Island Green Living Association
Plastic water bottles have become a ubiquitous sight, particularly on St. John where they’re toted to the beach by the thousands. But it’s a well-known fact that these plastic bottles, many of which are left behind by hikers and beach-goers, have adverse affects on the environment. The Island Green Living Association will take an in-depth look at the big business of bottled water at its Thursday, March 27, Green Thursdays seminar at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill School’s upper campus atrium.
IGLA will screen “Tapped,” a 2009 documentary by directors Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey, which examines the effects of the bottled water industry on the environment. “Tapped” investigates everything from the production of the bottles to their journey in the ocean, where many of them unfortunately end up. The documentary also discusses the issue of whether water should be a basic human right, or a commodity to be bought and sold.
Everyone is welcome to attend the movie screening. Please bring a cushion. For more information on IGLA, visit www.iglavi.org. Stay tuned for an announcement on IGLA’s April 24 Green Thursdays event, St. John in Layers: Maps of Paradise — An Aerial Tour of St. John.
St. John Live Music Schedule
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
The Deep Dig
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
Inn at Tamarind Court
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
6:30 – 9:30
6:30 – 9:30
6:00 – 9:00
5:00 – 8:00
See Weekly Schedule
St. John Weather
Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 80. East northeast wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
High Surf Advisory
…LARGE NORTHWESTERLY SWELLS WILL INVADE THE LOCAL WATERS LATE TONIGHT…
AN INTENSE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ACROSS THE NORTHWEST ATLANTIC IS GENERATING LARGE SWELLS THAT WILL IMPACT THE LOCAL ATLANTIC WATERS LATE TONIGHT. THESE LARGE LONG PERIOD NORTHWESTERLY SWELLS WILL BUILD QUICKLY AND SPREAD ACROSS THE ATLANTIC WATERS AND LOCAL PASSAGES STARTING LATE TONIGHT…THEN PEAK ON FRIDAY…AND GRADUALLY SUBSIDE SATURDAY. THEREFORE…ROUGH SEAS AND HAZARDOUS SURF CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE NORTHWEST THROUGH NORTH EXPOSED COASTLINES OF PUERTO RICO…CULEBRA…AND THE NORTHERN U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS.
…HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 PM AST SATURDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN JUAN HAS ISSUED A HIGH SURF ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 PM AST SATURDAY.
* WAVES AND SURF: BREAKING WAVES OF 10 TO 14 FEET.
* TIMING: FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.
* IMPACTS: LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL PRODUCE STRONG RIP CURRENTS MAKING SWIMMING DANGEROUS.
A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION.
PERSONS ON THE BEACH SHOULD BE VIGILANT FOR LARGE BREAKING WAVES SURGING UPON THE SHORE…WHICH CAN CARRY PEOPLE OF ALL SIZES INTO THE OCEAN. YOU SHOULD AVOID BEING NEAR THE SHORE LINE AND STAY OFF OF ROCK FORMATIONS.
Hazardous Weather Outlook
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.
DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT: NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED.
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY
A STRONG SURFACE HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS THE ATLANTIC BY THURSDAY AND TIGHTEN THE LOCAL PRESSURE GRADIENT. THIS SURFACE RIDGE WILL STRENGTHEN THE PREVAILING TRADE WINDS…CREATING HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS…WITH MORE FAVORABLE CONDITIONS FOR THE SPREAD OF WILDFIRES.
St. John and Virgin Islands News
Rotary Raising Money for Coral Bay Basketball Court
By Lynda Lohr — March 27, 2014
Efforts are ongoing by the Rotary Club of St. John to raise $50,000 for a badly needed refurbishment of the Coral Bay basketball court located adjacent to Guy Benjamin School.
“Rotary is looking to raise the money over the next couple of months,” Coral Bay Community Council President and Rotary Club member Sharon Coldren said.
Rotary already has $15,000 from three donors, and Coldren said she hopes several other benefactors step up to the plate.
Rotary also hopes St. John contractors will volunteer their services to make repairs, she said.
Coldren said she expects Rotary to get enough contributions by the end of April so work can be done during the summer…. read more
Tapia details ins and outs of drug trafficking ring while testifying against his suspected suppliers
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 26, 2014
ST. THOMAS – Defense attorneys pressed convicted drug racketeer and star prosecution witness Roberto Tapia during the second day of trial for two men who Tapia testified used to be cocaine suppliers for his drug smuggling ring, which spanned from the British Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico.
Tapia, who has already pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy charges, and Angel Negron-Beltran, who also pleaded guilty to federal drug charges, both testified for the prosecution in the trial of Walter Hill and Raymond Brown in District Court on Tuesday.
On Monday, Tapia testified that Hill and Brown both were suppliers for him.
On Tuesday, attorneys for Brown and Hill suggested, among other things, that Tapia would have turned in his own mother, that he smuggled illegal immigrants into the territory using a government vessel, and that he failed to implicate one of his own relatives despite implicating a slew of other people during the case, which also netted former V.I. Police Sgt. Angelo Hill.
Tapia denied many of the defense allegations, stating that he never brought any illegal immigrants into the territory, an accusation made by Joseph Mingolla II, Walter Hill’s attorney.
Tapia also denied the involvement of his own cousin – who Tapia admitted under oath is a convicted drug trafficker – in a $250,000 transaction that Tapia made to buy cocaine.
“Mr. Mingolla, you don’t know my mother. You never walked in her shoes, so don’t go that way,” Tapia said to Mingolla, who made the comment about Tapia’s mother…. read more
Judge forces owner of Sapphire Beach property to reconnect condos to sewage treatment system
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 26, 2014
ST. THOMAS – After residents of Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina were cut off from sewage treatment for almost 24 hours, a V.I. Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the owner of the plant to reconnect the condominium units to the system.
The owner of the wastewater treatment plant, Dean Morehouse of Beachside Associates, disconnected five of the six condo buildings at Sapphire at noon Monday after he did not receive a payment for which he had asked…. read more