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Tourism Department Embraces Holiday Spirit, Invites Public to Community Events

The V.I. Department of Tourism (DOT) is spreading holiday cheer and welcomes the public to participate in community events throughout…

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Three events are slated for the opening of the school year – V.I. Fathers Back to School Barbecue and Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 27; the Back to School Days of Prayer on Saturday , Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4; and the V.I. Fathers March on Sept. 6, the first day of school for public schools in the territory. Organizers are encouraging fathers to take their children back to school starting on the first day.

 
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The Bookworm: 'A Boy Called Christmas'

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2016-12-07 21:09:19
DutchTeam Wins Carlos Aguilar Match Race

Olympic match racing star Renée Groeneveld and her Dutch team won the Carlos Aguilar Match Race in the waters off St. Thomas, their first-ever Women's International Match Racing Series event. 

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2016-12-07 13:00:02
Lieutenant Governor Visits Stateside Prisons Housing V.I. Inmates

Lt. Gov. Osbert Potter and Bureau of Corrections Director Rick Mullgrav last week visited the Saguaro Correctional Facility in Arizona, which houses 63 inmates from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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2016-12-06 21:21:17
Local government — St. Croix
Distribution of Bonus USDA Commodities Slated for St. Croix

In conjunction with The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), bonus USDA commodities will be distributed on St. Croix from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School, according to a press release issued Monday by the V.I. Department of Education – State Special Nutrition Programs. 

Senior Citizens 60 years and older, must meet the income eligibility requirements. Other persons or heads of household eligible to receive these commodities must be identified as needy by meeting one of the following criteria:
1.     An individual or head of household that is a client of any of the following income certified assistance programs:
(a)    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(b)    Medical Assistance Program
(c)     A tenant of subsidized public housing.
2.    Persons who are not participants or clients of the above programs must have a family income that does not exceed the 185 percent of the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 are as follows: Income Eligibility Guidelines for July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 Income level (185 %)
Household
Annual 
Monthly 
Twice Per
Every Two
Weekly 
Size
Income
Income
Month
Weeks
Income
1
$20,147
$1,679
$840
$775
$388
2
$27,214
$2,268
$1,134
$1,047
$524
3
$34,281
$2,857
$1,429
$1,319
$660
4
$41,348
$3,446
$1,723
$1,591
$796
5
$48,415
$4,035
$2,018
$1,863
$932
6
$55,482
$4,624
$2,312
$2,134
$1,067
7
$62,549
$5,213
$2,607
$2,406
$1,203
8
$69,616
$5,802
$2,901
$2,676
$1,339
For each additional family   member add:
+$7,067
+$589
+$295
+$272
+$136
 
 
Proper identification such as a SNAP card, Medical Assistance Card or proof of income for persons completing the self certification form must be presented. Commodities will not be given to persons not having proper documentation. Eligible recipients must bring along sturdy boxes or bags to place commodities. Only one distribution package will be given per household.
TEFAP is a federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy persons, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance.
For more information on St. Croix’s USDA commodities distribution, contact Federal Commodities Officer Correy A. Lettsome at 774-0100, ext. 2818.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 

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