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S1\ May 30June 13, 2008;Volume 15, Issue 11
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While much of the for-
malities for the closer
ties between Holland and Bon-
aire, Saba and Statia (BES
Islands) will be in place and
operating in January 2009, the
transition of the Central Gov-
ernment, Curacao, and St.
Maarten will not be in place
until 2011 at best and most
likely not until 2012/2013.
That was the outcome of mara-
thon meeting held between
Dutch officials and Antillean
officials last week in Curacao.
State Secretary of Kingdom
Relations Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten, who is the Dutch offi-
cial in charge of the Antilles,
told reporters early last Friday
morning, "It's a difficult process
to dismantle a country and at the
same time build new countries."
The Government Accountant
Bureau Foundation (SOAB)
said that with "very tight plan-
ning" 2011 will be feasible, but
2012/2013 would be more ac-

The parent company of
American Airlines, AMR, an-
nounced that the company will
cancel 12% of its domestic
flights, discontinue the use of
some of its less fuel efficient
aircraft and in mid-June intro-
duce a baggage charge of $15 on
the first piece of luggage and
$25 on the second.

1 While American Airlines is
going to cut routes in the region it
is not expected that Bonaire and
Curacao flights will be affected
much, said Bonaire's tourism
director, Ronella Tjin-a-Sjoe-
Croes. American's two daily
flights from Miami to Curacao are
operating above 72% seat occu-
pancy and are "guaranteed" by the
Curacao government, and the
daily American Eagle Bonaire-
San Juan flights continue.

The aviation press reported
that many international and US
airlines are flying their planes
at slower, more fuel efficient
speeds whenever possible, a
move which is expected to save
the carriers millions of dollars and

reduce upward pressure on air-
The revelation comes as bench-
mark oil prices reached a record
$138 a barrel last week, placing
further pressure on airline fuel
costs and profits.

0 TCB Director Ronella Tjin-a
-Sjoe-Croes reported that Eco-
nomics Minister Elvis Tjin-a-
Sjoe will represent Bonaire at a
meeting starting May 29 in An-
tigua to discuss air transport
from the US to the Caribbean. He
will be accompanied by Candice
Kimmel of TCB New York.
Croes is optimistic that Bonaire
service will continue at its pre-
sent level since 2007 saw a 19.7%
increase in North American traf-

M Effective
May 16, KLM
increased its
fuel surcharge
on the flights
between the
Antilles and
Amsterdam. The new fuel sur-
charge will cost NAf54. KLM is
also increasing the fuel surcharge
on flights inside Europe by four
euros per stretch, 8 (NAf22) per
return ticket.

) KLM announced plans on
Monday to fuel its planes with
kerosene made from algae. The
company has signed an exclusive
contract with Dutch company
AlgaeLink to provide fuel for a
pilot project which will begin this
autumn, when the first test flight
will take place. A pilot algae pro-
duction facility is being studied
for the Cargill Salt facility on

) Antillean Transport Minis-
ter Maurice Adriaens has urged
the Dutch Government not to
implement an "international
flight environment tax" on air
fares on the route between Am-
sterdam and the Netherlands
Antilles. The Dutch Government
wants to levy an extra 45 on
each ticket.

The low cost value-added

Edith Strauss-Marcera and Danilo Christiaan ofMangazina di
Rei cut into a celebratory cake, while Antilles Minister Plenipo-
tentiary Paul Comenencia and Ronald van der Giessen of the
Oranje Fonds look on.
0 The Appeltjes van Oranje of the Oranje Fonds is presented to
projects whose purpose is to promote communication between dif-
ferent groups in society. The prize is 15.000 (more than NAf 41
thousand) There were three winning projects this year. Bonaire's
open-air living museum, Mangazina di Rei was one of them. The
award was presented in The Netherlands by Princess Maxima, the
patroness of the foundation. (Antillenhuis/Pevry Press )

airline, JetBlue, has expressed
interest in flying to Curacao
twice a week beginning in 2009.
The airline already flies to St.
Martin, the Dominican Republic
and Aruba. Its US hubs are in
New York, California and Florida.
Jet Blue is reported to have ex-
pressed concern about the high
landing and other costs at Cura-
cao's Hato Airport. Has anyone
told them about the efficient and
economical way KLM jets are
handled at Flamingo Airport in

0 Aviation safety in the Dutch
Kingdom, in general, complies
with the requirements of the
International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO). The or-
ganization audited the Nether-
lands, the Netherlands Antilles
and Aruba in April.
For the Netherlands Antilles,
ICAO remarked that a "reasonable
system" had been set up for laws

and regulations, but execution
procedures and implementation
had been lacking. There were no
safety concerns.

0 Bonaire International Air-
port (BIA) has started the reno-
vation of the parking lots at Fla-
mingo Airport causing incon-
venience for tourists and users
of the airport. To complete the
work quicker, the team decided to
work simultaneously on the differ-
ent areas of the parking lot.
During a press conference by the
airport management, technical
manager Francis Winklaar asked
the people to be understanding
and mentioned that the work will
be finished in June. See story on
page 18 for more information.

1 A proposed rule requiring
airlines to fingerprint all for-
eigners as they leave the coun-
try has the travel industry up
(Continued on page 4)


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories
Flotsam & Jetsam, Mangazina
gets Appelties 2
Old & New-UW sculpture, 3
Aruban Art at Kas di Arte 3
Marine Park Algae Search 3
Clear Blue Water News Case
Study 6
Pup Morse CD 7
PWA Windsurfing- Austria 8
Bonaire Jazz Festival 2008 10
Local News Sunshine Homes, EZ
Air, Constitution Steps, Karate,
Tamarind Tree 11
Bonaire's Dolphin Groupies 11
Letters to the Editor (Dolphins,
Quad Control, 13
Music Foundation 13
Coral Glimpses (Parrotfish dam-
age) 15
Airport Activities 18
Bonaire On Wheels (Piaggio
Ape) 19

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles-Elly Albers 5
Bonairean Voices (Environment)
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Pet of the Week (Lucille-dog) 9
Sudoku Answer 12
Dining & Shopping Guides 12
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 13
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (Amsterdam;
Jutland, Denmark ) 15
Did You Know (Cup Coral) 15
What's Happening 16
Sky Park (Moon, two stars) 17
Star Power-Astrology 17
What's Coming (Island Tour) 19
Island View (Testing, testing) 19

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:

The Bonaire Reporter,
P. O. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518
Available on-line at:

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Arun Artists how at

Kas di Art

Symbols ofBonaire 's agricul-
tural past were stirred with the
seawater that drives Bonaire's
culture and economy of the 21st
century for an attraction unique
in the world. This month's dedi-
cation of the underwater sculp-
ture of traditional Bonairean
cooking implements, a project of
Bonaire's archeological stu-
dents, funded by UNESCO and
others, was filmed by Hendrick
Wuyts ofBonaire ScubaVision
and can be seen on YouTube at:
v=VCOh8gvbVTc (photos in
this article are video captures
from ScubaVision.
The sculpture ofPalu di Lele
Wea di Funchi also functions as
a "reeJball, "providing a sub-
strate for coral growth and a
habitat for sea creatures and
fish. The sculpture, sunk last
month off Chachacha Beach, has
already been taken by over sea

Area diver Albert Bian-
culli, who assisted in the
project reports: "On a recent
visit to the BONAI sculpture,
Pal'I lele/Wea'I Funchi, at Cha-
Cha-Cha Beach I was amazed to
see that many reef fish have al-
ready inhabited the structure.
There are many nesting Ser-
geant Major fish busily tending

to their purple egg clusters. They
are constantly swimming all
around the eggs protecting them
from many other fish that are
trying to eat them.
Inside the other parts of the
sculpture there are Yellowtail
Damselfish taking care of their
small territories and munching
on the algae that has started to
cover the surface of the sculp-
In the smaller holes on the base
of the sculpture there are several
Marine Hermit Crabs hiding
during the daytime from the
other fish at the site.
Underneath the base of the
structure there are nine columns
that support the sculpture on the
sand. Near these "legs" I saw
two Spotted Moray Eels resting
with some small Pederson
Cleaner Shrimp picking parasites
and other particles off their skin
and heads.
It seems that the sculpture, in
only a short time, has given the
smaller reef creatures a new
habitat to explore and use for
their mutual benefit."

A LMSP sensor, an instrument
that will measure the seawater
quality, will be attached to the
sculpture in August. 0
Jackie Bernabela

Painting titled Miedu" (Fear)
Rastro photo I

Aru Anti Ekspo 2008, an
exhibition of 30 paint-
ings of Aruban artists Elvis
Tromp and Edmond Tujeehut
will be at the Kas di Arte from
May 30 to June 30. The official
opening will be on Saturday,
May 31 at 5 pm. The public is
invited and especially all the
artists in Bonaire who will be
welcomed to meet with their
Aruban colleagues for a cultural
The theme of the exhibit, ti-
tled RASTRO, which has al-
ready been in Aruba and Cura-
cao, is to bond the Antilles and
Aruba through the medium of
painting, fantasy and the living
colors and visualization of the
Dutch Caribbean culture. 0

New apartment building project located in the
'Hato' area, across from the popular main hotel
area. Located on a 2715 square meter lot, this
attractive apartment building has a modem and
inviting design. All units will come with tile floors
and Gibbs ceilings. The kitchen will be fully
equipped with modern appliances, wooden
cabinets and granite counter tops, bathroom
appliances are of European quality. All bedrooms
come with A/C and the living rooms will be equipped
with ceiling fans. Centered in the complex will be a
pool area with sun deck and shade. The property
will be decorated with lush tropical landscaping
and kept neat and green with a central automatic
drip system.

Pre-Construction Prices:

Prices ranging from: $140,000 to $260,00 USD

Page 3

Bonaire Reporter May 30-June 13, 2008



Flotsam and Jetsam (Cont. from page 2)
in arms. The rule from the De-
partment of Homeland Security
(DHS), which is set to take effect
in January, would require the
airlines to collect the fingerprints
of all non-US citizens and send
them to Washington within 24
hours. Airlines already are re-
quired to send biographic infor-
mation to DHS for all passengers
prior to leaving the US. The pro-
posal to require fingerprinting
when they leave was recom-
mended by the 9/11 Commission
as an anti-terrorism measure and
was enacted into law in 2007.

0 An ABC Island-Venezuela
ferry may be operating by the
end of the year. A press release
from Agencia Bolivariana says
that five new vessels will be
added to the fleet of the consor-
tium Coventurca (Venezolano
Naviero Turistico del Caribe)
presently operating between
Puerto Cabello and Isla Marga-
rita. Curaqao, Aruba, Bonaire
and possibly the Dominican Re-
public are planned, said Diego
Castro Duno, head of the port
service of Puerto Cabello. The
European-built ferries cost 125
million, and have a capacity of
980 passengers and 250 vehicles.

1 Queen Beatrix of the Neth-
erlands has indicated that she
does not intend to step down
from the throne for at least
two years, NOS TV reported.
The Queen made this comment
during her visit to Estonia, her
45th state visit as head of state of
the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
She is reported to have said that
she had state visits already
planned for the coming two
The Queen's remark may put
an end to discussions among the
Dutch concerning the question
whether she would have to re-
sign in favor of her son, Crown
Prince Willem-Alexander. Ru-
mors concerning the possible
abdication of Queen Beatrix had
surfaced in January when the she
celebrated her 70th birthday.
This had prompted speculation
about her relinquishing the
throne to her son Prince Willem-
Alexander, as her mother did on
her birthday 28 years ago.
Unlike in Britain, where Queen
Elizabeth (81) shows little sign
of handing over to Prince
Charles even though he is near-
ing retirement age himself,
Dutch queens have made a tradi-
tion of stepping aside for the
next generation, over the last
Queen Wilhelmina was 67
when she handed over to her
daughter in 1948, after a half
century on the throne. Queen
Juliana made way for 42-year-
old Beatrix on her 71st birthday
in 1980.

1 Following a 36% increase

Calling All Chefs!
Come join the Bonaire Culinary
Team to participate in the Taste of
the Caribbean Competition in Sep-
All interested chefs are invited to
an information meeting
Saturday, June 7, 11 am at Rum
Runners Restaurant at Capt.
Don's Habitat. If you would like to
join the team but cannot make that
date and time please contact Floris
at 717-8290 or 786-1508 or rumrunners(Zahabitatbonaire.com

in the
price of
fuel at
missioner of Economic Affairs
Burney El Hage told a press con-
ference, "We must learn to live
with the increase of the price of
oil in the world. We are going
through a change, and we need
to adapt to that."
"Regular" gasoline jumped
by NAf73 cents per liter and
diesel by NAf48 cents.
The price of regular gasoline
(92 octane) increased from
NAf2.02 to NAf2.75 per liter;
super gasoline (95 octane) from
NAf2.05 to NAf2.78 per liter;
and diesel from NAfl.27 to
NAfl.75 per liter.
El Hage rejected the idea that
government further subsidize the
increases. "If we let the govern-
ment pay for the increase of the
oil price, the community will
have to pay that back eventu-
On the bright side, the prices
of kerosene and cooking gas
were lowered: kerosene from
NAf 0.8027 to NAf 0.6989 per
liter, one 100-pound gas cylin-
ders from NAf 76.77 to NAf
71.36 and one 20-pound cylin-
ders from NAf 14.69 to NAf
9.27 guilders.

0 The biggest factor in the
skyrocketing price of gasoline is
the historic ascent of crude oil,
which has surged from $45 per
barrel in 2004 touching more
than $138 this past week.

1 The Island Government of
Bonaire has recently nomi-
nated numerous archeological
locations on the island as pro-
tected historical sites. This list
is going to be part of the 2008-
2011 monument policy plan. The
Island Council will have to pass
an island ordinance to establish
the necessary protections.
A number of locations were
put on the nomination list upon
the recommendation of archae-
ologist Jay Haviser. Locations
from the pre-ceramic period are:
Lagun and Gotomeer; of the
ceramic period: Wanapa, Ambo-
ina, Put Bronswinkel, Fontein,

Sorobon, Lac, Noord Lac,
Onima, Spelonk, and Roshikiri;
of the historical period: Tanki
Maraka, Plantage Guatemala,
Divi Flamingo, Aeropuerto Subi
Blanku, and the slave route from
Rincon to Salifia.

) Every year a lot of empty
inkjet cartridges that are used
in printers and faxes go into the
bin and end up eventually on our
landfill. These inkjet cartridges
usually contain a lot of plastic,
metal, paper, rubber and remains
of ink. It is estimated it will take
1,000 years before these com-
pletely dissolve in nature. How-
ever, about 97% of these compo-
nents can be recycled or reused.
Bonaire Automation (across
from La Teraza) and Bits Bon-
aire are the first companies on
Bonaire to start collecting
these empty cartridges to pre-
vent them landing on the land-
fill and eventually ending up in
our environment. They do not
recycle these cartridges them-
selves but send them to a spe-
cialized American inkjet recy-
cling company.
Empty inkjet cartridges for all
manufacturers like HP, Canon,
Epson, Dell etc. can be brought
to the Bonaire Automation shop
and put in the collection con-
tainer. There is no charge. They
can only take inkjet cartridges,
no toners.

) The Bonaire Bikers do-
nated the NAf4.500 proceeds
from their Rincon Day Run to
the baseball supporting foun-
dation Fundashon Blue Caps.
The Bikers thank DIGICEL,
Captain Don's Habitat Hotel and
Warehouse Bonaire for their
cooperation that made the fund-
raising possible. About 150 rid-
ers participated.

1 Please remember to say,
"The Reporter sent me." Ad-
vertisers keep us free. U G.D.

The Cft Board members: President Mr. Hans Weitenberg, Mr.
Max Pandt (BES islands), Ms. Margo Vliegenthart (the Nether-
lands) and Mr. Alberto Romero (the Netherlands Antilles).

) A requirement to be financially responsible is a prerequi-
site for a direct link with Holland. Consequently the BES Is-
lands are under "Financial Supervision." The members of the
Board of financial supervision (College financieel toezicht Cft)
recently visited the BES islands for the second time. The main
point on their agenda was the execution of the island budgets/
financial management, which represents the second phase of the
financial supervision. "This financial management needs consider-
able improvement, but fortunately the islands are showing the right
spirit," said the President of the Board, Hans Weitenberg, during a
press conference Wednesday afternoon on Curaqao, where the se-
cretariat is located.

) Kamala Shadduck, the founder
of SingleDivers.com, hosted her
group in Bonaire at Divi Flamingo
Beach Resort and Casino this year.
As always, Kamala's group brings
charity to the island they visit. Ka-
mala's guests brought boxes of
books, paper, school bags and
school supplies for the Maria
Hoppner Foundation.

Buddy ive


The team of Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire is
in search of a new team member

Activity Guide

Job Description:

Planning activities for guests of Buddy Dive Resort;
Organizing excursions taking into consideration logistics of
equipment, safety regulations and presentation methods.
Guiding guests during their excursions as well as providing
information (usually in various languages);
Keeping administration regarding activities, reservations and
Job Profile:

Relevant work experience;
Be able to work irregular shifts and on the weekends;
Speak fluent English and preferably several languages;
Excellent attitude and socials skills;
Be able to do physical tasks such as, moving kayaks.
Must be able to work independently, take initiative and yet work in a
team environment;

Please submit CV and cover letter to our department of Human
Resources. Buddy Dive Resort is located on Kaya G.N Debrot #
85 Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, phone number +599-717-5080.
Applications can also be submitted by email to

Bonaire Reporter May 30-June 13, 2008

Page 4

Profiles: EllyAlbers, Pioneer In Animal I

n 1986 the Bonaire Animal
Shelter was founded after the
government gave us a large piece
of land on the Kaminda Lagoen.
We organized fundraising events
and were very lucky to have some
generous donors so we could build
a small office and the first kennels,
including a large kennel for cats.

In those years Bonaire didn't
have a permanent veterinarian, so
every six weeks a vet came from
Curacao to put to sleep a lot of
dogs and cats that were beyond
help and in pitiful condition.
Sometimes dogs were dropped off
at the Shelter that were more dead
than alive. During those early
years we even had to put them to
sleep ourselves and bring them to
the landfill to bury them.
The Animal Shelter struggled for
some years to survive, to be ac-
cepted, to get some cooperation
and support. I met Elly some 18
years ago when she came to Bon-
aire from Holland, accompanied
by her two huge dogs. About the
same time, the government offered
to pay the salary for someone to
work and take care of the animals
on a daily basis. Well, Elly lived in
a house right across the street from
the Shelter and was therefore
available 24 hours a day! This
proved necessary because so many
times after hours people would
drop off their unwanted animals
(sometimes in garbage bags) in

front of the gate.
Later, Bonaire at last had the
luxury of having a full time veteri-
narian who worked for the govern-
ment in het slachthuis (the slaugh-
terhouse) next door to the Shelter.
The vet could treat the animals,
sterilize them and if necessary put
them to sleep. Elly started to keep
records of all the animals, of their
medications, etc. She introduced
the bath for treating skin disease
and kept track of those animals
who were adopted.
The Shelter was becoming more
and more professional. By the time
Elly left six years later the Shelter
had matured: several kennels had
been added, more people had be-
come involved, awareness of its
existence was growing and the
number of adoptions was increas-
ing. Elly moved on to another job,
but she never gave up her involve-
ment with and concern for the
welfare of animals. She'd even
become a vegetarian at a very
young age after watching a docu-
mentary about factory farming.
She feels it is her duty to give a
voice to animals.

In 2005 Elly became the chair-
man of the newly founded Founda-
tion Animal Welfare Bonaire. The
Animal Shelter focuses on giving
care, protection and shelter to
homeless animals. The Animal
Welfare Foundation focuses on
enforcing the animal laws which

are written in the constitution of
the Foundation.

"Being forced to be 'in the
picture' isn't always easy," Elly
says. "There are still a lot of
new thoughts to be introduced,
and many people on Bonaire are
simply not aware that neglecting
animals is really hurting the ani-
mals. In many cases where abuse
or neglect is pointed out sugges-
tions or advice to improve the
situation is not always well re-
ceived." (For example: dogs that

6In many cases
where abuse or ne-
glect is pointed out
suggestions or advice
to improve the situa-
tion are not always
well received."

are constantly restricted by a
chain that is too short or too
But in cases of absolute refusal
to improve a pitiful situation,
Elly or other members of the
Foundation are forced to issue a
complaint to the Justice Depart-

ment. But this is
always the last
step. There are
special written
codes that define
the maltreatment
of animals.

Also the Foun-
dation is deter-
mined to re-
introduce dog
tags and an ani-
mal catcher.
They've already
ordered some dog
cages to catch the
homeless and sick
dogs on the street.
Elly adds that
this Foundation came into exis-
tence because the Animal Shelter
simply isn't able to do all of the
work. They are fully busy with
taking care of the homeless ani-
mals. She also points out the fact
that Bonaire chose to be part of
Holland by the end of 2008, which
implies that Bonaire has to imple-
ment similar animal rights.
Many volunteers, preferably
local people, are needed for this
tremendous job. It will add to the
well being of our whole island. We
are all connected: plants, animals
and people all depend on each
other. Let's give the animals that
need it a helping hand. Let's give
Elly_and the F.A.W.B. a helping

Elly Albers

hand in realizing a better world for
them. Volunteers are welcome:
Phone: 717-7021.

Following are the laws written
into the constitution of the Ani-
mal Welfare Foundation:

1. To support the welfare of all
animals on Bonaire, domestic
animals as well animals living in
the wild.
2. To recruit, school and train
volunteers in order to implement
the objectives.
3. To inform the community
about the wellbeing of animals in
(Continued on page 7)

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Case Study-Volunteers Needed

Bonaire 's groundbreaking,
controversial sea water monitor-
ing study, the Light and Motion
Sensor Project (LMSP), contin-
ues. Water monitoring is on
schedule, but the data analysis of
the billions of bits of data gath-
ered by the sensors is lagging
because of the scale and com-
plexity of the task. A $25,000
grant is being sought to under-
write the programming needed.
The task is proving too complex
for the volunteer undergraduates
at UCLA to accomplish on
schedule. Ifyou can help with
MA TLAB programming contact
the project coordinator, Albert
Bianculli at (599) 791-2214

T he consensus of the recent
reports by marine biolo-
gists visiting Bonaire and on-
island experts is: "the shore-
based activities of human habita-
tion and the release of their
wastewater into the sea will de-
stroy the coral reef surrounding
There is a case history that shows
what can happen. "By 1970, after
50 years of rapid development,
the dazzling underwater reefs of
Miami and Fort Lauderdale were
dead. They were poisoned by the
release of raw sewage dumped
into the ocean from the toilets of
waterfront hotels, homes and

other business activities. Sub-
merged pipes carried sewage a
few hundred meters (yards) off-
shore, so people using the
beaches wouldn't see the billow-
ing brown spumes. Decades of
rancid outfall eventually killed
the delicate corals and drove the
beautiful, glittering fish away.
The reefs became gray escarp-
ments, barren and manifestly un-
Dive shop operators complained
of losing customers to the Florida
Keys and the Bahamas, where
the water was still clear at that
time. A few South Florida
coastal cities took modest meas-
ures to reduce the offshore pollu-
tion, but the reefs failed to regen-
erate; it appears that once dead,
coral tends to stay that way!

We need your help, in a mean-
ingful way, to prevent this sce-
nario from happening on Bon-
aire. This 10-year-long project,
LMSP, is entirely funded by pri-
vate donations from concerned
and interested individuals and
carried out by dedicated research
volunteers on the island.
View the ScubaVision video of
the Water Quality Project on
Bonaire. Just copy and paste on
your internet connection.

To continue and
expand the project
additional full
time, on-island
volunteers are
needed to help
with the continua-
tion of the LMSP.
If you are inter-
ested in diving
and collecting the
electronic data
from our shore
based sites please
contact Albert
Bianculli at (599)
791-2214 for
more details. The
task takes about 20 minutes and
then you can continue your dive.
All your air will be supplied by
Yellow Sub/Dive Friends Bon-
aire at no charge.
Here is an observation concern-
ing the algae growth, from volun-
teers who visit their assigned
"rainbow sensor site" each week
to clean and retrieve the data:
Thursday, May 22, 2008....Site
#12... We started out to do this
dive at dawn (6:00). It was a
clear day with few clouds in the
sky. Low tide made this entry
easy and although the current
was slight it was easy to dive.
The first thing I saw was an
octopus bothered by a Spanish
hogfish. At the beginning of the

One week's algal growth on float bot-
tle *left) and line/sensors

dive the fish were just waking
up however there were about 50
sergeant majors swimming in
the water column near the sen-
sors. We saw quite afew bar
jack chasing fish for breakfast.
Many tang, mahogany snapper,
small mouth grunts and creole
wrasse showed up as I was fin-
ishing up the cleaning. I had the
honor of taking a good picture
of one very large porcupine fish.
We found our special place
where the big tooth cardinalfish
huddle together under a Star
mountain coral and of course as
usual, the large tarpon hovering
in the blue at 60feet!
Algae Growth: ... upper two
sets ofsensors and bottles had

more than 2cm. So we scrubbed
them clean. In some areas there
were green wispy growths on the
rope and in between the 3 bottles
that had to be 1 cm. long.
Cassandra and Franklin Nealm
LMSP press release

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M ost of the time when we talk about
environment we might think about
what is polluting the air, the sea or the land.
But environmental issues start with you and
Have you ever stopped and made a close
check to see what is in your back yard or
nearby surroundings? If those areas are fill-
ing up with trash, junk, old tires, cars or
other debris which make it look filthy, then
you have a serious environmental problem.
Remember, these circumstances can influ-
ence your life and your family. For every
problem, however, there is a solution.
Going directly to the right source of solu-
tions I interviewed the PR and Marketing
Coordinator (38) of SELIBON, N.V.
(Bonaire's waste management company).
She said, "SELIBON (Servisio di Limpiesa
di Boneiru) is aware of the dengue virus
outbreak some months ago and through the
media we inform people about control and
prevention. Together with DGH (Dienst
Gezondheid en Hygiene), DROB (Dienst
Ruimtelijk Ontwikkeling en Beheer) and the
Fire Department we started an educational

Michael Morse, better
known as "Pup" Morse,
is releasing his CD on the web on
July 1.
The album is called "Just a
Scuba Cowboy;" Pup is from
Colorado and is part of the Singles
Dive Group who are visiting the
island, and the theme song of the
album is dedicated to the Singles
In his debut album, Pup has
honored the island by writing a
song called "In Bonaire."
The artwork for the album cover
is still being worked on as it
will consist of Bonaire photos
For more information go to:
www. singlesdivers.com.


In the Extra newspaper we wrote about
the Triple R campaign: Recycle (Resikl),
Reduce (Redusi) and Reuse (Re-usa). The
campaign for children to collect plastic bags
and win prizes was a success. On March 26
we started with a neighborhood cleaning
campaign. Rincon was first on the list. We
cleaned the whole area of Rincon, plus we
delivered a letter to each home with the
rules for keeping their surroundings clean.
Some houses need to get a fine for breaking
the rules. The youths of Jong Bonaire made
signs for the strategic areas where people
used to throw their trash. The environmental
policemen and DEZA(Dienst Economische
Zaken en Arbeid) are controlling the
business area and their surroundings. They
are making sure that houses and loaded
trucks are abiding by the rules.
At the landfill (dump) we want to install a
weight bridge in the near future for all the
trucks coming in to dump their trash and
charge them a fee. Our vision is to save our
landfill from all that dumping and start a
new way of burning trash there. We want to
change the mentality of our community
about our environment. The only way to do
this is through campaigns and workshops
with the children in order to get to the

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Profiles (Continued
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Our head of DGH
(health department)
(58) and her assistant
(34) have also some-
thing to say about how
to keep your surround-
ings clean. "People
have to be conscious of
their own safety. Clean-
ing their own garden,
cistern and getting rid
of all old tires, cars and
trash in their yards is
one step towards keep-
ing themselves healthy.
Unwanted creatures can
invade their property and make the trash
they collected in their yards and surround-
ings their own habitat area. The Hygiene
Department (HD) is in charge of informing
these people, controlling the area and giving
assistance. Also they control the areas of
high risk and treat them. Remember, the
mosquito, Aedes Aegypti, that transmits the
dengue virus needs just a few drops of fresh
water to breed, maybe in some of the trash
that they've collected in their yards and
surroundings. Yards and nearby areas need
to be kept clean. If you need help you may

from page 5) introduce in a broad sense, dog
te a positive tags and a license to keep spe-
llyfocusing cial animal species.
)ple on Bon- 14. When available funds ana
facilities allow this: to partici-
g ad pate in rescue operations.
existing and 15.To obtain land and/or fa-
'Ons, pri- cilities which are necessary for
commercial, the care and recovery of rescue
o assist in animals.
care. 16. To build facilities for the
arm stock care and recovery of rescued
'ated activi- animals and similar related ac-
ited to the tivities.
17. To establish and staffa
activities phone emergency line for the
tially har l public to report their concern,
y harmfulobservations and suggestions
uding water concerning the welfare ofani-
he explora- mals on Bonaire. Declarations
will be documented and advise
'xisting and or referral to the specific person
ions concern- or authority will be given.
'fare of ani- 18. To establish a network of
foster homes to supply the tem-
urveillance porary shelter for rescued ani-
rning sterili- mals.
19. When necessary supply th
tions and
transportation of rescued ani-
ell as the mals to the available facility.
re 20. To maintain contacts with
iws concerning the local authorities, the media,
nals. the veterinarians and others
he definitions concerning the welfare ofani-
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mal neglect" Louise Rood
finitions be
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was one of the
ie results of original foun-
ture laws con- ders ofthe
olfare. Bonaire Ani-
d initiate the mal Shelter.
nation and to

call the Hygiene Department at 717-5330
ext. 315 or 717-8323 and ask for advice."
Remember SELIBON slogans: "Huntu
nos por" and "Tene Boneiru Limpi. This
means that you and I can make it happen to
keep our dushi Bonaire clean. 0
Photo & Story by Siomara E. Albertus

Send your comments to
The Bonaire Reporter, P.O.
Box 407, Bonaire, or email

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Ruben Stuck in 17th

The Reporter's WindsurfMan
on the European Scene, Ruben
Petrisie, is back with a description
of the professional Windsurfer's
Association (PWA) first freestyle
World Cup event in Austria that
makes youfeel your feet are on the

Ruben: "After spending a
month in Tarifa, Spain, de-
veloping sails with Loft Sails and at
the same time doing shoots and tests,
I took part in the season's first event.
It was a bit of a disappointing time
with spotty wind that managed to fit
in only two rounds on the four
windy days out of the almost week-
long event.
I flew to Vienna, Austria, where I
hooked up with Bonaire friends,
Taty and Tonky Frans and Kiri
The PWA Freestyle season open-
ing event was set at the beachside
arena on the shores of Podersdorf,
Lake Neusiedler, Austria, from April
29 through May 4. It celebrated the
PWA's 10th anniversary and inaugu-
rated a new judging system that
demands a best trick format with a
maximum and minimum amount of
tricks being set per heat depending
on the sailing conditions on the com-
petition day.

Day 1 was warm and windless, but
we all signed up.

Day 2 the wind eventually came
up, but the day went on with lots of
cancellations of heats and some

explosive freestyle action in such
light conditions. They managed to
run the first 8 runs on the second
day. Later that evening the official
event party took place alongside
numerous party tents, shops and
bars. Both competitors and visitors
enjoyed a night of live music and
partying in true Austrian style.

Day 3 welcomed competitors with
partly cloudy skies and a solid 15-20
knot onshore wind, but by the end of
the 9am skippers meeting the wind
dropped to almost nothing. A frus-
trating hour commenced, as the wind
blew for just a few minutes and then
dropped back to a couple of knots.
Later that day we tried to start, but
the wind was just not enough.

Day 4 promised another windy
morning that had everyone excited
about the prospect of competition.
But following the 8am skippers
meeting, with heat nine scheduled to
start just as the previous day, the
wind dropped off within minutes of
the heat getting started.

Day 5 was poised to be the most
exciting day of competition. A solid
wind was forecast for the whole day,
with a stablel18 knot breeze, so
judges wasted no time getting the
first of round two's heats underway.
Steven van Broekhoven (F2,
MauiSails) and Tonky Frans (F2,
Gaastra, Fiberspar, Choko Fins) give
the day's first show with some im-
pressive freestyle moves, defeating
their underpowered opponents,

Kevin Mevissen (RRD) and Ruben
Petrisie (Exocet, Loft Sails, Reptile-
Masts, Unifiber, Jibe City Bonaire)
to advance to round three.
Heat 10 saw the exit of Andy
'Bubble' Chambers (JP, NeilPryde)
to a well prepared Kiri Thode
(Starboard, Gaastra Fiberspar,
Choko Fins) who took the opportu-
nity to showcase his newly invented
trade mark move, the "kono," for the
first time in competition. Also ad-
vancing in heat 10 was a local boy,
Michael Sumereder (RRD, North
Heat 11 had to be canceled because
of too light winds. The re-run, which
happened three hours later was com-
pleted in light, gusty conditions.
Bonaire star Taty Frans showed
class, stylish and technical moves
which got him into the next round.
By the time heat 16 of round three
had started, the wind was so mar-

ginal that competitors had to pump
to make most of their moves.
Following the successful completion
of all the second round heats, round
three got underway without a pause.
Thus far, all the big names had ad-
vanced without upset.
Starting proceedings were Belgium's
Steven Broeckhoven against Tonky
Frans and local Michael Sumereder
taking on the master of tricks, Kiri
Thode. Underdogs Broeckhoven and
Sumereder showed they're a force to
be reckoned with, but unfortunately
couldn't match Fran's awesome clew
first ponches or Thode's switch
stance explosive Burners. Frans and
Thode both advanced.
Next up, Russian Egor Popretin-
skiy and local favorite Michael
Rossmeier took on Taty Frans and
Jose 'Gollito' Estredo. Taty put to-
gether a pleasing mix of ponches,
flaka diablos and chachoos in the

dropping wind, to defeat the Rus-
sian. Gollito advanced easily.
The final heat of the day was run
in testing, marginal conditions.
Antxon Otaegui (JP, NeilPryde) took
on Normen Gunzlein and Andreas
Olandersson battled with three-time
freestyle world champion, Ricardo
Campello (JP, NeilPryde). When
competition got underway, Oland-
ersson just couldn't keep up with the
magnitude of Campello's arsenal of
tricks. On the other side of the heat,
Gunzlein and Otaegui had an ex-
tremely close heat. Both sailors were
obviously frustrated with the light
winds, but the judges ultimately
rewarded Otaegui's more tactical
sailing with the victory. Leaving
heat 20 of round three to be com-
pleted tomorrow, along with the
remainder of the single elimination.

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Tonky Frans... (Continued from page 8)
On Day 6, the final day of compe-
tition, since most of the heats had
already been completed, only 6 heats
were to be run in order to declare an
official event winner. After the skip-
pers' meeting, the last of round
three's heats got underway with
winds around 15-18 knots.
Andre Paskowski put up a stellar
fight against his rival, Frenchman
Nicolas Akgazciyan, but failed to
provide an answer to Nicolas's
smooth repertoire that included a
super tech voquech diablo, granting
Nicolas passage into the quarter
The first quarter final matched
Tonky Frans against team mate, Kiri
Thode, and Taty Frans against his
team mate, Gollito Estredo. The
steady breeze allowed the riders to
show off the best of their moves. Kiri
unleashed his signature kono, but
failed to take down an on-form
Tonky Frans, who was repeating all
his moves. Gollito took no prisoners
as he ended Taty Frans's campaign

with a run including no-handed
flakas and a burner.
The second quarter final saw the exit
of Ricardo Campello to stable mate
Spaniard Antxon Otaegui and current
world champion, Marcilio
'Brawzinho' Browne defeat Nicolas
Akgazciyan to advance them into the
semi final.

The semi final got off to a shaky
start after it was cancelled within the
first minute and re-run four hours
later, only to be cancelled again. For
two hours, the entire lake glassed off,
making many believe the event
would run out of time before the
final two heats could be completed.
Following a windless two hours, a
line of dark clouds emerged on the
far side of the lake, and a line of
wind started to move towards the
competition area. The riders scram-
bled to the water and minutes later
the semi final started in a gusty 17
knot breeze.
Tonky Frans challenged Gollito in
the top half of the draw and Antxon

Otaegui battled it out with Braw-
zinho in the bottom half. Highlights
of the heat included Gollito's now
trade mark no-handed flaka and
Brawzinho's huge ponch in front of
the judging area. Underdogs Antxon
and Tonky gave all they had, sliding
into regular stance chachos and flaka
720s respectively, but failed to match
the calibre of Brawzinho and Gollito.
After a quick break to collect the
semi final results, the final got go-
ing in testing conditions. Gollito
and Brawzinho went head to head in
the winners final and Antxon and
Tonky duelled in the losers final.
Brawzinho wasted no time, laying
down a mix of switch stance
chachos, one handed bobs and a
massive port tack ponch. His rival,
Gollito, replied with an assortment of
ponch combinations, more no
handed flakas and a starboard tack
On the other side of the heat, Tonky
threw down an aggressive Culo (clue
first ponch), flaka 720s and switch
stance chachos. Antxon struggled to
get to grips with the heat, crashing
many moves that he was consistently
making earlier in competition.
Following 10 minutes of epic free-
style the horn blew, ending the heat,
and signifying the end of the first
stop on the freestyle tour. The crowd
rushed to the main event stage to
hear the final results announced.
First place went to Gollito, second to
Brawzinho, third to Tonky and
fourth to Antxon.

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only four months old and she has
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which seem to beg to be taken
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Lucille is in top notch health, has
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in the world," was aThe in autible Walter
frequent reaction I awkes, tro one master
from some of the record number of
enthusiastic people who turned out
for this year's Jazz Festival.
The three evenings of sensational ,
music the Heineken Jazz Festival
2008 culminated at a jam session
brunch at the Divi Flamingo on
Sunday. Professional musicians
from the US, Aruba, Venezuela
and the Antilles relaxed and
jammed with Bonairean musicians Jazz Brunch sketch by Divi guest Robert Nikol ion
resulting in several stellar perform- Rbbie
ances. Especially memorable mo-
ments included dancing under the
stars on opening night at Ft.
Oranje; exotic, beautiful Izaline cott Katzev
Calister's electric and mesmerizing
performances transfixing the audi-
ence; saxophonist Scott Katzev's f
solos and support virtuoso; Renato
Thoms on congas and percussion; '
J. Walter Hawke's inexhaustible 1 |
trombone virtuosity; Jennifer Vin- if l \ I
cent's acoustic bass string pluck-
ing; Willie Martinez' drum anima-
tion; the Bonaire student band who
gave inspired performances saluted
by the pros. It was one of the most
relaxing and enjoyable times," said
music director and key organizer,
Robbie Swinkels, of the Festival.
"And I'm so proud of the stu-
dents." Robbie wore many hats:
organizer, musician, composer,
band leader, friend and helpmate to
all and more. Hard work doesn't
always pay off but in this case it
was over the top. Thanks, guys.
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age 10

B onaire Sunshine Homes, Bonaire's newest realtor and
Computer City, a company specializing in computer ser-
vices based in Aruba since 1997, had a joint re-opening of new
offices at Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar 26. Numerous officials
were on hand for the opening. In the photo Davika Bissessar and
James Fines, at the right, of BSH are joined by the management of
Computer City. U G.D.

B onaire's newest airline
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B onaire's replica of Holland's "Constitution Steps" located at
the Mentor intersection was removed under orders of the
government according to lawyer Mikael Bijkerk, a supporter of the
project. He said there were plans for erecting it later at an undis-
closed location. G.D.

L ast week 10 more
students advanced in
level at the Bonkarate School
under Sensei Peter Silberie and
Tuki Josepha. Winning Yellow
Belts were Kayla vanNunen,
Tom Lensink, Arqion Janga,
Jason Janga, David-Lee
Winklaar and JeanPierre
Pieternella. Also advancing to
Orange Belt were Amber
Lensink, Miu-Ji Xuan, JeanPaul
Laragavieta and Everone
Vrutaal. In awarding the belts
Sensei Silberie stressed that the
study of karate builds respect
peserverance and discipline. 0

Protecting and safeguarding the island's oldest residents, its
trees, was a suggestion St. Maarten Archaeological Center,
Simarc, students made to Bonaire Commissioner Maritza Silberie
during a four-day cultural exchange last week. Simarc was respon-
sible for mapping and tagging St. Maarten's oldest and largest
trees, a research project that led to the adoption of a tree policy by
the Executive Council that now imposes fines and other penalties
for damage to old trees.

A copy of the tree report was given to Silberie with the hope that
students of the Bonaire Archaeological Institute Bonai, a compan-
ion group to Simarc, would compile a similar report on their island.
The site chosen for the presentation of the historic tree report was
Bonaire's famous Tamarind Tree in Tera Cora. During the presen-
tation, both groups of students gathered around the large tamarind
tree and made a group wish for the future protection of historic
trees in Bonaire. U G.D./Press release

Has, in cooperation with the famous
Jody's Fashion and Music
Has, in cooperation with the famous
local band, Watapana, made a CD-
Musika Folkloriko Di Boneiru
It includes typical local music like:
Remailo, Pieu di Galina, Bo'n Ta Hana
Mas, Bati'e Aleman, Sebe
and Mate Bina
The CD sells for NAf 17,50 and is
available at Jody's Fashion and Mu-
sic at Lagoen Hill #18

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The Friendliest
Restaurant on

In Bonaire's "hill country"
10 minutes north of town

Every Tuesday an all y u
can eat BBQ
for $15.-.

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(599) 09-660-7539
Fax (599) 717-2950

Balashi Beach Bar
Bar and Beach Service
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront

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Open every day
8am 8pm.
Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.

On the beach ambiance
Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
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)
Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Bdkfst rate 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.
717-8285 Open 7 days
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 Bonaire's first Argentine grill
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 Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debroten from 5-11 m Wednesday-Sunday finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 p Call ahead to eat-in or take out 780-1111

Philips Cooking and Organizing Personal Chef For Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and Wedding Services
www.philipscooking.com 701-1100 Let Philip do it all

Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 flights a Get Fit At Divi -Group Fitness Workouts to give you a Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your first choice for strong core, great posture, stamina and energy. including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop too.
Top Health Bonaire Fitness and health Center Modern
APPLIANCES ITV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS workout rooms and machines, professional trainers and RETAIL
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest selec- low prices make it easy to lose weight and get fit. Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in
tion of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women
computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and in-store FURNITURE, ANTIQUES and children.
financing too. Interiyours- New name, same owner and location. Has
lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, antiques, Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
BANKS crafts and accessories from mainland China and Indonesia. jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free gift
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number wrap.
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
They also offer investments and insurance. Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and unique items, magazines, gifts and more. Open extended
BEAUTY PARLOR offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Now hours.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.
and professional nail care. SECURITY
MEDICAL FITNESS Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS Bonfysiotherapie helps when you need physiotherapy for o protection when you need it. Always reliable.
De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes- any reason. Its professionals treat you with the most mod-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells top em equipment and techniques. Phone 717-7030/7850 Fax SHIPPING
brand bikes. Have your keys made here. 717-2444 Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
BOOKS and TOYS PHOTO FINISHING agent. What would we do without their superb ser-
At last, a real book and toy store on Bonaire, Addos, Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down- vices?
in downtown Kralendijk sell books in three languages and town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
has a variety of quality toys. and services. Full digital services. SUPERMARKETS
Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-Biggest
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Dear Editor,

In the last issue
of The Bonaire
Reporter, an item
in your article
about the Bon-
aire Coastal Dolphin project, the
idea of 'Pursuit' might be mis-
leading and may be miscon-
It is important to approach any
groups of Bottlenose dolphins
that might be seen from an angle
of approximately 45 degrees, and
then cruise alongside them.
Should any readers be lucky
enough to encounter a group and
cruise alongside, it would be
helpful if an approximate count
could be made and notes made of
any young that are seen.
It would be valuable then if that
information could be passed on
to me for my records.
On such occasions, we are hop-
ing that members of our group
with boats and cameras might be
able to photograph the dorsal fins
in order to try to identify if the
animals are the same as those
seen in previous months.
By enjoying the dolphins in this
way, it will avoid the risk of any
distress that might be caused and
help to keep the groups from
moving elsewhere.
The Coastal Bottlenose Dol-
phins seen around Bonaire
mostly travel in 'Groups', not in
"Pods" as mentioned in your last
issue and those groups can vary

from just two or three animals,
right up to 100 or more. The defi-
nitions of groups and pods are
included in several technical pa-
pers that I can provide to any-
body who might like to read
Ron Sewell bonairedol-
phinsZ@gmail.com or call: 785-

- Tracks .

Dear Editor:

In regard to the Letter to the
Editor about Quad Control and
Compromise in the last issue of
The Reporter let me note that
five years ago Bonaire banned
Quad rentals for the very same
reason as mentioned in the last
issue: they disturb and damage
our natural environment.
So what's changed? Who paid
whom to regain permits for quad
rentals? Is Bonaire an environ-
mentally conscious island? Or
are we just another Caribbean
island in the chain of islands.
Renting out quads is as stupid as
wild water rafting on Bonaire.
There can be no tolerance for
such activities and no matter
what regulations you invent the
only thing you will achieve is
losing Bonaire's integrity. A
Bonaire lover is a Nature lover.

S Letters Dolphin Protocol

he EditorQuad Rental Opposition
Q tth Editor _

Bona iEnrtain

Recently the Skol Di Musika
celebrated its yearly festi-
val with shows and performances.
In honor of this celebration Fun-
dashon Bonaire Entertainment
donated a brand new electric gui-
tar (worth NAf 600) to the school.
It was a welcome opportunity for
the musically talented students to
play a real electrical guitar! And
that's not all.
In April the Kolegio Reina
Beatrix celebrated its 25th annual
cultural festival. In honor of this
Fundashon Bonaire Entertainment
donated NAf. 1.000 to help make
the trip to Curacao on May 30th
possible for the students.
As many insiders know, the
Fundashon collects funds to sup-
port various charities on Bonaire.
They do this by organizing con-
certs, like the dynamic Rock 'n
Roll concert by Rene Shuman in
2006. In 2007, the soul legend,
George McCrae, made a long last-
ing impression with his swinging
performances on Bonaire. These

Rotary Club Bonaire hosted
its Second Auction Dinner
on May 2 at Plaza Resort. It was a
sellout crowd of over 180 people
who enjoyed a Caribbean Buffet
created by Vernon Martijn and
students of SGB Chez Nous. The
menu was a variety of local dishes
including: Keshi Yena, Beef
Stew, Fresh Fish and Conch,
Yucca and Banana chips, as well
as a delicious Tamarind Leg of
Lamb, Beef Tenderloin along with
Salads and Desserts of Intera-
tional cheeses. Wines were spon-
sored by AWC and Mezzacorona
winery in Italy including their
Sicilian and Trento collection.

aire. They founded the F.B.E. two
years ago with the goal of promot-
ing various musical styles and
traditions on the island. The Fun-
dashon offers the opportunity for
Dutch bands and artists to perform
for the Antillean public, to create
a mutual bond and interest be-
tween Dutch artists and the island
of Bonaire.
Part of the proceeds of the con-
certs are donated to charities on
Bonaire in order to contribute to

Auction items ranged
from paintings, dinners
for four at fine restaurants
on Bonaire, trips includ-
ing air and car to Aruba,
Sint Maarten and Cura-
cao, as well as an Ajax
football jersey signed by
players, a year's internet
by Telbo, Cable TV from Ha,
Flamingo TV and much, Sara
much more. Those items
were all donated to Rotary, and
with the high energy of auctioneer
Huub Groot and Corine van der
Hout, Rotary brought in over NAf
100.000 that evening. The pro-
ceeds to be used for the BIS and

and keep much of the typical Bo-
nairean culture alive.
With the generous donations to
Skol Di Musika and the Kolegio
Reina Beatrix the Fundashon
hopes to have started a new tradi-
Bert and Jo would like to thank
all those sponsors who have made
the last two concerts possible and
they hope to continue these events
for many more years to come. 0
Story and photo by Louise Rood

ppy Rotarians: Ruud Vermeulen,
Matera and Rene Hakkenburg

other youth projects on Bonaire.
Thank you to all those who par-
ticipated in the auction, donated
items or were present in support.
* Press release

SHair Affair
We do our best to make
your hair and make-up wishes come
You can also come in for
facials and waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.
Personal attention by Janneke and Birbel
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Tues-Fri: 9-12 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

16 Flights a day
Bonaire and

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24 hours a day
Call (5999 839-1515)
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* Marketing Consulting
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* Graphic Design

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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
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6-10 2:47 1.3FT. 6:30 1.5FT. 13:55 0.9FT. 21:14 1.5FT. 55
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two concerts, sponsored
by local people and
businesses, raised
money and donated it
to worthy organiza-
The Fundashon Bon-
aire Entertainment is
founded, managed,
supported and kept
alive by the Bert Poyck
and Jo Bux, two pas-
sionate music fans who
are dedicated supporters Bert, Siffried and Jo with the
of charity work on Bon-

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-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
& Janet). 786-0956

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

Searching For GREAT
Maid Service?
For Quality House Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

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

The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about
making a US tax deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a

SAre you interested
in Dutch conver-
sation lessons?
For information
please call:

Private yoga classes
call Louise 717- 7021 or

silversmithing, stoneset-
Sting and the art of bead-
/R\ ing. Call Louise at 717-
S7021 or 700-9422.

European Fashion
Women & Men
Lagoen Hill 18
Tuesday till Saturday:1-5 pm
Tel: 717-5215

Have a story idea? The Reporter
pays the going rate for stories and
photos. Call 790-8988 if interested in
joining our team.

Nanny Services
Nanny available for the Summer of
08. Excellent island and tourist ref-
erences. Reliable and child centered
services. Please email
mrwynter@gmail.com or call 011
5999 962-3300 or 011 599 786 3134.

Two person tent for sale, never been
used. NAf 100. Call 717-2848.

Several families... Lots of
NEW baby things, household
items, garden chairs, much
This Weekend
Saturday, 31 May
Starting at 9 am.

EEG Blvd 12 (next to Bella-
fonte Apartments), Belnem

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Bonaire Reporter May 30-June 13, 2008

Spacious House near sea/
boulevard For Sale. 4 bedroom, 2
baths, spacious living room, kitchen
and laundry-room. Info: 795-7634 or

Oxygen Clean Nitrox tanks for
sale. $ 195 each. Limited supply.
Call 717-8819

The Bonaire Coastal Dolphin
Project is looking
4 for pictures/video's
of dolphins taken
around Bonaire for
their research. Also
looking for volun-
teers. Please e-mail bonairedol-
phinsZ@gmail.com or call: 785-9437.

Timeshare week in St. Maarten,
7 nights in a studio at The Ocean
Club on Cupecoy Beach -Dutch
side. Contingent on availabil-
ity. Only NAf715 for two persons
for the week--that's only about
NAf50.per person per night, based
on double occupancy. Great for
summer vacation. If interested, call

Bonaire is getting
more visitors.

Let them know about
your business or
restaurant with an ad in
The Reporter.

Call 786-6125 or 790-6518
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Did You Know....
That one of the most beautiful corals in Bonaire is an introduced
species? The Orange Cup Coral, Tubastraea coccinea is na-
tive to the Indo-Pacific region and it is thought that this species was
introduced via ballast water to the Caribbean more than 50 years ago.
Orange Cup Coral doesn't have zooxanthellae and relies entirely on
plankton-capture for its energy needs (reef-building corals have
zooxanthellae that convert sunlight into energy for the corals). Be-
cause they don't need sunlight, orange cup-corals are able to grow in
very deep water and in dark recesses. They look rather dull in the
daytime, but are absolutely gorgeous when their large tentacles extend
at night. Photographers often make this coral their subject while out
night diving here in Bonaire. Nonetheless, it is a non-native species
and competes with native corals and other animals for space (a pre-
cious commodity on the coral reef). Successful introductions such as
this may have far-reaching effects on the coral community that may
never be fully understood, especially when the effects
are slow in the making. More and more regulations
are being made to control the numbers of introduced
species, but it is a complicated process and difficult
to enforce.
Do what you can to help and be sure to discourage
anyone from releasing his or her aquarium fish into
the 'wild' to be 'free'. U Caren Eckrich .

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the "Queen of Holland" at The
Dam in Amsterdam. If you are looking for
a "nanny" this summer, you might want to

Here are Jytte and Knud who brought The Bon-
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Car' s Coral Glimpses

T he terminal male parrotfish who has chomped this
brain coral has been doing so
over a period of time, since some of
the chomped area has algae growing on
it. It's believed the parrotfish do this to
mark their territories, since this chomp- -
ing is different from their nor-
mal feeding. U Dee Scarr

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Sunday, June I Anniver-
sary Celebration Washington
Park, 8 am-5 pm. Free en-
trance and participation in
activities. Call STINAPA 717-
8444, 717-4163
May 30-June 30- Aru Anti
Expo 2008, 30 paintings of
Aruban artists Elvis Tromp
and Edmond Tujeehut. Kas di
Arte (page 3)
Saturday, May 31- Opening
of Aru Anti Expo. All invited,
especially artists of Bonaire to
meet with their colleagues
from Aruba, Kas di Arte,

Bonaire Wellness Month June
1-29, 2008, Schedule of Free

Sunday June I Bonaire Wellness
Month Opening
6:30pm- Eden Beach Resort
Monday June 2, 9, 16, 23
6:15- 7:30am Mountain Bike Ride
(all levels) Eden Beach
5- 6:30pm Hiking, Eden Beach Re-
6-7 Lecture "Healthy Lifestyle"-
Bon Fysio *
Tuesday June 3, 10, 17, 24
6:15-7:30am Mountain Bike Ride
(For advanced riders) starting from
Eden Beach [AIiguefl*
8-9am Fun Swim & Snorkeling,
Eden Beach
5- 6:30pm Mountain Bike Ride (all
6-7pm Health Check Up, Bon Fysio
Wednesday June 4, 11, 18, 25
6:15-7:30am Mountain Bike Ride
(all levels), Eden Beach
5- 6:30pm Hiking, Eden Beach
6-7pm Workouts for Supreme Core
Stability, BWC Fitness Center
Thursday June 5, 12, 19, 26
6:15-7:30am Mountain Bike Ride
(Advanced riders),Eden Beach
8- 9:30am Hiking, Eden Beach Re-
5- 6:30pm Mountain Bike Ride (all
6-7 pm Health Check Up, Bon Fysio
Therapy Center
Friday June 6, 13, 20, 27
8- 9:00am Fun Swim & Snorkeling.
Location: Eden Beach Resort [Aliguel]
Saturday June 7, 14, 21, 28
8-9am Running Clinic, Bon Fysio
10:30-11 am Lecture Back Injuries
and Prevention," Bon Fysio *
5-6:30pm Mountain Biking Ride (all
Sunday June 15, 22, 29
4-5 pm Fun Swim & Snorkeling,
Eden Beach
Sunday June 29 Bonaire Wellness
Month Closing Ceremony + Party
5:30pm Eden Beach
*Please register in advance for
lectures via telephone 717-7030/7850

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The popular SGB High School
restaurant, Chez Nous, is now open to
the public. Four-course dinners with
welcome cocktail on Tuesdays. Seating
begins at 6 pm. Lunches on Wednesday
& Thursdays. Call 717-8120, ask for
Chez Nous or email: keeslee-
man @telbonet.an
HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm-
4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening
Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Resort,
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the Month-
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info bonairewellness.com
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
Divi Fitness:
Body Balance (Mix of Yoga, Tai Chi
and Pilates )8-9 am, 6-7 pm
Body Vive (Low impact aerobics)
9-10 am, 7-8 pm
Body Dance (High impact aerobics)
8-9 pm
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays!
With $2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar!
Plus Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 6-8pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs"
with live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers Unplugged Buddy Dive Resort, 6-
10 pm
Divi Fitness, Body Balance 9-10

* Flamingo Rockers at "Admiral's
Hour" for yachtsmen and others,
Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Village
Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7 pm
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9 -
10:30 am, run by teens in training. Only
on Thursdays and Fridays. Coffee, tea,
homemade baked goods. Stichting Pro-
ject. Kaya J.A. Abraham#27
* Divi Fitness, Body Balance 6- 7
* Bonairiaan Restaurant, open 9 -
10:30 am, run by teens in training. Only
on Thursdays and Fridays. Coffee, tea,
homemade baked goods. Stichting Pro-
ject. Kaya J.A. Abraham#27
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* 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, followed
by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm, Buddy
Dive Resort
* Divi Fitness, Body Balance 8-9
am; Body Vive 9-10 am
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide Pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 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 & Ad-
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd Tues-
day, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-717-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction -
An Evening with DIR slide/video show
by Caribbean Gas Training, 8 pm, Bon-
aire Dive & Adventure,786-5073
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire 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 re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thruFriday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pmn Tel. 717-
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

AA meetings -every Wednesday at 7:00
PM-every Sunday at 5:00 PM. Phone:

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) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop 717
-5903 for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Cafe. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
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 wel-
come. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Marti-
nez Beck, at 786-2953.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, 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 Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays
8:30 11:30am. In Papiamentu, Spanish
and English.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk
- Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Sat-
urday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518 or 790-8988

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*to find it... just look up

"An Exquisite Moon Visits Two Evening Planets
And A Great Star!"

If you're new to star and planet gazing in the Sky Park then like most people
you have difficulty finding planets because they constantly change their posi-
tion in relation to the stars. But every once in a while the Moon passes very close
visually to a planet or a star at which time you can use the Moon to make absolutely
sure you've found a particular planet or star. And such is the case the first weekend
of June.
On Friday night June 6th just after it gets dark face west where above the horizon
you will see an exquisite four day old crescent Moon complete with earthshine
which will look like a dark full Moon nestled within the crescent. And if you men-
tally draw a line up to its left that line will pass first through the red planet Mars
then Regulus the brightest star of Leo the Lion and very close by the wonderful
ringed planet Saturn. But it's much more fun using the Moon to identify these ob-
jects, which means all you have to do is wait until 24 hours later on Saturday June
7th when a five day old Moon will be less than two fingers at arm's length away
from Mars. And 24 hours later on Sunday the 8th a six day old Moon will be only
four fingers at arm's length away from the heart star of the lion king. At which time
the Moon and Regulus and Saturn above them will form a lovely triangle.
Once again, this Friday the crescent Moon will be only about one and a half fists,
held out at arm's length, away from Mars. On Saturday the Moon will be less than
two fingers away from Mars and on Sunday the Moon, Regulus and Saturn will
form an exquisite tight triangle. But remember even though these objects will look
close together visually nothing could be farther from the truth. On Saturday our
2,000 mile wide Moon will be only 231,000 miles away from us but 4,000 mile
wide Mars will be 181 million miles away. And on Sunday when the Moon makes a
lovely triangle with Regulus and Saturn the Moon will be only 235,000 miles away
while Saturn will be 866 million miles beyond, almost 5 times farther than Mars.
But hold onto your hats because Regulus, which is a star five times wider than our
million mile wide Sun, will be a whopping 459 trillion miles away. Or to put it in a
better light it is so far away that it takes its light 78 years to reach us.
And now would be a good time to get out a small telescope because on all three
nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday you'll be able to watch the Moon's shadow
slowly shrink plus you'll be able to see Mars' reddish globe and Saturn's rings, I
guarantee, will knock your socks off. Regulus, however will not look any bigger
through any telescope, it will only look brighter. And that's because it is so incredi-
bly far, far away. Have a great first weekend of June. 0 Jack Horkheimer

L040t 0 MEDIATE, and
Phone: (599) 09 512-6375
Phone: (599) 717-2500 EXT. 8210




By Jenny

June 2008

Aries A busy and exciting month is in store, dear Aries. Although you may be doing
much, at the end of the day you could find you haven't produced a whole lot! You're jug-
gling, but perhaps have too many balls in the air. The 3-8 is an excellent period for personal
relationships, learning, and communications. Play and recreation appeal, and so does ro-
mance, which is especially heated this month.
Taurus Increased energy for tackling major projects around the home figures strongly in
June, dear Taurus. So do finances, which can be a little tricky until after the 19th. Career
matters--potentially frustrating ones--are likely to manifest mid-month, as well as somewhat
of a face-off with a significant other, probably about money. Overall, however, June is
mostly stable.
Gemini You are making big impressions this month, dear Gemini. It's a strong month
for personal plans and feeling quite energized. Around the 18th, a partner needs extra atten-
tion, and the 23rd is strong for strengthening or attracting relationships. Communicating
with friends and networking figure strongly this month. Fate is in your hands, particularly in
June. You have the power to make things happen on your terms.
Cancer You are strongly motivated to increase your personal income flow this month,
dear Cancer, and that extra effort is likely to meet with success. While the first three weeks
of June are largely devoted to introspection and some level of emotional retreat, you begin
to feel more in control of your life by the last week.. Your powers of attraction are espe-
cially strong from the 18th forward. Partnerships are absorbing and rewarding from the 21-
Leo Plenty of energy is at your disposal this month, dear Leo, but the question will be
where to direct it. Tricky matters with friends and lovers up until, and especially on, the 18-
20, after which it's pretty much smooth sailing. Don't let misunderstandings get in the way
of pleasure. The 3-11 is an excellent period for prosperity and enjoyment.
Virgo Much of your time and attention is devoted to career initiatives and involvement
this month, dear Virgo. Going over past mistakes professionally, and dealing with a few
misunderstandings personally, figures until after the 19th, when delays lift. The 7-8 present
opportunities on romantic or financial levels (or both!). Social engagements and romance
are more likely to be found through work.
Libra You are working hard to achieve your goals this month, not only material but also
spiritual goals, dear Libra. Single Libras might find a partner through a friend or group ac-
tivity, particularly from the 5-8. After the 19th, delays with education or travel plans lift,
and career matters assume more prominence in your life. It's a strong period for cutting a
deal or acquiring fringe benefits.
Scorpio June continues to be a strong period for work and career, dear Scorpio. You
could receive public recognition for the work you do now. The 18-20 could bring some
touchy matters to the surface, likely financial. The 29-30 represents an opportunity period
for you. Those looking for a job could find one now.
Sagittarius June is an expressive month for you, dear Sagittarius. Satisfying your itch
for change and adventure seems like a good idea. Tricky matters with finances and partner-
ships need to be handled. Relationships become easier to manage after the 19th. The Full
Moon on the 18th occurs in your sign, and you could surprise others (and even yourself)
with an emotional outpouring or proclamation.
Capricorn Getting down to business, handling the details of daily existence, and focus-
ing on improvement figure strongly in June, dear Capricorn. Personal plans regain momen-
tum, and work snags ease in the last two weeks of the month. Travel plans may not move
swimmingly just now. Best days for opportunities are the 10th and 20-24.
Aquarius Taking in plays, movies, dinner, and romantic activities are featured. Your
energy levels are on the low side, so when work becomes a more pressing concern after the
20th, you might feel a little out of focus.. The 12-13 is a tricky period when you could be
feeling unappreciated or stressed. Finish up the details of personal projects and plans before
the 26th for maximum success.
Pisces Work is busy and challenging in June, dear Pisces, while your heart is with your
home and family. You are more able to increase your income by performing tasks that oth-
ers dislike doing this month. Your powers of attraction increase significantly after the 18th,
and a more pleasurable and flowing cycle begins; perhaps with the exception of the 20-21,
when money concerns and other stresses grab hold. 0






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and Valuables eBurglar Alarms
*Private Investigations *Fire Alarm Systems


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Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 717- 8125
Fax (599) 717- 6125 E-mail sss@bonairelive.com

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Page 17

"i' "'CwM ufay
Wlhats Coming Or Way? *
An Island Construction Tour

rt Activities

aMWW6 11

Sunset) Divi's "circus tent" Showcase

T his time we won't be
looking at a specific con-
struction or development com-
ing our way because in order to
keep up with all individual de-
velopments this article (and
therefore The Bonaire Re-
porter), should almost be pub-
lished daily. That's not possible
so let's just tour parts of the
island so we can deal with mul-
tiple developments at once.
Let's start off at Flamingo
Airport where the work on and
around the parking area is
clearly progressing. We dealt
with details on it in an earlier
issue already (paid parking
coming our way), but this didn't
include the airport rental center
that has sprung up in no time
across from the airport. This
center is not part of the Bonaire
International Airport (BIA) or-
ganization but is a project by
some of the (car) rental agencies
that have a brand new housing
here now. Details to follow in
one of the upcoming issues.
Right behind the airport rental
center we find the waters of
Plaza Resort Marina. The ma-
rina management is in new
hands now, and we can expect
to see serious upgrades in the
harbor's facilities. We'll try to
get you the details.
Making a detour into Belnem,
we see that the Bellevue build-
ing on the shoreline is almost
finished now. The first apart-
ments have already been turned
over to the new owners, al-
though completing the pool and
other details are still being done.
Going further south we see a
lot going on at Punt Vierkant.
Well known Dutch designer and
Bonaire lover, Piet Boon, will
soon see close to 10 homes that
came from his drawing board
built there at the shoreline, mak-
ing this part of EEG Blvd al-
most into the "Boon Boule-
A little further at "Kas di
Sjeik" (located between Punt
Vierkant and Lighthouse Beach

A little further we notice that
the building that once housed
the Blue Moon Restaurant has
been torn down. Right now
we've not a clue what will
happen here. We'll try to find
Moving further north we no-
tice that on the land for the
new Divi All Inclusive a giant
tent structure is being created.
A circus? We haven't seen any
want ads for a lion tamer in the
local newspapers. No, it's go-
ing to be the place where Divi
Sill have a showcase for sell-
ing the condos to be built here.
photo by Marcel Leurs Going further north on "hotel

resort), we notice that the
grounds have been cleared.
Something is happening there;
hope we can get you further
details about it in an upcoming
Going back north we pass
Flamingo Paradise (the system
of peninsulas opposite the air-
port) and notice that Waterlands
Village is now close to being
finished too. We gave you the
details in an earlier issue, but we
weren't aware then of the great
artwork on the on the outside
walls that was going to be added
by the SGB students. The other
developments here (Saramaca,
Bahia, Azul) are in various
stages of completion, from get-
ting close to still far off.
Taking a left onto Abraham
Boulevard we notice that the
place formerly known as The
Old Inn is being worked on. The
establishment will re-open un-
der new management and a dif-
ferent name within months. Go-
ing on further it's impossible
not to notice the progress on the
road taking place here. We can
imagine that those who live or
have a business to run here will
be happy once things are done.
It's quite a thing to happening
on your doorstep.
Getting to the shoreline near
Chachacha beach, changes are
pretty dramatic. Dive Inn Stu-
dios is there no more, and foun-
dations for a new structure are
being laid. Close by, the Haus-
mann Follies development is
reaching ground floor levels and
will rise considerably higher.

row" there's a lot going on on
the inland side of the road. We
already wrote about Bamboo
Bali (the wooden houses), but
there was no opportu-
nity yet to explore the
new MCB Office, Bon
Bida Apartments,
Alexander Liberty
Apartments and other
developments arising
here. Supposedly
there is also a new
rum factory some-
where there. We'll
find out!
Leaving Hato we
pass the area where
things are going to
change considerably
with the new seafront
resort right there, as
we wrote in a previ-
ous issue. This tour
ends near Hilltop
where at the end of
Kaya Barcadera (up The
the cliff at the begin- Klln
ning of the "'tourist De
road") the grounds
for El Pueblo have
been prepared for Hou
And this was just a
little tour of the is-
land. U Marcel Leurs Ora

gi Spree


s everyone can see there is a
lot of construction going on
at the airport. As of the end of June
the Airport will have the first paid
parking on Bonaire.
The parking lot in front of the
airport will change into a drop-off-
zone where you may park the first
15 minutes for free. After that you
have to pay NAf2 per hour. After 4
hours this will be NAf 1 per hour,
with the maximum of NAf .20 per
day. This parking area will have
space for up to 80 cars.
The road directly in front of the
airport will be for busses and taxies

only. More to the right (see picture)
there will be long term parking (for
which you will have to pay as well).
What do we pay for? More safety
because of cameras, street lights and
more security.
It is going to be a nice welcome
for tourists with all these walking
paths (wheelchair friendly) and palm
The total cost of this project is
NAf 2,1 million, completely paid
for by BIA. The expectations are
that it will be ready the end of June.
U Dennis Lensink and Press Re-

Klinika Veterinario Bonaire
m l Dierenartsen team:
Animal Hospital Drs. Arie Binksma
S e i Drs. Hans & Etty Lambeek
Drs. Seib Fietsma
Dierenkliniek Drs. Ytzen v.d. Werf

Kaminda Lagun 24A, Tel 717-4255
Next to the Animal Shelter
Banda di Dierenaisel
Naast het Dierenaisel



clinic is open from:
ika ta habri di: lllf l
kliniek is geopened van:






Monday, Wednesday and Friday 13:30-14:30
Tuesday, Thursday 17:00-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00
or by appointment every day
available 24 hours a day, including weekends: Tel. 790-6001

djaluna, djarason i djabierne 13:30-14:30
djamars i djaweps 17:00-17:30; djasabra 11.00-12.00
of sigun sita tur dia
24 ora pa dia disponibel, tambe den wikent: Tel. 790-6001

maandag, woensdag en vrijdag 13:30-14:30
dinsdag en donderdag 17:00-17:30; zaterdag 11.00-12.00
of volgens afspraak elke dag
24 uur per dag bereikbaar, ook in het weekend: Tel. 790-6001

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Page 18



My students love doing
these tests. You know
them; they are in almost every
magazine. "What kind of person
are you? Do you and your boy/
girlfriend belong together? Do
you have violent tendencies?"
Within 10 to 20 questions you
have your answer, whether it is
the answer you want or not. And
then, what do you do? What if
according to this test you and
your partner do not belong to-
gether? Mostly it is just for fun
of course, because deep down
we like being tested. It is like
holding a mirror for us to look
in, and we are very vain.
So here is my own test. The
question that needs answering is
whether you are the right mate-
rial to live on Bonaire. You may
continue reading at your own
risk. Good luck!

1) Do you like to read books?
A. Yes! Where is my hammock?
B. Well, I do not have that much
time for reading. I need a lot of
time for the essential gossiping.
C. Not books, magazines are OK.

2) The electricity is down in the
evening, what do you do?
A. That is no problem; I have
wind/solar power.
B.I take my car out for a drive.
C.I call the newspaper to tell
them of this special event.

3) Your friend's generator is
broken. He asks your advice.
What do you say?
A. Start banging your head
against the wall; it will take a wh
ile before it can be fixed.
B.Call everybody you know if
they know a person who can fix
C. Look under the "G" for Gen-
erator repairman in the Yellow

4) You have some rubbish you
want to get rid of. What do you
A. Burn, bur, bum.
B. The "mondi" is very big, or
maybe put it in the kliko (garbage
C. I am sorry, I do not understand
the question.

5) You have a water and elec-
tricity bill to pay, what do you
A. I do not want to leave the tran-
quility of my home for such a
trivial thing, so I have a standing
order at the bank.
B. I just grind my teeth and stand
in line at WEB.
C. Hahahaha! They pay people to
collect payments of bills?

6) You turn left at a junction.
What do you do?
A. I slow down about 200 meters
before the junction. Then I turn

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The Piaggio Ape 50. There's a buzz on the streets of Bonaire!
The 30th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."


on my signal just before I turn left
(if at all) because there is proba-
bly nobody to see my maneuver.
B. I make a small turn to the right
and then I turn left.
C. I just turn left; I have never
really thought about it.

7) You see somebody in the
street. What do you do?
A. I greet everybody.
B. I greet the people I know.
C. There are a lot of people in the
street, what makes that somebody

8) Somebody asks you what
time it is. What do you say?
A. I am sorry I do not have a
watch, but according to the sun it
is in the afternoon.
B. Five-ish.
C. It is 13 minutes past five.

9) Your driver's license needs
renewal. What do you do?
A. I will try and combine it with
more administrative nonsense, so
I have leave the serenity of my
home only once.
B. Deep sigh first, then I go and
do it.
C. What is the issue? You just go
to this one place and it is done in
10 minutes, right?

10) You park your car. How do
you leave it?
A. Unlocked, but I shall close the
windows because according to
the movements of the donkeys, it
will start to rain soon.
B. In Playa locked, by the side of
the tourist road unlocked.
C. Locked of course, and I have
this special annoying alarm that
will go off as soon as so much as
a breath of wind touches my car.

11) Somebody plays loud music
in the evening. What do you
A. If it is just for one night, I'll
B. Check out where the party is,
and then I'll take my cousins with
C. I'll call the cops.

12) Your mobile phones rings
while you are driving. What do
you do?
A. Why do I have that dumb
phone again?
B. I pick it up at any time and
anywhere, because I am impor-
tant. That must mean that who-
ever is calling must have some-
thing important to say.
C. Don't you get, like, a
ticket if you talk on the phone in
your car?

Kralendijk -
A very tiny, little, cute
white delivery van is
parked in front of Books and
Toys, the recently opened book-
store on Kaya Grandi in Kral-
endijk, owned by Addo Stuur.
The car appears to be an original
Piaggio Ape 50 Panel Van. The
car is brand new and it's covered
only a few miles on the tarmac
of the island of Bonaire.

Cathlyn Boezem, employee of
Books and Toys, 19 years young,
is the regular driver of this
mighty three wheeler. Cathlyn
says, "I love working in the book
shop and 1 love driving this cute
little car."

Cathlyn, born on Bonaire, gave
birth to a boy, Timothy who is
now two years old. Her other
"child" is made of metal: the
brand new white sprayed Piaggio
Ape. "I really love this little ve-
hicle," she enthuses. "There is no
steering wheel in it, like in a car.
This Ape reminds me of a
scooter! Look at the handle bars
and the brakes! Is this not fun?
And look at this huge lever. If
you push it forwards you can
combine it with the four-speed
rotating handle on the steering
bar. There you go. If you push it
backwards the Ape is in reverse.
Is it not funny! In fact I do not
need a reverse at all because I
can push it backwards and my
little cutie is very agile with a
turning circle radius of only 3.7

The Piaggio Industries were
established in 1882 in Genoa,
Italy, by Enrico Piaggio and his
son, Rinaldo. During the First
World War Piaggio manufac-
tured engines for aircrafts. After
WW I the factory specialized in
personal transport. Later on the
first prototype of the latter
scooter was produced. It was
called "Paperino," which is Ital-
ian for "Donald Duck." The suc-
cessful mass production of the
first Vespa scooter made by
Piaggio started after WW II in

1946. ("Vespa" is Italian for
"wasp.") The scooter became
very popular in Europe. It was
cheap and easy to maintain. The
Vespas were very reliable and
economical. Engine sizes were:
125 150 175 cc. All engines
were simple two-stroke designs.
In 1948 the first Piaggio Ape
was built. ("Ape" is Italian for
"bee!") The modern Ape is
available as a real pick up truck,
a panel van, an Ape "Web" with
a real roll bar and as a sturdy
cross country model.

This Piaggio Ape, built in
2007, consists of a steel frame
and a steel body. Most modern
Apes are two-seaters. There is a
handbrake on the right hand side
of the handlebar. A four-speed
selector is mounted on the left
hand side of the handle bar. The
vehicle is also fitted with a real
foot brake. A lever has to be
moved to put the car in reverse.
The car is equipped with real
safety belts, turn signals and a
horn. There is even a wiper! The
car is fitted with a very small
49.8 ccm two-stroke engine, a
four-speed gearbox, a reverse
and an electric start! The mixture
of gasoline and two-stroke oil is

1> Results
If your answers consist mostly of"B," then you
are ready to move to this island. You will just
blend into the surroundings.
You have answered with a lot of "A," you are so
well adapted it is time to buy your own kunuku.
Unfortunately, for the people with a lot of "C,"
Bonaire is not the island for you. Your visits are
appreciated, but you will frustrate yourself by
staying here more than six months.

distributed by a fuel pump to the
carburetor and taken in by a ro-
tary inlet. The compression ratio
is 10.5:1. This makes the little
mouse peppy enough to take part
in Bonairean traffic. The weight
of the "truck" is 230 kg and the
car can carry 200 kg. A real
workhorse though.

Driving the Piaggio Ape is real
fun. The small, two-stroke, 50 cc
engine comes alive by the activ-
ity of a very small electric starter
engine. The sound of the engine
really sounds like a busy hum-
ming bee: Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
First gear. Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
There we go! Second, third,
fourth gear. There is a lot of
shifting to do with this little
gearbox and engine. It is fun!
The car is light and when it is
only carrying one or two persons
it is still quite quick! Cornering
is fun too. There is just one
wheel in the front!
People like this vehicle. In-
stantly people start waving and
laughing when they see it on the
road. This car is a nice contribu-
tion to the happiness of our
lovely island! U
Story & photo by J@n Brouwer

So, have you passed the test? Do you feel that
you know more about yourself? Are you going to
try and change yourself? I surely
hope that whether you are an "A",
"B" or a "C" person, you had fun
being tested! !U MaryAnn
Koops teaches Biology at the SGB
High School.

Bonaire Reporter May 30-June 13, 2008

Cathlyn Boezem with the Books and Toys Piaggio Ape 50 in
front of the shop on Kaya Grandi.


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