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Big investment coming to the Vitelco phone system 

It's 79° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
69% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the East at 11 mph.
Barometric pressure is 30.10
Water temp: 77° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had Point 02 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies - Satellite Photo Shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for isolated showers. Highs 84. Breezy. East winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

On this Day we welcome
At Havensight  Dock – Liberty
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Liberty of the Seas

At the top of the news on Tuesday February 8

Innovative Communication Corp. is planning to make major improvements to the technology of the islands main phone system.  Here comes 78 million dollars in new tools.  First order of business is to integrate the telephone and cable television technologies with a new Hybrid Fiber optic coaxial cable network that is used throughout the USA. Also on the ICC update is new software for the whole enterprise, new accounting software and a new billing system.

Governor John DeJongh was in front of the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce for their annual meeting and discussed the role of the private sector in revitalizing the economy. He pointed out what his administration would do to encourage economic growth – eliminating bureaucracy, red tape, cutting back on wasteful expenditures while looking for more opportunities to partner with the private sector. What about increasing the Gross Receipts Tax by 25%?   Chamber is not warm to this idea. The Governor pointed to the liabilities of the government and the need for new revenue.  He promised that any increase in the Gross Receipts Tax would include a plan to transition to a sales tax and he promise the tax would revert back to the present rate at a definite future date.

Senator Louis P. Hill says repairs are coming to the Loredon Boynes dock on St. John as part of a revitalization plan.  Public private partnership as Solar Systems owner Ed McKenzie will help foot the bill for the repairs. Big Thank You to both Hill and McKenzie for figuring out how to solve a problem.

Police Department says the saturated patrols work.  Over the weekend on St. Croix the Police Department netted guns, drugs and a number of criminals operating in the Estate Profit area. Saturated patrols work.

Dept. of Tourism is working on the winter weary residents of the Northeast this week We get more than 100,000 visitors from these two states, so they are naturals for a little more work. Tourism will be on the NBC Today Show today with carnival dancers, steel pan music and local cuisine. Wednesday they have a reception for travel writers and they are visiting various malls and showcase events leading up to NBA game between the NY Knicks and the New Jersey Nets on Saturday where our message will be in front of 18,500 fans with a US Virgin Islands half time show.

Here comes the UVI Male empowerment conference – Today  on St. Thomas campus and Thursday on St. Croix.  More than 3,900 public school men will participate.  and hear about how to “Man-Up: Realize your Potential – Tools and Resources for Males on the Journey Toward a Successful Life.” The message is about staying on an academic path and getting more education. The keynote speaker is Farrah Gray, They will hear from Rock City the local brothers Timothy and Theron Thomas and there are spiritual presentations, panels, break out session and time for Question.  The idea is to lead young men back to the path of academic achievement. Today on St. Thomas and Thursday on St. Croix from 9 to 4.  

St. Croix has power interruptions coming – today at Mary’s Fancy, Barren Spot, and Strawberry.  Wednesday in Chandler’s wharf, Port Authority Dock, Schooner Bay Condos and St. Croix Marine and St. Croix Kidney center.  Thursday in LaGrande Princess and the Veterinary Hospital and Manor school.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles on St. Thomas is closed today as the staff take an inhouse workshop.
The Inspection lanes are open. The offices will be open tomorrow.

Historic Preservation Commission is meeting at 1:00 PM at #17 Kongen’s Gade – on the agenda is signage for reef Broadcasting, New downspouts for Moravian Church,. a new roof for #14B Vester Gade, New paint for #17 Dronningen’s Gade and new fencing for the garden area of General Gade.

The  University ‘s Caribbean Exploratory and Research Center has a a Town Hall meeting on Fridayabout the public health impacts of climate change. The public is invited to understand the connection between climate change and public health.  You’ll learn about climate change like extreme weather, flooding, shoreline loss due to sea level rise and related public health issues like fish poisoning, and dengue fever Dr. Gloria Callwood and Dr LaVerne Ragster are working on  “A Collaborative Response to Public Health Challenges linked to Climate Change Impacts in the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.” The Town Hall meeting is  Friday at 6:30 p.mat the UVI Administration and Conference Center and the Theatre of the Melvin Evans Center St. Croix. For more information call Dr.Ragster at 693-1336.

Parents of students attending the Joseph Sibilly Elementary are reminded of the PTA meeting this evening at 5:30 p.m. in the library.  All parents and community persons are urged to attend. Planning for the Reflections Art Showcase on Saturday is underway.

St. Croix Parent University begins this evening, and run through, March 2nd.  Classes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:00 PM at the Career and Technical Education Center.  Free transportation and child care services are available, as well as homework assistance, tutoring and the serving of a hot meal. Be there tonight at 6:00 PM.

Today the Rotary Club top brass from all the local rotary clubs will unveil  new sign, at the Havensight Dock and Mall  that displays the names of all the Clubs meeting times and meeting locations for the benefit of tourists and the general public. This is the first time a sign of this sort has been posted in the US Virgin Islands.

Coming Up  this weekend– the 6th annual Water Island music festival.  Concerts are free and there is a ferry from Crown Bay Marina at 6:00 PM and again at 6:30 – there is a ferry back to St. Thomas after the concert.  7 Musicians – three nights of music. Jazz, Pop, Classical and all kinds of music. Bring a chair. A ticket is required for indoor seating.

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