CARNIVAL TROOP LEADERS MEETING

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There will be an important meeting for all parade participants at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 10 at Charlotte Amalie High School cafeteria. Pepresentatives from the Judges, Pubic Relations and Executive committees will share very important information. Please make every effort to attend as this is the final meeting before Carnival. For more information contact Lorraine Gumbs-Morton at 690-5559.

ADDELITA CANCRYN ANNOUNCES PTA MEETING

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Principal Ivy B. Williams of Addlita Cancryn Junior High School announces a PTA meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in the school's cafeteria. All parents and guardians are urged to attend. prizes and surprises will be awarded.

CANCRYN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

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Ivy B. Williams, principal of Addelita Cancryn Junior High School announces that an after-school program at the school will begin Monday, March 8.
The program will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 2:30 and 3:25 p.m.
Faculty members from the school are volunteering their time to help students who are selected to participate.
Parental assistance in this program is necessary. Contact the school for further information.

MARCH DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH

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Governor Charles W. Turnbull has proclaimed March as "Disability Awareness Month," and calls upon residents and businesses of the territory to join in the observance and reaffirm our commitment to fulfill the Americans With Disabilities Act.

GUN COLLECTION PROGRAM

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Franz A. Christian Sr.,acting police commissioner, announces that the Virgin Islands Police Department Firearms Bureau will hold its second annual gun collection program "Amnesty '99" on Saturday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Emancipation Garden, St. Thomas.

PETER HOLMBERG FIGHTS TOWARD TOP AT S.O.R.C.

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VIM, with Peter Holmberg driving, is now standing in second place in the Southern Ocean Racing Conference in Miami. Three days into the five day regatta, VIM has moved towards the front of a highly competitive IMS grand prix class.
Conditions have run the gamut from over 20 knots of steady breeze to puffs of 6 to 8 knots changing direction by almost 90 degrees. The IMS class is smaller than the previous Key West Race week, and the larger 50 foot boats have been combined with the boats around 40 feet like VIM. Many of the rivalries from Key West have continued, including the combat between VIM and the Italian entry BRAVA, which ended up beating Holmberg and VIM by only one point at Key West.
Six races have been sailed in the first three days and the 50 foot IDLER has a strong grip on the top spot of the class 17 points ahead of a three boat group of VIM, BRAVA, and RUBIN which are separated by only three points. To illustrate the international nature of the class, VIM is a USA boat, BRAVA represents Italy, and RUBIN hails from Germany.
Regatta plans call for another three or four races over the weekend and with this field, it is impossible to predict the outcome.

WIC CLINICS CLOSED FOR TRAINING SESSION

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Wilbur Callender, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Health, announced the closing of the territory's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Clinics on Friday, March 12, 1999. The closings are to facilitate training seminars.
WIC clients are reminded, however, to keep their appointments and of their responsibility to provide valid identification.
For more information call 776-1770 on St. Thomas and 773-9157 on St. Croix.

SAILING RECORD SETTER VISITS ST. THOMAS

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Mari Cha III, the new holder of the transatlantic sailing record, is in St. Thomas. The 147-foot, two-masted sailing racer stands out, even among the assortment of mega-yachts visiting St. Thomas this winter.
The all-star crew started out of New York on October 15, according to reports in "Sailing World," and blasted across the Atlantic sometimes reaching speeds over 30 knots.
When Mari Cha crossed the "Lizard" at the southwest tip of England, 8 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes later, they established a new record — two days shorter than the previous record. The new record is 20 percent faster than the record set in 1997, and is the first major reduction in the time, which was set back in 1905 by the schooner "Atlantic" at 12 days, 4 hours.

GRANT AWARDED TO FIGHT CRIMES AGAINST WOMEN

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The V.I. Law Enforcement Planning Commission will receive $542,000 under the S.T.O.P. (Services Training Officers Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grants Program.
The money is to be used to strengthen existing law enforcement procedures and prosecution strategies in crimes against women. It will also bolster victim services to women who have been victims of violent crimes, according to a release from the office of Delegate Donna Christian- Christensen.
The grant is part of the 1999 Violence Against Women Act, which was co-sponsored by Christensen
"With the increasing reports of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Virgin Islands, it is imperative that our law enforcement and justice officials work even closer together to eliminate these devastating crimes in our community," Christensen said.
The goals of the V.I. STOP program are to:
– Develop systematic policies and procedures to handling violent crimes against women.
– Improve coordination of efforts and communication between agencies to enhance tracking of statistical data and violations of restraining orders.
– Provide funds for equipment to enhance enforcement response.
– Provide legal assistance to victims.
– Create a specialized unit with trained prosecutors and advocates to enhance the prosecution of violent crimes against women.
– Implement court-ordered counseling and intervention services to reduce the incidence of repeat offenses.
The STOP grant funding is authorized through February 2001.

PNR TO PUBLIC WORKS: FIX HULL BAY SEWAGE PIPE OR FACE FINES

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One government agency head has told another to fix the leaking sewage outflow pipe that is polluting the Hull Bay waters and beach by March 17 or face potential daily fines of $10,000 per day and possible prosecution until it does.
Dean Plaskett, commissioner-designate of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, told The V.I. Daily News he had issued a notice of violation to the Department of Public Works earlier this year in connection with the pipe. The action was taken, he said, in PNR's capacity as a regulatory and enforcement agent of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
In February, Plaskett said, the two departments agreed informally that in return for PNR waiving applicable penalty fines Public Works would expend the funds to repair the pipe and extend it 50 feet further out into the water. He said Public Works was to have a plan for the work in place by Feb. 25, the Daily News said.
The agreement also calls for Public Works to have water samples tested three times a week by a private firm for fecal matter and other bacteria, he said.
If these steps are not taken by March 17, Plaskett said, "we are required to issue another notice of violation."
In response to complaints from Hull Bay residents about the sewage leaking onto the beach and into the near-shore waters, Public Works commissioner-designate Harold Thompson Jr. said earlier this week that his department didn't have the money to fix and extend the cracked PVC pipe, which has been in need of repair for 10 years.
According to The Daily News, Thompson said Public Works would need about a month to identify funding sources and get a plan into place to repair the pipe.
Leaks from the pipe that carries treated sewage from the Brassvue treatment plant have been an issue since Hurricane Hugo, Hull Bay residents say. They believe reported cases of various infections are linked to water pollution caused by the presence of sewage in the water. Resident Sherri Merritt said she believes it would be risky for anyone with an open cut to enter the water.
Sewage is the source of fecal coliform bacteria. The presence of the bacteria in waters can be the cause of pinkeye, nausea, diarrhea, fever and ear infections.
Thompson told The Daily News that the Hull Bay water had been tested to determine the levels of fecal matter and other pollutants but said he did not know the results.
Public Works personnel posted a sign on the beach on Tuesday that reads "Notice: Broken sewer outfall pipe. No swimming."