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!

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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

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.

Ferry Schedule

September 25, 2017 – The St. John – St. Thomas passenger ferry is running on a special schedule. All other ferries & barges are not yet operating or/are being used for emergency & relief or updates have not been received as yet.

This is a special schedule. It will be adjusted based on availability of fuel and curfew. Keep checking back for more info.

Red Hook → Cruz Bay
9:30 am – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Cruz Bay → Red Hook
9:00 am – 10:00 am – Noon – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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St John Recovery Update

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St John Recovery update report by Dan Boyd.

Many private individuals are stepping up an making a huge effort to get this island back to normal again! We have been in meetings twice this weekend which focused on 4 to 500 generators that will be donated to homeowners, road clearing crew, food supplies, gas and diesel donations, free assessment of homes for structural damages, electrical system check, installation of tarp to weather proof homes, census of the actual population.

Huge shout outs to Michael Bloomberg, Tom Secunda of Bloomberg Inc, The Kenny Chesney Foundation, DS Group, Team Dirt and many. many others
THANK YOU !!!
ST JOHN STRONG !!!!

!Dickie


Coral Bay Community Council

Hurricane Irma did major damage to all St. John and St. Thomas, and two weeks later Hurricane Maria compounded that damage and also did major damage to our sister island St. Croix… which reached out to us on St. John and Coral Bay with private boat loads of assistance in the early days after Irma… and now need help themselves…
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Victims of Hurricane Maria that took place beginning on Sept. 16, 2017 in parts of U.S. Virgin Islands may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS announced today. Individuals who reside or have a business in the Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas may qualify for tax relief….read more

May Events

7th Annual St. John Summer Youth Fair
May 17 – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Connecting children and their families with summer activities and employment opportunities. Organized by the St. John Community Integration Team (CIT) and the Virgin Islands Police Department. Read more….

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Wagapalooza 2017
May 20 – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Stop by the Winston Wells Ball field in Cruz Bay from 5-8pm to enjoy an island dog show. Food and drinks available for purchase as well as raffle tickets available for some wonderful prizes. Read more…..

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Friends St. John Beach to Beach Power Swim
May 28 – 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park will host the 14th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read more….

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New Vacation Accommodations

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Cinnamon Bay Estate

3 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | Pool | Hot Tub | WIFI

Cinnamon Bay Estate is  unique tropical treasure on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands with no detail overlooked, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity for discriminating guests. Located in the most exclusive and sought-after neighborhood of Catherineberg, luxurious Cinnamon Bay Estate is nestled at the end of a private road and surrounded by lush, green national park land on three sides, while the glistening expanse of the Caribbean is stretched out below. Amazing views of Cinnamon Bay.

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Villa South Palm

4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms | Pool | WIFI

Villa South Palm, a four-bedroom, 4.5 bath luxury pool villa located in the exclusive Virgin Grand Estates, overlooking picturesque Great Cruz Bay on the popular south shore of St. John. Offering four equal-sized master bedrooms with king beds guarantee that each couple has a terrific room – all with sea views. Two have private balconies, and two share a private patio. Satellite televisions, ceiling fans & A/C, bedside reading lamps and built-in storage complete the picture.

Villa South Palm allows Weddings.


Come to St John and enjoy a Caribbean Vacation

What to Do on St John VI

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Stjohnhouserentals.com is happy to share with you this great website to help make your St. John Vacation the best that it can be. Looking for things to do on your trip to St John? Whattodo-VI.com has answers for you. They are a great resource for everything you need to know about getting here, vacationing here, and living here.

Check out the People Powered Guide to the Virgin Islands with real, authentic, up to date local information on the VI Insider Blog, Local Events Calendar and extensive Business Directory.

They even allow you to share your insider knowledge and pictures with others in their comments section. Check them out and enjoy all they have to offer.hammock

Love City Live Presents

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REGGEA IN THE RUINS

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Reggae in the Ruins Saturday 1/28/2017

This year’s edition features international Reggae Star Duane Stephenson, Tia Mason and VI Roots stallwart Ras Batch.

Soundstage Schedule:
4pm – DJ Top Notch
4:30pm – Jah SoulJahs Band
6:00pm – Ninja P Sounds
6:30pm – The Echo People
7:15pm – Ras Batch
8:45pm – Tia Mason www.soundcloud.com/bellatia
10:15pm – Duane Stephenson

$30 advance purchase / $40 day of event & at the gate
Advance ticket purchase only available online
Get Tickets www.lovecitylivellc.com/tickets

A mystical night of live Reggae, local food, Ital – vegan food, island-style bars, arts and craft vendors and good vibes. (Chairs and blankets allowed, no coolers).

Special return ferries to Red Hook (STT) & West End – Tortola, BVI (Inter-Island Boat Service) after the event. Be sure to purchase roundtrip tickets on your way to St. John.

Special roundtrip ferry from St. Croix to St. John as part of our $95 “Crucian Day Pass” that includes a roundtrip ferry pass and 1 gen admission ticket into the event. The ferry will depart Christiansted at 2pm and return after the event departing Cruz Bay, St. John at 12:30 am. Get your Crucian Day Pass Now! http://www.lovecitylivellc.com/tickets

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