Friday, June 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


Senate asks for VITELCO Rate Break for Us

The Senate met yesterday. They unanimously passed a resolution asking the Public Services Commission to lower VITELCO phone rates by 20% when the IDC tax breaks begin. Senator Donastorg said it will right a tremendous wrong done to the people of the Virgin Islands. They passed the lease to allow Banco Popular to develop its headquarters building in Crown Bay area. They passed the bill to permit the Port Authority to float bonds for the Molasses Pier, they passed the bill to raise the fine for parking in a handicapped ramp to $1,000. All that goes to the Governor for his signature. They never got to the ATM topic, that will wait until they meet in July.

Current Conditions in Paradise:

Temperature: 86 Degrees Water Temp: 74 Degrees Skies: Crystal Clear, Occasional Cloud Chance of Rain: 20%: Beach and Swimming : Perfect Sailing and Diving : Perfect Drinks: Ready

The Busses are Coming, the Busses are coming

June 22 is the first day that St. John will have bus service. Through July 5th the VITRAN is providing bus service between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay for fare of $1 for adults. Seniors citizens and students get a discount with their ID Cards. There’s no charge for children under 5. The busses will begin running at 5AM and meet the ferry boats and service all Festival revelers. And there are new Bus stop signs along the route on St. John.

The Governor seeks “Island Year” Applicants

The Island Year program is seeking applicants for the program to spend a year in the employ of the government working on our highway projects. You must be a recent high school graduate or have a GED. They will be called Community Aids and they’ll learn computer literacy, customer service, financial planning, career development and conflict management. Contact Shelley Percival at 774-0001 x 4354

The Fortuna Multi-purpose Center Will Open

The Bordeaux-Fortuna Multi-Service Center will be dedicated on Saturday at 10:00 AM – This will bring emergency services of the Police, Fire, and Ambulance closer to the people in the west end of the island. All emergency services will be under one roof. Come out for the dedication. The public is invited, Three commissioners will speak, Ramona Davila of the Police, Jose Poblete of Health and Carlton Dowe of the Fire Service. The Governor will also speak.

Dept. of Labor Seeks Training Programs

The Dept. of Labor must provide training to economically disadvantaged individuals facing permanent barriers to employment. They are looking for training companies to submit proposals for job training from office skills to the hospitality industry. The bidders conference is June 30th Applications are due July 14th If you want to bid to do this training call the Job Training Partnership office at 776-3700

The Roads are Getting Better

Have you seen the road construction projects. Dept. of Public Works is really making progress, the Turpentine Road bridge is under construction, the Ft Mylner intersection is under construction, and the Lewis Road, Long Bay Road intersection is also under construction. You can see the improvements and that’s good news.

Coming Up:

Tonight on We the People, Andre’s Guest will be Nabb Eddie Bobo and Eric Christian. Nevis Benevolent Society has a big fish fry this evening at 6:00 PM – at John Brewer’s Beach The Virgin Islands Business Journal is out with a report that Hess is looking for a partner. And don^“t miss the Web Wizard column in this week’s Business Journal There’s an Art Exhibit at La Tapa in Cruz Bay St. John. Mostly Monotypes is a collection of work by Janet Cook-Rutnik, Alex Ewald, Karen Bertrand, Carol Caldwell, Lina Guild and Jean Rosow. Barnacle Bills Restaurant in Subbase is going to close after 14 years They are throwing a party every evening next week. Friday the Public Nuisance Band, on Saturday they are inviting every musician in the Virgin Islands to come play until the bar is dry

We have a winner.

Tourism Commissioner Wylie Whisonant announced the semi-finalists in the FCCA Essay contest. Citra Registe a sixth grader at Joseph Gomez Elementary School is the semi-finalist in the under 12 year category and Victor C. E. Richardson of CAHS is semi-finalist in his age group. The essays by the semi-finalists now go to the FCCA to compete against semi-finalists from 16 Caribbean countries. We’ll keep you posted. (Friday web)

Big Thank You

Special Thanks to Mr. Leslie Hedrington. Estelle Hendricks called to say she lost her bag of T-shirts and she called Lee Carle at WSTA to say it was lost. Lee told the whole community and Mr Hedrington heard the plea for the bag, recognized it and reunited the lost bag with Estelle Hendricks. She says God Bless you My Hedrington.

Water Island Report

VITEMA held a emergency preparedness seminar last evening for the 9 people who came out to hear about planning for the storm season.

It’s your Good News! You tell us and we’ll tell everyone.