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Continental
Airlines

F lying to Bonaire from the US is
getting easier. There are already
American and Air Jamaica flights that
fly to Bonaire after one intermediate
stop. A weekly "charter" will fly non-
stop from Ft. Lauderdale, which is host
to almost all US low-cost airlines, every
Saturday beginning next month. And on
December 16, Continental Airlines will
launch weekly round-trip service from
Houston, Texas, to Bonaire. The
southbound flight will depart George
Bush International Airport on Fridays at
11:30 pm, arriving in Bonaire on Satur-
days at 6:15 am. The return flight will
leave Bonaire on Saturdays at 8 am, ar-
riving in Houston later that morning at
11:05 am.
For the convenience of those arriving
on this dawn flight, many of Bonaire's
hotels are offering early check-in and
other services. For example:
Buddy Dive Resort has special check-
in procedures and services for guests
arriving on Continental Airlines. They
will strive to have all rooms ready for
check-in by 9 am. Beginning at 6:30 am
an American breakfast buffet will be
offered. On the morning guests depart,
the resort will provide a complimentary
breakfast box. For more information
visit http://www.buddydive.com.


Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Ca-
sino will welcome their guests with a
seaside breakfast beginning at 6:30 am
(additional charge). Check-in will be
upon arrival, but if the room is not avail-
able, luggage will be stored in the secure
luggage storage area at the front desk at
no charge. Divers will be able to store
their gear at the dive shop beginning at
7:30 am and will be able to do their Dive
Registration and Marine Park Orienta-
tion at 9 am. Changing and shower fa-
cilities will also be available. For more
information visit http://www.
diviflamingo.com.

A Air Jamaica, having undergone a
nine-month period of restructuring, is
expected to return to profitability by
2009, said the outgoing chairman of Air
Jamaica, Dr. Vincent Lawrence, at a
press briefing last week. He emphasized
that Air Jamaica today is far healthier
financially and operationally than the
Air Jamaica the board took control of
back in December of last year. Law-
rence refuted reports that the airline had
lost US$100 million for the first nine
months of the year and is expected to
record a loss by year's end in excess of
US$150 million. Rather, he said, Air
Jamaica lost US$79 million and is ex-
pected to lose no more than US$100
million for the year. Air Jamaica flies
to Bonaire every Saturday and is key
in providing air travel for American
visitors to the island.


Lawrence announced that for their 15
aircraft, utilization has gone up to 10.6
hours per day with room to improve. He
said the ideal number is 11 hours a day
and that that target would be achieved in
the not-too-distant future.
Commenting on Lawrence's assess-
ment, an industry source, speaking under
anonymity, said: "This good news is for
public consumption. Salaries remain the
same, the leases are the same and noth-
ing has been done to reduce costs. The
airline is struggling to get decent load
factors. As far as load factors are con-
cerned, September was disastrous for
Air Jamaica with the carrier losing US
$20 million. Its on-time performance is
atrocious and it has lost market share.
Talk of aircraft utilization of 10.6 hours
per day with 15 aircraft is pie in the sky.
It is just not possible."

A A report published by the Dutch
Air Inspectorate last week revealed that
the aircraft chartered by the defunct
Curaqao Airline, DCA, from Luxor for
trans-Atlantic flights, did not meet
international safety and security stan-
dards. So serious were the deficiencies
that one aircraft was grounded.

A Everyone's favorite inter-island
airline, Divi-Divi, added a fourth
plane to its fleet, another Britten-
Norman Islander. This type of aircraft is
noted for its reliability and load carrying
capacity and is said to be popular with
crew and passengers, although a bit
noisy. Its high wing design offers excep-
tional visibility for passengers.


A Boy Clarenda, a well known Bo-
nairean, has taken exception to the ap-
parent policy of BonairExpress not to
use Papiamentu for in-flight an-
nouncements between Aruba and Bon-
aire. He feels that it is an important se-
curity issue for the language to be used
so that safety procedures are clearly un-
derstood.


WEB with auxiliary units.


A Bonaire's water and electric util-
ity, WEB, held a press conference last
week to talk about its future direction.
It plans to explore alternative fuels like
heavier (cheaper) fuel and bio-diesel and
from sources other than Curoil. Alterna-
tive energy like wind power will be
evaluated. An objective is to have half
of Bonaire's electric power supplied by
windmills.
The plant matter for the production of
the bio-diesel might come from seaweed
(algae) grown and harvested on Bonaire,
perhaps in salt pan areas. A technique,
called deep-sea cooling will also be in-
vestigated. The additional cost of this
development is estimated at NAf63 mil-
lion. WEB's basic rates haven't been
raised in 15 years, according to a WEB
(Continued on page 3)


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IN THIS ISSUE
Regatta Registration Day 5
At the Rincon Marshe 7
Animal Day at the "Dierenasiel" 7
Bonaire Gardner (Native Plants) 8
Bonaire Nautico Marina
A Family Affair 8
Beach Cats to Klein Curacao 9
Regatta Week Begins 10
Klein Bonaire Swim Postponed 11
Washington Park News 13
Regatta 2005 Schedule 15
Windows into the Reef
("No Name" Dive Site) 18


WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
AMFO/NGO Platform:
Platforma Rincon, Part 2 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself
(Peter Is. British Virgin Islands) 12
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week ("Maxima") 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Avy Benhamron) 17
Sky Park
( Hunter's Moon, Mars, 7 Sisters) 19
The Stars Have It 19
Special Olympic Spotlight 20
(Cheryl Cicilia)


Bonaire Reporter- October 14 to October 21, 2005


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(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
spokesman. However, electricity cur-
rently costs the consumer almost twice
what it did a year ago because of rising
world fuel prices.
Almost half of WEB's electricity pro-
duction capacity at Hato was destroyed
in a fire at the WEB central production
plant during the night of February 6-7.
This lost capacity is being made up by
using rented equipment from Agrekko.

A Last week the attorney for the
convicted Curacao political leader An-
thony Godett filed a petition for clem-
ency with the Court. The petition for
clemency postpones his imprisonment
while his appeals continue. Last Tuesday
the Dutch Supreme Court in The Hague
confirmed Godett's conviction, 15
months in jail of which five are condi-
tional, by the Antillean Court. Godett was
found guilty of corruption and money
laundering. In addition to the petition for
clemency, Godett's attorney in The Neth-
erlands, Gerard Spong, announced he
would also file a complaint with the
European Court for Human Rights. If the
European Court accepts the complaint for
review a procedure could be started in the
European Supreme Court. A procedure at
the European Court could take a year or
longer. Godett still maintains that he is
innocent.

A The Dutch Minster of Kingdom Re-
lations, Alexander Pechtold, will visit the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba from Oc-
tober 14 through the 23rd. This official
visit is a prelude to the Governmental
Summit leading to the restructuring of


the Antilles to be held on October 21 in
Bonaire. His official visit to the Antilles
will start on the 16th when he will attend
the anniversary of the Bonaire Marine.

As
we go to
Press
Captain
Don
Stewart
is being
in-
ducted
into the
Diving
Hall of
Fame in
the Cay-
man
Islands.
Three other dive pioneers are also receiv-
ing the honor: Dewey Bergman
(deceased), Ernie Brooks and Andreas
Rechnitzer (deceased). Captain Don's
foresight has allowed Bonaire to remain
in the forefront of ecology and dive tour-
ism. He introduced the mooring system
that preserved the reefs, advocated the
Caribbean's first spear-fishing ban which
saved the fish, organized a region-wide
association of dive operators (CURO) to
help the industry. He is also credited with
starting the Bonaire Regatta, the 38th edi-
tion of which is underway this week, with
a race with Ebo Domacass6 for 27 cases
of beer. Captain Don is already the re-
cipient of numerous awards including the
DEMA "Reaching Out Award." On page
18 of this issue you can read Captain's
Don's account of diving at Klein Bonaire


in 1965.
Captain Don's trip to the Cayman Is-
lands was made possible by support from
Maduro and Curiel's Bank-Bonaire.

A Last week the ruling Patriotiko
Party (UPB-Green) provided information
on the progress toward developing
closer ties with Holland, an initiative
selected by voters last year and dubbed
by the party as Boneiru Nobo (New Bon-
aire). The services that are now the re-
sponsibility of the Central Government,
such as police, justice, prison, postal ser-
vices, meteorological services, labor leg-
islation, social insurance, foreign ex-
change/money and banking, telecommu-
nication, education and health care as
well as major tax regulation will have to
be provided either by Bonaire itself or
The Netherlands. The ultimate objective
of the UPB vision for Bonaire is financial
and social equality with Holland and
maintenance of Bonairean culture and
values. The target for the reorganization
of the Antilles that will bring about this
change is 2007. To work toward that ob-
jective a six-man commission was
formed consisting of three Dutch repre-
sentatives and three Antilleans. Their first
task will be to formalize an "agreement
in principal" with Holland. Representa-
tion from all sectors of Bonaire is neces-
sary to form definitive content for the
agreement, said Commissioner Jonchi
Dortalina.

A Bonaire has numerous (about 80 at
last count) charitable foundations,


Most of these are run by volunteers who
sit on the boards of directors and make
policy and financial decisions for their
group. Many of these volunteers have no
training or skills to guide them. Until
now that is.
On Tuesday, October 4th, FAJ
(Antillean federation for youth care) to-
gether with Match Consultancy, pre-
sented a new training program focus-
ing on "Board of Director Skills." It
was given as a "gift" during the semi-
annual meeting of FAJ members at the
NGO office, thanks to a subsidy from
JEANA. Annette van Rooijen of Match
Consultancy said, "Our main objectives
will be developing personal interactive
skills." For more information about
Training Programs contact van Rooijen at
786-5711, e-mail:
info @matchconsultancy.com.

A "No Tin Cement." That sign saying
"there is no cement" was posted in Kooy-
man Hardware and other locations. For
several weeks, the second time in six
months, Bonaire ran out of the cement
that is used to make concrete, the basis
for almost all island construction. Some
major projects were suspended until the
material arrived. Normally, a shipload
from Venezuela arrives every few weeks.
Delays, because of material shortages,
severely hurt Bonaire's large construction
sector.
Earlier this year sand was not available,
a problem exacerbated by a ruling that
forbids the crushing of stone taken from
government land.


NGOs Non Governmental Organiza-
tions- as they are sometimes labeled. (Continued on page 4)


Bonaire Reporter October 14 to October 21, 2005


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 3)


A Bonaire gets a gated community
in Tera CorA with the opening of a new
residential area of 53 nicely designed
two and three bedroom/two bath bunga-
lows with gardens, and a community
swimming pool. The Regatta Residence
project has two, one-story home designs
available from 117 to 140 square me-
ters. They are represented by Sunbelt
Realty (717-6560).

A World sea levels could rise 30
centimeters (12 inches) by the end of
the century and freak weather will be-
come more common due to rapid global
warming, according to a new study by
the Max Planck Institute for Meteorol-
ogy in Hamburg, Germany. Computer
models it has created showed the aver-
age global temperature could rise by as
much as 4.1 Celsius by 2100, melting
sea ice in the Arctic. A 30-centimeter
rise in sea level would flood most of
Bonaire south of Belnem.

A The former Tropical Storm Vince
made a rare European landfall early
Tuesday along the southwestern coast
of Spain. The weakening tropical de-
pression with 35-mph winds was the
first tropical cyclone on record to
make landfall in Spain, according to
the National Hurricane Center in Mi-
ami. Vince had been the 11th hurricane
of the season, and the 20th named storm.
Forecasters say this appears to be the


farthest east and north that a tropical
storm has formed in recorded history in
the Atlantic.
The official forecast calls for up to 21
named storms and 11 hurricanes in the
season that began June 1 and ends No-
vember. 30. While conditions for hurri-
cane development get less favorable as
the year goes on, about every other year
a hurricane forms in November.
Wilma is the only name left for storms
this season. After that, storms are
named after letters in the Greek alpha-
bet which has never happened in more
than 50 years of regularly naming
storms.


A These children received their A-Level swimming certificates on October 7 at
Sorobon. Their teacher is Enith Brigitha, "Dutch sportswoman of the year 1975,"
from the Zwemschool Enith Brighitha in Curaqao. Brigitha gives swimming les-
sons every Friday. Congratulations to all! story andphoto Wilna Groenenboom


is non-competitive. Benefits are in-
creased flexibility, coordination and
concentration. Yoga classes help chil-
dren express creativity and imagination
which helps to open up a peaceful and
A Yoga For You announces a Yoga relaxed state of mind and body. The
for Kids 6-week program beginning cost is NAf60, due at the beginning of
the Wednesday after Regatta (October the program. To register call 786-6416;
19) at Kaya Haldu 2. The class time for E-mail: info @aplaceforyoubonaire.com
children from 4-7 years is 3-4 pm and
for 8-12 years 4:30-5:30 pm. A The pretty model in the Benetton
Yoga for children increases body ad this week is Imka Thomas from
awareness with a physical activity that Jong Bonaire. She's shown at the Royal


Palm Galleries in front of Re/Max Para-
dise Homes. The Benetton ad is on page
11.

SPhoto corrections from last
week There was a mix up in names in
last week's edition. On page 6
(Platforma Rincon) Sinaida Janga was
misidentified as Roosje Vinck. On page
9 the photo of Jaeger Sint Jago was
misidentified as Payo Soliana. The Bon-
aire Reporter apologizes for the mis-
takes. G./L.D


Bonaire Reporter- October 14 to October 21, 2005


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S


Regatta Registration Day


L ast Sunday was
IJ registration day
for most of the participants of
Regatta 2005. I arrived at Kas
di Regata around 9 am and it
was already busy. Lots of chat-
tering and laughing everybody
was clearly into the Regatta
spirit. It was very remarkable
that even though it was so early
in the morning, nearly all the
teens participating in the Re-
gatta event in the windsurfing
category were already at Kas di
Regatta to sign up. When I ar-
rived they were sitting in the
registration room where the
elder ones were helping the
younger ones fill in the forms.


When one of them couldn't
figure things out, Liesje
Saragoza would pitch in to help
them. Liesje: "It is a big job
being responsible for all the reg-
istrations. You have to help the
participants with their forms in
an efficient and effective way in order to
prevent waiting lines. I've been sitting
here from early in the morning and I will
be sitting here for a while today! But I
really enjoy doing this. "

For windsurfing in Regatta 2005 the
following seven categories have been
defined: Men/Women, Juniors, Big Kids,
Kids, Super Kids, New Kids and For-
mula. There are plenty of participants


Filling the registration forms Jaeger, David, Bjorn (his brother Jurgen stand-
ing behind), Payo, Keke and Kiri


Liesje Saragoza helps with the
registration

registered in all seven categories.

Two other nice ladies whom you will
encounter during these Regatta days at
the Kas di Regata are Evelaine and Jessy.
They are in charge of the sales of Regatta
t-shirts and other Regatta items. So if you
do not have your Regatta shirt yet, it is
still not too late to get yours and wear it
during the last days of Regatta. You're
not only helping to enhance the Regatta


spirit, but you're also contributing to Re-
gatta funding.

The Regatta spirit was not only inside
the Kas di Regata. Many people were
enjoying the atmosphere, just standing on
the boulevard and watching all the prepa-
rations. Elvis Martinus was very busy
giving instructions to my grandfather,
Boeboei Thode, as to where to place the
marks in the water. These marks will in-
dicate the course to the participants of all
categories so they can keep on track.
For Regatta 2005 I was asked to be the
official for freestyle windsurfing. This
means that I'll be taking care of the free-


style event that will take place at Sorobon
on Wednesday (October 12) during Re-
gatta week. It is my responsibility to ar-
range the heats for the kids (who will go
against whom); to prepare the kids along
the shore for their participation (no more
than two kids at the same time on the wa-
ter); and to judge the performance of the
kids (who performs the moves in the best
way and/or who can do the most tricks).
The winners of the individual heats will
automatically compete against each other
until the last moment when we have only
one winner left. I asked my brother, Taty,
to give me a hand in judging the partici-
(Continued on page 11)


Bonaire Reporter October 14 to October 21, 2005


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Bonaire's Sentro di
Barios:


Platforma Rincon:
"Solid As A Rock"
Part 2


AME

H FO


Roosje Vinck (PR & head of Security/Safety),
Maritza Juan Pedro (President & Head of Infrastructure and Tourism),
Jeanette Juliet-Pablo (President of the Unidat di Bario di Korsow -Union of the
Neighborhoods of Curacao),
Ermine Pourier (Secretary of the board & head of Spirituality),
Janie Rombley (Second Secretary & member of Youth),
Christopher Frans (Vice President & head of Youth).


This concludes the Rincon Platform
Report which began last week.

Religion and spirituality have al-
ways played an important role in
the Bonairean culture. Ermine Pourier
reported that the Spirituality committee
held meetings with the poverty alleviation
group and spiritual leaders to agree on
projects that will sustain the community
spiritually and are conducting surveys to
determine the community's weakest
points.

Gacha Coffie, representing the Senior
Citizens committee, expressed her grati-
tude for the summer vacation plan for the
elderly that AMFO sponsored completely.
Some funny anecdotes were shared on the
'good ol' times they had at the different
'ranchos.' She said they'd like to be able
to take them out at least once a month,
important for them socially and emotion-
ally.
When Bonaireans talk about culture,
Rincon is usually one of the first names
that comes up. The Culture committee,


under the leadership of Lourdes Winklaar,
reported that they were representing the
Platform during the July Art and Culture
Day. She said that traditional practices are
vanishing. "Because the younger genera-
tion doesn't want to name their children
Pedro or Juan anymore, soon we won't be
able to celebrate the San Pedro or San
Juan days." So her committee started dis-
cussions with different culture experts on
Bonaire like Papi Cicilia and Frans Booi
to organize workshops. Also coming soon
is a weekend cultural program especially
for tourists.
Dorothy Cicilia represented Echi Trini-
dad on the subject of Family. Different
projects are "Meals on Wheels" for senior
citizens, road maintenance and more
lighting on the streets. An inventory was
made of poor persons' houses which re-
quire serious maintenance. A children's
"traffic park" and a complaint office
were also on the list of future projects.
Maritza Juan Pedro and Ben Oleana
spoke about the projects and accomplish-
ments of the Infrastructure and Tour-
ism committee and answered questions.


Oleana Era
said the av-
erage age of
teenagers
getting
pregnant is
getting
lower. To-
gether with
Bo-
nairiaanse
Jeugdzorg,
Sebiki and
Jong Bon-
aire, the
committee Commissioner James
committee
Kroon at the Platforma
is preparing meeting
a project to
combat
teenage pregnancy. Riet Sealy will be the
coordinator.
They plan to work with KOKARI
(elderly group). The number of elderly is
rising in Rincon, and a survey should be
done to help come up with a policy plan.
Besides the drug problem among the
youth, alcoholism in Rincon is also
alarming. A survey project to determine
the numbers was submitted to AMFO.
Despite the above, crime has been re-
duced by the community acting repres-
sively as well as preventively. For exam-
ple, not only is the goat thief prosecuted,
but so is the buyer.
The committee will be reopening Kas
Krioyo as a main tourist attraction in Rin-
con. A variety of new walking routes
have been developed (Dos Pos, Altamira
etc.) and will be published in a brochure.
Meetings are being held with TCB to syn-
chronize the cruise ships visits with the
business sector in Rincon (shop keepers,
march sellers, Mangasina di Rei, etc.).
The committee is exploring solutions to
the transport problems for Rincon inhabi-
tants.
The public afterwards expressed their
satisfaction on the whole afternoon meet-
ing and achievements in such a short pe-
riod of time.
Seems like Ben Oleana's wish may be
realized after all. ("I hope that the Plat-


forma Rincon will be a model for other
towns and neighborhoods in Bonaire.")


After the meeting I spoke
individually with James Finies,
President of the NGO Platform
Bonaire on this interesting
afternoon:

NW: What is your general impression
of this meeting?

JF: First of all I want to congratulate the
Plataforma Rincon for their accomplish-
ments and new board. It takes courage to
take the initiative to gather groups to con-
tribute mutually.

NW: What can you advise the Plata-
forma Rincon on certain difficult issues
with different parties involved?

JF: Like I said already: it takes courage
to sit together and work as everybody has
his/her own goals. So in practice it's not
always easy to reach a general agreement.
However, discussions are healthy as they
make an idea 'grow and become better'.

NW: 'grow and become better'?

JF: Yes. With the condition that the dis-
cussion is held in a respectful way, each
party's idea can lead to other new ideas.
Different input can broaden your own
idea that you first thought was good and
improve it.

NW: Mr. Finies, thank you for this op-
portunity once again.

JR: You're
welcome, Nata-
lie.
Natalie A. C.
Wanga


*SFO


Bonaire Reporter- October 14 to October 21, 2005


A Candidate for Funding
from AMFO and the NGO


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Animal Day at the "Dierenasiel"


A popular stand at the Rincon Marshd is "Mi Mochila" where Yiufrou
(teacher) Jooy sells fresh fruits and vegetables. The Marshi is set up every Sat-
urday morning at 8 am until 2pm. There's a "Big Marshe" the first Saturday of
every month.


At the Rincon
Marshes on Satur-
days Amelia
Finies sells salted
pork, maishi
(sorgum), maishi
flour and tutu
(cornmeal cooked
with beans).
Here she is with
Felipe Sint Jago
and Marco An-
thony.


Kolegio San Luis Beltran kids visit the pets at the Shelter


n honor of Animal day, the Bonaire Animal Shelter (Dierenasiel) last week
hosted 47 students and their teachers from the Kolegio San Luis Bertran from
Rincon. As you can see from the photo, the children, ages four, five and six, had a
very happy time. In fact they stayed for two and a half hours and even had a picnic
lunch there. Making it easy for the teachers to tour the children around, each cage
had a little sign about the animals. "How many puppies do you see?" "Which do
you think have the same mother?" "Which have big ears? Small ears?" "All the
animals are vaccinated. Why is that important?" Thanks to Cultimara for donating
the juice for the visitors.
The next day, still to honor Animal Day, a smaller group of even smaller kids
(six months to four years) from a nursery school in Rincon also came to visit the
Shelter. According to Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema they had a great time too.


Bonaire Reporter October 14 to October 21, 2005


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THE BONAIRE GARDNER

Native Plants -
Bonaire's Gift

T he rain that started falling two
weeks ago proved again how
much Bonaire's nature depends on it. Af-
ter several months without rain, all the
plants in the wild and in the gardens re-
sponded immediately to the deluge. But ...
areas like Belnem, where it didn't rain
nearly as much as on other parts of Bon- Agave Plants
aire, are still suffering from the drought.
In my last article I wrote about sick Coconut trees, and hopefully they will be
better soon, but keep a close watch on them!
This brings me back to my earlier article about using native plants on Bonaire.
We had a lot of responses to the fact that it is always good to save as many native
trees as possible on building sites. Some people replied that most of the native trees
are more vulnerable to termites or white ants, and I think this is true. But this is
only because most of the native trees, especially the older ones, have a lot of dead
branches, which are perfect for nests for these insects. So if you prune well, take
out the dead branches and seal off the wounds, there won't be any bigger problem
than for any other trees. People ask me if it is wise to irrigate these local trees. My
experience is that that it doesn't help very much. The only thing that really helps is,
again, rain!
Other great native plants to use in gardens are of course all the Cactus and Suc-
culents. There are several nice Cactus varieties in the wild to use in rock gardens.
But I think that using only those is a bit simple. There are a lot of different, maybe
not native, types of Agave, Yucca, Aloe and Euphobia available on Bonaire.
There are a lot of positive things to say about a Cactus and Succulent Rock
Garden:
They are mostly maintenance friendly
Most succulents are cheap to buy and everybody can add to them from friends'
and neighbors' gardens!
Succulents use very little water. But even if you install a garden with only Cac-
tus and Agave, you still have to water them in the beginning! All plants need some
water to get started. Depending on the weather, once a week is normally enough.
There are almost endless ways of using the different varieties. We are always
looking for new types and species to add to our assortment. Some people bring
small cactuses from Holland or the States and a lot of them do well here. Some will
die, but then you know that they don't belong here.
Most materials to start a rock garden are available on Bonaire stones, diabaas
and machines they are all here!
As you might have noticed I'm really a big fan of using Cactus elements in gar-
dens. But there are of course some more negative aspects.
SThe first and most important one is that most of these plants are very SPINY -
especially some varieties of the Agave (Papiamentu name, Kuku) are really nasty!
Because of those spines maintenance can be difficult. It's not easy getting
weeds out of spiny bushes!
Some local Cactuses and Agaves will die after some years. This is because they
are transplanted or because it is just natural. Everybody knows the big Green
Agave flowers, then dies after blooming. Trunks can get up to five or six meters!
A lot of garden owners have taken Bulb cactuses (Turk's Cap Cactus) from the
wild, but because they have such an extensive root system when they are pulled up
the roots are damaged and the cactus eventually dies. (It is also prohibited by law
to take it from nature. Ed.) Also other Agaves can get ugly after some time.
In the next article I will write more about the use of rock gardens and their end-
less possibilities! Ap van Eldik


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping
which designs, constructs and maintains residen-
tial 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.


he Bonaire Nautico Marina is
fairly unique among Caribbean
yacht facilities. For starters it is right
downtown, and it is a family affair. It
was originally owned by Club Nautico
which went bankrupt, but now it's op-
erated by the Ram family. Henk Ram,
Jr., who formerly worked for Club Nau-
tico (together with Carlos Rodriguez, a
friend, now the manager of Harbour
Village) is the dock master.
Beginning with a 19 ft. Mako sport
boat named He Swa, they bought a 21
ft. skiff from the Trinidad work crew
who came over to repair damaged
docks after Hurricane Lenny. With this
skiff renamed Skiffy, Henk started a
regular water taxi service from Nautico
Marina to Klein Bonaire. Two years
later, the built-in-Bonaire, 30-seat cata-
maran, especially adapted for beaching
at Klein Bonaire, the Kantika di Amor
(Love Song) was added. This catama-
ran has been a valuable addition to
Bonaire's tourist transport fleet.
In 1995 Henk Sr. and his wife Chris-
tina bought the 40-ft. Endeavor sailing
catamaran Mushi Mushi to sail the Car-
ibbean for several years, occasionally
leaving her up-island to spend time in
their seaside Bonaire home.
Two years ago Henk Sr.'s other son,
Bob, with his wife, Inge, and four-year-
old daughter, Kimberly, came from
Holland to join the company. Mushi
Mushi was added to the charter fleet
with Bob and Inge doing charter/
snorkel trips in Kralendijk Bay. You
will see her often during the day or eve-
ning with her bright white sails and big


red letters.
In the meantime a sister vessel of
Mushi Mushi, now called Dushi Dushi
(previously named Luna C), can be
seen at their dock too. This catamaran
is now being used by Henk Sr. and
Christina to allow them to continue
cruising the Caribbean, leaving the
business side to Henk, Bob and Inge.
Because of its spot along the unpro-
tected seafront, throughout the years the
marina has experienced damaging
swells from wind reversals and passing
hurricanes, which damaged the dock in
one form or another. During these times
all docked vessels must leave as well as
those on the Park moorings. From time
to time passing power boats create a
heavy wake causing unpleasant motion
aboard the docked vessels.
Even with these restrictions the ma-
rina must be the best deal in the islands.
Sailors can get a slip for US$7 per
night, with water and 120/240, 50Hz
power available, plus free cable TV at
most slips. Water depth is around 2 me-
ters. For full details call Bob at 786-
5399 or on VHF 68.
There has been a recent change in
policy. Up until now Bonaire Nautico
has not charged anything for dinghies
to tie up. It was to foster a spirit of ca-
maraderie with the cruisers from the
yachting world and to provide a sort of
welcome. However, this is no longer
realistic, and they now ask a token of
US$10 per week from Saturday to
Saturday or any part of it. This can be
paid at the water slip at 10, 12 or 2 pm
(Continued on page 9)


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BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA
A Family Affair


Bonaire Nautico Marina with the Kantika di Amor water taxi.


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IYAC HTING AN D 'ERSPORTS AGE


(Bonaire Nautico Marina.
Continued from page 8)
(except Sundays at 10 am only).
A sign has been posted and each
yacht's name recorded on an honor
system. If this does not work out fur-
ther steps will be taken. Henk Sr. says,
"Visiting yachtsmen should realize
that all of us are connected to the sea
and we have a lot of sympathy for sail-
ors. Some of the visiting sailors do not
realize that we are the owners of the
dock and some of the boats. Our
names are just Henk, Bob and Henk
and very often one of us is at or around
the dock. A little friendly greeting
would be appreciated and we certainly
will always give them a hand or infor-
mation when needed." HenkRam,
Sr.





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Beach Cats to Klein Curacao


n the 17th of September, it
looked like it would be a perfect
day to sail back and forth to Klein Cura-
9ao with our beach catamarans. One is a
Hobie 16 and the other a Nacra-Inter 20.
The forecast was perfect: 12 knots com-
ing out of the southeast, with waves of
1.1 meter. At 7 am Geerlof and Anita
were ready to leave. Eduard and I left
about 15 minutes later, so we could keep
an eye on each other. (Normally, because
of how our boats are rated we would
catch up after about one hour of sail-
ing.) We had planned that the trip would
take about two to two and a half hours
going. As we sailed along we felt the
wind shift more to the east, so Geerlof
and Anita had an especially hard time
going downwind. The Nacra has a lot
more sail and could do it in one leg. Our
time was two hours, 29 minutes.
For the Hobie it took three hours. We
met again on the beach of Klein Curagao.
It was a beautiful sight: the colorful
sails, the blue sky and the white beach.
But an unpleasant aspect of our last half
hour was an incredible amount of debris
floating around in the sea: plastic, tree
trunks, grass, etc. So it was a bit of
slaloming, trying to avoid it all, to the
finish.
After a little rest we prepared to go
back. Again Geerlof and Anita left first
and we a little later. This was a whole
different experience. The waves around
Klein Curagao are bigger than in the cen-
ter of the course. The first half hour was
really pounding, but we kept the speed
up to about 18 to 20 km/h (around 11
knots) After exactly two hours we passed
the last oil tanks at BoPeC. From there
we had to tack a few times and arrived
three hours, 14 minutes after leaving
Klein Curagao. It was a trip well worth it.
For the statistics: Geerlof sailed 117
km (58.41 to and 56.17 back); Pieter
106.72 km ( 47.14 to and 59.58 back) .
As far as we know, Anita was the first
woman in the history of sailing to do


Successful sailors on the beach at Klein Curagao: Anita, Geerlof
Eduard and Pieter

this on a beach cat.


The next plan will
be Curagao and
back in one day. If
the conditions are
perfect we'll do it.
We are looking for
a south wind around
12 knots and small
waves.
Story & Photo by
Pieter Zweers


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides


DATE TIME HEIGHT
10-14 5:06 1.OFT. 10:41
10-15 5:08 1.1FT. 11:12
10-16 0:05 1.4FT. 4:52
10-17 1:54 1.2FT. 4:04
10-18 13:07 1.9FT. 22:09
10-19 13:54 1.9FT. 23:23
10-20 0:25 0.8FT. 14:44
10-21 1:24 0.7FT. 15:40


COEF
1.4FT. 15:51 1.1FT. 22:16 1.7FT. 70
1.6FT. 17:22 1.1FT. 23:11 1.5FT. 81
1.2FT. 11:44 1.7FT. 18:52 1.OFT. 89
1.2FT. 12:19 1.8FT. 20:27 1.OFT. 95
0.9FT. 97
0.8FT. 95
1.9FT. 90
1.9FT. 81


Pieter and Eduard's Route
as recorded by GPS


V E S S E -LS M A KI N G A P O RT C A L L : I


Aeson
Altair
Alter Ego
Amorita
Angie
Angelique
Annke
Aguila
Augustine
Baku
Bright Sea
Calliope of Arne
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Casse Tete
Cruzincat
Dauntless
Delphinius


Destiny
Double Buggey
Elenoa
Ete Infini
Flying Cloud, USA
Freestyle
Gallivanter
Good Hope
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Guerdo
Jan Gerardus
Jomi
Josina
Key Lara
Luna C. USA
La Baronne
Lazzorone
Live Your Dream


Makai
Maggi
Mascalzone
Noorhinder
Papyro
Paranda
Propinquity
Rache VSamba
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Seascape
Sea Horse
Sho Fun Time
Scintella
ShalimarSirius
Sol Y Mar
Sparti Vento
Sylvia K


Synergy
Tish
Theis
Ttuut lele
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Valkerie
Varedhuni, Ger.
Ventoso
Volare
Water Musik
Whitewings
Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi


Bonaire Reporter October 14 to October 21, 2005


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Reaatta Week Beains


Bonaire Reporter- October 14 to October 21, 2005


Page 10










(Regatta Re istration Day.
Continued rompage 5) Klein Bonaire


Swim Postponed

Last Sunday, despite thunder and
lightning and the threat of rain, a
large crowd showed up at Bongo's Beach
to register for the planned swim to Klein
Bonaire. According to officials, 230 peo-
ple signed up, but there were even more in
line behind them when the skies opened
and the rain poured down and everyone
ran for cover. This was a record number
(last year there were 207) and should be
even higher next Sunday when the Swim
has been rescheduled. See you next Sun-
day, October 16 at 8 am at Bongo's. L.
D.


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POSITION WANTED

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experienced in Quickbooks & Quicken;
preparing monthly tax forms; a fast and
accurate typist; process oriented; mechani-
cally inclined; dependable and hon-
est. Please call 717 7735


For Sale

For Sale Suzuki Samurai 1995 Good
condition. Big tires, only NAf3.800. Call
786-6796

For Sale: Refrigerator: A big refrigera-
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30 Depth: 19 Inches $1.672; Slicing ma-
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Bonaire Reporter- October 14 to October 21, 2005


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WASHINGTON PARK NEWS


Dining area with a breeze and a sweeping view at the Park entrance


Swinda Trinidad serves great Criollo dishes at the Washington Park entrance


A visit to Washington- Slagbaai
National Park on Saturday or
Sunday can now include a relaxed meal
or snack at the entrance on the breezy
terrace with an expansive view of rolling
hills. Swinda Trenidad, who has a reputa-
tion as one of the best local cooks
around, has a kitchen set up where she
serves appetizing local Criollo dishes -
like Kabrito (goat), Chicken or Banana
Stoba (stew) Pisca (fish), and more. The
ingredients are all fresh. "I make dishes
to order," Swinda explains. Try her
soups and cakes with a coffee or tea.
She's open Saturday and Sunday, 8 am to
5 pm during the Park opening times.

Thanks to a grant from Stichting Doen
the Washington-Slagbaai Park staff is
building two very attractive, Bonaire
style architecturally, guesthouses at the
entrance to the Park. At last there will be
a place to stay on the premises for vis-
iting scientists, internists, colleagues
from other islands or visitors from NGOs
(non-governmental organizations). Each
house will accommodate six persons, has
two bedrooms with poured concrete


"beds," showers and toilets and a large
kitchen-office area where research pro-
jects can be carried out.

The Stitching Doen funds were ade-
quate for one house, but Park Manager
Fernando Simal enlisted the help of the
Park staff, the Fundashon Cas Bonaire-
ano (which drew the plans) and contrac-
tor Angel Arevato, and together they're
building two houses for the cost of one!
One of the houses will be finished this
week; the second by December. L.D.




Stop by and see how
Washington-Slagbaai Park
just keeps on getting better
and better: new trails, a
comprehensive museum, an
outdoor dining area, new
toilets, a gift shop, even a
whale skeleton!


Researchers and others involved with Park activities may stay
in the new guest houses.


There are beautiful, clean new rest rooms at the Park entrance now too.
Men's room at right


Bonaire Reporter October 14 to October 21, 2005


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Pet of the Week

O ne look at this beautiful reddish
brown mahogany colored
"Maxima" and those soulful eyes is
enough to make you fall in love with her.
Those eyes confirm her intelligence and
an alert mind.
Maxima, at two years old, is a very gen-
tle but self assured dog. She was brought
into the Shelter when her owner found that
his pit bulls wanted to fight with her. But
she's remained mellow through it all and
much prefers the company of humans to
bad tempered dogs! When she first arrived.
at the Shelter she was hesitant and shy-
actually the best way to be before she
found out what was expected of her. But
now she's acclimated and her true nature I
has emerged smart and quick to learn.
It's believed she has some golden retriever "Maxima"
in her the gentleness and those deep
brown eyes and her stocky build. Her fur is short and easy to care for, but her tail
has a little "feathering" very attractive.
You may meet Maxima at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
So far this year there have been 130 adoptions. Last year for the whole year
there were 150. In 2003 there were 110. In 2002 there were 90. They're obviously
doing something right!
A big thank you to the Good Samaritans The Bonaire Lions Club. To com-
memorate World Animal Day they donated four, 52-pound bags of dog food!
Thank you, Lions! L.D.


Bonaire Reporter- October 14 to October 21, 2005


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WHAT'S

Special Regatta
Week Movie



SIKLY MOVIE IHOW t iitB

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually9pm)
Transporter 2
(Jason Statham)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Deuce Bigalow:
European Gigolow

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
Sky High


REGATTA SPECIAL EVENTS:

Saturday, October 15th, from 6-9 pm
KonTiki's chef will prepare a Caribbean
style buffet while you are listening to live
jazz music! Listen to Lando Tjin-a-Tjoe
on guitar, Guus Gerritsen on saxophone
and Pieter Gerritsen on keyboards. This
trio has played many, many times together
and are great fun to watch and hear. The
buffet is a gourmet treat at an affordable
price. See the advertisement on page xx.

Sunday, October 16, from 6 pm to mid-
night at the Sentro di Bario in Rincon, Re-
gatta will close with a tremendous Cultural
Night featuring Nos Kosecha, Shekinah,
Glen i su Geng, Tutti Frutti, The Group
Hise Bute i Group Watapana; Plus demon-
strations of traditional musical instruments
and singing by youngsters. Proyekto 2000
plus is in charge of the Musical Anima-
tion. Bar and food will be available. All
are invited for a genuine Bonairean Eve-
ning of Fun.

THIS WEEK
October 9 15- International
Bonaire Sailing Regatta
Friday, October 21 HOLIDAY Antil-
lean Day, Market & Cultural Activities
all day, Nikiboko Cento di Bario
Until October 24- Art Exhibit by
Sipke Stapert and Dianir Rivas Torres
at Cinnamon Art Gallery.


I HRegatta 2005 Schedule


WUn P, 7 .7 ,,,L L IM P


COMING

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 vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Eve-
ryone is welcome, no matter what your
skill level. It's free. Just bring a bike and
your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel
Angel Brito leads the pack. Telephone him
at 785-0767 for more information.
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 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
Maria 717-6435
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.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bo-
naireTalker 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- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paintings
of Bonaire and diver stories of the East
Coast every week
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 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 Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video


Show by Martin Ce-
cilia pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
VOLUNTEER OP-
PORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts &
Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bo-
naireano) 717-5246
or 7117
The Bonaire Swim
Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451
or Valriei@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery Volunteers to
help staff gallery dur-
ing the day. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Ma-
rine Park 717-8444.


Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
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 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 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 enry fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tuesday,
7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from the


17th century.Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 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. 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. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady 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.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518


Bonaire Reporter October 14 to October 21, 2005


All events are at Regatta House (On waterfront, be-
tween Harbour Village and Karel's) unless noted.
Thursday, October 13th
10.00 17.00 Sailing Races
11.00 13.00 Kayak Race
12.30 13.00 Press briefing
14.00 17.30 DJ Music / Activities Broadcasting & Games
16.00 18.00 Microboat races
16.00 20.00After Sail Happy Hour
17.30 19.00Working boat Parade Kralendijk Harbour
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Wilhelmina Park
Friday, October 14th
10.00 17.00 Sailing Races
12.00 12.30 Press briefing
14.00 19.00 DJ Music / Activities Broadcasting & Games
16.00 17.30 Microboat races
20.00 21.30 Award Ceremony / Closing Regatta
20:00 24:00'The Best Driver' Wilhelmina Park
21.30 03.00 Regatta Festival Wilhelmina Park
Saturday, October 15th
20.00 03.00 Closing Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard


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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 Caf6 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 Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature 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
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.

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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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 thii Chii Resaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamino 17-8285eac 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 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
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 pm 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.

OnPasa n Pizzat owModerate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad esse at in or take Ni bar too.



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S was born in Morocco in 1960
I and lived for 12 years in the
capital Rabat. Then we moved to Jeru-
salem, Israel. I had to learn a new lan-
guage, and for me it was very, very
beautiful to taste the culture of so many
different people. We are all Jews, but
we all come from different countries,
and so we all have different back-
grounds and different customs. It makes
Jerusalem a very cosmopolitan city.
At 19 I finished school then went in
the army. During my last eight months
when I thought I was going to relax, the
Lebanon war broke out and I had to
participate. I learned a lot; I learned that
everybody may be spoiled, but once
you've been in the army you are no
longer spoiled. You are more sensitive
to life and you value life more.
In 1983 I packed my bags and went to
France because in the Israeli army you
have to go for reserve duty once a
month, every year, until you're in your
50s! I went for duty one time, and then
I decided to move to Paris. I gave them
three years of my life and that was
enough, I think.
In Israel I'd studied biology because I
wanted to be a vet as I love animals and
nature, but I changed my mind when I
found the course would take seven
years. I also loved art, so I went to Cor-
visart School where I studied art, adver-
tising and calligraphy. In the meantime
I studied on my own how to make
leaded windows. At the same time I
was working with several advertising
companies. With the last one I stayed
10 years, managing 15 people, doing
advertising for L'Oreal, Marie Claire
and Chanel.
After working in advertising 15 hours
a day for 17 years, with all that compe-
tition to deal with, I felt a lot of stress.
And the seemingly endless stream of
bad news on TV from all around the
world made me very depressed. When I
heard about the horrendous war be-
tween the Huts and the Tootsies in
Rwanda I suffered to see that one peo-
ple from one country were killing each
other. I became sick inside, then I de-
cided to do something and leave Paris.
I had met Christelle in Paris in 1984,
and together we had two children:
Laetitia, born in 1992 and Yann, born
in 1994. I had been diving for 15 years,
having learned it in Israel, and when I
told Christelle 'Let's go on a dive vaca-
tion,' she agreed. The first magazine I
saw, there was Bonaire on the first
page! And in French 'bon air' means
good air, so I thought, this is what I
need! We came for a week without the
kids, then after we'd been here twice


for one month with the children we de-
cided to leave Paris and come to Bon-
aire for good.
I really fell in love with the island be-
cause it was peaceful. Of course we
asked ourselves, what are we going to
do here? We saw that there was no
place renting small sailing boats like a
Sunfish. So, we opened a sailing club,
but it wasn't in a good place, and after
four years we had to give it up. How-
ever, we didn't want to give up the is-
land! All the time I was here I'd been
painting and selling my art, and more
and more people were asking me for
more of my work, so then from a hobby
it developed into a profession. I had the
idea of opening my own art gallery, but
because the rents were high I looked for
another artist to share the rent with me.
I found Joey Pawlak, one of my best
friends and also an artist, willing to
share a gallery with me. But Joey died
suddenly, and after some time I called
Jake and Linda Richter, and they agreed
right away.


"It seems like you have
more time here. In other
countries you see life pass-
ing by under your nose and
suddenly you are 65 years
old... I was lucky...
I didn't wait until
retirement age to come
here."


April 2004, Cinnamon Art Gallery
opened its doors. The name I always
wanted, because cinnamon is a very
beautiful spice sweet and a warm
color and it fits my culture and the
way I am. I am really happy that finally
my dream came true, and I feel lucky to
be making a living doing something I
really love.
Unfortunately, we have a very lim-
ited market here in Bonaire. The low
season lasts a long time, and sometimes
it is hard, so I send my art overseas, to a
gallery in Noordeinde, the street where
the Dutch Queen lives in The Hague,
Holland; to an African Art Museum in
San Antonio, Texas; and to a gallery on
the French side of St. Martin. Sending
my art overseas means I can reach more
people; that's my ambition!

The old style of African art is very
heavy, but my art is very graphic: it's
clear, very light and very bright with


warm colors and it has the
African soul. Another thing
I am very proud of is my
Bonairean stamp, a real
stamp. I chose four designs
of my paintings and had
them printed and legalized
in Curaqao with a certificate
of authenticity and a serial
number. For me it's recog-
nition. There's only a lim-
ited number printed, so that
makes the stamps more
valuable and unique. You
can only buy them in the
Gallery, but you can use
them! So, that's really my
baby!"
Avy Benhamron is a slen-
der, elegant man, a sensi-
tive and colorful person,
but at the same time he's
someone who connects in-
stantly with other people.
"I am a person who's al-
ways looking for new ideas,
new people and new cultures. Bonaire
taught me a lot about relationships. It is
a very beautiful school of life. Many
times I met wonderful people whom I
got attached to and then they left. So,
it's very difficult to keep deep relation-
ships on the island. But you have to live
with it and learn not to get attached or
you will get hurt; c 'est la vie! Two
months ago Christelle left with the chil-
dren for Martinique, and I am very
happy that the children are back in the
French school system. Of course I miss
them a lot, but I have been very lucky
that Christelle chose Martinique and not
France. It's not so far and I can go and
visit them. Bonaire gives me the quality
of life; it cured me from my sadness of
all the bad things that are going on in
the world; it has no pollution, no stress;
and I haven't had the flu in six years,
but... in life we need more...
It's difficult for an artist to live on
Bonaire, especially when you're an art-
ist 24 hours a day. My art is my life;
when everybody else is sound asleep
my paintings are born. Of course I want
to stay here, but I have to be rational
and think about the future. If the econ-
omy doesn't pick up and if the govern-
ment and TCB are not bringing more
tourists, it will be very difficult to live
from my art. I guess a little bit more
business would make everybody hap-
pier. Bonaire should advertise more in
Europe and the States and should also
offer more packages, all included, be-
cause that's what people want.
Another thing is Dia di Arte. Why
aren't we doing it in high season? Why


Avy Benhamron


can't we do it more often? And why do
the Bonaireans show so little of their
folklore? It would be nice to see people
in their traditional costumes in the
street and to have local music and folk-
loristic dances on the boulevard at
night, not only the mariachi, which is
Mexican anyway. They should reflect
the atmosphere that we're in Bonaire:
with the food, the dress, the dance and
the music. Bonaireans should be proud
of being Bonairean and they should
show it. It's important to know where
you're from; it's the basics of the ba-
sics. It's the concrete on the floor, and
from there the tree will grow. Life is
like the branches of the tree; if you're
lucky you take a solid branch and you
get good fruit. Sometimes it's difficult
to survive. Everybody knows that. If
you stay here not making a lot of
money, that means you really like the
place!
I'll be here for the coming years. The
Gallery is doing really well during high
season, so maybe a change will come
and we will also be good for the rest of
the year.
It seems like you
have more time here.
In other countries
you see life passing
by under your nose
and suddenly you are
65 years old... I was
lucky... I didn't wait
until retirement age
to come here."
Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter October 14 to October 21, 2005


ON THE ISLAND SINCE .


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DONAIRE' WINDOW!"

INTO TU RPEW:


No Name Beach One of the "Windows" into the Reef


Divers often ask how the dive sites
in Bonaire were named. Since I
was the first and only dive operator for 12
years, I named many of them and have
written other stories detailing the back-
ground of these "Windows" into the reefs.
Previous stories can be accessed in the
Archives of The Bonaire Reporter, so if
you like this story about the early days of
diving on Bonaire and want to know
more, you know where to go.

Back in 1962 after arriving on Bonaire
on my schooner the Valerie Queen with
only my ship's papers and 63 cents in my
pocket, I accepted the job of managing a
former German internment camp. Origi-
nally, it had been named Zee Bad (Sea
Bath) by its founder, Mr. L.D.Gerharts, a
Dutchman who had great expectations for
the island's first hotel. In time I came to
admire this gentleman for his exciting
undertakings and visions, but to me the
property (now the Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort) was still all internment camp, ex-
cluding the barbed wire. Things had just
been rearranged.
The current owner, John Bogart, an
American expatriate and Cessna dealer in
Venezuela, actually drafted me off the
street for the manager's job. He touched a
nerve when he promised food since the 63
cents did not go far even in those days,
and I was getting very tired of fish. I ex-
plained to him that I had never been in a
hotel in my entire life nor had I slept in a
real bed in the last five years. So what
would I possibly know about running a
hotel? However, I think he sensed that I
ran a tight ship and settled for that. I had
been a Depression kid, a salvage me-
chanic, and some seventh sense must


have convinced him that I could fix any-
thing, like an old camp, and thus was per-
fect for the job.
Admittedly, there was a lot to fix.
Around 1952 Gerharts had come up with
the exciting idea of turning the old intern-
ment camp into a desperately needed ho-
tel. At that time only a few pension
houses were available for visiting guests
to the island. Extraordinarily dexterous,
this man had used every plank of wood
that the termites had spared to erect his
dream. Any friend who owned a hammer
helped to rip apart some of the original
huts and put together this place they
proudly called Zee Bad, a cluster of 13
cottages and a main building which had
been the internment camp's hospital.
It was some time around 1957 that a
Capt'n John Bogart purchased the place
for a song, or so I was told. He, being a
Yankee and not speaking Dutch, did not
view the name of Zee Bad as commercial
enough for his intended North American
clientele and renamed the place
"Flamingo Beach," then made it a "Club."
After I took the job, my life changed.
Percy, my mate on the Valerie Queen,
went on to commercial diving while I
chose to stay with the tourists. The origi-
nal idea to bring in guests was to create
the bird watching capital of the world.
However, even though I was the president
of the Bonaire chapter of the Audubon
Society, in truth, there were more birds in
any back yard in Tobago. Bird watching,
while interesting to some, was not the
answer to Bonaire tourism.
The answer now seems obvious, but in
those days there weren't very many divers
in the world. The Bottom Scratchers, LA
County, plus the famous Boston Sea Rov-


TUE *NO NAME BEACH" DIVE SITE
ers were training a few hunters and sal- had plenty of sand, 19 6
vage divers. However, in Bonaire, we and, in fact, I had
knew nothing of those people or what been told it was one of the main sand de-
they did, but had started producing our posits around. A dock had been built for
own share of rookie reef divers since, as the loading of the sand barges. The barges
many agree, "the beauty of Bonaire is un- couldn't have been of any size because it
derwater." was honestly a very small dock. However,
We were still 10 years away from what that old battered jetty, as worthless as it
was called "Scuba Certification." But was, had become an obsession. I spent
what the hell, I had logged almost 500 countless hours repairing that damn thing
dives and considered myself professional. just because I thought it needed it. We
After all, I and my students had all sur- never did use it, as the water there was
vived. So as each class started I would only a few feet deep and we just stepped
say, "Trust your theory, your equipment, over the side of the boat onto the soft
and above all, your instructor." After sand floor.
their successful checkout dives, I blessed This beach area was Bogart's place in
all my new divers as Captain Don's ma- the wild, and he brought wealthy Vene-
cho tropical divers (male or female, as I zuelans over for weekends. It was then
was an equal opportunity instructor) and that I started to know the crowd. For ex-
celebrated the new arrivals' entrance into ample, there was Mike Osborn who was
the wet world of pollywogs with a whop- the president of the Caracas Aquanauts,
ping party. I might not have known how and Linda George, who worked for Bank
to run a hotel, but being a Hollywood boy of America in Venezuela. Mike's people
I sure did know about parties. liked to weekend in Bonaire, flying over
in an old, beat-up DC 3.
I told Mike's group about my secret
We were still 10 years away place over on Klein Bonaire and offered
from what was called "Scuba them the chance to name the dive site. So
the next day I rented several leaking fish-
Certification." But what the
Sing boats to ferry us over to the island.
hell, I had logged almost 500 The diving was, of course, superb: a great
dives and considered myself drop off and a fringing reef that was the
professional. After all, I and ninth wonder of the world for snorkelers
my students had all survived, and divers alike. That night we had a fine
christening party for the new site, and
So as each class started I everyone got a little drunk. By midnight I
would say, "Trust your the- was still waiting for Mike's people to
ory, your equipment, and name the window. Next morning, I deliv-
above all, your instructor." ered them to the plane, and they still had-
n't come up with even a hint. Then, as I
watched the plane lift off the macadam, I
Between May of 1962, when I first in- was pissed. I had really gone all out for
troduced Scuba to Bonaire, and 1972, Mike, and the least he could have done
when we really started to become serious was to play the game and give me a name.
about our venture, many new "Reef win- So, like the little red hen, I named that
dows" were opened. window myself and simply called it "No
Typically, I invented ways to name Name." -79- Captain Don


these sites. In no way was it haphazardly
done. I insisted on plenty of hoopla. I
would talk up one of my favorite un-
named windows, toss my divers into a
rented garbage truck or a few leaky row-
boats and take off to new adventure. 1000
steps, La Dania's Leap, and Snake Valley
are good examples of this. When we re-
turned to the hotel, a party was called for,
and we partied the night away to immor-
talize that particular window.
For example, there was a place on Klein
Bonaire that I knew quite well. It was on
the long run of the island's north side. It


Note: In the year 2000 No Name was
temporarily renamed
"Neme Beach in rec-
ognition of the man
who sold the island to
Bonaire for $5 million.
However, the name
change didn 't stick and
the area is known once
again as No Name
Beach. Ed.


Captain Don


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Venus Visits Antares,
and October's Wonder-
ful Hunter's Moon
Visits Mars and the
Seven Sisters"


T his Sunday, the
brightest planet visits
a super star, plus beginning
on Sunday and lasting for
three nights we will experi-
ence an exquisite Hunter's
Moon. And we'll be able to
use it to find both the planet
which is racing toward us,
Mars, and the legendary
cluster of stars known as the
Seven Sisters.
This Sunday, October 16' Hunter's Moon
about an hour after sunset,
face west where you'll be
able to see the brightest planet of them all, Venus, in a super close meeting with
the super red star called Antares. In fact only three full Moons, placed side by
side, will separate these two this Sunday. Don't miss this dramatic meeting of an
8,000-mile-wide planet and a 500-million-mile-wide star!
Then if you turn around and face east you'll see October's magnificent full Moon,
which we call the Hunter's Moon, just rising. It should look very colorful reddish
orange pumpkin colored almost like last month's Harvest Moon and will be visi-
ble Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night. Now although the Moon doesn't offi-
cially become full until 8:14 am Bonaire Sky Park Time, Monday morning, it will
look full on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
The reason it is called the Hunter's Moon is because that is the name given to the
full Moon one month after the Harvest Moon. You see, in September farmers tra-
ditionally harvested their fields by the light of that full Moon thus giving it its
name the Harvest Moon. One month later the Moon was named for the hunters
who would venture out under the light of the full Moon after sunset hunting for the
small game that came out to glean the fields by moonlight. So catch its beauty
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
And speaking of Tuesday, you'll be able to use this Moon to find brilliant Mars,
which is racing towards us and is the third brightest thing in the sky right now after
the Moon and Venus. I would suggest looking about three hours after sunset when
it has risen high enough to clear most buildings and trees. And please if you have-
n't been watching Mars yet, start watching it at least once or twice a week from
now on because it will be at its closest, biggest and brightest on October 29"h,
brighter and closer than it will be until the year 2018.
And if that's not enough, if you've ever had a hard time finding the tiny cluster of
stars which looks like a cluster of grapes, you can find the Seven Sisters, also
known as The Pleiades, parked just above the Moon on Wednesday the 19"h. One
catch, however: the Moon's light will be quite bright and will wipe out some of the
light of The Pleiades. So make a mental note where they are in relation to Mars
and then wait for a couple of nights until the Moon is well past them to find them.
So there you have it: Venus and Antares in a super close huddle this Sunday plus
three nights of the Hunter's Moon and an easy way to find Mars and the Seven Sis-
ters. Jack Horkheimer


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For the week: October 10 to 16, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't let children or elders put demands on your
time. Don't bang your head against a wall. Peers may not be on your side. Abrupt
action will cause difficulties with relatives. Your lucky day this week is Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You will be able to work in fine detail and present
the best possible proposal. Your high energy should be spent pleasing your mate.
You could be disillusioned if you let a relative in on your emotional thoughts.
False information is likely if you listen to idle chatter or gossip. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Family responsibilities are escalating. You're best
not to get involved injoint financial ventures. Try to get others to stand behind
your good judgment. This is a great day to beautify your living quarters or to en-
tertain at home. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will be able to dazzle others with your obvi-
ous charm and your outgoing nature. Family members may feel anxious if you
make promises you don't deliver. Do not let others exhaust you financially. You
would be best to work late in order to avoid such disharmony. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Build on friendship rather than starting out in an inti-
mate encounter. Don't overdo it. Get promises in writing or you will be disap-
pointed. Don't let the moods of those you live with get you down. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Try not to let relatives or friends cause any friction
with your mate. Your personal life will be disrupted if you have been too busy
with business. Don't overspend to impress someone who interests you. Investments
that deal with property will be lucrative; however, upsets with family members
may be likely. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your self esteem will come back if you take part in
organizational functions that allow you to be in the limelight. Do not travel unless
absolutely necessary. Be careful. Listen to a good friend who is truly looking out
for your best interests. You may feel that someone at work is holding you back.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your professional attitude will not go unnoticed.
Talk to superiors about problems that you feel are getting out of hand. You are
likely to be left alone if you aren't willing to bend just a little. You can make major
gains professionally by completing projects on time. Your lucky day this week
will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Compromise if you wish to have any fun at
all. You have so much to offer; open up and let your thoughts be known. You can
learn valuable information if you listen and observe what others are doing and say-
ing. Lovers may not be truthful. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Friends may not understand your situation. Be
careful what you consume this week. However, you should be concerned about
what they want in return. Be careful of the groups you join or the people you asso-
ciate with. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't let your health suffer because of worry.
Talk to someone you trust. You can make money if you pursue your own business.
Lack of funds may add stress to your already uncertain situation. This will not be
the time to lend money to friends or family. Your lucky day this week is Wednes-
day.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will have no trouble getting things to fall into
place. Alienation may be the result of a misunderstanding. Travel will be favor-
able. You will be able to work in fine detail and present the best possible proposal.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.


Bonaire Reporter October 14 to October 21, 2005


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