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Saturday, June 12, 2021

105-Year-Old Woman is Territory’s 29th COVID-Related Death

The USVI Department of Health on Saturday confirmed that a 105-year-old woman from St. Thomas was the territory's 29th death related to COVID-19. The woman's name was not released.

Editorial: The Source Grips Journalistic Principals in Defense of Democracy and Order

That the “announcement” of the “retirement” of Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor at the end of his contract on June 30 did not come from Government House speaks to the complete lack of leadership at the top.

Plaintiffs Ask Court to Make Limetree Clean Up Its Mess

A motion filed in Superior Court Thursday could help hundreds of St. Croix residents get their cisterns, gardens and homes cleaned of oily petroleum hydrocarbons from a Limetree Bay refinery flare mishap on May 12.

37th Annual Women Race Will Be Virtual

For the second year, the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix will host its annual peace race virtually, the group announced. The race will also be held ocr a period of a week, when those participating can hit the track.

Town Hall Explores the Agricultural Impacts of Limetree Bay Refinery

During Thursday’s virtual town hall farmers came to share their experience of growing food alongside a refinery that, without warning, can spew oil onto their crops, leach oil into their soil, and contaminate residents' water supplies.

Hospital Board Approves 2022-2023 Budgets

The Territorial Hospital Board approved operating budgets for Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and the Schneider Regional Medical Center after holding them a month so the chief executive officers could work on coming closer to balanced budgets

Trial Shows Bacteria Swat Down Dengue Virus in Mosquitos

Efforts to control the spread of dengue have long centered on its vector – mosquitos, but the latest approach goes well beyond ... and it appears to work.

Reflections of an Evolving Elder: Unchecked Lawlessness Bears Hidden Costs

While driving home from a lovely lunch celebrating my son’s birthday this week, it finally happened.

Human Services Says Skilled Nursing Facilities Will Replace Existing Homes for the Aged  

By the end of 2024, the V.I. Department of Human Services hopes to have completed the reconstruction of Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged and built an entire new facility replacing the Queen Louise Home for the Aged.

Beach Advisory for June 4-11

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 34 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of June 7 – June 11, 2021. All beaches sampled meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing.

Viya Supports UVI’s 13D Business Launch Competition With $50,000 in Prize Funds

The competition, sponsored by 13D Research and Viya, is designed to eliminate the obstacle of financing for UVI student entrepreneurs who have developed potentially profitable businesses.

Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Gives Special Recognition to FHC

Frederiksted Health Care was one of 143 selected from 2,623 nominations submitted by guardsmen and reservist nationwide to be selected as a semi-finalist.

DPNR to Host Commercial Fishers Pre-Registration Meetings

Representatives from the Divisions of Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Enforcement and other agencies will be on hand to guide commercial fishers through the paperwork.

Editorial: The Source Grips Journalistic Principals in Defense of Democracy and Order

That the “announcement” of the “retirement” of Police Commissioner Trevor Velinor at the end of his contract on June 30 did not come from Government House speaks to the complete lack of leadership at the top.

Four V.I. Senior Track and Field Athletes Compete at VI National Track and Field Championships

Those attending were Nia Jack, Wanetta Kirby, Yashira Rhymer-Stuart and Lavern Jones-Ferrette.

‘I Am Queen Mary’ Kickstart Fundraising Campaign Postponed Until August

They have postponed their Kickstarter Fundraising campaign to align with their participation in the “After The Silence” exhibition at SMK (The National Museum of Art) in Copenhagen.

Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Gives Special Recognition to FHC

Frederiksted Health Care was one of 143 selected from 2,623 nominations submitted by guardsmen and reservist nationwide to be selected as a semi-finalist.

Lilette Adora Halliday-Christian Dies

Lilette Adora Halliday-Christian, also known as “Willie,” died on May 26.

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Using genetic testing, researchers have discovered a major clue to the origin of the green iguana that is so prevalent in the Virgin Islands.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Bernetia Akin
📸: The iguanas on St. Thomas and St. Croix may be ‘home-grown’ pests, rather than a result of the pet trade, a new genetic study says. (Source file photo)
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“Dorsch After Dark” on Tuesday will mark its third month as a pop-up exhibit with music and art at the Dorsch Center in downtown Frederiksted.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Singer Deri Tucker. (Submitted photo)
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Chris Pardo, architect and hospitality designer, was recognized in Dwell Magazine for his rebirth of the Waves at Cane Bay and his 30-year love affair with St. Croix.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: The mirror in the bathroom of the refurbished Waves hotel reflects the new look of the room. (Photo provided by Chris Pardo)
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The V.I. Legislature hosted the annual African Liberation Day Ceremony, “Forward Ever to World-Wide Pan-African Unity,” in honor of the territory’s citizens who descended from African ancestors.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Iyanla Irby
📸: Sen. Genevieve Whittaker delivers remarks on freedom and African Liberation Day. (Photo by DaraMonifah Cooper)
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The University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service Coordinator Howard Forbes Jr. has been awarded the National Summer Learning Association’s Innovation Fellowship for Leaders of Color and will use the award to support the Youth Ocean Explorers summer program at UVI.

The NSLA is a national, nonprofit organization that invests in summer learning to transform neighborhoods and communities, one child at a time. The organization has been operating for more than 25 years and, in the news release announcing the award, says it plans to fill its next 25 years with even greater possibilities.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: A Youth Ocean Explorers student takes note of his observations of marine life. (Photo by Howard Forbes Jr.)
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The Virgin Islands can create a more sustainable and healthier community by adopting practices being followed in other island communities around the world, according to a webinar hosted Wednesday by the Caribbean Green Technology Center.
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For the full article visit the Source website!
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: John Harder of Zero Waste Kaua’i encourages composting recycled food scraps. (Webinar screenshot)
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The St. Croix Colonial Council debated Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proposal for a public corporation to reorganize the island’s economy for months in early 1934, a debate that routinely spilled out into national news. 
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by David Bond
📸: Photos by Jack Delano from the Library of Congress archive
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A dish with humble beginnings, rooted in the resourcefulness of the enslaved ancestors of Virgin Islanders, has received star billing in the food pages of the New York Times.

“In the Virgin Islands, Fungi Tells a Story,” features Julius Jackson, a former Olympic boxer turned chef and educator, and Michael and Judy Watson of the Petite Pump Room on St. Thomas, where fungi is a staple side dish on the menu.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Sian Cobb
📸: Photo by Teddi Davis
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Napkins, food wrappers, Styrofoam, aerosol cans and coffee waste were among the top waste items listed by viewers of a University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Green Technology Center presentation on sustainable living Wednesday afternoon. The Green Technology Center, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Waste Management Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are co-hosting a series of webinars to educate community members about solid waste and sustainable materials management.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: These formerly unkempt waste sites have now been cleaned up. (Webinar screenshot)
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Armani Harvey, a fourth-grader at Pearl B. Larsen PreK-8 School, has been named the U.S. Virgin Islands winner in the 13th annual Doodle for Google competition, a contest open to students from kindergarten through high school across the United States.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source staff
📸: Armani Harvey’s drawing, based on the theme, “I am strong because …” was the winner for the U.S. Virgin Islands and will compete for a spot in the finals. (Photo submitted by the V.I. Department of Education)
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While some agencies are focused on restoring and regrowing coral on land-based nurseries, others are taking the battle directly beneath the sea. Among them is Frank Cummings, a leader of the St. John Strike Team and the president of the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation, commonly known as C.O.R.E.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Divers apply antibiotics to infected coral. (Frank Cummings photo)
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A lifetime of images and printing, a gift to the Caribbean Genealogy Library from the owners of St. Thomas Graphics, provides a wealth of information on the life and people of St. Thomas.

That trove of material was the subject of a presentation on Saturday introducing to the public the digitization and online availability of the St. Thomas Graphics Collection, provided by St. Thomas Graphics in 2007.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Judy and Richard Pitzl were the owners of St. Thomas Graphics. (Screenshot of CGL presentation)
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The Buccaneer Hotel is a 4.5-star resort, but it featured nothing but five-star dishes and drinks Friday night on the second day of Taste of St. Croix, a mini-version of the 20-year-old popular food festival.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photo by Susan Ellis
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On what would have been one of the biggest nights of V.I. Carnival, Children’s Parade Day, Tourism officials presented “1 Night, 1 Fete,” an event they said could mark a new paradigm for public events during the pandemic.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Gardner
📸: Photo by James Gardner
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Visiting birders Lisa and Randy Freeman expected to see some unusual birds while in St. Thomas, but never imagined they’d stumble upon a lone, lanky Caribbean flamingo. While birding at a local salt pond with St. Thomas Audubon founder Mario Francis and local birder Don Spencer, the group discovered the bird gracefully wading in the waters.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Lisa and Randy Freeman
📸: A flamingo from Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands wades in a salt pond at Compass Point on St. Thomas. (Photo courtesy of Randy Freeman, Los Angeles, CA, 2021. All rights reserved.)
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The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority plans to offset 60 to 80 percent of generation through renewable energy resources within the next three to five years, bringing the utility in compliance with a law that mandates at least 60 percent of conventional generation be offset by renewables by 2025.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Spanish Town solar farm on St. Croix (Source photo by Bill Kossler)
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Young Virgin Islands actor Kaden Hughes is guest-starring in the CBS drama series “Bull” this Monday, May 3 at 10 p.m. Hughes has wanted to be an actor since the third grade, he said, and he works towards achieving that goal every chance he gets.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Kaden Hughes stands outside the filming door for the CBS drama series “Bull.” (Photo by Karen Nelson-Hughes)
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