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27° in Philadelphia, 32, in New York City, Paradise, Michigan has 18° in Minneapolis as 20°.  Bismarck, North Dakota has 4° Meanwhile in Paradise Beach Manitoba -15° with fog

80  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under mostly clear skies
79 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.05 inches
Wind is from East at 13 MPH
Point 04 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service : mostly sunny skies with occasional clouds. High 78F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.  An upper level trough is moving into the northeast Caribbean and will stay through Saturday and then an area of high pressure will form over the west central Atlantic through the weekend. The cooling aloft associated with the deepening trough and strengthening trade winds will result in showers over the Virgin Islands especially during the late night and early morning hours.  Over the coastal waters, trade winds will strengthen today Seas to seven feet building to nine feet over the weekend.

Cruise Ship News – 2 ships – Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Sun at Havensight Dock

Headlines: seaborne aviation is moving to Puerto Rico, the Louis Brown Senior villas are open, St John Centerline road will get repairs and the Governor gives time off for the St Croix Carnival.

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – December 19 Thursday

Seaborne aviation is leaving St. Croix.  They will still fly to St Croix but they are moving their headquarters to San Juan, Puerto Rico. That cost us 88 jobs on St. Croix. They expect to finish moving by March of 2014. They say they're going to 400 new jobs in San Juan.  Hey, wait a second, isn't this the seaborne aviation that our GERS loaned $4 million to?  Aren't they the ones who are in arrears on that loan?  Haven't paid a dime?  Just got more money for more planes?  Are we the ones financing the move?  Turns out Puerto Rico is providing $16 million, taking part ownership in seaborne, and taking two seats on the Board of Directors.  Seaborne is taking overall the routes that used to be American Eagle, they recently added flights of the Punta Cana Dominican Republic, and as of January will be flying to Saint Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis.  They used to be our airline, now they see themselves as regional.  Goodbye to 88 jobs.  Oh and Merry Christmas to Seaborne you Gringh!

Great news out of St. Croix where senior citizens now have another housing option.  The Louis Brown villas in Frederiksted opened yesterday with 40 new energy-efficient, disability-accessible apartments for senior citizens.  With all of the latest stuff; solar electricity, solar hot water, low flow water faucets and rainwater catchment cisterns, elevators to the upper floors. Oh and while the rest of us wait for net metering, the new Louis Brown villas have net metering from WAPA.  With the solar panels and net metering, residents will save $400 a year - some may have no electric bill.

Port Authority Board of Directors met.  They get an update on Bournefield.  All residents except one have been relocated. That one is holding out until after Christmas; they will move after the holidays. The board approved hiring five new police officers two on St. Croix, and three on St. Thomas, St. John.  And they get an update on plans to dredge the crown Bay channel instead of 200,000 cubic yards.  They will only dredge 14,000 cubic yards and get it done in time for the 22 cruise ship calls in the next cruise ship season.  A big thank you to Gordon Finch, who announced that he will retire from the port authority board

340 Boxers John Jackson and Julius Jackson will be heading to St. Croix today for the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility. The boxers will be in the prison along with Reo Petersen, and Melvin Mills ’s for the Iron Man Competition. 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, who 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. Are they really training inmates to scale a 7 foot wall… ?

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

Good news for St. John.  The Governor signed a notice to proceed on repairs to centerline road.  Repairs will begin right after the holidays in January.  A portion of the road between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay was washed out during storm Otto in 2010 now it gets $1 million worth of work rebuilding the edge of the road and reconstructing the roadway.

All Saints Cathedral school invites you to a gathering of Vikings, alumni, parents and friends on Thursday, December 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Himalaya Café in Palm passage alley.  There will be free hors d'oeuvres.  A cash bar a raffle and door prizes.

The St. Thomas Humane Society has their annual Christmas tree lighting this evening  from 5:00 PM to 7:30 at the Humane Care Campus.  The admission fee? Bring food for the animals; Purina puppy, dog Chow or canned dog food or cat food, kitten chow or meow mix.  They are raising funds. You can sponsor a light bulb or strand of lights or lighted tree or gift box, or a whole tree or make a gift in any amount. Their goal is $15,000 to care of 200 animals currently in residence. This evening 5:00 PM at the Humane Care Campus on Weymouth Rhymer Highway.

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

Coming up Saturday, December 21 from 6 – 9 pm.  The Crown Bay Center has a free Music & Movie night.  Bring your own chairs, sit back, relax, and enjoy music from the Kean School Harmonic Rays, music by My Sisters and Me and DJ Rush. Holiday prizes from Crown Bay Duty Free, Crown Bay Gift and Omni Jewelers.  They will show the movie “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”  Food will be available from Island Flavor.  Saturday, December 21 6 to 9 p.m. and it is free.

Governor John DeJongh signed a proclamation issuing administrative leave to government employees in celebration of the 61st anniversary of the crucial Christmas Carnival.  Nonessential government employees have time off on December 24 from one p.m. to five p.m.  December 31 from one p.m. to five p.m., January 2 from eight am to five pm on St. Croix only and Friday January 3 from 8:00 AM  to 5:00 PM territory wide.

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