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Hassel Island

Fort Willoughby Hassel Island
Fort Willoughby Window – Hassel Island

Before 1860, Hassel Island was not an island at all. It was a peninsula connected to Frenchtown by a low-lying spit of land. Its strategic location at the southwest entrance to the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, led both the Danes and the British (during the British occupation of the Danish West Indies in the early 19th century) to construct fortifications to defend the harbor.

In the middle of the century, a steam powered marine railway began operation on the peninsula and in 1860, the Danish Government had the connecting isthmus excavated and dredged creating a channel between Charlotte Amalie Harbor and Crown Bay, changing Hassel from a peninsula to an island. The newly-created channel was dubbed Haulover Cut because fishermen used to haul their small vessels over the isthmus rather then have to row or sail around the peninsula.

In the 1930s and 40s, the Paiewonsky family acquired most of the island from the Department of the Interior.

In 1977, the Paiewonskys gave Fort Willoughby to the people of the Virgin Islands and later sold their other holdings on Hassel Island to the National Park.

From “St. Thomas USVI” by Gerald Singer

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

Carnival Cultural and Food Fair a Day of Joy
By Molly Morris — May 1, 2014

Under a perfect cloudless sky, Emancipation Garden was alive with the energy and camaraderie of the annual Carnival Committee Cultural and Food Fair on Wednesday.

This year the fair was called “Charles and Joe’s Flamboyant Garden,” honoring brother farmers Charles and Joseph Leonard, and the joy was contagious and abundant.

Charles Leonard, proprietor of Best Fresh Farm, has earned more awards than he can remember for the bounty he produces each year on his two acres, most recently at the Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural and Cultural Food Fair in January…. read more

Sea coral protein may protect against HIV
Published April 30, 2014
FoxNews.com

A newly discovered protein found in sea coral may help prevent HIV infection, Medical News Today reported.

Discovered in feathery corals collected off the north coast of Australia, these proteins are called cnidarins and are able to block HIV without leading to resistance to other HIV drugs. This ability makes cnidarins ideal for inclusion in anti-HIV microbicides, such as gels and lubricants.

Theoretically, women would be able to use these anti-HIV gels and lubricants as protection, without having to rely on a condom.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) tested the protein on various lab strains of HIV and found them to be remarkably potent. The proteins appeared to bind to the virus and prevent it from penetrating the T cells in the immune system— the first step in the virus’ transmission.

Co-investigator Dr. Koreen Ramessar, an NCI research fellow, said this is “completely different from what we’ve seen with other proteins, so we think the cnidarin proteins have a unique mechanism of action.”

The research was presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting on April 29. The scientists hope to produce the proteins in larger quantities in order to test them more thoroughly.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
7:00 – 9:00
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
Brother Nature
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

High Tide
Erin Hart
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30 – 9:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
Rich & Greg
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-5244

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

Pickles
T-Bird
6:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 81. East northeast wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Denis Bay Anchor

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Denis Bay Anchor
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Anchor at Hurricane Hole

About six weeks ago I posted some photos and the location of a old large anchor now resting in Hurricane Hole. There is a similar sized anchor lying just off the old pier at Denis Bay, but in this case only one of the flukes is exposed.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
340-776 5336

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Parrotfish Teeth

ParrotfishParrotfish have a series of individual teeth that fuse together to form what looks like a parrot’s beak, hence the name, parrotfish. They use their teeth to scrape the rocks and coral, digesting the algae and excreting the excess, which makes up much of the fine coral sand we find on St. John’s beaches. As the teeth wear away from such rough treatment they are replaced with more material keeping them sharp and strong.

The parrotfish in the photo is a supermale, which is a male that began life as a female.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
340-776 5336

Beach Bar
John Sutton
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Marine Life: Parrotfish

Adult Parrotfish

Parrotfish are still plentiful on the reefs around St. John and that’s a good thing. These brightly colored fish are easy to identify because their teeth are tightly packed together and are on the outside of their jawbone giving them a parrot-like beak. It is this feature which enables the parrotfish to scrape algae off the of coral and rocks found on the reef. This process called bioeriosion has important benefits for the coral reef environment.

First, coral needs to have a clean place to grow. Rocks covered by algae would not be suitable for the beginning of new coral structures. Second, coral covered by algae could not survive and third, the scraped off algae passes through the parrotfishes’ digestive system and is excreted as sand, which comprises a good deal of the sand found on St. John beaches. One parrotfish can produce as much as 200 pounds of sand in a year.

Parrotfish in bagBefore parrotfish go to sleep, they secrete a mucus cocoon around themselves within which they spend the night.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Below Average Hurricane Season Predicted
By Lynda Lohr — April 11, 2014

There was good news Thursday from the Colorado State University hurricane prediction team. Researcher Phil Klotzbach said he thinks the upcoming season will see a below average number of storms.

“The tropical Atlantic has anomalously cooled over the past several months, and the chances of a moderate to strong El Niño event this summer and fall appear to be quite high,” Klotzbach said in a press release issued Thursday. “Historical data indicate fewer storms form in these conditions.”

The team expects nine named storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 and Nov. 30. Of those nine storms, researchers expect three to become hurricanes and one to reach major hurricane strength with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 4/11

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
John Sutton
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
340-777-3316

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
340-201-1236

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce
6:30 -8:30 – Drumming
340-776-6330

High Tide
Mikey P
5:00 – 8:00
340-714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
340-776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Rhumb Lines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00
340-779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-1100

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
340-779-4982

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St. John Events

St. John Singers

St. John Concert
Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay
Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

 

 

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Old Wife

St. John Marine Creatures: Queen Triggerfish
Old Wife (Queen Triggerfish)

Old Wife used to be plentiful on the reefs around St. John. They were easy to catch, whether by line, spear or trap. I used to catch a lot of them when I fished commercially on St. John back in the days. Now, you hardly see them at all.

Selling them was another story. Although a tasty fish, their tough skin presented a problem. First off, they needed to be skinned instead of scaled and not everyone had that particular skill, leading many to avoid buying them.

The other problem was that fish lacking scales and/or fins were forbidden to the congregation of the Seventh Day Adventist Church as well as to the zero observant kosher Jews on the island at the time. This is debatable as some people take the position that Old Wife does in fact have tiny scales over their skin, although not readily discernible.

The problem was solved when I discovered that Eric Christian, who operated the only real restaurant on St. John in those days called Eric’s Hilltop, featured Old Wife soup on his luncheon menu. Eric would buy all the Old Wife I could supply and, by the way, when Old Wife is boiled, the skin comes off easily.

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

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

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Swimming could help spur USVI’s tourism industry
Published: April 1, 2014

Creating a national sports policy for the Virgin Islands has been in the news lately, with the Senate Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, Youth and Recreation holding hearings about the topic on both St. Thomas and St. Croix in recent weeks.

Sen. Myron Jackson, committee chairman, is drafting a bill to be vetted that would create a policy to help sports move forward in the territory.

Swimming should be an integral part of a national sports policy in the Virgin Islands. Let’s face it, we are surrounded by water. No matter what happens in the Virgin Islands, we have to travel places and are transported either on the water or over it. In most areas of the Virgin Islands, we are never more than a few minutes from either the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean. It’s common sense that we should embrace our island’s innate gifts, and swimming in the Virgin Islands is one of them.

Swimming is an ideal sport to attract tourism to the Virgin Islands. Currently, the Virgin Islands hosts the annual Beach to Beach Power Swim on St. John and the annual St. Croix Coral Reef Swim. These are both ocean swims that attract many hundreds of people to the Virgin Islands…. read more

Man drowns during attempt to swim from Coki Point to Thatch Cay on Saturday night
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 1, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The body of a drowned man was recovered near Thatch Cay on Sunday.

The man had set off about 4 p.m. Saturday with a friend to swim from Coki Point to Thatch Cay, according to V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources Environmental Enforcement Assistant Director Jessica Magras Parris.

“His friend made it over, but he didn’t,” she said.

Ricardo Castrodad, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, said the federal agency got the call that a swimmer was reported missing the next day.

“We got a call around 10 a.m. Sunday of an individual that had gone swimming with a friend in the area of Coki Point,” Castrodad said. “They were caught in the current and separated and the survivor was able to make it to Thatch Cay where he reported spending the night and then got to St. Thomas the next day and made the report.”

The Coast Guard was providing support for the St. Thomas International Regatta on the East End, and diverted a vessel from the regatta to help look for the man.

“Around 11 a.m., we located the body of the other swimmer who had been reported missing,” Castrodad said. “We were able to recover the body and transfer the person to DPNR personnel via boat to boat transfer.”

The body was found near Thatch Cay, he said…. read more

Man found dead Saturday after swimming near Hull Bay
Daily News Staff)
Published: April 1, 2014

A man was found dead Saturday of an apparent drowning near Hull Bay.

The incident was called into 911 at 12:37 p.m. Saturday as a water rescue/dead on arrival at Dorothea Condos.

St. Thomas Rescue Chief Joseph Cranston Jr. said the volunteer rescue workers had a boat in the water, but the body washed to shore where it was recovered.

He said it was a man, believed to have been swimming when he was swept out to sea.

Cranston said the body was recovered just around the bend from Hull Bay.

“It washed back up to shore, it went out to sea and then came back in on the current,” he said.

Cranston said the seas on the northside of the island were particularly rough and dangerous for swimming.

“The seas were very rough, especially the one down in the Hull Bay area,” he said…. read more

2 charged with cultivating pot after neighbor alerts authorities
By FIONA STOKES (Daily News Staff)
Published: April 1, 2014

ST. CROIX – Two young men have been released from jail on unsecured bonds after being charged with cultivating marijuana.

Eachan Simon, 25, of Mars Hill, and Claudiston Sonson, 21, of Estate Plessen, both appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks on Monday morning and were advised of their rights after being arrested and charged Saturday with cultivating marijuana, destruction of evidence and possession of a controlled substance.

According to court documents filed by Police Officer Darryl Walcott, he and his partner were called to a disturbance Saturday afternoon in Estate Grove Place and when they arrived they met a woman who complained that someone had tampered with plastic she had covering her window, and may have been trying to break into her home.

The woman also told police that her neighbors had been growing marijuana in their backyard.

When Walcott and his partner went behind the home, they saw Sonson walking along the fence line towards the back of the property where he began pulling up what was later confirmed to be potted marijuana plants.

According to police, he was ordered to stop pulling up the plants because they were now considered evidence. Sonson, however, continued pulling up the plants and was soon joined by Simon, who pulled up additional plants which they threw over the fence in the direction of the officers, according to the court documents.

Walcott and his partner called for assistance and the two men were arrested. Walcott said a total of 44 marijuana plants were seized…. read more

Innovative could soon lose 17 channels, including MTV, BET and Comedy Central
Daily News Staff)
Published: April 1, 2014

If a threat made by Viacom/MTV Networks is made good, Innovative customers will be without 17 channels today. Despite the threat, the channels were still available to Innovative customers at press time early this morning.

Innovative Cable officials were doubtful the threat will be carried out Monday afternoon, however, and are keeping customers informed on the status of the negotiations.

Viacom/MTV Networks has been in negotiations with the National Cable Telecommunications Cooperative for some time. The cooperative is a nonprofit organization that negotiates programming fees on behalf of about 1,000 cable television providers across the country, including Innovative Cable.

According to Innovative officials, Viacom/MTV Networks are demanding fee hikes that amount to about 40 times the rate of inflation, according to Innovative officials.

“These price increases would be excessive especially in our current economic situation and extremely burdensome and unfair to our Innovative Cable TV Customers,” an Innovative written statement said…. read more

V.I. Charter Boat Rule Passes U.S. House
By Source Staff — April 2, 2014

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday with a provision allowing V.I. charter boats to carry more than six passengers, according to Delegate Donna M. Christensen and Gov. John deJongh Jr., who both praised the development. The bill still needs to pass the Senate and be signed into law.

In a statement on the floor of the House, Christensen praised Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster and ranking member Nick Rahall for including language in the bill that would clarify a problem that has hurt the charter boat industry in the territory.

“This is something our charter boat industry has been advocating for at least 20 years,” Christensen said on the House floor. She said when the Passenger Vehicle Safety Act was passed in 1993, it limited the number of paying passengers that may be carried aboard uninspected vessels. “Because of the existing rule, our once thriving charter yacht industry has migrated to the British Virgin Islands and estimates of revenue losses to the USVI economy range from 70 to 100 million dollars annually,” she told the House…. read more

St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly after 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 74. Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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St. John Marine Life: Spotted Trunkfish

spotted trunkfish
Spotted trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis

I photographed this spotted trunkfish at Hurricane Hole. I was lucky to get the photo, as they are not that common and are generally wary of divers and quickly shoot back into ledges and holes in the reef when approached. Locally, trunkfish are also boxfish and cowfish.

The Spotted trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis, as well as other species of trunkfish secretes a colorless toxin that it produces from gland on their skin when they are under stress. For humans, the toxin is only dangerous if eaten and won’t harm them if they touch the fish, but marine predators, even large ones like nurse sharks can die as the result of eating a trunkfish.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Beach Bar
Cactus Brothers
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
Quest Theory
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

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 79. East southeast wind 14 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

UPPER LEVEL RIDGE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD OVER THE REGION TODAY LEADING TO LARGE SCALE SUBSIDENCE AND SIGNIFICANT DRYING. WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN TODAY WITH RED FLAG CONDITIONS POSSIBLE FOR SAINT CROIX.

(A Red Flag Warning also known as a Fire Weather Warning is a forecast warning issued by the United States National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire ignition, and rapid propagation.)

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Virgin Islands Marine Life: Needlefish

St. John Virgin Islands Marine Life: needlefish
Needlefish (Tylosurus crocodilus)

Some years ago my friend, John Campbell, the father of Jasmine Campbell who represented the Virgin Islands in the Sochi Olympics, was water skiing in Rendezvous Bay. At precisely the wrong time, a needlefish jumped out of the water, its sharp beak colliding with John’s knee and penetrating deep into the joint. This led John on a quick trip to the clinic and a successful removal of the bony beak.

The needlefish, which range in length from one to 37 inches, can jump out of the water at speeds of up to 37 mph. making them a danger to humans that like my friend John happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There have, in fact, been several recorded instances of needlefish causing deaths and injuries, especially during the night when the lights from boats excite the needlefish causing them to leap out of the water in the direction of the light. Night fishermen and divers in the Pacific find needlefish to be more of a danger than sharks.

A three-foot long needlefish killed a10-year-old Hawaiian boy who was night fishing with his father, the fish’s beak passing through the boy’s eye into his brain. A surfer in Hawaii suffered the same fate. A Vietnamese boy diving for sea cucumbers in 2007 was killed when the beak of a needlefish penetrated his heart. A snorkeler in Florida was nearly killed in the same manner and in 2012 a needlefish seriously injured the German kite surfer Wolfram Reiners in the Seychelles.

Needlefish swim close to the surface and survive on a diet of smaller fish. In the Virgin Islands, needlefish are often referred to as garfish, but, although somewhat similar in appearance, they are not related to that species.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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
Groove Thang
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY

SEVEN FOOT SWELLS AT 12 SECONDS AT SAN JUAN BUOY 41053 WILL PRODUCE BREAKING WAVES OF 9 TO 12 FEET ALONG ALL COASTS OF PUERTO RICO…CULEBRA…VIEQUES AND ST THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND ADJACENT ISLANDS. SWELLS EXPECTED TO SUBSIDE QUICKLY EARLY THIS EVENING.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM AST THIS AFTERNOON.  WAVES AND SURF: BREAKING WAVES OF 9 TO 12 FEET FROM THE NORTH NORTHWEST.

TIMING: THROUGH 4 PM AST TODAY.

IMPACTS: LIMITED COASTAL EROSION AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS   AROUND ROCKS AND REEFS.

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. HIGH SURF IS ESPECIALLY HAZARDOUS AT NIGHT. RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ARE URGED TO KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE FROM THE WATER.

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Mangrove Oysters

mangrove oysters

The mangrove oyster (Crassostrea gasar) grows on the prop roots of mangrove trees. They may be seen above the waterline during low tides. They are part of the traditional cuisine in Trinidad and Tobago.

While on the expedition to Guyana in search of the golden city, El Dorado, Sir Walter Raleigh, told of the mangrove oysters he had encountered near Pitch Lake in Trinidad.

Raleigh wrote of oysters that grew on tree branches and were more delicious than European oysters.

Although this account was substantially true, it wasn’t believed for many years because the story came along with exaggerated and sometimes imaginary descriptions of the places visited on the expedition.

St. John Events

Virgin Fire Restaurant
Movie Night- Presenting: “Nebraska”

Virgin Fire Restaurant announces that they’ve acquired the rights to show current movies on their in-house theatre.

We’re serving a Late Night Supper Menu, with appetizers, salads, desserts and coffees, and our bar is open.  General Admission is $15.

Seating is limited so please reserve here, or call us at 777-3473

St. John School of the Arts

St. John School of the Arts presents: Trio Arbos
Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 p.m.

St. John School of the Arts presents: Trio ArbosFormed in 1996 in Madrid and named after the Spanish violinist, conductor and composer Enrique Fernández Arbós (1863–1939), the Trío Arbós has established itself as one of Spain’s leading chamber ensembles. The repertoire of the Trío ranges from the classical to the contemporary, with specially commissioned works forming a significant part of the concert programmes presented. The Trío has appeared frequently in major concert halls and festivals in more than thirty countries.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Beach Bar
Quest Theory
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
Oasis
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 Source
Marijuana Forum Planned at UVI
By Source Staff — March 12, 2014

A Marijuana Forum will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the University of the Virgin Islands in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center, St. Thomas. The theme of the forum is “Uncovering the Truth and Busting the Myths.” The scheduled panelists are Sen.Terrance “Positive” Nelson, V.I. Legislature; Deseree Lambertis, V.I. Police Department; Franz Brady, alcohol and narcotics counselor; and Keith McNichols, Drug Enforcement Agency Office. There will also be a debate by the Criminal Justice Constitutional Law Class on the topic “Should Medicinal Marijuana Be Legalized in the Virgin Islands?”

For more information, contact Dahlia Stridiron, counseling and career services, at 693-1136 or Alyssa Ryan, dean of students, at 693-1120.

Caribbean Media Network
Target Shoots Commercial in the Caribbean (USVI)
March 14, 2014   Celebs, Travel

The Caribbean island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands, was featured in a recent Target swimwear commercial, featuring Sports Illustrated Model and US Virgin Islands native Hannah Davis . The location is Trunk Bay, St. John, where viewers catches a glimpse of beautiful clear waters, and the summer fun of the Caribbean. The ad will run on national cable television, in all 50 states, and the Caribbean region. (Kudos Hannah for thinking of your home)

St. John Historical Society
The St. John Historical Society is one step closer to realizing its dream of creating a permanent home thanks to an anonymous $100,000 donation announced at the society’s 40th anniversary party on Tuesday evening, March 11, at the Battery.

News of the donation, which was announced to the crowd of nearly 100 attendees by SJHS President Lonnie Willis, was met with gasps and a round of applause.

“We know that hard work and dedication are needed to make the Historical Society’s plans come alive, and have no doubt that the SJHS board is willing to put forth this effort,” Willis read from a letter sent to the society by the anonymous donor. “It is a pleasure to provide this donation to an organization whose purpose is to interpret, preserve, and share the history and heritage of an island we have grown to love. To ensure the society’s continued success and improve its ability to share the story of St. John in multiple and memorable ways, it is our hope that this contribution will encourage others in the community to also recognize and support the world-class efforts of this organization and its all-volunteer board.”

The SJHS announced in April 2013 it had signed a 99-year lease with the St. John Community Foundation for a portion of the foundation’s parcel at Estate Bellevue. The vision for this home, to be called the St. John Cultural and Historical Resource Center, includes a climate-controlled archive and museum/exhibit area, as well as meeting space and room for future expansion. It will be located nearby the historic ruins on the estate. The SJHS, working hand in hand with the SJCF, will play a key role in developing and preserving the site and making it available to the public.

“This incredibly generous anonymous contribution is the impetus that this organization needs to move us forward into phase two of our plans for the St. John Cultural and Historical Resource Center,” said Willis. “Phase one was ‘imagining,’ and phase two will be ‘creating.’ We are so thankful for this contribution, and I hope it will spur others to make similar commitments to our society and to our island.”

Longtime board member Rafe Boulon, who grew up on St. John in the mid- to late-20th century, lauded the donation as a stepping stone to receiving further donations.

“I would say that this donation represents the incredibly important and substantial seed money for the society to be able to attract the additional funding necessary to achieve our goal of constructing an archive, office, and museum on the Bellevue property,” he said. “This is far and away the largest donation the society has ever received, and is an affirmation of the society’s significance to St. John and a belief in what this all-volunteer society can do in the future.”

Eleanor Gibney, also a longtime board member who grew up on St. John, echoed Boulon’s sentiments.

“The society is honored by this wonderfully generous gift,” said Gibney. “Far beyond the immediate boost to the society and our building plans, it’s an investment in the future of St. John.”

To donate to the society’s building effort, please contact Willis at contactus@stjohnhistoricalsociety.org.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 76. East northeast wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Lionfish

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Lionfish at Klein Bay

Because of their voracious appetite, skill at hunting small fish, invertebrates and mollusks, long life, (five to fifteen years) ability to reproduce rapidly and lack of natural predators, the recently-introduced species, lionfish, (Pterois) have become a threat to the Caribbean coral reef community.

Lionfish are native to the Pacific Ocean They were first discovered in the Atlantic near Dania, Florida in 1985. It is speculated that they were introduced by people discarding them from personal aquariums when they got too large or when they became a problem by eating the other fish.

The lionfish have venomous spines, which can cause varying degrees of unpleasantness to those creatures, including humans that come in contact with them.

Efforts to control them have been problematic. As the lionfish has no natural predators, attempts have been made to teach creatures such as sharks, eels, barracudas and groupers to eat them with samples offered to them by divers. Feeding sharks, barracudas and their like comes along with its own set of problems as these fish often become aggressive to humans when they are expecting a free lunch and one is not offered them.

There have also been attempts to encourage humans, the only real natural threat to the lionfish, to develop a taste for them. Although people can consume the lionfish after the venomous spines have been removed and they are reported to be quite tasty, the lionfish has been implicated as a possible cause of ciguatera fish poisoning in areas where ciguatera is present.

So far efforts by divers and organized lionfish hunts have been the most effective ways of controlling them, especially at popular dive sites.

St. John Events

Virgin Fire Restaurant
Presents: “Nebraska”

Virgin Fire Restaurant announces that they’ve acquired the rights to show current movies on their in- house theatre.

We’re serving a Late Night Supper Menu, with appetizers, salads, desserts and coffees, and our bar is open.  General Admission is $15.

Seating is limited so please reserve here, or call us at 777-3473

Trio Arbos
St. John School of the Arts
Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Trio ArbosFormed in 1996 in Madrid and named after the Spanish violinist, conductor and composer Enrique Fernández Arbós (1863–1939), the Trío Arbós has established itself as one of Spain’s leading chamber ensembles. The repertoire of the Trío ranges from the classical to the contemporary, with specially commissioned works forming a significant part of the concert programmes presented. The Trío has appeared frequently in major concert halls and festivals in more than thirty countries.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Beach Bar
Quest Theory
8:00
777-4220

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

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

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

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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St. John Snorkel: Kein Bay to Ditleff

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rendezvous bayThere’s a series of rock ledges along the coast between Klein and Ditleff Bays that provide shelters for hundreds of small colorful reef fish. The ledges are in shallow water and the fish are always there and can be observed by snorkelers without having to dive into deeper waters. In addition to reef fish, I’ve seen lobsters, shrimp and crabs nestled under the ledges.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Beach Bar
Flipswitch
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

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Education officials seek feedback from parents about closing Guy Benjamin School on St. John
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: March 12, 2014

V.I. Education Department officials met with parents last week about the possible closure or re-purposing of Guy Benjamin School in Coral Bay, St. John.

“We have not made a decision yet, this was just to get feedback,” Education spokeswoman Ananta Pancham said.

Education officials said the final decision depends on how many students register for the upcoming school year.

The school has seen a steady decline in enrollment during the last few years, and the Education Department is having trouble justifying the financial expense to keep the doors open to serve only a few students, particularly when the students can be taught at Julius Sprauve School in Cruz Bay.

At a Parent Teacher Organization meeting on Thursday, St. Thomas-St. John District Superintendent Jeanette Smith-Barry said enrollment at Guy Benjamin has dropped from a high of 112 students to the current 55.

Despite the school’s declining number of students, it still costs the same amount of money – $1.1 million annually – to operate the school, according to the department.

It costs about $2.3 million per year to operate Sprauve, according to Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory. Benjamin has only 15 employees compared with Sprauve’s 44.

Sprauve poses some concerns – it is located in the center of Cruz Bay and is surrounded by bars and traffic – but it does have a maximum capacity of 729, more than enough to absorb the 55 Guy Benjamin students…. read more

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before 8am. Sunny, with a high near 77. East southeast wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

 

 

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