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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

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Also in this issue:

MCB Honors
Colors of Bonaire
M/M Jong Bonaire
Bonaire Dream Car?

pgs. 6/7
pg. 11

Dusting Sponges pg. 18
... and much more

he Bonaire y million, with the European 0 The Bonaire jailhouse has been renovated. The facility was
Executive Union contributing 19 million reopened in early December by the Attorney General of the Antilles,
Council has and The Netherlands 5 David Dick, and the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands, Hirsch
officially taken million. Ballin, in December. According to a press release the detainees them-
note of the The system will pipe the selves helped in the renovation during the three-month-long renovation.
dangers to waste water inland and treat the Facilities were added to aid in re-socialization of the inmates in addi-
onares coras waste sffiienty so tat tion to the former confinement-only environment. The six-man cells
Bonaire's corals waste sufficiently so that a
pBirese t n i t sohave been converted to four-man cells. The prisoners now sleep in ordi-
presented by the underground portion of it can be used for nary beds instead of cots with thin mattresses. There are fitness facili-
discharge of untreated waste irrigation in the coastal zone ties and day occupations available.
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water, especially irom coastal
properties. The government
resolution followed a period of
government investigation and
strong recommendations by
environmental advocates.

Algal evidence ofpollution
at Lagoen
It's been proven that the trace
nutrients in waste water are
harmful to Bonaire's
surrounding coral reef. These
findings were reported to the
government and published in
The Reporter. In November,
formal discussions were held
with Bonaire's business
community and environmental
organizations to adapt the
existing sewage treatment plan
and adjust the capacity of the
treatment plant. The Council
expects that the number of beds
in the tourist sector will double
in the next eight years which
makes the need for a sewage
system in the coastal areas even
more pressing. The sewage
system, which includes third-
stage nutrient removal, will
require a capital outlay of 24

and lor other agiLcultLure.
Construction of the system is
scheduled to begin in mid-2010,
with completion in 2014. An
interim "Action Plan" to cut
sewage discharge by trucking
away wastewater that would
otherwise percolate into the sea
is set to begin this year.

Using the occasion of the
first Kingdom Day, the Antil-
lean Minister of Education,
Sports and Culture, Omayra
Leeflang, released the Charter
for the Kingdom of the Neth-
erlands in three languages:
Dutch, Papiamentu and Eng-
lish. It is the first time that the
entire Dutch Charter, issued on
15 December, 1954, has been
translated into Papiamentu. Stu-
dents of all secondary schools
in the Antilles will get a per-
sonal copy of the Charter in
three languages, as will public
office holders and journalists.
The first edition has a print run
of 20,000 copies. It's expected
that because of the coming con-
stitutional changes in the King-
dom, the wording of the Charter
will require changes.

Henk Kamp, who has

0 Two prisoners escaped from the new jailhouse between the
hours of Saturday, December 20 at 11 pm and Sunday, December
21, at 9:40 am.
The cellmates who sawed through the bars, perhaps with tools
stolen from the recent remodeling, were recaptured in Nikiboko on
December 30. The men are: Sigmar Inshron Fransisco Marchena,
born February 15,1989 and Rendolf Fransisco Engelhardt, born
December 19,1983. Both are from Bonaire..
Marchena was being held as a secondary suspect in the Marlies
van der Kouwe case. Engelhardt was in the first year of a six-year

prison term for theft and robbery.

been appointed Dutch Commis-
sioner for the BES islands-
Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba,
resigned from the Dutch Second
Chamber last month and will be
in his new job on January 5.
Kamp was a right-wing Member
of Parliament (MP) for the con-
servative VVD party. As an MP,
Kamp made an impression by his
strong opinions on asylum and
integration. Kamp was born in
the eastern Dutch city of Hengelo
in 1952 and has been involved in
national politics in the Nether-
lands since 1994.

Drug couriers can be sen-
tenced to prison terms again
now that their passports may

no longer be seized. The Su-
preme Court decided last week
that the ban on travel cannot be
imposed because it is not in-
cluded in the Antillean legisla-
Depending on the amount of
drugs they had on them when
they were caught, drug couriers
will get prison terms of six to 18
months, half of which is condi-
tional. This implies that the cells
of Bonaire's jailhouse and of
Curaqao's Bon Futuro prison are
going to be heavily occupied

Jason Nisbet (40) was re-
cently appointed as head of
(Continued on page 8)

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Jailhouse Renovated/Escape 2
Top Stories of 2008 3
Kamaval is Coming 6
MCB Honors Stinapa 6
MCB Recognzes the Press 7
End of Year Regatta 9
Bonaire Government Website 9
Delta Adds Flight 9
Colors of Bonaire (Winkels) 1C
Mr and Miss Jong Bonaire 11
Helpers Acknowledged 12
Where to Find the Reporter 13
Letters to the Editor RedAlert 14
Bonaire Dream Car? 14
Bonaire Images in the USA 15
Dusting Sponges 18
Dictionary Donations Meet Goal 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam
On the Island Since:
Rob and Sylvia van der Vechte
Bonairean Voices (Volunteers)
Sudoku Puzzle
Pet of the Week ("Edgar')
Sudoku Solution
Tide Table
Picture Yourself(Australia)
Bubbles-Did You Know(Parrotish)
Whats Happening
Dining, Shopping Guides
Sky Park (Vlcome 2009)
The Stars Have It (Astrology)

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:
The Bonaire Reporter,
P. O. Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518
Available on-line at:

Printed Every Fortnight,
On-line Every day, 24/7
Next edition printing on
January 14, 2009.
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S 4 ince I was five I was
crazy about the docu-
mentaries of Jacques Cousteau. I
started diving in 1992 and in
2000 I came to Bonaire. From the
very beginning I loved the island
- it was home and since my di-
vorce in 1998 I'd never found a
place that felt like home. I saw
this house, it was brand new, and
I thought it over for two days and
then I sold my company in Hol-
land an IT business and a div-
ing school and came to live
here in 2001. I was 40.
I started a database develop-
ment here and I had one client -
that was all." He laughs: "How
horrible! So I sent out a mailing
to 125 companies and I got zero
response. But little by little and
by word of mouth people started
noticing my quality and the cli-
ents came, and now I'm working
mostly for doctors and car rent-
als, but also for Bopec. And for
the last year and a half I've had
the area office for SSI (Scuba
Schools International), the sec-
ond largest diving organization in
the world. I've all the dive equip-
ment and books necessary for the
training and I'm also printing the
certificate cards for people who
are doing the course on all the six
islands of the Dutch Antilles."

He smiles at his beautiful wife
and says: "Last year, Silvia and I
got in contact through the Inter-
net over business, and after a
while we also started writing
privately. In July 2007 I bought a
ticket to Lima, Peru, where she's
from, and when I saw her it was
love at first sight. She was intelli-
gent, caring and loving and, what
was most important, we believed
in it. Then everything went very
Silvia (32), says: "I lived in
Lima, in a district called Paruro,
but both my parents are origi-
nally from Cusco. I was working
in my family's company, profes-
sional audio and light equipment.
I'd started working when I was
15 as a sales person and with my
salary I paid for my study in ad-
ministration. After I got my di-
plomas I worked with three asso-
ciates in another business and
when my brother returned from
New York, where he was living,
we formed the family company
in 2002. Before I met Rob, I'd

traveled to various countries and my country. When I met Rob,"

I'd always felt that if I was ever
going to get married my husband
had to be from abroad, not from

"I don't want to see Bonaire big and crowded. I'd
like to keep the open spaces and the low buildings. I
came here to live in a normal way and to slow down
and now you see so many regulations coming..."

she smiles gorgeously, "I knew
he was the love of my life and so
I came to Bonaire in September
2007 to see my new future life. I
liked the island and Rob's dog,
Buddy. Rob was very special -
the man I'd always been looking
"Then Silvia went back to
Peru," Rob says, "and I started

organizing the paperwork. We
wanted to get married in Lima,
but immigration told me it would
be better for the permit to get
married on Bonaire. I had an in-
terview with Mr. Obispo to see if
my reasons for marriage were
honest and based on love and I
was okay with that. It went very
easy -just follow the rules. Im-
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migration is doing a good job and
they are tough for a reason. We
got married by law November
30h 2007." He looks at Silvia and
she says: "It was the second time
I came to Bonaire. I was alone
but I'd met an Italian couple here
and she was the first friend I met
who spoke Spanish. They helped
me with everything."
"It was a beautiful wedding,"
Rob says, "We got a special per-
mit to get married in our own
garden, and it was very private.
Our families couldn't be here,
but I'd put up webcams all over
the place and so they could fol-
low the entire ceremony through
the Internet. And especially for
the occasion my dog, Buddy, was
wearing his tuxedo.
After the wedding Silvia went
back to Peru to wait for her final
permit and to organize the wed-
ding in a church in Lima. It was a
mixed marriage as she's a Catho-
lic and I'm a Protestant and we
needed a special permit. Usually
it takes about a year to get it all
together, but Silvia fixed it in
four months. Christmas 2007 I
went to Lima with all the papers
and to get fitted for my wedding
suit; then I flew back to Bonaire
because I had to work. January
27t, I went back to Peru and I
had Silvia's final permit with
"We got married February 2,

2008 in the Santisimo Nombre de
Jesus church in Lima," Silvia
says, "55 people in total because
my family is small." "I'd taken
Spanish classes with FORMA,"
Rob says, "but I wasn't that flu-
ent, so I had to listen very care-
fully to what the priest was say-
ing in order to give the right an-
swers at the right time, but we
had practiced in an official re-
hearsal and everything went well.
It was very impressive. Two days
after the wedding we came back
to Bonaire." Silvia laughs: "The
first month I only stayed in the
house and I didn't like it. I was
used to going to work six days a
week and to be independent, so it
wasn't easy! I was looking for a
job, but it was difficult as I didn't

speak English and I didn't have a
driver's license. You know, in
my country you don't need a car;
taxis are very cheap and they
take you everywhere. I had a nice
life in Lima; I never had to clean,
wash or cook because we have
people for that. Every morning I
went to the gym and then I
started working from 10 am until
7:30 pm. I went out for lunch, at
teatime and for dinner at night
with my friends and so I really
had to get used to being here.
Well, I took English lessons
with Henk Piek and driver's les-
sons and I got my license and I
learned to speak English and
then, in October this year, I got a
job as an administrator at Xavier
Medical School. I like it and the

people and my colleagues are
very nice. But I still don't like to
drive. It makes me very nervous.
Rob organizes his planning so
that he can drop me off and pick
me up for lunch we always
lunch at home and so far we
have the perfect marriage, but...
you never stop learning things
about each other."
Rob and Silvia are a wonderful
couple and they make you feel at
home immediately. She's a very
smart girl and an absolute
beauty, gracious inside and out,
and he's a great guy, straight
forward, open minded, sweet and
a fast thinker. "This Christmas"
Silvia says, all smiles, "we're
going to Peru for three weeks and
we're coming back with my par-
ents who will stay here for the
first time on vacation."
"I didn't see much of Peru yet,"
Rob adds, "but people are very
caring and family oriented and I
like that. Peru also has an impres-
sive culture and I think if the
time ever comes when we're not
so happy here anymore, we will
go there. Yeah..." he sighs,
"there's a lot of change going on
here and sometimes I'm ashamed
of being Dutch towards the
local people because the new
Dutch have a very different atti-
tude. They think money can buy
everything and that's bad. I don't
agree with that at all. I'm trying
to help the island grow by bring-
ing newer technologies which

help people do their work better
and communicate with the world
without harming the beauty of
Bonaire. I don't want to see Bon-
aire big and crowded. I'd like to
keep the open spaces and the low
buildings. I came here to live in a
normal way and to slow down
and now you see so many regula-
tions coming. I love the nature,
the quietness, and I don't need a
lot of things to be happy. The
first traffic light they put up I'll
pull it out! We don't need that
And because of my hobby and
diving profession I'm also very
concerned about the reef; it will
take a great effort to bring it back
to its original state because a lot
of damage has already been done
and... it's the only source of in-
come we have. What else do we
have to offer? For me the beauty
of Bonaire is simplicity and I
think many debates have to take
place to find the right way for the
island. We're all in it together,
15,000 people, and we're all
equal, no matter where you're
from or the color of your skin if
only we could live and act with
that thought in mind, the island
would be a
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Seven years ago MCB Bonaire started
an annual tradition at holiday time of
recognizing an island organization that is
active in our community and makes valu-
able contributions to Bonaire. Each year the
Bank gives its employees the opportunity to
nominate candidates, and from these nomi-
nations a winner is chosen.
This year's winner was Stichting Nation-
ale Parken (National Parks Foundation -
STINAPA Bonaire).
It is being honored for its long list of mer-
its and achievements, not to mention the

priceless value its conservation efforts add
our island. Again this year, as it has for the
last seven years, Bonaire was selected as
the Top Dive Destination Overall
(Caribbean/Atlantic) in Scuba Diving maga-
zine's Readers' Choice Awards 2008. In
addition to the mentioned awards, this year
Bonaire was also awarded the prestigious
"Sustainable Tourism Award" by the Carib-
bean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Is-
lands Magazine.
These were the highlights of 2008, how-
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sistently receiving international praise for
how we go about protecting our natural
environment. All over the world Bonaire is
recognized as a pioneer and leader in nature
conservation. Our Marine Park was founded
in 1979 when people were hardly aware of
the importance of preservation. The Marine
Park, as well as Washington/Slagbaai Natu-
ral Park, have served as models for a great
number of similar initiatives around the
Caribbean and the rest of the world. Inter-
national experts come to Bonaire to study
its unique biological diversity, and needless
to say, our island continues to be a very
popular destination for eco-tourism, as tour-
ists visit to enjoy our natural beauty.
STINAPA's logo correctly states "Nos ta
Biba di Naturalesa (We Live From Na-
ture). It is our livelihood. In this context it is
impossible to understate the enormous
value of STINAPA's efforts and labor over
the course of more than 46 years, for our
lovely island Bonaire.
At the conclusion of the presentation
Orphaline R. Saleh, Assistant Managing
Director of the Bank, offered all present
"heartfelt best wishes for the Holidays, and
that in 2009 our island and its people will
continue to shine, so we can positively
manage any challenges that await us in the
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n 2009 the Kamaval Season begins
early. Karnaval time opens offi-
cially on January 10 with activities in
Wilhelmina Park. More dates below.
1 February- Election of the youth
Prince and Pancho
7 February- Grand Tumba Festival
8 February- Youth Tumba Festival
9 February- Kabo Jump-up
13 February- Election of the Queen,
Prince & Pancho of Karnaval
14 February- Children's Parade Rin-
15 February- Children's Parade

20 February-
20 February-
21 February-
22 February-
23 February-

Schoolchildren Parade
Jump-up Jump-in
Kamaval Parade- Rin-

Kamaval Parade-

Youth Kamaval Fare-

well Parade (King Momito)
23 February- Kamaval Farewell Pa-
rade (King Momo).
This schedule was provided by Bon-
aire Karnaval Foundation (FUKABO),
Robert Sances, President. The Reporter
will continue to provide event details as
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Sometimes we talk about so many sub-
jects but forget about our volunteers.
If you had been to the SGB high school re-
cently and visited the main bathrooms you
would be amazed by the big change. It all
started when one of the parents, Vicky Bis-
sessar, was at the school with her children.
When she went to the bathroom she was
shocked at its condition. It was unhygienic
and unclean. She couldn't believe that our
whole community would accept the fact that
their children who are going to the SGB
would have to use the bathrooms in that
She explained, "After I had a conversation
with the director, Mr. John van't Hof, about
general purposes for the school I got permis-
sion to make a list of all the volunteers we
needed to repair the bathrooms. Other volun-
teers and I began by getting the tiles, materi-
als and the workers to do the job. Unfortu-
nately, we had a list of some SGB students
and other people who committed themselves
to help but they didn't show up. So we had
to look for others. I called Dennis Martinus,
President of the Bonaire Youth Outreach
Foundation and they sent four kids to help.
Together with other volunteers we got the
work done. We took the old tiles off, scraped
the floor, removed the broken toilets and
painted the bathrooms. All this we did in
only three days. Some adults were very
negative about this project, but we did it. We
started it and we finished it. And if more
parents would take the initiative a lot could
be done, like cleaning the yard for instance.
Parents should realize that their children
have to face these unpleasant situations
every day, so if they can give a hand to im-
prove things at school I think we will have a
better community. Everybody should help:
teachers, board members, everybody. And
when people make a commitment they have
to stick to their commitment because others
are depending on them."
An ex-student of SGB and winner of a
Gold Medal for 2008 as a volunteer, Sidney
Vanblarcum (22), who participated in this
bathroom fixing project, said, "I was moti-
vated to help because I attended this school




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for more than four years and I know what
the problems are. I had some very sad times
when I was going to school and I met people
who really wanted to bring a change to the
school so I wanted to help and motivate
other students to help keep the school clean.
Now that the bathrooms are totally new I
encourage them to keep it this way, and they
should encourage others to keep the bath-
rooms clean too. Usually people talk badly
about the SGB students, but I don't agree
with that. That's not where the problems are.
It wasn't easy to repair the bathrooms and it
was a very costly job. But definitely it was
about time to do something. I hope that more
can be done on a broader scale for the school
and that te students commit themselves to do
more for their school."
Volunteers are hard working people. They
are always helping their community because
they choose to do so. This year FESBO
(Organization for the Community) rewarded
six people and foundations. The Bonaire
Youth Outreach Foundation was one of
Remember, volunteering is a contribution
to your island Bonaire, the community and
yourself. U Siomara E. Albertus

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

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E MCB officers with members of the Bonaire Press Corps

Evert Piar, Managing Director of MCB Bonaire, offered some economic words
of wisdom to members of the press gathered for the Bank's annual award party
at Kon Tiki restaurant on Friday, December 19. "We are entering a new year with
many dark clouds on the horizon with regard to our economies caused by worldwide
financial turbulence. It is advisable that we start making our people alert and aware to
be prepared and create strong reserves in case this turbulence hits our islands as well.
There is no reason to panic, however, I do believe that with these developments you
as the Press have an important task to create awareness. Aside from all the
information and advice already being given on all fronts about how to live more
economically, we should continue to educate our people to adjust their spending
patterns and live within their means and create reserves for a rainy day.
Particularly at the closing of the year, when we have the habit of spending more
than usual, I find it appropriate for this message to reach our citizens. I thank you in
advance for your contribution in this, while our Bank will also certainly look after our
Following that advice, Orphaline R. Saleh, Assistant Managing Director of the
Bank, as the in past years, presented MCB memento gifts to the press. She said, "we
have the pleasure of giving our local members of the press a small gift to show our
appreciation for their support. This year (in conjunction with the award to STINAPA..
ed.) we hoped to make a small contribution towards conservation, preservation and re-
usage. This is why we assembled a package of useful items that one can apply to
reduce consumption and waste. It includes among other things an Energy-Saver bulb,
an insulated cup to take along your coffee or tea (and skip the disposable cups), a
cooler bag that can be used as lunch box (eliminating the need for lunch purchased in
foam containers, common on our island). And so on.
The wonderful thing about conservation is that we can all participate. Each
individual can choose to use less energy, to stop using disposable items and reduce
trash and to only take the car when it is really necessary, etc. Aside from helping to
curb climate change, it also helps us deal with the the other global crisis, the financial

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Immigration Service, as the Antilles Minis-
try of Justice reorganizes Immigration opera-
tions. In this newly created function, Nisbet
must drive the new organizational changes. In
concept Immigration functions are divided.
The police part of the immigration service -
control, detention and deportation remains
under the Chief Immigration Bureau Curaqao,
Pedro van der Biezen, and under the Police
Corps. Nisbet will lead, as an independent
organization, the administrative part of the
Immigration service that deals with residence
permits. This plan is subject to modification
as it may conflict with the realization of new
political relations in the Kingdom.

Once again, the island of Bonaire has
swept top honors while continuing its reign
as one of the world's top dive destinations.
For the seventh consecutive year, Bonaire has
been rated the Top Dive Destination Overall
(Caribbean/Atlantic) in Scuba Diving maga-
zine's Readers' Choice Awards 2008. Bon-
aire also received the number one rating in
eight other Caribbean/Atlantic categories:
Top Marine Life, Top Marine Environ-
ment, Top Macro Life, Top Shore Diving
Destination, Top Destination for Underwa-
ter Photography, Top Destination for Be-
ginners, Top Value, and Top Snorkeling.
For the Reader's Choice wards, thousands
of Scuba Diving subscribers and web users
rated their dive experiences on a scale of one
to five. Results of the 2008 Awards will be
featured in the January/February 2009 issue
of Scuba Diving magazine.

They ar- i
short skits.

rive, qui- a
etly and
mysteri- r*
ously. i
They don't
speak and
only com-
municate l
their ac-
tions. No
one knows
who they are; even the members themselves
may not know who else is among them....It's
the Maskarada, a Bonairean tradition.
They begin at the Governor's homes at 10
am, then go to the Kas di Sosiego (old folks
home at the hospital). At 1 pm they'll be in
Wilhelmina Park, then to homes in Nord Sa-
lina. On Sunday, January 4 they'll be in An-
triol and Nikiboko, beginning at 9 am at the
Panaderia Selekta.

B Attention all sailors on Bonaire. You
can help the island's young sailors. Volun-
teers to support the Optimist sailing lessons
on Friday are urgently needed. Please call
Agnes at 717-3720 or send an e-mail to
agnes-ap@hotmail. com.
D Welcome to new regular Reporter adver-
tisers: Regimac, for the best in aluminum doors
and windows; Patagonia Argentinean Restau-
rant, the originators of Argentine cuisine on
Bonaire; Bonaire Basics & Eveline Mind
Body and Spirit who are having their grand
opening on January 21.

D The Reporter is "Still Free," and wishes
all our readers, sponsors and advertisers who
keep it that way, a rewarding New Year. 0

Pet of TI
S o far, this
little kitten,
"Edgar," has had a
horrible life, then
a very happy one.
He was found
abandoned on the
streets of Bonaire
and brought into
the Animal Shel-
He was so thin,
so sick and so
terrified of every-
thing that it
looked like he was
going to have to
go to kitty heaven.
But there was just
something about
him that caught
one of the staff
member's hearts,
so she brought
him home with
her and nursed
him back to life.
Look at him now! He's peppy; he's
perfect; and how handsome he is
with his red and white fur. For an
even happier ending to Edgar's short
life he should be adopted into a lov-
ing and appreciative home. That
would be the answer to all his
dreams. As are all the other adoptees
at the Shelter Edgar is in top health,
having been examined by the vet, has
had his shots and worming and will
be sterilized when he's old enough.
All this in the Cat Adoption Fee of

he Week

only NAf 75.
The Shelter is on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Saturday, from
9 to 1 and from 3 to 5. Tel. 717-4989.
This is the time of year with all
the fireworks that pets run away
and become lost. Please remember:
the Bonaire Animal Shelter will be
acting as an information contact. If
you have lost a pet or if you've
found one call the Shelter at 717-
4989. L.D.

There will be a piano concert by
Richard Flemming a performer of
international stature, on January 12
at 9:30 pm at the Plaza Resort.
Flemming is an outstanding Dutch pian-
ist, 26 years old. He will perform com-
positions of Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin
and Bach. The concert is organized by
Consocium Martina. Tickets are avail-
able from December 30 at the Bonaire
Museum and in the bookstores on Kaya
Grandi and later on at the concert.

Soufriere Hills volcano on the
island of Montserrat erupted several
times in December causing a pyroclas-
tic flow on the western side of the lava
dome. The explosion occurred without
any warning. There was no precursory
seismic activity. The eruption poses no
threat to the surrounding islands, the
Netherlands Antilles and Aruba Mete-
orological Service reported.

Every January 1 a group of chil-
dren and adults in colorful costumes and
masks show up to dance and perform

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From Bonaire Nautico Marina


S Every
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

Bonaire Reporter January 2-16, 2009;

Papiamentu-English Dictionary
by Betty Ratzlaff

JovPovd Aire

O ne of the most rewarding sailing Laser Just in time for the Christmas season Flight 553, scheduled to leave at 10:35
events of the year is the annual End 1 place Ton Nuijten 49 Delta Airlines began non-stop am, actually left JFK at 3 pm because of a
Of Year Regatta. This year was no excep- 2 place Dick de Jong flights from New York City's John F. snowstorm. The return flight, 554, is
tion as the prizes weren't trophies but Kennedy Airport to Bonaire's Flamingo scheduled to depart Bonaire at 5:15 p.m
consumables, like ham. Results are listed Catamaran Field. The first flight crew was given a arriving at 9:05 p.m in New York. Delta
below: 1 place Rob Taal/ PieterZweers warm welcome by government and tour- is flying a Boeing 737-800 with 138 co-
2 place Stevan/ Daneke Verbiest
Sn,;.; A ~n r al/Pi ;tD r Wtt. ism officials (photo). ach and 16 first class seats. IG.D.
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1 place Santiago Alvarez
2 place Blue Burger
Optimist B
1 place Kasper POT
2 place Dillon Ranou
Sunfish Juniors
1 place Ruben van Eldik
2 place Noah Oleana
3 place Ernd Chirino
Sunfish A
1 place Sipke Stapert
2 place Franklin" Cachan" Soliano
3 place Fred Corporal




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Windsurf Kids
1 place Amado Vrieswijk
2 place Dylan Robles
3 place Jurgen Saragoza
Windsurf Juniors
1 place Bjorn Saragoza
Windsurf Men
1 place Elton" Taty" Frans
1 place Ella Rosa
Fishing Boats
* Results & photo by Jessica Sint

Ieterinario Bonaire
Aehial Dierenartsen tean
Hospital Drs. Arie Binksma
Sl Drs. Hans & Etty Le
Drs. Seib Fietsma
kliniek Drs. Ytzen v.d. We


Bonre 0Government Webste Laumched

Thod6, Island
Secretary Gonzalez
and Commissioner el
Hage, symbolically
clicked a mouse to
launch Bonaire's
Government website:
www. bonairegov.an.
The eclectic Papia-
mentu/Dutch site con-
tains government-
related news, infor-
mation, reference
materials and forms
for download. G.D.

16 Flights a day
Bonaire and

Divi Divi Air
24 hours a day
Call (5999 839-1515)
Call (5999 563-1913)

The clinic is open from:
Klinika ta habri di:
De kliniek is geopened van: I

Consulting Monday, Wednesday and Friday 13:30-14:30
Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:00-17:30; Saturday 11.00-12.00
or by appointment every day
available 24 hours a day, including weekends: Tel. 790-6001
Orario: djaluna, djarason i djabierne 13:30-14:30
djamars i djaweps 17:00-17:30; djasabra 11.00-12.00
of sigun sita tur dia
24 ora pa dia disponibel, tambe den wikent: Tel. 790-6001
Spreekuur: maandag, woensdag en vrijdag 13:30-14:30
dinsdag en donderdag 17:00-17:30; zaterdag 11.00-12.00
ofvolgens afspraak elke dag
24 uur per dag bereikbaar, ook in het weekend: Tel. 790-6001

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Previous books by this talented and en-
ergetic couple were primarily collections
of spectacular photos, both above and
below the water. However, in "Colors of
Bonaire," there's something new. Dos
explains, "There is a lot more text in this
one with some very useful information.
There's more about Bonaire's history, its
culture, its parks, caves, birds and reptiles.
Every chapter is by an author who has
lived, worked or studied here. It has all
new photos, new subjects, even inside
information on special people living on
the island." It is the most beautifully illus-
trated book on Bonaire to date. Learn
about the plants, the birds, amphibians
and reptiles, history of the aloe vera, the
salt pans, the archeology, accompanied by

The book, in English and Dutch, is
available at shops around the island and
sells for about $50.
For more information go to their web-
site: WWW.dos-

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Bonaire and the
Netherlands Antil-
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Bertie Winkel:
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Jong Bonaire
and five male)
under the guidance
of the dynamic
promoter Angelo
The auditorium
of Jong Bonaire
was packed to see
the spectacular
"Western Cow-
boy" themed pag-
eant and determine
the winning candi-
The results for
Miss Jong Bonaire
2008 competition
E were:
Heleane Doma-
casse -Miss Jong Bonaire 2008
Danik Thielman -First Runner-up
Mihayley Mercera-Miss Dynamika
Albaloes Melaan- Miss Popularity

F or the eighth consecutive year the
Jong Bonaire Youth Center organ-
ized the Miss & Mister Jong Bonaire
event. It marks a high point in the Center's
youth activities and is the culmination of
two months of preparation and intensive
training for nine youngsters ( four female

The results for Mr. Jong Bonaire 2008
Edgar Perez- Mister Jong Bonaire 2008
Benjamine Winklaar First Runner-up
Reuben Vlijt- Second Runner-up
James Victoria- Mister Simpatiko
Milton Frans- Mister Dynamik
The response to this event proves that the
Jong Bonaire program continues to have a
positive influence on the community. The
organizers extend their thanks to the spon-
sors and parents who contributed to the
success of the program. 0 G.D.

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Helpers Recognized
I I Police photo

At a reception at Plaza Resort Police Chief John Schagen gave special recogni-
tion to individuals and organizations on Bonaire who gave significant help to
them in solving the case of the disappearance of Marlis van der Kouwe. They in-
cluded: Vrijwillige Korps Bonaire, SSV, STINAPA, BIA, Cultimara NV, Domein
Beheer, DROB and WWSP. During the September-October investigation relations
between the police and local groups became strained. The recognition helped to
mend feeling. 0 G.D.

W hile visiting family in Australia Marion and Eddy de Wit-Korschilgen
posed at the highest township in Australia, Cabramurra, in the Snowy
Mountains at 1488m (4881 feet) with the Bonaire Reporter. They also didn't miss the
famous opera house in Sydney. 0
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Bonaire Dream Car?

What may be the ideal vehicle for Bonaire, the island that probably has the
most air compressors per capita than anywhere else on earth, is coming into
production. It's an air-powered car and may be available sooner than you think at a
price tag that will hardly be a budget buster. The vehicle may not run like a speed
racer on back road highways, but developer Zero Pollution Motors (http://
zeropollutionmotors.us/) is betting consumers will be willing to fork over $20,000 for
a vehicle that can motor around all day on nothing but air and a splash of salad oil,
alcohol or possibly a pint of gasoline. On Bonaire you can even "refuel" it at a dive
The expertise needed to build a compressed air car, or CAV, is not rocket science,
either. Years-old, off-the-shelf technology uses compressed air to drive old-fashioned
car engine pistons instead of combusting gas or diesel fuel to create a burst of air to do
the same thing. Indian carmaker Tata has no qualms about the technology. It has al-
ready bought the rights to make the car for the huge Indian market.
On highways, the CAV can cruise at interstate speeds for nearly 800 miles with a
small motor that compresses outside air to keep the tank filled. The motor isn't finicky
about fuel. It will bur gasoline or diesel as well as biodiesel, ethanol or vegetable oil.
Pollution is said to be insignificant.
This car leaves the highest-mpg vehicles you can buy right now in the dust. Even if
it used only regular gasoline, the air car would average 106 mpg, more than double
today's fuel sipping champ, the Toyota Prius. The air tank also can be refilled when
it's not in use by being plugged into a wall socket and recharged with electricity as the
motor compresses air. .. or at your favorite Bonaire drive-in air filling station.
Automakers aren't quite ready yet to gear up huge assembly line operations churning
out air cars or set up glitzy dealer showrooms where you can ooh and aah over the
color or style. But the vehicles will be built in factories that will make up to 8,000
vehicles a year, likely starting in 2011, and be sold directly to consumers.
There will be plants in nearly every state, based on the number of drivers in the
state. Although not in the current plan, a CAV plant would be perfect for Bonaire.

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General Specifications:
Length 13.4 ft
Width 5.97 ft
Height 5.74 ft
Seating 6 seats
Trunk volume 35 cubic ft
Weight 1874 lbs
Engine 6 Cyl.
Power 75 hp
Max Speed 96 mph*
Mileage 106 mpg*
Range 848 miles (8 gal tank) *
Co2 0.141 lbs/mile (at speeds >35mph;
zero emissions at <35mph)
estimated performance and subject to
Standard Features will include:
Computer based screen display of vehi-
cle control parameters
Full CFC-free A/C
Fully reclining driver's seat
Power windows, door locks and mirrors
Deluxe AM/FM stereo with cassette and

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Rear window defogger
Concealed spare tire
All season 13-inch radial tires
Engine and Transmission Characteris-
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Horsepower: 75
Power source: Electronically injected
compressed air
Oil volume and oil change interval: 0.8
liter at 50,000 miles
Engine mount: Rear
Transmission: Automatic, Continually
Variable Transmission. Rear wheel drive.
Suspension: Front coil spring, rear pneu-
Steering mechanism: Rack and pinion.
Chassis and body materials: Aluminum
and fiber glass.
Tanks: Thermoplastic lining and carbon
Fuel Characteristics: Compressed Air:
3200 ft3 @ 4500 psi
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are partly re-
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onaire's transplanted Dut
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Roozendaal painted this f
defecating tors to Bonaire displayed their
sand particles photos of the island in an exhibit Americanphotoartists.HenkR
onto the reefs, Images Above and Below the c ent exhibit at Kas di Arte, wasn
the substrate Waves of Bonaire, at the Arts
to 31. "This was a project for a
would be mostly rocky. In addition, they feed primarily on algae, which is very im- Barn Invitational Gallery in i
portant for the corals especially since the long-spined urchins had a massive die-off Gaithersburg, Maryland during Henk explains. "Indians are part
over two decades ago. Both urchins and parrotfish are voracious consumers of algae the month of December. Visit the our island. For my race,' but Indians I was
and their grazing habits prevent the reefs from being overgrown and overrun by the City's website at
faster-growing algae. Parrrotfish are therefore essential for Bonaire's reefs if corals www.gaithersburgmd.gov/ more examples of this prolific a
are to be preserved. Currently Bonaire has a decent population of these fish and it is artsbarn for more information. http: //henkroozendaal. exto. nl/ga
important that we are mindful of not overfishing or polluting the waters and harming
the Parrotfish population to ensure that a healthy and diverse ecosystem is maintained
in Bonaire and elsewhere for generations to come. Besides their contribution to coral
reefs, they are also quite captivating such as the
Queen Parrotfish in the picture above. 0
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Cheng 's hometown is Easton, Pennsylvania. She ...
is currently a student atMoravian College in
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, graduating next
spring with a major in Environmental Studies.
For the Fall 2008 semester, she's studying
abroad at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire.

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liquors, wines and much more. Come and have a look in our big market
on Kaya Industria and Shop the Caribbean way. TIS is for everybody!

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28A. Tel # 717-6446 or 717-6448 j T.I.S. delivers to homes, marinas
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nIriano 3 7pm. Freeetrne
Torn ale c~all 786-1r92

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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for resi-
dents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
* 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
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3
to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy
and to sell. NAf5 per selling table.
More information and reservations for
a spot call 787-0466
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon.
Call Maria Koeks for more informa-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea Slide
Presentation, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. 717-8529

* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7 pm
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
at 565-5225


Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 6:30
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sun-
set Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condo-
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 6:30pm.


Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's

past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Friday,
9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call
Mangasina di Rei, 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 holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone: 786
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 Caf. Registration at 4,
games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
For more information call 510-0710.
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 Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer 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 Kralendijk
- Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church lo-
cated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit #
20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services
are held on Sunday mornings from
10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in
English are on Monday nights from 7
to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-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 Visi-
tors Welcome: 701-9522 for Informa-
tion Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com

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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.

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
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire 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 reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

De Bonairiaan Restaurant-is a unique restaurant run
by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advi-
sors. Each day a different menu.
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21
(nearly across from Divi Resort)
717-6921, 786-6816
Inexpensive: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
/ mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out
Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned
and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Reservations 717-7725
Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and
Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all
www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100

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
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, 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.

RSA, Royal Sun & Alliance is your one-stop shop for
all your insurance needs: auto, home, boat and personal
liability. Top notch service assured.

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
investment in your home.

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

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

Bonaire Partners-Rental and Property management
specialists. If you have a place to rent call them

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-International/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.

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.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

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 rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-

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

Regimac, located across from E Teras, has fine alumi-
num windows and doors ideal for new homes or re-
modeling at great prices.

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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.

Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are
included in the guides. Free!

Scuba Sales
Repair Replacement
New Gear Accessories

Check CARIB INN First.
Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
Dive gear specials

Since 1980
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

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Hair Affair

We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
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.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

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I don't remember the name of the first
storm that came over Bonaire after I
moved here, but I remember the powerful
waves that kept us out of the water for al-
most a week, and how silty everything was
when we finally started diving again.
Captain Don asked me how the reef
looked, and I reported that I'd seen much
less coral damage than I expected. "Oh,
and there's silt on the sponges," I added,
"but that's no big deal."
Shows you what I knew!
A sponge formation is a colony of many
individual cells of a few different types.
Sponge cells pull water into the small pores
in the colony's outer surfaces. As the water
passes through canals within the sponge,
cells remove oxygen and edible particles.
Then the filtered water is ejected through
openings larger than the intake pores.
At least, that's how things work until
something like Hurricane Omar comes
along, stirring up the water, lifting sand and
silt off the bottom. When the waters calm
down, the silt lands on whatever's below it.


It can stop its intake but cannot reverse it.
Captain Don didn't see the need to tell me
any of those things. He simply looked at
me and said, "You have to fan the silt off
the sponges."
"Oh, sure," I replied. "Like I have noth-
ing else to do underwater but dust
Don crossed his arms against his chest,
looked me in the eye, and commanded,
So, I've been dusting sponges and sharing
Don's advice ever since. (It was fun,
though, to finally learn why I was doing it.)
Immediately after Hurricane Omar, the
most important thing that divers could do
was to take care of the corals, but by now
most of the coral situations are mostly irre-
versible. We can help corals by gently free-
ing them of debris, and reporting large
pieces of debris on the reef to the Bonaire
National Marine Park for removal.
Now, however, is the perfect time for us
to take Captain Don's advice and DUST

Debris from storm Omar damaged "touch me not" sponges by
filling them with sand. Here's what you can do to help.

In this photo, Melissa Keyesfans silt from sponges beneath the Frederickstead
Pier in St. Thomas, USVI. At the time this picture was taken, more than a decade
ago, sponges on Bonaire had much less silt. Now, as a result of Omar's churning,
our sponges are as in need of help as these.

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bean is the lush sponge growth. Even thin sponges, such as these rope sponges,
have acquired a layer offine silt these days, and benefit from dusting.

A sponge that's heavily silted can't pull
water in as easily -- or at all. The cells of
heavily silted sponges have a tougher time
getting oxygen and food. A sponge colony
does much better when it's not silted.
The problem is that although a sponge
colony is perfectly suited for life in an un-
silted world, it has no defense against silt.

But first, a prerequisite: In order to truly
help the reef habitat by dusting sponges,
you must be a skilled enough diver to
avoid making any contact with the reef.
Remember to be very aware of your posi-
tion in the water. Be sure that you're neu-
trally buoyant and that you keep your fins
away from the reef. Make no contact with

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the reef, especially with living coral*.
A few sponge-dusting guidelines:
Fan with your hand for best control. Our
fins move too much water and can't be as
perfectly controlled as simple hand-waving.
The sponge colony will be healthier, and so
will you, if you don't make contact with it.
Some sponges, such as dark volcano
sponges and lumpy overgrowing sponges,
are quite fragile and can be gouged by even
a gentle contact. Other sponges, such as the
Touch Me Not sponge, have spicules like
fiberglass, which embed themselves pain-
fully in our skin. The name should be a
clue, don't ya think?
After the sponge is cleared of silt, look to
see where the silt went. If chunks of it
landed on living coral*, gently fan it off,
being especially careful not to make any
contact with the coral, Remember that any
contact is more harmful to the coral than
the silt is.
Be especially cautious when you're fanning
close to the sand bottom, since the water
movement that fans the sand off the sponge
also fans it off the bottom and on top of
everything around it! Make sure you very
gently fan those areas free of silt!
The seas and their inhabitants are faced
with serious problems that can't be solved
by individuals, problems that need interna-
tional solutions. The best way we can help
is to donate money to international organi-
zations that protect oceans. But it's all so

That's what's wonderful about dusting
sponges: we may only be making a tiny
difference in the grand scheme of things,
but it's a difference at a very personal level.
U Story & photos by Dee Scarr

Underwater naturalist Dee Scarr is the
recipient of numerous awards for her coral
reef conservation efforts. Her "Touch the
Sea guided dives are
legendary. Catch her
multimedia show at
Captain Don 's habitat
Mondays at 8:30 pm.

Dee's quickie guide to distin-
guishing living coral from
everything else:
* Live coral looks clean and crisp. It
has very regular patterning. It never has
algae growing on it.
* Live coral, in the Caribbean, is usu-
ally greenish, tannish, or brownish in
coloration, although once in a while it
looks red or orange.
* Much live coral is boulder-shaped or
* Unintended contact with anything on
the reef must be avoided. It's easy to do
no harm when you move slowly and de-
liberately and pay close attention to your

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Page 18


*to find it... just look up

Welcome in 2009 with the Brightest Planet
and the Brightest Star Plus the Lord of the Rings

As you regular readers
know every year I en-
treat you to celebrate New
Year's Eve and New Year's
Week in the Sky Park with
something I have long called
"the New Year's star" because
it is the brightest star we can
see with the naked eye above
the horizon. And every year it
reaches its highest position at
midnight during New Year's
Week. Plus this year we have
some extra added cosmic at-
tractions to ring in 2009.
On any night the first week of
2009 just after sunset face
southwest where the brightest
planet we can ever see in the
night sky will be absolutely dazzling. It is planet number two and almost the same
size as our 8,000-mile-wide planet Earth, the most reflective planet in the solar
system because it is covered with a brilliant layer of clouds which acts like a giant
mirror, the planet named for the goddess of love, Venus. And it will be absolutely
beautiful every night after sunset all week long. And if you were lucky enough to
go out just after sunset on New Year's Eve you would have seen that it was joined
by an exquisite crescent Moon which made an absolutely sensational sight on New
Year's Eve. But of course the Moon has since gone merrily on its way and will
reach full on January 10 and will be the closest full Moon of 2009! Watch it grow
bigger every night!
So this year the most brilliant planet of them all shines on the New Year every
night during the first week of 2009. Plus we can also see the New Year's star at its
highest point every night at midnight during the first week of 2009. Simply go out
at midnight any night the first week of January, look due south and smack dab in
front of you at its highest point above the horizon you will see the brightest star we
can see with the naked eye, the star which marks the eye of Canis Major, Orion's
bigger dog, the star we call Sirius. And for over a quarter of a century I have been
alerting all of you to go out every New Year's Eve and to use this star as a welcom-
ing beacon for each New Year. But in case you missed it on New Year's Eve it's
still there at midnight all of New Year's Eve Week. It's one of the closest stars to
Earth, only 8.6 light years away, which means that when you look at it this week
you'll be seeing Sirius not as it exists now but as it existed 8.6 years ago in late
spring 2000. Do you remember what you were doing in the spring of 2000?
But that's not all because if you look toward the east at midnight, just below the
bright stars which make up the constellation Leo the Lion, you'll be able to see
another planet not as bright as Venus of course but in my estimation the most beau-
tiful planet of them all, 75,000-mile-wide, ringed Saturn whose rings right now
appear almost edge on to us. So there you have it. Welcome in 2009 every night
New Year's week with the brightest planet, the brightest star and the ringed planet.
Just after sunset look southwest for Venus, at midnight look for Sirius at its highest
in the south and in the east the Lord of the Rings. Happy New Year. 0
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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For January 2009

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You just hate waste, and when someone else costs you
dearly you see red. Avoid extravagance or risky financial schemes. Travel for business
purposes may bring the highest returns. In-laws or older individuals may give you a bit
of a hard time this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Alienation may be the result of a misunderstanding.
Responsibilities with respect to older relatives may be a burden. Some situations may
be blown out of proportion. Take a short business trip if possible. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) A change of attitude has probably disrupted your home
environment. You need to get out and be an observer. Get together with friends and
catch up on reading and letter writing. Don't let criticism upset you. Hassles will delay
your plans. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You should be in business for yourself. Opportunities
to make advancements through good business sense are apparent. Be careful that you
don't spend too much time with a person belonging to someone else. Travel and educa-
tional pursuits may help alleviate the stress you have been feeling. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can enhance your reputation if you treat family and
friends with respect and dignity. Be sure to take time for old friends or relatives you
don't get to see that often. You may have problems with those you live with. You may
want to make changes that will turn your entertainment room into a real family affair.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) There's a good chance that they won't come back. If
you put your mind to it, you could entertain or host a multitude of social events. Ro-
mantic relationships could be under pressure. You are likely to be left alone if you
aren't willing to bend just a little. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Fri-
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may want to talk to your boss about your future
goals. You have bent over backward trying to help them and now it's time to let them
stand on their own two feet. Your family may not be pleased with your decisions. If
you act with anger you may blow the relationship. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Coworkers may not be giving you all the pertinent
information. Someone you live with will get angry if you are neglecting your duties.
Travel may be confusing. Don't fall into the trap. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Wednesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your leadership qualities will come in handy.
Uncertainties are still prevailing. Elders may need your help. You will learn a great
deal about yourself if you go somewhere secluded. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Wednesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Don't let others restrict you from saying how you
feel about family issues. You can make a difference if you offer your help at functions
that involve children. Set a limit on the amount you're willing to spend, and be sure to
stick to it. You can make new friends and experience new things if you do a bit of trav-
eling. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Go directly to the source if you want to know ex-
actly what's been going on. It might be time to do some of those chores at home. Use
your creative talent in order to accomplish your goals. Put some energy into getting
back into shape. Listen to reason. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sun-
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Emotional partnerships may develop through projects
you initiate. Travel should be on your mind. Risky ventures may turn in your favor.
Investments that deal with property will be lucrative; however, upsets with family
members may be likely. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. U


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