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Air Jamaica Express, controlled
by Gordon "Butch" Stewart,
has announced that it will "suspend"
operations on October 14. This would
mean a permanent shutdown of the do-
mestic carrier. Although it is the only
carrier licensed to fly within Jamaica, the
Jamaican government, which has run Air
Jamaica since last December when Stew-
art's management was ousted, does not
plan to take over its operations. Industry
experts are divided on the implication of
the local airline's failure on Air Jamaica.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Jamaica
(CAA) said on Friday that no other air-
line has applied for license to operate
scheduled services at this point. Air Ja-
maica flies in and out of Bonaire on Sat-
urdays.

*Book 1 of the
Netherlands Antil-
les Civil Code is
now available in
English from In-
tersentia. Email
intersentia.be or
the website at
www.intersentia.be
It contains legal
details about resi-
dency; the civil
registry including birth and death certifi-
cates and civil status and nationality;
marriage including requirements, for-



IN THIS ISSUE
FKPD Visits the Shelter 4
Interview with DeLoach 5
Letters (Response to The It) 5
Envirowatch--Glass Recycling 5
They're Not Broccoli
(Upside down Jellyfish -Cassiopeia
xamachana) 8
East Coast Diving & Its Myths 9
New Art at Cinnamon 10
Gardner (drought & palms) 10
Hurricane Information Night 11
Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein 11
Dietitian (Beverages) 13
Anthony's Extreme Cuisine Opens 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
AMFO/NGO Platform:
North Salira Sentro di Baro. 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself
(In Vlissingen, The Netherlands) 13
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Amber & "Julio") 14
What's Happening 15
Dodo Review (Dukes of Hazzard ) 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire
(Alex Semeleer ) 17
Sky Park (Autumnal Equinox) 19
The Stars Have It 19


malities, community property, separa-
tion, dissolution, parentage, adoption,
custody and more; adoption; custody;
guardianship; upbringing of a minor and
more. The 302 page, soft-cover book
has facing text in Dutch.

A The Central Government Council of
Ministers in Curaqao approved a draft
of an ordinance that will effectively
reinstitute market protection. Last
week it approved a draft of the rules that
are applicable to all Antillean islands
disguised as a Protection-Measures bill.
If passed by parliament it means that
the import tax rate on imported articles
can be raised for a maximum of four
years if the same products are produced
locally.
This will again permit sometimes infe-
rior local products to be priced lower
than imported ones. The ordinance ap-
pears to be in violation of international
fair trade practices Economic Affairs-
minister Alex Rosaria from Curacao said
he hopes that this will convince the Am-
stel brewery management not to cease
operations as it's threatened to do.
Lower beverage prices (resulting from
competition from foreign producers,
have been cited by the Central Bureau of
Statistics as a reason for minimal cost of
living increases in the past months.

A On September 27, the Dutch High
Court in The Hague will finally rule on
the appeal of Curacao FOL party
leader Anthony Godett appealing his


conviction and
prison sentence
for accepting
bribes, money
laundering and
forgery.
In a highly con-
troversial decision he was sentenced to
12 months in prison by the Court of First
Instance which was extended to 15
months by the Court of Appeals. He has


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been free pending the High Court ruling.
A An Aruban court freed suspects
Joran van der Sloot and brothers Satish
and Deepak Kalpoe of all charges in the
Natalee Holloway disappearance last
week. They no longer have to submit to
DNA testing or be subject to confine-
ment. The Public Prosecutor, however,
still considers them suspects and will
continue with the investigation.
Natalee's mother appeared on a TV
network talk show last week with two
supporters who presented material indi-
cating van der Sloot and the Kalproes
were guilty of harming her daughter. The
show's moderator, Dr. Phil, advocated an
American boycott of Aruba as a tourist
destination.

A Sharon E. Feiser has been provi-
sionally assigned as a Vice-Consul
General at the American consulate in
Willemstad, Curaqao. She will be re-
sponsible for the Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba. She previously served in


State Department posts in Colombia and
Angola.

A One Taiwanese fishing fleet is leav-
ing the Caribbean. It brought in the last
catch last week. "After this there will be
no more fishing boats," Nicherei Fisher-
ies President Hisashi Kodama told The
St. Maarten Daily Herald. "We are very
sorry we have to close. But we can't
survive," said Kodama, explaining that it
had become increasingly harder for the
company, which was established in
1963, to make a profit. It's because the
amount of fish has drastically dropped in
the area where the Taiwanese catch fish,
while at the same time fuel prices have
increased.
At its peak, Nicherei had 30 boats that
would remain at sea five to six months at
a time. Only five boats remained in the
fleet and they will move operations to
the South Atlantic and African coast by
December. (Contributed by Susan
Kolega)

A The Sub-Saharan dust that travels
from Africa to the Caribbean has been
reducing the number of storm systems
that would normally form in the Eastern
Atlantic Ocean and pose a threat to the
Caribbean.
The dust, according to a Meteorologist
at the National Weather Service (NWS)
in San Juan, Puerto Rico, dries out the
atmosphere at mid-levels, which inhibits
hurricane development. It has a big im-
pact on the tropical waves that develop
into tropical depressions and on to
storms and hurricanes
Last week Friday the haze of African
Continued on page 4


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2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 786-
6518, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Albert Bianculli, Barbara Mason Bianculli, Susan
Davis, Dodo, Martin Heinrich, Jack Horkheimer, Susan Kolega,
Greta Kooistra, Angelique Salsbach, Michael Thiessen, Ap van
Eldik, Natalie. A.C. Wanga
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
kerij, Curacao


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
dust was easily visible at sunset. The
NWS also reported that the Caribbean
O: w4,


region has seen more dust this year than
any year previous.
A Unlike Bonaireans, Curacaoans
will not have to pay more for electric-
ity and water because of high world oil
prices. Based an agreement between
Gelmar Caldera, the Curaqao Island
Commissioner in charge of government-
owned companies (the equivalent of
Bonaire's BMG), Curoil (which supplies
both Bonaire and Curaqao with fuel oil),
and Curaqao's water and electricity com-
pany, Aqualectra, the current energy
prices in Curaqao will be maintained for
a year and a half. The shortfall will be
covered by an energy fund to be estab-
lished with NAf100-150 million that
will primarily come from the Curaqao
holding company that leases the Isla oil
refinery to Petroleos de Venezuela for
NAf35 milliona year.

A Bonaire Lions
Club and JCI Bon-
aire announces that
"our raffle, Ban
muebli bo kas,
took place last
Friday, September
16, 10 am in front of the Notary, Mr
Maarten Maartense. The winning num-
bers are: 1st Prize: 3752; 2nd 7698; 3rd
9047.

A The
annual Klein
Bonaire
Cleanup, as
part of Inter-
national
Coastal
Cleanup
sponsored by
Ocean Con-
servancy,
with support
from
STINAPA, STCB (Turtle Club), Jong
Bonaire and SGB High School, will take


place on Sunday, September 25th.
Meet at the Harbour Village marina
at 7 am. All are invited to participate in
this important activity. The cruise ship
A/VFreewinds will provide food and
drink to the participants.
The International Coastal Cleanup is
the world's oldest and largest volunteer
effort to clean up our marine environ-
ment. Each year, volunteers remove
trash and debris from their local beaches,
along shorelines and under the water.
Since 1986, over five million volunteers
in 123 countries have cleaned 130,000
miles of shoreline.

A Attention all dog owners: There
will be a Dog Wash Animal Shelter
Fundraiser on Saturday, October 1, from
9 am to 2 pm in the parking lot of Ware-
house Bonaire. Have your dog freshly
washed for only NAf7,50, with all pro-
ceeds going to the Shelter. The event is
in preparation for Animal Day on Octo-
ber 4. You don't have to own a dog
yourself bring a friend's or a
neighbor's. Tickets available at Ware-
house Bonaire or through Veterinarian
Jan Laarakker (717-3338), Lydia (717-
8721), Hans (717-3207) or Paul (717-
0466.

A Congratulations on the one year
anniversary of Bistro de Paris, home
of fabulous French cooking by Patrice
and Fred. You have brought "the real
thing" to Bonaire and we love you for it!

A Cinnamon Gallery is proud to
present a new art exhibition from
Sipke Stapert and Dianir Rivas Tor-
res. Fans of the artistic couple will be
enchanted with their new designs in ce-
ramic, driftwood, jewelry. The exhibit's
opening night is this Saturday, Septem-
ber 24, at the Gallery from 7 to 9 pm.
It's free and refreshments will be served.
The exhibit continues until October 24.
The Cinnamon Art Gallery is at Kaya
A.P.L. Brion #1 in downtown Kral-
endijk, just off Kaya Grandi. More infor-
mation call 717-7103.

A Thursday, September 22, SEBIKI
will be offering a course for expectant
mothers that will run for 16 weeks. It's
at the SEBIKI office at Kaya Pedro P.
Sillie #4. Tel. 717-2436.

A People who live in Bonaire have
again been hit by fraudulent faxes pre-
tending to be from the American In-
ternal Revenue Service (IRS), request-


FKPD Visits the Animal Shelter


Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema receives a thank you from FKPD membersfor
inviting them to visit the Bonaire Animal Shelter. (1 to r) Elaine, Teacher Lisette,
Jurrie. In front, Benita.

hirteen members of the FKPD (handicapped center) in Rincon visited the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter last week along with three of their teachers, Lisette, Linda
and Arally.
"Animals" has been the theme at the FKPD the last few weeks in anticipation of
Animal Day on October 4. It was a beautiful sight to see the interaction and affection
between the members and the resident cats and dogs. Thanks to Jurrie Mellema for
opening the Shelter to them. L.D.


ing personal financial information. One newsroom/article/0,,id=127914,00.html.
Bonaire resident responded unwittingly
and had his account compromised. But A Top Intemet/cyber deal on the
as a result of seeing the warning in The island? Only $5/day at the Great Escape
Bonaire Reporter (August 5, 2005 issue) Resort in Belnem.
the victim was able to take steps to pro-
tect his account. Do not respond to any A The Jong Bonaire model in the Ben-
faxes from the IRS before checking the etton ad this week is Jermainy Diaz,
IRS website at: http://www.irs.gov/ photographed in the Royal Palm Galler-


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\ntervie w
with
Ned and Anna DeLoach
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f the sport of diving has superstars,
two of the brightest landed on Bon-
aire this month, providing slide shows,
guided dives and snorkeling at the
Buddy Dive Resort. "We've been com-
ing to Bonaire for years," says Ned
DeLoach, "to teach people how to better
look at the ocean." Ned is co-author of
the bibles of those whose passion is to
understand what goes on underwater,
ReefFish Behavior and ReefFish Identi-
fication. His wife, Anna, is a total part
of their continuing research and educa-
tion program. "The sea is the last frontier
of natural history on earth," said Anna,
"and reefs are a top location for study."
(Continued on page 9)


KEEP "IT" IN ARUBA

I think I
under-
stand the "It"
letter that
appeared in
The Reporter
last week,
and if I do, if
those coming
to Bonaire to
Aruba Hotel invest all
S their money
want to make Bonaire an Aruba why not
go to Aruba and make Aruba an Aruba?
There are a lot of people who do not
want Bonaire to be Aruba and are happy
that Aruba is Aruba and Bonaire is Bon-
aire.
As one Bonairean, who has seen a lot,
very recently said, "There are a lot of
new people walking around Bonaire
with too much money and doing what-
ever they want, building whatever they
want, wherever they want."
Can't Bonaire just remain a somewhat
quiet place and let Aruba be whatever it
wants to be? Can't Bonaire be a place
where people can get away from Aruba
and enjoy nature in a natural way? Does
it have to be torn up, broken down and
built up so someone who really has not
spent a lifetime here can make some
quick money today, not thinking about
tomorrow? Does every single piece of
open land have to be looked at as a place
that must be built on or else it is a
waste? Bruce Bowker


EnviroWatch

Glass Recycling Begins

y emptying the first container with
recyclable glass bottles Commis-
sioner Burney el Hage and Recycling Bon-
aire Foundation (SRB) Project Manager
Otto Bartels (cover) signaled the start of
glass recycling on Bonaire-at last. The
glass will be crushed at one of the local
facilities that grinds rocks into sand and
used as a sand-substitute for concrete and
road construction. When full operation is
achieved it's estimated that 8% of Bon-
aire's sand requirement will be satisfied by
recycled bottles and jars.
The symbolic start at City Cafe last Fri-
day initiated the program Separa Bo Glass
for restaurants and resorts but will be ex-
tended to island households by the end of
this year. Containers for the glass will be
provided in cooperation with SELIBON,
Bonaire's waste management company,
and emptied weekly at no cost to the estab-
lishment or household.
As part of Bonaire's 2003 2007 policy
plan, waste such as cans, scrap metal, pa-
per, cardboard, garden detritus and pallets
can qualify for reuse. The SRB will consult
with others to see how this can best be
done.
Currently the Bonaire landfill grows an-
nually by 13 millions kilos of waste. Ap-
proximately 1,650 to 2,000 barrels come
from glass. Half of the glass comes from
the hospitality sector; the other half from
households. The SRB, which started its
research in 2003 with an all volunteer staff,
hopes to cut down on the ever-growing
mountain of waste. Partners in the effort
are SELIBON, FESBO (Sentro di Bario


Contents of typical household waste
container

Foundation), STINAPA, DROB (Public
Works), Tene Boneiru Limpi (Keep Bonaire
Clean Foundation) and Flamingo Commu-
nications. Funding is committed to come
from NGOs, AMFO, Foundation DOEN
and the Euro-
pean Union.
G.D.

Glass chip-
pings used
in road
building
In 2001 the Monaghan County Council
and the National Roads Authority used
crushed glass bottles in road construction
for the first time in Ireland in a pavement
trial using over 1 million bottles. A 1 km.
section was overlaid with the recycled glass
base course, with a 300m. control section
used to allow comparison of performance.
10% of the base course chips were substi-
tuted with the glass chippings. Performance
to date has been successful. G.D.


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Giving Back to the
Community:


A NEIGHBORHOOD
WITH A VISION
North Saliaia



A MM
AM. A Candidate for Funding from

SFO AMFO and the NGO Platform


I am 14 years old. I live in the place
where I was born. As I walk to school
each day Ipass the homes ofmy friends
and many of my relatives. We all know
each other and share news about our
neighborhood and our island. It is a good
feeling to belong in this group. After
school go to the community center, meet
the other kids in the teen program, have a
snack, do my homework and then I take
my place in the training activity for the
rest of the afternoon before Igo home to
my house at sunset time. I will tell you
about my favorite activity later...

The Village of North Salinia

This is only one view of the community
of North Salifia, originally called Kunuku
Blew, old farm. The people here are
happy, friendly and very active in their
neighborhood and at their community cen-
ter, the Sentro di Bario Nort di Salifia on
Kaya Cacique. It's not just a "sports cen-


ter" or an "education center," or a "club
house;" it is the central place for social
activities and is the focal point where
neighbors can share cultural, historical,
and spiritual information. Every June,
North Salifia celebrates the San Juan and
San Pedro holidays and has a bonfire of
thanksgiving. At Christmastime, "Papa
Pascu" and his helpers bring presents to
some in the neighborhood. Maskarada
enlivens the neighborhood on the first day
of the year.

Plans and Programs to Meet Modern-
day Needs

"It would be wonderful if we could of-
fer other historical programs here ... the
kinds of programs that would describe
how life was in North Salifia before there
were buildings, lights and water. It could
help people understand how hardships are
overcome, in the past as well as today,"
says Xiomara Alberto, president of the
Sentro di Bario. "There are many hard-


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ships today, especially for some of our
single mothers. I wish we had training
programs for them like Mick (Smit) has
for the teens. We need to provide these
kinds of activities at our community center
because they develop self-respect as well
as responsibility and trustworthiness. Spe-
cialized workshops are also needed in the
evenings to train these working moms in
computer skills, socialization, and handi-
work so they can find better jobs. I'd love
to see a mother and child learning on a
computer together and talking about it! Or
learning to cook healthy snacks! To me,
their communication with each other is
just as important as the skill they are
learning."

For any community program to be suc-
cessful, the people must understand it and
want it. The most popular programs in
North Salifia were first described on flyers
or posters and then explained in person.
"Soon we'd like to have a Family Day of
food and fun. It would also be an opportu-
nity to introduce our neighbors to the ac-
tivities we are now doing and to meet the
people who provide them. We want to
know if we are meeting the needs of our
neighbors. At the Family Day everyone
can participate and tell us what they see as
the best use of our facility. Our last survey
was six years ago. In the past, the center
was regularly open past 6 pm, often until


11pm, and we had ping pong, billiards,
and scouting programs. Are these activi-
ties still important? We need to find out. "

Back to our small, important voice

... Today is the best day for me at my
training class. Our group is organized in
the big meeting room at the community
center. We each have our own separate
floor space, about 3 meters square. The
instructor is in the front of the room and
we start with the traditional greeting and
a bow of the head. When I started this
training I could not stand on one foot.
Now, I have good balance and much more
strength to do all the exercises. The Taek-
wondo lessons also helped me learn how
to concentrate and control my muscles. It
has given me the confidence to try other
things that I was always afraid to do...

Other Favorite Neighborhood Activities

North Salifia loves football (that's
"soccer" in American English). Their men
are on one of the top Bonairean teams, the
blue and yellow "Estrellas" (the "Stars")
who just participated in the Antillean chal-
lenge against Curacao. Interest in football
starts young. North Salifia has three levels
of football for children: a Baby team, a
Super Baby team and a Junior Estrellas
team. At the soccer field named in honor
of Rudy Boezem, who was a very talented
player and always dreamed of having a
place to play at night in his North Salifia
neighborhood, we met many very enthusi-
astic players and fans. One small boy told
us, "I don't usually like to get out of bed
in the morning when Mom wakes me for
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On San Juan and San Pedro holidays Papa Pasku visits the neighborhoods
a bonfire of thanksgiving is lit. every holiday season


La a
Meals are served at the Sentro di
Bario on many occasions

school, but on Saturday morning, when it
is time to go to my Super Baby practice,
I'm up plenty early. We love that! My
friend dreams of becoming a football
star."

Next month, the whole neighborhood
will be involved in the Kompetensha di
Garoshi, the Wheel Competition. Al-


though this event doesn't take place until
October, families are already preparing.
How? By building structures with a
wooden pushing/steering stick and two
wheels which will be imaginary "cars" to
parade through the neighborhood. "It's
like in the 'old' times when there was no
money for toys, and children used their
imaginations to build their own," explains
Xiomara. The two-wheeled push 'cars'
will be painted and decorated, many with
'pretend' headlights, horns and other car
accoutrements.
More Dreams For The Future
Xiomara's enthusiasm grows as she
continues to describe her dreams for her
neighbors. "If we had sets of instruments
like keyboards, drums and guitars, we
could provide music lessons. Maybe the
successful learners could play some wel-
coming music at the resorts or play at a
neighbor's house on his birthday. Singing
and playing guitar at friends' birthday
parties was a specialty of my father, Mar-
tins Alberto. He loved the gatherings in
the bario when they played Mexican
'ranchera' music. We know there is musi-


cal talent in North Salifia! Our youngsters
have written the words and composed
some of the music for a CD that we hope
to produce."

As I talked to more people around the
neighborhood I asked them, "What do you
wish you had in North Salina?" Here is
what I heard...
"More football!" Arthur "Turbo" Ce-
cilia.
"More shoes and balls for football!" -
Iby Pikeri.
"I hope funding for the Teen Training
Center can be found so we can continue
our work here in North Salifia" Louis
Winklaar.
"Movies and classes in English"- Zusy
de Windt
"Additional rooms at the community
center for small group activities, a van for
transportation, more 'eyes' in the
neighborhood for security, and an apart-
ment as emergency shelter." Xiomara
Alberto
"That everyone has a fun time at our
Kompetensha di Garoshi'! Ibi Evertsz
Watch for the upcoming date and time
of the Kompetensha di Garoshi, and then
come enjoy the parade and prizes in the
energetic neighborhood of North Salifia!
Story and photo provided by Barbara
Mason Bianculli


To Request Funding
t's often best to work through an exist-
ing Non-Governmental Organization
(NGO), set up an NGO, to get the support of
a legitimate help organization. Decide which
one of the NGO categories your group would
best fit (see Board Members below).
Contact the NGO Platform Bonaire, and
they will take you through all the steps and
put you in contact with the leader of the cate-
gory into which your group fits. The address
is Plaza Terras, Kaya Grandi 23, telephone
717-2367.
Typically an NGO with a project or pro-
gram to be subsidized presents a petition to
the NGO Platform Bonaire. The Platform
considers if the project or program and if the
petition itself meet the established require-
ments. If that is the case, the Platform passes
the petition to AMFO which will evaluate it.
IfAMFO honors the petition, the financing
will take place the project or program will be
monitored.
Some members of the NGO Platform are:
Julieta Winklaar (Culture), Tanneke Bartels
(Environment), Gilbert van Ameman (Youth
and Family), Godfried "Boi" Clarenda (Care
and Welfare), Anthony Cecilia (Social and
Economic Development) Ruthmila St. Jago
(Education and Training), Eithel Bemabella
(Sports and Leisure), Jona Chirino
(Community Development).
Pancho Cicilia is the Platform Staff Director.
Platform Director is Julita Winklaar. The
Platform Office Manager is Irene Winklaar.


AME
AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776, Fax
K F O 717-7779, website: www.samfo.org, email: info-bon@samfo.org

r\ Ir F NGO Platforma Bonaire: New address as ofAugust 1:
Plaza Terras, Kaya Grandi 23, Rooms E,F,G. Tel. 717-
Fcxn o 2366, Fax 717-2367, website: www.ngobonaire.org,


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BWO~COUI


Cassiopeia xamachana, in its normal upside do feedingposition on the bottom.
Cassiopeia xamachana, in its normal upside down feeding position on the bottom


The natural world contains millions
of untold mysteries. The sea and its
inhabitants are a very large part of this
wonderful storehouse of knowledge. Cov-
ering over 75% of the surface of our
planet, the sea provides the key ingredient
for life as we humans know it. We call our
Earth the "Water Planet" for that reason.

The site andplan of our dive
Scuba diving gives all of us who are
interested a chance to experience and ob-
serve life beneath the sea with relative
ease and comfort. There are discoveries to
be found every time you enter the water.
Today, with my partner Barbara, I am
diving off the south coast of our island
home, Bonaire. The water is calm and
clear, and we plan to survey the shallow
zone between the shoreline and the first
reef dropoff. We have visited this area
many times and will remain under the
warm surface layer of water for approxi-
mately 90 minutes and never exceed a
depth of 25 feet (8 m.). The primary task
is to locate and observe a population of
Yellow Head Jawfish that has constructed
their unique habitats here. There are 25 to
30 individuals nearby and we will take a
census and note any unusual behaviors.
The primarily flat underwater terrain
gently slopes toward the dropoff 250
yards (235 m.) from shore. The immediate
rock hard inshore surface yields to a soft
sandy layer that is about 15 inches (38
cm.) thick. Below the sand covering is an
intertwined pile of broken fingerlike
pieces of Staghom and Elkhorn hard
coral. These buried remnants are evidence
of the huge structures that once lived close
to the surface near the shore. The pound-
ing waves ground the skeletons of those
formations into the very sand that is now
covering them. At first glance this flat
zone seems uninteresting, monotonous
and devoid of life. Over the years we have
learned to be alert and ready for the unex-
pected encounter in places where we least
expect it. I sense that today may bring us a
surprise.

The moment of discovery
We enter the water, signal our readiness
to go down, exhale and purge the air from
our BCDs and descend into the clear blue


sunlit sea. In this area, the sand, washed
by the surge from the wind driven waves,
has a slight undulated surface that is
coated with beige and green algae. As we
slowly transit this large expanse to the site
of the Jawfish colony, we swim very close
to the bottom and scan horizontally to
locate any unusual bumps or movement
on the surface of the sand. The first thing I
notice to my right is a small algae covered
Milk Conch shell, moving across the bot-
tom. Getting closer, we see a trail of im-
prints, and immediately realize there is
something else propelling this shell. It is a
Stareye Hermit crab with lavender and
pink body markings, lots of bristle-like
hairs, and, at the tips of the eyestalks, bril-
liant turquoise blue eyes in a star-like de-
sign. It is unaffected by my our presence
and does not retreat into the inner shell
chambers. We use our magnifiers to ex-
amine the exquisite colors and movements
of this beautiful specimen.
Rising off the bottom, I notice some-
thing at the edge of my visual range sway-
ing in the surge. Barbara joins me and as
we move forward and are momentarily
stunned by the sight of two animals we
have never before seen in this environ-
ment. They are round, dome shaped, grey-
green masses, with arms tipped in flower-
like fronds. Sitting on the sand bottom,
pulsating with the rhythm of a beating
heart, they resemble live heads of broc-
coli! Our memory circuits go into over-
drive and instantly supply an image of
these same creatures in their more com-
mon habitat of the mangroves surrounding
Lac Bay on the east side of Bonaire. They
are the Mangrove Upside-down Sea Jel-
lies. It is exciting and a great delight for
us to see these animals in the bright, clear
water of the south coast. You can observe
them in substantial numbers while snor-
keling at Lac Bay, but the nutrient rich
water of the mangroves clouds much of
the details and hides the structure and true
color patterns that are visible here.

Questions and answers
After this initial encounter we have con-
tinued to observe these visitors for more
than six weeks. They have become the
focus of a new investigation. As divers
and snorkelers, we have always been care-
ful to avoid the dangerous floating Sea


!


"Sitting on the sand bottom,
pulsating with the rhythm of a
beating heart, they resemble live
heads of broccoli... They are
Mangrove Upside-down Jellies!"


Why are our subjects called Upside-
down Jellies? Why are they here? What
are they doing? Do they sting? Unlike
stereotypical jellies, these creatures, Cas-
siopeia xamachana, spend most of their
time inverted (upside down) on the sea
floor with their oral cavities exposed to
the water above. Their round "bells" have
a concave shape rather than a ball as in the
other floating jellies. Once in contact with
any relatively flat surface, the pulsating
action creates suction to hold its body and
exposed fronds upright. This motion also
disturbs nutrients in the form of small
particles that rise up and fall over their
upward facing mouths, providing a por-
tion of the food necessary to sustain life in
the normally oxygen poor waters of their
habitat. The stinging cells and nemato-
cysts are relatively weak compared to
otherjellies and any effect or contact usu-
ally disappears by merely stepping out of
the water.
Why are they multi-colored and not
clear like other jellies? How can they sur-
vive in such numbers in a relatively small
area? Living within the body cavities of
the Upside-down Jellies are specialized
microscopic algae that need sunlight, car-
bon dioxide and protection from ultravio-
let rays to live. The symbiotic relationship
between these jellies and the algae pro-
vide the balance of nutrients necessary for
each to thrive in a delicate environment,


Jellies that are common to all
the oceans, warm and cold.
This recent experience has
inspired us to research and
unravel the lives of these
often misunderstood animals.
Adult Sea Jellies are 95-99%
water and have an incomplete
digestive system that con-
sumes food and expels waste
from the same orifice. Nutri-
ents from their food are sim-
ply absorbed through a spe-
cialized lining in the stom-
ach. They have no respiratory
system since their skin is thin
enough to diffuse oxygen in
and out of their bodies. They
do not have a brain, heart,
central nervous system,
skeletal system or blood.
Most Jellies are continuously
moving in the open water and
capture food with trailing
tentacles containing stinging
cells with nematocysts that
"hook" into prey and retract
to the mouth on contact like
springs. These Upside-down
Jellies are different. Let's
find out why.


the shallow "photic zone" of the sea. It is
these tiny organisms that give the jellies
their color. The combination of nutrient-
rich water and oxygen from the algae
gives the jellies food while the algae is
supplied with abundant waste carbon di-
oxide from the jellies, protection from the
U.V. rays and sun for photosynthesis.

Recent scientific theories that may aid
the survival ofplanet Earth
As scientists study the symbiotic rela-
tionship between the jellies and the algae
and how and when this relationship
started, they are uncovering ways these
creatures can provide answers to some
other threatening problems. Both organ-
isms are very sensitive to light levels,
temperature and the salinity of the sur-
rounding water. Any slight disruption of
these factors caused by some environ-
mental change such as global warming
will cause the jellies or algae or both to
disappear. In other research that focuses
on the early life cycle of the jellies and
algae, it has been discovered that certain
genes which determine bodily segmenta-
tion during embryonic development
evolve much earlier than previously
known, and that further study of the jellies
and algae may hold the key to understand-
ing the processes that cause humans to
develop in the forms that we do.

It is almost incredible that this seem-
ingly chance encounter on a single, shal-
low underwater adventure can lead to so
much valuable information. I invite you to
join us on our next excursion into the
mysterious secrets of the natural world
under the sea via the pages of The Bonaire
Reporter.
CAlbert
Bianculli
2005 4


Albert Bianculli has been visiting Bonaire since 1970 and
now lives on Bonaire full time. See his show every Sunday
night at Captain Don's Habitat Aquarius
Conference Room beginning at 8:30 pm.
All images are original, un-retouched slides, shot on
location and composed within the viewfinder.


Bonaire Reporter September 23 to September 30, 2005


Close-up of the concave "bell"from below.


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I Y^ACHTI^ NG AND A *PAR3 AG


Interview (Continued from page 5)
Ned added, "After 40 years we still see
something new on every dive. We love
seeing people and talking. Conservation
of the ocean's resources is most impor-
tant and it's recreational divers who keep
the focus on the issues. The Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park was created for rec-
reational divers and is serving as a model
for marine protected areas worldwide.
This year we visited Sulawesi, Indone-
sia, and found their park modeled after
Bonaire's, even down to the dive tags.
If some small sections of Bonaire's
coastline were restricted to fishing, then
we would see even more and bigger fish
and local fishermen would also benefit
in the long run because these areas
would serve as a protected nursery.
Groupers, especially Nassau groupers,
are no longer a commercially viable
catch because of over fishing, especially
during spawning aggregations. Bermuda
is a leader in protecting groupers."
"What about the $25 annual cost for
Bonaire National Marine Park dive tag,"
we asked. "Do you think it discourages
people from coming to Bonaire?" "On
the contrary," they emphasized, "people
consider it a privilege to dive in a pro-
tected area that is managed for conserva-
tion. On this trip we met a new diver
who was amazed at the superb condition
of the reef considering the tens of thou-
sands of divers and Bonaire's concept of
diving freedom."
"What has been the highlight of your
dives in so far this year?" I queried.
Anna answered, "Two tiny blennys
fiercely fighting for more than a minute
over a small piece of territory. It ended
when they peacefully returned to their
burrows." Ned said his top sighting was
"an extended session of courting and
spawning among smooth trunkfish, a
first for him. There were 10 males vying
for the attention of a single female with
simulated fighting and changing of col-
ors. After about an hour, around 7:10 in
the evening, two of the males went off
with the female to spawn." G.D.


Bonaire East Coast


iving on Bonaire has always
ranked with the best in the
world, but seldom have people ventured
to the east coast to explore some of the
most pristine coral reefs anywhere. Di-
vers have been daunted by the east coast
because they heard that there were
'strong currents,' 'difficult entries,' and
that it was 'dangerous.' This doesn't
apply when diving with a qualifies local
guide, especially by boat. Larry's Wild-
side Diving offers both expert guidance
and a fantastic boat.

The most common myth circulating
about the east coast is the strong cur-
rents. The strongest current people ex-
perience is at the entrance to Lac Bay
because a large volume of water must
pass through a constricted passageway.
The best way to avoid this is to bypass it
with a boat which takes you directly to
the reef. Once on the reef visibility can
be in excess of 100 feet and currents are
negligible. Larry's Wildside Diving has
you swim with the current on your drift
dive. It's unlike Cozumel, however,
where it's nearly impossible to stop and
take a picture. Here you can take your
time to thoroughly enjoy all the sea life
or take that perfect picture.
Another concern about the east coast
is the water entry. The "iron shore" on
the east coast can make shore diving
hazardous, but diving from a boat elimi-
nates any difficulties. There is not an
area on the east coast of Bonaire that
they are unable to reach, including
wrecks sites that date from the 1500s up
to an Italian motor yacht that went down
circa 1968.

What makes the east coast so special
though? Bonaire is certainly a hot spot
for "macro photo" life, but there are
large sea creatures in abundance on the
east coast. Commonly seen on any east
coast dive are spotted eagle rays-up to


12 at a time,
southern sting
rays, green mo-
rays and green
and hawksbill
turtles. Turtles are
found everywhere
on the windward
coast, with a high
of 27 seen in two
dives. There were
four nurse shark
sightings within a
two-week period,
ranging in size
from approxi-


Dive Briefing on the Wildside -author at right.


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
9-23 2:41 0.8FT. 17:35 1.9FT. 69
9-24 3:29 0.7FT. 18:23 1.9FT. 56
9-25 4:06 0.7FT. 19:15 1.9FT. 45
9-26 4:38 0.8FT. 19:57 1.9FT. 37
9-27 5:11 0.8FT. 20:35 1.9FT. 34
9-28 5:37 0.9FT. 21:19 1.8FT. 38
9-29 5:55 0.9FT. 12:34 1.3FT. 13:45 1.3FT. 21:56 1.7FT. 45
9-30 6:05 1.0FT. 12:04 1.3FT. 15:30 1.3FT. 22:31 1.6FT. 53



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Chalice La Serena Seascape Vijia
Deneb Lazzorone Sea Witch Wingin
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Bonaire Reporter September 23 to September 30, 2005


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New Art at Cinnamon HE BONAIEGARDNER
DEAnI INGW-T E


Three of Bonaire's resident artists
have just announced new products
based on their original artwork. Linda
Richter and Jake Richter will be releas-
ing the Bonaire Creations 2006 Calendar
in mid-September. The 2006 Bonaire
Calendar is a large, high quality wall
calendar featuring images of Linda Rich-
ter's oil paintings and Jake Richter's
digital paintings on art quality paper.
Each month's image is protected by a
gloss varnish, while the monthly calen-
dar on each page lists Bonairean, Antil-
lean, Dutch, American, and Canadian
holidays. The back page of the calendar
provides a translation between Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, and French for
the months of the year and days of the
week as well.
The 2006 Bonaire Creations Calendar
will be selling for US$25 and will be
available starting September 24th from
several local Bonaire merchants includ-
ing Chat 'n' Browse and Photo Tours as
well as at the Cinnamon Art Gallery
from the artists themselves. The calendar
will also be available at that time via the
new on-line Caribbean Art shopping site,
www.CaribbeanArt.com, for those in
North America and Holland.
The Richters have also released a set of
20 postcards 10 different images each
by Linda and Jake, featuring a range of
subjects from above and under water
around Bonaire. The postcards are avail-
able now from local Bonaire merchants
as well as on-line. And, a Bonaire Crea-
tions coffee mug has been created and
also can be seen on-line at
www. CaribbeanArt. con.


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11

1/ i 1i 3 .L A 2


And, after several years of work, Avy
Benhamron has arranged with the Antil
lean postal service to create a set of thr
limited edition stamps featuring his Af
can-themed art work. Each of the three
series contains six stamps which are ce
tified, registered, and numbered by Boi
aire's own post office, Nieuwe Post
N.A., and each attached print comes
from Avy's personal art collection. A
Certificate of Authenticity is available
for each limited edition sheet. Avy's
unique stamps are on display at the Cin
namon Art Gallery, which is located at
Kaya A.P.L. Brion 1, in downtown Kra
endijk, right off Kaya Grandi.
The Cinnamon Art Gallery can be
reached at 717-7103 or via e-mail at
info @cinnamonartgallery.org. Susa.
Davis


M y last story was about our native
trees in construction areas. I'll
continue on this topic, but first I want to
update you about an environmental situa-
tion at this moment on Bonaire.
Thank God we had some really nice rain
last week, but that doesn't cover every '
problem that we have seen these last few
weeks. These last weeks have been the
hardest for plants in a very long time. It
hasn't been raining during these last
months, temperatures are climbing, and,
unlike other Septembers, there has been a
lot of wind, which is very good for people,
but not so good for plants when they are
thirsty!
I've written about this topic before, but this is just a warning. You should be very
concerned that your plants and especially Palm trees get enough water. Our last
- rainy season was very good so the plants got spoiled. Now they are back to "normal"
ee again, and when it takes too long to get some natural water, Palms can get "stressed"
ri- and dry out and also easily die.
Unfortunately, when you look around on the island, you can see this problem. A lot
r of Coconut palms get black stripes on the backs of their leaves and break off, and if
n you don't help them, the whole tree can die.
Here are the things to do: Make sure the plants get regular water, not a lot but
regularly. Because of the long drought it is very wise to maintain a ditch around the
trees, so you are sure the plants get water there where they need it and the water can
sit and seep slowly into the ground. Because the soil might be very hard this can take
some time.
To make sure the water drains through faster and better, you may add any kind of
organic material. Rake this into the topsoil around the plant. A very good material
- for this purpose is the rough coco-fiber. It holds the moisture very well and offers
some nutrition.
Then, if you have a crisis with your Palm trees, it is good to add a very fast work-
ing fertilizer like Miracle Grow or, the best, Peters. All fertilizers with high nitrogen
n (Continued on page 18)


Bonaire Reporter September 23 to September 30, 2005


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Hurricane Information Night
Because Nort di Salifa (North Salifa)
doesn't want to be a statistic in the
Hurricane Alphabet...

The devastating images of the after-
math of Hurricane Katrina in
New Orleans and Mississippi went
around the world and impressed even
traditional adversaries of the US. The
ABC Island communities, even with
their restricted resources, organized
events to collect money for the victims.
During the weekend of September 17
and 18 Bonaire's churches collected
money during mass for them.
But how well prepared are we on Bon-
aire for a hurricane of the same ferocity
as Katrina? Have we already forgotten
what the next letter in the alphabet
(Louise) did to our sister Windward Is-
lands St Martin, Saba and Statia? And
the heavy rainfalls, floods, and destruc-
tion of the northern part of Bonaire dur-
ing the 'tail section' of Joanne and
Lenny years ago? Ivan "the Terrible"
gave us all big scare last year, and Aruba
is still recovering from all the flooding
from what is often regarded as the least
dangerous part 'the tail of the hurri-
cane.'
Alex Semeleer thought about all of that
and decided to take action in his
neighborhood.
Last year FESBO (the foundation that
helps the community centers), with the
financial support of AMFO and others,
helped organize various work groups in
different neighborhoods, including Nort
di Salina. Some of the work groups are
focused on the spiritual, the cultural and


the social
aspects of
ri the com-
ls r munity.
As head

a education
work-
group,
Semeleer
felt it was
time to
S'break
this taboo
The critical track of of talking
Hurricane Katrina. The about
last storm named Katrina hurricane
was in 1999. The name prepara-
prepara-
Katrina will now be retired tion.' Yes,
a taboo.
As we all still think from previous stud-
ies that chances are still very small that
it will hit us once in our lifetime.
He organized an information evening
on September 14th to make us aware of
different aspects of a hurricane as well
as how to be as prepared as possible.
Opening with an adventurous tale of
his childhood on how he experienced,
what is commonly regarded as the worst
hurricane to affect the Leeward Antilles,
Hurricane Hazel in the 1950s. He remi-
nisced how the road to Playa from Men-
tor Bar and the Salina just 'fused' and
turned into one wide river after the
heavy rains. A lady in the audience did-
n't have the same romantic and adven-
turous memories of Hazel. She, her little
sister and mother stayed clasped to each
other without moving, even to eat, for
three days, scared of the deluge and the


chilling, spooky sound of the wind. Af-
ter the third day they fled just before the
roof fell in. Saved by neighbors they
managed to escape but couldn't return to
their home for weeks. She stills remem-
bers the sound of the wind as her most
fearful experience.
And Hazel, just like most of the other
hurricanes, 'just passed by' near the
islands. It did not even go through or
hit our island.

Both stories illustrated one of the many
light bulb moments of this very informa-
tive evening: that we usually only think
of the material aspect. Emotional and
psychological effects of a hurricane are
huge and are carried for years.
Semeleer elaborated on some several
scientific facts regarding hurricanes in
the ABC islands: Every 60 years a hurri-
cane will brush the islands. Hurricanes
in most cases pass to the north. What is
referred to as the 'tail of a hurricane' is
actually the outward bands of the hurri-
cane. And September is historically the
month with the most hurricanes.
But taking into account new factors
such as the rising sea level and rapid


climate changes, this might change.
Hurricane Lenny, for instance, back in
1999, reversed direction against all pre-
dictions. The huge waves built up by the
storm 800 km away reached Bonaire and
destroyed much of northwest facing ar-
eas.
Through illustrations Semeleer pointed
out which parts of Bonaire were vulner-
able to a hurricane. Kralendijk Bay is
protected by Klein Bonaire from the
worst waves. He pointed out that the
salifias and Sorobon/Lac regions don't
have any rocks or natural dams of coral
to protect them as they used to. The
rocks were removed to grind into sand
and gravel for island construction pro-
jects.
Due this lack of protection, we are
very vulnerable on both those sides of
Bonaire. Consider that the airport is lo-
cated in an unprotected area. Conse-
quently, air travel may not be possible.
It's not without reason that Bonaire's
first airport was built 40 m above sea
level near Subi Blanku. Natalie. A.C.
Wanga
Next week: Preparing for a hurricane


Jong Bonaire Swim to Klein Bonaire Fund Raiser

Have you ever looked longingly over at Klein Bonaire and had a desire to
swim to it, but you knew it was too dangerous with boats traversing the area?
Now you can make the swim and do it safely. Get ready for Jong Bonaire's Fifth
Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire. Volunteer boats will escort the swimmers and pick
up anyone who needs a ride. Everyone who can swim is invited all ages, all levels
of expertise. Every year the event gets bigger and bigger and more fun. Tickets are
NAfl5 and all proceeds go to Jong Bonaire. The price includes lunch, a drink even
a tee shirt! Get your tickets at Jong Bonaire, BonFysio or DeFreewieler.
It's Sunday, October 9, at Bongo's Beach. Be there at 8 am. Even if you don't
swim, come along anyway and cheer them on. L.D.


Bonaire Reporter September 23 to September 30, 2005


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Ask the Dietitian

Beverages are important! Choose the right ones........


Drink Water

B everages are important because
they are mostly water (liquid),
which is a nutrient that's essential to your
life. In fact, a lot of your body is water -
55 to 75% of your total body weight. In
one way or another, every body function
depends on water. You can live only a
few days without it.
How much do we need?
On an average day, you need two litres
(quarts) of water. That's how much you
lose through sweat, urine and your
breath. When you sweat a lot you need
even more. Sweating is your body's
natural way to cool down- especially on a
hot day or when your body gets a real
physical workout. When you sweat, you
need to replace those lost fluids. This
helps keep you from dehydration and the
tiredness that goes with it. Thirst is one
sign that you need fluids. But don't wait
to feel thirsty before you drink some-
thing!
What's a smart beverage choice?
Choose what you drink carefully. Wa-


ter is the best thirst quencher and calorie-
free choice. Make sure you always drink
more water than other beverages. Next
choice are drinks that have a lot of Vita-
min C (found in 100% fruit juices) and
those that contain calcium (found in low
fat or non fat milk and the soy milk
group). Keep to a minimum those drinks
that supply mostly just food energy
(calories). Inform yourself by reading the
information on the labels.
What can you do to make smart drink
choices?
Drink more water than beverages con-
taining sugar.
Drink more 100% fruit juices rather
than juices containing just 10%-50% fruit
juice.
Drink fewer instant drinks.
Try herbal or fruit teas without sugar.
Drink them with ice for a refreshing


beverage.
At a vending machine choose juice
instead of soda.
Mix two different juices for an easy
snack drink.
Drink less soda
Drink sodas as a snack, not as a bever-
age with a meal.
Rather than drinking from a large bottle
of soda, pour out one glass.
If you like to sip while you read, watch
TV, or work on the computer, make it
water.
Order the regular size drink at a fast-
food place instead of the large, jumbo, or
super size cup
Cut down to 1 glass of soda a day and
don't drink one every day.
What ifyou drink a lot of soda?
Sodas are mostly water, sugar or sugar
substitute, and a little flavouring. You
may get some food energy but not much
else. Soft drink consumers have a higher
daily energy intake than non-consumers
at all ages. Sweetened drinks (fruitades,
fruit drinks, soft drinks, etc.) are the pri-
mary source of added sugar in the daily
diet of children. Drinking sodas with
meals and snacks often crowds out bev-
erages with more nutrients. Without milk
or juice, the nutrients they supply-
calcium and vitamin C- typically come
up short.
So let's choose smart. Make healthful
drink choices!
Start with wa-
ter! A.S.


Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Depart-
ment of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program
every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Write her at
dietitan(bonairenews. comn


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gen, The Netherlands, after the installa-
tion of oil platforms and removal of gas
production platforms in the North Sea.


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Pet of the Week
Here is red haired, tiger striped
"Julio" the cat with Shelter vol-
unteer Amber. Both seem to be check-
ing each other out. Amber, 11 years
old, volunteers every Saturday at the
Shelter and is welcomed heartily by all
the pets. This young lady seems to
know many of them by name and their
personalities.
Julio, for instance, is quiet, well-
mannered, and very nice. He gets along
with all the other cats, which isn't al-
ways the case in the cat cage! Julio is
six months old and a darling. He's been
checked out by the vet for the deadly
feline leukemia, given his shots, been
de-wormed and castrated. And he's a
beauty.
Drop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter
on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Satur-
days until 1. Telephone 717-4989.


Amber and "Julio"


Welcome to Marlis, Assistant to the
Shelter Director! We're all so happy to
have you. L.D.


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WHA'S


EI IL MYOIE SIHOITII

Late Show
Calto makesue (Usually9pm)

Supercross
(Steve Howey)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Dukes of Hazzard

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory


This Week
Thursday, September 22 SEBIKI will
be offering a course for expectant
mothers that will run for 16 weeks. It's
at the SEBIKI office at Kaya Pedro P.
Sillie #4. Tel. 717-2436.
September 21-27, October 20-26 -
Coral Spawning on reefs of Bonaire
Thursday, September 22-Autumnal
Equinox
Saturday, September 24-Opening
Art Exhibit by Sipke Stapert and
Dianir Rivas Torres at Cinnamon
Art Gallery. 7 to 9 pm. Free (see page
10). Exhibit continues until October 24.
Saturday, September 24 (and every
Saturday)-Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria
#23. Wine NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday, September 25th- Klein Bon-
aire Cleanup. Meet at the Harbour
Village marina at 7 am. Residents,
tourists and yachties all invited
COMING
Saturday, October 1-Rincon Big Mar-
ket-Lots of local color, music, food, gifts,
fruits, vegetables, plants from 6 am to 2
pm-Don't miss visiting the cultural
heart of Bonaire.
Wednesday, October 5 C-Run with
prizes, 2/4/5 km. 5:30 pm, sponsored by
COMCABON. Call 717-8629, 780-7225,
Richard Pietersz
October 9 15- International
Bonaire Sailing Regatta
Sunday, October 9-Jong Bonaire 5th
Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire, 8 am,
Bongo's Beach (see page 11)
Friday, October 21 Antillean Day,
Market & Cultural Activities all day,
Nikiboko Cento di Bario
November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Conference

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Wine NAf2,50 a glass.

Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar.
Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-Bingo-
great prizes, 7 pm, Divi Flamingo


1 K R^^ '1I 1 *cees) meets at the ABVO building,
NKaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
MICRO MOVIE R W Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
MICRO MOVIE REVIEW International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Seen in Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
SMovieland Cinema: Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
DUKES OF HAZZARD by Jay #1. All Lions are welcome.
Chandrasekhar, starring Johnny Knox- Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
ville and Seann William Scott. Adapted noon-2 pm Now meeting at Casa Blanca
from the hugely popular tv show by the Restaurant. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel.
anme nnme from the 70s-80s. I went into 717-8454


)


the theater not expecting much, and that's
what I got. The movie drags on and on
for an hour and a half with crude jokes
and lots of cleavage. The rest of the
jokes are of the 1 digit IQ variety, that, if
you can't see them coming a mile away,
you'll wish you couldn't see them at all. I
expect this movie to be a front runner for
2005 Golden Razzie award. Dodo

Monday -Soldachi Tour ofRincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225/717-7500, ext. 14.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bonaire-
Talker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's, known
for great local food. Call Gibi at 567-0655
for details, or visit www.BonaireTalk.com,
and search for "Gibi."
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour at
JanArt Gallery Kaya Gloria #7, 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for residents).
Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. 717-7103.
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-
4685, 566-4685
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 6:30 pm call
567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited
NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jay-


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Saturday, October 1stfrom 9.00
am to 2.00 pm at the
Warehouse Super-
market parking lot.
Cost-NAf7,50 all to
benefit the Bonaire
Animal Shelter.
Tickets for sale at:
Warehouse Bonaire
Veterinarian Jan Laarakker or
call:
Lydia -tel. 717-8721
Hans -tel. 717-3207
Paul -tel. 787-0466


BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visittypicalhomes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKayaJ. v.d Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
CHURCH SERVICES
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices 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. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bemardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on 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
Email reporter(bonairenews. con
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518












DINING GUIDE


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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 11 am-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 the D Chii Restauras erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
717-8285 Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant MdtEBonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a
D nClosed Monday garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
Closed Monday too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban 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.
Low-Moderate
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 ; Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 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 Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday ingredients. Sally heads, desserts. Eat in or take out 790-11 too.



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APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
ART GALLERY
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
COMPUTERS
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
and more.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Cafe and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.


Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
sea.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345


RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SUPERMARKETS
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518


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Born on Bonaire....


I was born in 1942 in 'North Salt-
lake City,' Nort di Salifia, here on
Bonaire. My dad, Pedro Semeleer, was
a sailor and ship's cook; my mom,
Maria Sara Semeleer-Thomas, a home-
maker. She died when I was nine. I
went to St. Dominicus elementary
school, a friar school. After that they
wanted to put me in technical school.
At the time I was 14 years old and I
didn't feel like it, so I decided to talk to
the priest and he discussed it with the
friars. As I had been an A student they
decided to send me to Brakkeput, a
boarding school for boys in Curaqao.
Father had to sign a contract which said
that after my studies I had to work for
three years on Bonaire to pay back the
money the Bonaire government paid to
the brothers of Brakkeput for my stud-
ies. My dad signed the contract with
the letter 'X' as he was illiterate. After
three years Brakkeput closed its doors
and I came to live with a landlady. The
government paid NAf100, but we had
to pay everything else ourselves.
My dad had always had work his en-
tire life in spite of the fact that he was
illiterate, so he didn't understand why I
wanted to study. He thought it was use-
less throwing away money and he
refused to pay a cent. However, my
grandmother and her brother helped me
out.
I went to the Monsignor Zwijsen Col-
lege and studied MULO for one year.
They thought I was too good a student
for that school and advised me to go to
HBS (Secondary Modem School). I
couldn't afford it, but the brothers ar-
ranged a scholarship for me from Isla,
which was Shell. It was 1958; I was
supposed to get NAf50 a month, but
nobody told me about it and so I didn't
get anything.
On Sundays I took my clothes to my
dad's little bark or somebody else's
boat and they took them to Bonaire for
washing. The next Sunday somebody
would sail back to Curacao, bringing
my clothes. I'm telling all this because
nowadays people think they're having a
hard time, but they can make it as long
as they persevere.
After a year I found out I had a schol-
arship! I was angry with the brothers,
but they explained they'd used the
money that was supposed to be mine to
help other children, and they gave me
NAf25 to buy some clothes." He
laughs.
"It was a great school all together,
difficult, but a great education. I was
there with Miguel Pourier, who became
the prime minister of the Antilles, with
Franklin Crestian who later was on the
ministry of development cooperation,
with Eddy Crestian who became a cus-


toms official, with Martinus Pourier
and Eric Molina and with Dolfi Dave-
laar, now police inspector and the
leader of Gruppo Watapana. I feel that
this school gave us the opportunity to
do something for our society.
I became a schoolteacher. For five
years I taught at the Radulphus College
in Curaqao; after that for three years at
the Stanislaus School in Rincon and at
the Dominicus School in Playa. Then I
left for Holland because I wanted to see
the world, and I wanted a technical pro-
fession after all. Electronics and com-
puters that was what I was interested
in.
For a year I worked as a teacher in


"My dad had always had
work his entire life in
spite of the fact that he
was illiterate, so he didn't
understand that I wanted
to study. He thought it
was useless throwing
away money."

Haarlem, then I got a job with SVB
(social insurance) in Amsterdam, work-
ing as an electronic data processor spe-
cialist, an IT specialist as you would
call it now. I got on-the-job training as
a computer programmer analyst and
worked myself up to chief programmer.
Then I had to wait until... my superior
would die. I didn't have the patience, so
I left SVB after five years."
Alex Semeleer is a professional in
every way, but he's also blessed with a
good sense ofhumor, gentleness and
great charisma. We're talking in his
wife's shop, 'Astros,' and it's amazing
to see the amount ofpeople coming and
going; it's an extremely lively place.
"The rest of my stay in the Netherlands,
20 years in total, I worked as a consult-
ant in design, analysis and computer
programming and I did training. That's
my career. It's been very interesting
and I've always enjoyed my work.
When I was about 40, I started my own
business. I worked for the government,
banks and the sea search and rescue
center in Ijmuiden. But when I was 50 I
found out that I was too old according
to the Dutch standards. As age discrimi-
nation isn't' allowed they tell you:
'Sorry, Sir, you have too much experi-
ence and therefore you're too expensive
for us...'
In 1994, I was 52 years old. I came
back to Bonaire. I'd gotten married
when I was very young, at 24. I needed
someone beside me. When we went to


Holland we
were young
and my wife
grew into the
Dutch mental-
ity, so when I
decided to go
back to Bon-
aire, she didn't
want to come
with me. We
separated
without any
fights.
So, there I
was, back on
Bonaire, all by
myself. I
found out there
wasn't any work
for me. I went back to my previous
profession, teaching. For three years I
taught at an elementary school, but
times had changed and the mentality of
the children was different, and also I
wasn't the same anymore either. Jopie
Abraham asked me to work for his
party and that's what I did for a year.
Afterwards I went back to education,
but this time into management as an
advisor. It lasted until November 2004
when I became 60 and had to retire, as
prescribed by the rules.
Now I am socially involved in many
different foundations. I'm the secretary
of the parent's association of SGB high
school, secretary of the Bonairean con-
sumer organization. I'm in a educa-
tional workgroup at the Sentro di Bario
di Nort di Salifia. I'm the chairman of
the Marsh6 Rincon and am giving natu-
ralization courses for people who want
to apply for a Dutch passport. I'm giv-
ing courses at CKB, the center for small
businesses, to prepare small entrepre-
neurs to have a business of their own. I
also teach these people English and
Papiamentu, and for that I invite Ameri-
can citizens who have their residency
here, to come and have discussions in
English. It's successful and everyone is
having a good time. I'm also introduc-
ing astronomy to the people together
with Alan Gross and... right now I'm
trying to prepare people for the dangers
of a hurricane.
Besides all that I have a family: two
darling daughters, Nelsi and Arunel,
and a lovely wife, Faizul. I met her here
on Bonaire when I was living by myself
in a big house in Nort di Salifia and she
came with five girlfriends asking if she
could rent a room. Six beautiful women
they were, but she was the most inter-
esting, the leader of the group, with
beaming eyes and an enterprising spirit.
Faizul has the South American mental-
ity. She really knows how to take good


Alex Semeleer


care of me!
Well, going back to the subject of the
hurricanes: We've always said we're
outside the hurricane belt, but... do the
hurricanes know that? Usually they're
born in the middle of Atlantic. They go
west and once they are in the Caribbean
Sea they go north. That was the rule. In
1999 Hurricane Lenny was born in the
Gulf of Mexico and went east to the
Windward Islands. Hurricane Katrina
was born in the Bahamas and right now
we have three tropical depressions
which were born there. It's become the
Wild, Wild West!
We say we have a hurricane once
every 50 years, but who knows when
that will be? It was a narrow escape
with Ivan, but will we be so lucky next
time? All I want to do is to make the
government, the support organizations,
the sentro di barios, Saso and the peo-
ple of Bonaire aware of the fact that we
don't have a plan. During Ivan the hos-
pital sent all the sick people home and
begged the government not to send
them anybody else! I've worked with
sea search and rescue and know about
preparations. In the weeks to come I'll
be giving lectures in the sentro di
barios to make the people realize it
could happen here too.
As for me, personally, I can only say
Holland was fun, but I never meant to
stay there forever. I am a religious and
spiritual person and I am very happy
with my life and I
feel fabulously
rich, not finan-
cially, but in life
experience and in
the love that sur-
rounds me."
Photo and story
by Greta Kooistra


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T his week an interesting new restau- also have Criollo for
rant opened Anthony's Extreme lunch during the
Cuisine. A restored old Bonairean house week.
is the perfect setting to showcase the cui- Anthony loves do-
sine of distinguished Chef Anthony An- ing buffets and his
thony. He's unique. Through and through creative and beautiful
he's a Bonairean, but he's had classical, table d6cor is always
continental training. done with flowers
"The emphasis is on contemporary Car- and products from the
ibbean cuisine," says Anthony, "using island. He'd be happy
products from the Caribbean in a beauti- to do your wedding
ful, natural presentation with a dushi or other celebration.
(delicious) taste." Some of the snacks we There's plenty of
tasted were Meatballs in a Tamarind space at the restau-
Sauce, Bonairean "4-legged rant and the garden
Chicken" (iguana?) Quesadilla, Chicken for up to 200.
Wings with "Extreme" BBQ sauce. A Working as a chef
main dish might be a USDA Beef Ten- for nearly 30 years
derloin with a Mushroom-Tamarind Anthony was on the
Demiglace Sauce or Shrimp Flamed with Bonaire Culinary
Perod, or a Chicken Breast with an Ex- Team for two years.
otic Stuffing of Vegetables and Ricotta He acts as a judge for
Cheese. A soup choice might be the culinary competitions
Pumpkin and Plantain with Salted Beef. in Bonaire and is a
The fish is always fresh and served in professional chef-
different ways. There's the Caribbean judge for the Carib- Get a Warm Welcome from Anthony, Zal
Cup Salad with Mango, Avocado and bean Culinary Foun- restaurant manager) and Sous-Chef T,
Three Kinds of Lettuce tossed with a dation. For 10 years
Roasted Garlic Dressing. The "Grand he was a chef at Plaza and has had his Prices are reasonable.
Dessert" is a trio of Key lime Pie, own catering business in Rincon for the NAf 6,50 to NAf12 .
Cheesecake with Oreo and Cracker last three years. Anthony's Extreme Cui- from NAfl8,50 to NA
Crumb Crust, and "Extreme Ice Cream." sine is a family restaurant. "I have lots of The restaurant is loca
Everything is made in his kitchen, even support from my family and friends," Princes Marie #8 nex
the desserts and the tortillas for the que- Anthony declares. He's had help from Hardware, open Monda
sadillas. CKB (creating a business plan) and from day serving lunch from


Every Saturday for lunch and dinner
they serve Criollo food- bachi-bachi,
yorki, sop, kabrito stoba, piska. You may


MCB Bonaire. Anthony is giving back to
the community by hiring and training
youngsters from Chez Nous (high school
hotel school) and from North Salifia.


dinner 6 to 10 pm. For
may make reservations
4311 or 540-4683. The
service too. L.D.


ma (his sister and
erence Martis.

.Lunch is from
)inner prices are
f35.
ted on Kaya
t to Boomerang
ly through Satur-
11 am to 3 pm,
faster service you
at 786-4521, 717-
re's take away


Bonaire Gardner( Continuedfrom page 10)
numbers are good, as long as they
work fast. And for Coconut Palms
and other green Palms, a little help
with Magnesium Sulfate is also very
good, but this, again, has to be mixed
with another fast absorbing fertilizer.
But don't get scared. If you just
keep on maintaining your plants well,
you won't get these problems. This is
just a warning that you should be a
little bit alert.
Now is not the right time to make
changes in your garden, deciding
whether you want to keep certain
plants or not. This time of year some
may not look so good, but that will
change rapidly when we get some
more rain. Next time I'll continue
about our natural sources for your
gardens! Ap van Eldik


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label
Landscaping which designs, con-
structs and maintains residential and
commercial gardens. Two nurseries
and a garden shop in Kralendijk
carry terra cotta pots from Mexico
and South America. Phone 717-3410.
NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-
STOP 9 TO 4.


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*to find it, just look up
The Sun During autumnal equinox
the First Week of
Autumn, the Moon
Visits Saturn, and a
Mars Update


Since this is the first
week of autumn
you can have some fun f 4
with the Sun, plus I'm o
going to show you how to j
use the Moon to find Sat- earth
urn, and we'll update you
on Mars, which as of this
week is brighter than any
other star in the sky.
This Thursday morning,
September 22nd, is the
first day of autumn, which
astronomically speaking
is the day of the Autum- I
nal Equinox. And at sun-
rise you will notice that
the Sun will rise exactly Celesti l
due east. Then if you go equat vernal equinox
out at the end of the day or
at sunset and look west
you will see that the Sun will set exactly due west.
Now, believe it or not, the Sun rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west on
only two days of the year on the first day of autumn, the Autumnal Equinox, and
the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox. That's because on these two days the
Sun lies exactly on the Celestial Equator, which is what marks the equinoxes in
the first place. Check it out yourself because, practically speaking, the Sun will
rise and set almost due east all week long. After which it will start to rise and set a
little bit farther south each day.
And now to find the beautiful ringed planet. Any day this week or next look east
about an hour before sunrise and you'll see the two bright stars of Gemini Castor
and Pollux and directly below them wonderful Saturn, which still looks great
through a small telescope. It's exactly the same brightness as Procyon, the bright
star off to its right, which marks the eye of Orion's little dog. But if you're one of
those who always has a hard time finding any planet you can use the Moon as a
finder next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday the 27th an exquisite old
crescent Moon will be parked just below Castor and Pollux and right above Saturn,
all four almost in a straight line. On Wednesday the 28th an even slimmer crescent
moon, complete with Earthshine, which looks like a dark full Moon nestled
within the crescent, will be parked right next to Saturn, only 5 degrees away. It
doesn't get any easier to find it than this.
And now let me update you on Mars which in six weeks will be at its brightest
until the year 2018. Simply go outside around 10 pm this week and next ,still fac-
ing east, and it will bedazzle you with its reddish rouge gold color. As of this week
it is outshone in the night sky by only Venus, Jupiter and the Moon. Now is the
time to start watching Mars because although it will reach its very brightest the
first week of November it will still be super bright all through October. So please
start your Mars watch now. Jack Horkheimer


mEiiZ\ Lm


For the week: September 23-29, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Problems with ear, nose, or the throat are likely. A
change of attitude has probably disrupted your home environment. You will be
able to talk to your lover about future goals and perhaps make plans for the two of
you to take a vacation. Set the ball in motion and be relentless until you complete
the project. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may not see your situation clearly. You will
have a problem with your boss if you haven't done your job. You may be up for
some changes in your home. Don't share your dilemma with those you work with.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Self improvement projects should be your key con-
cern. Those you live with may be experiencing problems. Opportunities for new
and exciting relationships will be yours if you join groups. Feeling under the
weather may be a result of overindulgence. Your lucky day will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Expect temper tantrums on the home front if you
haven't been letting someone have their way. You can look into new jobs but don't
count on getting help from someone who may have promised you assistance. Be
careful what you consume this week. Investments may not be as lucrative as you
thought. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may find that romance will unfold through business
connections. You won't impress anyone by being overly generous. Children may
cause limitations. You may not be happy if members of your family are not pulling
their weight. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Money can be made if your are willing to take a
chance. Plan to get out and do a bit of travel. You are best to keep your money tied
up in a safe and secure place. You need to spend some time pampering yourself.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) It might be best to keep your ideas to yourself this
week. You will gain knowledge through your adventure. You can easily impress
others with your generous nature. Don't let your anger consume you and don't al-
low important matters go unattended to. Your lucky day will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Take the time to sort out your personal papers
and double-check your financial investments. You're eager to learn. Colleagues
may try to undermine you when talking to superiors. Don't lament to a friend about
any grievance regarding your mate, or it may be hard to rectify your relationship.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Make plans to attend group discussions or
get together with friends who like to talk as much as you do. Do not hesitate to
help elders with legal documents that are too confusing for them. Involvement
with prestigious organizations will be to your advantage. Avoid getting involved
with married individuals. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can help sort out problems that friends
are facing. You may find that your emotional partner will not be too eager to ac-
commodate you. Romance can develop; however, it will most probably be short-
lived. You will be able to close any deals successfully. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Do what you can to help them but don't neglect
your own family. Try not to let relatives or friends cause any friction with your
mate. Difficulties with older females in your family may turn out to be quit trivial
after all. You will do well if you mingle with the brass this week.Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You'll have a great deal of insight when dealing
with others. You need to reevaluate your situation. Someone close to you may need
help. Get out and experience the spice of life. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.


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