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Matt Gyuraki and Jason Monigold: 'It's community helping community,' Gyuraki said of the collaborative effort.

Tech Experts Team Up to Connect St. John

After Hurricane Irma hit on Sept. 6, ordinary communications came to a halt for St. John. An ad hoc group of techies banded together to reconnect the island to the world in an effort dubbed 'community helping community.'
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Crucian veterans march through Frederiksted Saturday in honor of Veterabs Day.

Veterans Day Parade in St. Croix Salutes Women Who Served

Virgin Islanders pulled up chairs along King Street in Federiksted Saturday to watch military service members, led by the Virgin Islands National Guard 73rd Army Band, parade through town in St. Croix's Veterans Day observance.
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Gov. Kenneth Mapp at Friday’s Government House news conference (Jamie Leonard photo).

Mapp Sends Legislature Bill that Would Make Recycling Mandatory

Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced Friday that he has sent the Legislature a bill that, if enacted, would eliminate 80 percent of the trash currently going into the territory's landfills by making recycling mandatory.
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Gov. Kenneth Mapp demonstrates a solar light donated by the V.I. Humanitarian Relief Fund. (Jamie Leonard photo)

Norwegian Dawn Cancels Frederiksted Visit

The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn has canceled its call on Frederiksted, which was scheduled for Saturday, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced at a Government House news conference Friday. Mapp said the reason for the cancellation was not known.
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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy deVos, center, visits Charlotte Amalie High School as part of her visit to observe hurricane damage to the territory's schools.

U.S. Education Secretary Visits CAHS, UVI

Education Secretary Betsy deVos, the top education official at the U.S. Department of Education, toured Charlotte Amalie High School Wednesday, listening more than she spoke as she met with CAHS Principal Alcede Edwards and his administrative team.
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Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett embraces a Virgin Islander after the territory was hit by two category five hurricanes. (Photo from Plaskett's official website)

Bipartisan Support In Congress as V.I. Officials Prepare To Push For More Fed Help

High-ranking Republicans and Democrats in Congress have already signaled support for funding more robust infrastructure in the U.S. Virgin Islands as V.I. legislators prepare to travel to Washington D.C. to meet with members of Congress next week.
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Crews removed all oil and other hazardous materials from the vessel Lucky Penny in Salt River Bay on Nov. 7, in preparation for moving it to a holding area to evaluate it for salvage, returning to its owner or proper disposal. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard: No Vessels Will Be Stored in Bioluminescent Bay

As the U.S. Coast Guard removes sunken vessels that went down around St. Croix in the recent storms, they will not store any in the bioluminescent Mangrove Bay area of Salt River Bay, the Coast Guard said.
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From left, Dr. Anthony Ricketts, Dr. Jan Tawakol, Tracey Sanders, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Attorney Frederick Handleman testify before the Health Committee Wednesday.

Health Committee OKs Bill to Relax Physician Requirements

A bill to ease requirements for physicians who provide services in the territory was moved forward Wednesday by the Health, Hospitals and Human Services committee, at a meeting convened at the Superior Court jury room.
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DHS Assistant Commissioner Evril Powell talks about applications for DSNAP. (Jamie Leonard photo)

7,400 USVI Residents Apply for DSNAP in Three Days

In the first three days applications have been open, about 7,400 Virgin Islanders have applied for benefits under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Evril Powell said.
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WAPA OKs Resolution for $75 Million Community Disaster Loan

The governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority on Wednesday authorized Executive Director Julio Rhymer Sr. to apply for a $75 million FEMA Community Disaster Loan. The unanimous action came at an emergency meeting on St. Thomas.
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