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Governor Signs Bills.

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At the top of the news on Monday November 29   

Governor John DeJongh made short work of the pile of bills sent up by the legislature.  Sometimes signing the bills takes weeks but this time the Governor dove in and signed them quickly.  He approved the bill that would fund repairs for deteriorating roads and he approved the plans to create the government's territory-wide broadband initiative. The Governor also approved the lengthy omnibus bill but several sections were line-itemed vetoed.  In the Omnibus bill, the Governor approved $1.5 million to Waste Management Authority for solid waste and wastewater management on St. John, he authorized the Education Department to pay for parking for St. Thomas teachers who travel to St. John to work. He approved $3 million for the Legislature for capital projects and repairs at the St. Croix Legislature building, and clarified sections of the new anti-smoking law. The Governor line-itemed vetoed several provisions, saying the territory's coffers could not support them. One that got vetoed was $350,000 to the Fifth Constitutional Convention for a public education campaign.

Good News from Hovensa – they say that all of the cisterns that were disturbed during the oil burn off in September 30th. are now perfectly excellent. All water tests are negative for oil residue or anything washing into the cistern. All clear. Hovensa said they did pay to wash a lot of cars in the affected area but the cistern water is fine.

Paradise Jam concluded Saturday with Georgetown' 12-ranked Hoyas pull off the shocker of the women's tournament, beating the Number 4 ranked Tennessee Volunteers 69-58. The loss gave Tennessee a 2-1 record in the women's Reef Division, tied with Georgetown. But the Hoyas were named the division winner, followed by Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Missouri, the latter two sharing1-2 records. Georgia Tech picked up its first win of the tournament Saturday, beating Missouri, 61-46.

Grab those binoculars and put on some sturdy shoes. The V.I. Audubon Society needs volunteers for its annual Christmas Bird Count. It will be held starting at 7 a.m. Dec. 19 at various locations around St. John. On St. Croix, a group of residents will hold a similar event throughout the same day. Last year, 34 people spotted 1,717 birds from 54 species during St. John’s count. They saw 496 different gray kingbird. This is the 111th Christmas Bird Count. It runs from Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.  To sign up to count birds on St. John, call Bran-nick at 776-6201. On St. Croix,  call 514-7578.

December 1 is World Aids Day and there is a World AIDS day educational seminar on the UVI St. Croix Campus with Lisa Tiger speaking. Tiger is a 35 year old Native American with Aids who has an amazing story to tell and has been traveling the nation speaking out about AIDS and how to face the disease. With aids, Lisa Tiger bore her own children and she recounts the trials of trying to bear children when mother has aids.  Today at 11:00 AM at the UVI Great Hall St. Croix Camus

“The Caribbean Writer” – the Literary Gem of the Caribbean – has published a 2011 Calendar titled “12 Months of Art and Poetry,” just in time for holiday giving. The calendar is a beautifully designed monthly guide to 2011, with each page a veritable keepsake and suitable for framing. The calendar is the first in a line of products that the “The Caribbean Writer” plans to launch in support of its efforts to promote fine literature and ensure the future of a solid literary tradition in the Virgin Islands and the greater Caribbean.   The calendar integrates visual art and poetry, featuring the work of local artists and poets. Featured artists included Judith King, Ginger Anderson, Sana Hamed-Asad, LaVaughn Belle, Cynthia Hatfield, Elizabeth Keith, Alexis Lavine, Elisa McKay, Opal Palmer Adisa,  Robbin Robertson Polter and others. There is poetry of Opal Palmer Adisa, and local poets Edgar O. Lake, Winifred “Oyoko” Loving, Elaine Warren Jacobs and Tregenza A. Roach. the Caribbean Writer Calendar costs $20. They are also available from the UVI Bookstores on both campuses and directly from the office of “The Caribbean Writer” by calling (340) 692-4152 or sending e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dept. of Agriculture wants every farmer to improve their recordkeeping with a seminar called “No Pound left behind” on St. Thomas on Monday November 29 at the Small Business Development Center at 6:00 PM. Call 778-0997

Tomorrow Cahs 12th grade PTSA is meeting at 5:30 PM on Tuesday at the Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium – the topic is financial aid – bring your tax return, two recent WAPA Bills and a phone bill – And the Introduction night was such a hit – they are doing it again Friday December 3 at 6:00 PM

Hundreds of kids came out on Sunday at D.C. Canegata Ballpark for the closeout of Gov. John deJongh's Summer Reading Challenge program, with lots of cheering parents and guardians as everyone showed they knew the value of children reading. On St. Croix, 267 students completed the challenge. All students in public and private schools got started with five complimentary books. The books were biographies, fiction and classics. A huge trophy was awarded to Ricardo Richards Elementary, the largest school that read the most books. The small school award for the most books read went to St. Mary's Elementary School.  There were lots of prizes and goodies for all the readers.

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