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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Police Announce a Suspect Arrested in Gallows Bay Homicide

Officials of the V.I. Police Department announced at a news conference Friday afternoon that they had arrested 23 year-old Rajah Caul and charged him with the Jan. 12 murder of Michael Cruz.

Storm-Demolished Tutu High Rise and Donoe Apartments to be ‘Reinvented’

V.I. dignitaries helped to kick off a redevelopment that officials said would replace and “completely reinvent” the former Tutu High Rise and Donoe public housing complexes that were torn apart by hurricanes in 2017.

Magens Bay Board Grapples with Onslaught of Charter Yachts

As more and more charter yachts seek harbor in Magens Bay during the COVID-19 pandemic that has prevented them from traveling to neighboring Caribbean destinations, the authority that governs the beach park is facing new headaches.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Some Basic Questions and Answers

The COVID-19 pandemic has now been with us for a year and is currently surging out of control. During the past year, we have learned a lot, and the virus has continued to mutate, requiring us to continue learning.

Public Schools to Roll Out Hybrid Model Beginning in February

Between February and March, the V.I. Education Department will roll out a hybrid model for students, with some returning in-person and most remaining on virtual learning for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.

USVI Health Officials Monitoring for New COVID Strains

With new variants of the COVID-19 virus now beginning to appear on the mainland, local Health officials said Thursday they will continue to monitor reported impacts while sending samples to the CDC to see if new strains begin to appear in the territory.

One Health V.I.

On the latest episode of One Health V.I., health officials discuss the implementation of the V.I. Health Information Exchange – a system for electronically transmitting a patient's vital medical information.

Limetree Bay Refinery Says Large Flare Part of Restart Work

There was a larger than usual flame at the top of the Limetree Bay Refinery's flare stack and louder than usual noise from the flare over the last week, which the company says is part of the normal startup process and will quiet down when the refinery restarts. 

Elections Board Selects Chairperson But Postpones Choosing Other Positions

The Board of Elections came close to electing a slate of officers when they met on Thursday, but one member – selected for two positions – was involved in an automobile accident and didn’t make it to the meeting.

Gov. Bryan Welcomes International Charter Company The Moorings to Yacht Haven Grande

In a Government House press release issued on Thursday, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. welcomed The Moorings, an international luxury yacht charter company, to its new location at Yacht Haven Grande on St. Thomas.

Territorial Hospital Board Talks CMS Reimbursement, Hospital Contracts

The V.I. Hospital & Health Facilities Corporation Territorial Board approved a number of expenses and contracts for Schneider Regional Medical Center and Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital at their virtual monthly meeting on Wednesday. 

Six St. Croix Teens Achieve Scouting’s Highest Rank

Considering that only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle worldwide, Troop 7227 on St. Croix achieved something unusual when six local teens were awarded the Eagle rank at the same time.

Two VIPD Officers Arrested in Federal Drug Bust

Two officers with the Virgin Islands Police Department were arrested in a developing drug-related incident on Tuesday, VIPD officials said at a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. 

Fight and Gunshots on Buck Island Lead to Arrest

“Sunday Funday” was not so fun after all for beachgoers visiting the Buck Island Reef National Monument Sunday afternoon. The Virgin Islands National Park said that on Sunday afternoon over 20 people were involved in a chaotic scuffle that led to a shooting, high-speed boat chase and an arrest.

ONE HEALTH V.I. EPISODES

One Health V.I. Episode 1 – Telehealth Services in the Virgin Islands

On this episode of One Health V.I., Dr. Donna Christensen, physician and former V.I. Delegate to Congress, joins Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., to discuss implementing telehealth services in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 2 – Reconstruction of the Territory’s Hospitals

Darryl Smalls, Vice President of Facilities for the Schneider Regional Medical Center and Juan F. Luis Hospital, provides an update on the renovations and construction of the territory's hospital facilities.

One Health V.I. Episode 3 – Association Health Plans

Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., speaks with Omar Haedo, president of Elan Insurance Group, about plans to offer health insurance options to Virgin Islands small businesses and their employees.

One Health V.I. Episode 4 – Integrating Fire and EMS Services

Lisle Evelyn, assistant director for Medical Services at the V.I. Fire Service, discusses how integrating Fire Service and the Department of Health's EMS could save lives in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 5 – Implementing the Health Information Exchange

The HIE will allow healthcare providers and patients to securely access and share a patient’s vital medical information via an electronic transmission – improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.

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Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett discusses Trump's State of the Union speech, which she considered 'a call to action.' (Source photo by April Knight)

Plaskett Announces 3 FEMA Grants for Virgin Islands

FEMA has released $13.5 million to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the DPNR, the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

V.I. Track and Field Gets New Leadership, Strengthens Relationship With V.I. Government

The VITFF will continue to focus on the development of the sport for all age-groups and to build on long-standing relationships with the public and private schools, other institutions and the V.I. government.

USVI Bowling Federation Mourns the Loss of George Osborne Jr.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Bowling Federation announced the recent death of George Osborne Jr., a former president and longtime, devoted member of the organization.

St. Thomas Yacht Club Releases Its 2021 Regatta Schedule

The St. Thomas Yacht Club Board of Directors is pleased to announce next year’s dates for two of the Caribbean’s favorite regattas and the second annual of a soon-to-be major international regatta.

Archer Nicholas D’Amour Excels Again on the World Stage

Stage three is scheduled for Jan. 15-17, 2021. The fourth and final stage is schedule for Feb. 12-14, 2021.

Government House on the Air in January

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

MBW’s 4th Annual Mystery Event to Take Place virtually on Jan. 30

Registration is open for “Mystery in a Toga,” a virtual fundraiser for My Brother’s Workshop, scheduled to take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30.

Poem by Filippo Cassinelli

Defender in chief / of the republic / goose steps / on the boulevard.

CMCArts Is Offering Free Virtual Art Classes

The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts is now offering “Art at Home with CMCArts.”

Park Service Makes Statement on January 10th Incident at Buck Island

The National Park Service makes a statement about Buck Island Reef National Monument incident when rangers responded to a brawl and gunfire.

Tyrone A. Simmons Dies

Tyrone A. Simmons, also known as “T-Bone,” of Estate Cane Carlton, Frederiksted, died on Dec. 21.

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Instead of meeting for happy hour after work on Friday, a group of Virgin Islanders with a common interest tuned into the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s first of four forums to discuss racism.

The facilitator, Allyson Reaves of CCS Fundraising in Atlanta, has been working with the Women’s Coalition and the St. Croix Foundation to put together the Zoom event. She introduced the presenters including Clema Lewis, WCSC director.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Allyson Reaves, of CCS Fundraising in Atlanta, facilitated the forum on racism. (Photo from the CCS Fundraising website)
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Charlotte Amalie harbor, now one of the most popular tourist stops in the Caribbean, was once considered too unhealthy for a stopover in the 19th century, according to researcher Elizabeth Rezende, who presented her dissertation, “The Rise of the Harbor and the Increase in Migration to St. Thomas, Danish West Indies 1880-1901,” to the Caribbean Genealogy Library on Saturday afternoon.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
🎨: Painting from 1843 of the town and harbor of Charlotte Amalie. (Library of Congress)
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The Coral Reef Academy is celebrating the launch of its newly completed and furnished “sensory lagoon,” which will help children improve their visual, auditory, and tactical processing, as well as fine and gross motor skills.

The launch was made possible by Cane Bay Partners VI, LLLP, through its service initiative, Cane Bay Cares.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo provided by Andrea Shillingford
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The St. Croix ground lizard is so rare that it is no longer found on its namesake island, having been eliminated by mongoose and degraded habitats. Now, a coordinated effort is underway to preserve and grow the remaining number of reptiles where they flourish.

According to Jennifer Valiulis, acting director of the St. Croix Environmental Association, the lizards remain only on the four small islands around St. Croix – Buck Island, Protestant Cay, Ruth or Shell Island and Green Cay.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photos provided by the St. Croix Environmental Association
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Art Thursday will kick off its season on Nov. 19 as an all-day event, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Galleries and jewelers are welcoming the return of this third-Thursday-of-the-month venue, which has been a pillar in downtown Christiansted for almost 25 years.

The event hours have been extended with the coronavirus in mind, allowing the public to attend throughout the entire day so that limited numbers of patrons can enter galleries, jewelry shops, restaurants and other establishments, and still observe social distancing. Everyone must wear masks during the Art Thursday event.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photo submitted by Chalana Brown
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The U.S. Coast Guard reported Tuesday it began responding a week ago to oil spilling from the partially sunken and abandoned tugboat Cape Lookout in Krause Lagoon off St. Croix.

While the amount spilled so far is unknown, according to the Coast Guard, based on the size of the vessel, its tanks could contain up to 48,000 gallons of fuel and 2,000 gallons of lube oil, if the tanks were completely full.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photos from U.S. Coast Gaurd
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From the covered entrance of the V.I. Children’s Museum on St. Thomas, visitors can see the near-empty Havensight shopping mall and the barren West Indian Company cruise ship dock, a reminder of how COVID-19 has made its presence known in the territory.

But at the top of the stairs, looking toward the mall, a colorful pinwheel spins – a sign that a children’s discovery space is alive and well, in part because the museum has adopted the concept of travel pods to deal with the pandemic.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Photo submitted by V.I. Children's Museum
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St. Croix-based Leatherback Brewing Company held a “soft opening” Friday at its new St. Thomas location, bringing craft cocktails and experimental brews to Rock City.

“Building out a St. Thomas’ operation was always in our vision,” said Aaron Hutchins, the managing partner and co-founder of Leatherback Brewing.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Aiden Brewer
📸: Photos by Aiden Brewer
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The bust of King Christian IX that looms over Emancipation Garden may be removed after the Rules and Judiciary Committee advanced legislation to replace the bust with a statue of the Conch Shell Blower..
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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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Last week, the Humane Society of St. Thomas announced the finalists for its Cutest Rescue Pet Calendar contest, which raised $45,857 for local animals in need of homes, medicine, spay and neutering, food and supplies.

Participants sent in photos of their rescued pets which were voted on, and the 12 highest vote-getters won slots in the Humane Society’s 2021 calendar. The top vote-getter, Kym Rapier, will receive a three-night stay at the newly refurbished Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas and an original oil painting of her pet done by Christine O’Keefe.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo submitted by Dellia Hollodenschi
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Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett met Tuesday with officials from the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service and other community players on St. John, discussing among other things the proposed trade of land for the construction of a new school on the island.
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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 the Delegate to Congress office
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Virgin Islands native Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith will be one of three co-chairs of a newly created coronavirus task force, to be formally announced on Monday by President-elect Joseph Biden.achievements.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bernetia Akin
📸: Photo from Yale University School of Medicine website
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JetBlue’s inaugural direct flight from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City to Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas was met with fanfare and jubilation as it touched down Saturday morning on the island.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Aidan Brewer
📸: Photo by Aidan Brewer
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The Charlotte Amalie High School Alumni Network had planned a series of activities to highlight the school’s centennial, but due to the global health crisis, the network was forced to rethink those plans.

In lieu of the activities, the History subcommittee is taking on the task of chronicling the school’s 100 years of successes and achievements.
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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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March 31, 2021, will have a special meaning to Virgin Islanders living in Houston as it will be the first Houston Virgin Islands Association Day after the organization received a proclamation from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner last week.

March 31, known in the Virgin Islands as Transfer Day, is historically significant because it is the date in 1917 when the Danish West Indies were officially transferred to the United States.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Photo Photo provided by Carol Sadler-Cuffy
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