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80 Degrees in Crown Bay St. Thomas.  Under Clear Skies.
77%  humidity
Barometric pressure is 30.00 inches
Wind is from East South East at 15 MPH
No rain at WSTA in the last 24 hours. 

National Weather Service Forecast calls for: Mostly clear and dry weather will continue through today with a prevailing east-southeast wind. The pattern will shift on Wednesday with an increased chance of showers and thundershowers especially across the local waters.  Across the coastal waters, expect seas to five feet and winds to 18 knots through Wednesday.

Cruise Ship News – Carnival liberty is at Havensight Dock

Headlines :  Carnival is in full swing, public works opens Krondprindsens Gade, Havensight road is changing sides and what will teachers do with the new calendar?

At the top of the news on !! AIR – April 29 Tuesday

Carnival is in full swing. This evening we have two tramps. The Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra will tramp this evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. with the Preteen Tramp and at 8:00 p.m. for the Adult Tramp.  Both tramps will begin at the Market Square. “ It is the Biggest Pan Fete Ever Seen” Carnival 2014.

Wednesday is the food fair with arts and crafts. Thursday May first is J’ouvert, Friday is the children's parade, Saturday is the adult parade, fireworks and last lap. Oh and some details about the fireworks. The annual carnival fireworks by Grucci spectacular has been organized by Left Lane productions. A big thank you to the WAPA , Budget rent-a-car, VI Lottery, Southland gaming, MSI, Topo, Subway, Coors light, PG gas and Tropical Shipping along with Boynes trucking. The barge will be located in the Cove across from Carnival village and you can expect 14 minutes of fireworks on Saturday night at nine p.m. The best place to see it? Carnival Village.

The governor signed a proclamation giving leave to government employees – On St. Thomas St John on Wednesday, from noon to 5:00 PM. On Thursday from 8 to 5 for J’ouvert. Across the entire territory there is leave on Friday, May 2 for the Children’s Parade. The election system on St. Thomas reminds you they are open today, but closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Superior Court has the same leave for their employees Wednesday, noon to five p.m., Thursday eight a.m. to five p.m. and Friday all day.

Students at St. Croix Central high school have class today through Friday to recover the instruction time lost when Central was closed for March 19 through the 28th. Makeup classes are being held at the St. Croix education complex and 730 the morning 4:45 in the afternoon.

District Court heard from the Bureau of Corrections, US Department of Justice and the court-appointed monitor on Monday about the Territory’s progress toward bringing Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility in line with the settlement agreement. First there was a motion to order the Bureau of Corrections to perform several additional remedial measures. They adopted a modified schedule
The court recognized that much remains to be completed at Golden Grove. The plan developed and submitted by the BOC once implemented will encompass all aspects of the settlement agreement. And while the court did not order the Territory to perform any additional orders, the Territory was urged to focus and move urgently to achieve the goals that need to be achieved. The Judge concluded that a status conference would be convened every five months for a progress update.

Quick piece of history. The senators approved a bill to shift the school calendar so it starts earlier in August and ends before Christmas. The governor vetoed it. The senators overrode the veto. Now the Department of Education is planning to implement a school calendar that starts earlier, ends earlier and has a longer Christmas vacation. Many teachers don't like it. It means a shorter summer vacation, and many of them work summer jobs. Amid the grumbling has been a suggestion for a job action. Now government house has told the leadership of the American Federation of Teachers union that they should instruct the union members to cease and desist from any plans they may have to disrupt classes beginning this week over the proposed 2014-2015 school calendar. Chief Labor Negotiator Valdemar Hill, Jr.  wrote to the Union leader saying “the government is in receipt of credible information indicating that several members of the teachers union are contemplating engaging in organized job action.” The Governor said Monday that the restructured calendar follows the letter of the law and includes an early start date for school, an extended Christmas break and spells out professional development days.  The governor reminds teachers he vetoed the bill; it was overridden and the 30th Legislature did not repeal the legislation.

Hill said told the teachers that “Any employee who engages in a work stoppage will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge. Further, under Virgin Islands law, a union may be held legally responsible for any damages incurred by the Government as a result of an unlawful job action, even if the job action was not authorized by the Union.” Virgin Islands law requires the Commissioner of Education set the school calendar. Whe Governor added. “This is not a negotiable matter, the school year will begin on August 11 with the first semester ended on December 23 just before the Christmas break. The school year will end in early June of 2015.”

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Krondprindsens Gade  between Guttets Gade and General Gade on the south side of Rothschild Francis “Market” Square has been closed since February has been discontinued. Now Dept. Public Works says traffic has been restored to its original two-way traffic pattern as of Saturdayin time for Carnival.

St John - The public is advised that the Records Bureau on St. John will be closed on Tuesday, April 29.  Persons in need of police records are asked to go to the St. Thomas location which will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:p.m. Additionally, beginning Wednesday, May 7 the St. John Records Bureau will be open once a week on Wednesdays only. 

St John - Director Jerris Browne of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles says the Driver’s License Section at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles on St. John will be out of operation until Tuesday, May 6. They had to relocate the license processing computer from St. John to St. Croix to resume service on St. Croix. The St. Croix computer is undergoing repairs.  While the St. John equipment is on St. Croix, the St. Thomas driver's license division will accommodate drivers from St. Thomas and St. John.

The Family Resource Center’s youth crisis intervention program has parenting classes that begin April 29 through June 17. Space is limited. Call 776-9085. The Family Resource Center is planning the girls “rites of passage" program. It's free but space is limited. Breakfast and lunch are included. It's for girls ages 9 to 12. The program begins Monday, June 23 for five weeks during the summer. For more information call 776-9085.

OMG it is almost over. How long have we had construction in Havensight.. Donkey years. Now one more step toward completion. From Mandela Circle to Havensight entrance we have been traveling on the west side of the Mahogany trees. On the new lanes.  Now it is time to move East back to where the original road was.  This will allow crews to lay the final paving on the west lanes.  As of today, north and south traffic on Frenchman Bay Road will go back to the east side of the mahogany trees near Guardian Insurance, Hooters, and Al Cohen’s Center. Traffic control devices will guide motorists and pedestrians through the new section. WAPA completed underground utility work. The new underground cable and service connections are completed and energized.  The west side of the roadway will get the final asphalt and stripes. Soon all 4 lanes will be open. And when the phone lines are all underground, all the utility poles and service lines on Frenchman’s Bay Road will all go away! It is almost done. Almost.

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