Hospital on St. Croix Gets a Boost

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | Virgin Islands Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, the only hospital on St. Croix, has filled five of the nine seats on its board—enough to set policy for the facility. The hospital board had been without a quorum since 2013, leaving major decisions to a territorial board whose members are largely from St. Thomas. Having a quorum means the board can address the needs of local residents, and having AARP member Kimberly Jones on the panel means St. Croix residents …

AARP Virgin Islands 2014 Voter Guide is Available Online

Posted on 10/20/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands Elected leaders are important resources in a community. These individuals hold a great deal of responsibility for the health, welfare and prosperity of their community. Their leadership and foresight are critical toward the success or failure of all of us. Voters, on the other hand have a responsibility and a duty to learn as much as they can about the individuals who have come forward to serve the community. Only by getting familiar with each candidate can the voters truly …

Ask the Candidates: Here’s How

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands Virgin Islanders will elect a new governor, territorial senators and a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 4, and AARP is using social media to help voters learn candidates’ views. The effort, called VIW2K—short for “Virgin Islanders Want to Know”—gives voters a chance to pose questions to candidates via Facebook and Twitter, as well as at public events. AARP does not endorse any candidate or political party, but seeks to clarify candidates’ positions on issues important to …

AARP VI Member Appointed to St. Croix Hospital Board

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | Virgin Islands Two St. Croix residents: Kimberly Jones and Troy deChabert-Schuster, who were recently nominated by Governor John P. DeJongh to serve on the Governor Juan F. Luis (JFL) Hospital Board have sailed through a Rules and Judiciary Legislative confirmation hearing in early August. Their confirmation to the Board will give the hospital the ability to conduct its own business. The hospital lost that ability last year due to some political controversies that resulted in unexpected resignations. The Board, by law, has …

USVI Could be Almost Free of Fossil Fuels by the Year 2025

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands By Paul Chakroff — August 20, 2014 This is the second in a two-part commentary on energy independence in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Part one, “Storage is a Key Piece to Make Renewable Energy Work in the V.I.,” can be read here.     I applaud WAPA and the VI Energy Office for undertaking (and the US Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs for funding) a USVI integrated energy resource plan, known as an IRP.   My support is conditioned …

Storage is a Key Piece to Make Renewable Energy Work in the V.I.

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands In recent newspaper editorials there have been references to the contribution of energy storage to the energy portfolio of the U.S. Virgin Islands. I support this discussion. Energy storage enables the USVI to become almost entirely independent of fossil fuels by2025. It is important to understand that there are different types and scales of energy storage and we need two major types of energy storage to maximize penetration of non-baseload renewable energy resources – such as wind and solar – …