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VITRAN Bus Service Suspended on Halloween After 5 p.m.

VITRAN’s fixed route bus service will be suspended at 5 p.m. on St. Thomas and St. Croix on Friday, Oct.…

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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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Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference Brings Change

The 16th annual Best Beginnings Early Childhood Conference on St. Thomas showcased a new program style, two keynote speakers, and an emphasis on continuing education and teacher certification.

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2014-10-30 22:38:35
Jewels of the Virgin Isles – One Year Later

When I decided to bring this column to life on Nov. 1, 2013, it was to raise awareness about the incredible contributions that men and women from the U.S. Virgin Islands are making to American life and on an international scale.

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2014-10-30 22:33:41
V.I. Agencies Prepping For Ebola But Risk Is Slight, Officials Tell Senate

V.I. Health, hospital and emergency management officials are coordinating, training and preparing for the nightmare scenario of an Ebola outbreak in the territory, but agency officials told senators Wednesday an outbreak is unlikely and there is no cause for alarm.

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2014-10-29 19:16:07
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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