Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: November 3, 2006
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Island Council Member Eddy
Thielman thinks the Bonaire
Government has to give additional
information about all development,
past and present, in the Lac Bay/
Sorobon area, not just about Man-
grove Village. He presented an 11-
point letter which asked for answers,
especially in relation to other construc-
tion in the Ramsar Treaty protected
area. He focused on the apparent lack
of environmental impact assessments
for any of the construction projects
completed there over the last few years.
He wants to know if any other similar
projects are in the works as well and
how will they be handled.
He wants feedback about the Bonaire
Nature Alliance (ALIANSA) com-
plaints, their motivation and follow-up.

> A political summit to reach a
final agreement on the future consti-
tutional status of Curacao and St.
Maarten is underway in the Nether-
lands. Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-

Elhage and Dutch Administrative Re-
form and Kingdom Relations Minister
Atzo Nicolai made the announcement
last Wednesday afternoon after Nicolai
met with the Netherlands Antilles Cen-
tral Government. At press time we had
no results from the meeting. Bonaire
and the other two of the K3 (the three
klein, little, islands including Statia and
Saba) have already reached substantive
agreement with Holland on their new
constitutional status.

> Airline ticket prices from The
Netherlands to the Netherlands An-
tilles plummeted to 10% to 15% as
the KLM monopoly to the Antilles is
being challenged by Arkefly and Mar-
tinair. Arkefly's weekly flights to Bon-
aire cost 545 euro and begin this Satur-
day, November 4, supplementing its
four flights weekly to Curaqao. KLM is
not concerned, it says, and welcomes
free competition. Holiday season
flights are already fully booked, it said.

> Caribbean Star Airlines
(www.flycaribbeanstar.com) announced
that it has reinstated plans to offer
new service to/from Curacao. The
new service, which is on sale now for
travel beginning December 1, 2006,
will operate daily. Flight #771 departs
Trinidad at 9:45 am, arrives in Curacao
at 12:10 pm. Flight #879 departs Cura-
qao at 12:45 pm, arrives in Trinidad at
3:10 pm.
To celebrate the launch of the new

service, Caribbean Star is offering spe-
cial introductory fares starting at
just $69 each way for flights between
Trinidad and Curaqao. Special intro-
ductory fares are applicable to pur-
chases made by December 1, 2006, for
travel anytime after the December 1,
2006, launch date.
Caribbean Star operates a fleet of 11
aircraft: four brand-new Bombardier
Q300s plus seven Dash-8 300s, each
with a 50-seat capacity. With the addi-
tion of the new Curaqao service, Carib-
bean Star now serves 13 Caribbean
gateways with more than 635 flights
per week.

> Maduro & Curiel's Bank Curaqao
notified 300-400 of its clients that their
ATM cards had to be cancelled after
the bank discovered that "key pads"
with card readers had been installed
at ATMs in Curacao to gain access to
the PIN codes of clients. The practice
is known as "skimming." PIN codes are
sold abroad for third parties to take
money from the accounts of unsuspect-
ing victims. The bank believes it re-
acted before any money was taken
from the accounts involved.
In the meantime, control of ATMs
has intensified, while a new generation
of more tamper-proof machines will be
installed, as was already planned before
this incident.
The bank added that in such cases,
even if money had been taken, the cli-
ents would be reimbursed, as they were


Table of Contents

Guest Editorial- Value of Growth 4
Letters (Visual Pollution, TELBO Billing)5
Groenboom at Sunbelt Anniversary 8
Bonaire Eco-Swim 9
The Wake of the Lost Penguin 10
Croccantino says Goodbye 10
"Give me 5," says Divi Flamingo 10
Nightmare Crib Haunted House 11
Artists in Harmony, Janice & Olivia 11
Windsurf European Pro Freestyle Tour 13
Youth Tennis 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Nassau Grouper) 3
SGB Stars (Meralney Bomba) 6
Snack Detectives (Men Wa Snack) 7
Pet of the Week (Mavis) 7
Picture Yourself (Maple, Canada) 8
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Tide Table 12
Straight Talk 14
SuDoku Answer 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Rignaldo "Rishi" Oswaldo Marin) 17
Sky Park (Back in Time, Rana) 19
The Stars Have It 19

not at fault. At the end of last week
Curaqao police announced that they
had taken two foreign-born men into
custody, charging them with installa-
tion of the key pads. There were no
similar incidents on Bonaire.

(Continued on page 3)

Bonaire Reporter November 3 to November 10, 2006

Page 2

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
> Ernie and Marie Franke re-
cently arrived on Bonaire to work with
Trans World Radio. They didn't have a
mailbox at their house on Kaya J.A.
Abraham. So Ernie set about building
a mailbox, totally using PVC pipe that
would be keeping with the feeling of
Bonaire. Even the wings go up when
there's mail in the box. It's opposite the
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Tourists
stop by just to have their picture taken
with a life-size flamingo. However,
they don't leave a tip in the mailbox.

Until a short-term loan of NAf15
million from local financiers was pro-
vided, the Island Territory of Cura-
cao wasn't able to pay salaries to its
government workers. Finance Com-
missioner Eugene Rhuggenaath admit-
ted that the money was simply not in
the treasury since no one subscribed to
an earlier bond issue. The financial
sector does not have a lot of confi-
dence in the Curaqao government at
the moment due to reports of financial
problems and uncertainty concerning
constitutional reforms.
Meanwhile the Curaqao Education
Commissioner is concerned that there
is no money to pay study financing in
November and December for students

> Pensioned Dutchmen who
spend their golden years abroad
live, on average, a year and a half
longer than the elderly who remain
in the Netherlands, according to the
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Groupers are in
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The Nassau
Grouper may be
added to the En-
dangered Species
Act listing due to Nassau Grouper Photo by Albert Bianculli
over-fishing. At aggregate, they fish them out and can
least in the times of Steller's Sea Cows have a huge impact on the reproductive
and Caribbean Monk Seals, we could population. Groupers are apex preda-
say we didn't know better. But now, tors and show little fear of humans. In
with all of the knowledge we have fact, they are often curious and swim
about over-fishing and grouper decline, very close to divers-not great traits
I still hear divers here on vacation ex- when people are allowed to spearfish,
pounding on what a fantastic grouper which is thankfully illegal in Bonaire.
dinner they had the night before. Per- So, if you love the coral reef, don't eat
haps they just aren't aware? Hmmm. reef fish. It's that simple. Choose
Groupers, in particular, are at risk in Wahoo, Dorado, or Tuna at least
part because of their reproductive strat- until we find out they are being over
egy. They migrate for many miles to fished! 1 Caren Eckrich
reach their spawning grounds once or
twice a year. The group then mass
spawns over a period of a few days iolot Car c
and their fertilized eggs subsequently founded and runs Sea &
drift with the ocean currents, develop Dic Bo e's a
into small larvae, and settle to the e
bottom (sometimes this development sorkels fr l d
stage takes months). Once fishers adven program
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Bonaire Reporter November 3 to November 10, 2006

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L A t F 0i t e -i -.I I(e p e se h s ni en s o t e w it r


T here exists in the corporate
world a word which everyone
has become familiar with. It is
growth. This word has trickled down
to all walks of life and in many cases
has been made synonymous with pro-

In the corporate use of the word, it
means a company must grow or its inves-
tors will not see high enough returns on
the money they "bet" on this company. In
everyday life it is used by politicians to
convince their citizens that there must
always be expansion, growth, progress.
In reality these politicians are afraid of
losing theirjobs so will do anything, at
most any cost to keep "progressing."
Many times people will say, "We all
want and need growth," or, "It is inevita-
ble," which is completely untrue. Not
everyone wants growth when it is at the
cost of quality of life, the environment
and peace of mind.
As an analogy, look at the human body.
If growth were a major factor we would
all weigh 800 pounds or more and basi-
cally keel over dead. In any community,
and more so in an island tourist-oriented
community, this growth also brings with
it serious problems.
As one example, when more hotels get
built, more employees are needed but the
island's local population can't supply
them. With these employees come fami-
lies who need schools. Schools need

teachers who need housing. All of this
requires more water, more electricity,
more roads. More garbage is produced
which requires more landfill areas. More
sewage is produced which requires better
treatment. More cars show up, producing
more parking problems and traffic con-
gestion. More crime, so more police are
needed. More laws, which create more
government bureaucracy. And on top of
everything, more taxes to try to pay for it
all. All of these lead to a lesser quality of
life, yet someone keeps telling us, "We
all want growth," and others blindly
Look at Bonaire years ago. It worked.
People were happier. Taxes were lower.
Requirements were far less. Traffic was
not even a consideration. One could eas-
ily park most anywhere. Sewage was not
a consideration since nature was able to
handle it. Bonaire employed mostly its
own people. Today look at the huge for-
eign work force! This by itself brings
social conflict in schools, on roads and in
daily life. But we are told, "We all want

In corporate life, growth does mean
more money for some, but in real life
only a few will get anything from it. In
corporate life these money makers stay
only as long as the money keeps growing.
When something goes wrong they bail
out. Look at how many huge corporations
which grew like a human body only to
die or are on the verge of bankruptcy.
Many cities have grown so much they are
bankrupt. It is disappointing that those in
charge cannot take cues from other areas
that have already experienced the prob-
lems and learn from them.
In one community a local housing
boom for much of this decade has been in
full swing but so has a culture clash be-
tween area natives and newcomers. It's
said that growth breeds tensions. Evi-
dence of the conflict is everywhere, with
skirmishes fought at municipal meetings,
on the editorial pages and in online fo-
rums. Longtime residents are bewildered
by the rapid growth and resentful of its
by-products- traffic congestion, lost open
space and crowded classrooms. They're
struggling to preserve the familiar in an
evolving community.
Cost of living worries many people.
Others focus on the declining quality of
life. Friends are constantly telling others
to take advantage of skyrocketing real
estate values and sell their house to the
highest bidder. But then where does one
go? Even a comparably-sized home
would cost much more today than a dec-
ade ago. Everything, not just housing, is
more expensive than it used to be. Pay-
checks don't go up the way all the bills

have gone up. No one holds it against
anybody for wanting a good way of life,
but there's a payback to everything. Bon-
aire is suffering these exact same prob-
lems, but instead of learning, it goes
blindly forward.

Bonaire's reefs are suffering also. For
many this seems insignificant but for
those who study the sea it is a very seri-
ous problem. Loss of the reefs will have a
huge economic influence on Bonaire.
Other scientists are just waiting for the
day when the population gets ill from
eating fish contaminated with byproducts
of all this "progress."

Anyone can state their own opinion, but
when someone says, "Everyone wants
growth," what are they basing that on?
Have they polled an entire population?
Not everyone wants growth and not very
business can or should grow. Can you
imagine a really great restaurant buying
into this philosophy? It has 40 seats and
is doing exceptionally well. With growth
it has 75 seats next year and then 150 and
soon so many that the quality drops and it
goes under. Perhaps 99% of businesses in
the world do not grow. Look at every
small business here on Bonaire. Does one
really expect all of them to become a
Wal-Mart? Do the owners even want to
get that big? Bonaire keeps telling the
world how wonderful its nature is and
how everyone respects it and wants Bon-
aire to be based on nature, but reality is
just the opposite. O Believer in Quality

Bonaire Reporter November 3 to November 10, 2006

Page 4


Dear Editor:
Please consider publishing this as another
service to the community.
To The Management / Responsible Per-
sons at Digicel:

Your WEB page, billed as "Community
Service," extols the many ways that
Digicel extends a warm and friendly hand
to the communities that you service
(more correctly, invade, encroach, defile
might be more accurate).
What gives Digicel the presumed
"right" to move onto a beautiful little
island to spew your visual trash all over
the countryside?
You people have put billboards where
there should be none; you have painted
neighborhood walls with your red and
white slop. Your brochures can still be
found blowing through the once beautiful
and litter free landscape.
Digicel purports to be community con-
scious and highly responsible. The photo
(at right) is an example of Digicel's
"responsible" handiwork.
I trust your market share on Bonaire did
not meet your corporate expectations.
I can assure you that to continue down
the same arrogant, ignorant path will not
help to build the image that you so des-
perately seem to seek.
Perhaps you can summon up enough
community responsibility to pick up your
trash. O
Brian McCarley

Dear Editor:
I was very disturbed when I got the
notification that Telbo will only give cli-
ents a partial itemized bill and then only
if you pay NAf5 per month. What would
you do if you go to Kooyijman and buy
11 items and get a cash register bill for
NAf2148,34 non itemized? I know I
would not be very happy and ask for an
itemized bill.
The only bill I pay monthly which I can
check is my phone bill. Every month I do
try to look at my off-island calls and
check them. But my local calls are more
than 50% of my phone bill. I cannot
check them.
How do I know that TELBO does not
charge every Bonairean five local calls
extra each month??
How do I know that TELBO does not
add three extra calls on the Internet por-
tion of every Bonairean using the inter-
net dialup?
How do I know that no extra calls are
added to my cellular calls?

How do I know that TELBO does
charge me the special rate on Bonaire
Just a few examples where we Bonaire-
ans could be paying more than for what
we use because we do not have access to
itemized information!
I would like to suggest that you have a
look at SKYPEOUT I can go back
months and see which number I called on
what date, what time and how much the
call cost me!
I would like to suggest to TELBO to
put the phone bills (totally itemized, thus
including local calls, calls to cellular,
Internet calls and of course off-island
calls) on the internet. Each subscriber
would get a password and the username
would be your phone number or, where
necessary, another username. This would
save TELBO lots of paperwork and
money. We would be able to see our
phone balance at any time.
For the people who do not have a com-
puter I would like to suggest a meter giv-
ing the number of impulses and the total
cost acquired up to date.
Hopefully my suggestions will make
TELBO realize that we as citizens al-
ready have very little possibility to check
our phone bill and it is NOT justified to
charge a monthly fee for a standard ser-
vice (a specified bill). O
Diana R. Gevers

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
Dutch Social Insurance Bank, SVB.
According to SVB statistics the retired
Dutch who live the longest reside in
Canada. Retirees who live in Bonaire
were not mentioned in the study. Per-
haps it's because they are all still living?

> In upcoming Dutch elections the
governing Dutch Christian Democ-
rats narrowly lead their Labor PvdA
rivals three weeks before a general
election, but with neither side set for a
decisive victory, protracted coalition
talks seem likely.
PvdA triumphed in local elections in
March but has seen a commanding
opinion poll lead dwindle as the econ-
omy rebounded, and Prime Minister Jan
Peter Balkenende's CDA has pulled
ahead three weeks before the November
22 vote. Bonaireans are beginning to
pay more attention to Dutch elections as
they will be directly linked to Holland
beginning in 2008.

> The Coast Guard and police in
Curacao intercepted a boat with 40.5
kilos of cocaine and four crew. The
suspect vessel was spotted on radar
south of Klein Curaqao at 1:30 am last
Saturday. The boat, with three Venezue-
lan men and a Colombian woman on
board, was stopped and towed to the
harbor where police arrested them.
Suspecting that drugs had been
thrown overboard before they caught
the boat, the Coast Guard searched the
area and discovered a local fisherman
who led them to two packages he had
(Continued on paee 6)

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Y ou are now in Havo 3. Is it
different from Havo 1? And in
what way?
Yes, it's different. For starters it's a
higher level that's being demanded of
us. The pupils behave differently and we
have new subjects and new teachers. The
pupils used to be more naughty and less
serious. The group used to be larger too.
What is a new subject for you?
French. Biology and Care are gone. I
don't mind that. French is difficult but
easy at the same time. It's easier to learn
than Spanish.
What do you think of your group Havo
I really like them; they're nice. They are
not too busy. They can be really sweet;
they help you (sometimes) and they're
very social. I think they're positive
What do you want to become when you
grow up?
A hotel manager. Why? I already live in a
hotel. My mother runs a hotel and I help
her. I like it. And this way I'll get to travel
a lot in the future. And that's why I chose
French as a subject this year.
What package will you choose next year?
(In the exam years pupils have to choose
a certain package of subjects which will
give them the basisforfurther study)
Economics and Social Studies.
What are your hobbies?
Drawing ( I'm really, really good at that),
playing with my dogs, being creative and
sometimes swimming.
If you would describe yourself andyour
character, what would you say?
I would say that I'm kind, nice, quiet and
Even when you were in HA VO 1 you
knew you wanted to become a hotel man-
ager. So I'd say you also have a definite
goal in mind. That is also a characteristic
of your personality. Do you agree with
Yes. I do. I know what I want, and I make
sure that I get that.
What's your favourite band?
Happy Band and Prestige.
You mentioned you wanted to travel.

Where would you like to travel to?
Everywhere. I want to see the whole
What do you think about the SGB?
I think it's a nice school. They should
build more classrooms though. And I
really want air conditioning in all the
What do you think about the teachers?
Some are nice and some are strict and
From which of these do you learn the
I think from the 'normal,' nice ones. I
listen to them more and they make me
What else would you like to improve at
the SGB?
More places to sit when you have time off
between classes. And I would like more
materials; more books that you can get
information out of.
Where were you born?
On Bonaire.
What do you think ofBonaire?
It's a quiet and small island. There aren't
many things to buy, like on Curaqao. I
love going on a shopping spree, but that's
not possible here.
But then you can save money!
Yes! That's true!
Where do you want to go for your stud-
I think I want to go to Curaqao.
What's your favourite dish?
Pizza and Pisca Salu ku Funchi.
What's the best place to go and get that?
My mom makes the best Pisca Salu of
course. But to buy it you should go to
Luigi's Divi Divi Bar Restaurant.
Is there anything else that I should really
mention about you in this interview?
Yes! I really am very good at drawing. I
even made a self-portrait.
1 Interview by Yvette van der Moolen;
Assistant photographer: Sue-Ann Mo

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 5)
seen floating in the sea. When recov-
ered, the packages turned out to be fu
of drugs.

The Bonaire Businessmen's Ass
ciation (AKIB), in cooperation with t
Small Business Center (CKB), is org;
nizing two workshops in November
The first will be on November 11, titl
"Taxes and Your Responsibilities," cc
ducted by two experts from the Bona
branch of the Antillean Tax Service.
second will be on Saturday, Novembr
18, titled "Insurance and Pension fc
One and All," presented by a represe
tative of the Social Security and a pri
vate pension expert. AKIB plans to c<
tinue programs of this nature.
Each workshop costs NAf42,26 for
AKIB members and NAf60,40 for ot
ers and includes supplies, a snack,
drinks, tax and a participation certific

> The Caribbean's top bar-
tender, Jane Coffie, who serves
superb drinks at Divi Flamingo,
participated last week in the
Balashi Bartender competition
in Aruba. Last year the competi-
tion was held in Bonaire and Jane
was the top winner. Her coach, Ibi
Thomas, also of Divi, joined her
as did other island bartenders, Joa-
quin Theodora from Lion's Dive
and SGB hotel school student Papi
Saragoza. Although our team gave
a good showing, Curacao won
first, second and third. Ibi Tho-
mas, who's encouraged and taught
younger bartenders for years, re-
ceived a plaque from Balashi for
his dedicated bartender coaching.
Balashi sponsored the event and
paid for air and hotels for all the

> The Bonaire Con-
sumer Price Index rose
0.3% between June
and August 2006, ac-
cording to figures from .
the Central Bureau of 2.0
Statistics (CBS). The 1.5
category for drinks and
tobacco had the greatest s 1.0
rise, 0.9%, followed by
food at 0.7%. The chart 05
at the right shows the 0.0
CPI trend over the last
two years. O G/L.D.

For more information and sign-up, visit
the CKB office in the Lourdes Shopping
Mall during office hours or call 717-
2812. Please register early as there is
limited enrollment.

> Put it on your calendar, Sunday,
November 12, a free Day of Health in
Bonaire to celebrate "International
Day of Diabetes." The theme is "Care
for Everyone." There will be free testing
of blood glucose and cholesterol levels,
blood pressure, eyes, feet measuring and
examination. Dietitians will be cooking;
physiotherapist will demonstrate exer-
cises; and there will be stands with ex-
hibits and health products for sale. It's
sponsored by Sosiedat Diabetico Boneri-
ano and the Lion's Club, 11 am-5 pm at
the parking lot behind the Catholic
Church in Playa. Take advantage of this
important activity.

Ibi Thomas and Jane Coffie

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

This week: Men Wa Snack,
Kaya Neerlandia

T his week, the Snack Bar De-
tectives were joined by JJ for
the last time. After 18 months on
Bonaire he and his young lady
(known as "Princess") were going to
be sailing to distant shores. Well,
with the Princess by his side, I am
sure that he will be the envy of many.
Big D, JJ, and myself met up in one
of our favourite hostelries, the inten-
tion of course to partake in our favourite
pastime, drinking! We were joined by a
new boy this week. To keep his identity a
secret we will refer to him as "Slim." A
fresh faced young lad who has not had the
benefit of seeing the real Bonaire, it was
time to take him to school.
As the evening progressed, Slim gave a
good account of himself by staying the
pace. As seasoned drinkers, we don't hang
around waiting for our beer to go warm.
Our stomachs are usually the judge of
when to stop drinking and when to start
eating. We paid our tab and moved on to
Men Wa.
Now, Men Wa is place that not everyone
knows of but just about everyone has seen.
It is located within the grounds of Gas Ex-
press, tucked neatly away in the corner. We
took up our positions at the bar and re-
sumed drinking. As it was JJ's last night as
an honouree Snack Bar Detective, we al-
lowed him to choose for all of us. After a
quick discussion with a friendly local to

determine the best dishes, he made his
decision. Curry Beef for himself, Sweet &
Sour Shrimp for Big D and Sweet & Sour
Pork for Slim. I was left with the mystery
dish, A La Parrilla, which turned out to be
a selection of meats "from the grill."
The Chef worked alone with great effi-
ciency to prepare and cook three meals
simultaneously. Surprisingly quickly, they
were ready, all served with a mix of salad,
fries and rice. First impressions were good
- appetizing smells and pleasing to the eye
with portions large enough to satisfy the
biggest hunger. JJ had done us proud. We
laughed and joked through dinner until all
that was left were four empty plates, a re-
sounding Hopi Bon from us all.
A few more drinks brought the evening
to a close. It was the end of an era for the
Snack Bar Detectives. As we went our
separate ways, I reflected on some of our
great nights out.
Ladies & Gentlemen, JJ has left the is-
land! O SBD

Pet of the Week

H ere's Bonaire Animal Shel-
ter's Marlis with "Mavis."
Just a week or so ago little "Mavis"
was found with her brother and sis-
ter out in the mondi living as
wild cats with their mother. Had
they not been found by a Good Sa-
maritan and brought into the Shelter
their future would have been dire (as
prey for wild dogs, starving for food
and water). As it is, the mother is
still out there and because she's ob-
viously not sterilized, she'll be pro-
ducing even more litters, one after
But the good news is that these
darling grey striped tabbies, happily
ensconced in the Shelter, have
turned from wild, fearful kittens to
friendly, alert, sweet purring ma-
chines that just love to be held.
They've been examined by the vet,
given their tests and shots and have
proved to be little social animals. So
they're up for adoption to good
homes. You may see Mavis and her
siblings at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Satur- Marlis with "Mavis"
day, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Since the beginning of the year there have been 106 adoptions, and every single
one has or will be sterilized when it's old enough. The Sterilization Fund helps out
with this as well as helping those people who cannot afford to have their pets steril-
ized. It's mind boggling to think of how many unwanted kittens and puppies this
program has helped to avoid. But the program needs contributions. If you can help,
you may transfer your donation to "Sterilization Fund" MCB Account
#10616410. For on-line credit card donations go to website:
No matter what the amount of your contribution you can help prevent litters of
unwanted cats and dogs on the island. OL.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 3 to November 10, 2006

Page 7


L ast Friday Sunbelt
Realty celebrated
its 12 1 -year (half of 25)
anniversary with a recep-
tion at Bambu and intro-
duced its new magazine,
website (www.sunbelt.
an), photography by
Wilna Groenenboom and
gave a check to a deserv-
ing group on the island.

The magazine shows,
along with nearly all Sun-
belt's listings, photogra-
phy by Groenenboom of
detailsphy ro nenbm of Corine van der Hout hands over check to Outreach's
details of houses in each
of the neighborhoods. Alejandro Martinus and Richandro Emerenciana
(Continued on page 12)

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here at my school, J.A. Gib-
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a copy of The Bonaire Reporter that I
brought home with me.
I am wearing my Bonaire Ambas-
sador medal that I got this year. I am
10 and have been to Bonaire 10 Au-
gusts in a row plus one more before I
was born. I got to miss one week of
school while I was in Bonaire with
my parents this year. We stay at the
Carib Inn every year."

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Page 8

2006 Bonaire Eco-Swim: Challenging But Rewarding Experience for All

Approximately 100
swimmers gathered
on Saturday morning, Oc-
tober 14, at the dock of
Captain Don's Habitat,
anxiously waiting for the 8
am start, to participate in
either the one-mile, 5K,
10K or kids pier-to-pier
swim along the shoreline
of Bonaire. This event has
steadily grown throughout
the years, and this year
marked the largest partici-
pation ever. The swimmers
represented 14 different
states in the US and sev-
eral countries.
As active as these

Naperville Waves Coach Sue Welker, Ernst Lisek, Mi-
chelle Sims, Simon Hunt, Amanda Hunt at Captain

The Bonaire commu-
nity, including the Marine I
Park and local boaters as
well as kayakers, played a
significant role in keeping
the waters safe for the
swimmers. One of the
kayakers, Gabriel from
Bonaire, shared his
knowledge with the
swimmers about the local
Bob Bruce, head coach
of the Central Oregon
Masters Aquatics, partici-
pated in his first Bonaire
race and placed 5th over- The Awesome Austin Ladies: Sheila Peters, Claire
all in the 5K. "This was a Secker, Jane Scott, Cheryl Ridall, Leslie Blanke,
great place for a race. I Susan Bartlett
swim in Open Water
races all the time and enjoy the outdoor sur-
roundings of Oregon, but nothing compares
to looking at the beautiful scenery while
swimming around this island. This trip was
right down our line of interest."
Bonaire swimmers who placed in the
events included: Pieter Zweers, Carmen
Bernabela, Isidoor Van Riemsdyk, Giada
Binelli (First place, 5K, with fins), Jamal
Trenidad and Diane Werdath.
Information for next year's event will be
posted at http://www.aquamoon adven-
tures.com/. O Christine Manna

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Page 9

The "Wke"o d fthe LoS Pt m~ in

L ast Sunday was the "wake" of the
Lost Penguin which has been
owned and operated by Renota and Ton.
The couple, who ran the restaurant so very
well for the last four years, has sold it.
They've had a very loyal following, many
of whom showed up to partake of the
sumptuous free buffet put on by Ton and
organized by Renota, featuring most of the
favorite items from their menu. We all ,
shall miss them.
A sharp-eyed reader informed us during
the "wake" at the Lost Penguin that, in-
credibly, a penguin appeared on the cover
of last week's Reporter (October 27-
November 3). "It's up in the bell tower,"
she said. This must mean that the Penguin
lives. Past owners and operators of The
We hear the new owners will be open- Lost Penguin: Renota Michels and
ing soon.[] L.D. Ton van der Willigen

Crmcantino sa Goodbye
Papaya Moon Cain ina Says yHellgo

Last Saturday night was
time for another good-
bye to a fine restaurant on the
island. Croccantino which
has been operating and serv-
ing magnificent Italian food
since the early 90s closed its
doors. Owner Elizabeth
Wigny, who has overseen and
run the restaurant since 2000,
and her staff invited friends
for a last hurrah and a won-
derful party. It was a typical
Croccantino evening good
friends, fine food and drinks
served with love, and cool
jazz by Guus Gerritsen and
his group: Benji, Lando, Boy, ..i
Hans and Henk. A surprise
performer was bass player
Hershell Rosario who flew
over from Curaqao to play for
the special occasion.
The new owners of the New owners: Pam & Carl Perpich (daughter
restaurant are the Perpich Taylor), Pat & Ray Brietzke (son Andrew) with (L)
and Brietzke families (the Elizabeth Wigny and Chef David
wives of each of the guys
are sisters) who will reopen the site as "Papaya Moon Cantina," specializing in
TexMex cuisine with accompanying drinks like Margaritas and other south of the
border refreshments. Papaya Moon expects to open mid-November.
This evening served as another example of a philosophy of life on Bonaire: En-
joy the moment, for tomorrow it may be gone. O L.D.

"Give Me 5," says Divi Flamingo
~ % 8ti l'

Some of the 41 Divi employee winners with
General Manager Sara Matera who handed out the fivers

"G Five," a con-
test hosted by Divi Fla-
mingo for their em-
ployees, awarded a
total of $590 to 41 Divi
Flamingo employees.
To be a "Give Me
Five" winner the em-
ployee must have had a
written compliment
from a guest during the
last quarter. Many of
the winners are em-
ployees who work be- .
SOne of the big winners, Alvin Clemancia, gets his
hind the scenes.
ne M S. five timesfivefrom Sara
General Manager Sara
Matera passed out the $5 bills: 16 employees received $5, six received $10; six got
$15; four got $20; three got $25, four got $30. The two top winners were Orlando
Thomas who, with seven commendations, got $35, and Mirna Arrindell, winning a
total of $45, with nine guest compliments. Congratulations to all. You're a super
team. O L.D.

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Page 10

The nightmare Cri faunterd Hose


. a #

A fter local artist,
Janice Huckaby of
JanArt read the article in
The Bonaire Reporter
about Bonairean artist
Olivia Janga, she invited
Olivia to come to her
workshop to see if she
would be interested in tak-
ing some classes with her.
"In the beginning I gave
her a stack of artists' maga-
zines and I asked her to
look through them and tell
me what style she liked
because that's the most
important thing. People Olivia Jar
have to paint what they
like. She came back with examples of
landscapes and nature. As I've taken thou-
sands of pictures of Bonaire we looked
through them for a Bonairean equivalent
of the painting that she chose from the
magazine because what Olivia wants is to
paint Bonaire and that's the same for me.
It's nice to have that goal of life in com-
Olivia is an attentive student: she listens
and she does it right away. We started by
painting an old Bonairean house in acrylic
paint, but she also wants to do oil, water
colors and pastel; she likes it all. Now
she's working on her second painting, an
impression of Old Blue. As Olivia is spas-
tic, fine line drawing is hard for her, but
everything else is right there colors, com-
position and light. Olivia can paint realism
in an impressionistic style.
She's here every Tuesday from 10 to 2,
and she immediately goes to work as soon
as she arrives. She can stay forever. We
could spend years doing this until life

Volunteer Joy Jenkins reported that the
"House" made so much money just in the first
two nights that they would be able to give even
more than expected to the selected charities.
Congratulations on a job well done. It's obvious
there was a lot of work and thought put into the
project....and you all seemed to be having a
wonderful time doing it! Can't wait until next
year! O L.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 3 to November 10, 2006

nga and Janice Huckaby Kooistra photo

brings us to different paths. I always
wanted to give something back to the is-
land, but nothing really appealed to me. It
was really special that this came to me."
Olivia herself is having a wonderful
time, according to her friend and former
group leader, Varenia Thomas. "She's
enjoying the fact that she's becoming
more professional and also she's very en-
thusiastic about working with different
kinds of paint. She likes Jan and she likes
Jan's work a lot. Olivia was so pleased
with the first painting she made at Jan's,
an old Bonairean house, that she took lots
of pictures of it and asked the FKPD (the
center for the handicapped in Rincon
where Olivia is a client) if she could take
it home!" 1 Greta Kooistra
Just before we went to press, we re-
ceived a report that Olivia Janga will
represent Bonaire's artists and make a
presentation of one of her own paintings
to Queen Beatrix during her visit on No-
vember 8 and 9. Ed.

Page 11

AB~ii~B~ ~08 ~B17)OP~ ~ ~-i~n~ and ~

(Sunbelt's Anniversary and Groenenboom Ex-
hibit. Continued from page 8)
Groenenboom's articles, "Antique Liv-
ing Houses of Bonaire," have run as a
regular feature in The Bonaire Reporter
for the past year. During the reception
there was a showing of her photography
depicting architectural details of Bon-
aire's houses.
In further celebration of the anniver-
sary, Director/Owner Corine van der
Hout presented a check for NAf12.500

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

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

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

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

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

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651

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
deductible donation visit

to the Bonaire Youth Outreach Founda-
tion. As Corine explained, it's "a pro-
ject related to our working field." A
special project of Outreach is youth
working together with a construction
professional to repair the homes of the
elderly who cannot afford to do it them-
selves fixing leaking roofs, broken
windows, replacing doors, water and
electricity problems and more.
Sunbelt Realty offers full service:
buying and selling real estate (housing
and commercial), rentals, management
services and appraisals. DL.D.

www.supportbonaire.org and help
make a difference!

Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
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Cozy guest cottage available
Studio with kitchen, airco, cable TV,
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tact: bonairecottage@aol.com

For Sale
Surfboard. Good condition. Any
reasonable offer.
Aluminum Dock ladder,
Bruce, 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm.

Toilet complete, clean in perfect
condition. US style. NAf 95 Bruce,
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

4a rs
For Sale

For SALE: Mitsubishi Galant
1995, automatic. Naf. 6.000 786-4014

rio, 1997, yellow, with hard-top and
windstop. Tel. 786-5591.


S uDoku
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.
1 Supplied by
Molly Kearney
(who has to
solve all the
puzzles first)

1 9 7

2 5 3 8

6 4 1 8 _5

-- -----

3 8 4 1 2

9 3 2 6

3 1 5 6
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Complete solution on page 14.

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

Red Toyota Lite Van from 1996,
excellent condition Call 700-2056 and
get a good offer!

Chevy C30 Truck differential (rear
end). Any reasonable offers.
Bruce at 717-8819 8 amto 5 pm

P ro pe rty. ,
Sales &
Re ta Is

House for rent per 1 January 2007
$ 400/ NAf700 PM, 3-bedroom in
Playa/Antriol. Let me know if you are
interested by sending me your email at:
b.antoin@telbonet.an. For more info.
you can call telephone: 790-6818

Porch sale: Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 4 &
5 Beautiful things some inexpensive,
some not so inexpensive. EEG Boulevard
12 (Belnem)

Bonaire Reporter November 3 to November 10, 2006

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Got something to buy or sell?
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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
11-03 3:24 1.1FT. 10:52 1.8FT. 18:27 1.OFT. 23:22 1.3FT. 81
11-04 0:54 1.1FT. 2:42 1.1FT. 2:44 1.1FT. 11:33 1.9FT.
19:55 0.9FT. 90
11-05 12:12 2.OFT. 21:21 0.8FT. 97
11-06 13:02 2.1FT. 22:35 0.7FT. 101
11-0713:50 2.1FT. 23:32 0.6FT. 99
11-08 0:23 0.6FT. 14:41 2.OFT. 94
11-09 1:15 0.6FT. 15:38 2.OFT. 85
11-10 1:54 0.6FT. 16:29 1.9FT. 74

Page 12

Windsurfing Report by Ruben Petrisie

European Professional Freestyle Tour-

Anapa, Russia, Black Sea Cup

T he third big event
on the European
Freestyle Pro Tour or-
ganized by the Russian
Windsurfing Federation
took place at another
new destination: Anapa,
Russia, on the Black
After some training in
Turkey I flew with some
Turkish freestylers to
Krasnodar, a city that's
about 200 km away
from Anapa. The flight
was very unpleasant
since Russia is the num-
ber one country where Ruben
airplanes crash. I can
understand it because
the people on board had
all kinds of electronic
devices running. Some
were on phones calling,
others listening to music
or working on their lap-
tops during the whole
The flight attendant was
serving the food without
a cart so she was strug- Ruben Petrisie
gling the whole time be-
cause of turbulence. The airliner was very equipment of the riders who flew throu
old and noisy. Moscow so they could avoid any prob-
When we arrived it took about 30 minutes lems flying with the smaller domestic
to open the door so we could get out of airlines.
the warm aircraft. Then the immigration The weather forecast did not look toc
control took about another two hours be- promising for the week. On the first da
cause of being very strict and, of course, we had an excursion tour around Anapa
lack of language knowledge. From there including swimming with dolphins and
it was a two-hour drive to Anapa. horseback riding. At night they had the
Anapa is a pleasant village in the south Daily Black Sea Cup news going on, ft
with a nice mountainous coastline and an lowed by the opening ceremony with a
amazing view over the Black Sea. It was spectacular Russian chill-out scene wh
built in the 13th century on ruins of an- everybody could sit on these giant
cient Gorgippija where Genoese sailors couches and enjoy the video clips from
and merchants had constructed a trading the previous years. The second day the
station protected by a castle and named it sun showed up instead of the wind. It v
Mapa. In 1475 Turks captured all the extremely warm for Anapa during this
Black Sea colonies of Genoa. They time of the year.
erected a city here and then a fortress After lunch 10 riders were selected to
Anapa. have a Russian bath. They actually cov
The organizers arranged free rooms for your whole body with some black mud
the top 10 riders on the 2006 Tour Rank- and afterwards wash it off in hot spring
ing list. They even arranged their own water. Even though I was selected I dic

cameras, everybody wanted to film me
during the whole process.
This event was really good for me be-
cause I was getting more interviews, TV
and media coverage than all other riders.
They even selected me to do the news in
the Russian language which was ex-
tremely cool for the locals and the organi-
On the third day the wind seemed to kick
in a bit. After lunch it was decided to run
an "expression session" at another loca-
tion close by. The press and the camera
crew were ready and the riders put down
a little show. I was pulling off some
smiley moves for the cameras until the
wind died and the show ended in less than
two hours.
The fourth day still had no wind, but there
were lots of interviews with many differ-
ent magazines and sport broadcasting
channels from Russia. The questions they
ask the most were: What we as pro riders
do when there is no wind? Also where do
we think is the best place to windsurf?
My answers:
When there's no wind we hang out and
socialize with the locals, try to invent new
freestyle moves and talk about the sport.
We make time for the media and get ex-
posure for our sponsors.
I suggested the best place for windsurf-
ing. There's no place like Bonaire warm
constant winds a destination where you
will have super flat, flat, shallow, choppy
and wave conditions, all at the same time.
Otherwise, for those who can't travel so

The European Freestyle Pro Tour once
again suffered through a great event with
no final results. The awards ceremony
was held first for the Russian Sailing Fed-
eration Race results. They made me dress
in a completely white costume to repre-
sent one of the organizers who took third
place but who could not present a prize to
himself. It came off as extremely funny,
and the audience really liked it.
Everyone is looking forward to hosting a
bigger event next year and are also plan-
ning a great indoor event for the future.
Next up the European Freestyle Pro
Tour Finals in Croatia. I'm aiming for a
top 8th position at the end of this 2006
season. My greetings to all. O Ruben

tonaire Reporter NovemDer 3 to NovemDer 10, 200o

Ruben meets the Russian press

Page 13

St's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
reporter(abonairenews. com.

Question from:
"To believe or not believe."

Dear Betty I'm a mother of 2 and still live
with the children's father. He is still married,
but his wife and other children live in Hol-
land. He is a smooth andflirtypublic figure
and is well liked by the women. He has
cheated several times in the past but since we
started living together our relationship has
been going great.
Recently, I heard gossip that he is back to
his cheating ways, although he denies it. I
have a strong suspicion that the gossip is true
as Iwas one of his women with whom he had
an affair while still living with his wife.
Should I cut this player loose now or stick
around hoping the gossip is untrue?

ANSWER: Believe it, or not your situation is
not unique, especially the "smooth and flirty
public figure" part. The name Bill Clinton
comes to mind. In a survey of American
women, they were asked, "Would you sleep
with President Clinton?", and 86% replied,
"Not again."
Unfortunately, there are quite a few mar-
ried men who maintain a second family, have
children with multiple women, and/or keep a
mistress or two on the side. Their behavior
gives new meaning to Genesis 1:28 wherein




And the
solution is:
(puzzle and
directions on page

God said, "Be fruitful and
multiply." I don't think He Betty Wills
intended it as a green light for
men to plant their seed in every garden they
visit! One guy bites an apple, and now they
all want to be Johnny Appleseed.
You already know the extent of your man's
fidelity. He is married to someone else and
living with you not what I consider a very
strong foundation on which to build a
healthy, loving relationship.
As for the gossip well, it could go either
way, but usually where there's smoke, there's
fire. Suspicion usually results from a gut
feeling, and gut feelings are instinctual. They
are also honest, which is more than I can say
for married men who cheat on their wives.
I've found it's always best to listen to your
gut. It really doesn't matter if the gossip is
true. What does matter is the fact you don't
trust him, and trust is essential in a loving
relationship. Without it, you have nothing.
oBetty Wills

Joke Of The Day
A man ran a classified ad:
"Wife wanted".
Next day he received a hun-
dred letters.
They all said the same thing:
"You can have mine."

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Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
(Carice van Houten)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
The Covenant

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfI4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM

SATURDAY 4 PM November:
Open Season


Saturday, November 4-Big
Monthly Rincon Marshe, 6 am to 2
pm. A Real Bonairean Experience. Mu-
sic, local foods, drinks, stands selling
gifts, produce, crafts, plants. Special
guests discuss topics "bou di ra-
mada" (on the porch).

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days, starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: Wednesday, Nov. 1 Silver
Shadow (first call), Sunday, Nov. 5 -


Wednesday, Thursday, November 8, 9
- Her Highness, Queen Beatrix's
visit to Bonaire

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

Sunday, November 12 -International
Day of Diabetes parking lot behind
Catholic Church in Playa, free-11
am-5pm. See page 7.

Saturday, November 25-Sint
Nicholaas arrives in Bonaire, Wilhel-
mina Park. Sponsored by the Fun-
dashon Sanikolas. Call 717-8482 for
more information.

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, 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 (NAf12 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open everyday into the evening
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marsh-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 Marshe 1st Saturday of the
month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 44.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines.
NAf20 per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Satur-
day of the month from 3 to 7 pm,
Parke Publico. Everyone welcome to
buy and to sell. NAf5 per selling table.
For more information and reservations
for a spot, call 787-0466.

* 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

* Caribbean Night live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435

* 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.
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-
9, Cactus Blue.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

* 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

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per per-

son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* 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
* 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

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
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.

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the fam-
ily has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell
you the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -
12,24. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-
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 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

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
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
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

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-
Volunteers to train children in
sports. Contact Quick-Pro Track and
Field Rik 717-8051

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
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kral-
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 Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk
- Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7
pm in Papiamentu 717-8304. Satur-
day at 6 pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto
in Antriol, in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm.
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(@onairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 786-6518

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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 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday -Saturday 6-10pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Cactus Blue Moderate Trend Setting Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service

Calabas Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Fami Bea Rert Waerfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
A17-8285 Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfasts Breakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Breakfasts Only Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.

OnPasa Bon PizzaLow-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m 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

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


S 1-1 I LJ ID E SeeaertiseEvery Week

C > F P P I N M 3 UL I D E See advertsementsin this issue 0

Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel.
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Bonaire Creations new 2007 Calendar available now
at shops around town.
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 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.
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.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.
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.

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.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and
tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Bel-
nem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
New! Spa!
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices Full digital services.

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in profes-
sional customer service, top notch properties and home
owners insurance.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell

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.

Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women. New styles
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.

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On the Island Since ...

Rign ald "Rishi" Oswald I Mari n Doktor di VNowc

4 ] y parents were married for
V more than four years when my
mother went to Isla Margarita to pray to
the Virgen del Valle, this special virgin,
and the result was she got pregnant with
me. This virgin has been my patron saint
all my life and I believe in her because in
the end everything always turns out well
for me. Of course I have to work on it too.
Both my parents are Bonairean, but I
was born on Cura9ao because my father,
Baselio Marin, was working there for
Shell, mostly on tankers. He traveled a lot
- to New York, Amsterdam, Venezuela
and Russia. His father had also been a
sailor, Pedro Marin, and he came from Isla
Margarita, Venezuela.
In Cura9ao I went to kindergarten and
elementary school and also I was an altar
boy. All the cassocks were too big for me
because all the other altar boys were big
guys and I was tiny for my age. One day
during mass I knelt down and when I got
up the heel of my shoe got stuck in the
cassock and I fell all the way down to the
first row. The whole church was laughing,
and I never forgot it!
When I was 10 we moved to Bonaire.
Every day after school I had to fight my
way out because I came from Cura9ao, and
as a stranger you weren't accepted. It was-
n't like now, with all the nationalities we
have here. In those days, everyone used to
know everyone.
After primary school I wanted to go to
technical school. I liked cars and airplanes
- engines. Once I did a test at school with
someone who'd come especially from
Cura9ao and he said, 'You're willing to
take an engine apart and to put everything
back together again, but you can't find the
time to read a book!' I didn't have pa-
tience for that, you know, and still, for
instance when I buy something, I put it
together and read the instructions after-
wards or not at all if the thing is working
My mother, Rosa Bella Winklaar, didn't
want me to go to technical school, so I
went to MAVO high school .When I fin-
ished there was this scholarship available
to study to become an ophthalmologic
assistant. I had to wait though and in the
meantime I worked for Don Stewart at
Aquaventure in the dark room at Hotel
Bonaire. My father was also working for
Don but as a dive guide. Don did the un-
derwater photography and I'd develop and
print the pictures. That was in 1974; I was
17. When I was 18 1 went to get my
driver's license. I took Eddie Statie, an-
other dive-guide, with me to the exam and
he got it too.
To tell you the truth, I wasn't in a hurry
to go to Holland. At the time it seemed so
far. When you wrote a letter it would take
almost two weeks for the mail to arrive.
But of course I went. I was 19 and all by
myself. From the age of seven I had to
wear glasses and when we came to Bon-

aire I had to go every year to Curagao for a
check up for new glasses. When they
broke you had to do without, because there
was no facility on Bonaire to take care of
All my life I've felt lucky because the
scholarship was there the moment I fin-
ished high school and it was a great oppor-
tunity. However, before I went to Holland
I had to work as a trainee for several
weeks on Cura9ao with the eye doctor, Dr.
van Bokhoven, because they wanted to
make sure that I was interested in the sub-

"After half an hour in the
air, the section of the
plane where I sat was
filling up with smoke and
the stewardesses acted
kind of nervous. I
thought, 'Gee, now I've
spent all that time
studying for nothing!'

So, in Holland I went to work at the Eye
Hospital in Rotterdam and I lived there
too, and that was lucky because I didn't
have to go anywhere by bus or train. I did-
n't have to cross a street. I just had to open
a door and I was at work!
I didn't like the work at all. I had to
wash people and change the sheets and
because I was a live-in I also had to work
all the holidays. I was homesick too, not
much, but enough to become quiet and
withdrawn. But after a while things went
better because Dr. Spierenburg from Cura-
9ao became the head of the clinic. He
helped me a lot and also I had someone to
speak Papiamentu with. I started working
at the policlinic and as time passed by the
eye doctors became very supportive and
friendly. I could talk to them, ask them
questions and discuss my lessons with
them. As the training was quite new for
Holland they'd all help make up the pro-
gram for the course. The course took
nearly three years, during which I worked
one year as a trainee in Bonaire at the poli-
clinic next to the Protestant church.
After my graduation, I got my diploma
March 31st' 1979. I flew back to Bonaire
on Friday the 13th Everybody told me not
to fly that day, but I went anyway. After
half an hour in the air, the section of the
plane where I sat was filling up with
smoke and the stewardesses acted kind of
nervous. I thought, 'Gee, now I've spent
all that time studying for nothing!' I be-
came a little superstitious that day! Well, it
turned out an oxygen tank had exploded or

something like that. It was handled well
afterwards. When I arrived I immediately
started working at the policlinic and that's
28 years ago.
About four times a year Dr. Hilgers, the
eye doctor from Cura9ao, would come to
Bonaire to see his patients here, and of
course they could visit him in Cura9ao, but
on Bonaire I was the only one who knew
about eyes. It was a responsible job."
Dr. Marin (49) is impressive; he's tall
and quite a personality. But he 's also a
wonderfully social man with a very nice,
dry sense of humor.
"In Holland I had a girl friend. She was
from Cura9ao and studying to become an
eye doctor, and when we came back to the
islands we were traveling a lot back and
forth between Bonaire and Cura9ao, but
somehow it didn't work out. Then, 27
years ago, I met Stella Wijman from Bon-
aire. She was good at sports, a nice girl.
We got married August 4th this year. After
all those years I thought, 'Let's give it a
try!' I liked sports; I played baseball and
tennis and I also did some shooting. In
Cura9ao I took a course and became an
instructor with the Dutch Marksman Asso-
ciation. I participated in the World Cham-
pionships in Atlanta to qualify for the
Olympics, but when that didn't work out I
quit. I'd witnessed something grand; all
those countries, people from all over the
world, Japanese girls in their kimonos, all
the big shots and hot shots and every shot
from every shooting magazine it was
unforgettable... but then I decided to put
all my time in my two boys.
Before the first one was born I'd bought
a big book of names, but when he was
born on my birthday, August 5th, 1982, I
had to give him my name. Now they call

him Rishi-chiki, little Rishi, but he's not
little at all he's very tall!
On November 18th 1984, our second son,
Raynard, was bor. I've spent a lot of time
with them, on their education, but also on
their sport, Little League. They played in
many countries: St. Domingo, Venezuela,
Mexico, Colombia, St. Croix, Puerto Rico,
Barbados, Aruba and Curagao. We went to
all these places with them. They were and
still are great kids, very nice boys.
The eldest is working at Kooyman's.
He's living with us together with his little
son, Shamal, who's four. I've been so
lucky; he's the light of our lives! My other
son is in Aruba and he's a nurse. October
15th he also became a dad when his daugh-
ter, Mary-Ann, was born.
After our boys were grown up I was
thinking about adoption, and if Shamal
wouldn't have lived with us I would have
adopted because I've got plenty of energy
to raise another child.
When my first son was born I thought
there isn't a place as beautiful as Bonaire
anywhere in the world to raise a child, and
in spite of the fact that so many things
have changed I still feel the same. It is a
beautiful island, and the best part of my
job is that I can do it here because on Bon-
aire people still talk to each other and we
take our time. As long as I am working I
never gave a patient an
appointment for a
certain time. Every
visit takes as long as
the patient needs and
that's also Bon-
Story & photo by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter November 3 to November 10, 2006

Rignaldo "Rishi" Oswaldo Marin Doktor di Wowo

Page 17

RBTT youth tennis competition 2006;
Results 9th round

ast weekend the ninth round of the RBTT youth tennis competition an n
was played at the Harbour Village Tennis Center. More than 80 chil- and 17 there will be
dren from 3 up to 18 years old competed. On Sunday rain delayed play but groups. For more ir
eventually all were played. Elisabeth Vos: 09-5

The results of the games so far:
E: 1st and 2nd place: Yannick Finies beat Almar van Leeuwen 10-3
3rd and 4th place: Nathan Finies beat Max Witten 10-7
D: 1st and 2nd place: Constantijn Bottrop beat Josephine Marshall 4-2
3rd and 4th place: Jordan de Meijer beat Ties vd Ouweelen 4-0
Cl: lst and 2nd place: Jaimylee van Kouwen beat Alexander Hart 6-2
3rd and 4th place: Christopher Pourier beat Jordan Coffee 6-3
C2: 1st and 2nd place: Walter beat Nadia Dabboussi 6-3
3rd and 4th place: Zaira Groenendal beat Kaile Finies 6-2
B: Halve finale: Boy Groenendal Kevin Dijkhof
Halve finale; Lothar May beat Krystel de Palm 4-1;4-1
A: 1st and 2nd place: Thammy Alberts played against Daniel Carrillo
3rd and 4th place: Denzel and Hage overcame Ryan Rasmijn 4-3; 1-0

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r aI I Fi E


*to find it... just look up

Looking Back In Time 30, 40 and 2 1/2 Million Years Ago

ou know, everyone is fascinated with
the concept of time travel. And al- i
though actually going back in time is only a I A
thing of science fiction, you can actually look
back in time and see things as they existed
long ago. So in this very special edition of
Bonaire Sky Park, let me show you how to see
some things as they actually existed 30 years
ago, 40 years ago and 2 1/2 million years ago
and explain why I've chosen them.
Now most of you know that light is consid-
ered to be the fastest moving thing in the uni-
verse. In fact it travels 186,000 miles a sec-
ond, which means that whenever we look at
the Moon we never see it as it exists at the
moment but as it existed 1 1/3 seconds ago
because it is about 240,000 miles away. When "
we look at the Sun we also never see it as it
actually exists at the present moment but as it RANA
existed 8 1/3 minutes ago because it is 93 mil-
lion miles away. And the closest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri, is so far away
that we see it as it existed 4 1/4 years ago.

RANA (Delta Eridani) is in the middle of the western flow of the Constellation of
Eridanus, the River. Just to the east of Epsilon Eridani, lies the star Rana. Star
names are sometimes a confusing mess. "Rana" seems to have been erroneously
transferred in the 20th century from the Latinized version of an alternative name for
Deneb Kaitos, "Rana Secunda," which means (from old Arabic culture) the "second
frog" (Fomalhaut being the "first frog"). Better to call the star by its Greek letter
name, Delta Eridani, though this barely fourth magnitude (3.54) star is actually the
fifth brightest in the celestial stream.

Well, believe it or not, this Saturday, November 4f, marks the 30th anniversary
of this column. So to help celebrate I decided I'd like to find some visible star 30
light years away so we can look at something this week as it actually appeared
when I first started this column. And happily we found one. It's to the right of
Orion the Hunter in the constellation, Eridanus the River. Its name is Rana and
when we look at it this week we are seeing it as it actually existed when I started.

All of which leads to a question. If whenever we look at the stars we are actually
looking back in time, depending upon how far away a star is, just how far back in
time can we see with the naked eye?
Well this is a good month to find out because if you go out any clear, moonless
night in November between 8 and 10 pm, draw a line from the brightest star of Cas-
siopeia to the brightest star in the great square of Pegasus, and two thirds of the
way up that line you'll see a tiny faint cloud which through telescopes reveals itself
to be a gigantic family of billions of stars. It's called M-31, the Great Galaxy in
Andromeda. And it is so far away it takes 2 1/2 million years for its light to reach
us. So we see it now as it existed 2 1/2 million years ago. So here's to you, M-31. 1
Jack Horkheimer

MirEi ^MUZ^

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Sunday, October 29 to
Saturday, November 4, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) A little overtime may help you reduce the workload.
Your mate will enjoy helping out. This may not be your day if you are overly melo-
dramatic and unnerving everyone around you. Watch your tendency to live for the
day and to spend too much on entertainment and children; it could set you back.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Be discreet and don't present your ideas until you're
certain that they're foolproof. New relationships will surface through work related
events. Consider applying for a job in another part of the world. You may want to
talk to your boss about your future goals. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Confusion could result when communicating with oth-
ers. Don't let your personal partner hold you back. Limitations at work might set you
back. Don't get into heated discussions. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Matters pertaining to your home environment will be
favorable if you are direct. Don't let your family put demands on you. Don't be too
quick to voice your opinion. Listen to others carefully. You will be able to find the
perfect outfit and the greatest new accessory for your house. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try to control your irritability if you're experiencing emo-
tional problems with your partner. Heed the advice given by family or old reliable
friends. Tempers will mount if you're too pushy at work or at home. Coworkers may
not be giving you all the pertinent information. Your lucky day this week will be
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You could do extremely well in competitive sports
events. You could be cornered, so be prepared to tell the truth. Dealing with foreign-
ers will be most enlightening. Try to make arrangements with close friends or rela-
tives to spend a few days away. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can evade the issue as usual by being affectionate,
fun loving, and far too active for your lover to catch on. Get involved in competitive
sports. Friends will appreciate your attention and playful nature. Confusion is appar-
ent and you'll need some sound advice if you want to do the right thing. You will
want to complain about the injustice that is going on. Your lucky day this week will
be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Show what a dedicated person you can be. Don't let
criticism upset you. Hassles will delay your plans. Empty promises will cause confu-
sion. You could experience delays in shipments or mail, and should be careful while
traveling. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21). You can come into money that you don't neces-
sarily work for. Social activities will be satisfying. Accept the inevitable, and oppor-
tunities for advancement will follow. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan. 20) Try not to lend or borrow money this week. You
may have difficulties finishing projects you start. You can learn valuable information
if you listen and observe what others are doing and saying. Get out and get active.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) There's a good chance that they won't come back.
Turn your present relationship around or start a new one. Your outgoing nature might
work against you this week. Risky ventures may turn in your favor. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Secret affairs may only cause complications in your
life. Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Don't play on your partner's emo-
tions. You may have to explain your actions to your family. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday. 1

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