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Sirenusa Pesticide Poisoning Investigation Makes National News with CNN ReportPage 2 PGU INSURANCE SERVICESServing the Community Since 1972 Lumber Yard Business Center, St. John, VI Email: Web: (340) 776-6403 Pan Dragons Welcome Adult Players in Mission To Become a Community Steel OrchestraPage 9 FWS Pulls Boating Infrastructure Grant Fund from Summer’s EndPage 5 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom OatEASTER EGG MADNESS – Several local businesses including Sea Glass Vacations, Waterfront Bistro and Mr. Pipers Jeeps sponsored an Easter egg hunt for the children of St. John on Saturday, April 4, with nearly 200 St. John youngsters of in Cruz Bay, volunteers ran snow cone and popcorn machines offering free snacks, Sea Glass employees cooked hamburgers and hotdogs for everybody in attendance and there were games and a story time for the kids. The volunteers “hid” more than 1,500 eggs around The Battery which the scores of children searched out in several lights and sirens and delighted the children, albeit scaring a few. St. John Thoughts and Efforts Rally Around Hometown Musician Grasshopper PickeringSTORY INSIDE ON PAGE 3 April 6-12, 2015 Copyright 2015Deadline Extended To Match Funds For Purchase of New Island Can CrusherPage 8Kate Noreet To Be Honored With LaMotta Award for Public ServicePage 4


2 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 EDITOR/PUBLISHER MaLinda Nelson WRITERS Jaime Elliott, Tom Oat, Amy Roberts, Judi Shimel, Andrea Milam COLUMNISTS & CONTRIBUTORS Mauri Elbel, Chuck Pishko, Yelena Rogers, Tristan Ewald, Andrew Rutnik, Craig Barshinger, Jack Brown, Mares Crane, Dan Boyd, Bob Malacarne, Raven Philips NEWSLINE (340) 776-6496 ADVERTISING MAILING ADDRE SS Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 CIRCULATION Call the newsline to be added as a newsstand outlet SUBSCRIPTIONS U.S. & U.S.V.I. only $90.00 per year email: THIRD CLASS PERMIT U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 3 St. John, VI 00831 COPYRIGHT 2015 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 While he has been meeting with small groups for some time, Senator-at-Large, Almando “Rocky” Liburd will host a series of p.m. at the Legislative Annex in Cruz Bay. Park issues and other matters will be discussed.Town Hall Meeting Set for April 9The Bethany Moravian Board of Stewards is hosting an Inspirational Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 11, from 7:30 to 10 Marie Luke of the Cavalry Baptist Church of Coral Bay. Tickets are $12 and are available from church members or call (340) 776-6291 or e-mail The Cruz Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church Health Ministries is hosting a free community vegetarian cooking class on Sunday, April 12, at 6 p.m. at the lower level of the church. The cooking class will be presented by Nature’s Way Health Food Store. For more information, call 340-513-8503.Moravian Prayer Breakfast April 11Join Cid Hamling at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hill School Lower Campus for the topic: The Phoenix Rises. Hamling will share the history and experience of being raised in the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Atlanta in the 1950s documentary entitled “The Phoenix Rises” depicting the struggles of a liberal religion in the conservative South will be shown.Cid Hamling To Speak at UUF ServiceFree Vegetarian Cooking Class April 12 The St. John Film Society will present Tie It Into My Hand on Tuesday, April 7, at the St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. Director Paul Festa will be on hand for questions and answers following the screening. A $5 donation is requested at the door. SJFS Screening “Tie It Into My Hand” The St. John Historical Society will wrap up its 2014-15 season with a potluck gathering on Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the Bethany Moravian Church Hall. Board member and noted Vir maritime marronage — a strategy of resistance in which enslaved St. John. Before freedom-seeking St. Johnians began escaping bondage to Rico by a clandestine maritime “underground railroad” operated largely by free people of color. Tyson’s presentation, drawing on a rich cache of archival documentation, will focus on events and individuals involved in this little-known dimension of St. John’s rich maroon heritage. Bring a dish to share. All are welcome to attend what is sure This will be a wonderful evening of fellowship, good food and continued documentation of the rich history of this special island.SJHS End-of-Season Potluck April 14St. John Tradewinds News GraphicThe CNN story about the St. John pesticide poisoning featured aerial views of the Sirenusa condominium project and Cruz Bay.Sirenusa Pesticide Poisoning Investigation Makes National News With CNN ReportSt. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — “A trip to paradise turned nightmare.” for their lives.” The negative publicity feared in the aftermath of the accidental poisoning of a vacationing Delaware family when a neighboring condominium in Cruz Bay was fumigated with a deadly pesticide was reignited on Saturday, April 4, when CNN aired a two-minute story on the aftermath of the tragic incident. Two weeks after the Delaware family members were taken ill in their vacation condominium in the early hours of Friday, March 20, the two boys 14 and 16 remain “in comas in critical condition,” CNN reported in the short piece replete with dramatic promotional shots of the condominium project perched above Cruz Bay which aired several times. The parents condition improved after the family, repeat visitors to St. John, was airlifted back to the states, and the mother, Dr. Theresa Devine, has been released from the hospital. The father Stephen Esmond, a private school teacher and administrator, is reportedly conscious but unable to talk. Their two teenage sons remain in induced comas. EPA Opens Criminal Investigation The U.S. Justice Department has now opened a criminal investigation into the incident, “working to determine what happened,” according to the CNN report. Continued on Page 18


By JUDI SHIMEL St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — When word got around that a popular musician and well-loved son of St. John had fallen to a sudden illness, there were many who quickly mounted a mission of the heart. Within one week, efforts were hopper” Pickering, leader of a popular reggae band that had made a name for itself long enough to produce a new generation of talent. The famous bandleader, singer, guitarist and community activist has been moved from intensive care at the Roy L. Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Puerto Rico on Sunday and is in stable condition. The St. John Recovery Fund, and a radio telethon are among the different ways friends and supporters of Pickering and the Inner Visions Band have chosen to rally around the stricken artist. (The exact nature of the malady that sent Pickering to intensive care was not disclosed by family members speaking to St. John Tradewinds over the weekend.) “He’s stable right now, that’s all the doctor is telling me,” said Irma Pickering, his mother. What some friends and supporters have described are circum stances that have befallen many on St. John who make their lives as self employed persons in a tough, seasonal economy: A devastating illness or injury met by limited resources and little to no access to health insurance. They’re the kind of circum stances friends say have moved stages, onto beaches, into concert venues and block parties to help people and institutions in need. forward on his behalf said for that reason and many more, they were raising enough money for Picker ing to get transport off island and the best chances to get well at a Veterans facility. Cid Hamling, owner of Connections Secretarial Service spoke about the efforts six days after activated the Recovery Fund along with Perdita Stapleton and got in Affairs. “They’re working on it,” she said, with a note of frustration. The four and a half day Easter holiday weekend was slowing things down. per’s son) was playing guitar in tapping his foot, and that’s a good sign,” she said. But others are stepping up as well. Inner Visions’ booking agent Me page on Pickering’s Facebook page (Facebook/Phillip Hopper Pickering) had amassed $10,500. Steyert praised the telethon run Friday and Saturday by a local Internet radio deejay, Daddy Lion Chandell, dubbed “Operation almost $3,000 on Friday. With the individual donations came messages of encouragement: said one. St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 3 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Ervin Dorsett Jr., Courtesy of St. John MagazinePhillip “Grasshopper” PickeringSt. John Thoughts and Efforts Rally Around Hometown Musician Grasshopper Pickering St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y may be made to St. John Revolving Fund and dropped at or mailed to Connections, PO Box 37, St. John, VI 00831. When writing checks please put “Phillip Pickering “ on memo line. All donations are tax-deductible and every cent goes to Phillip. We all wish him the best and encourage assisting this wonderful individual. – The Board of the St. John Revolving FundSt. John Revolving Fund Returns T o Assist “Grasshopper” PickeringFrom Tampa, Florida: “Praying for a speedy recovery.” Closer to home: “What’s happening here? I hear u r in need, brother ” Fans posted a photo of a light house at sunset and a performance shot from a club called the Wild Hare. There was a You Tube per formance of an Inner Visions song, “My Father’s Prayer,” and more messages from the heart: ing thoughts your way. The world misses you.” Sentiments online for Picker ing’s recovery “have been over whelmingly positive,” said Steyert online reggae chat room around 2000. They formed a friendship, which grew into a business relationship in 2006 when Inner Visions travelled to Ashville, NC to perform. With no idea of what was involved in booking a reggae band on tour, Steyert took the task on, sending Inner Visions on to the college circuit, where they gained in popularity. That popularity even took the band to the famed Stone Pony Bar is Asbury Park, New Jersey, musical home to the state’s most famous son, Bruce Springsteen. “You can’t help but have a lot of respect for him and his compassion and understanding of people,” Steyert said. “Compassion for People” Mary Bartolucci with the St. Continued on Page 19 Thursday, April 7th – April Steyert, INDEXBusiness Directory ..............20 Church Directory .................18 Community Calendar ..........16 Crime Stoppers ...................19 Crossword Puzzle ...............20 Cryptoquip ...........................19 Guest Opinion .....................15 Letters .................................14 On the Market .....................13 Real Estate .........................10 To the Rescue .....................10


4 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 Open TuesdaySunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel: 693-5579Beautifying America’s ParadiseHUGE DISCOUNTon volume sales Happy Holidays! St. JohnTradewinds News Photo Courtesy of Facebook St. John Tradewinds CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Design, Inc. is one of four women being honored as 2015 recipients of the Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award at the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 18, ing this year’s gala, “An Ole Time Fete.” The Chamber presents the Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award to outstanding Virgin Islanders and deserving organizations. The award was established in 1983, to recognize the contributions to the U.S. Virgin vate citizens whose achievements work of LaMotta. Prior to his death in 1980, LaMotta was President of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce, a Small Businessman of the Year, a civic leader and renowned Caribbean composer and musician. The award is presented to individuals who exhibit dedication, sincerity, forthrightness and ethics in the performance of his or her duties or in the practice of his or her business or profession. 2015 Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta Community Service Award recipients are: Katina E. Coulianos, Chief erties; Karishma C. Jagtiani, CoOwner, Bobby’s Jewelers; Shirley Monsanto Travel Agency. In addition to managing their successful businesses, these women have contributed to the success of many groups on St. Thomas and St. John including: Rotary, United Preservation Commission, St. John Historical Society, Friends of the V.I. National Park, St. John School of the Arts, All Saints School, and the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce. There will be a feature story on each honoree in the Awards Booklet. In 1999, the Board of Directors added the recognition of an individual involved in the leader organization or an organization for the service it provides to the community and the 2015 honoree is Corinne Lockhart of the Dinner and a Cause charitable organization. The April 18 event will begin with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:45 p.m. Attire is colorful island elegant. Tickets are priced at $140 per per son and include a gourmet dinner, complimentary wine and an open bar. Please call 776-0100 to reserve your tickets. News Photo Courtesy of Facebook


es of the Virgin Islands National Park and the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument from inmers and Rick Barksdale have plans to construct a 145-slip mega marina in Coral Bay harbor. They ing by convincing FWS that 37 percent of their project would benthe local Coastal Zone Management process, getting a green light from a controversial St. John CZM Committee in October. Despite the DPNR permits, before construction can begin, the marina still requires permits from the Army Corps of Engineers as well as the local legislature for use of submerged lands. In the wake of DPNR’s decision, several Coral Bay and off marina project formed the group Save Coral Bay and raised more than $90,000 to launch a legal The community group in collaboration with V.I. Conservathe Virgin Islands Board of Land Use Appeals. That appeal has not been heard yet. Working with federal environmental lawyers, Save extensive comments to ACOE, which has not yet issued its deciSt. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 5 FWS Pulls Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds from Summer’s End GroupBy JAIME ELLIOTT St. John Tradewinds After months of formal complaints, bureaucratic red tape and a Freedom of Information Act request which netted hundreds of pages of internal and external emails, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser $1.27 million grant from Summers The grant was awarded in December 2013 to V.I. Department of Planning and Natural ResourcFWS distributes the funds as part ects which construct, renovate and maintain facilities for tranfunded by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund with allocations that will be lost if they are not spent by regional FWS ofFWS Southeast Regional ofgram grant. Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Chief marina was not eligible because of the harm it would cause the environment. gram grant projects is found under 50 CFR Boating Infrastructure which states: ‘What activities are ineligible for funding?’ Piccirilli wrote. “Your project is ineligible for funding if you propose to: (c) valuable resources or alter the cultural or historic nature of the area.’ After receiving information concerning potential impacts of the marina project to the environmental and cultural resources of the area, we revisited our initial decision to fund this award in light of 50 CFR 86.21.” “Consequently, we have decided to discontinue this award based on our analyses of the information received,” he wrote. any funding to date, FWS authorized the expenditure $176,449 of federal funds for the developers “to complete the required environmental, economic, cultural compliance, and permitting documentation (‘soft costs’),” Piccirilli wrote. “The Service also authorized the grantee to expend up to an additional $127,366 of the federal budget if additional funds were needed for the permits and compliance studies, thus allowing for a total of $303,815 for ‘soft costs’,” Commissioner Dawn Henry. “After one year, minimal progress has been made on the grant project. Piccirilli’s letter enumerated 21 issues which need to be addressed ing from addressing pile driving acoustic impacts to sea turtles to analyzing impacts to the resourcSt. JohnTradewinds News Photo Graphic File Principals of the St. John Marina, Yacht Club at did not respond to an email request for comment on the federal decision. Continued on Page 19


6 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 First Practice Swim Is April 12 for Annual Beach to Beach Swim St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — The 12th annual Beachto-Beach Power Swim is only seven weeks away on Sunday, May 24, and organizers want to help hopeful participants prepare. To help swimmers train for the event, Friends of Virgin Islands National Park has scheduled three practice swims, with the for the practice swims is as follows: Trunk Hawksnest The practice swims will all start at 8:30 a.m. (please note that on race day the swim will start at 8 a.m.) from the north end of Maho Beach. As always, safety is of utmost impor tance and Friends will have kayaks, SUPs, and safety boats accompanying the swimmers. For swimmers coming from St. Thomas, they should take the ferry that leaves Red Hook at 7:30 a.m. The Friends will have a vehicle meet the ferry and transport swimmers to Maho. Four Simultaneous Events The Beach-to-Beach Power Swim contains four simultaneous events: to Cinnamon Beach (1 mile) Beach to Trunk Beach (2 miles) to Hawksnest Beach (3 miles) teams) from Maho Beach to Hawksnest Beach. The relay team transition points will be at Cinnamon Beach and Trunk Beach. In each of the events, swimmers may posure suits in a separate category of “assisted” swimmers. However, swim paddles, webbed (training) gloves and other swim aides are not permitted. Registration Is Now Open There are reduced registration fees for swimmers 17 years and younger; as well as reduced registration fees for early registration (thru May 1). Please visit swim for complete information on this event and to register. Swimmers can also register by phone by calling 340-779-4940 Or in person on: Store in Mongoose Junction or Connections in Cruz Bay or Coral Bay Havensight or Red Hook Joe Kessler, president of the Friends and the race director, reminds interested swimmers that registration will be limited to 350 swimmers, the largest Power Swim to date, and that registration typically sells out. Registration has been very strong so far, so please register soon to be sure you get a place, he reminds those that are interested in participating. for Property Owners and Stakeholders OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR THE HONORABLE OSBERT E. POTTER LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS ST. JOHN Wednesday, April 8, 2015 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. ST. JOHN LEGISLATURE CHAMBERS TOPICS: Exemptions and Tax Credits The Appeals Process Tax Rates Understanding the Value of Property For more information, call 340 7742991 ext 4117.


St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 7 Creating unforgettable vacations since 1996 toll free: 1-888-693-7676 tel: 340-693-7676 fax: 340-693-8923 RENDEZVIEW — This 4 bed, 3 1/2 bath beachfront villa is a perfect for newlyweds, families, small groups & is a 5 minute drive to Cruz Bay. Just below the villa is a short path to Hart Bay beach which is excellent for beachcombing & snorkeling. This fabulous villa offers a combination sophistication and romantic charm. This W eek’s Feature Gretchen Labrenz Margie Labrenz Amanda Arquit SELLING? BUYING? RENTING SEEKING? GET RESULTS!St. John Tradewinds crane ROBERT CRANEARCHITECT, A.I.A.P .O. BOX 370 CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN U.S.V.I. 00831(340) 776-6356 By RAVEN PHILLIPS St. John Tradewinds RENDEZV OUS BA Y — With their Villa Tesori overlooking the beauty of Fish Bay, Reef Bay and Monte Bay, owners Brian and Lisa Duelfer do all they can to look out for the well-being of the St. John Animal Care Center. The Duelfer have announced they will make annual donations to the ACC and have pledged to donate a percentage of the annual revenue from their villa rentals to the St. John animal shelter and want to encourage other island vacation homeowners to join them. “We are people who have been given an ability to help and believe it is our responsibility to do so,” Lisa explained. “We normally hide from publicity, but the beauty of the islands and the generosity and kindness of its people over whelmed our need for privacy.” The couple is encouraging other villa owners to follow their example. “We are blessed and believe we should pay it forward,” said the Duelfers. “We have chosen to donate a percentage (two percent) of the gross revenue from Villa Tesori to the ACC, with a guaranteed minimum dollar amount.” The guaranteed minimum is $5,000 and the proceeds will be dispersed monthly. The couple is involved in several charities that focus on donating percentages from business proceeds, but they opted to focus on the Animal Care Center because of their previous involvement. “As I make it a point to visit the ACC on every visit and walk the dogs as often as possible it makes sense for us to support them,” said the Duelfers. “Further we have agreed to donate a week at Villa Tesori (seven nights, offseason, maximum 10 guests) for next year’s fundraising auction for the ACC.” The weekly rental value of the home is $7,600 “To us pets are furry children. No matter how bad your day, when you walk in the door you are greeted by unbounded love and joy,” the Duelfers explained as they rethis donation effort. The couple remarked on the joy animals can give people. “From the moment that they see you come to get them, they know they are going for a walk,” the couple added of their ACC friends. “No matter how bad your your heart sing.” The Duelfers also disclosed the other ways they support the Animal Care Center. “While in Pennsylvania I am shameless in asking my friends and others for support of the ACC. It is not uncommon for us to bring down a suitcase or two of items for the shelter,” explained the Duelfers. “A number of pet-related businesses have been kind enough to give us items to share with the shelter.” “It is our hope that with the help of our contribution and that of others, (shelter manager) Ryan manent homes for all the rescues in the islands,” they added. The couple is already receiving support for their decision. “Laura and John Brego of Destination St. John, our property managers, were not only supportive but quickly offered to waive their fee for the donated week,” explained Lisa Duelfer. “It turns out that Laura had been closely involved in the ACC previously and is very supportive of our effort on their behalf,” she added. “She will arrange for donations guests leave at Villa Tesori make it to the ACC if the guest is unable to get to the shelter on their own.” “Brian’s employer Ameriprise is matching a portion of our donation,” she continued. To those interested in giving back to the islands, the Duelfers had this to say: “While we have chosen to publicly adopt the ACC, we also support other worthwhile causes in the Virgin Islands. We would hope that every Villa owner choose at least one worthy cause in the islands to help maintain and support its beauty and people.”Villa Tesori in Rendezvous Supports Animals –Owners Lisa and Brian Duelfer Donate to ACC St. JohnTradewinds News Photo Brian and Lisa Duelfer, left and center, with local animal shelter manager Ryan Moore at the Animal Care Center.


8 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 GET IN YOUR CUSTOMERS’ F ACE AD V E R T I S E ON. . . ISLANDTREASUREMAPS@GMAIL.COM WhatT App-solutely Fabulous W hatT oDoV I“Be here even when you are there”Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands 340-779-4982 Follow us on facebook St. JohnTradewinds News Photo FileA St. John resident has pledged a $20,000 donation match for an aluminum can crusher. St. John Tradewinds RENDEZV OUS BA Y — With more than a million visitors a year, St. John’s population is hundreds of times greater than its number of residents. Tourism is good news economically but there are consequences to being a “Tropical Paradise.” Solid waste is a major threat to the VI National Park and the island as a whole. The absence of an isof trash disposal have long been issues that endanger St. John’s fragile eco systems. pounds of building materials from going to the beleahas partnered with the St. John Community Foundation to purchase an aluminum can crusher. The can crusher uses 59,000 lbs. of compaction step in recycling St. John’s waste. But there are considerable startup expenses and operational costs to get this program up and running. In honor of Earth Day, a resident of St. John has pledged $20,000 in matching donations made by April 24 toward preserving St. John, starting with the can crusher. If the $20,000 goal is reached by April 3, he will donate an additional $5,000. Once operational, the income from the alumiSt. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y Community Foundation have raised $16,900 toward Preserve St. John recycling efforts, including the purchase of a can crusher. A generous donor has agreed to double the funds raised and will add another $5,000 if $20,000 is reached, for a total of $45,000! The deadline to reach $20,000 was originally April 3 but has now been extended to April 10. Time is running out! Please donate today. Visit or call William Willigerod at 340-643-5313 or Harith Wickrema at 340-714-2086. Donations by April 24 Will Be Doubled as IGLA Seeks Support for Island Recyclingstart recycling plastic, paper and glass. in Preserve St. John efforts. However the cooperation donate, please visit or call William Willigerod at 340-643-5313 or Harith Wickrema at 340-714-2086. THE COUPON COVERS AUT O SERVICES OF: 20% OFF CARAVAN A UTO SERVI C E S(340)779-4800 The Repair Shop (340)779-4803 Brake Service Shocks & Struts Suspension Water Pumps Transmission Flush Alternators/ Starters Radiators Fuel Induction Service Coolant Service Coupon must be present at time of purchase and only redeemable at The Repair Shop. Coupon does not apply to special order parts—only for stock parts. It is also not valid in conjunction with other specials and is on installation parts only. Coupon does not include shop supplies or disposal fees. Tires excluded. EXPIRES 04/30/2015.$20 OFF ALIGNMENTS


St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — Want to be a Pan Dragon? But you’re not a kid? No problem! The Love City Pan Dragons is ready to grow its original mission and become a community steel orchestra with members of all ages. There is a strong tradition throughout the Caribbean of steel bands that are a happy mixture of adult and youth players, according to Pan Dragon board president Elaine Penn. Steel pan, like any musical instrument, can be a lifelong pursuit, Penn points out. But that message has not been getting across in the Virgin, Penn admits. St. John currently provides no oppor tunity for adults to be part of a steel band and Pan Dragons youth members drop out at younger and younger ages each year, as they perceive steel pan orchestras here in the VI as only a children’s thing, to be abandoned as soon as schedules tighten up and pre-college demands heat up, said Penn, a long-time Pan Dragon member. Penn. “We want to show our children that steel pan is not just something you do because your mom is at work or you need community service credits for high school, but something that you start as a child and pursue joyfully through your whole life.” The Pan Dragons are not abandoning their mission as a safe, educational, char acter-building and culturally-enhancing after-school and weekend youth program, but they are welcoming adults to join the Pan Dragons in becoming musicians from scratch or to reconnect with their steel pan roots, Penn explained. Adult Mentorship “We want you there not only to learn and up presence to be mentors and examples for our children of discipline, commitment, and a lifelong love of music, steel pan and ser vice to our Virgin Islands culture and community,” she added. “We have openings in all sections of the orchestra and will work with you to Dragon? Well, time to come home. Are you a newbie? If a third-grader can do it, so can you!” she enthused. tor/arranger, Ikema Dyer, who has a lifetime of experience with groups of all ages, and who led his home band in Antigua to victory in their 2014 Panorama competition, and whose patience, determination and skill transforms children as young as seven into real pan players, according to Penn. “You can expect not only to learn to play the instruments, but how to handle, set up and care for them, as any musician does who is part of an orchestra or ensemble,” ever deeply you want to immerse yourself in the steel band experience, we are ready to help take you there.” “We will expect you as adults to have the capability to pay a modest monthly fee to help defray the costs of our professional instructor, tuning and maintenance of the pans,” Penn added. “Know also that we are corporation; our board members have always served as volunteers.” “Our doors are open from NOW for you to come and check us out,” the Pan Dragon Parks and Rec Youth Center across from the and Saturdays noon to 3 p.m. These hours can evolve based on demand and need. Call or text board president Elaine Penn, at 340-998-3726, or email pandragonmom@ or You can also talk to other board members, Ann Monsanto at BMV, Catherine Lee at Tunick, or Ruth and Hulbert Frett.St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 9 Love City Pan Dragons Welcomes Adult Players In Mission To Become Community Steel Orchestra Gallows Point Resort (above lobby) Cruz Bay, St. John, VI SUNDAY BRUNCH11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Dine with Sunset Views on St. John” Lounge Opens 5 pm Dinner Starts 5:30 pm Open 7 Days Reservations Appreciated Full Bar Resort Casual Dress Credit Cards Accepted Canines, Cats & CrittersOur new location is 2.5 miles out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road (next to Moses’ Laundromat) BOARDING GROOMING PET SUPPLIES tel: 693-7780 l email: k9 catscritters @yahoo .com WE HAVE FISH Don’t miss this wonderful evening! FRIDAY NIGHT FETE BEST OF BOTH WORLDSFriday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. Mongoose Junction, St. JohnPEARL & LEATHER JEWELRY BYBEACH GURL DESIGN St. John Tradewinds News Photo The Love City Pan Dragons are ready to grow as a community steel orchestra featuring performers of all ages.


donation next time you patronize their business. United States Senator Tim Kaine (Democrat from Virginia) was in town on March 29. St. John Rescue President Martha invited the Senator to meet with regarding the tragedy at Sirenusa. Bob briefed Senator Kaine on the events that happened, and the Senator praised both St. John EMS and St. John Rescue for their brave work. Senator Kaine related some information about the family members. Bob gave him a St. John Rescue shirt. Once again the fact that we train regularly was evident. St. John Rescue continues to offer CPR classes on the second Saturday of each month. If you are interested in learning this critical life saving skill please call St. Malacarne at (340)626-5118 or email at Our featured St. John Rescue member of the month is: Mikey Kent. Mikey came to St. John 3 and a half years ago from San Diego, California. He attended UVI and is working as a National Park Diver. Mikey joined St. John Rescue a year ago because he wanted to give back to his community and to help out friends and neighbors in need. He also joined to keep cur rent on the latest rescue skills. Mikey is a CPR and First Aid instructor, scuba instructor, lifeguard, Emergency Medical Responder and is trained in wilder safety dive team is on his agenda for the coming year. Mikey has also taken in two rescue dogs. If you see Mikey please let him know that you appreciate his dedication to St. John Rescue. Hassen and Deputy Chief John Fitzgerald. On Monday March 16 Administrator Paris called a meeting of all government agencies who deal with emergency services on St. John. Representatives from Police, Fire, EMS, Health Department, Department of Justice, Public Works, and of course, St. John Rescue were in attendance. The two-hour meeting discussed all issues of importance to St. John visitors and residents. There will be more meetings to address the issues that are pertinent to St. John. Our latest EMR class is winding down and will conclude with a three-hour testing session on April 16. Five candidates for EMR cer in this class. The course is comprehensive and should prepare our newest members for the task of saving lives on St. John. GoFundMe for “New Jaws” We are still working on raising funds to purchase a new set of “Jaws”. Our old set sustained damage during that grueling six-hour extrication emergency last month. We hope to purchase a new Holmatro set of extrication equipment since it is the same type used by Coral Bay Fire. All the tools will be interchangeable with their set. Now, if there is another large vehicle accident or building collapse the island should have sufwho is trapped. If you can help us with a doFundMe” or simply mail a donation to St.John Rescue. P.O.Box 1225 St. John, VI 00831 St. John Rescue thanks Love City Welding, St. John Botanica, Boopy Excavating and St. John Repair Shop for loaning equipment and donating material and time that were instrumental in rescuing a victim of the crane crash on Kings Hill Rd February 20. Please thank them for their St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y all our friends and neighbors in the US Virgin Islands. The month of March has been one of great changes for St. John Rescue. On March 5 at our annual meeting a new Board of Directors the history of St. John Rescue the board is comprised of non rescue members. Our new board members are: President Martha Toomey, Secretary Cindy Edge , Treasurer Casandra Moore and Liaison Amy Raymond. are not on the board were chosen at the April meeting: Training Of-10 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 MARCH CALLS Male run over by a truck in Chocolate Hole March 30, 2015 Female with injured hip at Mongoose Junction March 3, 2015 Drowning at Honeymoon Beach March 6, 2015 Car tumbled down an embankment in Calabash Boom March 7, 2015 Cardiac Arrest at Haulover March 8, 2015 Drowning at Trunk Bay Beach March 9, 2015 Drowning at Trunk Bay Beach March 10, 2015 Dehydrated Male at entrance to Peter Bay March 10, 2015 Cardiac Arrest at Trunk Bay Beach March 18, 2015 Seizures at Siranusa March 20, 2015 Female with injured ankle in Cruz Bay March 30, 2015 Events Standing by at School of the Arts Concert March 6, 2015 Standing by at School of the Arts Concert March 20, 2015 Standing by at Blues Concert Winston Wells Park March 28, 2015 Mikey Kent To The Rescueby Bob Malacarne, NR-EMT, ASHI, NAEMT U.S. Sen. Kaine Visits St. John Rescue, Gets Brieng on Sirenusa Poisoning


St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 11 2015 Storm Refuge Permitting Process for Hurricane Hole Announced by NPS The Lumberyard/Mon-Thur 10-5/Fri 10-3/Closed 3-4 Daily See our menu at / 340-693-3333 Nature’s Way, your healthy alternative Health food store and vegan deli, is now restocked with your essential supplements, teas, and natural groceries. Shop online at Vegenaise (original) and Earth Balance butter spread (original) now in stock. St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Cor al Reef National Monument have announces procedures for mariners wishing to register their vessel for storm moorings in Hurricane Hole for the 2015 hurricane season. Vessel owners who were permitted to use a storm mooring in Hurricane Hole during 2014 and who wish to retain their storm mooring berth for the 2015 season may contact Esther Francis at esther_francis@nps. gov or (340) 693-8950, ext. 232 to obtain a 2015 application. The NPS will issue a new permit upon receipt of the application and Completed applications may be sent via e-mail, U.S. Mail, or delivered in person at the park visitor center between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and must be received by the park by May 22, 2015. Applications may be mailed to Virgin Islands National Park, 1300 Cruz Bay Creek, St John, VI 00830. A drawing will be held for all open berths on June 6 beginning at 9 a.m. at the pavilion in front of the NPS Visitor Center in Cruz Bay. Any vessel owner who was issued a temporary permit last year may contact Ms. Francis if interested in retaining the storm mooring berth for which they were issued the temporary permit, in the event that the original per mittee decides to relinquish the berth for another year. Should the original permittee elect to utilize that berth this year, the temporary permit holder would need to participate in the June 6 drawing to compete for open berths. If a vessel was sold or transferred during the past year, it is the vessel that retains the storm mooring berth and not the past owner. Ms. Esther Francis at (340) 693-8950, ext. 232, can be contacted with any questions. Wharfside Village, St. John St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — “It’s a grand night for singing!” So goes the old tune by Rogers and Hammerstein in the show State Fair, and the St. John Singers will try to prove it when they present their annual tribute to Broadway at their spring concerts on April 17 and 19. Broadway show tunes are a departure for the choir, which has been known for its classical repertoire. “We want to showcase our versatility,” said director Janice Ballard. “We’ve done classical, multicultural and spiritual music; this time we’re doing Broadway. “Members of the group, as well as members of the audience, have suggested we do a lighter program,” she added. The choir will sing selections from practically every decade of the 20th century, including songs from West Side Story, Chicago, and Rent. Students from the St. John School of the Arts will be the special guest performers. The concerts will be at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay on April 17 and at Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $20 for adults; children will be admitted for free. St. John Tradewinds There will be three events throughout the territory recogniz ing the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration announced. The St. John event is set for Wednesday, April 15, starting at 3 p.m. at the Westin St. John Ballroom All Virgin Islands Vietnam Veterans are asked to come into the mailing addresses to make sure they are on the invitation list or call 340-774-6100 on St Thomas. Next of Kin for deceased Vietnam Veterans are also encour aged to submit their names and addresses so that they can be sent their loved one as well. All Virgin Islands Vietnam Veterans that register will receive individual recognition.April 15th Event on St. John Will Mark 50th Anniversary of Vietnam Conict By EMILY LUNDBERG Special St. John Tradewinds CORAL BA Y was huge and also a huge success. Donated items were piled high on six tables, hanging on racks, and spread out on the ground in front, behind, and on each end of the sale area. The action was often fast and furious, as prices were so low as to elicit disbelief in some buyers. Everyone connected with this yard sale was a winner: some were able to rid themselves of unwanted stuff, others were delighted to acquire new stuff (often these categories overlap in the received funds from all the proceeds. This year the major recipient of funds was St. John Rescue, in view of its critical needs resulting from recent major rescue operations. Portions of the proceeds also went to the Animal Care Center of St. John and Pets2Vets. Another winner in this of used goods. “Pets and Vets” yard sales have been organized twice yearly by Angela Ebner. Donors and volunteers have assisted, and the restaurant Pickles in Paradise has made available a prime roadside loca an individual, not as a representative of any organization. The big-hearted St. John community has pitched in, however, which has kept this win-win event growing each year.Yard Sale Funds St. John Rescue, ACC, and Pets2VetsSt. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — While members of St. John Rescue are searching for donations to replace their two pieces of outdated and damaged Jaws of Life extrication equipment, they might want to add a few pieces of emergency breathing apparatuses. Members of St. John Rescue waited until early April for the results of blood tests taken to determine their exposure to potential fatal exterminating chemicals they may have sustained in responding to the apparent accidental pesticide poisoning of a Delaware family at the Sirenusa condominium complex over looking Cruz Bay in mid-March. Test results were negative for exposure to the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), according to St. John Rescue already spends $5,000 each year to service its oxygen equipment and provides oxygen at no charge for the V.I. Fire Department, the National Park Service and the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center without charge, Malacarne noted. EMS is in the process of signing a contract for the free oxygen service, Malacarne said.Tests Clear Rescue Members of Pesticide Contamination


St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — The Best of Both Worlds Fine Art and Craft public to a special Friday Night Friday, April 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mongoose Junction, St. John. Originally from Nashville, Tracy Andersen moved to Destin, Florida, for life at the beach, but her love for the islands brought her with her husband and young daughter to live on St. John eight her dream of handcrafting Beach They now reside in Cruz Bay and feel so blessed to be making her dreams a reality. Inspired by the love of the ocean, her goal is to give leather and pearl jewelry a chic and modern makeover that has been long overdue. Tracy creates a custom delicate balance of artistry, elegance and value with ocean inspired designs. egant, simple, chic and very ver of the sea. They can be dressed up for an evening out on the town or dressed down for a day at the beach. Come and discover unique exotic awe-inspiring treasures that will instantly transport you to the beach or island that you love. Best of Both Worlds is constantly changing displays to highlight the eclectic and diverse art and jewelry offered. Come and explore many new items and enjoy a glass of wine as Tracy discusses her designs. To go with the wine that will be served in the gallery, Virgin Fire will be providing a delicious selection of appetizers to enjoy. Best of Both Worlds will be contributing 10 percent of the entire evening’s sales to the St. John Revolving Fund in support of Phillip band Inner Visions. For more information, please contact Best of Both Worlds at 340-693-7005 or by e-mail at St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 Best of Both Worlds Celebrates April 10 Surprise Fete with Beach Gurl Designs ST. JOHN SCHOOL OF THE ARTSTHE SIS FRANK CONCERT SERIES 201510 FREE STUDENT DEANNA BOGARTSATURDAY, APRIL 11Photo by Bette Bitting St. JohnTradewinds News Photo Beach Gurl pearl braceletSt. JohnTradewinds News Photo Lyle Divinsky and his band of brothers, Model Airplane.St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — Rising New York City soul star Lyle Divinsky and his band of brothers, Model Airplane, return to St. John to bring soul, funk, and good vibes in April. Whether you caught them last year or not, you’re in for one spiritIt was exactly one year ago when Lyle Divinsky & Model Airplane realized they were April Fools for living in a place where the snow is still falling in the fourth month of the calendar year. “How can you sing about groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon when you’re still freezing? It’s time to get out!” said the Maine-born soulsinging, song-slinging Brooklynite. The rest of his band agreed whole-heartedly, and they immediately bought their tickets to paradise. There ensued four days of jam-packed soul and funk on the beaches and bars of St. John. Touring Tradition Is Born After falling in love with the people, the place, and the way of life, the boys recognized that a tradition had been born. One year later and one year wiser, Lyle & Model Airplane are back with nine chances for you to come get down! The past three years have brought Lyle Divinsky from subway platforms to elite stages with living legends. This unsuspecting soul man continues to prove that he owns any stage that he walks his bare feet onto. His powerful presence brings love and light to even the most ster ile crowd. Lyle has graced the stages of some of the most renowned clubs/theatres in the northeast, has been featured on national television as one of FuseTV’s artists to watch, and was awarded the Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Scholarship (of which John Legend received in 2002). In 2014, Divinsky brought together an all-star team of soul music’s rising stars for his highly anticipated full-length release due this year. Divinsky, aka the Sasquatch of Soul, is the barefoot, boisterous, bigvoiced Mainer who “doesn’t front: he sings soul and R&B, and that’s With a voice that silences a room and a band that grooves so hard Airplane’s music is sure to get the whole island dancing and singing along.Lyle Divinsky and Model Airplane Return To Bring Funk, Soul and Smiles to St. John


St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 13 Gate overlooks protected Hurricane Hole in the V.I. National Park.St. JohnTradewinds News Photo Courtesy of Holiday Homes By JAIME ELLIOTT St. John Tradewinds EST A TE ZOOTENVAAL — Sipping a refreshing cocktail on the expansive deck while soaking up the cooling trade winds and watching the stars twinkle to life in the tropical evening sky and you’ll know Perched on a hillside overlooking the pristine waters of Hurricane Hole, the four bedroom, four and a is for sale for $5.75 million, explained Sandra Mohler of Holiday Homes of St. John. looking the Hurricane Hole National Monument, with unspoiled natural beauty to compliment the lush tropical gardens surrounding this well-built, luxurious four bedroom villa,” said Mohler. While you will certainly feel worlds away from it all, the laid-back hamlet of Coral Bay is only a few minutes away. You won’t have to go far from sunning. The quiet beaches of the island’s ruggedly beautiful East End are right nearby. Nestled on the end of a road, the home affords peaceful privacy, Mohler explained. “The end of the road privacy insures relaxing pool side days enjoying the vistas of the Caribbean Sea and multiple islands beyond,” said the Holiday Homes of St. John sales agent. The large lot size, a total 1.036-acre parcel, features lush tropical landscaping, Mohler added. “The gardens are spectacular with multiple or custom hardwood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. The spacious great room with a Caribbean style exposed beam ceiling, offers plenty of space curl up with a book. You’ll never tire of entertaining friends with dinner parties at the indoor dining area or outside overlooking those stunning water views. The four spacious bedrooms all boast en suite bathrooms and private outdoor seating areas, explained Mohler. “The four large en suite bedrooms opening to private lanais give the guests their own place to relax and enjoy the fantastic views,” she said. windmill replica on the property which houses the ancillary generator, explained Mohler. “The stone windmill replica in the yard serves as the sound enclosure for an auxiliary generator, and a tower for enjoying a cocktail and the views,” said the Holiday Homes of St. John sales agent. The home is also popular on the short term rental market, Mohler added. “This popular short term rental generates a good income to make owning a Caribbean vacation home rewarding on many levels,” she said. Mohler at Holiday Homes of St. John at (340) 7748088 or on her cell phone at (340) 514-5968.Enjoy Breath-taking Water Views of Hurricane Hole at Heaven’s Gate St. John’s Exercise Hot Spot! The Lumber Yard Complex Cruz Bay, St. JohnFor more information or to book an appointment, call 877-249-WORX (9679)or visit www.pilatesworx.comTime-honored exercises and the latest equipment to treat and strengthen the entire body.Healthy Bodies Do Pilates!TM 340-693-8500 Wedding Consulting Travel Coordination Accommodations KatiLady since 1997 Rogers Photography PO Box 554, St. John, VI 00831 340-774-4027 603-401-4757


14 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 Crossword Answers (Puzzle located on Page 20) Letters to St. John Tradewinds Cruz Bay To Start Seeing Orange Property Tax on St. John is calculated using a Mass Appraisal System (MAS) developed by Bear ing Point in 2006. The International Association of sis for Property Taxation in a jurisdiction such as the Virgin Islands. Many States and Municipalities on the U.S. Mainland use an MAS with great success. For example, Nantucket Ma, an island about twice the size of St. John but with the same population density, has successfully used Mass Appraisal for years. (Also, like St. John, a large share of their residential properties are Vacation Rentals.) Using this system, a Model is developed that calculates the Tax for every property on St. John and elsewhere. The Tax Assessors website explicitly states that their Model has tested to ensure that it is being correctly and fairly applied. It us uniformly acknowledged that this is where Bearing Point failed. Their Model produced ridiculous results and these results were challenged in Court by the Unity Day group. The lawsuit was dismissed in February 2011. As reported by the Daily News, the Judge stated that the Complaint was now moot because the Model had been updated by the Tax Point developed parameters and data. This has been The 2013 Property Tax Bills are based on a new St. John Property Tax System Fails a Basic Validation TestThank you from the Animal Care Center of St. John (ACC), to B.J. Harris and St. John Properties, for supplying new orange vests to identify the ACC dog walkers. The ACC staff and volunteers exercise the shelter dogs every morning and afternoon with walks about town. Not only does this routine help in socializing the dogs to better prepare them for adoption, it also adds to their health in general. The ACC staff and volunteers are dedicated to proper commu nity service and are vigilant about picking up dog waste during these walks. Unfortunately other dog owners are not. will be obvious to the community just who is guilty of not picking up waste left by their dogs. The ACC is a good neighbor and desires our neighborhoods to be dog poo free! If you are a dog owner, please feel free to come by the shelter to pick up dog poo bags so you too can contribute to poo free neighborhoods. Responsible dog ownership includes cleaning up after your pet. Animal Care Center of St. John Dear Governor Mapp: I am writing this letter in regards to the status of the CZM Commission on St. John. As you may recall, the night before the election, you and I spoke about current CZM problem on St. John. There are only three current CZM Commissionmembers. I offered to serve again. Recently I sent an email to the new DPNR Commissioner alerting her that the Sirius Marina project was progressing, and that two of the three CommisCommission without a quorum. from multiple federal agencies very strongly disapronmental reasons, including a denial from the EPA. The Army Corps of Engineers has received all of these letters, along with approximately 15,000 letters Also last week, we received news that Fish and Wildlife has rescinded the Boating Infrastructure mental issues were raised that the developers needed to address — issues that FWS believes were not covered adequately in the documentation provided by eiOn Wednesday of this week, I read in the Daily News that the new Commissioner of DPNR is standing behind the analysis and recommendations of the I cannot understand this. The project was analyzed mously recommended denial for a host of reasons, most citing damage to the Coral Bay environment. NOAA, National Marine Fisheries, Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, EPA, Mission Blue, the Sierra Club, etc., along with 15,000 citizens all wrote recommendations to deny. It appears that DPNR is alone in approving. A few months prior to the Public Hearing for volunteered to again serve on the Commission. This could have been easily accomplished in time to create with his refusal. My Pond Bay Club “NO” vote and their subsequent complaints were possible reasons why he did not want me to serve. The end result of the questions as to its legality. After reading the comments from the new DPNR Commissioner defending the staff recommendation, in the face of a mountain of contradictory evidence from every single knowledgeable source that was requested/required to comment, I have reconsidered. Please remove me from the list of candidates for CZM on St. John. Here is the current St. John CZM status: Two more St. John Commissioners are needed. teered. I hope and trust nominations can be made in the near future. The likely alternative is having only one person able to vote on the upcoming Sirius Marina proposal. Immediate action is needed from you to Please call or write if you want to discuss. We’re all looking forward to having a full St. John CZM Commission. Gerry Hills, St. John, VIHills Volunteers To Return to Short-handed CZM th Guest Opinion


Model developed in 2014 with new parameters deJohn these new results are as inaccurate and unfair as the results from Bearing Point. In spite of multiple requests the Tax Assessor has not published the meth odology or parameters used in this new Assessment. The Unity Day group has gone back to Court for new injunction. is an accurate representation of the St. John property market and that the new Tax Bills are fair. But how basic set of Validation Tests to ensure the the Model is accurate and fair. Other Municipalities publish the results of these tests to avoid the controversies that we have seen here on St. John. At this Website the Tax Assessor for Nantucket explains their testing procedure and criteria for accuracy and fairness. He states that if the Model fails these Tests, their Commissioner of Revenue will not send out the Tax Bills until the Model is corrected. I have applied these Validation Tests to the new St. John Assessments and they fail badly. If this were Nantucket, the Commissioner would not have issued the current Tax Bills. Instead, the Tax Assessors would be working to correct the problem. All the information that I use is available publicly so anyone who wishes can check my arithmetic. This is the process that I used: The Model used for the 2013 Tax Bills is supposed to be accurate as of January 1, 2013. The IAAO guidelines say that, if you have Residential Sales data for 2013 and 2014, they can be used in a Validation Test. This data is also available on the web. (See, for example, Cruz Bay Realty). For each property listed sessor’s Website. The Validation procedure recommend by the IAAO is as follows: For each property that was sold, divide the Assessed Value by the Sales Price and multiply by 100. This is called the Assessment Ratio (ASR). An ASR of 100 means that the Assessment was accurate. An ASR of 110 means that the Assessment was 10% too high, an ASR of 90 means that the Assessment was 10% too low. Perform this calculation for all the properties that were sold in 2013 and 2014 From this list of ASR’s calculate the Median ASR ( the number that divides thelist in half. Exactly half the properties will have an ASR higher than the Median, half will have number lower than the Median. This is the overall Median ASR. Repeat this calculation for all subgroups used in the Model. The St. John Model has a different subgroup for houses in Coral Bay versus houses in, for example, Fish Bay. It has a different subgroup for “Luxury/Mansions” versus “Standard” houses. In Nantucket, the Median ASR for each subgroup has to be between 90 and 110. If this is not true, the Model fails the Test. This is also the IAAO standard. The second Test is the Dispersion Test. A test for “Horizontal Equity”. If all Properties were valued to high or too low, the results would be wrong but they would be fair. Everybody is either paying too much or too little. But if the numbers are all over the place (some way too high, some way too low etc.) the Tax Assessment is not fair. Some people get lucky and pay less than they should, others are unlucky and pay more than they should. The IAAO measure used to (COD). such as Nantucket and St. John, should have a COD range of 5-15%. Nantucket holds itself to a higher standard. On Nantucket, the COD for each subgroup must be less than 10%, otherwise the Model fails the Test. The Model for St. John fails this second basic test and it is not even close. What follows here are the numerical results for two subgroups on St. John. The “Standard” subgroup is of most interest to St. John residents. Their homes have between two $500,000 and $1 million. There were 32 such properties sold in 2013 and 2014. The majority of these sales occurred on the Cruz Bay side of the island (the Cruz Bay Urban Cluster). So let’s look at the results for these subgroups: St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 15 The "Standard" subgroup is of most interest to St. John residents. Their homes have between two and five bedrooms and are probably valued between $500,000 and $1 million. There were 32 such properties sold in 2013 and 2014. The majority of these sales occurred on the Cruz Bay side of the island (the Cruz Bay Urban Cluster). So let's look at the results for these subgroups: For the Cruz Bay Urban Cluster the Median ASR is 96. The Median property is Assessed at 4% lower than its Market value and half the houses in this subgroup are Assessed at even lower levels. The COD is 25%., far above the Guidelines. The Assessment is extremely unfair, with some people in the Cruz Bay Urban Cluster being Assessed way too high compared to the Median and others way too low. For the Rest of St. John (essentially Carolina, Coral Bay and the East End), the Median ASR is 17% above the Market Value and the level of "unfairness" is at 20%. Now look what happens when we analyze the entire population of Standard residences in this sample. The Tax Assessors Office gets the Median ASR almost exactly right. Just over half the Standard properties are valued above Market and almost half are valued below the Market. But they do this by assessing the Rest of St. John way above the Market to compensate for assessing the Cruz Bay U.C. below the Market. The level of "unfairness" is again way to high at 24%. By IAAO Guidelines it should be no more than 15%. The Model fails badly at the second Test. Some properties are being assessed way too high, while others are being assessed way too low. The St. John Model for Property Taxes fails the basic Validation Tests recommended by the IAAO. If this were Nantucket, the Tax Assessor would not have been allowed to send out the Tax Bills. Assessed vs Sold Validation St. John (2013 2014) Address Number Sold Median Assessed Median Sold price Assessment Ratio (ASR) Dispersion (COD) Cruz Bay U.C. 22 $724,650 $782,500 96 24.9% Rest of St John 10 $830,900 $734,500 117 20.5% Total St. John 32 $756,650 $760,000 103 24.1% Island Green Building Association St. John Youth Coalition Guest OpinionSt. John Property Tax System Fails a Basic Validation Test


16 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 St. John Tradewinds welcomes notices of community-orient 776-6496, e-mail or fax 693-8885. T uesday, April 7 The St. John Film Society will present Tie It Into My Hand on Tuesday, April 7, at the St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay. A $5 donation is requested at the door. Thursday, April 9 — While he has been meet ing with small groups for some time, Senator-at-Large, Almando “Rocky” Liburd will host a series of town hall meet Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. at the Legislative Annex in Cruz Bay. Saturday, April 11 — The Bethany Moravian Board of Stewards is hosting an Inspirational Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 11, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Come and Luke of the Cavalry Baptist Church of Coral Bay. Tickets are $12 and are available from church members or call (340) 776-6291 or e-mail Opti93@ Sunday, April 12 — Join Cid Hamling at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUF) of St. John Service on Sunday, April 12 Lower Campus for the topic: The Phoenix Rises. Hamling will share the history and experience of being raised in the Unitarian-Universalist Congregation of Atlanta in the 1950s and 1960s. Saturday, April 18 — Former John’s Folly teacher and long-time island educator Melville Samuel will be honored at the annual meeting of the John’s Folly Learning Institute on April 18 at noon. — The St. John Historical Society will wrap up its 201415 season with a potluck gathering at the Bethany Moravian Church Hall. Board member and noted Virgin Islands histime marronage — a strategy of resistance in which enslaved plantations where they worked — on St. John. Saturday, May 9 — The Animal Care Center ‘s Wagapalooza fundraiser will be on Saturday, May 9, from 5 to 8 p.m at the Winston Sunday, May 24 — The 12th annual Beachto-Beach Power Swim will be on Sunday, May 24, in the protected waters of Virgin Islands National Park along the north shore of St. John. 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. Ursula’s Church. AL-ANON MEETINGS For Al-Anon meeting location and times, please call (340) 642-3263 St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Tom OatConstruction on a small lot in the Enighed-Contant neighborhood is wreaking Apartments” for the foundation of new construction in a neighborhood of three-story residential buildings. Owners of neighboring short-term rentals have been forced neighboring property owners hope on-going construction will take place during reasonable hours and not disturb guests.St. John Property Tax System Fails a Basic Validation TestTight Quarters in Enighed-ContantFor the Cruz Bay Urban Cluster the Median ASR is 96. The Median property is Assessed at 4% lower than its Market value and half the houses in this subgroup are Assessed at even lower levels. The COD extremely unfair, with some people in the Cruz Bay Urban Cluster being Assessed way too high compared to the Median and others way too low. For the Rest of St. John (essentially Carolina, Coral Bay and the East End), the Median ASR is 17% above the Market Value and the level of “unfairness” is at 20%. Now look what happens when we analyze the entire population of Standard residences in this sample. exactly right. Just over half the Standard properties are valued above Market and almost half are valued below the Market. But they do this by assessing the Rest of St. John way above the Market to compensate for assessing the Cruz Bay U.C. below the Market. The level of “unfairness” is again way to high at 24%. The Model fails badly at the second Test. Some properties are being assessed way too high, while others are being assessed way too low. The St. John Model for Property Taxes fails the basic Validation Tests recommended by the IAAO. If this were Nantucket, the Tax Assessor would not have been allowed to send out the Tax Bills. methodology I do not know whether they think that Assessors, themselves, think should apply.) I do not have access to all the data that is available to the Tax ology and the results of their Validation Tests, I would be happy to be proven wrong. Like Nantucket, other municipalities publish their methodology. They have their residents that the Tax Assessment is fair. I would also be happy if they published their meth odology and results and said “Hey, we are new at this. most people, these Assessments will not be reviewed – Submitted by Brian Bell


St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 17 Community Foundation of V.I. Offers Summer Enrichment Scholarships St. John Tradewinds CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Marvin L. Pickering, EA, PHR, Director Designee of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Internal Revenue, issues the following tax tips for taxpayers. File all tax returns by the due date. Filing a return by the due individual income tax returns. Include current mailing address. Include your mailing address, not your physical address, on the income tax return. Make sure that social security numbers are provided for the taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents. An incorrect or missing social security number will delay the processing time of the refund and may increase the tax due or reduce the refund. If you have a change in your name due to marriage or divorce, please contact the Attach Copy B of Form W-2VI to the tax return. Also attach a copy of any Form 1099 that shows tax withheld. Make sure all schedules and related forms are securely stapled to the return. Tax returns that do not have the appropriate forms attached delay the processing of the return. If applicable attach Schedule EITC (Earned Income Credit) and Schedule 2 or Form 2441 (Child and Dependent care expenses). Sign all tax returns. A return that is not signed is not a valid return for tax purposes. All income tax, withholding, gross receipts and other tax returns must be signed by the taxpayer and spouse, if applicable, or All checks in payment of income or local taxes must be made payable to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. To ensure that the payment is properly posted, all payments should be accompanied by the proper tax return or a document describing the type of tax being paid, the period to which the payment relates and the taxpayer’s in their account. The Bureau is enforcing its bad check penalty, and taxpayers who pay the Bureau with two or more dishonored checks will be prohibited from paying with personal checks. The bad check penalty is 2 percent of the tax owed or $15, whichever is greater. File Form 1040SS with the IRS. Self-employment tax returns Virgin Islands self-employed taxpayers should not use the Form 1040 SE to satisfy their self-employment taxes with the IRS. Saturday Taxpayer Assistance Program continues on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Assistance is available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for taxpayers who have simple tax returns. Please walk with W-2s and 1099s, as well as copies of your social security cards to expedite the process. be opened from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, we will extend our working hours from 7 a.m.until 9 p.m at the St. asked to contact Tamarah Parson-Smalls, Chief Counsel at (340) 714-9312.Internal Revenue Designee Pickering Has Taxpayer Tips for Income Tax FilingSt. John Tradewinds CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Summer is around the corner! The time every student counts down to but perhaps what parents fear? After all, it means the my children this summer while I’m at work?” The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) wants to help families answer that question — by offering Summer Enrichment Scholarships. The main goal of the Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for V.I. youth and to open up opportunities that would not otherwise be available. This year, CFVI is accepting applications for V.I. students who are applying to high-quality summer programs, both on or off-island. Funds for these offerings are provided through the generosity of donors who give to unrestricted funding – CFVI Angels. calls from students needing assistance to attend a quality summer program and it’s not easy to say no to that type of request,” said CFVI President, Dee BaecherBrown. “But we haven’t always had the funding or the donors to make that available.” “This year, the CFVI Board decided we needed to Brown said. This offering is available to students of all ages, up through the grade of a current High School Junior. quality of the program, with preference going to chil dren currently in foster care and children for whom The maximum award amount is $2,500. Applicadeadline of May 15. Decisions will be announced individually to students on a rolling basis as well. Students can apply for this scholarship before they are accepted into their selected program. However, CFVI will not disburse any funds until proof of acceptance to the program is supplied. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands will be awarding summer scholarships based on the following criteria requirements. An applicant must: lands; Applications for Summer Enrichment scholar ships can be submitted through an online portal; applications can be retrieved on the CFVI website at


St. John Tradewinds CRUZ BA Y — The Acting Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Health (VIDOH), Duane Howell, has submitted a request the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s and Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (ATSDR/ CDC) to conduct an epidemiologic investigation on the release of methyl bromide at the Sirenusa Condominium Resort on March 18. During this incident, the substance was released causing acute health effects to four occupants of a condominium unit at Sirenusa. VIDOH has requested to collaborate with ATSDR/CDC to coordinate the following activities: stayed in any of the fumigated units either during or after the application of methyl bromide; have worked in any fumigated units either during or after the application of methyl bromide; ment, or other people who may have entered treated units; of the potential symptoms that may have presented as a result of exposure to methyl bromide; sess and record any reports on health effects consistent with methyl bromide exposure during the time periods during and after the fumigation activities; a physician for symptoms consistent with methyl bromide exposure, or a documented health effect from an actual methyl bromide exposure; and ment effort. If you frequent an area where gases, such as meth yl bromide, may have been applied in a residential setting please take caution and report any symptoms to a medical care provider immediately. Symptoms of poisoning vary widely. Soon after inhalation of large doses, symptoms may include headache, dizziness, nausea, chest and abdominal pain, and a dry throat. To prevent potential poisoning always remember to contact the Poison Control hotline: at 1-800-2222222.18 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 Baha’i Community of St. John For Devotions and Study Circles, call 714-1641 7:30 p.m. Fridays; Study Circles 9 a.m. Sundays 776-6316, 776-6254 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. 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 Freshwater Church St. John USVI Sunday Worship 10 am at Hawksnest Beach Follow us on Facebook, 340.514.6578 Jehovah’s Witness 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 Saturdays: 6 p.m.; Sundays: 7:30 & 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. in Coral Bay at the John’s Folly Learning Institute & 6 pm. in Spanish; Mondays: 12:15 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7 a.m. & Fridays: 7 p.m. Call 776-6339 for more information. Prayer House of Faith Sunday Morning Service at 8 a.m; Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays Prayer services at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; 340-690-3820 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 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 9:45 a.m. Sunday, 776-6332 Church Directory Pesticide Poisoning Investigation Makes National NewsTerminix issued a statement that the company was “ looking into this matter internally and cooperating with authorities. We’re thinking about the family and we join the community in wishing them a speedy recovery.” Stephen Esmond was found unconscious and the boys and their mother were having severe seizures the early morning hours of Friday, March 20. The family was transported to Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas on Friday morning and airlifted to Delaware early the following week. Units T ested and Ventilated Federal Environmental Protection Agency investigators tested and ventilated the upper and lower units of building J at the condominium project, which contains the Villa Capri condominium rented by the cording to EPA spokesman Elias Rodriguez. The results of the testing will be forwarded to the Meanwhile, air quality tests indicated that venting the air inside the residential units to the outside could begin and the venting began on Tuesday, March 31, opened the windows or the units and circulated the air with exhaust fans, they said. The ventilation is being done during the day because there are fewer residents around at that time, according to Rodriguez. The areas are marked off with caution tape and residents of a neighboring building are “urged” not to occupy their units between the V.I. Department of Health Takes Measures To Assess Pesticide Release at Sirenusa Sen. Jackson Praises St. John Rescue and Hospital in Pesticide Poisoning ResponseSt. John Tradewinds CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Senator Myron D. Jackson “joined the community in issuing heartfelt prayers to Steve Esmond, his wife Theresa Devine, and their two children,” in a statement issued concerning the family who was exposed to a deadly pesticide during a March stay at the Sirenusa resort on St. John. “I commend the swift action taken by St. John Rescue and the professionalism of the staff and doctors of the Schneider Regional Hospital in rendering care to the family,” Jackson said. “It is imperative that we, the government of the Virgin Islands, are timely and responsive when the health of our citizens and our visitors is threatened.” “I am truly saddened by this event,” Jackson said. “No family should have their island getaway interrupted by such an avoidable issue.” “I am extremely disappointed in the off hands approach that the Sirenusa condominium resort management has taken,” Jackson continued. “Additionally, it disappoints me that the contracting entity may stand in violation of EPA guidelines regarding the use of this substance.” “Although I remain frustrated with the Sirenusa’s involvement in this issue, I encourage their involvement in mitigating the damaging after effects to our tourism product.” Jackson concluded.


St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 19 St. John On Monday, February 23 at 8:30 a.m. an individual reported that the business, De Coal Pot, the individual to the business and observed two window louvers on the northern side window had been removed. The business had been locked and secured on Sunday, February 22 around 9:30 p.m. and returned to on Monday, February 23 at about 7 a.m. One hundred dollars in cash was stolen. St. Croix J’Wa “Bala” Charlery is wanted for homicide in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Charlery is charged with the shooting death of woman in a Richmond hotel room in November of 2014. J’wa Charlery is a 20-year-old black male, six feet tall, weighs 160 pounds and is believed to be on St. Croix at this time. Mr. Charlery has made statements that he is that he was armed in St. Croix recently and may have been involved in a shooting near Concordia. St. Thomas On March 25 at approximately 8:50 p.m., offrom Cyril King Airport earlier in the day. While attempting to stop the vehicle in the area of Barbel cers attempted to intercept the vehicle while travel at another police unit. The suspects abandoned the one was injured. The stolen vehicle is a gray Jeep Patriot with tag # TEL-705. thing.Crimes of the W eekCruz Bay’s Coal Pot Restaurant BurglarizedThoughts and Efforts Rally Around Hometown Musician GrasshopperAs another part of Save Coral Bay’s effort, Coral Bay residents cided to take a closer look at the ber 2013 but it wasn’t announced to anyone,” said Hills. “FWS was supposed to publicize it and get community input. We heard about in September just before the CZM hearing.” After Devine wrote several emails to FWS’s Southeast ReHills got involved and sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the agency. Hills received the FOIA infor mation in October 2014, a package of about 400 pages of FWS inter nal and external emails pointing to program grant. “After reading through the “Section 86.21 of their own regulations states, ‘Your project is ineligible for funding if you propose stroy valuable natural resources or alter the cultural or historical nature of the area.’ So I wrote a complaint, based on that clause and a whole lot else.” In November Hills and Devine requesting the agency retract involved in the decision to award the grant, and nothing done by FWS to study impact on the environment,” said Hills. Their 11-page complaint details numerous instances of the project and alleges that FWS awarded the funds only to spend federal money. “The FOIA request produced ysis of this project at it pertains to the FWS statute 86.21 c),” accordappears to have been awarded by FWS as a way to use available Federal monies, with no involvement or input from the community. However, there is considerable evidence that this project fails to meet the criteria of FWS statute 86.21 c), for environmental, historical, and cultural reasons, and FWS is in possession of this evidence.” Hills did not work alone on the FWS funding, he explained. actually rescinded as a result of effort from 15,000 people who wrote letters [to ACOE] against the marina, a number of federal agencies, were closest to the action, but everyone contributed.” Tradewinds News Photo by Ervin Dorsett Jr., Courtesy of St. John Magazine“Grasshopper” Pickering FWS Pulls Boating Infrastructure Grant Fund from SEGJohn Cancer Fund shared that thought. “He’s a founding member of the St. John Cancer Fund,” Bar tolucci said. “He’s been with us from the beginning. He certainly has been generous, donating his time with the band, with emcee ing the event and with working on the music committee.” Bartolucci, Pickering and a small dedicated band, including ciety’s St. John Relay for Life event in the three years it appeared. They stayed together through the formation of the island’s cancer fund, which they say helped more than 40 people in 2013 with medical costs and costs associated with diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Although she did not express what role she was playing in the current effort to pay for medical transport and stateside treatment Adonis Morton, this year’s cancer walkathon emcee, said he too was answering the call to help, having been called by Patty Nolan at Caravan Auto to host a fundraising block party. “We’re raising some funds and we’ll be happy to do it,” Mor into a block party,” he said, adding that Nolan was working the details out and the event, in whatever form, would take place in the area of the Caravan shop and garage. ton said. Back at Connections, Hamling’s counter sidekick, Mary Pat Brown, said a $10,000 loan was offered to the recovery fund, in pass it. All donations to assist in meeting the medical costs, she said, were welcome. ing, all around,” said Brown. And as the mission grew in numbers and strength, there were those who sounded the same note as Bartolucci. “I have always felt very strongly that he is going to recover fully. Because he has more work to do,” she said.


20 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 AccommodationsCaribbean Villas & Resorts tel. 1-800-338-0987 or locally 340-776-6152 Island Getaways 888-693-7676, Suite St. John Villas/Condos tel. 1-800-348-8444 or locally at 340-779-4486Architecture 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 340-693-8524BankingFirstbank Located in downtown Cruz Bay 340-776-6881FurnitureCarlos Furniture 340-693-0016 Located at Tutu Park Mall on STT Free delivery and setup to St. JohnGreen Building check for Seminar Series info and ReSource Depot inventoryInsurance Located at The Marketplace 776-6403; Phone 775-7001 / Fax 775-7002 www.theodoretunick.comJewelryR&I PATTON goldsmithing Located in Mongoose Junction 776-6548 or (800) 626-3445 Landscaping tel. 774-1655 cell 513-2971 P.O. Box 91, St. John, VI 00831 Coral Bay Garden Center tel. 693-5579 fax 714-5628 P.O. Box 1228, STJ, VI 00831Real Estate340 Real Estate Company, LLC 340-643-6068 or 340-779-4478 Holiday Homes of St. John tel. 776-6776 fax 693-8665 P.O. Box 40, STJ, VI 00831 Islandia Real Estate tel. 776-6666 fax 693-8499 P.O. Box 56, STJ, VI 00831 info@islandiarealestate.comRestaurantsFish Trap Restaurant and Seafood Market tel. 693-9994, Closed Mondays La Tapa Restaurant tel. 693-7755 Open 7 Days a Week American Contemporary Cuisine For reservations, call 340-776-0001 Skinny Legs “A Pretty OK Place” tel. 340-779-4982 www.skinnylegs.comServicesC4th Custom Embroidery tel. 779-4047 Located in Coral BayWedding ServicesWeddings by Katilday 340-693-8500 Consulting, Travel Coordination, Accommodations St. John TradewindsBusiness Directory ACROSS 1 Neighbor of Chile 12 Some captives 20 Copies 22 Fearmonger 23 Centennial State pageant winner 25 Start to chew 27 Enjoy a meal 28 DVR biggie 29 Baste, e.g. 31 Output of Tolkien 38 Highly skilled people 40 Prudential competitor 41 “— found it!” 42 Member of a noted racecar-driving family 47 Surplus item 51 Be a cast member of 52 Oklahoma tribe member 53 Placed in the middle, to a Brit 57 120-Down character Sarducci 61 Uru. neighbor 64 Wildlife lair 65 Proverb 66 Add liberally 67 Most August newborns 69 Popular energy drink 73 Anderson of “WKRP in Cincinnati” French 76 “Fr —” (piano piece) 77 Sun, e.g. 79 — Moines, Iowa 80 Prism, cone or sphere 82 Beach shoe 85 Stands for hot dishes 86 Melody 87 “Salud!,” say 91 Dutch genre painter Jan 98 No. on a road sign 100 Navigator Islands, now 101 Cry upon release 102 1991 Denzel 109 Gave a meal 110 Hubbub 111 Chiang Mai native 112 Johnny — 113 Pool coverer 115 Open ocean 118 Parts of it appear at both the starts and eight theme phrases 123 Bel Air resident, e.g. 124 Funicello of the screen 125 Cry in church 126 Nonclerical females 127 “Possibly” 128 Veg out, say DOWN 2 Like serials 3 Pick again 4 KGB funder 5 Lav, in Bath 6 Specter in politics 7 Make swollen 8 Magna — 9 — par with 10 Stick in 11 Moreover 12 Natural home 13 With 84-Down, lunchmeat with pimiento 14 Goal in Zen Buddhism 15 Uno plus due 16 French bud 17 Knife of TV ads 19 Vermont ski town 24 Wearing a lounge robe 28 Color a little 30 Tibetan priest 32 Ending for enzymes 33 She sang “Smooth Operator” 35 4G — (T-Mobile offering) 36 Retaliate 37 Like some criticism 39 Singer Ochs 43 Actor Greene 44 — -Z 46 Chilling stuff 48 Camera stand 56 Deprived 57 Not genuine 58 Wheel turner 59 Little jerk 61 First groups of invitees 62 Snappy reply 63 Net minder 68 Splinters 70 MBA, say 71 — -ray Disc 72 Feature of the word “go” 75 — -Kit (police tool) 78 Tub traction aids 81 Medit. land 82 “Or — hear” 83 From way back: Abbr. 84 See 13-Down 86 Shut angrily 88 Structure of a plane without the engine 89 Belfry locales 90 Knotted 93 Quarterback Boomer 94 Spanish for “daddy” 95 Ball caller 96 “Sk8er —” (2002 hit) 97 Chick- — -A 99 Hold dear 102 Taj — 103 Singer Menzel 104 Drenched 105 1953 Alan Ladd title role 106 Disney mermaid 107 Religious branches 108 Die down 114 Rent- — 116 Chop down 117 — -mo 118 Animal gullet 119 A, in France 122 Certain M.D.


St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 21 Commercial/Storage Space Available 3 ACRE LOT ABRAHAM F ANCY Adjacent to National Park Convenient beach access. $819,000. Peter Briggs John Foster R. E. 340-513-1850 STORAGE: SECURED LOCKERS, AUTOS FROM $35 MONTH. 643-3283 St. John Tradewinds SUBSCRIPTIONS TRADEWINDS PUBLISHING LLCSend check payable to Tradewinds Publishing LLC P.O. Box 1500 St. John, VI 00831 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION $90.00 USD Name ____________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Telephone _______________________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________________________ Boats For Sale Real Estate Coral Bay Domain 16 units on 8 lots Off grid-solar-wind Compost-H2O recovery Pre-const, $397,500 EVERYTHING YOU NEED ON EVERY LEVEL GREAT PLACE TO SHOP, DINE AND WORK COME JOIN US WE HAVE SPACES AVAILA BLE — RETAIL, OFFICE OR STORAGE340-776-6455 Business/Real Estate For Sale SPECTACULAR OCEANFRONT LOT FOR SALE Reduced price. Level build. www.stjohnoceanfrontlot.comCall Derick 404-219-0231 HART BAY COTTAGE FOR RENT: 2 bdrm, 2 bath stone cottage. Screened porch & full A/C, Appliances: stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer, fridge. Walk to the beach. Unfurnished, $2,300/ month. Evenings 776-6765 or leave message Download St. John Tradewinds each week at CORAL BAY HOUSE FOR RENT 2.5 Bedroom 1 Bath, Unfurnished, Located near Love City Road. $1,425/mo, Call 1.480.626.7571 or 340.626.4946. For Rent POSITIONS AVAILABLE Dynamic, full service Real Estate Agency on St. John has openings for an experienced property maintenance specialist to work in our growing Property Management group. Work will involve providing routine and emergency maintenance and repairs for company’s managed properties. Proven Tradesman skills will be a plus. Applicant(s) that are considered a ‘jack of all trades’ will be given preference. Applicants must have basic hand tools, a reliable vehicle and reside on St. John. Must be available to work on weekends and occasionally at night if required. Compensation will be based on experience. Persons applying for this position must be interested in full time, permanent employment. Transients need not apply. Email resume with references to: Negotiable FOR RENT : GUINEA GROVE APARTMENTS One and two bedroom apartments with washer/ dryer, stove and refrigerator, across the street from Westin Resort. $1,150-1,700 per month. Contact Carolyn at St. John Properties 340/693-8485 FOR SALE “MALABAR” – HINCKLEY B40 Classic sailing yacht, lovingly maintained, exquisite mahogany interior. $99,500. Stu 340-643-3283. 4/1/15 Chocolate Hole East Furnished Long Term 2 bed, 1 1/2 bath. AC, W&D, Electric included. $1950/mth. Or add a 3rd bed and bath for $2800/ month. No dogs please. Text or email Ron 715-853-9696 Large two bedroom furnished apartment close to Cruz Bay available long term $1500 month with six month lease, shorter term negotiable, 340-998-7998


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24 St. John Tradewinds, April 6-12, 2015 Love City Riders, Pine Peace Market and Caravan Auto Services are hosting a BLOCK PARTY FUNDRAISER for Phillip “Grasshopper” Pickering & John “Taximan” Anthony There will be plenty of food, drinks and rafes This is to support two fundamental people of St. John in their time of need Come by and show your support!LOCATION: Caravan Auto/Pine Peace Market DATE: Saturday, April 11thTIME: 11:00am until CALL 340-779-4803 FOR MORE INFORMATIONBikes and Hotrods Wanted*