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' August 822, 2008; Volume 15, Issue 16

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The analysis of the results of
the University of Texas'
seismological inquiry into possi-
ble presence of oil and natural
gas in the Antillean waters are
positive, indicated Prime Minister
Emily de Jongh-Elhage during her
weekly press conference last
week. This reopens the possibil-
ity of offshore drilling in Antil-
lean territorial waters.
The premier didn't want to go
into details on the results of the
analysis. She said that before she
brings the results into the open,
she wants to discuss the informa-
tion with Parliament.

) This December Delta Airlines
will begin flying to Bonaire
from NY every Saturday: DL
553 departs New York-JFK at
10:35 am arriving in Bonaire at
4:25 pm. Returning DL 554
leaves Bonaire at 5:15 pm, arriv-
ing in New York-JFK at 9:05 pm.
Delta concurrently announced an
introductory Internet fare of $239.
This will be Delta's second
weekly Bonaire flight.

) Delta Air Lines reported a
$137 million profit, excluding
special charges for the second
quarter of 2008, despite unprece-
dented fuel prices that increased
costs by more than $1 billion.
Including special charges of $1.2
billion, Delta's reported net loss
for the June 2008 quarter was $1

P Continental Airlines Inc. has
been named the best domestic
airline, best airline for customer
service and best airline for flights
to Mexico Executive Travel
Magazine's 2008 Leading Edge

Awards. The award winners were
selected by a survey of the maga-
zine's readers. Continental flies
twice weekly to Bonaire.

I Internet police are coming to
the Antilles. Telecom-Minister
Maurice Adriaens (FOL) has or-
dered the Bureau Telecommuni-
cation and Post (BTP) to establish
an institution to supervise and
control the internet in the Antilles.
The establishment of an internet
police for the Antilles is the result
of two international conferences
on internet communication tech-
nology that took place in Curagao
last week. According to Adri-
aens, apart from the innumerable
developments that internet has to
offer, there are also several nega-
tive developments, among others
spam (unsolicited advertisement
sent by email) and spyware
(computer programs that gather
information about a user).

I State Secretary of Kingdom
Relations Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten has offered a package
of draft laws regulating the
transition of the BES islands
(Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba)
into The Netherlands for review
by the Dutch Council of Minis-
The State Secretary also wants
to present the laws to the gen-
eral public. She has invited sug-
gestions for improvements to the
rules. The basic package of legis-
lation comprises the "Law on
Public Entities BES islands
(WolBES)," the "Introductory
Law" and the "Law on Financial
Relations BES islands," as well as
an amendment of the Electoral
Once the recommendations have
been submitted, the package of
legislation will be forwarded to
the Dutch Legislature (Second
Chamber). Once approved, the
draft laws will be made public
and will be published along with
the suggestions. However, the
Ministry of Internal Affairs and
Kingdom Relations said it would
not be able to respond to individ-
ual reactions. Suggestions can be
submitted on www.minbzk.nl/
internetconsultatie until Octo-
ber .

0 The Antilles Court of First
Instance ruled on August 1 that
gay and lesbian couples have
the same rights and obligations
in the Netherlands Antilles and
Aruba as they have in the Neth-

The Court in Willemstad added
that all marriages entered into in
the Kingdom of the Netherlands
had identical legal weight and
must be treated equally. The case
was presented to court by a
(Continued on page 4)


Save the Reef

B sorts have
been given an op-
portunity to return
some of the benefits
they get from hav-
ing the Caribbean's
best coral reefs on their doorstep and benefit their own inter-
ests as well. On August 1, Ramon de Leon, the respected Man-
ager of the Bonaire National Marine Park, sent a message ex-
pressing his concern for the viability of Bonaire's reefs to Bon-
aire's resorts and tourism associations (see page 7). It is based on
undisputable scientific and anecdotal evidence that there are too
many nutrients ("plant food") in the coastal waters of Bonaire for
coral to continue to thrive. The nutrients, for the most part, come
from human waste (feces) discharging from hotels, apartments
and homes near the shoreline. De Leon states that none provide
adequate treatment of their wastewater to remove the nutrients.
As a result Bonaire's coral reef is diminishing and de Leon fears
that avalanche effect will hasten its demise.
Ironically, the commercial success of Bonaire's tourism is re-
sponsible for turning a sustainable method of waste disposal into
a threatening one. The Reporter suggests resorts "pay back"
nature and the Marine Park for the recreational opportuni-
ties they have been getting for free by helping to heal the reef.
It is to their own self-interest to preserve the asset that provides
the motivation for many of their guests to visit the island. Ulti-
mately it will improve their "bottom line"-profitability.
The shorefront resorts and property owners can begin im-
mediately by eliminating their discharge of wastewater into
the ground and the sea and taking additional steps: use only
phosphate free detergents, eliminate water-loving landscaping
and practice even better water conservation. At first they must
store and then truck away the wastewater, then perhaps install
compact wastewater treatment plants. Off-the-shelf units are
available. The earliest date for the operation of Bonaire's shore-
front municipal sewage system is 2011. That is too late.
Government can help by requesting the EU funding agencies
to complete sewage system's inland tertiary wastewater treatment
plant as soon as possible to treat the trucked-in waste. Govern-
ment can provide tax incentives for the resorts to install storage
tanks and treatment plants. The TCB believes "it is important to
encourage the private sector to start working on improve-
ments soon/now, in line with what will be required as part of
the new legislation/system...instead of waiting for the new
system to be installed." U G.D.

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Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Editorial: Save the Reef Now 2
Off to School in Holland 3
Tour Guide Class 4
SOS Campaign to Save Reefs 6
BNMP deLeon Reef Alert
Letter 7
Bonaire Animal Shelter
25 years ago 9
Caribbean Little League
Championships 10
Parrot Watch: Fledging Report 11
Jong Bonaire Cuts Fees 12
Letters: AACutback 13
Keep Bonaire Green 13
Bonaire's Latinos Celebrate 15
STCB 15th Turtle Tagged 18
Pro Kids Word Class
Windsurfing 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles- Ruud& Ruth Snelder 5
Bubbles/Did You Know (mating
fish) 6
Bonairean Voices (Government4) 8
Sudoku 8
Sudoku answer 9
Pet of the Week (Poppy) 10
Island View (Homosexual
Marriage) 12
Picture Yourself (Missouri
Wedding) 12
Reporter Masthead 13
Tide Table 13
Dining, Shopping Guides 14
Classifieds 16
What's Happening 17
Sky Park (Perseid Meteors) 19
Stars Have it (Astrology) 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. 0. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518
Available on-line at:
Published every two weeks
Next edition printing on August 20,

Aleixandra Mendoza-Rojas
(above at right) was the sole
student headingfor a univer-
sity. She completed two addi-
tional years of high school
(VWO) in Curacao to qualify.
She is joined at the airport by
(from left to right) her cousin,
mother and brother.

11 Martlnus Ricky Lionel B. Opleiding tot leraar vo van de 2e graad in Engels Hogeschool Rotterdam Nederland Rotterdam
12 Mendoza Rojas Aleixandra B. Geneeskunde Universileit Leiden Nederland Leiden
13 Morillo Daniel Damian Mathias B. Elektrotechniek Haagse Hagaschool Nederland Den Haag
14 Oleana Marjolein Laurensia Mode & Commercie Vitalis College Nederland Breda
15 Pourier Raymond Hyacintho B. International Business and Languages Hanzehogeschool Gronirgen Nederland Groningen
16 Ricardo Judeska Maria B. HBO-Rechten Hogeschool Inholland Nederland Rotterdam
17 Rombley Kristy Jeanally Sunylla B. Commercifle Economic Hogeschool Inholland Nederland Den Haag
18 Sanchez Castillo Ana Maria de Jesus B. Biologie en Medisch Laboratoriumonderzoek Stichting Hogeschool Leiden Nederland Leiden
19 Schoop Reydian Jermany B. Elektrotechniek Hiogeschool van Utrecht Nederland Amersfoort
20 Winklaar Chanetsa B. Management Economle en Recht Hogeschool Rotterdam Nederland Rotterdam

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Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008

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Flotsam and Jetsam... Continued from
page 2
woman who wanted to include her
partner and one of her children in
her health insurance policy. The
Bureau of Health Insurance (BZV)
in Curacao had turned down her
request. Conducting gay marriages
and their legal status is a key issue
in the integration of the BES is-
lands into The Netherlands.

0 The eligible age to start re-
ceiving AOV old age pension will
rise from 60 to 62 years. Within a
week the Social Security Bank
SVB will present a draft law
amendment to Health Minister
Omayra Leeflang proposing the
age increase. The intention is to
further increase the eligible age to
65 years in the future in line with
an increasing international trend to
up retirement age to avoid bank-
rupting the retirement systems.
AOV payments have been rising
yearly. The maximum AOV pay-
ment increased by NAf 100 to
NAf 654 on January 1, 2007. The
phased increase of the premium
(+1.5% per January 1, 2007 and
another +1.5% per January 1,
2008) and an increase of the pre-
mium wage limit to NAf 72.000
on January 1, 2008, were not able
to prevent the AOV/AWW fund
from declining by NAf 3.8.

- The total consolidated public
debt of the Netherlands Antilles
grew by NAf 427.4 million (8.4%)
to NAf 5.5 billion (84.7% of
Gross Domestic Product) in
2007. This higher debt was the

result of gains in the consolidated
domestic debt (NAf 349 million)
and in the foreign debt (NAf 78.4
million), the Central Bank stated in
its 2007 annual report.

0 Four out of 10 babies born
last year in The Netherlands had
parents who were not married
compared to one out of 10 a dec-
ade ago, the Central Bureau for
Statistics (CBS) reported Monday.
The increase is largely due to an
increase in the number of people
who live together but are not mar-
ried, says the CBS. An increasing
number of these couples continue
to live together after the birth of
their children, the organization
says. Some 90% of first time
mothers under the age of 20 are
unmarried, says the CBS. Just over
50% of women who are older than
35 are unmarried when they are
having their first baby.

I Wonder what happened to the
glass bottom sailboat Aquas-
pace? She's been getting a refit in
a Curacao dockyard. Work is fin-
ishing up and the owners hope to
have her back home by the end of

August and to be fully operational
a few weeks later. A new high-
light: on each side of the ship are
four LED lights. It will be a spec-
tacular sight in the evenings both
from the Playa shoreline and from
the underwater observation deck.

0 Even Curacao is installing
dive moorings to protect its en-
dangered reefs. With NAfl0.000
from DVB Bank America in No-
vember for the Curacao Marine
Park (CMP), Carmabi has acquired
25 anchor buoys with accessories.
Budget Marine supplied the attach-
ment material for the buoys at cost

SThanks to funding from the
Stitchting Dierenhulp in Holland
there is free dog sterilization go-
ing on right now on Bonaire. The
program started at the beginning of
July as a result of an incident
where a dog injured a person. The
program is in lieu of a governmen-
tal campaign to shoot stray dogs.
So far there have been 20 to 25
dogs sterilized by Nikiboko vet,
SJan Laarakker. See the ad on page
E Please spread the word and inform
your friends and neighbors who
may not be able to afford the cost
- of sterilization for their pets.

- F&B maven Kirk Gosden
seems to be on his way to becom-
ing the "Czar of Waterside Res-
taurants." The Lion's Den,
opened in April, 2001, was step
one, with a faithful staff and clien-

l 0 i .;I = l
2007 tour guide graduating class, Sue Felix at lower left.

0 Sue Felix is organizing another of her popular tour guide
courses in preparation for the coming cruise ship season. Don't
miss this chance to learn more about Bonaire. Special attention will
be given to the information needed by the auxiliary, AB, and taxi
drivers and new tour guides. If you love Bonaire, want to learn
more about it and how to share that information, take this course.
Go to the first meeting at Scout Building--Kaya Nikiboko Nord
(across from Caribbean Fasteners) at 7 pm on Monday, August
11. See the ad in on page 8 for more information.

tele. Now he's just opened his
second, the Sunset Bar and Grill
on the seaside at the Den Laman
Apartments. This spectacular site
is where it's happening, Gosden
says. "We've been booked solid
since we opened on August 1." At
this point Sunset is open only for
dinner, "But that's just for now,"
Gosden, one of the top chefs on the
island, says.

- Wilna Groenenboom, the past
Art Editor of The Bonaire Re-

porter, took many of the photos
in this issue, including the spec-
tacular cover shot. Groenenboom
returned to Holland last year and is
currently back on the island for a
month, taking photos to finish her
planned book on Bonaire.

)Thanks to all who read and
those who support The Reporter.
Please patronize the advertisers
and tell them you saw their ad in
The Reporter. It is they who keep
it free. U G./L.D.



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Profiles: Ruud and Ruth Snelder, Pioneers in Making Ideals Work

Ruud and Ruth Snelder are newcom-
ers to the island, nevertheless, they
are already involved in their first volunteer
project on Bonaire. They are funding the
creation of a full time professional day care
and pre-school center in Rincon.
To understand their ideals and motives it
is necessary to go back in time. Achieving
their ideals-contributing to those less
privileged-has been a way of life for them,
and as life turned out, this is what they do
In the 60s, Ruud started to make jewelry;
within a short time he had friends working
for him. He set up a hippie commune in
Friesland, in the northern part of Holland.
Farms were cheap, and the spirit of those
times allowed him to put his ideals ("We
share what we have and produce.") into
practice. He started to grow organic pro-
duce and the commune became self sup-
porting and quite successful.
When problems arose in his love life he
decided to start something new on the other
side of the world, which happened to be
Brazil. His Portuguese was non-existent in
the beginning, forcing him to observe more
than participate in daily life. He became
aware of the enormous needs of the poor
and especially the children in the barrios.
This led to involvement in volunteer work
and charity projects. A year and a half later
he met his future wife, Ruth, who'd come to
Brazil from her native country, Chile, to
visit her brother who was working with
Ruud in various projects. Five years later
Ruud and Ruth had five children of their
own and were live-in caretakers of numer-
ous houses owned by influential people in

Brazil. This enabled Ruud and Ruth to earn
enough money to fund their charity work.
With local support many of their projects to
help poor children were accomplished.
After five years in Brazil, they traveled by
bus to Chile with their children. They lived
there for two years and Ruud again got in-
volved in volunteer work. Life in Chile
during those years (last years of the Pino-
chet dictatorship) was much more harsh
than in Brazil. Chile was gloomy and the
general atmosphere was one of fear and
suspicion. Ruud gave music lessons in
schools and volunteered in various barrios.
It was a struggle to make a living.

"Driving through Rincon
they almost felt trans-
ported back in time to Bra-
zil. The atmosphere, the
quietness and the laid back
feeling were very similar"

After being abroad for 10 years Ruud
decided it was time to visit his mother in
Holland and introduce her to his wife and
children. Once in Holland, Ruth refused to
return to Chile. She wanted the children to
have a good education, and she persuaded
Ruud to stay. During the first months they
lived in a mobile home. Ruth was very
happy and at home in Holland. Ruud man-
aged to earn a living with his creative skills.
He'd had extensive experience working
with children by now, so he advertised him-

self as a day care giver in Louise Rood pho
homes where parents
were working during the
day. After some initial
barriers were overcome
(Ruud being a man) cli-
ents were soon referring
him to their friends, and
he had to hire other pro-
fessionals to meet the
increasing demand for
home day care. The big-
gest challenge for Ruud
was to find the perfect
match between his staff
and the employer fami-
lies. He personally
trained his staff in meth-
ods he had developed
over the years in his
work with children. He created a step-by-
step methodology to work with the chil-
dren, and the results were so positive that
his business expanded to 15 branches in
several other cities. Financially he did well,
and he decided to add 1 Euro to every cli-
ent's bill to fund his next charity project:
the pre-school in Bonaire. He founded the
Welfare Stichting Casa de Kinop about a
year and a half ago.
Ruth in the meantime had set up her own
day care center in Nijmegen (in the South
of Holland) in a problem area where many
ethnic minorities live. Because Holland
isn't Ruth's homeland either it was natural
for her to relate to the specific problems of
these parents and their kids. She worked
with small groups and provided a huge
space for them both inside and outside by

renting a beautiful old vicarage.
Considering their backgrounds, it cer-
tainly isn't surprising that after coming to
Bonaire their interest was in day care cen-
ters on the island. Driving through Rincon
they almost felt transported back in time to
Brazil. The atmosphere, the quietness and
the laid back feeling were very similar;
when they visited the day care center they
knew right away what their next project
would be.
"Rincon feels like a forgotten comer of
Bonaire," Ruth says, "although it was here
that people first lived on the island." The
existing day care center needs work. The
building is in very bad condition, inside as
well as out. There are hardly any indoor
facilities for the kids, and the outside area
(Continued on page 9)

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ur Sewage Campaign To Save Bonaire's Reefs!
i Divers, Snorkelers, Visitors, and Residents: Bonaire's Reefs Will Die Soon If We
Don't Act To Stop All the Sewage Leaking and Spewing Into the Sea!
Take Action Now
and/or call the following officials to lobby for an immediate halt to all the sew-
s spilling into the sea from waterfront hotels, resorts, restaurants, and homes:
Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands website www.koninklijkhuis.nl/
english/content.isp?objectid=13874 has contact details
State Secretary for the Antilles, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten Tel.: +31 70 426 63 02
E-mail: info@minbzk.nl
Lt. Governor of Bonaire, Hubert Domacass6 email- gezag@bonairelive.com
Bonaire Commissioner Anthony Nicolaas, phone: (599) 785-3652
o not patronize a waterfront hotel, restaurant, resort, property, etc. that is con-
to pollute the reef: (For information on polluters, contact the Bonaire Marine
volved. If Bonaire's reefs die, so too will tourism and the economy. Spread the word to
love Bonaire's reefs that urgent action is required NOW
the Facts:
stewater Statement," Ramon de Leon, Manager, Bonaire National Marine Park, August 1, 2008
mount of wastewater from tourist accommodations and other properties on the shoreline
hed from septic tanks directly into the sea.
gen loads in the sea have doubled since the seventies, and every year indications of eu-
on the reef grow stronger. Macroalgae has increased 3% in the last 2 years. Finally
rm that the level of Nitrogen is too high to be sustainable.
-stage sewage plant will not be operational until 2011. If we calculate the sewage water
he sea now until 2011, the sewage plant will come too late to save our coral reef.
n the verge of a serious problem. The reefs of Bonaire do not have the luxury to wait for
reatment plant to be finalized. Don't be fooled by the fact that we have the best coral
aribbean. This can change rapidly, from a coral-dominated reef to an algae-dominated

eds to be taken now! Our wastewater management practice is no longer sustainable.
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Bonaire National Marine Park
Bonaire August 1st, 2008.

TO: Bonaire Resort and Dive Op-

For the past 20 to 30 years concerns
have been voiced for the declining
trend of coral reef conditions in Bon-
aire. Several factors affect the condi-
tion of coral reef; coastal construc-
tion, over-fishing, hurricanes, recrea-
tional use and water pollution,
mostly due to sewage.
Bonaire will have a wastewater
treatment plant, project "Sewage and
Sanitation Plan Bonaire", which will
be operational, hopefully, within two
to three years. This project will focus
on the sensitive zone; along the
shore between Punt Vierkant and
Hato extending to 200m inland. The
objective of the project is to reduce
nutrient loads on the reefs and to
improve public hygiene. All proper-
ties in the sensitive zone will be
hooked to the sewage plant when
this becomes operational.
The Bonaire National Marine Park
(BNMP), together with DROB-MNB
(nature management department of
the Island government), MINA
(department of environment and
nature the Central Government) and
Harbour Branch Oceanographic
Institute (U.S.A.), have conducted a
nutrient monitoring study program
for Bonaire and Curacao. Results of
this two year long nutrient study
shows that the actual levels of Dis-
solved Inorganic Nitrogen (DIN) are
higher that the value considered safe

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for coral reef environment. Values
higher than this threshold (1 micro-
mole/liter) have destroyed reefs in
different areas of Hawaii and Baha-
mas. For the results of this study
visit; http://www.bmp.org/pdfs/
Since the BNMP started reporting
results of the Nutrient Monitoring
study, questioning if raw sewage is
being discharged to the sea have
been raised.
Sewage can reach the ocean through
different mechanisms. The most
common ways here on Bonaire are
leaching holes and bad irrigation
practices. Leaching holes are perfo-
rations made next to the septic tank
into which the wastewater will over-
flow once the tank is full. Another
variation of this practice is such
perforation in the bottom of the sep-
tic tank.
Currently, properties in the sensi-
tive zone that have full operational
septic systems or even treatment
plants still dump excess (waste) wa-
ter in their gardens.
From an ecological point of view,
raw wastewater or treated wastewa-
ter going directly to the sea, are both
damaging to the reef.
The level of Nitrogen in a septic
tank is between 100 to 120 mg/l and
for the best operating treatment plant
in the hotels this is close to 70 mg/l.
The consultant leading the Sewage
Treatment Plant project, Dorsch
Consult, in their feasibility study
proposes 28 mg/l of Nitrogen for
irrigation. We found that this was
way too high. Many studies have

been conducted to demonstrate that
S28mg/l of Nitrogen is bad for the
E coral reef.
After considering the recommenda-
tions from the consultants the gov-
ernment accepted the proposal of 5
mg/l of Nitrogen to be the standard
for Bonaire.
So, you can easily conclude that the
water which is currently being
leached to the sea is bad for the cor-
als; way above the agreed standard
of 5 mg/l. Gardens can take a big
deal off this load, but by no means
can they absorb all this Nitrogen.
To be able to conduct further discus-
sions on this topic, we did a "water
balance" calculation for the accom-
modations on the shore-line. The
purpose of this calculation is to indi-
cate how water is being managed.
We chose the accommodations since
they have the largest number of bod-
ies and therefore their water con-
sumption is higher. The fact that we
did this calculation only for tourist
accommodations should by no
means imply that they are sole re-
sponsible for this situation. Every
property in the sensitive area is re-
The method used to get the "water
balance" is the following:
We received information on the
amount of water that the properties
use (what goes in) and we have in-
formation on how much is being
trucked away (what goes out). We
subtracted what goes out from what
goes in.
The results of the calculation show
that the average value of water
trucked-away is between 14 and
18%. That means that 86% to 82 %
of the total water consumption goes
somewhere. From this 86% to 82 %

one can discount evapora-
tion of the swimming
pools, leaking water lines,
rinsing tanks, showers in
the diver's lockers areas,
as well as WEB water
used for irrigation. The
fact remains that it is im-
possible that 82% of water
just disappears. We dare to
draw the conclusion that a
large amount of water is being
leached from the septic tanks of the
accommodations into the sea.
We draw this conclusion based on
our knowledge of the existence of
leaching holes and bad irrigation
The reef surrounding Bonaire is a
very delicate natural resource, and is
very sensitive to even the lowest
level of dissolved Nitrogen. We have
confirmation that level of dissolved
Nitrogen is too high to be called
Eventually, we will have a third
degree sewage treatment plant; it
will take 2-3 years before this be-
comes operational though. Assuming
that the project will be executed
without delays, the official inaugura-
tion will happen sometime in 2011.
At this point there will be no sewage
water going into the sea anymore
from the sensitive zone. Although it
will take some additional years be-
fore the nutrients that have been
accumulating in the soil due to irri-
gation, and which will remain in the
abandoned septic tanks to stop being
released to the sea.
If we calculate the sewage water
leaching to the sea now until 2011
and the additional years of nutrients
leaching after the sewage plant has
become operational, because of the

ecological characteristics of our
reefs, we are afraid that the sewage
plant will come too late to save our
coral reef.
We would like to express to you a
sense of urgency. Don't be fooled
by the fact we still have the best
coral reef of the Caribbean, this can
change rapidly. The shift from a
coral dominated reef to an algae
dominated reef doesn't take long.
The Nitrogen loads to the sea have
doubled since the seventies. Every
year indications of eutrophication on
the reefs grow stronger. Macroalgae
coverage has increased 3% in the last
2 years. We are on the verge of a
serious problem. The reefs of Bon-
aire do not have the luxury to wait
for the Sewage Treatment Plant to be
finalized. Action needs to be taken
As Manager of the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park, it will be irre-
sponsible ifI do not warn you: "our
wastewater management practice is
no longer sustainable. This practice
is killing our reef'.
We need to buy time; my sugges-
tion is to truck more sewage water
away from the shore-line. We have
to start today!"
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Continuing interviews so you can under-
stand some of the concerns of the
Bonairean people.

T he leader and member (48) of the
Bonaire Development) and member of the
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bon-
aire said, "When it comes to election time
people follow political traditions. Their
forefathers use to vote for a certain party
and they grow up doing the same thing
without realizing the consequences. They
don't see whether the party has a govern-
ing program where all Bonaireans can fit.
Some vote for personal benefit that they
can get out of the party. People sell their
votes for what the party has promised to
give them. That's why you find that during
election time the big parties get more and
more votes and win the elections. The gov-
ernment, when it assumes power, has a
duty is to represent the Bonairean people,
not just a group that gets personal and fi-
nancial benefits from the government;
everyone must have the same rights. They
must accomplish their governing program,
and if not, they have to explain why.

Our government needs to see how to
negotiate with Holland about being a
country within the Kingdom of the Nether-
lands. Martinique, as an example, was an
independent colony which decided to be a
country within the Kingdom of France.
They are being helped 60% financially,
but because of the European Union and
the agreement with France they can import
only 1% from other countries; all other
products must be imported from France or
countries in the European Union. The
prices are going up and the commerce is
not doing well.

I know we are in financial debt because
of our own government and Holland has to
establish a commission (the CFT) to con-
trol the financial problem here in Bonaire,
which I agree must be done. But if Holland
assumes its responsibility for helping us
stand on our own feet we can do a lot for
our own country. Bonaire needs a plan for
its economy, not only based only on tour-
ism, but we what we can make use of with
our own companies like the water, salt,
chicken and fish to export these products.
Big supermarkets like Albert Hein can join
other supermarkets here on Bonaire to
lower the prices. As part of a political
party I give my support to the organiza-
tion, AWOR T'E ORA (Now is the Time)
that gives information to the citizens, that
we can do much better if the government
takes some action to reduce the pressure
that is on our people today. For instance:
charge transit taxes for transit tourists at
the airport. In everything we sell we have


taxes, but we can make a difference in the
taxes of very expensive products like for
someone who buys a Hummer or a six-
door refrigerator as opposed to other less
expensive products. We need to control
our import rights for some products here
on Bonaire. We will continue to give Bo-
naireans more information. If a country
like Puerto Rico can have the freedom of
auto determination and be a part of the US,
we can too."

The leader (56) of the organization,
AWOR T'E ORA (Now is the Time), said,
"The people elect on emotion, with no
consideration of the government plan. We,
as part of this movement, are giving the
people information to open their eyes, to
help them become wiser about their own
rights. During the Referendum election 16-
year-old schoolchildren and Hispanic peo-
ple who have been living here for five
years or more and who earn NAf 35.000 a
year had the right to vote too. They had
been promised the same rights as in Hol-
land when we become a country within the
Kingdom of the Netherlands. The majority
of these people voted for the party that was
in charge.

In my opinion the level of our govern-
ment is very low in the sense that they not
talking about issues but about things. They
don't talk about plans but about people. A
certain group gets everything. The party
gets sponsorship and they don't record
how much money they get. This is an act
that should be prosecuted. A law for spon-
sorship needs to be introduced. The gov-
ernment has to know how many of the
developments happening on this island
include Bonaireans themselves and
whether Bonaireans are benefiting from
some of the income these developments
are making. People subsidized by the gov-
ernment can be sent to courses to learn
how to become handymen for our commu-
nity. The Bonairean needs to identify him-
self with the development on our island. If
that doesn't happened the Bonairean could
feel disappointment, get angry and could
hate everything that has to do with devel-
opment. You know what could happen
next: all the developments will be in dan-
ger and all the investors will no longer

The people need to be taught how they
can do it themselves. Holland can be a
great help in this but still we have to keep
our dignity. A country with its own dignity
works to get everything it has. Holland as
our motherland has the responsibility and
obligation to help Bonaire. A small state in
Holland like Huft with 8,000 people with-
out sufficient economic activity has the
same rights as a big state in Holland itself.
The information that Bonaireans need is
in connection with their new status in a
country within the Kingdom of the Nether-
lands. That's why we will have an infor-
mation night on the 8 and 9 of August at
Wilhelmina Park. We want to show our
concern and disappointment for the nego-
tiations that had been done with Holland."
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The Bonaire Animal Shelter 25 Years A

In 1983 Rini and Peter Kamp and Ike
Faber founded the Bonaire Animal
Shelter when they built three kennels on
their kunuku property. But limited space
and lack of visibility made it hard to find
and run.
The opening of the Bonaire Animal shel-
ter at its present location was a pure neces-
sity, not only for the island itself, but for
me personally as well. We had started to
build Sorobon Beach Resort in 1982, and
from the first day on we discovered that
this comer of the island was a popular spot
to drop off unwanted dogs and cats.
That first year we adopted about 20 dogs
and numerous kittens. When we opened our
resort nine months later we boarded more
animals than guests! This got even worse
once more and more people knew that the
animals would be taken in. We sometimes
even found pregnant female dogs tied out-
side the fence. It also became my habit to
pick up stray dogs along the Sorobon Road.
It became obvious that we had to choose
between a hotel for dogs or a resort for
The government at that time acknowl-
edged our problem and generously donated
a big piece of land along Kaminda Lagun.
Together with Barbara Roswell, who was
already a volunteer assisting with basic
medical help to dogs and cats, we estab-
lished the Animal Shelter Foundation and
organized our first fancy fair shortly after.
We received some donations, but the
NAfl0.000 donation from an English cou-
ple made it possible to have a fence built
around the site and we could order our first
kennels. The guests at our hotel, confronted
with the abundance of dogs, were very
generous with their financial support to
help expand the shelter.
We had a small office built. Anton
Sieverding donated much of the labor, and
I remember vividly that the toilet was do-
nated by INPO (Ike Faber). When the gov-
ernment saw that we were seriously trying
to do something constructive they agreed to
pay the salary of Ruthmilda who lived
across the street from the shelter and who
was a tremendous help in taking care of the
dogs and cats.
We all had to learn a lot: how to separate
fighting dogs, where to get the best deal on
food, how to get rid of the fleas, what to do
with animals in bad condition, how to treat
abused animals etc. etc. Barbara and I went
to the animal shelter in Curagao to learn
and get instructions on how to put animals
to sleep that were beyond help. Just re-
member that there was no vet on Bonaire.
We had to wait for a vet from Curagao who
came once every two months for a couple
of days.
One of the Sorobon hotel guests put me
in contact with De Stichting
Buitenlandse Asielen in Hol-
land, and two board members
even came down to evaluate the
situation at the shelter and the
animal situation on the island.
This again resulted in on going
help, up until today. They pro-
vided us with some new ken-
nels, medicines, food, money to AF
build the cat shelter, and even a
veterinarian who stayed for two O L(
weeks to do free sterilizations
and consulting. More volunteers O C
joined us: Theresia Kuppers,
Lynn Tijssen and many more O M
dedicated people helped out.
We organized a flea market in T
order to raise more money.
But we had to overcome a lot C

Circa 1985 A vet from Holland, courtesy of De Stichting Buitenlandse Asielen,
sterilizes a dog. Louise Rood (right) assisting; Barbara Roswell (left)

Circa 1985: Volunteers pose at the Shelter's first "Fancy Fair" (flea market)
(back, left to right) Connie Griessert, Lynn Tijssen, Helma Hilgers, Marisela
Croes. (front, left to right) Luz Maria Gavira, Louise Rood, Julia Gerharts

of misconceptions in the beginning. Many
people were opposed to the fact that we had
to put down numerous animals. But instead
of having the animals die a slow and pain-
ful death out on the street we hoped to be
more humane. We always kept animals that
were picked up or brought in for at least
three days in order to give them the love,
food and attention they'd often lacked. We
felt that they would leave this world with at
least some experience of kindness.
Gradually the capacity of the shelter
grew. We had our share of ups and downs;
we learned to repair roofs and fences; we
had our first adoptions and learned how to
vaccinate. After eight years Elly Albers
took over and the shelter developed even

Today, 25 years later, the continuation of
the animal shelter isn't only a celebration
of these first years of pioneer-
ing, but a tribute to all those
volunteers and dedicated ani-
mal lovers who make Bonaire
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has no shade or safe area for children to
play. There are some very nice women who
volunteer there, but there are no professional
educational materials and the kids are
merely "kept busy."
During the first four years of a child's life
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hiring a professional pre-school teacher.
Tables and chairs, playground facilities,
educational tools and toys have been or-
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and shady.
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S4D oppy," our pet this
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a car when she was just a
young kitten and her leg was
hurt. But she has nearly re-
covered and just has a slight
limp. Now she's about three
months old and is a darling.
She has a big heart and
loves people. Because of her
accident and recovery she
seems to appreciate life
more than the usual cat.
Poppy now needs a loving

owner who appreciates her
fine qualities and character.
As are all the other adoptees
at the Shelter Poppy is in
perfect health. She has had
her test for feline leukemia,
worming, shots and will be
sterilized when she's old
You may see her at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 9
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What a busy and emotional two
weeks it has been for the parrot
team! At the time of writing seven chicks
have fledged and by the time you read this
an eighth should have joined them in the
wild too. In the nests that we are monitor-
ing a further 14 grumpy chicks are getting
ready to go. About two weeks prior to
fledging the chicks actually weigh more
than their parents but then they lose weight
as the parents basically starve them in or-
der to encourage them to leave their cozy
nests and jump into the big wide world. So
when we go to conduct a nest inspection
the chicks are more cantankerous than

The number of nests we are monitoring
has gone up since last week as we found a
couple more nests sites while out working.
Rowan (Martin) actually got suspicious of
some parrots while out running, and with a
minor diversion added another nest to the
list. The parrot team's work never stops!

Yet more parrot chicks have been lost,
but the relatively good news is that this
was not due to people stealing them from
their nest. The sad news comes from a cliff
nest high up on a 20m. rock wall. This is
always an exciting nest to inspect. You
would have to hang on the rope with a
good 12-14m of air below you while you
checked the progress inside the dark cavity.

My colleagues Rowan Martin and Rhian
Evans had noticed an increasing number of
bees visiting the nest over the previous
week and so when it came to be my turn to
check the nest it was with great trepidation
that I descended down the cliff.

The honey bees we find around the cliffs
are not native to Bonaire; they were intro-
duced from Europe. Thankfully, they are
not the aggressive Africanized bee. This
was little consolation when as soon as I
saw the nest entrance I could see plenty of
bees. I approached slowly but as I drew
closer the bees were clearly getting upset.
We know these cues pretty well by now
and the parrot team have had more than
their share of stings. Being stuck on a rope
is not a nice feeling when bees start bump-
ing into your head, to suggest you leave the

I was desperate to find out if the chicks
were still alive although I knew there was
little I could do to help them. The bees
were getting agitated and so I just released
my descending device fully and instantly
dropped down the rope, my heart in my
mouth. All I saw as I plummeted past the
nest were two parrot chicks lying face
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The bees flared up, but luckily for me,
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How to deal with Holland's acceptance of homosexual marriage
is a question when Bonaire becomes integrated into The Nether-
lands. Mary Ann Koops offers her perspective in this article.

Picture Yourself With The Reporter

A4lissouri 4/eddcing

M arriage I
is an
institution in
which interper-
sonal relation-
ships (usually
intimate and
sexual) are ac-
knowledged by
the state or by a
religious author-
ity. It is often
viewed as a con-
tract. (Source:
Wikipedia). If
recognized by
the state, by the
religion(s) to
which the parties belong or by
society in general, the act of mar-
riage changes the personal and
social status of the individuals
who enter into it.

Two people promise to take care
of each other emotionally and
financially, and they let everybody
know they want to do so. Some
people state that a marriage can
only be between a man and a
woman, maybe because that is the
only union that can produce chil-
dren. So in fact they may see a
marriage as an institution in which
to have children and to protect
them. They may mean it, but they
are not saying it. They are saying
that a marriage between two peo-
ple of the same sex is as abomina-
ble as a polygamous marriage and
which therefore is banned on the
Let us take a closer look at what
polygamy is. Polygamy is, in al-
most all cases polygyny, a man is
married to more than one woman.
The other form, polyandry, is very
rare (only in some parts of Tibet is
this form practiced) and usually a
woman marries a man and his
brothers at the same time. Polyg-
amy is practiced in highly patriar-
chal societies where children are
seen as wealth. What better way to
have a lot of children than to have
a lot of women? But in this way
women are reduced to something
you can bargain with. Because the
more women you have, the more
children you will have, the wealth-
ier you will be; like having a big
house or a fancy car. The man has
the advantage of having a high
standing, but what do the women
get, except for having to bear chil-
dren? It is no surprise that this
kind of marriage is now forbidden
in most countries. This is not an
equal marriage. You want to com-
pare this to a homosexual mar-
A homosexual marriage is a
marriage between two people. So,
why don't we look at marriages,
which are or were forbidden be-
tween two people, and compare
those with a homosexual mar-
riage? A marriage in which two

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(or one of the two) people are (is)
younger than 18 is forbidden.
Why? That is simple: we (society)
find (with good reason) that teen-
agers are not yet equipped to make
those kinds of decisions. Also, we
want to protect the young from
those who want to take advantage
of another. It seems that an "under
aged" marriage is banned for good
reason, but what are the reasons to
ban a homosexual marriage? Are
those two people (above 18 years
of age) not capable of making the
right decision, or is one person
taking advantage of the other? The
answer is no, so those are not good
reasons to ban homosexual mar-
Until June 12th, 1967, a black
man could not marry a white
woman (and the other way
around) in the US. An interracial
marriage was forbidden by law, as
it was in South Africa (until 1968)
and Germany (in the Nazi period).
These marriages were banned
because of eugenics programs.
People in those days thought that
the genes of an "inferior" race
should not mix with the "superior"
one. That should bring chills down
your spine. What these laws pro-
claim is hate. You are not allowed
to marry each other because you
are supposed to hate one another.
These laws were banned because
the freedom of choice and laws
against racism. People have a right
to make their own decisions about
who they want to marry, and right-
fully so. Do the two people of the
same sex who want to marry each
other make a free choice? Yes, of
course they do. Denying them to
make a free choice would be just
as discriminating as forbidding
interracial marriage.
What seems to be the problem?
They are not hurting anybody. Ah,
it must the one reason people who
are against homosexuality in gen-
eral always come up with: it is
unnatural! Because only a woman
and a man can make babies, all the
other sexual relationships between
(non-related) two adults are un-
However, there are a lot of ex-
amples in nature of homosexual-

ichard and Shelly Craig, part-time Bonaire
residents since 1995, celebrated the mar-
riage of their daughter Courtney to Carson
Forty of the wedding guests who've been to
Bonaire were invited to pose for this photo with
The Bonaire Reporter. The bride and groom are
holding The Reporter edition that featured the
photo of Jake Barlass's wedding in Minnesota.
The bride and groom reside in St. Louis, MO.
Both are avid sailors and scuba divers. Carson is
a defense attorney for the firm of Freeark, Har-
vey, Mendillo, Dennis, Wuller, Cain & Murphy.
Courtney is a corporate attorney for Macy's.
Both will be on Bonaire for the holidays.E

Bride and groom Courtney and Carson Menges

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Jong Bonaire Cuts Fees
S entro pa Hubentut Jong
Bonaire announced that it is
reducing its membership fees for
teens and their families starting in
August 2008. "In view of the enor-

mous increases in the cost of food,
gasoline, water and electricity, our
board has decided to reduce our
fees this year to help Bonairean
families cope with this economic
crisis," said Rene Hakkenberg,
President of the Jong Bonaire
Instead of monthly payments,
members this year will have to pay
dues only twice, once at the start
of the year and again in January.
So instead of paying 11 times a
year, they will need to pay only
There are several payment cate-
gories, depending on family in-
come. For the lowest income fami-

ity. In the approximately 2,000
species of animals whose behavior
has been well researched and de-
scribed in the literature, approxi-
mately 450 have been shown to
have clear homosexual relations
(check out www.nuvideo.nl-nu.tv/
Roze kaketoe is vaak homosek-
Can two male swans, or two
female bonobos in a sexual rela-
tionship be unnatural? Can two
male pink cockatoos make the
conscious choice some people
accuse homosexuals of making?
And we are part of nature too; the

lies, the cost of having a child
attend Jong Bonaire for the com-
ing school year will be NAf 10 in
August and NAF 10 in January, or
just NAf 20 for the entire year.
However, there is an additional
requirement for parents, says Jong
Bonaire's new manager, Jona
Chirino. "We are reducing the
financial cost to families, but we
are asking parents to increase their
investment of time. We are asking
parents to attend at least two of the
four workshops planned for par-

human species, Homo sapiens,
belongs to the animal kingdom.
If you say a homosexual mar-
riage should be forbidden, you are
saying that homosexuals them-
selves should be forbidden. You
deny them the same rights you
give to heterosexuals, perhaps the
most important one being: freedom
of choice. A law that prohibits
same sex marriage proclaims hate,
which, in itself is forbidden by
laws against racism and discrimi-
Marriage is not about two people
being able to have children. Mar-

ents from September to Decem-
Jong Bonaire also hopes to
have increased income from the
sale of the Papiamentu-English
Dictionary that was reprinted this
summer. Companies and indi-
viduals can learn more about the
dictionary for schools program at
or can contact Jong Bonaire at 717
-4303 ext 12, or e-mail to
com U Alan Gross

riage is a contract between two
adults promising to take care of
each other financially and emo-
tionally and to treat each other as
equals. Two women or two men
are just as capable of living up to
this contract as a woman and a
man (and they are even more their
equals! ;>)).
U Mary Ann

Koops teaches
Biology at the SGB
High School.

Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008

Thanks for the News

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queried, "Are all our flights still
After hearing lots of key
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news I had already known from
your paper!!
I feel quite fortunate to have
found this out from you folks

and we were able to make alter-
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onairean Edshel "Echi"
Martha wants to help to
maintain the island's culture and to
keep Bonaire green. He's a famil-
iar face for tourists too as he
worked for a number of years at
the Divi Flamingo Beach resort.
He has a established Stichting
M Ianene nos Cultura cenna Bida
(foundation to maintain our culture
and life) and has opened a nursery
selling local fruit trees and plants. us and it's good for the island. I
Nearly everything is native and want to help people to make a
easy to grow and Echi can tell you garden in their front yard or their
what each plant is good for even back yard," he says. "They just
what part of your body it can help. have to come to see me." He has a
He's a walking encyclopedia of sign across from the LVV
what grows on Bonaire. (agriculture department) on the
Echi explains about his founda- Lagoen Road, saying, "Mantene
tion: "I want to try to help people Nos Cultura Aki ta Bende Mata
on the island understand our plants di Fruta I Yerba" (fruit trees and
and trees and what they can do for plants for sale). Follow the signs to
us. If everyone plants a tree we can his nursery. His address is Mexico
make Bonaire green. It's good for 54. Telephone 786-2534.1 L.D.


T788 2949 4


Balashi Beach Bar Open every day Authentic on the beach ambiance
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8prm Extensive snack/salad/burger menu
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront y ourwo or one -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 :30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm)
Calabas Restaurant &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Br Moderate n innBiggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire every Saturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Open 7 daysfrom 6-9pm. Only NA 28,50 or $16.
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.

It Rains Fishes Moderat e Bonaire's in-town hot spot
A Bonaire "Must" -On the oceanfront on the Boulevard Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Best waterfrontharbor view combine ith an inspired
at the Club Nautico Marina pier-717-8780 ose Menu, skillful staff and superb chef

Sunset Bar & Grill Moderate, Magnificent Seaside Views
At the Traffic Circle, Seaside, at Den Laman Apartments Dinner, Bar Menu Seafood, steaks, vegetarian and more. Hot and cold snack
788-2698 Closed Monday menu at the bar

Pasa Bon Pizza L -Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Mode e finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
1/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open rom 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday 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

S U-U00 P P I ff II S S0

Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

EZ Air Daily flights between Bonaire and Curaqao,
headed by experienced pilot. Round trip only NAfl40
Eight flights a day. From 7:30am to 6 pm.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire
bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable sig-
nal on the island. And their personnel are trained and
friendly. Check out their unlimited calling plan.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers,
fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modern workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.

Interiyours- New name, same owner and location.
Has lots of beautiful, often one-of-a-kind furniture, an-
tiques, crafts and accessories from mainland China and

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center down-
town offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items
and services. Full digital services.

Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Underwater
photo classes, camera rental, digital processing, all state
of the art!

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices in real es-
tate-Interational/US connections. 5% of profits do-
nated to local community. List with them to sell fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local touch. Ask
them to show you the good value homes they list. Call
them if you are thinking of selling your home.

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
and exploration. Full service dive shop and photo shop

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now
in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men,
women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

Valerie's Airport Shops Convenient shopping for
unique items, magazines, gifts and more. Open ex-
tended hours.

Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable.

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

Intermezzo Spa- at Capt. Don's Habitat, offers perfect
ambiance of tranquility and serenity. Massages, facials,
waxing and other body treatments. Specially priced
packages, some just for residents.

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with reasona-
bly priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods, wide
selection of beverages and juices.

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.

Bonaire Reporter August 8-22, 2008

Page 14

During the month of July many countries in the Ameri-
cas, like Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and the United
States, celebrate their independence from their colonial past. In
Bonaire the Latinos do it in style. The focus of the formal cere-
mony is the statue of Simon Bolivar in downtown Kralendijk.

But the real celebrations are the parties that follow.
The contribution of these immigrants, many of whom are
naturalized Dutch citizens, is appreciated, especially by leaders
of the current government who participated in the events. U
G.D. -Photos by Wilna Groenenboom

Authentic costumes
and dancing were the
order of the day

*Stop the silent destruction of

at the Bolivar

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Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
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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
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Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
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-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
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Learning Papiamentu? New Papia-
mentu-English Dictionary 2nd Edition
Fully bilingual. Approx. 20,000 words
and phrases. Sold as a fundraiser for
Jong Bonaire. Now available at book-
stores in the ABC Islands or



Summer Nanny Available -Child
centered Nanny available through Aug.
2008. Island references. Reliable and
honest. Please call Maggie at 786-

I'll take care during absence; at the
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pets, alarm, your car to the airport/
garage etc. Tel. 796 2529.

PLATE- Plate # 1123 from the year
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contact :
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Magic Chef 2 door Fridge side by
side. Very clean and good shape. No
rust NAF 700 call 717-8819 8 am to

For sale: Daihatsu Feroza 4-wdr
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hardtop, etc. white. Good condition
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For Sale, Honda xl600r road/off-road
motorcycle. NAf 3000,- for more info
call 700-9540 After 3pm.

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The clinic is open from:
Klinika ta habri di: 8: 12 131
De kliniek is geopened van:

Consulting Monday, Wednesday and Friday 13:30-14:30
Hours 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
Orario: 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
Spreekuur: 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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pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* HH-50% off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Divi Flamingo Casino open
mation ic l00284

daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and black jack, Monday to Saturday
8 pm 4 am; Sunday 7 pm 3 am.
By appointment Rooi

Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for

residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
SaiHy for 1 (allot beres) r -ul7

ground open every day into the ve-
Sning hours. n Budd
d By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-

* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.

Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6-10pm
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
info @bonairewellness.com


* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5-10 pm.
* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive
Resort, 6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435

* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays!
With $2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar!
Plus Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 6-8pm Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar
* "Live Cooking by the Chefs"
with live music by the Flamingo
Rockers Unplugged Buddy Dive
Resort, 6-10 pm

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

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Live music by Fla-
mingo Rockers, Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar 6-7 pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
6:30 pm) with Moogie Nation, fol-
lowed by all-u-can-eat BBQ, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort


Sunday- Creature Feature- John
and Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital
photo center present a multimedia

slide presentation about Buddy's
House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive,
6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's
Habitat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of Bonaire Dive &
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,786-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm.


Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out. Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Fri-
day, 9-12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. 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 Caf6. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
- Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (JCI Bonaire, formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2"d and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,

12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every
two weeks. For more information call
Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia
Martinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.

New Apostolic Church: 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 meet-
ing at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6
to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5
to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.

Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services, Sunday at 8 am and
7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.

Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.

Prayer and Intercession Church,
in English. A full Gospel Church
located temporarily at Kaya Alexan-
drit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek.
Services are held on Sunday mornings
from 10am until 11:30am. Bible stud-
ies in English are on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322

The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/
PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon
Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for In-

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
or 790-8988

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15th Turtle Tagged

It seems that whenever The Bonaire Reporter is going to come
out, the signal from radio-tagged turtle "Wiske" disappears.
But not to worry. After her radio snapped back to life a couple of
weeks ago she's traveled to the Nicaragua coastline which has
proven in the past to be a productive feeding ground for Bonaire's
nesting turtles.
In the last radio tagging of the season an STCB team affixed a
transmitter to another turtle last Friday night.
The female loggerhead, "Greggy Girl," is the second turtle to
be tracked in Bonaire's 2008 nesting season. Following her nest-
ing on Klein Bonaire she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. She's
the 15t turtle since Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) started
the tracking program in
Based on the pattern
of turtle nesting activity
observed on Klein Bon-
aire during the last few
weeks, STCB staff pre-
dicted the possible re-
turn of a loggerhead
turtle to the beach for Greggy Gr
Friday night. A field
team consisting of STCB's staff and volunteers set out at night to
monitor the beach on Klein Bonaire for nesting activity. Around
9pm a large loggerhead was found up on a sand dune and busy dig-
ging a hole for placing her nest, and she soon began laying eggs. An
hour later, after she covered her nesting area extensively with sand,
the approximately 120 kg animal was intercepted by the team on her
way towards the sea and a transmitter applied to the top of her cara-
pace. At 12:26am the loggerhead turtle was released and she quickly
departed into the sea.
The female loggerhead has a shell length of 96.7 cm and is
estimated to weigh about 120 kg. Adult loggerhead turtles come
to Bonaire to breed from May through July. The turtle is ex-
pected to remain in the area and lay at least one more nest be-
fore departing to her home feeding grounds.
Tracking "Greggy Girl" is being made possible by a full sponsor-
ship provided by Houston, Texas-based children's wear company,
JMFA-Greggy Girl, Inc.
For more information contact: Mabel Nava, Sea Turtle Conser-
vation Bonaire, telephone 599 717 2225 and 780 0433, e-mail

On the final day of the Star-
board IFCA Freestyle
ProKids competition Mother Na-
ture sent the Pro Kids a healthy
dose of wind with some heavy
gusts over 20 knots. The schedule
of the day was tie-breakers, fun
slalom, classic freestyle, expres-
sion sessions and the much loved
Baby Class. The judges had
enough results from three days of
heats so the day was marked for
fun. There were several music
groups, a fashion show with lovely
clothes from the Bonaire Windsurf
Place boutique, food, drink and
even an old fashioned hot dog
eating contest.
The event began on August 27
and ran for the next six days in a

variety of wind conditions. IFCA and IFA sanction and sup-

Two winners were crowned.
Bonaire's Kiri Thode was
crowned Under 20 World Cham-
pion. Kiri just flew home from the
PWA World Tour Thursday in
time to compete. This top honor is
well deserved. Another wonderful
win was earned by Team Estonia's
Christofer Kalke who was
crowned Under 17 World Cham-
pion. Chris won the qualifier in his
home and flew all the way to Bon-
aire to compete. Chris trains sev-
eral months a year in the Baltic
Sea. Congratulations to both win-
2008 was the first IFCA sanc-
tioned event for Bonaire. This is a
top honor and privilege to have

port our event.
A special thanks to all the
youngsters, adults and families
who attended the event.
The hard efforts of all the many
volunteers, sponsors and commu-
nity members is much appreciated.
Without all of this support, such
an event cannot happen. A big
thank you to all involved on the
organizational level as well as to
the competitors.
For a list of all the results, more
photos and on the scene daily re-
ports, click on
www.prokidsfreestvle.com U Ann
Wilna Groenenboom photos

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*to find it... just look up

The Perseid Meteors and the Two Comets that Never Were"

N ext Tuesday, August
12th, will be one of
the best for viewing the me-
teors from the annual
Perseid meteor shower.
Now although meteors are
often called and look like
shooting stars they are not. In
fact meteors are simply tiny
specks of comet debris slam-
ming into our Earth's atmos-
phere at high speed. And this
year it should be a pretty
good show because the
Moon will set around 1:30am
so there will be no bright
moonlight to wipe out the
faintest meteors during the
best viewing time which will be between 1:30 am and dawn on Tuesday the
12th. To see them get as far away from city lights as possible and have clear and
very dark skies. Then simply lay back on a lawn chair or sleeping bag facing
northeast. To see the most meteors you should stay up until dawn. No binoculars
or telescopes are needed. Simply slowly scan the skies back and forth and up and
down and you should see a couple dozen Perseid meteors per hour.

If you begin viewing in early evening if you simply look south and up you will
see a fish-hook-shaped group of stars which is called Scorpius the Scorpion,
which is one of the few star patterns which actually looks like its name. In fact it
even has a bright red star right where its heart should be. But if you follow the
scorpion's body down around its tail up to its stinger you'll be able to see two tiny
fuzzy clouds, which look exactly like the heads of comets when they're far away
and on their approach to Earth. In fact most comets as they make their journey
toward Earth and our Sun always look like tiny Q-tips nestled among the stars.
But Q-tips which move from night to night and get bigger and bigger as they get
closer and closer and eventually develop incredibly beautiful gas and dust tails.
But not these two tiny fuzzy clouds because unlike comets these two will never
develop tails and they will never move in relationship to the stars and they'll never
get any bigger or brighter. They'll always be in the same place and look the same.
And although they have been seen for thousands of years they weren't officially
named until the 18th century when an astronomer named Charles Messier who
made it part of his life's work to make a list of fuzzy cloud-like objects in the
heavens so that he and other astronomers would not get confused when they went
comet hunting. They're objects number 6 and 7 on his fuzzy cosmic cloud, not to
be confused with comets, list. And today we use the first letter of Messier's last
name when we refer to objects 6 and 7 and they are now called M-6 and M-7 for
Messier, not to be confused with the word messier even though Messier did make
the sky a lot less messier by identifying such objects.
At any rate, although they really do look like decapitated comet heads as seen
with the naked eye, through a pair of binoculars they reveal themselves to be
much different. Because they are even more grand than comets, cosmically speak-
ing. Indeed each tiny cloud is a great cluster of stars, other suns far, far away. The
one closest to the stinger M-7 is a cluster of about 80 stars and is 800 light years
away. 0 JackHorkheimer

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For August 2008
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You will have difficulties spreading yourself between
your work and your home. Take matters in hand when it comes to dealing with clients
or colleagues. You're in need of love. Be on your best behavior. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try to make your lover understand that you need to do
things with your friends. Your best efforts will come through hard work. You can
come into money that you don't necessarily work for. Personal alterations will be in
your best interest. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Expect to experience a sudden reversal of fortune.
Tempers will mount if you're too pushy at work or at home. Uncertainties regarding
relatives will make situations uncomfortable if you attend a family function. Set aside
any decisions regarding your personal life this month. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't jump as quickly as you usually do. You've been
in a rut and you need to do something that will help you break the pattern you've
fallen into. Don't try to twist things around so that they sound more enticing. Offer
love and affection instead of conflict and rejection. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You should visit a friend or relative who hasn't been feeling
up to par. Don't bother trying to make someone you live with see your point of view.
Look into events that you might find interesting, and compromise by doing a few
things that you both like to do. Don't let any money slip through your fingers this
month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You don't need to pay out in order to have fun. You
have done all you can to sort things out a personal level. Entertainment could cost you
more than you expect. You may find a rare antique this month. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Try not to let relatives or friends cause any friction with
your mate. Pleasure trips will ease the tension between you and your mate. Arguing
won't help. Changes in your domestic scene are evident. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Sudden changes regarding work and colleagues are
apparent. Don't be too hard on your mate. Be careful how you handle friends and rela-
tives, they may take things the wrong way. You can help them with difficult projects.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Secret affairs will eventually backfire on you.
You may as well work on projects that will allow you to make progress. You need to
be inspired and have your spirits lifted. Secret activity is evident. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Friends may not understand your situation. You
just hate waste, and when someone else costs you dearly you see red. You will be able
to find the perfect outfit, and the greatest new accessory for your house. Social activ-
ity should be on your agenda. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thurs-
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can pick up wonderful buys if you really look
hard this month. You may want to talk to your boss about your future goals. Your
attitudes are changing rapidly. Satisfy your passionate mood. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find
yourself looking for a new one. You should be traveling to that exotic destination
you've been dreaming about. Plan to get out and do a bit of travel. Organize your
house and be sure to include the whole family in the projects you have set out to do.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. 0





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