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Weather in the World : Balmy temperatures in the world.  It's twenty-five degrees in Fayetteville, New York, Syracuse, Finger Lakes, Oneida lake) twenty-one in Manassas, Virginia Abington, Pennsylvania has twenty-eight degrees in New York City has a brisk thirty-two.  Paradise, Michigan it's fourteen degrees in on Mackinac Island ten degrees above zero

80  Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies
77 % humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.09 inches
Wind is from East at 11 MPH
No rain in the last 24 hours.  43.63 so far this year

National Weather Service is saying: Partly cloudy. High 78F. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph.

An area of high pressure will continue across the mid-latitudes of the Atlantic through Wednesday will maintain moderate trade winds this weekend. Relatively dry and stable conditions will prevail. However, passing showers may form though rainfall will be light. Winds will increase after Monday but showers are expected to decrease.   Across the coastal waters, mariners can expect seas to five feet and winds to 17 knots.

Cruise Ship News :  Summit at Havensight Dock, the Yorktown is visiting St. John

Headlines : Cruzan Christmas Carnival is moving into full throttle. Democratic Party making Good News. Animal Shelter needs support and E. Banjamin Oliver School Calendar sale is more than half over. 

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – December 30 Monday

On St Croix Cruzan Christmas Carnival is moving into full throttle. Carnival Village opened last evening. 
This year it is named Betty’s Kitchen in honor of Elizabeth Lynch. All around the stage there are dozens of booths selling seafood kallaloo, goat water, pot fish, chicken legs and wings, conch salad, Johnny cakes and all manner of Crucian fare. Just after 7 pm, the Carnival royalty showed up - – Carnival Queen Astia LeBron, Princess Zillah Ambrose and Duchess Jayla Newton, Miss Latin Pride Teen Kiara Berrios, Latin Pride Princess O-may-ra-ly Santiago and first place winner Kidejah Archibald and other dignitaries to cut the ribbon and open the party.

Cruzan Christmas Carnival is in full throttle. This evening there are competitors on SDtage on Carnival village vying for the title of Party Monarch – that’s at 7 pm in the carnival village. On Saturday at 4:00 PM is the Quelbe competition in Buddhoe Park until 7:00 PM.  Is there a boat races on Sunday from the fish market to Frederiksted pier.  And Sunday night is cultural night in the village.  Coming up Tuesday December 31 it’s youth night in Carnival Village, then J’ouvert starts at 6:00 AM from Hannah’s Rest Corner, into Frederiksted, with bands and crowds in the streets that’s on Wednesday January 1st, and at noon on Wednesday the Food Fair begins at the McBean Clock Tower. This year’s food fair is called "Gloria Joseph Food Arts and Crafts Fair."
Wednesday is Latin night at 8:00 PM in the village while at Island Center they have the Calypso Monarch Finals also 8:00 PM. The children's parade is on Friday January 3 at 10am. The adult parade Sat January 4 at 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

The St. Croix Democratic Party is making Good News – they held their “Annual Holiday Gift Giving” program with the patients and staff of the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center.
On Christmas morning they delivering gifts for the children at the Pediatric Unit and serving a traditional Crucian Breakfast with all of the cultural favorites along with fresh bush tea for the attending medical staff. Democratic district chairman, Brad Nugent said “the event is but a small gesture, on behalf of the district’s Democratic Party, to express their appreciation for the hard working men and women at the hospital while also bringing a little ease and comfort to the hospital's youngest guests.”
Big Thank You to the members of the Party who participated including Sens. Sammuel Sanes, Kenny Gittens, Diane Capehart and Delegate to Congress Donna Christiansen who had presents for the new mothers in the maternity ward and the nurses.

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.

This morning at 10:00 Am 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

The Emanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary school Band Boosters Club 2014 Community Birthday Calendars have arrived on island just in time for the New Year and will be on sale. The Band Members of the Emanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary School Band Boosters Club will conduct sell the 2014 Community Birthday Calendar on December 27th, & 28th.  Today and tomorrow. ONLY  400 calendars remain for sale. The Calendars will be on sale for $5.00 each at the following FirstBank Branches:   FirstBank Water Front; FirstBank Port of Sales; and FirstBank Plaza (Tutu); from 9:00am - 3:00pm. For more information call 998-7282

Kwanza activities are in full swing.  Today is the day of self-determination and at seven p.m. at Aryans restaurant the Pan African support group and environmental Rangers have the annual Kwanza  gathering and educational program.  Saturday is the day of Ujima from 4 to 6 there is a Kwanzaa radio program on WUVI am 1090.  Sunday is Ujama and on St. Thomas at 4:30 the St. Thomas Association Road runners of the Seven Principles Run from University soccer field with registration starting at 3:30.  On Sunday We Grow Food has a farmers market and Kwanzaa program at the Bordeaux farmers market and agricultural grounds.  On Monday December 30 it's all about Nia meaning Purpose, 1-2 o'clock there is a Kwanzaa radio program on WUVI am 1090 and on Tuesday for Kuumba, creativity, the Blake family hosts a sunrise and sunset Hatha yoga at Brewers beach.  Finally on Wednesday January 1st the day Imani of Faith - on St. Thomas there's a United Communities Kwanzaa potluck at Brewers beach and on St. Croix on the Frederiksted water front they have a Kwanzaa observation, candlelighting and meditation celebration.

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