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Today is Transfer Day  

It's 80° Fahrenheit  79% humidity. Mostly clear skies
Wind out of the East South East at 11 mph  
Barometric pressure is 30.01 and rising  
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had  .19 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  Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Breezy. Highs 86 .  Southeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.

On this Thursday March 31 we welcome  Solstice and Star Princess - - to Havensight  Dock  Ruby Princess  - - to Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal  Maasdam at Frederiksted

At the top of the news on Thursday March 31

Thursday is Transfer Day it is a local holiday.  Local government offices will be closed. Schools will be closed.
Governor John DeJongh announced that this year’s 94th anniversary of the Transfer is being held on St. Croix. The event will be held at the Lawaetz museum in Estate Little LaGrange and there will be a ruins ramble after the transfer ceremony to explore “Beyond the Greathouse: lesser known people and places at Estate Little LaGrange.” No charge to enter the property today. US Citizenship and Naturalization Service will hold a naturalization ceremony today bringing 64 new citizens into the Virgin Islands.   The Governor reminded everyone to open their hearts to the visiting Danes coming here for Transfer Day.
Good News from the Police Department complying with the consent decree by training police officers in the proper use of force.  They held a class yesterday at the Marriott Carambola to train St. Croix officers in the ne rules. "Use of force" is not a single idea applied to a single situation. It is a continuum, starting the first time a law enforcement officer interacts with a citizen on the streets and ranging all the way up to when an officer faces the decision about whether to use deadly force. And to protect the department from lawsuits, the policy covering those decisions must be clear and applied evenly by every officer.
Senate Committee on Government Operations, Energy and Veterans Affairs met yesterday to take up a bill to extend burial death benefits to veterans who live outside the islands. The bill passed.  They have a bill to limit WAPA to charging no more than $25 to reconnect a customer to the electrical service. The total is not trivial and Hugo Hodge said the fee had not changed in 30 years. It costs a lot to reconnect people to the poles and after hours. The bill passed anyway. Their third bill would exempting disabled veterans from paying for handicapped decals for their cars – passed unanimously.
Race? Are the schools really asking about the race of children in the schools.  Seems like that word had been banished to the dust bin of history. Not in Washington where the No Child Left Behind law calls for a survey of students race. The schools are sending home a survey to ask the race of each student with a little more room for variety this time.  There are categories for Hispanic Latino, black  white and Pacific islanders among other groups. And if you cross the lines and have a variety of backgrounds.  It is OK to check more than one box.
Virgin Islanders who hook their television sets to cable without paying Innovative for the service will find their screens blank come Friday, when the cable company switches to all-digital service. The company announced in early February that it will switch to all-digital service beginning April 1. That means customers of Innovative’s most basic service, which provides a handful of channels by hooking directly to the cable, will have until the close of business Thursday to go down to the company's office and acquire a cable converter box.
Have you driven down Airport road on St. Thomas recently?  On the right hand side there is a new array of solar panels that stretches from the flagpoles all the way to the hill opposite the Port Authority Administration Building.  What is it?  A 450 kilowatt solar electric installation that is one of the largest in the Caribbean and will generate 660,000 kilowatts of clean reliable electricity.  Big Thank You to Governor John DeJongh and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for bringing green sustainable energy. Good news for the islands electrical systems.

Lisa Williams called from Schneider Hospital. The date to sign up to be a volunteer at Schneider Hospital has been extended call her at 776-8311 ex 5086 and you now have until April 8 to join the volunteers at Schneider Hospital. Call Lisa Williams at 776-8311 ex 5086.
The Music ministry of the Moravian Church presents a gospel music seminar with the Rev Trent Davis of the Bahamas at Memorial Moravian Church on Norre Gade today March 31 at 6:00 PM, Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2, all at 6:00 PM.

Crucian Christmas Festival Calypso monarch committee is meeting at Thursday March 31 at Dept. of Agriculture Conference Room at 7:00 PM
Here is a contest for High School students – Department of Planning and Natural Resources wants High School students to create a promotional campaign w /a radio ad, newspaper ad and TV ad promoting the marine environment and awareness and stewardship of our marine environment. The app deadline is Friday April 15 – all final products must be finished by May 13.  For more information call 718-3367.

Hero today is Troy Titley – a special agent with the Justice department Special Investigations Division.  Tuesday night around 9:45 he heard gunshots in Anna's Retreat and saw smoke and flames shooting up from a house and someone screaming inside.  While half the house was on fire, Titley scaled the porch and went inside – found a woman and a man who had been shot in the leg. Titley carried the woman to safety and returned into the house grabbed the injured man and pulled him safely out of the house.  Troy Titley, you are a hero. Oh the rescued man went back in the house and fire service staff had to go in and rescue him again.  You guys are pretty awesome too. You make the good news, then tell us, we’ll tell everyone.

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