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EDC Holds Public Hearing on Tax Exemption Applications

The Economic Development Commission (EDC) has scheduled a public hearing for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The purpose of…

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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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Virtue of the Week: Caring

Caring is giving love and attention to people and things that matter to you. When you care about people, you help them. You do a careful job, giving your very best effort. Caring makes the world a safer place.

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2014-09-01 00:36:45
Hansen Seeks Pardon to Stay on Ballot

Attorneys representing Hansen have asked Gov. John deJongh Jr. for a pardon, which would allow her to continue as a candidate for the 31st Legislature in the November general election.

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2014-08-31 20:33:35
Diase Coffelt Wins Elections Challenge in Appeals Court

Independent candidate Soraya Diase Coffelt won on appeal a challenge to an Elections System ruling that would have kicked her and runningmate John Canegata off the November general election ballot.

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2014-08-28 01:57:40
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Bermudez-Ruiz, Award Winning Director, Signs Producer’s Rep Deal

St. Croix native Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz, award-winning director and producer of the feature-length documentary "Sugar Pathways," has recently signed a distribution deal with United Films, a Los Angeles based film producer's rep company that has produced seven award-winning independent films. United Films and Connell Creations will work to get "Sugar Pathways" broadcast on national television.
"United Films is very excited about our recent acquisition of ‘Sugar Pathways.’ We think it is a moving story that will touch a wide audience and shed light on a little known cultural migration," said Brent Madison, Connell Creations Inc./United Films.
"Sugar Pathways" tells the riveting story of the unwilling migration by Puerto Rican families from the small Caribbean island of Vieques to the U.S. Virgin Islands. This powerful and vibrant film recounts their will to survive the journey, integrate and contribute to the culture, economy and politics of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The documentary is narrated by actress Lauren Vélez of the Emmy Award-winning Showtime series "Dexter."
Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen with the help of Diageo U.S.V.I., the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus held a very successful reception and film screening of "Sugar Pathways" at Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill Orientation Theater.  
Since that screening "Sugar Pathways" has been seen throughout the world. It has premiered at Rincon Film Festival, Bermuda International Film Festival, Peru International Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, Maysles Cinemas, and was nominated for best documentary produced by a female director.
Born and raised in St. Croix, Johanna Bermúdez-Ruiz heads Cane Bay Films LLC, an independent production company dedicated to producing high-quality, impacting documentaries, films and public service announcements (PSAs) on economic strategies, investigative reports, educational and preventative topics, environmental issues, and contemporary social issues for distribution over diverse media.
To learn more about Cane Bay Films, visit www.canebayfilms.com or view Cane Bay Films demo reel, and Cane Bay Films Trailer. http://youtu.be/COtq4wOCwVM

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