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UVI CELL Culinary Program Celebrates Closing Ceremony for First Cohort

Led by renowned Executive Chef Kerish Robles, the UVI CELL Culinary Program is a six-month beginner-certified fundamental cook program designed to provide students with comprehensive training in the culinary arts.

Virtue of the Week – Tolerance

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

Governor Bryan Says Land Swap for St. John School is Imminent

At the promotional exercise for Julius E. Sprauve School’s eighth-grade Class of 2023, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. praised the newly minted ninth-graders on Wednesday, saying they may be the first graduating class from a new school on St. John.

Plaskett Announces $834 Million in Federal Grant Funding to Rebuild Juan F. Luis Hospital

“This award is for the prudent replacement standard which will be integral for improving our preparedness and resiliency against natural disasters."

St. John Celebration to Take Center Stage June 10 Through July 4

Now in its 69th year, revelers are invited to converge on the island paradise for a bevy of celebrations, pageants, food fairs, boat races, fetes and parades.

Virgin Islands Army National Guard to Celebrate 50 Years

Nearly 50 years ago, the VI Army National Guard was created through an act of Congress sponsored by Ron de Lugo, who was the territory's first delegate to Congress.

Legislature Corner: Historic $11 Billion Investment Plans to Advance Clean Energy Across Rural America

Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett shared the following statement on the Biden-Harris Administration’s historic $11 billion investment to advance clean energy across rural America:

Plaskett Announces 74M in Funding for Alexander Henderson Elementary School on St. Croix

“I am pleased that the appropriated funds will go toward the prudent replacement of these institutions, especially our schools, but there is still more work to be done."

UVI Offers Summer Learning Opportunities for All Ages

With summer just around the corner, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is offering a variety of educational programs to keep students of all ages actively learning and expanding their skills throughout the summer.

DHS Asks St. John Residents to Pre-register for Emergency Shelters Ahead of Hurricane Season

DHS says pre-registration for emergency shelter services is especially helpful for residents on the island with special needs, seniors and those without transportation who require extra attention to stay safe during a tropical storm or hurricane.

Virtue of the Week – Thoughtfulness

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

DPNR Congratulates Staff Scientists on Publications

The Division of Fish and Wildlife collaborates widely with agencies and research institutions to provide information on how to conserve, protect and restore ecosystems. These investigations represent high quality information on our ecosystems, animal populations and methods to investigate the natural world.

Caribbean Studies Association Seeking Help from USVI Media, Influencers and Supporters for Upcoming Conference

The conference, which will be hosted by the U.S. Virgin Islands and held on St. Croix from June 5-9, promises to be an intellectually rich and culturally diverse event.

Office of Insular Affairs Awards $2.5M in Technical Assistance Grants to GVI, Other USVI Entities

The Office of Insular Affairs is also awarding TAP funding to semi-autonomous agencies, non-profit organizations, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for the benefit of the USVI.

Sgt. David A. Cannonier Becomes First Active Duty VIPD Officer to Earn Doctorate

Sgt. David A. Cannonier successfully defended his dissertation at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus, on Friday, April 28, 2023.

Open Forum: The Importance of Guts in the Virgin Islands, Part 1

According to the late naturalist George A. Seaman, “The old people said that May spelled backwards gave us yam, and that this lovely month was the time to plant this starchy root, since it matured below the ground.” On the other hand, if rain didn’t come in the ending of April or May, a tannia plant without water could end up being a belly full of hot air. Believe me, it might be wise for us to listen to older people’s sayings who survived on a small island because of manna from heaven that had the weather close to their bones. 

Educational Forum on Constitution and Status Set for Friday, May 19, at Sunny Isles Shopping Center Amphitheatre

Two teams will sound off on the topic: Is it time for our own constitution or to become an independent country, commonwealth or state? What is best for Virgin Islanders?

Biden-Harris Administration Awards $150,000 to USVI for Digital Equity Planning Grant

The U.S. Virgin Islands received its first grant for developing digital skills training programs under the Biden-Harris Administration’s “Internet for All” initiative. The $150,000 in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden, will be used for the adoption of affordable, equitable and reliable high-speed Internet service throughout the territory.

Teacher from St. Croix Announces Second Book in ‘Adventures of Khari’ Series

St. Croix native Julio Petersen III, an elementary school teacher in Houston, Texas, has announced the publication of his second book in his children’s series, “The Adventures of Khari.”

Enterprise Community Partners/ Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Launch Housing Ecosystem Grant Program in USVI

The Housing Ecosystem Grant Program will provide up to five local organizations with up to $100,000 in funding, while also offering curriculum-based training and networking programs to expand the organizations’ capacities for affordable housing development.


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