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Temporary Office Closures of VI SHIP/Medicare Scheduled

There will be a temporary office closure of the VI SHIP/Medicare St. Croix and St. Thomas offices from July 6…

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Undercurrents: Street Naming Project Still in the Works

The move to standardize the territory’s system of street and roadway addresses and put them into a computerized program accessible to everyone is – despite appearances – not dead.

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2015-07-06 22:58:09
Fred Watts’ Life Celebrated in Pennsylvania, St. Thomas

The life of Fred Watts, local attorney and full-throated musician, will be celebrated in two memorials – one in Pennsylvania July 15 and on St. Thomas on Aug. 15.

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2015-07-06 22:48:10
Nine USVI Sailors Compete in 2015 Optimist North America Championship in Antigua

 School may be out but the work is just starting for young sailors from the US Virgin Islands who have started an intensive week of competitive sailing in Antigua

The nine sailors from St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are competing in the 2015 North America Championship which has attracted 163 sailors from 23 countries.
With a 10-day program that includes training, five days of fleet racing and one day of team racing, these young sailors have a busy schedule from July 3 until July 1.
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2015-07-06 11:20:42
Local government — St. Thomas
DOL Announces Start of Summer Youth Work Experience Program

 The V.I. Department of Labor has begun to accept Summer Youth Work Experience applications. It anticipates serving approximately 425 customers, ages 14-25, territory-wide. These numbers may increase due to cost sharing opportunities with other agencies and private sector placements, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the V.I. Department of Labor.
“This year, more than ever, we look forward to the private sector’s involvement in the program, including subsidizing summer job opportunities. We are partners in providing work experience, and consequently, providing for the development of our future workforce. We know that this opportunity not only keeps money in the pockets of our young people, but also provides valuable experience and keeps them productive throughout the summer,” said Commissioner Albert Bryan Jr..
Applications are available on the department’s Web site at www.vidol.gov (under the forms tab) and can be picked up at any of the department’s locations.   A Summer Employment Fact Sheet is also available online, providing additional information for participants and parents. This summer, special priority will be placed on participants who have not previously received work experience.  
Youths under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian to sign up for participation in the program. All applicants should be able to show proof of enrollment in college, high school, or basic education, as well as proof of citizenship, social security card, photo ID and a copy of a resume, if available.
Employers who may be interested in participating in this year’s Summer Youth Work Experience Program (SYWEP) are asked to contact DOL, which is seeking employers interested in providing a six-week work experience and job training. 
Additionally, service providers and organizations interested in providing life skills and career exploration activities for youths ages 14-15 during the summer are also encouraged to contact the department. Programs should run for no more than four weeks. Mini-grants of up to $4,500 are available for qualified providers. 
Interested employers and groups can obtain a “Request for Summer Youth Work Experience Program Participation” and “Summer Youth Workshop Application” by contacting the offices on St. Thomas at 776-3700 or 773-1994 on St. Croix, or by visiting www.vidol.gov. Applications can also be picked up at DOL’s St. Thomas and St. Croix locations.

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