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Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Stats Produce Unclear Picture of Distance Learning Impact

A research study released last month concluded that nationally students are beginning to make up recent learning loss attributed to COVID-19 restrictions, but it is unclear whether that is the case in the Virgin Islands.

Hospital Board Updated on Charlotte Kimmelman Cancer Institute Rebuild

The Charlotte Kimmelman Cancer Institute could be rebuilt as soon as December 2023.

Board of Elections Chairman Apologizes for Delay in Publishing Full Primary Election Results

The system continues to be upgraded by introducing new and advanced technology.

Primary Voters Trickle Into Voting Centers on St. Thomas-St. John

Voters across St. Thomas and St. John spoke softly on Saturday as the Election System of the Virgin Islands opened its voting centers for Primary Day.

Early Voting Turnout Breaks 2018 Records, Elections System Reports

A record-breaking 4,418 people cast their ballots during early voting for the Democratic Primary election that ended on Monday, according to Supervisor of Elections Caroline Fawkes.

Elections Board Relocates Two 2022 Primary Election Voting Centers

The V.I. Board of Elections informs the public of recent changes to the locations of the 2022 Primary Election Voting Centers territory wide.

Gov. Charles W. Turnbull Body Lay in State at Government House on STX

Gov. Charles W. Turnbull lay in state at the Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix on Wednesday.

Judge Grants RNC Trademark Injunction Against V.I. Republican Party

Representatives of the Republican National Committee won a preliminary injunction against two officials of the Virgin Islands Republican Party on Wednesday. But the federal judge who granted their motion said the court would not decide if defendants John Canegata and Robert Schanfarber were in or out as party officials.

Historical Preservation Committee Wants Support in Enforcement

The St. Thomas-St. John Historic Preservation Committee made it clear to State Historic Preservation Office Director Sean Krigger, Tuesday, that members of the board believed they were not getting the support they needed from paid government workers at the Preservation Office. Committee members are volunteers.

Remembering Alan and Dorothy Bronstein

Marina Leonard, a member of the St. Croix Jewish Community, remembers, “Alan loved this island so much. He is very much the reason I stayed here after I arrived and he helped me get my first job. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to get to know him and Dorothy. Alan was always trying to be as helpful as he could and Dorothy always had a smile on her face. That’s how I’ll remember them both.”

Cannabis Board Approves Draft Regulations With Eye to Serving Patients in 2023

More than two years after it held its first formal meeting, the V.I. Cannabis Advisory Board has approved the final draft rules and regulations that will govern the territory’s medical marijuana market, with an eye to serving patients starting in March or April 2023.

Crucian Team Outlasts Three St. Thomas Teams to Win ‘Four for Four’ Tournament

It has been over two years since there has been competitive basketball played by local teams on St. Thomas and it showed as the only team from St. Croix endured to win the Four for Four Basketball Tournament this past weekend.

MarineMax in $480M deal to Acquire IGY Marinas

Recreational boat and yacht retailer MarineMax Inc. announced Tuesday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Island Global Yachting LLC, better known as IGY Marinas, which owns and operates a collection of marina assets and a yacht management platform in key global destinations, including at Yacht Haven Grande and American Yacht Harbor on St. Thomas.

Open Forum: Puerto Rico Shares Some of St. Croix’s Rich Maroon History

By 1760, the landmass of St. Croix was almost totally cultivated with sugarcane. For the merchants and planters of the St. Croix sugar economy, this was the “Golden Era” when sugar was King. For the enslaved populations, it was hell. 

Crime Stoppers VI Offering Up to $15,000 for Information Leading to Arrest

Homicides from 2017 and 2019 are still under investigation. Crime Stoppers is seeking help from the community to solve these crimes.

ABA Passes Resolution Supporting Equality in U.S. Territories, Rejecting Insular Cases

The Justice Department has until Aug. 29 to support or oppose a petition in Fitisemanu v. United States calling on the Supreme Court to finally consider “whether the Insular Cases should be overruled.”

Caribbean Lottery, VI Lottery Give VI Residents Chance to Win New Year’s Eve Powerball

One lucky Powerball winner, along with a guest of his/her choice, will receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City (three nights/four days). The drawing for the winner will take place on Oct. 17.

ABA Passes Resolution Supporting Equality in U.S. Territories, Rejecting Insular Cases

The Justice Department has until Aug. 29 to support or oppose a petition in Fitisemanu v. United States calling on the Supreme Court to finally consider “whether the Insular Cases should be overruled.”

Crime Stoppers VI Offering Up to $15,000 for Information Leading to Arrest

Homicides from 2017 and 2019 are still under investigation. Crime Stoppers is seeking help from the community to solve these crimes.

Open Forum: Puerto Rico Shares Some of St. Croix’s Rich Maroon History

By 1760, the landmass of St. Croix was almost totally cultivated with sugarcane. For the merchants and planters of the St. Croix sugar economy, this was the “Golden Era” when sugar was King. For the enslaved populations, it was hell. 

Crucian Team Outlasts Three St. Thomas Teams to Win ‘Four for Four’ Tournament

It has been over two years since there has been competitive basketball played by local teams on St. Thomas and it showed as the only team from St. Croix endured to win the Four for Four Basketball Tournament this past weekend.

CFVI Partnering With Tourism to Represent USVI at National Book Festival in D.C.

The National Book Festival is one of the most prominent literary events in the US that unifies best-selling authors and thousands of readers for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities.

Kappa Alpha Psi Car Wash Raises Funds for Back-to-School Gardine Students

When Kappa Alpha Psi observes things that are going on that are impacting the community in a negative way, it does its best to provide the necessary tools needed to head in a positive direction.

Zephena Leonard Dies

Zephena Leonard died on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Sunday, July 24. 

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The St. Thomas-St. John Historic Preservation Committee made it clear to State Historic Preservation Office Director Sean Krigger, Tuesday, that members of the board believed they were not getting the support they needed from paid government workers at the Preservation Office. Committee members are volunteers.

📸: Pan African Support Group member Anna Francis takes a photo of the rededicated Freedom statue located in the heart of Emancipation Garden. (Photo by Ananta Pancham)

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Representatives of the Republican National Committee won a preliminary injunction against two officials of the Virgin Islands Republican Party on Wednesday. But the federal judge who granted their motion said the court would not decide if defendants John Canegata and Robert Schanfarber were in or out as party officials.

📸: John Canegata (File photo)

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Gov. Charles W. Turnbull lay in state at the Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix on Wednesday. The public viewing marked the first day in a series of events scheduled for the territory throughout the week.

📸: The body of Charles W. Turnbull is carried outside of the Government House on St. Croix. (Photo provided by the Government House)

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Chirag Vyas and Kevin Chipman have been brewing beer on St. John for almost 20 years. They told members of the Economic Development Commission Tuesday they were ready to take their business to the next level, and tax benefits from the commission could play a part.

📸 Source file photo: St. John Brewers founders Chirag “Cheech” Vyas & Kevin Chipman with Tap Room manager Tim Hanley showcasing the new brewing system at The Tap Room at Mongoose Junction.

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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. announced the formation of a Territorial Park System that includes 30 properties so far, with a partially formed board of directors at a press briefing Monday morning.

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is applauded by the board of directors of the Territorial Park System as he signs the bill creating the entity Tuesday. (Screenshot of Government House Facebook)

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Public Works has secured a competitive federal grant of $25 million – the maximum amount awarded – to allow the Veterans Drive/Waterfront Beautification Project on St. Thomas to continue into Phase 2, Government House announced Tuesday.

📸: A rendering of Phase 2 of the Veterans Drive rehabilitation project on St. Thomas. (Government House photo)

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An angry, sometimes disruptive crowd attended Sen. Kurt Vialet’s town hall meeting Monday night, hoping to get answers to their questions about a rum distillery planned for the fields north of Frederiksted at the Raising Cane Farm.

📸: Sen. Kurt Vialet, Frandelle Girard, and Paul Vrabek discuss the rum distillery during Vialet’s town hall meeting Monday night. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

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While Education officials said they felt that the opening of public schools across the district went “smoothly” from an operational perspective, what they most noticed while jumping from campus to campus Monday was the students’ joy of being back together for the first full in-person start since the pandemic.

📸: Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Principal Sally Petty welcomes students back to campus Monday on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Judi Shimel)

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As students head back to class on Monday for what will hopefully be the first full year of in-person instruction since the pandemic began, the V.I. Education Department invites the territory’s fathers and male caregivers to be an important part of the big day by taking their children to school.

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Crucian writer and director Jordan K. Paul announced the launch of the crowdfunding campaign for his short film, ‘ANIMALS,’ inspired by real-life events experienced by him. The SeedandSpark platform will support the production of the project slated to begin fall 2022.

📸: Jordan K. Paul (Photo courtesy of Jordan K. Paul)

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Efforts to protect livestock in the territory from the invasive bont tick may be working. Dr. Bethany Bradford, director of veterinary services at the V.I. Agriculture Department, has reported that a recent field survey determined the pest is confined to just one of St. Croix’s 15 cattle farms.

📸: A worker sprays St. Croix cattle for ticks. (Photo courtesy Bethany Bradford)

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Experts in petroleum coke handling are on the ground at Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation on St. Croix after a smoldering pile of the material was discovered early Thursday, the company announced Sunday.

📸: Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation, formerly Limetree Bay Refinery, on St. Croix. (GH photo)

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Supporters set up tents outside the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center. The camps outside the voting center at Tutu Park Mall stretched to the end of the block and down the hill to the main road leading to Fort Mylner.

📸: Campaign supporter Damlet Berkitt showed up at the UVI voting Center on St. Thomas. (Photo by Judi Shimel)

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Though the unofficial count was not made public until close to midnight, overall trends in early voting and final numbers on St. Croix — whose results went public before 9:30 p.m. — stayed true until the end of Saturday’s Democratic Primary, with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Lieutenant Gov. Tregenza Roach coming out on top of the gubernatorial race and Senator-At-Large Angel Bolques Jr. keeping his new seat.

📸 Photo by Julisa Alvarez: Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (far Right) joins (from Left to Right) Natalia Felix, St. Croix Administrator Sammuel Sanes & Jaynae Edney outside the polls on St. Croix on Saturday.

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In the district Senate races, all incumbent senators retained their seats based on the unofficial primary election numbers, while three newcomers on St. Croix and another three on St. Thomas-St. John emerged to round out the rest of the slate.

📸: Incumbent Sen. Kenneth L. Kittens was the highest vote-getter on St. Croix Saturday, bringing in 1,693 votes. (Photo by Diana Dias)

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For the first time, the Golden Hook Fishing Club, Inc. will donate funds from Saturday’s St. Croix Summer Slam Fishing Derby to a non-profit organization — the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix.

📸: Anglers get ready to display their fish for the 2019 Derby. (Photo courtesy of Golden Hook Fishing Club, Inc.)

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Zathlyn Rodriguez of the V.I. Air National Guard’s 285th Civil Engineering Squadron was promoted in July to Chief Master Sergeant making her the first female to ever hold the position in the squadron.

📸: Puerto Rico Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sergeant Alberto Santini from the 156th CES presents a Chief Enlisted Manager Buss to Chief Master Sergeant Zathlyn Rodriguez in July. (V.I. National Guard photo)

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The Department of Education has rescinded a $30 technology fee being assessed to students for temporary use of school-issued laptops and Chromebooks for the 2022-2023 academic school year, according to a release from the Department on Friday.

📸: Student in front of a laptop (Shutterstock)

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Michelle Smith represented the U.S. Virgin Islands excellently at the 19th World Athletics Under 20 Championships held in Cali, Columbia from August 1-6, according to a release from the V.I. Track and Field Federation.

📸: Michelle Smith (Photo courtesy of the V.I. Track and Field Federation)

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