WAPA Management Seeks OK from Board on Plan to Reduce LEAC

Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Home & Family | Money & Work | Virgin Islands At an emergency meeting with its Board of Directors, VI Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Executive Director Hugo Hodge, introduced a plan to take advantage of the dropping cost of propane and other fuels. The plan requested permission to re-institute its former “Hedge Program” with a few modifications. Hodge justified the request saying that “Taking advantage in the drop of propane prices will give ratepayers significant cost savings.” Traditional hedge programs allow a utility to take advantage of price drops …

Fraud Watch: Protect Yourself From Scams

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | Virgin Islands AARP is encouraging Virgin Islanders to protect themselves from scams by joining the AARP Fraud Watch Network. The online resource offers insights on how con artists think and helps people figure out what to do if they have been victimized. According to the FBI, scammers often target older people because they are more likely to have nest eggs to exploit, tend to listen politely, may be ashamed to report they have been duped and may have cognitive disabilities that make …

Real Pads Aren’t Just for Seniors

Posted on 12/30/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

About AARP | Events | Virgin Islands When AARP launched its RealPads earlier this year its designers envisioned the tablet to be something that would appeal to seniors because they would find it easy to understand, easy to use and enjoyable. Ironically, seniors are not the only group who finds those technical characteristics to be very important when selecting a tablet. The Rotary Club of St. Thomas Sunrise sought to partner with AARP VI because they were seeking just those technical specifications. The Rotary Club identified the …

Fraud Watch – It’s Everybody’s Business

Posted on 12/30/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work | Virgin Islands AARP VI feels that no one should ever be the victim of a fraud or scam. But to make sure that the right people are aware of what is going on in our community, we need the assistance, eyes and ears of all AARP members. If you get an unusual phone call, for instance, where the caller asks you to immediately pay them money over the phone or face some unusual sort of risk; the AARP Fraud Watch Network needs …

AARP shares letter on Tibbar Energy Proposal

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Advocacy | Virgin Islands Magdalene Morancie, Acting Director Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Protection 45 Estate Mars Hill, Frederiksted VI 00840 Via E-mail: Madgalene.Morancie@dpnr.vi.gov November 25th, 2014 Dear Director Morancie: AARP Virgin Islands is concerned about the petition currently before the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources (“DPNR”). According to the Petition, the applicant Tibbar Energy intends to drill 22 water wells on St. Croix so that they may appropriate over 520,000 gallons of groundwater per day for …

Only Hospital on St. Croix Gets Boost

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

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 …