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80 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under clear  Skies.
74%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.08 inches
Wind is from East at 15 MPH
Point 03 inches of rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service says Isolated to scattered showers are expected today across the local waters and the Virgin Islands. A strong surface high pressure area will continue to build across the Western Atlantic and as a result, breezy conditions are expected through Saturday.

Large northwest swells will continue to invade the local Atlantic waters. Seas to ten feet and winds to 20 knots are expected. Small Craft advisory, Coastal Flood Advisory and a High Surf Advisory are in effect for the north coast. 

Forecast calls for: Mostly sunny. High around 80F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph.

Cruise Ship News Summit Is at Havensight Dock

Headlines :  WAPA breaks ground, the National Guard opens their facility, innovative cable is worried about losing some popular channels, the St. Thomas Regatta starts today, and today is Pride Day at the University.

At the top of the news on !!AIR – March 28 Friday

Now we know St. Croix Central high school will resume classes on Tuesday, April 1 undergoing double sessions with St. Croix education complex. The Department of Education says that starting Tuesday both schools will hold classes and education complex with 70 minute periods using a schedule that starts at 730 in the morning. Education complex tunes go first from 7:30 the morning until dismissal at 1230. Central high school students will arrive by 1225 four classes to begin at one o'clock and Central high school will dismiss at six pm. At noon each day, Complex students will exit in the rear of the building and Central High School students will arrive at the front door. 

Complex students will have breakfast at seven a.m. and a grab and go lunch at 12:30 while Central students will arrive at 12:25, have lunch at 12:30 and a snack at six p.m. Special needs students at Central High School are going to John H Woodson Junior High School on their current schedule.

Complex staff are asked to arrive starting at seven a.m. with teachers arriving at 710, kitchen staff will need to be on board by six a.m. Central faculty and staff will arrive starting at noon and be ready for class I p.m. all bus stop locations will remain the same however Central high school students who used to walk to school will now ride buses from locations in Clifton Hill, Harvey, near Alfredo Andrews and near Aero Diaz Heights.

There were questions regarding the impact on graduation and accreditation, the Commissioner of education assures parents that the double sessions will have no negative impact on accreditation at complex, nor will student’s graduation be affected. Central high school students will have to do some makeup days at the end of the school year.

On Saint Thomas yesterday  the Water And Power Authority broke ground at the Randolph Harley power plant for the new propane storage facility. Everyone was remarkably happy at the prospect of reducing the cost of electricity by using propane instead of oil to fuel the water and power authority. The new propane storage facility will cost some $91 million being financed by the propane supplier VITOL. All the dignitaries repeated over and over that we expect a 30 percent reduction in the cost of our fuel bills. Hugo Hodge called it “Project Game Changer.”  The governor said, tongue in cheek, he was crying, because now WAPA would no longer be the boss of every newspaper story and now his office will be back on the front page of the papers instead. How much will we save? Some said 40 percent, some said 30 percent's, some said 35 percent what ever the final figure is, we can expect some savings by the end of the year.

Meanwhile on St. Croix dignitaries gathered in Estate Bethlehem armory to dedicate the National Guard joint force headquarters named after Gerard Luz James Senior. The new facility will be home-office for Major General Reynaldo Rivera, his staff, and some 120 personnel serving the Army and air National Guard. There is an Assembly Hall, a conference room, classrooms and break rooms and storage rooms. The governor was there, pointing out that the National Guard has been using leased and rented spaces since the 1970s. Now the National Guard finally owns its own facility.

Innovative Cable TV is a member of the National Cable Telecommunications Cooperative that negotiates programming fees for over 1,000 cable companies across the United States. They are in negotiations right now with Viacom/MTV Networks and that company may discontinue providing the satellite feed for various channels of MTV, Black entertainment television, various VH1 channels and, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick jr., Comedy Central, and others. Innovative Cable TV, relies on the national cable cooperative to negotiate the best rates on behalf of our business and our customers. All the member companies are at risk for losing these channels. This is not a local problem but a national one. Viacom's rate increases are 40 times the rate of inflation.

This is the weekend before the 41st annual St. Thomas international Regatta, hosted by the St. Thomas yacht club. The big buzz this year is the sheer impressiveness of the fleet. Regatta director, Bill Canfield. Said “This event has transformed from Caribbean-driven in its inception to a truly world-class international regatta.” Yachts are here from places like Switzerland, Monaco, the Netherlands, Florida and the crews come from as far as Australia and the Philippines. US Virgin Islands Taylor Canfield is racing today-he is the number one ranked match racer in the world.  The racing starts at 11 am today with the course set to Charlotte Amalie harbor. In the afternoon, the Jump-Up Party kicks off from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at St. Thomas Yacht Club. The Becca Darling Band plays from 3-6 p.m., with the rhythms of Cool Sessions brass taking over from 7-11 p.m.

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St. Croix Educational Complex will be dismissed at 1 p.m. today. This has nothing to do with smells or odors. This is a chance for the teachers and staff to review how the schools will manage split sessions in the event that a double session is announced starting Tuesday.

A portion of General Gade in downtown St. Thomas will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. on Saturday March 29 to 6 pm Sunday.  The affected roadway begins at the USO building on the waterfront and extends north to 75 Corner along the western side of the Department of Finance building. WAPA is burying electrical lines

This week is National Agriculture Week and the Department of Agriculture, the Cooperative extension service and farmers are celebrating. The week-long observance will conclude with a festive farmers’ market event at Sanderilla Thomas Bungalow on St. Thomas featuring music, fruit tree grafting demonstrations, the sale of vegetable seedlings, local drinks and other value added items, a variety of local produce, fresh fish and much more. Saturday from 7:00 Am to 2:00 PM.

This evening - the Edelman Observatory has an open house - Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Visitors will see Jupiter and Mars, the Orion nebula and the new supernova. There'll also be a video and lecture a recent discovery of polarization of the cosmic microwave background radiation and what it means for our universe. Free of charge,  spaces limit and it was full full the last time. Call 617-510-1658.

Saturday Memorial Moravian Church is having a  Food Sale in Emancipation Garden from 10:00 Am on Sat til the food is gone.  Sat at 10:00 Am at Emancipation Garden for Memorial Moravian Church Food Sale.

Today is Pride Day at UVI. The University of the Virgin Islands will celebrate UVI Pride Day throughout the territory on Friday. UVI has more than 8,000 alumni, and 65 percent live in the territory. UVI President David Hall said, “We are especially proud of our alumni and their stellar achievements in so many areas of professional life. All UVI alumni are asked to wear – blue and white – or other UVI gear on Friday.  There will be “Pride Rally” at various high schools throughout the territory.
At the St. Croix education complex early this morning, then at UVI great Hall where the university is hosting students from Central high school. At 11:30 the party moves to Charlotte Amalie High School and at 1:30 they will hold a rally at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. Today is Pride Day – Wear your blue and white proudly.

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