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Education Commissioner Racquel Berry-Benjamin heralds the release of the Education Department’s new master plan for facilities during a press conference Monday. (Screen capture)

Education Building ‘Schools of the Future’ Guided by New Master Plan

The Department of Education has released its new facilities master plan, a more than 500-page document available on the department's website, and announced it will hold a virtual public forum on the plan Thursday.
Single-handed mango eating was the rule for the adults and they attempted to get through the large plate of mangos. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Mango Melee Goes Virtual for its 24th Annual Event

Summertime in the Virgin Islands means that mango season is at its peak. Unfortunately, mango lovers who look forward to their favorite festival each summer will have to attend the 24th annual Mango Melee virtually this year.
Architect's drawing of a new Charlotte Amalie High School. (By the DLR Group)

Education Officials Say New Schools Territorywide Will Happen

The V.I. Department of Education wrapped up a series of virtual public meetings held on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John that aimed to garner community feedback about the master plan for the territory’s new schools.
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Editorial: Why Does the PSC Board Want to be the WAPA Board?

The Legislature is considering a bill to give the Public Services Commission power to resolve water and power customer complaints. While clearly well-intentioned and aimed at helping consumers, senators should vote it down.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: Labor Implements Third Program Under CARES Act

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation implementation started on July 6. The PUA program provides unemployment assistance to those not ordinarily eligible for it.
Author and painter Emy Thomas signs copies of her new book. “A Most Unlikely Story.” (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

V.I. Artist/Writer Emy Thomas Recounts Her Adventures in Third Book

Emy Thomas first wrote about her adventures in “Home is Where the Boat Is,” and then “Life in the Left Lane.” Now, she is releasing a book that tells how she got from a small town in Connecticut, traveled halfway around the world and ended up on St. Croix.
Dr. Joseph DeJames

Op-Ed: Coronavirus Can Float in the Air as an Aerosol, So Protect Yourself

You may think you're saturated with information about COVID-19 and social distancing, wearing masks, washing your hands and staying inside as much as you can.

A Golden Shower for Carpenter Bees

The Cassia fistula tree in my yard has finally lived up to its nickname, Golden Shower. I planted it from a seed I was given by a friend quite a few years ago, without knowing much about it.

2020 Primary Election Early Voting to Continue Through July 26

Voters are encouraged to cast their ballots during early voting and make sure to follow all guidelines (wearing a mask, washing or sanitizing your hands, social distancing, etc.).
Gov. Albert Bryan, Jr. announces tighter restrictions for Limetree Bay employees as COVID-19 cases climb, along with additional screening for visitors coming in from states with high infection rates. (Screen capture)

Tighter Restrictions Implemented on Travelers from High Infection States

With COVID-19 infection rates continuing to climb locally, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. said Monday that tighter restrictions on Limetree Bay contractors and travelers coming in from Arizona, Florida and Texas will help limit exposure of the coronavirus.

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