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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

FEMA Bringing $2.5 Million to Help USVI With COVID-19 Vaccination Costs

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has $2.5 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands to reimburse COVID-19 vaccination costs. There are 24 confirmed USVI COVID-19 fatalities to date, not counting individuals who were not diagnosed and individuals who sought treatment outside the territory and died elsewhere.

V.I. National Guard Soldier Renders Medical Care in D.C.

A member of the Virgin Islands Army National Guard provided immediate medical care to an injured skateboarder while performing security duties in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

VIPA Property Repairs from 2017 Storm Damage Nearly Completed

Repairs to V.I. Port Authority property caused by the 2017 hurricanes is scheduled to be completed in February, the VIPA board of directors learned at a Monday meeting.

Plaskett Joins in Delivering Impeachment Article to Senate

As Virgin Islanders tuned in to the State of the Territory address Monday night, V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett was on a more somber mission, taking part in the delivery of an article of impeachment from the House to the U.S. Senate.

State of the Territory is ‘Resurgent;’ Bryan Looks to Future With Hope

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said the V.I. looks toward the next year with renewed hope brought on by increasing tax revenues, new economic development projects and growth in the marine, tech and agriculture industries.

Senators Approve of Governor’s Upbeat Tone in State of the Territory

Senators found Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s third State of the Territory address to be largely “upbeat” and “optimistic,” considering the past year was met with undeniable dilemmas associated with the pandemic and residual fallout from the 2017 hurricanes.

One Health V.I.

On the latest episode of One Health V.I., health officials discuss the implementation of the V.I. Health Information Exchange – a system for electronically transmitting a patient's vital medical information.

Plaskett Asking Biden to Replace U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert

V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett has asked President Joe Biden to replace U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert, saying Shappert refuses to meet her, obstructs meetings with other officials for partisan motivations and has replaced V.I. attorneys with stateside people in a discriminatory manner.
The Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex on St. Thomas.

Judge Upholds Murder Charges in 2005 STT Homicide

Fifteen years after a St. Thomas businessman was found dead in his home with a knife in his neck and four years since police dug into a cold case murder investigation, a Superior Court judge upheld the leading charges in the death of Egbert Stuart.
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Plaskett: V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue Has Received COVID Relief Money

The V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue has received advanced federal funding from the U.S. Treasury to begin processing the second round of COVID-19 relief checks to Virgin Islanders.

DOH Says Death of St. Thomas Man May be COVID-Related

The Virgin Islands Department of Health said on Sunday it was investigating the unexpected death of a 41-year-old man on St. Thomas. The man had recovered from COVID-19 five weeks ago, the department said in its news release.
Workmen raise another composite pole on St. John. The new poles are replacing wooden poles that essentially haven't changed significantly in more than 100 years.

FEMA Awards $113 Million to WAPA for Continued Work on STJ

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday it had awarded $133 million to the V.I. Water and Power Authority to continue installing composite utility poles and undergrounding electrical equipment on St. John.

Cape Air Navigating Ever-Changing Times

It was 1989 when Daniel A. Wolf – flight instructor, airplane pilot, airline mechanic and entrepreneur – along with his eight employees, celebrated Cape Air’s first flight, from Boston to Provincetown.

COVID Vaccine Rollout Continues With ‘Encouraging’ Participation

While the V.I. Health Department is still focused on COVID-19 surveillance, testing and outreach, the rollout of the COVID vaccine in the territory has received “encouraging” support and participation from the community, according to Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.

SEAT IEC Launches a Women’s Business Accelerator Program

Women business owners in the U. S. Virgin Islands have an opportunity to build viable, resilient businesses that will have a global market presence.

ONE HEALTH V.I. EPISODES

One Health V.I. Episode 1 – Telehealth Services in the Virgin Islands

On this episode of One Health V.I., Dr. Donna Christensen, physician and former V.I. Delegate to Congress, joins Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., to discuss implementing telehealth services in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 2 – Reconstruction of the Territory’s Hospitals

Darryl Smalls, Vice President of Facilities for the Schneider Regional Medical Center and Juan F. Luis Hospital, provides an update on the renovations and construction of the territory's hospital facilities.

One Health V.I. Episode 3 – Association Health Plans

Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., speaks with Omar Haedo, president of Elan Insurance Group, about plans to offer health insurance options to Virgin Islands small businesses and their employees.

One Health V.I. Episode 4 – Integrating Fire and EMS Services

Lisle Evelyn, assistant director for Medical Services at the V.I. Fire Service, discusses how integrating Fire Service and the Department of Health's EMS could save lives in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 5 – Implementing the Health Information Exchange

The HIE will allow healthcare providers and patients to securely access and share a patient’s vital medical information via an electronic transmission – improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.

FEMA Obligates $2.5M to USVI for Costs of COVID-19 Vaccinations

Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response and during recovery from a disaster.

Nicholas D’Amour Continues to Excel at Indoor Archery World Series

This past weekend, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nicholas D’Amour competed in the World Archery – Indoor Archery World Series, Stage 3.  D’Amour shot an impressive 585 to remain in the top echelon of archers worldwide.

Registration Is Open for International Optimist Regatta, Clinic and Team Race Set for June 14-20

For nearly three decades, the IOR has been recognized throughout the Caribbean and the world for providing a great skill-sharpening grounds for top sailors and an excellent entry-level platform for juniors new to the sport.

V.I. Track and Field Gets New Leadership, Strengthens Relationship With V.I. Government

The VITFF will continue to focus on the development of the sport for all age-groups and to build on long-standing relationships with the public and private schools, other institutions and the V.I. government.

USVI Bowling Federation Mourns the Loss of George Osborne Jr.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Bowling Federation announced the recent death of George Osborne Jr., a former president and longtime, devoted member of the organization.

Mango Tango Art Gallery to Exhibit of Works by W.B. Thompson

Thompson works on paper and canvas, "controlling chaos with color." Whether the painting is a mixed-media face study or landscape, the intensity of color marks his signature style. The opening is on Friday, Jan. 29.

Community Art Exhibit to Benefit Non-Profits on Valentine’s Day

In addition to an art exhibition, ‘For the Love of Art’ will serve as a friend-raiser for the Virgin Islands Children's Museum and the Family Resource Center.

Government House on the Air in January/February

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. encourages residents in the community to tune in and call in with questions, ideas or comments.

Poem by Dr. Joseph DeJames

It seems like despite what we knew, the Red and the Blue / Are not the colors we thought occupied, with others, the crayon box.

FEMA Bringing $2.5 Million to Help USVI With COVID-19 Vaccination Costs

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has $2.5 million for the U.S. Virgin Islands to reimburse COVID-19 vaccination costs. There are 24 confirmed USVI COVID-19 fatalities to date, not counting individuals who were not diagnosed and individuals who sought treatment outside the territory and died elsewhere.

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Sgt. 1st Class Jene Alfredo Batiste Dies at 53

With heavy hearts, the family announces the passing of Sgt. 1st Class Jene Alfredo Batiste, affectionately known as "Fredo," who died in Augusta, Ga., at the age of 53.

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As Virgin Islanders tuned in to the State of the Territory address Monday night, V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett was on a more somber mission, taking part in the delivery of an article of impeachment from the House to the U.S. Senate.

It was a solemn moment, said Plaskett, who is one of nine impeachment managers selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to preside over the Senate trial of former President Donald Trump. That trial is slated to start on Feb. 8.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Sian Cobb
📸: V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, second from the right, joins her fellow impeachment managers as they deliver the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate Monday evening in Washington, D.C. (Screenshot from C-SPAN)
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Racehorses and horse owners have become victims caught between opposing sides in a legal battle between VIGL Operations Inc. and Southland Gaming Inc., casino management companies vying for the right to exclusively operate video gaming machines in racetracks that have disintegrated since the 2017 hurricanes ravaged the territory.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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The Freedom Walk was first organized eight years ago by the Ulla Muller Elementary School Bamboula Dancers and Drummers to honor King’s legacy. This year’s walk is intended to continue the tradition and to also honor those first organizers and current Bamboula dancers and drummers who are unable to participate due to safety concerns.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Raven Phillips
📸: Monday’s Freedom Walk is dedicated to the Ulla Muller Elementary School Bamboula Dancers and Drummers, shown here performing in 2019. (Source file photo by Raven Phillips)
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Considering that only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle worldwide, Troop 7227 on St. Croix achieved something unusual when six local teens were awarded the Eagle rank at the same time.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Scouts pose with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. at a community service event. (Photo provided by Sonja Sundaram)
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Standing on the waterfront of St. Thomas, one cannot help but be amazed at the historic buildings, Danish architecture and bustling downtown. Within a few steps of sights such as Fort Christian and Emancipation Garden, there is a Virgin Islands staple that has been around since 1967, one that can be refreshing after a long day of school, shopping, a safari tour or a walk under the hot Caribbean sun. Its name: “Rudy’s Fraco.”
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Rudy Farrell stands in front of his fraco truck. (Source photo by Adisha Penn)
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“The Art Show 2021” hosted by the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts opens on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Strand Street location in Frederiksted and the museum’s online gallery. The show will feature 65 pieces of art by 16 participating Artists Guild members.

An in-person opening reception is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Frederiksted museum. Reservations are encouraged with COVID restrictions allowing 10 people at one time in the gallery wearing masks and socially distancing.

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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: “Great Pond” is an acrylic and mulberry paper collage by Cathy Booth. (Photo submitted by Cathy Booth)
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Registration is open for “Mystery in a Toga,” a virtual fundraiser for My Brother’s Workshop, scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30.

According to a news release issued by the charitable agency, the event is free to attend. Those who want to participate can register at the My Brothers Workshop website, then log in from any device at 7 p.m. Jan. 30.

“Once you register, the fun begins!” the news release announced. There will be silent auction items that can be bid on and meals that can be ordered for pickup from the My Brother’s Workshop Cafe and Bakery.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source staff
📸: Mystery participants in the past gathered for the events, like this Big Top theme. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event to raise money for My Brother’s Workshop will be virtual. (Submitted photo)
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Jungle James Cultural Tour and Petting Zoo is a new, family-friendly place located in Frederiksted, providing an outdoor learning environment for children of all ages.

Operated by the James family, the business opened its doors to the public on Halloween weekend and offers a monthly theme, complete with activities to complement it.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shania Domingo
📸: Photo by Shania Domingo
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Ausar Massiah Polius, the first Virgin Islands baby of 2021, was welcomed on St. Croix at 3.27 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Ausar Messiah Polius and his mother, Sabrina Jones, on Jan. 2 (Photo by Chivonne Thomas, Esq.)
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When we caught up last year with Source mascot Idle, the prognosticating reptile that has graced the Source every year with his wishes and warnings, he seemed to be showing his age.

Naturally, since 2020 has been a very hard year on humans, we crossed our fingers and hoped we would be able to locate our friend as we entered 2021. So, when he popped right out of his usual spot on our first call, looking half his age, we were delighted while a bit baffled.

“Wow, Idle, you look, like 10 years younger,” we couldn’t help but note. We secretly wondered if the mask was hiding some undetectable sins.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
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The celebration of Kwanzaa has been taking place for almost 50 years in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where a majority of the population is made up of people of African descent.
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✏: Article by DaraMonifa Cooper
📸: Photo by DaraMonifa Cooper
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Cane Roots Art Gallery’s grand opening during December’s Art Thursday gave the west end of Company Street in downtown Christiansted “new life,” with visual artist Niarus Walker’s “Women Alone” exhibit.

The cultural gallery is a stone’s throw from Sunday Market Square, the historical public space founded in 1733 during the period of slavery in the former Danish West Indies.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photo by Elisa McKay
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Donations from local residents, businesses and non-profits helped fund a St. Thomas toy drive that netted hundreds of presents and gave youngsters a chance to celebrate Christmas Eve safely with Santa, who arrived by fire truck – escorted by the V.I. Police Department – at the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum in Charlotte Amalie.
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✏: Article by James Gardner
📸: Soirce photo by Ananta Pancham
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Government officials and members of the press got a sneak peek Friday at the Lovango Resort and Beach Club, which is scheduled to open on Wednesday.

The St. John resort, situated on Lovango Cay roughly two miles northwest of Cruz Bay, is offering lunch and dinner service at its restaurant as well as day passes to its Beach Club. The island is accessible by private boat or the resort’s ferry service. Reservations can be made online.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Resort owner Mark Snider jokes as he holds up a mask and snorkel available to anyone who misses the ferry back home. (Source photo by Amy H. Roberts)
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Sun streamed through the large window of the St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum on Sunday where a dozen individuals gathered to learn a dying art practiced in the U.S. Virgin Islands for centuries – furniture caning.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Tina Comissiong meticulously works to cane a surface area of more than six square feet. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)
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Golden Age Ranch on St. Thomas will host a holiday season fundraiser to garner money for vital supplies to rescued horses in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The “Holly Neigh Photo Day” offers attendees the chance to take photos with horses from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20. With entry, people will get a picture with a rescued horse dressed up as Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a tour of the ranch to visit the other horses and the opportunity to make a personalized ornament.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Finn Hairston sits atop Ultra, a horse that bears an uncanny resemblance to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (Photo provided by Holly Fletcher)
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The holiday season may seem a bit grim for Kmart shoppers in the Virgin Islands this year. The retail store is visibly empty, with some restock items nowhere in sight, and management remains tight-lipped about the stores’ future.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Normally in the warehouse, packages of water are spaced widely along shelves to conceal a lack of inventory. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)
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Surviving hurricanes, fires, supply chain interruptions and even being shot, Fruit Bowl founder and owner Marty Goldberg has seen the grocery store he started 45 years ago triple in size, thrive and become a community gathering place while feeding the community without fail – through every natural and man-made disaster since.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: James Clark stocks produce circa 1985. (Submitted photo)
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