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attract many tourists. But it won't be
mass-tourism that will be attracted to
the island." According to Booi, the
location is perfect for a resort of this
quality. Negotiations between the gov-
ernment and Divi to acquire the prop-
erty took four years.

A new hotel is big news on Bon-
aire which hasn't had a major
hotel project begun, that was com-
pleted, in 15 years; that was The Point,
now the Plaza Resort.
Divi's new, all inclusive, project
was unveiled at the placement of the
site billboard last week at Sunset
Beach. The new Divi Resort will have
320 rooms, almost all with ocean view.
Adjoining it will be The Residences at
Divi Bonaire with 75 condominiums.
Construction will begin this summer
and the resort is scheduled to open in
2009. The property will be very luxuri-
ous, with several restaurants, bars, a
spa, gym and numerous activities.
The unveiling was conducted by the
Aruba and Bonaire Divi Resorts Direc-
tor Alex Nieuwmeyer (far right), Pro-
ject Leader Mark Nooren, (left) Bon-
aire Senator and Island Council advi-
sor, Ramonsito Booi, and Lt. Governor
Herbert Domacass6. Nieuwmeyer
proudly announced in his speech that
the project will have conservation of
the environment and ecology as a pri-
ority, as they have been planning the
construction in conjunction with Green
Globe, an organization that acts as an
environmental watchdog for hotel de-
velopment. Another group Divi is co-
operating with is Blue Flag. This Euro-
pean organization will help to make
sure the beaches stay clean and pre-
served. Sunset Beach is considered the
best natural hotel beach in Bonaire and
will be open to island residents, as is
the present Divi Flamingo resort, ac-
cording to Sara Matera, General Man-
ager for that Divi property. Divi will
also be helped by experts from Holland
and Bonaire to guarantee the impact on
the environment will be reduced to a
minimum. Nieuwmeyer added, "It
takes a lot of effort to develop the re-
sort and to train the emnlovees. It will

1 Activity is set to begin soon on
rebuilding the stretch of J.A. Abra-
ham Boulevard between the Post
Office and Plaza Resort, running in
front of the Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort and Carib Inn (above). In
addition to the road construction there
will be landscaping, parking, a side-
walk, street lighting, and underground

> The police corps of Bonaire will
get 11 new officers: five police candi-
dates and six civilians for Immigration.
Training of the new officers will start
on May 7 on Curaqao. Training the
police candidates will take 16 months,
while training the Immigration workers
for will take only 15 weeks.

a t

Elvis Cicilia and Roland Lourens,
held a meeting with Bonaire's new
Public Prosecutor, David van Delft
(R), to discuss their responsibilities and
begin a dialogue about enforcement of
Bonaire's environmental protection

Governor Domacass6 and Dufi Martijn

> Take a walk with the Governor of
Bonaire. Every Wednesday Governor
Herbert Domacass6 of Bonaire has a
walk with a Bonairean citizen to talk
about everything that's on his or her
mind and about the island itself. This is
the Walk and Meet Program. The Gov-
ernor already had his first walk and talk
with the renowned critic and ex-
politician, Dufi Martijn. The Governor's
objective is to close the gap between
citizens and officials and also to keep in
shape and stay healthy.

Table of Contents
Fantastic Lora Postcards 3
Letters 5
Small is Good; Old is OK
Election Follow-up
Where to Find the Reporter 5
Straight Talk 6
Turtles Love Klein Bonaire 6
Gear Doc (O-rings) 7
Gimme Five at Divi 7
Tintin in Papiamentu 8
Island Elections 2007 10
Earth Day Events 11
Beach Clean-ups
An Inconvenient Truth
A Shrink Studies SCUBA (Curiosity) 13
Cement Truck Turnover 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Coral Glimpses 3
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week ("Jessica ") 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Corinna and Hagen Wegener) 17
Picture Yourself (Minneapolis, Minn.) 18
Sky Park (Uranus, Mars) 19
The Stars Have It 19

winner in the elections held last Fri-
day. It's an unprecedented third term for
the party which will get five seats on the
Island Council. Their winning was cele-
brated with a gigantic motorcade on
Sunday. Only one other of the four par-
ties participating in the election won
seats: the Aliansa Demokrat Bonaireano
took four. In total, 7,284 of Bonaire's
8,689 citizens eligible to vote turned out
at the polls last Friday. See page 10 for
full election results.

> The UPB party was the biggest (Continued on page 3)

Bonaire Reporter April 27 to May 4, 2007

Page 2

(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 2)
> Ramon de Leon, Manager of the
Bonaire National Marine Park, announced
that the Park is starting the 5th round of
the Nutrient Monitoring Program on
May 1st.
The schedule is as follows:
May 1: Red Slave, Angel City and 18th
May 2: Playa Lechi, Front Porch and Cliff
May 3: South Bay and Ebo's Special

May 4: Playa Funchi and Karpata
DeLeon: "As usual we need help during
the morning dive to count fish and collect
algae and in the afternoon in the labora-
tory to filter water samples, identify algae
and grind algae samples. If you are inter-
ested in participating please contact me by
e-mail marinepark@tstinapa.org or by
phone 717-8444."

Continued on page 4

> The Bonaire Cu-
linary Team is Going
For the GOLD medal
at the Taste of the
Caribbean competi-
tion to be held in mid-
June in Miami. The
Team has held private
practices and brain-
stormed several crea-
tive dishes sure to
please the palate and
the judges.
You can help refine
the menu by attend-
ing the fund raiser
dinners that will be L to R: Chefs Vladimir Gijsbertha, Egbert deVries,
on Sunday May 6, Coordinator Sara Matera, Sue Heemskerk, Chef Floris
May 13, May 27, June van Loo, Coach Will Heemskerk
3 and June 10 at the
SGB High School Restaurant, Chez Nous.
Ticket will be on sale soon through Jan and Margreth Kloos and Floris at Rum
Runners Restaurant at Capt. Don's Habitat.The team bartender will be selected this
weekend at the Balashi Bar Competition in Rincon. Stay tuned in The Reporter for
more information.


# SAL94 Habitat, Sand Dollar Grocery, Bonaire Dive
and Adventure, Washington-Slagbaai Na-
fi tional Park, Yellow Submarine, Plaza Re-
Ssort, and several shops on Kaya Grandi.
So support the Bonaire Lora and buy a
ji b postcard! O Sam Williams


We hope you are familiar with the
coolest bird on Bonaire the
Lora! This special parrot is quite the center
of attention at the moment with a team of
10 international biologists on island re-
searching the biology and conservation of
this species.
As part of the Caribbean Endemic Bird
Festival, which started on April 22nd, Salba
Nos Lora (The Save Our Parrots Founda-
tion) have launched a Lora postcard to raise
money and awareness of Bonaire's beauti-
ful indigenous bird. This 'not for profit'
postcard is being sold at retailers across
Bonaire, including Divi Flamingo, Belmar,
Chat 'n Browse, Jibe City, Captain Don's Get this Lora post card

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

Bonaire Reporter April 27 to May 4, 2007

coral glimpses
There's a dead zone where these
corals meet, indicating that the
corals are battling each other. A look at
the shapes indicates that the sheet coral
is winning the battle: it is overgrowing
the head coral A second look at the
shapes indicates that the victory is a
slow one, since the living part of the
head coral is significantly bigger than
its overgrown side. 7

Page 3

> In Curacao the prime minister's
PAR party won the most votes in its
Island Council elections with 20,836
votes, good for 7 seats, but the party, led
by Emily de Jongh-Elhage, could soon
find itself in the opposition back benches
because the parties in favor of the Final
Statement (Slotverklaring) did not win a
majority. Ersilia De Lannoy's PNP re-
ceived 7,524 votes, winning 2 seats. That
means the PAR and PNP, the only 2 who
favor have 9 seats, 2 short of the 11
needed in the 21-member Curacao Island
Council. In Curacao 74,342 people
If the DP, which did not take a position
on the Final Statement, and Forsa K6r-
sou, which is weak against the Final
Statement, join the new government there
is still a chance Curacao will join the
negotiations already underway to break
up the Antilles. Otherwise they must
make an agreement from scratch.
Developments in Curaqao have always
have had an effect in Bonaire.

the island to scuba dive and a chamber
can quickly resolve many of the problems
resulting from diving accidents. The pre-
sent recompression chamber is very old
and it is time for renewal. In addition to
treating decompression sickness, the tank
can also be used for other medical pur-
poses, such as hyperbaric (oxygen under
pressure) treatment that helps to cure
stubborn wounds.
The Economic Development Founda-
tion has approved the financing for the
acquisition of the new decompression
chamber for Bonaire, but additional do-
nations are needed. You can make your
contribution to MCB-Bonaire account
number 868 384-00.

from 8 pm until midnight. The cost is
only NAf50 and includes an open snack,
salad bar and several prizes.
Musical entertainment will be the Trio
Huasteca from Aruba, Nelson Tremus
and Trio from Curaqao and Trio los Prin-
cipes of Bonaire. The Shenikah Dance
Group of Bonaire will perform for the
moms of Bonaire. Proceeds go to the
FKPD, the foundation to benefit Bon-
aire's handicapped people.

> Do you really want to help Bon-
aire be better and have a great time
too? Then be on hand for the Bonaire
Rotary Club's fund raising Auction
this Friday, April 27 at The Plaza Re-
sort. The donation entry price of
NAf125 and includes beverages, a Carib-
bean buffet and participation in an excit-
ing auction of "extravagant and extraor-
dinary items." For tickets or informa-
tion please contact Pieter Groenen-
dal 786-6447, Marisela Croes 560-7863
or any Rotary member. O D.R./G./L.D.

Ex-convict Anthony Godett's FOL
party continued to lose ground, as the
party won 2 seats; it formerly held as
many as 8.
It may be difficult to form an island
government in Curaqao because of the
many parties winning Island Council
seats. In summary:
PAR, 20.836 votes, 7 seats, leader PM
Emily de Jongh-Elhage
MAN, 13.832 votes, 5 seats, leader
Charles Cooper
FOL, 7.566 votes, 2 seats, leader An-
thony Godett
PNP, 7.524 votes, 2 seats, leader Ersilia
de Lannooy
NPA, 6.311 votes, 2 seats, leader Nel-
son Pierre
PS, 5.513 votes, 1 seat, leader Helmin
FK, 4.932, 1 seat, leader Nelson
DP, 3.907, 1 seat, leader Norbert
UPN, 1.660, no seat, leader Josephine
PLKP, 1.230, no seats, leader Errol
MSL, 1.031 votes, no seats, leader
CUsar Prince.

D Bonaire will get a new recompres-
sion chamber. A chamber is very im-
portant here since many tourists come to

Gov. Domacassd with Mama Smile
Extra photo

The Tourism Awareness program
kicked off with a spectacular presenta-
tion at Fort Oranje this Monday. All
the prominent people on the island who
have been working on the program were
there, from Governor Herbert Domacass6
to the ambassador of the project, Captain
Don. The point of the program is to make
Bonairean people aware of the impact of
tourism on their economy and society.
The slogan of the program is simple:
'Smile, because Bonaire is fun!'
So who could better represent the pro-
gram than 'Mama Smile.' Mama Smile
(Poppy Rodriguez) arrived in person, in
style, in a honking Model A Ford,
dressed traditionally Bonairean, walking
on a red carpet. There's even a theme
song about Mama Smile that will be con-
verted into a cellular phone ringtone.
After awards were handed out to the
important sponsors of the program,
Mama Smile cut a cake to symbolize the
start of the project. The reception was
concluded with a trailer of the movie
about Mama Smile discovering the is-
land, which will have its premiere on
May 10th. This movie will be shown at
Movieland and will later be available on

> Mother's Day is not far away. How
to please her? Take her to the Big Show
for 'Mom' at Don Paranda, May 11th,

Bonaire Reporter April 27 to May 4, 2007

Page 4



Dear Editor:
I read in the current Bonaire Reporter
that the series of articles about historical
houses has reached its end. This was a
wonderful series, with beautiful photo-
graphs and very interesting copy.
I have always loved walking through the
deserted houses like the one at the light-
house, wondering what daily life was like,
feeling the spirit of the place. This series
helped fill in some facts.
My wife and I have been coming to Bon-
aire since the late 1970s. We are glad to
see that things have not been absolutely
ruined, but the increase in population and
the excessive tourism interest in more
more, more... have had an obvious nega-
tive effect.
We are Cap'n Don people, always stay-
ing at Habitat. The water is less clear, the

fish are less plentiful. The flavor of the
island is at risk, and as the article points
out, we want to come and find something
uniquely Bonairean.
But we are the kind of tourists who want
to appreciate the differences from our daily
life. The more cruise ships you bring, the
more you will be host to people who want
their Coca Cola and scooter rentals and
whatever immediate pleasures you can
present that have little or nothing to do
with what Bonaire is really like.
I hope and pray that the people of Bon-
aire will persist in their desire to keep the
island's scale small and accept that growth
is not always a good thing.
Thanks for your wonderful publication.
It is a little vacation each Saturday as we
read of our favorite place over morning
coffee. Oh, to be under the water again!
Masha danki,
Chris Ischay & Linda

(red party) banner. Then the Patriotiko
(green party) parade began. Marie, the
owner of the red banner, displayed that
banner to the entire parade. She was the
catalyst for lots of horn blowing and smiles
and traded greetings with lots of people. I
couldn't help but think of all the places in
the world where such behavior would be
dangerous and possibly fatal.
Hooray for Bonaire!
Dee Scarr


Dear Editor:

When I emerged from my
dive on Sunday, I was curi-
ous as to why a car parked
near mine had a huge De-
mocratic Alliance Bonaire

Bonaire Reporter April 27 to May 4, 2007

Page 5


I 's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so
let's talk. Email (betty@bonairenews.com) your relationship
questions to my attention.

Betty Wills
Dear Betty,
I just ended afive-year relationship with a married man, but I still love him com-
pletely. I'm having a hard time moving on. He was the highlight of my life in spite of
our time restrictions. Our time together was limited to daily Internet chats and
month-long rendezvous, two or three times a year. When we were together, nothing
else mattered. We were happy and felt truly alive. I didn't know he was married
when wefirst met and didn't bother to ask. He told me eventually, and added that he
was thinking about divorce, so I let our relationship move forward. A year into it, I
startedpressuring him to make a choice. I couldn't handle the deceit of being "the
other woman" or having to share him with someone else. As it turned out, he did not
choose me. I don't think I'll ever be able to find anyone else I could love so com-
pletely, much less find happiness ever again. My friends say happiness should not be
based on a relationship... that it comes from within. What are your thoughts?

ANSWER: I'm thinking lonely, sad, heartbroken people who claim they found hap-
piness within are probably taking Prozac, smoking funny cigarettes, or drinking 80
proof they might even be doing all three. It's really a case of putting mind over
matter. Why should you mind if he doesn't matter? Try to get to that point because
you obviously matter very little to him, or he'd be with you full time. His wife obvi-
ously matters very little or he wouldn't be cheating on her. So what really matters to
him? Apparently, he does. He's putting himself first, and that type of person isn't
what I consider to be the ideal partner, much less a good friend. You are being used
under the pretense of "love." Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and take one step at
a time in a positive direction on the true road to happiness. Delete his email address,
chat name, phone numbers, and all other references to him. Leave no reminders. In
time, you will realize he really didn't matter all that much after all. O Betty Wills


The Smiths were dining out when his wife
noticed a familiar face at the bar.

"Honey," she said as she pointed the guy out,
"That guy at the bar has been drinking like that
since I left him seven years ago."

Her husband said, "That's silly, no one cele-
brates that much!"D

W hy is it that whenever Klein
Bonaire is mentioned, often-
times the conversation turns out to be
about sea turtles? Well, that's because sea
turtles seem to love the beaches of our
unspoiled islet of Klein Bonaire!
In order to understand the importance of
the island in that respect, it is best to have
a talk with an expert like Mabel Simal
Nava from Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire (STCB) who knows Klein Bonaire
and its turtles like the back of her hand.
According to Mabel, there is no way to
tell why exactly the turtles like Klein
Bonaire so much. But it's safe to state that
it has to do with its unspoiled nature and
the long sandy beaches. Not only the
amount, but also the excellent quality of
the sand on Klein Bonaire makes the is-
land so attractive for Green Turtles,
Hawksbills and Loggerheads alike.
About 75% of all nesting in Bonaire
takes place on Klein Bonaire. That's why
the beach commonly known as No Name
Beach even serves as a so-called "index
beach" for sea turtle research. This means
that the number of sea turtles and nests
counted at No Name Beach each year is
the benchmark indicating the trends for
sea turtle activity on Bonaire in general.
Last season, there were 12 turtles who
dug their nests in the sand of No Name
Beach. That beach seems to provide good
conditions for the hatchlings since the rate
of successful hatches goes up to 75%
there. This is a pretty high score because
not all nests survive and not all hatchlings
reach the sea! But the STCB staff care-
fully watches over the sea turtles' well
being. "We monitor every nest and save
the hatchlings when they're in trouble.
During nesting season, we walk the beach
every other day," Mabel explains.
They mark the nests they find with a
colored ribbon on a bush or tree close to
the nest and specify its exact location on a
so-called field sheet. If you have been on
Klein Bonaire and strolled along the

STCB's Mabel Nava dressedfor
turtle action.
Wilna Groenenboom photo

beach with open eyes, you might have
noticed small plastic poles sticking out of
the sand here and there. These are marks
that serve as points of reference for the
STCB staff to indicate the location of a
nest, for example "Hawksbill: 679",
meaning that a Hawksbill has dug its nest
at 79 steps from the 600 meter pole!
However, if you spend the day on Klein
Bonaire, you don't have to worry about
accidentally damaging a nest, as Mabel
points out. The female turtles make sure
they dig a hole deep enough (up to 60
cm!) for their eggs to be sufficiently pro-
tected. So you might well end up having
your picnic on top of roughly 150 buried
turtle eggs without even noticing.
All we ask of you is to keep Klein Bon-
aire clean and in its natural state. Remem-
ber: you are not the only one enjoying the
peace and untouched nature of Klein Bon-
aire so do our sea turtles! O Quita
Quita Sareyka is a graduate biologist
who studied turtles on Klein Bonaire and
has returnedfor follow-up.

Bonaire Reporter April 27 to May 4, 2007

Page 6

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O-rings O-rings O-rings

Without o-rings we would not be
diving. That is not entirely true
because someone would have come up
with some other way of sealing, using B-
rings or Q-rings or onion rings or some-
Most o-rings are made from some sort
of rubber and like the four huge o-rings
that your car drives on, they wear out.
When they wear out, dry out or get dirt in
them they will leak air. A small air leak is
not such a terrible thing that a diver has to

shoot to the surface like a Polaris missile
and walk across the water to land.
Repairs should be made as soon as pos-
sible by a competent service technician -
not a 16 year old kid in for a summer job.
I have had divers tell me that they had a
leaking o-ring on their tank and therefore
they were only able to dive 30 minutes
and not their usual 60! It takes one huge
air leak to lose 30 minutes worth. After
checking the leak I would guess they
might have lost three breathes in the en-
tire dive. Something else was wrong. One
manufacturer even builds regulators that
leak air as part of an environmentally
sealed system.
Minor o-rings leaks are not good but
again, no need to walk on water when you
have one. D Bruce Bowker

Since 1980 Bruce
Bowker has been the
owner-operator of the
Padi 5 Sta Gold Palm
Carib Inn. Tel. 717-

very three months the Divi Flamingo resort awards employees who most sat-
isfy their customers. Each time a 5 is written by a customer on the comment
card with a staff name, the staff member earns a $5 award. Last Friday the awards
were handed out. Biggest prize winner that day was front desk clerk Mirna Arrendel
who received $45. It wasn't the first time for her, as she has received the biggest
prize twice before. Her tactics are simple: always stay happy and always stay calm.
Arrendel: "Whenever a customer comes to me with a problem, I make sure that
problem will be solved before my duty is over. I always sense immediately when
something is wrong, and when it's solved, it not only makes the customer feel good,
but I feel good as well. D David Radomisli

Be an Angel -

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Bonaire Reporter April 27 to May 4, 2007

Page 7

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cially the drawings, which are
very detailed. The hero of the
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young Belgian reporter and trav-
eler. He is aided in his adven-
tures by his faithful dog, Snowy.
Later, popular additions to the
cast included Captain Haddock
and other colorful supporting
characters. The success of the
series saw the serialized strips
collected into a series of albums
(23 in all), spun into a successful
magazine and adapted for both
film and theatre.
Usually Bonaire is the on the
receiving end of gifts from Cura-
gao primarily because Bonaire is
much smaller and her sister is-
(Continued on page 9)

Comic books about Tintin can be read in 73 languages. Up
until now, Papiamentu was not one of them. But since last
Monday things have changed. Co de Koning and translator B6i
Antoin, big Tintin fans since their childhood, got some sponsors
together and managed to get 10,000 copies printed in Papiamentu to
give to school kids in Bonaire and Curagao. Their intention is to
encourage school children to develop their drawing and writing tal-
ents and to give teachers the opportunity to use the books as a tool to
educate in an interesting and enjoyable way.
Tintin may be, after the Bible, the most translated and the most
published book (250 million) of all time. The Adventures of Tintin
(Kuifje in Dutch) is a series of comic books created by Belgian artist
Herg6, the pen name of the now deceased Georges Remi. What is
distinctive about this book as compared to other comic books is the

Bonaire Reporter April 27 to May 4, 2007

Page 8

Mamita Fox, Ramonsito Booi, Co de Koning on the air with Bubui Cicilia ofBonFM

(L to R) Captain Haddock (Melisa Morkos), Tintin/Kuifje (Max Maartense) and I
Professor Zonnebloem (Sarah-Ann Maartense)

(Tintin continued from page 8)
land simply has more resources, especially
for education. But finally, for once, the roles
have reversed and Bonaire has taken the
initiative this time. Bonaire donated the first
5,000 of the 10,000 Tintin comic books
printed in Papiamentu, to Curagao school
kids. The other 5,000 will be distributed to
Bonaire's schoolchildren.
Last Monday, alongside the pool at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat, part-time Bonaire resi-
dent, Co de Koning, officially handed the
first copy of the Tintin album in Papia-
mentu, E asuntu di Florisol (translated: The
Sunflower Case) to Mamita Fox, best friend
and stand-in for the unavailable Antillean
Minister of Culture, Omayra Leeflang. Fox:
"It's a great honor to receive these books,
not only for me but for all Curagaoeans. It's

a special day. I also want to say that what-
ever will happen in the future, referring to
the breakup of the Antilles and Bonaire's
direct ties with Holland, won't change the
relationship between our islands. We will
always stay close to each other as a brother
and sister."
The second copy was handed to UPB
party leader, Senator Ramonsito Booi. He
was also very positive towards the relation-
ship with Curagao: "In politics some tough
battles have been fought between the is-
lands, but we will always be loyal to Cura-
gao. We are very thankful for the possibility
to have been able to study on that island.
I'm happy we found a way to show our
gratitude with this initiative." Even Tintin/
Kuifje (Max Maartense) and his compan-
ions, Captain Haddock (Melisa Morkos) and

Professor Sunflower (Sarah-Ann Maart-
ense), were present during the handover
ceremony. The three characters acted out a
small part of the story, which began in
Dutch, but concluded in Papiamentu.
The main reason De Koning said he began
this project was his love for the book itself.
This was apparent when he started speaking
about it and even saw himself as a sort of
Tintin, or better yet, Captain Haddock,
mainly because he has the same interests as
Haddock: whiskey and the sea. Another
reason was that he wanted to share his love
for the comic with the Antilleans.
According to De Koning, to find sponsors
for funding the book in Bonaire wasn't a
problem at all. "In a few weeks everything
was arranged in Bonaire, especially because
of the willingness of Bonairean sponsors

and publisher, Casterman. The problem was
when we had to find funding for the books
in Curagao, where we tried very hard to find
sponsors. Although Curagao has many more
businesses and the price for the books was
much lower for them, we couldn't find any.
That's when we decided to send it to Cura-
gao as a gift."
The copies of Tintin will be in the hands
of school children by the end of June. All
the teachers on Bonaire will also receive a
copy in English, Spanish and Dutch. This
edition of Tintin will probably be a stand
alone, and copies will not be sold in book-
stores. O DavidRadomisli

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that a political party has been in power
longer than 8 years, or 2 terms. But the
UPB, with a track record of paced devel-
opment, airport expansion and job growth
did it handily. UPB had fewer votes than
the PDB in just one barrio, Antriol. The
Aliansa Demokrat Bonaireano, the alli-
ance the PDB Democrats forged with two
other parties, Partido Boneriano Sosial
(PABOSO) and Partido Obrero Nobo
(Labor), had enough effect to cut the UPB
plurality by 1 seat, but that was not
enough to tip the political balance of
UPB 3,664
ADB 2,855
PRO 583
Alerta 52

There was some defacement of
posters, but not extensively

B onaire voters took a swing at the
island's political pifiata last Fri-
day, but the UPB's power structure
wasn't broken. The UPB Patriotico
Party (green) led by Ramonsito Booi's
UPB lost 1 seat in the 8-member Island
Council but kept its majority with 5 seats.
The ADB Democratic (red) party coali-
tion headed by Jopie Abraham gained a
seat and now has 4, still not enough to be
represented in the Executive Council (BC)
which runs the island. That will remain an
exclusive UPB club. The two other parties
in the election, Alerta (white) and PRO
(orange), did not command anywhere near
the 804 votes needed for a seat. Voter
turnout was a respectable 83.9%, a few
points higher than the last election.
This is the first time in Bonaire's history

election the UBP lost 33 votes while the
ADB lost 93. Observers said last minute
fumbling and a civil court ruling that re-
flected negatively on its leader hurt the
PRO contenders.
Candidates who obtained most of the
votes were:
* Ramonsito Booi (UPB) 1,218;
* Jopie Abraham (ADB) 737;
* James Kroon (UPB) helped by a mas-
sive Rincon voter response 734;
* Robby Beukenboom (ADB) 406
UPB members in the new Island Coun-
cil will be Ramonsito Booi, James Kroon,
Yonchi Dortalina, Maritsa Silberie and
Anthony Nicolaas. For the ADB, Jopie
Abraham, Robby Beukenboom, Marugia
Janga and Nolly Oleana. D
Story by G.D., photos by Wilna Gro-

Keeping tabs on the count

Be an Angel ...

Pass on he

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Compared to last year's narliamentarv

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Bonaire Island Elections -2007

Tina Lindeken, Wilna Groenenboom,
Irene Da Cunda, Bruce Brabec, Marlene
Robinson, Carin Eckrich, Patricia
Molina, Gielmon 'Funchi" Egbrechts and
Mabel Nava. Youngsters joined in: Luis
Ignacio Gorrin, Viktor Brower, Niek and
Almar van Leeuwen and Daniela Simal.
They filled six pick-ups full of trash and
hauled them to the land fill. About 99% of
the trash was plastic, INCREDIBLE!
They worked continuously from 8am to
12 noon.
Thanks to all who helped. O Info pro-
It seems like every vided by Mabel Nava
day could be Earth
Day in Bonaire because of
the constant awareness of
environmental conserva-
tion and actions to pre-
serve it. Nevertheless sev-
eral special events took

Beach Cleanups
Two windward-side
beach cleanups were or-
ganized by STINAPA, the
Park Authority and Sea
Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire (STCB).
At Playa Chikitu in
Washington Park volun-
teers under the leadership
of Crisanta Martha re-
turned that beach to pris-
tine condition.
At Baby Beach yachts-
woman Linda Ridley
brought along some fellow
sailors who were joined by

he environment is a hot topic these
days with global warming now ac-
knowledged by science and governments as
fact. Many people are finally getting worried
about the world's pollution because it actu-
ally is us, humans, who are a main contrib-
uting cause of it.
The story is eloquently told by the docu-
mentary, An Inconvenient Truth, made by
Al Gore. Island conservations decided to
show this documentary during Earth Day at
Movieland in Bonaire last Sunday. Admis-
sion was free, thanks to sponsors, to attract
more people and encourage them to talk
about the problems the environment is cop-
ing with, not only in the world, but also in
Bonaire itself.
Before the feature presentation a short

documentary produced by Hendrik Wuyts of
ScubaVision and Sean Peyton of Pirate Ra-
dio was shown. It discussed the problems
Bonaire itself is coping with at the landfill
on the island. It showed how polluting items
are just dropped there without selecting the
waste that could be recycled. For example
batteries, air conditioners, printers and lots
of paper are just dumped. Sand is used to
cover up the waste. A phrase used during the
documentary: "The environment in Bonaire
is a unique selling point for tourists so let's
change this situation. Not tomorrow, but
today!" The documentary can be seen on
the Internet on the YouTube website,
(www.voutube.com); just search for Bon-
aire landfill and Bonaire waste water dump-
After the feature presentation the audience
could ask questions. The plan was to have a
panel of experts to answer these questions,
but due to circumstances they weren't avail-
able so one of the organizers, Boudewijn
Scholts, marketing director of Plaza Resort
Bonaire and the President of BONHATA,
took over the responsibility.
The audience seemed surprised about the
drastic changes the environment has gone
through due to CO2 gasses. Other audience
members were surprised that the problem
wasn't the hole-in-the-ozone layer but that it
actually was thickened by the gasses. One of
the comments was that Bonaire's elected
officials should watch this film. Another
comment was to make Earth Day a yearly
festival, showing documentaries about the
environment. The documentary has been
shown on several evenings and to SGB stu-
dents last Tuesday. They were primed for it
by teachers by using a special Al Gore kit
and had to prepare projects that they had to
present after the movie to acknowledge the
problems and to do something about it. D

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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.

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

The leading consumer and business in-
formation 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

Searching For GOOD Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 14 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax

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


Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272

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

Vsacati oi
Ren ta I
Cozy guest cottage available

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: bonairecottage@aol.com

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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 dona-
tion visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a

For ale

Last chance sale: Dining table, 5.0
surround sound system, DVD multi
system, radio receiver, dive set, Tuni-
sian carpets-top quality, Portuguese
blanket, African, L- Am, Maltese,
French, CR, Argentinean & Russian
paintings (original and prints), Vodka
collection, Bikes, dive set, sportsbox,
tent, many books (Ludlum, Puzo,
chronicle of WW 2 etc), diff. bags,
iron board.......Simply call for ap-
pointment. 786-3558

Moving Sale- Saturday, April 21,
10:00 to 2:00 Sabadeco Villas 11, 717-
2208 Framed pictures, queen and twin
bedspreads, bed sheets, VCR player, small
painted bench, potted plants, 4 (80 cu ft)
dive tanks, garden tools, 7' stepladder,
halogen floor lamp, miscellaneous items.

FOR SALE: Computer table Excel-
lent condition NAf75, Computer Key-
board NAf 25 Phillips Computer
Monitor with cables, etc. NAf 150.
Call anytime 786-4136
GE Side by Side Refrigerator/Freezer
w/icemaker Water and ice in the door, 4
years old Like new 110 127 V/60 Hz Sell
for $950. 717-8876

26' CENTURY (Eduardono) Boat &
26'GalvanizedTrailer Year Manufacture:
1999/2000 Open Bow/center console,
Twin 200 HP Yamaha engines/Under 500
hours on engines, Anti foul painting, Porta-
potti, Fresh water sink and shower, strong
Bimini top, Stainless Steel ladder, Live-
well, Well maintained $60,000. 717-8876.

Real American pillowtop mattress set
for sale. Please see at J.A. Abraham #10
(behind Cactus Blue Restaurant)

Looking for a 1st stage regulator to
fill flat tires? Carib Inn has 2 now avail-
able at only $65 each. These are used but
rebuilt and include LP hose. These are not
to be used for diving. Call 717-8819 or
stop by the Carib Inn.

For Sale: Sony Digital Camcorder,
boxed and unused, Model DCR HC96E
in PAL format, takes Mini DV tapes has
widescreen, 3 Mega pixel still camera,
Carl Zeiss Lens, 2 Years guarantee, in-
cludes new case, tapes etc. Unwanted gift
$720, Call: 717-2675

Selling dive gear, printer/scanner,
pots & pans, bed/bath linen, Benetton

clothes, tables & chairs and much more.
Call 717-4494.

Fantastic Phantom bag-less cyclonic
canister vacuum cleaner practically
new, NAf100-. Call 786-3117.

era and Macro tube Set.
Still the best UW camera
for macro shots. Original
owner. NEVER been
flooded. Ideal back-up
camera. Complete NAf200. Call George

Cars a
Soothe rs
For sale 2003 red Chevrolet Celta.
In excellent condition, great mileage.
Asking NAf 10,000 ONO. Call 795-

For sale 1999 Nissan, 4 -door, diesel
pick up, special rust coated, NAf 8500

For Sale: Toyota Corolla 1995, 8 valves,
Insurance paid till December 2007. En-
gine in good condition; can be used as
holiday car, and can be sold afterwards.
Possibility to lease. 25 euro a day; mini-
mum 7 days. Asking price; NAf 1.900, or
850 euro or $1000. Contact: 529-0119

Cabrio, 1997, yellow,
with hard-top and wind-
stop. Make an offer...
Tel. 796-5591.

For Sale: Kia Spectra 2002, A/C, Radio,
4 doors. In very good condition. Price:
NAf 9500,00. Call: 786-1230\

Pro pe rty
Harbour Village Marina Front
Condo For Sale- Large one bedroom, 2
bath apartment located in a secluded all
condo building away from the hotel traf-
fic. Full kitchen and laundry, tons of stor-
age space, large patio with walkout to
marina dock. Private owner sale.

HOUSE FOR RENT: 3 bedrooms, 1
bath, open kitchen-living room. Niki-
boko-Sabana. Call 717-7741 (9am-noon,
3-6 pm) NAf1.000 per month plus de-

Historic home for rent, tastefully reno-
vated 4 bedroom, 3 bath, living room, fam-
ily room dining, foyer, laundry room with
side and back patio, yard, short term and
monthly. Fully furnished. Reasonable
rates. See thecraanehouse.com for photos.
Contact us at

We want to

build a new one!

Support Dive Safety
Support The Chamber

MCB 868.384.00

Chamber Foundation
Since 16 January 1986
PO Box 335 Bonaire

Iutlrnte c Saff
Part-time Administrator wanted. Must
be multilingual-English, Papiamentu,
Dutch. Call 512-6375.

Wanted: Second hand books for our
sale on Dia di Rincon. Special youth books
are very welcome, but we can use all books
in English and Dutch! The profit is for the
youth clubs ofHubentutpa Kristu of Rin-
con. You can give a call to Elly 717-3227 or
Carla 717-7256.

Reporter staff member wishes to house
sit long-term starting now. Call David 700-
7536, email=

Eve n ts
Holistic 3 day Retreat Planned June
2007 by visiting expert on Ayurveda, in-
volving yoga, massage & diet. Direct ques-
tions to email fhummingbird@yahoo.com

For ale
Bed for sale NAf400.00, phone after
6 pm please 717 2791

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Coral spawning

C uriosity is one of the main reasons I
and many others scuba dive. The
recreational dive industry has known that
for many years, and marketing materials
emphasize the excitement of discovery and
exploration and new experiences underwa-
Litman & Spielberger (2003) said that
curiosity can be "broadly defined as a de-
sire to acquire new [information and]
knowledge and new sensory experience that
motivates exploratory behavior." So, curi-
osity has at least two types: (a) information
seeking, or cognitive curiosity, which
stimulates information-seeking, exploratory
behavior and (b) sensory curiosity, which
stimulates sensation-seeking, exploratory
In the online survey we conducted in

early 2004, the
Spielberger State-
Trait Personality
Inventory (STPI)
percentile ranks for
trait curiosity for
scuba divers were
significantly above
the 50th percentile
rank of the average
working adult for
all age groups. In
fact, the percentile
ranks of youthful
divers 18-22 years
old were at the 89th
and 94th percentile
ranks for females and males, respectively.
Even divers 33 years and older were at the
81d and 69th percentile ranks for females
and males, respectively. (Figure 1)
What is not so obvious is why trait curi-
osity declined for male scuba divers across
increasing age groups, but remained rela-
tively high for females. Could it be that
older male divers lose their intellectual
curiosity and settle for less sensation-
seeking and more relaxing dives? That
would make sense if they believe they
know everything there is to know and have
seen everything there is to see and have
done everything there is to do.
I reanalyzed the trait curiosity data by
sorting it according to the number of life-
time dives by age group. But, the number
of lifetime dives did not correlate with the

decline in trait
curosity percen-
tile ranks for
older male di-

else had to be
going on, so I
sent some of the
data to Charles
D. Spielberger,
Ph.D., ABPP,
Research Profes-
sor of Psychol-
ogy, Center for
Research in Be-
havioral Medi-

Trait Curiosity of Scuba Divers Compared to Non-divers
SFemale (n=460)
94 *Male(n=1521)

cine and Health 18-22 Years Old
University of South Florida in Tampa. He
is the developer of the STPI.
Dr. Spielberger had this comment about
the data:
"Regarding your question of why older
male divers have lower curiosity scores, it
might be that the most curious who are also
very low in anxiety have moved on to other
activities. The very high scores of the
youngest divers suggest that curiosity is a
strong motivator for their becoming in-
volved in diving."
His comment certainly applies to my son
and me. One September a few years ago
Daniel and I observed star coral spawning
on Bari Reef. We had almost given up on
our third night out when Daniel spotted a
few puffs on a coral head behind us and
then another and then whole sections of the
reef seemed to erupt in concert. On another
trip he and I lay still for about 10 to 15 min-
utes on the sandy bottom waiting for a male

23-32 Years Old

33 Years or Older

yellowhead j awfish to pop out of his hole
and aerate a mouthful of eggs.
I suspect Daniel and I would score quite
high on trait curiosity and hopefully always
will. Like father, like son. [
Story & photo from David Colvard, M.D.

To find out what your Trait Curiosity
percentile rank is, go to
www.DivePsych.com and look under
A Shrink Studies Scuba for
NAIRE (STPI FORM Y-1) for Trait

David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist
and clinical investigator in Raleigh NC, and a
divemaster. He hosts www.DivePsvch.com
which provides evidence-based
information for divers on psy-
chological and stress factors in
scuba divers.

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Pet of the WVVeek

M eet "Jessica," a lovely
chocolate brown pup,
who's four months old. Young Jes-
sica is such a gentle personality that
she's been put into the puppy cage
with much smaller pups than she is.
But they don't seem to worry about
size; they others just think she's
their older sister. Jessica is a real
beauty. Notice her smiling face and
pink mouth. Her previous owner
had to leave the island and Jessica
as well. But with her attractive good
looks and mellow personality she
shouldn't have to wait too long be-
fore just the right new owner shows
up! Of course, she's been declared
in excellent health by the vet, has
had her shots, worming and testing
and will be sterilized when she's old
enough. All that is included in the
adoption fee. You may see Jessica
at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. "Jessica"
Tel. 717-4989.
Boy! That was fast. Our three puppies, pictured in the photo in this column last
week, Alex, Felicia and Aaron, were all adopted thanks to their new owners seeing
them in their photo. Congratulations to all and best wishes for a wonderful future
together! 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
4-27 4:45 1.3FT. 9:38 1.5FT. 16:21 1.OFT. 22:55 1.5FT. 46
4-28 6:01 1.2FT. 10:18 1.4FT. 16:07 1.1FT. 23:05 1.6FT. 53
4-29 7:24 1.1FT. 11:16 1.2FT. 15:28 1.1FT. 23:23 1.7FT. 60
4-30 8:38 1.OFT. 12:20 1.1FT. 14:20 1.1FT. 23:50 1.8FT. 66
5-01 0:11 1.8FT. 10:03 1.OFT. 71
5-02 0:42 1.9FT. 11:03 0.9FT. 75
5-03 1:13 1.9FT. 11:58 0.8FT. 78
5-04 1:47 1.9FT. 12:36 0.7FT. 79

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Friday, April 27- Bonaire Rotary
Fundraiser Auction for school breakfast
program, Caribbean Point Restaurant,
Plaza Resort,7 pm. Donation NAf 125,
includes beverages and a Caribbean buf-
fet. Extraordinary auction follows. For
tickets contact Pieter Groenendal 786
6447, Marisela Croes 560 7863 or any
Rotary member.

Saturday, April 28 World Tai Chi en
Qigong Day-See notice top right

Saturday, April 28-Randal Corsin
Quartet concert, Tipsy Seagull, Plaza
Hotel, 8:30 pm

April 30 Rincon Day-One of Bon-
aire's biggest parties! See page 4. Na-
tional Holiday and celebration of the
Queen's Birthday too

Wednesday, May 2- "Bonaire's Birds"
- talk by Jerry Ligon, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 7 pm

Wednesday, May 2 -Arts and Crafts
Market at Wilhelmina Park 10 am to
early afternoon: May 2 Crown Princess
(last ship of the season)

Wednesday, May 9 -"The Sex Lives of
Parrots" talk by Rowan Martin, Capt.
Don's Habitat, 7 pm

Wednesday, May 9 -"Lora di Boneiru" -
talk by Odette Doest (in Papiamentu),
Rose Inn, 7 pm


Sunday, May 6 -First Bonaire Culinary
Team Fundraising Dinner, Chez Nous
at the high school-more information

Friday, May 11 -Mother's Day fund
raising party at Don Paranda for the
FKPD (foundation that assists persons
with disabilities) 8 pm. Three musical
groups and a dance group will entertain.
Bar, snacks and salad are included in the
NAf50 price. Tickets available from
FKPD staff, at Angelo's and the Bonaire
Bookstore in downtown Kralendijk.
Sunday, May 13-Island wide Oriole
Count -details on MegaFM

May 17-20-3rd Annual Bonaire Hei-
neken Jazz Festival. More information:

Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7,
Cactus 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 $21 (includes tax).
Discounts for residents and local people.
Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's playground
open every day into the evening hours.
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
- Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm

* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music.
www.infobonaire.com/rincon. Extra big
Marshes 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.
* Bike Trips-Meet at Eden Beach
Activity Center 4 pm. Free. Helmets man-
datory. 785-0767
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 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
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm, 7:30 pm
or 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean Grill
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* 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
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue... usually a real blast
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy
Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour
Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 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,
5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 -
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm

Saturday April 28 -World Tai Chi Qigong Day.
Bonaire will join the world wide event to promote health and
fitness at Parke Publico starting at 10 am.
Current Tai Chi practitioners will be present to receive further
instruction for their art and anyone interested to see or learn
about Tai Chi for health and fitness of mind and body is wel-
come. Photographs of last year's Bonaire event can be seen on
the web at the following address:


* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Call 717-8290.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st
& 3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Re-
sort (717-3802) at 7:00pm. Every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at the Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8817) at 7:00pm.
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
thisvenerable old home that has been restored
and finished so it appears the family has just
stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-4. Week-
ends by appointment. 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 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
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 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping 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 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
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: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tuesday,
7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 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 Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.

Ron Sewell

Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English on Sundays 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services in
Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club Saturday 5 pm in Kral-
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. 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 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
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. 717-2194

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Corinna & Hagen Wegener

S-T met Hagen in Guernsey, a Brit-
I ish Channel island, when I was
19. I was studying retail management
there. I was bor in Germany and he in
Guernsey. He'd studied at a hotel man-
agement school in Salzburg, Austria.
Hagen excelled in cooking and was
given a chance to work with the master
chef and through him he'd gotten a job
as a chef in a 5-star hotel in Arosa, Swit-
zerland. When I met Hagen he was 23;
he'd just come back from working a
winter season in Arosa. We fell in love.

Once I had completed my studies and
Hagen had worked the summer season
on Guernsey, we decided to travel the
world. We took planes, trains and auto-
mobiles and we traveled through India,
Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Sin-
gapore. We backpacked for about a year
and while we were traveling through
Australia we completed our PADI Open
Water class on the Great Barrier Reef in
1987, so that's almost 20 years we've
been diving. We didn't know then, but it
would be our love for diving that would
bring us to Bonaire. The traveling broad-
ened our minds and it changed us; it felt
like if you set your mind to something
you can do it, you can do anything.
Hagen had grown up on a relatively
small island and I in a small town and
our parents were somewhat old fash-
ioned; Hagen had traveled to Spain with
his parents, but I had never left Germany
before I'd gone to Guernsey, so we had
to see what was going on in the world.
We came back to Guernsey penniless."
"I was offered a position in the food
and beverage department in the hotel
company my father worked for," Hagen
says "and what basically transpired out
of this is that I had not only a talent for
cooking and customer care, but also for
design. So I started remodeling the res-
taurants and turned them into something
fresh for people to experience. I took
what I'd learned in Austria and Switzer-
land and brought it to Guernsey. I'd
learned to think outside the box and Brit-
ain was realizing they could do more
than roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
So, it was definitely the right time."
"We got married in 1990," Corinna
fills in, "and we had our first son Sebas-
tian in August 1992, and in 1993 we
opened our restaurant, Pelican's Cafe, on
Guernsey. We figured if we could set up
concept ideas for somebody else then we
could do it for ourselves and... it
worked. It was a very modern concept
and friends and family didn't give it
much hope, but we were dedicated, hard
working, young and energetic, and after
five years we'd become an award win-

ning restaurant when we received the
Igon Ronay Award. We managed that
three years in a row; then somebody
came along and asked if he could buy
our restaurant. We thought about it. By
that stage we had three boys: two, five
and seven. I had them in between serv-
ing tables ha! ha! and we'd always
wanted to travel again and we thought
selling the restaurant would give us the
means and the freedom to do so. We sold
everything and packed our bags. Three
little boys, eight suitcases and a plan was
all we had... Planes, trains and automo-
biles again...
First we stopped in the Florida Keys. It
was the first time the boys had been on a
plane and also we had to adjust our lives
to live with each other and realize that
we could have some fun. Somewhere in
between selling our restaurant and trav-
eling we'd become dive instructors; our
passion for diving was still there. We
just took it one day at a time; we went
from day to day and faced whatever

"The traveling broad-
ened our minds and it
changed us; it felt like if
you set your mind to
something you can do it,
you can do anything."

came up. Most of all we just felt free,
free from schedules and responsibilities.
Every place we visited we learned about
the people and their culture and we
raised our children to have more aware-
ness and they loved it. They were young
enough not to be too attached. They also
lived one day at a time at that age. And
they really appreciated the fact we were
there for them all the time; it gave them
a lot of strength and confidence and it
built a family bond.
From the Florida Keys we took a plane
to Micronesia in the South Pacific; we
went to Hong Kong and Malaysia, then
back to the Caribbean." "We visited
quite a few islands of the Bahamas, the
less populated," Hagen says, "and one
time we were the only people on a
seven-mile-long sandy beach, ... not one
footprint in the sand... fantastic. We
went to Belize, Cayman, Barbados,
Curagao and finally Bonaire. We fell in
love with the island the moment we set
foot on the ground. We felt: 'This is it;
this is where we want to be!' We went
job hunting. We'd decided to wait a few
years before going back into the restau-
rant business we wanted to turn our
love of diving in a career." "Good for-
tune gave me the job as dive operations

manager at Buddy Dive," Corinna says.
"It turned out to be a very demanding
job, well beyond eight hours per day,
which meant that Hagen worked part-
time and took care of the boys as well so
they could settle in.
We'd left Guernsey in October 1999
and we came here December 2000. It felt
good; the boys enjoyed having a home
and toys because as much fun as travel-
ing is, it becomes very tiresome to live
out of suitcases. But... in a way we still
felt our adventure was continuing. Be-
fore we knew it five years had gone by
and the boys had grown up and had be-
come fairly self sufficient; we decided it
was time to go back to our roots, the
restaurant business. So we started work-
ing on the concept of Cactus Blue and
again everything just fell into place. We
were lucky to find the location; it was
just a shell and we could start from
scratch and let our imagination flow.
We've never said "What if?' or 'If
only'; we are the kind of people that
when we have a dream we go for it and
make it reality and if everything might
go wrong... so what, we would still have
each other and that's enough to start
February 1st, 2006, we opened the
doors of Cactus Blue. It's a new innova-
tive concept that we brought to the is-
land, and although we call our cooking
'Caribbean Cuisine,' the proper term is
fusion cooking that combines tech-
niques, flavors, seasoning and ingredi-
ents from different cuisines. Now, after
14 months we're doing incredibly well;
we're very pleased. We've been featured
in the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street
Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Car-
ibbean Travel & Life, Sport Diver Maga-
zine and Conde Nast Traveler. So, it's
fantastic we had so much exposure in
such a short time and on the island the
style of cuisine has been accepted and

people seem to want more of it. We
don't measure our success by how much
money we have in the bank, we measure
success by the feedback we receive from
our customers and by the personal satis-
faction and enjoyment it gives us. And
again, what we do now is another family
adventure, because the boys are as in-
volved as we are.
Sebastian is now 14, Florian is 12 and
Christian is 9; they help with ideas and
help with the work everybody is part of
it. And again we're traveling; we're go-
ing to Canada and Niagara Falls this
summer and last October we took the
boys to New York. The first thing they
noticed wasn't the buildings, or the cars
or the number of people, but they said:
'Look how big the trees are!'
We don't live day by day; we have
definitely worked by a five-year plan,
but if we have a new plan, we'll go with
it. We try to remain open minded, we
always like to think we can still get up
and go, but we do have the boys' educa-
tion to think about, so for the next couple
of years we have to stay put; the teenage
years are not a good time to uproot.
The island has a very comfortable feel
about it and you make it what you want
to make it, and it's not about appear-
ances here. We grew very tired of that;
because you never win; there's always
someone who has more than you do. It's
a useless way to pass the years. We left
the rat race, but yet, there is competition,
there is progress, you still have to suc-
ceed on some level, but you do it for
yourself and that's the fundamental es-
sence of it all. You have to
fit in with life on Bonaire,
Bonaire does not have to fit
in with you and... it never
will. That's the key to life
on Bonaire." 11
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter April 27 to May 4, 2007

Corinna, Sebastian, Christian, Florian and Hagen Wegener

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The Island Since -200

Cement Truck Turnover


Picture Yourself With The Reporter

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Concrete Spill at SABEDECO photo montage by Sam Williams

loaded ready-mix cement truck turned over at the entrance to Sabedeco Ter- n March 10, Jake Barlass, son of Scott and Sharon Barlass of Bonaire, married
loaded ready-mix cement truck turned over at the entrance to Sabedeco Ter- JT A o in family *i fro Nria
race on Monday. The driver was not badly hurt, but several wheelbarrow's and the festivities were attended by over 300 guests including many family and friends
full of concrete were spilled on to the road. The fire department was called in to from Nigeria, Jake's US Marine Corps brothers from Camp Pendleton, California, and
wash it away and torches were used to disassemble the truck so it could be righted. folks with a Bonaire connection. Pictured with The Bonaire Reporter, from left to right,
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who are dressed in traditional Nigerian attire provided by Jummy's grandfather, King of
the Yoruba people. After a mini-honeymoon in California, Jake deployed for his third
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*to find it... just look up

How to Find Uranus Using Mars as a Finder

H ave we ever got
something nifty
for you to see. In fact
three mornings in a row,
Saturday, Sunday and
Monday, April 28th,
29th and 30th, you'll be
able to easily find a
planet rarely seen by
many stargazers be-
cause it's so dim that
you really need a bright
object close by as a
finder. I'm talking about
the seventh planet, Ura-
nus, and with clear
skies and a bit of luck
you'll be able to use
Mars as a super finder. Artists conception of Uranus, its rings and moons
Now most amateur star-
gazers have seen the other naked eye planets. In their order out from the Sun they
are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. And the reason they re
seen easily and often is because they are quite bright against the background of
But Uranus is a different story because it is so incredibly far away. You see,
whereas Jupiter is half a billion miles away and Saturn is a billion miles away, Ura-
nus is almost twice as far as Saturn, two billion miles away. And even though it's
eight times the diameter of Mars it is still always very dim as seen from Earth, thus
the need for a bright planet finder. But it's worth looking for with the naked eye and
especially through a pair of binoculars.
This Saturday, April 28th, one hour before sunrise face east where close to the
horizon you'll see a reddish gold light which is planet number four, 4,000-mile-wide
Mars. And if you've got really clear dark skies right next to it, less than one degree
away, which is less than the width of two full Moons side by side, you'll see a faint
green light which is Uranus. But let me caution you. It is so dim that it is just on the
edge of naked eye visibility, which means you have to have dark skies and really
good eyesight. However if you have a pair of binoculars you'll have no problem
finding it. In fact you'll be able to compare the difference in color between reddish-
gold Mars and faint greenish Uranus. Even so keep in mind that Mars will be 91
times brighter than Uranus.
But if you're clouded out on Saturday, 24 hours later on Sunday the 29th they'll be
even closer, only 3/4 of a degree or 1 1/2 full Moons apart. And if Sunday doesn't
work for you, on Monday the 30th they'll be only slightly more than one degree or
two full Moons apart.
Once again Saturday, Sunday, Monday. And please if you have a pair of binocu-
lars, use them. And if you have a small telescope you'll even be able to see not only
the round disc of Mars but the round disc of Uranus. Now because Uranus is so far
away it moves much slower in its orbit than does our Earth. In fact it takes Uranus
84 years to make one trip around the Sun. And it's a really weird trip because Ura-
nus is tilted on its side. Plus even though we can't see them from Earth, Uranus has
rings like Saturn. So get thee out this weekend with a pair of binoculars or a small
telescope for a rare chance to use Mars to find Uranus. O Jack Horkheimer


Sunday, April 22 to Saturday, April 28
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't give them the use of your credit card. Family mem-
bers will not be happy with the amount of time you are spending away from home.
You may find yourself in a heated dispute with a friend if you try to change your mind.
Don't let your stubborn nature get the better of you. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You will be emotional with regard to your personal life.
You can convince others to follow suit. Your ability to communicate with ease will
win the hearts of those you are in touch with this week. You can expect sorrow to
evolve from the information you discover. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Do not yield to children or relatives when they really
don't deserve it. You will find that unfinished projects at home will be most satisfying.
Family trips or projects should be on your mind. Tell it like it is. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Try not to let relatives or friends cause any friction with
your mate. You can get phenomenal returns if you present your ideas to those who can
back your interests. Put some energy into getting back into shape. Listen to reason.
You are ahead of your time, and trying to stay in one spot could be asking too much.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Help others solve their dilemmas. You may find that others do
not do things the way you want; however, if the job gets done, let it pass. Problems
with in-laws may cause friction in your personal relationship. Avoid disputes with
family; their complaints can't change anything anyway. Your lucky day this week will
be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Travel will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend
is quite possible. Uncertainty regarding your mate may emerge; reevaluate what you
see in each other. You will learn a great deal from people with different cultural back-
grounds. Purchases will be well worth it and they will last a long time. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) However, you must not neglect your family. You could
have a need to make some changes this week. You may be emotional and quick to
judge others. Chances to express your ideas and beliefs can bring popularity as long as
you're not arrogant. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) When the work is done, they may serve you for a
change. Eliminate situations that are no longer to your advantage. Try not to be too
lavish with your lover. Your domestic scene could continue to be in an uproar this
week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't overspend to impress others. You could
be disillusioned if you let relative in on your emotional thoughts. Do something to-
gether and you'll be surprised how sweet a deal you can make. Don't make large pur-
chases unless you have discussed your choices with your mate. Your lucky day this
week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't be critical or overly opinionated with dislikes;
it could cause disapproval and unwanted opposition. You can sell your ideas to those
who have the money to back them. You may be overreacting to a situation at hand.
Invite friends or relatives into your home. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't gamble unless you can afford to lose. Be careful
when dealing with investments. Raise your self esteem and your confidence if you
want to get back into the mainstream again. You may have been too nice to a friend
who just wanted to take advantage of you. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may find yourself caught in the middle of an argu-
ment that has nothing to do with you. You can make profitable investments if you pur-
chase an art object for your home. You should look into making some physical
changes, such as new hair color or toning up your body. Don't be afraid to say what's
on your mind. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.1

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