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Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, December 10, 2022

Online Petition Seeks To Protect Beeston Hill

A petition seeking to block a proposed strip mall in nearly 16 acres of virgin St. Croix green space has quickly gathered support. 

Public and Private Interests Clash at the Coastline

When it comes to the Virgin Islands' shoreline, there’s a narrow path between public access and private property rights.

North Carolina Car Ferry Bound For USVI

A ferry that ran coastal routes in North Carolina for close to three decades is likely headed to the St. Thomas-St. John crossing. Stanley Hedrington, owner of St. John-based Global Marine, bought the 144-foot car ferry Thomas A. Baum at auction in October, said Tim Hass of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s ferry division. 

On Sunday: Christmas Spoken Here – A Crucian Christmas Shopping Tradition

The St. George Village Botanical Garden will be full of Christmas delights on Sunday, including music, food, arts and crafts booths and, of course, Santa. 

Red Kettle Donations Matched on Dec. 9

On Dec. 9, all donations made to the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign will be matched for double the impact this holiday season. Both districts will be participating, with Red Kettles posted at all Cost-U-Less, Kmart, and the Market locations, while St. Thomas also adds Walgreens and Price Smart.

V.I. Author Connects Caribbean History and Fantasy In New Novel

In her new novel, V.I. author Melissa Fredericks tells the tale of what happens when one frustrated teacher invites students to explore an underwater observatory at her home, eventually discovering mermaids living in the Caribbean waters.

Coastal Flood Advisory Issued for Areas of Puerto Rico, the USVI

The National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has issued a “High Surf Warning” and a “Coastal Flood Advisory” for portions of northern Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A Relatively Rare December Tropical System May Develop in the Atlantic This Week

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is monitoring a strong weather system that has a chance of developing into a relatively rare December tropical or subtropical storm. The system has been designated as “Invest 99L,” and it is currently located in the central Atlantic.

Artistic Duo Create, Collaborate and Build Community

Amy Gibbs is a classically trained artist and the owner of the Art Explorium at Tillett Gardens. Megan Lyn is entirely self-taught and the creative force behind numerous murals around the island. Together, they are working to bring art alive on St. Thomas.

DOH Behavioral Health, Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Office Relocates on St. Croix

Services available at the Golden Rock location include outpatient clinic services, individual therapy, group therapy, clubhouse, and substance prevention and intervention services.

VIPD Hosts Safety Seat Donation Drive

As the Christmas-New Year’s festivities approach, local public safety messages offer drivers safety tips. But this season, there’s a new safe driving message that evokes the holiday spirit of giving.

GERS to Close Offices for Staff Training and Employee Appreciation Day

The GERS will continue to provide services via email and online.

CHTA Confirms New Vice Presidents for 2022-2024

“It is the intention of the CHTA executives in 2023 to forge new partnerships towards tackling the climate crisis, leveraging technology and shepherding more Caribbean entrepreneurs along the path towards sustainable wealth creation across the region.”

DOH Behavioral Health, Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Office Relocates on St. Croix

Services available at the Golden Rock location include outpatient clinic services, individual therapy, group therapy, clubhouse, and substance prevention and intervention services.

GERS to Close Offices for Staff Training and Employee Appreciation Day

The GERS will continue to provide services via email and online.

VIPD Hosts Safety Seat Donation Drive

As the Christmas-New Year’s festivities approach, local public safety messages offer drivers safety tips. But this season, there’s a new safe driving message that evokes the holiday spirit of giving.

Virtue of the Week – Purity

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.

VITF Schedules Reindeer Run Half-Marathon and a 5K for Sunday, Dec. 11

the Virgin Islands Triathlon Federation (VITF) will host a half-marathon race at Cane Bay Beach, which will also include a 5K division. 

Calico Cat Company at CCT to Present Two Christmas Plays on Dec. 11

The Caribbean Community Theatre will present a musical and a short play at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11, featuring the students of The Calico Cat Company, CCT’s after-school theater program for children.

DOH Behavioral Health, Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Office Relocates on St. Croix

Services available at the Golden Rock location include outpatient clinic services, individual therapy, group therapy, clubhouse, and substance prevention and intervention services.

José Angel Laboy Dies

José Angel Laboy died on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

The St. George Village Botanical Garden will be full of Christmas delights on Sunday, including music, food, arts and crafts booths and, of course, Santa.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/08/on-sunday-christmas-spoken-here-a-crucian-christmas-shopping-tradition/

📸: Santa, his elf and the Grinch were seen recently checking the accommodations for meeting children and parents at the St. George Village Botanical Garden on Sunday. (Photo curtesy of SGVBG)
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Hospital board members were updated on all territorial building projects Wednesday, where several measures were also approved in executive session.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/08/hospital-board-spotlights-progress-in-capital-projects-and-construction/

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As two bells rang merrily outside of Cost-U-Less on St. Thomas, a woman stopped and noticed. She saw the familiar Red Kettle hanging from The Salvation Army sign, and made a cash donation. She received many thank you’s from Salvation Army Captain Raul Rivera and his wife, Wanda.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/12/08/336132/

📸: The Salvation Army Captain Raul Rivera and Regional Coordinator Captain Wanda Rivera collecting donations at Cost-U-Less on St. Thomas (Photo by Alli Bourne-Vanneck)
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A ferry that ran coastal routes in North Carolina for close to three decades is likely headed to the St. Thomas-St. John crossing.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/12/08/north-carolina-car-ferry-bound-for-usvi/

📸: The Thomas A. Baum has been sold to a Virgin Islander and is likely headed to the territory. (Photo courtesy North Carolina Department of Transportation)
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Since 2016, R.E.A.L. (Rescue Educate Adopt Love) Cruzan Cats has been rescuing and finding homes for cats and kittens, one at a time. This year, they launched a spay/neuter clinic and are in the process of creating a sanctuary east of Gallows Bay on St. Croix for homeless felines.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/07/rescue-plans-a-cat-sanctuary/

📸: Volunteers for R.E.A.L. Cruzan Cats after the first spay/neuter clinic. Top row left to right: Christine Southworth, Nancy Dash, Dori Puracchio, Rasa Glengary, Heather Drake; bottom row left to right Lea Knapik, Pam Moody, Asha Colianni, Sue Brown, Dee Ullrich, Dr. Michelle Mehalick. This is about a third of the volunteers. (Photo courtesy of R.E.A.L. Cruzan Cats)
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Officials at the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority defended an upcoming holiday party Wednesday, saying employees deserved recognition.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/07/wapa-head-defends-holiday-party/

📸: WAPA executives said improving employee morale would translate to better service for Virgin Islands customers. (Source file photo)
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Funding for an emergency service that provides care for the elderly and disabled recently sought approval from the 34th Legislature Finance Committee. Testifiers appearing at a hearing held Friday said the Emergency Mobile Integrated Health Care Program began on St. Croix after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

🗞️: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/06/innovative-health-care-program-seeks-emergency-funding-at-senate-hearing/

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The fourth annual Limpricht Park Tree Lighting hosted by the Crucian Cultural Group will take place on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. The virtual program will stream live on WTJX, PBS Channel 12, as well as on the CCG Facebook page.

Read more 🗞️: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/06/ah-glow-in-deh-park-to-light-up-limpricht-park-friday/

📸: Completed in 2021, “Working for the Children to Make a Difference” decor by the Eddie Ortiz Annual Three Kings Tradition, Inc. at the entrance to Limpricht Park gives a taste of the upcoming tree lighting and public display. (Source file photo by Linda Morland)
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The Rotary Club of St. Thomas has planted its first peace pole at the Boys and Girls Club at the Oswald Harris Court housing community on St. Thomas. The pole was designed and painted by Boys and Girls Club members ages 4 to 10, according to member Kelecia Francis.

🗞️: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/12/06/rotary-club-of-st-thomas-plants-first-peace-pole-with-help-from-boys-and-girls-club/

📸: Boys & Girls Club Director Jackie Brown, from left, All Saints Cathedral Church Dean Sandye Wilson, Rotary Club of St. Thomas Past President Ben Kraft, and Past President Kanta Vasandmalani. (Submitted photo)
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The Water and Power Authority’s Richmond Estate generating plant on St. Croix could get $53 million in CDBG-DR funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve the plant’s efficiency and reliability.

🗞️: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/12/06/grant-sought-to-improve-wapa-efficiency/

📸: The V.I. Water and Power Authority generating plant on St. Croix. (Source file photo)
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Experts on cybersecurity often remind parents to monitor their children’s online activity. One St. Thomas mother recently did just that. As a result, a man described as a family friend is being held in jail on $100,000 bail.

🗞️: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/12/06/police-charge-womans-ex-boyfriend-with-aggravated-rape/

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More than a dozen people stood excitedly in the V.I. Children’s Museum surrounding a large check. The check was from the King of the Wing competition held this year in June at Magens Bay. It was a fundraiser for the V.I. Children’s Museum and raised $105,281.40. Major sponsors of the 2022 King of the Wing Competition included Alpine Securities, White Bay Group, and the V.I. Department of Tourism.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/12/06/v-i-childrens-museum-receives-big-check-from-king-of-the-wing-2022/

📸: Celebrating money raised for the V.I. Children’s Museum, from left, are V.I. Children’s Museum Executive Director Chantel Hoheb, Alpine Securities Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations Vernon Araujo, Andrew Park of Alpine Securities and Alpine Securities Operations Manager Catherine Bryan, and V.I. Children’s Museum Programs Director and Curator Amber McCammon; (Source photo by Alli Bourne-Vanneck)
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Beachgoers at Magens Bay on the north side of St. Thomas are being greeted this week by sunshine, powdery beaches, warm water, and, unfortunately, a large amount of sargassum seaweed.

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📸: Sargassum on the shores of Magens Bay.
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Presented by the Crucian Cultural Group, the 3rd Annual “Culture, Heritage & Tradition” Mobile Lantern Motorcade did not disappoint. The motorcade began in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. It was so well received that it has continued to help the Christmas Season off to a wonderful start on St. Croix.

Watch 🎥 (#LinkInBio): https://youtu.be/eNrqyWWOFps

Read more (#LinkInBio): https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/04/crucian-lights-and-sparkle-on-deh-streets-mobile-lantern-motorcade-spreads-christmas-cheer-on-st-croix/

📸: Cars decorated in Christmas lights during motorcade.
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A recent order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calling for the safe clean-up of the St. Croix oil refinery was met Monday with support from V.I. officials, who said it was a pathway to moving the re-opening of the facility forward.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/05/plaskett-bryan-support-epa-order-for-refinery-cleanup/

📸: Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation, as seen from a residential community. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
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Owners of the St. Croix oil refinery must hire experts to safely remove dangerous chemicals stored at the plant and remedy systemic shortfalls that made keeping the materials unsafe, the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/05/epa-orders-refinery-cleanup/

📸: The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation to remove toxic chemicals from St. Croix’s refinery. (Source file photo)

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“Resources for Resilient Farms,” a new farmer-support program, will aim to assist farmers with applying for USDA funding, the Virgin Islands Good Food Coalition and national partner, Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA, announced Monday.

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/05/vi-good-food-coalition-launches-new-program-to-help-v-i-farmers-apply-for-usda-nrcs-funding/

📸: Locally grown foods for sale by Sejah Farm greet shoppers at the 50th AgriFest in May on St. Croix. (Source file photo by Shanell Petersen)
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Data generated through the V.I. Office of Highway Safety’s (VIOHS) annual Observational Seat Belt Use Survey indicate that Virgin Islands motorists and their front-seat passengers are failing to wear seat belts consistently.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/12/04/v-i-seat-belt-compliance-takes-a-downward-trend/

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Two males were shot Sunday on St.Thomas and one of the victims has died, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Read more: https://stthomassource.com/content/2022/12/04/two-males-shot-on-st-thomas-leaving-one-dead/

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A strong northeasterly swell will continue to impact the local waters today, bringing hazardous conditions to the local waters through the first half of this week. Wave heights could potentially reach over 10 feet in some areas.

📸: A strong northeasterly swell will continue to impact the local waters today, bringing hazardous conditions to the local waters through the first half of this week. Wave heights could potentially reach over 10 feet in some areas.

Watch 🎥: https://youtu.be/ZCNLEavt9Vs

Read more: https://stcroixsource.com/2022/12/04/strong-swell-continues-to-impact-local-waters-hazardous-marine-conditions-expected-through-the-first-half-of-the-week/
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