If your name’s not Ruby, you didn’t win

February 16th, 2012

The souped up raffle Jeep goes to lucky part-time St. John resident Ruby Ramos.

The Gifft Hill School fundraiser bagged enough to pay for the Jeep ($10K) plus another $7,500 to help pay for students to take a field trip to Costa Rica this April. That’s enough to cover about half the costs for the 20 or so kids who plan to go.

The Gifft Hill School’s big annual tuition fundraiser is scheduled for next month.







North Shore surf’s up

February 15th, 2012

Surfboarders and skimboarders are having a ball on Cinnamon Beach, with North Shore swells translating into curly, foamy waves at Cinnamon.

“The best I’ve ever seen,” says Nick who came over from St. Thomas with his skimboard to enjoy.

Maybe not the best ever, but it sure looks like fun, for those who know what they’re doing.







Relay for Life tops $148,000

February 14th, 2012

The final counting isn’t done yet, but Saturday’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life has topped $148,000, beating last year’s $140,000 in funds raised, amazing numbers in both cases for a tiny island.

“The entire event went off smoothly and brought out so many people,” says organizer Mary Bartolucci. “It’s not often you find a group of people that works so well together, and we learned so much last year that helped make this year even more successful.”

There were 38 teams and 500 walkers, and the event’s 1,000 tee-shirts sold out early.

High Tide, which had two teams, Live Strong, a team organized by St. Johnian Abby Schnell O’Connell and Woody’s were this year’s top team fundraisers.

The event started Saturday and continued through the night until the closing ceremony Sunday morning.

We didn’t pull an all-nighter, but we did enjoy Inner Visions and the Cirque de Soleil performances. We’ll share the video with you later!

 







Last chance: Drawing this afternoon

February 14th, 2012

It’s not too late to take a shot at winning this souped-up Jeep.

It is being raffled off this afternoon as a fundraiser to send Gifft Hill School students on a trip, and the drawing is at the school’s ball park at 5 pm.

Tickets are being sold right up to the last minute, or if you act fast, you can probably still get one by emailing the school, here: angelbolques@giffthillschool.org







Best Beach: Maho Beach

February 13th, 2012

Our readers have spoken and Maho Beach wins as your favorite beach, getting 20 percent of the vote.

Cinnamon, Francis and Hawksnest all tied for second place.

Maho may be a favorite, but it’s not for everyone, so for those of us who don’t share your love, tell us why you think Maho is so special. (Now, how do we present a plaque to a beach?)







Lunch of the Week: Tourist Trap

February 12th, 2012

Today’s Lunch of the Week takes us on a road trip to The Tourist Trap.

Here we have Larry’s beef and cheese nachos with homemade salsa and homemade tomatillo chili sauce







Friends Gala raises almost 40% more than last year’s fundraiser

February 11th, 2012

The 8th annual Friends of the National Park Gala, held this year at the home of Michael and Judy Skurnik on Ditleff Point, raised more than $37,000 for the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, $10,000 more than last year’s event.

About 275 people attended the event February 4, according to Friends’ Heather Ruhsam. She says more than 60 businesses and individuals donated items for the raffle, and nearly 40 volunteers worked to pull it off.

Friends will use the money to support its own Park-related events. Read more about Friends here. Thanks to Yelena Rogers for the pictures. Recognize some of these happy people?







Best Bushwhacker Round Three: Spyglass

February 10th, 2012

Today’s Bushwhacker is mixed by Kevin at Spyglass Restaurant.

Kevin eyeballs the ice he needs, and adds equal parts Baileys Irish Cream, Amaretto, coffee liquor, Creme de Cacao and Vodka.

Blended, and served in a hurricane glass, properly painted with chocolate syrup and served with no unnecessary garnish.

The Spyglass Bushwhacker: $8 all day long.







Can you get Orion to Charlotte/Atlanta?

February 9th, 2012

We’re becoming a regular Wednesday’s Child of dog adoptions!

This is Orion, and he needs to get to Charlotte to be with his new owners. There’s a problem: US Airways, which flies to Charlotte, doesn’t allow dogs in cargo, but his anxious new parents, Seth Jones and Heather Allen, are willing to drive to Atlanta to get him.

“We saw Orion on Facebook several times, and we’ve completed the adoption process and are ready to get him, ” says Seth, whose first visit to St. John was in November. “Heather has been to St. John every year for the last six years, and always donates cat food to the ACC when she’s there. We’re buying a house, the time is right to get a dog, and he’s perfect. ”

Seth says he can make the three-hour drive to Atlanta any weekend, and Heather can do it some weekdays.

ACC volunteer Denise, below,







Can you get Flossie to Buffalo?

February 8th, 2012

Here’s another stateside adoption story that needs somebody’s help. If you’re returning home to Buffalo, or are a St. Johnian headed that way, Flossie could really use a ride.

Kate Webster and Ethan Boryszack met Flossie on their second to last day of vacation and fell in love but it was too late to make arrangements to get Flossie home with them.

“We’ve been talking about getting another dog for awhile, and she was so mild tempered and really fell in love with her, ” says Kate, who is a zoo keeper at the Buffalo Zoo. “We can meet someone at the airport, or we could even drive to New Jersey, and I promise I’ll give whomever brings her to us a free tour of the zoo’s rain forest. ”

It was Kate and Ethan’s second trip to the Virgin Islands. They stayed on St. Thomas last year but ended up spending most of their time on St. John. So this year, it was the Westin.

By the way Flossie is from Coco’s first litter. Coco is the lucky dog who found her way to Dallas last month.

If you can help, give the ACC a call at 340-774-1625.

Tomorrow, we’ll tell you about a more problematic adoption that needs somebody’s help, but if Atlanta is on your agenda, you may be the perfect escort for this one.







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