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Created on Friday, 07 March 2014 05:30
Written by Island Fly Girl
The old Marina Market building in Cruz Bay, above, is being transformed into a home for Healing Arts.
Acupuncturist Dr. May Trieu will host an open house on March 9.
After months of refurbishing, The Healing Arts Complex will be hosting an open house on Sunday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for patients, friends and families.
“Everybody on St. John is most welcome,” said Acupuncturist Dr. May Trieu OMD, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Dr. Trieu, who has served St. John and St. Thomas patients for years, is inviting the public to visit the expansion of her healing arts practice on St. John in the former Marina Market building on South Shore Road in Enighed
“It is for whoever believes in a holistic approach to healing,” Dr. Trieu told Tradewinds. “I’m inviting and encouraging everyone who believes in healing to join us.”
Chiropractor Elizabeth Masiello, who currently has an office at the Lumberyard, will be at the Healing Arts building twice a week, according to Dr. Trieu. The Healing Arts Complex will also will feature Psychologists Dr. Laurie Thompson and Dr. Jennifer Richard and Massage Therapist Sheri Theberge.
Contractor Robert W. Hoskinson II, a familiar sight over the past several months in his bright white cowboy hat at the South Shore Road medical center, is putting the finishing touches on the project.
Created on Thursday, 06 March 2014 05:21
Written by Jaime Elliott
The murder trial of Amanda Hayes, above, ended up on national television, including the "Nancy Grace Show," with host Nancy Grace, below center.
Former St. John resident Amanda Hayes was convicted of second degree murder by a Raleigh, North Carolina jury and sentenced to between 13 and 16-and-one-half years in jail by Judge Don Stephens on Wednesday, February 19.
Hayes, 41, was found guilty of second degree murder for her part in killing 27-year-old mother of two Laura Ackerson in July 2011. Amanda Hayes’ husband, Grant Hayes, who lived on St. John for several years with his then-girlfriend Laura Ackerson and their two young sons, was convicted of first degree murder in September 2013 and is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
The jury of nine women and three men deliberated for 11 hours before handing down its second degree murder conviction following a 13-day trial which featured testimony from 49 witnesses, including Amanda Hayes.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Amanda Hayes worked with her husband Grant Hayes to murder Ackerson, the mother of Grant Hayes’ two sons. Laura Ackerson and Grant Hayes were in a heated custody battle over their two young sons when prosecutors allege Grant and Amanda Hayes killed Ackerson, dismembered her body with a power saw, packed her remains in coolers and transported the body pieces to Texas, where they dumped Ackerson’s remains in a creek near the home of Amanda Hayes’ sister.
Headlines on television stated "Woman helps hubby murder and dismember former lover"
Read more: Amanda Hayes Convicted of Second Degree Murder, Faces to 13 to 16.5 Year
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:55
Written by Jaime Elliott
Supermodel Natasha Barnard lounges on a beach in Brazil sporting a suit by Coral Bay’s Ranifly Bikinis.
St. John bikini designer Rani Keohane
Watch out world, here comes Rani Keohane and she’s bringing custom bikinis.
The Coral Bay-based bespoke bikini designer is riding a wave of publicity which is not about to end any time soon.
For the second year in a row, one of Keohane’s RaniFly Bikinis was included in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue coverage and her suits were recently chosen as one of five bikini brands recommended for “women who rip” by Grind TV.
On the 2014 SI Swimsuit Issue website, http://swimsuit/si/com, a graphic printed RaniFly tie-string bottom and triangle top bikini is worn by South African model Natasha Barnard as she’s photographed lounging on a sandy beach in Brazil.
This is the second year in a row that one of Keohane’s bikinis has been featured in SI Swimsuit Issue’s online coverage. And, while many of the SI swimsuit photographers adhere to a “less is more” ethos, both of RaniFly Bikini’s pictures actually show the bikinis. The coverage also includes a handy direct link from the SI website to www.RaniFlyBikini.com.
RaniFly Bikinis will sponsor St. John sailor Mimi Roller, above, a contender in the next Summer Olympic Games, along with Mimi’s partner, who will sport the designer’s swimsuits during the competition.
Read more: RaniFly Bikinis Featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 11:43
Written by Tom Oat
There has been no new information from V.I. Police Department about the investigation into the mid-January stabbing death of a New Jersey man in his south shore apartment.
There is nothing new to report from V.I. Police Department investigators.
A VIPD spokesperson has said officials will issue statements when they have something to release to the public.
There is nothing new to report from the private investigator working for the Malfetti family.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has not taken an active role in the investigation despite the call by a New Jersey U.S. Senator for federal involvement in the investigation into Malfetti’s death.
Friends Lambaste USVI on Internet
Friends and family of Malfetti on St. John and in his home state of New Jersey, meanwhile, have fed internet chatter which typically follows any major crime against a visitor about how dangerous the U.S. Virgin Islands are for tourists.
Malfetti family private investigator William Phoenix has never asserted Malfetti was murdered in a case of mistaken identity, although Phoenix has confirmed to Tradewinds he was aware of the island rumor that Malfetti was killed after being mistaken for the previous tenant of the apartment he had recently rented.
Read more: No New Information on Malfettie Murder
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 08:43
Written by Tom Oat
The future final resting place of Magarbi “TJ” McCullum Matthew will have beautiful views of Cruz Bay harbor.
Thomas Matthew was gazing at the morning bustle on Cruz Bay from the roadside above the quiet, sun-dappled cemetery sloping down to the waterfront early on the morning of February 24, envisioning the view his 22-year-old son, Magarbi McCullum “TJ” Matthew, would have from his final resting place.
“He was my only son,” Matthew said of the oldest of his three children, his voice wavering.
“He liked to be called ‘TJ’ for Thomas Junior,” his father recalled with his familiar smile easing his somber demeanor.
TJ was killed in a February 16 automobile accident near Seattle, Washington, where he had been serving in the U.S. Navy.
TJ and his father created Our Market Smoothies, the colorful oasis in downtown Cruz Bay across from the U.S. Post Office. Together they made Our Market and Hospitality Car Rental into a shaded gathering spot for visitors and residents with TJ working with his father there after school and on weekends and holidays.
Read more: A Father Buries His Only Son, An Island Loses a Shining Young Man
Created on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 07:14
Written by Andrea Milam
Magarbi Matthew of St. John was advancing rapidly in the U.S. Navy when he was killed in a traffic accident near Seattle, Washington where he was serving.
Magarbi McCullum Matthew, known affectionately as TJ, was remembered last week after he died February 16 in a fatal car crash in Washington state. Matthew, who was stationed at the USS Nimitz with the U.S. Navy, was on his way back to the base after taking friends home when he struck a tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen, causing the truck to roll over onto his car. He died at the scene just before midnight.
Matthew, who was 22 years old, was an E-5, or petty officer second class, in the U.S. Navy. He’d reached this rank, which typically takes six years to achieve, in just three years.
“He was caring, loving, respectful, and humble,” said Matthew’s father, Thomas Matthew of Our Market Smoothies and Hospitality Car Rental. “He loved taking care of people.”
Friends of Matthew’s from the Navy brought his body home last week.
“He was pretty impressive as far as knowing what he wanted to accomplish,” said AO2 Marie Jackson. “I’d say he could accomplish anything and everything. He was a hard worker, always wanting to learn.”
Read more: Magarbi Matthew Remembered for His Kind Spirit, Impressive Work Ethic Following Fatal Car Crash