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S1 .October 1024 2008; Volume 15, Issue 20
ielpig Boa2re GrMao w R esponsibly
Printed every fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7
Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6125, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994

A blue ribbon panel of Bon-
aire businessmen and bank-
ers recommended that Bonaire,
Statia and Saba switch to the US
dollar as their main currency
with the breakup of the Antilles.
They cited numerous practical
and economic reasons. Their
choice is not binding on the gov-

The financial crisis in the US
has spread to financial markets
around the world motivating
tourism offices in the Caribbean
to begin to revise their forecasts
for 2008-9 season. There has
been no word from Bonaire's
TCB as yet.

Continental Airlines Inc.
said last Fri-
day it will
charge a $15
service fee
for a first
checked bag
for certain customers who buy
economy class tickets. The fee
applies immediately to tickets
bought for destinations in the
US and to flights between the
US and Puerto Rico, the US
Virgin Islands and Canada for
travel starting on or after Octo-
ber 7.
Continental said the fee will not
apply to its "EliteAccess" cus-
tomers, travelers on full-fare
economy tickets, or to military
personnel and their families on
official orders. Amid high fuel
prices and a slowing US econ-
omy, airlines have been intro-
ducing fees, raising fares, and
cutting routes, capacity and jobs
in order to survive. Earlier this
year, Continental introduced a
$25 fee on a second checked bag
for many economy class cus-
tomers. Continental flies non-
stop to Bonaire twice a week

1 Delta Air Lines reported
record load factors for Septem-
ber 2008. Load factors for sys-
tem (80%), domestic (81.5%) and
Latin America (73.7%) were
higher than any previous Septem-
ber on record for Delta. Intera-
tional traffic increased 12.8%
year over year on a 13.6% in-
crease in capacity, and load fac-
tor declined 0.6 points. As a re-
sult of Delta's global expansion,
a record number of passengers
flew internationally on Delta
during the month of Septem-
ber. Delta flies non-stop to Bon-
aire on Saturdays.

1 If current plans hold Insel
Air will begin non-stop service
four times a week to Miami

this month using its MD-82 and
MD-83 jet aircraft.
American Airlines recently can-
celled its second daily flight on
the route. Last month Insel Air
celebrated its second birthday.
Beginning with service between
Curaqao and Aruba it now ser-
vices 10 destinations in the Car-
ibbean area and South America
with two Embraer 110s, an MD-
82 and an MD-83.

0 If you want a Dutch passport
and meet all the other require-
ments you must pass the natu-
ralization test. Foreigners living
in the Netherlands Antilles who
want to obtain Dutch nationality
must pass a new two-part exam.
Although the new system takes
effect October 1, the first tests in
the Antilles would probably not
happen before the first quarter of
2009. The first part of the natu-
ralization test will assess the can-
didate's knowledge of the Neth-
erlands Antilles and society. The
second part will test the appli-
cant's ability to read, speak and
understand the local language.
An applicant who fails the test
can take it over again in six
months. More information about
the tests is set to be released by
the government this month.

Reminder to divers: During
Regatta the dive sites of
Bonaventure, Something Spe-
cial and Southwest corner will
be closed to eliminate the haz-
ard of passing yachts. They will
be reopened, Saturday, October

To help celebrate this year's
Regatta, Kas di Arte has a pres-
entation of works from artists
from Aruba, Bonaire and
Curacao, with the theme, "The
Sea." The Regatta connection
exhibit at Kas di Arte will be
open every day during Regatta
from 9 am to 12 noon and 5 to 9
pm. Entrance is free. After Re-
gatta (starting October 13) the
exhibit will be open every day
from 5 to 9 pm until the end of
This Friday, during Regatta
Week, on October 10, the pub-
lic is invited to view some great
old films from earlier Regattas
in Bonaire. Showing starts at 7
pm. Drop by and have a look.
Kas di Arte in on the waterfront,
on the Promenade, just north of
the Club Nautico Dock.

0 According to an anti-plastic
bag campaign on the island of St.
Maarten, plastic bags have an
average "use-span" of 20 min-
utes before being dumped and
a "life-span" between 400 to
1,000 years before decomposing,
taking a damaging toll on our
landscape and wildlife, particu-
larly endangered sea animals who
mistake the flimsy translucent

0 The tranquility of
Bonaire was exploded by
three unrelated serious
crimes in the past two
The story concerning
most people was the abduc-
tion of 24-year-old Marlies
Elizabeth van der Kouwe
who was pulled her off her
bicycle at 2:30 am Sunday
morning September 27.She
has not been seen since.
Her parents who live in the
Netherlands are currently on
Bonaire. Marlis was work-
ing as a pharmacist's assis-
tant at Botica Bonaire on Marlies Elizabeth van der K
Kaya Grandi. A photo is on
the right. Her description: 1.63 meters tall, blue eyes, blond hair.
The police are holding a suspect who had been recently released
from prison in Curaqao where he had been incarcerated for rape.
The detention has not led to the discovery of the missing girl.
Exhaustive land, sea and air searches by police, Park rangers and
volunteers over the past two weeks have been fruitless. About 50
policemen from Bonaire, Holland and the neighboring islands re-
main working on the case.
If you have any information please call Reggie Huggins or Sra.
Sharine Martina at 717-8015. Cellphone: 788-3983.
The second incident involved the attempted kidnapping of an
eight-year old girl from a local supermarket. She was recovered a
short while later unharmed. Her captor, who is known to be men-
tally defective, was apprehended.
The third involved the rape of a high school girl. Six teenage
boys were involved. Details are sketchy in consideration of the ages
of those involved.

bags for jellyfish, swallow them
and die. Check out this photo.

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Rock 'n Roll fans won't
want to miss the spectacular
Wall of Fame at Lee's Bar being
unveiled on Friday, October 17,
at 9 pm. It's a labor of love by
musician Burt Poyck. Be there to

0 The legendary Aquaspace
semi-submarine sailboat will
soon be taking guests to view
Bonaire's underwater world. She

returned last week from an exten-
sive refit in a Curagao boatyard
and will be serving as the Bon-
aire regatta press boat. To obtain
their sailing schedule call 708-

1 Radio Netherlands World-
wide English broadcasts to
North America from Bonaire are
set to end, beginning on 26 Octo-
ber 2008.
More and more partner stations
are taking their programming via
NPR stations in the US and CBC
in Canada, and there are now
a wide range of satellite options
(including Sirius satellite radio).
The decision has been backed up
by a recent survey which showed
a decline in the number of short-
wave listeners in North America.
Radio Netherlands Worldwide
will now concentrate its English
shortwave broadcasts to South
Asia and Africa.

1 Sunbelt Realty has been
named to sell home building
lots in the new La Palma devel-
opment on the north side of


Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Three Crimes-
Marlis v d Kouwe Disappearance 2
Bureauceracy v.s The Reef 3
Full Moon Meditation on Unty
and Positvism 4
Wounded Warrior Project 5
RSA Opens Bonaire Branch 6
Klein Bonaire Swim 7
Youngster Restaurant de Bonairian 9
Dolphin Report Sought 9
Regatta Week Begins 10C
Animal Day Celebrated 1C
Married On Bonaire-Barbara Tedder
and Jan Wllem van Drimmelen 11
Letters: (Good Idea, Wastewater
Correction-Detlef Schwager) 13
Where to Find The Reporter 14
Sea Turtle Rescue 15
Cars Crushed and Gone 15
Jong Bonaire 2009 Calendar 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam& Jetsam 2
Profiles, RietSealy 4
Bonairean Voices (Education) 7
Island View (Kids Today) 8
PetoftheWeek,(Ka) 11
Bonaire On Wheels (MGB-GT) 12
Picture Yourself (Sumatra Indonesia) 12
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Classifieds 14
Dining, Shopping Guides 16
Whafs Happening 17
Sky Park (Hunters Moon, Jupiter, Venus)
The 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:
Printed Every Fortnight,
On-line Every day, 24/7
Next edition printing on
October 22, 2008.


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Bonaire Reporter Oct. 10-24, 2008

Page 2


A permanent solution to the preserva-
tion of Bonaire's reef suffered a
setback when it was announced
that construction of the "Bonaire Sewerage
and Sanitation Project" would not begin
until 2010 and not be in full operation until
2014. The project's stated purpose is "The
safeguarding of Bonaire's marine environ-
ment (coral reefs) thereby sustaining the
island's economic base."
This information was released by DROB,
Bonaire's Public Works and Environmental
Service, by Deputy Head Marco Graven-
horst to The Bonaire Reporter late last
week. The schedule for the project is now:

2008 tendering and project contracts
with EU and Usona (funding)
2009 bids and authorization of contrac-
2010 start construction
2012-2014 start operation and attach-
ment to the system

According to the DROB spokesman,
"there will be much more information in the
coming future for we will be starting an
information campaign in the coming
weeks." The seven-year-long schedule is
mainly due to technical and financial delays.
Again quoting DROB, "(With) EU money
(there are) certain time frames you have to
comply with otherwise you will lose your
budget portion."

Acknowledged experts in coral reef ecol-
ogy, commissioned by both government and
environmentally concerned groups, have
warned that because of wastewater pollution

Bonaire's reef are now at or just above nu-
trient thresholds for eutrophication of coral
reefs to occur. That means that unless the
levels of pollution are immediately drasti-
cally reduced, much of Bonaire's fringing
reef could be seriously affected, perhaps in
the near future.
The Bonaire government, recognizing the
problem, has initiated an interim "Action
Plan." Details of the plan have yet to be
formally released but it's expected that a
fleet of tank trucks will be used to pump out
the cesspits/septic tanks of the major waste-
water producers along the waterfront and
transport the waste to a site inland away
from the shoreline. The effluent will be
treated by a provisional plant. The processed
wastewater will contain far fewer pathogens
and lower nutrients concentrations. Then
the wastewater will be pumped to an agri-
cultural area for irrigation to further reduce
the polluting substances.
The cost for this Action Plan over the span
of the next years has been estimated at less
than a millions euros. The Bonaire govern-
ment is currently seeking funding to imple-
ment the Action Plan. The troublesome
wastewater is produced by resorts, homes
and businesses in the coastal zone. The most
cost-effective approach action appears to be
to pump out the effluent from the resorts and
businesses. The funding can be used to
(partially) subsidize the resorts and busi-
nesses to remove the wastewater.
Some observers are skeptical of the EU
sewage program. They point out that the EU
began studying the need for a Bonaire
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Sewerage and Sanitation Project Historical Timeline

EU Study EU Funds Continuing Central 1st Pre-Feasibility Plan Questions
Begins Formal Plan Government Study Study OKed
1991 1994 1999 200I 2003 2004
1991 1994 1999 2002 2003 2004


NGOs System Detailed
Object Plan
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Operation Begins (Target)



New Plan Construction
Approved Start (Target)
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Construction Complete (Target)

Effect of Sewage Treatment on Bonaire


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Bonaire Reporter Oct. 10-24, 2008

With Sewage
Without Sewage

Page 3

Full Moon Meditations On Unity and Positivism

Jan Arnold Francken recently
moved to Bonaire from Hol-
land. He has many reasons to settle
here. There is much for him to do,
not only giving personal readings,
workshops and therapies, but he
also has a strong desire to unite
positive energies on the island. It is
fascinating to hear him talk about
the unseen energies that are present
on Bonaire, although they are not as
easily accessible to most of us.
Many feel that Bonaire has some-
thing unique and special, but few
people can translate these feelings
into words.

Jan Arnold was born with para-
normal abilities and from a very
young age he experienced contact
with a dimension "between heaven
and earth." He perceives energies in
the form of guides, not just for him-
self, but for others as well. He spe-
cializes in translating these univer-
sal energies, by putting them into
words, by passing on the advice or
information that exists from a
higher plane. He also uses these
energies to heal and promote physi-
cal and mental health. In his work-
shops and seminars others can learn
how to develop their own intuitive
gifts and tap into their source of
inner knowledge. He worked for
many years in Holland, doing read-
ings and workshops, often for big
companies. He spent six years in
India where he learned how to re-
connect groups of people who were
not in harmony with each other.

During visualization and meditation,
through dialogues, mutual under-
standing and respect, harmonious
and positive energies could mani-
fest. Problems which before
seemed impossible were solved.
Groups were reunited and accom-
plished goals that couldn't be
reached before.

"Bonaire isn't the only
place on earth where a
shift in energies has taken
place. It's happened al-
most all over the world..."

According to Jan Arnold, Bonaire
is blessed with energies that are
very high in vibration. He actually
perceives these as a dome of light
which covers the island and the
waters around Bonaire. These ener-
gies are very ancient and even go
back to the time of Atlantis, the lost
continent, of which Bonaire has
been a part, Jan Arnold says. It cer-
tainly is true that many feel more
connected, more spiritual and more
in touch with an inner and outer
dimension here.

The ancient energies are stored in
nature in the waters around us and
in the earth. They remained undis-
turbed for a long time, as Bonaire
was an island that became inhabited
relatively late compared to the other
islands and South America.
The first inhabitants were the

Indians who lived closely with na-
ture the waters and the soil. When
so many trees were destroyed some-
where in the 16th century a distur-
bance occurred. Slavery by Euro-
pean traders and the slaughtering of
cattle caused more disharmony, as if
the purity of the island diminished
and harsher energies emerged. Grim
reminders of those times are the
slave huts and the salt pans
(constructed by hand) where Afri-
can slaves were forced to work,
harvesting solar salt, cutting dye-
wood and cultivating maize. Still,
Jan Arnold says, the protective
dome didn't disappear; it just be-
came harder to perceive. The popu-
lation that settled on Bonaire after
the 1863 abolition of slavery had to
live in harmony with what was
available on the island. The waters
and the soil were their livelihood
and they depended on each other to

The development of Bonaire ac-
celerated with the construction of
the first ship's pier which allowed
ships to tie up alongside, bringing
more people. It also made it easier
to bring in goods and supplies for
the island's residents. In 1943, the
construction of an airport made it
even easier to reach the island. Ho-
tels were built, bringing in more
prosperity, but at the same time
many of the old ways were lost. The
waters were polluted by sewage,
and greed, egoism, corruption, ne-
glect of mutual benefits were creep-

ing in. The island wasn't just for
locals anymore.

Bonaire isn't the only place on
earth where a shift in energies has
taken place. It's happened almost all
over the world where humans lose
touch with each other and respect
for every other living thing. But
Bonaire is small and therefore still
manageable and more receptive to
initiate more harmony with each
other and the environment. There
are still several power spots on the
island which never were disturbed.
They are being used by those who
are open to it, to become more in
touch with something which goes
beyond our daily lives. Harmony
and a feeling of unity with life in all
its aspects can cause a shift in how
we perceive our fellow beings, a
shift in how Bonaire will grow and
develop, not against each other but
with mutual respect and understand-
ing. Everyone needs to respect the
culture of the other person, but
when changes need to be made, we
have to be willing to compromise.
Only then will we be on the path of
harmony, and whatever will occur
we will be able to accept responsi-
bility for it.

Jan Arnold knows from experi-
ence that a gathering of likeminded
people with a similar focus can
cause miracles. He envisions a
monthly coming together with as
many people as possible to visualize
harmony by means of a collective

meditation. This way, we'll connect
again and enable the positive ener-
gies to connect with us and Bonaire.
The first full Moon will be on
October 14th and will be an excel-
lent date to start the new tradition of
The Full Moon Meditation for
Unity and Positivism. The medita-
tion will be guided by Jan Arnold.
He will speak in Dutch but there
will be an English translator. Any-
one can speak his mind during the
evening without judgment. Respect
and acceptance of our differences
can be transformed into unity and
harmony and
into a vibrational
healing of the
island. (See an-
nouncement on
page 8 for more
details) U
Louise Rood
To contact Jan
Arnold: call 788-




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Les Galeries Shopping Center
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Tel. 717-5890
Open M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm,
Sat. 9-12

Bonaire Reporter Oct. 10-24, 2008

From Bonaire Nautico Marina



Catamaran Kantika diAmor
Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only

Tie up dockside
for $7/day +tax
Water/115/220V & Cable TV
Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock
US$10 weekly from Saturday to
Saturday. Pay at Kantika di Amor
water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm.
Sundays 10 am only.
Your boat name will be recorded.

At It Rains Fishes Restaurant
Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399
www.bonairenauticomarina /VHF 68

Bureaucracy vs The Reef(Continued from page 3)
wastewater system in 1991. EU Development
Fund money was spent in 1994/95 on a pre-
feasibility study which specified a Bonaire
sewage plant was to be in operation by the
turn of the century. But the plan mired in
Central Government red tape and disap-
The sewage problem did not decline in the
90s but was ameliorated by the drop in tour-
ism to Bonaire caused by weak airlift. In
2002/3 a new feasibility study was conducted
by the German consulting firm Dorsch. It
recommended a conventional "gravity" sew-
age system with inland treatment returning
treated water to waterfront properties for
landscape irrigation. Following arguments by
Bonaire's Aliansa Naturalesa a tertiary nitro-
gen removal capability was included and the
plan received the TAO (Territorial Authoriz-
ing Officer of the Director of the Department
for Development Co-operation of the Nether-
lands Antilles) approval in July 2003 for a
2005 start date and operational capability in
But in late 2003 implementation was
thwarted by allegations that the design could
not meet its objectives, that there were ele-
ments of fraud and was too costly. After an
investigation the European Ombudsman re-
jected all the allegations. (see related item on
page 13)
When the Bonaire Sewerage and Sanitation
Project again was reviewed in 2005/6 it was
found that the tertiary treatment had been
eliminated and the plan was blocked by Bon-
aire's environmentally concerned NGOs,
resulting in further delays until the treatment
facility was included.
Dorsch Consult was again selected to ad-
just the feasibility study and move the plan to
the next stage where the design could be put
out for bid by contractors. In a poorly at-

EU and Central Government represen-
tatives again discussed Bonaire's need for
sewage treatment in this photo in 1999.

tended public meeting- according to DROB
there was little involvement of interested
parties like the resorts- Dorsch presented
their plan to the people of Bonaire. The next
step is tendering and project contracts with
EU and Usona which will extend into 2009.
The plant should be operational by
2011/2012 and should be completely final-
ized by 2014.

Environmental groups, alarmed by the Au-
gust 2008 report issued by the manager of the
Bonaire National Marine Park stressing the
"declining trend of coral reef conditions in
Bonaire... mostly due to sewage," recently
began a campaign to stimulate the govern-
ment and coastal zone resort operators to stop
the practice of discharging their effluent into
the marine park via leaching holes, leaking
septic tanks and irrigation. The forceful cam-
paign has created bad feelings between the
activists and the resorts. The details of the
Action Plan, the degree of cooperation from
the resorts and the level of funding are the
next developments expected. U G.D.
Historical references for the facts in this
story can be found in European Ombudsman
Case 1875/2003/GG, Strasbourg, 11 March
2004, authored by P. Nikiforos Diaman-
douros and Bonaire Reporter Archives.

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toyal & Sun Alliance Insurance (Antilles) NV (RSA) Opens a Branch in Bonaire
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Royal & Sun Alliance Insur-
ance (Antilles) NV, now
known as RSA, opened a branch
in Bonaire at the end of last
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance
Antilles NV is a subsidiary of
RSA insurance group, a major
international insurance group
whose heritage dates back to the
year 1710. It's a company with
over 300 years of experience,
operating in over 130 countries
world-wide with over 100 years of
doing business in the Netherlands
Antilles, having its head office in
Curagao, a branch in Aruba and
now, a new office on the beautiful
island of Bonaire. They provide
the highest level of security and
expertise with extensive coverage
at competitive prices across a
broad range of insurance products,
like motor business, pleasure
craft, home insurance, business
insurance and much more.
Royal & Sun Alliance is not
new to Bonaire. For over 15 years
they have been doing business
through on-island brokers.
The significant developments
taking place in Bonaire and the
growing Royal & Sun Alliance
clientele have stimulated them to
become physically present, pro-
viding the economy and general
public with the highest financial
backing and top drawer products
that only a leader in the insurance
industry can give. Royal & Sun
Alliance has faith in the economy
of Bonaire and wants to continue
to be part of its economic devel-


Royal & Sun Alliance Insuran
and a new logo; from Royal & |
(Antilles) NV to RSA.
The name Royal & Sun Allianc
from the merger of Sun Alliance ~
business forward, they believe ihe
revitalize there brand.
Given the fundamental change
through, they wantedto develop .
their growth plans. They are i

RSA is a brand which is more
accessible for both their customers
and staff, many of whom already
refer to us as RSA. The brand is
about keeping there customers
moving whether in business or
as individuals and when it mat-
ters most.
They are straightforward and
honest about their beliefs, about
the purpose of insurance, and the
security and functional benefit
they give to customers.
No problem is ever just a
"small" problem to their custom-
ers -and not to them. They pride
themselves on being there with
the customers, from the biggest
corporations, to each individual
policy, and delivering on both
with the highest level of service.
Understanding just what the
customers want is the key part of
this. So that when they need them,
they can be there to respond with
empathy and respect for their is-
sues and a positive attitude to
build into the future.
The official opening of their
Bonaire branch was on September
24, 2008. The management of
RSA Curagao was in Bonaire for
this special event.
Managing Director Diego
Panizza was impressed with the
island of Bonaire. He said, "A
branch in Bonaire is one more
step on our expansion strategy
across the Latin America and Car-
ibbean Region and demonstrates
our commitment to the Dutch
Caribbean. Through it we would
like to extend the benefits of our
products to the people of Bonaire


RSA Management with some on the members of the Little League Team they sponsor

The RSA management team: Mr. Jose Sambo, Manager Business Development RSA Curaqao;
Mr. Juan Hurtado, Assistant General Manager RSA Curaqao; Mrs. Normigia Ilario Branch Man-
ager Bonaire; Mr. Diego Panizza, Managing Director RSA Curaqao; Mr. Frank Bergwijn, Assistant
Managing Director RSA Curaqao

and give them the confidence that
we are here to support and to re-
spond to them with empathy and
respect through difficult moments
in life, and that they we here to
help them to get back on track as
soon and as smooth as possible."
RSA believes that sports are
very important to the development
of a healthy body and mind. They
give full support to the young
people of Bonaire to reach the
maximum in sports and be pillars
in the community.
They are the proud sponsors of a
Little League team since 1998 and
recently also co-sponsor the Bar-
racuda swimming team.
Mrs. Normigia Ilario manages
the office with the assistance of
Ms. Royenne Winklaar. With
more than 15 years taking care of
RSA customers in Bonaire, Nor-
migia highly values the friend-
ships she has developed and the
experience she has gained through
the years. The Curagao office with
their highly trained and profes-
sional staff will be always ready

Normigia Ilario,
Bonaire branch manager

to give the Bonaire branch full
support. RSA is here to give the
best insurance solutions to their
customers and they count on the
support and trust of their loyal
The office is open from Monday
through Friday from 8am to 5 pm.
They invite everyone to visit them
and see the different range of
products that they have to offer,

for example their Fifty Plus policy
for the mature driver, the Super-
coverPlus policy for your Home,
Pleasurecraft insurance, Superflex
for your business, Construction,
Allrisk and much more. They are
located at the roundabout at Kaya
Gobernador Debrot, in the Bon-
aire District Plaza Building, unit
4, or call them at 717-2080. You
can also visit their website
www.rsa.an for more details.
that is what RSA and its new
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A key strategy for one's progress
and success is education. Many
educated people in our Bonairean commu-
nity occupy high positions, which in turn
have brought Bonaire up to a certain level
to connect with the rest of the world via
communication which is very important.
We educate through communication, but
we must watch how we bring that infor-
mation forth, in an understanding, loving
and comprehensive way rather than an
aggressive, uncaring way. Information is
to enlighten people, to make it touch their
Education begins at a very young age;
it's mandatory for children between four
and 18 years to attend school. Because
many parents today are working they have
to send their kids to pre-school for chil-
dren between zero to four years. No mat-
ter what, the parents' duties are to inform
themselves about the pre-school situation
in the area they are living before they send
their kids to school. They should talk with
the director and look around the area
where the pre-school is situated. Remem-
ber that pre-schools should give caring
attention and prepare the child for the ba-
sic school, now known as the practical
school. This school is divided into differ-

ent levels in the fields of technology, sci-
ence and communication. From there they
go to an advanced school. In order to pro-
gress though all these areas of education
the child must have the proper guidance.
The department of education and culture,
SEK (Servicio di Edukashon I Kultura),
provides information folders for parents
and teachers about education from pre-
school through advance school. Contact
SEK at 717-2211or 2215 for more infor-
But what about those children when they
get to the advance school, having had dif-
ferent levels of education in pre-schools
through basic schools? Those students are
usually placed at the level they last gradu-
ated from. Today the advanced school is
broader and can accept all levels of stu-
dents. At each individual's level he or she
can receive an adequate education in order
to advance further.
The SBO (Secundaire Beroep Onder-
wijs), a secondary vocational education
program, offers a new innovation in edu-
cation and has been a success for the last
few years, according to our Commissioner
of Education, Maritza Silberie. She says,
"We have fewer dropouts, and most of the
students stay in school. The student gets
more attention based on his or her own

learning skills and personality, what they
want to achieve for the future and the im-
portance of setting goals. When we didn't
have this program there were many drop-
outs and we didn't know where to put
these kids. But today we have different
areas of education to meet the needs of
these children. FORMA and the Stichting
Project are functioning as vocational
schools to prepare these dropouts for the
challenges of their economic situation-to
help them with special care and guidance
to get a better job and a better future by
raising their educational level. Bonaire is
developing rapidly and between now and
the next five years we need more profes-
sionals with different skills in sports,
science, etc. We want to have our own
Bonaireans in these fields.
As we focus on some of the needs of
these children, their guidance and well
being, we need a group of professionals to
deal with them. We need a group of caring
people like social workers and psycholo-
gists who can work on the prevention part
for these children, to prevent them from
becoming social misfits. Also the educa-
tors, teachers and even parents need pro-
fessional help to cope with the different
situations in our schools. Our main goal is
for every child to reach advanced school,
graduate, get a diploma and get a job."
Education, as you can see, is very im-
portant. If you are educating a community
that could be anybody. You just have to
remember that it will have effects on a
short term as well as a long term basis-
both negative effects and positive effects.
We just want a sound community with a
sound state of mind for our own sake. U
Siomara E. Albertus

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ainbows and sunny skies made for
exceptionally perfect conditions
for last Sunday's Eighth Annual Jong
Bonaire Swim to Klein Bonaire. The light
wind and easterly flowing current made
the return leg from Klein even faster than
the outbound leg- a first for the event.
It was great family fun. The first six
finishers were:
1. 0.28.00 Samson Evertsz age 12
2. 0.28.20 Dange
3. 0.28.45 Valerie Eman
4. 0.29.05 Peter Zweers
5. 0.29.05 Ryda Luz Emer
6. 0.30.00 Asdrubal Marcano
The last swimmer of the 1.2 km. round-
trip came ashore in 1 hour, 52 minutes.
Three of the first six finishers were under
15 years old. The youngest swimmer was
four and the oldest was 70. A total of 337
tickets were sold and there were 308 offi-
cial swimmers and several more accom-
panying the group unofficially.
The organization of the event was ex-
emplary with an emphasis on safety, good
sportsmanship, fast signup, quick meal
service (participants were served a choice
of tuna or chicken salad, bread, fruit and
juice after the swim).
Jong Bonaire wishes to thank all those
who made the fund raiser a success- the
sponsors, volunteers, organizers and the
swimmers. E Jona Chirino/G.D.

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A few years ago many chil-
dren and adolescents
watched too much television. In
some households the television
was turned on as soon as the first
person woke up and was turned
off only when the last person
went to bed (if there was a televi-
sion set in the bedroom, then it
could be turned on all night).
Television is sometimes used as a
means to have noise or something
moving in the house. A lot of
people are very uncomfortable in
an environment with no sound
and no movement at all. Televi-
sion then works as a quick fix for
this strange addictive tendency.
Children and adolescents, it has
always been argued, cannot watch
everything the TV has to offer
because of their developing
minds. Watching people get
killed in the most varied of ways

cannot be good for a mind that is
not able to put everything in per-
spective yet. Now we have the
most elaborate rating system for
movies so we know beforehand
what kind of movie we are going
to watch and what age groups are
considered ready to watch it. Still
you will find some parents taking
their four-year-olds to see "Harry
Potter." What ever happened to
"Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs," you might wonder? But
that is a discussion for another
When you ask the children and
adolescents nowadays how many
hours they watch TV, they will
tell you: "No, I don't watch any
TV," or "Maybe an hour." They
sometimes find TV even boring.
They have found something way
more exciting and fun: the Inter-
net. Hours upon hours they can sit
behind the computer to chat and
Now they have entered a do-
main where practically nothing is
censored and everything is avail-
able. Every individual can deter-
mine for his- or herself what is
appropriate to watch or read. Fur-
thermore, a lot of parents are
completely illiterate when it
comes to computers and the Inter-
net (fortunately that number is
decreasing). Who can stop them

from watching and reading every- thing like a book. No matter how


thing that comes before their
You would be amazed how fast
they are aware that something
interesting is available, or how
quickly they make something
available on the Internet. These
children are wired in such a way
that they can listen to music, surf
the Internet and chat with three
friends all at the same time. When
they find something that appeals
to them they pass it on to their
friends while chatting, who pass
it on to their friends, etc... Even
an oil spill cannot spread that fast.
By the time you find that they are
looking at something that is inap-
propriate for teenagers, they will
have moved on to the next item.
That would be considered fight-
ing a losing battle.
Their vocabulary is also declin-
ing at an alarming rate. The an-
swers you get (as a teacher) on a
test remind you of an SMS text
conversation between two teenag-
ers. They cannot be bothered with
"longwinded" answers in three
logical successive steps, or even
with writing a word in full instead
of a convenient abbreviation.
When you comment on that they
will tell you: "Well, you know
what I mean, so why should I
write it any differently?"
Internet offers any reading in
nice bite-size portions (like the
McNuggets). And now teenagers
seem to have a lot of problems
concentrating on reading some-


many times I try to tell them that
a good book is like watching a
very good movie for 18 hours,
they still have this look of disgust
when you mention reading a
book. Even the contents of a
schoolbook seems to be too much
reading for them. The editors
have done their best to make it a
book full of McNuggets, but to no
avail. The topics in schoolbooks
seem to be the very topics they
avoid like the plague while
Still this generation of kids will
grow up to be very interesting
adults. They have mastered multi-
tasking to the extreme. Before
you can blink they have made a
report with the most beautiful
pictures and graphs (now they
just need to learn use their own
words instead of copy-paste!),
while doing their math home-
work. They use language in a
whole new and innovative way.
You will also find that English is
often the language of choice
among teenagers, even when it is
not the mother tongue. Above
all, they force you (the adults) to
become handier with the com-
puter. In this new world order, the
person who knows how to find
information within
minutes is ruler. 0
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Biology at the SGB
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Date: Tuesday, October
Time: 6:45 pm start
Place: Onima Indian In-
scriptions (halfway to Rin-
The meditation will be
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Dutch but there will be an
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Run Restaurant PaFio Ain p ot

de bonoiRican

The De Bonairiaan restau-
rant is part of the Stitchting
Project's "learning through ex-
perience and practice program."
Youngsters cook and serve real
customers in a real restaurant
guided by their group's leader.
They learn how to use foreign
languages, make up the bills and
how to be service minded in coop-
eration with the rest of the group.
Beginning this month de Bo-
nairiaan will be open from 9am to
2 pm, Wednesdays through Fri-
days for breakfast, coffee and
The lunch menu is:
Wednesday: Macaroni
Thursday: Nasi Goreng

Friday: Hamburger and French
You may also order lunch for
You won't regret a visit to the
cozy and tastefully decorated
house on the Abraham Boulevard,
almost opposite the Divi Fla-
mingo Beach Resort. It's a joy to
be pampered by the talented stu-
dents. They look forward to serv-
ing you and have you taste their
own prepared dishes.

If you want to make reserva-
tions call 717-6921 or 786-6816.
Address-Lunchroom De
Bonairiaan, Kaya J.A. Abraham
Boulevard 21. U Theo Knevel

Dolphin Reports Sought

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T he last reported sighting ofBottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Trunca-
tus) passing by Bonaire was on May 2, 2008 and in all previous
years while records have been collected, hardly a month has gone by with-


Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Kaya Randolph Statius van Eps close to popular
dive sites and approximately seven kilometers from
Sorobon's windsurf centers. It's planned as a qual-
ity project with 1000 sq. m. home sites, high tech
infrastructure, green zones, recreation areas and
restrictions protecting the quality of life and the
environment. It was the last development to be ap-
proved before the current development freeze.
Sunbelt Realty is located in Les Galleries Shopping
Mall, across the street from the MCB bank. More
information about La Palma can be obtained via
telephone number 717-6560, or the special email
address: Lapalmaisunbelt. an.

1 Paid parking has been in force at Flamingo
Airport for over a month and except for taxi
drivers it is unpopular compared to the free and
easy ways of the previous arrangement. Even if you
are just picking up or dropping off passengers you
must enter the short-term parking area. True, you
don't have to pay the entry ticket provided you exit
in 15 minutes, but you are still much further from
the terminal than before. The road adjacent to the
terminal is reserved for taxis and busses who enter
via a coded card. And woe to you if you find your-
self at the taxi gate for you must back up to re-enter
the normal flow. And if you must pay for parking
you must do so at the automatic machines INSIDE
the terminal near the rest rooms. Exact change

The long-term parking, across the car rental lot is
laughably close compared to the same parking at
major US or European airports. Rates are:
Short Term and Long Term Lots:
15 min-4 hours, NAf2/hour. After 4 hours, NAf 1/
hour. The maximum in the short term lot is NAf 20/
day, in Long term NAf 10/day. The fine for incor-
rect parking or a lost ticket is NAf 75.
We noticed lots of cars parked just outside the air-
port entrance on Kaya International and the lot
across the road.

'/ 00 RE/MAX real estate is throwing
a big party to celebrate its fifth anni-
Sversary and all are invited. Kaya
Grandi will be temporarily closed to
accommodate the expected guests.
It's at 6 pm on Friday, October 17.
Free drinks, snacks and music!

The Four Day Walk of Bonaire set for the end
of the month, has been cancelled by the organizers.

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out seeing these animals at least a few
Researchers on Curacao say that they
too have not seen this species since
last November although like us on
Bonaire they have seen plenty of the
smaller variety that jump up in the air
and play around boats, called Spinner
Coinciding with the Bottlenose Dol-
phin absence, there are reports from
the local fishermen and restaurateurs
that they have not been able to obtain
a reliable volume of pelagic fish for
about 5 months. One of the fish
wholesalers has even had to close his
business and take a job in construc-
Can we deduce therefore that the food
sources that these fish and mammal
species require, are absent this year
for some reason?
If this is the case, hopefully these
food sources will return and bring the
pelagic fish and the Bottlenose Dol-
phins back.
If anyone should see a group of Bot-
tlenose Dolphins, swimming as they
do, from north to south along the drop
off of the west coast of Bonaire, it
would be most appreciated if they
could call Ron Sewell or send him an
email with date and time of the pas-
sage. 0 Ron Sewell
Bonaire Coastal Dolphin Project;
Mobile: 795-3368;
Home: 717-2458

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B onaire's 41st annual Regatta, the Caribbean's oldest yacht racing event, started
officially last Sunday night following the colorful Nation's Parade. However,
variable wind and stormy weather disrupted the racing schedule and Monday's races
were switched to Tuesday. Full details in the next issue of The Reporter. U G.D.

Animal Day Celebrated

To commemo-
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on Saturday, Octo-
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hosted a get-
together for island
pets and their own-
ers as well a provid-
ing a free animal

Lion's Club President Marlon Bermudez
presents Shelter President Wichers a check
health check. The Bonaire Lions Club, appro-
priately on Animal Day, presented the Shelter
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Last Friday Barbara Tedder and Jan Willem van
Drimmelen got married at the Protestant Church of
Bonaire. Minister Jonkman married the young couple and
Minister Stutterheim, who is new on the Island, played the
Family and friends came to Bonaire to witness and cele-
brate this special day. The newlyweds live and work in New
York but chose Bonaire for this special day. Bonaire is dear
to them, not only because the parents of the bride live in
Bonaire, but also because Jan Willem popped the question
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H ere's "Kai," an
adorable pup
with the most amazing
colored eyes that make
him look like a wise old
soul. Kai was brought
into the Bonaire Animal
Shelter along with his
brother, Kevin (Pet of
the Week 9/5-19), by a
caring person who saw
a ch6ller (drug addict)
trying to capture the
pups in order to sell
them. But they escaped
and are now adjusting
beautifully to life at the
Shelter. However, their
dream is to be adopted
as a special dog for a
special person. Kai is
about four months old.
He's playful and full of fun and
can be a dedicated listener. Just
look at that face. As are all the
other adoptees at the Shelter Kai
has been checked out by the vet,
given his worming and other
tests as well as his shots. He'll
be sterilized when he's old
enough. All that for the very
reasonable adoption fee of

NAf105. In these days of higher
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bargain and you get a healthy,
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Basilio Cicilia and His MGB-GT: The Hidden Black Beauty
The 37h of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Bonaire/Hato -
Along one of the roads of
the neighborhood of Hato
a nice and spacious house is
built. The house is surrounded by
some containers, sheds and over-
laps. There are some cars parked,
there is construction material
stored, there are some welding
activities, there is a cute home-
made little swimming pool for
the kids, there are plants and
trees and... there is a powerful
black beauty parked under one of
the overlaps. Tiny but proud she
is showing her face and winking
at me, as she did before- the
eyes, the nose, the waggish and
playful mouth of a 40-year-old
lady. The black MGB-GT, built
in 1968 in Abington, England,
owned by Bonairean Basilio

Basilio Cicilia has his own and
independent enterprise, B.C.
Maintenance. He is a constructor
by profession and is into steel
construction and overhaul main-
tenance (cleaning, sand blasting
and painting). The whole terrain
along the Kaya Den Haag has
this typical and distinctive smell
of metal...

Those days, back in the very
early 70s before the first oil cri-
ses, Basilio, busy as always, got
in contact with an American be-
cause of some construction ac-
tivities. This person imported a
yellow MGB-GT from Boston,
US. The car was built in 1968,
Basilio fell in love with her and
in 1971 he was able to buy his
little princess.

Basilio explains: "Yes, I really
liked the car. And I still do. And
no, she is not for sale! I bought
her in 1971, almost 40 years ago.
She was a kind of yellow that
time, an original color used by
MG. The car was slightly con-
verted to meet the demands of
the American market, minor
things like special headlamps and
orange and red signal lights on
the side of the body of the car.
This car is almost 100% original.
I only repainted the car. Here,
inside the ventilation inlet in
front of the windshield some
black paint is blistering, showing
the original color of the English
lady, dark yellow." Cicilia con-
tinues, "I really like British
sports cars. Before I bought this
MGB-GT I owned two Triumph
Spitfires. One was painted red
and built in 1968. This is all a
long time ago. Those days Bon-
aire was completely different-

quiet, fewer people, hardly any
cars. A lot of roads were still
unpaved, the silent Sunday after-
noons of my island..."

Basilio's car is a nice and al-
most original example of the
famous MGB-GT. His car is
fitted with the vivid and reliable
1798 cc four in line cast iron
engine, connected with the well
known four speed gearbox.
There are two carburetors under
the hood to supply the energy for
the four piston push rod operated
overhead valve power plant pro-
ducing 95 British horse power at
5400 revolutions per minute.
Within 11 seconds the car was
able to reach the speed of 60
miles per hour. Reasonably fast
for this power/weight combina-
tion. The sleek shape of the body
is accomplished by stylish
Rubery Owen Rostyle wheels.
Nice, distinctive, English.

The MG model B was
launched in 1962 as a follow up
of the very popular MGA. Loads
of MGAs found their way to the
states in the 50s and early 60s of
the 20th century. (It was very
hard to find any plastic parts on
the MGAs and the MGB was still
fitted with an all metal dash
board./jb) All MGBs were pro-
duced in Abington, England. The
last B was manufactured on Oc-
tober 22, 1980. The coupe ver-
sion of the MGB, the MGBGT
("GT" stands for Grand Tour-
ismo, an Italian way of classifi-
cation of types of sports cars
with afixed roof/jb) was de-
signed by Pininfarina and
launched in 1965. Later a model
C was produced, fitted with a
heavier and not really faster six
cylinder in line engine. In 1973
the engineers managed to fit the
well known Rover V8 engine
under the hood of the MGBs.
This 3500 cc engine made the

MG a real and mean killer. Pur-
ists, however, preferred the hand-
some original four cylinder en-
gine. A lack of weight indeed
appears to be a substitute of cu-
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4 Letters
to theEditor
Good idea
Wastewater Correction

Dear Editor: To those think-
ing of advertising in The Re-
porter? GOOD IDEA!
The advertisement for our boat
appeared in the 2nd issue of the
Bonaire Reporter in August. The
Thursday that the advertisement
came out we had one call after
another one as far away as New
York and another from South
By that weekend we had three
offers (which I turned down. By
the middle of the next week our
boat had found a new home.
I continue to get calls inquiring
about it and received one more
just today, more than a month
since the ad first appeared

(which reminded me that I owed
the Reporter a letter of thanks).
Thank you for publishing a
great periodical so well woven
into the fabric of our island.
Viva Bonaire Reporter!
Thank you.
Brian McCarley

In our Letters to the Editor col-
umn in the September 5-19 issue
of The Reporter we identified
letter writer Detlef Schwager as a
"water engineer" who worked for
Dorsch Consultants on the feasi-
bility study for a Bonaire Sewage
System. However, Mr. Schwa-
ger informed us he never was
associated with Dorsch for that
study. Rather, he assisted the
European Commission in evalu-
ating the sewage project. His

role was to make sure the Euro-
pean taxpayer's money was
wisely (sustainably) spent on
Bonaire and that EC regulations
were followed.
Mr. Schwager was the former
temp (sic) European Commis-
sion's-Program Officer for infra-
structure projects in Aruba +

NEA, from 11/2002 to 11/2003.
He holds an M.Sc. in Water Re-
sources Management in Tropical
and Subtropical Regions.
In October 2004 Mr. Schwager
sent a letter to The Reporter that
expressed concern about the
Bonaire Sewage System plan:
"I realized very late the Bon-
aire people (public) are not in-
formed about the existing PUB-
(No. 1875/2003/GG), I made as a
temp EC-Program Officer for
infrastructure projects in Aruba +
NEA to the European Ombuds-
man, against the European Com-
mission (By this time my em-
ployer!) in September 2003... In
my educated opinion I am con-
vinced that someone has to pull
the trigger and stop/better uplift
this project in order to prevent

that EU-taxpayer money is fur-
ther wasted and the Bonaire peo-
ple will be shipped-off with an
inappropriate system for which
they have contributed their last
At the time that Mr. Schwager
wrote his letter opposing the
Bonaire wastewater system he
worked as Program Officer in
charge of infrastructure projects
at the Delegation of the Euro-
pean Commission to Guyana,
Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago,
Aruba and the Netherlands Antil-
les. After investigation the Om-
budsman found the charges to be
without merit.
Despite the setback Mr. Detlef
is now active on Internet forums
and letters to editors in an effort
to turn Bonaire's sewage project
into one Mr. Detlef considers
more environmentally suitable.

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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. _ _

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

The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://

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

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

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

Starting from NAf6 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
Web site:

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

silversmithing, stoneset-
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

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


Meet the real! Full day all
terrain tours around the is-
land by private guide. Up to
four guests. Mail to: digital-

New Dive Tanks 63's and
80's $225, Limited quantity. Also 1
used 63 will need hydro only $75
Leigh Dove tail Jig new, never
EASY Only NAf 400
All Stainless Steel dock ladder.
Only NAf 650 Call 717-8819, 8 to 5

FOR SALE Jacuzzi in good work-
ing order. Price US$ 2,000 / NAf
3.500,- For more information call: 786

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 12x10m. Call: 717 2529 at Hato.
For more info call: 700-6444

Furnished studio apartment for rent in
Nikibiko starting November 1st
call 717-4435 or 795-3456. christie-

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 + miscel-
laneous Best offer over $1500 takes all!

FOR SALE National Optical Model
DC3-163 Compound Digital Camera
Microscope System NEW, never used
$1000. 717-8876

Looking for a good used regulator?
Completely rebuilt with all new parts, Scu-
bapro MK 2 with R295 2nd stage plus
gauges, octopus and inflator hose.
$229 Call Carib Inn 717-8819 8 amto 5

Foundation We Dare To Care is looking
for a child oriented NGO who can run the
bar and kitchen at the monthly flea market
in the Parke Publiko Boneriano (the play-
ground behind the hospital), Reaction
please to Vicky 786-1592 or 717-4992.

October 25 there will be a sale of sec-
ond hand books at the Animal Shelter.
There will be a lot of books, both English
and Dutch, and many more!
From 11.00 till 17.00 hrs. Food and
drinks are also available.
Be there, and bring your friends!

Senora Colombiana ta ofrese su ser-
bisio pa limpia kas. Bon recomenda. mi
tin mi mes transporte. Bo por komu-
nika tel: 795-9281 /717-2137
Colombian Lady offers home cleaning
services. Well recommended. Has own
transportation. Please call 795-9281 717-

Valerie's Air-
port Shop
Divi Divi Air
EZ Air
MCB (Playa &
Hato branches)
China Nobo
City Cafe
It Rains Fishes
Lover's Ice
Pasa Bon Pizza
Dive Shops:
Blue Divers
Carib Inn
Tropical Divers

Antillean Wine
Best Buddies
Botika Bonaire
Botika Korona
Chat 'n'

City Shop
Exito Bakery
Green Label
Furniture &
Last Bite Bak-
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours
Playa Trading

Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's
Carib Inn
Club (Hilltop)
Den Laman
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar
Cash & Carry

For Sale: Well maintained luxury Honda
Accord LX, V4 tech.-automatic, 2002, low
in emission & economical. Real bargain:
NAf 16.000 For info: 700-0515 or flying-

Ticket to Holland to sell: Valid until 18-
12-08. Offered at a good price. Call: 795-
9281 785-0095
Mi ta bende pasashi pa Hulanda, e tin
valideste 18-12-08. Naunbonprijs. Bo
por komunika- 795-9281/ 785-0095


Missing since September 22nd: black
cat, area Kaminda Lagun, green-yellow
eyes, sterilized, 6 months old, REWARD!!
Call: 700-2646.

Boni the cat is missing. Lost her some-
time Wed. or Thur. It is not clear what
happened as she is an indoor cat. She
needs Phenobarbital so is in great danger.
Please call 528 1304 or 786 3134 if you
see Boni.

Joke's Mini
More for Less
Sand Dollar
Sunshine Mar-
The Island
Trader (TIS)
Parliament Of-
Botika Korona
Centro di Med-
Dentist Office
Von Egmond
Fit 4 Life -
Green Label

Hair Affair
Harbour Vil-
lage Marina
Mio Cellular
Photo Tours
San Francisco
Top Health
WEB office
Books & Toys
Realty Offices:
Bonaire Part-
Re/Max Para-
dise Homes
Sunbelt Realty
Chinese Store
Joi Fruit Store
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn
Tusnara Mar-

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Marvellous and Arkion Save a Sea Turtle
M arvellous Maingot and
Arkion Janga were fish-
ing this Sunday morning in the
area of Fisherman's Huts on the
south end of Bonaire. They saw a
buoy drifting with something large
attached and went to check it out.
They were surprised to find a sea
turtle entangled in the buoy by
rope wound around one of the
turtle's front flippers. Marvellous
and Arkion brought the turtle onto
their boat and contacted STCB's
staff to report the turtle in trouble
at Fisherman's Huts.

When STCB's staff arrived they
had already cut the line and put the
turtle on the sand where they kept

Mabel and Marvellous keep
the turtle cool and wet

Mabel thanks Marvellous andArkion for the rescue

it wet and ready for inspection.
The line had strangled the base of
the flipper. After some time, if
help is not given, the flipper could
have been lost and the turtle would
have to survive with only one
front flipper. Luckily for this ani-
mal, help arrived before this hap-
pened and it was released back in
the sea after a proper evaluation.
The turtle was a sub-adult
hawksbill of 65 cm carapace
length. It was weak and somewhat
thin, but the flipper wound was
not bleeding. Because sea turtles
are resilient animals, the best prac-
tice was to release it right away.
The turtle swam from shore at a
slow but steady stroke. Soon after
release, Marvellous swam with his
mask and snorkel to check on the
turtle, but it had already disap-

peared by swimming away.
It is encouraging to see how
Marvellous and Arkion, teenage
students at SGB, while working on
their free time as young fisherman
took the time to help a sea turtle in
trouble and did this in such an
effective way.
Sea turtles are endangered spe-
cies and threats come in different
In the Caribbean there is a high
mortality rate of sea turtles associ-
ated with incidental or accidental
capture from fisheries. While at
sea (coastal and offshore waters),
sea turtles can get caught in drift-
ing nets, fishing lines attached
with buoys, and other fishing
equipment such as polypropylene
ropes which are use for long line

S ELIBON (Bonaire's waste management company) spokes-
person, Lucia Beck, says that more than 800 vehicles plus
some heavy metals from WEB and BOPEC were trucked away
then loaded onto a ship this last week. The plan was delayed some-
what due to the late arrival of the crusher.
Beck also said there will be a charge, by weight, for garbage be-
ing brought into the landfill. This will mostly apply to commercial
businesses. Non-commercial individuals may dump free twice a
month, possibly on the 15t and the last day of the month, Beck
reported. NL.D.

fishing and lobster traps, among

In the last year and a half alone,
STCB has rescued one leather-
back, two hawksbills and one

green turtle that had drifted to
shore entangled in polypropylene
ropes with buoys. Another two
hawksbill turtles and one green
turtle were found dead. 0
Mabel Nava

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The Salt Shop
Hotel Rochaline/City Cafe

Airport Shop
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Best Buddies & Pearls
(Kaya Grndi /Main street)

"Happy new Home owners"
Ella Marianne & William Lagerberg
Medical Assistant & Businessman
Aalsmeer, Netherlands

ionaire Sunshine Homes
Real Etate wih a local olch

TEL 717-4992 FAX 717-4972
CELL 786-1592 /701-4050
EMAIL info@bonairesunshinehomes.com
WEBSITE www.bonairesunshinehomes.com

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Bella Vista Restaurant, Buddy's Pool Bar Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30-10 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night; Mon. "Dive and
Sea Side at Buddy Dive Resort Lunch daily 11:30 Dine;" Wed.-"Live Cooking by the Chefs;" Fri. Free Rum Punch Party (5:30-
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6-10 pm 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $19.50 (7-10 pm)

SBonairiaan Restaurant Inexpensive Frida De Bonairiaan Restaurant is a unique restaurant run by the stu-
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday dents of the Stitchting Project with their advisors. Each day a different
(nearly across from Divi Resort) 9 am-2 pm menu. ad a di
717-6921,786-6816 Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch menu.

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.

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 Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debrot finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 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


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.

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.

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your in-
vestment in your home.

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.

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

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.

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
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Happy Hour--50% off- Buddy
Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.

Steak Night On the Beach (a la carte)
with live mariachi- Buddy Dive Re-
sort, 6-10pmr
* 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
Marched first Saturday of the
SSoldachi 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

* "Dive & Dine" Buddy Dive
Resort, 6:30 -9:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart ofBonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435

* "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
Buddy Dive Resort

Flamingo Rockers playing at
Sunset Bar and Grill, from 6 -
8pm. FREE Rum Punch goes from
5:30 6:30pm. BBQ starting at
6:30pm. Den Laman 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- Land & Ocean Bonaire
by Fish-Eye photo staff, 8 pm on the
big screen in front of Bonaire Dive &
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7 pm-
Tuesday-Diving Facts And Fiction
- An Evening with DIR slide/video
show by Caribbean Gas Training, 8
pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure,786-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 7pm.


Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and fumished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thru Fri-
day, 9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentury. 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 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every
two weeks. For more information call
Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia
Martinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: 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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Jong Bonar c Featuring The Ambitions Of 12
2009 Calendar "" *4

'K iko ta bo ambishon?' This is the
1 question the teens of Jong Bonaire
were asked for an essay contest last May.
The 12 winners of that contest have become
the 2009 'Kalender Kids' as Jong Bonaire
launches its latest fundraising effort.
Titled 'Dreams of the Kids of Jong Bon-
aire,' the 2009 calendar will soon be on sale
in stores for NAf 17.80 or $10. "The idea
for the calendar and contest was to help
young people think about their future and to
encourage them to have dreams and hopes,"
said Rene Hakkenberg, voorzitter of Sticht-
ing Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire, during the
launch of the calendar.
The first copy of the 2009 calendar was
presented to Gezaghebber Herbert Doma-
cass6 at a ceremony at Jong Bonaire where
the Kalender Kids were introduced and the
calendar unveiled. "Just because Bonaire is
a small island it does not mean that your
dreams should be small," said Domacass6
when he spoke to the members of Jong Bon-
aire during the ceremony. "You should
have big dreams and if you really work at it,
you can accomplish those big dreams."
"We like to say 'bai p'e' or 'go for it' so
the young people start working toward their
goals," said Jona Chirino, manager of Jong
Bonaire. "Many of our activities at Jong
Bonaire are designed to help the teens think
about their future. This is important for the
teens and also for the future of Bonaire."
The teens were photographed in beautiful
Bonaire locations so that the calendar makes
a nice gift item for both residents and tour-
ists. A number of Bonaire businesses have
also ordered the calendar to give to their
employees or clients at Christmas.
Photographer and designer Bart Landheer

Photos by Yael Soliana

Jamal Trenidad, 15

created the calendar with his wife Jacque-
line Bremmers as a donation to Jong Bon-
aire so that 100% of the sales go to the after-
school program.
"The response to the calendar has been
tremendous," said Alan Gross, penning-
meester of Jong Bonaire. "We have only
about 300 copies left after the pre-orders are
filled. People are happy that we are not just
asking for a donation, but we have a beauti-
ful product to sell."
These are the 12 young people who won
the essay contest and share their hopes for
the future:
* January Jamal Trenidad, 15, dreams
of being a professional basketball player and
meet Kobe Bryant on the basketball court.

* February Shaina Tokaay, 16, wants
to be an abogado (lawyer) for children be-
cause she does not like injustice.
* March Justin Michel, 12, plans to be
a painter and draw cartoons. He says his
pencil is his best friend and it always knows
what he wants to draw.
* April Jonathan Ford, 17, thinks
there is a need for more people to fix air-
planes so that is his ambishon. Or he may
become a pilot.
* May Samantha Domacasse, 16,
loves children and thinks she will become a
* June Urgell Andrea, 13, says he
wants to be a policeman and a good exam-
ple for young people.
* July Ricky Alberto, 16, has always
dreamed of being a professional runner.
And this was long before Churandy Martina
performed at the Olympics.
* August Deborah Janga, 12, wants to
become a doctor and return to Bonaire to
help the people.
* September Whitney Rudolf, 18,
likes to work on cars and especially to paint
them. He is now studying on Curagao.
* October Luigi Eybrecht, 13, says the
sea is part of his life and being a ship's cap-
tain in the Caribbean would let him get to
know the world but still be close to home.
* November Nizaira Martis, 12,
knows being a stewardess is more than just
traveling and getting to know other coun-
tries; you have to be friendly and helpful
December Ericson Vlijt, 14, wants to be
part of the fire brigade, even if it is danger-
ous and requires a lot of responsibility.

Ricky Alberto, 16

Some of the stores where the calendar is
available include: Flamingo Bookstore,
Addo's Bookstore, Bonaire Chat 'n Browse,
It Rains Fishes, Sorobon Resort, Cultimara,
Bistro de Paris, Capriccio Restaurant, Kon
Tiki Resort, Island Fashions, Divi Flamingo
Resort, Jewel of Bonaire, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, City Cafe, Plaza Resort Shop, Valerie's
Airport Shop, Firgos, Bonaire Boating Com-
pany, Scarlet, Photo Tours, Paradise Photo
and The Island Supplier (TIS).

The calendar measures 300 x 300 mm and
is printed on heavy laminated paper so that
it is an extremely high quality product.
There is even space to make notes for each
day of the month. The calendar was printed
in India to get the lowest possible price
while maintaining quality. It took a great
deal of planning and organization by the
photographer and staff of Jong Bonaire to
get everything complete since it takes over
1.5 months to get deliveries from India.
Jane Townsend

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28A. Tel # 717-6446 or 717-6448 T.I.S. delivers to homes, marinas
Fax # 717-6447 Email: tis@telbonet.an restaurants, supermarkets and tokos.

Bonaire Reporter Oct. 10-24, 2008

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*to find it... just look up

The Hunter's Moon, Mercury at its Best,
Jupiter the King and a UFO Alert!

H ave we ever got four goodies
for you. A magnificent
Hunter's Moon, Jupiter still high and
bright in early evening, Mercury has
its best morning appearance of the year
and the planet that's always mistaken
for a UFO returns.
On any night this week and next, 45
minutes after sunset look west where
just above the horizon you'll see what
looks like the bright landing light of an
oncoming airplane or a UFO. And each
night throughout October just after
sunset it will be a bit higher in the sky.
It's not a UFO of course but whenever
this planet returns to evening skies as it
is now people always claim there is a
UFO in their front or back yard. It is of
course the most brilliant planet of them
all, same size as our planet Earth, 8,000-mile-wide Venus. Venus is the brightest
planet. But if you look over to its left to the south in early evening you will see the
second brightest planet. It is the king of them all, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter which
means we could line up 11, 8,000-mile-wide Venuses or Earths across its middle.
So you have two wonderful planets for early evening viewing all month long.
But if you look toward the east just after sunset next Tuesday night the 14th
you'll be greeted by an exquisite Hunter's Moon just rising. And as you regular
viewers know my two favorite full Moons of the year are the full Moon of Sep-
tember, the Harvest Moon, and the full Moon of October, the Hunter's Moon,
because they always remind me of giant golden Jack o'Lantern pumpkins as they
rise and set. But do you remember why this full Moon is called the Hunter's
Moon? Well traditionally this is the first full Moon after the Harvest Moon. And
since the fields were harvested one month earlier hunters could ride out after sun-
set through the harvested fields by the light of this Moon and catch small animals
that had come out to glean the fields. So please don't miss Tuesday night's super
beautiful, super colorful, super romantic Hunter's Moon.
And now that we've got all of you early evening cosmos watchers covered
what's left for you early birds to see? Well just keep facing east and during the last
half of this month the smallest and closest planet to the sun, also known as the
pink planet, will have its best morning appearance of 2008. Start looking about 45
minutes before sunrise next week and you'll see tiny 3,000-mile-wide Mercury
just above the horizon. And if you watch morning after morning it will continue to
get higher and brighter and on the morning of the 26th will make an exquisite pic-
ture with an old waning crescent Moon. Plus on the 27th you may be able to see
an even skinnier crescent Moon just below and to the right of Mercury in the early
morning twilight.
So there you have it, Mercury at its morning best for 2008, a Jack o'Lantern
pumpkin colored harvest Moon next Tuesday night the 14th, the king of the plan-
ets in the south in early evening and the UFO planet Venus in the west just after
sunset. What a plate full of cosmic goodies from which you are free to partake. 0

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For October 2008

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Finish off old projects before starting something new.
Try making some changes to your appearance and your attitude that will reinforce just
that. Social events held in your home will be successful and entertaining for all. Don't
hesitate to take short trips. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Relationships will be emotional this month. Your
creative ideas must be put to good use. Put in some extra hours and finish those care-
ful jobs before you move on to some fun and games. You will be tempted to shop till
you drop. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Older family members will make demands on your
time. You can put in some overtime and make extra cash. You should put a little extra
effort in at work. Get on with your life.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You are best to stick to basics. Work on getting ahead
by picking up added skills. Overindulgence could lead to problems with digestion. Be
discreet and don't reveal any personal information. You don't owe anyone an explana-
tion. Do your own thing, you need time to yourself. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Abrupt changes in your home may send you for a loop.
Take the initiative and go after your goals. The key to feeling good about yourself will
be to do something about it. Your ability to converse with charm will entice someone
you may have had an interest in for some time now. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Relatives will be cordial. Attempt to face key issues
with lovers or problems could escalate. You can expect changes in your financial
situation as well as in your status. Your relationship is undergoing some changes.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Career changes may not be your choice right now, but
in the long run they will be to your advantage. Some of that extra energy you have
stored up might just be put to good use. Your ability to talk circles around your col-
leagues will help you forge ahead in the workforce. You can continue to make gains if
you call a few people who can help you close an important deal. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Sunday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Acceptance will be necessary. Business or pleasure
trips will be knowledgeable as well as highly successful. You will be overly sensitive
when dealing with your personal life. Try to be reasonable. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't let your personal partner hold you back.
Help an older member with a problem that faces them. Try not to get backed into cor-
ners. Take time to catch up on overdue correspondence. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can make career moves that will bring you a
much higher income. Investments may be misrepresented this month. You should
consider getting your whole family involved in a project at home. Let your boss know
your goals. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Take a second look; another person's philosophy
may be extremely different from yours. Don't believe everything you hear. Your ro-
mantic inclination should lead to a committed relation ship. A day at the beach may
satisfy the whole family. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Offer consolation, but don't give them any direction.
Too much talk will lead to disputes. Be willing to listen, but don't be fooled. You will
enjoy travel and getting together with peers. Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Friday.

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