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80 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas
85 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.86 inches
Wind is from East at 13 MPH.
Point 46 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.

National Weather Service says:
Mostly cloudy with 70% chance of rain and possible thunderstorms. Up to three tenths of an inch of rain is possible. High of 84F. Breezy East North East wind at 20 to 25 mph.
An inverted surface trough is located over our area and it will progress slowly westward over the next several days. We have a very moist and unstable air mass across our local area through the weekend with periods of heavy rain likely. Other parts of the region will see scattered showers.
Seas to six feet and winds to 19 knots
The tropics are quiet.

Cruise Ship News  the Summit at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on November 1 Friday
Today is D. Hamilton Jackson Day also known as Liberty Day or Bull and Bread Day.  This is an official Virgin Islands holiday on Friday, November 1st. Government offices are closed, so are schools. Federal offices are open and so is the US Post Office. We remember the life and times of D. Hamilton Jackson – an outstanding Virgin Islander who gave his tireless efforts to advance the self-determination and the cause of human rights throughout the Danish West Indies and later the Virgin Islands," Jackson petitioned for freedom of the press, was involved in the territory's labor movement, and, when the Danish West Indies became the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1917, he lobbied for citizenship for islanders." A housing project and park in Christiansted are named in his honor. There is a gathering to commemorate Bull and Bread day today at Grove Place St Croix. 

I’m pleased to add that today is my 18th anniversary of coming to WSTA to do the Good News.

I told you for days to dispose of old drugs and old prescription drugs – the DEA says they disposed of 234 pounds of old medicaitona and drugs. 234 pounds of drugs off the streets , out of homes and out of where kids can get in trouble with them.

What is one of the most expensive cost at Juan Luis Hospital? Traveling nurses ! They cost a lot more than full-time resident nurses who are paid a salary. Back in January, the hospital raised the pay for full-time nurses and cut contract traveling nurses. Now the salaries are 30% more than the old salaries, the number of traveling nurses has decreased – How much ? To zero ! How much money less?  About 1.25 million dollars less! Check out this logic. Pay nurses more and spend less. Makes you wonder where else in the government where low salaries and agencies pay a lot of overtime or outsiders at contract rates. Pay more to locals and  save money.

Senate Rules Committee approved nomination of Norberto Rosado to the Waste Management Authority Board. He got a round of plaudits for his environmental activism. They passed a resolution honoring retired judge Julio Brady. They approved an act increasing the homestead exemption in judgments to $300,000; k is a eeps you home safe if you are bankrupt or in debt. They approved an act to require health centers to provide service to minors for the treatment of pregnancy, communicable diseases, drug abuse and various emergency medical treatments. They approved creating Division of Alternative Markets and Reinsurance within the Lieutenant Governor’s Offic and they approved plans to designate October as disability history month. They approved an act to honor President Barack Obama by naming the Christiansted  by-pass in his honor.

Is it a pain in the neck in the airplane when the pilot announces you have to turn off everything with a  switch… phones DVD players music players – all off.  The Federal Aviation Administration finally wised up. The rules will change so passengers can listen to music, play games and use electronic devices. But the ban on cell phones use will remain in effect. Several airlines are working on plans introduce Wi-Fi communication inside planes.

Governor John DeJongh offered congratulations to Susan Laura Lugo, our Assistant Director  and Territorial Archivist with the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums at the Department of Planning & Natural Resources. Susan Laura Lugo received the "Rising Star Award" from the Council of State Archivists "for her consummate networking and contributions to the wider professional community, in turn strengthening and broadening the vision and work of our Territorial Archives." 

Ace Sea Chest is having a tent sale – nothing in the tent is going back inside all kinds of things on sales, locks, hinges, national hardware, paint, cedar closet liners and hardware – all on spectacular sale – the new Ace Sea Chest is opeing – the new space is open and here comes more inventory, new suppliers and along with it Ace Sea Chest is clearing the shelves of all kinds of stuff. It is all in the tent and none of it is going back into the new store. Ace Sea Chest


Cooperateive  extension is offering computer classes for everyone. The Intermediate Classes starts Monday November 4th and continues on Wednesday  - then every Monday and Wednesday through December 4th.  There is a morning class from 9:30 AM to 11:30am  and a second class from 5:50pm to 7:30pm.  The Beginners class starts on Tuesday and continues every Tuesday and Thursday until December 5th from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. All classes are 2 hours per day, 2 days a week for 5 week – cost is only $25. For further information ask for Dara at  693-1080.

The League of British Virgin Islanders is having its 15th Annual Norwell Harrigan, Educational Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday November 3 at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa at 12:30PM. The Honourees are Maria Ayala, Stephanie Benn, The Honourable Andrew Fahie and Dion Parsons. Tickets are $70.00 per person - available from Native Son in Red Hook, Clovers Shoe-tique in the Professional Building near Fort Christian, V.I.Bridal and Tuxedo in Lockhart Gardens, Urban Threadz in Buccaneer Mall, and Vanterpool Enterprises - Wickham’s Cay, Tortola.

Friday evening there is Jazz in the Park as Dion Parsons is bringing more smooth jazz to the St. Thomas audience on Friday evening.  It’s a free concert in Roosevelt Park featuring smooth jazz performer Camile Thurman from the Lincoln Center in NYC – The concert is free Friday evening For more information call 777-1302. 

Here is a chance to make some good news – Griot life Films, the Humanities Council, National Endowment for Humanities and Strength To Strength is filming a documentary highlighting Unsung Sheroes in the Virgin Islands. An Unsung Shero is a lesser-known contributor to our society. Their names are not in history books or on wall plaques. They are women who work tirelessly without recognition and their work really makes a difference in people’s lives, so much so that lives are changed. Currently, they are accepting essay submissions identifying candidates who have made significant contributions in either field of spirituality, health, politics, education and community service.  Write an essay of 200 - 300 words and write about : Why this person should be selected? How have they contributed in either field of education, spirituality, politics, health or community service? Submission deadline is December 13. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Or send to P.O. Box 9340, St. Thomas, VI 00801

UVI is about to put a new show on stage.  William Inge’s classic American comedy-drama “Bus Stop,” takes a Caribbean detour to UVI’s Little Theatre on the St. Thomas Campus, with productions set for this evening at 7:30 and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 2:00 PM. Same next weekend. “Bus Stop: With Caribbean Seasonings” –adapted by Dr. Doug Larche - is set in Puerto Rico in a hurricane. Five characters are marooned overnight with three locals at La Cantina de Grácia, outside Fajardo. The play has love scenes, a fistfight, a talent show, abduction and a little music – along with the hurricane.  Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Call the Humanities Office St. Thomas Campus at 693-1340.  “Bus Stop: With Caribbean Seasonings”

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