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Smaller Inauguration

It's 76° Fahrenheit  27.7 Centigrade in Crown Bay St. Thomas,
79% humidity. scattered cloudy skies  
Wind out of the North East at 16 mph.
Water temp: 79° in Charlotte Amalie  St. Thomas
We had POINT 01 inches of rain in the last 24 hours.
Doppler radar shows: Clear Skies
Satellite Photo Shows: No storms on the horizon.

The national weather forecast calls for Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Highs around 82. Breezy.Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain less than 20 percent.

Cruise Ship News - Havensight Dock Norwegian Pearl, Poesia, Solstice and at Austin Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay Eurodam and Sea Dream 2

At the top of the news on Wednesday December 1

Governor John DeJongh says tight times call for a tighter budget for the inaugural. As the Governor approaches his re-inauguration in January, the tight budget means the Governor has chosen a lean inauguration with smaller parties and inaugural balls, and some activities eliminated altogether. While there is $200,000 set aside in the budget for the inauguration, the Governor says it sends the wrong message to be extravagant.

On Monday January 3rd, the day will begin with a church service, followed by the official inauguration a military parade and an open house at Government House.  On Tuesday January 4th ther will be a church service on St. Croix followed by an Open House at Government House St. Croix and on Wednesday the same on St. John. No big inauguration ball or huge luncheons. The Governor has scheduled a press conference for today at 11 – you’ll hear it live on WSTA.

Here comes the Housing Authority  with community revitalization projects on St. Thomas and St. Croix.  They will hold a design charette this evening on St. Thomas At 6:00 PM at Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute. On St. Thomas they are planning a new senior facility in Sugar Estate There is also a neighborhood meeting on Thursday December 2 at the St. Croix Campus Great Hall. They are planning revitalization of the community around at JFK Housing, D. Hamilton Jackson and Ralph deChabert Public housing communities. Tonight on St. Thomas at 6:00 PM at Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute and Thursday on St. Croix at the UVI Great Hall.

Department of Health says they have stemmed the recent outbreak of dengue fever preventing its spread. We had dengue fever in October, but by December 1 the campaign of fogging and spraying prevented the mosquitoes from breeding and stopped the dengue in its tracks. There were only 7 suspected cases on St. Croix  and none were confirmed to be dengue. There were 67 suspected cases in St. Thomas St. John and 30 were confirmed to be dengue.

Today is World AIDS day and the Department of Education is working to educate the school population about the disease. Shanelle Larsen, Program Manager for Prevention, Intervention, Health and Wellness Programs said that efforts to bring awareness of the disease are ongoing. She says We want our prevention efforts to have an impact and to prevent new cases of HIV. We must speak about love, sex and sexual orientations in an open, free and informed way. No stigma anymore People living with HIV are productive citizens with rights to protection by the law, access to health care and other services. Nowdays, HIV is not about death, it is about people living and enjoying productive lives. The Rites of Passage program. targets 12th grade females with information about HIV risk and supports a healthy and productive lifestyle and behavior.

The USVI is pleased to welcome the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Chapter Presidents for their annual board meeting this week on St. Thomas.  The distinguished group of 15 chapter presidents are here for four days of meetings, seminars, hotel site inspections and sightseeing. The DOT will make presentations to familiarize the agents with all four of the U.S. Virgin Islands and arm them with information to help promote our niche segments such as weddings, dive, and meeting and incentive groups.  Local hotels, attractions, dive operators, destination management companies and wedding planners from throughout the USVI will also have the opportunity to meet the agents and promote their services at a mini-trade show. One of the highlights of the group’s visit will be meeting Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. at Government House.

Coki Point bathrooms are closed until further notice as the Dept. Housing Parks and Recreation works on renovations at the Coki Point bathrooms. What’s coming, new bathrooms, new cistern, new ADA ramp and fencing at Coki Point. This will take about 6 months to complete. Please avoid the construction area.

Cancer Support Virgin Islands is having a free lecture with Atty Timothy Phillips the lawyer for the American Cancer Society who will discuss legal issues for cancer survivors and patients, wills and financial power of attorney and healthcare directives.  Also presenting is Atty David Bornn.  Today at noon at Bennie and Martha Benjamin Auditorium of the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute and again at 7:00 PM at Mark C. Marin Center at Antilles School.

“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 integrates visual art and poetry, featuring the work of local artists and poets. The Caribbean Writer Calendar costs $20 from the UVI Bookstores  or call 692-4152 or send e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lost and Found Lost dog, lost mama nursing mother and the babies are hungry. We are looking for a mama dog in the area around Joseph Gomez Elementary School - The dog is a black Peekapoo, like a poodle peekenese mix.  The mama dog is Kerah and she is 11 pounds, she has a collar and tags with a stateside address. If you find Kerah the black peekapoo her puppies are looking for her.  Call 757-270-8018.

Here’s a chance for you to make some Good News for the people of St. Lucia.  There is a container full of relief supplies in St. Thomas that needs to get to St. Lucia and the relief committee is holding a fund raiser party to get the funds to move the container.  December 4 at 9:00 PM at the Governor’s headquarters opposite Frenchtown Post Office – Music by Cool Sessions Brass and Nature Boy, Admission is $10 with lots of food and drink. Bring a donation of canned goods and non-perishable items. Saturday December 4 at 9:00 PM at the DeJongh headquarters.

Also Saturday – a Classical concert on Water Island as Julian Gargiulo returns to Water Island for a one night concert Saturday December 4 at 7:00 PM. Take the ferry from Tickles at 6 or 6:30.   The classical piano concert is free.

National Society of High School Scholars named All Saints Cathedral School senior Paul Maynard as a High School Scholar recognizing his hard work and sacrifice,  and commitment toward academic excellence. Paul Maynard making Good News.

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