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How will the new police chief work on St. Croix.  

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The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs 84. East winds around 15 mph decreasing in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.

On this Thursday February 17 we welcome :
Ruby Princess to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay

At the top of the news on Thursday February 17
Bye bye Bournefield.  The Port Authority board met and approved plans to empty the run down Bournefield housing.  If residents stay beyond March 31, they will lose the right to a 6 month rent subsidy as they move to new housing. Attorney General Vincent Frazer – who is on the Port Authority Board said, “We know they can’t find similarly priced housing” “”but to do nothing is unacceptable. The senators who promised to be there were not, and most of the Bournefield residents had left by the time the Port Authority Board of Directors had a quorum and the meeting began.

Meanwhile the Port Authority Board heard that the Port Authority is owed 6.3 million dollars, which does not include the Customs and Border protection which collects fees from the cruise ships bt doesn’t always pass the funds to the Port Authority. The Board approved plans to dredge the north side of the Crown Bay Dock  to allow the Princess Cruise lines Grand class of ships to berth at the north side of the dock. They also approved roof repairs to the Cyril E. King Airport and a resolution to prevent the Waste Management Authority from placing a waste transfer site south of the Henry Rohlsen Airport until the FAA approves the plan.

Hard news from the Inspector General who completed an audit of the Department of Education and found funds were unevenly distributed, public schools were underfunded by 4.6 million dollars. Funds were distributed late and some got one year’s funds in the next year. Part of the problem is late payment from the Virgin Islands Lottery to the Department of Education and confusion about what per cent of the lottery total goes to Education. Another issue was a quarter million dollars spent on things not allowed by the law. loans, paying substitute teachers and gifts, entertainment, travel expenses and donations. The rules say each school is supposed to get $50,000 per year and $15 for each student over a count of 500 students.

The Agriculture Fair in St. Croix is coming this weekend
Opening ceremonies for the 40th Annual USVI Agriculture and Food Fair are slated for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. The fair, which annually draws up to 30,000 visitors, is hosted annually by UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service, along with the V.I. Department of Agriculture, the V.I. Department of Tourism and the V.I. Department of Health. The fair’s agricultural and craft exhibits, entertainment and food can be found at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love, St. Croix. Gates are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children and $4 for senior citizens.

The Department of Health is offering  free health screenings during the Aggie fair.  Blood Pressure Screening, Blood sugar screening, Blood cholesterol, flu shots and other services will be offered along with educational information about health. breast and cervical cancer, diabetes and other chronic disease information will be available. Oh and look for the new Department of Health No Smoking Signs available at the fair.

Oh and motorists are  reminded of parking restrictions around the St. Croix Agriculture fair. From February 19 to 21 there are restrictions in effect along Queen Mary Highway, Estate Lower Love road and along the fencing by the fair ground.  Only authorized vehicles are allowed on the fair grounds.

News from the Reichhold Center for the Arts – the plans for Street Beat to perform on St. Croix have been canceled. Ticket sales were slow at Island Center and Street Beat will perform on St. Thomas on Saturday at 8:00 PM. and offer a master class to dance students on St. Thomas but the St. Croix show is canceled.

St. Croix Educational Complex High School, announces that a series of very important grade level parent meetings have been scheduled. The meetings will be held in the school’s auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on this schedule: today for the 10th grade, Tuesday, February 22 for the  9th grade, For more information, call  778-2036.

Joseph Gomez Elementary will distribute report cards today from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Report cards will only be issued to parents! Elena Christian Jr. High School will distribute report cards from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM to parents and guardians. Ivanna Eudora Kean School is distributing Report Cards from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM today

ICC a scholarship applications are available for the Albert Sheen scholarship and the Innovative Telephone scholarships that are for Virgin Islands High School student going to college in business administration and engineering. Apps are due April 30.  Send an e-mail request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

How will the new police chief work on St. Croix?  St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell outlined the strategy he will employ to reduce crime in the district of St. Croix. saying they are committed to the Broken Window theory.  This theory dictates that police officers must actively enforce all laws, even the most petty. This sends a clear message that the police department and the community will not tolerate crime and disorder. Research has shown that if vandals break a single window in an abandoned building and this window goes unfixed, the building is infinitely more likely to have additional windows broken and be the target of additional vandalism. The research further shows that if that single window is repaired in timely manner, it is a symbol that someone is aware of the problem, and is taking steps to fix it. As a result, the building is much less likely to be the target of further vandalism. Likewise, if a law enforcement body allows petty crimes to exist, it is sending a message that they are accepting of criminal activity and that unchecked criminal activity will continue to escalate. This theory has been tested in communities worldwide since the mid 1980’s with wide spread success. In some major cities there has been a 65 percent reduction in major crimes after just one year enforcement. The police chief says some people in the community may not appreciate the police force enforcing zero tolerance on all crimes; but I am confident that the majority will recognize that as we employ this strategy, the incidences of murder, assault, robbery, burglary and rape will reduce in this community.  The chief says he wants to assure the people of St. Croix that the VI Police Department is committed to the highest level of service to the community and under my watch enforcement of the law will always be executed with professionalism. That is from St. Croix Police Chief Christopher Howell.

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