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Callers Weigh in on Government’s ‘Vision 2040’ Plan

“Thanks for calling Vision 2040,” was a familiar refrain as Economic Development Authority CEO Wayne Biggs Jr. fielded phone calls and online comments Monday evening during a virtual town hall.

Bryan Asks for Extra COVID Precautions, Calls Special Session

As the territory’s COVID numbers creep up, Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. said extra precautions are necessary to avoid a shutdown, particularly as holiday travel and visitors arriving on the islands increase the threat of infection.

Clema Lewis: V.I. Should Discuss Racism Now

Clema Lewis, executive director of the Women's Coalition of St. Croix, encouraged residents to take part in the remaining three installments of the group's virtual seminars on racism scheduled for December, January and February.

Drive Urges People Around the World to ‘Pledge to be a Veg’ on Wednesday

Chandru “Charlie” Sakhrani, who is spearheading the local Pledge to be Veg day, said on Tuesday that asking people to abstain from meat for one day – Wednesday, Nov. 25 – is an “act of love, compassion and kindness during these troubled times.”

Remembering Ruth Thomas: A Stern but Beloved Principal

Ruth E. Thomas, 94, died Monday after a lengthy illness. On Tuesday family, friends and associates paused to share their memories of an educator, a social commentator and an anchoring presence in an extensive family.

Major Historical Event: Commemorate St. John Slave Revolt of 1733 Online Friday

St. Johnians, Virgin Islanders and everyone interested in the history of enslaved Africans' struggle for freedom can commemorate and learn more about the 1733 slave revolt on St. John online this Friday evening through Zoom or on Facebook.

Senate Panel OKs Resolution Honoring Centennial of CAHS

The Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation and Aging on Monday approved a resolution commemorating the centennial of Charlotte Amalie High School, which first opened its doors in 1920.

Board of Land Use Appeals Delays Ruling on Residence at Maho Bay

After two hours of online discussion, the Board of Land Use Appeals failed to reach a ruling on Thursday concerning the proposed construction of a three-story, single-family home on Maho Bay.

Going Virtual May Increase Awareness of Christmas Festival, Turnbull Says

The pandemic has forced many events from around the world to go virtual, and the 2020-2021 Virtual Crucian Christmas Festival is no different, but Ian Turnbull said the virtual festival will achieve greater recognition than prior years.

UVI’s NABJ Chapter Opens Doors to Student Members

The National Association of Black Journalists welcomed its student chapter at the University of the Virgin Islands in October, opening doors to possible careers in communication, UVI student members said.

Report Highlights Three Years of Putting V.I. Together Again

A report just issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the V.I. Office of Disaster Recovery, touts the progress made so far, while emphasizing there is still a long way to go.

GERS Board Still Looking for Another Member from STX

Austin Nibbs, administrator of the Government Employees’ Retirement System, said Friday he has talked to several Crucians, professionally qualified to sit on the GERS board, but none of them want the job.

Researcher Presents History of STT Harbor to Genealogy Group

Charlotte Amalie harbor, now one of the most popular tourist stops in the Caribbean, was once considered too unhealthy for a stopover in the 19th century, according to researcher Elizabeth Rezende.
Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach announces the relaunch of a territorial Street Naming Initiative during a press conference on St. Thomas. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Roach Convenes Meeting of the Banking Board on Critical Financial Issues

The Banking Board entered orders regarding the use of cryptocurrency in the territory and accepted Firstbank’s report on actions taken to protect customers following a recent cybersecurity event.

VIWMA Addresses Distribution of Waste Haulers’ Vendor Payments

VIWMA has been in constant communication with OMB to ensure that approved invoices for all vendors will be finalized and submitted for payment within the timeframe outlined in Act 8381.

Letter to the Editor: The Next COVID Challenge – Mass Immunization

The Caribbean is now well placed to obtain one or another proven COVID vaccine through the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility. David Jessop writes that recent breakthroughs mean that governments must address rapidly the complex logistical challenge of citizen immunization.

V. I. Basketball Federation Gets Ready for AmeriCup Qualifiers

The Window 2 games of the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup Qualifiers, which will be played in a BUBBLE format in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic..

Terry Top Angler, ‘Miss Lucy’ Top Boat in VI Game Fishing Club’s Wahoo Windup

Terry’s catch was 46-pounds shy of the $10,000 prize offered for the tournament angler who could catch the largest wahoo over 75-pounds.

D’Amour of St. Thomas Finishes 16th in Stage One of Archery Indoor World Series

Archers shot their 60-arrow, 18-meter rounds anywhere in the world over the weekend of Nov. 21-22 to participate in Stage One.

The Reef Hires Kevin Ferris to Be New Golf Superintendent

The Reef Associates Inc. (The Reef) has announced that Kevin Ferris is joining it as its new golf superintendent, effective Monday, Nov. 30. He has had a very large presence in the St. Croix golf scene for several years.

Artist’s Mask Mission Project Featured in Pandemic Art New York Exhibit

St. Croix artist Danica M. David's “Mask Mission” project is presently featured at "Awareness through Conceptual Art and Photography," an online exhibition at X Gallery in New York City.

Government House on the Air in November

Governor Albert Bryan Jr. encourages residents in the community to tune in and call in with questions, ideas or comments.

The Caribbean Writer Announces Volume 34 Prize Winners

The Caribbean Writer truly appreciates the tremendous support of its prize sponsors. It is evident that their generosity is carving new inroads and casting new futures in literacy and literature within the Virgin Islands, the broader Caribbean and regions beyond.

Agriculture and Food Fair Postponed Until May 2021

The rescheduled date for 50th anniversary of Agrifest is Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31, 2021.

VIWMA Addresses Distribution of Waste Haulers’ Vendor Payments

VIWMA has been in constant communication with OMB to ensure that approved invoices for all vendors will be finalized and submitted for payment within the timeframe outlined in Act 8381.

Lary D. Ratliff Esq. Dies in Thailand

Lary D. Ratliff Esq. died Nov. 12, at his home of Koh Chang, Kingdom of Thailand, where he had lived since 2010.

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The bust of King Christian IX that looms over Emancipation Garden may be removed after the Rules and Judiciary Committee advanced legislation to replace the bust with a statue of the Conch Shell Blower..
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
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Last week, the Humane Society of St. Thomas announced the finalists for its Cutest Rescue Pet Calendar contest, which raised $45,857 for local animals in need of homes, medicine, spay and neutering, food and supplies.

Participants sent in photos of their rescued pets which were voted on, and the 12 highest vote-getters won slots in the Humane Society’s 2021 calendar. The top vote-getter, Kym Rapier, will receive a three-night stay at the newly refurbished Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas and an original oil painting of her pet done by Christine O’Keefe.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo submitted by Dellia Hollodenschi
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Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett met Tuesday with officials from the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service and other community players on St. John, discussing among other things the proposed trade of land for the construction of a new school on the island.
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✏: Article by Source Staff
📸: Photo submitted the Delegate to Congress office
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Virgin Islands native Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith will be one of three co-chairs of a newly created coronavirus task force, to be formally announced on Monday by President-elect Joseph Biden.achievements.
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✏: Article by Bernetia Akin
📸: Photo from Yale University School of Medicine website
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JetBlue’s inaugural direct flight from John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City to Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas was met with fanfare and jubilation as it touched down Saturday morning on the island.
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✏: Article by Aidan Brewer
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The Charlotte Amalie High School Alumni Network had planned a series of activities to highlight the school’s centennial, but due to the global health crisis, the network was forced to rethink those plans.

In lieu of the activities, the History subcommittee is taking on the task of chronicling the school’s 100 years of successes and achievements.
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✏: Article by Bethaney Lee
📸: Photo by Bethaney Lee
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March 31, 2021, will have a special meaning to Virgin Islanders living in Houston as it will be the first Houston Virgin Islands Association Day after the organization received a proclamation from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner last week.

March 31, known in the Virgin Islands as Transfer Day, is historically significant because it is the date in 1917 when the Danish West Indies were officially transferred to the United States.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: Photo Photo provided by Carol Sadler-Cuffy
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With Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.’s approval of a zoning change on Lovango Cay last week, the owners of Lovango Cay Holdings, LLP are moving full-steam-ahead to complete the first phase of a development planned for the small island between St. Thomas and St. John.

Mark Snider, one of the owners of the Lovango Resort and Beach Club, was excited to give the Source a peek at the construction now underway on the cay two miles off Cruz Bay.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
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“Sip N Chill,” an all-female mixtape geared toward giving talented artists more of a chance of getting noticed, has been released with a big assist from a pair of musical professionals from the Virgin Islands.
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For the the full article visit the Virgin Islands Source website.
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✏: Article by Kyle Murphy
📸: The 30-track “Sip N Chill” features a song for every mood. The album is available on Mixcloud. (Photo provided by Rich Nice)
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Members of the St. Croix Pony Club celebrated Halloween in an unusual way – not only did they make and wear costumes, but they also decorated their “rides” for a parade around the track located on the edge of the Rain Forest on the west end of the island.
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✏: Article by Susan Ellis
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Art conveying the theme “Love & Change in the Time of Corona” adorns the Virgin Islands lottery tickets that went on sale Friday. The colorful images were submitted and selected as winners in the online student art contest and exhibit.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
📸: Photo from V.I. Lottery
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Leatherback Brewing Company has been given the green light to construct a solar microgrid at its location in the William D. Roebuck Industrial Park on St. Croix, and to open a satellite brewery on St. Thomas.
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✏: Article by Sian Cobb
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The vignettes in Nina York’s new book “Our Danish Connection” were originally published in English as bimonthly contributions to the magazine St. Croix This Week from 2009 through 2019.
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✏: Article by Elisa McKay
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Focus on Danish colonial history has surged over the past couple of years in not only public discourse but also in the country’s educational system. After lying dormant in the public’s consciousness for years, more teachers have begun incorporating aspects of Danish colonialism in their classes and discussing the impacts on both Danish society and former colonies.
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✏: Article by Christian Thaagaard Skov Sørensen
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