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Weather in the World : 16 degrees in Boston with cloudy skies Philadelphia's 23 degrees snow coming down around Washington 24 degrees with snow nine degrees in Toronto three degrees in Montréal. And in a place called Paradise Michigan -4. It's still winter even if it is St. Patrick's Day.

79 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear  Skies.
75%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 29.98 inches
Wind is from East at 18 MPH
Point 37 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says :   Light to moderate passing showers will continue to affect the Virgin Islands and surrounding waters this morning. No significant rainfall accumulation is expected. Dry and stable weather conditions will continue as an upper level ridge continues builds over the region.  Northerly swells in the Atlantic waters and local passages today. Forecast: Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 78F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.

Cruise Ship News:  the Celebrity Equinox, Carnival Valor, and Adventure of the Seas Is at Havensight Dock - On St. Croix the Jewel is coming to Frederiksted


Headlines :  now we know what's coming to the cleared land opposite Lucinda Millan home on lovers Lane, the University has a big conference all about music, and I love it when the cops get the crooks

At the top of the news on !!AIR – March 17 Monday - St. Patrick's Day

I love it when the cops get the crooks. Seven guys burst into Imperial Jewelry in downtown Charlotte Amalie on Saturday. Guns in hand… Demanding jewelry and money. No shots were fired - no one was injured. But concerned citizens called the police hotline. Police were in the area and responded immediately. As the suspects ran up the alley toward Catherineberg, the police were right behind them. The guys ran into the bush and police surrounded the area. Whole posse of police responded - On-duty officers, off-duty officers, detectives, K9 officers K-9 dogs, other officers from other agencies. In 30 minutes they had six suspects under arrest, three firearms seized, and several bags of jewelry
later identified as the stuff stolen from Imperial Jewelers.  We won't honor the crooks by putting their names on the air, but none could post bail. They're all in custody. Two were minors – they go to juvenile court. Police Chief Darren Foy had high praises for all Police Department officers and for the forls who called 911. The Chief said,“The officers performed their jobs with the highest caliber of professionalism. The public continues to be irreplaceable in their role as the eyes and ears of the Police Department.” Police Commissioner Rodney F. Querrard Sr. echoed the kudos of the chief  saying “Our officers receive first class training, and this situation proved their proficiency in active shooter scenarios, pursuit and capture.” The commissioner continued saying “The VIPD continues to make every effort to rebuild the community’s trust so individuals can feel comfortable reporting crimes. This situation proved that we are on the right track.  The community is the key to crime prevention and quick apprehension when a crime is committed.

Good news from our bureau corrections where director Julius Wilson says they are on the right path. They welcomed a visit from the monitors from the US Department of Justice. They toured the facility and reviewed various practices – staffing, sanitation, security, inmate complaints, quality-of-life, medical and mental health services, and operations. The whole facility went through a cleaning, scrubbing, power washing and painting. Additional perimeter lighting's has been added, more doors have been secured. Staff have new radios, logbooks have been updated and maintenance plans improved.

Now we know what's coming to the cleared land opposite Lucinda Millin Home on Lovers Lane. The site of the former Warren Brown housing will become the new Fire Service Headquarters and Hotel Company station.  Construction should begin almost immediately on the $8 million facility. When it's finished it will house all of the fire trucks currently parked outside Hotel Company next to Fort Christian. That site is tight - too small for the trucks to fit inside. The road is heavily trafficked, and it's hard to get the trucks out in an emergency. In the new facility has a drive through for the trucks – in from Pollyberg Hill and exit onto Lovers Lane. No backing up. No traffic interfering with the trucks. The new building will house the emergency medical service ambulances, and Fire service administrative offices and housing for on-duty Fire Service staff.

Coming up today and Tuesday the office of Veterans Affairs is celebrating national women's month with a reception for all women veterans in the Virgin Islands. The event will be held on Monday, March 17 at the Leonard Francis Armory on Saint Thomas then on Tuesday, March 18 at the Bromley Berkley Post in Frederiksted St. Croix. They will be honoring four decades of service by the women in uniform. Women veterans on St. John can get transportation help call 774-6100

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The Virgin Islands National Guard is providing support for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency training exercise on St. Croix. The weeklong event, hosted at the Guard's Estate Bethlehem military installation, takes place this week. Some 35 participants will receive instruction by instructors from the National Guard, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Southern Command. The event includes a two-day field exercise to simulate a disaster in one of the participant nations.

The Enterprise Zone Commission will host a charrette to develop a town plan for Upstreet.  Residents and business owners in Upstreet, and the public, are invited to the charrette. This is a series of intense, planning sessions, this evening through Wednesday at the Winston Raymo Recreation Center.  They will draw on your ideas and solutions to town problems and develop a town plan for Upstreet.  
This evening at 5:30 p.m.:   “Environmental Impacts and Infrastructural Challenges”
March  18, @ 5:30 p.m.:   “Social Issues and Housing”
March  19, @ 5:30 p.m.:   “Economic Development”

Music is in the air - The University of the Virgin Islands has its first biennial Conference on Music and the Arts at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas Campus starting this morning. The three-day conference is the brainchild of Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, who is UVI’s first Ann Elizabeth Richardson Distinguished Professor of Music. Dr. Young-Wright expects 30 or more participants each day at the conference. She wants music educators and their students to come out and sample the conference. Students who attend with their music teachers, and UVI students, can attend sessions and recitals for free. Opening keynote is by Dr. Akin Euba, Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. The Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson speaks at 1 o'clock. There are twelve formal conference presentations by leading scholars from the U.S., United Kingdom, Nigeria, and the University of the Virgin Islands.

One feature is a group from the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria,” talking about “Nigerian Hip – Hop: External Elements in its Transformative Growth” that is on Wednesday at 2:45 pm. UVI professor Dr. Valerie Combie  will present on “A Cultural Antecedent to Music Proliferation in the Caribbean,” Tuesday at 9:30. Dr. Vincent Cooper has a presentation on “Ties that Bind: Popular Music in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.” The cost of a full conference is $100. And includes attendance at all conference sessions and breakfast and lunch each day. For more information, contact Mary Alexander 693-1340.

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