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low-cost strategy may force them to
lower their fares to match its prices. The
low-budget carrier will begin flights to
and from Jamaica in six months, phased
over November and December. Spirit,
which will begin service to and from
Kingston and Montego Bay with intro-
ductory rates starting from US$99, plans
to reel in business travelers from Jamaica
and tourists from the US with low fares.
Spirit flies to 16 destinations within the
US, as well as Mexico, the Bahamas and
the Dominican Republic from its hub in
Fort Lauderdale. Spirit's service to Mon-
tego Bay will begin on November 10 and
Kingston, December 15, using Airbus
A319, Airbus A321 and the MD-380
aircraft. (Jamaica Observer)
The darker, the warmer the water. Bonaire water temperature is currently
a bit over 800 F (26. 7C)
Last week while diving off the
beach at WannaDive we noticed
the water seemed warm for May. We
weren't imagining things. Paul C. Hoet-
jes, Senior Policy Advisor for the Central
Government's Department of Environ-
ment & Nature (MINA) writes, "Various
messages on the coral list are indicating
that water temperatures are rising rapidly
and that it may be a very hot season.
Reports indicate that upwelling in the
southern Caribbean is inhibited by the
recent anomalous lack in trade winds,
and that the gulf stream this past winter
has been very weak, and a large body of
warm surface waters is located east
through northeast of the lesser Antilles.
Consequently we may face a poten-
tially very serious (coral) bleaching
event in the Caribbean.
Please keep an eye on the develop-
ments on the reefs around your islands.
The NOAA/NESDIS hotspot chart indi-
cates a developing hotspot in the area of
both the Lesser Antilles and of the lee-
ward islands of Aruba, Bonaire and
Management of four Bonaire re-
sorts have banded together to bring non-
stop air service from the US to Bon-
aire for the next peak tourist season.
The plan is to charter a Boeing 737 with
a 180-seat capacity for once-a-week re-
turn flights from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)
every Saturday. The seats will be made
IN THIS ISSUE
JCI Delegation 3
Culinary Team's Last Invitation 4
Letters (Condo Law Case) 5
A Force for Good- AMFRO 6
Truth or Dare-NGO Platform 7
Obituaries (Jose Leonicio-Regales;
Johannes Wilhelmus Mestrum) 8
3rd PWA Results 9
Finding a Balance for Bonaire
Pt. 5, Is Bonaire Losing Its Soul? 10
Art Shows (Wilna Groenenboom;
Jay Haviser) 12
Announcement (DeSalvo-Wuyts) 11
More Protection for Turtle Nests 13
Swim Team Successes 15
Jellastone Pet Park Opens 17
She's Back (Lucille) 17
Another Visit to Lac islands 18
Jazz Festival Successful 22
available first to the resorts and tour op-
erators who "guarantee" the flights, then
to the public and other resorts. Prices
will be significantly lower than current
US-Bonaire airline tariffs. The modern
FLL airport is a hub for low cost intra-
US airlines and already exceeds Miami
(MIA) airport in traffic. We will provide
additional information as details become
A Bonaire officials led by Senator
Ramonsito Booi have been meeting with
US airline officials to try for direct
flights from the US now that Air Ja-
maica has announced it will cut service
to Bonaire this August. An official dele-
gation consisting of Burney el Hage,
Tourism Deputy; Ronella Croes, Head of
the TCB; Larry Gerharts, owner of Bon-
aire Air Services; and Candice Kimmel,
TCB-NY, offered various possibilities to
representatives of Continental and Delta
Airlines. One possibility is that Conti-
nental will extend its recently announced
Curagao flight to Bonaire. According to
sources the matter of airlift to America is
being given highest priority.
lines last Thursday announced its en-
try into Jamaica with a warning to com-
petitors, including Air Jamaica, that its
A The two Dutch Fokker 60 patrol
planes adapted for coast guard duty in
the Antilles and Aruba to the tune of
NAf33 million have been on the job
since early April. They include a NAf5
million observation radar specifically for
searching at sea and infra-red cameras.
More modifications will be made in July
to allow for nine hours of uninterrupted
4 Last Friday, the Antillean Parlia-
ment accepted the 2005 budget with 12
votes for and 8 votes against. The
budget deficit is NAf 153.4 million,
which, according to the Central Bank,
can be financed. The budget was sub-
mitted on September 14th, 2004, but was
changed three times before the Parlia-
ment signed off. The grand total of the
budget is almost NAf 1.413.441.300.
A Alex Rosaria (40) has been pro-
posed as the new Minister of Economic
Affairs to replace Errol Cova who was
voted out of parliament. Because he still
has to be screened by the National Secu-
rity Directorate, Rosaria will probably be
sworn in later in the week. He is against
market protection as opposed to Cova
who was for it.
In 2002, after graduating with an MBA
in international business-economic rela-
tions from the University of Iowa,
Rosario served as a staff member of the
Cluster General Business Politics/
Foreign Economic Relations of the
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and
was responsible for working out the busi-
ness policy of the Antilles.
The Antilles Central Government
narrowly averted a crisis when it
booted Cova out for inflammatory state-
ments. He took his party with him and
that reduced the ruling coalition's major-
ity to a single seat. But the worst may
still be to come because the coalition lost
its majority on the Curagao Island Coun-
cil and there is a strong possibility the
popular FOL party controlled by con-
victed criminal Anthony Godett, cur-
rently free awaiting an appeal to be heard
in The Netherlands, may form an Island
Government and be in a position to top-
ple the Central Government.
A The Antillean Expulsion law passed
Dutch Parliament two weeks ago. Essen-
tially the law says that Antillean young-
sters visiting Holland without a return
ticket must prove they have a job or
are studying. If not they will be sent
home. The law was motivated by the
high number of crimes attributed to An-
tillean youths in The Netherlands which
is in order of magnitude higher than their
European Dutch counterparts. Propo-
nents of the law say it is necessary to
protect Dutch people. Opponents say it
is an apartheid that makes Antilleans sec-
ond class Dutch citizens and that a next
step will be to have Antilleans wear
some insignia of their origin as Jewish
people were made to do in Nazi-
controlled Europe. There have been
peaceful demonstrations in Curagao and
Holland opposing the measure. It is not
yet being enforced because the necessary
procedures still have to be set up.
A Citizens of The Netherlands and 26
other US allies who are permitted to en-
ter the US without a visa must have
machine-readable passports by June
26 or they could be denied entry into the
country, the US government said on
Thursday. After that date, airlines, cruise
ships or other transportation carriers will
be fined $3,300 for each time they allow
a foreigner from a visa-waiver country
without a machine-readable passport or a
(Continued on page 4)
MCB, Bonaire Supports
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
(Curagao & Swimmers) 15
Pet of the Week (Colton & "Edward") 14
Reporter Masthead 16
What's Happening 18,19
(Fever Pitch) 19
Wombania Cartoon 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since
(Art & Anna Kleimer) 21
Bonaire Sky Park (Planet Viewing) 23
The Stars Have It 23
Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
B onaire sent a delegation to the recent JCI (Junior Chamber International)
Conference in SAo Paulo, Brazil. The conference was for members from the
Americas and Caribbean and focused on Leading and Achieving results. JCI mem-
bership focuses on entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40 who work towards
positive improvements in their community.
Bonaire's delegation consisted of Renata Domacass6, Caroll-Ann Soliano, Soer-
aly Pourier, Anthony Nicolaas, Claire Sealy and Leroy Sedney.
Sponsorship was provided by Bonaire's NGO Platform. For more information
call Renata Domacass6 at 516-4252 or Anthony Nicolaas at 786-9147. O Press
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
visa to travel into the US.
A You think that Bonaire Talk relates
bad news? Consider this: Britons visiting
Tobago are in danger of being raped,
Curacao marchers protest Antillean
robbed and beaten, and the United
Kingdom has warned its nationals about
travel to the island. The British Foreign
and Commonwealth Office, which up-
dated its travel advisory to Tobago last
Friday, has also advised that British na-
tionals hire private security guards for
their protection "night and day."
A Beginning December 31, 2005, the
only document accepted for entry into
the US for a US citizen traveling from
Bonaire will be a valid passport. Other
documents (like Border Crossing Cards,
SENTRI, NEXUS or FAST cards) are
only acceptable for land travelers. This
new requirement will also affect certain
foreign nationals who currently are not
required to present a passport to travel to
the US. For more information and any
updates on these new regulations visit
http://tra vel sta te.go v/tra vel/cbpmc/cbpmc 2A
A As we went to press with the last
issue prisoners in Bonaire's police cells
staged a protest against a "Zero Toler-
ance Team" search as well as the swelter-
ing conditions in the lockup. They made
a lot of noise and stuck wooden pegs into
the cell door locks preventing them from
Police Commissioner Gerold Daantje
intervened to calm things, but as a pre-
caution he activated the riot squad, which
fortunately did not have to take action.
The team had confiscated two cell
phones, a screwdriver and several mari-
The protestors demanded that fans be
installed. Chief Daantje was able to con-
vince the prisoners to go back into their
cells. With the help of the Prosecutor's
Office, he arranged for three fans to alle-
viate the heat problem somewhat.
A There is now a Rincon Fitness
Center in the basement of the village's
Centro di Bario. The air conditioned fa-
cility is open daily from 6 am to 11 pm.
Cost is NAf25 a month. The fitness cen-
ter was set up, not to make money, we
were told, but to help the people of Rin-
con and others. For more information call
Gonzalo Goeloe at 717-6166.
k Albert Bianculli's 8:30 pm Sun-
day slide show at Capt. Don's Habitat
now has a new version featuring a manta
encounter, spotted eagle rays and some
incredible jawfish photos. The Reporter
has been publishing a series of Albert's
naturalist articles, but if you want to view
the latest developments on a big screen
go see the show.
t Looking for a memorable Sunday
morning? Try the brunch at The Great
Escape resort located about a kilometer
south of Flamingo Airport. In their lovely
garden you can enjoy a champagne
brunch with mimosas, omelets, crepes
and more for just NAf 20 per person.
The model in this week's Benetton
ad on page 12 is eight-year-old Jonathan
A Remember to say "The Reporter
sent me" when patronizing our advertis-
Invites You to its
Very Last Dinner
T aste the team's
Saturday June 4th at
SGB Chez Nous 7 pm.
Donation is only NAf
Included is a three-
course meal plus sam-
ples of Competition
And, of course, wine
donated by local wine
Only 30 seats
available. Please join
us. RSVP for tickets to
Laura 717-8988 or
The team and some members of the committee at
the Blue Moon fund raiser dinner last week.
Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
HARBOUR VILLAGE COURT CASE, POINT COUNTERPOINT
Condo Owners Lose a Round
On May 18, 2005, the Court in Bonaire issued a judgment in the case that some con-
dominium owners started against the developers of Harbour Village. The owners
claimed that certain fees were unjustified and blew up the case by putting a lien on the
property in June 2002. The Court of Appeals already ruled in November 2003 that the
lien was illegal and lifted it. Now the Court of First Instance in Bonaire has ruled that
all the claims of the group of owners, headed by Mr. Co de Koning, were without any
merit. On the other hand the Court decided that the group of owners that placed the lien
in 2002 are liable for all the damages this lien has caused to the development of Har-
bour Village. The amount of these damages shall be established in a separate follow
up procedure, but has already been calculated in the millions by a reputable accounting
firm. Also the Court has ruled that the owners will have to pay the maintenance fees,
since they have not been proven to be unreasonable. The developers and management
of Harbour Village who have been represented in Court by attorney Rudi Oomen
from Aruba are very satisfied with this judgment, because of its solid and well bal-
anced considerations. In the event of an appeal Harbour Village is confident that the
Court of Appeals will confirm this decision. In the mean time Harbour Village will
use all remedies to secure payment for the damages caused by the owners who placed
the illegal liens. Frank Gonzalez
Condo Owners Expect Eventual Victory
It is not in our habit to comment on court proceedings while the final verdict is still
out in appeal .
We have met Mr. Frank Gonzalez and his legal representatives seven times in a N.A.
courtroom. Five judgments went our way, two his way. It will take a little while till the
due legal process has run its course. When I say "we" I mean all fourteen condo own-
ers who were living in Harbour Village in early 2002, when our differences led to a
legal suit. Among them are Venezuelan, Dutch, American, and Swiss families.
As Abe Lincoln said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the
people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." That's
where we base our trust on, in the final judgment which we expect to be rendered by
the Dutch Antillean Court of Appeal sometime later this year, possibly followed by the
Dutch Supreme Court sometime next year.
Personally speaking, I am honored Mr. Gonzalez mentions me by name, but truly,
we are one cohesive company and certainly I do not need any further promo-
tion on Bonaire, especially not from this source.
Co de Koning
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
A Force for Good
AMFO and the NGO Platform
A continuing series beginning this week in The Bonaire Reporter.
Beginning with this issue The Bon-
aire Reporter is going to help in
getting the word out to the people of the
Antilles, especially Bonaire, that money
to benefit their lives is available from do-
nor organizations and how to apply and
spend it wisely. The financial help is to
alleviate poverty on the islands, for
worthwhile social causes and, to a lesser
degree, environmental activities, that
don't qualify for government support.
Our aim is to provide information and
dispel rumors by providing a transparent
view of how a considerable sum of money
is being spent.
It all begins with an organization named
AMFO. AMFO is the acronym for the
Antillean Co-Financing Organization. It
was established to allow the Dutch gov-
ernment and private Dutch donor organi-
zations to help the needy more directly
than through the Central Government in
Curagao, as was done in the past. In fact,
government doesn't even get involved.
AMFO oversees and helps each island
individually by awarding grants to quali-
fied non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) and others in need via an "NGO
Platform" on each island.
In April 2004, AMFO had NAf20.4
million from Dutch donors to distribute to
all the islands of the Netherlands Antilles.
On each of the islands an NGO Platform
Committee established criteria for funds
to be given to their respective NGOs.
Bonaire's NGO Platform is considered
the best organized since it has been able
to allocate all its funds, and more, while
the other islands haven't. In 2004 Bonaire
was allocated NAf2.4 million and
awarded NAf2.6 million. For 2005, about
NAf5 million is available.
In Bonaire, according to Alan Gross,
NGO Platform Treasurer, its aims are to:
1) strengthen families;
2) help the needy (disabled, young,
3) strengthen the socio-economic
situation of the Bonairean people;
4) improve social relationships
5) reinforce the NGOs so that they
can deliver better services (for ex-
ample: conducting seminars and
training programs, giving advice,
procuring computers, setting up
offices, helping with bookkeeping
The Bonaire AMFO office is on Kaya
Gob. N. Debrot 31 and administers fund
giving to Bonaire and Curagao. The Pro-
ject Manager is Lisandro Cicilia. Wemer
Wiels, the head officer of AMFO, ex-
plains, "AMFO is funding projects for the
elderly, for youth, for better health care
and more. But care must be taken to en-
sure the money is being spent wisely."
Wiels continues, "We must take measures
as to where new jobs are needed and train
the people. We've aided the Amboina
community center where people have
been hired to work as social workers, and
we've given money for furnishings.
FESBO (Foundation of Centro di Barios)
got NAf300.000 for salaries for social
workers to aid children and the elderly,"
Wiels added, "Even if someone in need
is not an NGO they can apply to the Plat-
form Committee for help to either estab-
lish an NGO themselves, or become asso-
ciated with a relevant NGO."
Most of the people and groups looking
for help will go first to Bonaire's NGO
Platform. The Platform is an association
of the more than 60 local NGOs working
for the improved welfare of Bonaire. The
Platform has eight sectors, each of which
has a representative on the Platform
board, plus three officers (President, Sec-
retary and Treasurer) who serve as a daily
board and are responsible for the opera-
tion of the NGO office, at Kaya Korona
5C. Irene Winklaar and Pancho Cicilia are
there to help you. For those with Internet
access the website at www.ngobonaire.
org has lots of information and detail.
In the coming weeks The Reporter will
be bringing you success stories of Bonaire
NGOs, ideas from NGOs in the US and
Holland that might work in Bonaire, de-
tails on how you can bring ideas forward
for consideration and behind-the-scenes
looks at (see the story "Truth or Dare" in
this issue) what's happening to make
Bonaire a better place to live for all be-
cause of the generosity of Dutch donors.
Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
After long discussions NGO Platform officers get voted in.
Truth or Dare
NGO, AMFO, FUNDS, PROJECTS:
acronyms that can lead to rumors
and controversy because money,
lots of it, is involved.
Burning community issues:
What Goes on Inside
the NGO Platform?
N GO, AMFO, FUNDS, PRO-
JECTS: acronyms that can lead
to controversy and rumors because
money, lots of it, is involved. In the
past Bonaireans have often been disap-
pointed by what funding organizations
were able to deliver and sometimes
even failed completely. In addition,
people questioned whether the funds
were granted objectively or whether
they were even allocated to the 'right
To answer these concerns we used a
favorite American game, Truth or
Dare, to test the temperature of these
hot items in the community.
Our contestant is Mr. James Finies,
the new President of the NGO Plat-
So James, which one will it be? A
'truth' or a 'dare'?
"Natalie, you pick one."
Well, let's start with a 'truth' and
then we'll switch.
Truth: A great part of thefunds goes
to finance parties for NGOs and cover
the operational costs of the NGO Plat-
Finies: We have five categories or ar-
eas linked to the funds (for the catego-
ries, see lead article "WhatAre AMFO
and the NGO Platform? "). These are
the criteria for judging whether a pro-
ject qualifies for subsidy. I've not con-
sulted the statistics yet, but maybe it
seems to an outsider that we're only
funding parties. But I have to add also
that in the first year we started we were
cautious about spending money. We
wanted to foster goodwill and gain the
trust of the Bonaireans. They were of-
ten disappointed by past experiences.
So partly it's true that we financed
some parties, but it was to convince
people that we were serious about this
whole new 'body' (AMFO-NGO Plat-
form). Besides, they were parties of
only NGOs, whose main objectives met
the criteria that lead to the social well
being of Bonaire.
Don't forget either that these parties
had social and educational value. Mem-
bers developed organizational skills by
organizing these parties, groups were
joined together, and it was a positive
recreational activity. That's significant.
By financing a party, we as the Plat-
form, could 'guide' these NGOs into
the direction to reach their goals.
In reference to the operational costs
for the platform itself, I want to intro-
duce the word, capaciteitsversterking -
a Dutch term that might be translated as
reinforcement or strengthening the
abilities of an organization. We had to
create the necessary infrastructure be-
fore we could proceed. In any case, the
operational costs are still very low com-
pared to the amount of the work that
needs to be done. We actually need to
expand our operation and we're work-
ing on this now.
People can get the wrong idea. I want
to teach that when NGOs create a new
project they need human resources and
capital. These are the requirements for
a continuous, enduring project and self-
sufficiency. NGOs should become in-
dependent eventually or be so well or-
ganized that they can reach out for
funds other than AMFO's.
Let's go to our first 'dare:' The NGO
Platform promises not to be politically
influenced when granting a subsidy.
Finies: The term NGO speaks for itself:
Non Governmental Organization. So
this is an easy 'dare.' The policy frame-
work is designed in such way that the
system works 'beyond' politics. The
board members are not elected by poli-
ticians but by the NGOs. It's a very de-
mocratic system. We have all 'political
colors' on the board. The same goes for
Like I said we work within guidelines.
We have a clear direction about subsi-
dizing projects that lie outside govern-
mental responsibilities. This means that
projects that are under governmental
policy and responsibility are not subsi-
dized. All this is defined in our statutes.
Be aware, however, that we have con-
tacts with the government for coopera-
tion as we all pursue the same goal: im-
provement of the social education and
well being of Bonaire, but we still re-
spect each other's limits.
Time again for a 'truth': Funds don't
reach Nort di Salifia.
Finies: Once again I don't have statis-
tics (Natalie refers to and shows an
overview available on their website that
show no grants to Nort di Salifa).
It should not be the case that one bario
gets more funding than others. Neither
should this be the case for religious or
social groups, etc. My question would
be why aren't there any projects from
Nort di Salifia? Weren't they active?
Weren't there any requests? Did their
projects fall within the framework of
one of the five categories? They should
be encouraged to contact our secretary
or board members personally or in writ-
ing to express their discontent. If the
inhabitants of Nort di Salifia have this
opinion then I invite them as a group to
come and talk to us. By the way, the
NGOs are categorized in "sectors" not
On the other hand we, as the NGO Plat-
form, need to be more pro-active, to
reach out to organizations to provide us
with enduring and structured projects
on a long-term basis.
Our second 'dare'for today: Some
financed projects like 'opbouwwerkers
den bario' (social workers assigned to
each neighborhood) by FESBO
(Foundation of Centro di Barios) are
not quite working out. The NGO Plat-
form should monitor projects in a bet-
Finies: This brings me once again to
'truth' challenge #1 .We started with a
staff of one full time person and one
half time person. Due to lack of person-
nel, we just could not monitor every
project in depth during our start-up
phase. Besides, the system was initially
not designed with an 'aftercare' pro-
But we do monitor the financial proc-
ess. One of our first goals is to have a
field coordinator for the 'aftercare.' In
fact, we are in the process of getting
one. But let's not jump to conclusions
regarding the FESBO issue. Remember
that the social workers are FESBO em-
ployees. FESBO should be the one
monitoring their personnel. What we as
the NGO Platform can do is to super-
vise and make sure that the project on
the whole is succeeding. But we can't
keep an eye on whether an employee
comes to work or not.
To conclude this 'dare:' Bonaire is the
only island in this program which man-
aged to allocate all the funds.
Okay, let's go to our fourth 'truth:'
You already ran out of money for
James Finies: This is NOT the case.
Everybody can still apply for this year.
Of course funding is not unlimited. Our
first priority is micro projects focusing
(strengthening skills and knowledge)
and combating poverty. AMFO may
also attract additional (international)
funding if necessary. In short: this is a
Continued on page 8
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
Many Jong Bonaire Youth Center projects
are aided by AMFO/NGO Platform funds
Jose Leonicio Regales "A Tall Cultural Tree Has Fallen"
J os6 "Djo" Regales,
also known as Jo
Mariachi, passed away
on May 19. Many con-
sider him, a musician
and a composer, the
"Soul King of Bonaire."
Gentle Jo was born in
the bario of Antriol on
February 12, 1915. At
15 he went to live in
Curagao with his family.
Here are some excerpts
from an article about Jo
written by Josie Olgers
for The Bonaire Re-
porter in August 2003.
"When we listen to Jo, we remember. We remember what life on Bonaire is about,
what life in general is about. His words are applicable to all times and of eternal value
for anyone who is open to it. He writes most of all about love, all the things we as hu-
mans encounter: forbidden love, hidden romances and hope. Jo Mariachi not only
represents the soul of Bonaire, but he represents life in all its forms.
'He is a great musician and a great performer. And he has always stayed modest.
And he has a way of saying things. In that way he is unique. His words are sensitive,
touch real life, and bring life to its essence: simplicity and most important of all love.'
At the debut of his CD, 'Mi Paranan,' in August 2003, he says with a great smile,
'This is the suit I wore in 1976, when I first performed with the Mariachi on Bonaire."'
I knew we had to do it now, I knew it was the only chance left, because Jo is getting
older, to put in into eternal digital form! For everyone in the future to enjoy
And that is exactly Joe's goal: to give the people his voice and the sound of his clari-
net when he is not here anymore...."
May he rest in peace and our deep condolences to the family. O L.D.
Johannes Wilhelmus Mestrum -
better known as "Jan of the Rose
Inn Bar Restaurant" or "Rooie
Jan" (Red Jan)
(AMFO, Truth or Dare. Continued from page 7)
huge misunderstanding in the commu-
nity. We have funds: so apply!
Now for our last 'dare:' Let every
NGO sector representative consult and
investigate thoroughly the needs of
Finies: It's just the new policy we're
striving for! Our NGO sector represen-
tatives have to be more pro-active and
more involved in their sector. As I said
before, the first year we aimed at let-
ting people feel comfortable and gain-
ing trust in the NGO Platform/AMFO
process and procedures. What also
helped to gain that trust is the fact that
Bonaire allocated all its funds. Now our
sector representatives have to structure,
program and solve problems in their
In fact it happened last year when then-
President Edsel Winklaar introduced
new programs in the neighborhoods via
radio programs, etc. Then Boy Clarinda
of the Care and Welfare sector man-
aged to focus on senior citizens. They
even acquired a general coordinator.
The Sports Sector too introduced new
requests. I believe our representatives
have done their utmost.
So James, this brings us to our final
'truth:' The third aim of the NGO
Platform is: 'Improve the social eco-
nomic position of the Bonairepopula-
tion. One way is to move local people
to higher positions.' I can't see any
related projects on your list of
Finies: Bonaireans should come to us
with projects reflecting one of the five
categories. My simple conclusion is
that there were just no projects handed
in that related to those issues. But if we
once again address the issue of
strengthening skills and knowledge that
would be a way to achieve a higher po-
sition in the long term.
I enjoyed the 'game'! I hope you feel
Finies: Yes, I did. Can I just say some-
thing to wrap up?
Of course, go ahead.
Finies: Until now people have been
very responsive to our program, but we
need more. We want both the NGO and
AMFO information and documents to
be accessible to everyone. The commu-
nication plan was initiated and prom-
ises to be successful. Please don't hesi-
tate to visit us for questions or informa-
tion at our office or websites: AMFO:
www.samfo.org and NGO -Platform:
Thanks James. Good luck with all
the projects and work! O Natalie A. C.
A lways there behind the bar at the
Rose Inn in Rincon, Jan was a fix-
ture, making and serving drinks to all the
customers. He passed away on Saturday,
May 21. Originally from Limburg in Hol-
land, Jan was a master mechanic who
worked as an AAA service patrolman for
more than 25 years, helping motorists in
need. One day on the road he saw Melfina
Emers from Bonaire, tooted his horn,
whereupon she waved back, he gave her a
lift and the rest is history. After coming to
Bonaire a few times on holiday the couple
returned for good. Jan worked as a me-
chanic, but when Melfina decided to run
the Criollo restaurant, Rose Inn, Jan joined her and together they made the place a land-
Jan had children of his own, but he was a devoted stepfather and step-grandfather to
Melfina's family as well. Jan's desire was to be buried on Bonaire. Our deepest condo-
lences to Melfina and the family. OL.D.
Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
The last of the
professional windsurfers were
loading their boards onto BonairExpress
when the trade winds returned to Bonaire.
While only the Pro Kids had enough wind
to compete, beach culture flourished,
SCUBA diving diverted to the east coast,
and there were parties galore. Here's Ann
S ometimes things don't go as
planned. When a group meets for a
year, plans their 3rd international pro wind-
surfing event, naturally they anticipate
good wind and competition for all. A week
before the 3rd Maduro and Curiel's Bank
Bonaire PWA King of the Caribbean, or-
ganizers peeked at a bleak wind forecast
on www.windguru.cz. This well known
weather site and sponsor for the event usu-
ally has good predictions for wind in Bon-
aire and worldwide. Computer models
predicted not light wind but practically NO
WIND. Optimism remained high with
hopes that the then constant trades would
Before the event Elvis Martinus, Byron
Tromp and a contingent of dedicated vol-
unteers prepared the race site in record
time. Social planners, Ann Johnson and
Kazandra Rodriguez, had last-minute
meetings with party sponsors to ensure the
nights were as memorable as the days.
Thirty seven men and 16 women regis-
tered in the Pro Events, representing coun-
tries as far away as New Zealand, Sweden,
New Caledonia and beyond. It was a
league of nations coming to sail in what is
touted as the best freestyle venue in the
Days before the event, the wind blew.
Training was hard, and the pros had their
sights set on the coveted title of King and
Queen of the Caribbean. All hopes were
dashed when the wind died early on Mon-
day after a few short competitive heats and
never returned with enough force for com-
petition. The remains of a rare eastward-
moving Pacific tropical storm sucked the
wind out of the Caribbean. It was the event
organizers' worst fear.
Each day the competitors waited for
wind. The flags hung low and the air was
The limp flags tell the story of no wind
but in the end it can be just as special. That
is exactly what happened at the 2005 King
of the Caribbean. The wind never came
up, but the people who participated made
it great. Bonaire is a magical place even
when the wind doesn't blow. O Ann
still and heated. The Island Supplier (TIS)
pumped out bottles of icy cold water and
Red Bull, trying to keep the pros comfort-
able. Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn and his
team of cooks endured the heat, grilling
ribs and chicken to serve the masses. Most
racers sat quietly reading books or surfing
the wireless Internet provided by UTS
TELBO. Others took to the water, diving
and snorkeling in the refreshing
blue. There was a sensational fashion
show featuring clothes from Chez Clau-
dette and Venus Swimwear. Senior citi-
zens from Kai Minima and Rincon came
to watch the show. Since the wind didn't
blow they played dominos and made the
best of the no-wind event.
Days turned into night... and that is
when the action got hotter than the ther-
mometer. The kickoff event, "The Taste of
Bonaire" food festival, was a success with
many local restaurants offering sensational
entrees and delectable desserts for NAf5.
City Cafe, Coco's, Bongos and Bonaire
Windsurf Place were places for pulsating
music, delicious meals and all-night enter-
tainment. Few got to bed before 3 each
morning. It was an incredible night scene
in Kralendijk. The windsurfing event coin-
cided with the Harbourtown Jazz Festival
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
6-03 7:25 0.9FT. 22:40 1.9FT. 66
6-04 8:28 0.8FT. 23:13 2.0FT. 74
6-05 9:32 0.7FT. 23:52 2.1FT. 80
6-06 0:22 2.1FT. 10:21 0.7FT. 84
6-07 0:58 2.1FT. 11:06 0.6FT. 84
6-08 1:33 2.0FT. 11:48 0.6FT. 82
6-09 2:07 2.0FT. 12:20 0.6FT. 78
6-10 2:42 1.9FT. 12:50 0.7FT. 72
VESSLS AKIN A ORT ALL
Beauty and the
Camissa, Chan Is.
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Luna C. USA
Spice Island Lady
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
RESULT: 3rd Maduro and Curiels' Bank Bonaire
PWA King of the Caribbean
Some of the windsurfers transported their boards to CuraQao aboard
Irwin Muller's fishing boat.
Twisted q lines
%<^v* r 0 42
Which view of Bonaire beaches do you prefer? or
The official Bonaire government
tourist development guidelines --
the ones that are supposed to guide cur-
rent practice have been spelled out in
three KEY reports: the Pourier Report
(www.mina.vomil.an; Bonaire; Envi-
ronmental Legislation); the Bonaire
Tourist Strategic Plan, Final Report,
1997, developed by Tourist Corpora-
tion Bonaire (TCB); and the DEZA
(Economics Department) Bonaire
Investment Guide 2003.
These reports were approved and
adopted by the Island Council, i.e. the
representatives of the people of Bon-
aire, and are therefore official govern-
ment policy. They advocate govern-
ment policy that will carefully develop
the island while preserving and
strengthening Bonaire's unique attrib-
utes, these being its friendly people, its
tranquility and peacefulness, coupled
with a beautiful natural environment,
under water as well as above.
According to the DEZA Bonaire In-
vestment Guide 2003: "Development is
predicated upon the philosophy that
Bonaire's economic growth must be
controlled, sustainable and quality bal-
anced, with significant benefits for the
Bonairean population, and respecting
Bonaire's nature, culture and identity."
However, present government devel-
opment policies clearly do NOT follow
these guidelines. Instead of limited de-
velopment in order to be able to sustain
the unique attributes, our politicians
appear to be taking a route towards
mass-tourism, as expressed lately by
their desire for 2,000 new hotel rooms,
including a 570-room hotel at the old
Sunset Beach site which will no doubt
be a high rise of at least 10 to 12 sto-
Certainly mass-tourism will have its
advocates and some people will profit
short term, even if it leads to the un-
avoidable decline of Bonaire's unique-
ness and its natural resources. Some
will say that mass tourism will benefit
the less well to do, without realizing
that short-term policies do not benefit
any section of our community in the
long run. We should note that the direc-
tion of mass tourism is NOT the cur-
rently approved direction as outlined in
the three official government reports
listed above. The mass tourism deci-
sion has not been discussed, planned
or approved, but has simply been
presented as the new direction for
Bonaire in recent press conferences
(see The Bonaire Reporter April 22-29
and EXTRA, April 18, 2005).
In an attempt to examine the contradic-
tion between the strategic policies in the
three reports and the current govern-
ment belief in "more is better" (more
visitors and more hotels), paragraphs
will be quoted from the TCB's Bonaire
Tourist Strategic Plan, page 25, head-
lined: "A Vision of Sustainable Tour-
ism in Bonaire in the year 2007." The
quotes represent the status the govern-
ment wants Bonaire and its tourist in-
dustry to achieve by the year 2007 by
following the strategic plan outlined in
the report. The reality is what is seen
from this writer's perspective.
Quote 1: "The island in 2007 has
some of the best managed natural assets
in the Caribbean, some say the best.
The Marine Park is self-financing, well
respected and indeed well loved, while
land zoning introduced in 1997 has suc-
ceeded in containing urban sprawl and
protecting the natural state of the is-
Reality: The 1997 Zoning Plan has
not been enforced, as buildings grow
higher than the suggested limit of 12
meters. The condition of the reefs has
steadily declined so that at this time
there are fewer reefs than there were 20
years ago. Thanks to storm swells and
warming sea water Staghorn and Elk-
horn coral have just about disappeared.
The fish population is down. Large
groupers, which up to a few years ago
were plentiful, are now rare. Seawater
quality measurements and restricted
fishing areas have not happened. Con-
sidering this and the near total removal
of all sand and stone from the east and
north coasts, Bonaire can hardly be
called the "the island that has the best
managed natural assets in the Carib-
Quote 2: "The growth in tourist ac-
commodation has been restrained, but
there has been some expansion in
smaller hotels, often locally owned and
managed, plus a continuous program of
upgrade and occasional extensions to
existing hotel properties. The island has
been concentrating now for nearly 10
years on maintaining the quality of its
existing accommodation offer and fur-
ther expansion is not planned, even
though there is a great deal of investor
Reality: Up until recently, this was
basically true. Growth was restrained
but real, and the economy is growing.
Numbers of beds have increased and
tourist visits are up, even though occu-
pancy rates are not ideal. However,
with the most recent developments ad-
vocating mass-tourism, buildings have
gone to four stories instead of the rec-
ommended maximum of three. And
now, in the last few months, our politi-
cians tell us that 2,000 new rooms are
planned-almost tipling the current
1,200 rooms. And instead of being
'locally owned and managed' as out-
lined in the 1997 Strategic Report, the
owners of these additional hotel
rooms are nearly all foreigners and
foreign corporations so that very lit-
tle potential profits will remain on
Quote 3: "....the crime and drug
situation is now fully under control...."
Reality: Any comments here would
Quote 4: "All in all, Bonaire re-
mains in the year 2007 a great place to
live in. It has a strong economy, the
island is well planned, its nature is fully
protected, it got its act together in time
and has managed to avoid many of the
problems experienced elsewhere."
Reality: This was mostly true up
until 2005, but it is obvious that we are
turning in the opposite direction from
where the Strategic Plan said we would
be in 2007. If mass-tourism is achieved
as outlined in recent press briefings, the
island will no longer be a great place to
live in. How will putting over 1,000
people in a 12-story hotel at Sunset
Beach protect Bonaire's uniqueness, so
advocated in the reports? Just the water
run-off alone from irrigation would be
enough to ruin snorkeling at the site.
Instead of 'getting our act together and
avoiding the mistakes experienced else-
where,' our present policies will much
more likely repeat those mistakes, espe-
cially since we have no plan and no
money to expand the island's infra-
structure at the same rate hotels and
rooms are to be added.
Quote 5: Tourists love Bonaire's
clean, tranquil and peaceful atmos-
phere. Diving is still big business, but
just as many come to loaf on a beach or
to go cycling or hiking and to explore
its natural and cultural attractions and
Reality: With rapid tourist accom-
modation growth, more and more high
rise buildings, possibly even including a
500-room hotel and a huge increase in
the number of foreign workers to build
and staff these facilities, Bonaire will
no longer be tranquil and peaceful.
Even if diving is still the mainstay of
our tourism, STINAPA's plan for a
maximum of 250,000 annual dives has
not been enforced, nor has the plan for
creating no-fishing zones.
Growth in tourist accommodations on
Bonaire, instead of being 'restrained' as
exhorted in the 1997 Strategic Plan and
other documents, is today being turned
into a Mass Tourism Growth Plan and
is being highly promoted. Major hi-rise
chains are being courted. This is a ma-
jor change in strategic direction for the
The four-story construction in many
places along the coast threatens to spoil
the cozy, picturesque and harmonious
atmosphere of the low key, mostly one
or two-story construction history. We
wonder why the government allows,
and in fact encourages, this higher
rise construction which is in direct
conflict with the government's own
rules of a 12 meter maximum height
as published in the Bonaire Invest-
ment Guide 2003.
We wonder if those pushing Bonaire
toward mass tourism realize the effects
of doubling or tripling the number of
hotel rooms in a short period of time.
Do they not realize that our infra-
structure, roads, schools and medical
(Continued on page 11)
Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
(Finding a Balance for Bonaire. Continued from
page 1 )
facilities cannot support either the
tourists or the additional foreign
workers that would be required to
staff these accommodations? Have
they provided the budget to at least
double or triple the island's infra-
Assuming a ratio of one worker per
room, we would need some additional
2,000 foreign workers to staff the new
rooms. If we include the families, this
could mean some 6,000 to 8,000 addi-
tional people on a population of only
13,000. Do they not realize what effect
the influx of the children of these addi-
tional foreign workers, nearly all of
whom do not speak Papiamentu or
Dutch, will have just on our schools?
Have the school budgets been adjusted
Continuing present government pol-
icy of unrestricted, mass tourism
growth in tourist accommodation will
certainly not improve the unemploy-
ment situation, as claimed. Our unem-
ployment problem is relatively small
and it is obviously structural since
building contractors and restaurant
establishments cannot find sufficient
local employees today and must look
abroad to fill vacancies. Training pro-
grams for citizens to improve their
skills so they can enter the existing
tourism industry and then move up to
higher positions would be more effec-
tive in solving this structural unemploy-
ment problem. New rooms will not
solve this problem and could even
make it worse.
This new "more is better" and "big
hotel" strategy is not in keeping with
the existing strategic plan for Bonaire.
This strategic plan and road map to-
wards a quality tourism industry instead
of mass-tourism is conveyed extremely
well in the Pourier Report. Quoting
from this report, page 8: "Choosing for
a tourism in which the environment
has a central position means in the
first place the renouncing of mass
tourism and the limiting of the num-
ber of hotel rooms and dives." If this
accepted strategy is to be changed, it
must be changed carefully and with the
involvement and approval of the public.
It is not acceptable that official strategic
policy as adopted by the Island Council
is in total contradiction to actual gov-
ernment actions. Bonaireans have
every right to choose for mass-tourism,
but if so, we should do so by design,
not by default. "By design" means that
the consequences of mass tourism on
Bonaire's infrastructure, its schools, its
water and electricity generating capac-
ity and its medical facilities should be
made known and understood by the
public. These issues must be planned
for strategically, just as the number of
hotel rooms must be planned according
to the capacity of the island.
It is clear that Bonaire is losing its
strategic direction. The island's
uniqueness its tranquility, peaceful-
ness and the environment which is
what brings the tourist in the first
place is at risk of being lost forever
and with it Bonaire is at risk of losing
its soul. O The author of this segment
was born in the Antilles and has lived
on Bonaire for 30 years.
Copies of this article and the prior arti-
cles are available FREE on The Bonaire
Reporter Website: WWWbonairereporter.
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
Wilna Groenenboom, an industrial
design artist and an art teacher at the
SGB high school, discovered her pas-
sion during a Tene Bonaire Limpi
Cleanup five years ago when she found
so many things on the beach and in the
mondi things that dared her to create.
She uses materials she finds wood,
plastic, metal, bones and skulls of don-
keys and goats and tries to keep each
of the items intact.
Although this is her first show in
Bonaire she has been the guiding light
for her students' many exhibits: mirror
art at Kooyman's, paper bag masks at
Warehouse Bonaire, window decora-
tions in stores for Regatta and Karna-
val, futuristic models for ING Fatum
Insurance's 100th anniversary.
In her own show, Wilna has tables,
benches, lamps, frames with her own
and her husband's photography and
hilarious pieces like the sculptures de-
picting "The Hips of Bonaire" or the
"Bonaire Mad Max." You'll find sur-
Artist Wilna Groenenboom
prise elements like lights in "The
Watchful Eye," or an unusual shape of
The exhibit continues until June 28.
The Cinnamon Art Gallery is at Kaya
A.P. L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi,
behind Banco di Caribe. Open week-
days 9 am to noon, 2 to 5 pm. Call 717-
7103 or 786-9563 for more informa-
tion. Admission free. O L.D.
ay Haviser, Bon-
aire's resident ar-
cheologist and master
teacher, surprised us all
with his artistic side. Last
Saturday night he opened
an extensive exhibition
of 29 paintings at the One of Jay's early works (1999)
ARTEBON Gallery. In The Gecko's Window (150x140 cm.)
company with his daugh-
ter Samantha, he opened his art show by explaining that he painted for his own
personal pleasure, expressing his inner sentiments. He never thought of offering
them for sale until now.
Jay's style may perhaps be expressed as abstract art but with a Caribbean flair
both in color and subject. Although altered by the artist his subjects seem com-
pletely familiar and logical. Most are fun to look at.
Go see them for yourself and enjoy or perhaps buy a few for your wall. Prices
range from NAf300 to NAf10.000. The show runs until June 11 at ARTEBON,
on the waterfront promenade about 500 m. north of Karel's bar, every evening
from 6:30-9 pm. Free admission. O G.D.
Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
More Protection for Turtle Nests
Now that the nesting sea-
son for sea turtles on
Bonaire is about to go into high
gear, Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB), STINAPA,
Cargill Salt Bonaire and Seli-
bon began to block access to a KC M
number of beach and sand ar- WH" N;U SJ 'E A ES
eas in the southwest comer of
the island. Large rocks were rAriw t i sm 4w RiEt ttui from tI
placed under the guidance of Mayw I md JanMa
STCB's Gielmon 'Funchi' Eg-
breghts and Marine Park Man- p m ekt l pes ff ty* b 'adie
ager Ramon DeLeon to prevent
driving on the beach at the At- Do
lantis and Margate Bay dive
sites, the area between Kabaid
and Pelik6. N rW*tp hMdi ntdr waf to th s
Notice of this action, which
is to prevent compaction of the .
sand in sea turtle nesting areas, i
has been given to all dive
shops. Flyers and posters have :
been placed in key locations on
the island. This means divers,
kiters and beachcombers will
have to walk a few extra feet
after parking their cars.
According to Mabel Nava,
the project coordinator of
STCB, it is the first time her
organization has taken steps to
prevent driving on the beach.
Special thanks go out to Seli-
bon and Cargill Salt Bonaire ZK to a ve
for assistance in the project. O
Press Release 1 a.
ne of the year's loveliest weddings was held on Saturday, May 21st at Our
Lady of Coromoto Church in Antriol when Donna DeSalvo married
Hendrik Wuyts. The couple first met about 10 years ago on Bonaire. Donna does
consulting for her company, Feng Shui Dimensions, and Hendrik is the founder
and operator of ScubaVision. A gala reception was held after the wedding at The
Lion's Den Beach. [ G.D.
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
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Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm
Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for
The leading consumer and business
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CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
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LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse nest to Lovers Ice
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Photography by Shelly Craig
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1998 Mazda B1600 Pick-Up. 2.2m
lined load area. Good Condition, very
solid, recently serviced. NAf7.500- Tel
The following items FOR SALE: For
more information on any of these items,
please call 717-2848.
Revolving CD-Stand, wood, holds
about 300 CDs, FL 75.00
Personal Fax Machine, Model #275
by Brother, comes with user guide, FL
Rocking Chair, hardwood in the Co-
lonial style. Does have some scratches,
but otherwise in excellent condition.
Bird cage, very good condition, origi-
nally FL 400.00, now FL 75.00
Kodak Ektagraphic Slide Projector,
Excellent Condition with very little use.
Originally FL 800.00, now FL 100.00.
Comes with carrying case, originally
FL 180.00, now FL 40.00 if desired.
Ceiling Lighting Fixture, good for
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*Almost new stroller NAf 100 (was
*Prof. photo camera Pentax
K2DMD with many extra's NAf 700
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*Mitsubishi Colt '94 car. Low mile-
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*Dell Laptop C-610 (year 2004),
256MB Ram, 20 GB, CD/DVD-
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*Sony MHC-GN800 Prof. Hi-Fi com-
ponent system almost new with war-
ranty: surround with 5 speakerboxes,
MP3, mic, c.d. (3), double tape deck
etc... NAf700 (was 1.100Naf)
*Toshiba HD projection t.v-61A62,
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(1,3mx1,5mx0,65m) (4ftx5ftx2ft) with
warranty: 2.700Naf (was 3.200Naf)
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cable TV) Contact: Amanda at Har-
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For rent: Downtown 2 bedroom fur-
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very breezy. NAf1.100 per month, ca-
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Barracuda Samson Evertsz gives two thumbs up. Samson hadfirstplacefin-
ishing times (Boys 9 10 years) in 50 meter backstroke, 50 meter breaststroke,
50 meter butterfly, and 4 x 50 meter freestyle relay.
Just three weeks after participating The 16-member Barracuda
in the 6th Annual Dutch Carib- team dominated the 29 individual and
bean Invitational Swim Meet, the Bon- three relay events in which they swam.
aire Barracudas Swim Team returned
to Curaqao for the Curaqao Swimming Barracuda first place finishing times:
Federation's annual "Rookie Meet." 13 individual and 2 relays
with the epCorter
Members of the Bonaire Barracudas Swim Team and Coach Simone
Sweers take time out from the Curaqao C Championship at Sentro De-
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Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
Jellastone (Pet) Park Opens
T he old saying,
"Build it and they
will come," is a good way
to introduce Bonaire's
adventure. Jella van
Berkum saw a need and
met it by creating JEL- p i
LASTONE, a pet park
boarding hotel for dogs
and cats. Located off of
Lagoen Road, just past
Capt. Don's nursery, you
will find a large, clean,
tranquil compound that
features, among other
perks, soft, relaxing music
that plays all day for your
Jella has always had a
great affection for animals
and decided to create a
safe, fun place for dogs You pronounce it "Yellastone."
and cats to visit while their
owners go off-island. The seven kennels are spacious and secure and are adjacent
to a 400-square-meter 'play area.' Because the kennels are right next to her house,
Jella is on the premises day and night. She personally interacts with her 'guests'
and gives them lots of time to play under her supervision.
In order to ensure the health and safety of her boarders she follows a sensible
health code. All boarders must be up to date on their shots, provide the date of the
last heartworm pill (only required for dogs) and must arrive wearing a tick/flea
collar. If your pet needs pills or other types of medication she will administer
them and will also take your pet to your designated vet if it becomes necessary.
Doting pet owners no longer have to worry about what to do with Rover and
Kitty-Kat when they go away. Their little darlings can vacation in luxury at JEL-
LASTONE. Call Jella at 786-4651 for reservations or simply stop by for a visit.
1 Dabney Lassiter
She /s Back!
L ucille Martijn is a
teur who has offered fine
food and good service to
Bonaire for almost 25
years. Back in the early
80s when there were only
a few restaurants on the
island Lucille had the
popular Bistro Des Amis.
Looking for other chal-
lenges she went on to cre-
ate Mi Poron, a charming
location serving local
specialties; Le Wok; and
then Chez Lucille, both of
which featured Thai cui-
sine. Now she has put
her many years of exper-
tise together and created
"Lucille's," a cozy, wel-
coming atmosphere offer-
ing an excellent Thai and Lucille Martijn at the opening of her new restaurant,
French menu. The ambi- "Lucille's"
ence is informal and
friendly. Guests may have drinks and appetizers at the bar and call it a night or
dine in the colorful Caribbean atmosphere of the terrace or the inside areas and
enjoy a spicy stir-fry or a variety of curry offerings. For lunch you may choose
smaller portions of her nighttime specialties, a refreshing salad or simply a tangy
bowl of Thai soup. From time to time local Creole-style dishes such as stewed
conch, goat stew, or chicken Bonaire-style will be featured. There is an impres-
sive wine list featuring some excellent selections from France and California,
South Africa and Australia. And her dessert menu is to die for (crepes, flan, crime
Brulee) so be sure to save room!
Open from 11 am until 11 pm (except Sundays), with lunch served until 3 pm
and dinner from 6 pm until 11 pm. Lucille's in on Kaya Abraham #12 (former
Casa Blanca location, just south of the Post Office). A private meeting room which
can accommodate 20 or more is available too. Call 717-7884 for reservations. O
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
Visit the Hidden
Islands of Lac Bay
R eserve June 5th to take a
Bonaire trip of discovery
to the mysterious islands of Lac
Bay. That's when Nolly Oleana
and B6i Antoin along with other
experts are planning an excursion
to three islands, Isla di Yuana,
Isla di Pedro and Isla di Rancho,
hidden in Lac Bay, the largest
bay in the Netherlands Antilles.
During the trips you'll learn a lot
about the environment, flora and
fauna of the bay and the islands.
A minimum of 30-40 people
have to sign up to make the trip
possible because of the logistics
of getting the guides and equip-
ment needed. SIGN UP AS
SOON AS YOU READ THIS
by calling the Extra newspaper at
717-8482 or pass by their office.
THIS TRIP IS TOTALLY
UNIQUE AND A MUST FOR
ALL RESIDENTS AND FOR
VISITORS WHO WANT A
TRUE BONAIRE EXPERIENCE
AT A FRACTION OF THE COST
OF THE TYPICAL "TOURIST
The cost is only NAf25 per person,
NA 15 for children, which includes a
delicious meal, including soup and
juice. Details on where to meet and
times will be provided when you sign
up, but plan for a half day to do it all.
The first 20 persons to sign up will
It can get a little wet, but it's worth it!
receive a 70-page book, in Dutch, con-
taining a study by P. Wagenaar Hum-
melinck and P.J. Roos from 1969. It
contains lots of useful information,
photos and maps. ALL the participants
will get two books of studies about the
flamingos in Bonaire. One written by
J.H. Westermann in Dutch and one in
English by Jan Rooth. O G./L.D./Boi
Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
WELY M IE OITIMES
Callto make sure Usually 9:00pm
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Son of the Mask
Saturday June 4, Bonaire Champion
Chefs Team fundraiser dinner at SGB
Chez Nous, 7 pm. Donation NAf 50/pp to
send team to Taste of the Caribbean Com-
petition in Miami at the end of the
month. Only 30 seats available. All previ-
ous dinners have been sellouts. Call for
tickets to Laura 717-8988 or Diana 717-
Saturday, June 4-Big Rincon Marshe-
from 6 am to 4 pm-Open air market with
stands selling local food, drinks, gifts,
plants, herbs. Friendliest place on the is-
land. Also Soldachi Walking and Bus
Tours of Bonaire's oldest town (start at 10
am). Call Maria to reserve 771-6435.
Sunday, June 5 -Guided trip to the is-
lands of Lac Bay. (See page 18) Sign up
at Extra newspaper. NAf25 per person,
NAfl5 for children, which includes a deli-
cious meal with soup and juice. 717-8482
Until June 11 -Jay Haviser Art Exhibit
at ARTEBON (on the waterfront prome-
nade about 500 m. north of Karel's bar)
from 6:30-9pm, every evening. Free ad-
Until June 28 -Wilna Groenenboom Art
Exhibit, The Cinnamon Art Gallery is at
Kaya A.P. L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe. Open
weekdays 9 am to noon, 2 to 5 pm. Call
717-7103 or 786-9563.
Saturday, June 12 Jong Bonaire Tria-
thalon-Win prizes 200m. Swim, 10K
bike, 3K run. Call 717-4303, Jong Bonaire
The International Bonaire Sailing Re-
gatta October 9 15, 2005.
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo-great prizes, 7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
MICRO MOVIE REVIEW
Seen recently in
FEVER PITCH by Bobby
and Peter Farrelly, starring
Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallen.
Based on a really funny book by Nick
Horby (go and read it!).
This is a fairly predictable romantic
comedy but worthy of a couple of
laughs. The plot contains the obligatory
guy meets girl's friends, girl meets guy's
friends, and guy meets girl's parents
scenes. There is even a guy meets girl's
pet dog scene. Jimmy Fallen and Drew
Barrymore, both of whom have great
potential to annoy, which they do quite
convincingly in the first few scenes,
actually grow into their roles and even-
tually do a fine job for this kind of film.
On the whole, I'm afraid, the film
really doesn't live up to the book nor the
original film made in 1997 in the UK
starring Colin Farrel. However, if you
are a Red Sox fan, then this is a nice
twist on how events went down and a
good way to relive what was probably
your greatest year in baseball. 1 Dodo
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAJ12 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-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience. Aquarius Conference Center,
Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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 invitedANAf5 enry fee.
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 Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tuesday,
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 Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit typicalhomes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days 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.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
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
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
Engliish. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Want your restaurant listed here? It's easy and not expensive Call The Reporterat 717-8988 or 791-7252 for info
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
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
Royal Palm Galleries Lunch and Early Dinner Kitchen Open non-stop 11am-6 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Open 11 am -6 pm Closed Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside
Caribbean Club Bonaire Moderate-Expensive 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 Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
Calabas Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii aig ea Resran an aerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
717-8285 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. Takeouttoo.
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 Happy hours 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.
nPasa Bon Pizza wM ratBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Ka a Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eatin or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
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APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
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.
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
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-
Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine -low
prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean
Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join
their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
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
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
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.
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, DVD rentals, 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.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Mike Boom & Associates Broad assortment of
homes and properties. View on their website www.
bonairerealtv.com or office in town
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/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. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
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.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
LIST YOUR BUSINESS HERE. Call 717-8988 or
791-7252 for more information. It's easy and not ex-
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.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too. Closed during June.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252
Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..
Art and Ana Kleime
T he first time we came was in
1 1988 on a Christmas vaca-
tion. There were 18 of us: Art, his three
children and me, his folks, his sister,
her triplets and her husband and some
aunts. We all stayed at Sand Dollar.
We'd chosen Bonaire because the chil-
dren were between the ages of 12 and
18 and we wanted no big crowds, warm
water and we wanted to dive. Art im-
mediately fell in love with the island
and said, 'What would you think if I
bought one of these apartments?' I an-
swered, 'All right, as long as I can get
home for Christmas to visit my par-
ents!' He came back half an hour later
and said, 'I bought the apartment we're
Art was retired and we were getting
married in a couple of months. After
the wedding we came here for three
weeks. When we returned to the States,
Art's stockbroker told us we'd lost all
our money. We had to go back to work
instead of retiring on Bonaire. But we
had each other and the kids were great."
Art continues, "We went to work as
realtors in Vail, Colorado, seven days a
week, 24 hours a day. In winter, the
busy season, we never had a day off;
we worked three months in a row with-
out having one single day to ourselves.
We were successful, but we worked
hard for it. Anna would make a calen-
dar, so we counted the days before we
could go to Bonaire because our hearts
were always here... ever since we first
came to the island.
We started commuting back and
forth. We'd be here for months and
months every year, and by the end of
the 90s we could live here for nine
months of the year. The other months
we were still working, but we had our
own company and it went well. Five
years ago we bought a bigger apartment
because in the meantime there were
grandchildren, and in 2000 we came to
live here fulltime."
"I started taking art lessons and was
reading books and helping Elisabeth
Wigny with the Special Olympics
swimmers. Boy, she's the stronghold,"
Anna says. "But by the end of Novem-
ber 2004, I wanted to do something
more and meet more people. I went to
Bob Bartikowski to ask him if he
wanted to have somebody to work ex-
clusively with buyers. Our office in the
States had a team approach: everybody
was a specialist helping buyers and sell-
ers, and that's the way Re/Max here
operates. Basically people are looking
for their dream of owning a home. Even
though they're different personalities,
everybody wants the same thing. For
me it's to accommodate the buyer and
the seller and to help them come to-
gether. We were in a resort community
in Colorado and this is a resort commu-
nity. Second home owners approach it
as an investment and try to keep their
heart out of it, but in the end it's a com-
bination of heart and head.
There are lots of locals who want to
buy or sell too. In all communities it's
always about making a solid home for
your family, and for me and Re/Max
our goal is to help the people who are
the infrastructure on the island, and
that's everybody, not just the people
who want the big mansions! I always
get what I want and that's what I want
for my buyers too! So, it was a real
good thing. Bob wanted me and it
"He would be crazy not to!" Art says.
"For years Anna has spoken at conven-
tions and seminars all over the States
about real estate related topics. She's
absolutely one of the best in the busi-
ness! I'm proud of you, very proud!"
"He's my biggest fan club," Anna
"I was an army brat in
Virginia," Anna says, "and
one of the things I learned
when I was very young is:
'Bloom where you're
Art (63) andAnna (51) Kleimer are a
loving, dedicated couple; they have
great belief in themselves and each
other and they are extremely positive
people. Their Sand Dollar apartment is
nice and big and its balcony with the
gorgeous view is absolutelyfabulous as
it has nothing of a 'holiday home' but
everything that makes a house a home:
plants, books, maps, self-made paint-
ings and simple comfy furniture.
"For the last three years," Art says,
"I've been writing a book, called
'Magnificent Living,' living your life
with liberty and happiness. It's a self-
help motivational book so that people
can help themselves to have a beautiful
life, to be able to choose and do what
truly makes them happy. Absolutely it's
possible! Look at us! I was born in New
Jersey; I have three children and two
grandsons, Jake and Nate. I'm a lawyer
by profession and training, then a busi-
nessman, then a developer, then a real-
tor and a public servant, serving on a
lot of charities and working with groups
to make the world a better place."
"I was an army brat in Virginia,"
Anna says, "and one of the things I
learned when I was very young is:
'Bloom where you're planted.' My
mom and dad met during the war in
Germany. My mom is German. My dad
took her to the States and they're still
I went into accounting, always work-
ing for small companies; it was a means
to an end. I had to go to work to sup-
port myself. Look where we are now!
It's about dreaming and then acting to
make your dreams come true! Art's
also a personal and business coach. He
coaches people here and in the States
by telephone. He never stops, always
dreams and always gets what he wants
and works hard for it too."
It's my passion; you should live your
passions," Art says. "I believe God
wouldn't put us on earth unless She
wanted us to live a magnificent life!
Yes, you heard it right: I said 'She.' To
me the God of the Old Testament was a
judgmental God, but in the New Testa-
ment, there is love and kindness, and as
I see it, more femininity. For me, the
God who talks about love and kindness
is easier to live with than one who
speaks about judgment and right and
wrong. I don't think it was intended to
fear God, but that's a whole different
discussion," he smiles. "We're blessed;
we are lucky to wake up every morning
and have the choice of how to make our
day. Here we have the luxury of time.
We like to paint and dive and kayak
and be with friends."
"I don't believe friendships come
easy," Annafills in. "They don't come
lightly; you have to truly work on them.
So, we only want to invest our time in
making friendships, in quality relation-
ships. Art and I are still on our honey-
moon, absolutely! We've known each
otherjust in this life 16 years, but we
are sure there were previous ones to-
"Every Thursday we have a date," Art
says: "A sunset dinner, a lunch, some-
thing to surprise her, to have special
times together. Not talking about busi-
ness, but counting our blessings...
that's what we believe in. That's how
we believe life should be. We choose to
count our blessings rather than count
our problems. I mean: We're on Bon-
aire... does it ever get any better? We
go to the Rose Inn and sit under the
tree; we go to KonTiki and watch the
windsurfers. It's not snowing; it's not
cold and there are no sharks, so... now
there is no wind... no big deal!
The beauty of Bonaire is its people:
all the Bonaireans, all the foreigners, all
the nationalities. It's such a melting pot,
and the people are nice and kind and
that makes the island a very nice place
to be! Oh yes, we'll always stay here.
We're pretty simple people; we like to
live simply. We have each other, more
love than when we fell in love, and we
have our health. I really am happy. I
love what I do and I do what I love; the
sky is blue and the water is blue... what
more do you need? Both of us believe
in making the
world a better
some light into
life and that's
what we do."
1 Photo &
Story by Greta
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005
Art and Anna Kleimer
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MCB Bonaire Supports
Orphaline Saleh ofMCB Bonaire (second from right) presents a check to Dr.
Mireille Aranguren- van Egmond (Treasurer), Roy Chin-On (President of
SVVHO) and Jursi Marshall (Secretary)
n August 2005, in time for the 2005-2006 school year, UniCollege Bonaire
will begin first-year HAVO/VWO (academic-college prep) high school
classes with a class of 15. It plans to add an additional grade each year up to the 5th
year of HAVO and the 6th year of VWO. The Stichting Vooruitstrevend Voortgezet
en Hoger Onderwijs-SWHO (Advanced Secondary and Higher Education Founda-
tion) is providing the backing for the new school. Foundation members are: Roy
Chin-On, Jursi Marshall and Mireille Aranguren-van Egmond. The mission of the
foundation is to provide an alternative high school education on Bonaire.
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V. recognized this initiative as a very im-
portant step for the social and economic development of the island of Bonaire.
UniCollege provides talented youngsters a secondary education based on the Dutch
HAVO/VWO standards. Graduates will qualify for a high school diploma, with an
innovative method of teaching, already being used in some Dutch schools. It will
further enhance the quality of the education facilities on the island..
By donating NAf10.000, MCB Bonaire indicated its support for the school and
hopes to encourage other organizations to participate as well.
The Foundation hopes to count on the financial support and generosity of private
and other institutional sponsors. Grants and donations will be gratefully acknowl-
edged and may be made to account #112.649.00 at Maduro & Curiel's Bank
(Bonaire), c/o Stichting Vooruitstrevend Voort-
gezet en Hoger Onderwijs.
Inquiries can be e-mailed to info @UniCollege.org.
The school's website is www.unicollege.org.
MADURO & CURIE'S BANK (BONAIRE) N.V
Bonaire Jazz Festival
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Delbert Bernabelafrom Aruba and his group at Rum Runners Jazz Brunch
B onaire may have surprised itself
once again by its competence in
organizing major events. By any meas-
ure its first international Jazz Festival
was a huge success. The performers
were superb and enjoyed their visit; the
audiences were large and enthusiastic;
the host resorts enjoyed banner busi-
ness; and the Jazz Foundation made
enough money to donate NAf3.500 to
bolster Bonaire musical education.
While all sponsors, performers, volun-
teers and even the jazz crazed audi-
ences deserve credit, special recogni-
tion must be given to Guus Gerritsen
and his wife, Nita, who brought the
germ of an idea to reality. O G.D.
Here is a report on the fund
raising events: The receipts of a
fundraising concert on the M. V. Free-
winds (NAf700), the estimated profits
from the sale of food and beverages at
the May 19th Welcome Concert in Wil-
helmina Park (NAf700) and approxi-
mately 25 % of the profits of the Festi-
val (NAf2.000) all added up to a gift of
NAf3.500 to be donated to a Music
Fund governed by Rob van Lier (SGB)
and Jane Emers (Coordinator-Centro di
Barios). They plan to use the money to
engage a project leader to prepare tal-
ented youngsters for a musical per-
formance at the 2006 Jazz Festival.
The Harbourtown Bonaire Jazz Festi-
val 2005 attracted 1,500 people during
the three main concerts. In addition,
during the Festival, 15 concerts were
given at 10 locations; nine different
bands were involved, of which three
were local groups playing Latin and
Caribbean Jazz. Forty-five musicians
performed in all.
There will be another Jazz Festival
next year. Depending on coordination
with the King of the Caribbean/
Professional Windsurfing Association
and the TCB, it is tentatively set for the
third weekend of May 2006. O Guus
Gerritsen Press Release
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Bonaire Reporter- June 3 to June 10, 2005
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Spectacular Planet Viewing On the Way
Believe me when I say that this June 2005 will be an absolutely spectacular
month in the Sky Park for three planets: the brightest of them all ,Venus; the
most beautiful of all, ringed Saturn; and the most elusive of them all, tiny, closest-to-
Next week, on Tuesday, June 7th, face west northwest, 30 to 45 minutes after sunset
while there is still some twilight out. And if you have a fairly clear unobstructed hori-
zon, you'll see the planet which is often mistaken for a UFO, Earth's so-called twin be-
cause it is the same size, 8,000-mile-wide brilliant Venus. And if you have a really
clear unobstructed horizon, just below Venus to its right you'll see a slender sliver of a
very young crescent Moon. Plus if you have a clear flat water horizon without clouds
you may even see tiny Mercury peeking just above the horizon. But if you can't see it,
don't fret because it will be much higher a couple weeks later.
Next look up to Venus' left and you'll see the planet we've been visiting with our
Cassini spacecraft, incredible ringed Saturn, which still looks spectacular through a
small telescope. Now on Wednesday June 8th, the crescent Moon will be easier to find
because it will have moved up above Venus and will be slightly larger and breathtak-
ingly beautiful. Then the next night, Thursday June 9th, it will be parked right alongside
So don't miss next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights to get familiar with
Saturn, Venus and Mercury because these are the three planets which are going to ab-
solutely blow you away towards the end of the month. In fact mark the last week of
June as the one week of the year you'll have to go out every night just after sunset to
watch an incredible dance and meeting of these three planets.
On Friday night, June 24th, Saturn will have moved way down in the heavens, and
Mercury will have moved way up and will join with Venus in a spectacular compact
trio. And according to astronomer Fred Schaaf, they'll be so close you'll be able to hide
them with your little finger tip at arm's length.
Then for the next seven nights Venus and Mercury will be less than one degree apart
from each other, and you can watch Mercury and Venus as they come closer to each
other and Saturn as it slowly drifts away from them. On Saturday, June 25th, Mercury
and Venus are closer still, and on Sunday and Monday, June 26th and 27t, they'll be so
close, only one tenth of one degree apart, that the Old Farmer's Almanac claims they
may even appear to merge into one star. In fact they won't be this close again until
2070. If you have a pair of binoculars use them please because this is a sight you'll see
only twice in a lifetime. And to top it off on the 27th, 28th and 29th they'll still be
breathtakingly close. So start your Venus, Saturn and Mercury watch next week on the
7th, 8th and 9th and reserve the last of June. O Jack Horkheimer
For the week:
June 3 to June 10, 2005
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Self-deception is likely. Observations will be far more
productive. Don't get involved in idle chatter that will hurt your position. You are
best to stick to yourself this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TA URUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Be sure to sidestep those who are eccentric or un-
predictable. Travel for business or pleasure will be enlightening. Try to be reason-
able. Don't allow colleagues to put unreasonable pressure on you. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) They will not have the patience to wait for you to
complete things that they've asked you to do. Tempers could boil if someone you
work with has not been pulling their weight. Overindulgence will mean poor
health. Don't blow situations out of proportion. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Focus on what's important rather than spreading
yourself too thin and accomplishing little. Accomplishment is yours if you direct
yourself accordingly. Arguments with relatives may lead to a split in the family.
You can deal with large institutions or government agencies successfully this
week. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your boss won't be too thrilled if you leave things unfin-
ished. Don't overspend on items for your home. Hassles with female colleagues
may lead to problems with your boss. Take part in stimulating debates that will
allow you to show off your intelligence. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your concern with older family members and those
less fortunate than yourself will only add to your attractiveness. Make career
changes that may increase your income. Adventure will result in added knowledge.
Keep your eyes and ears alert for any evasive or deceptive statements. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can get phenomenal returns if you present your
ideas to those who can back your interests. Take time to deal with the concerns of
children. You may want to take a trip; however, before you do, make sure that
your car is serviced properly. Try out for a local sports team such as volleyball,
tennis, lawn bowling, or whatever interests you. Your lucky day this week will be
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Get involved in groups that can offer intellectual
stimulation. Set a limit on the amount you're willing to spend, and be sure to stick
to it. Make plans that will take you to exotic destinations. For best results get out
of the office and do your job en route. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be discreet about any information you un-
cover. Question your mate if you must. You may want to take extra special care of
your luggage if you are traveling this week. You may find that your family respon-
sibilities are piling up. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Losses are likely if you aren't careful where you
leave your valuables. Your ability to stand out in a crowd will bring you the recog-
nition you desire. Put your efforts into being creative. You can visit clients and
make a big impression just by giving them some hands-on help. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Deep discussions may only lead to friction. Time
to deal with institutional environments, government agencies, and matters of a pri-
vate nature this week. You'll be an emotional basket case this week. Don't take any
comments too seriously. You're not your usual self this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Helping children may be rewarding and challenging.
Your partner will blow situations out of proportion. Your creative ideas must be
put to good use. Don't trust a deal that looks too good, or a lover who appears to
have it all. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
Bonaire Reporter June 3 to June 10, 2005