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VITEMA to Present St. John Rescue Squad With Ambulance; Water Island Rescue to Receive Medical Supplies

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will deliver a much-needed resource to the island of St. John.  VITEMA…

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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Boat Parade to Kick Off Crucian Christmas Carnival

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2016-12-09 00:15:53
Zika Educational Session Held for Tourism Industry

Partners from the territory’s tourism industry learned about keeping visitors safe and informed amidst the ongoing Zika virus outbreak during a seminar at UVI on St. Thomas on Thursday.

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The Bookworm: 'A Boy Called Christmas'

If your child is in need of something to get into the holiday mood, then here’s a great early-Christmas gift. “A Boy Called Christmas” is a book they’ll never leave.

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2016-12-07 21:09:19
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Fast Response Cutter Visits St. Thomas

The Webber parked alongside Crown Bay Center on St. Thomas.
The Webber parked alongside Crown Bay Center on St. Thomas.

The U.S. Coast Guard fast response cutter Bernard C. Webber made its maiden visit to St. Thomas this week, arriving in the early hours of Thursday morning and leaving for its return journey to Miami on Friday morning.

With a complement of four officers and 20 enlisted personnel, the 153-foot cutter displayed the look of speed and optimal weapons efficiency even while at dock at Crown Bay. Sporting a pair of .50-caliber machine guns both fore and aft, a 25mm canon off her bow and a turbo charged 5700-horsepower engine, the vessel seemed well equipped to live up to her “fast response” moniker.

Its crew entertained guests from the local marine enforcement and support community aboard for a very thorough and informative tour both above and below decks on Thursday afternoon.

Engraved on a plaque leading into the common space below decks, reads the ships motto: ”Determination heeds no interference.”

The ship’s multiple missions range from fishery patrols to countering drug and migrant operations. The Webber is one of 54 fast response cutters currently being built to augment the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of 110 foot cutters. These new assets are to be home ported throughout the coastal United States.

Ship Commander Herb Eggert said, “We can expect the occasional visit by the new FRC’s out of San Juan and Miami as assignments in this area are intelligence driven.”

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