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SMarch 21.April 4; Volume 15, Issue 6
Kunuku Shimaruku, PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlandsg Bon e Grow AntillesPhone790-8988,790-6518,email:respoboninws.com Sinc 1994
Kunuku Shimaruku, PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-8988, 790-6518, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994




D According to Economic Af-
fairs Minister Elvis Tjin Asjoe,
the economy of Bonaire grew
3% in recent years. This growth
is especially noticeable in con-
struction, the financial sector, and
hospitality. This development is
attributed to the improvement of
airlift with several direct flights
from the US and Europe, and with
the expansion of the number of
hotel rooms and apartments.
According to Tjin Asjoe, "The
economic growth of an island is
also connected to the investment
climate, which is very positive for
Bonaire. The big interest of the
local as well as foreign investors
proves that. Also signing the final
declaration (for direct ties to the
Netherlands and leaving the Neth-
erlands Antilles) and its transition
agreement has had a positive im-

Another indication that Bon-
aire is booming is that Continen-
tal has been flying a second flight
from Houston each week and that
American Eagle is still flying on
Saturday, even though they
planned to stop when Delta began
its Saturday flights non-stop from
Atlanta. However, Air Jamaica
has stopped its Saturday service
from Montego Bay.

Curacao's Insel Air airline
is considering cooperation with
Surinam Airways for a route
Paramaribo-Curacao to Miami,
perhaps as often a four times
weekly, said Insel's Director Ed-
ward Heereveen. If successful it

E min Leong l lt
On Saturday, March 15, the team from the SGB high
school's SBO culinary department travelled to Aruba to compete
in the annual International Student Cooking Competition to be
held this week. The Bonaire team consisted of Channethon Jansen,
Miguel Saragoza, delegation leader teacher Ezzard Semeleer, Kelvin
Ventura, teacher-coach Isidoor van Riemsdijk and Norison Conquet.
Results will be reported in our next issue.

The latest report from the
Central Bureau of Statistics con-
firms that prices on Bonaire con-
tinue to rise. Between October
and December of 2007 they rose
0.5%. During the period food
prices led the way with a jump of
1.2%; milk products rose 4.4%,
the largest segment increase. Only
vegetables showed a drop (0.5%)

D The transfer of the Post
Office operation from Canada
Post back to the Government of
the Netherlands Antilles has
been postponed to this week be-
cause of legal complications. The
transition had been originally set
for March 1.
Canada Post took over the op-
eration of the Post Office five
years ago but changed its corpo-
rate strategy shortly afterwards.
Prior to the takeover the Antillean
Government had subsidized the
postal service to the tune of NAf
6-7 million annually. Canada Post
says they ran the service profita-
Sidney Paulina will remain the
acting General Managing Director
of the 245 people who work for
the Post Office. It is the intention
of the government to eventually
find a corporate operator for the

Pictured here are Tom Quinby of Portland, Maine, and Bruce
Bowker from the Carib Inn here on Bonaire. Tom and his wife Gigi
take batteries back to the US each time they visit, helping Bonaire's
environment. Please take as many batteries back form wherever you
stay. There is no place on Bonaire to dispose of these toxic items

sales tax that ended the exemp-
tion for "fiscal unity," which
means that transactions between a
company and its subsidiaries are
no longer exempt. This could lead
to significant price increases for
food products imported by whole-
salers and sold to their supermar-
kets as well as companies that
purchase services from subsidiar-
ies like maintenance, power and

D There are continuing
Dutch legislative attempts to
loalize the dnnortation of crimi-

nal Antilleans from Holland
The Antillean parliament back to the Antilles.
recently approved a law regu- Antillean experts will be talking
lating exemptions from the OB to Dutch experts on the Dutch

Government's plans to draft a
Kingdom Law on Movement of
People. The law will make possi-
ble free movement of people
within the Kingdom as well as the
sending back of "undesired per-
sons" who have committed
However, Members of Parlia-
ment were very skeptical about
the intentions of the Government.
The Antilles unanimously passed
a motion in February stating that
the Netherlands Antilles would
not accept any law to repatriate
Antilleans from Holland.
Antilles Justice Minister David
Dick, who had a meeting with
Dutch Minister Hirsch Ballin on
(Continued on page 6)


Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Flotsam & Jetsam, SGB Chefs
Lions Art Auction 3
Fight Against Dengue 3
Landmarks-Piedra Crus 4
Walkathon is On 4
Bonaire On Wheels- '74
Chevrolet 6
Photo Reports- Bachelor's
Beach/Saturnius park 8
Frasimada Sailing 10
Garbage Under The Gun 10
Burned Out and Homeless 11
Tintin (Kuifje) in Papiamentu
Salba Nos Lora Art 14
Envirowatch -Gloves 15
Coral Glimpses-Damage 15
JoPoBon Bike Ride 18
Letters to the Editor (High Rises,
SGB Assist, Praise, Paradise 19
Sustainable Tourism Choices 22
Zale Visitors 22
Win for Olympics 23
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Mick Smit/Stitching pro-
ject 5
Clear Blue Water News 8
Bonairean Voices (Food &
Health) 9
Did You Know (Flounders) 14
Dining & Shopping Guides 16
Picture Yourself (New York,
South Africa, Sicily, Germany) 17
Pet of the Week (Benno) 18
Classifieds 18
Tide Table 19
Reporter Masthead 19
What's Happening 20
Sky Park (Leo) 21
Caf6 Astrology 21
What's Coming Our Way
(Regatta Residences) 23
How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
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Neth. Antilles.
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T he second
Lions Club art
auction on March
1, was over the
top. The proceeds
from art works
by Bonaire's
business leaders,
its "Captains of
Industry," will go
to support the
Club's charitable
activities. The art
works' theme
was Bonairean
Treasures. Pro-
ceeds exceeded
raising NAf Two of the "
16.650. In all 16 Ruud
paintings were
auctioned by Lions Dick Dissel
and Eric van Silfhout for an av-
erage of price of just over NAf
1.000 per work. The "top seller"
of the evening was Sara Matera's
(Divi Flamingo Casino & Resort
Manager) work named
"Bonairean Hands," an abstract
of hands, of people born on Bon-
aire representing past, present
and future workers who serve
using their hands in the culinary
and hospitality industry on Bon-
aire. After all, she said, "People
are the real Bonaire treasures."
Five people, ranging in age from

"An Impression of Playing Golf
on Bonaire," also went for NAf
1.500 while Huub Groot's (City
Cafe) "Bonaire United," express-
ing the multicultural, harmoni-
ous Bonairean population, was
third fetching NAf 1.400.
Sponsors of the event, organ-
ized by Bonaire Lions Gilberto
Lira, Benchi Soleano and Dick
Dissel, were the Plaza Resort &
Casino and Kooyman Bonaire
N.V. U Dick Dissel
Photos by Dick Dissel &
Ruud Vermeulen

'Bonairean Hands," models with
Vermuelan, winning bidder

10 months, six, 31, 45 and 60
years old, imprinted their hands
on the work. Sara was assisted
by professional Bonaire artist
Germaine Nijdam. All the
"Captains" got advice from well-
known Bonaire artists.
Sara's painting was sold for
NAf 2.200. Second top seller
was Michael Obersi's (Dew
Point N.V. owner) work, named
"The Last One Standing," an old
Bonairean house (fast disappear-
ing) with a cactus fence in front
which went for NAf 1.500. Bous
Scholts' (Plaza Resort) work,

At times, bidding got
quite spirited

ased on anecdotal reports, Bonaire recorded the most Den-
gue Fever cases in its history this past season. In hopes of
reducing the number of future cases, Commissioner of Public
Health, Boy Clarenda, visited the representative of the Pan Ameri-
can Health Organization (PAHO) in Puerto Rico. He asked support
for Bonaire for the prevention of the dengue virus. Clarenda spoke
with the epidemiologist Castellanos about collaboration possibili-
ties with the organization. They also talked about combating the
dengue mosquito with more efficient equipment from PAHO.
Worldwide, around 2.5 billion people live in areas that are at risk
of dengue fever, a viral disease spread by the Aedes aegypti mos-
quito. There is no vaccine or drugs to treat the illness.
Compared to its cousin, the Culex mosquito, the Aedes aegypti is
considered a weaker species. It is slender and has thin wings. Culex
likes to breed in drain water, but Aedes will die in such dirty water.
It likes rain water, relatively clean water.
Drug maker Novartis AG has designed a drug which it hopes can
combat all four dengue viruses. "If the safety is acceptable, we
hope to go into human testing, hopefully next year," Paul Herrling,
head of corporate research, said in a telephone interview. U G.D.

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Ti Walka.Thm Is On!
-A - - T

Around Bonaire are what used to be empty pedestals. The idea was to have an expla-
nation of the particular area and why it was important- historically, traditionally and/
or mythologically. The pedestals sat empty for years. However, as a gift to the island
and its visitors Frans Booi and his wife Maggie have transformed these pedestals into
the cultural showpieces they were intended to be, with paintings by Booi and Winfred
Dania and explanatory text in Papiamentu and English. Maggie's Wisconsin company,
Industrial Graphics Corp., printed the plaques as a donation to Bonaire.
Piedra Krus is on the road to Rincon. Going north it's before the sign for the Indian
Inscriptions. The cross is on a cliff on the west side of the road; the pedestal is on the
east side.
Below is an abbreviated version of the text on the Piedra Krus pedestal.

Piedra Krus Rock Cross
As the island was emerging from the sea, waves sculptured a beautiful t-shaped
coral stone cross on this rock.
Since pre-Columbian times the site of the cross was considered a magical place and
later became a pilgrimage site where nearby villagers of Rincon would go in procession
and hold religious ceremonies. Local Priests placed a pile of stones on the t-cross to
make it look like a typical Christian cross because they considered the original one a
pagan symbol. When traveling past Piedra Krus at night, many people say they feel the
presence of a strong spiritual force just around this comer on their way to the village of
The Legend of Piedra Krus
The original coral t-cross was destroyed by drunken non-believers with guns, using it
for target practice. The legend tells that those who destroyed the ancient cross were
struck by a ray from heaven and mysteriously fell down dead on the spot. It was be-
lieved that they were being punished by the forces of heaven. Many other legends and
mythologies are attributed to this area.
There was a tradition to keep the archaic legendary symbol of Piedra Krus alive by
periodically renewing the wooden cross that was placed on the site. In 1966 some well
known Rincon residents of the Janga and Piar families placed the more permanent ce-
ment cross that you see today on the exact place where the ancient natural cross stood.
There is an old custom to take off your hat or make the sign of the holy cross when
passing the Piedra Krus on the road to Rincon. 0 Frans Booi

Teens and

Elders Meet
L ast month the teens of
the Stichting Project
met with the elderly people of
the Kas di Sosiegu (old folks
home). It was a lesson in cul-
ture and society, learning
from the older people what
life was like in earlier days.
During the interviews the S rje h
elders told them about their
earlier lives and work. The
teens said it was enjoyable and that they learned from each other. As a thank you to the
elders the teens invited them to their restaurant, De Bonairiaan, to have a succulent
breakfast that they prepared. of bread, coffee, tea, juice and fresh fruit. Both teens and
seniors were enthusiastic about the interchange, with the teens returning with more of an
understanding of their responsibility toward the older people. Stichting Project

North Salinja's
Walkers-- 2007

T his is the Sixth year in a row that the Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon will be
held to benefit our Special Olympics team. The date is Sunday, March 30,
starting at the slave huts at 5 am. The 30-kilometer route is the same as other years.
You may walk, jog, bicycle or even roller blade. There will be eight water stops
manned by kind people who will give you water, Gatorade, fruit, pan dushi (sweet
bread) and lots of encouragement. One of the most popular water stops is at Karpata,
organized by the Bonaire Bikers Club. J. C. Herrera will have a bar set up at the end,
at Pasa di Karino, selling drinks at low, low prices.
Along the route will be vehicles and persons to aid those who get tired or who have
any problems. The Pasa di Karino will be open early this year, at 9 am, to receive those
early cyclist arrivals. In previous years groups have gotten together to make the trek
and those who don't feel they can do it can sponsor those who do. Or just buy a ticket.
You'll be supporting Special Olympics Bonaire anyway.
Tickets are NAf 25 and you may buy them from any of the Special Olympics Bon-
aire board members, the coaches, at TCB or at Chat 'n Browse (next to Sand Dollar
Grocery). For your donation you get a T-shirt (sponsored by Digicel), cap (from En-
nia), snacks along the way and a good meal at the end at the Pasa di Karino at Rincon
T-shirts and give away items will be handed out on Friday, March 28, at City Cafe
from 5 pm to 7 pm and on Saturday, March 29, at City Cafe from 10 am to 4 pm (on
the Kaya Grandi side). For more information call Claire Sealy at 786-5454 or Chio
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P rofi Mick Smit and the Stitch ting Project
Pro. OlI-S-A Plan With a Vision and a Mission

In 2003,
Smit, a social
-youth leader
in Holland,
decided to
start a youth
project on Bonaire. His experience
gave him the idea of trying to
catch the Antillean youth problems
in the early stages. By the time the
kids from the Antilles get into
trouble in Holland, he explains,
it's often too late because the prob-
lems often began way in the past
due to lack of direction. Be-
sides," Smit says, "talking about
problem solving in Holland is
more common than effective
So Mick searched for a founda-
tion in Holland willing to support
his method of working with kids
who had dropped out of school.
Because Bonaire is on a small
scale it wasn't too overwhelming
to start his project here with young
Mick had to find a meeting place
for his target group. Ultimately he
landed in the Centro di Bario of
Nort Salina, where he was wel-
comed with open arms by directors
of the Centro, Ibi Everts and
Xamara. He described his plans to
them and soon a group of kids who
normally spent their days out of
school were drawn by the opportu-
nity to participating in interesting
activities. For example, those boys

and girls interested in diving could
take a course at the Plaza Hotel
which supplied the dive instructor
as well.
The Stitching Project differs
from that of Jong Bonaire in re-
spect to the target group. Jong
Bonaire offers support, education
and assistance for SGB students
during after school hours. The
Project, on the other hand, offers
help, training and practical educa-
tion during school hours for
youngsters with behavioral prob-
lems to get them back on track and
motivate them to return to the
SGB. The teens who participate
are still of compulsory school age,
therefore the Project works closely
with the SEK (high school educa-
tion system). These kids don't fit,
temporarily or permanently, into
the current school system. Their
behavioral disorders are such that
even a school like the special edu-
cation school, Watapana, can't
offer them the guidance and moti-
vation they need.
The teens enter the Project in a
group, having been referred by
their school. Currently there are 18
students. Smit and three other team
members teach them via practice
and experience.
The first year or phase consists
of education and three stages of
training, emphasizing:
1. Co-operation followed by a
real life test. Building a wooden
raft not only teaches them the

workings of buoyancy but the
power of teamwork as well.
2. Trust -Activities like relying
on the one who holds the rope
while climbing to a high place.
3. Responsibility- The group
elects a representative who learns
the meaning of taking responsibil-
ity for the group
4. Negotiating -Learing how to
present and defend their plans and
proposals to the Board.

The aim is to have the teens
ready to return to standard school
education after the first year, but
most of them need to continue for
another one or two years to in-
crease their personal motivation.

During the second phase the
teens follow a work-study program
in areas where they have a strong
interest. For example, the Project
is using the former Green Label
building and grounds where the
green house is now being used by
the team and the youngsters who
are re-installing drip systems and
practicing garden maintenance.
One of Mick's dedicated team
members is a passionate master
gardener. The kids apply what
they've learned by working in
hotel gardens. "They have to ex-
perience the real world," Mick
says. "Not just theoretical but
practical experience is essential."
Maintenance and repair of lavato-

ries or sinks is another example of
practical experience.
One of the boys, Adriaan, hav-
ing received his dive certification,
is currently working one day a
week at Port Bonaire. He is an
inspiration to the other group
members, showing that the train-
ing period can result in a job you
really like. Another boy is getting
his practical experience in tech-
niques at De Freewieler Scooter
and Bike Shop.
Funding for The Project is tight.
The kids themselves contribute by
making place mats and key rings
to sell to the hotels. A new project
for those in the second phase be-

came a reality when they opened
their own restaurant, De Bo-
nairiaan, a lovely place along J. A.
Abraham Blvd. just across from
Cactus Blue restaurant. The out-
side has been painted with colorful
Bonairean style houses and inside
the setting is cozy with tables,
chairs and menu cards. The teens,
under the guidance of a team
member, run the restaurant, open
for breakfast and lunch on Thurs-
days and Fridays from 9 to 1lam.
Food and drinks are prepared and
served. Sandwiches can be ordered
and taken out to the beach or for
lunch. The investment has been
(Continued on page 14)

Bonaire Reporter March 24-April 6, 2008

Foundation instructor Patty with some trainees at
De Bonaireaan Restaurant

Page 5


oene Cordilia's 974 Black Cheolet Caprice Classic

The 27,' of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brou-
wer, featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are
"on wheels."

The completely original Chevrolet Caprice Classic, owned by
Rene Cordiliafrom Bencho N.V.. The car will be restored com-
pletely before September 2008 to join the classic car show in
Aruba. (Picture: J (n Brouwer)

Bonaire/Kralendijk -
Rene Cordilia was born on
Curaqao in 1961 and
received his technical education
at the Jan Romer School
(Practical Technical Education,
nowadays, Feffek/jb) in Brak-
keput, Curaqao. On the 19th of
June, 1982, Rene bought an air-
plane ticket to Bonaire. The idea
was to help a Bonairean friend
repair an old car. What Rene
never expected happened: he
stayed on the island of Bonaire!
This all happened some 21 years

Rene got a job beating out
dents on bodies of cars at the
Ford dealer in Playa. Those days
the Ford garage was owned by
Hugo Gerharts and was on Kaya
Prinses Marie, #21. Rene has
always been a successful and
serious craftsman. Finally he
decided to start his own com-
pany. He became the owner of
Garage Marten. Since March 6,
2001, Rene has been the proud
owner ofBencho N.V., service,
car rental and muffler repair.

Rene is a
man. He is
very opti-
mistic and
he is
ever, or
just for a
very short

angry or upset. His nickname is
Kontentu (satisfied/jb).

Some time ago he got his 1974
Chevrolet Caprice Classic as a
present from his father. The car
was originally registered on
Curaqao under license number
161. (Rene's birth year)

Rene explains, "This Chevrolet
Caprice Classic was given to me
by my father as a present. The
car is in running condition. It
looks a bit shabby because of the
dust and the grass that is grow-
ing around the car due to all the
rain we have had the last couple
of months. But the vehicle starts
easily and idles very well. The
V8-350 engine runs very

The Caprice is fully loaded.
The car is equipped with air-
conditioning, power windows,
power brakes, power steering,
power brakes and an automatic
three-speed gearbox.

The Chevrolet Caprice, later
called Caprice Classic, was the
name of a series of cars pro-
duced by General Motors from
1965 through 1996. All Caprices
have always been the most ex-
pensive and most luxurious mod-
els of the Chevrolet range.

"The car is a bit dusty now,"
Rene says, "but the chassis is
sound and there is hardly any
rust on the body. The car is in a
complete and original condition.
Due to a lack of time (business is
going too well, loads and loads
of work) I have not been able to
start the restoration of this auto-
mobile. But before September
2008 the car has to be brought
back into mint condition. We
want to go to Aruba because in
September 2008 a huge classic
car show will be held on our
sister island."

Good luck, Kontentu! Good
luck with the restoration of your-
Caprice Classic and good luck
with your enterprise on Bonaire!
F Story & Photo by J@n

Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from pg 2)
the topic, said Parliament had
misunderstood the intentions of
the law and that it was not a law
to send back Antilleans similar to
what former Minister of Integra-
tion Rita Verdonk had wanted to

Approximately 70 people
were present at the meeting of
the movement, 'Awor t'e
Ora' (Now Is the Time), and
decided to start a petition for a
national dialog to evaluate cur-
rent political process under the
United Nations and to organize
another referendum in Bonaire.
The initiative was taken by Benito
Dirksz, political leader of the
PRO party, which is not currently
represented in the Island Council.
Its mission is to promote the con-
cept defined in a letter by N6chi
Willem and Jopie Giskus that was
sent to Prime Minister Jan Peter
Balkenende stating that the refor-
mation process (establishing ties
to The Netherlands) is violating
fundamental international rights
and the principles of good govern-
Bonaire's trade unions, Abvo,
Fedebon, BPWU, and Simabo,
attended the meeting, but other
invitees, the clergy and the com-
mercial and tourist sector did not.
They will be re-invited again

D Bonaire will soon have a law
that protects the monuments and
historic buildings on the island.
According to procedures, when
the responsibility for conserving
sites of historical and cultural
importance was transferred from
the Central Government to the
Island, its government must draw
up a policy plan for monuments
which must be approved by the
Island Council. This policy plan
was submitted to the Island Coun-
cil in August of last year and was
sent to several departments for
comments. The Executive Council
has to then review the ordinance
and send it on to the Island Coun-
cil for enactment.
Lack of legal protection and
financial support is cited as the
reason many significant buildings
in Bonaire fall into ruin. What is
defined as a monument? A monu-
ment can be unmovable or mov-
able; it must be more than 50
years old and of common good for

its beauty, scientific or cultural-
historic value.
The monument policy will not
only aim at monuments, but will
also focus on the maritime arche-
ology and historic spots on the

D The Bonaire Executive
Council has decided to increase
the deposit for long lease land
requests from NAf 150 to NAf
1.000. The Island Ordinance
(erfpachtbesluit) of August 30,
1982, (AB1982, no 15; Decree
deposit long lease 1982). Article 1
sub 2 decrees that, among other
things, this amount is to cover the
cost of the notary deed for the
right to long lease and the fee of
the notary. Even if the request is
denied, NAf 736 has to be paid
for notary costs. Since the old
deposit does not cover all the
costs, it was decided to increase
the amount to NAf 1.000.


Edgar "Magic Ed" Janga
is a unique businessman. An
early member of the Jong Bonaire
program, he has recently returned
to Bonaire after getting his MBO
Bouwkunde (Architecture) degree
in Aruba and is working at a local
architect's office. Ed got his start
in magic at age 16 while working
as a bus boy at the Divi Flamingo
Resort. A member of the Intera-
tional Magician's Union magic is
now his side job.
His business, Magic Ed Enter-
tainment, creates parties and festi-
vals for people and includes food,
party supplies and the entertain-
ment. He is also volunteering at
Jong Bonaire. Ed says the help he
got at Jong Bonaire with his
homework was very important to
him and the leaders also helped
him achieve his goals. He now
works with the teens to help teach
them how to manage their time
more effectively and how to get
(Continued on page 7)


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Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from pg. 6)
better results in school. See his
advertisement on page 16 and call
him (717-9802) to make your next
party special.

D Bonaireans and Arubans have
always felt warmly towards each
other's culture, a tradition upheld
by the Casibari Club of Bonaire.
Last Saturday they organized
the Aruba Day celebration in
Bonaire with the laying of a
wreath at the bust of Betico Croes
at the head of Kaya Betico Croes.

Dr. Danni Maldini, who is
teaching at the Bonaire CIEE Re-
search Station, is looking for vol-
unteer boaters to offer their ser-
vices in exchange for learning
about and initiating a study on
the ecology of dolphins around
Bonaire. Danni has worked with
marine animals around the world
and has a wealth of knowledge. If
you are interested in helping out,
please call 785-3150. See the lec-
ture notice in Happenings on page
20 for additional information.

D Iris Semeleer of the Fla-
mingo Bookstore is organizing
Bonaire's 30th annual kite fly-
ing competition (Kontest di Fli).
Main sponsors are Sabadeco, WEB
and Maduro & Curiel's Bank-
Bonaire. It will be held at the Ju-
ventus soccer field, behind Kooji-
man, on April 6. Kite flying starts
at 8 am. Participants may sign up
at Flamingo Bookstore in Kaya
Grandi: NAf 3,50 for kids,
NAf7,50 for adults.

D Jong Bonaire's snorkeling program got to be a lot more fun with
the help of Divi Flamingo Diving which offered the youngsters a boat
trip every two weeks. Twice a month five Jong Bonaire members, cho-
sen for the good performance in the program, are selected. The boat
takes them snorkeling at different places, which is interesting and in-
structive. Recently they snorkeled behind Klein Bonaire and saw tur-
tles, puffer fish and morays. Thanks to Serge from Divi Dive and all
the other people there who volunteered.

. There are prizes for the smallest,
strangest, most beautiful, biggest,
and most original kites. The jury
will also choose the big winner at
the end of the competition.
Don't miss it. It's an all day af-
fair with people of all ages from all
three ABC islands flying spectacu-
lar homemade kites. In past years
some of the kites were the size of
small airplanes, others were made
of beer cans! More information in
our next issue.

D For groups of 10 or more
persons, Golden Reef Inn and

Villas now offers a package deal
that offers a Modified American
Plan, which includes Chef Gibi's
"All You Can Eat Breakfast and
Dinner Buffets." Also a Monday
night Rum Punch Manager's Party
and Live Music.
To inquire further, contact GRI
direct in the US toll free at 866-
790-7333, email,
info@goldenreefinn.com or visit
their website at

Wondering what the asking
prices for homes and apartments

D The Bonaire Youth Outreach Foundation together with Jong
Bonaire has started a youth awareness project against crime called
'No KaiAden' (Don't Fall In). The project is partially financed by
Support to the Netherlands Antilles Youth Development Program
(Snyadp) and the private sector. Outreach and Jong Bonaire have estab-
lished a working group consisting of about 40 young persons who con-
duct an information campaign. One group of young persons creates an
information folder that explains what criminality is and what the conse-
quences are. Another group will attend a session of the court and report
on it. Others will interview victims of a robbery and give awareness
information on crime to children of the after-school program (Skol di
Youngsters wishing to participate can register via
info@nokaiaden.net. Businesses that want to contribute to the project
can contact coordinator Sheloutska Martinus-Francess at 796-5566.

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Is Bachelor's
Beach now
known as Bachelor's
Suicide Leap? The
dilapidated stairs,
which have been dete-
riorating bit by
bit from surges and
storms over the years,
finally collapsed in
November 2007. Ac-
cording to DROB offi-
cials, new stairs are forthcoming. "Hurry," say all the aficionados
of one of the most beautiful, yet tiny beaches on Bonaire, "We
can't wait much longer!" U Pauline Kayes

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The Rainbow Array water sensors that have
been sampling the sea on the west side of
Bonaire for the past several months have passed their
first test with flying colors (pardon the pun). Elabo-
rate and expensive instrumentation brought from the
University of California checked the calibration of
the units.
The Sea Monitor Foundation has released some
preliminary information on water temperature and
water clarity (graphs above near the Divi Fla-
mingo Resort). A somewhat technical discussion
follows but what it means is that, in addition to
being able to detect the by-products of contamina-
tion, the sensors provide the basic information
every diver coming to Bonaire wants to know:
How clear is the water and what's the temperature
for each dive site.
In a Rainbow Sensor array, temperature is re-
corded at three depths (5m(RED), 12m(GREEN),
20m(BLUE). The graph shows the average Daily
Temperature at each depth. The overall drop in
temperature between November and February is
The advantage of reading temperatures at three
depths is that an upwelling of colder water from
greater depth, rising to the surface, can be readily
seen. Many of the changes that divers experience
may be due to an upwelling. (NOTE: 260C =
78.80F, 290C = 84.20F, 310C = 87.80F)

K blue (Water Clarity Index)
The value K is an oceanographic term used
when describing water conditions. It is defined

as the attenuation (reduction) of light by water.
However, this project is the first time anybody has
used a rainbow sensor to calculate a K.
The Rainbow Sensor uses the light from the sun,
filtered into the blue bandwidth, to calculate a
K_blue value. The blue light from the sun is
measured at different depths. The decrease in blue
light between the sensors is used to calculate the
K blue value. The label 12-20M indicates these
readings were calculated using the sensors at 12m
and 20m. The value on the graph represents the
difference in the Light between 12M & 20M.
(note: The lower the number, the better the clar-
The Kblue is a good indicator of the clarity of
the water. The lower the K blue, the better the
water clarity. Therefore, everything
else being equal, a lower K value
probably means better visibility for the
diver. Generally speaking, the Kblue
values at Divi average about .05. The
variation in K-Blue at Divi is not un-
usual. As any diver knows, many
things, some very temporary in nature,
can affect visibility. O\0
In particular, diver visibility is 1\ -\
dependent on the overall ambient
light. Even with equal water clarity, C I
the visibility will increase when the
sun shines. Kblue, however, is inde-
pendent of the sun's condition.

PADI calculates visibility horizon-
tally in order to estimate how far away
one diver can be from his buddy. The
LMSP program measures visibility
vertically by observing which set of
sensors (5m, 12m, 20m) can be seen
from the surface. This measure is de-
pendent on ambient conditions.
Kblue, which eliminates the variable
of clouds, rain, waves, etc, is a more
accurate measure of the visibility a
diver might expect.
Comprehensive results have been
promised in coming months
0 Story &photo by Albert Bianculli

Money is needed to continue this pro-
ject. Donations accepted by Support
Bonaire (US tax deductible) or you are
invited to directly deposit your donation
to SEA MONITOR Foundation ac-
counts: Maduro & Curiel's Bank
(Bonaire) USD Account # 116.735.09
NA Account # 116.736.07

Just another empty lot slated for development? Actually this
parcel of land on Sagitario in Belnem was earmarked for a
park when suddenly it was denuded by bulldozers. Apparently its
designation was changed and sold to developers without any input
from citizens and neighbors who live nearby. Surely there are
plenty of other lots available for development so parks for children
do not have to be surrendered just so some people can make
money! The platground idea seems to have disappeared. 0
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111 lII's



Health is something
that nearly every-
one is concerned with.
Even governmental
groups are raising funds to
study the causes of health
problems like obesity
among our youth in Bon-
aire. The questions now
are what food we eat,
where we eat, how we eat
and how much we eat.

Most parents are con-
cerned about their fam-
ily's meals. If you agree
with me and those people
I interviewed for this sub-
ject, good health starts in
the kitchen. How much
time a week do you spend
in the kitchen, preparing
meals for yourself or your
A 71-year-old lady told
me, "I never worked, and
I didn't need to work ei-
ther. Only my husband
worked and I stayed home
to take care of my four
children when they were
small. I made sure to have
their three meals ready
every day. I got up early
to make their breakfast,


and after they left for
school I started with the
lunch preparation and it
was always ready by 12
noon. I like to cook and
I've always liked to cook
with natural seasonings
like tomato, garlic, onions
and green pepper, a little
bit of salt and tomato
paste. My children, al-
though they are grown ups
and some of them parents
themselves, still like my
food and when we have
family reunions I cook for
them. So cooking was
never a heavy task for
But others like you and
me are working people
and many are working
parents. How we do that?
Another woman (63), who
was a working mother of
seven children says, "You
need to put a little effort
and time into it. In the
past our ancestors man-
aged using a charcoal

stove or a kerosene stove
with a clay pot. But what-
ever they used their fami-
lies had their three meals a
day. I use to work fulltime
and now I'm retired. I
started cooking early in
the morning before I went
to work or the night be-
fore when preparing
something difficult to
cook like a good stew.
But if we compare these
days with the past things
are different. Today many
people like the very easy
way of feeding themselves
and family by buying
"take-out" every day, be-
cause they are too lazy to
cook. It costs more money
and it isn't necessarily
Not everybody cooks
the same. We need to un-
derstand the importance of
our home cooked food and
the health of our family.
That doesn't mean that we
can't go out as a family

for dinner or buy take-out
sometimes. We have to
remember what comes
first. Cooking is an impor-
tant task and needs good
planning and everybody
should help in preparing
the meal. It is not only the
mother or woman respon-
sible, but the whole family
as well, for the family's
Most people can't sit
together as a family for
lunch but at least they can
have something quick and
then have a formal dinner
in the evening when eve-
rybody is at home. These
days even some restaurant
food is becoming more
bland and unappetizing.
So try your own crea-
tions at home by preparing
fresh meals and use more
natural ingredients while
you are cooking. You are
contributing to your own
health and the health of
the ones you love. By

doing this you are minimiz-
ing the risk of all kinds of
sickness and diseases. Take
care of yourself and those
around you. 0
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R ecently, the crew of the Frasi-
mada, a 47 ft. catamaran built
by Nautitech, made a stop in the wa-
ters of Bonaire during their cruise
around the world. The trip will take a
total of three years, and they aren't
even halfway since they left Rome,
Italy, in the spring of 2007.

Captain and owner Massimo and
crew members, Salvatore and Roberto,
are participating in this cruise as born
and bred Italians in the official pro-
gram of the bicentennial celebrations
for Guiseppi Garibaldi. These world-
wide celebrations in honor of the Ital-
ian hero will last three years, until
2010, with many different activities.
After a brief history lesson I am begin-
ning to grasp their passion for this
Italian hero, sailor and commander.
Garibaldi was born in Nice (then
Nizza and still part of Italy) in 1807
and is known primarily as a man of the
sea and a lover of adventure. But he is
also honored and acknowledged as a
freedom fighter and revolutionist in
Brazil and Uruguay, France and Italy: a
socialist 200 years ago! Ultimately he
was instrumental in the unification of
Massimo, Salvatore, Roberto and
Silvio, who just came aboard recently,
are following "the spirit" of Garibaldi,
making the same journey as he did, in
the same spirit (honor the sea, honor
nature, honor the freedom of human
beings) but with another kind of boat
and with all the modem technical
equipment now available.
From Bonaire the Frasimada will
cross to the Galapagos within one month. The
crew stayed another month on Bonaire because
they are contributing to a scientific mission of
the SMOS (soil, moisture and ocean salinity),
helping to survey the geological condition of
the soil and how this is affected by a fresh wa-
ter river. The SMOS is an earth observation
organization (ESA), and the reports are col-
lected and processed in Florida.

From the Galapagos they'll cross the Pacific
to Polynesia in one stretch of 3,300 miles and
have to be there before the end of August
2009, which is the beginning of the hurricane
season. Then in October they'll sail to New
Zealand and Australia, crossing the Strait of
Torre, Bali, then Madagascar around October/
November. They should reach Capetown by
December 2009. But this isn't the end of their
journey because Garibaldi also sailed to South
America around 1840. The Frasimada will
cross the Atlantic Ocean a second time so
they'll be present at the celebrations in Argen-
tina, Uruguay and ultimately Sao Paulo, Bra-
zil, where their hero got married in the newly
independent Brazilian nation.

Massimo and Salvatore assure me that Gari-
baldi (who was a contemporary of Victor
Hugo and shared the same philosophy) was
far ahead of his times, opposing injustice and
slavery. Garibaldi, for them and many others
worldwide, is an inspirational example for a
way of life.

On July 4, 2010, the Frasimada and its
crew will be joining the closure of the Gari-
baldi celebrations in Nice, having fulfilled
their great dream. 0 Story & photos by
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onaire has long held the title of tidiest island in the Carib-
bean, but with a growing population and booming construc-
tion its "clean" distinction is threatened. Selibon, Bonaire's govern-
ment waste management company, with the backing of the Island
Council, is cracking down on individuals and businesses that are
spoiling Bonaire with their garbage.
Environmental police officers, Elvis Cicilia and Roland Laurens,
(above) have been active in patrolling construction sites, illegal
dump sites and issuing citations where needed.
Businesses must have enough garbage containers for the public to
deposit their garbage and it's the businesses' responsibility to make
sure that this also happens. Businesses must also make sure that the
containers are emptied on a regular basis. Furthermore, the garbage
25 meters around their business must also be picked up. Since
many businesses do not follow these rules, Selibon and Deza
(Public Works and Environment) have decided to tackle this prob-
lem with an action plan that consists of three steps: press releases, a
letter to the licensees to emphasize the importance of a clean envi-
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T ina Wilmans stands in
front of the house she
lived in which burned everything
she owned.
"I was at work at 7 am," Tina
says, when I hear on the break-
ing news that there's a fire in
Antriol. At first they give the
address and I say to my col-
league, 'I know those people.
How very sad for them.' Then
the announcer comes on again
and says he made a mistake and
that it's another number the
number of my house!" Every-
thing she owned was in that
house that she'd rented and lived
in for the last six years. "I was in
shock," she relates. "I didn't
really believe it was happening. I
wanted to go inside but the fire-
men wouldn't let me. They said
it was too dangerous and that the
roof could come down." Accord-
ing to the police and the fire de-
partment the fire started in the
electrical wires in the ceiling.
Because it was a very old Bo-
nairean house, there was no in-
surance on anything. "I had just
bought my bedroom furniture
and a refrigerator on
time payments," Wil-
mans says sadly. "Now
I still have to pay and
it's all burned up and
gone. "But," she adds,
"the really sad part is
that all my photograph
albums are gone pic-
tures of my mother
from the time she was a
child and my father
and my family. I can
never replace that."
A colleague, Robert
Statie, was renting one
of the rooms of the
house for his office.
He's head of Wowo di
Bario, which fights
crime in the neighbor-
hoods. All his records,
files, computers and

Electrical wiring was
thought to be the fire's cause

printers got burned up in the fire.
"I had NAf 60.000 worth of
equipment in that office," he
says, "and now it's all gone."
Now Tina needs a place to live
and money to help her get started
again, for food, clothes and
things for a household. She's
staying temporarily with an eld-
erly couple but they cannot ac-
commodate her for much longer.
As an emergency case, Tina has
applied at Fundashon Cas Bo-
naireano for a house, but she
hasn't heard anything from them
If you can help with any finan-
cial aid, no matter how small, it
would be much appreciated. Her
MCB-Bonaire account is
1008101-07 in her name, Alber-
tina Wilmans. U L.D.

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aire part-time
resident, Co de
Koning, his
wife Hanne -
Vibeke, jour-
nalist Boi An-
toin and dedi-
cated spon-
sors, Antillean children can now
enjoy the adventures of Tintin
(Kuifje in Dutch) in their native
Papiamentu language. Early this
month the deKonings presented
the first copies of the book to
Bonaire's Governor and the Ex-
ecutive Council. Other books will
be distributed, free, to Bonairean The presentation to the Govern
and Curagao elementary school of the Executive Office. Tr
Co deKoning is fanatic for the
adventures of Kuifje, as a young-
ster growing up in Belgium and
Holland. Recognizing the enter-
tainment and cultural values of
the "comic strip" he reasoned
that Antilleans would appreciate
it too. Following a two-year
campaign to get Papiamentu pub-
lishing rights, 10,000 copies were
printed. However, you can't buy
them in any bookstore. The print
run is totally non-commercial.
The Adventures of Tintin is a
series of Belgian comic books
created by Belgian artist Herge,
the pen name of Georges Remi
(1907-1983). The series first Will our government officials
appeared in French in a chil- back to

traveller. He is
aided in his ad-
ventures from
the beginning by
his faithful dog
I Snowy. Later,
popular addi-
tions to the cast
included Captain
Haddock and
other colorful
characters. The
series was also
adapted for both
film and theatre.
The series is one
of the most
popular Euro-
pean comics of
the 20th century,
with translations
published in
over 50 lan-
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A jovial Co deKoning hands over the first copy guq
Iren's supplement in a Belgian date.
newspaper in January 1929. Set The comic strip
n a painstakingly researched series has long been
vorld closely mirroring our own, admired for its
The Adventures of Tintin pre- clean, expressive
ents a number of characters in and engaging, well-
listinctive settings. The series researched plots
ias continued as a favorite of straddling a variety
eaders and critics alike for over of genres:
'0 years. swashbuckling ad-
The hero of the series is Tintin, ventures with ele-
Syoung Belgian reporter and ments of fantasy;

S200 million
ies sold to


or and Executive Council in front
anslator Bbi Antoin at right

Stop reading the comics and get

mysteries; political thrillers; and
science fiction. The stories within
the Tintin series always feature
slapstick humor, offset in later
albums by sophisticated satire
and political/cultural commen-
tary. The Papiamentu language
edition, translated by Boi An-
toin, "The Sunflower Affair" ('E
Asuntu di Florisol') is no excep-
tion and is beautifully printed on
fine paper with glossy covers,
more like an album than a comic
book. Other Tintin titles are be-
ing considered for publication as
Sponsors for the project are:
Bonaire Air Services, Bonaire-
Law/CuragaoLaw, Bonaire Hold-
ing Mij, KLM, Genootschap de
Klos, Maduro Holding, Capt.
Don's Habitat, Notaris Maarten
Maartense, Playa Trading, Ro-
cargo, SNS REAAL Fonds and
the Association of the Friends of
Bonaire. U G.D.

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Bonaire Reporter March 24-April 6, 2008

Page 13

Did You


That because of
its flattened and
camouflaged body, the
Peacock Flounder V
(Bothus mancus) is
able to quickly dive
under the sand and
seemingly disappear to
avoid predators or to
sneak attack some
unsuspecting prey?
The Peacock flounder Peacock flounder chilling on the sea floor. Its eyes are the
is born with an eye on two lumps sticking up on its left side.
each side of its head
but during development one eye migrates to the other side until both eyes are situated
next to each other. Since the rest of the flounder's features remain unchanged, it is
still able to swim upright as well as on its side, though it may look a little crooked.
The flounder's eyes are able to move independently of each other, which allows it to
look in opposite directions simultaneously! Having both eyes on the same side of the
head enables the flounder to utilize its camouflage ability. One eye is able to recog-
nize the surroundings around it in great detail; this allows the flounder to change
color and pattern to exactly match the nearby environment and quickly blend into the
sea floor. If that one eye happens to be covered by
sand, the flounder can't see its surroundings and is ;
unable to camouflage itself. The flounder's flat ..
body allows it to mold to the various contours of
the sandy bottom without showing a fin; only the
flounder's eyes stick up and although you may not
be able to spot those tiny black dots it has surely
spotted you! U Christine San Antonio

My name is Christine San Antonio and I a
junior at the University of Vermont and here
ing Tropical Marine Biology and Conservat
CIEE Research Station Bonaire. Living in ti
tropical wonders ofBonaire has been a star
trast to the howling blizzards of the northea,
has allowed me to see some amazing marine
my time here. Being a Biology major, I am j
ate about science and the environment and
to one day make a career doing field research
marine or terrestrial ecosystem conservation

(Stitchting Project Continued from page 5)
considerable and more is needed to add a
garden as an extra attraction for the guests.
Unfortunately Abraham Boulevard right
now is almost inaccessible by car because
of road construction, but there is plenty of
parking nearby. From the Divi Flamingo
and other nearby hotels you can easily reach
it by walking. De Bonairiaan needs guests
in order to keep the teens motivated and of
course they want to feel useful.
Smit emphasizes that the Project works

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as a preventative. Kids who used to drop out
of school and often survived on crime are
now able to make choices: either to return
to school after extra guidance and training
or find the job that really suits them.
Wouldn't it be wise for the community to
help them financially? Bonaire and the
teens deserve a safe and crime free environ-
For more info: www. Stichtingproiect.com
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Bonaire Reporter March 21-April 6, 2008

At the Dive Inn Bonaire we offer a full range of personalized div-
ing and snorkelling services tailored to meet your individual needs
including complimentary daily tank drop-off and pick-up service to
your front door. We are conveniently located on the ocean at Kaya
C.E.B. Hellmund 27, Kralendijk (right in front of the cruise ship
pier). Please feel free to contact us or visit or website for more infor-
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Say NO to Gloves

Smiling glove-wearer at Andrea 1

Hendrik Wuyts of Scuba Vision
Films, sent us these photos and
writes, "I went diving yesterday and today.
Yesterday I encountered one group wear-
ing gloves and today two groups wearing
gloves when diving." As readers should
know diving barehanded is mandated in
Bonaire because it discourages divers from
touching-and damaging- the coral. It is
punishable by a fine and confiscation of
dive gear.
"Scuba Vision Films is concerned about
the economic growth of Bonaire. For to-
day's divers it seems normal to bend the
rules (see un-posed pictures at right). They
should be ashamed to be seen wearing
gloves! But not only wearing gloves what
about harassing a seahorse? Go to
www.voutube.com/scubavisionfilms and
select The Economic Value ofa Seahorse."
Bonaire, known for its outstanding na-
ture and marine protection is becoming
stressed by economic growth that is sup-
ported by the Government and some peo-
Serious scuba divers are a group of peo-
ple who are well aware of how develop-
ment impacts the environment but often
act irresponsibly. "If nobody sees me it
will be OK." Bonaire must raise awareness
of protection and needs to monitor more
closely tourists and their behavior.
"The diving freedom that gives Bonaire
its name, "Divers Paradise," has and will
continue to have a negative impact on the
reef. In this short Youtube film Maria
Uyarra, a marine biologist, explains how
sensitive the balance is between protecting
the reef and the survival on an island with
a precarious economic situation." 0
Story and photo by Hendrik Wutys

"a" Coral Glimses

The little coral head in the foreground has very
recently been munched by a parrotfish. The coral
head behind it has a dead spot that's older -- we know
that by the algae growing
there -- but not a lot older,
because the live coral hasn't
grown significantly. 0 Story
& photo by Dee Scarr
Dee offers close contact
for all Bonaire divers.
Call 717-8529 or go to
www. touchthesea.com.

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Balashi Beach Bar Open every day On the beach
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
Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 Dine;" Wed. -"Live Cooking by the Chefs;" Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Dinner Monday Saturday, 6 to 10 pm Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar B kft nrate DinnrBiggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open 7 days from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28,50 or $16.
717-8285pn dys
Casablanca Argentinean Restaurant Moderate Indulge your whim-beef seafood, chicken, vegetarian
One block south of the Post Office Lunch Tues-Sat-11:30-2:30 Mondays-All you can eat and special slide shows starting at 6 pm
717-4433 Dinner 7 nights- starting at 6 pm Great value anytime.
Hilltop Restaurant Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -in Bonaire's hill country
At the Caribbean Club Bonaire-on the scenic Rincon Road Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Frequent Dinner Specials
717-7901 Happy hours 5 to 6 daily, to 7 on Tuesday BBQ night.
Pasa Bon Pizza L -Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debrot f L ow ednesdra Snd finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111Open rom 5- pm Wednesday-SundayCall ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights a
day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec-
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV,
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store
financing too.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
At last, a real book and toy store on Bonaire, Addos,
in downtown Kralendijk sell books in three languages and
has a variety of quality toys.
Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable signal
on the island. And their personnel are trained and friendly.
Check out their unlimited calling plan.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Inn-For your diving with a personal touch. Located
in town at Chacha cha Beach. Drop ins and cruise ship
passengers welcome
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
and at Eden Beach.

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
Interiyours- New name, same owner and location. Has
lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, antiques,
crafts and accessories from mainland China and Indonesia.
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now
in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.
Bonfysiotherapie helps when you need physiotherapy for
any reason. It's professionals treat you with the most mod-
em equipment and techniques. Phone 717-7030/7850 Fax
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services Full digital services.
Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Photo classes, cam-
era rental, digital processing, all state of the art!
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property man-
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experienced
real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer
service, top notch properties and home owners insurance.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real es-
tate-Intemational/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them to sell fast.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop
in and see them.

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in
Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new management.
Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more.
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their services?
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
air conditioned market with the, largest selection and low-
est prices on the island.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now try
the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the
world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Shop at
Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday 9 am-12 noon.
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Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.

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

The leading consumer and business in-
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Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
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Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
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Private yoga classes,
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or 700-9422.

CLASSES in silversmithing, stone-
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Services : check out, deep
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'96 Nissan 4 DR wagon, 110,000
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Spacious House near sea/
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WANTED: Hair Affair is looking
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aturday, March 29, at 6:30 amjoin
the riders for a bike ride from the
stadium to Lac and back to benefit Bon-
aire's Puppet Theater ( JePoBon -
Jeugdtheater en Poppenspel Bonaire). It's
for riders from eight years old through
adults. Meet at the stadium in Kralendijk.
There will be five stops for water/juice
along the way, The route from the sta-
dium follows: Kaya Betico Croes, Niki-
boko Suit, Kaminda Lac, Kaya Ing. Van

Eps, Kaya Internashonal, Aeropuerto and
back to the Stadium. Make sure your bi-
cycle is in good repair.
The donation requested is NAf. 17,50
for adults and NAf. 15,00 for children.
Groups of 30 persons or more get NAf
2,50 discount. The cost covers a T-shirt,
juice and water. Get the shirts at the of-
fice of SKAL and from Lula Hart, Kaya
Nikiboko Suit 127, tel. 717- 2666.E
JePoBon story & photo

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No High Rise
The undersigned, residents and
owners of the residential area
called Punt Vierkant, in Belnem,
address you once again with a
petition regarding the serious
threat to the quality of the area.
To the Island Council:
With great appreciation we
have taken account of your
"voorbereidingsbesluit" of March
7th that was announced on March
10th, in which Punt Vierkant is
designated as residential area in
which only one or two story
buildings (with a maximum
height of 8 meters) will be al-
lowed. Also we have noted that
no apartment buildings will be
allowed anymore in our area.

However, on February 21st,
shortly before the date the
"voorbereidingsbesluit" was pub-
lished, Dutch project developer
E.G.Vastgoed B.V. filed a very
incomplete permit application for
a massive 12-apartment complex
on the lot of Punt Vierkant 20/22,
a project that is in flagrant con-
flict with the basic concept of the
"voorbereidingsbesluit" with
respect to the Punt Vierkant resi-
dential area.

In the light of this remarkable
situation, we urge you to refrain
from granting a permit to E.G.
Vastgoed B.V. We consider it
inconceivable that a last-minute
permit would be granted for a
project which is completely out

of line with your permit policy
and that would irreversibly and
permanently destroy the living
environment for the present and
future residents of Punt Vierkant.
Signed by 34 residents of the
neighborhood, Bonaire, March

Praise For The Reporter
Dear Editor: Not only is The
Reporter created using renewable
resources but now it's all color!?
You are pioneers in environ-
mental journalism! That's awe-
Matt Sellars

Keep It Paradise
Dear Editor:
We have just finished our
fourth visit to Bonaire, so the
comments on your home page
reflect our feelings about Bon-
aire: being a diver's paradise,
best kept secret, unhurried. So
then, why is it being encouraged
to change?
Why will there be cruise ships
in port every day next year?
The Town Pier dive is consis-
tently listed among the top 10
dives in the world. We were for-
tunate enough to have dived it
this week, but we have friends
who tried every day a few
months ago only to be turned
away because of cruise ships. We
were also the third group of close
to 40 divers that night because
diving is only allowed a couple
of nights a week, so the demand
is extremely high. By the time we

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got in, most everything had been
scared away due to the number of
divers in that night. This puts
incredible stress on the varied life
and beautiful coral of the reef.
What will the increase in ship
activity do to the reef, which has
been carefully protected for
When serious divers go in your
waters, they are very conscious
of protecting the reef and its in-
habitants. However, when recrea-
tional divers who get in one or
two dives a year off a cruise ship
hit the water, they also hit the
reef and harass the marine life
because it is both their one
chance to get close and they have
not developed the respect of seri-
ous divers and the marine conser-
vation they strive to maintain to
protect it for future trips and gen-
Bonaire has put in such an ef-
fort to protect its reefs, by closing
over-used dive sites, protecting
areas, and overall conservation.
Please control this paradise for
our children who are also serious
divers and our grandchildren
whom we plan to introduce to
this sport. We hope to continue
traveling to Bonaire, one of the
Caribbean's best dive destina-
tions, for many years to come.
Our travel dollars can be spent
elsewhere, same as the other 30%
return visitors your website
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SGB Needs Our Help

This week I
had occasion
to be at SGB.
I've read the
pleas of two
mothers of
SGB students
who wrote
letters to the
editor of The
Bonaire Re-
porter detailing some of the defi-
ciencies of the school and appeal-
ing for help. I share their desire
to help our school.
While I do not have any of my
own children in school on Bon-
aire, I can think of no project
more worthy of attention than the
health, welfare, and education of
our youth. SGB is of central im-
portance to them, their future,
and therefore to the future of
Bonaire itself. We must fix it.
Fixing SGB is not solely a
function of building and grounds
clean-up, repair, and beautifica-
tion (although all of these are
desperately needed); it is also not
solely a matter of functioning
toilets, sinks, and convenient
access to drinking water
(absolute necessities); nor is it
solely a function of adequate
books, computers, and teachers
(although all seem mandatory to
me). It is all of these things, but
perhaps even more it is the resto-
ration of a spirit, of pride, of em-
powerment, of a sense of possi-

So who will fix SGB, and how
will they do it?
I learned that all relevant par-
ties within the school leadership
and the government have been
formally contacted to address the

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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
3-21 0:50 1.5FT. 7:22 1.2FT. 12:56 1.4FT. 18:38 1.2FT. 86
3-22 1:26 1.6FT. 9:16 1.1FT. 13:57 1.3FT. 17:47 1.2FT. 86
3-23 2:07 1.6FT. 11:17 1.1FT. 83
3-24 2:54 1.7FT. 12:50 1.0FT. 78
3-25 3:44 1.7FT. 13:59 0.9FT. 71
3-26 4:31 1.8FT. 14:38 0.9FT. 63
3-27 5:26 1.8FT. 15:17 0.8FT. 55
3-28 6:10 1.8FT. 15:50 0.8FT. 46
3-29 6:58 1.8FT. 16:15 0.8FT. 39
3-30 7:43 1.8FT. 16:38 0.8FT. 35
3-31 8:23 1.8FT. 17:00 0.9FT. 36
4-01 1:05 1.2FT. 9:13 1.8FT. 17:14 0.9FT. 23:10 1.3FT. 43
4-02 2:58 1.2FT. 9:56 1.7FT. 17:17 1.0FT. 22:56 1.4FT. 55
4-03 4:23 1.2FT. 10:43 1.6FT. 17:14 1.1FT. 23:08 1.5FT. 67
4-04 5:47 1.1FT. 11:41 1.5FT. 17:06 1.1FT. 23:36 1.6FT. 80

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problems at SGB and all parties
have responded with concern and
promises for action, but no ac-
tions have been forthcoming.
So this leaves us with two
choices: 1) Continue to complain
and direct anger at those who
probably do, in fact, deserve it;
or, 2) Work together to develop
plans to fix the problems.
It has been said that "it is better
to light one candle, than to curse
the darkness," so in that spirit I
have some ideas. I'm sure you do
also. I have to believe that be-
tween SGB parents, teacher, stu-
dents, and caring people within
the community, there must be
enough vision and people-power
to fix SGB. I think we must be-
gin by finding each other. Per-
haps those of you who do care
can contact The Bonaire Re-
porter or the
with a brief note or simply a
statement like, "I'd like to help
fix SGB (even if you think have
no ideas on how to help), along
with your email address and/or
phone number. If you do not
wish your name and/or number in
the paper, ask the paper to list
you as anonymous. Let's come
together and light some candles!
Laraine Abbey-Katzev


March 14-24- Medium Jan
Arnold Francken on Bonaire.
Call 786-3341 for more informa-
tion or on the internet:
www.spirituelecoaching.nl or

Thursday, March 20 Vernal

Thursday March 20- "A Re-
port on the Status of the Coral
Reefs of Bonaire in 2007" Dr.
Bob Steneck will present the final
report in Captain Don's Habitat
conference room at 7 pm.

Friday, March 21 Good Fri-
day, banks and most stores

Friday, March 21 Full Moon

Sunday, March 23 Easter

Monday, March 24 Easter
Monday. Banks and most stores
March 25- Tuesday at 7:30pm
Free Lecture: Dolphin Societies -
Discoveries and Puzzles at the
CIEE Research Station Bonaire,
Kaya Gobemador Debrot #21 on
the main road between Kralendijk
and Harbour Village Marina, by
Daniela Maldini, PhD, marine
mammal specialist.

March 29, Saturday- at 6:30 am
Bike Ride from the stadium to Lac
to benefit Bonaire Puppet Theatre.
(see page 18)

Sunday, March 30 Special
Olympics Walkathon (see page 4

Sunday, March 30 Mountain
Bike tour Washington Park, 8

Sunday, April 6 -2008 BWC
Half Marathon, 14K and 7K Fur
Run Start at Eden Beach 7 am.
Contact De Freeweiler bike shop
or Bonaire Wellness Center

Sunday, April 6 30th Annual
Kontest di Fli In the field behind
Kooyman's. All day from 9 am.
Sign up at the Flamingo Book
Store on Kaya Grandi. Entry fee is
NAf 3,50 for children; NAf 7,50
for adults/ (for more information
read Flotsam & Jetsam on page x)

Sunday, April 20 Rotorally
sponsored by the Rotary Club. Pre
sale tickets from all Rotary mem-
bers or at info@rotarybonaire.org

Sunday, April 30 Rincon Day
- Biggest party on Bonaire

Arts and Crafts Markets at
Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship
Days, 10 am 2 pm

Cruise Ship Schedules
Subject to Change

Tues., Mar. 25 2 Ships -Sea
Princess, Veendam
Wed., Mar. 26 Summit
Tues., Apr. 1 Queen Mary 2
Wed., Apr. 2- Crown Princess
Sun., Apr. 6 -2 Ships -Aidavita, Han
Tues. Apr. 8-Emerald Princess
Wed., Apr. 9 Sea Princess
Sun., April 13-AidaAura
Wed., Apr. 16- Crown Princess

The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is now open
to the public. Four-course dinners with
welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seat-
ing begins at 6 pm. Lunches on
Wednesday & Thursdays. Call 717-
8120, ask for Chez Nous or email:
HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and blackjack, 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 play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6-10pm
* 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.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5-10 pm.
* "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
* 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

* "Live Cooking by the Chefs"
with live music by the Flamingo
Rockers Unplugged Buddy Dive
Resort, 6-10 pm
* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant,
Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks,
gratis tapas, 5-7
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9
-10:30 am, run by teens in training.
Only on Thursdays and Fridays. Cof-
fee, tea, homemade baked goods.
Stichting Project. Kaya J.A. Abra-

* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9
-10:30 am, run by teens in training.
Only on Thursdays and Fridays. Cof-
fee, tea, homemade baked goods.
Stichting Project. Kaya J.A. Abra-
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am,
Buddy Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
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 Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
6:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, fol-
lowed by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7
pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's
Habitat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of Bonaire Dive &
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,786-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm.

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and fumished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thru Fri-
day, 9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.

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Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017

AA meetings every Wednesday at
7:00 PM-every Sunday at 5:00 PM.
786-4651, 788-1369 or786-7699.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
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 Old Inn (across the street from
Plaza) All levels, NAJ2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 or be there by 7:15.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm '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.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am.
Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire: Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday
Prayer Meeting at 7 pm in English. Tel.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays 8:30 11:30am. In Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk 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 Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter~bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518 or 790-8988

Bonaire Reporter March 21-April 6, 2008



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him as the major constellation for early evening viewers.
Now most of you know that Orion the Hunter is winter's most famous star pat-
tern. Indeed if you go outside in early evening in December Orion is climbing up
the eastern skies as a celestial announcement of the imminent arrival of winter.
And in January and February Orion reaches his highest point in the Sky Park in
early evening, almost bragging that he is master of the season. But then things
begin to change because all through March Orion slowly relinquishes his high
flying position in early evening, and by the beginning of April is tipped over on
his side in the southwest, almost hanging on to the sky for dear life. And it is this
position of Orion in the southwest heavens in early evening that always tells us
that winter is coming to an end.
And although I am always sad to see Orion's bright stars go, nevertheless a
much bigger, although less bright, constellation takes his place almost overhead in
early evening. It's Leo the Lion, roaring that he is master now and that he and he
alone will dominate spring's skies. In fact if you go out any night in late March or
April in early evening you will see Leo casually reclining almost overhead just as
the ancient Egyptians depicted him in a regal sphinx-like position, very self as-
sured that winter and Orion will soon be history. His head and forequarters are
indicated by a backward question mark with the bright blue-white star Regulus
marking his heart. His rear is marked by a triangle of stars and it is here that we
find Leo's second brightest star Denebola.
Now in ancient times lions were often associated with royalty. In fact Leo's
brightest star, Regulus, means "the little king." But little it is not. Some latest
measurements indicate that it is more than four and a half times the diameter of
our almost one-million-mile-wide Sun. But because it is a much hotter star it is
140 times brighter! And because it is a whopping 80 light years away, when we
look at Regulus this spring we see the light that left it 80 years ago. And although
Denebola is twice as close, only 40 light years away, and half as big as Regulus, it
is much cooler than Regulus, only 14 times brighter than our Sun, which is why it
appears dimmer than Regulus. Even so if we moved either Denebola or Regulus
as close to Earth as our Sun is we'd all be crispy critters.
So welcome in springtime the cosmic way. Simply go outside in early evening
any night in late March and April, look toward the southwest and you'll see Orion
on his way out and then look almost overhead and you'll see Leo the Lion, the
king of spring. 0 Jack Horkheimer

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For April 2008

Aries Your personal influence and charm skyrocket this month, dear Aries. It's a great
time to ask for exactly what you want! Benefits from doing behind-the-scenes work arrive
this month, and past efforts are rewarded. Travel, promotion, or publishing could figure in
your career and benefit you. You have more faith in your profession and the direction in
which you are headed. Support from family is forthcoming. A friendly connection can be
made with someone who lives far away. The last week of April brings an intimate revela-
tion and expansive love feelings.
Taurus At first, April is a time for rest, relaxation, and introspection, dear Taurus. You
come out of your shell towards the end of the month, however. Happiness and fulfillment
through the expansion of your mind, widening your social circle, travel, or connections to
people of a different cultural background than you are indicated this month. Your idealistic
nature is stimulated in April.
Gemini Business should subtly improve this month, and you are likely to be backed by
superiors, dear Gemini. Romantic opportunities abound, or your focus on one partner be-
comes more expansive, warm, and intimate. Sharing your thoughts with others is a prime
interest. Long-term goals towards happiness are spotlighted.
Cancer Career matters are strong for you this month, dear Cancer. Work requires more
communication than usual and you speak with more authority. Your ideas may come into
public view. Dealing with others' money or promoting others' talents and resources could
figure now. You can negotiate more successfully than ever. Assertiveness and physical
vitality are highlighted in April. Financial benefits could come through partnerships.
Leo An adventurous month is in store. Although your work is important this month, you
find ways to break the routine. Nevertheless, you derive more enjoyment from your job
this month, dear Leo. Wonderful opportunities come your way on the 20-21, when you
receive a bonus or promotion, or other support that boosts your feeling of security.
Virgo You are in a good position this month to enliven romance in an existing partner-
ship, or to strengthen ties with a romantic partner, dear Virgo. Investments in stocks and
other speculative matters could earn nice profits, although care should be exercised. You
may find great joy and reward in your creative projects and hobbies, and could discover a
new creative talent you never knew you had. Social engagements abound in April.
Libra The ball is in someone else's court for the most part this month, dear Libra. Flat-
tery will get you everywhere in April, as opposed to forcing your agenda on others, which
can surely backfire. Just use it wisely! However, professionally you are feeling independ-
ent and ambitious. Working from home could figure in April. You are especially willing
to compromise, negotiate, and make peace. Physical energy may be on the low side.
Scorpio Your focus in April, dear Scorpio, is routine work, acquiring new skills, and
health. Romantic and social activities revolve around your working environment. You en-
joy increased communications with children and lovers this month. The role of teacher
could figure in April. Emotionality around the Full Moon on the 20th is par for the course.
SThis is a good time to take a course and to grab the attention of an audience.
Sagittarius The first few weeks of April are all about having a good time, dear Sagitta-
rius. It's time to enjoy yourself! Do watch for overspending, however, as you are espe-
cially attracted to speculative ventures just now. You could enjoy material benefits coming
from real estate or family. A major purchase or sale is very possible. Love matters tend to
be laced with a touch of drama, and romantic inclinations run high.
Capricorn More involvement with your immediate environment, community, and
neighborhood figure this month, dear Capricorn. You tend to be sentimental or nostalgic
now. If things are out of whack on the home front, you will do whatever you can to create
a peaceful and stable atmosphere. From the 20th, friendships and casual connections come
into focus and offer much enjoyment.
Aquarius You are likely to discover resources that you never knew you had this month,
dear Aquarius. Help seems to be there when you need it, quite magically. Imaginative un-
dertakings could boost your income in April. You are especially good at mediating con-
flicts now. Smoothing over differences using your diplomacy skills figures. A career reve-
lation is likely to occur around the time of the Full Moon on the 20th. Good news arrives
on the 21-22, and a romantic opportunity arises on the 27th.
Pisces Financial security and enjoyment of the good things in life are important to you
this month, dear Pisces. The 12-14 bring opportunities to shine for what you do best. Your
confidence with love matters is strong, but you could be moving a little too fast! 0

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Sustainable Tourism = Knowledgeable Choices

No one visiting our Carib-
bean Sea wants to be
known as "Bozo Tourist," the
one who knows very little about
the ecology of the coral reefs
and its amazing creature popula-
tions. That type of tourist has
more negative impact on our
local ecosystems than almost
any other factor, mainly because
it is driven by economics, which
has a bad reputation as a guard-
ian of our dealings with our
planet. Fish species that we eat
in our favorite Caribbean restau-
rants have a lot to do with the
populations of fish on our local
coral reefs, and only through
education can the visiting tourist
learn to lessen his impact on
local fish resources.

Put the Bozo Tourist and eco-
nomics together and catastrophe
is not far behind. Let me explain.
On the Yorktown Clipper, a
small, 110-passenger explorer-
type cruise ship, we visited St
Vincent and the Grenadines. On
one particular island, Bequia, I
noted the many fish traps, each
marked on the surface by empty
Clorox bottles. Local fishermen
owned particular traps and their
duties included emptying them
periodically of the catch of fish
and selling it to the local restau-
rants, as well as re-baiting the
traps when needed. They usually
used animal hides as a long-
lasting bait in the traps. But be-
cause of this, algae built up in
great masses inside the traps and
the surrounding populations of
algae-eating species were par-
ticularly vulnerable to getting
caught, such as members of the
Surgeonfish, Parrotfish, Damsel-
fish families, which naturally eat
algae. I could easily compare the
diversity of fish on this island
with other Caribbean islands that
we visited. In summary, the reefs
were in awful shape, and obvi-
ous overpopulation of algae was
having crucial negative effects.
The water clarity was awful; the
green color of healthy coral was
replaced by the browns of dead
coral that had been overtaken by

an abundance of
Fish traps on this
island were legal,
and that was 15
years ago. I wonder
if it is still legal.
The problem with
the Bozo Tourist is
that on the menus in
the restaurants, fish
are mislabeled as
"greenfish" or
"bluefish" rather
than Stoplight
parrotfish or Blue
tang. Asking your
waiter will not im-
prove your educa-
tion on locally
available fish that
occur on menus.
They would not
know exactly what
the fish species was except it is
very good tasting. This meant
that the gullible tourist would
initially try an item on the menu,
and find it delicious, making it
easier next time when a choice
had to be made. The Bozo Tour-
ist is hooked, if you can pardon
the pun. The tourist pushes the
market for fish served in the
restaurants and this keeps the
fishermen happy as well as the
local economy, yet I questioned
whether the reefs were happy? I
do know that the algae bloom
showed that the algae were quite
happy with this arrangement.
After that summer in 1994 as a
naturalist on board the Yorktown
Clipper, I visited Bonaire as part
of our scheduled itinerary. It was
at the end of my contract with
the cruise ship. Perhaps because
of the obvious good reef quality
that I saw here compared with
the other islands that we had
visited that I decided to move
So what fish do I order in my
favorite Bonaire restaurants? I
obviously will only order fish
species that I am 100% positive
is from a sustainable population.
I will not visit a restaurant in
which I do not know and trust
the waiter, because I'm going to
ask him questions about the

Please don't order me!

"Catch of the Day." I will not
ever eat "grouper" even if it is
the only species of fish on the
menu that particular day, be-
cause there is a good chance that
some fisherman has spear-
fished, or snorkel-fished a local
shallow water Tiger Grouper or
one of the other larger grouper
species that we see and census
when we do fish surveys for the
organization REEF.
f the economic conditions
force fishermen to fish illegally,
then they go after the largest
fish. The fishermen do not know
it but they are targeting the larg-
est fish of the groupers which
invariably are males. When
grouper spawning full moons
come around during the winter
months, there is a preponderance
of smaller, females and not
enough males for sustainable
populations. The illegal fishing
can take place at night and no
one is the wiser, except the fish
surveyor. If we use the data that
we fish surveyors have been
contributing to REEF for the
past 15 years, and if we look at
the survey results of the Expert
fish surveyor, you will notice
that the sighting frequency of
Tiger Grouper has steadily gone
I have chosen three time peri-

Alan and Joan Zale of Hartsdale, NY, were honored by the
Tourism Corporation Bonaire on Friday February 22. Ro-
nella S. Croes, TCB Director, presented the Zales with bronze
ambassador medals, a piece of local art work, and a CD of local
folk songs along with a Certificate of Recognition. The Zales,
who have been coming to Bonaire since 1995, were honored for
all the work they do in helping to promote the island including
voluntarily mailing maps and restaurant guides to people who
request them. They also have put together a Bonaire Suggestion
Tip Sheet that they e-mail to whomever asks for it. Ms. Croes is
holding a copy of a page from The New York Times travel section
that featured one of Alan's photos from Bari Reef in Bonaire. 0

ods. The first surveys, in which
the Tiger Grouper was listed as
the 37" most common fish on
Bonaire, were from 1993 to
1998. The second time period,
when the Tiger Grouper slipped
from 37" overall to 58th place,
was from 1998 to 2003; and the
third time period, from 2003 to
2008, and you see that Tiger
Grouper has now dropped to 84th
Something is going on here.
We are losing our Tiger Grou-
pers and illegal fishing by spear-
gun, or the legal method (but not
sustainable) of snorkel-fishing
may be one reason. And it may
be driven by not being choosy
enough when ordering fish from
our local restaurants.
If I were to go to Ramon
DeLeon, the Bonaire Marine
Park Manager, as a concerned
diver and tell him that I think
that the number of Tiger Grou-
pers is much lower now than

when I first started diving on
Bonaire 15 years ago, the wiz-
ened and knowledgeable Ramon
would be courteous and thank
me but wouldn't put too much
faith in my remark because it is
"subjective data." However, if I
approach Ramon with data that I
have just explained, he would
take immediate notice, because
such data is Objective Data, and
based on scientific protocol. 0
Jerry Ligon
Ligon is the Naturalist at
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Win for the Olympics

day, March 10,
Maduro &
Curiel's Bank
(Bonaire) pre- Fiedly BankI
sented the
project, Visa
Olympiada di
in Bonaire.
The Olympics
of the Imagi-
nation (VOI)
art competi-
tion is for the
Dutch Carib-
bean based on
two dimen-
sional drawings drawn by hand or computer, with an Olympic
theme. The poster below offers more details.
Visit www.mcbbonaire.com or call Gilda Beukenboom-Sintjago
at 715-5546 for more information. U MCBPress release

Mary Ann Koops is off this week taking her
VWO-5 students to Holland for an orientation session.

M any
the develop-
ments appear-
ing on-island
are located on
or near the
coastline, but
this time ex-
"what's com-
ing our way"
we head a
little inland
for Tera Cora.
Here, on Kaya
off Kaya In-
"Regatta Resi-
dence" is be-
ing developed.
So, is the Bonaire Regatta Or-
ganization building some kind of
an Olympic village for its par-
ticipants? Wouldn't think so.
The name for this project derives
from the passion that the two
initiators have shared for the
Bonaire Regatta for some 25
One of them is the Venezuelan
Thomas Pollene, to whom the
2006 edition of the Bonaire Re-
gatta was actually dedicated.
Besides participating for many
years he promoted the event
among friends and yachtsmen
and women in every regatta he
visited or sailed in. Fellow-
participants may remember him
sailing the Volare the last couple
of years. The other partner,
Curaqao-born Jos Schoonen, has
the same great sailing passion,
and could be found aboard the
Casse Ttte, both of them sailing
in racing class 1.
Some eight years ago they ob-
tained ownership of the 23,000
m2 piece of land. Plans for what
to do there were shaped and re-
shaped and the project initiated
and re-initiated, but the name
Regatta Residence was there
from the very beginning. The
initial project consisted of a
community with bungalows and
pool, but during the process the
initiators felt that Bonaire was
also in need of apartments.
Therefore a number of bunga-
lows was replaced with apart-
ments and a second pool was
added. Just about a year and a
half ago the actual construction
The whole complex will even-
tually consist of 33 bungalows
and 44 apartments and 2 swim-
ming pools. Apart from the first
pool, so far 10 bungalows have
been finished, of which six have
been sold and another three are
'in option.' Buyers are from Hol-
land except for one American. It
will take another two to three

The colorful homes at Regatta Residence

years to finish the entire project; partner produces and sells. We
it's clear that the initiators don't are told this is, apart from wood-
want to rush things. constructions, the fastest grow-
The place is a gated commu- ing construction system in the

Concrete filled foam blocks make the walls

nity wishing to provide the own-
ers with an actual sense of safety
and security. Even when being
absent for a period of time, an
owner can just close the door
without having to worry about
his property. As a result and
this happens more often with
gated communities- outside wall
and fencing of the complex do
not look all too inviting. How-
ever, we are told that there is an
important advantage to it: the
individual homes do not need
any fencing.
Full ownership of each individ-
ual bungalow or apartment will
be passed on to its respective
buyer and all remaining areas
(pools, community gardens,
roads) will be owned and main-
tained by the owner's associa-
tion. This legal construction al-
lows the Residence community
to restrict entry into the property.
Simply said: not everyone is
Building is not done the tradi-
tional way using concrete blocks
(blokkies to locals), but with
Insulated Concrete Systems, a
product that the Venezuelan

US at this time. Special hollow
foam blocks are simply mounted
up, reinforced and filled with
concrete. This helps building
homes that are well insulated
against solar heat.
Construction work is being
done by 10 workmen from Bon-
aire, Curaqao and St. Maarten,
all employed by Regatta Resi-
dence itself. For specialty jobs
subcontractors are hired. Now
we understand why completion
of the project will take longer
than just a few more months!
Jos, who actually lives on
Curaqao, is on-island four days a
week to follow things closely. In
the meantime he also takes care
of promotion and sales. There-
fore he will also be at the Second
Home Fair in Holland on March
28-April 3. Seeing all the con-
struction around us, you can eas-
ily bet that he will not be the
only one pro-
moting a Bo-
nairean pro-
ject there.
Story &
photo by
Marcel Leurs

Bonaire Reporter March 24-April 6, 2008

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This newly built home is located in the quiet residential neighborhood
of Tera Cora close to the center of Kralendijk, shops and several
popular dive sites and beaches.

Lay out:
Entrance from the street side through the front garden onto the covered
porch which leads to the very large u-shaped living room with high
vaulted ceilings creating a spacious and cool ambience. The fully
equipped open kitchen is located In the right back side of the living room
overlooking the porch and garden, the separate sitting area is located in
the front right side of the living room. Between the kitchen and sitting area
one finds the study / playroom which can also be used as additional bedroom.
Located on the left side of the living room one finds two bedrooms with
shared bathroom as well as the laundry area. On the second floor one finds
the third bedroom with walk in closet and private bathroom and balconies in
both the front and back side of the home. This bathroom is currently still under
construction but will be completed by seller. A separate storage area is located
on the back porch on the ground floor.


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