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Governor Schneider Vetoes Zoning Bill
The Governor vetoed the rezoning regarding the Skyline Drive property. The leg said there was no public hearing, yet the bill included two zoning changes without a public hearing. The Governor said, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander” The Governor signed bills to increase funding for computers in the Lieutenant Governor’s office, and increase appropriations for the Juan Luis Hospital. He approved the bill to end government paying the administrative costs of GERS. He signed the bill that requires the GERS, WICO and WAPA to contribute to the general fund. The Governor vetoed the bill regarding the burial of veteran’s spouses. The Governor also announced that the territory has received $360,563 to promote drug testing and treatment among prison inmates. Part of the funds will be used to construct and renovate jail space.
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 83 Degrees at 3PM (OK, SO I am really late today. Skies: Cloudy Chance of Showers: 50%: Water Temp: Perfect Beach and Swimming Conditions: Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready for You!
Committee on Education Passed Bills
Senate Committee on Education met yesterday and passed a bill to establish a Fish and Game Scholarship program for students involved in Marine Biology. They passed bills to establish a conflict resolution program, another will require every student to perform 10 hours of community service to graduate and they passed a mandatory swimming program. In other action, the committee approved a plan to let the Department of Education purchase its own supplies with fiscal autonomy.
Senators Take Briefing on Hess Plans
A group of Senators took a tour of the Hess refinery to get a first hand view of the operations of that plant. The proposed coker project has been planned for some time, but only works financially if the crude oil for the coker comes here in less time that the current period it takes to get here from the Persian Gulf. The deal with Venezuela is about getting enough crude oil supplies to make the plant efficient.
Compromise on Christiansted Wharf
The Park Service agreed to halt work on the Christiansted parking lot until a compromise plan is developed. They will remove the asphalt and dirt, but stop work for now. They agreed to get it ready by Delegate Christian-Green says she is satisfied with the progress on the Christiansted park problem. She said “I only regret that we didn’t get to this point long ago.”
Larsen School Showcases Game boards
The students of Pearl B. Larsen school were proud to display the game boards they created to show ideas in math, science, social studies and other areas of their studies. The winning entry came from Shareece Cannonier, Shawron Cannonier, Nahvia Henry, Raisah Boyce, Shellese Cannonier, Malicahi Maccow, Elijah Ritter, denley Lettsome, Halima Roebuck and Raelle Panchoo.
Herve Goes Caribbean
Herve Restaurant will celebrate its second anniversary with a month long Caribbean festival during St. Thomas Carnival month. From April 6 to 29th Herve will serve West Indian specialties – Conch chowder, callaloo with crab meat, conch fritters, red snaper in creole sauce and Caribbean Lobster. That’s at Herve.
Big Thank You
We asked yesterday for a volunteer to help The Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands with Papiamento – A Big Thank You to Meldred Richards for coming forward
Big Thank You #2
Big Thank You to the crew of the Reliance from Liston Davis for the work the crew did around CAHS. A Big Thank You to Commanding officer Douglas Whitner and Chief Jim Nagel who were on hand to coordinate the work. And a Big Thank You to George Hanley from he Department of Education Dept. of Maintenance for making the clean up a success. MCDonalds and Pueblo get Big Thank You for feeding the crew.
Victory Party Tonight
Lions District Governor Malcolm C. Kirwan cordially invites all Lions and rotarians to a Victory Social tonight at Athenas at 6:00 PM Complimentary Hor d’oeuvres and Cash Bar. Tonight at 6:00 PM St. John Lions Board of Directors are meeting at Fred’s
Easter Egg Hunt
The First Lady is sponsoring an Easter Egg hunt on each of the islands this weekend. On Saturday on St. John at 9:00 AM at the Battery. On St. Croix at noon at the Agriculture Fair Grounds and on St. Thomas at 2:00 PM at CAHS. There’s music, games, candies and eggs.