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First the weather:
Minus 9 in Minneapolis.  1 degree in Paradise Michigan with snow. 30 degrees in Washington DC for the Obama Inaguration 

78  degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
79% humidity.
29.99 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from east at 15 MPH – Under Partly Cloudy Skies
Point 33 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Services Says: Mostly cloudy with 30% Chance of rain showers. High of 82F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 20 mph.

Cruise Ship News
Carnival Victory, Adventure of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas, at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on Monday January 21

WAPA had a power outage this morning. A vehicle struck a utility pole and a cascade of shut downs occurred.  Right now they are restoring power to all feeders.

Today is a federal holiday. It is the reverend Dr Martin Luther King holiday.  Schools are closed, The University is closed. Banks, courts and government offices will be closed on Monday in honor of Dr. King's birthday. ICC says their offices will be closed on Monday.  WAPA is closed.  The Waste Management Authority is closed but the landfills are open.  The National Park says their admission fees are waived today.  Among the free entries you can go to Trunk Bay in the National Park on St. John and Fort Christiansvaern at the Christiansted National Historic Site on St. Croix. Entrance to the Steeple Building is also free.

The UVI Student Activities Office on St. Croix invites faculty, staff, and students to participate in its parade entry in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march today. The parade is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Central Labor Council. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at the Claude O. Markoe Elementary School and moving to Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted. Free T-shirts will be presented to the first 20 students to register.

On Friday, officials from the Office of the Governor, along with representatives from various departments and agencies of the government met with hoteliers, restaurateurs, and retailers at the Arthur Abel Complex in Frederiksted to discuss public safety issues on St. Croix. Various community groups and senators were also represented.

Senior Policy Advisor Richard Evangelista said “Public safety issues are one of the Territory’s biggest concerns, and a top priority for the Administration. We recognize that different approaches are required to address the crime in our neighborhoods and downtown areas, and that a key element is communication and involvement by all,”

In addition to increasing lighting at the Frederiksted waterfront park and pier areas, augmenting security and police presence in town areas, the Virgin Island Police Department will be coordinating community meetings with the Office of the Governor. 

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) is notifying the public of its latest territory wide gas price survey findings. The survey was completed on January 17th on St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.

The lowest prices found on St. Croix for full service gasoline were $4.69 for premium and $4.39 for regular at Welco Gas Station. The lowest prices for self service gasoline were $4.24 for premium at Five Corners Service Station and $3.27 for regular at LaReine Service Station The lowest price for diesel fuel was $4.09 per gallon at One Love Service Station and Gas City.

The lowest prices found on St. Thomas for full service gasoline were $4.48 for premium at Boynes Trucking and $4.59 for regular at Petrus Gas. The lowest prices for self service fuel were $4.88 for premium and $4.58 for regular at Giant Gas, One Stop, and Race Track.
The lowest price for diesel fuel was $4.40 per gallon at Boynes Trucking.

Findings represent prices for the only gas station on St. John, E&C self service station; premium $4.88, regular $4.43, and diesel at $4.88.

The third annual "Love City Live!" brings four days of music and culture to St. John starting Thursday, with the highlight Saturday when Steel Pulse takes the stage at Winston Wells Ballpark in Cruz Bay.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 7 p.m. In addition to Steel Pulse, reggae crooner Duane Stephenson will perform his international hits "Cottage in Negril" and "August Town.” Fyah Train and rising reggae performer Reemah, both from St. Croix, and St. John's Inner Visions Band will perform. Starts Thursday for four nights. For more information .

Innovative employees and the Innovative Companies have historically been among the largest contributors to the United Way of St. Croix. During these challenging economic times. The United Way of St. Croix will be on site at the Innovative Business Office on Wednesday January 23 from 11 am to 1:00 PM to kick-off their 2013 campaign and greet Innovative employees who are interested in signing up for the payroll deduction program.  At noon, they will present the United Way with a check for the 2012 campaign.

The Virgin Islands Continuum of Care will conduct a Point in Time Count and Survey of the homeless population on all islands on Saturday, January 26th.   They need volunteers. On St Croix call Catholic Charities at 773-0132.

On St. Thomas the count is the same day. The training on St. Thomas is Coming Up Wednesday January 23rd at 5:30 PM at Catholic Charities Office. Call if you can volunteer and they will train you for the count.  You can help. Call 777-8177 on St. Thomas that’s 777-8177

Retired Fire Fighters Board of Directors are meeting at Tuesday at 3:00 PM at Kilo company.  Membership of the Retired Fire Fighters are meeting at Friday the 25th for the first meeting of the new year.  This is the meeting where the members will elect new officers for the year. So it is important for all retirees of the Fire Service to attend. You are choosing your leadership on Friday.  This year’s Retired Fire Fighters will be stronger and more formal.

The summer reading program keeps paying dividends. Governor de Jongh congratulated the top five readers of his Fourth Annual Summer Reading Challenge from the St. Thomas/St. John district. And the kids celebrated with a program onboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship. The governor praised
Corethea Marsh, Latanya McDowall, James Nosty, Leesmel Rodriguez, and Shequeena Wonell for finishing the challenge with more books on their tracking sheets than any of their peers. The students were treated to a plated lunch in the ship’s Princess dining room and enjoyed interactive storytelling on the Disney Fantasy play floor.

Our virtue of the week  is  Diligence.  Diligence is working hard and doing your absolute best.  You take special care by doing things step by step.  Diligence helps you get things done with excellence and enthusiasm.  Diligence leads to success.
You are practicing diligence when you …Pay careful attention to what you are doing, Do things step by step, Practice to the point of excellence, Give you absolute best to whatever you do, Work hard, Don’t give up

Affirmation:  I am diligent.  I work hard.  I work carefully.  I can be trusted to do a good job.

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