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VIUYTSAM AMND JiTWA
Dutch PM Jan Peter Balkenende
and Democratic Party Leader Jopie
Abraham at June meeting in Holland
The Government of the Nether-
lands Antilles has notified the US
Consul General of its "serious concern"
about the intention to make it mandatory
for Americans to use passports when
traveling to and from the Caribbean, ef-
fective January 1, 2006, because it may
discourage tourism. This issue was also
discussed in Holland recently (during
meetings in June 2005) with Prime Min-
ister Jan Peter Balkenende and the Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs, Ben Bot.
A release by the Central Government
Information Service referred to the
"grave consequences" that this measure
will have on tourism from the US. It
urged that the US delay the effective
date for the Netherlands Antilles for two
years to January 1, 2008, as is the case
for Canada and Mexico.
Up to now, many Americans travel to
the Caribbean with only a birth certifi-
cate and picture ID. It's estimated that
80-90% of American travelers to Bon-
aire and Curagao have passports but only
50-60% of Aruba and St Maarten tour-
A On Monday Continental Airlines
(NYSE: CAL) announced modifica-
tions in its free checked-bags policy
for international travel, to reflect new
weight limits of 50 lbs. (22 kg) each for
up to two pieces. Maximum linear di-
mensions: 62 inches (157 cm) each.
However, OnePass Elite members are
allowed two pieces of free checked bag-
gage up to a maximum weight of 70 lbs.
(32 kg) each; Maximum linear dimen-
sions: 62 inches (157 cm) each. Busi-
nessFirst or First Class customers are
allowed three pieces of free checked
baggage up to a maximum weight of 70
lbs. (32 kg) each; maximum linear di-
mensions: 62 inches (157 cm) each.
Continental will begin flying non-stop to
Bonaire from Houston in December.
A Last week Jamaican Transport and
Works Minister Robert Pickersgill said
that the re-certification of Air Jamaica
and Air Jamaica Express by the US
Federal Aviation Administration was
complete. The FAA has reaffirmed
Category One status for the Jamaica
Civil Aviation Authority.
He said the process began in March
and that during the procedure the airline
had to pay "hefty fines" when the FAA
said Air Jamaica did not have a proper
system of defining how its policies were
to be enforced. "The fines have been
paid," he confirmed.
A RBTT Bank has loaned Air Ja-
maica US$125 million, with guarantees
from the Jamaican government, bringing
to US$325 million, the amount of
money the recently re-nationalized air-
line has borrowed within the last 30 days
to help with its cash flow and restructur-
A This past weekend the Chamber of
Commerce of Curagao issued a press
release recommending that the govern-
ment of the Antilles or Curagao not en-
ter the airline business or finance an
airline. They cited the decades-long
money losing operations of ALM and
DCA as a significant justification for
their action. Approximately 30% of the
huge national debt can be assigned to
airline losses. The Chamber feels that
government funds can be better put to
work elsewhere in the economy.
J i I I lJ il
Isla oil refinery in Curacao
IN THIS ISSUE
Letters (Cruise Ship Debate) 5
Unicollege Opens Monday 7
Envirowatch-Sand Stripped from
East Side, Turtle Nest Lost 8
Turtles Nest in Slagbaai 8
Accolade Award to Bruce Bowker 9
1st Ethienne Windsurf Cup 9
Balance for Bonaire Followup 10
RFK, Jr. -Shoreline Targets for
Dietitian (Nutrition & Food Tips) 13
Marelva Soliano 30 Years at Divi 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
BONAI Students in Trinidad 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself (Dominican
Reporter Masthead 14
Pets of the Week
(Amber Jasperson & puppies) 14
What's Happening 15
Dodo (Mr.& Mrs. Smith) 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Urwin Juaquin ) 17
Sky Park 19
(Scorpius, Sagittarius) 19
supplied by its Build, Own and Operate
(BOO) utility, forcing the refinery to
shut down three facilities including the
"sour water stripper" and the "diesel hy-
dro treater." Gregorio Donata, Environ-
A Districts downwind of the oil refin- mental Manager of Isla, said the dis-
ery in Curacao had to endure a heavy abled units were restarted and running.
fuel stench for several days last week. Nevertheless the stench and the black
Isla Refinery management said the prob- smoke remained.
lem was caused by a shortage in power (Continued on page 4)
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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Last week the Federation of St. Kitts
and Nevis requested the Bolivarian Re-
public of Venezuela to study the possibil-
ity of establishing an oil refinery on St.
A There are reports that the Tribon
car ferry, which had a brief career on the
Bonaire-Curagao route, will return to ser-
vice running between Venezuela and the
ABC Islands, and include Bonaire on its
route when needed.
t NOAA says there is a 95% to
100% chance of an above-normal 2005
Atlantic hurricane season. This is ac-
cording to a consensus of scientists at Na-
tional Oceanic and Atmospheric Admini-
stration (NOAA). The updated outlook
calls for an extremely active season, with
an expected seasonal total of 18-21 tropi-
cal storms (usual is 10), with 9-11 becom-
ing hurricanes (usually there are 6), and
5-7 of these becoming major hurricanes
(usually there are 2-3). The predicted sea-
sonal totals include the considerable ac-
tivity that has already occurred prior to
this update (7 tropical storms and 2 major
hurricanes). Therefore, for the remainder
of the season, they expect an additional 7-
9 hurricanes with 3-5 of these becoming
Since 1995, all of the Atlantic hurricane
seasons have been above normal, with the
exception of two El Nifio years (1997 and
2002). This contrasts sharply with the
generally below-normal activity observed
during the previous 25-year period, 1970-
t Rotary Club of Bonaire President,
Edsel Winklaar, and Secretary, Edwin
Vrieswijk, handed over a Handicapped
Equipped car to Rignald Saragoza
(above). With the assistance of SASO
which provided the license plates and in-
surance, Rotary Club bought a specially
equipped car for Mr. Saragoza, which will
allow him to drive to work, visit family,
go shopping etc. Mr. Saragoza's car broke
and was un-repairable and after a request
made to Rotary Club Bonaire his wish
SCKB, a foundation to improve busi-
ness practices and help local persons in
their own business, and FEBILA, a foun-
dation dedicated to life-long education,
are looking for volunteers to serve as
conversation guides during their course
in English conversation.
Volunteers must be native speakers of
the English language. Make an appoint-
ment for the evening you can come. The
Hurricane Ivan, which cut a swathe of destruction across the Caribbean last
September and battered Bonaire's coasts, generated ocean waves more than 90
feet (27 meters) high, researchers said last Thursday. They may have been the tall-
est waves ever measured with modem instruments, suggesting that prior estimates
for maximum hurricane wave heights are too low.
course runs from 8 to 9 pm every Monday
and Tuesday. This is a chance to meet
local people and at the same time contrib-
ute to a better understanding and commu-
nication with Bonaireans.
Interested? Call Alex Semeleer at 717-
3320 or 786-0761.
A On August 17th the Antillean com-
munity in the Netherlands will com-
memorate the slave population rebellion
which took place on Curacao 210 years
ago under the leadership of slaves Tula
and Bazjan Karpata. The Antillean priest
Simon Wilson, a well-known cleric
among Antilleans, will conduct the com-
memoration mass in the Emmaus church
in Den Bosch. The events are organized
by the Antillean and Arubian association,
Nos Baranka (Our Rock).
Ronnie Martina, a famous columnist,
writer, Papiamentu expert and historian,
will present a lecture on the history of
Tula and Bazjan Karpata. Martina feels
that the Antillean /Aruban community
should know of their past and what hap-
pened exactly on that day back in 1795.
The Antillean poet Charlton Marcos will
recite his poem De Zwangere Slaaf (The
Pregnant Slave) in Dutch as well as in
Papiamentu. (Contributed by Natalie A.C.
A American resident Al Curry, who
shot and wounded a man in his home
whom he alleged had betrayed his trust
and was stealing from him, was sen-
tenced on Monday to one year in jail,
plus time served. Curry has been in jail
for the last eight months after being ar-
rested for shooting and wounding the man
who had been the consort of his recently
deceased daughter. The Prosecutor had
asked for a three-year confinement instead
of the usual six because of the circum-
(Continued on page 5)
Bonaire Reporter August 12 to 19, 2005
I 0. U P A
The cruise ship Oriana was once a
regular caller atBonaire
OUR VALUABLE CRUISE SHIP
I have worked as a tour guide for cruise
ships from almost the beginning of their
arrival on the Bonaire scene. Tourism
pioneer L.D Gerhardts was my first
"boss!" I find the "cruisers" exciting, in-
teresting, enthusiastic and anxious to
learn about Bonaire. I think there is a very
wrong impression about our cruise ship
visitors. They do not just get off the ship
to go shopping or eat or drink.
What about the snorkelers, the beach
sun worshippers, the divers, the bird-
watchers, the cyclists, the excursions to
the mangroves, wind surfing, day sailing
trips and trips to Washington Park? This
is just to mention a few alternative activi-
ties to shopping that "cruisers" enjoy dur-
ing their stop here.
Many times a tour has resulted in a
change of vacation plans. Only last year I
had a group of seven from the United
Kingdom (avid divers) who while here
changed their upcoming trip from another
Caribbean dive destination to Bonaire.
I see many of the people I have guided
return to Bonaire for a "land" vacation.
Recently I worked with a couple from the
US who, on the spot, bought a house be-
fore they left the island. There are many
ways to measure the impact of cruise ship
visitors rather than on how much they
spend on shopping.
Tourists are Bonaire's greatest resource
for a bright economic future. Does it
make any difference how they arrive? If
this is so, why not limit snorkelers as they
don't rent equipment and use dive shop
services? How about the shore divers? -
rental car no boat trips. I think it is im-
portant for all of us to appreciate what we
have of the Caribbean market rather than
finding fault. We all want a prosperous
No CRUISE SHIPS FOR ME
You asked for reader's opinions on
cruise ships in the last edition of The Bon-
Unfortunately, people on many islands
are led to believe that cruise ships are go-
ing to bring a great deal of revenue to the
island. From what we have observed on
other islands, the people on the cruise
ships spend very little on their excursions
to the island and the majority of eating
and drinking is done on the ship. They do
seem to generate a huge amount of trash
on the oceanfront. The ships also damage
the reefs as do the large groups of inexpe-
rienced divers. One island that I visit fre-
quently, Cozumel, has changed drastically
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
stances, as well as the age and health of the
defendant. Curry is 73 years old. Chief
Judge de Lannoy questioned Curry before
pronouncing sentence and considered his
responses in granting a lesser jail term.
A The support organization, Stichting
Ontwikkeling Nederlandse Antillen
(USONA), signed a financing agreement
with TCB Director Ronella Croes, who
represented Tourism Director Burney el
Hage, for a new "Tourism Awareness
Program." The project is designed to
raise the awareness of Bonaireans regard-
ing the significance and effects of tourism
on their island. It's hoped it will provide
local people with knowledge of their heri-
tage which they will pass on to the island's
A Ann Phelan, who jointly conducted
the successful Windsurfing Diva class last
month, was approached by some women,
all in their 30s to 60s who wish to learn the
calming yet challenging sport of windsurf-
ing. Ann is putting together a three-day
Diva Windsurfing Clinic August 28 to 30
for beginners only. If you are keen on
learning to windsurf in the most perfect
setting of Lac Bay, this is the time. The
price is NAf250 and includes the Clinic
and gear rental. There will be an 8-person
minimum. Contact her at www.
bonairecaribbean.com or 011-599-786-
since the cruise ships started visiting. All
kinds of new shops have opened, but the
majority aren't owned by the people from
Cozumel, and they employ people from
the mainland, not from the island. If any-
thing, the people are worse off than be-
fore the cruise ships.
A Want to get the true feeling of Bon-
aire? Do it with the friendly staff of the
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino.
Enjoy authentic Bonairean dishes in a typi-
cal Bonairean atmosphere every Sunday
from 6 to 9 pm, with a Bonairean Night
Buffet featuring typical Bonairean dishes,
live "kriollo" music and folk dancing. The
buffet costs NAf 35, which includes a wel-
come drink. Kids up to 12 pay their age in
dollars. For reservations call 717-8285,
A This Saturday, August 13, Movie-
land Cinema presents "Magic and a
Movie." Famous Magic Ed starts at 3 pm
with an all new Magic Show that will
leave you wondering. Directly after the
show, the film, "Herbie Fully Loaded" will
be shown. Tickets are available on Satur-
day for NAf 15, including fresh popcorn. A
nice opportunity to say goodbye to the
summer vacation! Come join the fun and
make sure to arrive early because there are
only so many seats available. Magic and a
Movie this Saturday at 3 pm!
A This week's Benetton models from
Jong Bonaire are Joemy Ricardo and Re-
mison Makaai. The Benetton ad is on page
I recently purchased a home in Bonaire
and hope that the government will either
restrict or eliminate cruise ships in the
Bonaire Reporter- August 12 to 19, 2005
Activities of s
AMFO and the i
Bonairean High Schoolers
Make the Island Proud
We are the SGB students who
got to represent Bonaire BO-
NAI at the International Association for
Caribbean Archaeology (IACA) 21st
Congress at the University of the West
Indies in Trinidad, July 24-30, 2005.
Our group, called BONAI, consists of
about 20 high school students who over
the last two years have worked on sci-
ence projects such as Archaeology, Cul-
tural Anthropology and Biology under
the direction of Dr. Jay Haviser. Dr.
Haviser is also the current president of
IACA and was able to make it possible
that the BONAI group could present a
paper at the 21st Congress of IACA.
We Douglas Abraham, Fleur Veld-
kamp, Mireille Nicolaas and Cris
Maldonado were selected to be the
representatives of the BONAI group and
make the presentation. AMFO and the
Prins Bernhard Culture Funds gener-
ously sponsored our participation in this
international congress of professional
archaeologists from around the world.
BONAI students during their IACA Presentation
BONAI Students and Dr. Haviser
with the President of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago
The IACA congress is held every two
years in a different country of the Carib-
bean and is the world's largest gathering
of archaeologists who specialize in re-
search in the Caribbean. In the Trinidad
congress there were about 250 partici-
pants and about 120 papers presented,
including ours. These papers are based
on the most up-to-date professional re-
search and results ranging from Prehis-
toric and Historical Archaeology, Eth-
nology and Paleo-biology (ancient plant,
animal and environment studies). Dur-
ing the congress there not only were pa-
pers presented but also discussions were
held about the contents of the papers.
There were several receptions in the
evenings, including one at the palace of
the President of the Republic of Trini-
dad and Tobago, the Chancellor's house
at the University, and also at the Na-
tional Museum. After the closing of the
Congress we had two field trips, one to
the island of Tobago and the other
Our 20-minute presentation was about
the activities and projects the BONAI
group has done over the past two years.
We divided the presentation into four
sections, with each of us presenting one
section. We created and used a Power-
Point presentation with pictures of our
group and activities. Afterwards there
were questions and discussions from the
audience to which we responded.
One of the most important experiences
we gained from this trip was the oppor-
tunity to meet and socialize with world
renowned archaeologists about their re-
search and experiences over the years.
This was a great honor for us and a per-
fect opportunity to gain knowledge from
them, as well as to inform them about
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Bonaire Reporter August 12 to 19, 2005
Bonai (Continued from page 6)
the BONAI projects. We received many
very positive compliments and were
told that our project is an important
model for the youth of the region. We
have therefore accomplished one of the
main goals as BONAI, to create a dy-
namic youth and science program.
It was not only all serious and profes-
sional, we also got to have fun social
experiences, such as dancing at one of
the receptions, eating a lot of the local
food like roti, flying to Tobago, meet-
ing different local people and talking to
them about their island and exploring
the large UWI university campus. It was
also nice that our hotel was full of the
IACA delegates and so we got to some-
times sit around the pool and personally
socialize in the evenings. Throughout
the congress both the presentations and
the social events were well organized.
We were delighted to have received
this opportunity to represent Bonaire in
an international congress and at the
same time increase our own personal
knowledge about archaeology. We also
have established a network of profes-
sional contacts which will help us in the
development of our future careers.
None of this would have been possible
without the full support and dedication
of Dr. Jay Haviser who gave his time,
energy and passion, as an inspiration to
help us develop ourselves. Although Dr.
Haviser will be moving on to work in
St. Maarten, the BONAI project will
continue under the guidance of Ms.
Jacky Bernabela, who has also been a
great support from the beginning of the
project. Next year's BONAI students
will continue in the beginning of the
new school year.
We are proud that, not only were we
able to develop ourselves, but the BO-
NAI project has been able to enrich our
community with an appreciation of
Bonaire's culture and nature. And that
the BONAI project which started on
Bonaire, has now become an interna-
tional model for youngsters of the Car-
ibbean. Bonai Trinidad Team
Dr. Jay Haviser, the organizer ofBo-
nai, had this to add:
"After being back for only a day the
Bonai students wrote their report for
The Bonaire Reporter! I am so very
proud of them, and indeed the entire
community of Bonaire should be proud
of the very mature and confident man-
ner in which they acted during the con-
gress. The professionals at this congress
were amazed at the serious efforts
which these students made, and indeed
many thought they were university stu-
dents. Clearly, we did establish Bonaire
as the pioneer island for this kind of
youth and archaeology project."
A ME AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776, Fax 717-7779, website:
www.samfo.org, email: info-bon(@samfo.org
S NGO Platforma Bonaire: New address as ofAugust 1: Plaza Terras, Kaya
SGrandi 23, Rooms E,F,G. Tel. 717-2366, Fax 717-2367, website: www.
Bonaire's First Private High
School Opens Monday
Bonaire Reporter- August 12 to 19, 2005
T he Board of Direc-
tors of the Stichting
en Hoger Onderwijs
dation) welcomes Ingebord
van der Linden, as Principal M va L
of this new HAVO/WVO
Ms. van der Linden comes
to UniCollege after having
held the position of Dean of :
the Stedeliyk Gimnasium of
Leiden, The Netherlands.
This school has been evalu-
ated during three consecu- Ingebord van der Linden, Principal of the new
tive years as one of the top HA VO/WVO High School.
three secondary schools of
Besides her 20 year experience as an educator, Ms. van de Linden's professional
background includes school level orientation ("deecan"), Student Counselor, and
School Proctor for supervision and orientation of older students (15-18 years old).
UniCollege is a progressive school that seeks to provide academically inclined Bon-
aire children with the opportunity to complete their HAVO/VWVO level secondary
education without leaving their homeland and severing their family ties.
As previously reported, the school seeks to teach through innovative teaching meth-
ods now being applied by the UniC School of Utrecht, which shall also provide support
and resources to UniCollege. The UniC concept, which is geared to encourage individ-
ual initiative and learning through research and group projects, is officially recognized
by the Dutch government.
UniCollege-Bonaire opens its doors August 15, 2005. Persons interested in obtaining
information on this new school can phone 717-0864 and/or log in to the UniCollege
website at info @unicollege.org.
The Board of the Foundation is grateful Please send donations to:
for those companies and individuals who The Foundation's Bank Account
have been providing financial support for MADURO & CURIEL'S BANK
this praiseworthy effort, but UniCollege (Bonaire)
needs additional financial help to accom- Stichting Vooruitstrevend Voorgezet en
plish its goals. Press release Hoger Onderwijs
Account Number: 112.649.00
Sand Stripped From East Side
Turtle Nest Destroyed
S and mining has been outlawed by law on Bonaire for some time. However,
on Monday, The Bonaire Marine Park Manager photographed sand mining
operations at one of Bon-
aire's most well-known
cultural sites, Boca
Onima, close to the an- Photo Credit Ramon DeLeon
cient Indian Inscriptions.
He has presented the case
to the Prosecutor.
The operation was an
At the spot where truck-
loads of sand were stolen .
four turtle nests hatched
last year, and Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire had
already discovered one
nest there this year.
Illegal mining enforce-
ment is lax. If the police
find a driver without up-
to-date auto tags they
take his/her keys and tow
the car away, not to re-
turn it until tags and fine
are paid. Government
officials from the DROB
e on Sea Turtle Conservation Funchi Egbrachts looks
were on the scene, but no
police appeared. G.D. sadly at the remains of a turtle nesting area.
police appeared. G.D. J"
Nesting Activity At Washington
Slagbaai National Park
R n Saturday night, July 30th, the
SAbdul family and some friends
were spending the night at Slagbaai and
had the chance to see the hatching of
the first reported nest in that area this
While barbequing, the group noticed
hatchlings emerging from their
nest. But instead of heading to the .
ocean, the hatchlings started marching
towards the salifia, apparently attracted
by the light of the barbeque fire.
Recognizing that there was a prob-
lem, they contacted the Park's Chief
Ranger George "Cultura" who advised
them what to do. The family members
and friends collected all the hatchlings
in a bucket and successfully released
them into the sea. Chief Ranger
"Cultura" immediately called Mabel community cares about sea turtles and
Nava, the Project Director for Sea Tur- sea turtle conservation. STCB would
tle Conservation (STCB) about the in- like to express their sincere apprecia-
cident. tion to everyone involved with
The next morning Mabel b the rescue. Because of their
Nava traveled to the Park 4' -S prompt and positive ac-
and surveyed the now ~ tion, 94 hatchlings made
empty nest. As part of it into the sea!
STCB's on-going re- 9 Please remember that if
search program, she you see any activity
counted the hatched Q where sea turtles might
shells as well as the Il 4-F be in trouble, contact Sea
number of eggs that did 99 4 Turtle Conservation Bon-
not hatch. aire on 717-2225 or
This episode provides us all O N A l STINAPA on 717-8444.
with a snapshot of how much our Press Release
Bonaire Reporter August 12 to 19, 2005
Bonaire Environmental Accolade 1 st Eth iein ne Cu
.0 L ast Sunday at Soro-
bon, Ethienne Soli-
ano, one of Bonaire's top
Olympic Class and Formula
Class racers, organized a
regatta exclusively for this
4 class of windsurfer. In re-
cent years the popular focus
has been on the Freestyle
Class, which uses different
equipment, and contestants
are rated on their ability to
perform stunts on their
boards. In the Formula Ethienne (left) with some winners
Class, speed counts. The
new style Formula boards are 2 meters-30 cm long and a wide 1 meter in width.
e wh They really move! Ethienne was satisfied with the turnout and hopes more sailors
will join next year. Daisy de Jongh
1. Arthuro "Payo" Soliano
Men: 2. Jeager Sint Jago
1. Elton "Taty" Frans 3. Demenson "Kiri" Thode
2. Christiaan "Keke" Dammers 4. Bjorn Saragoza
Capt. Don presents theAccolade to Bruce Bowker 3. Ronald "Ro" Mejer 5. Harvey Piar
6. Raymison Ellis
C apt. Don explains the meaning of the Accolade
"We believe that it takes a very special type ofperson to be involved in KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
ocean and reef conservation or any program pertaining thereto. These people must Remember: Winds and weather can father influence the local tides
be totally committed. There is no room for bleeding heart liberals. There is no DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
room for once-a-year conservationists. Because all the room has been reserved for 8-12 4:58 1.0FT. 19:16 1.8FT. 54
around-the-clock, sincere, and totally dedicated ECO warriorsfightingfor the on- 8-13 5:33 0.9FT. 19:51 1.9FT. 49
going health ofour oceans. And what we feel here is an overwhelming dedication, 8-14 6:04 0.8FT. 20:28 2.0FT. 48
a camaraderie amongst you, who in my opinion, are the indisputable pioneers of 8-15 6:34 0.8FT. 21:15 2.1FT. 54
our earth 's lastfrontier. 8-16 7:11 0.8FT. 22:01 2.1FT. 65
8-17 7:47 0.8FT. 22:45 2.2FT. 77
Accolade Recognition to Bruce Bowker 8-18 8:18 0.8FT. 23:36 2.1FT. 88
8-19 0:21 2.0FT. 8:50 0.9FT. 13:39 1.1FT. 15:36 1.OFT. 97
"Bruce Bowker, you are an extraordinary environmentalist. Hidden behind years
of service, few know of the enormous tasks which you have accomplished. Your
involvement with Klein Bonaire is well known. Less well known is your role in
1972 in founding Bon "Y" to teach Bonaireans to dive and learn the art of protect-
ing the undersea environment.
The installation of the first moorings with chain and engine blocks and your
enormous guidance in founding UPEC (Underwater Preservation of the Eighth
Continent) which became CURO, which from amongst its hidden roots arose the
Marine Park are only two more of your pioneering efforts.
You have walked a long trail of so many firsts. The Bonaire reefs salute you for
your kind hand in preserving their life for others to share and for the training so
others too would understand and share your strong beliefs about the oceans.
Bruce, your footprints on diving safety and reef savvy are island history.
We thank you.
Captain Don, Founder
"The Accolade Foundation"
"I am honoured to receive this award from Don Stewart, a person who has so
much foresight. There are far too many people whose only concern is how much
money can be made today with no thoughts of any of the consequences for tomor-
row. Let us hope this program will be a shining light to this world and especially
Bonaire, and we can preserve Bonaire' most valuable and most fragile asset its
Alter Ego Endorphin Nelson Saprtivart
Andren Eva Luna Natural Selection Sportivento
Angie Flam Orion Sylvia K
Anything Goes Flying Cloud, USA Pamala Jean Sylvestre
Augustine Freestyle Papeete Thetis
Bluestar Guaicamar I, Ven. Pyewacket Ti Amo, USA
Bright Sea Jan Gerardus Santa Maria Tish
Camissa, Chan Is. Josina Sandpiper, USA Tothill
Cape Kathryn Key Lara Seascape Triumphant Lady
Catchloo Luna C. USA Sea of Time Ulu Ulu, USA
Chalice La Baronne Sea Witch Unicorn, Norway
Criterion La Serena Shalimar Varedhuni, Ger.
Delphinius Marisol Silvestre Ventoso
Durchess Mimo Sintella Ya-T, BVI
Elenoa Moana Sirius Yanti Paratzi
Endangered Species Moonglow Sola 2 Zenitude
Bonaire Reporter August 12 to 19, 2005
R ecently, The Bonaire Reporter
ran a reader survey along with
the last two articles in its 'Finding Bal-
ance for Bonaire' series on island devel-
opment. Thirty-one valid question-
naires were tabulated, with 75% coming
from tourists and almost all of those
from the US. This is not surprising
since The Reporter is an English lan-
Obviously, the survey cannot be seen
as a random sample of Bonaire's tour-
ists but more a snapshot of loyal Ameri-
can tourists who read The Bonaire Re-
porter. But it is at least a start to offer
ideas about what research needs to be
done and what efforts for improving the
Bonaire experience might be consid-
What Our Readers Said
The respondents were primarily 40 to
60 years old and, no surprise, are mostly
scuba divers. However, almost 1/3 are
now windsurfers even though only one
came to Bonaire for the first time as a
windsurfing tourist. Only seven respon-
dents discovered Bonaire in the past five
years to be considered 'new' visitors; all
the others have been coming to the is-
land for many years.
The respondents to the survey are ba-
sically happy customers, rating their
Bonaire experience a 3.6 out of possible
4 points. And the thing that scored
highest on the questionnaire was the
'friendliness of the people.' Also high
on the list was number of dive locations
and also the quality of diving. But even
these 'fans' have some issues with our
In the chart following you will see
how satisfied the respondents are as
they rate the items on a 1 to 4 scale,
where a score of 4 means extremely sat-
isfied and 1 means not at all satisfied.
Balance for Bonaire,
Friendliness of people 3.81
Number of dive locations 3.77
Quality of your Bonaire Experience
Quality of the diving 3.60
Number of hotels 3.59
Number of restaurants 3.55
Number of tourists 3.52
Quality of hotels 3.48
Quality of the environment 3.47
Quality of restaurants 3.40
Number of activities available 3.33
Quality of activities available 3.27
Cleanliness of the island 3.18
Condition of the reefs 3.12
Lowest level of satisfaction was natu-
rally the airline service to the island,
especially since the questionnaire fol-
lowed the reduction of Air Jamaica ser-
vice to only one flight a week.
We have listed the questions in order
of satisfaction and put in pink those
items which received a grade of 3 or
less as indicators of where improvement
Interestingly, most of the items with
the lowest scores tend to be issues con-
cerning island infrastructure--roads,
safety, water and electric, telephone and
internet. It is also somewhat distressing
that 'cleanliness of the island' did not
have a higher score along with the con-
dition of the reefs and service attitude of
business. These are all key elements to
the Bonaire tourist product and can al-
most be considered as part of our tour-
Most of the respondents say they are
reasonably satisfied with the number
and quality of hotels, restaurants and
activities, but many mentioned the need
for more and better cultural activities.
Cultural ties with tourists are especially
important because it is one of the few
ways an island can differentiate itself
from competing destinations.
When it came to describing what they
like most and like least about Bonaire,
there were few surprises:
Like most: quiet, peaceful, not
crowded, relaxed, un-spoiled, diving,
reefs, nature, and the people of Bonaire.
Like least: airlift, increasing crime
When asked for ideas of how to im-
prove Bonaire, after mentioning im-
proved air service, many of the respon-
dents said to keep the island as it is.
These are a few of the quotes: "Don't
change. Bonaire is incredible." "Keep
Bonaire peaceful and quiet." "Can it be
improved without changing the charac-
ter of the island?"
Several important questions were not
included in the survey, issues like price
vs. value and also intention to return.
And, as said before, projectable research
must be done randomly from the entire
(Continued on page 11)
with the Reporter
Santo Domingo. Dominican RePublic
Mini Miss Bonaire, Sabine Schleper, and her mother, Millitza, are shown at
the Resort Barcelo Copella in the Dominican Republic. Sabine, represent-
ing Bonaire, was third finalist in the International Mini Competition. Just to make
her feel at home two flamingoes posed in the background for the photo.
WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next
trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper
in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to
Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail
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Bonaire Reporter August 12 to 19, 2005
A modern high rise hotel on the Sunset Beach Hotel
property might look like this.
Shorelines Target For Environmental Exploitation
Bonaire's pristine western shoreline a
lance Follow-up. Continued from page 10)
rist base, not with just the loyal
naire Reporter readers.
Exit interviews at the airport, if done
with all the various flights leaving the
island in a given period of time, would
probably yield the most valid results.
But at least from this small, biased
group we have a clue as to where
strengths and weaknesses exist.
For instance, is there a way to take
the 'friendliness of the people' and turn
it into a better 'service attitude at busi-
nesses'? Are there more opportunities
for tourists to interact with the Bo-
nairean community, in more cultural
activities, for instance? There are clues
here of where to improve the product
and also where it should not be tam-
pered with. G.D.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Urges
the Caribbean to Invest in
The keynote speaker at the recent Car-
ibbean Hotel Association's Caribbean
Hotel Industry Conference (CHIC) in
Miami, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., echoes
some of the main points made in the
"Finding Balance for Bonaire" series.
His speech was the high topic of conver-
sation among the Caribbean hoteliers
and others in the travel and hospitality
Kennedy believes that the Carib-
bean should invest in environ-
mental development that embraces all of
its peoples. "One of the big problems
in the Caribbean," he said, is that the
shorelines are the easiest areas for
development and (to) reap quick
"One of the impacts is that, in too
many cases, the development is being
done carelessly in ways that not only
contaminate the environment, destroy
the coral reefs but the poor members
of the public who are not directly con-
nected to the tourist industry are be-
ing fenced from their traditional re-
sources," he continued.
He warned, "Ultimately, the passion
that is engendered by that dynamic is
going to explode and they will come to
pay the industry and they are going to
damage everything political stability,
the economic vitality of those islands."
He said that tourists not only visit the
Caribbean to experience the beautiful
scenery but they go to the islands be-
cause of the friendliness of the people
they encounter. "... f we do something
that makes people resentful, the poor
people on those islands, that attraction
(for the tourists) is going to be much
less for the people to come from abroad.
So the kind of development has to be
good for the people of the island and
not cut them off from their traditional
resources that are part of their lives."
Kennedy said the job of environmen-
talists is to inject a 'long term view'
into the political dialogue. Too often,
politicians, economic leaders and corpo-
rate CEOs have 'short term horizons.'
"Your job," he said, "as environmental-
ists is to amplify the voices of the fu-
ture generation and inject them into
the political dialogue and to ensure
that the decisions that we are making
today are not short term decisions
that will end up penalizing the next
generation of our community."
During his passionate address Ken-
nedy gave the audience a background on
'River Keeper' fishermen and ordi-
nary people in New York who legally
fought corporations that were polluting
the Hudson River. The Hudson River is
now an international model for eco-
Kennedy serves as Senior Attorney for
the Natural Resources Defense Council,
ChiefProsecuting Attorney for the Hud-
son Riverkeeper and President of Wa-
terkeeper Alliance. He's a Clinical Pro-
fessor and Supervising Attorney at Pace
University School of Law 's Environ-
mental Litigation Clinic and is co-host
ofRing of Fire on Air America Radio.
He served in the past as Assistant Dis-
trict Attorney in New York City. L.D.
Bonaire Reporter- August 12 to 19, 2005
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for
The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig
MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
SALT TREASURES BONAIRE
100% natural body salts "Scrub Me"
100% natural Bath Salts available at
Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of
Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more infor-
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
Are you having trouble collecting an
old debt from BonairExel?
Is BonairExpress claiming that they
don't owe you the money because of a
name change? Call 717-7488 or email:
European vogue for the modem woman.
Call for an appointment 717-5215.
Europese mode voor de modeme vrouw.
Bel voor een afspraak 717-5215.
For a construction company we are
looking for an all-round Aircospecial-
ist. For information or to apply please
contact Marieke Schmitz during office
hours. Phonenumber 717-3630.
Fo r Sal
FOR SALE Kichler Under Cabinet
Lighting System 1 stainless steel, two
light frosted glass unit. Brand new. Paid
$59.99 USD. Best Offer. 786-3134
Got something to buy or sell?
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by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
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tion telephone/fax. 717-2006 fam.
WINDSURF SAIL 3.5m CARBON
FIBRE MAST/BASE STAY AND
BOOM Naf 300.00 WINDSURF
BOARD STARBOARD EXCEL-
LENT FOR BEGINNERS OR CHIL-
DREN Naf 525.00 KITE SURF
CABRINHA BLACK TIP KITE 10m
WITH BAR AND LINES Naf 525.00
KITE SURF CABRINHA BLACK TIP
12m WITH BAR AND LINES Naf
525.00 ACCESSORIES CHILDREN
WAIST HARNESS Naf 45.00, ph: 717-
3640; 786-0816. pelican@flamingotv.
Like new Samsung 13.1 cubic ft. re-
frigerator NAf500 786 4399
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
Volkswagen VW VAN 1988
2 Liter engine- automatic
NAf6.900 717-2844 or 786-2844
House For Rent: 3 bedrooms, 1 bath,
1 kitchen, 1 sitting room, 2 porches.
Kaya Korona #103. Tel. 785-3835.
Bonaire Reporter August 12 to 19, 2005
Wanted: Black bookcase. Please call
A HANDY-MAN/ CARE TAKER
ONE FULL TIME AND ONE PART
TIME. PLEASE WRITE OR CALL
VICKY BISSESSAR. PO BOX 279
LOOKING TO RENT OR SHARE -
SAILBOAT- around 10 meters (30
foot). Call Maarten 717-8285, ext. 481
Volunteers to index back issues of
The Bonaire Reporter (English) and
Extra (Papiamentu). Call 717-8988 or
for Capt. Don.
Do you have something that
would work for us?
Call Janet or Don,
Ask the Dietitian
Food and Nutrition Tips You Should Know
Looking for a natural way to
enhance your absorption of iron
from thefood you eat?
ncluding Vitamin C with your
meal helps you absorb the most
iron from the other ingredients. So take
your portion of Vitamin C from any of
the following choices. All of them pro-
vide at least the minimum amount of
Vitamin C needed to maximize iron
1 cup broccoli
1 cup Brussels sprouts
1 cup cauliflower
1 cup cranberry juice (100% pure)
1 cup grapefruit juice (fresh or 100%
1 cup orange juice (fresh or 100%
1 cup kale
1 cup papaya chunks
1 cup pineapple juice (fresh or 100%
1 cup fresh strawberries
How can you
get rid of garlic
Do you love
garlic but not
what it does to
After eating garlic, chew on a sprig of
fresh parsley to relieve the effect on
Do you love cabbage but not how it
smells during cooking?
Here's a tip for
While you are
bage, add a
to the water.
Bananas are also a good source ofpo-
When choosing bananas look for
those with yellow, unblemished skin.
Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bon-
aire's Department of Health and Hy-
giene, has a
day 9 to
Write her at
Did you know
are a high
source of vita-
min A and potas-
With a little experimenting, you will
be able to include plantains into your
diet easily. Here are some suggestions:
Mash steamed plantain by hand and
stir in a bit of reduced fat margarine
and freshly grated low fat Parmesan
cheese. Serve hot as a side dish with
grilled fish for example.
Put some slices of plantain in an ov-
enproof dish with some grated cheese
and ground cinnamon. Bake in the oven
until cheese is melted.
Bonaire Reporter- August 12 to 19, 2005
Amber Jasperson and four cuties-Edith Foks photos
Four of the cutest puppies in the Bonaire Animal Shelter are shown here with
volunteer Amber Jasperson. Although Amber is only 11 years old she's taken
her volunteer duties very seriously and she worked at the Shelter every day during her
vacation. In fact, other volunteers say she is a wonder and did the work of an adult.
Once school is back in session you'll find her volunteering every Saturday.
Amber is holding these beautiful black and tan puppies, all females. There were
brought into the Shelter with their mother who had hidden them in a secret place,
away from everyone. Some people who knew the mother suspected that she had pup-
pies secreted somewhere and set out to find them so that they could be taken care of
and not raised in the wild. They found them, then brought the mom and the pups into
the Shelter. At first the puppies were shy and skittish, but now, at about six weeks
old, they're totally acclimated to people. The mother herself is such a fine dog with
such a good character, and because it seems to have rubbed off on the pups, it was
decided to put all of them up for adoption. With their black and tan coloring and
squarish heads it's suspected they might be Rotweiler mixes. But then there's a little
indication of Rhodesian Ridgeback as well; they seem to have the best of both breeds.
And because of their diverse background they won't have of disorders that sometimes
occur in some breeds that have become over bred.
Stop by the Shelter on the Lagoen Road to see these and other pups available for
adoption. The Shelter is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until
1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D.
Bonaire Reporter August 12 to 19, 2005
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Late Show Movieland
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War of the Worlds Doug Liman, star
Tom Cruise Angelina Jolie. B
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High Schoolers NAf7,75 and shootings and
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY and the storyline
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY AND dary. True, this is
WEDNESDAY gent or thought-p
SATURDAY 4 PM have ever seen, b
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A, and for that I'n
Saturday, Sunday, August 13-14-Sailing
Regatta, sponsored by Canti Awa Snack,
Budget Marine, Hilltop Caribbean Club -
Micro boats, Optimist, Sunfish, Cats,
Fishing boats. Sign up at Budget Marine.
Cost is NAf20 per boat and you get en-
try, T-shirt, lunch, 2 drinks daily. Email:
Saturday, August 13- "Magic and a
Movie" at Movieland. Famous Magic
Ed Show followed by movie, "Herbie-
Fully Loaded" 3pm, NAf15 -includes
show, movie, fresh popcorn.
Sunday, August 21- Sentro di Bario
Nikiboko Cultural Festival For more
information pass by the Sentro or call
Edichi Agostien at 717-3905
August 28-30 3- day Women's Wind-
surf Clinic NAf250 per person includes
3-day clinic and gear rental. 8-student
minimum. Contact Ann Phelan at 786-
September 1-6-Annual Bonaire
Tuesday, September 6- C-run, 2/4/5
km., 7:30 am. Sponsored by COM-
CABON 717-8629, 780-7225
Sunday, October 9-Jong Bonaire An-
nual Swim to Klein Bonaire, 8 am,
October 9 15- International
Bonaire Sailing Regatta
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo-great prizes, 7 pm, Divi Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8
pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Thursday from June 16 to July 28, Ba-
sic Fish ID Yellow Submarine Dive Shop
at 6:30 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presen-
tation by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@itelbonet.
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Call
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje 717-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 enty
fee. CallCathy 5664056.
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Bonaire Reporter- August 12 to 19, 2005
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI. First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire or formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the
17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am
to 3 pm. Open market in historic town.
Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area. Alta Mira Nature Walking Tour
at 6:30 am. Town Walking tour at
9:30, Bus Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-
6435 to reserve.
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at
10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and
Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am
and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Brasserie Bonaire Low- Moderate Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open llam-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At theii laig ea Resarant an erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
717-5025 Closed Monday den setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
On th e waste traffic circle Brn Moderate-E ensive Creative cuisine on the seaside. Top chefs from Amsterdam cook in an open
On the water, just off the traffic circle Breakfast, Lunch Dinner modem kitchen featuring induction cooking. Seafood a specialty.
717-4106 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Caribbean cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
Hilltop at Caribbean Club Bonaire Moderate-Expensive Quiet country setting, lovely landscaping, friendly staff
On the Tourist Road, 2 mi. north of Town Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Happy Hour from 5-7 pm, BBQ on Tuesdays
717-7901 Closed Sunday Gourmet chef creates unique daily specials
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot11 m Wdnsd Sund gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
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Kaya L.D. Gerharts 3 (next to MCB Bank) Open from 5-midnight, closed Sunday Ribs, Burgers, Sandwiches and more
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41T was working with the Curagao
I police corps; when I got a pro-
motion and they couldn't place me on
Curagao they gave me a position on Bon-
aire for three months. I'd been here before
for Regattas, to visit friends and espe-
cially for Dia di Rincon. When you live in
Curagao those are the days you go to
Bonaire. I had friends in Rincon, but I
didn't know that many people. I'm not
too social; in fact I'm a reserved person. I
like my privacy and I think it's also be-
cause of the job. I don't want to know too
many people and when I'm not working I
don't like people to ask me about my
work. Private is private, and work is
work, and if we stick to that we don't
have problems maintaining secrecy.
It wasn't so easy to come and live here.
All my friends were in Curagao and I felt
a little homesick. I was used to all the
hustle and bustle of life in Curagao, so
when I came here all this tranquility gave
me stress! But little by little I got used to
it. Now I feel stressed when I have to go
to Curagao. People here are so much
friendlier and hospitable.
A year ago I started in a new position, a
one-man unit, something new. I support
the PR department. I'm in charge of secu-
rity of the different districts, and I do
crime prevention at schools. Together
with the help of Chief Daantje I started
the project. We discussed the problems
we're having on Bonaire with our young-
sters; we made investigations and reached
a rapport. I went to Curagao to see how
they were handling the problem there.
Police officers receive special training so
they can give information and guidance at
schools about aggression, badgering,
drugs, teenage-pregnancies, etc. Profes-
sional study material is provided, and to-
gether with the teacher the officer tries to
help the troubled child. Here on Bonaire
we applied for money for the project from
AMFO, but there are some organizing
problems because it's a Curagao police
academy project. However, I've had the
training and I'm certified to work at the
schools, but the study material still isn't
available and that's the problem.
Last year, at the beginning of the school
year I started to work at elementary
school Kolegio Luis Bertran in Rincon
and lately also at Kolegio Kristu Bon
Wardador in Nikiboko. Together with my
partners, Guilian Gougon and Eric Pau-
lina, who work for FESBO (Organization
of Community Centers) and who also re-
ceived special training on Bonaire, I am
guiding a group of troubled youngsters,
from 9 to 13. I work with these children
almost every day during school hours,
after school, and frequently I visit their
homes during the weekends, trying to put
a structure in their lives. Our team comes
out of the Bonaire youth care department,
the child welfare board, GVI (the family
welfare board), FORMA, the two FESBO
workers and a truant officer.
My motto is: There are no bad chil-
dren! A child reacts to his or her environ-
ment. A child is like a hard disk: they take
in everything they see and hear and ex-
perience. If you want to work with a child
and bring out his good qualities you have
to give a good example. After even one
week working with a child I see progress
and changes. It's all how you do it. You
have to be tough too, but afterwards you
have to encourage them and work on their
self esteem. I always say, 'I don't have a
problem with you, you're okay, but I
don't accept your behavior!' The problem
is worldwide, but as we are such a small
community I find that we should be able
to find a solution.
For me it's like this: If a child has a
problem, he should receive aid instantly,
not two months later, because then it's too
late. We have to learn to react faster, to
work together more intensely and not to
waste time. I went through a lot myself; I
know what these kids are feeling because
I was there. If I hadn't had a strong char-
acter, I would have lost it too. That's why
children need guidance; you have to know
what kind of a person the child is. If he
has a weak character you have to catch
that in time and teach him to be more as-
sertive, which creates another problem,
because at home the parents don't accept
children talking back. They're not used to
it, and often the child doesn't know his
limits either. If there's a psychiatric prob-
lem that's something else, but in practi-
cally all the cases I am involved in, it's
lack of attention or a responsibility too
big for their shoulders that has caused
severe problems in the child's behavior.
"My motto is: There are
no bad children! A child
reacts to his or her
When the adults in his environment for
whatever reason are not functioning well,
the child starts looking to his friends: 'My
friend is using drugs, so I have to do that
too,' or: 'My girlfriend is pregnant and
now I want to be pregnant too.' They see
the adults around them spending money,
but what they don't know is that many of
them are in debt or have a triple mortgage
on the house.
Every parent has the responsibility to be
a good parent... that's it! You have a
child and it's your responsibility! The
most important thing for a child is atten-
tion, emotional support, and parents
should listen to their children. A child
needs to know that he can count on his
parents. That's the most important thing -
the emotional bonding with the child."
Urwin Juaquin is a soft spoken man with
an open, friendly face, but at the same
time you feel he's a strong, determined
person. He knows what he wants and he
knows what he's talking about and his
heart is in it.
"I was born on Curagao in 1963. When
I was seven years old this woman saw me
in the street and she adopted me offi-
cially. My two brothers went to live with
family, and my sister stayed with my
mom. My adoptive parents were very,
very strict. I was married on Curagao, and
now I'm living with my partner and our
son. I have five children, from 17 to five.
My children are very active, cool kids.
They're just like me, and I have a very
good relationship with all of them.
This last year my work has become very
important to me. A year ago I was think-
ing of accepting an offer to manage a big
company, but now I only want to work
with children. There's still a lot to be
done. We're looking for an alternative,
where we can house youngsters temporar-
ily who have been involved with the judi-
cial system. That's a priority. Also the
police corps management has come up
with a policy of prevention by approach-
ing the problem socially in the districts.
Teachers, schools, sentro di barios and
the people who live in the neighborhood
should all be involved. Also they're plan-
ning on stationing a police official in
every district as an intermediary.
You can't start everywhere at the same
time, you have to set an example, and I
chose Rincon. It's a unique neighborhood
with its own special culture. After I'd
spoken with Roosje Vinck, the ball
started rolling. They set up a committee
and raised a platform together with the
people who live in the district. The results
are that the amount of burglaries has de-
creased drastically. Nevertheless there are
still many problems that need to be
The fact that Bonaire is such a small
community also has a negative side. Be-
cause, for instance, when a 16-year old is
selling drugs, what can we offer him to
leave it and make money in a legal way?
First he needs to be socially accepted
again, and secondly, we need to offer him
a job, but that's hard as there are only
certain sectors for him to work in.
FORMA is doing a lot, has very good
projects and training and also re-
socializing projects, but they need the
cooperation of the employers and there
aren't that many!
Well, my next challenge is the SGB
high school, but for that we need to put
together a real good team. We've got all
the support of the corps management and
Chief Daantje. They're 100% behind us.
I'm working for the
future of the children
of Bonaire and my
son is one of them. If
we can't make it, we
have to go, because I
want a good future for
him, but if we really
can make a change
and I believe we can,
I'll stay." photo and story by Greta
Bonaire Reporter- August 12 to 19, 2005
Marelva Soliano -30 years at Divi -
and "Mama" to all the employees
'Mama' to every em-
During these years
she had three children,
one of which, daughter,
Carroll-Ann, is now
Divi Food and Bever-
age Manager. "All my Photo frc
life I heard about the Marelva'
Flamingo Beach," says original
Carroll-Ann, "and it "work-boc
was always my dream
to work her too, just like my mom."
Congratulations, Marelva, from all
your fans! L.D.
Marelva (center) with her family and new Divi
General Manager Maarten Van Wijk (front)
Bonaire Reporter August 12 to 19, 2005
Marelva with son, John, and Divi
employee daughter, Carrol-Ann
*to find it, just look up
Use the Moon This Weekend to Find
My Two Favorite Summer Constellations
weekend you can
use the Moon for
four nights to find
my two favorite
summer, which I
hope will become
learned how to
13ff at 9 pm, Sky
Park Time, face
south where you'll
see a wonderful
eight-day-old Moon, which means it's just one day past first quarter, and is at the
very top of a pattern of bright stars which looks like a fish hook. In fact in ancient
Hawaii it was believed that the demigod Maui used this fish hook to pull the Ha-
waiian Islands up out of the ocean. The ancient Greeks and Romans, however,
thought these bright stars looked more like the body of a scorpion. And indeed it
really does fit the shape of a scorpion, complete with a bright red star named
Antares right where the red heart of the scorpion should be, with two stars at the
end of the upturned scorpion's dreaded stinger.
Now if it happens to be cloudy this Saturday you can still use the Moon to find it
on Sunday when a slightly fatter Moon will be just past Antares. Then the next
night, Monday, the 15th the Moon pays a visit to my second favorite summer con-
stellation, Sagittarius. It's is a huge constellation, half man and half horse, but
whose brightest stars form a pattern which, if you draw lines between them, look
like a teapot. In fact the Moon will be right above the spout of the teapot Monday
night, and if it's cloudy on Monday, on Tuesday a slightly fatter Moon will be
parked right next to the stars that mark the teapot's handle.
Once again, to find the scorpion start watching on Saturday, and as the Moon
moves from night to night it will slowly grow fatter. On Sunday night it is just past
Antares and high above the stinger. On Monday it is parked right over the spout of
the teapot of Sagittarius, and on Tuesday right beside the stars that mark the han-
How wonderful that two star patterns so close together really look like familiar,
easy-to-identify objects a scorpion, or a fish hook, and a teapot. But as easy as
they are to find, especially if you use the Moon this weekend, the wonders that
these constellations contain are numerous, and I'll give you just a couple. Antares,
Scorpius' red heart star, is second only to Orion's red Betelgeuse in size as far as
red stars go. In fact if we could place Antares where our Sun is it would reach out
past the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and even Jupiter. Indeed it is so
huge we could fit 216 million of our Suns or 281 trillion Earths inside it. Wow!
Sagittarius is equally wonderful because it points directly toward the center of
our Milky Way Galaxy which you can see any clear moonless night.
For the week:
August 8 August 14, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Those you care about may oppose your ideas. It
might be time to do some of those chores at home. Escapist tendencies may lead to
overindulgence. Curb your mood swings; they could result in loneliness. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Use your charm, but don't sign or agree to anything.
You can clear up important legalities and sign contracts this week. Avoid any con-
frontations with colleagues. Sudden disruptions will cause upset and a change of
routine in your home environment. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your passionate nature may make you jealous if
your mate has been too busy to take care of your needs. Help elders get their per-
sonal papers in order. Keep an open mind when dealing with youngsters. Your
boss may be on the rampage, and you certainly don't want to be the one to take the
brunt of a bad situation. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) It's a good time for long awaited relationships to be-
gin. Get involved in groups that are creative in nature. You can accomplish a lot if
you deal with other people's money or possessions this week. You can sort out any
differences you have in an amiable manner. Your lucky day this week will be Fri-
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Make sure you concentrate if operating machinery or ve-
hicles. You can make favorable changes in your home environment. Travel and
communication will be lucrative for you. You can enjoy social events and meet
new potential mates; however, avoid being lavish. Your lucky day this week will
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Find ways to mellow out. You may find yourself
mixed up in a triangle of sorts. Double-check before you go out. Take time to ex-
plain your intentions to loved ones. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Let others know what your intentions are and be hon-
est in your approach. Good week for romance. You may have a problem dealing
with elders. You will have the discipline and fortitude to accomplish what you
want this week. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You must look into your options. You need a
break from your daily routine. Take a second look; another person's philosophy
may be extremely different from yours. You may have been too nice to a friend
who just wanted to take advantage of you.Your lucky day this week will be Satur-
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your passionate nature may make you jeal-
ous if your mate has been too busy to take care of your needs. Romance could be
exciting if you are spontaneous. Be cautious of making any residential changes
this week. Opportunities for new romantic encounters will unfold through the so-
cial events you attend. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't reveal information that is personal or con-
fidential. Direct your energy wisely this week. Anger will prevail if you expect
help from others. Health problems may prevail if you don't take care of them im-
mediately. Your sensitive nature will allow others to read you well. Your lucky
day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your own small business on the side could ease
your financial stress. You may find that you are a little lucky this week. You will
have a productive day if you organize yourself well at work. Take work home but
be sure to spend some time with your mate. Your lucky day this week will be
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Be aware of any emotional deception. Do not sign
legal contracts or documents this week. Do your job and then spend some time
with family; you'll be glad you did. You could experience delays in shipments or
mail, and should be careful while traveling. You may find that you're being used.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
Bonaire Reporter- August 12 to 19, 2005