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Answer Desk: What’s Happening with the Westin Iguanas?
By Lynda Lohr — March 13, 2013

The Westin Resort and Villas on St. John continues to struggle with the abundance of iguanas that like to hang out at the hotel, but Source reader Barbara Murray wants to know exactly what they’re doing with them.

Westin manager Mike Ryan said he wants to do the right thing for both the iguanas and the resort guests.

Ryan said they’re trying to keep them out of public spaces. His crews are bagging them up in mesh bags and relocating them to “back of the house” places on the Westin grounds, he said. This means they’re letting them go in areas like the guts that cross the property.

The Westin previously relocated the iguanas to other areas of St. John like Fish Bay, but that didn’t sit well with residents who also struggle to keep them from devouring their gardens…. read more

BVI Announces Bubbly Pool Closure Following Accident
By Erik Ackerson — March 13, 2013

The British Virgin Islands government has announced that the “bubbly pool” on Jost Van Dyke has been closed until further notice, following a tragic accident at the location on Saturday.

Jonathan Wheeler, a 34-year-old resident of St. Thomas, died at the scene trying to rescue a friend who fell off the surrounding rocks. Another friend, Doug Stewart, received severe injuries trying to rescue Wheeler.

The men were part of a group of 10 friends visiting the popular attraction. Huge waves along the rugged northern coastline swept Wheeler away after he rescued the friend, they said…. read more

St. John Weather Forecast

High Surf Advisory
Partly cloudy
High of 79 degrees F
Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph
Sunset: 6:28 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor): 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule Thursday March 14

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

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

Beach Bar
Dave Gerrard
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
James
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Vision
8:30
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones Magnie
6:00
779-4982

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

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Vanda Orchid St. John US Virgin islands

St. John Springtime: Vanda Orchid

We’re slowly seeing the signs of spring here on St. John. Albeit not as dramatic as springtime in America, we do, contrary to what many believe, have definite seasons. Today, for example marks the day that America goes back on Daylight Time, making Eastern Standard Time (EST) equal to our Atlantic Standard Time (AST). The seawater has become warm enough not to be so shocking (for  baby like me anyway, but not warm enough for a baby like my friend Mario). More scientifically demonstrating the coming of a new season is the appearance of flowers on my mango tree and the aloes in bloom a buzz with bees and hummingbirds in the morning.

Mango Flowers

Aloe Flowers

Key Lime Flower

Christmas Palm Fruits

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Sunday, March 11

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – The Blood Gypsies – 5:00 – 777-4220
Concordia – Bo – Sunday Brunch – 10:00 am
Driftwood Dave’s – Live Music – 1:00 – 4:00 – 777-4015
Miss Lucy’s – Samba Combo – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5354
Ocean Grill – David Laab – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Rhumblines – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck Landing – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00
Skinny Legs – Groove Thang – 6:00 -779-4982
Sun Dog Cafe – David Laab – 11:00 am- 2:00 pm – 244-9713
Westin Beach Bar – Rich Greengold  – 6:30 – 9:30 – 244-9713

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jacob plays terminator at westin st john virgin islands

Terminator

Well, it’s been some time since my last post. Been busy with the complete revision of my “Vieques” book, in both English and Spanish and spending lots of time with my kid, Jacob.

After the big flood, the Westin rebuilt and renovated quickly and was back online in a matter of weeks. The beach was cleaned up, the tennis courts resurfaces, the kitchen and dining areas upgraded. Everything except the game room.

When jacob asked me about the games, I had to say that there were none, well almost none. “Why?’ he asked.

“I don’t know.”

“When will they be back?”

I don’t know.”

“Let’s go check,” he says and I am pessimistic to say the least, but to placate him we head over to the Westin to check. It turns out that that very day they’re setting up all new games. Cool ones too. Terminator with machine guns, a cool car racing game, state of the art air hockey, a retro style pin ball game that turns out to be the best pin ball game I’ve ever played and soon come X- Box, games which they say will be changed monthly and which will be using the “Connect” technology.

If you have kids or just like games, check it out!

Air Hockey

Juke Box

Photo Booth

Pin Ball

Terminator

X-Box

Jacob Plays “Terminator” at the Westin Game Room

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Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

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Fisherman casts net to catch sprat for bait

The first step in catching fish is to get bait. In this photo a fisherman is casting a sprat net for that purpose. He holds on of the lead weights in his teeth and cast the net wide open using his two hands. As the net opens in a circular pattern, he release the last weight held in his mouth – important to remember! Today he’ll be trolling for kingfish…

St. John Music Schedule, Thursday April 28

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Callwood – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Mikey P Rocks the House – 8:00 – 777-3316
High Tide – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues - T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’sRich & Greg – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5244
Ocean Grill – Rascio Steel Pan – 7:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Skinnylegs - Lauren – Guitar & Vocal – 6:00 – 779-4982

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St John Flora: Century Plant

Century Plant (Agave missionum)

Century Plants used to one of the most commonly found and easily identifiable plants on St. John. Even though they bloomed only once after about 20 years, around Easter time, the full bloom Century Plant could be seen in bloom just about anywhere there was dry forest or scrub land. Now due to the ravages of the Mexican Snout Beetle, the century plant has become a rare and endangered species.

Press Release
St. John Film Society

Free Movie Night
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 7:30 pm
St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay

SUGAR – A feature length film by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (120 min) 2008

SUGAR follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macoris, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Playing professionally at a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, Miguel finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States’ minor league system, but when his play falters, he begins to question the single mindedness of his life’s ambition.

St. John Music Schedule Saturday April 23

CastawaysKenny Floyd – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
Fatty CrabSambacombo- 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 693-5244
Morgan’s MangoLuba – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren & Bo – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-0303
Skinny Legs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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Frank Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands

Beautiful Frank Bay Sunset

Frank Bay drew a contingent of photographers and sight-seers yesterday afternoon for another spectacular sunset. At first it was disappointing as the sun sunk behind a bank of clouds. Some people left, but those that stayed were treated to a colorful panorama as the western horizon exploded in reds and yellows.

 

St. John Music Schedule Friday April 22

Beach BarSoul Grass Rebellion – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Dusty Spoon – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
High Tide – John Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island BluesBig Heavy – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean GrillLuba – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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St. Thomas ProduceSt. John Farmers MarketSt. John enjoyed a sort of mini farmers market this morning, beautiful fresh local produce for sale set up outside of Connections in downtown Cruz Bay. Those responsible for this phenomenon Anthony and friends, farmers and farmers helpers from Dorothia  on St. Thomas’ north side (Nordside). Anthony will be bringing his fruits and vegetable to St. John every other Friday (This week was on a Thursday because tomorrow is a holiday.

St. John Music Schedule Thursday April 21

Banana Deck - Steel Pan by Lemuel Callwood – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways - Mikey P Rocks the House – 8:00 – 777-3316
High Tide - Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’s -Rich & Greg – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5244
Ocean Grill
- Rascio Steel Pan – 7:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Skinnylegs – Lauren – 6:00 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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St. John Does Something Right

There’s no gas on Vieques. They ran out the day before yesterday and word is that a shipment might arrive today. When word gets here that the gasoline has left Puerto Rico on the barge, the gas lines will form.

Asking friends on the island about this, I would hear, “well you know how it is living on an island. We only have two gas stations and all our gas has to come in by barge from Puerto Rico”

But no, I don’t know. We pretty much always have gas on St. John. We only have one gas station and not only does our gas have to come by barge from St. Thomas, St. Thomas needs to get gas from somewhere.

I imagine it’s a matter of efficiency, and contrary to popular opinion, we must be fairly efficient here on St. John, at least when it comes to gasoline availability.

St. John Music Schedule Wednesday April 20

Castaways – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 777-3316
Coconut Coast StudiosSt. John Flutes – 5:30 -7:00 – 776-6944
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island BluesSoulgrass Rebellion – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – James Jams – 10:00- 693-8802
Sun Dog Cafe – Open Mic – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 8340
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeDavid Laabs – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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Sunbay, Vieques PR

Sun Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico

St. John Music Schedule Saturday April 16

Beach Bar – T Bird & Friends – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways - Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
Fatty CrabSambacombo – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 693-5244
Morgan’s MangoLuba – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren & Bo – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-0303
Skinny Legs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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St. John Flora: Mampoo

“The mampoo is dropping it’s sticky seeds that find there way all over my shoes, my socks, my pants and all over the house.”

Funny thing, I’ve been annoyed with the sticky mampoo seeds and decided to blog about it. I remembered writing about them in the past so I did a search to see what I wrote. It turns out that the above paragraph was written one year ago to the day.

My friend, King, once told me to cut down the big mampoo because in his words it was a “dis GUSTING tree.” I didn’t realize what he meant until it flowered in the spring and dropped its sticky seeds all over the place.

From the SeeStJohn.com:

“In the springtime the mampoo goes to seed, the female of the species, making a kind of flower that starts off green and then turns black.

The tennis-ball sizes flower looks like a miniature tree that’s branches end with little black seeds instead of leaves.

St John Virgin Islands Flora: MampooOn the end of each seed is a ball of sticky hooked spikes that stick on to skin or clothing like sticky velcro. If you have a mampoo on the way to your house you will surely find the little seeds everywhere during April and May, the time that they fall from the tree.

Disgusting it may be, but I still find the mampoo to be a beautiful shade tree and I’m happy to have them near my house, except in April and May, that is.

Check out the descriptive Mampoo & Mampoo seed photos

St. John Music Schedule Friday April 15

Beach Bar - ISH – 9:00 – 777-4220

Castaways – Dusty Spoon – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
High Tide - John Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill - Luba – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime James Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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