T his weekend Wash-
ington Park will
commemorate its conver-
sion from a plantation to a
national park with its an-
nual Day of Free admis-
sion and Festivities.
A day filled with activi-
ties will be organized in the
Park on Sunday, May
28th Beginning at 8 am
guided activities will begin.
The first will follow the
Kasikunda climbing trail to
Kasikunda climbing trail to Check out the antique aloe cooker near the Park
the top of the 270 ft. high entrance.
Kasikunda Hill and con-
tinue on to the Lagadishi
walking trail or 792 ft. high Brandaris, Bonaire's highest point. If this activity
sounds too exhaustive there will be activities of lesser physical impact like stroll-
ing along the Lagadishi walking trail or a guided tour through the museum.
Children may participate in the activities but must be accompanied by their par-
ents or guardian. At the Visitor Center at the entrance of the park, there will be a
treasure hunt, face painting, painting and coloring projects and many other games
for children. Elsmarie Beukenboom
Tiara Air. J. Alberto photo
S The new Aruba airline, Tiara Air,
is adding an Aruba to Cura9ao flight
IN T7S ISSUE:
Wonders of the Wing & Flight 3
Jazz Festival Main Events, Day by Day 4
Letters: The Economist & Us 5
Dive into Adventure 21 Day
Countdown-Photo Day 6
Bondy on the Ball (llI) 9
Underwater Warrior-John Beville 9
Pelicaan School -Red Princess Musical,
Student Art Exhibit 10
Bubbles from the Biologist Moon
Pro Chef Team Sharpens
Antique Houses-Kas di Kabez 13
Announcements: "TC" in Alaska 14
Reef Babies (Dee Scarr) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Sudoku Puzzle 6
Women Divers Hall of Fame 7
Pet of the Week Ms. Froukje
Pechtold-ldema and "Shirley" 7
Coral Glimpses 8
Tide Table 9
Sudoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Jane Madden) 17
Sky Park (Moon Visits 3 Planets) 19
The Stars Have It 19
effective June 1, making it three a day.
It has begun flights to Bonaire on Fri-
day and Sunday evenings as well.
(Divi-Divi Air, Bonaire's ultra reli-
able air service to Curacao, flies only
during daylight hours.) After the sec-
ond airplane, also a Short 360-200, ar-
rives next month it will add two daily
flights to Punto Fijo, Venezuela. The
airline says it has an average occupancy
of 70% and 90% on-time performance.
lines will 1a9A
tween Trinidad and Curacao on July
13, the Antigua-based company an-
nounced. They will fly a 50-seat Dash
8-300 plane, departing Trinidad at
10:30 am and arriving in Cura9ao at
12:30 pm. The return flights leave Cu-
racao 1:30 pm to land in Port of Spain
at 3:30 pm.
A Netherlands national television
reported that Dutch police appre-
hended another man in connection
with the disappearance of Natalee
Holloway 18, of Alabama, disap-
peared while vacationing in Aruba with
friends last May. No one has been for-
mally charged with her disappearance
to date though about eight people have
been arrested and questioned.
Gerard Sponge, attorney for the latest
suspect, Guido W. told the Dutch tele-
vision station that his client, was sus-
pected of "assisting in the murder."
Sponge said his client faces the most
severe charge "in our criminal code."
However, at press time it was reported
that Guido W. was released for lack of
A The new airport terminal in
Curacao is nearing completion, with
the new name sign and logo as one of
the last jobs. Cura9ao Airport Partners
(CAP) expects to start using it in July.
Departure taxes have already been in-
A If you had left-over prepaid phone
minutes after Cellular One folded, visit
the MIO phone office in the Royal
Palm Galleries to get credit.
I. r'n- :a-; .
Ash spread last weekend
A The Montserrat Disaster Manage-
ment Coordination Agency reported
that there was increased activity from
the island's volcano around 6 o'clock
on Saturday, May 20. Around 7:20 am
the first dome collapse with pyroclastic
flows reached the sea at the eastern end
of the Tar River Valley.
(Continued on page 5)
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
The three key features that make a bird a bird are its feathers, its wings and
its beak. Generally birds use their wings to fly, but there are of course a few
notable exceptions that do not. These include ostriches, emus and the kakapo, but
for the most part birds fly. Different species achieve vastly different things from
flight, and this wonderful variety is the result of evolution. Frigate birds, falcons
and hummingbirds, for example, each fly in a way the others cannot. Even closely
related species fly in unique ways. In this article we are going to look at birds'
wings, the amazing adaptations that enable birds to fly and the causes and conse-
quences of their flight. You will then hopefully be able to look at a pet Lora or a
bird flying past on the seafront and have an idea of how it has evolved to move in
The structure of the wing
To understand the subtle dif-
ferences in the wing shape and
performance we first need to
look at the structure of the
wing. The bones in a bird's
wing follow the same basic
plan as our arms. Our upper
arm is supported by the hume-
rus or "funny bone" (in blue)
and the lower arm has two
bones, the radius and ulna (in
red). A bird's humerus is rela-
tively short and very strong
because it must bear the force
of the huge chest muscles that a bird uses to power flight. These features are shown
in the annotated cockatoo picture. The obvious bend in a bird's wing is equivalent
to our wrist (not our elbow!) and it has two small bones followed by various
"hand" bones (in green). The term "shoulder" as in yellow-shouldered Amazon
(Amazona barbadensis) is quite misleading.
The underlying skeleton will determine the shape of a bird's wing, and this will
have evolved over millions of years. The size and length of different bones influ-
ence how many feathers can be attached to the different areas of the wing. This in
turn influences the capabilities and efficiency of that particular bird's flight.
The role of feathers
The large flight feathers of the wing are called
the primary and secondary feathers. The pri-
mary feathers attach to the bones that are
equivalent to our hand and fingers, whereas the
secondaries attach directly to the ulna. If you
look at a frigate bird you can pick out the
"wrist" easily. It is the outermost, obvious bend
on the wing. The primary feathers provide most
of the forward thrust in active flight. By com-
parison the secondary feathers provide lift. Most
birds have around 10 primary feathers, but the
number of secondary feathers varies considera-
An incredible photo ofBonaire Loras on the ground Rowan Martin photo
bly between different species of birds. Songbirds may have as few as nine, whereas
seabirds or larger vultures may have as many as 25. The lift generated from having
so many secondary feathers means that vultures with their broad wings can soar on
thermals for long periods of time without having to move their wings. An albatross
or a frigate bird also has a lot of secondary feathers, but by comparison their wings
are long and thin because, instead of soaring on thermals as vultures do, sea birds
ride the strong ocean winds. Some albatross have a really amazing feature, that is,
they can hook their wings open on special boney catches so they don't need their
muscles to hold their wings open.
The tail has an important balancing and stabilizing role during flight. It can func-
tion as a rudder to help steer the bird
through turns and even water in aquatic Frigate bird Sam Williams photo
birds. Most noticeably the tail functions as
an air brake, helping to slow the bird when approaching a landing spot. A rela-
tively long tail such as that on the prikichi acts as a counterweight that enables
tight turns that are necessary when maneuvering through foliage and branches. In
direct flight, however, these long tails are actually aerodynamically costly. The
most efficient tail shape is the shallow forked tail seen on terns, swallows and yes,
frigate birds! Sam Williams
and his col-
Martin, are on
the island for six
months as part of
ing the Bonaire Sam Williams
Lora. Both ofthem
hope that their research,
which will extend over a
three-yearpenrod, will be of
benefit to the Lora 's conser-
bonaire Reporter May z2 to June 2, zuuo2
SGB High School Students Band Jeroen Fortuin photo
T he island's going to rock this
week! And all of Bonaire is in-
volved from May 23rd beginning with
dinner at Croccantino Restaurant to
KonTiki to Plaza Resort to City Caf6 to
Fort Oranje to Den Laman to Little Ha-
vana there will be jazz everywhere -
day and night. There's even a musi-
cian's jam session brunch at Den La-
man Restaurant Sunday at 11:30 am.
*Cubop City Big Band
THURSDAY, MAY 25
Prelude to the Festival: no entrance
fee! Day sponsor MCB
7 pm-Official Opening at Fort
Oranje by Deputy Governor Ubaldo
Anthony. Food and beverages by SGB
Chez Nous students.
7 to 9 pm: Papiamentu Poetry and
Jazz at the Fort Oranje: Ced Ride
and Marietze Haakmat specially spon-
sored by Den Laman Condominiums
9 to 11 pm: Moogie & Friends and
Question Mark in front of City Cafe
0.30 am: Jam session with festival mu-
sicians at Little Havana
9 am-8 pm: "Polyrhythmik" Art
Expo at Kas di Arte (May 25-28)
musicians at Little Havana
Art exposition "Polyrhythmik" will
be at nearby Kas di Arte
FRIDAY MAY 26
5-7 pm: Official opening of the
"Polyrhythmik" Art Expo, Kas di
Arte. On hand will be Bonaire's jazz
foundation band, wine tasting
sponsored by Alcon, Henk Roozendaal
& Guus Gerritsen's Portraits of
Bonaire book signing. In addition some
of the artists will be there.
Day sponsor Yellow Submarine Div-
7:30 pm: Main Concert at Plaza
Resort Bonaire: Cubop City Big
Band, Ronchi Matthews Zumtam
Quartet and Konkie Halmeyer
11:30 pm: Surinam Band Question
Mark at City Cafe
00:30 am: Jam session with festival
SATURDAY MAY 27
(Note the recent change of venue
from Bongos to Plaza Resort)
Day sponsor Bonaire Partners
9 am-8 pm: "Polyrhythmik" Art
Expo, Kas di Arte
5-7 pm -Sunset jam session with
Carlos and friends, wine tasting, at
Kas di Arte
7:30 pm: Another Main Concert at
Plaza Resort Bonaire: Cubop City
Big Band, Konkie Halmeyer Trio, An-
astacia Larmonie, Delbert Bernabela
11:30 pm: Konkie Halmeyer Trio at
0.30 am: Jam session with festival mu-
sicians at Little Havana
SUNDAY MAY 28
Day sponsor Multifunction Manage-
11:30 am: Jazz Brunch at Den Laman
sponsored by the Restaurant
5 pm: Main Concert at KonTiki
Beach Club: SGB Students Band of
Bonaire together in a workshop with
Lucas van Merwijk, leader of Cubop
City Big Band. Also Randal Corsen
quartet, Ced Ride & Band
11 pm: Jam session with festival musi-
cians at Little Havana
All jam sessions at Little Havana are
sponsored by Little Havana and Rus-
The events main sponsors are:
Heineken, Bonaire Fun Travel,
Littman's Jewelers, Remax Re-
alty, MCB Bank, Bonaire Part-
ners, Yellow Submarine Dive
Shop, Multifunction Management,
City Caf6, Plaza Resort Bonaire,
KonTiki Beach Resort, Little Ha-
vana, Russel Insurances
Thanks also to our support and
Tourist Board Bonaire, Rocargo,
Don Andres, BonaireNet, The Bonaire
Reporter, Bon FM, Divi Divi Air,
Bonaire Tours, Gaia Pro
The cost is NAf45 for
the three main concerts
or NAf20 per concert.
Tickets presale available at: City Cafe,
KonTiki Beach Club, Little Havana,
Plaza Resort Bonaire, Bonaire Book-
stores and from all sponsors. The Bon-
aire Heineken Jazz
Festival is organ-
ized by the non-
Be sure to get
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
There were confirmed reports of
heavy ash with accompanying small
stones on the north western side of the
island. Smoke and ash rose to 55,000
feet and blew to the west southwest.
The cloud passed over Bonaire accord-
ing to NOAA satellite reports. Flights
to/from New York, San Juan, To-
ronto and Miami and from Amster-
dam, Philadelphia and Cleveland
were grounded Sunday, according to
the Associated Press, as volcanic de-
bris shot skywards. KLM and
American Eagle flights to Bonaire
The Montserrat population suffered
no injuries or fatalities. Island residents
were requested to remain indoors, con-
tinue to exercise caution and remain
vigilant. The Vue Pointe Hotel had to
move guests to Tropical Mansion Suites
due to the intensity of the ash and the
high gas levels. One village is covered
with wet ash. Some main roads are
blocked. Guadeloupe had an uncon-
firmed one-meter high tsunami, and
another unconfirmed report said that
Antigua also experienced a possible
tsunami ranging between 8 to 12
After centuries of being dormant, the
Mount Soufriere volcano awakened
four years ago killing 19 people, de-
stroying the capital, Plymouth, and dev-
astating the southern half of the island
which still remains an exclusion zone.
Just over half of the island's 12,000
population left. The remainder moved
to the northern section of the island
where a new capital has been built.
A Two weeks ago confidential and
personal information from an island
resident's computer was published on
the Internet and in Dutch newspapers.
The data may have been extracted by an
Internet program resident in the com-
puter without the computer owner's
knowledge. Dutch investigators are ex-
ploring criminal charges against the
Holland-based thief. Bonaire's two host
ISPs temporarily blocked the thief s
website, and Anthony Nicolaas, one of
Bonaire's Members of Parliament,
has recommended computer data
theft be made a crime in the Antilles.
A Final High School exams for
3,132 students Antilles wide are un-
derway. The exams will take another
week: 2,285 students are from the
VSBO (Preparatory Secondary Voca-
tional Education). Another 640 are
HAVO (Higher Administrative Pre-
paratory Education), and 207 students
from the VWO (Preparatory Scientific
Results will be available on June 16
for HAVO and VWO students; VSBO
students will probably receive their re-
sults a day earlier.
A Rob Vermaas has been named
the new Representative of the Neth-
erlands in the Netherlands Antilles.
He will begin September 1, 2006. Ver-
maas comes from the diplomatic ser-
vice. He previously served as Minister
Plenipotentiary at the Dutch Embassy
in South Africa and Ambassador in
Ethiopia and Djibouti from 1997 till
2005. He was, among other things,
spokesman for the Dutch Internal Af-
fairs Minister and the Minister for De-
velopment Cooperation. Vermaas was
born in Haarlem on May 28, 1946, is
married and has two children. In his
new position he will be succeeding
Onno Koerten who will be retiring.
banned all US
arms sales to
Monday, to pun-
ish President Hugo
Chavez for his ties
with Cuba and Iran
and for what it be-
lieves is his inac-
tion against guer- President Hugo
rillas from Chavez
lombia. Larry Bims of the Council on
Hemispheric Affairs think tank in
Washington said the move would have
little practical impact on a country that
has turned increasingly to suppliers like
Russia. "It is an escalation of US hos-
tility toward Venezuela," he said.
A The Cayman Islands, one of
Bonaire's competitive dive destinations,
is on its way to full recovery in the
tourism sector following devastation
from Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Minister
for Tourism Charles Clifford said that
the public and private sector are ready
to return stay-over visitors to pre-Ivan
levels. Cayman Islands Director of
Tourism, Pilar Bush, said that the num-
ber of available hotel rooms across the
three-island state has increased by 73%
What Do The Economist and The Reporter Have In Common?
I just wanted to say I think you do a really great job with the paper. It's the only
thing I read religiously beside The Economist. Can't quite figure out how you do
I love it that you're including Sudoku now in The Bonaire Reporter! Keep it
up. I've gotten hooked, and guess where I learned about it on Bonaire this win-
ter!!! Thanks for your continued excellent work on The Reporter. I read it cover
to cover as soon as it arrives on my doorstep.
of its pre-Ivan days. Prior to the hurri-
cane there were 5,181 rooms, and as of
April 19 this year the number is 3,794.
Another 986 rooms will soon be ready.
Bush said that airlift to the islands has
also increased in 2006.
A Warehouse Bonaire supermar-
ket will deliver 125 bags full of gro-
ceries to the needy in connection with
its 10th anniversary activities. This Sat-
urday, May 27th, the vans will roll. The
recipients were selected by the govern-
The bags will be delivered to the peo-
ple of Bonaire who need them more
than anyone else because they are re-
tired and don't have sufficient funds to
buy their own food for the whole month
or sick or have other reasons to need a
little help. Warehouse will deliver the
bags together with volunteers of SASO,
the government department that moni-
tors needy people. Volunteers and
Warehouse employees will start loading
the vans this Saturday at 9 am at the
A Late news: The Bonaire Heine-
ken Jazz Festival Concert set for Sat-
urday, May 27, has been relocated
from Bongo's to the Plaza Resort.
Due to internal circumstances between
Bongos Beach and Eden Beach Resort,
The Bonaire Jazz Foundation has de-
cided to relocate the main concert on
Saturday, May 27, from Bongos to
Plaza Resort. This means that both the
first main concert on May 26 and the
second main concert on May 27 will
take place at Plaza Resort with the mu-
sical program as published previously.
Enter from the beach side of the Plaza
Resort. Concerts start at 7:30 pm.
The main concert on Sunday May 28
will, as scheduled, take place at Kon-
Tiki Beach Club, starting at 5 pm. The
schedule in this issue on page 4 is cor-
A Welcome to The Reporter's new-
est advertiser, Chat 'n' Browse. Run by
affable Michael Gaynor, the shop in the
Sand Dollar Mall serves as HQ for
many visitors because of the many ser-
vices it offers. See their ad on page 11
A The Touch Day Spa at Divi Fla-
mingo is now carrying Birkenstock
sandals and shoes. They have a num-
ber of different styles and sizes, even
some for the beach. L./G. D.
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
If this engine block had landed
upon live coral it would of course
have severely damaged the
coral. Instead, it was placed on the
sand for a mooring. Not only did it
not injure live coral, it gave larval
coral polyps a place to settle, which
they cannot do on the sand. Cur-
rently this human debris hosts three
healthy coral colonies.
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
Countdown to Dive Into Adventure
Days To Go A "
June 17 to 24
The Photo Contest
T he "Dive Into Adventure Bonaire
2006" Digital Photo Contest will
award First, Second and Third place
prizes for photos taken on land and sea.
"Land" categories include Nature, Land-
scapes, and Activity, with SLR and com-
pact cameras competing directly. In the
"Underwater" category, however, prizes
will be awarded separately for the best
shots taken with SLR and compact digi-
tal cameras. Entry fee is $5 per photo.
Deadline for submissions is June 22.
Contestants must be registered Dive Into
Adventure Bonaire 2006 participants.
The entire third day focuses on photogra-
The Photo Contest is organized by the
Fish-Eye Photo School for Underwater
Photography run by Tim Peters and Jim
Platz. Both novice and expert photogra-
phers alike are encouraged to participate
in this one-of-a-kind event where all
digital camera systems are welcome. Lo-
cal photo pros will be available at Dive
Into Adventure Bonaire host hotels to
provide guests with tips and information
for creating high quality digital images.
With the theme "Fun and Educational,"
the Digital Photo Contest will include
two main categories Land and under-
The Land category will include three
subcategories, in which compact and
SLR cameras will be competing together:
1.) Nature (any form of plant and animal
life); 2.) Landscapes (sunsets to urban,
anything goes); and 3.) Activity (sports
or outdoor activities).
Similarly, the Underwater category will
have two subcategories, although com-
pact and SLR camera will be separated:
1.) Compact cameras (wide angle,
macro, portrait) and 2.) SLR cameras
(wide angle, macro, portrait).
All activities must conform to Bonaire
National Marine Park and Washington-
Slagbaai National Park regulations and
no form of plant and animal life must be
harmed or unduly disturbed. Each con-
testant will need to fill out a contest par-
ticipation form available at each host
resort or at Fish-Eye Photo. Submitted
images must be taken between June 18
and June 22, 2006 on Bonaire and
digital photo editing will be allowed
with limitations. Images can be submit-
ted digitally at the host hotel or at Fish-
Eye Photo. The entry deadline is Thurs-
day June 22 at 5 pm. Entry fee is $5 per
Judging for the Digital Photo Contest
will be based on technical quality, artistic
expression and creativity. The prize cate-
gories will be as mentioned above plus
Land Best-In-Show and Underwater
Best-In-Show. The awards ceremony
will be held on Friday June 23 during the
event's closing ceremony at Plaza Resort.
Do You Sudoku?
S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. It was created
and published in 1979, although the puzzles didn't really gain popularity
until The Times in Britain began printing SuDoku in 2005, and the craze spread
like wildfire across the world.
Solving The Puzzles
To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puz-
zle, without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region.
What makes these puzzles fun is that the rules are simple but require logical
reasoning skills to solve. Some find it easier to pencil in the possible numeric
candidates or write them along the outside of the puzzle. Others find this dis-
tracting. Different levels of difficulty exist. The Reporter will start out with Easy
level, and gradually move on the Tricky and Tough. For more details visit the
web site www.sudokushack.com. They have a tutorial that's a bit easier to un-
derstand. Good luck! Molly Kearney
Answer on page 14.
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
1 9 7 4
6 8 2
5 3 1
3 2 8
7 5 4 9
6 1 5
8 7 3
9 6 2
6 3 1 8 9
Picture Yourself with The Reporter
During the second week of May this year, a record number of Women Divers
Hall of Fame members got together on Bonaire. Left to right: Sue Drafahl
of the Digital Duo, here with husband Jack teaching a digital underwater photography
course at Captain Don's Habitat; Sharon Kegeles, Director of Undergraduate Pro-
grams and the coordinator of the Sport Management Diving Industry Program (the
only program of its kind in the world) in the School of Human Performance and Lei-
sure Sciences at Barry University; underwater photographer Geri Murphy, well-
known for the number of Skin Diver Magazine covers to her credit; Bonaire's Kalli
DeMeyer, currently Director of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance and former
Bonaire National Marine Park Manager; and Bonaire's Dee Scarr, who operates the
Touch the Sea programs of personalized dive guiding, and writes Diving with Dee
and the Reporter's "Coral Glimpses." Dee Scarr. Chuck Winne photo
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you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST
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Pet of the Week
Last week at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter
all the pets got a special
surprise when Froukje
for a visit. Ms. Pechtold is
the wife of Minister Alex-
ander Pechtold who handles
Antillean Affairs for the
Dutch government, and
visiting the Shelter was one
of her top priorities.
"Alexander and I came here
10 years ago when we were
on our honeymoon," she
said, "and we were so im-
pressed with the Shelter.
We bought Shelter t-shirts
too. We think they're doing
a great job." Even though
Ms. Pechtold was wearing a
clean white jacket she
scooped up and hugged
little "Shirley," the black
pup in the photo. "I love
both cats and dogs," the
Minister's wife said, not
seeming to care whether her
white jacket might be cov-
ered with black puppy fur!
Shirley and her litter mate were found
in the mondi by the side of a road, in
time to save their lives. Imagine if they
weren't found and left to die a lingering
death. Luckily the rescuers were able to
catch them and bring them into the Shel-
ter where they were checked out by the
vet. The other pup has already been
It's estimated that Shirley is about
three months old, but for sure she's
Froukje Pechtold-Idema with "Shirley"
healthy, peppy, smart and social. She's
small and will stay that way. And she
has a comical character. With her little
fat tummy she looks like a bowling ball
on legs. She's had her tests, worming
and shots and is ready to go. The adop-
tion fee includes all that plus steriliza-
tion when she is old enough.
The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is
open Monday through Friday, 10 am to
2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
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Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
$ Bondy On The Ball
W ell, it's week
three of oour
World Cup coverage. I
have noticed a few flags
popping up on the island as football fe-
ver starts to grip. One country whose
flag is flying high is Brazil; they are one
of the teams that we will look at this
week as we check out Groups E & F. J .
Italy leads GROUP E, and why not?
Marcello Lippi has the task of manag-
ing the squad; he already has 5 series A
titles and a Champions League trophy
under his belt. The World Cup would do
very nicely. Talent runs through this
team from back to front. Big names like
Vieri, Totti, del Piero & Toni read like
a who's who of talent. A modest ranking
of 14th belies their talent. Prepare to be
Ghana next. This is their first time in
the competition and they've deserved
their qualification. They don't have the
biggest squad on paper but with Essien
on their side, there is no shortage of skill.
Chelsea was happy to pay 24m for him
so he's no mug.
USA, USA? I hear you shout. Well
here they are. Despite only minor suc-
cess in this tournament this will be their
fifth straight appearance, no mean feat.
Bruce Arena is the man at the helm and
has done well to pull his team into top 10
status. The Americans do have is a good
choice of keepers. Keller, Howard and
Hahnemann all play at top level.
Finally in this group, Czech Republic.
They came through the hard way via the
play offs. Anyone who underestimates
these boys will be left with egg on their
face. World class players like, Nedved,
Koller, Poborsky and Baros can break
the hearts of any team. Expect to see
them in the late stages.
GROUP F finds us in the majestic
company of the boys from Brazil. To say
(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can
further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
5-26 0:00 2.1FT. 9:35 0.7FT. 92
5-27 0:45 2.1FT. 10:30 0.7FT. 95
5-28 1:27 2.1FT. 11:25 0.6FT. 94
5-29 2:10 2.1FT. 12:08 0.6FT. 90
5-30 2:55 2.0FT. 12:44 0.6FT. 83
5-31 3:39 1.9FT. 13:20 0.7FT. 73
6-01 4:17 1.8FT. 13:46 0.7FT. 62
6-02 5:04 1.6FT. 14:04 0.8FT. 50
that the Brazilian team is talented is like
saying that Bonaire is quite good for div-
ing; words don't do them justice. Win-
ners five times and favourites to do it
again this year, expectations are high.
However, with players like Ronaldo,
Roberto Carlos, and Ronaldinho, it's
all in a day's work. Brazil is the team to
Onto Croatia, a team that lacks consis-
tency but still commands respect. 1998
saw them gain third place in the Champi-
onships but then they failed to qualify
four years later. The Croatian defense is
one of the best around, but a lack of fire-
power will limit their progress.
Our Antipodean friends come next.
Australia for me looks to be a strong
team. Managed by Guus Hiddink, they
have achieved some great things. There
is no shortage of talent here. Big Mark
Schwarzer is the man between the
sticks. Two penalty saves in the play offs
made him the hero of the hour. Harry
Kewell and Mark Viduka are also in
Last but not least, Japan. Like every
team from the East, they play with flare
and gusto. Their front two, Takahara
and Yanagisawa blow a little hot and
cold, but a strong midfield makes them
difficult to play against. The odds of
150/1 are about right. My advice? Keep
your Guilders in your pocket.
Something for everyone there! Watch
out next week for the final two groups,
until then, keep the game beautiful!
City Caf6 is the place to see all the
great World Cup action that starts
on Friday, June 9. There will be
eight (8!) TVs set up including a
huge 50-inch flat screen. In the
mornings City will offer a breakfast
buffet for NAf10,50. In the after-
noons they have a special lunch buf-
fet for NAf12,50.
Tony Bond was bor and
raised in England, happy to
leave the cold ofEurope
behind but stillfollows
his passion for Manchester
United (Man Utd) FC.
Underwater Warrior John Beville Sgt, 1st Class US Army
hanks to a non-profit organization,
"Underwater Warriors," and the
Divi Flamingo Resort, a young wounded
American soldier, paralyzed from the
waist down, is getting his PADI dive cer-
tification and most importantly, a glimpse
of a brighter future. L
John Beville, a Sergeant First Class with
the US Army, having served in Kosevo,
Afghanistan and Iraq, and preparing to
return to Iraq, became very ill with fever
and headaches, later determined to be
caused by a parasite, either from a flu shot
or picked up from the field. The parasite
was eating his spine, causing permanent
paralysis. John Beville
Johnjoined the US Army 12
with the 101st Airborne as a
weapons squad leader in the
Army infantry, in charge of two
machine gun teams the ones
they send in first. The 101st is a
unit that can be fully operational
within 36 hours. He is married to
wife, Cheyenne, and they have
four children: two, four, six and
"I was just lying there in the
Veterans Administration (VA)
hospital," John, says, "and I
thought I'll just go home to Ha-
waii." He was deeply depressed.
Butwai" e Pwas deeny dre ssed. Ryan MacPherson, Cheyenne & John Beville,
But then Paul Green, an advo-
cate between the Army and the Nancy Macpherson, (back) Serge deGroot
VA, asked him, "Wanna try
Scuba?" This struck a cord. Raised on Oahu, Hawaii, John had been a lifeguard
and surfer. "I surfed every morning and worked at night. But then I wanted some-
thing different so that's when I joined the Army.
Nancy MacPherson, a PADI master instructor for 20 years, and her son Ryan
decided to do something about those injured military personnel- to give them
something to live for and set up Underwater Warriors Foundation at Fort Camp-
bell, Tennessee. "Since March 3 this year," she says, "we've worked with several
injured military doing therapeutic recreation with their families. We're funded
solely through contributions now but we hope to get the VA to approve and help
Two years ago, the "Wounded Warrior" non-profit project was set up to "make a
morale change" to those injured soldiers, to "improve their whole wellness so that
the mind can heal the body." "Underwater Warriors" is an outgrowth of that.
"Soldiers are good students," Nancy says. "They've had military discipline and
training. John has the motivation, trust and love of the sea." She continues, "All
the Scuba training, equipment and trips are free of charge to the soldiers. We teach
'adaptive skills' for example webbed gloves on hands to replace foot fins. PADI
is developing new teaching materials for divers with disabilities."
Everyone we talked to on the pier at Divi Flamingo had great praise for the hotel
which sponsored John's visit. "People here really want to help," John says. Divi
Flamingo and Divi at Cayman Brac are the only places in the Caribbean that are
handicapped accessible. Bonaire's Divi hosts handicapped dive groups every year.
What's in John's future? "We want to go back to Oahu and open our own dive
shop -working with kids who have handicaps to give them a whole new outlook
John has a few final words: "It's not a war on Iraq, but a war on terror-
ism."..."Nothing in the world is worth killing yourself for." L.D. For more in-
formation on Underwater Warriors, log on to WWW underwaterwarriors.org
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
A tense time in the Rode Princes Wilna Gronenboom photo
T he Pelicaan teach-
ers and students
were most likely ex-
hausted last week. On
Tuesday the 16th they
put on two performances
of a musical play, "The
Red Princess." Head
teacher Femke van Om-
men, the high school's
vocational SBO students
and the primary school's In this scene from the Rode Princes, the three kid-
children worked hard on nappers (L to R: Jordan De Meyer, Max Gomaaand,
the play. They had to Samson Evertz of the Princess (Sarah Ann Maart-
learn acting and singing, ense) are riding away with her on their horses to their
how to make backdrops, hideout. Jake Richter photo
to choose a costume all
in a short time. For most
of them it was the first time
they'd done these things. What the
audience got to see were children
showing lots of different skills and
talents. Here and there they forgot
some lines or moves because they
were very excited and nervous, but
it only added to the enjoyment.
Student Ar Exhibit Raises Money
Wilna Gronenboom photo
A nd two days later, on Thursday the 18th the Pelicaan School put on an art
show. It actually was a mix of exhibition, open house and auction. The
afternoon began with the students viewing one another's art work. There was real
interest as evidenced by the looking, showing and explaining to one another, with
the teacher sometimes helping. You could see that the children were proud to show
others their work and interested in the work of others.
The Activities Building really filled up with parents and other people from Bon-
aire. Children were selling their art; some were making drawings; others were mak-
The day ended with the auction. It became very hot, literally and figuratively,
with buyers putting the prices up and paying well for the work of the young artists.
The Pelicaan school received more than NAf800 from the art auction. Well done!
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
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A pop"01 series returns....
S pot-Winged Comb Jel-
lies glow in the dark?
Spot-winged comb jellies,
Ocvropsis maculata, are occa-
sionally seen in the surface
waters of Bonaire. These Spot-winged Comb Jellyfish
transparent comb jellies have Ken Kurtis Reef Seekers Dive Co.
four black spots and are about
the size of a plum. Unlike true jellyfish, comb jellies don't have stinging cells and
therefore can't hurt you. If you gently touch them, they'll swim away and it's
great fun. Comb jellies have eight rows of iridescent cilia, termed "comb rows,"
that they use to glide through the water, thus the name comb jelly. If you see
comb jellies out during the day, treat yourself to a
memorable experience and go out at night. When you
gently touch them at night, they light up! One note of
caution, when there are comb jellies about, there are
probably other transparent true jellies among them, so
wear a skin or wetsuit for protection. Caren Eckrich
Biologist Caren Eckrich founded and runs Sea and
Discover, Bonaire's marine education center specializ-
ing in guided dives and snorkels for adults and adven-
ture programs for kids.
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
Last Sunday saw a sold out audi-
ence of diners at the SGB high
school's Chez Nous to dine and cri-
tique the three-course menu put to-
gether by Bonaire's Culinary Team
from a "Mystery Basket" of ingredi-
ents. The object is to come up with a
winning menu to compete against the
Caribbean region's national teams at
the "Taste of the Caribbean" Culinary
Olympics sponsored by the Caribbean
Hotel Association (CHA) in Miami
June 25 to 28. The teams are made up
of chefs, pastry chefs and bartenders.
Each team competes in a "live kitchen"
environment, preparing and serving a
three-course meal for 35 persons in
Added to the roster of top chefs on
Bonaire's team is Egbert deVries of Le
Flamboyant Restaurant, and Bartender
Jane Coffie, winner of the Balashi
Beer Bartender competition.
You can be part of this delicious
event and support our team. For a
$25 donation you will get a three-
course gourmet meal, cocktails by Bar-
tender Jane Coffie and fine wines. The
team, coached by Nonchi Martijn,
cooks for you each Sunday evening at
7 pm at the SGB Chez Nous, until they
leave for the competition. Call Floris at
786-1508 or Sara at 786-9299 to re-
serve. There's a limited number of
Flaming the main dish in the kitchen
of the SGB (L to R): Isidoor van
Riemsdijk (Rum Runners), Waldi
Gijsbertha (City Cafe), Floris Van
Loo (Rum Runners), Egbert deVries
seats, so reserve now.
Last Sunday's Menu:
Appetizer: Ceviche with sea scallops
served with citrus, ginger, carrot sher-
bet and roasted red pepper coulis, ac-
companied by a pomme gaufrette
Main: Stoba with "flatop" (funchi,
pumpkin, Coco Lopez). Crab gratineed
in green shell mussels; julienne vegeta-
bles: leek, yellow peppers, carrots.
Dessert: Cheese cake in pastry,
Ponche Kuba mousse with mango gar-
nish. L. D.
Top Bartender Jane Coffie
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 yel-
low pages directory information go to
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
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
MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
Large all metal office desk with
drawers. Good condition. Only
NAf295. Will deliver. Call Carib Inn
717-8819, 8 am to 5 pm.
Like to have a seat? For Sale, 2 and 3
seat comfortable couch. Colour blue
modern design. 9 months. Asking price
NAf 1150 Lots of pillows! Call 786-
3558 between 9:00-19:00
Windsurf boards, (2) for sale with
booms and sails. Contact 785-3456
For sale: Sky kennel for large dog,
KLM-approved, size F, NAf300, tel.
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
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844
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Wanted: 16 inch tires and all kind
of parts for my Land-Rover Series
III Seven-Seater Station Wagon.
J@n Brouwer, email: digi-
Wanted: small fishing boat, out-
board motor (8 to 10 hp), trailer.
Victor Brouwer, email: digi-
Wanted to buy Suzuki Samurai
engine & drive train in good shape?
Body should be in reasonable shape but
can be mostly rust. Phone 717-3527
Wanted: trailer for sunfish. Contact
info: email@example.com, or 786-
Black & White Dark room Equip-
ment, enlarger, safe lights, timers, light
safe vent fan and more FREE for any-
one who will use it! Call 717-5061.
1a cat ii on
Re n to I
Cozy guest cottage available. Studio
with kitchen, airco, cable TV, two sin-
gle beds (or king) and pull-out sofa,
bikes, kayak, porch, yard and private
entrance. Five minute walk to seaside
promenade and 10 minute walk to town.
Pass on The epoeo a Friend
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Kas di Kabez
by Wilna Groenenboom
Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage
Lately I've been looking for houses with a traditional complete cooking unit.
This mean fireplace, chimney and oven. This seems simple, but it isn't.
Most houses still have the fireplace with a chimney but have no oven. And if there
is an oven, then all of the ones I found had been blocked off from the fireplace by
cement or wood.
Traditionally, the fireplace was built
against the house with the chimney on
top, and the oven was built behind the
fireplace. The smoke from the oven
goes through the same chimney as the
In the old days they put three round
stones in the fireplace, with wood in
the middle. The cooking pan was
placed on the stones. The ovens were used exclusively to bake bread.
Most people pass this house without seeing it. It has no special look or decora-
tion, but it got my attention because of its complete cooking unit which we can see
from Kaya Kachi Craane. In the front we see a building or extension which looks
like a Kas di Hadrey (house with a big porch), but without the porch it could be a
Kas di Kabez (house with a "head"). The design is similar to that of the slave huts
on the south side of Bonaire.
Actually there are two houses. The house in the photo was the photo studio of the
Heitkoning family. Herman Joseph Antonius Julius Heitkoning made all the family
and wedding photos on the island. Monsieur Heitk6ning was a self taught man, a
photojournalist, a professional jeweler and watchmaker.
On the right side of the old photo studio is the family house. If you look at the
top, left and back of the house you also see a Kas di Kabez. The family house has
had some reconstruction and for that reason it looks different.
Herman lived here with Rose Marie Anne Rigaud, who is still living here today.
Monsieur Heitk6ning passed away in 1987. They had two daughters: Jeanette and
The family house is surrounded by a thick stone wall which is impressive and
unique, maybe the only one of its kind on Bonaire. The wall flows smoothly over
to the oven in the old photo studio La Guernica Restaurant is in what was the
original Heitkoning family home. Earlier it was a jewelry store, photo and souvenir
shop and dive shop. For me it's a house full of surprises. WG
Wilna Groenenboom is an artist and photographer who
teaches art at the SGB high school
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
"TC" in Alaska
Longtime Bonaire resident "TC"
Panecaldo wrote us, "Today is my
anniversary of being in Alaska for two
months. FINALLY we had a sunny day
just a couple of days ago and I was able to
Miss everyone and for sure the wonderful
weather of Bonaire. On the sunny day
here the temp was a HOT 52 degrees or 10
c. So how is that for hot, hot, hot?
People here were in shorts and sandals
and I was still in long sleeves and a warm
jacket. What a sight I was...
Well, hope you enjoy the picture.
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 May 26 to June 2, 2006
WEIIL ERIE IHOITEIE
Calltomakesure (Usual ly9pm)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Take The Lead
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
May: The Wild
Thursday, May 25-Ascension Day -
Banks and many shops closed.
Thursday Sunday, May 25-28-
Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival
2006-See Schedule on page 4.
Thursday-Sunday, May 25 -28- Suku
Design Foundation presents:
"Polyrhythmik" -the first annual Dutch
Caribbean Art Exposition at Kas di
Arte during Bonaire's Jazz Festival.
Artwork by artists from the Dutch An-
tillean Islands. Open 9 am to 8 pm. On
the 26th there will be an opening re-
ception from 5 to 7 pm. On the 27th
there will be sunset music and wine
tasting from 5 to 7 pm. See page 4.
Saturday, May 27 End of the
month Flea Market at Parke Publico-
3 to 8 pm General info call Vicky
786-1592. Booth info call Elisabeth
Sunday, May 28 Washington Park
opening see page 2.
Sunday, May 28-Bonaire Culinary
Team Dinner. Support the team and
have a gourmet competition dinner. 7
pm, Chez Nous. $25 for a 3-course meal
with cocktails and wines. Call Sara 786-
9299 or Floris 786-1508 to reserve. See
World Cup Soccer Friday, June 9 to
Sunday, July 9 see pages 8 and 9
June 17-24-Dive Into Adventure
Bonaire (DIAB). See more on page 6
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages) 5-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5
to 7 pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with every entree,
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and black
jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7
pm- 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marshe-6 am 2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and mu-
sic. www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Ex-
tra big Marshe 1st Saturday of the
* Mountain Bike Ride- Everyone
welcome. It's free. Bring a bike and
your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel
Angel Brito leads the pack. Tel. 785-
0767 for information.
* Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 7 to 9 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 ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5 to 10
* Caribbean Night, live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featur-
ing Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi,
Golden Reef Inn Band 7 pm, BBQ at
7:30 pm. Reservations $20, walk ins
$25. Drinks available for purchase. Call
717-5759 or email info @goldenreefinn.
* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 5-7 pm Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7
to 9 pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live mu-
sic by Flamingo Rockers -The Wind-
surf Place at Sorobon
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" 5-7 pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. 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 Soro-
bon from 1330 to 1630
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
* Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed
by All You Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paint-
ings of Bonaire and diver stories of the
East Coast every week
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
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
Habitat. 717-8290 for info.
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 Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm. Tel. 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia, pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable 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 diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance
to the music of Bonaire's popular musi-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Con-
tact: Renata Domacass6 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
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 -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- Call Roosje 786-
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field -
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. Jonk-
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, 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 An-
triol, in English. Mass in Papiamentu
on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dies),
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
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
N IN ID G G U I D E
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'"See advertisemens in mis tissue
S -I- 0 P I IS G LI I DE See aderisementsi is sue 1
Richter Art- By Jake and Linda Richter: Original oil
paintings, giclees on canvas, limited edition and open
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.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
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-
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.
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.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
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 Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners
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
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
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.
TOURIST SERVICES/ INTERNET
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, great clothes, footwear
and gifts. In the Sand Dollar Mall.
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.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 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
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii laig ea Resran an erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantno Italiand Restaurant Moderate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served i
oClosed Monday a garden settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Take out too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Now in Playa-next to Xerox Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. at m or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
S'T he first time we visited Bonaire
I was September 2003; we
moved here in June 2004. We'd spent two
years before looking around in the Carib-
bean because we knew we were going to
retire sometime. We lived in the Florida
Keys, right in the middle, in a place called
Marathon, and when you lived like that
there's no place to go but south. We
wouldn't have been able to retire there
until we were 70 because that place is so
expensive. Every year real estate prices
went up more and more and wealthier
people moved in. For example a trailer,
not on the sea, would cost $350,000. That
was when we left; now they're up to
$550,000. As well as the high cost of liv-
ing we were really tired of the US. We're
becoming a selfish and soulless country.
So we looked at Turks and Caicos, Nevis
and St. Kitts, but we found nothing -
nothing seemed right for us. So, we de-
cided to stay where we were.
Then I said, 'Let's take a vacation!' We
went to this dive shop owned by friends of
ours, and she said, 'Bonaire!' We asked,
where's Bonaire? I'd heard about the
ABC islands, but I didn't know Bonaire
was the 'B.' We were here maybe 72
hours and we were sitting at City Cafe
having breakfast, just looking at the sea.
Then Jim looked at me and said, 'This is
it, isn't it!' And I said, 'Yes, it is!' We
spent the rest of our vacation looking for a
house; we never dove again. We went
back home, sold everything and came
here. Our friends thought we were crazy!
When we moved Jim hadn't sold his
business yet, so I was here alone for a
year. Well, I wasn't alone; I was with all
my pussycats! I brought seven; Joe from
Pasa Bon Pizza found one; and I got one
from the Shelter. I moved here in June and
started working as a volunteer at the Shel-
ter in August. I wanted to contribute to the
island immediately. I didn't speak Papia-
mentu, but animals understand all lan-
Jim came twice that year; then he came
for good in March 2005. I couldn't have
been in any other place in the world all on
my own, not speaking the language. But
here everyone was so open and friendly. If
you open yourself to them, they take you
right in. It's wonderful! In the US many
people socialize on their own level, but
here it doesn't matter what you do or
where you live. I think you can always
learn from someone. That's why you
shouldn't restrict yourself to only what
you know; you grow through other peo-
ple everybody has something to offer. I
was born in Cleveland, where my parents
stayed and died, but I had to go...
First I lived in Boston. I was an actress,
mostly on stage, but I did one big movie,
'The Deer Hunter.' I can say I actually sat
with Meryl Streep and Robert de Niro,
having pretzels and beers with them! I
never really gave up acting; I continued to
do it, but not professionally. I was an only
child and my parents kept beating into me
that I should do something serious. In
their day actors were sleazy and lawyers
were the good guys. Now it's the other
way around! I did radio shows, then I took
a job as an operations manager for a soc-
cer team. I love soccer! I love football!
When the team moved to Houston I
moved with them.
"Then I became a lawyer
and for eight years I de-
fended people who were
facing the death penalty. Jim and Jane Madden
My specialty was that once
tlley lwere convicteU
would appeal their sen-
tence of death ."
I was 34 when I went to law school and
until my third year I stayed with the soc-
cer team. Then I became a lawyer and for
eight years I defended people who were
facing the death penalty. My specialty was
that once they were convicted I would ap-
peal their sentence of death. It was very
difficult. And, by the way, I was working
in the state of Texas where they execute
more people than all the other states com-
bined. So I had plenty of work, but when I
lost my first client it was really difficult. I
am against the death penalty because mur-
der is murder and only God's going to
decide who's going to die. I don't think
there's punishment for their acts by taking
their life away, because some people have
no respect for life, including their own. If
you put them in prison for life, a real
prison, no TV, no sports, no luxury, there
is a suffering every day as punishment for
these acts. And it's my theory that there'll
always be a chance for them to see the
evil of their ways. The system is so imper-
fect; often it's not just because of the mis-
takes that occur, and as long as that hap-
pens you can't say who should live and
who should die. By the time I was 42, I
was totally gray, but... somebody had to
Jane Madden (54) is an extraordinary
person: afree spirit, loving and caring
and deeply emotionally involved in every-
thing she touches. And it's funny, because
her cats are the most social cats I've ever
seen in my life! They all come to visit me,
helping me to write the story by steering
my pen with their little mouths or just cud-
dling up right next to me. They are amaz-
Jane continues: "And then I was on va-
cation in Cozumel, Mexico, and there I
met Jim. He'd lived in the Keys for 20
years already. He's a boat mechanic. We
met and had a great time and he invited
me to visit him in the Keys and again we
had a great time and then he said, 'Come
and live with me in paradise,' and at that
time we thought the Keys were paradise...
until we came here. When I moved in with
Jim I had three cats and Jim had four and
they blended beautifully. Men who like
cats usually get along well with women.
Men who don't like cats I don't want
them in my life! In the Florida Keys I
mainly did legal consulting simple stuff
like wills and probates and divorces
(they're sometimes worse than the death
I got involved with the theatre there and
acted for seven years. In Marathon we
have a really good theatre and I want to
have it here too. When my Papiamentu is
good enough (I'm doing a course with
FORMA now and they're wonderful) I
want to start it up, to begin with the kids,
but we have so many talented adults as
well. We could have a wonderful commu-
nity theatre on Bonaire. I want to give
something back to the island because it
has been so good to me.
I think if you put out good in the world
good will come back to you. By making
the world better you make yourself better.
If you could do one good thing to one per-
son every day, the world could be a better
On Bonaire I've met wonderful people.
It would be too much to mention them all,
but Sue and Amado Felix have been great.
Jim and Amado are very much alike. I call
them 'The Fixers' because they like to
solve problems and they're very good at
it! I also want to mention Julia Pourier
from Rincon. She became my friend when
I went to get my diver's license, and also
Alex and Pete Brown and everybody in
the Bonaire Motorcycle Club, from Or-
lando, Mocky, Rufino and Jack Chalk and
Ingrid and Cero. When we had the motor-
cycle accident in February this year they
all came to the hospital checking on us.
Here the people are incredible. They don't
care what you have; they care about who
you are. It's very different here, I love it!
And another good point about the island
is how international it is and how every-
body gets along. Your thinking is ex-
panded because you're exposed to other
cultures and even thought processes that
you're not exposed to in your own coun-
try. Now we're doing things we never
could do before. There's so much beauty
on this island that I hope the young people
come to realize what a special place Bon-
aire is and not try to turn it into the televi-
sion-view of what life should be like.
You have to think: Why are so many
people from all over the world coming to
Bonaire? They're leaving the television
life behind and coming here because it's
better. It's a jewel, an absolute jewel, and
it should be bargained for very hard. The
way I see it," and she smiles and concen-
trates: "Si Dios ke, mi ta biba un bida
hopi largu na Boneiru i mi ta spera mi lo
God's willing I will
live a very long life
on Bonaire and I
hope I will die on
& photo by Greta
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
On the Isad Snc. 00
DIVING with DEE
t's baby time! Yes, there are a few really adorable baby donkeys around these
days but the babies I'm talking about now are underwater. On a single dive last
week I saw a juvenile queen angelfish, three tiny spotted drums and a school of little
Baby fish, in my mind at least, rank just as high on the Cuteness Factor scale as the
little donkeys but there are more interesting facets to baby fish than how cute they
For one thing, baby fish have to earn a living. Most reef fishes spawn by releasing
sperm and eggs into the water; their courtship works to coordinate the release. If you'd
like to see spawning events, hang around the reef (on SCUBA or even snorkeling) in
the late afternoon, say, after 4 or 5 pm, when some parrotfish, some wrasses, and some
razorfish spawn daily. Their fertilized eggs float to the surface and drift for a week or
two, by which time the (surviving) eggs hatch. The larval fishes continue to drift for
another week or two, growing to a size of up to four inches by the time they begin to
look for a hospitable spot in which to settle.
That's when the babies appear on the reef. The most astonishing baby booms I re-
member were three Februaries in the 1990s, when four-inch balloonfish settled on our
reefs by the dozens. On a single dive I counted more than 40 balloonfish!
Once the new residents arrive on the reef, they have to go right to work; no coddled
babyhood for fish! Some, such as surgeonfish and sergeant-majors, look and act like
small versions of their adult selves. Little surgeonfish travel in schools just like their
elders, munching away at algae on shallow reefs, rocks, and rubble. Young trumpetfish,
like their full-grown counterparts, hover alongside coral or other elongated parts of the
reef. Spotted drums of several sizes can occasionally be found under the same ledge,
circling majestically. Much as we'd like to think of these individuals as being a family,
it's unlikely they're related though the presence of the adults might provide some pro-
tection for the babies.
Other young fishes, such
as French angelfish and
blue tangs, look very differ-
ent from adults of their spe-
cies. Baby French angelfish
are common on Bonaire
year round and perform a
valuable function on the
reef as well as in the shal-
lows between the dropoff
and shore: they clean. This
is an excellent job for a
newcomer since predators
are instinctively inhibited
from eating cleaners!
A good place to find juve-
nile French angelfish is in
shallow water around iso-
lated high-profile areas,
such as a small coral head
or some of the engine block
moorings off Playa. The Incredibly colored baby queen angel
fish are the same general
shape as adults, and, like adults, they're mostly black and yellow. But divers often think
juvenile French angels are an entirely different type of fish because their black and yel-
low is velvety black with yellow vertical bars. Good observers also notice that juvenile
French angelfish swim in an exaggerated manner, with their body at a diagonal to the
bottom or even broadside to the bottom. This, in addition to their strikingly barred pat-
terning, is their way of advertising for clients.
Every juvenile French angelfish cleans, so once you found one you've found a
cleaner station. Wait and watch (the perfect time to practice hovering). Soon a barra-
cuda or a bar jack or some other fish will pose near the baby angel, and you'll see the
little angelfish flutter around its client, nibbling on whatever it can find. As the angel-
fish grows its bars fade and its scales acquire yellow edging; this shows other fishes -
and us that they've graduated from cleaning to more general foraging.
Another fish that's differ-
ent as a juvenile and an adult
is the blue tang. Like juve-
nile angelfish, juvenile blue
tangs are the same shape as
adults. However, even the
least observant of us notices
the difference between adult
and juvenile blue tangs since
juvenile blue tangs are sun-
shine yellow. This leads to
after-dive comments such as,
"Did you see that yellow
blue tang?" and may explain
the looks we get from unin-
formed divers... Oh, what a beautiful baby blue tang
Adult blue tangs are gre-
garious. They're rarely alone, traveling in groups of just a few in number to huge
schools of more than a hundred individuals. You will not, on the other hand, see a
school of juvenile blue tangs. You might see two yellow blue tangs, but if they're that
close together one is likely to be chasing the other away; yellow blue tangs stick to a
territory. As they grow up they first acquire blue coloration on the edges of their dorsal,
anal, and tail fins. Gradually the blue extends inward and from head to tail, so that oc-
casionally you'll see a blue tang with a yellow tail. Soon, however, all traces of the yel-
low are gone. The tang stops feeding on small invertebrates and begins seeking algae -
but algae is almost always guarded by damselfish, and one fish doesn't have much of a
chance against a damselfish on guard. Thus, for practical reasons, the tang gives up its
juvenile individuality andjoins a group.
The smaller a baby fish is, the more difficult it is to see -- but not just because of its
size. Tiny juvenile fish are likely to be hanging out in out-of-the-way places such as
between the tubes of a sponge. Remember, these babies don't have Mom and Dad
watching out for them, so they hide until they get more confident. By the time they're
two or three inches long, juvenile fish are bolder and we can see them more easily.
Now is the time to look. Story & photos by Dee Scarr
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea" dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide show "Touch the Sea" at Capt.
Don's Habitat, Mondays, 8:30pm.
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006
Ba& 4 r\giI RE
*to find it, just look up
The Moon Visits Three Planets Starting This Weekend
S tarting this weekend
you can watch the
Moon as it pays a visit to
planets. So you can use the
Moon as a planet finder. On
this Sunday night, May 28th,
just before it gets dark, face
northwest where you'll see
an exquisite tiny sliver of a
crescent Moon parked right
above the first planet out
from the sun: tiny 3,000-
mile-wide Mercury. You'll
have to have a clear, unob-
structed, cloudless horizon A sliver of the moon and the planets
to see it, but it'll be bright Keck Observatory photo
and it'll be there, although I
always like to look for Mercury with binoculars. Look for it before it gets dark
because by the time it gets dark Mercury will have set.
But the Moon will be exquisite because in addition to its bright slender crescent
you'll see a black full Moon nestled inside it which is called earthshine, which is
really nothing more than sunlight bouncing off our Earth onto the Moon's dark-
ened portion and back again. Interestingly, if you use a pair of binoculars or a tele-
scope, the Earthshine part of the Moon is so dark you won't be able to see one sin-
So Sunday night the Moon and Mercury; then on Monday night the Moon will
be directly between Mercury and the next planet it's about to visit a tiny reddish
light which was super duper bright only a few months ago but which is now over
150 million miles farther away from us than when it was at its brightest on Hal-
loween: 4,000-mile-wide Mars. And it will be hard to believe when you see it
now that it was actually one of the brightest objects in the heavens last year.
So if you have a hard time finding it, all you have to do is wait 'til Tuesday night,
May 30th, and an even bigger crescent Moon, still complete with earthshine, will
make a dazzling duo as it parks right alongside Mars. And if that's not enough, the
next night, the last night of May, Wednesday, May 31st, an even fatter Moon will
be parked directly above the wonderful ringed planet, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn,
whose ring system is actually two times the width of 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter.
Now if you have a small telescope, neither Mercury nor Mars is going to show
much detail, but if you look at Saturn through even the cheapest telescope it will
simply knock your socks off. Plus you'll be able to see its largest moon, Titan,
which is 1,200 miles bigger than our own 2,000-mile-wide Moon. Wow!
And for those of you who are extremely curious and want to know what those
two very bright star-like objects are just off to the right of Mars, well, not only are
they star like, they actually are stars: Pollux and Castor, the two brightest stars of
So there you have it. On Sunday night the Moon visits Mercury which will be
116 million miles away. On Monday it's between Mercury and Mars. And on
Tuesday it's parked right next to Mars, which will be only 200 million miles away.
Then on Wednesday it's right above Saturn, which is 900 million miles away. Isn't
star gazing amazing? Jack Horkheimer
For the week: May 21 to 27, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will find that you are able to clear up a number
of small but important details. A day at the beach may satisfy the whole family.
Try to include friends and relatives in your activities. You will meet new friends
and enjoy a multitude of new activities. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You can purchase items that will enhance your
appearance. Sudden changes regarding work and colleagues are apparent. Entertain
those who can provide you with valuable information and knowledge. You can
learn from those who have had similar experiences. Your lucky day this week will
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Don't let your friends talk you into taking time off.
You might find it difficult to control your emotions. Be cautious and use your head
wisely in situations that deal with the use of machinery or vehicles. Sit back and
observe, regardless of how hard that might be. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Do your own thing. You should look into a health-
ier diet. You may get upset with peers or relatives. Compromise if you have to, to
avoid verbal battles. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your partner may be erratic this week if you haven't
paid enough attention to him or her. Watch your tendency to live for the day and to
spend too much on entertainment and children; it could set you back. Relatives
may not be telling you the whole truth about a family situation. Children could cost
you more than you can afford. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't hold back. Those who have been too de-
manding should be put in their place or out to pasture. Avoid lovers who already
have a relation ship, even if it is a bad one. Do not force your opinions on others
the connections will be short lived. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Use discretion in your dealings and refrain from
making verbal promises of any kind. Romantic opportunities are evident if you get
involved in large groups or organizations. Don't let your emotional partner upset
you this week. Situations you can't change should be forgotten for the present.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You should focus on moneymaking matters and
stay away from emotional disputes. Get involved in competitive sports. Friends
will appreciate your attention and playful nature. Travel could bring you the adven-
ture and excitement you require. Try not to skirt issues if you think you'll hurt
some one's feelings. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't get involved injoint ventures. Stick to
your work and avoid emotional confrontations. Social events should be the high-
light of your day. You will profit from home improvement projects and real estate
deals. A romantic dinner, followed by a quiet evening with the one who is enticing
you, should be most satisfying. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Changes in your home environment are likely.
It's a favorable time for real estate, investments, and moneymaking opportunities to
be successful. Your emotional state will vacillate Socializing will be more than just
entertaining. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You must be sure not to be frivolous, because as
the saying goes, easy come, easy go. People you live with will not be terribly
happy with you regardless of what you do this week. Don't get into heated discus-
sions. Think be fore you act. Unforeseen circumstances will disrupt your daily rou-
tine. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Minor health problems will flare up if you don't
take care of yourself. Comfort is a necessity. Check your motives. Try to convince
a good friend to take a holiday with you. You can get a lot done if you get your
hands on the right equipment. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
Bonaire Reporter May 26 to June 2, 2006