch out for students who are out of school on break. MN
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Folks who make a daily habit of pretending to be something they are not. Whether its creating a fanneeds. People today are caught up in lies, deceit and greed. It becomes so comfortable to wear a second skin that over time the unnatural becomes the natural. Your conscious cannot tell the difference between right and wrong. Emotions that are normally held in check by logic and reason are now dictating actions that ulti mately result in destruction. drinking and partying, lives are being twisted in order to portray a sense of freedom. distress youre working a job not suited to your sperelationship where two people are going separate places? How can you be truly free when exposed to the truth you cover it up with more excuses? Its no longer doing the same thing expecting different results that becomes insanity. Its us pretending pens. Then our world comes crashing down around us. All the made up stuff and falsehood is stripped away to reveal our true nature. loved ones and friends. We no longer have the time to pretend that life will end at a grand old age. We are a breath away from meeting our maker. Isnt it time to stop pretending and be honest with marriage isnt working out, more bills than money, body slowly wearing down, institutions not meeting your social or spiritual needs. Life will throw us more curveballs this year, so lets try and be more honest with ourselves and those around us. It takes love, patience and time to fa ce the truth and make necessary changes. Second SkinSt. John Tradewinds Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen submitted a testimony for the record to the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislatures Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation which held a hearing on the implications of language in the new Farm Bill authorization which Congresswoman Christensen responded to Committee Chairman Senator Myron Jacksons invitation to testify at the hearing by submitting the statement which said that the intent of the legislation was to ban attendance in places where it is already illegal. Currently, all 50 states ban cockritories. Congresswoman Christensen said that the initial interpretation from the Congressional Rebe treated similarly to how marijuana is treated in states where it is illegal under federal law, but legal under state law. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor the U.S. Department of Agriculture, under whose concrete interpretation of the statute, said Congresswoman Christensen, but both say that given more pressing enforcement priorities and staff legal in the U.S. Virgin Islands, they are unlikely to apply enforcement measures such as might be employed in states where the sport is illegal, she said. For many reasons, at least in the case of USDA, which has jurisdiction under their Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), threshold to trigger legal intervention. Subhead Needed Congresswoman Christensen said however not ever draw the attention of law enforcement. There is a caveat. Because in many jurisdictions, other criminal activity is associated with cockvite legal intervention and enforcement, wherever must take place to ensure illegal activities are not occurring concurrently, she said. That is the one condition that both agencies agree could invite law enforcement to come in to the establishment and in enforcing the law against that activity, put More Pressing Enforcement Priorities Make It Unlikely, With Caveat
18 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 ObituariesServices were conducted Saturday, March 22 for Richard C. George of St. John. The viewing was at St. John Methodist Church with the service at 10:30 a.m. The burial was at Cruz Bay /cemetery. Mr. George is survived by his wife Floreca Elene Norman-George; son Calvin L. George Sr.; daughters Marcia and Myrna George; sister Lucia Mer cedes George; sister-in-law Elsinore Browne; nieces Leonara Bell, Lorna Dorsett, Laverne Joseph, B. Magnolia George and Denise Hall; grandchildren Shereada Calvin Jr., Nya, Crystala and Keenan George and Suzette Kelly; great grandchildren Trevor Royer, Tinaya Dixon, Tiandra and Treyshorn Barnes, Mekhi and Macaire Motilewa, Justin, Jayson and Jazmyn Richards; special grand-niece Natasha George; nephews Floyd C. George Jr., Aldo and Chester George, Glenys Dunlop, Lloyd, Theodore and Allen Wells; special great nephew Floyd C. George III; godchil dren Clinton Vanterpool, Patrick Moorehead, Dawn George-Charlemagne, Dave George; special cousins Cecil Harrigan, Lillithe Harrigan-Noar, Erminie Har rigan-Gerau, Alice Harrigan-Harewood, and Alma Vanderpool-Potter, Delma Sprauve, Zida Paris, William Wade, Reuben Meade, Vernon Parsons, Almeada Mitchell; pallbearers, Calvin George Sr. Keenan George, Flooyd George III, Lloyd Wells, Theodore Wells, Alvin Francis; honorary pallbearers Calvin George Jr. Jesse Richards Jr., NKruma Motilewa, Patrick Moorehead, St. John taxi drivers and St. John Methodist Mens Fellowship. Arrangements were by Hurley-Davis Funeral Home.Richard C. George New Staircase at the Boulon CenterSt. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom Oat
St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 19 St. John Tradewinds St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Compet itive sailing combines with new parties and Thomas International Regatta (STIR) into a Set for March 26 to 30, regatta activities will span the entire island of St. Thomas. After the initial disappoint of losing our long time sponsor, Rolex, many felt the regatta was dead in the water, explains regatto report that we are back stronger than ever with an even brighter future. This year we are bringing back our Saturday night party at Yacht Haven Grande hosted by Captain Morgan with the music by local favorite Spectrum Band. Like all events this is open to the public. We are also introducing two new events, a Wednesday golf tournament at Mahogany Run and then a Pub Crawl in Red Hook the same night. Great racing, parties and music. Our slogan remains We love it here! The 1st Annual STIR Golf Tournament tees off on Wednesday March 26. Play starts at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $97 for VI residents with their own clubs and $135 for visisecond and third place teams will be awarded at the Regatta Awards Ceremony on Sunday March 30. Quench your thirst after a day of golf at the St. Thomas Yacht Club (STYC) starting at 5 p.m. with drink specials. The Red Hook Pub Crawl follows from 9 p.m. to Midnight. Shuttle service from the STYC starts at 9 p.m. Party with friends and enjoy Captain Morgan rum libations and cold Heinekens at locations such as Tap & Still, Duffys Love Shack, Molly Malones, Island Time Pub and XO. Sailors and landlubbers alike are invited to the Regatta Welcome Party at the STYC on Thursday March 27. The Ah We Band plays from 7-10 p.m. Dinner is available for purchase for $15 pp. Excitement shifts to the seas on Friday the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe, from as far away as Russia and Australia, will set sail starting at 11 a.m. for Charlotte Amalie har bor race day. Watch from the waterfront as on a second race back to the islands east end. Back on shore, the Jump-Up Party kicks off from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at STYC. The Becca Darling Band plays from 3-6 p.m., with the rhythms of Cool Sessions brass taking over from 7-11 p.m. Stay the day. Theres lunch and dinner buffets for purchase from Noon to 8 p.m. Race action continues on Saturday March 29. In the afternoon, theres music by Sol at STYC from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Then, a new STIR tradition kicks-off with the Captain Morgan Yacht Haven Grande Party from 6:30-11 p.m. Listen to Spectrum Band on stage, while dining and imbibing at nearby restaurants and bars. Sailors launch off on the last day of regatta competition Sunday March 30. Up for grabs is who will take their place on the pofrom 2:30-5:30 p.m. The Regatta Awards Ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. on the STYC beach, followed by the Final Fling party with Ah We Band playing from 7-11 p.m. Weather Routing Inc. (WRI) is the Ofwill provide forecasts by 6 a.m. daily dur ing the regatta. These forecasts are avail able at: www.wriwx.com/clientproduct. php?id=4759 Weather maps and products available at this link. Yachts can register online for the STIR at wwwyachtscoring.com. For more information about the STIR, visit www.stthomasinternationalregatta. com. Or, follow for the latest information on Facebook www.facebook.com/rolexre gatta, Instagram #IRRSTYC and Twitter @ IRRSTYC The STIR is sponsored by Captain Mor gan and Heineken, distributed by Bellows International, Little Switzerland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism. ORIGINAL LISTING COURTESY OF RICH GREENGOLD The live music scene on St. John is bigger and better than ever! music this good in their stateside cities. Cut out, save, laminate and post in your homes, cars and rentals. SUNDAYS MONDAYS TUESDAYS WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS FRIDAYS SA TURDAYS To be added to this live music schedule, the event must be a regularly scheduled event (sorry, no one-night performances), email firstname.lastname@example.org with: date, time, location, performer and style. NO PHONE CALLS.St. Thomas International Regatta Five Days of Fun on Land & Sea Exciting race action combines with new events the 2014 St. Thomas
20 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail email@example.com or fax 693-8885. Kindergarten registration on St. John is scheduled for Monday, March 24, at Julius E. Sprauve School in Cruz Bay. Parents are reminded to obtain an immunization blue slip in advance from the clinic. The Virgin Islands Audubon Society will screen the Cats of Rome documentary on Tuesday, March 25, 7 p.m. at the Mar ketplace. The Government Employees Retirement System invites its members to participate in a Count Down To Retirement Workshop on Thursday, March 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the GERS Complex, 3rd Floor Conference Room, on St. Thomas. The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is updating the USVI State Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify activities that can be undertaken by both the public and private sectors to reduce property damage caused by hur is holding town meetings territorywide to provide residents the opportunity to become actively involved in developing mitigation strategies that reduce or eliminate long-term risks to people and property. The St. John meeting will be Thursday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Julius E. Sprauve School auditorium on St. John. ticularly on St. John where theyre toted to the beach by the thousands. But its a well-known fact that these plastic bottles, many of which are left behind by hikers and beach-goers, have adverse affects on the environment. The Island Green Living Association will take an in-depth look at the big business of bottled water at its Thursday, March 27, Green Thursdays seminar at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill Schools upper campus atrium. The St. John Historical Society is joining Clean Islands International and the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) to celebrate the legacy of Project Tektite. The activities will begin Saturday morning, March 29, at 10 a.m. at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) in Lameshur Bay. For more information, contact Randy Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-647-2500. Get ready for the blues, Love City! A group of island blues lovers, calling themselves St. John Blues Society, is hosting the The Virgin Islands Audubon Society will kayak to and snor kel the mangroves of Water and Otter creeks in Hurricane Hole on Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join Rev. Will Saunders for UUF Service on Sunday, March 30, at 10 a.m., Gift Hill School, Lower Campus Great Room for the topic and forgive us of our trespasess: the spiritual challenge of forgiving and being forgiven. T uesday, April 1 St. John Film Society (SJFS) will host the St. John premiere of Yurumein: Homeland on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. St. John Tradewinds Randoph College professors Lori Lee and Julio Rodriguez will be on St. John this week with a group of students in an intensive American Culture Program from Lynchburg, Virginia. The group is spending the semester exploring the relationship of America to the Caribbean, particularly through lenses of imperialism, identity, environment, and migration. They are traveling to St. John to expeWhile they are on St. John they hope to speak with people and representatives of institutions to get multiple perspectives about what life is like on St. John. The group will participate in a public art intervention in which posters of people on the 1918 ID papers from the National Archives are featured. These intrepid travelers went off in search of education, advance ment, a better life for themselves and their families when it became possible after the Danish West Indies became the US Virgin Islands in the Transfer, 1917. This public art intervention was presented in St. Croix in conjunction with the Crime Seen/Transfer 2014 exhibition at Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted which opened last week. That project was a collaboration between Janet-Cook Rutnik, William Stelzer, Edgar Endress and Lori Lee. The public art intervention will place images from 1918 passport photos in public spaces to evoke historical memory and promote awareness of the past. It is a means of re-peopling the island with people who migrated from the Virgin Islands some returned and others did not. A goal of the project is to recreate the narratives of the descendants of the people in the images, and their ancestors. Anyone with any information they are willing to share is urged to visit www.transferproject.vi to 693-8069 or Lori Lee at email@example.com.Randolph College American Culture Students Studying Imperialism and Identity on St. JohnSt. John Tradewinds News Photo
St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 21 ALCHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS All meetings are now open. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 6 p.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Thursday 7 a.m. Nazareth Lutheran Church, Cruz Bay; Sunday 9:45 a.m., Hawksnest Bay Beach; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 6 p.m. at Moravian Church, Coral Bay NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS Narcotics Anonymous has open meetings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday at St. Ursulas Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS For Al-Anon meeting location and times, please call (340) 642-3263St. John Tradewinds St. John Film Society (SJFS) will host the St. John premiere of Yurumein: Homeland on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. Director and producer Andrea E. Leland will be present to Yurumein (your-o-mein), a 2014 documentary, is an impor tant, untold story of Carib/Garifuna resistance against slavery that deserves its place in the annals recounts the painful past of the Caribs of St. Vincent and the extermination of scores of their ancestors at the hands of the British, while building an intimate portrait of Garifuna culture in-transition counts from both Carib descendants who remain on the island of St Vincent and voices of returning descendants whose ancestors were exiled to Central America where Garifuna traditional culture When members of the Diaspocollective pilgrimage to the sacred site of Balliceaux (where the genobeginnings of a movement among Garifuna people to revitalize traditional language, music, dance, and ritual. This scene features the Garifuna National Folkloric Ballet of Honduras. While post-colonial stories of trieval among indigenous people particularly in North America have captured broader public interest in recent decades, the story of Garifuna, or Black Carib people, and their homeland of St. Vincent, has largely been untold. Garifuna culture, dating back to the Pre-Columbian Caribbean, has been revitalized in Central America and other parts of the Carib Diaspora, however, little of it remains on the formerly colonized homeland. Few, if any Carib descendants who presently live on St. Vincent can speak their native language. While there are some tradi tions that remain (and a noticeable absence of Western tourism), few Caribs remaining on the island intimately understand their traditional music, food, and spiritual practices. However, this is beginning to change. In 2001, UNESCO awarded the Garifuna community the title: Proclamation of Master pieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. In 2005, I was invited to Journey (1998), on the island of St. Vincent, Leland said. The of the descendants of the Caribs/ Garifuna who were exiled to Central America and now live in Belocal audience was very moved by watched the descendants of exiled Garifuna on screen, they realized that Garifuna culture, language the Diaspora. The Garifuna who had been living on St. Vincent became even more conscious of the disconnect between their own lives and the history and ways of their ancestors.SJFS Hosting St. John Premeire of Y urumein: Homeland on April 1This was a transformative experience for me, LeLand cononly told half of the story. What was missing were the voices of the descendants of the Caribs who were not exiled and who grew up on St. Vincent. Their ancestors have lived under very repressive British colonial rule for the past 200 years. The story of Yurumein began that very day. Andrea E. Leland is an indeist. Her documentary work focuses on Caribbean and Latin American culture. In Haiti, Belize, Chiapas, and several Caribbean islands, she has worked collaboratively with community members providing a forum to voice their untold stories, personal challenges and compel ling triumphs. Social, artistic or political actions are placed within context of their culture, imploring the viewer to confront old myths and discover a new perspective. Lelands documentaries have proved to be successful tools for cultural preservation. She is a member of New Day Films, has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and is the program director of the St. John presented monthly on St. John. Opening the evening will be net Cook-Rutnik and Bill Stelzer. SJFS would like to thank Elaine Estern of Coconut Coast prize donation. There is a suggested donation of $5. SJFS is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Virgin Island Council on the Arts and St John Community Foundation. For more information contact St John Film Society stjviff@ com or visit www.yurumeinproj ect.com. Sardo looking on Honoring ancestors
22 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 For Devotions and Study Circles, call 714-1641 7:30 p.m. Fridays; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays 776-6316, 776-6254 Sunday School 9 a.m., Divine Worship 10 a.m. 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. 10:45 a.m. SundayMarketplace Wednesday Testimonials 7:45 p.m. on last Wed. of Month of Latter-day Saints Sun. 9 a.m., on St. Thomas 776-2379 Sun., 5 p.m., STJ, Lumberyard Sunday 11 a.m., 6 p.m. 776-6315 Coral Bay, Divine Worship 8:30 a.m., 776-6713 Sunday Service 10 a.m; Monday Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Thursday Womens Bible Study 9 a.m. Saturday Mens Bible Study 10 a.m. Follow us on Facebook for Locations or call (340) 514-6578 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 7 p.m. Saturdays (Espaol), 10 a.m. Sundays, 340-715-053 9:30 a.m. Sunday Services, 10:45 Worship, Tuesday 7 p.m. Bible Study 693-8884 Sunday 9 a.m., Sunday School 8 a.m. 776-6731 The schedule is as follows: Saturdays at 6 p.m. Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 a.m. Fridays at 7 p.m. Call 776-6339 for more information. Sunday 10 a.m, 693-8830 Seventh Day Adventist Saturdays, 779-4477 Sunday 11:05 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays Prayer 7:30 p.m., Thursdays Bible Study 7:30 p.m. 779-1230 Sunday Church Service, 9 a.m. Bible Class on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. 777-6306 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Church Directory The Caribbean Genealogy Library St. John Tradewinds The Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, chaired by Senator-at-Large Craig W. Barshinger, will meet on Friday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Earl B. Ottley Legislative Hall on St. Thomas. Part I of the meeting will focus on legislation collaborated on by Senators, the Water and Power Authority, Public Services ComRoundtables hosted by Senator Barshinger and UVIs Caribbean Green Technology Center. Barshinger said, In the past, the Committee has struggled to pass progressive energy legislation because of a lack of communication between the Executive and Legislative Branches. I believe this problem was addressed through open dialogue at the Roundtable meetings, which I intend to utilize in the future. The Committee will take testimony on Bill No. 300004 the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Act and Bill No. 30-0347 which seeks to amend provisions in Act 7075 and 7168 relevant to net metering. Both bills are sponsored by Senator Barshinger. A number of Senators will propose amendments to Bill No. 30-0347. During Part II of the meeting, Senator Barshinger has invited the Commissioner of Education, Donna Frett-Gregory; Commissioner of Health, Darice Plaskett and Commissioner of Planning and Natural Resources, Alicia Barnes to discuss the intermittent odor isolated to the Central High School on St. Croix. The odor resulted in the closing of the High School for a duration of time and the illness, and in some instances, hospitalization of a number of students and staff. My colleagues and I will have the opportunity to gather information, said Barshinger. Id like to know the source of the odor, how it affected those exposed to it and what is being done to ensure a safe learning and working environment for the students and staff of the Central High School. St. John Tradewinds The Caribbean Genealogy Library invites the community to lectures by Dr. Aimery Caron and Historian David W. Knight Sr. related to Transfer Day on Saturday, March 29th, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm. The event will also include displays of old photos and Transfer Day materials from the Jane and Michael Sheen Collection. Dr. Aimery Carons lecture of the Danish West Indies discusses the circumstances which lead to the U.S. governments decision to the purchase the islands from Denmark. Dr. Caron explains; After the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915, the improvements made to the St. Thomas Harbor facilities by the Danish West India Co. and the Hamburg-American Line from 1910 to 1914, and the obvious need of German U-boats for a naval supply base in the South Atlantic or the Caribbean Sea, Admiral sition of the Danish West Indies before a German takeover was a matter of great urgency. The lecture by historian David W. Knight Sr. is entitled Beyond the Exodus: Digging deeper into the records of the United States tem in the National Archives. Mr. Knights book Virgin Islands Exodus describes the United States the United States government, that individual residents of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix were now United States Nationals. Applicants of the ID cards reason for travel, age and names of children, names and address of relatives whom they were going to meet at their destination; and provide documents such as birth Knight will explore the breadth of genealogical information awaiting discovery throughout this impor tant record group and reveal some of its little-known treasures. The Transfer Day lectures will be held at the Caribbean Genealogy Library which is located in Al Cohens Plaza (Raphune Hill), next to Mango Tango Art Gallery. The event starts at 1pm and ends at 5pm on March 29th, 2014. It is free for the librarys members and $5 for non-members. Caribbean Genealogy Librarys mission is to identify, preserve and provide access to Caribbean genealogy, history and cultural heritage information resources for the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. Regular workshops and presentations are held to encourage the community to learn about their family and cultural history. For more information call (340) 7142136, or email caribgenlibrary@ gmail.com. Energy and Environmental Committee
St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 23 St. John Tradewinds Crime Stoppers empowers you to make your neighborhoods safer by reporting information while remaining anonymous. We understand that some people are still skeptical, so to learn exactly how we keep you anonymous, please visit our website and click on How it Works. To date, no tipster has ever been discovered due to a fault in the system anywhere. If you know something, say something as law enforcement needs to know what you know. St. John: On March 9th, at about 3:00 a.m., police responded to the Myrah Keating Clinic concerning a report of an assault. Contact was made with two males that had received wounds. The incident occurred after a dance at Freds in the area of First Bank corner. Speak up. Tell us what you know. St. Thomas: On Monday, March 10th at about 2:30 p.m., a man was walking north, up Raphune Hill. As he approached the intersection near Jungle Food and Pizza Hut, he heard shots being what you know so police can identify the shooter(s). St. Croix: On Wednesday, March 12th at about 1:15 p.m., podential area in Estate Richmond. Upon arrival, about 1000 feet from the old Ralph DeCharbert Housing Community, they found non E James, Jr., lying on the pavement. Police are asking anyone who might know something about this fatal shooting to please call Crime Stoppers with any information to bring closure in this untimely death. Be part of the solution. Continue to help make our community become a safer place to live by submitting information on these or any other crimes at www.CrimeStoppersUSVI.org or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting USVI plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If your tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property, illegal drugs, or weapons, you will receive a reward to be paid according to your instructions. The minimum cash reward for the arrest of an assailant is $900. For a homicide suspect it is $1,500.Crime Stoppers U.S. Virgin Islands 9:00 a.m. Man present reporting that he needed police assistance in the area of OConnor Car Rental. Police Assistance. 8:13 a.m. Enighed man reported a person dead on arrival at Enighed #2-10. DOA. 5:31 p.m. Man reported injured person on Lid Point Trail. Accidental Injury. 7:04 p.m. Man called to report an auto collision in the area of the barge ramp. Auto Collision. 10:21 p.m. ADT Security called to report an activated alarm at Little Switzerland on the Westin Resort. Activated Alarm. 1:50 a.m. Statewide Security called to report an Activated Alarm at the Parrot Club in Wharfside Village. Activated Alarm. No Time Citizen called to report a disturbance at The Beach Bar. Disturbance of the Peace. police assistance in retrieving her license plate from her mechanic. Police Assistance. 12:35 p.m. Woman called reporting an auto collision in the area of the Department of Human Services. Auto Collision. 4:50 p.m. Woman of Spring Garden, Coral Bay, present to report that her peace was disturbed by a man. Disturbance of the Peace. 4:43 p.m. Woman of Bethany present reporting that she was threatened by another female. Disturbance of the Peace Threats. 6:41 p.m. Woman called to report a onevehicle collision on Coral Bay Road near Shipwreck. Auto Collision. 9:42 a.m. Susannaberg woman present and reporting an auto accident that occurred on March 17 in the Mongoose Junction parking lot. Auto Accident. 1:19 p.m. Man reported that his neighbor told him that he removed his vehicle from his property and took it to the dump. Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. 4:52 p.m. Woman present reporting that she was involved in an auto collision where the other driver got upset at her and took off, howclaim and she doesnt want to do an accident report. Police Assistance. 12:41 a.m. Man called to report loud music coming from Wharfside Village. Disturbance of the Peace. 1:05 a.m. Concerned citizen called to report loud music coming from Island Blues. Distur bance of the Peace. lice assistance in the area of the tennis courts. Police Assistance. 11:35 a.m. Woman present reporting that someone stole her wedding ring out of her hotel room. Grand Larceny. 2:18 p.m. Woman called to report a male creating a disturbance at the St. John Public Library. Disturbance of the Peace. 2:43 p.m. Woman called to report an auto collision in the area of Mongoose Junction. Auto Collision. 8:55 p.m. Citizen called to report loud music in the area of the triangle, Coral Bay. Distur bance of the Peace. 8:19 p.m. Citizen called to report a distur bance at The Beach Bar in downtown Cruz Bay. Disturbance of the Peace. 11:00 p.m. Woman of Chocolate Hole called to report that she was assaulted by her boyfriend. Simple assault and Battery. 10:00 a.m. Woman called to report an auto collision in the area of the Port Authority Dock. Auto Collision. 12:15 p.m. Woman present to report that her ex-husband has been harassing her via text messages. Harassment by Telephone, Telegraph or Written Communication. 4:49 p.m. Citizen called to report shots founded Illegal discharge of a Firearm. 6:34 p.m. Citizen called to report someone trespassing by the Tradewinds Building. Unfounded Trespassing. 11:31 p.m. Woman of Estate St. Quaco called to report a DOA at 6B-24 Estate St. Quaco. DOA. 8:13 p.m. Woman called to report that she was assaulted by her boyfriend in Coral Bay. Disturbance of the Peace DV. 8:45 p.m. Citizen called to report a vagrant operating a vehicle in the area of the Caneel Bay lookout on the North Shore Road. Unfounded Suspicious Activity. 8:47 p.m. Citizen called to report hearing lina, Coral Bay. Unfounded Illegal Discharge of a Firearm. progress at Caps Place, Vesta Gade, Cruz Bay, St. John. Disturbance of the Peace. CELLULAR: 340-776-9110LAND LINE: 911 / POLICE: 340-693-8880 / FIRE 340-776-6333A Count Down To Retirement Workshop Set for March 27 at GERS Complex The Government Employees Retirement System invites its members to participate in a Count Down To Retirement Workshop on Thursday, March 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the GERS Complex, 3rd Floor Conference Room, on St. Thomas.Lieutenant Governors St. John Ofce Closed on Monday, March 24 will be closed on Monday, March 24, 2014. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, March 25. Customers are encouraged to contact the Tax AsElections Ofces Closed for Transfer Day Supervisor of Elections, Caroline Fawkes advises the public that all closed to the public on Friday, March 28, for administrative purposes and will reopen on Tuesday, April 1, after the Transfer Day holiday which is Monday, March 31, 2014.
24 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 888-693-7676, islandgetawaysinc.com firstname.lastname@example.org Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486Architecture tel. 776-6356 P.O. Box 370, STJ, VI 00831Art GalleriesBajo el Sol Gallery Located in Mongoose Junction tel. 340-693-7070 Kimberly Boulon Fine Art Gallery Located at The Marketplace 340-693-8524Banking Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881Furniture Located at Tutu Park Mall on STT Free delivery and setup to St. JohnGreen Building check www.igbavi.org for Seminar Series info and ReSource Depot inventoryInsurance Located at The Marketplace 776-6403; email@example.com Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 Chat@pattongold.com 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 Estate 340-643-6068 or 340-779-4478 firstname.lastname@example.org www.340realestateco.com Debbie Hayes, GRI tel. 714-5808 or 340-642-5995 email@example.com www.stjohnvirealestate.com Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 info@holidayhomesVI.com Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 firstname.lastname@example.orgRestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week American Contemporary Cuisine For reservations, call 340-776-0001 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 www.stjohnweddingplanner.com 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory L-IMINATIONACROSS 1 Start for legal or chute 19 Portent 22 Person ogling 27 Wipe the slate clean 38 Luau strings, for short 46 Position entertainer routine 76 Sir Walter Scott novel the ring 82 Situation when a fuel 84 Balking beast 94 1976-81 sketch show 112 Plains tribe 113 Mouthwash bottle abbr. 118 Loft 126 Stooge name 129 Seesaw 131 Veil wearer DOWN 1 Turn on, as a PC 4 Picnic pests 7 Tourist town on Maui 8 Small pieces 11 Long past 14 Capital of Minnesota 16 Daughter of King Minos 17 Outline again 34 Out of whack 36 Parvenus for an astronomer company 63 Politico Ross 71 Barbaric 73 Bank safe 84 1998 Sarah McLachlan song 89 911 gp. 91 Blockbuster 92 Pain reliever 99 Web habitu 116 41st U.S. pres. 119 Frog cousin 123 To this point 124 34th U.S. pres.
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St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 27 COMPLETE REAL ESTATE SE R VI C ESST JO HNS OLD EST R EAL ESTATE F I R M SE R VI N G ST. JO HN F O R 54 YEA R S! INFO@HolidayHomesVI.com TOLL FREE: WWW.HOLIDAYHOMESVI.COM CORAL COTTAGE This cute 3 bdrm Caribbean cottage sits on the hill side above Coral Bay with views from Virgin Gorda to Jost. Decks make it a perfect short term rental, on paved road minutes from town. YOU CAN SEE FOREVER Exceptional BVI views from nearly acre, 2 home property on lower Bordeaux. Large cottage with kitchen & living room area, bdrm, bth, sleep loft & wraparound porch. Second cottage is roomy ef ciency with full kitch en, bath & lovely front view porch. Live in one & rent the other! COQUI COTTAGE Caribbean cute and ready to be loved! Studio layout with king bed in a solid masonry building makes a great start on this .5 acre lot. JUNGLE STONE gated estate prop erty in Catherineberg w/ big views of the North Shore & BVIs, custom-designed main house & Pebble Cottage w/ 5 bdrm suites, exquisite great room, chefs kitchen, outdoor dining & sitting areas, pool, hot tub, t ness room, 1100 bottle wine closet, shuffleboard breezeway & more! ROTUNDA A private, gated estate in Upper Peter Bay bordering pristine VI National Park. 5 bdrm/5.5 bth villa w/ lavish outdoor bar, innity edge pool, sensational views across St. Johns North Shore to the BVIs. Beaches minutes away! WATERFRONT ON THE EDGE Breathtaking views of 8 islands, perfect private location, minutes from Cruz Bay w/ 500+ ft. of shoreline. Gated estate on nearly 2 ac. designed for island living & entertaining, heated pool, romantic master suite, 2 add. BR suites & extensive common areas, plus solar array. CINNAMON BAY ESTATE borders Ntnl Park in Catherineberg, private, gated setting, 3 bdrms, 23 ft wall of glass & outstanding views. 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PARADISE ON THE ROCKS Tropical living, big views & masonry home-centrally-located on Ajax Peak. Two units: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and great room upstairs; private entry 1 bedroom apartment downstairs. Rent one, live in the other! LOVE VIEW TOO 2 br/3bth w/ sweeping views to East End & BVI. Concordia home near Salt Pond Bay and US National Park is all-masonry construc tion w/ pool. Villa w/ pod living is ideal for rental or family retreat. COMPLETE THIS DREAM The ground work has been laid for a new owner to step in and complete this house! Completed is a masonary 2x1 apartment and a detached 1x1 wood cottage. FISCH BAY 2X2 This charming well built home has many unique tile details and is sur rounded by lots of fruit trees. Solar panels net metered for low electric bills. The Company that gives back to St. John OWN A MONTH IN A LUXURY HOME Choose a 3 BR 3.5 BA or a 4 BR 4.5 BA villa in upscale Virgin Grand Estates. These 3,000 sq ft villas feature STT & sunset views, pool, AC & more. Priced from $42,000 LAVENDER HILL Luxurious 1 bedroom unit adjacent to pool with 2 decks. Walk to beach and town. Handsomely furnished, immaculately maintained, excellent rental man-agement. $499,000 MLS 12-249 $7,485,000 VIDEO MLS 12-424 $3,599,000 MLS 11-186 $4,599,000 MLS 13-538 $1,999,000 MLS 10-381 $1,295,000 VIDEO MLS 13-432 $995,000 MLS 13-470 $1,200,000 MLS 13-392 $790,000 MLS 12-139 $372,500 MLS 13-498 $599,000 MLS 14-25 GALLOWS POINT Unit 9Cone bedroom, 1.5 bath loft with private deck/ patio, common beach, pool and spa. Restaurant and concierge services on property. Walk to town! $1,100,000 WATERFRONT MLS 11-187 $1,950,000 MLS 13-7 VIDEO $659,500 MLS 14-20 $8,340,000 MLS 12-404 VIDEO $585,000 MLS 13-346 $745,000 MLS 13-129 VIDEO WATERFRONT SEARCH ENTIRE ST. JOHN MLS, VIEW PROPERTY VIDEOS AND NEWSLETTER/SALES HISTORY AT WWW.HOLIDAYHOMESVI.CO M LOTS OF LAND LISTINGS!! MOTIVATED SELLERS!! SOME SELLER FINANCING!! CAROLINA from $ 55,000 EMMAUS hillside $ 75,000 FISH BAY from $ 79,995 CHOCOLATE HOLE from $ 118,500 HANSEN BAY hillside & WATERFRONT $ 139,000 GLUCKSBERG from $ 195,000CONCORDIA from $ 225,000 FREEMANS GROUND from $ 225,000 CALABASH BOOM hillside $ 235,000 VIRGIN GRAND ESTATES from $ 249,900LOVANGO CAY South shore from $ 250,000UPPER MONTE BAY/RENDEZVOUS from $ 799,000 SABA BAY hillside & WATERFRONT from $ 999,000 PETER BAY/NORTHSHORE from $ 1,650,000 WESTIN TIMESHARES from $ 500/weekONE MONTH FRACTIONALS from $ 42,000 St. John Tradewinds F ACES OF ST JOHN EXHIBIT : More on Page 28.
28 St. John Tradewinds, March 24-30, 2014 Photography Exhibit Exposes Faces of St. John, Benets SJSABy Andrea Milam St. John Tradewinds daily lives on St. John, and though they may not ocwhich we interact with them, their faces become recognizable as a part of the island community. Theres the woman welcoming customers at a Cruz Bay retail shop; the homeless man ambling through the streets of town; the woman overseeing the hum of activity at the Julius E. Sprauve School. These faces were the focus of Sundial Experience Plannings premiere event, Faces of St. John, on Friday evening, March 21, at Motu. Images of the faces of approximately 30 St. John people, photographed by local artist Imran Stephen, were on display at the event, which also featured a drum circle performance, and a The real purpose of the event is to give a nod to the residents of St. John that were used to seeing, as well as the individual pillars of the community who are more behind the scenes, said Laura Erlandson of Sundial Experience Planning. We cover all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds in an effort to capture the true spirit of the community and to show locals and tourists alike what makes St. John so special. Erlandsons partner, Karen Jennings, dreamed up the idea while settling in to the St. John community herself. Ive been on the island about a year, and just being here and seeing all the different faces, it was really interesting to see all the different walks of life to see all the differences in the people, yet all the similari ties, said Jennings. Diverse Community Spirit The duo, along with photographer Stephen, spent time researching the island community to ensure they captured both recognizable people, as well as those making a difference behind the scenes. Faces on display at the event included JESS Principal Dionne Wells, and well-known local street person, Greenie. His is one of the photos that were really proud of, said Jennings. During this photoshoot, we discovered who he is as a person, and thats what this exhibit is all about. Were trying to showcase everyone in the community. Erlandson and Jennings, both relative newcomers to St. John, bonded over their daily commute to St. Thomas, where the duo work at Little Switzerland. It was during these daily commutes that Sundial Experience Planning was born. Faces of St. John was the various island establishments. What weve noticed is there arent many events on St. John that are focused on family and a healthy lifestyle, said Erlandson. We feel like a lot of what goes on focuses on drinking and partying. What we want to do is provide positive experiences for tourists and residents alike. All of the faces on display were photographed over a period of three months by Stephen, who donated two of the Arts receiving the proceeds. The School of the Arts is an important part of the community, and we want to support them in any way we can, said Erlandson. Each Sundial Experience Planning event will have a charity aspect. JESS and the Elaine I. Sprauve LiSt. John Tradewinds MORE PHOTOS INSIDE ON PAGE 27.