Arizona Wildcats and Texas A&M Aggies are 2021 Paradise Jam Women Tournament Champions

Arizona team picture after winning 2021 Paradise Jam Women Tournament Island Division. (Photo by Mark J. Daniel)
The final day of 2021 Paradise Jam was once again filled with excitement. After this three-day event held in the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, the University of Arizona and Texas A&M proved to be the best teams within their division. The final day featured four games. Island Division Game 9 – DePaul University 91 – Vanderbilt University 74 DePaul University Blue Demons (5-2) were down early but came back to claim a decisive 91–74 victory over Vanderbilt University Commodores (4-4) on the final day of the 2021 Paradise Jam basketball tournament. The Commodores looked more like a group of bees on defense swarming to the ball, forcing the Blue Demons to cough up the ball 16 times to take a 28-12 lead at the end of the opening period. The Commodores’ sting wasn’t as potent in the second half as the Blue Demons had only seven turnovers and started to find their touch on offense. Sonya Morris took over this game for DePaul in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 consecutive points. Morris finished with a game-high 36 points and her teammate Aneesah Morrow also had an all-star performance accumulating 28 points and collecting 15 rebounds for the Blue Demons. Jordyn Cambridge led Vanderbilt with 17 points. Sacha Washington came off the bench to add 14 points and grab ten rebounds. Game 10 – University of Arizona 80 – Rutgers University 44 The Arizona Wildcats (7-0) had no trouble with Rutgers University Scarlet Knights (4-4) in the final game of the Island Division of the 2021 Paradise Jam women’s tournament. The Lady Wildcats led from the opening tip and never looked back, scaring the Knights in their 80-44 win on Saturday. Rutgers managed to make only three field goals for the entire first half, while Arizona couldn’t miss in the second quarter shooting 68%, leading to 34 points in the final period of the half. The Scarlet Knights did outscore the Wildcats in the second half, 36-34. Cate Reese led Arizona with 16 points. Gisela Sanchez and Aaronette Vonleh came off the bench and contributed 15 and 12 points, respectively. Osh Brown led Rutgers with nine points. The University of Arizona claimed the Island Division championship trophy with the win. Arizona’s Cate Reese was named the Island Division MVP. Sam Thomas, also of Arizona, joined Reese on the All-Tournament Team. Aneesha Morrow and Sonya Morris of DePaul and Jordyn Cambridge of Vanderbilt round out the Island Division All-Tournament selection. Reef Division Game 11 – South Dakota University 72 – University of Pittsburgh 61 (Overtime) This game had everyone on pins and needles in the arena as South Dakota Coyotes (3-4) came back to tame the Panthers of Pittsburgh University (5-2) 72-61 in overtime. The Panthers pounced on the Coyotes early, jumping out to an 18-9 advantage after the first period. The Coyotes settled down in the third quarter and came all the way back, sending the game into the fourth quarter tied at 44. Both teams fought hard in the fourth, making big shots down the stretch. Pitts Dayshanette Harris hit a three-pointer with just 1:20 left in regulation giving the Panthers a 3-point lead. Later, South Dakota’s Chloe Lamb sank a pair of free throws and then nailed a floater to put the Coyotes up 55-54. Maddie Krull of South Dakota came up with a steal and was fouled, sending her to the free-throw line. Krull hit one of two free throws giving the Coyotes a two-point lead. Pittsburgh Liatu King sent the game into overtime with an offensive rebound that she quickly put into her team’s basket. In overtime, Lamb took complete control of the game as the Senior scored 10 of her game-high 30 points for the Coyotes. South Dakota came away with a hard-fought overtime victory by 72-61. Sjerven Hannah contributed 9 points and ten rebounds for the Coyotes. Harris led the Panthers with 18 points. Mary Dunn added 10 points for Pittsburgh.
Texas A&M team picture after winning 2021 Paradise Jam Women Tournament Reef Division (Photo by Mark J. Daniel)
Game 12 – Texas A&M University 77 – Northwestern University 68 Texas A&M University Aggies (7-0) used a solid third quarter to pull away from Northwestern University Wildcats (4-3) to claim a 77-68 victory in the final game of the Reef Division in the 2021 Paradise Jam women tournament. Aggie Jordan Nixon started off the game on fire, making all four of her shots, scoring 11 points. Nixon was stopped only when she picked up her second foul, and Hall of Fame Coach Gary Blair sat her on the bench. Nixon picked up right where she left off in the second half, nailing one of her six made 3-pointers just 58 seconds into the third quarter. Nixon finished with a game-high 25 points. Destiny Pitts and Kayla Wells both added 15 points each for the Aggies. Veronica Burton led the way for Northwestern with 18 points. Melannie Daley contributed 15 points, while Jillian Brown scored 13 for the Wildcats. Texas A&M finished the tournament with three wins, good enough for first place in the Reef Division.
Members of the Reef Division All-Tournament Team; Left: Veronica Burton of Northwestern, Kayla Wells of Texas A&M, Tournament MVP Jordan. (Photo by Mark J Daniel)
Jordan Nixon of Texas A&M earned tournament MVP honors and was selected to the All-Tournament Reef Division Team. Fellow Aggie Kayla Watts was also named to the elite team; Veronica Burton of Northwestern, Chloe Lamb of South Dakota, and Dayshanette Harris of Pittsburgh were all chosen as members of the 2021 Paradise Jam Reef Division All-Tournament Team.

Criminal Investigation Bureau Investigating An Assault on St. Thomas

On Saturday, November 27, 2021, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Criminal Investigation Bureau responded to an assault where a woman was beaten and slashed on her arms and face in the area of Bob’s Bar located 14-2Rem Frydendahl. Upon arrival to Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, contact was made with the female who appeared to be seriously injured and will be treated at Roy Lester Schneider Hospital. This case is presently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau. Anyone with any information regarding this crime is urged to contact 911, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Chief Office, or you can contact Detective Brian Bedminster or Detective Y. LoBlack at 340-774-2211 ext. 5608 or Crime Stoppers V.I.

Beach Advisory for November 22-24

Rainbow Beach on St. Croix (file photo)
The Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the Beach Water Quality Monitoring Program, which evaluates weekly water quality at popular swimming beaches throughout the territory by sampling for enterococci bacteria and turbidity, which is a measure of water clarity, advises the public of the following: DPNR performed water quality analysis at 35 designated beaches throughout the territory during the week of Nov. 22 – Nov. 24, 2021. The following beaches meet water quality standards and are considered safe for swimming and fishing: St. Croix Stony Ground Pelican Cove Chenay Bay Dorsch Beach Grapetree Bay Cramer’s Park Frederiksted Public Beach Buccaneer Ha’ penny Beach Rainbow Beach Gentle Winds Cane Bay Protestant Cay St. Thomas Lindbergh Bay Sapphire Beach Lindqvist Beach Frenchman’s Bay Vessup Bay Water Bay Magens Bay Secret Harbor Limetree Bay Brewers Bay Hull Bay Bolongo Bay Water Island Honeymoon Beach St. John Oppenheimer Cruz Bay Great Cruz Bay Frank Bay The following beaches do not meet the water quality standards because they exceed the established enterococci bacteria threshold, and therefore they are not considered to be safe for swimming or fishing: Coki Point and Bluebeard’s Beach on St. Thomas Princess (Condo Row), New Fort (Fort Louise Augusta) and Shoy’s on St. Croix. Please note: Samples were not collected at the following beaches: Morningstar Beach on St. Thomas Johnson Bay on St. John. Therefore, the water quality at these beaches is unknown. All persons should be aware that stormwater runoff may also contain contaminants or pollutants harmful to human health; therefore, they should avoid areas of stormwater runoff (i.e., guts, puddles and drainage basins) or any area that appears discolored or has foul odors. DPNR will continue to monitor impacted areas and waters. For additional information regarding water quality, call the Division of Environmental Protection at 773-1082 on St. Croix or 774-3320 on St. Thomas.

UVI President Hall Eulogizes Prof. David Edgecombe

David Edgecombe (Dale Morton photo)
Dear UVI Family: It is with deep sadness that I officially inform you that one of our recently retired professors, David Edgecombe, died on Nov. 19. Professor Edgecombe was a member of the UVI family for 30 years. He taught English, theatre and communication courses, as well as served as executive director for the Reichhold Center for the Arts. He was an outstanding and prolific playwright. It is impossible to think about Reichhold Center and the Little Theatre on the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas and not think about Prof. Edgecombe. He brought culture, history and values to life and gave so many students, faculty and community members an opportunity to display and develop their enormous and impressive talents. He was passionate about drama and theatre, and you could feel it in every play he wrote or directed. His commentary before and after each performance always captured his love for the arts and the particular performance. I can’t remember David not smiling. He had a joy in his heart that shined through with every encounter. I miss already that smile and his unreplaceable energy and passion. It is rare to meet and work with someone who never stopped believing in how life and the arts could be better. His work at UVI enriched this university in immeasurable ways. Prof. Edgecombe’s family is in the process of planning a memorial that is tentatively scheduled to occur on Dec. 11 at the Sports and Fitness Center. Once those details are confirmed, we will share it with you. For those who want to share words of reflection and remembrance, please use the following email address:  Your thoughts and words will be shared with the family. On behalf of the entire university, I express our collective and sincere sympathy to his family and to the entire Virgin Islands community. David served and contributed to this territory through his talent, leadership and insights. There is now a gaping hole in the cultural ecosystems of the Virgin Islands. May we fill it with our memories, tears and hard work that keeps his legacy alive. Sincerely, President David Hall, Virgin Islands University

VI Archery Federation Plans Events to Reopen Archery Range on St. Thomas

Virgin Islands Archery Federation reopens archery range on St. Thomas. (Submitted photo)
The Virgin Islands Archery Federation is excited to be able to finally reopen the archery range on St. Thomas. In order to do this and to create an established presence on the island, the federation has planned several events in order to celebrate, establish archery as a sustainable sport, and train people to properly shoot archery. Updates to these events can be found on the Virgin Islands Archery Federation’s Facebook page (you don’t need a Facebook account to view it): The present event schedule is as follows: Saturday, December 4 9 a.m. – First Level One STM Archery Course 2 p.m. – Range Open House begins. People should feel free to show up whenever they want and try archery. 5 p.m. – First informational meeting for the future of the St. Thomas Archery Club Sunday, December 5 11:30 a.m. – Level One STM Coaching Course (those taking this must also sign up for one of the two STM Archery courses) 3 p.m. – Archery demonstration by Tatyana Muntyan, Olympian and world champion archer 4 p.m. – Range Open House and Open Shoot 5 p.m. – First official meeting for the Future St. Thomas Archery Club
Archery Range shooters (Submitted photo)
During the Week of December 6 – 10  Open Range times are announced on the federation’s Facebook page and on the club’s Slack workspace. Rangemaster courses will be offered by the VI Archery Federation free of charge this week to those who are elected range officers of the homeschool/non-trad and future St. Thomas Archery Club Saturday, December 11 9 a.m. – Second Level One STM Archery Course (only one is necessary to become certified) TBA – Open Range Sunday, December 12 Second STM Level One Coaching Class if demand warrants TBA – Open Range The range is located on the grounds of Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School. The VI Archery Federation, itself, does not have the resources to keep the range open on-demand, so in order to allow people to use the range as much as possible, a club will need to be formed in order to help keep the range accessible on a regular basis. Please join the conversation here (you can access Slack via a web browser and need not install the application): Please note: If there is no club to help run and monitor the range and its equipment, there will be no use of the archery range on St. Thomas unless a VI Archery Federation officer is present to open the range. The officers of the federation are exceptionally time-restricted. The range will be available for homeschooling and non-traditional education students aged 19 and younger. Please join the discussion about this here (you can access Slack via a web browser and need not install the application): An officer from the homeschool/non-traditional group will be present to answer questions on both Dec. 4 and 5 at the range.
Archery returns to St. Thomas. (Submitted photo)
Level One STM Archery courses will be offered at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 11, at the St. Thomas archery range on the grounds of Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School. The class will last approximately 3.5 hours and will cover the basics of shooting, scoring and equipment use. The Level One STM Coaching Course will be offered on Sunday, Dec. 5 starting at 11:30 a.m. at the archery range and possibly on Dec. 12 if there is demand. The course will help those 17 and over to understand the basics of archery coaching for those interested in getting others started in the sport. The coaching class will last approximately 7 to 8 hours, including the approximately 3.5-hour archery course offered on Saturday. Those who wish to take the coaching course must also take one of the two STM Level One archery courses being offered (the cost of both the coaching and archery course is factored into the one cost). Level One Archery courses will be offered for $80 and will include all equipment necessary to get shooting straight away. Level One coaching courses are offered for $120 and will include the fees for Saturday’s archery course. Equipment will be offered at greatly discounted rates for those wishing to have their own. More information about the archery and coaching courses can be found here. If you are interested in either, send notice of intent to as soon as possible because the courses are capped and will accept students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Photo Focus: Veterans Drive Reopens

Both the east and westbound lanes of Veterans Drive in downtown St. Thomas reopened to traffic on Saturday. (Photo by Jim Tunick)
Both the east and westbound lanes of Veterans Drive in downtown St. Thomas reopened to traffic on Saturday. Jim Tunick captured this bird’s-eye view from the third-floor conference room at the Tunick Building. (Photo by Jim Tunick)
St. Thomas motorists heading downtown on Veterans Drive discovered both east and westbound lanes open to traffic on Saturday after a paving project was completed. The work is part of Phase 2 of the Veterans Drive Improvement project. Phase 1 was finished by the American Bridge Company in August 2020, well before its completion date of July 2021, at a cost of $45 million. The scope of work included roadway widening, pavement reconstruction, seawall construction, drainage improvements, lighting, installation of a new expanded promenade and landscaping. The design for Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed in 2021, with an estimated cost of $100 million. The work for Phase 2 includes widening lanes on the waterfront from 9 feet to 11 feet; expanding the promenade, including a double alley of trees to enhance the pedestrian experience; raised speed tables for pedestrian crossings; areas for sidewalk cafes and other commercial activity; pedestrian and road lighting; a landscaped median; and improvements to the plaza area, which will include a water feature. Upon the project’s completion, the existing roadway between the Legislature and Fort Christian will be closed to become a pedestrian walkway. The Veterans Drive road project is the result of a multiday charrette called the Town’s Blueprint that took place in 2010.
Traffic moves along both sides of Veterans Drive on Saturday after a paving project was completed on the eastbound lanes. (Photo by Jim Tunick)
Traffic moves along both sides of Veterans Drive on Saturday after a paving project was completed on the eastbound lanes. Jim Tunick captured this view from the third-floor conference room at the Tunick Building. (Photo by Jim Tunick)

Police Investigating Two Homicides – 1 on STT and 1 on STX

Police are investigating two homicides — one in which a man appeared to be ambushed outside his St. Croix home, and another where a man with multiple gunshot wounds was found dead at a St. Thomas accident scene. Police on St. Croix received multiple calls from concerned citizens reporting shots fired in Whim on Pine Drive, Frederiksted on Saturday, according to a news release from the V.I. Police Department. Officers discovered the lifeless body of a man with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body lying on the ground near a truck. The man was later identified by his next of kin as 40-year-old Arsdale Ferdinand of Estate Whim, according to the news release. The investigation thus far reveals that he was ambushed in front of his house and shot multiple times by an unknown individual(s), police said. The investigation continues. Officers responding to calls of shots fired on Judy Gomez Highway in downtown St. Thomas about 11:36 p.m. Saturday found an auto accident and a man who appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds, the V.I. Police Department reported. “Emergency Medical Technicians, who were on scene, concluded that the male did not have any vital signs,” the VIPD release stated. The identity of the victim is being withheld until next of kin are notified, the release stated. Saturday’s deaths bring the territory’s homicide toll to 44 so far in 2021, according to the Source Homicide List.* Anyone with information regarding these incidents should contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211, extensions 5553, 5554, or 5555, or 340-714-9830. They also can contact 911, Crime Stoppers V.I. at 800-222-8477, the chief’s office at 340-715-5548, or the commissioner’s office at 340-715-5506.  *The Source Homicide List is a chronological log of the homicides recorded in 2021 in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as reported by the VIPD. Cases are broken down by island. While this listing is based on VIPD reports, the Source does not include suicides or vehicular homicides in its listing that the police and some other media do. This can lead to a discrepancy in the number of incidents reported.

Dry Conditions Forecast Sunday; Small Craft Advisory Remains

An upper- and mid-level ridge will build across the region over the next few days. These weather features will maintain overall dry and stable conditions. The east-northeast wind flow will be sustained by strong high pressure that is continuing to build across the north-central Atlantic. Light showers could briefly affect portions of the region from time to time.  Daytime high temperatures are likely to reach the middle 80s Sunday. Hazardous marine and coastal conditions are forecast across both the Atlantic waters and the north, east and west-facing beaches. Mariners can anticipate seas of five to seven feet across the offshore Atlantic waters. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect and there is a high risk of rip currents across most of the territorial coastlines. IN THE TROPICS The tropics remain quiet. Sunrise: 6:34 a.m. Sunset: 5:42 p.m. OBSERVATIONS AT THE 3D MANDAHL WEATHER STATION Saturday’s high temperature: 83 degrees at 11:47 a.m. Saturday’s low temperature: 76 degrees at 2:23 a.m. Peak wind gust: 18 miles per hour at 1:22 p.m. 24-hour rainfall: 0.00 inches Month rain: 1.90 inches Year rain: 35.55 inches

Defense was the Main Entrée on Day 2 of Paradise Jam Women’s Tournament

Birthday girl Brinea Alexander of Vanderbilt warms up before the game on Friday against Rutgers University. (Photo by Mark J Daniel)
Island Division Game 5 – Vanderbilt University 51 – Rutgers University 40 Rutgers players will be seeing sailing Commodores in their dreams as Vanderbilt’s press held the Scarlet Knights to produce only eight first-half points. The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University shot 2-of-8 from the field in the first and only made one of their eight field goals attempted in the second. The Knights handled the Vanderbilt Commodores press much better in the second half, scoring 32 points in that frame. Still, it wasn’t enough to crawl out the hole they dug in the first half as Vanderbilt University defeated Rutgers University 51-40 in this defensive struggle. The Commodores forced 26 Scarlet Knights turnovers, and Rutgers defense was responsible for 21 Vanderbilt miscues. Birthday girl Brinae Alexander of Vanderbilt was the game’s top scorer with 11 points. Her teammate Jordyn Cambridge added 10 points, six steals, and five rebounds. Jailyn Mason led the Scarlet Knights with nine points. Game 6 – University of Arizona 75 – DePaul University 68 This game felt like an old fashion heavy-weight boxing match as both teams left their hearts on the floor with the Arizona Wildcats outlasting DePaul Blue Demons to earn the 75-68 win. Arizona shot 56% from the field amidst constant pressure from the Blue Demon defense that caused 17 Wildcats turnovers. Arizona also had a stellar night defensively, registering 11 steals. Sam Thomas was the team’s ring leader with four takeaways. Thomas and Bendu Yeaney recorded three blocks each as Arizona collectively registered ten blocks for the game. This game was close most of the way as the lead changed hands six times in the first three quarters, with Arizona’s 10- point bulge in the second being the largest for either team during that time. The Blue Demons fought back to make it just a two-point deficit at the end of the first half. Going into the final quarter, the game was knotted at 51 when the Wildcats heated up like the Arizona sun shooting 60% in that quarter, including 3-pointers by Shaina Pellington and Thomas securing the victory for Arizona. Cate Reese dropped 19 points to lead the Wildcats offensive attack. Shaina Pellington and Lauren Ware contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively. Aneesah Morrow of DePaul University had an all-star night, registering game-highs in scoring, 24 points, and rebounds, 16 boards. Deja Church also chipped in 13 points for the Blue Demons. The final games in the Island Division will be Vanderbilt University versus DePaul University at 2 p.m. and Rutgers University against the University of Arizona at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at UVI’s Sports and Fitness Center. Reef Division Game 7 – University of Pittsburg 72 – Northwestern University 60 The University of Pittsburg Panthers rebounded after suffering their first loss of the season with a twelve-point victory over Northwestern University Wildcats 72-60 on Day 2 of Paradise Jam Women Tournament. Pittsburg’s pressure defense held the Wildcats to 34% shooting for the field. Northwestern’s defense was also outstanding, causing 23 Pittsburgh turnovers. Pittsburgh was in complete control of this game all the way. The Panther’s Liatu King was queen on the boards collecting 19 rebounds for the second consecutive game. King also scored 23 points for Pittsburgh. Jillian Brown paced the Wildcats attack with 14 points. Veronica Burton and Courtney Shaw contributed 12 points each for Northwestern. Shaw also registered ten rebounds in the loss. Game 8 – Texas A&M University 58 – South Dakota University 44 It was a tale of two halves as Texas A&M Aggies came away with a 58-44 win over South Dakota University to close out the second day of the Paradise Jam Women’s Tournament on Friday evening. The game was tied at 12 at the end of the opening quarter. Texas A&M was held to nine points in the second, only connecting on three of their 14 shots. However, the Coyotes came out howling in the second quarter, shooting 53%, including 3-pointers by Jeniah Ugofsky and Maddie Krull to open up a nine-point halftime lead. In the second half, fortunes would change for both teams. South Dakota’s Chloe Lamb opened the third quarter with a jumper at the 9:04 mark, and that would be their final made basket of the quarter. As the Coyotes cooled off, the Aggies’ shots started to fall as they shot 57% from the field in the third quarter to put the game away. Kayla Wells scored a game-high 20 points while her teammate Jordan Nixon registered 13 for the Aggies. The Coyotes Liv Korngable dropped 11 points, and Hannah Sjerven made 10 points. The Reef Division will feature the University of Pittsburgh versus South Dakota University at 6:45 p.m. Northwestern University will face off against Texas A&M at 9 p.m. to close the 2021 Paradise Jam. This event is being held with the blessing of the Virgin Islands Department of Health. The Sport and Fitness Center doors are open to both the vaccinated and non-vaccinated. Here are the procedures. For vaccinated individuals, you must walk with your vaccination card or prove that you have taken the vaccine. A picture ID is also required before entry. Non-vaccinated spectators must produce a negative COVID test result no more than two days old. The Department of Health will be conducting FREE on-site testing on individuals who are not vaccinated but desire to attend the tournament. Those individuals must also show identification upon entering the arena. So, everyone is invited to journey to the Sports and Fitness Center and enjoy top-quality college basketball. Here are the times the DOH will be conducting on-site testing. Saturday, November 27, 2021: 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

A Life Well Lived: In Loving Memory of Hilda Jane Preville

Hilda Jane Preville
“Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3 Hilda Jane Preville was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Butler’s Village Nevis, West Indies, to the late Albert and Dorcas Jeffers. She accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Due to declining health, she relocated to Sorrento, Fla., in 2018. Her family and her faith were her top priorities. She was known throughout the island for her courage, kindness and helping others. To know Hilda was to love her. She was a friend to many and would give you the shirt off her back. She never met a stranger; everyone was welcome to take a rest on her porch. The 23rd Psalm was her favorite reading. Surrounded by her family and lots of love, on Nov. 1, heaven gained a most precious soul. She was preceded in death by husbands: James Henry and Gabriel Preville; father and mother: Albert and Dorcas Jeffers; siblings: James aka Manish Jeffers, Elvira Swanston, Tryphina Brandy, Charles and Joseph Jeffers. She leaves to cherish her loving memory, her children: Elroy Jeffers, Myrna Hamilton, Yvette (Edwin) Smith, Marie (Melville) Francis, Calvin Henry and Jasmine (Steven) Boone; her brother, Ambrose Jeffers; and grandchildren: Vonetta Hamilton, Edwin Smith Jr., Cyril (Diana) Smith, Whitney Smith, Chantel Boone, Travis Henry, Morgan Henry-Robinson, Keyana Boone and Alexius Henry. She is also survived by great-grandchildren: Nijah, Yonathon, Cayla, Jha’nei, Zabraya, Tatyana, Zacarias, Ava, Zion and Olivia; special niece, Pauline Collins; special friend, Gladys Gilchrist, who was like a sister to her; other dear friends: Corrine Jones, Wenceline Hall, Asta Lang, Elaine Mars, Merlin Taylor and Elaine Williams; as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends too numerous to mention. The viewing will be from 9:00 – 9:55 a.m. prior to Mass. Mass will be held in honor of Hilda’s life, at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov, 30, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Estate Castle Coakley 38-44, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820, under the direction of Rev. Fr. Alric H. Francis Sr. Interment will immediately follow at Kingshill Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to James Memorial Funeral Home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health regulations, all attendees must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines.