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— If it’s February, it must be time for the Agricultural and Food Fair in St. Croix. AARP Virgin Islands will be at the Ag Fair Grounds, Feb. 18-20, enjoying the festivities and talking to people about what AARP does to advocate for Virgin Islanders 50-plus. The annual fair features livestock demonstrations, a petting zoo, entertainment and rides, as well as vendors selling books, jewelry, crafts, clothing, and such local favorites as Vienna cake, fried cauliflower, roast pork, Johnny cakes and …

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— November 15, 2016 Dear Editor: On Friday, November 18th the Virgin Islands Legislature will be meeting in the Fritz Lawetz Conference Room in the Rules and Judiciary Committee to hear testimony on Bill Number 31-0184; the Virgin Islands Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA). You may wonder why the State Director of AARP Virgin Islands has taken the time to write a letter to the editor advising all Virgin Islanders that this is happening. What makes this …

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— You love your community and you want to give back. Have valuable skills and tons of experience. So what is your next step? Where do you begin looking for a volunteer opportunity that will be a good fit for what you would like to do and your lifestyle? Volunteering is a noble way of providing services to your friends and neighbors. But what exactly do you want to spend your personal time doing for others? One way you can find …

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— You love your community and you want to give back. You’ve got valuable skills and tons of experience. So what is your next step? Where do you begin looking for a volunteer opportunity that will make a good fit for what you would like to do and your lifestyle? Volunteering is a noble way of providing services to your friends and neighbors. But what exactly do you want to spend your personal time doing for others? One way you can …

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— The healing process doesn’t end when a patient leaves the hospital. For those treated at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center on St. Croix, the transition back home just got a little easier. Under the hospital’s recently launched “Med-to-Bed” program, patients can have their prescription medications delivered to their rooms before they are discharged. This free service helps patients get necessary medications without having to travel to a pharmacy on their way home—a benefit especially useful to …

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— AARP East Regional Vice President Kelly A. Clark announces that Troy A. De Chabert-Schuster – a distinguished member of the community, business entrepreneur, and educator in the Virgin Islands for more than 17 years – has been appointed State Director for AARP in the Virgin Islands, effective August 15, 2016. As State Director, De Chabert-Schuster will be responsible for leading and directing the advocacy and community outreach work of AARP and its members in the Virgin Islands.  “With an exceptional …

Hispanic Heritage Month in Machuchal

— En Español While a large portion of the Virgin Islands population considers its self to be Hispanic, when it comes to celebrating the contributions of Hispanics in the VI, all Virgin Islanders join in the festivities. Herminio ‘Emilio’ Torres, the President of the non-profit organization “Estate Profit Action Committee” or EPAC, gets excited as he relates the schedule of events that his small, but mighty committee works on each year to bring attention to the important role that Hispanics have played …

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— Local officials want to improve Virgin Islanders’ health, but to work effectively, they need to know what the population’s health habits are. The V.I. Department of Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Prevention is conducting a telephone survey to ask residents about their personal health habits. The results will guide public health efforts to help those living with chronic diseases to stay as healthy as possible. The local survey is part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System developed by …

NOT ALL GERS RETIREES RETIREMENT BENEFITS ARE IN IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY

— In the Thursday May 26, 2016, Board of Trustees meeting of the Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS), the vice-chairman of the board Judge Edgar Ross after a lengthy discussion on the provisions in Title 3, Chapter 27 Sections 718 and 718(a), and Chapter 28A, Sections 767 and 767a of the Virgin Islands Code, made a motion consistent with the law in Sections 718 and 767 (regular retirees) and 718a and 767a (early retirement program).  The motion, effective immediately, directed the …

HOME CARE SPOT

— Virgin Islanders who care for an aging loved one at home just got a huge boost of support from the legislature. A new law, which took effect March 30, improves communication and coordination between hospitals and family caregivers. The Caregiver Advice, Record and Enabling (CARE) Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver and requires the hospital to notify the caregiver before the patient is transferred or discharged. It also requires the hospital to show the caregiver how …