City Manager’s Newsletter – 22nd July, 2008

Road Town and You!



You’re invited…


To the last Play in the Park on July 26th when the CADA Players will perform Shall We Dance?”, an exciting and interactive performance of Latin dance styles.  This play will begin at 3:00pm.  Bring your own seating and prepare to be entertained!


And they’re off!


The VI Motor Sports Association and the Youth Empowerment Project will host the Second Annual Soapbox Races on Sunday, 3rd August at the HLSCC at 1:00pm. Come out to support your favorite soapbox or go-cart!


The Way We Were!


The following is a brief excerpt from Tales of Tortola and the British Virgin Islands by Florence Lewisohn – “Since the Roadtown [sic] harbour could hold up to 400 ships at a time, it was used to rendezvous merchant ships for the voyage home.  One writer reported that ‘The convoy [of ships] being assembled, the merchants [houses] were all converted into taverns, where no introduction was required, nor any reckoning thought of.  I observed here…a huge bowl of punch, holding two or three gallons, standing all the forenoon upon the side-board, with a number of tumblers about it, and several ladles, and whoever is thirsty has only to walk in and help himself.’”


A reminder!


Banners around Road Town should be posted no more than two weeks prior to an event and should be removed within three days of the event.  You are also asked to refrain from placing posters or other materials on the trees around Road Town and in the Palm Grove Park.  Any material found on the trees is liable to be removed.




There are more than 400 residents over the age of 65 in the Road Town area and crime can be particularly frightening for them so this article is targeted at helping seniors to reduce their vulnerability. 


Criminals often look for the easiest opportunities – the open door or window or the isolated dwelling so taking away those opportunities can help prevent crime.  Keep your doors locked at all times.  Virgin Island seniors grew up in a time when locked doors were unknown but the population has changed and grown, necessitating a change with respect to assuring personal security.  Install easy to use deadbolt locks and use a Charley bar or a key-operated auxiliary lock on your sliding glass door.  Also make sure that your sliding glass door is secure from being lifted out of its track.  Motion detector lights by all entrances are also a good idea.  Shut your windows at night.  Keep trees and shrubbery pruned back to make sure your second floor windows or doors are also secure.  (You may want to plant thorny plants such as Crown of Thorns or the local tree traditionally known as the Christmas Tree in strategic areas around your house.)


Install and use a peephole and never open the door to strangers or let them know you’re alone.  Chain locks can be forced open so they’re not a guarantee of safety.


You might want to keep some inexpensive but rich-looking jewellery in a jewellery box as a decoy, which might help to protect your house against being ransacked.


If you’re going out, remember to leave the outside lights on.  Leaving a light and a radio or tv on inside will help to convey the illusion that someone’s home.  Make sure the door is locked and put the key somewhere about your person or in your bag where you can easily retrieve it when you return.  Do not leave keys under doormats or under flower pots.  If someone’s dropping you back home, have them wait until you’re inside.  Be alert for anyone nearby and for anything questionable like a broken window or open door.  If you see signs that someone has broken in do not go inside, call the police from your cellphone or from a neighbour’s house.  At night, if you hear someone breaking in, lock yourself in a room with a phone and call the police.  You may want to purchase a personal alarm to keep by your bedside.


If you’re driving, park in a well-lit area and park close to your destination.  Keep your purse and any valuables out of sight.  Picking up people who need a lift is a way of life here but it is one that may be fraught with danger, particularly for seniors.  It is perhaps better to err on the side of caution and refuse lifts.


To learn more about what you can do to protect yourself or to ask for a home security inspection, call Inspector Patrick Harewood of the Crime Prevention Unit of the Police Department at 494-3822.


It’s a Fact!


According to the American Forest and Paper Association, in 1999 the US alone used 10 billion paper grocery bags requiring 14 million trees to be cut down.  Why not use re-usable canvas or cloth bags instead?


 Don’t throw away your glass products, recycle them.  Contact Lorraine-Wheatley-Tomlinson at 499-1808 for more information.


Eugenia O'Neal
City Manager, Road Town
"The Little City With the Big Heart!"
Virgin Islands