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Vision 2040 Asks for Public’s Help in Making Tight Deadline

In an interactive webinar that launched the V.I. government’s Vision 2040 plan Thursday, Economic Development Authority officials made one thing abundantly clear: They need Virgin Islanders to do their part to make it a success.

Prosecutors Face November Deadline in St. Croix Racketeering Case

Federal prosecutors are working against a Nov. 9 deadline to produce lists of witnesses, evidence and documents in preparation for a racketeering trial set to start in January.

White: Sports, Parks and Rec Has Been Hard at Work During Pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined team sports, it has not left the Sports, Parks and Recreation Department idled, Commissioner Calvert White said Thursday, outlining a slew of initiatives his employees are working on.

One Killed, Four Injured in Early Morning Shooting

One man was killed and four others injured in an early morning shooting Saturday at the Four Winds Plaza shopping center on St. Thomas, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim was identified by next of kin as 29-year-old Joseph Andrews.

Board Mulls New Programs for Career and Technical Education

The board that oversees career and technical education in the territory is eyeing two national programs to bolster agriculture and construction instruction for students as early as middle school.

Find Out Where the Senate Candidates Stand

The Source asked every senatorial candidate ten questions, to fairly give every candidate an opportunity to tell our readers about themselves and where they stand on some of the most important issues of the day.

Four Decades Later, St. John School Land Swap Might Be Moving Forward

The U.S. Interior Department signed a “preliminary agreement” with the V.I. government on Thursday to pursue a St. John land swap that could bring decades-old hopes for a new St. John school closer to fruition.
The Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex in St. Thomas is a source of concern following recent allegations of corrections officers asleep on the job. (File photo)

Health Department Lifts St. Thomas Jail Quarantine

The Department of Health formally lifted the public health quarantine at the St. Thomas jail last week, according to a release from the Bureau of Corrections. 

Best Western May Be Coming to St. Croix

The Virgin Islands Port Authority Governing Board on Wednesday authorized Executive Director Carlton Dowe to proceed with negotiations to potentially bring a Best Western to the big island of St. Croix.

New Electronic Filing Process Creating Customs Logjam, USVI Shippers Say

U.S. Customs and Border Protection instituted a new electronic filing process on Oct. 13 that U.S. Virgin Islands shippers say is creating delays.  

Board Seeks Solution to CTE Teachers’ Lapsed Certifications

A proposal to charge Career and Technical Education teachers $25 for recertification starting in January turned into a discussion about lapses in the system at Wednesday’s meeting of the board that oversees the territory’s CTE programs.

New Athletic Director Shares His Vision for UVI Sports

Jerel Drew started as the new athletic director for the University of the Virgin Islands on Sept. 1 and recently shared where he thinks he can take sports at UVI and how it can be done. 

Government to Recall $100K in Unauthorized Finance Dept. Bonuses

The Bryan administration will seek reimbursement of $109,500 that former Finance Commissioner Kirk Callwood recently doled out to staff members in addition to their regular compensation.

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Prosecutors Face November Deadline in St. Croix Racketeering Case

Federal prosecutors are working against a Nov. 9 deadline to produce lists of witnesses, evidence and documents in preparation for a racketeering trial set to start in January.

Op-Ed: Corporal Punishment Is Barbaric and Antiquated

Amelia Headley LaMont gives many reasons why corporal punishment in Virgin Islands schools is barbaric. She points out that students with disabilities are twice as likely to be beaten with a wooden paddle at school.

USVI Powerlifting Hosts 2020 Robert Massey Classic

Powerlifters who hope to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in international competition participated in the 2020 Robert Massey Classic Saturday morning at Rock Life Crossfit to record official scores and get ready for the national meet.

Eduardo Garcia Pursues Goal of Running at Tokyo Olympics

In spite of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19, Garcia trains and competes with Greenville Track Club Elite in South Carolina.

Women’s Coalition of St. Croix Releases Results of 36th Annual Women Race

From Illinois to Ireland, the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s (WCSC’s) 36th Annual Women Race participants -- women and girls — and their supporters joined the movement for peace and justice virtually.

UVI Welcomes New Athletic Director

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will welcome Jerel Drew, Ph.D., to the helm of the university’s athletics department next month.

U.S. Virgin Islands Celebrates Bat Week, Oct. 24 Through Halloween

Bat Week is an annual international celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of the natural world and economy.

WTJX FM 93.1 to Hold Fundraiser on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2

WTJX FM 93.1 is celebrating five years on the air. Please show support by donating during this time.

Government House on the Air in October

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. encourages residents in the community to tune in and call in with questions, ideas or comments.

2020 USVI Charter Yacht Show Set for Nov. 12-15

The U.S. Virgin Islands is a key Caribbean cruising ground that, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, has reopened to visitors both on land and sea, including for crewed yacht and day charters.

Vision 2040 Asks for Public’s Help in Making Tight Deadline

In an interactive webinar that launched the V.I. government’s Vision 2040 plan Thursday, Economic Development Authority officials made one thing abundantly clear: They need Virgin Islanders to do their part to make it a success.

Wilhelmina Audain Dies

Wilhelmina Audain, affectionately known as “Gussie” or “Mama,” of Basseterre, St. Kitts, who resided in St. Thomas, USVI, died on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the comfort of her home.

Dennis Connell Dies

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The V.I. Department of Education has received 1,000 of its expected shipment of 12,000 Chromebooks and is distributing the electronic items to students in both school districts.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photo Provided by DOE
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Powerlifters who hope to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in international competition participated in the 2020 Robert Massey Classic Saturday morning at Rock Life Crossfit to record official scores and get ready for the national meet, which will take place in February.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Source Photo
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Saturday’s “Reclaiming Our Village” march had two starting points, Crown Bay and Tutu Park, and there was a place near the end where both converged, bringing together more than 100 residents who had taken to the streets in a peaceful protest as deadly gunfire resounded across the territory.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Ananta Pancham
📸: Photo by Ananta Pancham
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The Great V.I. Frog Count is underway, bringing citizen science to the territory’s fingertips in an easy and accessible way.

Herpetologist Renata Platenberg started the V.I. Frog Count in 2015 to enhance frog monitoring in the territory. According to Platenberg, anyone with a smartphone or recording device can participate by simply sending a two-minute audio recording with the recorded site’s GPS coordinates. By listening for the unique calls of frog species, Platenberg is then able to pinpoint exactly which species are where.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adrian Brewer
📸: Photo submitted
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The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts opened its first virtual exhibit on Oct. 2 in celebration of Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship. The Anacaonas de Borinquen exhibit honors Puerto Rican/Boricua women and will run through Jan. 2, 2021. The show, curated by Wilfred Labiosa, is comprised of original artworks, silkscreens and lithographs by Puerto Rican artists.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Painting at the Anacaonas de Borinquen exhibit. (Courtesy of CMCArts)
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Standard Aviation and members of the V.I. government cut the ceremonial ribbon on Wednesday morning that signals the completion of the largest free-span building in the Caribbean.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Image by Kyle Murphy
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The V.I. Port Authority has money to begin renovation at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport – work that is currently underway – but is nowhere close to the funding needed for a major reconstruction of St. Croix’s airport.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Image courtesy of Benton Construction
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Moe’s Fresh Market, St. Thomas’ locally-owned-and-operated chain of upscale grocery stores, will open its third storefront on Friday, Oct. 9, at The Shops at Yacht Haven Grande, offering a new face to the island’s gourmands, oenophiles, sailors, yachtsmen, charters and provisioners.

The island’s go-to gourmet grocer will fill the neighborhood vacancy left behind by Gourmet Gallery, which never reopened after the 2017 hurricanes. The new storefront sees Moe’s expanding beyond its well-established presence in Red Hook and on Charlotte Amalie’s waterfront.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Baylor
📸: Photo provided by Willie Hamed/Moe’s
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La Vaughn Belle has created art with paper plates, coral stones from the sea, Styrofoam, video and dance, digital mapping as well as the traditional media such as oil paints and charcoal.

This year, Belle’s medium of choice for an oversized installation in a New York City mall was a digital collage on vinyl.

The latest work, titled “For Those of Us Who Live at the Shoreline,” is eight panels of oil paintings on wood – pieces of chaney – and the painted vinyl sections of coastline plants intertwined with human images, all a part of the ecosystem. Belle said the Virgin Islands Council of the Arts provided a grant for the project.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photo by Jakob Dahlin, Brookfield Place, New York
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Fifteen Nissan Leaf electric cars took part in the second annual St. Thomas Drives Electric road rally on Saturday, sponsored by the Virgin Islands Electric Vehicle Association North to promote reducing the territory’s carbon footprint and raise awareness about electric vehicle technologies.

VIEVAN’s event was supported by Drive Green VI and the Virgin Islands Energy Office. National sponsors included Plug In America, Sierra Club and Electric Auto Association.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Baylor
📸: Photo by James Baylor
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A proposal to allow the St. John Animal Care Center to build a new facility in Coral Bay drew a mixed reaction at an online zoning hearing held Friday morning.

Planners at the Department of Planning and Natural Resources called the virtual meeting to discuss a request to rezone a 2.3-acre parcel near Pickles in Coral Bay from R-2 (residential low density) to B-2 (business secondary/neighborhood.)

The plan calls for the construction of a 5,000 square-foot, two-story building with 20 kennels for dogs on the ground floor and 19 kennels for cats on the second floor.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo provided by the ACC
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After years of being crammed in a space in which the conference room often spilled over into the hallway, the Elections System on St. Croix is moving into a new 10,000-square-foot office just in time for early voting on Oct. 5.

People can still register at the current location in the Sunny Isle Annex until Oct. 3. After that, Elections staff will relocate to the new space in the former Caribbean Cinema theater in Sunny Isle.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photo by Susan Ellis
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The Virgin Islands–Puerto Rico Friendship Committee is preparing to celebrate Virgin Islands – Puerto Rico Friendship weekend with a number of activities. The celebration will begin Oct. 7 and end on Oct. 12. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day is a local holiday, which was created in the 1960s in recognition of the unique relationship between the two American territories at a time when Puerto Ricans were the largest immigrant community in the U.S. Virgin Islands, especially on St. Croix.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: File Photo
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The future of a small, teardrop-shaped lot across from the Bordeaux Mountain Road on St. John was the subject of a virtual public zoning meeting held Tuesday afternoon by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

The property owner is seeking to rezone parcel 8-Y Estate Carolina from R-1 (low-density residential) to B-2 (business-secondary/neighborhood).
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Slide from presentation
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Most people know about founding father Alexander Hamilton’s ties to St. Croix before he went north to help create the United States but may not be aware that his mother is still on the island, buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in the 26 acres of Estate Grange.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photos by Susan Ellis
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In response to your story regarding the Legislature’s ongoing support for corporal punishment in the schools and the Legislature’s macho insistence that its knowledge of pedagogical principles supersedes that of the agencies to which we entrust the educational process, I have a suggestion.

Go down to the Boys and Girls Club on St. Thomas one day after school and watch the dynamic between our public-school children and Ms. Jackie Brown – the regional director of the Club.

The confidence and enthusiasm that those students demonstrate, knowing that their questions, concerns, and frustrations will be greeted with compassion, patience and love from Ms. Brown is heartwarming. Were Ms. Brown to begin slapping children and humiliating them, as the Legislature deems is the correct way to inspire learning in children, there would be very few children attending this remarkable establishment – at least, not willingly.

Children go there for homework help, for a chance to relax and chat with one another, for a chance to pick up a book and read, and for a chance to enjoy the warmth, tenderness and wisdom of someone who knows that, no matter what obstacles a child puts up, there are ways to break down those obstacles that leave a child whole, not physically or emotionally damaged.

Take a moment Senators and visit the Boys and Girls Club. See how entirely possible it is to instruct and guide children without using violence.

The way in which we model conflict resolution to our youth will carry on into their adulthood. Don’t we have enough anger and violence manifesting itself today in the V.I., without dealing physical and emotional blows to the bodies and psyches of the next generation?

How absurd is it to have to state that a teacher cannot use a “deadly weapon” when confronting a child? Seriously?
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📩- Letter to the Editor
✏- Letter by Barbara Birt
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Editor’s note: Barbara Birt is a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of St. Thomas
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St. Thomas’ Family Resource Center held its annual waterfront gathering Friday evening as part of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, remembering the almost 40 Virgin Islanders who have lost their lives to violence so far this year.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Baylor
📸: Photo by James Baylor
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The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) reports that V.I. marathon runner Eduardo Garcia is running well as he pursues his goal of running in the Tokyo Olympics. In spite of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19, Garcia trains and competes with Greenville Track Club Elite in South Carolina.  He follows the medical and safety protocols carefully and has been able to find a few road races which effectively meet the prevention criteria.
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For full press release visit The Source's website.
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📸: Garcia (R) is on his way to winning Low Country Elite Invitational 5K (Photo from Greenville Track Club-Elite)
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