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Chocolate Hole Sunrise

St. John Virgin Islands News

Chickengunya is officially an epidemic. I personally know several people who have or have had the illness. Their symptoms were such that it is highly probable that their problem was chickengunya, but none of them sought treatment or were tested. My point is that the problem is way worse than the reported numbers. The Virgin Islands Daily News has an excellent article which explains some important facts about the disease like why fogging won’t help and what steps one can take to minimize one’s chances of catching the illness and an explanation of how the epidemic will someday peak and then wane a phenomena called “herd immunity.”

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Chickenette (Also known as pitaya and dragon fruit)

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I met two people yesterday who just recovered from a bout with what we strongly suspect was Chikungunya. Read Virgin Islands Daily News article: Chikungunya spreads on St. Thomas, St. John


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celtic ross-Annaberg Sugar MillFriends of the National Park guides showed me something that I had never noticed before, a Celtic cross on the top of the Annaberg Windmill. The most likely explanation for this would be that it was ordered by the owner of the estate, James Murphy, who had originally come from Ireland.

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New property valuations to appear on forthcoming bills

Tropical Wave Bringing Wet, Gusty Weather Thursday Night

Overflow Crowd Says No to St. John Marina Proposal


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Feather Duster Worm (Sabellidae)

feather duster wormThis creature has always fascinated me. When I first saw one, I thought it was some sort of underwater flower, and I was certainly surprised to find out that it was not only an animal but a worm. What looks like the flower’s petals are tentacles, which filter plankton from the seawater for food and increase the amount of oxygen that the worm can absorb. When hungry fish or a snorkelers finger come too close the tentacles retract to the safety of the tube that gives the species the name, tube worm. If a fish is faster than the worm and bites off some tentacles, the worm will regrow the lost parts. The tube is fashioned from parchment, sand, and bits of shell that is permanently affixed to a rock, coral or some other substrate by a sticky mucus secreted by the worm.

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USVI athletes vs. the world

St. John Weather

Mainly sunny to start, then a few afternoon clouds. Hazy. High 81F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

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St. John and Virgin Islands News and Happenings

VI Olympic Academy

VI Athletes at Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China

VI Athletes head to the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China

 Five young athletes from the U.S. Virgin Islands are heading to an experience of a lifetime at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Carlos Rosa and Ajai Sweeney will compete in Beach Volleyball. They are from St. Croix. Scott McKenzie, from St. Thomas, will compete in sailing. Also in sailing is Paige Clarke, who is from St. John. Kohun Eugene, from St. John, will participate in athletics.

At the airport on Monday morning the young athletes expressed excitement and nervousness. Scott McKenzie said; “I am really excited to see how I’ll do against the other athletes.” Carlos Rosa and Ajai Sweeney added that they were excited about experiencing a new place and culture. And for Kohun Eugene he expressed that it was a dream come true. He explained; “I was sleeping when my coach called me with the news that I had qualified to go to the Youth Olympic Games. When I was fully awake, I called him back to make sure that he had actually called and it wasn’t a dream.” Kohun added that he was excited about everything; “the sports, the culture, the new place, meeting other athletes.”

The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young athletes from around the world. The sporting program is based on the Olympic Games, with 28 sports featured in the Summer Games. Unique to the Youth Games is an integrated Culture and Education Program that focuses on Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being.

For updates on Team ISV at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China follow the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee’s Facebook page.

Sephardic Jewish families of St. ThomasCARIBBEAN GENEALOGY LIBRARY Presents:

Tracing Your Jewish Roots
Sephardic Jewish families of St. Thomas and their Caribbean Migration, A Workshop by Rob Upson
Sunday, August 17th, 2014, 2:00 p.m. At the Caribbean Genealogy Library
Al Cohens Plaza, on Raphune Hill, St. Thomas, Library is next to Mango Tango.

Learn About:
Tracing your Jewish Roots ~ Resources available at CGL including rare books, microfilms, family trees and more ~ Sephardic Jewish families of St. Thomas and Caribbean migration ~ Workshop of particular interest to genealogists and historians
For More Information Call: (340) 714-2136 or visit us online

Hearing to be held on Coral Bay marina

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 20 on the second floor of the legislature building in Cruz Bay from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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St. John and Virgin Islands News & Events

Little Change to 93L

St. John Live Music Schedule

Boat Mishaps Illustrate Threat to Environment

Concept for New St. John School Unveiled


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Fun facts about lemon sharks

St. John Music

Music Schedule Monday 7/28

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Friends of National Park Launches New “Villas for the Park” Program

Wayne’s Word: In search of pelicans on a Caribbean vacation


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St. John Gourmet Almond Butter

Yummie! Almond Butter available at St. John Gourmet!

St John Prices

But the price ain’t nice! ($27.85)

Online Price

But there is an option ($11.99)


Looks good, but pricey

When I first came to St. John, the availability of food besides fish and locally grown produce was limited to say the least. All you could count on was salt fish, a big block of cheese and Saltine crackers. A lady came from Tortola with fresh vegetables once a week and we’d have occasional visits by a schooner from Puerto Rico loaded with fruit and vegetables.

Now we have three supermarkets and several convenience markets. You can even get organic stuff, but you better check prices before you decide.

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More About Land Crabs

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 18 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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St. John Brewers co-founder Chirag Vyas greets ultramarathon paddle boarder Shane Perrin as he comes ashore for a brief respite at Bolongo Bay

Ultramarathon Paddle Boarder Circumnavigates St. Thomas, St. John to Kick Off 2015 Adventure Challenge
From Andrea Milam

Paddle boarding has earned its place as a leisure sport in the Virgin Islands, with young and old alike taking to calm bay waters as a means of sightseeing and exercise. But no one had attempted to continuously circumnavigate St. Thomas and St. John — until June 14 and 15, when professional ultramarathon paddle boarder Shane Perrin took on the extreme challenge.

The 71-mile adventure took Perrin 33 hours and 57 minutes to complete, including the single hour of sleep that he stole during the early morning hours on Honeymoon Bay. Perrin is sponsored by Vertical Oar, a hub for stand up paddle boarders founded by J-P. Pesare, a childhood friend of St. John Brewers co-owner Chirag Vyas, along with his two partners Rafael Mercado and Rick Fitzpatrick.

“We’d had discussions with Vertical Oar about doing something unique in the V.I.,” said Vyas. “We wanted to showcase the potential for ultramarathon paddle boarding here in the islands.”

Perrin’s grueling adventure began at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, when he launched from Cruz Bay beach. He crossed Pillsbury Sound, then headed west along St. Thomas’s south shore.

“When I turned the corner on the west side of St. Thomas near Mermaid’s Chair, it got nasty and I was just flat out blasted with wind,” said Perrin. “There were headwinds and nasty swells, and if I stopped paddling I just went backwards at a pretty quick pace. After leaving Hull Bay, there was cross chop bouncing off the rocks and just washing me all around.”

Perrin took brief respites at various beaches as he made his way along St. Thomas’s north shore before heading back across Pillsbury Sound for St. John — in the middle of the night.

“Coming back toward Cruz Bay, there was a nasty wind coming through plus ferry boat traffic, other boat traffic, and huge swells rolling across,” said Perrin. “I hit the worst area when I couldn’t read the conditions well, so instead of timing things like I can during the day, it was more just reacting to the waves that came. The moon definitely helped, but I fell in a lot.”

Perrin continued on with his circumnavigation of St. John, again facing difficult conditions at Ram Head before meeting up with Vyas and the Vertical Oar crew at Salt Pond Bay for a brief moment of relief. He then paddled about three miles offshore to take advantage of a downwind that helped him complete his journey back into Cruz Bay, where he arrived at 4:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

At that point, not only did Perrin remain upright, he joined a cocktail hour in his honor at Motu, where he chatted with patrons. Perrin’s extreme paddle boarding adventure is amazing in its own right, but what makes his feat even more astounding is the fact that Perrin is a kidney transplant survivor. He essentially pioneered the sport of ultramarathon paddle boarding in 2011, when he decided to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the transplant by competing in a 340-mile-long kayak race — on his paddle board.

“It was a huge challenge, and I didn’t know what the impact would be; I just looked at it as a personal celebration,” said Perrin. “Out of 117 kayaks, I was the only paddle boarder and I placed 34th. I shocked people.”

Since then, Perrin has paddled thousands of miles in various races and expeditions, and ultramarathon paddling has taken on a life of its own. Perrin’s circumnavigation of St. Thomas and St. John was a kick-off of sorts for an event that St. John Brewers and Vertical Oar are planning for next year.

“We have some other things planned including an event next year that will essentially be a combination race/adventure challenge,” said Pesare. “We’re trying to incorporate Survivor meets the Amazing Race meets stand up paddle boarding meets eco-challenge. We’re going to try and bring business to the Virgin Islands while increasing the awareness of what you can do with stand up paddle boarding.”

Stay tuned to for more news on the 2015 challenge, or follow St. John Brewers on Facebook for more information.

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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