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Long Bay Road Landscaping looks like a garden

It's 81° Fahrenheit  26.6 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
74% humidity. Under Partly Cloudy Skies.
Wind out of the East at 18 MPH.   
We had .06 inches of rain in the last 24 hours
Barometric Pressure is 29.94 or 30.01 and rising
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: lots of showers coming up from the south   Satellite Photo Shows:

The national weather forecast calls for Cloudy with numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the morning. Highs around 83. East winds around 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

On this Monday May 2 we  welcome cruise ships…
At Havensight Dock Carnival Miracle, Summit and Victory
At Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Caribbean Princess
St Croix Serenade of the Seas

At the top of the news on Monday May 2

In case you didn't notice, over the weekend, the Dept. Public Works and landscaping crews installed over 20 royal palm trees alongside Long Bay Road and next to Paul M Pearson gardens.  At the ground level there are new bushes and flowering plants.  Commissioner of Dept. Public Works Darryl Smalls says this is the beginning of the end for the Long Bay Road project.  They are gearing up to do the final paving of the new roadways and there will be more landscaping along the roadside from the entrance to Yacht Haven Grande to Mandela Circle.

We have a flash flood advisory in effect through Tuesday morning.  The National Weather Service says a low pressure over the Bahamas has the potential to bring us a lot of rain in a short time. - we are expecting cloudiness today and possible showers. Some of them may be heavy.

We have a Calypso Monarch as St Croix King Kan Fu Pletae retained his crown and won the title for Calypso Monarch for 2011 Campbell Barnes is the King with a song Called Call for reparations. Second was Cedric "King Spade" Brookes and third was Toby "Toby Dee" Derima who called on the audience to wave their hands saying he wasn't leaving the stadium without the crown.  He got Third place.  Best Social Commentary was Samuel" Mighty Pat" Ferdinand with a song called "Ask the Governor" Best Political Commentary was Carolyn "Sista Darkie" Webb with a song "We Want We Money" Most improved was Shelly "Queen Diva" Percival and the Most Humorous was Janet "Mighty Wifey" Russell who had a funny upbeat song called "Teach Me"

Returning to the territory for its fifth consecutive year, the world-renowned Grucci family of Brookhaven, N.Y., will once again produce the V.I. Carnival's fireworks finale. Scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday, this year's "Fireworks Spectacular" is supported in part by assistance from Tropical Shipping, Boynes Trucking Systems and MSI Building Supplies, Steve Bornn and Left Lane Productions are orchestrating the show. It will be staged from a barge strategically placed in the inner-harbor cove between the old pump house and the legislative grounds. This year's show will lilt 19-minute display with special effects designed for close viewing. Past displays have lit up the sky with distinctive patterns, such smiley faces, corkscrews and hearts, and this year will be no exception. The best spots to fully enjoy the custom-designed pyrotechnics display are downtown at the Carnival Village and the adjacent Waterfront area – not from the mountainsides. The fireworks are supposed to encourage attendance at the Last Lap of Carnival.

Coming Up Tomorrow the Gov will hold a swearing in ceremony to bring two new faces to his cabinet.  Alicia Barnes will be sworn in to head the Department of Planning and Natural Resources and Elton Lewis as the head of Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency. Tomorrow at 10 on St Croix at Government House.

This morning at University of the Virgin Islands there was a major announcement of a new donation to the University.  The Sokolof family has made a donation of 5 million dollars that is to be used to support  entrepreneurship at UVI. The funds will support the Caril Sokolof professorship for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business.  This will be the first endowed chair at UVI and enable UVI to recruit an expert in entrepreneurship.  New academic culture of entrepreneurship. The Student 13D student competition in Entrepreneurship. The Sokolof family owns a company called 13 D that is a tenant of the University's Research and Technology Park.

Commissioner of Labor Albert Bryan is inviting community organizations and groups to apply for mini-grants up to $4,500 for summer youth workshops. Your community group could get funds for your summer students life skills and career exploration program. Call 776-3700 and on St Croix call 773-1994.

The Gov announced that the month of May is Foster Care Month to encourage and recognize the loving guardianship and guidance foster families provide to children whose families are in crisis.  Across the national there are 170,000 families that care for over a half million children whose parents are unable to care for them.  Foster families play a vital role in helping children to heal and reconnect their families while launching the children into adulthood. During the month, the Department of Human Services will be making information about foster care available to anyone who would like to care for children in need.

The Governor appointed four nurses to the Board of Nurse Licensure - Cynthia Stapleton, Cereese Lewis Smith, Rita Durant-Brin and Lydia Ells will all begin three year terms on the Board of Nurse Licensure

VI Police department is  urging everyone to be on the alert for any kind of disruption. Be on the alert at home, when shopping or traveling. Be each other's keeper. Watch out for your neighbor and friends.  Be vigilant. Don't carry excessive money and don't leave valuables in your car. Don't drink and drive and if you are drinking then use a designated driver. Be careful with young children - you must keep them under control and under adult supervision.  If you see anyone with a weapon or something that could be a weapon, inform a police officer and they will step in where anyone is making a disturbance. Rain don't stop the carnival but violence will stop carnival.

Parking restrictions are in effect during carnival. Parking is allowed on Norre Gade from the old Wet Willies to the Professional Building and on the waterfront apron. No parking in the disabled parking places or blocking any sidewalk or ramp. No parking within 15 feet of a corner. Traffic around Lionel Roberts Stadium is one way only. And during J'ouvert and the parades, no one may sit on top of a trucks speaker unless authorized by the Police.

Governor John DeJongh issued a proclamation granting administrative leave to non essential government employees on St. Thomas and St John for Wednesday May 4 for Food Fair and Thursday May 5 from 8:00 Am to 5:00 PM for J'Ouvert. And the Governor's proclamation gives administrative leave to all islands on Friday May 6 from 8:00 Am to 5:00 PM for the Children's parade and horse races.

Our virtue of the week is  Kindness, Kindness is showing you care, doing some good to make life better for others.  Be thoughtful about people’s needs.  Show love and compassion to someone who is sad or needs your help.  When you are tempted to be cruel, to criticize or tease, decide to be kind instead. You are practicing kindness when you … Give tender attention to those who need help, Do thoughtful things to give others happiness, Practice habits that help the environment, Resist the temptation to be cruel, Accept people who are different, Your Affirmation is I am kind.  I show compassion to others.  I have the courage to show I care.

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