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Construction under way on new fire ...

Construction under way on new fire station

ST. THOMAS - Bulldozers have begun shaving down the hillside across from Barbel Plaza as the first step of construction of a new Hotel Company fire station. The department's current station - located on Tolbod Gade at Fort Christian, across from Vendors
National parks touted for bringing ...

National parks touted for bringing $68M to USVI

Park Visitors Direct spending Jobs supported Buck Island Reef National Monument 34,400 $2,045,900 25 Christiansted National Historic Site 91,695 $5,850,700 74 Salt River Bay National Historic Park 5,193 $291,200 3 and Ecological Preserve Virgin Isl
HOVENSA leaves wholesale gasoline p...

HOVENSA leaves wholesale gasoline prices unchanged for second week

After dropping its wholesale prices for regular gasoline almost a dollar per gallon and premium gasoline more than a dollar per gallon in the last several weeks, HOVENSA left the wholesale prices of gasoline and diesel fuel at its truck racks unchanged f
Calypso prince becomes a king

Calypso prince becomes a king

In a major upset of youth versus stalwart, first-time adult calypsonian Jalen "Yellowman" Fredericks took the 2015 Carnival Caplyso Competition crown in the early hours of Sunday morning. Which is not to say he is not experienced. He competed in the juni

ST. THOMAS - The annual economic impact report for the National Parks Service has been released, showing that the four national parks located in the U.S. Virgin Islands brought in half a million visitors and about $67.9 million to the territory in 2014.
Commissioner backpedals on gas goug...

Commissioner backpedals on gas gouging report

ST. THOMAS - Two days after releasing a report charging St. Croix gas stations with unfairly raising profit margins amid falling wholesale prices, Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Devin Carrington backed off of the gouging claim.

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On The Market: Water Views and Uniq...

On The Market: Water Views and Unique Opportunity Await at Rendezvous Property

 

Finished lower level allows owner to enjoy the view of sunrise over Rendezvous and Ditlefff Bays while finishing upper levels.

 

RENDEZVOUS ? Boasting panoramic views of Rendezvous Bay out to the turquoise Caribbean Sea, 15-I-1 Consolidat Rendezvous & Ditleff offers a unique opportunity to make your St. John home ownership dream a reality.

The three bedroom, two bathroom partially completed home is priced to sell at $849,000, explained Tammy Donnelly, owner/broker of 340 Real Estate.

?You can finish the home to your own tastes,? said Donnelly. ?And it is priced to sell.?

The partially constructed masonry structure is nestled on a 0.493-acre parcel of land in the Estate Rendezvous & Ditleff area just a few minutes from the dining, shopping and nightlife of Cruz Bay. The alabaster beaches of the island?s famed North Shore are only a short drive away as well.

Enjoy jaw-dropping views of the crystal clear waters of Rendezvous Bay below and out to the Caribbean beyond. You?ll never tire of watching the sun rise above the horizon as you start another day in paradise.

Gifft Hill School?s Energy Initiati...

Gifft Hill School?s Energy Initiative Will Save More Than $1 Million Over 20 Years

 

Gifft Hill School will save more than $46,000 per year on energy costs with new solar system.

 

GIFFT HILL ? Gifft Hill School has installed an Energy Initiative that will provide significant future savings and ultimately zero out the electric bill at the Upper Campus. A committee comprised of staff and trustees has been working hard on this project, which includes energy saving efforts, equipment retrofits, and a net-metered solar system.

For the initial phase of the Energy Initiative, ProSolar Systems installed 285 energy efficient LED bulbs at the Upper Campus over spring break. Last week, ProSolar installed three inverters and 126 solar panels and Angel Electric performed electrical work on a new 35 kW solar system.

The system, which became fully operational on April 14, supplements the school?s existing 12 kW array. The Energy Initiative will allow the school to save more than $46,000 per year, with a cumulative project value of $1.27 million over 20 years.

A monitoring system will be installed the week of April 20 and will provide the school with real-time tracking of electricity production and consumption. Data collected by the monitoring system will help inspire further energy savings and will be used for analysis and problem-solving in GHS science and math classes.

Gifft Hill School?s goal is to raise $153,000 to fully fund the project. GHS has received $91,000 in gifts and pledges to date and is continuing to fundraise to complete the final phase of the initiative, which involves further retro-fitting of the Upper Campus with more energy-efficient equipment, as well as costs associated with maintenance of the new equipment over the next 20 years.

Gifft Hill School is the only preschool through high school program on St. John, currently serving more than 160 students.

EPA Honors U.S. Virgin Islands Envi...

EPA Honors U.S. Virgin Islands Environmental Champions

New York, N.Y. ? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has honored three individuals and organizations from across the U.S. Virgin Islands with Environmental Champion Awards for their achievements in protecting public health and the environment. EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck was joined by Donovan Richards, Chair of the New York City Council's Committee on Environmental Protection, to present the awards to this year?s recipients at a ceremony at the EPA?s offices in Manhattan. 

?The EPA is thrilled to honor the work of these environmental trailblazers,? said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. ?These Virgin Islanders work tirelessly to protect human health and the environment, inspiring us all to strive for a more sustainable future.?

The Environmental Champion Award winners from the U.S. Virgin Islands (in alphabetical order) are: Caribbean Solar CompanySt. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Since its founding in 2012, Caribbean Solar Company has installed over 500,000 watts of solar energy and helped offset 576 tons of CO2. The company built a reputation as a high quality solar installer in the Virgin Islands. The Islands have one of the highest electricity rates in the world and alternatives, such as solar energy, can make the utility considerably more affordable. Caribbean Solar Company provides financing options that offer the possibility of going solar to a broad base of island residents.

Senator Justin Harrigan Sr. Recogni...

Senator Justin Harrigan Sr. Recognizes Timothy Theodore Duncan Day

ST. THOMAS ? Senator Justin Harrigan, Sr. reminds residents that Saturday, April 25 is observed as Timothy Theodore Duncan Day in the territory in recognition and appreciation of the contributions of this native son in the field of sports, particularly basketball.

"I would like to extend birthday greetings to Timothy Duncan who celebrates his birthday on April 25,? Harrigan said. ?I also commend him for his continued outstanding performances with the San Antonio Spurs.?

Harrigan said when Virgin Islanders succeed abroad they serve as ambassadors for the territory. Every time they are honored, their place of birth is mentioned, and the territory, whose main industry is tourism, gets attention, the senator continued.

In 1998, the 22nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands adopted a bill sponsored by then Senator Judy M. Gomez to declare April 25th of each year as ?Timothy Theodore Duncan Day? in recognition of the contributions that Duncan has made. It was then signed into law by former Governor Roy L. Schneider.

Harrigan encourages the Commissioners of the Department of Tourism and Sports, Parks and Recreation to publicize and organize events throughout the territory as mandated by the law.

?This is a wonderful way of showing tribute to one of our own, who has been a good role model for our youth,? Harrigan said. ?Also, by recognizing this day, we showcase the talents that can be found in these islands.?

 

 

Family Continues Recovery Vigil for...

Family Continues Recovery Vigil for Inner Visions Reggae Legend Phillip ?Grasshopper? Pickering

 

Phillip "Grasshopper" Pickering

 

SAN JUAN, PR ? The father of Inner Visions reggae artist Phillip ?Grasshopper? Pickering says his son?s condition is showing improvement since he was transferred to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Puerto Rico.

Jens Pickering says Grasshopper?s mother, Irma, is at his bedside, overseeing his recovery from a sudden illness that struck the renowned St. Johnian musician in late March.

?He?s in stable condition. He still is not talking yet. He]s doing a little bit better in Puerto Rico than he was in St. Thomas,? Jens Pickering said.

The well-known St. John musician and community activist was transferred to Puerto Rico April 5 after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Schneider Regional Medical Center in late March. Brother and Inner Visions band mate Alvin ?Jupiter? Pickering said different family members are planning to take turns at Grasshopper?s beside, keeping watch over his progress.

?Everything?s in God?s hands now,? his father said.

Several community fundraising events have taken place since Pickering was stricken.

Organizers of an event last weekend to raise funds to cover expenses for transportation and other costs say they met with success. According to Adonis Morton, one of the entertainers at the April 11 fundraiser, close to $10,000 was collected.

Morton called it a great event, produced in the spirit of a community coming together.

St. John Dial-A-Ride Program for Se...

St. John Dial-A-Ride Program for Seniors Cancelled in ?Crisis Mode? Over Funding

 

Seniors arrive at Adrian Senior Center with assistance of Program Manager and driver Dean Thomas.

 

CRUZ BAY ? The St. John Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) and Supportive Services program of the St. John Community Foundation is being forced to cancel services until Legislative Funding is processed through the Departments of Human Services and Property and Procurement.

?It is most unfortunate that this is taking place now, just two weeks before Older Americans month, a time set aside for the nation to recognize the valuable contributions our seniors have made to all generations,? Celia Kalousek, Director of the St. John Community Foundation, told St. John Tradewinds.St. John Dial-A-Ride Transportation and Supportive Services program of the St. John Community Foundation has been in ?crisis mode for the past several months,? according to Kalousek.  

?As it stands now, our elderly, disabled and disadvantaged community members will not only be deprived of the reliable and compassionate services needed to get to vital medical appointments, congregate meal sites, social activities and shopping? Kalousek exclaimed.

?But they will also be denied the ability to be transported via the SJCF DART bus to get to the events and activities meant to honor them unless the funding that was promised last year is released,? the community activist added.

Program in ?Crisis Mode? ?Although services have been limited (much to the dismay of the seniors) we have been able to hold off on closing the program until now, because we believed the promises that the reimbursement of program expenses accumulated since October 2014 are imminent....but there seems to be one delay after another,? Kalousek wrote St. John Tradewinds on Friday, April 17.

On April 9, Kalousek attended a St. John Town Hall meeting to make a plea to the Senators present to see if they do anything to help speed up the processing of the funds that the Senate allocated to the St. John Community Foundation to provide essential St. John Dial-A-Ride Transportation and

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Intrigue Deepens at Republican Comm...

Intrigue Deepens at Republican Committee in Virgin Islands

The creation of Virgin Islands Republican Party PAC was news to many prominent Virgin Island Republicans. Now it seems to be a source of conflict.
A Major Addition to Virgin Islands ...

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands Park

The National Park Service recently purchased the beach at Maho Beach and its surrounding hillside for the Virgin Islands National Park.
Accommodations | A Virgin Islands G...

Accommodations | A Virgin Islands Getaway Where Richard Branson Is Your Landlord

The Virgin Group tycoon unveils his new $60,000 rental on Necker Island, which replaces the mansion that burned in a fire in 2011.
N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those Wi...

N.E.A. Grants Aim to Reach Those With Limited Access to the Arts

A concerts series for veterans and an exhibition of work by artists with disabilities are among the projects awarded grants.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Vir...

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

Better than boating or diving, paddle boarding is a 360-degree experience, with vistas of land and sea all around.
Rum Battle in Caribbean Leaves Tax ...

Rum Battle in Caribbean Leaves Tax Hangover

Rum has set off a dispute between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over a tax the U.S. treasury collects on it.

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