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Development Bank Dedicated Today
The Governor dedicating the new Government Development Bank facility on 1050 Norre Gade in Charlotte Amalie. Amid a host of government officials, the Governor cut the ribbon and opened the new facility which will house the Small Business Development Agency, The Economic Research Bureau and the Industrial Development Commission.
Today’s Photo: If it is Tuesday, it must be Nordic Empress Day
Current Conditions in Paradise:
Temperature: 85 Degrees at 11 AM Skies: Sunny Chance of Showers: Slight Water Temp: Perfect Beach and Swimming Conditions: Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready for You!
Senate Passed Bond Bill
The Senate met yesterday in a Special Session. They passed the Governor’s request for new bonds to refund the government debt. They approved a sale of a half billion dollars worth of bonds. The new bonds will be used to pay off the 106 million dollar loan, refinance 280 million of existing debt at a lower interest rate and fund 90 million dollars in capital improvements including the schools at Peace Corp, Berthe C. Boschulte School and Lockhart. The bnd proceeds will also fund the wastewater treatment plant in Cruz Bay St. John. The major stumbling block is that bond buyers are concerned that these bonds are backed by only one source of revenue, the rum industry and that is a shrinking business. So the people who will sell the bonds are worried about these bonds.
Nazareth Evictions Stayed
The Governor intervened in the Nazareth housing situation and stayed the eviction of the remaining residents. The Governor called on his Housing Dept. to find suitable homes for the remaining residents of the emergency housing. The buildings are scheduled to be disassembled and placed in storage until they are needed again after another storm. Federal funding for the emergency housing has come to an end with 55 families still living in the Nazareth complex.
In preparation for Carnival parades, the Dept. of Public Works is repairing the parade route this evening from 6:00 PM to midnight. Please keep your cars off the roads from Rothschild Frances Market Square down Main St, along Norre Gade and up Hospital Gade to Lionel Roberts Stadium. Please remove cars this evening from the parade route.
Team Caribbean Places Third
The Mini-America’s Cup races in New Zealand are over for now and Team Caribbean placed third in the he contest trailing Italy and France who will both go on to a duel for the right to sail against the New Zealand team. That’s our guys ahead of the crowd, but behind the two leaders in the sailing contest.
Senior Citizens can get their free ID cards today at Tutu Park Mall from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM 8:30 AM to 113 During National Immunization Week there are free vaccinations for infants and toddlers at the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center On St. Croix at the Education Complex the Career Day has been canceled. Ivanna Eudora Kean School Annual Student Art Exhibit will open on April 21st through May 12th. There is an opening reception between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM in the art Room Studio on the second floor of the school. There is also a silent auction. 5:30 PM E. Benjamin Oliver School PTA meeting at 5:30 PM in the Cafeteria, Joseph Gomez Elementary School PTA at 5:45 PM 5:30 PM – Hug a Bunch is meeting at Bellows International at 5:30 PM 6:00 PM Peace Corp PTA will meet with Guest speaker Edward Jones talking about nutrition and the family. CAHS Class of 88 meeting at Emancipation Garden – 6:15 PM – Rotary Club of Charlotte Amalie meets at L’Escargo with Conrad Francois speaking. 6:30 PM Humane Society at Bolongo Bay Hotel 7:00 PM Ivanna Eudora Kean School Class of 93 meeting at 7:00 PM at Emancipation Garden 7:30 PM Audubon Society meets at Biosphere Reserve Lind Point 8:00 PM – Junior Calypso Competition 8:00 P.M. Lionel Roberts Stadium
Ron Joseph is #1
We have a local man who has achieved the top in his field. Ron Joseph is the son of Grace Joseph of St. Thomas and he has just graduated #1 in the Air Force’s Leadership school. He is the first African American to graduate #1. Joseph is a graduate of CAHS, and Howard University where he was magna Cum Laude in physics. He also holds masters degrees in management, religion and engineering. That’s Ron Joseph making good news
Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs announced Exams
The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs announced an engineers exam on April 24th and Saturday the 25th on St. Thomas and St. Croix at 8:00 AM The public accountants exam will come up on May 6th and 7th
We have a Carnival Winner
We have another Carnival winner, no this isn’t the queen or the princess, this winner is the Sea Chest Carnival Advertising winner. Chasda Clindinen won the honors for her art work and her winning poster will appear on the Carnival 1998 Booklet. Sea Chest will make donations of art materials to the Ivanna Eudora Kean School Art Dept. as part of Clendinen’s prize. Sea Chest is also making paint available to booth owners to set the stage for the best booth contest.
Jam Band Drops out of Brass-o-Rama
The Brass-o-Rama shrank as Jam Band announced that they will not be performing in that venue, Same for Xpress Band which can’t hire a crew of brass players this year. So brass-o-Rama is down to Imaginations, 17 Plus, Positive Image and the National Guard Band.