Friday, August 01, 1997

US Virgin Islands

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The Federal Budget Has More for the USVI

The Office of Insular Affairs has announced that the new federal budget has new funds for the insular areas. Alan Stayman of the Office of Insular Affairs says the fine print in the budget includes new funds for the Medicaid program, new funds for the Children’s Health Initiative and new funds for the Pell grants education program. The Virgin Islands will get 750,000 new dollars for Medicaid and more than 300,000 of the Children’s health Initiative. Individual Pell Grants will increase from $2340 to $2700 in the next school year and to $3000 in 1998-99 year.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 84 Degrees Water Temp: 72 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: 20%: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready

Agriculture for the needy.

The Department of Agriculture has transformed a traffic hazard into a boon for the needy. Three quarters of a ton of beef from impounded animals is being distributed to not-for-profit agencies. This means stray animals found in the roads are being impounded and if they are not claimed, they are slaughtered and the fresh meat is going to the Youth Rehabilitation Center, The Herbert Grigg Home, Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and the Bureau of Corrections.

Finance Committee Hears WTJX Budget

The public television system was the subject of today’s budget hearings in the Senate. Calvin Bastian showed in his presentation that the proposed cut of $400,000 would cripple the television system. He is intent on improving service in St. Croix and maintaining the level of locally produced television in the Virgin Islands.

Ivanna Eudora Kean School Announces the Uniform Requirements

The administration of Ivanna Eudora Kean School released a statement on the acceptable clothing for the coming school year. No designer clothes, no stone washed jeans, no hats, knee high stocking, no wrap skirts of tights or vests, no lace, frills or ornaments. Men will wear maroon pants, shirts will be light pink with selves and collars. Women’s skirts will not be more than an inch above the knee.

Fortuna Reefer off the reef

The Coast Guard announced that they have successfully refloated the Fortuna reefer off Moan Island. The ship is now being inspected before it will go to port.

Coming Up:

There is a new free sailing program from the America’s Cup Challenge. On Saturday at Magens Bay from 10 to noon. Just go, you don’t need to pre-register. Call 774-9090 Ex 32 Tonight at Tutu Park Mall the kick off of the Night Out against Crime, US Attorney James Hurd will be the featured speaker. That’s at 7:00 PM – at Tutu Park Mall The Artists Hospitality Lounge are Gail Felix-Smith and Louise Lauffer with a display of Masks. On Sunday the Van Rensselaer Art Gallery at American Yacht Harbor will show work by Judith King’s with a reception from 2:30 to 7:30 PM

Help Ecology Group

The students in the Junior Gardening and Ecology Camp are planning a trip to Puerto Rico to study the El Yunque Rain Forest. To earn the funds for the trip there is a Cake sale on Saturday at Cost U Less, You can have your cake and eat it too. Saturday at Cost-U-Less

Water Island Report

Nothing Happened, no, that is inaccurate, less than nothing happened.

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