On the Market: Income Producing Home in Great Neighborhood

valley view plants

For those of you looking to purchase a home on St. John that is an income producer, today’s home may be the one for you!

Valley View is a charming two bedroom, two bath home home tucked away in the desirable neighborhood of Fish Bay. Located roughly 10 minutes from Cruz Bay on St. John’s south shore, this home features a private, income-producing two bedroom rental apartment on its lower level. 

This solid masonry home boasts vaulted ceilings, a lovely pool and patio area with a shaded pergola, and mature plantings. The screened-in living area stretches the length of the home, and connects to the bedrooms and living room. The two upstairs bathrooms feature granite countertops and beautiful stonework in the showers. The bedrooms are large and airy, and are situated on either side of the living room. The large deck outside the screened dining area offers additional living space with beautiful valley views.

Check out a few pics:

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valley view pool

valley view kitchen

valley view deck

valley view apartment

valley view living space

Valley View is being offered for $749,000 by Jennifer Doran of 340 Real Estate Co. For more information, please contact Jennifer at jdoran.340realestate@gmail.com

Wagapalooza Happening This Saturday

One of last year's winners - Image credit: Yelena Rogers

One of last year’s winners – Image credit: Yelena Rogers

Well folks, we are super excited to tell you that the Animal Care Center is holding its annual Wagapalooza event this weekend. The fundraiser is the ACC’s first since the storms and will raise much-needed funds for an organization that has done so much for our island, especially over the past eight months.

Wagapalooza is the ACC’s zany and anything but typical dog show. It will be held this Saturday, May 19th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Winston Wells Ball Field in Cruz Bay.

We’re assuming that, as in past years, classes to be judged include Best Old Timer, Best Costume, Best Adult Handler,  Best Look Alike (to owner), Best Shelter Rescue, Babe Award, as well as Waga King and Queen.

There will be food and drinks available for purchase, as well as a great raffle that includes items like boat trips and gift certificates from many of our island’s businesses.

Everyone is invited to attend, as are all of your furry friends. But please, keep your dogs on a leash if they attend the event.

As always, all proceeds from the event go directly to the ACC. Monies raised are used to keep the shelter open, medicate the cats and dogs, fund travel to send the animals to their “forever homes” and to purchase food for the ACC’s feeding stations which are located throughout the island and help St. John’s homeless kittens and cats.

The ACC evacuated 200 dogs following hurricanes Irma and Maria (with the help of Kenny Chesney of course). It typically adopts out 50 dogs every year. Its work has been simply amazing, and that is a huge credit to the ACC’s board of directors, its staff and most notably its director Ryan Moore. Ryan was featured in People Magazine last year following the storms. Click here to read that article.

And please click here to visit the ACC’s website.

Willy T Finds a New Home

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

So last Friday, we told you all how the new Willy T had returned to the British Virgin Islands. It was a pretty popular story, receiving more than 1,200 likes on our Facebook page, 134 shares and a slew of comments. Well a few hours after we posted the story, we learned that the Willy T was no longer welcomed at its original home in the Bight over at Norman Island. The Willy T was essentially homeless.

Well fast forward to yesterday. The BVI News reported that the Willy T has found a new home. Thank goodness! So that’s the good news. The bad news is that you will all have to travel a tiny bit further to reach it.

The Willy T is now set to anchor in Great Harbour on Peter Island. We estimate that it will take about 15 minutes more to reach the new Willy T’s location, so not that bad. This map shows you its previous and new location:

willy t locationsSo as we mentioned, the Willy T will now be anchored off of Peter Island, the home to the swanky Peter Island Resort. Unfortunately the resort also sustained a good amount of damage and will not be reopening this year, according to its website. Fingers crossed that they reopen in 2019!

We’re still not certain when the Willy T will serve up its first drink, but you know we will let you all know as soon as we do. In the meantime, have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

People Profiles: Jeune Provost

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Ms. Jeune Provost

By Chelsea Baranowski, Special Contributor to News of St. John

We recently caught up with the lovely Ms. Jeune Provost outside the St. John School of the Arts, one of her two places of work. Luckily, Julius E. Sprauve School – her other place of employment – and the School of the Arts are only two blocks away, caddy-cornered across from the police station, near the band stand and in the center of Cruz Bay. While we chatted about Jeune’s life as an esteemed teacher, a native Virgin Islander, a mother, and her other various roles, she continued to attend to students, assist with their rides home, and watch her daughter finish her dancing class (before she began her own). Jeune’s ambition and light shine through from the moment you meet her.

Like everyone on St. John, Ms. Provost’s life was disrupted and required some concessions and alterations after the storms. However, as a native of St. Thomas, a strong career woman and dedicated wife and mother, Jeune had no plans of letting Irma get in the way of her future. Jeune’s husband had lost his business, and her in-laws left island after the storm. So with a daughter to think about, she was forced to reconsider her position at the Department of Education in St. Thomas. Jeune made the decision to teach over at the Sprauve School where she had worked and thrived for the three previous years. We’re all happy to have Jeune back on island teaching our children.

Every part of Jeune emanates patience and kindness, which is what we all look for in a teacher, a molder of a community’s young minds. So it’s no wonder she was nominated for the State Teacher of the Year (in this case state refers to territory) in 2015, an honor that Jeune attributes to her unorthodox teaching methods, and those that led her to the district position at the Department of Education.

“I was going from classroom to classroom, I loved helping teachers and helping them improve their craft… I loved my job!” But that same enthusiasm doesn’t lag when she tells us how happy she is to be back at Sprauve. “I am where I am supposed to be right now,” she said. And we couldn’t agree more.

Challenges abound at Sprauve School, for its students and faculty, and for the children of St. John as a whole. A large portion of classrooms were destroyed in Irma, and Sprauve remained closed until October 16th. And at that time, children were only able to attend school for half days. That is where other governmental and non-governmental groups, like St. John School of the Arts, stepped in.

The School of the Arts has had tuition-free classes all year, from art classes to language classes to singing and performing, and they have been able to take a huge burden from the community as we continue to rebuild, as well as an immense responsibility of caring for and serving the children of St. John. Here, at the School of the Arts, Jeune teaches a Caribbean Movement class, as well as one called Acting for Radio, TV, and Film.

As her daughter Melania practices her moves in the background with incredible grace, especially for a 7-year-old, Jeune and I discussed the future of Sprauve school: the idea of putting modular classrooms in the ball field so that full-day classes can resume next year (the governor recently announced this would occur within the next few months), the need for students to return to school, and for qualified teachers to fill positions left empty. There are still many kinks to be worked out, but Jeune encourages me. If there are teachers like her, and outside programs and opportunities available to the kids of St. John, we will get through this. She also asked me to let readers know that Sprauve’s principal position is open and wonderful, and they encourage anyone who is interested to check out the school for themselves and connect with these children directly. In the meantime, Jeune will continue to work two jobs to ensure that her students have the best opportunities available.

Again, we are all very fortunate to have people like Jeune living here on St. John.

Chelsea Baranowski is a lifelong St .John resident. She owns the popular Lime Inn restaurant in Cruz Bay with her husband Richard. The couple has two adorable young boys. 

New Restaurant Opening this Week

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Hello everyone and happy Monday! We’d like to start the week off with some good news out of St. John … a new restaurant is scheduled to open this week! More progress on island! How exciting! Here are the details…

Lucky Chops, an Asian-inspired lounge, is scheduled to open this Thursday in the space formerly occupied by The Fish Trap right in Cruz Bay. Lucky Chops is owned and operated by Mathayom Vacharat. Mathayom has been professionally working with food since 1993 and has been executive chef at several of St. John’s premier restaurants including Asolare, Paradiso (which used to be located at Mongoose Junction), Chateau Bordeaux, and Chloe and Bernard’s (a previous restaurant located at the Westin). He also owns St. John Catering.

Lucky Chops describes itself as having a relaxed, adult vibe coupled with fun Asian appetizers and small plates. Check out the menu:

lucky chops menu 1

lucky chops menu 2

And here are a few pics straight from Lucky Chops’ Facebook page:

lucky chops interior

lucky chops interior 2

Lucky Chops opens this Thursday at 3 p.m. Its regular schedule will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. with food available from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Willy T is Back!!

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

Hello everyone and happy Friday! We have GREAT news to share with all of you. The Willy T is back! And it looks amazing!

As many of you may know, the Willy T did not fare well in last fall’s storms. The popular ship, which was converted into a fun little bar/restaurant, ended up on the rocks over at Norman Island in the British Virgin Islands. Well the good news is that the new Willy T – this version is in fact the third Willy T to be anchored off of Norman – arrived in the BVI yesterday. And she looks pretty darn good! Check her out:

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

Image credit: Alternative Concrete Solutions

So far, there’s no word as to when the latest Willy T will serve up its first drink, but you know we will let you all know as soon as we find out! In the meantime, have an amazing Friday everyone!