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Saturday, March 6, 2021

USVI and Puerto Rico Still Abnormally Dry

Drought conditions continue to prevail across the U.S. Virgin Islands and northwestern Puerto Rico, according to a news release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Oriol Takes Part in U.S. House Panel Discussion on Climate Change

Jean-Pierre L. Oriol, commissioner of the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, took part in a panel discussion Thursday before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the draft Insular Area Climate Change Act.

Thomas Gets 15 Years in Murder-for-Hire, Witness Retaliation Plot

District Court Chief Judge Wilma Lewis sentenced Delroy Thomas, 30, of St. Croix, to a total of 15 years for in a murder-for-hire plot and witness retaliation, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced Thursday.

Pearl B. Larsen Kindergarten Class Temporarily Returns to Virtual Learning

A kindergarten classroom that returned to in-person learning at Pearl B. Larsen PreK-8 School temporarily returned to virtual learning Friday and Monday.

Legislature Approves 100 New Moorings, Extends State of Emergency

With over 200 new vessels registered by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, the installation of additional moorings across the U.S. Virgin Islands has become paramount to sustaining the demand for transient vessels.

Newly Formed Hospital Redevelopment Team Begins Work to Rebuild Facilities

Daryl Smalls, territorial director of hospital facilities and capital development, told the Territorial Hospital Board on Wednesday a board-directed team will begin to hire staff to power the health facilities' rebuilding now that the first architectural contract has been approved. 

One Health V.I.

On the latest episode of One Health V.I., Governor Albert Bryan Jr. discusses the Healthier Horizons initiative that will improve the territory's healthcare system.

V.I. History: St. John’s Southside Road Renamed for Calypsonian, Businessman Rudolph “Pimpy” Thomas, Jr.

Rudolph "Pimpy" Thomas was a St. John fixture, musician, sportsman, businessman, family man and policeman at various times in his life. For all the people he touched and lives he enriched, the Legislature passed a resolution renaming Cruz Bay's South Side Road in his honor.

VIHFA: Rental Assistance Program Coming Soon

The U.S. Virgin Islands has an unmet housing need, and with unemployment hitting record highs over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. tasked the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority to implement the Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Feb. 1.
Attorney Tom Bolt (Photo from the BoltNagi PC website.)

American Bar Delegates Call For End to Border Exception in V.I. Search and Seizure...

A push for legal protection under the Constitution for the U.S. Virgin Islands recently won support from a national organization representing lawyers.

Coast Guard Seizes Cocaine, Three Suspected Smugglers, Off STX

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday transferred $5.6 million in seized cocaine and three suspected smugglers to federal agents at Coast Guard Base San Juan, after the interdiction of a drug smuggling vessel off St. Croix.

Gray Kingbirds Emerge as Leaders in the Annual St. John Bird Count

There’s been no shortage of bugs, so it’s not surprising that local insect-eaters are thriving.

Governor Tours STX Schools on First Day Back

Declaring that “school is in,” Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin and St. Croix District Superintendent Carlos McGregor hosted Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. for a tour of the Alfredo Andrews Elementary School to celebrate the return of students and staff.

Restoration of Government House on St. Thomas is Well Underway

A good facelift is one that doesn’t look like a facelift, and that seems to be the aim for the restoration of Government House on St. Thomas. Upgrade the structure but preserve the character.

DLCA Releases Rack Rates Effective March 8 -14

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs notifies the public of the latest rack rate prices issued by Gulf Oil at Limetree Bay Terminal effective March 8 through March 14.

ONE HEALTH V.I. EPISODES

One Health V.I. Episode 1 – Telehealth Services in the Virgin Islands

On this episode of One Health V.I., Dr. Donna Christensen, physician and former V.I. Delegate to Congress, joins Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., to discuss implementing telehealth services in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 2 – Reconstruction of the Territory’s Hospitals

Darryl Smalls, Vice President of Facilities for the Schneider Regional Medical Center and Juan F. Luis Hospital, provides an update on the renovations and construction of the territory's hospital facilities.

One Health V.I. Episode 3 – Association Health Plans

Julia Sheen, Health and Human Services policy advisor to Governor Albert Bryan Jr., speaks with Omar Haedo, president of Elan Insurance Group, about plans to offer health insurance options to Virgin Islands small businesses and their employees.

One Health V.I. Episode 4 – Integrating Fire and EMS Services

Lisle Evelyn, assistant director for Medical Services at the V.I. Fire Service, discusses how integrating Fire Service and the Department of Health's EMS could save lives in the territory.

One Health V.I. Episode 5 – Implementing the Health Information Exchange

The HIE will allow healthcare providers and patients to securely access and share a patient’s vital medical information via an electronic transmission – improving the speed, quality, safety, and cost of patient care.

One Health V.I. Episode 6 – The Healthier Horizons Initiative

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. discusses the Healthier Horizons initiative, which aims to expand access to healthcare, provide better services and improve the V.I.'s healthcare infrastructure.

V.I. Cycling Federation to Host First Race of the Season on March 7

The Virgin Islands Cycling Federation will hold its first race of the season at 7 a.m., Sunday, March 7. 

St. Croix Dolphins Hosts Long Course Meet

Many of the Dolphin swimmers who competed accomplished personal best times.

USVI Soccer Announces International Tournament Participation for 2021-2023

Tournament participation falls in line with the USVI Soccer Association’s (USVISA) objectives to enhance, assist, develop and promote the game of soccer constantly throughout the territory.

D’Amour Finishes 16th in World at Indoor Archery World Series

With the exception of Brady Ellison and Jack Williams of the United States, Nicholas D’Amour was the highest-ranking archer in the Western Hemisphere.

St. John School of the Arts Presents Online Concert with Victor Provost and Alex Brown

St. John School of the Arts will present Victor Provost and Alex Brown Quartet as part of its Sis Frank Virtual Concert Series 2021 on Friday, March 5.

Virtual Memorial to Celebrate Timothy Graphenreed Held Feb. 28

Tony winners Lillias White, Phylicia Rashad, George Faison, Emmy/Golden Globe winner S. Epatha Merkerson and others will celebrate Broadway’s Timothy Graphenreed.

UVI’s Afternoon on the Green to Go Virtual on March 15

Fans of UVI’s annual “friend-raiser” will be treated to a virtual extravaganza.

Government House on the Air in February

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

Phase 1 of King Airport Parking Garage Construction to Start March 8

Most of the airport’s public parking area is now closed and will remain closed during the duration of this two-year project.

William Alexander Richards Jr. Dies at 88

William Alexander Richards Jr. of Miami Beach, Fla., courageously entered eternal peace at Mount Sinai Medical Center Hospital in Miami Beach, Fla., on Feb. 3.

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Rudolph “Pimpy” Thomas was a St. John fixture, a musician, sportsman, businessman, family man and policeman at various times in his life. For all the people he touched and lives he enriched, the Legislature passed a resolution at the end of 2020 renaming Cruz Bay’s South Side Road in his honor.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Rudolph “Pimpy” Thomas. (Image from St. John Tradewinds archives)
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There’s been no shortage of bugs, so it’s not surprising that local insect-eaters are thriving.

Gray Kingbirds are known as flycatchers but will also chase bees and a variety of other flying insects. They are often seen perching on treetops, then darting out and back to snatch a bug flying by. I see them most in the morning when the sun lights up the tops of the trees, and the insects that feed up there become active. The kingbirds call attention to themselves with their screechy sounds, a bit like a police whistle.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: Photo by Gail Karlsson
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Declaring that “school is in,” Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin and St. Croix District Superintendent Carlos McGregor hosted Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. for a tour of the Alfredo Andrews Elementary School to celebrate the return of students and staff for the first day of in-person learning at St. Croix public schools on March 2. V.I. schools have been closed for a year due to COVID-19.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Unidentified student and teacher at St. Croix’s Career and Technical Education Center on Tuesday, March 2. (Department of Education photo)
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Virgin Islanders Herbert H. Heywood and Henry E. Rohlsen risked their lives serving their country as World War II fighter pilots, members of the unit known as the Tuskegee Airmen. But because of the color of their skin, their unit didn’t receive the respect or acclaim they earned.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Virgin Islanders and members of the famed WWII Tuskegee Airmen, from left, Henry E. Rolhsen and Herbert H. Heywood. (Photos submitted by families)
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A good facelift is one that doesn’t look like a facelift, and that seems to be the aim for the restoration of Government House on St. Thomas. Upgrade the structure but preserve the character.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bernetia Akin
📸: The view of the stairwell from the third floor reveals the old elevator space. A new elevator is wheelchair compatible. (Photo by Dave Davis)
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #virginislands #westindies #construction #restoration #government #building #build
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The lush voice and soulful ballads of Crucian baritone singer Malcolm Evans permeated the U.S. Virgin Islands over many decades at family gatherings, weddings, birthday parties and funerals.

The life of Malcolm Axel Evans Jr. ended peacefully on Jan 29. A memorial service of family, friends and the local community took place on Feb. 24 at Holy Cross Catholic Church on St. Croix.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Malcolm Evans sings at Once in a Blue Moon Club in Korea in 2007. (Submitted by family)
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Federal and territorial agencies joined forces on Monday to help vaccinate 50,000 Virgin Islanders against the coronavirus by July 1, organizing community vaccination centers on the University of the Virgin Islands campuses.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Adian Brewer
📸: Army medical personnel prepare to administer vaccines at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas. (Source photo by Adian Brewer)
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Former Clinic Administrator Aldria Wade is being remembered for her devotion to the community and the nursing profession. She built a career caring for the sick, overseeing the institutions that cared for them and training students seeking careers in health care.

Wade died on Feb. 16 at her home on St. John. She was 79 years old.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Judi Shimel
📸: Aldria Wade lived a life of preserving the health of others. (Submitted photo)
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Pity poor, long-suffering marron bacora, a.k.a. Solanum conocarpum.

Legends tell of ancient ancestors that reigned over the St. John landscape and filled its hillsides with lavender blossoms that transformed into teardrop-shaped fruits and ripened from green to golden yellow under the tropical sun.

Today a handful of descendants can be found clinging to life in the island’s dry, eastern regions.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: The flowering marron bacora graces few areas on St. John (Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website)
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A lesser-known yoga form, the Kemetic practice from ancient Egypt, was revitalized in the 1970s and is becoming more popular around the world, including a chapter on St. Croix that practices three times a week on a west end beach.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Darshania Domingo, left, leads the class in a Kemetic posture. (Photo by Mirahl Vera Lu Johnson-Verini)
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Many Virgin Islanders know metal artist Mike Walsh for his 17-foot-tall aluminum sculpture, the Middle Passage Monument, on the lawn at St. Croix Educational Complex. He has now gained international viewers of his works in the quarterly Artist Talk magazine, published in Great Britain.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
📸: Mike Walsh stands with a just-completed metal sculpture. (Photo provided by Mike Walsh)
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If you want to be good at something, you have to become obsessed with it.

That was a lesson DeJongh “Dee” Wells learned from his grandmother, Ellen Pickering, and he has never regretted taking it to heart.

DeJongh (pronounced “Dijon,” like the mustard), grew up on St. John pursuing his passions without knowing how to monetize them; ultimately his steadfastness earned him recognition from the city that has become a second home: Worcester, Massachusetts.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: DeJongh Dee Wells (Photo by Robin Lubbock)
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81C is honored to announce a full-scale gallery show of fine art photography, with an exhibition celebration event taking place on Sat., Feb. 20, from 7 p.m. to midnight at its downtown location on Strand Gade in historic Charlotte Amalie. The featured exhibition showcases a contemporary collection of images, printed on metal, by photographer Jared Shomo. The show is entitled “Virgin Islands Infrared – Photography by Jared Shomo."
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For event details visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Press release
📸: Infrared photography by Jared Shomo (Image courtesy of Jared Shomo)
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Louis E. Brown Villa senior residents felt the love of local businesses and volunteers at the Valentine’s Day “Love Your Neighbor Luncheon” Sunday afternoon.

Senior Villa Community Outreach Coordinator Diane Hampton developed the idea for the luncheon that brought together 40 senior residents in a masked, socially distanced afternoon of neighborly camaraderie and fun. And she organized it from afar.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photo by Elisa McKay
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This is part 1 of a 4-part serialization of the first chapter of a book being written by Shaun A. Pennington about the historical and modern-day consequences of sugar that have plagued Virgin Islanders and Americans for 400 years. The excerpts – which have been edited for purposes of this Black history series – paint a grim picture of the ties between slavery’s horrific place in Black history in the Virgin Islands, Caribbean and United States and the nature of the substance that secured slavery as an institution and whose side effects people of color often suffer disproportionately from to this day.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Shaun Pennington
📸: Photo by Shaun Pennington
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Valentine’s Day is Sunday, Feb. 14, and at Forever Flowers proprietor Gigi Quetel, her daughter Christina and daughter-in-law Natasha have created a sparkling wonderland of themed gifts, flavorful treats and floral delights.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Teddi Davis
📸: Photo by Teddi Davis
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When visitors step into artist Katia Moltisanti’s new gallery in Cruz Bay, she wants them to feel the vibrations of the colors in her paintings.

“Each color has a vibration,” she said. “Yellow has the vibration of hope and spontaneity. Blue is for calm. Orange is for vitality and happiness. Green is for new beginnings. When we’re in a colorful place, we feel those vibrations.”
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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Eight-year-old Jadriel Yomar John has a passion for fishing and wants to inspire other children to join his YouTube channel. With over 31,000 views on one of his videos, his page, “JJ Fishing Adventures,” takes children along on his aquatic adventures.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Photo submitted by Zolymar Garcia
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The groundbreaking actress Cicely Tyson died last week at the age of 96. She became known for her acting portrayal of strong African American women. Her parents were immigrants from the island Nevis in the West Indies.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Open forum by Winston Nugent
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White-cheeked pintail ducks (Anas bahamensis) are year-round residents in the Virgin Islands. Given the climate, they can mate pretty much any time, as long as there is enough food and water. Other ducks, like blue-winged teals, are migratory – they come down for the winter season, then move north again to breed.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: Photo by Gail Karlsson
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