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SOctober 1226, 2007; Volume 14, Issue 33
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A new hospital in
1A Curacao won't do
Bonaire any good," said Bon-
aire's Public Health Commis-
sioner, Boy Clarenda, after
Central Government Public
Health-Minister Omayra Leef-
lang (PAR) visited and an-
nounced plans to build new hos-
pitals in Curaqao and St.
Maarten because the quality of
the care in the current hospitals
is in danger. As a key adminis-
trator in San Francisco Hospital
for many years Clarenda should
know.
"Building a new hospital in
Curaqao is not a solution for
Bonaire's problems. The big-
gest problem for Bonaire is that
often there's no bed available in
intensive care and/or the neona-
tal in a Curaqao hospital. The
patient must be sent abroad in
such cases. Even though it is a
regional hospital, building a
new one in Curaqao won't guar-
antee that Bonaire's problems
are solved. Additionally what
Bonaire needs are specialists in
internal medicine and a trauma
physician."

) Isla Refinery presented
St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos)
in Curacao a check for NAf
6.4 million last Thursday
morning for the acquisition of
advanced apparatus for the
treatment of cancer. Only
Venezuela, Colombia and Mex-
ico have similar equipment.
Now cancer patients can get
more treatments. Sehos consid-
ers this a quantum leap for the
entire Antilles, and the Wilhel-
mina Fund is very happy. The
medical costs for sending cancer
patients to Venezuela and Co-
lombia are about NAf 12.000
per patient.


Dennis Lensink photo


V


Education Commissioner
Silberie (1.) starts the campaign
to eliminate plastic bags.

the environment. They want to
do this via the schools. With the
support of sponsors they have
set up a big campaign to moti-
vate the elementary school chil-
dren to take plastic bags to
school. For each plastic bag that
the children bring in they may
fill out their personal informa-
tion then put it in a drum for a
chance to win prizes. The idea is
for each school to tie the plastic
bags together to make a long
chain. The campaign started last
Monday and will last till De-
cember 14th. Selibon will pick
up all the plastic bag chains and
make a huge ball. The people of
Bonaire will be reminded via
billboards that many plastic
bags get in the natural areas and
cause a lot of damage. The or-
ganizers want to collect hun-
dreds of thousands of plastic
bags and hope to set a world
record in the Guinness Book of
Records.


On Thursday, October 4th at 4 am, a ship from Santo Do-
mingo, flying a Panama flag, the Jentrader, got too close to shore
near Lac Bay. The ship was carrying cement to Bonaire and went
aground. After 12 hours two tug boats managed to free it without
damage. Even though the ship was having engine problems, the
exact cause for the accident is unknown. Dennis Lensink


stration and monitoring of the
implementation of the project.
Background: In 2001 the
need for a sewage system along
Bonaire's waterfront was de-
fined with bipartisan support,
but the cost was prohibitive. The
EU financed a pre-feasibility
study that supported the need
for a system to remove waste
water from the shorefront area
from Hato to Plaza, treat the
water to remove bacteria and
nutrients, then return the water
to commercial waterfront prop-
erties to use for irrigation at a
price much lower than WEB
desalinated water. The plan was
completed by April 2002, but it
took a year for the EU to ap-
prove. Construction was to start
in March 2004 but was stalled
when environmental protection
groups pointed out that treat-
ment to remove coral reef dam-
aging nutrients was no longer in
the plan. The project was threat-
ened until inclusion of the treat-
ment reinserted and a complaint
lodged with the EU Ombuds-
man was resolved.


0 The old hospital building
on Kaya L.D. Gerharts will be
restored and raining facilities
set up. More than
NAf980.000 is available for
this. FORMA will occupy the
building in 2008 and will con-
tinue with the activities related
to mandatory social training,
SBO level 1, and other courses,
like teaching people how to read
and write. The government has
appointed the Education and
Culture Department (SEK) to
lead the project. The school
advisory team is made up of
representatives of the Mariadal
Foundation, FORMA and SEK.


fe REPORTER

This Week's Stories
Klein Bonaire Swim 3
AMFO 4
Selibon 5
Envirowatch
(Trash & Trees) 6
Selibon's Future Plan 7
Young Chefs to Italy 7
Regatta 8,9
Animal Day 10
Follow & Gismo killed 10
Special Olympics Bonaire
in Shanghai 11
Letters (No Anchoring) 13
New Rangers 13
Evert Piar at Rincon 14

WEEKLY FEATURES

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Sudoku 6
Sudoku Solution 9
Pet s of theWeek (puppies) 10
Biologist's Bubbles:
(Squid) 12
Picture Yourself With
The Reporter (Cowes, GB.) 12
Classifieds 14
Dining & Shopping
Guides 15
Blue Water news 16
Tide Table 16
Reporter Masthead 16
What's Happening 17
Sky Park (Jupiter) 18
Stars Have it (October) 18
On The Island Since (Andreina
Marcano) 19


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


Page 2


















deal conditions, calm
seas, little current,
light winds all combined
made for perfect condi-
tions for Jong Bonaire's
biggest fundraiser, the
community swim from
Eden beach to Klein Bon-
aire last Sunday. A record
450 persons made the trip,
some one-way, some re-
turn.
Dozens of individual
volunteers and companies
added their sponsorship to
make the event a huge
success. O G.D.


Visiting yachtswomen and a yachtsman performed safety patrols in dinghies:
Crews from yachts Wishful Thinking, Northwind and Heartsong III


Park Rangers on the Job The Bonaire Barracuda Swim Club, with their President Lucia Marcano


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


Page 3










Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from
page 2)
for the immense support pro-
vided by Air Jamaica over the
years and regret that the airline
decided to discontinue service."
Bonaire-US service will be pro-
vided by American Airlines/
American Eagle from San Juan,
Puerto Rico; Continental Airlines
from Houston, Texas, and New-
ark, New Jersey; and Delta Air
Lines from Atlanta, Georgia.
American Eagle will most likely
drop Saturday flights from its
daily schedule sometime in Janu-
ary 2008.

0 The Naturalization Test
Regulation for the Netherlands
Antilles went into effect on Oc-
tober 1. "With this new regula-
tion, the procedure in the Nether-
lands Antilles regarding require-
ments for foreigners who want to
obtain Dutch citizenship through
naturalization will be changed,"
the Central Government Informa-
tion Service stated in a press re-
lease.
As of October 1, it will be re-
quired that a foreigner pass a
written naturalization test con-
sisting of two parts, in addition to
all the conditions listed in article
8 of the Kingdom law on Dutch
citizenship, before applying for
naturalization. In St. Maarten,
Saba and St. Eustatius, the natu-
ralization test has to be taken in
English, while in Curacao and
Bonaire it will be in Papia-
mentu.
Part one of the naturalization
test will examine the applicant's
knowledge of the community
where he or she lives. Part two is
an examination of the foreigner's
knowledge and ability to read,
speak and write the island's lan-
guage. When both tests have
been taken successfully, the for-
eigner will receive a certificate
authorizing him or her to submit
a request for naturalization.
For the first part of the test, an
applicant must pay NAf 275 for
administrative expenses and for
the second part of the test, NAf
225.
The Ministry of Education and
Culture will supervise the exami-
nations. When and where the
naturalization test can be taken
will be published soon, as well as
the requirements to apply.
Courses will be organized to give
foreigners a chance to prepare for
the test.

The new Dutch judge in
Curaqao, Frank Spreuwenberg,
ordered that only initials of
suspects should be published
except when the suspects hold
public functions or have com-
mitted a crime that shocks soci-
ety, like the murder of Theo van
Gogh. The ruling applies even if
the individual(s) are convicted of
the crime! The rationale is that
they can appeal and may still be
acquitted. Not complying with
his rule is invading the privacy of


the person(s) involved. He urged
journalists to consider this in
view of the privacy of the sus-
pects and convicts. Before the
judge was assigned to the Antil-
lean Court, he was press judge in
the Breda court.
The judge went so far as to
suggest that even if convicted
criminals lose all their appeals,
only their initials should still be
used because people rarely are
given life sentences, so they must
be allowed to rehabilitate them-
selves when they come out of
prison and not be stigmatized. A
lot of people also still don't un-
derstand why photos of suspects
are made unrecognizable in the
newspapers and only their initials
are used, while the names of the
victims are often published. The
argument is that the victims have
done nothing wrong and don't
need protection.

0 "Pitbull-like dogs" have
been outlawed in Curacao.
Effective immediately, the breed-
ing of these dogs is banned and
punishable by jail. It's estimated
there are 3,000 to 4,000 pitbull-
like dogs on the island including
cross breeds.
The law was motivated by at-
tacks, sometimes fatal, on human
beings. There won't be a massive
confiscation, however, owners of
pitbull-like dogs have to request
an exemption for keeping their
dog for as long as the animal
lives. The owner must carry the
exemption with him at all times,
when walking the dog. Dogs with
no exemption will be taken away
from the owners and put to sleep.
A NAf 5.000 fine will be im-
posed on the owner, or two-
month imprisonment. The owner
must also have a proper fence to
make sure that the dog cannot get
out. There are 39 features to de-
termine whether a dog is pitbull-
like or not.

In what is likely to be the
biggest takeover deal in the Car-
ibbean in recent times, Royal
Bank of Canada (RBC) is tak-
ing over the Royal bank of
Trinidad and Tobago (RBTT)
in an acquisition worth well over
US$2 billion. The RBC buyout is
a mix of cash and stock.
) Crew members of the
Windjammer cruise liner, Poly-
nesia, which often calls in Bon-
aire, are stranded in Aruba
because the ship was
"arrested." Red Cross Aruba is
asking for $15,000 in donations
to send the crew home. After
having been without electricity
and water on board the schooner
for 30 days, the 31 crewmembers
were taken to a Red Cross shel-
ter. The ship is attached due to
payment arrears and the crew has
not been paid for a while. All the
four schooners of the shipping
company are chained and the
owners have not managed to
come up with the money to pay
their debts. The crewmembers


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*FO

D AMFO continues to position
itself as the prime grant giver of
Dutch poverty-fighting funds to
the Antilles, but it appears that the
help is not reaching the people
because of AMFO's strict guide-
lines and secrecy. Last month we
reported that an oft repeated sub-
sidy for Bonaire hospitality stu-
dents was refused. (See "Thank
you from the students to the pri-
vate sponsors" on page 6)
Last week top AMFO adminis-
trators, Director Stanley Betrian
and Supervisory Board President
Sybilla Dekker, visited St.
Maarten, but none of the 86 re-
quests that island made under the
new AMFO procedures were
ready to be financed, they said.
The list included such respected
organizations such as The Ark

are from Grenada, Guyana, Ja-
maica, and St. Vincent. The
Windjammer ships were regular
visitors to Bonaire.

1 The Central Government
can act against ships registered
in the Netherlands Antilles that
fish illegally in international
waters. They can be warned,
fined and, if necessary, taken off
the ships' registry, Transport
Minister Maurice Adriaens said.
According to the international
environmental organization,
Greenpeace, ships sailing under a
flag of convenience from the
Netherlands Antilles have been
fishing tuna illegally in the Pa-
cific .

1 A World
Tourism Con-
federation re-
port highlights
the fact that tourism is one of
the world's biggest industries,
contributing 11% of the
world's GDP, providing a means
of livelihood to millions and
transporting nearly 700 million
international visitors every year.
) "Dengue fever is spreading
across Latin America and the
Caribbean in one of the worst
outbreaks in decades, causing
agonizing joint pain for hundreds
of thousands of people and kill-
ing nearly 200 so far this year.
The mosquitoes that carry dengue
are thriving in expanded urban
slums scattered with water-
collecting trash and old tires.
Experts say dengue is approach-
ing record levels this year as
many countries enter their wettest
months," said Dr. Jose Luis San
Martin, head of anti-dengue ef-
forts for the Pan American
Health Organization. Locally
residents of Bonaire can elimi-


Foundation,
Ujima Foundation
and the Dutch
Quarter Commu-
nity After School
Program.
However, Dek-
ker said that the
projects were
important for
AMFO. "Our goal
is combating pov-
erty involving
especially youth Dutch State
and youngsters, Ank Bijlevela
as well as social Stanley Betr
projects for the
elderly and handicapped."
The Netherlands, as the donor to
AMFO, withdrew its financing in
2005 because it was not satisfied
with aspects of its operation. A
new committee was named and
during 2006 it worked on a new
setup.
AMFO was re-launched in April
2007. To date hundreds of thou-
sands of guilders have been spent
on administration and administra-
tor salaries but relatively little to
the poor.
Upon its restart a new AMFO
supervisory board was installed

nate water-catching litter and
keep areas clean.

0 No premature babies are
being admitted to the Neonatal
ward of St. Elisabeth Hospital
in Curacao since last Friday,
because the infectious bacteria
Serratia Marcescens, which was
discovered last month and
cleanup is still not completed.
Three babies got skin infections,
but the bacteria didn't lead to
internal infections, said hospital
director Dr. Douglas Pinedo.
Normally there is room for 17
premature babies between 26 and
34 weeks in the ward.

1 Not quite in time for Ani-
mal Day (see page 10) but sig-
nificant nevertheless, this Tues-
day was the first time a case
has come up in court on the
island accusing someone of ani-
mal abuse. The case concerns
two horses. More information
when available.

1 Fundashon Softball Team
Nrd Braves invite you to the 6th
Dutch Caribbean Ladies Softball
Tournament and the 2nd Chal-
lenge Cup, Mr. Bug, for Men.
Games start at La Sonrisa Ball-
park in Tera Cora, Thursday,
October 11, at 7 pm, and on Fri-
day, October 12, at 2:30 pm.
Opening ceremonies will be at 7
pm on Friday, October 12. The
first pitch will be by Commis-
sioner Mr. Anthony Nicolaas.
Games will continue on Satur-
day, October 13 at 10 am. Ladies
Finals will be at 5:30 pm. The
games on October 14 start at
1 lam with the Men's finals at
5:15pm.
Ladies teams have players
from Aruba, Curaqao and Bon-
aire. The men's teams will have


Secretaryfor Kingdom Relations,
L-Schouten, and AMFO Director
ian sign the AMFO "contract."

with Dekker (a former Dutch
Minister of Housing, Spatial Plan-
ning and the Environment) as
President, along with Louis San-
tini Jr., Alba Martijn, and Marva
Richardson. The headquarters of
AMFO were moved to Curagao
from Bonaire. NAf 23 million per
year has been allocated to AMFO
to be divided proportionately
among the islands of the Nether-
lands Antilles. It was reported
that only two Bonaire projects, out
of the dozens submitted, were
receiving AMFO support. G.D.


players from Curacao, Bonaire
and Boston, US.
Softball Tournament 2007 will
honor two outstanding people
who support softball here on
Bonaire in every sense: Mr. John
Nicolaas, who will
be honored for the
6th Dutch Carib-
bean Ladies Soft-
ball Tournament,
and Mr. Juvenal
Merced for the 2nd
Challenge Cup
Mr. Bug.
We warmly invite you to come
and enjoy these international
softball games. If you have any
questions you can contact Tour-
nament Coordinator Edsel Pieter


at 796-0406 or 700-
5447. WWW.NRDBraves.com.
-Edsel Pieter, public relations

) Casablanca Restaurant
has an email newsletter, the
Casablanca News. If you re-
ceived it you'd have known of
the 10% off the menu prices on
this Regatta Monday and Tues-
day. See their ad on the back
page. O G/L.D.


Errata:
In the last edition of The Re-
porter (September 28-Ocotber
12) we neglected to give photo
(Continued on page 5)


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


Page 4











Flotsam andjetsam (Conti. from page 4)
credit to Sigfried Molina who
took the excellent photos for
the Skol di Musika article.
Thanks a million, Sigfried!


0 The situation at Bonaire's garbage landfill and the dumping of cess-
pool water at LVV (Agricultural Extension Service) has gotten the atten-
tion of Bonaire's government. "The entire world can see on the Internet what
is being done with garbage and waste water in Bonaire. We need to find a
solution soon," says new Selibon Director, Jonchi Dortalina. "We have to
make sure that Bonaire maintains its reputation as the cleanest island in the
Caribbean. We are going to take care of that." Five months ago The Bonaire
Reporter was the first to post the address of the YouTube video clip http://
voutube.com/watch?v=gttD4 FvCOc made by MegaFM newscaster Sean Pe-
ton and ScubaVision's Hendrik Wuyts which has been viewed by thousands.
While much of the liquid waste comes from the visiting cruise ship, Free-
winds, local septic tank and cesspit water is dumped there too.
"The government's policy for picking up household and commercial waste
is part of the Environmental Policy Plan 2003-2007," indicated Environmental >
Commissioner Anthony Nicolaas, chairman of the board of Selibon. "This -. 3 .'
plan will be adjusted and actualized. The policy focuses mainly on prevention,- --
recycling and the responsible disposing of what is no longer usable. This way, Oil sludge and sewage combine in the "ponds" at L W
a waste dump can be used for a much longer time." The policy plan has three
ways to make this happen: laws and supervision, treatment installations, and provision of information. Nicolaas says that the Environ-
mental Police have been acting more severely against violators of the Island Ordinance on Waste. The activities of the anti-pollution
squad will be further increased. A process was started to recycle glass. A scale will be placed at the dump. There will be information cam-
paigns to emphasize the policy. There is a cooperation agreement with the Dutch municipality of Breda to separate hazardous waste from
other waste. The Environment Department of DROB and Selibon will do the project. "Selibon made a profit of NAf 575.000 in the first
seven months of 2007, while the projection was only NAf 200.000," said Dortalina. G.D. and BVO


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


Page 5













Concerned resident sent
this photo of trash
dumped along Kaminda Broertje
Janga (the lower "back road" to
Rincon past SABADECO). The
material apparently comes from
an old repair shop (they kindly
left a picture of the old shop so
they could be traced) and was
dumped on September 20 or 21.
There are tires, cabinets, trash
and more things. The sticker on
the glass panes say 'patriotic,'
but dumping this is not very pa-
triotic at all! Selibon was called, they said they will sent somebody over to have a
look and remove the trash.

T his stately old flow-
ering cedar tree on
Kaya Grandi, which shaded
the sidewalk and the build-
ing behind the Protestant
Church was unceremoni-
ously hacked down by a
backhoe/loader last week.
Was there any attempt to re-
locate it? Aren't old trees
considered a treasure on
Bonaire? How many years
ago was this venerable tree
planted and how long did it
take to reach this size?
Surely more years than the
age of the machine operator.
O L.D.


DO YOU SUDOKIU?

S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. To solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating
a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tutorial visit the web site www.
Sudoku shack. com. Solution on page 9.
Supplied by Molly Bartikoski-Kearney (who has to solve all the puzzles first.)



9 7 2_ 1_

8 6 4 5

3 6 9 8

4 3 1 7 2

9 5 6

8 3 7 4

5 1 9 7

4 98 6

4 9 3 2


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


SGB students to Italy
Thanks to all the sponsors,
SWho were there for us
Nvhen we most needed
die.tle


Page 6













The Futu f Bonairei

According to Selibon


On Friday, September 28th, Seli-
bon, Bonaire 's waste manage-
ment company, called a confer-
ence to make some announce-
ments. The new director ofSeli-
bon, ex-Commissioner Jonchi
Dortalina, has come to the same
conclusion as have many people
around the world: you cannot
continue filling up the
"ldntfel" (the garbage dump).
Also, the wastewater dump at
LVVneeds to be addressed. Seli-
bon's answers to these problems
are waste prevention and the
separation ofgarbage. Together
with "Tene Boneiru Limpi" (Keep
Bonaire Clean) and "Stichting Recycle
Bonaire Selibon is starting two pro-
jects to help the reduction ofgarbage of
Bonaire.

T he primary schools are starting a
project which is expected to yield
a lot of plastic bags and maybe even set
a new world record. The children are
encouraged to collect as many plastic
bags as they can find (there are prizes to
win). All the bags from one school will
be knotted to form a long chain. All the
chains from all the schools will be
wound into a large ball, maybe the big-
gest "plastic-bag-ball" in the world: a
new world record? This project starts
now and ends December 14th of this
year.
The children will get a small booklet,
made by Lucia Martines Beck, with
information about plastic. They are en-
couraged to take it home for their par-
ents to read it as well. The booklet is
called, Sushi di Plkstik (garbage of plas-
tic) and the first issue was presented to



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Maritsa Silberie, the Commissioner of
Education.
The director of Stichting Recycle Bon-
aire, Wesley Chirino, explained that we
the public, following the restaurants'
example, can also start collecting glass.
The public will be able to do their shop-
ping and recycle at the same time. Big
red containers will be placed at the su-
permarkets to receive your glass depos-
its. For this you can get a special bag
made for carrying your glass and your
groceries. Selibon will be sending infor-
mation folders to every house on Bon-
aire. When you bring this folder to the
Selibon office, you can get the bag for
free.
Selibon is not only concentrating on
these projects, but they are already
thinking ahead. Mr. Dortalina said that
in the near future more types of garbage
may be collected separately like plastic
bottles, paper/cardboard, wood and con-
crete. At this point there is only talk of
the separation of garbage. What to do
when we have the glass, wood, paper
and concrete in different heaps on the
lkntfel is still unclear. One of
S the options is to crush the glass
to turn it into sand for building
houses.
According to the new director
of Tene Boneiru Limpi, Mr.
Juny Janga, Bonaire is consid-
ered to be the cleanest island of
the Caribbean by the tourists.
Luckily, Selibon is trying to
make Bonaire even more beau-
tiful! O Mary Ann Koops

Mary Ann Koops is a biology
teacher at the SGB high school.
Welcome, Mary Ann, to the
Bonaire Reporter editorial staff.


WY~virn@ ([hxX@ T V(X M{It


T his last Sunday a delegation of six
culinary students (young chefs)
from the SGB high school, with their
teacher Liz Rijna (left), left for a three-
week training program in Italy. Thanks to
all who contributed to make this trip pos-
sible, especially to Maarten Maartense
for his cooperation and support. The stu-
dents are: Jobinella Winklaar, Robertico


Bemabela, Samantha Clarinda, Norison
Conquet, Elvienne St. Jago, Derrick Piar.
Also shown is sponsor Maarten Maart-
ense (rear). We all wish the group much
success in Italy. l Ann Leong
See thank you from the students on
page 6.


BONAIRE'S LARGEST AND BEST STOCKED SUPERMARKET
ALWAYS: FRESH FRUIT,
VEGETABLES, DAIRY,
BREAD AND MEAT


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


Page 7












40th Annual


tta Is Underway


Light winds at the start fol-
lowed by a fierce electric
storm and torrential downpour
marked the start of the 2007 Bon-
aire Regatta, in its 40th year,
making it the oldest in the Carib-
bean.
Here are 209 entries, including
31 yachts, the largest number in
five years, making this the third
biggest Regatta ever. We will
have a Regatta wrap-up in the
next edition.
This year's Bonaire Regatta is
dedicated to the Lions Club for


all their service to the community
and their involvement in Re-
gatta's early years. The organiza-
tion was founded in Bonaire in
1962 and they continue to help
with projects concerning the eld-
erly, the young people, health,
the Red Cross and even buried a
time capsule.
The very attractive logo and
poster design this year is by Vik-
tor Wijnand, a past Bonaire resi-
dent, who is also the Regatta's
webmaster. Viktor, now living in
Curacao, always returns to help


In the Parade of Nations the island nation of Trinidad and To-
bago was beautifully represented by Diedre Pedersen
andDaniela Bissessar

out during Regatta. are the spearheads and organizers
Elvis Martinus and Byron of the past Regattas, Elvis for the
Tromp, friends since childhood, last 15 years. He and Byron have


been work-
ing together
for the last
10 years.
They've
been put-
ting on Re-
gattas that
keep get-
ting bigger
and better Byron Tromp
every year.
Helping
them out
this year
are over
100 volun-
teers.
Byron
reminisced
the other
evening Elvis Martinus
after the
press conference at Regatta
House. From 1993 he was the
Regatta festival director, then in
1998 became the General Coor-
dinator.
Some of the first Regattas were
organized by his dad, Nikki
Tromp, during the 70s out of
Flamingo Beach.
Then they moved to the Bon-
aire Beach (a.k.a. Sunset Beach),
then to Plaza in 95, 96, 97, dur-
ing which Judy Diaz, Elvis' half
sister, was one of the organizers
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40th Annual Regatta Is Underway
I IrI


Regatta (Continued from page 8)
(93-97). "Then in 1998 we moved back
to Sunset Beach," Byron says. "We
called it going back home." However,
that didn't last long as Sunset Beach Ho-
tel was failing and hadn't paid their WEB
bill for so long that WEB threatened to
cut the electricity and water. The Regatta
committee begged them to hold off until
after Regatta, which they did. A few
hours after Regatta WEB cut the power
and Sunset and "went from a 'Host Ho-
tel' to a 'Ghost Hotel,'" says Byron.
The Regatta officially began following
the All Nations Parade, a blocks-long
march of 22 groups of the island's for-
eign-born residents. People from more
than 45 countries call Bonaire home.
The waterfront was packed with people
sampling the food and games and shop-
ping for bargains. The sailing Regatta
and the Festival will continue through
Friday. Lots of youngsters are on the
street since school is out in both Bonaire
and Curacao.
Have a great time and be sure to see the
free live performance of soul pioneer
George McCrae on Friday night! O[
L./G. D.


hanks to Ronald Gravenstijn (left), I
owner of the Caribbean Club Bon-
aire, the Bonaire Sailing School Associa-
tion received four Splash class boats. This
class sailing boat is designed for sailors
age 12 to 18 and is a bridge between the
Optimist class for younger sailors and the
Sunfish for older ones. OL.D.


Capture

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Sand Diver


The bright new sails given to the Bonaire Sailing School Association.
Sailing School President David van Delft with Caribbean Homes'
Rene and Gisela and some of the sailing kids.
Rene and Gisela of Caribbean Homes saw a need and decided to fill it. "We want
to do something for the children on the island," Rene says, "and when we heard
that the Bonaire Sailing School needed new sails for their Optimists we decided to
provide them." The sails were made in Holland but getting them here to Bonaire in
time for Regatta posed a problem. "But," Rene continues, "we knew some KLM pilots
and they agreed to transport them with the help of some of the flight attendants." All
the sails arrived a week ago and it's taken this time to rig them, about half a day per
boat. The kids are thrilled, especially since their sailing speed has been increased with
new flat sails. At a little ceremony last Friday the kids, their parents, sailing coaches
and friends toasted the new colorful sails with the Caribbean Homes logo. [ L.D.


Sonaire Lions 1 007~ 40 ONAIR
2007 with El- A-
vis and Byron. In the
early days, Larry
Thielgard (not pic-
tured), Captain Don's
boat partner in the
first Regatta, led the
Lions in organizing
the early events and
helped make Regatta
a Bonaire institution.


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Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007














Animal Dav -2007


Angela experiences true Puppy Love

Follow and Gismo Our Dogs Forever


Shelter Staff some new, some old timers: Tineke,
Monique, Marlies and Kenneth


Animal Day at the Shelter
t's hard to imagine a world
without animals, especially
those that are companions to man.
Especially to recognize these
friends of man on Bonaire, World
Animal Day was celebrated last
Thursday with an open house at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter with vol-
unteers, visitors, both two-legged
and four-legged joining the
"residents." Some Shelter dog
"alumni" were brought in by their
new owners, "just to show them
off," one lady owner explained. A
group from the FKPD
(handicapped center) turned into
smiling, happy people when they
got to hold some of the puppies and


get licked in response.
Dogs got washed, cats got
groomed, nails got trimmed and pet
owners chose from a vast array of
Shelter tee-shirts, dog and cat toys,
dog cookies, leashes, collars and
other pet accessories. Thanks to a
lot of donations from Bonaire Talk
members the Shelter will now be
selling these pet items on a regular
basis. And of course all the pro-
ceeds go to the Shelter. Spirits
were high and all the pet residents
responded to the attention by wag-
ging tails and jumping for joy.
Thanks to the Shelter staff Mar-
lies, Monique, Tineke and Kenneth
- for putting together a happy Ani-
mal Day celebration. E


ive Friends Bonaire (Yellow Submarine & Photo Tours
Divers) would like to share something with you.
With deep sadness we want to express our grief for the departure
of our beloved dogs, "Follow" and "Gismo."
Most of you will remember them as the brown and the black dog
strolling on the boulevard.
Follow and Gismo were, for most of us, loved in Playa. Follow
was the relaxed one and Gismo liked to tease. They liked running
after cars and bicycles, but they'd never bite. They were like glue,
always together during the day at Yellow Submarine, were they felt
safe and loved.
At night they were always seen at the restaurants and bars in
town, never begging but always receiving some leftovers.
They were deliberately killed by someone by a coward some-
one who has no respect for animals, no respect for people some-
one who doesn't know respect.
We are shocked and speechless that this happened and could
happen. We cannot believe that someone was capable of doing this.
This cruel, only a human can be. O


Pets of

The Week


Puppies, puppies and more puppies at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter. It's
puppy season again and the dog population
at the Shelter is exploding. In one week
alone 25 pups were dropped off. It's nice
to have a lot of dogs to choose from, but
not every one gets taken home by some-
one. You can help to prevent this over-
population of unwanted puppies. Donate
to the Shelter Sterilization fund, MCB
Account #10616410. Any amount will be
appreciated. And if you know someone
who doesn't have the extra cash to have
their pet sterilized, tell them to contact the
Shelter. That's what the fund is for.
Shown above are some of the candidates
who've made it to adoptive status. All the
rollicking cuties in this photo are about 3 2
months old; they've been examined by the
vet, wormed, given their shots, are consid-
ered "social," and they'll be sterilized
when they're old enough. Stop by and see
for yourself. You can't find better or
healthier pets! The Shelter on the Lagoen
Road has extended their hours and is now
open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1
pm and 3 pm to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.0


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


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S s we go to press the Spe-
cial Olympics 2007 in
Shanghai is winding down.
Bonaire proudly sent 14 athletes
as well as coaches, officials and
chaperones. The event, from
October 2 to 11, saw a record
7,291 athletes from 164 coun-
tries. They participated in 21
different sport games and the
ages of the athletes range from
eight to 69 years. This was the
first time that the games were
held in Asia. This week the
Games were threatened by Ty-
phoon Krosas, but precautions
were taken to move certain ven-
ues to safer places. On Tuesday
several events were postponed
as gale force winds hit the area.
Prior to the actual Special
Olympics opening each of the
teams was hosted by a town
where the athletes could get
acclimatized, practice and enjoy
the warm hospitality of the local
people.
During the games themselves
all the athletes are eligible for


the Healthy Athletes program
where they have free medical
checkups. Our athletes bene-
fited from this program in the
last Olympics in Ireland in
2003. They got, among other
things, glasses, and dental work
done.
So far Bonaire's athletes have
won six Gold and five Bronze
medals.
The team, coaches and sup-
porters return on Sunday, Octo-
ber 14, on the KLM from Hol-
land at 3:20 am.
A final listing of all the
awards and the closing cere-
mony will be in the next issue
of The Reporter.


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Bonaire's Special Athletes: Natiana Nicolina, Athletics:
Olympic Athletes and Lucille Soliana, Johnny Hell- Athletes: Marion Melaan,
Coaches mund, Omar Leonicia Patrick Bernabela
CoaTenniCoach: Elske Lucia Coach: Glenn (Earon)
A letes: U x M Bocce: Rosario
Athletes:Urix Martijn, Athletes: Rodilio Weef, Rev- Aquatics:
Winella St Hilaire
Coach: Robert Doacass elino Engelhart, Selvine Offer- Athletes: Jean Pierre
Bowlg: man, Joanne Albertsz Winklaar, Jurney Mar
owling:Coach: Arlene Engelhart Coach: Archibald Martijn E
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Picture Yourself With The Reporter
Cowes, Great Britain


Here are Sue and Wil Heemskerk (from Wil's Gril) with part time Bonaire
resident Edward Leask on his beautiful yacht, Magical, sailing around near
Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. They were there celebrating Edward's 60th birthday
with his friends and family. The funny thing is they forgot The Bonaire Reporter
ashore. But Edward was able to connect to the Internet and print out the front page
of the Reporter from the yacht's on-board computer! Edward's family and friends
are looking forward to competing in the Bonaire Regatta aboard the day sailor Elia
Rosa. OD

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SQUID GUARDS
Did You Know...
Squid protect their
gals? A friend of mine
from Austria was diving
here last month and had
an amazing encounter
with some Caribbean
Reef Squid, Sepiotheutis
sepioidea. He witnessed
a large female poking
her head repeatedly un-
der a crevice in the coral
rock. After a while, he
looked into the crevice
and there were egg cap-
sules. The mama squid
anchored each egg cap-
sule (which had hun-Mrs *h
dreds of eggs each) to
the underside of a rock within the hole. What's even more interesting is that two
large squid were above the female during her egg-laying and they came together
three times. My friend was convinced that he had witnessed squid mating until he got
home and read Dr. Roger Hanlon's book, Cephalopod Behavior. It wasn't mating,
but mate-guarding! Two males battling over the female. After my friend sent an e-
mail to the author, Dr. Hanlon wrote, "Those males were fighting over the female.
More specifically, one of the males was paired temporarily with the female, and he
was 'mateguarding' her. That is, he had mated her very recently and was protecting
his investment...not letting another male near her so that his sperm would get prefer-
ence for fertilizing the eggs being laid." Experiences like these won't happen if
you're speeding along you need a good buddy who is prepared to hang in one spot
if you encounter something out of the ordinary. 1O Caren Eckrich


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


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What Do You


i Have to Say?

SGuest Letters to
Opinions the Editor




No ANCHORS PLEASE

n regard to the article "New Port Facilities"
published on page 7 of The Reporter issue of
September 14 28, I would like to make the fol-
lowing remarks:
The Bonaire National Marine Park (BNMP) has
been notified by the acting Harbour Master of the
decision to anchor 10 cruise ships in a letter dated
September 9, 2007.
The fact is that the BNMP has never been con-
sulted nor participated in any survey to identify
possible places to anchor, although the communi-
cation channels and cooperation between the
BNMP and the Port Authority have always been
excellent. The BNMP is always willing to help,
advise and seek solutions for problems involving
the protection of our marine environment.
The BNMP is totally against the decision to
anchor cruise ships or any other ships either
within or outside the boundaries of the protected
area.
Anchoring is a very well documented damaging
practice and the impact of this decision will be
very negative for the reefs.

Ramon de Leon
Bonaire National Marine Park Manager


ZZ:
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North pier plan


ADVICE TAKEN
s the North pier expansion will be ready
for the next cruise ship season 2008-2009,
the harbormaster was given the task of finding the
best solution for all parties concerned in the up-
coming 2007-2008 season. The Harbormaster of
Bonaire runs the harbor and its activities under the
direction of the Island Government of Bonaire. In
our capacity as 'managers', the TCB consults with
and report the recommendations of experts
from various fields such as: port development,
port security, marine conservation and engineer-
ing. We also meet with tourism professionals in
both the diving and cruise tourism industry as our
economy is almost wholly based on the tour-
ism industry. Decisions are made in keeping with
expert consultations, and it is the responsibility of
the Harbormaster to put into action these deci-
sions.
In regard to the upcoming season and the issues
surrounding the handling of the second cruise ship
in port, we have been examining six possible sce-
narios. Of the six possibilities available to our
port, it has been decided that the port of Bon-
aire will place the second ship in a drift posi-
tion_while ferrying passengers to the pier.
Of the 79 calls to Bonaire this season, nine will
involve a drift vessel. Cruise ships will be in-
formed and guided by the Harbour Master as to
how to place the ship in drift position.


G regory La Croes, Karel Rosaria and Duvan Rios moved up
from Assistant Ranger to Ranger, announced Elsmarie
Beukenboom, Director of STINAPA. The Rangers completed nu-
merous courses including PADI Rescue Diver, First Aid, Basic
Mechanics, Computer Operation, Navigation, Radio Operation,
Public Speaking, Basic Geology and Biology, Ecology, History
and the Biology of Washington/Slagbaai and Marine National
Parks as well as STINAPA information, to win the respected posi-
tion of Park Ranger. Governor Herbert Domacass6 and
STINAPA's president, Evo Cicilia, were on hand for the promo-
tions. O Press release

As well, the cruise line will receive information to distribute to
the passengers regarding Bonaire's protected environment, includ-
ing the Marine Park rules. Selibon will be asked to provide extra
trash bins to facilitate trash collection and removal.
We appreciate your concern and hope that this answers any
questions you may have had.
Ronella Croes, Director, Tourism Corporation Bonaire


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


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


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BONAIRENET
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Rock climbing/Rapelling/
Abseilen Every Saturday.
Call Outdoor Bonaire 791-
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JELLASTONE PETPARK
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The Island you love could use your help!
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DINING GUIDE ."
I N I N U I D See advertisements in this issue

RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES

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Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm. available daily from noon.


Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy's Pool Bar Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night; Mon. "Dive and
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Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
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At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts, sou-
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home, T-shirts all at low prices.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number NATURE EXPLORATION
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De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes- and services Full digital services.
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Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
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Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
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Interiyours-(formerly The Plantation) Has lots of Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
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Valeries Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
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SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
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SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent.
SKIN CARE
Curacao Aloe... Fantastic products for your skin and
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SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
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WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
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WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your wind-
surfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruction,
superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and drinks too.
BBQ and wmdsurf videos Wednesday nights.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
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BONAIRE'S REEF-WATER QUALITY PROJECT


T he quality of the water covering Bon-
aire's reefs may be the most impor-
tant issue facing our island at the present
time. It certainly ranks with the successful
"Save Klein Bonaire" campaign of several
years ago. Fortunately, the political situa-
tion, with the proposed new alignment with
Holland, seems to be moving in the right
direction. The new commitment to alterna-
tive methods of power generation should
reduce our dependence on fossil fuel and
will surely reduce our carbon dioxide emis-
sions to the atmosphere. Now we must
address the preservation of our prime natu-
ral resource, the reef environment, which
is the source of income to fund the island's
tenuous economic future.
Although the recent announcement that a
sewage system to remove sewage waste
water from the heavily populated shoreline
zones and its associated infrastructure will
be built, it's not until 2012 that the system
will be operational

Light and Motion Sensor Program (LSMP)
Earlier this year, on May 28, a pilot pro-
gram to establish a cost effective, long
term reef water monitoring system was
proposed and a pilot monitor was placed in
the water at a site off Klein Bonaire to test
the hardware and procedures needed to
record and track the chemistry of the sur-
rounding seawater. It is still there and the
data produced has led to the decision to
place numerous arrays of these sensors
along the leeward coast of Bonaire, from
Lighthouse Point to 1000 Steps. The test
has also led the scientists to enhance the
system with a multi-function array called
"Rainbow Sensors."


The "Rainbow Sen-
sor" arrays, consist-
ing of 3 sensors each
at depths of 5, 12 and
20 meters, are being
placed at various in-
tervals along the
coast on independent
underwater mooring An LSMP sensor
lines. The sensors use
advanced optics and temperature to moni-
tor the seawater. Readings are continuously
recorded every 8 minutes by each sensor.
To keep costs manageable, a volunteer
diver must visit each array every 7 days for
cleaning and data retrieval. To date, all
arrays are being serviced by volunteers. All
the money for the hardware was donated
by concerned individuals.
This past week another Rainbow Sensor
Array was deployed south of the business
center. It started recording data on Friday,
October 5 at 16:00Hrs. Our new service
volunteer, Irene da Cunda, will be taking
care of weekly cleaning and data retrieval.
Thanks, Irene, for your help in this impor-
tant project.
We Need Your Help
To continue the deployment of the sensor
arrays, the LSMP needs additional dedi-
cated volunteers and more donations. For
specific information and to make a dona-
tion contact Albert Bianculli at: di-
rectab@gmail.com.
Last week Lynn and Todd Fulks, donated
$150 for a single array they named "Blue
Marine."O Albert Bianculli


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides


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HAPPENING SOON
October 7-13 Bonaire Regatta
Continues, 40th Year
*********************
Ladies and Mens Softball Games-
all at La Sonrisa Ball Park
Thursday, October 11-7 pm
Friday, October 12-2:30 pm;
opening ceremony at 7 pm
Saturday October 13-10 am; La-
dies Finals 5:30 pm
Sunday, October 14-11 am; Men's
Finals 5:15 pm.


Friday, October 12-Caribbean
Homes Soul Night with George
McCrae, Wilhelmina Park, Midnight,
free.
Thursday, October 18-ReMax Para-
dise Homes Party-To Celebrate its
4th Anniversary. Drinks, tapas, Latin
style jazz. At their office at Royal Palm
Galleries, 6 to 8 pm. All invited. Pg. 3.

Sunday, October 21 Antilles Day-
National Holiday
COMING
Wednesday, October 31-Halloweeen
Arts & Crafts Market at Wilhelmina
Park during cruise ship visits, 10 am to
early afternoon: Wed., Oct. 31 (Crown
Princess); Friday, Nov. 2 (Emerald Prin-
cess)
Saturday, November 10-7th Annual
EcoSwim. Call BONHATA or go to
www. aquamoonadventurres.com
Sunday, November 18-Dia di Gracia-
Contribute what you don't need to be given
to the needy. Call Meredith Nicolaas (717-
4658 or 786-2024), Shela Winklaar (510-
7412) or Mamita Fox (717-2953 or 796-
1919)
Saturday, December 1-Bodybuilding
Competition. More information contact
Judel at 786-0290

REGULAR EVENTS
Daily
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black jack,
Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday
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.
Saturdays
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- 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 Marshe 1st Saturday of
the month, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm. Call for
reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to 9
pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from Ware-


Wk T" S 'PPENIPGM


house Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per
person for 6 to 8 wines.
Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time. Learn
about the history, culture and nature by
Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria Koeks
for more information-796-7870.
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-
0466.
Mountain Bike Training for riders
of all levels (also Tuesday) at 5pm. Bon-
aire Wellness Connexions, Eden Beach,
785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com

Sundays
* 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
Mondays
* Dinner and a Show at Casablanca
Argentinean Grill-Reporter writer Al-
bert Bianculli presents his Multi-Image
Production "Bonaire Holiday" at
6:30pm, 7:30 pm & 8:30pm

* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Resort,
6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
6435
Tuesdays
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays! With
$2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar! Plus Live
music by the Flamingo Rockers, 6-8pm
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar

Wednesdays
* Beach BBQ & music at The Wind-
surf Place at Sorobon, 7-10 pm. Reserve
ahead. Tel. 717-5091, 717-2288

* "Live Cooking by the Chefs" with
live music by the Flamingo Rockers Un-
plugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm

Thursdays
* Flamingo Rockers, at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village Ma-
rina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7

Fridays
* 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
565-5225
Friday Weekly Market at Wilhel-
mina Park with local art, music and food;
summer fashions, jewelry, glasswork, Bon-
aire pictures, driftwood art, paintings and
all kinds of Bonaire souvenirs, 9 am to 2
pm.
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, Live music by Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30
pm) with Moogie Nation, followed by all-u
-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy Dive Re-
sort

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
5080
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire by
Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the big


screen in front of Bonaire Dive & Adven-
ture.
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation Bon-
aire presents the Sea Turtles ofBonaire
Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday,
Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-3802.
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show, every 2nd & 4th Wednes-
day at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn (717-
8819) at 7pm.

Wednesday-Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR slide/video show
by Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bonaire
Dive & Adventure,786-5073

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
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 thnu 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 century.
Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.dRee, behindthe
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 holidays. 717-
8444/785-0017
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone: 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 Bonaire Talker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30 pm at
Sunrise Pool Bar. all levels, NAf2,50. Call
Joop 717-5903 or be there by 7:15. 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: Renata
Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thurs-


day of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana
#1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above Zeezicht
Restaurant. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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
717-8051

CHURCH SERVICES
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
endijk
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Kaminda Santa
Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in
Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire: Kaya Am-
sterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at
9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7 pm in Eng-
lish. 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, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194
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*to find it... just look up

The Moon Meets the King of the Planets and an Emperor Star

I, d like you
to mark
three nights on
your calendar as
the nights to
watch the Moon
as it visits the
biggest planet
and a super big
star: Sunday
October 14",
Monday the 15th
and Tuesday the
16th.
This Sunday
evening just
after dark face
southwest. And
if you have a really clear unobstructed horizon you'll see an absolutely beautiful three
-day-old crescent Moon complete with Earthshine which will look like a dark black-
ish gray full Moon nestled within the crescent and which, according to folk myth, is
often called "The Old Moon in the New Moon's Arms." Then if you draw an imagi-
nary line up and to its left, along that line you'll see two bright objects which the
Moon will visit in the next two nights.
The first is a reddish light and it is one of the biggest stars we can see with the naked
eye. And I suggest you see it now because it will soon disappear from evening skies
for quite awhile. Its name is Antares and it marks the heart of Scorpius, the Scor-
pion, which is just getting ready to set below the southwest horizon. Directly above it
and much, much brighter, is the biggest of our solar system's planets, Jupiter, the
king. Now although they'll be lined up in kind of a row this Sunday night, 24 hours
later on Monday, the Moon will have moved up and past Antares to its left and will
be just a little bit fatter as a four- day-old Moon and will make a lovely triangle with
Antares and Jupiter.
So if you're lousy at finding stars and planets, use the Moon on Sunday as well as
Monday to find Jupiter and Antares. Then 24 hours later the triangle will have
opened up and be much wider and a five-day-old Moon only two days away from
first quarter will be parked off to Jupiter's left and just to the right of the teapot
shaped portion of stars of Sagittarius.
Once again, this Sunday a very skinny crescent Moon is below Antares and on a line
with it and Jupiter. On Monday it is just past Antares and below Jupiter and makes an
exquisite triangle with them. And on Tuesday it makes an even wider triangle when it
is parked between Jupiter and Sagittarius' teapot. And now for the super mind blow-
ing goodie part. Although the Moon looks like the biggest and brightest object this
weekend, it is not. In fact it is only a 2,000-mile-wide sphere and so close to us it
takes its light only 1 1/3 seconds to reach us. Jupiter, the second seemingly brightest
object, is 88,000 miles wide, so huge we could fit over 300 million of our Moons
inside it. But it is so far away we see the light that left it 47 minutes ago. Antares,
however, is the mind blower because it is 600 million miles wide, so huge we could
fit 2 1/2 trillion Jupiters or 719 quadrillion Moons inside it. And it is so far away it
takes its light 600 years to reach us. So get outside to do some Moon, Jupiter and
Antares watching, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. EO
Jack Horkheimer


For the Month of October 2007

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)Outbursts of passion may cause arguments with your
mate. Visit friends or relatives you don't get to see very often. A new you could help
your attitude. You can take advantage of opportunities if you are quick to make a
move. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Avoid getting involved with married individuals. Un-
expected bills may set you back. Don't let siblings put pressure on you. Find ways to
make extra cash. Start making things or reusing rather than buying ready made. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You should be able to tie up loose ends this month.
Praise will be yours if you have been pursuing your goals. Don't let friends convince
you that you should contribute to something you don't believe in. Go over their impor-
tant documents and take the time to suggest alternatives. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will be accident prone if you aren't careful this
month. Don't press your luck with your loved ones. You can spend a passionate eve-
ning with someone you cherish if you make your plans early. Sign up for courses or
join fitness clubs. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You will feel tired and rundown if you have allowed your-
self to get into a financial mess. Do not borrow or lend money or belongings to friends
or relatives if you wish to avoid any hassles. You'll be angry if those you live with
aren't pulling their weight. Your outgoing nature will win hearts. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Loved ones may be annoyed if they feel restricted.
Anger may cause you grief; control your temper and try to sit back and calm down.
Someone you work with may be withholding valuable information. Compromise if
you wish to have any fun at all. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sun-
day.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Problems with skin, bones, or teeth may mess up your
schedule. Your temper may erupt if you have allowed others to cost you too much
money. Younger relatives may seek your advice. False information from someone
trying to start problems is likely. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tues-
day.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Concentrate on yourjob. Take a second look; an-
other person's philosophy may be extremely different from yours. Delve a little deeper
if you really want to know the score. You can come up with ways of earning extra
cash. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You will get upset over trivial matters. Find a
way to consolidate. So smile! Don't bang your head against a wall. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You may find yourself mixed up in a triangle of
sorts. Just be yourself. Uncertainties about your living arrangements may be unnerv-
ing. Travel opportunities must be taken advantage of. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Get together with friends for some competitive
physical activities. You can prosper if you invest in property or mutual funds. Rela-
tives may play an important role in your personal life. Residential moves will be in
your best interest. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Social functions will bring you in touch with new lov-
ers. Put your energy into learning new skills or picking up valuable information. Past
partners are likely to reappear. Think twice before you speak. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Saturday. O Michael Thiessen


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was studying the hotel business in
1 Venezuela and I got a very good
opportunity to work at Harbour Village as
a beach girl, serving food and drinks on
the beach. I was 26, a good age. I was still
studying, so every vacation I had I came to
work here. I'd always planned to come to
Bonaire after I graduated. I loved the
weather, the beach, the freedom and the
people.
When I graduated in 1994 I wanted to
come to Bonaire badly, but I was shy and I
didn't want to ask the hotel for a job. But
one day when I was in Caracas buying
something in a store, I met this person who
worked for the company that hires people
to work for the hotel and he said:
"Andreina, I heard you graduated. Would
you like to come to work for Harbor Vil-
lage in Bonaire?" Out of the blue!
So, I came in 1994, just with my hand
luggage because it was supposed to be just
for the season, but... I stayed two years. I
worked the food and beverage department
and after two years they hired me and I
had to go back to Venezuela to get my
things and to tell my mom that I was defi-
nitely going to stay for two more years...
which became 14 years!
The hotel was my school. I learned so
many things. When the spa opened I be-
came the person in charge and I was
trained to do all the treatments. I've always
done sports in my life; I am really a fitness
freak, and I bike and run. Because of that
they trained me to become a fitness teacher
at the spa as well. But I wasn't officially
certified as an instructor so I decided to
take training in the US, in Puerto Rico, as
it is the closest to Bonaire. It was tough but
fantastic, and just when I had finished my
education in Puerto Rico, 9-11 happened
and the hotel closed.
For me, at the time, it was quite dra-
matic. I had to look for a new job and be-
cause I came from Harbour Village I felt I
had to find at least another hotel at the
same level. The option was Plaza Resort.
They only had a vacancy for a night audi-
tor, working from 11 at night till seven in
the morning. It was a terrible shift for me
because I was only working, eating and
sleeping, and in the daytime I was teaching
aerobics at Joe's Fitness Center.
Then the people of the jazz club called
me to ask if I wanted to sing with them. It
was hectic but very satisfying because I
was doing the three things I love best: ho-
tel, fitness and singing.
I come from a family of 10 children; we
are all musicians. When my mom married
my dad she told him she wanted many
children so she could build her own or-
chestra! We all went to music school, and
all my brothers and sisters became profes-
sional classical musicians. I am the young-
est and I sing popular music. When my
mom first heard me singing jazz, she said,
'Andreina, why are you singing music
from bars?' I will never forget that but...


I am special. I was the number 10
child, and I am special in everything.
My father, Luis Marcano, has been
working his whole life as an agricul-
tural engineer. When I was four, he
was the Venezuelan consul in Peru
and we lived for four years in Lima.
When I was 13 he had a mission and
we went to England where we lived
for three years. My dad is now 85;
my mother is 81 and they are the
best! My father is a luthier. It's a
French word for someone who makes
wooden instruments, and he started
doing it when he was 82.
My mom, Josefina, is very creative.
She's more energetic than I am. With
my uncles and aunts, brothers and
sisters, nieces and nephews 46 peo-
ple in total four generations we
go on a tour in Caracas during the
Christmas holidays to perform and
we even made a CD, Navidad en
Familia, and we were all so proud!
We have a very beautiful family;
they are full of love and very grateful
for what life has given them. I feel
the same way it's something that
comes from the family.
So, when the jazz club asked me to sing
with them I said yes. They needed a femi-


I'm very much into

telling people to get fit-
it will make them feel

better and to eat
healthy because the
body will appreciate it
o


nine vocalist, and in 2000 I had my first
concert with Dikazz at Kontiki. Oh my, I
was scared! But they say if you don't get
scared it's because you don't feel it I still
feel it I'm still kind of nervous every
time I perform. I stayed with the jazz club
as long as it existed, for four years. Nowa-
days I'm singing with Cabaco Trio, Lando
Tjin-A-Sjoe, Carlos Jimenez and myself.
It's a bit difficult because we don't have
melody instruments, but it's going very
well and the people like it and if they like
it we like it! We play at Donna and Gior-
gio's every Friday and whenever we're
invited.
Next to singing, I'm working at Harbour
Village I went back three years ago. I
was at Plaza for four years and because of
them I have the job I have now because
Plaza has been another school for me. I'm
really grateful. At Harbour Village I'm the
front office manager and I love the job!
Wonderful team, wonderful co-workers
and time to teach aerobics and to sing!


I'm teaching aerobics at Angelique Sals-
bach's Top Health Fitness on Kaya Niki-
boko Nort and my message for everybody
is that they have to do exercise. I'm very
much into telling people to get fit- it will
make them feel better and to eat healthy
- because the body will appreciate it -
and... to do the things they love; that's the
biggest hint in life everything you do,
you have to do it with love. I also tell peo-
ple that if you can't go to a gym, do some-
thing else: go for a walk, with the dogs of
course (I am a fan of dogs), go swimming
or snorkeling, work in the garden or do
housework -just move your body and
dancing... Wow! That's the best work-
out!"
Andreina Marcano is a lovely person,
full of life, down to earth, very comfortable
with people, and she knows exactly what
she wants. Her happiness is contagious;
she really makes you feel good.
"I am very transparent and I don't like to
hide things, but I am also an extremely
picky person and extremely demanding. I
think it's something my mom taught me. I
am very humble, but the truth is that I get
many calls from people who want me to
work for them.
My ambition is to be somebody you can
trust and rely on, a person with integrity.
That's what's important to me money is
not important. You need it to make a liv-
ing, but that's all. The most important
thing is that people respect me for who I
am.
Another thing I'm doing is that I'm the
voice of the travel channel radio station
97.1. It's a station for tourists with all
kinds of tips and information. I record it
and I'm on the air all day.
Many times people ask me, 'Andreina,
where do you get the energy?' But I am


very energetic and creative. I always be-
lieve that things happen when they have to
happen. At Plaza it was work, work, work,
but thanks to that Harbor Village called me
and said, 'Now you have the experience to
go to the next level and become the front
desk manager.'
"I love Bonaire because it gave me so
many opportunities I never would have
found in Venezuela. That's very important
because it's one of the reasons I'll stay
here. Bonaire is my home that says it all.
But every Christmas I have to go to Cara-
cas to fill my body and soul with the good
spirit of my family and to sing with them
of course.
I am a person who prays a lot I don't
go to church but I believe there's always
someone there who's protecting me, and
one of the great things that happened in my
life is finding one of my best friends from
the past again, Carlos Jimenez, after 23
years. Our relationship is working very
well and finding him made my life bet-
ter. Together with Carlos and my two
dogs, who are my children (they are the
most popular dogs in town) I live a very
happy life.
I love the people of Bonaire, I love the
way they are, the way they've accepted
me, and after so many years it's like I'm
part of them.
Bonaire has so
much to offer.
We definitely
have a jewel and
we're living in
paradise."

Story & photo
by Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter September 28- October 12, 2007


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