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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Election 2020: Referendum is a Possible Road to USVI Constitution

Voters in the general election in November may have the chance to weigh in on developing a constitution for the Virgin Islands through a question on the ballot.

VINP’s New Deputy Superintendent Provides Update on Staffing, Other Projects

Sabrina Diaz arrived on St. John three weeks ago to serve for six months as the assistant superintendent at the Virgin Islands National Park.

New Owners Plan Event to Mark Transition to a New Barefoot Buddha

Amy Gurlea, Cory Baker and Jack Gibbons, the new owners of the popular St. Thomas coffee shop and restaurant Barefoot Buddha, will host a creative face mask contest and blowout sale.

Government House Was Lit Up Saturday for World Polio Day

St. Croix's four Rotary Clubs praised Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. for proclaiming Saturday, Oct. 24, as Virgin Islands World Polio Day.

Halloween: Be Safe, Be Aware of Mainland COVID Surge, Officials Say

With Halloween less than a week away, USVI health officials said that safety should be a top priority, especially in the wake of a “third wave” of COVID positive cases on the mainland.

Police Unions Call for Removal of V.I. Police Commissioner Velinor

In a letter to Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., members of three police unions signed an official notice of no confidence in the Virgin Islands Police Department Commissioner Trevor Velinor and called for his removal.

81C: Artistic Event Space Ready for Grand Opening

St. Thomas has a new member to add to its artistic directory, 81C, a pop-up event space, art gallery, Airbnb and artist residency created by local entrepreneur Zack Zook, located in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

VIPD Condemns Weekend Shootings, Chastises Villa Owners for Parties

More Virgin Islands families were affected by gun violence over the weekend, and St. Thomas/St. John District Police Chief Steven Phillip said, "We need to stop the killing."

Relay for Life Honks in Support of Cancer Victims and Survivors

The 19th annual Relay for Life took a different spin on Saturday, as the event which usually is a communal march took to the streets this year as a motorcade in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still Afloat – Lime Out Reopens in Coral Bay

They say, “Luck is the residue of design,” and in the case of Lime Out, the floating taco bar in Coral Bay, truer words were never spoken.
University of the Virgin Islands (File photo)

UVI Board Amends University’s Sexual Harassment Policy

The Board of Trustees of the University of the Virgin Islands voted unanimously on Saturday to amend the school's sexual harassment policy, bringing it in line with mandates from the U.S. Department of Education.

Vision 2040 Asks for the Public’s Help in Making Tight Deadline

In an interactive webinar that launched the V.I. government’s Vision 2040 plan on Thursday, Economic Development Authority officials made one thing abundantly clear: They need Virgin Islanders to do their part to make it a success.
District Court of the Virgin Islands on St. Croix

Prosecutors Face November Deadline in St. Croix Racketeering Case

Federal prosecutors are working against a Nov. 9 deadline to produce lists of witnesses, evidence and documents in preparation for a racketeering trial set to start in January.
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Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm Arrest on STT

V.I. Police Department officers taking part in the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative on Tuesday arrested 37-year-old Corey Hunt of Estate Tutu, St. Thomas, and charged him with gun-possession charges.

Op-Ed: Corporal Punishment Is Barbaric and Antiquated

Amelia Headley LaMont gives many reasons why corporal punishment in Virgin Islands schools is barbaric. She points out that students with disabilities are twice as likely to be beaten with a wooden paddle at school.

VI Triathlon Federation Holds First Race Since Pandemic Began

The unusual format of the run/bike leap-frog event proved to be appealing to local athletes who were longing for some outdoor fun.

USVI Powerlifting Hosts 2020 Robert Massey Classic

Powerlifters who hope to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in international competition participated in the 2020 Robert Massey Classic Saturday morning at Rock Life Crossfit to record official scores and get ready for the national meet.

Eduardo Garcia Pursues Goal of Running at Tokyo Olympics

In spite of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19, Garcia trains and competes with Greenville Track Club Elite in South Carolina.

Women’s Coalition of St. Croix Releases Results of 36th Annual Women Race

From Illinois to Ireland, the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix’s (WCSC’s) 36th Annual Women Race participants -- women and girls — and their supporters joined the movement for peace and justice virtually.

81C: Artistic Event Space Ready for Grand Opening

St. Thomas has a new member to add to its artistic directory, 81C, a pop-up event space, art gallery, Airbnb and artist residency created by local entrepreneur Zack Zook, located in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

Government House on the Air in October

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. encourages residents in the community to tune in and call in with questions, ideas or comments.

Cruzan Dance Company Kicks-Off Season With Fantasy Flare, Zoom N’ Dance and Master Dance Class

Cruzan Dance Company will be kicking off the season with a host of events from October through Tuesday, Dec. 15. The community is invited to engage in the arts and support the dance company by participating in the following events:

U.S. Virgin Islands Celebrates Bat Week, Oct. 24 Through Halloween

Bat Week is an annual international celebration designed to raise awareness about the need for bat conservation. Bats are amazing creatures that are vital to the health of the natural world and economy.
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Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm Arrest on STT

V.I. Police Department officers taking part in the Virgin Islands Crime Initiative on Tuesday arrested 37-year-old Corey Hunt of Estate Tutu, St. Thomas, and charged him with gun-possession charges.

Lorel Alfreda Callwood Dies at 55

Lorel Alfreda Callwood died on St. Croix on Oct. 14.

Dennis Connell Dies

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A new net metering program introduced this year by the Virgin Islands Energy Office creates an opportunity that will allow home generators to sell excess power to the V.I. Water and Power Authority, but one vendor said it also might provide incentives for people to install batteries and keep that power for themselves.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Don Buchanan
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The Virgin Islands community and a host of government and civic leaders are paying tribute to Austin “Babe” Monsanto, who died on Oct. 14 at the age of 94. Those who remember him spoke about a man devoted to the nation, his community and the Virgin Islands government.

A relative said Monsanto died peacefully at home as he slept.

Monsanto packed a lifetime of service into his years as a military veteran, the first Black Virgin Islands park ranger, a high school shop teacher, a Rotarian, sportsman, an environmental steward and a Port Authority marine manager.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Photo provided by Rotary Club
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For the last year, a group of poets belonging to the group Rhyme & Lime, has come together to share their passion during events at Bajo El Sol Art Gallery in Cruz Bay, St. John. Oct. 31, the last Saturday in October, will mark the group’s one-year anniversary.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo provided by Jamaica Hamilton
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The University of the Virgin Islands School of Agriculture observed World Food Day on Sunday both on the grounds of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture and virtually.

The two-part event distributed seedlings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. organizers conducted educational workshops highlighting pork, avocado and cucumber.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo by Diana Dias
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Campus life at the University of the Virgin Islands, which has been mostly humdrum during the pandemic, enjoyed a moment of luster on Wednesday when Raven Phillips was crowned Miss UVI 2020 and introduced herself to a modest crowd on the sands of John Brewers Beach.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Photo © Dale E.R. Morton
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Billboards went up on Indigenous Peoples Day along roadsides across the fifty United States as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, each with a message. A St. Croix-born artist represented the USVI.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Anne Salafia
📸: Milligan works on his painting, “Incensio Negra” in his studio, 2020. (Photo provided by the artist.)
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The V.I. Department of Education has received 1,000 of its expected shipment of 12,000 Chromebooks and is distributing the electronic items to students in both school districts.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photo Provided by DOE
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Powerlifters who hope to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in international competition participated in the 2020 Robert Massey Classic Saturday morning at Rock Life Crossfit to record official scores and get ready for the national meet, which will take place in February.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
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Saturday’s “Reclaiming Our Village” march had two starting points, Crown Bay and Tutu Park, and there was a place near the end where both converged, bringing together more than 100 residents who had taken to the streets in a peaceful protest as deadly gunfire resounded across the territory.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Ananta Pancham
📸: Photo by Ananta Pancham
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The Great V.I. Frog Count is underway, bringing citizen science to the territory’s fingertips in an easy and accessible way.

Herpetologist Renata Platenberg started the V.I. Frog Count in 2015 to enhance frog monitoring in the territory. According to Platenberg, anyone with a smartphone or recording device can participate by simply sending a two-minute audio recording with the recorded site’s GPS coordinates. By listening for the unique calls of frog species, Platenberg is then able to pinpoint exactly which species are where.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adrian Brewer
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The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts opened its first virtual exhibit on Oct. 2 in celebration of Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship. The Anacaonas de Borinquen exhibit honors Puerto Rican/Boricua women and will run through Jan. 2, 2021. The show, curated by Wilfred Labiosa, is comprised of original artworks, silkscreens and lithographs by Puerto Rican artists.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Painting at the Anacaonas de Borinquen exhibit. (Courtesy of CMCArts)
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Standard Aviation and members of the V.I. government cut the ceremonial ribbon on Wednesday morning that signals the completion of the largest free-span building in the Caribbean.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Image by Kyle Murphy
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The V.I. Port Authority has money to begin renovation at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport – work that is currently underway – but is nowhere close to the funding needed for a major reconstruction of St. Croix’s airport.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Image courtesy of Benton Construction
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Moe’s Fresh Market, St. Thomas’ locally-owned-and-operated chain of upscale grocery stores, will open its third storefront on Friday, Oct. 9, at The Shops at Yacht Haven Grande, offering a new face to the island’s gourmands, oenophiles, sailors, yachtsmen, charters and provisioners.

The island’s go-to gourmet grocer will fill the neighborhood vacancy left behind by Gourmet Gallery, which never reopened after the 2017 hurricanes. The new storefront sees Moe’s expanding beyond its well-established presence in Red Hook and on Charlotte Amalie’s waterfront.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Baylor
📸: Photo provided by Willie Hamed/Moe’s
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La Vaughn Belle has created art with paper plates, coral stones from the sea, Styrofoam, video and dance, digital mapping as well as the traditional media such as oil paints and charcoal.

This year, Belle’s medium of choice for an oversized installation in a New York City mall was a digital collage on vinyl.

The latest work, titled “For Those of Us Who Live at the Shoreline,” is eight panels of oil paintings on wood – pieces of chaney – and the painted vinyl sections of coastline plants intertwined with human images, all a part of the ecosystem. Belle said the Virgin Islands Council of the Arts provided a grant for the project.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photo by Jakob Dahlin, Brookfield Place, New York
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Fifteen Nissan Leaf electric cars took part in the second annual St. Thomas Drives Electric road rally on Saturday, sponsored by the Virgin Islands Electric Vehicle Association North to promote reducing the territory’s carbon footprint and raise awareness about electric vehicle technologies.

VIEVAN’s event was supported by Drive Green VI and the Virgin Islands Energy Office. National sponsors included Plug In America, Sierra Club and Electric Auto Association.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by James Baylor
📸: Photo by James Baylor
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A proposal to allow the St. John Animal Care Center to build a new facility in Coral Bay drew a mixed reaction at an online zoning hearing held Friday morning.

Planners at the Department of Planning and Natural Resources called the virtual meeting to discuss a request to rezone a 2.3-acre parcel near Pickles in Coral Bay from R-2 (residential low density) to B-2 (business secondary/neighborhood.)

The plan calls for the construction of a 5,000 square-foot, two-story building with 20 kennels for dogs on the ground floor and 19 kennels for cats on the second floor.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo provided by the ACC
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After years of being crammed in a space in which the conference room often spilled over into the hallway, the Elections System on St. Croix is moving into a new 10,000-square-foot office just in time for early voting on Oct. 5.

People can still register at the current location in the Sunny Isle Annex until Oct. 3. After that, Elections staff will relocate to the new space in the former Caribbean Cinema theater in Sunny Isle.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Photo by Susan Ellis
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The Virgin Islands–Puerto Rico Friendship Committee is preparing to celebrate Virgin Islands – Puerto Rico Friendship weekend with a number of activities. The celebration will begin Oct. 7 and end on Oct. 12. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rico Friendship Day is a local holiday, which was created in the 1960s in recognition of the unique relationship between the two American territories at a time when Puerto Ricans were the largest immigrant community in the U.S. Virgin Islands, especially on St. Croix.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
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