St. John Happenings

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St. John Virgin Islands Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
8:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141<

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

St. John Events

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
Email: acoleman@sisterhoodagenda.com

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Snorkeling the Reef Between Salomon and Honeymoon Bays

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 Virgin Islands Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776 5336

Beach Bar
Revolver
9:00
777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
693-5855

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

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morning rainVirgin Islands Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East northeast wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Virgin Islands Sunday

St. John Virgin Islands Sunrise
Sunday Morning Sunrise over Chocolate Hole

St. John USVI Flora: Orchid
Orchid blooming on Mampoo Tree

pillsbury sound rainbow
Saturday Afternoon Rainbow

Virgin Islands Trees: manjack berries
Berries on Manjack Tree

parrot
Morning Visitor

habanero peppers
Habanero Pepper Ripens

St. John Virgin Islands Live Music Schedule Sunday December 29

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
5:30 – 8:30
693-8340

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Sunday’s St. John Virgin Islands Weather Forecast

Scattered showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

 

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“Time” by the Ghost

Curtney "the Ghost" Chinnery recites "Time"

Ghost In

“time” by curtney chinnery aka “the ghost from jost”

Ghost Out

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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

St. John Virgin Islands Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Revolver
9:00
777-4220

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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Virgin Islands Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

 

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A Walk Around the Block

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.

st john film societyPress Release
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

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Steel Pan
6:00 – 10:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Virgin Islands Weather

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.

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Shak-Shak

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

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Mitch Woods
9:00
777-4220

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
693-5855

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30
776-6378

Morgan’s Mango
James
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 78. East southeast wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Merry Christmas!

St. John Christmas Morning
Christmas Morning – sunshine peaks through morning clouds after night of rain and thunderstorms

Christmas Names

St. John Virgin Islands Flora: Christmas Palm Fruit
Christmas Palm

Virgin Islands Marine Life: Christmas Tree Worm
Christmas Tree Worm

St. John Flora: Christmas Bush
Christmas Bush

Christmas Palm
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
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

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Islands Weather

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.

Forecast

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.

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St. John VI News, Weather & Happenings

Morning Clouds over Chocolate Hole

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

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169
Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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Virgin islands Weather Forecast

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.

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