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82 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas. 
73% humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.97 inches
Wind is from East at 14  MPH

National Weather Service Clear with 20% chance of rain showers. High of 82F. Breezy East North East Wind at 20 to 25 mph.  A dry weather pattern is expected today through Friday however, brief trade wind showers are possible across the Virgin Islands from time to time.  Across the regional waters, seas are forecast to increase to eight feet in northerly swells and winds will average 22 knots. The tropics are quiet.

Cruise Ship News Reflection and Carnival Liberty at Havensight Dock

At the top of the news on November 26 Tuesday

School back to normal at the Ricardo Richards Elementary School - they dismissed early yesterday due to a broken water main on the campus.  That has been repaired.

The Economic Development Authority signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" with the Port Authority and St. Croix Renaissance Group. They plan to develop and utilize the Territory's marine assets on St. Croix to promote economic development and job creation.  With the coming of the larger Panama Canal in 2015, St. Croix could be poised to be a prime transshipping site for cargo moving through the Panama Canal.  Renaissance is a 1244-acre industrial park on the south side of St Croix. The idea is to develop some of the land an international transshipment port.  There is room to store and forward cargo containers for major manufacturers and distributors across the region. They want to capitalize on the increased freight traffic to the Central, South and North Americas that the larger Panama Canal will bring.  The cargo that is bound for the region needs to land somewhere, get sorted and shipped on to the rest of the world. St Croix could be the place.

Good news from the Charles Turnbull regional library.  Tomorrow the children's reading room and young adult section will open.  Enter the library turn right off the lobby and you'll find 3500 square feet of comfortable space for children's reading.  There are upholstered Wicker hassocks and big soft pillows.  While the Turnbull Library grand opening as not yet been set, more facilities are opening.  The von Scholten collection with 28,000 books is now available by appointments Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Dr David Hall – the UVI President - spent two nights in a dormitory while student Sheena Tonge had to meet with the top brass of the University and make tough decisions. This is the second time the University president has switched roles with the student.  He goes to classes and sleeps in dorms, while she sits in the president's office and fields dozens of issues.  One result;  the president is investigating more comfortable mattresses for dorms and perhaps more focus on school spirit and school colors.

Ivanna Eudora Kean High is holding its annual Thanksgiving luncheon today at 11 a.m. in the school's cafeteria.  The school's PTSA and members of the community band together to bring a full Thanksgiving meal to Kean's students and staff.

Here comes a hands-on workshops for Virgin Islanders to learn more about the Queen Conch seashell and it's potential in the fine jewelry industry. In recent weeks, the Queen Conch has been named the official Seashell by the Virgin Islands Legislature.  Now, two master carvers from Italy are coming our islands to share their knowledge and experiences with turning seashells into beautiful carvings, reflecting cultural themes and symbols of our islands.  Carvings can become fine jewelry and  and art objects - for keeping and for sale. The Queen Conch Seashell Carving Workshops are over three days on St. Thomas on December 9, 10 & 11 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. On St. Croix the workshops are December 12, 13 & 14, - same time. The fee is $750 + $150 for materials.  There are Scholarships from the Department of Labor and they are looking for sponsors to underwrite the cost of students attending the workshop. Contact the Rare Earth Studio

Senators Malone and Graham have organized a special event in January to honor Virgin Islands musicians and raise money for the territory's music education programs. The Virgin Islands Finest Musicians benefit will be January 24 through the 26th.   The events will pay tribute to Dion Parsons and the 21st Century Band. Malone said. "Studies prove that students participating in school bands and orchestras, get better grades, have better critical thinking skills, are more likely to go to college and less likely to engage in drug use or anti-social behavior. An anonymous stateside donor has agreed to match whatever we raise to purchase instruments for our schools." A banquet will be held on January 25 at Sugar Bay Resort followed by a concert at Reichhold Center for the Arts on January 26. For more information call Ms. Corneiro at 693-3599

The Crown Bay Center Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal invites elementary schools on St. Thomas to participate in their first Christmas Card Decorating Contest. Students should depict a scene or local tradition of Christmas in the Virgin Islands.  Submissions are due December 13.  Winning schools will get money and ribbons to the student artists. And the winning students whole class will get holiday party. The holiday cards must be on an 8x10 paper, with an original holiday theme done in the student’s own artwork. Each school should submit all entries from their school at the same time labeled with the student’s name, teacher’s name and grade. Mail to 8268 Crown Bay Center 161-A Subbase, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802.

Lockhart Elementary School held a Thanksgiving raffle and now we know the prizewinners.  The fourth prize fruit basket goes to Darwyn Harris, the third prize frozen ham to Rufus Simmonds, the second prize 20 pound frozen turkey goes to Donna Davis and the first prize a fully cooked Thanksgiving meal for 20 to 30 people goes to Isabel Aybar.  Hearty congratulations to all the winners

The Latch Patch is making one year!  And for their one year anniversary, there is a celebration this Sunday, December 1st from 1 o'clock to 5 PM at the Latch Patch on Raphune Hill upstairs from Mango Tango.  Everyone is welcome to join the latch patch for food, live music, natural products, zumbini, and sales on breastfeeding and maternity merchandise. The Latch Patch is the Virgin Islands premier breastfeeding, prenatal and postpartum resource center offering breasfeeding & prenatal education classes, pumps, supplies and more! The Latch Patch making one year and having a party. That’s Good News.

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