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Local born woman will head the Washington DC Housing Authority  

It's 78° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
84% humidity. partly cloudy skies
Wind out of the East South East at 18 mph.
Water temp: 79° in Lameshur Bay St. John   St. Thomas
We had POINT 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Lots of rain in the vicinity
Satellite Photo Shows: Lots of rain  

The national weather forecast calls for Cloudy Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning...then isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs around 83. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Cruise Ship News - At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Ruby Princess Maasdam in Frederiksted.

At the top of the news on Thursday December 9
The summit is over - The topic was the importance of effective and efficient government. Yesterday’s summit participants spent more time in discussion groups, which are given specific questions to answer about government efficiency, accountability and effectiveness.  Here is one question they discussed - what government process frustrates them the most, and frustrates customers too. Topping the list was the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and how long it takes to get through lines for registrations and licenses. Many said the solution was to automate.

Another topic was access to the new Dept. of Finance Enterprise Resource Planning system. One official said her password changes so frequently she can't get on the system to fill in forms. So what if they change the password every six months instead of more frequently. Almost everyone said the new ERP has some glitches, but is a significant improvement in the workflow of government. Customer Service was a hot topic.  Everyone wants better Customer Service. Many suggested that UVI offer webinars classes on how to deliver better Customer Service.
Governor John DeJongh was in Washington DC Wednesday and met with congressional leaders in an effort to extend the unemployment benefits for unemployed Americans.  The Governor joined 20 other governors in signing a letter asking Congress to continue the benefits. More than 1,700 local residents receive unemployment benefits and most are poised to lose their benefits if the program is not extended.
If you hear a lot of sirens and see emergency responders with lights flashing today – do not worry it is just an exercise. - Throughout the territory today Firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, emergency management, security officials, hospitals, and others will all be responding to the staged emergencies on St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Water Island. Exercise activities will occur throughout the day
St. Thomas youth got a jolt of holiday spirit Wednesday as Department of Tourism, the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association and Disney Cruise Line, hosted the Disney Holiday Gift Project at the Frenchman’s Reef.  More than 200 children from various Human Services’ programs were on hand for the festivities.  The children got gifts and lunch, while Disney characters, and volunteer local entertainers entertained  the children. The FCCA Cruise Lines will be providing gifts to more than 6,000 children in 28 different destinations throughout the region, including our Islands.    

The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners appointed native Virgin Islander and St. Thomian Adrianne Todman to be the authority's executive director on Wednesday The board conducted a nationwide search,  got 138 applicants and selected Todman for the job. The Washington Housing Authority  is the nation’s capital’s largest landlord and provides subsidized housing to more than 50,000 District residents. – She will oversee 750 employees and a budget of $300 million, Todman was born here in St. Thomas

FREE workshops on making fruit cakes are scheduled today on UVI’s St. Croix campus. The classes are offered by the Cooperative Extension Service. in Room 134 at the Research & Extension Center on the following schedule: today  Fruit Cakes - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call to register, contact 692-4083.
St. Croix Bike path is having a second public meeting this evening at the Department of Education Curriculum Center in Kingshill St. Croix at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Come out and learn about the planned St. Croix Bikepath.

ICC employees in Local union 8713 and 8545 are asked to attend a very important meeting at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas and at Sunny Isles Shopping Center on St. Croix 7:30 PM this evening.

Here’s a chance to make some good news – Ace Sea Chest is holding a holiday Raffle.  And the proceeds benefit the Nana Baby Home.  Tickets are $2 and you might win a radio controlled car that the kids will really love.  Hummm, Dad may want this one for himself.  Go to Sea Chest Ace, drop a few dollars on raffle tickets and you help Nana Baby Home and have a chance to win a real prize to put under the Christmas tree.  Sea Chest Ace – make some Good News.

Charlotte Amalie High School is embarking on a Wall of Fame project to honor and showcase the numerous alumni who have made significant contributions to the community in their chosen careers. This monument will serve to inspire students to achieve at their highest level and provide role models for students to emulate.  The official unveiling of the Wall of Fame will be on Friday, December 17 at 1:00 pm in the Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium.  The theme is “Honoring our Past, By Celebrating our Present, To Inspire our Future.”  The 2010 CAHS Wall of Fame inductees include, Dr. Charles W. Turnbull, Dr. Alfred O. Heath, Ms. Ruth E. Thomas, Ambassador Terence Todman, Judge Curtis Gomez, Mr. Austin “Babe” Monsanto, Mr. Edward Thomas, Mr. Alvin McBean, and posthumously, Mr. Emile “Milo” Francis and Dr. Melvin H Evans. All  CAHS alumni and other community members are invited to the induction ceremony - Friday, December 17 at 1:00 pm.

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