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SMarch 27.April 10, 2009; Volume 16, Issue

Helping Bonaire Grow Responsibly
Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6518, email: reporter(S)bonairenews.com Since 1994
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Also in this issue:
Culture Month -pg. 10
Students Succeed -pg. 3 Statu Objections -pg. 11
Our Drinking Water-pg .7 Kiri Cup -pg. 20
Earth Hour -pg. 10 ... and much more
-... and much more


T he Central Committee of
the Parliament of the
Netherlands Antilles finally
considers the debacle of Bon-
aire's "Parker Project"
closed. Robert Parker, an
American with interests in ho-
tels in New York's Catskill
Mountains, convinced the Cen-
tral Government to guarantee a
construction loan to build the
Point Hotel on the abandoned
Flamingo Paradise canals. In
1993 the resort was almost com-
plete, including furnishings,
when Parker abandoned the
project leaving unpaid bills to
local businesses, salaries to the
hotel staff in training and pay-
ments to the hotel's builder, an
Italian company.
Subsequently the Italian insur-
ance company, Sace, which had
loaned the developers the
money to build the hotel, de-
manded the Antillean Govern-
ment pay the damages based on
their guarantee. With fees and
interest the Antilles were forced
to pay a total of NAf 90 million
and was the proximate cause for
the introduction of the first sales
tax in the Antilles.
The "Point" property was sold
by the Central Government to
Holland's van der Valk family
in the mid 90s, who refurbished
it and opened the Plaza Resort,
now one of Bonaire's largest
hotel properties.

) Dutch Ministers Van Raak
and Johan Remkes requested
the Dutch government to pre-
sent a vision on "the future of
tax-free havens in special eco-
nomic zones" on the BES is-
lands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius
and Saba, and to include this
vision in the new tax legislation
for these islands which will
become part of the Netherlands.

0 The Netherlands is at the
top of a list measuring First
World governments' efforts to
help build prosperity in poor
countries around the world.
The Netherlands is followed by
Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Japan and South Korea are at
the bottom of the list. The U S
ranks poorly at 17th out of the
22 countries on the 2008 Com-
mitment to Development Index
(CDI), produced annually by the
Centre for Global Development,
an independent think tank that
works to reduce global poverty.

0 In early March Curacao-
based Insel Air either had
lengthy delays or cancellations
on its routes to St. Maarten,
Santo Domingo, Haiti, Valen-
cia, Miami and Curaqao. Ac-
cording to Insel Air two of its
planes, an MD-82 and MD-83,
had to be grounded as both
planes had reached their time
for scheduled maintenance.

) A spike in revenue
showed the relatively small
economy of Bonaire has taken
advantage of the influx of
Dutch capital in anticipation of
the coming changes in the con-
stitutional structure of the King-
dom of the Netherlands.
Maduro & Curiel's bank (MCB)
made the observation during the
presentation of its annual finan-
cial results.

Caribbmn Intent Exchange

) Bonaire and Curacao will
have their own Internet Ex-
change (The Caribbean Inter-
net Exchange-CAR-IX) start-
ing next Monday. An internet
exchange is a hardware hub
where local internet providers
are connected and where they
can communicate locally among
themselves without any contact
from abroad. A significant ad-
vantage of this system is that
local internet contact with local
destinations is less expensive
and done locally.
The Telecom operators UTS,
MIO, Scarlet, Digicel in Cura-

0 Ryan Pietersz (27) hen
was sentenced to life
imprisonment for the
manslaughter of Mar-
lies van der Kouwe. In
the Antilles a life sen-
tence means the person
will never be released
from prison unless given
Pietersz was acquitted
of murder, rape, sexual
assault and kidnapping
of the 24-year old Dutch
pharmacy trainee. The
judge decided it was
proven that Pietersz had
stalked Van der Kouwe
on the night of Septem-
ber 20 to 21 last year;
followed her when she '
rode her bicycle to her apartment in Hato and waited for her. As she
passed he ambushed her pulled her off her bike and smashed her
head against the ground. Pietersz then took the woman with him on a
scooter and strangled her.
Psychologists, psychiatrists and probation officers reported that
there was a grave risk of Pietersz repeating the crime. They described
him as an antisocial person who showed impulsive, aggressive and
ruthless behavior. The only way to prevent this from happening
again was to "ban him from society forever," the judge said.
Pietersz had been imprisoned previously for abduction, robberies
and rape committed in 2002. Pietersz admitted to strangling the
young woman. He said it was a robbery turned bad. Van der
Kouwe's parents and sister were in court to hear the verdict.

qao and Telbo in Bonaire joined
forces with the Central Govern-
ment to hopefully provide a better
"Quality of Internet Service" to
cut costs and help the economy
Initially local internet traffic can
be exchanged on Curacao instead
of needing an international con-
nection in Miami. Bonaire will be
connected at the start and Aruba
and Sint Maarten soon after. The
Amsterdam Internet Exchange,
AMS-IX, which provides the
biggest internet junction in the
world with a capacity of 439 Gb/
s, is CAR-IX's partner and men-

) The Bank of the Nether-
lands Antilles (BNA) is fore-
casting a real economic growth
of 1% in 2009. This takes into
account an expected inflation of
2.2%, significantly lower than

6.5% of the previous year. The
US forecasts a decline of 1.6%
and the Netherlands a greater
3.5% decline in growth.

) Bonaire Island Council
member and new Senator, An-
thony T.C. Nicolaas, has asked
the Governor, in his capacity as
the president of the Island Coun-
cil, to pay special attention to
the situation of persons with
physical and/or mental handi-
caps on Bonaire. A significant
number of Bonaire residents are
faced with multiple obstacles to
equal opportunity, independence
and complete economic and so-
cial integration. Nicolaas asked
the Island Government to survey
the number of Bonaire's handi-
capped, assess their requirements
and come up with an action plan
that will better the situation.
Continued on page 0

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Ryan Pietersz 2
Jacky Bemabela Play 3
Student Chefs Succeed 3
SGB Chez Nous Reopens 6
Phyllis Blackburn poem 6
Bonaire Communicates 9
Culture Month 1C
Earth Hour 1C
Guest EditoriaK-Objectons to New
Status 11
10 Free Steriliation 12
Louise Rood-Dr, Do 14
Letters to the Editor Cruise Ship Trade,
Query, Wheelless 14
Rotarallly 15
Kiri Cup 2C
Reporter Countdown 2C

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On Island Since-Normen Boekhoudt 4
Pet of the Week(Carmen Kittens) 12
Bonairean Voices (OurWaterSupply) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
BonQuiz (Cactus) 9
Sudoku Solution 9
Pichtre Yourself (Petra, Jorden) 13
Classifieds 13
ReporterMasthead 12
Tide Table 13
Bubbles-Did You Know(Medicuses) 15
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Bonaire On Wheels (Is. Grower) 18
Sky Park(Venus) 19
Star Power (Astrobgy) 19

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Jackie Bernabela's Play

"After Party" Debuts in Curacao
SA fter Party" is a hilariously
funny and sometimes poign-
ant play in Papiamentu about a group of
women, forever friends, who decide to
buy a big old beautiful house and live
together in their elder years. Their chil-
dren have grown up and their husbands
have passed away. The play opened to a
packed house at the Teatro Luna Blou in
Otrabanda in Curacao last Saturday
night, March 21.
Bonaire's Jackie Bernabela, the direc-
tor and co-author with Albert Schoo-
baar, of the play, says, "My girl friends,
who I've known for years, were my
inspiration for this play."
Bemabela has directed plays in Bon-
aire and in Holland, is a drama teacher
and has translated plays into Papiamentu
for local actors and audiences. "After Jackie Bernabela arrives at the
Party" was sponsored as part of the theater with the cast, greeted by the
theater's Artists in Residence Program. theatre director, John Leerdam
Jackie's girlfriends have all kept in
touch over the years and most of them
were in the front row of the theatre on opening night, laughing their heads off as
they recognized the words and antics of themselves and the others. "I put myself
into one of the characters too," said Jackie, "the one who was always losing her
The actresses playing the friends come from a group of extremely talented and
experienced actors in Curacao. "They were the Betty Davises and the Katherine
Hepburs of the 60s and 70s," declared Jackie. They gave stellar performances -
perfect timing, talking over each other like real conversations in real life. Each
was comfortable in his or her role.
The next day, Sunday, this hardy group gave two more performances. There will
be 10 more performances on the following weekends at the Teatro Luna Blou. You
may call the theatre at 462-2209 for reservations. At the moment it is sold out, but
there may be some cancellations. 0 L.D.

he FORMA students who finished a
culinary course in Italy prepared a
special lunch for the Italian sponsors who
made the project possible. The menu was a
product of their imaginations and was pre-
pared under the guidance of Bonaireans
Miguel Saragoza and Ezzard Semeleer. The
menu began with a fish croquette with a
Creole sauce followed by stuffed ravioli.
The main course wasfunchi (Bonaire's po-
lenta) with finely ground fish accompanied
by a fried plantain. Dessert was a delicious
"cousin's cake." All expressed delight at
the presentation and taste.
After the lunch the students received cer-
tificates of merit for the three weeks of
work they put in learning the cuisine of It-
aly's Emilia Romagna region.
Students were Nathaly Adamus, Stellinda

Engelhart, Dianina Lambert, Gloria Lont,
Rosa Marchena, Sertiva Mercera, Sharily
Nicolaas, Joey v/d Ree, Migaila and Mir-
chonella Winklaar. The students arrived
home last weekend. 0 Press Release/L.D.

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IJ trying to say is that if
everybody starts thinking for-
ward instead of looking back-
wards and worrying about things
they've been through those
things don't exist anymore.
You've already lived that, so you
have to leave it behind and move
on because what you've been
through you can't turn around
My parents had five children. I
have three sisters and one
brother. I had a great mom and a
great dad and I couldn't have
been happier. I grew up in Playa
and my mom, Norma Boekhoudt-
Marchena, still lives in the same
house were I was born. My
mother's father, Gabriel
Marchena, and his father, my
great grandfather, build the Niag-
ara I and the Niagara II, big sail-
boats that took cargo from Bon-
aire to Curacao and vice versa.
Both boats disappeared on a trip
and until today nobody knows
what happened.
My dad, Ralph Boekhoudt, was
an engineer on a ship. He started
on the first cargo ship from the
island, a boat called Debby. After
that he worked for the salt com-
pany for 17 years until he passed
away March 22, 1998. I was 19.
You won't believe it, but a year



later, exactly on the same day, I
lost my pinky in an accident. My
papa was my best friend.
I started working after school
hours for Rocargo when I was
12. At 16 I became a helper in
the Plaza kitchen. I like to cook. I
stayed there for six months; then
I left and started working for
Marco Gravenhorst's Island Pool
Service for a couple of years.
When they left for Holland I
went to work for another pool
service company.
One day I left for Venezuela to
attend a wedding of a good friend
of mine. I was supposed to go for
two weeks. The wedding took
place in San Antonio, close to
San Cristobal on the border of
Colombia. There I met a cousin
of my friend's wife who worked
for this guy called Hugo Molina,
who organized all the ferias of

If Chavez decides we're not going to get 'his'
tomatoes anymore, we can grow our own. If I
can, the rest of us can do it too...

toreo the bull fights in South
America. I'd run out of cash so
I decided to become a cowboy! It
was fun! Every morning we
mounted horses, rode for three

hours, rounded up 400 cows and
took them back to the hacienda
where we injected them against
diseases and checked their health.
We slept at my friend's hacienda,

a coffee and banana plantation. It was a flight to Curacao. There
was a beautiful place on a very wasn't, but I talked to the pilot
steep slope of a mountain, but who had nothing else to do. He
there were tarantulas as big as my said he would take us for $35 per
hand. I did that for four months person, so we flew back on a
and it became harder and harder private plane.
to make a decision about what I Two days later I was back on
was going to do. Bonaire and started working for
So, I took the bus to Coro, a 12- Johan on excavators, cranes and
hour trip, and in Coro it was nice trucks heavy equipment. In
too. I stayed there for two weeks 2001 I flew to New York.
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On The Island Since
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Johan's partner, Bob Casner from
New Jersey, had called me and
asked me if I could come for a
couple of months to work on the
demolition of the WWII military
base in Syracuse, NY-Hancock
Field Airport. If I could, I would
go back right now. I was making
$1,800 a week. I didn't have to
pay for my apartment or for the
car. Everything was taken care
off. During the weekends I would
go for drives, just randomly, to
see where I would end up, check-
ing into hotels or motels at the
end of the day. I had such a great
A month before I went to New
York, I went to Miami with Lele
and Steve. We landed at Miami
Airport, drove up to Jacksonville,
fixed a sailboat and sailed down
to Fort Lauderdale. When the
captain decided he'd cross the
ocean to St. Martin whether or
not it was bad weather, I was
'man overboard.' Ha! Ha! I flew
back to Bonaire. I remember
Steve, my friend, telling me that I
was a big chicken. After four
days I heard they'd had a ship-
wreck. When Steve came back he
told me he was sorry, that he
should have listened to me.
Well, after having worked for
Johan for three and a half years, I
left for Holland and it was pretty
good. I enjoyed being there; I
liked my job and my colleagues.
I worked on a forklift for a com-

pany close to The Hague, which
had these huge greenhouses
where they were growing flow-
ers. I stayed in Holland for three
Now I'm a bartender. I work at
Jibe City and it's been almost
four years. It's my first bartend-
ingjob and I enjoy my work. It's
fun; people always smile, they're
enjoying themselves at Jibe and
on Bonaire, and it's a pleasure to
serve them. The tourists come to
surf or just for the view and for
our highly recommended food!
And I speak Dutch, English,
Spanish and Papiamentu and a
little bit of Portuguese and Turk-
ish, so it's no problem to commu-
nicate with people.
When I was in Holland, Vene-
zuela and New York, it wasn't
only about work of course I
needed the money but it was
also important to me to learn how
other people think, how the cul-
ture is and how they live. If
you're not interested in those
things it's hard to get along, to
get to know them. I feel good
wherever I go. I adapt myself to
people really fast." Normen is
guy with a great philosophy and
he's gentle, open minded and
easy going and way ahead com-
pared to other people of his age.
"I don't like to go out," he con-
tinues. "Going out is a waste of
money! I enjoy myself at home
with my girlfriend Jennifer and
our puppy dog Charlie, which we
recently adopted from the Shel-

ter. I prefer to be at
home with the whole
family and friends (you
never get into trouble
with them) and organ-
ize a barbecue. In my
free time I'm a handy-
man. Since I'm work-
ing at Jibe they don't
need a handyman any-
more. Or I'm busy with
my plants. I grow toma-
toes, celery, spinach
and local vegetables.
Last year in September
I even had strawberries
- very small ones but
they were good! Now
I'm building a green-
house at my mom's
I like animals and plants and
nature. I started growing vegeta-
bles when I was 10. I had my
own little garden with radishes,
carrots, beets, sweet potatoes,
celery and warmoes (spinach)
and one day my brother Ra-
phelito succeeded in harvesting
one little broccoli! Up until now I
think it was a miracle how he did
it, especially because he wasn't
really into plants. I'm still jeal-
ous. I think people here could do
so much more than they're doing
now. If I can grow all these vege-
tables it means that many more
people could do it too. If Chavez
decides we're not going to get
'his' tomatoes anymore, we can
grow our own. If I can, the rest of
us can do it too. If I had the

money or the opportunity to build
a big greenhouse and to grow
fruits and vegetables for a living I
would do so immediately. And if
I had a kunuku with a good well
and a windmill to pump up the
water I would go and live there
right away. I have something
with plants. When I put a tomato
seed in the soil and see how the
plant grows and how it forms the
new tomatoes I feel I created
something. I really, really like it.
I don't know if I will always
stay here. It depends on what's
going to change. It could be good
or bad changes. So far we don't
know. I think everything is be-
coming more and more difficult;
they want to put rules and regula-
tions here which do not match
with our culture because all of

our lives we lived the way we're
living. And those same rules and
regulations did a lot of harm to
other countries. Everywhere in
the world where there are a lot of
rules it's hard to make it. I've
seen a lot for being 29 years old
and Bonaire is still home sweet
home. For me the most important
thing is that every day I get what
I need and I don't need a lot -
I've got my girl, I've got my dog,
I've got my job I've got my
stuff taken care
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Hotel Cooking School Chez Nous Reopens


Recently Chez Nous, the hotel
cooking school at the high school,
was reopened by John van't Hoff, one of
the new directors of the SGB high school,
and Deputy of Education, Maritsa Silberie.
The school offers training to students
going to work in the "horeca" (food and
beverage) business in cooking, waiting
and bartending, careers that are crucial to
Bonaire, an island that depends a lot on
restaurants and tourism.
After being closed for nearly four
months as a result of the damage done to
the kitchen by Hurricane Omar, Chez
Nous is now open to serve the public until

the end of April, thanks to the work of
DROB (Department of Public Works and
The restaurant, Chez Nous, is open
Tuesday evening for four-course dinners
from 6 pm and on Wednesdays and
Thursdays for three-course lunches froml2
noon. It's important to make
reservations ahead. Call the SGB between
the hours of 8 am and 3 pm 717-8120 and
ask for Chez Nous. We can attest that
some of the meals that come out of that
kitchen are impressive! Give it a try.E

Phyllis went back to the Sea today; she was
always so happy there.
Guess the only reason she ever came back,
she ran out of air.
An eagle ray passed by, I think he waved.
Even the Chromis seemed particularly well
An angel fish tagged along as we crested the
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Time passes so quickly when there is not so
much left.
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In the last few
weeks in this
column we've been
talking about fishing
activities in Bonaire
waters, and as you
know, fish need
clean and clear water
to survive. And so do
we. I made an ap-
pointment with our
Bonairean Water and
Electricity Company
(WEB). Mr. Roy
Silberie, Manager of
the Planning and
Quality Control De-
partment, introduced
me to Mr. Edson
Martinus (45), an
engineer in that de-
partment which is
concerned with the production of our
drinking water.

"Before 2005," Edson explained, "WEB
used big boilers to distill the sea water
into drinking water, but after the fire in
the power plant we start using another
kind of system to produce drinking water.
This system is called Seawater Reverse
Osmosis. This plant is environmentally
friendly and it produces no noxious dis-
charges. At the moment the production of
drinking water is outsourced to GE tech-
nologies. GE Technologies produces fresh
water from seawater, but it still needs to
be treated. WEB buys this water from GE
and turns it into drinking water. The GE
water is treated with sodium hypochlorite
which ensures that the drinking water is
devoid of any biological activity or lime
(calcium carbonate) to maintain a PH of
7.5-8.5 to reduce the corrosiveness of the
water. It's put through activated carbon
filters to absorb odor, taste and any toxics
from the water. So, as you can see, WEB
is still responsible for the quality of our
drinking water.

This processed water is tested in the
WEB lab every day to make sure it meets
the health standard of WHO (World
Health Organization) guidelines and the
Netherlands Antilles drinking water law
before the water gets to the distribution
tanks. There are three distribution tanks
on Seru Largu hill and two on Rincon hill.
The result of the chemical analyses
made in the WEB lab must meet the inter-
national laws for drinking water. Some of
these standards concern Temperature,
Conductivity, PH, Turbidity, Alkalinity,
Total Hardness, Calcium Hardness, Mag-
nesium Hardness, Iron, Chlorine, Sul-

phate, Phosphate, LI and CI. These terms
may seem a bit complicated, but they are
what explain the quality of the water we
are drinking. On the back side of the pa-
per we residents sign for water connection
to our property is a whole description of
these terms so we know that we are drink-
ing good water," he explained. Have you
ever noticed that?

As we continued our interview he said,
"We have the best quality of water in
Bonaire and we can drink it without fear.
The daily production of the water is 3,600
m3. And the total usage is 2,900-3,100
m3 daily. In time of crises we can still
supply the population for eight long days
without any production."
Have you heard about the program that
STINAPA has on the radio? One of them
is about our environment and how much
bottled water we and our tourists use and
how many of these empty bottles become
toxic for our soil and sea. So try to avoid
this. Refill your bottle with our fresh,
tasteful and healthy Bonairean water. You
never know: maybe in the future WEB
can open another water plant to produce
water for export and help boost the econ-
omy of Bonaire.

For more information you can have a
tour through our national water plant and
learn more about our Water and Electric-
ity Company (WEB).
Story & photo by Siomara E. Albertus
Send your comments to '
The Bonaire Reporter, P.O.
Box 407, Bonaire, or email

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the International Desalination Association (IDA). But that is only a half a percent of
global daily water use, a figure that would grow faster if process costs could be fur-
ther reduced. Nevertheless, construction of desalinization facilities rose at an annual
clip of 17% since 1990, the IDA reports.
In any case, a new market analysis by Lux Research forecasts that the global de-
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Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from
page 2)

A hurricane swirls in the Gulf
of Mexico. Image Credit:

Accu Weather.com, a private
weather forecasting organization,
has released its predictions for
this year's impending hurricane
season. The good news? Half as
many tropical storms this year
in the Atlantic as last year. The
bad news? That's still four big
storms between June 1 and
November 30, the annual At-
lantic hurricane season.
The projected dip stems from,
among other factors, a weak El
Nino weather pattern this year
caused by warmer water tem-
peratures in the eastern tropical
Pacific Ocean, said Joe Bastardi,
Accu Weather's chief long range
and hurricane forecaster.
In total, Bastardi predicts that
13 named storms those that
reach tropical storm status with
63 mile-per-hour (101 kilometer-
per-hour) sustained wind speeds
- will roil the Atlantic this year.
Of that, eight will cross the 74
mile- (199 kilometer-) per-hour
threshold and become full-
fledged hurricanes. Two of those
are expected to be major storms
of Category 3 or above on the
Saffir-Simpson Scale, meaning
sustained winds of at least 111
miles (179 kilometers) per hour.


For the convenience of its
customers at its Playa branch on
Kaya L.D. Gerharts, Maduro &
Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) has ex-
panded its free parking facili-
ties. Last Monday, March 16,
the parking lot beside Little Ha-
vana will be reserved exclusively
for customers of the MCB
branch. The first half hour is free
automatically and if the bank
business extends beyond that
time a chit will be given to the
customer extending that time.
The normal parking rate is NAf 5
per hour for non-bank business.
The "old" MCB parking lot will
be reserved for employees. Park-
ing between 7 am and 6 pm dur-
ing the week is reserved for cus-
tomers and employees of the

Antillean Governor Frits Goedgedrag with the two new Par-
liament members of Bonaire's UPB (green) Party: Anthony Nico-
laas (left) and Harlton "Onnie" Emerenciana (right). UPB party
members Hubert Martis and Noris Gomes also took the oath as re-
spectively the new Antillean Minister of Economic & Labor Affairs
and State Secretary of Interior & Constitutional Affairs.

The Bonaire Island Govern-
ment has encouraged WEB, Bon-
aire's electric current provider,
to accelerate the installation of
new lighting in downtown
Kralendijk, especially along
the sea promenade. In recent
weeks there was an increase in
criminal activity in the area and
the defective lights may have
been a factor. Some new lights
have been installed and others
repaired, but further installations
are awaiting delivery of materi-

1 Sunbelt
Realty repre-
sented Bonaire
at the Second
Home Fair in
Utrecht, which
is the biggest
fair in Europe in its category and
has over 350 participants offer-
ing houses in more than 65 coun-
tries. In previous years there
were frequently several broker
offices from Bonaire present.
This year Sunbelt Realty was
the sole Bonaire broker touting
Bonaire as the perfect location
for a second home. Sunbelt Re-
alty is in the Les Galleries Shop-
ping Mall, across from the MCB
bank. The office is open Monday
through Friday from 8:30 am to
5:30 pm and on Saturday from
8:30 am to 12:30pm. Call Anja
Romeijnders at 717- 6560 for
further information.

As we go to press an agree-
ment has been reached through
the intervention of Commis-
sioner Elvis Tjin Asjoe so that
the freight ships can be
unloaded in a timely manner
even if cruise ships are in port.
* G./L.D.

fP Pegasus crew, Arjen van Eijk and Florian
Dirkse with STINAPA's Elsmarie Beukenboom

) Bonaire kicked off this
year's series of "The Taste
of Bonaire" with a tribute to
the environment. It's a spe-
cial time as Bonaire is cele-
brating respectively the 40t
and 30 anniversaries of
Washington-Slagbaai Na-
tional Park and the Bonaire
National Marine Park.
The TCB, assisted by
STINAPA, helped launch
the around-the-world voyage
of the Curaqao-based yacht
Pegasus. STINAPA Direc-
tor Elsmarie Beukenboom
represented Bonaire.
The yacht's crew, Arjen
van Eijk and Florian Dirkse,
are hoping their "Green
Miles" trip will raise aware-
ness of the state of the
world's oceans and how
sustainable energy can help
the environment. Green Miles wants to inspire people to interact
with the world and the oceans properly.
The crew will sail around the world on a limited budget as sus-
tainably as possible over a period of two years to attain their goals.
Equipped with solar panels and two windmills for electrical
needs, their yacht,
a Gibsea 126, will r
soon head towards N ATION
the Pacific Ocean.
The project can be
followed on the S B
Internet at www.
thegreenmiles.nl. BP
SG./L. D. DA

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Bonaire Communicates R nnuiz

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W hen Telbo announced it's 25"'
anniversary last year, being the
curious sort I began to wonder what the
telephone situation was prior to that time,
i.e., before 1983. As I began to research
this I came across a commemorative
book produced by Telbo giving an inter-
esting history of communication on Bon-
aire dating from the very early days.
Imagine what it must have been like not
to have all the tools we so depend on
today: the telephone, email, fax, Black-
berry, Skype and all the other indispensi-
ble inventions that are 'must haves' in
today's world.
But in olden times, when Bonaire was
very young, the best and only way to
communicate from one end of the island
to the other was by using cow horns,
conch shells, or flutes made from corn
stalks. The calls made by these instru-
ments could be a person 'calling' a friend
or someone needing help with his fishing
or hunting. It was also frequently used to
call the children home. In order to know
who was calling, each horn blower had
his or her own signature sound, much like
a person sending Morse code has a dis-
tinctive signature. There were specific
tones, sequences, and rhythms which
were translated into messages. As many
as 20 different signals have been identi-
fied which were used to announce a
death, that someone was lost, that help
was needed, etc. These calls were also
used in navigation to dictate boating ma-
neuvers, to warn of danger, or to greet
passing ships. In the very early days fires
were built on Mount Brandaris to warn
Dutch ships and the island of Curacao
when there were enemy ships off Bon-
aire's coastline.
Obviously communication at that time
was primitive. As an example, in 1885 it
took two days for information on a hurri-
cane that hit Rincon to make its way to
Playa as communication depended on
people riding donkeys and horses to get
messages around the island. Apparently
there wasn't a horn tone for 'we've been
flattened by a hurricane'.
Time passed and inventors such as
Marconi developed the telegraph. In
1909 an investigation was made concern-
ing the installation of radio stations along
Bonaire's coastline to provide telegraph
communication services to ships. In
1910 telegraphy was approved for Bon-
aire, and finally, in 1911, a telegraph sta-
tion, located at Fort Oranje, was com-
pleted and the first telegram was sent.
The local citizens all flocked to the sta-
tion to see how this miracle of communi-
cation worked. In their excitement they
took the opportunity to send telegrams to
their relatives in Curacao apparently the
precursor of the Hallmark card. This sys-
tem was somewhat primitive as two
wooden masts supported the antenna and,
as there was no electric power available,
a battery was used which was activated
by a windmill. Later on, at the beginning
of the first world war in 1914, Bonaire's
telegraph station was able to receive tele-
graph signals with war news that was
then transmitted to Curacao.
The telephone arrived on Bonaire
in1921 when a line was installed between
Playa and Rincon. Later, in 1944, Kral-
endijk got its own network with 20 con-
nections. It's interesting to note that in

Test your knowledge of Bonaire

the beginning there was no charge for
service. (Hey, Telbo, how about that?)
But as with all new and exciting inven-
tions the network expanded and private
persons as well as businesses signed up.
By 1947 there were 75 numbers available
but only 60 were being used with 45
dedicated to the government. By that
time a small charge for service had be-
gun. By 1953 the telephone company
staff consisted of one technician, four
telephone operators, and a supervisor.
That same year the first public telephone
was installed near Wilhelmina Park to
accommodate visitors and passengers
arriving on the 500 ships, mostly sailing
vessels, that visited Bonaire during this
time. (And we think WE have a cruise
ship problem!)

Time marched on and the telephone
system became more easily available to
the people of Bonaire. Initially the tele-
phone numbers consisted of only four
digits. It wasn't until 1999 that it was
increased to seven digit numbers with
three exchanges Kralendijk, Antriol,
and Rincon. I clearly remember the four
digit numbers as well as having to sign
up on a waiting list a couple of years be-
fore moving to Bonaire in order to be
sure to have a number when we arrived.
Ah, the good old days.
Now hasn't this been fun learning about
how far we've come on Bonaire in the
last few hundred years?
Just wait until next week
when I'll bring you up to
date on communications
available on Bonaire in
the 21st century. Oh
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omething that, without a doubt, attracts the attention of tourists who I have
the privilege of touring with are the wonderful cactus fences. This typical
way of keeping people in or out of a piece of property has been around for a long,
long, time. The Masai in Kenya use this technique, mainly because there is no
other material in the desert to use to keep cattle from their crops. In such arid and
dry places, cactus serves its purpose well. And thus on Bonaire and in the region,
this too has been a means of protecting the crops. Farmers on Bonaire have per-
fected the use of two sticks, cut out of the trees in the mondi (outback) to handle
the cactus. They are cut according to the phase of the moon so bugs aren't able to
infest and ruin the sticks. The sticks also protect the fence builder from being stuck
by the thorns. This is a special skill that not many on Bonaire can master.
Question: What are the hand-made tools called that are used when building
a cactus fence? Find the answer on page 14.0

BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It's prepared by
Christie Dovale of Christie Dovale Island Tours. Contact her to
arrange a tour, Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456 or email: christie-
dovale @hotmail.com
Comments and suggestion are welcome. 0
Story & photo by Christie Dovale

Carib Fine Art

CARIB FINE ART has the pleasure of inviting you to a sale exhibition
of Caribbean paintings, metal screens and wooden sculptures.
Date: Saturday, 28th March from 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
Sunday, 29th March from 1 p.m. 5 p.m.
Address: Kaya Fidelia 1 (Antriol behind Jehova Church)

Earth Hour A Call to Awareness

In conjunction with the worldwide
Earth Hour event, Bonaire Basics,
Center for Awareness, is organizing their
first annual participation in a global effort
to raise awareness of climate change.
This year more than ever the world is
coming together on one subject: aware-
ness of climate change. And yes, we too
can become more aware.
One thing we can do to become part
of this global effort to raise awareness
is to turn off our lights for one hour,
starting at 8:30 pm on Saturday,
March 28, for Earth Hour. Earth Hour
aims to reach more than one billion peo-
ple in cities around the world, inviting
communities, businesses and govern-
ments to switch off lights to send a pow-
erful message that we care enough about
climate change to take action.
What is Climate Change?
Climate change is the long term signifi-
cant change in the patterns of average
weather that reflect abnormal variations
to the expected climate within the earth's
atmosphere and its effect on other parts
of the world. Currently we are experienc-
ing global warming, an increase in tem-
perature on earth. This has a wide range
effect all over the world. We've all no-
ticed the climate changes, even here on
Bonaire, but few of us realize that there
are things we can do that can make a dif-
ference. Environmental problems are so
complex that many people feel they can
have no effect on them. However, there
are ways we can make a difference, as
individuals together. Your participation
in Earth Hour will make a difference.
This global event shows that by working
together each of us can make a positive
impact in the fight against climate change
by reducing our carbon footprint.
80 countries and over 1,760 cities
around the world have already committed
to vote "Earth" for Earth Hour 2009 as
part of the world's first global election
between earth and global warming. Make
your commitment now. Earth Hour
2009 is turning into the greatest volun-
tary action the world has ever wit-
nessed, and your vote counts.
Committed cities include Beijing, Mos-
cow, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Helsinki,
Brussels, Mexico City and many more.
Many big landmarks are also turning off
for Earth Hour, such as Sydney Opera
House, Bangkok's Wat Arun Buddhist
Temple, New York's Empire State Build-
ing, and the world's largest constructed
building, Taipei 101, to name just a few.

Here on Bonaire we will
the event. Join Bonaire Ba
for Awareness at Kaya K
(Behind Firgos). Here's the
Doors open at 6 pm.
6.30 pm Information or
mental issues on film 90 n
8.30 lights off and lightin
dles, at which time Sabine
explain the influence of fos
Throughout the evening t
peek at other cities around
eluding a Skype conversati
Shaffran, one of Al Gore's
trained representatives.
At the closing of the evei
talist Carina Kalki will sha
Be part of this free
event. It promises to
be an enLIGHTening
experience! Remem-
ber to bring your own
candle and cup.
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Culture Month at J
ll during the month of March the
teens of Jong Bonaire are participat-
ing in a series of 16 Culture Workshops
ranging from cactus fence building to mak-
ing musical instruments. A number of the
island's grandinan (elders) who are the
culture experts are leading the workshops at
Magazina di Rei, Tras di Montana, Jong
Bonaire and other locations.
The Month of Culture has been designed to
teach the young people about the various
cultural activities and island heritage so that
they can continue passing the learning on in
the future. After the workshops are com-
plete, each teen will prepare a project for a
Culture Exposition that will be held at Jong
Bonaire the last week of March.
Theme of the culture program and for the
2010 Jong Bonaire Calendar is Treasures of
Bonaire. The treasures are threefold: Bon-
aire's cultural heritage, the grandinan who
are helping to preserve the culture and, of
course, our young people who will carry the
traditions forward.
Top winners in the cultural project will be
featured along with the "experts" on the
2010 Jong Bonaire Calendar. There will
also be cultural worksheets developed from
the projects so that the learning can be pre-
served and taught in schools and other or-
ganizations so that the Jong Bonaire Cul-
ture Preservation Program will benefit
young people and the island for years to
Topics of the cultural training and the
experts include: pan sera (bread baked in a
clay oven) taught by Jan Felida and Jenny
Christiaan; kura di yatu (cactus fence)
taught by Rodger Gijsbertha; traha kos
dushi (sweets made from coconut, pump-
kin) taught by Jenny Landskind and Eva
Koko; kas di bara (house and roof made
with sticks), taught by Bubu Beaumont;

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Simidan (harvest festival) taught by Fina
Chichi and Minhela Helmyr; supla kark6
(playing the conch horn) taught by Hubert
Mercera; yerbanan (herbs and their uses)
taught by Dinah Veeris of Curacao who has
written a book on the topic; killing a goat
and making ydrki (photo above), taught by
Toto Finies; boat building, taught by Ismael
Soliano; making karbon (charcoal) taught
by Elmer Frans, making afornu di kalki (a
furnace of coral), taught by Felipe St. Jago;
making musical instruments, taught by Jan
After the two weeks of workshops the teens
will spend a week preparing their reports
and creating displays to show what they
have learned. These will be shown during
the exposition. Culture Month will end on
3 April when the winners of
the projects are announced.
Culture Month at Jong Bon-
aire is supported in part by a
grant from SNAYDP. 0
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Guest Editorial

In this article you will learn about the
objections of a part of the local population
to the new status for the people of the BES-
islands, not about its advantages. This
article will try to sum up these objections.

A number of Bonaireans, particularly
in the last months, have been de-
manding another referendum, claiming that
the people, voting in the 2004 referendum
for Option B (Direct relations with the
Netherlands) did not receive any informa-
tion before the referendum about the exact
contents of a direct link with the Nether-
lands. This information was not available in
2004 because no final decision had been
made yet on the form of this direct connec-
tion. To establish a basis for elaboration of
exact plans the decision of the people of
Bonaire and Saba voted for a close relation-
ship with the Netherlands over becoming an
autonomous land (Option C), total inde-
pendence or keeping the status quo.
In October 2006, an agreement
(Slotverklaring) was reached between the
Netherlands and the BES islands that the
islands would be granted a status of special
municipalities (bijzondere gemeente), a
form of a public body (openbaar lichaam)
as outlined in Art. 134 of the Dutch Consti-
tution. This "Slotverklaring" was approved
by the Island Council.
I am not a lawyer but the term "public
body" is misleading because there is noth-
ing public in it. On the contrary, it means a
special entity among the municipalities of
the Netherlands. During a "Round Table
Conference" in December 2008, an agree-
ment was signed between the Netherlands
and the Kingdom's partners about the new

relations inside the Kingdom and the law
WolBES (Wet Openbare Lichamen BES-
eilanden Law on Public Bodies BES-
Islands) was approved by the government of
Bonaire and of the other two islands.
The opponents are claiming that during
another referendum many more people
would vote for Option C which got less than
a quarter of the total votes in 2004. It has
become now a political struggle of the op-
ponents against the ruling UPB party, par-
ticularly its leader, Ramonsito Booi, and
also against the representatives of the main
opposition party in the Island Council, the
ADB, because they also approved the plans
for the new status. The opponents reproach
Booi for his original promise that the people
of Bonaire, under the new status, would get
the same social benefits as the inhabitants
of the Netherlands. Following the agree-
ments, that proved not to be true. There-
fore, according to them, the promised igual-
dat" (equality) will not be reached and the
new state structure will turn the people into
second class Dutch citizens.
A movement demanding a new referen-
dum was established on Bonaire, and a dele-
gation traveled to Aruba, asking its parlia-
ment to support the efforts to organize this
referendum. It was a paradox to ask the help
from this parliament only, taking into con-
sideration that 82% of the people of Aruba
had voted for independence in 1977. The
government of Aruba, of which the parlia-
ment is an extended arm, asked the Nether-
lands several years later, without any refer-
endum (!), to give Aruba again the opportu-
nity to remain in the Kingdom. Nobody
asked the people of Aruba if they agreed
with it.

The opponents to the new status of Bon-
aire also sent letters to the United Nations
because, according to them, the new status
is in conflict with UN resolutions on the
untouchable right of self-determination of
former colonies. They call the status also an
instrument for neo-colonization of Bonaire.
Hearing about neocolonialism, I remem-
bered my stay in Montevideo, Uruguay,
in1977, where just at that time a decoloniza-
tion conference took place with many dele-
gates from African countries which had
achieved their independence in the previous
years. Once, returning to the hotel after my
daily work, I saw the door of the conference
hall open and to my enormous surprise I
heard the introduction of the next speaker, a
young delegate from Aruba. Speaking Span-
ish, he informed the conference participants
about the enormous suffering of the Aruban
people under the oppression by the former
colonial despot. His speech was followed by
addresses given by delegates from Angola
and Mozambique which had to lead a long,
armed struggle to become independent.
Years later, the Aruban speaker became a
minister in the cabinet of Aruba, a position
he has held until now.
The main apprehension of the opponents
to the new status is that some Dutch laws
(about abortion, euthanasia and same-sex
marriage), not being in accord with Chris-
tian values, may apply on our islands as
well. They are also afraid that, like in the
Netherlands, soft drugs will be freely avail-
able in the so called "coffee shops." The last
but not least objection of the opponents is
that the financial supervision of the govem-

I Holland isn't very big but Bonaire
(and Saba and Statia as well) could fit
into the Ijsselmeer with room to spare
ment of Bonaire by the CFT (financial over-
sight) is a violation of the democracy. 0
Editorial by Jiri Lausman

The next issue of The Reporter will offer
comments on the objections listed.

Jiri Lausman is a retired civil engineer, born
in Prague, living as a Dutchman the last al-
most 40 years, 18 of
them in Aruba. Before
his retirement he worked
as the manager for a
large Dutch construc-
tion company. He has
a home on Bonaire.


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Bonaire Reporter- March 27-April 10, 2009

The New Status of Bonaire and Its Opposition

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

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Pets of the Week 100th Free Sterilization Patient
-Carmen and her babies

n many
black cats and
Friday the
13th are con-
sidered signs
of bad
luck. But
here on Bon-
aire, where
life is differ-
ent, these
things turn
out to be signs
of good luck!
On Febru-
ary 12 two
very con-
cerned Bon-
aire visitors brought a small, black,
golden-eyed female cat to the Bonaire
Animal Shelter. Their concern was over
some wild dogs that had been killing cats
in the area. The two women said they
believed the cat was pregnant and did not
want her and her soon-to-arrive kittens to
be in danger. The sweet little cat, given
the name, "Carmen," was settled into a
comfortable cage at the Shelter with food
and water and was to be evaluated the
next day as to her condition.
The next morning, Friday the 13th, the
Shelter staff was greeted by Carmen and
four tiny, healthy, jet black kittens! Car-
men was trusting enough to let the staff
hold her tiny babies from the very first

Veterinary surgeon Jan Laarakker (above) welcomed his 100th free sterilization
patient courtesy of the Animal Help Foundation. There was a small celebra-
tion in Dr. Laarakker's clinic in Nikiboko. An owner brought his three dogs in to be
sterilized after having heard about the sterilization program. As the owner of the
100t dog to be sterilized he was presented with some treats for his dogs as well as
the free sterilization T-shirt. "I am happy to have done this," he said, "because now I
know that my animals will not contribute to the problems of having more animals on
the island."

The founder of Animal Help Foundation of Venezuela has devoted himself to
more than 12 years of the well-being of animals. The foundation does sterilizations
in Venezuela, Greece, Spain and the Netherlands Antilles. The organization is to-
tally made up of volunteers and aims at improving the relationship between people
and animals. A spokesperson for the foundation says, "We continue on Bonaire with
this project which has proved to work. Call 788-2949 for more information. We suc-
ceeded with this treatment in Venezuela and kept the stray population under control
and even reduced it. At present we are considering using the plan on Curaqao. If that
succeeds then we are again a step further in the right direction." See the website at
www.dierenhulp.nl. U SDVpress release

day. What a stroke of luck for Carmen
that the two tourists cared enough to re-
move her from harm's way just hours
before she gave birth.
The kittens are developing quickly and
are a source of joy for Shelter staff and
visitors. Carmen and her babies will be
ready for adoption once the kittens are
between six and eight weeks old. (Ed.
Note: The kittens will be six weeks on
Friday, this week, March 27.)
You may see Carmen, her babies and
the other animals up for adoption at the
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Mon-
day through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to
5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. U Story & photos
Uane Disko Madden




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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
3-27 1:13 1.7FT. 9:30 1.1FT. 14:07 1.2FT. 16:58 1.1FT. 90
3-28 1:56 1.8FT. 11:25 1.0FT. 93
3-29 2:49 1.8FT. 12:43 0.9FT. 92
3-30 3:49 1.9FT. 13:46 0.8FT. 88
3-31 4:53 1.9FT. 14:29 0.8FT. 81
4-01 5:57 1.9FT. 15:14 0.7FT. 71
4-02 7:00 1.9FT. 15:51 0.8FT. 62
4-03 7:59 1.9FT. 16:21 0.8FT. 57
4-04 1:11 1.2FT. 8:55 1.8FT. 16:49 0.9FT. 22:54 1.3FT. 57
4-05 3:09 1.2FT. 9:51 1.7FT. 17:14 1.0FT. 22:46 1.4FT. 63
4-07 5:54 1.1FT. 11:42 1.5FT. 17:24 1.1FT. 23:27 1.6FT. 81
4-08 7:22 1.0FT. 12:36 1.3FT. 16:59 1.2FT. 88
4-09 0:35 1.8FT. 8:49 1.0FT. 14:13 1.2FT. 15:56 1.2FT. 91
4-10 1:15 1.8FT. 10:22 0.9FT. 91
4-11 1:59 1.9FT. 11:50 0.9FT. 88

300mm) $150 Sony PC-115 Digital mini-
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Electronics FOR SALE Call 717-8876
Toshiba DVD Player $50; Sony DVD
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cord fromTV $75; Panasonic VHS Player
$25 (2); JVC VHS Player $25; JVC Dual
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microphone port, earphone port, VGA, 4 gigs
flash memory, Linux, Open Office. Great for
travel, check emails and watch movies. Used
once. $300.
Labtech computer speakers $5
Panasonic KX-FL521 Laser Plain Pa-
per FAX & COPIER. Includes 2 NEW
Drum Unit (Cost $90 ea) + 2 NEW Toner
Cartridges (Cost $30 ea) $325 Xerox
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NEW Print Cartridges (Cost $92 ea) $300

Bonaire Reporter- March 27-April 10, 2009

fieds- Are still free


Page 13

Dr. Doolittle Becomes

Dr. Do-a-lot !

L ouise Rood her last
name justifies her
strong appearance RED,
for the color of her hair.
Louise set foot on the island
for the first time in the early
80s. She took a major part in
setting up Sorobon Beach
Resort, which is still today,
-literally, the sole resort for Louise Rood
naturists. Bonaire with its unhurried and unspoiled
foundation became the ideal home for Louise. She
MI we weNre a kened by sounds is undoubtedly the pioneer of the alternative tourist
eop) outside we the rnt ers o industry on Bonaire.
ith child) of the penthouse of She is probably better known as an overall ani-
mal protector, the "Dr. Doolittle" of Bonaire. It
i started out as a helping hand for animals in need
icand grew into what is today the Bonaire Animal
h e planning to c h Shelter. But she has in some way taken a part in
e and unforgettable w to lea almost any animal care activity on Bonaire. Even
miniend Bonairc today scraps of paper notes dominate her house,
ils a, way to prmro te 1 illtng "wounded stray dog spotted at..." And animal lov-
ney spent by the tourist depart- ers of Bonaire know how to find her. She is always
le that youN would not like to followed by an "aura" of animals and her some-
thing hais to be done! what alternative lifestyle in still those early days
on Bonaire made her sometimes misunderstood.
These days she even finds time to practice yoga
mething to say? on the island and she gives yoga lessons weekly to
school kids, as she puts it, "to give something back
etter to the Ed itor to Bonaire." Even though Bonaire is still a haven
ext edition of peace and tranquility, these youngsters learn the
first steps to finding peace and balance within
u I I She's also written articles for The Bonaire Re-
Sporter, in which she puts people in the spotlight
S- who have changed and continuously improve the
Question on quality of Bonaire. These "knights" of Bonaire
Page 9 finally get what they deserve: admiration and re-
spect. This free publicity for those heroes and
heroines gave them better tools and aid, so that
help becomes easier in their battle against the
overall negatives.

We are now staying on the island for the holidays
and are enjoying her hospitality. In the 80s my
wife was working for Sorobon. She was never an
employee but raised by Louise in the spirit as her
own daughter. For this alone she gave value to my
When she comes back tired in the late hours after a
search for another animal in need, she asks me,
"Does it make a difference?" I can only answer
for myself: All these knights of Bonaire and ani-
mals that cannot express themselves verbally: You
do make a BIG difference! 0 Peter Lensvelt

Peter, now operating a villa property in Finca
AMloralejo, just outside the village ofAlozaina in
Spain, was manager ofLion's Dive (now part of
Buddy Dive) and before that the owner/operator of
the popular Raffles Restaurant and the building where
it was located which sadly has since been torn down.
Peter and his wife Nice lived on Bonaire for 13 years
before moving to Spain seven years ago. More on his

Bonaire Reporter- March 27-April 10, 2009

Page 14

RotarIly 000 Bubbles from the Biologist OMPOUNDS
RuPhoc l1ev of wre 11de r2

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On Sunday, March 22, the Rotary
Club Bonaire (RCB) held its
19th annual Car Rally with a record turn-
out of 82 autos. The start was between
Toyota and the Sporthall, with a break at
City Cafe, where you got a sandwich,
coffee and new instructions to find your
way to the finish. At the finish at Man-
gazina Di Rei was a BBQ with DJ Hun-
kly with over 250 attending.
The rally was organized by the experts:
Huub Groot, Edwin Vrieswijk, Jan Henk
van der Wier, and rally map maker
Freddy Rush from Curacao. The support
crew was the staff from Sunbelt Realty,
Akkermans Auto Supply and It Rains
The participants enjoyed driving through
the mondi and a few tricks along the way
with through parts of Bonaire they never
knew existed before. Overall winners
1st Ron Gijzen and Paul Wichers
2nd Manette Anthony and crew
3rd Dennis and Muys Cieremans
RCB thanks all those who made this
fundraiser so successful and fun. As
Rotary Club Bonaire uses these funds for
its projects in the community Breakfast
in Schools and other youth projects -
they were happy to have received so
much cooperation and raised over NAf
1.500. U SaraMatera

You Know...
that various marine organisms are the source of important
medical compounds? It's true; many of the species found out on
the reef can or have been used to create new and valuable drugs.
For example, some of you (divers especially) might be familiar
with the invasive species, Trididemnum solidum, or as it's more
commonly known, Tri-d. This ugly gray-green tunicate is notori-
ous for covering corals, sponges, and anything unlucky enough
to be found in its path. Despite its annoying growth habits Tri-d
is actually quite important; a substance derived from this species
was used as an "active ingredient" in an effective anti-tumor
medicine (Rinehart 2000). The US National Cancer Institute re-
ported that treatment with the compound caused total and partial
remission of tumors a first of its kind. Unfortunately, further
testing revealed that the compound was shown to cause cardio
toxicity and it was dropped from the study. However, scientists
were not far off from finding a cure; further research has re-
vealed that other tunicates produce similar compounds minus the
nasty results. The biodiversity of the sea is truly an amazing
thing and without a doubt it plays an important role in our sur-
vival. If a nasty gray growth can cure cancer then who knows
what else is out there! One thing remains certain; we have to
preserve our precious resources (like the reef) not only because


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pm. At the Shelter on Laiio Rd.


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. NAf10 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.

* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya In-
dustria, second Saturday of the month,
7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six
wines for $10 (NAfl7,50) per person.
Tel. 560-7539.

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
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-
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 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 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d Ree,
behind the Catholic Church intown 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. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
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 2"d 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
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors Welcome: 701-9522 for Informa-
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
or 790-8988

Bonaire Reporter- March 27-April 10, 2009


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.

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

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


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-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

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

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.

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more visitors.

Let them know about your
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The Reporter.

Placement in the guide is
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Check CARIB INN First.
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Since 1980
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To Town Kaya Gob. Debrot Hotels
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Not Just Great Pizzas!

Call ahead
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Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM

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
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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The Island Grower from Guatemala and his Garden Builder

The 43rd of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some of Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Janet, Don and Ramon in their semi open air work shop. In the back one of the
Suzuki Samurais, relaxing from a hard working life. Don 'sfive wheel custom
made wheel chair might be another nice subject for a Wheels article in the future.

Janet, Ramon and Captain Don, The Island Grower, portrayed on Friday, March
20, in front of their beloved and admired Garden Builder, a third generation Su-
zuki Samurai, almost completely home made and for sure completely converted by
the Island Grower team.

Guatemala/Bonaire -
More or less half way across the
island, on the left hand side of
the road to Lagun (Kaminda Lagun) you'll
easily spot a big blue painted rock along
with a waving permanently dive flag. The
flag and impressive rock mark the en-
trance of the original 400,000-square-
meter original plantation of Guatemala.
The official address is Kaminda Lagun
103. It is here where Captain Don and his
beloved Janet live. They bought the plan-
tation in 1980 and they grow their own
plants that landscape a substantial part of
resorts and homes on Bonaire.
Don and Janet are assisted by their reli-
able employee, Ramon Statie, born in
1971 in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
Ramon has lived on Bonaire since 1990
and has worked with Janet and Don since
1994. Ramon knows a lot about growing
plants and creating new gardens. He
knows about pumps, drip systems, tools
and he is the regular driver of this week's
vehicle, a blue and yellow colored Suzuki
Samurai, nicknamed "The Garden

It is Friday afternoon. The road to La-
gun curls over a lesser known part of the
island. Civilization stops and nature takes
over. Fewer and fewer houses, fewer and
fewer connections to the Bonairean water
and electricity supplier, the WEB. The
environment looks more and more like
how Bonaire has been in the past. When I
park my jeep in the parking lot in front of
Don and Janet's territory, Ramon already
has opened the gate to welcome me. It is
plants and trees and soil and drip systems
and shades and wind- and water-mills all
over the place. And here and there are
some Suzuki Samurais parked. Some are
old to very old and part by part given

back to earth. One of the Suzuki Samurais
is used by Janet. The vehicle is 20 years
old but still going strong. The other one is
parked somewhere else on the huge prop-
erty of Guatemala: the blue and yellow
sprayed fourth-generation Samurai. It's
the work horse used every day, nick-
named The Garden Builder, a fully
equipped four-wheel-drive Japanese jeep,
towing a fully equipped Bonairean-made
Captain Don, sitting in his chair on the
porch of the little house on the plantation,
shows me his green painted fingernail.
"Green thumb," he explains. "As they say
in Dutch, 'green fingers!' My intention is
to cover a certain part of the island with
our plants and trees. We are the "Garden
Builder." We are inventing, creating, de-
signing, drawing and installing gardens
all over this beautiful island!
Back in the days when I was the man-
ager of the Flamingo Beach Club/Hotel
Zeebad, now the Divi Flamingo, we
needed plants for our gardens around the
buildings of the hotel. There was no
grower of plants on the island so we de-
cided to grow our own. We've been doing
this for centuries now. We! This now
includes Janet, Ramon and me. And of
"The Gar-
den www.evcinbod in
is our
great me-
Don and

Samurai from Orlando from the motorcy-
cle shop in Kralendijk. With a lot of help
from Ramon they converted the vehicle
completely. With all kinds of wooden and
metal parts they created a kind of work
horse/movable workshop/rolling labora-
tory. Something special on four wheels,
carrying tools, parts, everything you can
think of you need for creating and main-
taining a garden. A real eye-catcher is the
custom made wooden work bench,
mounted on the hood of the reliable vehi-
The completely converted Samurai is in
use every day. The car is fitted with a 1.3
liter four-cylinder engine. There is a nice
gearbox with high and low gears mounted
on the chassis and the 15-inch wheels fit
nicely on the vehicle. Top speed is low
but less important on an island like Bon-
aire. Very important is the fact that the
jeep is strong enough to tow a huge
"This trailer is home made from scratch,"
says Don. "Ramon and I like to use all
kinds of found parts. In our workshop we
weld, bolt, nail and glue everything we
find together. This trailer is completely
home made. It carries all the tools we
need, all the parts to install a new drip

system, all the plants we need and even
my off-road wheel chair slips neatly be-
tween the wooden walls of our trailer!"
Don, Janet and Ramon and a few others
have created a lot of gardens on the island
in the last 30 years. In the near future
there will be a slight change of plans. Don
explains, On the 25th of June I will reach
the age of 84. Planting trees and installing
drip systems in new gardens will be a
little bit too much for me in the future.
We keep on designing, drawing, creating
plans but we will only supply the knowl-
edge, the plants and material for the new
gardens. And yes, of course we are open
to the public. We are easy to find because
of the dive flag and the blue stone marker
next to the entrance. But please, give us a
call first to make an appointment: 786 -
0956. We are more than glad to inform
you about landscaping and we really
would like to show you our plantation and
inform you about all the green, the fertil-
izing and the ecological
use of water. Please be
welcome to visit!"E
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*to find it... just look up

See Venus As Both the Evening Star and the Morning Star

On March 22nd, 23rd and 24th you'll be able to find Planets #4 and #5 in the Sky
Park using Earth's largest natural satellite -which up until October 4, 1957,
when Sputnik was launched as the first artificial satellite- was Earth's only satellite. Plus
on the 24th, 25th and 26th you may be able to see Planet #2 appear as both the morning
and evening star.
On Sunday morning, March 22, about half an hour before sunrise while it's getting a
little bit light out, face east-southeast where you should be able to see a very slim wan-
ing, that is shrinking, crescent Moon. And just slightly below and to its left, Planet #5
from the Sun, the king of the planets itself, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter, which always
looks wonderful even through a super cheap small telescope. That's because you can
watch the ever-constant ballet of its four largest natural satellites, three of which are
larger than our own satellite.
But if it's cloudy out on Sunday you can still use the Moon as a Jupiter finder on Mon-
day when an even skinnier Moon will have moved almost the same distance to the other
side of Jupiter and will be on its way to meet Planet #4, the reddish-gold 4,000-mile-
wide Mars, which will be very close to the horizon. But if you can't find Mars on Mon-
day, 24 hours later on Tuesday an even skinnier crescent Moon will be parked just
above and to the left of it.
Once again, Sunday the Moon is to the right of Jupiter, Monday to Jupiter's left and
Tuesday just above Mars. And now for the challenging part. On Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday, the 24th, 25th and 26th, if you look as far to the left of Mars as Jupiter is
to its right, extremely close to the horizon you may be able to see a very bright light for
10 minutes or so.
And that is Planet #2, 8,000-mile-wide Venus which whenever we see it just before
sunrise is called the morning star but aha! In fact this is a rare opportunity to see Planet
#2 as both the evening star and the morning star on the same day, three days in a row.
And this happens only once every eight years! But it gets even better because on those
three days you may also actually be able to see the crescent shape of Venus with the
naked eye. Remember Venus goes through phases just like our Moon but only once
every eight years do we have the chance to see it as a crescent without binoculars or a
telescope. Of course you have to have really good eyesight. Or you can try looking at it
through a pinhole in a piece of paper, which may help you see it better. U
Jack Horkheimer

ARIES: March 20th April 20th Ruler
Mars in the passive sign of Pisces may put
you in a reflective, soul searching mood;
however pushing yourself out the door
may be your best move. Your luck lies in
numbers now; meaning that friends or
groups can assist your needs. By the end of
the month the new Moon in Aries provides
an excellent opportunity to take charge of a
daunting situation!
TAURUS: April 20th May 21st Don't
dismay if even your best plans fail to pro-
duce results just now. The planets say you
need more time. You should be reviewing
your options and even your relationships,
while your ruler Venus back pedals in ret-
rograde motion. This is a good time to
meet up with old friends, yet wait till next
month to begin anything new!
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st There
couldn't be a better time to make a good
impression. Whether you're looking for a
new position or just ready to take on more
responsibility, Mars at the top of your chart
brings your leadership qualities to the fore.
Others notice your talents and appreciate
you more than ever!
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd A new
Moon in Aries can help you navigate a
difficult situation. If you feel that someone
or something has been holding you back,
you'll soon discover a way around them.
Retrograde Venus at the top of your chart
indicates your boss could be moody but it
also means you benefit from a past work
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd You
benefit most from keeping a global aware-
ness, even if it means simply keeping in
touch with others that live in far away
places. What your discover about the lives
of others can have a great effect on your
future plans. Travel is favored, so is study-
ing or taking an exam that qualifies you for
a future position. Your luck lies in being
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd
A full Moon in your sign brings relation-
ship issues to the fore. Because the Full
Moon is at odds with so many Pisces plan-
ets, it's important that you learn the art of
cooperation. If you listen carefully to what
others say, you may discover something
important about yourself. Retrograde Ve-
nus helps to patch things up, so use this
month to smooth out relations!
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd

By Jenny


Ruler Venus, retrograde in your house of
partners could uncover a secret about a
loved one. It could also bring a dispute of
some kind. Although you love peace and
harmony, it will be hard to find it now.
Knowing this, it's best you focus on things
you can do by yourself. Your relationships
will improve next month, till then pay at-
tention to your health.
SCORPIO: October 23rd November
22nd You're more than happy to roll up
your sleeves and pitch in when required,
yet sometimes you wonder if it's worth it.
This month Mars in Pisces allows you to
rack up some good karma by doing good
deeds, yet some of your efforts could go
unnoticed. The Virgo full Moon marks a
time when no good deed goes unpunished,
so don't expect to be fully appreciated!
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd De-
cember 21st Faith is one of your finer
qualities and perhaps your greatest gift to
offer others. With both Jupiter and Neptune
active in your communication sector it's
important to share your strength and hope
more than ever. Family members may de-
pend on you this month. Retrograde Venus
in your romance sector may rekindle an old
CAPRICORN: December 21st January
20th Ruler Saturn at odds with planets in
your communication sector could cause
worry, doubt and misunderstandings. Take
care to choose the right words when dis-
cussing important issues and pay attention
to details especially those involving the
law. Retrograde Venus at the bottom of
your chart favors family reunions.
AQUARIUS: January 20th February
19th Being optimism can be a good thing,
but not when it comes to money. With
Jupiter and Neptune in your sign you are
able to attract good fortune, but also capa-
ble of acting foolishly. The full Moon in
your money houses reminds you not to
count your chickens before they hatch or
that a rainy day could be just around the
PISCES: February 19th March 20th
It's finally time to get ahead. With Mars in
your sign you may push yourself, even
others more than usual. With new found
confidence and courage you dare to do
more, therefore are likely to succeed. How-
ever retrograde Venus in your money
house could cause impulsive spending try
to stick to your budget! U

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Kiri Windsurfi

T The


15th Birthday

Sunday, March
1 was the date
for the Third Annual
Kiri Cup windsurf
competition at Soro-
bon. Demenson" Kiri
" Thode, a local
windsurfing celebrity,
celebrated his 19th
birthday on February
25. There was lots of
wind and perfect con-
ditions for the races.
Thanks to all who
helped make the day
a success. Results:
Kids Free style
1st -Amado Vrieswijk
2nd-Youp Schmit
3rd-Rover Dullaart

Juniors Free style
1st-Ezri Heymans
2nd- Dylan Robles
3rd- Florian Wegerer

Men Freestyle
Ist-Demenson "Kin"
2nd -Elton "Taty"
3rd- Arthuro Payo "
Soliano 0

T he Bonaire Reporter will cele-
brate its 15th consecutive year of
publishing this year. Bor in April,
1994, its original name was Port Call.
It called itself "Bonaire's Waterfront
Newspaper," a news sheet with stories
and information geared to its cruising
yacht readers. And it was and is,
When owners, George and Laura De-
Salvo (Publisher and Editor in Chief
respectively) moved ashore from their
boat, the newspaper did too. More and
more stories of the island's happenings
started appearing the pages. Flotsam
and Jetsam was bor and has since be-
come one of the most widely read col-
umns for its latest current but succinct
news. The paper was printed on the
island at National Printing 350 copies
- distributed on the island and to the
Then with the first issue of 2000 Port
Call became The Bonaire Reporter. It
wasn't just for the yachts anymore, the
owners decided. The name should re-
flect the content and the readership.
With the April 10, 2001, issue the paper
grew to tabloid size, now printing in
Curaqao on the modern web press at
DeStaad, and increasing its printing
to 3,000 per issue!
What keeps a newspaper alive and
thriving? Its readers and, in the case of
a newspaper that's free, its loyal adver-

Story & photos by
Jessica Sint Jago

tisers. The Reporter is proud and over-
whelmed by the loyalty of its advertis-
ers over the years. When you pick up a
copy of this issue of The Reporter this
month you'll find these advertisers still
within its pages.
As The Bonaire Reporter has grown,
so has its long-time advertisers. We
raise a toast to you!
Since 1995 Rocargo Services
Since 1996 Antillean Wine Company,
Bonaire Nautico,
Since 1997 Carib Inn, Hair Affair,
Sunbelt Realty
Since 1999- DeFreewieler Scooter &
Bike Sales & Repair
Since 2000 Special Security Services
Since 2001 Net Tech, Pasa Bon Pizza
Since 2002 Green Label Garden Cen-
ter, City Shop
Since 2003 All Denture Lab, Dierenk-
liniek (Animal Hospital), Paradise Photo,
Warehouse Bonaire
Since 2004 United Colors of Benetton,
China Nobo
Since 2005 Maduro Curiels Bank
Bonaire, Professional Pest Control
Since 2006- Divi Divi Air, Caribbean
Homes, Best Buddies and Pearls
Since 2007 -Philip's Cooking and Or-
ganizing, MIO (Cell Phones & Internet)
Since 2008 -Bonaire Partners, Bonaire
Sunshine Homes, Patagonia Argentinean
Restaurant, The Island Supplier (TIS),
Top Health Bonaire.
More information will be heading your way
as our birthday approaches. U L./G.D.

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