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Publication Date: January 14, 2005
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I Jnury 4 o Jnury 1,200 Vlue 1,-sse-

changes in
the Bonaire
air trans-
port pic-
ture soon.
A highly
source in
Dutch Eagle
Express, the
all Antil-
company Niek Sandmann is a key
that holds player in the new
the business direction of DEE
permits for
BonairExel, CuraqaoExel, ArubaExel
says the company is accelerating its ac-
tivity to become more independent of
Exel group influence. Another source
reported that the leases for the Bonair-
Exel aircraft were taken over by DEE
from the Exel Air Group this month.
Published reports say that the Exel
name, with one exception, will disap-
pear in 30 days. An alliance with KLM
is a strong rumor which cannot be con-
firmed by KLM management. It's un-
clear whether a new airline, perhaps
based in Curaqao, will be formed or if
DEE will expand.
According to a DEE spokesman a
benefit of independence will be the
ability of the local airline to be more
responsive to market needs and obtain


better mechanical services by using
what is available in the Caribbean and
the USA, particularly in Florida. In fact
there has never been a legal Dutch con-
nection between DEE and EAG. There
was, however, a great deal of opera-
tional cooperation. That cooperation
enabled BonairExel to begin service
among the ABC Islands and greased the
skids for DCA's demise.
It's known that DEE has been seeking
permits for new destination, including
the USA. Use of a Transavia (A KLM
subsidiary) Boeing 737 for flights to the
USA in the short term is a possibility.
DutchCaribbeanExel, which flies be-
tween Curaqao and Holland four times
a week will not be part of the reorgani-
zation and will stay with the Exel
The indictment of Exel's top execu-
tive, Harm Prins, for financial crimes
did not affect DEE. However, is seems
that reorganization activity went into
high gear after Prins was arrested.


the gross domestic product (GDP)- the
national income. You can look up this
information in the latest quarterly report
of the Central Bank.
The debt is at least two and a half times
the approved deficit of NAf200 million,
writes Central Bank President Emsley
Tromp. Because part of last year's debt
could not be financed, 2005 will start with
part of the 2004 debts. According to the
Central Bank the prime reason is that the
Central and island governments don't ad-
here to a strict budget discipline.

A The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf
quotes Exel spokesperson D. Ishta as say-
ing a CuragaoExel flight was allowed to
depart for St. Maarten even though the
company had received a report that a
bomb was aboard the flight. Authorities
were informed almost an hour and a half
later. According to the Dutch paper, the
person who took the Papiamentu language
call did not take it very seriously and
thought the flight had already left. It was
not until her shift was finished that she
mentioned it to one of her superiors. By
then the plane was about halfway to its
destination. No bomb was found aboard
the plane after a post landing inspection.
An Exel spokesperson said all personnel
would again be instructed that bomb
threats must always be taken seriously.
He didn't say if the passengers aboard the
plane were informed of the warning in

End of a Grand Old Monument 3
Elena Wows 'Em 3
Lucille Wins a Big One 3
Rotary Service Awards 3
TCB Challenges 5
New TCB Leader (Ronella Croes) 5
Tsunami Topics 6
Hand-to-Hand Fundraising Tsunami 6
Envirowatch (Dangerous Debris) 7
8 Days Until Walk-a-thon 8
Wear Yellow-LiveStrong 8
Magic Water (Windsurfing) 9
Getting In the Swim 9
Dietitian (Obesity in Children) 10
MCB Volunteers Recognition 10
Picture Yourself Winners 12
Student Chef Competition 13
Lion Club Man of the Year 13
Lora Count 15
Gardner (Rain; Jasmine) 18
Mother Nature at Work (Playa Funchi) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself (Andover, Mass.) 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Carlos) 14
What's Happening 15
Micro Movie Review 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Raja Daou) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19

the down-sizing of the airline. "I can't

Last Wednesday Air Jamaica's new stress too strongly that Air Jamaica is in
management warned of staff reductions deep trouble and requires significant ad-
to come and said that the salaries of top justments and changes and significant
managers have been cut by up to 30% as cost restructuring for it to survive," the
4 The national debt of the Antillean part of the restructuring of the troubled carrier's new executive chairman, Dr Vin
governments for 2004 will probably carrier. They plan to chop flights to Anti- (Continued on page 4)
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Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

Page 2

H ausmann's Folly may be only a
memory when you read this.
The historic waterfront compound, sec-
tions of which date back 250 years, ac-
cording to departing owner Petri Haus-
mann, is scheduled to be tom down to
make room for an multi-story apartment
hotel and restaurant as soon as the
buyer's money arrives from Europe. In
anticipation of this sacrilege to Bon-
aire's heritage, local residents are trying
to salvage as much as possible of the
structure before the wreckers arrive. One
thing they won't be able to remove is the
ghost of Ma Didi.
For many years Ma Didi ran her toko
(shop) from the front window of the
house. Although blind, she knew the
locations of her stock and was able to
handle the cash. People who tried to
shortchange her were rarely successful.
Eventually she passed away and the
house deteriorated until the Hausmanns
came along in the 1960s to begin its res-
toration. Although gone in body, Ma
Didi's spirit continued to dwell in her
house, particularly in a rocking chair. "It
was eerie," says Petrie, "to see the
rocker going faster and faster, seemingly
all by itself." Sometime a crash of fal-
ling dishes was heard in the house. But
no evidence of the breakage could ever
be found. Ma Didi?
Norman Boekhoudt, 26, has lived in

Hausemann's Folly since he was 10 and
remembers the history of Ma Didi and
the house. He and his friends are doing
most of the work to dismantle the sal-
vageable parts. Ernst van Vliet ("Jibe
City Ernst") painstakingly chipped out
some classic Delft tiles from the kitchen
to make mementos for the Hausmanns.
Laurie Dovale is taking the antiques to
sell. There are tables, chairs, headboards
and more.
For the past few days the materials
were placed at the curbside for those in
need to take at no charge. One old stove
was seen being carried to one of the
Venezuelan fruit boats.
Last year, when the Chez Lucille Res-
taurant was ousted from the building
because it was about to be sold, The
Bonaire Reporter ran a story (verified
by two sources) lamenting the loss of a
historic waterfront home in favor of a
high rise apartment complex. Soon after
we received a letter from someone say-
ing she spoke for the soon-to-be-new -
owner of the property. She defended the
project as beneficial to Bonaire's econ-
omy and lambasted us for getting our
facts wrong. "The plan is to maintain as
much of the old building as possible,
as it brings the charm and atmosphere to
this location," she said. Right now it
doesn't seem as if it will happen. O
Marion Walthie/G.D.

to the island Helen Sargent ("Elena") with daughters Laurie and
years ago. As one Christy, grandsons Douglas and Dustin and granddaughter
friend said, "The Francesca at the opening
energy here tonight
felt so good." It's true because it all Fe t m
stems from the artist herself, her F 9 Don ss
daughters and grandchildren all whoinnamon Art Gallery is on Kaya
pitched in to make this a memorable A.P.L.Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi
A.P.L.Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi
evening, behind Banco di Caribe. Open week-

Visitors dropped in too to check out days from 9 am to 12 noon, 2 to 5 pm.
Elena's artistic renderings of heretofore Tel. 717-7103 or 786-9563. 1 L.D.
castoffs and beach "treasures" that find
a new life under her talented touch. A
number of pieces were sold, going "to
good homes," where they should enter-
tain and amuse their owners for years
to come.

Elena's exhibition will continue until


L ucille Mar-
tijn, owner-
operator of Chez
Lucille at the
Harbour Village
Beach Resort,
has just won a
trip for two to
Alaska which
includes an all-
inclusive cruise
through the
Alaskan fjords,
plus $1,000
spending money.
Michael Obersi and Lucille Martijn This was thanks
to a campaign by
Wimco, of which the appliance, TV and electronic store,
Dewpoint, is an agent in Bonaire. According to Michael
Obersi, director of Dewpoint, Lucille's coupon won over
one million others from Bonaire and Curagao that were
entered. "Her prize is well worth over NAf 12.000," Obersi
says. "Actually," he continues, "it's not like she just had
one coupon to enter; she bought a lot of appliances (for her
new restaurant), so she spent a lot of money and got a lot of
Congratulations, Lucille! Woe asked who she was going to
take along with her. She didn't say, but did admit that a lot
of friends had been calling her! O L.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005


Rotary Club of Bonaire
recognized three mem-
bers for their Distinguished
Service to the Community:
Larry Gerharts, Frits Hannen-
berg and Edwin Vrieswijk.
Rotary President Evert Piar
presented them each a certifi-
cate. These gentlemen were

instrumental in engineering the
"Breakfast in School Program"
this past year and have shown
outstanding service in all the
Rotary's charitable endeavors.
Congratulations, Good Guys!
Shown above: Gerharts, Piar,
Hannenberg, Vrieswijk. 1
Sara Matera

Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
Lawrence, told reporters Wednesday.
Lawrence, a long-time member of the
board, was appointed to oversee a restruc-
turing of Air Jamaica after its former ma-
jority owners, the Gordon "Butch" Stew-
art-led AJAG group, pulled out of the
airline last month, returning it to govern-
ment ownership after a decade of privati-
zation. Air Jamaica is the major carrier
of American tourists to Bonaire.

A The latest ferry operation between
Curacao and Bonaire has admittedly
failed. The owners of the vessel Tribon
say they had to pump in NAf80.000 of
their money each month because govern-
ment entities such as Immigration, Cus-
toms and especially the harbor authorities
in Curagao didn't cooperate and instead
"sucked the business dry." The company
says it had to pay NAf2.800 every time
the boat tied up in Willemstad, based on
the fixed rates of Curagao Port Services
(CPS), for off-loading services it did not
need. Bonaire only charged NAf25 per
car on board and regular harbor fees.

A In 2005 the top Central Govern-
ment (Federal) income tax rate drops
6.4%. A wage-earner making NAf25.000
a year will do even better- he/she gets a
14.4% reduction.


SA British Nimrod plane has been
flying patrols for the Coast Guard of
the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba
since the PC-3 Orion aircraft of the Dutch
Royal Navy were taken out of commis-
sion as part of austerity measures on Janu-
ary 1. The Hawker Siddeley Nimrod Mk
is the only jet propelled maritime patrol
plane in service that is equipped with an
advanced search radar and navigation sys-
tem. It is based at the US military's For-
ward Operating Location at Hato Airport.
Fokker 60 planes of the Dutch Air Force
are scheduled to take over patrol duties
for the Coast Guard on April 1.

A On Friday in Curacao, AMFO
(agency that distributes funds to NGOs in
the Antilles) will make a presentation
on Poverty Reduction to representatives
of the Dutch Government.

A Minister of Justice Norberto
Ribeiro is waffling on his prior decision
to replace Bonaire's Police Chief

Gerold Daantje with Windward Islands
Police Commissioner Richard Panne-
flek. He said he will decide "very soon."
The placement of Panneflek in Bonaire
has been put on hold, said Ribeiro at a
press conference at the end of last week.
Panneflek was offered the job of heading
the police force in Bonaire, he explained.
Bonaire's current Police Chief Gerold
Daantje had previously indicated that he
was "looking for another challenge" and
as such he was offered the opportunity to
go to Curagao, said Ribeiro. As Daantje's
departure would have created a "vacuum"
in Bonaire, the Minister said he "thought
he (Panneflek) could do a wonderful job
there." He still has that opinion.
Bonaire's police force, however, pro-
tested the appointment of Panneflek, and
Daantje's (apparent) change of mind to
stay on was part of the reason for
Ribeiro's decision to put the matter on
hold until there is "complete clarity."
"The issue is still open," said the Minis-
ter, adding that "very soon" a decision
would be taken. Panneflek, meanwhile, is
in Curagao wrapping up his law studies,
Ribeiro said.

were available, but this year most of those
were made unlivable after an inmate
started a fire in the jailhouse.

Swearing in Nolly Oleana (right) by
Island Secretary Neery Gonzales and
Governor Domacassd
A Nolly Oleana was sworn in this
week as an Island Councilman. He re-
places Edith Strauss Marcera who served
for a year. Councilman Oleana repre-
sents the Democratic Party (red) and is
an official at the SGB High School.

iT;. #

P Rafael Ramirez, the Bolivarian Re-
public of Venezuela's Minister of Energy
as well as president of the state-run oil
industry (PdVSA), is not certain what
the state's oil company is supposed to
do with the Curacao refinery it leases
from the Curagao government-owned
company, "Refineria di K6rsou." PdVSA
has been leasing the Isla refinery from the
island territory since 1985. This has been
interpreted as a veiled threat to close the
facility if it is required to make it less
harmful to the environment.
In the company magazine, Avances de
la PdVSA, Ramirez stated that "the Cura-
9ao refinery must be evaluated within
PdVSA's company strategy. I don't know
what we're going to do. We will work
hard to change the course of this train."
Ramirez didn't clarify what course the
Isla is on exactly and why it must be
changed. The refinery has been under fire
recently for emissions of toxic substances,
poor production quality and low effi-
ciency of operation. Its lease contract
ends in 2019.

A Congratulations to Aixia Abra-
hamsz and Roderick Serberie, parents of
the first baby of 2005, Airick Stiefrick
Maria. Commissioner James Kroon
(right) presents a basket of baby needs to
the family, courtesy of the government.

A According to the annual report
released by the Public Prosecutor's Of-
fice, crime on Bonaire increased con-
siderably in 2004. Almost 30% more
indictable offences were committed in
2004 than in 2003. In fact crime has tri-
pled since the year 2000. Most disturbing
has been the increase in the number of
violent crimes.
Drug offenses have dropped for the first
time since 2000. After a sharp increase in
2002, related to the two daily KLM non
stop flights to Amsterdam, drug arrests
are dropping. According to Prosecutor
Ernst Wesselius that is primarily due to
the new policy introduced on July 15,
2004. Since then the passport of the of-
fender is confiscated and he/she is banned
from traveling for two years.
One of the most severe problems facing
the Prosecutor is the lack of confinement
facilities on the island. In the year 2000
the house of detention on Bonaire was
closed. All long term prisoners were
transferred to Curagao. Only police cells

A A new sedula, or ID card, will
be issued to island residents and citi-
zens from now on. It's in credit card
form, 85.7 mm x 54.0 mm and
0.76mm thick. Everyone on Bonaire
inscribed as a resident must have one.
The penalty for ignoring this rule is a
month injail or a NAf250 fine. Resi-
dents without a current sedula should
pass by the Bevolking (Census) office
and bring the original and a copy of
current residence permit, passport and
old ID. The cost is NAf25 for those
over 18, less for youngsters. No photo
is necessary and the new sedula will be
ready in two days according to a
government press release. The sedula
is good for five years.

A The most far-reaching Christian
radio network in the world has just ex-
tended its reach, now broadcasting in
more than 190 languages and dialects.
According to Trans World Radio, the
milestone event was made possible after
the network recently added seven lan-
guages from the northern Caucasus region
of Russia, including Chechen. Other re-
cent additions have been broadcasts in the
languages of Pulaar in Western Africa,
Uyghur in China, and Papiamentu--the
language of Aruba, Curacao and Bon-
aire. Currently, TWR's programs are
aired from more than 2,700 broadcasting
outlets around the globe, including 14
international transmitting sites, satellite,
cable, Intemet and local stations. TWR's
broadcasts reach over 160 countries.

A One of the finest ways to spend
some non-diving time is by visiting the
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's
Habitat. Imagine you and your lover re-
ceiving simultaneous massages right at
the waterfront in a private cabana on the
beach, then after this hour massage, re-
treat to the private beach area overlooking
Klein Bonaire. Ready to go? 1 G./L.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

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Last week Ms. Ronella Croes was
named the head of the Tourism
Corporation Bonaire (TCB). Several
years have passed since someone offi-
cially headed that position. The TCB
has functioned during that time, some-
times brilliantly, sometimes dully. Nev-
ertheless it served a most critical func-
tion since tourism contributes the vast
majority of Bonaire's income. In the
past the TCB set tourism policy for the
island and led, as much as was possible,
the private sector. Real leadership is
long overdue.
Ms. Croes, who is from Aruba, an
island territory that receives over 20
times the number of visitors as does
Bonaire, faces many challenges. One of
the most important is to revive North
and South American tourism which
has been stagnant for several years.
Direct flights to major North and South
American cities are key to that revival.
An improvement is needed from the
TCB's American representation, which
hasn't been able to influence US air
carriers to fly to non-stop to our island,
has not produced significant growth in
American visitors in almost seven
years, and even reportedly vetoed a re-
cent promotional video of Bonaire be-
cause it featured the wedding of an in-
ter-racial couple. Admittedly, the po-
litical situation in Venezuela is diffi-
cult. But with the number of Venezue-
lans, naturalized or otherwise, on Bon-

A fter more than a year of TCB's
operating without formal leader-
ship, the governing board of the Tourism
Corporation of Bonaire (TCB) chose an Ronea
Aruban to head Bonaire's tourism coordi- ella C
nating agency. Ronella Croes met the
press and Bonaire officials in a reception at Chez Lucille's at the Harbour Village
Resort last Friday evening. Ms. Croes addressed the group and told of her experi-
ence as a key member of the Digicel Cellular Telephone Company team and of her
formal training in the tourism field. D

aire wouldn't a direct Caracas flight
make sense? And European visitors
must be carefully courted because com-
petitive destinations are far less expen-
sive than Bonaire to euro-packing tour-
Close cooperation and advice to
those planning air routes for Bonaire's
fledging airline are needed badly as
well as interaction with KLM and off-
island operations. Getting back the
charter flights that poured budget con-
scious tourists into our economy should
get priority as well.

Accurate visitor statistics are vitally
needed by all of Bonaire's businessmen
to allow them to assess their position in
the marketplace and for hotels to plan
expansion (or contraction). What hap-
pened to the figures from the "Tourist
Cards" all arriving non-residents must
As Bonaire's popularity as a cruise
ship destination grows, great care
must be taken not to overtax our facili-
ties or allow our tour guides to get so
excessively competitive that it gets no-
ticed by the passengers, a situation

common in many ports of call.
The TCB must again take the lead in
promoting and initiating island pro-
jects like Tene Boneiru Limpi (Keep
Bonaire Clean). It must apply pres-
sure on the police force to eliminate
crime against tourists. It has to con-
tinue and improve existing successful
projects like Bonaire Ambassadors,
Hello Tourist and VIP tours to keep our
visitors returning.
It should not duplicate or compete
with BONHATA or individual resort
promotions but complement those
marketing activities. The TCB has to
make sure Bonaire keeps its lead in
web site visibility, that its toll-free
callers get the proper attention and
that Internet bulletin boards and "chat
rooms" don't exaggerate inevitable
negative reports.
New tourism attractions must be
encouraged and nurtured by the TCB
until they can support their own mar-
keting. The head of the TCB must make
sure she is always available not only to
Bonaire's customers, our visitors, but to
island people who have something to
We wish our new Tourism Marketing
leader every success in meeting these
challenges. It's a very toughjob. Luck-
ily, we won't ask her to walk on water
as well. Everybody knows that to dive
you have to sink to get under the sur-
face. And on Bonaire diving is the still
the main provider of food on our dining
tables. 1 G.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

Page 5

A huge fundraiser for Tsunami
victims is planned for Wilhel-
mina Park this Saturday. As we go to
press the list of participants is growing.
The proceeds of a big "yard sale" will
all go to help a reputable Dutch Relief
organization. We will post details on
the bonairereporter.com website as they
become available. Local radio stations
are all participating.
The story to the right lists the planned
activities. There are more to come.

* Australian researchers said the
Earth was still shaking from the
earthquake, the most powerful in 40
years that resulted in December's killer
tsunami. "These are not things that are
going to throw you off your chair," said
Australian National University re-
searcher Herb McQueen, "but it is cer-
tainly above the background level of
vibrations that the earth is normally ac-
customed to." The oscillation was fad-
ing and equated to about a millimeter of
vertical motion of the earth. US scien-
tists say the quake may have perma-
nently sped the Earth's
rotation -- shortening
days by a fraction of a
second -- and caused the
planet to wobble. (For
more news on emergency
relief visit http:/www.

* University of the US
Virgin Islands Physics Pro-
fessor Roy Watlington was reported to
have said that the Caribbean region is
a high-risk area, but not as high as
the Pacific Rim, but the same as the
Indian Ocean.

* The most recent tsunami that
was experienced in the Caribbean
was in July 2003 when there was a ma-
jor dome collapse of the Soufriere Hills
Volcano in Montserrat, which caused a
tsunami of about one meter (3.3 ft.)
high that was experienced in Guade-
loupe and four meters (13 ft.) high in
Montserrat itself, according to the
Seismic Research Unit (SRU) of the
University of the West Indies. Earth-
quakes magnitude 7.5 or higher could
lead to tsunamis in the Caribbean and
have in the past. The most recent case
with major loss of life was in 1946,
when an 8.1 magnitude quake triggered
a tsunami that killed several thousand
people. Caribbean earthquakes in 1867
and 1918 also caused destructive tsuna-
mis and deaths.

* Boatloads of volunteer divers de-
scended into the azure waters of the
Andaman Sea on Sunday to clear away
the tsunami debris littering Thai-
land's famed coral reefs. The killer
waves flung everything from people to
televisions to plastic chairs into the
pristine waters. "There was a lot of
sand on the reef, but the current has
moved a lot of the sediment away, so
we can see that much of the coral is still
alive," said Niphon Phangsuwan of the
Marine Biological Centre in Phuket.

Overall, the damage has been esti-
mated at around 5%. Biologists said
that while the tsunami rose to a height
of up to 11 meters (36 feet) above nor-
mal sea levels when it crashed ashore,
under the surface of the water there ap-
peared to have been relatively little

* We are all stricken and heartsick
by the magnitude of the tsunami devas-
tation in Southeast Asia. Efforts have
been organized whereby our commu-
nity is encouraged to donate towards
disaster relief for tsunami victims.
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) NV
has set up an account to accept dona-
tions. They can be made at any branch,
on account number 111020-04 in name
of "Afdeling Bonaire van de
Vereniging Tsunami: Het Nederlandse
Rode Kruis," or thru the MCB@Home
Bill Pay Beneficiary List Red Cross
Disaster Relief. G.D.

The community of Bonaire intends to go all out to help the victims of the Asian
Tsunami. A huge fair to collect funds will be held this coming Saturday, Janu-
ary 15th, on Wilhelmina square. The purpose of this event is raising funds and create
awareness on what had happened.
The day will start at 10 am and lasts all day to 10 pm. There will be live entertain-
ment, a bar and drinks, food, a "bring and buy" sale, an auction, live radio coverage by
the big four radio stations and of course fund raising.
Support is growing rapidly as we go to press. Involved so far are the Red Cross, the
Governor and local government, BMG, Telbo, Selibon, TCB, WEB, MCB, RBTT,
SGB, youth center Jong Bonaire, BonFM, Radio Digital, MegaFM, Voz di Boneiru,
Extra, Amigoe, SSS, Catholic schools, several churches, the Rotary and Lions
Club, Bonaire motor club, Notary Office, Island Car Rental Bonaire, Movieland Cin-
ema, artists, and many more. The organizers, Diane Gevers, Walter Schut, Bubui Ce-
cilia, Sebastiaan Houthuijzen, Sean Peton and Harold Kurban, have named their group
"Hand to Hand Fundraising- Tsunami."
More details:
Two bank accounts are set up to receive donations, MCB 555, RBTT 555. These
accounts are linked to the Red Cross.
Anyone can donate anything that can be sold, from a second hand bike to a beauti-
ful painting. These items will either be sold or put up for auction. Goods can be
delivered during the week to Jong Bonaire.
Volunteers are asked to help provide donations or help with the event itself
Local and international music is to be provided by the TCB
The MC during the day will be Papi Cecilia
BBQ is organized by the Red Cross
The Bonaire Bikers Club is handling the bar and drinks
Special Security Services will provide security on the square
One of the organizer's, Sebastiaan Houthuijzen, tells us, "Everybody's help is
needed. First of all, and that is easy, we want your support. Being able to say who sup-
ports this effort helps to get others to join as well. Furthermore we would like as much
help as we can in many different ways.
We need: food to sell, volunteers to prepare this, goods for the auction, and prizes for
raffles. Anything is welcome: food, trips local and abroad, dinner vouchers, some of
your team members helping out, a few cases of beer, anything. Any money we receive
will be donated; we will try to not use any money on the event itself. Please let us
know how you can help."
You can reach the volunteer group by email: tsunamihelp@infobonaire.com or
phone 787-0707 or fax 717- 7900. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

Page 6



D avid and I were cruising along
beneath the Pier last week
when he pointed out a turtle. We'd
seen the little creature several times
and always marveled that it was so
blas6 about divers, calmly munching
away on sponges.
On this afternoon, the turtle explored
something inside a tire, then lifted up
its head. It began to rock back and
forth. I thought, "I wonder why it's
rocking like that. Looks like a car
rocking out of sand." I was about 10
feet away from the turtle; instead of
risking disturbing it by moving closer I
ascended a bit and saw some kind of
line around the turtle's left front shoul-

Human debris (or anything else)
smothers any stony coral it covers.
Aside from that fundamental harm,
there are unexpected dangers to marine
animals from debris. Here are two ex-
amples of dangerous debris (I know of
at least two animals that have been en-
trapped in each). See if you can figure
out how it could hurt critters, and then
I'll tell you what I found:
* Smooth-sided containers standing
* Cloth, especially discarded cloth-

The trapped turtle. If you look carefully inside the loop you can see the line

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

Page 7

days until the Walk-a-Thon!

that island set up their own Special
Olympics team and committee and
learn how to fund raise successfully.
"You can bet we'll be promoting our
Walk-a-Thon, and we expect some
groups to join us from there too," said
Tickets are only NAf25 and it all goes
to a good cause, sending our Special
Olympic athletes to compete in interna-
tional games.
Everyone meets at the Slave Huts in the
southern part of the island at 5 pm,
where the 30-kilometer walk begins.
You may leave your car at the Stadium
in Playa and take the FKPD bus which
leaves at 4:30 am Sharp to take you to
the Slave Huts starting area. It's a won-
derfully quiet time before sunrise as
you traverse the coastline. Birds will
begin to awaken and you'll witness the
sunrise. At the end, you'll be able to get
a ride back to your car from the Pasa
Dia in Rincon. Those who did the trip
on bikes can get their bike transported

and drinks and time to re-hash the day.
For your NAf25 you get: a free Walk-
a-Thon Tee shirt with the date of the
Walk-a-Thon (from BonairExel, Malta,
Amstel, Fria, TC Herrera), a canvas
back pack (from FCB), a water bottle
(MCB bank), a baseball hat (Ennia) and
the BBQ in Rincon. Get your tickets at
TCB (717-8322), Croccantino Restau-
rant (717-5025) or from any Special
Olympics board member. Or email
Participants in the past have asked for it
and now you can get it: a waistband that
holds a water bottle. You can let your
hands and arms swing freely! It's
NAf15, all proceeds going to Special
Olympics Bonaire, naturally.
Present your ticket and pick up your
gift bag at City Cafe/Hotel Rocheline in
the lobby on January 20 from 1600 to
1900; January 21 from 1600 to 1900;
January 22 from 1000 to 1600. See you
there! OL.D.

Board of

National Director Delno Tromp
President Lupe Uranie
Treasurer/Secty Claire Sealy
Director, Special Events-
Onnie Emerenciana
Head of Coaches Elizabeth Wigny
Public Relations Roosje Goeloe
Board members: Mike Gaynor, Chio
Semeleer, Sharon and Scott Barlass,
Aura Kock, Lucille Soliana

Iincni Ccookedi in2i
Marie walked in 2003

Only 8 more days before the Walk-
a-Thon, Sunday, January 23.
The Third Annual Special Olympics
BonairExel Walk-a-Thon will be on
Sunday, January 23. No matter who you
are you're welcome to join the groups
and individuals who will be walking,
biking, roller blade-ing, whatever, from
the Slave Huts to the Pasa Dia in Rin-
con. No matter whether it will be rain
or shine, the Walk-a-Thon will go on,
according to Special Olympics Bonaire
National Director Delno Tromp, who
also reports that groups are forming to
do the walk together. People from Seli-
bon, North Salifia, Ennia and even
groups from Curaqao will be adding
their energies. And even if you don't
want to make the trek you can be a
sponsor of one of the groups or just buy
a ticket and watch from the sidelines.
This week Tromp and Roosje Goeloe,
Public Relations for Special Olympics
Bonaire, will be in St. Martin to help

UC Lt LMe mLmCLD U) ULy I Y Nc s Fooot care tipsfrom the
Herrera Amstel Beer trucks (no beer; ros who've walked the
just bikes).oute:
Along the route there will be refresh-
ment stops every five kilometers where Wear shoes that have
you'll be offered water, Gatorade, or- been broken in already
anges and plenty of encouragement. and they should be a halfto one size
The Red Cross will be on the road to larger than you normally wear. Put
make sure everyone is okay, and pick baby powder on your feet and Vaseline
up trucks will be patrolling to give a lift on your toes where you might have
to the tired ones. At the Pasa Dia you'll chafing. Bring along flipflops in case
get a certificate and a delicious BBQ you need to get out ofyour shoes.

ance Armstrong, Tour De France champ, knows that
yellow is a symbol of hope, courage and perseverance-
whether you're on the bike or in the oncology ward. Today,
nearly 10 million people are living with cancer, and chances
are you know one of them. The Lance Armstrong Foundation
helps people with cancer focus on living. Yellow wristbands
engraved with his mantra, Live Strong, are being sold in an effort to raise
$5,000,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).
In Bonaire, the Live Strong wrist bands are being sold for NAf10 (to cover
shipping and other costs to get them to the island) to benefit the Bonaire Can-
cer Society.
Show your support by wearing a yellow Live Strong wristband
and share one with your friends and family.
Buy them at Sand Dollar Grocery, from Stacey Winklaar at the Benetton Shop
(tel.717-5107 ) or contact Delno Tromp at delno33@yahoo.com

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

Page 8



E very day when I gaze at the scene
on windy Lac Bay, I wish I had
learned to sail on this amazing bay. Lac
Bay is perfection for any windsurfer. The
water is gin clear and waist deep, making
for perfect conditions for a beginner. The
sun shines on the white powder sand. It's
the perfect setting to sit and relax in be-
tween sessions Unfortunately for me, I
learned in the murky cold waters off of
Hyannisport in April, eight years ago. I
recall the rough sea battering me to and fro.
There were clumps of seaweed and the
danger of broken beer bottles underfoot.
It's amazing I stuck with the sport. Now, I
can sail whenever the wind blows and en-
joy this spectacular place. Each day in
between sailing I shoot photos or sit and
chat with locals and tourists. It's a great
social setting. After watching the kids and
pros train, day in and day out, and see tour-
ists come and go, I have concluded that
there is magic in the water here. I do be-

One example of the magic is with Jose
Fajardo Rivera, a local windsurfer.
Three years ago I met Jose, a beginner.
Jose was just learning to sail that week we
met. He was on borrowed gear and was
trying to figure out how to get the sail and
board to work. I recall going out on the
water and trying to teach him some basics.
This young man persevered, and within the
first week he was using a harness. A har-
ness is something you wear around your
hips or waist. It has a hook that allows you
to hook in to lines on the boom. It allows
you to use body weight vs. your arms to
sail. The harness is essential in sailing. In
the real world, learning the technique of
harness use can take months and some-
times a year to learn. Being secure to use
this apparatus to hook into the sail takes
patience and confidence. In the beginning
it is not uncommon to get catapulted or
even stuck under the sail hooked in. This
can be very scary. Not for this sailor. Jose
was hooked in on day four and flying
across the water. I had never ever seen this
type of progression. As time passed his
skills became further honed, and now en-
tering his third year of sailing, Jose is mas-

tering the hardest aerial tricks around. He
is sponsored by Gunsails International and
soon RRD Boards. Jose has experienced
the magic.
This week some windsurf clients asked
my daughter and me to go to dinner.
Molly, a 40-year- old lawyer from Boston
and her 31-year-old friend Liz, were begin-
ners learning how to sail with Constantino
(Patun) Saragoza. Patun is clearly one of
the longest sailing Bonaireans, having rep-
resented the country in the Olympics. His
two talented sons, Jurgen and Bjom, are
top riders with full sponsorship. The sport
runs in their blood. Liz and Molly were
blessed, having this seasoned expert to
teach them in the magic water. Over dinner

Molly mentioned she was in the foot straps
and harness for a few minutes. I looked at
her in disbelief. Foot straps and harness?
This woman had never sailed before com-
ing to Bonaire. She explained Patun was
really challenging her and she was pro-
gressing quickly. But wait, foot straps and
harness took me over two years to accom-
plish! What was I doing wrong? It must be
the magic.
These are only two examples of some
people who took to the water and advanced
far faster than had they sailed in another
venue. Having sailed in Aruba, Maui, Hat-
teras and The Gorge, all top sailing spots, I
know Bonaire is truly unique.
Bonaire has captured the hearts of
many divers and people who love na-
ture. It is also becoming one of the most
sought after locations in the world to learn
the sport of windsurfing. Two excellent
shops have the best in windsurf gear. Each
shop has several multitalented instructors
to teach the beginner to the advanced how
to catch the wind. But don't forget the
magic. Bonaire is indeed an enchanted
place. Believe me, I know. O Article and
photos by Ann Phelan

Nettle Bernabella and Ivonne Reina of Sand Dollar Grocery with Simone
Sweers, Barracuda coach and some of the swimmers

he Bonaire Barracudas Aquatics Club is organizing the 2005 School Swimming
Championships which will be held on Sunday, 27 February at the Meralney
Sports Complex. The seven Bonaire elementary schools and the high school (SGB)
have been invited to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top three individual
finishers in each age group for freestyle and breaststroke as well as the top three
schools based on team performance. Sponsors of the event are AMFO, Ennia, Caribe
Insurance, Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) and Sand Dollar Grocery. Pictured
above, representatives of Sand Dollar Grocery donate stopwatches and megaphones to
members of the Barracudas in preparation for the upcoming School Swimming Cham-
pionship. O Valarie Stimpson

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
1-14 0:20 0.9FT. 15:59 1.7FT. 89

1-15 0:44
1-16 0:53
1-17 0:41
1-18 8:57
1-19 9:30
1-20 9:59
1-21 10:28


Alegria, USA
Bettina, Venezuela
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Flying Cloud, USA
Gatsby, USA
Grey Lady

8:02 1.5FT. 12:44 1.4FT. 17:08 1.5FT.
8:07 1.6FT. 14:56 1.2FT. 18:21 1.3FT.
8:28 1.7FT. 16:23 1.1FT. 20:08 1.2FT.
17:32 1.OFT.
18:23 0.9FT.
19:10 0.8FT.
19:57 0.8FT.

Guaicamar I, Vene-
La Famalia
Luna C. USA
Mahi Mahi
Moon Rice
Nana Marie
Natural Selection,

Plane Sailing
Precocious Gale,
Pura Vida
Sandpiper, USA
Sea Wolf
Sylvia K

Ti Amo, USA
Tween, Netherlands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Ger-
Ventura II, Costa
Windmiller, Canada
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005


Page 9


besity is on
the rise
among young
children. More
than 10% of children going to elementary
school are overweight, statistics declare.
This is a serious problem because obesity
increases the risk of developing chronic
diseases, like diabetes, heart disease and
cancer, not only in adults but in children among children because among the tar-
too. We should pay attention to this very geted children, the consumption of soft
serious and threatening situation. drinks dropped to less than half a glass a
What has caused children to become day, and all the children drank more wate
overweight in the last decades? To answer than before.
this question we come to the same point I Of course there are many more factors 1
often write about in my articles An UN- help to reduce obesity, but it is good to
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. A change in start with the simple things like cutting
lifestyle from healthy to unhealthy shows down sugar. Teach your children to drink
up nowadays, also in our children. Young- water as their main beverage every day,
sters have developed a lot of bad eating and let them have a soft or other instant
habits. Many of them don't eat enough drink only occasionally and in small quar
fruits and vegetables; they skip breakfast; tities. Water is calorie-free, fat-free, sugar
and eat, on a regular basis, fatty snacks free and very refreshing. As an alternative
(pastechi, yohny cake, etc.), junk food, to soft drinks choose club soda or spar-
sugary foods, soft drinks or other sugary kling water. Mix it with 100% fruit juice
drinks. And to make matter worse, many or with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Your
children have become less active, child will get vitamins from the juice, not
So to help deal with this problem, chil- just sugar like in soft drinks. Another
dren should be encouraged to have healthy sugar free beverage is tea (hot or cold).
eating habits and get enough exercise. Par- Other healthy beverages are low fat milk
ents can help a great deal by starting with (which provides protein, calcium and
simple things like cutting down on sugar magnesium) and 100% fruit drinks which
in their child's daily diet. Focus your at- provide vitamins good for growth and
tention on sugary drinks like soft drinks mental concentration.
and instant drinks, which can easily And instead of letting your children
amount to a half liter or more every day, have a lot of sweets, be creative and serve
and which contain a lot of calories. Chil- fruits which have the same sweet taste bu
dren who become used to having these also give them the nutrients they need.
drinks instead of water get a lot of unnec- You can make the rules with your child
essary (empty) calories and can easily ex- about eating sweets only one candy a
ceed their daily maximum calorie input day, occasionally, and not every day.
with the result that they increase their Let's help our children get back to
weight (get fat). Besides, drinking these healthy eating habits. They deserve to
sweet beverages doesn't give a child the have a healthy future. DAngdlique Sals
feeling of being full like eating does. Chil- bach
dren don't have control over this calorie
In America and England school pro-
grams were begun to discourage drinking
soft drinks at school. The program ap-
peared to be effective in reducing obesity

To recognize their achievements outside of their jobs, the management of
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N. V honored their employees who were
active as volunteers in community organizations. The special recognition was given
at the bank's annual Christmas dinner. It's these kinds ofpeople who improve the
quality of lifefor all Bonaireans. 1

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Bonaire Images
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Have Bonaire's professional
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in North Andover, Massachusetts

H ere's Darlene Ellis
showing Mr. Snow-
man The Bonaire Reporter
in his home town of North
Andover, Massachusetts.
She hopes it will entice
him into joining her on a
vacation to the tropical
paradise of Bonaire this
March. The photo was taken
by husband, Tom Ellis.
Darlene says, "I am an avid
Bonaire Talker who has
been coming to Bonaire for
snorkeling and underwater
photography since 1999 and
my 10th trip will be coming
up in March! The very
friendly people, the natural
beauty and wide range of
restaurants to choose from .
keeps me coming back!"
Make sure you get your
Bonaire Ambassador bronze
medal, Darlene! O G.D.



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(Dangerous Debris Continuedfrom page 7)

About 10 years ago, I found a large
hermit crab living in a tire. Next dive
I checked the same tire and found the
same crab. The next dive was the
same, but it was a night dive and,
with the light, I saw The Clue: that
algae on the inside of the tire didn't
reach to the bottom. I freed the crab,
of course, and finally realized the
problem: unlike most other crabs, her-
mit crabs can't swim. Although the
only creatures I've been sure were
trapped were hermit crabs, I believe
that other crabs, such as box crabs and
maybe even sponge crabs, can also be
entrapped by containers.
So now I try to do more than just let
the crabs out. After all, other crabs
will come along, but you or I may not.
The obvious solution is to remove the
container from the sea, which is easy
enough with a plastic cup that fits into
your BCD pocket. Removal is
tougher in the case of a refrigerator or
tire, but the entrapment danger to ma-
rine life can be neutralized instead.
Hermit crabs can easily climb out of a
tire on another piece of debris placed
from the bottom to the top. (What I'd
love to do with the tires is cut holes in
them, so if you have any ideas as to
how to do that underwater, please let
me know!)
I always try to pick up cloth because
once it contacts coral it sticks and then
smothers the coral. One day I picked
up a pair of cutoff jeans and felt some-
thing wriggling: a goatfish was
trapped in the pocket! You can see
how that would happen as they forage
along the bottom, possibly deliberately
seeking the cracks and crevices of
cloth for the little shrimp and other
creatures who live there. Once in the
pocket, the goatfish tried to turn
around, but the pocket stayed right
with it. I released the goatfish, who
was a little battered but swam away
just fine. It's not possible to really
neutralize cloth, especially with pock-
ets we need bring it up whenever we
come across it. (One exception would
be cloth which is buried in the sub-
strate. Animals are not likely to be-
come entrapped there, and bringing
long-buried cloth out disturbs a whole
section of bottom life.)
Very little new debris goes into the
waters of Bonaire these days. But
now, if you see some that's dangerous,
you know what it represents and how
to deal with it. O Photo and article by
Dee Scarr of "Touch the Sea"



t's a Caribbean First: A world class
culinary competition at the high
school level from the ABC islands and
St. Martin. And it all started on Bon-
aire. This week nine teams of culinary
students from those islands have gath-
ered on Bonaire to participate in an In-
ternational Culinary Student competi-
tion at the SGB hotel school, Chez
Nous. The idea behind the competition,
which began on Bonaire as an intramu-
ral event in 2002, is to develop profes-
sionalism, pride and creativity in the
students. There will be two teams from
Bonaire, three from Curacao, three
from Aruba and one from St. Martin.
Each team has four persons and a
The competition is set up exactly as are
international culinary competitions for
professionals. The students must pre-
sent three original dishes: an appetizer,
a main course and a dessert.
Internationally known judges Helmut
Holzer from Atlanta Georga; Augusto
Schreiner from Puerto Rico; Klaus
Friendenreich (Director of Culinary
Arts Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Flor-
ida) and Henny Kolenbrander (owner
of the export company out of Miami
called "Dutch and Delicious") will be
on hand to critique the dishes.
In Bonaire things are heating up as the
teams work together to come up with
winning menus. They should do well
because their two coaches, culinary
teachers Kees Leeman and Vernon
"Nonchi" Martijn, have both been

members of
award win-
ning culinary
teams in years
team (higher
level) com-
prises: Team
Terence Mar-
tis, Vladimir
Jaguez and
Kelvin Ven-
The younger
(VSBO) is Student Chefs from Bona
made up Jheison Jaguez, Kelvin Vei
of: Team
Captain Samantha Statie, Bram Schmit,
Wendy Heredia and Andres Cicilia.
All the logistics have been planned here
in Bonaire by an awesome committee
made up of school teachers and offi-

ire's SBO Team: Vladimir Ghysbertha,
ntura and Team Captain Terence Martis.

cials and people from the private sec-
tor. As is usual on this very giving is-
land, hotels, food purveyors and nu-
merous other companies have dug deep
in their pockets to help out. O L.D.

Friday, January 14-COMPETITION at the SGB Hotel School, Chez Nous.
Nine teams compete from ABC islands and St. Martin. The public is invited to
two demonstrations at Chez Nous:
2:30 to 4 pm a Pastry Demonstration by Lola of Capriccio.
4 to 6 pm a Bartending Demonstration by bartending pro Brad from Run Run-

Saturday, January 15- mO lD) O T GALA AWARDS DINNER


Dennis Martinus receives the "Man of the Year" Award
from Lion's Club President Rudsel Leito

The Bonaire Lion's Club has awarded its annual "Man of the Year" honor to
Dennis Martinus for his exceptional service to the Bonaire community, es-
pecially for his leadership in founding the Bonaire Outreach Foundation and work-
ing with the island's young people. 1

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

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C f arlos" is a big, beau-
tiful dog with the
most handsome markings. He
was found three weeks ago in
Nikiboko, but no one came to
claim him and the time is up.
Since he's been in the Shelter
he's impressed the staff so
much with his good character
that it was decided to put him
up for adoption. (Good char-
acter is as important in dogs
as it is with people.) Carlos
just needs some attention and
basic training to make him a
perfect dog and a fine com-
panion and watch dog. He
has such a wanting-to-please
attitude that he should be
easy to train. Carlos is about
a year and a half old and is in
perfect health, has had his shots and testing and will be sterilized when he's
adopted. He's at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.

More good news from the Shelter:

Last week's Pet of the Week, "Snowy," the beautiful white cat, has been adopted.
All the best to Snowy and her new family. O L.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

Page 14


Seen recently in
Cato make sure:Usualy 900 pm Movieland Cinema:
Lemon Snicket's:
L Snerie s of ational Treasuree by
A Series of N John Turtletaub, star- -'
Unfortunate Events ring Nicolas Cage and Diane
(Jim Carey) Kruger.
Early Show (usually 7pm) I was quite amazed how a movie with
Shall We Dance so many action scenes has the pace of a
turtle with a hangover. There is no sin-
Kaya Prinses Marie gle original idea in this film. My advice;
Behind Exito Bakery skip it.
Tel. 717-2400 But, thank God, there were two shows
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax) this week and the other one, "The In-
High Schoolers NAf7,75 credibles," by Brad Bird is just incredi-
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY bly good. For kids, but most of all, for
parents, an absolutely must see! Fun,
SATURDAY 4 PM The Incredibles action, story, it's got it all! ODodo

16 January Election of Youth Queen
20 January Night before Grand Tumba
22 January Final Grand Tumba Festival
23 January Youth Tumba
28 January Election of the Queen
29 January Youth Parade RJncon
30 January Youth Parade Playa
5 February Adult ParadepRncon
8 February Adult Parade Playa
8 February Farewell Parade
12 February Festival Closing



Friday, January 14 Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Student Competition
2005 (students from ABC islands and St.
Martin)- Chef demonstrations -Chez Nous,
SGB- See page 13.
Saturday, January 15 Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Student Competition
2005 Gala Awards Dinner and Cocktail
Reception NAf55, Chez Lucille at Har-
bour Village. SOLD OUT. See page 13

Saturday, January 15-"Hand to Hand"
Fundraising at Wilhelmina Park for
Tsunami Victims, 10 am to 10 pm-See
page 6.

Now through February 9-Art Exhibi-
tion of Helen Sargent ("Elena) at the
Cinnamon Art Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion
# 1, just off Kaya Grandi, behind the Banco
di Caribe. See page 3
Now through January 27- First ever exhi-
bition of artwork underwater "40 Feet Un-
derwater": Moving Light into an Unlim-
ited Territory," Dutch artist Fred Ros. At
the dive site Front Porch, located at Bon-
gos Beach at Eden Beach Resort. Entrance
Fee $5 (Bonaireans free)

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days:
Monday, Jan. 24 Oceana; Tuesday, Jan.
25-Aida Vita
Sunday, January 23-3rd Annual Spe-
cial Olympics Walk-a-Thon You can
walk, run, bike, roller blade -Entry fee is
NAf25, incudes gifts, BBQ at end & more.
Get tickets from Croccantino (717-5025)
TCB (717-8322) or from board members.
Seepage 8
Saturday, January 29 Windsurf Ex-
pression Session Event Site 11 am. On
site, special industry people from Hi Fly
and Starboard.
February 5 & 6 Bonaire Windsurfing
Freestyle Frenzy & Beach Bash two

days of the hottest fun freestyle. Ann
Phelan (786-3134) or Elvis Martinus (790-
Saturday, February 19-Lora Count.
Call 785-1000, 717-8444

Sunday, February 27-2005 School
Swimming Championships, Meralney
Sports Complex. See page 9
May 15-22 -King of the Caribbean!!!
This is a World Cup Grand Prix, so many
pros and guests are expected. For info, see
www.pwaworldtour.com or

Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
on Time Sharing and how to save on your
next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat,
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience at the Aquarius Conference


T he annual
count of the
Bonaire Parrot, the Lora
(Amazonia Barbaredis)
is set for Saturday, Feb-
mary 19. Using tech-
niques perfected in past
years, volunteers will
fan out to 20 different
sites around the island
to count the Loras at
dawn. The count is or-
ganized by the Boy
(Parks Foundation) and
DROB (Dept. of the Environment). If you know of a Lora roosting site call 785-
1000, DROB or STINAPA 717-8444 to report it as it may not already be included.
Bonaire's Loras are protected by law. The last count estimated that there were
350 to 400 wild Loras on Bonaire. O

Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bemardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at
9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(abonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise setting when enjoying a breakfast buf-
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Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
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The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
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minimize your tax liability and provide helpful ad-
vice. For individuals or businesses.

City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.

De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.

APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments,
offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional
Ocean Adventures Discover the world of low bub-
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breathing equipment. At Dive Inn. Interested? call

Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden

The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
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Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Interational/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.

Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Littman's Jewelers, where good taste is foremost.
Expansive selection of jewelry, collectibles and top
name watches. Bonaire's official Rolex retailer.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.

Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
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Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
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Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
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(One of our most popular "On the Island Since..." stories is republished this week)

tW e all live the same life, but as a
W photographer, a painter or a
sculptor you see things differently. We
have our focus; we see things three dimen-
sionally, things other people don't see or
feel. I don't like to be a train on rails; I like
to leave the track, roam around and experi-
ence the unexpected. I was born June 21st
1937, in Lebanon, in a small village called
Bedadoun, about 12 kilometers from Bei-
rut. We could see the hills, the valley and
the Mediterranean Sea. We were four boys
and two girls: one brother lives in London,
one in Caracas and one in Lebanon. One of
my sisters lives in Abu Dhabi; my little
sister, Maria Magdalena, is an English
schoolteacher in Bedadoun.
After I finished school I went to work and
studied in my father's photo studio. At 18,
I hitchhiked to Paris. It took me three
months because when I liked it some-
where, I stayed. It was a beautiful time in
my life. Traveling through Syria, Turkey,
Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and France I found
good people, many friends of all nationali-
ties. In Paris I learned more about photog-
raphy and studied to become a movie pro-
When I was 23 I went to Venezuela to visit
my grandfather who was born there. I
loved the country, the tropics, the flowers
and the beautiful girls I was young, an
artist, crazy and adventurous and I
stayed. I started a movie company and pro-
duced documentaries about Venezuela and
the Caribbean which we sold to tourists,
schools, clubs and governments. That's
how I know Bonaire from 29 years ago! I
came to take pictures for the tourist office
and I liked it so much that I started coming
back all the time.
After 1968 I came with my wife, Ophelia,
and the children for a month every year.
As a photographer I liked the nature of the
island and the clear blue colors of the sea.
Every time I came I said: 'I want to live in
Bonaire!' But we must have the patience to
wait, like the fruit, like the mango; we
have to wait until it's ripe. I don't like to
push; I push my ideas, but not the realiza-
tion of them.
So I went on making movies, until video
was introduced. The pirates came and cop-
ied my movies and I lost one million dol-
lars! My children asked me, 'Father, what
are you going to do?' I answered, 'I am
Phoenician and I am Lebanese. The Phoe-
nician people lived in Lebanon for thou-
sands of years; I am going to open a snack
and sell sandwiches, shoarma andfalafel!'
I had never fried an egg before in my life,
but I found a very old Arabic cookbook at
my aunt's, and I learned how to cook from
this book. I'm an autodidact: I taught my-
self. After the snack, I opened four restau-
rants with belly dancers and flamenco as
well as a nightclub with shows and girls in
Caracas. That wasn't my way; I always say
'I am the son of the sun!' I like to live in
the sun, not in the dark! But it was an ex-

I've been in the restaurant business for 23
years, but I'm also a farmer! I bought
2,000 acres in the plains I was a pioneer
there and we planted 5,000 lemon trees
and 5,000 mango trees. I lost a lot of
money, but I enjoyed myself. I lived the
real life, natural life.
It's like with people: we're all different,
even us Arabs. We all speak the same lan-
guage, but we're not all Muslims. We
come from different ancestors, from differ-
ent tribes, from different countries with
different cultures and different beliefs.
Nowadays, people think they know every-
thing because they see it on TV or travel
through the Internet, but they live inside
their homes, their offices, looking at that
box, and they don't understand anything of
the world. Only through your own experi-
ences, your own thoughts and imagination
can you learn. You have to see with your
own eyes, you have to pick up the smell
and listen to the sound. You have to talk to
people, exchange thoughts, read their
books, eat their food and listen to their
music. Maybe then, you'll get a glimpse of
what their life is like.

"Only through your own ex-
periences, your own thoughts
and imagination can you
learn. You have to see with
your own eyes, you have to
pick up the smell and listen to
the sound."

Many people world live an artificial life.
We are in the 21st century, but mentally we
live in the Stone Age. We don't respect
people for what they are, but for what they
own: money, power, a mansion, a com-
pany. But all these things don't make you
a better person. People should learn to give
love: to other people, to flowers and birds
and animals. That's God. God is love. In
all my 67 years I have two real friends.
There are many good people that I know,
but a friend is someone whom you trust, in
whom you have complete confidence."
Raja Daou is one of the rare persons who
give you energy instead of taking it. In his
quiet, philosophical way he opens up his
mind and shows a tremendous lust for life,
inner peace and joy.

"I am very happy that I accomplished eve-
rything I wanted without the pressure of
time. From the minute I stepped on the
bridge I've enjoyed everything: the sound
and the colors of the river, the flowers and
the trees on the banks. I heard the birds
singing, I saw the beauty of freedom and I
smelled the fragrance of nature. I've
looked at the sky; I've seen the blue and
the gray, the clouds and the stars and still,
after all these years, I enjoy walking that

bridge: the bridge of life.
I've suffered from arthritis since I was 16,
but the pain has become my friend; I don't
fight it. We must love everything that we
have: happiness and sadness, love and
pain. We don't realize that we can do many
things. I go with the waves, but I always
have my position. When I want to do
something, I ask for advice, although I
have it all in my mind. You can always fill
in or leave out. Then I make a balance of
what I want.
Three years and three months ago I real-
ized my dream by opening the small
'Garden Cafe' on the island, together with
Esperanza, my second wife. She is my
partner in every way and everything. With-
out her I could never have done it. I can't
live alone, I need someone behind me.
Esperanza and I have people to help us,
but we are the spirit.

To make good food is also an art; it's not
as easy as it seems. Lately we moved to a
bigger location and it has become more
work, but still, I need to do more things,
not for the money, but for the spirit. I have
a new idea and I want to make it come
true. It won't be easy, but we'll do it. We
have patience. Although I think that life is
very beautiful here, I have to go to Vene-
zuela now and then. When you stay in the
same place too long, life becomes monoto-
nous. I also need to be with my family.
I've got three daughters and one son. San-
dra, the eldest, lives in Canada with her
husband. Frida, the second, is also married
and lives in Madrid. Tamara lives with her
husband and her two beautiful children -
one of them looks exactly like his grandfa-
ther on Isla Margarita. My son, Amir
Jose, is 22 and lives with his mother in
Caracas. He studied to become an elec-
tronic engineer. He is a very mathematical
man, unlike me, I am Zero!
Another thing I go to Venezuela for is to
play Santa Claus. I've been doing it for six

years now. Before I couldn't, because my
beard was red! I make many advertise-
ments for companies, TV and newspapers.
It's commercial, but I visit the poor peo-
ple, the schools and hospitals for free. The
rich must pay! The poor enjoy them-
The Garden Cafe is opening up. Pretty
women come to work and the place is sud-
denly filled with laughter and lots of talk-
ing in Spanish. Esperanza comes out of the
kitchen and rolls up the sleeves ofRaja's t-
shirt in a very tender way.
"I always loved women," Raja says cheer-
fully. "First my mother, then my nurse, my
schoolteacher, my little girlfriend from
kindergarten, my fiancee when I was 14,
my love when I was 18. There have always
been women. And God sent me three
more, three daughters! There are all
women behind me!
I see my life as very normal. Sometimes I
would like to do more and that's why I
played a role in a movie last year. I played
an angel! I was the spirit of a doctor who
had died, who came to help a little girl in
the hospital. The Italian director said I did
very well. It was a new experience! I'd
never been in front of the camera!
I enjoy life my way. I don't need extrava-
gance or drugs. I never did. I am a sensi-
tive person; intense emotions come from
the heart." He looks at me and smiles:
"You know, in the morning, when I get up,
I stop at the mirror. I look at myself; my
face, my teeth, my
hair in a mess, and
I say: 'My God,
Raja, you're the
best! The strong-
est! The most
beautiful man!' He
laughs. "If Idon't
do that, I can't go
out! But I don't feel
old, I feel
young!"0 G.K.
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter January 14 to January 21, 2005

Page 17

To start this column, I'd like to
take the opportunity to wish you
all a very happy new year in good
We at Green Label Landscaping had a
very successful year 2004 and we want
to thank everybody who helped us
achieve this. Masha Danki!

I think as a gardener I will remember
2004 as the year with all the rain and
strange weather. Hurricane Ivan just
missed us, and we had a lot strange
winds from the west. August, September
and October were really hot, and even in
the spring we had some rainfall. And of
course, the last months have been really
wet! All of this had a lot of effects on
the plants, and I think everybody has had
their hands full dealing with all the dif-
ferent effects of this weather. And still
the rainfall is continuing and making
Bonaire more beautiful than ever, al-
though you might feel differently if
you've come to Bonaire on vacation to
relax in the sun! But if you are interested
in plants, and especially in native plants,
look along the roads and see all the wild
flowers and other strange plants that you
only see when it is really wet.

My last columns were about a plant
that likes all this rain the Jasmine in
all its varieties. Here are some general
tips for the whole group.
First of all, Jasmines are one of the
very few groups of plants on Bonaire
that also bloom well in shady areas. The
only exception might be the Azahar.

Azahar Jasmine

But also full sun is not a problem, nor
are strong winds which don't affect them
very much. Again, the only exception
might be the Gardenia-Jasmine
(Tabernaemontana ). Because their
leaves are bigger and susceptible to the
wind, they can look a little bit damaged
a lot of the time.
Also, the Jasmine is a very good plant
to use in pots. They grow pretty easily,
and most types bloom all year round.
The Jasmine comes in all different
forms, so for every spot there is a vari-
ety. Because neither of the types grow
with long runners or too fast, they don't
need much pruning. The only time you
can prune them back is when they get a
little ugly underneath and you want them
to fill in again. They will look much bet-
ter after pruning and show you their
really nice and green leaves.

But all of them like to be fertilized
regularly. What I always recommend is
to use a soluble fertilizer like Miracle
Grow or Peters with high numbers of


Thanks to Mother Nature at Playa Funchi in Washington Park there was an open-
ing for a brief time in the beach between the sea and the salifia behind it. Due to
the heavy rains which saturated the earth and wore away the "dam" between the beach
and the salifia the opening occurred and there was an "exchange" of fresh water and sea
water. However, according to Park Manager Femando Simal, due to the opening more
fresh water came out of the salifia than sea water entering. But then the waves brought
in rubble, closing the gap and isolating the salifia once more. Even though, with all the
rains the salifia is higher than normal.
Note: The new phone number for Chief Park Ranger George "Kultura" Thode is 786-
5681 and for Park Manager, Femando Simal it's 786-5229. DL.D.

Nitrogen, and then not too much, but
frequently, like every month. And, as
I've said before, they like to be watered
regularly, again not too much, but regu-

larly. Well, this last part hasn't been a
problem lately.... Good Luck! 1 Ap van

Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping, a company that designs, constructs and main-
tains residential and commercial gardens. He has two nurseries and a garden shop in Kral-
endijk which carries terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410.

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How to Have a Bit
of Fun with the
Smallest Full Moon
of the Year Next

O n Tuesday,
January 25th,
we will have the small-
est full Moon of the
entire year. And if
you've got a camera,
with a zoom lens and
lots of patience as well
as a good memory, you
can do something that's
really a lot of fun and
conduct your own sci-
entific experiment. Let
me explain. On Sunday
night, January 23rd around 8 pm Sky Park Time, face east where you'll see the
seven bright stars that make up winter's Orion the Hunter, and just to his left,
Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars of Gemini the Twins. And just below
Pollux is Planet Number Six from the Sun, exquisite ringed Saturn, which is at its
closest, biggest and brightest for the year. It's visible all night long and looks ab-
solutely magnificent in even the cheapest telescope. And last but not least, the
brightest object in this part of the sky, a not-quite-full Moon, making a triangle
with Castor and Pollux.
Twenty-four hours later, on Monday the 24th the Moon will have moved below
Castor and Pollux and will be only a few hours away from being officially full. It
will look full for all practical purposes although you may notice that it will appear
a bit smaller than usual. You can watch it all night long as it crosses the sky with
Castor and Pollux and Saturn. And if you get up with the chickens, I suggest you
go out at exactly 4:32 am because at that moment the Moon will officially be full
and will also officially be the farthest and thus smallest full Moon of the entire
year, over a quarter of a million miles away, 251,987 miles to be exact. And here's
where the fun part comes in.
Set up your camera using a zoom lens and take a picture of the moon. This is the
first half of your experiment. The second half will occur six months later on July
21st just before sunrise when we will have the closest and biggest full Moon of the
year, only 222,028 miles away, which will be 30,000 miles closer than next week's
full Moon. Now remember to use the same zoom lens and setting in July that you
use next week. Then take the two pictures, cut them in half either physically or on
your computer and place both halves together and you will see a huge difference
because July's full Moon will be 13% larger than next week's. Send your results to
The Reporter and we may even publish them.
But why, you may ask, does the Moon change its distance from Earth? The an-
swer is quite simple. The Moon's orbit around our Earth is not a perfect circle. It is
a slightly stretched out circle called an ellipse. The closest point to our Earth on
this ellipse is called perigee. So July's full Moon will occur when the Moon is near
this perigee point. The opposite and farthest from Earth point of the Moon's orbit
is called apogee and next Tuesday's full Moon will be near it, thus its small size. A
simple but elegant explanation don't you think? So get out your cameras or just
enjoy next week's farthest and July's closest full moons with your plain old naked
eye. O Jack Horkhimer


For the week:
January 14 to 21, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will be popular with acquaintances; however,
loved ones could feel left out and insecure. You will accomplish the most in the
work environment this week. You will attract potential lovers, but be sure that
they're unattached. Communications with loved ones may be strained. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your ability to be a self starter will help get things
done and motivate others. You may be tired of working for someone else. Don't let
your personal partner hold you back. You need to control your temper and deal with
the situation rationally. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Deceit with co-workers is apparent. Don't let your
partner get you going. You are best to travel or attend lectures or seminars. You will
find that valuable knowledge can be gained if you are willing to listen. Travel will
also be very informative. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Try not to discuss important matters with colleagues.
Think twice before you say something you might regret later. Be careful not to over-
exert yourself. You will meet new romantic partners if you get involved in seminars
or travel. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Accept the inevitable and continue to do yourjob. Be
wary of those who have overly strong convictions. Be sure to cover all the necessary
groundwork before signing binding contracts. Give everyone in the house a physical
chore that will help burn off some of the excess energy. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may have taken on a little too much, but you will
enjoy every minute of it. You may be able to impart knowledge that's innovative to
those searching for a new angle. You can dazzle members of the opposite sex with
your quick wit and aggressive charm. Joining organizations will provide you with
stimulating romantic contacts. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can come up with ways of earning extra cash. Con-
centrate on work or make changes to yourself. Insincere gestures of friendliness are
likely to occur. Visit friends or relatives who have been confined. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Friends may not understand your situation. Don't
hesitate to talk to your partner about rekindling your relationship. Don't take your
frustrations out on the ones you love. Spend some time with the one you love. Pleas-
ure trips will be satisfying. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Take a look at your legal position. You will be
attracted to unusual forms of entertainment and foreign cultures. You can do well on
stage or behind the scenes, the choice is yours. Either way, you're up for a passion-
ate encounter with someone special. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You need to do your own thing and work on
making yourself the best you can be. You will have a problem with your boss if you
haven't done your job. Children or friends may try to talk you into lending them
money. Try looking into new ways to make extra money. Your lucky day this week
will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Enlist the aid of family members and consider the
feelings of your mate. Family may not want to get involved but an entrepreneur will.
The answers can only come from within. You should spend your day trying to get
things completed at work. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Travel for pleasure will be enticing. Involvement in
financial schemes will be followed by losses. Social activity should be on your
agenda. You may be overly emotional when dealing with your mate. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday. 1

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