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Prince, Princess and Duchess

Snow and stormy weather all over the Midwest of the US. Snow in Chicago, at 10 degrees, Snow in Washington DC at 33 degrees, St. Thomas North Dakota has -12 degrees  
It's 79° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
72% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind is calm
Water temp: 80° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
Overnight low got down to 69 degrees promoting dew on the car windshields this morning.  
No rain.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms on the horizon.

The national weather forecast calls for Isolated showers in the morning. Highs around 82. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.

Cruise Ship News - At Havensight  Dock Victory
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At the top of the news on Monday December 13    

Christmas is getting going on St. Croix as the first parts of Crucian Christmas Festival got underway over the weekend.  Saturday night the parade of lighted boats graced the Christiansted harbor and on  Sunday night the Crucian Christmas Festival parade took to the streets of Christiansted. Crowds lining the streets from Times Square wending the route through down town to the village in Market Square. Mocko Jumbies, Floats, bands and lots of Christmas festival feeling.  Sunday was also time for the Duchess and Prince and Princess competition at Juanita Gardine (Gar-dean) Elementary School. We now have Princess Qui-shana Christensen and Prince Shak-leim Crossley and Duchess Kle-shelle Gasken.  

The Jr. Calypso competition is December 19 at the Island Center for the Performing Arts. Christmas concert at Buddhow Park on December 25 at 7:00 PM.  Miss St. Croix festival Pageant is December 26 at Island Center for the Performing Arts. and the village opens on December 30 at 6:00 PM with an opening tramp from Frederiksted Post Office to the village at 7:00 PM on December 30th.  Party Monarch and Band-o-Rama  is set for December 30 at festival village and Culture night is January 2. The Calypso monarch finals are on January 4 at Island Center for the Performing Arts.  J’Ouvert is January 5 at 5 am, and the Food Fair Arts and Crafts air is January 5 at the McBean Clock Tower. Children’s parade is January 7 from 1:00 PM from Claude O. Markoe School and the Adult Parade is 10:00 AM January 8 from Claude O. Markoe School.

What’s up at Hovensa? The latest release of gas and oil from the refinery has prompted Governor John DeJongh to ask Department of Planning and Natural Resources to perform an operational assessment and recommendations on how the government can better monitor the activities  at HOVENSA. The Governor said he is very concerned about these releases and  he wants to make sure HOVENSA is doing everything possible to curtail these events.

Last Thursday release was the 4th in 4 months. Hovensa says the release effected Estate Clifton Hills and Fredensborg and warned residents there to avoid cistern water. HOVENSA is providing residents of Estate Clifton Hills and Fredensborg with water – call 692-3999.  

The University of the Virgin Islands will name the residence hall complex on the St. Croix campus after Delta M. Dorsch at a dedication ceremony in her honor at 11 a.m. on Thursday, of this week.  The St. Croix campus residence hall complex will be renamed the Delta M. Jackson Dorsch Complex. UVI President Dr. David Hall said, “To honor an educator who has given so much to this community is an act consistent with the University’s mission and vision. We will enshrine in these walls not only her name, but her spirit of  excellence in education.”  Mrs. Dorsch, a native of Frederiksted, worked for more than 30 years as a teacher and supervisor in the Virgin Islands educational system.  She served as the territory’s Deputy Commissioner for Curriculum and Instruction from 1977 until 1982 and also taught elementary education in undergraduate and graduate programs on the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.

During the last three months, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) have been granted three Presidential disaster declarations, which has been unprecedented. As a result, federal aid has been available for governmental agencies and certain private nonprofit entities in the Territory under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs.  FEMA said "We continue helping the Territory rebuild its infrastructure and facilitating a swift recovery of vital public facilities and services.  The three disasters are from Hurricane Earl, Tropical Storm Otto and the flooding from Tropical Storm Tomas.

Great fun at John Brewer’s Beach on Sunday as the Stand Up Paddle Board Competition took place pitting dozens of stand up paddle boarders against each other on a course all around John Brewer’s Bay.  There were 17 Elite racers and 30 Open racers, with a kids race and a relay race scheduled for the afternoon. Among the Elite racers Colin Butler of St. Thomas was first, Eric Walker, also of St. Thomas, was second, Heather Baus of Puerto Rico third. The VI Sstand up Paddle UP team had a beach clean up the day before the event and promised to leave the beach cleaner than they found it.

Miracle on Main Street is looking for help! Chamber of Commerce has 'Miracle on Main Street' on Friday, December 17. They need all Chamber of Commerce members to lend assistance at the event. If you can volunteer please contact Lucy Cerge at the Chamber  call 776-0100.

Legislature says that the roof construction at the Legislature Building means that the Legislature’s TV station is off the air until Wednesday of this week.

When does Public School close for Christmas break?  The official calendar says that Thursday December 23 is the last full day of classes. School will be closed starting Friday December 24 and remain closed through Monday January 10.

Lost and Found - A wallet was found near Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church – Michelet Raymond of Hull Bay, you can claim your wallet at WSTA.   A set of keys was lost Wednesday night in the area of Fireburn Hill – if you found them call WSTA.  George Cumberbatch lost his license somewhere between Subbase and Lockhart Mall – if you found it call WSTA.  

Police Commissioner Novelle Francis reminds the community to be safe during the holiday season. Criminals use the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to prey on individuals who are distracted and preoccupied with shopping.  Here are some tips - Park your vehicle in well lit areas. Make sure the area will have enough light during evening hours. Lock your car doors while shopping. Place your purchases in your trunk or under the seat, never in plain sight since visible packages invites theft.  Avoid carrying large amounts of cash, use credit cards, debit cards or checks. Be careful with your purse – don’ t let it swing or dangle from your shoulder – that makes an easy target  for a crook. Be safe this season and we will all have a happy holiday.

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