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Friday, September 18, 2020

Bank Officer Kidnapped in Attempted Robbery

Friday morning a masked gunman abducted an officer of the Oriental Bank in Estate Diamond on St. Croix in an attempt to gain entrance to the bank and rob it, the V.I. Police Department reported.

V.I. Writer Recognized as Exceptional Voice for Young Adults

The accolades just keep piling up for Kacen Callender – and for good reason. At 30, this young author has accomplished more than many seasoned writers double their age.

Senators Express Confusion About Changes to GERS Bail Out Bill, But Pass it in a Close Vote

Confusion swept through the Legislature on Thursday during a special session at which senators were called to vote on changes to a debt refinancing bill that aims to rescue a fiscally crumbling pension system. By an 8-6 margin, the newly amended legislation narrowly passed.

STJ Residents Speak Out at Town Meeting on Economic Development, Tourism

If there’s anything that the hurricanes of 2017 and the current COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated, it’s that the U.S. Virgin Islands needs to diversify its economy and become less dependent on tourism. But how exactly do we do that? 

COVID-19 Xenophobia Reaches St. Thomas

One negative byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic is xenophobia, and on Tuesday a new painting was seen in a visible area on St. Thomas falsely suggesting the virus can be blamed on China.

Back to School: First Week of Virtual Classes Begins

As school officials kick off the first week of virtual classes for the 2020 fall semester, some parents say they are still grappling with the “new normal.”

The Legacy of Violette Hilty

Before she passed away in August at the age of 90, Violette Hilty imprinted her love of style and fragrance in downtown Christiansted for almost 60 years.

Senators Create New WAPA Board, New Unfunded Mandates as Election Nears

The Legislature will again create a new board, this one to replace the existing Water and Power Authority Governing Board, if legislation approved unanimously in the Rules and Judiciary Committee on Tuesday becomes law. 

Territory’s Lab Director Confident in CDC Guidance, But More Tests are Needed

The evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has required a nimble response from government health agencies, including in the Virgin Islands, where officials have relied on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how best to combat the virus.

BMV Announces a New STT Facility is Within Reach

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles stands to receive additional funding after the Senate Finance Committee voted on Wednesday to appropriate money for a rebuild of the St. Thomas facility that hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated.  

V.I. Sports Commission May Gain Committee Members

The Senate Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation unanimously advanced legislation on Monday that, if enacted, would add two more members to the Virgin Islands Sports Commission – something not all testifiers were in favor of.

UVI Confirms Two Staff Members had COVID-19 in August

Officials at the University of the Virgin Islands have confirmed that two staff members on St. Thomas contracted the novel coronavirus in August.

DPNR Launches App for Anonymously Reporting Violations

DPNR has launched an application that will let citizens in the USVI report to the department anonymously if they see something they think is suspicious or illegal that could harm the environment.

$8.9M Grant Earmarked for Safety Improvements at Territory’s Airports

The Virgin Islands Port Authority has submitted the required documents to receive an $8,859,506 Airport Improvement Program grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) via the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bank Officer Kidnapped in Attempted Robbery

Friday morning a masked gunman abducted an officer of the Oriental Bank in Estate Diamond on St. Croix in an attempt to gain entrance to the bank and rob it, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Letter to the Editor: GRUFF Objects to Bill No. 33-0363

Government Retirees United for Fairness Inc. (GRUFF) writes an open letter to the Senate about significant concerns regarding Bill No. 33-0363, the Matching Fund Securitization Corporation and other matters.

Op-Ed: An Essential Book

Women’s Coalition of St. Croix Releases Results of 36th Annual Women Race

From Illinois to Ireland, the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s 36th Annual Women Race participants – women and girls – and their supporters joined the movement for peace and justice virtually.

Shen Dragon Karate Dojo Holds Online Karate Classes and Kids Kata Tournament

The Shen Dragon, headed by owner’s Jerry and Celine Otto, reverted to online karate classes for their children and adult karate classes after the governor closed all non-essential business to the public.

UVI Welcomes New Athletic Director

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will welcome Jerel Drew, Ph.D., to the helm of the university’s athletics department next month.

UVI Mourns the Loss of Baseball Legend Horace Clarke

“On behalf of the UVI community, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Horace Clarke, a man who is dearly loved and revered in the Virgin Islands and recognized by baseball fans across the United States,” said UVI President David Hall.

Government House on the Air in September

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

Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas Celebrates High Holy Days Sept. 12 – Oct. 10

The High Holy Days and Fall Festivals 2020/5781 are planned using virtual, streamed services.

G-Clef Academy Offers At-Home Learning and Homeschooling Support

Starting September, parents can choose private in-person music lessons to be conducted in COVID-19 compliant, large air-conditioned rooms at the academy's two locations.

Biographies of USVI Delegation to 2020 Democratic National Convention

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is the titular head of the Democratic Party in the USVI leading the V.I. delegation during the Aug. 17-20 virtual Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Bank Officer Kidnapped in Attempted Robbery

Friday morning a masked gunman abducted an officer of the Oriental Bank in Estate Diamond on St. Croix in an attempt to gain entrance to the bank and rob it, the V.I. Police Department reported.

John Powers Littlehales Dies at 85

John Powers Littlehales, also known as “Haps,” got his wish and passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by the dogs and a great deal of love.

Evan Valdamer Hill Dies

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If there’s anything that the hurricanes of 2017 and the current COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated, it’s that the U.S. Virgin Islands needs to diversify its economy and become less dependent on tourism.

But how exactly do we do that?

That’s the question that UVI’s Center for Leadership and Learning, more commonly known UVI CELL, is posing to the public in a series of town hall meetings.
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For full article visit the Source's website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: The relatively unspoiled beauty of St. John was cited as an advantage by town hall participants. (Source File Photo)
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #westindies #tourism
#economy #tourists #landscape #visiting #tourismproduct #news #destination #nature #naturephotography #travel
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The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources deployed new fish aggregating devices (FAD) in the St. Thomas-St. John District on Thursday, Aug. 27 and in the St. Croix District on Friday, Aug. 28, according to Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol. Deployment of the FADs benefits the U.S. Virgin Islands by shifting fishing pressure from heavily fished inshore areas to offshore areas with more abundant populations of pelagic sportfish species such as tuna, dolphin and wahoo.
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For full article visit the Source's website.
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✏: Press Release
📸: Submitted Photo
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The Department of Planning and Natural Resources has launched an application that will let citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands report to the department anonymously if they see something they think is suspicious or illegal that could harm the environment.

The app can be found and downloaded by searching “USVI DPNR Hotline” in either the Android app store, known as “Google Play,” or the Apple app store for iPhones.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Photo provided by Kristina Edwards
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #westindies #ocean #sea #dpnr #app #newapp #violation #environmental #protection
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Both the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and the V.I. Housing Finance Authority told senators on Monday about the progress that has been made on building multipurpose sports complexes that would double as storm shelters on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
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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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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #westindies #multipurpose #sports #complex #fitness #basketball #training #gym #workout #athlete #fit #fun #track #activity #development #community #project #multiuse #building
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The Moravian Churches have a unique history in the U.S. Virgin Islands dating back to the early 1700s and are host to the most abundant burial sites on St. Thomas – two intimate church graveyards and two cemeteries.

But to understand anything about these burial sites, the church itself and the first Moravians must be understood.
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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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#cemetery #graveyard #grave #cemeteryphotography #graveyards #necropolis #gothic #cemeteries #church #cemeterywandering #project #gravestone #death #photography #cemeterylovers #graveyardphotography #moravian #tombstone
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Caneel Bay Resort, located within the Virgin Islands National Park, has been known for its extraordinary beauty since it opened in 1956. Few people, however, know that seven sites within the property have been contaminated over the years by pollutants that are hazardous to creatures on land and in the sea.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #carribean #westindies #news #stjohnians #caneelbay #beach #contamination #ocean #pollutants #nationalpark
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Udall Caribbean, a jewelry brand whose products connect consumers to Caribbean heroes and heroines of the past while celebrating the region’s rich culture and heritage, launched an eBoutique on Sept. 9, allowing customers from around the world to shop its selections.

The company was founded by 38-year-old St. Croix native Ephra Graham in December 2019 and derives its name from St. Croix’s Point Udall – the easternmost point in the United States.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photo submitted
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I am sure I am one of many that have had this experience. Yet, I believe it is an experience worth sharing for it speaks to the person that Joe Biden is.

In 2004, I was chosen from hundreds of nationwide applicants to join AARP’s national board for six years. This thrust forward allowed me to bring the interests and needs of Virgin Islanders into the spotlight of one of America’s largest nonpartisan premier advocacy organizations – AARP.  However, little did I know, I would have a very special moment with Joe Biden.
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For the the full letter to the editor visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Letter to the Editor by Cora Christian MD
📸: Photo Cora Christian MD with Vice President Joe Biden
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#lettertotheeditor #joebiden #presidency
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“You’ve got your certificate of occupancy.”

These words are guaranteed to gladden the heart of anyone involved in a construction project in the Virgin Islands.

On Tuesday, Bob Malacarne, president of the board of St. John Rescue, heard those welcome words spoken by Marvin Vaughan, the construction manager for the V.I. Housing Finance Authority.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #westindies #construction #project #housing #finance #authority #HFA #rescue #emergency #headquarters #lifesavers
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The St. Thomas Historical Trust has received a $20,000 grant through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to be used for teaching the art of furniture caning out of the Historical Trust’s museum, in the heart of Charlotte Amalie.

Historical Trust President Pamela Montegut said West Indies furniture rivals anything that came out of Europe and much of the exquisite furniture was caned, a weaving technique that became popular in the territory.
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For the 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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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #westindies #caning #furniture #traditional #islandweave #weaving #craftsmen #artist #class #student #instructor #historical #historictrust
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Over the last eight years, David Payne’s family has commissioned four signs, all of which have stood outside his sister’s house on Beltjen Road, calling for the public to report any details about his murder to Crime Stoppers.

The first three were torn down. Last week, the fourth was installed and trimmed with festive balloons in honor of his 38th birthday, which fell on Aug. 30. On Monday, the eighth anniversary of his death, those balloons will be replaced with black ones, representing – according to his mother Blanche Frazier – the darkness in which he was killed.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Ananta Pancham
📸: Photos provided by Blanche Frazier
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These enchanting flowers are designed to attract nocturnal pollinators like fruit bats and hawk moths, not people. But if we are lucky, we get a brief chance to enjoy them before they drop.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: Photos by Gail Karlsson
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One summer evening in 2018 when Tralice Bracy was assisting at the West End Music and Art Institute camp at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, she pricked up her ears.

The camp program included jazz performances in the gallery, curated by bass player Mario Thomas and funded by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.

“I was dumbstruck by the talent that showed up,” Bracy said. “I had lived on St. Croix for nearly 10 years and had never encountered a real jazz scene before.” The interaction between the musicians and the audience fascinated her as much as the music did.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Anne Salafia
📸: Freddie Thomas, on piano, Fred Williams, on bass, Reggie Williams, on alto sax, and Hugh “Fuma” Petersen, on drums, play at a jazz show. (Photo provided by Tralice Bracy)
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Friday was a red-letter day for the Humane Society of St. Thomas’ Pets with Wings program as 69 of the shelter’s animals – 54 dogs and 15 cats – were transported stateside to be received by partner shelters and rescue organizations.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Baylor
📸: Photo by James Baylor
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Business owner Ramone Reid of Cultured Naturals Body Care is turning her daughters into young entrepreneurs with the launch of Juju & CeCe’s Lemonades. The company is set to provide healthy snacks and lemonades that celebrate local seasonal fruits.

Gracie and Juliett Reid-Ventura may only be just two and three years old, but they already enjoy helping their mother create these healthy lemonades and treats that incorporate local ingredients. “We are trying to instill in our children the power of entrepreneurship and the power of giving back,” Reid said.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo provided by Ramone Reid
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A new species of Caribbean clam shrimp has been discovered in the unassuming pond of the Herman E. Moore Golf Course at the University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas campus according to a UVI press release.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adian Brewer
📸: Photo by Christopher Rogers
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The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement rescued a kayaker in distress west of Perseverance Bay in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday evening.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source staff
📸: Photo submitted by U.S. Coast Guard
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This is the second of three articles looking at historic cemeteries on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Excluding small family graveyards, there are eight cemeteries on St. Thomas, of which two are public and five are affiliated with religious groups. The first installment looked at St. Thomas’ Jewish cemetery. This article looks at the island’s Danish cemetery.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: These graves within the Danish cemetery are among almost 100 which are elaborately decorated using conch shells. The identities of the individuals buried in these graves are not known, but speculated to be men or women of what at the time was known as the free-colored class. (Collage by Bethaney Lee using photos from the Royal Danish Consulate)
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#cemetery #graveyard #grave #cemeteryphotography #graveyards #necropolis #gothic #cemeteries #cemeterywandering #project #gravestone #death #photography #cemeterylovers #graveyardphotography #danish #tombstone #conchshell
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A movie and subsequent early morning wake-up call led well-known St. Thomas chef/restaurateur Alexander Treml to make two major, life-changing decisions; the first was to become a vegan, the other to come out of a 15-year retirement to “do it one more time.”

Doing it one more time means, opening a new restaurant. This time without the fine dining trappings like linen tablecloths, flowers, candles and shiny silverware. Also without the filet mignons, pork and Austrian accented veal dishes.

PlantTastic, a colorful food truck parked in the middle of the old Radio One lot in Gregorie East – an idea that came to Treml barely two months ago –  is ready to serve starting Saturday.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: Photos by Lara Halliday
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