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80  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under mostly clear skies
77 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.04 inches
Wind is from East at 12 MPH

National Weather Service: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 81F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph

Cruise Ship News Carnival Breeze at Havensight Dock
New Amsterdam and Emerald Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

At the top of the news on December 12 Thursday
New vehicles for the legix, checks on time for Juan Luis Hospital Payday, Time to learn computer code, and tomorrow is Miracle on Main Street 

News from The Source online – they report seeing brand new gray Ford Explorers with the Legislature license plates. Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone confirmed there are six new vehicles replacing a larger fleet of decade-old vans. He said the replacement vehicles will save the territory money. They bought the new cars with money from an insurance settlement. Remember the flooding of 2010 – the Legislature lost 11 cars then. The insurance bought the new cars- not the current budget.  And these are not for individual senators. Malone said “In the past  each senator had a car. That is gone The cars will only be used the vehicles only during working hours, so that is a big savings.” They have also eliminated cell phones in the Legislature…  $60,000 saved. And travel has been curtailed. ... It is good for senators to get experience and education; Malone says they have to find opportunities that are affordable or even free."

Good News from the Juan Luis Hospital. Two certifying officials were appointed on Wednesday so paychecks will be on time today. The Government sent a cash advance to the Juan Luis Hospital so they have funds.  But checks only, not direct deposit and the funds will be there tomorrow, so hold the check and cash them tomorrow. The only sad news – the checks will be smaller –an 8% pay cut will be reflected in these pay checks. Meanwhile, Nellon Bowery, former CFO at the hospital is back on the job temporarily while they conduct a search for a permanent CFO.

here's a chance for you to make some good news for yourself. The Next Generation Network is calling on everyone to participate in “The Hour Of Code”, this week.  This is a national campaign to teach everyone how to create, write, and read computer code - the operating language of computers.  This is a FREE training course. Just log in to www.vingn.com from any Public Computer Centers or any computer, tablet, or smartphone.   The Hour of Code, is being promoted as the largest education event in history.  More than 2 million people worldwide, will spend just one hour learning computer code this week. You can do it.  I’m gonna do it. Go to www.VINGN.com

Today and tomorrow First Lady Cecile de Jongh will present cash prizes to the winners of the Second Annual Mental Health Essay Contest during ceremonies at schools.  144 students submitted an essay on the topic of "How can persons with mental illness be better supported in our community?"
The presentations are today at Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral School and tomorrow at Central High School  in the Media Center at 10:00am. We will have the winners tomorrow.


The passing of President Nelson Mandela of South Africa is being highlighted with a tribute on Friday, December 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Chambers at the Capitol Building on St. Thomas.  Senators, community activists, faith leaders, university representatives, students, and artists are expected to give remarks or perform at the remembrance. And on Saturday Mandela Circle on St. Thomas will be the site for a community gathering on Saturday, December 14, at 7 in the evening. Participants are invited to bring songs, musical instruments, dance, poetry and stories about the “Lion of Africa,” Nelson “Madiba” Mandela. We invite everyone in the community to add their personal salute as people around the world share theirs in a global outpouring of love, respect and thanks for the great Nelson Mandela.  For more information call Maekia Phillips at 514-5665.

The Department of Labor St. Thomas office will close today at noon.  For the staff to attend a general staff meeting which might include a Christmas party. Regular hours will resume on Friday. St. Croix Department of Labor is open. If you need to talk to Labor today after noon call St Croix at 773-1994.

The next Chamber Business After Hours will be hosted by Duty Free St. Thomas on Thursday, December 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in A.H. Riise on Main Street.

The Emanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary School Music Department will be presenting its Thirty-First Annual Christmas Concert on Thursday December 12, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School Auditorium. The concert will feature the Concert Band, Christmas Ensemble, and the Recorder Class directed by Mr. Clayton W. Emanuel, the Concert Choir with Mr. Howard Jones, and The Steel Owls with Shanee’ King. Special guest; Ripples on a Lake, directed by Michael Lake. Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for students. Purchase at the school or at the door.

The action last night was at the WICO Dock where WICO and the Havensight Merchants held the twenty-ninth annual Christmas Tree Lighting festivities. It had someof everything Christmas.There was a parade and a lot of music, festive decorations and food.  Our very own Irvin “Brownie” Brown was the highlight of the evening.  Santa Brownie had been Santa at the event.  For many, many years and they honored him for his service to the community. 

Next party up is miracle on Main Street.  That's on Friday.  There is a lot of music and entertainment planned. BCB Steel Band is in Post Office Square, St. Thomas All Stars are on Main Street by Lucky Jewelers. The  Sibilly School Sun Rays are in Nye Gade.  Milo's Kings are in Upper Raadets Gade and the Spectrum Band will perform at the Waterfront Rolex. DJ Aluda is in Emancipation Garden,
Encore Band is in Store Tvaer Gade. The Sebastian Majorettes will perform in the Palm Passage Parking Lot. E. Benjamin Oliver School Steel Band is in Mid Main Street and Sweet a Band will perform in Palm Passage Parking Lot. Top Knotch Band will be in Emancipation Garden

There is a craft fair in Emancipation Garden all day on Friday
Charities will be out, Catholic charities has a canned food drive, bring canned food to Jewels on Main Street. Vinnie Mohannani says at Jewels on Main Street will double the can count. Come to Jewels on Main street after 5:30 PM. First block on Main Street just down from US Post Office between Cardows and AH Riise on the left. Bring a can of food and Vinnie will double the donation. Jewels on Main Street will be sponsoring a Christmas shopping bag Decorating activity from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Kids will have the opportunity to design a Christmas Shopping bag with supplies provided for by Jewels on Main Street. They have free gift wrapping to customers making purchases in our store

This year, the lighted boat parade has 19 boats – they will parade along the waterfront Friday evening around 7 PM. 4 passes of the boats along the waterfront. Look for the Good News Guy.

The Geminid meteor shower is the most intense meteor shower of the year. It lasts for several days (Dec. 12-16), is rich in fireballs and can be seen from almost any point on Earth. The 2013 peak rate is between 100-120 meteors per hour. The waxing gibbous moon will reduce the rate by half, except for the brief time between moonset (4 a.m. local time) and sunrise.

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