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well as six-days-a-week flights from
Sint Maarten or Curacao to Europe and
the Western US with Airbus 340 series
aircraft, and three-day-a-week flights
between Curacao, Denmark, Germany,
Great Britain and Moscow also using
Airbus 340s. In addition TCA is offer-
T IWHSni(fb fM A I rWWI S ing to participate in an Airbus repair
depot in Curaqao.


A start-up airline named Trans
Caribbean Airways (TCA)
received a business permit from Cura-
cao that would allow it to supply a wide
range of aviation services in the Antil-
les, initially focusing on charter flights.
However, a flight permit is still re-
quired. The airline plans to use two-
and four-engine airbuses which haven't
ever been type certified in the Antilles.


However, if you were to judge by its
website, http://flytca.com/, you would
be led to believe that TCA is already
the flag carrier of the Netherlands An-
tilles. They say they soon will offer
daily flights between the Eastern/
Southern US, Canada and the Carib-
bean using Airbus 320 series aircraft, as


A It appears that an airline free-for-
all is brewing in the Dutch Antilles. An-
tilles Minister Omayra Leeflang said
that KLM is evaluating plans to es-
tablish a regional airline company in
Curacao. She said she heard this from
top KLM management during a work-
ing visit in the Netherlands but doesn't
yet know when she can expect more
details. KLM's plans revolve around
the activities of DEE (Bonaire/
CuraqaoExpress).
In addition the Curaqao and Central
Government are currently working on
several permit requests from companies
that want to conduct flights from Cura-
gao. Trans Caribbean Airways
(TCA) received a business permit last
week (see above). Next in line is Insel
Air (a partnership of local persons with
the Venezuelan Avior Airlines). Insel
Air wants to take over the DCA routes.
Pont International Air Services
(PIAS) is the third company that sub-
mitted a permit request with the govern-
ment. Investor Jacob Gelt Dekker
(Kura Hullanda) is involved with this
company which will count on financial
support from Saudi investors. No per-
mit request from Curacao Airways, the


airline proposed by Curaqao business-
man Joel de Silva Gois (GOISCO) has
been received.

A Dutch Eagle Express (DEE)
owner Niek Sandmann met with Sint
Maarten officials in Curaqao last week,
according to a published report, to con-
firm that his company will take over
operations of financially troubled Wi-
nair, the government-owned airline
connecting the northern Antillean is-
lands. The Central Government is said
to be ready to transfer Winair shares to
the new owner.

A BonairExel has officially
changed its name to BonairExpress.
Information on the new airline is still at
http://www.bonairexel.com. However,
flights can no longer be booked on the
website http://www.flyexel.com.

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A Last Friday, Acting Commander of
the US Southern Command Richard
Mentemeyer (left) and Dutch Royal
Navy commander for the Caribbean
Frank Sijtsma signed a refined version
of the "Operating Arrangements for
the Forward Operating Locations
(FOL) at Curacao and Aruba."
The documents establish technical


IN THIS ISSUE
Get your Tickets Now
(Chefs Lunch) 4
Opinion (Tsunami Threat) 5
Jessie Farewell 5
Mairi Bhan Maiden Voyage 6
Yoga (Yearning to Grow) 7
Swim Meet 8
2005 International
Fish Tournament 9
Fisherman Friendly Waters 9
Training Ship for Antilles 9
Too Many Cars on Bonaire? 10
Advancing Art and Culture 11
Song: Tropical Ease 13
Fashion Show Fundraising 13
Where to Find the Reporter 14
Photo Artist Gert Van Zanten 18


WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Tommy) 12
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself
(Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA) 13
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Back to Bonaire
(Orphaline Saleh) 17
Bonaire Sky Park
(First Day of Spring) 19
The Stars Have It 19


agreements on the use of facilities in
the Antilles and Aruba for the US mili-
tary to search for illegal drug shipments
with the aircraft at the two FOL bases.
The US planes must be unarmed and
can only detect and monitor the ship-
(Continued on page 3)


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2) thorities have the habit of dumping peo-
ments from the air. pie overboard in deep water who were
trying to reach the island by boat.
A The Dutch government, defying Aruban Justice Minister, Rudy Croes,
pressure from the US and other allies, is sought immediate clarification from the
pulling its troops out of southern consul, who said he had never spoken
Iraq. A large contingent returned home to the paper. Both have demanded a
last Monday. The remaining 800 Dutch retraction. Illegals are usually from
soldiers will leave Iraq in mid-April. Haiti, Colombia or the Dominican Re-
Other US-led coalition members in Iraq public.
are also planning to leave. The Ukraine
said earlier this month it would start
bringing its 1,600 troops home from
Iraq in March and would complete the
withdrawal by October 15. Italy is waf-
fling.


A Feelings are running high follow-
ing the arrest of dozens of people try-
ing to illegally enter Aruba, Curacao
and Sint Maarten by boat. No arrests
were reported from Bonaire. The Co-
lombian newspaper El Tiempo pub-
lished a photo showing illegal immi-
grants, mostly Colombians, caught in
the boat Anita off Aruba last Tuesday,
just a few days after at least four South
Americans drowned while trying to
swim to shore. The paper quotes the
Colombian consul on the island, Ven-


SNew educational signs have been placed at Sorobon, Lac Bay by
STINAPA. They explain the life cycle of the conch, the turtle population and their
feeding habits and the significance of the mangrove forests to the eco-system of
the bay. Another lists the international treaty that governs traffic in endangered
species. The signs are in English and Papiamentu with many helpful illustrations.


A Remember to prepare for the
April 3rd Kite Flying Contest. This
year, as always, it will be organized by
the Flamingo Bookstore in cooperation
with the Division of Culture, SKAL.
It's the 27" consecutive year for the
event. As usual it will be held at the
Juventus field beginning at 8 am and
continuing all day until all the kites


through adult can take part. The entry
fee is NAf3,50 for children and
NAf7,50 for adults. This year the con-
test is dedicated to Valerie's Airport
Gift Shop. And, as usual SABEDECO
will be a sponsor. Sign up at the Fla-
mingo Bookstore, Kaya Grandi # 19.

A WEB, the island's power com-
pany, reminds kite flyers to take care
of electric lines when flying their kites.


tura Diaz, as saying that Aruban au- have been flown. Kids from 7 years old They advise using kites made of plastic,


wood or paper only. Metal kites con-
duct electricity as do kite strings made
of wire. An electric shock could be fa-
tal. Fly kites only on dry days. Wet
strings can carry current as well. Try to
always fly kites in open areas, away
from poles and wires. If a kite gets
caught in the wire do not try to remove
it. Instead call WEB at 9215. For more
information on kite flying safety call
WEB during office hours at 717-8244.
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(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued fom page 3)


SEarth Day y f
is just a month >ar d
away! On and 2O /
around 22 April 'h-
this year, mil-
lions of people all over the planet will
engage in actions to celebrate our envi-
ronment and call for greater responsi-
bility in protecting it.
What are you doing for Earth Day
2005?

A Sign up for the 3rd Annual MCB
International Tennis Tournament.
One of Bonaire's best attended tennis
competitions will be held March 24 to
28 at the Harbour Village Tennis Cen-
ter.
There will be the following catego-
ries: Male: Single A, B, C, Doubles A,
B, C and Female: Single A, B, C, Dou-
bles A, B C and Mixed Doubles A, B,
C.
Sign-up forms are available from
MCB (Bonaire) and at the Harbour Vil-
lage Tennis Center from Elisabeth Vos,
Tournament Director, at Tel. 717-6907
or 565-5225. Cost is $ 30 for one event
or $ 40 for two. Entries are limited to
125 players.
The competition schedule is as fol-
lows: Thursday, March 24-from 3 pm
registration and warm-up at Harbour
Village. The tourney will open at 6 pm
and continue to about midnight.
On Friday March 25 through Sunday,
March 27, marches will begin at 8 am
and continue through midnight. There


will be a players' BBQ at Vespucci
Restaurant on Saturday night; cost is
$12.
The final day, Monday, March 28, the
tourney will begin at 8 am with the final
at 10 am. Prizes will be awarded at 5
pm.
Everyone on Bonaire is invited to par-
ticipate, especially Class A players.
The event is sponsored by Maduro &
Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) and co-
sponsored by Littman's, Budget, Heine-
ken and Tennis-School Sport Bonaire.

A Maduro and Curiel's Bank,
MCB, the biggest bank in the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba, and the spon-
sor of the popular Reporter column, On
the Island Since... saw its profit grow
by 12% in 2004 over 2003. Although
MCB's profits increased on all the is-
lands, Aruba, Bonaire, and St. Marten
registered better financial results than
Curaqao, the bank's headquarters. At
the end of last year, MCB employed
1,342 persons. It had 1,319 employees
10 years ago.

A The World Health Organization
(WHO) predicted that by 2025 one in
every three persons would have dia-
betes. And the bulk of these persons
would come from the third world and
developing countries. Diabetes and
kidney disease is a health problem on
Bonaire. "These ailments get their start
from unhealthy diets and inactive life-
styles," said a WHO spokesman. "It
has a lot to do with lifestyle. Children
are hardly eating fruit, and they con-
sume a lot of snacks with sugary con-


SGet your tickets now!


G et your tickets now for the three-course
gourmet lunches prepared by Bonaire's Cu-
linary Team. In order to practice their skills in prepa-
ration of going to the Culinary Olympics-"The Taste
of the Caribbean," in June in Miami-the Bonaire
team will be preparing, for 30 lucky diners, their three-course competition
meal on two Sundays-April 10 and 17. Lunch will be served at 1 pm at
Le Flamboyant on Kaya Grandi. Wine is included. There is seating for only
30 so get your tickets early. They're NAf30. Call Sara Matera at 786-9299
or Laura DeSalvo at 717-8988 or 791-7252. OL.D.


tents. You find that these children also
don't exercise. He added that diabetes
results in other complications, including
heart disease the leading cause of
death among diabetic patients strokes
and kidney failure. "Fifty per cent of
persons who start dialysis are diabetics.

SFESBO, the Coordinating Organi-
zation for Community Centers in Bon-
aire, SELIBON, the waste management
company, and committee members
from all the community centers met last
Wednesday evening to come up with a
plan for cooperation to make the is-
land cleaner.
They say that Bonaire is already a
clean island. To keep it this way, it is
necessary to continuously motivate peo-
ple to keep their own neighborhoods
clean. The slogan, "On our way to a
clean and livable neighborhood," was
suggested. Follow-up meetings at the
different sentro di barios (community
centers) are planned, and funding or-


ganizations like AMFO, NGO-
platform, Skan-fund, and Reda Sosial
will be approached for support.

A Buddy Dive Resort now offers a
Kid's Club program weekday morn-
ings from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm.
Kid's Club activities include snorkel
lessons, a Marine Park and ocean intro-
duction, fish and coral ID, guided snor-
kel on Buddy's Reef and other loca-
tions, drift wood painting, reef explora-
tion with SASY and games. Children
must be able to swim. Snorkel equip-
ment, drinks, snacks, logbook and cer-
tificate are provided, plus kids who par-
ticipate in the full week program will
receive a t-shirt. The Kid's Club is
open Monday to Friday (weekends on
request). Prices (excluding 5% NAOB)
are $30 for one morning, $80 for three
mornings and $120 for five mornings.
For more information call 1-866-GO-
BUDDY or visit http://www.
buddydive.com. O L./G.D.


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I. O NS n a 0.TTERS:THEOp-Ed PAGE


TSUNAMIS ARE A REAL THREAT TO THE REGION

W e cannot let the passage
of time allow us to for-
get the danger to our coastal
communities from tsunamis or
other phenomena that can cause
high seas and flooding. We be-
lieve that protection from these
events is a Dutch Kingdom prob-
lem and requires more resources
than the Antilles' governments
alone can manage. A report last
week in a scientific journal re-
emphasized the issues.
A Reuters report, according to geologists last Wednesday, revealed that large
cracks off the coast of Puerto Rico show there is a strong chance of quakes, land-
slides and tsunamis in the Caribbean region. Sonar readings of the Puerto Rican
trench, where the North American and Caribbean plates meet, show long, deep
cracks, said Nancy Grindlay and Meghan Hearne of the University of North Caro-
lina-Wilmington and Paul Mann of the University of Texas at Austin. That fits in
with historical reports of tsunamis in the area, some of which have the potential to
be very large, the three scientists reported in the journal Eos. Grindlay said in a
telephone interview, "We identified large cracks on the sea floor ... about 35 to 40
kilometers (20 to 25 miles) long, and they are right off the north coast of Puerto
Rico." She added, "Some are similar to the fault that caused the December 26
quake off the coast of Indonesia that generated a devastating tsunami.
At least 10 significant tsunamis have been documented in the northern Caribbean
since 1492. All 10 were triggered by movement along this plate boundary, which
runs 2,000 miles (3,200 km) from the north coast of the island of Hispafiola. One
destroyed Port Royal, Jamaica, in 1692, and another killed at least 10 Jamaicans in
1780. In 1946, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in the Dominican Republic caused a
wave that killed 1,800 people. In January, American officials said they would
spend US $37.5 million over two years for new deep-sea warning systems aimed
at giving near-total coverage for the US coastline. There is no such system in the
Caribbean. The governments of the Antillean islands should begin working with
Holland for action. To wait until the Tsunami Symposium in Bonaire next January
may be too late. O G.D.


Jessie Farewell

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Chris Armacost, right and Jessie Armacost center are surrounded by STINAPA-
Marine Park personnel at their going-away party.


wo of the best known members of Bonaire's expatriate diving community
are returning to their home country. Chris and Jessie Armacost have been
familiar figures in the island's diving scene for over five years. Chris was best
known for his able help on hundreds of dives and Jessie for her book, Bonaire Div-
ing Made Easy. In addition Jessie led the Bonaire National Marine Park Volunteers
for many years. Dozens of their closest friends were on hand at last Monday's
party at Pasa Bon Pizza. They are relocating in North Carolina. We will miss them
a lot. O G.D.


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YOGA FOR YOU




Yearning is a part of the beginning of anybody's practice. You
have to yearn to grow. You can't want it one day, but not the next,
and expect to make any real progress. You have to begin with
some steady, inner hunger.
Swami raChetanaanda
It amazes me to observe the diversity of bodies in our classes, especially after a dedi-
cated yoga practice of several months and how the yoga practitioners' bodies go
through subtle changes.
How they let go on concentrating on the external aspect of their bodies.
How they now allow yoga to let them look within, and work within their bodies.
. At that exact present moment it's just breathtaking to see the inner beauty that shines
through.
Practicing, practicing and practicing lets you see and feel how naturally the body ad-
justs to its correct alignment. It makes you wonder what other kinds of amazing
changes can yoga provide for you?
In a class I'm always mentioning listen, feel and experience where you are right now.
To grow it takes baby steps. This is important on your yoga mat but also so very true in
your daily life. We tend to have this need to fill every hour of our day with so many
things and projects going on and on that we forget to listen, feel and experience where
we are at that exact moment, the present moment. O Desirde


Don and Desirde of

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T he Bonaire Barracudas Aquatics
Club successfully held the 2005
School Swimming Championships at
the Meralney Sports Complex at the
end of February. Bonaire elementary
schools and the high school (SGB) par-
ticipated. Prizes were 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.


The results are shown in the table to
the right. The winner of the 'Barracuda
Prize for Team Spirit" was Watapana
School.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Sponsors of the event were: AMFO,
Ennia Caribe Insurance, Maduro &
Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) and Sand Dol-
lar Grocery.


Bonaire Barracuda Jurienne Anthony ofKolegio Papa Comes
in the breast stroke race

2005 Bonaire School Swimming Championship
Medal Count


School/(Number of Swimmers)

Papa Comes School (15)
Scholengemeenschap
(SGB) Bonaire (5)
Pelikaan (13)
Watapana (7)
Kristu Bon Wardador (5)
San Bemardus (3)
Reina Beatrix (11)
Luis Bertran (7)

Total


Gold Silver Bronze Place


8 6 2 1st 38

5 3 2 2nd 23
1 3 8 3rd 17
1 1 2 4th (tie) 7
1 1 2 4th (tie) 7
2 0 0 5th (tie) 6
0 2 2 5th (tie) 6
0 2 1 6th 5

18 18 19**


**Tie for Bronze Girls 11 12 50 meter freestyle


(f) WATER EN ENERGIEBEDRIJF BONAIRE N.V.



Kralendijk, March 8th, 2005

Thank You!

Dear Customers,

The management of WEB NV would like to heartily thank you for the under-
standing and cooperation that we received from you during the very difficult pe-
riod following the ferocious fire that destroyed more than 35% of our total capac-
ity to produce electricity.

The Aggreko plant has been installed which had meant great relief to you, our
customers, but also to our employees and machinery.
The WEB team has, and will continue, to do their utmost to guaranty high qual-
ity products and services.
Each of us has learned a lot from this experience and it has shown to us that
united we are stronger. It has also revealed that providing information to the pub-
lic is very important.

Now WEB stands at the start of a new era that will being changes and new chal-
lenges. We hope that we can continue to count on your support so that our com-
pany as well as Bonaire can continue to grow.

To everyone that called us, send letters and e-mail we would like to thank you
for your words of encouragement, gratitude and support, this has meant a lot to
us.

Once again, thank you very much!

For the WEB N. V Management
Ing. H. de Palm
Kaya Carlos A. Nicolaas 3 Kralendijk Bonaire Ned. Antillen
Tel.: 599.717.8244 Fax: 599.717.8756


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IACHT GA AD T AGE


2005 Bonaire International
Fishing Tournament.

S ne of Bonaire's best kept se-
crets was the 2005 edition of
the Bonaire International Fishing
Tournament. Twenty yachts from
Aruba, Bonaire and Curaqao took part
in the event the weekend before last.
Twelve blue marlins were caught but
released. Other fish caught included
Tuna, Wahoo and Dorado. The 153 lb.
winning tuna shown to the right was
cleaned and donated to San Francisco
Hospital. The winning Piscaturfishing team:
The newly-opened bar/restaurant, Eddy Hinds, Frans Heiligers and Marco
Morgan's Tavern (in the lighthouse Haitsma, Larry Gerharts and Chris
building), was the site for the shore Morkos
events and award presentation. O


Fisherman's Friendly Waters


A ccessibility, calm waters and
abundant fish the same features
that attract divers to Bonaire are the same
attributes that make fishing on Bonaire so
special. Although the fish most com-
monly talked about in Bonaire are reef
fish, in the deeper waters anglers will find Big game
big game fish like Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna,
Barracuda, Tarpon, Dorado and Wahoo.
Charter fishing boats rarely return empty
handed although the catch can vary by
season. November through February is
best for bill fish, including Marlin and
Sailfish; February, March and April is Do-
rado; March to late June is Wahoo and Delfin
Amber Jack; and June through September
is Yellowfin and Bonito.
In Bonaire fishing is not limited to big pelagic fish. Bone fishing is also available.
You can fly or spin fish for tailing bone fish and spooking permit in the southern por-
tion of the island. There are a number of "secret" spots local guides have staked out
and are willing to share with visiting fisherman, so don't be afraid to ask. Contact any
of the listed charter operations for more details. Please keep in mind though that bone
fishing is prohibited at Pekelmeer, a protected area for the Island's flamingo popula-
tion. O TCB

For more information contact:
Big Game Sportfishing 011-599-717-6500 htttp://www.bonairefishing.com/biggame
Fishing Bonaire 011-599-790-1228 http://www.bonairefishing.com/siri
Multifish Charters 011-599-717-3648 http://www.multifish.com
Piscatur 011-599-717-8774 http://www.piscatur.com

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather canfurther influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
3-25 0:45 1.5FT. 6:22 1.2FT. 12:28 1.4FT. 18:22 1.2FT. 79
3-26 1:12 1.5FT. 8:25 1.2FT. 13:36 1.3FT. 17:46 1.2FT. 85
3-27 1:49 1.6FT. 10:55 1.1FT. 89
3-28 2:37 1.7FT. 12:33 1.OFT. 89
3-29 3:34 1.8FT. 13:41 0.9FT. 86
3-30 4:32 1.9FT. 14:25 0.8FT. 81
3-31 5:38 1.9FT. 15:10 0.7FT. 72
4-01 6:35 2.OFT. 15:49 0.7FT. 64




Adesso Jan Gerardus Sapphire
Alessa Jasokinbah Sarah
Amante Jel-jok France Santa Maria
Antigone Laetitja Sandpiper, USA
Argus, USA L'Aquila, BVI Sea-iesta
Bright Sea Lisa Light Seute Deem
Camissa, Chan Is. Luna C. USA Simplicity
Cape Kathryn La Escotilla, Caymans Significant Other
CCD 65 Maebelle Sirius
Flying Cloud, USA Maki, France Solvig of Lorn
Gabrielle Meruva Sylvia K
Galandriel Miz Mae Tagora
Goeie Mie Moana Ti Amo, USA
Gerda Mulloka II Ulu Ulu, USA
Glad Neliandrah Unicorn, Norway
Guaicamar 1, Ven. Pearl Varedhuni, Germany
Honalee Sabbatical Ya-T, BVI
Infinity Sanuk Zahi, Malta


Training Ship for the Antilles


rawings for the sail training ship, Netherlands Antilles, are entering the final
stages. Latest changes to the three-masted schooner project, announced last
year, include a reduction in draft (from 5.60 to 4.00 meters), a retractable keel, a garage
and water toys storage room with swim platform in the stem, glass bottom viewers in
the restaurant, and hydraulic stabilizers. The ship will now be 285 feet long (95 me-
ters).
Money to build the Netherlands Antilles will essentially come from private and tax
deductible business donations, while a proposal will be made to ask the Netherlands
and Netherlands Antilles governments to assist with the operating cost of daily sailing.
The Netherlands Antilles is to be a sail training ship for Antillean youngsters. During
sailing days, instructors will teach seamanship, scuba diving, navigation and sail han-
dling, while teachers will educate students in languages, mathematics, cooking, mar-
keting, public relations, and ocean and nature conservation.
Initially she will sail with 32 trainees and eight instructor/teachers for a three-month
period. The ship will have five double luxurious staterooms and will be available for
charter.
The ship will be ABS and MCA classified, fully air conditioned and heated and fea-
ture the latest safety and fire prevention systems. It will be built mostly in Holland. The
ship will cruise at 16 knots under almost 2,000 square meters of sail. O Press release


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Too Many Cars On Bonaire?


Looking out of my window I see
snowflakes whirling down. On the
radio I hear the 'cold' voice of the news-
caster telling the listeners that there are 51
traffic jams, some of 20 to 25 kilometers
long, all due to the falling snow. Yes,
your part-time reporter is back in Holland
after three months of dushi Bonaire and is
already confronted by road traffic. It's
one of the main reasons to exchange the
Netherlands for a peaceful and tranquil
island in the blue Caribbean Sea.
However, during my stay, that was the
13th in a row, I was most astonished to
discover that the number of cars on Bon-
aire is also increasing immensely. Of
course, it's nothing compared with Hol-
land, but I found Bonaire's traffic pretty
troublesome sometimes, especially
around the "rush hours" when office and
school traffic accumulate. All the more
reason to find out what Bonaireans think
about it and especially to ask the people
in charge of the traffic situation the ques-
tion:

"Are there are too many cars
on Bonaire?"
Five out of eight people interviewed
answered unconditionally, "YES, Traffic
is a problem." But there doesn't seem to
be any policy nor is there going to be one
in the near future to do something about
that "yes."
Jopie Abraham, Senator and Member of
Parliament, leader of the opposition De-
mocratic Party, received me very cor-
dially and opened up with, "Definitely
there is an increase of cars on the island,
and the roads are filling up. And the big-
gest problem is that the roads are not built
to handle this number of vehicles." Abra-
ham continues, "I also see a tremendous
increase in rental cars. The previous Ex-
ecutive Council decided to introduce limi-
tations on the establishment of new car
rental companies. But this Council never
followed up."

Bermuda has a strict policy-no
rental cars but a good public transpor-
tation. (See the editor's note at the end of
this article.) When I asked Mr. Abraham
if knew of the policy, "Yes, I have heard
about that, but in my opinion that is not
feasible here. Think, for instance, about
all the shore divers visiting our beautiful
reefs. I don't see a solution in closing
down the car rentals. But I agree that the
Bonaire Government should develop pub-
lic transportation and safer passable roads
for bikers and scooters. For years there
have been very nice bus stops, but unfor-


tunately they've not
been put to use. The
Government should
take action and not
only about this sub-
ject but they are
afraid to do so."
Eric Soleana, co-
manager of DROB
(Department of Physi-
cal Planning) is very
explicit in his opinion:
"The roads back up.
Think about the
promenade when there


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A side effect of lots of cars is lots ofjunk cars at the landfill


is a cruise ship in port. I foresee in the
near future a "boom" in cars by the
youngsters when they get their driver' s
license. Almost every member of a family
owns a car. And last, but not least, the
number of rental cars is growing like a
mushroom with hundreds of additional
cars. DEZA (Economics Department)
should make new rules. But I realize per-
fectly well that on top of all that the Ex-
ecutive Council has to fine-tune their pol-
icy about the increase in tourism, traffic
and economy."
A fluent Soleana tells me confidentially,
"First of all we need to improve the flow
and the quality of the roads. The plans are
already there. More parking places are
needed. People park their cars in the
weirdest places (also a thorn is the side of
Jopie Abraham). But before that all takes
place we should place the new road signs
suggested in the new traffic ordinance of
2001 which the Government has had on
the back burner for years.
When I asked Bert Nijland of JAZ
(Legal Department) when the roads of
Bonaire will get their new signs his an-
swer was firm. "After smoothing out
some details the ordinance should be ap-
proved within a short time and goes to


DROB for implementation." I wonder
myself how 'short' this time will be after
knowing it has already been tabled for
three years.
Nijland was one of the two people who
reacted with astonishment at my question
about the number of cars. Nijland: "When
I leave my office at 12 noon I'm home
within 10 minutes." This is contradictory
to the experiences of a mother of a St.
Berardus school student who needs at
least 15 to 20 minutes to get clear of the
school ground, then drive home. Before
she takes one bite of her food she has to
bring the child back to school again.
And to let a child go by bike is too dan-
gerous, not only because of the narrow
roads but also because of the many pot
holes caused by the intensive rain and the
wear from cars and heavy trucks that
don't get fixed.
Miguel Martis, head of DROB, would
be delighted when safe cycle paths are
built so schoolchildren and office workers
can go by bike to their destination. "But,"
Martis confesses, "unfortunately there is
no money for such a nice project. We
must search for funds and sponsors. In
addition, people are getting more and
more lazy and hurried, so we have to


change their attitudes."


Getting support for bike paths
To organize a fundraising, though, there
should be a steering committee formed
from, amongst others, DEZA, DROB, the
Police and JAZ to come up with a well-
thought-out plan of action. Only, accord-
ing to both Erik Soleana and George
Abrahams (Coordinator-Corps Traffic
Police), the Executive Council should
come up with the mandate to form such a
committee which would investigate and
present recommendations to form a road
works policy. George Abrahams agrees
that Bonaire has to start considering im-
mediately what to do about the increase of
cars and the ensuing traffic problems.
We tried to contact members of the
Bonaire Executive Council to get their
reaction, but none were available for an
interview.

Some revealing numbers
As of December 31, 2004, there are
6,240 cars and pickups. (Source: Depart-
ment of Taxes and Population).
From this total, approximately 1,000
cars are rentals. That makes 5,240 cars for
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a population of 9,790, made up of ages 18
to 89 years old (the estimated group of
drivers). So about one out of every two
persons on Bonaire has a car.

More cars arrive every month
Elsmarie Beukeboom, Director of
STINAPA(the Bonaire Parks Authority),
is not convinced that at this very moment
there are too many cars, but she warns
about the near future. She says, "I observe
that there are more and more new cars
coming on the road." (The Ro/Ro ship,
Don Andres, brings about 30 new cars
ashore twice monthly. Source: George
Abrahams). "And most of us have seen
the huge Japanese car carriers disgorging


new cars and trucks. The center of Playa is
sometimes bursting from sputtering cars
and parked vehicles. My suggestion is to
have a car-free town center, with parking
places outside of Playa and a good public
transportation to and inside the center,"
My advice to the Bonairean Govern-
ment is simple but straightforward: Take
serious notice of the traffic and parking
situation and make a policy for the near
future before news of Bonaire traffic jams
are regularly reported on the radio, as they
are in Holland. O Story andphotos by
Marian Walthie


Advancing Art and Culture


T he Foun-
T dation for
Art and Culture
of Bonaire has
set many goals to
stimulate and
organize activi-
ties for our tal-
ented young art-
ists, musicians
and dancers dur-
ing 2005 and
2006. They in- Youngsters show their pastry skills
clude forming an
artists' society, an office and a multi-functional study for music, dance, theatre, art
and comedy, and cultural exchange events involving Bonaire, Curacao, Aruba,
Holland, the US, Cuba and Venezuela.
The Foundation asks for the public's support, donations and cooperation to help
enrich the art and culture of Bonaire, particularly among the youth of the island.
Some of the events planned for this year are:
Pastry cooking course for children with Lilian Cicilia-Martina
Duo Festival in March to represent Bonaire in the Caribbean Gospel Festival in
May
Dance school for children
Book of the most outstanding artists from Bonaire
13th edition of Bonaire Art Day, July 3.
For the office: photo copy machine, notebook, scanner, color printer, paper cut-
ter, etc.
Musical instruments for the island's youth folklore group
Vocal and music course for children 8 to 14 starting soon
SRecording of folklore group, "Tutti Frutti," and more
Recording of different Bonairean musicians and singers
Children's art school guided by local artist Norwin Coffie
Multifunctional study for music, dance, theatre art and comedy (own theatre)
Emma Sint Jago is President of the Foundation. For more information phone/fax
717-6420, 786-6420; email artandculture65@hotmail.com or stg.
kunstencultuur ttelbonet.an. O L.D.


NOTE: Bermuda has restrictions on the number of cars on its territory. Restriction
policies have limited the number of vehicles on the roads at one time and to one auto-
mobile per household. Nevertheless, it now has more automobiles per square mile
than any other country in the world. The automobile restriction law does not apply to
the Bermuda Government. Its employees-13% of the entire workforce-can use gov-
ernment cars as well as their own.
A traffic study in 1999 said that ifBermuda had more than 15,000 cars on its total
area of 21 square miles, it would reach saturation point. By 2001, according to 2002
Bermuda Transport Control Department (TCD) figures, there were already more than
26,000 four-wheeled vehicles on Bermuda's 37 miles of roads. Bonaire has 112 square
miles-290 km2 so the situation here is not nearly as critical. Ed.


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JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, Bon-
aire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing,
and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or
phone 717-5246 for appt.

BonaireNet is the leading consumer
and business information source on
Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.
yellowpagesbonaire.com


PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE. Con-
sultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery. Spe-
cializing in garden/septic pumps and
irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Is-
land Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956

LUNCH TO GO- Starting from
NAJ5 per meal. Call CHINA
NOBO 717-8981



Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to
Lovers Ice-Cream and Sand Dollar.
Photography by Shelly Craig
www.bonaireimages.com

Visit Gallery "MyArt "
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef
Call: 785-3988


INEW


NEW


BRASSERIE BONAIRE
Restaurant Terrace Take away
SPECIAL DINNER MENU *
NAJ35.OO $ 20.00
CRAB BISQUE
CATCH OF THE DAY
COUPE CARIBE
OPEN: 11.30 a.m. -02.00 p.m.
DINNER 06.00p.m. 09.30p.m.
Sunday and Monday closed
ROYAL PALM GALLERIES,
DOWNTOWN KRALENDIJK,
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:
717-4321


NEW


NEW


MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9013


For Sale: Kiteboard, Wipika twin-
tip, 1.59 m. Very good beginner's
board and also a very good board for
light weather. NAf 350. Call: 564-
9577 or 786-5881

For Sale: Water Heater 110v., 6
months old- NA1f30. Call 786-8329

Compressor block 3 stage 100 200
Itr per minute. German build Max 225
bar. Complete with coolers and water
separators. Just add motor and filter
system. Call 786-1465

For Sale:-stroller as good as new.
From 175Naf for 100Naf -Sony prof.
surround system VAC5 with war-
ranty (a.g.a.n), 7500 Watt, MP3, mic,
c.d., double tape deck etc from
1 100Naf for 700Naf -Asahi Pentax
K2 DMD prof. photo camera set:
Pentax lenses, tripod motor drive,
prof. case, filters remote etc. Absolute
bargain: Was 7500Naf, now 700Naf!
For information call 717-7977 or e-
mail alexanderl37@0telbonet.an

HP Notebook Computer model:
ze5400. P4(2.4Ghz), 40GB, 512mb,
Wireless e-card. Almost brand new,
carrying case included, $1,400 (US).
Info 791-6009 after 3pm

FOR SALE:Men's (Large) Scubapro
Finseal BC-$50, Women's (Xtra
Small) Dacor BC-$25. CALL 717-
2050



1994 Toyota Hilux Truck double
cab, with air conditioning. Runs
good. Asking price: NAf7,500
Please call: 717-6537, after 6:00 PM

FOR SALE: 2002 BMW 525i Ex-
cellent condition, 30,000 km / fully
equipped / aspen grey will sacrifice
for 55,000 fls Serious offers only.
Contact 791-6533

Grease monkey special..'83 Honda
Jazz NAf2.000 call 785-9760




"Koncha", NB-123, fast-sailing 14ft
FRG centerboard sloop, Naf 1,400.
Trailer available. Also stowable din-
ghies cheap: 12 ft "Banana" and 2 Avon
inflatables. Call Mac 786-1580.

Classic Sailor. Make an Offer.
Traditional Bonairean Sailing sloop.
Wood, traditional construction, about
21' long. Fiberglassed in and out for
minimal maintenance. Two time winner
of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream
to sail. One of the last of its kind. Call
717-8988 or 785-6125.


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Owners of Robin RGD-5000 Diesel
Generator LOOKING FOR WORK-
ING ALTERNATOR SECTION.
Our motor is OK. Contact Captain
Don and Janet: 786-0956

Captain Don and Janet are seeking a
massage table or waist -high pad-
ded exercise bench. Call 786-0956

Wanted full time employment
opportunity. Experienced in man-
agement and administration. Many
years on the island and no work per-
mit needed. Please call Marion Wil-
son at 717-5571

WANTED: Experienced waiter or
waitress for dinner service. Call
Croccantino at 785-0581.


Bonaire Reporter March 25 to April 1, 2005


Page 12


"1jH ere's lookin' at you,"
says "Tommy," ap-
pearing as though he could han-
dle just about anything with style
and grace. He has the most beau-
tiful defined markings, like those
of a tiger. Not only is he a hand-
some fellow, but he gets along
extremely well with the other cats
and people. He especially is at
ease with children because he's
grown up with them. He just
loves to be cuddled. His owners
had to leave him here when they
moved to Holland (but they did
take their children we under-
stand). Tommy is about a year
old, a very settled, relaxed per-
sonality with a fine character.
Included in his adoption fee of
NAf75 are all his tests, worming, shots and sterilization. You can always be as-
sured of a social, well adjusted and healthy animal when you adopt from the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter. It's located on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday
10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Right now it's kitten season and there are a lot to choose from at the Shelter.
If you have a mother cat who's had her kittens and is ready to be sterilized, the
Shelter can help you out with their Sterilization Fund. Call 717-4989 and ask for
Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema. And, in turn, if you can make a donation to the
fund it would be very much appreciated.
It's MCB Account #10616410. Mention
"Sterilization Fund." The money will
go only towards sterilizing animals.
More good news from the Shelter. For Rent:-fully furnished 1 bedr.
As of last week there were 35 adop-
tions since the first of the year! OL.D. apt. with large porch, beautiful yard,
ih,~,,,~, hi l TT l,


WilaslUIg IliIlmI, ailillam, I V., teL.,
airco, very quiet area for NAf900
incl. Please call 717-7977 or e-mail
alexanderl37 @0telbonet.an

For Sale: Special Offer: Chalet in
Valencia, Venezuela, in private zone.
1,000 sq. meters property, 1,000 sq.
meters green zone. Chalet is 215 sq.
meters. Built in 1999. Downstairs:
living area with open, built-in
kitchen, office, guest toilet, laundry.
Upstairs: master bedroom with bath,
terrace; 2 additional bedrooms, 1
bath. Many trees. Documents in or-
der. Tel 717-4111

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-
choice location-privacy & security-
May 1st until Dec. 15th. Brochure
available. Phone (Bon) (599) 717
3293; (US) (570) 586 0098. Email
larjaytee@aol.com-May 1st until
Dec. 15th.










Picture Yourself
with the Reporter

Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA
t's Tim Barger and
IBarbara Sery back at
home in Arnold, Maryland
USA, standing on our pier
overlooking Mill Creek off
the Chesapeake Bay. See how
the creek is iced over and we
still have snow. We spent a
wonderful week in Bonaire
with our good friends, Sal
and Patty Guida, who rent
a house in Bonaire for the
winter (smart people!) While
in Bonaire I wrote a song to
commemorate our time spent
there... hope you like it!
We love Bonaire!"



TROPICAL EASE
By Barbara Sery
(Sung to the tune "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music)


Bright colored fishes
And so many corals
Chattering parrots
And beautiful florals
Palm trees that wave in the warm ocean
breeze
These are what put us at tropical ease
**************
Pineapples, plantains
Bananas and mangos
Fish on a platter
To restaurants we all go


Drinks that are fru fru
And surely will please
These are what put us at tropical ease
*************
(Chorus)
When the temps drop
When the snow falls
When the nights are long
We simply remember our time in Bonaire
And won't stay away too long
******(Continued on pa**e 14)**
(Continued on page 14)


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Fashion. Ion
run m ser
agg


Padrino
surrounded by some of his models at his show last year.


A fashion show to benefit Bonaire's Special Olympics team the Padrino
Haute Couture Fashion Show on Saturday, April 16, at Croccantino Res-
taurant. Last year's show was a huge success with all tickets sold out. This year's
theme is "Broadway of the 50s," with singing star Monica Millar from Curaqao.
Your contribution of NAf125 includes the show and a multi-course Tuscan dinner
by Tuscan-trained Chef David with wine. There's a limited number of ticket still
available at Croccantino Restaurant 717-5025. OL.D.


SFashion Show
Kets on Saics

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S(TROPICAL EASE
Continued from page 13)





Octopus, Seahorses
Morays and Triggers
Turtles, Queen Angels and
Gobies are diggers

Diving off shorelines
Whenever we please
These are what put us at tropical ease

**** *********
Small cars and scooters
That zip all around town
Yellow stone markers
The dive sites we have found

Opening gates with our skeleton keys
These are what put us at tropical ease

**************
(Chorus)
Donkeys and parrots
And bright pink flamingos
Colorful lizards with beautiful blue toes

Aqua blue skies and aqua blue seas
These are what put us at tropical ease


Eden Beach, Lovers
Our house by the sea
Wanna Dive, Durgeon
And Michael G's

All are the places that we want to be
These are what put us at tropical ease

*** **********
(Chorus)

**************
Mask, fins and snorkel
BC, regulator
Ready to descend
We'll see you all later

Ear pops and tootsie pops
We're happy you see
These are what puts us at tropical ease

*************
The people the places
The fauna and flora
The sea life the good life
All things we want more of

So Bonaire we love you
We never want to leave
Cause we're at our best in your tropical
ease


**** ********* *


**************


(Chorus)


WHERE -TO FINED


Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter if there are no more atyourfavorite spot


Airport:
Car Rental Agencies,
Airport Arrivals Area

Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato
branches),
RBTT

Bookstores:
Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Boekhandel

Realty Offices:
Harbourtown
Re/Max
Sunbelt

Restaurants:
Bistro de Paris
Brasserie Bonaire
Capriccio
Chez Lucille
City Cafe
Croccantino
Wil's Tropical Grill
Garden Cafe
Kentucky Fried Chicken


Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza
Seahorse Cyber Cafe
Subway

Shops:
Bonaire Gift Shop
City Shop
DeFreewieler
Inpo
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
Exito Bakery
Bonaire Super Store
(old 7-7)


Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Dive Inn
Divi Flamingo
Eden Park Hotel
Harbour Village
Plaza
Sand Dollar


Supermarkets:
Cultimara
Consales
More for Less
Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse

Others:
Bonfysio
Botika Korona
Bestuurscollege
Caribbean Laundry
Customs
Fit 4 Life
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Marina
Parliament
Rocargo
TCB
Telbo

RINCON:
Chinese Store,
Joi Fruit Store,
Lemari Grocery,
Rincon Bakery.


Still can't find a copy? Visit our office at
Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988


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WHArS i


WEUt MVIE IHOWTIIES
Cal to make sure: Usually9:00pm
Are we there yet?
(Ice Cube)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Elektra

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Fat Albert


THIS WEEK
Until April 14 Willie Dijkstra Art
Exhibit Cinnamon Art Gallery is at
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
March 21-26h Singles Week in Bon-
aire- Membership is open to all. Email
ann@bonairewindsurfing.com or call
011-5999-786-3134 to join in the fun
Friday, March 25-Good Friday-
Banks and shops closed.
Sunday, March 27- Easter Sunday
Sunday, March 27- Easter Brunch
Buffet at the Rose Inn Bar and Res-
taurant, Rincon. 11 am to 3 pm.
NAf35 (children under 13, NAf 15).
Call melfina at 562-0327
Monday, March 28- Easter Monday.
Banks and shops closed.
Friday, April 1 -Simadan (Harvest)
Festival in Rincon

COMING
Saturday, April 2 Big Rincon Mar-
she-gifts, food, drinks, music, friendliest
people on the island.-6 am to 4 pm.
Sunday, April 3 Contest di Fli, (Kite
Contest) at the Juventus Field, the big
ballpark behind Kooymans, near the
Pauw gas station. Entry fee for ages 7 to
15 years is NAf3,50. 16 and up it's
NAf7,50. Sign up at the Flamingo Book
Shop on Kaya Grandi #21 before March
28 or 29.
Saturday, April 16-Padrino Fashion
Show at Croccantino Restaurant-to
raise funds for Bonaire's Special


PPENIN pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
unnMr Every day by appointment -Rooi
I Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-


Olympics Team. 7:30 pm. NAf125 do-
nation includes multi-course Tuscan din-
ner. Well-known singer Monica Millar
will perform. Tickets at Croccantino
Restaurant. Tel. 717-5025.
April 15 22 Dive into Earth Week -
check with your hotel or dive shop for
activities including beach and underwa-
ter cleanups
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days: Sun. Apr. 24-Endeavor
Saturday, April 30-Rincon Day,
Queen's Birthday
Saturday, April 30- COMCABON
MCB 5 km / 17.5 km run with prizes.
7 am. Call Richard Pietersz at 717-8629,
780-7225.
Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing Race

MAY 2005
May 15th to the 22nd King of the Car-
ibbean at Lac Bay. The event will kick
off the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For
info, see www.pwaworldtour.com or
www.bonaireworldfreestyle.com
May 19 to 22-Bonaire-Harbourtown
JAZZ FESTIVAL May 19 22!!

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Res-
taurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm.
Live Fla-Bingo with great prizes, starts
7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisa-
beth 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 Restau-
rant
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


nairean kunuku. $12 (NA1f2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience cancelled until March
28th. (Then at the Aquarius Conference
Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
9:30pm.)
Turtle STCB slide show is canceled
for March....It restarts April!
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonairiano) 717-
5246/7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.
an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery during the day. Con-
tact Wendy Hom:wendy@bonaireart.org
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 entry
fee. CallCathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.


Rotary lunch meetings Wednes-
day, 12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous
Restaurant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3.
All Rotarians are welcome. Tel.
717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasinadi Rei,Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse."
Learn about Bonaire's culture. Visit
typical homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J.
v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in
town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon,
1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some
holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance
to the music of Bonaire's popular musi-
cians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's his-
toric town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour
at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at
9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at
717-6435 to reserve.
CHURCH SERVICES
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 Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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@bonairenews.com
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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in tis issue


ACCOUNTING SERVICES
Bonaire Pro can keep your financial records in order,
minimize your tax liability and provide helpful ad-
vice. For individuals or businesses.
BANKS
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.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
CLEANING SERVICE
CONETAL Cleaning Service cleans homes, apart-
ments, offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
DIVING
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.
Ocean Adventures Discover the world of low bub-
ble, quiet diving. Learn, use, and try our Drager Re-
breathing equipment. At Dive Inn. Interested? Call
717-2278
FITNESS
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.

GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain


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it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.

GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
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.

HOTELS
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
sea.
The Great Escape
Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting
with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber
Cafe, restaurant and bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
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
pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
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.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available


See adveisements in this issue 61


now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SPA-DAY SPAS
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
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Caribbean Club Bonaire Inexpensive-moderate Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
717-7901 Closed Sunday Inexpensive Bar Hap dinner plus regular menu
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At hibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
717-8285
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef s prepare exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.
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 Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban Chef prepares
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Caribbean cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happyhours 5 to 7 every day.
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
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.

The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts.Eat ortake awaNicebar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally heads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
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A s Bonaireans we have two
"A options after we've com-
pleted our studies abroad. Either we
come back to our island or we make our
life elsewhere. The opportunities in
other places can be huge and you can
really make it there, but in spite of that,
there are still quite a few Bonaireans
who make the conscious decision to
return to their homeland.
What strikes me is that their decision
to return is often based on the same rea-
sons foreigners decide to come and live
here. If I have to put the feeling into
words, I think I definitely have to use
Hugo Gerhardts' slogan: 'Unhurried,
Unspoiled and Unforgettable.'
From my mother's side I have a rich
Bonairean heritage. Her father was the
only son of Kachi Craane and in that
sense I am related to all the Craanes,
the Abrahams and the Don Andres fam-
ily, the De Jongs. My father's parents
came to Bonaire around 1918 from
Lebanon. His mother had 12 children
who lived. All children, except for the
eldest, were born here, and my grand-
mother decided that she would raise
them as Bonaireans. I had a carefree
childhood. I am the eldest. Then there's
my brother Michel, then my sister
Amelie. Our hangout was the Beach
Hut at Hotel Bonaire and every year we
went for an Easter egg hunt at Fontein.
In 1969, when I was four, my dad,
Raymundo Saleh, who was a politician,
became the governor and we moved to
the governor's house. Now, whenever I
visit that house, I still get goose bumps
because it wasn't the most positive time
of my life. My dad didn't finish his
term; after four years he resigned and
founded his own political party. There
was a lot of turmoil, and that's why I'll
never go into politics!
My mom, Orpha Craane, was a
schoolteacher. When I was 14, I was at
HAVO-2 high school. My marks were
all 10s, and because of that I wasn't
very popular with my fellow students!
In fact I was a candidate for VWO high
school, but as it didn't exist on Bonaire,
my parents and I agreed it was time for
me to go to Curaqao to Randolphus
College. The school turned out to be
just great, but it was too big an impact
on me, and in spite of all the support
from my family in Curaqao I couldn't
get used to living there. So I went to
Aruba to live with my Aunt Manira.
She took me in her care...until today.
After I'd finished Kolegio Arubano I
had no idea what to do. I talked to my
dad and told him I wanted to do some-
thing to contribute to society so I could
make a difference on Bonaire. Social
compassion is a strong issue in our fam-


ily, so my dad understood what I was
talking about. He answered, 'Why not
economics? That's all round!' I went to
Pennsylvania State University. My
main reason was that I'd never heard of
a Bonairean going there. I wanted to
widen my horizon, to get to know other
people, not to be in a comfort zone. It
was a great school, one of the biggest
universities in the States, with 36,000
students. All in all, it was a wonderful
experience.
Out of the 6,000 students who gradu-
ated with me I was one of four Phi Beta
Kappa honor students. Then I wanted to
do my Masters Degree, and to be hon-
est, it wasn't for idealistic reasons; it
was just for the money!" She laughs:
Orphaline Saleh (38) is a wonderful,
open-minded, warm-hearted, spiritual
and vivacious person.
"Well, I went to Holland, to the Neth-
erlands International Institute for Man-
agement, and instead of two years I got
my Masters in one year. I was the most
successful candidate in my program.



"... one day, seven o'clock
at night, in my car in the
dark, caught in a traffic jam
for hours, this overwhelm-
ing thought entered my
mind and I found myself
wondering, what am I do-
ing here?"



After that I felt, 'Enough! No more
studies!' I'd fallen in love and was of-
fered a job at the National Investment
Bank in The Hague and...I stayed in
Holland for five years. When my rela-
tionship ended I still had my job; it was
a fabulous job. I'd made it completely
and I had everything I could wish for,
but... one day, seven o'clock at night,
in my car in the dark, caught in a traf-
fic jam for hours, this overwhelming
thought entered my mind and I found
myself wondering, what am I doing
here? I could do so much more at
home; I could really make a difference!
There are so many people in Holland
with ability, and there's such a need for
professionals on Bonaire. I didn't want
to stand aside any longer; I really
wanted to make a contribution. As I left
Holland I didn't have the feeling that
there was much I left behind-just ma-
terial things-but when you think about
it... that's nothing.
In Bonaire I was looking for a profes-


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sional environment
with structure and at
the same time, for an
institution that
showed social com-
passion. I found it
with the Maduro &
Curiel's Bank. It's
funny, in spite of the
fact that we Bonaire-
ans are very hard
workers, who've
proved themselves
everywhere in the
world, I noticed that
in many cases we
don't like to take re-
sponsibility and that
we're afraid of au-
thority. The first
time it hit me was in
Holland. I'd just gotten the job with the
bank when I had this problem with a
client. I went to my superior, Don, and
asked him, 'Can you handle this for
me?' He looked at me and answered,
'What would you do if you were me?' I
stood there, looking at him and I felt
shocked when I realized I was afraid of
taking responsibility! Don taught me
the best lesson I'd ever had and I owe
him eternally for that!
Now I'm the assistant managing di-
rector at MCB-Bonaire, and I'm doing
the same with my people at the bank.
Some people might think it has been
easy for me, that I was privileged com-
ing from an influential family, but my
achievements are my own. My parents
didn't do it for me. I do feel lucky
though, because being a part of this
huge family gives me the sensation
deep inside that it's cozy, that I'm safe.
I don't think they realize that because I
don't have a lot of time to spend with
them, but that's how I feel. The uncon-
ditional support they've given me has
strengthened me to expand my hori-
zons, to push myself further and it also
gave me self confidence. I have a
strong family behind me that says, 'You
can do it!' In that sense I am privileged.
Yes, I am.
I feel that as a people we have great
value. I'm very proud to be Bonairean,
and I think we should make it a point to
pass this feeling on to our children. In
April, 1999, I met Juaquin. What
worked for us is that we understood
each other perfectly well. He came
from Curaqao to Bonaire in 1997 and
he stayed. Juaquin is with the police
force working on a youth crime preven-
tion project. In May 2000 our son Jor-
dan was born. From the moment I first
saw him, his big brown eyes looking at
me attentively, I thought, 'You're part
of me, but you're not 'mine;' you are
yourself.' He's very bright and he's
very sweet, but I don't take credit for


that. I give him the tools, but he does it
himself. Nevertheless, I'm very, very
proud.
Before Jordan was born I was in-
volved in many things, AMFO, Rotary
and so on. Now I only work for the
bank, harder than ever, more stressful
than ever, but the quality of my life has
improved so much. I tell my friends
who live in different places all over the
world, 'All year long you're saving for
a two-week holiday, but I have a holi-
day like that every Sunday!' Life is not
about money. Whenever the time
comes and you stand before God and he
asks, 'What did you do with your life?'
It won't make any sense to tell Him, 'I
had this fancy car, this great house, I
made so much money and I knew all
these celebrities!'
I believe everyone is here for a rea-
son, to fulfill something. We have to
love and be there for each other and we
have to help each other in every possi-
ble way. Integrity is what counts, not
what you own. I don't know what the
future will bring. Maybe when Jordan is
a teenager Bonaire will be too small for
him and then I'll go. Not that I feel the
need to, but I've done it before and I
can do it again if it's for him. It will be
temporary though, because as I see it,
the ideal life is growing up as a child on
Bonaire, but as a teenager you have to
go some place else to explore the
world. You
do your stud-
ies abroad
and when
you've seen it
all... you
come back to
Bonaire."
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Bonagraphs -- PhotoArtistGertvanZanten


n Bonaire I discovered C
I this beauty, this light
and I got really excited," says
photo artist Gert van Zanten,
whose show opens on Friday,
March 25 at Le Flamboyant
Restaurant. "In Europe," he
continues, "the nicest light is in
late afternoon, here it's early
morning."
His enthusiasm shows in his
photos of Bonaire above the
water. "I snorkel, but I don't go
into the deep. When I say to
people that there's great beauty
here, they think I'm talking
about under the sea. But what I
see above sea level is so beauti-
ful." You may think you have
seen it all in photos of Bonaire,
but his are a surprise. His sub-
jects may be well known, but he shows
them with different lighting and from
different angles.

Gert spent five years at the Art Acad-
emy in Holland, then, as a very young
man, took off to Canada to work as a
photographer in advertising, but as it
happened he got kicked up to designer,
then art director. Several years later,
still a young man, 26, he returned to
Holland where he worked in major ad-
vertising agencies as creative director.
"But," he says, "I wanted to make
things, do things, not just talk about
them!" It was always photography that
called to him.


How does he feel about digital? "I
trust my film more," he replies. But his
photos are digitalized after they're
"perfect to my eye." And computers?
"People shouldn't forget they're only a
tool!"
He rhapsodizes more about the light
here: "It's a combination of a number
of things. The humidity in the air is like
that of Provence, where it becomes al-
most transparent. If you love light
you'll see it here with all its changes."
Gert photographed subjects all over
the world before he "discovered" Bon-
aire. "Had I known about Bonaire be-
fore I would have started with a land-
scape lens!" But his focus has shifted.


"Now," he says, "I want to photograph
the houses of Bonaire........before
they're all gone."
Gert van Zanten's photography show,
called Bonagraphs with a Different
View on Bonaire, opens at Le Flam-


boyant Restaurant on Friday, March 25
from 5 to 7 pm. The show will continue
for four weeks. All works are for sale at
one price $125 each. You may visit
his website: www.gertvanzanten.nl to
see more of his works. OL.D.


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(which is back in
sync with US east coast time). Now although we all know what spring is, have you
ever wondered why we call spring 'spring?' Well, the word spring is simply short
for the phrases, spring of the leaf and spring of the year. Spring of the leaf is pretty
obvious because at this time of the year leaves literally do spring up out of
branches and grass springs up out of the ground. But what does spring of the year
mean?
Well, believe it or not, before 1752 the New Year began when spring began on
March 25th in America and England. In other words, the New Year began, that it
sprung up, at the same time the leaves and grass did. In fact, when George Wash-
ington, Ben Franklin and America's founding fathers were young men they all
wished each other Happy New Year on March 25th until Parliament declared that
henceforth beginning in 1752 the New Year would be celebrated on January 1st.
At any rate I actually think it's more logical to have the New Year begin with the
beginning of spring when all of nature seems to begin again.
And lest we forget, the first day of spring is actually an astronomical event
which marks one of the two days when our Sun is smack dab on the celestial
equator, the other day being the first day of autumn. And these two days are called
the equinoxes, equi meaning equal and nox meaning night because on these two
days the hours of daylight equal the hours of night. When this happens in Septem-
ber we call it the Autumnal Equinox and when it happens in March we call it the
Vernal Equinox, vernal meaning green. This is appropriate because in mid-
northern latitudes the landscape is really springing up green.

Now although most people today don't keep track of the Sun and its movements
throughout the seasons like our ancestors did, nevertheless we can still observe the
Sun as it changes its place on the horizon every day from equinox to equinox. For
instance on Sunday the Sun rose due east and set due west and each day this week
the Sun will rise just a little bit farther north of east each successive day and set a
little farther north of west each successive day. It will continue moving northward
day after day week after week month after month until June 21, the Summer Sol-
stice, when it will rise its farthest north of east and set its farthest north of west.
And then after a couple of days it will retrace its path southward, week after week,
month after month, until on September 22, the Autumnal Equinox, the first day of
autumn, it will rise and set due east and west once again. So happy first day of
spring, and for those of you who are really old fashioned, Happy New Year!
OJack Horkheimer


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Bonaire Reporter March 25 to April 1, 2005


Happy First
Day of Spring
to You and
Happy New
Year to Old
Fashioned
People


THE 3TARS


D/WE^ 0 D
For the week:
March 25 to April 1, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't make large purchases or investments. Spend
some quality time with your lover. You can't win and they won't listen. Offers of
joint ventures are likely. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS Apr. 21- May 21)
Try to curb overindulgence this week. Cultural activities will prove to be quite
enlightening for everyone. Go with the flow and don't be concerned about your own
job. You must strive to get the most important projects completed properly, rather
than doing everything in a half baked way. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
day.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't push your luck with your boss. There'll be dif-
ficulties if you spend too much. You will expand your circle of friends if you join
groups. You may have problems with children. You're undergoing changes. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will be extremely sentimental, and if pushed by
others you may hold a lasting grudge. Someone you least expect could be trying to
make you look bad. You can ask for favors or run your ideas by those who will be
able to support your objectives. Don't let others know about your private affairs.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Make arrangements to meet friends at your local dance
club. Stop those bad habits. Have some fun, but draw the line if someone tries to fast
talk their way into your heart. Take a trip or just spend some quality time with your
mate. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't push your luck with your boss. Pleasure trips
should be on your agenda. Plan to do things with your faithful pet or with young-
sters who have interesting hobbies. You need to spend time with friends and family.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You should not be concerned with coworkers who
insist on spreading rumors. Refuse to let others make unrealistic demands on you.
Friends and relatives can give you good advice. Don't blow situations out of propor-
tion. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Get help setting up a reasonable budget. Look into
ways of making extra cash. Overindulgence will be a problem if you are out in a so-
cial setting. Travel and educational pursuits may help alleviate the stress you have
been feeling. Look into intellectual and physical games that will test your abilities.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You will be popular with acquaintances;
however, loved ones could feel left out and insecure. Any intimate relationships
with colleagues will lead to gossip that could easily affect your position. You will
not be pleased with family members who try to put demands on you when you just
don't have the time. Positive connections can be made if you get involved in envi-
ronmental organizations. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Travel opportunities must be taken advantage
of. You can count on getting a pat on the back for your efforts. Someone may be
trying to pull the wool over your eyes. In-laws or older individuals may give you a
bit of a hard time this week. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Short trips will prove to be more fruitful than you
imagined. You must act quickly. Opportunities for romance are present. Your pil-
grimage may end up being fruitless. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You are best to put in some overtime rather than get
involved in family gatherings. Your need to get away could lead you into greater
debt. Problems with colleagues are likely. Avoid too much discourse with col-
leagues this week. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. O


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