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Students Stress Inclusion, Social Justice and Tolerance as Hebrew Congregation Honors Eight at MLK Awards Ceremony

The universality of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work was not lost on the eight students who spoke to the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas virtually on Friday night about their hopes for steering our community toward a path of tolerance, equitable communication, acceptance, and change.

CEKA Air Traffic Tower Re-Opens, Airport Operating As Normal

Staffing shortages were responsible for the temporary closure of the air traffic control tower at Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas, which reopened Saturday and reported one cancellation, though the airport itself is open and operating as normal.

Senate Committee Passes ‘Responsible Fatherhood’ Bill

Senators and testifiers dialoguing Friday about a responsible fatherhood initiative bill made note of this year's Kids Count Data statistics, which show that 58 percent of children under the age of 18 live in single-parent, female-headed households, compared to the national average of 23 percent.

Spike Postpones Two Agriculture Events: What Event Planners Need to Know

Two of the three remaining major agriculture fairs in the Virgin Islands have postponed their dates based on consideration for the spike in COVID-19 numbers.

Tipping Fees to Help Manage Landfill Expenses, Not Make WMA Self-Sustainable

Tipping fees recently implemented by the V.I. Waste Management Authority will help to manage landfill expenses, among other things, but it won’t help make the agency self-sustainable.

Millions $$ Coming to the Territory, Slow to Get to the Neediest

If you are having trouble paying your rent in the Virgin Islands because of COVID-19-related issues, help is on the way. And if you are lucky, you will get that help before being thrown out of your home.

Zoning Change Sought for Susannaberg Guesthouse Complex

A St. John property owner is seeking a zoning change to allow her to build a multi-unit guesthouse/villa complex on a 2.7-acre parcel in Susannaberg.

Hospitals and Board Prepare for Senate Hearing

Two new leaders for the territory’s two hospitals discussed with the V.I. Government Hospital and Health Care Facilities Territorial Hospital Board information they will present to the 34th Legislature this week in support of annual funding.

Sentencing Set in $120K Yamini Potter Fraud Scheme

A man who admitted swindling a family out of $120,000 by impersonating government officials over the phone is expected to hear his fate in District Court by March.

Climate Assessment Workshop Set for Jan. 19

The Caribbean chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment will host a virtual workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to gather participants’ thoughts on the climate change issues that are most important to the U.S. Caribbean region.

Gowrie Group Extends Health Insurance to Shore-based VIPCA Members

Gowrie’s insurance plan includes worldwide coverage, coverage in the U.S. CIGNA National network, up to $5,000,000 per policy- year limit, and monthly credit cards or EFT payments.

Spike Postpones Two Agriculture Events: What Event Planners Need to Know

Two of the three remaining major agriculture fairs in the Virgin Islands have postponed their dates based on consideration for the spike in COVID-19 numbers.

This Week’s Senate Calendar: January 17 – 21

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

The Virtue of the Week: Excellence

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.

Diara’s Basketball Love Story

Diara Parsons was in the sixth grade when she tried it and fell head over heels for the game of basketball. She was one of 18 girls that signed up for the Antilles School elementary girls' basketball team that year. Diara played on the Red Team, one of the school's two elementary girl teams. Her team didn't win the championship, but she was hooked.

Students Stress Inclusion, Social Justice and Tolerance as Hebrew Congregation Honors Eight at MLK Awards Ceremony

The universality of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work was not lost on the eight students who spoke to the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas virtually on Friday night about their hopes for steering our community toward a path of tolerance, equitable communication, acceptance, and change.

Climate Assessment Workshop Set for Jan. 19

The Caribbean chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment will host a virtual workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to gather participants’ thoughts on the climate change issues that are most important to the U.S. Caribbean region.

Albert A. Harrison Sr. Dies at 84

Albert A. Harrison Sr. of Estate La Grange, Frederiksted, died on Sunday, Jan. 2.

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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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