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Senator Gittens Offers Condolences To Family of Oswin Sewer Sr.

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CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix senator today expressed his “deep sympathy” over the death of St. John educator and community activist Oswin Sewer, Sr.

Sen. Kenneth Gittens said Sewer’s passing comes just as the St. John Festival Season begins and shows “how important our cultural bearers are to our celebrations.”

Sewer was an at-large member of the Virgin Islands Board of Education and a member of the St. John Cultural Dancers.

“When I heard of Mr. Sewer’s passing, I was very saddened as I thought of all of the contributions he has made over the years and the void that will be left in the community, in the organizations he was active and specifically on the V.I. Board of Education, which he recently was chairperson,” Gittens said.

Gittens called Sewer “a proud product of the local public school system and a retired public school educator.”

“He has been an executive member of the Virgin Islands Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons, Safety Zone, American Federation of Teachers-St. Thomas-St. John Chapter,” Gittens said. “He was a member of the V.I. Humanities Council, V.I. Lottery Commission and has been an active member of the Nazareth Lutheran Church Council, among other organizations.”

The St. Croix senator, who chairs the Legislature’s committee on Rules and the Judiciary, said “his thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Laurel Hewitt-Sewer and his four children as well as his extended family from his community-based organization involvement, his church and his employment at Gallows Point Resort in Cruz Bay.”

“Mr. Sewer was a prime example of the type of person that this territory was built on,” Gittens said. “He was a person who did not sit around and ask what his community could do for him. Rather, he took up the torch whenever necessary and led his community and did whatever he could to make it a better place to live and work.”


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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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