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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Court Administrator: Jury Duty, ‘a Fundamental Obligation We Share as Citizens’

Serving as a juror is an important civic and community duty, as well as a privilege and responsibility, according to Glendia B. Caines, Court Services administrator for the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Racism is Defined by Experience: Chapter 10

The following stories are part of a series highlighting experiences with racism on the U.S. mainland and elsewhere.

Alexander Hamilton’s Mother is Buried Here

Most people know about founding father Alexander Hamilton’s ties to St. Croix before he went north to help create the United States, but may not be aware that his mother Rachel Faucett Lavien is still on the island, buried in an unmarked grave.

Wayne Adams: In Death and In Life, One in a Million

A few days after St. Thomas writer, historian and entertainer Wayne Adams died from the novel coronavirus, the loss of life to the same disease was approaching one million people worldwide since March.

Attorneys Will Use Mobile Justice Units for Legal Services

The Legal Services of the Virgin Islands Inc. now can visit remote areas to help people without transportation deal with their legal needs, even when the internet and power grid are down.

Insurance Agreements Not Ratified, Dozens of Bills Forwarded to Governor

The renewal of health insurance agreements for government employees was not ratified during Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole hearing, because Senate President Novelle Francis Jr. said they would like to have further discussion, even though the lawmakers are unable to negotiate rates.

Bordeaux Mountain Property Owner Seeks Commercial Zoning

The future of a small, teardrop-shaped lot across from Bordeaux Mountain Road on St. John was the subject of a virtual public zoning meeting held Tuesday afternoon by the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.
The Research and Technology Park on UVI's St. Croix campus(File photo)

RTPark Announces Platform for V.I. Tech Job Seekers

The V.I. Research and Technology Park held a webinar on Monday to launch a web platform to help tech companies and future local tech employees connect. The platform, called VISTA+, is expected to go live in November.
Voters fill in their ballots at the Gladys Abraham Elementary School Polling site inside UVI's Sports and Fitness Center.

Getting to Know the Senate Candidates

The V.I. Source is asking every senatorial candidate 10 questions, to fairly give every candidate an opportunity to tell our readers about themselves and where they stand on some of the most important issues of the day.

Homicide is Calculable and Curable: Part I

The Source launches a series on a proven strategy deployed in communities across the globe to reduce violence and save substantial numbers of community members from prison, death and grievous loss of loved ones.
VIPD patrol car. (Linda Morland photo)

Suspect Tells Police Stolen Health Cars Were Needed in Job Search

A 25-year-old St. Croix man made an appearance before a magistrate judge in Superior Court on Monday, following his arrest on Friday for allegedly taking two Health Department vehicles without permission.

Wide-Ranging News Conference Pays Tribute to ‘Facts Man’ Adams

The governor’s weekly news conference started on a solemn note Monday as tribute was paid to Wayne “Facts Man” Adams, 57, of St. Thomas, a local historian and candidate for Senate in the upcoming general election, who died on Sunday.

Radio Host Sealey: ‘I Knew I Was Shot’

What was supposed to be a weekend business trip to St. Thomas ended up being a near-death experience for Christopher Sealey.

USVIEDA Board Appoints Wayne L. Biggs Jr. New CEO

Biggs will be responsible for leading the team in aiding the V.I. Government in growing the USVI economy through the creation of opportunities for business investment and job creation.

Virgin Islands – Puerto Rico Friendship Committee: ‘56 years – Cultivating the Unity of Our Cultures’

The VI-PR Committee plans to air live stream video of the events to give residents and friends near and afar an opportunity to be a part of the celebration.

Letter to the Editor: Slapping and Humiliation Damage Children

Barbara Birt offers an alternative vision of what teaching and working with children can be in contrast to Virgin Islands schools where corporal punishment is legal.

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.

UVI Welcomes New Athletic Director

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will welcome Jerel Drew, Ph.D., to the helm of the university’s athletics department next month.

UVI Mourns the Loss of Baseball Legend Horace Clarke

“On behalf of the UVI community, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Horace Clarke, a man who is dearly loved and revered in the Virgin Islands and recognized by baseball fans across the United States,” said UVI President David Hall.

Virgin Islands – Puerto Rico Friendship Committee: ‘56 years – Cultivating the Unity of Our Cultures’

The VI-PR Committee plans to air live stream video of the events to give residents and friends near and afar an opportunity to be a part of the celebration.

VI Council on the Arts Leads Celebration of Arts and Humanities Month

This year, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA) will celebrate the month by hosting a month-long schedule of activities to include a Back to School Supply Drive Through, two virtual concerts, and more.

G-Clef Presents Youth Event: USVI Virtual Hip Hop Hackathon Featuring Google Coaches From BreakBeatCode

Young Virgin Islanders are about to get a chance of a lifetime by registering for the first Virgin Islands Hip-Hop event of its kind.

COVID Creativity: Poem for ‘Facts Man’ by DaraMonifah Cooper

When a forest falls / Will we recycle lumber / Or just let it decay?
Alexander Farrelly Criminal Justice Complex (File photo)

Court Administrator: Jury Duty, ‘a Fundamental Obligation We Share as Citizens’

Serving as a juror is an important civic and community duty, as well as a privilege and responsibility, according to Glendia B. Caines, Court Services administrator for the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Earl Maynard Dies at 77

Earl Maynard, also known as “Early,” of Estate La Grande Princess died on Sept. 23.

Samuel A. Harris Dies

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St. Thomas’ Family Resource Center held its annual waterfront gathering Friday evening as part of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, remembering the almost 40 Virgin Islanders who have lost their lives to violence so far this year.
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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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The Virgin Islands Track and Field Federation (VITFF) reports that V.I. marathon runner Eduardo Garcia is running well as he pursues his goal of running in the 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.  He follows the medical and safety protocols carefully and has been able to find a few road races which effectively meet the prevention criteria.
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For full press release visit The Source's website.
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📸: Garcia (R) is on his way to winning Low Country Elite Invitational 5K (Photo from Greenville Track Club-Elite)
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The banning of social functions and gatherings around the country due to COVID-19 concerns has affected everything from sporting events to concerts. So too has it affected educational experiences.

This year, St. Thomas’ celebrated Dollar Fo’ Dollar tour is going the way of many museums and art galleries and will be hosted entirely online.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Nathan Visel
📸: Photo by David Knight Jr.
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #westindies #dollar #celebration #virtual #gallery #museum #history #coalworkers #laborstrike
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The accolades just keep piling up for Kacen Callender – and for good reason.

At 30, this young author has accomplished more than many seasoned writers double their age. Just Wednesday, the New Yorker Magazine published an article announcing that Callender’s novel, King and the Dragonflies, is on the longlist for this year’s National Book Award for Young People’s Literature that depicts children making sense of death and the afterlife.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Ananta Pancham
📸: Photo Submitted
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#visource #usvi #STT #STX #STJ #stthomas #stcroix #stjohn #carribean #westindies #reading #goals #beautiful #write #positivity #writer #author #motivational #novel #lovequotes #writerslife #mindset #positivevibes #books #believe #bookstagram
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The night-blooming cereus teases us as it opens in the darkened sky after nightfall – closing by dawn and wilting in the light of day.

Many of these beauties grow in the wild, while other are planted in outdoor tropical gardens and sometimes planted indoors in colder climates. They belong to a large number of ceroid cacti that bloom at night.

Once the flower is fully opened, it emits a light perfume-like fragrance.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photos by Elisa McKay
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If there’s anything that the hurricanes of 2017 and the current COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated, it’s that the U.S. Virgin Islands needs to diversify its economy and become less dependent on tourism.

But how exactly do we do that?

That’s the question that UVI’s Center for Leadership and Learning, more commonly known UVI CELL, is posing to the public in a series of town hall meetings.
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For full article visit the Source's website.
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✏: Article by Amy Roberts
📸: The relatively unspoiled beauty of St. John was cited as an advantage by town hall participants. (Source File Photo)
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The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources deployed new fish aggregating devices (FAD) in the St. Thomas-St. John District on Thursday, Aug. 27 and in the St. Croix District on Friday, Aug. 28, according to Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol. Deployment of the FADs benefits the U.S. Virgin Islands by shifting fishing pressure from heavily fished inshore areas to offshore areas with more abundant populations of pelagic sportfish species such as tuna, dolphin and wahoo.
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For full article visit the Source's website.
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✏: Press Release
📸: Submitted Photo
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The Department of Planning and Natural Resources has launched an application that will let citizens in the U.S. Virgin Islands report to the department anonymously if they see something they think is suspicious or illegal that could harm the environment.

The app can be found and downloaded by searching “USVI DPNR Hotline” in either the Android app store, known as “Google Play,” or the Apple app store for iPhones.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Photo provided by Kristina Edwards
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Both the U.S. Virgin Islands Olympic Committee and the V.I. Housing Finance Authority told senators on Monday about the progress that has been made on building multipurpose sports complexes that would double as storm shelters on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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The Moravian Churches have a unique history in the U.S. Virgin Islands dating back to the early 1700s and are host to the most abundant burial sites on St. Thomas – two intimate church graveyards and two cemeteries.

But to understand anything about these burial sites, the church itself and the first Moravians must be understood.
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For the full article visit The Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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Caneel Bay Resort, located within the Virgin Islands National Park, has been known for its extraordinary beauty since it opened in 1956. Few people, however, know that seven sites within the property have been contaminated over the years by pollutants that are hazardous to creatures on land and in the sea.
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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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Udall Caribbean, a jewelry brand whose products connect consumers to Caribbean heroes and heroines of the past while celebrating the region’s rich culture and heritage, launched an eBoutique on Sept. 9, allowing customers from around the world to shop its selections.

The company was founded by 38-year-old St. Croix native Ephra Graham in December 2019 and derives its name from St. Croix’s Point Udall – the easternmost point in the United States.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photo submitted
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I am sure I am one of many that have had this experience. Yet, I believe it is an experience worth sharing for it speaks to the person that Joe Biden is.

In 2004, I was chosen from hundreds of nationwide applicants to join AARP’s national board for six years. This thrust forward allowed me to bring the interests and needs of Virgin Islanders into the spotlight of one of America’s largest nonpartisan premier advocacy organizations – AARP.  However, little did I know, I would have a very special moment with Joe Biden.
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For the the full letter to the editor visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Letter to the Editor by Cora Christian MD
📸: Photo Cora Christian MD with Vice President Joe Biden
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“You’ve got your certificate of occupancy.”

These words are guaranteed to gladden the heart of anyone involved in a construction project in the Virgin Islands.

On Tuesday, Bob Malacarne, president of the board of St. John Rescue, heard those welcome words spoken by Marvin Vaughan, the construction manager for the V.I. Housing Finance Authority.
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For the 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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The St. Thomas Historical Trust has received a $20,000 grant through the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to be used for teaching the art of furniture caning out of the Historical Trust’s museum, in the heart of Charlotte Amalie.

Historical Trust President Pamela Montegut said West Indies furniture rivals anything that came out of Europe and much of the exquisite furniture was caned, a weaving technique that became popular in the territory.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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Over the last eight years, David Payne’s family has commissioned four signs, all of which have stood outside his sister’s house on Beltjen Road, calling for the public to report any details about his murder to Crime Stoppers.

The first three were torn down. Last week, the fourth was installed and trimmed with festive balloons in honor of his 38th birthday, which fell on Aug. 30. On Monday, the eighth anniversary of his death, those balloons will be replaced with black ones, representing – according to his mother Blanche Frazier – the darkness in which he was killed.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Ananta Pancham
📸: Photos provided by Blanche Frazier
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These enchanting flowers are designed to attract nocturnal pollinators like fruit bats and hawk moths, not people. But if we are lucky, we get a brief chance to enjoy them before they drop.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Gail Karlsson
📸: Photos by Gail Karlsson
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One summer evening in 2018 when Tralice Bracy was assisting at the West End Music and Art Institute camp at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, she pricked up her ears.

The camp program included jazz performances in the gallery, curated by bass player Mario Thomas and funded by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands.

“I was dumbstruck by the talent that showed up,” Bracy said. “I had lived on St. Croix for nearly 10 years and had never encountered a real jazz scene before.” The interaction between the musicians and the audience fascinated her as much as the music did.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Anne Salafia
📸: Freddie Thomas, on piano, Fred Williams, on bass, Reggie Williams, on alto sax, and Hugh “Fuma” Petersen, on drums, play at a jazz show. (Photo provided by Tralice Bracy)
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