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a joint report of the Office Drugs and
Crime of the United Nations and the
Latin American and Caribbean region
of the World Bank, Crime, Violence,
and Development: Trends, Costs, and
Policy Options in the Caribbean, which
was published last week. So don't be
surprised if foreign customs officials
question your visit to Bonaire even
though Curaqao is the main source of
the problem.
The persons that produced the 223-
page report had two reasons for dedi-
cating 12 pages to the case study of the
Netherlands Antilles.
First, the Netherlands Antilles is one
of the Caribbean countries that are be-
ing afflicted the most by drug smug-
gling. It has the highest volume of
cocaine per person in the world.
"About 100 times more cocaine per
inhabitant was confiscated in 2004 than
in the US, more than 9 tons or a little
less than 50 gram per each man,
woman, and child on the islands.
Approximately 60% of all intercepted
cocaine in the Caribbean was confis-
cated in the Netherlands Antilles. These
figures increased enormously between
2001 and 2004."
Second, the government of the Neth-
erlands Antilles, in cooperation with
the Dutch government, has pursued an
innovative and successful policy in
order to drive back the cocaine supply.

> The Customs Service of the Neth-

SThere's a Rock 'n Roll
revival hitting Bonaire. The
Flamingo Rockers are playing
weekly at the Divi Flamingo
resort and other venues. Last
Sunday, at the Sunrise Sports
and Pool Bar they were the
"warm-up band for" Monkey
Suit, a musical group composed
of talented high school age Monke Suit
The Sunday Rockers sessions will be repeated on the first Sunday of every
month. It's a unique opportunity for those rock music lovers who just can't stay
S awake for late night gigs and for families
with kids who can enjoy the pool on Sun-
day at Sunrise 4pm 7:30pm. The Rock-
ers' special guest was Rhonda Bennet,
who provides music lessons for Monkey

I princee Lee on te bar at hs place

erlands Antilles has been taking the
actions necessary to make it legally
possible for those islands to qualify for
the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership
Act (CBTPA) of the US. The CBTPA
program allows Caribbean countries
to export their product free of US

> Curaqao political parties PAR,
FOL and PNP signed an agreement
last week confirming their willing-
ness to form the new Curacao Island
Government, with a minimal majority
of 11 seats in the 21-seat Island Council
to take office July 1. A draft program
document is expected by May 11 that

And Lee's Bar opened last Saturday
night. Located at the old Swiss Chalet/
Super Corner site (Kaya Bolivar 21), it
offers a high energy night out with the
rock tunes popular during the last century.
Lee himself holds court and motivates
the action. It's fun!

the three parties can then discuss with
their constituents. The new government
is expected to approve the Final Agree-
ment (Slotverklaring) with Holland,
paving the way for the Dutch to take
over most of Curaqao's debts in return
for oversight guarantees. The former
rivals FOL and PAR as government
partners is proof of the old saying,
"Politics make strange bedfellows.

> A Dutch Member of the European
Parliament, Lambert van Nistelrooij,
calculates that Saba, St. Eustatius and
Bonaire can claim several hundred
million Euros in subsidy from the
European Union if they become mem-

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Parrot Watch 3
Do you see Yellow Orioles? 3
Wnd Power for Bonaire 4
Culinary Team Invitation 4
Parrot Watching for Beginners 6
Angela saved from Landfill 7
Bonaire Jazz Festival 8
Bonaire Jazz Festival Program 9
Shrink-Peer Pressure 10
Planet Eagle Ray (cover story) 11
Whale Skeleton gets Roof 13
Barracudas in Aruba 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Sudoku 6
Picture Yourself (Istanbul, Turkey) 7
Bubbles (Portuguese Man-of-War) 7
Pets of the Week (Sharon & Shirley)9
Classifieds 12
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
Sudoku answer 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since (Jeannette Nolen
Heitk6nig) 17
Sky Park (Moon, Earth, Mercury) 19
The Stars Have It 19

bers of the European Union (EU) in
2009 if the islands opt for an Ultra Pe-
ripheral Territory (UPT) status. The
islands can become full members when
the EU treaty is amended in 2009 and
as soon as the islands become official
members, they can apply for EU funds
for underdeveloped regions.
However, they would also have to
adopt EU rules just as any new EU
(Continued on page 3)

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007


Page 2

Bonaire's Cyber-Parrots Go Global!

As if the 10-member-strong parrot
team is not busy enough looking for
nests all over the island they have found
time to get their new website
www.parrotwatch. org up and running.
Visitors to the website will be able to
watch movies from inside the nests of wild
parrots, follow the development of chicks
and see wild parrot behaviour.

The stage will be set here on Bonaire and
three wild parrot pairs will be introduced
into the limelight. Each week there will be
new nestcam movies from the three pairs.
Parrotwatch.org visitors will also be able
to view movies of the parrot parents, of
the parrot team doing chick check ups,
interviews and much more.
As raising awareness is a big motivation
of the venture, the site will have educa-
tional material from parrot facts through to
online diaries from the project personnel
describing their work. Website creator

Nestcam view (from 2006pilotproject)

Sam Williams said, "We hope this will
capture people's imagination! Watching
tiny chicks hatch from eggs in natural
nests and following them as they develop
into real characters that you can identify is
just fascinating." A new feature here in
The Reporter will be a small weekly up-
date so readers can follow the chicks' pro-
To get access to all the movies parrot-
watch.org visitors will have to sponsor a
parrot pair online (through PayPal). The
minimum donation is a trifling $8 and
100% of this sponsorship money is used
for conservation and research. Sam Wil-
liams and Rowan Martin, the lora conser-
vation biologists on Bonaire and Parrot-
watch.org, are closely linked with Salba
Nos Lora, Bonaire's parrot conservation
group that will benefit from sponsorship
raised through parrotwatch.org.
So what are you waiting for?! Go check
out www.parrotwatch.org! Sam Williams

Do You See Yellow Orioles?
Last week we
printed an article
explaining how to tell the
difference between a Yel-
low Oriole and a Troupial.
This Sunday (13"t May)
we want you to use that
knowledge to help with an
island-wide effort to cen-
sus these two birds. This
census is important to
keep track of these spe-
cies and to see how they
fare in the future. The
Troupial was introduced
to Bonaire in the early
1970s and its population
is flourishing. Conversely
numbers of the Yellow
Oriole may be in decline.

The count is simple.
You just need to sit in
your garden, or any other
place you choose, and
keep an eye on the birds
around you, between 7
and 9am this Sunday
morning. Count the
MAXIMUM number of
Troupials and Orioles you have seen at
any one moment within 50 meters of
where you sit, and then call STINAPA
(717-8444) on Monday and tell them
what you have seen. We need to know
three things:
1) your location,
2) the maximum numbers you have
seen and

Yellow Oriole

3) if you regularly put food out in your
If you have any questions you can
email us at r.o.martin(@shef.ac.uk

We hope you have fun and enjoy look-
ing after two of Bonaire's most beautiful
birds! Rowan Martin

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

Page 3

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Wind will finally do more than push
sailboats, wind surfers and kites
for Bonaireans.
The trade winds blow almost constantly in
Bonaire, but surprisingly no advantage has
been taken up to now of this special gift the
island has been given to produce electricity.
This is going to change now. Plans were
presented last week to build a wind power
park of 12 Enercon Turbines at Morotin, on
the east coast near Rincon. Last Thursday a
mini-seminar was held at the Divi Flamingo
Beach Hotel by the companies that will be
involved in the project. They want to have a
facility operating in 2009.
The goal is for Bonaire to become the
Caribbean's first fossil-fuel-independent
island producing 100% of its energy needs.
Four executives from energy concerns, Bon-
aire Holding Maatschappij (BHM),
Aqualectra, KEMA and Econcem, gave a
presentation about what the plan will be and
the consequences of a wind park. Bonaire's
present electricity and water company will
be involved in the preparation and opera-
tion. Some day perhaps WEB can change its
name from Water en EnergiebedrijfBonaire
to Wind Energy Bonaire.
The project and the planning for the wind-
mills are divided in two phases. The first is
to place one wind turbine and to train per-
sonnel in Sorobon on the site of the now
dismantled wind turbine that never func-
tioned. That should begin next week; the
turbines are on-island (see last week's Re-
porter). The official opening will be later.
Training personnel is necessary; a big prob-
lem in Curagao was finding people who
weren't afraid of climbing the mills. As a
solution to this Ecopower will build an ele-
vator system. (Perhaps they weren't aware
that several Bonaire workers have had long
experience with maintenance of the much
taller radio towers at Trans WorldRadio
and Radio Netherlands. Ed.)
Phase two is to open a wind park with 12
turbines in Morotin, planned for the third
quarter of 2008. At the same time a new
diesel central power station will be opened
near BOPEC on Bonaire's northwest comer.
Windpark Morotin should be operating in
2009. The companies chose this year on
purpose, as wind parks in other places will
be opened in 2010, and they want Bonaire
to be the first.
First speaker was Karel Tujeehut from
Aqualectra, Curagao's electric power pro-
vider. He spoke about the experiences
Aqualectra had at the Tera Kora project in
Curagao, which has been operating and been
studied since 1993. He explained that the
main reason for planning a wind park is not
even environmental. Instead, it's the in-
creasing fuel prices that makes wind an
attractive option. According to his studies
wind energy can certainly compete with fuel
and he expects that a windmill park can
provide more than 50% of the island's en-
ergy by 2020 with an organic diesel factory
as backup.
The two-year delay in setting up the pro-
ject was explained by Tujeehut: "It's im-
possible to get a wind park operational ear-
lier than 2009, as it's a demand and supply
issue. There is more demand for wind mills
in the world than there is a supply, which
results in the price rising and a huge delay
in delivering the turbines. If you order
windmills now, there is a waiting period of
two years."
Second speaker that morning was Roel
Verlaan, manager and business developer
for KEMA Caribbean. He explained that
wind energy is a booming business nowa-
days and that it is being used in many coun-
tries. Verlaan: "The Caribbean coastline has

tion to the diesel plant. It is also
out of the flight routes of flamin-
gos so they won't be harmed.
Tujeehut added to that: "People
should be very happy with this
project. The oil prices keep ris-
ing, and as long we are depend-
ent on the import of oil, the
prices will keep rising. So we
have to create a way to be inde-
pendent of the oil market by us-
ing solar and wind energy. We
have to look at the total picture of
this project and not just at some small disad-
vantages it will have." 1
Photo & Story by David Radomisli

Enercon E66 wind turbine

the perfect wind situation. The winds are
very stable, strong and are very predictable.
It is the best place for wind energy and to
use wind turbines to their full capacity. We
chose Bonaire to run a project as an exam-
ple for other islands in the Caribbean. The
project on Bonaire will have a unique posi-
tion in the world, and our goal is to make
Bonaire as ecological as possible."
Third speaker, Stijn Janssen, strategic
planner and developer for BHM, explained
why wind is the perfect solution for WEB.
WEB lost big money in the '97- '04 period.
After a fire at its generating plant, WEB was
forced to take a new direction. It was de-
cided to seek an alternative way of produc-
ing energy. They want to get the energy on
a 50/50 basis: 50% should be wind, the
other 50 by using bio-diesel derived from
algae. Janssen: "Bonaire will be the first to
experiment with getting diesel fuel from
algae, and many other countries are very
interested in the outcome. We think a pond,
two by two kilometers in size, will provide
enough diesel for WEB for one year. The
plan is to eventually not need oil from over-
seas anymore.
The last speaker, Gilbert Gouvemeur,
specialist in sun and wind energy for Eco-
power, added to the presentation of the pre-
vious speakers saying that the main goal is
to lower energy prices for now and for the
future and that the environment also has
priority. Gouvemeur: "This project is very
important for our existence on planet
After the presentation the audience had an
hour to ask questions of the four project
managers. Most questions were about the
environmental changes that will occur when
a windmill park is built. Elsmarie Beuken-
boom from the environmental NGO,
STINAPA, especially fired a whole list of
questions to the four presenters. Her con-
cem was if the diesel plant were built on a
piece of protected environment that permis-
sion should be asked of Bonaireans before
it's decided to build. Beukenboom is afraid
that STINAPA will have to fight against the
whole plan if it's not involved in the entire
The algae-growing project was criticized
because there hasn't been sufficient research
yet as to what effect the project will have on
the environment. Janssen explained that first
a pilot project will be introduced to investi-
gate what the effect will be on the environ-
ment, as the advantages are clear, but the
disadvantages can be catastrophic. Gou-
vemeur promised that Bonaireans will be
kept informed. He also explained why the
wind park will be placed in Moratin and not
in Sorobon: "Sorobon has a weak electricity
net; in Moratin we can have a better connec-

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

Wind power presentation

Page 4

(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 2)
member would. To receive the funds,
approval of all EU members who have
veto rights in this process is needed.
France, Spain and Portugal already have
oversees territory members of the EU and
are receiving substantial aid. The Portu-
guese Azores received 854 million Euros;
the Spanish Canary Islands, 2.7 billion
Euros; and the French territory Reunion
in the Indian Ocean, 1.5 billion Euros
during the last seven years.

> Cooperation between STCB,
STINAPA, and SELIBON continued
on Earth Day. Lagoen is clean again. For
Earth Day, SELIBON cleaned the Lagoen
beach with a loader and put two contain-
ers there for the STCB volunteers to clean
by hand. Joining the clean up were SGB
high school students who are doing vol-
unteer work with STCB as part of their
social science class. Mabel Nava

In the Dutch Antilles it's been a
piece of cake to become a Dutch citizen.
Thousands of mainly Latin Americans
take great advantage of this. A foreigner
on the Antilles and Aruba is allowed to
claim Dutch citizenship after a five-year
legal stay without interruption. If a for-
eigner marries a person with Dutch na-
tionality, then they can apply for Dutch
citizenship after three years. The rules are
much smoother than in Holland. The An-
tilles and Aruba are
very attractive for peo-
ple from Venezuela,
the Dominican Repub-
lic and Colombia be-
cause the living stan-
dard is higher in the
Antilles and it's easy to
get a Dutch Passport.

> Bonaire's cruise
ship season is over. The TCB thanks all
who helped make it a big success from
the citizens of Bonaire who changed their
driving patterns to the government offi-
cials who coped with the large influx of
visitors. The Youth Tourism Club of Jong
Bonaire under the guidance of Senaida
Janga performed and danced on the pier
to greet tourists and mark the end of the
> Princess Ariane, the three-week-
old daughter of Crown Prince Willem-
Alexander and Princess MAxima, was
in the hospital for a week while being
treated for a bronchial tube infection, the
State Information Service RVD said last
Wednesday. The Princess, born on April
10, was admitted to the Leiden University
Medical Centre Hospital on Wednesday
morning with a suspected lung infection.
She returned home, healthy, last weekend.

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

This coming Sunday is Mother's
Day. For something special take Mom
to the Brunch Buffet at Divi Flamingo,
Calabas Restaurant, 11 am to 2 pm. The
cost is $22(includes tax). Reservations
recommended. Call 717-8285.

The Tourism Corporation Bonaire
(TCB) and event sponsors, Scuba Div-
ing Magazine and Air Jamaica, just
announced that Bonaire
Dive Into Summer 2007
will take place June 1 -
September 30. The event
will focus on scuba diving
through a series of specialty
topics including, photogra-
phy, marine conservation
and family activities.
Building on the successes
of the past seven Dive Festi-
vals, this summer-long event
will spotlight Bonaire not
only as a dive destination
but also as an eco-adventure
location, while keeping with
the primary goal of provid-
ing activities where divers
and snorkelers can experi-
ence Bonaire's natural treas-
ures above and below the
water and find out what
they can do to help protect
All visitors to the island
this summer will receive a
FREE coupon book valid all
summer long filled with
valuable discounts for ho-
tels, restaurants, shopping,
activities, rentals and more.
The coupon book will be
available at various locations
around the island as well as
Tourism Corporation Bon-
aire (one per person). Sign
up now. 1

The Bonaire Culinary team's
practice dinner last Sunday eve-
ning at the SGB's Chez Nous was
a total sellout. There were many
familiar faces of grand supporters of
the team in the past as well as some
new ones who were awed by the
quality of the dishes. A big thank
you to Mocky Arends of ALCON
Wine and Liquor who generously
donated the wines for the evening.
The team is doing extremely well
this year, having gained some valu-
able experience in previous "Taste of
the Caribbean" culinary Olympics.
And this year they've got their minds
set on bringing home the gold! There
will be four more "practice" dinners
for the public. Sign up soon though
because there are only 30 tickets
available for each evening. See the
invitation on page 4.

Making the "lollypots" for the dessert: Isidoor
van Riemsdijk (Rum Runners), Egbert deVries
(Flamboyant), Coach Will Heemskerk (Will's Grill)
and Vladimir Gijsbertha (City Cafe) work on the
"lollypops" that are part of the dessert course.

Page 5

Part watching For BeglinErs

F or the 10 biologists who are working
in the field it's an everyday job. Get
up before 5:30 am and drive into the hills of
Washington Slagbaai Park. They go to their
own location and keep track of parrots, write
about their behavior and eventually try to
find where their nests are. They keep in
touch by using walkie-talkies. Last Saturday
people on the island also had the opportunity
to see them working and take part in re-
search and join the biologists. The main goal
is to get people interested in parrot watching
and help them with their research. Those
who don't want to get up so early in the
morning may help the watchers by giving a
monetary donation.
As a beginner, there are three qualities you
need to obtain to become a true parrot
One: Love for the environment. Watching
parrots is amazing, sitting high in the hills in
the beautiful surroundings of Washington
Slagbaai Park and listening to all the sounds
and watching how parrots wake up, search-
ing to find a nest and fighting for the best
spot to lay their eggs, while the sun is rising.
In the meantime there are also a lot of other
things to observe. Every once in a while an
Oriole flies by or a goat tries to pass behind
you. In the trees there are some iguanas
slowly trying to catch their breakfast.
Two: Lots ofpatience. There is a chance
of sitting and waiting for weeks without
finding any nests. But there's also a chance
if you sit in the right spot you could find a
nest the first day. Of course, you need to
have quite some luck as well, to find a par-
rot's nest.
Three: Very good eyesight and hearing.
The way to observe parrots is to follow them
the entire time and keep track of their move-
ments. When they fly around a lot but al-
ways come back to one exact spot, there is a
big chance they are looking for a nest. Or
they've already built a nest in that location.
It's up to the parrot watcher to remember
where the tree or crack in the rock is that the
parrots always return to and check that place
out. Also hearing is very important for parrot
watchers. The sounds parrots make tells a lot
about what's on their mind.
The parrot watchers gather at 5:30 in the
morning at the entrance to Washington Slag-
baai Park six days a week. There the biolo-

Rowan Martin watches for parrots

gists divide their tasks and everyone has
their own location in the Park. Last Satur-
day, when the few people who were inter-
ested and who managed to get out of bed so
early arrived they were divided between an
equal amount of biologists.
One of the biologists is Rowan Martin who
clearly has the three qualities listed previ-
ously. He goes out to research the parrots
every morning, knows the names of a lot of
other species in the Park and seems to have
an instinct for spotting parrots.
Rowan has been studying and observing
the Lora parrot for two years now. His en-
thusiasm for the bird is clear when he starts
talking about it. His father was also crazy
about birds as well, a trait Rowan obviously
inherited. Parrot watching is a job for him,
but if he couldn't do it as a profession it
would be his hobby. The reason he's parrot
watching is to investigate their behavior and
what the reasons are for that behavior, what
can be done about it and saving them from
extinction. There is a limited number of
Loras on the island. One reason for this was
human poaching of young parrots to sell, a


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practice now forbidden by local and intera-
tional law.
But the parrots also try to kill each other.
Rowan: "It's strange how the Loras attack
each other and try to destroy other Lora cou-
ples' nests. It seems they are trying to make
sure no chicks get born. I'm very interested
about the reason behind that."
When a nest is found, parrot watchers keep
track of it the entire time, until the chicks fly
out. They check the eggs every day and
when the chicks are born they weigh them,
and if necessary, feed them as well. The

watching takes about three hours. At 9 am,
everybody gathers around the front gate
again and talks about their findings and com-
pares their notes. A better way of promoting
their project, to show what their work is all
about, and by letting visitors see it probably
couldn't be found. For more information
about the parrot watching visit
www.parrotwatch.org. OStory & photo by
David Radomisli

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

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Many residents of Bonaire know Angela Allee and the illness that caught this
girl at the age of eight, which left her paralyzed and speechless. To remember
the beautiful, vivid girl that she once was, Henk Roozendaal painted her in 2004 on
the side of the Cultimara supermarket- using the last photograph that was taken of
her before fate struck.
All Cultimara murals are painted on stone walls, except Angela's. She was painted
on three wooden doors that hide electrical meter boxes.
These doors were rotten and replaced a month ago by the WEB, without notifying
Cultimara or the artist. WEB's intention was to dispose of the doors at the landfill.
Only by a lucky coincidence were the doors saved. The middle panel has now been
repainted by Henk Roozendaal.
On Mother's Day, Sunday May 13, at 12 noon, the result will be given by Cultimara
to Angela and her mother Poppy (perhaps already better known as 'Mama Smile').
This small but sweet event will take place in the supermarket. D Henk Roozendaal

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D id You Know... The Portu-
guese Man-of-War is not a
true jellyfish?
It's a siphonophore. Yep. It isn't
just one animal, but a colony of
tiny animals all living together.
Some of the animals sting and
catch prey, others eat and digest,
and others reproduce. I know which
one I would want to be! A Portu-
guese Man-of-War has a sail that ...
allows it to float on the surface. In
fact, it can't propel itself, so it is
left to the mercy of the winds.
Their tentacles can reach a length
of 9m and have a very toxic sting.
If you or someone you know is
stung, you can apply hot water to
the affected area to denature the
toxins. Or, if you don't have hot
water, ice can also help by making
the toxins less active and helps
numb the pain.
A few fun facts: Loggerhead sea
turtles are believed to be immune to
the toxin since they feast on Man-
of-Wars. Small fish find refuge
from big predators among the tentacles of Man-of Wars. The bladder or sail must
stay moist so Man-of-Wars rolls sideways every now and then to keep their blad-
ders wet. If a predator is attacking, a Man-of-War can deflate its bladder and sub-
merge. Way cool!0 Caren Eckrich

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

Page 7

T he Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival
will be a music fest of four days from
May 17th through May 20th. Some big names
will appear during this long weekend and the
many bands will make for great music. This
third festival will be full of unique interna-
tional flavors, with jazz, salsa, local and
world music. The bands will be playing at
numerous venues.

The festival organizers' main goal is to
attract as many people as possible, which
means the entire population of the island.
Guus Gerritsen is one of the main leaders of
the festival and a jazz musician (saxophone)
himself: "We made the ticket price as cheap
as possible so it won't be a very big burden
for local people to enjoy the festival as well.
We also kept this in mind in regard to our
selection of bands. For example, the band
Oswin 'Chin' Behilia and Casava are huge
attractions for locals. Even for students on
the island, attending the festival won't be a

big problem,
as they will
receive a 50%
discount on
the tickets."
Gerritsen is
very proud of
the big names
they were able
to attract to
the island with
such a low Ivan Jansen, one of the jazz
budget. "We stars who willperform
had a budget
of NAf120.000. For a four-day festival that
isn't very much, but we still managed to get
some high quality bands." Gerritsen isn't
exaggerating, as Gerardo Rosales Mangoma-
nia and the Paolo Mejias Quintet will be
playing during the festival. These are very
big names internationally and especially
Mejias has been at the top for over 10 years.
Besides the music there is also more than
enough to enjoy for people who are into
other art forms such as poetry and art. In the
Kas di Arte paintings from artists from
Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao can be admired
every day as well as background jazzy po-
etry. The logo on the T-shirt for the jazz
festival was designed by Bonaire's well-
known artist Henk Roosendaal.
Gerritsen is not afraid that the demand for
tickets will be higher than the supply. He
expects there will be more than enough space
in the locations where the bands will play.
"The biggest bands will be playing at the
beach sites, and there will be space for about
500 people, so I expect there will be more
than enough space for anybody on the island
who is interested in enjoying a band." 1
David Radomisli

Robbie and Lando play in 2006

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

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As in previous years, the program includes not only Salsa, Latinjazz, American
and European jazz, local (Krioyo) music but also a jazz-and-poetry concert at
the waterfront Fort Orange on the opening evening, May 17, starting at 7:30pm.
Following that, festival bands will perform at Wilhelmina Plaza near City
Daily jam sessions at Little Havana will follow with festival musicians.
Admission to all these above events is free.
The main concerts take place on the beach of the Plaza Resort near Tipsy Seagull
restaurant on May 18 and 19 and will feature the Paoli Mejias Quintet from Puerto
Rico with salsa, Latin and Cuban jazz. It's been the main attraction of many jazz
festivals. The WES Group from Washington, DC, will play too. This group stole the
show at the Anguillajazz festival. .
Gerardo Rosales Mongomania, a sextet from Venezuela, will offer renditions
of Salsa and Latin jazz.
After their Bonaire concerts, Trio Yuri Honing, an ensemble that performed several
times at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival, will play a few concerts in Caracas,
Attractions from the region include Oswin "Chin" Behilia with a jazzy "World
Music," will perform in the jazz-and-poetry presentation on the first day,
joined by a quartet on May 18.
Ivan Jansen's quartet from Aruba will also perform a totally new repertoire.
The Jean Jacques Rojer trio from Curaqao, whose leader had the honor of
performing at Carnegie Hall in a concert for young talented musicians with Paquito
d'Rivera, will also be featured.
Bonaire's R&B band, Stingray, and the 10-year old orchestra, The Happy Band, will
also perform in conjunction with international festival musicians.
On Saturday May 19, the orchestra comprising students of the SGB and the
local school of music reinforced with festival musicians Franklin Granadillo
and Scott Katzev will perform on the main stage.
There will also be a percussion workshop in Bonaire's school of music with
guest musicians like Joost Lijbaart and Gerardo Rosales.
Admission fees are NAf 30 per evening or NAf 50 for two evenings. On presenta-
tion of their ID, students pay half price.
At 5pm on May 16 and subsequently on every day of the festival, there will be
a "Polyrhythmic" exhibition of Antillean artists in Kas di Arte with live music
and wine tasting. For more information on the festival, the artists, special packages,
and accommodations, go to the website www.bonaireiazz. com. DPress release

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T he Bonaire
Animal Shel-
ter is bursting at the
seams with puppies
these days. And two
of the most popular
and adorable are
sisters Sharon and
Shirley. Born on
January 30 they
were brought into
the Shelter to be put
up for adoption as
the owners of their
mother just couldn't
handle any more
dogs. So it's good
news that the pups
will have an oppor- "Sharon" and "Shirley"
tunity for a happy
life, and the mom is going to be sterilized so she too can live an unencumbered life
without going into heat every few months.
Sharon and Shirley are full of personality. They're outgoing, friendly and sassy.
They get along beautifully with the other pups in the puppy cage and have a rollick-
ing good time playing all day long. Because they're smart little ones they'll be easy
to train for someone willing to take the time. And you know it's always worth it
when the result is a fine obedient and responsive dog. Of course these two are in top
health; they've had their tests and check out by the vet and will be sterilized when
they're old enough. All that is included in the NAf105 dog adoption fee. You can
rest assured that pets from the Shelter are healthy and social and it's one of the best
deals on the island. In fact since the first of the year there have been 52 adoptions
from the Shelter. The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Satur-
day, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Adoptions are going so well that some of our potential "Pets of the Week" were
adopted before they even made it to the column! Now that's more good news. D

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

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A Shrink Looks at SCUBA

P eer Pressure, or Disappear Pres-
Most of us have had the experience of
being on a dive boat, or standing at wa-
ter's edge, with a buddy who turns to us at
the last minute and suggests that we do
something marginally appropriate pho-
tograph each other jumping in full scuba
gear off Oil Slick Leap, or going down to
the bottom of the reef "just for a minute."
At those moments we are subjected to
"peer pressure" which is the social lever-
age that we feel when someone pushes us
to behave in one direction or another.
Usually, if we feel a good connection
and a sense of balance with the other per-
son (or persons) we are able to have our
judgment override the social pressure -
"No, David, I'm not diving five hours
before we have to fly back!" But some-
times, particularly when we are feeling a
need to prove ourselves or need a sense of
approval, it becomes more difficult.

Typically, when people think of peer
pressure, they are referring to the influ-
ence exerted on an individual to engage in
"anti-social" (BAD!) behaviors. Peer
pressure is often cited as the culprit in
smoking, drinking, drug use, dangerous
sexual behaviors and eating fast food.
But, there are also "pro-social" (GOOD)
forms of peer pressure.

For instance, good pressure includes
dive buddies or groups who insist on con-
sistent use of precautionary decompres-
sion (safety stops), have good reef hy-
giene, and observe good hydration. The
pressure exerted by the group has often
made me a safer and more ecologically
friendly diver than I might have otherwise

An online survey done by David Col-
vard, MD in 2004 found that 4% of
women divers (of 413 female divers
polled) and 2% of male divers (out of
1415 male divers polled) had experienced
a negative encounter with peer pressure.
Most of these experiences fit the "Hey,
let's...." category, where a buddy (or a
group of buddies) pressures someone into
taking part in a dive-related activity that
was marginal or worse.
The data suggested that for men, the
pressure seemed to be related to competi-
tion. But for women it was related to pres-
sure to accompany their dive buddy on an
activity that the buddy was already com-
fortable with. These last interpretations
are largely speculative, but do make
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How should you deal with peer pressure
to engage in risky activity? Probably the
best advice is to dive regularly with a
buddy with whom you are comfortable,
and who dives at about your skill level. If
you are very inexperienced, then diving
with or near a divemaster is probably the
best idea anyway. If you find yourself
having regular concerns in this area (or
haven't yet found a set of good dive bud-
dies), taking part in professionally organ-
ized activities is a good idea. Dive profes-
sionals will insist on things like good reef
hygiene, safety stops, and good dive pro-

If you are a woman who has been intro-
duced to diving by a male partner who
frequently presses you to move beyond
your level of comfort, consider finding
another partner with whom to dive, or
suggest that your partner dive with an-
other aggressive diver. Several years ago I
came to Bonaire with my wife (who had
become pregnant just before the trip) and
another couple. He and I dove often and
enthusiastically, sometimes by ourselves
and sometimes with his wife. My wife
and I took frequent snorkels on that trip
(1000 Steps was her favorite) and every-
one was happy. I have another dive buddy
(who shall remain nameless, although his
name usually appears on this column)
who has a hard time finding buddies who
will dive frequently enough to satisfy him
and whose wife often refuses to accom-
pany him when he goes on dive trips!

In reality, peer pressure in diving is
similar to the effect that most people feel
about drinking, smoking, and eating ham-
burgers. The final answer is always, "Get
better peers." 1 By Guest Shrink, Robert
Mankoff Ph.D., Medical University of the
Americas, Nevis. Photos from David Col-
vard, M.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
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

S/a scatt i oa r
CFe ni ta I
Cozy guest cottage available

king) pull-out sofa, porch, yard and pri-
vate entrance. Five minute walk to sea-
side promenade; 10 minute walk to town.
$50/night. Contact: bonairecot-

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 Sale

For Sale 3 only 80 cubic ft alu-
minum tanks. Only NAF 100 each
Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm or visit
Carib Inn

Once again, if you have an empty
bottle of Sea Gold or Sea Drops, for a
limited time only, Carib Inn will fill
these for half price!!

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

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

NIKONOS III- Camera 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 786-

Ca rs &
S coote rs

FIAT BARCHETTA Cabrio, 1997,
yellow, with hard-top
and windstop. Make an
offer... Tel. 796-5591.

Toyota Corolla (1992) for sale! It's
in good condition and has been well
maintained! With automatic gear-
change and power steering. NAf4.250.
Tel. 700-8253 or 511-7492.

cable TV,
two single
beds (or
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P ro p e rtyr

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.

For rent: Luxurious new apart-
ment for two persons. NAf1.500 per
month. Dishwasher, washing machine,
boiler, kitchen machines, outside place
to cook, including weekly linen.
monique(iZinfobonaire.com, 717 -

Nice apartment for rent,
NAf500,00 all inclusive, one living/
sleeping room, one bathroom, quiet
neighborhood. Contact: digital-
is 956(@hotmail.com or call: 796 -

Experienced Pet/House Sitter avail-
able- Experienced Bonaire visitor (20
years) available to take care of your
pets and watch your house water
plants etc. In exchange for place to
stay and use of vehicle for shore div-
ing. I will pay my own air-food-diving
etc. References upon request. 845-676-
3812. Email

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

r Ve n? ts

Holistic 3 day Retreat Planned June
2007 by visiting expert on Ayurveda,
involving yoga, massage & diet. Direct
questions to email fhumming-

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lost my MP3-Player/Recording de-
vice "Iriver," color: black. I've lost
important data... If you have found or
seen it, please let me know and you
will be rewarded! Call me at 511-
7492 or 700-8253 or send an email to
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Bonaire's Washington-Slagbaai National
Park is home to the largest reconstruc-
tion of a whale skeleton in the Carib-
bean. After drying in the sun for some
years to harden, it was timefor it to get
overhead protection.

Jeff and Linda with Park Manager
Fernando and Ranger Clifford

Recently, frequent Bonaire visitors,
Linda and Jeff Goldman, donated
the materials for a roof over the impres-
sive whale skeleton at the entrance to
Washington Slagbaai National
Park. This roof is an extension
of the old roof above the ter-
race. A local contractor was
appointed to build a suitable
and protective roof, so now
the future of the whale skele-
ton is secured.
Now you might ask yourself;
what is a whale skeleton doing
in the Washington Slagbaai
National Park? This juvenile
Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera
edeni) was impaled on the
bow of a cruise ship and ar-
rived at Bonaire on the morn-
ing of January 11, 2000. The

baleen whale (meaning it has no teeth)
was about 13 meters long and about 11
metric tons in weight. After being allowed
to decay at the salt works it was assem-
bled between November 2004 and April
2005 by the BONAI Youth Group, led by
Dr. Jay Haviser, and put on display.
About four years ago Linda and Jeff Gold-
man donated the materials for the con-
struction of the terrace at the entrance of
the Park. The new whale exhibit roof also
forms part of the entrance.
Linda and Jeff were married at Capt.
Don's Habitat five years ago and have
shown a great affection for our island in
many ways. STINAPA, the NGO in
charge of the Park, is grateful for the do-
nation to the whale exhibit. If you are
interested in making donations to
STINAPA Bonaire, or the marine or na-
tional park please contact them at
info(stinapa.org or call 599 717- 8444.
I Karen Winona van Dijk

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Late Show (Usually 9pm)
Call tomake sure
The Lookout
(Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
I Think I Love My Wife
(Chris Rock)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
May: A Night at the Museum

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 12 Come Celebrate
Mother's Day at a Brunch Buffet at
Divi Flamingo, Calabas Restaurant.
11 am to 2 pm, $22( includes tax). Res-
ervations recommended. 717-8285.

Sunday, May 13-Island wide Oriole
Count -details on page 3 & MegaFM

Sunday, May 13 4th BWC Mountain
Bike Tour Program: 3:45 pm Registra-
tion, 4:10 Discussion of the Route,
4:15 Tour Starts at the Eden Beach
Resort NAfl5 per person (includes
drink + fruits). Helmets compulsory.
Thursday, May 17-26 JAZZ FESTI-
VAL See story on pages 8 and 9
Thursday, May 17- Ascension Day
Holiday, Banks, Govt., shops close
May 17-20-3rd Annual Bonaire Hei-
neken Jazz Festival. More information:
www.bonairejazz.com. See pages 8 & 9

Sunday, May 31 Full Moon
A Sunday in June Washington
Park Birthday Celebration
Sunday, July 1 15th Annual Dia di
Arte in Wilhelmina Park All day
and evening starting at 10 am. Artists,
musicians, craftsmen and top notch
local foods and drinks. Participants:
sign by starting May 31. Call Edwin
Martijn 786-8400, Mishuyla Sint Jago
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

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

* 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 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
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
* Reporter writer Albert Bianculli
presents his Multi-Image Production
"Bonaire Holiday" at 6:30pm 7:30 pm
or 8:30pm,. Casablanca Argentinean Grill

* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* 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
* 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 Bruce Bowker's Carib
Inn (717-8817) at 7pm.
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable old home that has been restored
and furnished 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 di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visithomes 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, Bridge
Club: Wednesday 7.30 p.m. at Fla-
mingo Airport (Technobar), airco, all
levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop 717-5903,
or be there in time (7.15 p.m.)
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.
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 of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125

Celebrating our
25th Annlversary
Rotary Club of Bonaire

"Support our Breakfast
in Schools Program"

Rotary Bonaire Foundaion
PO Box 240, Kralerin Bonaire NA
Acct. 114.238.08 with MCB Banaire

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Jeanette Nolen-Heitk6nig

4 4 y father lived in the center of
SAmsterdam, Damstraat 1,
where they had a clothing store. The name
J. Heitkonig was cast in concrete on the
front of the building. My grandparents
came from Germany during WW I, to-
gether with other German families who
worked in the ready-made clothing indus-
try. When my father was about 30 he went
to Aruba to work, and when WW II broke
out they threw him into the internment
camp on Bonaire, most likely because of
his German name, as a precautionary
When he was released he went to work
for L.D. Gerharts. He had to travel fre-
quently back and forth to Curagao where
he met my mother, Rose Marie Anne Ri-
gaud. She was bom on Bonaire but
worked as a teacher on Curagao They
were married in April 1947 on Curagao,
then came to live on Bonaire where I was
bom on October 19th 1948. My sister Ria
was bom in March 1950, also on Bonaire.
We always lived in Playa Pabou. My
father opened a shop where he sold souve-
nirs, dive articles and electronic equip-
ment. When people had pictures that had
to be developed he'd send them to Cura-
9ao by boat. It would take about three
weeks for them to return; those were dif-
ferent times. He also had a photo studio
and he'd make wedding pictures, first
communion pictures and family portraits.
Those photos he'd develop himself.
I went to St. Bemardus School, then my
sister and I went to a boarding school in
Curagao for awhile. Then we came back
to Bonaire where we attended Lourdes
MULO. I had a fantastic childhood; we
swam a lot and went around on our bicy-
cles. It was very cosy in spite of the fact
that there wasn't much to do. My mom
was a teacher at St. Bernardus School and
at the Friar's school. Many a boy has been
a student of hers.
Because my mom was working we went
out for dinner frequently. There was
Zeezicht restaurant, Mona Lisa, Mentor
and Copa Cabana (what's now Surinam
Bar) and Palermo Bar (now Far East Bar).
The menu would be kabritu stoba, piska
ku sous kriollo, steak and pork chop and
once in a while, nasi goring. That was
great because then my father and I would
have a beer!
My dad loved animals. We had all kinds
of birds, turtles, iguanas, even a monkey
and a boa constrictor! The story of the boa
constrictor goes like this. There was this
American lady, Harriet Burkhart, who
would come to the Flamingo Beach Hotel
to have a drink at the bar and then she
would always sing "Summertime" while
she was carrying a small boa constrictor
around her neck. One day the snake disap-
peared and she asked all the children from
Nort di Salina and Hato to look out for it
and she would pay them all some money,

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

but alas, the boa was never found. Some
years later, a group of five men from Nort
di Salina spotted a big snake at least three
meters long in a gap in the rocks of Seroe
Largoe. It was big and fat, full of chicken
and iguana! The night before it was found
I'd been dreaming that I was camping on
a beach in front of a house in Hato and
that I felt something squirming around my
leg and I yelled, 'Take Harriet's snake
away from me!' The next day my mom
told me, 'They've found a big snake and
your dad just came home with it!'
After MULO I went to Holland together
with my sister. One year I followed
'vormingsklas,' a wide range of subjects
to see which profession would fit me best.
I took a receptionist course for one year. I
wanted to work for KLM as a stewardess
because my plan was to see the world. But
the moment I had a chance to be hired as a
stewardess my dad became ill and my
mother asked me if I could please run the
business for a year. I came back to Bon-
aire and I never left again.
I really liked the shop, but my modem
ideas were not appreciated by my dad so I

"I hope that the authen-
tic character of Bonaire -
the landscape, the sea
and the horizon won't
be sacrificed to so-called

went to work for Don Stewart at Flamingo
Beach Hotel as a receptionist. Those were
the days. It was such fun! You had to do
everything. When guests were arriving in
the middle of the night you had to make
the beds, you had to help in the kitchen,
serve tables in the restaurant and take
personnel home at three in the morning!
Then somebody came up with the idea
to contract some happy ladies from Co-
lombia and the place got quite a different
image, but it didn't last long. Neverthe-
less, the tourists kept on coming. We had
a lot of return guests and it was a great
atmosphere. If you ever read the book,
Don't Stop the Carnival, you'd recognize
so many situations, it was hilarious! My
last job there was as assistant manager.
When Don moved to Hotel Bonaire and
started with Aqua Venture, I moved with
I also worked as a production secretary
with Comell Wilde's movie, 'Shark
Treasure.' Eddy Statie, Basilio Marin and
Rene Hakkenberg were in it. Then I
bought a ticket and flew to Europe for a
six-week vacation; when I came back
TCB had called because they were look-
ing for someone to do the PR for a soon-to

-be- established oil terminal. And so I
started working for BOPEC in 1974. I did
public relations and later on I was an oil-
movement scheduler and then purchasing
assistant, purchaser and now I am the
coordinator of BSSE: safety, security and
Jeannette Nolen-Heitkonig is a very
special lady; she'sfun, she's strong, she's
her own person and she faces life what-
ever way it comes she's cool.
"In May 1980 I married Ralph Nolen.
He'd come to Bonaire from New Orleans.
He was a tugboat captain and had to bring
a boat here and when he got to know me,
he never left again. We have two children,
Natalie (24) and Ralph III (17). Natalie
studies in Holland, she did her bachelor's
in personnel, labor and organization and
now she's doing her master's in manage-
ment, communication and organization.
Ralph will graduate from HAVO this year
and he also wants to study in Holland.
I've always been a hard worker and
nothing has ever been too much for me;
I've learned how to fly a plane, how to
shoot with Tirabon, the shooting club. I
was a member of the tennis club, of the
secretary association and of the parent's
council of Sint Bemardus School, later on
Kristu Bon Wardador elementary school.
In the early 90s I came on the board of
STINAPA. Friar Candidus asked me if I
wanted to because my father loved ani-
mals and nature. That's why he thought I
would be interested. I am the vice presi-
dent and I have an independent seat, so I
only represent myself. My motivation is
that I find it important that nature be taken
care of and STINAPA was the first one to
start doing so. Not only do they take care
of nature, but they also inform youth and

involve them in the protection of the envi-
ronment. If we don't protect our environ-
ment there won't be anything left in a
couple of years and that would have con-
sequences for the future and our children.
Wouldn't it be a shame if Bonaire be-
comes developed like Aruba or St. Mar-
tin? And what if your grandchildren can't
eat fish anymore and don't know what an
iguana looks like?
I hope that the authentic character of
Bonaire the landscape, the sea and the
horizon won't be sacrificed to so-called
progress, because I think if we don't have
that anymore, many people will grow
unhappy inside and then it would be too
late. And something else those horren-
dous looking cruise ships can't they
dock at BOPEC? They disrupt the town
and what for? For a T-shirt they're buy-
I will always stay here I guess, but if
Bonaire becomes like Aruba, then I'm
off... I'll move to the wilderness of the
US where you don't see anybody!
In three years I will be retired. First I
need a year or two to reorganise the house
because as it is now I'm only in and out
and on the weekends I'm taking care of
my mom when her help is out. My father
died in 1987 and my sister lives in Hol-
land. After I retire I would like to have a
small business of my own because sitting
at home is nothing for me. I'm glad I
stayed on Bonaire, I think life is easier
here and I hope I still can do something
for the island." 0
Story & photo by Greta
Kooistra my

Page 17

Jeanette Nolen-Heitkdnig

Born on Bonaire

BssJasi l19 2u ct) I

swam for the Barracuda team.

Tirzah Richards starts in Lane 2

A sk any of the nine Bonaire Barracuda swimmers who par-
ticipated in the 8th Dutch Caribbean Invitational Swim
Meet what they liked best about the event and the answer will be,
"It was in Aruba." The international competition was organized by
the Swimming Federation of Aruba (AZB) and held at the Roly
Bisslik Pool in Saveneta April 27 30. For the past seven years
the Swimming Federation of the Netherlands Antilles (NAZB)
organized the Dutch Caribbean competition in Curagao.
Three hundred fifteen (315) swimmers representing 11 clubs
from Aruba, Curagao, Bonaire, Sint Maarten, Suriname and Trini-
dad & Tobago as well as five unattached swimmers from Barbados
and the US participated in the meet. There were 128 events swum
in the competition.

Barracuda swimmers who qualified for Finals and their results
were: Giada Binelli, Ryda-Luz Emer, Asdrubal Marcano, Tirzah
Richards, Olivier Wagemakers and Rooske Wagemakers also

Samson Evertsz's (center) "game face"

The Dutch Caribbean wrapped up on Monday night with a buffet
dinner for swimmers, coaches and meet officials after the comple-
tion of events. During the closing it was announced that Aruba will
host the 9th Dutch Caribbean Invitational in April, 2008.
1 Valarie Stimpson

Final Results- Bonaire Barracuda Team members
Date Swimmer Age Event Category Place

27/04 Evertsz, 11 100m Boys 11-12
Samson butterfly

Evertsz, 11 200 m Boys 11-12 t
Samson IM
Winkel, 14 50m Boys 13 8t
Philip breast- 14
Marcano, 50m Boys 8 & 9th
Luis breast- under
Marcano, 8 100- m oys8 & 10th
Luis freestyle under

28/04 Evertsz, 1 10m Boys 11 5t
Samson back- 12
Evertsz, 11 200 m Boys 11 & 8t
Samson butterfly over

Evertsz, 11 50m Boys 11 8th
Samson freestyle 12
Winkel,B 14 10m Boys 13 10th
Philip back- 14
29/04 Evertsz, 11 50m Boys 11 th
Samson back- 12
Evertsz,- 11 200 m oys 1 9th
Samson freestyle 12
Winkel, 4 50m Boys 13 6th
Philip back- 14
Marcano, m oys 8 & "'
Luis back- under
Marcano, 200 m Boys 8 & "'
Luis IM under

30/04 Evertsz, b 50- m Boys 11 "t7
Samson butterfly 12

Evertsz, F- 100" m Boys 11 10th
Samson freestyle 12
Marcano, 8 50 m Boys 8 & 9th
Luis freestyle under


50 m

Boys 13 -

Bonaire Reporter May 4-11, 2007

Page 18

*to find it... just look up

The Moon Visits the Two Planets Closest to the Sun (

1) Earth 2) Venus 3) Mars 4) Mercury
B ecause of a certain sit-com, "Third Rock From The Sun," almost everyone
knows that planet Earth is planet number three from the Sun. But do you re-
member which planets are number one and two? I'll give you a hint. Planet number
one is only a thousand miles bigger than our own Moon and planet number two is
almost the same size as our planet Earth. And next week you can use the Moon to find
both of them.
On Thursday, May 17th at dusk while there's still some twilight out face west and if
you've got a really clear, flat, unobstructed horizon you will see an exquisite crescent
Moon parked right above a bright pinkish light which is planet number one, 3,000-
mile-wide Mercury. It's named for the swift Roman messenger of the gods, which is
an interesting coincidence because Mercury is the fastest moving of all the planets. In
fact, while it takes our Earth 3651/4 Earth days to make one trip around the Sun, Mer-
cury makes one trip around the Sun in only 88 Earth days, which means that if you're
30 Earth years old you'd be 124 Mercury years old.
Now if we draw a straight line up and to the left of Mercury it will connect with an
extremely brilliant, dazzling white light which is planet number two, 8,000-mile-wide
Venus which is almost the same size as our Earth. And since it is the second fastest
moving planet, if you are 30 Earth years old, you'd be almost 49 Venus years old, but
that's still better than being 124 on Mercury. Now Venus is the brightest of all the
planets and is the one always depicted in history, even on flags, all the way back to the
time of early cave paintings, whenever there's a Moon close by.
And that's what we're going to see Saturday the 19th because the Moon will be so
close to Venus it will take your breath away. So on Thursday look for Mercury and the
Moon. Then on Friday you'll see the Moon almost exactly half way between Mercury
and Venus.
But the best night, the night you must mark on your calendar, will be Saturday night
the 19th when an even bigger crescent Moon complete with gorgeous Earthshine,
which will look like a mysterious dark full Moon nestled within the crescent, will be
parked only one degree away from Venus, which is about the width of two full
Moons, but which astronomically speaking is super, super close! And believe me no
matter where you happen to be on Saturday evening you'll be able to see these two
paired together for almost three hours as the two of them slowly drift down toward the
horizon. Don't miss this please! Mercury and the Moon on Thursday, the Moon be-
tween Mercury and Venus on Friday and an almost beyond belief pairing of the Moon
and Venus on Saturday! It doesn't get much better than this. O Jack Horkheimer

Sunday, May 6 to Saturday, May 12 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take advantage of your attributes and lure the mate of
your choice. Extravagance will be a problem. Organize social events or family gath-
erings. You can buy or sell if you're so inclined. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't point your finger unjustly at others. You will
have the stamina and the know how to raise your earning power. Be prepared to
make changes to your personal documents. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Travel will enhance romance and adventure, this
week will be hectic. Avoid joint ventures and steer clear of groups that want you to
contribute financial assistance. Look after financial transactions this week. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You'll be dropping friends for no apparent reason.
Don't force your opinions on friends or relatives unless you are prepared to lose
their favor. Think before you act. Rewards, gifts, or money from investments or
taxes can be expected. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Don't push your luck with your boss. Don't involve your-
self in the emotional problems of those you work with. Sudden trips will take you
by surprise. You may be frustrated by the way situations are being handled in your
personal life. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may have a problem keeping secrets. You can
expect to have problems with your mate if you've been spending too much time
away from home. Problems with relatives and friends could surface. You will find
that money could slip through your fingers. Your lucky day this week will be Fri-
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Emotional matters may not be easy for you to handle.
Stick to your own projects and by the end of the day you'll shine. You will get along
well with your colleagues this week. New projects may lead you into a dead end.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't overdo it. You need to enjoy yourself. Your
high enthusiasm will be sure to inspire anybody around you. Your interest in help-
ing others may take you back to school. You can expect the fur to fly on the home
front. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Emotional relationships will be plentiful if
you attend group activities. Don't overspend on friends or children. Get into some
activities that will help you in making new friends. Your mind is on moneymaking
ventures. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can make career changes that may put you
in a much higher earning bracket. Female members of your family may be difficult
to deal with. Your ability to communicate with ease will win the hearts of those you
are in touch with this week. You can win points if you present your ideas this week.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Lack of funds may add stress to your already un-
certain situation. Short trips will be educational. Do not get involved with individu-
als who are already committed to others. Your lack of attention may have been a
factor. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can make sound financial investments if you act
fast. Get the whole family involved in a worthwhile cause or cultural event. Profes-
sionalism will be of utmost importance. Unexpected visitors are likely. Be prepared
to do your chores early. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.D

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