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J'Ouvert was lovely Until

79 degrees in Crown Bay St Thomas
64% humidity. Under clear skies.
Wind out of the East North East at 11 MPH.  
We had no rain in the last 24 hours
And right now the barometric pressure is 29.95 inches of mercury  
Water temp: 81° in LimeTree Bay St. Thomas and 84 in Christiansted harbor
Doppler radar shows: Mostly Clear Skies  Satellite Photo Shows: Clear Skies

The national weather forecast calls for Sunny skies. Isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 88. Northeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.

On this Friday May 6 No Ships Today

At the top of the news on Friday May 6   

Food Fair, check, J'ouvert, check that off. It was one of the largest J'Ouvert's in recent memory with bands rolling from Emile Griffin Ball Park toward Carnival Village starting at 7 AM after hours of partying in the park. But it came to an abrupt end at 10:45 when a 16 year old boy got stabbed and the Police Department shut down J'ouvert.  Same boy had been part of a robbery earlier in the day. The Police Department reminds everyone, if you see a weapon or something that could be a weapon or a fight or a loud argument that could turn violent, tell the nearest Police officer who will intervene.

Today is children's parade.  The Governor has given non-essential Government employees the day off for the Children's parade. Government offices on all islands are closed today, so are the public schools, District Court, Superior Court,

Innovative Communication Corporation is closed today WAPA will closed Today - WAPA Customer Service will open early on Monday. Waste Management Authority is closed until Monday morning. Waste Management Authority says the landfills on St. Thomas and St Croix will be open each day of the weekend from 6:00 Am until early afternoon and St John will be open 8:00 Am to noon. Government Employees Retirement System staff have administrative leave today. US Post Office announced the Emancipation Garden US Post Office will close today from noon to 4:30 PM. All other post offices will observe their normal hours. All US Post Office are closed on St. Thomas on Sat. except for express delivery.  Delegate Dr. Donna Christiansen's offices are closed until Monday morning.

Delegate Donna Christensen on Friday will address a group studying the feasibility of a Caribbean electrical grid to reduce regional energy costs and strengthen several islands' electrical grids.
Christensen will be speaking in Puerto Rico at the Fourth International Conference of the International Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development being held this weekend at the Universidad del Turabo-Gurabo. The conference is taking a multidisciplinary approach to describing and analyzing the environmental and economic viability of the electrical interconnection of the Caribbean power systems, according to a statement from Christensen's office. Christensen has been working with the departments of Interior, Energy and State to explore the possibility of a grid that first connects Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and later the wider Caribbean to address the energy needs of the region, which currently imports 95 percent of its power.

Will the elderly have help with their utility bills.  The program that offered assistance has run out of money, Now, several senators say they are working on legislation and finding funds to help the elderly with their utility bills. The Senate Committee of the Whole is meeting on Monday and may take up the bills.

Governor John DeJongh is in Washington DC today to attend his son's graduation from American University.  He says he will use the occasion to talk with members of the Obama administration and congressional leaders about the needs of the Virgin Islands. The Governor will return mid-week next week.

The National Park on St. John is looking for five V.I. teens to help serve in its Youth Conservation Corps program this summer. The eight-week job, which begins June 27 and ends Aug. 19, pays $7.25 an hour. The park is looking to a youth leader, as well. The job provides students with an opportunity to work with other young people, gives them an educational and productive summer, and offers the chance to make and save some money. Applicants must be between 15 and 18 years old and be U.S. citizens or hold permanent residency status. For more information, contact the park’s administrative office, Vanessa Taliaferro-Robinson, at 776-6201, extension 260

— All boat owners in harbor and downtown residents are advised that there will be a Fireworks By Grucci display over the eastern area of Charlotte Amalie Harbor at 9:00pm this Saturday for the finale  of Virgin Islands Carnival.  Produced by Left Lane Productions & Events, the display should last no longer than 23 minutes. Some boats normally anchored in the area will be required to re-locate for a brief period.  No boats will be allowed within the firing zone unless authorized.   Meanwhile, the best spots to fully experience the specially-designed pyrotechnics is in Carnival Village and its adjacent waterfront area.  The fireworks barge will be in the harbor cove between the old pump house and the Legislature.   The show will feature sequences for viewing in close proximity. The idea is to bring everyone into the last lap in Carnival Village. The show will close with a VI version of “Calypso Spetakular.”

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