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June 19 July3, 2009; Volume 16, Issue 13

Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6518, email: reporter()bonairenews.com
Printed every fortnight On-line every day, 24/7

Also in this issue:

New Bonaire Government pg. 2
Bonaire Dust Study pg. 7
Norca's Deli Cafe pg. 9
Law Office Opens pg. 9

New Fitness Center
Big Art, Tiny Artist
Loras Hatching
Classical Concert'
Read To Me
... and much more

pg. 10
pg. 10
pg. 11
-pg. 11
-pg. 12

Bonaire's Robbie, Lando, Gabby,
Andreina, and Carlos joined with
international talent to put on fabulous
shows during the Jazz Festival.

Since 1994

S i ADB photos Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
New Executive Coundl (BC) 2
Panedemic Dedared H1N1 3
Tai Chi 6
DustStudy 7
Swim Compettion 9
Norca's Deli Caf6 9
SLaw Office Opens 9
State of the Art Fitness Center 1C
arly this month Council- Big Art-Tiny Artist 1C
man Anthony Nicolaas- STINAPASurvey 1C
above right-d d fm te Parrot (Lora) Watch (Hatching) 11
above ght-defected from the All Bonaire Classical Concert 11

UPB (ireen), the political party
that had ruled and dominated
Bonaire's government since
1999. He declared himself inde-
pendent of the existing parties
and then sided with Senator
Jopie Abraham's (at left) ADB
party in a vote of no confidence
in the existing government.
Behind the reason for the vote
which led to the Executive
Council crisis on Bonaire was
the concern that the Bonairean
people's wishes to make Bon-
aire, St Eustatius and Saba an
integral part of Holland were not
being observed. A second reason
was a report from the General
Court of Auditors of the Nether-
lands Antilles that the granting
of long lease ground was rife
with cronyism and privilege.
The vote precipitated an up-
heaval that featured threats,
sabotage, police protection,
dueling radio show tirades and
clandestine meetings.
Abraham and Nicolaas will
join in a new ADB-led Island
Government (see box to right)
that will be focusing on two
main items: Constitutional and
social affairs, Abraham said
during a meeting on St.
The governing accord, the
Akuerdo di Pasanggrahan, be-
tween ADB and Nicolaas calls
for negotiations with the Nether-
lands "to come to equal rights
for all citizens in the broadest
sense on the basis of mutual
respect, the final result of which
will be put before the people in a

Bonaire's new Executive Council (Government Commissioners):
Frensel Janga, Nolly Oleana, Marugia Janga and Pancho Cicilia
) The controversy and election of a new government climaxed with the Island Council meeting this
Monday morning when all of the UPB party sponsored Commissioners, also known as Deputadonan
(Deputies), were replaced. The new government is based on an agreement named "The Guesthouse Ac-
cord" (Akuerdo di Pasanggrahan) signed on Friday, July 12. The leader of the Aliansa Demokratiko
Boneriano (ADB) Party, Jopie Abraham, and independent Island Council member, Anthony Nicolaas,
made the agreement to form a new government for the Island Territory of Bonaire.
Named to the Executive Council (known as the BC) by independent Anthony Nicolaas is newcomer to
government, Frensel Janga, who has worked in DEZA (Economics and Labor) from February 2004
as the head of the Department of Supervision & Control.
All three individuals named to the BC by the ADB are experienced in government:
Nolly Oleana-Island Council member and top administrator in the SGB High School esteemed by the
teaching staff and students.
Drs. Marugia Janga-Island Council member and former member of the Health Department
Pancho Cecilia- Respected former head of the NGO Platform and champion of Bonaire traditions.

0 Bonaire's breeding sea-
son is in full swing on land and
at sea. Many species of birds are
nesting and the first chicks have
already taken to the air. Bon-
aire's endangered Loras are
brooding their eggs now (see
story on page 11.)
And sea turtles are laying eggs
on Klein Bonaire, There cur-
rently nine known nests, the
first one was discovered on May

1 Life in prison was again
demanded in the appeal for
Ryan Pietersz (27) in the kid-
napping, robbing, and killing of
Marlies van der Kouwe, whose
body was found near Amboina.
Appeal sentencing is scheduled
for June 25.

) Karst Tates, the man who
smashed his car into a monu-
ment in Apeldoorn on Queen's
Day, not far from an open-top
bus carrying the Dutch royal
family, was genuinely target-
ing the royals.
Policewoman Sharon Koenders
was one of the first officers at
the scene of the crash on 30
April. In an interview for
the police magazine Blauw, she
said: "I had climbed into the
back seat of the car and held the
driver's head. "He was in bad
shape, but still conscious. You
could hear him coughing up
blood as he spoke. We asked
him if he meant to hit the royal
family and he confirmed this.
My partner and I looked at each
other to make sure we had both

heard him. It was a real attack
alright." Eight people died in the
incident, including Tates.

- A survey conducted by Ra-
dio Netherlands Worldwide in-
dicates a majority of Dutch
people living abroad are
ashamed of their compatriots
on holiday. More than 1,100
Dutch expatriates were ques-
tioned and the results of the sur-
vey put the Dutch in second
place after the Russians in the
top 10 of rude tourists.
Complaints about holiday-
makers from the Netherlands
included "being too noisy," "not
wearing enough clothes,"
"haggling over prices",
"wearing sandals with socks"
(Continued on page 3)

Letters (Jazz Concert Captain Don
Visit, Searching) 1:
Read To Me 1
CIEE Lectures 1:
Going Backto 1999 1'

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam ;
On the Island Since (Soeur Swinda) 4
Bubbles-Did You Know (Larvae) 6
Bonairean Voices (Bon Business2) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 8
Bon Quiz #9- French Cotton 9
Sudoku Solution 1;
Reporter Masthead 1;
Picture Yourself (Cuba) 1
Classifieds 1
Tide Table 1
Pet of the Week(Dorothy) 1
BonQuiz Answer 1(
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 11
Bonaire On Wheels (Vespa) 18
Body Talk ( Introduction) 18
Sky Park (Summer Solsice) 19
The Stars Have It(Astrology) 1!
Fifth Jazz Concert 2(

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from
page 2)
and "lying about robberies in
order to get money from holiday
More than a quarter of expatri-
ates purposefully avoid Dutch

0 On Friday the 22nd and Sat-
urday the 23rd of May a group of
25 Dutch Marines based on
Curacao came over to lend
Bonaire's Stichting Project a
hand. The Marines took the ini-
tiative to come to Bonaire for the
long weekend and spend two
whole days doing many much
needed chores at Stichting Pro-
The building got completely
painted on the inside and also the

garden was cleaned. Also at "De
Bonaireaan," Stichting Project's
teaching restaurant, a lot of
painting and cleaning up took
place. This is a fresh start, and
also in preparation of the new
students coming in August this is
a huge help.
Many thanks to these young ma-
rines and their great effort!

0 Dutch Royal Airlines-
KLM has asked its pilots and
cabin crew to help out in per-
forming other jobs during the
summer peak period so that
spending on temporary staff
can be cut. Pilots were asked to
deal with baggage and to man the
gates and lounges at Schiphol
Amsterdam Airport on a volun-
tary basis. A spokeswoman for
KLM said the reactions had been
positive. "People feel involved
and they like the idea," she said.
Will this measure apply to Bon-
aire's Flamingo Airport?

1 On Tuesday 9 June Emily
Jongh-Elhage, the Minister-
president of the Netherlands
Antilles, met with some mem-
bers of Congress in Washing-
ton, DC. She had lunch with the
President of the Caribbean
Caucus" representative of the
state New Jersey, Mr. Donald
Payne, and Representatives Nick
Rahal of West Virginia, Gregory
Meeks of New York, and Burton
of Indiana, Donna Christensen of
the Virgin Islands and Dianne
Watson of California. The con-

Our Prime Minister with congres-
sional member Dianne Watson

gressional members got explana-
tion about the political process
underway in the Netherlands

0 Welcome to new Reporter
columnist, Stephanie Bennett.
Her column, "Body Talk," is
about health and dispels a num-
ber of long standing myths about
things we thought were good for
us. As she says, "Diet is the
Cause, Diet is the Cure."
Stephanie, born in Cape Town,
South Africa, studied herbs, min-
erals and nutrition there and in
the UK. In Bonaire she's re-
searching health issues that par-
ticularly affect people on Bonaire
and on other Caribbean islands.
She and her husband have Har-
mony House, the Herb and Min-
eral Center on the island.

(Continued on page 8)

World "very dose" to HINI pandemic
A sp4le in the number ol H1N Ilunfza cases In Australa may push l e
Wort Healh Organzallon to declare a Pnase 6 pandemic Intlca ing the
virus has become tlaMIshad outside i t North American area of origin
Conrmalnecases ofinftloue A(HftmY) O_ Under100 0 Number of
Canada Over 100 deaths among
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> Last Thursday the UN's World Health Organization
(WHO) made its first pandemic announcement since 1968, ad-
vising governments to prepare for a long-term battle against an
unstoppable new flu virus. Arrival of the H1Nlvirus is only a
matter of time for Bonaire which has daily contacts with the rest of
the world. The Netherlands Antilles and Bonaire governments are
keeping a close eye on the situation and the islands all have a small
supply of a generalized vaccine on hand.
The (Werkgroep Infectieziekten Bonaire WIZB) is a special task
group that will track any flu infections that appear on Bonaire.
Symptoms of the flu usually develop within seven days of contact
with the virus. They include sore throat, body aches, runny nose and
diarrhea. If you feel you've got the flu get to a doctor or if that's
not possible or after office hours call the free number 912.
Based on past experience, this world-wide epidemic will be with us
for some months, if not years, to come," said WHO Director-
General Dr. Margaret Chan to Reuters.
People ages 30-50, pregnant women or people suffering from
chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes or obesity are at highest
risk, Chan told a news conference.
There are now nearly 30,000 confirmed infections worldwide in
74 countries, including 145 deaths.
Presently, the virus is relatively mild, but has potential to mutate to a
more dangerous strain as did the H1N1 flu virus that claimed 40
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days, but after the tanker he
worked on was nearly bombed in
1945, my mom told him to come
home. They bought a truck and
picked up deliveries at the pier
which they brought to the shops.
Then they bought a machine to
make concrete bricks. After
awhile the business started do-
ing well.

I went to school and after I'd
finished the seventh and last-
grade I came home with very
good grades. When I showed
them to my grandma she said,
'So... you can read and write and
you know your math and you
speak Dutch, English, Spanish
and Papiamentu. Now it's time
for you to learn how to do the
laundry, to clean and iron and
cook.' My mom took my
grandma's advice and...I stayed
at home like a decent girl, and
that's why I'm still a good cook!
Ha! Ha!
In those days the grandmother
was in charge because the men
were at sea, and when a girl got
married she and her children
stayed at her mother's. My

grandma was a baker and her
oven ran on wood. She would

was put to work in the laundry
room and I did well. The nuns

take me to the kunuku to look for liked me; I did laundry and I
wood, then she'd make a bundle learned how to sew and I helped
and put it on my head to carry. It at the orphanage, 'Maria Maza-
was heavy and I would complain, relo.' It was beautiful, I loved it.
'Grandma, it's way too heavy, I felt so lucky being able to do
my neck hurts.' and she would all these different things. At
tell me, 'That's how you will home they'd taught me how to

become a strong woman.'

pray and to sing, and while I

"And... that makes me so happy, because
I see progress and development. Our work
hasn't come to a standstill we're very
much alive and kicking and we make
things happen!"

I stayed with my mom until I
was 24. Then I felt that life had
become really boring. My mom
was also a baker and I was deliv-
ering bread. I worked in my par-
ents' business, I was taking care
of my two grandmothers and I
was looking after all the children
of my siblings. Everyone was
making good money, but I wasn't
getting any salary, in spite of the
fact that I worked really hard. So,
I decided, that's it.
A friend of mine found me a
job at the hospital in Playa. In
those days the nuns ran the hos-
pital and the old people's home. I

was working with the nuns I got
the feeling to become a nun. So I
told the sisters how I felt and
they said, 'No problem.'
Then I had to make a choice. I
had quite a few admirers who
wanted to marry me, but I also
had a strong feeling for religious
life and to make myself useful to
others. We had a great devotion
for Maria, the holy power, so I
went to the chapel and kneeled
down in front of her statue and I
told her that I was about to make
a very important decision in my
life. After praying and sharing
my thoughts with her I knew I

wanted to become a nun.
Then I left for Curacao to get to
know religious life at the Alverna
convent. I stayed there for one
year and June 6th, 1967, I went to
Holland to become a novitiate.
During that period of time I was
also allowed to follow a profes-
sional training in taking care of
the elderly. I got my diploma
within two years. It was a mira-
cle! Someone from Bonaire
who'd only gone to school until
the seventh grade!
In Holland I started working
with the elderly as a professional

and I stayed there for almost four
years. I learned so many things in
those years, not only about my
job but especially about what it
means to be a nun. Then one day
I told myself, 'I'm ready to go
back to Bonaire, to pursue my
profession and to work hard.'
Back on my island I started
working at the home for the eld-
erly, Kas di Sosiego. I was
'Soeur Swinda' and I was al-
lowed to work in my plain
clothes. During those first years I
went back and forth to Curaqao
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Born on Bonaire
(Continued from page 4)
and Holland where I studied geri-
atrics. Later on I took higher
management courses until I had
the right papers to become the
director of a home for the eld-
erly. Then the congregation sent
me to a psychologist who con-
firmed that I had the right skills
to become such, so, on Bonaire, I
became the director of Kas di
It was the best time of my life.
I felt so happy and lucky that I
could dedicate myself to my own
people. We offered a profes-
sional education to the boys and
girls who were already working
for us, and the girls who had
graduated from domestic science
school and MAVO were also
offered professional education.
Because the hospital and the
home for the elderly were (and
still are) part of the same
Mariadal Foundation, many of
them became certified nurses. I
was the director of the home for
the elderly and Sister Crispina
was the director of the hospital.
Ourjobs were separate, but when
it came to education we were
one. That's also how we started
providing home care."
Sister Swinda is unstoppable;
she has a tremendous drive and a
lust for life and a great love for
people- all people. She's tough
and sweet and to the point, with
a great sense ofhumor, very
down to earth and a dreamer

who makes her dreams come
"Well, 12 years ago I stopped
with everything I was doing and
set up a daycare for the elderly,
Ka'i Mimina (the house of
Mimina). 'Mimina' comes from
my mom's name, 'Wilhelmina,'
because my parents had put this
house in my name. But, as a nun,
I can't have possessions so I
asked my congregation if I could
have it and after they'd agreed, it
was my wish to give the house to
the Mariadal Foundation and to
use it for the elderly. It's going to
be 10 years in October.
Nowadays Kas di Sosiego is a
nursing home and here at Ka'i
Mimina we provide daycare for
the elderly, but healthy elderly
people can't live here. So, up
until now there was no home for
the elderly on Bonaire, but...
that's going to change. Starting
July this year, we will have room
for 12 people to live in Ka'i
Mimina people who have no-
where else to go. And... that
makes me so happy, because I
see progress and development.
Our work hasn't come to a stand-
still we're very much alive and
kicking and we make things hap-
pen!" She laughs.
"Some time ago I had to go to
Holland because I had some
heart problems and as I am dia-
betic they took it seriously. The
congregation offered me a beau-
tiful apartment in this ultra mod-
em building in the south of Hol-

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Magnificent Ladies: Soeur Crispina, who was the director of the hospital, Soeur Swinda and Soeur
Virginia Bernabela, who is (still) taking care of thepoor people on the island.

land to retire, but I told them,
'Thanks so much, I'm happy you
offered it to me, but I'm not
ready yet. I'm busy with a new
Look around and see how
green it is here. Not only because
I love plants but also because I'm
trying to understand things. A
country or an island which can-
not grow its own food has no
culture; that's how I see it.
A long time ago we started to
make people conscious of the
fact that they could grow their
own vegetables and fruits. I went
from door to door through all the
neighborhoods to talk to the peo-
ple and it was a great success.

Don't listen to people who say
'your water is too salty and
there's too much sun.' Do it and
work hard. Now we have a
kunuku and we turned it into a
foundation and I had a man from
Haiti come over to run the place.
We built a wooden house on it
and we're taking the elderly peo-
ple there and we invite young-
sters from high school to come
and help us and talk to the eld-
erly and bond with them. We're
eating what we're growing and
we're selling it well. The kunuku
is my latest project and I won't
stop until it is what I want it to

What I've learned in life is that
love for others starts at home
when you're a child. To love
others you don't learn at school
or in church. And if you love
others then you have God in your
heart. My heart is full of joy
when I think about my life, how
it started when I was little, and
everything that happened up until
now." 0
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A number of Bon-
aire's residents
are practicing Tai Chi al-
ready, none more so than
Ron Sewell who lives in
Belnem and who had to
seek out a new way of ex-
ercising after receiving a
severe physical and neuro-
logical disability over 15
years ago.

Having seen Ron practicing daily over the
last five years while he has been a full time
resident, others have asked him if they too
might learn this ancient art.
As he is a qualified instructor, he has fol-
lowed the Tai Chi tradition of passing on his
knowledge free of charge to selected students.
Certificates have been handed out to stu-
dents who have learnt the first three parts of
the Yang style exercise form that Ron teaches.
This has taken some of them from Beginner to
Advanced level, while others are continuing to
study higher levels of this mental and physical
exercise method.
Ron's training has received accolades from
many students who have benefited from im-
proved posture, better health and increased
knowledge about their own capabilities.
One of Bonaire's leading physical therapists
even recommends patients take up Tai Chi
rather than other high impact exercises, where
the individuals have had a physical limitation.
Tai Chi is probably the leading mind/body
exercise activity linking ultra low impact
physical activity with excellent mental exer-
Recent studies show that Tai Chi can pro-

Bubbles from the

vide much the same cardiovascular benefit as
moderate impact aerobics, whilst it is gener-
ally accepted that the mental exercise helps to
stave off natural dementia.
The fact that the exercises of Tai Chi do not
speed up heart rates changes the way medicine
looks at cardio vascular physical therapies. A
study from the Journal of American Geriatrics
reported by Reuters found that Tai Chi low-
ered high blood pressure in older adults even
more than regular aerobics.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Balti-
more, Maryland, reported that these findings
"suggest that exercise intensity may be less
important than other factors" when it comes to
lowering high blood pressure.
Tai Chi is a series of postures that flow into
one another through connecting transition
moves. These slow, graceful and precise body
movements are said to improve body aware-
ness and enhance strength and coordination.
This exercise form becomes a way of life
and can be practiced by the individual in the
small spaces in and around their homes with-
out any special training clothing or equipment.
Anybody wanting to study, practice or en-
quire about Tai Chi can contact Ron on his
email address of ron.sewell@diamond-
waters.com f Story & photo by Ron.Sewell

Did You Know...Many fish
and aquatic species are very selective
in terms of finding a suitable habi-

Intuitively, this makes sense consid-
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float off into the open ocean currents
for days or even weeks or months be-
fore they find a suitable habitat. They
do this to avoid predation and also to
feed on smaller plankton that are also
floating in the ocean currents. They
continue to do this until they are ready
to move to another habitat, which is
usually a sea grass bed, before eventu-
ally moving to a reef. The way in
which they determine whether a habitat
is suitable or not is very complex and
depends on a number of factors.

Some organisms such as oysters are so
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thing that
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As we drive around the island we
can still see some of the Bonairean
businesses that started many years ago.
Something like this grocery shop on
Kaya Avelino Cecilia #11 in Nikiboko,
called Ons Hoekje, meaning "Our Corner
or Nuestro Rinconcito in Spanish.
The late Mrs. Cleotilda Rosaria started
the business in the 50s from a small win-
dow in her own house, selling basic needs
to her neighbors. Her daughter, Mrs. Filo-
mena "Mena" Abdul-Janga (61), tells us
how was it back then.
"My mother didn't have an outside job.
She was a clothes stylist and sold her gro-
ceries at home to maintain her family. She
didn't have any other income. Her hus-
band died in the Second World War in
1945 when he was on an oil ship near the
coast of Aruba and his ship had been tor-
pedo by a German ship. So she had to
raise my eldest brother, Albert "Ali" Ro-
saria, all by herself. And in 1947 she gave
birth to me.
Business continued through that small
window until 1963 when we built an an-
nex to the house and called it Ons Hoekje.
My brother Ali chose the name.
In 1979 my mother died and my brother
Ali and his wife Glenda Rosaria took over
the business. In 1993 my brother got
really sick and I took over the business.
Unfortunately my brother didn't recover.
His health got worse and some years later
he died.
As in every business you might encoun-
ter many ups and downs because of the
world crises in the years 2000, but in the
year 2009 we still exist. We like the tradi-
tion of the neighborhoods who keep their
grocery shops alive. We like the ambience
of the hang outs, and in this way we keep
in contact with the people of the neighbor-

I was born and raised in this house. This
brings sweet memories of the past and
reminds me about my childhood. I'm mo-
tivated to continue with this shop by my
friends whom I meet every day. One thing
I really want is to keep is the tradition of
my parents. I was raised in a business
family. My father, Yuchi Schermer, was a
businessman. He owned a grocery shop in
Antriol and my mother had her own shop
here at her house. As you can see we had
hard times to continue with this business.
First my mother died, then my brother,
then confronting all the world crises
through the years."
It's not completely clear what will hap-
pen with this kind of grocery shop in the
future. But one thing is that we should
fight for better times and that our tradi-
tions and culture shouldn't be swept away
with the current rash of development. We
have many supermarkets today, but we
have to continue. As Filomena's husband,
Ivan Abdul, said, "Perseverance, patience
and knowing how to work with your cli-
ents is very important in a business. But
the most important virtue is persever-
It's interesting how Mena and Ivan tell
their story. Ivan has a full time job at Ak-
kerman Auto Supplies and Mena is a
housewife but works in the shop from 9
am to 2 pm and from 5 to 8 pm. They
have Wednesdays and Sundays off. And
after 8 pm her husband Ivan continues
with the business. It's amazing how they
can keep up a tradition for more than 50
years. U
Story & photo by
Siomara E. Albertus
Send your com-
ments to The Bonaire
Reporter, P.O. Box
407, Bonaire, or
email reporter

T he KibraHacha Foundation, in
cooperation with DROB and
LVV, have researched problems with
dust on Bonaire. For three months
two students from Wageningen Uni-
versity have measured weekly
amounts of dust around people's
houses and they have conducted inter-
views to find out where the dust is
from, what trouble it causes and how
that can be solved.
People have been complaining about
dust a lot. About 2/3 of the popula-
tion has reported problems with C
dust. These are problems that range
from annoyances such as cleaning the
house and malfunctioning electrical appli-
ances to major health concerns such as res-
piratory diseases and eye infections.
The research has not only uncovered that
large amounts of dust are suspended in the
air every day but also that this is mostly
because of human activity, especially by
traffic on unpaved roads and by the stone
crushing industry. Worryingly, with traffic
increasing on Bonaire and demand for
building supplies growing, one can only
expect more trouble with dust in the future
if these problems are not dealt with.
At the moment the dust samples are being

leaning the dust collectors. Truck provided
courtesy of Budget Rent a Car

analyzed in a laboratory. The students are
writing the final report of their findings.
This report will be ready after August, but
preliminary recommendations include pav-
ing more roads within resi-
dential areas and moving
industry to better suitable
locations. *
One thing is sure, Bonaire
should be the island known
for its bon air! U Jan Jaap i
van Almenkerk / Wagenin-
gen University students





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(Bordering the parking lot)
Tel. 717-5890
Open M-F 8:30-12, 2-6 pm,
Sat. 9-12

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Flotsam and jetsam (Continued from
page 3)

D Rotary Club Bonaire held its
yearly turnover of board mem-
bers on May 30th. New 2009-
2010 Board consists of:
President Huub Groot, Treasurer
Corine van der Hout, Secretary
Edwin Vrieswijk, Vice President
and Incoming president for years
2010-2011 Pieter Groenendal.
(see above photo)
The motto for the new year is
"Back to the Barios." President
Huub gave his inspiring inaugural
speech to 40 + attending members
and guests: "It is clear what Rotary
stands for Service above Self and
to be involved in our communi-
ties. Together as one team with
our resources, tools and wisdom
we can serve the community where
we live and work by looking
around for simple solutions
whereby we make somebody's life
happier and better."
After his speech all present wel-
comed president Huub and his new
board with warm applause and
pledged their full support; Rotary
Club Bonaire will be present this
year in in the community and in all
barios. (Rotary press release)

D Congratulations to our very
much appreciated advertisers:
Green Label, Bonaire Nautico
Marina and De Freewieler. All of
these fine businesses are celebrat-
ing their 10th anniversary this year.
Green Label started in February,
1999. Bonaire Nautico and De
Freewieler in April 1999.
Congratulations and keep up the
good work! Bonaire loves you, as
does The Reporter!

D Do you enjoy reading The
Reporter? You can help The Re-
porter keep doing its job by en-
couraging the store and restau-
rants that you frequent to adver-
tise in its pages.
When you visit them say, "The
Reporter sent me." If they are not
advertisers let them know they will
get even more business by plac-
ing an ad in The Reporter.

D WEB, Bonaire's power com-
pany, is installing more than 100
bird-collision-preventer reflec-
tors 30 meters apart on the ca-
bles running alongside Kaya R.
Statius van Eps, the road from
Sorobon to Belnem. The reflec-
tors will help avoid occasional
deaths when flamingoes and other
birds hit the high-tension wires.
STINAPA applauded the measure
but would prefer cables be buried
and additional measures taken to
prevent deaths from wind genera-
tors and mast guy wires.

Papa Comes School students with Director Donny Wout and
teacher Barbara Huveneers: Adriaan Arends, Dahymerick Cas-
per, Quiona Winklaar, AymeedAyubi, Christaelle-Ann Winklaar,
Abisai Pietersz, Izha Silberie and Ilianthe Frans
The Director of the Papa Comes School, Donny Wout, is
proud to announce that the school has received the following
gifts from Holland: 10 computers, books, teaching CD-ROMs,
and materials to help children learn Dutch.
The people who are responsible for this very generous gift are Ray-
mond Huylkema, his wife Denise and their son, Jelle (11). Ray-
mond is a fiscal specialist in the tax office who came to Bonaire on a
regular basis to give technical assistance. During the periods they
were here Jelle attended school at Papa Comes and his mother, De-
nise, was a voluntary teacher. Each time they arrived in Bonaire
they came with an extra suitcase with gifts for our children. In this
case they acted as an intermediary for the schools in Holland who
donated these important materials.
A number of persons were instrumental in getting these valuable
teaching aids to Bonaire. Thank you to the Dutch companies, I.F.C.
and Gasel, especially Jan van Groenewoud, and Rocargo, Bon-
aire Papa Comes teacher Barbara Huveneers is one of the pillars
of the school organization and was the contact for the school via
telephone and email. 0 L.D.

Two years of Inflation for Bonaire

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) Over the past two years Bonaire has experienced an infla-
tion in prices of 6.9%. According to the Central Bureau of Statis-
tics, (CBS) inflation has reached its highest level since September
1982, then inflation was 7.1% CBS predicts that prices will increase
less quickly in the coming months.


Past Bonaire Reporter Art
Editor and photojournalist
Wilna Groenenboom will be on
Bonaire next month to promote
her new photo book, Document

Bonaire. The 144
-page book fea-
tures an introduc-
tion by Governor
Glenn Thod6 and
will be formally
introduced on July
6 at Antillean
House in The

> And fi-
nally, a Happy
Father's Day to
all you dads
among our read-
ers. 0 G./L.D.

S Last
week the stu-
dents of
the Horeca
(food and
section in-
vited spon-
sors, teachers,
and people of
interest to
FORMA such
as Commis-
sioner Maritza
Silberie and
staff to enjoy
a dinner
cooked and
served by the
themselves at Chez Nous. The students had spent three weeks in the
Emilio Romagna area of Italy in March as part of a student exchange
and have had training in the culinary section of the SGB (high
school) under the direction of instructors Liz Rijna, Vernon Martijn,
Ezzy Semeleer and Soraida Mensch6.
The meal was professionally prepared and served. Students in
this program are from 16 to 24 years old and most of them have two
or more children themselves so the opportunity to travel and learn
cuisine, Italian style, was a particularly rare treat. Students shown
with Ezzy Semeleer and Liz Rijna: Migaila Winklaar, Mirchonella
Winklaar, Nathaly Adamus, Sharily Nicolaas, Stellinda Engelhart,
Joey van de Ree, Rosa Marchena and Gloria Lont. 0 L.D.


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To solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers 1
through 9 to the partially
filled in puzzle without
repeating a number in any
row, column or 3 x 3 re-
gion. Answer on page
12. Supplied by Molly

Bonaire Reporter- June 19-July 5, 2009

Page 8

A t long last Norca's
followers will be
happy to know that her Deli
Caf6 is open at La Terraza.
That's the spot upstairs from .
the Botika Bonaire on the
Kaya Grandi. Norca is well
known for her culinary arts,
as a caterer and from when
she ran the restaurant at The
Windsurfing Place at Lac
Bay. Norca's cozy but
breezy spot lets you get
away from all the noise and
ruckus of Kaya Grandi
where you may choose from
her specialties like arepas,
empanadas, salads, postili-
tos, coffees, teas, fresh fruit
juices, beer, wine and alco-
holic drinks. She offers Aleta's Goat Cheese Salad or a Thai Shrimp Salad.
"Everything, Norca says," is fresh and healthy!" Every day there's a special lunch at
NA1f2,50, and you may call ahead to order for takeout.
Breakfasts are a specialty too. Try the Venezuelan breakfast: "Bananas, French
toast croissant with walnuts and honey syrup."
Norca's is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, Saturdays from 9
am to 6 pm. On Saturday afternoons there's a happy hour. Telephone 717-4376 or
786-9253. Email Kushinart(@gmail.com. If you get on her phone text message list
she will send you her daily specials. HL.D.

SBonA Quzl #9 Test your knowledge of Bonaire

Calotropisprocera or Katunb6m or French Cotton
T his plant thrives in open spaces where the original vegetation has been
chopped down, for example on construction sites that have been bulldozed,
or 'cleaned,' as the locals call a piece of land ripe for construction. The milky sub-
stance which appears when a leaf or branch is snapped off is not poisonous.
Have you ever seen the Monarch butterfly caterpillar? This insect is one of few
creatures that eat the leaf of the 'French cotton.' The seeds are enlarged puffy pods,
that when popped, are covered with silky fluff that are dispersed by the wind.
And now the question: What were the French cotton
leaves used to cure?
Find the answer on page 16.
BonQuiz appears regularly in The Reporter. It's prepared by
Christie Dovale of Christie Dovale Island Tours. Contact her to ar-
range a tour, Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456 or email: christie-
dovale@hotmail.com. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

Participants and results of the Bonaire Bar-
racuda's 2nd Annual Open water Swim
Competition at Regatta House on Sunday, June
14, were not available at press time. The photo at
right is the start of the 2.5 and 5 kilometer race.
Look for it in the next edition of The Reporter.

Law Office

T h e l e g a l f i r m . . .
of VanEps
Kunneman Van-
Doorne celebrated
the official opening
of its Bonaire of-
fice on Wednesday,
June 3rd in the
Bonaire Business
Centre on Kaya
Gobernador N.
Debrot. The office
in the Bonaire
Business Centre is j Rendering of new office is on the screen
temporary until
their own office building further down the road (the original AMFO office) is fin-
ished next year. With the opening of this new office on Bonaire the firm, which is
associated with VanDoorne on Curaqao and Aruba, can now be ranked among the
biggest law firms in the Caribbean.
Managing partner Frank Kunneman began his speech in Papiamentu by welcoming
the guests who had not only come from Bonaire, but also from Curaqao and Amster-
dam. The firm is looking forward to rendering advanced local, intra-insular and inter-
national legal services now and in the future Dutch BES 'municipalities.' In these
exciting times of change they see the need to respect Bonaire's culture and they want
to play a part in expected economic and social progress. U Johannetta Gordijn

Kaya industria 24, Kralendijk, Bonaire
tel: (+599) 717- 8700 www.warehousebonaire.con

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T he effectiveness of the
STINAPA communication cam-
paign, Nos Ta Biba Di Naturalesa, will
be evaluated by a survey conducted by
the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
At the beginning of 2007, STINAPA
Bonaire (the island's National Parks
Administrator) started a communica-
tion campaign called Nos Ta Biba Di
Naturalesa. This is a long term cam-
paign focused on Bonaireans 18 years
and older. Its objective of this cam-
paign is to make people aware that the
conservation of the island's environ-
ment, its nature, is important in their
daily lives. Before the campaign started
a survey evaluating that awareness was
conducted. Now, 21/2 years later,
STINAPA has requested a follow-up
survey to assess the current situation to
measure the impact of the campaign.
The main point of the survey is: to
which extent does nature, directly or
indirectly, influence your daily life? A
total of 250 people on Bonaire will be
Bonaire's main income is from tour-
ism. One reason, perhaps the most sig-
nificant, that tourists visit Bonaire is
because its environment is closer to
nature than where they live. One of
STINAPA's jobs is to preserve and
protect the island's environment. Hav-
ing islanders aware of nature's impor-
tance to their livelihood will aid
STINAPA, protect the island's income
and make Bonaire a better place to live.
The CBS ask all to cooperate in this
survey. If CBS interviewers request to
interview you about your opinions and
situation concerning nature and envi-
ronment please give them your support.
For more information you can call CBS
at 717 8676. U Press release/G.D.


t's a beauty! Drop in and see for
yourself. Bon Bida Spa & Gym,
the largest, most elegant state-of-the-art
gym on Bonaire, had an open house last
weekend. Bon Bida is in the attractive
blue building with red tile roof and
tower on Kaya Gob. Debrot, across
from Sand Dollar Resort.
You may participate in group classes
or work out on machines or both. One
of the professional instructors works
with you, on an individual basis, giving
you a program which is recorded on an
electronic key. You plug this key into
the machines and you're told exactly
what to do and for how long. It's like
having a personal trainer at your side.
Yourhi perog ram is udate a you pro- Michiel Verhoef slots his electronic key
Your program is updated as you pro-
gress. In the round tower room you
may take group courses: Body Toning,
Mental Balance, Special-Back, Pilates,
Body-Power and Tai-Bo.
The spa is spacious and airy, a very
pleasant place indeed to work out.
There are dressing rooms and over-
sized showers and a soon-to-be-open
sauna. And it's all for NAf 150/month,
plus a one-time NAf 100 enrollment
and evaluation.
The Antillean owners are drs. Michiel
Verhoef (BSc Fysicaltherapy, MSc.
Orothpedic manual therapy) and Tina
Woodley, former European champion Tina Woodley explains the machines
body building and professional fitness instructor (and sister of Joe Woodley of the former
Joe's Gym). For more information call 717-7224 or 786-3246. U L.D.

Klein Bonaire by Winfred Daania

Marian Walthie photo W 1 S
ne of Bonaire's most beloved artists,
sculptor Josephine Ebing, recently
concluded a successful exhibition on Kaya
Gob. N. Debrot. She sold several of her
pieces including the masterpiece shown in
this photo. She plans to return in Novem-
ber, 2009, with new and inspiring artwork.
U Marian Walthie

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Page 10

0 oud applause and standing ovations were common at the Musika Klassiko di
L. Boneiru Concert last Saturday at the Plaza's Cacique hall. An unexpectedly
large audience of about 130 people enjoyed an eclectic program of European and Antil-
lean classical music performed exquisitely by local musicians and singers. Performers
included (in order of appearance): Hans Odin Fassen, Grep Linkels, Linda Anthony, Eric
van Silfout, Nancy Vrieswijk, Helma Janssen, Radiwant Gonesh (17), and the Gebby
LORAS HATCHING Saleh Quartet. The next concert will be in September. 0 L./G.D.

A lot has hap-
pened since the
last Parrotwatch
(Lorawatch). For
many nests, the
month-long egg incu-
bation period is over
and our little pink
chicks are starting to
hatch. The eggs will
hatch roughly two or
three days apart, and
for the first two
weeks there is a clear J1
difference in the size
of each chick as they Linda Anthony's superb vocals were ac- Helma Janssen and daughter Nancy
grow so quickly. The Actual in nest camera photo- tiny chick circled companied by Eric van Silfout's violin. Vrieswijk played quartermain piano.
first one to hatch has

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Dear Editor:
Yesterday I hap-
pened to read an
on line version
of The Bonaire
Reporter March
21-April 4: vol-
ume 15, issue 6,
2008. I was
shocked to see
the article on
page 11 "Burned
Out and Homeless" about Tina Wilmans.
We have since long lost touch but I was
wondering if you could tell me where she
lives now or if she has an email address.
In the article it said that all her photo-
graph albums were gone. I have some
copies of pictures when she lived here in
I have lost touch with Tina Wilmans years
ago, but I was wondering if you could
help me find her so I can send these pic-
tures to her, hoping that she has found a
place of her own by now.
Can you please forward any responses
you get from this letter to me?
Contact reporteriAibonairenews.com if you can
assist the writer of this letter.

Dear Editor:
The clear sky and the light of the moon,
Fort Oranje on the 4th of was colored by
the distinctive tones and performance
techniques of music and poetry.
The Gebby Saleh Kwartet, the Bonairean-
born pianist's group, brought the audience
traditional Antillean music. The second
set we enjoyed that night was Cabaco
Trio, with Canto, Bajo and Conga. We
took pleasure listening to Andreina Mar-

MCfor the Jazz Festival, Merietza

cano's amazing and inspiring voice per-
forming Antillean, Afro Cuban, Ameri-
can, Brazilian and Latin Jazz music. Their
music has been a main attraction on the
island of Bonaire.
As the MC for the Jazz Festival, Merietza
Groot-Haakmat, said that night, "They
took us in a trip around the world, from
the Caribbean, to the USA, to Brazil, to
the Latin countries and back to the Antil-
Then Denise Jannah, born in Surinam
who lived in Holland with her family,
who earned a degree as a vocal educator,
brought us back and forth, to the past and
present with her sweet chocolate voice
recalling the memories of poets and po-
etry in song. We listened to poetry sung in
different languages, Dutch, English,
Papiamento, African and Surinamese. She
included selections from our famous An-
tillean Poet, Ellis Juliana.
Thanks Bonaire Jazz Foundation. Thanks
for this gift of bringing us these marvel-
ous stars to the stage. And may your
Foundation be blessed for many years to
Siomara Albertus

Captain Don (left), Arelis Mercera (center), and Liesbeth Bleeker (right). Arelis
is one of the great Habitat front desk staff The photo was taken in the office of
Captain Don's Habitat after the weekly Monday "Meet The Captain Night"
at the Kunuku Terrace.
All Bonaire visitors are welcome to a close encounter with the man every Mon-
day from about 6 to 8pm. Don is generally seen later walking through Rum
Runners chatting with the guests.

Dear Editor:
Since 2007 we've spent most of our vacation on Bonaire two or three times per year.
Living in The Netherlands with rather cold and often wet weather conditions we
enjoy the warm, quiet and peaceful life on Bonaire.
Most of all we admire the amazing underwater world of this small island, a real di-
vers' paradise.
Since visiting Bonaire we had dinner several times at Rum Runners restaurant, now
our favorite oceanfront dining place with a view at the sunset, the fishing pelicans,
the tarpons, the night divers and so much more.
The last evening of our vacation (25th of May 2009) we enjoyed a well prepared and
delicious buffet at the Rum Runners.
After an enjoyable night with live music too we had a most pleasant and sur-
prisingly encounter with the "godfather of diving," Captain Don (84) himself.
It was an honor to meet with this remarkable personality, who was instrumental in
the formation of the Bonaire Marine Park, whereby the entire island coastline be-
came a protected reef.
As proof of this extraordinary encounter we enclose a few pictures.
We can't wait for our next visit to Bonaire, where we will stay again at the beautiful
and well maintained, Indonesian styled Waterlands Village Resort.
Willem van Heerde and Liesbeth Bleeker

i Read To Me
B onaire's Governor, Glenn Thod6 (left, with daughters Evita and Gabri-
ella), will kick off the campaign Lesa Ku Mi, Prome Mi Drumi (Read
with Me Before I Go To Sleep) on Thursday afternoon, 18 June, the first of
a series of reading afternoons at the Public Library adjacent to Jong Bon-
aire. During the session Governor Thode will relate what he reads to his
daughters. Children of all ages love to be read to and the recently remod-
eled library, in association with JePoBon, will promote this with a series of
Thursday afternoon sessions from 3 to 5 pm. Once a month a prominent
person will read to the children from his/her favorite children's book. U

The hour-long lectures presented by
the CIEE education center are a
valuable asset to both locals and visitors.
They usually focus on aspects of Bonaire's
marine environment.
Check The Reporter's Happenings col-
umn for the latest schedule. Last week Dr.
Mark Vermeij (above) Of CARMABI ex-
plained why the elements of the critical
interactions that make up a coral reef com-
munity must be protected. U G.D.

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Page 13

The Bonaire Reporter Back In Time To 1999
Commemorating 15 Years

1999 10 YEARS AGO.
When The Bonaire Reporter
was called Port Call.
The top story of the year in
December 1999 was the re-
turn of Klein Bonaire to the
people of Bonaire. (See Dec.
28) Other stories were about
sales tax, Cargill, Papiamentu,
Washington Park, the Culinary
Team, the Special Olympics
team, the Donkey Sanctuary,
turtles, wages on Bonaire, Man-
grove Magic, art exhibitions,
crime, fitness, politics explained,
beach and island cleanups, Re-
gatta, Dive Festival, Bonaire
traditions to mention just a
Jan. 8
-Bonaire political parties and
private sector don't want mar-
ket protection. Want to be free
to import goods from abroad or
from the other islands of the An-
tilles without extra duties. Jopie
Abraham, leader of the majority
Democratic Party, says he will
submit the matter to the govt. in
The Hague. The majority De-
mocratic Party is now favoring
succession of Bonaire from the
Netherlands Antilles.
-Caribbean Court apartment
hotel opens
-The four-year-old ABB, or
sales tax of 6% for most items
and services ended at the first of
the year. (Replaced by the 5%
Jan. 15
-Cargill Salt Works torched
and severely damaged by dis-
gruntled former employee.
-Contracts signed for the con-
struction of a NAf 1.620 million
fiber optic cable to link Bonaire
and Curaqao to provide addi-
tional phone lines and improved
Jan. 22
-Lora Count up 350 birds
-Several politicians on Bonaire,
Curaqao and St. Maarten want
separatism. A series of referen-
dums proposed as early as this
-Interbank closes
Jan. 28
-New sales tax (Neth. Antilles
Purchase Tax) of 2% presented
to the Antillean Advisory Coun-
-Club Nautico sold by APNA
pension fund to an American-
French partnership which intends
to promote the resort as a first
class sailing oriented operation -
with sailing school and a charter
boat base.
-Proposed 2% Sales Tax to
replace the 6% ABB sales tax
postponed until March. 1.
-Green Label downtown gar-
den center opens.

changes for

by Police Chief
Gerald Daantje
and the people
of Bonaire.
S-Pam Teitel
and Peter
Werdath marry
over whether
Antilles should
recognize same
-sex marriages
-Jong Bonaire
-Air Jamaica
Jan. 28 -Blue Moon Restaurant opens with to begin air in
Rianne and her crew. June Montego

-Overall crime down 21% on
Bonaire compared to last year
-New waterfront hotel, Eden
Beach, opens
Feb. 26
-Sea Swells Strike Again -
Northwesterly swell, the second
in as many weeks wreaked havoc
on several Bonaire waterfront
businesses along hotel row and
-183-foot-long mini-ship, Ca-
nadian-American Cruise Lines
Grande Mariner makes first call
to Bonaire. Lt. Gov. Hart,
aboard, says, "We like small
cruise ships. If you grow too fast
you can ruin everything under
the sea, and we don't want that to
-Sea Turtle Club wants to stop
the butchering of turtles if we
want to preserve them for Bon-
aire's future generation. Another
case of Fibropapillomatosis in-
fected turtle found on east side.
-Seahatch, N.V. revives the
Marcultura Shimp farm opera-
tion. Plan is to raise shrimp in
conjunction with the company's
operations in Aruba and Vene-
Mar. 12
-Washington Park celebrates
30 years
-Citizens send crime petition to
Minister of Justice asking that
Police Chief Gerald Daantje be
allowed to initiate community
policing immediately.
-Beginning Mar. 8 all services
and most products (except for
food staples and books) will be
taxed at 2%. Like a Value
Added Tax because it applies the
2% tax at both wholesale and
retail levels.
Mar. 19
-Installation of a sewage sys-
tem for Bonaire bogged down
in the approval cycle. A reliable
source says, "The way the paper
is moving it will be at least three
years before the first shovel hits
the dirt."
April 9
-Minister Edith Strauss (PDB)
says that the Central Government
approved the organizational

April 23
-REEF says Bonaire is number
1 in fish diversity
-US anti-drug base coming to
-DeFreewieler bike and
scooter shop opens
-US Coast Guard ships now
make Bonaire their R and R
-NAOB (Netherlands Antilles
Omzetblasting) 2% tax goes into
effect and applies to many items
formerly tax exempt. Expected to
increase government revenues
May 7
-Election results: Island
Council seats: UPB (Green) -
4; PDB (Red)- 4; Paboso
(Yellow) 1. A coalition
(Prekichi Government) formed
between UPB and Paboso and
will run the island for the next
4 years, barring defections.
May 14
-Fiber optic communication
cable Amerigo Vespucci brought
ashore at Chachacha Beach. Will
multiply Bonaire's phone and
data communication capability
more than a 100 times.
-TCB says tourist figures for
month of February showed a
decrease of 6.6%
May 18
-25% of Bonaire's population
are citizens of another country;
foreigners provide about 39% of
the island's work force. 45 coun-
tries are represented
-01' Blue dive site at Tolo gets
dozens of truckloads of sand to
create new beach
May 25
Finance Minister Frank Mingo
says "for every 25 citizens we
have one government worker."
-Bonnie Kerr, founder of Bon-
aire Art Gallery, leaves the island
for Hawaii
-Top management of Divi Fla-
mingo Hotel assured the Bonaire
government that refurbishing
will begin on August 15 and be
completed by December 15.
Government approval for expan-
sion given to : Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, Caribbean Court, Eden
Beach, Harbour Village and

Plaza. Harbour Village plans a
100-room hotel on the south side
of the water entrance to the ma-
rina as well as a golf course and
waterway on the east side of
Gov. Debrot. (Which never hap-
June 1
-Governments of Saba and
St. Eustatius are betting that
the Netherlands Antilles will
dissolve and are calling for a
meeting with the Dutch Govern-
ment within the next six months,
asking for guarantees for budget-
ary assistance, electricity supply,
airline connections, water and
social services.
-Lennert "Lelle" Davidson's
El Navagante, quality boat
repair company, opens and
delivers its first mast built
from scratch.
June 8
Capt. John
Craane 4
honored as
"Man of
the Year
of the
June 22
drops :-
12.9% in
-New govt. Executive Council
UPB's Ramoncito Booi and
Genia Cecilia; Paboso's Nochi
June 29
-Air Jamaica begins sched-
uled flights to Bonaire
-Construction of new water-
front promenade under way
July 5
-Klein Bonaire A Giant
Step: Island Council unani-
mously voted in favor of a Na-
ture Policy Plan for Bonaire and
Klein Bonaire. Legislation di-
rects an Ordinance be drafted to
do what's necessary to manage
Klein as a natural area, protect its
beaches and inland areas, search
for financial support to purchase
the island and recommends to the
Central Government that it be
declared a national park. Com-
missioner Robby Beukenboom
reports that just last week the
owners of Klein were pressuring
the government for permission to
-Jack Chalk elected President
-Deputy Peter Silberie says
there's a great possibility that an
international medical school will
be established in Bonaire
-New, improved website:
www.InfoBonaire.com launched
by Jake and Linda Richter
(NetTech Internet service com-
pany) as the Official Bonaire
-Bonaire's Special Olympic
Team taking medals in North

Carolina (track, swimming,
July 13
-Capt. Don's Habitat featuring
-Christie Dovale of Amigo di
Tera reports that Bonaire is the
first island in the Netherlands
Antilles to approve a Nature
Policy Plan.
-Construction begins on 40-
room hotel in Hato (work came
to a halt when the developer
died, and it's still sitting there)
Aug. 3
-Bonaire's Bartender and
Culinary Team return from
"Taste of the Caribbean" culi-
nary competition with Gold, Sil-
ver and Outstanding Team Spirit
Aug. 10
-Casa Nena, furniture and mat-
tress builder, goes out ofbusi-
-Pier Rights at Club Nautico
were sold to the Ram family
(They are still doing a great job)
Aug. 31
-Island Council unanimously
approved mooring charges to
start Nov. 1: NAf 10 andNAf15
per day.
-6-month old sales tax will
jump from 2% to 5% effective
Sept. 1 (but it's held up because
of official objections by Bonaire
and St. Maarten)
Sept. 20
-Southwest swell damages
local fishing fleet
-Visiting yachtsmen aid local
fishermen with money and spare
-A massive demonstration
held by the Island Government
and the Businessmen's' Associa-
tion held to protest planned
increase in the OZMB sales tax
from 2% to 5% (Didn't work)
Sept. 28
-Visiting yachtsmen give
more than NAf 2.900 to aid fish-
ermen who lost their boats
-Increase in sales tax from
2% to 5% approved by Antil-
lean Parliament
-Mooring fees begin Nov. 1
(NAf 10 per night; NAf 15 for
boats over 18 meters (60 feet)
-As of July 1, 2000, ALM will
be privatized.
Oct. 4
-ALM eliminates weekly non-
stop service to Miami (now, 10
years later, InselAir will again
begin flights on July 4)
Oct. 12
-New phone numbers. Add
717 to your 4-digit telephone
-"Event Calendar" debuts in
Port Call. Later is
Oct. 19
-Managing Director of Har-
bour Village Frank Gonzalez
(Continued on page 15)

Bonaire Reporter- June 19-July 5, 2009

Page 14

Back In Time (Continued from page 14)

Pet of the Week

Then Prime Minister Pourier (right) and officials at the turnover of Klein Bonaire

says his resort is in final state of negotia-
tion with Arba's Interbank, owners of
Sunset Beach Hotel and the Bonaire
government, to acquire the property. Idea
is to partner with a quality international
resort hotel like Hyatt and Marriott.
(Never hapened)
Oct. 26
-Klein Bonaire news: Bonaire govern-
ment officials in Holland receive verbal
commitments from the Dutch World
Wildlife Fund and Dutch Department
of Agriculture to help to buy Klein
Bonaire from the Aruban Klein Bonaire
Development Company. WWF says that
the Hf 500,000 pledged to the Foundation
to Preserve Klein Bonaire on the condi-
tion that no development be done on
Klein. Asking price for Klein is $10 mil-
lion. Bonaire government named a blue
ribbon panel to take steps needed: Lt.
Gov. Richard Hart, Attorney Carlene Per-
son, MCB Bank Director Evert Piar.
-Some island residents plan to erect a
cross on Seru Largu to commemorate
2,000 years of Christianity.
-Landhuis Karpata to be converted
into a drug rehab center (Another thing
that never happened)
Nov. 9
-Number of visiting yachts drop with
mooring charges (90 boats this year; 122
last year)
Nov. 16
-KLM says no more direct flights to
Bonaire beginning with Spring 2000
-Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) says
Bonaire population may increase to
35,944 by 2017
Nov. 23
-Trans World Radio mural of the un-
dersea world dedicated to people of Bon-
Dec. 7
of Bonaire's coastline -northern hotel
row from Harbour Village to the
Black Durgeon and Belnem residen-
tial coastal area. Also hit heavily was
Slagbaai (photo) in the park and its
recently restored buildings
Dec. 14
Bonaire Reporter- June 19-July 5, 2C

-Sea Hatch shrimp farm opens at the
defunct Markultura "conch farm."
Dec. 21
Biggest story of the Year Klein Bon-
aire is BACK! Sources in the Bonaire
Government announced that the deal is
"99.9%" secure. The island is about to be
purchased from its present owners, the
Klein Bonaire Development Company, to
be made into a wilderness park. It was
reported that the government already has
financial commitment for 2/3 of the pur-
chase price.
Dec. 28
-"Klein Bonaire Belongs to the Peo-
ple," after being in private hands for
131 years. On December 21, 1999, the
purchase contract was signed between the
government of Bonaire and Maurice
Neme of the Klein Bonaire Development
Company. The bulk of the money (NAf
7.56 million; US$4.26 million) came
from the Department of the Interior and
Kingdom Affairs of the Netherlands
(KABNA) and the Dutch World Wildlife
Fund. The Foundation for the Preserva-
tion of Klein Bonaire (FPKB) first alerted
the people of Bonaire to the threat of de-
velopment in June 1996 and has fought to
keep the issue in the public eye. There
was little movement until this year (1999)
when the new coalition government made
the acquiring of Klein a campaign issue.
-Two big hotel projects are about to
begin. The defunct Sunset Beach Hotel
will be purchased by a "AAA 4-
Diamond" hotel chain. Marriott and Hyatt
are candidates. Revitalization of the Es-
meralda Project; new owners will de-
molish the existing construction and erect
a plush resort rumored to be at the very
top of the luxury class, or "10 stars," as
our source said. (it never happened). U
Compiled by Laura DeSalvo.

This little white
"Dorothy," can be an
example to us all.
She had a very trau-
matic experience
when some young
children threw her
into an area where
some big dogs at-
tacked her, taking a
nice chunk out of her
hind quarters. The
misguided children
thought it was fun.
Luckily a good Sa-
maritan in the
neighborhood saw
the incident and
saved her. The good
news is that despite
this scary experience
Dorothy is a sweet,
affectionate, and
very trusting pup
who just aims to
please. She's a peo-
ple lover. Dorothy is h
only about two and a
half months and
about four or five kilos. She's a tiny little
lady who will stay that way. She's had her
checkup by the vet, tests, worming and
shots and will be sterilized when she's old
enough. You may see her at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3
to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Want to contribute to the Sterilization
Program? You may donate at the MCB
Account #10616410 "Sterilization Fund."
Those monies go totally to the sterilization
program, not to anything else. Show you
care: Be a walking ad for the program with
a "Bonny Superdog t-shirt" for sale at the
Shelter for NAf 15. And for free you can

get a Bonny Superdog sticker. All avail-
able at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road.
And spread the word that all cats and dogs
will be sterilized free by the Shelter. They
even will pick up the animal and bring it
back to the owner after the operation. U

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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-

* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening 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 month-
* 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 information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bis-
sessar 786 1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-
9 pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines
for $10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560
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 information-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart ofBonaire, 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 Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire Slide Show. Every 1st & 3rd
Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 7pm-
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation

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Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles of
Bonaire 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 fumished 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 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Lear about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, be-
hind 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 December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015
or 796 5681
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, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, at ZeeZicht
Restaurant upstairs.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Cafe. 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 build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Con-
tact: Renata Domacasse 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 wel-
come. 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 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in 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 meeting
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, Sat-
urday at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
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, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20 Sun-
day School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
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The White Man With the Hat and His Red Work Horse
The 49th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Bonaire/Republiek/Tera Kora-
t took me more than three
hours to find Lennart
Davidson, better known as
Lelle, the man with the hat and
his every day work horse, a red
Vespa Sprint 150 cc scooter
made by Piaggio, Italy. The
phone did not function that well;
he was not at home in Re-
publiek; and he was not working
at his shipyard in Tera Kora. For
sure he was busy, working
somewhere on our beloved little
island of Bonaire that every now
and then appears to be quite big!
Finally I found the man around
two in the afternoon at home,
enjoying a late lunch with his
lovely wife and kids. The lunch
existed of substantial pancakes.
Lelle was in the need of some
power food. Work at the ship-
yard had to be done.

Lelle Davidsson is the owner
of a shipyard named "El Nave-
gante," situated at Kaya Indus-
tria Pariba, along an unpaved
road next to the yellow painted
building of Hot Wheels. Curi-
ously enough the shipyard is not
on the coast of our island but
something like one kilometer
land inwards. For Lelle this is
not really a big problem because
most boats have to be repaired
on land. Lelle has been on Bon-
aire since 1993 and he's been
the owner of the shipyard
since1997. Most of the time of
his extended work week you can
find him at his shipyard, main-
taining, repairing and even
building complete boats.

Apart from all kinds of heavy
trucks and trailers on wheels
Lelle is the owner of a real Ital-
ian-made Piaggio Vespa Sport
150 cc single-cylinder two-
stroke four-speed scooter. This
scooter is painted Ferrari red
(although the official racing
color of Italy is yellow). Lelle
says, "I bought this Vespa some
three years ago. It is a real every
day work horse. In fact it is just
a working tool. Since I bought
it, I've just driven it. No repairs,
hardly any maintenance. It runs
on mixed fuel. One liter of two-
stroke oil to 50 liters of gaso-
line, like most common out-
board engines. I use my scooter
every day, driving from Re-
publiek to Tera Kora, to school
to pick up the kids, to Playa.
And it runs on just NAf 10 of
fuel a week. I never had to re-
place any parts. It just runs."

Then he shows me the system:
four-speed hand shift in neutral,
ignition, a firm movement of the
kick start: hit and run. Then
Lelle shifts the engine into first
gear and leaves his wife and
kids (temporarily). There is al-
ways work waiting for him. The
wasp is buzzing in the direction
of the El Navegante shipyard

The Piaggio Industries were
established in 1882 in Genoa,
Italy, by Enrico Piaggio and his
son Rinaldo. During the First
World War Piaggio manufac-
tured engines for aircraft. After
WWII the factory was also into
personal transport. Later on the
first prototype of the latter

scooter was produced. It was
called "Paperino," which is Ital-
ian and stands for "Donald
Duck." During WWII the Piag-
gio factories produced fighter
planes. Because of collaboration
with the Germans they were not
allowed to produce war planes
any more. The Piaggios devel-
oped a small two-wheeled vehi-
cle based on the Nebraska-made
Bushman. The aerodynamic
shape of the monocoque scoot-
ers remind one of the airplane's
history. On the Vespa scooters
front wheels and landing gear
suspension of airplanes was
used. The traction from the first
Vespa scooters was made of a
converted starter engine from
airplanes. Those inventive Ital-

The successful mass produc-
tion of the first Vespa scooter
made by Piaggio started after
WWII in 1946. ("Vespa" is Ital-
ian and stands for "wasp.") The
scooters were called "wasps"
because of the sound their two-
stroke engines make and the
shape of the vehicles: the
thicker rear part connected to
the front part by a narrow waist,
and the steering rod resembled
antennae. In Europe the scooter
became very popular. It was
cheap and easy to maintain. The
Vespas turned out to be very
reliable and economical. Engine
sizes were: 125 -
150 175 cc. All
engines were sim- B
ple two-stroke
Story & photo
by J@n Brouwer i

W elcome to the
first in a series
of articles on our
health and how our
general well-being is
affected by the way
we eat (or don't eat).
We will bust some
longstanding myths
about dairy, about
Soya, why you have a efi
problem eating some
fruits, why you regu- Sug
larly suffer from cysti-
tis or heartburn, or The
during the rainy sea-
son you are prone to
chest infections.
I know that some of you will not
agree with me! After all, we have
been told for generations that milk
is good for us, for babies and adults
alike, because we need the calcium.
My only aim is for you to think
about what you eat and the effect it
has on your body, and stop being
ruled by your taste buds. We will
cover topics like dairy products,
Sugar, Vitamins versus Minerals,
Protein, Acid and Alkaline forming
foods etc.
We all have at times certain health
issues, but how often do we really
know the cause of problem? Prob-
lems like cholesterol, sinus, general
aches and pains, indigestion, diar-
rhoea or constipation or even de-
pression? Are you overworked and
always tired?
Have you ever had tests done only
to be told, "We cannot find any-
thing wrong!" or have taken medi-
cation that either relieved the symp-
toms for a period (only to re-occur
at a later stage) or did not help at
all? Does this sound familiar? We
too often rely on medication of
some kind to restore our health, and
it more often than not fails. Why?
Why is it relatively easy, and of-
ten exciting, for us to change our
house, car, clothes, but the mere
suggestion to change the way we
eat bring out all the defences. Most
of us are on a very limited diet for
years. (See if you consume more
than 25 different items).
You probably have been on the
same basic diet most of your life,
unless you have been forced, due to

lody Talk


ar .

Tainted Triangle

an illness to have less red meat, cut
back on the alcohol, dairy products,
no butter or fats, and oh, by the
way, you have probably been told
yogurt is good for you!
You have probably been "good"
and made some changes, but unfor-
tunately these changes have not had
quite the desired results.
Vibrant health and energy begins
with balance. Your body is alkaline
by design and must remain alkaline
in order to function correctly and
therefore to experience health.
Your body is always seeking to
maintain a proper alkaline/acid bal-
ance and when you become too
acidic, you also become vulnerable
to a whole host of health problems.
The main factor in upsetting this
balance is your diet. (Although not
the only factor, I agree). Applying
heat (as in cooking, baking, frying)
to your food results in the metabolic
process your body undergoes to
digest the food producing acid. Al-
ways remember Diet is the Cause,
Diet is the Cure. 0
Stephanie Bennett
Next issue The Dairy Myth
Stephanie Ben-
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Cape Town,
South Africa,
where she stud-
ied herbs, min-
erals and nutri-
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Bonaire Reporter- June 19-July 5, 2009


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Mars and Venus are at Their Closest on the Su
Solstice, the First Day of Summer!



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The Earth at the
Summer Solstice

G et ready to say goodbye to spring and hello to summer because this Su
21st summer officially begins in the northern hemisphere at 2:46 am. I
Park Time. At any rate, whatever time zone you're in the beginning of summc
ally an astronomical event and marks the precise moment our Sun reaches it
point north of the celestial equator. And just coincidentally, this year on the
solstice Earth's two neighboring planets will be at their very closest for the
and will be a wonderful sight for all of you who get up just before the Sun d(
On this Friday morning June 19th about an hour before sunrise facing east no
where you will see an exquisite 26-day-old, waning, that is shrinking, cresce
complete with Earthshine which will look like a dark full Moon nestled wit
crescent. And directly below them our two planet neighbors, super brilliant 8
wide, Earth-sized Venus, and half its size, 4,000-mile-wide and much dimm
They will be only 2 degrees 4 minutes apart and since a full Moon is a degre
means that slightly more than 2 full Moons could fit between them. On the n
Saturday June 20th, the Moon will have moved well past this sensational duc
be even skinnier. And Mars and Venus will be even closer, only 1 degree 59
apart, which means that slightly less than two full Moons could fit between t
on Sunday the 21st, the first morning of summer, Mars and Venus will be at
closest-only 1 degree 57 minutes apart. A summer solstice coincidence.
And if it's raining out on Sunday you can go out on the second day of summer
the 22nd, and they'll still be extremely close, only 2 degrees 1 minute apart.
Once more on Friday the 19th the Moon, Mars and Venus will all be close to
On Saturday Mars and Venus will move a bit closer and on Sunday, the first
summer, they will be at their closest for the year! Don't miss this please. And
have binoculars or a small telescope this sight will be even more wonderful.
way to start summer.
But once again let me remind you that this closeness is all an illusion due to
spective from here on Earth. In reality on the first day of summer our Moon
225 thousand miles away whereas Venus will be 77 million miles away. Mai
will be a whopping 179 million miles away! And as a piece of cosmic trivia,
day of summer, Tuesday the 23rd, the former ninth planet Pluto will reach o
which means it will be directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth. And evi
you won't be able to see it, it will be a whopping 2.9 billion miles from Earth
out on the first morning of summer and watch the goddess of love and th
war meet. U JackHorkheimer

Uarth Axis

up Aries The desire to plump your nest and ac-
quire possessions this month is very strong,
dear Aries. You're probably going to have to
mmer keep an eye out for impulse buys, but there's no
harm in spending on some luxury items within
your means. You're busy with errands, study-
photo ing, learning, and communicating before life
settles down and domestic matters come into
strong focus in the last week of the month.
June 20-22 are intense, lively days for you,
te or Cancer particularly when it comes to love relation-
Equator Taurus It's an exceptionally self-expressive
and exhilarating month for you, dear Taurus.
You are filled with energy, initiative, and vital-
,o CIprI CIrn ity, and you have the powers of attraction on
your side to boot. Reflection and rest in the
past months begins to pay off, and you feel
more confident going after what you want. The
20-23 is strong for animal magnetism, but
money matters might be the subject of conflict
t1ac c , cc40 or stress with a partner. Personal hobbies and
romance are especially fulfilling in June. A job
offer or opportunity might come your way.
Gemini All eyes are on you in June, dear
Gemini, and your ability to persuade, enchant,
nday June and delight others returns with gusto after a
Bonaire Sky few weeks of possible misunderstandings in
ler is actu- May. Nevertheless, energy and vitality might
s highest sometimes be lacking, as you require more rest
summer and time for reflection. There's a lot going on
entire year behind the scenes, and you might find yourself
oes. re-evaluating important parts of your life. Pre-
ortheast paring a budget and solid plans for handling
Dnt Moon your finances more effectively is in order on
hin the the 22-24.
8,00-mile- Cancer Networking, spending time with
er, Mars. friends, and group activities bring much stimu-
e wide this lation in June. You might be enjoying an in-
ext day, crease in business income, and you have many
o and will plans for future projects now. While you're
minutes certainly planting a few seeds for the future,
ut your thoughts also turn to the past, as you re-
them. But view what has been working for you, and what
their very needs to be left behind. Conflict with a signifi-
cant other might set the stage for change.
er, Monday Leo There's a spirit of competitiveness in
Wow again! your work this month, dear Leo, which can be
each other. quite invigorating and pleasant. You might be
day of recognized for your personal magnetism, as
d if you well as the creative way you express your
What a ideas. June is a strong period for making con-
nections, particularly professional ones The
our per- need for rest becomes apparent at the New
will be only Moon on the 22nd.
rs, however Viro Even though you have been taking life
xs, however,
on the third rather seriously recently, dear Virgo, you're
bound to surprise a few people in June with a
pposition more playful and spirited attitude. While pro-
en though fessional matters remain a strong focus, you're
i. So get very willing to put your business manner aside
4e god of outside of the office. With the desire for adven-
ture in your heart, you might make more exotic

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travel plans that you normally would. Your
need for the support and company of friends
becomes apparent in the last week of June.
Libra Intensity of feeling and an adventurous
spirit are themes of June, dear Libra. You are
not accepting things at face value this month,
particularly when it comes to close personal
relationships. While there is much to discover
this month, you might be reading too much
into the situation. A desire for experiences that
transcend the ordinary dominates. Changes on
the home front motivate you to approach your
career in a different way from the 22nd.
Scorpio A close relationship heats up this
month, dear Scorpio. Whether it is your partner
who is initiating exciting changes, or it's you
who is looking for more spice, June brings a
more impassioned approach to relating. It's a
great period for enhancing or attracting love.
Personal plans tend to be on the back burner
for the time being, as the needs of significant
others seem more pressing concerns. The 22-
23 could bring some tension surrounding work.
Sagittarius Your personal plans are not a big
priority these days, dear Sagittarius. You are
far too busy tending to others' needs and de-
mands. Fortunately, most of these activities
are enjoyable. The 17-18 is strong for travel
and learning, as well as personal recognition
and positive feedback. Financial tensions
around the 22-23 motivate you to come up with
a new financial plan, and the last week of June
is a good time for doing so.
Capricorn June is a brilliant month for per-
sonal magnetism, dear Capricorn. Your love
life speeds up, and creativity soars. Re-
organizing and tending to important paper
work eases your mind so that you can enjoy
hobbies and entertainment without guilt. It's a
balanced month, overall. The 22nd brings the
need for the support of a partner and the begin-
ning of a cycle in which relationships are your
top priority.
Aquarius A lot of your energy is poured into
domestic matters in June, dear Aquarius, but
you nevertheless find time for fun and games.
In fact, you may be in the mood for entertain-
ing in your home. You need outlets for your
creative impulses, and you are seeking appre-
ciation. Repairs, redecorating, and home im-
provement activities are favored. The last week
of June brings health, work, and daily routines
into focus. The urge to re-organize is strong.
Pisces Creative self-expression is strong in
June, dear Pisces. Any writer's block or prob-
lems expressing yourself disappear. The urge
to reach out and communicate with others is
powerful now, and might even be profitable!
At the very least, new friendships or the
strengthening of ties with acquaintances are
likely this month. Honest, hearty conversations
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Monty Alexander Brings World Class Jazz to the 5th Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival

B onaire's 5t Annual Heineken Jazz
Festival surpassed the successes of the
past years. All must now recognize that the
Bonaire Festival merits an important place
in the world of jazz.

The variety of the program was obvious, not
only in the musical area with something for
every taste- straight jazz, salsa, Latin jazz,
reggae, blues and the songs of Denise Jan-
nah but also for the format of the event,

with Jazz and Poetry in the romantic atmos-
phere of Fort Oranje, the two main events
on the moonlit beach of the Plaza Resort,
and ending with a rousing jam session-
brunch at the Divi Flamingo. What caught
the attention was that next to the intera-
tionally known bands there were four local

bands which more then held their own and
showed the rich musical talent on the island.
It should also be mentioned that the large
stage, the light and sound system and the
huge screen contributed to the professional
setup of the occasion.

"Fabulous from the beginning to end. We
enjoyed every minute of it and we can't
wait for the next festival," said Dabney
Lassiter, Bonaire resident and jazz lover.

The festival was
well attended. All
seats at Fort
Oranje were taken
and there was
standing room
only. Friday and
Saturday the
beach at the Plaza
Resort was over-
flowing with jazz
enthusiasts and
also the jazz
brunch was sold
out. An excellent
result also for the
organizer of the
occasion: the Bon-
aire Jazz Founda-

The festival was opened by the Lt. Gover-
nor, mr. Glenn Thode on the first evening
where the well known Denise Jannah of
Surinamese/Dutch descent captivated the
audience with her rendition of beautiful
songs and poems. The local Cabaco Trio

gave a fabulous show which
was generally considered one
of the highlights of the festival.
Bravo, Andreina, Carlos and

"The exquisite music I experi-
enced at the Bonaire Jazz Festi-
val lifted my spirit for three
nights and one afternoon. Top
notch local and international
artists, superb event location
and professional event organi-
zation. Recommended!"... Lt.
Governor Thode, after attend-
ing all four events of the festi-

After the presentation of Bon-
aire's Silver Bullet Steel Band
on Friday, Denise Jannah
brought a completely new pro-
gram with beautiful standards.
This was followed by the nine-
man Alfredo Naranjo Band
who gave a wonderful salsa
show of high quality.
Saturday was the top of the top.
A good show by local jazz
band Dikazz was followed by
Dutch showman, saxophonist
Hans Dulfer, whose exhilarat-
ing show provoked a "dance-in
-the-sand" party.
And then came Monty Alex-
ander. Breathtaking. A varied
program brought like only
Monty can with the blues,
American songs and a reper-
toire ofjazzed-up Bob Marley
songs, culminating in "No
Woman, No Cry," vocals and
guitar by Wendel Ferraro
from Jamaica. World class
drums by Herlin Riley from
New Orleans. Konkie Hal-
meyer from Curagao, who used
to be a regular in Monty's band
showed up as a surprise for
Monty and played several
pieces with him. The audience
became quiet, concentrated on
the music, not wanting to miss /
a note. What a treat! At the end
of the show the audience sang a
birthday present to Monty:
Birthday Monty!
"I thought the festival
was of an international
caliber in all areas, the
sound, the presentation,
the quality of the musi-
cians and the overall
organization were of an
extraordinary level,"
Ivon Palasula, jazz lover
brought up in the Dutch
world ofjazz.

After the two main con-
certs at the Plaza, the
jazz fest was continued
for those who just could-
n't get enough at Sense,
where musicians from
the festival played until
the wee hours of the
As mentioned the jazz
brunch was totally sold
out and was an opportu-

Ionty Alexand l '

nity for the jazz artists to all play together in
a rousing jam session. The finale was a duet
by Denise Jannah with Merietza Haak-
mat-Groot (the very professional MC of
the festival who also has a beautiful singing
voice) with a brilliantly improvised piece
about earlier love experiences with unfaith-
ful men who cheat on their wives. This
ended in a standing ovation!
With the success of the 5thfestival, the Bon-
aire Heineken Jazz Festival has arrived at a
new phase: further growth, inter island and
international, with world top artists in 2010.
Like Lt. Governor Thode mentioned in his
opening speech when he cited Bob Marley:
"One good thing about music, when it hits
you feel no pain."
The artists of the
festival listened
well and indeed
they hit the audi-
ence hard with their
music. U Rene

Bonaire Reporter- June 19-July 5, 2009

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