United States Virgin Islands
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Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Site Set
2018-01-19 12:02:10 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a free hazardous waste drop-off for residents of St. Croix this Saturday, Jan. 20. The collection site will be at the Crucian Christmas Festival area in Frederiksted from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone who has household hazardous waste, such as used oil, paint, household cleaners and solvents, TVs and computers, should make sure to separate them, place them in containers and bring them to the Christmas Festival area   Read More ...
Kathleen lronis Richards Dies
2018-01-19 12:01:56 Kathleen lronis Richards, also known as “lone,” died on Thursday, Jan. 4. Kathleen was preceded in death by her companion, David “Ted” Bachelor; and parents: Clive and Drucilla King. She is survived by her children: Charmaine Richards, Basil Richards Jr., Barry Richards, SherryAnn Richards, Rowan Webster, Jeff Bachelor and Davidson Bachelor; grandchildren: Shermaine Henry, Shakelay Higgins-Richards, David Christopher, Sabrina Richards, Jahsaria Bachelor, Alexis Richards, Jahsar Bachelor, Miracle Richards, Heavenly Richards, Jahkayla Bachelor, Jezlahnique Bachelor, Chloe Webster, Kyle Bachelor, Zoe Webster, Jahmoi Bachelor and Messiah Richards   Read More ...
Man Charged in Frederiksted Assault, Robbery
2018-01-19 08:02:10 A 44-year-old Crucian man was arrested Thursday and charged with an assault and robbery that took place the previous morning, the V.I. Police Department said. The police identified the suspect as Billy Heywood. According to police, at about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, Heywood approached a man on King Street in Frederiksted and began striking him with a broom stick on his leg and wrist   Read More ...
Human Services Updates Temporary Program Relocations
2018-01-19 08:01:56 Since hurricanes Irma and Maria, some programs administered by the V.I. Department of Human Services (DHS) have been temporarily relocated. “We apologize for any inconvenience to the public as our primary goal is to provide uninterrupted social services to the Virgin Islands community,” said Commissioner Felecia I. Blyden. Since telephone service remains disrupted, the programs have also been assigned temporary mobile numbers, according to a press release from DHS   Read More ...
V.I. Delegate Stacey Plaskett Named to House Transportation Committee
2018-01-19 08:01:48 The House Democratic Steering Committee has recommended to the Democratic Caucus that Delegate Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands be appointed to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Democratic Party leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, announced the committee’s action in a news release Thursday. “Congresswoman Plaskett is a tireless champion for the Virgin Islands and for all Americans,” Pelosi said   Read More ...
Senate Panel Will Look into Waste Haulers’ Delayed Pay
2018-01-19 08:01:39 The head of the 32nd Legislature Committee on Housing, Public Works, Waste Management and Planning said he will address slow government payments to hurricane waste haulers at an upcoming hearing. Committee Chairman Marvin Blyden was one of several lawmakers denouncing emergency managers who are being blamed. A knowledgeable source at Public Works said the problem has affected local contractors working since the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the St   Read More ...
JetBlue to Resume Second Daily Flight From St. Thomas to San Juan
2018-01-19 08:01:29 JetBlue will resume its second daily flight between the St. Thomas Cyril E. King Airport and San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport on Feb. 15. The return of an afternoon flight adds to the current schedule of one daily flight in the morning on this route. JetBlue also operates one daily flight between St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport and San Juan   Read More ...
Senate Majority Touts Its Post-Hurricane Efforts
2018-01-19 08:01:20 Disputing public claims that the Senate “hasn’t done anything” for the community since September’s storms, Senate Majority Leader Neville James called a Thursday news conference to discuss the Legislature’s accomplishments and top issues ahead of the governor’s State of the Territory address on Monday. “We are officially, categorically rejecting the notion that the Legislature was not working and responding on behalf of the people of the territory, that has been a representation – and for those who continue to perpetuate that fraud, that’s on you   Read More ...
St. Thomas Carnival Announces Theme for Spring Event
2018-01-19 08:01:13 With the theme of “Embrace our culture, music, and cuisine for Carnival 2018,” St. Thomas will hold its 66th annual carnival from March 31 to April 28, the V.I. Carnival Committee announced Thursday. The winning entry was submitted anonymously, and the VICC finds it relevant, short and meaningful. “This theme captures the true essence and exuberance of V.I. Carnival,” committee members said in a news release   Read More ...
VIYA Announces 4G LTE Wireless Throughout St. John; Customer Center Re-Opens
2018-01-18 08:01:54 Viya, the leading telecommunications provider in the territory, has announced that St. John customers can now enjoy 4G LTE wireless service with superior coverage. CEO Alvaro Pilar said, “After hurricanes Irma and Maria, we accelerated the introduction of the new LTE Network to give the people of the Virgin Islands superior wireless service. I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all of the Viya employees, contractors and partners for the tremendous effort that went into restoring wireless service to the majority of St   Read More ...
Public Schools Struggling to Get Back to Full Schedule
2018-01-18 08:01:32 Not only do V.I. public schools face a shortage of both teachers support staff, but education officials told the Senate Committee on Education, Youth and Recreation on Wednesday that it will take a small miracle to get modular classrooms in the territories by the time schools open next year. The lack of modular replacements for classrooms destroyed in September’s hurricanes means it will be difficult to get students back to a full day of school next year   Read More ...
13th Annual Water Island Music Festival to Take Place at
2018-01-18 08:01:22 The Forum will host the 13th Annual Water Island Music Festival featuring the beautiful artistry and masterful skills of piano virtuoso Julian Gargiulo, pianist Maria Yefimova, soprano Roza Bulat and the special participation by local soprano sensation Laura Strickling. There will also be a performance by the award-winning violinist Nathan Meltzer, who won the “Getting to Carnegie” Competition. This year’s event is a special fundraiser to benefit local charities, particularly those involved in hurricane recovery efforts   Read More ...
Police Seek Suspect in Machete Attack on Dog
2018-01-18 08:01:05 The V.I. Police Department is seeking a suspect in the machete attack that sent a pit bill to the veterinarian, badly injured but alive. According to a news release issued Wednesday by the VIPD, an animal cruelty investigator was dispatched at 1 p.m. Friday to the Frederiksted Animal Clinic. There, he was told that the pit bull had been brought in by its owner brought in by its owner after it was discovered with what appeared to be lacerations from a machete   Read More ...
Cane Bay Cares, CFVI to Distribute 50,000 Pounds of Aid to St
2018-01-18 04:02:00 Cane Bay Cares, in fiscal partnership with the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and #BStrongGlobalBetter, will be distributing more than 50,000 pounds of aid to the St. Croix community including 20,000 lbs. of water, 9,000 lbs. of food, 5,200 lbs. of baby supplies, 4,500 lbs. of cleaning products, 3,300 lbs. of paper products, 1,300 lbs. of tools and tarps, and 1,000 lbs   Read More ...
Police ID Victim of Tuesday Hit-and-Run
2018-01-18 04:01:52 The V.I. Police Department on Wednesday released the name of the victim in a Tuesday hit-and-run accident that left a woman dead. Next of kin identified the victim as 54-year-old Mary Rivera. Rivera was killed at about 12:07 a.m. Tuesday when struck by a vehicle on Weymouth Rhymer Highway in the area of the Prophecy Church, the VIPD reported. She died on the scene and the vehicle left prior to the arrival of the police   Read More ...
Global Women’s March Set for January 20 at Bandstand in Fort
2018-01-18 04:01:48 The 2nd Global Women’s March on St. Croix will convene at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 20, for a rally at the Bandstand in Fort Christiansted. “A few days short of one year ago, 600 hundred Cruzans rallied together along with millions of women and our allies worldwide to support each other, to make a difference,” said Kay Christiansen of the St   Read More ...
LAWMAKERS UPDATED ON THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM
2018-01-18 04:01:42 St. Thomas - The Committee on Education, Youth, Recreation chaired by Sen. Jean Forde, held a meeting on Wednesday, at the Capitol Building to receive testimony on the status of the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDOE) and the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation. “There are a lot of concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. There was tremendous structural damage sustained to some of the schools   Read More ...
32nd Legislature to Host Governor’s 2018 State of the Territory
2018-01-18 04:01:29 Senate President Myron D. Jackson and the members of the 32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands invite the community to tune into LEGIT TV for Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp’s third State of the Territory Address, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30. The Senate will convene a Legislative Session at 7 p.m. to receive the governor in preparation of the address   Read More ...
Veterans Affairs, VING to Host Veterans’ Benefits Information and
2018-01-18 04:01:23 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs and the V.I. National Guard will be hosting a Veterans’ Benefits Information and Claims Clinic event. The VA invites veterans, service members, their families and survivors to attend the event from 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the LTC Lionel A. Jackson Armory on St   Read More ...
32nd Legislature to Host Governor’s 2018 State of the Territory Address
2018-01-18 04:01:17 Senate President Myron D. Jackson and the members of the 32nd Legislature of the Virgin Islands invite the community to tune into LEGIT TV for Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp’s third State of the Territory Address, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 30. The Senate will convene a Legislative Session at 7 p.m. to receive the governor in preparation of the address   Read More ...
Veterans Affairs, VING to Host Veterans’ Benefits Information and Claims Clinic Event
2018-01-18 04:01:04 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs and the V.I. National Guard will be hosting a Veterans’ Benefits Information and Claims Clinic event. The VA invites veterans, service members, their families and survivors to attend the event from 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the LTC Lionel A. Jackson Armory on St   Read More ...
The Longboard Reopens! - News of St. John
2018-01-17 16:01:27 Well folks, one of our favorite restaurants has finally reopened for regular service following the hurricanes, and we could not be more excited! The Longboard reopened its doors Friday after being officially closed for the past few months. As you may recall, The Longboard’s owner Clint Gaskin actually flew to St. John the day before Hurricane Irma hit, so he could be on island and help feed people after the storms   Read More ...
USPS Adds Post Office Boxes in a Temporary Site in Frederiksted
2018-01-17 12:03:08 Starting today, the U.S. Postal Service is providing Frederiksted’s post office box customers with the convenience, privacy and ease-of-access of having physical post office boxes once again. The boxes have been installed at nearby 2B Kingstreet, and customers are invited to visit that location from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays. Post office box customers should be aware of the following: o Post office box customers should continue to use their assigned post office number and ZIP Code   Read More ...
WAPA Launches ‘No Customer Left Behind’ Campaign
2018-01-17 12:03:03 WAPA will begin a ‘No Customer Left Behind’ campaign on St. Croix and St. Thomas on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Like the ongoing effort on St. John, this program is aimed at reconnecting all customers who can be restored to the electric grid but were bypassed during the first phase of service restoration. “As the territory-wide restoration effort nears completion, the No Customer Left Behind campaign will allow residents in both districts an opportunity to inform WAPA if they have not yet been restored   Read More ...
Coral Reef Post-Storm Study Gives “Snapshot” of Hurricane Damage
2018-01-17 12:02:51 Looking at the plants and trees in the Virgin Islands, it’s possible to get a sense of how nature can recover from two category 5 hurricanes. Right after Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6 and Hurricane Maria on Sept. 19, it seemed almost impossible that hillsides stripped of every leaf would ever be green again. Four months later, even the most devastated northwest-facing slopes are becoming lush and verdant once more   Read More ...
Last Day to Visit Disaster Recovery Center at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Is Jan. 20
2018-01-17 08:04:16 The last day to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on St. Croix is Saturday, Jan. 20. After the center closes, help is just a phone call or mouse click away. Survivors can check on the status of their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claim at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Individuals who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585 directly   Read More ...
How the Love for Love City Foundation Continues to Help Our Islands - News of St. John
2018-01-17 08:04:08 Back in October, we introduced you to the Love for Love City Foundation, a not-for-profit organization created by Kenny Chesney before the last winds of Hurricane Irma even left St. John. As many of you may know, Kenny owns a home here on St. John and has visited the island for years. So when he learned that his home-away-from-home and many of his longtime friends needed some major help, he quickly sprung into action, conducting interviews to spread the word on our plight, as well as setting up the Foundation which has been instrumental in the recovery efforts here on St   Read More ...
Jan. 20 is Last Day to Visit Disaster Recovery Center at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
2018-01-17 08:03:59 The last day to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in St. Croix is Saturday, Jan. 20. After the center closes, help is just a phone call or mouse click away. Survivors can check on the status of their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claim at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling . Individuals who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585 directly   Read More ...
Police Report Assault, Rape, Robbery Over the Weekend
2018-01-17 08:03:38 The V.I. Police Department reported a series of crimes that took place in the territory over the weekend. Robbery Reported In Smith Bay. At about 10:36 p.m. Saturday a man called 911 and reported that a male attempted to rob him and his girlfriend. The victim, whose name was not released by police, said he and his girlfriend were sitting in the area of the Smith Bay bus stop when a male walked up to them pointed a gun, demanding their money and cell phone   Read More ...
Plaskett Bill Calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ Response for V.I., Puerto Rico
2018-01-17 08:03:33 V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, ranking member on the House Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy and Environment, has introduced “The Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Equitable Rebuild Act of 2018.” In a news release issued Tuesday, Plaskett said the two territories deserve the help. “Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands are part of America, and the millions of people who live in these U   Read More ...
A Reporter’s Story: Rendezvous with Rendezvous Bay
2018-01-17 08:03:23 On Christmas Day, I got the best gift I could imagine: the sight of two spotted eagle rays swimming along a ledge in Leinster Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park. It was the first time I’d seen these majestic creatures since shortly before Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 6. I moved to the Virgin Islands almost 35 years ago because I fell in love with the water   Read More ...
Ivanna Eudora Kean H.S. Schedules Report Card Distribution
2018-01-17 08:03:18 Ivanna Eudora Kean High School has announced its report card distribution schedule. Wednesday, January 17. Financial Aid Workshop with Gannon University and Report Card Distribution. Grade 12 | 4:30 p.m. Grades 9 – 12 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All 10th and 11th grade students’ report cards will be distributed in the school library. The ninth grade Success Academy will have team meetings in the cafeteria   Read More ...
WAPA Announces Priority Work Areas for Week of January 15
2018-01-17 08:03:12 Crews will be assigned to the following priority work areas this week, Jan. 15-19 and into the weekend, finalizing reconstruction and restoration of customers: St. Croix: Blue Mountain, Brooks Hill, Bugby Hole, Cane Bay, Glynn, Grapetree Bay, Great Pond, Hannah’s Rest, Herbert Grigg, Hibiscus Point, Jolly Hill, Judith’s Fancy, La Grange, La Reine, Little Fountain, Little La Grange, Mon Bijou, Mount Pellier, Orange Grove, Peter’s Rest, Plessen River, Salt River, Seven Hills, Sion Farm, Springfield, St   Read More ...
Last Day to Visit Disaster Recovery Center at St. Peter’s
2018-01-17 08:03:05 The last day to visit the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on St. Croix is Saturday, Jan. 20. After the center closes, help is just a phone call or mouse click away. Survivors can check on the status of their Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claim at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Individuals who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585 directly   Read More ...
Woman Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident
2018-01-17 08:02:58 A woman was struck by a hit-and-run driver just after midnight Tuesday and killed, the V.I. Police Department reported. The victim had not been identified as of mid-morning. According to police, at about 12:07 a.m. Tuesday the 911 emergency call center received a report that a Caucasian woman had been struck by a vehicle on Weymoth Rhymer Highway in the area of the Prophecy Church   Read More ...
St. John Celebrates MLK Day in Spirit and Song
2018-01-16 08:01:11 In the fiftieth anniversary year of his death, Martin Luther King’s message of peace through activism echoed throughout Frank Powell Park in Cruz Bay, St. John, Monday morning. St. John residents of all ages gathered to celebrate the birth of the Civil Rights leader and to reflect on his legacy. Community leader Alvis Christian recalled that King did not want to be remembered for the awards he had amassed or the famous people he had befriended, but instead wanted to be known as a person who followed God’s will   Read More ...
V.I. Reminds Film Industry the Territory Is Open for Business
2018-01-16 08:00:49 With the rebirth of Virgin Islands flora and fauna and repairs to damaged infrastructure underway after hurricanes Irma and Maria in September, the Department of Tourism is actively soliciting film and commercial producers to bring their business to the territory. “Our challenge is that we had two major Cat 5 storms but we’re open for business,” Luana Wheatley, director of DOT’s film office, told the Source   Read More ...
The Fruit Bowl to Host 36th Annual Women’s Jogger Jam to Benefit
2018-01-16 00:02:34 The Fruit Bowl invites girls and women of all ages to walk, jog or run to benefit The Family Resource Center Inc. The 36th Annual Women’s Jogger Jam will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, and will cover a distance of 2 miles, starting and finishing at the Fruit Bowl. Awards will go to the top finisher and to the 1, 2, and 3 place finishers in ten age categories   Read More ...
Job openings with the Department of Labor
2018-01-15 20:01:00 The Virgin Islands Department of Labor announces the availability of several territory wide jobs for individuals who are dislocated from work as a result of the recent storms. These work opportunities are made possible through the USDOL-funded “Dislocated Workers Program Grant”. Positions include the following: Plumbers, Electricians, Mechanics, Heavy Equipment Operators, Laborers, Carpenters, Air Conditioner Repairmen, Shelter & Nutrition Workers, Homemakers, Chauffers, Custodial Workers, Road Stripers, and More   Read More ...
U.S. Virgin Islands observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
2018-01-15 20:00:54 ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The United States Virgin Islands observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 15, 2018. All government offices and public schools will be closed. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” said the late civil rights leader   Read More ...