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Sunday, October 17, 2021

HUD Deputy Secretary Promises Support, Collaboration for Housing Development

When Adrianne Todman left St. Thomas for college in 1988, she narrowly missed the touchdown of Hurricane Hugo, the first in a series of what she called the more “iconic” storms that ultimately changed the trajectory of economic development in the V.I.

Historic Preservation Committee Cool to Plans for Cruz Bay Ferry Dock

For years the Virgin Islands Port Authority has stated its intention to upgrade the hurricane-damaged Loredon L. Boynes Sr. ferry dock in Cruz Bay, including the ticketing- and waiting-area structure.

Long-Stalled Paul E. Joseph Stadium to Start Construction Next Week

Plans call for a larger stadium with facilities able to accommodate several sports, and for a permanent venue for the St. Croix Christmas Festival

Boating in the USVI: Tensions Mount in Quiet East End of St. John

St. John has been known as a destination for those seeking peace and quiet, and Round Bay, on the island’s remote East End, has been particularly treasured by boaters seeking an unspoiled anchorage. But things change.

Hazardous Storm Conditions Caused Outages, Flooding on St. Croix

The V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency along with Public Works, police and firefighters VI Department of Public Works, The VI Police Department and VI Fire Services responded Wednesday evening, into the morning to reports of partial flooding taking place in downtown Frederiksted and surrounding areas on St. Croix.

Update: Three More STX COVID-19 Deaths Bring USVI Toll to 78 – Nearly All Among Unvaccinated

The territory’s COVID-19 tragic death toll climbed to 78 on Thursday with the deaths of a 59-year-old woman, a 78-year-old male and a 39-year-old male -- all on St. Croix.

Cruise Ship Carnival Freedom Returns to St. Thomas After More Than a Year

As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s return to guest operations, Carnival Freedom arrived in St. Thomas Wednesday, tying up at the West Indian Company dock for the first time since the industry-wide pause in operations a year and a half ago.

Lawmakers Advance Bill Targeted At Eliminating ‘Ghosts Guns’

“Presently, you can go online and decide how to get a firearm under the radar into the territory. People have legally purchased firearm parts in the United States and then mail them home and reassemble them here in the territory,” bill proposer Sen. Dwayne DeGraff said. “It is not illegal.”

BMV Director Says Only Vehicle Inspections Are Waived, Not Registration

Virgin Islands Bureau of Motor Vehicles Director Barbara Jackson-McIntosh clarified the temporary suspension of vehicle inspections for private vehicles in Gov. Albert Bryan’s latest COVID-19 executive order, during a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Human Services Issues Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfers (P-EBT)

P-EBT is an additional benefit that basically provides food assistance via a card that can be used in participating grocery stores and convenience stores for food items.

UVI to Open Only Procurement Technical Assistance Center at an HBCU

Small businesses in the Virgin Islands will benefit from a full range of services and resources provided by the new Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).

DOH: Special Event Approval Is Required for All Events, Including Halloween

The V.I. Department of Health also reminds the event planner that forms must be filled out entirely, and the entity that owns the property where the event is held must also sign the form. 

Human Services Issues Summer Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfers (P-EBT)

P-EBT is an additional benefit that basically provides food assistance via a card that can be used in participating grocery stores and convenience stores for food items.

Commentary: Let Us Not Take the 1878 Fireburn Lightly in Our History

On Oct. 1, 1878, agricultural laborers on St. Croix protested the fixed wages and harsh living conditions they were forced into on plantation villages in an event that came to be known as the Fireburn.

Virgin Islanders Continue to Run Well in Cross Country on Mainland

The Track and Field Federation (VITFF) will start the Virgin Island’s Cross-Country Season on St. Croix in October. VI Paving and the Department of Agriculture are assisting with the creation of a new cross-country course where the races will be held.

Upcoming Caribbean Magazine Launches Short Story Contest to Run Until 2022

This short story competition is open for all persons of the Caribbean and Central American diaspora. Information on eligibility will be provided this Oct. 15.

DOH: Special Event Approval Is Required for All Events, Including Halloween

The V.I. Department of Health also reminds the event planner that forms must be filled out entirely, and the entity that owns the property where the event is held must also sign the form. 

Yvonne Samuel-Hood Dies at 74

We lost our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Yvonne Samuel-Hood on Saturday, Sept. 25, after 74 years of a life well lived.

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Officials from CREF3 USVI Hotel Owner, Inc., a company owned and managed by Fortress Investment Group, on Tuesday presented plans for the Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort, which the company has scheduled to reopen in November 2022, after it was devastated by the storms of 2017.
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✏: Article by Diana Dias
📸: Frenchman’s Reef, St. Thomas, pictured in Fortress Investment Group’s presentation. (Screenshot from Zoom meeting)
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The bright-billed oystercatchers living in the Caribbean (Haematopus palliatus) generally stay out of sight, mostly sticking to isolated beaches and rocky offshore islands.
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📸: An American Oystercatcher on the south shore of St. John. (Photo by Gail Karlsson)
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An hour before the sun rose on Sept. 2, Sydne Didier slipped into the water from the National Park boat ramp in Cruz Bay. Twelve hours and 47 minutes later, she returned to that spot, having just swum 23 miles around St. John without stopping.

Didier is not the first person to do this, but she is the second, and the first female. In 2016, Jeff Miller, a fisheries biologist with the National Park Service, completed the first nonstop circumnavigation of St. John and still holds the record of 12 hours and 19 minutes.
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📸: A glowstick tucked into Didier’s swim cap helped kayakers in her support team to keep their eye on the swimmer. (Jeff Miller photo)
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Designer Giana Abreu-Christopher has spent the last five years working in collaboration with M.L. Scotland, local photographer and owner of Aesthete Noire, to enhance the fashion status of madras in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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📸: Designer and owner of Designs by Regal Giana Abreu-Christopher describes her clothing as “culture reinvented through fashion.” (Photo by Aesthete Noire)
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Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts invite the community to “Dualidad Antillana: Cuba & Puerto Rico,” an art exhibition opening and an evening of musical entertainment.

Patrons must RSVP and show proof of vaccination to enter the event at the museum on the Strand in downtown Frederiksted. The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
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📸: Curator Wilfred Labiosa near a  silkscreen created in honor of his father, Wilfred Labiosa (Source photo by Elisa McKay)
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Rembrandt Dittrich has 60 days to vacate property on Hassel Island where his father lived and worked for 60 years, V.I. District Court Chief Judge Robert Molloy ruled on Tuesday.

Dittrich, son of the late Manfred Dittrich, a beloved sailmaker who lived on the island from 1956 until his death in June 2016, said the 4.96-acre parcel where his father ran his business and raised his family was now his, claimed under the legal principle of “adverse possession,” and the property should go to his heirs, according to documents filed in the case.
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A “through investigation” by V.I. Justice Department agents has led the department to file criminal charges against Sen. Marvin Blyden for “willfully exposing the public to a contagious disease” after testing positive on Sept. 15 for COVID-19.

The charge is one count of exposure in a public place while infected with a contagious disease, which carries a fine of $200, one-year imprisonment or both.
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📸: Sen. Marvin Blyden speaks during a Senate Committee hearing in June. (Photo by the V.I. Legislature)
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In mid-August, Sean Krigger, director of the V.I. State Historic Preservation Office, got a call he was expecting sooner rather than later.

Human bones had been observed in a trench that was being excavated by contractors working for the V.I. Water and Power Authority on the western tip of the historic district of Cruz Bay on St. John.
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📸: Photo by Amy Roberts
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When you grow up as Nicci Roos did, on a 13-by-3-mile island, you learn to think small, at least in the physical sense.
Perhaps that’s why Roos is able to pack so much into her new storefront, Nicci’s Boutique, housed in an 11-foot by 11-foot by 11-foot peach-colored box on the Yacht Haven Grande waterfront promenade.

It’s overflowing, not only with women’s fashions featuring Fair Trade and local brands, but also with a community spirit offering connection, fitness and fun.
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📸: Nicci Roos positions a rack of summery boho dresses outside her new women’s boutique located in a colorful kiosk next to the Box Bar on the Yacht Haven Grande waterfront. (Source photo by Patricia Borns)
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The man who spent more than a decade helping to celebrate the contributions of outstanding Virgin Islanders through his role as chair of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II’s Person of the Year Award Committee was himself held up over the weekend by hundreds of community members who mourned his passing and described it as a “great loss” for the territory and its continued development.
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📸: Elliott “Mac” Davis joined fellow cyclers in January 2010 for the “I ride with Mac” 50-mile ride on St. Thomas. (Photo provided by Walter ‘Wally’ Bostwick)
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News of the death of Holland Redfield, the six-time U.S. Virgin Islands senator and longtime voice of the V.I airwaves, brought words of sadness and recollections of his service to the territory.

Redfield died Saturday at the age of 78.

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. called Redfield “a dear friend, mentor and pillar of the community” in a statement issued by Government House.
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The West Indian Company welcomed the passengers and crew of the Norwegian Gem at least 30 minutes earlier than anticipated on Wednesday, according to a WICO release.
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📸: Norwegian Gem Captain Kim Karlsson with WICO President Anthony Ottley on Wednesday. (WICO photo)
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In mid-July, a team of divers from several organizations took to the murky waters of Coral Bay harbor to confirm what several local divers have quietly alleged for a long time: the existence of a partially buried ship dating back to the early 1700s that could prove to have great historical significance.
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📸: Divers found a cross at the site of the shipwreck. (Photo by Colin Hanson)
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