Fourth Annual Sisterhood Brotherhood New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza
…The New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza is a unique youth event that promotes positive, drug- and alcohol-free fun on New Year’s Eve and during the New Year. The evening features giveaways and refreshments and parent registration and pick-up are required right after midnight.
The Youth Extravaganza is free and coordinated with V.I. Police Department, V.I. National Park, Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation, and St. John Community Foundation…
Franklin Powell Park in Cruz Bay
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
From 8:00 p.m.- midnight
Contact: Angela Coleman at 340-714-7076
In this video shot at the reef located between Salomon and Honeymoon beaches, we see Atlantic Tarpon, Megalops atlanticus on the prowl, a school of blue tang grazing the undersea grasslands and a sea turtle.
St. John and Virgin Islands News
On-Island Profile: Chris Schneider Clearing Trails for Friends
By Lynda Lohr — December 30, 2013
With a penchant for the outdoors and an appreciation for volunteers, Chris Schneider is the right guy to lead visitors and other folks through the arduous task of V.I. National Park trail maintenance.
The six-month trail manager position is funded by the Friends of the Park group, and makes an important contribution to the park in these days of short staffing and slashed funding.
“He brings tremendous technical experience and lots of time working with crews and volunteers for the benefit of the park and park trails,” Friends President Joe Kessler said.
The Friends run volunteer trail crews Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schneider said people who want to help can show up at the very visible sign in the park maintenance yard next to Mongoose Junction Shopping Center at 8 a.m. He also picks up volunteers at 8:15 a.m. at Cinnamon Bay Campground. They should wait in the reception area.
No advance registration is required. Schneider said the crews work about four or five hours clearing trails. No experience is necessary, and the work locations vary by need…. read more
St. John and St. Thomas Motor Vehicle Bureaus Experience Problems
By Lynda Lohr — December 27, 2013
Motor Vehicle Bureaus on St. Thomas and St. John are experiencing problems, Director Jerris T. Browne said in a press release issued Friday.
The St. John Bureau was closed all week because of computer problems and a lack of an inspector, as well as the Christmas holidays. The computer problems are expected to continue into next week but vehicles will be inspected starting Monday. However, the inspection results cannot be entered into the computer, Assistant Director Myrna George said.
Those drivers who get their vehicles inspected before the month ends on Tuesday will receive special permits in lieu of the actual registration that will allow those drivers to remain on the road. George said those permits are good until Jan. 7.
Browne said the police will be notified of the special permit situation.
No driver’s licenses will be issued on St. John, and George said special permits are not available for people whose licenses expire Dec. 31. Those St. John residents must go to St. Thomas to get them renewed or for new licenses…. Read more
Vice President Returns to Territory for Vacation
By Bill Kossler — December 27, 2013
Air Force Two on St. Croix during the Biden’s 2011 vacation (file photo).
The White House has confirmed Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, are spending this week on St. Croix, continuing a family tradition of spending New Year’s Eve in the U.S. Virgin Islands they have kept every year at least since Biden became vice president in 2008…. Read more
There are numerous exciting nature trails throughout St. John, but there are also beautiful walks you can take beginning right out your doorway. Here are some of the things that Jacob and I saw on our walk around the point between Chocolate Hole and Great Cruz Bay.
The St John Film Society’s special presents Early Women’s Lib Films with visiting filmmaker, Julia Reichert at the St. John School of the Arts on January 7, 2014 at 7:30pm.
This screening will include a selection of short, painfully funny films from the early Women’s Liberation Movement including, “Growing Up Female” (Jim Klein, (1970) “Up Against the Wall” (Miss America Newsreel Group (1968) and “Anything You Want to Be” (Liane Brandon (1971).
This is a very special screening as award-winning filmmaker Julia Reichert will be attending the presentation to help put these archival films in context. Reichert was nominated three times for the Academy Award for her documentary work and is winner of the Primetime Emmy Award.
St. John Virgin islands Live Music Schedule
5:30 – 8:30
Third String All Stars
6:00 – 10:00
6:30 – 9:30
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
St John and Virgin Islands News
Visitor Drowns at Westin
By Lynda Lohr — December 26, 2013
A visitor believed to be in his mid-60s drowned Thursday at the Westin Resort and Villas, St. John Rescue Training Director Bob Malacarne said.
“Someone found him floating face down near the swim platform,” he said.
Malacarne said someone brought the victim ashore in a dinghy, and St. John Rescue began CPR. Malacarne said the members continued CPR on the way to Myrah Keating Community Health Center, where he was pronounced dead at around 12:15 p.m. by a Health Center doctor.
According to Malacarne, the man and his family were supposed to end their vacation Thursday.
The flamboyant, also commonly called Royal Poinciana was named for Phillipe de Longviliers de Poincy who is said to have introducing the plant to the Caribbean.
The flamboyant’s long brown seedpods, locally known as shak-shaks, are used as a musical percussion instrument, which are often painted by native artisans.
Old time Virgin Islanders tell me that once upon a time there was a visitor to St. John who was in love with flamboyant trees. This man hired an airplane and flew all over the island dropping flamboyant seeds from the cockpit of the plane and that’s why the tree can be found in so many inaccessible locations brightening up St. John’s verdant hillsides with sprays of red…. read more
St. John Virgin Islands Live Music Schedule
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
Barefoot Cowboy Lounge Ike
7:00 – 9:00
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
Inn at Tamarind Court
6:30 – 9:30
6:30 – 9:30
6:00 – 9:00
5:00 – 8:00
St. John Weather
Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 78. East southeast wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
The Christmas Palm, Veitchia merrillii, is so named for its bright red fruits that often mature at Christmas time.
Christmas Tree Worm Spirobranchus giganteus, commonly known as Christmas tree worms, are tube worms belonging to the family Serpulidae.
Christmas Bush (Comocladia dodonaea) is also known as Poison Ash and is a relative of Poison Ivy. It has small, overlapping, spiny leaves that turn red with age. This mix of small red and green leaves, has probably led to its local name, Christmas Bush. The active chemical irritant in Christmas Bush is called urushiol, which is also found in poison Iivy, poison oak, poison sumac, cashew nut shells and in extremely small amounts in mangoes.
Christmas Winds Every year, more or less coinciding with Christmas time, the jet stream dips down farther to the south, resulting in the stronger trade winds that pass over St. John, locally known as the Christmas Winds.
St. John Virgin Islands Live Music Schedule
St. John Flutes
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
Hazardous Weather Outlook UPPER LEVEL LOW WILL LINGER CLOSE TO THE AREA TODAY. SOME SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED TO AFFECT SAINT CROIX THE REST OF THE MORNING HOURS.
FOR THE AFTERNOON HOURS…SOME SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE TO AFFECT THE LOCAL ISLANDS. HEAVY RAINS WILL LEAD TO URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE LOCAL ISLANDS. MUDSLIDES WILL ALSO REMAIN POSSIBLE IN AREAS OF STEEP TERRAIN.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 78. Southeast wind 13 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Our rainy weather continues. Morning clouds (as well as an official weather forecast) portends a rainy Christmas Eve. If we were up north somewhere, we’d probably have plenty of snow.
St. John and Virgin islands News
Computer Problems and No Inspector Close St. John Motor Vehicle Bureau By Lynda Lohr — December 23, 2013
Computer problems that began last week, coupled with no inspector on Monday, forced the Motor Vehicle Bureau on St. John to close its doors Monday, Motor Vehicle Director Jerris T. Browne said.
The office will be closed for the rest of the week, reopening Dec. 30, Assistant Director Myrna George said.
However, no one at the bureau thought to put a sign up. One St. John resident said he went twice Monday morning to get his vehicle inspected but found the bureau closed, vehicles backed up at the inspection bay, and people milling about.
“It looked like an abandoned building,” the resident said.
He did not want his name used because he said the last time he spoke out about Motor Vehicle issues, the next time he went to the office the person behind the counter was “mean to him.”
“Vindictive,” he said…. read more
Rolex shifting focus, to discontinue its sponsorship of St. Thomas regatta
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
ST. THOMAS – The St. Thomas regatta known to attract sailing enthusiasts from around the world each March is going to be run a little differently this year, and in years to come.
The regatta, formerly known as the International Rolex Regatta, now will be known as the St. Thomas International Regatta.
The upcoming regatta, held from March 28 to 30, will be the last to be sponsored by Rolex as the company, known globally for its luxury watches, is discontinuing its annual $200,000 sponsorship of the boat races…. Read more
End of U.S. long-term unemployment benefits will affect 1,600 V.I. residents By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
ST. THOMAS – Virgin Islanders receiving Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits are about to get cut off after the federal program expires Saturday.
Congress decided Wednesday not to extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which serves unemployed people who have not found a job before their standard unemployment benefits expire.
In the Virgin Islands, people generally have 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. With the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, unemployed residents can receive an additional 47 weeks of assistance…. read more
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Southeast wind 17 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.