12 November 2012
First the weather:
82 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
82 % humidity.
29.92 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from all over the East at 10 MPH. Under Mostly Clear Skies.
Point 20 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 31.10” so far this year.
National Weather Service says: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 84F. Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the East in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.6 in. possible. A cold front located just northwest of Puerto Rico will continue to result in showery conditions across the local area at least through this afternoon.
Cruise Ship News
Eclipse, Carnival Victory, Norwegian Gem at Havensight Dock
At the top of the news on Monday November 12
Today is Veteran’s Day. A day when we honor all veterans of all wars. The living and the deceased. Schools are closed, banks are closed, courts are closed, business offices are closed, UVI is closed. Yesterday on St. Thomas there was a huge parade on the real Veteran’s day, 11th day of the 11th month, commemorating the end of in World War One. Parade participants included the Governor John DeJongh, Lt. Gov. Gregory R. Francis, who is a veteran, Delegate Donna Christensen, and the parade marshal, retired Sgt. 1st Class Patrick D. Farrell.
Today there are parades on St Croix and St John. On St Croix starting at 9:30 AM from Bassin Triangle to Christiansted grandstand. On St John the parade starts at 3:00 PM in Cruz Bay St John.
Governor John DeJongh issued a proclamation issuing administrative leave to all government employees on today in honor of Veterans Day.
They continue counting paper ballots on St Croix – so far no change in the rankings of the candidates. More than 900 votes separate 8th place Neville James from 7th place Kenneth Gittens. Others have added to their tally but no change of the names in the top seven places. Oddly enough for all the hype about the value of paper ballots, many were spoiled by voters who checked the party affiliation symbol and then checked specific candidates – this spoils the ballot because they vote for more than 7 candidates – the machines won’t let you make that mistake, so some voters will not have their votes counted BECAUSE they choose a paper ballot. Some 15% of the paper ballots were dismissed as spoiled.
On St. Thomas the paper ballot count is over. Myron Jackson moved up to second place and Lawrence Olive moved up to 8th place but did not displace Donald Cole in 7th place. Olive trails Cole by 60 votes and is challenging the dismissal of 200 of the 600 ballots that were spoiled – same problem as on St Croix. Meanwhile the Attorney General Vincent Frazier has appointed a panel of 5 senior Justice Dept staff to investigate complaints over the election.
HOVENSA held the price of gasoline steady this week. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs did a gasoline price survey. On St Croix the lowest prices for self-serve gasoline were $4.49 for premium at Caribbean Service Station & Choice Service Station and $4.20 for regular at Lionel Service Center. The lowest price for diesel is at One Love Service Station & Gas City. On St. Thomas the lowest price for self service fuel was $4.48 for premium at Boynes Trucking and $4.58 for regular at Race Track, One Stop, and Giant Gas Station. The low price diesel was at Boynes Trucking. On St. John, E&C Self Service Station had regular $4.73 per gallon.
They call it October Sunday but this year due to the terrible weather on the planned date in October, organizers moved the event to November with all the same music and fun. Long ago back in 1977, it was a small affair at Sybs, now it is huge and happened at Magen's Bay Beach with dozens of musicians singing, performing, helping each other perform and all raising funds for the Family Resource Center. The sun was kind Sunday, the folks were relaxed, the youngsters swam, played instruments, and had a general good time, and, the music was simply grand.
Lost and Found dogs – two pit bulls mutt mix, 2.5 months old. They have collars green and blue. Last seen in Nisky Church area. If found call 514-9203.
Virgin Islands Carnival Committee had plans for a Prince & Princess Recruiting forum on Monday – but it has been CANCELLED!!!
WAPA reminds everyone on St Croix their underground project downtown is suspended today and will resume on Tuesday on Strand Street.
Helping Others in a Positive Environment is giving away turkeys to the first 100 families who receive one or more of the three chronic disease screenings along with the HIV test. This starts oN Wednesday and Thursday on St. Thomas St John and on Friday and Saturday on St Croix . For more information call 777-1611, Free turkey – just take the health screenings.
This is American Education Week and this year’s theme is, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility." Parents are invited to the Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School Parents Day on tomorrow to get a first-hand look at a typical school day, The principal says “Whether you can spend ten minutes or two hours, we need you to come spend some time with your child at school. Show your child how much you care by spending some time here.” Charles Emanuel Elementary School has a Parent Room where parents can browse the internet, and to read brochures and magazines. For more information call 778-0511.
November is Military Family Month. The office of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans Connect Outreach Services reminds all vets - today and tomorrow the Benefits Counselors are at the Vet Center on St. Thomas On Saturday on St Croix there is a National Guard Family Programs Movie Night.
The St Thomas / St John Library Association announced the new Board of Directors. The officers and board members are Christine Garrett Davis, president, Annice Canton, vice president, Cynthia Richards, treasurer and, Ellen MacLean, secretary. The latter three board members are life time members. Past president Marilyn Brissett is the association’s advisor, Cecilia Fahie-Barry membership chairperson, and other board members are Sherna Gumbs and Patricia Maynard.
Today for the holiday admission is free at all National Park facilities. On St. Croix historic Fort Christiansvaern and the Steeple Building are free today.. On St. John no charge for admission to Trunk Bay, the most visited beach and home of the underwater trail.
Our virtue of the week is Unity. Unity helps us work and live together peacefully. We feel connected with each other and all living things. We value the specialness of each person as a gift, not as a reason to fight or be scared. With unity we accomplish more together than any one of us could do alone.
You are practicing Unity when you…Treat all people as all members of one human family, See the gifts in differences, Refuse to join in when others express prejudice, Solve conflict through listening and finding solutions, Care for earth and all living things, Act like a peacemaker wherever you go
Affirmation: I practice unity with others. The joy of one is the joy of all. The hurt of one is the hurt of all. The honor of one is the honor of all.