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taken in the restructur-
ing of the Antilles fol-
lowing the first "Round
Table Conference" (RTC) held at the
Breezes Resort in Curaqao last week.
The major result as far as Bonaire,
Statia and Saba were concerned might
have been the sealing of recognition of
a new status of"specific nature" within
the Kingdom with direct ties with the
Netherlands. Relations were cordial
among the participants who included all
Antillean islands, Aruba and The Neth-
erlands. Holland showed flexibility in
resolving the NAf5 billion debt of the
islands by stating they would forgive
some and offer low interest rates on the
remainder. Target dates for future meet-
ings were established. The next RTCs
will be in March 2006, July 2006 and
January 2007 with a restructure target
of July 2007.

AA 10 m3 load of hospital supplies
for Bonaire's San Francisco Hospital
was flown to Bonaire on Sunday af-
ternoon's KLM flight from Amster-
dam's Schiphol Airport. The shipment
from the Haaglanden Medical Center
included infusion pumps, feeding
pumps, needles, gloves and catheters.
This one-off action was financed by the
Dutch Ministry of the Interior and
Kingdom Relations for the hospital's
acute situation. The hospital reopened
with full services last week.





ThtthPORTER
IN THS ISSUE:
Where to Find The Reporter 5
Bonaire Investment Trade Show 6
Special Olympics Team Excels 7
Young SGB Chefs' Appreciation
Night, Book gifts 8
Tracking Turtles 8
Sailing School Grows 9
G.U.E. Presentation 9
Turtle Mountain (Bianculli) 10
Turtle Facts 11
Santa Arrives 12
Logos II Visit 14
Children Donate Art 15
Cinnamon Gallery Open House 17
SGB Christmas Fair 17
Ars Cantandi Concert 17
Karnaval Schedule 18
Surinam Festival 22
Envirowatch (sea damage) 22

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Special Olympic Spotlight 7
(Jurney Martis)
Mega FM Schedule 7
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (Moab, Utah) 14
Pet of the Week (Knabbel) 15
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
December Cruise Ship Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since
(Henk Bielderman) 21
Sky Park (Moon, Venus ) 23
The Stars Have It 23


A Ramonsito Booi and his UPB
party changed their mind about re-
signing from the Antillean Govern-
ment thus preventing the fall of the Ys
cabinet before new elections on January
27th. The Central Government came
up with money to temporarily relieve
the fiscal crisis at the hospital. Other
situations which factored into the deci-
sion were the upcoming Round Table
Conference and the fact that the Bon-
aire Government is out of cash to pay
the November and December govern-
ment worker salaries.


A Minister of Finance Ersilia de
Lannooy, Bonaire and Saba Commis-
sioners Burney Elhage (right) and Will
Johnson respectively, are all smiles af-
ter signing the protocol to decentralize
the federal tax departments on Bon-
aire, Saba and St. Eustatius during a
short ceremony in Curaqao last Satur-
day morning.


A The Island Government of Bon-
aire said it does not have money to
pay its civil servants' salaries for No-
vember and December. Ramonsito
Booi says that he informed the Central
Government of the situation months
ago. The Central Government is behind
in its payments to Bonaire. A meeting
with the Central Bank and Finance
Minister, Ersilia de Lannooy, was held
last week to discuss a short-term solu-
tion for the problems of liquidity of the
island in anticipation of a more perma-
nent approach.
Reportedly agreement was reached
for the Central Government to cover the
shortfall. Island Governments depend
mostly on Income Wage Tax and Hotel
tax. Bonaire collects about NAf2.5 mil-
lion a month, while the island normally
spends about NAf4.5 million.

A The incumbent UPB (Patriotiko
party) government will be facing a
beefed-up opposition in the coming
January national elections. The De-
mocratic Party (PDB) has included
candidates from the Paboso (Socialist)
and Obrero Nobo (New Workers) par-
ties to its candidate list for the elec-
tions: Obrero Nobo leader Theo
"Kabuki" Frans at number 11 and
Paboso's Jona Chirino-Felida at number
five. PDB leader Jopi Abraham heads
the list, with Marugia Janga at number
two followed by Councilman Robby
Beukeboom.
The incumbent Patriotiko Party
(UPB) presented its list of candidates
headed by Ramonsito Booi and in-
cluded popular Councilmen James


Kroon and Jonchie Dortalina..
The successful candidates will most
likely be the last Antillean senators as
the Antilles will be reorganized in 2007
which would eliminate the National
Government.

A BonairExpress has been re-
named Dutch Antilles Express but
flies planes in the BonairExpress,
CuracaoExpress and an all-white liv-
ery. Its reservations call center in Bon-
aire has made making flight reserva-
tions over the phone easier. The call
center, which can be reached at 011-
599-717-0808, is open Monday through
Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Payment
can be made with debit or credit card,
with an e-ticket sent by email or
fax. Reservations on DAE can also be
made by emailing reservations(flydae.
com or faxing 011-599-717-
0880. DAE will be launching a new
website with an online booking capac-
ity.

A Antilles Minister of Justice David
Dick says people residing in the Neth-
erlands Antilles illegally have until
the end of December to leave without
being labeled as illegal. The Minister
wants to take measures to put an end to
the flow of illegal immigrants to the
islands. "The pressure this brings con-
tinues undiminished," he wrote in a let-
ter to the Lt. Governors of the five is-
lands, adding, "This is not a grace pe-
riod. Illegal residents will continue to
be arrested and repatriated." The consu-
lates of the countries of origin of the
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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 Bianculli, Jack Horkheimer,
Janice Huckaby, Greta Kooistra, Ditta Morrison, Mabel Nava, Benji
Schaub, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Roosje v.d. Hoek, Yvette v.d.
Moolen
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 & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
illegal immigrants have also been in-
formed. All foreigners currently resid-
ing illegally in the Netherlands Antilles
can leave the country voluntarily and at
their own expense until December 31
at the latest without this departure be-
ing registered. They will have the right
to submit a request for residence from
their home country. An illegal immi-
grant is a person residing in the Nether-
lands Antilles without a residence per-
mit or without a current application for
a permit.

A The Hindu community initiated
the construction of a chapel and cre-
matorium in Curacao that is now
open to people of all faiths. It will be
run by the Crematorium Foundation of
the Netherlands Antilles under the
name Crefona Funeral Chapel.

A Every year for the past three years
a few good Samaritans and Elisabeth
of Croccantino Restaurant have spon-
sored a nice Christmas dinner for the
Senior Citizens of Ka'i Mimina from
Tera Kora and the 60 plus Flor di
Orkidia group from Nort di Salifia.
There will be 50 senior citizens and the
dinner will be on two different days -
the 15t and 16th of December.
This year they are looking for kind
sponsors to make this a special day for
them. All you have to do is to donate
$20 (NAf35) per person for as many as
you can. It's a small price to give to
bring a lot of joy to those whose in-
come is miniscule. As the organizer of
the event, Delno Tromp, says, "For
every $20 for each Senior Citizen you
will be given 5 points on your Mileage
Card to Heaven!" Stop by and give
your donation to Elisabeth at Croc-
cantino Restaurant.

A The shipment of new Beaujolais
wine set for last Saturday's wine tast-
ing got stuck in Schiphol Airport due
to the extreme wintery weather and
arrived on Bonaire early this week. So
Antillean Wine Company will have
their Beaujolais party next Satur-
day, December 3rd. See Happenings
for details


be showing a collection of the latest
Italian fashions for women, men and
children. The Ginies will present a
dance show and there will be a musical
presentation by a very special guest
star. General tickets are NAf35
(includes one drink); a VIP ticket is
NAf65 (includes two drinks and
snacks). Proceeds go to Bonaire's
charitable foundations. Tickets at Ben-
etton shop or call 510-0710.

A Attention beer lovers! Deepak
Daryanani of Bonaire Gift Shop re-
ports that they are now stocking the
following imported beers: Foster's,
Budweiser, Bud Light, Stella Artois,
Miller Genuine Draft and Guinness. As
well, he says, they have high end
champagnes like Bollinger, Tattinger,
Piper Heidsieck, Perrier Jouet and
Roededer Estate from France and
Korbel from California. Coming in are
Dom Perrion and Crystale. Bonaire
Gift Shop is located on the main street,
Kaya Grandi 13.

A Bonaire's
Rotary Club is
the founder of
the successfully
run Bonaire
Breakfast-in-
School Pro-
gram. Their
goal is to make sure all young students
receive good nutrition, firstly by a
good breakfast. As they say, "Feed the
body and the mind." The Rotary Club
started this project but they need
donations both from companies
and individuals to help keep this
very worthwhile project going.
Please help! You may make donations
to the MCB Acct # 831-088-02, Rotary
Club Bonaire, PO 240, Bonaire NA


A Bonaire's Benetton Shop will be '
celebrating their 15 years on Bonaire A Artist Germaine Nydam has
with a Gala Fashion Show on Satur- done it again another unique, very
day, December 10, at the Barracuda Bonaire calendar for 2006. Nydam's
Club. Models from all continents will inimitable, whimsical driftwood crea-


tions have been photographed by fel-
low artist, Ronald Verhoeven, in vari-
ous dramatic locations on the island,
including the rugged east coast, the
placid west coast and in the mondi.
Check out the local birds perching on
the pieces. Calendars are available at
Bonaire Gift Shop, Paradise Photo,
Best Buddies, Bahia, Alantis and Le
Flamboyant, or call Germaine at 717-
2203. They're $10 each or wholesale,
NAfl0 for 10 or more. While you're
looking at the calendars check out Ger-
maine's new original post cards at the
shops too.

A Please note that the ever popular
Pasa Bon Pizza Restaurant and Bar
has a new telephone number 780-
1111. Put it in your address book or
cell-phone now so you won't be disap-
pointed next time you need a pizza fix.
By the way, it's not just pizza that they
serve. Try their super delicious Pasa
Bon Salad or that tasty, savory lasagna.
Great bar drinks too.

A The Jong Bonaire models shown
in the Benetton ad is week are Rhoda
Celestijn and Jomar Vlijt at Karel's
Beach Bar. The Benetton ad is on page
20.

A It's the first of the monthly jazz
brunches at Den Laman Restaurant
this Sunday, December 4. The music
will be by the acclaimed Bonaire Jazz
Group (Lando, Guus, Chris and Benji)
plus guest musicians from the island
and abroad. For info and reservation
call 717-4106 because advance book-
ings get 10% discount on the $25 menu
which includes Champagne, Mimosas,
Bloody Marys and the famous deli-
cious food of the Den Laman

A Divi Flamingo will be present-
ing another one of their incredible
Bonaire Nights at the Calabas Res-
taurant on Sunday, December 4,
from 6 to 9 pm. Join them for a genu-
ine Bonaire experience a bountiful
buffet and live entertainment all from
the island. Music is by Kanja Brabu
and dancing by Grupo Kayena. A spe-
cial guest star will be there, our own
John Janga, who won the Divi Song
Festival in Aruba recently. Price is $20
(NAf35). Kids pay their age in dollars.

A Activity in the restaurant scene
continues. There have been ownership


changes management changes and
some exciting new restaurants are set
to open. We'll report in an upcoming
issue.

A Check out the Mega FM 101.1
schedule on page 7. A new feature is
island information in English every
half hour on the hour.

A The Bonaire Tourist Office is-
sued some details that show how the
island is preparing for the 2005-2006
high season:
Every Saturday evening from 6 to
8 pm the Antillean Wine Company
hosts a surprise wine tasting with a
different wine each week. The wines
featured are top quality. Glasses of
wine cost just NAf2,50 ($1.40). For
more information ca11560-7539, email
wine @antilleanwine.com or visit http://
www. antilleanwine.com.

A new restaurant opened at the
Bonaire Windsurf Place; the beach-
front Wind & Surf Beach Bar offers a
full bar and serves snacks as well as
sandwiches, salads and more for lunch
seven days a week from 10 am to 6
pm. Wednesday nights at 7 pm there is

a multi-cultural Beach BBQ with food
and live music. For more information
call 717-5091 or visit http://www.
bonairewindsurfplace.com.

AB Car Rental added 45 new ve-
hicles to its fleet. This will now expand
their current rental fleet to approxi-

Continued on page 5


mately 200 vehicles.

Budget Car Rental upgraded its
fleet with 31 Toyotas, including twenty
new HiLux double cab pick-ups.

The Caribbean Club Bonaire will
add six apartments in December: two
ground floor studios, two ground floor
one-bedroom apartments and two top
floor two-bedroom apartments.

Dive Friends Bonaire upgraded
its services. All of its instructors are
now trained to teach Nitrox courses, and
they have just completed the installation
of a new Nitrox filling station at Photo
Tours Divers at Caribbean Court. Bon-
(Continued on nape 5)


Bonaire Reporter December 2-9, 2005


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 4)
aire Yellow Submarine and Photo Tours
Divers are divisions of Dive Friends
Bonaire. Tel.717-2929, email
info@ dive-friends-bonaire.com or visit
http://www.dive-friends-bonaire.com.

Divers Paradise renovated its
apartments. The seven renovated units
feature TV, radio, ceiling-fans, personal
safe, a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious
bathroom with shower and a large bed-
room with air-conditioning.

Divi Flamingo Beach Resort &
Casino has completed renovations to
its meeting room. The room, which
can accommodate 90 people and is lo-
cated above Divi Dive Bonaire, the re-
sort's on-site dive center, now offers
air-conditioning and a complete high
tech audio visual system with digital
projection. Tel.1-800-367-3484 or visit
http://www.diviflamingo.com.

Golden Reef Inn and Villas Con-
tinues to expand. Effective December
1, Golden Reef Inn and Villas will add
eight newly acquired one-bedroom con-
dominium apartments, along with a
roomy two-bedroom villa. Guests can
also now enjoy the new swimming pool
and wireless internet access at no addi-
tional cost. In addition, WannaDive, the
full PADI facility, has a dive shop on-
site. Call 1-866-790-7333, email
info@goldenreefinn.com or visit http://
www. goldenreefinn.com.

WannaDive Hut Bonaire has re-
painted and redecorated its two-
bedroom/two-bathroom apartments,
built a new roof over its bar, renovated
the front office and introduced a new


menu at its restaurant. WannaDive
promises more announcements in com-
ing months. For more information call
011-599-717-8850, email
info@wannadive.com or visit http://
www.wannadive.com. G./L. D.


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Airport:
Car Rental Agen-
cies
Airport Arrivals
Area
Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato),

Restaurants:
Bistro de Paris
Brasserie Bonaire
Capriccio
City Cafe
Croccantino
Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza

Shops:
Benetton
Bonaire Gift Shop
Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery
City Shop
DeFreewieler
Exito Bakery
INPO
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa


Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club
Caribbean Court
Divi Flamingo
Eden Park Hotel
The Great Escape
Harbour Village
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar

Supermarkets:
Cultimara
Montecatini
Progresso
Sand Dollar Gro-
cery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse

Bookstores:
Bonaire Boekhandel
Flamingo Bookstore


Realty Offices:
Harbourtown
RE/MAX
Sunbelt


Still can'tfind a copy?
Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988, 786-6518


Bonaire Reporter- December 2-9, 2005


Government
Offices:
Bestuurscollege
Parliament Office
Customs
BVO

Others:
Bonfysio
Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry
Fit 4 Life
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Ma-
rina
Rocargo
San Francisco Hos-
pital
TCB
Telbo
Yellow Submarine


RINCON:
Chinese Store,
Joi Fruit Store,
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery


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Bonaire Investment Trade Show Conference


T he first-ever
Bonaire Invest-
ment Trade Show Con-
ference held on Novem-
ber 24 and 25 appeared
to result in some new
business for Bonaire
and created an aware-
ness of the island.
Booths describing Bon-
aire opportunities and
vendor offerings filled
the casino and audito-
rium at the Plaza Re-
sort. Representatives
came from Venezuela,
the Dominican Repub-
lic, Surinam, the Antil-
les and Europe, espe-
cially the Netherlands.
The main objective of a /
the conference was to
boost Bonaire's entre-
preneurs and to bring in Bonairean A
investors and show not only in B
them opportunities for He's shot
doing business on Bon-
aire.
In conjunction with the trade show,
in adjacent meeting rooms, related ses-
sions ran all morning and afternoon for
two days. The fee to attend was $195
per person.
One of the exhibitors was Chris
Goodwin, Manager of International
Projects for Croon TBI Techniek, a
company already operating in Aruba
and Curaqao which is one of the big-


[lvin Obersi (center) has business interests
onaire but also elsewhere in the Caribbean.
vn with some St. Maarten businessmen.


gest Dutch construction and technol-
ogy groups. Croon does jobs in secu-
rity, water treatment, logistics, build-
ing, maintenance, the environment and
infrastructure. It is eager to do jobs in
Bonaire. His company, Goodwin said,
was approached by Government leader
Ramonsito Booi last year to come up
with ideas to make Bonaire a "Green
Island."


Was it a success? Gianni van den
Heuvel, Project Manager for Multi-
function Management, Antilles NV
which put on the Conference, told The
Reporter, "What I can tell you is that
we have many things to learn. To put
this event together was a major opera-
tion taking into account that it is the
first time, so everybody wanted to re-
main in their comfort zone.
But after all we went through, I can
look back to an event for which we
received so many compliments that I
was astonished myself. These coming
two weeks we will be evaluating the
conference and tradeshow, and based
on this we will send out a press re-
lease."
The true measure of a conference


Daisy Thode represented Bonaire's
Economics Department, DEZA.

such as this is the opportunities it pro-
vides for the people of the island and
the spin-offs it generates. But regard-
less of the immediate results it may
deliver, it is a significant step in mov-
ing Bonaire from a passive business
environment to one that seeks opportu-
nities and pursues opportunities. 1
G.D.


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Bonaire's Special Olympics Team ExcelsIN THE SPOTLIGHT


Proud Special Olympics Team Members arrive in Bonaire: Back row: Felix
Martijn, Aura Engelhart, Kenneth Piar, Revelino Engelhart, Roosje v.d Hoek,
Archibald Martijn, Front row: Marion Melaan, Margriet Anthony, Hellen
Agostien, Leonard Angela, Jurney Martis, Jean-Pierre Winklaar

pecial Olympics Bonaire teams met great success at the fifth edition of the
Special Olympics National Games in Aruba. Teams from Aruba, Bonaire,
Curaqao and St Maarten participated. Bonaire team members were set to compete
in the Running, Swimming and Bowling events. Awards included Running; 3
gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze, Swimming; 3 gold, 2 silver and a bronze in several
categories. Lawn bowling events were rained out by heavy rains. ORoosje v.d.
Hoek, photo byJ. P. v.d.Hoek


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SGB Young Chefs Show Appreciation -
With a Dinner


L ast Saturday night at
Chez Nous, the hotel
school restaurant, diners,
many of whom are supporters
of the students, were treated
to a four-course authentic Ital-
ian dinner. It was created by .
the students (Channethon
Jansen, Minosca Mercera, An-
gel Albertus, Shakira Mattew
and Gianna Martines) and
their teacher, Vernon
"Nonchi" Martijn, recently
returned from four weeks of
studying cuisine, Italian style,
and was a thank you to many
of their sponsors. The
courses Antipasti, Due
Pasta, Fileto Balsamico,
Vernon's Tiramisu were SGB Young Chefs: Channethon Jansen, Mino-
each paired with an appropri- sea Mercera, Angel Albertus, Shakira Mattew,
ate wine. Gianna Martines and waitresses Estefani Pabon
This is the third year that a and Varenia Richards.
group of Bonaire culinary
students has been invited to the Emilia Romagna region of Italy as part of a cul-
tural student exchange. Culinary students from all over the world are steeped in
Italian gastronomic lore in the region which is considered the finest in the country.
Some Bon-
aire students
from previ-
ous visits
are still
working in
Italy in fine
hotels and
restaurants.
More on '
their new
website by
NetTech:
www.
infobonaire.
com/
culinary- Jacinto Cicilia (1) presents his mini library of cook books to the
schoolL.D. SGB Chez Nous with Minister of Education Geraldine Dam-
mers, SGB's Ann Leong, and Culinary Instructor,
Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn

During the Italian Dinner event last Saturday night at Chez Nous, ex-chef Ja-
cinto Cicilia, presented the SGB hotel school with his library of cook
books. Jacinto, now in the "airline business" working with Divi Divi Air and Tran-
saven, spent the early 80s at Richard Dove's Beefeater Restaurant, then during the
years 1983 to 1996 in St. Martin he was a chef at the Port de Plaisant and the Peli-
can Resort. Returning to Bonaire he worked in airport catering a bridge appar-
ently to his current employment in the airline industry.
In speaking of his gift, Cicilia said, "I wanted to give the books to these children
to use in their studies. After all, they are our future." OL.D.


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ne of Bonaire's turtles, Jenni, appears to have reached her home feeding
grounds while the others are still en-route;
Mariposita continues to move in a generally westerly direction. She is swim-
ming quite a bit faster. Her rate of travel is over 90 km per day and she's now ap-
proximately 930 km from Klein Bonaire.
Albert is transmitting a weak signal but the data has him 245 km off the coast of
Honduras and 1430 km from Klein Bonaire.
Jenni is home, The last good signal received from Jenni has her in the same loca-
tion. We have obtained a nautical chart of the area which provides some additional
information about Jenni's home. The bank is un-named and in at least two places
may come to within 7 plus meters of the surface. The average depth of the bank is
about 27 meters and the bottom appears to be comprised of sand and coral. Since
this chart and other maps we have seen do not indicated any name for the bank,
henceforth, we will refer to it at as Jenni's Bank. Many thanks to Jan Kloos for the
charts and suggesting the name. 1 Andy Uhr & Mabel Nava


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Bonaire Sailing School Grows



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The Sailing Club escorts Sanikolas


T he Bonaire Sailing School As-
sociation (BSSA) is working
hard to expand its fleet. A new project
of the club is "Project Splash." The
Splash sailboat is about five meters
long and is specifically for young peo-
ple between 12 and 18, built by Roel
Westra in Holland. The BSSA is trying
to get six to 10 boats to Bonaire. The
Regatta Committee is willing to intro-
duce this new type of boat as a sepa-
rate class at the Regatta.
Karel de Regt, chairman of the board
of the BSSA, says: "I am talking to
two potential sponsors, AMFO-NGO
here on Bonaire and Startburo in Hol-
land. The Club has become very well
organized since we introduced a new
board with Jan Henk v.d. Wier as
treasurer, Irma Nadorp as our PR and
communication person, Mary Ann
Koops as secretary, Artie de Vries as
member and coach, and I as chairman
of the board. We really worked hard to
expand the Optimist fleet, and with the
help of two sponsors, the Netherlands
Antillean Sailing Federation (NASAF)
and several interested businessmen on
the island, we were able to buy eight
new Optimist sailboats.
Next we put up a new member ad-
ministration and a web site www.


BonaireSailingSchool.com and we
started bringing in new members. As a
result our youth membership went up
from eight to 20. We also looked for
new challenges, and this past January
we went to the Curaqao Regatta with
10 kids and 10 parents and organized
two camping weekends.
The Sunfish sailors are very busy
preparing to participate in the World
Championships September 2006 in
Aruba. We're looking for sponsors,
we're giving training programs and
we're making a selection of who's go-
ing to participate. So, we're doing
well, also thanks to the parents who are
very much involved.
Bonaire is an exquisite place for sail-
ing as you only need the basic ele-
ments: wind and water and a sailboat.
It's a beautiful experience, and we
want every child to have the opportu-
nity to feel what it's like. Therefore
we're very conscious of keeping the
contribution affordable for everyone.
It's only NAf200 per year per child;
that's NAf5 per week-two small bot-
tles of coca-cola at the shops! For that
money your child can sail a whole year
and learn what it is the phenomenon
of sailing!" 1 Greta Kooistra


Global Underwater Explorer Presentation


A new div- b
ing busi-
ness is about to
start up on Bon-
aire Caribbean
Gas Training
(CGT). Bonaire
Dive & Adven-
ture, based at
Den Laman, will
offer mixed gas
diving, one of
the most fasci-
nating develop-
ments in modem
sport diving, us-
ing the "Doing It
Right" philosophy, Dan McKay, Global Underwater Explorer
DIR for short. support instructor
Ever since its in-
ception about 15 years ago this extremely successful teaching, research and explo-
ration tool has been offered to individuals or groups within diving circles. Stem-
ming from the most extreme cave exploration projects, DIR has been shown to be
applicable to every conceivable underwater environment.
Caribbean Gas Training, the future Bonairean DIR/Global Underwater Explorer
(GUE) support and logistics center, is thrilled that Dan McKay, one of the most
active GUE Instructors, is offering some of his private time to give an evening
presentation in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, during which he will be open for
questions and exchange of opinions for anyone interested.

This presentation will be held on Wednesday, December 7. Doors will open
at 5:45 pm at the new retail facility of Bonaire Dive & Adventure, located in
the Den Laman Apartments, next to the traffic circle. The presentation will
start at 6 pm. O Story & photo from Benji Schaub


Alter Ego
Always Saturday
Andrea
Annka
Angie
Arcadia
Augustijn
Aurora
Batje
Blue Moon
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Carisea
Cheers
Corail IV
Delphinus
Double Boggey
Eclipse
Endorphin
Flying Cloud, USA
Freestyle
Future


Galivanter
Goeie Mie
Go Bucks
Goril Two
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Jan Gerardus
Jennifer
Kamana
Karminda II
La Baronne
Lazzorone
Longo Mai
Maggi
Manera
Natural Selection
Nexus
Nirvana
Noorhinder
Okura
One Way Wind
Pacific
Samba


Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Sapristi
Scintella
Sirius
Spartivento
Syjoli
Sylvia K
Tatoosh, Cayman Is,
Ti Amo
Tigger
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Umiak
Varedhuni, Ger.
Vilje
Water Musik
Williwaw
Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta
Zeezot


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


DATE TIME
12-02 12:56
12-03 13:43
12-04 0:26
12-05 1:05
12-06 1:35
12-07 1:58
12-08 2:12
12-09 2:14
12-10 1:56
12-11 1:10
12-12 10:31


HEIGHT
2.2FT. 23:10 0.6FT.
2.1FT. 23:48 0.6FT.
0.6FT. 14:32 2.1FT.
0.7FT. 15:31 2.0FT.
0.7FT. 16:26 1.9FT.
0.8FT. 17:34 1.7FT.
0.9FT. 9:17 1.5FT. 13:45
1.0FT. 9:14 1.6FT. 15:45
1.1FT. 9:35 1.8FT. 17:12
1.1FT. 10:01 1.9FT. 18:23
2.0FT. 19:37 0.8FT.


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96
92
84
74
1.4FT. 18:36 1.6FT. 64
1.2FT. 19:51 1.4FT. 57
1.1FT. 21:07 1.3FT. 56
1.0FT. 22:40 1.1FT. 60


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Santa (Sanikolas) Comes to Town C


S int Nicholaas (Sinter Klaus,
Sanikolas) and his Black Petes
(Swartepiet) arrived on Bonaire this
past Saturday, November 27, at the
North Pier at 10 am on the antique sail-
ing boat VD-17. Of course, as most
people know, Sint Nicholaas came all
the way from Spain.
Sint Nicolaas is associated with gift
giving and his coming is close to the
Christmas season, but he has nothing
directly to do with the Christian holi-
day. It originated more than 600 years
ago when the Bishop of Madrid, Spain,
gave gifts to everyone on his birthday,


December 5. This bishop, it is said,
originally came from Turkey with his
helpers who were black (zwarte). At
that time Holland was ruled by Spain
so when Sint Nicholaas comes he ar-
rives from Spain by boat.
This year in keeping with tradition he
arrived in Bonaire by boat at the North
Pier. Activities for the children began
at 9 am in Wilhelmina Park and Sint
Nicholaas arrived just after 10 am. Af-
ter being greeted by the Governor,
Sinter Klaus and his entourage of
Zwartepieten (Black Petes) held court
in the Park then toured Kralendijk. The


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and at


Logos II


Book


Ship


Visit
F ollowing wel-
coming
speeches, a short
performance by
crew members from
India (dance), Af-
rica (drums) and
Venezuela (dance),
a video about con-
struction help given
to Grenada after
Hurricane Ivan, and
a gift presentation to Deputy Lt. Governor Ubaldo Anthony at the opening
Deputy Lt. Gover-
nor Ubaldo Anthony, the Logos I book ship opened shop. There were all sorts of
books: cookbooks, kids' books, Christian living books plus some health, sports,
hobbies, and reference volumes. The Logos II book ship was in port from Novem-
ber 23 to the 30th and was visited by many. Thank you for coming! Story &
photo by Barbara Bianculli

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CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956



Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at
Chat-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig
www.bonaireimages.com


LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981


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mation.


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651
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Is your computer slowing down, not
responding the way it used to ? It might
be a virus or spyware. Let the profes-
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to Hitess) Call 717-4306


For Sale

A 1996 Tappan stove. Naf200. Call
717-6098 before 4.30pm.

For sale: Stroller NAf75 and kid's
seat for bicycle NAf75, Items are as
new. Tel. 717-7977

For Sale: Refrigerator: A big refrig-


erator with 2 sliding doors. Height: 59
Width: 30 Depth: 19 Inches $1.672; Slic-
ing machine: To cut meat and cheese $
500; Freezer: Height: 3 Width: 4 Depth:
2.5 Ft $ 175; Horror movies $1 a piece;
Christmas Decorations/ Jeans size 32
and 38, Food warmer small.: Food
Cooler: Food processors: Food mixers:
Letter Board: And more. PHONE:
790-7674

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844


B 4oat *o r


Sale
It breaks my heart to sell the
undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boat-
class A winner, Laurita. Would cost
$20,000 to replace. Refit at Blonk Boat
works completed October 2nd. Asking
NAf14,000
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SINPONEF15AN DINNER AND AZT AUCTION
to benefit the Bonaire Animal Shelter
Thursday, December 8, Bongo's Beach
Dinner 6 pm, Auction 8:30 (you may attend just the auction) NAf45 Get your tickets now: At the Shelter (717-
4989), from Lydia Duijn (717-8721), Hans Wennenk (717-3207) or Paul Wichers (787-0466)


C.IL-D r DONATE_ APRT Pet of the Week


T he Art School of JanArt Gallery has
been very busy preparing for the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter Art Auction. Dona-
tions from the
children will
be available at
the auction as
well as from
many adult
artists. The
event will be
at Bongo's
Beach on
Thursday,
December 8,
optional din-
ner at 6 pm,
followed by
an art auction
at 8:30 pm.
More infor-
mation on
this page and
page 19. Pho-
tos are some
of the pieces.
1 Janice
Huckaby


W hat a look! What a personal-
ity! That's "Knabbel," one of
the most unusual cats on Bonaire be-
cause she's such a fuzzy one. At first
we thought this wonderful puss was
from off island because of her extra
furry look with two different lengths of
hair, but then we found out that on
very rare occasions this look has been
seen on Bonaire on occasion.
But there's more to her than just
looks. Knabbel is totally tuned into
people and loves to be held. She even
puts her paws around your neck to
show how much she appreciates being
loved. She's spent time with children
and enjoys any personal attention. She
can be a real pal!

Knabbel is about two years old, she's
sterilized and has had all her shots and
testing. You may see her at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am to
2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.

Thanks to volunteer Melody Hamil-
ton for making the "Kitty Directory."


"Knabbel"


This is an awesome tool that's being
used at the Shelter to identify each of
the members of the population in the
cat cage. Melody photographs each cat,
showing its identifying markings, and
puts it with the file card which docu-
ments its history (age, where its from,
etc.). Can you imagine when there are
a bunch of all black cats or a group of
tabbies and you have to determine who
is who? Well, now it can be done with
a photo id showing just that little dif-
ference, like a white spot on the chest,
on the foot, wherever.

Thank you Melody! OL.D.


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Holidcz Pcge


Cinnamon Art Gallery Open House


On Saturday, December 3, Cinnamon Art Gallery kicks off the opening of
the Bonaire holiday shopping season with a special day dedicated to art and
gift ideas handpicked to please the most discerning person on your holiday gift list.
With a special Saturday Open House, from 12 noon to 8 pm non-stop, to allow
those who normally work Monday through Friday to come in and browse for their
holiday shopping.
Snack on home-made cookies, snickerdoodles (cookies with cinnamon), ginger-
bread, and cinnamon candies along with coffee, tea, juice, eggnog, and winter rum
punch while choosing your holiday gifts. In addition to the original artwork by
Linda and Jake Richter and Avy Benhamron, the Gallery will also be well stocked
with holiday goodies in a wide range of prices- handmade cinnamon soaps,
Christmas ornaments, 2006 calendars, mugs, postcards, posters, and placemats.
The Gallery also has many items which can be easily shipped, such as posters or
small framed prints. Holiday items will continue to be available through January 5,
2006 during normal Gallery hours for those who cannot come for the special open-
ing..
The Cinnamon Art Gallery is located at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1 in downtown
Kralendijk, just off of Kaya Grandi. For more information, contact the Gallery at
717-7103 or info@CinnamonArtGallery.org. The Gallery's web site is at www.
CinnamonArtGallery.org. OPress Release





SGB Christmas Fair-Kerstmarkt


O n Monday, De-
cember 19, the
SGB (Scholen Gemeen-
schap Bonaire), our lo-
cal high school, will pre-
sent its Fourth Annual
Christmas Fair. It is a
new SGB tradition that
will put all its visitors
into a Christmas spirit.
There will be stands
where you can buy lots
of things like those last-
minute Christmas gifts
or decorations and
where you will be able
to buy a lot of food, all
in the true Christmas tradition. Entertainment will be provided all night on a big
stage, and everything will be decorated to get that nice holiday feeling. The only
thing missing of course is......snow.
It will be held on the grounds of the SGB itself and there is an entrance fee of
NAfl. And keep your entrance ticket safe, because every year there is a lucky
winner who will leave with a very nice prize. All the proceeds from the entrance
fee will be put to good use for the school and its students. The fair opens at 7
pm and ends at 11 pm. So come and visit us at our Christmas fair and join us
for a good Christmas spirit! We will be expecting you! O Yvette van der Moolen


Ars Cantandi
Christmas Concert

A fter two years of silence, Bon-
aire is about to hear the happy C H IST A
voices of Ars Cantandi raised again in f
Christmas spirit. Next Saturday, De- 0unl llaf BTr Cailtltlit lorirarl
cember 10, at 8 pm in the auditorium
of SGB, the community choir will pre-
sent Nochi di Lus (Night of Light), a
Christmas concert of traditional and
modern songs in several languages.
Tickets can be purchased in advance
from Ars Cantandi members (tel. 717-
8257, 717-8526, 790-7272) or at the
door for NAf10 for adults
Ars Cantandi began singing in 1974, *
soon becoming a favorite choir in
Bonaire and our sister islands. For
over a generation this choir has been
singing for community celebrations,
performing in song festivals, repre-
senting Bonaire in competitions and
bringing theirjoyful music to hospitals
and nursing homes. You might even have caught them in impromptu caroling dur-
ing the Christmas season.
Ars Cantandi's founders have always upheld a standard of professionalism for
the choir members and directors, while creating music for the diverse people of
Bonaire. When former director Farley Weber left Bonaire in 2003, the founders
decided to wait until they could find a director who met their standards. Eventu-
ally they found their next director when Jon and Debbie Savage of Trans World
Radio moved to Bonaire. Both Jon and Debbie have extensive and varied musical
backgrounds. Jon graciously accepted the baton to conduct this Christmas concert,
and Debbie has added her beautiful voice to the soprano section.
So if you've been waiting for that touch of holiday joy that makes Christmas such
a special season, don't miss the chance to enjoy this Nochi di Lus with your friends
and family. The members of Ars Cantandi can't wait to entertain you once again
and to wish you all a musical Bon Pasku. O Ditta Morrison











T'is the Season.





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WHRm'S HIMAPPEIN


SRa-cwavl- 200 Schedlule:


January 7
February 4
February 17
February 18
February 25
February 26
February 27
February 28


Opening Carnival
Tumba Festival
Youth Parade Rincon
Youth Parade Kralendijk
Adult Parade Rincon
Adult Parade Kralendijk
Farewell Youth Parade
Farewell Adult Parade


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WHATrs


MOVIELAND


IIKLY MOVIE SHOIPIII

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
The 40-Year-Old
Virgin (Steve Carell)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Flightplan
(Jodie Foster)
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


THIS WEEK
Saturday, December 3-Big Rincon
Marshes outdoor market-6 am to 2
pm, gifts, fruits & vegetables, plants,
candles, criollo dishes, music, more. A
Real Bonairean Experience!
Saturday, December 3 Antillean Wine
Company (AWC) Beaujolais Nouveau
Wine Tasting -6 to 8 pm, at their ware-
house, Kaya Industria 23, NAf2,50 per
glass
Saturday, December 3 Special Holi-
day Opening at Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery, 12 noon to 8 pm. Snack on home-
made Christmas cookies, eggnog and
winter punch while shopping. Page 17
Sunday, December 4 Bonairean
Night at Divi Flamingo- music by
Kanja Brabu and dance by Grupo Kay-
ena. Special guest star, our own John
Janga, who won the Divi Song festival in
Aruba, 6 to 9 pm, $20, Calabas Restau-
rant.
Sunday, December 4 First edition of a
Monthly Jazz Brunch at Den Laman.
Music by the Bonaire Jazz Group
(Lando, Guus, Chris and Benji) plus
guest musicians from the island and
abroad. Broadcast live on Bon FM 102.7
For info and reservation call 717-4106.
Advance bookings will get 10% discount
on the $25 menu. More on pages 4 & 15
Wednesday, December 7- Global Un-
derwater Explorer Talk (Mixed Gas
Diving) Bonaire Dive and Adventure,
Den Laman Apartments, at the traffic
circle, 6 pm, free. Page 9
Thursday, December 8 Indonesian
Dinner and Art Auction to benefit the
Bonaire Animal Shelter, 6 pm -NAf45.
Tickets available at the Animal Shelter
(Tel. 717-4989), Lydia Duyn (Tel. 717-
8721), Hans Wennenk (Tel. 717-3207)
Paul Wichers (Tel. 787-0466). Page 15
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, start-
ing around 10 am to early afternoon:
Dec.5, Veendam; Dec.6, Silver Whisper

COMING UP

Saturday, December 10 Benetton
Fashion Show to celebrate their 15 year
anniversary in Bonaire, Dance Show by


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HAPPENING


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the Ginies and a musical presentation.
General price: NAf35; VIP price
NAf65. Benefit to Bonaire Foundations.
Tickets available at Benetton Bonaire or
call 510-0710. Page 4
Saturday, December 10, Ars Cantandi
Christmas Concert at 8 pm in the SGB
High School auditorium of SGB. See
story on page 17.
Sunday, December 11-Jong Bonaire
Kaminata (walk) A Teener Parade
Fundraiser for anyone who can walk.
NAf7,50 includes lunch & drinks. Start
at Jong Bonaire at 6 am.
Monday, December 19 SGB Christ-
mas Fair and Market Gifts, food,
drinks, entertainment, Christmas spirit-
NAfl entrance (drawing for a prize).
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Sunday, December 25 Bonairean
Christmas Buffet at Divi Flamingo -
Music by Kriollo Kids (Gaitas). The buf-
fet will consist of all-Bonairean Christ-
mas dishes. There will be a cozy Bo-
nairean Christmas ambiance with decora-
tions, Christmas tree, etc. Price to be an-
nounced. Information 717-8285.
Saturday, December 31 Divi Fla-
mingo New Years Party to be an-
nounced

2006

Karnaval 2006 January 7 to February
28 (see page 18).
January 14, 2006 next quarterly clean-
up dive. All are welcome, divers and
non-divers alike. Contact sponsors Yel-
low Submarine (http://www.
bonaireyellowsubmarine.com) or Net-
Tech (http://www.nettech.an).


REGULAR EVENTS
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, It's free. Bring a bike
and your own water. Fitness trainer Mi-
guel Angel Brito leads the pack. Tele-
phone him at 785-0767 for more infor-
mation.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria
#23. Great wines 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, Divi Fla-
mingo
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 Elisa-
beth 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 (NA1f2 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 Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide Show at Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30pm Call 717-8290 for info
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 Cecilia pool bar
Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

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 Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie


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December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule

Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line
Mon Dec.05 Veendam 0930-1730 S.Pier 1440 HAL

Tue Dec.06 Silver Whisper 0800-1800 N.Pier 388 Silversea

Tue Dec.13 Sea Princess 1200-1900 S.Pier 1950 Princess

Tue Dec.13 AidaVita 1000-2000 N.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.

Sat Dec.17 Silver Whisper 0700-1600 S.Pier 388 Silversea
Cruises
Mon Dec.19 Arcadia 0800-1800 S.Pier 1968 P&O Cruises

Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen

Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.


Stimpson at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery. 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
7174685, 566-4685

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town.
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm
Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on 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 Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
in 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 event info to
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518













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APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances. Fast service
and in-store financing too.
ART GALLERY
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local art-
ists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is
featured. Stop by. Free entry.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire
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; professionally
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 computer
H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oa-
sis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
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 Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness


machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
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 neighbor-
hood. 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 Bel-
nem. 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, including
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 offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices Now-full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
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 insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
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 meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. 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.
VACATION CLUB
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Perfect
Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get dis-
counts and more. Free gift for learning how.
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.
WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruc-
tion, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and
drinks too.
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 de-
livery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desir6e and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Pri-
vate 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 an Barf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the 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 m; 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 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 oftown center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad eet atin o r take i bar too.



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Swas born in 1923 in Amsterdam,
I and during World War II, when I
was 19 years old, I was put to work in
Germany.
I came back in 1945, and two years
later, in 1947, I arrived in Curacao as an
employee of Shell together with Henny,
my first wife. She was 19; I was 24. Shell
was really pampering their people. I am a
Shell fanatic; it's the best employer in the
world! A lot of oil was being produced
and therefore many things were possible.
Although very little was known about
diving, we founded the 'Sate Club,' the
first diving club in the Antilles. We did
skin diving, aqualung, trolling etc. The
one who taught us the principals of div-
ing was 'Cappy' Lenderink, a colonel
with the marines and a great professional.
Nowadays you can get your PADI certifi-
cate in five days. We got the marine
training: we needed six months before we
could make the first dive! We went at
least 14 times to Las Aves with the club.
Shell would provide us with a boat and to
get permission we would tell Caracas we
went there for an 'expedition,' because
you couldn't say, 'We're coming to shoot
fish and catch some lobsters!'
I also went sailing often and partici-
pated in many regattas and sailing con-
tests in Holland, Venezuela, the US and
Bonaire, and I won quite a few times. My
wife and I have four children: Inge, who
passed away; Emily, who lives in Ger-
many; Norbert, who lives on an estate
close to the Kruger Park in South Africa
and who works for the UN in Angola;
and Jorge, named after the Mexican
singer Jorge Negrete. He's living in Hol-
land now. All of them were born on
Curaqao. In those days the island was a
wonderful place to be.
I worked a lot. I was a chemical techni-
cian originally, but there were all the dif-
ferent aspects of how to refine oil in
Curaqao and I went through all those
stages and training. In the end I was the
senior supervisor for the lubricating oil. I
came to Bonaire very early; it must have
been between 1960 and 1965. I came to
sail, to dive and to shoot fish big barra-
cudas, Kingfish and Jacopeper those
you don't see anymore these days. A de-
licious fish! We also held fishing tourna-
ments with Americans, Venezuelans and
Colombians. Those boys were terrific
harpooners and mind you, without tanks!
Some came up half unconscious!
I traveled a lot, from Canada to Brazil,
but my favorite country is Costa Rica.
I've been there at least 10, 12 times...
beautiful nature and beautiful girls -
chicas skin like a peach! I've been to
all the Latin American countries and Car-
ibbean islands and wherever I went I re-
turned with seeds and cuttings."


We're in his garden where every tree
and every plant has been put in the soil
by Henk Bielderman (82) himself This
garden he grew from seeds and cuttings
he brought from all over the world. Each
stone, each rock, each piece of coral
went through his hands because those he
collected from all over the island. It's a
Garden ofEden, an overwhelming work
of love simply beautiful.
"After 25 years working for Shell I re-
tired and worked three years for Mobil
Oil. Then, in 1977, I went for one year to
Bonaire to build a synchrolift in the ma-
rina to create employment. I went back to
Curaqao to work again for Shell, this time
on a contract basis because I was retired.
I became the manager of Shell's golf
club, Rio Canario, with instructions to
privatize the club and make it self sup-
porting. We did it in three years. Then I
was asked to become the technical man-
ager for Curaqao's Sport Club, Asiento. I
was responsible for the technical mainte-
nance; I did it for three years while we
lived at Brakkeput.
But you see, my heart is in the oil. I



"I've had the time of my
life on the islands and I
feel I am a black man in a
white skin; I am still un di
nos (one of us)"



saw an ad where BOPEC Bonaire was
asking for a refinery manager. Technical
director was Wim de Ridder, who just
bought my house, and financial director
was Theo Thijssen. I got an invitation to
come to Bonaire and my wife said, 'You
don't have to go. The moment they see
you they'll say, 'you'll hear from us.' He
laughs: I was 62! Indeed they told me,
'You'll hear from us,' but the next day I
was called to talk about the benefits!
They'd called New York and talked to
Mendel Creinstein, whom I had worked
with at Shell, and I got the job, thanks to
Mendel. So, my wife, my son Jorge and I
came to live on Bonaire. We lived all
over the island; we moved around a lot. I
had my sailboat I loved that ship The
Windhush. I participated in all the Regat-
tas and won lots of prizes. I always say
it's because of that ship. We founded a
Sunfish club: Yellowman, Cabes, Jopie,
Katchung, Lucio, Papichi, Ishmael -
great sailors all of them! In those days I
wasn't aMakamba; I was Un di nos, 'one
of us.'
At BOPEC I taught the men all about


oil through courses from Shell. They
were selected people who processed the
residue that came from the tankers into
saleable products like bunker fuel. It was
a very expensive process. After three
years I quit, I was 65 and I asked my
wife, 'What shall we do? Shall we stay
here or shall we go to Costa Rica?' She
said, 'Build me a small house here.' So,
that's where we are now. But she never
saw it finished. She got non-Hodgkin and
we went to Holland. Anton Sieverding
finished the house while we were at the
hospital hoping for a miracle. She died
within 10 months.
In 1990 I came back with my son Jorge,
who's autistic. My neighbors, Nalda and
Luti Bernabela, the ones who called you
to do this interview, lived here already,
and my other neighbor Betty Thielman
also. They have been the best neighbors I
could wish for. And then I started with
my jewel, my garden. I spread the yellow
flamboyant all over the island because I
came with the seeds from Trinidad. The
Neme tree I brought from my sister's
hedge; she lives 30 kilometers from Cape
Town, South Africa. Another thing is my
shell collection. I started with it in 1951.I
found many of them in South America,
but I also exchanged them. I made a huge
donation to the Artis museum in Amster-
dam and what little is left over I would
like to take with me, so I made a request
for a permit at STINAPA, because my
second wife, Nel 'Eileen' Haitsma, and I
are leaving. Nel was a family friend of
ours. At the time she was working at the
Shell hospital in Curacao and when she
left we lost contact."
"I was the supervisor of 13 operating
rooms at a university hospital in New
Jersey for 34 years, Nel (78) says.
"When I heard through some mutual
friends that Henk's wife had passed away
I send him a condolence letter, addressed


to 'Bielderman well known sailor -
Bonaire.' And it arrived! He asked me to
come. I didn't feel like it, but when I vis-
ited a friend of mine on Aruba I decided
to hop over. He said, 'Why don't you
come and live on Bonaire?' But I was
still working and wanted to retire first.
Later on the friendship grew stronger,
and we got married the old fashioned
way with Ans and Henk Schrijvers and
Frits and Gladys Peereboom as our wit-
nesses. Although I'm Dutch I don't feel
Dutch. After 35 years in the States I feel
more American. I had to leave all my
friends, my whole life behind, but I made
my life here with Henk and our garden,
and next year I am going to be 79!
Caramba! We're having a real good life
together and although we're leaving the
8th of January 2006 for Holland for
good... Bonaire is home and it always
will be home."
"It has come to a point," Henk says,
"that I need too many checkups and spe-
cialists for my medical condition. It's too
complicated here. We're going to
Friesland, Holland, to live in a service
flat. It's a nice apartment and we will
make the best of it and travel as much as
possible because I'm an adventurous
man. But when my son saw me there he
said, 'Dad, dad... what did you get into?'
"Let me tell you, it has always been my
intention to die here and that's what I
wanted, but I didn't succeed. I've had the
time of my life on the islands; I feel I am
a black man in a white
skin; I am still un di
nos, but I will never
come back because
that would hurt me too
much." 1
Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter- December 2-9, 2005


p i I a Siri *


I Henk Belderma


Nel 'Eileen' Bielderman-Haitsma and Henk Bielderman


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S iainIndependence Day

t was a grand celebration of 30 years
of Surinam independence last Satur-
day when the group of Surinamesse liv-
ing on Bonaire, Mietie Makandra*,
threw a great party at the Centro di Bario
in Noord Salina.It was a "Brasa
Dey" (give a hug day).
The activities began with a church ser-
vice and speeches and then the party fes-
tivities began. There was Surinamese food and drink, music and dancing.
Spirits were high, dress was colorful and everyone got a taste of Surinamese hos-


Runofffrom the heavy rains of last week colored the water brown


Clouds of cement dust raised during the cleanup


B onaire's waters have taken a beating from the land in recent weeks. First the
heavy rains washed dirt and debris into the sea. Then spillage from a ship-
ment of cement coated the south pier inches deep. The initial attempt at cleanup
using water hoses to flush the cement into the sea was stopped by the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park. Coral can be smothered by fine particles like cement so the
cleanup had to be done by hand and power broom. It wasn't a perfect solution as it
raised clouds of dust but a lot better than having tons of cement introduced into the
marine environment. Hats off to Park Manager Ramon DeLeon and his rangers
who manned brooms in the cleanup. O G.D.


pitality. To fuel the dancers there was Surinamese, South American and Antillean
music with a live performance by Glenn I Su Geng. The party continued until late,
with guests reluctant to leave. Don't miss it next year! DL.D., Extra Photos
Mietie Makandra means, in Taki Taki (Sranang Tongo) language, "To meet
each other."


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Venus Becomes
Queen of December's
Skies and
Catch Mars As It
Speeds Away



T he brightest
planet, Venus,
will become the un-
doubted Queen of De-
cember's skies and pair
up with the Moon this
Sunday, December 4th in
a sky picture that will
take your breath away.
Plus a week from Sunday Moon and Venus
on December 11 h the
Moon will team up once again with Mars as it rapidly races away from Earth af-
ter its super close encounter at the beginning of November.
This Saturday night, December 3rd after sunset, face west where the brightest
thing you'll see will be dazzling 8,000-mile-wide, Earth-sized Venus. It's been get-
ting steadily brighter for several months and will reach its greatest brilliancy next
week Friday, December 9th. And through a small telescope it will look like a
slightly fat crescent Moon. It's really impossible to miss it if you have clear skies
and it will so bedazzle us all throughout December that many people will mistake
it for the Christmas Star. And I encourage you to please make sure you look at
Venus this Sunday, December 4t when an exquisite four-day-old crescent Moon
will be parked only 4 degrees to the left of Venus and in fact will look about the
same to the naked eye that Venus does through a telescope. Don't miss this pair-
ing, please, because it is next to impossible to photograph its true beauty. You
really have to see this with the naked eye.
And now for those of you who are into the non-naked eye planets: as a bonus on
Wednesday December 7 just after sunset the first quarter Moon will be only 4
degrees to the left of the seventh planet Uranus. And even though it is a huge
32,000 miles wide, it is so far away, almost two billion miles, that you'll need bin-
oculars or a small telescope to see it. It will look like a tiny green dot of light, not
very exciting, but at least you can say you saw it.
And while you're out there Uranus and Venus watching in the southwest, if you
simply turn around and face east you'll see dazzling, rouge-gold Mars, still domi-
nating the eastern early evening skies. Only 4,000 miles wide, half the size of
planet Earth, it is still so close that it is brighter than the brightest star, Sirius, at
the beginning of November. But by December's end it will be significantly dim-
mer. In fact when Mars was closest on October 29th it was only 43 million miles
away from us, but by December 1st it is 8 million miles farther away, 51 million
miles beyond and by December 31 st it will be a whopping 71 million miles away.
So it's really zooming away from us at a good clip.
And mark a week from Sunday, December 11 th as the night an almost full Moon
pays Mars a visit. In fact if you go out every hour you'll be able to watch it move
closer and closer to Mars so that by midnight Eastern Time they will be only 1 and
3/10ths of a degree apart, which is super close.
So there you have it: Mars in early evening coupled with the Moon on Sunday
the 11; Venus, December's queen, with the Moon on Sunday the 4th. What a way
to begin the month. O Jack Horkheimer


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For the week: November 27-December 3, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't let peers distract you or push their work your
way. Feeling under the weather may be a result of overindulgence. This will not be
the time to have minor surgery. Don't let others make you feel guilty or insecure.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Involvement in groups of interest will bring you in
touch with important individuals. Communicate with relatives who may need ad-
vice in order to find solutions to their existing problems. Your creative input will
be appreciated by your boss. You may have some difficulties with someone you
live with. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Do not get involved in joint financial ventures.
Look into some form of physical recreation. Travel will be favorable. Resist over-
spending on luxury items. You are best to do something energetic with friends in-
stead. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You should not be concerned with coworkers who
insist on spreading rumors. You need to enjoy the company of those who enjoy the
same pastimes. They will jump at the chance to do something without you if it
sounds like more fun. Don't point your finger unjustly at others. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Take time to help a friend who hasn't been feeling well.
Be sure you get accurate information. Prove your worth; concentrate on getting the
job done and steer clear of office politics and gossip. You need to spend some time
reflecting on past experiences and involvements. Your lucky day this week will be
Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You are exceptional at presenting your ideas. Your
mind may not be on the job. Involvement in financial schemes will be followed by
losses. However, be careful with luggage; it may be rerouted. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Upgrading at this point is not a bad plan. Discord
could be unnerving. Take care of the needs or responsibilities of elders. You must
try to include your mate in your activities this week. Your lucky day this week will
be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't be too eager to spend money that you
really don't have. You should be looking at ways to spoil yourself. Loans will be
attainable and legal matters easily taken care of. Get thinking about prolonging
longevity. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may have a problem with coworkers if
you try to tell them what to do. You are best to avoid confrontations. Avoid any
petty ego confrontations; they could lead to estrangement if you aren't careful. You
need activity. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You may get some opposition. Personal
changes will be to your benefit. There could be disappointment regarding invest-
ments. Spend some quality time with the one you love. Your talents will shine at
work. You could be tempted to overspend on unnecessary items. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Rewards, gifts, or money from investments or
taxes can be expected. You may have some difficulties with someone you live
with. Love relationships will flourish. Friends and relatives may be hard to take
this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Partnerships will be successful. Double-check be-
fore you go out. Do your own research and be prepared. If you go shopping, only
take what you can afford to part with. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. 1


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