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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

St. John Scarlet Ibis Said Goodbye Again to Snowy Egret Friend

It’s March and once again the snowy egret has left the wetland area near my house in Fish Bay on St. John. I believe this same bird was friendly with the scarlet ibis last year and returned for the winter so they could hang out together again.

September Trial Date Set for Justin Matthews

A trial date has been set for the man accused of allegedly shooting his female companion to death in a shopping center parking lot in September 2021. Defendant Justin Matthews appeared at a pre-trial hearing by way of live stream video Tuesday morning.

UPDATED: Adonis Ventura Now in Custody

Adonis Ventura, who was wanted for attempted murder, turned himself into police, the V.i. Police Department reported Tuesday.

COVID Vaccine is Still Free, Test is Not

The Virgin Islands continue to reduce the number of COVID cases with a 2.1 percentage rate, Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion reported Monday during the weekly Government House press briefing.

Father & Son Paint Show-Stopper Mural in Sunny Isle Shopping Center

Crucian artist Lucien Downes and his father Lucien Downes Sr., came together as a team to help beautify the St. Croix Sunny Isle Shopping Center.

Elections Board Budget Talks Delayed

The Board of Elections met briefly Monday morning to look at its spending priorities for the coming year. Board members met by way of live stream video to consider a two-item agenda.

Pre-Dawn Fire Kills Frederiksted Man

Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting out the widows of a Mars Hill, Frederiksted home early Monday. Once the fire was under control, crews entered to find a man and his dog dead, likely from smoke inhalation, said Antonio Stevens, assistant director of fire services in St. Croix.

Pueblo Supermarkets Owner, Former Manager Ordered to Pay $240K in Back Wages, Damages

Four U.S. Virgin Islands supermarkets, and their owner and former operations manager have been ordered to pay 33 workers – including janitors, security guards and stock people – $240,000 in back wages and liquidated damages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found the employer denied them overtime wages.

Privateer, Blitz, Flying Jenny, Lady M, Bill T and FiDeLa Class Winners at 49th St. Thomas International Regatta

Smart starts. Minimal mistakes. Fast finishes. These are among the successful strategies of class winners at the 49th St. Thomas International Regatta, better known as STIR. Nearly 50 yachts, racing in CSA handicap and one-design classes, spanning from 24- to 70-foot vessels, and with skippers and crews hailing from the Caribbean, USA, Europe, and Australia, raced around the natural markers of islands, cays, and rocks in 12-15 knots of east-southeast breeze.

USVI Swim Team Head to Curacao to Compete in 2023 CARIFTA Swimming Championships

Nineteen swimmers from the US Virgin Islands will be traveling to Curacao next Tuesday, April 4, to compete in the 2023 CARIFTA Swimming Championships. The competition will take place from Thursday, April 6, through Monday, April 10.

September Trial Date Set for Justin Matthews

A trial date has been set for the man accused of allegedly shooting his female companion to death in a shopping center parking lot in September 2021. Defendant Justin Matthews appeared at a pre-trial hearing by way of live stream video Tuesday morning.

V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Changes Website Address Effective Immediately

All future communications and online interactions will take place through the new web address.

Ocean Point Terminals Launches 2023 Scholarship Application Cycle

The amount of a scholarship award can be as much as $5,000 per year for a student to attend a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university, or a 2-year technical/vocational college.

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Department of Health Launches Pilot Program to Help V.I. Schools Prevent Outbreaks

The Department of Health is announcing the launch of the 'Influenza-like Illness' pilot program at schools across the territory in an effort to track and quickly treat viral illnesses and prevent outbreaks that are disruptive to student learning.

V.I. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Changes Website Address Effective Immediately

All future communications and online interactions will take place through the new web address.

September Trial Date Set for Justin Matthews

A trial date has been set for the man accused of allegedly shooting his female companion to death in a shopping center parking lot in September 2021. Defendant Justin Matthews appeared at a pre-trial hearing by way of live stream video Tuesday morning.

Virtue of the Week – Serenity

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

VITFF Bulletin: Michelle Smith Sets New V.I. National Record!

The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation bulletin updates the public on the accomplishments of Virgin Islands track athletes

Registration Now Open for King of the Wing Competition Set for June

The King of the Wing (KOW) Competition will be held on June 10 at Magens Bay Beach, St. Thomas.

Registration Now Open for King of the Wing Competition Set for June

The King of the Wing (KOW) Competition will be held on June 10 at Magens Bay Beach, St. Thomas.

UPDATED: Missing Person Timothy Allan Haines Found

Timothy Allan Haines was found on St. Croix Tuesday safe and well, the V.I. Police Department reported. 

The Virgin Islands continue to reduce the number of COVID cases with a 2.1 percentage rate, Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion reported Monday during the weekly Government House press briefing.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/27/covid-vaccine-is-still-free-test-is-not/

📸: Virgin Islands Department of HealthCommissioner Justa Encarnacion talks about COVID during the Monday Government House press briefing. (Facebook Screenshot)
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Charmaine Wilkerson, New York Times bestselling author of “Black Cake,” will headline the V.I. Literary Festival and Book Fair, taking place as a hybrid event April 13 to 16 on St. Croix with the theme, “Carrying: Recognition and Repair.”

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/03/26/v-i-lit-fest-2023-announces-author-lineup-workshops/

📸: The 2023 V.I. Lit Fest poster features artwork by Virgin Islands artist Alexis Camarena. (Photo courtesy V.I. Lit Fest)

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Legal Services of the Virgin Islands is hosting a conference on Wednesday to guide senior citizens through some of the legal issues they face as they age.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/03/26/legal-services-offers-conference-for-seniors/

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Former Sen. Alex Moorhead was someone to look up to — both literally, as he stood over six feet tall, but also, according to those who remembered him after his passing this weekend, because of his elegance, grace, professionalism and service.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/03/26/community-mourns-loss-of-former-senator-hovensa-spokesman-alex-moorhead/

📸: Former Sen. Alex Moorhead was remembered for his professionalism, compassion and grace after his passing this weekend. (Photo courtesy of the University of the Virgin Islands)

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Smart starts. Minimal mistakes. Fast finishes. These are among the successful strategies of class winners at the 49th St. Thomas International Regatta, better known as STIR, which concluded Sunday.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/27/privateer-blitz-flying-jenny-lady-m-bill-t-and-fidela-class-winners-at-49th-st-thomas-international-regatta/

📸: The USA’s Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50, Privateer. (Photo by Dean Barnes)
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Editor’s Note: The following series, Breaking Dawn, will feature Virgin Islanders enjoying the islands as the sun rises, giving them a chance to enjoy the beauty around them before tourists come to enjoy the shores of the V.I.

Magens Bay is a hot spot for early risers who want to enjoy the beach before the world of tourism awakes. Part 1 of this series features a Virgin Islander who has a deep love and excitement for the sport of skimboarding.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/25/breaking-dawn-a-skimboarder-wakes-up-with-the-waves/

📸: Alejandro Lopez concentrates before taking his board to the surf. (Photo by Michele L Weichman)
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“I promised myself I wouldn’t cry,” said Tonia Lovejoy, triumphing over a catch in her voice as she spoke at the dedication of the playground near the V.I. National Park’s Visitors Center Saturday morning.

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stjohnsource.com/2023/03/25/st-john-celebrates-the-reconstruction-of-the-cruz-bay-playground/

📸: Youngsters climb a tower and slip down the slide. (Photo by Amy H. Roberts)
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The V.I. Agriculture Department is alerting both the farmers and families that the territory is currently moving towards a drought and is asking members of the community to please conserve water, especially on St Croix.

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stcroixsource.com/2023/03/25/nelson-urges-water-conservation-as-territory-moves-toward-drought/

📸: A U.S. Drought Monitor map of the USVI detailing the status of the drought in the territory, with St. Croix listed as “severe,” St. Thomas as “moderate,” and St. John as “abnormally dry.” (Image courtesy U.S. Drought Monitor)
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Watch our weekly weather forecast with Jesse Daley, covering Sunday, March 26, through Saturday, April 1. Our YouTube playlist is updated every Sunday, AND check out Jesse’s daily weather updates on the Source weather page. There’s always something new to explore with the V.I. Source!

Watch (#LinkInBio): https://youtu.be/wkpU14f-M88
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During their monthly board meeting on Wednesday, the VI Port Authority board authorized the negotiation of a new three-year lease with SkyHigh Aviation Services LLC, a Dominican Republic Airline.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/24/st-thomas-will-soon-welcome-skyhigh-aviation-flights-from-the-dominican-republic/

📸: A SkyHigh flight gets ready for takeoff. (Photo submitted by the VI Port Authority)
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Cooks, volunteers, supporters and fun seekers who numbered in the thousands turned out at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Afternoon on the Green fundraiser on Sunday, March 19, on St. Thomas, to raise money for college scholarships. The 31st annual event drew crowds of people who partied with a purpose, danced to live music, played interactive games in the Kid Zone, explored UVI programs, and sampled a variety of dishes donated by local cooks and chefs.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/25/uvi-afternoon-on-the-green-awards-scholarships-to-2-h-s-students-and-prizes-to-winning-cooks/

📸: Afternoon on the Green Overall Winner Arthur Raymo III accepts prize for cooking from (left to right) Vice President Mitchell Neaves and Afternoon on the Green Chair Kyza Callwood with M.C. Anthony “Tony T” Peets standing in the back.
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“Ms. Lisa Ballerina School of Dance” (MLB) on St. Thomas will welcome Kendall Duda as a guest dance instructor at the end of March.

Kendall Duda, an accomplished professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer, spoke to the Source about her career, upcoming trip to St. Thomas, and what she hopes to achieve while on the island.

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/24/professional-dancer-kendall-duda-shares-talents-with-usvi-students/

📸: Professional Dancer Kendall Duda (Photo submitted by Kendall Duda)
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Freedom City, Frederiksted is the place to be when the USVI Caribbean Music & Heritage Festival welcomes Grammy winner Chucho Valdes. The Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer, and arranger is the headliner for a powerful night of music hosted at the Verne I. Richards Memorial Park this Saturday, March 25, 6:30 pm.

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stcroixsource.com/2023/03/23/grammy-winners-v-i-jazz-collective-to-light-up-frederiksted-stage-saturday/

📸: Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdes headlines the second installment of the USVI Caribbean Music Festival Saturday night in Frederiksted. (Photo courtesy of United Jazz Foundation)
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In an effort to keep Virgin Islands seniors safe from abuse, the local chapter of AARP launched a workshop series to explore the subject of elder abuse. Experts speaking at the first event, held Thursday, said more than a third of all seniors say they have been harmed by some form of abuse.

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/24/workshop-series-explores-a-touchy-topic-elder-abuse/

📸: AARP Workshop host Pamela Toussaint welcomes workshop participants on Thursday. (Photo by Judi Shimel)
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The Magens Bay Authority Board of Directors heard several business proposals at its meeting Friday, including for a land and sea tour operation, murals on the park’s buildings, and a reduction in the fee that the King of the Wing pays to hold its annual fundraiser at the beach.

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/24/magens-bay-board-considers-proposals-for-tours-murals/

📸: Members of the Magens Bay Authority Board of Directors meet Friday at Shed No. 4. (Source photo by Sian Cobb)
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A rush-hour police escort brought Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and company into lower Manhattan early Friday to meet with the vice chairman and president of the New York Stock Exchange. They watched the opening trading bell and, after a chat with New York Mayor Eric Adams, were shuttled back to Brooklyn to sign a memorandum of understanding with the borough’s Chamber of Commerce. By mid-afternoon, Bryan was back in Manhattan, signing a similar agreement with the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce.

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stcroixsource.com/2023/03/24/in-new-york-a-plan-to-reshape-st-croix/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. meet with officials from the New York Stock Exchange to discuss opening a branch in St. Croix. (Photo courtesy of New York Stock Exchange)
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Filmmaker Savannah Lyons Anthony will host the premiere of her film, “A Blue Estate,” on Saturday, March 25. The short film was written, produced and directed by the St. Johnian who describes it as a take on a “classic Virgin Islands fable” relevant to many families.

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stjohnsource.com/2023/03/23/st-john-filmmaker-premieres-a-blue-estate-at-bajo-el-sol-gallery/

📸: “A Blue Estate” is a first film by St. John filmmaker Savannah Lyons Anthony (Submitted poster)
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Two men are hospitalized with gunshot wounds after someone opened fire on them at the Paul M. Pearson Gardens housing community Tuesday night on St. Thomas, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/03/22/two-men-hospitalized-after-shooting-on-st-thomas/

📸: Police car and lights at night (stock photo)
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