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Good News From HOVENSA – HOVENSA announced plans to continuing the supply of fuel to local gas stations through December 31 of this year. Before there had been plans to stop supplies in June.

Good News about trash.  The trash haulers are back as GEM COnstriuction got its equipment back on the road and the overflowing trash bins are destined to be emptied. They have had mechanical problems since last weekend. Now fixed.

Department of Labor St Croix has a recruitment and interview session for displaced HOVENSA workers today through Friday at the Department of Labor’s Sion Farm location. All former HOVENSA workers and trade craftsmen are invited to attend. For More Information go to

They came to learn about Customer Service; some 100 people from service, government and tourism sectors.  They took the pledge to educate tourists on the local culture and to make them feel more welcome. The message was clear - the territory’s well-being and economic development depend on how residents interact with visitors. Skits helped everyone see the reality of local folks behavior  through body language, tone of voice, and how people are dressed can affect tourists’ experience. The group also got lessons on local culture, plants, herbs, jewelry made of local plants. And they heard about the importance of our coral reef system. Randy Fish had a shocking number. 95 percent of people who do not do aquatic activities like snorkeling are not concerned with the fate of the reefs. But he told the workshop  “Coral reefs are the most important ecosystem on the planet,” “There’s more life per square area than any other ecosystem.”

With tremendous sadness we report the passing of Gladys Abraham. She began as a temporary teacher at the George Washington school – the former Evelyn Marcelli School in 1944. She attended the teachers Institute in Puerto Rico and went to New York University for  BS degree in 1953.  She taught and traveled on a Fullbright Scholarship and in 1962 she got her Masters degree in Psychology and moved into the position of Principal at the Sibilly school, then Lockhart and finally Kirwan Elementary the school that now bears her name.  Gladys Abraham Elementary School. Sadly. She is gone.

Virgin Islands Fire Service is lifting the ban on burning that has been in effect due to the dry conditions earlier this year.  With 14 inches of rain this year – the burning ban is no longer needed.

Virgin Islands Carnival Committee is having a  meeting for all booth owners in the 2012 Carnival – Wednesday at 5:30 PM at the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee Headquarters on lower main Street.

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is advising its customers that the St. Croix customer service office will close one hour earlier at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, to accommodate a staff meeting. Normal hours of operation will resume on Wednesday, May 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Governor John P. de Jo ugh, Jr. will convene a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority on Tuesday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority.  For more information call Angel Dawson at 714-1635.

Notice is hereby given that there will be a Regular Meeting of the Virgin Islands Public Services Commission on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at the Public Services Commission's Conference Room located at 1003 Estate Ross/Barbel Plaza, Suite #4, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. The meeting will be teleconferenced for the participation ofSt. Croix Commissioners and staff, and any member of the public who wishes to attend at the Commission's office at Sunny Isle, St. Croix.

Here comes National Travel and Tourism Week with a series of professional development seminars on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix. The free seminars are open to anyone in the service industry interested in improving their service skills and knowledge of the U.S. Virgin Islands. TODAY on St. Croix, sessions are planned for Tuesday at the UVI Melvin Evans Center, room 401.

There’s a class on Customer Service Excellence from 10:00 AM to noon. A class on History and Culture from 1 o'clock to 2:30 and then from 3 o'clock to 4:30 a session on Our Natural Environment. On Thursday Tourism will host a “Business After Hours” on St. Croix at the Marine Facility in Frederiksted and on St. Thomas at the Havensight Visitor Welcome Center – that’s on Thursday. For more information about Tourism Week call 774-8784.

Governor John DeJongh has proclaimed May as "Mental Health Month," a with a focus this week on "Children's Mental Health Awareness Week" and Wednesday is "Children's Mental Health Day" in the Virgin Islands to encourage the community to learn more about mental illness and overcome the stigmas and fears associated with mental disorders.  There are special events this week - Wednesday, May 9 Open house at Barbel Plaza from 9 am to 3 pm  followed by National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Film Series. For more information on St Croix call 773-1311 and on St. Thomas call 774-4888.

Hearty Congratulations to the Virgin Islands PSA Employees of the year. On St John Lucinda Jurgen is the employee of the year and on St Croix Madona Abraham is the winner.  Congratulations.

Our good news maker of the day are tehj 4 students from St Croix Country Day School who won admission to the US Military Academies. Delegate Dr. Donna Christiansen announced that Eliji Mondesir is going to West Point.  Samuel Watterson and Dylan Morohn are going to the Merchant Marine Academy and Rafael Almonte is going to the US Coast Guard Academy. The dfelegate says this has been a banner year for the US Virgin Islands with students going to all five of the academies. Nikki Barnes of Antilles School is going to the Coast Guard Academy prep school,.  Christopher Edwards is on his way to the Air Frorce Academy and Alejandro Perez is going to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Eight other virgin islanders are already attending the academies.

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