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FLIGHTS from Ft. Lauder-
dale (FLL), Florida, to Bonaire will
begin Saturday, February 18. Reser-
vations will be accepted starting
Wednesday, January 25. Check the
website http://www.bonairedirect.com/
for more information as it becomes
available. As we go to press informa-
tion about the flights is being published.
Some fares are: $399 plus $25 depar-
ture tax, round trip special for the first
two flights (book before 4 February
2006.) The first flight to FLL is only
$99 one way BON-FLL including an
in- flight meal, free non-alcoholic bev-
erage service, alcoholic beverages at
additional cost. Flight times soon to be
available. More details at website:
http://www.bonairedirect.com or email:
info@ bonairedirect.com; phone # US:
1-866-DIVE BON in Bonaire: 599-
will use CAibilfl
Caribbean W01
Flight's modern Boeing 737s. CSF
planes have 3x3 seating in one class.
The airline is known for its charters
from NY to Florida destinations. Ft.
Lauderdale is a terrific location for use
as a hub to Bonaire. Several transna-
tional discount airlines like Jet Blue,


Letter (Road to a New Bonaire) 5
Opinion (Elections 2006) 5
Youth Tennis (RBTT) 7
Take the (Kite) Bus 8
Wowo Riba Boneiru (Eye on Bonaire)9
Story of Brida Manuel 9
Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon
(Countdown) 10
Can't Walk? You can still contribute
(Samosir) 11
Balashi Bar Opens at Divi 13
Erwin La Cruz, Artist in Residence 13
Karnaval Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Dogs of Little Havana 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Mega FM Schedule 5
Dee's Coral Shorts 7
Vessel List & Tide Table 8
Special Olympic Spotlight
(Walk-a-thon) 11
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Picture Yourself
(Ft. Knox, Kentucky and
2005 Award) 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule
Cruise Ship, Karneval Schedules 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Sipke Stapert
and Dianir Stapert Rivas-Torres) 17
Pet of the Week (Marlis Tiepel
with "Joanna") 18
Sky Park
(Saturn, Bright Winter Stars) 19
The Stars Have It 19

Spirit and Southwest fly to most US
cities from Ft. Lauderdale. The realiza-
tion of the flight connection is mainly
due to the perseverance of Liz Ginoc-
chio, of Golden Reef Inn, and her asso-
ciates. Liz was voted Person of the Year
by BONHATA (see item further on in
Flotsam and Jetsam).

A Peruvian authorities suspended
operations of the state-owned airline,
TANS Peru, last week after a series of
serious events that have put safety in
danger, an official said Saturday. On
August 23, a TANS flight crashed in
the jungle city of Pucallpa, 305 miles
northeast of the capital, Lima. That was
followed by an incident a month and a
half ago when a TANS plane had an
emergency in Cuzco. It lost an engine.
There are many Peruvians working in
Bonaire, especially in the building

A Starting on
Thursday, 6 pm, the
eve of the Parliamen-
tary elections of Janu-
ary 27, a ban lasting
until 6 am Saturday,
January 28, will be placed on the sale
of alcoholic beverages. Bars selling
only alcohol will be closed; restaurants
may stay open but not serve alcohol.
However, as an exception, alcoholic
beverages may be served to tourists, but
only in their hotel rooms, and to passen-
gers leaving the island via boat or
plane, but only on presentation of a

boarding pass. Orphaline Saleh, Presi-
dent, Bonaire Banker's Association, re-
ports that in connection with upcoming
elections, the local banks will be open
from 8 am to 12 noon on Friday, Janu-
ary 27th, and closed in the afternoon.

A Last week The Bank of the Neth-
erlands Antilles announced that the
100- l
guilder 5
and 50- 2
2003 series
bills that
were discovered in circulation are of
inferior quality. They say that in day-
light one can clearly tell the real ones
from the counterfeit ones. The golden
foil has been glued to the counterfeit
bill and it has also a brighter golden
sheen. The counterfeit bills do not have
the black wavy pattern that normally
runs over the golden foil. Another dif-
ference with the real bills is that the
counterfeit ones do not have the shadow
watermark. Real bank notes have the
following authenticity marks:
They contain a shadow water-
mark, the logo of the Central
Bank, which can be seen by hold-
ing the bill against the light. The
watermark can also be checked by
putting a piece of thin paper over
the watermark and color the area
with a soft pencil. This should
trace the outline of the watermark.
If it doesn't, it means that the bill
is counterfeit.
The characters N and A on a real
bill should accurately line up.

A tactile layer of ink is put on sev-
eral places on the front side of a
real bill.
Tiny black fiber is inserted in the
paper of a real bill. Some are
plainly visible and some are only
visible under ultra-violet light.
The police arrested two men for using
counterfeit 100-guilder bills to pay for
drinks and last week somebody tried to
cash four bills at a local bank.

A Government health insurance
rules were changed with the New
Year. The maximum gross monthly
salary to qualify for health coverage
from the Social Insurance Bank (SVB)
was increased to NAf4.036,50 effective
January 1. The weekly limit is
NAf931,50, up from NAf900.90. The
accident insurance premium is between
0.5 and 5%, depending on the risk cate-
gory, to be paid solely by the employer.
The health insurance premium for em-
ployees and their families is 12.5%, of
which 8.3% is for the employer and
2.1% for both the worker and govern-
ment. Bonaire has universal health in-
surance for its workers.
The old age pension (AOV) premium
is 10%, of which 5.5% is for the em-
ployer and 4.5% for the worker. The
general widow's and orphan's pension
(AWW) has a 1% premium, of which
employer and worker each pay half.
This year the wage ceiling for AOV and
AWW premiums has been set at
The AOV pension maximum payout
has also been adjusted to match the in-
creased cost of living.
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 2

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: Derek Aranguren, Rocca Chin-On, Guus Gerritsen, Co
de Konig, Danny Gerharts, Jack Horkheimer, Pauline E. Kayes,
Greta Kooistra, Jeff Marshall, Ann Phelan, Dee Scarr, Michael Thi-
essen, Roosje v.d. Hoek, Hendrik Wuyts
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 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 3

Flotsam & Jetsam. (Continued from page 2)

A The Dutch armed forces are
planning a large scale military exer-
cise around Curacao. Air, sea and
land forces will be involved. Sources
inside the navy are talking about the
biggest exercise ever held here. Rea-
son for the size and location of the ex-
ercise is last year's increased tension
between Venezuela and the US; the US
has already confirmed that it will par-
ticipate. France, Great Britain and
Venezuela have been invited. The ex-
ercise will be called Caribbean Lion.

The Antillean Foreign Relations
Bureau (DBB) warned travelers to
Venezuela to take extra safety meas-
These include not traveling withjew-
elry, electronics or large amounts of
money and using only reliable taxis
(either black Ford Explorers with yel-
low stickers or white taxis with yellow
and black stripes on the side.)
After an overpass collapse on the
freeway an old road in bad repair to the
capital is being used instead. It takes
about four hours to drive from the air-
port to the city over this unsafe high-
way, and from 9 pm to 5 am it is only
open to heavy traffic. This means that
if, due to delays, travelers arrive in
Maiquetia airport after 6 pm they will
have to postpone the drive to Caracas
until the next day. The advice is to fly
to Valencia and continue to Caracas
from this city as domestic flights land
at another airport.

A PDVSA, the Venezuelan national-
ized oil company, is hoping to turn
Venezuela into the country with the
most crude oil reserves in the world,
surpassing even Saudi Arabia. Over the
last few years, the Venezuelan petro-
leum industry has been trying to in-
crease its crude oil production since it
is estimated that Venezuela's crude oil
reserves could be greater than 77 bil-
lion barrels.
Asdrubal Chavez, PDVSA's internal
director, announced that by 2012
PDVSA will have 58 tankers in its
fleet. These tankers will carry 45% of
the petroleum exported by Venezuela.
Asdrubal said that PDVSA will use
its plants in Aruba, Bonaire, and Isla
in Curacao as distribution centers to
distant markets such as China and
India. These centers have deep-water
terminals that are compatible with
tankers that have the capacity of hold-
ing 2 million barrels of oil.

A Still another search for the
body of Natalee Holloway was con-
ducted again in the dunes near the
lighthouse in Aruba. A large group of
police officers searched the area for
almost an entire morning, but nothing
was found. Also last week Dr. Phil
featured the case on his TV show for
the third time. Pandering to US press,
Aruba spokesperson. Steve Cohen, at a
press conference last week at Carib-
bean Marketplace, said Aruba is hop-
ing to bring the three suspects in the
Natalee Holloway disappearance case
to justice by June of this year.
Cohen, who addressed the media to-
gether with Aruba's Tourism Minister

Edison Briesen, insisted that Aruba
was not considering the suspects guilty
before they were proven guilty. He said
that with the case out of the way,
Aruba would be able to focus on its US
$160 million investment in the tourism
Cohen said the case was far from
closed. "Fifty members of the Aruba
police searched the dunes for forensic
evidence that will allow us to bring a
strong case against these boys."

Coach and Amboina Dolfins fo
Ricardo "Cado" Alberto

A As a solution to the ever in-
creasing "donkey problem" in Rin-
con, starting on February 1, the group,
Rincon Ban P 'e Solushon (Rincon,
let's find a solution), together with the
Platforma Rincon will begin a roundup
of the donkeys in the Rincon area, es-
pecially near the roads. They will be
placed in the Donkeys Help Park run
by Marina Melis near the airport tem-
porarily, until a donkey park can be
constructed in Rincon.
The "donkey problem" has been un-
der discussion for the last 10 years due
to the increasing number of accidents
between cars and donkeys on the road,
which culminated in a death of an auto
passenger last year. For more informa-
tion call Roosje Vinck cell. 568-5838.

and given its young members a healthy
outlet into sports and friendly competi-
On July 28 the "U-13" (12 to 13
years) team will compete with Colom-
bia, Venezuela and Curacao in Valen-
cia, Venezuela. On August 1 all the
teams will be competing.
The kids can really use your help,
both financially and with volunteers. If
you can assist, call Ricardo Alberto at

b Congratu-
lations to one
of our favorite
The Lost Pen-
guin. In a read-
ers' survey by
All at Sea, a
yachting newspaper, The Lost Pen-

guin won the Number 4 position for
the Best Cheeseburger in the Carib-
bean. They were beaten only by res-
taurants on the much more visited
northern Caribbean islands. Try one at
the Penguin yourself. They're open
every day except Tuesday and
Wednesday, from 8 am to 6 pm. The
Penguin is across the street from the
Maduro & Curiels Bank in Playa.

A The Salba Nos
Lora (Save our Par-
rots) Foundation,
Scouting Bonaire,
DROB will hold the an-
nual counting of the en-
dangered Lora this Sat-
urday, January 28. Dozens of volun-
teers will help count Loras all around
the island early in the morning.
The Bonairean Lora is a parrot spe-
cies that is found only on our island.
This rare bird is threatened with extinc-
tion. According to last year's count,
only 300 to 400 Loras were still living
in the wild. A campaign to protect the
Lora has been conducted for several
years. "Nos Lora ta nos orguyo, sal-
b 'e!" (The Lora is our pride, save him)
is the slogan of the campaign. It is not
allowed to disrupt the nests, to catch
Loras, to sell or kill Loras. There is a
fine of NAf1.000 per Lora when this
law is violated. All the birds in captiv-
ity in Bonaire, about 600, are regis-
tered. Counting Loras must be very
unique and precise. The people who

Continued on page 5.

A Coach and founder of the Ambo-
ina Dolphins Football (soccer) Teams,
Ricardo "Cado" Alberto, reports that
on February 24 there will be a ra-
diothon in Wilhelmina Park from 6 pm
to midnight for the Amboina Dolphins
by Radio Digital, 91.1, to raise funds to
send the teams to international compe-
titions. Adding their enthusiastic en-
ergy and great music will be Glenn I
Su Geng and the Foyan Boyz.
The Amboina Dolphin team has been
a wonderful success story. Beginning
with only a handful of kids it's grown

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 4

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
do the counting are spread all over the
island where the Loras roost. From
this roosting area, the volunteers count
the birds that fly up. The counting
takes place at a set time early in the
morning. By everybody doing the
counting at the exact same time, it pre-
vents the birds being counted more
than once. Roosting places are trees
or rock faces where the Loras gather to
spend the night. Last year the volun-
teers counted Loras at about 20 roost-
ing places. As not all the roosting
places are known, the result of the
counting is less accurate. The Salba
Nos Lora foundation is asking the
population of Bonaire to help iden-
tify roosting places by telling the
foundation where they are; contact
Salba Nos Lora (562-1000),
STINAPA (717-8444) or DROB

We Coni tid on pe 6of

(Continued on page 6)



Dear Editor:
Before long the Netherlands Antilles
will cease to exist as a country and in
her place two new "Lands" will emerge,
to wit, Curagao and St. Martin. The re-
maining islands will be swept together
in a heap and become "Kingdom Is-
lands," whatever this may imply. I know
what it should imply: trustworthy ad-
ministration, legal certainty and proper
legislation. The latter is liable to some
improvement for there are things grossly
amiss with some of our laws and we
hope that Minister Alexander Pechtold
will pay the necessary attention to the
problem so that they will not be contin-
ued in the new political constellation.
(Mr. Pechtold is the present Dutch Min-
ister of Overseas Territories).
Just as in the Netherlands, persons
from 14 years of age are required to
carry some identification. Failing to do
so a fine of 50 is levied in the Nether-
lands. In our country it is a fine of
NAf1.500, which is a month's income
for many people or even more. If you
cannot or do not pay this fine you will
be jailed for 6 months. Should it happen
to you again the fine will be NAf3.000
or you will go to jail for a year. This
kind of punishment is outrageous; it
should never be more than NAf50.
There is a law saying that when you
submit a petition or a notice of objection
to the government and you have not re-
ceived an answer within a certain period

(six weeks or so) you may assume that
your request or objection has not been
honored (the procedure euphemistically
being named "fictitious refusal"), and
the same goes for your appeal, if you
should have the courage to still lodge an
appeal. The day on which this provision
became law, the Netherlands Antilles
ceased to be a constitutional state and
from that day on the citizen is at the
mercy of its civil servants. (I do not
know how this worked out in practice).
In its place a law should be made that
says that whoever submits a petition or
notice of objection is entitled to an an-
swer within a certain period (six weeks
or so). Refusal must be substantiated
and a failure to answer in time means
that the request or objection has been
Finally, the police are permitted to
search the house of any citizen, even
when there is not any suspicion of any-
thing against him. It is even permitted
when the inhabitant of the house is not
at home. You come home, see that the
place is a mess. Burglars! you think and
call the police. Sorry, they say, it was
only us. Again, we do not know how
this works out in practice, but the fact
that it is permitted may give us citizens
the feeling of living in a police state in-
stead of in a constitutional democracy.
There may be more defective legisla-
tion I do not know about, but for the
time being Minister Pechtold has a lot of
useful work ahead of him.
G. Vellinga

Elections 2006

his Friday, January 27, voters
on Bonaire will elect three
members to Parliament. The Nether-
lands Antilles Parliament, sitting in
Curacao, is the legislative branch of
the government for all five islands. It is
an historic election, for it will be the
last parliamentary poll for the Antil-
lean country founded 51 years ago. If
plans follow the present schedule, in
2007 the Antilles will no longer be
governed centrally. Voters on four of
the five islands, including Bonaire,
opted for changes that preclude central
administration. Bonaire chose by al-
most 2 to 1 to go for a direct link with
Holland. The process of negotiation for
that link is a major election issue.
If history repeats itself voters will
elect each of Bonaire's major parties,
the Patriots (UPB-green) and the De-
mocrats (PDB-red), to one seat. The
third seat is the one that will indicate
the mood of the Bonaire electorate: the
PDB's call for deliberation and preser-
vation of Bonaire's "old ways" or the
UPB's rush to union with Holland and
the economic opportunities it promises.
If you are a Dutch citizen and have
lived in Bonaire long enough to qualify
to vote, be sure to take the time to do
so on Friday. Your vote makes a dif-
ference. G.D.

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 5

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5)

A Jazz news
-On February 12 there will be an-
other Jazz Brunch at the Den Laman
restaurant. Put that date on your calen-
dar because you will also get details
about the upcoming Bonaire Heineken
Jazz Festival. Check www.bonairejazz.
com for the latest update. It already
looks fine!
-On February 14 there will be an-
other special Jazz Event at Croc-
cantino restaurant. Invited are Konkie
Halmeyer, a famous steel pan player
and Uti Grigorio (his bass man) to play
with local jazz musicians. Konkie will
play Latin jazz and also some real An-
tillean works. Konkie Halmeyer is one
of the featuring artists in the 2006 Bon-
aire Heineken Jazz Festival.

A The Bonaire Hotel and Tourism
Association (BONHATA) held its an-
nual award party at the Plaza Resort
last Saturday. The following were hon-
ored for their achievements in 2005:

1. Person of the Year
Liz Ginocchio
2. Property of the Year (over 20
rooms or units)
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
& Casino
3. Property of the Year (under 20
rooms or units)
Golden Reef Inn
4. Allied Member of the Year
Budget Rent A Car

5. Supervisor of the Year
Maria Winklaar -
Budget Rent A Car
6. Employee of the Year
Sharon Richardson -
Bonaire Air Services
7. Dive Operation of the Year
Photo Tours Divers/Yellow
8. Green Award
no selection
9. Good Samaritan Award
Jack Chalk
10. Excursion Operator of the Year
Bonaire Tours & Vacations
11.F & B Excellence Award
Rum Runners Restaurant

A For divers seeking a great bar-
gain: Carib Inn will be selling its
rental regulators. These are Scu-
bapro Mk 2 Plus with an R190 2nd
stage. All regulators are completely
taken apart, thoroughly cleaned and all
o-rings, filters and seats replaced with
new. Price includes combo gauge, oc-
topus and inflator hose. For informa-
tion call 717-8819; 8 am to 5 pm.

A Bonaire Windsurf Place is of-
fering a Kids Windsurfing Camp
next summer for children ages 7 14
in three, one-week sessions from July
17 August 3. Kids Camp includes
four days, with four hours of training
per day, a 6 pm BBQ-video night on
Wednesday, T-shirt and certificate.
The price is $399 + 5% tax per person.
To book contact Ann Phelan at
ann@tbonairewindsurfing.com or call
Bonaire Pros at 800-748-8733.

Marisella Croes and Laraine Katzev
A Rotary Club of Bonaire's first
female acting President, Marisella
Croes, hosted Registered Nurse and
Nutritionist Laraine Katzev to the
Club to speak on Nutrition and Health.
Proven analysis of statistics shows a
direct link between what we eat and
how we act. This is especially impor-
tant in youth development and school
problems with students. Facts are
available upon request.

A Youngsters from the Optimist
and Sunfish Sailing clubs will be
leaving Bonaire on the M/ Mermaid
this Thursday, January 26, to par-
ticipate in the Curacao Regatta in
Spanish Water. Ten kids (ages 10 to
12) will sail the Optimists; seven (ages
13 to 18) will sail the Sunfish. Sipke
Stapert, Bonaire's top Sunfish sailor,
who's also been coaching the young
sailors, will compete in the adult Sun-
fish category. There's a new class of
boat, the "Splash," (a cross between an

Optimist and a Sunfish) which has be-
come very popular, especially in Cura-
qao and two of Bonaire's young sailors
will compete in that class.

A Here's
Charlton Tho-
mas, the guy
who's running
Karnaval this
year. The ef-
fervescent and
popular Charl-
ton, who works
for the Govern-
ment, plans all
of their special activities and occa-

we go to
press we Lac Bay
received Planned
a copy of 120-room
a letter sort
sent by
the Bon-
aire Na- Sorobon Beach detail
ture Alli-
(Aliansa di Naturelesa) to the Island
Government expressing its concern
about four proposed projects which
directly threaten the environment:
A container port at Karpata -Is di-
rectly adjacent to the Marine Re-
serve and threatening to marine life.
A 120-room resort at Sorobon,
Would be disastrous to the man-
(Continued on page 7)

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 6

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 6)
Filling in Salinja Vlijt across from
Harbour Village would expose the
corals on the west side of Bonaire to
Construction at "Chogogo" at the
red salt pan. A planned residence
and nightclub would be a threat to
the flamingoes nesting nearby.
The Nature Alliance encourages the
government to curtail these plans and
follow its own previously approved
environmental guidelines.

Annual New
Years Party
Every year
the Governor
of the island
throws a New
Year's party
and all the inhabitants of Bonaire are
invited. Normally it's at the Gover-
nor's House, but starting with this
year's party it was decided to hold the
event in a different barrio each year.
Last Friday evening Governor Hubert
Domacass6 and his wife Lena hosted a
festive gathering at the Centro di Bario
in Rincon, and despite the threatening
rain, a big crowd, mostly from Rincon,
turned out. A few scenes from the eve-
ning are on our cover this week.

A The Bonaire Reporter wishes to
correct a typographical error in its
interview report with Parliamentary

A A coral polyp (the living coral
animal) is only three to four cell layers
thick. To create a model of coral tissue
against its own skeleton, take a wet
tissue and drape it across a bare razor
blade. Check out the maze coral

candidate, Jopie Abraham. The word
not was inadvertently omitted. The
corrected text, near the end of the arti-
cle, should read: ".....and undoubt-
edly beneficial for the Dutch to have a
territory with a Dutch judicial system
in this area. Together with Holland we
have to make sure that Bonaire will
NOT have an economic growth like
St. Martin and Aruba, but we have to
take care that Bonaire will keep its
own identity and that it will experience
a steady balanced growth that's not
just the dive industry." We sincerely
apologize for any problems caused by
our error. G./L.D.

All winners

he first round of the RBTT Youth Tennis Ranking for 2006 is complete.
Around 50 children took part. After the official opening at the Harbour Vil-
lage Tennis Center on Sunday prizes were awarded by RBTT Bonaire Manager
Sherwin Pourierjoined by Tennis Director, Elisabeth Vos.
Results for the end of the first round:
E-class: Yannick Finies beat Kendra Domacasse 10-6, 10-4
D-class: Sucarla Ellis beat Max Maartense 4-0
C2-class: Nigel Tromp beat Marjn van Erp 6-5
Cl-class: Paola Valerio beat Samara Ellis 6-5
B-class: Ard Chirino beat Philip Winkel 4-3;4-3
A-class: Gino Meeuwsen beat Paulo Allee 4-3;4-0
The second round will take place on February 11 and 12. The schedule for Satur-
day, February 11 is: A: 9 am/E: 9:30 am/B: 10:30 am/C1: 1 pm/C2: 2 pm/D:
5 pm. Press Release Photo & Story

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

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The kite bus can be found at the end of the rainbow or at Atlantis Beach.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
1-2711:02 2.2FT. 20:30 0.7FT. 77
1-2811:46 2.2FT. 21:06 0.7FT. 88
1-29 12:30 2.1FT. 21:46 0.8FT. 97
1-3013:24 2.0FT. 22:19 0.9FT. 102
1-31 14:12 1.8FT. 22:45 0.9FT. 102
2-01 5:12 1.3FT. 7:32 1.3FT. 15:15 1.7FT. 23:09 1.0FT. 99
2-02 5:53 1.4FT. 11:19 1.3FT. 16:20 1.5FT. 23:29 1.1FT. 91
2-03 6:29 1.6FT. 13:51 1.2FT. 17:58 1.3FT. 23:37 1.1FT. 81

K iteboarding Bonaire (www.
kiteboardingbonaire.com) held
a party and BBQ for friends and spon-
sors of the "Kite Bus" on Sunday,
January 20th at Atlantis Beach.
Kiteboarding Bonaire sponsored this
party in order to show off the recently
renovated kite bus and its "billboards"
which have recently been added to the
bus. Roan Jaspars, the owner of Kite-
boarding Bonaire, said "We wanted to
take this opportunity to thank our
sponsors for helping us promote Kite-
boarding on Bonaire."
Kiteboarding conditions were perfect
throughout the day, and visitors had
plenty of chances to see the types of
jumps and tricks that kite boarders are
known for. Kiteboarding Bonaire in-
structors Kent Kun6 and Stephan Zaat
showed off their tricks along with
many of Bonaire's male and female

SGB teacher Jeroen Roevros made
an amazing jump, remaining for over
12 seconds in the air, which is almost a
world's record!
Kiteboarding is the world's fastest
growing water sport. Watching the
kiteboarders flip and fly can make sit-
ting on the beach very entertaining.
You can find Kite boarders at Atlantis
Beach almost every day when there is
For more information about Kite-
boarding Bonaire or to arrange a lesson
call 786-6138 or e-mail
Press release photos & story

Alter Ego

Blue Moon
Bright Sea

Camissa, Chan Is.
Casa del Mar
Cape Kathryn


Eagle's Wing

Flying Cloud, USA

Goril Two
Guaicamar I, Ven.

Honalee USA
II Songo
Kari Bella

Miss Astor

Natural Selection
One Way Wind

Pishi Porko
Sandpiper, USA
Summer Breeze
Sunny Side
Spart I vento
Sun Ra
Sylvia K

Ta B
Ti Amo

Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Ger.
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 8

Bonaire's Own TV Reality Series

Wowo Riba Boneiru
(Eye on Bonaire)

The show will focus on subjects that
give local people as well as foreign resi-
dents a chance to share their dreams,
activities and future.
The show is produced by Bonaire
resident, Hendrik Wuyts, the founder of
Scuba Vision and an award-winning
film maker.
The first episode will feature the JI-
WIRI pre-school and its principal Es-
meralda Peters. Esmeralda has found a
perfect balance between education and
play for children between the ages of
two and four years old. Her school has
been caring for and preparing young
children for further education for 21
This program focuses on the views of
the principal, teachers and parents in-
volved with the Amboina school. It will
show the children's daily activities such
as singing, reading, painting and play-
Other shows will highlight Bonaire
culture, education, sports and environ-
ment. Already planned are the SGB
High School exhibition at Artebon (now
Kas di Arte), kiteboarding and more.

Hendrik Wuyts, the producer, remem-

Digital stock footage, TV
productions Documentary
films, DVDs Weddings,
Video art Diving-windsurf

bers the days on Bonaire when all busi-
ness worked together to create a better
social environment. Today this is fast
disappearing. He suggests that this new
TV show can be used to deliver inspira-
tional messages from businesses, or-
ganizations, sports and other activities.
If you are involved in something that
would benefit from having a video EYE
on you in a half-hour TV show, contact
Wuyts. He's sending a call to everyone
who can relate to the topic of the series
and who are helping the people of the
island to let him film their activity and
produce a half hour TV program about
it. Depending on the subject and their
business this service is offered free.

The program is still in need of spon-
sors. All who agree with his vision are
invited to contact him. The show will
start on January 30 and continue each
Monday evening for the month of Feb-
ruary. Wowo Riba Boneiru can be seen
on TV 11. For more information call
Hendrik Wuyts at 717-2844 or 786-
2844, e-mail: info@ scubavision.info
Press Release phots & story


Send a DVD with your
greetings, stories or island im-
pressions, captured live by
Scuba Vision Films.

Get filmed at any spot you
like: Your favorite bar? On the
beach? Or go diving and send
your wishes from under the
Special: Get six quality DVDs in
either American or European for-
mat. Call today.

SCUBA VISION, Kaya Grandi #6
786-2844 or 717-2844

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

A visit to UniCollege Bonaire:

The Story of Brida Manuel

ast Monday, the 16th of January, the students of UniCollege Bonaire were vis-
ited by Mrs. Elka Coffi and Mrs. Brida Manuel. This visit was part of the cur-
rent theme the students are studying, Perception (Waanemen in Dutch), one of the hu-
man senses. Mrs. Elka Coffi is the head of the Foundation for the Blind on Bonaire (in
Papiamentu Fundashon Boneriano pa Siegonan). Mrs. Brida Manuel is visually handi-
capped. She was on hand to tell the students what it's like to live with the handicap.
The students wrote to The Reporter:
"We had to prepare ourselves by doing many exercises. Some consisted of simulating
blindness, so that we could have an idea of what it is like to be blind. We also had to
draw out blueprints of the school in which we had to indicate the places where it would
be difficult for the blind people to get around. At the end of this subject we have to
write a report for Inge (our teacher), and give her answer to the question; 'Can blind
students attend UniCollege Bonaire?'
Mrs. Elka Coffi told the UniCollege students about the foundation for the blind that
was established in 1975. She also told about the different activities this foundation or-
ganizes. For these activities, the clients are picked up with the foundation's bus every
Wednesday to gather in the 'Kai' Mimina' Center. The gatherings are in 'Kai'
Mimina', because unfortunately, the foundation doesn't have its own building yet.
Mrs. Brida Manuel discussed about her visual handicap, the causes and the conse-
quences. The students explained, 'We really liked that she, in spite of her visual handi-
cap, can still do many things, like art, a little house keeping and even working with the
computer. She also likes to dance, sing and act. Mrs. Brida is a very optimistic person,
at the end of her visit she told us that she would advise all of the blind and the visually
handicapped people of Bonaire to not isolate themselves, but just enjoy life the way it
is! You can do more than you think.' The students appreciated the visit of Mrs. Coffi
and Mrs. Manuel. It helped them in their studies of the senses." DerekAranguren,
Rocca Chin-On, Danny Gerharts and JeffMarshall

Page 9


before the Special Olympics Walk-A-Thon

.Sunnday, February 5.

You can w

he Fourth Annual Special
Olympics Walk-a-Thon will be
on Sunday, February 5. No matter
who you are you're welcome to join
the groups and individuals who will be
walking, biking, roller blade-ing, what-
ever, from the Slave Huts to the Pasa
Dia in Rincon. "No matter whether it
be rain or shine, the Walk-a-Thon will
go on," says Special Olym-
pics Bonaire Na-
tional Director
Roosje v.d.Hoek.

Groups are forming
to do the walk to-
gether. People from
Selibon, North
Salifia, Ennia and
even groups from
Curaqao will be
adding their ener-
gies. There will be
a group from Spe-
cial Olympics Bon-
aire as well as Spe-
cial Olympics
Aruba, which has
been coming for the last
two years. As well, a seven-
person walking group from Curaqao
and Bonaire's Kunuku Bieu will be
joining the crowd. And even if you
don't want to make the trek yourself
you can be a sponsor of one of the
groups or just buy a ticket and
watch from the sidelines.

Tickets are only NAf25 and it all goes
to a good cause, sending our Special
Olympic athletes to compete in inter-
national games.

valk in a group
"How To "for Participants

Everyone meets at the Slave Huts in
the southern part of the island at 5 am,
where the 30-kilometer walk begins.
You may leave your car at the Stadium
in Playa and take the FKPD bus which
leaves at 4:30 am Sharp to take you to
the Slave Huts starting area.
It's a wonderfully
quiet time before
sunrise as you
traverse the coast-
Sline. Birds will
begin to awaken
and you'll wit-
a ness the sunrise.
SAt the end,
you'll be able
S y to get a ride
od a back to your
car from the
Pasa Dia in
Those who
did the trip
on bikes
can get their
bike transported back to the

Along the route there will be refresh-
ment stops every five kilometers where
you'll be offered water, Gatorade, or-
anges and plenty of encouragement.
The Red Cross will be on the road to
make sure everyone is okay, and pick
up trucks will be patrolling to give a
lift to the tired ones. At the Pasa Dia
you'll get a certificate and a delicious
hot meal and drink and time to re-hash
the day.

For your NAf25 you get: a free Walk-
a-Thon Tee shirt, canvas carrying bag,

water bottle and a hot meal at the end.

Get your tickets at TCB (717-8322),
Croccantino Restaurant (717-5025),
Chat 'n' Browse, Obersi Electronics,
(Xerox), Bowling di Danilo or from
any Special Olympics board member
(see list on this page). Or email

Some Recommendations
From the Pros
Who've Done It
Don't wear new
shoes. Make sure
yours are broken in
already. For long
distance running or walking you
should wear shoes a half to one size
larger than you normally wear. Put
baby powder on your feet. Then put
Vaseline on your toes where you
might have chafing. Bring along flip
flops to change into if you can no
longer wear your shoes.


Present your ticket and pick up your
gift bag at City Caf6/Hotel Rocheline
in the lobby on Friday, February 3
from 4 to 7 pm, or Saturday, February
4 from 10 am to 4 pm. See you there!

Generous Sponsors 2006:
Title sponsor Maduro Curiel's Bank Bonaire Also, Ennia Insurance, J. C.
Herrera, Flamingo Communications, City Caf6/Hotel Rocheline, The Bonaire Re-
porter, Dutch Antillean Express (DAE), ReMax Real Estate

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 10

More Walk-A-Thon WALK-A-THON 2006
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67 two year In a rmw now tha t detemInatbn
and a clear goal can get owi wereeYr you
Danuta and 1Ine are not only colleagues
but also very good friends They deod an
MI0 when oarf e spesored the
Walk-A-Thon, tOat lry would make ther
enpt*r proud by waliNg t whole 30K.
It was a challenge, ice Ue Wladies havent
reaIty traUrd for It. Bu the y hung in th
When it9 ttou, aond behe that a did.
SEspes Men It rmwed so hard that their
sneakers got king wet and thy had to
walk on several bIters-.
j- i Last year they deeded to walk the whole
1O0K again and nae fIt almost crawirAg @
oak ~to PPas can IsMw
'j ButM hes ladbe-, ametough and evem though
a o I W year -We were Ilke rmumrnkiS tM eXt
day'; thy are planning to walk thIs year
Rudsel and Bii walked Willyou? tShesame!
Dwuta and Tne iare an orsorabo to us
Can't Do The case anr d didnrtg9 up unI reachng
their goal
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4th Annual Walk-A-Thon
Special o smp Bona

Walk-A-Thon tkets are available through:
a3 Specl Oflyics bowd mne er and
roccandrno RPtstaurant
and T.C.-. oMfioe

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Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 11

20-year old Belgian student looking
for a job to live and work on Bon-
aire for about a year, or maybe longer.
Preferably in the hospitality sector be-
cause I already have experience in that
sector. dominickgeentjens@hotmail.
com (0032)(3) 322-7636.

Help! We are looking for a new
home for our 1-year old 'Vledder'.
She's a very cute, half-sized, black,
white and brown, loyal, loving and
friendly Bonairean dog. She would
like a nice owner who already has a
dog, because she is used to having a
playmate. Please call 564-9577

land 2009 M2 Private property incl.
building permission Tel.: 717 2023
Cell :785 0918

For Sale: Modern house Santa Bar-
bara Visit : www.posada-bonaire.com
Tel.: 717 2023 Cell : 785 0918

Spacious family home in Belnem for
rent. 3 bedrooms ( 1 w/ airco, 2 w/
fans), 1 guestroom,
Living, open kitchen, 2 porches, 2
bathrooms, big yard. Furnished, per
March 1st. Call 717-6907 or 565-5225.
1 month deposit, 1 year contract, op-
tion to renew, rent NAf 1850 per
month, (excl. water & electr.)

Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art,
Art Supplies, Framing, and Art
Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10
am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone
717-5246 for appt.

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

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irrigation.
Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers
NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:

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

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

100% natural body salts "Scrub
100% natural Bath Salts available at
Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of
Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more in-

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
www.bonairenet. com/j ellastone/

Make it more livable from the start.

Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
Call Donna at 785-9332.

BEEots fo r

For -ale

For Sale- 21" TV/VCR Quasar, TV
works great, but not VCR. Call for
more info. 100 naf 717-6862

SCUBAPRO Twin Jet fins extra
large, used once. Listed at $179-; Sac-
rifice $90-
Leave message for B. Olla at 717-8738
for call back.

Digital Camera SONY DSC-W7 &
Underwater Housing! Very fast, 7.2
Megapixel, 2,5"LCD display! Call

For sale: waterski bindings for
combo ski's. Size 38 to 46 (Eur.)
New, Complete with mounting mate-
rial. NAf 100/pair. Tel. 786-5591

For Sale:
SEAT Ibiza Car, 1997, in very good
condition!! CD-player, electrical open-
ing roof, 140.000 km, NAf 8500,-
Great deal! Call Justine 564-9577

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

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

w1/1a r t- C:

The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a

Join us to "Publish
in Paradise."
Working partner
withjoumalism writ-
ing/editing skills,
business sense and
energy desired. Call The Reporter at
717-8988, 786-6518. Email qualifica-
tions to: search(@bonairereporter.com

Multi family Yard Sale,
Saturday 28 January,
Harbour Village Tennis Center

Anything to sell ? Call Elisabeth to
reserve a spot for you: 565-5225. Chil-
dren's games, BBQ, bar, everybody

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- They are still free
Got something to buy or sell?

by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER

Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):

Commercial Ads only NAf0.70 per word, per week.
Free adds run for 2 weeks.
Call orfax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.com

Page 12

Belahi Beach Bo Opent at Divi

I t's the newest
attraction at .
Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort the Balashi
Bar. Last Friday was
its inaugural opening
with live music from
the Flamingo Rock-
ers and a star-
studded cast of atten-
dees from top gov-
ernment officials to
other movers and
shakers from the is-
land. The very casual
and well stocked bar
was the brainchild of
the soon to be ex-
Manager of Divi,
Martin van Wijk.
Divi Interim Manager Martin van Wijk and new Divi
Manager Sara Matera cut the ribbon

"The Balashi Boys" Theo Croes (1) and Albert Silie (r) with Divi General
Manager Sara Matera, Tico from Extra and Interim Manager Martin van Wijk

Erwin LaCruz- Artist in Re

S4- e's a man with life
1 experiences and a
gentle touch of spirituality,"
says a good friend of artist
Erwin LaCruz. "He has the
power to create his own crea-
His creations come from be-
ing inspired by a piece of old
wood, a rock, some coral.
Gentle and soft spoken, Erwin
explains his passion. "I get
inspiration from a piece of
wood. It stays in my garden
until it tells me to make some-
thing from it." Sometimes that
"something" becomes an ani-
mal, a person. He continues,
"When I want to do it, I do it.
It's a drive; something that
pushes you. And I make the
time for it."
Erwin was born in Curaqao
in 1943, into a family of five
children. His fa-
ther was al-
ways creat-
ing paint-
ing, making
furniture from
stone and carv-
ing, doing crafts.
Young Erwin
wasn't interested
in art in his early
days. "When I was
a kid," he says, "I
was busy with
goats." At 12 he
started studying as a
machinist and upon gradua-
tion, began working for Shell Oil in
Curaqao. That became his career as
an instrument technician for 33 years.
After he retired from Shell he came to
Bonaire in 1995 and began working
for San Francisco Hospital in the
Technical Maintenance Department
for five years. That was his second
Fifteen years ago he felt the call to
create. He started painting, then, in-
spired by the materials themselves and
using his machinist skills, he started
carving stones and cactus and other
natural woods and polishing donkey
bones. His sculptures tell a story -
sometimes humorous, sometimes it's a
spiritual message, always it's an emer-
gence of a new creation out of a seem-



Erwin LaCruz

ingly simple item.
A father of seven children be-
tween the ages of 27 and 40,
LaCruz is a Reiki Master and
healer and a natural musician.
Encouraged by many people
he's now selling some of his
lamps and sculptures. Stop
by and meet him at his
home at Kaya Apura #1 in
Tera Kora, Tel. 786-9521.

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

Page 13

jicture Yourse If
In rhe R e o rte r

H ere's Rudy ft. nC
Dovale with a
Bonaire Reporter at the ..
annual reunion of his old
US Army 16th Cavalry
Regiment. They fought
for General George S.
Patton's Third Army in
World War II. This year
the reunion was held in
Ft. Knox, Kentucky,
with the regiment's ac-
tive soldiers. Here Rudy
and his wife, Jackie, are
pictured alongside an
Abrams tank. They sug-
gested that the regiment
hold its next reunion in

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Page 14



Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually9 pm)
King Kong
(Naomi Watts)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
The Chronicles Of

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
Chicken Little/ Zathura


Friday, January 27- Elections No
alcoholic beverages served from Thurs-
day, 6 pm, to Saturday, 6 am. Banks open
8 am to noon Friday, closed Friday after-

Saturday, January 28 Lora Count-
see Flotsam & Jetsam for details

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

Sunday, January 29 Bonairean Night
Buffet with typical Bonairean dishes, live
kriollo music and folkloric dance per-
formances. Come and enjoy authentic
Bonairean dishes in a typical Bonairean
atmosphere at the Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort & Casino- 6 to 9 p.m., NAf35,-
including a welcome drink. Kids up to 12
years, pay their age in dollars. For reser-
vations call 717 8285, ext. 444. (1st &
last Sundays of the month)

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.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, start-
ing around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Schedule above.

Sunday, January 29th -Darts at City
Cafe starting around 7.00.

Monday, January 30 -Seth Gaaikema
One man Show- Plaza resort, 8:30 pm.
Tickets NAf40

Sunday, February 5 Special Olym-
pics Walk-a-Thon. See pages 10 & 11

Sunday, February 5 Opening of the
Kas di Arte Artist Ronald Verhoeven,
5 8 pm, Artistic and Cultural Forma-
tion, Kaya J.N.E. Craane 34 (boulevard).


Hours during the exhibition: Monday-
Friday 10 am to noon, 2 to 5 pm.

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.
Sunday, February 12 Jazz Brunch at
Den Laman
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, start-
ing around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Cruise Ship Schedule on this page.

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 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 informa-
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
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bo-
naireTalker Dinner/Gathering at
Gibi's, known for great local food. Call
Gibi at 567-0655 for details, or visit
www.BonaireTalk.com, and search for
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
Wildside 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 black jack, Monday to Saturday 8
pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
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 Conser-
vation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail

January & February 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule

Date Ship PAX Arrive Depart Pier

31 JAN TUE RIJNDAM 1258 0900 18:00 SOUTH
07 FEB TUE SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH
07 FEB TUE AIDA VITA 1260 13:00 20:00 NORTH
14 FEB TUE RIJNDAM 1258 09:00 18:00 SOUTH
20 FEB MON SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH
21 FEB TUE AIDA VITA 1260 13:00 20:00 SOUTH
27 FEB MON ARCADIA 1550 08:00 18:00 SOUTH

- fiitc al g O eO dal : ....

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

Video Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar
Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
inthisvenerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family has
just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the
story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-4.
Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya 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.

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 enly fee. CallCathy 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 Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate

House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451;
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 717-
4685, 566-4685

New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at
10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and
Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518

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Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
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.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
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.
Professional Pest Control is at your service. Get rid
of all the pests that invade your home and garden.
Experienced and reliable.
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.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

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
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.
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
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
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:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
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
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.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire and other
places. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover
ow you can get discounts and more.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
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
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 For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518

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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 the 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
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.
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-
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Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

T 'd been to the Antilles before be-
I cause when I was one we moved
from Holland to Curagao; my father
worked as a professional diver with the
marines. We stayed for seven years and I
grew up by the sea. Back in Holland I
finished elementary school, went to
VWO, then I had to make a choice what
to study. I applied for eight different stud-
ies and was accepted by all and chose the
sports academy. I went to Aruba as an
intern; then in the service I did officer's
training. It was very interesting; nice de-
tachments in Martinique, Belize, St. Mar-
tin and the States. I left my resumes on
the islands. We had a great time and I got
to explore the Caribbean a bit more.
The moment I left Aruba I was offered a
three-year contract for SGB (high school)
in Bonaire as a physical education
teacher, but in my relationship at the time
it wasn't an option, so I went back to Hol-
land. Later I got another offer from SGB,
then I accepted. I knew Bonaire: every-
thing was familiar; it was like coming
home the culture, the temperature and
especially the smells the smell of fish, of
wet piers and the earth after it rained.
When I smell something it's like I get
hit it brings back memories very viv-
idly. We arrived and two days later I
started working.

Nine years ago my previous relation-
ship had ended I met my future wife,
Dianir Stapert Rivas-Torres, in Caracas'
Maiquetia Airport." They were married
during Regatta last year, October 11,
Dianir's birthday as well as Sipke 's
mother's birthday. "We sat in the same
waiting area; we boarded the same plane;
and we got seats next to each other but-
terflies all over! For over a year we trav-
eled back and forth all the time. I think
Dianir came eight times to Bonaire and I
traveled at least 14 times to Merida,
where she lived with her parents, and I
became part of her family."
His face shines with happiness; he is
very cute. Sipke Stapert (38) and his
beautiful wife Dianir (40) make a won-
derful couple. They are great artists and
their work shows devotion and love, per-
fection and patience and a beautiful
imagination, but also they have great
knowledge; they're true artisans.
"I was living with my parents," Dianir
says, "In South America if you're not
married you stay with your parents all
their life. You only have one life and you
have to enjoy your family. I had a work-
shop and was making ceramics, selling
my pieces to shops and restaurants all
over Venezuela.
When I met Sipke at the airport the first
thing I noticed were his legs... he's got

great legs! I have the habit of talking like
a parrot -it's always that way when I meet
people it makes me happy and we
started talking. So we exchanged phone
numbers. When he gave me his I only
saw four numbers. I thought, how ridicu-
lous this man with his four numbers -
does he really believe I'll go for that? I
didn't know Bonaire's numbers had only
four digits at that time!"
"The nicest thing was," Sipke says,
"when she came to Bonaire it was at night
and she thought, seeing all the lights,
'What a big island!' So the next day we
drove around and she asked, 'When are
we going to the city?' Then I had to say,
'This is the city! '" Dianir makes a funny
face. "In Venezuela we spend hours and
hours looking at leaves for the ceramic
prints, getting inspiration from nature,
and he taught my grandparents who live
in a house 2,500 meters up in the Andes
mountains to look at things differently.
They would randomly kill all the insects
they'd see, but Sipke would catch a beau-
tiful grasshopper, put it in a jar and show
it to my grandfather, and over the years
my grandfather's attitude changed. He
still kills certain insects, but only when
they come into the house. Now the whole
family is into nature! I saw my four year
old niece walking through the garden with
solemn steps, her hands on her back,
peering at a butterfly, and I asked her,
'What are you doing?' She answered, 'I
am looking!' She laughs.

"We sat in the same
waiting area; we boarded
the same plane; and we got
seats next to each other -
butterflies all over!"

Also Sipke had to get used to certain
things, like our Christmas Eve. Appar-
ently in Holland it's customary for Christ-
mas dinner to be served at six o'clock
sharp. The first Christmas Eve he spent
with us we went to visit all our family
members, and everyone offered tradi-
tional Christmas dishes. At the first rela-
tive's he ate like a horse. Then we still
had to visit all the others and have the
official Christmas dinner at Midnight! It
was a culture shock for him! We come
from different countries and we are differ-
ent, but... opposites attract! I am lazy; I
am a chicken and I like to talk!"
"She's funny," Sipke says. "She can
make very funny faces and we feel good
together; we can be ourselves." "He is a

non-materialistic man, he likes to live his
life and he doesn't want more and more,"
Dianir says pensively. "He is a man with
good feelings and he's honest and he al-
ways treats me well, and until today he
loves me and I love him."
"In 1999 Dianir came to live here. No-
vember 17th that year we were in Puerto
Rico where I was competing in a sailing
event. Everything was closed and boarded
up and everybody was waiting for Hurri-
cane Lenny. We didn't know that Bonaire
got quite a bit of swell. I was working as
a dive instructor for Sand Dollar and
when a friend picked us up at the airport
he said, 'You don't have a job anymore -
the dive shop is gone!' We immediately
went to see; it was Midnight he was
right! Sand Dollar continued, working
from containers, but it was a very strange
"I'd started slowly with ceramics,"
Dianir says. "Not many people were do-
ing it; the one I know is Marie Therese
Verhoef, and her work is beautiful, she's
a real artist. At first I had to find out
many things like where to get the materi-
als and what would sell. Sipke photo-
graphed and positively identified 381 fish
species from the 420 that are in the sea
around the island. We made them in ce-
ramic and I used them in wind chimes,
but it turned out to be too much work for
the amount of money. Now we put the
hand painted ceramic fish in a driftwood
frame and it's more like a unique piece.
When I came here Sipke started helping
me out and it turned out he was talented
and more artistic than I am. He can do
anything with glass, with shells, with
seeds, with wood and wood chips; we
have the whole 'east coast' lying along-
side the house. He's also a perfectionist
and that means it's never good enough,
but... we have to live too... I think in
that sense I am better. I don't think you

have to be rich to be happy, but I like the
comfort of living in a clean house."
"We also lived in the States for six
months," Sipke says. "I got a contract as a
kayak instructor with the kayak center in
Rhode Island where I gave sea kayak
courses at a pretty high entry level. We
took a lot of different courses there, like
glass working, wood turning and silver
metal working. Now I am back with SGB
as a physical education teacher. I want to
do a thousand things... like moving to
New Zealand, picking up a study about
nature conservation, wood turning..."
"I can't move to New Zealand," Dianir
says and her face turns sad. "If I go there
I would never see my family again. We're
saving to go and see it, but I can't live
that far from my family. I came here be-
cause I fell in love with Sipke. The island
was so empty and I felt upset, but I'd al-
ways wanted to live in an open place as I
come from the mountains, and the sea is
so beautiful. Now I've gotten used to liv-
ing here."
"One of the nicest things was that last
year the wind dropped quite a few times,"
Sipke says, "and it let us make a kayak
trip together around Klein Bonaire. Even
though," he smiles, "Dianir was taught by
her parents that 'when the water comes to
your knees, it's getting dangerous,' she
came with me. It was so beautiful; we
saw turtles and a Portuguese Man of War
with the fish that lives in it. The water
was like glass. You
could see every-
thing. We stopped
at 'No Name' and it
rained with a rain-
bow. If you like
open spaces it does-
n't get any better I
was so happy that
day." Story and
photo by Greta

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

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Dogs ofLitt Ifavana

Featuring jazz riffs from John
Coltrane and Miles Davis and
complete with Caribbean views and
breezes is an oasis
for the street dogs of
Kralendijk sponsored
by Piek and her hus-
band Anton. The Lit-
tle Havana Jazz Club
is no ordinary bar.
It's got a funky, com-
fortable ambience
that keeps bringing
back regular custom-
ers and attracting
new ones. And the
dogs who frequent
the club are a big part
of that atmosphere.
As I sit here watch-
ing the sunset once
again, I am reminded
of San Francisco hem
Beat-poet Lawrence
Ferlinghetti who
wrote, "the dog trots freely in the
street," as two of the regular Bonairean
dogs sidle up for their "happy hour."
In business for one and a half years,
Anton and Piek immediately welcomed
abandoned and abused street dogs for a


"rest-stop" at Little Havana. As Piek
remembers, "Instead of abuse in the
streets, they came for food, security,
affection, and a sense of belonging."
The ever-present
food and water
bowls fit right in
with the worn
leather couch, the

playing classic
jazz, and the retro
1950s Cuban Car-
ibbean design.
Perhaps a nice ad-
dition to the walls
would be the popu-
lar, velvet kitsch
painting of dogs
drinking, smoking,
and playing pool in
a bar.
From the very first
ng Harry skinny dog Piek
and Anton be-
friended, there has
been a steady flow of canine visitors.
And not only would Piek and Anton
provide food and water but also veteri-
nary care, collars, and names. Piek
points out, "Give a name and they're
not anonymous anymore." Two of

Pet of the VVeek

M eet Marlis Tiepel
from Leiden, Hol-
land, who's now working at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter
with Jurrie Mellema. An
avid animal lover who al-
ways had dogs, Marlis was
an anthropology major in
college. Her working career
was with the government in
Holland in the economics
department. She's been on
the island for the last two
years and when she heard
from Michelle Pachaian that
she'd be leaving her position
at the Shelter, Marlis
jumped at the chance to take
the job. Why? "Because I
took pity on the dogs run-
ning loose on the island and
I think somebody has to take
care of them! I really enjoy
working with the dogs and
cats, especially when they
get adopted." Welcome,
Marlis is holding "Judith," Marlis with "Judith"
who might be described as a
long legged "beagle" type
dog. She was born last summer and was brought into the Shelter by her owner who
moved to Curaqao. She's a very sweet and mellow pup and, as you can see, very
cuddly too. She's had her vet exam, tests, shots and neutering and is ready to go to
a loving and appreciative home.
The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. It's THE place to go for the healthiest, happiest,
and most well adjusted and social pets on the island. L.D.

those dogs named by Piek have the
kind of love story that often has a bar
as a backdrop: Meija (Girlie) and
Harry. Adopted and spayed by Piek,
Meija has become the alpha female of
the bar, hanging out there at night and
visiting the restaurant next door in the
afternoon. Another stray with short,
stubby legs visited one day and fell in
love with Meija. Dubbed Harry, this
dog would not allow any other male
dogs to get near his Meija. And when
Harry lost his teeth, Piek began feeding
him soft food so he could eat more eas-
ily. Sadly though, in the past few
months Harry has disappeared, and
Meija, Piek, and the regular dog-lover
customers all miss him.
It's amazing how many of the cus-
tomers of Little Havana greet the dogs
warmly as if they were old friends.
Piek tells the story of how one KLM

flight attendant even brought a special
cream to treat a sore on one of the
regular dogs. Fortunately the number
of stray, abandoned dogs has decreased
since Piek and Anton opened the doors
of the bar, but now the word has gotten
out to dogs with owners in the
neighborhood who stop by "not for
food but for companionship, maybe
even the music," says Piek. At that
moment, Meija jumped up on the
leather couch for a snooze, secure in
the company of the jazz-loving humans
who surrounded her, and the mood was

p.s. If anyone sees Harry, please
send him "home;" Little Havana is just
not the same without him. Pauline
E. Kayes

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

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Saturn at Its
Closest, Biggest
and Brightest
for the Entire
Year This

T he most
planet in our solar
system, planet #6,
Saturn, is at op-
position this
week, which
means it's at its
closest, biggest
and brightest for
the entire year. So if you got a telescope for Christmas now is the time to get it out
because even the smallest telescope will show Saturn at its best.
In the early evening this Friday January 27th face east when Saturn is officially at
opposition. Opposition simply means that Saturn is directly opposite the Sun as
seen from Earth. Whenever a planet is at opposition it is always at its brightest
and closest to Earth. And if you think about it for a minute, if a planet is directly
opposite the Sun then it should be visible in the sky all the hours the Sun is not,
and indeed such is the case. In fact, this week, as the Sun sets in the west Saturn
will rise in the east and slowly travel higher and higher until it reaches its highest
point at Midnight, Bonaire Sky Park Time. After which it will slowly descend
hour after hour and will set in the west just as the Sun rises in the east. But to see
Saturn well I would suggest you wait a couple of hours after sunset until it's high
up enough off the horizon to clear all trees and buildings.
Now while you're out there you'll notice that Saturn is surrounded by some of
winter's brightest stars: the stars of Orion, plus the brightest star visible in the sky,
Sirius, which marks the eye of Orion's dog. And directly above Saturn the two
bright stars of Gemini Castor and Pollux. This Friday the 27t when Saturn is at
its closest, it will be only 755 million miles away, which is super close for Saturn
because it can be as far away from us as 945 million miles.
Now we always hear that Saturn is the second largest planet, 75,000 miles wide,
second to Jupiter, which is 88,000 miles wide. But that's true if you count only
the body of Saturn. In fact if you count the distance from one edge of its ring sys-
tem to the other you will find that it is 176,000 miles wide, exactly twice the di-
ameter of Jupiter. That means we could fit two Jupiters side by side across the
rings of Saturn. Wow! Saturn is wonderful but weird. In fact it is less dense than
water. So theoretically if we could find a bathtub big enough, Saturn would actu-
ally float, and hopefully not leave a ring around the cosmos.
Through even the smallest telescope you can see Saturn's largest moon Titan
which we visited last year and found to be covered with bizarre chemical lakes. It
is the second largest moon in our solar system with only Jupiter's Ganymede top-
ping it. In fact it is actually larger than the planet Mercury. Wow again!
So get out this week and next a couple of hours after it gets dark, look east and
directly below the twins you'll see my favorite planet of them all, at least for view-
ing. (I'm not ready to pack my bags yet.) Enjoy the cosmic lord of the rings.
Jack Horkheimer

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For the week: January 22 to 28, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Get involved in activities that will be fun for the
whole family. Don't confide in anyone for the time being. You need to challenge
yourself. You can dazzle members of the opposite sex with your quick wit and ag-
gressive charm. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Take care of chores that have been hanging over
your head. Don't hesitate to take short trips. You can meet new and exciting friends
who will provide mental stimulation. They may cost you dearly. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Be professional, and you will advance much more
quickly. You could overreact to emotional situations regarding your relationship.
You will learn a great deal from people with different cultural backgrounds. Minor
accidents could occur if you don't take precautions. Your lucky day this week will
be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Lay your cards on the table regarding your personal
direction. You should channel your efforts into getting rid of bad habits. Take time
to do some writing, whether it's correspondence, poetry, or keeping a journal. Try
not to hang out with coworkers if you wish to avoid problems later. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Put all your energy into moneymaking ventures. Difficul-
ties with your mate may lead to isolation. Children could cost you more than you
can afford. Your attitude could be up and down like a yo-yo. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You should be trying to clear up legal contracts that
have been pending. Be careful not to show your temper when dealing with the
boss. Proceed with caution if operating equipment or vehicles. Your tendency to
dramatize may be a little much for your partner to take constantly. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Travel will also entice you. You may be uncertain
about some of your coworkers and your boss. You will have splendid suggestions
for fund raising events. You will have no trouble getting things to fall into place.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Make changes to your living quarters that will
please the whole family. You may find that purchases or entertainment could be
expensive. You may feel that someone at work is holding you back. Don't be afraid
to lay your cards on the table. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Try not to let relatives or friends cause any
friction with your mate. Hold on; your time will come. You will find good buys
and you will lift your spirits. You've been in a rut and you need to do something
that will help you break the pattern you've fallen into. Your lucky day this week
will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You'll be prone to tears if your mate is harsh
with you this week. Put aside any decisions concerning your position at work.
Confusion could result when communicating with others. You may be frazzled this
week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) A new relationship can be yours if you get out
with friends. Expect your workload to be heavy. Social events will be rewarding.
You'll have problems with authority figures if you don't play by the rules. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Loved ones may be annoyed if they feel restricted.
You can get the attention of important individuals but it might not be the time to
get them to help or to back your ideas. New love connections can be made through
group associations. Don't let children or elders put demands on your time. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.

Bonaire Reporter January 27 to February 3, 2006

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