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[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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Lorraine Berry Delivers Report on Senate Performance
Lorraine Berry held a press conference yesterday to issue a report on the successes and failures of the first half of the legislative session. She points to a pattern of behavior by a group of senators to make the legislature seem incompetent and ineffective. She says she inherited a deficit but Senator Liburd says the 21st legislature lived within its budget and he has an audit to prove it.
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 95 Degrees at 1 PM Skies: Sunny Chance of Showers: Slight : Water Temp: Perfect Beach and Swimming Conditions: Excellent Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready
Governor Hails Governor of Northern Marianas.
Governor Schneider welcomed the newly elected governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to the club of off-shore governors. Schneider noted that all of the governors of the territories share a common interest in mutually productive intergovernmental relations.
Rules to Meet
Committee on Rules will meet at 10:00 AM – on St. Croix to take up several bills, one will amend the Industrial Development Commission law to aid students, another will increase the consumer Protection fund to a half million dollars, there is the Community and Civic Education Act, the Virgin Islands Minimum Skills and Competencies Assessment. They will also consider reducing the age of real estate brokers, a bill to reprogram the special road fund.
New Program for Welfare to Work
The Housing Authority is beginning a new program to help families make the transition from welfare to work. Today at Cormorrant Beach St. Croix a group of families are being introduced to the program that will help them with day care, transportation, home ownership and a variety of services to move them to productive work.
Senate Called to Special Session
The two business bills are coming up again. This time on Friday at a Special session of the Senate. Apparently St. Croix Alumina needs to have those business bills in place before they can open and the Limited Liability Partnership and Company Bills are coming back now that they have been fine tuned. The Senate will also hold a regular session on Tuesday.
WAPA Starts work in Cruz Bay on Friday
Friday is the day that WAPA is going to begin construction of new water distribution lines in Cruz Bay St. John. The project will bring new water lines to old customers and new lines for new customers. Phase one begins on Friday at Strand Street near the taxi station. A second crew will start on Saturday at Mongoose Junction and the crews will work toward each other. The majority of the work is being done at night to minimize inconvenience. Responding to residents request that the work go on during the off season, WAPA says there is no off-season on St. John.
Governor meets Forestry Council
The Virgin Islands has a new urban and Community Forestry Council whose mission is to promote community forests in the Territory. The council will evaluate applications for forestry grants. On St. Thomas one of the Council representatives will be our own good news maker Mario Frances!
Smith Family Takes over BXI Caribbean
BXI Caribbean is a barter and trading company serving 150 businesses throughout the region. Now the Smith family is assuming full ownership of the company as former partners move out of the area. Call 779-1634.
PTA to join National PTA
The Parent Teacher Student Council of St. Croix is working to join the national PTA. They have new draft by-laws of the island wide organization of PTA’s and you are invited to read the by-laws at the libraries on St. Croix, at UVI or the Curriculum Center. Call Urylee Burke at 778-5922
Agency to Release Report
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry announces the release of a report on the Bovoni Landfill. Copies of the report are available at the Enid Baa Library and at the UVI Library
You Can make Some good news.
All Brass Bands participating in Carnival are urged to attend at meeting at Benjamin Place next to Windward Passage at 6:30 St. Thomas Lions Club are meeting at 7:00 PM – Harbor View Hotel St. Thomas East End Lions – meeting at 7:30 PM – Anna’s Retreat Senior Center Sts Peter and Paul home school will meet on January 22 at 5:15pm at the school Cafeteria. Delegate Christian-Green has a town meeting for farmers and fishermen on St. Thomas at the Frenchtown Community Center also at 6:00 PM. Edith Williams PTA is meeting at 5:30 PM –
Community Announcements by E-mail!
Here’s a special Congratulations to Gene A. Powell. Gene is the first PTA president to send his PTA announcement by e-mail. So here it is the Joseph Gomez Elementary School PTA will meet in the school’s cafeteria at 5:45 p.m. That’s Gene Powell e-mailing the good news.
Water Island Report
Oh, too bad. We ran out of news again. Perhaps if there were a bit more news overall, some of it might spill over to Water Island. Otherwise, remember that we are the only island with our own oxymoron. What is an island made of water after all!