Thursday, February 20, 1997

US Virgin Islands

[singlepic id=4817 w=180 h=40 mode=web20 float=left]Good morning! This is Alex Randall with Good News Headlines


Travel And Leisure Magazine Says We’re A Best Value

Travel and Leisure Magazine has rated Hotels in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda. Two of ours are in the top ten for Best Value. St. John’s Caneel Bay placed 7th in the list and the Buccaneer Hotel St. Croix was 9th. The rating are in the January issue which will be read by nearly a million travelers.

No 50% Deal from American Airlines!!!

Senator Holland Redfield says he is going to work on American Airlines. After announcing price cuts to many destinations, American did not drop the price of a ticket to the Virgin Islands. Redfield thinks we deserve the same 50% discounts from American Airline.

New Police Graduates

The Virgin Islands Police Academy graduated 49 new law enforcement officers on Tuesday. Among the new officers are 22 new Housing Authority Police, two Environmental Health Officers and one officer from the Dept. of Finance. Police Commissioner Ramon Davila reminded the graduates that they were accepting the responsibility to put service above self and to be model citizens.

Taxi Debate Continues

Taxi topics, St. John hotel owners want their clients to be able to take a taxi from the airport right to the boat, not take a tour of St. Thomas and miss the boat. Catered to Vacation Property managers has asked Governor Schneider to intervene in the taxi dispute to allow St. John travelers to take a direct route, not another long journey

Senator Rocky Asks Delegate Christian-Green – How Are We Doing?

Senator Rocky Liburd has asked Delegate Christian-Green to check President Clinton’s budget and find out how the Virgin Islands fares in Medicare, Medicaid, Health care for the unemployed and our status in the restoration of welfare and food stamps for legal immigrants.

Tax Help for Vendors

Senator Carol Burke said that the government is winning to work with vendors who owe taxes to the government. They can offset what the government owes them against taxes due. IRB Form 4793 lets a business apply funds due them against taxes due to the government. Bureau of Internal Revenue says they are lacking some tax forms. The 1099 and form W-3SS are not ready. We will announce the date when these forms will be available. Tax payer assistance Monday and Tuesday at the Long Bay office.

Roof replacement Program Meeting

Are you still living under a tarp roof? The Governor wants you to get into the Roof replacement program. This is a model program for the whole USA. Even if you got Hurricane Marilyn aid, you may qualify for a new roof. Tomorrow at 6:00 PM at Gomez school Senator Celestino White will help residents get their roof replaced.

Waitstaff Class Available

Virgin Islands Restaurant and Bar Association is offering a 7 week training program for entry level waitstaff. If you want to learn a career with constant demand, take this class. Call 776-3700 Ex 2081 for the waitstaff class.

Coming Up:

  • St. Thomas Swimming Association begins Spring Learn to Swim Saturday March 15th for students 6 age up to adult. 779-2500 
  • Parents of students at the Education Complex is inviting parents to a workshop on Conflict Resolution, anger management, and teen parent communication. Call 778-2036 to sign up. 
  • Lockhart Elementary is planning a Miss Lockhart Pageant for February 23rd at CAHS Auditorium. This years contestants are Laverne LaRonde, Tisha Testamark, Gail Maduro, Tiffany George, Desiree Titre, Cherika (Wa-hugh) Huyghue and Agueda (Ah-Gue-Da) Tirado.

Commuter Incentive Tax Hearings

Senator Gomez’s Committee on Finance is holding hearings on Bill 22-0003, the Commuter Incentive Tax that would change the gross receipts tax. The first public hearing is today at Senate Chambers St. Thomas.

Two Men Nominated to Annapolis

Delegate Christian-Green announced that she has nominated twin brothers to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. Dr Green selected the twins, Russel and Kevin Otway for their excellent qualifications to be in the Navy. Both CAHS Seniors have outstanding grades. They should hear from the Academy in May.