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VIPA Issues Advisory to Drivers Using CEKA Airport Road

Motorists are advised to exercise caution when traversing the Cyril E. King Airport Road due to ongoing road repairs.

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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Beach Advisory for January 17-20

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following:

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2017-01-20 20:20:22
St. Thomas Starring in Upcoming HGTV Show

Two upcoming January episodes of the popular HGTV series “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” are expected to feature St. Thomas and several local professionals.

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2017-01-20 18:28:46
Democatic Party State Chairwoman Calls for Senator Elect to be Seated in Legislature

The Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands is concerned that more than one week after the 32nd Legislature has been sworn in, the seventh St. Thomas seat remains vacant.

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2017-01-20 17:42:32
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Book About V.I. Native Hubert Harrison Generating Academic Buzz

Perry's new biography of Harrison is garnering considerable acclaim in academic circles.
Perry's new biography of Harrison is garnering considerable acclaim in academic circles.

A scholarly book about St. Croix native Hubert Harrison, a major figure in the Harlem Renaissance, is getting good reviews from academics. "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918," a recent biography written by Jeffrey Perry, was given a glowing review in the American Library Association's "Choice" magazine recently.
"This critically important book will do for Harrison what David Levering Lewis did for [W. E. B.] Du Bois," wrote Wayne Glaser, director of the African-American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, describing the work as "meticulously researched" and "essential for all levels" of study.
Born in Estate Queens Quarters in 1883, Harrison came to New York as a 17-year-old orphan, never to return to the Virgin Islands. Largely self-taught, Harrison became the foremost African-American intellect of his time and the father of Harlem Radicalism, according to Perry.

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A leading black organizer in the Socialist Party in its very early 20th-century heyday, Harrison founded the New Negro Movement and wrote prolifically. In 1920 he was the principal editor of Marcus Garvey's "Negro Works," and it was under Harrison's editorship the magazine went worldwide. He was also the first regular black writer of book reviews.
A self-described working-class scholar who was educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia, Perry preserved and inventoried the Harrison papers at Columbia University before writing the book, the first of two planned works on Harrison. For more on the book and its author, see the link to Perry's website in the related links below.

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