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Also in this issue:

Dolphins Are Back-pg.
Two Art Shows -pg
Where's The Veg? -pg.

Jong Bonaire Walk-pg. 10
Two New Openings-pg.12
FORMA Chefs -pg. 12
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n line with a reorganiza-
tion, American Airlines/
American Eagle announced
they would cancel their four
weekly flights from San Juan,
Puerto Rico, to Bonaire effec-
tive May 1. Passengers holding
tickets after that date should
contact American as soon as
Eight years ago American
Eagle became the first US flag
airline to serve Bonaire with
scheduled flights. It was very
popular, especially with visitors
who used their frequent flyer
miles. American continues to
fly to Curaqao where conven-
ient connection can be made via
Divi Divi Air, Insel Air, Tiara
Air, Dutch Antilles Express or
EZ Air to Bonaire
American Eagle's pioneering
efforts led the way for Conti-
nental (flying from Newark and
Houston) and Delta Airlines
(flying from New York and
Atlanta) to offer non-stop Bon-
aire service which continue.
Plans are being reviewed for
Curaqao's Insel Air to soon
offer a Curacao-Bonaire-Miami
triangle route.

Bonaire has one less fla-
mingo. The Continental flight
to Newark on Saturday,
March 1, was delayed five
hours because it hit a fla-
mingo while landing at Fla-
mingo airport. Have you ever
wondered how the airport got its
name? Now you know. Fortu-
nately, the damage was only
skin deep and temporarily re-
paired with body putty.

frDutch State Secretary of
Finance Jan Kees de Jager said
in a letter he wrote to the Dutch

Parliament last week that the
new fiscal regime for the BES
islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius
and Saba) will be based on
three elements:
1. simple in application and
2. broad-based with lower tax
3. a move from direct to indi-
rect taxes.
De Jager calculated that the
draft legislation to come to a
new tax system for the three
islands will go to the Second
Chamber (Dutch Legislature) in
the second quarter of 2009.
The future tax system will be
based on three legislative pro-
posals: the Tax Law BES, the
Customs and Excise Law BES,
and the Implementation Law
fiscal regime BES.
Elements of the existing Antil-
lean tax system will serve as the
foundation. He believes that the
system will be easy to use for
citizens and businesses and easy
to enforce for the Dutch Tax

- Secretary of Kingdom Rela-
tions Ank Bijleveld-Schouten
on her visit to the Netherlands
Antilles emphasized the coop-
eration between the Nether-
lands and the Antilles as well
as the millions of euros that
will be spent on education,
public safety, poverty avoid-
ance and good governance.
While on Bonaire she visited
the Foundation for Persons with
Disabilities, FKPD; the
neighborhood of Antriol; and
the progress to restore under-
privileged housing. There was
an information meeting in the
Sports Hall in the evening.

1 Bonaire's lockup will com-
ply with the norms of the
European Committee for the
Prevention of Torture and
Inhuman or Degrading Treat-
ment or Punishment by April
1 confirmed Dutch State Secre-
tary of Kingdom Relations Ank
Bijleveld-Schouten in a letter to
the Second Chamber two weeks

0 Netherlands An-
tilles Olympic
Sprinter Churandy
Martina will not be
awarded a silver
medal for his 200
meter effort at the
Beijing Olympics.
The Olympic Com-
mittee of the Nether- wa
lands Antilles
(NAOC) which ap-
pealed Martina's dis-
qualification was notified by the Court of Arbitration for Sports
(CAS) of the decision last Friday.
Martina was disqualified for stepping out of his lane in the 200
meter race as he chased Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Race officials did not
see the infraction. The US protested and the medal was awarded to
Shawn Crawford.
NAOC in the appeal argued the US protest was not filed in a timely
manner; the protest appeal was on behalf of Shawn Crawford and
without his consent. Crawford returned the medal to Martina.
Professor Luigi Fumagalli acted as Sole Arbitrator for the CAS. He
ruled that while the CAS has jurisdiction to hear the dispute the CAS
does not review decisions on the playing field unless there is clear
evidence of "bad faith" or "malicious intent.
The appeal filed by NAOC against IAAF was dismissed.

ago. The Dutch Government
made available an additional 9.5
million in 2008 to improve the
quality of Antillean penal facili-

Police Chief John Schagen

0 "We have a (policing)
situation in the BES Islands
that is unique in the world -
just one police corps with one
chief for three islands which
are located about 900 kilome-
ters from each other," said an
enthusiastic John Schagen. Cur-
rently, Schagen is still Chief of
Police in Bonaire. Soon he will
also be Chief of Police of Saba
and St. Eustatius.
"The BES islands, together, be-

come one special municipality,
with three lieutenant governors
but one police corps. Three is-
lands with three different cul-
tures," Schagen said. The advan-
tage of such a situation will be
lower overhead because there
will be just one administration
center on the larger island, Bon-
aire. "We will get one high-tech
reporting station for all the three
islands. Employees of this station
must not only be acquainted with
Bonaire, but also with Saba and
St. Eustatius. They will be work-
ing with the newest technologies,
like digital road maps."
That means a new way of think-
ing and a huge investment, Scha-
gen said.

)The "Yes-No" referendum on
the political future of Curacao
is going to be held on Friday,
May 15, one week later than
originally planned. During a
marathon meeting the Curaqao
Island Council agreed with the
modification of the original pro-
posed date of the Referendum
Continued on page 0

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Martina Loses Appeal 2
Dolphins are Back 3
Buchi Craane Passes 3
Two Art Shows- van der BijV Ronald
Vanhoeven 6
Where's the Vegs? 9
Second Jong Bonaire Fun-walk 1C
Guest Editorial-Kingdom Integration 11
NewLawOffice 12
New owner Capture Photo 12
FORMAChefstoltaly 12
Letters to the Editor Dangerous Roads/
Bad Behavior 14
Where's Our Mail? 15
Growing Local Vegetables 18

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On Island Since-Lee van Leeuwen 4
Pet of the Week(Andre) 6
Bonairean Voices (Fishing IV) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
BonQuiz (Roofs) 9
Sudoku Solution 9
Picture Yourself(Tokyo, Japan) 13
Classifieds 13
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Bubbles-Did You Know (coalGrats) 15
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Sky Park(Vernal Equinox) 19
The Stars Have It(Astrology) 19

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They're Back!

With only five confirmed
sightings from May 2007
until the beginning of February
this year many people have won-
dered whether the bottlenose dol-
phins had deserted the island. After
all of the excitement about them at
this time last year, we hoped that
Bonaire might have its own group
of Coastal Bottlenose Dolphins.
However, this February has seen a
return to normal with seven con-
firmed sightings compared with
eight last year and five in 2007.
March and April have also been
good months in past years for the
passage of Bottlenose Dolphins
close to the drop off.
Special thanks are due to our prin-
cipal spotters so far this year -Rene
Hakkenberg, Sonia Herlaar, Bar-
bara Letwin and Eva van der Werf
-who have kindly called when the
Bottlenose Dolphins were passing,

so that we were able to enter the
water and swim alongside the
group for identification purposes.
The February group this year
seems to be at least 18 strong, with
three juveniles, two of them being
obviously new bor. Photographs
of dorsal fins have been taken to
try to identify the individuals to
see whether any were from the
previous year's recordings.
There was unfortunate incident on
February 24 when a dive boat
drove over the group and, as a
consequence, they stayed in deep
water presumably to protect their
young, instead of swimming on the
surface from north to south which
is their usual pattern.
We would like to ask if it would
be possible that all dive boats
encountering the Bottlenose Dol-
phins swimming from north to
south along the drop off could

stay to the side of the group for
observation, rather than driving
through them.
There is another species of dolphin
seen very frequently along the
west coast of Bonaire and in the
water between Bonaire and Klein
Bonaire and they are called Spin-
ner Dolphins. These are the ani-
mals that like to bow ride the
boats, jump into the air around
them and criss-cross the passage of
the boat. It is likely that dive boat
skippers might confuse the two
different species.
Now that the Bottlenose Dolphins
have returned it would be ex-
tremely helpful if anyone spotting
them swimming south along the
drop off could call me so that I can
record, identify and track the group
so that we can learn more about
these animals. Call 717- 2458 or
795- 3368.
If anyone would like more infor-
mation about the data being col-
lected I will be pleased to share it
in order that we may learn more
about these magnificent creatures.
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Lee an Leeuwnn

Don't feel Dutch at all. I
I only feel Dutch when the
national soccer team is playing.
The Dutch are so different from
me. So, when people ask me where
I'm from, I always say Disneyland.
I don't have a clue what I'm do-
ing actually. That's why I went
into the military, to delay my deci-
sion as to what I was really going
to do, and I still don't know.
I entered the military in 1989 and
I stayed there for 13 years: six
years with the marines and seven
with the military police. With the
marines I saw the world and I
never regretted it, never. I went
everywhere, all over Europe, in-
cluding to what was Eastern
Europe at the time. I went to Ethio-
pia, Eritrea and Djibouti. I stayed
in Aruba for one year and I liked
the Caribbean stress-free way of
life. I was hardly ever in Holland.
I liked the marines, the compan-
ionship, the friendships you can't
compare with any other friendship.
The military police was not my
thing. Everyone was working on
their own careers, not me. I am a
team player. I didn't care about my
career at all. I don't take life seri-
ously. Sometimes I had to give
people a fine and very often I had
to turn my head away because I
had to laugh not good but I
couldn't see the seriousness of the
situation. I can't help it. Most of
the time I see the sunny side of life

and if I get angry it's only for three
minutes. My mom always told me,
'If somebody does bad to you, he'll
get it back big time!' I feel if I do
good I'll get it back and I'm never
ill and I am really happy about that
- seriously!
I was a vegetarian for 10 years
before I joined the marines because
I love animals. There is not one
bad animal and if there is, it's be-
cause people made it that way.
Animals are innocent and so often
they don't deserve the life they're
living. Like the farm animals in
Holland, the majority live in a cage
their whole lives. What kind of a
life is that? When I lived in Spain I
had discussions with people all the
time about the bull fights. I hate
bull fights, but the fact is that these
bulls live a very good life out in the
fields with lots of cows before their
last day comes up and that's a
really bad day. In Holland they get

"I hate bull fights, but the fact is that these bulls
live a very good life out in the fields with lots of
cows before their last day comes up and that's a
really bad day... "

a lousy life with a good ending. If I
had to choose, I would go for the
Spanish way.
Well, in the marines the training
is really hard and if you're differ-
ent from the rest they give you a

tough time, so then I started eating
meat again."
He jumps up and starts playing
the piano, an Elvis song,"You
don't know me." He laughs "It
helps me to stay focused. I have

ADHD; I cannot concentrate at all,
so study and me is not a good com-
bination. That's why I'm not a
diver; you have to study a real
thick book and it begins with ships
that float and coins that sink and
then you've lost me already...
In 2002 I felt my mom needed
me -we're very close and I quit
the military and went to Spain
where she lived to be near her. I
worked in bars and restaurants; I
was an entertainer in a hotel and I

was a tour guide. In Malaga it's
slow in winter time so then I trav-
eled. During the winter of 2006 I
went island hopping in the Carib-
bean. Bonaire was the first island
and the last.
I was sitting at a restaurant and
saw a real estate office across the
street and just for fun I took a look
at what was for sale and I saw the
Swiss Chalet and had dinner there
the same evening. Two days later I
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bought the place. Ha! Ha! Quite
impulsive! But then the money. I
had a house in Spain and so my
mom and her boyfriend started to
make arrangements to sell the
house while I stayed here working
at the Old Inn restaurant and look-
ing around on the island to see
what kind of bar I was going to
open. I had a vague idea but that
was all. I knew it would be some-
thing with music because I'm a
music lover, especially music from
the 50s to the 80s, especially Elvis
Presley. On January 14, 1973,
there was an Elvis concert on TV.
'Aloha from Hawaii' was broad-
cast worldwide by satellite. I was-
n't even four years old, but my
mom let me stay up to watch it and
from that moment on I was an El-
vis fan. I don't know why I fell for
him, but through my whole life
he's always had the right music for
all my moods, when a girl broke up
with me or when I was happy -
there was always an Elvis song for
that moment. I like Springsteen,
Garth Brooks and the Blues Broth-
ers. I like almost every type of
music, but I don't like Hip Hop or
R & B."
Lee is unique, a great person,
daring and lots offun, but also
sensitive and extremely kind; a
wonderful man.
"Anyway where were we? Let
me get my guitar so I can sit qui-
etly. Okay, I worked two months at
the Old Inn and I really liked the
German owners. Then I went to
Spain, sold my house right on time,

because two months later the Span-
ish housing market collapsed." He
smiles. "I always have that little bit
of extra luck.
At the opening night of the bar I
had a real nice couple in, Herman
and Marga, and between then and
now they helped me with every-
thing. Also Polar helped me a lot in
the beginning and they're still good
to me because when the whole
island ran out of Polar I always
have it. I really appreciate it when
people help me. Then Marlis (Sail
and Canvas shop) told me, 'what
the island needs is a place for peo-
ple our age' mine and hers. She
said 'a place where the music is not
too loud and where people can
talk' and... it's working well!
Thank you, Marlis!
The first year I lived in a former
horse shed and then I built my
apartment in what used to be the
kitchen here, so now I live in my
bar. Since October 2008, the busi-
ness is doing well. I've got people
coming for sports soccer, Ameri-
can football, NASCAR, Formula 1
and baseball. Once a week I have a
Salsa evening and after 10 o'clock
at night the audience is completely
different. I always say audience
because I feel more of an enter-
tainer than a barman. I am not the
best bar, but my clients are the
best! I play the guitar and the piano
and I had saxophone lessons, but
I'm not good at reading music. I
play with my ears, Ha! Ha! You
know what I mean! I love to sing,
that's why I have karaoke as well,
and in the future I want to make
music. I just hope my audience

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won't be too high maintenance
because I'm not that good.
I'm always busy here, doing eve-
rything by myself, except I'm not a
handyman so when things break
down, and that happens all the
time, I need people to fix it for me.
For my 40th birthday I gave my-
self an old motorcycle, a Yamaha
Virago, to allow myself a midlife
crisis. I don't drink or smoke. I
don't surf or dive so my motorcy-
cle is my hobby. Once a week I go
around for an hour. I drive slowly,
enjoying everything I see, enjoying
the wind going through my hair -
so, Mr. Henk Kamp, don't intro-
duce the helmet!

I love my work and that's be-
cause of the clientele I'm getting.
To me every person is special. I
speak Dutch, German, Spanish,
English and a little bit of French
and Indonesian, so it's easy to
communicate with all people and I
always adjust my music to them.
Many people come by themselves
and I try to match them up so they
have something to talk about to-
gether. When you're not in a rela-
tionship this island can be a lonely
Since I left the military I've lived
my life like I have two more years
to live. So, you have to work for
food and shelter, but on the other

hand you have to enjoy because it
might be over soon. Health, happi-
ness and family are the most im-
portant thing and although I'm still
a child myself, I would like to have
children one day when I've found
the right partner. For now, I've got
some real good people I can count
on, I like the island and its people,
I love the sea...
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Governor Thodd and Renate

Kibrahacha Dancers by Kenate v d Bijl

halls of the Plaza Hotel until April 15. Take a look. U

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R enate Van der Bijl's
art exhibitions are
always exciting, as was
the one on Friday, Febru-
ary 27, at the Plaza Hotel
and Resort. Attending
her art exhibits is like
seeing Bonaire through a
kaleidoscope. Her paint-
ings capture the
unique beauty of the is-
land and its peo-
ple. Renate's flamingos
give one the feeling of
actually seeing them in

I was particularly im-
pressed by her "Donkeys
at Night." Renate cap-
tures their plaintive ex-
pressions, which is re-
mindful of the fact that
the donkeys are as much
a part of Bonaire, as are
"The Kibrahachas," also
memorialized on canvas
by Renate.

In Renate's paintings
'the colors are constantly
changing from subdued to
vivid, from day to night,
from bright to bril-
liant! "The Sunset" is a
dramatic painting of a
young woman looking at
a Bonairean sunset. I
will recall those dynamic
colors on canvas every
time I see a sunset. I'm
sure my impressions of
Renate's work echo the
sentiments of many other
art lovers.
Renate's art exhibit was
opened by our charis-
matic Governor Glenn
Thod6. If you missed
the opening, please feel
free to view the paint-
ings. Renate's paintings
will grace the entrance
Czella Donaldson


Ronald Verh


Photo by Herman van Leeuwen rtist Ronald
exhibit opened at
Kas di Arte on
March 1. Verho-
even, a resident of
the island since
1998, was one of
the artists instru-
mental in the estab-
lishment of the Kas
di Arte. This is his
fourth exhibition on
As art critic Anna
van der Bergt re-
flects, "Verhoeven's
paintings show, like
his personality, glit-
ter and glamour one
time, and hesitance
and silence the next.
His pictorial lan-
guage can be unruly
and hard, but also
searching and mod-
est. In his studio a
fierce battle goes on
between the painter
and his materials.
Verhoeven usually
hoeven and Gezaghebber Glenn Thodd paints two to four
canvases at the same
time. Classical mu-
sic and various
types of incense
create an inspiring
mood in which he
faces his canvases
like a tiger. 'I won't
let my spirit be bro-
ken,' he says.
'Sometimes I really
achieve a state of
meditation, trance or
feel a type of
enlightenment, as if
I can deal with any-
thing. "
The exhibit will be
open until April 13,
nadan by Ronald Verhoeven Monday-Friday, 10
am to 12 noon, 2-7
pm.E L.D.

Pet of the Week

Meet "Andre," this funny, fuzzy pup
with such interesting green eyes.
Andre was found at the Papa Comes School
where he was having a wonderful time play-
ing with the children. Sadly, no one came to
claim him, so for his own good he was
brought to the Bonaire Animal Shelter where
he could be cared for. He has settled in after
having been checked by the vet, given his
shots and worming, but he really does miss
playing with children. Andre is about two
and a half months old, has a cute and quizzi-
cal face and is just waiting for the right fam-
ily to come along. It really would be perfect
if the family had young children who could
appreciate a playful pup like Andre.
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He mentions four key problems, starting
first with the way fishermen fish today.
As he says, "Most fishermen today have
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was a hard work. They caught more Grou-
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Bonaire Reporter- March 13-27, 2009

Pancratio "Pancho" Cicilia
practice more superficial fishing, and
what they catch is the Blue and White
Marlin. They focus more on these pelagic
fish that are driven by the current of the
sea. These fishermen have to change their
way of fishing and certainly they have to
talk to more experienced fishermen.
A second problem is that microbiologi-
cal creatures called planktons (food for
fish) flow with the current of the Atlantic
Ocean. Fish and bigger, sophisticated
fishing boats are after these creatures.
These boats fill big buckets with the
planktons to serve as bait. They use this

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Newly appointed commissioner, Jefferey Levenstone speaks with a group of Bon-
aire's fishermen about their problems. His responsibilities include General and
Judicial Affairs, State Structure, Economic and Labor Affairs, Tourism, Govern-
ment Enterprises and Personnel He pledged to improve communications.

bait to fish in the open sea so they catch
most of the fish. What is left comes into
our waters, which is the very minimum,
yes, the very minimum to supply our
growing population which is the third
The demand is big. Everybody wants
fish and if our fishermen continue with
the same methods as they using today to
catch fish it won't help so much to fill the
need. The fishermen need to install a fish
finder or a depth sounding system, which
is a modern system, in their boats If the
boat has a deck this can be a very ade-
quate system.
And the fourth problem is that we don't
have enough experienced fishermen in
Bonaire. Some are doing this as a hobby.
In the past we had a lot of fishermen who
were fishing as their profession, but not
today. We have just a few.
More than 15 years ago Constantino
"Doei" Diaz and I got the idea of starting
a fishermen's co-op, for several reasons.
First is to change the technical part of
fishing, to give the fishermen the chance
to catch more fish, and in turn, have more
income to help their families.
Secondly, the co-op can pay for their
health and life insurance.
Thirdly, they can raise funds to be able to

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send their children for advanced study in
or outside Bonaire.
Fourth, they can get fishing equipment
at a cheaper price. The experience that I
had when I was in Saint Lucia was excel-
lent for the fishermen. They get gasoline
and gas oil at a reduced price.
Fifth, we can do that here too. My main
goal is to establish a new board for this co
-op. Call a meeting and have all the fish-
ermen register for this co-op, starting with
the owners of the fishing boats. Give the
fishermen all the information they need so
they are able to understand their rights
and obligations."
So as you see, some fishermen are head-
ing for action. We can sit around and wait
for the fish to come to us. We have to
learn to go where they are and get to
them. Let's hope all who are in charge -
the LVV, DROB and STINAPA-can give
a helping hand to make this happen.
All of us deserve the best: the Bonairean
fishermen who are doing the fishing and
you and me who love to have it on our
plate. Story & photo by Siomara E. Al-

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Committee Curaqao (RCC), which was
May 8th, two days before Mother's Day.
A "Yes" means that Curagao will accept
financial supervision and Justice leader-
ship from Holland in return fro the Dutch
takeover of the island's debts. "No" means
no acceptance of the terms and Dutch law-
makers say no financial bailout either.

) The Central Bureau of Statistics re-
ported that the consumer price index
for Bonaire rose sharply towards the end
of last year. It rose 2.4% in August 2008,
higher from the previous June; in October
1.8% higher than in August; and in De-
cember 0.7% higher than in October.
Measured over the whole year, 2008
prices were 5.5% up from 2007.

1 On March 15 the Bonaire Rotary
Club will hold their Rotarally, annual
road rally. The start will be at 9 am at the
Sport Hall on Kaya Amsterdam (next to
Akkermans Toyota). Beginning at 2 pm
there will be a BBQ at the finish at Man-
gazina di Rei in Rincon. Tickets are avail-
able from Rotary member Philip Joukes at
701-1100 for NAf 50 for the rally which
includes two tickets for the BBQ.

) The Stichting Dierenbescherming
(Bonaire Animal Welfare Foundation)
purchased two big dog traps for which
Rocargo sponsored the transportation and
handling costs. This enables the Founda-
tion to catch stray dogs that are unap-
proachable otherwise. If you know of ani-
mals that need to be picked up either for
sterilization or because of ill health phone
the Animal Shelter (717-4989). They
hope to initiate a new beginning in getting
the island's animal situation under better
control. Submitted by Louise Rood

) The
euro is US Dollar
getting Euro
weaker i s 1
against I 80
the dol-
lar. Good news as the BES islands start to
convert from NAf to $.

1 Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire)
has launched an effort to promote,
stimulate and facilitate small businesses
on the island in cooperation with the
Center for Small Business. Priority will
be given to owners who promote new
products or technology. Business sectors
include production, sales, service and

more. Loans up to NAf
50.000 are possible at a
favorable 71/2% interest.
To learn more contact
Maduro & Curiel's
Bank (Bonaire) N.V.
Department of Small
Business (Tel.: 715-
5579, 715-5532) or the
Center for Small Busi-
ness (Tel.: 717-2812,

There is no evading
the consequences of the
economic hurricane that
lashes countries all
around the world, says
MCB in its annual re-
port. However, during
2008, a year in which
major US and Euro-
pean banks suffered
massive losses, the
MCB Group of banks
booked a net profit of
144.85 million guilders
after taxes This was an
increase of 36% com-
pared to 2007, accord-
ing to the bank's finan-
cial statement.
These earning are
shared with the commu-
nities the bank serves.
MCB made 4,000 do-
nations last year for a
total amount of almost
3 million guilders.

Want to find out
first-hand what Bon-
aire's restaurants offer
at a bargain price? Then
remember Sunday,
March 15 and be at
Wilhelmina Park be-
tween 5 to 9 pm for the
start of this season's
"Taste of Bonaire" -
Bonaire's restaurants
offer sample dishes,
NAf 7,50 each.

Correction: Riet
Sealy, head of SEBIKI,
wrote to correct us and
say that while Minister

The members of the Bonaire Island Council: Commissioners Tjin Asjoe, Kroon, Levenstone, Gov-
ernor Thodd, Island Secretary Gonzalez, Commissioner Silberie

The Bonaire ruling party, the UPB (green), announced a reshuffling of its current political office

Central Government:
James Kroon and Ramonsito Booi resigned as members of the Antillean Parliament. Former commis-
sioners Anthony Nicolaas and Onny Emerenciana will take their places in the Parliament.
The current State Secretary of Home Affairs, Hubert Martis, has been nominated to replace Elvis Tjin
Asjoe as Minister of Economic Affairs. Martis' successor will be Noris Gomez, who was once state
Island Government:
The new commissioners replacing Burney El Hage, Anthony Nicolaas and Francisco 'Boy' Clarenda
will be Elvis Tjin Asjoe (responsibilities: Public Health and Hygiene, Finance, Environment, Public
Transport including the airport and harbor and Internal Affairs), Jefferev Levenstone, the former in-
terim head of DEZA (responsibilities: General and Judicial Affairs, State Structure, Economic and La-
bor Affairs, Tourism, Government Enterprises and Personnel) and James Kroon (responsibilities:
DROB, Social and Neighborhood Affairs, Sports, LW, Protocol and Information Services). Maritiza
Silberie was the only current commissioner to stay on. She remains in charge of Education and Culture,
Land Rights, Mail and Archives, Lottery and the Fire Department.

Ramonsito Booi, who is the UPB party leader, in explaining the reorganization, said, "Every period
asks for a new approach. After the (last) elections we set up a team to execute the will of the people for
a direct tie with the Netherlands. That process was completed with the Round Table Conference of De-
cember 15 and a new period has now started that requires changes in the executive positions."

Rouvoet and his representative visited
Jong Bonaire, and the Maria Hopp-
ner Foundation they did not visit SEBIKI
as we reported in our story in the last issue
"Help For Bonaire Youngsters." The Re-
porter apologizes for the error. H G./L.D.

0 Last Wednesday, The SBO had their annual motivation day at Lac. The stu-
dents played games and the winners were awarded a BBQ for 12 persons, at Bobbe-
jans. Litania Cicilia (wearing the red T-shirt) won the big prize with her group, Ad-
ministration level 3 second class.

Bonaire Reporter- March 13-27, 2009

Page 8

us nL ast week the shoppers at Warehouse Bonaire Supermarket were greeted by signs
apologizing for empty shelves and requesting customers to help by contacting
their elected officials to correct the problem.
"- The problem is caused by cruise ships using the cargo piers on days the supply boat is
scheduled to arrive from Curaqao to unload. Most of Bonaire's food and other products
arrive by the RO/RO (Roll On/Roll Off shipping container) ships. When one or two of
the mammoth cruise ships are in port, access to the pier is impossible. The supply chain
to Bonaire is via ocean-going ships to Curaqao. Most arrive on Tuesday and/or Wednes-
day. There the containers are transferred to the RO/RO ship, usually the Don Andres, and
sailed to Bonaire. Last week cruise ships were in port all day Thursday and Friday so no
deliveries and empty shelves. The problem could be alleviated by docking and unloading
in the evening, but the labor agreements do not permit this.
Many feel that cruise ship tourism benefits Bonaire economically, but the shop owners
and most shoppers feel the island must solve its port access problem. The long supply
chain from the US and Holland makes it difficult enough to keep markets stocked.
Blocked ports create inconvenience for Bonaireans and hurt Bonaire's businessmen. 0

Warehouse Bonaire shelves last week
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of trial and error, as you might imagine: building a home, de-
ciding which style architecturally, how to build. But certain
aspects were common during construction, for example, to
build east and west with the sun and north and east to the wind.
Take a look at any 'old home on Bonaire and you will see,
time and time again, that the sun will not be a nuisance through
the windows on
the east side nor
when it sets on the
western side, and
that the wind will
always blow freely
through the doors
and windows of a
home from the
north east. In
Warehouse Bonaire's properly stocked vegetable department shelves other words, win-
dows were placed
on the eastern and
western sides of the home, and the doors usually on the north-
ern and southern sides of the house. Ovens were almost al-
ways built on the western side of the struc-
ture so that the heat and smoke could be car-
ried off by the trade winds.

Question: Which product, used on the
homes of well-to-do families, came to Bon-
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Bike on March 1 was a big success
with 86 adults and 11 kids participating (61
walkers and 36 bikers).
The route covered 20 km. for the walkers
and 37 for the riders.
The fastest adult participant by bike was
Bradley Swanson in 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Nazario Alberto (the North Salina Roadrun-
ner) was the fastest one walking in 2 hours
and 38 minutes. The fastest kid, Percy Pru-
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40 minutes. Amber Lensink was the fastest
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Guest Editorial

After a direct link between the
Netherlands and the BES islands
is established, these islands will have the
status of Dutch communities. However,
due to the 9,000 km geographic separa-
tion and completely different local condi-
tions, a number of important laws, regu-
lations, and finances (including the use of
the US dollar rather than the euro), will
not apply on Bonaire.

A parallel situation is the current status of
overseas territories of France, another for-
mer colonial power in our region. We can
see that these territories, unlike the BES
islands, really do form an integral part of the
French Republic. This is illustrated by the
fact that the flights between these territories
are considered as domestic flights and there
is no immigration or customs control of the
I always wondered why, when traveling
between the Dutch Caribbean islands, which
are all parts of the Kingdom of the Nether-
lands, for example between Aruba and Bon-
aire, you are subjected to control as a for-
eigner and tax has to be paid for imported
Take for example, French Guiana, the
only non-island overseas territory of France,
located between Suriname and Brazil. Offi-
cially, the status of French Guiana as a col-
ony ended in 1946 when it became, like
other overseas departments, a region of
France. The only political change has been
that two elected councils the General
Council and the Regional Council have
administered local affairs since that time.
The President of the Regional Council is
the single representative of French Guiana

in the French senate and two deputies serve
in the French National Assembly. As an
integral part of France, French Guiana be-
longs to the European Union and the Euro is
the official currency as in all other 25 re-
gions of the country. Also the French social
security is in place. A Prefect, always a
Frenchman from the "metropole" (European
France), is the representative of the French
President. Unlike the Commissioner of the
Queen of the Netherlands for the BES is-
lands, the Prefect of French Guiana has also
executive power, being head of the police
and gendarmerie. He also wears a uniform.
Unlike the BES islands, French Guiana is
a territory with enormous strategic value.
The ideal location of the European space
rocket launch site only 5 degrees north of
the Equator where the earth rotation is fast-
est allows satellites to be placed in orbit
with 15% less fuel than those launched from
NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
During my regular visits to French Guiana
in connection with various infrastructural
projects planned particularly by the space
center and two ports of the country, I came
in contact only with officials from the
"metropole." Practically my only contact
with local people was with persons working
in lower positions in my hotel, particularly
waiters and room maids. A small local con-
tractor I met during a visit to a construction
site complained to me that the French pull
the strings in all that is happening in the
country and that the power of the both men-
tioned councils is very limited.
There is a growing movement towards
changing the status of French Guiana. The
dream of the local inhabitants has been to
get a status like Puerto Rico has within the

Dutch and French Integration of Overseas Territories

The opinions in this column are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the editorial opinion of this newspaper.

US. In Cayenne, the country's capital, I
once saw a street demonstration for change
of the political status. (See the photo I took
at that occasion). A green and yellow flag
(the same colors as that of neighboring Bra-
zil) with a red star was carried in front of
the marching people. It was the only occa-
sion when I saw this flag of autonomous
French Guiana. Only French flags can be
seen on government and other buildings like
Although the country is rich in natural
resources, the unemployment rate is now
about 30%, 10% more than on the French
islands in the Caribbean. The main reason
why there have been no street riots in
French Guiana as there have been recently
on Guadeloupe and Martinique, is that the
local inhabitants are, unlike on those is-
lands, composed of several different ethnic
groups, and there is no organized pro-
autonomy movement. Anyway, the fact is
that the economic situation of French
Guiana would certainly be still much worse

without the French presence, particularly
without the Space Center because its spin-
offs account for full 50% of the local econ-
omy. Although the pro-independence move-
ment is relatively very weak, the first sight I
got driving from the airport to Cayenne
during my last visit was a blue sign along
the road with an almost unreadable inscrip-
tion FRANCE, covered with black paint. 0
Editorial & photo by Jiri Lausman

Jiri Lausman is a retired civil engineer,
born in Prague, living as a Dutchman the
last almost 40 years, 18 of them in Aruba.
Before his retirement, he worked as the
manager in Latin
America and the Carib-
bean for a large Dutch
construction company.
He has a home on Bon-

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New Owner at Capture Photo 1 R @B

Public Prosecutor,
Ernst Wesselius,
has joined the
firm of D vid

God's help is requested at the Grand Opening ofBonairean-owned Capture Photo

Capture Photo had a grand open-
ing under its new owner at The
Dive Inn last Saturday. The new owner
is Nina Cicila (at right in the photo), who
was a staff video-
grapher for Cap-
ture Photo when it 3 c ap
operated at the
Divi Flamingo
Capture Photo
opened in 2007 under the management of
Kathy Lapsys. It was an affiliate of the
SubAquatic Camera Repair Company in
California owned and operated by Dan
After operating for about a year the
business was offered for sale. One day
Cathy mentioned it to Nina, who was

very interested in becoming the new
owner. With the help of RBTT Bank, she
made it a reality.

J rcrhote

Frederique Schreurs,
who was Nina's
colleague at Divi, is
on the photo shop's
staff along with

Zsuzsanna Pusztai.l
"Capture" will con-
tinue to offer a full line of underwater
photography and videography services as
well as photo instruction. The shop is
located at The Dive Inn, an affiliate of
Dive Friends, on the waterfront at down-
town Chachacha Beach. Phone 717-6151
or 786-2067. The website is wwwcap-
turecaribbean.com. U G.D.

Kock Legal as its
Bonaire attorney.

He recently
joined the Kock
firm which has
been listed as law-
yers permitted to
defend the accused
in criminal court. In
addition he will
practice civil law
and offer full legal

Offices are up-
stairs in the Les
Galeries Mall, Suite
L-20, towards the
front of the build-
ing overlooking
Kaya L.D.
Gerharts. Tele-
phone 717-8587,
com. E G.D.

Attorney Wesselius with secretary, Cora Held

Future Chefs To Italy

David Kock (I) with his associates Ronald Wix (Aruba),
Noraine Pietersz (Curacao) and Ernst Wesselius (Bonaire)


On March 2, 10 youngsters from FORMA, accompanied by teachers and an
interpreter, departed to continue their studies in Bologna, Italy. They will
spend three weeks studying the cuisine of that country. Traveling were:
Nathaly Adamus, Stellinda Engelhart, Dianina Lambert, Gloria Lont, Rosa
Marchena, Sertiva Mercera, Sharily Nicolaas, Joey v/d Ree, Migaila and Mirchonella
Winklaar. Teachers were Ezzy Semeleer and Soraida Mensch6. Miguel Saragoza, a
previous student in the SBO program now studying to be a chef in Holland, went
along to translate and provide an orientation. U FORMA photo & press release

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Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu.-We.-Th. & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
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Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 795-9332.

The leading consumer and business in-
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(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-
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& Janet). 786-0956

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

For Quality House and Office
Cleaning ....... CALL JRA
Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough,
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Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf6 per meal.
Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981.
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Private yoga classes
call Louise 717- 7021 or

i CLASSES in silver-
smithing, stone setting
and the art of beading.
Call Louise at 717-7021 or


Large Henderson, neutrally buoy-
ant, Trilam wetsuit. Never worn, still
has tag. Cost new US$285. Will sell
for US$175. 717-2208

tanks- 2 (two), 63ft3 Hydro good
'till 2012-$70 for both. Call Stuart at
786-4471 'till March 15.

FOR SALE. Orthopedic double
pillowtop California King mattress
set ( 183 X 213 cm) with frame, mat-
tress pad, and cotton sheets. 788-3837

FOR RENT Studio- excl utilities-
end Feb. Also 2 bedroom apt-2n'
floor-excl utilities-end March
PLS CALL AFTER 6pm 795-3456

I'm looking for land in Bonaire. I
want to build my house. Alex Sala-
zar Tel.: 707-7007

I am trying to find a Bonaire license
plate for our wedding date: 11-23-
05. I will pay $10 for plate 1123 of
any year or $25 for 1123 if it is from
2005. We will be in Bonaire from
Feb.28 til Mar. 14. Call 786-2845.

4 New Porch Chair Cushions
from outdoor fabric, white and blue
stripes, made in USA, 50x123 cm,
bought on Aruba for f 149 each now
for f 99 each- Call 717-3876

For Sale- 1990 Toyota Starlet
Parts Car Best Offer Call 786 3134

Wanted 2000 Toyota Wanted-
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide's height and time
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
3-13 2:51 1.7FT. 11:24 1.1FT. 16:36 1.2FT. 17:33 1.2FT. 91
3-14 3:49 1.7FT. 13:02 1.0FT. 83
3-15 4:43 1.8FT. 14:15 0.9FT. 72
3-16 5:42 1.8FT. 15:06 0.8FT. 61
3-17 6:30 1.8FT. 15:50 0.8FT. 49
3-18 7:21 1.8FT. 16:22 0.8FT. 39
3-19 8:01 1.8FT. 16:51 0.8FT. 32
3-20 8:39 1.8FT. 17:21 0.9FT. 31
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The Two-Tone Smoke Colored BMW R90S of Mister Aranguren
The 42"d of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are
"on wheels."

Bonaire/Sabadeco -
Those days, back in the 70s of the
past century, Benito lived in Cara-
cas, Venezuela. One of his friends owned
a real motorcycle, made in West-
Germany: a BMW 750 cc four stroke
two cylinder. Benito really liked his
friend's motorcycle. The bike was nicely
designed. The engine ran smooth and
quiet, the motorcycle was very comfort-
able and low on maintenance because of
the cardan (driveshaft) and the use of the
best materials. In the opinion of Benito
and his friend this type of motorcycle
was also very safe because of the two
horizontal mounted cylinders protecting
the driver in case of an accident. So it did
not take much time for Benito to get con-
vinced by his friend: in 1974 Benito
bought his first and brand new 750 cc
BMW motorcycle from the official dis-
tributor in Caracas.
Founded in 1916 as an aircraft engine
factory (the BMW logo represents a pro-
peller of an airplane), the Bayerische
Motoren Werke entered the motorcycle
trade in 1921 with a proprietary engine, a
493 cc flat twin cylinder side valve
model. In 1923 their first complete own
built motorcycle was shown in Paris: The
BMW R32.
BMW have never (until very recently)
built a motorcycle without a shaft drive,
with a separate gearbox or with a twin
cylinder engine not transversely
mounted. The integrity of the 1923 de-
sign is proved by the fact that it is still
the basis of one of the world's most pres-
tigious and best selling makes. More than
80 years later Benito's present motorcy-
cle, a BMW R90S, was also built with a
shaft drive and a gearbox fitted to the
boxer twin engine.
"Back in 1974," Benito explains, "things
were completely different. Motorcycling
was not that popular yet. There was not
that much traffic on the roads and riding
a motorcycle was relatively safe. My
friend and I really liked our BMWs. We
both owned a 750 cc boxer twin and we
used the bike for everyday transport and
for fun. After work, on the weekends and
during the holidays we drove with our

bikes around
through the
mountains, to
Colonia Tovar
and to the sea.
Our bikes were
really a pleasure
to drive and
they proved to

Although I
really liked my
750 cc horizon-
tal twin I traded
it in at the Cara-
cas distributor
for a brand new
BMW R900S in
1976. Biking
got more popu-
lar in the second
part of the 70s.
This motorcycle Beni
was even more hisfi
comfortable and
more powerful. I think I bought the bike
for some $4,500. Nowadays a new BMW
model goes for about $18,000 to
This R90S is still completely original. Of
course I changed the tires a few times
and a new battery was installed, but all
the other parts of the bike are completely
original. Once I had my BMW resprayed
to the original specifications. That is all!"
And indeed, Benito's R900S looks very
much original. Nobody messed with the
bolts and nuts. The exhaust pipes and
mufflers are completely original, the
Dellorto carburetors are original, the
electric wires are ok, the service manuals
are there, and under the buddy seat we
even find the original tools in a pouch!
Benito continues, "The sensation of rid-
ing a motorcycle is really exhilarating!
The feeling of freedom, the smell of the
machine combined with the smells of
nature, the power of the boxer engine,
controlled by your right hand, the mag-
nificent sound produced by the nicely
designed exhaust system. You cannot

to's son, Derek, sitting on
father's BMWmotorcycle.

compare riding a motorcycle to driving a
car. Even a sports car does not come
close! The design of the bike makes it
relatively safe. Some four or five times in
the last 34 years I fell with the bike or I
had a small accident. Always the oppo-
site mounted cylinders protected my legs.
I never even had a scratch!"

In 1995 Benito and his family came to
the island of Bonaire. They brought the
motorcycle with them. Now the bike is
about 34 years old but it is still as reli-
able as ever. The BMW R90S is a much
sought after collectors' item now. The
value of a model in an A-condition is still
about $4,500. The price you had to pay
for a new example in
1976. 0
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Not having received a bill from
Telbo for a while, or any other
mail to speak of, I decided to investigate
the inner workings of Bonaire's postal
I spoke first with the Supervisor for the
Bonaire Post Office and learned that our
local operation comes under the purview of
the government in Curagao. That's who
decides whether more employees are
needed, if equipment needs updating, and
whether other changes or improvements that
our Bonaire post office requests are valid.
Judging from what I observed later on my
visit it became apparent that requests to
Curagao for upgrades are falling on deaf
ears. However, let me state right here that
that's my personal opinion based on what I
saw, not anything that was said by any
postal employees. Having said that, let's see
what's happening in the world of Bonaire's
postal service.
As you know, buying a stamp on Bonaire
requires patience and time (editor's note: as
it is in other parts of the world). You wait a
while for your turn in line, perhaps wonder-
ing how old you'll be when you finally get
to purchase that stamp, so it's quite apparent
that one need to be met ASAP is the hiring
of another cashier to work the front line.
And if you live in Hato, Sabadeco, or Bel-
nem another urgent need is the addition of
one more mail route driver. The small num-
ber of drivers is probably the cause of your
wondering why no one is writing to you -
even Telbo has forgotten you and doesn't
send a bill. You wonder why this is and
point your hostile finger at the post office.
Let me assuage that hostility by relating
to you the following. I was taken on a
'behind the scenes' tour of the inner work-
ings of that little yellow building. Upon
entering the work area I felt as though I had
been absorbed into a time warp and was
looking at how a post office worked in
1932. The first thing I saw was a mountain

of envelopes surrounded by stacks of pack-
ages. Three people were buried under these
overwhelming piles, carefully sorting enve-
lopes and putting them in their proper pi-
geonholes. By hand! Each box making up
these piles contained about 1,000 pieces of
mail to be sorted. Here's the process: read
the name and address on the envelope and
put it in the correct slot; read the name and
address on the envelope and put it in the
correct slot. Over and over again, ad
nauseum. Can anyone say, "Let's mecha-
nize"? It had been hoped that when the
Canadian Post Office took over running our
postal system that good things would hap-
pen. However the feedback I got was, "They
took our money and gave us nothing." Now
the management is back in the hands of
Curagao. It's hoped that when we become a
municipality of Holland that the 'M' word
will mean home delivery and more.
Now let's take a look at another part of
our postal system: E-Zone. For NAf 125
per year (senior citizens NAf 75) you can
subscribe to this service and get your mail
and packages faster, and some say cheaper.
A US address in Miami is made available to
subscribers where your mail and packages
can be sent. Your things are then shipped
direct from Miami to Bonaire via Curagao
and you collect them at the post office. The
three times a week shipments seem to be
keeping customers happy. However, in or-
der to make the post office happy, another
person is needed to work in this area as E-
Zone business is booming and mail is stack-
ing up.
Now we get to the part that is probably
most interesting to you. 'Where in the world
is my mail?' you ask. Well here's the sad
story. The island is divided into four deliv-
ery zones. The Kralendijk zone is the big-
gest with thousands of pieces of mail to be

delivered each day. The next zone is a com-
bination of Sabadeco, Hato, and Belnem,
big population wise and geographically far
apart. Part 3 is Rincon and part 4 is every-
body else. Bear in mind that each driver
must come to the post office every morning
at 8 am and determine which mail goes on
their route; then they must organize it and
load it into their cars. You will note that I
say load the mail into their cars, not big blue
mail trucks. Replenishing their mail stock
several times a day cuts down tremendously
on available delivery time as you can fit
only so much mail in a car at one time. Nev-
ertheless by 10 am they're on their way
across the island delivering until 3 or 4 in
the afternoon. Sounds easy? Well, it's not.
It's a slow, time consuming process using
antiquated methods. Personally, under the
circumstances, I think we're lucky to get
any mail at all. My hat is off to the men and
women at the P.O. who are doing a difficult
job. Having seen the jobs they face each
day, I promise that I will no longer think
unpleasant thoughts about Bonaire mail
To briefly sum things up, at this time the
Postal Chief in Curagao is being asked to
approve one more person to work in E-
Zone, one more person on the delivery
route, and one more person in administra-
tion to work as a cashier. A representative is
supposed to come from Curagao to Bonaire
to evaluate these needs. When? 'Soon,'
they say. Will we get what we need? Who
knows. In the meantime we shall muddle
along the best we can but with a new appre-
ciation of the inside story of how our post
office works. If you need your mail sooner
than it can be delivered you can always be
your own personal mail deliverer and go
collect your mail at the post office. And
while you're there be sure
to thank everyone for a job
well done.
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* 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. NAfl0 per selling table.
(NAf 5 goes to up-keep the park).
NGOs can have a free table. More in-
formation and reservations for a spot
call Vicky Bissessar 786 1592.

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

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
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Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529

Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort,

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 7pm.

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 thru Friday,
9 -12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment Call

MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn

about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentuy. 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. 717-2066

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 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 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
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flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
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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-
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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-
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9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
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/ mile north of town center. 780-1111
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Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
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and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Reservations 717-7725
Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
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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-
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ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
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WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
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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
Modem 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-
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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-
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Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of choices in real es-
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
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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

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Locally Grown Vegetables Soon a Reality

Soon residents and visitors
of Bonaire will be enjoying
vegetables with fewer frequent
flier miles but a lot more flavor.
Vine ripened tomatoes, eggplant,
lettuce, herbs and other produce
grown only a few kilometers
from the table and picked just
hours before consumption. M-m
-m-m-m. Can't you just taste it!

Bon Bini Farm, a new hydro-
ponic agricultural project on the
island, has been in test operation
since August 2008 and will begin
scale-up efforts starting in June.
Within the next year or so they
will be producing bushels of
these fresh vegetables and herbs
for local restaurants and super-
Currently located on a kunuku
in Antriol, the pilot farm has
been testing over 10 varieties of
tomatoes, and four types of cu-
cumbers, peppers and basil to
find which ones are best for the
Bonaire environment.
Pilot Farm
There are 23 hydroponic
'stackers' and three large tubs for
vegetables on a 40 by 40 foot
(12.2m X 12.2m) plot at the pilot
farm. Each stacker holds about
20 plants that are watered four
times a day by a computer-
controlled drip system. The cur-
rent system uses only about 1.5
cubic meters of water a month
for the 350 plants that are grow-
Jan Jaap van Almenkerk, op-
erations manager for the project,
says he now has a very good
Bonaire basil and two types of
tomato that seem to perform well
here. He is also having good
success with a seedless cucum-
ber, two types of peppers, aru-

gula and finally has flowers on
his broccoli. They are also grow-
ing an herb called stevia, that can
be used by diabetics as a sweet-
ener. At any one time there
might be 20 to 25 different prod-
ucts growing at the farm.
Andrea Magni, chef-owner at
Capriccio Restaurant, is enthusi-
astic about the locally grown
food. "You can smell the flavor
of a vine ripened tomato and it
makes a big difference," says
Chef Andrea. Most imported
tomatoes are bred for transport
and not taste. They are picked
when they are hard and green
and then sprayed with a hormone
to allow for ripening. In the
USA it is estimated that most
foods travel about 1,500 miles
from farm to table.
Bon Bini Farm will take all
those miles away and allow for
ripening time on the vine. They
plan to stagger the planting of
crops so that there will be ripe
tomatoes every day of the year.
"The basil is also perfect," says
Chef Andrea. "It's not too minty
and not too strong. A nice Italian
flavor." He would know since he
comes from Milano.
Capriccio and another local
restaurant have been testing the
products from Bon Bini Farm
since November and providing
feedback to help determine
which varieties to pursue. "What
is so good is their attention to
quality and their knowledge,"
says Chef Andrea. "They won't
sell a product if it is not up to
their high standards," he added.
Agricultural Engineer
Almenkerk, who is a tropical
agricultural engineer from the
University of Deventer, is just
what Bonaire needs considering
the dry, salty, desert environ-
ment. He says it's the most ex-
treme location he has had to deal
with. Before Bonaire, he
worked 10 years in Surinam and
Nicaragua on agricultural pro-
jects, and before that he spent 15
years on rural projects in Hol-
"For Bonaire I have to lower

the pH of the water from 8.4 to
6.3 and then must cool the water
before it reaches the plants," says
Almenkerk. "We also control the
nitrogen, calcium, phosphate,
potassium and 15 micro ele-
But this is just the nutrition for
the plants, which grow on stands
produced by Hydro Stacker in
Florida. He also has to deal with
ants, birds, lizards, high salty
wind and the sun. Rain can even
be a problem since, when it does
fall, it can be very strong and
overwhelm the hydroponic sys-
Almenkerk specialized in plant
diseases and control during his
studies and aims for a 'bio-
organic' farm. One of his tricks
for dealing with the ants on Bon-
aire is to spread a line of baking
flour around the edge of the
growing area. A wall and roof
made of sun shading and a solid
ground cover help deal with
many of the bird and lizard prob-
lems, but a rain-capturing roof is
in the plan for the new location.
For white fly and aphids he will
use an organic spray with soap to
keep the Bonaire produce safe.
Expanded Operation
The expanded hydroponics
farm will be located near LVV
where they hope to use rainwater
most of the year and will power
the equipment with a wind gen-
erator. The farm will cover two
acres (0.8 Ha) of land and will be
10 times the size of the pilot
farm, starting with 250 Hydro
Stackers feeding 4,000 plants.
Over the next five years they
expect to grow to about 1,000
stacks, with 15,000 to 20,000
plants in production.
There is also the possibility of
adding fruit trees around the
farm, once the vegetable project
is underway. By 2014 Bon Bini
Farm expects to supply about
30% of Bonaire's produce.
Vegetables like onions and car-
rots will not be grown locally
because of the climate.
Naturally, this size farm will
require labor and the plan is to
train locals for the work. Almen-

kerk is already training two
young men who have shown an
interest in the farm, but more
will be needed as they scale up
the production, which will help
boost the local economy. One
study of food production shows
that every dollar spent with a
local food supplier is worth
$2.50 for the community.
Bon Bini Farm is owned by
Ron and Marti Newlon, from
Alabama, who are long time visi-
tors to Bonaire. On one trip to
the island they were visiting
LVV to discuss the potential of
hydroponic farming and met
Almenkerk there. Bon Bini
Farm emerged from that acciden-
tal meeting.
Marti Newlon is a master gar-
dener and Ron is an aeronautical

engineer who specializes in con-
trol system designs. Both New-
lons are scuba divers and have a
high respect for the Bonaire en-
vironment. Since the plants are
grown in a mixture of Perlite and
Vermiculite and in planters on
poles, the nutrients are taken up
by the plants and don't enter into
the ground. This stacker system
also prevents soil borne diseases.
Soon Bonaire will be trading in
its well-traveled vegetables for
locally grown products and en-
joying the luxury of fresh home-
grown flavor.
For more infor-
mation: Almen-
Story &Pho-
tos by Jane

Bonaire Reporter- March 13-27, 2009

Bonaire's garden of the future can supply some of our fresh food needs

Close-up view of the stackers

Jan Jaap with some of the support equipment
mentioned in the story

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For March 2009

Happy First Day Of Spring!

N ext week on Friday, March 20, at exactly 7:44 am Sky Park Time the Sun
will lie smack dab on the Celestial Equator, which marks the very first
moment of the beginning of spring for the northern hemisphere and the first mo-
ment of autumn for the southern hemisphere, so happy spring to you northerners
and happy autumn to you southerners.
Now if someone asked you why is spring called spring? Would you be able to give
them a good answer? Well, simply put, we use the word spring to mark the begin-
ning of the new season because it is an abbreviation for the phrases 'spring of the
leaf and 'spring of the year'. Now 'spring of the leaf is pretty obvious because at
this time of the year in the northern hemisphere leaves literally do spring up out of
branches, and grass and flowers spring up out of the ground. And that's why we call
spring, spring. But do you know why we also call this time the spring of the year?
Well, before 1752 in England and America the new year officially began when
spring began on March 25th. Or to put it quite simply the New Year sprang up at
the same time the leaves and the grass did. In fact all American colonists wished
each other Happy New Year and Happy Spring on the same day on March 25th
until English parliament declared that beginning in 1752 the new year would no
longer begin in March but would be celebrated on January 1st, a tradition begun by
the Romans in 153 B.C.
But, lest we forget, the first day of spring is strictly speaking an astronomical event
which marks one of the two days when our Sun is smack dab on the Celestial Equa-
tor, the other date being the first day of autumn. You see these are the only two
days of the year when the Sun rises exactly due east and sets due west. It was just
one of several astronomical signposts our ancient ancestors used to help them deter-
mine the seasons, which was very important for their planting schedules. Day and
night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes, because the
Sun is positioned above the Equator. Today the first day of spring barely gets a
passing mention in the media, except, of course, in The Reporter.
Starting early next week if you go to work around sunrise on a due east highway,
like the coast to coast Sorobon road, Kaya van Epps, notice how closely the Sun
rises to the center of the road. Then on Friday, the first day of spring, watch it rise
directly over the yellow line. Plus vice versa, watch the Sun set directly over the
yellow line which means you better get out your sun glasses or put your sun visors
down. Happy first day of spring, and happy old New Year. U Jack Horkheimer

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20)You have to
believe in yourself and your talents. You
will have problems with coworkers if you
are too extreme about doing things per-
fectly. You mustn't take on other people's
responsibilities or you may find yourself
irritable and exhausted. You can make
changes to your domestic scene that will
benefit all who reside there. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try not to
get involved in other people's problems.
Be prepared to step into the limelight if
you wish to promote your ambitions. Chil-
dren may be less than honest with you. So
smile! Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Look for
something entertaining to do. You've got
that competitive edge. Rest and relaxation
will be more favorable than you think.
You can have a great time if you go out
with the one you love. You need to keep
the peace and you will have to bend in
order to do so. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can
make changes that will enhance your ap-
pearance. Talk to employers in order to
promote your career objectives. Joining
organizations will provide you with stimu-
lating romantic contacts. Secret enemies
will be eager to spread rumors about you.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may enjoy
doing something musical for entertain-
ment. Don't bother retaliating, just walk
away. You will be highly entertaining
when in contact with your lover. You can
make excellent career moves if you are
open to the opportunities that exist. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You will
find yourself tied to the phone. Your en-
ergy will be high. You can make excellent
investments if you are in the right place at
the right time. Children might be on your
mind. Don't hesitate to make special plans
just for two.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Monday.

LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your social
skills with people may be more than just
helpful. Your diplomatic nature will help
you in straightening out unsavory situa-
tions. Cultural activities will prove to be
quite enlightening for everyone. Don't let
those close to you get under your skin.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Look to
a close friend for advice. You will be in
the doghouse if you are being cocky. Take
time to talk things over. Travel for busi-
ness or pleasure. Loans will be attainable
and legal matters easily taken care of.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec.
21) Don't let the moods of those you live
with get you down. Family outings will
make you feel secure and happy. Take a
look at the possibilities of starting a small
part time business with friends or rela-
tives. You need to be careful not to make
promises that you can't fulfill. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Mon-
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You
should get out and meet some of those
clients that you only speak to on the
phone. You may be fortunate while travel-
ing. Your pursuits may end up being fruit-
less. Things will be emotional with your
mate. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Saturday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Exercise
programs will be effective. You may find
it impossible to get the rest you require.
You must steer clear of overindulgent
individuals. You may jump from the fry-
ing pan into the fire if you make a move
this month. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will be
emotional about money matters. Try to be
a bit more understanding or you may end
up spending the evening alone. One of
your female friends may try to disrupt
your day. Stand up for your rights. Control
your anger. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday. U

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