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COVER: This month marks five years in business for Red Sunset Publishing and the Sun Times under Ella. The covers are our calling card, the thing that sets up apart from everything else out there in the VI. Some were funny, some were serious, many were cheeky, a few were controversial. The images on the cover here were the ones we liked the most, either because they were fun to produce, they brought back good memories of the entire issue, or we thought had particular artistic merit. Cover concept: Ella Anderson Graphic Designer: Jon Eichner

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chiara bajardi art director

Brooklyn-based, Chiara spends her free time at concerts, in classrooms, on planes, and playing competitive skee-ball. chiara@stjohnsuntimes.com

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The Judge has worked for Melody Maker, Q, Ministry, Wired, Time Out, ZOO, and is currently in New York with Ink Publishing but his career highlight was getting this gig in the USVI.

jon eichner graphic designer

Jon lives on St. John and is a freelance designer for print and websites.

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kaye thomas editorial assistant

Kaye lives on St. John and is the owner of Kaye Thomas Fine Ceramics. kaye@stjohnsuntimes.com

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kelley hunter astrology column

St John’s Star Lady is off to speak in Belgrade. She’ll be back in April to show the sky to star-struck star gazers. astro@stjohnsuntimes.com

tony@stjohnsuntimes.com

The author of Down Island, Bob lives here, and there, gathering stories for your entertainment. Sometimes he writes them down. bob@stjohnsuntimes.com

eloise anderson publisher

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gerald phipps customs + delivery STT

Gerald lives on St. Thomas, and is also a full time fireman and the founder of an empowerment organization for younger boys.

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colleen kennedy-brooker green column

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hayley andrews arts + balance columns

Hayley lives in St. Thomas and owns VIeats.com, a website about the St. Thomas restaurant scene.

Laurence is a photographer and website designer now living in the Boston area.

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jeff rocha accountant

kathryn depree legal

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With this issue we mark the beginning of our fifth year. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long! In so many ways, everything still seems so new. It’s been five years of monthly or twice-monthly (year one) deadlines. Five years of beautiful covers, zany photo shoots, editing marathons, sweaty all nighters, and being blown away by layouts from our fabulous graphic designers. There was a freelancer who got thrown in jail and his girlfriend held his computer (and our files) hostage. Tons of interviews that got cancelled at the last minute. The night the hurricane came and we watched water start rushing in under the office door. The sales guy who got arrested for burglary, and Kelly and I hiding from said guy, feeding Bay pencils to keep her from barking. And many, many power outages during the last day of production—our signal to go drink! The crew that’s been with me the longest would be Gerald, Kelley, Tony and Chiara—they put up with a lot in five years. Kelley has been writing the Astro column since the June Bell Barlas days and I don’t think she’s missed a deadline by more than a day, ever. I love the way she adapts the horoscopes to our island life and that column has a lot of fans. Gerald started working with me almost immediately after my first guy on St. Thomas refused to give me his social security number. Gerald is routinely referred to around here as “The Nicest Man in the World” and no matter how frustrating our shipping and customs issues are Gerald handles them with grace and good humor. And let me tell you about working remotely—it’s HARD! T and C are in Brooklyn. Tony keeps getting insane jobs all over the world (literally) but he has gallantly stayed loyal to the Times. Tony was here for about a year, but Chiara I only “know” from one trip to St. John and some Skyping. Yet, I know her perfectly. I know that she will always rally to a challenge and she will stay up with me all night if I need her to—she’s my rock. And she’s hella funny! Bill Stelzer also has a steady history with us. He was our original designer the first year and he keeps popping in with a photo shoot here and there. Star recruit Kelly O’Brien was with us for two fine years, ending up as the Assistant Editor, a job I haven’t been able to fill since! Kaye has made it a year as our Editorial Assistant—woo hoo! That’s like 10 years anywhere else. We’ve had eight assistants so far. And Kaye did quit once. Somehow we make it work, issue after issue.

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First Sun Times production crew—Anna, Bill and Ella (2007) I love this photo the most---I love the dignity of little three-legged Mitzie (2007) Our first cover, baby hummingbirds (2007) Hayley’s new puppy—Coco—from the Humane Society in STT Family time on Cloud 9

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Friends of the VI National Park raised about $37k at the festive event at Marea, a brand new villa on Ditleff Point. Yelena Rodgers

ACC Snow Ball Januar y 2 1, 20 12

The annual fundraiser for the St. John Animal Care Center was held at villa A La Mer and raised money for operations and animal care. Tropical Focus

Mango Tango Gallery Show Januar y 2 7, 20 12

As part of the St. John/St. Thomas Art Jamboree, the show’s featured artists were Andrea Anderson, John Baldwin, Amanda Arguello, Adrienne Miller and Brenda Sylvia. Gerard Sperry

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Left four: Tropical Focus. Middle four: Red Sunset Photography. Right seven: Yelena Rogers

Relay for Life, Feb. 12 Led by Mary Bartolucci, in only its 2nd year the St. John chapter of Relay for Life (a fundraiser for cancer) raised more than $150k. The entire island got behind this cause and we think the results made all of us proud.

Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal, Feb. 14th on Trunk Bay

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Once again, Anne Marie Porter renewed the vows of about 80 couples on valentine’s Day. We love love! These pics are adorable.

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othing conveys the tropics quite like the beloved coconut palm. The coconut (Cocos nucifera) is a truly remarkable palm. It has been aptly referred to as “the tree of life.” Every part of this tree is useful from the fronds, to the nuts, the fiber and the trunk. In many tropical locales, the coconut is an essential part of survival. This palm is native to Southeast Asia but has naturalized throughout the tropics. A mature dry coconut is buoyant and can travel thousands of miles on the ocean currents, yet it is believed that the first coconuts introduced to the West Indies were brought by humans. The immature green coconuts are harvested for the coconut “water.” Not to be confused with coconut milk, the water is clear and only slightly sweet. This is the most refreshing drink imaginable. In Trinidad we often see big old farm trucks going to market heaped full with green coconuts. The nuts are opened right at the market, whacked with a machete. After you drink the water it is then cut in half to reveal the sweet jelly meat. The coconut water is not only tasty, but also quite nutritious. It is high in potassium, minerals, and B vitamins. The coconut milk is made from the more mature coconut. As you wander through the markets in the Caribbean you’ll see little brown dry coconuts for sale; these are for cooking. The milk is made by grating the white mature meat and blending it with water. Coconut milk is used in many Caribbean dishes and the fresh coconut milk has a better flavor than the canned variety that we often use. The coconut can be grown for a food and water source. It is also a resource for craft materials; hats or baskets

can be woven from the fronds and the dried husks can be made into bird feeders. Of Hands and Earth, Virgin Island Crafts Using Natural Resources by Dana Ulsamer Harrison is a very interesting little book. She even has a recipe for making homemade coconut oil. Other crafts made from the coconut use the inside of the shell. This can be cut and then polished with sandpaper to make a cup or small bowl. When I got married we used the coconut fronds for decorations for our island wedding. While we don’t have an abundance of coconuts on St. John, we do have quite a few coconut palms on the island. My favorite grove of coconuts is right here in Coral Bay. These majestic palms peek up above the mangroves and are visible from the water. Coconuts need good drainage and some fertility. The classic “Jamaican Tall” coconuts are salt tolerant, and are found along the shoreline. The Jamaican Tall lives the longest and is the most wind tolerant. These coconut palms can often survive bad hurricanes. Sadly, this variety has been devastated over the last twenty years by “lethal yellowing disease.” The dwarf coconut species are much more resistant (these trees are not true dwarfs and will eventually grow quite tall but they will fruit earlier). Coconut palms grow true to seed and a sprouting young coconut can be quite ornamental. I recommend planting a coconut palm in your garden. Nuts can be placed in a wet shady part of the yard to begin spouting. The coconut is even edible after it begins sprouting. At this stage, the meat is spongy and in both Trinidad and Hawaii they call it “bread.” This is truly a tree that keeps on giving. _Colleen Kennedy-Brooker


BALANCE

Superfoods to the Rescue Incorporating better nutrition, part 2

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reens are good, we know that. Green superfoods, in all their chlorophyll glory, are even better! Rocket, spinach, kale, watercress, parsley and broccoli sprouts, for example, are tasty to eat and contain huge concentrations of digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals -- all amazing at protecting against disease and illness and healing the body. If that’s not enough to convince you, they also contain proteins, protective photo-chemicals and healthy bacteria that help build cleaner muscles and tissues. Try a kale smoothie at breakfast, switch spinach for romaine in your sandwich at lunch and have broccoli with dinner. That’s a super start! As mentioned in part one, anything brightly colored is packed with goodies and dubbed “superfood.” Root veggies pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot are perfect examples. They contain the richest supplies of natural carotenoids and therefore play a major role in protecting from cancer-causing free radicals. It makes sense that nuts and seeds are contributors to good health since each is basically a storage device containing all the highly concentrated proteins, calories, and nutrients that a plant embryo will require to flourish. Walnuts are one of few rich sources of plantderived omega-3 fatty acids, and they boast the highest overall antioxidant activity of nuts. Almonds and pistachios aren’t too far behind. But eating a handful of any nuts five times a week reduces your risk of heart attack by as much as 51%. There are a number of protein superfoods and you don’t necessarily have to eat meat to benefit. Beans, for example, are a plant-derived protein with 17g of protein per cup and only 0.75g of fat and are associated with lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Soy is rich with vitamins and minerals but also contains a lot of soluble fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and phytonutrients, therefore playing a positive role in preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Try tofu, soymilk, or edamame but if you have a family history of breast cancer it is not recommended that you eat extra soy. Poultry and Thanksgiving lovers will enjoy hearing

that turkey is a low-fat, high protein gobble-icious superfood. It is rich in zinc and energy-producing B vitamins; this may be surprising considering the postThanksgiving-meal slump we experience, but believe me it’s true. And finally, we are in a primo locale to enjoy a diet rich in omega-3s. Omega-3s, particularly those from seafood, are associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease, control hypertension, help arthritis, help prevent cancer and may possibly help with memory loss, Alzheimer’s and depression. Perfect! Wherever possible indulge in wild salmon and albacore tuna for the highest concentration of goodies but aim for twoto-three servings a week of fish anyway. Why not try the superfood recipe below.

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ony Romano is an artist at heart; it seems it pumps through his veins. Growing up in a creative Italian household with an artist mother, he was introduced to and surrounded by art from an early age. And while he may have doodled in high school sketch books, and may have taught himself guitar, flute and tenor sax, working in his Uncle’s world-class fine dining restaurant for twelve years was where he nurtured a true love for the culinary arts. This led to him open Romano’s Trattoria in St. Thomas in 1988, an authentic Northern Italian restaurant, which to this day attracts an upscale clientele from around the world.

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Fine wine and cuisine may be his first love but painting, he strongly believes, is his destiny. Tony says, “Although I had a true and instinctive admiration for art, I never picked up a paintbrush until the year 2000.” It was fate that brought painting to Tony’s artistic melting pot. After he had life-saving emergency surgery in 1999 he was unable to work for an entire year. Unsure of how to spend the time, a close friend of his, having seen his high school doodles, told him to start painting. He remembers, “She went out and bought me my first set of paints. I have been painting almost every day since.” So at the age of 45, Tony Romano picked up a paintbrush for the first time and found his destiny. “I am most definitely first and foremost an artist and will paint until I can no longer lift a brush in my hand…and then I will put a brush between my toes and paint!” Even with no real formal training in art besides reading books and some workshops with Tom St. Vincent DiCoio in St. Thomas, Tony’s first piece Intangible Fusion, pictured here, was entered into “The Caribbean Color” exhibit in 2003 amongst work from 100 other USVI artists. It took first prize for oils and Tony was thrilled. Today, Tony’s work has evolved and continues

to be collected. Tony’s paintings evoke a sense of warmth. The atmospheric landscapes and warm charactercapturing portraits scream of unquestionable passion, glow from within and exhibit a huge Italian influence, especially the landscapes. At first glance the painting style is similar to some of Van Gogh’s works---the rough, swirling brushstrokes, the bright colors. But that’s just surficial, he’s developed a style that is quite his own. His twelve-year-young talent is absolutely undeniable. His collection is diverse, with subjects and techniques that vary from painting to painting. He seeks the excitement gained from experimenting outside of his comfort zone. One piece may take one night or eight months to finish because, he says, “The painting process is stronger that I am, it makes me do what IT wants, every time.” Tony recognizes the importance of having his profitable restaurant in place first because it allowed him to pursue is passion and paint whether his artwork was well received and sold, or otherwise. He strongly believes: “An artist should always paint for themselves and not for the benefit of the viewer. Being an artist, you paint what you want, when you want and how you want, period!” Tony’s work is currently displayed at the Camille Pissarro Gallery in St. Thomas and at his restaurant, saying, “It is the perfect venue to show my work because it allows the well-traveled guests to enjoy and experience all the pleasures of the five senses.” Today, Tony is excited for the future of his artistic career. “My best work, I truly feel is yet to come [and] my goal is to paint full time and to inspire anyone who has even the smallest interest to paint or draw, to go ahead and do it!” To see more of Tony’s art visit www.romanosrestaurant. com or www.theuntappedsource.com _Hayley Andrews Turner


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arch! And April! Both are exclamation point months of the year!! Three weeks of backward-moving Mercury may reveal unexpected, even shocking news that changes the game plan globally and personally. New ideas, perspectives and options pop like popcorn. Much progress can be made quickly by following new pathways that open, sometimes like magic. Wake up and “smell the coffee”—and the roses, jasmine, etc. Let’s appreciate Earth and our earthiness.

ARIES [21 March - 20 April] You pioneers of the Zodiac are on a roll! Follow your highest excitement into new dimensions of your life path. You may need to curb your impatience and impetuousness to allow the best option to appear, then you forge the way.

TAURUS [21 April - 21 May] Glory in the opportunities and enjoyment that Jupiter and Venus bring in your sign. Overindulgence may be a downside, so if you tend that way, fully relish the good things of life focused on quality, not quantity.

GEMINI [22 May - 22 June] Your social calendar is full up. New contacts ignite ideas that short-circuit your tendency toward ambivalence toward commitment. Just don’t fray the daily threads that keep your life woven and workable.

CANCER [23 June - 23 July] An underlying level of calmness is available even amidst the fast-paced change. You may need to dig for it. It will serve you well as you settle old business and leave the past behind. Take care of yourself first, not in a selfish way, but so that you have enough to give.

LEO [24 July - 23 August] The drama of life is in high definition. Your fiery spirit can glow with sunlight that warms the hearts of others— or rage with royal resentment. Appreciate others for who they are and they reflect the same to you.

VIRGO [24 August - 23 September] You are a busy worker bee, with Mars in your sign for an extra time. It’s a continual job to re-set priorities and respond accordingly amidst the daily rearrangements. The rewards are richly and quietly satisfying.

LIBRA [24 September - 23 October] A number of issues have been narrowed down and resolved for you, whether by your choice or others. Partners, personal or professional, may surprise you and bring new, unexpected developments. Now what?

SCORPIO [24 October - 22 November] Whether you are feeling them yet or not, deep undersea currents are shifting your inner tides, eventually to well up on the shores of your life. It’s no use resisting. Tune into your deepest desires to guide the process.

SAGITTARIUS [23 November - 22 December] Like a thorough-bred race horse at the gate, you are raring to go. Slow down and take one step at a time, or you’ll trip over your own two feet. Listen to your body’s timing and other clues for the go! signal.

CAPRICORN [23 December - 19 January] Your entrepreneurial capacity is on the line. Introduce new components into your plan. You’re not in total control, but as you take charge of your approach and attitude you find everything is working better.

AQUARIUS [20 January - 19 February] Lingering fog has lifted and you see more clearly again. The landscape has changed, though, in a way that challenges objectivity. Enjoy the effects that subtle psychic fields and new technologies have to offer you.

PISCES [20 February - 20 March] Your planet Neptune has just entered your sign for the next 14 years. Your reality base has always been fluid. Now everyone else will be feeling this too. We’re all fish swimming in the same sea. You can let your mer-maid or mer-man come out.

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isitors to the Virgin Islands don’t have many complaints. They fall in love with our beautiful sunny home. What does upset the tourists though, are biting bugs. Stateside media bombards them with “Bed bugs!!” but actually lots of biting insects enjoy the taste of our blood, sorry to say!

so the bites create welts and lesions, which may last for days. Scratching bitten areas, as good as it feels, prolongs the symptoms. It is better to medicate the effected area with whatever remedy you are used to (After Bite and Caladryl help a little).

Bed bugs largely disappeared when modern insecticides were introduced after WWII but since the late 1990s, infestations have remerged across the county, especially in more recent years. Hysteria really took hold two years ago when New York famously had a number of infestations in hotels, houses and even shopping centers. Fortunately we don’t have bed bugs in the Virgin Islands, it is the mosquitoes and no-see-ums (sand flies/fleas) that both tourists and locals must endure.

1. Eliminating breeding sites like stagnant water or moisture will reduce their numbers.

Todd Roskin of St. John Solutions has been doing pest control on St. John for around twelve years and has watched the resurgence of bed bug problems in the states. In the first six years of his service he hadn’t been called to a suspected bed bug infestation even once. He said: “As bed bugs became part of the mainstream American consciousness, complaints about ‘bed bugs’ began to arrive with vacationers. Fortunately there have been no confirmed sightings of bed bugs on St. John.” In fact, the only sighting of bed bugs in the territory was on St. Thomas but this wasn’t an infestation, rather “an arrival,” which was nipped in the bud. Terminix 14

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Prevent the painful itch by avoiding the bites:

2. Moist and cool conditions put fleas at their friskiest state, so avoid the beach at dusk, dawn and after rain.

3. Our pests love sweet scents, so avoid states on their website that “factors such as increased international travel and immigration have likely contributed to the rapid spread of infestations.” So the isolated St. Thomas case probably flew American Airlines and enjoyed a comfy hotel bed! Todd continued, “I get asked to check for bedbugs on average once a month now. Not monthly, but in clumps around still times when the sand flies increase their range and stray from the beaches. When the breeze picks up, things quiet down again.” Bed bug bites do look similar to sand fly bites, which may account for some confusion, but here is what we know about our native pesky little island no-see-ums. Like mosquitoes, they develop in standing water, rot holes of trees or other decaying organic matter. This is why they are more

of a problem during rainy season, when water is left standing and doesn’t have the opportunity to drain. They congregate in marshy and sandy areas and like most small biting insects they are mainly nocturnal and do not like the warm temperature of the day. Sand flies bury themselves in the sand until the day cools down. Only then do they come out to feed and they can become unbearable at dawn and dusk, especially from mid to late summer. No-see-ums are tiny enough to even sneak through screens and almost too small to be seen but they make their presence felt with their hot, painful, stinging bites. Different people react differently to being bitten by any biting insects. For some individuals there will be no skin reaction, for some there may be immediate or delayed reaction, and peoples’ immune systems can overreact,

scented deodorants, perfume, scented lotions, shampoos and after-shave products. Body odor also attracts them, so bathing regularly will help too.

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Create a barrier between the sand and you by sitting on a towel. Wearing longer sleeves and pants will help too.

5. Non-chemical controls are favored over DEET, but wearing insect repellent made for both fleas and mosquitoes remains a highly effective deterrent. 6. Bugs can and do travel home in beach towels. Wash or shake them and leave them outside. Showering after the beach will also remove them from your skin before you get into bed. So sleep tight Virgin Islands, knowing the bed bugs won’t bite! M A R_ CHayley H / A P Andrews R I L 2 0 1 Turner 2 11


by Gail Karlsson I didn’t want to intrude on whatever his important work was, but as I passed by I couldn’t help whispering very quietly “I love you. I love you so much. Seeing you makes me so happy.” The next time I saw him my husband was in the car with me. I tried to contain my excitement and nonchalantly said, “I’ve been seeing that guy around along the road. Do you know him?” My husband replied: “I don’t know. There are a lot of guys like that around here. Probably hunting for bugs or land crabs or something on the conservation land. Why?” “Oh nothing,” I muttered. “Just wondering what he’s doing out this way.”

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ust before Valentine’s Day, I started feeling a bit lonely for company out by Fish Bay. My sons had come and gone with their friends and holiday merry-making and my husband and I were back working quietly at our separate desks. I needed something to distract me from the beginnings of a dark turn of mind.

And then the universe obligingly provided me with a new interest to dispel my wistful thoughts about city life. There he was, tall and handsome, standing by the side of the dirt road near my house, next to the wetlands conservation area. He was staring intently at something hidden in the bushes and barely glanced at me as I drove up. Looking for something? In my usual proprietary way, I stopped and asked what he was doing there, but he was already moving into the underbrush and didn’t hear, or didn’t bother to respond. I was used to that. Still, I let myself think about him all the way into town. He had looked so elegant, maybe he was only here for a short time, happy to escape the northern winter. Like the weekly renters next door; we call them “whoopers” because of their noisy excitement when they step out onto the deck and into the sudden warmth and sunshine. He had been quiet though, definitely not a whooper. Very serious. Maybe he had been around for years and I just never met him. After all, I am often away, and don’t get out very much even when I am on-island. Later in the week I caught a glimpse of long legs moving quickly out of sight along the Fish Bay road. Was it him? I found reasons to drive to town and fantasized about meeting up with him, hoping for a life-altering chance encounter. I imagined him turning to me with the look of intense concentration that had attracted me, his eyes filled with knowledge of faraway lands and exotic adventures. Then one afternoon I saw him again, walking very near my house. Had he come looking for me? I slowed down and cautiously watched him. Once again, he had an air of busy importance and seemed to ignore me, though I noticed a quick slide of his eye in my direction to acknowledge my presence. He probably didn’t want to admit that he was interested in me, too.

A few days later my husband came upstairs after a snack break and said, “You know that guy you were asking about the other day? He’s out across the road, by our driveway, doing something. Maybe you want to check him out.” Hello, did I ever! My husband had a conference call or something, and anyway he leaves most of the nosy neighbor stuff to me. I put on my shades and a clean shirt and moseyed out along the walkway. When I saw him, he was near the wall, right there next to my new Jeep! Finally a vehicle with a hard top, windows that close to keep out the cats and the rain, doors that lock -what a gift. I had just washed it to get off the mud from the constant puddles in the dirt road. But he wasn’t admiring my ride. He was doing that thing again where he looked intently into the bushes. What could be so interesting in there? I watched him quietly from behind the coconut tree. He stood very still at first, then started moving his head back and forth slowly, like a hypnotist. After a minute he began moving his neck and shoulders as well, a strange erotic dance. There was something so wild and untamed about him, I was entranced. But obviously he was not doing this for my benefit. He didn’t even know I was there, or did he? Maybe he had recognized from that first glance that I was a soul mate. Maybe he had found out where I lived…. When the phone rang I was startled out of my reverie. He didn’t seem to pay any attention, but my husband called out, “That’s your phone.” and I crept quietly back to the house hoping this strange guy didn’t notice I had been spying on him. Back to business. When I was finished, he was gone. That night I dreamed about flying away with him, slow dancing with him on some other distant shore. The next day he was back, right in our yard, closely examining our flowers and fruit trees. I was afraid to make any noise and reluctant to call my husband, who might scare him off. What could he mean by coming around like this, not saying anything, lurking in the bushes near our isolated house. But it was broad daylight, and he was alone and didn’t look very dangerous. I was drawn to him. I wanted to get to know him, to understand his solitary roamings, his mission, his secret passions. cont’d on pg 28 MARCH - APRIL 2012

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interest in the paper had grown to be greater than [Fisher’s], I told him I would like to, and should, buy him out. He thought we should go to the Sugar Mill and talk about it over lunch. A few hours and a few rum swizzles later, I was the new owner of the newspaper,” Barlas wrote. “He made it easy for me to buy it from him, a shrewd businessman with a heart.” It was during the heady days of the early 1980s that a very talented painter and graphic artist at the Tradewinds wanted to branch out a little. So in 1981 Jim Carroll resuscitated the Drum, a paper that seemed to focus on some of the follies going on at the Backyard Bar at the time. “It was a good, funny, literate little paper,” recalled Barlas, “And once, when someone accused Jim of yellow journalism, he printed the next issue on yellow paper. The good old days of St. John.” In 1986 Donald Oat, probably on one of the first of his many notable strolls around Cruz Bay, stopped in to see Barlas at the newspaper office when it was in the little mall next to where the Catholic church still stands, and asked about buying the business. Barlas remembers Mr. Oat asking the price for the newspaper and upon learning it replying, “You should get much more than that for it.” Barlas said Mr. Oat, who was vacationing from Connecticut at the time, went back to the hotel, asked his wife, and came back the next day and bought the paper, which he and his successors including his son Tom, have published, with astounding consistency, to this day. Barlas really hadn’t had her fill of newspapers, however, so after spending some time on Hawaii, returned to St. John to found the St. John Times which printed its first issue in April 1997. Now enter Tom Paine and his wife Shirley Reid, two of most unique people I have ever been associated with. Tom was a writer and a very good one at that. In fact he was really brought down to St. John by the Oat family to edit the Tradewinds, which he did very successfully

in the 1980s. He later joined the literary elite of the United States, but that is another story that is still unfolding. Tom and Shirley found some backing from local businessman Glenn Speer and in 2007 bought the rights to the (then-defunct) St. John Times from June and after a lot of flip-flopping on the moniker made it their own by calling the paper the St. John Sun Times. A number of interesting personalities went in and out of the Tradewinds and Sun Times offices in the late 1980s up until today, and many of those people still call St. John home. During my tenure at the Tradewinds I worked with some of the most interesting people on the island. I recall a few of the adroit advertising representatives that toiled under Tom Oat in the 1990s but none were more memorable than Susie Christie and Constance Wallace. There also always seemed to be amazing technical help at the Tradewinds as well. I recall our sitting Senator Craig Barshinger and Mark “Capt. Buck” Buchalter both tinkering with the Apple Macs there. Judi Shimel, who went on to have a notable news broadcasting career on St. Thomas, used to brag about working for the Oat family longer than any of us, but I think it was Ruth “Sis” Frank who worked for the Tradewinds longer than anyone, producing the arts/ social column “Wha’s Happenin” for decades. And while he might not have been the longest employee of the paper, Operations Manager Dean Blyden was certainly one of the most loyal over the years. Today a crack team of local journalists including Jaime Elliott, Andrea Milam and Mauri Elbel put out the Tradewinds for MaLinda Nelson, the wife of former publisher Tom Oat. The St. John Times pulled from a similar talented base of locals during the Barlas years with community godfather Guy Benjamin and noted journalist Ron Walker contributing monthly columns along with Oswin Sewer, Bob Malacarne, Enjil and Brother Dave. As St. John begrudgingly inched its way into the future, the newspapers along with the

community were faced with a number of growing pains. Two shooting deaths reported within hours of each other on May 24, 1993 shocked the community and put a spotlight on the Tradewinds as they tried to provide answers to the first shooting deaths in modern island history. Two more equally troubling incidents, one involving a racial fracas and the murder of a popular young tradesman forced the community to look to both the Tradewinds and the St. John Sun Times—pubs that were both really born chronicling bird counts and yacht club gatherings--to cover news that was painful to read. While both papers remained fiercely independent from each other in tone and content many of the players have worked on both teams. Aside from Barlas, myself, and Tom Paine, who edited both papers, I recall other large personalities who have worked for both sides, including Doris Jadan, Jeff Smith, Capt. Buck, Bill Stelzer, Linc Berry, David Wegman, and “Trinidad” Charlie Deysaling. Today the Sun Times, under the watchful eye of Ella Anderson, has evolved into a colorful bi-monthly magazine to better mirror the lifestyle of these islands and prefers to write about “only the good, positive, and quirky things here,” says Anderson. True to its roots, the Tradewinds continues to chronicle the pressing issues that face St. John every Monday morning. One thing that can surely be said about all the publications on St. John is that they are well read. More people than I can count mention what might seem to be the smallest details of any given Sun Times issue to me. Let’s face it, there really isn’t that much to do here and before cable and satellite television came around there was much less. I remember fielding phone calls at the Times office years ago when everyone else was off to the beach. The issue on the newsstands had the same crossword puzzle as the previous week. People calling were livid! I found the answers that were supposed to be in the paper that day and spent most of the day dispersing that info to callers. That’s what it’s all about here, putting the community in journalism.

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ST. JOHN NEWS ST. JOHN DRUM Judy Chapman and Sys Thoman 1972-1976 James Carroll III 1981-1982 TRADEWINDS Forrest L. Fisher 1976-1979 June Bell Barlas 1979-1986 Oat family/MaLinda Nelson 1986-present ST. JOHN TIMES June Bell Barlas 1997-2004 ST. JOHN SUN TIMES Tom Paine 2004-2007 ST. JOHN + ST. THOMAS SUN TIMES Eloise Anderson 2007-present ST. JOHN/ST. THOMAS SOURCE Shaun Pennington 1999 to present (online only)


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s we are wont to do, the Sun Times has been keeping a watchful eye out for any company that might cover Virgin Islanders with health insurance that is affordable. We publish at least one article a year on the subject and the response to our last article was so overwhelming we decided to make it a beat we cover semi-regularly.

Right before the holidays last year I received an email from one of our Sun Times clients, telling me to check out a company that repped for IMG Insurance. She said, “This insurance is a much better and cheaper product for U.S. Virgin Islanders.” I have to admit I was a little skeptical because we’ve been researching the landscape for years now, but hey, we don’t know everything. When I got around to checking out this company, my husband and I had decided that we would leave our current insurance plan (Cigna) because it was costing his company over 9k a year to cover us—and we’re very healthy. We were insurance shopping ourselves. Additionally, I had just been deeply involved with helping Russ Kerr get off the island after he was run over by a ferry last month. His body was crushed and he had life-threatening injuries. Russ had insurance, and yet it took over 48 hours to get him airlifted out of St. Thomas. Why? Because the med-evac plane wouldn’t take off without being paid in advance. Depending on where the patient needs to be flown this costs somewhere between 15 and 50k per flight. Russ didn’t have that sitting around in his bank account, and he was unconscious anyway. Friends rallied to find a solution, eventually. But how scary! You think that you are safe if your insurance plan includes emergency evacuation, but you MUST ASK this of your insurance agency: does the policy pay the med-evac operator first. Get that in writing. Or do what my husband and I did, we got MASA insurance. For about $350 a year they guarantee that you will be safely flown out of the territory if the need arises.

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Back to regular insurance though, the Times began looking into IMG, administered by X Company (the company we communicated with for a couple weeks until we started asking the hard questions). I quickly found out that they would indeed insure people who live in the VI but…oh wait for this joy…only if you were NOT born in the Virgin Islands. WTF? When we asked, we found this to be the case even with Healthcare International, the company we lauded in our last column (though native VI’ers can be covered under some of their group insurance plans). So it’s almost as if many of these companies consider the USVI its own country. When I first started hearing about this stipulation I was actually confused (dumbfounded really), and wrote back to the company saying, “I’m not sure what you mean by native Virgin Islanders; we are all US citizens here.” We are, yes, but we’re not all created equal. This is really rather disgusting to me, and I don’t understand why OUR governor, our senators, our Donna Christensen, aren’t making this issue a priority for our population. If you were born here, you either have to come up with in excess of $5000 a year for coverage that is essentially hospitalization only or go without, which is what more than 30% of the Territory decides to do. But let’s follow this through; the IMG rep said in an email, “IMG makes a decision on pre-ex during underwriting. Most pre-ex are covered after 24 months, hci goes out the door w no coverage until issue is over.... This simply does not work for most folks.... Compare the plans, hci is far more expensive when comparing apples to apples and based out of Europe. Hci seems like a good company but all in all not the best deal.” And yet, here’s what the IMG website says about pre-existing conditions: The Silver, Gold and Gold Plus plan options provide a $50,000 lifetime benefit for eligible pre-existing conditions that existed at or prior to the effective date, subject to a maximum of $5,000 per period of coverage after coverage has


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So basically, and I’m paraphrasing, We’ll take $150 (at least) of your money every month, but we’ll really only cover you if you get cancer (but not HIV) or get mangled in some freak accident. Also from the web: Adult routine physical examinations are excluded under the Silver plan option, and for the first 12 months for the Gold, Gold Plus and Platinum plan options. So catching any illness early probably won’t happen, since wellness care isn’t covered. And contraceptives medication or treatment? You guessed it, not covered at all. We found that IMG and HCI have similar preexisting conditions clauses, and actually found HCI’s to be more lenient. HCI’s parent company is in Europe, but so is IMGs. We found IMGs premiums to be a little less expensive than HCIs but because we found the lack of communication and the small print for their policies somewhat disturbing, we feel a little uneasy giving them a clear recommendation.

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So what have we learned. IMG will cover US “expats” in the VI, as will Healthcare International. The insurance will be minimal, but your life won’t be wrecked if you get sick or in an accident. This provides some measure of relief. You can also opt to be covered “worldwide excluding the US”—and this reduces the cost of your plan by about 20% but you won’t be covered at all if you travel stateside, and even travel insurance would be out. As one agent told us, “Unfortunately you wouldn’t be able to take international travel coverage because you would be traveling to your country of citizenship.” Crazy, right? If you were born here, you really don’t have anything that is affordable available to you. We found good plans with very high deductibles, but we didn’t consider them affordable for the average Virgin Islander (well in excess of $200 per month). What do we do then? Mentioned before, get MASA, if nothing else. Healthcare International is still our pick for emergencyonly type insurance. They have excellent customer service, and all of the many, many emails and phone calls we have made to them were returned inside of 24 hours. They also confirmed that for med-evac, they would pay in advance of the flight taking off. If you were born here we would suggest trying to get your employer to consider an affordable group plan—at HCI you only need 3 people to qualify. All of us should petition our senators to sponsor legislation making it mandatory for stateside insurance companies to recognize the USVI as “national” not “international.” And as you know, the insurance industry, they’re real pushovers; they’d probably say okay in about oh, around the time Congress decides we can be a state. Or vote for President. Jump-ups and fundraisers can only cover a fraction of the bills for a serious illness or accident so be responsible and get some kind of healthcare coverage. That, or become okay with dying—and we’re not being flip or critical by saying this. “Let go and let God” is another way one can choose to deal with life’s tragedies. We will just stand on our soapbox here and shout it shouldn’t be like this. The proud citizens of the USVI, especially those born here, deserve better. Is anyone listening?

_Ella Anderson

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CALENDAR MARCH/APRIL

Mondays

Events n Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Eco Tour of VI National Park 2pm-5pm. Caneel Bay dock. Reservations required. Call Virgin Islands Eco-Tour at (340) 779-2155. n March 5 and 19 Starfish Market & St. John Brewers tasting Cruz Bay, 4-6pm Call for details (340) 715 3663 n The Reef Bay Hike Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays From National Park Visitor’s Center, 9:15am Returning at 3:30pm by boat. Reservations and $30 transportation vouchers from Friends of the Park Store or call (340) 779-8700 MUSIC n March 12 The Groove Thang Concordia, 6:30pm n High Tide Mikey P Cruz Bay, 8pm-11pm n La Tapa Sambacombo Cruz Bay, 6:30pm-9:30pm n Maho Bay Monday night Band Night March 5, 19, 26 n Ocean Grill Chris Carsel Cruz Bay, 6:30pm-9pm

Tuesdays

EVENTS n March 6 Free film night: Proceed and Be Bold Documentary about unternationally recognized printing press artist, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay, 7:30pm n April 3 Free movie night: Milking the Rhino Documentary examining Africa’s deepening conflict between humans and animals in an ever-shrinking world. St. John School of the Arts, Cruz Bay, 7:30pm n Animal Care Center (ACC) Adoption Clinic The Marketplace, Cruz Bay, 11am-1pm. n Starfish Market & Gourmet Wine Tasting Marketplace, Cruz Bay,4:30-7pm. Call for the selection of the day, (340) 779-4949. MUSIC n High Tide Erin Hart Cruz Bay, 6pm-9pm n Island Blues Karaoke and Open Mic Coral Bay, 8pm-11pm n Morgan’s Mango Greg Kinslow Cruz Bay, 6pm-9:30pm

n International Rolex Regatta March 23-25 The area’s oldest and most professional sailing event kicks off the sailing season! On Friday, “Town Races” take the fleet from the St. Thomas Yacht Club to downtown Charlotte Amalie and back; you can see them flying with spinnakers to the finish in the harbor from Marriott Frenchman’s Reef and other high spots. On Sunday, see them in Pillsbury Sound from various high vantage points on STJ and STT too.

n Ocean Grill Rascio on Steel Pan Cruz Bay, 6:30-9pm. n Shipwreck Landing Chris Carsel Coral Bay, 6:30pm-9:30pm. n Spyglass T Bird Cruz Bay, 5pm-8pm

Wednesdays

Events n April 25 St Thomas Carnival Cultural Fair Emancipation Gardens, St. Thomas, 8am n Humane Society No-Flea Boutique This resale shop has new opening hours Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, Nadir Location, St. Thomas, 11am-3pm n Iggies Beach Bar and Grill Cruzan Rum Carnival Extravaganza Buffet at 6:00pm, Music from 7:00pm Show starts at 8:00pm, 340775-1800 ext.2523 n Ocean Grill Wine Tasting Last Wednesday of each month. Taste 4-5 wines paired with appetizers. Tickets can be purchased at the bar. $25 + $5 gratuity. Mongoose Junction. MUSIC n March 14 Dave Gerard and Groove Thang Shipwreck Landing Coral Bay, 8pm-11pm n April 11 Hudson and The HooDoo Cats Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n Aqua Bistro Rascio-Steel Band Coral Bay, 6-8pm. n Coconut Coast Studios St. John Flutes 5:30-7:00pm, (340) 776-6944 n Cruz Bay Prime Sambacombo, Latin Jazz Cruz Bay, 7pm-10pm n High Tide Chris Carsel Cruz Bay, 6pm-9pm n Sun Dog Cafe Lauren, Open Mic Cruz Bay, 7:30-10:30pm n Tickles Dockside Pub Tim West, Open Mic and Karaoke Crown Bay, St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm

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n India Arie Saturday, March 17, 8pm, The Reichold Center, St. Thomas Talented singer-songwriter India Arie sold over 10 million records worldwide and won four Grammy Awards including Best R&B Album but we haven’t heard from her in a while. Let’s see what she’s up to!

Thursdays

Events n Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Eco Tour of VI National Park 2pm-5pm. Caneel Bay dock. Reservations required. Call Virgin Islands Eco-Tour at (340) 779-2155. n March 1-April 28 Friends of the VI National Park Seminar Series Visit www.friendsvinp.org/ seminars for more details! n March 15 - March17 St. Patrick’s Day Special long weekend Joe’s Garage Irish Band from Boston Irish Food and Drink Specials all day and night. Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n April 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 Berlin to Broadway, Music of Kurt Weill Pistarkle Theatre, Tillett Gardens, St. Thomas, 8pm Call (340) 775-7877 for more details n April 26 St. Thomas Carnival J’ouvert Veteran’s Drive, St. Thomas, 4am n World Dance Class by Ananda Nilayam Jackson Complex of Antilles School 6pm-7:30pm, Call Jennie on (340) 643-7758 n Starfish Market & Gourmet Wine Tasting Marketplace, Cruz Bay, 4pm-6pm Call for the selection of the day (340) 715 3663 MUSIC n March 1 Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys Iggies, St. Thomas, 8pm n March 1 Christabel and the Jons, Southern Swing Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n March 8 The Carpetbaggers Iggies, St. Thomas, 8pm n March 8 The Grove Thang Jack’s Bight

Point Pleasant Resort, St. Thomas, 7pm n March 15 The Groove Thang Beach Bar, 9pm n March 22 The Barefoot Davies Band Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n March 29 The Poptarts Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n April 5 Becca Darling and Hot Tunes Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n April 19 Barefoot Davies Band Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n April 26 The Poptarts Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n Banana Deck Lemuel Callwood, Steel Pan Cruz Bay, 6pm-9pm n High Tide Inner Visions, Reggae Cruz Bay, 8pm-11pm n Island Blues Ike, Guitar and Vocals Coral bay, 7pm-10pm n Jack’s Bight Stoli Trippin’ Thursdays Various Artists, 7pm Point Pleasant Resort, St.Thomas n Ocean Grill Chris Carsel Cruz Bay, 6.30pm-9pm n Shipwreck Landing Slammin’ plays “souljazzfunkrockrhythmandblues” Coral Bay, 7-10pm n Skinny Legs Lauren, Guitar and Vocals Coral Bay, 6pm-9pm


Fridays

EVENTS n March 2 Bajo El Sol’s Artist Opening Reception: Avelino Samuel and Kimberly Boulon Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay, 5pm-8pm n March 2 Meet and Greet at Caribbean Fish Market Business Networking Evening Elysian Resort, St. Thomas, 6pm-8pm n March 23-25 39th International Rolex Regatta On Friday 23, between 12:30pm – 1:30pm the boats will be between American Yacht Harbor and Downtown St. Thomas n March 30 “Controlling Chaos with Color” Mixed Media show by W.B. Thompson Mango Tango, 5:30pm-8:30pm, St. Thomas, (340) 777-3060 n April 6 Bajo El Sol’s Artist Opening Reception: Karen Calandra and Denise Wright Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay, 5pm-8pm n April 20 7th Annual Earth Day Environmental Fair Starting with “Litter Stomp Parade” National Park Ball Field, Cruz Bay, 9am-1pm Contact Friends for more information (340) 779-8700 n April 27 St. Thomas Carnival Children’s Parade Main Street, St. Thomas, 10am n Free movie: America’s Best Idea Documentary and Prime Rib Night Maho Bay Camps 5:30pm for food, movie at 8pm n Cultural Evening in the Park Weekly changing showcase of cultural pageantry, Dance and music under the supervision of Dr. Eddie Bruce Cinnamon Bay Amphitheatre, 7:30pm n Donoe Bypass Italian Farmer’s Market Convergence of Skyline, Donoe Road, and Donoe Bypass Road, St. Thomas. 6pm

n Gourmet Gallery Cheese and Wine Tasting Havensight, St. Thomas, 5:30pm-8pm n Starfish Market & Gourmet Wine Tasting Marketplace, Cruz Bay, 4:30-7pm. Call for the selection of the day, (340) 779-4949. MUSIC n March 2 Becca Darling and Hot Tunes, St. Thomas local favorite Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n March 9 Groove Thang Band Heidi’s Honeymoon Grill Water Island, 7pm-10pm n March 16 The ISH Beach Bar, 9 pm n March 16 The Groove Thang Tamarind, 6:30pm n Amigos Dockside Cantina Tim West, Karaoke 8pm-11pm, Red Hook, St. Thomas n Aqua Bistro Steve Sloan, Coral Bay, 5:30-8:30pm n Cinnamon Bay Eddie Bruce, Drum Circle 6:30pm-8pm n Cruz Bay Prime James Cobb, Guitar Cruz Bay, 7pm-10pm n Dog House Pub Live Music, Various Artists Havensight, St. Thomas, 8pm Call (340) 513-7742 for details n Morgan’s Mango Lauren Jones Cruz Bay, 6pm-9:30pm n Ocean Grill T Bird, Guitar and Vocals Cruz Bay, 6:30pm-9pm n Rhumb Lines Erin Hart Cruz Bay, 7pm-10pm n Spyglass James, Guitar Vocals Cruz Bay, 5pm-8pm

n St. Thomas Carnival, 60 Years! March 31 – April 28 St. Thomas’s Carnival (theme: A Celebration for the World to See) is an event rich in culture, music and activities for the young and old. Popular events include j’ouvert, the food fair and the children’s and adult’s parades. For more information visit www.vicarnival.com

Saturdays EVENTS n March 3 The UVI Golden Jubilee Reunion Choir Reichhold Center, St. Thomas 8pm, Call (340) 693-1559 n March 17 St. Patrick’s Day or in Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig n March 17 St. Patty’s Day Party and Parade Molly Malone’s Irish Pub Parade at 11am and party all day n March 17 St. Patty’s Day Party Saturday with Groove Thang Band Beach Bar, 3pm n March 24 Coral Bay Yacht Club Flotilla Music from Inner Visions and beach picnic. Tickets available from Connections or at the beach, children $1,adults $20, $40 for day sail n March 31 - April 28 St. Thomas Carnival For more information visit www.vicarnival.com n April 7 Charity Drive at The Cellar For local charities including Salvation Army, Nana Baby Home, My Brothers Workshop St. Thomas Call (340)715-1442 for more details n April 21 3rd Annual St. John Reef Fest Guided snorkel and kayak tour, hands on educational exhibits, sandcastle building contest and more. Hawksnest Beach, 12pm-5pm n April 28 St. Thomas Carnival Adult’s Parade Main Street, St. Thomas, 10am Fireworks, Charlotte Amalie Harbor, 9pm Calypso Spectakula, Fort Christian Parking Lot, 10pm n Frenchtown Fish Market Gustave Quetel Fish House Frenchtown, St. Thomas 5-8am n Glass Blowing Demo Every Tuesday and Saturday Maho Bay Glass Studio 6:30pm-9:30pm n Saturday Farmer’s Market Western end of Main Street, St. Thomas 4-7:30am MUSIC n March 3 Chris Thompson and Coral Creek Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n March 10 Dave Gerard and The Groove Thang Tickles Dockside Pub, Crown Bay St. Thomas, 7pm-10pm n March 17 India Arie Reichhold Center, St. Thomas 8pm, call (340) 693-1559

n Coral Bay Yacht Club Flotilla Saturday, March 24, noon, Coral Bay, St. John While “Yacht Club” sounds posh, this event isn’t. It’s as St. John as it gets with volunteer sailboats available for the ride over to Vie’s ($40), or tickets to the beach party available at the gate or at Connections ($20). All proceeds benefit the Guy Benjamin school. Music by Inner Visions!

n Cruz Bay Prime James Cobb, Guitar 7pm-10pm n Morgan’s Mango Luba, Cruz Bay, 6pm-9:30pm n Ocean Grill Rascio on Steel Pan, Cruz Bay, 6pm-9:30pm. n Rhumb Lines, Lauren, Guitar and Vocals Cruz Bay, 7pm-10pm n Skinny Legs Hot Club at Coral Bay Coral Bay, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Sundays EVENTS n Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Eco Tour of VI National Park 2pm-5pm. Caneel Bay dock. Reservations required. Call Virgin Islands EcoTour at (340) 779-2155. n March 4 and 20 Yacht Haven Grande Farmer’s Market St. Thomas, 10am-2pm n March 4 St. John Farmer’s Market Lumberyard, Cruz Bay 10am-2pm. Call (340) 776-6706 n March 25 and April 29 We Grow Food Inc. Farmers Market Bordeaux Estate 10am-2pm wgfi_vi@yahoo.com for more details n April 8 Easter Sunday n April 22 Earth Day MUSIC n March 4 The Fiddler. Beach Bar, 5 pm n March 11 The Cat Band. Beach Bar, 5pm n March 11 The Groove Thang Skinny Legs Coral Bay, 6pm

n March 18 Groove Thang Band Beach Bar, 5 pm n March 25 Inner visions Beach Bar, 5pm n Aqua Bistro Lauren Jones Coral Bay, 3:30pm-6:30pm n Beach Bar Various Artists Cruz Bay, 4pm n Miss Lucy’s Jazz brunch Sambacombo Rich Greengold and Eddie Bruce play tropical jazz 10am-2pm. Call first! (340) 693-5244 n Ocean Grill David Laabs on Classical Guitar Cruz Bay, 6:30pm-9pm n Rhumb Lines T-Bird, Guitar 7pm-10pm n Shipwreck Landing Hot Club of Coral Bay Cruz Bay, 6:30pm-9:30pm n Sun Dog Brunch, Dave Laabs, Classical Guitar Cruz Bay, 11am-2pm n Westin Beach Cool Jazz with Rich Greengold 6:30-9:30pm, (340) 693-8000

Do you have an event? Let us know by the 10th of every month to be included in the NEXT month’s events.

n R.I.P St. John Blues Festival Thanks for the memories.


ST. JOHN Restaurant American Continental Aqua Bistro Mediterranean and Italian cuisine with a bar overlooking Coral Bay harbor. Brunch & dinner. Try the wings! Cocoloba Complex. Coral Bay (340) 776-5336 $$ Banana Deck American and tropical cuisine in a casual atmosphere overlooking Cruz Bay. Lunch & dinner. Cruz Bay (340) 693-5055 $$-$$$ The Beach Bar Harbor-side bar menu with salads, sandwiches, burgers and seafood specialties. Lunch & dinner, 11am-11pm. Wharfside Village. Cruz Bay (340) 777-4220 $$ Cafe Livin Open air dining and take out. Breakfast & lunch. Daily. Cruz Bay (340) 228-1977 $ Castaway’s NFL Sunday Ticket, 6 flat screens, bar menu, live music. Great Happy Hour 3-6. Dinner. Cruz Bay (340) 774-9960 $$ Deli Grotto A wide range of breakfast items, sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries. Breakfast & lunch. Opens M-F 7am. Sat & Sun 8am. Cash or check only. Mongoose Junction. Cruz Bay (340) 777-3061 $ Driftwood David’s American and Caribbean cuisine with a wine bar and live music nightly. Lunch & Dinner. The Lumberyard, Cruz Bay (340)777-4015 $$ The Fish Trap American seafood bistro in a casual patio setting and air conditioned bar. Closed Mondays. Dinner. Raintree Court. Cruz Bay (340) 693-9994 $$$$$$$ High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill American cuisine with sandwiches, salads and nightly entrees. Lunch & dinner. Daily. Opens 11am. Wharfside Village. Cruz Bay (340) 714-6169 $$-$$$

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Maho Bay Pavilion Daily changing specials with salad bar at dinner. Breakfast & dinner. Daily 7:309:30am & 5:30-7pm. Maho Bay Campground (340) 776-6226 $$ Mango Deli Sandwiches, Uno’s pizza and Starbucks coffee at the Westin. Breakfast, Lunch & dinner. Westin Resort (340) 693-8000 ext. 1850 $$ Sam and Jack’s Deli Gourmet comfort food, fresh pasta, homemade ice cream. Lunch & dinner take-out 10am7pm. The Marketplace. Cruz Bay (340) 714-3354 $-$$ Skinny Legs Famous charcoal grilled burgers, hot dogs, salads and sandwiches. Lunch & dinner. Coral Bay (340) 779-4982. $$ The Tap Room Pizzas, pretzels and beer in St. John’s only brew pub. Casual atmosphere. Air conditioning, too! Lunch & Dinner. Cruz Bay (340) 715-7775 $ Tree Lizards Restaurant Diverse menu with sandwiches, salads, burgers and nightly meat and seafood entrees. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Cinnamon Bay Campground (340) 776-6330. $$-$$$ The Tourist Trap Homemade tacos and sandwiches in a gorgeous lowkey setting. 11am-sundownish. Closed Sun & Mon. Salt Pond. Coral Bay (340) 774-0912 $$ Woody’s Seafood Saloon Bar-style seafood, burgers and a famous happy hour. Lunch, dinner & late night (after 10pm). Cruz Bay (340) 779-4625. $$

Contemporary & International Café Concordia Variety of entrees including seafood, steaks, local organic greens and vegetables. Incredible views! Concordia Eco-resort above Salt Pond Bay. 4:308:30pm Happy Hour & Dinner. Coral Bay (340) 693-5855 $$.

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Cruz Bay Prime Inventive contemporary steak house cuisine in upscale open-air atmosphere. Dinner only, WedSun. Reservations rec. The Westin (340) 693-8000 $$$$$$$

Shipwreck Landing Eclectic cuisine with a focus on seafood specialties, overlooking Coral Bay. Lunch & dinner. Coral Bay (340) 693-5640 $$$

Spyglass Family style restaurant with open The Equator Restaurant air seating overlooking cruz bay Caribbean fusion cuisine housed with spectacular sunset views. in a restored Sugar Mill. Dinner only. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night. Caneel Bay Resort Wharfside Village. (340) 776-6111 $$$$ Cruz Bay (340) 776-1100 $$-$$$$

Inn at Tamarind Court Breakfast and different specialty nights like Greek and Mexican throughout the week. M-F. Bar only weekends. Cruz Bay (340) 776-6378 $$-$$$

Sun Dog Café Courtyard dining with an eclectic menu of seafood, salads, TexMex, and more. Lunch Daily 11-4:30pm. Dinner M-F 5:30-9pm. Mongoose Junction Cruz Bay (340)693-8340 $-$$

La Plancha Del Mar Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate setting. Wine list and full bar. A/C. Dinner only, 5:30-9:30pm, movie nights on Saturdays. Closed Weds. Mongoose Junction. Cruz Bay (340) 777-7333 $$$-$$$$

Terrace Restaurant Hot and cold buffet with eclectic offerings on Caneel Beach. Lunch & dinner. Caneel Bay Resort (340) 776-6111 $$$$

La Tapa Mediterranean and Spanish inspired cuisine, top-notch service and a nightly changing menu. Dinner only. Cruz Bay (340) 693-7755 $$$-$$$$ The Lime Inn Fresh seafood and grilled items. Oyster Nite is Thurs. 3pm till they’re gone! 1/2 price happy hour 3-5:30. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat. Closed Sundays. Cruz Bay (340) 776-6425 $$$-$$$$

Waterfront Bistro Upscale, French Caribbean themed dining with inventive twists. Lunch & dinner nightly from 5:30-10pm. Wharfside Village. Cruz Bay (340) 777-7755 $$$$

Asian/Fusion Asolare Pan Asian cuisine with a panoramic sunset view overlooking Caneel Hill. Dinner only. Cruz Bay (340) 779-4747 $$$$

Miss Lucy’s Waterfront. International and West Indian cuisine, with a great selection of seafood. Lunch 113pm & Dinner 6-9pm, Tues-Sat. Sun Brunch, with live jazz, 10-2pm. Coral Bay (340) 693-5244 $$$

Fatty Crab Southeast Asian fusion with local ingredients incorporated. Tues-Sat, 5-10pm. Smoke-out Sun noon-10pm. Happy hour 5-7. Cruz Bay (340) 775-9951 $$$

Morgan’s Mango South American and Caribbeaninspired cuisine, grilled steak and lobster nights. Dinner only. Daily 5:30pm. Next to Mongoose Junction. Cruz Bay (340) 693-8141 $$$-$$$$

Lucky Bamboo A wide selection of Chinese dishes and authentic Vietnamese Pho. Lunch and Dinner, 11am8pm. The Lumberyard Cruz Bay (340) 7 74-9900 $-$$

Ocean Grill Upscale California cuisine with island flavor, served in an openair courtyard. Serving Lunch & dinner. Mongoose Junction. Cruz Bay (340) 693-3304 $$$$

Rhumb Lines Pacific Rim cuisine in a casual chic outdoor atmosphere. Lunch & dinner, Sunday brunch. Closed Tuesday. Cruz Bay (340) 776-0303 $$$

Barbeque Barefoot Cowboy Lounge Mesquite smoked pork and brisket barbeque. The Lumberyard. M-F 11am-10pm. Cruz Bay (340) 244-8888 $ Candi’s Barbeque Classic barbeque dishes and daily specials. Ask for the Jerk Sauce! Lunch & dinner. Cash only. Near the Marketplace Cruz Bay (340) 779-1452 $ Uncle Joe’s Bar-B-Q Barbeque chicken, ribs and a variety of side dishes. Lunch & dinner. Cash only. Cruz Bay (340) 693-8806 $$

Coffee, Breakfast & Bakery Baked in the Sun Bakery serving breakfast and lunch sandwiches, eggs, salads and pastries. Breakfast and lunch. Closed Sundays. Cruz Bay (340) 693-8786 $ C&D Bakery Bakery serving pastries, ice cream, milkshakes and rolls. Breakfast & lunch. Cash only. The Lumberyard. Cruz Bay (340) 776-6675 $ Donkey Diner Full breakfast/brunch daily, 8am1pm. Hand-thrown pizzas Sun, Wed, Fri noon-8pm. Coral Bay (340) 693-5240. $-$$ Every ‘Ting Coffee shop serving cappuccinos, lattes, pastries, bagels and island souvenirs. Full menu until 2pm, open ‘til 8pm. Gallows Point. Cruz Bay (340) 693-7730. $ Full Moon Cafe & Shop Swing into Coccoloba’s newest spot for espresso, mate, fresh juices, sandwiches and pastries. Coral Bay (340)774-9033 $ Jake’s Look down on Cruz Bay from this great spot for breakfast before noon, and sandwiches after. Open 7am-4am. The Lumberyard complex. Cruz Bay (340) 777-7115. $-$$


Directory Papaya Cafe Coffee, beverages, pastries. The Marketplace. Cruz Bay (340) 779-2665 $

Italian & Pizza Café Roma Italian dining with wood-fired pizzas, pastas, salads and entrees. Dinner only. Daily 5pm. Cruz Bay (340) 776-6524 $$$ da Livio Authentic Italian cuisine in a modern setting. Dinner only. Nightly. Next to Conrad Sutton. Cruz Bay (340) 779-8900 $$$

Joe’s Rum Hut Great American fare and pizza served seaside, daily specials & homemade soup. Lunch and Dinner. Daily 11am-10pm Wharfside. Cruz Bay (340) 775-5200 $ Ronnie’s Pizza Pizza parlor with New York-style pizza and sandwiches for lunch and dinner. M-F 129pm, Sat 4-9pm, closed Sun. Delivery after 6pm. Boulon Center. Cruz Bay (340) 693-7700 $ Roaryal Abeba Health Food & Lounge All natural vegan dishes and Italian food choices. Daily, 12-9pm. Cruz Bay (340) 677-0497 $-$$

Lone Star Taqueria Fast take-out Mexican cuisine. Tacos, nachos and assorted plates. Breakfast & lunch. Cash only. The Marketplace. Cruz Bay (340) 714-Taco (8226). $ Margarita Phil’s Tex-Mex, seafood specialties and giant margaritas. Lunch & dinner. Cruz Bay (340) 693-8400. $$$

Local West Indian Clean Plates @ Sputnicks Authentic Jamaican and local Caribbean flavors served along with fresh local fruit juices. Menu changes daily. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Daily 8am-8pm. Coral Bay (340) 775-7373 $$ Forward to Your Roots Traditional, 100% vegetarian cuisine. Lunch. M-F. Base of Contant Point, past the basketball courts. Cruz Bay $ Hercules Pate Delight Traditional West Indian Pates, Open Daily 5am -until... Across from the Lumberyard, Cruz Bay (340) 344-2156 $ P&P Specializing in West Indian roti, this secluded restaurant also has a view of the water. Very reasonable prices. Lunch. Dinner by reservation only. Frank Bay $-$$

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Sogo’s West Indian and American cuisines. Lunch and dinner. Mon-Sat. Cruz Bay (340) 779-4404 $$ Sweet Plantains West Indian, East Indian and Caribbean cuisine in a funky bistro atmosphere. Dinner only. Tues-Sat. Coral Bay (340) 777-4653 $$$$$$$ Vie’s Snack Shack Small West Indian menu: conch fritters, garlic fried chicken and beach access. Lunch only. TuesSat, 10-5pm. Cash only. Hansen Bay. East End (340) 693-5033 $$ Windy Level West Indian menu, by chef Carryn Powell, located just outside of Cruz bay. Mon-Sat 6:30 am to 10:30 p.m. Cash only. Route 10 (340) 715-2000 $-$$

Eat, drink...then take a taxi. Ice Cream & Smoothies Columbo’s Cafe A great selection of blended smoothies as well as hot dogs and beer. At the intersection of Centerline and North Shore Road. (340) 715-5227 $

Cool Desires Great ice cream and fresh made smoothies! Daily noon-10pm. Cash only. Near Mongoose. Cruz Bay (340) 643-5874 $ i scream! Ice cream parlor serving soft serve ice cream, shakes, sundaes, smoothies. Cruz Bay (340) 998-1217 $ Our Market Smoothie and ice cream stands across from the National Park Ferry dock. Cash only. Cruz Bay (340) 776-0111 $

Grocery & Specialty Markets 1st Stop Market Good selection of grocery items as well as rain ponchos, disposable cameras, and other non-food items. Open 7am-11pm. Raintree Court, Cruz Bay (340) 777-7867

Bayside Mini Market Small market well-stocked with grocery items. Often offering a selection of fresh local fruit. Open 7am-11pm Cruz Bay (340) 779-4011 Dolphin Market Supermarket. Open until 11pm. Cruz Bay (340) 776-5322. The Fish Trap Seafood Market A wide variety of fresh seafood and pre-made seafood specialties. Open 12-6pm. Cruz Bay (340) 693-9994. Lily’s Market Market selling fresh produce, specialty items, deli counter, ATM. Cocoloba Complex. Coral Bay (340) 777-3335. Love City Mini-Mart Supermarket selling fresh produce, grocery items. Cruz Bay and Coral Bay (340) 693-5790 Pine Peace Mini Mart Local produce, selection of wine and alcohol, as well as household needs and grocery items. South Shore Rd. Cruz Bay (340) 693-8725 St. John Spice Spice shop selling teas, hot sauces, spice mixes and souvenirs. Next to ferry dock. Cruz Bay (340) 693-7046

Zozo’s Ristorante High-end Northern Italian menu with ocean views from the dining room and bar. Dinner only, closed Sundays. Gallows Point Resort. Cruz Bay (340) 693-9200 $$$$

St. John Market Supermarket with good selection of ethnic, gourmet, and organic ingredients. 8am-10:30pm, daily. Greenleaf Commons, across from the Westin. Cruz Bay (340) 779-1808

Latin and Mexican

Starfish Market & Gourmet Supermarket selling sandwiches, cold salads, hot food. Next door is the Gourmet market. Open ‘til 9pm. The Marketplace. Cruz Bay (340) 779-4949

Cactus on the Blue Mexican with seafood specials, and nearly waterfront dining. Dinner only. Bar open ‘til 11pm. Cruz Bay (340) 693-8515. $$-$$$ JJ’s Texas Toast Café Tex Mex fare, breakfast, burgers and sandwiches. Breakfast & lunch. Cruz Bay (340) 776-6908 $$

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ST. T H OM AS Restaurant DI Bistro Epernay Wine and Champagne Bar A tiny, cozy grown-up bar that serves excellent food too! MonSat., open late. (340) 774-5348. $-$$ XO Bistro A casual bistro and wine bar, chill atmosphere, great lunch. Lunch served Mon– Sat., dinner MonSun. Red Hook (340) 779-2069 $-$$ Northside Bistro Expansive ocean view, an onsite brewery, many veg entrees and live music nightly.dinner: MonSat. Northside (340) 775-5098. $$

Continental/ American Blue Orchid On the grounds of the St. Peter Greathouse, with a stunning mountaintop view. Classic American. Surprisingly reasonable! Northside (340) 774-4999 $$$ Sunset Grille NEW The newest offering from well-known STT resto group Blue Shore Grill, this one is seaside at Secret Harbour and serves creative American classics. Breakfast 7am-11am, Dinner 5:30-10pm East End. $-$$$ Old Stone Farmhouse Special Night Out Central and #1 for St. Thomas on Tripadvisor. Fine dining, exotic meats (kangaroo?) steakhouse and seafood dinner only, closed Tuesdays. Mahogany Run Golf Course (340) 777-6277. $$$ The Cellar A boisterous, friendly spot we’d describe as an upscale American gastropub featuring seafood and steaks, and great small plates. dinner nightly, Red Hook (340) 715-1442. $$$$$

Jack’s Bight NEW Famous for their wings, Jack’s has relocated from Tillett to Point Pleasant. Waterfront. Always open! Sunday brunch. East End. (340) 776.9464 $

Havana Blue A hip restaurant specializing in Latin-tinged seafood with an oceanfront setting at The Marriott Frenchman’s Reef (340) 715-2583 $$$

Mafolie Sitting high above Charlotte Amalie harbor, it’s a solid resto but people go for the fantastic sunset view.open daily. Downtown $$

Thirteen Small and out of the way but recognized for creativity, excellence and a great wine list. call for hours Northside (340) 774-6800. $$

Oceana Watch the seaplanes land as you dine in the former Russian Embassy. Lovely! Eclectic continental, Open for Dinner Tues-Sun. Waterfront in Frenchtown $$$

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Room with a View High on the hill at Bluebeard’s Castle, everyone goes for the view and the sunset Happy Hour (5-7pm) at the bar with $5 apps and wine. Mon-Sat. 5pm-12am Charlotte Amalie 340-774-2377. $$ The Grille at Mahogany Run A sweet spot overlooking the golf course, you can dine inside or out. Lighter fare shines. TuesSun. 11am-9pm, (340) 777-6250 x1241 $-$$

Eclectic Craig and Sally’s

Menu changes daily. Sit at the dark tapas bar and order everything from mac & cheese to eggplant cheesecake Lunch: Wed-Fri. Dinner: Wed-Sun. Closed Mon. and Tues Frenchtown (340) 777-9949 $$

Grand Cru Yacht Haven Grande’s most upscale resto in a chic waterfront setting. Amazing wine selection and interesting multi-culti entrees and small plates. lunch and dinner daily Havensight (340) 0774 -7263. $-$$

Chez Le Caribe

NEW In the old Herve location, and still a lot like Herve, it seems (not a bad thing!). The warm spinach salad is still on the menu. Lunch, Mon-Fri., dinner, Mon-Sat. 340-775-2439 $$$

Italian/Pizza Virgilio’s Lavish, baroque surroundings, N. Italian cuisine, impeccable service and a tiramisu we hear is on par with tiramisu anywhere. Mon-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm; Sun 5-10:30pm. Downtown (340) 776-4920 $$$$$ Romano’s Trattoria and Art Gallery Authentic Northern Italian, large portions, reasonable prices. MonSat, dinner only. East End (340) 775-0045 $$-$$$


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DIRECTORY Latin/Mexican Looney Bien

Eclectic Mexican with a $2 taco happy hour. Wed-Mon 11am-10pm Frenchtown 340-777-TACO. $

Senor Frog’s The chain restaurant has a raucous rep (and a pool) but the food is solidly satisfying and not just Mexican. open daily 10am-1am Havensight (340) 777-3764. $-$$

Seafood Caribbean Fish Market NEW At the Elysian resort, serving fresh seafood (duh). Dinner nightly. East End $$ Mim’s Known for her lobster, it’s right on the water. Near Bolongo/East End, open daily for lunch and dinner. Bolongo/East End (340) 7752081. $$-$$$$ Fish Tails Our favorite “wait for the ferry/ barge spot,” it serves up fresh unpretentious seafood. Love the smoked fish spread! open daily 7am-10pm. Red Hook (340) 714-3188. $-$$

Pesce A new-ish upscale italian pasta and seafood place in red hook. Open for lunch and dinner, Red Hook (340)714-7874. $$-$$$

Sushi/Asian Enkai Sushi Amazingly creative sushi rolls on the waterfront. Lunch: Wed-Fri. Dinner Tues-Sat. Frenchtown. (340)-774-6254 (MAKI) $$ Great Bay Lounge/Ritz Carlton The sushi bar is a tiny part of the resort but worth seeking out for the exceptional quality. Ritz Carlton $$-$$$ Peking Tokyo Chinese, always fresh and tasty, and with humungous portions! Mon–Sat 11am - 10pm, Sun. 5-10pm Red Hook (340) 779-733 $ Chopstix NEW Thai/Vietnamese! The only one on either island, we think. Vitraco Park Mall, Open daily 11am-10pm. Havensight. (340) 777-CHOP $ Coco Blue

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Creative island-inspired fare including sushi at American Yacht Harbor. dinner nightly. Red Hook (340) 774-7253. $-$$

This isn’t the most affordable rock in the sea, but there are some great deals around town and some really nice people behind them. The Sun Times is here to help you find them and to soothe your sticker shock. Restaurants How do they do it all in that tiny shack? Cafe Livin is the a new breakfast and lunch spot in Cruz Bay offering “to go” style fare (but there are a few outdoor tables for dining). And talk about deals! For $10 you can get a Philly cheese steak pita wrap, a gyro pita wrap, or a Greek salad. Breakfast has a $5.50 BLT and a $5 breakfast sandwich (two fried eggs and cheese on a biscuit or English muffin). Oh, and those bloody Marys with the houseinfused vodka and the house-pickled asparagus are only six little ones! Wharfside Village (340) 228-1977. La Plancha is paradisimo From 5-6pm La Plancha has half priced appetizers Monday through Friday. The $3 sangrias wash the apps down in style. Movie Nights every Saturday (with themed menu to match the movie! What fun!) are a steal at $40. Mongoose Junction (340) 777-6363. WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? Well to get to Candi's BBQ of course. A $10 bill gets you half a chicken and a plate of sides at this roadside diner just before the Marketplace. Check out the new jerk flavored sauce--it has a kick and it is certified yum. It is hard to beat Uncle Joe's rib sauce,but the chicken eaters favor Candi. Cruz Bay (340) 779-1452. SPEAKING OF JOE'S Uncle Joe's Bar-B-Q recently started full-service dining--like, a waiter comes over with a menu and waits on you. I know! Crazy! New reasonably-priced items on the menu too. It's sweet, check it out. Cruz Bay near the Post Office, (340) 6938806.

HOWEVER YOU FEEL ABOUT THE “GIRLS” Over at Hooters, the food is good and on Monday nights it’s all you can eat chicken wings for $9.99. Hooters, Havensight, St. Thomas. (340) 693-WING.

Bars THE HAPPIEST OF HAPPY HOURS Your $1 is not going to go much further than Woody's Seafood Saloon--join everybody else for a domestic beer or a well drink from 3-6p.m. If the sun bothers you, the deal is pretty much the same over at Castaways. High Tide is at sea level and has $2 Banks beer and $4 rum punch from 3-7pm. The Lime Inn does 1/2 price drinks from 3-5:30 and you can get the bar menu (starting at $2!) till 5pm. It’s $3 Margaritas and Cruzan drinks, $2 assorted beers, $1 wings and 2 for $5 tacos, all with a gorgeous elevated view of Pillsbury Sound at Spyglass from 3-6pm. Driftwood David’s has happy hour ALL day on Tuesday and Wednesday through Saturday from 3-6 with $2 beers, $3wells, and $4 frozen concoctions, it’s beckoning us all. They have great food specials to boot, like: $6 8oz burgers, $5 loaded hot dogs and ½ rack of baby back ribs for $6. Finally, the Gecko Gazebo starts their 2-for-1 happy hour at 4:20 and it goes till 5:30 (weekdays). Over in St. Thomas in Red Hook, they are just as happy at Amigos Dockside Cantina. They have happy hour from 3-6pm daily with $2 tacos and $4 margaritas.

Nothing to pupu Rhumb Lines’ pupu menu portions are big enough to make a meal out of. Spicy noodle bowls, rolls and finger food all for $6 or under. Cruz Bay (340) 776-0303

Fatboys (Red Hook) is happy every day from 3-7pm with $2 wells and appetizer specials.

BARGAIN BANANA SPLITS New ice cream stand in the Sputnik complex next to Donkey Diner. A big banana split cost just five bucks. If you are living the twelve volt lifestyle out in the harbor, that is just about heaven!

And it's always a good idea to eat while you drink, folks!

HERCULES IS BACK! After a terrible fire last year, Hercules has rebuilt his restaurant and is back in business. Stop in and ask him what’s cookin’ because there is no written menu, just awesome local cuisine prepared fresh daily and all for under ten bucks. For breakfast he has Johnny Cakes for $1. Pates of salt fish or beef for $3.50, and a small lunch plate is $7. Come on Thursday for lunch and get a large platter for only $6--a big deal! Across from The Lumberyard. Open daily 5am until. (340) 344-2156. get on this burrito and ride! At the Lone Star Taqueria on the second floor of the Marketplace, stop in for a $2.50 soft beef or chicken taco. Ay Caramba! Cruz Bay, (340) 714-TACO.

Fish Tails Bar & Grill, also in Red Hook, has a 2 for 1 happy hour 3-6pm. Woody's (340) 779-4625, Castaways (340) 715-3361, Lime Inn (340) 776-6425, Spyglass (340) 776-1100, Driftwood David’s (340) 777-4015 Gecko (340) 693-8340. All are in Cruz Bay. Amigos Dockside Cantina (340) 775-1270, Fatboys (340) 777-4275, Fish Tails Bar & Grill 340-714-3188. All are in Red Hook, St. Thomas.

PLACES TO GO FREE WIFI! National Park Playing Field - come watch the boats while you surf the web. Courtesy of Jason at Computer Express. Aqua Bistro - Convenient location in the hear t of Cocoloba shopping center. High Tide- Have a cocktail while you catch up on all your emails. Tap Room- It’s 45 minutes free in the A /C but after that it’s $4 an hour. But it’s a fa st connection!


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This exclusive three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath villa offers an incredibly elegant retreat, just moments from Cruz Bay and stunning National Park beaches. Take a short walk down to Klein Bay, a secluded pebble beach with excellent snorkeling, or enjoy a relaxing day at home, lounging by the pool or unwinding in the hot tub. Every beautifully decorated bedroom is air-conditioned and offers great views over Rendezvous Bay. The expansive decks provide great outdoor living spaces – perfect for an al fresco meal at sunset. Catered To Vacation Homes (800) 424-6641 www.cateredto.com

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Tango Mare offers stunning 180-degree ocean views from a spacious single-level floor plan. This gorgeous home has four private, air-conditioned bedroom suites, each with its own outdoor shower and private ocean-view patio. The magnificent great room includes a gourmet kitchen, dining area and living area, and an expansive patio curves around the waterfall-edge pool. Enjoy a cocktail at the poolside bar while watching the moon rise out of the sea. Catered To Vacation Homes (800) 424-6641 www.cateredto.com

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Located in the exclusive Virgin Grand Estates, Vista Caribe is an elegant fully air conditioned villa with large pool and expansive decks. Ideal for families this villa has 3 bedrooms which are accessed from the interior of the house. A separate pod with a king sized bed and kitchenette offer options to families and couples travelling together alike. Vista Caribe represents a tasteful blend of classic Caribbean architecture with all of the comforts of a luxurious, modern home this villa will provide you with the vacation of a lifetime. Catered To Vacation Homes (800) 424-6641 www.cateredto.com

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“The perfect place to feel human again.” Many honeymooners, families and couples seek St. John for their romantic getaway and wedding destination. Hillcrest Guest House has five (5) vacation rental suites with ocean views, complimentary menu, beach equipment, a/c and free Wi-Fi. For hot discounts & details: www.HillcrestStJohn.com or call, 340-776-6774 or cell 340-998-8388.

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VILLA KINJA Kinja is a new 2BR air-conditioned villa with 2 king master suites with outdoor stone showers overlooking Cruz Bay, just 10 minutes from Trunk Bay and other great beaches. Enter through the large outdoor playa to this professionally decorated living area with marble countertops and tile floors. Enjoy the huge lanai with million dollar views and fabulous sunsets over the beautiful blue water and St. Thomas or relax in your own private pool. www.stjohnproperties.net/villas/villas_kinja.html

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w e i v r e t n I s e The Sun Tim HERMON SMITH reprinted from August 6th, 2008 at Ocean Grill What are you doing today? Hiding from the rain and enjoying the ambience here at Ocean Grill. I’ve got my favorite seat. I think they should put my name on it. What’s on thing you know about St. John for sure? My impression is that it has a lot of natural resources that people should be able to relate to. There’s so much forest here compared to other islands. Also, when I came here 30 years ago, most people who lived here were retired. Now, people are coming here to make money on the resources. It seemed that before, the people who came here already had money. Always... Cultivate and pass on a reverence for nature and culture. I’m a farmer by heart and I respect the land we have here. I wish for the people of St. John to appreciate what they have. This place has so much. I love the rocks, the trees, everything. Never... Take a handout. There’s no reason that everyone can’t get along for themselves. We have to make our own way here and the island provides what we need. But I do think it’s important to give to others. What are you proudest of? My daughter. I think she’s a good person and she practives honesty and politeness. I’m also proud of her art. I do what I love and I always have. If I had my choice, I would like to educate people about the plants around us. It would be nice if we helped one another out like we used to do here. From the Editor: St. John lost Hermon, artist and amateur horticulturist, to cancer last month. His illness was short-lived and we know he would have considered it just a case of nature taking it’s course. He loved all plants--ALL plants, in all of their imperfect glory--and he loved lignum vitae especially, his medium of choice. As we release you back to nature, friend, know that we will miss you just the same.

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SUGGESTIONS FERRY SCHEDULES

PASSENGER FERRY

FOR OUR VISITORS

Life on St. John is wonderful, and it can be even more so, if you understand one thing:

It all comes down to

St. Thomas Ferries leave every hour on the hour. From Cruz Bay to Red Hook Crossing takes 20 min. Allow for at least 60 min. via taxi to airport. Departing from Cruz Bay: hourly 6am-11pm Departing from Red Hook: 7:30am & then hourly from 8am-12am

From Cruz Bay to Charlotte Amalie Crossing is 45 minutes. Charlotte Amalie is 1 mile from the airport Departing from Cruz Bay: 8:45am, 11:15am, 3:45pm. Departing from Charlotte Amalie: 10am, 1pm, and 5:30pm.

CAR BARGES

Car barges go between Enighed Pond, Cruz Bay and Red Hook. From Cruz Bay Mon-Fri: A barge leaves every 30 minutes from 5:30am to 6pm. Exceptions: There is an extra boat at 6:15am, and there are no boats at 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Sat: A barge leaves every 30 minutes from 6am to 6pm. Exceptions: There are no boats at 6:30am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. Sun: A barge leaves every 30 minutes from 7am to 6pm. Exceptions: There are no boats at 8am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. N.B.: St. John rental cars are not allowed on the barges to St. Thomas. There is limited AM service on holidays. From Monday to Friday “Mister B” and “the General” are more expensive than the other boats. Buying a round-trip ticket may be less expensive but you must return on that same barge. You will have to back your own car onto the barge.

BVI FERRY SCHEDULE

You will need a passport if you are traveling to the BVIs. To Tortola

Returning from Tortola

Departing from St.John: 8:30am, 11:30am, 3:30pm - Sat.-Thurs. 8:30am, 11:30am, 5pm - Friday

9:15am, 12:15pm, 4:15pm Sat.-Thurs. 9:15am, 12:15pm, 5:30pm - Friday

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Respect for others’ state of mind If you remember one thing, remember this: start every interaction with “good morning,” “good afternoon,” or “good evening.” It is culturally very very important here to have a brief personal interchange before requesting anything else. Try it! It can be hard to remember at first, but you’ll get the hang of it! You may even grow to like it.

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And some helpful hints... Driving – We drive on the left here! Shoulder to shoulder. There’s no reason to drive faster than 20mph, but if you are enjoying the views and moving slowly, please make good use of the turnouts along the roadside. HITCHHIKING - We hitchhike with our index finger here, not our thumb!

Respect for the body The island can be rather conservative, and it’s just not acceptable to wear your bathing suit in public places, or if you are a man, to be shirtless in public. Save it for the beach!

Food – The little blond ants are cute, but you don’t want their company every day. Do not leave any food out, and when in doubt, put it in the refrigerator (you’d be surprised what ants can get into!).

Respect for others’ sensibilities Maybe it offends you, maybe it doesn’t, but cursing in public is not generally acceptable here.

Stomachaches –­ Most residents use bottled water or filter their water before drinking it. Cistern water is sketchy.

Respect for the environment Very important: conserve water! We depend heavily on rainwater and we don’t always get enough, so turn water off and on when brushing teeth, washing dishes, and even taking showers in the dry season. Also, you can recycle aluminum cans (please crush and rinse) at the various bright green recycling bins around the island!

Bathroom – Related to water conservation: flush only when you need to. We will leave it at that. Also, as the SEPTIC systems can be very sensitive–only flush toilet paper. And DO NOT flush if there is a power outage; this can cause big problems that you really don’t want to deal with on your vacation!

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Respect for culture Life is slower here and while things do get done, they may take a little longer than you’re used to. For true: getting upset makes things much worse.

Zoning Out – Our visitors sometimes wander into the road, blissed out by the beauty of St. John…. Enjoy yourself, obviously, but please be cognizant of cars trying to pass. If there’s a sidewalk or a path, please use it; if there’s no path, please be careful!

(Fri., Sat. & Sun. only) Departing from St. John 8:30am, 2:20pm Returning from Jost Van Dyke 9:15am, 3:00pm

Virgin Gorda

Anegada (MWF only)

(Thursday and Sunday only) Departing from STJ: 8:30am Returning from VG: 3:00pm

From Road Town, Tortola: 7am & 3:30pm To Road Town, Tortola: 8:30am & 5pm

Ferry Company Contact Info Inter-Island Boat Services: (340) 776-6597 Transportation Services of St. John (340) 776-6282 Varlack Ventures: (340) 776-6412 Native Son: (340) 775-7292 Smith Ferry Services: (340) 775-7292 Global Marine: (340) 779-1739

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