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79  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under mostly clear skies
82 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.01 inches
Wind is from East at 10 MPH
Point 05 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service : Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms during the morning. High 78F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

The persistent trade winds will continue to bring intervals of low to mid level clouds and a few light to moderate showers to the region. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the offshore waters and mariners can expect winds to 19 knots and seas to seven feet.

Cruise Ship News – 5 ships
Norwegian Epic, Crown Princess, Disney Fantasy at Havensight Dock
Carnival Glory and Royal Princess at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:

Headlines: good news in the port authority as new bathrooms and baggage come to Cyril King Airport, Springline architects won an award for their new building, the 340 boxers are going to prison and here comes a free party at Crown Bay Center.

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At the top of the news on  !!AIR –December 18 Wednesday    
Good News from the Virgin Islands Port Authority.  They told their contractor Custom Builders, to begin renovating the baggage claim area of the Cyril E. King Airport Terminal on St. Thomas.  Work started on Monday and will take 10 months to complete.  What's coming our new restrooms, improvements to the restaurant area and new terrazzo flooring.  They will also split one existing baggage belt into two parts and add new belt, some automated signage, new concessions spaces and a new tourism welcome booth.  The baggage claim area hasn't been changed since it was built in 1990.  While the belts were replaced, they can only serve one airline of the time.  By splitting one into two.  They can serve more airlines.  Everyone has complained about the bathrooms, the new ones will have eight stalls for women and five stalls and four urinals for men.  Since it's the busy season, barriers will be installed to separate the construction area from the visitors and the total cost will be about $4 million.  Meanwhile on St. Croix will be rehabilitation to the concrete north of the airport terminal that serves seaborne Cape air and Leah.  That work will take six months and cost $4.2 million dollars..

Governor John DeJongh offered his congratulations to the three principals of Springline Architects upon learning that the company's new office building had received LEED Platinum Certification.  LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a ratings system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of green buildings.  Platinum Certification is the highest level in the ratings system. Hearty Congratulations to Michael de Haas, Kevin Qualls and Theresa Roberts on achieving the highest rating for their new building. 

340 Boxers John Jackson and Julius Jackson will be heading to St. Croix Thursday, December 19th  for the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility’s Iron Man Competition.  The boxers will be in the prison between three and five pm along with Reo Petersen, a firefighter and former baseball player and Mr. Melvin Mills, a tri-athlete and National Guardsman.  What does the competition involve?  The prisoners will be doing pull-ups, dips, push-ups, military crawl, carrying buckets of water, running around the rec yard, climbing a 7 foot wall, jumping hurdles, and race to the finish where the fastest time wins.  A big thank you to inmate Roberto 'Rabbie' Smalls has had the vision of 'reaching out from within'.  He is working to maintaining a non-violent atmosphere in the prison and giving inmates something to do and look forward to doing..  Smalls has successfully coordinated 3 basketball tournaments, and 4 inmate Iron Man Competitions. That's our 340 boxers making good news for the inmates at Golden Grove.

Christmas came early to the Boys & Girls Club at Oswald Harris Court, St. Thomas. Santa, delivered gifts to 46 grade- and high-school students during a holiday party on Tuesday afternoon. The presents were donated by members of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas as well as the public who donated gifts in drop-off sites at the Bluebeard's Castle Hotel and the Guardian Insurance office located at Tutu Park Mall. This holiday celebration has become an annual tradition for both the Rotarians and Boys & Girls Club students.  The Rotary Club of St. Thomas members, including Santa, will deliver toys to the Nana Baby Children’s Home on Friday

The waste management authority is collecting bulk waste and white goods in special dumpsters across the territory this weekend.  They do one in late summer and another in time for the holidays.  If you want to get rid of a mattress dresser sofa or other furniture, cabinets, shelving doors plywood or galvanized metal, or white good appliances like stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, water heaters on St. Thomas.  There are special dumpsters in Fortuna, Mandahl, Nazareth, Bolongo and Cancryn.  There is a special dumpster on water island.  An St. Croix the have special bins at Lavallee Canagata Park, Estate Profit, Cotton Valley, another near Elena Christian junior high school, Strawberry Hill, across from Lower Love Gas Station, Old Castle Burke, and Mon Bijou also Williams Delight, and at the Frederiksted ballpark and Concordia.

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Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls says a section of Melvin Evans Highway from the Industrial Park Intersection to East Airport Road will be closed to all eastbound traffic from Wednesday, December 18 to Tuesday, December 24  during daytime hours. A detour will be in effect. Work continues  as crews mill and pave Centerline Road on St. Croix near Centerline Bakery to the Pastry Hut.  Virgin Islands Paving will continue  road repairs on Centerline Road while Virgin Islands Asphalt  is finishing repairs to East End Road.

The Council on the arts  wants you to know about a special art exhibit open Monday through Friday at the Council of the Arts from 8:30 to 5 - you can see all kinds of shell craft.  That is shell craft by Ida Nibbs – that’s at the Council of the arts - Monday through Friday, 830 to 5 p.m.

You already know the VI Montessori school and Peter Gruber international Academy sold Christmas trees this season.  You may not have known that some of the teachers pooled their money and bought trees to donate to nonprofit organizations in nursing homes..  Six trees and stands went to the Lucinda Millin Home, Seaview nursing home, Seaview Adolescent Ctr., Bethlehem house, family resource center, and one family in need.  They still have some trees for sale and they are moving them to Mandela circle where they will be for sale between noon and seven p.m. until they're gone.

Coming up Saturday, December 21 from 6 – 9 pm.  The Crown Bay Center and Monsanto Marine Terminal.  Have a free Music & Movie night.  Bring your own chairs, sit back, relax, and enjoy music from the Harmonic Rays, of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School.  More music from Crown Bay Center General Manager, Vickeé Armstrong, Drew Bowers, and My Sisters and Me.  There will be holiday prizes from Crown Bay Duty Free, Crown Bay Gift and Jewelry, and Omni Jewelers.  More music from DJ Rush and then they will show the movie “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”  Food will be available by St. Thomas’ favorite, Island Flavor.  That Saturday, December 21 6 to 9 p.m. and it is free.

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