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7 degrees in Chicago, 7 degrees in St. Thomas Canada. 15 degrees in St. Thomas Missouri

It's 78° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
84% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the variable at 5 mph.
Water temp: 80° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had POINT 24 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms on the horizon.

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 82. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Cruise Ship News
At Havensight  Dock – Azamara Journey, Crystal Serenety, Explorer of the Seas and Liberty
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: SeaDream 2
St. John has Seabourne Sojourn and SeaDream 1

At the top of the news on Tuesday December 14

We From Up Street is celebrating their 15th year of decorating Franklin Delano Roosevelt Virgin Islands Veterans Park and their tree lighting ceremony brought crowds to enjoy the Christmas cheer. Upstreet’s founder Hillis Lewis-Elden was honored and so was Edward Thomas of West Indian Company Limited. WTJX was there to launch their new kids club program and recruit more families to participate. Membership is available for families of five, two parents with three children. The children get discounts to different local stores, and every month there will be different activities across the territory. For more information on the Kids Club program, call 718-3339.

You know the weather's bad when the Salvation Army pulls its bell ringers. The Salvation Army stopped its bell ringing and pulled all of its donation kettles from store fronts on Saturday in Minnesota and North Dakota due to blizzard conditions.

Lieutenant Governor says no pay, no passport. Parents who are more than $2,500 behind in child support payments won’t be able to get a passport or have their current one renewed. A spokesperson said the tactic is very effective. “Suddenly people come up with the money.” In other passport news, the Passport Division announced that it won’t accept birth certificates issued before July 1 for people born in Puerto Rico. According to the U.S. State Department website, the Puerto Rico government passed a law invalidating all birth certificates issued before the July 1 date. The law went into effect Oct. 1. Reports published in the mainland media indicate the new law is needed to help combat identity theft.

Christmas season means administrative leave for non-essential government workers. Gov. John deJongh Jr. is granting non-essential government employees administrative leave for Christmas, the St. Croix Festival and next year's inaugural celebration. Administrative leave is granted territory-wide from noon to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Non-essential employees on St. Croix will also get the day off on Jan. 5 for the St. Croix Christmas Festival J'ouvert and the Food, Arts and Crafts Fair. In celebration of the 2011 inaugural, employees territory-wide will have Jan. 3 off, while St. Croix St. John employees will also get Jan. 4 off to attend post-inaugural activities. Leave will also be granted to St. John employees on Jan. 5. Governor John DeJongh also gave leave for the Children's Parade on Friday, Jan. 7.

Bertha C. Boschulte School Dancing Blazing Stars took first place in the Dancing Classrooms Ballroom Dancing Competition on Saturday and they are performing an encore for the whole community – this afternoon at 12:45 at the Bertha C. Boschulte School Auditorium.

Historic Preservation Commission is meeting at 1:00 PM at 17 Kongen’s Gade to take up new construction, demolition and new signage for the historic district.

Supreme court will convene the ninth session of the 2010 term with 8 cases on the agenda.

Firefighters union local 2125 is having a membership meeting today at 6:30 PM at the Schneider Hospital Second Floor Conference Room – get an update on labor practice charges, unit clarification, union dues and activities of the union will be discussed.

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.

The Department of Human Services will culminate a 12-week training session for non-profit managers, directors and board of directors members on Tuesday, December 14th at the Sugar Estate Head Start Complex from 9am to 1pm.  As a part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), the Tuesday ceremony will follow a combined session to include participants on all three islands. This final training will focus on case studies for critical thinking, effective management and afford participants an opportunity to network and share their experiences and benefits of the weekly sessions.

Hearty Congratulations to the chess players in the U.S. Virgin Islands Chess Federation's St. Thomas Open Scholastic Chess Tournament, held at Windward Passage Hotel. Thirty-five students from seven schools participated. Cancryn, Antilles, Gifft Hill School, Ivanna Eudora Kean High, V.I. Montessori School, Ss. Peter and Paul School and Ulla Muller Elementary School. Among the winners were Alessandro Gever of Antilles School who took the top spot the Under-9 category, Viren Punjabi was third. Montessori's Kamden Benjamin took second place. Benjamin Shapiro and Manay Thadani added to Antilles' tally as they finished first and second respectively in the Under-12 category. Montessori's Amoi Ottley took third. Antilles got another first place  when William Van Rensselaer took the Under-15 title. Tommy Wise of Ss. Peter and Paul, and Noah Stolz, were second and third. Alex Emerich from Montessori School took first place in the Under-18 category.

The next tournament scheduled for the USVI Chess Federation is the National Scholastic Open Chess Tournament on Dec. 18-19 at 10 a.m. at Manor School on St. Croix.

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