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Empowering the Future: UVI’s Project Alpha Inspires Young Men on St. Croix



On a bright Saturday, November 4, the Iota Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity made a significant impact at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix campus, through its annual “Project Alpha” event. This initiative brought together 24 young men, aged 12 to 18, from various schools across the region, providing them with a platform for meaningful dialogue and engaging activities.

Focused on Addressing Youth Challenges

The core objective of “Project Alpha” is to address critical issues that young men face during their formative years. The event’s agenda was packed with discussions on essential topics like conflict resolution, prevention of teen suicide, and strategies for maintaining health and wellness. Local experts, accomplished in their respective fields, were invited as guest speakers to offer their insights and share valuable resources.

Dr. Stefan Jurgen, serving as the Chapter’s educational director, highlighted the fraternity’s dedication to nurturing the youth. He stated, “Project Alpha aims to equip these young men with the necessary knowledge and tools to confidently tackle the various challenges they might encounter during adolescence.”

The event kicked off with a warm welcome from Frank Abednego, president of the Iota Sigma Lambda Chapter. He expressed his gratitude to the guest speakers and supporters of the program and acknowledged the participants and their families for embracing this national initiative. A key highlight was the screening of the national S.T.A.T.S. video, which delves into critical issues like sex and AIDS among teenagers.

Varied Educational Workshops

The sessions conducted by guest speakers were comprehensive and covered several pertinent topics:

  • Teen Suicide Prevention: This session focused on identifying signs of suicidal tendencies among teens and offered guidance on how to provide appropriate support.
  • Conflict Resolution: Techniques for peacefully resolving conflicts were shared, aimed at fostering healthy interpersonal relationships and effective communication.
  • You & the Law: This discussion revolved around understanding the long-term consequences of negative actions in youth and their impact on future prospects.
  • Health and Well-Being: Emphasizing the importance of physical and mental health, this session provided practical tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and managing stress.

A Day Marked by Unity and Mentorship

The entire day was imbued with a spirit of collaboration and mutual support. It served as a platform for mentorship and unity, significantly contributing to the personal growth of the participants and enhancing their role in community development.

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New Parking Fee at Fort Christianvaern Starting Dec. 11



Beginning December 11, visitors to Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted, St. Croix, will need to pay a $10 daily parking fee, as announced by the National Park Service (NPS). This new automated payment system, located at the parking lot’s entrance, will facilitate payments exclusively via debit and credit cards, as cash transactions will not be available.

The NPS has implemented this fee to generate additional revenue, aimed at enhancing the overall experience for visitors. The funds collected will be strategically invested in improving the park’s facilities and infrastructure, contributing to a more enjoyable and well-maintained environment for all guests.

Parking will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. To ensure the safety and proper use of the parking lot, vehicles left after 5:00 p.m. may be towed at the owner’s expense, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the stipulated hours.

The NPS encourages the continued use of the parking lot at the Christiansted Historical site, highlighting its safety and convenience for both town and park visitors. They anticipate positive public cooperation with these changes.

For further inquiries or to address any concerns, individuals can contact Chief Ranger Gabriel Laurencin at [email protected] or call 340-773-1460 for assistance.

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St. Croix Prepares for Dazzling Christmas Boat Parade with Parking and Traffic Regulations



The picturesque island of St. Croix is abuzz with excitement as it gears up for the much-anticipated annual Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 9. This festive highlight draws crowds to Christiansted’s scenic boardwalk, prompting the V.I. Police Department to enforce specific parking restrictions and road closures for a seamless event experience.

Key measures implemented by the VIPD in preparation for the parade, a cornerstone of St. Croix’s holiday celebrations, include:

  • A parking ban on Queen Cross Street, from Riddims to the Caravelle Casino, effective 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight). This measure is essential for vendor setup and smooth parade preparations.
  • King Street will also be subject to a no-parking policy from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. (midnight). This restriction encompasses the stretch from Florence Williams Library to Government House and includes the vicinity from Strand Lane (Purple Papaya) to King Street.

To ensure public safety and efficient traffic management, roadblocks will be in place at the intersection of King Street and King Cross Street (near the Library), commencing at 11:00 a.m. and lasting until midnight. Access during this time will be limited to vendors and officials associated with the Boat Parade Committee.

The Christmas Boat Parade is an iconic tradition in St. Croix, attracting thousands to the Christiansted boardwalk for a magical evening. The event is renowned for its display of intricately decorated boats, illuminating the night with festive lights, culminating in a stunning fireworks show.

The VIPD extends its gratitude to the community for cooperating with these traffic and parking arrangements, emphasizing their commitment to ensuring a safe, enjoyable holiday experience for all attendees.

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Ford Initiates Major Recall of Over 45,000 Vehicles Due to Door Latch Concerns



Ford Motor Company has begun issuing notices to owners of select models, specifically the 2015 Fiesta, 2016 Fusion, and the 2016 Lincoln MKZ, regarding a critical safety issue identified in these vehicles.

The company disclosed in mid-November the discovery of a defect in the door latches of certain vehicles. The defect involves a latch component that may break, potentially making the door difficult to secure or, in some cases, allowing it to open unexpectedly during travel.

Notably, some of these vehicles are known to have been sold and registered in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In response, Ford dealerships are conducting thorough inspections of the door latches on affected vehicles, with a directive to replace all four side door latches at no cost to the vehicle owner if they find any issues.

Vehicle owners who prefer immediate action rather than waiting for postal notifications can access further information by reaching out to Ford’s customer service at 1-866-436-7332 or contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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