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Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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77% humidity. Clear Skies
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Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
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At the top of the news on Monday January 17  

Today is Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Day. The celebration of the life of Dr King and his vision for America of a national where we will be judged by the content of our character, not by the color of sour skin. Schools are closed. UVI is closed. Post Office, banks, courts and all government offices are closed. Innovative Communication Corp., WAPA, Waste Management Authority and Daily News offices are all closed And Addie and Alex are here working.

As part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, the Pan African Support Group is showing a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Documentary at 6:00 PM in Emancipation Garden.

The United Steelworkers Union local 8249 in hosting a march against the government’s no raises policy today from 10:00 AM from Rothschild Francis Market Square to Emancipation Garden.

Wonderful time at  Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural and Cultural Food Fair Saturday and Sunday. Lots of excellent food and lots of music as the farmers were “sowing the seeds that heal the nation.” There were fabulous and very hot Scotch Bonnet peppers, and basil, mint, garlic and onions all found their way into stews, and soups and all manner of food.  There were steamy collard greens amid delights like roasted cauliflower and ginger beet ice cream. Another fabulous food fair is now over.

Election for retirees to participate on the Board of Directors of the GERS will take place now through February 21 – The St. Thomas Candidates are Wilbur Callender and Arturo Wattlington and the St. Croix Candidates are Julia Hansen-Hodge and Edgar D Ross. You may select only one of the candidates on the ballot.  There is no provision for write in candidates. Write-ins will not be counted and your ballot will be spoiled. 776-7703 Ex 4900.

Community Foundation announces the opening of scholarship applications for the coming college year.  There are dozens of scholarships available from the A9-VI Recycling scholarship to the Charaf Family scholarship. Coral World offers $3,500 to a student studying marine biology. GERS scholarships  are for dependents of GERS members. New this year is the Jean Su Ming-Kim and Charles Kim scholarship offering $28,000 to a student going to Binghamton University. Nigel O. Hodge Foundation has a scholarship for students going  into health fields, and the Tunick  scholarships is for business students. There are also Graduate school scholarships.  Applications are available on St. John At Connections, on St. Croix at the Chamber of Commerce and on St. Thomas at the Family Connection center in Vitraco Mall. Deadline is March 18th.

Department of Public Works reminds motorists that they have one lane on Alton Adams Drive from Lover’s Lane going west over Polyberg hill – They are beginning the reconditioning of the concrete highway and replacing it with new concrete pavement. This process will mean one lane over Polyberg hill for the next six weeks.

Tennis players from the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and Mainland states are coming to the 5th Annual Chrysler Cup Tennis Tournament, coming up February 18 to 21 at of the St. Thomas Yacht Club.“ Players can compete in 9 divisions in this U.S. Tennis Association  sanctioned tournament, including Open Divisions for both men and women also singles and mixed doubles. Winners in the Open Division receive a $2000 cash prize and the runner-up gets $1000. There is $13,000 in total prize money. $40 to register $50 to register for two events. The deadline to register is February 4, at 5 p.m. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.styc.net

Dr. Mark Lehner is an Egyptologist – interested in the pyramids and the whole civilization that built them. He looks at urban planning in the complex settlement that is over 4,000 years old. archeologists survey, excavate, make empirical observations, propose hypotheses and then test the hypotheses, seeking a deeper understanding of the “Lost City”.  Dr. Lehner will share these discoveries and on Thursday January 20 at the Prior-Jollek Hall of Antilles School starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, teachers $10, students $5. Call Reichhold Center at 693-1559 or Dockside Bookshop, Home Again in Red Hook and Interiors at Fort Mylner.

Here comes the Adult Education Program – registration starts tomorrow. Classes begin on February 7th. At the Raphael Wheatley Skill Center they have pre-GED and GED Prep. At Charlotte Amalie High School they have high school diploma and English as a Second Language. And Cancryn School has Pre-GED and English as a Second Language. Julius Sprauve School offers the pre—GED classes.  For more information call 774-6277.

This week our virtue of the week is justice.  It is solving problems so everyone wins.  You don’t prejudge.  You see people as individuals.  You don’t accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies.  Being a champion for justice takes courage.  Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.

You are practicing justice when you…
Treat everyone fairly
Think for yourself and refuse to prejudge
Avoid gossip and backbiting
Own your mistakes and fix them
Protect people’s rights, including your own
Solve problems so everyone wins

Affirmation:
I act with justice.  I stand up for the rights of others and myself.  I have no need to pretend or defend.  I choose to make amends.

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