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81 degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas – it was so cold this morning there was dew on the car windshield. 
74 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.89 inches
Wind is from East at 5 MPH

National Weather Service says: Partly cloudy skies with 30% Chance of rain showers. High of 81F. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the ESE in the afternoon.

Weather conditions will gradually improve over the next few days as a drier air mass will encompass the local area later today. However, isolated to scattered showers are still expected.  Across the coastal waters, mariners can expect seas to seven feet and winds to 15 knots.  The tropics are devoid of any active weather systems at this time.

Cruise Ship News
Norwegian Sun at Havensight Dock
Royal Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal
St. Croix has the cruise ship Vision in Frederiksted


At the top of the news on November 7 Thursday
They are here. The new ferry boats that will ply the waters from Red Hook to Cruz Bay St. John are here. They are tied up at the dock near Crown Bay center awaiting Coast Guard inspection. Once they are inspected they will be turned over to the ferry franchise operators and go into service. They are brand spanking new catamarans with blue hulls and white topsides and from the water they look fantastic. $3.25 million each. 85 feet long, they carry 250 passengers each. Called them Cruz Bay 1 and Red Hook 1

Senators met in committee yesterday to examine the whole election system. They gave brief attention to a recent audit of the election system that showed payroll and procurement deficiencies. The new election systems supervisor - Carolyn Fawkes - agreed with the audit and all its recommendations. One problem the legislators have to fix is that our local share of the funding to get federal funds - is underfunded. The Senators got to see the new voting machines. The new voting machines use a paper ballot and the paper ballots will be scanned electronically. You you can see a video demonstrating the new machines on the election system website www.vivote.gov

Meanwhile - St John - The Committee of the Whole will meet this evening on St. John – they will consider rezoning in Susannaberg on St John and rezoning requests in Estate Misgunst and Smith Bay on St. Thomas. And a request from the Waste Management Authority for a refuse transfer station in Lovenlund.

HOVENSA announced they are finalizing an agreement to retain reputable investment bank to direct the sales process for the refinery. The governor is expected to sign the paperwork from the legislature today clearing the way for HOVENSA to sell the refinery. Steps are being taken

St Croix has a decision - Residents can check out two different proposed town plans for Christiansted today through Friday and vote on the one they prefer. The proposals will be on display at the Steeple Building, where balloting also will be conducted. The voting came out of a charrette in March aimed at getting on a town plan for Christiansted Two plans came out of the charette. Now you can tell government officials which plan you prefer. The town plans are on display and you can vote from 9 am to 3:30 pm today and Friday at the Steeple Building in Christiansted.

The Foundation for Development Planning will provide an update on regional preparations for the Third International Conference on Small Islands Developing States and explore the opportunities for our islands. The Public Briefing on the “U.S. Virgin Islands in the Context of the Development Agenda for Small Islands Developing States”  is on Friday – tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 11:00 Am at the University, St. Thomas campus in the Administration and Conference Center building. For more information, contact Lloyd Gardner at 714-0936.

Department of Education just announced that St. Croix Central High has been officially accredited by Middle States. They have a special presentation to the school's staff today at 1:30 p.m. in the Central High library.

Water and Power Authority has a water service interruption on St. Thomas this evening from 8 pm until midnight in Upper Havensight, Estate Bellevue, Estate Bakkeroe, Frenchman’s Reef , Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove and surrounding areas - Water crews replace a faulty four-inch check valve in the Havensight Pump Station.

Independent Citizens Movement, St. Thomas-St. John Chapter, will be meeting today at Percy's Bus Stop at 6pm.

Young Virgin Islanders have until Nov. 12 to apply for the Department of Tourism's spring internship in New York City. The internship is with the department’s public relations agency and it runs from January of 2014 through May. Full-time or part-time - one young Virgin Islands resident gets to develop skills and experience for a career in marketing communications. Candidates must be Virgin Islands residents and recent graduates or in their final year of study at an accredited university with a major in marketing, mass communications, public relations or tourism studies. The person selected will get air travel to New York City with a monthly stipend up to $2,500 to cover living expenses. Send your resume and cover letter by email no later than Nov. 12  to Luana Wheatley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Small Business Development Center has a workshop on Creating an Online Business: The Next Steps. Working online is a legitimate option for many residents. The workshop will give the community insight into how to effectively become a telework contractor. It will provide information about:
* Telework and the future of work in the Virgin Islands
* Where are the Telework opportunities in the Virgin Islands
* Telework Certification process, Setting up a Work space and Starting your online business. The workshop is on St Croix on Friday November 8 a 9:00 AM to noon and on St. Thomas on Thursday November 14 at 9:00 AM to noon. For more information call Small Business Development Center

Friday night Marvin Sapp is coming to Ivanna Eudora Kean High School for a one time concert. The ' Oneness' a Gospel Explosion is bringing UNITY to the Virgin Islands with a Performance by Grammy Award Winner Marvin Sapp. With gospel hits like 'Never Would've Made It', 'The Best In Me', 'Here I Am', 'Don't Count Me Out'. Opening the show will be Joy J & Salvation Soundz. Ticket are available at: St. Thomas-Urban Threadz, Sweet Stick in Barbel Plaza, Home Again in Red Hook, KC Movies, Just Threadz, VI Bridal, Josie's Special Events Bakery. St. John-Connections St. Croix-Urban Threadz Tortola-Bolo's and Infinity Solutions

This evening - Port Authority Director Carlton Dowe wants to talk with all independent taxi drivers to discuss new operation procedures at the Cyril King Airport.  The meeting is at the Port Authority’s Administrative Building near the airport this evening from 6 to 8 pm.

Wow - a clean-up in Crown Bay - Port Authority Director Carlton Dowe is asking the owners of items illegally stored at Lot 16-A, Crown Bay, St. Thomas to remove said items by today.  The empty lot is located directly across from the Doris Hodge Tennis Court and he wants abandoned trailers, carnival equipment and other property out of there.  The Port Authority will begin clearing the lot tomorrow and and all unclaimed property will be taken to the Bovoni Landfill.


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