Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: April 8, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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As reported in a Bonaire Re-
porter on-line alert The Court
of Justice in Curacao lifted the lien
that the Dutch company, AirExel,
placed on Bonaire's Dutch Antilles
Express (DAE), now flying between
the islands as BonairExpress. The
judge did not rule on the lawfulness of
the lien but lifted it because he consid-
ered the potential economic damage for
the Antilles too great. Allowing the lien
to remain would have left the islands
without large scale air connections.
AirExel can still place a lien on DAE
if it can post a bond of about NAf7 mil-
lion to compensate for possible losses if
the grounds for the lien are found to be
unlawful. It's unlikely that AirExel can
come up with this amount as it is tied
up with bankruptcies in Europe.
DAE is a successor to Dutch Eagle
Express (DEE) which was the parent
company of BonairExel. DAE
"officially" took over from DEE on
April 1. DAE's lawyer, Rob Blaauw,
described DAE as a completely new
company, with different shareholders.
The Bonaire Government was share-
holder of DEE. However, Bonaire resi-
dent, Niek Sandmann's BHM company,
local individuals and KLM are share-
holders of DAE.

A According to public documents on
file BHM (Bonaire Holdings
Maatschappij NV) transferred the
shares of DEE to the private com-
pany Bon Air Investment and Partici-
pation Company, having Niek Sand-
mann, Martine van der Valk, Larry

Gerharts, Norman Evertsz, Antonio
Diaz da Silva, and William Felix as
shareholders. Transfer Director is Henk
Schrijver. The value of the 200 re-
corded shares is listed as
Supposedly the Bonaire government
never actually invested a cent in DEE
but was the holder of record as required
by Central Government officials in
Curagao. BonairExel was renamed Bo-
nairExpress in order to distance itself
further from AirExel. Sandmann and
associates continue to reform Bonair-
Exel into a regional airline in coopera-
tion with KLM as their goal. A senior
KLM executive recently was named to
replace Fokker van der Veen (also a
KLMer) as the Chief Operating officer
of BonairExpress.

A Some people thought BonairEx-
press was headed for a shutdown.
Early last week its schedule was crip-
pled when one of its three aircraft had
to go abroad for an extensive scheduled
airframe check while another ATR air-
craft was also grounded for mainte-
nance at the same time. At the end of
the week normal schedules resumed.

A The European Commission has
allocated EUR 20 million to fight
poverty in the Netherlands Antilles.
Most of the money will be spent on pro-
jects in poor districts located across the
five islands, Radio Netherlands re-
ported. The Antilles receives poverty-
eradication funding from the EC every
(Continued on page 3)


T he sky won't grow dark. Birds
won't stop singing. And the
corona won't make an appearance.
During a partial eclipse of the sun,
the moon covers only part of the so-
lar disk, taking a curved "bite" out of
our star. The sun remains glaring
bright. If you don't know it's happen-
ing, you might not even notice. But
there is something to see: the shad-
Look under a tree. You'll notice the
sunlight that's beaming through gaps in
the leaves make crescent or ring-shaped
spots on the ground. Look around the
walls of your home or office. You might
see crescents and rings projected by slits
in the window shades.
Only in the middle of the South Pacific
will a small number of people on cruise
ships view a total eclipse. Unfortunately,
the narrow path of totality does not touch
An almost-total eclipse can be seen
from Bonaire. Here the eclipse is

Annular Eclipse 2
27th Kite Contest 4
Photo Opening (Gert van Zanten) 4
Opinion (Coast Guard Speeding) 5
Ambassadors (Vriesman) 5
Bonaire Ambassadors at DEMA 5
Amboina Dolphins on Stage 6
MCB Tennis Results 6
Padrino Fashion Fundraiser 7
US Scuba & Divi Flamingo 8
Easter Windsurf Competition 9
New Teen Divers 9
Culinary Team Lunch 10
Gardner (Hedges) 10
30 Yrs. Bon Bini Kresh 12

"annular." The moon is perfectly aligned
with the sun but does not completely
cover it. A little bit of the sun pokes out
all around, producing a "ring of fire."
This fire ring effect will last for less than
one minute, so look sharply.
Eclipse sunsets are pretty, but be
careful. Even when the sun is hanging
low and dimmed by clouds, it is still
dangerous to look at. A brief glimpse
through a telescope or binoculars can
blind you. Try projecting an image of
the sun instead or use exposed nega-
tives or eclipse-watching glasses.

Pet Prof (Feline Body Language) 13
Marshes Happenings 15
Mairi Bhan Witness to Destruction 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself (Switzerland) 12
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Helen) 14
What's Happening 15
Micro-Movie Review (Constantine) 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire (Win de Grijze) 17
Bonaire Sky Park (Crescent Moon) 19
The Stars Have It 19

Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005

Page 2

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2)
five years. Supposedly, an unspent 20
million euros from the past 15 years
is earmarked for a sewage system on
Bonaire. The Antilles and Aruba will
also receive 3 million euros to fight
HIV-AIDS and for AIDS prevention.

A In last September's referendum
Bonaire opted for direct relations with
the Netherlands. Finally, some possibly
meaningful steps are being taken to
make that happen. The Bonaire Ex-
ecutive Council has hired Professor Pe-
ter Boersma, a Dutch expert in the field
of political relations, to coordinate the
process. Direct relations with the Neth-
erlands will touch many parts of daily
life and may involve changes to the
courts, finances, social programs, public
health, laws and the economy.
A committee that includes ex-Lt. Gov-
ernor Richard Hart, MCB Bank Man-
ager Miguel Pourier and former Antilles
Governor Jaime Saleh, will assist him.

A Last Tuesday between 8 pm and
midnight the police force's Zero Toler-
ance team focused on violations by bi-
cycle riders and scooter drivers. During
the action 32 violators were cited: bi-
cycles for lack of a bell, lights or
brakes, scooters for lack of proper
paperwork. A total of 19 bikes and
four scooters were confiscated and im-
pounded until their owners satisfied le-
gal requirements

A Dutch Royal Highnesses Prince
Friso and Princess Mabel welcomed
the birth of a baby girl in London on
Saturday, March 26, at 7:17 pm. The
baby weighed 3,085 grams at birth and
is Queen Beatrix's fourth grandchild.
Her name is Countess Luana, short for
Emma Luana Ninette Sophie. Prince
Friso announced that he and Princess
Mabel were very happy and that both
mother and child were doing fine.
Prince Johan Friso married human
rights activist, Mabel Wisse Smit, on
April 25, 2004, without the approval of
the Dutch government, giving up his
claim to the throne for love.

Alexander Pechtold, proposed
new Minister of
Governmental Re-
newal and King-
dom Relations, was
received by Dutch
Prime Minister Jan j
Balkenende last
Wednesday, says
the government in-
formation service Alexander
RVD. Pechtold, Pechtold
who succeeds party
colleague Thom
Graaf following his recent resignation,
is currently mayor of the city of Wagen-

A Local fuel prices are expected to
increase dramatically in the next quar-
ter based on increased world oil prices.
Curoil has calculated an increase of at
least 36 cents per liter. This would bring
the prices of unleaded and leaded gas to
close to NAf2 per liter (About $4.50/

t At the March 17th meeting of the
NGO Platform various business topics
relating to the activities of the umbrella
grant-giving organization were dis-
cussed. In addition new officers were
The new Daily Board is made up of:
James Finies, President
Elsmarie Beukenboom, Secretary
Alan Gross, Treasurer
Board of Directors:
Julita Winklaar, Culture Sector
Tanneke Bartels, Environmental
Gilbert van Arneman, Youth and
Family Sector
Godfried Clarenda, Care and Welfare
Jona Chirino (beginning August
2005), Community Development
Anthony Cecilia, Social and Eco-
nomic Development
Ruthmila St. Jago, Education and
Training Sector
When James Finies took over the
presidency the Sports Sector position
became vacant.

A The road to the Andrea 1 dive
site has been reopened. At the end of it
divers will find a smooth paved con-
crete ramp right down to the beach.
Shore dives were never so easy. Who
do we thank?

Remember to
set aside these
dates for the
TIVAL -May 20-
21-22, 2005.
on tap, Featured artists include: Denise
Jannah, Ced Ride, Avila Blues House
band, Cuban Express, X-Hale, Berna-
bela Bislip Project, Freewinds Band
with guests, Stacey Francis, Latin
Quarter, Bonaire Jazz Trio, Stingway
and many others.

A Getting to Bonaire is easier than
ever now that American Eagle, the re-
gional affiliate of American Airlines,
has announced that it has added more
flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to
Bonaire. In April American Eagle will
operate daily flights to Bonaire. Then
beginning on May 1, 2005, and going
through September 6, 2005, the airline
will operate five round-trip flights per
week. For more information call 1-800-
433-7300 or visit http://www.aa.com.
Another option for getting to Bonaire
is Air Jamaica which continues to offer
jet service four days per week from its
US gateway cities via Montego Bay,
Jamaica. Air Jamaica's US gateway
cities with connecting flights to Bonaire
include Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington
(BWI), Boston, Chicago, Ft. Lauder-
dale, Los Angeles, New York-JFK,
Newark, and Philadelphia. The flights
to Bonaire operate on Wednesday,
Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. For
more information call 1-800-523-5585

or visit http://www.air amaica.com.

A Rincon's venerable Kas di
Krioyo, which has been restored, is
now open every day from 9 to 4. Rin-
con is the oldest and most historic vil-
lage on Bonaire. Come and see and hear
how life was lived in earlier times. Kas
di Krioyo is located just around the cor-
ner from the Rose Inn in Rincon.

A Have you visited Pedisa, the well-
ness and beauty mini-spa across from
the post office yet? Run by experienced
Peter Benekendorff and his wife Maria
Isabel, they use proven methods of mas-
sage and treatments combining energy
healing, Reiki and reflexology all at
lower-than-usual prices. Peter has cured
scoliosis patients successfully, and
Maria Isabel is an expert on nearly
every kind of skin facial treatment. Stop
in and see them or call them at 717-

SA reminder that classes in Heal-
ing Touch are coming up in early
May. Healing Touch is an energy heal-
ing technique that is so effective that it
is endorsed by conventional medical
personnel in the US and several Euro-
pean countries. See the Healing Touch
poster on this page for more details and

1 This week's very pretty Benetton
model from Jong Bonaire is Genesis
Sint Jago. The Benetton ad is on page

Gielmon "Funchi" Egbreghts of the
STCB with the Leatherback
SMabel Nava, Project Direc-
tor for Sea Turtle Conservation (
Bonaire (STCB), wrote Sunday:
"A 200 kg. (440 lbs.) Leather-
back sea turtle was found dead on
Baby Beach, just south of the Seahatch
facility at Sorobon. Leatherbacks are the
largest of all sea turtles and their appear-
ance on Bonaire is relatively rare al-
though two leatherbacks probably made
nesting attempts last year in Washington
Park. It's possible that the turtle was
planning to lay eggs on the beach. The
cause of death could not be determined
since the carcass was in an advanced
state of decomposition.
The leatherback, Dermochelys cori-
acea, which can weigh up to 500 kg
(1,100 pounds), is more common in
other areas of the Caribbean. It has a
softer shell than other sea turtles and
feeds on jellyfish. For additional infor-
mation call STCB at (599) 717-2225 or
790-0433. email stcb@bonaireturtles.
org ,website www.bonaireturtles.org. I

Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005

Page 3


What is it about a kite soaring
into the sky that fascinates us?
Just ask the competitors in last Sun-
day's 27" annual Kontest di Fli (kite
contest). This year's competition was
even more spectacular than other year's
due to the high winds. Contestants
came from Curaqao as well as Bonaire,
and the kites were unbelievable. There
were "birds," "helicopters," a five-
tiered one, a tiny one the size of a hum-
mingbird. At the other end of the spec-
trum there was a more-than-20 foot kite
with ribs and spine made from a tree
trunk and branches. It even got off the
ground, after being pulled by 15 to 20
strong men. Contestants' kites had to
fly for at least two minutes to qualify
for a prize. Some kites couldn't take
the strong winds and crashed to the
ground, a sad tangle of paper and wood.
Originator and organizer of the event
for the last 27 years, Iris Semeleer of

The 27th Annual

KonIstdi Fi
Flamingo Bookstore, reports that there
were 165 entries. Prizes were for small-
est, biggest, most original, strangest and
most beautiful. The top winner overall
was Jurivino Jansen from Curaqao.
The Kontest di Fli is one of Bonaire's
most exciting and fun events, and it's
for all ages. It starts at 10 in the morn-
ing and goes until all the kites have
been flown. There's music, drinks,
food and great camaraderie with
families and friends setting up
picnic \ sites for the day to compete
and to view the spectacle. Seri-
ous judges worked hard and long
throughout the day, measuring,
conferring, and handling contest-
ants' protests. Many thanks
to them and to the very gener-
ous sponsors; SA-
BADECO, NGO Plat- form,
WEB N.V., MCB Bonaire and
the Government of Bonaire. D

Bonaire From a Different Perspective

Recently, photographer Gert van Zanten (right) opened his exhibitions of
"Bonagraphs" at Le Flamboyant restaurant. Joining in at the celebration
were: SEK head Hubert Vis, photo artist Fer de Wit, George Curiel, Commissioner
Jonchi Dortalina and artist Addie Figeroa. If you want to see familiar Bonaire
sights in a new, different and inspiring way visit the exhibition.
The exhibition will continue until April 22. O L.D.

. IJ

Kite judges take measurements

Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005

Page 4



B ernhard Vriesman
has been visiting
Bonaire for 16 years. Since
his first visit in 1989 he
makes Bonaire "The Is-
land" to visit each year. He
said that Bonaire has the
most beautiful underwater
life and landscapes. He did
his dive course here and
obtained his PADI open
water certificate. Con-
gratulations to Bernhard
Vriesman, a true Bonaire
Ambassador! O Ambassa-
dor stories and photos by
Joanny Trinidad.

Facilities and boats
moored along Bon-
aire's waterfront are being
damaged by the wakes
from boats and ships pass-
ing too close and at too
high speeds. Last week we witnessed
the Antillean Coast Guard cutter speed-
ing along the front of the southern hotel
row. It was NOT in pursuit of an of-
fender but merely heading for a spot
off Karel's Beach Bar. Its wake
drenched a few diners at Divi Fla-

mingo's Chibi Chibi Restaurant,
smashed a dive boat, caused sediment
to be washed into the sea and perhaps
other damage that wasn't visible.
Come on, guys, you're supposed to
be setting an example for mariners. 1

Bonaire Ambassador Program makes a surprise
appearance at the DEMA Dive Industry
Leadership Conference

One Bonaire Ambassador proves
how valuable a loyalty program can be

At the DEMA Second Annual
Dive Industry Leadership Con-
ference on March 9, which was spon-
sored by Bonaire, Bud Uren of US
Scuba surprised conference attendees
by holding up his
Bonaire Ambassa-
dor medal and de- "...a customer
scribing the pro- the Caribbean
gram as one of the
best loyalty re- learned that it
wards program he It seems this wE
has ever seen. trip and she did
He then told the miss the oppori
story of a customer hr
who had booked
two dive trips to she changed he
the Pacific with booked the Cai
him last year but
had decided to skip
the Caribbean trip until she learned that
it was to Bonaire. It seems this would
be her 15t trip and she didn't want to
miss the opportunity to get her Ambas-
sador medal, so she changed her mind
and booked the Caribbean trip. This
impromptu endorsement and recogni-
tion for Bonaire and its Ambassador
Program was just one element that
made Bonaire stand out at this event.
Bud's presentation followed that of
Jack Chalk, who spoke on behalf of the


Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Associa-
tion and gave an information-filled talk
about what Bonaire does to assist the
retailer selling travel.
Recognizing visitors from around the
world that have been
coming to Bonaire
decided to skip year after year, the
Tourism Corporation
ip until she Bonaire's Bonaire
as to Bonaire. Ambassador Pro-
ld be her 15th gram lets the island's
I't want to repeat visitors know
nity to get how special they are
by presenting them
medal, so with medals and
mind and making them the is-
)bean trip." land's unofficial am-
bassadors. Repeat
visitors receive med-
als based on the number of consecutive
years they have been visiting the is-
land: a Bronze Medal for 10 to 15
years of visiting Bonaire, a Silver
Medal for 16 to 20 years and a Gold
Medal for 21+ consecutive years. For
more information on the Bonaire Am-
bassador Program and for a listing of
all Bonaire Ambassadors visit http://
ambassador/. (See story about Bud and
US Scuba at Divi Flamingo on page 8.)

Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005

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Amboina Dolphins on Stage

Cast of the Amboina Dolphins variety show at Jong Bonaire

Surely no one would dispute that Bonaire's greatest treasure is her youth, and
the island could be proud last weekend. The members of the Amboina Dol-
phins football (soccer) team put on a variety show at Jong Bonaire to raise funds
for the team which hopes to travel to Curaqao to compete in October. There was a
big turnout of families, siblings and friends in the audience, all enjoying the sing-
ing, dancing and humor. Some talented girls joined the boys on stage.
The boys, ages six to 10, are led by Coach Ricardo Alberto, and since being
"incorporated" as the Amboina Dolphins, the number of team members is now up
to 60 kids, with members from other barios as well as Amboina. "I want all the
boys to be welcome to join, not just those from Amboina," says the coach.
Sponsors of the team can't say enough about Ricardo and his devotion to the
boys. "When you see something being handled well in the community," explains
one of the sponsors, "we should all get behind it. And we think Ricardo is doing a
wonderful job!"
A number of adults have volunteered to help with the kids. They must have
caught the enthusiasm of Ricardo who says, "Working with the team gives me en-
To raise funds, they're selling bumper stickers (see below) for NAf5. Contact
Ricardo at 717-5330, ext. 241 or 785-3449. DL.D.

MCB InterIsland

Tennis Tournament


T he third edition of the
annual MCB Inter-
Island Tennis Tournament
finished last week at the Har-
bour Village Tennis Center.
Close to 90 participants from
Aruba, Curagao, US, Ger-
many, The Netherlands, Venezuela and Bonaire competed in three classes (A,B,C) and
five categories (Men singles, Men Doubles, Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles, and
Mixed Doubles). The tournament was sponsored by MCB-Bonaire, with co-sponsors
Littman's Jewelers, Heineken, Budget Car Rental and Tennis School Sport Bonaire.
For five days the players competed from 0800-2300 in a round robin format, with
pool winners continuing into an elimination schedule with a blind draw. Lots of specta-
tors showed up and cheered for their friends and family. With daily Heineken Happy
Hours, a players' BBQ and a party night at Vespucci restaurant, tournament Director
Elisabeth Vos created one big party for everybody.
During the award ceremony two new sponsors signed up, the Angelo Clarenda's Bo-
nairiaanse Bouw Combinatie (BBC) and Larry Gerharts' Bonaire Air Services (BAS)
so next year's Easter tournament will be even bigger. (Thursday April 13th through
Monday, April 17th)
All prize winners received a MCB trophy and a prize from a sponsor. OElisabeth Vos

Final results
Men Single A
Kenneth Ponson- Guido Wever
Men Doubles A
Kenneth Ponson/Frank Hodgson- Tonnie
Soliana/Gino Domacasse
6-3;6-5 Tiebreak (9-7)
Men Single B
Andres Kock- Bryan Provenzano
Men Doubles B
Andres Kock/Emile Domacasse- Leo &
Leonard Domacasse
3-6;6-5;Tiebreak (7-4)
Ladies Doubles B
Donna Shea / Prahphan Wildin -Marijke
Maas / Thammy Albertsz
4-6;6-4;Tiebreak (7-4)

Mixed Doubles B
Prahphan Wildin/Elvis Tjin- Theo en Mari-
jke Maas
Men Single C
Burney Elhage- Ibi de Palm
3-6;6-5;Tiebreak (7-3)
Ladies Single C
Rosalie Bierings- Justine Gonggrijp
Men Doubles C
Roy Celestijn/Carlos van Wilgen- Willy
Domacasse/Reggie Belgrave
Ladies Doubles C
Dell Squire /Lupita St.Jago- Margot Croes
Lupita Gil
Mixed Doubles C
Renate & Willy Domacasse- Dell Squire
Reggie Belgrave


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City Shop
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
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Bonaire Super Store (old

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

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Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo

Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry
Fit 4 Life
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Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005

Page 6

Padrino Fashion Show

Special Olympics Bonaire


G et your tickets now
for the Padrino
Haute Couture Fashion
Show at Croccantino Res-
taurant Saturday, April 16.
All to benefit Special
Olympics Bonaire (SOB).
The theme this year is
"Broadway of the 50s," with
Monica Millar Curaqao singing
Your contribution of
NAf125 includes the show and
a multi-course Tuscan dinner
prepared by Chef David and
wine. Limited number of tick-
ets left. Call Croccantino Res-
taurant, 717-5025. L.D.

Photosfrom 2004 show

Don't miss Fashion Event of the
Get Your Tickets Now
Padrino Haute Couture Fashion
Croccantino 717-5025

Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005

Page 7


US Scuba and Divi Flamingo Bonaire

a 25 year-long relationship

Some of the US Scuba travelers at the dedication of the plaque

t all started here, at a table upstairs way, so I said, 'Why don't you just start
in the Chibi Chibi Restaurant at your own company?' That was in De-
the Divi Flamingo, 25 years ago. Col- cember, 1983, and by July 1984 US
lege professor Heather Sellick and po- Scuba opened up in Rochester, Michi-
liceman Bud Uren were having dinner gan. (The US doesn't stand for the na-
after some fine diving in Bonaire. Bud tion; the U is from Uren; the S from
had been running scuba diving trips for Sellick.)
other companies and managing their The couple, apparently happy in busi-
shops. "I was enjoying being just a ness together, got married two years
'scuba bum,'" Bud says. "But," Heather later. Today US Scuba is housed in an
adds, "he was doing all the work any- over-8,000-square-foot building, pro-

viding retail
sales, a full ser-
vice travel
agency and an
in-store pool set
up for scuba
But one of the
most important
parts of the
equation is Bon-
aire. Heather and
Bud, who holds
a Bonaire Am-
bassador Gold
Medal (25 con-
secutive years of
visiting the is- At the Chii Chi
At the Chibi Chib
land), enthuse, and Travel Center
"Bonaire is our
plaque where
very favorite lo-
cation in the Car-
ibbean. We come here twice a year, no
matter what, and it's always to Divi
Flamingo. Bonaire is safe, friendly,
clean, and the people are just wonder-
ful. The diving is just superb. Other
places may be lovely but it's the staff
that makes this resort; that's why we
always come here!"
This time they were accompanied by
a very amiable and friendly group of 37

i Restaurant at Divi Flamingo, US Scuba
's Bud Uren and Heather Sellick with the
e the company was "born" in 1983.

divers. "Sixty per cent of our travelers
are repeat guests," Bud says. "And that
includes families. We have groups go-
ing out every three to four weeks, and
we always like to start with Bonaire for
the new dive groups. You know it will
always be a success!"
For more information on US Travel/
Scuba log on to www.usscuba.com. 1

Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005

Page 8


Easter Windsurf Competition

Arthuro (Payo) Soliano, Kiri Thode, Jaeger Sint Jago and Taty Frans

T here was a tremendous windsurf
competition at Sorobon last
Sunday. This event was organized by
Taty Frans, our professional windsurfer
who has excelled in different parts of
the world.
The idea to organize this event in the
first place was because it's very windy
these days. And seeing how many chil-
dren are interested and practice this
sport and how well they've developed
in the last three years in the 'freestyle'
and 'formula' discipline, this event was
organized. It was also a 'warm up' for
the big event, "King of the Caribbean,"

which will take place during the week
of May 15 to 22 in Bonaire. The
'Juniors' are very motivated to train to
compete for the world title. This year
will be the first world championship
for the 'Junior' class of freestyle during
the "King of the Caribbean."
There were more than 20 participants,
mostly from the junior class. There
were also many eyewitnesses present to
see the great moves that our youngsters
can do.
The event was a total success. 1
story and photo by Daisy de Jongh

Mabel Nava, Project Director STCB; Joeri Lieuw, Rafael Rodrieguez; Michael
Trinidad; Bilha Thomas, Manager of Jong Bonaire.

Recently, three teen members of Jong Bonaire finished their open water dive
course at Capt. Don's Habitat with Jenny as the instructor. The course, in-
cluding the books, was donated by Toucan Diving and Divi Flamingo Dive Center,
and the course itself was given by Capt. Don's Habitat. That is the beauty of work-
ing together for the common good! The course was organized by Sea Turtle Conser-
vation Bonaire (STCB).
These kids will start diving with the Jong Bonaire program, which is sponsored by
Wannadive, every Wednesday afternoon. We'd like to invite all the certified kids
from the island to become members of Jong Bonaire and join the club. 0 Mabel

Results 2. Arthuro "Payo" Soliano
3. Bjorn Saragosa
Formula Junior: 4. Terrence Bernabela
1. Jeager Sint Jago
2. Arthuro "Payo" Soliano Freestyle Men:
3. Demenson "Kiri" Thode 1. Demenson "Kiri" Thode
4. Whitney Rudolf 2. Elton "Taty" Frans
3. Evertson "Choko" Frans
Freestyle Junior: 4. Ruben Petrisie
1. Jeager Sint Jago

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
4-08 0:30 1.6FT. 7:52 1.1FT. 13:19 1.4FT. 17:35 1.2FT. 94
4-09 1:12 1.7FT. 9:37 1.0FT. 95
4-10 1:57 1.8FT. 11:12 0.9FT. 93
4-11 2:47 1.8FT. 12:25 0.9FT. 87
4-12 3:41 1.9FT. 13:27 0.8FT. 79
4-13 4:30 1.9FT. 14:11 0.7FT. 68
4-14 5:26 1.9FT. 14:48 0.7FT. 57
4-15 6:10 1.8FT. 15:26 0.7FT. 46

Angelos Grand Torcho Safari
Antigone Guaicamar I, Ven. Samba
Alina Honalee, USA Santa Maria
Barbara Ann It's Good Sandpiper, USA
Besame Jan Gerardus Sharki
Bettina Kaviler Sirius
Bright Sea La Cucaracha Sylvia K
Camissa, Chan Is. Lava Take It Easy
Cape Kathryn L'Quila, BVI Theta
Catalyst Luna C. USA Ti Amo, USA
Clemencia La Escotilla, Caymans Tish
Dawn Piper Maebelle Ulu Ulu, USA
Doodah Make My Day Ulysses
Dragonera Maki, France Unicorn, Norway
Felicity Natural Selection Varedhuni, Germany
Flying Cloud, USA Pisces Ya-T, BVI
Gabrielle Rusty Bucket Yanti Paratzi
Galandriel Sabbatical Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter April 8 to 15, 2005



u Culinary Team Invites You to Lunch

Set your tickets now for the three-course
gourmet lunches prepared by Bonaire's Cu-
Ilinary Team. In order to practice their skills in
preparation for going to the Culinary Olympics -"The
STaste of the Caribbean" in June in Miami-the Bon-
aire 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.

Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains resi-
dential and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk cary terra
cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS,

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2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Edi-
tor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth. An-
tilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Albert Bianculli, Susan Brown, Dodo, Jack Hork-
heimer, Daisy de Jongh, Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Michael Thi-
essen, Joanny Trinidad, Ap van Eldik, Elisabeth Vos
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
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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.

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

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
NAf5 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
Visit Gallery "MyArt"
Marjolein Fonseca-Verhoef
Call: 785-3988

O .. . ..... .. .

Make it more livablefrom the start

Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013

1 S

Owners of Robin RGD-5000 Diesel
Our motor is OK. Contact Captain
Don and Janet: 786-0956

92 Suzuki Vitara JLX, License Plate
B-6, 85,000 km, Hardtop, trailer
hitch, bike rack, & factory service
In good condition. NAf9,750 Tel

'93 Suzuki Samurai (jeep)- New
Seats, New Battery, Good Tires, Well
Maintained for NAf5,500. Contact:

For Sale: 18 cu ft Fridge
NAf500.00; Laser Printer HP
1012 NAf 400.00; Ladies Mountain
Bike NAf 400.00; Living Room
Set NAf 250.00. Call 717-8127

Freezer (vertical, 280 liter) NAf
300;- Carpet (Persian type) 195x295
cm NAf 125; Two single beds+ mat-
tresses NAf 25,- each; Heavy trafo
1500 Watt, 127/220 Volt NAf 50,-
tel. 717-5068

For sale:-Stroller as good as new.
From 175Naffor 100Naf -Sony
prof. stereo surround system VAC5
with warranty (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 7,500Naf,
now 700Naf! Call 717-7977 or e-mail

For rent:-fully furnished 1 bedr.
apt. with large porch, beautiful yard,
washing machine, alarm, TV., tel.,
airco, very quiet area for NAf900
incl. Please call 717-7977

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.

Happy 30th Birthday

Kresh Bon Bini Rincon

Thirty years ago in Rincon Susanita Trenidad started the Kresh (nursery
school) Bon Bini. This week on April 7, they'll celebrate that anniversary.
Today's leaders are Gedulle Anthony, Valeska Trinidad and Lourds Mercera. The
kresh has 25 kids, some of the cutest on Bonaire, as you can see from the photo.
The ages of the children go from six weeks to four years.
The new board for the kresh is: Julia Pourier, Amllia Finies, Lisandra Mercera,
Nelson Anthony and Alvin Trinidad.
Pabien (congratulations) and keep up the good work! OL.D.

wih the epo rter

Going Under the Ice in Switzerland

B, I, r -l

G iovanni Carletti writes: "I'm in love with Bonaire. I've come several times.
This photo is of me just before diving under the ice on a Swiss mountain.
This day had a lot of snow, really nice for diving. I would like to kiss my love
Jasmin at Pasa Bon Pizza, greetings to all my friends at Photo Tours, Buddy Dive,
Sea Horse Caf6 and others. See you all this month." 1

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0 P K


Feline Body Language

Reading a cat's body language is
infinitely more complicated than
reading a dog's. The key with cats is to
always assume the worst and be pleas-
antly surprised if you were mistaken.

Let's start with the tail. While tail
wagging in a dog is usually (but not
always) friendly, it is never friendly in
a cat. Playful maybe, but not friendly --
remember that playful in a cat is a bit
more, well, sinister than it is in a dog.
Let's not forget that they play with their
food before dispatching it.
There are a few similarities to dogs:
a tail raised high is confident and domi-
nant, while a lowered or tucked tail is
worried and defensive ("submissive"
not being in a cat's vocabulary), and the
quivering tip of the tail indicates a
predatory state of mind. However, the
cat's tail is even more expressive.
When he is annoyed it will twitch. If
the annoyance continues it will swish
more and more violently, followed
eventually by biting and scratching. Of
course, biting and scratching are fun to
a cat, so these same tail motions could
be playful...

Let's look at various body positions

and typical behaviors. A cat who is
tense and crouching (maybe wiggling
his butt the way they do) may be poised
to strike. Then again, he may not. A cat
who is sprawled on his back, legs in the
air, appears relaxed. But it could always
be a ploy to lure the unsuspecting near
enough to be mauled.

What does a cat mean when he is
"making biscuits" on your pillow or
your stomach? Not much, this is simply
an instinctive behavior from infancy
which persists in some adult cats. And
rubbing up against you and other ob-
jects? Simply marking territory with his
scent glands. Why does your cat always
groom after you pet him? Well, that's
obvious I guess. He feels violated. OK,
a raised back with the fur up
(Halloween cat) is definitely fearful.
Except when it's playful. Or aggres-
sive...Let's move on.

Can the cat's ears give us a clue to
his state of mind? Certainly twitching
means annoyance. Rotating indicates
alertness (the better to pounce on you,

my dear). The most obvious sign, flat-
tened ears, clearly indicates a seriously
upset cat. But the cat may be angry or
fearful or just plain irritated...
What about his eyes? Yes, I know,
they are closed most of the time. But
what about that squinting thing? Well,
it can mean anything from I love you to
I hate you to I'm pretending that you
don't exist in my universe. On the other
hand, wide eyes can mean anything
from fear to playfulness to maniacal
alertness to I'm pretending that you
don't exist in my universe.

The cat's mouth does very little to
help either, and even the wide range of
noises which emanate from your cat
can be hard to read. Purring is generally
associated with contentment, but cats
also purr when they are stressed, hurt or
afraid. Go figure. Cats will growl when
they are feeling aggressive, but also
when they are feeling defensive. The
same with hissing. And what about
yawning? It could mean anything from
you bore me senseless to see how many
sharp pointed teeth I have. This is get-
ting us nowhere. Cats are, in fact, a
mystery. Let's focus on our own behav-
ior instead.

Some tips on how to behave with your
SDo not be stupid enough to think
that staring your cat down im-
presses him or anyone else.

* If your cat pounces on your foot,
don't move.

* Hissing at your cat to correct his
behavior can be effective. Or not.

* If your cat pounces on your hand,
don't move.
* Providing special beds, climbing
trees and scratching posts for your
cat can be helpful in controlling
destructive behavior. Or not.

If your cat lands on your head,
really don't move.

The most important rule: if your cat
falls off something, DO NOT LAUGH.
1 Susan Brown

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T his is 'Helen," one of
the sweetest cats at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. She's i ..
about two years old and is the
mother of little "Frans," the
black kitten (Pet of the Week)
who was photographed in the
food dish. Helen, the mom,
was left behind when her own-
ers moved. It's very sad be-
cause she has such a fine char-
acter and anyone should be
proud to have her as "their
cat." You may meet both
Helen and her son Frans at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
Right now at the Shelter
there are many cats and kittens
that have been brought in for adoption. (Just last week four adults and nine kittens
came in). Every cat that is up for adoption is healthy, social and will be sterilized.

If you know someone whose cat has just had kittens let them know that they
can get help with their animal's sterilization. They may call the Shelter and talk
to Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema. There is a sterilization fund set up that can as-
sist with the finances. Jurrie also wants to mention that those cat owners who did-
n't have a chance to get their animal neutered during the sterilization program last
October can still have the operation done. Call him at 717-4989. If you would like
to contribute, it's "Sterilization Fund" MCB Account #1061410 or through
Support Bonaire, Inc. (website: www.
'* supportbonaire.org).

Good news: There have been 45 adoptions
since January 1 this year. In 2004 there were 150
Adoptions; in 2003, 110 adoptions; in 2002, 90
adoptions. They must be doing something right! O

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Cal to make sure: Usually9:00 pm
The Pacifier

(Vin Diesel)

Early Show (usually 7pm)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
Racing Stripes / Pooh's Heffalump

UntilApril 14 Willie Dijkstra Art
Exhibit Cinnamon Art Gallery is at
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
UntilApril22 Gert van Zanten
"Bonagraphs" photos of Bonaire. At
Le Flamboyant restaurant.
Friday, April 8-A night of poetry,
stories and comedy, Jong Bonaire 7:30
pm. More information contact Hubert
Vis 717-8868 or email
SKAL @bonairelive.com

Sundays, April 10 & 17-Bonaire Culi-
nary Team gourmet lunch with wine.
Donation NAf30. Le Flamboyant Res-
taurant 1 pm. Tickets: Sara 786-9299;
Laura 717-8988 or 791-7252 (page 10)

Saturday, April 16-Padrino Fashion
Show at Croccantino Restaurant-to
raise funds for Bonaire's Special
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 (page 7)

Wednesday 20th April Saturday 23
April. Earth Day Events in Bonaire.
2005 Earth Day events on Bonaire in-
clude the following:
April 20, Wednesday, 8 9 pm, at
Aquarius Conference Center, Capt.
Don's Habitat: "Underwater Caretak-
ing." A slide presentation and talk.
April22, Friday, 2 pm: Underwater
Caretaking dive.
April 23, Saturday, all day: Land
and underwater cleanup at Washing-
ton Slagbaai National Park.

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,
Saturday, April 30 Windsurfing Race

MAY 2005
Thursday, May 5-Healing Touch
Free Introductory Class, 7-8 pm, Car-
ibbean Club Bonaire (page 3)
May 15th to the 22nd King of the Car-
ibbean at Lac Bay. The event will kick

Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:

Francis Lawrence, star-
ring Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz.
It is a very dark and Gothic movie
based on the DC/Vertigo comic book
Hellblazer. Although it is very much a
(not my) genre film it did entertain me
because of the grim and creepy scenery,
great special effects, some scary de-
mons and monsters, but most of all be-
cause of Rachel Weisz. Besides Keanu
Reeves who plays, well, Keanu Reeves,
she puts up a fine performance and actu-
ally carries the whole movie.
Funnily, just as in 'The Passion of the
Christ' some basic religious knowledge
will help you understand the plot a lot
better. And after seeing 'The Passion,'
watching the violence in this film is a
piece of cake. 1 Dodo

off the 2005 PWA Freestyle Tour. For
info, see www.pwaworldtour.com or

May 19 to 22-Bonaire-Harbourtown
May 19: Welcome Concert at
Wilhelmina Park. Happy hour and
late night jazz in cafes and restau-
May 20: Main concert at Plaza
Resort. Happy hour and late night
jazz jam sessions at City Cafe and
other places
May 21: Main concert at Bongos
Beach. Happy hour and late night
jazz jam sessions at City Cafe and
other places
May 22: Main concert at Kon
Tiki Beach Club. Brunch concert
on location not yet decided. Jazz all
over the place plus three main con-
certs for only NAf30! Website:
The International Bonaire Sailing Re-
gatta has been changed to October 9 -
15, 2005, a slip of one 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-
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour


D uring the "Bou di
Ramada" (under
the porch) last Saturday,
Iveth Anthony (left) of the r
consumer organization f
Tienda pa Konsumido
Bonaeriano, interviewed
Wilfred Juliano Piar, Presi- .-.
dent of the Rincon Commu-
nity Center, and Selibon's
Oswin Cristina and Rudsel
Leito. One of the topics of conversation was Selibon setting up another landfill
area in Morotin, near Rincon. Every first Saturday of the month at the Marshe Rin-
con interesting personalities from business, culture and government are invited to
speak about current topics.

M aria Koeks, originator
of the popular
"Soldachi" (land crab) tours of Rin-
con (center) with Lucille Soliana
and Lucille Pikeri of the Pasa Dia
(handicapped center). Maria took
the members of the Pasa Dia on a
tour which included lunch at
Swinda' s at the entrance to Wash-
ington Park and later to the Kas di
Krioyo (now open every day from 9
to 4). Soldachi Tours offers walking
and bus tours to learn about Rincon,
"the heart of Bonaire." To reserve,
call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657.
You'll never take a more friendly
and non-commercial tour! O L.D.

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 (NA1f2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience 28th. Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by
Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide experience 28th. Aquarius Confer-
ence Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle
Conservation Slide Show by
Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside ve-

randa, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

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. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire or formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
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 Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians
are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

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

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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

Brasserie Bonaire Low-Moderate Lots of parking in big mall lot
In the mall next to Re/Max Lunch and Dinner Freshly prepared meals, the place for a Quick Lunch.
Closed Sunday and Monday Breezy terrace with airco inside

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.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares 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 Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north oftown center. 790-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
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.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
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.
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
The Great Escape
Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting
with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber
Cafe, restaurant and bar.
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
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.


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measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
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.
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.
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.

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 For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
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Sr I he Plasa Machi Mimi on the
I boulevard where the Vene-
zuelans sell fruits and vegetables was
my grandmother's. She sold fish there
practically until she died in 1986 at the
age of 94. Last year the plasa was offi-
cially named after her. Her real name
was Bernabe Everts, and she raised me.
Everyone thought she was my mom and
to me she was the queen.
My mother is Petra Candida Everts-de
Grijze, a Bonairean who now lives in
Curacao. My father, from Curacao, was
stationed as a soldier on Bonaire. He
was Sergeant Major Marco de Grijze
and his father was Dutch. When they
met in Bonaire my mother already had
my sister, Lourdes. When I was born in
1943 they got married. When I was
eight my family and I moved to Cura-
qao. After primary school I went to
technical school with the friars at Brak-
keput. I had a wonderful childhood.
At 17 I returned to Bonaire and lived
with my grandmother. She took care of
me, did everything for me; I didn't do
anything; I went fishing! It didn't last
very long though; when I was 18, I
went to sea, working for KNSM, the
Royal Dutch Shipping Company. First
we sailed the Caribbean, then we went
to Holland and back. When I was fur-
loughed I didn't go back because I had
enough money!
So, on Bonaire I started working for
Trans World Radio, building the trans-
mitting towers. Eddy Rijna and I were
the only ones who climbed the towers.
After the job was done they didn't need
us anymore and I went back to sea,
working for Dammers van der Heiden,
a shipping company just like KNSM
except with smaller ships. We went
everywhere: to Panama to deliver elec-
tronic equipment, through the Panama
Canal to Ecuador where we picked up
bananas for Miami, then to the coast of
Africa to pick up fish for Puerto Rico,
as the Japanese fishing there weren't
allowed to sell it in Puerto Rico. It was
a great job! I'd signed for eight months
twice, and when my time was up I went
back to Bonaire.
The day I arrived I didn't go straight
home; I went to some bars and it lasted
all night long! I fell asleep in Kaya
Grandi, right on the street in front of
'Centro.' A friend of mine, Police In-
spector Franssen, woke me up and I
said, 'I didn't do anything!' He an-
swered, 'I know! But we've been look-
ing for you for a long time! Someone
from Radio Netherlands asked who
built the TWR towers. They need you
there!' Franssen took me to Radio
Netherlands; I started working for them
right away as the foreman, in the same

condition Franssen had found me in the
street! Everyone knew me as 'Win di
Machi Mimi,' so when I went to take a
nap to get rid of my hangover the other
workers said, 'Hey, don't do that! The
new foreman, de Grijze, will be here
any minute!' Because of the name, they
were expecting a Dutchman!"
Win de Grijze (61) grins. Sitting in his
old chair in his garage, Muffler King,
and surrounded by his people, engines,
cars and noises, he's completely at ease
and enjoys telling his story. "I had won-
derful years working for Radio Nether-
lands 20 years in all. I have a very
good pension; they have the best labor
agreement in the Antilles! I didn't re-
sign my job, I got the caisson disease
and after that bone narcosis in my
shoulderjoint. I am the first bone-
transplant patient in the Antilles.

"The most beautiful thing
about Bonaire is the
people; forget about
politics. Everybody knows
one another and practically
everybody is related by

I used to dive a lot; I could go tremen-
dously deep without the aqua lung.
Percy Sweetnam and I were the first
friends of Captain Don, but I never
worked for Don commercially. I
wanted to be free and I didn't want the
responsibility. With Percy, Victor and
another Aruban guy we got a big job on
Curaqao: cleaning the Queen Elisabeth
I underwater. We started in Curaqao,
then to Aruba, then to Trinidad where
we finished the job.
I had the accident because I'd made a
mistake. I was diving with two bottles
and stayed too long underwater. When I
came up they went to refill the bottles
and I went skin diving, spear fishing,
without waiting an hour. But I didn't
add that time to my diving time. After
my bottles were filled I went diving
again; when I came up... bang! Luckily
there were some YMCA doctors on the
island. They put me under water for one
hour, then I was taken to Curaqao by
plane, a plane that had to fly very low.
After I'd recovered I couldn't go back
to the Radio Netherlands towers any-
more. Dr. Welvaart talked with my boss
and they gave me a job for half days -
washing cars, making coffee but it
didn't work out, not with my salary! I
left, so someone else could replace me.
They've always treated me well and

now, whenever I go there, they make
me feel I'm still one of them.
So, I started Muffler King in 1982,
and my hobby is fishing. I built my first
boat, a small one to start with, and now
I have a real big one, the Triple J,
named after my two daughters, Juliette
and Julisa, and my son Jerwin. I mar-
ried their mom, Zena Dammers 30
years ago here on Bonaire. She was the
cutest; everything about her was just so
nice. Now we have two grandchildren,
Jean-Marc and Jarrold. I also have an-
other daughter Mary and a granddaugh-
ter, Emily. My daughter Juliette is the
woman I appreciate most in my life.
We're one of a kind; we understand
each other perfectly well.

Yeah, I did a lot and I still do a lot. I
take a lot of young kids who don't go to
school or have a job out to sea. I talk to
them and try to teach them something
and it works; most of them find good
jobs after a while. I've got a countless
number of friends, here and on the
other islands, and so I feel I'm the rich-
est guy in the Antilles. But my best
friends are the ones from my childhood:
George Ammerlaan, Rafael Damascus
and Doei Diaz.
I did some crazy things when I was
young. Ivan Floris, who now owns the
crusher and who was working at the
time as the chief mechanic at the Ford
garage, and I read a book about heli-
copters. He'd gotten an engine and
every weekend we worked on it. The
first flight of our helicopter was quite
impressive; we pulled the starter
string... and up it went... straight into
the electric cables! Never ran so fast in
my life! All of Antriol was out of
power! Crazy things! I'm not so active
anymore; I'm trying to pay off my taxes
and hope my son Jerwin will take over
Muffler King. Then I'm going fishing!
I've never wanted to live anywhere
else but here in Bonaire. Life was so
easy. I built this garage with friends,
and we built each other's houses. Eve-

ryone helped each other; that was how
Bonaire was in the old days very
beautiful. Now we have lots of foreign-
ers. I'm not against them, but every per-
son brings the good and the bad from
his own culture and that's how things
start to change.
The Central Government in Curaqao
has made many people leave because
they were never interested in Bonaire
and they never helped us. Then the tax
collectors office finished it off by hunt-
ing for the small businesses, and that
meant death for everyone. They de-
stroyed our economy instead of helping
the people and it's like this in all the
Antilles, except for Aruba. We'd be
better off if we had a direct connection
with Holland.
Our politicians have good capabili-
ties, but they shouldn't be so divided.
Once, in Miami when I was visiting a
good friend he went to Cuban political
meeting. As I was waiting there for him
I met the president of the meeting, and
when I told him I was Antillean he said,
'There are two politicians of great cali-
ber in the Antilles whom you should
always support. One is Don Martina
and the other one Ramonsito Booi!' I
was so proud! In Miami of all places!
The most beautiful thing about Bon-
aire is the people; forget about politics.
Everybody knows one another and
practically everybody is related by mar-
riage! We're all people and nobody is
perfect. All my life I've had the most
times and I
think it will
last... There
has never
been another
place for me;
I love Bonaire
[ Photo and
story by
Greta Koois- Greta Kooistra

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An Exquisite Crescent
Moon Pays a Very Close
Visit to the Pleiades, the
Seven Sisters

M ark next Monday
night, April 11 as
a super duper night to see an
exquisite crescent Moon
parked right next to the most
famous star cluster of them all,
The Pleiades, also known as
The Seven Sisters.
Next Monday evening, April
llth, at 8:30 pm, Sky Park
time, face due west. Directly above the horizon you'll see a beautiful three-day-old
crescent Moon complete with earthshine, which will look like a bright crescent
with a dark full Moon nestled inside it. And only two Moon widths away to its
right is the exquisite tiny cluster of stars called The Pleiades, The Seven Sisters,
which have been talked about all throughout history and are even mentioned in the
Now most people can count only six stars here, and there are all sorts of legends
as to why most people can't see the seventh, but the truth of the matter is if you've
got very good eyesight and if you're far from lights under a dark sky you may be
able to count 10 or even 12 stars in this tiny cluster. Plus if you look really close
you will see that the six brightest stars trace out a very tiny little dipper. In fact
many people mistake this tiniest of all the dippers in the heavens for the famous
Little Dipper which is always parked directly opposite the even more famous Big
Be that as it may you may also notice that The Pleiades look a little bit fuzzy;
that's because they are embedded in a huge cloud of gas and dust called a
"reflection nebula." And the light from these stars is actually reflecting off this
gaseous material, which is easily seen in any time exposure photograph.
Now one of the most beautiful ways to observe The Pleiades, especially next
Monday when the Moon is so close to them, is to use a pair of binoculars because
then not only will you see all seven of the Seven Sisters you'll also see many,
many more. In fact The Pleiades are really a huge cluster of over a hundred very
big, very hot, blue-white stars, which are all much younger and hotter than our
Sun, having been born less than a hundred million years ago, compared to our Sun
which was born 4/2billion years ago. All The Pleiades' stars are much bigger and
hotter than our Sun and spin much faster. In fact the brightest of the sisters, Al-
cyone, is a thousand times as luminous as our Sun and spins a hundred times
Now on a cosmic scale The Pleiades are relatively close, just over 400 light
years away, which means that it takes light from The Pleiades 400 years to reach
us. So when we look at them Monday night we are seeing them as they actually
appeared over 400 years ago. In comparison our Moon is extremely close only
242,000 miles away which means it only takes 1'/3 seconds for its light to reach
So next Monday night be sure to see a sight both exquisite to the naked eye and
absolutely breathtaking through binoculars. Believe me you'll be stunned by the
cosmic beauty of our nearest neighbor and the sisters of legend!
And for you evening star fans... Venus will be back low in the western Sky Park
heavens around sundown next week. Will you be the first to spot her? 1
Jack Horkheimer

For the week:
April 8 to April 15, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your partner may be erratic this week if you haven't paid
enough attention to him or her. Plan your day carefully. If they're too demanding, re-
consider this union. Don't let your partner get away with spending too much of your
money. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Make changes regarding your friendships. Consider
the source before you believe what you hear. Your ability to charm others will bring
added popularity. Listen and formulate your course of action. You will be indecisive.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You're in the mood to get out and visit friends. You
will profit from home improvement projects and real estate deals. Your ability to take
hold of a situation will surely bring you popularity and leadership. Relatives may play
an important role in your personal life. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can gain approval, get kudos, and ask for help if
you put a little heart into your speech or request. Don't let your boss make you feel
guilty enough to take work home with you. Family members will not be happy with the
amount of time you are spending away from home. Business trips might prove unpro-
ductive. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Unique forms of entertainment could capture your attention
and bring about a romantic interest. Don't make mountains out of molehills if you want
to avoid conflict. Much can be accomplished if you compromise. Avoid any intimate
involvements with co-workers or employers. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Be aware of deception when it comes to your position,
and be sure not to jump to conclusions. Opportunities for partnerships are present; but
get every detail in writing. Opportunities for new friendships are apparent. Unfortu-
nately, your personal life may suffer from a lack of spare time. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Groups you belong to will not only enjoy your company,
but they will also share your interests. Your mate could get on your nerves if he or she
backs you into an emotional comer or puts restrictions on your time. Look into career
choices and courses being offered. Try to stay calm, and whatever you do, don't nag.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You won't get the reaction you want from your mate
this week. Your ability to organize and get everyone together will enhance your popu-
larity and bring interest from potential mates. Try not to upset others with your plans.
Romantic opportunities will flourish through travel or communication. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to
confront you with unsavory situations. You may end up being blamed if anything goes
wrong. It's time to get yourself back on track. Include friends and family members in
your redecorating plans. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Make the necessary changes that will enable you
to advance financially. You will be able to find the perfect outfit, and the greatest new
accessory for your house. Exercise programs will be effective. Be sure to pay attention
to your financial status. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can make money through solid investment
plans. You may have difficulties with family members if you get involved in petty ar-
guments. Try to deal with the problems of those less fortunate; however, don't allow
them to make unreasonable demands. Your uncanny insight will help you make the
right choices. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will be erratic and quite likely to make personal
mistakes. Do not be surprised if your partner doesn't understand your needs. Visit
someone who hasn't been feeling well lately. Be discreet about any information you
uncover. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. O

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other activities in this area. However,
serious negotiations are underway,
hopefully, to re-open the site.)

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