St. John and Virgin Islands News
Early Registration for the Beach-to-Beach Power Swim Ends Friday, May 3rd
It is just over 4 weeks to the 10th annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim to be held on Sunday, May 26th in the beautiful protected waters of Virgin Islands National Park. I hope that you will be joining us. For full information about the swim please visit www.friendsvinp.org/swim.
I just wanted to remind you that early registration ends next Friday, May 3rd. So save yourself a few bucks and register now. Early registration for adults is $40 and general registration, starting next Saturday, May 6th, is $50. For youths, ages 17 and below, both early and general registration is $25.
Also, please note that registration is limited to 300 swimmers — first come, first served; so please register soon to avoid disappointment
· On-line go to www.friendsvinp.org/swim.
· By phone call 340-779-4940 (office hours only)
· In person on:
On St. John at The Friends of the Park Store in Mongoose Junction, or Connections in either Cruz Bay or Coral Bay
On St. Thomas at Caribbean Surf Co. locations at Havensight or Red Hook
On St. Croix at SCUBA in Christiansted
For those of you on St. John or St. Thomas also please remember that there are two practice swims remaining to help you get ready for the event. They are on:
· Sunday, April 28th from Maho to Cinnamon or Trunk
· Sunday, May 12th from Maho to Cinnamon, Trunk or Hawksnest
The practice swims start at Maho Bay, near the dinghy channel at 8:30 am. Please be there by 8:15 for the free registration and briefing.
I look forward to seeing you in the water on May 26th. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.
Joe Kessler, Race Director
Friends of VI National Park
‘Rain Don’t Stop De Carnival,’ But Bullets Put an Early End to J’ouvert
By James Gardner — April 26, 2013
While many said the turnout at Thursday’s J’ouvert celebrations was the best it’s been in the last few years, the fun was short-lived. Violence broke out in the early morning hours, and V.I. police quickly shut down the event and asked everyone to go home….
…In a news release Thursday afternoon, the V.I. Police Department said three individuals were shot during the event and were taken to Schneider Regional Medical Center for treatment. Detectives at the scene said the victims were 23, 25 and 27 years old and that a preliminary investigation had revealed that a fight had broken out in the crowd dancing behind one of the bands.
“The wounded were taken from the scene by ambulances that were stationed nearby,” the press release said….
…In a statement released Thursday evening, Gov. John deJongh Jr. denounced the shootings and said that at least one of the victims was critically injured….
…The governor said he met Thursday with V.I. Police Commissioner-designate Rodney Querrard and other police brass, including the department’s intelligence unit director, Ray Martinez, to discuss the incident.
“I was assured by the leadership of the department that today’s shooting was not a random act,” the governor said in the release. “The intelligence gathered in the case suggests that the shooting stemmed from ongoing differences between two neighborhood groups who used the cover of the large crowd at J’ouvert to level their retaliatory acts.”…. read more
St. John Weather
Partly cloudy with rain showers in the morning, then clear with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F
Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 30%
Sunset: 6:39 PM AST
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 86 degrees F
St. John Live Music Schedule:
5:30 – 8:30
Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
7:00 – 9:00
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00
Bo & Lauren
6:30 – 9:00
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6:00 – 9:30
6:30 – 9:00
7:00 – 10:00
5:00 – 8:00
Chris Carsel & Company
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