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First the weather:
78   degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
81% humidity.
30.05 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from east at 14 MPH – Under Partly Cloudy Skies
Point 07 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 
Minus 15 in Montreal, minus 15 in Paradise Beach Manitoba. 7 degrees in Minneapolis with snow. 10 degrees in Boston. 17 degrees in Washington. In the states – this is the dead of winter.

National Weather Services Says: Partly cloudy with 20% chance of rain showers. High of 84F. Breezy. Winds from the ESE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow – zero.
An upper level ridge will maintain a generally fair weather pattern across the Virgin Islands. Occasional patches of low to mid level clouds and isolated quick passing showers will affect portions of the region.

Cruise Ship News
Grand Princess, Norwegian Epic, Eclipse, at Havensight Dock
Eurodam, Allure of the Seas  at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
Norwegian Gem at anchor

At the top of the news on Wednesday January 23

Governor John DeJongh appointed Rodney Querrard, as Assistant Police Commissioner. At the same time, de Jongh named Querrard as Acting Police Commissioner effective immediately. Querrard retired as Police Chief in April 2012 having served in that capacity since June 2007. Prior to his tenure as Chief of Police, Querrard served for almost nine years as a member of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force where he earned the rank of Police Lieutenant. The Governor said he was extremely pleased at Rodney’s decision to return to government service and help transform the leadership of the Police Department to meet our daily challenges in law enforcement.”  Querrard said Job One is to assess the state of the Police Department and resume a level of cooperation with the community that keeps information flowing to the Police Department.

The Environmental Protection Agency does an annual check of all the toxins released into our environment. Up is the trend; up from 760 thousand pounds in 2010 up to 1.8 million pounds in 2011.  98% of this is from HOVENSA. BUT -  this may not be a doubling of the toxins…. the EPA is monitoring two chemicals they never bothered with in the past. They are using new more sensitive instruments to measure the releases.  It may all be moot. HOVENSA stopped refining petroleum.  Expect next year’s numbers should show a dramatic drop in the emissions of toxins.

GERS says the St. Thomas office telephone system is undergoing repair. Not definite date when the system and voicemail will be restored. They are working closely with the phone company fix it as soon as possible.

Are we missing out on a great tourism opportunity? Andrew Zimmern, thanks so. He is the well-known host of the eating show called Bizarre Foods on the Learning Channel.  He thinks St. Croix has a great food culture that tourists may be missing. The Source online has the whole story. Zimmern vacations on St. John but he doesn't think St. John is hotbed of indigenous culture. He thinks St. Croix makes better food, has better culture and hence makes better television. He thinks we are missing out on a great tourism opportunity by NOT showcasing our local cuisine. He says “I do not want to come to the islands for a half-baked version of French or Italian food.” He goes on to say “There are no pates on the menu at my hotel. Pates should be on every hotel menu. Local food is a selling point ! I can have a club sandwich at home. But a great grilled fish sandwich on fry bread with a little tamarind sauce, that’s a fantastic sandwich." He thinks saltfish and sweet potato is fabulous. If you put this on a plate in a fancy Caribbean restaurant in Miami, we'd be writing about it for years." Zimmern thinks we undersell our local cuisine.

The third annual "Love City Live!" brings four days of music and culture to St. John starting Thursday, One  is on 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,  Fyah Train and Reemah,  and Inner Visions Band will perform. Starts Thursday for four nights. For more information

Registration is still ongoing for Adult Education's GED Prep classes for the second semester. The registration fee is $60. For more information, please call  774-8399.

Innovative Communication Corporation employees are strong supporters of the United Way of St. Croix. United Way is coming to Innovative Business Office today from 11 to 1 o'clock to kick-off the 2013 campaign and sign employees into 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 Continuum of Care Point in Time Count and Survey is on this Sat. The training is coming up on Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Catholic Charities. Call to volunteer. They will train you for the count.  Call 777-8177 on St. Thomas that’s 777-8177

Social Security Office in Nisky Center has new hours.  Social Security is open every day from 9 AM to 3 PM – except Wednesday – today- Social Security closes today at noon.  All other days 9 AM to 3 PM. New phone number for Social Security in Nisky Center. Toll free number! Write it down. 866-876-1925.

Big Fish Fry coming up Friday as the Kittitians in Paradise host their Big Fish Fry in Fort Christian Parking Lot on Friday from 6:30 PM – Come out for the fish and stay for the fun.  Plates are $12. With the Kittitians in Paradise

Finally Dads – do you want to be a super dad? Parent University at Lockhart Elementary School is having a special session tonight  - just for fathers. The first meeting is this evening at 5:30 at Lockhart Elementary School with additional meetings January 30 and February 6. Dads and sons can come tonight to learn how to be super dads. When fathers were involved with their children – the children are less likely to engage in deviant behavior, use drugs or fail in school. Become a super dad tonight at parent University Lockhart Elementary School at 5:30 PM.

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