Monday, December 22, 1997

US Virgin Islands

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The Law Suits Worked – Handicapped get Access

The Ad Hoc Advocacy Committee and Virgin Islands Advocacy Inc. say their string of law suits have worked. Settlements have been reached with The Caravelle Arcade and the Buccaneer Hotel to make their facilities comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The spokesperson for Virgin Islands Advocacy says they expect more settlements in the next few weeks.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 85 Degrees at 2 PM Skies: Sunny, Occasional Cloud Chance of Showers: Slight to 10%: Water Temp: Perfect at 82 degrees Beach and Swimming Conditions: Sooo Perfect Sailing and Diving Conditions: World Class! Drinks: Ready

Frenchmans Reef Open

Frenchman’s Reef reopened on Saturday amid great fanfare. Frenchman’s Reef is now 45 million dollars more plush, there’s new landscaping, new pools, new furniture and a new vista from the lobby. Nick Pourzal says they are sold out but not full – there is a problem according to Pourzal, with the airline seats. Not enough seats in the airplanes and Pourzal is calling for a territorial airline to accommodate the passengers coming here.

The keep the School Accreditation – What do we have to Fix?

The three big high schools kept their accreditation – you already know that. The Accreditation board wanted improvement in student attendance, teacher attendance, local budget control, and more substitute teachers. The Department of Education says they are taking steps to give more budget control to the individual schools, they have a committee working on policies to reduce teacher absenteeism. Liston Davis says they need more funds to hire substitute teachers. On an average day 50 teachers are absent. Hiring the necessary number of substitutes would cost nearly a million dollars per year while the department has 200,000 for substitutes. Liston Davis says it is inadequate.

Virgin Islands Track and Field Classes

The Track and Field Federation announced that there will be a Level 1 Course for track and field coaches in St. Thomas from Jan 19th to February 3rd. The class is for school coaches, parks and recreation staff, university students and club coaches. This is level one of the International Amateur Athletic Federation certification. The certificate is recognized around the world. The deadline to apply is December 31 and the number to call is 777-0258

Coming Up:

St. Thomas East End Lions general meeting at 7:30 PM – at the Emanuel Benjamin Oliver School. St. Thomas Outreach is inviting you to a Christmas dinner extravaganza at the Mahogany Run Convention Center at 7:30 PM Call 775-4649 Dept. of Human Services invites everyone to the Holiday Bazaar to be held in the Courtyard of the old Municipal Hospital with the Dept. of Public Works Choir, Wesleyan Academy Choir and Human Services Fungi Band. We Savaneros will meet at 5:30 PM Tuesday – at the Legislative Conference Room

We have a Queen

Finally this: It started with rain but by the time the St. Croix Queen pageant was over it was like sunshine. Nichole Payne is the new Queen. She won after a stirring speech on Emancipate, Rejuvenate and Celebrate. The second Runner up was Yaira Riviera, the first runner up was Safiya Kitwana. And the queen – Nichole Payne – making good news.

Students Show Service Side

Students at CAHS are helping the Women’s Resource Center. The students gathered donations including food, towels, clothing and health and comfort aids for donation.. Thanks to Lisa Hassel-Ford and Denise Humphrey. And at the Ivanna Eudora Kean School, the junior ROTC students collected canned goods, cereals, and other health aids for the Women’s Resource Center.

Water Island Report

Nope, nothing.

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