Physical therapy without the Rx

July 29th, 2014

Physical therapists on St. John, like the folks at St. John Physical Therapy, are excited about a newly passed Virgin Islands law that no longer requires a patient to get a physician’s referral before seeking physical therapy treatment.

“We worked very hard to get this legislation passed so the residents of the Virgin Islands would be able to access needed medical services in a timely and cost effective manner,” says Senator-at-Large Craig Barshinger.

You can read about it here.







In Memory of: Barbara Alperen

July 28th, 2014

Terry “Sloop Jones” McKoy has lost his life partner, and St. John has lost a charming lady.

Our thoughts and prayers for ‘Sloop.”

Here is Barbara’s obituary:

Barbara Joyce Alperen, age 64, passed on to the next world on July 16, 2014.

Born March 9, 1950 to Samuel and Eleanor Alperen in Lewiston, Maine, Barbara was a longtime St. John resident and beloved wife of Terry McKoy.

She was known affectionately as “doña Barbara” by those close to her.

Barbara and Terry arrived on St. John in 1989 with 300 t-shirts and a box of paints. Their colorful hand-painted clothing is a St. John icon.

Their gallery of tropical delights was made even brighter and more beautiful by Barbara’s green thumb. Her orchids, jasmine, and ylang ylang infuse the air with sweetness.

Terry and Barbara were partners in life. He remained by her side through her final moments, soothing her pain with jasmine and ylang ylang oils.

Barbara is survived by her husband Terry and siblings, Naomi, Selma, and Martin.

Donations may be made in Barbara’s honor to the St. John Cancer Fund, www.stjohncancerfund.org, or to Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, FL, www.hbts.org.







Chaotic Sunday at Oppenheimer

July 27th, 2014

Looks like a huge turnout for the Chaotic Kayak 2014 at Oppenheimer Beach, supporting Team River Runner’s Wounded Veterans USVI program.

Check their Facebook page for fundraising updates.

“I’ve never seen so many young people on St. John in my 35 years here!,” says our friend Jane Kyser who snapped these pics, including one of her buddy Ben Thill and his dad Adam.

 







Dinner at Virgin Fire

July 25th, 2014

We almost never go out to eat at night, so we fine dine when we do. Virgin Fire is at Mongoose Junction.

A cocktail.The Prisoner of St. John, Absolut Citron vodka and fresh watermelon basil lemonade, for $12.

An appetizer. Spring rolls.

Hand Cut Ribeye Steak, certified angus , grilled, with demi glace, au gratin potato and fresh vegetable, for $30.

Wicked Penne Pasta, in a four pepper blushed garlic cream sauce with sauteed chicken, sweet onions, olives and shaved parmesan cheese, for $24.

Dessert. Key Lime Pie, for $8.

And Mollydooker on the wine list. (And I should really dress up when we go out. The good hat, at least.)







LED light bulbs

July 24th, 2014

The incandescent light bulb is almost 135 years old, and hasn’t changed much, but oddly the Holy Grail of its energy-efficient replacement has been trying to come up with something that looks just like it.

This brand is about as close as anybody has gotten, and we’re going to go for it.

Cree 40-watt equivalent LED bulbs. $10.67 at Home Depot. Not counting track lighting, Bongo Bongo has a ridiculous 60 bulbs – counting them was a fun afternoon assignment.

They cast a nice soft light, they don’t get hot, Cree claims it will reduce energy consumption by 78 percent, and says they’ll last 22 years.

That would take Bongo to 2036. The mortgage will be paid off by then!

Advice or personal experience anybody?







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