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Children’s Parade  TODAY

It's 79° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
82% humidity. partly cloudy skies  
Wind out of the North East at 7 mph gusting to 28.
Water temp: 77° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had Point 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: No rain
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms.

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming variably cloudy. Isolated showers. Highs 83 lower elevations ranging to 78 higher elevations. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Cruise Ship News
At Havensight  Dock – Explorer of the Seas  and the Mercury

At the top of the news on Friday January 7th

Another alarm at HOVENSA on Thursday morning as a gas leak of Hydrogen Sulfide was discovered around a sulfur recovery unit.  All government agencies were notified immediately.  Emergency responders went to the site immediately, closed a valve and they report that no gas was detected outside the area of the refinery.

Meanwhile the  fire at Tortola’s Pockwood Pond continues to burn causing concern to residents of Coral Bay St. John.  The latest fire has been burning since December 28 and continues to smolder releasing smoke that drifts to the US Virgin Islands.

Children’s parade today on St. Croix - There are traffic restrictions in effect on Friday and Saturday for the Adult parade.  Vehicles will be rerouted through Frederiksted through Wheel of Fortune on 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 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.  

St. Croix District Court is closed today, all legislative officers are closed and of course schools continue to be closed.  Waste Management Authority offices are closed and WAPA offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix are closed. The St. John office is open until noon.  ICC offices are closed and UVI is closed.  St. Croix Post Office are open today but will be closed on Saturday.  

The Festival Village is open. In festival village at 8:00 PM Stylee Band, and at 10:00 PM the Outta Lomitz Band with Elizabeth Watley at Midnight the JDPP Jammers are on stage. Saturday is the adult parade from 10:00 AM from Claude O. Markoe School in the evening in festival village Hartatak band on stage from 8:00 PM, then Denise Belfon and Blacks from Trinidad and Sweeta Band after that.  Sunday there are boat races at 10:00 AM and in the evening in festival Village on Sunday the performers are Mighty Chalkdust, Mighty Galloway and King Derby. Followed by the fireworks.

Does it matter or not? Recently the territory’s major carrier, American Airlines, announced that customers could no longer book flights on the major online booking agencies Orbitz and Expedia. Delta Airlines announced that its flights could no longer be reserved on CheapOAir, OneTravel and BookIt. Will these moves impact potential visitors as they search for their annual winter vacations? Dept. of Tourism is working to counter the effect.  They have a dedicated section on their website at www.visitusvi.com to provide an updated list of tour operators and online travel sites that continue to offer air and land packaged vacations to the territory featuring American Airlines and/or Delta Air Lines.

What’s this the Daily News has their annual ballot for the best of this and the best of that.  I turned to the radio stations and lo and behold,. WSTA isn’t even on the list you could vote for, 11 stations, several I’ve never heard of and no WSTA.  Boycott the Daily News. They left the best out...

St. Thomas Hibiscus Society is meeting at Sunday at 12:30 PM at the Home of Gordon and Elizabeth Hesser in Estate Nazareth – All members are urged t bring a hot dish to share and items for the society raffle.  If you need directions call Mario at 774-3745. This is the annual membership meeting and New Year social.  Sunday at 123 – call 774-3745 for directions.

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 .

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

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