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Right now it is:
84 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
77% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.99 inches
Wind is from East at 11 MPH.
Point 04 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. So far this year: 18.40 inches.

National Weather service says:   Partly cloudy with occasional rain showers, 30% Chance of rain. High of 84F. Breezy West winds at 15 to 20 mph. They say west wind, we have east wind now.

Patches of low level moisture will continue to move across the local area from time to time resulting in a few showers today. No widespread rainfall.  Mariners can expect winds to 17 knots and five foot seas today.

Showers and thundershowers located midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Windward Islands are associated with a tropical wave. Environmental conditions appear conducive for some development of this area of disturbed weather east of the Lesser Antilles by early next week. This weather system is moving to the west at 10-15 miles per hour.  There is a second tropical wave over west Africa There is plenty of time to monitor both weather systems before they pose any  threat to our area. We will watch it for you.

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At the top of the news on AUGUST 28 Wednesday
Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was the site of D Rev Dr Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a Dream Speech.  Millions were inspired by the speech and the march is notable for being one of the largest marches in Washington DC up to t hat date.  A quarter of a million people, came to Washington in a nonviolent protest. While Washington officials expected it to turn violent, the organizers understood the power of peaceful protest. The March is regarded as a seminal moment in American history that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the voting rights act that followed it. Thousands of people are in Washington today to commemorate the anniversary, among them former President Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and President Barrack Obama who will deliver a special speech at the Lincoln Memorial… Did you know the words of Dr Kings speech are engraved on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?   Our network affiliate, ABC news, will offer a special program starting at 11 AM. You can hear the President’s speech here on WSTA.

The Bureau of information technology was on the budget hot seat yesterday as the Senate Finance Committee continued budget hearings. There was a lot of debate regarding transmission towers, and why the plans had changed. In the end the original tower plan was renewed since it will give better coverage. The Bureau requested $2.4 million in budget, down 5% from last year. They also need $2.4 million for infrastructure maintenance and software. The taxicab commission requested $692,000 which is slightly more than the governors recommended budget.

At last night's community meeting at the Guy Benjamin school in Coral Bay, school principal Brenda Dalmaida – with tears in her eyes - announced there would be no first-grade class at that school, and students in the first grade will go to Julius Sprauve School in Cruz Bay instead. She said, The harsh reality is that the Coral Bay community does not have enough students to support the Guy Benjamin school. Right now, some students are being bused from Cruz Bay to the Guy Benjamin school to round out the school's population. It is possible that Guy Benjamin school will become a prekindergarten through grade 3 class for all St. John students or perhaps a charter school or some other alternative.

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Back to School is upon us. There have been many changes to the orientation schedule.
IVANNA EUDORA KEAN HIGH SCHOOL has orientation for those students who did not attend early orientation in June.
11th graders come TODAY , with ID Photos at 1pm and orientation at 4pm.
10th graders come on Thursday, with ID Photos at 1pm and orientation at 4pm.
9th graders on Friday photos at 1:00 PM and orientation at 4:00 PM.
Parents/Guardians must accompany the students as well as provide a copy of the students immunization card.  All school fees will be collected.  Students must be in full uniform.
For more information call 775-6380.

CAHS Orientation is coming too
9th graders with last names A-L and their parents are there now.
TODAY at 12:00 noon -All 9th graders with last names M-Z and their parents
At CAHS orientation continues on
Tuesday Sept 3rd : 8:00 AM   for all 10th graders and parents
Tuesday Sept 3  at noon 30 for all 11th graders and parents
Wednesday  Sept 4th 8:00 a.m. - All 12th graders and parents 
Parents should bring $42 for all the fees to be paid.

Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, has mandatory orientation sessions on Friday, August 30 in the auditorium:
Sixth graders at 12:00 noon on Friday;
New and Returning seventh  graders at 1:30 pm on Friday and,
New and Returning eighth graders at 4:00 pm on Friday.
Students must be in full uniform and accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Parents should bring $67 for all the fees and school gym uniform. For more information, call 775-4222. 

On St. Croix all elementary schools will hold orientation on Friday, August 30th.   Ricardo Richards’ will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
Lew Muckle School’s session is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 
All other schools orientation will begin promptly at 8:30 am on Friday.
The orientation session at Eulalie R. Rivera School is for new, transfer and kindergarten students only.

At St Croix Central High School
Friday, August 30th,  for all tenth graders from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Same day all eleventh grade students from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 31st -- All twelfth grader students from 9:00 am to noon.

At the St. Croix Educational Complex - Orientation
Thursday, August 29th – All tenth graders at 11:00 a.m.
Friday, August 30th -- Ninth graders with last names beginning with “A” through “I” at 11:00 a.m.
9th graders with last names beginning with “J” through “Z” at 1:30 p.m.
Students must be in full school uniform at all times during orientation.
Classes will begin in the school district on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.

We have not received an announcement on the school orientation for elementary grades in St. Thomas St John.

The Department of Human Services Head Start Program will conduct parent orientations for the new school year on St. Thomas on
TODAY  for " Savan, Lindbergh Bay, Knud Hansen and Minetta Mitchell.
Thursday, August 29th Bovoni, Tutu, Sugar Estate, Wilhelm George
Friday, August 30th Marcelli Annex
All orientations will be held at the Head Start complex in Sugar Estate from 10 am to noon.
Sessions in Spanish and Creole will be held on Wednesday, August 28th and Thursday, August 29th respectively from 1 pm to 3pm. For more information contact the Head Start office at 774-2445. The

Tears flowed as words were spoken about the legendary Capt. Charles F Blair Junior who founded Antilles airboats. Yesterday the seaplane terminal was dedicated in Blair's name. Old-timers remember Antilles airboats that Grumman goose G 21 aircraft that flew passengers between St. Thomas and St. Croix from 1963 through 1980. Blair was lauded for his community service, his dedication to the islands, and his daring bravery to start such a business in this community. Now the terminal and ramp are named in honor of Charles F., Blaire Jr. – for making Good News.

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