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Created on Monday, 10 March 2014 08:23
Written by Andrea Milam
More than $150,000 was raised at the 28th Annual Gift Hill School auction on Saturday, March 8, at the Caneel Bay Resort.
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Bidders walked away with big prizes like a seven-night Mediterranean yachting holiday and brand new cars at the 28th annual Gifft Hill School auction on Saturday night, March 8, but the big winners of the evening were the school’s students, who will benefit from the funds raised.
A final tally was still being counted at press time, but as of Sunday morning, GHS Development Director Beth Jones reported that more than $150,000 had been raised at the auction for the school’s scholarship fund.
The school — and the amount raised at its annual fundraiser — have grown exponentially since the founding of the Pine Peace
School in 1975, explained one of the school’s founders, Andy Rutnik.
“Our first fundraiser was organized by my wife,” said Rutnik, whose grandson now attends the school. “We raised maybe $5,000, and we were ecstatic. To see the energy, happiness, and joy of everyone wanting to participate and donate to the school makes you realize what a special place St. John is.”
The auction took place at the Caneel Bay Resort for the first time in several years, with silent auction items available for bidding under a tent on the resort’s manicured lawn, while the live auction, complete with exciting bidding wars over items like a three-night BVI sailing charter and a brand new Jeep Compass Sport, took place at the resort’s waterfront restaurant as attendees enjoyed a well-stocked buffet provided by Caneel Bay. The atmosphere was festive, with the sound of corks popping and bidders, dressed in their finest island fancy wear, sipping complimentary wine and champagne.
Read more: GHS Students Win Big at School’s 28th Annual Auction at Caneel Bay
Created on Sunday, 09 March 2014 09:43
Written by Jaime Elliott
Water views and the sound of the surf are some highlights at this Calabash Boom property.
Imagine enjoying the sound of the surf gently crashing on the shoreline not far from your bedroom window as you drift off to sleep, already excited to awake early and catch the sun emerging above the Caribbean Sea as you sip coffee on your deck.
A three-bedroom, two bathroom property in Estate Calabash Boom offers all of that plus two separate income producing units on a third of an acre for $655,000, explained 340 Real Estate broker/owner Tammy Donnelly.
“What makes this property unique is being able to listen to the great sound of the surf from the quasi waterfront location,” said Donnelly.
Read more: On The Market: Enjoy the Sound of the Surf and Stunning Sunrises from this Calabash Boom Property
Created on Saturday, 08 March 2014 05:39
Written by Press Release
SJHS board members Bruce Schoonover, Robin Swank, Eleanor Gibney, and David Knight, below, introduce the society’s first book, “St. John, Life in Five Quarters,” in 2009. Reggie Callwood of the National Park Service and SJHS member Helen Gjessing, above, work on the restoration effort at Annaberg in 1987.
The St. John Historical Society invites the St. John community to celebrate its 40th anniversary at a party at the Battery on Tuesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. The event will feature catered food and drinks and a slideshow of St. John and Historical Society images. A video entitled “Flight to Freedom: Hans Jonathan,” which follows the quest of a modern-day Icelandic family to discover the true story of their enslaved Crucian ancestor, will be shown, along with a presentation by V.I. historian and SJHS board member George Tyson. All are welcome to attend. Non-members are asked to consider making a donation at the party.
The SJHS began in February 1974 with a meeting of 19 residents at the V.I. National Park headquarters at the Creek in Cruz Bay. The goals and objectives of the SJHS were laid out that day, and have remained largely unchanged since.
SJHS volunteers have played a major role in promoting and preserving the island’s unique history and cultural heritage throughout the society’s 40 years. The clearing and stabilization of the ruins of the Annaberg Country School was one of the first projects undertaken by the society, and stewardship of the site continues to remain a high priority for the SJHS, which completed its annual clearing of the school’s ruins on February 15.
Read more: St. John Historical Society Celebrating 40th Anniversary Tuesday, March 11
Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 05:30
Written by Island Fly Girl
The old Marina Market building in Cruz Bay, above, is being transformed into a home for Healing Arts.
Acupuncturist Dr. May Trieu will host an open house on March 9.
After months of refurbishing, The Healing Arts Complex will be hosting an open house on Sunday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for patients, friends and families.
“Everybody on St. John is most welcome,” said Acupuncturist Dr. May Trieu OMD, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Dr. Trieu, who has served St. John and St. Thomas patients for years, is inviting the public to visit the expansion of her healing arts practice on St. John in the former Marina Market building on South Shore Road in Enighed
“It is for whoever believes in a holistic approach to healing,” Dr. Trieu told Tradewinds. “I’m inviting and encouraging everyone who believes in healing to join us.”
Chiropractor Elizabeth Masiello, who currently has an office at the Lumberyard, will be at the Healing Arts building twice a week, according to Dr. Trieu. The Healing Arts Complex will also will feature Psychologists Dr. Laurie Thompson and Dr. Jennifer Richard and Massage Therapist Sheri Theberge.
Contractor Robert W. Hoskinson II, a familiar sight over the past several months in his bright white cowboy hat at the South Shore Road medical center, is putting the finishing touches on the project.
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 05:21
Written by Jaime Elliott
The murder trial of Amanda Hayes, above, ended up on national television, including the "Nancy Grace Show," with host Nancy Grace, below center.
Former St. John resident Amanda Hayes was convicted of second degree murder by a Raleigh, North Carolina jury and sentenced to between 13 and 16-and-one-half years in jail by Judge Don Stephens on Wednesday, February 19.
Hayes, 41, was found guilty of second degree murder for her part in killing 27-year-old mother of two Laura Ackerson in July 2011. Amanda Hayes’ husband, Grant Hayes, who lived on St. John for several years with his then-girlfriend Laura Ackerson and their two young sons, was convicted of first degree murder in September 2013 and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for 11 hours before handing down its second degree murder conviction following a 13-day trial which featured testimony from 49 witnesses, including Amanda Hayes.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Amanda Hayes worked with her husband Grant Hayes to murder Ackerson, the mother of Grant Hayes’ two sons. Laura Ackerson and Grant Hayes were in a heated custody battle over their two young sons when prosecutors allege Grant and Amanda Hayes killed Ackerson, dismembered her body with a power saw, packed her remains in coolers and transported the body pieces to Texas, where they dumped Ackerson’s remains in a creek near the home of Amanda Hayes’ sister.
Headlines on television stated "Woman helps hubby murder and dismember former lover"
Read more: Amanda Hayes Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Faces to 13 to 16.5 Year
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:55
Written by Jaime Elliott
Supermodel Natasha Barnard lounges on a beach in Brazil sporting a suit by Coral Bay’s Ranifly Bikinis.
St. John bikini designer Rani Keohane
Watch out world, here comes Rani Keohane and she’s bringing custom bikinis.
The Coral Bay-based bespoke bikini designer is riding a wave of publicity which is not about to end any time soon.
For the second year in a row, one of Keohane’s RaniFly Bikinis was included in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue coverage and her suits were recently chosen as one of five bikini brands recommended for “women who rip” by Grind TV.
On the 2014 SI Swimsuit Issue website, http://swimsuit/si/com, a graphic printed RaniFly tie-string bottom and triangle top bikini is worn by South African model Natasha Barnard as she’s photographed lounging on a sandy beach in Brazil.
This is the second year in a row that one of Keohane’s bikinis has been featured in SI Swimsuit Issue’s online coverage. And, while many of the SI swimsuit photographers adhere to a “less is more” ethos, both of RaniFly Bikini’s pictures actually show the bikinis. The coverage also includes a handy direct link from the SI website to www.RaniFlyBikini.com.
RaniFly Bikinis will sponsor St. John sailor Mimi Roller, above, a contender in the next Summer Olympic Games, along with Mimi’s partner, who will sport the designer’s swimsuits during the competition.
Read more: RaniFly Bikinis Featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue