Laura DeSalvo Photo
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H ere's a
eggs! It is an
as there are
now eggs appearing in Lora nests across
the island. For the Lora research team it
is also an anxious time as two of the
three ParrotWatch nests are still not ac-
tive. There are birds in those areas but
they just haven't got down to it yet. Is it
because the island is so dry?
We knew last week that Olivia was
spending more time in the nest so we
were watching her closely. Oswald has
also been paying her plenty of attention
too! As a result there were two eggs in
the nest the last time we checked.
It takes considerable effort to produce
and lay an egg. Loras, as we all know,
are particularly special birds! To put all
the right ingredients into a shell takes
about two days. The female Lora will
typically lay four eggs, so she has over a
week of production
work to complete the
year's clutch. After the
first egg was laid we i
had a good idea when
Olivia would be pop-
ping out her second
and so like overly
proud fathers we were there with the
video camera! Check out
www.parrotwatch.org to see for yourself.
N The Antilles' marine parks now
have the royal seal of approval from
the Netherlands' Queen Beatrix. In
December, following her Jubilee visit to
the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba she
visited Klein Bonaire. She decided to
officially become the Patron of Dutch
Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA).
(Do you recall The Reporter photographs
of Queen Beatrix walking into the sea to
release a sea turtle she helped to tag with
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire staff
Mabel Nava and Funchi Egbreghts)
The Queen's representative is on hand
for DCNA's board meeting currently
underway at Captain Don's Habitat.
The meeting began May 22. Also attend-
ing are representatives from the six is-
lands of the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba, Conservation International, De
Landschappen, IUCN NL, Samerwerk-
ingsverband Nationale Parken and Bird
DCNA, led by former Bonaire National
Marine Park Manager Kalli DeMeyer, is
a foundation representing park manage-
ment organizations on the six islands of
the Dutch Caribbean. Its mission is to
protect the biodiversity of the islands
while promoting the sustainable manage-
ment of the islands' natural resources by
working with the island management
Set up in February 2005, DCNA has
gone from strength to strength, most re-
cently clinching a deal with the Dutch
government to provide 10 years of fund-
ing support which will be used to capital-
ize a Trust Fund. Once capitalized, the
Trust Fund will cover the operational
costs of one land park and one marine
park on each island. The Reporter will
cover the outcome of the meeting in next
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is
charging passengers an extra 50 Euros
for seats with more legroom, such as
exit row seats, in a trial on some long-
haul routes, the airline said. KLM, the
Dutch arm of Air France /KLM,
launched the trial on flights to Singapore,
Manila and Curagao on Thursday, a
If passengers show a willingness to pay
more, KLM plans to expand the scheme
on other routes including European
flights- as it sees an opportunity to gener-
ate additional revenue.
Amsterdam's Schiphol airport
began using advanced body-scanning
machines at security checkpoints last
Tuesday. It is the first major airport to
use the technology to detect metals and
explosives hidden under clothing. Cus-
toms authorities will be able to detect if a
passenger carries weapons, drugs or dia-
monds without body searching the pas-
senger as well. Essentially, it is able to
see through clothing.
The "security scanner" uses supposedly
harmless radio waves to display head-to-
toe images of passengers. Going through
the scanner is voluntary and takes about
three seconds, allowing passengers to
avoid metal detectors or body searches.
For privacy, the digital images are
viewed by security personnel remotely
and deleted after they are viewed. Some
people object to submitting to the scan
because they are concerned about the
effects of radio waves, rather than pri-
vacy, said Schiphol's Chief Operations
Officer, Ad Rutten.
The scanner has been used for a year
just for flight crew. Now the scanner will
be available for passengers as well. Ac-
cording to Rutten, the scanner will be
"customer friendly and more comfort-
able. Another extra with this new method
is that the scan only takes a few seconds,
which will make the waiting lines for
safety checks shorter." He expects that it
will be easier to catch smugglers with the
use of the new scanner.
According to Ibi de Palm, Director
of WEB, Bonaire's electricity com-
pany, WEB is negotiating a contract
with Ecopower to construct a privat-
ized "Build, Own, Operate (BOO)"
electric plant to produce electricity for
Bonaire. To bridge the one to two-year
period needed for construction, WEB
entered into an agreement with
Agrekko to produce all the electricity for
the island during that period. Agrekko
has provided and maintained the generat-
ing equipment (housed in containers in
the front of the main WEB powerhouse)
in Hato since a major fire disabled a large
fraction of Bonaire's power producing
capacity several years ago.
Four employees of WEB are currently
in Dubai to get intensive training on the
maintenance of Agrekko's machines.
The contract specifies that Agrekko
must be able to produce up to 11 mega-
watts (a "normal" Bonaire consumption
> Director of Meteorology in Antigua
& Barbuda, Patrick Jeremiah, says that
atmospheric conditions are currently
similar to those that existed in 1995
when the Caribbean region experi-
enced devastating Hurricane Luis.
Bonaire, south of the normal path of
storms and hurricanes, experiences wind
reversals and swell from those events.
Ironically, the names of the hurri-
canes chosen for the 2007 season are
the same ones which affected the re-
gion in 1995, with the exception of dev-
astating hurricane names Luis, which is
replaced by Lorenzo, and Marilyn, which
is replaced by Melissa.
The names for this season are: Andrea
(already happened in Florida), Barry,
Chantal, Dean, Erin, Felix, Gabriella,
Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo,
Melissa, Noel, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah,
Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.
Forecasters at Colorado State Univer-
sity issued their prediction in early April,
calling on northern Caribbean residents
to brace for an active Atlantic Hurricane
Season. The forecast is for 17 named
storms, of which nine will become hurri-
canes and of that number, five to become
major hurricanes with wind speeds in
excess of 111 miles per hour. At least
one of the major hurricanes is likely to
make landfall in the Caribbean.
P Two stageres (trainees) from Hol-
land have been archiving The Bonaire
Reporter for the year 2006. The back
issues of the newspaper and its archives
are part of the Fundashon Historiko Kul-
tural Boneiru (FuHiKuBo). Contents
have been digitized and indexed in the
Document Central of the Foundation
making it easy to find information of
interest to a researcher. Previously three
trainees indexed The Reporter 's contents
through 2005. Now Anne Smidt and
Martijn Kruit completed the indexing up
through last year. This voluntary effort to
improve the documentation resource
archives is an initiative of Tini Willem,
head of Kolegio Luis Bertran. There is
more of this type of work to be done; if
you are interested phone 786-6818. B6i
Antoin (at right) coordinates.
Telbo launched a new Wi-Fi
The service is
tive for tourists
as there will be 14
hotspots from where the Internet signals
can be received on a laptop. It will be
possible to browse the net almost any-
where on the island. Of course this ser-
vice won't be free. A prepaid ticket has
to be bought at Telbo. The prices go from
NAf5 for one hour of Intemet use to
NAf50 for 15 hours of Intemet. See ad
on page 8
Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Who Saw Yellow Orioles?
9th Annual Julia Cup
Training Center Project
Editorial (AMFO policies)
Gear Doc (Regulators)
Letters (Historical homes demolished,
Shelter dog hits lottery)
Jazz on the Beach (Cover story)
SGB Art Explosion
Picture Yourself (Kauai/Hawaii)
Flotsam & Jetsam
Movieland Film Schedule
Shopping & Dining Guides
Sky Park (Planets line up on
The Stars Have It
Pet of the Week ("Debbie" with
Born on Bonaire
SLast Friday was the kick off of a
new weekly market in Wilhelmina
Plaza, aiming at the locals of the island
as their new customers as cruise ships
won't be calling in Kralendijk until No-
vember. Items such as jewelry, compact
discs and clothing are offered at the mar-
ket place at the moment, but the organiz-
ers also want to attract some fruit and
vegetable distributors in the future. The
first day of the market wasn't a big suc-
cess, but the organizers continue to be-
lieve in it and plan to try to expand the
market place every week by offering
more items. Call 717-2749 or 786-5136
to sign up.
N Dutch Princess Maxima cele-
brated her 36th birthday last Thurs-
day. Friends and family celebrated to-
N The Netherlands seems to be a
'hot spot' again for Antilleans. The
number of Antilleans returning to the
Antilles after a stay in Holland is de-
creasing while emigration to the Nether-
lands is increasing. In the first quarter of
this year 653 Antilleans returned to the
island they were born on, but according
to the number in 2006 this is a huge de-
crease. The reasons for more people emi-
grating to The Netherlands is said to be
the favorable economics there and the
constant unpleasantness in Curagao.
Digicel, reported substantial growth in
existing and emerging
markets in the Carib-
bean and Central
America in its fiscal
CEO of the Digicel
Group, Colm Delves,
reported this week that
the company ended its
fiscal year (March 31, 2007) with a re-
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
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T he results for the Yellow Oriole and Troupial
count have been pouring in over the last week,
and we are pleased to be able to bring you the prelimi-
nary findings. The organizers were heartened to have
widespread support for the count with 45 people con-
tributing. Particularly important is that participants were
spread throughout Bonaire so most areas of the island
We can confirm that the Troupial on Bonaire is now
more numerous than the Yellow Oriole. For every
Trupial Kacho (Yellow Oriole) that was seen there were
4.6 Troupials. Interestingly, whenever a Yellow Oriole
was seen Troupial were nearly always nearby fewer
than 10% of participants saw a Yellow Oriole alone. This
suggests that there aren't many areas where
the Yellow Oriole can live unaffected by the
Troupial. The count was conducted to assess
the status of these two closely related species
on Bonaire. The Trupial Kacho has always
been here, but many have noted a decline in
numbers in recent years. The Troupial, in
contrast, was introduced in the 1970s and its
numbers have been increasing ever since.
Troupial are aggressive competitors for food
and nests and may well be contributing to the
decline in Trupial Kacho. Basic surveys like
this are crucial for detecting potential conser-
vation problems before it is too late.
Much more research needs to be done into
how these two species interact to find out
what is really going on. For now at least we have a baseline with which to compare
with future years.
The organizers would like to thank everyone for their support and give a special
mention to the staff of RBTT bank. The count was organized as part of the Caribbean
Endemic Bird Festival by Rowan Martin and Sam Williams along with STINAPA. 0
Rowan Martin; photos by Sophie Williams
D id You Know...
Bonaire is one of
only four remaining nest-
ing areas for Caribbean
The other three areas
are Great Inagua Island in
the Bahamas, the Yucatan
Peninsula in Mexico, and
the Galapagos Is-
lands. Like sea turtles and
sea gulls, flamingos have
evolved salt excreting
glands above their eyes to
help get rid of the salt they ingest while feeding on tasty brine fly chrysalids and
larvae, algae, mollusks small fishes and such. One flamingo needs 32,000 brine-fly
chrysalids or 50,000 larvae per day! Many of our flamingos fly south to Venezuela
to feed, and while most adults leave, others are left to care for large groups of chicks
called creches. The parents, both male and female, return the next day to feed 'crop
milk' to their young chicks. The foods flamingos feed on are rich in alpha and beta
carotenoid pigments that give flamingos the beautiful pink color that we all love.
Some say that the brighter pink the flamingo, the healthier it is and the more sought
after it is by potential mates. So, knowing all this, we should be very proud and
protective of our beautiful national symbol, the Caribbean Flamingo. OCaren Eckrich
Be n Angel-
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Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
9 th nnyo ua- Cup
Liesje, Thea, Amira, Netty, Margo, Jessica, Mosa and Fabiola. Julia herself in
the polka-dot bikini in the foreground and Julia's dad, Elvis, in the background
n Mother's Day the Aquaspeed Bonaire Windsurfers Foundation organized
a competition at Sorobon, Lac Bay. Eight windsurfer moms were on hand
to watch the kids compete. Results listed below.
Mothers Della Thode, Amira Finies Soliano and Jokasta Inias got gifts courtesy
of City Shop and the Bonaire Gift shop. 0 Story & photo by Jessica Sint Jago
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1 place Marvelly Velandia
2 place Anais Pauletta
Under 14 (Girls)
1 place Nadia Dabboussi
1 place Beth
2 place Kita
3 place Monique
1 place Amado Vieswijk
2 Place Jamil Jonis
1 place Youp Schmit
2 place Mozart Sances
3 place David Lee Winklaar
1 place Dylan Robles
2 place Youp Schmit
3 place Mozart Sances
1 place Bjorn Saragoza
2 place Rodderick Boekhoudt
3 place Jeath Koeks
1 place Demenson : Kiri Thode
2 place Arthuro Payo : Soliano
3 place Cymbert Sances
4 place Marvelluos Mangoit
5 place Jeager Sint Jago
1 place Elton Taty Frans
2 place Constantino :Patun"Saragoza
3 place Everon Tonky Frans
1 place Evertson Choko" Frans
2 place Ethienne Soliano
3 place Elvis Martinus
(Flotsam & Jetsam Continued from page 2)
cord 4.7 million subscribers representing a
144% increase when compared to the pre-
vious fiscal year.
Last month, Digicel was awarded a li-
cense to operate a GSM network in the
newly liberalized market of Suriname.
Digicel Suriname is expected to launch
later this year.
Roan Jaspers at Kiteboarding Bon-
aire has planned a kids' clinic in order
to make the sport more accessible to the
local youth. The event will be on the
weekend of June 16-17 and will be open to
young people, ages 10 to 16. The event
will be an introduction to kiteboarding,
where the main focus will be FUN! The
kids will start flying small trainer kites,
and on the second day will be flying the
kites in the water (body dragging). Also
there will be a rescue motor boat so the
kids can safely practice their water starts.
At the end of each day there will be a BBQ
and drinks and all the participants will
receive a T-shirt. (Ann Phelan)
> The St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos)
signed an agreement with a consortium
of seven local financial institutions today
for a loan of NAf72 million. Sehos is the
secondary care hospital for Bonaire. For it
to happen the tax department had to with-
draw its claim on hospital property.
The loan is for 20 years at an interest of
7% during the first three years, followed
by the market interest of the moment.
Three banks MCB Banco di Caribe and
Girobank and four pension funds Ennia,
Fatum, Vidanova and APNA (Government
Pension Fund), whose loan share is the
largest are making the loan. The loan
agent is MCB. RBTT is not part of the
In Curagao, after the new island gov-
ernment coalition of PAR, FOL and PNP
takes office, it will present the Curagao
Island Council with the final statement
(Slotverklaring) again for approval. If
okayed this time, then all the Antillean
islands will move together towards the
dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles.
According to the Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba Meteorological Service the
haze blanketing Bonaire since last Tues-
day, May 15, is dust from the African
Sahara. The greasy, gritty dust is more
common during the dry summer months.
The sand becomes airborne due to huge
sand storms in the African desert and is
carried by the wind to this part of the
Researchers have installed a seis-
mometer atop the active undersea vol-
cano, 'Kick 'em Jenny,' under the Car-
ibbean Sea to warn of eruptions or
earthquake activity, scientists said Satur-
day. Several years ago a Bonaire preacher
warned that 'Kick 'em Jenny' was going to
cause a tsunami that would overwhelm
Bonaire. It never happened.
The seismometer allows scientists to
collect real-time rumbling from tremors or
as bubbling magma and gases are released
from the volcano, about 820 feet beneath
the sea's surface off Grenada's northwest
coast. "The system essentially acts as a
kind of doctor's stethoscope so we can
directly listen to the pulse of the volcano,"
said Richard Robertson, Director of the
Seismic Research Unit at the University of
the West Indies in Trinidad. He said the
seismometer is connected to a flexible hose
that runs to a buoy, where a high-
frequency radio transmitter sends readings
to an observatory in a northern Grenadian
village all within mili-seconds.
Since its discovery in 1939, when it shot
a cloud of ash 900 feet above the sea sur-
face, 'Kick 'em Jenny' has erupted at least
12 times, most recently in 2001. The vol-
cano, which rises above the sea floor on
the steep inner western slope of the Lesser
Antilles ridge, has not caused any deaths or
There is a proposed BONAI (youth
group) project to conduct research of
the World War II period on Bonaire and
the visit of Eleanor Roosevelt in 1944.
The project has now received sufficient
funding to take a be-
ginning step. Initial
coordination of this
BONAI project has
been done by Dr. Jay
Saleh of the Economic
Jackie Bemabela of
BONAI, Hubert Vis of
SKAL, and Captain
Mike Napier of the
Freewinds, among Eleanor Roosevelt
been received to be-
gin the first phase of Archival Research to
be done at the US National Archives and
Military Archives in Washington DC. Dr.
Haviser took 10 days to review documents
relating to the US military presence in the
Netherlands Antilles with particular focus
on the visit to Bonaire by US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt's wife, Eleanor, in
March of 1944.
The next phases of research include a
presentation lecture by Dr. Haviser to the
Bonaire public about the results of the ar-
chival search on Monday, May 28, at
7:30pm on the Freewinds. He will also do
oral history interviews and archaeological
excavations at specific sites on Bonaire
with interested SGB students of BONAI
(probably in June-July). As a closure for
the project a book on the subject will be
written by Dr. Haviser and a new com-
memorative plaque will be placed to recog-
nize the visit of Eleanor Roosevelt. Both of
these latter activities should create a very
positive, dynamic and interest-generating
view of Bonaire for American tourists, as
well an important education about the pe-
riod for our local people. (Jackie Berna-
i The policy on punishment of drug
couriers at Schiphol airport is back to
normal now that the flow of smugglers is
ebbing, the Prosecutor's Office in Haarlem
announced. Seven years ago the number of
drug couriers, predominantly from the
Netherlands Antilles and Suriname, ar-
rested at the airport increased so much that
the justice chain in the Netherlands was
strained. According to Prosecutor Maarten
Vos, the revised policy gives equal treat-
ment to all drug couriers. The milder
guidelines were only applicable for those
couriers apprehended at the airport. It's no
longer necessary to maintain these milder
guidelines as the number of couriers ar-
rested at the airport has decreased signifi-
cantly. In the past, about 3,500 couriers per
year were arrested, only 900 were arrested
in 2006. The 100% inspection at the airport
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
Training cm ner Project C Fi) (-
The goal of the Training Center Pro-
ject is for youngsters to find a con-
nection again with education or employ-
ment. We try to achieve this by offering the
youngsters learning, development, and em-
ployment experiences. To help us achieve
this, companies have a very important role.
Because the Project is a small training cen-
ter we can react quickly to the company's
restaurant the kids had dinner at Mambo
Jambo. After dinner they discussed the ex-
perience; now they are practicing with mak-
ing and serving dishes themselves.
Also the kids are making key chains for
all the rooms at Buddy Dive. They are saw-
ing figures, painting them and putting on the
room numbers. Buddy Dive takes care of all
the materials and tools for this assignment.
Of course there is a time for relaxing and
fun. Jibe City offered the youngsters wind-
surf lessons. And they were not just any old
windsurf lessons. The famous Tonky Frans
was their instructor.
These are some of the examples how the
Training Center Project works together with
different companies with the goal of creat-
ing perspective for the youngsters.0
Story & photos by Mick Schmit
AMFO ANTICS A
A midst great hoopla the Antillean co-financing or-
ganization foundation, acronym AMFO, opened its
new main office in Curaqao last week. Readers may re- ,
member that four years ago AMFO quietly went into op-
eration based in Bonaire under the leadership of Werner WO
Weils. In a very short time money was flowing to the
poor on Bonaire as well as to the other Antillean islands.
It was quite a change from the previous years when Dutch
aid disappeared into a "black hole" on the way to Bonaire from Holland via Cura-
Politically savvy people said that the Bonaire-based AMFO was doomed from the
start. A whole cadre of people who filtered the Dutch aid funds in Curaqao sud-
denly were out of the picture, and politicians were denied access to funds they could
use to demonstrate their concern for the poor.
Despite its proven effectiveness in consistently delivering direct financial support,
the "establishment" found fault with AMFO's bookkeeping and shut it down. The
only fraud ever found was by a St. Eustatius NGO worker who mixed a small
amount of AMFO money with his personal account. It's a far cry from the millions
that never got to the poor in earlier years.
But last week we all had a glimpse of what happens to some of the money that
doesn't get to the needy. It goes into extravagant galas for the AMFO directors and
"officials." For several days it was hard to find an edition of a local paper that didn't
have photos of the Byzantine chain of command of the reopened AMFO making
pronouncements or sitting in a theater to listen to Antilles Governor Goedgedrag
speak or unveiling a new sign.
At the top appears to be Interim Director Stanley Betrian, a former Curaqao Lt.
Governor, and Supervisory Council Chairlady, former Dutch minister, Sybilla Dek-
ker. Then there's Acting Chairman Luis Santine and Secretary Alba Martijn. They
spoke eloquently about the restart of the organization to fund projects of Non Gov-
ernmental Organizations (NGOs). The remaining bureaucracy members are yet to
be named, but Interim Director Betrain says his new "constellation" of team mem-
bers will work directly to fight poverty.
We wonder how many of the island's poor could have benefited from the money
that was spent on airfares, rentals, refreshments and other expenses involved with
the hoopla surrounding the reactivation. We'll be looking to see how much of the
first installment of NAf23 million reaches the needy on Bonaire and the other is-
lands and how much drops into a "black hole." 0 G.D.
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
Buying a regulator is an investment
that should be given some thought.
Many people ask me, What is the best
regulator? First of all no one makes a bad
regulator. You can buy a bad set of cheap
tools. You can buy bad watches on the
streets of New York City for a few dol-
lars, but no one manufactures a really
cheaply made regulator with bad
parts. On the other hand there are some
companies that are really awkward to deal
with, but their regulators are still good.
What makes one regulator more expen-
sive that another? Features! A swivel on
the first stage, balanced first and second
stage, piston versus diaphragm, environ-
mentally sealed, titanium all these and
more make a price difference, but that
does not mean one regulator is made bet-
ter than another.
e a r
Another question many ask is
What is a balanced regula-
tor? It is somewhat difficult
to answer in simple terms, but
let's start with this. A tank
has 3000 psi and that pressure
is trying to get to your mouth when you
breathe. The first stage reduces this to
about 140 psi which is called intermediate
pressure. This is the pressure in the in the
hoses (except for the high pressure hose
of course). The 2nd stage reduces this pres-
sure to whatever is required according to
depth that is called ambient pressure.
An unbalanced regulator is just a simple
open and shut valve sort of. It would be
like a door. It opens and shuts sort of.
One needs to pull that door open and then
push it shut. In a regulator that "door" is
pulled open by inhaling and pulling the
2nd stage diaphragm against a lever which
in turn pulls back a rubber seat which in
turn allows the air to flow. When you stop
breathing a spring shuts that "door".
In a balanced regulator there is someone
on the other side of that door helping you
open it making it easier to breathe. That
someone else is air pressure which is on
both sides of that valve "balancing" it,
making it move easier. Some brands allow
you to choose what 1st and what 2nd stage
you want. You can have a balanced 1st
stage and an unbalanced 2nd or both can
be balanced. I would say if one were to
buy a balanced 2nd stage then don't buy an
unbalanced 1st stage like having a Fer-
rari with a small VW engine. Why?
The difference between the breathing of
a balanced versus unbalanced is notice-
able but not so much that it would be like
breathing through a straw. If you were at
100 feet and breathing nicely with an un-
balanced regulator and someone gave you
their balanced regulator, you would say
you can feel the difference but you would
not go back to your regulator and not be
able to breathe. All the other features such
a swivels etc are really personal prefer-
ence as is the manufacturer.
Which brings up another often asked
question. What regulator is the easiest
to get fixed when traveling? The answer
- none of them and all of them. It seems
every destination has a popular brand but
this can change from island to island,
place to place depending on how good the
sales representative is and how well the
company supports that area. For instance
here on Bonaire at one time Dacor was the
regulator. Then it became Sherwood and
then Aqualung and then Scubapro and on
When buying a regulator ask questions.
Soon you will get a picture of what you
want. D Bruce Bowker
Since 1980 Bruce Bowker
has been the owner-operator
of the Padi 5 Sta Gold Palm
Carib Inn. Tel. 717-8819.
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 4)
> This Friday, May 25, Jong Bonaire
will have its annual Song Festival. The
Festival begins at 8 pm and will run to
about 11 pm. The cost is NAf 10 and tickets
are available at Jong Bonaire or from the
participants. Ten young people will take
N Dance until the sun rises? Bonaire's
nightlife mainly consists of three well
known clubs and bars, City Cafe, Karel's
Bar, and Little Havana. These are the meet-
ing points for almost anybody looking for a
nice night out. However, something is miss-
ing, says a Dutch Communication student,
Roeland Knoester, a.k.a. de Knoest. Kno-
ester: "I like those e
places a lot, but
the choice being
offered to every-
one who's looking
for a fun party is
Week after week
it's all the same.
My objective is to
offer what's miss-
In the Netherlands, "de Knoest" organized
a couple of parties with some great names
like Marco V and Cor Fijneman. May 25th,
he's going to give it a shot at Sunrise at
Sand Dollar (the former Barracuda club), a
place very suitable for a great night. His
partner, Euson, will spin the platters in an
effort to make the audience go crazy. (See
ad on page 2) Bonaireans might not recog-
nize the music style of Vocal Trance, House
and Techno. By combining these Dutch
music styles with the exotic flavors of the
Caribbean, Meringue and Salsa they think
they can fulfill the needs of everybody.
Euson: "We see it as a challenge to bring
the big party vibe to Bonaire. Everyone is
looking for a Friday evening where they can
lose their stress after a week of hard work."
Their ambitions are lofty. "If next Friday
is a success, we're hoping to give a big full
moon party next month," says de Knoest.
> City Cafe is pulling out all the stops to
celebrate its 10th Anniversary. For 10 days,
from June 1 to June 10 there will be ac-
tivities, prizes, markets, festivals, jump
ups, music, 5th Jong Bonaire Triathalon
and more. Check their schedule on page
9... and join in the fun. All the proceeds
from the events will go to Jong Bonaire to
help them with a sound system. 0 G.D.
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
INVESTORS: CONSIDER OUR HERITAGE BEFORE DEMOLISH-
ING OUR HISTORICAL HOMES
It is very difficult for many to comprehend, despite for example the
attention given to old houses on Bonaire by Wilna Groenenboom for
months on end in The Bonaire Reporter, why all the uproar by locals
and expats alike each time an old home is demolished by ignorant
people who do not respect the Bonaireans' (Antillean) heritage. Why
does this phenomenon still exist? The Blue Moon (restaurant) is now
being threatened with being torn down. Next, you know, the old
home adjacent on the corner will also follow the same fate because,
of course, what the hell, it's right next door. Let's buy that one too
and tear it down and place an ugly modern building that has no place
whatsoever in between the old homes of Bonaire!
Bonaire's skyline is unique in the world; the old homes along the
coastline were some of the first ever built, after 1868, when it was
allowed to build on this island!
Maybe if investors became a bit more interested in the island's
history and culture they would learn that it does hurt us every single
time an old 'home' is gone. Especially if it belonged to your family,
and for reasons out of their reach they had to give it up. Please tread
carefully and reconsider before destroying Bonaire's beauty.
Old buildings can be used and nurtured as our heritage and pride,
and shows the respect you show the world in conserving it!
"Renovate and conserve" is the motto on Bonaire. Be there or be
ANIMAL SHELTER DOG HITS LOTTERY!
Here is our new pup, Bria, play-
ing near her new home on the Co-
lumbia River in Washington State.
We adopted her from the Bonaire
Animal Shelter in December' 06,
where she had lived for most of her
two years of life. She loves run-
ning free on the sandbar after the
gulls and digging in the mud for
She is a smart and gentle girl
and we feel WE are the lucky ones
to have found her. Hope you can
use this photo in your paper to en-
courage others to adopt and bring
home to the USA the greatest dogs from Bonaire. It is a easy thing to
fly them home with you, as you both know.
Carol and Mike Solbach
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
The beach in front of The Tipsy Seagull
was a perfect location for a Jazz Festi-
val full of international caliber last weekend.
With some mellow tunes from some great
performers, jazz lovers could relax on the
chairs and lounge chairs that were laid out on
the beach in front of the stage.
The first scheduled event and the start of the
festival was the opening art exposition
"Polyrhytmik" at Kas di Arte last Wednesday
with live jazz in the background. Artists from
the ABC islands showed their best works in
the hope of selling it. A nice addition to this
event was that 40% of the profits of art works
sold will be going to an art foundation that
helps artists with their financ-
But the actual real kick off of
the Jazz Festival was on Thurs-
day night. To attend the main
concerts held that weekend at
the Plaza Resort, this night was
probably meant as a final pull
for the few people who hadn't
bought a ticket yet.
The plan was to get started at
7:30 pm at Fort Oranje in Kral-
endijk (Playa). But due to
problems with the electricity
there was some delay. Luckily
for the organizers the first band
that was scheduled that night,
Oswin "Chin" Behilia, had
become famous for their per-
formances on the street, there-
fore they didn't need electricity
to entertain the audience. They
improvised and gave an im-
pressive unplugged version of
one of their numbers while the
organizers could work on find-
ing a solution to the problem with their genera-
tors. When the electricity was finally back
online, Oswin continued on stage in the com-
pany of the beautiful Bonaire vocalist, Linda
Anthony, accompanied by her husband, Eric
Van Silfhout, on violin. The result was some
swinging Latin jazz.
The jazzy night continued at City Cafe again
with some Latinjazz from percussionist Ger-
aldo Rosales and his band and the swinging
local band, 'The Stingrays.' They got some
help from guest player, Scott Katzev, who was
phenomenal with his saxophone. He had never
played before with the band but easily adjusted
to their rhythm. The Stingrays seemed to
know exactly what the audience wanted that
night and got many people enthusiastic and on
their feet with their rock 'n roll tunes.
Friday night was the first concert night on
the beach of Plaza Resort Bonaire in front of
the Tipsy Seagull Restaurant. As well as the
night before, the Oswin 'Chin' Behilia Quintet
with the vocals of the famous singer from
Curacao, Behilia, opened the evening. Accom-
panied by Hershell Rosario, Rudy Emerencia
and the well known local Bonairean music
teacher and percussionist, Boy Janga, Behilia
immediately claimed the attention ofthe audi-
ence. He especially received big rounds of
applause for his protest songs. Behilia intro-
duced one of these songs: "There are a lot of
bad people in this world, but in their heart they
also have some good. But with some people
this good part is hidden, and we have to try and
find it." Behilia concluded his show with the
popular song Zikinza, but also gave a little
extra by playing the song Bombokati in the
final. The night continued with the Dutch Yuri
Honing Trio and was ended by Geraldo
Rosales Mangomania with some salsa and
Latin jazz influences. Rosales invited the local
singer Adreina Mercano to the stage to show
her vocal abilities to the audience and got a lot
of people moving around on their seats again.
All the seats that night were filled with peo-
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Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
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pie, but they seemed a little too
comfortable, though. The dancing
area in front of the stage was
empty all night. This was com-
pensated for at Little Havana,
where the jam sessions of the
artists playing at the festival took
place. This formula really
worked. The lazy atmosphere at
the Tipsy Seagull was exchanged
for some heavy duty footwork on
the dance floor in Havana.
The second night at the Tipsy Seagull was
programmed with even more mellow jazz
music compared to the night before, with the
exception of the local Student Band though.
This young talented band stole the show of the
night. The big band, which was put together by
Boy Janga, played like their lives depended on
it. And the help of the experienced guest play-
ers, Franklin Granadio and Scott Katzev,
added to their enthusiasm. Not surprisingly,
the Student Band has been invited to another
jazz festival in Caracas to give a performance.
After the Student Band, it was time for the
WES group, led by American Will Smith, to
give a show. The band, originating from
Washington DC, clearly enjoyed performing,
especially band member Nathan who had a
broad smile on his face the entire concert.
Nathan explained, "I love the island of Bonaire
and its Jazz Festival. Having the opportunity to
play here was a big honor for us. What sur-
prised me though, is that the audience is quite
tame. We played at another festival in An-
guilla before we came here, and there every-
body was a lot more enthusiastic and dancing a
lot. Here it seems that everybody likes to enjoy
the music by sitting and listening. It's funny to
experience the differences in cultures. The
feedback we got from the audience after the
show was overwhelming though."
Comparing it with the night before, the
beach wasn't nearly as packed. But the true die
hard jazz fans who have been attending the
Festival for the last three years were there of
course. For the other, mainly younger visitors
who attended the Festival this night out of
curiosity, the program clearly didn't have
enough variation. A comment frequently heard
was "boring and sleepy music." The Festival
at The Tipsy Seagull concluded with a per-
formance of Paoli Mejias Latin Jazz Quintet.
Until the late hours there was a jam session
again at Havana's.
On the last day of the Festival, visitors and
all the artists had the opportunity to catch their
breath at the Divi Flamingo Resort with a
healthy brunch. In the afternoon with the sun
setting, the Freewinds band made their appear-
ance at Bongo's Beach. Their music was up-
lifting, and the attendance of the many per-
formers who were playing at the festival gave
it just the little extra it needed.
After all, quite a successful weekend, and an
event that will probably continue for many
years ahead. O DavidRadomisli-Photos on
this page by Wilna Groenenboom
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
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.
IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing, China
-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call
Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2
nursery. Specializing in garden/septic
pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen
103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don &
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
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
6272 / 785-6272
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. Phone 786-4651
/acat i o
TV, two sin-
gle beds (or king) pull-out sofa, porch, yard
and private entrance. Five minute walk to
seaside promenade; 10 minute walk to
FOR RENT- 2 bedroom fully fur-
nished apartment available at the end
of June, Kaya Mandolin 2. Call after
For rent: Nice apartment for rent
in Hato. Rent per month: NAf 1.500,.
All included. 796-3637, digital-
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-
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
For Sale Mares high dive boots,
hard sole, size 6, used once. $50.00.
firstname.lastname@example.org or leave mes-
sage for Corky Halberg at Carib Inn
(717-8819). available until June 9th.
MARES, H.U.B. fully integrated
medium, BCD, 3-yrs,old,100 dives,
includes: 1st Stage, 2nd stage octopus,
inflation/deflation control, all hoses,
Gauges, console and weight system,
black & gray. New $1,999, E-Bay
$1,124. Bonaire $500. Phone, 791-
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- Cam-
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
All must go!! Saturday 1000-1300.
please call for address 786-3558
Fridge, dining table, computer (flat
screen, 2 spkrs, printer, keyboard,
mouse, webcam, surge protector /
ironing board and iron / dining table /
wine rack / beach mat /3 jackets /
books... so many Dutch books / shop-
ping cart / bar stool/Tunisian rug &
Portuguese blanket/ 2 backpacks /
kitchen stuff-cutlery / excl Vodka col-
lection / /toaster/tuner radio/clothes/
baby bed / antique wagon wheel.
Pass the word around!!!
Chevy Blazer, 1993, techn. good con-
dition, body double anti-rust protec-
tion, NAf 6.500. Tel. 796-5582
Pro pe rty
Harbour Village Marina Front
cated in a secluded all condo building
away from the hotel traffic. Full kitchen
and laundry, tons of storage space, large
patio with walkout to marina dock. Pri-
vate owner sale. www.luxurybonaire.
E-~ouses itti n g
Two responsible and dedicated par-
rot researchers looking for house-
sitting from June 8th July 1st.
Many references available. If you can
help call 717-2675 or email
Bonaire experienced house sitters
with references available 3-8 July &
22-27 July. Contact email@example.com
Reporter staff member wishes to house
sit long-term starting now. Call David 700-
Lost: our black mid sized dog. J@n
Brouwer, Hato, 796-3637, digital-
AB Carrental is looking for Rental
Agents. Forthright, customer orien-
tated, experience with computers and
administration. Written and spoken
communication in Dutch, excellent,
spoken communication in English
good. Spanish and Papiamentu desir-
able. Owner-drivers license.
Caribbean C(lr i i 3onirei
Bonaire's coziest resort is looking
for full time colleagues in the restau-
rant/bar & kitchen- Preferably
speaking Dutch/ English/ German.
Experience is required! Do you want
to be part of our team? Call 717-7901
or send an email to:
Looking for: Looking for a work-
shop manual and/or other information
for a Jeep Cherokee. J@n Brouwer,
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
Call 786-6518 or 7866125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ast weekend five SGB high school students of Havo3 and VWO3 did a great
job. They created a wall painting, 10 by 3 meters, in classroom 35.
The H3 class was given the assignment by teacher Roozenburg-Postema to design a
surrealistic landscape in a Salvador Dali style. If we are talking about Dali, then it
means mostly a design with parts or objects from the human body. Surrealistic painters
like Salvador Dali want to create unreal fantasy worlds, dreams to be caught in a paint-
ing, but painted in a very realistic way, almost like a photograph. This theme gave the
students a lot of inspiration, as we can see by the photos. Each of the students, Rosalie,
Andrea, Juma, Frank, Geruliane, Jose Minguel, Lothar, Leidy, Farahnaz, and Martina,
made a design. The teacher made one composition of these 10 creations, and Jose
Minguel, Lothar, Leidy, Farahnaz, and Martina helped to create this magnificent mural
in their classroom with the help of their teacher. It looks like we have a lot of previ-
ously unknown (art) talents at the SGB! But lately there has been even more art created
at the SGB. A few weeks ago Manuela Winklaar made the landscape painting in the
SGB staff room which we will show you in the next issue. And with the first SGB face-
lift day, some class rooms got a mural outside. 0 Story & photos by Wilna Groenen-
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
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
5-25 4:42 1.3FT. 7:58 1.4FT. 14:48 1.OFT. 22:11 1.6FT. 36
5-26 6:07 1.2FT. 8:50 1.3FT. 14:23 1.OFT. 22:17 1.7FT. 38
5-27 7:19 1.1FT. 9:56 1.1FT. 13:37 1.OFT. 22:31 1.8FT. 44
5-28 8:23 1.OFT. 22:51 1.9FT. 51
5-29 9:16 0.9FT. 23:17 2.0FT. 59
5-30 10:06 0.8FT. 23:48 2.0FT. 67
5-31 0:13 2.0FT. 10:42 0.7FT. 74
6-01 0:46 2.1FT. 11:24 0.7FT. 79
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WEEIKL MDYlE SHOMTIME
Late Show (Usualfy 9pm)
Cal to make sure
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
Friday, May 25 Sunrise Dance Pool
Party at the Sunrise Pool Bar and
Restaurant at Sand Dollar. "Dress
Less to Impress." Starts at 2100. DJ
Euson. Cost NAf10 in advance/NAf15
at the door. Must be 18 or older. De-
tails on page 2 and in Flotsam and Jet-
Friday, May 25-Jong Bonaire An-
nual Song Festival. The Festival be-
gins at 8 pm and will run to about 11
pm. Cost is NAf10 and tickets are
available at Jong Bonaire or from the
Thursday, May 31 Full "Blue"
June 1-10 City Caf6 goes all out
to celebrate its 10th anniversary with
10 days and nights of activities and
celebrations See page 9
Sunday, June 3 38th Anniversary
of Washington-Slagbaai Park Cele-
bration at the entrance to the Park,
all day. Entertainment, games, music,
stands from the Rincon March6, guided
tours, mountain biking. More informa-
tion call STINAPA 717-8444.
Sundays, May 27, June 3 & 10 -
Bonaire Culinary Team invites you
to a tasting of their competition 3-
course meal with cocktails and wine.
At the SGB's Chez Nous, 7 pm. All
proceeds help to send the team to the
Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Olym-
pics in Miami in June. Tickets NAf50
($29), Margreth Kloos, Tel. 717-2897
or email margreth
serve early; only 30 tickets per eve-
Sunday, July 1 15th Annual Dia di
Arte in Wilhelmina Park All day and
evening starting at 10 am. Artists, musi-
cians, craftsmen and top notch local foods
and drinks. Participants: sign by starting
May 31. Call Edwin Martijn 786-8400,
Mishuyla Sint Jago 786-2292
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black jack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7 pm- 3
*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 Marsh6 1st Saturday of
the month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-
house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per
person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. Everyone welcome to buy and to sell.
NAf5 per selling table. For more informa-
tion and reservations for a spot, call 787-
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying a
great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance
at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar,
Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for only
$10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30 pm
* 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 717-
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-
7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with DIR,"
6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte Buddy
Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
Live music by the Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar, 5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour
Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am, Buddy
* 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-
Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sunrise
Poolbar and Sportsclub, for children 0 18.
* 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
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays-Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire presents the Sea
Turtles ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday at Buddy Dive Resort (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
this venerble 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. Weekends by
appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th centuIy.
Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Openweekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open daily
8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group 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 Flamingo
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 Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-
day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House',
above Zeezicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -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. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meet-
ing at 7 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
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.
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
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Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
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Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
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Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
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offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. In-
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The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
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Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
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lowest prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
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The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
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too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday nights.
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Planets Line Up Along the Eclipic
Y ou know, every time
we have long holiday
weekends (Memorial Day is
celebrated on Monday, May
28 in the US) I always try to
find things of interest in the
night sky to help you relax
during the holiday activities. If
you'd like, spend some time
outside in early evening after
sunset or early morning just
before sunrise because this
coming weekend the cosmos
is being very good to us be-
cause not one, not two, not
three, not four, but five naked-eye planets are placed just right for your viewing
This coming weekend, Saturday the 26th, Sunday the 27th, and Monday the 28th, one
hour after sunset face west where you'll see three bright lights which appear to lie
along a straight line which astronomers call the ecliptic, which is the invisible path
in the sky along which all the planets travel. The brightest light in the middle is super
dazzling planet #2, 8,000-mile-wide, Earth-sized Venus. And just below it close to
the horizon is the pink iron planet, planet #1, 3,000-mile-wide Mercury which looks
pink because it never gets very high above the horizon so we always see it through
the dusty layers of our Earth's atmosphere which give it this false coloration. It's
called the iron planet because it has more iron in its core than our Earth has.
Now just above Venus on the ecliptic you'll see planet #6, 75,000-mile-wide ringed
Saturn, which is just begging you to take a look at it through a small telescope before
it disappears from evening skies in mid July.
So once again, close to the horizon we have planet #1, Mercury, above it planet #2,
dazzling Venus, and above it not quite so bright planet #6, super Saturn. Now if you
extend our imaginary line, the ecliptic, you will find yet two more naked-eye planets
along it. But you'll have to wait until about 11 o'clock when the next planet has risen
and you'll have to look southeast. So all this weekend if you go out around 11 pm
and look southeast you'll see the second brightest planet, planet #5, the king of them
all, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter, which is also fabulous for viewing through a small
telescope. Now if you extend our line even further and wait until about one hour
before sunrise, still looking southeast, the brightest object you'll see will be planet
#4, rouge-gold, 4,000-mile-wide Mars, which is getting steadily brighter every
month as it races towards us for a close encounter this December.
So to repeat, in reverse order, if you go out any morning this coming weekend
about one hour before sunrise and look southeast you'll see Mars. If you go out
around 11 pm you'll see giant Jupiter, and if you look west about one hour after sun-
set: Saturn, Venus and Mercury. And finally, there will be a chance to sing "Blue
Moon" in Bonaire in the middle of next week, on May 31st. A Blue Moon is said to
occur when there are two full moons in one calendar month (the first one being May
2nd). This phenomenon doesn't occur often, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once in a
Blue Moon." The next won't be until December 2009. O Jack Horkheimer
n Sunday, May 27 to Saturday, June 2 2007
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Secret affairs will only lead to heartache. Your irritability
may drive your loved ones crazy. Consider applying for a job in another part of the
world. Avoid any gossip and be careful that you aren't misinterpreted. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Opportunities to pamper yourself may unfold. Be sure
that you have all the facts before you take action. Extravagance and overindulgence
are not a cure if you're feeling sorry for yourself. You will find it easy finalizing per-
sonal papers if you make an effort. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You need an outlet. You can certainly gain popularity;
however, don't do it by paying for everyone else. Don't let other people meddle in your
private affairs. You are best to concentrate on work. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Changes in your residence may be financially favorable.
You can help a close friend find solutions to personal problems. You could meet po-
tential new mates if you go out with friends or take pleasure trips. You will be able to
get along well with colleagues. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Deal with in-laws this week. Find ways to mellow out. Rela-
tionships will become stronger. You are best to avoid such unsavory circumstances,
especially if you're in a group situation. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may be likely to have difficulties with females.
Beware of someone who is trying to make you look bad. Residential moves look hec-
tic and sudden changes in your life are likely. You will reap the benefits if you put
money into upgrading your residence. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Involvement in groups of interest will bring you in touch
with important individuals. Your mate may not have been honest with you. You can
get others to do things for you but be sure not to overpay them or lend them money.
Secret enemies will be eager to spread rumors about you. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) A lot can be accomplished if you organize your time.
Try to understand their point of view. You may be experiencing emotional turmoil in
regard to your mate. Don't get intimately involved with a coworker. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be supportive in order to avoid confrontations.
Changes in your home are apparent, and you must be willing to bend if you don't want
to find yourself alone. Problems with in-laws may cause friction in your personal rela-
tionship. Don't let your partner get away with spending too much of your money.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your involvement in interest groups may bring you
popularity. Changes in your domestic situation will prove to be favorable in the long
run. Don't take advantage of your expense account. You can expect to feel confused
about your personal prospects. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Avoid lending money or belongings to friends. Take
part in stimulating debates that will allow you to show off your intelligence. It's a
good time to make changes to your living quarters that will give you more space. Dis-
appointments are likely if your mate embarrasses you in front of friends. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You could meet an interesting individual you'll want to
get to know better. You can learn a great deal if you listen to those who are older or
more experienced. You will get along well with your colleagues this week. Channel
your energy into decorating or household chores. Your lucky day this week will be
tonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2UU
With The Reporter
Alan and Joan Zale, condo owners at Sand Dollar, hold a copy of the
February 16, 2007, Kids Karnaval issue of The Bonaire Reporter in
front of Kipu Falls in Kauai, Hawaii. Alan and Joan live in Hartsdale,
NY and were vacationing in Hawaii Photo by Arlene Pollard
Pet of the Week
P uppy "Debbie" is shown in the arms of her
new owner, Chantal Dortalina. Debbie is
the 62nd pet adoption this year from the Bonaire
Animal Shelter. Everyone is so happy and Deb-
bie got carried to her new home in a pretty, soft
cushion-lined basket. Debbie had no problem
with that; she just settled comfortably in the bas-
ket as if she had been in it her whole life! Con-
gratulations to both Debbie and Chantal and may
you both have many happy years together.
As are all the pets up for adoption at the Shel-
ter, Debbie was checked by the vet, given her
tests and shots, wormed and declared in excellent
health. When she is old enough she will be steril-
ized. All that is included in the NAf 105 adoption
fee for dogs.
Debbie is one of the lucky ones. People are still
dumping puppies and dogs in the mundi where
they are left to die a long, lingering death due to
thirst and starvation. And because these dogs are
so terrified it's nearly impossible for even a "Debbie" with Chantal
Good Samaritan to catch them. How very sad.
But how simple it is to just drop them off at the Shelter no questions asked where they
could have a chance for a good life. The gates of the Shelter are always "open" to un-
wanted cats or dogs.
The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel.
717-4989. We've just received a report from the Shelter that our "Pet" last week,
"James," the cat, has been adopted along with another sweet kitten. Also the pups from
the week before, "Sharon" and Shirley," have gone to new homes. Beautiful ends to what
could have been sad stories had these animals been left in the mondi. Congratulations to
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Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
Marvel Tromp Muller
SB[ oth my parents, Thomas Muller
and Atancia Semeleer, were
born in 1899 on Bonaire. When my dad
was 14 he left for New York to live with
some friends in the Bronx; he stayed there
for almost 10 years. When my mom was
very young she went with an aunt of hers
to live in Venezuela. When he came back
from New York and she from Venezuela
they met on Bonaire, and on March 31st
1922, they got married here. I was born
September 24th, 1937, and I was their fifth
When I was three months old I moved
with my brothers and sisters and my mom
to Aruba where my dad had found a job at
the Lago oil refinery. He was a carpenter
and was teaching at the Lago Vocational
School. After me one more brother was
born on Aruba.
My childhood was very good. My two
eldest sisters got married when I was very
young and so I stayed at home with my
two eldest brothers, who were much
older. I never had to wear a dress that had
been my sister's! We were living near the
sports park so my parents decided I
should do sports. I played tennis, softball
and basketball; I also had dancing lessons,
I sang in a choir and from the age of
seven I went with the scouts as a
Brownie. It was a very strict upbringing
with a lot of discipline. You become like
a little soldier and I liked it neatness,
rules and regulations I am still like
Her eyes wander around her pretty liv-
ing room: "You see, you have to maintain
your things, and if you do so they stay
beautiful and you're always surrounded
by beautiful things and you don't have to
buy new stuff all the time.
I finished MULO high school on Aruba
and my parents wouldn't allow me to go
and study in Curagao or Holland because I
was naughty. I was a daredevil; I could
even ride a horse! I grew up with my
brother's friends and whatever they did -
I did it too! So I took a course on Aruba
to become a kindergarten teacher and I
worked in the profession for about four
years. At a birthday party on January 16th
1958 I met Niki Tromp, and we got mar-
ried that same year, November 25th I was
21 and he was 20. Niki was from Oran-
jestad, Aruba's capital, and I was living in
San Nicolas, Lago's oil-town, and in
those days people from those places did-
n't get married. Like on Bonaire someone
from Rincon would not marry someone
from Playa. But Niki and I were both
scouts. I was a leader and so was he, but
he was on a higher level.
The first time I saw him, I didn't like
him because he looked so strict. He was a
perfectionist; he could do a lot of things.
But... I was an excellent dancer and so
was he and that's how we found each
other. And the funniest thing was that I
am a short person, 1.59 meters, and he
was very tall, 1.90 meters! We loved mu-
sic, every kind of music- waltzes from
Strauss and all the boleros, the tumbas
and the rumbas and the meringue and the
foxtrot. We had such fun when we were
dancing, and dancing is healthy, you
know, because you use every muscle of
your body and you're laughing because
you can't dance with a sour face!
In August 1959 our first daughter,
Yselle, was born and our son, Byron, in
December 1960. It was hectic and not so
easy because we were so young and I
couldn't work anymore. Niki was work-
ing at the refinery's laboratory and we
stayed until 1963 on Aruba. Then Lago
started to lay off people. Niki had been
with them for 10 years, but there were
people who had been working for the
refinery so much longer.
My dad and mom had gone back to
Bonaire after my dad's retirement and so I
decided to go there too. Niki went to work
on Curagao as an insurance trainee for
British American which was planning to
open a branch on Bonaire.
"We will prosper, we will
flourish; Bonaire is so beautiful.
People get spoiled fast, but if
things are not going so well for
awhile one should become crea-
tive because it changes your way
of thinking and then you will
find a solution."
On Bonaire I celebrated my 25th birth-
day. I liked it so much; we lived at Playa
Pariba, what is now Abraham Boulevard,
and we had electricity only until mid-
night. We didn't have running water, and
for drinking water I had to go to a
neighbor to get it from her rain water cis-
tern. I would boil the water, filter it
through a cloth then pour it into bottles.
We were 5,000 inhabitants when I came
here. It was beautiful, very, very beauti-
ful. You know, what I like is to share with
people and to be friendly and to help each
other, and here I could do all that. I don't
think much about those days because then
I get nostalgic. I am a now-person that's
what I am trying to be and I live much
happier. I never leave anything for tomor-
row; I finish everything as if it were my
last day, even when I am dead tired.
That's how I am and I hope to go on this
way for many more years..."
Marvel Tromp (69) is a lady of great
compassion and understanding; she 's a
spiritual person and she 's active and fit
and very much down-to-earth. "In 1964
my husband came to Bonaire. He and I
were very happy, we always had a lot of
things to do work and sports and we
had a club where we would always cele-
brate every occasion together and we
helped each other. After a couple of years
working for British American Insurance,
Niki was asked to work for the govern-
ment, and he went into tourism. He be-
came the deputy head of the tourism bu-
reau, but they always called him the
'director of tourism.' I was the first
woman on Bonaire to become a tour
guide. A big cruise ship came and there
weren't enough tour guides and Niki told
me, 'Here's the Bonaire Holiday (a tour-
isty newspaper published by Rudy Dovale
in Curagao). Learn it by heart and go for
it!' And that's what I did! Guts! I also
became the first hostess at Hotel Bonaire,
but I was not only a hostess; I did every-
thing. Just a few people could speak Eng-
lish and we had to help the ones who did-
n't. I feel like everything I did, I did for
others. From the time when I was seven
and a Brownie I was taught first to think
of other people and then of yourself, and
now it's in my blood and also in my chil-
From 1964 until 1986 I worked for Ho-
tel Bonaire and every time it closed I
worked somewhere else. My daughter,
Darinka, was born in 1964 on Curagao
when we lived there with my husband just
before he came here. My son, Delno, was
born in 1967 on Bonaire and he's the only
Bonairean because my daughter, Nadia,
was born 'accidentally' on Curagao,
where I had to go for the delivery.
I have four grandchildren and one great-
grandchild. They live on St. Martin,
Aruba, Curagao and Bonaire, and my son
Delno is still in Kenya and because of
the instability there I will be ever so
happy when he comes back.
Since 1975 I'm doing yoga. We started
it here and I am still into it. I am also a
Reiki master and in spiritual human yoga
I have reached the seventh level, almost a
master. When people need help I do it, but
not for money.
My husband Niki passed away in 1992
at the airport in Curagao where he'd gone
on a tour of duty for the Regatta. At the
time Delno was studying in Puerto Rico at
the university and I went to live with him
for awhile. When I came back I moved
out of the house in Hato. I sold everything
and moved to Kaya Hulanda, then to Tera
Kora, where I lived in one of the govern-
ment houses and where I made friends,
good friends. Then I came here, to Light-
house Beach Resort.
I feel privileged; I walk along the shore
and the sea is so beautiful and the salt
adds taste and flavor and it gives a spiri-
tual strength, and we have the corals so
many elements that are good, that will
never let us down. We will prosper, we
will flourish; Bonaire is so beautiful. Peo-
ple get spoiled fast, but if things are not
going so well for awhile one should be-
come creative because it changes your
way of thinking and then you will find a
solution. Every day when I get up I go
outside and say, 'Thank You.' I always
say thanks to everything for everything; it
gives me joy. I like to pray; I believe in
little prayers. I'm going to be 70 and I am
satisfied and very grateful
because I have children,
grandchildren and a great-
grandchild, I've been
lucky..." 0 Story & photo
by Greta Kooistra 0
Bonaire Reporter May 25 June 1, 2007
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