St John Restaurant Information

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Restaurants that are currently open
11/14/2017

420 to Center, Banana Deck, Cafe Roma
Chester’s: Open intermittently, Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis
Cruz Bay Landing, da Livio, Dog House Pub
Extra Virgin Bistro: Open – Now serving lunch too!
Hercules, Indigo Grill, Island Cork, La Tapa, Lime Inn
Nella’s Lounge: Bar is open!, North Shore Deli
Our Market Smoothies, P & P’s, Quiet Mon
Rhumb Lines, Sam and Jack’s Deli, Sun Dog Cafe
The Tap Room, Uncle Joe’s, Wok on the Beach

Restaurants that are currently closed
11/14/2017

Aqua Bistro, Asolare, Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Beach Bar, Cafe Concordia, Caneel Bay Resort
Château Bordeaux, Cinnamon Bay Campground
Columbo’s Smoothie Stand, De’ Coal Pot. DR!NK
Driftwood Dave’s, High Tide, Jake’s, Joe’s Rum Hut
Knox & Ollies, Lemongrass at the Westin
Little Olive, Margarita Phil’s, Miss Lucy’s
Morgan’s Mango, Ocean 362, Ocean Grill, Pickles
Pizzabar in Paradise, Ronnie’s Pizza, Shipwreck Landing
Skinny Legs, Slimman and the Snack Dragon, St. John Scoops
Tamarind Inn, The Bowery, The Thirsty Donkey
The Fish Trap: Closed – Freshwater Church is serving free lunch daily from noon to 1 p.m., The Longboard, The Terrace, The Triple B, UMAMI
Waterfront Bistro, Woody’s, Zozo’s Ristorante

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A Trip to St John

VI-11-16-2017

‎John Hilbert‎ to Stateside St. Johnians Alliance for Hurricane Irma Posted on Facebook on
November 10 at 7:31pm . Thank you John! We all appreciate that you made your pictures and thoughts public.  For those of you who don’t have Facebook I am posting some of John’s pictures and thoughts below.

“I’m going to post more photos of my trip to Jost separately but here are some more St John photos and my personal thoughts on when to return. As I mentioned previously, I asked everyone I came into contact with to give me their opinion. My advice to you all is, if you love St John (as I know you all do) then YOU NEED TO GO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to support the economy. Make sure you have accommodations and transportation arranged in advanced, and then JUST GO! You will in no way be a burden. In fact, you can provide what they need most which is tourism and business and maybe a helping hand.

So many people I met with are worried about their next paycheck once the relief ends and the disaster workers are gone. They want tourists to come – with the right expectations… While its still beautiful, its not YET the ol’ St John you remember. Only one beach open. Limited options for dining and bars. Accommodations options are also limited. On the flip side, the grocery stores are stocked, roads are clear, power is returning, dining options are already great, and the island is still beautiful! But, the best thing is that the vibe on the island is AMAZING! Everyone says hello to each other, waves and flashes the peace signal when driving; you see random acts of kindness and generosity everywhere. Its really inspiring!

The beauty of the island is still there – its just the man made stuff that needs work, but that’s coming along too. Power is coming quickly. Debris is being removed. The beaches are recovering. I was so impressed! I know my opinion will not be shared by everyone here on Facebook. That’s fine. But after just a week there, I am so thankful that our island has survived, hopeful for the future, and excited for my next trip down soon.

JUST GO!

airport“This is it for the STT airport. You are seeing the entire departure gate area except for the small Spirit gate off to the right. The main hall has been reduced to 1 gate.”

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Cruz Bay on November 10, 2017

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Coral Bay on November 11, 2017

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Skinny Legs new roof!

Coral Bay Community Council Update

Thursday October 26th

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We haven’t sent a newsletter in a while, due to the continuing communications “void” after the storm – and the need to keep communicating here on St. John using our Coral Bay Community Council voice. We keep expecting cell service and real wifi to be delivered to Coral Bay by AT&T and Broadband VI and by several disaster relief nonprofit organizations working hard on St. John – but they all continue to run into parts issues and operational problems that they did not anticipate – so “waiting” is the key word for our Coral Bay populace. Right now, Text to cell phone numbers, occasional WIFI calling and short emails do get through at the one WIFI point at the Coral Bay Firestation. Don’t expect people to be able to use weblinks, unless they are going all the way to St. Thomas – where smart phones and computers are working pretty well. Cruz Bay is so -so, but intended to improve shortly. Red Hook is pretty good.

You may know more than we do about the overall conditions in the VI, since we cannot routinely see any of the on-line or other news sources.

The Coral Bay Community Council office is in a building that will be getting a donated generator because FEMA will have a Disaster Recovery Center to serve people in the building, CBCC is running a contributed goods distribution center and because CBCC will offer a full access WIFI point for people in Coral Bay – using our computers or your own – as soon as the generator and WIFI capacity reaches us.

Check CBCC’s facebook page for updated info on businesses in operation (as well as business Facebook pages)– a few highlights below:

Mail is starting to flow again, and more businesses are open in Coral Bay. Connections East and Keep Me Posted are open and can only accept stamped mail right now to go out. (probably not outgoing packages yet – due to post office constraints.) Mail and packages are being delivered.

Donated generators are being installed at the two grocery stores – which are still not fully operational. This has been labelled a Priority. The Bloomberg Foundation Team and Kenny Chesney Foundation are taking this responsibility – as well as repairs to some of the business establishments and some people’s homes – according to the recommendations of their hired disaster specialists – how to get St. John running again.

Oasis is serving food from 11-5 daily, Wok on the Beach restaurant (old Voyages building) is serving Breakfast 7-11. Lunch – dinner 11-5. Thirsty Donkey has happy hour 2-5 daily. And Indigo Grill will open shortly.

Vanessa’s Mumbo Jumbo store is reopening so you can buy t-shirts and clothes, etc. Skinny Legs is “working on it.. “

BOATERS: If your boat was beached or sunk in Coral Harbor or elsewhere in Coral Bay – but not Hurricane Hole – please send an email to usvidpnr@gmail.com which is being monitored by the Coast Guard. You can also call 340-423-6353. A flyer with detailed info can be picked up at the CBCC office and will be sent via email shortly. The Coast Guard needs to know your intentions for the boat – and you don’t have to decide right away – just let them know which boat and how to contact you – to start right now.

If your boat was beached or sunk in Hurricane Hole or elsewhere in National Park, please do the same thing to this corrected email address: Caribbean_recovery@NPS.gov . More detailed info will be emailed shortly for all boaters.

Thank you to everyone who has made donations thus far to the Coral Bay Community Council and to other organizations for “hurricane relief”. And thank you to those who have brought down a suitcase of requested donated goods – like solar and battery lanterns and extension cords and more. And to those people who have reached out to individuals who need help in Coral Bay—and addressed their needs directly. It is all of these gifts that help all of us here continue to strive to work together – in a positive manner — to recover. http://coralbaycommunitycouncil.org/ to donate or learn new things about CBCC.

Cruz Bay “downtown” is supposed to be getting electric power from St. Thomas this week – and it will continue out towards the Myra Keating clinic. So many of the Cruz Bay restaurants and other businesses will be normalizing pretty quickly now.

We are told by WAPA and the Governor that there will be a backbone of electricity in Coral Bay by Christmas and some neighborhoods then or soon after. A number of rental villas are “ready to go” –as soon as power is restored or owners get reliable generator/solar power. Please tell your friends that they will be able to enjoy a St. John Vacation this winter – just wait a little while to book – so you can see what your choices are. Beaches are already open for swimming, and Reef Bay trail is being cleared… more each day… And the views are incredible already!

The toll on the wildlife – particularly birds that eat native berries and fruits – is significant. But it is gratifying to see flowers popping up along the roadside, even flamboyant trees – at this unusual time of the year as their biological clocks say “reproduce…recover… recreate nature’s bounty…and beauty!”

Help restore native vegetation in your home garden – stop by CBCC’s office for a free copy of the book “Landscaping for Erosion Control” or see it on our website here: http://coralbaycommunitycouncil.org/landscaping-sediment-r…/ Many of these recommended plants provide berries and fruits for birds and other creatures.

Generator Use – Please be Very Safe. Do not refuel while the generator is running, or when it is hot. The smartest time is before you use it each time – when you check fuel level and oil. Also please respect others trying to sleep and don’t run your generator all night. Waste oil – you will be changing oil after 5 to 10 hours (very important) – and then at regular intervals – according to your manual. Please read closely so your generator will last! Save the waste oil – do not pour on the ground or put in regular trash. We are arranging for an environmentally safe disposal site with EPA – hopefully in Coral Bay!

For all of you who are off-island now: We are all “camping” in our homes, or partial homes, and it will be like this for several more months. So if you are coming down soon, be prepared for this reality in Coral Bay. Around Christmas time it should start getting better.

Saturday, December 9th was originally going to be the CBCC Bizarre Bazaar date. Instead there will be a scaled down version combined with CBCC’s “Annual Meeting” – which has always been a potluck. Whatever we do –it will be a fun celebration for all of us in Coral Bay. We need some volunteers to help with this– and make it a great day. Stop by the CBCC office and speak to Michelle Bransom of our staff — who has been a champion through this whole recovery operation for Coral Bay at our office.
That’s all for now….
Living strong …
Sharon Coldren and your CBCC board and staff

October 24th Update

October 24th Update for St John Highlights

The Post Office in Cruz Bay is Repaired and open! Retail lobby hours are 9am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm on Saturday for parcel pick up only. Connections has stamps available for purchase.

Car barge service currently runs daily, with a variable number of trips. Please ask someone at the barge for the schedule as it is subject to change daily.

Then Passenger ferry service to Red Hook is leaving Cruz Bay every hour on the hour from 6am to 5pm. The return ferry leaves Red Hook at 5:30am, 6:30am, 7:30am, 8am and every hour on the hour thereafter with the las departure at 5:30.

A FREE east-west shuttle is in service. The safari taxis hold 19 passengers each. Two taxis run concurrently from Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Shuttle service pick up/drop off points are the Cruz Bay passenger ferry dock and the Coral Bay Fire Station. The schedule for taxis is 8am, 9am, 10am, 3pm 4pm and 5pm. Departure and arrival times are subject to change.

The Army Corps of Engineers continues sigh-ups for Free tarp/roofing installation. Residents may sigh up 8:30am-3pm Non/Wed/Fri at the Legislature Building in Cruz Bay or the Fire Station in Coral Bay. For the fastest service bring photo ID, a property tax bill and if possible, a photo of the damages roof for property identificatio. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3rd is the LAST DAY to sigh up with Operation Blue Roof. Visit http://www.sad.usace.army.mil/Blueroof or call 888-ROOF-BLU

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Save Coral Bay: Hurricane Irma Update

Excellent post-Irma update from the Save Coral Bay organization:

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It has been just over one month since our island home was devastated by one of the most intense hurricanes in Caribbean history. I am sure you’ve all seen and heard of the extensive destruction to infrastructure, homes, and the environment wrought by Irma. And to add insult to injury, just two weeks later, Maria brought hurricane force winds to St John for hours on end, while decimating our sister islands of St Croix and Puerto Rico.

We woke up on September 7, 2017, to a changed Coral Bay. Houses had literally disappeared. Boats were strewn along the shores of Coral Bay Harbor and Hurricane Hole. People walked the roads in a state of shock checking on the safety of their friends and neighbors.

A month has passed. I’ve spent virtually all of that time securing my home, repairing the most critical damage, helping my friends, and seeking and providing comfort from and to the community of Coral Bay. It hasn’t been easy, but we didn’t choose to live in Coral Bay for ease of life. We chose Coral Bay because it was, and is, a unique and priceless treasure.
I am writing today to assure those who have supported Save Coral Bay over the years that our mission and our resolve remains unwavering. Although we have all been bruised, battered, and in some cases beaten, we need to look over the horizon at a point a year or two away when things have returned to a new normal, and focus now on what needs to be done to ensure that Coral Bay is redeveloped consistent with the vision of those who live here.

These points define my focus for Save Coral Bay over the coming months:

1. The mission of Save Coral Bay remains the same, to protect this special place so that its unique natural beauty may be enjoyed by future generations.

2. The risk of over development in Coral Bay remains, and the prospect of unscrupulous developers seeing an opportunity to leverage the community’s losses into their personal gains are greater now than ever.

3. We must remain vigilant and dedicated to protecting the future of Coral Bay. As incongruous as it may seem in the midst of this devastation, we will continue to pursue our advocacy for environmentally sound projects with the Army Corps regulatory division, with Coastal Zone Management, and with local government.

4. Recovery efforts are best handled by the agencies with the resources to make a real impact – FEMA, Army Corps, and territorial agencies – but Save Coral Bay will look for opportunities to assist when and where appropriate. Protection of the shoreline remains a priority.

People have asked about the future of Coral Bay given the extraordinary impact of these storms. In the short term, there will undoubtedly be significant changes to the people, the places and the environment which define Coral Bay.

Every storm erases some of the past, uncovering some of what was hidden, opening opportunities for the future. One of our Coral Bay elders said to me “we were due for a cleansing – look at the bright new growth emerging in the forest – this is regeneration.” Another person spoke to me as he looked out over the hillsides and said he had lived on St John his entire life, but was now seeing things that he had never seen before.

I expect at least a year of physical recovery – infrastructure, roads, businesses, critical home repairs, followed by several years of renovation and restoration.

The Coral Bay community is stronger than ever. The commitment to rebuild and reestablish the quality of life which we all cherish is indomitable.

Businesses in Coral Bay are rebuilding and opening – Indigo Grill, Wok on the Beach, Pizza Bar in Paradise, Oasis, Pickles, Skinny Legs, Connections, Windspree, Calabash Market, Love City Market – with tangible progress being made every day. Music is happening in Coral Bay – Indigo has hosted at least two open sessions with local musicians, generator power, cold beer, and LOTS of smiling, dancing, loving Coral Bayians.

The hillsides are getting greener every day. Flowers are blooming. Unfortunately insects are blooming as well, but that’s all part of the cycle. I will miss seeing some of my favorite trees and I don’t know when beaches and hiking trails will be reopened, but I do know it will happen. New vistas will replace familiar ones. Every void is an opportunity to create something new.

The human toll is difficult to measure. Everyone who lived through Irma experienced some degree of shock and trauma. Those who were away and returned later experienced a cognitive disconnect between what they remembered and what they now see. Each of us deals in our own way with these psychological impacts. Some have left the island. We will miss them. Some don’t know if they have the strength to stay. What I do know is that the core of the Coral Bay community is stronger than ever before. We are supporting one another and sharing the love that makes this such a special place.

As recovery progresses I will try to keep you all updated on the highlights. I won’t be focusing on the negatives. Our mission is to Save Coral Bay for future generations and that is what I intend to put my energy into achieving.

Blessings to each and every one of you.
David

Mail Update from Connections Cruz Bay

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10-14-2017 update
Connections (Cruz Bay) 
Is currently open 9am-3pm Mon-Fri & Sat from 9am – 1pm.
St John now getting letters & packages – post “IrMaria” (as we refer to hurricanes Irma & Maria). Connections in Cruz Bay is getting some emails & internet – though still spotty.  Please let us know if you left StJ & what to do with your mail. Our email address is stjohnconnections@gmail.com.  We cannot offer storage of packages as those of us who are here will now be getting care packages from family and friends. Let us know who you want to pick up your mail & packages.  The Post Office in Cruz Bay will not take any packages to be forwarded or returned to sender – and no idea when that might change.
Meanwhile, Love City Lives!

Irma Recovery Update from the St. John Community Foundation

10-4-17: SJCF-VOAD Mid-Week Update:
As the island has shifted from Emergency Response to Recovery mode, and more news is getting out of St. John, our communications will shift from daily updates to a weekly recap/forecast of basic services, while continuing to share vital updates and information on our Facebook page. We will focus on developing and facilitating collaborations for short and long term recovery efforts with local and stateside partners on behalf of the St. John Community.

Communication, Power and Security: Equipment issues on STT and STX have impaired some internet connections on St. John, however, there are several WiFi hotspots in town with service extending to the south side soon. There are spots near Ronnie’s Pizza, Connections, between the BMV building and the tennis court, and on the 3rd floor of the Marketplace. Look for VINGN-Free Public. No password is needed. To prevent slow WiFi speed, please disable automatic app updates on your phone. WAPA’s goal is to have power up in Cruz Bay to MK Clinic in two weeks, and to create a mini grid for interim/temporarily power to Coral Bay until full power can be achieved. An antenna is being installed at the Coral Bay fire station to improve communications between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay fire departments. Law enforcement continues to patrol both sides of the island 24 hours a day, and are experiencing good communications across the island.

Transportation: The curfew is officially from 7pm to 6am, and there have been no conflicts or incidents reported in relation to this. Passenger ferry hours are 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 3, 5 daily, schedule subject to change. The car barge has 3-4 trips daily; only one barge is currently operational. Speak directly to barge operators regarding daily schedule. The Coast Guard has not opened the original car barge location because the channel is blocked. Shipping companies such as Tropical and Merchants are running, however, expect delays in containers to private citizens and to businesses. Call the USVI Department of Tourism directly for information on mercy flights/cruises yet to be scheduled at 340-772-0357. The Bloomberg group is supplying fuel and drivers are donating their time for a free shuttle service between Cruz Bay ferry dock and Coral Bay fire department; two 19 passenger shuttles with pick up and drop off at 8, 9, 10 AM and 3, 4, 5PM…The airport on St. Thomas is open for business. Call individual airlines for their schedules, which are changing daily.

Mass Care, Housing, Human Services: Bethany Moravian Church Shelter is operational with approximately 14 people staying overnight. The Red Cross continues to distribute water and clean-up kits, and supports over 2,000 meals daily. Cruz Bay Landing will continue to serve Red Cross supported meals through October 11; Longboard through October 17; 420 to Center in Cruz Bay and Indigo Grill in Coral Bay have been and continue to serve meals on their own; St. John Community Foundation is working on supplementing/supporting food service in Cruz Bay and Coral Bay with details to come in next week’s update. The Coral Bay fire station is distributing rations 10-3 daily; distribution at JESS ball field form 12-3 daily. The Chesney foundation is conducting weekly evacuations according to need.

Health Care and advisories: The Chesney group reported that the clinics have received $500,000 in supplies to date. DeCastro clinic is seeing approximately 20-25 patients in Cruz Bay daily; The fire station receives about 15 patients daily. Many cases are related to people stepping on nails; proper protective footwear is encouraged. The US Public Health Service is augmenting medical service from local, John’s Hopkins and DMAT professional with trained grief and trauma counselors at the DeCastro clinic and the Coral Bay Fire Station. The New Jersesy Emergency Medical Service Task Force, a team of 11, have arrived as support. Mental health providers are helping the island heal emotionally and to manage stress effectively. They are conducting grief counseling and interventions, as well as, offering stress management tips and tools for dealing with the disaster. In a recent press conference, Police Commissioner Delroy Richards referred to incidents and arrests relating to domestic violence, and urged people seek counseling, and not to stay in a violent situation. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a–year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to this or any disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
The National Park is advising residents to not swim in the ocean at this time. DPNR has not yet tested the waters and there is no established timeline for inspection as of yet. Swim at your own risk.

Debris Removal, Sanitation and Trash: Public Works’ current priority is trash and roadside debris removal. The Upper Carolina landslide is currently being cleared. Otherwise, roads are currently open and clear. The transfer station is closed today and will reopen on Friday, however, commercial sector is encouraged to take their bins to STT and the public is instructed to put only household waste in the bins (not landscape or construction materials), and reminded that burning debris has been prohibited in the territory. The Army Corp of Engineers will move forward with their debris mission, and the Chesney group has organized local workforce crews to work with the DIRT team.

Youth – School and Recreation: Gov Mapp is still hoping for STT/STX schools to open on October 9th, however, there is no definitive opening date for JESS as contractors fix the roof. Gift Hill School is in session from 10a-2p Mon. thru Fri. 125 are students enrolled and new student assessments are still being conducted; due to space constraints, there is a hold on admitting new students to preschool and grades 4 – 5. Parents can register their children between 8:30-9:30am or 3-4pm, they must have proof of current shots, physical exam records, and be willing complete a short interview and screening process. Volunteers are still needed at the upper campus. The Chesney group has (and continues) to make repairs the St. John Christian Academy, Gift Hill and Sprauve schools.

Business and Employment: Commissioner Catherine A. Hendry announced at the territory’s daily news conference, that all of those who are self-employed or are independent contractors and have had their ability to work disrupted by Hurricane Irma can apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. The period for those affected to apply ends Oct. 30. The USVI Dept of Labor is available 10a-2p, Mon, Wed, Fri at the STJ Legislature Building for unemployment questions. Bring your ID, Social Security Card, and a Statement of Unemployment letter.

First Bank Cruz Bay branch service from 9:30a-12:30p and ATM service from 9a-3p. The post office can take mail and packages that are fully prepared for shipping. Post office hours are 10-2. They do not currently have the resources to assist with postage, weight, measurements, etc. Open for business: Groceries: Starfish Market is open 9am-3pm, hopes to begin taking credit and is expecting delivery of provisions. Neither Coral Bay grocery store has a generator and therefore are not operational. Starfish Market, Dolphin Market, St. John Market, Pine Peace Market. Chelsea Drug, RHFP health clinic at the Marketplace, Canines Cats and Critters, St. John Insurance, Tunick Insurance, St. John Properties, Connections, St. John Hardware, Paradise Lumber, St. John Ice, E&C Service Station, Caravan Auto, Steve Simonson Photo, Papaya Cafe, Sun Dog Cafe, Chester’s Getaway, Hercules, and Calabash Market and Love City Market in Coral Bay are operational. Monsanto laundry had 3 washers and is working to get a larger generator at this time.

For a more complete listing of Businesses open on all islands go to DIRECTORY LINK: https://docs.google.com/…/1oCyqZ7hICfRsoSbgij4dPevqLY…/edit… Businesses are encouraged to go to the USVI Business Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/USVIbusinesscommunitystjohn/ To be included, please follow our host’s directions to Businesses/Organizations ON ISLAND: PLEASE request group membership and directly post your information: Name of Business, Location, Contact Information, Description of Services/Items available, Time Sensitive information regarding services or hours of operations, Methods of payment accepted., If items are available for purchase or offered FREE. You will receive a “post pending message and they will respond within 24 hours.

Home Assessment and Repair: Bloomberg team members are conducting door-to-door assessments and have exceeded expectations for gathering household data. 200 people on the island have linked to disaster assistance benefits. The Blue Roof program via Army Corp of Engineers is stationed at both Connections and the Coral Bay fire station, 9am-3pm. Call 888-roof-blu, or go to http://www.sad.usace.army.mil/blueroof for more information. 800-621-fema or disasterassistance.gov and DSA personnel are on-hand at the National Park gazebo and the Coral Bay fire station. The VIPD and NY State Troopers advise all citizens that as FEMA and other agencies survey and assess, they should have credentials and provide them for you if you ask. This also extends to private contractors working for these agencies.

Legal Services: Disaster Legal Services (DLS) provides legal assistance to low-income individuals who, prior to or because of the disaster, are unable to secure adequate legal services to meet their disaster related needs. The following are types of disaster legal assistance that may be available to you: Help with insurance claims for doctor and hospital bill, loss of property, loss of life, etc. • Drawing up new wills and other legal papers lost in the disaster • Help with home repair contracts and contractors • Advice on problems with landlords. For more information go to https://www.disasterlegalaid.org/

Volunteers and Donations: We are getting many generous offers from people who want to come to the island to help in the recovery efforts. However, volunteers are asked not to self-deploy; right now the few accommodations left intact are prioritized for displaced residents and federal disaster responders, who are also priority recipients of limited supplies of food, water, gasoline, etc. Please know that many aspects of this recovery will take weeks, months and even years ….and we WILL need you. Register online at https://voad.communityos.org/volunteer-registration-usvi-irma … once registered, email celia@sjcf.org and you will be contacted once public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.

Persons interested in helping can best support the relief effort by making a cash donation instead of sending donated goods and services. Cash donations to voluntary disaster relief organizations enables them to purchase exactly what is most needed – whereas donated items require voluntary agencies to spend money and considerable time for sorting, inventorying, warehousing, and distribution.

To make a donation to the Foundation for St. John IRMA relief efforts go to http://thestjohnfoundation.org/donate

Mail Service to the Caribbean

Caribbean Mail Service for Puerto Rico, St. Thomas,
St. John, St. Croix, Culebra and Vieques areas

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Last updated Sept. 27, 2017, 8 a.m. ET

St. John
Cruz Bay, St John, 00830 customers can pick up packages and mail from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Thomas
Offices open for mail and package pickup, with hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
East End/Tutu Mall for addresses in ZIP Code 00805.
Havensight for PO Box customers in ZIP Code 00802 and Emancipation Gardens customers in 00804. Havensight will be open for retail services effective Sept. 27, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Charlotte Amalie will provide mail handout service for ZIP Codes 00801, 00803, 00805 and street addresses ending in 00802.

St. Croix
Post Offices remain closed.

There will be no retail services and package or mail pickup at any location in 006-009 except for the locations listed above.

Puerto Rico
The following offices will be open for PO Box mail and package pickup services from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
San Juan Main
Bayamon Main Branch
Mayaguez Main Branch
Marina Station
Carolina Main
Carolina – Pueblo Station
Santurce Post Office
Cayey Post Office
Carriers will be available to hand out mail for customers that receive street delivery, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

USPS is not accepting Priority Mail Express service or shipment of live animals for the following ZIP Codes: 006, 007, 008 and 009.

There will be no Priority Mail Express service or shipment of live animals in Puerto Rico due to the hurricane.

Retail services and package or mail pickup are not available on the following islands:
St. Croix, 008.
Culebra, 00775.
Vieques, 00765.

Check for Service alerts

Click here http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/resident-open.htm and  then click on Hurricane Maria

NYC (Quest)Love for Love City

NYC Fundraiser for St. John Rescue featuring Questlove

A fundraiser at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC this weekend benefitted St. John Rescue.

Thanks to DJ Questlove (from The Roots and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) who presided over the music for SIX HOURS at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC this weekend to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief on St. John.

DJ Questlove presided over the music at an NYC dance party fundraiser for St. John.

DJ Questlove presided over the music at an NYC dance party fundraiser for St. John.

The fundraiser was open to all ages (seriously, the bouncers were joking they were valet-parking the strollers…) and let me tell you, some six-year-olds can do a mean limbo. And if they didn’t appreciate the classic Soul Train videos projected on screen as the dance music played on and on (and on), their parents (or grandparents) surely did. Admission was free with all donations going to St. John Rescue.

If you missed the party, you can donate to St. John Rescue online.

Thanks to everyone for their love and tireless support of Love City.

Questlove dance party for St. John Rescue

Recovery and Good News for St John

Thank you to Celia and the St. John Community Foundation, News of St John, St John Source, viconsortium and all who are working hard to get information out there to you.

Food distribution from noon-3pm at JESS ballfield and at the Fire Station in Coral Bay. Cruz Bay Landing, Longboard supported by Red Cross to serve up to 1,000 meals per day; 420, Indigo Grill, Dog House and others providing supportive service.

The Westin and Caneel both have potable water.

Commercial flights will begin at the Cyrile E. King Airport on Thursday 9/28/2017. Jetblue, American Airlines, Delta and possibly United Airlines, will all resume paid flights (not mercy trips) to and from the territory. The governor said interested persons should contact the airlines for more information. Flights begin as early as 9:30 a.m., and the airlines are asking passengers to be at the airport four hours before takeoff. Customs clearance will be done at the passenger’s destination, as some functionality at the St.Thomas airport remain suspended because of damage the facility sustained from Hurricane Irma. V.I.P.D. officers have been notified that persons will be leaving the territory, and should therefor not be barred — once proof is ascertained — from heading to the airport during curfew hours.

The government is aiming to reopen the St. Croix airport sometime next week, with a solid date to be divulged in an upcoming press conference.

E&C gas is open; NPS dock opens from 8-12 for response workers and at noon for the general public.

The ferries and car barge are running, but on a limited schedule.

First Bank open

Mail service resumed

Bruce Twyon, owner of Southern Hospitality, picked up 25 NY State Troopers and assisted with transporting personnel, equipment and other supplies needed at the St. John Clinic yesterday.

Kenny Chesney helped evacuated more St. John residents

Sun Dog Cafe, Hercules and Chester’s are open.

Community happy hour happening at The Tap Room on Fridays.

E&C gas is open; NPS dock opens from 8-12 for response workers and at noon for the general public.

Gifft Hill School is open and providing free education to all children. JESS hopes to reopen by mid-October.

The basketball court and playground in Cruz Bay have been cleared thanks to volunteers.

Pink Papaya is open. Chelsea Drug Store is open.

Starfish Market, Dolphin Market, Pine Peace Market, Calabash Market are all open.

The health clinic at the Marketplace is open.

St. John Hardware and Paradise Lumber are open.

St. John Ice is open.

Caravan Auto is open.

WAPA has executed agreements for a first phase of 240 linemen to assist with the Territory’s reconstruction with more on the way.