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DPNR And Friends Of East End Marine Park To Host Astronomy By The Sea Saturday

TEAGUE BAY — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources announces that the Division of Coastal Zone Management in collaboration with Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park will host an educational session of Astronomy by the Sea on Saturday, October 9th at Estate Great Pond Park (location of old Camp Arawak) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

Join St. Croix East End Marine Park staff for an evening of stargazing and storytelling under the new moon. Participants will learn about the constellations and how to identify various stars and planets. Captivating folklore will be told by flutist Kemit Sweeney. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair, a flashlight and a light, long sleeve shirt.  Masks are required.  

This is a free educational event, suitable for all ages and experience levels. Due to COVID-19 social distancing practices and RSVP is required. Interested parties can RSVP by contacting Kelcie Troutman at (340) 718-3367 or emailing Kelcie.Troutman@dpnr.vi.gov

Sign up on your own by searching “Astronomy by the Sea” on Eventbrite (eventbrite.com). 

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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