TV time for St. John

TwosomeLooks like the island is going to see some video crews this summer and get some more national exposure in November.  Thanks to Kenny Chesney.  Again. Billboard Magazine reports the entertainer of the year will appear in his first network special on ABC-TV the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.  The one-hour "Kenny Chesney: Somewhere in the Sun" will include tracks from his concerts as we;; as "moments shot both on the road and at his home in the Caribbean."  Several unnamed celebrity friends, and even Mrs. C., are expected to make cameos in the show.

Chesney dinner puts restaurant on the map

The restaurant where Renee and Kenny had a wedding-eve dinner for friends and family has become a hot spot.  Smack in the heart of Cruz Bay, across from Joe’s and next to the Post Office, the relatively new Rhumb Lines has been mentioned in Star and People magazines, according to the Virgin Islands Daily News.  Thai fusion was the theme of the dinner and included pupu platters and samosas.  Jerome O’Connell, who owns Rhumb Lines, told the paper many customers have asked him about the event, and he is happy to tell them. Play your cards right, and he’ll even point out the table the happy couple shared.

It’s turtle time!

It’s turtle nesting season on the island.  Rafe Boulon, chief of resource management for the V.I. National Park, advises that if you see turtles nesting or hatching, leave them alone and turn off all distracting lights.  Most of the nesting activity occurs after dusk.  Also, don’t disturb the beach because the nests are not deep in the sand. 

Beach-to-Beach Power Swim set

Map05Memorial Day Weekend activities on island will include the Fiends of the V.I. National Park’s second annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim.  (Click on the map graphic to see the courses.)

For serious swimmers as well as recreational swimmers, Friends president Joe Kessler said the event  "contributes to St. John’s growing reputation as a hotbed for challenging sporting events, drawing in athletes from off island to compete and fuel St. John’s economy."

Swimmers hit the water at 8:00 a.m. on race day at Maho Bay Beach, Sunday, May 29.  The finish line for the short race is at Cinnamon Bay, which is also the location of the first transition point for the relay teams. Another great location to view the race will be at Trunk Bay Beach, which is the location of the second relay transition point and the finish line for the new intermediate course.  Through swimmers will pass close to Cinnamon and Trunk beaches so these will be great spots to view the action in the water and cheer on the swimmers.  The long race and relay will finish at Hawksnest Bay Beach.  More information.

This year, the awards ceremony will be held as part of a beach party hosted by the Friends at Oppenheimer Beach beginning at 11:00 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m.  There will be hamburgers, hot dogs and cold drinks for sale, and live music by Mark Wallace and company.

Rotary paints crosswalks

If the Public Works Department won’t do it, Rotary St. John will, and did.  Members Doug White, Catherine Fahy and Bill Willigerod were up early one Sunday morning this month to paint crosswalks to alert motorists when people are crossing the street.  They started with the faded crosswalk where a seven-year-old boy was killed in an truck accident.  Plans include also painting crosswalks near the Sprauve School and others in town.

Lime Inn Tuna feast

One of the hottest fishing boats on island may well belonjg to Bite-Me Charters http://stjohnlinks.com/Charters/Bite_Me/www.bitemechartersvi.htm.  Captain Bill Limpert, and wife Tammy, caught a 77 lb. Yellowfin Tuna off the South Drop of St. John, according to the St. John Sun Times.  Bill carried it over his shoulder form the park dock to the Lime Inn, where good eatin’ was had by many, the report said.

Gallows, VIERS get OK

Gallows Point Resort had modifiedits plans for installing a Jacuzzi pool and now  has the official OK to follow through.  Approval came at a meeting of the St. John Coastal Zone Management committee after a review of an existing permit. 

ViersThe CZM panel also authorized the start of improvements at the V.I. Environmental resource Station (VIERS http://www.islands.org/virgin/viers/)operated by the University of the Virgin Islands, the St. John Source reported.  The project will including updates to the lab at Lameshur Bay and construction of a conference center. Work on the project,  is expected to begin June 1 and take about 2 1/2 months.

St. John School on Gifft Hill graduates 8

The first graduating class of the St. John School on Gifft Hill is college-bound.  Each of the eight students will continue their studies on the mainland at schools including Emerson College in Boston, the University of North Carolina, and Randolph Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Va., the St. John Source reported .  Australia is also on the list, where Tom Kasetner will study at Bond University.  "He’s a surfer and wanted to go somewhere that had good surf," said school co-administrator Scott Crawford.  He added that each of the grads is receiving some financial aid for the college studies.  Crawford said each of the students participated in many extra-curricular activities and had jobs. 

Jurors chosen off the street

About a dozen people, walking around town and minding their own business, found themselves  in Superior Court marshals’ custody last week, summoned to jury duty. 

Superior Court Judge Brenda Hollar told the St. John Source the action was legal, "Occasionally it happens," she explained.  A St. Thomas attorney called the roundup "kidnapping … that will taint the jury pool" when they are called for cases the following week. 

One construction worker said he was waiting outside Woody’s Seafood Saloon in Cruz Bay when a marshal asked to see his driver’s license and said, "You’ve been summoned to jury duty.  Get in the van."

Island marketer wins award

The owner of St. John’s Kate N Design has won recognition for a brochure she designed for the Westin resort and Villas.  The marketing piece was in the shape of a waiter bottle and has a map on it to show guests where they can safely run, Kate Norfleet told the St. John Source. Norfleet won a Silver citation for the brochure in judging by the American Advertising Federation’s regional competition.  Norfleet, a member of the Advertising Club of the Virgin Islands, was one of four of the club’s members to win honors in the contest.  The other three are on St. Thomas.