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Humane Society fundraiser Annette Zachman cradles a puppy to her chest during the Valentine’s fundraiser. (Photo submitted by Annette Zachman)

Humane Society’s Valentine Fundraiser Garners $150,000

The “Valentine’s Brunch and Silent Auction” fundraising event hosted Sunday by the Humane Society of St. Thomas, raised almost $150,000 towards supplies needed to take care of the many animals that depend on the shelter’s services.

Donation Buys Time, Saves Program for Friends of STT Library

Drew Russo, president of the Friends of the St. Thomas Public Library, announced Thursday he would donate funds to the organization in memory of his father, Vincent Russo, who died in 2019.

Senators Grill Company Overseeing Educational Grants

Government officials said they didn’t trust Bazilio Cobb Associates, a fiduciary agent contracted to manage the U.S. Department of Education grants for the Virgin Islands Department of Education.
A school bus picks up students at a St. Croix school in 2017. (Ivy Hunter photo)

Senators Push for Information on Student Safety

Senators expressed concern about the outbreaks of fights on school campuses, different security measures taken on campuses and bus safety on St. Croix during Friday’s Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting.
Cruise ships lie side by side at Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas. (Photo provided by VIPA)

Former Senator Celestino White Approved for Port Authority Board

All senators at Thursday’s Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing agreed that former Senator Celestino White would make a good addition to the Virgin Islands Port Authority board and discussed their high hopes for the seaports and airports of the territory.
Personnel Director Milton Potter. (2016 file photo from the V.I. Legislature)

Senate May Add Adult Education Grads to Government Scholarship Program

Valedictorians and salutatorians from V.I. Adult Education Centers will be eligible for the small scholarships the V.I. government gives to regular public school vals and sals, if the bill approved in committee on Tuesday becomes law.
Sens. Donna Frett-Gregory and Janelle Sarauw discuss the VIVIS bill, which they co-sponsored. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Panel OKs Measure to Reorganize Long-Languishing Data System

The long dormant V.I. Virtual Information System, or VIVIS, may be reworked with a new executive council if a bill forwarded out of the Senate Rules Committee is enacted. But funding concerns remain.
The Rules and Judiciary Committee gather on Thursday to discuss nine different bills. (Photo Barry Leerdam, USVI Legislature)

Eight Bills Moved Forward, Two Held in Committee

Senators of the Rules and Judiciary Committee moved eight bills forward on Thursday, holding two additional bills in the committee for further discussion. Three of the approved bills focused on government responsibility and appropriation of funding.
Attorney General Denise George. (2019 Government House photo)

Senators Hold Bill Targeting Pensions of Government Employee Felons

Though no testifiers were present at the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, their submitted testimonies found Bill No. 33-0216 “too harsh” in terms of punishment for government employees who are convicted of certain felony offenses. The committee decided to hold the bill for further amendments and discussion.

Housing Authority Gives Senate a Glimpse of What’s to Come

The Virgin Islands Housing Authority unveiled a portfolio plan for lawmakers that spans 10 years, requires an investment of $830 million, will generate or impact 3,300 jobs and create more than 2,700 affordable apartments between St. Thomas and St. Croix.

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