St. John Live Music Schedule

St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 03/31

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

Beach Bar
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys
9:00
777-4220

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

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
6:00
776-6908

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

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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St. John News and Happenings

St. John News

Fence and Beach Hut Raise Questions with CZM, Neighbors
By Lynda Lohr — March 29, 2014

The erection of a fence with no trespassing signs and a tarp-roofed structure to block access to a narrow strip of beach at Hansen Bay on St. John’s east end has upset residents and visitors who use the beach regularly.

Additionally, St. John Administrator Leona Smith said, the man claims to own the beach. “Nobody owns the beach,” Smith said.

Whether he actually owns the property inland of the shoreline is unclear, said Jean-Pierre Oriol, who heads Planning and Natural Resources’ Coastal Zone Management Division. Oriol said Friday that ownership is under investigation but he identified the person who put up the fence and structure as Elroy Ashtian.

Ashtian is in hot water with CZM for developing the property without the necessary permit.

The fence appears to violate the territory’s open shoreline act, which says “no person, firm, corporation, association or other legal entity shall create, erect, maintain or construct any obstruction, barrier or restraint of any nature whatsoever upon, across or within the shorelines of the U.S. Virgin Islands as defined in this section, which would interfere with the right of the public individually and collectively to use and enjoy any shoreline.”

The shoreline is defined as “the area along the coastlines of the U.S. Virgin Islands from the seaward line of low tide, running inland a distance of 50 feet; or to the extreme seaward boundary of natural vegetation which spreads continuously inland; or to a natural barrier; whichever is the shortest distance.”… read more

Aquanauts Gather for 45th Tektite Anniversary
By Lynda Lohr — March 30, 2014

Aquanauts Ed Clifton, left, and Ian Koblick listen as John VanDerwalker talks about the early days of the Tektite project.

Aquanauts Ed Clifton, left, and Ian Koblick listen as John VanDerwalker talks about the early days of the Tektite project.

With stories to tell about their adventures on both Tektite 1 and II underwater habitats, four of those involved with the project to reminisce on Tektite I’s 45th anniversary.

The first Tektite project lasted from Feb. 15 to April 15, 1969, under the waters of Lameshur Bay.

“Our toilet was a 50-gallon barrel cut in half with a stool over it,” John VanDerwalker, 77, said, adding that when the contents got rank, they poured diesel over it and set it on fire.

The underwater habitat often had problems, and VanDerwalker spoke at length about how they had to jury rig the scrubber using a G.E. canister vacuum to keep the carbon dioxide in the air from reaching dangerous levels.

What is now VIERS was the base camp for the underwater Tektite missions. Although the road to VIERS is now partially paved, the location is still one of the most remote on St. John. In 1969, when the first Tektite mission took place, it was truly the back of the beyond. It was easier to get there by boat. Conditions were still primitive when 11 missions on Tektite II happened in 1970.

In the 1960s, the United States was in a race with Russia for space dominance, and Russia was winning. The Tektite project was developed to provide an environment similar to space for training and scientific purposes. It sat about 600 feet below the water’s surface out in Lameshur Bay.

While VanDerwalker in particular was quick with tales about the primitive conditions, Ed Clifton, an aquanaut on Tektite 1 and II missions, spoke at length about the science involved…. read more

The Tektite Trail

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren & Bo
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

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

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
6:30 – 9:30
693-8340

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East southeast wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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St. John Blues Blowout

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
777-3316

Concordia
The Deep Dig
3:30 – 5:30
693-5855

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

Island Blues
Deep Dig
8:00
776-6800

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

Shipwreck Landing
Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
779-4982

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

St. Thomas brush fire started by an iguana, not an arsonist
Daily News Staff)
Published: March 28, 2014

ST. THOMAS – A brush fire near Lockhart Elementary School on St. Thomas on Monday was started by an iguana, according to V.I. Fire Service Assistant Director Daryl George.

It had originally been reported by St. Thomas Rescue sources that it was started by an arsonist, but George said that was not the case. “It could have been a bird or an iguana, we think it was an iguana because we found a dead iguana in the area,” George said.

The fire was in the area behind Schneider Hospital, near Lockhart Elementary School.

George said the iguana, or other animal, made contact with a power line and a spark fell down to the dry grass in the area. Power was knocked out to the area as well, he said…. read more

Man wanted in St. John shooting arrested at King Airport
Daily News Staff)
Published: March 28, 2014

ST. THOMAS – Police on St. John arrested a man they said was fleeing the territory because he was wanted on a weapons charge.

Police arrested Kamal Hendricks, 28, of St. John about 3:10 p.m. Wednesday and charged him with illegally discharging a firearm; possession of an unlicensed firearm; first-degree reckless endangerment; and interfering with an officer.

Officers detained Hendricks at King Airport on St. Thomas.

According to police, Hendricks was at a bar in Susannaberg on St. John on March 1 and became involved in an altercation with another person. Hendricks brandished a weapon and fired it at least six times, police said…. read more

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 16 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Hazardous Weather Conditions

Coastal Flood Advisory

High Surf Advisory

Hazardous Weather Outlook

 

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St. John News and Happenings

St. John Virgin Islands Events

Virgin Fire
Movie Night
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
9 pm $10

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
The Groove Thang
6:30
776-6378

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 Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

Both juries begins deliberations in trials for suspected Tapia drug trafficking ring suppliers
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 27, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The juries began deliberations Wednesday in two federal drug trafficking cases that involved convicted drug runner Roberto Tapia and former V.I. Police Sgt. Angelo Hill.

Walter Hill and Raymond Brown are accused of supplying cocaine to Tapia, they are facing numerous charges in District Court, including conspiracy, possession and intent to distribution cocaine.

After the prosecution rested Wednesday, Chief District Judge Curtis Gomez ruled on several motions filed by Brown’s defense attorney, Arturo Watlington Jr.

Gomez threw out two of Brown’s counts, both intent to distribute charges. He still is charged with several counts of conspiracy and use of a telephone to conspire.

In closing arguments, Watlington and Walter Hill’s attorney, Joseph Mingolla II, painted Tapia and Angelo Hill as “desperate men” who were backed into a corner and would do anything to reduce their sentences.

Tapia was arrested by federal agents on May 17 and found with 7.72 kilos of cocaine in a backpack. His was the first in a string of related arrests.

Tapia pleaded guilty to racketeering in September; Angelo Hill pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy in December…. read more

St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East northeast wind 20 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Coastal Flood Advisory

High Surf Advisory

Hazardous Weather Outlook

 

 

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St. John News and Happenings

Press Release

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

Thursday 3/27

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

Beach Bar
The Deep Dig
9:00
777-4220

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

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

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

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
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

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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.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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

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St. John News and Happenings

Springtime in America

St. John Live Music Schedule

Castaway’s
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<

Skinny Legs
The Deep Dig
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

St. John News

Family of Jimmy Malfetti offers reward in Virgin Islands murder case

SCOTCH PLAINS – Sen. Robert Menendez is renewing his call for the FBI to take over a floundering murder investigation.

Jimmy Malfetti, 41, of Scotch Plains, was stabbed to death on Jan. 18 while visiting St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

More than two months later, Malfetti’s parents are frustrated by the lack of progress and are now offering a $25,000 reward.

Sen. Menendez is blasting local investigators and demanding the FBI take over. “The FBI simply playing a supporting role isn’t cutting it,” he says. “It’s time the Bureau takes the lead in this case to better ensure the Malfetti family gets justice for their son.”

The Malfettis have said they need the FBI’s help to solve their son’s murder and prevent anyone else from going through what they did.

Clogged St. John Sewer Lines, Special Waste Fees on VIWMA Agenda
By Lynda Lohr — March 26, 2014

V.I. Waste Management Authority Director May Adams Cornwall and Chief Operating Office Steven Aubin.

Someone is dumping fats, oils and grease down the sinks or toilets in Cruz Bay, which is clogging up the St. John sewer lines, V.I. Waste Management Authority spokesman Stella Saunders said. She said the problem caused a manhole in Cruz Bay to overflow.

Saunders said when the authority cleaned it over the weekend, “there were clothes and a mop head in the line.” She said that particular problem caused a pump to trip, which made the sewage system go off line.

Saunders said crews have also pulled toys and pieces of wood out of the sewer system, but the overflow is suspected to have been caused by restaurant grease…. read more

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Hazardous Weather Outlook

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.

 

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Sandy Ground, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

St. John Live Music Schedule

Tuesday 3/25

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

Beach Bar
Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
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
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

St. John Weather

Sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 10 mph.

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St. John Live Music Schedule

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Aloe Flower

St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 03/24

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

Beach Bar
The Deep Dig
9:00
777-4220

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

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
6:00
776-6908

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

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 8:00
779-4982

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St. John Weather

Sunny, with a high near 79. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph.

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St. John Happenings

St. John Events

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St. John Blues Blowout

St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 3/23

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

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

Skinny Legs
The Fiddler
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
6:30 – 9:30
693-8340

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St. John Weather

Sunny, with a high near 79. East southeast wind 11 to 15 mph.

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St. John Live Music Schedule

St. John Live Music Schedule

Saturday 3/22

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

Beach Bar
Groove Thang
8:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
777-3316

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

Island Blues
DeepDig
8:00
776-6800

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

Shipwreck Landing
Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
779-4982

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