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Monday, January 25, 2021

Judge Upholds Murder Charges in 2005 STT Homicide

Fifteen years after a St. Thomas businessman was found dead in his home with a knife in his neck and four years since police dug into a cold case murder investigation, a Superior Court judge upheld the leading charges in the death of Egbert Stuart.

Plaskett: V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue Has Received COVID Relief Money

The V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue has received advanced federal funding from the U.S. Treasury to begin processing the second round of COVID-19 relief checks to Virgin Islanders.

DOH Says Death of St. Thomas Man May be COVID-Related

The Virgin Islands Department of Health said on Sunday it was investigating the unexpected death of a 41-year-old man on St. Thomas. The man had recovered from COVID-19 five weeks ago, the department said in its news release.

FEMA Awards $113 Million to WAPA for Continued Work on STJ

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday it had awarded $133 million to the V.I. Water and Power Authority to continue installing composite utility poles and undergrounding electrical equipment on St. John.

Cape Air Navigating Ever-Changing Times

It was 1989 when Daniel A. Wolf – flight instructor, airplane pilot, airline mechanic and entrepreneur – along with his eight employees, celebrated Cape Air’s first flight, from Boston to Provincetown.

COVID Vaccine Rollout Continues With ‘Encouraging’ Participation

While the V.I. Health Department is still focused on COVID-19 surveillance, testing and outreach, the rollout of the COVID vaccine in the territory has received “encouraging” support and participation from the community, according to Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion.

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.

MLK Civil Rights Mystery Ticket Returns to St. Croix

A ticket to a 1956 civil rights rally at Madison Square Garden in New York has come full circle, from moldering in debris in an empty St. Croix home to Texas and now back to St. Croix, to the hands of amateur Virgin Islands historian and collector Julio Encarnacion.

Women’s Coalition Forum Focuses on History of Racism Up to the Present

The third of fourth forums on racism, presented by the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, focused on historical and current examples of racism and – as with previous workshops in the series – asked attendees to enumerate actions to be taken to fight discrimination. 

Coast Guard Stops Illegal Charter off St. John

The Coast Guard terminated an illegal charter for the 29-foot small passenger vessel Alternate Attitude just outside Cruz Bay, St. John, on Sunday. The vessel was reportedly overcrowded.

Biden’s Love Affair with V.I. has Officials Looking for Roses

Local Democratic leaders expect big dividends for the Virgin Islands under the incoming presidential administration of Joe Biden. They’ve been cultivating good relations with the president for years.

JFL Illuminated in Honor of National Day of Mourning for COVID-19 Victims

The Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center was illuminated at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, in honor of the 24 Virgin Islanders lost to COVID-19 and their families.

USVI Bringing Greater Accessibility to Its Beaches

At least six U.S. Virgin Islands beaches are getting brightly colored vinyl mats called AccessMats that make portable walkways and allow easier access across the sand and to the water.

V.I. Women Leaders Take Heart at Inauguration of V.P. Kamala Harris

On Wednesday, millions around the world will tune in for the inauguration of America’s first female vice president, Kamala Harris, who was elected a century after the women’s suffrage march in Washington, D.C.

Limetree Awards More Than $500K in Charitable Donations, Scholarships for 2020

Under Limetree’s Charitable Contributions Program, donation requests must support the advancement of education, environmental stewardship and community sustainability.

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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VA Offering Veterans Opportunity for COVID-19 Vaccination

The VA Caribbean Healthcare System will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations to the following groups of veterans. St. Croix veterans will have the first opportunity on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. Coordination is currently being finalized for the St. Thomas-St. John District and will be published once completed.

DPNR Releases New Guide to Common Sharks of the V.I.

The guide is especially timely as reputable scientific sources like the International Union for the Conservation of Nature report more than 30 percent decline of sharks worldwide.

Open forum: Vaccination Gives V.I. a Path Back to Normalcy, but It Needs a Plan Based on Evidence

Troy A. de Chabert-Schuster, the state director of AARP, says the organization will publish a guide or all of its members and all Virgin Islanders that will explain how distribution plans will work, “eligibility, the timeline, vaccination locations and other key details.”

Nicholas D’Amour Continues to Excel at Indoor Archery World Series

This past weekend, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nicholas D’Amour competed in the World Archery – Indoor Archery World Series, Stage 3.  D’Amour shot an impressive 585 to remain in the top echelon of archers worldwide.

Registration Is Open for International Optimist Regatta, Clinic and Team Race Set for June 14-20

For nearly three decades, the IOR has been recognized throughout the Caribbean and the world for providing a great skill-sharpening grounds for top sailors and an excellent entry-level platform for juniors new to the sport.

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.

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.

Poem by Dr. Joseph DeJames

It seems like despite what we knew, the Red and the Blue / Are not the colors we thought occupied, with others, the crayon box.

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Submissions for Volume 36 Through Online Portal

Contributors may submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays which explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora.

JFL Illuminated in Honor of National Day of Mourning for COVID-19 Victims

The Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center was illuminated at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, in honor of the 24 Virgin Islanders lost to COVID-19 and their families.
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Erik Kristian Pedersen Dies at 84

Erik Kristian Pedersen, age 84, passed away on Jan. 20, in Seasons Hospice Care at Wilmington Hospital, located in Wilmington, Del.

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Racehorses and horse owners have become victims caught between opposing sides in a legal battle between VIGL Operations Inc. and Southland Gaming Inc., casino management companies vying for the right to exclusively operate video gaming machines in racetracks that have disintegrated since the 2017 hurricanes ravaged the territory.
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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 Freedom Walk was first organized eight years ago by the Ulla Muller Elementary School Bamboula Dancers and Drummers to honor King’s legacy. This year’s walk is intended to continue the tradition and to also honor those first organizers and current Bamboula dancers and drummers who are unable to participate due to safety concerns.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Raven Phillips
📸: Monday’s Freedom Walk is dedicated to the Ulla Muller Elementary School Bamboula Dancers and Drummers, shown here performing in 2019. (Source file photo by Raven Phillips)
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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.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Scouts pose with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. at a community service event. (Photo provided by Sonja Sundaram)
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Standing on the waterfront of St. Thomas, one cannot help but be amazed at the historic buildings, Danish architecture and bustling downtown. Within a few steps of sights such as Fort Christian and Emancipation Garden, there is a Virgin Islands staple that has been around since 1967, one that can be refreshing after a long day of school, shopping, a safari tour or a walk under the hot Caribbean sun. Its name: “Rudy’s Fraco.”
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adisha Penn
📸: Rudy Farrell stands in front of his fraco truck. (Source photo by Adisha Penn)
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“The Art Show 2021” hosted by the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts opens on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Strand Street location in Frederiksted and the museum’s online gallery. The show will feature 65 pieces of art by 16 participating Artists Guild members.

An in-person opening reception is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Frederiksted museum. Reservations are encouraged with COVID restrictions allowing 10 people at one time in the gallery wearing masks and socially distancing.

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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: “Great Pond” is an acrylic and mulberry paper collage by Cathy Booth. (Photo submitted by Cathy Booth)
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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.

According to a news release issued by the charitable agency, the event is free to attend. Those who want to participate can register at the My Brothers Workshop website, then log in from any device at 7 p.m. Jan. 30.

“Once you register, the fun begins!” the news release announced. There will be silent auction items that can be bid on and meals that can be ordered for pickup from the My Brother’s Workshop Cafe and Bakery.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source staff
📸: Mystery participants in the past gathered for the events, like this Big Top theme. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event to raise money for My Brother’s Workshop will be virtual. (Submitted photo)
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Jungle James Cultural Tour and Petting Zoo is a new, family-friendly place located in Frederiksted, providing an outdoor learning environment for children of all ages.

Operated by the James family, the business opened its doors to the public on Halloween weekend and offers a monthly theme, complete with activities to complement it.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shania Domingo
📸: Photo by Shania Domingo
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Ausar Massiah Polius, the first Virgin Islands baby of 2021, was welcomed on St. Croix at 3.27 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Ausar Messiah Polius and his mother, Sabrina Jones, on Jan. 2 (Photo by Chivonne Thomas, Esq.)
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When we caught up last year with Source mascot Idle, the prognosticating reptile that has graced the Source every year with his wishes and warnings, he seemed to be showing his age.

Naturally, since 2020 has been a very hard year on humans, we crossed our fingers and hoped we would be able to locate our friend as we entered 2021. So, when he popped right out of his usual spot on our first call, looking half his age, we were delighted while a bit baffled.

“Wow, Idle, you look, like 10 years younger,” we couldn’t help but note. We secretly wondered if the mask was hiding some undetectable sins.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
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The celebration of Kwanzaa has been taking place for almost 50 years in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where a majority of the population is made up of people of African descent.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by DaraMonifa Cooper
📸: Photo by DaraMonifa Cooper
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Cane Roots Art Gallery’s grand opening during December’s Art Thursday gave the west end of Company Street in downtown Christiansted “new life,” with visual artist Niarus Walker’s “Women Alone” exhibit.

The cultural gallery is a stone’s throw from Sunday Market Square, the historical public space founded in 1733 during the period of slavery in the former Danish West Indies.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photo by Elisa McKay
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Donations from local residents, businesses and non-profits helped fund a St. Thomas toy drive that netted hundreds of presents and gave youngsters a chance to celebrate Christmas Eve safely with Santa, who arrived by fire truck – escorted by the V.I. Police Department – at the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum in Charlotte Amalie.
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✏: Article by James Gardner
📸: Soirce photo by Ananta Pancham
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Government officials and members of the press got a sneak peek Friday at the Lovango Resort and Beach Club, which is scheduled to open on Wednesday.

The St. John resort, situated on Lovango Cay roughly two miles northwest of Cruz Bay, is offering lunch and dinner service at its restaurant as well as day passes to its Beach Club. The island is accessible by private boat or the resort’s ferry service. Reservations can be made online.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Resort owner Mark Snider jokes as he holds up a mask and snorkel available to anyone who misses the ferry back home. (Source photo by Amy H. Roberts)
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Sun streamed through the large window of the St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum on Sunday where a dozen individuals gathered to learn a dying art practiced in the U.S. Virgin Islands for centuries – furniture caning.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Tina Comissiong meticulously works to cane a surface area of more than six square feet. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)
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Golden Age Ranch on St. Thomas will host a holiday season fundraiser to garner money for vital supplies to rescued horses in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The “Holly Neigh Photo Day” offers attendees the chance to take photos with horses from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19 and 20. With entry, people will get a picture with a rescued horse dressed up as Santa Claus or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a tour of the ranch to visit the other horses and the opportunity to make a personalized ornament.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Finn Hairston sits atop Ultra, a horse that bears an uncanny resemblance to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (Photo provided by Holly Fletcher)
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The holiday season may seem a bit grim for Kmart shoppers in the Virgin Islands this year. The retail store is visibly empty, with some restock items nowhere in sight, and management remains tight-lipped about the stores’ future.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Normally in the warehouse, packages of water are spaced widely along shelves to conceal a lack of inventory. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)
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Surviving hurricanes, fires, supply chain interruptions and even being shot, Fruit Bowl founder and owner Marty Goldberg has seen the grocery store he started 45 years ago triple in size, thrive and become a community gathering place while feeding the community without fail – through every natural and man-made disaster since.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: James Clark stocks produce circa 1985. (Submitted photo)
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For the first time in the history of the program, a U.S. Virgin Islands student won the U.K. Government’s prestigious Marshall Scholarship.

St. Thomas resident Leah Trotman was among the 46 recipients of the 2021 Marshall Scholarship announced by the British Government this week, marking the first time a U.S. Virgin Islands student has won the prestigious, highly competitive scholarship, according to the British Consulate in Miami. The winners, considered to be among the best and brightest university students in the United States, were chosen following a rigorous selection process.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Leah Trotman of St. Thomas was awarded a full scholarship to study in Great Britain. (Photo courtesy of the British Consulate in Miami)
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