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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.