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Carnival Village is opening on Friday

First the Weather:
It's 81° Fahrenheit  26.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
66% humidity. Under partly cloudy skies.
Wind out of the East  at 24 MPH.   
Barometric pressure is 30.02 and rising
We had .42 inches of rain in the last 24 hours
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas
Doppler radar shows: Mostly clear Skies  Satellite Photo Shows: Mostly clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Variably cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 86. Breezy. East winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

On this Thursday April 28   we have THE Ruby Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal  
At the top of the news on Thursday April 28   

Are the roads a mess? Carnival road closings at the Fort Christian Parking Lot coincided with the closure of Norre Gade for the repairs of the former Squirrel Cage Restaurant resulting in near gridlock in Charlotte Amalie. Additionally, one stretch of lane remains closed on Polyberg Hill and the Virgin Islands  Waste Management Authority continues repairs to sewage lines in Tutu, slowing traffic due to unpaved stretches of road and partially closing lanes during peak hours. Now Commissioner of Public Works Darryl Smalls says things are better the road over Polyberg hill got major paving yesterday and more is coming. They plan to have two lanes open over Polyberg hill by week's end. Same story on Brookman road, the two lanes are about to open. And the Long Bay road work is almost over.  Almost finished.

More than 100 Charlotte Amalie High School students will depart the territory this week on various trips. The CAHS French Club departs for another European tour.  - 39 students going to Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France. “Most importantly the students will get the opportunity to utilize the language and experience the French culture.”  The group returns on May 4th. Today  the Track and Field Coach is taking 17 track and field athletes will head to the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania.  After a strong performance at the Poly Relays in Puerto Rico recently, the team has been practicing daily for the up-coming meet.  There are four seniors who have shown superb performance; DeAndre Rawlins, De-ci-o Bonelli, Sy-anna Wynter and Kino Malone.  They will be back on May 1st.

Also today, 40 members of the CAHS Marching Hawks, Symphonic band and the auxiliary units will depart for New Orleans, Louisiana for the Heritage Music Festival.  The group will also experience a university tour, visit the French Quarter and the Jackson Square, explore the Aquarium of the Americas, the D-day museum, and experience a boat ride up and down the Mississippi take in the swamp tour as well. The band students return on May 3rd. and on May 1st, 22 juniors and their counselors: will leave for the annual college tour to visit 10 schools: Morehouse College, Spellman, Clarke-Atlanta, Emory, Johnson C. Smith, North Carolina A& T, North Carolina Central, Howard, Georgetown, Hampton, and Duke Universities.   The college crowd will return May 6th.

VI Police department will announce plans for St. Thomas in the Carnival village Today at 10 a. They have a press conference will disseminate important carnival rules and regulations and other safety information to the public.

Gypsy Carnival Troupe is meeting today at 5:30 at the Old Melchoir place

Eye on the Islands is focusing on sexting on the television show that airs this week.  Host Sara Lezama will meet with Asst US Attorney Denise Hinds and Hillary Hodge to talk about the use of cell phones and cell phone cameras to engage in activities that are actually illegal.  Can't send naked photos.  No sex talk on cell phones.  On Fri at 7p and again at 10p and on Sat and Sunday at noon and 6p

Department of Labor Commissioner Bryan says the Workers Compensation Office will be closed on St. Thomas  and St Croix today from 8a to 5p for training on the new claims management computer system.
Here comes the VI Culinary Team is holding a competition to select the next Team bartender on Thursday, April 28th at the Frenchman's Reef Marriott, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.  The bartender selected will travel with the team to Miami in June to compete in the Taste of the Caribbean Competition.  To compete, bartenders must create one each of a rum, vodka and non-alcoholic drink (maximum of 6 ingredients per drink), in a specified time.   We are looking for a superstar! The past two bartenders served two years each and won GOLD every year. The chefs from the culinary team will create delectable appetizers for attendees. The competition is open to the public for a $10 entry fee.
With acts such as Pressure and Rock City headlining a star-studded list of local artists, the St. Thomas Carnival Village is the place to be this year. Everything from the bandstands to the rides—have been under way at Fort Christian Parking Lot, and local booth owners are expecting this year's turnout to be good. The Village opening is set for 6 p.m. Friday, with band such as Jammerz HP and Pro Style hitting the stage after the beginning ceremonies. This year's Village honors Collins Wesselhoft, best known as the lead trumpeter in the legendary Milo's Kings.

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