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Now We own it – the Anchor Inn belongs to the government now.  

It's 79° Fahrenheit  23.9 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
70% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the East North East at 15 mph gusting to 28.
Barometric pressure is 30.01
Water temp: 77° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had Point 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 85 Breezy. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent.

On this Thursday February 10 we welcome :
At Havensight  Dock Grand  Princess
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Ruby Princess

At the top of the news on Thursday February 10  

The Virgin Islands Government now owns the Anchor Inn in Christiansted.  The legislature authorized the purchase back in 2006, the Public Finance Authority Board authorized the bid, Now we own it. This is the parcel of land and a building that stand beside the Kings Alley Hotel which is also the property of the Government.  For $640,000, the government won the bid and bought the property from Allan Stanford’s bankruptcy court case. The new property will augment the value of the Kings Alley Hotel and make a more attractive property for a potential investor, or allow the government to develop the property.

Joint Board of Elections finally held a meeting.  Three prior attempts failed for lack of a quorum.  On Wednesday evening the Board met and elected its officers. Rupert Ross is the chairman, Claudette Georges is Vice-Chair, Ana Davila is the secretary.  The meeting was a circus of problems, too many people for the room, complaints that they didn’t plan for the public, and problems with recording some votes.  BUT, they met, they did the people’s business. They are off and running.

Public Finance Authority met on Wednesday and approved reprogramming funds for road repair on St. Thomas for Tower Drive, Route 334, which connects one side of Crown Mountain at WGOD to Friendly Grocery.  The Board also approved the bookkeeping measures needed to launch the Next Generation Network. They already approved an engineering and planning contract worth 2.8 million dollars. And they officially hired Julito Francis as the CEO of the Next Generation Network. Angel Dawson is now in charge of operations of the Public Finance Authority.

Smoke Free law comes into effect today.  Department of Health is in charge of enforcing the new law which mandates that no one smoke inside buildings and no smoking within 20 feet of any building entrance  or window.

Police Department has a new initiative called Taxi Watch.  They want to draw on the eyes and ears of the  Police Department to help them keep tabs on the community. Taxi drivers are all over the islanded.  They see lots of things. Now the Police Department wants them to  keep tabs of crime. The idea is to have taxi drivers turn the whole island into a huge neighborhood watch. Good Idea. Good News

Here comes the UVI Male empowerment conference on St. Croix, today.  The public school men are on the St. Croix Campus under a huge tent.  They will 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 education. The idea is to lead young men back to the path of academic achievement. Today on St. Croix until afternoon.  

Governor John DeJongh sent out a proclamation making the month of February Black History Month in the Virgin Islands. He is reminding everyone to take time this month to learn about Black History and celebrate the accomplishments of our history.

St. Croix has power interruptions coming – today in LaGrande Princess and the Veterinary Hospital and Manor school.  St. Croix has road work today on Queen Mary Highway in Estate St. Georges – work will continue now through February 15.

St. Croix has a fun evening tonight at the D.C. Canegata Multi-Purpose Center as the Dept. Housing Parks and Recreation will conduct a free Quadrille dance class starting at 6:30 PM this evening – everyone is invited to come learn how to do the quadrille dance.

Virgin Islands Foster And Adoptive Parents Association elected new officers.  Maritzer Gumbs is Puerto Rico officer, Maritza Lauture is treasurer, Julia Simon is Secretary and Alix Lauture is Vice-President.  Manuel James is the new President.  And remember Foster care is from the heart.  

The  University ‘s Caribbean Exploratory and Research Center has a Town Hall meeting on Friday about the public health impacts of climate change. The public is invited to 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.

The St. John Community Integration Team is hosting a Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay.
9:00 AM to noon at Coral Bay Ball Field,  1 o’clock to 4 o’clock at the Cruz Bay National Park ball field. Bike owners can learn the basics of bicycle safety, maintenance and mechanics. Bureau of Motor Vehicle staff will register your bicycle and give you a bicycle license. Children receive a free helmet! While supplies last.

Sunday the Hebrew Congregation will host their annual antiques auction from noon to 2:30 at the Mark C. Marin Center at Antilles School with a preview at 10:00 AM and lots of spectacular antiques – vintage radio, grandfather rocker, a bidet and a commode.  And there are newly discovered Pisasaro etchings and getaways available. Sunday from noon to 2:30 with a preview at 10:00 AM.

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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