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Revitalization coming to Charlotte Amalie  New money due to renaissance for Alumina site  Tourism is singing our song today in COLD Canada

21 in Toronto with snow, 12 in Montreal with light snow, 28 in Boston with heavy snow, one degree in Chicago. St. Thomas Missouri 6 degrees and St. Thomas North Dakota 15 below zero with snow.

It's 80° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
75% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 8 mph.
Water temp: 77° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for isolated showers. Highs 84. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

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At the top of the news on Friday January 21  
Great news for Downtown Charlotte Amalie as the Downtown revitalization Inc announced plans to help refurbish the historic residential and commercial sites in Charlotte Amalie.  DRI is a group of concerned citizens who have a five point plan – 1) parking and traffic control, 2) Harbor transportation, 3) public safety, 4) mixed use development 5) beautification and historic preservation. Spokesperson David Bornn says the goal is to make Ca a vital place 24 hours a day seven days a week. Bornn said the group is not political nor a fund raising group but will work in the short term to address parking and transportation.

St. Croix Renaissance Group has a 27 million dollar award as the District Court favored the local group in a court case regarding toxic red mud on the St. Croix Alumina property.  Renaissance bought the property but the seller never said there was toxic red mud.  District Judge Harvey Barlte 3rd fined St. Croix Alumina 12 million for fraud and 6 million in punitive damages and 10 million more for negligence. 28 megabucks may help clean up the 1400 acre site that Renaissance plans to recycle for future industrial uses..

Waste Management Authority may cut costs.   They aren’t making any money, now maybe cutting costs will help. May Adams Cornwall had updates - replacing Anguilla landfill is delayed due to a wetlands problem. Alpine energy may lease the Renaissance site to burn waste for energy without pet coke. Force main at LBJ Gardens is underway and the used oil recycling program is getting new gear to collect used oil.

Good News St. John, Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen says it is Good News for vets on St. John that the Myra Keating Smith Health Center has launched a Veterans Administration health center. She worked to get this to come for St. John vets.  Hearty Congratulations to all the folks who worked with Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen to bring a vets clinic to St. John.

Dept. of Tourism is attending the Great Vacations Expo – this week in Columbus, OH travel and destination experts are there this week. . The EXPO will provide the Tourism  staff an opportunity to share one-on-one with consumers about what’s new, what’s popular, and why USVI is a great destination for a vacation.

They are also at the Maritime Travel Vacation Superstore Starting Saturday in COLD St. John, Newfoundland  
And they are in Toronto for the Total Wedding Show this weekend at Toronto’s biggest bridal show where Tourism staff can get in front of thousands of brides-to-be over a two-day period and will have direct exposure to a targeted audience to promote the destinations wedding and honeymoon offerings.
The Danish Sales Team is promoting the USVI at trade shows across Scandinavia. Today they are at the  Matka in Helsinki, Finland and tomorrow at the Travel Show in  Odense, Denmark.

Bureau of Internal Revenue reminds tax payers of the 90 day gross receipts tax amnesty which will expire January 25.

Special meeting of the Board of Education today at the St. Thomas Conference Room at the office s that used to be the Virgin Islands Lottery.  On Saturday they are meeting at the St. Thomas Conference Room with the Board of Career and Technical Education.

Another police officer going to jail.  It does not pay to tarnish the badge.  Officer Carlton “Blackie” Charleswell was remanded into federal custody after Judge Juan Sanchez handed down a 2.5 year jail sentence to Charleswell for lying to a grand jury. The officer was accused of trying to influence and intimidate a jury member in a case involving his daughter.  In a plea agreement some charges were dropped.

Meanwhile Commissioner of Police Novelle Francis had high praise for Crimestoppers saying the group has given the Virgin Islands Community a way to feel safe, anonymous and untraceable when giving the Police Department tips that lead to arrest.  Big Thank You to Alan Brown and Judi Fricks who are the driving force behind Crime Stoppers. You can help Make a financial contribution, volunteer to help or call in with crime tips.  800-222-TIPS

Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association is having a general membership meeting on today at 8:30 AM at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef.  The Guest Speaker is Basil Ottley who will be talking about Energy development in Island Nations’.  RSVP 774-6835. There is a shuttle to Marriott's Frenchman's Reef from, Havensight Mall – you are asked to pick up the shuttle near Gourmet Gallery in Havensight Mall.

The VI Humanities Council is extending its deadline to January 24 to accept nominations for the annual Heath Award, which honors two certified grade K-12 public school teachers. They are looking for nominations for teachers with outstanding ability and unfailing dedication to teaching the humanities.  Each winner will receive a $1,000 cash award and a commemorative certificate. For more information, call the Humanities Council at 776-4044.

Deadline today - The V.I. Department of Education (DOE) in collaboration with the UVICELL Center is once again accepting applications for its Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Prep course.  Interested applicants must submit applications to the UVI-CELL Center by Friday, Jan. 21, to be considered for the program.  The program is designed to improve SAT scores by lowering testing anxiety and improving test-taking skills.  Applicants must be a public high school student on St. Thomas or St. Croix and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher. classes will begin Feb. 7,  on both St. Croix and St. Thomas.  For more information call 693-1106.   

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