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K LM announced that winter
service for 2006-07, which
goes into effect in the last week of Oc-
tober, will have few changes com-
pared to last winter's schedule. Bon-
aire will keep its 12 MD-11 flights
every week with daily flights to Peru
and five weekly flights to Ecuador.
KLM will adjust its product and ser-
vices between Amsterdam and the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba over
the coming year in response to chang-
ing market conditions.
From summer 2007, all flights to the
Antilles and Aruba will be flown by
MD-1 Is. The MD-11 fleet will be radi-
cally modernized in the coming


months. This will bring the MD-11
product in line with KLM's World
Business Class and Economy Class
standards already provided on KLM's
new Boeing 777 and Airbus A330
fleet. Seven Business Class seats will
be taken out to make space for 19
Economy Class seats. All seats will be
replaced and equipped with video-on-
demand systems. Standardizing the
service using a single aircraft type and
offering an improved product is in-
tended to increase customer satisfac-
tion and improve the flexibility and
efficiency of flight operations.
Beginning in the summer of 2007
KLM will fly five times a week to
Bonaire as part of the onward flight to
Ecuador and twice more as part of a
roundtrip in combination with Aruba
(AMS-AUA-BON-AMS). The daily
Peru stopover in Bonaire will be dis-
continued.

> DAE said it will stop flying its
prop-jets twice a day between Cura-
cao and St. Maarten this Thursday
since newcomer Insel Air was
granted permission to fly the same
route four-times a week with an old
Surinam Airlines MD-82 jet.
DAE management (Niek Sandmann
and Floris van Pallandt) are upset that
they had to jump through hoops for
months to get an OK to fly, but that
Curaqao-based Insel Air got an almost
immediate approval from Traffic and


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Transportation Minister Kenneth
Gijsbertha, even though they are un-
der-capitalized and inexperienced.
DAE said its Bonaire flights will be
unaffected.
Presently Insel Air flies twice a day
between Curacao and Aruba. Last Fri-
day it flew its first (charter) flight to
Bonaire. Its only plane is an Embraer
EMB-110 Bandeirante with 19 seats.
Insel Air director Edward Heerenveen
told The St. Maarten Daily Herald,
"As soon as DAE's flight service (to
St. Maarten) is interrupted, Insel Air
will start to fly five times a week.
When things get stabilized we will go
to daily flights," he said.
> Last week a protocol was signed
that permits more intense coopera-
tion between the Netherlands Antil-
les and the Netherlands police forces.
The agreement makes it possible for a
personnel exchange between the Dutch
and Netherlands Antilles police.


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(Continued on page 3)


Bonaire Reporter September 8 to 15, 2006


Page 2


Th REPORTER

IN THIS ISSUE:
Letters: 4
Mangrove Village
Gibi Bomba Story
Opinion: Wake up, Smell Coffee -
TCB/CHA 5
Bikers on Bonaire 8
2006 Local Fishing Tournament 9
MCB Press Appreciation Day 10
Tene Bonaire Limpi Revival 10
SGB Student Chefs to Italy 11
Rotary Helps Bonaire's Elderly 11
Antique House (Cas di Hadrey) 12
Announcements
Lianne van Eldik 13
Where to find The Reporter 17
Chef's Fundraising Dinner 17
Bonaire's History
(Europeans Find Bonaire) 18
Youth Tennis 22

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Biologist's Bubbles
(Sea Cucumber Spawning) 10
SuDoku Puzzle 14
Pet of the Week (Kittens) 14
Classifieds 14
Tide Table 14
Picture Yourself,
(Mt. Brandaris, Bonaire) 15
Snack Detectives (Ruben Snack) 17
SuDoku Answer 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
Born on Bonaire
(Ramon Torres) 21
Sky Park
(False Dawn) 23
The Stars Have It 23











(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
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> Keep on the lookout for new street and traffic signs. They will start getting
installed next Monday. In the photo Commissioner Dortalina (center) and members
of DROB's (Highway Department) technical department show some of the new
items. BVO photo


coral glim pses (a bit of information about corals presented
Each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
Sife and death: the most
Basic of yin and
yang? The branching and
other corals in this photo are
perfectly healthy except
for the table coral colony in
the center. The right side of
that colony is dead. The
white line delineating the
live/dead interface is where
the coral animals have just
died, exposing their white
skeletons. Very quickly,
however, the bare skeletons
will be colonized by other
organisms, mostly algae. As the disease moves to the left, the colonizers follow. This
photo was taken in Tonga in 1996. OPhoto by Dee Scarr


> Thanks to
the Josan
Builders the
three shade
huts at Bache-
lor's Beach
have been re-
constructed
with new con-
crete benches,
seats and beau-
tiful thatched
roofs. The
company had
just completed
well-known
Dutch architect
Piet Boon's
house adjacent to the
beach, when Boon
suggested they re-do
the huts.
The company agreed
and decided to donate
their work to the island
of Bonaire, free of
charge. At an infor-
mal ceremony last
Friday, Commissioner
of Public Works, Jon-
chi Dortalina, and
DROB head, Mingel
Martis, accepted the
gift with pleasure. Josan Cr
Josan is a construction Bonaire
company started years
ago by the Sanchez brothers, who immi-
grated from Peru, and is now one of
Bonaire's most respected building con-
tractors.


ew with
officials





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WHERE HAVE ALL THE MANGROVES
GONE?...MANGROVE VILLAGE
Dear Editor
Interesting to read in the last Reporter
that there is permission to build the
"Mangrove Village." It's a pity to know
that after the "Hotel School" got a nega-
tive reply to build in that same area, Man-
grove Village found a way to remove all
the negative advice standing in the envi-
ronmental report, "Milieu Effecten Rap-
portage" (MER), and get a positive an-
swer. They got a permit to build an "Eco"
resort so I hope the word Eco will not be
the only Eco thing in the "Village" and
they really do some ecological things and
respect the area.

I read somewhere that Bonaire (via Hol-
land) signed the Ramsar Treaty and that
must be a step in the direction of being


the most vulnerable parts of our ecology
is Lac. So building at the border of the
protected area is making a joke of the
treaty and makes it more difficult to be
part of the World Heritage list. The list
makes it attractive for tourists to come
(compare it with the Galapagos). This is
where the snake bites his own tail. A re-
sort to attract tourists in the short term can
become a "black spot" in the long term.

Blaming discrimination of local devel-
opers in the letter is to ignore environ-
mental rules that give us an opportunity
for sustainable development. Now already
we know the next step- another resort in
the same area (the land is cheap). Later,
cut some mangrove trees to better view
Lac, cut some more to diminish the mos-
quitoes in the area, etc.


I LETERS -


Build the "Hotel school" in the Karpata
region above Radio Nederland and in 20
years there is nothing left of the quietness
around the tourist road. At the same time
a new industrial zone built in the Marine
Park makes that area developed?
So my point is you can't stop things
because you are against the development
of Bonaire, but the end result is that the
development will be artificial and you
have slaughtered the goose with the
golden eggs and you're living on a sort of
second Aruba. We want to have quality
tourism; that is our strong point. The Ga-
lapagos have an entrance fee of $100 a
person and still many tourists are coming
and they are coming for the unspoiled
islands.
Remember that we also want to have
quality jobs on Bonaire for the next gen-
eration and not 1,000 people working in
poorly paid, hotel related service jobs
(although I respect the work).

So take serious steps for a master plan
of Bonaire. Save some beautiful spots (no
industry near Goto Lake, etc.) Save spots
for the local people (no yacht harbor at
Donkey Beach). Remember there will
always be people calling for 1,000 more
hotel beds and there will always be people
who want to have more than one SUV.
Silent places will be worth more in 20
years so don't spoil them with bogus de-
velopment. In 20 years you still can de-
cide to build on some of the places but
then the land will be worth a lot more.
Herman


Gibi Bomba


'BORN ON BONAIRE' STORY
-25 AUGUST REPORTER
Dear Features Editor:
My husband and I have been coming to
Bonaire for over 10 years. We always stay
at Sorobon and during our stay we met
Gibi (Bomba). He was such a pleasure to
be around. The article that you wrote
about him (Bonaire Reporter "Born on the
Island, August 25-September 1, 2006)
was wonderful to read. He carved us
beautiful things that we got to bring home
to the US. We missed him this year at
Sorobon but heard him play at the Wind-
surfing Place next door.
Gibi sure did make our stays on Bonaire
so much happier. As long as we can
travel we will always come back to Bon-
aire, God willing.
If you should see him please say hello
for us and tell him how much we enjoyed
the article.


part of the World Heritage List. One of All over Bonaire you see the same thing. Ed and Joan Hussey


Bonaire Reporter September 8 to 15, 2006


Site ofproposed Mangrove Village outlined in white


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his coming week Bonaire 's private
sector and government leaders will
meet for three days to discuss the past,
present and future of the island's major
industry-tourism. In comparison with a
decade ago Bonaire's tourism growth is
lackluster, accommodation numbers are
stagnant and its Internet web image, once
exemplary, has grown musty.
In the first six months of this year
32,266persons visited the island com-
pared to 34,272 in 2005. That's a decline
of 2, 006 persons or about 6%.
The present building boom and interest
in investing in new facilities on Bonaire
by Hyatt and Divi seem to indicate that
the situation has bottomed out. Partici-
pants in this year's TCB (Tourism Con-
ference Bonaire) are challenged to capi-
talize on the upswing.
At the recent Caribbean Hotel Industry
Conference (CHIC) in Miami hoteliers
from other Caribbean locations were
treated to some rather startling facts.
Bonaire might benefit from them as well.
In a group session titled, "Winds of
Change Impact Caribbean Travel
Plans," experts provided insights into
these changes and the crucial positioning
of the Caribbean Market. Peter Yesawich,
chairman and CEO of consulting group
YPB&R, led the panel discussion and
focused on four forces reshaping tourism:
Revolution (with emphasis on the e for
electronic marketing) as to how people
have embraced the Internet;
Social Values in which family has
become more important than ever in
travel planning;
Demography -- with its shifting to an
aging and traveling population; and
Competition from brand destinations
around the world.

Revolution "We are telling our mem-
ber (Caribbean) nations to reorganize
their offices around the Internet as it is
the single most important revolution
since the jet airplane," said Vincent
Vanderpool-Wallace, the impressively
intelligent Secretary General of the Carib-
bean Tourism Organization (CTO).
"People have refocused on price rather
than brands and the Internet has allowed
them to do that while allowing us to shut
down offices, stopping the printing and
distribution of costly brochures and
reallocating resources where it is now
needed," he said. "Don't hold onto the old
days; those days won't come back."
Hudson Husbands, Chairman of the
Barbados Tourism Authority, added, "We
need to speed serious decisions that will
impact the future or we will lose market
share. High-speed Internet access is like
the air conditioner was 20 years ago -
some people thought we didn't need it for
our guests, but they were wrong."
"We are going to be late if we don't
hurry up because people want to feel in
charge of what they do for themselves
and we can't be spectators to that change,
" said Dr. the Hon. Ewart Brown, Minis-
ter of Tourism and Transport for Ber-
muda.


2006 CHIC Conference--"Winds of Change:" Ewart Brown, Hudson Husbands,
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Frank Vanderpost, Peter Yesawich


"Web sites have to be easy to navigate
and must make it easy to book," said
Frank Vanderpost, Senior VP of Dubai-
based Jumierah Hotels and Resorts. What
we are now looking at is flexible pricing
with higher rates than traditional rack
rates in season and lower rates as needed
in the soft periods."
Yesawich said that travel agents were
not disappearing and that they were
maintaining their share of the market
and were now doing business on the Inter-
net as well.
Vanderpool-Wallace also noted that
travel agents based in the Caribbean
may be a vacationer's best resource
because they know the local destination
better than anyone else and now that any-
one can book from anywhere using the
Internet, there will be a growth of use of
local Caribbean agents booking inbound
travel to their own destinations.

Changing Social Values and Demogra-
phy "I think that the consumer was al-
ways smarter than we realize and you
have to provide choices for them to
experience,"' said Dr. Brown, adding,
"It's not our business to change people's
habits."
Vanderpost said, "I notice that the Car-
ibbean is still not attuned to the single
traveler."
"Traditional vacationers to the Carib-
bean were couples, but we have seen
family travel grow and hotels adding
family programs and facilities," Husbands
said.
Vanderpool-Wallace added, "We need
to collect data and make sure we are
spending our money in the most effec-
tive way. The number you need to grow
is the 'intent to recommend,' and it re-
mains very important in the Caribbean to
promote the diversity because vacationers
will go to one island after another to ex-
perience the differences."

Competition "The missing element is
that there is no vision from the top poli-
ticians embracing tourism while in
growing destinations like Dubai the head
of the country also serves as Tourism
Minister," said Husbands. Despite his
broad experience, Bonaire's Tourism


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(Flotsam and Jetsam Continued from page 3)
> China Southern Airlines has plans
to fly regularly to Curacao. During a
trade trip to China, the Antillean Minister
of Economics and Tourism, Gerrit
Schotte, reported that the airline is seek-
ing this connection to satisfy the travel
plans of its new affluent class. China
Southern Airlines is the largest airline in
China. At present Los Angeles is its only
destination in the American continent. It
also flies from Guangzhou, Beijing and
Shanghai to Amsterdam. "So, how many
Chinese know how to Scuba dive?" asked
a Bonairean dive shop operator.

> Reginald "Jonchi" Dortalina, Bon-
aire's Com-
missioner
for Constitu-
tional Af-
fairs, issued
a press re-
lease that
stated that
The Neth- "Jonchi" Dortalina
erlands
would help Bonaire seek solutions for
its financial, social and economic
problems, following the scheduled mini-
conference in October. He said direct ties
with the Netherlands would have a "sui
generis" status for Bonaire, that is a
unique structure tailor made for the
island.
"Bonaire has more possibilities now,
perhaps becoming a Dutch province,
municipality, or an ultra-peripheral terri-
tory," said the commissioner. He added
that local and international experts were
working on the interpretation of the ref-
erendum choice Bonaire made to have
"direct ties with the Netherlands."
At the end of September, the Dutch
Council of State is expected to announce
a plan for restructuring the three less
populated islands of the Antilles: Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba. Following
that their decision will be debated in the
Bonaire Island Council, in a citizen's
group and finally public meetings. Then
The Netherlands must approve the final
decision.
Dortalina commented that Bonaire
would be better off becoming a munici-
pality but not one identical to a Dutch
municipality because of differences in
distance, character, culture and identity.
Dortalina said the island had to have a
good hospital, schools, and a modern
port, airport and fire department that
comply with international standards.

> The Central
Government .
hopes that better
education will
solve problems
many youngsters
have been en-
countering, by
guiding them on a
proper path. Dur-
ing a working visit
in the Nether-
lands, Education Education Minis-
Minister Omayra ter Omayra Leef-
Leeflang said the lang photo by Serphos
school dropout
rate was 10% each year, while the unem-
ployment rate for teenagers was 44%.
The Minister wants to combat these
problems with a "Delta Plan" to ensure


that parents will receive assistance in
bringing up their children; raising the
compulsory education age from 15 to 18
years; and revising the scholastic pro-
grams. "This mustn't be seen as just an-
other plan. Solving the problems of these
youngsters has the highest priority of the
Central Government," she said.

> PdVSA, the nationalized Venezue-
lan oil company, wants to partner with
Curacao's Isla Refinery (RdK). It under-
stands the need for investments in equip-
ment, technical upgrades and environ-
mental protection. According to pub-
lished reports, PdVSA's vice-president,
Alejandro Granado, during a visit to Cura-
qao, learned that an expenditure of be-
tween $1.3 and $1.5 billion was needed.

> David van Delft will replace Ernst
Wesselius as the Justice Officer/Public
Prosecutor on Bonaire this month. Cur-
rently the Justice Officer in Maastricht,
The Netherlands, he previously worked in
Curaqao. "Thus he knows the island and


speaks the language," said the departing
Prosecutor in approval. Ernst Wesselius
turned 60 in May and must take manda-
tory retirement. However, he will stay on
in Bonaire as Security Officer for the
Government, perhaps staying in that posi-
tion through 2008.

> Presiding Judge Luis de Lannoy of
the Common Court of the Netherlands
Antilles and Aruba will take early re-
tirement next year, the same year he
celebrates his 50th anni-
versary in the position.
He is held in great re-
spect by all who deal
with his court.
A successor must be
appointed before the end
of this year. There are
28 judges working in the
court system. The cur-
rent proportion between
Antillean- born and Judge Luis
Dutch-bornjudges is 1 Lgoehoto
to 3. There is already


some speculation that the local judge,
Liesbeth Hoefdraad, who is also working
as press judge, is going to be the next pre-
siding judge. If that's the case, she will be
the first female presiding judge of the
Court in the Antilles. The kingdom gov-
ernment ultimately appoints the new Pre-
siding Judge.

Beginning September 1, the Bon-
aire Government implemented the new
Central Government work permit law
which sets stricter guidelines for for-
eign workers. Fundamentally it means
that work permits, which are issued annu-
ally for specific jobs, can normally be
extended for only two more years and in
exceptional cases for two additional years.
More burden is placed on the work pro-
vider to implement the regulations.
The government recognizes the invalu-
able contribution of immigrants to the
island which gives it a diverse and multi-
cultural atmosphere but realizes the load
imposed on the social, financial, medical
and educational infrastructure. For more


Bonaire Reporter September 8 to 15, 2006


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> It won't be too much longer that the detour near Mentor on Kaya Caribe
won't be necessary. Last week the new prefabricated road bed was lifted in place to
make a new bridge. BVO photo


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 6)

information about the complex rules of
the new law, contact the economics De-
partment, DEZA, at 717-5330, X-236.

> The Bonaire Recycling Foundation
is looking for a partner. Bonaire's waste
management company, SELIBON, and
the company, Diftar BV, are looking for a
Dutch partner for help in setting up a
trash separation project. The first phase
will scavenge junked vehicles for us-
able parts. Later the scope of the activity
will expand. For more information call
Peter de Graaf of Diftar BV at 030-789-
00-20 or email graaf@diftar.nl.

> The sixth tropical depression of the
Atlantic hurricane season is likely to
become Tropical Storm Florence. Its
predicted course will take it north of the
Caribbean islands. Hurricane forecasters
this week said that they expect this year
to have fewer hurricanes than normal.

> It's been four years since Elly


Albers, author of The Reporter 's popular
Animal Answers series, conducted a dog
training class. Now she's scheduled a
new session. Call before the 15th of Sep-
tember to enroll; by email:
elly@mangrovecenter.com or by phone:
786-5161. Classes will be held Thursday
nights at the Bonaire Super Store parking
lot.

> The location of the new Hyatt Ho-
tel will most likely be at Point Vier-
kant. Hyatt purchased the large estate
originally built by Toon Abraham that
was subsequently purchased by a Middle-
east Sheik. The last owner of the prop-
erty, which is much larger than just the
house site, was an American.

The Princess Wilhelmina Funds
Foundation (Stichting Prinses Wilhel-
mina Fonds Bonaire) has named Sep-
tember as its fund raising month. This
foundation helps patients with cancer.
They have done very good work for years
as part of a national foundation that is


active in Holland as well in Curaqao and
the other islands. Look for their collection
boxes around town or make a contribu-
tion directly to their MCB Bonaire ac-
count 1.011.916.02. Be generous.
More information can be obtained from
president Morela Wanner, tel: 717-4267.

> Six Realtors in Bonaire are adver-
tising in the Bonaire Reporter this
week: Bonaire Homes-RE/MAX, Bon-
aire Partners, Bonaire Realty, Caribbean
Homes Bonaire, Harbourtown Real Estate
and Sunbelt Realty. If you are searching
for a new home or want to sell your
present one look first in the pages of
The Bonaire Reporter. The Bonaire Re-
porter is the number one place to look for
Bonaire properties.

> Yacht cruisers are holding a boat
jumble sale at Vespucci Restaurant in
the Harbour Village Marina next Satur-
day, 9" September, from 8:30 to 11:30
am. All are welcome to come and part
with excess boat items, books, DVDs,
CDs and swap! Charitable foundations
are invited to participate.

> Prestige Property Management is
a new company offering complete prop-
erty management for absentee owners.
Founded by Sebastiano (Bas) Peluso, a
long time employee of Run Runners at
Habitat, its purpose is to make absentee-
owning of property on Bonaire stress-
free. His services include the day-to-day
running and upkeep of all types of prop-
erties as well as managing household
staff. If you need management services
contact Bas. He can be reached at 528-
1304 and soon will have his website
www.ppmbonaire.com up and running.


> A group of US veterans will visit
Bonaire at the end of October as part of
"The Wounded Warrior" Disabled
Sports Program. Most of the members
are disabled because of injuries suffered
while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Or-
ganized by "Disabled Sports USA" and
with support of the Diving Equipment
and Marketing Association (DEMA),
they will be given a series of specific
diving courses at Captain Don's Habitat
October 14-21. For more information see
www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

> The Wind and Surf Beach Bar in
Sorobon at the Windsurfing Place re-
ports that their very popular and delicious
Wednesday night BBQ will be sus-
pended during the months of September
and October and will return in November.
(Can we bear this? It's such a fun event).
However, the Wind and Surf Beach Bar
will still be open for lunch and refresh-
ments every day from 10 am to 6 pm.
Don't' miss a visit to this place. They
treat you like good friends. O G./L. D.


> Last Friday the new
board of Directors of Bon-
aire's Red Cross visited the
island's Governor, Herbert
Domacass6.
The new board consists of
President Johnny Wever,
Secretary Carmen Muller,
Treasurer Harold Kurban (not
pictured), Vice President Fe-
liz Nicholas, Second Secre-
tary Edsel deJongh, Second
Treasurer, Eddy Frans (not
pictured), members Pedro Wever and Robert de Palm.
The Red Cross of Bonaire is quite active with disaster planning, community ser-
vice and education programs. Governor Domacass6 expressed satisfaction with its
operation.


> Graduates of a course required to conform to the International Ship & Port
Security (ISPS) code from Special Security Services (SSS) and the government's
Servisio Sentral di Vigilansia (SSV) pose with their diplomas.


Bonaire Reporter September 8 to 15, 2006


Page 7













T he blast began on Thursday
night when the first of the
almost 300 entrants met for a
warm-up at the Bonaire Biker's
Motorcycle Club (BBMC) HQ.
Because of bad weather the motor-
cycles of the Aruba riders did not
arrive, but nevertheless some of
the riders did and were accommo-
dated with local rides.
Friday night was sign up night
with drinks and conviviality at the
Garden Bar of Croccantino. As she
has in past years, Croccantino's
Elisabeth Wigny donated the Croc-
cantino restaurant garden and bar
to the bikers. Later on the bikers
gathered at City Caf6 to hear the
CHISPA Band.

On Saturday there was a group ride
from Habitat to the marsh at Rincon. In
the evening, following a sunset ride, the
bikers assembled at Wilhelmina Park for
an evening of dinner, bike games, music
and a big fireworks show.


Signup at Croccantino


Sunday began with a downtown breakfast
at Rent-O-Fun and the official BBMC
Tour with a lunch stop at the famous Rose
Inn in Rincon. More bike games at City
Caf6 followed. From what we observed it
was an awesome time. O G.D.


Buuuuurnnnnnnnout!


Bonaire Reporter September 8 to 15, 2006


Touring by Hilltop


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An early catch, circa 1960s. Heit-Konig photo


Hundreds of participants and spec-
tators were on hand last Sunday at
Dui Diaz's house for the final hours of
this year's "Local Fishing Tournament."
The tournament's name is always re-
ferred to by its English language title,
never its Papiamentu translation. Why?
We don't know, but perhaps it's just the
charm of Bonaire's multicultural society
appearing unexpectedly again.
By late afternoon lots of big and heavy
catches, several over 50 kilos, had al-
ready been brought in. Our unofficial
count had 59 boats registered, one more
than last year, and four were boto grandi,
boats over 18 ft. long. Top prizes are
given for the heaviest catch per boat, the
heaviest fish and the greatest number of
fish caught. Reef fish, sharks, rays and
tarpon are excluded from the competi-
tion. The heaviest fish caught were wa-
hoo, some tuna and deep-depth groupers.
Official results will be announced at the
prize-giving ceremony on Friday, Sep-
tember 8t, the feast day of the patron
saint of fishermen the Virgen del Valle.


However, our unof-
ficial tally in the
boto grandi class
had the boat Jor-
dano, captained by Jan Emerenciana,
with the heaviest catch of fish, 81 kilos
total, as well as the class' heaviest fish at
14 kilos (a record). Last year the win-
ning boat brought in only 72 kg. The
boats Jayrimka and Porfin tied for the
greatest number of fish per boat, 61.
In the boto chikitu class (under 18 ft.)
Natania III scored the heaviest load at
591/2 kilos. Papy Cicilia's Culturita
caught the heaviest fish of the tourna-
ment at 16 kilos. Trupial, and Speed
caught 40 fish each to take the quantity
title.
The "Local Fishing Tournament" once
again proved that Bonaire's fishermen,
using sustainable fishing techniques, can
feed their families, provide fish to restau-
rants and markets while preserving their
culture for future generations. In all
1,3471/4 kilos and 835 fish were caught. [
G.D.


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EV MCB Ss P re s s
Appreciation Day

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September 1 was Press Appreciation Day. The Bonaire Reporter received sev-
eral messages wishing us well. Thank you. We value them.
The MCB Bank-Bonaire has a special awareness of the press' work and never for-
gets to say thank you to the Bonaire press corps every year. This year they invited us
all to an informal get-together at the Divi Flamingo's Balashi Bar. Press were from
all media print, radio and TV Extra Bonaire, Amigoe, Radio Digital, Bon FM,
Voz di Bonaire, Mega FM, TeleKorant, Antilliaans Dagblad, Nobo and of course,
The Bonaire Reporter. Thanks MCB. DL.D.


Tene Bonaire


Limpi Revival

T ene Bonaire Limpi The
Keep Bonaire Clean Foun-
dation- has a new life and a
new board. Last week they had a
"meet the press" session at Don
Paranda to introduce them-
selves. The new board consists
of:
Dyrichemar "Rico" Martis,
President; Raimy Thomas, Vice
President; Jose "Junny" Janga,
Treasurer; Zaira Antonia Second
Treasurer; Elize Craane, Secretary.
Board Members are Lilian Soliana,
Sylvana "Ilva" Sint Jago, Edwin
"Din" Domacasse, and Gerald
Kowsoleea. If you have ideas for
TBL projects call Rico Martis at 717-8322.
During Dia di Boneiru TBL will air a number of radio spots about TBL for public
awareness. During Regatta TBL will have a big project all over the island. During the
Clean up the World period there will be banners on Kaya Grandi. More ideas are in
the works. When polled, Bonaire visitors said that the cleanliness of the island is no-
ticed and appreciated. O L.D.


Did You Know... Sea
Cucumbers Spawn Stand-
ing Up?
Sea cucumbers look like over-
stuffed sausages lying on the bot-
tom and move so slowly that peo-
ple often don't realize that they are
animals. They're sometimes


called the vacuum cleaners of the
sea because they ingest dirty sand,
digest all the organics, and poop
out clean sand. I once saw a sea
cucumber spawn and it was an
impressive display. The creature
had most of his body upright and
very erect and he was shooting out
gametes at an alarming rate. After
about five minutes I started to
worry about the poor creature, but
he finally finished his business.


This behavior is rarely observed,
so if you see a sea cucumber
spawning, please let me know.
Call 717-5322.
To add to a previous Did You
Know, I received a phone call last
week Jan van Groenewoud ob-
served a 4 meter-long line of lob-
sters marching in formation in the
fall of 1970 near Bachelor's
Beach. Perhaps, if a no-fishing


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Varenia Richards


Final Group of SGB Student Chefs Off To Italy


Last Friday evening at
Divi Flamingo this
year's group of four student
chefs met with their parents
and sponsors, Sara Matera
and Maarteen Maartense, to
get some last minute infor-
mation before they leave for
Italy next month. As in the
past these students are our
cultural ambassadors from Roderick Serberie. Grensley Pieter
Bonaire.


This program of sending
Bonaire students to Italy for
three weeks of culinary edu-
cation began in 2000. This
year, unless there is another
contract and funding, it will
be the last. This program has
changed the lives of some
young student chefs. They
go to Italy as young people,
16 and 17, with shyness and
trepidation, and return as self
confident near adults, recog- YoshebedMartis
nizing their own value.
Some have retuned to Italy
for further training and
to work in top rated
hotels and restaurants.
One of them, Vladimir
Gilsbertha, now works
as a chef in Bonaire
and was on the profes-
sional Chef Team that
went to "Taste of the
Caribbean" Culinary
Olympics in Miami
this year.
The group this year
will come back to con-
tinue their culinary
education at a higher
level at the SGB (high
school) and work as
trainees in Bonaire's
hotels and restaurants.
As ex-Governor
Richard Hart stated
after seeing the high
gastronomical quality
put out by these stu-
dents, "Bonaire is be-
coming an island of
exporting top chefs."
Yes, but we need to
have them here as
well. L.D. Italy bound students w
Vernon Martiin. and svon


vith their teacher/chaperone,
sor Notaris Maarten Maartense


Rotary Helps Bonaire's Elderly
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Greetings from Ka'I Mimina


n August 23, the Rotary Club of Bonaire visited Ka'I Mimina, the home for
the elderly in Tera Cora. Sister Swinda, the compassionate leader of Ka'I
Mimina, honored members of the Rotary Club Bonaire by giving them a complete
tour of the facility-the plant growing area, sleeping rooms as well as the tradi-
tional handicrafts made by the visitors. Rotary Members were pleasantly enter-
tained with songs and a dance organized by some of the center's visitors. After-
wards, Rotary members transported and treated the elderly to a delicious lunch at
Maiky Snack.
The Rotary Club of Bonaire not only provided the lunch but that day's prizes
from the weekly raffle by Rotary members. The grand prize was a radio-CD
player.
President of the Rotary Club, Marisela Croes, also donated the materials to build
a greenhouse on the parcel of land Ka'I Mimina just re-
ceived in long lease from the Government. They plan to ..
build a recreation area, a playground for the grandchil-
dren, a meditation area and a greenhouse. The greenhouse
will be used to grow all kinds of vegetables and fruits for ,{
Ka'I Mimina's own use, as is now done on a small scale.
Story & photo Rotary Press Release


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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire

Cas difadrey Delia Alberto-Semeleer byWilna Groenenboom


Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage


Driving through Nord di Salina we
can see all kinds of antique living
house styles from the simple Cas di
Bara, to the more posh Cas di Porchi -
and everything in between. Not all of
them are big, but they are beauties.
Delia Alberto-Semeleer lives here. She
gave birth to nine children of which
seven are still living today. She is 65 and
sometimes is helped by her 70-year-old
sister, Selma Thode-Semeleer.
Martines Alberto, Delia Alberto-
Semeleer's husband, who passed away
seven years ago, worked at WEB his
whole life.
Delia inherited the house from her
grandmother's brother, Francisco Paula
Thomas (born in 1879) and his wife,
Eugenia Anna Nicolaas (born in 1874)
who had no children. See them in the
photo on the right.

There are more or less three types of
buildings here. The smallest building
(photo bottom middle) is the toilet (w.c.
or bestu) on the right side of the main
house. Having a toilet was not very com-
mon; most people just visited the mondi
outside the gate.
Behind the main house, on the left, is
what once was a Cas di Bara (photo top
right). This Cas di Bara was not to live in,
but has always been used as a barn or


Francisco Paula Thomas and his
wife, Eugenia Anna Nicolaas

rancho. Originally they made the walls
of bara (sticks) filled up with lodo (mud,
grass and water). On the outside were
coral stones The house started out wide at
the bottom, getting thinner towards the
roof, giving it its special shape. With the
inside walls made of lodo and the outside,
coral stones, you get two for the price of
one!
More than 60 years ago two of the walls
came down and had to be repaired, using
coral cement blocks. If you look carefully


you can see the coral pieces put into the
cement blocks in the bottom left photo.
When a Cas di Bara is made of stones
it's called a Cas di Piedra. So this is
probably half Cas di Bara, half Cas di
Piedra. The roof was always, and still is,
made of tin.
The main house is a Cas di Hadrey,
with some extensions to make it bigger. If
you are standing on the cistern stairs
(photo top left) you can see this clearly.
The house has one and a half chimneys,
but neither are in use now. The more
complete one doesn't even have its origi-
nal fireplace any more.

The main house has two cisterns one
big, high one in the front of the house
which we can reach by using the nearly-
three-meter-high staircase on the left side.
At the back is a little round cistern which
we can reach by using only two steps.
In the past most people took their show-
ers outside at night. The Alberto family
had a sort of a shower place behind the
house close to this little cistern. Both
cisterns could hold a lot of (drinking)
water. In the photo on the left are the pots
for their drinking water. The biggest one
was inside or outside the kitchen. The
middle one was used inside the house for
regular use. The water ladle was made of
an empty calabash with a hole on top and


a stick attached a self-made, natural
spoon.
These three buildings on one property
give us a lot of information about the
history of Bonaire. Hopefully we can
enjoy them for a long time. O W.G.


Wilna Groenenboom is an
artist and photographer
who teaches art at the SGB
high school


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ANTW CI oooO


Welcome to Miss Liannae van Eldik who joins
her two brothers, Niels and Ruben. She's a bounc-
ing baby girl with lots of curly red hair, just like
her brothers'. Congratulations to her parents Agnes
and Ap of Green Label Nurseries and Landscaping.
O Greta Kooistra photo


Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversa-
ries, engagements or weddings to The Reporter.
The photo and text will be printed free of charge.


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Pet of the Week DoYOU


Right now at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter are four gorgeous
kittens. Our "Pet" this week is just
one of them. They were born on July
13 and they were brought in after
they were weaned. The owners are
keeping the mother who is being
sterilized so she can live a better life
and not be burdened with more un-
wanted litters. Like their special
mother, these kittens are social, well
adjusted, playful and beautiful. One
has already been adopted. These pets
won't last long, so hop down to the
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1
pm. Tel. 717-4989.
The NAf75 adoption fee for cats
includes testing, exam by the vet,
shots, worming and even sterilization
when it's old enough. If you want a pet
that is healthy in every way and social
choose one from the Shelter. They can't
be beat! O L.D.


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 18.


One offour sweethearts


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


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 livablefrom 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


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


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


JODY'S FASHION
European Fashion for men &
women. Best quality for good prices !
Open: Tu-We-Th-Fr-Sa 1-5 pm.
www.jodysbonaire.com Lagoen Hill
18


Fitne ss

Experienced fitness instructor trains
you at home! Lose weight, gain strength,
improve your posture while having fun
doing it. Call 700-0422


For Sale

CITY BIKE FOR SALE- A Trek
brand City-Bike in good condition.
NAf500 Call: 786-5136

New Electrolux Commercial Dish-
washer for sale. 220V/ 50 cycles.
NAf7.000. -Tel: 786-0816

For Sale: large modern mirror, square-
shape from Plexiglas with triangle-shaped
mirror, very special. You have to see it!
NAf50, tel. 786-5591.


Ca rs
For Sale


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


Sunzuki Samurai 1995, good tires; runs
good- NAf5.000 Call 717-8876


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


W -an ted

Single, 33-year-old California woman
coming to Bonaire to snorkel and meet that
special someone. I' m extremely kind and
have been to Bonaire twice and want to live
on Bonaire. Email me at:
michelleme77@aol. com.
Pictures are available. Michelle.


17acation
IFe ne ta 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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Picture Yourself with The Reporter

Mt. Brandaris, Bonaire


We had to say good bye this week to Sam Williams,
Bonaire parrot researcher. He's off to England to
analyze the results of his past six-month study on Bonaire.
But he'll return next year for more investigation into the life-
style of Bonaire's Loras in hopes of keeping this endangered
species from extermination. In this photo Sam holds The
Reporter after riding his mountain bike up Mt Brandaris. O
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The Snack Bar Detectives
Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors ofBonaire's snacks


This week: Ruben Snack.
Kaya Mandolin.


Ruben Snack


t had been a while since Big D and I
had driven around Tera Cora. We
had a tip off about a little snack bar on
the corer of Kaya Mandolin that was
serving some good local food. Brightly
painted in blue and white, it was easy to
spot. We parked and made our way into
Ruben Snack.
Now, this is not for the virgin snacker.
Big D and I have been around a bit (but
that's another story) so we know the
ropes. English and Dutch languages are
no good to you here. Despite what Brit-
ish people may think shouting doesn't
make a strange language any more un-
derstandable either. Papiamentu is the
language of choice, but Spanish is just as
acceptable. When it comes down to small
details, we find that pointing and miming
works just as well.
Luckily, there is no confusion with our
first request, Polar, of course. With the
temperature soaring on Bonaire, there is
only one thing better than an ice cold
beer and that's two! I have started to get
a taste for the local soups and was glad to
see it on the menu: kabritu (goat) and
vegetable soup at an unbelievable NAf5.


You couldn't make it for that! Big D
decided to go for stew, Baka Stoba
served with rice and bread.
It was nice to sit in a local neighbour-
hood; it has a certain atmosphere that
you miss around town. People were
walking in and out guys just dropping
in for a few beers and families for some-
thing to eat. A gentleman sat next to us,
eating his evening meal, and bade us a
bon nochi, hospitality that we had come
to expect.
As our meals arrived we were im-
pressed with the portions. The nice thing
about the local snacks is that you get a
real feel for the food; you just know that
it is the same as you would get in a Bo-
nairean kitchen. We sat and ate, talked a
little and soaked up the atmosphere. The
gentleman to our right gesticulated on
how much he was enjoying his food, he
wasn't the only one.
Our only surprise was to come when
we left. Less than NAf25 for two meals
and drinks! Take our advice, get out and
about. There is more to Bonaire than
meets the eye. O Story & Photo by the
Snack Bar Detectives


Chefs Dinner
H elp keep Bonaire at the culinary pinnacle. Re-
serve now for the Fund Raising Dinner prepared by
Bonaire's star studded Culinary Team. The menu will be
that which they served at the "Taste of the Caribbean Culi-
nary Olympics in Miami in July. It's Friday, September
15, at the Plaza Hotel. The dinner is to raise funds to help the 2007 team practice
and compete again against culinary teams from all over the Caribbean. Gold Medal
winner bartender Jane Coffie will serve her drinks too.
Thanks to all the energy and hard work putting together winning dishes by our
Bonaire Chef teams Bonaire is now considered a top island for fine dining. Support
our team. It's a delicious way to do it! Seating is limited so reserve now. Tickets are
NAf70 ($40). For reservations call Margaret-717-2897 or Laura-786-6518.
The Menu
Starter: "Sorobon" A marinated Conch Ceviche served
with a yogurt-cucumber ice cream
Main: "Kunuku Cattle" Herb stuffed leg of lamp, papaya stew,
Colby cheese grantineed tutu, pork stew topped with Angostura
cardamom chili glazed okra.
Dessert: "Bonaire Lighthouse" Chocolate mousse mango jelly,
ganache, cake, pastry, ginger caramel sauce. DL.D.



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E Atthe Airport INPO BVO
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SAboard Divi Divi Air Photo Tours, Playa Bonfysio
Plantation Furniture Botika Korona
Banks: Caribbean Laundry
E MCB (Playa & Hato Hotels: Fit 4 Life, Plaza
E branches), Buddy Dive Hair Affair
E RBTT Capt. Don's Habitat Harbour Village Marina
Carib Inn Rocargo
Restaurants: Caribbean Club, Hilltop San Francisco Hospital
SBistro de Paris Caribbean Court TCB
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SCapriccio Eden Beach Hotel
SCity Cafe Golden Reef Inn Bookstores:
Croccantino The Great Escape Bonaire Boekhandel,
Lost Penguin Plaza Resort Flamingo Bookstore
Lover's Ice Cream Sand Dollar Resort
Pasa Bon Pizza Realty Offices:
Supermarkets: Caribbean Homes
SDive Shops: Bo Toko, North Salina Harbourtown
Yellow Submarine Cultimara Re/Max
WannaDive Montecatini Sunbelt
SCarib Inn Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery RINCON:
Shops: Tropical Flamingo Chinese Store
. Benetton Warehouse Bonaire Joi Fruit Store
. Best Buddies & Pearls Lemari Grocery
. Bonaire Gift Shop Rincon Bakery
. Chat 'n' Browse Government: Rose Inn
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S DeFreewieler Customs 09/8/06


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LT'S GO BACK INTO BONAIRE'S HISTORY...BY BOI ANTOIN
The first of a series about Bonaire's past written by historian/
journalist BbifAntoin and translated by Sue Feix,



Europeans Find Bonaire

n 1499, Amerigo Vespucci set
foot on Bonairean soil the first
European to do so. At the start of the
16th Century the Spanish made many
trips between Spain and the Carib-
bean Sea, between the islands and
the mainland. The Spanish were
looking for something; that is very
clear. They were also looking for
gold. Soon their booty included Indi-
ans which they sold as slaves in
Spain.
Three brothers of the Guerra fam-
ily, who lived close to Seville in
southern Spain, liked to sail in the
Caribbean Sea. One of them, Cristo-
bal Guerra, sailed to the Caribbean
for the second time with a certain
Diego Rodrigues de Grajeda at the
end of 1500. They set sail for Bonaire with two ships. When they landed they met
with some of the Indians and Cristobal Guerra began to argue with them. It turned
into a fight and some of the Bonairean Indians lost their lives. Guerra wanted to
capture some of the Indians to put them on the ship. He succeeded and took some
of them to Spain.
On the first of November 1501, they arrived in Spain. With much pride, they
presented one of the Indian girls from Bonaire to Queen Isabella. The girl stayed
some days at the palace in order for Queen Isabel to observe her.
In the meantime, Guerra began to sell the other Indians as slaves. Queen Isabella
did not agree with this practice. On the 8t of December 1501, she made a decree
which ordered that the Indians had to be taken back
to Bonaire.
A certain Father Fernandez did everything possible
to get the Indians in the southern part of Spain back
in order to set them free and allow them to return to
Bonaire. There are no documents to prove that, in
fact, that they did return, but it is very possible.
Cristobal Guerra, the person who was responsible
for taking the Indians to Spain, later lost his life near
Cartagena. The Cartagena Indians shot him in the
neck with an arrow. O Boi Antoin, Translated by Sue
Ellen Felix Bbi Antoin
portrait by Henk Roozendaal

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solution is: 4 8 1 7 9 5 3 6 2
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MOVIELAND


0 llKYMIVIE INSt !1
Late Show
Call to makesure (Usually9 pm)
Pirates Of The
Caribbean:
Dead Man's Chest
(Johnny Depp)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Little Man
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (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 September:
The Ant Bully


THIS WEEK
September 4 29 Activities with
Ned & Anna DeLoach at Buddy Dive.
Call 717-5080 for schedule and more
information.

September 7-October 15-Coral
Spawning in Bonaire. See September
lt issue of The Bonaire Reporter for
complete timetable.

Friday, September 8-Swimming
lessons are continuing at Sorobon
Beach every Friday from 13.00 for chil-
dren 0 18.

Sunday, September 10-Youth Tennis
Tournament-Opening Game, Har-
bour Village Tennis Center, 10 am. See
page 22

Friday, September 15- Bonaire
Culinary Team Fundraiser Dinner.
Tickets NAf70 ($40)at the Plaza. Call
Margaret 717-2897 or Laura 786-6518.
See page 17.
COMING
Saturday, September 16 -Quarterly
underwater cleanup. All welcome-
divers and non-divers alike. Meet at
Yellow Submarine at 1 pm.

Sunday, September 17-Pelikan
School fundraising concert on the
Freewinds. Tickets now available
through the Pelikan school.

Sunday, October 8 Jong Bonaire
Klein Bonaire Swim.

October 8-16-Bonaire Regatta. For
stands call/fax 717-8408

Sunday, October 15 Rotary Club
Bonaire Fundraising concert on the
Freewinds

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)


YArFlS


* 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.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAfl2 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.


Saturdays
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
Dive
* Rincon Marsh6-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy 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 Marsh6 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. 44.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya Industria #23.
Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.

Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5-10 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

Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, 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-
9, Cactus Blue.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30.
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

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

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


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Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Soro-
bon from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* 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 Rinco-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 or717- 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 FORMA 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 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
Papiamentu, Dutch and English, Sun-
days, 10 am. InRincon, Kaya C.D.
Crestian: Services in Papiamentu, Sun-
days, 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 of Coromoto
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@honairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 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

Chibi i Restaurantd Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Flamino Beach Resort. 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
Dow ntown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinnerate 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 Br asts OnlBreakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.

OnPasa Bon rot Low-Moderate PizzaBonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate dients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
12 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111 to

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 / 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
Caf6 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, irrigation 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 forprints, 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.
TOURIST SERVICES / INTERNET
Make Chat 'n' Browse your headquarters for phone
service, Internet connection, girfts, Brunotti and Reef
featured... In the Sand Dollar Mall.

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
Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE


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On the Island Since ..


Rarnon T orres


Tam from the Republica Domini-
I cana, land of the Merengue and
the Bachata. You know where you were
born, but you don't know where you're
going to die. I was the first of seven chil-
dren my parents had. Everything I am I
owe to my father and I thank him for
being strict with me because in life you
find many obstacles, and depending on
your upbringing you fail or you triumph.
My father is still alive. He's 84. He has
his own little farm and is still working the
land. My mother died two years ago of
Parkinson's disease; she was 67.
As a youth I was restless. When I was
18 I started learning upholstery at an up-
holstery business. I stayed there for three
years, then I had to quit because they
were not paying me well. So I went to a
furniture factory where I was well paid.
While I was working at the factory I took
a night course to become a pharmaceuti-
cal products salesman and I got certified
in April 1981. I got a job as a salesman
and I liked it because I got a salary and a
commission. I worked that job for three
years, until 1983. In July of that year,
during the Merengue Festival in Santo
Domingo, I met Mr. Nil de Paula from
Curaqao who was the PR manager of the
refinery in Curaqao.
During those days I was also a taxi
driver occasionally. I had my own car
with air conditioning, one of the best cars
in town, and I had good relations with the
hotels. I met Mr. de Paula at the Shera-
ton. He was there with two other men and
asked me if I was a taxi driver. I said,
'No, but if I can be of help...' and so I
took him and his friends to the Naco Ho-
tel. When we arrived his friends went
inside, but Mr. de Paula was very socia-
ble, and with one foot in the cab and one
foot in the street he asked me how come
we'd arrived at the hotel so quickly. I
told him I'd taken a shortcut and he
asked, 'How much do I owe you?' I an-
swered, 'Give me whatever you feel like.
I'm not a taxi driver and for me tourists
have priorities.' He paid me $35; it was a
lot of money. That night I took him and
his friends to a nightclub. I stayed with
them until 2 am. Then I took them to the
hotel and gave them my phone number.
The next day Mr. de Paula called me at 8
in the morning at the lab where I was
working and told me they wanted to go
shopping. We made the appointment for
11 am. When they'd finished shopping I
took him and his friends for lunch at my
house. After lunch he felt so good being
in my company that he gave me his pri-
vate phone number and told me, 'You
have done something that cannot be paid
for, and I invite you to come and see the


Karnaval in Curaqao. You can stay at my
house.'
In January 1984 he called me from
Curaqao, 'What are you waiting for? Kar-
naval is coming!' In February 1984 I
arrived in Curaqao for the first time. At
the airport the immigration officer asked
me in what hotel I was staying and I told
her 'I am staying with a friend, Mr. Nil
de Paula, and I gave her his business
card. She called him and Mr. de Paula
said, 'Hold him there! I am sending my
chauffeur!' I went to his house, a beauti-
ful house, and I met his wife and his three
children, the rest of his family and
friends, Richinel, Hermes and Mimi
Bonifacio, and the Winster family. Meet-
ing all these people gave me the push to
come and live in Curaqao.
As Mr. de Paula was working all the
time I didn't want to be a bother, so out
of respect for his wife I moved to a Do-
minican friend's house. In March I went
back to Santo Domingo. In July I re-
turned to Curacao to look for a job. The
reason I started thinking about leaving for
Curaqao is that my wife and I had marital
problems.



"Bonaire reminded me
very much of my village
where I was born and when
I saw how peaceful it was I
thought to myself how nice
it would be to come back
one day to live here."



In Curacao I met Samir Bahrut and his
father Omar, who owned a mattress and
furniture factory. I asked them where
they got their materials for the factory.
They replied, 'in the States or Vene-
zuela.' I answered, 'Why don't you come
to Santo Domingo with me because I
have contacts there and with the ex-
change rate it will be much cheaper.'
Samir called me two days later. We both
went and he bought two containers full of
materials. When we were flying back to
Curaqao he told me he'd try to get a job
for me. We had a meeting with his father
who had another business in Punda and
he said, 'If you are an upholsterer, I will
sign for you.' In those days it wasn't so
complicated to get a permit. I was 32 and
I didn't have to leave Curaqao anymore.
I am extremely grateful to the Antilles,
for all I've gotten here." Ramon Torres
(54) is a vivid person but also very de-


Ramon Torres


tailed and precise and he 's a man who
doesn 't like to talk about his private life,
because as he says,: 'this story is about
me!'
"Well, I worked for two years for Bah-
rut, then I left for personal reasons. I
went to immigration and told them I
wanted to stay. They were impressed
with my honesty and gave me a stamp for
three more months. I went to Mr. de
Paula and told him what had happened.
He said, 'Don't worry. Could you work
for a construction company that works
for the refinery?' I went to talk to Jozef
Iron Constructions and they immediately
gave me ajob as a mechanic. I worked
there from 1987 till 1994. The job was
okay, but I couldn't stand the smell of the
refinery; it nauseated me. During those
years I always had my upholstery busi-
ness at home where I worked during the
weekends.
My children came to visit me regularly.
Now my son, Franklin (27), and my
daughter, Laura (24), and my three
grandchildren live in Brooklyn, New
York, and my son, Vladimir (18) lives in
Holland where he just finished his stud-
ies.
In the beginning of 1995 I went back to
Santo Domingo with the intention of
staying for good, but in reality it didn't
work out as everything had changed. I
went to the US, to New York, to make
my life there, but it was so hectic, so agi-
tated and complicated. I didn't like the
system and I didn't like the pressure. I
stayed for three months and then I went
back to Santo Domingo.
I'd been to Bonaire in 1992 when I
came to play softball with a team from
Curaqao. Bonaire reminded me very
much of my village where I was born,
and when I saw how peaceful it was I


Bonaire Reporter September 8 to 15, 2006


thought to myself how nice it would be to
come back one day to live here. So, when
I was in Santo Domingo I started think-
ing 'Please, my God, what am I going to
do? Give me direction...' I already had
my Dutch passport and so I called Bri-
gido Perdomo and Franco Caravallo on
Bonaire whom I had met when I was here
for the softball games. They said: 'Come
over! A man like you can find a job any-
where!' I arrived December 2, 1996, and
immediately I went to Casa Nena where I
talked to Canaan and Canansito Bahrut,
and they gave me a job repairing furni-
ture. I stayed with them for a short while,
then I applied for a permit to open my
own upholstery business. In the mean-
time I started working for Benito Dirksz'
Special Security Services as a guard. It
took more than a year to get the permit,
but I finished my contract with Benito
first before I opened my business on
Kaya Korona, next to the Red Party club
house, in October 2001. It's going well
and I thank the Bonairean community for
accepting me and giving me their sup-
port.
I have a regular, stable life; I like my
work and when I'm not working I play
softball in Polo Mata's team and also I
love to dance. The most important thing
in my life was my mother. She isn't here
anymore, and for whoever is reading this
story: Take care of your
mother, there's nothing
greater than a mother...
and... see the reality of
life, of everything that
comes along and get the
best results from it be-
cause even if you're be-
ing criticized, you benefit
from it..." 1
Story and photo by Greta Kooistra
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After a number of tense semi-
final matches the final win-
ners of the Youth Tennis Tourna-
ment were Daniel Carillo and
Thammy Albertzs. Daniel won with
4-2;4-0.
The next RBTT youth tennis tour-
nament for youngsters from 10 to
17 is coming up Sunday, Septem-
ber 10, at the Harbour Village Ten-
nis Center. All Bonaire youngsters
can register in one of the six cate-
gories: mini tennis-up to 8, 10, 12,
14 and 18 years old. There are
separate categories for boys and
girls. Each youth player plays sev-
eral games to gain more playing *
experience. Sign-up cost is NAf15. Daniel Carillo and Thammy Albertzs
RBTT Bank Bonaire, as a sponsor,
makes t-shirts, and a BBQ available at low prices. The opening game is on Sunday,
10 September, at 10 o'clock in the morning. O Press Release story & photo


Bonaire Reporter September 8 to 15, 2006


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False Dawn


T his column
marks the
return of what the
Persian poet Omar
Khayyam called _
the mysterious
'false dawn,'
which can only be
seen at a certain
time of year. And
although no one
knew what this
'false dawn' was
when Khayyam
wrote his famous
Rubaiyat almost
1,000 years ago,
we today know its An unusual triangle of light will be particularly bright near
true nature, which the eastern horizon before sunrise during the next two
is absolutely won- monthsfor observers in Earth's northern hemisphere. The
derful. Let me tell triangle is clearly visible on the left of the above frame taken
you all about it and from Mauna Kea in Hawaii on August 30 by one of the de-
how to find it. veloping global network offisheye nighttime web cameras.
If we could go
way out in space and look down on our solar system with superhuman vision, we
would notice a faint, almost imperceptible vast cloud extending outward from the
Sun in the plane of the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and slightly beyond, an
enormous cloud of cosmic dust. And while one would expect it would be impossi-
ble to see this super faint cloud from Earth, nevertheless in September when the
plane of our Earth's orbit is almost vertical to the horizon, we can. And we now
know it is the 'false dawn' that Omar Khayyam wrote about.
Now although the best time to see this 'false dawn' is every September, to see it,
you absolutely must be far away from city lights when there is no moonlight to hide
its faint glow. If you can see the Milky Way from where you live, then you'll also
have a good chance of seeing this rare phenomenon. Look for this 'false dawn' in
the east two hours before sunrise, before the real dawn. It will look like a wedge or
cone-shaped dim patch of light about the same brightness as the Milky Way, and it
will extend from the horizon almost half way up to the zenith about 40 degrees ...
An ethereal, faintly glowing, rounded pyramid of light.
Now the scientific name of this phenomenon is the zodiacal light. It's caused by
sunlight scattered off of all those trillions and trillions of dust particles in that great
cosmic cloud, which extends from the Sun to our Earth. Now the best time to see
the 'false dawn' this year is when there is no moonlight whatsoever in the hours
before sunrise, which this year is the last week of September beginning at the time
of the new Moon on the 22nd. So mark the last week of this month as the time to get
far away from city lights to see the celestial phenomenon which captured the imagi-
nation of an ancient poet. I admit that it is quite elusive and difficult to find in this
21st century because you have to get really far away from all city lights, which for
urban dwellers frequently requires a long drive out in the country. But once you've
found it I think you'll know why it appeared in poetry centuries before it appeared
in scientific writings. And if you want to pay Omar Khayyam a bit of homage on
your journey to find his false dawn you just might want to take along" a jug of
wine, a loaf of bread and thou beside me singing in the wilderness." 1
Jack Horkheimer


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Sunday, September 3 to
Saturday, September 9, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Travel will be fun and entertaining. Home improve-
ment projects will run smoothly. Do not force your opinions on others the connec-
tions will be short lived. You need an outlet. Your lucky day this week will be Sat-
urday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Self-deception is likely. Too many opportunities
and too many changes going on. The distance may make you both appreciate each
other more. You can make excellent career moves if you are open to the opportuni-
ties that exist. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You'll find it easy to upgrade your environment by
redecorating or changing your residence. Sudden changes regarding colleagues may
surprise you. You may want to take a look at courses offered at a local institute. It
might be time to pick up the slack and do your share. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Do something that will be stimulating and creative.
Take special care in any home improvement project you work on this week, you'll
be glad you did. It might be time to shake a leg and do a personal makeover. This
will not be the time to lend money to friends or family. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will feel the limitations if you have been overdoing it.
Make those phone calls and pay your bills. Things aren't as they appear. Don't be
too hard on your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Let your boss know your goals. Don't let children or
elders put demands on your time. Look into any educational activities involving the
whole family. Your time, not your cash, will do a lot more for your relationship.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Try looking into new ways to make extra money.
Your partner could make you angry if they steal your thunder or embarrass you in
front of others. Deception will play an important factor in relationships. Do not bor-
row or lend money or belongings to friends or relatives if you wish to avoid any
hassles. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Relatives will not agree with the way you are
dealing with your personal problems. You may want to pull out some of those unfin-
ished project you've got tucked away. Old friends may not like your choices. Find
out what they're up to, and see if you can pick up where you left off. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Interaction with colleagues will only be up-
setting. Your efforts won't go unnoticed; however, someone you work with may get
jealous. Try to include friends and relatives in your activities. Don't overspend on
luxury items. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Go out with friends or family. Make changes
that will heighten your appeal. Look into some personal changes. Be careful not to
let friends or peers make you look bad. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Restrictions may be difficult for you to live with,
but try to do things by the book. Residential moves should be considered carefully.
Your mate will appreciate your honesty. You will meet new romantic partners
through the company you keep. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Try to keep your opinions to yourself. Listen to the
advice given by those with experience. Anger may cause you grief; control your
temper and try to sit back and calm down. You can make money if you pursue your
own business. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. 1




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