VIPA to Hold First Frederiksted Holiday Fest on December 5

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) invites the public to kick-off the holiday season at the first Frederiksted Holiday Fest…

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Half a dozen young people, local artists and music producers have created a peace song for Carnival 2014. To read more about the song, click here.

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Six Injured in Holiday Weekend Shootings

 Six men were injured in three separate shooting incidents that took place over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to the V.I. Police Department.

2015-11-29 17:11:27
Beach Advisory for November 27 -- Dec. 4

 DPNR advises the public to refrain from using the coastal waters throughout the territory until further notification.  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has announced that due to heavy rains this week, the Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) anticipates that negative environmental impacts will be caused by storm water runoff.

2015-11-27 22:10:51
The Status of HIV/AIDS in the Virgin Islands

The HIV epidemic not only affects the health of individuals, it impacts households and communities. In the Virgin Islands, 1,061 HIV and AIDS cases were reported between 1983 and December 2014.

2015-11-27 22:07:42
Home-Garden — St. Croix
Back Porch Gardener: Those Beautiful Yellow Tomato Buds

May 26, 2009 – The great thing about St. Thomas is you can grow food stuff all year long. The bad thing is, the soil sucks. Years ago, after finally growing the most expensive and worst tasting cherry tomato that ever lived in my outside planter – it took me three months to grow it, untold gallons of water and tasted like and had the texture of a red rubber ball – I gave up.
Years passed as I repeatedly paid for and ate some of the worst tasting tomatoes in the world (God only knows where they are shipped from).
By the way, I grew up on a farm, where my dad periodically produced home grown tomatoes, radishes and corn. I know what real vegetables should taste like.
I began to think "garden" again.
During my annual check up with my health practitioner Judith Whitley, I mentioned my desire to grow my own food. I said I was thinking about pots (not the kind you smoke), but they were the wrong depth.

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"You waste all that space you don’t need at the bottom," I lamented.
"Earth boxes," was her reply.
"Earth boxes?"
"Google it."
I did.
For Christmas my husband just happened to be planning to be in St. Petersberg (Florida not Russia) just a few miles from the "earth box research center."
We cut a deal.
He said if I could keep the forlorn basil alive that was sitting on our back porch from Thanksgiving until Christmas, he would visit the center and send back 10 earth boxes.
I did it. The basil lived – at least until Christmas.
The earth boxes arrived in January.
I will save the story of how earth boxes work for another time, but I do want to tell you. I have little round green orbs that look like they will become tomatoes hanging from two of the four tomato plants I have growing in my earth boxes. The other two plants have sprouted tiny yellow buds each holding the promise of delicious, warm, succulent tomatoes.
The scent emitted from the tomato plants takes me back to a childhood where fresh, homegrown food was taken for granted. It makes me giddy. I await the day I will bite into one.
Meanwhile, I am eating my lettuce daily. All of this is growing on my small back porch.
What joy to walk out there as the sun departs for the night and pick my dinner salad. What greater joy to eat it, knowing exactly where it came from.

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