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Districts Announce In-Person Orientation Schedules for School Year 2021-2022

Schools in both the St. Croix and St. Thomas-St. John districts will host in-person orientations for students and parents on Aug. 2-5 and Aug. 9 on the school campuses.

STX Woman Sentenced to 10 Months in Federal Prison for Tax Scheme.

Patricia Henry, age 52, was sentenced Friday to 10 months in federal prison on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States for her part in a tax fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced Monday.

Beach Advisory for July 19-23

DPNR performed water quality analysis at 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of July 19 – July 23, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing:

Virtue of the Week: Beauty

Beauty is a sense of wonder and reverence for the harmony, color, and loveliness of the world. Beauty opens us to the deep patterns of life that inform and delight us. It allows us to feel our connectedness with all creation.

Joseph Gomez Teacher Wins Disney Vacation in ViVid Streaming’s “Swag Call” Contest

Joseph Gomez Elementary School fifth grade teacher Roselyn Samuel-Hodge traveled to Orlando, Fla., July 18-24, with her daughter.

Victor Somme III to Present at National School Safety Town Hall in New Orleans

The V.I. Department of Education Assistant Commissioner was tapped for the prestigious opportunity by conference organizers because of his experience as former director of the St. Croix Alternative Education Program and his current role developing local school safety policy.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: July 26 – July 30, 2021

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

V.I. National Guard Association’s 2021 Scholarship Recipient Is McKayla Collins

(VINGA) presented a $1,000 scholarship award to McKayla Collins on July 15, at a ceremony held in a conference room named after the late David C. Canegata III.

Bureau of Internal Revenue Reminds Taxpayers to File 2019 Form by July 28

BIR reminds taxpayers about the requirements to receive the advance child tax credit payment offered through the American Rescue Plan of 2021.

Dominican Republic Man Gets 135 Months in Cocaine Case

Dany Perez-Brito, a 45-year-old Dominican Republic national, was sentenced Friday in federal court on St. Thomas to 135 months (11 years and three months) in prison for trafficking more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine.

Texan Sentenced to Probation for Marijuana in Carry-On Bag

Lequan Jaheem Pemberton, 26, a resident of Austin, Texas, was sentenced to two years’ probation for possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

USVI Democratic Party Elects Cecil R. Benjamin as Chairman

Benjamin said, “This is about fairness, economic development and community progress. We must change the way our party relates to the community.”

Pedestrian Killed in Accident Near Nisky Center

A 62-year-old man was struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon and died of his injuries. According to the V.I. Police Department, at about 4:43 p.m. July 22 officers were dispatched to a vehicular accident in the vicinity of the Nisky Shopping Center.

Highway Renamed at Ceremony to Honor Judy M. Gomez Esq.

The Judy M. Gomez Highway, formerly named the Charles Harwood Highway, is located in the Contant area on St. Thomas. The former educator, legislator and attorney gave a compelling and heartfelt speech,.

U.S.V.I. Hosts U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Training Mission

In July, soldiers from the Alpha Company of the 249th Engineer Battalion of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers spent a week in the USVI honing their power assessment skills as part of a training mission.

Consumer Justice Group to Hold Virtual Meeting on WAPA LEAC Increase

The Virgin Islands Alliance for Consumer Justice will host a virtual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 22 via its Facebook page to discuss the recent decision by the PSC to grant WAPA a LEAC rate increase.

Simple Cynical Clinical Minute 8: The Return of the Pox

After a successful start to vaccination, it has stalled. And now we see a rise in cases. Many people I speak to say "they are not ready" for the vaccine. Seriously, I have no idea what that means besides fear of the vaccine. 

Sen. Carrion Voices Concerns About Territory’s ESL Program

Sen. Samuel Carrión, a former student of the ESL program on St. Croix, became very concerned with the responses given by representatives from the V.I. Department of Education.

Inside the Cabinet’ to Return July 28 With VIPD Commissioner Nominee Martinez

V.I. Police Commissioner Nominee Ray Martinez will host “Inside the Cabinet” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, to take questions and discuss issues live with residents.

Personnel Launches Portal to Verify Retiree Data Ahead of $10M Retro Payout

Payments apply to retirees over the age of 65 who are owed retroactive wages from 1990-2001, as outlined in Act 6584. Checks are expected to be mailed out on Thursday, July 22.

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