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V.I. Getting The Most Rum Funds Since 2013

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Wednesday it will be signing over $251 million dollars to the U.S. Virgin Islands in rum tax cover-over payments for the estimated FY 2019 rum tax collections in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the largest amounts since 2013.

STJ Restaurant Scene Changes During Past Year

A survey of restaurants throughout St. John shows that some have shut down permanently while others have chosen to open in spite of the decline of hungry tourists.
VIPA Director David Mapp testifies at a 2016 Senate session. (File photo)

Senators Subpoena VIPA Head

Senators were frustrated that VIPA Executive Director David Mapp did not appear for the Port Authority's budget hearing Tuesday and voted to subpoena him to testify.
Casino Control Commission Vice Chair Usie Richards testifies at Tuesday's budget hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Closed Casino Put Casino Commission Behind on Bills

The V.I. Casino Control Commission's revenues slowed a lot after last year's hurricanes and it is behind on its bills, Vice Chair Usie Richards and Executive Director Barbara James-Petersen told senators during budget hearings Tuesday.
Casino Control Commission Chair Violet Ann Golden testifies before the Legislature in 2015. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, the V.I. Legislature)

Casino Control Commission Chair Injured In Assault

Casino Control Commission Chair Violet Ann Golden and several members of her family were injured when a younger family member apparently suffering from a mental health crisis attacked them with a knife.
STT Car Ferry Imran Stephen

Facing Down the Storm 2 – Stories of Maria

When two Category 5 hurricanes struck the Virgin Islands, 10 days apart, in 2017, they left a wealth of stories to be told. Here are some of those stories
VIPA Assistant Executive Director Damian Cartwright at Tuesday's budget hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Port Authority Still Facing Fines Over Anguilla Landfill

The V.I. Port Authority has been threatened by the Federal Aviation Administration with a $1.4 million fine due to various personnel training deficiencies and issues related to the location of the Anguilla Landfill
Horses race in 2011 at St. Croix's Randall 'Doc' James Racetrack. (File photo)

Horse Racing Will Return – But Senators Can’t Get a Firm Date

Virgin Islands horse racing enthusiasts heard Monday much about support for VIGL, the slot machine company the V.I. government gave the franchise to run the territory's two racing tracks, but they did not hear a firm date when horse racing will return to the territory.
Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas. (File photo)

Revised School Opening Dates Highlights Concerns With Modular Contractor

The opening dates for several public schools have been pushed back from this week, but Education officials said they don’t expect any more delays despite continued concerns over safety issues that have put contractor AECOM in the hot seat.
White Cedar like this one at Altoona Lagoon on St. Croix will get protected by Senate bill. (Carol Buchanan photo)

Bill Would Protect Native Trees

Native Virgin Islands trees are valuable and need protection, according to Sen. Myron D. Jackson, who is sponsoring a bill to establish a Community and Heritage Tree Law.

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BROWNIE STREET -- was renamed on Friday in honor of legendary broadcaster Irvin "Brownie" Brown. Brown is seen here, surrounded by three of his six children and St. Thomas-St. John District Senator Dwayne DeGraff.
DeGraff sponsored Bill No. 32-0146 to rename General Gade, from Veteran's Drive to Sike Gade, as Irvin "Brownie" Brown Sr. Street. Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed it into law in July.
Gade is the Danish word for street. That's how long General Gade's been around in the Savan neighborhood, one of St. Thomas' oldest communities.
Brownie was born and grew up there, among friends and family. A lot like the folks who showed up at the club house for the Retired Police Organization to celebrate the occasion.
For 50 years, Brown has shared Latin, soca and gospel music over the airwaves at WSTA-AM on weekday afternoons. He has emceed countlesss live Carnival events, parades. He trained under former Senate President Bingley Richardson to become a licensed boat captain. Conducted taxi tours as a businessman.
He was also a drummer for Milo and the Kings and toured the U.S. with the band in his younger days. And Brown served as master of ceremonied for the Annaberg Black History Month Fair on St. John.
De Graff thanked the different groups that worked together to stage the event.
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BROWNIE STREET -- was renamed on Friday in honor of legendary broadcaster Irvin Brownie Brown. Brown is seen here, surrounded by three of his six children and St. Thomas-St. John District Senator Dwayne DeGraff.
DeGraff sponsored Bill No. 32-0146 to rename General Gade, from Veterans Drive to Sike Gade, as Irvin Brownie Brown Sr. Street. Gov. Kenneth Mapp signed it into law in July.
Gade is the Danish word for street. Thats how long General Gades been around in the Savan neighborhood, one of St. Thomas oldest communities.
Brownie was born and grew up there, among friends and family. A lot like the folks who showed up at the club house for the Retired Police Organization to celebrate the occasion.
For 50 years, Brown has shared Latin, soca and gospel music over the airwaves at WSTA-AM on weekday afternoons. He has emceed countlesss live Carnival events, parades. He trained under former Senate President Bingley Richardson to become a licensed boat captain. Conducted taxi tours as a businessman.
He was also a drummer for Milo and the Kings and toured the U.S. with the band in his younger days. And Brown served as master of ceremonied for the Annaberg Black History Month Fair on St. John.
De Graff thanked the different groups that worked together to stage the event.

 

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Well deserved! Congratulations! thanks to Mr. Irvin "Brownie" Brown for good memories.

Congratulations!!! So Well Deserved!👏👏🎉🍾👏👏 Very Best Wishes!!

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