I I Iel TtPORTER
Real Bonairean cuisine at
It's the 10th Year of Cele-
bration of the Christmas
Market in Rincon on Satur-
day, December 19. During the
traditional Christmas Market in
Rincon there the 10-year anni-
versary will be celebrated with
stand holders, Rinconeros and
visitors. This marshes will re-
place the normal Saturday early
During this Christmas Market
there will be stands selling prod-
ucts and articles as gifts espe-
cially for the season, and visitors
will be able to shop among spark-
ing lights. There will also be mu-
sic for the end of the year, krioyo
music and Christmas carols.
The Marshe will be open from 4
pm until 11 pm. As usual the
Christmas Market will have a
festive ambiance, colorful decora-
tion and be full of lights.
Ten years ago the Rinfa
women's club established a per-
manent marsh in the Rincon
barrio square to develop Rincon
socially and economically. Many
area residents have been coming
to the marshes on the first Satur-
day of every month to offer their
If you are interested in having a
stand to participate in the marsh,
contact as soon as possible: Doro-
thy Cecilia (eel 796-9046) or
Raymunda Anthonie (717- 3696).
Maritza San Pedro, translation by
The Bonaire Hotel and Tour-
ism Association (BONHATA)
A Bonaire Reporter Question
announced its new Board of
Directors for the term 2010 &
President Ms. Sara Matera,
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort &
Vice President Mr. Jack
Chalk, Captain Don's Habitat
Secretary/Treasurer Mr. Dirk
Jan Methorst, Jibe City
Directors at Large
Mr. Serge de Groote, Divi Dive
Mr. Martin van Bekkum, Kon-
tiki Beach Bonaire
Mr. Huub Groot, Restaurant It
' Rains Fishes
Mr. Gilberto Lira, Sand Dollar
Mrs. Anja Romeijnders, Sunbelt
Mr. Bart Snelder, Wannadive.
BONHATA has a membership
of 76, comprising resorts, hotels,
apartments, diving companies, car
rentals, restaurants and other tour-
ism related businesses on Bon-
On Wednesday, December 3,
work on the culvert under Kaya
Grandi was finally completed
and the road reopened to traffic. It
will provide relief from street
flooding in times of heavy rain
and will minimize runoff into the
sea. Additional upstream work is
planned for next year.
Bonaire's Public Li-
brary, Biblioteka publiko, suf-
fers every year because many of
its books get "lost."
Why? The books are not re-
turned or forgotten. After a while
there is the fear of having to pay
high fines or perhaps embarrass-
ment. Since 2007 over 1,200
books have gone missing.
Unfortunately, most people do not
realize how precious a book is.
The average price of a book is
around NAf 50. But it's not only
the material value that is impor-
tant. Knowledge is lost. The
dwindling collection is detrimen-
tal to the library and ultimately
affects the community.
Biblioteka publiko has tried eve-
rything to recover the missing
books. Reminder cards are sent,
fines are cut, but nothing helped.
Free Po ll
What type of news best pro-
S All 8
ONLY the not-
that has been 8%
What is the most effective way to promote Bonaire?
1. Present only good news
2. Present all news
3. Present good news and only the not-so-good-news that
has been okayedd" by island tourism authorities
The results to date are indicated above and include Internet poll
and other responses. The question will remain open until December
21, 2009. You can go on line to www.bonairereporter.com to click
your answer, email to reporter @bonairenews.com or mail to Re-
porter, Box 407, Bonaire Netherlands Antilles. Phone (599) 790-
6518 or (599) 786-6518.
For that reason, the library created
DRAW BOOKS. How does it
work? Anyone who brings back
library books that should have
been long since returned, receives
a free ticket for each book. The
more books that someone brings
back, the more tickets that person
receives and the greater the chance
to win prizes of great new books.
For additional information, con-
tact Sharon Bol at 717-8944
D The next mountain bike
tour in Washington Slagbaai
National Park is on Sunday,
December 20. This tour is for
riders of all levels of experience,
for beginners, intermediate, and
advanced riders. More advanced/
experienced riders can begin and
end their tour in Kralendijk, about
80 km. There will be assistance in
the Park with a pick-up truck in
case participants get tired so they
can catch a ride. Cost is $14.50
per person and includes a sand-
wich, drinks, and fruit but not the
Park fee. For more information,
bonairewellness.com, or phone
+599 717-4241 or 785-0767.
> For the holidays Chat 'n'
Browse is offering 15 minutes of
free Internet service when cus-
tomers reference "Welcome 2009"
during the holidays. This gives
travelers the perfect opportunity to
stay in touch with those back
home. For more information, visit
www.chatnbrowse.com or email
What better gift for the
holiday that being able to heal
yourself and others? You can do
it when you master the tech-
niques of Healing Touch. The
Foundation Healing Touch World-
(Continued on page 8)
In the previous edition of The
Reporter we asked our readers
to indicate their preference for
the type of information released
to promote Bonaire. The table at
the right shows the results to
Choosing what information to
release can be difficult. Obvi-
ously, everyone wants to report
the good news.
But what about crime, envi-
ronmental damage, political
shenanigans, or illnesses that all
affect both the island's people
and their important guests, the
We posed the question to our
If you have some or all of the following symptoms,
you may have Dengue Fever.
High Fever Aching joints and muscles
Severe headache Pain behind the eyes
Backache Nausea with possible vomiting
For more information and advice on treatment &
prevention of Dengue Fever call the helpline.
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Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Bonaire Reporter Question 2
Getting Ready For The Referendum
(UN visit) 3
Guest Editorial- Cooperation Not Con-
Eat Healthy (Nature's Way) 6
Santa Family Day/ Hamburger
Christmas Market 8
Straw Poll-Staten and Referendum 9
Tina Woodley Returns 9
Lionfish on Bonaire 10
New Book 11
Swimming World Cup in 2011? 11
Sanikolas Arrives 12
Jan Lambada Bouwman Obituary 13
Letters to the Editor- Nature Above
Money, Cruise Ships, Survey Comments 14
Culture ofthe Indian Art Show (Booi,
ShelterAuction Dinner 1
Altimira Unjo Moonlight Walk 15
Affordable Homes Expo 19
CIEE Presentations 2C
Klein Bonaire 10 years 2C
10 Years Green Label 22
Polluted Wells 22
Plane Recovery Problems 22
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Ana & Eugene
Bonairean Voices (School Nutrilon) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Quiz #19 (Fort Oranje) 7
Pet ofthe Week (Oscar) 15
Picture Yourself (South Africa) 16
Tide Table 16
Reporter Masthead 17
What's Happening 17
Shopping & Service Guides 18
BonQuiz Answer 19
Sudoku Answer 19
Bonaire On Wheels (Chevy Impala) 21
Sky Park (Geminids, find Neptlune) 23
The Stars Have It 23
How to contact us
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Next edition printing on
December 22, 2009.
Story and Ad deadline:
December 18, 2009.
Getting Ready For The Referendum
T he Bonaire Government
invited several experts to
provide perspective and advice
on the conduct of the incoming
Referendum on the future type ,
of government that Bonaire ',
voters will select. Despite the fact ....
that the outcome of the Referen-
dum is non binding, it is being
taken very seriously and will be
run under United Nations guide-
On Saturday, November 28, Dr. Carlyle
Corbin, the former minister in charge of
foreign relations for the US Virgin Islands
and an international advisor on political
structure and UN Caribbean and Pacific
treaty issues, met with Bonaire govern-
ment officials to offer his expertise. He
discussed alternative choices for Bon-
aire's upcoming referendum. He visited at
the invitation of the Executive Council.
Following the closed-door meetings he
was interviewed by the press in a confer-
ence in the Pasangrahan. Representatives
from Papiamentu, Dutch and English lan-
guage newspapers were present.
Dr. Corbin talked at length about the
differences and similarities between inte-
gration of a former colony with the
"mother country" and a free association
following the release of colonial ties. He
said that integration can take several
forms as could a free association which is
also is a legitimate political status recog-
nized in 1960 by the UN under article
Governor Thodd with Dr. Carlyle Corbin
1541. The essence of his message was
"People have a right to be consulted once
again (in a referendum)... after they have
been given more information."
When asked if the present Dutch posi-
tion of "if the past agreement to integrate
(laso direkto) is rejected, then the only
choice Holland will give Bonaire is to
become independent" is legitimate, he
answered, "Well, it is a good bargaining
position to start with." He went on to say
that if Bonaire felt they were unreasona-
bly treated they could appeal to the UN
General Assembly-a very serious step
for both parties. U G.D.
During the following week, Mansour
Sadeghi and Peter Eicher of the UN's
Electoral Support Department held
meetings with members of the Execu-
tive Council, political parties, the press
The UN advisors said they were NOT
here to approve or disapprove but for ad-
vice. Their goal is to insure that the refer-
Sendum meets minimum interna-
The UN is very interested in
knowing what are the referendum
questions being asked and how are
they phrased. They want to be sure
there are clear definitions of the
- options. They want to know that
the process is impartial, transpar-
ent and neutral.
The UN also wants to know that
the public is adequately informed. UNAt
The advisors feel there needs to be
an unbiased informational program of at
least one month but probably not more
than two months to insure that the public
knows all the options and what they might
mean. Attendees to the stakeholder ses-
sion were also very interested in unbiased
education on the options before the refer-
Another UN concern is that no citizens
be left out of the voting. This is a question
that the UN is discussing with the local
politicians and feels very strongly that
there should be no disenfranchisement of
Dutch citizens. The UN prefers universal
voting rights and wants to see the voting
with as few limits as possible.
One of the voting restrictions being con-
sidered by the government is that local
Dutch citizens must have five years of
uninterrupted residency on the island be-
fore they can vote. "This is a 'Red Flag"
for the UN," the experts said. The UN
says it recommends against this restriction
and recommends "extreme caution" on
advisors Mansour Sadeghi & Peter Eicher
any limits of citizens. Stakeholders also
pointed out that Antilleans who move to
Holland do not have to wait five years to
On the question of whether the age limit
should be 16 or 18, the UN did not have a
strong position. The UN feels the commu-
nity should decide at what age a person is
considered an "adult" and that there is no
international standard on this point.
On the question of whether Bonaireans
in other parts of the world should be al-
lowed to vote, the UN said this has be-
come a difficult question because there is
no such thing as "Bonairean" citizenship.
The question arises whether anyone born
on Bonaire would be considered Bo-
nairean vs. someone who moved here
when he was two months old. The UN
seems to feel that this particular question
is too complicated to deal with for the
coming election and that it would not be
included in the options.
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VV my family emigrated
from Portugal to Venezuela to
look for better opportunities. My
father came to Bonaire first as he
was working for Techno Consult,
the company that built the Son-
esta Hotel on Bonaire, which is
now Harbor Village. In 1988 it
became very dangerous in Vene-
zuela and we moved to Bonaire. I
It was a beautiful safe haven.
Our upbringing was very strict,
but my dad liked to go to the
casino and he and his friends
would take me with them for
good luck! That's how I met
Eugene. He was a dealer at the
casino at the Flamingo Beach
Hotel and he was 19." She
smiles. "He was very congenial.
When I was 15 I was working for
Bonaire Trading. On weekends
my sisters and I would go swim-
ming at Flamingo Beach and one
day Eugene took us home and
my father called him in. That's
how it started and it became seri-
ous. We were very much in love,
but in a totally innocent way.
However, my parents were
I was 17 when my dad told me,
'You are going to Portugal for
three months and you forget
about the Negro.' I said, 'No, I
love him.' It was the first time in
my life that I didn't obey my
parents. The next day I went to
see Eugene's mother and told her
we wanted to get married.
Eugene was 21 and I was 17 and
his mom said 'No problem.' So,
Eugene's parents went to see my
parents to ask them if their son
could marry their daughter. My
parents got very angry with me.
They thought I was pregnant. I
didn't say a word. Eugene and I
didn't have any physical relation-
ship. The next day my father told
me, 'Get married before the baby
comes.' My mom flew to Portu-
gal to get my birth certificate, but
when she came back she noticed
that I was as slim as I was before.
Well, to make a long story short,
we did get married."
She looks at Eugene and he
says, "We were
happy, but it was
there were many
relatives in both
didn't agree with
Ana gets up to
help a client and
when she comes
back she says,
"Eugene started E
BOPEC and one ,
year after we got
married he be-
came ill. We
went to see all
the doctors on
the island, but
they all thought
it was a stomach
problem. It went rapidly; he be-
came very thin and my mom said
to me, 'Something is really
wrong your husband is going to
die...' Then one day, Eugene and
I and his parents went to the hos-
pital and that's how I see it -
....at the Virgin of Fatima. When we were at that sacred
place, I crawled on my knees to the Virgin and prayed to her
to fulfill our wish and help us with our situation."
Eliana, Eugene and Ana Makaii
our life is determined by God,
because that particular day a
Dutch doctor was visiting this
trainee who was examining
Eugene and while this trainee
was busy with Eugene the doctor
immediately told us, 'Eugene's
kidneys are in very bad shape.'
The next morning Eugene was to
be transported by ambulance
plane to Curaqao. And as always
in our life we barely made it be-
cause the pilot had just broken
his wrist, but nevertheless he did
fly the plane!'
Eugene explains: "We arrived
at Hato airport in Curaqao and I
was already unconscious because
my blood was poisoned and my
lungs were filled with fluid. Then
the ambulance that was supposed
to pick us up was having car
trouble. When it finally arrived,
the pilot and I both got in, to-
gether...!' He laughs. "What a
Ana says, "The specialist in
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Curaqao, Dr. Engels, told me we'd barely
made it. It took the doctors a lot of effort
to get him stabilized and then we dis-
cussed the future with the specialist. He
told us about a method called CAPD: they
put a permanent catheter in the perito-
neum and every four hours, 24 hours per
day, you put another bag of a concen-
trated liquid to flush the person. We could
stay home and live our 'normal' life with
this method without having to go to Cura-
qao three times a week to have him
hooked up to the machine." She looks at
me. "I really, really hope a kidney dialy-
ses centre will be established on the is-
land soon. It's a hard life for the people
suffering from kidney failure."
Ana, Eugene and Eliana are very pure
and absolutely beautiful people. Their
story is one about true love and about
never giving up, never giving in and at
the same time i ...... tr,, the way life
comes to you.
"Ana learned how to take care of me,"
Eugene recalls. "She was my nurse, my
doctor, my wife... my everything. I went
to the States with my sister to see if I
could be a candidate for a transplant. Af-
ter all the tests, they told me I would
make a good candidate, but being a for-
eigner, there was only a small chance I
could get a kidney. So I went back to Dr.
Engels in Curamao and told him I wanted
to go to Holland. Dr. Engels told me I
wouldn't survive the flight and that time
was running out on me. I asked another
doctor for a second opinion and he told
me I would make a good candidate and
that I should go to Holland. Thank God I
had very good insurance with BOPEC. In
November 1993 we flew to Holland."
Ana looks at me quietly. "I still have
Dr. Engels' letter in which he wrote me
that Eugene wouldn't live to be 25, that
he wasn't a good candidate for a trans-
plant and that we never would have chil-
dren..." Tears well up in her eyes and she
"It was God who decided differently.
We had been trying to get pregnant for a
long time, but it didn't work out. In De-
cember 1993 we went to see my parents
in Portugal and they told us to see the
Virgin of Fatima. When we were at that
sacred place, I crawled on my knees to
the Virgin and prayed to her to fulfill our
wish and help us with our situation. By
the end of March 1994 I felt sick and
went to see the doctor, he did a test and
told me, 'Mrs. Makaai, you are three
months pregnant! It was a miracle of
"Our beautiful, sweet and healthy
daughter Eliana was born November 10th
1994," Eugene says. "So much happiness,
it made me strong and I felt I will never
give up, never, ever. I still didn't have a
new kidney, but life went on. I started to
study at Nautical College in Katwijk,
Holland, to become a nautical officer -
something I'd dreamed of all my life and
I wanted to make my dream come true. I
was flushing, studying and helping Ana to
take care of the baby as she was working
two, sometimes even three jobs. We did-
n't see much of each other, but it was
always Ana who pulled us through, who
pushed me to go on, and without her -
my wife I wouldn't be anything, I would
not be here anymore."
"May 1995," Ana continues, "Eugene
was offered a kidney, but he couldn't
accept it, because his peritoneum was
Virgin of _.
I went on "
knees. In ,
the be- -.,l
I was desperate and prayed to God. Then
on May 27th, 1996, they called us to say
they had a kidney. That same day Eugene
was operated at the University Hospital in
Leiden. When he came out of the opera-
tion I took his hand. It was pink and warm
and I knew everything was okay.
It took him three months to recover -
the only time he didn't go to school. He
got his diploma in 1999 and from that
time on until 2004 Eugene worked as a
nautical officer, sailing around the
"January 2nd, 2005, I started working at
Curaqao Port Authority as a captain on a
bunker bars," Eugene says. "Two months
later Ana joined me and started working
for an internet company. Eliana was with
Aunt Ruth on Bonaire where she studied
Makaai at the deli
at San Bernardo elementary school, but
almost every weekend she came over. We
stayed for three years on Curaqao and in
2007 we came back to Bonaire. Now we
are both working at Eli Deli, Ana's place
at the traffic circle in Hato. It was her idea
to open a deli. It was her long time dream
and we can only fulfill one dream at a
time and so we're going to do this for
Ana. On January 19th 2010, we will be
married for 20 years. This May I will
have had my kidney
for 14 years. Now it's
now it's her time..."
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COOPERATION, NOT CONFRONTATION THE ONLY WAY FOR BONAIRE
Imagine the following situation: A
group of distinguished men is on
their small Caribbean island boarding a
plane which will bring them to a far desti-
nation. Before the take-off, the pilot asks
them if they really wish to fly to Amster-
dam and says that he hopes that they and
their families have thought thoroughly
before taking this decision. The gentle-
men say that they know what's best for
their families and it was therefore not
necessary to involve them in the decision
process. After long hours of flying across
the ocean, approaching the coast of
Europe, the men suddenly ask the pilot
not to continue the flight to Amsterdam
because they have to first ask their fami-
lies if they agree with it. The surprised
pilot informs the passengers that it is not
possible because the plane is low on fuel
and that if they don't want to land in Am-
sterdam, the only possibility is to land at
the first possible airport. The disap-
pointed men react with, "You are arro-
gant and you cannot blackmail us!"
The current political development on
Bonaire is very similar to this story. In
2006, the Dutch submitted the proposal
of a concrete form of a direct link with
the Netherlands to the Bonaire Island
Council, the option chosen by the major-
ity of the Bonairean people in the 2004
referendum. According to this proposal,
Bonaire, Sint Eustatitus and Saba could
get a status of a special municipality
(public body), a possibility established in
the Dutch constitution. It would mean
that these islands would become part of
the Netherlands. Without asking the peo-
ple of Bonaire their opinion, both the
UPB and ADB members of the Island
Council unanimously accepted this pro-
posal. Since that moment in 2006, the
government of the Dutch Kingdom
worked hard during the next three years
on the implementation of this new status.
However, several months ago, the Island
Council surprised the Dutch government
with its decision to ask the people of
Bonaire now, after three years (!), in a
referendum if they agree with the integra-
tion with the Netherlands or if they prefer
another option, e.g. a free association.
Although the people of Bonaire had cho-
sen a "direct link" with the Netherlands
in 2004 and not an "autonomous land in
the Kingdom (in fact a free association
with the Netherlands)", like Curacao and
Sint Maarten, the members of the Island
Council were completely free, before
signing the Slotverklaring (Final Accord)
in 2006, to reject the proposed form of
the direct link, which would mean the
integration of the island with the Nether-
lands. They had a full right to come with
another suggestion concerning the reali-
zation of the "direct link," but they
agreed unanimously with the Dutch inte-
gration proposal. For the Dutch, it does
not matter if the local government was or
is dominated by the red, green or any
other political party. For them it is only
important that the representatives of Bon-
aire, elected freely by the people of the
island, signed a binding contract with the
Netherlands in 2006, and it is not possible
to change it when a new political situa-
tion has developed on the island in 2009.
The Dutch were faced with a similar
Antillean problem in 1990 when the gov-
ernment of Aruba changed its binding
decision to become independent with a
transition period of 10 years, beginning in
1986, and asked the Netherlands (without
referendum) to have the possibility of
remaining in the Kingdom. The decision
about the independence has been a taboo
on Aruba since then and 1986 was cele-
brated as the year in which the island got
its "Status Aparte."
We have a similar situation now on Bon-
aire; nobody speaks about the 2006 Slot-
verklaring. Unfortunately, the Dutch have
not forgotten their Aruba experience and
are not prepared to repeat their mistake of
1990 and to start negotiations with the
Island Council about another option for
the status of Bonaire.
"In my opinion, the members
of the Island Council must ad-
mit their responsibility for the
2006 binding Final Accord. "
Miguel Pourier, the Bonairean born ex-
prime minister of the Netherlands Antil-
les, last week gave advice to the Island
Council to cooperate with the Dutch on
the transition to the new status so that it
can be established on 10-10-2010, as
originally planned. There is a possibility,
according to the 2006 Slotverklaring, to
revise the status and to execute necessary
changes after a period of five years.
In my opinion, the members of the Island
Council must admit their responsibility
for the 2006 binding Final Accord. Nev-
ertheless, as the old Dutch proverb says,
De soep wordt nooit zo heet gegeten als
ze wordt opgediend "The soup is never
eaten as hot as it is served."
It is always possible to negotiate an adap-
tation of the agreed status, for instance to
request the Dutch that some laws, par-
ticularly those not being in accord with
the Christian values, would not be intro-
duced on Bonaire. I cannot imagine that
the Dutch government would reject this
request. It fully realizes that the integra-
tion with the Netherlands cannot mean
that on an island, separated by a distance
of 9000 km, all Dutch regulations and
laws, without exception, would be estab-
lished. For instance, the decision not to
use the Euro (former French colonies had
to accept this new currency), but to intro-
duce the US dollar for the BES islands, is
a very important deviation from the
Dutch laws, and there can be many more
changes, according to the wishes of the
people of Bonaire. It is therefore urgent
that the current Island Council start coop-
eration, ending the current confrontation,
and discuss the possible adaptations, ex-
ceptions and changes with the Dutch gov-
ernment instead of stubbornly rejecting to
cooperate with the Dutch, unlike Sint
Eustatitus and Saba. In my opinion, Henk
Kamp, the Queen's Commissioner and
the future representative of the Kingdom
on the island, will be certainly prepared
to discuss all matters with the members
of the Island Council.
The opponents of the I lm '",t!
agreed status and the
local media are feeling significantly bol-
stered by the advice of Judge Bob Wit
and several other Dutch experts concern-
ing the new status of Bonaire. Unfortu-
nately, they completely forget that Wit
also declared (translated from Dutch),
quote: It must be also mentioned, on be-
half of the .j,., ., i. ii option, that, also in
case the Netherlands decides to treat the
inhabitants of the BES islands, integrated
with the Netherlands, less equal than the
inhabitants would consider as correct,
the door to more equal rights would cer-
tainly not be closed.
Perhaps the Dutch inhabitants of Bon-
aire, as an integrated island, could force
greater equality, even against the will of
the Netherlands, ;h, oih judicial proce-
dures or in some other way. Just because
they are part of the Netherlands, they
would have a judicial basis to approach
the national as well as international
courts. They can appeal under the BUPO
Treaty as well as European Treaty for the
Rights of the People and on the principle
of equality and prohibition of discrimina-
tion established in these treaties. un-
It means that under the new status of the
special municipality the people of Bon-
aire will have a higher possibility of re-
ceiving higher social benefits than they
will be on Curacao and Sint Maarten.
During the recent meeting of Ank Bi-
jleveld with the representatives of Statia
and Saba on Curacao, she already in-
formed them about raising these benefits
on the BES islands. Bonaire was present
only as an observer because it did not
want to sign any document before the
results of the referendum are known.
The Dutch have no problem with the
advice of the experts of the United Na-
tions invited to come to the island. The
options in the 2004 Referendum were in
principle the same as prescribed by the
UN for choosing the status of former
colonies. It is true that at that time it was
not yet clear that the option "Direct link
with the Netherlands" would mean the
integration of Bonaire with the mother
country. However, when the "Special
Dutch Municipality" proposal was pre-
sented as a possible form of the direct
link in 2006, it was, without any referen-
dum, unanimously accepted by the Island
It is a pity that the results of the recent
survey about the restructuring of the
Dutch Kingdom, executed by the CUR-
ISES students, proved to be worthless
because the questions violated basic rules
of surveying, as stated by an expert in the
previous issue of BR. This occasion
could be better used, for instance, to ask
the people of Bonaire if they agree or
disagree with the three Dutch laws con-
sidered not being in accord with Christian
values. In case the majority of the people
are against the introduction of these laws
on Bonaire, the Island Council could use
this fact in negotiations with the Dutch. U
Opinions expressed are solely those of
atural Way Health Food Store Opens
Natural Way Health Food Store Opens
Suley-Mae and Glenda Pourier of
Good News: You no longer have to
travel to Curacao to find healthy
and delicious food products.
"We wanted to have a store that pro-
vides people who care about health with
products that are usually hard to find,"
says Natural Way's owner, Glenda
Pourier. She and her daughter in Curacao
both opened health food stores at the
same time and order and import products
together. Her daughter here on Bonaire,
Suley-Mae, explained that with the preva-
lence of diabetes and obesity on the is-
land, their main goal is to provide prod-
ucts for people to live healthy. "We have
a lot of organic products that you can't
find in supermarkets," she said, "like salt
free, wheat free, things with less sugar,
but products that people like, for instance,
low fat-low salt snacks, bread spreads,
low salt chips, organic chocolate."
Health conscious shoppers may recog-
nize some of the brands they carry. They
have natural herbal teas by Yogi and
Alvita, teas to clean the blood, take care
of coughs, joints and that are high in Vita-
min C. They have 100% juices by R.W.
Knudsen (no sugar added), Nature's Gate
Shampoo and Conditioner.
Lovers of chocolate can find a tasty
replacement made of carob. The shopping
list is endless: whole wheat pasta, dried
soy (a meat replacement, particularly for
vegetarians), organic oatmeals, spices
without salt, soy milk (liquid and dry),
organic dressings, granolas, rice cakes,
cereals, couscous, dried fruits.
Glenda and Suley-Mae are particularly
proud of the local healthy products they
carry. Honey from Bonairean bees, a kal-
bas syrup for coughs and natural coconut
Stop by and say hello. Natural Way is
on the second floor at La Terassa, up the
stairs from Botika Bonaire on the main
street, Kaya Grandi. They're open Mon-
day through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, non
-stop. Telephone 717-3353 or 510-2318.
U Laura DeSalvo
Bonaire Reporter- December 11-25, 2009
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SCHOOL- PART 1
As I was researching
nutrition in schools
I heard some very interest-
ing remarks. Every school
is trying to do its utmost
with good nutrition, but
there are still some very
key questions. Who will
pay for it? Who will pay to
continue the program?
How can we make the
community aware of the
importance of the pro-
gram? I conducted my re-
search in three schools.
At the first one, Papa
Comes Elementary School,
I had the pleasure of talk-
ing with Mr. Rignald Mar-
tinus "Donny" Wout (58),
Principal of the school.
Papa Cornes School students with Principal Rignald Martinus "Donny" Wout
and teacher Barbara Huveneers upon receipt of study materials that were gifts
Principal Wout has worked
for 40 years in education
and has served in Holland, Curaqao and Bonaire.
Mr. Wout explains, "Over the last years we have had
to deal with children between four and five years of age
who've had a lot of behavioral problems. We've had to
help these children fit into the school environment. We
are coping with children who have been badly raised,
are headstrong, have high tempers and disruptive behav-
ior. Besides helping the child to fit into school, we must
teach them how to develop a habit of learning so that
they are able to understand the material that is coming to
Another problem we faced when I started working at
Papa Comes School more than three years ago was con-
fronting a big gap in education because of the introduc-
tion of a new teaching system for elementary schools,
'Ensenansa di Fundeshi' (Foundation Education). To-
gether with the Dutch inspector for education we saw
the problems and made the changes. We had to deviate
from the standards of 'Ensenansa di Fundeshi. In some
classes we had children with a five to six year difference
in ages. Now it's dropped to a two-year age difference.
The following year we formed groups of ages at differ-
ent levels. Teachers, parents and the children were more
receptive to the changes. We've come up with new pro-
To help the child to learn and behave.
To help the child absorb the material.
Kindergarten groups 1 to 2
Under building groups 1 to 4
Upper building groups 5 to 8
Recess management in groups
With the introduction of the new programs indeed we
could experience a lot of changes. The after school men-
tors are amazed at how our children behave in a very
calm way. They are distinguished from children in other
Still we can't close our eyes to the social problems
Bonaire Reporter- December 11-25, 2009
facing our community that affect the children. There is a
lot of poverty in some neighborhoods. We have children
who rebel against the situation that they have to face in
their neighborhood, like child crime, child prostitution
and a lot more. These special children need special care.
We don't have all the methods like in Holland to help
these kids with their social problems. But we try to do
our best to help.
We've introduced a Care Team in school whereby a
coordinator will work as a liaison between students and
parents, and more people will be trained for the team. In
the meantime we are going to start with courses about
this special care and recess coordinators where all teach-
ers are involved. Other elementary schools have also
introduced this method. We have made a schedule
where everyone sacrifices his or her recess time, even
the principal, to take care of the children during their
We are very skeptical about starting with a new pro-
gram now. We have seen some programs, like Dr. Hart
introduced for addicted people, to change their eating
habits and have them quit drugs and alcohol. It was a
very expensive program because most of these people
don't have any money. And the program failed. Pro-
grams like 'Nutrition in Schools' are very important,
but it will cost the school budget a lot of money and we
don't know if it can continue. We will stay open
minded. Maybe in the future things will change for edu-
cation here in Bonaire."
Have you had seen the 'Nutrition in Schools' video
yet? Go to http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-
3962219959398908418# U SiomaraAlbertus.
For Siomara's next
column there will be
more interviews with
teachers on the is-
land for their opin-
ions on the Nutrition
Send your com-
ments to The Bon-
aire Reporter, P.O.
Box 407, Bonaire,
or e-mail reporter
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to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a
number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. Answer
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Oranje was built
around the 1700s..
Each Dutch Island in
the Netherlands An-
tilles has a fort. They
were built to ward
off the enemy and
protect Dutch civil
This fort housed
the Commander who
lived there until 1837. This official ran the island
before the title was changed to Gezaghebber, which
literally means "authority manager.
Even though this fort was never under siege or saw
any true action, it was armed to the teeth with can-
nons from England. Take a stroll through the
grounds and inspect the cannons. One cannon was
cast in 1808, two inl811 and one in 1812. They are a
reminder of when the island was under British rule.
The fort's original lighthouse was made of wood
and was replaced by the present one, in concrete, in
1932. Its height is 10.25 m (331/2 ft). The fort has
performed many jobs for the Bonaire Government:
as a Government Center, a warehouse for Govern-
ment property and goods, a prison, police and fire
station, Marine park HQ, and now serves as the
courthouse and Harbormaster's office.
Q) In which year was the original light-
Answer on page 19
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at NOS TV
Last Saturday there were about 200
people enjoying themselves on the
grounds of Flamingo/NOS TV on Kaya
Korona. For the adults there was the Tili-
master Hamburger Competition and for
the children lots of games and a Cup-
cakes Decoration Competition with lots of
fine prizes to be won. NOS. TV covered
the whole event and broadcasted it live on
Even before the start at 3 pm people gath-
ered and were anxious to see what was com-
ing. And they were not disappointed!
Thanks to the event sponsors, Flamingo TV,
More for Less (the hamburger meat, cakes,
toppings and sweets for every child), Lucky
Import & Export (all the presents for the
children), Eco Power, Alpha & Omega (T-
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mingo party rentals, the space had a com-
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A bouncer and typical Dutch games like
throwing balls at cans, pulling a rope and
"grabbelton" (a box filled with sawdust and
hidden presents) made it a real Sinterklaas
party for every child, especially because
everything was for free and with every game
they won a prize.
The competition, "Who Makes the Best
Hamburger on Bonaire?" had 13 partici-
pants five of them students at the SGB -
and they grilled at their best. Especially
because the judging panel contained well
known persons as Glenn Thode,
(Gezaghebber Bonaire), Herbert Doma-
cass6, (former Gezaghebber Bonaire), Peter
Silberie (alternate Gezaghebber Bonaire),
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went into the finals and surprisingly for
them... they all received a wonderful prize.
The first prize of NAf 500, sponsored by
Flamingo TV/NosTV, was won by Sharlon
Melaan with his "Chupa Dede Burger."
How this burger looks and how to prepare it,
he will soon show in a special on NOS TV
The theme of the other prizes was "Be a
Tourist in Your Own Country." Runner Up
Jolimar Mendoza with "Joly Burger" will
spend a night, including dinner and break-
fast at Hotel Roomer. Third place, Arys
Ventura with "Bonaire Burger," will be go-
ing underwater with the Discovery Scuba
Diving at Dive Friends/Yellow Submarine.
No. 4, Leonard Janga with "Loco Burger,"
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2009 Straw Poll Results
T ina Woodley, a Certified Personal
Trainer on Bonaire, was the 1985
International Female Body Building
Champion and the first woman to become
a champion in both sports -power lifting
and body building at the same time, in the
same year. It took strength of character,
devotion and a positive attitude to achieve
that and her other numerous awards.
Tina, born in St. Eustatius, actually be-
gan her working out here in Bonaire in the
70s. "I loved it," she says. "I was doing
something that no other woman did." She
became the first woman in the whole Car-
ibbean to participate in any such champi- ...
onship and won the first Power Lifting ......
Championship for Women in Elkhart, Indi- .
ana. At the same time she was raising three
step daughters and her own daughter, Sasha van Duyn. In Austria she owned a fit-
ness center and then in Wiesbaden, Germany, she owned an all ladies fitness studio.
She is married to the former mayor of Wiesbaden, Achim Exner.
It is with this background that Tina became a certified Pilates, yoga and physical
fitness coach and a licensed NLP practitioner (Neuro Linguistic Programming, a
system to create your own powerful and practical approach to personal change and
transformation). Tina is working at the Bon Bida Spa as a fitness trainer.
Why have a personal trainer? Tina replies, "You get one-to- one advice, guid-
ance and motivation. The whole reason for paying for your own fitness training is to
get this attention and a training program that's right for you." And it includes nutri-
tional advice, strength, endurance and flexibility training, weight reduction and
more. "You are never too old or too sick to train," she says.
After all these years why has Tina returned to Bonaire? "At a certain age," she
says, "some people want to find a place they can call their home, and Bonaire is the
closest thing to that." She continues, "and I want to use my 30 years of experience
and training as a contribution to the community."
Tina has a website: WWW.ActivoBonaire.com. Email: TW @ActivoBonaire. Her
telephone is 700-5488. 0 Story & photo by Laura DeSalvo
According to a straw poll con-
ducted last week by Arthur
Sealy on behalf of radio station BON
FM the minority party, UPB (green)
would win the most votes in next
month's Central Government Parlia-
mentary election. The results of that
election do not affect the makeup of the
Bonaire Government. See Chart 1.
The second part of the poll tested the
voter feelings about the form the Bon-
aire Government should take. The most
votes were won by Direct Ties (Laso
Director the direction Bonaire was on
prior to the change in Bonaire Govern-
ment earlier this year. See Chart 2.
The results for Bonaire in the 2004
Referendum were quite different, (see
Chart 3). Bonairean voters were not
allowed to be able to choose for
"Integration With Holland" as were
Curaqao voters. U G.D.
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I thought it would never happen, my
unhappiness to report a new species of
fish for Bonaire- but it happened on 26
October, 2009, when two guests of ours at
Bonaire Dive and Adventure returned from
a dive at Nukove and showed me a video
they had just taken of Bonaire's official new
species. They had been given the
information during our mandatory
orientation of what to do if one was spotted.
They went to STINAPA headquarters and
plans were made for Bonaire Marine Park
Rangers, under the leadership of Ramon de
Leon, to go back to Nukove and they made
the capture. Jason Wright and Sean Murray
are the guests that made the record books,
and being advanced divers and concerned
about the health of Bonaire's reefs, did the
correct thing. Other opportunities were
missed at other dive shops on Bonaire when
the inclusion of Lionfish were not included
in their orientation, but, hopefully now,
everyone is on-board.
As of now, 24 November, 2009, Bonaire's
Marine Park Rangers have captured a total
of 20 Lionfish and the sites have been from
the far north, Wayaka, to the far south, Red
Slave, and points in
between. Measurements are taken and the
captured fish are deposited with the
scientists at CIEE here on Bonaire. They
examine the stomach contents and preserve
a sample to be sent for DNA finger printing.
It is hoped that keeping this DNA data will
help us to see some pattern as to where our
lionfish came from. The presence of these
highly trained scientists (beautiful female
marine biologists with at least a Masters in
Marine Biology, with most of them having
earned their Ph Ds.) at CIEE has been a
welcomed addition. They are "right in the
thick of it" when it comes to educating
future marine biologists and collecting and
intepretating data collected here concerning
the environment. Watch their recently
released video on YouTube concerning the
sewage problem here on Bonaire. http://
v=EihWrfOIj 1 g&feature=channel.
With the capture of the first lionfish for
Bonaire, I was proven wrong in my
assessment of our potential for finding these
fish on Bonaire. Transport of the larval form
of creatures born on the coral reefs of the
Caribbean is the customary mode of a
species spreading itself to other islands.
Mature fish are reef-bound, but their newly
hatched larvae are filled with wanderlust at
what the rest of the world might have in
store and can be carried by currents and the
direction that surface winds are
blowing. We here on Bonaire are known as
the Fish Capital of the Caribbean because of
our consistently strong winds blowing from
the east. Looking to the east is a
tremendous fish producing area, the
northern coast of South America, and
Bonaire is perfectly situated to receive these
larval fish as they pass into their settlement
stages after feeding and growing bigger and
stronger as they travel toward
Bonaire. lNi.p .. i ..l.iid.com/
releases/2005/04/050424200603.htm is an
article about how some fish find a new
With this information, I incorrectly
assumed that lionfish would have to become
established along the coast of Venezuela,
east of us, in order for their larvae be able to
"ride the winds and currents to
Bonaire." But there have been no reports of
lionfish found off the Venezuelan coast to
our east, so the question that every biologist
is now asking is, "How did these buggers
Jake Montgomery and I have both seen
two lionfish here in Bonaire. Both of us,
as well as the other dive masters carry
bright, yellow tape in our BCs in order to
accurately mark the location of any that
we come across as we lead divers from
our boats. On Thursday, 19 November,
2009, I found my second one at Karpata,
rattled my Rattle-Alert, and showed all
the divers with me what a juvenile
lionfish looked like. I must emphasize
that these young ones are very dark, with
faint stripes which will show more
contrast as they mature. I describe a
juvenile as looking more like a small
individual Long-spined Urchin, and they
are usually under an overhang, in the
shadows during the day time. They feed
at night and rest in dark places during the
day. This particular lionfish was at 60 feet
and I immediately surfaced and swam
back to the boat to call Ramon on my cell.
Their first attempt was unsuccessful in the
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2009 World Champion Swimmer and four-time winner of the Marathon Swim-
ming World Cup, Angela Maurer, will arrive in Bonaire on December 10. She'll
be accompanied by Jennifer Boettcher, one of the best German Dolphin swimmers.
They will be in training for 10 days, from December 10 to 20, sponsored by Buddy
Dive Resort and Bon Bida Spa and Gym. While they're here they'll take a look at the
training and competition conditions on the island because they'd like to support Bon-
aire's bid to have a World Cup Swimming Finals here in 2011. o Achim Exner
Lionfish (Continued from page 10)
afternoon, but they returned on Friday
and made the capture.
In closing, I must brag about us divers
here on Bonaire. Of the more than
100,000 fish surveys conducted through
REEF, throughout the entire Tropical
Atlantic, it is quite remarkable that over
17,000 have been conducted here on
Bonaire, or 17% of the total for the
entire Caribbean/Atlantic. We are
concerned about our Bonairean coral
reefs, and our divers are probably the
most informed divers anywhere, and we
scrutinize the reef better than anyone,
and this, hopefully will keep us on top of
this horrific invasion.
It is not necessary for spear guns or
pole spears to be used because the
current techniques that the rangers are
using are sufficient for the time being.
We ask divers to remain diligent and
carefully scrutinize the reefs when
diving so that we can knock the stuffing
out of the lionfish.
The initial capture, in the Atlantic/
Caribbean, of the first lionfish through a
pet store purchase and subsequent release
was off Dania, Florida, in 1985. Then the
release from a sea-side aquarium after the
passage of Hurricane Andrew, in 1992,
was a further step in setting us up for the
horrific results that we are experienc-
ing. Since then, we can only imagine
many further releases from aquariums up
and down the Atlantic coast by
inconsiderate (read STUPID) humans who
tire of their potentially harmful "pet", who
have no concern about what impact we
humans are having on our planet.
An excellent source of information
about the invasion of lionfish can be found
Stay up on the spread of lionfish by vis-
iting the USGS website http://
lionfishdistribution.asp Double clicking
next to Bonaire continues to enlarge the
LIONFISH Found on Bonaire
As of 24 November, 2009
1 26 Oct, 2009 Nukove 20m
5.0cm (1.9 in)
2 27 Oct Playa Lechi 50 ft 5.7 cm
3 30 Oct Red Slave 60ft 4.6cm
4 31 Oct Invisibles 70ft 7.3cm
5 2 Nov Invisibles (distended belly)
75ft 7.5cm (2.9 in)
6 2 Nov Salt Pier 8ft 5.7cm
7 5 Nov, Jeff Davis 60 ft 7.2cm
8 5 Nov, Oil Slick, 60ft 6.9cm
9 9 Nov Invisibles 60ft 7.3cm
10 9 Nov Bonbini Na Kas 18ft
6.2 cm (2.4in)
11 llNov Something Special 30ft
7.3cm (2.8 in)
12 14 Nov Punt Vierkaant 60ft
6.7cm (2.6 in)
13 14Nov Andrea 1 38 ft 7.2cm
14 15 Nov, Wayaka 2 30 ft 7.9cm
15 17 Nov Small Wall 50 ft
8.4 cm (3.3 in)
16 18 Nov Keepsake 20ft
7.5cm (2.9 in)
17 18 Nov Punt Vierkaant 50ft
8.1cm (3.1 in)
18 18 Nov Witches Hut 35ft
7.7cm (3.0 in)
19 18Nov Bonaventure 50ft
8.5cm (3.3 in)
20 18Nov Eden Beach 60ft
8.3cm (3.2 in)
21 19 Nov North Belnam 25ft
8.4cm (3.3 in)
22 20Nov Karpata 60ft
7.2cm (2.8 in)
23 20Nov Oil Slick 80ft
8.2cm (3.2 in)
24 20Nov Margate Bay 60ft
8.9cm (3.5 in) U
Story by Jerry Ligon
Captain Don presents the first copy off the press of his latest book, "Reef
Windows," to Elsmarie Beukenboom, Director of STINAPA, the manager of
the Bonaire National Marine Park. Captain Don has known Elsmarie since her child-
hood and has followed her path through Cornell Hotel School, Hotel Manager, Tour-
ism Training Center, and past Director of Tourism. Times change, and positions
differ. Elsmarie deserves the honor of this first book because of her support and
long time encouragement of Don's environmental attitudes and writing, while she at
all times persistently fights to protect the total environment and heritage of the Is-
land of Bonaire. U Story & photo by Janet Thibault
Captain Don presents and signs his newest book:
"Reef Windows' on Saturday, December 12th from 4 6:00 pm
at Books & Toys, Kaya Grandi 36.
Captain Don ill autograph his book "Reef Windows" for
friends & the diving community at the "Meet The Captain Night"
at Habitat on Monday, December 14th from 6 8:00 pm.
Travel back to the exciting, early days of Bonaire diving. To make
you part of these adventures, I have included my Captain Don
red ribbon depth gauge as a handy bookmark. Come diving with me
and learn the true stories behind the names of Bonaire's dive sites.
Bonaire Reporter- December 11-25, 2009
Sanikolas Arrives in Bonaire
A s has been traditional for
15 years, Sanikolas .
arrived in Bonaire from the sea, '
this time aboard the tugboat,
Tahiti, which docked at the
Chiku Mercelina Wharf. .
Hundreds of children and their
parents or guardians, a record
number, lined the waterside,
eagerly awaiting the arrival. He
attendants, the black faced
Swarte Pieten (Black Petes),
and the soul-stirring beat of the
drum corps. The Gezaghebber
(Lt. Governor) Glenn Thod6 1
welcomed him and wished him
a pleasant stay on Bonaire.
Obeying the law one of the '
Swarte Piet was seen checking -
in with Customs, showing the
officer Sanikolas' book of -
good and bad children. Sanikolas arrives and is escorted by the roi
As Gezaghebber Thod6 had to cadence of the Drum Corps
leave for an important
appointment Interim Lt. ,
Governor Peter Silberie stood
in and accompanied Sanikolas ,j
to Wilhelmina Park for the
festivities. Along the way the ,
Swarte Pieten did tricks,
acrobatics, teased and threw
candy to the children.
There were many Dutch
children and their families there
this year. As one of the Dutch
parents said, "This is
wonderful. In Holland it is so
crowded that you can't even get
near enough to see St. Nicholas
so instead we had to watch him
Sanikolas and his Swarte
Pieten return to Spain late on
December 5, after having
visited homes, the hospital, Kas
di Sosiego (old folks' home),
Rose Inn and other places.
Thanks to the hardworking
members of the Foundation Ata
C I Zwartpiet, who have
organized this very popular
event for the last 15 years. Also
great appreciation to SEBIKI Georgina, one of The Reporter staff who
for setting up the games and helps her grandmother deliver the paper, pose
activities at the Park. with a Swarte Piet
It was also an end of an era.
This is the first time in 30 consecutive years that B6i Antoin has not been
Sanikolas. However, his two sons, Franklin and Danielson continue to be Swarte
Piet. And the new Sanikolas did a fine job!E Laura DeSalvo
4"I L::,Is "L. (.
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For the Christmas and New Year
Holidays we are offering
We are serving a variety of fresh
Fine Claire Oysters
Until supplies last
(limited availability, reservations recommended)
on the half shell
Gratineed with a mixture of Parmesan, anchovies & spinach
Steamed with a mixture of black bean sauce, sesame, soy and scallions
On the 24th and 25th
We will serve our always surprising
(reservations are recommended)
This is in addition to our regular a la carte menu
The pizza temple will be open as usual
We hope to see you at Rum Runners during the holidays"
Rum Runners Restaurant and Bar
at Captain Don's Habitat
Kaya N. Debrot 103 North Hotel Row
Reservations (Hiqhly Recommended) 717-8290 ext 100
Two seatings available: 5:30 pm (17:30-20:00) with a
free glass of bubbles
and second seating at 8:30 pm (20:30- closing)
At Rum Runners we do our utmost best to work with fresh ingredients only, However being
on small remote island means that these are not always available if this is the case our chef will
adjust the dish accordingly. For this we ask your understanding.
Everyone j...st loves the Swarte Pieten.. What energy and funand they hand out
Everyone just loves the Swarte Pieten. What energy and fun-and they hand out
Bonaire Reporter- December 11-25, 2009
Painter and muralist Jan
"Lambada" Bouwman passed
away in the Netherlands on Novem-
ber 25th following a flu-type illness,
perhaps H1N1 swine flu. His nick-
name came from the rhythms of the
lambada that he loved to dance to
anywhere and anytime he heard it
played. Some consider him one of
the Netherlands' most gifted artists
of recent times. His extreme sensi-
tivity made his personal life difficult
and he had a long battle with alcohol
and even drugs for a time. He left
behind many works in Holland and a
few in Bonaire that will immortalize
Jan was born in Amsterdam on
January 7, 1955. He attended secon-
dary school in Friesland and VWO,
(in those days HBS). At 17 he went
to Groningen, moved in with his
grandmother and studied at the Art
Academy 'Minerva.' During this period
he had a job in a hospital for children, and
was very much loved. He attended to sick
patients, played and drew with them.
His parents passed away 25 years ago.
His sister believes Jan had difficulty deal-
ing with their deaths.
Not long after that he and his family
moved to Bonaire at the invitation of
Frans Booi. Jan had a grant to teach art.
Nochie Coffie was one of his students.
Bonaire is where Jan got in touch with
the 'free' lifestyle. He drank reasonably
before the move to Bonaire, but the pain
of a dissolving marriage and his f
death haunted him. The pain he c
reject, but he could soothe it with
and later with drugs. But he kept
at the Bonaire Caribbean Club, C
on Karnaval floats and elsewhere
so alive they captured you and dr
into their setting.
Jan was married to artist Wine I
and they had three children; the o
Myrddyn, his only daughter, an a
in Amsterdam, speaks Papiament
her clients. Son Irin, an engineer,
ried to Valerie, daughter of Roy 1
the Bamali shop. Valarie
delivered Jan a grandson,
Ilan. The youngest is
Maarten, an international
flight pilot, living in Lon-
don. When Maarten was
still a baby they moved to
Jan left Bonaire around
1996, leaving behind many
Admirers of his art as well
i \ as friends. With the help of
Shis wife. Wine, he returned
to the Netherlands, to
Leeuwarden. He struggled
Switch rehabilitation, kicked
the drug habit and went on
with his life.
The last couple of years
were idyllic for him. His
family was close. He
worked designing furni-
ture, painted canvases and
murals that emphasized the
parent's beauties of nature: the small details of
wouldn't butterflies and flowers. He was a true art-
ialcohol, ist in everything.
painting: When Jan was buried on December 2nd a
,ultimara, bouquet was placed at his grave by his
, scenes sister Kunna on behalf of those who cared
few you and loved him on Bonaire. While many of
his murals and wall paintings have faded
Fransen, away or been painted over his memory
oldest, lives on in the hearts of many of us on
tu with U This story has contributions from
is mar- Christie Dovale, Wine Fransen and Jan's
Kort, of sister Kunna Dijkstra
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Bonaire Reporter- December 11-25, 2009
OF RENETTON RI
The Perfect Christmas Present
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PUT NATURE ABOVE THE DOLLAR
We are just a couple of weeks away from the
year 2010 and I understand that the general
population of Bonaire still carries that same old
philosophy where the economy has to be fed by
nature. People still believe that tourism is the
subject that values nature and makes it necessary
to protect the environment. For centuries they
were right: value nature for its importance for the
But we broke an agreement, nature would take
care of the economy and the economy would
take care of nature.
Bonaire was an excellent example starting with
its marine park, the ban on spear fishing, putting
out moorings to protect the reef, the turtle foun-
dation, no diving zones and no fishing zones, but
times have changed and we are encountering a
rapid decrease in the quality of our natural re-
sources with proof of irresponsible abuse and
pollution by the island's capitalism. Still there is
no waste water plant in place. Still we are exca-
vating our coastline, cutting down trees, selling
our international waters to fisheries. We still be-
lieve in cruise ship tourism and we enrich the
Nature was here long ago even before man.
Nature was a gift. We didn't have to do anything
for it and we never had to pay for it!
So why do we need all these funds to protect it?
Who are they who believe that we need tourism
to value nature? Do we need money to pay off
the greedy people who otherwise will destroy it?
Maybe we are just too late and we need money
from tourism to heal that which is already dam-
aged and to educate the community who even
today are ignorant of the beauty and value that
nature caries as a natural wonder.
had a problem until yester- I imO
day, 30 November 2009.
While driving down the
seaside road adjacent to
the town, I was stopped by
some sort of official per-
son who told me that I was
not allowed to drive on
this road. He said there Ifru
was a temporary interna-
tional sign that said so. (I said,) I am sorry and do
apologize for not knowing all the international
But what made me angry enough to maybe not
come back to Bonaire was that he called me an
idiot. Yes, he used that word and said I should
not be driving a vehicle. I was told that the road
was blocked off so the cruise ship passengers
would see Bonaire as a nice peaceful island
I am sorry again but I pay 1000's of dollars to
stay here and I am called an idiot by someone in
a uniform. These passengers spend a few dollars
and are worshipped? Bonaire, you better watch
out where your priorities are.
COMMENTS ON THE REPORTER SURVEY IN
ABOUT HOW BONAIRE NEWS
SHOULD BE RELEASED
Bonaire has the distinction
of being an island where many
people come back year after
year. Although they may not
know the small details, they
are aware of what is going on.
When news is modified, cen-
sored or a positive spin is put
on it, they feel they have been
lied to and credibility is lost.
What type of
news best pro-
Dear Editor: that has
I agree with the option, pre- okayedd"
sent ALL the news. Whether by island
you like it or not .. "truth al- tourism
ways prevails." authorities
I have been working in the
tourism sector for over 20 I
years. There is no point in a
cover up of the facts. It is better to be up front
and honest rather than have to defend the
"deliberate omissions." Nothing is perfect nor
should it be expected to be that way. Bonaire
should be represented for exactly what it is .. not
something others wish it to be.
Jackie Bernabela and WinfredDania at the opening
K."e MA iSrft. nII oiks by Winfred Dania and Frans Booi were unveiled at
Free web Poll ihc opc ning of the "Culture of the Indian of Bonaire" Ex-
hibition at Kas di Arte on Sunday, December 6.
There are more than 30 pieces from the two artists, including paint-
ings and other artworks.
Dania is considered by many to be the Van Gogh of Bonaire. His
works hang in museums in the Antilles and in the Netherlands and
are owned by collectors throughout the world.
Frans Booi, an artist, historian, inventor, sculptor, musician and
more was head of the Department of Culture and Education from
the 70s to the 90s. He is the expert on the myths of Bonaire.
The two have combined talents before. In 2006 they presented a
program, N I\ i li of Bonaire," with Dania's paintings being ex-
plained by Booi.
This exhibit will continue until January 3, 2010, with Kas di Arte
opening daily from 10 am to noon and from 5:30 to 9 pm, and on the
weekends of December 12, 13, 14, 20, 26 and 27. n Laura DeSalvo
Winfred with fellow artist Ronald Verhoeven
CRUISE SHIP MATH
CRUISE SHIPS RULE!
Some may think that means cruise ships are
great. But what it means is that cruise ships dic-
tate all that happens on Bonaire. Once again,
important containers for the businesses on Bon-
aire cannot get off the pier because cruise ships
have priority above everything else. These busi-
ness employ, pay taxes, pay import duties, pay
OB but can't get the goods to sell because cruise
ships come first. When is this going to stop?
MAMA SMILEGETS A BLACK EYE
We have been coming to Bonaire for over 10
trips. I have driven all over Bonaire and never
I have finally found the time to read the 16-30
October issue of The Bonaire Reporter. On page
11 you note that "a total of 229,000 passengers
are expected during the 2009-2010 cruise ship
season." Further along you note, "This season
cruise ships will have to pay a head tax of $2 per
passenger, which is expected to raise between
$14 to $19 million (TCBfigures, Ed.) in addition
to what passengers spend on the island."
At $2 per head, 229,000 passengers will raise
$458,000 not $14 to $19 million. Please clarify.
P.S. $2 per head is really pathetic, especially in
view of the fact that the departure tax at the air-
port is $35 per person.
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Bonaire Reporter- December 11-25, 2009
Pet of the Week
Shelter's Art Auction A Winner
T he Shelter's 5th Art Auction and Indonesian dinner attracted lots of support-
ers and animal lovers on November 27.
A number of local artists donated art pieces which were auctioned off by Rene
Essing, assisted by Aniek Schouten.
The Indonesian diner was prepared and served by the team of Rosita, "Bous" and
Jerry of the Plaza Resort, together with chef Willem and many helpers. About 120
guests were served. The total result of the evening was over NAJ 14.000. All the
money goes to the Shelter's sterilization project, "Bonnie Superdog." A big thank
you to all artists, volunteers and sponsors, Plaza Resort and Warehouse, for their
contribution to the fundraiser. 0 Story & Photo by Paul Wichers.
Oscar (above and center) and cat cage mates are fascinated (and curious, of course)
with what's going on with volunteer Finn and Shelter Manager Monique who are
cuddling a little puppy, Petunia.
O scar's good friend, Shelter volunteer Jane Madden, wrote his biography this
"That handsome young gentleman is Oscar...and he truly is a gentleman. Although less
than a year old he has the manners and demeanor of a mature, content cat. He gets
along famously with all his roommates, young, old, male or female. No roughhousing
or showing off...Oscar is willing to snuggle up and snooze with anyone who wants to
cuddle with him...including people. His coat is a soft and gorgeous deep orange/red, a
very unusual color for cats on Bonaire. Oscar would make a fine addition to any
home...he is comfortable with other animals and children or would be just as happy to
be an 'only cat.'"' Laura DeSalvo
t was a wonderful evening for story telling and poetry at Altamira UnJo last
Friday, December 4, with a full moon. Twenty-one persons participated in
this event organized by the Skal (Cultural Department) every month at full moon.
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every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAfl0 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796-
Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria,
717-6435-best island tour value
Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condos.
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of Bon-
aire Slide V1 .. .., every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata at
796-5591 to find out the evening's loca-
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, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata 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 welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays, 12
noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting
room above the dive shop. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at 9
am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Friday, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
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
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and Papia-
mentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday
School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary
held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors Wel-
come: 701-9522 for Information
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SHOPPING and SERVICE GUIDE
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to
APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS and
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice 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 insur-
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
Equinox Bonaire-A USA licensed contractor for
hotels, restaurants, residential. On Time-Done
Eli Deli -World Class delicatessen with 23 kinds of
cheeses, hams and salamis from around the world.
Have a sandwich or salad there or take it home.
Breakfast too. At the traffic circle at hotel row.
Bistro di Paris A real French restaurant with af-
fordable prices and friendly Bonairean ambiance
Owned and operated by a French Chef
On Kaya Gob. Debrot mile north of town
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. 780-1111 Call ahead
to eat-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N.Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.
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 computer H.Q.
ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation
above and below the water with a custom DVD by
Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts
Tina Woodley is a certified personal trainer, includ-
ing Pilates, Yoga and is an NLP practitioner. She'll
help you improve your body and life! Tel. 700-5488
Gladys's Art Shoppe Fine framing by experienced
craftsmen/artists. Outstanding selection of framing
materials for your treasures. Kaya Rotterdam 10,
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or
maintain your garden. They can design, install and
maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and
garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off
Harmony House-The herb and mineral center.
Help your body heal itself.
Natural Way Health Store-The place where all
the hard to find natural and healthy products are.
Upstairs from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.
Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.
INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE
Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of
calling plans and interesting phones. Visit their of-
fice on downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.
MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-
SPEED INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.
Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of
all those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants
that want to invade your home. Call now and save
your investment in your home.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints,
slides, items and services. Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," spe-
cializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and
4 Sale By Owner -Assistance for selling your house
on your own.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and
insurance services. If you want a home or to invest
in Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water
pearl jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful ser-
vice, free gift wrap.
The Storehouse (Mangazina in Papiamentu) offers
Secure Storage For Vehicles, Household Items, Div-
ing And Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory.
Across from the northern hotel row.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest se-
lection and lowest prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor or /, 'r. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on
Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp
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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-
To learn more about these businesses check their ad
in this issue of The Reporter
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717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)
Pasa Bon Pizza
To Town j ka)ya Gob Debirl HolL.
Not Just Great Pizzas!
Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM
* Domain Registrations
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* Marketing Consulting
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We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.
Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop
Bonaire Reporter- December 11-25, 2009
B onaire Sunshine Homes opened M. ......
their Affordable Homes Expobl Hes Expo
Friday, November 27, with guests b"la I
trom the press, the government, the
construction industry, potential buyers
On hand to answer questions about
building these affordable homes was
Kayam Babooloa, the director of
Tiahco of Trinidad, the company that
supplies the prefabricated materials to
build a home for under NAf 100.000.
At the Expo there were one-on-one
meetings with buyers and personnel
from Tiahco Trinidad, product
workshops on the building system and
a Product in Depth discussion with
stakeholders in the industry, including
RBTT and Banco di Caribe.
Bonaire Sunshine Homes Director
Vicky Bissessar declared the Expo a
success with the first home to begin in
January 2010. 0 Laura DeSalvo
At the opening: Kayam Babooloa,
Director of Tiahco; James Fines;
Commissioner Pancho Cicilia; Vicky and
Commissioner Pancho Cicilia cuts the ribbon while Sunshine Homes partners,
Vicky Bissessar and James Fines, approve!
Referendum Preparation (Continued from page 3)
Asked if they could help with negotia-
tions between Bonaire and Holland, the
UN representatives said they had not been
invited to join in the negotiation process
and that they must be invited to do so.
Several in the stakeholder group thought
that this might be a productive way to end
the impasse that seems to be in place now.
UN visitors mentioned that while this
referendum is not "legally binding" all the
political parties they have talked with have
agreed to follow the vote of the commu-
nity on this referendum.
Several members from the tourism in-
dustry were present and said they had
Question (from page 7):
Q) In which year was the
original light house built?
great concern that the primary industry of
the island, which provides most of the
jobs, could be severely injured in future,
specifically if the airport runway is not
repaired soon. When discussing possible
independence for the island, concern was
voiced because of the proximity of Bon-
aire to Venezuela and also the lack of re-
sources since the primary industry is tour-
Questions UN asked the stakeholders:
1. Does the public have sufficient
knowledge to make an informed decision?
Answer from stakeholders was a clear
"No." Recent student research supports
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this position. In a separate meeting the
Bonaire press corps agreed with the stake-
holders on this point, emphasizing that
unbiased information was simply not
available to them.
2. Is voting process on the island clean?
Most of the stakeholders said "Yes.
They thought there were no problems like
the UN sees in other countries where there
is intimidation, stuffing of ballot boxes,
3. Is news media on the island impar-
tial? Stakeholders reported that most of
the print media supported a particular
political party and one of the radio sta-
tions seems to have a clear bias. It was
TO KLEIN BONAIRE
From Bonaire Nautico Manna
WALKON / WALKOFF
Catamaran Kantika di Amor
Up to 27 people and supported by
a brand new larger sister
Catamaran Kantika Too
Up to 50 people
Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12, 2
pm Except Sundays at 10 am only
Also available for group trips
Tie up dockside
for min. $10/day+tax
(max 1.90 meter draft),
Water and 115/220 v.
Dinghy tie up at north-inside
dock atUS$10 weekly up from
Monday till Monday.
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At It Rains Fishes Restaurant
Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399
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also noted that most media do not have
full time reporter staff to provide in- depth
reporting, a point agreed on by the press.
4. What is the public's view of this UN
visit? Stakeholders were glad to see the
UN on Bonaire and also asked for further
involvement by the UN in phrasing of the
referendum questions) as well as help in
developing and monitoring the educational
5. The UN wanted to know if the Janu-
ary election for Staten (Parliament in Cu-
racao) might have an effect on referen-
dum. Most stakeholders thought it
probably would, for several different
reasons. 0 Jane Townsend
Bonaire Reporter- December 11-25, 2009
ULo- L- ....Klein Bonaire- 10 Years
t has been 10 years
Grnt since Klein Bonaire
was purchased back from a
private owner who wanted
Alyssa Mol li to develop it. Luckily this
Molli L did not happen, because _______
any development would .- -- --._..
damage the reefs surround- =
SMagie ing this unique island. ,am
Through the effort of the
Foundation for the Preser-
vation of Klein Bonaire
(FPKB), the island was
purchased for the people of
Bonaire in 1999. Most of
the money came from a
The CIEE students who presented their research
CIEE provides Bonaire with something it's always needed- a professional aca-
demic research facility and personnel who can carry out research. On Novem-
ber 24, 10 of the students at the CIEE offered very interesting public presentations of
their recent work in Bonaire. It was a valuable contribution to our knowledge of the
land and sea environment.
Alison Masyr (Oberlin College, Ohio) Traditional Datu cactus (Ritterocereus gri-
seus ) fences reduce run-off rates and transport of sediment and nutrients on hillsides
in Bonaire" Showed the importance of the Yatu cactus in the prevention of water run-
off and subsequent reef damage.
Alyssa Adler (Oregon State University) "Habitat use, nocturnal behavior, and dif-
ferences between phases of five common parrotfish species in Bonaire" Described
parrotfish assemblages on a coral reef near Playa Lechi.
Aurora Schramm (Eckerd College, Florida) "The effects of the lunar cycle on
plankton abundance, diversity, and daily , ,a,. ,,0 in the coastal waters of Bonaire"
Checked whether densities of zooplankton are influenced by the phases of the moon.
Carolina "Lina" Yanson (Indiana University) "Determining how coral reef habitat
structure correlates with fish species richness at 6 dive sites in Bonaire" Was a survey
of many dive sites on the leeward side of Bonaire to test whether the diversity of fish
on those reefs is influenced by habitat diversity or complexity.
Chelsey Weathersbee (Wofford College, South Carolina) "Sleeping in a bubble:
unraveling the secrets ofparrotfish at night" Investigated the nighttime mucus cocoon
-making behavior of parrotfish. Her findings show that parrotfish in cocoons are found
on the reef slope more often than the reef flat.
Grant Frank (Colorado College) "Habitat choice, size distribution, color variance,
and feeding behavior of Gymnothorax moringa, in coastal waters of Bonaire" Was an
in-depth study on the spotted moray eel (Gymnothorax moringa) between Playa Lechi
and the Something Special dive site.
Maggie Thomas (Trinity College, Connecticut) "A comparative study of benthic
community composition and habitat utilization by coral reef fish on artificial reefs ver-
sus natural reefs of Bonaire" Described how artificial and natural reef areas affect fish
diversity and number.
Mollie Sinnott (Wake Forest University, North Carolina) "How does water quality
correlate with coral disease, bleaching, and macroalgal growth on reefs? A compara-
tive study of various threats from human activities on Bonaire" Expanded upon the
CIEE faculty and staff monitoring of water quality. A few of her results showed that at
times water quality approached levels almost too polluted for safe swimming.
Noelle Hawthorne (Bucknell University, Pennsylvania) "Hawksbill turtle
(i ,. i ii.... II. / imbricata) nests: nutrient sources and drivers of community structure in
a tropical marine system" worked with Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire monitoring
hawksbill nest sites on Klein Bonaire.
Pamela Williams (University of Colorado at Boulder) "Christmas tree worms
(Spirobranchus giganteus) and their role as bio-indicators of environmental stress on
coral reefs of Bonaire" was interested in determining whether there was a marine
equivalent to "bioindicators" in the waters of Bonaire. She showed that the Christmas
tree worms have promise to do just that. U G.D.
grant from the Netherlands
and the World Wildlife Fund. Money
was also donated by individuals through
FPKB. Very strict conditions were
placed on what could and could not be
done on Klein Bonaire.
Since those 10 years many new faces
have arrived on Bonaire with new ideas
and perhaps they are not aware of the
conditions for Klein.
According to the agreement signed
between the island government and
WNF/FPKB, Klein Bonaire was to be
designated as a protected area by the
island government, which happened
when it was made a part of the National
It is to be kept in a pristine and unin-
habited condition with no buildings al-
Klein Bonaire as seen by approaching planes
lowed. No docks or piers plus many
other restrictions, all designed to keep
this unique island natural so everyone
can enjoy it for decades to come. There
are monetary fines if any of these condi-
tions are violated.
The tranquility of Klein Bonaire is
being threatened by overuse, especially
during cruise ship season. Most do not
realize it but Klein Bonaire is the largest
uninhabited and undeveloped island in
the Caribbean. Those are really big brag-
ging rights that no one else can claim.
As more and more areas get over devel-
oped, more and more problems are cre-
ated. Let's keep Klein Bonaire natural as
so many of us have known it for so
many years. You won't find another
place like it! That in itself is priceless. U
Bruce Bowker FPKB President.
s Saudy ecme 9-20,73 prn2
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So it was on one of those
lazy days back in July that
I drove the reliable black 1987
Jeep Wrangler six-cylinder 4.0
liter over those unpaved small
roads of Antriol, Den Tera, Men-
tor, Nawati and Noord-Salifia. It
was siesta time and hot. Nobody
around. All dogs too sleepy to
bark. It was easy to avoid crush-
ing, flattening and squashing a
bunch of baby chickens unex-
pectedly crossing the road. Sec-
ond gear, a thousand revs and
the miles countable on the fin-
gers of two hands. Clouds of
dust, waving curtains, the sound
of a remote radio, weeds, trunks,
little piles of garbage and piled
up old iron, cars waiting for re-
pair or restoration...
Then I noticed some nice metal
curves and chrome shining in the
sun. It was hard to reach the lo-
cation but finally I was able to
find the entrance and to park the
Jeep. No fence. No living crea-
tures except two dogs. A humble
house, doors and windows shut.
Yelling: "Bon tardi!" did not
help. Honking was useless.
There was the car, but this was
not my property. I yelled again
and again to be sure that nobody
was there. The dogs did not
bother me. No neighbors, no
nothing. Then I grabbed my
camera and with all the courage I
could find I entered the terrain.
There she was: an all American
vehicle, sprayed metallic blue.
Not the original color for sure.
Brand: Chevrolet. Wrap around
windows in the rear and in front.
A coup model. Late 50s.
Checkered flags on the side. Six
round tail lights. And a very spe-
cial and good looking original
air vent on the roof, above the
window. The license plate read:
RCJ 123. I shot some pictures
and later stored them in my com-
About half a year later I got in
touch with the owner of a Cadil-
lac Eldorado and we got to know
each other better and better. Not
in the least case because of our
love for the metal on wheels. So
I informed him about the Chev-
rolet and I sent him the pictures.
The guy was sure this was a very
rare Chevrolet Biscayne! So on
one hot Sunday we jumped in
the car and went to the hard-to-
find location. In the end we
found out that we had found the
right location but that the vehicle
had disappeared. Some marks
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tion was: Playa Pabou. The
owner was Pierre A. Rigaud,
director of Mr. Bug Pest control
services. And the car had a little
sign behind one of the side win-
dows: "For sale 510 5562."
Mister Rigaud really loved the
car but this car was one among
others. On Curaqao Pierre Ri-
gaud also had some special cars
and finally he had to decide to
sell this Impala which is be-
lieved to be unique on the is-
lands of the Netherlands Antil-
The car came all the way from
Colombia. The license plate
reads: "RCJ 123 Barranquilla"
and a sticker on one of the win-
dows tells us that the last time a
Colombian owner paid his pesos
for road tax was in April 1995:
"Certificado de movilizacion."
The body of this Impala is de-
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engine is connected to a three-
speed automatic gearbox. The
cockpit is impressive. Loads of
gauges and hardly any plastic or
vinyl. Wrap-around windows in
the front and in the rear. A coup
version. Four side windows to
roll down completely. No win-
dow sills. Real and look-alike air
scoops on the sides, in the bon-
net and on the roof. Lots of
chrome. A huge rear end. Four
head lamps and six rear lights.
And again: nice curves. Quite a
lot of work to do. Hard to get the
car back to the original or con-
course condition. It
takes a lot of
"elbow grease" but
for sure this Belair
Impala is a nice
Story & photos
by J(@n Brouwer
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t was a festive celebration, November
27, to commemorate 10 years of a
company helping to make the island a
more beautiful place with trees, plants and
Agnes and Ap of Green Label just
opened their new shop on Kaya Industria
and invited their colleagues in the agricul-
tural department (LVV) and their faithful
clientele to help celebrate as a family.
Green Label has made a difference on
Bonaire. Gardens are flourishing and more
and more people are learning how to grow
things in this sometimes harsh environ-
ment. And the company has been a fine
friend to their staff, guiding their young- .......- AV
employees in the business.
Here's to many, many more years ofU'A
your "greening" Bonaire, Green Label!
Thanks for being here. MLaura DeSalvo Presentation of a NAf 5.000 check to
STINAPA. Adults: Jeannette, Johan,
Agnes, Ap and Elsmarie
T wo wells near ---
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tested as seriously pol-
luted by bacteria from
human sewage. The
pollution come from
which originates in the I
human intestinal tract.
The values measured ,
were well above safe '
drinking water stan-
Environmental activist Sean Paton com-
missioned the study as part of his efforts to
stop Scientology Church ship Freewinds
from discharging its wastewater in Bonaire.
Paton had the water from nearby sources
analyzed by a competent laboratory.
He believes the pollution comes from the
trenches at LVV where wastewater from the
island's sewage tankers is dumped.
Water from the two wells at Flor di Cuba
and Mi Pasa Kontra are mostly used for
livestock, but no signs are posted saying it
is unfit for human (or animal) consumption.
Paradoxically the tests show that the Mi
Pasa Kontra well is the most polluted even
though it's further away from LVV.
Paton blamed the pollution on the Free-
winds and called for the closure of the two
The Church of Scientology-owned cruise
ship Freewinds is a frequent caller to Bon-
aire. Its visits are controversial, not only
because of its ownership, but because the
ship's sewage is pumped into trucks that
deposit untreated waste into trenches at
LVV. In its favor the Freewinds supports
numerous Bonaire activities and provides a
free venue for several charitable activities
during its times in port. Many Bonaire resi-
dents are friends with the ship's permanent
personnel and feel the Freewinds is a good
friend to the island. U G.D.
Celebrating 10 years of Green Label-Some of the Green Label Staff and chil-
dren. Agnes (green dress) andAp (white shirt) in front of the
logo on the new building
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muter plane that
crashed in October
has yet to be raised.
A broken robot _.
control cable and -
strong currents in m --
the area have hin- .--
dered the operation. -
The robot made a Underwater robot dangling from Smit salvage tug
tion of the aircraft and was able to view When the new cable is installed an-
the pilot Robert Mansell still strapped in other attempt will be made to raise th
his seat. When he ditched the plane he plane. The embargo against on-site n
was knocked unconscious and couldn't coverage was lifted after a complaint
be released. All nine passengers were the Bonaire press corps. We will rep
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Don't Miss the Best Meteor Shower of the Year Next Week! and
How to Find Neptune Using Jupiter as a Finder
Boy oh boy, have we ever got two cosmic goodies for you. On Sunday night, December
13th, and early Monday morning, December 14th, you will have an opportunity to see
the best meteor shower of the entire year, the Geminids. So named because they appear to
come from the constellation Gemini the Twins. Plus the following weekend, the 19th, 20th
and 21 st, Jupiter will be so close to Neptune to find Neptune just find Jupiter.
On this Sunday night about 10 pm face east where you'll see winter's most famous constel-
lation, Orion the Hunter, renowned for the three equally spaced stars, lined up in a row,
which mark his belt. If you shoot an arrow down through those stars you'll land on the bright-
est star we can see, Sirius, which marks the eye of Orion's bigger dog. And close to Sirius is
the bright star, Procyon, which marks the eye of Orion's smaller dog. Plus just to his left two
not-quite-as-bright stars, Castor and Pollux, the two brightest stars of the Gemini Twins.
And it is from this constellation that the Geminid meteor shower will appear to originate.
And this year it should be super good because there will be no moonlight whatsoever to wipe
out even the faintest meteors. In fact when it is at its peak some may actually see up to 75
meteors per hour.
Now the Geminid shower is one of those rare showers, which is frequently good before
midnight as well as after. But this year I'd suggest you watch from about 10 o'clock in the
evening until dawn Monday if you can. It will be better if you get far away from lights, lie
back in a lawn chair or sleeping bag and slowly scan the sky, no binoculars or telescope
needed. And if you stay out for a couple of hours you should be able to see several dozen. As
time goes by Gemini will rise higher and higher in the sky so that by 2 or 3 am it will be
super high above the horizon. Now although we know that almost all meteor showers occur
when our Earth rides through a stream of comet debris left in the orbit of a comet, the Gem-
inids are actually asteroid debris and appear every December when our Earth rides through
the stream of debris from asteroid Phaethon 3200. So we could call the Geminids an asteroid
And now for you planet aficionados who have never seen the 8th planet, Neptune. Get out
your small telescope on the 19th, 20th and 21st an hour after sunset, face southwest and aim
your telescope directly at super bright, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And right beside it about
half a degree away you'll see a tiny bluish green spot of light and that is 31,000-mile-wide
Neptune. And the reason it appears so tiny is because while Jupiter is only half a billion
miles away, Neptune is six times farther, almost three billion miles away. 0
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For December 2009
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't hesitate to go ahead with any plans for entertain-
ment. Your honesty will not only win you points but also respect. Compromise may
be necessary. You will gain knowledge through your adventure.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You might not be as reserved on an emotional level
as you'd like. Try looking into new ways to make extra money. Dinner, theater, or a
comedy club may be just the place. You will tend to overeat this month. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Gambling will be a waste of time and money. Sit
back and observe, regardless of how hard that might be. Don't be disappointed if you
don't get your way emotionally. You may find yourself in an opportune position if
you are willing to take a bit of a risk. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Think hard before going into business with friends
or family. You will be a bit of a spendthrift this month. Do not let them in on your
plans if you want things to run smoothly. You may find yourself in an opportune
position if you are willing to take a bit of a risk. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't try to deal with important issues or make changes
that will upset the apple cart. Opportunities for romance may develop through deal-
ing with groups that have a purpose. You will be able to communicate well this
month. Take a second look; difficulties with appliances, water, or electricity in your
home may be evident. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Changes in your residence may be financially favor-
able. Risks will not be profitable. Don't be too pushy or demanding, or you may find
yourself all alone. You may have a hard time relating to children this month. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Avoid lending or borrowing. Uncertainty regarding
your mate may emerge; reevaluate what you see in each other. You have a real need
to be vocal. You can make money if you put your savings into conservative invest-
ments. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Avoid getting too close to coworkers or employ-
ers. Mishaps due to preoccupation will be upsetting. Catch up on correspondence.
Don't overspend on luxury items. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Try not to say the wrong thing at the wrong
time. You will get out of shape easily if you don't keep on top of things. Trips will
be exciting. Be cautious who you deal with financially. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Overindulgence could cause problems for you
with your loved ones. Property deals look good. Self-improvement projects will pay-
off in more ways than one. It's time to get yourself back on track.Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Arguments with relatives may lead to a split in the
family. Someone you least expect may not have your best interests at heart. Make
creative changes to your living quarters. You may have a problem with coworkers if
you try to tell them what to do. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Fri-
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't overindulge in eating. A romantic dinner, fol-
lowed by a quiet evening with the one who is enticing you, should be most satisfy-
ing. You hard work and dedication will payoff, so stick to your guns and do your job
well. Do a little investigating if there is someone at work you don't trust. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Friday.
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