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Reflections of an Evolving Elder: The Myth of Thanksgiving

I have been musing about how to write a realistic Thanksgiving piece while not spoiling anyone’s day of overeating and thankfulness. Maybe it is not possible without offending those who just want to eat in peace. But I am going to try.
The Federal Elections Commission headquarters in Washington D.C. (Shutterstock image)

Feds Questioning Who Represents V.I. Republicans

A recent request from the Federal Election Commission on top of a recent guilty plea by the treasurer of VIGOP has left some of the 2,000 registered Republicans in the territory wondering whether the organization legitimately represents the Republican Party in the USVI.
At Monday's GERS meeting, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (center), Bryan's chief of staff Karl Knight, and David Bornn, chief legal counsel to the Office of the Governor. (Government House photo)

Governor, Pension Board and Senators Brainstorm for GERS Solutions

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and his senior staff met Monday with the Government Employees Retirement System's Board of Trustees, GERS Administrator Austin Nibbs and Virgin Islands legislators to discuss solutions to the unfunded liability of the pension system.

Executives Say WAPA Will Be Transformed By 2024

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority promised improved efficiency, resiliency and greater renewable penetration, as part of a five-year transformation plan presented by WAPA Executive Director Lawrence Kupfer at the Revenue Estimating Conference.
Proprietor Patricia LaCorte expresses delight with Oceana’s spacious open concept kitchen. (Photo provided by Oceana Restaurant and Bistro)

Double Dining Pleasures Coming Soon to Oceana Restaurant and Bistro

The recent opening of Oceana Restaurant and Bistro reflects a sign of post-hurricane revitalization lighting up Frenchtown’s dining out skyline. At the end of November, the two-year project will culminate with the reopening of Oceana at its original seaside location.
Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte presents to attendees of the semi-annual Revenue Estimating Conference. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Tourism Figures Rise, But V.I. Is ‘Under Siege’ on Cruise Ship...

Tourism has been rebounding in the territory since the 2017 hurricanes. Air visitors are up by 43 percent in the past year, hotel tax revenue collections are up 40 percent and cruise ship arrivals are up only 3.8 percent, to just under a million passengers.
Jenifer O’Neal testifies Tuesday. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Financial Heads Oppose Bill They Say Bypasses Procurement Rules

Jenifer O’Neal, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Clarina Elliott, executive assistant commissioner at the Department of Finance, had a long day at the Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday as senators debated bills.
From left, Vincent Richards and Eric Castro Testify at Tuesday’s hearing. (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the V.I. Legislature)

Senate OKs Sub Base Leases for Music Makers and Cement Producer

The Senate Committee on Finance Tuesday voted to approve government leases to Panyard People and Universal Concrete. Both government properties are in Sub Base on St. Thomas.
In this 2011 photo, Central High students leave school early after a mysterious odor caused classes to be canceled. (Source file photo)

Central High Students Missing Second Week Due to Smells

Students at St. Croix Central High are now entering their second week without class and with no end in sight, due to ongoing complaints of an unpleasant smell. Central High School will remain closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Acting Deputy Chief of Police Operations David Cannonier testifies Monday on two traffic bills. (V.I. Legislature photo)

Senate Forwards Stay Left and Driving Under the Influence Bills

The U.S. Virgin Islands is known for its laid-back attitude toward the consumption of alcohol. However, senators and members of the V.I. Police Department are concerned that that attitude might be too costly to continue.

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