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It's 78° Fahrenheit  71% humidity. Clear Skies
Wind out of the North East at 17 mph  
Barometric pressure is 30.03 and rising  
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  Variably cloudy with isolated showers. Highs 83. Breezy. Northeast winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent..

On this Tuesday March 15 – the Idea of March we welcome to: Cruise Ship News
Explorer of the Seas and Norwegian Sun and Carnival Dream - - to Havensight  Dock
Noordam and Oasis of the Seas  - - to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal

At the top of the news on Tuesday March 15 – the Idea of March

We all watch the news from Japan in horror and feel that sunken feeling that a Tsunami here would be devastating – costing hundreds of lives and doing inconceivable damage to infrastructure and homes.  So it makes sense that we prepare.  March 23 we are going to have a Tsunami drill in the Virgin Islands.  VITEMA will issue a warning at approximately 9 AM on Wednesday March 23 – that’s next Wednesday – and test the system and see if people respond. It’s like a fire drill for a wall of water. While our warning sirens are not yet in place - they are expected to be in place by summer. The most important idea – if the ground shakes so hard that you can’t stand up, we are at risk for a tsunami, move to higher ground. Getting up as high as Government house is the target zone.  Above the height of a potential Tsunami.  Stop a moment today and look around you – where is the nearest place that is as high up as Government house.  Mark that place in your mind.  

The Federal Emergency Management Agency urge residents to prepare a Family Emergency Plan. "When earthquakes occur, it's too late to prepare for them. You might not be with your family, your children might be at school or you could be at work. It is very important that families plan and know how they will reunite  how they will contact each other in emergency situations. First identify an out-of town contact, a long-distance phone may be easier than a call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be able to connect with separate family members. Be sure everyone knows the phone number and they have a cell phone, coins, or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. If you have a cell phone, program that person as "ICE"  that means In Case of Emergency.  Teach family members how to use text messaging which can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not be able to get through. The exercise date is Wednesday Mar 23

Community Foundation will unveil the Kids Count Data Book for 2010 on TODAY at 12:30 PM at Palms Court Harbor View Hotel with reports from Dr David Hall of UVI, First Lady Cecile DeJongh, George Dudley, and Ellie Hirsh of the Family Connection. The 11th annual Kids Count Data Book provides information on the health, safety and economic status of Virgin Islands children and families.  

President Barack Obama made a public statement that he had been bullied as a child on a school playground. He pointed to his own experience as a way to ask teachers to become more proactive identifying bullies and stopping them from terrorizing children in school and on the playground. The effects of bullying has life long consequences. The President also encourages teachers to conduct exercises in class impressing on students their duty to reveal offenders.  He says “Children are brainwashed into thinking that they are tattle tailers and refuse to speak up when they are being tormented. It is our duty to set their minds straight as we all  work to make the school a safe friendly learning environment.

Parent University at Lockhart Elementary School will resume on Tuesday March 15 at 6:00 PM.

Crystal Gade is open again after Department of Public Works removed debris from a  recent fire. The road will be closed again today and Tuesday as they finish the clean up. No parking on Crystal gade.

Cruz Bay St. John has special parking restrictions in effect near the Virgin Islands Energy Office as the VI Fire Service plans to park a 40 foot trailer that will be temporary administrative offices. During this temporary situation, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will conduct vehicle inspections at the side of their building.  This will last through the end of the week.  

National Agriculture Week - the Dept. of Agriculture says it is all about Your Food, Your Farmer. There is a market day today at the Sanderilla Blyden Thomas Bungalow in Market Square today until 2:00 PM. While the market is going on, the Dept. of Agriculture office on St. Thomas is closed today. On Wednesday there is a farmer’s market at the National Park Ball field in Cruz Bay St. John. On Thursday  there is an open house at the Shulterbrandt Agriculture complex in St. Croix. Dept. of Agriculture office on St. John is closed on Wednesday and closed on St. Croix on Thursday.

Public, private and parochial schools across the territory are being sought for participation in the 2011 March Music Series.  – the Fifth Annual March Music Series, entitled “The Sounds of Music”. During this Music in Our Schools Month there are concerts will be held on each island, showcasing our student’s musical talents. Principals and headmasters should call the Cultural Education Offices at 774-0100,

Spanish Junior High School Quiz Bowl today at 9:00 AM at Bertha C. Boschulte School Auditorium.  Four) schools will participate:  Addelita Cancryn Junior High, Bertha C. Boschulte School, Calvary Christian Academy and the Gifft Hill School.  Students will answer questions in complete Spanish sentences relative to Spanish general knowledge, geography, and mathematics.  Parents and the public in general are invited to attend.   

Students across the territory are encouraged to embrace wellness and a healthy lifestyle during the observance of National Nutrition Month® 2011. Dr. LaVerne Terry said, ”The type, quality and amount of food that individuals consume each day plays a vital role in their overall health and physical fitness. The new Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 proposes new meal requirements that raise the school meal standards for the first time in 15 years making critical changes to school meals and improving the health and nutrition of the almost 32 million children that participate in school meal programs every school day. These changes add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk to school meals. That is from Dr. LaVerne Terry.  

And a special hello to all the ladies working in the Saints Peter and Paul School Cafeteria from Marshall Randall who says they make sure that every meal every day is delicious and nutritious.  Cafeteria ladies you are making good news.

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