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The REPORTER


F lamingo Airport has modified
its rules about carry-on secu-
rity. Because passengers share the
departure lounge with international
flights, between 6 am and 8:30 am NO
passenger will be permitted to carry
aerosols, liquids or gels in hand lug-
gage regardless of destination.
However, these items CAN be pur-
chased at the duty-free shop in the de-
parture area. Passengers traveling on to
a connecting flight to the US may want
to place the items in checked baggage
at the intermediate destination. Also
the mandatory requirement for shoes to
be scanned has been lifted. The airport
management apologizes for these in-
conveniences.
Passengers leaving on international
flights have found the check-in process
considerably expedited following the
installation and operation of the bag-
gage scanner. Previously all luggage
was hand inspected.

> According to a recent study done
by the Center for Global Development
based in Washington DC the Nether-
lands came out on the top of the
Center's list of 21 wealthy countries
that have policies to aid the poor
nations of the world.

> There's lots of speculation on
when KLM will discontinue its Peru
refueling stopover in Bonaire, but


June 2007 seems to be the earliest date
that KLM will begin using a Boeing
777 to fly directly from Amsterdam to
Lima, Peru. That is a couple of years
later than originally anticipated when


the Flamingo Airport runway was
lengthened and a refueling facility
built. By that time it's hoped that other
means are available to handle the 30 or
(Continued on page 3)


A re part-time American home owners taxable for
world-wide income? The Bonaire tax inspection office
has sent house owners who are foreigners a class A tax form for
2005 as if the owners were full time residents and therefore
taxable on Bonaire for their world-wide income. The fact that
they applied for a residency card in the past seems to be at the
root of this reasoning. The tax inspector is assuming that a resi-
dency card automatically leads to the conclusion that these
home owners are full-time Bonaire residents even if they spend just a couple of
weeks on the island and have a primary home elsewhere and make their money in
another country and have a foreign passport.
Since there is no tax treaty between the Antilles and the US, this could lead to
double taxation for American home owners.
The reason foreign homeowners in the past applied for a residency card might be
the fact that not having this card sometimes created problems with Immigration
when these homeowners tried to enter or leave the island or tried to stay longer than
a certain period. This residency card was also necessary to bring in personal (used)
household goods duty free after purchasing a house on Bonaire.
Just owning a house and spending some time on Bonaire, even with this residency
card, does not make the house owners automatically full time residents.
According to the advice of tax consultants, they should be considered as tour-
ist residents and, under certain circumstances, could be given a class B tax form. A
"B" tax form is the form for foreigners who have a Bonaire income, like rent pro-
ceeds from a Bonaire house.
However, the tax inspection office has not sent out B tax forms since the tax year
2001. The reason for that is not very clear but obviously has resulted in a loss of
legitimate tax revenues from rental income on Bonaire property, for example.
The unjustified moving of the tourist residents into the full resident income tax
situation may force tourist residents to sell their property and leave Bonaire. It is
obvious what this will do to Bonaire's vulnerable economy.


Bonaire Reporter August 25 to September 1, 2006


IN THIS ISSUE:

Letters
Dollarization
Road Safety
Kas di Arte
Suunto Dive Computer Test
Announcements
Kerenza Rannou-Frans
Van der List
Nico de Hann Passes
Sunset Beach and Divi
NAPA's 20th
Caribbean Homes Opens
Turtle Tracking Update (Heit)
Antique Houses (Kas di Bulo)


WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam
Coral Glimpses
Biologist's Bubbles
(Parrotfish teeth)
Snack Detectives (Pampa's Grill)
Picture Yourself,
(Pisa, Italy)
SuDoku Puzzle
Classifieds
Tide Table
Reporter Masthead
SuDoku Answer
Pet of the Week ("Helen")
What's Happening
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
Born on Bonaire
("Gibi' Bomba)
Sky Park
(Scorpius and Jupiter)
The Stars Have It


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
so passengers a day who remain in Bon-
aire. A four-leg AMS-AUA-BON-AMS
connection several times a week seems
likely. Airport officials are hoping to
attract other carriers and even a cargo
transshipment operation.


> Coral Spawning season is al-
most upon us and will occur around
full moon over the next couple of
months. Caren Eckrich of Sea & Dis-
cover reported she's already seen the
first signs. A complete list of coral
spawn dates provided by the govern-
ment environmental department will
be in the next issue.


Shown in a water glass, a rare Bon-
aire Banded Box Jellyfish that was
scrapedfrom a victim. Jake Richter photo

> Following a spate of jellyfish
stings, Marine Park Manager Ramon
de Leon issued a warning and pro-
vided guidance on avoidance and
treatment. People visiting the San
Francisco Hospital waiting room re-
ported that there were seven people
awaiting treatment. While jellyfish
stings are extremely painful, only
rarely do they cause serious medical
complications, usually due to severe
allergic reactions. It is best to seek
medical attention (which can be at the
hospital emergency room) if paralysis
or breathing difficulty is experienced.
Many treatments are available. None
seem totally effective against the pain,
but the hospital can usually swiftly
reverse allergic reactions. Hundreds of
people WERE swimming, diving and
snorkeling around Bonaire last week
without any jellyfish encounters.


coral glimpses



he fishing line has been entan-
gled in this finger coral long
enough to be coated with algae.
The underside of a dead part of the
coral in the upper right of the photo
hosts an encrusting sponge.
All the polyps are withdrawn on
this formation, except the fuzzy
projection at top center and a small
section beneath the encrusting
sponge.






D id You Know...Parrotfish have to mi
to keep their choppers in check?


(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)


Parrotfish, contrary to popular belief, do not eat
coral (at least not that often). They are herbivores
and eat algae that grow on dead coral rock (gray/
white substrates are dead coral rock living corals
are colorful and defined). The beak of a parrotfish Parrotfish Jaws
is made of two sets of fused teeth those on top
and those on the bottom. These teeth are continuously replaced to keep up with the wear
and tear that they get while munching on very hard calcium carbonate rock. Most of the
'beak' is cement on the outside of the jaw, while the teeth are on the cutting edge. By the
way, parrotfish are bioeroders. That is, they are biological organisms that erode rock. They
scrape off the algae and bits of dead coral rock, grind it all up in their throat with special-
ized pharyngeal teeth, digest the edible parts, and poop sand. Nice. I was recently at the
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, and I saw a parrotfish with unusually long teeth. Per-
haps, without coral rock to munch on, the teeth didn't fall out and kept growing outwards?
Someone ought to give the poor sucker a chew toy! O Story & photo by Caren Eckrich


Continued on page 4.


Bonaire Reporter August 25 to September 1, 2006


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
> For the winter season there are better
connections than ever to reach Bonaire
from the US:
Non-stops from Houston and Newark
via Continental on weekends;
American Eagle via Puerto Rico several
times a week;
American twice a day via Curaqao;
Several US flag airlines, including dis-
counter JetBlue, every day via Aruba;
Four local airlines- Divi Divi, DAE,
Insel Air and E-liner- will offer connec-
tions among the ABC Islands to expedite
Aruba and Curaqao connections.

D Sign up
for the 15th
Bonaire Lo-
cal Fishing
Tournament
on Saturday,
September 2nd
beginning at
5 pm at the
house of Dui
Diaz in Playa The 15th Bonaire Local
Pariba (next Fishing Tournament is
to Richard's dedicated to Ramon Janga
Restaurant).
It's one of the premier cultural preserva-
tion events of the year and is open to all
provided they are fishing from a Bonaire
registered boat. The one-day event begins
the next day, Sunday, September 3rd. This
year the tourney is dedicated to Ramon
Graciano Janga. Ramon, who is almost
70 years old, was a dedicated fisherman
from his youth and after his retirement
spends much of his time fishing with his
boat, Cahela. He serves as an example for
all Bonaire fisherman. More information
on the tournament will be in the next issue
of The Reporter, out on August 31.


proven fact that effective street lighting is
good for business and discourages crime.

Bonaire's Finance Commissioner,
Reginald Dortalina, announced that peo-
ple who owe overdue taxes to Bonaire
will get a 10% discount if they pay up
immediately. Tax collection is an issue for
closer integration of Bonaire and the
Netherlands. Reportedly the unpaid taxes
amount to NAf67.5 million. The unpaid
amount is for uncollected taxes on ad-
vances, car rentals, hotel rooms, port dues
and pilotage and profit tax from 1964 un-
til now. Those who pay up will be exempt
from interest on the amounts due as well.
With the discount the Island Territory of
Bonaire hopes to collect part of the unpaid
taxes and improve its balance sheet.

D Curaqao's Head of
Economic Affairs,
Ramon Chong, is advo-
cating Curacao adopt ~
the US dollar as its
currency after the
Netherlands Antilles
are broken up. He said,
"First, dollarization improves the invest-
ment climate which would lead to more
foreign capital, lower interest and infla-
tion and more investments. It means bet-
ter development of the economy and
higher economic growth." As currency,
the guilder has worked properly since
1971, "but it has no expansion nor has it
produced progress."
Chong believes that in relation with the
European euro and the other islands
within the Kingdom, the American dollar
would give Curaqao the highest level of
autonomy. "With dollarization, the Neth-
erlands will be less concerned about our
debts. We do not chain ourselves to a
growth and stability pact with the other
islands."


> Venezuela and The Netherlands have
reached an agreement on a joint ap-
proach and cooperation in the war on
drugs. Although the agreement was
signed on April 4, it is only now that the
Dutch Ambassador to Venezuela, Hinki-
nus Nijenhuis, decided to talk about the
matter.
The Ambassador revealed that the
agreement was reached after a series of
workshops and meetings between the rep-
resentatives of the Dutch and Venezuelan
police. "Both countries are drug transship-
ments zones, Venezuela from neighboring
countries, and the Netherlands through the
Dutch Antilles."
Dutch police have recently trained their
Venezuelan counterparts in chemical
drugs coming from Europe, such as ec-
stasy. Both countries have had an anti-
drugs agreement since 1989, and there has
been continuous collaboration between
coast guard units and navies of both coun-
tries to stop narcotics trafficking.
However, there have been difficulties,
the Ambassador admits, arising from mili-
tary maneuvers such as Joint Caribbean
Leon spearheaded by the US, which took
place in May.

> The Dutch Government wants to
make the Antillean Coast Guard a
branch of the military. Member of Par-
liament and FOL party leader, Anthony
Godett, stated in a letter he sent from his
prison cell to the Prime Minister that it is
not acceptable. To make the Coast Guard
a Kingdom, rather than local, responsibil-
ity will throw the Netherlands Antilles 50
years back, taking away responsibilities it
acquired during this period, he said.

D The integrated radar system to
provide a view of all sea traffic around
the ABC islands will begin operation
next month, according to spokesman
Roderick Governour. Aruba has two ra-


dars, Bonaire and Curaqao three each.
Staff training to operate the system is
nearing completion. Significantly better
anti-drug and rescue operations will be
one result.


Curagao's Isla refinery
Amigoe photo


> An independent economic study re-
vealed that the damage to people's
health caused by Curacao's Isla refin-
ery is a minimum of NAf28 million per
year. Large investments are needed in
order to keep the refinery profitable and
less hostile environmentally. Presently the
big Curacao island-owned refinery, up-
wind of Willemstad, produces petroleum
products from crude oil provided by
Venezuela and provides hundreds of jobs
and an economic boost. To close it would
produce severe economic hardship. But to
keep it open as is would further damage
the environment and health of the island-
ers. Bonaire is rarely affected because it is
40 miles upwind, but at rare times the
smell from the refinery can be detected on
Bonaire.
The study also said that a considerable
investment would be required to improve
the situation and continue refinery opera-
tion to at least 2032. The way it is now,
the Isla refinery will become commer-
cially and financially unprofitable after
2019.
Closing the refinery would cost NAf310


Bonaire Reporter August 25 to September 1, 2006


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I DOLLARIZATION
SDear Editor,
The introduction of the US
Dollar as legal tender will
have disastrous results for
the buying power of the
Antillean consumer, for we may assume
that things will work out as they did
when the euro was introduced in Hol-
land. The bargain: three for a guilder
turned into three for a euro, making it
two and a quarter times more expensive.
In general: what used to be sold for a
certain amount in guilders is now sold
for the same amount in euros. The same
will happen here: three for a guilder will
become three for a dollar, nearly twice
as much. In general: prices will double.
Conclusion: don't even think about it!
Ger Vellinga

ROAD SAFETY?
Dear Editor,
As reported last
( week in the dxtra
... and by various
S or No other sources, it
appears that the
Government are intent on pushing
through various "Road Safety" meas-
ures before the end of the year. At the
risk of sounding cynical, it seems little
more than a money making scam to
boost the coffers.
Firstly, seatbelts. It is well docu-
mented that they are a major contributor
to road safety. However, on Bonaire,
there is no annual test to govern the
roadworthiness of vehicles. The result is


that hundreds of cars and trucks are
driving around with no lights, defective
brakes, dangerous bodywork and so on.
Of course, a testing system would go
further to ensure safety on the roads but
would be very expensive to implement.
A system similar to that in Curaqao is
worthless as it is open to corruption.
Crash helmets I believe should be a
choice, not mandatory. On such an is-
land there is little opportunity to reach
high speeds and with temperatures aver-
aging around 30 degrees, a helmet is
hardly required to keep your head
warm.
The banning of mobile phones while
driving; this is probably the only pro-
posal that makes sense.

Finally, driving after drinking; it is
said that testing measures will be put
into place to help prosecute drunk driv-
ers. Although to the outsider, drinking
and driving may not seem acceptable, to
the residents of Bonaire it is part of eve-
ryday life. There is no public transport
infrastructure and taxis are expensive
and in short supply. If the Government
is going to introduce a reliable and af-
fordable bus service, quadruple the
amount of taxis and regulate the prices
before implementing the new laws,
great. However, we all know that will
not happen. A clampdown on drunk
driving will have a disastrous effect on
businesses in Kralendijk. I would urge
BONHATA to meet with its members
and raise their concerns.
The amount of traffic accidents on the


island is minimal. The majority is not a
result of any of the above; they are
mainly due to reckless driving as a re-
sult of poor instruction and testing. If
the Government really is concerned
about safety they should improve the
testing system. That may save some
lives but won't make the Government a
quick buck!
T.B.

THE PEOPLE'S ART
To The Reporter:
Thank you for your article on the Kas
di Arte November exhibit. I especially
like that the pictures of sculptures and
paintings you chose represent Bonairean
artists who are not all known to every-
one. The name of the show is "Homage
to Bonairean Art." That does not mean
homage to only those who are well
known or to a select few who always
have their pieces in every show. That
means all Bonaireans are to be included
not excluded.
In my opinion Kas di Arte has the task
to promote the art of the people. The job
is not to make Kas di Arte a fine art
museum that has a standing exhibition.
The purpose should be to promote art
not discourage it. To promote those who
have the finest talent is easy, but to pro-
mote those who are emerging or strug-
gling with their art is the hard task.
This exhibit the way it was on Friday
night did that.
The exhibit had a warmth and spirit
that was felt by those who were exhibit-
ing and by those who were just visiting


and looking like me.
What is "great art?" Do we care? Is
that the purpose of a place like Kas di
Arte? To expose only "great" art? I
don't think so. I applaud people like
Jackie Bernabela, president of Kas di
Arte, who fight for the people and for
the art of the people to be shown. She
is a Bonairean who understands the soul
of her people.
It is great to know that the love for art
is alive and well on Bonaire and that
Kas di Arte tries not to discriminate but
to be an inclusive foundation of the peo-
ple. Now for them to take on the hard
task of nurturing the souls of the Bo-
nairean artist.
It will be quite a coup if the Queen
opens the show in November. I am sure
that if she does she will be as likely
impressed by the warmth and spirit of
the show as by the many fine artists
represented. She will see the spirit and
warmth of Bonaire.
Whether the artwork that has been
submitted is declared "great," "good" or
"OK" is not material. Whether it is put
into arbitrary categories is unimportant.
That it shows the true spirit of the Bo-
nairean that is the enormous conquest.
Maggie Booi

NOTE- There will be a workshop
open to all those artists who exhibited
at Kas di Arte given by Carl Wroihig
aboard the cruise ship Freewinds,
Sunday, August 27, at 4pm. Bring an
example of your art.


Bonaire Reporter August 25 to September 1, 2006


I LETTERS l


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Slotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 4)
million for a dismantling that would take
from five to 10 years. Preparing the land
for industrial use, which is the only possi-
bility for the polluted soil, begins at about
$86 million and would ultimately cost
NAf550 million. A similar cleanup and
economic impact on a lesser scale would
also be required at Bonaire's BOPEC oil
storage facility, were that to be closed. To
correct the problems and make the refin-
ery as profitable as possible would need
an investment
of more than
$1.3 billion.

D Last Fri-
day, President
Marisela Croes
of the Rotary
Club Bonaire
received via
Larry Gerharts
two donations
for the Break-
fast in School
project. The
total donation Marisela Croes and
was almost Larry Gerharts
NAf3.500 and
was given by anonymous sponsors.
The Rotary Club Bonaire has been run-
ning the Breakfast in School project for
over two years, providing almost 150
breakfasts a day in the schools.

D Want to set up your own business
but don't have the cash, credit or are baf-
fled by the needed procedures? Then you
may want to get some help from the non-
profit foundation, BO MES NEGOSHI
(Your Own Business). Anyone may use
the services of Bo Mes Negoshi if they
are: a business owner, want to start a new
business, have a good idea for a business,
reside permanently on Bonaire, possess a
valid residence permit, and have legal
residency papers
BO MES NEGOSHI offers a bank
guarantee at a bank or other lender up to
a maximum amount of NAf 10.000,
which enables you to be considered for a
financing.
BO MES NEGOSHI provides assis-
tance to you for your necessary permits
and registrations.
BO MES NEGOSHI offers advice and
assistance in establishing and executing
your business plans. In an upcoming issue
we will tell about this initiative in detail
which is modeled after and in cooperation
with successful projects of the RABO-
BANK Heerenveen (The Netherlands)
and the RABO-Foundation. If you want
more information right away, call Otto
Bartels at Phone/Fax: 717-6315; phone:
786-0609 or E-mail:
info @bomesnegoshi.com.

o Visitors to Bonaire are able to
book any small inn, resort or hotel on
Bonaire and get discounted airfare.
Bonaire Travel Solutions, based on Bon-
aire, says they now offer budget-minded
travelers and those who prefer the person-
alized service of a smaller property dis-
counted airfare plus customized and com-
plete packages, including but not limited
to diving, snorkeling, honeymoons and
eco-travel adventures. Check out the web-
site at www.bonairetravelsolutions.com
further information or email
info (tbonairetravelsolutions.com.


Marjolijn amidst her sewing group. Hubentut pa Kristu photo


Last Friday the first group of Hubentut pa Kristu (Youth for Christ) in Rincon
received their awards after finishing a sewing course. They made nice clothes
for themselves and some for their children too. Senora Marjolijn Wilson (in the
middle) volunteered to teach the ladies.


G./L. D.


> For a pleasant interlude on a Friday
evening, around 7 pm, check out the song
stylings of Scottish singer Louise Reid
at the Le Flamboyant restaurant on Kaya
Grandi, downtown.

> As we go to press we received notice
that the Bonaire Nature Alliance (of envi-
ronmentally concerned NGOs) Aliansa
Naturalesa Boneiru- has petitioned the
Governor to annul the land lease agree-
ment (erfpacht) for the Mangrove Vil-
lage development in the mangroves at
Sorobon. They say that development of
that type is in conflict with the interna-
tional RAMSAR treaty which protects
wetlands like Lac Bay and that Bonaire,


as a part of Holland, is a signatory of that
treaty. They also accused the Island Ex-
ecutive Council of being in violation of
the Bonaire Development Plan
('Landsverordening grondslagen natuur-
beheer en -bescherming'
'Natuurbeleidsplan Bonaire'
'Structuurplan Bonaire') as well as the
RAMSAR Treaty.
Under Article 103 of the Antilles
"Constitutioin" (ERNA (Eilandsregeling
Nederlandse Antillen) it is within the
Governor's power to cancel the land
lease. O G./L. D.

> Corrections
In last week's Re-
porter, page 18, "Artists
Abound," a face sculp-
ture was incorrectly
attributed to Josephine
Ebing. The actual artist
who sculpted the head
of "Mama Lucia" is
Jose Smit. Jose also offers classes in
mosaic art. (tel. 785-6670 or 717-2705)

Also, the
caption for the
lady who cro-
cheted that
incredibly
detailed scor-
pion was ob-
scured because
of a printing
error. She is
Elisabeth
"Elis"
Saragoza. aI


Bonaire Reporter August 25 to September 1, 2006


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SUUNTO DIVE COMPUTER TEST


(L to R) Serge De Groote (dive operations manager, Divi Dive Bonaire), Bob Kars
(ready to complete his final trimix certification dive), Roger Haug (director technical
dive department, Divi Dive Bonaire) and Theo Knevel (Palm Trading/Suunto)


The Snack Bar Detectives
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors ofBonaire's snacks


This week: Pampa's Grill
Tel. 717-0144
OK. Before we start let us get one
thing clear, this is not a Snack Bar!
That is what I am told by the amiable and
immediately likable Lucille Martijn. To be
honest, she is right. The only similarities
are the prices!
Anyone who lives on Bonaire or indeed
is a frequent visitor will be familiar with
Lucille, her last restaurant being Chez
Lucille. With 25 years in the restaurant
trade, Lucille knows her stuff and has de-
cided to go back to her roots with what she
does best, cooking! Just two months into
trading, Pampa's Grill on Kaya General M.
Piar is starting to get noticed. Serving good
quality meals at low prices, it is becoming a
favorite of the locals.
As we walked in, it was difficult not to
smile, Lucille has that effect. We sat at the
bar and ordered a few beers. The first thing
that you notice is the cleanliness; every-
thing is like a new pin! As she does all of
the cooking herself as well as being the
hostess, she likes to keep a minimalist
menu. However, ring ahead and give her a
little notice and she will endeavor to pre-
pare the food of your choice. Thai, Indian
and French food as well as traditional local
dishes are Lucille's specialties. Even out-
side catering can be arranged.


Lucille of Pampa's Grill
our food.
One thing that we noticed is how good
the location is. The fact that it is just off the
main roads makes it a little quieter than
many places. Just as the aromas from the
kitchen were beginning to drive us crazy,
our food arrived. We ordered the large por-
tions, hey, why not? We're growing boys
after all! Not surprisingly, our meals were
excellent. The 25 years of experience really
told.
After eating, we sat and chatted with our
hostess. Born on Bonaire with a real pas-
sion for her work and her country, she ex-
uded enthusiasm. With Lucille's numerous
ideas for the future, you really hope that
she will make it. Somehow, I think that she
will.


Bonaire Reporter August 25 to September 1, 2006


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A0h KDILJfCHEM[ ENT


.Kerenza Rannou-
Frans Celebrates
10 years at
STINAPA


O ne of STINAPA's I
growing pains in-
volved the accounting of
the funds it was receiving
from international envi-
ronmental aid organiza-
tions and revenue from
mooring rentals. The pains
disappeared when Ker-
enza Frans began working
in the office, and as
STINAPA has grown so has the volume
and quality of the work of its Account-
ing Manager, Kerenza.
Last week, in a get-together at Wash-
ington Park, she was toasted by the


Happy Anniversary

T he van der Lists
were married 34
years ago, on August 18t
1972, in Holland.
And on September 28t
they will have their 15t
Bonaire anniversary. They
have two sons who live in
Holland and perhaps will
join them at the end of
September to celebrate.
Pabien!


STINAPA Board, Director Elsmarie
Beukenboom and her colleagues for her
professionalism and dedication. The
Reporter staff would like to add theirs.
1 Elsmarie Beukenboom/G.D.


Nico de Haan Passes Away
B onaire lost a great friend when Nico de Haan
passed away last week from chronic lung
problems in Holland. The talented sound engineer
retired to Bonaire in the 90s. He used that genius to
improve the recording and broadcasting of local mu-
sic and passed on the needed skills to several Bo-
naireans. He helped produce the first CDs of Creole
and typical Bonairean music and captured the per-
formances of local talents like Nemensio Winklaar,
Felipe St. Jago, Ana Thod6, Antonio Trenidad and
Augustin Kroon, the Watapana Group as well as the Nico de Haan and his wife, Els
sounds of the Simidan and island festivals. One can't
listen to a recording of local music without thinking of Nico de Haan. Condo-
lences to his wife, Els, and family from all at The Reporter. O Boi Antoin/G.D.


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The Sun Sets Over Sunset Beach...
But A Divi Will Grow


On the cover is a this same view of the sunset over Sunset Beach. Local entre-
preneurs have even begun to offer food and refreshments to visitors to the de-
serted beach. But it won't be that way for long. In a Sunday press release, the Divi
Group, which operates nine Divi Resorts on six Caribbean islands, as well as two all-
inclusive resorts in Aruba, announced that it will build a new beachfront all-inclusive
resort on Bonaire. Construction of the resort is expected to begin in spring 2007, with
completion scheduled for the end of 2008. The release did not specifically mention
that it will be built on the recently cleared Bonaire/Sunset Beach site as reported in an
announcement made by the Bonaire government several weeks ago. This is what they
have to say:
"Offering an all-inclusive program based on the same all-inclusive concept as the
Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives in Aruba, the new resort will rise to four stories
and will feature 275 spacious ocean and beach view units plus 60 ocean view condo-
miniums adjacent to the property. The condos will be available for full ownership
with a hotel rental program, and people who own/use these units will have access to
all resort facilities.
Resort amenities will include a large beach, full service dive center, state-of-the-art
fitness center, rock climbing wall, large infinity pool, a selection of restaurants and
bars, on-site spa, casino and shops. All food and beverage outlets will be open to non-
hotel guests as well as guests of the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Divi Re-
sorts' current property in Bonaire. Management of the new all inclusive resort will fall
under the Divi All Inclusive Group in Aruba, with both properties on the island shar-
ing a management team.
'As the first all inclusive on Bonaire we will be able to introduce the island to a new
segment of travelers that enjoy the ease and wide array of amenities offered by an all
inclusive property,' said Alex Nieuwmeyer, who oversees Divi's operations in Aruba
and Bonaire. 'The untapped market potential of Bonaire and the opportunity to expand
the Divi brand in a destination that is committed to sustainable tourism and that we
have a history in (as the operators of the Divi Flamingo) made good business sense.
The Divi Group includes Divi Resorts, the largest Caribbean-only hotel chain, as
well as two all-inclusive resorts in Aruba, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives.
Divi Resorts operates nine resorts on six Caribbean islands St. Croix; St. Maarten;
Barbados; Cayman Brac; Bonaire and Aruba. Contact: Lisa Blau or Candice Kimmel
at Adams Unlimited in New York for more information: tel. 212-956-5900; email
Lisa(iadams-pr.com." G.D. and Divi Press Release


A s announced in last
week's Flotsam &

ing to Bonaire. On November
10th, Rene Shuman, Angel
Eye and band will be perform- \'
ing live at the Plaza. The con-
cert is being staged by Fun-
dashon Bonaire Entertain-
ment, a non-profit organiza- A rl
tion whose aim is to "Bring
people together with music." I
spoke to Bert Poyck and Jo
Bux who are the founders to
get an insight into the F.B.E.
"Our aim is to bring music
from Europe to the people of Bonaire. The benefits will be multi-fold. Firstly, the
artist will be promoting the concert in their own country using local media. This will
bring Bonaire into the public eye in a positive light and hopefully staunch fans will
follow their idols to the island. We aim to show that Bonaire is the pearl in the king-
dom of Holland.
The second aim is to help and promote musicians from Bonaire in Europe. With
many Caribbean festivals held every year all over Europe, it is a great opportunity to
showcase the talent that we know we have. Any other "profits" will be used to help
local musicians to obtain instruments etc."

As with any charity, sponsorship is important. The F.B.E. is looking for people to
be a part of this event by supporting them. There is a choice of packages for busi-
nesses and private individuals to suit all pockets. Sponsors will be entitled to VIP
treatment in a privileged vantage point before the show with a full buffet. There will
also be an opportunity to meet the stars at the after party starting around midnight.
To find out more, contact Bert or Jo on 717-2749 or email: fbe@grupello.nl

The Bonaire Reporter plans to help promote this charitable and entertaining ven-
ture. Over the coming weeks, we will be bringing more information about the eve-
ning plus profiles of the stars of the show. Anthony Bond


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NAPA's 20th Anniversar


NAPA owners from Curacao, Miami, Bonaire andAruba Even the waitresses at Richard's Loetje Lendering Thielman andAndre Lendering present a
were celebrating the Anniversary NAf2.500 gift to FKPD President, Lupe Uranie


Would our cars keep running if
NAPA wasn't on Bonaire to
supply parts and supplies for them?
Maybe so, but it would be more expen-
sive and certainly not as pleasant. This
past weekend NAPA celebrated its 20th
Anniversary on Bonaire with a week-
end party-auto/motorcycle show at the
store and an evening party, Monday, at
Richard's Restaurant.

Towards the end of that party, Andre
Lendering, who runs the Bonaire
NAPA store, offered some background
on the success of NAPA Bonaire. He's
been part of NAPA from the start. Af-
ter graduating from technical school in


NAPA in Curacao. The owners (at that
time Vreelot Management and Maduro
& Sons) told him that he could work
for them... but in Bonaire. He and a
handful of people built up the store
from an empty building. In 1998, An-
dre was promoted from salesman to
store manager.
He might have returned to Curacao
but he met a Bonairean girl, Ludwina,
"Loetje," Thielman. In 1992 they mar-
ried and now have two children, Mary-
Jo, 10 and Vincent, 9.
In 1993 Andre was offered the oppor-
tunity to buy the store and with great
trepidation borrowed the money and
became the owner. Along the way


Curacao in 1986. he anDlied for a iob at Bonaire NAPA and Curacao NAPA


merged and in August, 2004, they took
over NAPA Aruba. Andre believes the
success of the ABC Islands' NAPA is
because of the philosophy of partner-
ing, which he labels the Power of Part-
nership, to achieve goals which were
once dreams.

NAPA was one of the first businesses
to demonstrate concern for Bonaire's
environment when they established a
storage battery return program.
Andre has a very special place in his
heart for Bonaire's disabled people and
has helped them personally and with
generous donations over the years. In
an emotional moment he presented
Lune Uranie. president of the FKPD


(Foundation for Care of the Disabled),
a check for NAf2.500. The gesture was
spontaneously matched by NAPA
Curacao and others at the party began
donating. In the end NAf 1.000 was
raised. Lupe Uranie was flabbergasted
and almost speechless in gratitude.

Today NAPA has nine employees,
most of whom have been with the com-
pany for more than five years: Loeki
Winklaar, Panki Chatlein, Joselito
Theodora, Netty Beaumont, Luis Cof-
fie, Alex Bloem, Elba Torres, Angel
Rodriguez-Suarez, and Eve Cicilia.
We look forward to many more years
of top NAPA service to Bonaire. O


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Hurrah for thePet the "Helen"
Animal Shelter Volunteers! Pet of the Week

J 4H elen," our featured Pet
this week, is a really good
cat, according to the staff at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter. She's about
three and a half years old and has
been at the Shelter for about a year.
She's yet to be discovered, they say,
and she certainly deserves a good - - -
home because she is so sweet. She's
the one who always comes to welcome visitors to the cat cage. It's because Helen is
such a loving and special cat that she's lasted so long as an adoptee. Come see this
friendly and engaging little puss for yourself. The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is
open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm, telephone 717-4989. It's a fun place
to visit!
We are happy to say that our Pets of the Week "Boris," the collie look alike dog,
and "Donald," the black and white cat have both been adopted. Congratulations
and best wishes to all for happy lives together. OL.D.


Get ready for the Animal Shelter's
Annual Dog Wash. The Shelter board has
announced that it will be in September,


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(Dive Computer Test. Continued from page 7)
These models offer multi functional-
ity. They have REC and TEC dive fea-
tures built in. All of them have RGBM
(reduced gradient bubble module) soft-
ware and Deep Stop Program and Gas
Switch options. This week I was doing a
three-certifications-in-a-row TEC diving
class with two students at Divi Dive. So
the dives went down to 200ft. Although
we were using Tri-Mix, we set the bot-
tom mix as if it was air on the Suuntos.
All dives were planned with GUE Deco
Planner PC software and executed ac-
cordingly. We used a variety of Decom-
pression Nitrox mixes to test how the
computers would run compared to the
PC dive plans.
I also took my HS-Explore 10 Mix-
Gas Tec dive computer down to com-
pare the profiles. As every diver knows
dive computer calculations are based on
the actual profile done by the diver. So
if we plan for 200ft. for 20 minutes it
will show that we spend an average of
16 minutes at 200 ft because of the de-
scent time. So the PC generated table is
already conservative.
It proved that the Suuntos run very
close to the dive plan we had generated
on the PC and the deep stops are right
on the plan. The only one that was faster


JANART GALLERY
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.

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

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

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


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

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


was my HS-Explorer in Tri-Mix mode.
A good balanced Trimix gives a little
advantage in decompression time on the
last stops. The mix we used had 24%
helium and 20% oxygen; decompression
was done on Nitrox 50 and pure oxygen.
The Suuntos were slightly more con-
servative on the last two stops at 20ft
and 10ft. And that's just what a good
diver needs.
My conclusion is that the new D6, D9
and Vytec DS proved themselves to be
the all round diving computer for any
type of dive.
Are they safe? Yes, but please never
forget that dive computers are based on
averages. You are just yourself with
your own body structure, and conditions
vary from day to day. So never push
computers and yourself to the limits. In
this way computers can be used safely
for any type of dive.
I want to specially thank Theo Knevel
and Palm Trading for the use and testing
of these models. I'd also like to con-
gratulate Robert and Bob from the US
on getting their TDI TEC diver certifi-
cations. The new D6 has proven OK to
be my new computer on all the dives I
do. Roger Haug-Divi Tec Dive Bon-
aire


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651
www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/


SUPPORT BONAIRE
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
Bonaire's non-profits.
To learn more about making a US tax de-
ductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!


GUIDED TOURS
Would you like to visit Bonaire's beauti-
ful caves with a professional guide?
Night tours and snorkeling also available.
Please call: 540-0389

For Sale

For sale: table-size model REFRIG-
ERATOR, 110V, with small freezer-
compartment. NAf75, tel. 786-5591

New MCtronics MB-830 1GB MP3
Player, USB 2.0, runs on AAA batteries,
supports MP3 files, voice recording, ID3
tag for song/artist identification, 6-band
equalizer, including earphone. Price is
NAF1 120.00. If interested, please call
525-8766.

Moped, Peugeot Fox de Luxe, 50cc. Naf
1650. -Tel. 786-0816.

Plantronics PC Speaker headset
switch. New & Unused. Allows you to use


DO YOU

SUDOKU?

S uDoku means "the
digits must remain
single" in Japanese. To
solve the puzzle, enter the
numbers 1 through 9 to
the partially filled in puz-
zle without repeating a
number in any row, col-
umn or 3 x 3 region. For
a tutorial visit the web site
www.sudokushack.com.
1 Molly Kearney
(who has to solve the all
puzzles first)


Complete solution on page 14.


headphones or speakers without having to
unplug each time.
NAf26 Call 717-8819 8 am to 5pm

For sale: Dinghy, AB Marine RIB Ven-
tus 9VL, Hypalon (UV-resistant !) 2.90
meter, 48 kg. As new, Used once only,
April 2006, Price: USD $2,300. con-
tact42@gmail.com

Epson Printer Cartridges for Epson
Stylus printers, Model numbers: C64 /
C66 / C84 / C86 / CX 4600 / CX 6400 /
CX 6600. Never been opened Color 3-
pack. The black cartridge was opened,
never used, and tightly re-sealed. NAf50
for everything. You can have the Epson
printer if you would like to use it for spare
parts, or as a small boat anchor. Please
call after 18:00 (6 pm): 717-6537

Digital Camera for Sale: Olympus C-
5050Z, 5 megapixel digital camera for
$150. Call 717-7814 (afternoon) or e-mail
ellen @flamingotv.net.

Ca rs


BMW 520i -4-door sedan, 1991, white,
excellent condition. A SUPER CAR- Call
785-9041

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf1.800 717-2844 or 786-2844


Wea n ted
Washington Park needs a donation of
two first stages from old regulators (or


new) with a BCD inflator hose only in order
to assist the people with flat tires inside the
park. Contact Fernando Simal, Park Man-
ager, at 717-8444 or 788-9015 -email: wash-
ingtonpark@stinapa.org

Doghouses Needed: 2 dog houses needed
for large dogs. Please call 786-3134.

Who would like to take one of my be-
loved cats? I leave the island and can't take
them with me. They are between 2 and 3
years old. They are both special. 786-3015.
(D)MJI AUiDQIPUinED

Vac atiionl
SRen tal I
Cozy guest cottage available. Studio with
kitchen, airco, cable TV, two single beds (or
king) pull-out sofa, bikes, kayak, porch, yard
and private entrance. Five minute walk to
seaside promenade; 10 minute walk to town.
$50/night. Contact: sea-
beans@hotmail.com






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

8-25 1:24 1.5FT. 9:32 1.1FT. 16:09 1.3FT. 17:09 1.3FT. 78
8-26 1:50 1.4FT. 9:05 1.2FT. 16:11 1.4FT. 20:30 1.4FT. 76
8-27 7:47 1.2FT. 16:35 1.5FT. 72
8-28 3:32 1.1FT. 17:13 1.6FT. 67
8-29 3:54 1.0FT. 17:49 1.7FT. 61
8-30 4:19 0.9FT. 18:21 1.8FT. 54
8-31 4:46 0.9FT. 19:03 1.9FT. 48
9-01 5:20 0.8FT. 19:44 1.9FT. 43


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Caribbean Homes Opens Its Doors to the World


CARIBBEAN HOMES
BONAIRE.COM
p R Im prl- tl WI r C ig" l1, Cer


Gisela (Gijz) van Steenbergen,Gerard Kuijpers and Rend Essinh


4 4 e're the new kids on the
S block," say the owners of Car-
ibbean Homes, Gerard Kuijpers, Rene
Essinh and Gisela (Gijz) van Steenbergen.
"We believe we have a fresh outlook on
the market already here," says Rene.
"Nowadays 60 to 70% of sales are through
the Internet so buyers from off island (can
use) the latest technology. As well, a lot of
'transplants' (people who are already liv-
ing here) are very interested in real estate."
Gerard Kuijpers is well known on the
island, having started the construction
company, Mega Bouw in 1994. "We built
Plaza, Windsock, Jong Bonaire, and other
big projects," he says. "He's the man with
the technical knowledge," says Rene. "He
knows the market and the island so well."
Gerard began Caribbean Homes in January
and opened the office this month with his
partners, Rene and Gisela.
Rene's claim to fame is that he estab-
lished, ran, and then sold the biggest dating
site in Holland (sort of like Match.com). "I
did that from 1999 to 2004," he says. "We


had 485,000 members. And that's how I
met Gijz!" He continues, "I've always
been in the consumer market, communicat-
ing with the public." And because of his
passion for houses he started the Oude
Lagoen project here late in 1994. "I love
the old styles. I wanted it to be like a vil-
lage....Most people like the cozy exterior
but prefer a modem interior."
Gijz van Steenbergen is the designer.
Originally a clothing designer she found
her real interest in interiors. "I did houses,
shops and even gardens," she says. She
joined Rene in the interior designs for the
Oude Lagoen houses. ("The Oude Lagoen
project is being done through Bonaire Part-
ners," Rene explained.)

Caribbean Homes Bonaire's office is on
Kaya Isla Riba, next to City Cafe and Wat-
taburger. "We're here to help in buying,
selling and caretaking, and it's our inten-
tion to cooperate with the other realtors on
the island, says Rene." DL.D.


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Turtne rraci cprdn LSia te


B onaire's radio tagged turtle,
"Heit," is hanging out about 100
miles east in the lightly populated
Roques Archipelago, a Venezulan pro-
tected area, that area a first for a tagged
turtle in STCB's experience. It's been
assumed she laid her eggs on Klein Bon-
aire and then headed for some feeding
grounds. STCB believes that Los
Roques may also be her second home.
We'll keep you posted as this plays
out. O Tony Kool/G.D.
Turtle Heit I **- I


View of Las Roques from the air.


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Islas L


Roques


DO YOU


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7 8 6 4 1 5 3 9 2
Andthe 4 9 1 8 3 2 6 5 7
solution is: 1 6 4 5 7 8 2 3 9
(puzzle and direc- 2 1 9 7 4 6
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9 7 3 6 2 4 8 1 5


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101W


MOVIELAND




SLateShow
Callo make sure (Usualy9 pm)
Little Man
(Marion & Shawn
Wayans)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Click
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
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
Garfield 2


THIS WEEK
Thursday, August 24 Tour Guide
course starts, 7-9:30 pm
Saturday, August 26-End of the
month Flea Market at Parke Pub-
lico- 3 to 8 pm General info call
Vicky 786-1592. Booth info call Elisa-
beth 717-6907/565-5225
Sundays August 27, September 3-
Bonairean Night at Divi Flamingo's
Calabash Restaurant with all the local
specialties and more. Live Music. $20-
total. Call for reservations 717-8285
ext. 444.
Sunday, August 27-Workshop
open to all the artists who exhibited
at Kas di Arte offered by Carl Wrohig
aboard the cruise ship Freewinds, at 4
pm. Bring an example of your art.

COMING
Saturday, September 2 -Big Monthly
Marsh6 in Rincon-produce, gifts, food,
music -A real Bonaire experience. 6
am-2pm.
Sunday, September 3- Bonaire Fish-
ing Tournament See page 4.
Wednesday, September 6 Bonaire
Day in the bario of Amboina
Saturday, September 16-Quarterly
underwater cleanup. All welcome-
divers and non-divers alike. Meet at
Yellow Submarine at 1 pm.
Sunday, October 8 Jong Bonaire
Klein Bonaire Swim.

REGULAR EVENTS
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 entree, Cac-
tus Blue
* 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 $12


(NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489,
540-9800.
Saturdays
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
Dive
* Rincon Marsh6-6 am 2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra
big Marshe 1st Saturday of the
month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.


Sundays
* Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Res-
taurant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5 to 10 pm

Mondays
* Caribbean Night live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet fea-
turing Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mari-
achi, 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.com

Tuesdays
* 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
Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adven-
ture 786-5073.

Wednesdays
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7
to 9 pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30 pm
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live mu-
sic by Flamingo Rockers -The Wind-
surf Place at Sorobon
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Thursdays
Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" 5-7 pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7 pm..

Fridays
* 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
pm
* 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"
slide show-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. 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm, 717-8819.
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia, pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-5080

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the fam-
ily has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell
you the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -
12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-
2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 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.
717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
musicians.

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 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
for details
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 FORMA Building on Kaya
Korona, across from the RBTT Bank.


WIG
All levels invited NAf5 enty 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 Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246
or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451; Vala-
rne@telbonet.an
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-
7984
Volunteers to train children in
sports. Contact Quick-Pro Track and
Field Rik 717-8051

CHURCH SERVICES
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bon-
aire. Wilhelminaplein: Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English, Sundays, 10
am. In Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian: Ser-
vices in Papiamentu, Sundays, 8.30 am.
Rev. Kenneth Kross, 717-4009; 786-9020
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. Satur-
day at 6 pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto
in Antriol, in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm.
717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

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


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DINING GI


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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

Chibi Restaurantd Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Flamino Beach Resrt. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D Flam 17-8285 Resort. WaterrontOpen 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
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a
Closed Monday garden setting 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 Breakasts OnlyBreakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
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 made from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch.

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 4 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot pe ro -1 edneda -nda dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 780-1111 from 5-11 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service
Get away from it all. Wednesday night BBQ at 7 pm BBQ night a specialty



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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel.
APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I 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.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet
Oasis. Join their monthly cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at City
Cafe and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
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, irrgation supplies and garden chemi-


cals. Incredible selection of pots.
GENERATORS
Island Generators has diesel powered generators for
all your electrical needs. Order now and feel secure.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
New! Spa!
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
hans @outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insur-
ance.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell
fast.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.


REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
ment.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
nights.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Tuesday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518
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Gilbert Antonio "Gibi" Bomba


S was born in Tera Kora. My fa-
I ther was Johannes Bomba, a
sailor, and my mother is Anna Luisa
Bomba- Emerenciana. They had nine
children, one of whom died in a car acci-
dent when he was 21. I was number eight
and I was between two sisters. We were
poor but we were happy.
When I was nine I got a job after school
as a gardener with a family in Playa
Pariba. I went every day and I made
NAf15 a month. It was a lot of money -
and that's how I learned how to work. I
loved handicrafts. When I was about 12
I'd go to the Sentro di Bario where a Ger-
man man, Udo Lusse (he still lives on the
island), and Jantie Janga would teach us
how to carve, sand and polish wood,
seeds and black corals (at the time it was
still allowed). I learned a lot from both of
them and I want to thank them. We
would make earrings, necklaces and
bracelets which were sold to tourists who
visited the Sentro di Bario. There were
many children involved, but I am the
only one who went on with it because
nowadays nobody is doing it anymore.
After Lower Technical School where I
got my diploma as a carpenter I went to
work for Fundashon Arte Boneiriano
(Bonairean Art Foundation) where I got
certified in wood carving. Later on I also
got my diploma as a goldsmith and a
silversmith. All of the things we made
were sold by the foundation and we got
paid for what we produced. I stayed there
for quite some years and then I left for
Holland. I had two brothers there and
they'd told me what it was like so I
thought, 'Let's go and see...'
The day I arrived I got homesick right
away. I was longing to go back to Bon-
aire. It was cold but you know, Holland
is also very beautiful, and I made lots of
friends. I stayed from 1978 until 1982. I
worked as a carpenter in two different
factories that both went bankrupt. Then I
was unemployed and I decided to go to a
training center, something like a high
school. I went there because I couldn't do
much and I wanted to stay busy and to
see people and be involved.
But during the four years I was in Hol-
land I never stopped playing music be-
cause that's my other passion. In Bonaire,
from the time I was about nine I made
my own guitar and drum set out of cans
and plastic because there was no money
to buy instruments. I taught myself eve-
rything. My first guitar had only two
strings, but with those two strings and
with one finger I could play hard rock!
Deep Purple! I also played in the Silver
Bullet Steel Band and I have to thank two
people, Franklin Scherptong and Boeboei
Goeloe, from my bario, Tera Kora, who
were the leaders of The Silver Bullets


and who taught many boys how to play.
So, when I was in Holland I played
with many people, in festivals, in the
streets or with the neighbors. As a drum-
mer I also made a record with a Surinam-
ese band. In another band I played the
bass because I can play a little bit of eve-
rything. You see, I have a lot of talent. I
think it's a pity they're not pushing our
children a bit more not for me, but for
them I wouldn't know where I would
be now if it wasn't for the music. For me
it's like a religion; it helps me. I can lis-
ten to music all day long and I love to
make music, positive music, not with
ugly words. Reggae I love best. At home
I have pictures and drawings of Bob Mar-
ley, and I believe in Rasta, although my
appearance is not like one and I do eat
meat. Rastas are more positive. They
have many rules for instance crime
doesn't go with them and they help
each other to reason and they read the
Bible, and you have to be good from the
inside. Your heart has to be good. Reggae
is very beautiful, very spiritual."



"In the old days people
would always help each
other and be there for
each other, however, now
it seems like people are
often jealous of one an-
other, and sometimes it
even feels like they don't
want someone else to do
well."


Gibi Bomba (49) is a tranquilperson
with a very good heart and lots ofpa-
tience. But he's also a fantastic per-
former and his art shows his tenderness.
"After I'd become unemployed in Hol-
land I didn't want to go on welfare. I met
a girl from Aruba and she suggested we
go back to the Antilles. I immediately
bought the tickets and we came back. She
went to Aruba, but I thought my own
country was better, and so we split up. I
thought Bonaire would have changed, but
it was exactly the same. Nevertheless I
love Bonaire there's no place like
home. Here you're free and we are rich in
nature. At night I can sleep with my door
and windows open and I can go wherever
I want to, without being afraid, unlike the
people in Curaqao.
I went back to work for the Foundation,
making jewelry out of black corals and
silver and I did that for a couple of years,


IF^HE^ ^B C:> i mwisfE


then I began working for
myself and sold my
items to the tourists and
local people. At the same
time I was working at
Sand Dollar in the main-
tenance department. Dur-
ing those years I also
played in Magic Sounds.
The band had grown
together and every Sun-
day we played at Lac. It
was a cozy time. After
Sand Dollar I started
working for Sorobon
Beach Resort. I was
there for 10 years doing
the maintenance. I met
many, many people there
and still, when I see them
they tell me they miss
me because we were just
like family. Many times
the guests would bring
me presents. Once I got a
very expensive guitar.
They'd also bring me
tools and machines for
my art work. G
I adjust easily to peo-
ple. I get along well with
everyone. It was the same in Holland.
When you talk and listen frequently to
foreigners you yourself also change and
you see the world from a different per-
spective. I always try to talk to people so
that they'll come back to Bonaire, and
you know, many people tell me that this
is a place so different from other places, a
true paradise. I do agree, but there are
some things that have changed on the
island. In the old days people would al-
ways help each other and be there for
each other, however, now it seems like
people are often jealous of one another,
and sometimes it even feels like they
don't want someone else to do well. In
our national hymn we sing that we're
'pueblo humilde,' humble people. It used
to be like that and there are still people
with a good mind and a good heart, but I
feel the majority should change their
mentality and become more positive.
What I want for Bonaire is that we will
start thinking in the same direction, that
we will unite once again and help and
support each other and believe in our-
selves because there are many things we
could do better.
I stopped working at Sorobon on April
1st this year because I started to play in a
band at Divi Flamingo, 'The Flamingo
Rockers,' and the hours didn't match. I
had a good time at Sorobon Beach Re-
sort, but I had to choose and I chose for
the music. We play Tuesday through Fri-
day from 5 to7 pm at Divi Flamingo and
once a week on Wednesday nights at the


ilbert Antonio "Gibi" Bomba


barbeque at Sorobon at Elvis' place (The
Windsurfing Place). We're very popular
at the moment. I also play in a band
called 'United Stars' and we play all over
the island on many different occasions.
As far as I know I don't have children
of my own, but I was married for 12
years to a girl who brought three children
into the marriage. My wife and I have
separated, but I still see my children and I
help them whenever I can. One of my
stepdaughters made me a grandpa, and I
love my grandchildren very much. My
son studies agriculture in Holland and
he's doing well too. It was great to have
them with me and to bring them up, and
they grew to be just like me: they're nice
and quiet people.
I've been through many things in life
and everything I did and everything I'm
doing is because I want to make someone
happy, whether it's with my music or my
art or working in someone's garden. I try
to make it as beautiful as I can. Money
isn't everything. We're only here for a
short while and you have to please each
other. And you know: the more you give,
the more you get -
that's what I
learned... yeah...
life is sweet!"
O Story & photo
by Greta Kooistra


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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire

Cas di Bulo by Wina Groenenboom eseBringBonie's Architeural Heritage


Some houses are stars themselves.
Here we have such a star, with really
many stars around it. I am not the first one
to notice it. The house appears in many
photos made by tourists. As well it's in the
2002 Bonaire Calendar, shot by Jorge
Provenza.
The house is a mix of two styles. The
roof is that of a Cas di Caha (box house)
but at the front and right sides appears a
Cas di Hadrey (house with porch).
The house was
built by and be-
longed to Federico
Visser, who lived
here with his wife
Virinia Visser.
Their first house
was built of wood. Federico and
Later they re-built Virinia Visser.
the walls with coral
rock and cement.
They were foster parents to many chil-
dren. Annie Bulo was the last foster child


who came to live with them in 1956 when
she was four.
Annie Bulo knows the house only as it is
today, made from coral rock and cement
(photo lower left. We can see that clearly
from the street, on the right side of the
house, marked with two white stars. She
did this especially for tourists to show
them the inner structure of the house. As
long as she lives she wants to keep the
house as traditional as possible.
This also means that the chimney must
be on the west side of the house to make
sure that the cooking smells and smoke
won't be carried into the house. However,
the kitchen is now located at the back.
On the floor most of what appear to be
tiles, aren't (photo lower right). The floor
was made of concrete. Then colors were
dribbled over and touched a little to spread
and mix them. The tile look was created
by laying thin ropes into the wet cement,
then removing them, leaving lines.
The concrete gutter brim around the


house has many stars. Annie Bulo still has
the original wood and metal mold that they
made the stars with (photo top center). The
same star appears again in the pillars
around the property (photo lower center).
They're all in harmony together.
The house still has its traditional cistern.
It's not in use anymore, but it belongs to
the house, so there it stays.
All the windows have the traditional
closed wooden shutters, something we
don't see so much anymore. They give the
house somewhat of a closed look. Only in
the bathroom are there open shutters.
On Kaya Gobernandor Nicolaas Debrot
are more beautiful old traditional houses
like this one. But more and more of them
are being destroyed and replaced with
new, unattractive houses. Drive a little
slower than usual and take time to enjoy
the beauty of these old houses-while they
still exist. O W.G.


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During the first week of August we had a wonderful chance to use a waxing
Moon to find both the king of the planets and a giant star in the Sky Park. But if
you happened to miss them the first time, just coincidentally during the last week of
August, we'll have an almost repeat performance.
Next Monday evening, August 28 t, about an hour after sunset, face southwest where
the brightest thing you'll see will be an exquisite waxing five-day-old Moon which
means that it will be growing night after night. And up to its left, about 12 degrees
away from it, which is the width of 24 full Moons lined up end to end, you'll see a very
bright light which is the king of the planets, Jupiter. Now as you may recall in 24
hours time the Moon moves approximately 13 degrees or 26 times its own width to-
wards the east. So 24 hours later on Tuesday, August 29th the Moon is even fatter, six
days old and much closer to Jupiter, only six degrees or 12 full Moon widths away
from it and just a little bit past it. Then Wednesday the 30th the seven-day-old Moon,
which is called first quarter Moon, will be well past Jupiter and very close to the top
three stars, which mark the upper portion of the letter j-shaped pattern of stars we call
Scorpius, the Scorpion.
But the best night is yet to come because on Thursday the 31st an eight-day-old
Moon, or what we call one day past first quarter Moon, will be parked only one degree
or two full Moon widths away from and right underneath the bright red star, Antares,
which marks the scorpion's heart and is one of the biggest stars we can see with the
naked eye. So if you've never been able to identify a star by its name before, on the last
night of August, Thursday the 31st, the Moon will be parked smack dab right below one
of the biggest of them all!
Once again, on Monday the Moon is below and to the right of the king of the planets
Jupiter. On Tuesday it is much closer and just slightly past it. On Wednesday the first
quarter Moon is approaching the head of the scorpion, and on Thursday it's parked
right underneath its heart. So you'll be able to use the Moon to find not only the biggest
of the planets but also one of the biggest of stars. But just how big you ask? Well, Jupi-
ter is 88,000 miles wide, so huge we could line up 44 full Moons across its middle.
Antares, however, is so huge we could line up 6,880 Jupiters across it! The only reason
Jupiter looks so much brighter is because it is so much closer. In fact during the last
week of August Jupiter will be only 530 million miles away whereas Antares will be
over 3,600 trillion miles away, so far away that it takes its light 604 years to reach us.
So use the Moon to find a giant planet and a giant star. O Jack Horkheimer


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Sunday, August 20 to
Saturday, August 26, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Put your energy into learning new skills or picking up
valuable information. Do not invest in ventures that only appear to be lucrative. You
can make progress if you deal with the right individuals. They didn't fully under-
stand what was expected. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You'll be angry if those you live with aren't pulling
their weight. Take time to find out if anyone has a better suggestion before you
make arrangements for the whole family. Don't let opposition from those envious of
your talents daunt your progress. Coworkers may not be giving you all the pertinent
information. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Catch up on overdue paperwork. You've been a little
down and you need a lift. Opportunities for romance may develop through dealing
with groups that have a purpose. You may want to clear the air where older relatives
are concerned. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Social get-together will bring you in contact with
intelligent new friends. Find an outlet for any mounting frustration. Consider a crea-
tive hobby. Romance is likely if you participate in unusual forms of entertainment.
Your questions will help you ferret out secret information. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Do not react too harshly when dealing with partners. You
need to spend some time reflecting on past experiences and involvement's. Lending
and borrowing may be a problem. Think twice before you say something you might
regret later. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Work quietly on your own. Read between the lines
when signing contracts. Don't be too quick to judge. Look for professional guidance
if it will help unite the family. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Use your charm, but don't be phony. Don't let others
restrict you from saying how you feel about family issues. You'll be pleased with the
results if you take the time to decorate your home. You can work in conjunction
with those in the know in order to get to the bottom of any pending issue. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) This may not be your day if you are overly melo-
dramatic and unnerving everyone around you. You'll be prone to tears if your mate
is harsh with you this week. You are best not to nag or criticize. Travel may change
your attitudes with regard to your philosophy. Your lucky day this week will be
Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Compromise may be necessary. Try to keep
your opinions to yourself. You will be inclined to make unwise investment choices.
Look into alternatives that would better suit both your needs. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Put your efforts into moneymaking ventures.
You may not get your facts correct this week; double-check before making any
statements. Limitation could set in if you've been spending too much. You can
change your living arrangements. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't let your emotions get out of hand. Your
lover will be annoyed with your participation. Sign up for tours or courses that will
enlighten you. You need to get out and challenge yourself. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may be angry if someone tries to take credit for
something you did. Travel and entertaining conversation will be informative and
uplifting. Your involvement with children will be most rewarding. Mishaps due to
preoccupation will be upsetting. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. 1


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