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October 6-20, 2006 Volume 13, Issue 39


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It's not everyday you get a Nobel
Peace Prize winner reading The
Bonaire Reporter, but knowing Wangari
there was no doubt she was going to do
this for me- holding our island's English
language newspaper. There are three he-
roes in my life and they are my mom,
Marvel Tromp, Mother Teresa and Profes-
sor Wangari Maathai. I must say I'm so
blessed and honored to say that I met and
know Wangari. She's a charismatic lady
with a vision, a killer smile- one of the
most intelligent people I have ever met.


Who is Wangari Maathai?
Born in a rural Kenyan Village in 1940,
she was already an iconoclast (a person
who attacks cherished beliefs as shams) as
a child, determined to get an education
even through most African girls were then
uneducated. In her remarkable and inspir-
ing autobiography, she tells of her studies
with Catholic missionaries, earning
Bachelor and Master degrees in the US,
and becoming the first woman to earn both
a PhD and to head a department in Kenya.
She tells of her numerous run-ins with the


brutal government of Daniel Arap Moi and
of the political and personal reasons that
compelled her in 1977 to establish the
Green Belt Movement, which spread from
Kenya across Africa, and which helps re-
store indigenous forests while assisting
rural women by paying them to plant trees
in their villages.
Maathai's extraordinary courage and
determination helped transform Kenya's
government into democracy in which she
serves as Deputy Minister for the Environ-
ment and Natural Resources and as a


Member of Parliament. Eventually her
achievement was internationally recog-
nized by the award of the Nobel Peace
Prize in 2004 for her 'contribution to sus-
tainable development, human rights, and
peace'.
I told Wangari that on Bonaire (she now
knows where Bonaire is) we have three
Wangari's : Kalli De Meyer, Dee Scarr
and Elsmarie Beukenboom. 1

Delno Tromp-at right of Wangari
Maathai in photo above.


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C uraao's Insel Air will soon be
taking over an MD-82 from
the Croatian airline Air Adriatic.
The Surinamese Airlines MD-82 jet
they wanted to use is still grounded in
Zanderij (Surinam) because of defects.
Flying an MD-82 means many former
DCA or ALM pilots are available in
Curacao while the aircraft type already
has type acceptance from the aviation
department. "The plane is due here this
week from Croatia," Transportation
Minister Kenneth Gij sbertha said. Insel
Air director Edward Heerenveen said,
"We actually want to make 14 weekly
flights between Curacao and St.
Maarten." Last month Insel Air started
in business with a 19-passenger Em-
braer Bandeirantes.

Flying 14 times per week would
mean overcapacity on an already
saturated market, said an observer in
the aviation sector. Flying 14 times per
week with a 140-seat aircraft translates
into some 203,000 seats per year. The
market on the Curaqao-St. Maarten
route is about 52,000 to 53,000 passen-
gers annually. DAE is already covering


this market with 14 flights per week
with a prop-jet aircraft and plans to
switch to a small jet soon.
> Suriname Airways, SLM, the
airline that was to provide the plane for
Insel Air to fly between Curaqao and
St. Maarten, is in serious financial
trouble. The Dutch airline website,
Luchtvaartnieuws, reported that over
100 people will be laid off. SLM has
one Boeing 747 that it acquired a few
years ago from KLM for trans-Atlantic
flights and an MD-82 that it now uses
to fly to Curaqao and Aruba, which
Insel Air wanted to use to fly to St.
Maarten.

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> Since last Tuesday it is OK to
put small amounts of liquids and gels
in carry-on luggage. The US Federal
Government is lifting part of its liquid
ban for carry-on baggage. Passengers
will be able to carry on some liquids,
including beverages purchased at the


airport. Travelers may also carry on
some small toiletries, including tooth-
paste and moisturizer, but only if they
are 3 ounces or smaller and zipped in a
small (1 Qt.) clear storage bag.

> Effective November 1, anyone
who wants to get an American immi-
grant visa will need access to a com-
puter. There will be a global change in
US visa application procedures where
applications must be made online and
then printed. The old method of writ-
ing out or typing applications will no
longer be accepted.

> Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba
hope to reach basic agreement with
the outgoing Balkenende Cabinet on
establishing direct relations with the
Netherlands. If this week's talks in
Bonaire with Kingdom Relations Min-
ister Atzo Nicolai are successful, they
will be followed by a conference in
The Hague on October 10 and 11 to
complete the deal.
Some in St. Maarten and Curaqao,
the two island territories that want to
become autonomous countries in the
Dutch Kingdom when the Netherlands
Antilles ceases to exist, are now accus-
ing the three other islands of selling
out, allowing the Netherlands to suc-
cessfully apply the "divide and rule
tactic" and of pandering to neocoloni-
alism.


(Continued on page 3)


Th REPORTER

Table of Contents

IN THIS ISSUE:
Envirowatch-Tree Pruning 5
BONAI Restarts 6
Student Chefs to Italy 7
Ready for Regatta 2006 8
Regatta Dedication
(Thomas Pollehne) 8
Regatta 2006 Schedule 9
Antique Living Houses
(Signs and Billboards) 10
Hidden Wonders: Shamefaced
Crabs 11
Shelter Dog Wash Cleans Up 12
It's Back-Nightmare Crib
Haunted House 15
Beach Clean Up 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Picture Yourself, on cover
(Wangari Maathai, Kenya)
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles
(Pelican eyesight) 3
Star of the SGB
(Babetter van der Heetkamp) 6
Picture Yourself, (Wisconsin River,
nr. Mazomanle, US) 6
Snack Detectives (El Tropical) 7
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Tide Table 12
Pet of the Week (Sasha) 14
SuDoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
Born on Bonaire
(Vernon "Nonchie" Martijn) 17
Sky Park
(Vega, Apex of Sun's Way) 19
The Stars Have It 19


Bonaire Reporter- October 6-20, 2006


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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)

Bonaire Senator Ramonsito Booi is
concerned that political instability in
Curacao will hamper the continuation
of constitutional change. He is afraid
that due to recent political ups and
downs, Curaqao will not finish prepara-
tions in time. He said this would also
affect the process for the "smaller is-
lands," which are trying to comply with
arrangements already made with the
Netherlands for a July 2007 dissolution
of the Antilles. "When we were visiting
the Netherlands the smaller islands tried
to hoist their sail while the (political)
wind was fair. There will be elections
soon in the Netherlands, and you never
know, a party that thinks differently
about these political changes might win,"
said Booi.


"Detailed Characteristics of the Carib-
bean-bor in the US," said Aruban men
earn high median incomes of $50,019,
followed by those from the Netherlands
Antilles and Anguilla.
The lowest median, earning $29,844,
were from the Dominican Republic, Haiti
and the Bahamas.

> The Dutch
meteorological
agency, KNMI,
announced that
September
2006 was the
warmest Dutch
September in
300 years.
Weatherman
Harry Geurts also said this year's July
had been the warmest July in three centu-
ries.
This year's September average tem-
perature was 4 degrees Celsius higher
than the long-term average. Normally
there are just two days in September on
which temperatures rise above 25 de-
grees, but eight such days were recorded
last month.
KNMI has data dating back 300 years,
when Nicolaus Samuelis Cruquius started


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id You Know...Pelicans have
D sore eyes after a good day of
hunting?
Bonaire's Brown Pelican hunts by
plunge-diving. The pelican hovers
over the water, spots a fish, dives to-
wards the water with its wings tucked
in, and plunges headfirst into the wa-
ter. This is a high-risk, high-impact
skill that clumsy young pelicans must
learn in order to survive. If you ever
watch the young pelicans (gray in
Pelican Jim Brandon photo color), it seems as though they are
practicing this skill all day long, sometimes attacking silly things such as floating
clumps of algae. It is thought that plunge-diving slowly damages the eye of a peli-
can, because, although it closes its eye just before hitting the water, the impact of
hitting the water is traumatic. Over many years, the pelican slowly goes blind in the
eye that it uses to hunt with. Then, it has to learn how to hunt with its other eye.
When the other eye goes blind, the old pelican can no longer hunt and dies of star-
vation. OC.E.


A wonderful bird is the pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belican.
He takes in his beak
Food enough for a week
But I'm darned if I see how the helican.
Dixson Lanier Merritt


Princess Maxima, and Crown Prince
Willem-Alexander

> Princess Maxima, the popular wife
of heir to the Dutch throne, Crown Prince
Willem-Alexander, is expecting the cou-
ple's third child, the Royal House an-
nounced last week. "The birth of the third
child of His Royal Highness, the Prince
of Orange, and Her Royal Highness Prin-
cess Maxima is expected in the second
half of April 2007," the House of Orange
said in a brief statement. The couple al-
ready has two daughters, Amalia (2) and
Alexia (1). Prince Willem-Alexander, the
oldest son of Queen Beatrix, married in
2002.

1 Queen
Beatrix will
visit Aruba
and the Neth-
erlands An-
tilles from
November 6th
through 16th
The Queen
starts her trip
with a visit to
Aruba, then
on to Bonaire,
St. Maarten, Curacao, Saba, and Statia.
The themes of her visit are youth and
social services. Highlights of her Bonaire
visit will be school visits, an exhibition at
Kas di Arte and a boat trip to Klein Bon-
aire.
Her visit to St. Eustatius on November
16 commemorates Statia-America Day
when the island commemorates its salute
in 1776 to the new American flag from
the Dutch warship, Andria Doria. Hol-
land was the first country in the world to
salute the new country of America.

1 US researchers say that men from
Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles and
Anguilla are more likely than other
Caribbean migrants to earn high re-
ported incomes. Researchers of the Mi-
gration Policy Institute, in their report

Bonaire Reporter October 6-20, 2006


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Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from page 3)
measuring temperature, air pressure, hu-
midity and rainfall in 1705.


> After tests were carried out, Cura-
cao's Queen Emma pontoon bridge
was put back into operation last Thurs-
day. It had to be removed shortly after a
recent renovation recently because of
problems with the bridgehead connecting
the bridge to land. It is one of Curaqao's
top tourist attractions.


torium in Cura-
Vao has been in
operation for a
year. To date, 59
bodies have been
cremated, which
is considerably more than anticipated.
The facility is open to persons from other
Antillean islands and Aruba.


The representative of the Bonaire
Rotary Club, Pieter Groenendaal
(left), signs the agreement with the
USONA Director.


> USONA (The Foundation for Devel-
opment of the Netherlands Antilles) has
contributed in total an amount of NAf2,2
million for 27 approved projects on
Bonaire. All projects receiving money
from USONA met the criteria: Directly
fighting poverty.
The Rotary Club received
NAf112,000 for the "Breakfast in
School" project. The money will be used
by the Club to feed kids who go to school
with an empty stomach. At the schools
they will start their day with a healthy
breakfast. They eat together under the
care of the teachers which also provides


location and size of the zones. The "no
fishing zones" are designed to provide
havens for fish to thrive and reproduce
without threat from man.
Although not conclusively proven, "no
fishing zones" actually improve the num-
ber and size of fish caught in adjacent
areas after as little as three years. Reports
from St. Lucia and several other areas
support these findings. Robert Stenick, an
American biologist, has been studying
Bonaire's fish populations in recent years
and endorses the plan.
Bonaire already has two sizeable no-
diving zones to serve as a reference for
the impact of divers in other parts of the
island.

1 SELIBON, Bonaire's waste man-
agement company, has begun a cam-
paign to clean up the areas around the
kunukus (farms) in the Kralendijk
area. They are astonished at the variety
and amount of trash they are finding.
They are asking people NOT to throw
things from cars or dump things in the
countryside. The landfill is free to indi-
viduals so there is no excuse.


With the era of mammoth cruise
ships, the Caribbean has been told that
there could be implications for their
popular ports of call. The Freedom of the
Seas was the talk of the world when the
mega ship was launched by Royal Carib-
bean. It has a capacity of 4,300 passen-
gers and was then the largest ship in the
fleet but that ship will soon be dwarfed by
the sister vessel Genesis. The ship cost
$1.24 billion and can transport more than
6,000 passengers. The ship will displace
about 100,000 tons, more than a Nimitz-
class aircraft carrier. It is due to sail in
2009 and the question is whether Carib-
bean countries are ready to accommodate
these mega vessels.
In Barbados, in order to accommodate
the QM2 last year, the port authority had
to deepen its channel to Bridgetown Har-


them a sense of security and cooperation. > Bonaire's is not a good place to bour. Bonaire installed new mooring
The amount given covers just one year. discard batteries. The chemicals in the points for the QM2 and already has the
The Rotary Club Bonaire will extend this common batteries used in electronic depth of water to handle the big new
project in the coming year by, for exam- equipment are toxic and if dumped in ships. But can the island infrastructure
ple, providing breakfast to the children Bonaire's landfill will eventually find handle a ship with the number of passen-
during the vacation period. their way into the groundwater and the gers that equals 50% of the island's total
sea. The campaign to remind our visitors population? And does it want to?
> The Bonaire Island Government is to take their used-up batteries home with
considering creating fish reserves in them is over, but the need is still there. > The Kooyman Group, which is ex-
specific areas around Bonaire. The Please- take your batteries home to panding in St. Maarten and elsewhere,
government will ask local fishermen for where their chemicals can be disposed will transform its business structure on
their input and advice on the formation, of properly or recycled. (Continued on page 5)


Bonaire Reporter- October 6-20, 2006


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
January 1, 2007, from the current Dutch
model into a model with a board of direc-
tors. The future board will consist of
three supervisory and two executive
members. Bas Kooyman will resign from
his current position as General Director
to become Chairman of the Board.
Kooyman employs 340 people in the
ABC islands. This will increase to 390
when they open in St. Maarten at the end
of the year.

> Payment via MCB Maestro or
Kompa Leon will now be accepted to
pay for documents and services at the
Civil Registry office. Registry hours are
Monday- Thursday 8 to 11.45 and 1.30 to
4, Friday 8 to 11.45 and 1.30 to 3.30.


son. All ages invited. Price includes a tee
shirt, lunch and a swim accompanied by
volunteer boats. More information call
717-4303.

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix will
open the art exhibit, "Homage to the
Bonairean Artist," at the Kas di Arte
on Thursday, November 9. All the art-
ists of the 88 selected works are invited
to bring their art to the Kas di Arte on
Saturday, October 21, between 10 and
10:30 am. After 10:30 at the Kas di Arte
the artists will be given information about
the opening ceremonies, so it's important
to be on time.

> The old E Wowo (The Eye) disco-
theque reopened last Saturday night as
the "E Wow'IKarino Disco." They'll be


> Radio Digital, the Papiamentu lan- open every night during Regatta, then on
guage, breaking-news station, 91.1.on the Friday and Saturday nights until the wee
FM dial is now available on TDS hours. There's a "matinee" for young
(wireless cable TV service) on channel people on Sundays starting in the after-
91. Listen there for news, views and noon. The disco is located next to the
music as well as The Bonaire Reporter Danilo Bowling in Playa. The owners
radio spot that advises, "Read it You and managers assure the public that there
need it!" will be strict security at all times.
Happy Third Anniversary and pabien to
all the staff at Radio Digital 91.9 FM! > Want to join in the "Regatta
You're doing a great job. Walk" organized by the Pia-Pia Walking
Group from North Salifia? It begins at
> Bonaire Creations Calendar had a 6am on Regatta Sunday at Kas di Regatta
successful launch last Saturday night at to beat the heat of the day. Last year
Antillean Wine Company's "home" on about 100 people took part in the 10 km.
Kaya Industria. Multitudes of people walk. Sign up for NAf10 and get drinks
showed up for the free wine tasting and along the way plus a sandwich, fruit and
snacks and socialized until late. See their juice at the end. Call 786-0299 or 567-
ad on page 11. 0782 to get a ticket

10 The Organizing Committee of the
39th Bonaire International Regatta 2006
needs a few volunteers with dinghies to
assist during the races of the smaller
categories from Monday October 9 until
Friday October 13. If you have a boat and
6th Swim to KWn BO r you are interested in assist the Organizing
s b ^ Committee please pass by Kas di Regatta
-- or contact Elvis Martinus 786-2288.

1 This is it! Jong Bonaire Klein Bon- > There will be no publication of
aire Swim this Saturday, October 8, The Bonaire Reporter next week. The
starting from Eden Beach. Get your next issue will be printed on October 18.
tickets at Jong Bonaire, NAf15 per per- O G./L. D.


1 Hooray for Captain Don's
Habitat which celebrated its 30th
Anniversary in Bonaire and its
10th anniversary in Curaqao with a
big party last week.
On hand was Capt. Don Stewart,
the founder of Habitat, who is rec-
ognized worldwide as a leader in
the movement to protect our un-
derwater environment. In 1976 he
created Captain Don's Habitat and
pioneered the "Diving Freedom"
concept...a concept that was con-
sidered bold in its beginning but is
now continually being embraced
and copied by others. In 1987
Maduro Holding N.V. became the
majority shareholder and was rep-
resented that evening by Henry
van der Quast.
The drinks Captain Don, his partner Janet Thibalt and subject of some of
and appetizers his stories, Christy Dovale, at the celebration.
at the party,
provided by
Floris Van
Loo of Rum
Runners Res-
taurant, were
exemplary
and included
such treats as
sushi (of the
Japanese
kind) and
individual
chocolate
mousse cups.

Present and past players at Habitat: past manager Albert Romijn, Margaret Thiel-
man, the first employee, owner Henry van der Quast and Manager Jack Chalk.


Caribbean Club


On aNewCourse
T he 26-unit Caribbean
Club Bonaire is now
being run by Bonaire's So-
lar Management Company
as of last Sunday. Managing E l
Director Ruud van Baal
Caribbean Club air view
says, it "complements per- Cariean Clu air view
fectly the (Solar managed) properties (Buddy Dive Resort and Belmar Apartments).
Caribbean Club Bonaire clearly will be the affordable alternative within the budget
dive-leisure, family & (Eco) adventure market."
It has an on-the-premises full service dive shop, restaurant, bar and swimming pool.
Daily rates start at $60 per day for a studio.
Besides diving, Caribbean Club Bonaire is central to other activities like bird watch-
ing, hiking, mountain biking, cave exploration, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing and
trips to Washington Slagbaai Park. The "Oil Slick Leap" dive-site is just a giant stride
away.
In the coming months the property will be upgraded with the focus on replacing furni-
ture and inventory in the cottages, soft renovations, restocking and redesigning the on-
premises dive shop and improving services.
The upgrading will be done with no disturbance to the guests. Eight, two-bedroom
cottages are under construction adjacent the existing resort area and these will be inte-
grated at the end of 2007. A 50+ unit resort is planned for the end of 2008. O Press
release


Bonaire Reporter- October 6-20, 2006


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Good News! The Bonai Droiect restarts!


H ow old are you, Ba-
bette? I'm 13.
What's your star sign? Leo
In what group are you? T2B
What do you want to be-
come when you grow up?
A stewardess. I like helping people and serving them. And I'm very good at lan-
guages which is exactly what I will be needing!
Where are you from?
I was born in the hospital on Curaqao. I've lived on Bonaire all my life. You could
say I'm ayu di Boneiru (child of Bonaire).
What do you like about living on Bonaire?
Bonaire is a nice island, small, and everybody knows each other. It's beautiful too. I
especially like Regatta time. Then you'll definitely find me out and about in town.
(painting the daisies). Regatta time is my time.
What's yourfavorite subject? All the languages: Dutch, English, Spanish and
Papiamentu.
What's your leastfavorite subject? Economics. It's very difficult. I have to put a lot
of work into it.
What would you like to change at the SGB? I think there aren't enough people to
watch the pupils at school. There should be more supervision.
What do you like about the SGB? I like my new class. I was in a different group
last year. I was in K2 (ex. Kader level, a combination of learning theory and learn-
ing how to put that into practice a preparation for higher education). I like the les-
sons so far. I worked hard last year to get here. (That she definitely did! Well done
girl! YM)
What are your hobbies?
Dancing, listening to music and working behind the computer. O
Interview by: Yvette van der Moolen; Van der Moolen is an English teacher at the
SGB. Assistant photographer: Sue-Ann Mo (T2B)





Picture Yourself with The Reporter

Wisconsin River near Mazomanle, Wisconsin, US.


n September 25, Dr. Jay B. Haviser and Jackie Bernabela from SKAL vis-
ited the SGB. Their goal: giving a couple of lectures about the well praised
project, Bonai, in order to recruit a new batch of enthusiastic students to partici-
pate this year. I asked Dr. Haviser's permission to do an article about it in the
Bonaire Reporter and he loved the idea, so here goes!
Currently living in St.Maarten, Dr. Haviser will be travelling to and from Bonaire
on a regular basis to be able to run his beloved project, Bonai.
I attended their lecture with group Havo 3b, and they were very excited indeed.
One of the students even decided to become an archaeologist on the spot. How did
we know this? He was proclaiming it from the top of his lungs at the end of the ses-
sion.
Bonai is looking for students between the ages of 15 and 18. No more than 20
students can participate; otherwise the group will become too big.
Already, 50 or so students have signed up, so there will be the tough task of
eliminating some students. It's tough but it's still a good thing: if we don't have any
enthusiasts the project can't run. The new group will meet once a week. This pro-
ject having achieved so many great things in the past years, I for one am definitely
excited to find out what this year will bring.
Some of Bonai's achievements are:
Archaeological excavations where they found the remains of a native teenager;
inspired the protection of the Onima rock paintings; a study of the museums on the
ABC Islands and creation of their own in Fort Oranje; the reconstruction of a whale
skeleton at the entrance of Washington Park, and much more.
The main goal of this project is to let pupils learn things by actually doing them
instead of just reading about them in textbooks, a direct link with the new teaching
methods. The pupils sometimes become teachers themselves when they get the
chance to exchange their findings and achievements with students of similar pro-
jects abroad. They've also had the opportunity to educate archaeologists at the In-
ternational Association for Caribbean Archaeology ( IACA Congress).
This project isn't only about Archaeology, but a combination of that with social
studies, history, biology, science and anthropology. They also learn how to do great
surveys and ....very important for their educational progress.....great reports. All in
all I think we can safely say that the students who get the chance to participate will
have a great time ahead of them and receive a huge amount of skills for future edu-
cation and most importantly........ life. O Yvette van der Moolen
Bonai leaders are:
Dr. Jay B. Haviser
Ms. Jacky Bernabela
Mr. Hubert Vis.


H ere's Pahle (say Polly) Hausmann spreading around The Reporter at the na-
turist beach on the Wisconsin River near Mazomanle, Wisconsin, US. It's
her second favorite place to be, she says. Could Bonaire be the first? D
WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHO-
TOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot
200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture @bonairereporter.com. (All 2006 photos
are eligible.) D


Bonaire Reporter- October 6-20, 2006


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Bonaire's Student Chef


Ambassadors to Italy


Student chefs oj] to Italy Varenia Richards, Yoshebed Martis, Grensley
Pieter, Roderick Serberie with teacher Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn

O ff to Italy last Saturday went our four young culinary student ambassadors
for three weeks of total immersion in Italian cuisine. Since 2002 Bonaire
culinary students have been invited to the province of Emilia Romagna where they
study cuisine under some of the finest chefs on the planet, learn about wines, visit
markets, cheese factories, experience the Italian culture and live with other students
from around the world. Bonaire's "ambassadors" have impressed the Italian officials
so much that new students have been invited back every year. Except for 2003,
when there was no funding, Bonaire has sent four deserving students every year.
The students return as self confident individuals. Some have even returned to Italy
to continue their studies and trainee sessions. Others have continued their education
here at a higher level. Some of them are working in local restaurants.
Unless further funding is found from the E.U. this may be the last group of young
Bonaire culinary students going to Italy. OL.D.- Photo byA. Sealy
Note: See related article "Born on Bonaire. Vernon Martijn page 17


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


This week:
It was back to basics this
week; just me and the
big man, D. We started as
normal in a local hostelry.
Being great advocates of
whetting our appetites with a
little aperitif, we imbibed in
our usual quota of Polars.


Sometime later (the actual
elapsed time being some-
thing of a blur) we made our
way to El Topical. It is a
deceptive place. From the outside it ap-
pears to be very small, however, once in-
side it takes on Tardis-like proportions.
We sit ourselves down at the long bar
and take a look around. The first thing that
you notice is the air conditioning. This
time of year it is a welcome treat. First
things first, two Polars to keep our alcohol
levels topped up. We are given a menu by
our host. The usual wide range of foods is
there for the taking, Chinese and local, side
by side.
I glance around at the diners. The meals
look tasty and the portions ample. We de-
cide to take the same on this occasion, two
portions of ribs to start followed by sweet
and sour pork. The kitchen sits at the end
of the bar for all to see. The chef disap-
pears in a haze of flames and a mist of
aromas. With hardly enough time to crack
open our third bottle, our food is placed
before us.


El Topical. Kaya Nikiboko Noord 50


~91


We tackled our huge plate of ribs, jos-
tling forks to get to the best ones. The
sweet and sour pork was superb. I have yet
to find two sweet and sour dishes from
different snack bars that taste the same.
They all seem to have their own special
way of preparing them. The sauce itself
was a winner, just the right combination.
Enjoying the cool environment, we
stayed a little longer. Big D chatting to one
of the locals while I watched Champions
League Football. After eating, I usually
have to drink for two as D will not touch
alcohol after food. It's a task that I under-
take with some gusto!
At the end of the evening we ask for the
check. Unbelievably it came to less than
NAf40. With so little spent, I pondered on
the idea of further refreshment. However,
with my Wife waiting for me at home with
access to a rolling pin, I decided against it.
There is always next week! O SBD


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T he 39th edition of the Bonaire Regatta is fast approaching. Official events he 2006 Bonaire International Sailing Regatta is dedicated to a dear Bonaire
begin Sunday, October 8, and run through Saturday, October 14 (see sched- f friend and loyal Regatta participant, Thomas Pollehne. Thomas, besides
ule following). Racing and Festival activities are planned all along Playa Pabou participating in the Bonaire Regatta for years, promoted the Bonaire Regatta among
from Regatta House to Wilhelmina Park. In addition to the usual classes of sailors friends and yachters in every regatta he visited or sailed in in Venezuela and in the
and windsurfers a new event called "Splash" has been added. There's lots of inter- region.
est from Aruban, Curaqaoan and Venezuelan participants, and this year's Regatta is Pollehne was born in Caracas, Venezuela, on July 3rd 1957, and is married to
dedicated to a long-time Venezuelan competitor, Thomas Pollehne, captain of the Sabine Pollehne. Both are of German descent and are blessed with two kids, Joy
(Continued on nage 9) /Continudor rn naoo O)


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Tentative program of the 39th
Bonaire International Sailing Regatta -2006
Thursday, October 5th
18.00 19.30 Press/Sponsor meeting Kas di Regatta

Saturday, October 7th
14.00 18.00 Pre-registration Kas di Regatta


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3rd Pia Pia Regatta Walk Kas di Regatta
6th Swim to Klein Bonaire Eden Beach (start)
Registrations (including micro and fishing boats)
Kas di Regatta
Skippers meeting/Opening Regatta
Kas di Regatta
All Nations Parade* Kralendijk Streets
Opening Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard


Monday, October 9th
07.30 17.00 Sailing Races Kas di Regatta
12.30 13.00 Press Briefing Kas di Regatta
14.00 17.30 DJ Music / Activities Kas di Regatta
17.00 20.00 After Sail Happy Hour Kas di Regatta
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard

Tuesday, October 10th
10.00 17.00 Sailing Races Kas di Regatta
12.30 13.00 Press Briefing Kas di Regatta
14.00 17.30 DJ Music / Activities Kas di Regatta
17.00 20.00 After Sail Happy Hour Kas di Regatta
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard

Wednesday, October 11th
08.30 10.30 8th Annual Kayak race round Klein Bonaire*
Kas di Regatta
10.00 13.00 Freestyle Windsurfing Kas di Regatta
12.30 13.00 Press briefing Kas di Regatta
14.00 17.00 Microboat races Kas di Regatta
14.00 17.30 DJ Music / Activities Kas di Regatta
17.30 18.30 21st Comcabon-WEB run* WEB office
18.30 22.00 Participants BBQ Party Kas di Regatta
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard


(Ready for Regatta 2006. Continued from page 8)
yacht Volare. See the accompanying story to learn about this well-liked competitor.
Racing competitor sign up and registration is on Sunday, October 8, at Kas di Re-
gatta (Regatta House) for all boat classes including Fishermen and Microboats.
There's a lot more than sailing during Regatta Week. On Sunday there's a 5 am Bi-
cycle Tour followed at 6 am by the Third Annual Pia Pia walk, then at 8 am, the
Sixth Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire. The All Nations Parade, starting at 7:30 pm,
through the Kralendijk streets, leads up to the official opening and the beginning of
the Festival. Early Monday, the yachts start the Around Bonaire race and the Lac
Bay race, while the smaller boats begin their week-long competitions.
During the day there's the Regatta racing. In the evenings there will be a tremendous
Festival program of music, dancing and socializing centered around waterfront Wil-
helmina Park The groups include K6rsou Chispa, Magic Sound, Tipico Rozal,
Rhydd'm and from Aruba, Mega, ZOZ and Dejavu. Another important event at this
year's festival is the recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Regatta Anthem
(Himno di Regata) honoring its composer, Agustin Kroon.
Don't forget the many other Regatta activities including the Workboat parade, the
kayak race around Klein Bonaire, footraces, the ladies Softball Tournament and
much more. Over 50 sidewalk stands will offer lots of food, drinks, games and nov-
elties to satisfy Regatta party people and street strollers. O BSaF


Thursday, October 12th
10.00 17.00 Sailing Races Kas di Regatta
11.00 13.00 Kayak Races Kas di Regatta
12.30 13.00 Press briefing Kas di Regatta
14.00 17.30 DJ Music / Activities Kas di Regatta
15.00 17.00 Fishing boat races Kas di Regatta
14.00 18.00 Microboat races Kas di Regatta
17.00 20.00 After Sail Happy Hour Kas di Regatta
17.30 19.00 Workingboat Parade* Kralendijk Harbour
19.30 23.00 4th Int'l Ladies Softball Tournament* La Sonrisa Ball Park
20.00 01.00 Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard

Friday, October 13th
10.00 17.00 Sailing Races Kas di Regatta
12.00 12.30 Press briefing Kas di Regatta
14.00 18.00 4th International Softball Tournament* La Sonrisa Ball Park
14.00 19.00 Music / Activities Kas di Regatta
14.00 16.00 Microboat races Kas di Regatta
20.00 21.30 Award Ceremony / Closing Regatta Kas di Regatta
21.30 03.00 Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard


Saturday, October 14th
10.00 18.00 Finals International Softball Tournament
20.00 03.00 Closing Regatta Festival


La Sonrisa Ball Park
Regatta Boulevard


For information about:
* The All Nations Parade, contact Felix (Papy) Cicilia, phone (5999) 5607440
* Kayak Races, contact Andre Nahr at Bonaire Dive and Adventure
* phone (599) 7172227
* FCB Bicycle Tour, contact Fundashon Cas Bonairiano (FCB) phone 717-8042
or 717-8157
Comcabon/Web Regatta Run, contact Mr. R. Pietrsz phone (599) 717-8629
6th Swim to Klein Bonaire, contact Jong Bonaire phone 717-4303
Working Boat Parade, contact Capt. UlfPedersen of Woodwind phone (599)
786-7055
4th International Softball Tournament, contact Edsel Pieter phone (599) 786-
0406
1st FCB Regatta Bike Tour, contact Gerald Silberie phone (599) 717-8042 1




(Regatta Dedication, Thomas Pollehne. Continued from page 8)
Melanie (21) and Christian Thomas (19).
At 16 he participated in his first Sunfish World Championship in Aruba in
1974, where he ended up sixth and won the first race. In total he participated in six
Sunfish Worlds.
Pollehne's first big boats were the Cisne, a Columbia 42, and a 30' Dufour. He also
crewed on the yacht Supercilious, a Swan 44, on which he attended races in Curaqao
and Bonaire.
In 1981 Thomas took part in the Bonaire Regatta for the first time on his own boat,
Tentaci6n, a Tartan Ten. In 1982 he started sailing his new Dehler DB 1, Luv, which
he kept and raced in every Bonaire Regatta through 1988. His next boat was a Swan
441, Casse Tete, which he owned and captained until 1992. From 1992 to 1998 Tho-
mas switched to a more cruising type of boat, a Hunter 54 named Toy Box. Thomas
never sailed the Regatta with this boat but sailed during that time on the well known
boats, Piolin and Tweety..
Beginning in 1998 Thomas returned to the Regatta every year, except one, aboard
the famous Volare. This year will be his last Regatta as owner of the Volare, as the
yacht will be handed over to one of his longtime buddies and crewmember, Carlos
Serfaty.
Thomas has big plans for 2007 to participate in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
(ARC) on his new boat Taima, a brand new Hanse 630e to be launched early 2007.
Thomas is planning to spend a season in the Mediterranean and hopefully will be
back in Bonaire with the Taima for the 2008 Bonaire International Sailing Regatta.
In the last few years Thomas started a small development business in Bonaire with
his friend and partner, Jos Schoonen. They've begun building a group of houses near
the airport, called the Regatta Residences. This is just a sort of an excuse in order to
have the opportunity to visit Bonaire regularly on one his boats, to keep on sailing
Bonaire's superb waters. O BSaF/BAT


Bonaire Reporter- October 6-20, 2006


Sunday, October 8th
05.00 10.00 1st FCB Bicycle Tour 36km
Park (start)


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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire

Billboards & Bonaire's Antique Houses by Wilna Groenenboom PreservingBonaire's ArhitecturalHeritage


Signs and Billboards

Lately there has been a lot said about
the size and number of billboards
on the island and how they deface the
landscape. One in particular, from a new
cell phone company, got a lot of attention
with its red colors which were like a red
cape to a bull. But is this the first company
to do this on such a scale?

As we look at Les Galeries Shopping
Mall on the Kaya L.D. Gerharts we see
some interesting things. The center section
of "Les Galeries" (photo center below) is
an old and traditional building. Its right
and left wings are "new" additions, with an
attempt to make them in the same style as
the old original. We can clearly see that
on the gutter decoration on top of the walls
(photo left below). The traditional wooden
shutters were probably not practical so
thev nut in mrderm functionnl winrdws


which aren't really attractive, in my opin-
ion.
But how many people can see the beauty
of this old original section of Les Galeries?
It is hidden behind a very long billboard.
In the photo it has been painted white but
probably in preparation for some new bill-
board text. It goes around nearly three
quarters of the building, covering the bal-
conies which could make the appearance
of this building much more interesting.

On Kaya Grandi we see more or less the
same style of houses. Compare the gutters,
half pillars and the style of the roof in the
photo middle above with the one below. In
this old building we see that the beautiful
balconies give a lot of shade, and under
them we see some little signs, not too big,
but big enough to see what kind of shop it


Welcome Shop on the left which has a
little added-on roof that's not in character
with the rest of this beautiful building. And
above this roof they've hung a garish neon
sign.
In the top left photo we see all the
"congestion" of more signs, cement, iron,
steel and ugly banners. To add to the pic-
ture, the streetlights are standing askew.
Instead of so much iron and concrete
why can't we plant some palm trees in the
ground, not just in more cement pots. The
palms won't hinder or interfere with our
view of those old beautiful buildings and
they can even provide some shade. They
can make the street more attractive.


They don't need big, flashy signs up
above their eye level.
Tourists are not only interested in what's
sold in these shops; they also like to take
photos of the old buildings in the center of
Kralendijk to show their family and friends
how attractive and beautiful Bonaire is. It
is very hard to take an interesting photo if
a building is covered with big neon signs.
1 Wilna Groenenboom


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


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Shelter Dog Wash "Cleans Up!"

T he long-awaited second annual
Shelter Dog Wash was last Satur-
day in the parking lot of sponsor, Ware-
house Bonaire. The Shelter board said
there were far more people this year than
last and they earned NAf850 for the
Shelter. All the pups got special washes
with fine quality soaps and a nice gift of
a box of dog treats from Warehouse at
the end.
Dogs of all sizes, races, colors, furs and
temperaments got the full treatment.
Some enjoyed the attention; others would
have rather skipped it. Thanks to all the
volunteers who got in there with the
soaps, brushes and hoses -and to Murielle
Spychala (Water Planet), Bob Lassiter,
Flamingo Communications and of
course, the Warehouse. You all made it a
big success. All the proceeds go towards
helping to keep our exceptional Bonaire
Animal Shelter open. OL.D.


DO YOU SUDOKU?


Francey and Patricia washing "Mr.
T," who is not so sure it's a good idea!
Bob Lassiter photo


SuDoku
means "the
digits must re-
main single" in
Japanese. To
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in
puzzle without
repeating a num-
ber in any row,
column or 3 x 3
region. For a
tutorial visit the
web site www.
Sudoku shack.
com.
1 Supplied by
Molly Kearney
(who has to
solve all the
puzzles first)


6 4 9

7 8 2

5 i 3 8

1 5 4






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2 7 9| 6

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Complete solution on page 14.


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

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

BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business in-
formation 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 La-
goen 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


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
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
Page 12


www.supportbonaire.org and help make
a difference!

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



Sc ooote r
For Sale
BMW 520i 4-door sedan, 1991, white,
excellent
condition.
Fast,
beautiful.
A CLAS-
SIC! Call
785-9041

FIAT Barchetta (cabriolet) 1.8, 1997,
yellow, with
hard-top,
NAf20.000,
tel. 786-5591.

Red Su-
zuki Samu-
rai 1993 and Peugeot scooter 1993 -
available at end of Oct. Tel: 786-2927


For Sale
For Sale Netgear (cable Ethernet)
router. Perfect shape. NAf50. Call
Bruce at 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

For sale: 2 Protec custom built race
windsurf boards, 3 Calbert race sails, 2
booms and misc. parts. Contact Ernst at
Jibe City

For Sale 25 ft long regulator hoses. 2
available. New never used. US $ 70 each
All Stainless Steel stern bracket in
perfect condition. Up to 225 HP. In-
creases performance, helps gas mileage,
better steering, more interior space.
80 cubic ft dive tanks. Used in good
condition. NAf125, Call 717-8819 8
am to 5 pm


V/acatio rn
Re Z rnCta I
Cozy guest cottage available
Studio with kitchen, airco, cable TV,
two single beds (or king) pull-out sofa,
porch, yard and private entrance. Five
minute walk to seaside promenade; 10
minute walk to town. $50/night. Con-
tact: bonairecottage@aol.com

Harbour Village Marina
Front Condo For Sale
Large one-bedroom, two-bath apart-
ment located in a secluded all condo
building away from the hotel traffic. Full
kitchen and laundry, tons of storage
space, large patio with walkout to marina
dock. Private owner.
www.luxurvbonaire.com


%~-a r" te d4
Seeking fellow Astarians to study
together or start a study group here in
Bonaire. Please call 512-6375

2 persons with sailing experience
(open water navigation) needed to
accompany me for sailboat delivery from
Miami Bonaire sometime late Nov. -
early Dec. All expenses paid. Call Tho-
mas 786-5352. O

SNOW SKIING GETAWAY? Park
City, Utah, home available in exchange
for your Bonaire holiday home. Con-
tact: johnbenz@hotmail.com


LAW OFFICE

VAN DIJK


has relocated.
New address: Kaya
Industria 15b
(new building opposite Lisa
Gas Station)
P.O. Box 184
Bonaire
Tel. (0) 717 2825
Fax (0) 717 2826
info@vandijklaw.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
10-05 5:29 1.1FT. 11:19 1.5FT. 17:04 1.1FT. 23:22 1.6FT. 84
10-06 0:19 1.4FT. 5:26 1.1FT. 11:53 1.6FT. 18:35 1.0FT. 94
10-07 1:48 1.3FT. 5:06 1.2FT. 12:33 1.7FT. 20:16 1.0FT. 100
10-08 13:27 1.8FT. 22:05 0.9FT. 103
10-09 14:17 1.9FT. 23:29 0.8FT. 101
10-10 0:41 0.7FT. 15:20 1.9FT. 95
10-11 1:43 0.7FT. 16:17 1.9FT. 85
10-12 2:31 0.7FT. 17:21 1.9FT. 73
10-13 3:12 0.7FT. 18:15 1.9FT. 60
10-14 3:48 0.7FT. 19:11 1.9FT. 49
10-15 4:14 0.8FT. 19:58 1.8FT. 41
10-16 4:36 0.9FT. 12:01 1.4FT. 13:56 1.3FT. 20:40 1.7FT. 39
10-17 4:51 1.0FT. 11:19 1.4FT. 15:40 1.3FT. 21:29 1.6FT. 43
10-18 4:51 1.0FT. 11:19 1.5FT. 17:02 1.3FT. 22:09 1.5FT. 50
10-19 4:29 1.1FT. 11:32 1.6FT. 18:16 1.2FT. 22:47 1.4FT. 57
10-20 3:50 1.1FT. 11:48 1.6FT. 19:46 1.1FT. 23:41 1.3FT. 64










































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Pet of the WVVeek

P erky little "Sasha" came to the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter as a very shy
dog. She came from a Spanish speaking
household and all of a sudden she was
confronted with people speaking in Dutch,
English and Papiamentu. "What is all
this?" she wondered. "I don't understand
anything!" But it's only been a short time
and Sasha is showing her fine adaptability.
She's happy, peppy, smart and full of
fun... and now she's beginning to under-
stand the new languages.
Sasha, at nine months, is just about full
grown into a medium size dog. And her
outstanding black and white fur coloring
makes us think she could be considered a
"tuxedo dog." (Black and white cats are "Sasha"
often referred to as "tuxedo cats.")
Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema reports
that there are some very nice puppies that are up for adoption right now.
Very good news: So far this year there have been 80 sterilizations, mostly on dogs,
that have been done thanks to the Shelter's Sterilization Program. If you can help con-
tribute to this vital issue on the island, send your contribution to "Sterilization Fund"
MCB Account #106164 10, or go via www. SupportBonaire.org for on-line credit card
donations. O L.D.


DO YOU

SUDOKU?

ANSWER

And the
solution is:
(puzzle and
directions on page 12)


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WHA S HAPPENING


MOVIELAND


WEEKLY MOVIE SHDWTIMES
Late Show
Cadl to makesure (Usually9pm)
05 Oct Accepted
(Justin Long)
12 Oct Snakes On A Plane
(Samuel L. Jackson)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
05 Oct World Trade Center
12 Oct Accepted
19 Oct Snakes On A Plane

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 October:
Barnyard: The Original
Party Animals


THIS ISSUE'S EVENTS:
October 6 to 20.

September 7-October 15-Coral Spawn-
ing in Bonaire. See September 1stissue of
The Bonaire Reporter for complete timeta-
ble.


Saturday, October 7-Big Rincon Marsh6
-a real Bonairean experience. Stands sell-
ing gifts, plants, produce, music, drinks,
local foods, BBQ, community discussions
"bou di ramada" Not to be missed!
www.infobonaire.com/rincon.

Sunday, October 8 Jong Bonaire Klein
Bonaire Swim. Get to Eden Beach by 8.

Sunday, October 8 "Regatta Walk" or-
ganized by the Pia-Pia Walking Group
from North Salifia -6am start at Kas di
Regatta for thel0 km. walk. Call 786-0299
or 567-0782 to get a ticket. CostNaf 10
includes drinks, fruit, sandwich, juice.

October 8-14-Bonaire Regatta and Fes-
tival: sail races along shoreline in Kral-
endijk Bay start Monday with Around the
Island Race. Festival events begin Sunday
with stands, games, food and drink. No
school this week. See pages 8 and 9.

Sunday, October 15 Rotary Club Bon-
aire Fundraising concert on the Free-
winds

October 20-23-Mountain Bike events
sponsored by "Offroad Valley Bikers"
from Curacao. Locals invited to participate.
October 20-race in Washington Park;
October 21-island bike tour. Call De-
Freewieler, 717-8545, or 510-3790, 560-
4055. WWW.orvb.org.


COMING

Saturday, October 21- Attention:
Artists in "Homage to the Bonairean
Artist" Bring your art to the Kas di
Arte between 10am and 10:30 am.
After 10:30 di Arte you'll hear infor-


mation about the opening ceremonies
(see page xx).

October 27, 28, and 31 Friday, Satur-
day, Tuesday "Nightmare Crib"
Haunted House at Capt. Don's Habitat, 8
pm 11 pm. Entrance Naf7,50 to bene-
fit FKPD & the children's ward at San
Francisco Hospital.

Friday, November 10-Arke Fly's "Back
to Rock n Roll concert, Plaza. See page 6

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 Sun.) 5-7
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cactus
Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and blackjack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAf12 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's playground
open everyday into the evening hours.
Saturdays
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marsh-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 Marsh6 1st Saturday of the
month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285
ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse,
2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9 pm, Kaya
Industria #23, across from Warehouse Bon-
aire. Great wines. NAf20 per person for 6 to
8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday of
the month from 3.00 pm until 7.00 pm at
Parke Publico. Everyone welcome to buy and
to sell. NAf5 per selling table. For more in-
formation and reservations for a spot, call
787-0466.
Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at
the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar, Divi
Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
Mondays
* Caribbean Night live local music
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 & Adventure 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


It's Back ife 0Mghtmare

0b" flaunted tHouse!

volunteers are preparing for the second annual event,
"Nightmare Crib" Haunted House at Captain Don's
Habitat during Halloween. This is a fund raiser for FKPD, a
center for the handicapped in Rincon, and for the children's
ward at the hospital.
The workers could use some of the following items: pil-
lows, body parts (fake of course), manikins and wood.
"Helping Hand Volunteers" for assembly of the "Nightmare
Crib" are also needed. Please phone 717-8290 (dive shop)
for more details on how and when you can help.
The "Nightmare Crib will be open for those not of the faint
of heart on October 27, 28, and 31st (Friday, Saturday, Tues-
day) from 8 pm until 11 pm. Entrance will be NAf7,50 with all proceeds going to the two
groups mentioned.
Mark your calendars, you will not want to miss the "Nightmare Crib" O Janice Huckaby


* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen and
others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7

Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar.
All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
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 Al You
Can EatBBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gal-
lery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice
Huckaby and Larry of Larry's Wildside Div-
ing. New original paintings 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 4'h) Turtle Conserva-
tion (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 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 fur-
nished so it appears the family hasjust stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday
thru Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment.
Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy theview from
"The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 717-4060 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Mu-
seum and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8
am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
8444/785-0017

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 Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping
Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10.
Call 717-2482/566-6093.
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Din-
ner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-
0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
FORMA Building on Kaya Korona, across
from the RBTT Bank. All levels invitedNAf5
eny fee. Call Cathy566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at


City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bon-
aire, formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees)
meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato
Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is
welcome. Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-
4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2"d and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1.
All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above 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 Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center)- 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Con-
tact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-
8051

CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm in
Kralendijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings, every
Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
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
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day
Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 -
11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk- Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm at Our
Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English.
Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch &
Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednes-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

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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-
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BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
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DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
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Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
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FITNESS
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FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
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GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
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it and offer plants, irrgation supplies and garden chemi-
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GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
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HOTELS
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
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Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
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PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
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REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
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Vernon "Nonchie" Martijn


4 4 y mother is Melvina Emers;
V my father was Francisco Mar-
tijn. He worked with the telephone com-
pany, and he and my mother had a snack
bar in Rincon where Keesshan Snack is
now. I went to Luis Bertran primary
school, but only until the first grade. Then
my parents got divorced and my mom,
my two brothers and I went to Holland. I
was seven years old. It was exiting; eve-
rything was new.
We knew very few Dutch words and so
we communicated more or less with sign
language in the beginning. My mom
spoke Dutch because she'd learned it at
school. She asked the teachers at our
school how we could learn to speak
Dutch more rapidly and they told her it
would help a lot if she'd speak Dutch
with us at home. Well, we, the brothers,
ended up speaking Dutch amongst our-
selves and with mom we would speak
Papiamentu! Sometimes it still goes like
that.
First we stayed with family, then we
moved to Rotterdam for a couple of
months. Later we were offered a brand
new house in Echt in the province of Lim-
burg. I went through elementary and high
school, then studied Middle Professional
Education, specializing in the hotel and
restaurant business. It must be in my
blood because not only my mother cooks
very well but so do my aunts. In fact so
does the whole family.

As an intern I worked all over Limburg
in well known restaurants and hotels like
'Le Premier' in Ohe en Laak, in 'La Ville
Blanche' and Castle 'Grote Hegge' in
Thorn, in 'Bosch Hotel' in Vlodrop and in
'Land Hotel Cox'. After graduation I
went to Rotterdam, lived with an aunt,
and worked for several months with BRN
catering company, then for a year as a
chef at the Aula Congress Building at the
Technical University in Delft. When I
was working in Delft I took a vacation to
Bonaire with a cousin, and here I met
Rochaima Winklaar. It was plain and
simple: love at first sight! I decided to go
back to Bonaire, also because my mother
had gone back three years earlier."
Vernon Martijn (34) is an enthusiastic,
open-minded, easy-going man with a
natural authority and a beautiful smile.
"I was 22 and started working as the
sous-chef at Rum Runners at Capt. Don's
Habitat. Rochaima went to Curagao to
finish school; that gave me time to get
used to all the new things, like the Ameri-
can system and the fact that service had to
be fast. It was a challenge to cook the
Caribbean dishes, the big fish and the
enormous steaks. The people around me
thought I spoke Papiamentu badly. Also
there were quite a few Latin people work-
ing in the kitchen and I didn't speak


Spanish at all. But little by little I began
to understand the 'kitchen-Spanish' we
laughed a lot!
Because I'd been away for so long I
now saw the true beauty of my island, and
the kitchen at Rum Runners had a stun-
ning view. After two years I became the
chef. I stayed there for five years, and
during my last year my mom opened her
own place in Rincon, the Rose Inn.
One day Johnny Wever, who was the
unit director of the technical department
at SGB high school, asked me if I would
like to teach there. I started in 2000. It
was a bit tough in the beginning because I
wasn't used to working as a teacher. I
figured it would be best to imitate my
teachers when I was a student. My very
nice colleague, Pieternel de Vaan, taught
me a lot, helped me and coached me
through it. It's a pity she isn't here any-
more. The students tried to see how far
they could go with me; after they found
out how far that was when we could start
working. They knew I'd been working in
restaurants and they were curious to see
what I could tell them.


"We interviewed (the stu-
dents) to see what their
fantasy was about working
in the hotel and restaurant
business and when we'd
tell them that it had to do a
lot with washing dishes
and cleaning up, there'd be
boys who'd start to cry:
'But Sir, I don't even have
to do that at home!'"


You can do a lot with students but you
also have to see what they like. And if
they are interested in the profession it
makes everything easier. We interviewed
them to see what their fantasy was about
working in the hotel and restaurant busi-
ness and when we'd tell them that it had
to do a lot with washing dishes and clean-
ing up, there'd be boys who'd start to cry:
'But Sir, I don't even have to do that at
home!' Then they had to consider
whether another profession wouldn't be
better for them! We don't make choices
for the students; they have to do it them-
selves. In 2002, I started with teacher
education. I didn't finish it, but now I
picked it up again, and if everything goes
well I hope to finish next year.

In 2003 my partner, Rochaima, who's
also a chef, started the mini-snack
'Nonchie's Fresh Food' at Cultimara. I'd


cook for her in the mornings and she ran
the shop with Vladimir Gijsbertha, one of
my students. They did it for three years,
but when she became pregnant with our
second son, the doctor prescribed bed rest
for her, and at the same time I had to go
to Italy for a month with the SGB stu-
dents who were going to work as interns
there. It became very hard to keep the
business open and she had to stop. Now
Rochaima works as a chef in the hospital
kitchen, and she likes it this way because
once she comes home the job is finished
and she can give all her attention to our
boys, Deandre (7) and Rovion (1/4).
When I had just started at the SGB I
had a lot of conversations with Sara
Matera of the culinary team which partici-
pates in the 'Taste of the Caribbean' com-
petitions of the Caribbean Culinary Fed-
eration. When she and her partner Ruud
Vermeulen went to one of the wine shows
in Italy they met Andrea Biondi of the
AECA office which manages an ex-
change program for culinary students and
professionals. When Sara came back she
said, 'I have a very good idea, but we
have to see where we can get the fi-
nances.' First we talked to the school
board and the director and Nolly Oleana
who was the unit director. Everyone was
very enthusiastic. That's how it all
started. We talked it over with the par-
ents. My colleague, Pieternel, worked
very hard to get the funds together, and in
2002 we went for the first time with a
group of seven Bonairean students to a
very fancy and strict hotel school in Italy
for a month. I accompanied the students;
Sara was the coordinator; Ruud the finan-
cial man; and Moreno Binelli, the transla-
tor. It was fantastic. The students behaved
so well. It was very exciting for them as
some of them had never been to Europe
and they were really amazed. Because the
kids did so well we were invited to come


back, but in 2003 there were no finances
because Sara was working in Aruba. In
2004, when Sara was back, we went with
a group of students from Aruba, Curagao
and Bonaire; we did the same in 2005.
Saturday, September 30th, we'll be going
again. This time there will be four stu-
dents from Bonaire and four from Cura-
gao and we'll be going for three weeks.
(See related article on page 7) Working
with young people has changed me a lot.
It makes you think about your own chil-
dren too. You're not only a teacher,
you're also a mentor and you have to
guide them and at the same time you get
to know them better.
I'm glad I came back to Bonaire be-
cause I always wanted to do something
for my island. I am satisfied; I am enjoy-
ing my life, especially after the motiva-
tion speech Curtis Zimmerman gave in
Miami when I was there with the culinary
team. I recognized myself in many issues
he mentioned, like you have to rely on
yourself and dare to take risks and don't
look back to what has been and to compli-
ment someone is always helpful.
I chose to become a cook and when you
choose something you have to go all the
way and do it with your heart. I am still
young and I have my plans and I think
when Bonaire grows a bit, let's say up to
18,000 people, and when we get a few
more tourists our economy would be bet-
ter, because there has to be employment
so that people can
work. Our future is
not only in the
hands of the gov-
ernment, we our-
selves have to
work on it too." 1

Story and photo
by Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter- October 6-20, 2006


Vernon "Nonchie" Martijn


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Beach Clean-up

On Sunday, September 25, a beach
clean-up was conducted at No
Name Beach on Klein Bonaire. The clean-
up was organized by STCB and
STINAPA as part of the annual Interna-
tional Coastal Clean-up effort sponsored
by the Ocean Conservancy. No Name
Beach is Bonaire's primary Hawksbill and
Loggerhead nesting beach, and maintain-
ing unobstructed access to beaches for egg
laying females is extremely important to
the survival of these endangered animals.

As in other years, the cruise ship Free-
winds supported the effort, providing food
and drinks, as well as extra volunteers.
Thirty two people participated in the
clean-up and 37 bags of trash were col-
lected. The trash was sorted and the types
of trash collected was recorded on data
forms which are sent to the Ocean Con-
servancy. Ocean Conservancy releases an


The clean-up crew at No Name Beach


annual report with the results of the clean- effort to clean up our marine environment.
up sites all over the world and the data is Each year, volunteers remove trash and
used to help formulate strategies for re- debris from their local beaches, rivers,
ducing marine debris, lakes and streams along shorelines and
The International Coastal Clean-up is under the water. Since 1986, over five
the world's oldest and largest volunteer million volunteers in 123 countries have


cleaned 130,000 miles of shoreline over
five times the circumference of the earth.
1 Andy Uhr and Mabel Nava


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*to find it... just look up

The Apex of the Sun's Way


O n any night in early October an hour i I
after sunset Sky Park time look al- *
most overhead you will see three brilliant
stars which if we draw lines between them fo ,
would create a triangle. A triangle tradition- -
ally called the Summer Triangle and which
strangely, is still very high in the heavens
after sunset throughout October. Its brightest /ar
star named Vega, belongs to the tiny con-
stellation Lyra the Harp. Its next brightest .
is Altair in the constellation Aquila the
Eagle and the third brightest, Deneb, which .-* .
marks the tail of Cygnus the Swan. Now
although I shouldn't play favorites my fa- Finding Vega in Lyra
vorite is the brightest, Vega, the 5th brightest
star we can see from Earth. It glistens a
crisp sharp blue white, which tells us that it is a much, much hotter star than out own
yellow-orange Sun. Indeed, compared to our Sun's surface temperature of 10,000 de-
grees Fahrenheit, Vega burns a fierce 17,000 degrees. And whereas our Sun is just a
little under 1 million miles in diameter, Vega is almost 3 million miles wide. Indeed, if
we could place our Sun and Vega side by side, Vega would be 60 times brighter.
But the thing I really like to think about when I gaze up at Vega on these crisp autumn
nights is that our Sun and all its planets, including our Earth, are racing toward Vega at
the incredible speed of 12 miles a second, that's over 43,000 miles per hour which
means that every year we get almost 400 million miles closer. However even though
Vega is only 25 light years away, nevertheless at this speed it would take our Sun almost
half a billion years to reach it. Astronomers call this point in space toward which we are
rushing "The Apex of the Sun's Way". How lovely. How poetic. So some night this
month, perhaps on one of the evenings of Indian Summer, go out just after sunset, look
almost overhead, focus on Vega and if you have a vivid imagination, let your spirit soar
and you might almost feel our tiny Earth hurtling through space toward this magnificent
star and "The Apex of the Sun's Way". O Jack Horkheimer


F iE tEERtL iE


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Sunday, October 1 to
Saturday, October 7, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) In return, the satisfaction you get is enough for you.
You can look around for the right place and enlist some of your friends to help you
move. Stick to your work and avoid emotional confrontations. Social events should be
the highlight of your day. You will easily charm members of the opposite sex. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try to get others to stand behind your good judgment.
Changes in your home will be positive. Property investments should pay off. You'll
feel much better when your slate is clean again. You can come up with future trends in
creative fields. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can make wonderful contributions to any organi-
zation that you join. Don't blame others for your own stubbornness. You are best to
avoid joint ventures, and whatever you do, don't lend to friends or relatives. Traffic
will be busier than you anticipated, so try to get a head start if you have made plans to
travel. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Sudden changes regarding work and colleagues are
apparent. Your unique approach to life will interest others. Opportunities to travel will
develop through peers. Short trips will prove to be more fruitful than you imagined.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can persuade even the toughest opponents to think your
way. Your ability to charm others will bring added popularity. Coworkers may not be
on your side. Concentrate on work or make changes to yourself. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your determination and stamina will make your work
look flawless and effortless. Don't let them blame you. A long discussion is in order if
you wish to clear the air. You need to do more research before you make your final
decision. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't turn down an invitation or a challenge that could
enhance your chances of meeting someone special. Uncertainties are still prevailing.
You can get into self awareness groups or look into physical enhancement programs.
You may not have the same ideas when it comes to what you both enjoy. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to put your money away for a rainy day. Don't
try to deal with important issues or make changes that will upset the apple cart. You
can make new friends who could turn into intimate connections if you join clubs or
take creative courses. You can get a lot done if you get your hands on the right equip-
ment. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your involvement in groups will be favorable
for meeting new and exciting individuals. Don't let the erratic behavior of someone
you live with interfere with your professional performance. Try not to skirt issues if
you think you'll hurt some one's feelings. Responsibilities with respect to older rela-
tives may be a burden. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Get together with friends who like to participate in
indoor sports. Someone you care about may not be too pleased with you. Don't be too
eager to start any debates. Family trips or projects should be on your mind. Your lucky
day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can make money through solid investment
plans. Keep your thoughts to yourself for the time being. Any intimate relationships
with colleagues will lead to gossip that could easily affect your position. You can put
in some overtime and make extra cash. Your lucky day this week is be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may have difficulties finishing projects you start.
Your high energy should be spent pleasing your mate. You will be erratic and quite
likely to make personal mistakes. Don't shy away from potential mates they want to
introduce you to. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. 1


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