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Right now it is:
81 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
85% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.94 inches
Wind is from East at 9 MPH.
We just got point 11 inches of rain. So far this year: 17.29 inches.

National Weather service says: 

Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers this morning, then overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High temp going up to 86F. with a Breezy East North East wind at 15 to 20 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60%

A weak tropical wave is approaching from the east and it will increase the potential for showers today.
Seas of six feet and winds to 20 knots (23 miles per hour) are expected.

Tropical Storm Erin continues to move west-northwest across the Tropical Atlantic. At 5 a.m. today the center of Erin was located more than 2,000 miles east of the Virgin Islands at 16 degrees north, 30.5 degrees west with top winds of 40 miles per hour. The storm system does not pose a threat to the Caribbean  – the computer models all show Erin moving out to sea – far from here. Meanwhile there is a system forming over the Sahara that will be the next system to watch.  We are in the season.

Cruise Ship News - No Ships Today

At the top of the news on AUGUST 16 Friday

Governor John DeJongh called the Legislature into a special session next week to consider three important and urgent proposals.  One of the would authorize the PFA to issue Revenue Refunding Bonds for cash flow relief in 2014, the second would finance a settlement with the Internal Revenue Service following their audit of PFA Revenue Bonds, and the third bill would appropriate $5 million to the Department of Justice to fund legal, financial, and industry expert advice and representation that will be needed to litigate against HOVENSA in the coming year.  The government expects litigation with HOVENSA to stretch over at least seven years and cost more than $15 million dollars. The bill to pay the Internal Revenue Service's result of problems with bond financing. The governor says the government has worked with the internal revenue service to reduce the amount needed to settle the dispute to $13 million.

On Thursday, Moody’s Investors Service, a national bond rating agency based in New York, assigned a Baa2 rating to the upcoming sale of approximately $80 million of Matching Fund Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2013,   and Moody’s assigned a stable outlook to the government rating. The Governor said “This action by Moody’s is timely. The issuance of these Matching Fund Bonds is an important piece of the budget for the coming year. 

The public services commission met last evening and approved fares increases for the ferries between St. Thomas and St. John – up by one dollar per person per ride for tourists only. They held the line on the rates for local residents and senior citizens. School student fares and teacher’s fares will go up - a dollar more for students and $1.25 for teachers. Bulk rates go up by 50 cents and checked baggage will go up from $2.50 to $4. The PSC required the ferry companies to contract an independent third-party ticket agency to oversee and calculate sales which will help clear the way to get federal subsidies for our ferries. They also approved a schedule of environmental user fees and wastewater user fees. Wastewater fee goes up from 55 dollars to 110 dollars.  They created a reduced fee for property owners earning less than $25,000 per year but that depends on the Legislature picking up the balance of the fee or else the whole program falters.

Last week, students on St. Thomas got to taste the new menu for the school year. Yesterday on St. Croix students got the same chance to taste the new lunch menus. The office of special nutrition is trying to use more dishes using stir fry methods and more local herbs and spices with pure sugars. The day samples included brown rice with coconut milk, potato stuffing using American yams instead of sugar, sweet-and-sour beats, Creole chicken, spaghetti and meatballs and other dishes. Students gave the new menu items a big thumbs up saying it was well-prepared and tasted good.


The Water and Power Authority scheduled a water service interruption for today in the Subbase area, on St. Thomas. They will be installing a fire hydrant near the School Lunch Program building. Water wil be off from 9 am to 2 pm at the Port Authority Dock, Public Safety Academy and Island Laundry. 
The WAPA Standpipe will be closed during installation of the hydrant. 

Today the East End Medical Center is observing National Health Center Week with a Health Expo Carnival at Tutu Park Mall in the Center Court with free screenings,

The Immunization Clinic at the Schneider Hospital has resumed normal hours following that car accident that damaged the building.
Today there is a special outreach for UVI students today at the University’s St. Croix campus - 9 AM to 4 PM today for students to get vaccinated. There is also an immunization clinic on St. Thomas today at Schneider Hospital for children from Kindergarten through grade 12 – that is until 3:30 this afternoon
They are making appointments for vaccinations on Monday, August 19, and Wednesday, August 21- by appointment only at the St. Thomas Immunization clinic. Call 774-7477, ext. 2150 to schedule an appointment. On St. John you have an immunization clinic on Tuesday - August 20th and Thursday - August 22nd – we will remind you then.

Senator Alicia “Chucky” Hansen is investigating what appears to be a quiet and gradual takeover of beachfront property where former and current housing communities are located.  Most recently, the Virgin Islands Housing Management informed the residents of the LBJ Housing Community that they must choose another place to live by the end of this month, August 2013, and they must vacate their homes by December 31, of this year. The letter say “By way of this correspondence, Virgin Islands Housing Management, Inc. (“VIHM”) wishes to advise you that because of the poor condition of the property where you reside plans are underway to demolish the LBJ Gardens.”  She thinks this is because LBJ sits on beachfront real estate and hints the Housing authority has plans to develop the real estate.

 340 Boxing for the "Boxing In Paradise VI" official weigh-in, scheduled for today at noon for the amateur fighters and 12:30  for the professionals   Best Western Carib Beach Hotel

This evening there is a Tribute to Virgin Islands Hero, World Boxing Champion Emile Griffith from 6 to 9:30 pm this evening at the Prior-Jollek Hall at Antilles School, The free tribute will include the showing of award-winning 2005 documentary “Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story,” That’’s this evening at 6:00 PM at Prior-Jollek Hall at Antilles School.

340 boxing has their big fight night on Sat at 6:00 PM at the Mark C. Marin center at Antilles School.

Chili Cook Off on St. Thomas is on Sunday at John Brewer's beach – Chili Cook off benefits local charities Queen Louise Home for the Aged, Family Resource Center, Parking by St. Thomas Sail and power squandron. 70 contestants and 14 veggie chilis. – chili, tug-of-war, beach volleyball kids games and lots of music. Fun for the whole family on John Brewer's beach Sunday starting at noon until all the chili is gone. For more information call 340-473-8706.

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