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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Bennie and Martha Benjamin Foundation Caps 30 Years of Giving with East End Medical Center Donation

Now familiar faces in the territory after more than three decades of giving to local healthcare facilities and non-profits, David and Tina Beale received a warm reception at the St. Thomas East End Medical Center this week as they handed over a check for more than $65,000 for critical supplies and equipment.

Federal Dollars Funding Seven New Ambulances for Territory

The V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services has received $1.897 million in federal funding for seven new ambulances, Director Daryl George announced.

Education Set to Break Ground on New School by End of February

Groundbreaking for the construction of the new Arthur A. Richards Grade School on St. Croix is planned for the end of February and completion is expected by the summer of 2025.

Johnny Lime Caribbean Barbecue Draws Crowds in Coral Bay

The old saying goes, "When one door closes, another opens," and that has proven true in the case of Johnny Lime, a new barbecue restaurant in Coral Bay.

A Young Flamingo Dances on St. John’s South Shore

Flamingos rarely come to St. John, so I was delighted that we had one here in December, just in time for the annual Christmas bird count. A group of adults and juveniles had been spotted at a different south shore pond back in October, but I had missed them. Maybe this was one that decided to stay on by itself or to come back.

Ann E. Abramson Pier Repairs, Improvements to Start Feb. 7

Work will begin Feb. 7 on improvements and repairs to the Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility in Frederiksted, St. Croix, the V.I. Port Authority has announced.

Social Security Stipends Still Delayed

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. acknowledged there have been flaws dispersing checks to Social Security recipients on St. Croix during the weekly Government House press briefing Monday.

WAPA Taps V.I. Native Ashley Bryan for Interim COO Post

The V.I. Water and Power Authority has tapped Virgin Islands native Ashley Bryan to serve as its interim chief operating officer, electric, the utility announced Monday.

Plan Submitted to Boost Electrical Grid Reliability

Crucians may appreciate Housing Finance Authority Staff Engineer Odari Thomas saying its plan for St. Croix’s electrical grid means “your lights will go out less often.” But they are going to have to wait a while.

VIFEMS Appoints New STT-STJ Fire Chief and Deputy Chief

"This new chapter signifies a continuation of our efforts to improve our services from within and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders," said Director Daryl George.

Submit Tips and Help Solve Crimes

Crime Stoppers USVI needs help solving past homicides, according to the V.I. Police Department.

VIFEMS Appoints New STT-STJ Fire Chief and Deputy Chief

"This new chapter signifies a continuation of our efforts to improve our services from within and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders," said Director Daryl George.

WAPA to Host Line Worker Career Fair on St. Thomas on Saturday, Feb. 4

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about WAPA’s line department and apply on-site for full-time and apprenticeship positions for both St. Thomas and St. John.

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VIFEMS Appoints New STT-STJ Fire Chief and Deputy Chief

"This new chapter signifies a continuation of our efforts to improve our services from within and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders," said Director Daryl George.

Submit Tips and Help Solve Crimes

Crime Stoppers USVI needs help solving past homicides, according to the V.I. Police Department.

D’Amour Finishes Tied for 5th; Muntyan Finishes Tied for 9th at Lancaster Classic

After winning the Hershey Winter Series held in Annville, Penn., the USA Archery Indoor Nationals at the Lancaster, Penn., site and with his performance in Nimes, France. D’Amour remains the leading male Olympic Recurve archer in the Americas for the Indoor World Series.

Third Annual Art Competition to Celebrate Black and Virgin Islands History Months

The projects will showcase Virgin Islands youth’s artistic talents and celebrate Black Virgin Islanders in both historical and modern times that are important to middle school students and those who inspire them.

Third Annual Art Competition to Celebrate Black and Virgin Islands History Months

The projects will showcase Virgin Islands youth’s artistic talents and celebrate Black Virgin Islanders in both historical and modern times that are important to middle school students and those who inspire them.

Michael William Dies

Michael William died on Jan. 21.

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Three more arrests were made on St. Thomas surrounding illegal gun possession, the V.I. Police Department reported Monday.

Hospital Ground

Jah’Quan Nesbitt, 20, was arrested and charged with possession of illegal
ammunition and possession of illegal ammunition in a government housing community after officers responded to shots fired in Hospital Ground Friday, according to the police report.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/30/operation-clean-sweep-yields-more-arrests-for-gun-possession/

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A man on St. Thomas was shot and killed, marking the territory’s fourth homicide for 2023, the V.I. Police Department reported.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of shots fired in the Bolongo area. Officers responded to the scene and upon arrival, they discovered one victim who appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. EMTs arrived on the scene and concluded that the man did not have any vital signs, according to the police report.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/30/man-shot-and-killed-in-bolongo-on-st-thomas/

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A man from Puerto Rico was sentenced to 32 months on drug distribution charges, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced Monday.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/30/pr-man-sentenced-to-32-months-on-drug-distribution-charges/

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Plan Submitted to Boost Electrical Grid ReliabilityCrucians may appreciate Housing Finance Authority Staff Engineer Odari Thomas saying its plan for St. Croix’s electrical grid means “your lights will go out less often.” But they are going to have to wait a while.

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Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/30/plan-submitted-to-boost-electrical-grid-reliability/

📸: Engineer Odari Thomas answers questions about the plan on YouTube. (Photo YouTube Screenshot)
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The Virgin Islands Water & Power Authority. has tapped Virgin Islands native Ashley Bryan to serve as its interim chief operating officer, electric, the utility announced Monday.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/30/wapa-taps-v-i-native-ashley-bryan-for-interim-coo-post/

📸: Ashley Bryan, WAPA’s new interim chief operating officer. (Photo courtesy @USVIWAPA)
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Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. acknowledged there have been flaws dispersing checks to Social Security recipients on St. Croix during the weekly Government House press briefing Monday.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/01/30/social-security-stipends-still-delayed/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said taxes are due April 18, 2023. (Screenshot from Government House Press Briefing)

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Matthew Hazel, 31 was sentenced to 120 months in prison along with a five year supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. In addition, Hazel must also pay a $200 special assessment, according to U.S. Attorney Delia L. Smith.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/28/120-months-sentence-conspiracy-to-possess-with-intent-to-distribute/

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Chunikwa George paints hues of bright blue, yellow and pink carefully along a cement wall just outside the entrance to Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas. The colors are just as bright as George’s smile. She’s ecstatic to be painting this mural and be a part of a major public art project happening island-wide. Each mural comes with an environmental message.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/28/new-murals-bring-colorful-art-and-ocean-advocacy-to-st-thomas/

📸: (Local artist Chunikwa George paints her mural just outside of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Photo cred: Alli Bourne-Vanneck)
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PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea Walls- Artists for Oceans program brought together marine enthusiasts, nature conservationists, and inquisitive minds from many walks of life late Friday evening at Leatherback Brewing to hear from a panel keen on increasing interest in marine stewardship for the territory.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/28/sea-murals-bring-marine-discussion-to-leatherback-brewing/

📸: Sea Walls St. Thomas panelists discuss marine stewardship. From left, Marisa Lopez, Howard Forbes Jr., Zola Roper, and Akira Bondo. (Source photo by Adisha Penn)
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Watch our weekly weather forecast with Jesse Daley, covering Sunday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Feb 4. Subscribe to our playlist here, which is updated every Sunday, AND check out Jesse’s daily weather updates on the Source weather page. There’s always something new to explore with the V.I. Source!

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Consider the Source host Adisha Penn recaps the week’s biggest headlines while our in-studio team sits down with Dr. Rudolph King, V.I. native and NASA engineer who spoke to students on St. Thomas-St. John about his life journey and inspiring work. Subscribe to our YouTube playlist, which is updated every Sunday. There’s always something new to explore with the V.I. Source!

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The V.I. Water and Power Authority governing board approved extensions and cost increases for some of its ongoing projects on Thursday, some extending for an additional year.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/27/wapa-board-extends-water-rehab-wartsila-generator-and-composite-pole-projects/

📸: The V.I. Water and Power Authority power plant located on St. Thomas. (Source file photo)

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It's Friday night! And don't forget, the V.I. Children's Museum has Teen Time scheduled for tonight at 5:30! Free admission, free food, free transportation - and tons of fun. ...

Less than a year ago, in March 2022, the Altona Lagoon Book Club was heralded for their donation of books to the Juanita Gardine K-8 School Library. The club is “paying their love of books forward” again. This year, Claude O. Markoe Elementary School Library is the recipient.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/01/26/local-book-club-donates-to-st-croix-elementary-school-library/

📸: Claude O. Markoe students strike a pose with book club members and Principal Wendy Gonzales. (Source photo by Elisa McKay)
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While the Government Employees’ Retirement System has millions of dollars flowing into it because of the rescue plan enacted last year, its trustees still have concerns.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/01/26/gers-discusses-efficiency-of-rescue-plan-potential-conflict-for-chairman/

📸: Trustee Ronald Russell made a bid to be the chair of the GERS Board of Trustees. (Screenshot from Zoom)
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