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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.

Marine Weather Alerts Extended as a Powerful Swell Impacts the Local Waters

The National Weather Service (NWS) in San Juan, PR, has extended marine weather alerts for portions of Puerto Rico and the USVI. 

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.

Banking Board Says No To Crypto

Five cryptocurrency firms hoping to operate in the territory were turned down by the Virgin Islands Banking Board at its Thursday meeting.

Hospital Board Spotlights Progress in Capital Projects and Construction

Hospital board members were updated on all territorial building projects Wednesday, where several measures were also approved in executive session.

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.

Community First Project Seeks Entries for Logo Contest

Community First, a project of Liberty Place, Inc., is seeking logo entries that represent the charge of ending homelessness in the Virgin Islands. Entries must be submitted to a staff or board member of Liberty Place by January 16, 2023.

R.E.A.L. Cruzan Cats Plans a Cat Sanctuary

Since 2016, R.E.A.L. (Rescue Educate Adopt Love) Cruzan Cats has been rescuing and finding homes for feline 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.

WAPA Head Defends Holiday Party

Officials at the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority defended an upcoming holiday party Wednesday, saying employees deserved recognition.

Two BVI Men Plead Guilty to Possession of Cocaine on Board a Vessel

Two men from Tortola pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges, U.S. Attorney Delia Smith announced Wednesday.

Territory’s COVID-19 Toll Hits 126 With Death of St. Croix Man, 93

The territory has recorded its 126th death from COVID-19 — a 93-year-old man on St. Croix — the Health Department reported Wednesday afternoon while extending its condolences to his family and friends.

Hazardous Marine Conditions Forecast to Continue Into Next Week

The National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, warns that strong swells will continue to create hazardous conditions across the local waters through the weekend and early next week.

V.I. Children’s Museum Receives Big Check From King of the Wing 2022

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.
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