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First the weather:
84 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
81 % humidity.
29.87  Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from all over the South at 7 MPH.  Under Mostly Clear Skies.

No rain in the last 24 hours.  4 point 29  so far this month and  30.19” this year.

National Weather Service says:  Partly cloudy with 30% Chance of rain showers in the morning, then clear with rain showers. High of 86F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph..

In cruise ship news: Carnival Victory at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on Monday October 29

Today is a good day NOT to be in New Jersey or New York. As we bask in our standard paradise conditions, the largest storm in recent memory is looming over the east coast with tropical storm force winds extending from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to Bangor, Maine.  They are talking about storm surge, flooding, hurricane gusts.  The storm will move inland and bring down trees and power lines as far west as Chicago.  “Huge. Massive. Threatening. Nice that is Not here.  Some flights to the Virgin Islands will be cancelled today. There may be other travel disruptions.

The  national bond rating agencies Fitch and Standard & Poor’s affirmed their investment grade bond ratings on the Public Finance Authority’s Matching Fund Gross Receipts Taxes Bonds.  The Public Finance Authority is preparing to sell $280 million in Gross Receipts Taxes Bonds  and Fitch gave them a BBB rating. S&P confirmed its BBB+ rating on those bonds; yet another positive statement about our finances.  The Bonds will be used to refund outstanding high coupon bonds issued in 1999 and refinance outstanding bank loans and save our government money.

Sad news as Governor John DeJongh joined people across the Virgin Islands mourning the passing of John McCleverty who was - a successful businessman, wonderful musician, public servant— and a loving family man. The Visitor’s Bureau at the WICO dock in Havensight in named for McCleverty who served as the Department of Tourism’s Manager of Cruise Ship Activities and Special Promotions. He was instrumental in turning St. Thomas into one of the most successful cruise destinations in the Caribbean.

The UVI Board of Trustees approved a tuition increase Saturday at its quarterly meeting. The tuition increase will add about $100 a semester to the cost of an average student's tuition, and will generate an extra $500,000 for the university. The board approved a record fund-raising goal after the school hit this year’s goal for alumni giving  They also approved a bachelor's of science degree in psychology; similar to the bachelor of arts degree with more math and science.

Deadlocked – that is the state of the 5th Constitutional Convention. The motion to accept proxy votes died on a tie vote of 13 to 13. A later vote on 9 changes to the document passed 21 to 3  BUT there was confusion about which document they approved. The video tele conference system was at the core of the problem with delegates not sure what documents were being discussed or where changes would appear in the document. Finally a vote of 13 to 13 stopped the action. Sen Craig Barshinger is organizing a meeting today with the St Croix delegates coming on a charter flight.  They might just meet the October 31 deadline.

We have a St. Thomas/ St. John Teacher of the Year.  The candidates were: Kisha Corbett from Cancryn School, Faye Richardson from Kean School, Kalisha Mathhurin from Julius Sprauve School,  Major Gregory Cochrane from Charlotte Amalie High School,  and Lillian Moolenaar from E. Benjamin Oliver.  And the winner is  - - Faye Richardson of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. She has taught for 26 years – teaching History and AP Psychology – she is a 9th grade team leader. She believes in a rigorous classroom experience, with both academics and creativity. She likes to motivate students to excel; and that a well-structured classroom drives the educational process. Hearty Congratulations to Faye Richardson

Time for UVI students to register for Spring and Summer 2013 courses starting today. Students are reminded - meet with their advisors first get your PIN, then access Banweb and register.

Every year at Halloween time, someone comes along calling this event devil worship and calling it evil. there is nothing evil about kids going door to door to ask for candy, except in the minds of people who read evil into all kinds of things. This year they are out again trying to scare parents with tall tales that make witches and goblins seem tame.  Cars crashing into children, dog attacks, vandalism, scads of fist fights. That is more hyperbole than truth.  The old saw about tainted candy and razor blades in fruit turns out to be a hoax.  A recent study of the tainted candy stories showed that most were fabrications.  The number of razor blades in apples is negligible.

Halloween is just around the corner and youngsters will soon be out trick or treating. The Red Cross has safety tips to make Halloween safe.
Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
Use flame-resistant costumes.
Use face makeup instead of masks, those masks can cover kids eyes and make it hard to see.
Plan a route ahead of time.
Make sure adults know where children are going.
A responsible adult should accompany young children.
Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
Visit only the homes that have a porch light on.
Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. Or walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
If you are going to GREET the children - make sure it’s fun for everyone:
Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
Tie up dogs or put them in a closed room. No dog bites or scares please.
Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.

The Division of Banking and Insurance on St. Thomas will administer the insurance agent licensing exam on Tuesday, October 30 at Nisky Center at 10 am.  Registration is open until 3pm TODAY . 
Call 774-7166. 

Here comes the Aggie fair this weekend – with produce, livestck, arts and crafts The Agriculture and Food Fair is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm., Nov. 3 and 4th at the grounds of Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Key to Improving Our Economy.”

I’ll tell you now. Retired Fire Fighters is meeting at Friday at 6:00 PM at Kilo – planning for the Fire Prevention Week follow up and the beach picnic.

The Government Employees’ Retirement System will issue bonus payments to retirees on Wednesday, November 21 in accordance with Act No. 7070.  The VI Lottery gives the FERS funds every year to make the bonus payments to qualified annuitants.   For more information, call 776-7703

Pastor Walter Little answered the call of God to create Project H-O-P-E. Now they are celebrating their 20th anniversary. HOPE means Helping our Pupils excel. Pastor Little called on Ms Merle Charles and through her faith she lovingly and professionally directed Project HOPE.  Now the students and staff of Project H-O-P-E's have a big thank you to, Ms. Merle Charles. They are giving her a 100 Karat Gold HALO. May God continue to reign blessings on you for the untiring years of love, devotion and care poured out on our children, single-handedly from 1992 to 2006. WE LOVE YOU MS. CHARLES! FROM ALL OF US at Project HOPE.

Our virtue of the week is Excellence. Excellence means doing your best, giving careful attention to every task and every relationship.  Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose.  It is a desire for perfection.  The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit.  When you practice excellence you bring your gifts to fruition.  Excellence is the key to success. You are practicing excellence when you ...Give your best to whatever you do, Give your best to relationships, Set noble and realistic goals, Remember to plan and practice, Don't try to do everything, Develop your special gifts
Your Affirmation is : I give my best to the work I do.  I give my best to others.  I dare to set noble goals.  I choose excellence in all things.

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