08 February 2013
First the weather:
Up north a storm is poised to dump up to three feet of snow from New York City to Boston. Snow is expected to start this morning, with most of it falling overnight and into Saturday. New York City was expecting 12 inches and wind gusts to 75 mph. It could be one for the record books
79 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
29.98 Barometric Pressure – rising
Wind from East at 9 mph – Under Mostly Clear Skies
Point 03 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
National weather service says: Mostly cloudy. High of 84F. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph.
Patches of low level moisture will move across the Virgin Islands this morning – maybe a passing shower. Drier and more stable weather is expected this afternoon and throughout the weekend.
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At the top of the news on Friday February 8
Renaissance means rebirth. Here comes a rebirth for Renaissance Grand Beach Resort. Wyndham Resorts is partnering with Jimmy Buffett and creating a Margarittaville resort at Renaissance Grand.
It’s been boarded up since 2004 and prior to that it changed hands several times. Expect to see 19 million dollars in renovations, a refreshed and open beach and lots of time share condos, hotel visitors and jobs. New name – Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham. Stay tuned. More news next month.
Don’t trade in Black Coral. It might cost you big dollars. Former GEM Manufacturing executive Ashu Bhan-dari was trading endangered black coral. The court says he knew the shipments coming into St. Thomas falsely labeled. Convicted of trafficking Judge Curtis Gomez handed down the punishment. One month in federal prison. pay a $900,000, pay $230,000 to the University for projects to protect black corals. Do 300 hours of community service and Never work with coral in any way ever again.
The Governor spent part of Wednesday touring historic town and recreational areas on St. Thomas to promote the ongoing revitalization of the island. He spent the morning walking along lower Main Street and Rothschild “Market” Square, and the afternoon visiting the Winston Raymo Recreation Center in Hospital Ground and the Smith Bay basketball court on the island’s east end. The Market Square project is part of a long-term vision for revitalizing downtown Charlotte Amalie, from Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral to Fort Christian.
The Governor reminds business owners to fill out the 2012 Economic Census forms. Deadline is next Wednesday, February 12. The information in the Economic census will help calculate the Territory’s Gross Domestic Product that is the total value of goods and services in the Virgin Islands economy.
This is a detailed picture of our economy and our current business environment. It is done every five years by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Back in 2007 the Economic Census showed we had a $5 billion economy. Wonder what it is today.
Police Officer Colvin Georges will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall on May 13. It’s part of National Police Week. Georges joined our Police Department in 2010, he earned the exemplary service award and earned the top score in physical fitness. He was injured in a gun fight in May 2012 and perished in Sept of that year. Now Delegate Dr. Donna Christensen says he will be memorialized in the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.
Next Generation Network is bringing you free computer classes. Do it at home or at one of the new computer access centers. Sign up before March 31 and take the Digital Literacy Training Course. You’ll earn a certificate from State University of New York. After Digital Literacy - lots of other classes open up – all free. Go to www.vingn.com
We from Upstreet are meeting at Friday at 5:30 PM at Petersen's yard - All members are urged to attend it is vitally important – 5:30 PM at Petersen’’s’ Yard .
St Croix there is a Jump-this evening from around 5 to late. There are parking restrictions in effect for the downtown streets; King, Company, Queen Cross, Church in the center of town. Park at the National parking lot. It’s open from 5 to 10:00 PM. Traffic in town will be rerouted during this evening’s Jump-Up in Christiansted .
The Fantasticks is on stage at Pistarckle Theater tonight and next Thursday and Friday call 775-7877.
Whim Museum has the 27th Season of Bringing Classical Music to St. Croix tonight and Saturday with artists Ivy Anderson Hylton and the Vibrations performing works by Schubert, Mozart, and more. Whim museum this evening.
The C.A.H.S. Class of 1965 meeting is scheduled for Friday @ 5:30 p.m. @ Pilgrim's Terrace. Call 690-5147.
Catholic Charities has a Flea Market on Saturday, at the old St. Thomas Bank Building on Market Square next to Christ Church Methodist Church. The Flea Market is from 8AM until 3PM with new and used clothing, furniture and household items. Proceeds benefit Bethlehem House Shelter. Please call 777-8518 for more information.
Friday Saturday and Sunday it is the annual Water Island Music Festival with 11 world class musicians performing over three evenings. Call for reservations for the inside seats. Lots of outside seats. The ferry leaves Crown Bay Marina at 5:15 and 6:00 PM and will make trips until everyone is over to Water Island. Tonight Saturday and Sunday at 7:00 PM on Water Island. Ferry leaves Tickles at 5:15 and 6:00 PM. For more information call 774-2635.