Monday, January 19, 1998

US Virgin Islands

[singlepic id=4817 w=180 h=40 mode=web20 float=left]Good morning! This is Alex Randall with Good News Headlines


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It’s Martin Luther King Day

Today is the official celebration of the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On this occasion, many of our public leaders have sent messages reminding us of the dream Martin Luther King had for America. Dr. King played a critical role in the development of modern America. We honor his memory today and resolve to keep the dream alive.

Today’s First Photo: Water Color Artist Sandy Meyers with Ferry Boat Art Show Caption

Today’s Photo: Happy Kids Play on Trampoline

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 87 Degrees at 10 AM Skies: Sunny, Occasional Cloud Chance of Showers: Slight to 10%: Water Temp: Perfect Beach and Swimming Conditions: Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready

The Department of Education has a New Grant

Liston Davis is informing all school principals of newly identified Title 6 funds to begin site-based control of acquisitions. Each principal needs to execute an agreement and then the school will get a $5,000 grant. The money is earmarked by the federal government for specific purchases of instructional materials. Also on the school front, St. Croix parents are reminded of mid-term and semester exams coming up this week. Parents are reminded to feed their children a good breakfast every morning this week and help your students prepare for exams.

Washington Welcomes Tim Duncan

The Virgin Islands residents of the nation’s capital came out in force the other night to see native son Tim Duncan and his San Antonio Spurs at the MCI Center take on Washington Wizards. While there were some divided loyalty among the Washingtonians, but every Virgin islanders cheered Tim with every point he scored. Lo’An Sewer reports from Washington that the group will be coming together on a monthly basis.

Frederiksted to Get Refurbished for Anniversary.

With the 150th anniversary of Emancipation coming up, the town of Frederiksted is getting some face-lifting. The Emancipation Commemoration Logistic Committee is inspecting buildings on King Street to see which ones need repair for the ceremonies. There is a town meeting on January 28th where the commission will announce the results and the plans.

Woodson Students To Be Net Administrators

Two Seventh graders from the Woodson school will be traveling to Olympia Washington as part of our schools Internet training program. The students will train as network administrators to help maintain the local area network at the Woodson school. The other schools in the program Ivanna Eudora Kean School, CAHS and Julius Sprauve School are sending students to other programs to learn about computer and Internet technology.

Estate Thomas to Get Road Work.

This morning is the beginning of the Estate Thomas Road work. The democratic party has made known its objection to using the Friends of Roy Headquarters for a community meeting. Whatever, the road work begins today. Be careful using the roads on state Thomas that are under reconstruction.

Senate Finance to Meet

Tomorrow the Senate Finance committee will take up a request for 2.3 million dollars for the Government development Bank and a request for police equipment. They also have a bill to raise the tax rate on long distance calls made from the Virgin Islands. This tax isn’t supposed to be passed on to consumers, so the long distance companies are opposed. Will consumers foot the bill, that is the topic of the debate. The Rules Committee will meet on Thursday, they have a bill to require Industrial Development Commission beneficiaries to provide educational assistance to local High School graduates.

Virgin Islands At Caribbean Hotel Association

The Virgin Islands delegation to the Caribbean Hotel Association Annual meeting in Cancun Mexico said this was the biggest gathering of the Association ever with more than 2000 delegates. Our representatives hosted a conference for the media and hosted a cocktail reception for the top producing travel agents, wholesalers and the media. This is how we get the ne3 of our new tourism activities out to the industry.

6 Billion People – What’s the story?

Essay Contest: Students can win $500 for an essay focusing on Zero Population Growth. The contest is to write the plot of a current TV show that deals with the birth of the world’s 6 billionth person. The deadline is March 1 1998 Full Contest details are available from ZPG at 1-800-POP-1956 or contact

Sandy Meyers Coming to Tillets Garden

Tillets Garden announces a reception and the opening of a new exhibit by Sandy Meyers. There is a reception tomorrow at Tillets Garden and the exhibit will be open through the end of the month. Meyers will also offer several workshops. Also tomorrow there is a concert with Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops with the Serenac quintet at Tillets Garden.

Water Island Report

The Water Island Civic Association met on Sunday to elect new officers and to argue over the budget. Your reporter’s motion was resoundingly defeated. Efforts to get the government to do road repair were also futile. Thus far, the territorial government has instituted excellent trash service, paved in the parking area, rebuilt the dock, and built an excellent post office than the Association built, yet the idea that the government might be persuaded to do road work failed. We persist in thinking we have to do our own road work.

There is a water color class coming to Water Island on January 26th with Sandy Meyers. More later.

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