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Jilli
 Jilli
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July 12, 2006 4:23 pm  

Hello All!!!!

I have been looking with envy for some months now. Reading your posts and hoping to one day, be on the island, using the vernacular and actually understanding it. Well, the time is near. I got an offer to teach (English) this school year. I will be on the island on August 14.

I have been told that The Avis is the best way to find a place, but I do not have access to it. I also have been told that the best way to find a moderately priced apartment (consider a teachers salary) is through folks who graciously rent rooms or parts of their homes.

Please, please, please let me know where to find a place, if there are any available, how to gain access to The Avis (I know its not online) and does anyone live with roommates? I would love a roommate, considering the cost of rent. Thanks so much...in advance.

Jillian


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Becky R
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July 12, 2006 7:38 pm  

Jillian -

Which school will you be teaching at? Will you have your own transportation or need to be on the bus line (such as it is)?

I do have a 1 BR/1 BA kitchen/living/dining combo available during that time, above the Botanical Gardens in Estate St. George, which is roughly mid island and a little to the west. Great view of the south shore!

Let me know if I can help you in any way.

Becky R


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July 12, 2006 8:26 pm  

Jillian, thanks for giving me a prompt on this subject.

Rena Brodhurst is the publisher/editor of the Avis and it's a bit of a tragedy that the Avis is not on-line to this date. Hearsay tells me that Rena (although the Avis has now become an "island" newspaper rather than just a "St Croix daily") can't understand how online newspapers work, how profitable they can be through advertising, and basically is sloughing off an online Avis.

Frankly I think she is not seeing woods for trees and is missing a great business opportunity. The Avis is a wonderful alternative to the Daily Snooze and, in my opinon, needs to update and get online before it falls into oblivion. Just the other day I stopped into a local convenience store to pick up the two newspapers, only to find that they don't now carry The Avis, "because it doesn't sell."

I've relayed messages to Rena through one of the reporters I know at The Avis but I think it's now time for the forum folks to take a stand in an effort to persuade her that we NEED her alternate newspaper. It HAS to be on line to afford both potential newbies, newbies, longtime residents, "bahn heres" and expats who can't pick up a hard copy, the opportunity to see what The Avis has to offer and how we can all benefit from its being both on and off line.

It's editorials and commentaries remind me of the time when Mr. Jeffrey Prosser didn't own The Daily News, when news wasn't portrayed in tabloid format and residents' letters were regularly published without any curtsy to local politics.

If you and anyone else on this forum would like to see The Avis on-line, I urge you to email Rena Broadhurst at

stxavis@viaccess.net

Cheers!


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Jilli
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July 13, 2006 8:36 pm  

Thanks sooo much for the rant! 😉 I'm glad others understand my frustration and understand how much of a resource The AVIS is.


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danieljude
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July 17, 2006 1:59 pm  

Hello there folks! I am going to the Avis in the next week or so, and will bring to their attention two important items about making the paper both profitable and accessible. At this time, in order to place an advertisement, you have to actually go there as they do not have the technology to take credit or debit card payments by telephone. As I have some difficulty driving, several months of advertisement has been lost which is of course additional money for the paper.

By not being online, they are also missing, as has been said, a tremendous market of advertisers that may be an entirely new market as compared to those who advertise on hard copy. The audience, of course on the Internet, is significantly larger, which would attract new supporters.

Given the rather massive reductions in cost of having virtual space to run a paper or a business, it would seem that they are missing the boat on at least a couple of accounts. I will let you all know what their response is.

As always, Warm Regards,

Dan


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