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GERS Schedules Count Down to Retirement Workshop

The Government Retirement System (GERS) invites members with two to three years before retirement to participant in a Count Down…

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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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Miss Virgin Islands Competes for Miss America Title in Atlantic City

Ashley Gabriel, a 20-year-old who resides on St. Thomas, will be competing for the title of Miss America in a live broadcast to be held on Sunday, Sept. 14, on ABC.

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2014-08-27 12:20:39
Sen. Capehart's Vehicle Carjacked

While erecting campaign signs near the Hannah’s Rest intersection on St. Croix Monday evening, Sen. Diane Capehart was victim to a dangerous armed robbery and carjacking.

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2014-08-26 01:46:21
St. Thomas-St. John Board Certifies District Primaries Anew

The St. Thomas-St. John Board of Elections met Monday to ratify the certification of the district primaries, but ended up certifying the results again, this time with a physically present quorum.

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2014-08-26 01:05:57
Local government — St. Thomas
CEMETERIES OVERRUN WITH WEEDS, SENATOR SAYS

April 11, 2002 - Some of the territory's public cemeteries are overgrown with weeds and shrubs to the point that it's hard to locate graves, Sen. Norma Pickard-Samuel charged Thursday.
Groups that traditionally put flags on veterans' graves for Memorial Day will find the task difficult this year as they try to make their way through the heavy growth, she said. And family members who maintain individual plots face an uphill battle because weeds from surrounding graves quickly find their way to the well-kept ones.
The problem is particularly acute in Western Cemetery on St. Thomas and in Christiansted Cemetery, she said, and Kingshill Cemetery on St. Croix also needs work. She said she didn't know about the condition of the cemeteries in Frederiksted, in Cruz Bay and in Hospital Ground on St. Thomas.
"I implore the commissioner of Public Works to initiate a territorywide cleanup campaign so that our dear departed are truly resting in peace and not surrounded by the blight of indifference," Pickard-Samuel said in a release.
The Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining the territory's cemeteries. Commissioner Wayne Callwood could not be reached Thursday for comment.

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The state of the cemeteries not only is disrespectful to all people in the Virgin Islands but is a disgraceful environment for departed veterans who gave their lives to preserve freedom, Pickard-Samuel said. "It doesn't speak well of the community," she said.
In years past, she said, the cemeteries were well-maintained. Saying she is ready to do whatever it takes to get the cemeteries in shape. She said she favored the formation of a "friends of the cemeteries" group that would improve conditions at the territory's public cemeteries.

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