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78 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear skies.
83 %  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.02 inches
Wind is from East at 7 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says : Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 78F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

A high pressure ridge continues to build across the local area limiting shower development through at least Friday. Under the prevailing easterly wind flow, a few passing showers are forecast from time to time. Across the coastal waters, expect winds to 16 knots and seas to five feet.

Cruise Ship News : Carnival Conquest, Norwegian Epic, Royal Princess are at Havensight Dock
The Norwegian Pearl is at anchor and the Eclipse and the Allure of the Seas are at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal: Six big ships here today.

Headlines :Caroline Fawkes is cleaning up.  This will make him want to go back to fourth grade. Port authorities going to upgrade the dock in Crown Bay and ups I got it wrong the blues cruises: on Thursday.

At the top of the news on  !!AIR – January 22 Wednesday

This will make him want to go back to fourth grade. The St. Thomas Historical Trust took a group of public school students on a tour of Fort Christian. You will remember that the government and the St. Thomas Historical Trust struck a deal for the trust to work on preservation of the building. Now they are practicing their public tours with students from the fourth grade. First up E. Benjamin Oliver School.
Next up - Gladys Abraham Elementary School and Joseph Gomez Elementary School touring the fort next week. Historical trust president Ronald Lockhart said, "Many of these students are seeing the inside of Fort Christian for the first time." The idea is to get students to think of the Fort as their own, and foster pride in their island's history, and a sense of stewardship for the history." Once the trust gains experience with the student tours they will begin leading guided public tours. That should start in the next few weeks. Among the tour guide yesterday, Senator Myron Jackson who led the effort to restore the Fort.

If that story made you want to be in school again this one will make you not want to go to school. Hard news from Alexander Henderson Elementary School where the school district officials and health department officials shut down the kitchen due to rodents and bugs in some non-working equipment. For the next few days lunch will come in from other schools while the faulty equipment and the pests are all removed. St. Croix superintendent Gary Mulloy said they will address the issue comprehensively before allowing the kitchen to reopen.

Good news from the board of elections where Caroline Fawkes has been on the job cleaning up. She says, when they moved into their offices in Lockhart Gardens, everything apparently was haphazardly thrown into boxes. She had shelves built and a storeroom with the secured locked area for the voting machines. What used to look like chaos - now looks like order. The election board met to figure out why the Lockhart garden office is not open at regularly scheduled times. Election Supervisor Fawkes said she's on top of it. She will evaluate staff and address the problem. They also discussed polling stations, Tutu park mall may be a polling station instead of the curriculum center and several of the stations will be reduced in size for the primary election, Winston Raymo Center, Dober elementary, Sibley and Ulla Muller Schools. They're working on the final schedule for the fall election now.

The Virgin Islands Port Authority is replacing Sea Guard fenders and performing other major maintenance repairs at the Crown Bay Cargo Dock on St. Thomas in the area that is primarily used by the Crowley cargo vessels. Carlton Dowe said that all 15 fenders on that section of the dock along with damaged chains, shackles and rigging will be removed.  All fender flanges and swivel-eyes for the buoys will be replaced, and galvanized stud link chains and shackles will be installed. All fender damage will be repaired treated against rust.  Should start within two weeks and be finished by mid-February.


Fort Christian reconstruction is about to start again and this will be the last phase. Dept. Public Works has the path cleared to resume reconstruction. And Darryl Smalls says the road striping will continue next week – more striping is coming.  Banco Popular was done.  Shows what happens when we have funds.

Good news for students in our high schools Brigadier General Timothy Lake and command master chief Nilsa Jackson will be providing mentorship seminars at CAHS and Ivanna Eudora Kean High School today, and they are on St. Croix at Central High School and Education Complex on Thursday. All students interested in military careers should seize the opportunity to meet and talk to our esteemed local senior Army and Navy leaders.

Bureau of Internal Revenue, reminds all Virgin Islands employers that they are required to submit Form W-2VI which is the Virgin Islands Wage and Tax Statement for employment in 2013 to every employee by January 31 of this year.  Week and a half away. You may not use the Form W-2, which is for employment on the continent, and Form 1099 is not the appropriate to reflect wages of employees. 
The correct forms are available at the Bureau’s offices on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.

It used to be the International Rolex Regatta – coming up March 28 to 30, 2014 – now news that Bellows International and Captain Morgan are on board as major sponsors. They will be drinking Captain Morgan at the beachside parties that accompany the regatta. Register online for the St. Thomas International Regatta at wwwyachtscoring.com. or visit www.stthomasinternationalregatta.com.

The Hebrew congregation annual art auction is coming up February 9 and they are looking for volunteers to work on Saturday and Sunday the auction weekend. If you can help call  Stella Minion at the Synagogue, 774-4312

Retired firefighters are not meeting on this Saturday the 25th, due to the passing of Lionel Roberts the third. The retired firefighters with meeting on the first Saturday in February which is next Saturday, February 1 meeting at three p.m. in kilo company.

The St. Thomas/St. John Friends of Denmark Society invites you to a concert by The Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble to be held this evening at Frederick Lutheran Church, #7 Norre Gade. The presentation is a joint venture between our organization and the Frederick Lutheran Church Music and Worship Committee. The program starts at 7 p.m. and should conclude by 9 p.m. Come out this evening to hear the Copenhagen Chamber Ensemble

I was wrong.  The Blues Cruise is coming to St. Thomas on Thursday not yesterday – they sail in on a cruise ship and set up show and play a lot of blues music.  Thursday the Blues cruise ship comes to St. Thomas and there is a concert at Crown Bay Marina parking lot – there is a jam venue in Tickles restaurant. Come hear Chris Klein and the Boulevards, Chis Gill,  Morgan Rael, Dizzy Lizard, Tyrone Parker< shelly May and Jammin Jerry… at Crown Bay Marina on Thursday.

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