On Vacation…

New News of St John Bottle Koozie

Hello friends! We’re going to take the next few days off because we’re heading to America!

Boston friends, look for a girl with a News of St. John koozie in hand because I’m headed your way! And my goodness, I am beyond excited to get some Dunkin Donuts up there!

We will do our best to keep you posted on our travels… In the meantime, have a fantastic week everyone and miss us terribly!

Tropical Wave to Arrive Tomorrow

tuesday weather picHappy Tuesday everyone! We just wanted to let you all know that a tropical wave is expected to arrive in the Territory tomorrow. This means that we are forecasted to get a decent amount of rain and some wind along with the storm. Heavy rains will begin in the morning and will strengthen throughout the day. The rains are supposed to linger through Friday.

So, looking to keep an eye on the weather? Check out a few of our favorite, trusted sites. (We initially printed these screenshots back in May and, honestly, were too lazy to grab new ones this morning because we traveled for 17 hours yesterday … sorry folks.)

Wunderground

Wunderground is my favorite weather app, and it was the most trusted weather app of my BFF, the late Captain John Brandi. It gives very accurate radar, tells you about the time rain is expected and gives a good summary of the week’s weather. Check out a few screenshots.

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Overview

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Zoom in for More Detailed Radar Pics

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Weekly Forecast

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Hourly Forecast

There are two other sites we regularly check out, and both are on Facebook. The first is St. John Weather. This site is maintained by Dan Boyd, and it includes an extremely detailed weather and marine forecast. Click here to check it out. 

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The second Facebook page I watch is the US Virgin islands Tropical Hurricane Weather Station page. Click here to check that out. This is a good page, especially when we’re having some tropical weather … which is now.

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(This is not the current forecast…)

St. John Gets an Unusual Visitor Over the Weekend

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Image credit: Anna Finney via VI National Park’s Facebook page

So, St. John had a super cool visitor over the weekend … a flamingo! How cool is that??!!

So I flew up to Connecticut for the weekend and was stunned when I logged onto the computer Saturday morning … there were flamingo pics everywhere! How did I miss this??!! From what I have been told, this fella showed up around Denis Bay sometime late last week and spent the day Sunday over at Trunk Bay. My near and dear friend, Ms. Island Sue saw the flamingo for herself Sunday and it looked very cool. We reached out to our friends over at the Virgin Islands Audubon Society and this is what they had to say about the flamingo’s visit:

“Although it is uncommon to have flamingoes visit St John it is not unprecedented,” said Mary Maroney, the Vice President of the VI Audubon Society. “Many years ago we had a visiting flamingo stay at Francis Bay Pond for months. There have been sightings on the south east side of the island several times, the groups of birds stay for a day or two. Other birdwatchers have photographed passing flocks of less than a dozen birds. (Michaeline Moloney who works for Sir Richard Branson at Necker Island with his flamingo flock) has told VIAS that she thinks a lone flamingo may set off because the individual did not mate that year and may be out scouting.”

Pretty neat stuff, right? According to Mary, flamingos live on Necker Island, Anegada and Guana Island.

We’re flying home today and will definitely post some pictures if we are fortunate enough to spot the flamingo ourselves. And as it goes with all of our wildlife, please love them from afar. :) Have a great week everyone!

Image credit: St. John's Off the Beaten Track App

Image credit: St. John’s Off the Beaten Track App

Three Barges Running!

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Well it’s about time now, isn’t it! I am happy to tell you all that as of this past Wednesday, we have three barges running – the Captain Vic, the Island Vic and now the General II is back in service. Hopefully now, transporting vehicles between Cruz Bay and Red Hook will be somewhat normal.

The Mister B continues to sit at Enighed Pond after being seized by federal marshals back in January. (Click here to read all about it.)

For those of you looking to save some money while taking the car barge, Love City Car Ferries is offering a pretty good deal on their website. All you have to do is book a roundtrip ticket at least three days in advance and use the promo code “return” and your will get $20 off your roundtrip ticket. So instead of it being $70, it will only be $50. Click here to get that offer. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Dog Days of Summer Cookout Happening Next Weekend

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The Animal Care Center – one of our favorite organizations on the island – is holding its first ever Dog Days of Summer cookout next weekend at the ACC.

On Saturday, August 27th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., everyone on island is invited to stop by the ACC and hang out with some of the adorable cats and dogs there (perhaps you can adopt one), grab some food and drinks, and help give back to the animals who are living at the shelter. Donations will be accepted, but simply stop by and say hello if you’d like.

The ACC is located just past the roundabout on the way to the Westin. Take a right just after the preschool. There’s a sign for the cookout on the tree next to the driveway, so you really can’t miss it.

The ACC is also starting to collect items for its annual No Fleas Please flea market, which will happen on October 13, 14 and 15. Here are all the details for those of you looking to donate:

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To learn more about the great work happening over at the ACC, please visit their website at www.stjohnanimalcarecenter.com. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StJohnAnimalCareCenter

Price Reduction: Income Producing Property Near Town

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Looking to purchase a nice investment property on St. John? Interested in living in a place close to town while making more than $5,000 a month? If this sounds good to you, you may want to check out this property that just had a nice price reduction…

This income-producing investment property has lots of potential and multiple usage possibilities. Located just outside of town in the Grunwald neighborhood, this is a great opportunity to live in one apartment while renting the the rest. The property, which currently grosses $5,100  a month, is all masonry with beautiful stone walls. There’s on site parking for three to four Jeeps, and all units come furnished making them immediately ready to move in.

Check out a few pics:

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Looks great, doesn’t it? This income producing property is now being offered by 340 Real Estate Co. for $929,000. Want more information? Contact Tammy at 340 Real Estate Co. at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com