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MASA Assist staff gets ready to cut the ribbon for the emergency assistance service's new location in Charlotte Amalie. From left, Janelle Ennis, Juan Gonzalez, Tara Crossley and Janet Bryant. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

MASA Assist Opens Location on STT

MASA Assist, an international emergency assistance company, unveiled its new St. Thomas location in Havensight during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
Today, Betsy Beretta of The Snap Shop is the very picture of a true island treasure. (Source photo by Teddi Davis)

The Snap Shop on Norre Gade Shuttered After Half a Century

The year was 1969 and cameras and film were the only way to capture memories of moments, people and places. On St. Thomas, to meet the ever-increasing demand for photographic services and supplies, Betsy and George Beretta opened The Snap Shop at 42 Norre Gade.
Janet Cook-Rutnik

Saturday Rutnik Art Show Will Benefit Scholarship Fund

Most people remember July 20, 1969, as the day that Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Artist Janet Cook-Rutnik remembers it as the day she and her husband Andy set foot on St. John. The Rutniks have now lived on St. John for 50 years, and to celebrate, they’re opening their home in Fish Bay Saturday, Dec. 14.

Suspects in Million Dollar Chase Plead Guilty to Drug Smuggling

Three men from Puerto Rico pleaded guilty in District Court to trying to hide $1.2 million in cash during a high-speed chase involving federal authorities. A judge ordered the three defendants to appear at a sentencing hearing in April.
Market Square, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. (Bethaney Lee photo)

Cobblestones In, Parts of Main Street Reopen

Cobblestone pavers along Main Street and Post Office Square have been fully installed and the roadway is now open to vehicular traffic beginning at the entrance of Cardow, heading west towards Market Square, according to the Department of Public Works.
Carlton Dowe gestures to staff members while Sen. Steven Payne looks on at Monday's meeting. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

Parking Fees on VIPA Lot Sparks Contentious Exchange

Carlton Dowe, executive director of Virgin Islands Port Authority, delivered good news and bad news to St. John residents at a town hall meeting held at the Legislative Annex Monday night.

USVI Safe From Trump Food Stamp Cuts – For Now

A new rule imposed by President Donald Trump that many sources project will take Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program benefits – formerly known as Food Stamps – away from more than 700,000 Americans, will not immediately impact the territory.
From left, J.T. Torres and Angela Morales are congratulated by VIHFA director Daryl Griffith. (Photo provide by VIHFA)

Morales Retirement, Restaurant Sale Will Bring Homeless Shelter

By closing the sale of their Villa Morales Restaurant to the government Angela Morales and J.T. Torres are finally entering their retirement, and the VIHFA is planning to convert it to a center for the homeless.
Debbie Sun designed this canadidate for the officias U.S. Virgin Islands madras.

Panel Narrowly OKs Bill Establishing Official V.I. Madras

The establishment of an official Virgin Islands madras was passed Monday by the Senate Committee on Culture, Aging and Historic Preservation and forwarded to the Rules and Judiciary Committee after a 4-3 vote.

In His Own Words: Kenneth Blake Put His Life in Song

Saturday was a day for people on St. Thomas to say goodbye to Kenneth Blake, the late chairman of the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee. It was also a day for Blake – known as Lord Blakie – to say goodbye.

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