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Maskarada:
Uniquely Bonaire ,
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Last Thursday Parliament approved
the amendment to the Firearms
Ordinance expanding police powers to
search persons, vehicles and buildings
when they suspect the presence of fire-
arms. The amendment passed by a 14 to
4 vote. When it comes to a search of peo-
ple's property, home or office, the Prose-
cutor has to give permission in writing.
That authorization must mention a spe-
cific time and place, and the search can't
exceed 12 hours. The amendment is de-
signed to assist authorities in the fight
against the possession and use of fire-
arms, a big problem in Curacao.
Some who oppose this action say
amending the Firearms Law is a violation
of the European Treaty of the Human
Rights (EVRM). "In fact, the entire
population become criminals when the
police get the authorization to hunt down
people who have not broken the law,"
said the president of the Antillean Bar
Council, Eric de Vries. "There is also no
legal remedy against this police action."

A Parliament is also debating the
"Expanded Self-Defense Law." Sup-
porters say that currently attackers can
terrorize decent people by breaking into
their homes and traumatizing them. The
current law protects the criminal. When
you defend yourself, you will be treated
as a criminal. The onus of proof lies with
the victim and that has to be reversed.
The proposed amendment to the Penal
Code says it's no longer a crime for a per-
son to defend him- or herself or another
person in case someone violently disturbs
the peace by entering the dwelling or in






ThIkPTORTER


IN THS ISSUE:

Letters (Building Plans
hreaten Belnem;
Surprise-Cruise Ships) 5
Envirowatch -Silver Whisper Dumps 8
Fish Count 9
Rincon Happenings:
Maskarada 10
Maria Koeks Writes 11
Bou di Ramada 11
Bonaire Ambassador
(Aaron Zetley) 11
Gardener (Bugs) 13
Karnaval Schedule 15
Dressing for Success
(Hermit Crabs-Albert Bianculli) 18


WEEKLY FEATURES:

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Mega FM Schedule 5
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Jacob) 12
Special Olympic Spotlight
(4th Annual Walk-a-thon) 12
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Picture Yourself
(South of Spain) 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Kevin Wayne Williams) 17
Sky Park (Moon, Saturn, Jupiter,
Scorpio, Beehive ) 19
The Stars Have It 19


close proximity to the property.
The opposition says it will lead to the
increase of illegal weapons and definitely
to the amount of deadly attacks. "When a
criminal knows that he can be shot, he
won't hesitate to shoot first." Other crit-
ics said that though this amendment has
opened the door for citizens to arm them-
selves and for innocent bloodshed to be-
come the norm, blowing away any drug
addict that comes on a person's property.


vice. The Fokker 50 aircraft is slightly
larger than DAE's regular planes, the
ATR-42s, explained Director Floris van
Pallandt. The white Fokker has 50 seats
and a greater payload, which means that
more cargo can be carried. According to
Van Pallandt, because of its greater ca-
pacity the Fokker aircraft will usually be
used on the Curacao-St. Maarten route.
The plane has been leased until March
1, with a possible two- to three-week ex-
tension.
The first ATR left for Montreal, Can-
ada, last Saturday, where it will be ser-
viced and painted with DAE's new logo.
The second ATR leaves for Canada Janu-
ary 14. The Fokker 50 was leased from
the Dutch airline, Denim Air.

A Franklin
Antoin, Jr. is
the first Bo-
nairean pilot to
be hired by
Dutch Antilles
Express (DAE).
He left for Hol-
land where he Franklin Antoin, Jr.
will be trained on
a simulator for the ATR type plane flown
by DAE. The airline has wanted to hire
more Bonairean pilots but those candi-
dates, except for Antoin, haven't had the
necessary licensing. Antoin has been an
occasional contributor to The Bonaire
Reporter.


A Customs at Schiphol Airport in
Fokker 50 Holland will stop searching lower body
cavities of incoming passengers imme-
A Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) has diately, the Dutch daily De Telegraaf
leased a Fokker 50 to substitute for its reported late last week. The immediate
planes out of service for extensive ser- reason is a recommendation by a national


ombudsman (consumer advocate) who is
very critical of the body searches at the
airport.
He has started an investigation into
complaints about the 100% control on
flights from the Antilles or Surinam. For
example, a woman who arrived from Su-
rinam, five months pregnant, had to un-
dress. Customs searched her in the pres-
ence of her 21/2-year-old son. The Dutch
Constitution and European Treaty on Hu-
man Rights allow it only if there is a legal
basis on which there can be no doubt. A
Dutch Customs spokesperson said the
Customs Law gave the authority for body
and strip searches. Cavities in the body
are checked rarely, and since last May
2005, only in the presence of a registered
nurse.
Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Don-
ner is now considering moving the body
scanner from the nearby detention center
for drug couriers to the airport terminal so
that suspect passengers can easily prove
their innocence without having to be
searched. Recently a court in Haarlem
ruled in three cases that the treatment re-
ceived during the controls was
"dehumanizing."

A Unless significant steps are taken
the environmental consequences of a
hotel school with adjoining hotel at the
west shore of Lac Bay will have far
more negative consequences than posi-
tive. The drainage, the increased flood of
tourists and activities and the sewage
treatment form a big threat for the life
around the Lac lagoon. Pieter Au-
gustinus, a scientist, researcher, physical
geographer, mathematician and physicist
and specialist in the field of coastal devel-
(Continued on page 4)


Bonaire Reporter January 13 to 20, 2006


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Who's Who on 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, Kalli DeMeyer, Jack Horkheimer,
Maria Koeks-Sint Jago, Greta Kooistra, Linda Ridley, Dee Scarr,
TCB, Michael Thiessen, Roosje v.d. Hoek, Ap van Eldik
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
2006 The Bonaire Reporter


Bonaire Reporter- January 13 to 20, 2006


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(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
opments, upon request of concerned citi-
zens, made a preliminary study of the
environmental effects that can be ex-
pected from a hotel project.


Snapper in mangrove roots in Lac Bay

He did not exclude the continuation of
the project, but he emphasized the impor-
tance of the inland water as breeding
place for many reef fish as well as other
natural processes.

AA former Lt.
Governor of Cura- A M
9ao, Stanley Be-
trian, was ap-
pointed interim 2
director of of the | F
Antillean co- fi-
nancing organization, AMFO, which
channels the distribution of Dutch devel-
opment aid to Non-Governmental Or-
ganizations (NGOs) on Antillean islands.
AMFO's Supervisory Council ap-
proved the appointment effective Decem-
ber 21 until April 1.
In October booking deficiencies and
the discovery that the treasurer of the
NGO platform of St. Eustatius had kept
AMFO funds in her personal account
resulted in suspension of new AMFO
activities. The AMFO director Werner
Wiels resigned "to make room" for the
organization to address the obvious ad-
ministrative shortcomings.
An operational audit is being per-
formed by the accounting firm, Deloitte.

A The planned $75 departure tax is
being defended by Bonaire elected offi-
cials as fair and a better deal for tour-
ists who stay more than a week than the
present $20 departure tax, $5.50/day oc-
cupancy tax and $3.50/day car rental tax.
There will be a substantially lower bill
for visitors staying in resorts for two
weeks or more.
The plan appears to have been moti-


vated by the Island Government's inabil-
ity to collect the occupancy and car rental
taxes from many of the operators of room
rental and car rental businesses. The de-
tails of exemptions to this tax are still
being worked out; but residents of Bon-
aire will pay a lower figure.
In addition there will be lower depar-
ture taxes for children and seniors (65+).
Flight crews and bona-fide family
members staying in private homes as
well as other special cases must also be
considered. Tourists and locals will still
have to pay the Central Government-
levied 5% OB (sales) tax and special fees
for promotion charged by some resorts.
Objection to the revised tax focuses on
the bad perception that a tax bill at depar-
ture will create. It is said that while tour-
ists are accustomed to taxes on their hotel
bill and car hire, a vacationing couple
will have a bad memory of Bonaire if
forced to cough up $150 (NAf262,50) in
cash to leave. Government should focus
on enforcement of existing laws, they
suggest. If okayed, the new rate can go
into effect as early as March.
Preparations are underway to explain
the advantages of the new departure tax
to resorts and tour operators as well as
the people of Bonaire.

A Don't rush to renew your license
plates. The company (Sonajrc) that
prints license plate tax stickers is late
with delivery to Bonaire. 2006 stickers
won't be available until January 17 at the
Island Ontvanger's Office. The office
apologizes for any inconvenience this
may have caused.

A This year will see the return of
the Bonaire Dive Festival under a new
name, "Dive into Adventure Bonaire,"
and a new format. The festival will take
place from June 17th to June 24th. More
information will be available during the
coming months. This year the event will
be opened up to the European market and
focus on land adventure as well as the
traditional underwater activities.

A The votes are in for Scuba Diving
magazine's 2006 Readers' Choice
Awards and Bonaire has once again
proven that it is one of the world's top
dive destinations. In the 2006 Readers'
Choice Awards, Bonaire received the # 1
rating in four Caribbean/Atlantic catego-
ries including, for the fourth year in a


IA new website recently released by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance aims to
become the premier Internet resource for both professionals and the general public on
issues of biodiversity and conservation within the Dutch Caribbean. In a ground break-
ing, grass roots initiative, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) was launched in
February 2004 to support and promote the conservation and sustainable management of
the region's terrestrial and marine protected areas and their management organizations on
the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curagao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten.The DCNA is
directed by Bonaire's former Bonaire National Marine Park manager, Kalli DeMayer
Coming soon on the website are the results of a year-long baseline study of the pro-
tected areas as well as a fully searchable species database for the six islands. You can
find the site at www.DCNAnature.org. Further information is available from Kalli De
Meyer on + 599 717 5010 or kdmdtelbonet.


row, Top Carib-
bean Dive Desti-
nation (96.3%).
Bonaire was also
rated #1 for Un-
derwater Photog-
raphy (97.4%),
Beginner Diving
(95.7%) and
Shore Diving I
(95.4%). Bonaire
took second place in the categories of
Marine Life (94.7%), Healthiest Marine
Environment (94.7%), Visibility (92.3%)
and Top Small Animals (89%), and
placed in the top five in the Top Value
(90.5%) and Top Snorkeling (85.1%)
categories. For the Reader's Choice
awards, thousands of Scuba Diving sub-
scribers and web users rated their dive
experiences on a scale of one to five.
Final scores represent the percentage of


fours and fives awarded. Results of the
2006 Awards are featured in the January/
February 2006 issue of Scuba Diving
magazine.

Several
new restau-
rants have
opened during
the past holi-
day season.
They include
the African
named Mez-
ani in the
building that
housed Stiflers Danielle van Nes owns
and Rendez- the new Mezani restau-
Vous; Har- rant (Mezani means
bourside. dining room in Swaheli)

Continued on page 6


SA police raid at 1 pm last Thurs-
day on two Venezuelan "fruit boats"-
the Dofia Olga, registration number
ARSH 7102, and Karina, ADKN 270 -
turned up a large quantity of probably
stolen goods. The loot included TVs,
stereos, DVD players, electronics and
many other articles. All 16 crew mem-
bers were arrested and the vessels were
confiscated along with their cargoes. The
raid was supervised by the Public Prose-
cutor's office. It has long been thought that stolen goods could possibly be transported
to Venezuela by fruit boats, This is a step toward confirming that.. Reportedly, the po-
lice were acting on a tip.


Bonaire Reporter January 13 to 20, 2006


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BUILDING PLANS THREATEN
BELNEM HOMEOWNERS

Dear Editor,
We would like to bring your attention
to plans that threaten to alter Belnem,
which we think deserve extensive re-
buke and should be stopped.
Plans have been quietly made to con-
vert a single family home into a nine-
apartment and two-penthouse behe-
moth complex in the heart of residen-
tial Belnem. Besides disrupting south-
ern Bonaire, the complex will re-define
the skyline in the area. With a height of
12.90 meters, the planned complex is
nearly 6 meters higher than most other
houses in Belnem. This threat to a fam-
ily neighborhood, under the false
promise of 'development,' deserves
extensive rebuke and must be stopped.
On one side of this dispute, are long-
term residents of Belnem, such as our
mother, Sonia Booi, a 70-year-old Bo-
nairean grandmother. She lives at Bel-
nem 58, next door to the planned com-
plex. She is resident on the island and
has been an active member of the com-
munity, member of the Oueen Angel's


Club, and volunteers her time to vari-
ous social causes on Bonaire. She is a
member of a family which has had
roots on the island for over 200 years.
On the other side of this dispute is
the owner of the house where the com-
plex is being planned. He lives part of
the year in the Netherlands. And it is
unclear if he cares about the future of
Bonaire or its residents.
To add insult to injury, plans about
the apartment complex were kept under
wraps. Our mother was not informed
about the plans, and she and the
neighbor on the other side of the pro-
ject, Mr. Goen6, found out about the
plans for construction only by accident.
It appears that the landowner and de-
veloper had plans to obtain approval of
DROB (Island Planning Department)
without publicity. (According to a
spokesman for the homeowners a
building permit has been issued.)
After a series of meetings with gov-
ernment officials were initiated, the
message was that "nobody could
change these plans since there are no
legal requirements to preserve the
neighborhood, and this is good for de-
velopment." How is this possible? It
seems that there is an omission in the
Bonairean law about zoning, and one
can build as big and as high as desired.
Just imagine: today an 11-apartment
complex; but tomorrow a 33-apartment
complex. Why not? In fact, why not
take a few houses down, combine
them, and put a multi-storied commer-


cial complex in a quiet residential
neighborhood! There is no law to stop
you. Importantly, we are not against
development. But if the complex in
Belnem is built it will destroy the sky-
line permanently. And it will not be
long before we are compared to an
Aruba or the East Coast of Spain, or
Cancun, with their impersonal huge
apartment buildings.
Our mother's and Mr. Goend's frus-
tration should be seen as a call to ac-
tion for those who want the *real* Bo-
nairean way to be preserved. By stop-
ping this complex, we will send a mes-
sage to both the authorities and devel-
opers that such abuses will not prevail.
We also need to work on zoning laws
that preserve our island and expose the
nefarious designs of any person falsely
selling such type of development as an
economic panacea to the Bonairean
people.
Please write to Bonaire's government
to express your outrage.
Bait, Mark, and Cynthia Herlaar



SURPRISE, SURPRISE AND
SURPRISE AGAIN

Dear Editor:
It is interesting that laws can be
passed and the public hit with these, in
some cases, with very little notice. As
examples, the yachts were slammed
overnight with an increase in mooring


fees, a few years ago the airport tax
went up suddenly and the dive tags,
which CURO suggested should go to
$20, were suddenly placed at $25. Now
there is going to be a $75 Airport tax
which may go into effect in April, only
3 months from now. Yet when a simple
$2 per person Marine Park use charge
was planned for the Cruise Ship indus-
try there was no way it could be ac-
cepted by the cruise ships and it was
dropped by the government (apparently
under the threatening influence of the
Cruise Ship industry) until one year
later. There is still a question of
whether or not it will even be imple-
mented then! These people come to
Bonaire, leave nothing but people pol-
lution, sewage, garbage and then leave,
not caring if the island sinks behind
them.
If one gives this a bit of thought, the
cruise ship people bring virtually no
dollars to Bonaire per person, yet they
are given priorities such as delays or
even exemptions in taxing and roads
blocked off making life less pleasur-
able for residents. Yet the tourists who
come to Bonaire for weeks at a time,
some year after year, who leave thou-
sands of dollars on Bonaire per person
are burdened with higher and higher
costs. Something is wrong here.
Name Withheld


Bonaire Reporter- January 13 to 20, 2006


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
Mall's Harbourside Restaurant, where
Cozolli's Pizza used to be; and Bambu,
on the site of the former Mai-Mai restau-
rant.


A Last week, Extra, the Papiamentu
language newspaper, carried a front page
story that a new island was rising out of
the water near Bonaire's coast. It was
based on the image of a light spot on a
satellite photo of the sea three kilometers
off Boka Olivia available on Google
Earth.
This did not come as a surprise to some
people like hermit Richard Molina who
lives on the east side at Playa Grandi,
who has long spoken of a connection
with an island off Bonaire's east side.
Local fishermen say the spot might be
an indication of a seku, a shallow spot
where there is often good fishing. Fisher-
men are very close-mouthed about the
locations of these sekus. Nautical charts
of Bonaire do not indicate shallows in the
spot on the satellite image.
Oceanographer Dr. Dale Stokes, a sci-
entist from Scripps Institute in California
who has spent time diving in Bonaire,


says although he did not physically see
this area, he has a possible explanation to
the "island" developing underwater on
Bonaire's coast.
"If it is a short term event, maybe it is
what is known as a 'whiting,' a large
white patch, sometimes several miles in
diameter, of carbonate mud laden water
which can suddenly occur in the open
ocean. This muddy water can be formed
by the spontaneous precipitation of ara-
gonite in the water that can be initiated
by sharp carbon dioxide uptake during
times of diatom algae blooms. They have
been seen in the Bahamas and the Persian
Gulf." The satellite image also shows a
similar spot off Curagao's east coast.


4 Until April 30, 2006, the Golden
Reef Inn will offer new upgrades and
allow children to stay free. Book a
seven-night/eight-day Stay, Dive and
Drive Package for a minimum of two
persons and receive an upgrade to a one-
bedroom condo apartment! Children 11
and under stay free when accompanied
by paying adults in the same accommo-
dations. Children 12 and over who are
NOT divers can also stay for the price of
taxes only! Both offers are based on
availability.


The staff at San
Francisco Hospital an-
nounced the first birth
of 2006, a girl, on
Thursday, January 5th
at around 3 in the after-
noon. The baby
weighed a healthy 3970
grams (8 lbs., 12 oz.)
and measured 56 cm.
(22 in.) long. OB-GYN
physician, Dr. R. Guera
was on hand to assist.
Congratulations to proud
parents Ellen Wout and
Egbert Winklaar. All are
in fine condition.


you'll be welcomed at their office at
Kaya Grandi 52 (across from Maduro
Travel and Rento Fun Drive), or call
phone: +599-717-6030

A An international fabric store has
opened on Bonaire, Pakus di Tela.
Owner-operator Helene de Wit and
seamstress Truus van der Ree have
teamed up to give Bonaire the newest in
fabrics, quilting materials, embroidery
needs and, most important, sewing les-
sons. Sewing machines by the famous
Swiss company, Bernina, are available
for sale.


for Chez Nous) 24 hours ahead to re-
serve. On Tuesdays a four-course dinner
is served at 6 pm. It's NAf25. A three-
course lunch is served on Fridays at
12:30 for NAf17,50. Wine and mixed
cocktails are available too at an extra
charge. There's always a new menu and
the culinary standards are impressive.

A The Rose Inn in Rincon has a long
reputation for fine local food in an old
fashioned Bonairean garden setting.
They're now open for Sunday
brunch under the flowering trees -
from 7 am to 11 am. They offer an all-


A The new apartment complex on the They're located next to Telbo and you-can-eat buffet, featuring American
Kralendijk waterfront, Seaside Resort, open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call and Dutch treats and fresh squeezed or-
has a planned opening in the second half 717-7560 or drop in to see the rainbow of ange juice for $10 per person. The Rose
of 2006. Right now Perfect Holiday color fabric selections. Inn is open every day except Wednesday
Solutions is offering pre-construction from 10 am to 6 pm. They'll stay open
prices through the end of this month. A Chez Nous, Bonaire's learning cen- later for parties that have reserved ahead.
For more information, contact them via ter for future restaurateurs, offers gour- Call 562-6364.
email info@perfectholidaysolutions.com, met class meals to the public at their styl-
or visit their web site at www. ish restaurant behind the SGB (high
perfectholidaysolutions.com. If on island, school). Call the school at 717-8120 (ask (Continued on pave 7)


Bonaire Reporter January 13 to 20, 2006


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ItNIIG UIt
Thepeople who helped make The Dining Guide happen: Joan- aid rili pel
nie Trenidad (TCB), Soeraly Pourier (assistant to Commissioner
of Tourism), Evert Piar (MCB, a big sponsor), Sara Matera
(BRA) and Max Van Dortman (Publisher)

A Last Thursday Bonaire's brand new Dining Guide made its
debut at Bambu restaurant. This year 36 restaurants are featured,
some even with their "secret" recipes, in this official guide of the
Bonaire Restaurant Association (BRA). This is the fifth time BRA
has produced this handy guide, and for the first time there are free
coupons inside from the featured restaurants, and anyone, tourists
or residents, can use them. You can find the Dining Guide all over
town at restaurants, shops, hotels and at the TCB. It's a handy
size that fits in your pocket or purse... and it's free.


A Lose weight with a combination
of nutrition and exercise with Fit-4-
Life's special program for men and
women. It's a great way to start the new
year. The professional Fit-4-Life team
has had great success in past years in
helping people lose weight and keep it
off. The 12-week program combines
guided exercise and diet individually de-
signed for each client. For more informa-


tion call 512-6375 or 562-6375; Email:
fit41ife fitness@thotmail.com.

A Don't forget the Saturday, Janu-


Last Saturday Catherine
Salisbury's underwater
photo exhibit, "Magical En-
counters," opened at the Cin-
namon Gallery. A big crowd,
including artists (shown at
right with Catherine, 2nd from
left) Linda Richter, Willie
Dijkstra, Harry Hensen, Ger-
maine Nijdam and Avy Ben-
hamron, enjoyed the show, and
a number of pieces were sold.
The exhibit will run through
February 9. Cinnamon Gallery
is at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, off
Kaya Grandi, behind Banco di
Caribe.

pot-luck BBQ. Please bring a small item
of food to share with your fellow divers.

Last December Benetton cele-
brated its 15 year Anniversary on the
island of Bonaire with a fashion show.
All the proceeds from the show were
given to five foundations to help
them continue their marvelous work
for the youth of Bonaire:
*Special Olympics
*Centro pa Hubentut Jong Bonaire
eGrupo di Scouting Sint Bernardus
*SEBIKI
*Stichting Project


ary 14, Underwater Cleanup spon-
sored by Yellow Submarine and Net- A Special Olympics Bonaire has an-
Tech. Meet at 1 pm at the Yellow Sub- nounced that its Annual Walk-A-Thon
marine dive shop on the Promenade for will be held Sunday, February 5th
a dive briefing and the dive. They will re- (Federal elections are scheduled for the
convene after the dive at 5:30 pm for a end of January, the usual time for the


Walk-a-thon). In the
past three years, the
Walk-A-Thon from the
White Slave Huts to
Rincon, commemorat-
ing the weekly 30-km.
slave walk, has grown
into one of Bonaire's
largest fund-raising events. Participants
may walk, bike, ride, skate or run all or
part of the route. Refreshment stations
will be located approximately every five
kilometers. Tickets will go on sale on
January 23 at Croccantino Restaurant and
Chat 'n' Browse as well as from the
members of the board of Special Olym-
pics. Participants are encouraged to get
themselves sponsored for their effort.
Proceeds go to support continuing Spe-
cial Olympics programs and to sponsor a
team for the 2007 World Games in
Shanghai. G./L.D.


Bonaire Reporter- January 13 to 20, 2006


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EnviroWat lc

The cruise ship Silver Whisper Dumps on Bonaire; Bonaire says,"FINE!"


On December
17, 2005, the
cruise ship Silver Whis-
per visited Bonaire,
docking at the Waf
Francisco (Chico)
Mercelina (aka Old
Pier, North Pier, and
Town Pier). On De-
cember 18, 2005, my
husband David Batal-
sky found a big pile of
broken glass and other
debris on the living
coral reef just north of
the Pier. This debris


Overview of one section of the glass and other debris.


had not been there the
last time David and I
dove the Pier, which was December
16th.

The trash included champagne, wine
and beer bottles, wine glasses, small
jars with labels showing they'd con-
tainedjams and jellies, a couple of
steak sauce bottles, other types of bot-
tles and jars and plates. Everything
except the jam tubs, a Lea & Perrins
bottle, a Galliano bottle and a beer bot-
tle or two was broken. Much of the
glass was broken into sharp shards,
some as small as fingernail clippings,
some the size and sharpness of knife
blades. Broken glass was scattered
everywhere: on the reef, in crevices in
coral heads, between rocks, even on
sponges. About the only delight was
discovering a cabin key card, labeled
"Silverseas," on the bottom.
Luckily I had my digital camera in an
underwater housing with me on that
dive, so we were able to document the
glass on the coral and remove it from
live coral on that same dive. Later, we
reported the find to Ramon de Leon,
our BNMP Manager, Elsmarie Beu-
kenboom, Director of STINAPA, and
Rob Sint Jago, our Acting Harbormas-
ter.
With Ramon's approval and the help
of BNMP Rangers Denise Keller and
Duvan Rios, we recruited three more
divers, Susan Porter, Linda Ridley, and
Phyllis Blackburn, and removed almost
all the rubbish in a single dive! The


glass and discards weighed 51.5 kilos.
The next day Susan, David, and I re-
moved another kilo or so of glass
shards. For those of you not used to
thinking in kilos, that's one hundred
and fourteen pounds of debris that
had been dumped onto, and removed
from, Bonaire's reef.
The potential harm of this glass of
course includes the likelihood that it
would damage or smother living coral.
Coral, by the way, is the main animal
who builds the coral reefs. Coral is the
most slow-growing of the reef inhabi-
tants and is the most easily injured -
which is why the laws protect it so vig-
orously.
But what effect might that broken
glass have had on other marine ani-
mals? Did a yellowtail snapper, or a
jack, perhaps gobble a few pieces
down before they could even reach the
bottom? What would happen to a goat-
fish, exploring the surface of the sand
with its barbels, if it wriggled its bar-
bels against glass shards? What about
the sweetly-puckered smooth trunkfish,
sucking glass shards from the sand's
surface? Imagine a sharptail eel or a
razorfish, burrowing beneath the sand
and encountering sharp shards of
glass what would happen to them?

Ramon and Elsmarie discussed this
situation with Ernst Wesselius, Bon-
aire's Public Prosecutor. The outcome
is: the Silver Whisper will be fined by


the Island of Bonaire!
Rob Sint Jago, our
Acting Harbormaster, is
the primary developer of
Bonaire's port security
program. His plan keeps
us in compliance with
International Shipping
and Port Security regula-
tions put into effect on
July 1st, 2004. If Bon-
aire did not have ISPS
compliance, most inter-
national shipping, in-
cluding cruise ships,
would not be able to
stop here. Rob is one of
a minority of harbor-
masters worldwide in
that he has kept Bon-
aire's Pier open for rec-
reational diving when-
ever possible. Dive
masters, and divers,
are -- thanks to Rob Sint
Jago's efforts thus
able to discover and re-
port violations to Bon-
aire's reef and Bonaire's
laws.
story and
photos by
Dee Scarr


This poor star-coral head got the brunt of the tiniest
glass shards, which fell into its every nook and cranny.


A close-up of a main coral victim, this-star coral
head, showing all the glass shards that landed on top of
it and fell into all its crevices.


About the Silver Whisper

S ilversea Cruises, the owner
of the Silver Whisper, the
newest cruise ship in its fleet, calls
itself "an innovator in the ultra-
luxury niche. Silversea appeals to
a well-educated, well-traveled cli-
entele perhaps slightly younger
than some of her competitors. Aboard Silversea ships, just about everything's in-
cluded spirits, wines, carbonated beverages, mineral water; most seminars and
self-improvement classes; all shipboard gratuities and most voyages even include
a complimentary shore excursion." The cost? $3,000 per person and up per week.
It serves just 388 guests with 295 crew members. Built in 2001, she's registered
in the Bahamas at 28,258 tons, is 610 ft. long and can cruise at 21 knots.
Why she dumped her trash over the side while tied up to the Town Pier, in viola-
tion of International and Antillean law as well as Marine Park rules, is a mystery.
G.D.


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I YACHTING AN A 1


I l


n December 2005 the Bonaire
REEF (Reef Environmental Edu-
cation Foundation) Chapter recorded
its 10,000th fish survey. To commemo-
rate the distinction of reaching this
milestone the local REEF Station, Dive
Friends/Yellow Submarine Dive Shop,
sponsored a REEF dive last Saturday
at the Yellow Submarine Reef
Dive Site. All REEF members were
invited to participate.
On this single dive the group counted
136 species of fish. The prize for Most
Species Found on the dive went to the
team of Melody Hamilton and Chile
Ridley with 116 species. The Most Ex-
otic/Unusual Species prize went to the
team of Phyllis Blackburn and Herman
Leeuwen for a gray angel, a reef scor-
pionfish and flagfin mojarras as addi-
tions to their normal survey
list. Participants received a Bonaire
Marine Park Volunteer t-shirt from the
Marine Park Manager, Ramon de
Leon, in recognition of their ef-
forts. All prizes and giveaways were
provided by Dive Friends/Yellow Sub-
marine.
If you are interested in becoming a
REEF Diver or need more information,
visit Yellow Submarine Dive shop or
call your local REEF representative,
Linda Ridley, at 791-4262 or 786-
2397.
A variety of opportunities exist to
participate in REEF's Volunteer Fish
Survey program and learn more about
marine resources. Fish Identification
seminars and survey dives all can be
found at your local REEF station and
through your local REEF representa-


tives. The ReefEnvironmental Educa-
tion Foundation is a grass-roots, non-
profit organization of recreational
divers who regularly conduct fish bio-
diversity and abundance surveys dur-
ing their dives.
REEF's mission, to educate and
enlist divers in the conservation of ma-
rine habitats, is accomplished primar-
ily through its Fish Survey Project. The
Project was developed in 1990 with
support from The Nature Conservancy
(TNC) and guidance by the Southeast
Fisheries Science Center of the Na-
tional Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS). The REEF Fish Survey Pro-
ject allows volunteer SCUBA divers
and snorkelers to collect and report
information on marine fish popula-
tions. The data is collected using a fun
and easy standardized method and is
housed in a publicly accessible data-
base on REEF's Website (http: www.
reeforg/). The data is used by a variety
ofresource agencies and researchers.
Story & photo provided by Linda
Ridley


-II -

Linda Ridley Chile Ridley, Phyllis Blackburn, Ramon de Leon, Melody
Hamilton. (Foreground) Herman Leeuwen

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
1-13 12:02 2.1FT. 21:54 0.7FT. 79
1-14 12:34 2.1FT. 22:30 0.7FT. 81
1-15 13:10 2.0FT. 23:00 0.8FT. 81
1-16 13:39 1.9FT. 23:28 0.8FT. 78
1-17 14:01 1.7FT. 23:58 0.9FT. 74
1-18 0:12 0.9FT. 14:16 1.6FT. 69
1-19 0:19 1.0FT. 11:17 1.5FT. 62
1-20 8:43 1.5FT. 23:44 1.1FT. 55


I VES S AK GAPOR


Altair
Alter Ego
Always Saturday
Angie
Annka
Augustin

Blue Moon
Camissa, Chan Is.
Casa del Mar
Concubine
Cape Kathryn
CRC
Charumbel
Cilliy

Delphinus
Destiny
Double Bogy

Eclipse
Endorphin
Explorer
Flying Cloud, USA

Freestyle

Galandriel


Go Bucks
Goril Two
Guaicamar I, Ven.
JC Sogno
JJ

Maggi
Mahureva
Marive
Maxolar
Miss Astor
Monami

Natural Selection

Okeanis
Okura
One Way Wind
Oniro

Paranda
Pishi Porko

Samba
Sandpiper, USA
Sangoma
Sapristi
Scintella


Sirius
Songster
Summer Breeze
Sunny Side
Spartivento
Syjoli
Sylvia K

Ta B
Ti Amo
Tigger
Towanda
Trio

Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicom, Norway
Umiak
Varedhuni, Ger.
Vendia
Vilje
Von Voyase
Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi
Yoi
Zahi, Malta


Bonaire Reporter- January 13 to 20, 2006


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i p pe n inhave come from all
those places, it's
turned into some-
thing totally Bo-
nairean that's not
found anywhere
else in the world.
L.D.




I t's a tradition that
happens only on
Bonaire. In early January
a group of colorfully cos-
tumed and masked chil-
dren and adults show up
to dance and performnn
short skits. Last Sunday
we caught them at the
Kas Krioyo in Rincon.
They arrive, quietly and
mysteriously. They don't
speak and only communi-
cate through their ac-
tions. No one knows who
they are; even the mem-
bers themselves may not
know who else is among After a fineperformance, the maskarada company is
them. presented with a bottle of rum by Kas Krioyo's Evelyn
They enter silently, fol- Mercera
lowing a group of
musicians an ac-
cordion, a tambu
(drum), a raspa and
a kuarto and the
dancing begins.
Certain charac-
ters are the same
every year: the po-
liceman who di-
rects the group, the
donkey, the shark,
the fisherman in
the boat, an old
kunukero, the
matador and the
bull, each one per- The fisherman and the barracuda
sonifying his or her
character. During
one of the dances the matador, waving others say it's Indian. Still others say
a red flag, attempts to entice the bull it's South American or even European.
and to rope him. Finally the bull is Culture guru Papi Cicilia suggests
roped; he tries to escape but finally Spain: the "crowns" worn by the com-
succumbs and is thrown to the ground. pany represent the Spanish monarchy
All the dancers gather around. During which ruled Bonaire for a time. That's
another dance the fisherman in the also where the bull and the matador
boat, after a number of unsuccessful come from, he says. But of course the
tries, reels in the shark which lies dead donkey, the kunukero and the fisher-
on the ground. man in his boat are totally Bonairean.
No one knows for sure how the tradi- So, considering the polyglot makeup
tion got to Bonaire. Some say Africa, of Bonaire, although the concept may


Bonaire Reporter January 13 to 20, 2006


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Rincon Marshe Bou di Ramada


Maria Koeks-Sint Jago writes:


want to thank you .
Sfor your help in
promoting our activities
in Rincon, and the Soldachi* Tours (of
Rincon) for the last five years. Each year
we are improving a little bit more with the
activities. In 2005 the focus was on our
walking tours and nature walks. We got
nature lovers and persons who were inter-
ested in knowing Rincon better. That was
great.
We also wanted to get our kids involved Skol di Bario
in our culture and history. We had a good
project with the Skol di Bario (after
school activities) from the Beatrix
school.
We have now five young tour
guides as well as a small group of
aspiring Soldachi tour guide kids
who are eager to do the nature walks.
So there's hope for more guides in
the future
The elderly persons from Rincon
and Nort di Salifia (Kunuku Bieu) in
small groups were able to visit dif-
ferent sites with the Soldachi
Tours being tourists on their own A Rincon nature tour walk
island.
I feel very happy that you believe in our project and the effort we've made, giv-
ing our energy to this island that we all love so much.. Bonaire and especially Rin-
con ...the heart of Bonaire..." Photos & story by Maria Koeks-Sint Jago


Last Saturday at the big
monthly Rincon Marsh6 dur-
ing the Bou di Ramada (on the
porch), as has become traditional,
there was a "town meeting" type dis-
cussion group. Adrie Williams, and
Edfrim Reyna from the Fundashon
Desaroyo (foundation for develop-
ment) Marie Pampoen in Curaqao
came to exchange ideas with the
members of the Platforma Rincon:
Maritza Juan Pedro, Ermine Pourier
(secretary), Freddy Piar (sports),
Lourdes Winklaar (treasurer)
and Ronnie Mercera
(composer). Their subject was
"developing countries and vil-
lages such as Rincon." L.D.


Bonaire Ambassador

he first Bonaire Ambassador for the
year 2006 is a young gentleman only
10 years old. His name is Aaron Zetley. He
visited our island when he was a baby for
the first time in 1996, together with his par-
ents. This is the 10th time that he's visited
Bonaire. His passion for the island is all
about windsurfing. Aaron takes classes with
Elvis at the Bonaire Windsurf Place. For
Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) it is a
great pleasure to have Aaron as the first
Bonaire Ambassador for the year 2006.
Congratulations! TCB release
For more information on the Bonaire Am-
bassador Program and for a listing of all
Bonaire Ambassadors visit http:/www.
infobonaire.com/tcb/ambassador/.


In the photo are: Adrie Williams (with mike)
Id Edfrim Reynafrom Curacao, with members
of Platforma Rincon


Aaron Zetley
Aaron Zetley


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Pet of the Week

ere's "Jacob," taking a short rest
by the water dish at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter. Just before that he'd
been running around and checking out
everything with his nose to the ground.
He's a young pup only five months
old and he's in love with life! Jacob has
black, silky longish hair, the kind you
love to stroke. He was brought into the
Shelter with his sister and brother. (His
sister didn't get that lovely longish hair;
she's smooth haired!) Jacob is so
friendly and social "really nice," say
the Shelter staff. He would make a great
family dog. He's in tip top health, having
had his exam by the vet, had his shots
and testing and will be sterilized. You
may meet him at the Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Friday, "Jacob
10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
4989.

The Shelter has been very busy since the first of the year. Already in the first week
there were six adoptions five dogs and one cat. Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema re-
ports that they made it through the New Years celebration with fewer lost dogs than in
other years. That's very good news. Also, he says, there are quite a few dogs and pup-
pies up for adoption, nearly 40 of them, so now's an excellent time to find a good se-
lection. L.D.


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The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://www.
yellowpagesbonaire.com


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


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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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100% natural Bath Salts available at Chat-
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or call 786-6416 for more information.


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/



MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.



For Sal14e

For sale: 2 sky kennels for dogs, KLM-
approved, one large NAf150, one extra
large NAf300, tel. 786-5582.

Antique Wrought Iron Ice Cream/Cafe
Heart Chairs $39 each. Call 717-8819 8
am to 5 pm.

For Sale- glass front show case reefer,
glass show case hot box, commercial meat
slicer, mixers all new! plus misc. kitchen
items. Brand newjeans (several sizes, but
hopi 32 waist) call for appt. to view. 790-
7674


For Sale: Ultra Classic Yoga Mats.
Color: Black Price: NAf60. Call 786-
6416

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


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SEEKING A NATIONAL
PARKS MANAGER

The Saba Conservation Foundation
(SCF), a non-profit nature management
organisation based in Saba, Netherlands
Antilles, is seeking a National Parks Man-
ager to manage the Saba National Marine
Park and a land park. The SCF has five full
time staff to support field, operational and
administrative aspects of the organisation.
The incumbent will be responsible for the
overall management of the organisation,
staff and its functions.
Please send resume and cover letter to
the Director Saba Conservation Founda-
tion, PO Box 18, The Bottom, Saba, Neth-
erlands Antilles or e-mail to
janine_lesueur@Oyahoo.com. Closing date
24 January 2006. Only short listed candi-
dates will be contacted. Please review web-
site www.sabapark.org See also www.
dcnanature.org


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For Sale Cabo Rico 38 Yacht 1989,
Excellent offshore cruiser. One-owner,
little used, only 800 engine hours, many
sails, many spares, new s-s rigging. In-
cludes Avon R2.8 inflatable and Nissan
outboard. Luxurious interior. Bristol condi-
tion. Hauled out on Bonaire $109,000.
Phone/fax (599) 717-5038. Email to
icarus@flamingotv.net

Why import a sail boat when you can
own a fast
Regatta win-
ner built
right here?
Classic 21'
Bonaire Sail
Fishing boat
recently re-
furbished is
for sale for
NA fl4,000
($8,000)
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.


Bonaire Reporter January 13 to 20, 2006


LAFFEWA --


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THE BONAIRE GARDNER


Bugs!


First of all, I wish all of you a
very Happy New Year and all
the best, in every way.
And of course, I want to take the op-
portunity to thank everybody for their
support and loyalty in the year 2005.
Last year was very good for us and we
hope to continue this into the year
2006!!
Everywhere we hear positive feelings
about this new year on Bonaire and we
hope very much this will be indeed a
prosperous year in every way. A lot
has been written about the future of
Bonaire, and we hope and think that
prosperity and nature will continue to
go hand in hand on Bonaire so it will
stay the unique island it is, for all of
us!


A New Year Always Brings New
Resolutions
Business wise, one of my goals in the
new year is to try to find a solution for
most of the bug problems on Bonaire.
Last year it became more and more a
problem with the Mealy bugs or the
local name Pis-Pis.
There is a new threat for all of our
nice Sago palms and that's the scale.
Leaves become covered with white
things and if you don't treat them they
can die.
All of these diseases are kind of re-
lated and most of them are caused by
bugs.
These last weeks of rain are perfect
for plants but also for the bugs to mul-
tiply. Our environment on Bonaire is
perfect too for those small nasty crea-
tures. A hot humid climate, very
few natural enemies and always a nice
wind from the same direction that's
what helps them to spread around eas-
ily.
I know I won't find the answer for
those bugs, but we sure can try to re-
duce the number of sprayings with
nasty chemicals. Believe me, nobody
wants to use them, but to keep these
insects under control you have to.
When you search the Internet for so-
lutions, there's no perfect answer to


these threats. We have made some tests
with new remedies and the outcomes
of some of them are very promising.
We will try to continue our testing and
hopefully we can find suitable solu-
tions for everybody. But by trying to
find these solutions we need your help
big time. Don't always expect the an-
swer from your gardener.
And when you plan on planting new
plants, try to use as infrequently as
possible those plants that are most sus-
ceptible to mealy bugs That is just a
very small group of plants, so a re-
placement should always be available.
And don't hesitate to get rid of some
older, bigger trees or plants that are not
curable. I'm especially thinking about
the frangipani trees for instance that
seem to have more and more problems
with bugs. And since most of the time
the trees are so big they're not easy to
spray.
And, as always we are open to all of
your personal experiences and
thoughts. Together we can make a lot
progress in helping to reduce those
problems! Ap van Eldik


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


Bonaire Reporter- January 13 to 20, 2006


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icSouth of Spain
In The LReporter


South of Spain


B onaire resident Margot Berkers writes, "We took this picture at Finca el Bo-
ralejo (el arte de vivir) in Southern Spain.
In the picture you see me with (my daughters) Meghan and Mavelly, Peter and
Nice Lensvelt with their three boys: Piet, Klaas and, holding The Reporter, Sjors.
Hernando Vargas took the picture.
The Lensvelts used to live on Bonaire at Finca Verde when Peter was manager of
Lions Dive Hotel (and before that Raffles, now Blue Moon restaurant).
We are standing in front of one of their bungalows. This one is dedicated to Vin-
cent van Gogh, with a lot of pictures of this great artist inside. Peter and Nice hope
all their friends and acquaintances in Bonaire are well and wish everybody a happy
2006."


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MOVIELAND


I RiLYr MVIE ISHOWTI

Late Show
Calto make sure (Usually9pm)
Harry Potter and
The Goblet
(Daniel RadCliffe)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Get Rich or Die
Tryin' (50 Cent)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
:Chicken Little/ Zathura


THIS WEEK

Now through February 9 Catherine
Salisbury's underwater photo exhibit,
"Magical Encounters" at Cinnamon Art
Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe.
Saturday, January 14- quarterly Clean-
up Dive. All welcome, divers and non-
divers. Contact Yellow Submarine (http://
www.bonaireyellowsubmarine.com) or
NetTech (http://www.nettech.an).

COMING UP
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon:
Jan. 24 -Aida Vita; Jan. 31 Rijndam

Friday, January 27- Federal elections

Saturday, January 28 Bonaire Lions
Club-Comcabon Run Children: 1,5, 2,
4, 5 km. Men & Women open category (5
km). Sign up 3:30 to 5 pm. Race starts 5:30
pm, at the Stadium. Info Ronald at 785-
3902
Sunday, January 29 Bonairean Night
Buffet with typical Bonairean dishes, live
kriollo music and folkloric dance perform-
ances. Come and enjoy authentic Bo-
nairean dishes in a typical Bonairean at-
mosphere at the Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort & Casino- 6 to 9 p.m., NAf35, in-
cluding a welcome drink. Kids up to 12
years, pay their age in dollars. For reserva-
tions call 717 8285, ext. 444.
Saturday, February 11 Guest Artist
Opening at Cinnamon Art Gallery;
brightly colored fabric paintings and found
wood-art by Brigitte Kley. Exhibit runs
through March 23.

REGULAR EVENTS
Saturday Rincon Marshe opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride- Every-
one welcome. It's free. 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 ware-


WHAT'S HAPPENING


house, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi Fla-
mingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm 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-Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 1330 to 1630
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 Wild-
side Diving. New original paintings of
Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast
every week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -Yoga
Classes-Tel. 786-6416
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku.
$12 (NAfl2 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
540-9800.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm
Call 717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable oldhome that has beenrestored
and fumished so it appears the family has just
stepped out Local ladies will tell you the story.
OpenMonday thru Friday, 9-12,24. Weekends
by appointment Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church intown. Openweekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.

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 entry fee. Call Caihy 566-4056.


January 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule
Day Date Ship name Time Location PAX Line

Tue Jan.24 AidaVita 1300-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Germany

Tue Jan. 31 Rijndam 0900-1800 S.Pier 1258 HAL First Call





g octiclVrcl 2006 Schedule:

Feb 4 Carnival--Tumba Festival
Feb 17 Carnival--Youth Parade Rincon
Feb 18 Carnival--Youth Parade Playa (Kralendijk)
Feb 25 Carnival--Adult Parade Rincon
Feb 26 Carnival--Adult Parade Playa (Kralendijk)
Feb 27 Carnival--Farewell Youth Parade
Feb 28 Carnival--Farewell Adult Parade
TBA 5km Run, 8:00 am, Sponsor: PA & Associates


Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
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 welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
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 -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje 717-
4685, 566-4685

CHURCH SERVICES
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
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 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

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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.
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.
EXTERMINATOR
Professional Pest Control is at your service. Get rid
of all the pests that invade your home and garden.
Experienced and reliable.

FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE
THE PLANTATION Has lots of classy furniture and
antiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see
great teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.


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: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them for
sale.
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.
VACATION CLUB
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire and other
places. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover
ow you can get discounts and more.

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 in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
nights.
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.
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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. 538 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

Calabas Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chi Restarant and arf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flam goea717-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 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.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. 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.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally aheadtos, desserat- in or take cutaway. Nice bar too.790-1111
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Kevi Waye Wiliam


4 4 e came from San Jose, Cali-
VV fomia, after my wife Cathy
and I were unemployed. I spent 20 years
as an engineer working for companies like
General Telephone and AT&T. In 1997 I
formed my own company, Mayan Net-
works. In 2000 when the Internet col-
lapsed in the US we went bankrupt; the
company's value went from $747 million
dollars to nothing. My career never recov-
ered. Cathy never owned a company, but
the company she was working for went
bankrupt in 2000 as well and she never
found a job again.
In 2004 we realized there was nothing
much left in California for us; we recog-
nized that neither one of us was going to
be an executive again. Nobody wants 45-
year-old engineers and there aren't any
communication companies that need
presidents.
We sold our house and bought The
Great Escape hotel on Bonaire. I'd never
been on Bonaire before. I'd spent two
weeks in Aruba in 1999, and in 2001 I
spend two weeks in Curagao; we're di-
vers. In October 2004 I came to Bonaire
for three days. I'd seen the hotel on the
Internet and came to see if it was worth
buying. My first impression of Bonaire
was: 'It's a small town with its own is-
land.'
We'd gotten down to four properties in
the world: one in Volcano Village in Ha-
waii, but that was overpriced; they wanted
$3 million for a nine-room hotel, just
couldn't do it. We looked at a large back-
packer hotel in Curagao and an 11-room
hotel in Silver City, New Mexico. If it was
all about money I should have bought the
one in Silver City, but I couldn't see my-
self living in New Mexico for the rest of
my life. The design of The Great Escape
was beautiful, and I could see myself 20
years from now still in Bonaire.
So I went home, we studied about Bon-
aire and two months later we bought the
place. Could I have done better economic
planning? Absolutely! I could have done
better economic planning..." Kevin Wil-
liams has a dry sense of humor. He seems
somewhat of a loner but also he's easy
going and good with people.
"My name is a very common name. I
went to school with nine Kevin Wil-
liams's. When I was born there was a TV
ad for One-A-Day vitamins: A woman
leaning out a door shouting 'Ke-e-e-vin!'
My mother admits it! I think that's the
reason why Kevin is such a popular name
for men of my age! My middle name,
Wayne, is from a great uncle who ran
away to sea when he was 14. We got a
letter from his wife 60 years later. He'd
left her a note with our names and she
wrote us to say he'd died.
I think I may be the only Japanese-born


person on the island. I was born in 1960 in
Tachikawa (which means 'Standing
River'), Japan, because my parents were
part of the occupation force. My sister was
severely retarded and my parents spent
most of their time taking care of her. I was
taken care of by Japanese-speaking maids.
We moved to the US when I was four
years old and soon after my sister died.
What happened then was that I spoke only
Japanese and my parents spoke only Eng-
lish. I got so mad about it I refused to talk
for a year! We lived in Nebraska until
1973, in Alabama in 1974, then back to
Nebraska from 1975 to 1977. I went to
college in Iowa, then I lived in Arizona
from 1980 till 1997 and in 1997 we
moved to California.
My wife was born in Iowa. I met her in
college; then she moved with me to Ari-
zona where we got married. We have one
grown daughter, Erin. She's 22 and an
architect in Los Angeles. She graduated
from high school at 17. I got out at 16!
That's kind of a tradition in our family:
'Let's get out of here!'



"What happened then
was that I only spoke

Japanese and my par-
ents only spoke Eng-
lish. I got so mad about
it I refused to talk for a

year!"

From my youth I always wanted to be-
come like Disney's Uncle Scrooge. He's
always been my hero that big money bin
with a diving board so he could dive off
and swim in his money; he had so much...
that was my goal. I don't think Bonaire is
the place to make that much money... but
in the meantime I am enjoying it.
We're now trying to modernize the
property and restore it to its former level. I
am trying to serve the area of Belnem and
Lighthouse Beach Resort. We have the
only restaurant, the only bar (Friday night
from 8-9 'One guilder a beer' is doing
really good), the only DVD-rental shop
and the only Internet cafe and still the
cheapest Internet cafe on the island, and
next month we're going to be adding mas-
sage service too. We're a full-service ho-
tel.
Yeah... we had no experience at all and
some days that really hurts, but I was just
really looking for something that Cathy
and I could do together. There really
aren't many jobs for a husband and wife
team this was one... But I like it!


I'm not planning on going back to the
States. Erin came twice around Christmas.
She's still worried her old man is going
crazy! When she took time off from
school to help us move she had to give a
reason for the leave and the reason she
wrote was: 'My parents are fleeing the
country!' I didn't flee. I can go back. I
paid my taxes... as painful as that is!"
Two little Dutch children walk into the
hotel and they ask the receptionist if they
may swim in the pool. The girl tells them
in a very friendly way they can't do it if
they're not supervised by at least one par-
ent. Kevin says: "Even if you sit for three
hours with a three guilder coke and let
your children swim, it's okay with me!
But I am not going to have a child in that
pool without a parent watching them! No
chance!"
He leans backwards on the sofa: "I am
much happier than I was in California. I
have a reason to get up in the morning.
Nothing is worse than staying in bed all
day. I hated the weather in San Jose way
too cold! I spend 20 years in Arizona; in
summer it's 50 degrees Celsius. After that
nothing feels hot. I don't feel hot here!
Most days I work from 9 in the morning
till 11:30 at night. Cathy works from 5:30
in the morning till 8 at night. I think it'll
be that way for about three more years,
but it's worth it it will be. It's not a job
for the faint of heart.
I've made only five dives since I moved
here; we're just working. For a year we
lived upstairs, moving from one room to
another. Now we've built our own place
here on the property; it's only 65 square


meters but at least it's ours. I can't say I'd
recommend my decision to anyone. It's
been hard; it's been really hard, but every-
thing will work out.
The island has four market segments:
the Dutch, the Antilleans, the South
Americans and the Americans. I insist that
all my front desk staff speak English and
Spanish, so we really focus on the Antil-
lean, South American and the American
market. I intend to make Americans very
comfortable, and I like to make Antilleans
feel comfortable. They're 70% of my cli-
ents. People from South America can
speak Spanish all day long. My vision is
to stick with that market. Everybody is
welcome, but we're primarily business.
With my English and my kitchen Spanish
I can get around with my staff. I restudied
Japanese for seven years and now I'm
learning Dutch. I practice with Donald
Duck comic books.
I'm staying here because I like the is-
land. If someone comes up and offers me
an outrageous amount for the hotel I
might say yes, but then I would still stay
on the island and find something else to
do. What do I like
here so much? I
don't know I've
spent too much of
my life in big
places Ineed a
small place to be
and you can't be
much smaller than
Bonaire." story
andphoto by Greta
Kooistra


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The Moon Visits Saturn at Its Best and
Jupiter Visits the Scorpion's Claw


M ark this
weekend
as very special
because you'll be
able to use the
Moon to find Sat-
urn, which is at
its brightest and
closest to Earth
this month and
next for the entire
year. Plus Jupiter
will pay a super
close visit to one
of the scorpion's
claws. The Beehive Cluster (also known as M44) is located in the
On any night constellation of Cancer the Crab.
this week, about
an hour after sunset in the Sky Park, face east where you'll see my favorite planet,
Planet Number Six, ringed Saturn, which always knocks your socks off. If you got
a telescope for Christmas this is the time to get it out because Saturn is at its
brightest and closest to Earth for the entire year this January and February. It will
be at its absolute closest and brightest on January 27th; 75,000 miles wide. It is sec-
ond in size only to the King of the Planets, Jupiter. But because it is almost twice
as far away it always appears much dimmer. So in case you're one of those who
always has a hard time finding the planets, simply wait until this weekend because
this Saturday, the 14th, the exquisite January full Moon, which is called the Moon
after Yule, will be parked right above Saturn.
And while you're looking up at Saturn and the Moon, you might want to also
contemplate the fact that this Saturday is the first day of the Roman year 2759 A.
U.C. which mean stands for 'ab urbe condita,' which means that Rome was
founded 2759 years ago. But in case it's cloudy out simply go out the next night,
Sunday, January 15th and the still full Moon will be parked just below Saturn and
begging you to look at it with your naked eye or your telescope. Once again, to
find Saturn easy as pie, look east an hour after sunset this Saturday and the full
Moon will be parked right above it and on Sunday right below it.
Plus as a bonus if you have a pair of binoculars look just above Saturn and you'll
see a tiny cluster of stars called The Beehive which consists of a group of about
200 very young stars about 400 million years old, which is pretty young compared
to our Sun which is five billion years old.
Now if you want to see the King of the Planets this weekend simply go out
around 6 am Friday, Saturday and Sunday, look southeast and it'll be the brightest
thing in the sky. It's 88,000 miles wide, just 13,000 miles bigger than Saturn, al-
though Saturn's ring system puts Jupiter to shame. And this weekend, parked less
than one degree away from it, will be the ancient southern claw of the scorpion, a
star with the bizarre name of Zubenelgenubi, which means southern claw in Ara-
bic. And much farther away from Jupiter above it you'll see the northern claw,
Zuben Eschamali. Plus if you've got a small telescope you'll actually see Jupiter
and Zubenelgenubi in the telescope at the same time. The king and the claw in the
morning and Saturn and the Moon in the evening, check it out. Jack Horkheimer


23iTZ\ L


For the week: January 8 to 14, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You can meet someone who will become very dear
to you if you get out and socialize. You need to spend some time pampering your-
self. You might be a tad overindulgent this week. You can come into money; how-
ever, perhaps not under the best circumstances. Your lucky day this week will be
Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You'll be angry if those you live with aren't pull-
ing their weight. Do not confront situations unless you are sure you have a good
understanding of the dilemma. Call a good friend. It will do you some good. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your talent will be recognized. You will be emo-
tional about money matters. Face any emotional problems head-on to avoid situa-
tions getting out of hand. If you're single, get out there and you'll meet someone
new. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't make large purchases unless you have dis-
cussed your choices with your mate. If they want help that's great, but if they try to
take credit for your work, you will have to set them straight. If you're in the mood,
go out and socialize, or get involved in sports activities. You may meet that special
person if you attend fundraising functions. Your lucky day this week will be Sun-
day.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't hesitate to talk to your partner about rekindling
your relationship. Unrealistic promises will only get you in trouble. Find out ex-
actly what's expected of you and you'll be surprised to find out how capable you
are. Your added discipline will enable you to complete some of those unfinished
projects. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You're in the mood for love. You haven't been
watching your spending habits and you may have been neglecting your duties. You
may want to look into warm vacation spots. Your input into their activities will
help bring you closer together. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your family may not be pleased with your deci-
sions. You will find it easy to learn and excel. You can pick up some overtime this
week. Escapist tendencies may lead to overindulgence. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You'll only hurt your lover if you don't. Older
relatives may make unreasonable demands. You can make some money if you get
involved in a conservative financial prospect that is presented to you. You have
done all you can to sort things out a personal level. Your lucky day this week will
be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can make financial deals, but it may
be best if you're not using your own cash. Don't be too quick to judge. Make
changes that will heighten your appeal. You will be able to talk about emotional
problems with your partner. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Go out with friends. Develop some of your
good ideas. Try to be understanding. You are better off visiting friends or relatives
than entertaining at home. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Chances are they are jealous. Avoid being inti-
mately involved with clients or colleagues. You have made an accurate assessment
of the situation and have come up with ideas that will save money. Make any deci-
sions you have to in order to avoid feeling unsettled. Your lucky day this week will
be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Finish projects that have been hanging over your
head. You may be looking through rose colored glasses. Don't let relatives get the
better of you. This is a great day for a family outing or just a drive. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.


Bonaire Reporter- January 13 to 20, 2006


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