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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

The Committee on Homeland Security, Justice & Public Safety Kicks Off the Senate’s First Hearing of 2023

The 35th Legislature focused on staffing issues within emergency and first responder agencies during its first hearing as a body Tuesday and pushed officials testifying for answers.

Elections Board Pick New Chair; Reconsiders Leadership

Members of the Board of Elections met for a third time since the start of the new year to organize the leadership. Thirteen of fourteen members acted on a single-topic agenda, then moved to change decisions it made at a previous meeting.

Grammy Award-Winning Virgin Islanders Continue to Make Their Mark

On Sunday night, two Virgin Islanders were able to captivate judges for the 2023 Grammy Awards ceremony, each securing accolades for Record of the Year and Best Reggae Album. In interviews before the ceremony, both Theron Thomas and Masai Harris shared their sentiments and thoughts about their respective nominations.

Students, History Buffs, Election Workers, and Public Invited to Celebrate 60 Years of Voting

2023 will be a year to celebrate for those who help the people of the Virgin Islands cast election ballots. Top officials at the Elections System of the Virgin Islands are making plans to mark Feb. 20 as the 60th year they and those before them have made the voting process possible.

Coast Guard Crews and Tank Ship Silver Dover Assist 80-year-old Boater Southeast of PR

Coast Guard crews and the crew of the chemical tank ship Silver Dover assisted an 80-year-old boater in distress Saturday morning in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 57 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Rico.

St. John Co-Housing Project Breaks Ground

The developer of a project that has the potential to alleviate some of the housing shortage on St. John will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the site located across from the Gifft Hill School's Trayser Field.

Licensing Sends a Love Note to Would-Be Vendors

Last week, Licensing and Consumer Affairs put out a press release reminding the public about licensing requirements, but they could have sent a Valentine.

Breezy Conditions, Choppy Seas Expected to Impact USVI, Puerto Rico

Rough seas and windy conditions will impact the USVI and Puerto Rico early this week. The National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has issued multiple marine weather alerts, and swimmers and boaters are advised to monitor the situation and exercise caution.

Adonis the Red-tailed Hawk Released After Rehab for a Broken Wing

A young Red-tailed Hawk, unable to fly, was found in Christiansted on St. Croix in August by two construction workers. This was a stroke of luck for the young bird.

V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue Brings Back Taxpayer Assistance Program

The bureau’s audit staff will help taxpayers with the filing of their 2022 income tax returns. This is a free service offered to taxpayers who are filing simple tax returns with the bureau.

Crime Stoppers Needs the Community’s Help Locating Suspects

Crime Stoppers needs help and tips from the community to find these suspects. All tips are anonymous. 

The Committee on Homeland Security, Justice & Public Safety Kicks Off the Senate’s First Hearing of 2023

The 35th Legislature focused on staffing issues within emergency and first responder agencies during its first hearing as a body Tuesday and pushed officials testifying for answers.

Liberty VI Raises Awareness on Safer Internet Day, Launches ‘Surf the Web Safely’ Campaign

Liberty VI celebrates Safer Internet Day. The main purpose is to educate the public on how to use the internet responsibly and safely.

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The Committee on Homeland Security, Justice & Public Safety Kicks Off the Senate’s First Hearing of 2023

The 35th Legislature focused on staffing issues within emergency and first responder agencies during its first hearing as a body Tuesday and pushed officials testifying for answers.

Crime Stoppers Needs the Community’s Help Locating Suspects

Crime Stoppers needs help and tips from the community to find these suspects. All tips are anonymous. 

Open Forum: The USVI Aided and Abetted Jeffrey Epstein

Unequivocally, a political culture was fostered within the local Democratic Party of the Virgin Islands that allowed Jeffrey Epstein to remain unchecked in exchange for his sponsorship and financial contributions.

D’Amour Captures 3rd Place in 2023 Indoor World Series Finals in Vegas Shoot

Nicholas D’Amour, Mike Gerard and Tatyana Muntyan of Team Virgin Islands were among the 4,000 archers in Las Vegas.  D’Amour and Muntyan shot in their respective Men’s and Women’s Championship Division and Gerard shot in the Recurve Flights Division.

81C Exhibits ‘God is a Woman’ – The Photographs of St. Croix’s Lia Garvey

81C Exhibits “God Is A Woman." Gallery hours are Wednesdays, 5-10 p.m., and Sundays, 2-8 p.m. This show will run through Feb. 24.

Plaskett Meets With EPA Administrator Lisa Garcia

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released the following statement after meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Lisa Garcia in Washington, D.C.

William Clinton Sterling Jr. Dies at 88

William Clinton Sterling Jr. (Bill) of Somers, N.Y., and St. Croix, USVI, passed away on Feb. 1, 2023, at the age of 88.

Last week, Frederiksted Health Center Care, Inc. opened its second dental clinic on the island in the Lena Shulterbrandt Health Center in the Mall of St. Croix (formerly Sunshine Mall). The dental and health clinics are both managed by FHC, Inc.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/02/05/fhc-opens-new-dental-clinic-in-frederiksted/

📸: The new Frederiksted Health Care, Inc. dental clinic opened Feb. 2 at Mall of St. Croix. (Photo courtesy of FHC)
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A young red-tailed hawk, unable to fly, was found in Christiansted on St. Croix in August by two construction workers. This was a stroke of luck for the young bird.

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📸: Adonis, a red-tailed hawk, spreads his wings as he is prepared for release after rehabilitation for a broken wing by Toni Lance at the St. Croix Avian Sanctuary on St. Croix in February. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

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The developer of a project that has the potential to alleviate some of the housing shortage on St. John will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the site located across from the Gifft Hill School’s Trayser Field.

Read more: https://stjohnsource.com/2023/02/05/st-john-co-housing-project-breaks-ground/

📸: Map Geo image shows the location of a new co-housing project across from Trayser Field at the Gifft Hill School. (Map Geo image)

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Rough seas and windy conditions will impact the USVI and Puerto Rico early this week. The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has issued multiple marine weather alerts, and swimmers and boaters are advised to monitor the situation and exercise caution.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/05/breezy-conditions-and-choppy-seas-expected-to-impact-the-usvi-puerto-rico/

📸: Whitecaps are visible across the ocean looking from the northside of St. Thomas toward the British Virgin Islands on Sunday. (Photo by Jesse Daley)
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Last week, Licensing and Consumer Affairs put out a press release reminding the public about licensing requirements, but they could have sent a Valentine:

Roses are red,
So it is writ;
If you start a small business,
Make sure it’s legit.

Balloons are top sellers
And chocolate is sweet
But you need a license
To sell on the street.

Thinking of retail,
Perhaps online?
Remember a license
Costs less than a fine.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/05/licensing-sends-a-love-note-to-would-be-vendors/

📸: Typically, street vendors in the territory multiply in mid-February, vying for customers looking for Valentine’s Day gifts. (Shutterstock image)

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Host Adisha Penn recaps the biggest headlines from this week while our in-studio correspondent, Cira Burke, sits down with LP Records founder Alvin Marks to talk about the development of LP TV and new productions in the works. Subscribe to our YouTube playlist here, which is updated every Sunday. There’s always something new to explore with the V.I. Source!

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Watch our weekly weather forecast with Jesse Daley, covering Sunday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, Feb 4. Subscribe to our playlist here, which 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!

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To feed, medicate, neuter and find homes for St. Croix’s stray and unwanted dogs and cats, the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center is hosting the Fur Ball next week after a hiatus of a few years.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/02/04/fur-ball-benefits-st-croix-unwanted-animals-next-week/

📸: Staff at the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center pose with some of the puppies at the Five Corners location. (Photo provided by SCAWC)
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As we begin the month of February, “Black History Month,” how coincidental is it that the first African woman saint should be celebrated in the Catholic Church worldwide on what is the date of her passing- Feb. 8?

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/04/open-forum-first-african-woman-canonized-a-saint-in-the-catholic-church/

📸: A life-sized statue of Saint Josephine Bakhita stands in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. (Shutterstock image)
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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach will be out of the territory next week, leaving Finance Commissioner Bosede Bruce as acting governor and Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. to assume the duties of the lieutenant governor, Government House announced Friday.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/03/bryan-to-travel-next-week-to-meet-with-white-house-and-d-c-officials-and-top-tech-execs-roach-also-off-island/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach (Source file photo)
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The Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Varsity Basketball Program played three games in the second week of St. Thomas/St. John Interscholastic Athletic Association (IAA). The Rays won all three contests.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/03/rays-varsity-basketball-program-has-banner-week/

📸: Jayden Dixie, #11 Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, dunks the ball in the game against Antilles School. (Photo by Mark J Daniel)
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Editor’s note: Amy Roberts has been a volunteer with the VINP Sea Turtle Program since 2017.

When volunteers for the Virgin Islands National Park’s Sea Turtle Program search beaches for signs of a sea turtle nest laid during the previous night, the last thing they expect to see is this:

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2023/01/Caneel-Hawknest-dead-green-turtle-.photo-1.-Amy-H.-Roberts.-pg-1024x768.jpg

📸: A green sub-adult turtle washed up on a north shore beach on St. John in December (Photo by Amy H. Roberts)
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Two men wanted in connection with two homicides that occurred on St. Croix in 2022 have been arrested, the V.I. Police Department reported Friday.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/02/04/two-men-arrested-in-georgia-in-connection-with-two-homicides-on-st-croix/

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has moved from the Ron de Lugo Federal Building in Charlotte Amalie to Crown Mountain on St. Thomas. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/02/new-home-for-customs-and-border-protection-at-crown-mountain/

📸: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has moved from the Ron de Lugo Federal Building in Charlotte Amalie to Crown Mountain on St. Thomas. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
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The V.I. government’s lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase over its business dealings with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is a “masterclass in deflection” and should be dismissed, attorneys for the bank said in a court filing Wednesday.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/02/jpmorgan-chase-says-v-i-lawsuit-a-masterclass-in-deflection/

📸: The JPMorgan Chase Bank headquarters in New York. (Shutterstock photo)
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Congressional leadership has named U.S. Virgin Islands Congressional Delegate Stacey Plaskett to the controversial Select Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government, the congresswoman’s office announced Thursday.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/02/02/plaskett-takes-on-controversial-committee/

📸: V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett. (Source File Photo
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Efforts to forge a partnership between the Port Authority and the private sector took a step forward Wednesday at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas. About 60 potential investors attended an industry forum where they heard about the authority’s plans to upgrade the territory’s airports.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/02/vips-hosts-industry-forums-on-st-thomas-and-st-croix/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. pitches opportunity for airport upgrades and modernization at an industry forum held Wednesday on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has taken action on 26 bills and a resolution from the 34th Legislature’s final session on Dec. 29-30, signing 19 of them into law and vetoing seven measures, Government House announced Thursday.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/02/bryan-signs-19-bills-into-law-from-34th-legislature-vetoes-7/

📸: A woman enters Government House in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. (Shutterstock photo)
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The V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System held a town hall meeting at the American Legion Hall on St. Croix to listen to veterans’ concerns.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2023/02/01/340412/

📸: Panelists address veterans’ concerns. (Photo by Diana Dias)
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The U.S. Virgin Islands Fire Service & V.I. Emergency Medical Services has received $1.897 million in federal funding for seven new ambulances, Director Daryl George announced.

Read more:https://stthomassource.com/content/2023/02/01/federal-dollars-funding-seven-new-ambulances-for-territory/

📸: A USVI ambulance, parked in front of the Schneider Regional Medical Center. The territory is due to receive seven new ambulances with funding from the federal government. (Source file photo)
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