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Op-Ed: Let’s Revive the Inkberry Christmas Tree Tradition in the Virgin Islands

We have become so Americanized that we’ve lost the tradition of using the Inkberry as a Christmas tree. Many of us don’t realize that the Inkberry tree was also a story-telling tree during the Christmas season. I am talking native story-telling about our culture and the history of these islands.

V.I. Fusion Center Successfully Hosts First Emerging Threats Symposium

Some of the topics discussed were threats related to mass migration, maritime security, and suspicious activity reporting.

CFVI Virtual Giving Tree Project Asks for Christmas Donations

Virtual Giving Tree project is making a meaningful impact during the holiday season by providing essential items like clothing, household goods, food, utilities, and toys to children, families and seniors. The project is now in its fourth

Fish With A Vet Tournament Returns to Give Back to Those Who Served

A total of 28 retired and active veterans braved windy conditions to fish the deep sea to try and catch the biggest fish on Saturday as the Golden Hook Fishing Club hosted the fifth annual Fish With A Vet Tournament.

St. Thomas Reformed to Host Christmas Concert with Tenor Gylchris Sprauve

Pastor Jeffrey Neevel of St. Thomas Reformed Church invites the entire community to a Christmas concert orchestrated by esteemed tenor Gylchris Sprauve on Advent Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m., with a free-will donation.

USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards Nominates The Buccaneer for Best Caribbean Resort

Known for its rich history, world-class amenities and commitment to exceptional service, The Buccaneer stands out as a beacon of luxury in the competitive Caribbean hospitality industry.

Photo Focus: Sion Farm Residents Celebrate the Season with a ‘Holiday Light Up’

The residents of Sion Farm on St. Croix are excited to bring back the "Holiday Light Up" tradition illuminating the entrance to their neighborhood with a festive scene.

Senate Calendar for December 4-8

Here is what is happening this week at the 35th Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Plaskett: FEMA Awards USVI With Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to Rebuild Markoe and Cancryn Schools

“FEMA has awarded the V.I. Department of Education a grant for $140,087,014.98 for Markoe Elementary School on St. Croix and a grant in the amount of $324,355,822.98 for Cancryn Junior High School on St. Thomas…”

Op-Ed: Castle Nugent Farms Could Become a National Park With Delegate’s Help

In 2009, I testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources in Congress in support of the measure to establish Castle Nugent Farms as part of the National Park System. The bill passed the House Committee with a vote of 25-14. Castle Nugent Farms came one step closer to becoming officially a National Historic Site managed by the National Park Service. Nonetheless, the bill never arrived on President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. 

Letter to the Editor: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Former Delegate Donna Christensen advocates for unity among residents to address community challenges and propel the territory toward a brighter future.

Weekend Showcase of V.I. Small Businesses on St. Thomas

A Saturday small business expo is offering participants a business-to-business opportunity to display goods and services. The event, called Shop Local, Promote the Economy, is being staged in the heart of Charlotte Amalie at Fort Christian.

Christensen Named to Advisory Board of Meharry’s New School of Global Health

Dr. Donna M. Christensen has been named to the founding advisory board of the new School of Global Health at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.

St. Croix’s Studio Walsh to Open ‘Hope for the Future’ — its Final Exhibit — on Friday

Studio Walsh and the ARTFarm Family will hold an opening reception on Friday and Saturday for an exhibit entitled “Hope for the Future,” with works from Luca Gasperi, Christina Frederick Gasperi, and Marina Gasperi.

Monica Miller-Smith is New Coral Bay Community Council Executive Director

Monica Miller-Smith, whose communication, leadership, and research skills and the concerns of the Coral Bay community will help as the organization moves forward, has been selected as the new executive director for the Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC), the organization announced. 

U.S. Court of Appeals Gives Public Notice for Reappointment of Federal Public Defender

The public is invited to submit comments for consideration regarding the reappointment of Campbell to a new term of office.

IRS Offers Tax Relief for Taxpayers Impacted by Elevated Levels of Lead and Copper in Water

These taxpayers now have until Feb. 29, 2024, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments.

Open Forum: The USVI Should be Thankful for the Conservation Efforts of George A. Seaman and the Gasperi Family

As a conservationist, it can be a burden at times when you've tried your very best to protect these islands’ cultural, natural, historical, and marine resources. It is not so much a matter of protecting the resources. It is rather managing the resources and setting aside the unique historic landscape of the cultural, natural, and marine resources for future generations and for the future of these islands.

St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Plans Miracle on Main Street in Historic District

Miracle on Main Street and the Lighted Boat Parade 2023 will be held Friday, Dec. 15. For this premier holiday event in the Downtown Historic District, the public can expect the streets to be lit and beautiful.

VIPA: Holiday Season Travel Anticipated to Be Busiest on Record

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is advising the public that this upcoming holiday season is anticipated to be the busiest travel season in history.



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