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Disqualified Senate Candidate Ivy Moses Still On Ballot

Although disqualified as a candidate, St. Thomas Board of Elections member Ivy Thomas is still on the ballot as a Democratic Party candidate for Senate as early primary voting began Tuesday.  

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2016-07-26 22:48:42
Texas Society of the Virgin Islands to Hold 32nd Chili Cook-Off

More than 6,000 attendees are expected at the 32nd annual Texas Society of the Virgin Islands Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Brewers Beach on St. Thomas.

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2016-07-26 22:34:41
Early Primary Voting Scheduled for July 26-31

Early Voting for the 2016 Primary Election is set to commence in both districts on Tuesday, July 26 and will end on Sunday, July 31., according to the Joint Boards of Elections in concert with the Office of the Supervisor of Elections.

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2016-07-26 06:57:39
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Affordable-Housing Development Coming to Donoe

Jan. 24, 2007 -- A Puerto Rico developer plans to build 174 single-family homes at Donoe on St. Thomas under the V.I. Housing Finance Authority's affordable-housing program.
"This is a prototype community," said developer Carlos Cacciamani Wednesday. A subsidiary of Urbanika International Housing, Oceanside Village, will build the Raphune Vista development.
The homes will be in the $250,000 range, Cacciamani said. Most will have three bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, but some will have four bedrooms with 3 1/2 bathrooms.
The development will sit on 26 acres north of the Home Depot. The 174 homes will be built in the first stage, with another 60 planned in the second stage, Cacciamani said.
The development will incorporate energy-efficient elements such as solar lighting along the roadways, he said, while his company will build the homes of thermally insulated concrete to help with air-conditioning costs.

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Raphune Vista will have three playgrounds. The development will have two entrances, Cacciamani said. One will be near the Home Depot and the other at the top of the hill. Seventy percent of the 26 acres will be preserved as green space, he said.
The company has applied for a group-dwelling permit from the Planning and Natural Resources Department, but hasn't applied for a building permit, Cacciamani said
The development is a turnkey operation, with the developer providing the land, design and financing, said V.I. Housing Finance Authority Director Clifford Graham. Urbanika built five homes on St. Croix under the affordable-housing program, and gets an affordable-housing tax exemption from the local government, he said.
"It pretty much mirrors the EDC program," Graham said, referring to the tax benefits packages available from the Economic Development Commission.
Sen. Alvin Williams announced the development Tuesday in a news release.
"One of the major problems faced by this community for many years is the lack of moderately priced homes," he said. "Many Virgin Islanders have not been able to realize their dreams to be able to own a piece of the rock."
Sen. Celestino White, who chairs the Legislature's Housing, Sports and Veterans' Affairs Committee, did not return a phone call requesting comment.
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