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Bournefield residents get more time.  UVI will host Mental Health Awareness Webcast. You can help with the new Tutu mural.

It's 77° Fahrenheit  66% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the North East at 15 mph (gusting to )
Barometric pressure is 30.06
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  -no  - rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Mostly Clear Skies  The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 84. Breezy East winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.

On this Tuesday  February 22 we welcome :
The Explorer of the Seas, Liberty and Liberty of the Seas to Havensight  Dock
St. John Club Med 2

At the top of the news on Tuesday  February 22

Hard news for property owners as the Division of Property Taxes announces that 2007 Property tax bills have been issued.  They are due March 15 and they will be delinquent if not paid by May 15.  You can pay in St. John at the Islandia Building, on St. Thomas at Builder’s Emporium and on St. Croix at Government House Christiansted or Dept. of Finance at Sunny Isles Shopping Center. or the Lagoon Street building in Frederiksted.

In and out and in and out again. This time the 42 Bournefield residents get a 60 day reprieve.  The Port Authority Executive Director Kenn Hobson said the eviction date was postponed, but the Board is still very concerned with the safety issues and structural stability of the houses in Bourne Field. They will use the 60 days to examine the structural integrity of the Bournefield buildings and help current occupants find other housing options. Three buildings that recently flooded are different, residents will move out immediately. At the core of the issue is the insurance – the buildings have not been insured since 1990 and pose a risk to the Port Authority which holds total responsibility for damage or injuries at Bournefield.  So far none of the residents has found alternative housing. One senator and representatives of two others were present last night and echoed the sentiments of residents – they should not be evicted until they have an alternative place to go.  In other action, the Port Authority board created a study committee to examine a merger with West Indian Company Limited. They also discussed raising the head tax on cruise ship visitors by $2.50 but first have to meet with the Legislature to make sure there is no duplication of the proposed tax increase.

UVI is host to the second annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Mental Health Awareness Day from 11:00 AM to 3:45 PM as part of a program sponsored by the Morehouse University School of Medicine. The webcast will take place in Paiewonsky library and UVI students Elion George and Cirian Phillips, will make presentation to the web cast today between 1:30 to 2:30. You can follow along on the web – here is the address  There is also a tool free phone line 888-946-8410

St. Croix – The Department of Human Services hosted the first of several meetings of the Emergency Support Function #6  to discuss preparation for and response to a natural disaster.  The Emergency Support Function is a federal support structure that coordinates Federal Interagency response to an incident or disaster. The group is chaired by Commissioner of Human Services - Christopher E. Finch. They provide mass care, emergency assistance, disaster housing, and social services. The focus of yesterday’s meeting involved receiving assistance from the collaborative effort of FEMA and VITEMA to shelter pets, improve communication, service for the disabled including access to shelters, and consideration of sufficiently preparing critical care facilities for disasters in order to shelter persons with special needs in place.  Human Services will inspect shelters in March and meet on St. Thomas in March.

Cable outage today as Innovative Cable TV has a planned outage today that will affect the eastern end of St. Thomas.   They are moving an overhead wire underground and TV cable will be out from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

St. Croix Educational Complex High School, announces the last of the grade level parent in the school’s auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on this schedule: TODAY for the  9th grade, For more information, call  778-2036.

There might not have been grass courts and fresh strawberries and cream, but the breathe and depth of competitors at the 5th Annual Chrysler Cup tennis tournament was evident.  The tournament has earned the nickname, ‘ Wimbledon of the Virgin Islands’. A record 114 players from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe competed and there was a strong B division as well as the first-time participation of eight ATP ranked players. St. Thomas’ Denzil Caines proved his prowess in Men’s B Singles by winning this division three years in a row, Finally, in Men’s Doubles 60-plus, Mario Foy and George Sledge, both of St. Thomas, beat the Maryland-based team

Good News in Tutu as Mr. Petersen and the students at Addelita Cancryn Junior High School were in Tutu over the weekend scraping the old paint off the mural on the north wall as you enter Ft Mylner.  Mr Petersen’s students say they have plans for a new mural on the wall and they have all new ideas about what to say on the wall.   You can help – when you see the crew at work, stop and make a donation to support the painting of the wall in Tutu.

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