Good night for the cats and dogs

The fund raiser to reopen the St. John Animal Care Center was sold out and appeared to raise tens of thousands of dollars.  Valerie Peters organized the event.  She works at the Westin Resort and persuaded the Starwood Hotels management to make the ballroom available. She also worked with chefs from the Westin and Caneel Bay to prepare menu items and came up with the idea for the "animal decor" in the room.  Many attendees wore animal masks and costumes.

MaskeradeTickets went for $100 each, generating $15,000 just for the dinner.   There were dozens of donated items sold at silent auction (at left, bidders inspecting the merchandise) at prices from $25 to hundreds of dollars. (A silver-and-turquoise necklace, crafted by Mrs. Inquiring Iguana, sold for $150.) There were almost two dozen other items auctioned after dinner, with the top prize being a week-long trip to Umbria, Italy. It went for $6,500.  Proceeds will be used to operate the Center’s neutering and animal adopting programs. 

Doginjail

Anybody want a puppy? 

The source of “The Source”

Online paper in paradise perseveres

St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands — Shaun Pennington was into Citizen’s Media before it was cool. More.

(This is a column I wrote for MarketWatch.com while working remote the past two weeks on St. John. There’s audio to accompany – it will soon come.)

The Weather Channel

Folks, it’s 78 degrees and sunny.

Could NOT be better … UNLESS the Weather Channel, when it puts on the screen the "Local Weather", stopped showing the island and labeling it "ST JOHNS".  Honest to God, they do!

Steve – photographer

ST. JOHN, USVI (MarketWatch) — If Janet and Steve can make it here, they can make it anywhere. Thanks to the Internet. More.

(This is a column I wrote for MarketWatch.com while working remote the past two weeks on St. John. There’s audio to accompany – it will soon come.)

More about Buffett and Chesney

Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett did sing at least one song together at this week’s concert for Philip Morris executives at the Westin Resort, St. John.  One person who watched the show from the beach, outside Buffett’s custom-made tent (lighting grids, huge amplifiers, generators) said, "I heard Kenny.  And I saw his hat."  Another report said Eric Clapoton was in the audience. And the boat people at the shoreline were having a great time … lots of skinny dipping and topless dancing on deck,  sources tell the Inquiring Iguana.