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VIPD Sponsors National Night Out This Month At UVI

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FREDERIKSTED — Grove Place Weed and Seed along with the Virgin Islands Police Department are hosting a day of Family Kite Flying under the auspices of the National Night Out Initiative.

The family fun event will take place on SaturdayAugust 22 at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix Campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Family Kite Flying event is geared towards students ranging in age from 3 to 13 and their parents. There will be free kites for participants and a Barbeque, in addition to Incentives and School Supplies as giveaways! Grove Place Weed and Seed plans to register 50 families, or 150 participants for this family-oriented event.

Founded in March of 1981, the National Association of Town Watch is the nation’s premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation.

NATW is a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens. Through that network, NATW was able to launch the annual National Night Out campaign.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

The Virgin Islands National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

For more information on how to participate in the Family Kite Flying event or to volunteer your services, please contact Police Officer Edith Christopher of the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 773-6393.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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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