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Mapp: Moms Across The Territory Get A Very Special Happy Mother’s Day Wish Today

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CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Kenneth Mapp extended Mother’s Day greetings to the women of the territory, highlighting “the special place in all our hearts for the women who gave birth to us, and mothered us through childhood and beyond.”

Mapp said that even women who might not have had children themselves, have helped rear new generations as caring sisters, aunts, godparents, educators and more.

“As we reflect on the passage and aftermath of the September storms of 2017, we also recognize the vital services from countless mothers, in both public and private arenas, who despite suffering severe losses in their personal lives, responded to the territory’s need for service and assistance and performed their duties with devotion and distinction,” the governor said. “These persons are truly modern-day heroines and a major reason why our recovery is on track and why brighter days lie ahead for our beloved Virgin Islands.”

Mapp wanted to give a special Mother’s Day wish to his own mother.

“We have been through a lot of hardship together these past months and so there’s no better time to reflect with love, gratitude, nostalgia and fondness for mothers who are sadly departed, and with deep appreciation for the blessing of still having mothers in our lives. I still cherish Mrs. Vashti Mapp’s existence each and every day that I live,” he said. “May God bless every mother and all those who stand in for them across our beloved islands. It is my sincere wish that you have a wonderful and love-filled Mother’s Day.”

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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