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At the top of the news on Thursday January 6

Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen reports from Washington DC that the incoming republican Party leadership of the US House of Representative has approved new rules of the House that prevent the delegates from the 6 territories from voting.  In the last House, they had been given the right to vote in Committee of the Whole proceedings and they had the right to speak on the house floor and other rights.  These were stripped from the territory delegates – who happen to be almost all democrats.  Still to be decided if the delegates from the territories can introduce legislation.  This is a major blow to our delegate to Congress whose rights  in the US House of Representative have grown over the years, only to be dashed away in a vote by the new majority.

The Governor’s inauguration continued with ceremonies on St. John with a church service yesterday at St. Ursula’s Church in Cruz Bay where more than 200 people came to witness the service and the blessing on the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Later there was an Open House at the Battery where revelers dined on boiled shrimp, ribs, salad, strawberries, cake, and more.

J’Ouvert on St. Croix was huge with thousands of revelers staring the tramp at about 7 Am.  There were numerous squabbled and cat fights and when bottles were thrown and a police officer was hit in the face, the Police Department decided it was time to close J’Ouvert.  It was close to ending time and the streets had to be cleared for the Food fair and this Crucian Christmas Festival J’Ouvert ended early.  The Commissioner of Police Novelle Francis said none of the incidents were major and the officer who was hit in the face suffered minor cuts, no stitches.

Due to the Children’s parade on Friday there are traffic restrictions in effect on Friday and Saturday for the Adult parade.  Vehicles will be rerouted through Frederiksted through Wheel of Fortunee Route 720 and Percy Gardine Avenue Route 704.  LaGrange Road will be open east bound out of Frederiksted, King Street will be one way Northbound and Prince Street will be one way south out of town.  No parking anywhere on the parade route.

The world-renowned Grucci family of New York  has been commissioned by the Crucian Christmas Festival  to produce its fireworks finale at 8:00 PM this Sunday.  The  “Wrap-Up fireworks show ” is presented by Virgin Islands Lottery and Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands.   The show will be launched from the Frederiksted Pier. The seven-minutes of Fireworks By Grucci is being orchestrated by St. Thomas-based Left Lane Productions & Events. Steve Bornn says it is the second show in six months on St. Croix

Crucian Christmas Festival .  In Festival Village  Latin Night in Festival Village with Bonny Cepeda at 8:00 PM, Liquid Sounds at 10:30 PM and Sabro Latina at 1 AM.

The Governor has issued Administrative leave –territory-wide on Friday from 8 am to 5 pm for the children’s parade. Saturday is the adult Parade.  .

Safety training will be held for volunteers of the Habitat for Humanity of the U.S. Virgin Islands Golden Touch Program on Saturday, January 8th from 9-11am at the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority office first floor training room - Frenchtown Plaza across from the post office. Volunteers will assist with home modifications for senior citizens selected for the Golden Touch Program in partnership with the Department of Human Services Division of Senior Citizen Affairs.

Safety training is a required prior to starting work and anyone still interested in joining the program is welcome to attend. Volunteers will perform construction and scheduling, tool and material inventory as well as administrative assistance and food committees. For more information please call the Habitat office at 714-5678 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Today is Three Kings Day – the feast of the Three Kings also known as Epiphany and an integral part of Puerto Rico culture. This is the day when children receive gifts of the Three Kings. As the kings come to venerate the baby Jesus, children celebrate by leaving straw in boxes under their beds for the kings horses and if a child has been good all year they receive candies, sweets and toys. This tradition is ancient and predates the visit by St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve.

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