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It's 77° Fahrenheit  64% humidity. Clear Skies or partly cloudy skies
Wind out of the North East at 12 mph  
Barometric pressure is 29.98 rising
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had trace of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Scattered showers  The national weather forecast calls for  Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs 83. East winds around 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

On this Wednesday March 2    we welcome :
Freedom of the Seas, Norwegian Epic, Glory and  - - to Havensight  Dock
Solstice is visiting the inner harbor
Eurodam and Disney Magic  - - to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal
St. John has the Azamara Journey

At the top of the news on Wednesday March 2  

Governor John DeJongh signed new rules and regulations for day care and early child care services. that will go into effect on April 1st. Currently there are 90 child day-care facilities on St. Thomas-St. John and 49 on St. Croix, The new rules call for more accountability from day care providers. the new regulations will make it easier to qualify for federal stimulus and other grants, The rules have to do with the educational requirements of the staff, requirements for annual training, training in first aid and CPR and  the layout of facilities The Dept. of Human Services will hold a series of meetings to discuss the Early Childcare Quality rating Improvement System

More from the Governor’s desk as he pointed to three new grants the Virgin Islands has from the federal government.  $51,000 to Schneider Hospital for the hemodialysis Unit. $45,000 to Schneider Hospital to put 30 nursing staff members through the for the Nursing Boot Camp training program and $289,000 to the Marine Research and Education center for coral reef research.

Hard news from St. Croix where brush fires have consumed over 1000 acres of vacant land on the east end of the big island. 27 firefighters were working through the night to quell the blaze in Estate Boetzberg and a second in Ha’Penny They got the Boetzberg fire out and scrambled all units to work on the HaPenny Fire. No homes have been threatened so far.

The WAPA Governing Board meet yesterday and rescinded raises to the exempt employees.  18% of the staff of WAPA who were not in unions had not gotten pay increases when union workers got pay increases.  The Governing Board decided to rescind the pay hikes and they are not happening. Top salary 136,000 down to folks making 36,000.  Hugo Hodge explained that he asked the exempt employees to hold off when the unions got their increases. Now they are not getting raises.

News from WAPA – they have Tip Top construction on the job installing the new Anna’s retreat Phase one water line extension.  They will excavate trenches and lay pipe from Route 384  in Old Tutu along McGregor Lane and Olson Route to Route 40 at the Donoe Bypass. The roads will be closed during construction except for residents going to their homes.

Wapa is having water trouble and will effect water conservation from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and from 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM in Lindberg Bay, Contant, Anna’s Fancy, Altona, Solberg., Upper Savan, Agnes Fancy, Frenchtown, Hospital ground, Berg’s Home and Estate Thomas.

The Department of Education released the annual Territorial Report Card for 2009-2010. Dr LaVerne Terry said, “Schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress have shown an increase over the past two years stepping up from 10 schools in the prior school year to 16 schools in 2009-2010.” In order to make AYP, elementary and junior high schools must attain a 95% attendance rate for grades three through eight, a 95% participation rate, and meet the required Annual Measurable Objective for Mathematics with more than 38% students tested at proficient or above; and Reading with more than 37% of students tested proficient and above.

Which schools made the grade? Charlotte Amalie High, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle, Leonard Dober, Joseph Sibilly, Ulla Muller, Evelyn  Marcelli, Joseph Gomez, Gladys Abraham, E. Benjamin Oliver, and Guy Benjamin Elementary Schools. On St. Croix Lew Muckle, Claude O Markoe, Pearl B. Larsen, Alfredo Andrews, Evelyn Williams and Ricardo Richards Elementary Schools.  One item that helped, the Department implemented a new automated system for determining Adequate Yearly Progress  and for No Child Left Behind reporting.  This system is a web-based, point-and-click interface that allows school principals and other department officials to access a variety of reports.

GERS members elected Wilbur Calendar and Edgar Ross as the new retiree members of the Board of Trustees

Lost and Found – We are looking for Lionel Swan AKA as Swaney – if you know Lionel Swan known as Swaney, please call WSTA at 7741340 and we will put him in touch with the people who are looking for him.  
(NOT for AIR: Cora Smith 514-1132 or 774-3218)

Social Security Representative is coming to St. John on Wednesday March  2 at the Dept. of Human Services by the fire station 9:00 AM to 12:45 PM to answer all Social Security  questions. Call 714-0136.

Senate Committee on Government Operations, Energy and Veterans Affairs is meeting on St. Thomas at 10:00 AM to take the topic of hotel rooms on St. Croix and developments on all islands.

Here come repairs to the National Park dock in Red Hook.  They will close the National Park dock today through June to do a $600,000 repair The dock, across from the Port Authority’s Red Hook ferry dock, is used by Caneel Bay Resort and the Westin Resort and Villas to pick up its workers who live on St. Thomas and work at the St. John resort. The resorts will set up a floating dock with a gangway while the permanent dock is under repair.

Here comes the Marian Anderson String Quartet on the Virgin Islands Montessori School and International Academy in July for a summer music camp!  All string students should plan to be on island for this incredible opportunity.  The school string group is looking for housing for the quartet.  If anyone knows of a nice house or has hotel connections for four rooms, we are really looking help in this area.  Whoever donates this housing will be a major sponsor. They need volunteers to help with many other things. If you can help call Sherrie Davis at 998-1823

Here comes another Cultural Education “Virgin Islands Personality Essay Competition”. Students in the middle, junior and senior high students are invited to write an essay for March about Mrs. Myra Keating-Smith in the St. Thomas-St. John District and Mr. Ulmont James in the St. Croix District. Essays must have a minimum of 300 words, citing a minimum of three sources.  Entries must be hand delivered by 4:45 p.m. March 25th NO ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS. For more information contact the Cultural Education Offices at: 774-0100on St. Thomas or 718-3645, on St. Croix.

Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands invites the public to the ribbon cutting of the Born Learning Trail at the Lindberg Bay Park and Water Playground at 10:00 AM.  The new trail involves 6 signs with activities for parents and children to pursue while discovering the features of the Lindberg Bay Park. Big Thank You to the Nigel O. Hodge Foundation for their support of the Born Learning Trail.

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