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Private Citizen Prepares to Sue Caneel Bay Resort Over Contamination

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing since the news broke that seven sites at Caneel Bay Resort contain dangerous contaminants. Now, one person has decided to do something about it.

USVI Registers its 20th Death from COVID-19

The V.I. Department of Health announced Sunday that the territory has suffered its 20th death from COVID-19. The deceased was a 57-year-old male on St. Thomas.

Panel Discusses COVID-19 and Mental Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health as the effort to combat the virus's spread left people feeling isolated and alone, according to participants in a virtual discussion about the psychological impacts of COVID-19.

VIHFA Still Seeking Public Input on How to Spend Disaster Recovery Funds

The V.I. Housing Finance Authority is seeking the public’s assistance in deciding how to spend $1 billion of recovery money.

Legislature Forwards Bills and Nominees, Overrides Vetoes

The Legislature passed 17 bills and eight nominees for governing board positions during a Session Friday, as well as overriding four bills that had been vetoed by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.

Waterfront Gathering Mourns USVI’s 2020 Murder Victims

An annual waterfront gathering Friday evening was 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.

Legislature Rejects Another Corporal Punishment Bill

History repeated itself during Friday’s Legislative session, where once again prohibiting the use of corporal punishment in a school setting was struck down by legislators, this time by a 12-2 vote.

Press Box Questions Reveal the Broad Mission of Territory’s Island Administrators

Potholes, litter, derelict cars, clogged guts, traffic lights – these are just a few of the things the territory’s island administrators deal with daily as the de facto mayors of the Virgin Islands.

Police Tells Court They’ve Recovered Files Lost in 2019 Cyber Attack

V.I. Department of Justice officials recently told a federal judge they have recovered from a 2019 ransomware attack and a computer virus infection that wiped out its electronic records system.

STJ Coastal Zone Management Rejects Application for Cowgirl Bebop

In a unanimous decision, the St. John Committee of Coastal Zone Management voted to disapprove an application by Cowgirl Bebop LLLP to permit a 120-foot floating lounge and restaurant off Mingo Cay in Pillsbury Sound between St. Thomas and St. John.

Waste Haulers May Get Paid; Senators Want Public’s Help in Keeping V.I. Clean

Although Senators' main action at Thursday’s Finance Committee hearing was to advance a bill appropriating $15 million to the Waste Management Authority for outstanding debts to waste haulers, lawmakers also took the time to address the public about keeping the U.S. Virgin Islands clean.

Bryan Removes Head of Save Coral Bay from Coastal Zone Management Committee

The battle surrounding a proposal to build a controversial marina in Coral Bay became even more complicated this week with the removal of one of St. John's Coastal Zone Management Committee members.

STT Residents Offer Vision for Tourism at Virtual Town Hall

Virgin Islanders weighed in on the future of tourism and economic development Wednesday night in the last of three virtual town halls hosted by the UVI Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning.

VIEDA/VIODR to Host Free Webinar on ‘Doing Business With the Recovery’

The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA), in partnership with the Virgin Islands Office of Disaster Recovery (VIODR), will host a free informational webinar on Sept. 30.

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CDBG-DR Schedules Final Public Hearing for Action Plan Amendment No. 2 for Sept. 29

The VIHFA has announced that its second amendment for the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan is out for public review.
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Open forum: It is Time to Amend the Revised Organic Act

Verdel L. Petersen advises Virgin Islanders that a referendum will be on the ballot Election Day. It will be a vote on whether to have a 6th Constitutional Convention or not. Perhaps it makes more sense to amend the Revised Organic Act of 1954

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.

UVI Mourns the Loss of Baseball Legend Horace Clarke

“On behalf of the UVI community, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Horace Clarke, a man who is dearly loved and revered in the Virgin Islands and recognized by baseball fans across the United States,” said UVI President David Hall.

St. George Village Botanical Garden to Hold Virtual Arbor Day Celebration

On Friday, Sept.25, St. George Village Botanical Garden will be celebrating Arbor Day. Because of COVID-19, this event will be on its Facebook Page LIVE, and it will be added to The SGVBG You.

Caribbean Genealogy Library Is Offering Virtual Programming, Hosts Its First Virtual Author Event

On Sept. 27, CGL will host their first virtual author event with Danish historian and author Ann Nørregaard. Ann is the author of “Dollar fo' Dollar Kulkvinderne på St. Thomas 1870-1917.”

CMCArts to Exhibit Annual Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico Friendship Art Show

Celebrating 56 years of friendship, this year’s exhibition is titled “Anacaonas de Borinquen.” It will honor Puerto Rican women and how artists depict and honor her.

STJ Recovery Choir Welcomes All to Online Season of Caribbean and Holiday Music

This season, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s not safe for choir members to breathe deeply and sing out in the same space. But that’s not going to stop this resilient community choir.

Private Citizen Prepares to Sue Caneel Bay Resort Over Contamination

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing since the news broke that seven sites at Caneel Bay Resort contain dangerous contaminants. Now, one person has decided to do something about it.

Ellenmay J. Joyce Dies at 66

Ellenmay J. Joyce, also known as “Ashby,” of Estate Mutual Home died on Sept. 12.

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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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📸: Garcia (R) is on his way to winning Low Country Elite Invitational 5K (Photo from Greenville Track Club-Elite)
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The banning of social functions and gatherings around the country due to COVID-19 concerns has affected everything from sporting events to concerts. So too has it affected educational experiences.

This year, St. Thomas’ celebrated Dollar Fo’ Dollar tour is going the way of many museums and art galleries and will be hosted entirely online.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Nathan Visel
📸: Photo by David Knight Jr.
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The accolades just keep piling up for Kacen Callender – and for good reason.

At 30, this young author has accomplished more than many seasoned writers double their age. Just Wednesday, the New Yorker Magazine published an article announcing that Callender’s novel, King and the Dragonflies, is on the longlist for this year’s National Book Award for Young People’s Literature that depicts children making sense of death and the afterlife.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Ananta Pancham
📸: Photo Submitted
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The night-blooming cereus teases us as it opens in the darkened sky after nightfall – closing by dawn and wilting in the light of day.

Many of these beauties grow in the wild, while other are planted in outdoor tropical gardens and sometimes planted indoors in colder climates. They belong to a large number of ceroid cacti that bloom at night.

Once the flower is fully opened, it emits a light perfume-like fragrance.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photos by Elisa McKay
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If there’s anything that the hurricanes of 2017 and the current COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated, it’s that the U.S. Virgin Islands needs to diversify its economy and become less dependent on tourism.

But how exactly do we do that?

That’s the question that UVI’s Center for Leadership and Learning, more commonly known UVI CELL, is posing to the public in a series of town hall meetings.
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For full article visit the Source's website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: The relatively unspoiled beauty of St. John was cited as an advantage by town hall participants. (Source File Photo)
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The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources deployed new fish aggregating devices (FAD) in the St. Thomas-St. John District on Thursday, Aug. 27 and in the St. Croix District on Friday, Aug. 28, according to Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol. Deployment of the FADs benefits the U.S. Virgin Islands by shifting fishing pressure from heavily fished inshore areas to offshore areas with more abundant populations of pelagic sportfish species such as tuna, dolphin and wahoo.
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For full article visit the Source's website.
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✏: Press Release
📸: Submitted Photo
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The Department of Planning and Natural Resources has launched an application that will let citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands report to the department anonymously if they see something they think is suspicious or illegal that could harm the environment.

The app can be found and downloaded by searching “USVI DPNR Hotline” in either the Android app store, known as “Google Play,” or the Apple app store for iPhones.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Photo provided by Kristina Edwards
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Both the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and the V.I. Housing Finance Authority told senators on Monday about the progress that has been made on building multipurpose sports complexes that would double as storm shelters on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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The Moravian Churches have a unique history in the U.S. Virgin Islands dating back to the early 1700s and are host to the most abundant burial sites on St. Thomas – two intimate church graveyards and two cemeteries.

But to understand anything about these burial sites, the church itself and the first Moravians must be understood.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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Caneel Bay Resort, located within the Virgin Islands National Park, has been known for its extraordinary beauty since it opened in 1956. Few people, however, know that seven sites within the property have been contaminated over the years by pollutants that are hazardous to creatures on land and in the sea.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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Udall Caribbean, a jewelry brand whose products connect consumers to Caribbean heroes and heroines of the past while celebrating the region’s rich culture and heritage, launched an eBoutique on Sept. 9, allowing customers from around the world to shop its selections.

The company was founded by 38-year-old St. Croix native Ephra Graham in December 2019 and derives its name from St. Croix’s Point Udall – the easternmost point in the United States.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photo submitted
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I am sure I am one of many that have had this experience. Yet, I believe it is an experience worth sharing for it speaks to the person that Joe Biden is.

In 2004, I was chosen from hundreds of nationwide applicants to join AARP’s national board for six years. This thrust forward allowed me to bring the interests and needs of Virgin Islanders into the spotlight of one of America’s largest nonpartisan premier advocacy organizations – AARP.  However, little did I know, I would have a very special moment with Joe Biden.
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For the the full letter to the editor visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Letter to the Editor by Cora Christian MD
📸: Photo Cora Christian MD with Vice President Joe Biden
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“You’ve got your certificate of occupancy.”

These words are guaranteed to gladden the heart of anyone involved in a construction project in the Virgin Islands.

On Tuesday, Bob Malacarne, president of the board of St. John Rescue, heard those welcome words spoken by Marvin Vaughan, the construction manager for the V.I. Housing Finance Authority.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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The St. Thomas Historical Trust has received a $20,000 grant through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to be used for teaching the art of furniture caning out of the Historical Trust’s museum, in the heart of Charlotte Amalie.

Historical Trust President Pamela Montegut said West Indies furniture rivals anything that came out of Europe and much of the exquisite furniture was caned, a weaving technique that became popular in the territory.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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Over the last eight years, David Payne’s family has commissioned four signs, all of which have stood outside his sister’s house on Beltjen Road, calling for the public to report any details about his murder to Crime Stoppers.

The first three were torn down. Last week, the fourth was installed and trimmed with festive balloons in honor of his 38th birthday, which fell on Aug. 30. On Monday, the eighth anniversary of his death, those balloons will be replaced with black ones, representing – according to his mother Blanche Frazier – the darkness in which he was killed.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Ananta Pancham
📸: Photos provided by Blanche Frazier
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These enchanting flowers are designed to attract nocturnal pollinators like fruit bats and hawk moths, not people. But if we are lucky, we get a brief chance to enjoy them before they drop.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: Photos by Gail Karlsson
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One summer evening in 2018 when Tralice Bracy was assisting at the West End Music and Art Institute camp at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, she pricked up her ears.

The camp program included jazz performances in the gallery, curated by bass player Mario Thomas and funded by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.

“I was dumbstruck by the talent that showed up,” Bracy said. “I had lived on St. Croix for nearly 10 years and had never encountered a real jazz scene before.” The interaction between the musicians and the audience fascinated her as much as the music did.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Anne Salafia
📸: Freddie Thomas, on piano, Fred Williams, on bass, Reggie Williams, on alto sax, and Hugh “Fuma” Petersen, on drums, play at a jazz show. (Photo provided by Tralice Bracy)
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Friday was a red-letter day for the Humane Society of St. Thomas’ Pets with Wings program as 69 of the shelter’s animals – 54 dogs and 15 cats – were transported stateside to be received by partner shelters and rescue organizations.
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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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