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Confusion over Airline bookings – Dept. of Tourism will Help

It's 80° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
80% humidity. Overcast Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 9 mph.
Water temp: 77° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms on the horizon.

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy with scattered showers in the morning... then partly cloudy with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 85. Breezy. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. 20% by evening.

Cruise Ship News
At Havensight  Dock – Victory and Equinoxx
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Caribbean Princess And St. John has SeaDream 1

At the top of the news on Monday January 10

Flags at half mast.  It is not a local passing that brings our flags to half staff. President Barack Obama and Governor John DeJongh issued flag orders to honor the lives lost in the weekend shooting in Tucson Arizona that cost a federal judge his life and seriously wounded a sitting Congresswoman along with 8 other lives lost and a long list of injured people.  Flags will be flown at half staff through Friday of this week.

The Bad news – fire destroyed an empty house on Back Street near the St. Thomas Synagogue called the Captain Simmonds house. .  The Good News, no injuries and no serious damage to the surrounding homes.  The neighborhood is tightly packed and the Fire Services did valiant work to get hoses to the location and keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes. The home is called the Engle Leverock Simmonds house for the St. Thomas Harbormaster in the 1930’s.

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 special 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. The Dept. of Tourism is also speaking with travel agents and interested parties through their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Good show at Tutu Park Mall on Saturday as more than a dozen Custom bicycles filled center court as a posse of young men in white Sportorama Bicycle Show T-shirts showed off their pride and joy bicycles.  Curtis Gilpin of Sportorama organized the show for young people to display their custom decorated bicycles. Bikes were judged in four categories: Shiniest, Best Paint, Most Original, and Best Overall.

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...

WSTA News Director Lee Carle continues to recover in the Intensive Care Unit of Schneider Hospital. Carle suffered a blood clot in his left leg which requires additional surgery, the possible loss of his leg and recovery in a prosthetic device.  Carle says his spirits are up, he is grateful for the outpouring of prayers and calls and he is certain he will return to the airwaves of WSTA.  We send our best wishes to Lee.

Crucian Christmas Festival is over.  with all the delights of a festival.  The Calypso monarch competition, Prince and Princess competition, a festival village that was spectacular, Children’s and Adults parades and fireworks to cap it all off. That is a Crucian Christmas Festival for the record books.

The Board of Elections reminds all candidates who ran for public office that the end of year campaign contribution report is due on January 10th

Tuesday PTSA meeting at CAHS is postponed until Wednesday of next week – that is January 19.

The Early Childhood Advisory Committee of the Children and Families Council working with the  Community Foundation bring you the Virtues Project – teaching about a new virtue every week. This week we focus on creativity.
Creativity is the power of imagination.  It is discovering your own special talents.  Dare to see things in new ways to solve problems.  With your creativity, you can bring something new into the world.
You are practicing creativity when you...
•         Discover your gifts
•         Use knowledge and training to develop them
•         Think of new ways to make things work better
•         Use you imagination
•         Take time for dreaming
•         So things in your own creative way

Affirmation:
I am creative.  I have special gifts and use discipline to develop them.  I am open to inspiration.  I am happy to be myself.

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