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Created on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:18
Written by Special Posting
Left to Right: Jemille Vialet (USVI Youth Ambassador), Ajai Sweeney (Athlete), Carlos Rosa (Athlete), Kohun Eugene (Athlete), Jerall Nicholas (Volleyball Coach). Front row, left to right: Ileta Potter (Athletics Coach), Paige Clarke (Athlete), Scott McKenzie (Athlete), and Ansen Sligar (Chef de MIssion). (Not in photo: Dino Weber, Sailing Coach)
St. John sailing athletes Scott McKenzie, above, and Paige Clarke, below.
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 04:05
Written by Tom Oat
The management of The Marketplace complex in Enighed acknowledged that the vacant office space on the third level could be converted to short term rentals, but there are no current plans to do so.
With the territory’s prolonged economic doldrums continuing to impact the commercial real estate market, the management of The Marketplace commercial complex at Enighed Pond is exploring the conversion of vacant third floor office space into short-term residential rental units.
“It’s a possibility,” The Marketplace manager Debbie Marsh said in response to a casual inquiry about a rumored conversion.
While the announced closure of Scotiabank on the First Floor of the Marketplace at the end of August was a stark reminder of the territory’s economic malaise, the continued vacancy of several commercial retail units on the second level of the largest St. John commercial complex, including a restaurant space opening onto the veranda overlooking the Enighed Pond Port, and two almost-empty suites of offices on the front and at the rear of the third level of the complex have Marketplace management exploring options.
Read more: Will Vacation Rental Units Replace Vacant Offices at The Marketplace?
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:58
Written by Tradewinds Staff
A Stand Up Paddleboard category will be added to this year’s race.
Brush off that bike, break out the wd40 and start getting ready for the 15th Annual Love City Triathlon on Sunday morning, August 31, beginning at 7 a.m.
Don’t have a bike? Then sign up for the Auqathon, no bike required. Have a paddle board? Then sign up for the new event, the Supathon. Not up to doing three sports at one time, but still want to race? Then form a team, but relays are allowed only in the Triathlon.
The Triathlon will feature a half-mile swim followed by a 14-mile hilly bicycle ride and a four mile run. There are individual and relay categories for the Triathlon.
The Aquathon will feature a half-mile swim followed by a four mile run. There are no relay teams allowed in the Aquathon.
The Supathon will feature a half-mile swim, followed by about four miles of stand up paddle and a four mile run. There are no relay teams allowed in the Supathon.
All events will be staged at Maho Bay. All athletes swimming will do the same half-mile swim. It is a two-lap course in the calm waters of Maho Bay. The bike course runs up North Shore Road to Cruz Bay, then along Centerline Road, to the Colombo stand and down Kings Hill Road to finish at Maho Bay.
Read more: 15th Annual Love City Triathlon and Aquathon Adds SUPathon to Race on Sunday, August 31
Created on Monday, 18 August 2014 06:55
Written by Tom Oat
Desperate for answers and V.I. Police Department action in the investigation of the murder of their son, James Malfetti III, 41, on St. John in January 2014, hi family in New Jersey does not want to hear that “word on the street” is the internet entrepreneur may have been killed in a case of mistaken identity.
An early rumor that Malfetti may been mistaken for the previous tenant of the apartment and killed before the apartment was burglarized continues to pervade the case.
Vicious Assault of Former Tenant
A vicious, late-night street assault in downtown Cruz Bay was caught by a surveillance camera as several young island men savagely beat and kicked a young resort employee after a verbal confrontation.
“I’ve seen the tape,” a Cruz Bay business owner said. “It was brutal. They kicked the shit out of him.”
As “Matty” recovered from his injuries – which reportedly included surgeries to repair damage from repeated kicks to his face – he pursued the arrest and criminal prosecution of his attackers with the VIPD and the Office of the V.I. Attorney General.
Staying on island for the expected trial of his attackers – reportedly several young island men identifiable on the surveillance video tape — who had been charged, “Matty” also feared for his safety and moved from his isolated rental studio apartment at a south shore luxury vacation home as he continued to work his nearby resort job, according to friends.
Read more: Is Videotaped Assault of Former Resident Behind Murder of Jim Malfetti?
Created on Sunday, 17 August 2014 06:51
Written by Jaime Elliott
Adventure Vila in Upper Carolina offers views of Coral Bay harbor and boasts extensive decks.
Soak up the peace and tranquility, and stunning views of quaint Coral Bay harbor, from your spacious deck at the “end of the road” in Upper Carolina at Adventure Villa.
This four bedroom, three bathroom home is nestled on 0.82-acres of land in the desirable Upper Carolina neighborhood of Coral Bay and is listed for sale for $775,000, explained Islandia Real Estate/Sea Glass Properties sales agent Jane Kelly.
“Enjoy your solitude, privacy and great views of Coral Harbor at your ‘end of the road’ location in Upper Carolina,” said Kelly.
Read more: On The Market: Adventure Villa Offers Views of Quaint Coral Bay Harbor
Created on Saturday, 16 August 2014 06:44
Written by Tom Oat
On Jul 17, 2014, at 5:55 AM, Jean Cockayne wrote:
Look what I found on facebook, Jahlil Ward. He is very active and although I am not an expert translating his vocabulary it seems he is still very busy in his criminal world. Do you think this is news worthy? Do you think I should send this to someone in government?
Jean Cockayne is keeping an eye on the killers of her son, Jamie, who was 21 when he bled to death near the Tamarind Inn in Cruz Bay after being stabbed in a confrontation with island street toughs following a bar argument on May 14, 2007.
Mrs. Cockayne didn’t know it would be so easy in the internet age.
Now the Pennsylvania woman is asking V.I. Attorney General Vincent Frazer to investigate a threatening message she received through electronic media (above) after complaining that Jahleel Ward, one of the men convicted for the fatal attack on her son Jamie and sentenced to prison for ten years, appeared to be communicating with associates outside the jail by cellular telephone on the electronic social media Facebook and “running a criminal enterprise.”
Killer’s Face on Facebook
“While searching for people on Facebook I came across a page with the name ‘Squadie Dan,’” “Mrs. Cockayne explained. “You can imagine my surprise when I saw Jahleel Ward’s photo all over the page.”
“I deduced he either had a cell phone or a laptop in jail,” she added. “I immediately forwarded a copy of his page to the Governor (V.I. Gov. John P. deJongh Jr.) and received a reply shortly after, thanking me for the information.”
“I would say within two hours the page was taken down,” she continued. “Before the page was removed I copied and pasted some of his rants.”
“One rant was particularly disturbing, it was threatening retaliation against whoever had killed Sheldon Benjamin, described as one of ‘his’ boys,” Mrs. Cockayne explained. “He (someone identifying himself as Ward) wrote for everyone of his boys taken five of them will die. He wrote of his gang ‘GMG.’ All this information was given to the Governor.”
“I then searched the gang and saw another member, ‘Duckie Dan,’” Cockayne continued. “He was brought to my attention because he threatened me (above) on the ‘Justice for Jimmy’ site (an internet site related to the January 2014 murder on St. John of James Malfetti Jr. of New Jersey). Presumably because they knew I was the one who informed on Jahleel’s illegal use of the internet to the government.”
“After I read the threat I forwarded it to the Governor and, again, that page was removed,” said Mrs. Cockayne, who added that she had not heard anything from V.I. government officials.
Read more: Mother Doesn’t “Like” Internet Threat From “Friends” of Son’s Jailed Killer