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December 1. December 8,2006 Volume 13, Issue 46


Page 10

Nearly all air travelers entering
the US will be required to
show passports beginning January
23, including returning Americans and
people from Canada and other nations
traveling through the Western Hemi-
The date was disclosed Tuesday by
Homeland Security Secretary Michael
Chertoff in an interview with the Asso-
ciated Press. The Homeland Security
Department plans to announce the
change on Wednesday.
The department had been expected to
institute the passport requirement for
air travelers around the beginning of
the year. Setting the date on January 23
pushes the start past the holiday season.

The Netherlands Antilles is in
need of expertise from Dutch munici-
palities, said Director of the Associa-
tion of Dutch Municipalities (VNG)
Ralph Pans after a recent visit here. He
devoted special attention to the three
smaller islands, Bonaire, Saba and St.
Eustatius, that will obtain the status of

municipality in the Kingdom next year.
In general, assistance on judicial and
financial issues are important, espe-
cially Environmental Development
and Property Management for Bon-
aire. It seems to be very difficult to
find qualified civil servants. The func-
tion of head of the Finance Department
in Bonaire, for instance, has been va-
cant for some time now. According to
Pans, this situation makes Bonaire
(leading up to a new financial relation-
ship with the Netherlands) very vulner-
able. VNG will try to find persons suit-
able to fill the job opening in Bonaire
and will also try to help solve other
problems the islands have.

> The Islands' Summit to continue
the planning for transition to the new
structure and constitutional changes for
the Antilles, rescheduled for Decem-
ber 11-12, is now in doubt because
Curacao's Island Council did not ratify
the November 2nd "final" political dec-
laration. All other islands have signed.
This delay is not expected to postpone
Bonaire's move to closer ties with Hol-
land in July 2007.

> In last week's Parliamentary
elections in The Netherlands the
Dutch Christian Democrats held on
to power but faced a battle to form a
coalition government as many voters
turned to parties on the far left and far
right. The complete vote count showed

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's
Christian Democrats (CDA) winning
41 seats in the 150-seat parliament,
down from 44 in the 2003 election but
far ahead of the opposition Labor with
The far-left Socialists (SP) soared to
third place ahead of the liberal VVD,
Balkenende's coalition partner, making
his job of forming a strong government
much more difficult.
Balkenende rode to victory on an
economic upturn in the past year. But
who joins the next coalition will deter-
mine how closely he can stick to his
business-friendly policies and tough
line on immigration, long a major con-
cern of Dutch voters.
The other big winner was the new
party of anti-immigration maverick,
Geert Wilders, who says the Nether-
lands risks being flooded by Muslims
and wants an immediate halt to new

Antilles Prime Minister Emily de
Jongh-Elhage says that the biggest re-
gret she has about the outcome of last
Tuesday's Dutch elections is that Atzo
Nicolai most probably would not re-
turn as Dutch Administrative Reform
and Kingdom Relations Minister. "He
really worked hard on achieving an
agreement with the Netherlands Antil-
les regarding constitutional change,"
the Prime Minister said.
(Continued on page 3)


Table of Contents

(Cruise Passengers Fees) 3
Reef Windows (Rappel) 6
Astronaut Inspires Youngsters 7
(Dante Abraham) 8
Swimmers Named for National
Championships 9
Sanikolas Comes to Town 10
Children Rights Day 11
Surinam's Birthday Party 13
Parrot Books Given to
National Park Library 18


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles
(Coral Mining) 3
Coral Glimpses 3
Picture Yourself
(Doha, Qatar
& New York) 8
Straight Talk 12
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week
(Maxine) 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Marisela Croes-Oduber) 17
Sky Park
(Planets Line-up) 19
The Stars Have It 19
SuDoku Answer 19

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

Page 2

Flotsamanrd Jetsam. Continued frompage 2 c coral glim pses
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)

his top photo was taken in the late
1990s, showing how the little coral
colony on the left was partially killed by the
anemone's tentacles rubbing against it. The
coral polyps on the left are still fine; those that
were rubbed by the anemone were killed by
the anemone's apparently superior stinging
This bottom photo was taken five to 10
years later. The anemone still flourishes. The
untouched side of the coral also flourishes,
growing almost an inch. The other side of
the coral is ... um ... still dead. Once the pol-
Rotary Club President Marisela Croes presents the check to yps are killed they can't recover. The poly
Richandro Emerencianafor Youth Outreach Rotary photo that were not killed, however, keep on grow-
> The Rotary Club of Bonaire presented the Youth Outreaching as you can see on the left. This coral grew
Organization a check for NAf5.000 to provide gifts for Christmas almost an inch.
for the less fortunate children on the island. It is the third year Rotary This vividly illustrates the significance of
Club is supporting this organization in hope that the Christmas is a every coral polyp's death. Captions and
little brighter for all. Flotsam and Jetsam, continued on page 4 photos by Dee Scarr. Dee's Photos restored by Jack Drafahl of the Oregon Coastal Digital Center.

less tsunami destruction than areas
( n Dwere mined.
N -If you look along the east coast

D id You Know...in some areas
of the world, people mine living
corals and use their rock skeletons as
building materials?
Most island peoples in need of con-
struction materials use their beach and
dune sand first, then they use the dead
corals heaped up on the coastlines (the
buildup from past storms), and then
they harvest living corals. The stones
are crushed into fine sand that is used to

make plaster or bricks.
Corals grow an average of two to five
centimeters per year (massive vs.
branching), and mining has had dire
consequences for coral reefs. Many
countries, including Indonesia and Sri
Lanka, have outlawed coral mining, but
there is not enough enforcement to stop
the mining altogether. A recent study
found that areas of Sri Lanka where the
coastline hasn't been mined had much

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)

> Divi Resorts management formally presented their plan for an "all inclusive"
275- room resort on the former Bonaire (Sunset) Beach property this past Tues-
day, 28 November. Construction is anticipated to begin in the second or third quar-
ter of next year with the resort opening in early 2009. The plan, which will be pre-
sented in more detail in the next issue of The Reporter, features water cascades, lush
tropical gardens, private pools in a four-story high building along 300 meters of
white sand beach. Included will be four themed restaurants, including a pizza bar, a
dive center, spa, gym facilities a climbing tower and more. Pre-construction sales of
the condos will begin in the 2nd quarter of 2007. For more information contact the
Project manager, Mark Nooren at MarkN@megaresorts.com.

- The newAKIB (Bonaire Business Association) Board: Edsel Winklaar (Vice-
president and Second Treasurer), Sherwin Pourier (Treasurer), Adele Evertsz
Winklaar (Secretary), Sidney Manuel (President) and,
Raymundo Saleh (Second Secretary). AKIB photo

Bonaire National Marine Park Man-
ager Ramon de Leon reported that two
weekends ago heavy oil came ashore in
Washikemba and other sites on Bon-
aire's east coast. The next day he in-
spected the shoreline from Cai to Boka
Onima. Washikemba was by far the most
affected area. Samples were taken to
BOPEC to analyze and the results were
"not too bad." The "good" thing is that
this oil sticks poorly to sand and rock and
most of it is attached to debris. On Friday,
November 24, a team of BNMP, STCB
and SELIBON members removed debris
from Boka Washikemba, thus getting rid
of most of the oil.
> Thanks to a grant from the Dutch
USONA, J.A. Abraham Boulevard, the
street leading south out of Kralendijk
along the southern "hotel row," and
three intersecting streets will be greatly
improved and made safer. In addition to
sidewalks the road will be resurfaced,
landscaped and drainage problems cor-
rected. Additional parking spaces will be
made available too. But why are there no
plans for bicycles paths?

> Digicel and Chippie are currently
in a price war with rates of 20 cents per
minute for calling other phones on their
respective networks. The tariff for mobile
calls between two Digicel numbers or two
Chippie numbers starts after the first min-
ute, 24 hours a day, and holds until the
end of 2006. Previously, the companies
maintained low- and peak-hour rates that
varied between 35 and 65 cents per min-
utes. MIO offers unlimited calling be-
tween MIO customers for NAf40/month.

> Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) asks your help to raise
NAf100.000 to continue their work.
In the last
five years the V
STCB has %b
made tremen-
dous strides ^ e
in its re- -
search, con- I
servation and 6
activities ONNAI'
aimed at pro-
tecting endangered sea turtles. These ef-
forts were made possible by the support
and generosity of individuals and corpora-
tions, as well as a grant from the Dutch
In October, 2006, the Dutch grant ex-
pired. While they completed a new pro-
posal on time, which was approved and
endorsed by the Bonaire Island Council,
the funding has not appeared and STCB is
currently unfunded for 2007. They are
continuing efforts to secure another grant
but without additional financial support,
the work will have to be greatly curtailed.
They are seeking your help and hope
you can make a contribution. So that you
may better understand their accomplish-
ments and direction check the Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire Project Prospectus
2007 2009 and their Progress Report for
Making a contribution is easy, can be
done right on-line using a credit card and
for US taxpayers the contribution is tax
deductible. Simply go to the Support Bon-
aire Inc. website. Be sure to select the Sea

Under the guidance ofDenise Coffie six students recently completed a course
in Advanced Dutch at FORMA. Congratulations on receiving your certificates!

Turtle Conservation Project when com-
pleting the form.
If you would rather handle your dona-
tion in a different manner, please refer to
our website, www.bonaireturtles.org, for
information about making a contribution.
If you have any questions, please contact
Imre Esser, President, Sea Turtle Conser-
vation Bonaire, phone (599) 717-2225 or
(599) 780-0433, email

> A crime wave has hit Bonaire and
has aroused the citizenry and motivated
the police to establish two task forces.
The first will focus on solving the in-
creasing hotel room robberies. The sec-
ond will try to apprehend the assailants
involved in several armed robberies.
While several people have been arrested,
the police have not announced that they
have solved the crimes. The home and
hotel thieves seem to be focusing on ex-
pensive laptop computers. Word on the
street is that they are resold for NAf500
and smuggled to the Dominical Republic.
Police say they are shorthanded but are
following-up with the investigations.

1 The Outlet Mol will be back in time
for Christmas Shopping. Save your
Christmas shopping purchases for the
opening on Kaya Grandi in mid-

> The college-age foreign students who
have been enrolled in CIEE's Tropical
Marine Ecology and Conservation pro-
gram in Bonaire will present the results
of the independent research projects
that they have been working on this fall at
Buddy Dive this Friday, December 1, at
2:30 pm. This event is open to the public
and will be followed by Buddy Dive's
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

Page 4


> After intense trainingl2 instructors from the Buddy Dive Resort have be-
come 'way cool' Scuba Ranger Instructors. Training Instructor Certifier Ren6
Huisman of SSI Benelux came to Bonaire especially to conduct the program.
The Scuba Ranger Program is designed for children from eight to 12 years, to
teach them, with as much fun as possible, the skills of swimming, snorkeling and
scuba diving. When a kid becomes a Scuba Ranger, he or she will not only become a
member of the World Wide Scuba Rangers Club but will also learn the techniques
needed for safe snorkeling and scuba diving within their limits. Like adult divers
they can achieve certificates for their effort and also do a whole range of specialties
like boat diving or underwater photography. This program is not only for tourists
who visit Bonaire but also local kids. Contact Buddy Dive Resort at 717-5080 or
take a look online at http://www.scubarangers.com. (Rob van de Vechte, SSI Bon-

Friday Happy Hour and Buffet. CIEE is
the leading US non-governmental inter-
national education organization. It cre-
ates and administers programs that al-
low high school and university students
and educators to study and teach abroad.
It is based in the former Lizard Inn on
Kaya Grandi.

> One of the most popular bands
among fans in Bonaire, Trafassi, will be
here one night only, this Friday night at
8 pm, December 1, at City Caf6. The
members are Surinamers living in Hol-

Progressive Envirnmental

> The Bonaire Marine Park introduced
Progressive Environmental Solutions
(PES), a new Foundation concerned
with the preservation of Bonaire's natu-
ral resources, which recently open its
doors on Bonaire. PES, STINAPA and
other parties are working together to
start with a very much needed long-term
monitoring program for Lac Bay.
There will be a PES benefit concert next
weekend, December 3, aboard the Free-
winds cruise ship docked at Town Pier.


Dear Editor:
Cruise ships don't have to pay (the Ma-
rine Park activity fee). How many
times have the people of Bonaire been
told how hard and how long it takes to
change laws? It seems, though, for a
cruise ship, laws can be changed in a
few hours.
Bonaire is going to lose tens of thou-
sands of dollars towards its nature pres-
ervation until someone makes these
people pay a measly $2! It has been two
years since everyone else had to pay
$10 and $25. Now it is claimed the
cruise ships will start in November of
2007. Yeah! I bet they will.
Jack Kelly

The program begins at 1930 and costs
NAf25 in advance at City Caf6 and
NAf20 at the door.
> Welcome to our new advertiser,
the Papagayo Restaurant located in the
heart of downtown it offers great bistro
style food and service. Visit the restau-
rant. It's advertisers like this who con-
tinue to keep The Reporter free!


Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006


Page 5


Reef Windows: A series of stories about Bonaire's
Dive Sites by Captain Don Stewart

Thisfirst story is about Rappel, a site diver surveys have
labeled as one ofBonaire 's most popular. It is from
Captain Don's upcoming book, Reef Windows.
Captain Don


In 1974 Aquaventure, my dive op-
eration, was just warming up to set
the diving world afire. This day, the har-
ness room was quiet since the last diver
had geared up and gone for the morning
dive. Then I heard voices and some clat-
ter. It was Bruce Bowker and a friend
named Stan from New Jersey whom I
understood was the owner of the Wooden
Nickel Climbers' Shack. Both Bruce and
Stan were busily sorting long hanks of
rope whose quality made me envious.
Scattered about were all sorts of unusual
gear that I did not recognize. Stan said it
was mountain climbing hardware, and I
was impressed.
"What ya going to do, boys? Climb a
lighthouse?" I was being sassy but instinc-
tively knew I was witnessing one of
Bruce's brainstorms. Some were good,
others bad, but most were exciting new
ideas, usually ones we couldn't afford.
Stan stopped what he was doing and
volunteered, "Bruce has asked me to teach
him how to rappel. And he felt today, be-
ing a little slow, was a fine day to do it."
"Bruce, what are you going to rappel,
huh? Brandaris (Bonaire's tallest moun-
tain full of cactus and thorns)? A light-
house? Or maybe a cliff?" There were
several cliffs nearby but nothing that
would be of interest to divers. Then my
mind's eye raced along the island's coast-
line. "Yes, let's do it. Stanley, you are the
boss of this expedition." I glanced at my
watch. "Still plenty of time, let's go!"
We were to take the big ton and a half
Dodge stake truck, our biggest dive vehi-
cle. Geared for 12 divers plus picnic fa-
cilities when required it was a dive shop
on wheels. In 30 minutes we loaded up
and were moving out of the hotel's park-
ing lot when we were hailed by a fellow
standing by the exit gate, a tank and gear
bag at this feet. His thumb was out and he
was looking to hitch a dive. I knew him as
Vinni. No last name but I recalled his dive
number was 13. Vinni was a New Jersey
wreck diver who had dived there with Al
Catalfumo, whom I knew well, so I al-
lowed Vinnie to join our expedition.
He jumped up into the front seat along-
side me as Bruce and Stanley had com-
mandeered the back to work on gear. Sev-
eral kilometers later I slowed the truck;
we were nearing the probable area. The
boys were kneeling on a bench, intently

watching the side of the road.
"Hold it!" hollered Bruce. "Back
up, Don. More. More. OK. Hold it.
Now forward 10 feet."
Bruce was meticulous to a fault, but
this parking to the inch was ridiculous.
Stan was out of the truck and giving
orders. "OK, Don. I want the back of
the truck over there, exactly in line
with the rocks. Push the truck back
into the brush. Be careful! Only 15 and
a half feet, not an inch more!"
Well, I was the one who had put this
kid in control so I had better listen, Vinnie
was out and moving quickly in the direc-
tion Stan had ordered the truck to go.
"Sweet Jesus!" Vinni screamed. "This
has to be the edge of the world!"
I kinda knew that he had discovered
the precipice that seemed to drop off the
face of the earth.
Stanley, barking orders like a drill ser-
geant, had Vinni and Bruce lay out the
gear in an orderly manner on the edge of
the cliff, describing each item again to
Bruce as if they hadn't spent the entire
morning rehearsing this drop.
I stood gazing down into one of the
most magnificent reef systems I had yet to
see. La Dania's and Karpata further to the
west I knew well, but I never was able to
get into this fantastic bowl of coral.
Bruce's idea was a winner. I could see it
all now. Aquaventure was not only going
to teach diving but also the art of rappel-
ling, plus renting out all the gear. "Bruce,
you are a genius!" I told him.
"Well, finally the truth is out," he
mumbled and cocked an eye at me with a
smirk, then put his full attention back to
Stanley who had just secured the end of a
rope to the back of the truck. Stan re-
checked his knot, tugged on the rope a
few times and returned to the edge of the
cliff, flinging the coil of rope far out to
sea. Then he glanced over the side to
make sure the rope was long enough and
returned to Bruce.
"I will go first! I want you to pay good
attention to the launch and how I transfer
my feet from the edge of the cliff to its
face." Stanley studied Bruce for a mo-
ment, smiled, then checked the sling un-
der Bruce's butt along with the carabineer
rings, and finally said, "Looks fine. The
moment we are in the water, you become
the boss. OK?"

Bruce Bowker at Rappel rapelling

The Reef Windows book will be published in
Bonaire by Flamingo Communications. The stories in the
book are the original, longer, unabridged stories with pho-
tos, not the shorter versions published in The Bonaire Re-
porter. There are 45 reef windows stories in the book, out of
the 54 reef sites named by Captain Don. The book, 6" by 8
3/4" will have 364 pages, 124 pictures.

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

Page 6

Astronaut Inspires

Bonaire Youngsters

6th Grade Level Cindy Lopez-Kolegio Reina Beatrix
Senior Level (tie) Dauri Jansen---SGB vh2b
Jeff Marshall---UniCollege 2 VWO
6th Grade Level (tie) Koeyman Bautista-Consalez---
3D model of the Solar System & Jocua Terzol-Kolegio
Reina Beatrix Model of the Mars Rover
Senior Level Joselin De Palm and Christie Janga-
SGB Textured Depiction of Space

Astronaut Bolden meets the students Bob Lassiter Photo


T he visit of former astronaut Charles Bolden was ar-
ranged by Bonaire residents Ben and Laura Buchbinder
to give Bonaire youngsters a first-hand chance to meet a man
who, among other accomplishments, walked in space. And
"Charlie" Bolden with his relaxed ways, easily related with the
Bonairean people; he and his family even look like Bonaireans.
During his visits to the local schools astronaut Bolden was
impressed with the Bonaire youngsters. "It was exciting to talk
with them; they asked some really good questions. They are
absolutely superb kids," he said. His advice: "Work hard, study
hard and don't be afraid of failure in the pursuit of your dream."
The Bonaire community is invited to meet astronaut
Bolden for themselves on this Thursday evening, 30 Novem-
ber, from 19:00 to 20:30 at Jeugdhuis Jong Bonaire. The for-
mer astronaut will be winding up his week of speaking to
school children and enjoying some diving and touring.
Astronaut Bolden will offer a brief video presentation and talk
at the public presentation and then will be glad to answer any
questions. Parents are urged to bring their children if they are
interested. Before the visit many of the schools devoted efforts
to space education and there were poster and essay contests on
the topic of space exploration. Some of the posters will be on
display at the public presentation at Jong Bonaire on Thursday.

Astronaut Charlie Bolden, his wife Jackie and
governor Domacassd meet at the airport. Bob
assiter Photo

Dauri Jansen and JeffMarshall, Senior Level
Essay First Place Co-Winner s get their award
from Astronaut Bolden

Koeyman Bautista-Consalez and Jocua Terzol tied
for first place in the 6th Grade Cindy Lopez was the
poster/exhibit category 6th Grade Level First Place Essay Winner

Astronaut Bolden presented the prizes to the top win-
ners at a welcoming press conference Monday evening
at Divi Flamingo Resort.

Award Winners Continued on page 9.

Sponsors for the astronaut's visit are:
ReMax Paradise Homes, Support Bonaire Foundation, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, Hertz Car Rental, Jong Bonaire,
Jake and Linda Richter, The Pelikaan School, Brad and Mary Smart Ben and Laura Buchbinder.

tonaire Reporter UecemDer 1 to UecemDer 6, 2UU0

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Picture Yourself with The Reporter
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Ilse Jonkman writes: "We are visiting our son in Doha. He is a pilot with Qatar
Airways. It's a long way from home, but we are very happy to be with him.
Today we went sightseeing and took this picture with our son Jan, his girlfriend
Yulis, my husband, Reverend ("Domi") Jan Jonkman and me, his mother, Ilse

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While on a trip to New York City the Cactus Blue Restaurant junior crew
managed to "arrest" a NY police officer long enough to show off their
copy of The Bonaire Reporter. Florian is in the red sweater, Christian in front of the
NYPD officer and Sebastian to the right in the gray sweater.
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Page 8

Parents and family of the contest winners were on hand at the Divi Flamingo to
see their children receive their awards.

The following are submissions by school, that although they didn't win, the judges
believed deserved special recognition.

Second Place Winners:
Basisschool de Pelikaan----Noah Oleana Poster--Space Suit of the Future
Jorge Gorrin Molina
Finn van Bekkum
Kolegio Papa Comes----- Maynard Cecilia Poster--Future Space City
Kolegio Reina Beatrix----- Maribella Martis Essay

Kolegio San Luis Bertran- Lourgita Juaguin Poster--Life and Love in Space
Selison Celestyn
Urgell Andrea
Duane Domacass6
SGB------------------------Maxim van Ooyen Poster-Future Space Exploration
Daniela Simal Nava
UniCollege ------------- Derek Aranguren Essay

Honorable Mention:
Jaimy Mostert, Yvette Junkers, Merel Houthizen-Basisschool de Pelican
Javiene Sof & Luis Gorrin Molina-Kolegio Papa Comes
Flaviandro Janga, Racheyda Trinidad, Leomar Janga-Kolegio San Luis Bertran
Jason Oleana & Sarah Ann Maartense---UniCollege
Helen Villazzoel & Maria Cakano Marte---SGB A. G.

Bonaire Swimmers Selected for 2006 National Championships

B onaire will send six swimmers to
the 2006 Netherlands Antilles
National Championships to be held in
Curaqao, December 8 10. The annual
championship, organized by the Neder-
lands Antilliaanse Zwembond (NAZB),
is open to qualifying members of the 10
affiliated swim clubs in Bonaire, Cura-
qao, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

Emer, Ryda-Luz

Evertsz, Samson

Marcano, Asdrubal
Binelli, Giada
Bomba, Churmer
Winkel, Philip

Girls 10 & under

Boys 10& under

Boys 10 & under
Girls 11 & over
Boys 11 & over
Boys 11 & over

Swimmers 10 years and under achieving
the top 16 individual times in an event
during the year qualify for the National
Championships. Swimmers 11 years and
older must meet specific qualifying times
to participate. The competition will be
held at Sentro Deportivo Korsow.
story and photo by Valarie Stimpson

50 meter freestyle
50 meter breaststroke
200 meter individual medley
50 meter freestyle
100 meter freestyle
50 meter backstroke
100 meter backstroke
50 meter breaststroke
100 meter breaststroke
50 meter butterfly
100 meter butterfly
200 meter individual medley
50 meter backstroke
50 meter backstroke
50 meter breaststroke
50 meter breaststroke
50 meter backstroke


Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

Page 9

ove'""Sanikolas Comes to


Swartepiet can always appear unexpectedly

Sanikolas with his book of all children

Last Saturday Sint Nicholaas
(Sanikolas) and his assistants, the
Black Piets (Swarte Pieten), arrived in Bon-
aire aboard a tug boat. A record-breaking
crowd of excited children and adults
swarmed the pier to catch a glimpse of him
and the Swarte Pieten. Every child on the
island must have been there, accompanied

by his or her equally spirited parents or eld-
ers. Sint Nicholaas and Swarte Pieten's pro-
cession from the pier to Wilhelmina Park
was accompanied by the soul-stirring beat of
the drum corps. The Swarte Pieten cavorted
through the crowd, dancing and swinging
their sacks and ropes and teasing the chil-
This was the 12th year that the Fundashon
Ata Sanikolas I Zwartepiet and SEBIKI
organized such an event and it was an all out
success. Thanks to all of them for their tire-

less work.
Although Sint Nicholaas is associated with
gift giving and the Christian holiday his
history lies in Dutch folklore and tradition,
originating more than 600 years ago when
the Bishop of Madrid, Spain, gave gifts to
everyone on his birthday, December 6. This
bishop, it is said, originally came from Tur-
key with his helpers who were black
(swarte). At that time Holland was ruled by
Spain, so when Sint Nicholaas comes he
arrives from Spain by boat. Then he contin-

ues his travels on a white horse. He always
arrives in November because he has so
much work to do, finding out which children
have been good enough to receive presents.
Those who have been bad will be spanked
with the Swarte Pieten's ropes or brooms
and those very bad will be thrown into the
sacks and taken back to Spain! He keeps a
big book with the names of all children and
whether they have been good or bad.
On December 4, the eve of Sint Nicholaas'
(Continued on page 11)

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

Page 10

Childrens Rights Day

Wilna Groenenboom photo
SIBIKI's Riet Sealy leads the children's lantern parade

C hildren were in the spotlight this
month. They celebrated Book
Week followed by a fantastic Parade of
Lights on Monday which began at Jong
Bonaire where an exhibition of art about

Children's Rights was on display. The
artwork was done by elementary school
children and put together by SEBIKI.
On the night of the parade nearly 130
children marched with lanterns and were
led by the musical group, Scouting D-
line Bonaire, under the guidance of
Crisanta Martha, through Kaya Grandi,
Kaya Aruba and Kaya J.N.E. Craane to
Wilhelmina Park on the waterfront.
SEBIKI awarded prizes to the children
who made the most creative and origi-
nal lanterns.
SEBIKI, together with government and
youth organizations, sponsored the
events. Wilna Groenenboom/H.L./

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

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

Complete solution on page 19.

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

YOU? Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call
Donna at 785-9332.

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

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

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

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
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a

Re rn ta 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. Contact: bo-

For Sale
5.30 cu. feet. Gold Star
Best One Designer's Feel-
ing GR1515. Runs per-
fectly. NAf250. Tel. 786-
6518, 786-6125

2 Boogie Boards. NAf75 each or best
offer. Call Bruce 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

MAS: Lady's Mountain Bike, 18 speed,
"Y" frame, front & rear suspension.
Bought on Bonaire for NAf 300. Like
New! NAf 200 firm.
Man's Mountain Bike, "Harlem Devil,"
18 speed. "Y" Frame, front & rear suspen-
sion. Bought in the UK. Like New! NAf
300 firm. Buy both for NAf450! Call:

62" Television with DVD Player For
sale Samsung 62" DLP television with
matched Samsung progessive scan DVD
player. Bought two years ago both in
excellent condition. NAF 3990,- Call
Jake at 717-4112 or e-mail

I t's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
reporter@(abonairenews. com.

5 8 6I

9 7 3

2 4 1 7

8 _5 2

4 1 9

3 6 9 7

1 7 2 6

9 5 1

6 8 4

Ifyou are truly in love with Betty Wills
him, and he feels the same
about you, but his job opportunities pre-
vent him from moving to the island, one
option to consider is for you to leave the
island and live with him on a trial basis.
Otherwise, prepare yourselffor the "out of
sight, out of mind" syndrome because it's
probably coming. It's only a matter of

Joke of the day:

Question from:
"In love, but lonely in paradise"

Dear Betty:
I recently moved to the island for many of
the same reasons most people want to live
in paradise. As luck would have it, I met
someone, and we fell in love right away.
There's not only chemistry, we share many
of the same interests. It's a perfect match.
The problem is he doesn't live on the is-
land, so his visits are limited to a few
months during the year. When he's away,
we communicate almost every day on the
computer. He has plans to retire here
someday, but I want him here now. I miss
him a lot when he's gone, and I get really
lonely sometimes. I don't know how much
longer I can take this. Any suggestions?

ANSWER: I'm loaded with suggestions,
but the one that immediately popped up is
for you to not fall in love so quickly. It
may save you some heartache after the
"lust "fades, and believe me, lust was
made to fade, a lot like your blue jeans
after six months of machine washing. Lust
isn 't reality-tough, so it can't endure.
What you 'refacing now is REALITY. You
live on the island; he doesn't. I've long
since learned, absence makes the heart
grow farther.

If what you feel for each other is real, it
will grow into love over time, specifically
time spent together. True love remains
after the lust fades, so instead of having
hot passionate sex like you maybe had
when you were lusting after each other in
the beginning, you grow into "making
love which is lasting, even though sex
may not occur as frequently. Excuse me
while I re-read what Ijust wrote, perhaps
falling in love should be your last resort.

High quality Universal printer/copy
PAPER- Large format 11" x 17" (279mm
x 432mm). Two cases of 2500 sheets.
White (84 brightness) 20 lb. grain long
NAf60 per case., two for NAf100. Call
786-6125 or 717-8988.

Dive tanks 80 cu ft. aluminum.
NAf125 Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

For Sale Woman's
shorty ScubaPro wet suit
with long sleeves. Worn
twice. Black with magenta
trim. Size 13-14. NAf70
($40). Call 717-8988, 786-

O a re
Sale I
BMW 520i 4-
door sedan, 1991,
white, excellent
condition. Fast,
beautiful. A CLASSIC! Call 785-9041

For sale: FIAT BARCHETTA Cabrio,
1997, yellow,
with hard-top and
windstop. Tel.

Car For Sale:
'93 Toyota Starlet, Motor E-2, Wheel size
15, Color Red, NAf4.000. Tel. 717-4636

b'aJ Love: When you take a bub-
S ble bath together
Lust: When you take a bath in Jello together
Marriage: When you give the kids a bath

Love: A romantic candle-lit dinner for two
Lust: "Do I have to buy you dinner first?"
Marriage: 4 Happy Meals ... to go

Love: Giving your love some candy
Lust: Thinking you are the candy
Marriage: Scraping candy off of the carpet

Love: A night out at the symphony
Lust: A night out at the Ramada Inn
Marriage: A night out at Sesame Street on Ice.

Love: Aroma -- French perfume
Lust: Aroma -- Brut aftershave
Marriage: Aroma -- "The baby needs changing..

Love: Lending your jacket to your love when
he/she is cold
Lust: "I can think of a way to stay warm ...
Marriage: Your teenager just took your jacket.

Love: Long drives through the countryside
Lust: Long parking sessions at Lover's Lookout
Marriage: Long drives with the kids screaming
in the backseat. Betty Wills

18" high Dog Kennel. Call 717-6676

Professional American couple looking for
temporary rental of a 2- 3 bedroom home
beginning 1st week of January. Furnished or
unfurnished ok. Will need approximately 4-6
months. 717-5759 or 780-0959

ESL teacher for evening class, lower inter-
mediate English. Xavier Medical School

Captain and Crew needed for sailboat
delivery from Miami Bonaire. All expenses
paid. Call Thomas 786-5352

A screen door for a bedroom.
Call 786-3117

Printer cartridge BC-29F 4 color; Fax
cartridge: model PC-201 (2 pieces); Fax
cartridge for Plain Paper Fax: model Pc-
101- Last Chance -Call 717-5225 or 701-

Porch sale: Saturday, Dec. 2 8.30am to
4pm, Kaya Mandolin 2- BEST PORCH

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

Love, Lust &

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*Brasa Dey- **Mietie Makandra Celebrates
*Brasa Dey in the Taki Taki (Sranang Tongo) language means "Give a hug"
**Mietie Makandra" means "to meet each other"

T he Surinam community in Bonaire
put on a rousing party last Saturday,
November 25, to celebrate their country's
31St anniversary of independence. If you
missed it, it's a pity because it's one of the
most friendly, warm and delicious events
on the island. With the aromas of Surinam-
ese food wafting about the Centro di Bario
in Nikiboko everyone could mingle and
enjoy the ambiance provided by a people
who themselves are an amalgam of multi-
ple cultures. Brasa Dey
From the early 1900s people came from volunteers
around the world to Surinam, as always,
looking for a better life. They came from
Holland, China, Japan, Lebanon. Also join-
ing the native Indians and Creoles were and Aruba) and
Hindustani, Jewish people and African vice versa. Surinam
Creoles. They all assimilated there. "Only has always had a
the surname can tell about their past," says tight relationship
President of Mietie Makandra, Rosita Pai- with Aruba and the
man. Netherlands Antilles.
From that time until 1975 Surinam was This is only one of
under the rule of Holland, along with Indo- Rosita Paiman- President of MietieMakandra the examples about
nesia and the Netherlands Antilles. Shortly the migration be-
after the Second World War Indonesia became inde- tween the islands in the Caribbean. We have a lot in
pendent, followed by Surinam in 1975. common in culture and history. In the recent past,
there was a migration from Surinam to Bonaire
Paiman continues, "There is a big group of Surinam- (including myself).... As we all know, Surniam inde-
ese living on the islands (of the Netherlands Antilles (Continued on page 18)

Lovely dancers

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

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Pet of tihe W/eek

H ere's winsome little
"Maxine" who
seems to be saying, "Isn't
there someone out there
looking for the sweetest pet
who can adopt me and take
me home?" Little Maxie is
such a loveable little tabby.
And that's pretty amazing
since she was found aban-
doned with her sister
"Mavis" (Pet of the Week
Nov.3, pictured with the
Shelter's Marlis) and her
brother "Mario." These
three little kittens were
found out in the mondi,
living as wild things, terri-
fied of people. But now
they've turned into friendly,
alert sweet kittens who love
to be held. "Maxine"
The Good Samaritan who
found them couldn't catch their mother, so she's probably still out there, living a haz-
ardous and perilous life and getting pregnant time after time. But her kittens have
been given a good chance for a fine life. How lucky for them that they were brought
into the Shelter. The three kittens are healthy, have been tested for feline leukemia,
given their shots and are totally social little creatures. You may see them at the Bon-
aire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1
pm. Tel. 717-4989. L.D.

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
12-01 1:35 1.0FT. 10:02 1.9FT. 18:16 1.0FT. 22:28 1.1FT. 66
12-02 0:43 1.OFT. 10:36 2.0FT. 19:32 0.9FT. 23:56 1.OFT. 76
12-03 11:20 2.1FT. 20:34 0.8FT. 86
12-04 11:59 2.2FT. 21:42 0.7FT. 93
12-05 12:42 2.2FT. 22:35 0.6FT. 97
12-06 13:30 2.1FT. 23:19 0.6FT. 97
12-0714:12 2.1FT. 23:59 0.6FT. 92
12-08 0:37 0.6FT. 15:00 2.0FT. 85

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Late Show
Cal to make sure (Usually9pm)
The Marine
(John Cena)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
All The King's Men
(Sean Penn)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM

Open Season


Friday, December 1 Presentation of
independent research projects by CIEE
(Tropical Marine Ecology and Conserva-
tion program) students, Buddy Dive, 2:30
Friday, December 1 Great popular
band, Travassi, City Caf6. See Flot-
sam, page 5

Friday, December 1 Live from Cura-
gao "Caribbean Latina" music from
Colombia, Rep. Dominicana, Peru, Ecua-
dor, Venezuela, Antilles Salsa, Merengue,
Vallenato, Bachata. At Don Paranda 7 pm
until? NAf15 P/P

Saturday, December 2-Big Monthly
Rincon Marshe-Stands selling gifts,
food, drinks, plants, produce, local food,
snacks and sweet things. 6 am to 2 pm. A
true Bonairean experience. Don't miss it!

Saturday, December 2-Flea Market
and Sale, Parke Publico 3-7 pm.

Saturday, December 2 Aquaspeed
Windsurfers debut their official
DVD, "2nd ProKids
OICDL B World Freestyle
1Championship 2006,
held during August 3-6.
h Movieland, 7 pm. For
more information con-
tact Joanny Trinidad, at

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days start-
ing around 10 am to early afternoon: Sun-
day, Dec. 3 -Rijndam; Saturday, Dec. 9 -
Crystal Serenity; Wednesday, Dec. 13 -
Crown Princess; Sunday Dec. 17 -
Rijndam; Tuesday, 1 Dec. 19 Sea Prin-
cess; Sunday, Dec. 24 -Amsterdam;
Wednesday, December 27 Crown
Princes, Silver Shadow; Thursday, Dec. 29
- Prinsendam

Sunday, December 3 Benefit concert
for Progressive Environmental Solutions
(PES), a new foundation concerned with
the preservation of Bonaire's natural re-

sources, aboard the Freewinds, 7:30 pm.
NAfl5 in advance at City Cafe; NAf20 at
the door. See Flotsam, page 5

Sunday, December 3- Portraits of Bon-
aire Vol. 2 Debut, Kas di Arte, 5 pm. With
portrait exhibition by Henk Roozendaal of
portraits from the book. 5-7 pm.

Sunday, December 10- Comcabon Fun
Run 2, 4, 5km. 8 am. Info at 780-7225,
Sunday, December 10-Great fashion show
organized by Bonaire Lions Club aboard
the Freewinds. Tickets NAf25 For info. tel.
785-3902. Show will start at 7.15 pm. Fash-
ions from Benetton, Bamali and Aquama-
rina; models Top's International Agency
Models. Dancing and songs by Jules An-
drew and Boy Thode.

Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (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
* 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 playground
open everyday into the evening hours.
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy a
Bonairean breakfast while you shop, fresh
fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets,
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 Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285
ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-
house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per
person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
* 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

* Caribbean Night live local music-
Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* 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-

* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf Place
at Sorobon-Reserve ahead. Tel. 717-5091,
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour
Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-
* 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, followedby All You
Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gal-
lery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice
Huckaby and Larry of Larry's Wildside
Diving. New original paintings of Bonaire
and diver stories of the East Coast every

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Sunday "Bonaire Holiday" -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat. 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don';s Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Bra-
bec. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm, 717-

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that hasbeen restored and
fumished so it appears the family hasjust stepped
out Local ladies will tell youthe story. OpenMon-
day thru Friday, 9-12,2-4. Weekends by appoint-
ment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view from
'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily.
Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Openweekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-

AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning 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
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 Cahy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. 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 Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd 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

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 -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

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
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. 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. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meet-
ing 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, Span-
ish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady ofCoromoto in 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.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.

Send event info to:
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Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125

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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 &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
At the Divi Fa Bea Resort 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.

PasaBon Pizza Moderat Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
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Smile north oftown center. 780-1111 from 5-1 Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

Papagay o Moderate Famous for breakfasts
Kaya V Gerharts #4
Across from MCBmain branch Closed Monday Lunch -Fresh salads and burgers
Open 8am-6 pm B'fast, Lunch, Dinner Dinner-Bistro style Take out too

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. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.
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On the Island Since ...

M /Yy mother is from Cumarebo,
SVenezuela, and my father was
born on Curaqao, but his parents were
from Aruba. I was born on Aruba and I
went to school there until I was 16, then I
went to boarding school in Caracas, Vene-
zuela, where I finished high school. I
wanted to stay in Caracas and continue
my studies, but the university was on
strike, so for the time being I went to
Curaqao and took a course to become an
medical clinical analyst. I worked in the
hospital laboratory as a trainee and I got
my diploma, but it turned out that I was
allergic to certain chemicals used at the
lab. So I decided to work for my father
who had a medicine wholesale business
on Aruba and Curaqao.
I went to work for him in Curaqao as a
sales person. Beside the medicines my dad
had other businesses and I traveled a lot to
do the marketing for the new products and
to give training sessions abroad.
When I met Robby Croes, my husband,
on Curaqao I was 19 and he was 17. We
were very young indeed! I saw him on
Santa Barbara Beach for the first time. We
had a lot of fun together and we still do!
We dated for a long time, almost eight
years. Robby was working for a shipping
company and when he was sent to Bonaire
in 1980, I followed two years later, in
1982, after we'd gotten married.
It's funny. I've been coming to Bonaire
since I was very little, with my dad who
had his own plane. He'd fly for his busi-
ness to the other islands and to Bonaire
and he'd take me with him. I'd stay at the
Hotel Rochaline with Mrs. Reina. Also
Mrs. Welvaart and the people of Botica
Bonaire are all people I know from the old
days. I used to come here so often and
then, many years later, Bonaire became
my home. At the time it reminded me a lot
of Aruba because in my childhood years
Aruba was also very small. We had about
25,000 people, no hotels and no traffic,
and you could go everywhere by bicycle.
Well, Robby and I went to live in Hato.
Robby was house sitting and when the
owner wanted to sell Robby took the op-
portunity to buy it, and we're still there. I
really love that house.
In 1983 our son Robert Jr. was born.
That day I was supposed to fly to Aruba at
7 in the morning as I was still working for
my father's company, but Robert Jr. was
born at 5:30 in the morning on Bonaire!
As well as the job I had with my dad I
was also working for Rocargo, a company
Robby and I had founded when we got
married. Robby continued working for the
shipping company and I was doing some-
thing completely new on Bonaire with

Rocargo: cargo consolidation. Before that,
everything had to go through Curaqao and
only the bigger companies could have a
container come once a month or once
every two months. Now the smaller shops
and businesses could also ship some cubic
feet. But it wasn't so busy because a con-
tainer would come to Bonaire only once a
month so that's why I kept my job with
my father. When I had to go to Aruba or
Curaqao I always took the baby with me.
My mother in Aruba was delighted to
baby sit, and it was the same for Robby's
mother in Curamao! And my son still likes
to travel!"
Marisela Croes-Oduber is a self-made
woman. She's vivid, extremely talented,
very good with people, and the overall
impression you get when you meet her is
that she 's a very happy person.

"At the time it re-
minded me a lot of
Aruba because in my
childhood years Aruba
was also very small.
We had about 25,000
people, no hotels and
no traffic, and you
could go everywhere
by bicycle."

"Rocargo started growing," she contin-
ues. "We became the agent of FedEx on
Bonaire and also more containers were
coming to the island, not only from the
US but also from Curaqao and Holland.
Another thing we did was handle the ste-
vedoring and we were (and still are) also
movers. And the number of people com-
ing to the island was increasing, and that
meant more work as well. We had to clear
the customs documents too, something
that was done by hand in those days,
which meant that you were busy with a
container for two days.
At the time the Parker Project, a big
project (what is now Plaza Hotel), had
started and the island was booming. In
1985 our second son Jonathan was born
and from that time on I didn't travel so
much anymore. I also have a foster daugh-
ter, Carola, who came to live with us
when she was seven. She's the daughter
of a cousin of mine who died. She's 20

years old now
and studying
Business in
In 1986
Robby joined
me in the busi-
ness and in
1988 1 stopped
working for my
dad. Our sons
were easy chil-
dren. We
worked from
our house until Maricella
1986, then we
moved to Playa and we'd always take
them with us as we had to work long and
strange hours. They also had each other
and they were and still are very close. In
1995 we moved to this place, to Kaya
Industria, and we got much more work
because we had a warehouse. Also cus-
toms came under our roof and now we're
online with them, so it's a big difference
compared to the old days.
In 1999 we got ISO-certified, a system
of self quality control which you have to
act on constantly. So, you always have to
find ways to improve yourself, your staff
and the business. In my life I've taken a
lot of courses and I grab every opportunity
here on the island too. I like it you have
to upgrade yourself continuously.
This year I've been three years with the
Rotary Club and since last June I'm the
president the first female! It's really fun
and they're doing a lot of good things.
That's why I like it; it's not just sitting
and chatting. You can set up a project
together, like the 'Breakfast in School'
project. This is the third year the Rotary
has been doing it. We do the coordination
and raise the funds and Eddie's Gourman-
dise prepares everything every morning
for every school. Now we have 150 chil-
dren at the elementary schools and as of
this month we're also taking care of the
coordination and funds to provide break-
fasts for 70 children at SGB. Sara Matera,
our treasurer, applied for the finances
from USONA (development aid and fight
against poverty), so now we have a finan-
cial guarantee for this year. Before, and
after this year, we've gotten and will get
the money through fundraisings and dona-
tions. It's a constant project and almost
every country in Europe and the US has a
'Breakfast in School' project.
I don't have much time left for other
things. I really love to read, but it seems
like I only have time to read when I'm
on a plane. I also love art and when I'm
somewhere I visit all the museums and

S"Marisela" Croes-Oduber

the galleries. But we do have some very
good artists here and on Curaqao as well.
And when I travel and there's a play or a
concert I think I'd like, I go and see it. But
most of the time I am always here, at Ro-
At home, I get up early and answer all
the overnight e-mails, then I come here at
9 am and stay till 7:30 pm, but sometimes
it gets later the children are no longer
waiting for us.
Our sons went to school on Bonaire
until they were 17 and 15, then they left
for Holland, to a boarding school in The
Hague. It was a big step, especially where
the language is concerned because even
when you think you speak Dutch here, it's
something different once you're there.
This month they've been six years in Hol-
land. Robby Jr. has one more year to go.
He's studying higher professional educa-
tion business economics and IT, and Jona-
than is doing management and transport.
The plan is that they're coming back; they
both want to very much. We never talked
them into it, but it is a very interesting
business and never boring and we're
happy they see it the same way.
The first of November I turned 51, so I
am 50+ now! My life is good; my work is
very interesting, I've got very good peo-
ple, a great husband and great kids and I
love it here! We work very hard, but after
that it's quality time. A couple of years
ago Robby started with Rocargo on Cura-
qao and he told me it would be better for
the business to go and live there (his
brother is doing the management now),
but then I said: 'I'll fly every morning to
Curaqao but every
night I'll fly back to
Bonaire.' That's
how much I love

Story & photo by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

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Maricela "Marisela"C roes-duber

Parrot Books

Given to New National


R osemary Low, a
highly regarded
author in the parrot world,
has donated two of her par-
rot keeping books to the
people of Bonaire. The
books were given to Sam
Williams who along with
fellow parrot researcher,
Rowan Martin, brought the
books from England to
Bonaire and donated them
to STINAPA Bonaire. The
books will soon be avail-
able to the public in the
new National Park Library.
After visiting the island
in 1980 Rosemary said she
"fell in love with bar-
badensis" (the Lora's Latin
name) and she has been a
big fan of Bonaire's wild
parrots ever since. Rose-
mary works closely with
the World Parrot Trust
which supports Sam and
Rowan's work. Following
Sam's involvement with
the pet parrot campaign in
2003 she offered to donate

pendence involved a lot [
of changes and was not an
easy process. Luckily
now, Surinam is doing
very well in different ar-
eas. With pride and with a
lot of pleasure we cele-
brate the remembrance of
the independence of Suri-
name...31 years ago.
The foundation of Suri-
namese in Bonaire, Mietie
Makandra, wants to con-
gratulate the Republic of
Suriname and emphasize
the warm relationship
with this beautiful island.
Suriname has become
independent, but at the
same time our relationship with the islands has became tighter than ever."
Thank you to this group who shares its culture, its gastronomy, its music, its
dance and its warm hospitality with all of us. L.D.

books so Bonairean parrot owners could
learn more about their parrots' require-
It is hoped the books, titled The Loving
Care of Pet Parrots and Parrot Breeding,
are likely to interest many caring Lora
owners. STINAPA Bonaire has received
financial support from Prins Bernhard
Cultuurfunds and MINA/VOMIL to
help establish the soon-to-be-opened li-
brary at the Washington Slagbaai National
Park Visitor Center. Sam Williams

Sam Williams and Rowan Martin present ranger Nestor
Janga with two parrot books for the Washington
Slarhaai National Park Lihrarv

Bonaire Reporter December 1 to December 8, 2006

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*to find it... just look up

Mark The Second Week Of December As
Super Planet Meeting of 2006!
B elieve me
when I say
that if you don't go
out and planet gaze
during the second
week of this Decem-
ber, from the 7th
through the 14th, you
will miss the best
planet meeting of the
entire year. Indeed
three planets, Mars,
Mercury and Jupi-
ter, will have a one-
week meeting that
will blow you away. The "new" lineup ofplanets, without Pluto, including the
They will easily be position on the asteroid belt marked by Ceres, one of the
seen with just the largest asteroids.
naked eye. But if
you have a pair of binoculars you can watch a seven-day show you'll never forget.
On day number one of this week-long event, Thursday December 7t, close to
dawn around 40 minutes before sunrise, face between east and southeast. And even
though there'll be a little bit of twilight you'll see three objects quite close together
just above the horizon, so make sure you've got a clear, unobstructed horizon. The
closest to the horizon and the brightest will be the king of the planets, 88,000-mile-
wide Jupiter. Just above it will be the rouge-gold planet, much dimmer 4,000-mile-
wide Mars. And directly above and brighter than Mars is 3,000-mile-wide Mercury.
And if you have a pair of binoculars please use them.
You see, for one week starting on the 7th these three planets will be super close
but will constantly change their position from day to day. For the entire week they
will all fit within the field of view of a pair of binoculars. Or as we say, they will all
fit within a five degree circle, which is a circle only 10 full Moons wide. But on
two of these days these three planets will be so close they'll knock your socks off.
On Friday the 8th they're even closer. And on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the
9th, 10th and 11t, they will fit inside a circle only 1-1/2 degrees wide. So close
together, a circle only three full Moon widths wide could contain them. But the
closest morning of all will be Sunday morning, December 10th, when they'll fit
within a circle little more than one degree or two full Moon widths wide.
On the llth they're still extremely close and then they'll start to pull apart on
Tuesday, the 12th, a little less close on Wednesday, the 13th, and Thursday, the 14th
is the last really good day to see this triple pairing.
But if you're going to choose two days only I recommend Sunday morning, De-
cember 10th, when they'll be at their absolute closest, and Monday morning, the day
of their second closest meeting. Use binoculars for an even better show! And re-
member that even though these planets will all appear very close from the 7th
through the 14th, it's really all an optical illusion. Indeed they are each at incredibly
different distances from our Earth. The closest, Mercury will be approximately 120
million miles away. Mars will be 230 million miles away, and Mercury a whopping
600 million miles from Earth!
So mark the second week of December 2006 as the most planet fun week of the
entire year and get yourself outside as many mornings as you can. Let the planet
show begin. Jack Horkheimer




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

F, I T1EMUZ~\w?


Sunday, November 26 to
Saturday, December 2, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You are best to put in some overtime rather than get in-
volved in family gatherings. Rely on the one you love for support and affection. You
may have the day off but your thoughts will be on your work and your cash situation.
Educational pursuits should help you develop your hobbies. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You will be a bit of a spendthrift this week. Don't let
children or elders put demands on your time. You should be able to make major ca-
reer gains if you plan your intentions carefully. Partnerships will be favorable and
contracts can be signed. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try to be tolerant of the moods of those around you. Be
inquisitive about unfamiliar circumstances. Unpredictable events will disrupt your
routine. You mustn't take on other people's responsibilities or you may find yourself
irritable and exhausted. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Hobbies will be good for your emotional well being.
Risky financial ventures will result in unrecoverable losses. Don't let yourself get run-
down. Risky ventures may turn in your favor. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may find yourself in a heated dispute with a friend if
you try to change your mind. Your energy will be high; however, if not channeled
suitably, temper tantrums may erupt. Direct your energy wisely. Travel could be in
order. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may think gifts will win their heart, but it could
add stress from lack of funds. Your ideas may be a little ahead of their time; don't
push them, instead just continue working on development. You need to be inspired
and have your spirits lifted. Try not to hesitate; act on your initial instincts. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You need adventure and excitement in your life. Your
passionate mood will be well received by your mate. Only offer to do the things you
have time for. Luxury items will cost you more than you can truly afford. Try not to
lend or borrow money this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Romantic opportunities will flourish through travel or
communication. Entertainment could cost you more than you expect. Your creative
ideas will be put to good use if you dig in and do things around the house that will
make your family happy. Travel opportunities must be taken advantage of. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You will reap the benefits if you put money into
upgrading your residence. If you're feeling uncertain, spend some time alone and re-
evaluate your motives as well as your needs. Keep your thoughts and opinions to
yourself and you won't get dragged into an unsavory debate. You will find good buys
and you will lift your spirits. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Be creative in your pursuits. Build on friendship
rather than starting out in an intimate encounter. Join a choir or a drama club. You
may be considering moving to larger quarters. You may have the day off but your
thoughts will be on your work and your cash situation. Your lucky day this week is
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't be too pushy or demanding, or you may find
yourself all alone. You can accomplish a lot if you put some effort into household
duties or redecorating plans. You can get phenomenal returns if you present your
ideas to those who can back your interests. Your trendy style and unique way of doing
things will entice new acquaintances. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Try to spend some time on your own. Find out all you
can; secret enemies may lead you astray. Your obviously unique way of doing things
has caught the eye of someone in a higher position. Speak of your future goals, inten-
tions, and commitments. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.

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