Sunday, April 02, 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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Parking Lot Project Protest – Stopped

The parking lot at King’s Wharf Christiansted was closed yesterday as bulldozers began ripping up the asphalt. The closure has set off a wave of protest and letters to the park service insisting that the work stop. Members of the House Resources committee are asking that funds be appropriated to resurfacing the parking lot and that title to the land be turned over to the territorial government.

Today’s Photo: Cars in the Christiansted Parking Lot before the demolition

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 82 Degrees at 11 AM Skies: Sunny, Occasional Cloud Chance of Showers: Slight to 10%: Water Temp: Perfect Whale Watch: No Whales spotted in Virgin Islands Waters Beach and Swimming Conditions: Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready for You!

School Bucs Program is Over

The prize money is on the way. Tutu Park Mall sponsored the School Bucs program where every purchase at the mall was credited to the buyers favorite school. The Mall says they are inundated with requests for funds and they made the facilities available this way to aid the schools. Gomez school has the top percentage of participants winning 19% of the funds or $2850. E. Benjamin Oliver School is next winning $2,250 and Lockhart wins $1500.

Governor Schneider met with St. John Action Committee

The Governor met with the St. John Action Committee and reported that there was progress on the development of the Enighed Pond Cargo Port project. He also said that they badly needed waste water treatment plans is in progress to meet the requirements of the EPA.

United Way Hits Goal Plus!

United Way can be pleased to have hit their goal this year – plus a little more. The members met on March 27th to hear Yannick Bayard report on the conclusion of this year’s campaign. United Way raised 495,825.28 which is 104.3 per cent of their original goal. Bayard thanked the hundreds of volunteers from all segments of our society for their help in surpassing goal.

Archeology and Historic Preservation Division Moves

The Department of Planning and Natural Resources Archeology and Historic Preservation Division is moving to new quarters in the Knud Hansen House at #17 Kongen’s Gade in the former location of the Tax Assessor.

Conservation Data Center Has New Database

The Conservation Data Center will unveil its new Biological and Conservation Database on Friday at 3:00 PM in Room 310 of the Classroom Administration Building on St. Thomas. The database provides data on locations, status, legal protection and property ownership for special of conservation concern. There are only 72 databases like this one in the whole US and ours is useful for conservation planning, sharing information regarding flora and fauna in the Virgin Islands.

Job Help Coming

Dept. of Labor will hold a job search and preparation awareness workshop on Friday for people who are seeking jobs. The topics include resume writing, testing awareness, employer expectations and job search strategies. The workshop is tomorrow April 3rd at Windward Passage 776-3700.

New Franchise Tax Forms

The Director of Corporations and Trademarks says that there is a new franchise tax report and annual report forms available from the office of the Lieutenant Governor. The new form is a one page report. and meets the requirements of the VI Code.

Deadline Extended

Employers have some extra time to complete their wage and tax reports. The reports must be post marked by May 4th. And employers are reminded that they must comply with the territories Unemployment Insurance Act.

Calendar Today

The Elementary Mas Gladness Basketball championship game on Thursday which was originally to happen at UVI court has been moved to Ivanna Eudora Kean School Gym at 6:00 PM – That’s the elementary basketball championship game moved to Ivanna Eudora Kean School Gym. Tomorrow – Ivanna Eudora Kean School Class of 1991 is holding an emergency meeting at Tutu Park Mall Center Court at 6:00 PM Coming Up Saturday Cultural Heritage Institute is presenting a special lecture on the Danish Background of Emancipation with the Curator of the Danish National Museum in Copenhagen Per Nielsen speaking. The lecture is Saturday at 4:00 PM and there is no fee. There is an Emancipation Roundtable coming up on Sunday on St. Croix and Monday at on St. Thomas. The topic is West African Survivals Through the Eyes of Art History and Archeology with Dr Nii Quarcoopme of Ghana. The event is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Humanities Council. Sts Peter and Paul ministry leaders meeting that was set for March 26th is today. 3:00 PM – The Virgin Islands Carnival Food Fair Committee reminds and Persons selling handicrafts, arts and crafts must pay for their fees by April 1st. The office is open for you from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. 3:00 PM – Dept. Housing Parks and Recreation reminds all students who signed up for the tennis program that classes begin today at 3:00 PM at the Subbase tennis courts. Call Bunni Brothers at 774-0255 5:45 PM CAHS Class of 1966 are meeting at Insomnia Club Four Winds Plaza 6:00 PM – UVI is sponsoring a seminar on Financial Management for small business owners on how to manage your finances wisely.. The seminar is at Palm Count Harborview at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with panelists from Chase Manhattan Bank and UVI Small Business Development Center COAST Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 PM at the Old Unity Lodge on Fireburn Hill Savan. 6:30 PM The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will evaluate the Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Program during the week of March 30th to April 3rd. NOAA will hold public hearings on St. Croix at 6:30 PM on April 2 at the Florence Williams Library in Christiansted 774-3320 7:00 PM – UVI Agriculture Experimental Station and the Cooperative Extension Service is sponsoring a workshop on Improving Culinary Herb Production in the Virgin Islands from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the St. Thomas UVI Cooperative Extension Service CAHS Future Homemakers of America present the Miss CAHS FHA/HERO at 7:00 PM at the school Auditorium Contestants are Tanna Abraham, Derima Jarvis, Shamika T. Smith, Tamika Wattley and Theole Woods. 7:30 PM – St. Thomas East End Lions Club Board of Directors Meet 7:30 p.m. Anna’s Retreat Senior Center Grenada Association monthly meeting is at 7:30 PM at the Holy Family Parish Hall Anna’s Retreat Coming Up: 9:30 AM – Wesleyan Academy will be testing new students for the coming year on Saturday April 4th at 9:30 AM Call 774-5438

Water Island Report – Alex Comes Clean

OK, It is the day after April Fools Day and I have to come clean. I wrote two phony press releases and stuck them in Lee Carle’s pile and he read them as real news. There’s no grant to build a bridge to Water Island and the ICM Party did not endorse Governor Schneider. After Lee read these phony news items, other radio stations picked up the stories and rebroadcast them as though they had original sources. Well April Fool on you too. I won’t do it again. And remember – Lee Carle is the news and information leader of the Virgin Islands. He is a dedicated public servant. He has the best sources, and the most accurate news. It took a lot of work to fool him April Fools Day. But it’s all my fault. I made the funny news.

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