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Events, Activities or Occasions occuring or related to the Virgin Islands

West African Dance Class @UVI

Looking for a way to reconnect with yourself in the company of friends and music? West African Dance classes start 6:30pm Tuesdays at the University of the Virgin Islands Wellness Center with Mama Azia!!

Azia Suleiman moved to St. Thomas from California almost one year after visiting for the first time. Her family instantly fell in love with the culture, the environment and the people while on that short visit. They said they’d be back and they’re here to give back!

She’s already started by doing free demonstrations in the community and offering West African Dance classes is just one more way to help us rebuild.

So drummers, dancers and those who just love to be around the rhythm of our culture can reconnect with themselves and each other 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the University of the Virgin Islands Wellness Center.

Bordeaux Vegan AgFair Jan 14 POSTPONED-Ag in Recovery Market Planned

21st Annual Bordeaux Farmers Agricultural & Cultural Vegan Food Fair HAS BEEN POSTPONED until further notice.

INSTEAD…

Jan 14 from 10am until 4pm We Grow Food, Inc. will present “Agriculture in Recovery” 2nd Sunday Market at the Bordeaux Farmers Market, St. Thomas, VI

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Postponed Fair Details:

Adults $3 Seniors/Military & Youth $2

Live Local Entertainment

Make and Take Arts & Crafts at the Family Activity Center

Follow @wegrowfoodinc on Facebook & Instagram #wegrowfoodinc

Call 340-727-6684

Convos with SBA & FEMA

BREAKING NEWS! SBA Application deadline extended to Jan 8th #IrMaria #LOAN #USVI Watch here for the latest interview Sunday afternoon

Open Conversations with SBA & FEMA @WUVI

Part 1 of Conversations with SBA at WUVIPart 2 with SBA & FEMA will be on Tuesday, Dec 5th at 11amVisit: www.sba.gov/disaster Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)See topics discussed below:USVI Disaster Recovery CentersSt. Thomas:1) Tutu Park Mall (near Food Court & Post Office entrance)2) Old Scotiabank at the waterfront, 81 CC&DD Kronprindsens Gade3) Bordeaux Farmers Market, 109 Estate Bordeaux4) SBDC at Nisky Center (this is a Business Recovery Center so FEMA is not there)St. John:1) Cruz Bay: VI Legislature building near the ferry dock2) Coral Bay: Town & Country Building, 8-1 Estate EmmausSt. Croix:1) St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 38-44 Castle Coakley2) Rotary Club West, 40KA-KD Estate Lagrange3) Old post office building at Church & Company Street, Christiansted4) Fire Captain Rencelliar I.Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel #1 Estate Cotton Valley, East EndTOPICS DISCUSSED:· The SBA Disaster Assistance Program is not just for Businesses.· What’s the difference between FEMA and SBA disaster assistance?· If FEMA refers me to SBA what should I do? I don’t want a loan.· If someone has already registered with FEMA do they need to register with SBA?· How many damage inspectors can I expect to contact me? · Have a good idea what your losses are. what rooms damaged; % loss;· How will SBA contact me?· I got a letter from SBA, but I’m not sure what it means?· I’ve already been to the Disaster Recovery Center and I’ve been on the phone on hold and I’m still not sure of the status of my application?· I received a notification indicating that my application has been withdrawn. What does that mean?· I received a letter indicating that my application was denied?· I haven’t filed my 2016 Tax return. Is that a problem?· I’m not sure how to answer the inspectors questions regarding the damage. Be clear about how the damage occurred. Be specific about the cause/nature of the damage—flooding–under/ wind driven rain—window doors· What if my rental property was damaged?· I have a second home that was damaged. It’s where my children live. Can I apply for SBA disaster loan to repair my property?· I haven’t heard back from my insurance company yet.· What are the eligibility criteria for SBA Disaster loans?· I live on my boat and it was damaged. Can I apply for SBA Disaster Loan?· I lost my crops in the hurricanes. My farm was destroyed. Can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?· What should I do if I suspect fraudulent activity?· How can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?· What is the deadline to apply?

Posted by WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 on Friday, December 1, 2017

Since September, our beautiful Virgin Islands has been literally flooded with people who have come to help us recover after the multi-layered devastation caused by Hurricanes #IrMaria. From linemen putting back up electricity poles and relief volunteers clearing debris or rebuilding homes to agencies like FEMA and the SBA. With support application deadlines looming, those who need the services sometimes have a hard time easily accessing the necessary information. This article is an attempt to assist with that for those wanting to learn about and apply for an SBA loan or those who need to understand how the SBA and FEMA work together.

When most people hear the word loan, they cringe, mainly because of the interest rate and the fear that you won’t be able to pay it back. In a disaster response situation, that fear is heightened even more. Sometimes seeing the people you’re speaking about who are explaining how to do things is helpful, so watch the video and listen to clear explanations from SBA Public Affairs Specialists Jeanette Williams, Sandra Lawson and Elizabeth Dwyer.

FOR MORE INFO:
Visit: www.sba.gov/disaster
Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)

TOPICS DISCUSSED in the Part 1 Video:
· The SBA Disaster Assistance Program is not just for Businesses.
· What’s the difference between FEMA and SBA disaster assistance?
· If FEMA refers me to SBA what should I do? I don’t want a loan.
· If someone has already registered with FEMA do they need to register with SBA?
· How many damage inspectors can I expect to contact me?
· Have a good idea what your losses are. what rooms damaged; % loss;
· How will SBA contact me?
· I got a letter from SBA, but I’m not sure what it means?
· I’ve already been to the Disaster Recovery Center and I’ve been on the phone on hold and I’m still not sure of the status of my application?
· I received a notification indicating that my application has been withdrawn. What does that mean?
· I received a letter indicating that my application was denied?
· I haven’t filed my 2016 Tax return. Is that a problem?
· I’m not sure how to answer the inspectors questions regarding the damage. Be clear about how the damage occurred. Be specific about the cause/nature of the damage—flooding–under/ wind driven rain—window doors
· What if my rental property was damaged?
· I have a second home that was damaged. It’s where my children live. Can I apply for SBA disaster loan to repair my property?
· I haven’t heard back from my insurance company yet.
· What are the eligibility criteria for SBA Disaster loans?
· I live on my boat and it was damaged. Can I apply for SBA Disaster Loan?
· I lost my crops in the hurricanes. My farm was destroyed. Can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?
· What should I do if I suspect fraudulent activity?
· How can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?
· What is the deadline to apply?

No automatic alt text available.Part 2 of “Open Conversations with SBA & FEMA” will be on Tuesday, Dec 5th at 11am via WUVI’s Facebook Live and Audio Stream on www.wuvi.am

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED in Part 2 with FEMA:

  • Hurricane survivors have till Dec. 18 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.
  • FEMA applicants have 60 days from the date of their ineligibility letter to appeal their cases in writing.
  • Make sure FEMA inspectors know your registration number when they visit your property.
  • FEMA’s phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lines are open seven days a week.
  • Disaster recovery centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Survivors could also register by telephone at 1-800-621-3362, apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or download the FEMA application on iOS or Android.
  • Recovery centers are open on St. Thomas at Tutu Park Mall, the former Scotiabank building in Charlotte Amalie on the waterfront and at the Bordeaux Farmers Market.
  • St. John disaster recovery centers are open at the Legislature Annex in Cruz Bay and Town and Country building in Coral Bay.
  • St. Croix disaster recovery centers are at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Christiansted, Old Post Office building in Christiansted, Fire Captain Rencelliar I in Christiansted and Rotary Club West in Frederiksted.
  • Disaster unemployment assistance has been extended to Dec. 29. Unemployment is funded by FEMA but is administered by the Virgin Islands Labor Department.
  • An emergency assistance program is available for uninsured survivors. The program provides a 30-day supply of covered drugs and medical supplies. Call the assistance program at 1-855-793-7470. Enrollment runs through Jan. 31.
  • Survivors can register for FEMA assistance by going in-line to www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 for voice, 711, orVideo Relay Service.

  • Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking and use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585 directly. The same number can be used for 711, VRS and other relay services.

  • FEMA Registration Deadline for Irma and Maria extended to December 18th FEMA Multi Family Repair and Lease Program email address:  FEMA-USVI-MLR@FEMA.DHS.GOV      

  •  Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been extended to December 29th  both Hurricanes Irma an Maria

    • DUA is funded by FEMA but administered by the Territory                                                                                                                                       
  • Survivors that lost their jobs as a result of the hurricanes should register with the Virgin Island Department of Labor (not with FEMA) at the following locations:

    • St. Croix: USVI Department of Labor, 4401 Sion Farm, Christiansted; Monday through Friday
    • St. John: MondayWednesday and Friday at the USVI Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D Cruz Bay; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
    • St. Thomas: USVI Department of Labor at 2353 Kronprindsens Gade, Monday through Friday

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is making the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) available for uninsured survivors to ensure they have access to medicines and medical equipment.

      • The free program provides a 30-day supply of covered drugs and medical supplies that can be renewed every 30 days for as long as the program is active.
      • People who live in the disaster area and do not have any form of prescription insurance should call the EPAP enrollment toll-free hotline at:       
  • 1-855-793-7470.

      • The current enrollment period runs through Jan. 31, 2018.

  • Visit the FEMA USVI Facebook page at:  www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands to get trusted information with the ongoing recovery effort.

  • Visit the FEMA Region-2 Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/femaregion2 to get trusted information with the ongoing recovery effort.

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    Disaster Recovery Centers
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Estate Bordeaux-Bordeaux Farmers Market
    Address 109 East Bordeaux
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Charlotte Amalie (Former ScotiaBank)
    Address 81 CC&DD Kronspindsens Gade (on the waterfront)
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Thomas
    Location Charlotte Amalie-Tutu Park Mall
    Address 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. John
    Location Cruz Bay-USVI Legislature-STJ Annex
    Address 1D Cruz Bay
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. John
    Location Coral Bay-Town & Country Building
    Address 8-1 Estate Emmaus
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
    Address 38-44 Castle Coakley
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Fredericksted-Rotary Club West
    Address 40 KA-KD Estate LaGrange
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-Old Post Office Building
    Address Church St x Company St
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Island USVI St. Croix
    Location Christiansted-Fire Captain Rencelliar I
    Address Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel #1, Estate Cotton Valley, East End
    Hours 8:00am-5:00pm
    Individual Assistance Summary Total*
    Registrations 35,919
    Individual Household Program Disbursed $ 27,369,337.00
    Housing Assistance $ Disbursed $ 22,596,077.00
    Other Needs Assistance $ Disbursed $   4,773,260.00
    *Totals reflect USVI both Hurricane Irma and Maria

    Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to help homeowners and renters as well as businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations to cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.

    • It’s important that survivors know they do not have to accept an SBA loan, if one is offered. If they do not qualify for a loan, SBA will refer them back to FEMA and they could be considered for other FEMA grants for Other Needs Assistance (ONA).
    • Contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.Survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing may call TTY 800-877-8339.
    • SBA Business Recovery Centers can be found at:
  • St. Thomas: Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center

  • University of the Virgin Islands

  • 8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720 

  • St. Thomas, VI 00802

  • Hours are Monday –Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on Sundays

  • St. Croix: Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • 4100 Sion Farm Shopping Center, Suite 16

  • Christiansted, St. Croix USVI 00820

  • Hours are Monday –Saturday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Closed on Sundays

  • Speaking of the Small Business Administration (SBA), they just informed me:

  • As of December 1, 2017: **Home and Business loans approved for the US Virgin Islands = $77.8mil**

  • Includes both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

  • What’s the number for debris again?!?

  • The US Army Corps of Engineers wanted me to share the hotline numbers again

  • Debris Hotline number is 340-643-3296 (St. Thomas and St. John)

  • For Debris on St. Croix, contact DPW (St. Croix)


Connect with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) & FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency on Facebook.
FOR MORE SBA INFO:
Visit: www.sba.gov/disaster
Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Click the links to find up-to-date information on FEMA’s response to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Dollar fo Dollar Nov 18th

Come celebrate the 12th Annual Dollar fo Dollar Culture & History Tour Saturday, Nov 18 from 9:30am from Fort Christian to Market Square #VIstrong

After the hurricane in 1916 the Coal Workers in Charlotte Amalie STILL had to go out and lift hundreds of pounds of cancerous coal on their heads every day, while organizing to get paid properly for what they worked. See you Saturday.

3 VI Queens Season

Talking about 3 Queens Season VI with Dr. Chenzira Kahina!!! Watch/Listen to learn abt 3 Revolutions lead by 3 Queens of the Virgin Islands:SAT Sept 9th Q.COZIAH -Dollar fo’ Dollar (STT)SUN Oct 1st Q.MARY -Contract Day (STX)FRI Nov 24th Q.BREFFU -Fortsberg Day (STJ)#3QueensVI

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, September 2, 2017

It’s Triple Queen Season in the VI!!! A perfect time to learn/teach abt 3 Revolutions lead by 3 Queens of the Virgin Islands:

  • SAT Sept 9th Q.COZIAH -Dollar fo’ Dollar (STT)
  • SUN Oct 1st Q.MARY -Contract Day (STX)
  • FRI Nov 24th Q.BREFFU -Fortsberg Day (STJ)

Aired LIVE on DaraMonifah.com Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 from 4-5pm on WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 & Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center

At 4:00 p.m., Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina and I spoke live on WUVI about the 3 Queens film as well as the annual upcoming events.

The film was premiered at the CARIFESTA held in Barbados to a delegation of audiences from throughout the Caribbean and international countries. Originally written as a Chautauqua for a grant funded by the VI Humanities Council in 2004, where the actresses embodied the characters of Queens who lead revolutions in the Virgin Islands.

Immediately following at 5:00 p.m., the Dollar fo’ Dollar Culture & History Tour founders shared details about what to expect at the September 9th 2017 event.

Listen to the entire 2 hours below:


Stay tuned for updates right here!

#FBlive #StudentRadio #Streaming #TelevisingRevolutions #3QueensVI #3Queens3Islands3Months

Muslim Origins in the Caribbean

Muslim Origins in the Caribbean Lecture at UVI

UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) held it's Muslim Origins in the Caribbean lecture. WUVI aired it live and will re-air the recording 6am & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday 8/19/2017 & 8/20/2017. For more info about the CSAP lecture series email wendy.coram@live.uvi.edu visit:http://www.uvi.edu/announcements/articles/current/interfaith_lecture_series.aspx #Islam #USVI

Posted by WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 on Friday, August 18, 2017

The UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) in collaboration with the Masjid Nur, held a lecture entitled “Muslim Origins in the Caribbean” with featured speaker Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick. WUVI‘s Student Radio Station aired it live on air/Facebook video and will re-air the recording 6am & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday 8/19/2017 & 8/20/2017. Listen at 6am on 1090 AM & 97.3 FM (FM only after 6pm daily).


Watch the live videos: Part 1 | Part 2  and Listen to the Interview


For more info about the CSAP lecture series email wendy.coram@live.uvi.edu visit:
http://www.uvi.edu/announcements/articles/current/interfaith_lecture_series.aspx #Islam #USVI


WorkCation on St. Croix

At the beach! Follow me @UVICES as I share the play for play at #AgDiscovery Camp @uvi_edu

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Where else can you fly to an island paradise, engage in constant learning experiences around agriculture and culture, with some of the most uniquely intelligent and environmentally aware young people who just happen to be interested in changing the world?

Right here. I’m there… and getting paid to do it, while getting to do what I love most at my leisure: New media documenting, spending quality time with young people, and teaching them by doing.

At the beach! Follow me @UVICES as I share the play for play at #AgDiscovery Camp @uvi_edu

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, August 5, 2017

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We spent week one on the island of St. Croix enjoying the first part of the AgDiscovery summer program at the University of the Virgin Islands. To follow us along the way connect with us @UVICES online via FacebookInstagramTwitter and Youtube to stay updated. Facebook live videos to be added*

See how 20 students from all over the USA (with a few locals from the Virgin Islands) are getting the experience of a lifetime learning about agriculture and related fields, while rooming in the dorms for two weeks at the AgDiscovery summer program. All happening at the University of the Virgin Islands, Albert A. Sheen, St. Croix campus. 

AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. To find out more information about this program click on the 2017 AgDiscovery brochure

DAY 1 | Photo Album
Meet & Greet
Along with a few local students, twenty “AgDiscoverers” from as far West as California to North as Seattle took the first afternoon/evening to get acquainted with each other and the staff.

DAY 2 | Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3 | Video 4 | Video 5 | Photo Album
OH SHEEP! 
One sheep, two sheep, from scooping out sheep poop first thing in the morning to checking through ultrasound technology to see if they’re pregnant… then collecting/checking their stool and blood samples for parasites and anemia, AgDiscovery campers spent the first day getting to know Agriculture deeper than ever before, from the inside out, literally.

DAY 3 | Video 1 | Photo Album
This Lil Piggy went to Market… as a dish.
This little piggy’s going to market… on a plate. After a trip to the Abattoir, AgDiscoverers now know the procedure that pigs endure when being slaughtered at the VI Department of Agriculture. Then after lunch (no pig today), they walked over to the Research and Extension Center to learn horticulture from Dr. Stuart Weiss and went along with him to the greenhouse to learn about sooty mold and other potential hazards to plants. They ended the day making smoothies with 4-H Ambassadors in the CES Kitchen Lab.

DAY 4 | Video 1 | Photo Album
2 ‘Ponics & an Eggfruit
Water water everywhere, putting it to use. Day 3 was about Hydro and Aquaponics systems. They helped to make and then enjoyed eggfruit smoothies with the 4-H staff in the CES Kitchen Lab.

DAY 5 | Video 1 | Video 2 | Photo Album
Planting Sugar Cane, Sejah Farm & Cruzan Rum Factory
Measuring the field area, Laying out the tubing and Planting sugar cane was how this day started with AgDiscovery campers having hands on setting up a SWEET hydroponics system. Then they visited their first local farm with Yvette and Dale Brown giving them an experience of local plant identification, herding lamb and making fruit smoothies. They got a quick tour of the Cruzan Rum factory before heading back on campus.

DAY 6 | Video 1 | Photo Album
Ridge 2 Reef Certified Organic Farm & Salt River Bay Historic Preserve
AgDiscovery campers took a long, winding, and bumpy trip up the mountain to the only USDA Approved Organic Farm in the USVI, Ridge to Reef Fa rm and spoke with it’s Driector before heading to the SaltvRiver Bay National Park site for a hike on tribal Taino land and left with jewerly that they made during the visit.

DAY 7 | Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3 | Photo Album
Farmers Market, Whim Museum, Town & Beach
What would learning about local agriculture be like without a trip to the farmers market?
A little historical edutainment at the Whim Museum gave the campers a new appreciation for the rich history of the islands and making it to town and the beach before eating on the Boardwalk was an excellent way to wrap up a full day…week!

#AgDiscovery Campers at Whim Museum

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, August 5, 2017

Stay tuned for more  week 2 footage starting with these photos:
AgDiscovery Day 8: Early Morning Sunrise to Sunset on a Beach

AgDiscovery Day 9: Visit to the Department of Ag, Diving Cows & Party!

AgDiscovery Day 10: APHIS Info, Interviews, 4-H Health Ambassadors & AgRobotics

AgDiscovery Day 11: GLG Plants & Produce Farmer Grantley Samuel


Watch the interview below as collaborators share their reflections after opening day of the AgDiscovery 2017 Youth Camp held at the University of the Virgin Islands Albert A. Sheen St. Croix campus. Click the photo below to watch the video:
From left to right: Sarah Dahl-Smith, UVI Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Specialist; Dr. Louis E. Petersen, Jr., UVI Cooperative Extension Service Assistant Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources (St. Thomas-St. John District); Tammy H. Lowry, AgDiscovery Program Manager & Management/Program Analyst (Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion (USDA); Kai Nielsen, Camp Site Coordinator.

The AgDiscovery program was initiated as an APHIS Veterinary Services pilot program in 2002. This year, we have a total of 22 universities hosting an AgDiscovery program at college campuses nationwide.  Funding for AgDiscovery is enabled through cooperative agreements between APHIS and the host universities.

AgDiscovery is a summer camp outreach program designed to help middle through high school aged students explore careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness, plant pathology, aquaculture, and much more. This 2-4 week program allows participants to live on a college campus, and discover agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians, industry representatives, and professionals working for the U.S. government. Students who participate in AgDiscovery experience hands-on labs, workshops, field trips, and other group and team building activities. For more details click here!

eXtending Knowledge; Changing Lives, join us as we share the journey of AgDiscovery with youth in the U.S. Virgin Islands as they prepare themselves to change the world.

DaraMonifah Cooper, New Media Specialist
UVI Cooperative Extension Service, St. Thomas

#AgDiscovery #USVI  #YouthInAg #AgCommunications

Educational/Behavioral Center offers Workshops

The CW Educational and Behavioral Center Introduction & Workshops this week with DrVincentia Paul-Constantin & Ladi J Whyte (Part 2). Visit www.thececenter.com for more information.They discuss workshops happening this week (July 10, 2017) on Mental Health and Special Education. #MentalHealth #SpecialEducation #UVIalum

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Monday, July 10, 2017

I sat down to speak with the founders of the CW Educational and Behavioral Center,  DrVincentia Paul-Constantin & Ladi J Whyte. They discuss workshops happening this week in collaboration with Beautiful Dreamers. Events are on St. Thomas and St. Croix (July 10-13, 2017) focused around Mental Health and Special Education.

As a new local business, the CW Center will provide educational and behavioral services to residents of the Virgin Islands. Services include psychotherapy-counseling, special ed services, behavior modification, education/psych assessment, law enforcement sensitivity training.

 

 

WORKSHOPS ON ST. THOMAS & ST. CROIX:
MONDAY @7pm – Wynston Reymo Center (Round de Field Community Center)
TUESDAY @6pm – Seventh Day Adventist Church (Tutu) across from Curriculum Center
WEDNESDAY @5:30pm – University of the Virgin islands St. Thomas Campus in the Chase Auditorium (Business 110)
THURSDAY @5-6:30pm & 6:30 – 8pm – University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix Campus in the Great Hall

Click the play arrow to watch the interview above or to listen to it below. For more information check out their Facebook page  or website.

#MentalHealth #SpecialEducation #UVIalum

VI EMANCIPATION DAY 2017

VI Emancipation Day 2017 Program took place on Monday, July 3, 2017 between 10-5pm in the Emancipation Garden. Programs were also held on all three main islands of the USVI (St. Croix and St. John) as well as in the BVI (Tortola) today. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here during their pre-event radio interview with Kevon Browne on the Sankofa Saturdays program:

>>>Last year’s VI Emancipation Day 2016 article<<<

Photos from the set up for 2017:

VI Emancipation Day Program today 10-5pm in Emancipation Garden. Programs happening on all three main islands of the USVI and in the BVI today. Stay tuned for photos, videos & more. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/07/03/vi-emancipation-day-2017/ #VIemancipation #EmancipationDay

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Monday, July 3, 2017

Setting up at Emancipation Garden. VI Emancipation Day Program today 10-5pm in Emancipation Garden. Programs happening on all three main islands of the USVI and in the BVI today. Stay tuned for photos, videos & more. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/07/03/vi-emancipation-day-2017/ #VIemancipation #EmancipationDay

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Monday, July 3, 2017

VI Trees and Flowers Fair

Know the difference between native trees and exotic trees? Get questions answered as well as learn from local specialists at the 1st annual St. Thomas/St. John “V.I. NATIVE TREES AND FLOWERS FAIR” taking place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Emancipation Garden.

USVI Urban and Community Forestry Council Chairman Mario A. Francis shared some details during a radio interview on June 7, on the What’s Going on @UVICES weekly radio show. The UVI Cooperative Extension Service office’s latest publication will be available for viewing as a preview to being on sale at a later date.

Below, view a little preview from pages in the Guide to Safer Trees publication by now Commissioner Carlos Robles of the VI Department of Agriculture.

Native trees are more durable and can withstand more diseases and insects as well as natural disasters. Traditionally, our trees are also used medicinally and there is a lot of history behind them. There will be different tree related professionals. It is a skill, a science and an art to know about and care for trees. 

The Fair’s objective is to build community awareness of the importance of protecting and replanting V.I. native trees; and the role of the urban and community forestry program. Also attend the fair to learn about a needed  tree law so that we can better manage our trees in the territory. For more information, contact Mario Francis  at 340-228-2848.