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It's 76° Fahrenheit  77% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the North East at 12 mph  
Barometric pressure is 29.96 and rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  .04 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Mostly Clear Skies  The Satellite Photo shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for  Variably cloudy in the morning then clearing. Isolated showers. Highs 82. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

On this Friday March 11 we welcome to: Seabourne Legend to Havensight  Dock
Emerald Princess to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal

At the top of the news on Friday March 11

Port Authority was ready to evict 42 families from Bournefield. .  NOT SO FAST.  Last evening the Senate Committee on Housing and Labor took up the eviction  and Port Authority officials came under grilling from the Senators and faced a hostile crowd who packed the Senate chambers.  The Port Authority relented and announced they will not evict Bournefield tenants until they have found suitable replacement housing.  So far None of them have found alternate housing.  Meanwhile, the senators are taking up a plan to transfer the Bournefield property from the Port Authority to the Housing Finance Authority and lead the tenants toward home ownership.  Today the Senate Committee on Education, Youth and Culture will take up a proposed E-book program and discuss a plan for voluntary pre-kindergarten program for 4 year olds. Under the Department of Education.

Good News from Schneider Hospital where an unexpected inspection found the hemodialysis unit has undergone a significant change.  Surveyor came in 2010 and  found a list of problems.  A surprise three day inspection found changes; new head of the unit, corrections of deficiencies, a new water treatment system in place, and a contract with a testing service to maintain the quality of the units results. Hearty Congratulations to the staff of the Hemodialysis unit at Schneider Hospital for doing the hard work to correct all the problems.

Good News for Western St. Thomas as the Board of Elections decided to open a new polling station in the west end to serve the large population now living at that end of the islands.  The site for the new polling station has not been determined, but the Massac Nursing Home is one possibility.  Meanwhile the Board of Elections also decided to shut down the polling station at Oswald Harris Court saying there are too few voters registered at that site to justify the special site.  Voters registered at Oswald Harris Court will vote in future elections at CAHS.

Hard news from HOVENSA – They are laying off non-union 86 contract employees. The refinery has shuttered the 30% of their facility. The workers came from maintenance, administration and technical support staff. They go on administrative leave and terminations are in June. HOVENSA is the largest employer in the Virgin Islands with 15% of the total workforce on St. Croix. What does it mean? Most of the jobs lost are not easily replaced on St. Croix. There is 1.4 million less in income taxes and effects that ripple through schools and businesses. The Governor commented that these layoffs are especially hard in this economy. He said the employees will keep their health insurance for 18 months and the Dept. of Labor will offer support and job counseling.  

Governor John DeJongh announced that the White House has, appointed Paige Rothenberger, as representative of the US in the Caribbean region. She is the Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator with the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Rothenberger, has a B.S. degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Policy and has been working in marine Science and natural resource management for over 16 years, most of it in the US Virgin Islands.

News from Terry T – there is a new popsicle stand open across from Emancipation Garden with all local ingredients. Check it out. Say hi to Tammy from the Good News Guy and Terry T.

This evening  We From Up Street are meeting at 5:30 PM at the J. Antonio Jarvis Museum and Learning Center.

Art exhibit from ArtVI opens on Saturday  - The 2011 Caribbean Color Juried Art Exhibition is all about the “Art of Diversity; A Smile is Beautiful in Every Color.”  The show is at the Ice Gallery across from Udder Delight. Opening is Saturday at 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and the show will be open through March 19. Thursday March 17 they have an evening show from 6 to 9:00 PM. Work from more than 40 local artists are on display.

Joseph A. Gomez Elementary School has the annual Science Fair on today  from until 2:00 PM m. in the school's courtyard. The public is invited to come and be entertained and amazed at the wonderful creativity, imagination, and talent of our ambitious students,” Today until 2:00 PM at Gomez School.

Calling all Virgin Islands artists, poets, musicians and creative minds! The Rock Lounge is tonight! with an open mic  and a FEATURED ARTIST - homegrown musician Reginald Cyntje (sin-tay) – tonight at the Rock Lounge. .

Today is the Territorial Spelling Bee at the Divi Carina Bay Resort.  Top spellers from 12 schools are poised to compete for the Spelling Bee Championship.  From St. Croix: Justine Arevalo of St. Mary’s School; Raheem Knight, Elena Christian; Ky-lah Braitewaite, from Evelyn Williams school.; Michael Do-li-otis from Church of God Academy; Imani Evans, from Pearl B. Larsen; and Ma-en Yusuf from the Iqra Academy. From St. Thomas-St. John: Quelania John Baptiste from the Gladys Abraham Elementary; Dy'Lante DeHaarte, from Lockhart; Ja-lez-cia Smith, from Calvary Christian; Silas Wisehart, from Montessori; Marcus Nor-ka-i-tisfrom , All Saints; and Aja Scott, from BCB.

The University of the Virgin Islands is going green – with Afternoon on the Green – on Sunday, March 13, 2011. from noon until 5 p.m. on the golf course on St. Thomas campus. Sample some of the island’s best dishes for $3 a taste. Musical entertainment  and lots of great food.  Sunday from noon to5p at the St. Thomas Campus golf course.

Here comes one of the most beautiful events of the year. The St. Thomas Hibiscus Society has the 33rd Annual Hibiscus Show; Plant Sale, and Raffle on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Nisky Shopping Center upstairs. Admission fee is Free! The public are invited to come. Bring hibiscus blooms between 8  and 10:00 AM to enter the competition. Hybrid Hibiscus plants will be on sale. There is a Raffle and auction. The show is open to the public from 1:00 PM to 4:30- Come see the world’s most beautiful hibiscus flowers. Sunday at Nisky Center. 1 to 4:00 PM

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