Hearing on public schools

The Senate’s Education Committee will convene a hearing on St. John next Monday evening.  It is the third such session to survey the state of school facilities on each island.

Authorities decide it was an accident

WIVI Radio reported this morning there will be no charges filed against the driver of a delivery truck who struck and killed a Sprauve School student a month ago.  Witnesses said Javon Jude Alfred and his friends were darting and running across the road and that the driver of the Bellows International vehicle was not at fault.

Just last week, classmates of Alfred paraded across from the school and and posted signs urging motorists to be cautious. 

St. John’s biggest Bowl party

Skinny1The Caribbean home base for New England Patriot fans was rocking Sunday night as the annual Skinny Legs Super Bowl party drew hundreds to Coral Bay.

Skinny2The Bowl bashes are legendary by now, and if nothing else is a clue, the shaky and blurry quality of the photos here should attest that a good time, a noisy time, and a colorful time was had by many who watched the game on the big screen set up in the back.

Skinny3 By the way, click on our thumbnail photos and see bigger pictures.

Jet Blue hears VI supporters


The effort begun by Mark and Nanci Shekleton to encourage people to send e-mail to Jet Blue urging them to begin service to St. Thomas has had some impact.  One the readers of NewsofStJohn said he got a cordial, if uncommitted reply.  "we appreciate your interest in St. Thomas,  USVI as a future JetBlue destination," the message to Franco Fellah read. "As a growing airline, JetBlue is continuously evaluating  new cities to serve."  Another reader commented on the item, saying that he sees Jet Blue flying NY to San Juan for less than $100. "If Jet Blue offers fares for under $200 to STT, I can come down four more times a year," he said. That, "would be quite a boost to the economy." Contact Jet Blue at http://www.jetblue.com/speakup/questions.asp

Maho Bay founder plans development

SelengutThe founder of Maho Bay Camps has begun selling one-acre lots near his resort for new villas.  And Stanley Selengut has a $20 million construction plan too for land he owns near Concordia to include dozens of villas, a yoga center, restaurant, recycled arts center, and some eco-tents, according to the St. John Source.  The winner of honors, awards and praise for his environmentally-friendly Maho Bay development, Selengut told the online newspaper he is first and foremost a businessman.  Now 75, Selengut said he owns land near Maho as well as six acres on the road that runs toward Lameshur where he hopes to build a shopping area, parking garage and condominiums.

Road crews pave around utility pole

Crews from the Water and Power Authority are expected this week to replace a utility pole which is smack, dab in the middle of the newly built Enighed Pond access road.  Authority executive director Darlan Brin said he asked WAPA three months ago to move the pole.  "We couldn’t wait," said Brin, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News.  So, the paving company from St. Croix worked around the pole, paving the roadway and putting orange-and-white barricades around the pole.  "There bluntly was a coordimnation problem," said Glen Rothgeb, chief operating officer of WAPA.  "We are aware we should have had the poles removed," he said according to the Daily News.