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Headlines :  today's Good Friday and Easter weekend, many things are closed. Liquor sales restricted today the Hebrew congregation is in the midst of Passover, we have many greetings from public figures and some special good news from Shakespeare.

At the top of the news on !!AIR – April 18 Friday

Today is Good Friday and this is Easter weekend. Public schools are closed today and all of next week. Local government offices are closed today and Monday. The local courts are closed today and Monday while federal district court is closed today and open on Monday. US post offices closed today. The Water and Power Authority is closed today and Monday; same with Waste Management Authority. The St Croix Anguilla landfill is closed today while the Bovoni landfill will close at 2:00 PM. The University is closed today and open Monday. Most banks are closed today. BancoPopular is also closed on Monday. The Innovative Communication Corporation is closed today and Saturday.

You are reminded that all bars, restaurants, and establishments that serve alcohol there is a provision in Virgin Islands Code which prohibits serving liquor on Good Friday.  Distilled liquor and drinks prepared therewith shall not be served in public places of refreshments between the hours of 9 am and 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon on Good Friday. The fine is not more than $200 or a year in jail or both.

The Hebrew Congregation is in the midst of Passover – which coincides with Christian Easter this year. The law about Pesach (Pay Sock) says "You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib, for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt."  This is a part of the Covenant Renewed.  We are also commanded to keep the Sabbath, not to make any gods of cast metal, to observe the 3 Pilgrim Festivals and we are instructed not to boil a young goat in its mother's milk, which is the basis for our prohibition against combining dairy with meat.

Senator Tregenza Roach says “In observance of the holy week, I extend greetings to all those who reverence Easter and the days leading up to it. These days, which are traditionally observed as holidays in the Virgin Islands, are of great historic and religious significance,” “During this week various services and traditions will take place. Through which our residents will reflect on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Governor John DeJongh extends his greeting reminding us that on Easter Sunday many of us will attend church services listen to the story of Jesus Christ last days and his resurrection three days after his crucifixion. This recitation reminds us of the true meaning of Easter is about sacrifice and the promise of new beginnings. The governor notes like Christians our Jewish friends and neighbors have an exceptional holiday this time of year as they celebrate Passover recite the story of their ancestors Exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery. This year the eight-day Passover holiday begins on April 14 and concludes on April 22 coinciding with the Christian festivities. The governor extends a wish for a happy Easter and a happy Passover.

There is other news, the some 200 people came to the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall last evening to have a forum on marijuana reform. Senator Terrance Nelson along with other sponsors hosted an intellectual discussion. The majority of panel members were advocates for legalizing marijuana several citing the cost of incarcerating offenders, others noting the value of hemp production and almost everyone agreed the revenue streams from marijuana sales would help our economy. One topic NOT discussed was whether cruise ship lines would find legal marijuana in the Virgin Islands a magnet to attract them, or something abhorrent to repel them.

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Innovative communication Corporation says they are taking steps to protect customers from the HeartBleed bug which causes vulnerability for Internet users. Fortunately there are no incidents involving innovative customers. The team is undergoing daily preventive measures to prevent customers from being affected. The HeartBleed Internet bug affects many servers and Innovative says they're constantly monitoring their systems. They remind Internet users to regularly change their passwords and use a unique password for each site.

St. George Botanical Garden reminds Virgin Islands residents of the grounds are open for self-guided tours today Good Friday and Sunday Easter Sunday each day from nine a.m. to five p.m. the gardens are open every day the year except Christmas Day. And local residents get a 50 percent discount on Sunday.

St. Croix's Central Seventh-day Adventist Church is celebrating International Women’s Ministries’ Day of Prayer, today and Saturday. This evening the prayer begins at 7:00 pm and on Saturday the 19th, the service begins at 9:00 a.m. There is also a dramatic show called , “Integrity” at 5:00 p.m. Central SDA Church is located at #17A Estate Plessen, in Frederiksted. For more information, call 692-2437

For this Good Friday, Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral have a children's service at noon and an adult service at three o'clock in the afternoon for the celebration of the Lord's passion. There will be a Spanish service at five p.m. and the living stations of the cross in Spanish procession will begin from Davis funeral home at 4:00 PM followed by the celebration of the Lord's passion in Spanish at the Cathedral.

The retired police officer organization reminds all retired police and law enforcement officers of the meeting on Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m. at the David a Canton headquarters on veterans drive.

Coming up Saturday  April 19 from 10 a.m. to two p.m. Nigel O. Hodge Foundation and Walgreens, has a youth health and fun fair. Will provide healthy tips for a healthier you - dentistry nutrition, oncology blood pressure and glucose testing, immunizations by the Department of Health, and free giveaways also there’s a clown and face painting.  music by the BCB Flambeau combo. April 19 at Walgreens

The St. Thomas East Lions Club and the police department weed and seed program have their annual Easter egg hunt on Monday, April 21 at Gomez elementary school from 10 a.m. until two p.m.

Our good newsmakers of the day today are the students who participated in the Lana Vento Shakespeare Festival. The students devised, rehearsed and performed a piece of theater using Shakespearean language while exploring the ongoing relevance of Shakespearean themes. This year there were teams from Lockhart elementary school, Ulla Muller School , Montessori school, Seventh Day Adventist School, All Saints and Giftt Hill school from St. John. The best actress was Kamira Webster from Seventh Day Adventist School, the best actor was James Nosty from Lockhart. Ulla Muller School had the best group costume, All Saints had the most energetic opening, Montessori school had the best ensemble cast, Giftt Hill got the best audience response, Montessori students Zakkiyyah Stubbs and Dion Thompson had the most ambitious presentations, and Giftt Hill Schools
Alex Rae was most outstanding individual performer. The Giftt Hill school had the most outstanding performance group.  All the Shakespearians made Good News.

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