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Thursday, October 6, 2022

Police Arrest 5 In 3 Incidents

Police arrested five people Thursday for alleged involvement in three different criminal incidents.

Local Author’s New Book is Available at Undercover Books

St. Croix author, Apple Gidley’s fourth book, “Have You Eaten Rice Today” is a novel that takes place in Malaysia during the 1940s and 1950s when a guerrilla war called an “emergency” was tearing apart the country and its cultures.

Public Reminded of Elections System Voter Registration Deadline Extended Hours

The Elections System offices will provide extended voter registration hours effective Wednesday, Oct. 5, to Sunday, Oct. 9. Fees for lost or stolen Voter ID cards will be waived.

Board of Elections to Conduct Testing of Voting Machines

The testing will commence at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, at the Elections System of the Virgin Islands offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Elections System Explains How Students Can Be Eligible to Register to Vote

The last day of voter registration to participate in the 2022 General Election is Sunday, Oct. 9.

Elections System to Hold Voter Registration Expo on Saturday, October 1

The expo has been expanded to include the island of St. John and will offer a larger number of vendors from the private and public sector, guest speakers and student participation.

Contentious Mafolie Plan Seeks Zoning Change

The would-be developer of a gift shop and scenic lookout on St. Thomas will present his case for a zoning change, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

CZM Approves Plans for Head Start on St. John

The St. John Committee of Coastal Zone Management approved plans on Thursday, Sept. 29 to rebuild the Head Start Center in Cruz Bay, paving the way for up to 20 St. John families to help their preschoolers get ready to attend kindergarten.

FYR is LIT Poster Campaign Giving Students a Voice in Election Process

With the territory in the midst of an election season, one local organization is launching a poster contest that gives students the chance to creatively engage in the discussion.

Scientists Spot Strange Deep-Sea Urchin Gathering Off St. Croix

Scientists witnessed something deeply weird nearly 1,400 feet under the sea off St. Croix’s southwest coast — and they’re giddy about it.

Prosecutors Processing 61 Gigabytes Of Evidence In Accused Coach Case

Prosecutors have asked a judge to delay the child rape and pornography trial of a high school sports coach as investigators comb through 61 gigabytes of evidence retrieved from social media and the accused’s cellphones.

Alternative Cover System Adopted for V.I. Landfills

Promoters of a landfill management system won approval from the Waste Management Authority board on Tuesday. Based on reports given by agency staffers to board members at the meeting, the system has shown promise in a trial run on St. Croix.

Look Out for Land Crabs

Many people don’t ever see the land crabs in the Virgin Islands because these crustaceans live in the mangrove wetlands and mostly come out at night. The large blue kind (Cardisoma guanhumi) look a bit ghostly and can grow to about 5 or 6 inches across their backs. They have one large claw and one smaller, thinner one. And their eyes stand up on stalks.

Long-Term Recovery Groups Still Active in U.S. Virgin Islands

Long-term recovery groups are responsible for helping address the unmet needs of eligible disaster survivors after they have maximized state and federal funds available to them.

Police Arrest 5 In 3 Incidents

Police arrested five people Thursday for alleged involvement in three different criminal incidents.

Judge Weighing Dismissal Of Payne’s Senate Suit

A Superior Court judge in St. Thomas is weighing the merit of a suit from former Senator Steven Payne, who has claimed he was improperly expelled by the 34th Legislature.

40th Caribbean Travel Marketplace Gets Off to Great Start in Puerto Rico

More than 700 delegates have attended this year’s Marketplace, with representation from about 25 buyer countries.

Judge Weighing Dismissal Of Payne’s Senate Suit

A Superior Court judge in St. Thomas is weighing the merit of a suit from former Senator Steven Payne, who has claimed he was improperly expelled by the 34th Legislature.

Police Arrest 5 In 3 Incidents

Police arrested five people Thursday for alleged involvement in three different criminal incidents.

Op-Ed: VI Board of Education Is Committed to Safe School Campuses

“The members of the V.I. Board of Education stand in support of the V.I. Department of Education (VIDE), the families, teachers and students who demand safer and healthier school campuses territory-wide.”

Stephen Swanton and Esther Ellis Win First Triathlon of the Season

Rough seas, hot sun, and the North Shore breeze did not deter 14 brave individual athletes and four relay teams from participating in the 18th Annual Wall-2-Wall Sprint Triathlon and Try-a-Tri on Sunday, Sept. 25 on St. Croix.

The St. Thomas Historical Trust Shares Ways to Celebrate Family History Month

This is a time to reflect on one’s roots and celebrate our family history, stories and identities.

The St. Thomas Historical Trust Shares Ways to Celebrate Family History Month

This is a time to reflect on one’s roots and celebrate our family history, stories and identities.

Jamila Alvina Joseph-Oquendo Dies at 35

Jamila Alvina Joseph-Oquendo, 35, of Old Donoe passed away in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 3, from her battle with cancer.

The V.I. Education Department announced Wednesday that it has launched an anonymous helpline where students, employees, and the public can report concerns about student safety or department misconduct securely and confidentially.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/05/education-department-launches-independent-helpline-to-report-problems/
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A St. Thomas man was found guilty of murder, the V.I. Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday.

Russell Moolenaar, 39, was found guilty of murder after a three-day trial in St. Thomas Superior Court in the shooting death of 23-year-old Bariki George on March 19, 2019, said Attorney General Denise George in a news release.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/04/st-thomas-man-found-guilty-of-murder/
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Nellon Bowry has resigned as chair of the Government Employees’ Retirement System Board of Trustees because of a large raise given to Austin Nibbs, the GERS administrator and CEO.

Read full story: ohttps://stcroixsource.com/2022/10/04/bowry-steps-down-protesting-nibbs-raise/

📸:Nellon Bowry said Tuesday he would remain an active member of the GERS Board but could no longer serve as its chair. (Image from Zoom meeting)

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Promoters of a landfill management system won approval from the Waste Management Authority board on Tuesday. Based on reports given by agency staffers to board members at the meeting, the system has shown promise in a trial run on St. Croix.

Read full story: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/10/04/alternative-cover-system-adopted-for-v-i-landfills/

📸: Officials check out a foam cover system approved for V.I. landfills (Submitted photo)
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Four St. John businesses are showing their appreciation to St. John law enforcement officers and first responders by offering them a free cup of coffee during the businesses’ regular hours of operations on Monday, Oct. 10.

Read full story here: https://stjohnsource.com/2022/10/04/free-cup-of-coffee-offered-to-stj-public-safety-officers/

📸: St. John police officers answer questions from students during a summer camp youth fair in May 2017. (Photo by Amy H. Roberts)
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Prosecutors have asked a judge to delay the child rape and pornography trial of a high school sports coach as investigators comb through 61 gigabytes of evidence retrieved from social media and the accused’s cellphones.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/04/prosecutors-processing-61-gigabytes-of-evidence-in-accused-coach-case/
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The Virgin Islands Children's Museum will be hosting game nights specifically for teenagers and their adult caregivers. "Teen Time" will be a safe, in-person learning opportunity designed to support the students’ social, emotional, mental health and academic needs. This is a great space for families to Explore, Play and Discover together!

Get more details here: https://www.vichildrensmuseum.org/teentime
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The sounds of drums and song filled the air Saturday in downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, at the 17th annual commemoration of the Coal Workers’ Strike of 1892.

Read full story here: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/04/dancing-drums-stories-and-song-commemorate-1892-coal-workers-strike/

📸: Drummers Earl “Jahbo” Demming, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, Andre Malone, and Malachi Thomas perform as part of the commemoration of the Coal Workers’ Strike of 1892. (Conch Shell Media, LLC photo)
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The weekly Government House Press Briefing is transitioning into general government news as well as updates on COVID-19 as the virus morphs from a pandemic to the endemic stage.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/04/covid-cases-drops-dramatically/

📸: Daryl Jaschen, director of the @readyusvi VITEMA, talks about potential weather events Monday. (FB screenshot)
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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. apologized Monday for a song performed at a recent campaign rally that maligned a political rival for her sexual orientation.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/04/bryan-apologizes-for-actions-of-others-in-slur-video/

📸: Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said he did not condone a homophobic chant at a recent campaign rally. (Screenshot of live feed)
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Many people don’t ever see the land crabs in the Virgin Islands because these crustaceans live in the mangrove wetlands and mostly come out at night. The large blue kind (Cardisoma guanhumi) look a bit ghostly and can grow to about 5 or 6 inches across their backs. They have one large claw and one smaller, thinner one. And their eyes stand up on stalks.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/01/look-out-for-land-crabs/

📸: A large blue land crab will act aggressive when it feels threatened. (Photo Gail Karlsson)
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Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the division of Coastal Zone Management is celebrating Coast-weeks International Coastal Cleanup, also known as COASTWEEKS.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/02/dpnr-celebrates-coastweeks-with-beach-cleanup/

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The new Vendors Plaza kiosks are heading to St. Thomas, according to Licensing and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Richard Evangelista.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/02/new-vendors-plaza-kiosks-head-to-st-thomas/

📸: The first set of kiosks is loaded onto a transport trailer in Dallas, Texas. (DLCA photo)
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Rough seas, hot sun, nor the North Shore breeze did not detour 14 brave individual athletes and four relay teams from participating in the 18th Annual Wall-2-Wall Sprint Triathlon and Try-a-Tri on Sunday, Sept. 25 on St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands.

Full story here: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/10/01/stephen-swanton-and-esther-ellis-win-first-triathlon-of-the-season/

📸: Jerry Remie competes in the cycling segment for his relay team in the Wall-2-Wall Sprint Triathlon. (Submitted Photo)
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A man on St. Thomas lost control of his motorcycle and struck an object Saturday, leading to his death, police say.

Full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/10/01/motorcycle-driver-dies-in-collision-on-st-thomas/
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The Department of Planning and Natural Resources is expecting to hold a public hearing in Coral Bay in mid-October to get a public response to its draft of the Round Bay User Management Plan.

Read full story: https://stjohnsource.com/2022/09/30/public-invited-to-weigh-in-on-round-bay-user-management-plan/

📸: Boats anchor near the Round Bay shoreline in April 2021. (Photo provided by Friends of Round Bay)
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The long-awaited temporary replacement for St. Croix’s hospital could open in November — nearly three years behind schedule, hospital officials told the Senate Friday.

Read full story: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/09/30/temporary-luis-hospital-replacement-may-open-in-november/

📸: An aerial view of the Juan F. Luis North temporary facility (red roofs) adjacent to the current hospital, slated for demolition. (Photo: Screenshot of Senate live stream)
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Crucian native Angela Golden Bryan authored two books selected for the 22nd Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, with support from the Department of Tourism, represented the U.S. Virgin Islands as a territory affiliate at the Sept. 3 event.

🎥 (Interview by Elisa McKay): https://youtu.be/KS_aa8rfkQc

📰: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/10/01/fireburn-books-by-crucian-author-selected-for-dc-national-book-festival/

📸: Washington D.C. Diaspora Gathering (Photo Credit: MJ Garcia)
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On the third and final day of Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s Workforce Development Summit, the chief executive appealed to Virgin Islanders living abroad in Florida. Bryan called on those affected by the recent passage of catastrophic Hurricane Ian to seek better days on their native soil.

📸: Gov. Bryan appealed to expatriate Virgin Islanders affected by Florida’s Hurricane Ian. (Photo by Judi Shimel)

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/09/30/bryan-to-virgin-islanders-in-ians-wake-come-home/
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Redevelopment of apartment buildings in Estate Donoe is at least a year behind schedule, and no one is sure when stalled work will resume, said Robert Graham, executive director of the Virgin Islands Housing Authority.

Read full story: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/09/30/donoe-housing-a-full-year-behind-schedule/

📸: Renderings show what the first phase of the new Estate Donoe apartment community might look like. (Drawing provided by V.I. Housing Finance Authority)
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