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81 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
73% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.95 inches
Wind is from East at 17 MPH

National Weather Service says Partly cloudy with 40% Chance of rain showers in the morning, then clear with possible rain showers in the afternoon. High of 86F. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph.

Low to mid level moisture will continue to affect the region's weather during the morning hours today. A gradual clearing of skies is expected with only isolated afternoon shower activity across the islands as drier air filters in across the local area from the northeast and prevail through the weekend. Seas will generally range from two to six feet and winds will reach 18 knots.   The tropics are quiet.

Cruise Ship News
Summit at Havensight Dock
Ryndam and Emerald Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

At the top of the news on November 22 Friday
Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  In accordance with the provisions of a White House proclamation, flags of all public buildings will fly at half staff today in honor of President Kennedy.

The Legislature is paying homage to the late Senate President Lorraine L. Berry. They are naming the Legislative Annex in her honor.  The ceremony starts at 9 am, will include remarks from the Senate President, the bill’s sponsor Sen. Janette Millin Young, former staff and the Berry family.   Sen. Berry is the only member of the VI Legislature to have served 12 consecutive terms. During her tenure, she chaired eight committees, served as a majority leader, and as senate president twice—the second of only two women in Virgin Islands history to have served as president.

Last evening Downtown Revitalization and the Chamber of Commerce updated the community regarding the downtown area.  The main Street enhancement project will start soon.  From post office square to the Enid Baa Public library, they will bury the utilities lines underground, replacing the concrete sidewalks with blue bitch stone sidewalks, install bollards to separate the pedestrian and vehicular lanes and add clusters of palm trees on Main Street.  The Waterfront Boulevard should begin in 2014 and include widening the road from Lucinda Millin home all the way to the seaplane terminal, rerouting Veterans Drive around the south side of the legislature and creating a more pleasing walking zone between Fort Christian and the Legislature.  They want that done before the Transfer Centennial in 2017. Plans include wider traffic lanes and more parking.  The West Indian company revealed plans for their new finger pier to accommodate two more ships. They expect to finish the pier by November of 2014. The Harbor transportation system is in the planning stages.  It calls for landing zones and water taxis to transport people - that's not happen until 2015. 

The Water and Power Authority board met and got an update on plans to build the infrastructure to fuel our generators with propane.  They call it “Project Game Changer.”  They expect to reduce the cost of fuel by 30%.  There are many steps involved and the board got an update. there is progress. 

The Port Authority Board is considering consolidating the seaplane terminals into an integrated airport system.  Right now, Seaborne Airlines is the only airline using the seaplane terminals.  They owe the Port Authority nearly a half million dollars in rent.  If the Port Authority allows other airlines to use the terminals, then the seaplane port would be eligible for federal funding.  Port Authority issued an Request for Proposals for contractors to install solar panels on St. Croix and expand the solar system on St. Thomas.

The good news is that auditors are always checking.  The Bureau of corrections receives funds from the marshals service, and from immigration according to a court order some $2 million in the last 10 years.  Over the last 10 years, auditors found over $1 million spent outside of the bounds of proper procurement.  It's the embarrassing ones that stand out.  $5000 for Christmas party, $10,000 for Commissary reimbursements, $4000 for a management retreat, $10,000 for a fancy dinner, $4000 for room food, drinks and tips for consultants.  The auditors find it all.

Good news from Charlotte Amalie High School where they inducted second group of outstanding alumni onto the “Wall of Fame”.   This year’s inductees include Judge Verne Hodge ’52; Elrod Hendricks ’59; Jeanette Smith-Barry ’69; Georgia Francis ’72; and Timothy Lake ’81. 

The Bureau of corrections is searching for a detainee who fled from the Alva Swan Annex. Heather Turfely is a 36-year old white female – she is reported to suffer from mental illness.  Turfely stands 5’5” and weighs approximately 112 lbs; has short black hair and brown eyes.  She has recently been living on St. John.

The Waste Management Authority reminds waste haulers on St. Thomas and St. John that the Susanaberg transfer station will close of 11 a.m. today and Bovoni landfill will close at noon today.  The staff have training both facilities will reopen Saturday morning at their normal hours.

The Virgin Islands has a new emergency food and shelter grant of $157,000.  If your nonprofit has a voluntary board, an accounting system, you practice nondiscrimination and have a capacity deliver food or shelter programs, then contact United Way Nisky Center or Lutheran Social Services in Frederiksted.  The deadline to apply is today.  For more information call 774-3185

HOPE, Inc. has its 5th Annual Turkey Give-a-Way on St. Thomas today.  HOPE will give a free medium-sized turkey to groups of people who receive medical screenings and an HIV test  on St. Thomas today at HOPE’s Headquarters on 7th Day Street next to L & C Milliner.

Hebrew congregation and the Reformed Church of St. Thomas have the 42nd annual interfaith Thanksgiving service on Friday, November 22 at 630 p.m. it's happening at the Hebrew congregation of its followed by big joint congregational dinner.  The service will be conducted by Rabbi Shimon Moch and the Thanksgiving message from the Reverend Jeffrey Neville.  Music by the congregational choirs.  For more information call 774-4312.

St Croix - The Community Music presents “Jazz in the Park” Concert in Christiansted on Friday, November 22nd The concerts are directed by renowned musician from St. Croix, Mr. Eddie Russell and his outstanding Band& guest musicians & Artists.  Guest Musician is: Leroy “cricket” Henley on steel Pan, Ms. Diane Russell on Flute & Lennox Joseph on Guitar The concerts are a FREE after work affair from 5:30 - 7:30pm.   Downtown Christiansted at the National Park on the water front Fort Christiansvaern Band Stand

Governor John DeJongh is encouraging the people of the Virgin Islands to support the aid effort in the Philippines.  We have a large Filipino community in the Virgin Islands and their country has gone through one of the worst disasters ever. In the Virgin Islands we know what life is like after a hurricane.  The people of the Philippines and suffered one of the worst windstorms in history.  Remember not having electricity or no roof or no food.  Your money donated now to the Filipino Association will save lives.  For more information call 774-9266

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