Posts Categorized: General Interest

A Bittersweet Thanksgiving for Displaced St. John Families

Bittersweet St. John Thanksgiving

Becky Ward will be home on St. John for Thanksgiving, but it’s a homecoming tinged with heartache. Though she; her partner, Patrick Rooney; and their two-year-old daughter, Hazel are returning, Patrick’s 10-year-old son, Jack, is staying behind in Virginia where he is now living with his Mom and grandparents and is enrolled in a new school…. Read more »

UPDATE: Nov 13 Results of Water Quality Testing at St.John Beaches

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Here are the latest risk levels on St.John beaches as of November 13th, provided by Love City Strong and the Surfrider Foundation. This post also contains the original press release with the October 31st water quality results.  Please heed recommendations for safe swimming.       —————————————————————- OCTOBER 31ST PRESS RELEASE FROM: SURFRIDER FOUNDATION AND… Read more »

Update From St.John Community Foundation

Cruz Bay Park post Irma:Maria

St. John CommUNITY Update – 10/26/17 This update is brought to St. Johnians by Love City Strong, The St. John Community Foundation, Coral Bay Community Council, St John Rescue, Virgin Islands Relief Fund, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Help.NGO‘s DIRT. Curfew update: 11p-5a until November 2. Party in the park!… Read more »

The Plight of the Famed Coral Bay Donkeys

Coral Bay Donkey

Although Coral Bay, St. John has been utterly devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria, there is no question that this resilient Caribbean town will spring back better and stronger than ever. Scratch below the surface of the bayside bars and snorkel tour outfits and you will find a cowboy spirit as tough and independent as… Read more »

6 Ways to Use Your Unique Abilities to Rebuild the Virgin Islands

Hurricane Irma Maria Virgin Islands Senator Janelle Sarauw

We all react differently in a disaster. Some hit the ground running. Within minutes, action-types are doing something to help. If not clearing roads or checking on injured neighbors, these first responders are making plans to get the basic necessities to the affected. Others step back to reflect, nurture, and plan. These organizers are our… Read more »

Private School Needs Help to Cover Free Hurricane Tuitions

Hurricane Irma Maria Kids and Families

The opening of Gifft Hill School to all kids offers more than just education, it allows parents to get back to the work of rebuilding the island. By Andrea Milam Tuesday, September 5, should have been the first day of school for St. John children. Instead, that day was spent in a terrifying rush as… Read more »

A Contrast in Colors – Focusing on beauty and resilience in the aftermath of the storms.

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Savanna Goodman is a Pennsylvania native who has been living in the VI for the past 7 years. She describes herself as an eccentric with a unique point a view, a trait that has served her well as the owner of Alternate Aspect Photography and the idea person, coordinator and photographer behind the Our colors Will Not… Read more »

St. John Hurricane Recovery Update: 9.27.17 SJCF-VOAD

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“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success” We are working on expanding strong partnerships with dedicated teams on the ground and in the states so we can identify each partner’s strengths and needs in the unified mission of helping St. John recover and rebuild. By sharing the tasks we will… Read more »

 State of St.John: Hurricane Irma/Maria Recovery Update From SJCF-VOAD 9.26.2017 

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“Today is better than it was yesterday.”  … and this momentum, even if it feels like “going back to square one” or starting over, this is an opportunity to not simply fix what is broken, but to try again at giving the island what it truly needs with the support, knowledge and desire to make it even… Read more »

Irma/Maria UPDATE: SJCF-VOAD Report 9.23.17

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The main message from all community meetings today was – conserve fuel, conserve fuel, conserve fuel!  *Information contained in this article is copied with permission directly from SJCF Director Celia Kalousek’s report 9.23.201 Can you hear me now??? Communications improving with more community wifi and hotspots being activated. The trees are beginning to bloom. People are… Read more »

 State of St.John Hurricane Irma and Maria Update From STCF 9.22.2017 

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Together we Rise! St. John Strong is not just a catchy phrase, it captures the spirit of our community, but even the strong need support to recover from a disaster like this. This is a team effort and boy what a team that has come together! *Information contained in this article is copied with permission directly… Read more »

St. John Rescue Press Conference Notes 9.13.17

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Spokespeople:      Jonathan Shames – St. John Rescue Relief President      Margaret Pokorny – Wife of St. John Rescue worker Attending Journalists:      Huffington Post       Wall Street Journal  Jonathan Shames – St. John Rescue Relief President’s Statement   St. John Relief has brought in Global Disaster, secured a MediVac helicopter, but has been overwhelmed with rescue asks. They… Read more »

St. Croix Hero Cindy Clearwater Steps up in the Wake of Hurricane Irma Catastrophe

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As communications crackle back to life in St. John, USVI, you can almost hear the island residents take a deep sigh of relief. It will be short lived. This tiny island has taken the worst hit by Hurricane Irma as far as sheer devastation is concerned. Three out of every five homes have been destroyed…. Read more »

St. John Irma Relief Update 9.11.17

St. John Hurricane Irma Global DIRT arrive

Residents of St. John – on island and off – continue their massive community effort of pulling together to save, feed and shelter one another in classic Love City spirit but say they still desperately need help from the federal government for security, food, water, gas, medicine, equipment and more.   So many reports coming… Read more »

Update on St. John Hurricane Irma Relief: How to Help Find Loved Ones on Love City

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*This article was originally published on 9/9/2017, and will be updated continuously for accuracy and new developments.* LOVE CITY STRONG AND RESILIENT Today was a good day,  folks. More than just a Cat 5 has come our way. Love City is also receiving Cat 10 LOVE and support from world class search and rescue teams,… Read more »

Hurricane Irma Relief for St. John in the US Virgin Islands: How You Can Help

Devastation from Hurricane Irma on Gifft Hill area of St. John

*This article was originally published on 9/8/2017. It was last updated at 12:30 am EST on 9/11, and will be updated continuously for accuracy and new developments.* We’ve put together this article to consolidate accurate, locally-sourced information on how you can help the Hurricane Irma relief efforts on St. John, US Virgin Islands. Several different… Read more »