Al a S September 5.19, 2008;Volume 5, Issue 18
t SThe REPORTER
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Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6125, email: email@example.com Since 1994
T he Bonaire Island Council
has proposed a wide
sweeping Ordinance for nature
conservation. It expands the cur-
rent Marine Protection Ordinance
and adds specific protection to
terrestrial areas. The new local
law compliments the various in-
ternational treaties (CITES, Ram-
sar, Turtle Treaty) which already
protect the environment. From a
practical point of view little will
change, but a Nature Management
Commission will be named to
oversee the new regulations. The
Ordinance will be circulated for
comment in the coming weeks
before final approval.
- Parliament unanimously ap-
proved the law on self-defense
last month. The Members of Par-
liament also passed a motion urg-
ing Government to start an infor-
mation campaign about the law
and to evaluate the law's effec-
tiveness after one year. The law
on self-defense is an amendment
of the Penal Code giving citizens
more right to self-defense. They
would not have to justify an act of
self-defense in their house or
business and the onus of proof
lies with the Prosecutor's Office.
The law currently states that citi-
zens have to prove that they acted
in self-defense which in practice
is usually a difficult task.
Now when a citizen attacks a
criminal who is in his or her
house, yard or an enclosed area,
it will automatically be consid-
ered self-defense. Justice Minis-
ter David Dick said an instruction
has been sent already to the
Prosecutor's Office indicating that
it should start taking into consid-
eration that Parliament had passed
the law. For the law to be enacted,
it has to be published. However,
before publishing the law, Gov-
ernment has to inform the public
about the consequences. "It's not
the same as the American law
where a man's house is his castle
and we can start shooting at any-
one who is on our property," Par-
liamentarian Faroe Metry stated.
In the motion passed by Parlia-
ment, Government is urged to
carry out the information cam-
paign in the three official lan-
guages in the Netherlands Antil-
les: Dutch, English and Papia-
an Island Council meeting last
month because he felt the Island
Council was acting undemocrati-
cally. At issue was his decision to
drop four points that were to con-
sider constitutional affairs from
the agenda of the public meeting
of the Island Council. When it
was challenged, he decided to
That postponement was requested
by the opposition party Aliansa
Demokratiko Boneriano (ADB-
Red), unanimously approved by
all parties, but later was dis-
avowed by members of the ruling
Union Patriotiko Boneriano (UPB
-Green). The ADB had proposed
that the points in question should
first be handled in committee.
Abdul then suspended the public
meeting on the subject until Octo-
ber 24. Eugene Abdul, had previ-
ously been Lt. Governor of Saint
Eustatius for six years.
Abdul announced his resignation
while opening the public meeting
of the Island Council. Bonaire's
Customs Chief, Eddy Thielman,
replaced Abdul, who took the
oath of office on April 2 of this
D Bumey el Hage, Bonaire's
Commissioner for Economic Af-
fairs, said that inflation on Bon-
aire is lower than on the other
islands of the Netherlands An-
tilles, including Aruba. He be-
lieved the Consumer Affairs
Foundation, the Fundashon Kon-
sumid6, recently revitalized, can
keep it that way. Following a
meeting between his department
and the island's supermarkets a
plan is to be developed to help
control prices. One of Bonaire's
problems is that most items have
to be imported "twice." First to
Curagao, then to Bonaire.
1 Antillean judges are again
allowed to confiscate the Dutch
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the Shopping Street-Bonaire
needed to Shopping Street-Amsterdam
of the Antillean government at that time for a large number of es-
sential functions. This is the first time the Dutch, or the Antilles
for that matter, have tried to integrate dissimilar cultures. However
dissimilar, we believe there are many similarities between Bonaire
and Dutch Villages. Understanding will assist the transition.
We would like to challenge our readers to come up with a list
of these similarities. The best "similarities," as judged by our
editorial staff, will win dinners for two at a popular Bonaire
The contest begins in this issue and will run through September.
Entries can be emailed to reporter abonairenews.com or mailed to
Reporter, PO Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN).
couriers for up
to three years.
They are sen-
tenced to a condi-
ment and can
only travel between the Antillean
islands using their ID card. The
court says that a travel ban be-
tween the Netherlands and the
Antilles is not enough.
Following the Dutch High
Court's judgment last year that
ruled that confiscating the pass-
ports violates the human rights on
free traveling, the travel docu-
ments were then no longer confis-
cated. Felons were banned from
traveling between the Antilles and
the Netherlands. But these people
could still travel around the world
if they if wanted. The travel ban
has been introduced again. This is
necessary because there is also no
room in jail for all those couriers.
(Continued on page 3)
Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
ReporterVillage Contest 2
Coral Spawning Dates 3
Secretto His Success (Gov. Doma-
Letters: (BonaieVices, Reporter Praise,
Reef Discussion, Crazy Motorcycles) 7
Fundashon Verriet Visit 8
Turtle GreggyGirl 10
Bonaivisits SIMARC 11
Rotary Donation to SGB 12
Coral Spawning Schedule 13
10 Bonaire Bikers Event 14
BoiAntoin Lectures 14
Nederlands Blazers Concert 15
Klein Bonaire Cleanup 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles- Aletta van Beeck 4
Bonairean Voices (Seniorciens) 8
Bubbles/Did You Know(Turtles) 6
Pet of the Week (Kevin) 6
Sudoku answer 8
Picture Yourself(Olympics, Beijieng) 1
Island View-Oil 12
Reporter Masthead 13
Tide Table 1
Dining, Shopping Guides 16
Whats Happening 17
Coming OurWay (Cars, Cars, Cars) 18
Sky Park (Mars Venus Uranus) 19
Stars Have It (Astlogy) 19
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D Antilleans rejoiced when their
track star, Churandy Martina,
crossed the finish line in second
place during the 200-meter final
Olympic competition in China.
They despaired hours later when
he was disqualified. Now the Neth-
erlands Antilles appealed to the
Court of Arbitration for Sport over
the ruling. Antillean officials in-
sist that the official films do not
show him stepping out of lane as
alleged by the judges.
The Netherlands Antilles is argu-
ing that the protest against Martina
was filed well beyond the 30-
minute deadline set by the intera-
tional track federation and they say
they have video showing he stayed
in his lane the entire time. William
Millerson, president of the Antilles
Olympic committee, said this also
is about a small country standing
up to the International Association
of Athletics Federation (IAAF),
and the US Olympic Committee
(USOC). A decision is expected
soon to decide if his Silver Medal
is to be restored.
D Problems with the tail of a
Dutch Antilles Express (DAE)
ATR propjet caused delays for
several days, especially for Bon-
0 One of the most spectacular experiences to be had underwater
is to observe the spawning of the corals and sea creatures. This
usually occurs several days after the full moon in September and
October. Above are the dates for this month, night dives are best.
This week NOAA issued a "bleaching alert" for this region
of the Caribbean because the temperature of the sea is above nor-
mal- but this should not affect spawning. The most recent reef sur-
veys by the Marine Park show small colonies of Smooth Flower
Coral (Eusmiliafastigiata), Boulder Brain Coral (Colpophyllia
natans) and Boulder Star Coral (Montastrea annularis) were ex-
1 September 1 was International Press Day. Thanks to all who sent periencing low levels of bleaching. Surveys will continue this
warm greetings to The Reporter and especially to MCB-Bank Bonaire week. Remember that during bleaching events affected coral colo-
who hosted Bonaire's press corps to an evening sail aboard the beauti- nies are under enormous stress. Be extra alert not to disturb the
ful charter yacht Mushi-Mushi. coral.
aire-Curagao flights. The replace-
ment part had to be flown in from
France on a KLM flight that also
experienced flight delays, said
Steve Sloop, DAE spokesman. The
three-meter long part arrived
aboard the KLM flight to Bonaire
in the early morning on Sunday.
The ATR was repaired by 4pm. In
the meantime the DAE's two Fok-
ker 100-jets had to fly the entire
schedule. DAE has two ATRs. The
other ATR is still in the US under-
going maintenance. All ATRs
should be back in service at the
end of this week.
- Did you know that there is an
in-flight movie between Bonaire
and Curacao on EZ Air? The Mr.
Bean clips are chosen to last the
duration of the 15-20 minute flight.
No earphones required.
0 The new paid airport parking
lot will be open and dedicated this
coming Friday, September 5, at
Flamingo Airport. Another Bon-
aire tradition, free parking, disap-
D Desiree Klink Logeman will
hold a free information evening at
Bonaire Basics, where people will
get the chance to get to know her
and ask questions about her work.
She works with herbs, energy,
candles, chakras and massage.
Most of her wisdom is based on
Indian Shamans. It's Thursday,
September 11, on Kaya Korona
47, 8 pm. Call for information/
registration: Annemiek, 786-3341,
She will also be interviewed on
Mamita's radio show on Wednes-
day, September 10 between 9 and
D The TCB announced that
33,993 tourists visited Bonaire
during the first five months of
2008; this represents an increase of
8.81% as compared to the first five
months of 2007. After a strong
growth of 17% in 2007, in 2008 it
is expected that tourism will con-
tinue to grow, however at a more
Following the strongest year-over-
year growth ever recorded in the
NA market (19.7% in 2007) results
show that the market continued to
expand at a very healthy rate in the
first five months of 2008. US tour-
ism arrivals grew at a rate of
10.43%, while the Canadian num-
bers soared at a rate of 29.76%.
The European market showed a
strong growth in 2007. In 2008 this
is being maintained so far. The
European market shows an in-
crease of 3.9% in the first five
months of 2008, compared to the
same period in 2007.
D Bonaire Reporter offices will
be closed for vacation for the next
three weeks. G./L.D
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Main house consists of; 3 bedroom, 2 bathrooms,
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Two roof decks, one covered
Guest house with all amenities; 1 bedroom,1 bathroom,
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Bonaire Reporter September 5-19, 2008
Profiles: Aletta an Beeck, Pioneer n Eco Fa
W hat ajoyful and impres-
sive occasion it was to
visit Bonaire's goat cheese pro-
ducing farm! Owner and pro-
ducer, Aletta, in spite of her pro-
fessional background as a
physiotherapist, fits right into the
picture of a passionate eco-
conscious farmer. During a stay
in Costa Rica at an eco-sustained
community she saw the real pos-
sibilities of working from the
heart and intuition in close con-
nection with the soil and ani-
Aletta came to Bonaire 10
years ago to work as a physical
therapist at Bon Fysio. She fell in
love with the island and felt a
deep connection with the soil and
the environment. Although she
had no background in farming,
(having grown up in a city), even
as a child she dreamt of farming
and being self supportive by liv-
ing off the land. Her first effort,
keeping goats and producing
milk and cheese, was about four
years ago when she lived on a
kunuku (farm) in the Mexico
area of Bonaire. But having a
physiotherapy job and taking
care of goats simply wasn't pos-
sible. But Aletta kept the goats
because she knew that one day
she would try it again, full time.
Then the opportunity came to
move to a bigger kunuku at Tras
di Montana where she has the
use of 4.6 hectares. It took an-
other three years before she
dared to give up the security of
herjob and commit herself full-
time to her farm. She had to
write a business plan in order to
get financial backing from a
bank. She wasn't familiar with
these kinds of serious business
dealings, but she was convinced
of the potential of her plan and
her own commitment. The
bank's okay was the confirma-
tion she needed to go ahead.
Since last February Aletta has
been living her dream and the
reality that comes with it.
She has 57 goats at the mo-
ment; she knows them all and
can even see differences in their
personalities. They look healthy,
very alive and content. Twice a
day she milks 18 of her goats.
She explains that a goat produces
milk for five months after giving
birth. And because she wants the
babies to have their share of milk
as well, the daily output comes to
eight liters of milk. She could get
more milk if she fed the babies
powdered cow's milk. Then she
could use everything the mothers
produce for her cheese making.
But Aletta has as much feeling
for her animals as for her busi-
ness. After five
months, the milk
and if her plan-
ning works out,
another group of
18 will give birth
milk again. In
order for her
goats to become
needs a male
goat twice a
year. Her goats
have their own
ters: mothers and
separate from the
the day they can wander the 4.6
The fencing around her prop-
erty is a constant concern for
Aletta. Where she can control it
it's okay, but several times some
of her goats have disappeared.
Aletta is thankful for the frequent
rains lately. She can still cut
grass (you can see her along the
side of the roads with a machete)
once a day for her goats. Al-
though she feeds them a concen-
trated goat food, the natural
greens are a treat for them and
the greens are necessary to pro-
duce a better quality milk. Water
is brought in by the water truck.
It is a fulltime job, seven days a
Her romantic ideal is still alive,
and the strenuous physical labor
is a constant reality check. She
does all the work by herself, but
she has a number of good friends
who come and help out when-
ever it is needed. She mentions
that without her friend, Margon,
she would never have started this
adventure, and without Jan she
would not be able to continue.
With all the love and support
from her numerous friends (too
many to mention) and her mom
and dad, she is able to keep her
focus on the big picture and con-
tinue what she started.
Years ago there was a proposal
to start a goat cheese factory on
Bonaire. But, as Alettea ex-
plains, the market on Bonaire
isn't big enough to support a
factory with numerous employ-
ees. So the project never materi-
The reason why Aletta doesn't
just sell the goat milk but goes
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Profiles (Continued from page 4)
through the labor intensive process of
producing cheese is mainly financial. She
can't sustain her farm by selling eight
liters of milk a day. But from eight liters
of milk she can make nearly 20 cheeses,
which gives a better return.
It takes five days to turn goat's milk
into cheese. The cheese needs to be
drained and turned every day. Since the
process needs a constant temperature of
20 degrees Celsius, she happily accepted
the use of an air-conditioned room in the
house of her friend Jan Okhuijsen, who
strongly believes in the project. Aletta
doesn't have the means yet to transform
her 40-foot container into a cheese cham-
ber because she is off the grid, electricity
wise, but in the future she will have one
and thus make the farm self supporting.
The farm could become an interesting
and educational attraction for school chil-
dren (the Pelikaan School already paid a
visit) and tourists, to show and explain
how eco-managed farming is done on
Bonaire. Also, just as at the Animal Shel-
ter, kids could come and volunteer, learn-
ing much about animals and taking care
of them. Aletta's farm is an inspiring ex-
ample how on Bonaire the ecological
approach is being used to produce goods.
Her cheeses are sold in Warehouse,
Cultimara and More for Less. Many res-
taurants have her cheese on the menu.
Her cheeses in the stores are never older
than three weeks. They're sold in small
transparent containers. Connoisseurs
claim that after six weeks, the taste gets
even more exquisite. A friend of Aletta's
designed a beautiful and catching logo
with the brand name, Semper Kontentu,
which will be put on the cl
On September 6 Bonaire
Dia di Boneiru. As she wa
Rincon she'll be there to s
and introduce it to a broad
new logo will be visible ai
her south of the Centro di
triol. She is preparing for t
intensifying the production
Aletta would greatly app
of a volunteer who could s
to find a way to apply for;
When hours later I leave
hands me one of her chees
myself and before I reach
finished the whole cheese.
quisite and absolutely deli
Let's all make sure
Aletta's farm will be
successful and flourish
for many years to come!
U Louise Rood
L t. Governor Herbert Doma-
casse gives God the credit for
his successful life in the private sec-
S tor of banking and in his role as the
2 governor and leader of our island.
Governor Domacassd's message was
loud and clear as he gave the sermon
S to the members, friends, and visitors
/ of the International Bible Church of
L Bonaire on a Sunday morning in the
O local high school auditorium where
the church is now meeting for a sea-
heeses as Al- son until they can construct a new
church across from the Maduro and
will celebrate Curiel's Bank in Hato near the traf-
s during Dia di fic circle.
ell her cheese Governor Domacassd's take on
er public. Her leadership is based on the Bible
nd you'll find story of Jesus as "You must be a
Bario in An- servant first" if you expect to be
the big day by successful in any leadership capac-
n. ity. He says he never asked for the
)reciate the help job of Governor but accepted it from those who contacted him about the position
surf the internet after they agreed that he could put Christ first in his role as Governor of Bonaire.
a subsidy. Governor Domacass6 says you must be prepared to lose or as he puts it, "choose to
the farm Aletta lose -------- to God in order to be a winner." God has certainly directed his life
;es. I can't help throughout these most difficult times in the many changes that are now affecting
home, I have our Island Government and will have its effect for many years to come as another
It's truly ex- chapter is written in our island that closely resembles the slogan "Divers Paradise."
The Governor is truly a most humble man and has asked all to pray for unity of
the island as he now is in his final months of his term, when he
says he will turn over the three keys to the island (his government
home, his government automobile, and his government office
space) on October 24th of this year. As this reporter left the
church, many comments on the governor's character, his ability to
lead, and his wonderful way of approaching leadership and life
were expressed by many in the congregation. U Bob Lassiter
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Did You Know.. NAf 1
that fewer than one in 1,000 turtle hatchlings make it a healt
from the nest until adulthood? Scientists estimate that only one out You
of every 1,125 survive because of the challenges young turtles face Shelter
from the moment they break out of their shells. After a female lays open M
her eggs in a nest on the beach, her hatchlings spend about two day, 9
months incubating beneath the sand before they emerge together and pm.
crawl to the water a time during which they are extremely vulner-
able to predators who are looking to pick them off before they can Don'
begin swimming. Those that make it off the beach successfully will offers
disperse into open waters and swim for years at a time, a phase that is modati
often referred to as the "lost years" because of scientists' lack of a place
knowledge of the turtles' specific activities. while
But even these young turtles face a host of obstacles before island.
they will reach sexual maturity, when they will return to coastal wa- recentl
ters and begin mating and nesting. Turtles are vulnerable to exploita- "guest
tion at sea for both their meat and their shells, habitat destruction, well as
disease, fishing nets and pollution. Despite the fact that it is illegal to provid
hunt and kill these endangered animals, poaching is still a very real ness.
threat on Bonaire and in many other marine environments.
So the next time you encounter a turtle on a dive or snorkel, Note:
do not celebrate just your own luck in finding such a rare creature. Shelter
Think about the odds the turtle had to overcome to make it to the reef new add
as an adult as well.i Danielle Kehl for their
Kehl attended CIEE Research Station Bonaire's WWW.
Tropical Marine Ecology and Biology program malShel
and is a junior at Yale University. She grew up Bonai
in New York City and began SCUBA diving at
the age of 15. com.
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C ongratulations to Jacqueline
(Elisee) Craane and Dyrichemar
(Rico) Martis who were married on
Thursday, August 28, at the Catholic
Church in Playa.
The reception was held at Vespucci
Restaurant in the Harbour Village Ma-
rina. As you can see in the photo, the
bride was beautiful and the groom dash-
ou would never know it to look at him
now but this adorable puppy, "Kevin,"
ring on the street with his two siblings. A
Samaritan saw a ch6ller (drug addict)
to capture Kevin and his brothers so he
sell them. The Samaritan was able to res-
Spuppies and brought them into the Shel-
le of the pups has already been adopted.
is not only a darling fuzzy boy but he's got
credible curling tail. The vet believes he
rn around mid-June. A pup like Kevin
last long as a potential adoptee at the Bon-
nimal Shelter. As are all the other animals
adoption Kevin has been examined by the
ven his tests and worming and shots and
Sterilized when he's old enough. The
05 adoption fee covers all this, and you get
hy and very sociable pet.
may see Kevin at the r NAP ,-
r on the Lagoen Road, kW I-
Monday through Satur- Intas t *
am to 1 pm and 3 to 5
t forget that the Shelter
very comfortable accom-
ions for dogs if you need
for your pet to stay
you are away from the
The facilities have been
y expanded so that the
s" have a large run as
; spacious kennels that
e both shade and open-
8th Swim to Klein Bonaire
Sunday 05 October from Eden Beach Res
Be there at 7 AM
ctftt dt Jwg Boulnre.
Put us to the Tas te
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views, fabulous food, drinks and great hospitality all in a
relaxing open air tropical ambiance Whether you are dining
on the terrace or just chilling at the bar you are sure to have
an unforgettable experience. The restaurants casual
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you can see all the cooking live".
Our Bar offers a new and differnt bar atmosphere to
Bonaire serving a hot and cold snack menu with a full bar
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Bonaire Reporter September 5-19, 2008
Bonaire is one of the few islands
left in the Caribbean that still has
some original culture, a friendly
population and a local concern for
its nature and environment. It is
people like Siomara Albertus (in
her column, "Island Voices") who
see the necessity to keep it that way
and to keep the ever increasing
foreign influence from changing it.
Her articles are to the point and
reflect what so many Bonaireans
think and feel but are some-
times afraid to openly say. I hope
more Bonaireans follow her initia-
tive to speak out for their island.
PRAISE FOR THE REPORTER
Those who deserve much
credit should have their due recog-
nition. I believe you and the staff of
The Bonaire Reporter de-
serve immeasurable thanks and
credit for bringing the facts, opin-
ions and calls to action for what
may be Bonaire's most critical hour
- the impending death of her mag-
nificent coral reefs to all who have
a stake in this. This includes busi-
nesses, residents, visitors, and their
future generations. The dire infor-
mation you so objectively and can-
didly report has been, through great
faith and effort, gained by numer-
ous scientists, island leaders, and
organizations dedicated to protect-
ing the island's natural resources.
All of this valuable informa-
tion would be of no avail without a
Voice, so that everyone who has a
stake in it can make the right deci-
sions and take the necessary action.
Keep Up the Good Work. Bon-
aire Will Be Saved We All Can
Do It Together!
Eldon Gemmill, Water Quality
Engineer and Scientist
The BNMP (Marine Park) is act-
ing totally appropriately in the han-
dling of the problem of wastewater
discharge along the shoreline.
They are asking the BIGGEST
dischargers of grey water/sewage to
stop. They are not saying that the
resorts are the problem. In fact eve-
rybody shares in this problem. They
are simply saying that:
1. We need to act now
2. You, Mr. Resort, can make the
biggest difference by acting now.
Since action is in the best eco-
nomic interests we hope that the big
resorts will act. Some already have
and others are making plans.
You ask: "Why haven't they
The answer is simple. The scien-
tific evidence wasn't there. Yes,
Captain Don has been yelling for
Letters Bonaire Voices
the Editor Reef Discussions
years that we are ruining the reef.
However, history tells us that action
that that is not based on scientific
evidence often does not fix the
problem and causes unnecessary
The one problem that most Car-
ibbean underwater national parks
make is that they do not fund
enough scientific data gathering
and analysis. The Brian LaPoint
Nutrient Study was partially sup-
ported by volunteers, and the
LMSP (Light and Motion Sensor
Project) is totally supported by
volunteers. Additionally, there are
many more volunteer studies.
The issue is not environmental, it
is economic. We need to save the
reefs that Bonaire depends on for
We need to truck most of the
waste to the other side of the island
where it will primarily percolate to
the non-economic side of the is-
The problem with all these long-
term proposals is this: The organi-
zations who want to do NOTHING
will use your arguments to do noth-
ing NOW! That is what has hap-
pened everywhere else.
Three years later when we are
still discussing a long-term solution
the reef coral coverage will be half
what it is now. Bonaire will be a
boat-dive-only location like the Red
Sea and other Caribbean locations.
LMSP Program Manager -USA
THE COST OF PUMP OUT
A centralized (sewage) treatment
system makes little sense for Bon-
aire. A better fit is "Neighborhood
Treatment Systems" as originally
suggested by Bonaire's NGO Na-
Let me roll out the possible sce-
narios and alternatives, using only
metric units and maybe some of
you can adjust to local currency
using NAf, $ or .
Based on the Master Plan and
Feasibility Study we have to deal
with a DAILY Island TOTAL
Wastewater volume of approx.
1,400 m3/day, which is permanently
percolating to the coral reefs.
It is planned to "use" the 20
million (system budget) to treat
only 760m3/d from the 500 m shore
zone by a centralized treatment
plan. Approx. 640m3/d Island-
TOTAL Wastewater will remain
untreated and will percolate
DAILY to the reefs.
For the suggested urgent tempo-
rary action it needs a strategic-
pragmatic decision: how much of
approximately 760m3/d from the
500 m shore line zone should be
trucked away to the "LVV
trenches," the only purpose being to
prolong the percolation time to the
Let's look at a scenario:
760m3/d should be trucked away
to the "LVV trenches"
one truckload (honey sucker)
takes 10 m3, which means we will
76 truckloads per day.
If the truck fleet works 11 h/d
(7:00 -18:00) and one truck maybe
needs 1 hour for pumping, trans-
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porting, offloading and returning to
the shore line we need approx. 7
trucks working 11 hours/day, 7
days per week. An 8th truck has to
be on standby to cover likely break-
How much would this exercise
cost on Bonaire per day and in total
from 2008 until 2011?
Would e.g. WWF or "others"
finance this temporary action?
To give you some indication
about possible scale of funds
needed, here in my area in Ger-
many pumping, transporting, off-
loading AND TREATMENT might
14 per 1 m3.
If 10m3 = 140
If 760 m3/d = 10,640 per day
Let's assume on Bonaire the
transport of wastewater to LVV
trenches WITHOUT TREAT-
MENT might cost:
Euro 7 per 1 m3.
If 10 m3 = 70
If 760 m3/d = 5,320 per day
If wastewater transporting action
starts on 1. October 2008 and ends
on 1. January 2011, we have
approx. 820 days and need
Would it not make more sense to
use approximately 50% of that
amount, let's say approximately
2,000,000 to immediately reduce
the "production" of wastewater at
the sources within the 500 meter
shore zone in combination with a
mandatory policy of local Govern-
A mandatory policy could stipu-
late immediate reduction of waste-
(Continued on page 9)
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THE SENIOR CITIZENS
Continuing interviews so you can understand some of
the concerns of the Bonairean people.
When we speak of our senior citizens here in
Bonaire we are referring to those who are
known as the "60 Plusses." They could be citizens
who were working for the government or in the pri-
vate sector. Have you ever thought about how they
are dealing with their daily living situations?
The cost of living goes up every month here in
Bonaire, and the 60 Plusses have to deal with it every
month when they got their pension money. Their
pension income stays the same. The ex-government
employees have an additional pension besides the
regular pension that most people receive when they
reach the age of 60, the AOW (de Algemene Ouder-
dom Wet). The government has an obligation to pay
this pension every month. But because of the increas-
ingly high prices our senior citizens start complain-
Some of them do have two pensions, but still they
can't make it. So imagine those with only one. The
UPAH (Union di Penshonado pa Adelanto i Hus-
tisia) is a union that seeks the improvement in the
rights of their senior citizen members in Curagao and
Bonaire. They have a Social Fund (SOFO) to help
those elders who are having a hard time getting
though our expensive times. But remember, this Un-
ion is not a governmental project, so they have to get
money to do whatever they have to do for their mem-
bers. Our senior citizens, like those who are working,
must pay their taxes to the government every month
or every year. So, again, what can the government
do for them?
A member of UPAH for years explains. He (70)
said, "The government can start thinking about giv-
ing them an extra income for their vacation like every
worker has. They can calculate the high cost of living
every year to adjust the pension money. They can be
more alert about elderly healthcare. When an elderly
person has to go Curagao to a specialist and they
don't have any family, friends, not much money, or
don't know the island so well, they will have a hard
time. We urge the government to seek out nursing
homes that can take care of these citizens when they
arrive in Curagao. Take them to the doctor and really
care for them until the day they have to come back to
Bonaire. The government is striving for a better fu-
Edith Strauss-Mercera opens the new Villa
Antonia clubhouse for the 60-Plusses in 2002
ture for the whole island, for all its citizens, waiting
for a new country in the Kingdom of Netherlands.
We don't have to wait until then for that new coun-
try; the suffering is now and it needs special atten-
In Holland the government takes very good care of
its senior citizens because they realize that one day
they themselves will be in that position. For a long
time we had to learn from Holland and make the
changes, but we didn't. We are still waiting for Hol-
land to tell us what to do or to do everything for us.
For how much longer do we have to wait? Senior
citizens who are ill and who are living all by them-
selves need security help. We are living in a modem
world and with one push of a button you can get
medical or security assistance at home. But no one
thinks about it. In some cases it was too late when
help arrived because he or she couldn't get to a
phone to call for assistance.
Sometimes we think that nursing homes are the
first choice. But we can help these citizens with some
special care at home. They feel more comfortable in
their own house, so why not help them in their own
house? But of course someone might say, 'We need
the money to do all this.' If we want we can. The
only thing we need is man's power!"
If you think about yourself today, you will think
about our the senior citizens because tomorrow can
be your turn.
Siomara E. Albertus
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A group of disabled people from Curaqao from the S.G.R.
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Bonaire this last week. And they paid for it all by themselves!
Starting last year each one of them saved up money from their
welfare income and then held fundraisers to accomplish this first
time ever wonderful vacation to Bonaire, and they enjoyed every
Among them was Cedric, the son of the late Roddy Emerenciana
and the nephew of Classita Emerenciana. This photo was taken on
Saturday as they dined on Criollo cuisine at the Rose Inn in Rin-
con. The group of 1 laccompanied by six guides came to Bonaire,
and it was a marvelous opportunity for them to have an interchange
with the members (clients) of the FKPD (Bonaire's handicapped
center) in Rincon and Nikiboko. They had meals in hotels, a barbe-
que, went to church and had tours of the island.
What was the best thing they did? They all agreed: "It was won-
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They want to say a special thank you to Lula Hart for all the work
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Letters to the Editor (Cont. from pg 7)
water production. It could be sup-
ported by external funding con-
trolled by a project management
team from Bonaire's Nature Alli-
ance NGO and technical support by
an independent and interdiscipli-
nary non-commercial organization,
e.g. UNESCO-IHE in Delft, NL.
Editor's note: Herr Schwager is a
"water engineer" who worked for
Dorsch Consultants on the feasibil-
ity study for a Bonaire Sewage Sys-
tem that the planned 2011 system is
based on. Recently, unconfirmed
reports are circulating on Bonaire
that say completion of the sewage
system has slipped to 2013.
AN ALTERNATIVE TO PUMP OUT
Low water-needs garden at Habitat
While I wholeheartedly agree
with the assessments made and
solutions offered, I would like to
point out the following.
The article infers that ALL
coastal resorts are discharging high
levels of nitrogen rich wastewater
into the adjacent reefs. This is
NOT true...specifically in the case
of Captain Don's Habitat.
We all know that too many nutri-
ents (nitrogen and phosphorous)
will kill coral reefs. Every time a
toilet is flushed or a load of laundry
is washed, more nutrients flow to-
ward Bonaire's reefs the island's
most valuable and vulnerable natu-
ral resource. A study concluded one
year ago covering 14 locations
around Bonaire's reefs by Brian
LaPointe from the Center for
Coastal Research, Ft. Pierce, Flor-
ida, found that our reefs are fast
approaching a tipping point. He
summarized with the statement that
"The results are cause for concern
and action" as reported in The Bon-
aire Reporter as well. Bonaire's
advanced wastewater treatment
plant, which will remove most of
the nutrients from human waste, is
probably 2-3 years away from be-
ing operational, yet development on
the island continues. What do we
do in the meantime to protect our
At Captain's Dons Habitat, the
management and staff were not
going to wait around. In the sum-
mer of 2001, with the assistance of
EarthEcho International, Dr. David
Vaughn and Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institute, a custom-
ized wastewater treatment (WT)
plant was built to biologically re-
move the nitrogen from their do-
mestic waste stream. The plant has
undergone several modifications
and fine tuning over the past seven
years with a major renovation and
installation of an advanced custom-
ized wastewater treatment plant
completed in the summer of 2006.
This AWT plant replaced the older
original on-site treatment system.
The day to day operation of this
new plant is expertly managed and
kept tuned by Habitat staff person,
Margaret Romijn, with the expert
advice and assistance of Mr. Eldon
Gemmil, a Water Quality Engineer
and Scientist from the US.
Recent test results from the new
system showed an 87% removal of
ammonia nitrogen, which is toxic to
aquatic organisms, and a 60% re-
moval of all nitrogen compounds.
These preliminary numbers will
likely improve as additional fine
tuning and adjustments are imple-
mented. Another benefit of this
process has been a significant re-
duction in sewer gas odor around
the septic tank to imperceptible
levels. Following the advanced
wastewater treatment process, the
resulting clear discharge water is
used to irrigate the lush vegetation
surrounding Habitat. This further
removes nutrients through plant
uptake, plus it conserves precious
fresh water. Habitat has always
been known for its lush vegetation
and while most people assumed it
was for aesthetics, Captain Don
realized years ago that with more
vegetation, the resort not only looks
good but also reduces the amount
of nitrates, nitrites and phosphates
eventually making it to our reef due
to the uptake of these nutrients by
the plants. You only need look at
Google Earth and zoom in on the
northern hotel strip, it is pretty ob-
vious where Habitat is located.
The testing of Habitat's new sys-
tem also showed removal of 17% of
the phosphorus biologically, al-
though phosphorus is difficult to
remove biologically in a tropical
climate. In order to get a higher
percentage of phosphorus removed,
chemicals would have to be im-
ported and added to the wastewater.
The sludge produced would then
have to be disposed of. There is an
Thirty years ago, the State of
Maryland was trying to protect
Chesapeake Bay. By switching
from phosphate based detergents to
phosphate free detergents, millions
of pounds of phosphorous were
eliminated from the Bay, without
adding any chemicals or producing
a mountain of sludge. Bonaire
could benefit from a similar switch,
and yes, clothes will still be just as
bright, bold and clean as they are
now. This simple switch could do
much to protect our reefs. The
government should allow the im-
portation of phosphate free deter-
gents duty and OB free and then
require all commercial establish-
ments to utilize these phosphate
The testing and fine tuning of
Habitat's new AWT system is ongo-
ing. If our recent results are any
indication, this small, relatively
inexpensive type of treatment sys-
tem may provide a useful model to
be implemented at other places on
the island as a way to safeguard the
reefs until the time when the pro-
posed new mega treatment plant is
built and becomes operational.
I bring this up as over the past
couple of months, much has been
said and reported in regards to this
situation and in not one article,
report and/or recommendation,
have I seen mention of Habitat's
successful AWTS though all know
that it exists and is functioning.
Habitat would be more than happy
to share our experience and exper-
tise gained in installation, operating
and fine tuning this system with
anyone wishing to install a similar
system of their own. It is even
possible to scale down the system
to individual household use as well
as scaling up to meet the demand of
an installation the size that would
be needed at LVV.
Jack Chalk, General Manager
Habitat Bonaire N.V.
What can we do about these
racing, speeding, crazy motorcy-
clists on the island? When folks
think Bonaire, they think diving.
Not always any more. Now they
think crazy motorcycles reck-
lessly screaming, drifting side to
side and running amok down the
streets filled with pedestrians. We
have all seen them.
Am I the only one with con-
cerns? I personally have witnessed
one of these maniacs screaming by
the cruise ship when all the passen-
gers were viewing our otherwise
lovely island. Kids and the elderly
can't get out of their way fast
enough, let alone anyone or any-
For any of you that have gotten
your license here on this island like
I have, you recall being taught
properly, rigidly tested on your
skills, and I will bet still now re-
spectful of your permission to
drive or ride responsibly.
Exactly what is being done to
solve this at present I do not know,
but perhaps it will take fatality to
effectively get a handle on the dan-
Now the most effective solution
is rather simple. The first one of
these punks to get caught by the
Police will have to help the officers
load his bike into the back of the
Police pick-up, then drive with
them to the landfill, where
the fellow that drives that big bull-
dozer will create a two-dimensional
piece of artwork from the used-to-
be three-D motorcycle.
Then let the guy walk home. He
will call all his friends for sure.
Word will get out quickly. Repeat
this procedure for the next one that
failed to get the message, etc, un-
til they all run out of money. Prob-
lem solved. If this were the case, I
would like to be the bulldozer op-
erator at the landfill!
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August 28 -September 1st ex-
change is great because it fos-
ters common interest in heri-
tage, history and environment
while creating direct contracts
between the islands.
With Bonaire and St.Maarten
pursuing new goals within the
Dutch Kingdom, making direct
ties and forming common links
such as the one the high school
students will be forging is im-
portant, he added. As part of
the exchange, Bonaire students
took an island tour with specific
emphasis on historical sites on
the Dutch and French sides.
BONAI and SIMARC students
will talk about how they view
heritage, preservation and the
links between the islands
among other topics.
The trip culminates in a youth
forum on Saturday. The venue,
the island council meeting
room, added importance to the
forum, Haviser said, because
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and the one from Bonaire will
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WE ARE PEAKING
The costs of living are rising very
quickly. Five years ago you could
fill up your car for half the price you pay
now. The prices on the articles in the gro-
cery store are fit to give you heart failure.
When you go pay your bill at WEB, you
are in risk of starting to hyperventilate. It
is not only here on Bonaire, but also in
other parts of world (for a change). Two
questions come to mind. The first one is
of course: What is going on? And the
second one is: When will it end?
The consensus on what is going on is
that the oil prices have gone up. We use
oil not only for our transport and electric-
ity, but also for our health, clothing, stor-
age and agriculture. A lot of products are
derived from oil: medicines, nylons and
polyesters, plastics, pesticides and so on.
So when the oil prices go up, everything
that is derived from oil will become more
expensive. For example if the price of
pesticides goes up, we ultimately have to
pay more for our corn, potatoes, tomatoes
and bananas. On top of that, the transpor-
tation of all our products to the shops is
also more expensive.
It is no surprise that the price of oil is
increasing. In fact Mr. M. King Hubbert
(a geoscientist who worked at the Shell
research lab in Houston, Texas) already
predicted it back in the 50s. He said that
after the big oilfield discoveries were
made, the production of oil would be go-
ing up. But at a certain point you will
reach your peak of production. After that,
the production costs will go up because it
takes more effort to get the oil out of the
ground. To keep the same level of pro-
duction you need to invest more and more
money and the price of oil will go up.
Also the fact remains that oil is in a big
"reservoir" under the ground. If you start
taking oil from that "reservoir," no matter
how big it is, eventually you will drain it.
Now we have come to a point where the
reservoir of oil is not yet drained, but it is
getting increasingly more difficult to get
it out of there. Hence the increase in
One barrel of oil (roughly 159 liters)
costs about US$1 to get out of the
ground. You can get so much energy
from it that it is practically free energy.
Because it is so cheap we use it for every-
thing. In other words, we have made our-
selves totally and completely dependent
on the (almost) free source of energy.
And we are now entering a time where
the gushing from this source will start to
reduce to a mere trickle. To top it off, our
demand for oil is growing exponentially.
After Mr. Hubbert made his prediction
you would expect the panic to rise among
the people. He predicted a world where
oil is not readily available anymore: a
complete nightmare. But nothing was
further from the truth: he was ridiculed
because the majority of the people re-
fused to believe him. And now peak oil is
upon us just like Mr. Hubbert predicted,
and we have lost all this time to do some-
thing about it. Why are people so readily
willing to disregard such a theory? We
are living in pluralistic ignorance. Every-
body is thinking that if it really were so
bad that somebody would do something
about it. If everybody accepts it as it is,
then it could not be so bad. If we keep
looking at each other, waiting for the
other person to do something, probably
nothing will happen.
We have gotten just a small taste of
what it is like to live in a world where
there is less and less oil, where prices will
continue to rise. How do you like it so
far? You may have guessed by now that
this is not going to end. At present if you
want to do something you can take your
car anywhere; if you want to go on vaca-
tion you can take the plane. Can you start
to imagine a world where you cannot
move to the extent you are now used to?
And where articles like medicines and
plastics will become increasingly hard to
come by. If you cannot picture this or
refuse to do so, you will certainly be sur-
prised at what is going to happen. Putting
your head in the sand like an ostrich is
not going to work (as if it ever worked).
You could start by informing yourself.
With this information you can demand
that your government starts to do some-
thing to tackle this problem. Also you can
do something to decrease your demand of
oil. Here are some tips to bring down
your demand AND your energy bill.
Use energy efficient appliances and
Be sure to clean the filter of your AC
at least once a month. (Also, there are
ACs working on solar power!).
Check if the door on your refrigerator
closes snugly. If you use AC, check if
the doors and windows of that room
Turn off and/or unplug your electron-
ics when not in use (think of lights,
fans, battery chargers, computers,
monitors, TVs, radios, etc. Even turn-
ing them completely off instead of on
"sleep-mode" will save a lot).
Be aware of the many lights you have
turned on around your house during
the night (is it really necessary to illu-
minate your garden while you are
Those of you who still do not want to
go through all this "trouble," you can start
singing along with REM: "It's the end of
the world as we know it
and I feel fine." But I'm
not sure if you'll feel so
Koops teaches Biology at
the SGB High School.
he Bonaire Rotary Club officially
donated 40 copies of the Papiamentu
-English Dictionary published by Stichting
Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire to Scholenge-
meenschap Bonaire (SGB High School) at
its Wednesday Rotary meeting. Marisela
Croes, past president of Rotary, made the
presentation to Serapio Pop, head of SGB.
"We feel it is important to help make this
dictionary available to our schools since
our children are using the Internet and need
to have access to the proper English words
to be successful there," said Ms. Croes.
"English is essential for our tourism indus-
try and also for any company like Rocargo
doing business with the US, UK or with the
European Union," she continued.
The donation is part of the "Dictionaries
for Schools" program of Jong Bonaire and
helped move the Foundation even closer to
its goal of 500 dictionaries donated to
schools. "If we meet the 500 goal, an
anonymous donor from the USA has prom-
ised to donate US $20,000 to Jong Bon-
aire," said Rene Hakkenberg, president of
Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire.
"We have had excellent support from the
business community on all three of the
ABC Islands for this effort," said Hakken-
berg, "but we still need to have 96 more
school dictionaries donated to qualify for
the extra grant."
"We are all aware of the financial condi-
tion of our schools and the private sector
has responded very well to this appeal for
donations. Organizations like the Rotary
have shown that our community is commit-
ted to the success of our young people and
our schools," Hakkenberg added. Rotary
also donated four dictionaries to UniCol-
lege. Several banks have joined in the do-
nation program as well as private citizens
and other companies. 0
Jong Bonaire Release
Any organization or individual who
would like to contribute dictionaries can
contact Jong Bonaire via e-mail
by phone +599-717-4303. Ext. 12
Klinika Veterinario Bonaire
A ml Dierenartsen tear
Animal pital Drs. Arie Binksma
Aim al ii Drs. Hans & Etty L
Drs. Seib Fietsma
Dierenkliniek Drs. Ytzen v.d. We
Kaminda Lagun 24A, Tel 717-4255
Next to the Animal Shelter
Banda di Dierenaisel
Naast het Dierenaisel
The clinic is open from: 1|
Klinika ta habri di: I
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
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
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
Bonaire Reporter September 5-19, 2008
Bonaire and Curacao 2008 Coral Spawning: predicted spawning times for reef invertebrates
Days after the full moon (Sep 15 & Oct 14) 3 4 5 6 7 a 9
First Spawning 'Round"- Sept 18-24 (S) 18-Sep 19-Sep 20-Sep 21-Sep 22-Sep 23-Sep 24-Sep
Second Spawning "Round"- Oct 17-23 (0) 17-Oct 18-Oct 19-Oct 20-Oct 21-Oct 22-Oct 23-Oct
English names Latin name Spawning "round" Predicted spawning times
M Elkhmn coral* Acroporo polmoto A/S ? 21 15-21 45 21 15-21 45 ?
[21 Staghor n cot al Acroporo cervicornis A/S ? 21:00-2 2:00 21:00-22:00 ?
131 Grooved btain coral Diploria lot) yrcothfot mis S 22 00-23 30 22 00-23 30 22 00-23 30
[41 Synninetrical hi iin cotal DIP10110 strigoso S 22 00-23 00 22 00-23 00
IS] Great star coral Moitostroecr covernoso S/0 21 30-23 30 22 30-23 30 ?
[61 Mountainuus stat cotall* lvtoiitu-strocu unouloris1faveoicto S/0 21:30-2 2:30 21:30-22:30 21:30-2 2:30
1/1 Blushing stat cut al Stephonocoertio michehim S 21 00-22 00 21 00-22 00 21 00-22 00
131 Six t ay star cor a I Modrocis senatio S/0 00*00-06*00 0000-06 00
[q] Smooth Flower coial Eusmiflofostigiato S/0 22 15-22 30 21 15-22 30 21 15-22 30 21 15-22 30
flol Lettuc cuial Agoiccio oyoricites1humilis S/0 all night day all night day all night & clay all night & day all night & day all night & day all night & day
fill Finger Loral Porites porite S 2 2:2 5-22:30 ?
[12 Sea i oc-,s Plexauridae S/0 19:00 19:00 19:00 19:00 1900 19:00 19,00
 RCCI UICIIII) ELlfluiomeua viridis S/0 12*00-18 00 12 00-1800 12 00-1800 12 00-1800 12 00-1800 12*00-18*00 12 00-18 00
 Sea CUCUirlbet H010thUtoidea S/0 1200-1800 22 00-2800 12 00-1800 12 00-18 00 12 00-18 00 1200-1800 12 00-18 00
 Bisttle star Ophiuricap S/0 19 30-22 00 29 30-22 00 19 30-22 00 19 30-22 00 19 30-22 00 19 30-22 00 19 30-22 00
161 Christmas tiee %voini S/0 1900 1900 1900 1900 1900 1900 1900
17 1 Beat ded fit e worm S/0 1200-1900 12 00-19 00 12*00-19*00 12.00-19.00 12 00-1900 12,00-1900 12 00-19 00
[181 Touch-me not-sponge S/0 12 00-1700 12 00-1700 12 00-1700
Inote title spawning tiine ofthis species is extremely difficult to predict and there is a good possibility itsvill actually spawn in August
note: his species will be the most spectacular spawnedr" that can be observed dwing these nights Source: Cannabi
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je Hair Affair
We do our best to make
your hair and make-up wishes come
You can also come in for
facials and facial 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 Anke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
9-05 3:14 0.9FT. 17:50 1.8FT. 60
9-06 3:59 0.9FT. 18:34 1.8FT. 49
9-07 4:31 0.8FT. 19:21 1.9FT. 39
9-08 5:04 0.8FT. 19:59 1.9FT. 32
9-09 5:36 0.8FT. 20:34 1.9FT. 30
9-10 6:00 0.9FT. 21:16 1.9FT. 35
9-11 6:19 0.9FT. 21:54 1.8FT. 44
9-12 6:35 1.OFT. 12:04 1.2FT. 14:09 1.2FT. 22:29 1.8FT. 55
9-13 6:43 1.OFT. 11:59 1.3FT. 15:43 1.2FT. 23:11 1.7FT. 67
9-14 6:39 1.1FT. 12:11 1.4FT. 17:00 1.2FT. 78
9-15 0:44 1.5FT. 6:25 1.2FT. 12:38 1.5FT. 18:28 1.2FT. 86
9-16 1:47 1.3FT. 6:06 1.2FT. 13:21 1.6FT. 20:20 1.1FT. 93
9-17 3:36 1.2FT. 5:31 1.2FT. 14:03 1.7FT. 22:38 1.1FT. 95
9-18 0:16 1.OFT. 15:01 1.8FT. 94
9-19 1:38 0.9FT. 16:00 1.8FT. 90
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Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run up to one month.
Commercial Ads only NAfl per word, for each two-week issue.
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.
IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.
The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
& Janet). 786-0956
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
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Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
Low rates, References. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.
S LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf6 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 dona-
tion visit www.supportbonaire.org and
help make a difference!
Private yoga classes
call Louise 717- 7021 or
ting and the art of bead-
ing. Call Louise at 717-
7021 or 700-9422.
Learning Papiamentu? New Papia-
mentu-English Dictionary 2nd Edi-
tion Fully bilingual. Approx. 20,000
words and phrases. Sold as a fundraiser
for Jong Bonaire. Now available at
bookstores in the ABC Islands or
Women & Men
Lagoen Hill 18
Tuesday till Saturday: 1-5 pm
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!
I'm looking for a 3 bedroom furnished
house/condo/apartment with air condi-
tioning, in a safe area (rural is good) for a
3 to 6 month rental (date is flexible but
likely starting August 2009 or later.) Price
under 1500 US$/month. Contact: emcfar-
New Dive Tanks 63's and 80's $225,
Limited quantity. Also 1 used 63 will
need hydro only $75
Bear Cat Chipper Shredder. Turns a
huge pile of branches into great mulch. 8
Hp Honda electric start.
Almost new. Only a few hours running
time. NAf 2950.
Leigh Dove tail Jig new, never
used. DOVETAIL AND MORTISE AND
TENDON JOINTS MADE EASY Only
All Stainless Steel dock ladder. Only
NAf 800.00 Call 717-8819 8 am to
FOR SALE Jacuzzi in good working
order. Price US$ 2,000 /NAf 3.500,- For
more information call: 786-2206.
Apartment for rent 1, max 2 persons.
Long terms. NAf 800/850 incl. internet
and laundry. One bedroom (4x4), bath-
room (4x2), kitchen (4x2) full furnished,
fans (no airco), linen. 110/220V sharing
porch 12xl0m. Call: 717 2529 at Hato.
For more info call: 700-6444
Plastic sandwich sign board 3.5 by 2
feet NAf 300,00 practically brand new
call 795 3456 or 717 4435 after 6pm
For sale: Complete sound system for
bands, DJ, or clubs. 2 12" powered
speakers with horns, 300 watts. 2 10" pow-
ered speakers with horns, 250 watts. 4 8"
powered speakers with horns, 150 watts. 1
Mackie 16 channel mixer. 1 Behringer 12
channel mixer. Speaker and microphone
stands. Microphone cables. Professional
Voltage regulators and power stabilizers.
call 796 5352 for more info and prices.
Serious inquiries only, please.
1999 Ford F150 pickup. 4 door back
seat model. Very good condition, well
maintained. NAf 21,000. 796-5352.
FOR SALE Windsurf equipment.
NEW never used! 2 Daikin Boards w/
bags, 3 Sails w/bags, 2 booms, 2 masts
+ miscellaneous Best offer over $1500
takes all! 717-8876
FOR SALE National Optical Model
DC3-163 Compound Digital Camera
Microscope System NEW, never used
Looking for a good used regulator?
Completely rebuilt with all new parts,
Scubapro MK 2 with R295 2nd stage
plus gauges, octopus and inflator hose.
$229 Call Carib Inn 717-8819 8 am
to 5 pm.
LOOKING FOR RENTAL/
Looking for an apartment or small
house to rent or housesit. I am also
interested in a roommate situation.
Prefer walking or bike distance from
town. Will be in Bonaire 9/6/. Please
Looking for a 3 bedroom furnished
house/condo/apartment with air con-
ditioning, in a safe area (rural is good)
for a 3 to 6 month rental (date is flexi-
ble but likely starting August 2009 or
later.) Price under 1500 US$/month.
Senora Colombiana ta ofrese su
serbisio pa limpia kas. Bon re-
comenda. mi tin mi mes transporte. Bo
por komunika tel: 795-9281 /717-
Colombian Lady offers home clean-
ing services. Well recommended. Has
own transportation. Please call 795-
For Sale: Well maintained luxury
Honda Accord LX, V4 tech.-
automatic, 2002, low in emission &
economical. Real bargain: NAf 6.000
For info: 700-0515 or flyingdutch-
Ticket to Holland to sell: Valid un-
til 18-12-08. Offered at a good price.
Call: 795-9281 785-0095
Mi ta bende pasashi pa Hulanda, e tin
valides te 18-12-08. Naunbonprijs.
Bo por komunika- 795-9281/ 785-0095
The BONHATA office has some
office furniture for sale:
1 Executive Credenza Dark Wood
NAf 1,200; 1 2 Door Cabinet Light
Wood NAf 50; Reception Chairs
Grey/Wood NAf 40 each or NAf 220
for 6; 1 2 Piece L Shaped Office Desk
& Drawers (needs some repairs) NAf
75 All items are for cash sale and as
is. Please call 717-5134 or stop by
the office, Kaya Soeur Bartola 15B,
to view the items.
10th Annual Bonaire
Bikers Motorcycle Tour
The 10th Annual Bonaire Bikers Tour is on
from September 4 to 7. More than 400
people will participate, from Bonaire, Aruba and
Curagao. Bikers from the other islands will ship
their bikes via the Don Andres.
Hotels like Capt. Don's Habitat this year are
the principal sponsors, and they're completely
booked for that weekend. Different activities are
planned to take place on the road near Karel's
Beach Bar, which also is cooperating with the
event along with big sponsor, NAPA Autoparts.
On Wednesday, September 3, the action begins
at Rocargo and Don Andres where the motorcy-
cles will be unloaded from the containers. Dur-
ing the week there will be various parades
throughout the barios to show our visitors the
beautiful landscape of Bonaire.
TCB, SELIBON, DROB, the Police and Cus-
toms are giving their cooperation to the celebra-
tion that attracts tourists from the other Antillean
islands for a cultural and friendly interchange.
Signup will be on Friday, September 5, at the
Bikers' Clubhouse where all the motorcycle par-
ticipants and the public may enjoy the ambiance.
At 10 pm there will be a fireworks show on the
Chito Mercelina wharf.
Saturday morning is the parade to the Centro
di Bario in Antriol for the Bonaire Day celebra-
tion. Later there will be a parade to Esmeralda
Beach as the sun sets .
Sunday there will be an official parade through
all the neighborhoods, ending at the Rose Inn
where delicious Criollo dishes will be served to
Bonaire Bikers MC have received sponsorship
from many companies who have helped to make
this event possible: Maduro & Curiel's Bank,
RBTT, Fatum and Russel Insurances. Ware-
house Bonaire and Rent-o-Fun are providing
breakfast for all the participants on Sunday.
It's always a special treat for the public to see
such beautiful bikes and to have the opportunity
to enjoy the moment with their families and
friends from the other islands. For more infor-
mation call Orlando Francisca 786-2131;
Mocky Arends 786-5614; or Norman Evertsz
560-7282. U MockyArends
organized to stimulate the knowledge and
importance of our culture to everyone.
The presentations will be accompanied
by visuals so even those not fluent in
Papiamentu should understand.
You may register by calling 717-5021 or
717-8322, or e-mail: manage-
The next three lectures at the
Sporthall, starting at 7:30 pm, are listed
in Happenings on page 17. U L.D.
Bonaire Reporter September 5-19, 2008
Lecture Series by Bbi Antoin
n Tuesday, September 2, historian
and journalist, B6i Antoin, spoke
on Bonaire's culture and history as part of
the Tourist Awareness Program (TAP) In a
series of four presentations, this was the
first: "Celebrations and Traditions of Bon-
aire." The Foyan Boyz performed as well.
Preservation of our culture is important
and these talks in Papiamentu have been
Netherlands Blazers Ensemble on Bonaire
A spectacular musical event for the people of Bonaire
the musicians will be there to have a
drink with you. VIP tickets are at Addo's
Bookstore on Kaya Grandi and the
Bonaire Museum on the Kaya J.C. van
The tour of the Nederlands Blazers En-
semble is sponsored by the Aruba bank,
the Orco Bank, Hotel Renaissance, Avila
Beach Hotel, Divi Flamingo Resort and
The concert on Bonaire is organized by
SKAL (Sekshon di Kultura Arte i Litera-
tura) together with some private persons
who joined forces to make this concert a
real musical and cultural happening for
the people of Bonaire.E Press release
T he 25-year-old Nederlands Blazers
Ensemble is touring the Dutch
Antilles for the first time and will be
playing on Bonaire. The theme of the
concerts is "Brisas di Musica" ("Winds of
The Ensemble is made up of
professional musicians from all the major
Dutch symphony orchestras. They tour all
over the world and their performances are
spectacular, combining classical music
with "world music," music from other
cultures and continents.
The orchestra will play a special reper-
toire in which Antillean popular and clas-
sical influences will be very recognizable.
Local artists like Papachi Salsbach, Linda
Anthony and Grupo Tutti Frutti from
Rincon will participate in this concert,
together with some children percussion-
ists, under the leadership of Robbie
The open-air concert on Bonaire is on
Tuesday September 16 at Wilhelmina
Park at 7:30 pm. The concert is free of
charge. The organizers will use busses to
get as many people from Rincon and
other barios to Kralendijk to join in this
Purchasers of VIP tickets for NAf100
will have reserved seating in the VIP area
during the concert. After the concert all
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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
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 Curacao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.
EZ Air Daily flights between Bonaire and Curacao,
headed by experienced pilot. Round trip only NAfl40
Eight flights a day. From 7:30am to 6 pm.
APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
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
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
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-
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
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
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
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
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!
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
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.
Bonaire 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
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
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
The Salt Shop offers uniquely special Bonaire sea-salt
crystals at its shop in The Rochaline and also at Best
Buddies and the airport shop.
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-
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. Good rum selection.
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.
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HH 2 for 1all beverages) 6-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* HH-50%off- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Divi Flamingo Casino open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette
and blackjack, Monday to Saturday
8 pm 4 am Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
* 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
* Enjoy a great dinner in colorful
tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi
Restaurant & 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
* Margarita & Taco Tuesdays!
With $2.50 Margaritas and a Taco bar!
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
* 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
Flamingo Rockers playing at
Sunset Bar and Grill, from 6 -
8pm. The happy hour goes from
5:30 7pm. BBQ starting at 6:30pm.
FREE SLIDE/IDEO SHOWS
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- 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 inthis venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family hasjust stepped out. Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Fri-
day, 9 -12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment
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.
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday 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,
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every
two weeks. For more information call
Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia
Martinez Beck, at 786-2953.
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
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
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.
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.
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-
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Bonaire Reporter September 5-19, 2008
Walrs Coming Our
SCars, Cars, Cars...
Lots of cars and other vehicles are
"coming our way" on Bonaire.
Not surprising when we see all new de-
velopments appearing around and hear
about increasing numbers of tourists, both
via air and cruise ships.
Let's kick in that open door. About
three or four years ago, finding a parking
spot in downtown Playa on a weekday
was a pretty easy job. It is no more.
The number of vehicles must have in-
creased and when calling and asking
around we learn that this is the case. One
of the major car dealers on island esti-
mates sales to have risen by around 20%
the last couple of years. And apart from
the giant (ugly..) ship visiting Bonaire
regularly, delivering brand new cars, we
also notice regular deliveries of contain-
ers with second hand cars coming in from
overseas ready to be sold right here.
This observation does not include the
number of "owned" vehicles brought in
by those who have recently moved here.
Besides that, some car rental agencies
(but not all, we must add) report to have
increased their fleet (between 20-50%)
over the last years also. This excludes an
increase through the addition of some
new rental agencies that appeared in the
Things we all notice (traffic around
SGB in the mornings, trying to find a
parking spot in downtown Playa on a
weekday, the situation around peak hours
at the crossing of Kaya International and
Kaya Industria) are basically a logical
result of the above.
The problem may solve itself if the im-
pending reef crisis is not being taken care
of properly. Dead reefs around Bonaire
will have its economic effects and as a
result we'll have to sell our cars. Issue
Still, why aren't we seeing any hybrid
cars like the Toyota Prius on island? The
dealer tells us that there definitely is a
demand, but the simple fact is the car is
not available for the Caribbean yet.
Specifications not ready, more prepara-
tions needed. We may expect the vehicle
to be available here by 2010 though...
From hybrid to another innovation: I
was lucky to be back in Amsterdam re-
cently visiting friends and family, where I
ran into a Segway. Some readers may
already know this vehicle, but for me it
was the very first time I saw it (see
The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-
balancing electric vehicle, where one
simply stands on. Computers and motors
in the base of the device keep the Segway
upright. Users lean forward to go for-
ward, lean back to go backward, and turn
by using a "Lean Steer" handlebar, lean-
ing it left or right. Segway are driven by
electric motors at up to 20 km/h (12.5
mph!) and sensors are used to detect tilt-
A Segway people mover
ing of the device which indicates a depar-
ture from perfect balance.
Where is that Bonairean entrepreneur
who somehow knows to arrange for that
Segway Diver's Ver-
sion with room for
dive tank and equip-
ment? I believe your
business will fly.
Start by visiting
Good luck!M Story &
Photo by Marcel Leurs
A Klein Bonaire Cleanup will be
held on Sunday morning, Sep-
tember 14. The cleanup will help provide
safe access for nesting sea turtles and
safe, clean beaches for recreational use.
The cleanup is organized by STINAPA
and Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) in conjunction with the world-
wide International Coastal Cleanup.
So far this season, STCB has recorded
48 sea turtle nests on Klein. That number
could increase to roughly 55 nests for
this year. Fifty-five nests could result in
5,500 baby turtles hatching from their
Klein Bonaire nests and attempting to
make their way to the sea.
After being privately owned for 131
years, ownership of Klein Bonaire was
returned to the people of Bonaire in
1999. Cleanup volunteers should meet at
the Harbour Village Marina (just past the
Patagonia restaurant) at 7 am on Sunday,
September 14. Boats will transport vol-
unteers to Klein Bonaire. Boats will re-
turn from Klein Bonaire to the Marina in
the early afternoon. Groups and individu-
als who wish to join the cleanup are re-
quested to register ahead by telephone.
Call STCB at 717-2225 or STINAPA at
717-8444. Crisanta Martha, Education
Coordinator, STINAPA/Marlene Robin-
son. 0 Press release
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Mars and Venus Slam into Each Other! And Uranus at its Closest and
Brightest for the Entire Year"
Spin axis and rotation of this issue's planets
E very once in a while two planets will appear so close together that you'd
swear they might slam into each other. And even though we know that
such a cosmic collision will never occur, nevertheless it is always fun to see such
an event from Earth. And such is the case on Thursday evening, September 11,
when the planet named for the goddess of love, Venus, and the planet named for
the god of war, Mars, will be so close that they will indeed appear as if they
might crash into each other. And starting this weekend you can watch them move
closer and closer each night until the fateful almost-collision on the 11th. Plus on
the following evening Friday the 12th the seventh planet Uranus will be at its
closest and brightest for the entire year.
This Sunday, September 7th, 30 minutes after sunset while it's still a bit light out,
face west where just above the horizon you will see tiny 3,000-mile-wide Mer-
cury, slightly bigger 4,000-mile-wide Mars and dazzling 8,000-mile-wide Venus.
And you'll notice that Mars and Venus will be pretty close. In fact so close that we
could fit only 4 /2 full Moons lined up end to end between them. But by Monday
the 8th they'll be even closer; only 3 1/2 full Moons would fit between them. On
Tuesday the 9t, closer still, only 2 /2 full Moons apart, on Wednesday the 10th
only 1 /2 full Moons apart. But then the big change occurs on Thursday the 11th
when Venus and Mars will be so close, only 3/I1ths of one degree apart, that less
than 1/2 of one full Moon could fit between them. Wow!
This is a really close meeting of two planets! And if you want to take full advan-
tage of this sight I strongly suggest you watch them approach each night through a
good pair of binoculars. Indeed you'll be amazed at how rapidly the planets move
in their orbits. But even though Mars and Venus will look super close, visually
speaking, it's only from our viewpoint on Earth, which makes it so. It's really all
an optical illusion. In fact on September 11th Mercury will be 88 million miles
away, whereas Venus will be 138 million miles away. But Mars will be a whop-
ping 227 million miles from Earth: 89 million miles farther away than Venus,
which sounds like a long way from home.
But if you really want to go a long way from home go out 24 hours later on Fri-
day night, September 12th around midnight. Face due south and if you have bin-
oculars or a small telescope you will see a tiny blue-green light which is 32,000-
mile-wide Uranus which will be eight times farther away from Earth than Mars, a
whopping one and 34 billion miles away. And that's close for Uranus because on
Friday night the 12th it will be at its closest and brightest to Earth for 2008. And
the reason I ask you to wait until midnight to look for it is because that's when it
will be due south and at its very highest above the horizon. So don't miss the 7t
planet at midnight on the 12t and a near collision between Venus and Mars on the
11 Jack Horkheimer
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For September 2008
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)Your desire for excitement and adventure may be expen-
sive. Romance may be likely if you travel. Driving too fast or double parking will result
in difficulties with officials. Don't cause a scene, but when you get home let your part-
ner know how you feel and why. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sun-
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't confide in any relatives whom you know have a
tendency to meddle in other people's affairs. Take advantage of your attributes and lure
the mate of your choice. You can meet new and exciting lovers through work related
projects. Investments are best left alone this month. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can get ahead if you work diligently behind the
scenes. Don't let your anger consume you and don't allow important matters go unat-
tended to. Get domestic chores out of the way early. You will get upset over trivial
matters. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Some of the best opportunities will crop up if you keep
an open mind. Be careful not to come on too strongly. Romance will unfold if you take
trips or get together with friends. Draw up contracts regarding your personal situation.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Consider making pleasure trips or participating in entertain-
ment that will require energy. Sudden changes regarding your circle of friends could
prove interesting and stimulating. Your personal life will be disrupted if you have been
too busy with business. Don't let anyone take credit for a job you did. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your charm will be captivating. Try to mix business
with pleasure while traveling. You will have a greater involvement in groups; however,
they may not be to your advantage. Moneymaking ventures may just turn your life
around. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You always seem to spend more than you make. Try to
be patient with their inability to accept your new beliefs. Romance could develop
through social activities or short trips. Think before you act. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Changes in your domestic scene are evident. Pamper
yourself this month. Entertainment should include the whole family or a lot of your
friends. You will be drawn to individuals who can provide you with both intellectual
conversation and physical passion. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You will expand your circle of friends if you
join groups. Someone you live with may feel totally neglected. You need to do your
own thing and work on making yourself the best you can be. You will get bored
quickly, so make sure that you have scheduled enough activity to hold your interest.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your colorful conversation may attract new mates.
You may find yourself in a predicament with family members. Keep an eye on your
weight. Do your job and then spend some time with family; you'll be glad you did.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Misunderstandings could cause confusion and upset.
Keep your mind on your work and stay away from situations that could ruin your repu-
tation. Keep your cash in your pocket and offer them sound advice rather than your
financial assistance. You may not be able to help, but your support will be favorable.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) A residential move may be in order. Get on with busi-
ness. Don't be afraid to lay your cards on the table. Much can be accomplished if you
compromise. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. 0
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