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Local Livin- Revistited

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It was just about eight months ago that I wrote my first post for News of St. John.  In that time, I have learned so much more about our community, hunting for the stories here, the writing styles that work (and the ones that don’t!) and that a journalism major completed in the early 2000’s can still be (somewhat) effective 20 years later!  When I first started this, I had a vision to capture the lives and histories of various and inspirational St. John residents in a weekly series called “Local Livin.”

As time went on, COVID and travel updates and the opening and closing of businesses and the territory took center stage.  The series took a back burner for a while.  But I would like to revisit and re-share the three profiles I did complete and also introduce a new spin on the Local Livin’ series!  I hope that you enjoy reading, or re-reading, the following stories of Ital Delroy Anthony, Doreen Callwood and Nisha Jones.

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Sunset Sail Views

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Good Morning!  I hope all of you are having a great week thus far and are looking forward to some type of fun in store for the weekend.  The sunset views on St. John have been absolutely on FIRE lately and I was on a sunset sail last night that featured a front row seat to an amazing ending to the day.  So, I thought I would share of those photos with you this morning.  Enjoy 🙂

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COVID Testing for Travel – What You Need to Know.

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Good Morning Everyone and a happy Wednesday to you!  Despite having written about all of this information in posts along the way, I am seeing a TON of questions, both here and on my general Facebook feed in regards to the BVI seaports, COVID testing for entry and the new CDC International guidelines.  The Governor will not be addressing us again until the 25th, so, in lieu of a regular weekly COVID update, I wanted to outline these three recent topics of pertinent information for you to have all in one little package 🙂

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Boater Safety 101- How to Safely Explore the USVI Waters

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Good Morning Everyone- Hillary here.  I have another contributor to introduce to you today who has previously written for NOSJ and brings a vast knowledge of the boating industry and St. John history to the table.  Leah Randall Hanson has been on St. John on and off since her dad moved here in 2006 and made her own transition permanent in 2013.  She is the Commodore of the Coral Bay Yacht Club and co-owner of Flyaway Charters with her husband, Colin.  Leah has a passion for snorkeling and diving in the waters of the USVI and a strong interest in the historical sites and stories of St. John.

Leah and Colin have consulted for the VINP on underwater archeological sites as well as the VI State Historical Preservation Office.  Here, she shares some On the Water safety tips that will hep protect you, the beautiful waters surrounding you and others who are utilizing that beauty for an equally amazing day!  I, personally, am looking very forward to her insights from the Coral Bay and “on the water” perspectives!

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Leah, Colin and their little guy, Thatch. We all know who is really in charge here 🙂

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Martin Luther King Day of Service – Ways to Give Back to St. John

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Good Morning!  I hope that you all had a great weekend that spans into this national holiday.  Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as designated by Congress in 1986.  This particular “holiday” honoring this inspirational man who peacefully paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement is designated as “a day ON, not a day OFF.”  In the spirit of his service and leadership, this third Monday in January “is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.”

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Under the Sea – Volume One – Sea Turtles

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Good Morning everyone!  I’m really happy to be sharing some very exciting news with you right now.  We have been hunting for other St. John residents to contribute in order to add to the voice and perspective of News of St. John.   And, I’m glad to say, we have a few fresh voices working on articles as I type this.  One of which, I am very happy share with you today!

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COVID Update: Vaccination and International Travel Testing Questions Answered

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Good Morning!  I have a seen A LOT of comments coming through in regards to two specific questions. And, at the risk of being redundant with these COVID-19 posts, I wanted to address those two questions here so you all have access to the information when you need it.

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Mingo Cay Donated to Trust for Virgin Islands

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Last week, a local non-profit dedicated to the protection of “tracts of agricultural and natural landscapes that provide significant benefits to the citizens of the Virgin Islands” received a very special gift from St. John homeowner and philanthropist, Donald Sussman.  Mingo, a 50-acre cay off the northwest coast of St. John was dedicated to Trust for the Virgin Islands (TVIL) last Tuesday.

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USVI COVID-19 -Update & Info on Testing for Travel

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Last week, the Governor’s COVID- 19 Press Conference was cancelled on Monday and delayed to Thursday due to a fiber optic cable being damaged on St. Croix.  Therefore making it impossible for the live stream.  Since there will be no press conference today, I wanted to take a moment to update you on some travel information from last week’s update.  He notified us that we would not see him again for an update until the State of the Virgin Islands on January 25, 2021.

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