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80  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies
81 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.03 inches
Wind is from East at 14 MPG
No rain in the last 24 hours.  43.63 so far this year

National Weather Service :  Partly cloudy this morning with thunderstorms becoming likely this afternoon. High 78F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Cruise Ship News : 
Emerald Princess at Havensight Dock
New Amsterdam and Queen Mary Two at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal:
Prinsendam is visiting St. John

Headlines : This is Christmas Second Day Party in frenchtown  and Carnival in St Croix – you can help the poor animals of St Croix – we have a winner in the Culture essay contest

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – December 26 Thursday

It is Christmas Second Day, Boxing Day, the Frist day of Kwanza. This is a local legal holiday, schools and the university all remain closed. WAPA and Innovative Communication Corporation are closed.  Waste Management Authority offices are closed, the landfill on St. Thomas Will close at noon, the others are open. Local government offices are closed, Superior and Supreme courts are closed while the federal district court is open. Federal offices and the US Post Office are open.  Most stores are open.

In the spirit of the holiday season, The Committee for the Betterment of Careenage will host a community luncheon today at the Joseph Aubain Ball Park.  “Meals will be provided to the less fortunate, senior citizens, persons living alone or anyone who desires lunch on the day after Christmas.” Lunch will be served at the Aubain Ballpark concession today - - and this evening at 5 pm, Cool Session Brass band will perform as part of the Christmas Second Day Celebration in Frenchtown.

On St Croix Cruzan Christmas Carnival is in full swing. Carnival Village opens this evening in Frederiksted. This year it is named Betty’s Kitchen in honor of Elizabeth Lynch. Ribbon cutting at 7:00 PM. Tomorrow evening there is the party monarch competition and then on Saturday December 28 at 4:00 PM is the Quelbe competition in Buddhoe Park.  On Tuesday December 31 there is a youth night in Carnival Village., J’ouvert starts at 6:00 Am on Wednesday January 1st, and at noon the Food Fair is at the McBean Clock Tower.  Latin night is January 1 at 8:00 PM in the village while the Calypso Finals are also 8:00 PM at Island Center. The children's parade is on January 3 starting at 10am, and the adult parade January 4 also 10:00 Am on Sunday January 5 there is the Talent competition at the Palms at Pelican Cove and Carnival Fireworks late on January 5th

Port Authority reminds the public to expect longer lines and passenger check-in processing times at the airport terminals this holiday season.  Travelers are advised to arrive at least three hours prior to their boarding time to compensate for the potentially longer lines and delays.  Have your travel documents accessible and your Customs forms completed in advance. Please pardon the appearance of the terminal they work on improvements. 

Big Thank You to the staff of the VITEMA who donated gifts to the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix on Christmas eve. Interesting – the emergency operators usually deal with the Women’s Coalition clients when there is an emergency.  They said they really enjoyed sharing the holiday spirit when it was NOT an emergency.

Hearty Congratulations to all the carolers who came out in the wee hours of Christmas morning to share carols in Emancipation Garden for the annual caroling.  How long has it been… Luther Robles founded the Excelsior choir in 1899 and folks have been singing at Christmas time ever since.

Department of Education Leadership Team, encourage all students to keep up with reading and other learning activities during the holiday break. It is important for parents to be involved, and provide fun, enjoyable activities that reinforce the benefits of reading for pleasure. Keep reading over Christmas break.

The St. Croix Animal Welfare Center is in a financial crisis.  The cost of running the shelter with the large intake of animals is more than what they can maintain.  They are the only people doing animal control on St Croix, it is critical to keep the doors open.  Every time they pick up an animal it costs $20.  They pick up 15 to 20 animals a day.  It costs $10 a day per animal for food and shelter. The St. Croix Animal Welfare Center will launch a membership drive.  Find them on Facebook at StCroixAnimalWelfareCenter or our website  or call 778-1650.

coming up tomorrow Friday the Democratic Territorial Committee of the Virgin Islands will meet on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant at Castle Coakley on St. Croix. For more information call State Chair Cecil Benjamin at 642-1553

Cultural Conquest Association is working to keep local culture alive by reigniting the fire of Virgin Islands pride and creating an exhilarating and educational experience. They hosted an endangered culture essay contest  and here comes the winner.  She is Ms. Raeniqua Victorine - - a 10th grader at Charlotte Amalie High School. And she won a 7” tablet with surround sound speakers.  Cultural Conquest Association would like to thank everyone who supported our cultural contest fund and look forward to working with the community to continue our efforts in preserving our culture one experience at a time. For more information call 244-8393

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