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The police reported that a robbery at Windsock Apartments has been
solved. Arrested were two watchmen from the "Wowo di Bario" security
organization who were supposed to be guarding the building. Recovered were two
laptop computers and a video camera. Police also detained the buyer of the stolen
Over the last two weeks the police have solved 34 cases of thefts from automo-
biles parked at dive sites and foiled a plan to hold up Richard's Restaurant. Eight
persons were arrested, including three girls. The ages of those arrested ranged from
10 (!) years old to 20, with the majority being teenagers. The prime suspect is also
suspected of intimate relations with a 13-year-old girl and is being kept in jail.

S Members elected to
Parliament in the general
elections were sworn in at
the end of March. They in-
cluded (in alphabetical order)
Jopi Abraham (Bonaire),
Maurice Adriaens and An-
thony Godett (Curaqao),
Ramonsito Booi and An-
thony Nicolaas (Bonaire),
Ray Hassell, Zita Jesus-
Leito, Pedro Atacho, Jacque-
line Spencer, Glenn Sulva-
ran, Mike Willem, Dudley
Lucia and Faroe Metry. Martin Herald photo
(Curaqao), William Marlin
and Frans Richardson ( St. Maarten), Sandra Smith, Dwigno Puriel and Eugene
Cleopa (Curaqao) and Julian Woodley (Statia).

S Last week Parliament agreed to
a draft law that amends the pension
regulations for members of parlia-
ment and ministers and raises their
salaries. The law also paves the way
for Island Council members of Bon-

Tourist Tax Debate Continues 4
New Tax Structure FAQ 5
Dietitian: Wise Up About Bacteria 7
Art Exhibition-Coffie, Guillermo 8
Hans Hass at "Beneath the Sea" 9
A Week on Bonaire 10
Ambassadors (Polakoff) 11
Gardner (Change of Seasons) 11
Announcements: Double Lustums
(Lion's Den & Bonaire Reporter) 12
Life and Death on the
Hilma Hooker 13
Portraits of Bonaire.
(The Poet: Raymundo Saleh) 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 8
Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Picture Yourself
(Ayers Rock, Australia) 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week ("Roeky") 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire
(Jo-Anne Piar-Everts) 17
Sky Park (Big Dipper) 19
The Stars Have It 19

aire, Saba, Statia and St. Maarten to
start receiving pensions via the Central
Government. In general pensions can
begin when the person reaches 60 and
after serving 23 years 4 months as a
civil servant.

b Royal Caribbean
Cruise Lines will have
ships calling at Bonaire
for the 2007/2008 season,
according to a press release
from the TCB. The agree-
ment to have the 2,034-
passenger cruise ship Sum-
mit visit 10 times was
firmed up at last month's
Seatrade Conference. Prin-
cess Cruises, which began
visits to Bonaire with the Bonaire contingent at the Seatrade Show
Sea Princess and Crown
Princess, will continue calls next year, which may be Bonaire's biggest. TCB press re-
lease &photo

A Curaqao's Hato Airport has a $2
transit fee for passengers making con-
nections there. The Island Council of
St. Maarten is set to approve a $5 tran-
sit passenger fee at Princess Juliana
International Airport (PJIA) this week
in addition to the existing departure
fees of US $30 for international flights
and $10 within the Netherlands Antil-
les (Curaqao, Saba and Statia). Bon-
aire has no transit fee as yet.

A Carib-
bean Star
plans to
start flights
Trinidad and Curacao starting this
June. The company is planning to add
Antigua, its home base, to the route in
October. Caribbean Star will make its
first flight from Port of Spain on June
15th. The company will fly daily with
a 50-seat ATR. Caribbean Star already

flies between all the English-speaking
islands in the Eastern Caribbean.

A Venezuela suspended its threat
to restrict flights by US airlines after
the two governments agreed to hold
talks to end a dispute over aviation
rights, US Ambassador to Caracas Wil-
liam Brownfield said last Thursday.
Venezuela had threatened to suspend
or limit flights by American Airlines,
Continental Airlines and Delta Air
Lines beginning March 30 if the US
Federal Aviation Administration did
not lift decade-old safety-based restric-
tions on Venezuelan airlines flying to
US airports. The airline spat had tested
fraying ties between Washington and
the government of left-wing President
Hugo Chavez.

A Miami would be a memory,
Bangkok a soggy shadow of its former
self and the southern half of Bonaire
(Continued on page 6)

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 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, Ronella Croes, Guus Gerritsen,, Wilna
Groenenboom, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Sara Matera, Henk
Rozendall, Angelique Salsbach, Dee Scarr, TCB, Michael Thiessen,
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 April 7 to April 14, 2006

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Dear Editor:
First of all, regarding the island tax, I'm not complaining for myself. I can easily
afford the island tax. Nobody is saying there shouldn't be taxes. However, coun-
tries like Canada and America have many industries over
which to spread their tax base.

As we all know, Bonaire has a very limited industrial base. Its main indus-
try is tourism. We need to attract tourists and to remember we are in com-
petition with other tourist destinations. Taxes don't attract people, they
repel them. Having an island tax which targets the very population we are
trying to attract makes no sense to me. If we ever decide we have too
many tourists, and want to stop the influx, then an island tax would be a o
great idea.
What about the typical tourist who is not wealthy? That family works
all year or many years to save its hard earned money in order to come to
Bonaire on vacation with its two teenage children for a one-week dive
trip. For the pleasure of that week they will have to pay $300 in O
island tax and $100 for diving tax. That family has just spent $400
for nothing. I once gave an out-of-money tourist $20 to cover their
airport departure tax. I know other residents who have done the same.
What will happen when they are out of money and have $300 to pay? 0
Also, I understand there has been a change to make the tax $10 per day to be
fair to shorter term tourists. If this is so, what would happen to that same family of
four who stay three weeks? Would they be paying an $840 tax on departure? A
surprise of this magnitude would create havoc.
The present system of taxing, with improved enforcement, is much better. If
everyone must write on their immigration form where they are staying and how
long, and if they are a paying guest, it should be easy for the government to track
and ensure collections. Those private homes that engage in frequent rentals will
also be trackable by virtue of their name and address showing up repeatedly on
the immigration forms.
Seems to me another way for the government to get more tax money would be
to bring a bunch of good Dutch tax people here for a year or so and clean up our
past due annual island real estate and income taxes. Don't punish the poor vaca-
tioners (and the island's future) for the island's sins.
Laraine Katzev


Dear Editor:
As a person who has written many articles for The Reporter regarding the chal-
lenges of air travel to Bonaire, I would like to comment on an additional
"challenge" that has emerged: the proposed $75 per person airport tax.
The biggest problem, as Ms. Abby-Katzev pointed out in your March 17th
issue, is one of "perception." Unless the Island is able to make it very clear,
from signs at the airport to notices at hotels, the departing visitor is given a
very rude awakening. For many of us, this occurs late at night or before the
sun rises, which compounds the problem. Bonaire would quickly be
a known as the place that hammers you as you are doing your best to re-
member a pleasant vacation. Most other locations collect such taxes
0 quietly, as you sleep, through your room, sales, and car rental tax.
Compounding this "overt" tax vs. "covert" tax is the reason given
Sfor handling the Island tax this way: because there are those who
escape the per-diem taxes by using private rentals, the only way to
collect the taxes is by an all-inclusive airport tax. This then be-
comes a situation where the transgressions of a few people spoil a
situation for many.
The second issue is collection: will the Island still ask for cash only, or
S will they allow credit cards? At present, even the $20 tax, paid cash-only,
O represents a challenge to some travelers, who arrive at the airport with
most of their money spent. My wife and I have helped fellow travelers out when
they did not have the funds to cover themselves and their family. I can imagine a
much greater problem if the tax goes to $75 per person. And even if credit cards
are useable, what happens if the phone lines are busy, or the credit card fails to go
through? The departing passenger then has no choice but to miss his flight, and all
the complications and costs that incurs.
Bonaire needs to improve, not diminish, its appeal to new tourists, if tourism is
to remain an important component of our economy. Many current visitors vow to
never return, due to the difficulty in getting here. Consider how many more will
join with these former visitors when they are faced with the all-inclusive head tax
upon their departure.
Gerry Clow "Bonaire Musing

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006

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(Provided by Tourism Corporation Bonaire)
Frequently Asked Questions

I've heard that Bonaire is changing its tax structure. How will the new tax struc-
ture differ from the existing tax structure?
Under the existing tax structure people visiting Bonaire now pay an airport departure
tax when departing the island (US$20 per person if making an international departure),
room tax to the hotel they are staying in (US$6.50 per person, per night), and car rental
tax to the agency they are renting their car from (US$3.50 per car, per day). The new,
simplified tax system will combine the airport departure tax, room tax, and car rental
tax into one single tax, denominated as the "Island Tax" for non residents and departure
tax for residents.

Why is the tax structure being changed?
The new tax structure is being implemented in order to enable the island to capture all
taxes through collection at one point, providing a higher source of income for the island
of Bonaire capturing those not paying taxes through the previous structure, while at
the same time providing the average visitor with a simpler and easier tax structure.

Who will be affected?
Anyone leaving Bonaire via the airport.

How will the new tax structure affect visitors?
The new structure will benefit visitors to Bonaire in two important ways firstly this
simpler system will mean just one tax to be paid upon departure from the island. Sec-
ondly and most importantly, in general the average person vacationing in Bonaire will
pay less tax under the new structure, as Bonaire combines three taxes in one.

What exactly is the new structure?
The new tax structure divides visitors into two main categories:
residents resident of Bonaire and those born in the Netherlands Antilles (N.A.) and
Aruba and non-residents those not born in the N.A. and Aruba.
Residents are further divided into three categories (1) children (ages 0-12), (2) people
between the ages of 13 and 64, and (3) those 65 years of age and over.
Non-residents are divided into two categories (1) children (ages 0-12), and (2) adults
(13 years and older).

What will be the tax for residents?
Residents between the ages of 13 and 64 who are traveling within the N.A. and Aruba
will pay NAf 10 (US$5.70). Residents between the ages of 13 and 64 traveling outside
of the N.A. and Aruba will pay NAf 36 (US$20).
If the Resident falls into the children or 65 and over categories, they will pay NAf5
(US$2.85), if traveling within the N.A. and Aruba, and NAf 18 (US$10) if traveling
outside the N.A. and Aruba.

What will the tax be for non-residents?
Non-resident adults traveling within the N.A. and Aruba will pay NAf27 (US$15).
Non-resident adults traveling outside of the N.A. and Aruba will pay NAf 135 (US
Non-resident children (0-12 years of age) will pay NAf 13.12 (US$7.50) if traveling
within the N.A. and Aruba, and NAf67.50 (US$37.50) if traveling outside the N.A. and

What if someone is passing through Bonaire that is
the person who is "in transit" in Bonaire?
The handling of these and other "special cases" is under


Where do I pay the new island tax?
The new Island Tax would be payable at the airport upon depar-
ture from the island either in cash, or with a debit or credit card. At
time of payment visitors would have to prove their place of birth/
tionality status, date of birth and destination after leaving Bonaire.


When will this new tax start?
On June 1st 2006.

Where can I obtain more information on the new tax structure?
US: 1-800-BONAIRE; Europe: 31-23-543-0704; South America: 58-212-953-4653
Bonaire: 599-717-8322
Or visit www.InfoBonaire.com, Bonaire's official website for more information.

In summary:
Can you provide an example of how the new tax structure compares to the exist-
ing tax structure for a non-resident adult visiting Bonaire for vacation?

The new, simplified tax system will combine the departure tax, room tax and car
rental tax into one single tax that is payable upon departure.
Under the existing tax structure if two people from the US visit Bonaire, stay for
seven nights and rent a car* they would pay:

US Visitor A (person renting the car)
- Departure Tax
- Room Tax 7 nights $6.50*7
- Car Rental Tax 7 days $3.50*7 days
US Visitor B
- Departure Tax
- Room Tax 7 nights $6.50*7

$20 (p/p)
$45.50 (p/p /p/n)
$24.50 (p/car p/day)

$20 (p/p)
$45.50 (p/p /p/n)

Under the new simplified tax structure the total payment based on the above would
be US$75 per person = US$150

Data indicates that in general visitors from the US stay on average seven nights on
Bonaire and rent a car while on island.

Under the existing tax structure if two people from Europe visit Bonaire, stay for 10
nights* and rent a car they would pay:

European Visitor A
- Departure Tax
- Room Tax 10 nights $6.50*10
- Car Rental Tax 11 days $3.50* 1 days

European Visitor B
- Departure Tax
- Room Tax 10 nights $6.50*10

$20 (p/p)
$65 (p/p / p/n)
$38.50 (p/car p/day)

$20 (p/p)
$65 (p/p /p/n)

Under the new simplified tax structure the total payment based on the above
Should be US$75 per person= US$150

Data indicates that in general visitors from the Europe stay on average 10 nights on
Bonaire. TCB Ronella Croes

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006

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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
would vanish beneath the waves if
melting polar ice keeps fueling a
faster-than-expected rise in sea levels,
scientists reported in an issue of the
journal Science focusing on global
warming. Climate scientist Jonathan
Overpeck of the University of Arizona
reported that if global trends continue,
Earth could ultimately see sea levels 20
feet (6 meters) higher than they are
now. A similarly dramatic, and in some
cases catastrophic, rise in ocean levels
could happen by the year 2500, Over-
peck said in a telephone interview, but
he noted it could come sooner. A con-
servative estimate would call for sea
level rises of 3 feet (1 meter) per cen-
tury, he added.

A Searching for Natalee
Last week the Aruba Public Prose-
cutor confiscated the car of Deepak
Kalpoe, a released suspect. He wants to
use the car for the shooting of the 22-
year-old TV program, Opsporing Ver-
zocht (sort of "Holland's Most
Wanted"), that will cover the Holloway
case. Kalproe's attorney, David Kock,
has filed to block the move. "I was as-
tonished, especially when I heard for
what reason," said Kock. "They want
to use Deepak's car and so give the
program a reproduction that is as real
as possible. You would think that the
Prosecutor could rent a similar car or
show a picture of it." The Prosecutor
hopes the program will give the inves-
tigation a push. The show is set to air
on Tuesday, April 11th, in Dutch with
Papiamentu subtitles. During the pro-
gram's run 30% of the cases featured
were solved.

erman's Huts. American media sent
several TV teams to Arba to follow
the searches first hand.

The re- A
structuring of
the Antillean
Co-Financing -- -
(AMFO), sus-
pended in Oc-
tober 2005,
should be completed by June, when
another attempt to guarantee a profes-
sional distributing organization will be
in place. In the interim, limited short-
term funds will be made available for
AMFO's overhead expenses and pro-
jects requiring continuity of financing.
In the meantime, according to a press
release, the Netherlands has been tak-
ing a number of measures to limit the
damage to the NGO field and to keep
poverty at bay. The suspension was
based on the auditors' reports for 2004
that indicated that both AMFO and the
NGO Platforms lacked properly func-
tioning administrative and internal con-
trol procedures. The auditors did not
find any actual cases of fraud or abuse.
No figures were made available for
comparison regarding misappropria-
tion, waste and corruption in the sys-
tem prior to the AMFO/NGO funding

Last Friday, the
new Commissioner in
charge of the Econom-
ics Department
(DEZA), Harlton
(Onnie) Emerenciana,
paid a visit to the office
to get to know the em-
ployees and exchange
ideas with the interim
head of the department,
Evy van Arneman. DEZA is a key player in the granting of business and other permits
on Bonaire. In the photo are Commissioner Emerenciana and the staff. DEZA press release
and photo

Central Government Information Ser-
vice said this year's World Health Day
would give "everyone an opportunity
to celebrate the remarkable contribu-
tion to human health and development
made by health workers."


A The front page of the Caribbean
edition of Dutch newspaper, De Tele-
graaf headlined on Wednesday,
March 29, that Venezuela was eyeing
the Netherlands Antilles. A member
of the Dutch Parliament, Zsolt Szabo,
was quoted as saying that Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez on various oc-

casions had made it clear that as soon
as the Netherlands gave the Nether-
lands Antilles more freedom he would
move on the islands.
There are no indications that Vene-
zuela intends to invade the Dutch
Kingdom, Dutch Minister of Foreign
Affairs Ben Bot told reporters in
Buenos Aires last week He was react-
ing to reports that the Dutch Parliament
feared Venezuela would invade the
nearby Dutch Caribbean islands.
"Venezuela is a neighboring country
with whom we have had good relations
for decades," he said. According to
Bot, Venezuela had questions about the
discussions on constitutional changes
concerning to what extent the islands
would remain within the Dutch King-
dom. Bot said Venezuela would rather
have the Netherlands Antilles remain
in the Kingdom, otherwise it would
become uneasy about what could hap-
pen on the islands.

6....... .. ... v ... v.....,. 06

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Ask the Dietitian

Wise Up About Bacteria ....

Prevent the unnecessary growth
of bacteria that causes food poi-

Many people get food poisoning
from the improper handling of
food by those who don't follow the hy-
giene rules.

You can do a lot to prevent food poison-
ing. I'll give you some tips later, but first
take this test below to see how you score
on your food handling knowledge.

A Test:

What will you do...........?

1. If you want to store a pot of soup?

a. I will put it in the fridge right after

b. I will divide the soup into storage con-
tainers to let it cool down quickly, then
store it in the fridge.

c. I will leave it covered in the kitchen
until it's cooled down, then store in the

2. With your dish cloth?

a. I will clean it every day.

b. I will clean it once a week.

c. I will clean it less often than once a

3. If you want to thaw meat from the

a. I will leave it in the sink to defrost.

b. I will thaw it in a microwave.

c. I will thaw it in the fridge in a deep
dish to catch the thawing liquid.

4. When adjusting the fridge tem-

a. My fridge temperature is between -2
and 0C

b. My fridge temperature is between 4
and 7C

c. My fridge temperature is between 7
and 10C

5. If you handle raw meat with your
bare hands while preparing food?

a. I will wash my hands with cold water

b. I will wash my hands with warm water

c. I will wash my hands with warm water
and disinfectant soap afterwards

6. With your cutting table and knife
that you used for cutting raw meat?

a. I will rinse them with cold water and
put them with the dishes.

b. I will wipe them off with a dish towel
and use them again.

c. I will wash them immediately with hot
water and disinfectant soap.

7. When buying food?

a. I will buy food at several supermarkets
and store cold products in the fridge im-
mediately upon returning home.

b. When buying food I will always bring
a cool bag for meat (products), fish, di-
ary and deep frozen products and won't
take too long before returning home to
store immediately in the fridge
The correct answers are:
lb, 2a, 3b and c, 4b, 5c, 6c, 7b
Storing leftovers (questions 1, 3)

Cooling down leftovers should take
place fast, by dividing a big portion into
smaller portions or by placing the left-
overs in a storage container in cold water
while stirring the contents. Store covered
within one hour in the fridge or freezer.
Thaw frozen food in the fridge or the

Follow the storing instructions that ap-
pear on the labels of many foods.

Always look for the expiration date. All
foods should have it.

Adequate storing of cold food, ade-
quate and fast cooling down of food
(question 4)

The ideal temperature of the fridge
should be between 4 and 7C. Buy a
fridge thermometer if you don't have one
and check the temperature regularly. An
adequate temperature delays the growth
of micro-organisms that cause food poi-
soning. Perishable food should be left
out of the fridge for as short a period of
time as possible.
Prevent cross-contamination
(questions 5, 6)
Compared to cooked food, raw food con-
tains lots more micro-organisms. High
cooking temperatures (higher than 750C)
actually kills micro-organisms.

Cross-contamination means the transpor-
tation of micro-organisms from raw food
to cooked, uncontaminated food. Cross-
contamination can take place through
unwashed hands or dirty kitchen tools. It
can also occur when drying hands with a
dirty dish towel.

Rules to prevent cross-contamination:

* Keep raw food separated from cooked

* Use clean dish cloths and dish towels,

Listen to Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department of Health and
Hygiene, every other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Her patients win the "Battle
of the Bulge" and become healthier. Write her at dietitan@bonairenews. co m or
call her at the Dept of Health Care 717-3737

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 6)
coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)

Look at a brain coral head or a
sheet coral. The polyps aren't as
easy to distinguish as they are in the
star corals, but a careful look will
reveal the mouths of the polyps.
Photo credit Dee Scarr

A The St. Martin Veterinary and Hy-
giene Department last week dumped
about 400 bags of salt from Bonaire
along the banks of St. Martin's Great
Salt Pond over the weekend to elimi-
nate the conditions favorable to the
breeding of midges (mosquito-like in-
sects) that were tormenting local peo-
ple. Reports are that it's working.

A Defense Minister Henk Kamp an-
nounced that a top military delegation
from Venezuela visited Curacao last
Monday. The delegation consisted of
three Venezuelan admirals. They met

with Dutch Royal Navy Commander
Caribbean Area, Frank Sijtsma. One of
the topics of discussion was the big in-
ternational military exercise in the
area starting on May 23 and ending
on June 15. Five countries will take
part and it will be bigger than in previ-
ous years. Venezuela will participate.
While in Bonaire Kamp spoke about
the Coast Guard, which will have a new
type of airplane next year, a Dash 8
from a Canadian commercial company,
to replace the current Fokker 60. Kamp
said Bonaire would also get a coast
monitoring radar before the end of this
year. The coastal areas around the is-
land can be well guarded with this new
system. He also met with Lt. Governor
Herbert Domacass6 and UPB (green)
party leader Ramonsito Booi.

A The International Monetary
Fund (IMF) anticipates a true
growth of the gross domestic product
of about 1.9% for the Antilles in
2006. The growth in 2005 was 0.9%.
This is stated in an IMF report which
was published on the Internet. Inflation
will probably be 2.8% this year. It was
3.1% in 2005. Cost-push pressures re-
lated to higher oil prices are expected to
The predicted growth in 2006 is re-
lated to the tourism and the income tax
reduction, but the IMF warns that the
tourist market can fluctuate a lot and
that there is no solution yet for achiev-
ing a balanced budget after the Antilles


Pashon di Krnstu
Passion of Christ Exposition

(Continued on page 9)

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006

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A Harrold Vaseur, who headed the
Cellular One service on Bonaire, is
leading a new CDMA Mobile phone
company called MIO for Bonaire.
Cellular One phones were shut off and
new, free phones are available to Cel-
lular One customers at their downtown
office. We'll bring you more details as
soon as they are available.

A Photo Tours Divers has moved
their filling station to Port Bonaire
Resort, located across from the air-
port. At Port Bonaire, Photo Tours
says they will be able to better serve
all divers going to a dive site south of
the airport or to the east coast. Nitrox
in the "Nitrox 32 for free program" is
also available there. Boat (s) will be
leaving daily from Port Bonaire to
Klein Bonaire or to other interesting
sites. Photo Tours Port Bonaire will
also offer all dive services. They invite
you to have a look at their brand new
dive shop. The filling station at Carib-
bean Court will be closed until further
notice. Photo Tours Divers, together
with Yellow Submarine, is a division
of Dive Friends Bonaire.

A On Saturday, April 8,
Yellow Submarine and 0
NetTech will co-host an
underwater cleanup dive m
along the shoreline. If you
wish to participate, please meet at Yel-
low Submarine at 1 pm for a dive
briefing and the dive. Participants re-
convene after the dive at 5:30 pm for a
pot-luck BBQ. Please bring a small
item of food to share with your fellow

A In 2007, the Zambezi Lodge
may be Bonaire's newest "in" place
to stay. Construction is continuing in

2006 with a rl
planned opening
next year. Nev-
ertheless, their
web site is al-
ready in place
and is loaded
with preliminary
information. It
will be continu- Md
ally updated
with new infor- n
mation as it be-
comes available, as well as images of
the construction of the resort. Check
out www.zambezilodge.com for more
details. Nick Davies, one of Bonaire's
most experienced hotel managers, is in
charge. APA will do the construction.

A There's a new website for Bon-
aire lovers, BonaireStuffcom, owned
and operated by Caribbean Stuff, LLC,
operated by Tracy and Mike Griffin
with long time Bonaire residents, Jake
and Linda Richter. There's an eclectic
mix of products, from very practical
items such as Paul Humann's and Ned
Loach's fantastic Reef Fish book,
Susan Porter's excellent Bonaire Shore
Diving Made Easy, 4th Edition, and
the phrasebook, Getting Around the
Island in Papiamentu, to flamingo key
chains, back scratchers, sunglasses,
hats, a "Grow your own pet Flamingo"
kit, Caribbean themedjewelry,
"DooRag" products for snorkelers and
divers, Bonaire DVDs, and Bonaire's
famous salt for use in a relaxing bath.
This Sunday, April 9, don't miss
the 28th Annual Kontest di Fli (Kite
Contest). It starts in the morning and goes
all day. You'll see some of the most in-
credible kites competing-with teams of
families, kids, friends. It's great fun with
music, food drinks and awards. It's at the
big playing field behind Kooyman's. G./

Divi Flamingo's Carroll-Ann Soliano and Manager Sara Matera with Balashi
Boys and Liz Rijna

A Bonaire bartenders are excited
about the first Balashi Bartenders
competition. So far 11 have signed up
for the event which requires that the
competing drinks contain Balashi beer.
Balashi Boys, Fernando Kock and
Clifton Jong, held their first work shop
on Thursday, March 30. Competition
will be held on Bonaire April 29, just
before Rincon Day. Those interested in
participating in this professional and
fun competition should contact Liz Ri-
jna, at the SGB or Albert Silie, from
Balashi Bonaire. Photo & story pro-
vided by Sara Matera

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006

Hans Hass at "Beneath the Sea"

Hans Hass with The Reporter

Dee Scarr found the recent
"Beneath the Sea" Dive Show
interesting and sent us a couple of won-
derful photos of Hans Hass, Austrian
dive pioneer,
and his wife
Lotte (nd
Baierl). Hans
first explored

Lotte Hass signs; Dee Scarr looks on.
Dee Scarr photos

Bonaire in 1939. After World War II
he returned for more adventures.
When Dee asked them for a photo
with The Reporter instead of just pos-
ing with the paper, they signed it. We
will frame it in our office. Hans is now
87 years old. Hans and Lotte have
been married for 56 years. G.D.

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

4-07 8:38 1.8FT. 16:57
4-08 1:35 1.3FT. 1:42
9:24 1.7FT. 17:20
4-09 3:46 1.3FT. 10:00
4-10 5:08 1.3FT. 10:37
4-11 6:27 1.2FT. 11:26
4-12 0:11 1.6FT. 8:00
4-13 0:39 1.7FT. 9:48
4-14 1:09 1.8FT. 11:21

0.9FT. 23:49
1.6FT. 17:31
1.5FT. 17:29
1.4FT. 17:05
1.2FT. 12:09
1.1FT. 13:48


1.0FT. 23:35 1.4FT.
1.1FT. 23:40 1.5FT.
1.1FT. 23:59 1.5FT.
1.3FT. 16:23 1.1FT.
1.2FT. 15:28 1.1FT.

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A Week On Bonaire by Wilna 6ronenenboom

Band at Bongos

Giraffe Project
Art For Learning

P elikaan School teacher Liesbeth Appel sent us some photos of her class mak-
ing a giraffe as part of an art/learning project. All four classes at Pelikaan are
doing art over a 10-week period to reinforce their lessons. Local artists have been
invited to participate.

Rotarally Results

n Sunday, March 26. the
Rotary Club of Bonaire
held its 20th anniversary road rally,
the Rotarally. It was a huge success
won by Fred Timmerman and his
partner, Eric. In second place was
the Coffy Team; in third, the Wich-
ers team. In total 57 cars partici- Thefinish
pated. ofthe
After the expenses were paid, Rotarally
about NAf1.600 was collected and _' was at
will be donated to the needy. The Jos'.
organizers and participants were
very satisfied. Next year the Rotary
Club plans to have two classes.

L ast Saturday night the entertaining
Dutch band, DeDijk, performed
once again at Bongo's Beach to a huge
(for Bonaire) crowd. It was their fourth
appearance on the island. This time their
appearance was part of a 12-day, 25th an-
niversary tour of Surinam, Curaqao
and our island. The Band at Bongos
The band consists of: Huub van der
Lubbe, vocals; Hans van Der Lubbe,
bass guitar; Pim Kops, "piano"/keyboard; Antonie Broek, drums; Nico Arzbach,
lead guitar; JB Meijers, guitar; Roland Brunt, saxophone; and MikeBooth on trum-

Bonaire Sundog

M any people call it a
"sundog," a 220 halo around
the Sun. It looks like the Sun is being
viewed through a large lens. In this
case, however, there are actually mil-
lions of lenses: ice crystals in the up-
per atmosphere. Each crystal acts like
a miniature lens, refracting sunlight
into our view and creating this
"perihelia," the technical term for
sundogs. It appeared just after noon
on Monday, March 27 and dissipated
around 3 pm.
Stories & photos by
Wilna Groenenboom (except for Pe-
likaan school which were by
Liesbeth Appel) A Sundog

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006

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Smonai re

Am bassadors

The Bonaire Gardner

Change of the Seasons

Oleanders can be at their most beautiful right now.

Buddy Dive's Martin Cecilia, Steve, TCB's Ronella Croes, Heidi, Cactus Blue
owners Corinna and Hagen, Buddy Dive headMarteen v.d Valk

Steve and Heidi Polakoff have
been visiting Bonaire for the last
25 years, returning again and again.
Bonaire was their honeymoon destina-
tion in 1981 because of its reputation
for great diving and fine weather. Steve
and Heidi stayed at the old Bonaire
Beach Hotel and finished their certifica-
tion there. They returned to Bonaire
when their daughter (now 21) was 9
months old with a babysitter. Both their
children were certified for diving here.
The diving and weather remain fabu-
lous, but what keeps them coming back

they say are the friendly people and the
casual, laid-back atmosphere.
Their friends at the Cactus Blue Res-
taurant heard about the 25-year story
and alerted the Tourism Corporation
Bonaire. Cactus Blue co-owner,
Corinna and colleagues arranged for a
special gathering at Cactus Blue to
honor the new Gold Ambassadors. Rep-
resentatives from Buddy Dive Resort,
where the couple is staying, also
showed up.
Congratulations! TCB release

I think everybody has noticed that,
finally, the rainy season has
stopped. Normally our rainy season con-
tinues to about February, but this year,
even in March, we are having some nice
showers. I, together with my colleagues,
So this article is about the change of
the seasons. I've written many times
about this before. Most people think we
don't have seasons on Bonaire, but as
you can see with a lot of big trees like
the Neem and others they are losing a lot
of leaves in this "dormant" period. Don't
worry, this is just a protection provided
by Mother Nature against the coming

winds and warmer temperatures. This is
the time to start watering your plants
again, or if you have an irrigation sys-
tem, start checking it now!
The plants have been spoiled over the
last months with all that nice rain so
they will have to get used to the
"normal" Bonairean weather again. This
makes them a bit fragile, but with some
extra water or even a bit of fertilizer
they will be okay. Reduce the amount of
water over the next weeks so they really
get used to the coming hot months.
Also the rain has washed away a lot of
soil from around the plants, so make
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Double Lustrums (5-year Anniversaries)
Both the Lion's Den Restaurant and the tabloid edition of The Bonaire Re-
porter (originally begun as the Port Call in 1994) are celebrating their first
lustrum (5 year anniversary) this week.

Here is Kirk today offering his most
This is the first tabloid showing popular drink currently- Old Speck-
Lion's Den owner, Kirk Gosdan, wel- led Hen. (See his ad on page 3.)
coming his diners with a Pifia Colada.
Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversaries, engagements or
weddings to The Reporter.
The photo and text will be printed free of charge.

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

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

The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low pages directory information go to

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

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

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

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

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.

For Sale

Refills! Do you have an empty 1.25 oz
container of SeaGold, SeaDrops or a 2-
oz. container of PSI 500 defog? Bring it
in and the Carib Inn will fill for half
the price of a new bottle!! You must
have an original bottle though.

For Sale Daewoo Matiz 2002 +/- 30.000
km Airco, Radio, very good condition.
First Owner, Call 717-5632

Pictue Yoursel f
Inu The R ep o rter

H ere's Diana Burger enjoying the sunset at Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia
with her copy of The Bonaire Reporter. She and Marcel Rombouts visited
Bonaire last August, kept a copy of The Reporter and took it with them on their
next holiday.
They live in the Netherlands so you can imagine the big temperature difference
when they returned from Australia last month.

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next
trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper
in hand. BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire
Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: pic-
ture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2006 photos are eligible.)

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

EXoats for

Hartley Rorc 39 Sailing Yacht for
sale. Ferro-cement ocean cruiser in good
shape with lots of equipment; new sails-
2005, GPS, solar panel etc. Presently
cruising the Netherlands Antilles. Ask-
ing price: $35,000 US.
Please email : Hilde for more info e-
mail: hmkvalhe(,vahoo.com

Why expensively import a sail boat
when you can own a fast Regatta win-
ner built right
here? Classic
21' Bonaire
Sail Fishing
boat recently
refurbished is
for sale for
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.

FOR QUICK SALE: NAf680 per item,
or best offer.
12-ft. collapsible 3-seat 4-person din-
ghy, with polypropylene coral-proof hull,
stows in 5-inches, great for fishing, towing,
motoring, even sailing.
10-ft. Walker Bay sailing dinghy, com-
plete & nearly new.
Trailer with hitch for transporting boats
14-ft. or less.
2.5 h.p. Johnson 2-cyl. outboard engine
w/ tank.
Email Mac at macamal@mac.com, or
phone 786-1119.

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The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a Partner or
Managing Editor

Join us to
"Publish in
Partner or
Editor with
writing/editing skills, business sense and
energy desired.
Most important: Must Love Bonaire!
Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-
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condition. Jeep, SUV or pickup. Call The
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(Bonaire Gardner. Continued from page 11)
sure your water gets to the right spot. For those areas where the rain has made the top-
soil very hard you can rake or cultivate the soil around the plants to get some get extra
moisture and extra air into your soil. Also you can add some good organic potting soil
or mulch to help this process.

I know I have told you this before. It's not that I have a lack of topics! But this is just
too important. We always try to update everybody as well as we can... so... Another not-
so-nice part of the changing season is that a lot of plants have problems with the mealy
bugs orpies-pies. Plants that have a big problem these days are the Bougainvillea and
Crotons. Since they all have so much fresh green growth it makes it easy for the bugs to
spread very fast. So most of the time spent on maintaining a garden these days is raking
the leaves and taking care of the mealybugs, which is, as I wrote in my last articles, not
very easy. Mostly our advice is when a Bougainvillea is a bit overgrown and infected
with the pies-pies, cut it firmly back. Give it a chance and it will grow back in no time,
this time hopefully without the bugs. Don't forget to rake most of the infected leaves as
well. They can also spread the eggs of the bugs.
But apart from all of this, this is also the time of year that the Bougainvilleas and Ole-
anders are at their most beautiful and spread their abundance of flowers around! And
that is what counts! 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.

Pet of the Week

N ow here's one of the most ar-
chetypal of cats a gray striped
tabby called "Roeky." She's a
"classic," one who has endured
throughout the ages and known for her
fantastic mousing abilities. Roeky did
have owners but they had to leave her
when their life changed and they could
no longer keep her. Roeky, however, "Roeky"
despite the abandonment by her owners, has taken it all
in stride and has gained a reputation of being easily adaptable. She's the kind of
personality that can get by quite well as an "only" cat, but she's perfectly amenable
to being part of a group of others. She's known as a very cool cat! Roeky is nearly
three years old and seems to know what life is all about. She's had her shots, her
tests, she's social...she's ready to go. Come meet her. Roeky is at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm, Sat-
urdavs until 1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D.

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Late Show
Callto make sure (Usualy9 pmn)
Final Destination

3 (Ryan Merriman)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Big Momma's House 2

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)

2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
April: Curious George

Friday, April 7-World Health Day
Saturday, April 8- Quarterly Underwa-
ter Cleanup- meet at Yellow Sub at 1
pm. Potluck BBQ follows at 5:30pm.
Sunday, April 9 Kite Contest (Kontest
di Fli) All day, great fun, food, drinks, mu-
sic incredible kites at the field behind
Sunday, April 9- Opening of Fer and
Rob de Wit Photo Exhibition at Plaza
Resort. Open 5-8 pm, Sunday, Tuesday and
Friday. Until May 14. Information call
Thursday, April 13 (6pm)-Sunday, April
16- Passion of Christ Exposition by Bon-
aire Artists Jua Guillermo and Nochi Cof-
fie. St. Luis Beltran Church, Rincon. See
page 8.
April 13 17 4th Annual MCB Tennis
Cup at Harbour Village Tennis Center
565-5225, 717-6907.
Friday, April 14-Good Friday-Banks
and many stores closed
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon. Great gift
ideas-many "made on Bonaire." See
Cruise Ship Schedule above.

Easter Sunday, April 16-Bonairean Night
at Divi Flamingo-with all the local spe-
cialties and live music-Tel. 717-8285,
ext. 444
Monday, April 17-Easter Monday- Of-
ficial Holiday, banks & many shops
Saturday, April 22-Earth Day "What
on Earth" activities, parade for children.
Info 717-4593
Saturday, April 29 Balashi Beer Bar-
tenders' Competition Divi Flamingo -
See page 9
Sunday, April30-Rincon Day, Queen's
Birthday, Queen's Birthday Race, Wind-
surfing Race (Tolo), MCB 5 km, 17 km
Friday, May 12 Big party and show for
'mom' at Don Paranda, from 8:30 pm to 2
am, entrance F1.35- Featuring Melania van
der Veen, Boy Thode, Romeo Heye, Denis
Cicilia, Wilbert Petronella and DJ HB
Disco. To benefit the FKPD (Handicapped
Foundation) Call 717-6210 for tickets.


Daily (more or less)
HH 2 for 1 ( on ALL beverages) from 5-
7pm, Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
HH-5:30-6:30, Buddy Dive
HH 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue (except Sunday)
2 for 1 appetizer with every entr6e, Cactus
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for hot
slot machines, roulette and blackjack, Mon.
to Sat. 8pm 4am; Sun. 7pm 3am.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku.
$12 (NAf 12 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
Rincon Marsh- am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits
and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks,
arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/rincon
Mountain Bike Ride Everyone 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 infor-
Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 6 to 8
pm, Kaya Industria #23. Great wines -
NAf2,50 a glass.
All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo
with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50. Call
for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 .
Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great
dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the
Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar. Open daily
5 to 10 pm, Divi Flamingo
Caribbean Night, live local music- Buddy
Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bon-
aire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435
Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring Chef
Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden Reef
Inn Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reserva-
tions $20, walk ins $25. Drinks available
for purchase. Call 717-5759 or email
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-7
pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free chicken
wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
BonaireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's,
known for great local food. 6:30pm Call Gibi
at 567-0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi."
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in
Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9 pm,
Cactus Blue
Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi Fla-
mingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
Live music by Flamingo Rockers The
Windsurf Place at Sorobon 7:30- 9:30 pm
Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-
7pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar.
All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar- 5-7 pm
Swim lessons for children by Enith Brighitha,
a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from 1330 to
Manager's Bash-free Flamingo Smash &
snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive
Resort 5:30-6:30 pm, followed byAl You Can Eat
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
Yoga Classes-Tel. 786-6416 (None in

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides
pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bianculli,
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 (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Kas KriyoRincon-Step into Bonaire's past in this
venerable old home that has been restored and fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday
thu Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment.
Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei,Rincon. Enjoythe 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 on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the
music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
AAmeetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening
at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Din-
ner 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 enlry
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
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- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bon-
aire, 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: Renata Domacass6 516-
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 Thurs-
day 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; 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- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Con-
tact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services
in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire- Kaya
Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday
Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at
7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch
and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm.
Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk- Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 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. Wednes-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to:
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March through May 2006 Cruise Ship Schedule

Date Ship PAX Arrive Depart Pier

11 APR TUE RIJNDAMl 1258 09:00 18:00 SOUTH

01 MAY MON PRINSENDAM 793 08:00 18:00 SOUTH

02 MAY TUE SEA PRINCESS 1950 12:00 19:00 SOUTH

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Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
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M/ y parents were living in
V Curaqao where my father
was working in supermarket manage-
ment. They were both from Bonaire. My
father was Eric Everts and my mom is
Yolanda Nicolaas. I was bor on Bonaire
in 1974, but I grew up as an only child on
Curaqao until my dad died when I was
six. My mom and I came back to Bonaire
to live with my grandparents, Goy and
Chepa, in Nort di Salina, and my mother
started working for General Store (now

As a child I wasn't too aware of all
these changes. I immediately found a
friend, Nataly, and I felt at home right
away. I went to Papa Comes School and
after that to SGB where I did HAVO. I
didn't have a clue what I wanted to study,
but I certainly didn't want to go to Hol-
land. And I didn't want to start just any
study then have to change it again and
build up a big debt. My mom said, 'Why
don't you become a teacher? It's good.
You work half a day and you're off half a
day!' Now I feel sorry I didn't do it! At
the time I thought I wouldn't get along
with children; I was very shy. So the
logical choice was to go to VWO, an
educational path that prepares you for
It gave me more time to think. I could
have gone to Curaqao where I have an
aunt, but I preferred to go to Aruba where
I'd never been. My mother had family
there and also a friend and so I moved in
with them. I was 17, and I left my boy-
friend, William "Willy" Piar, behind for
the time being. He lived across the street
from me. He was a nice boy and he still
is! I found him handsome; we could
really talk together; and he was a serious
boy too.
Aruba was lovely. My mother's friend
had a daughter my age and we got along
very well. I stayed for two years and fin-
ished VWO. Still I didn't know what to
do. I wanted to go back to Bonaire to see
if I could find a job. I sent quite a few
application letters to the banks in Bonaire
and I got a positive answer from what
was then the ABN Bank.
I came back June 1994. Willy was al-
ready working for the government as a
sports leader for Indebon and I started
working immediately for the ABN Bank
as a cashier. It was great; I was very
happy to be back. Via the bank I did sev-
eral courses and worked in various de-
partments. When the bank was taken over
by RBTT I kept my position. Now I work
with the commercial clients.
In 1996 Willy and I got married. While
I was still on Aruba Willy had been busy

with the house, buying 100 blocks every
month. We'd talked about how we
wanted the house to be and he'd made all
the sketches. Even before we got married
we'd already started with the construc-
tion. Willy thought it would be better to
get a bank mortgage on both salaries. We
did and six months later the house was
finished and we moved in October 1997.
In 1998 our son Daniel was born. It was
beautiful; everyone was so happy! We
were very lucky because Willy's mom,
Tecla, has always taken care of the chil-
dren. If it weren't for her they would
have ended up in the creche when they
were still very little; I would have found
that terrible. Daniel is seven now and our
second son Elijah is four. Neither of them
went to creche until they were 18 months
old. Still, Elijah is home with Tecla every
afternoon because I think he's too young
to stay at Skol di Bario. It's difficult on
Bonaire because you only have two op-
tions. Either the children go to a babysit-
ter's or to the crlche, not like in Holland,
I heard, where you can arrange things
with your employer and for instance
work fewer hours. Alas, the time I spend
with my children is very little. In the
morning we have to get them and our-
selves ready to go. That's no quality
time. In the afternoon I see them from
five to seven, and then they go to bed.
That's two hours per day!

"Another thing I worry
about very much is that
our elementary school
system changed in 2002
and the instruction lan-
guage switched from
Dutch to Papiamentu."

Another thing I worry about very much
is that our elementary school system
changed in 2002 and the instruction lan-
guage switched from Dutch to Papia-
mentu. The children are no longer put
together with others of the same age in
one classroom. Now they're divided into
three cycles. The first is four school years
(two years of kindergarten and first and
second grade). Still, there are hardly any
school materials available; the teachers
are supposed to create lesson materials

themselves as there are no school books
available in Papiamentu. The children
don't get a report card so I don't know
how my son is doing and whether he
knows what he's supposed to know at his
age. I sent a letter in which I expressed
my concerns to the extra newspaper be-
cause I read in the Amigoe newspaper
that in Curaqao the children who were up
for the second cycle had to have an emer-
gency course because their level of Dutch
was insufficient and a big gap had oc-
curred. It's funny, but after my article in
the extra people finally started talking.
The teachers say that the new system is
good, only it hadn't been worked out
properly before it was put into practice.
For four years we've gotten the same in-
formation about what they were doing
with the children: the child is central -
every child develops at its own level -
and if a child is instructed in its own lan-
guage it will pick up other languages
much faster. Imagine! Almost four years
have passed and nobody checked to see if
the results were according to the expecta-
tions and wishes. So, now they're going
to hear from us because lots of parents
are concerned because we don't know
anything. Somebody once told me that
the things you don't know can frighten
you. I'm afraid because I don't know if
my son is getting a proper education! We
need an evaluation of the system so we
know the education situation on Bon-
Jo-Anne Piar-Everts (31) is a very
bright but quiet person. She 's patiently
holding four-year old Elijah who fell
asleep on her lap after her husband Willy
left to attend a meeting. They're just a
lovely family: hard working people with
two cute little boys.
"When I'm free I like to work on the
family's picture album which I keep like
a diary. I also drew the pictures for a
schoolbook made by Morella Wanner,

our boys' godmother and an ex-
schoolteacher. Another hobby of mine is
being a leader in one of Awana's clubs, a
religious group that belongs to the Inter-
national Bible Church. My grandmother,
Cecilia Everts, likes to write poetry and
books and she also likes to recite poems.
My mother, who works at Centro nowa-
days, likes to do handicrafts and so do I.
My dad loved to read, especially science
fiction and I love that too! Willie,
who's now a sports teacher at Papa Cor-
nes School, is the one in the family who
is crazy for music. He's been the mixer
for Magic Sounds and Elijah seems to
take after him because he gets some
buckets and some sticks and starts drum-
ming! Daniel's hobby is judo and he's
good. He's got the yellow belt. Some-
times we go to the beach, but not very
often. We do go for drives quite often
and we get together with friends, like
with my girlfriend Nataly. We're still
best friends!
The beauty of Bonaire is the tranquility.
It's quiet, lovely; not so many people liv-
ing on top of each other, and the people
are friendly. My grandmother has a
kunuku and maybe, in time, we can get a
part of it. We would like to build a little
kunuku house there so we can go camp-
ing with the boys and grow our own wa-
termelons and pumpkins. That would be
fun! Yes, I will always stay here. Why
not! When you
think of other
places that are
at war or
there's poverty
I think we're
blessed I
can't imagine
living any-
where else!"
Story and
photo by Greta

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006

Daniel and Elijah with their parents Willy and Jo-Anne

Page 17

The Poet
T he inaugural flight of BonairExel air-
lines takes off, with a Bonairean at the
helm. A large crowd has gathered at Flamingo
Airport. The people applaud and cheer, they are
happy and proud: no longer dependent on DCA
from CuraCao. That airline used to treat Bon-
aire as an afterthought, resulting in bad connec-
tions with other island in the Antilles.
After the first flight, for invited guests only,
there is a large party and many speeches. Be-
tween the officials on the stage, a little to the
side, stands a small man, obviously enjoying
his 'finest hour' with a glimmer in his eyes. I
keep an eye on him because later I want to talk
to him about the continuation of the Bonairean
brass band and fanfare, which he directs and
for which I am treasurer -- and baritone sax Raymundo Saleh
I congratulate Raymundo on the launch of our own Bonairean airline, and the first success
of yet another project he took on and fought for, simply because he believed in it.
"Either you do something well, or you don't do it at all, Guus! That first flight gave me
particular satisfaction because of the economic perspective: we take tourists from St
Maarten, Aruba and Curacao, islands which offer European and American tourists a much
better 'airlift.' As you know, we rely on tourism for our economic well-being. So, if no big
American carriers fly directly to Bonaire, we'll just have to pick our visitors up! From a
social perspective this airline is also very important: DAE, as BonairExel is now called, pro-
vides an income for a hundred people. Lastly, there is the morale issue, the feeling we can
accomplish something ourselves, a feeling we have missed for a long time. That may even
be the most important aspect, for our development, for our future."

Raymundo Saleh was born on Bonaire just before the Second World War. His parents,
Maronites from Lebanon, came to the Antilles on a sailing ship. His father set up a grocery
trading company. Raymundo was 7 years old when his father passed away, leaving his
mother with 12 children to take care of.
"My mother was My father was
the sweetest woman a big man

tender, caring
for us, her children
she was above all
so intensely faithful

very cordial
and genial
for us, his children
he was the father
who could do all."

After school, the children had to work in the shop -- the times were hard for the entire
family. Later, Raymundo entered secondary school in Curagao, and turned out to be one of
the top students. He returned to Bonaire to take over his father's business.
But things took an unexpected turn. After a couple of years, he was offered a job at the
Ontvangerkantoor, the tax collecting office in Bonaire. He worked hard and learned a lot,
and after three years, when he was only 25 years old, he was promoted to Deputy Collector.
Two years after that, Raymundo finished his in-house departmental training and became
Representative of the island of Bonaire in the Antilles Parliament.
An even bigger surprise, most of all to Raymundo himself, came when he was appointed
Lt. Governor of Bonaire. He was 32 by then, the youngest person to hold that title in the
history of Bonaire and the entire Netherlands Antilles!
"Yes, it all did happen very quickly, didn't it. It was almost automatic; I never felt I had to
push in any direction. Of course, I was young and ambitious, but still I was accepted by
most of the older politicians. I was given a lot of space to work on some important accom-
plishments for our island: the foundation of Radio Netherlands, deepening the harbor and
constructing a long pier there, a longer runway for the airport, the foundation of Bopec, an
ultramodern telephone system for Telbo...!"

He shines with this, still modest, list he gives. He shines as he did when the first Bonair-
Exel flight took off: "I did it, through perseverance and striking the iron while it was hot."
As Lt. Governor he was given his power at his inauguration, but he also earned it through
his forcefulness, charm, sagacity and modesty without any interest in personal gain. It gave
him the wings to continue with other projects.
"But, I worked myself silly in those days. Every waking moment was spent working for
the island, though I really liked what I did. I got involved in all sorts of aspects of island
life- art, culture, health you name it. These experiences have helped me a lot with all sub-
sequent undertakings. After I stepped down from my Lt. Governor function, I was asked for
all sorts of functions, but I never fell for just any one. I only accepted offers that enabled me
to do something for the island, because I love it so much and I like to do my bit. It is of the
utmost importance that we further our development, and that is what I'm doing it all for."

Raymundo Saleh can look back upon a successful career in public office. He knew how to
get things done through his belief and ambition -- he still does. He is what the Germans call
a 'Macher,' someone who is pragmatic, no-nonsense and results-driven. At the same time,
he is just vain enough to enjoy a successful completion with a smile that says, We did that
quite well, didn't we?
In all this work as manager and director, there is one aspect of his personality that remains
"Look at it this way: the business side, the professional side of my personality is the hard-
ware; my interest in art and culture is the software. Professionally, you're working against
deadlines for hard targets and ultimately the realization of some goal. In art, your goals are
different: some form of reflection or self-checking, sometimes maybe a moral message, or

sometimes pure romanticism or nostalgia. This
world envelops me when I am by myself, and
usually comes to the fore in a moment of peace,
when you detach yourself from your work. You
take a break and all manner of thoughts drift up
from within, thoughts I have committed to pa-

He seems continually busy, either with his
hardware or his software. He wrote his first po-
etry lines, under the roof of a kunuku house,
when he was just a small boy.
"I have been writing poetry since my early youth. It is waiting in folders, ready to be pub-
lished. I've already started a foundation: Bonaire Art Editors. Sounds good, doesn't it! If I
have more time, I would like to publish my work and that of others. There still is a lot of
valuable material lying around in cupboards. It's a shame this hasn't seen the light of day
After a visit to the Bonaire public library, I can second that claim: there is very little liter-
ary material in Papiamentu, specifically poetry. Just a few yellowed volumes lie on the
shelves there, in peace, but forgotten.

We listen to some music from Raymundo's collection.
"I once tried learning to play the saxophone, but that was long ago and I didn't really have
a knack for it. Maybe, with a little more time, I should come over and take some lessons
with you!
"I always was partial to Cuban music. Even as a teenager, back in the 50s, I collected
Daniel Santos and La Sonora Mantancera records. Mantancera was the orchestra that
brought Celia Cruz to stardom; Tito Puente played with them as well. They were considered
the Beatles of the Caribbean. If they came to play, the whole island was excited. I guess I
have about a thousand recordings of them. They combined the traditional Cuban music with
jazz influences beautifully. It swings, it's melodic, it's well-crafted. The lyrics are very phi-
losophical sometimes, but can be really simple as well, like in a party song."

We play one record after the other and enjoy the music from Raymundo's childhood. For
some reason, the music from your childhood stays close to you throughout your life.
"This is a very special recording. This song is called 'Bula Waya.' It was written during
the Second World War by someone who was imprisoned in Bonaire. He wrote the lyrics on
the back of this silver paper you find in cigarette packs. They were put to music by Pierre
Laufer from Curacao. When Daniel Santos played a concert there, he heard this song, and he
liked it so much he recorded it under his own name. That version, 'Bula Waya' by the
Daniel Santos Orchestra, sung in faultless Papiamentu, was played on Antilles radio stations
every day and became a worldwide hit."

He gets us both excited the more he talks. Did the orchestra still exist? Could we get them
for the Bonaire Jazz Festival this year? Could we, perhaps, record a new CD or a DVD of
the performance, with all those beautiful songs from the 50s and 60s? Could something tan-
gible be produced from that old feeling that was implanted in his youthful years?
He reads one more poem, a poem that describes beautifully the nostalgia, the longing for
something that is no more:

The old place ofyesteryear
the fresh sweet smell
that tickles me pleasantly
Oh how I wish I could
grasp all this
feel it close to me
and name it precisely

Raymundo gives me the look that we've come to know, a mixture of modest pride and
amazement at his own accomplishment: Not bad, eh?
Then the phone rings, and he apologizes, "I have to go to the airport. If I don't solve this
problem, there won't be any DAE planes flying tomorrow!"
The hardware side takes precedence once more. The software stays behind, lying on his
desk, waiting for a publisher. Story by Guus Gerritsen; Painting by Henk Rozendall

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006

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Playing the Big Dipper Game

E very April
I like to
remind all star
gazers how to
play the old Big
Dipper game be-
cause the Big
Dipper in April is
positioned in such
a way that it gives
relevance to an
old folk saying
and can be used
to find two in-
credible stars high
in the heavens.
Let me show you:
On any night in any April between the hours of 8 and 10 pm look due north
where you'll see the Big Dipper almost directly above and just to the right of the
North Star, its cup pointed down in such a way that if it were filled full of water,
the water would be pouring out directly onto the ground below. This gives a celes-
tial significance to that old saying, "April showers bring May flowers," because
every April in early evening the biggest water dipper of the heavens is indeed
pouring its imaginary water onto the Earth below. We always wish we had a little
more rain in the Sky Park in April. But aside from the water pouring aspect of the
Dipper at this season, we can use the three stars which make its handle as a finder
to locate two stars of spring, which are absolutely wonderful and which are also
high up in the heavens in April.
Simply draw an imaginary line through the handle of the Big Dipper and extend
it in the same curve, or arc, as the handle, and you'll "arc" to the bright star Arctu-
rus, the brightest star of Bootes the Herdsman. Then if you extend that curve,
that arc, on from Arcturus you can "speed on" directly to Spica, the brightest star
of Virgo the Virgin. Once again, using the handle and its curve, arc to Arcturus,
then speed on to Spica. What could be easier? Now brighter Arcturus is relatively
close, only 35 light years away, which means we see the light that left it 35 years
ago in 1971. Spica, however, is almost 8 times farther away than Arcturus, 260
light years, which means we see the light that left it 260 years ago in 1746. Indeed,
incredible as it seems, even though we rarely think about it when we look at the
stars, we are really looking back in time whenever we star gaze. And how far back
in time depends on how far away each star is.
So when I say that Arcturus is 35 light years away it really means that when you
look at Arcturus this month you are seeing Arcturus not as it actually exists at the
present but as it actually existed 35 years ago. And when you speed on to Spica
and look at it this month you are in reality seeing Spica not as it exists now but as
it actually existed 260 years ago, indeed, in 1746. Which inevitably leads one to
the question, "Is it possible that we ever see stars now which are no longer in exis-
tence?" The answer is, yes indeed, although we're quite sure Arcturus and Spica
are still there.
So some time this April between 8 and 10 pm play the Big Dipper game. Arc to
35-light-years-away Arcturus, then speed on to 260-light-years-away Spica. Jack

tFor the week: April 2 to 8 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will be highly sensitive to comments made by
your lover. Dazzle them with your intellectual conversation. Disruptions may set
you back, but you're strong, and in the end the choices you make will be favorable.
You must try to include your mate in your activities this week. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try to keep your opinions to yourself. It's hard to
stay mad if the object of the anger refuses to react. Refrain from arguing with your
mate. Resist secret affairs that could be detrimental to your reputation. Your lucky
day this week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Brunch, a long walk, or a quiet dinner will secure
your position in the relationship. Don't let friends or relatives rule your life. Work
quietly on your own. Your family may be feeling neglected and unloved. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Promote your ideas now. Things at work have been
moving quickly and you may be feeling a little uncertain about the changes taking
place. Limitations at work might set you back. Expect to have more people on your
domestic scene. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You must consider yourself for a change. Opportunities
for romance will flourish through travel. Travel will be exciting. Emotional up and
downs have caused doubts in your personal life. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You will meet a person who may turn out to be
more than just a friend. Think twice before you speak. You will find good buys and
you will lift your spirits. Avoid scandals of any sort. Your lucky day this week will
be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your social activity should be conducive to finding
love. In return, the satisfaction you get is enough for you. Try not to argue about
trivial matters. Abstain from getting involved with married individuals. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) It's time to reevaluate your motives. Try not to
make waves. You will get great satisfaction from your efforts. Your courage and
willpower will enable you to get rid of destructive habits as well. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You should expect to have changes in your
home. Beware of someone who is trying to make you look bad. You may find that
family members may not be too easy to get along with. Fitness or weight loss pro-
grams will help your self esteem. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) It's time to reevaluate your motives. You may
find your self a bit frazzled if you allow someone to goad you into an unsavory
debate. Intellectual stimulation is what you are looking for. Social events will lead
to a strong and stable relationship. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Try not to be overly generous. You need to take
a long, hard look at yourself and your personal situation. You may find yourself
changing crowds. Health problems may prevail if you haven't been getting enough
rest. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your suggestions for fund raising events will be
well received. Your energetic nature and ability to initiate projects will add to your
popularity. Nagging has never been something that you could tolerate, and it's once
again driving you into a lonely state of affairs. Your ability to deal with others will
help you in getting the support you need. Your lucky day this week will be Thurs-

Bonaire Reporter April 7 to April 14, 2006


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