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B onaire and Curacao again enjoy ferry
service. On Wednesday, April 28th the
ferry Tribon (Shark) made its first scheduled
round trip. The 30-year old ship, originally
named "Renga," from Norway, underwent
renovations in Curacao over the last month.
The trip was scheduled to take four hours to
sail from Kralendijk to Annabaai in Curacao,
but sometimes takes an hour or more longer.
Returning to Bonaire, against the current and
wind, the ferry trip has been taking six hours
or more.


Admiral ferry photo


The ferry boat is scheduled to leave Bonaire
every day at 6 am to arrive at Brionwerf in The Tribon at the Town Pier
Willemstad at 10 am. At 5 pm the Tribon
leaves Curacao to arrive in Bonaire around 10 pm. However, last week the ferry was leaving
up to three hours late from Curacao.
The Tribon can carry up to 17 cars (NAf250 each, including the driver) Passage is NAf50
one-way trip and NAf85 round-trip. Children pay NAf45 and groups of more than 10 people
pay NAf65 per person (children less). Discounts for 60 plussers. The Tribon can carry 150
passengers and is based in Kralendijk.
For more information, call 717-2690 or e-mail: bonaire@admiralshipping.com

The developer who has
been interested in rebuilding
Sunset Beach is redirecting
his efforts after the govem-
ments of Aruba and Bonaire
came to an agreement on the
property that didn't include
him. According to a bank offi-
cial, the Government of Bon-
aire brought the Sunset Beach
Resort property for an interest-
free NAf2 million from the The old Sunset (Bonaire) Beach hotel in its heyday
Aruba Housing Foundation
(FCCA) which does not have to be paid back for two years. The Bonaire Government is to
open the biding to the public as soon as possible. This should break the logjam that allowed
the abandoned property to become an eyesore in the middle of "Hotel Row."
The developer will most likely make a bid. In addition, the Divi chain, which had been look-
ing at the Esmerelda property owned by Niek Sandman, south of Lighthouse Beach, has re-
portedly been approached by Bonaire officials to think about the Sunset Beach property as
well.


k The much anticipated new airline, a
part of the Exel Aviation Group, will begin
service to the Antilles by 1 July 2004. Under
the name Dutch Caribbean Exel (DCE) it
will fly three times per week round-trip be-
tween Amsterdam and Curacao. It will
connect with BonairExel and eventually
with the South American network of
ArubaExel. Curacao has been named the
"hub" for the Exel network in the Antilles.
Flights will use a Boeing 767-300. Soon a
recruitment campaign will begin for the hir-
ing and training of Antillean ground, cabin
and cockpit staff Pilots will be trained in the
Netherlands but stewards and stewardess in
the Netherlands Antilles. Eventually about
60 new employees will be stationed in Cura-
cao (Hato Airport).
Economy fares will begin from euro 449 and
will go on sale around the end of May.
A press release stated that the founding of
DCE doesn't mean that a cooperation with
the Curacao's Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA) is a dead issue. Analysts, on the
other hand, predict the end of DCA once
DCE begins flying.
An Exel executive said that there are no
plans to fly to the US before December
2004.

A Successful Amsterdam businessman Erik
de Vlieger, who owns more than 200 com-
panies including the Exel Aviation Group,
severely criticized DCA management and
Curacao politicians last week, accusing
them of only acting on behalf of their own
interest and not that of the island.
He referred to DCA as "a joke, manage-
ment-wise" and as "story tellers" who
come up with "flagrant lies." These com-
ments upset some Curacao elected officials.
(We had to fly via DCA to Miami ourselves
last week. DCA lost one of our suitcases on
the trip north (We had to retrieve it from the


IN THIS ISSUE:
Triathlon Club 6
Referendum Chronicle 7
Fitness (The Plank) 8
Mothers Day Art 8
Triton Newspaper 9
Turtle Nesting Season 10
Rincon Day 2004 10
New BonairExel Family 13
Cinnamon Gallery Opening 15
Gardner (Oleander) 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Report 5
Letters (Sewage & Reef Health) 5
Yacht List & Tide Table 9
Windsurf Scene
(Wave Challenge Redux) 9
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (Edgar) 12
Picture Yourself
(Presque Isle Harbour) 12
Hit Parade 14
What's Happening 15
Shopping Guide 16
Dining Guide 16
On the Island Since
(Jose Velasco) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19


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Our BonairExel flights to and from Curacao
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SNorthEast Airlines, a startup using the
name of a venerable New England airline, is
planning to fly charters from the US to
Curacao among other Caribbean destina-
tions. It's bought three ex-Transjet-Sweden
Boeing 747s and has leased a 1974-built ex-
TWA Lockheed L-1011 to conduct charter
flights. NorthEast Airlines has its base and
airline certification (AOC) in Mbabane,
Swaziland, Africa, but is marketed by The
Flightstar Group, Inc., and it has finance and
logistics support from offices in Miami and
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Antilles spokesman for the new company is
Billy Jonkheer, who sees it benefiting em-
ployment and tourism. "With this you could,
for example, be a home-port for cruise
ships," he said.

A BonairExel has announced an interline
agreement with Continental Airlines that
allows travelers to purchase their Bonair-
Exel ticket in the US providing the ticket
is written on Continental ticket stock.
Passengers arriving in Aruba on several US
air carriers have a convenient connection to
Bonaire on BonairExel flight #9H 2973
leaving Aruba at 3:30 pm. Departing Bon-
aire, BonaireExel flight #9H 2972 to Aruba
will leave at 11:30 am, allowing plenty of
time for connections to the US even with
going through the pre-Immigration check.
For complete information on BonairExel


and their schedule of flights between Bon-
aire and Aruba, and Bonaire and Curacao,
visit their website at http://www.bonairexel.
com.

A The PAR party leader in the Central Gov-
ernment Parliament, Pedro Atacho, has been
asked by Antillean Governor Frits
Goedgedrag to look into the possibility of
forming a new Central Government with
"broad support" in Parliament and back-
ing from all the islands.
The agenda is: "willing to initiate the execu-
tion of an urgency program concentrating on
fighting poverty, bringing order to govern-
ment finances and tackling crime."
According to a press release from the Gov-
ernor's Cabinet, at this stage in putting to-
gether such a government he wants to ex-
plicitly draw attention to the desirability of
considering persons who are not directly
involved in politics but have shown they
possess the required qualities in other sec-
tors of the community.
Senator Jopie Abraham said in a radio inter-
view this week with Sean Paton on the Eng-
lish language program, "The Forum" (which
airs on Mega FM, Sundays and Mondays
Noon to 2 pm), that his party, the PDB
(Democrats-Red), had been invited to dis-
cuss joining a new Central Government and
would be willing to serve with the two Sena-
tors from Bonaire's UPB (Patriotiko-Green)
party. However, this was not acceptable to
the UPB, which holds two of Bonaire's
three seats, so neither Bonaire party will be
part of any possible new government.
Atacho has been asked to report his findings
by Monday, May 10, at the latest and to
keep the governor abreast of the progress in
his work every week. If he is successful in
forming a government, then new national
elections will not be required.

A The Court in Curacao has ruled that FOL
advisor Nelson Monte will stay locked up
while his appeal is being heard. "There is


no evidence against me," Monte argues,
"and I'm the only one being detained. Lut-
gendorff (ex-director of contractor De Antil-
len NV) is not (even) under arrest. I guess
'what's good for the goose is good for the
gander' no longer applies." He was quoted
by a local newspaper after the verdict was
read.
Monte has nine counts against him:
1. embezzling from the Central Govern-
ment through Post NV (together with
Basia Winkel Corp)
2. putting together a fraudulent agreement
3. creating a fraudulent debt note
4. accepting bribes for a project of the
Winkel brothers at Caracasbaai
5. accepting bribes from the Basia deal
with the Post Office
6. accessory to forgery of the "Public
Works" budget for main access roads at
the airport
7. the use of the forged document in a
meeting of Curinta's Supervisory Board
8. accepting bribes from contractor De
Antillen NV
9. laundering money through the Papa
Godett Foundation.

ALast week at Curacao's Bon Futuro prison
the cells of Nelson Monte, ex-attorney
Leslie Franklin and Campo Alegr6-owner
Giovanni van lerland were searched, as
well as the house of Van lerland's mother
and the home of Franklin's girlfriend. In the
interest of the investigation the DA did not
divulge what was discovered in the cells or
at the residences.
Coincidentally or not, the house searches
were conducted right after it was announced
that FOL ex- minister Ben Komproe had
unilaterally set aside the mandatory visa
requirement for Colombian and Dominican
prostitutes working at the famous Campo
Alegre, without discussing the matter with
his colleague-ministers or even informing
them.
Visa exemptions are the province of the is-


land Lt. Governor and not the Justice De-
partment so the women who arrived without
visas will have to return to their countries as
soon as possible, ordered Curacao Lt. Gov-
ernor Lisa Richards-Dindial.
A Commissioner of Social Affairs, James
Kroon, said in a press conference that the
island government of Bonaire spends
NAf7.4 million every year on medical
treatments in foreign countries. Accord-
ing to Kroon, the Executive Council will
have to take measures soon in order to ad-
dress the expenses in the medical sector.
NAf2.7 of the NAf4.7 million is being
spent on transportation and accommodation
expenses for medical treatments abroad.
NAf1.1 million is spent on medical care,
and NAf3.6 on hospitalization. He indicated
further that tighter control measures would
be taken. Bonaire pays NAf36 million for
medical care every year. But, according to
Kroon, there are indications that these funds
are not being used efficiently and that in
certain cases there is also waste. Bonaire has
to cough up almost 50% of the NAf 17.2
million. The AVBZ, SVB, National Gov-
ernment, and personal contributions of the
patients pay the remainder.
SA month ago we wrote that you couldn't
pay your Central Government (Land)
taxes (e.g.: OB) at the usual Ontvanger's
Office. You could, and still can, pay through
the bank. We've visited the new Land Ont-
vanger office that opened in the APNA
building but found longer-than-expected
queues. Bonaire's Senator Genia Cicilia has
registered an official complaint with the
Central Government, saying the action is
illegal. Illegal or not, it's quite inconvenient.

A Desiree of Yoga for You reports that they
are now giving yoga lessons for kids at
Sebiki on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm. For more
information or to sign up call 717-2727 or
785-7688.
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eP N O S e& aETTERS UH p -Ed PA=rY Y=I iAGE1


Assistant Prosecutor Justine Gonggrijp
and Charles Souriel of the Police Depart-
ment report:
Last Saturday at Karpata during a deep
dive, Walter Stark of RecTek Scuba dis-
covered what appeared to be human re-
mains at 100 meters (340 ft.). He took his
photos to the police. Prosecutor Ernst Wes-
selius ordered an investigation. The Curacao
police and navy were asked to send divers
but no one was allowed to dive that deep.
Therefore, Walter Stark and Bob Kilom
from Rec-Tek were hired to dive and re-
cover the remains on Tuesday.
(Supported by an underwater scooter, in a
dive exceeding three hours, using six differ-
ent breathing mixtures assisted by a shallow
team of divers, Ramon DeLeon (Photo
Tours) and Roger Hoge (Wanna Dive),
gathered the remains. Ed. )
Recovered from three locations were the
bones of at least one person (from the spinal
cord, leg and an arm), parts of a wet suit, fin
and dive booties. At this moment the re-
mains cannot be identified as to whether
they could be one of the divers lost at Kar-
pata this January or someone else. DNA
testing will be carried out. On Saturday the
family of the two divers who were lost in
January were contacted in order to obtain
DNA information that might identify the
deceased. DNA matching can be made from
a single hair (in a hairbrush for example) or
from a sample from parents or a sibling.
More information as more evidence is gath-
ered.

Prosecutor Ernst Wessel lius reports:
The past week was relatively quiet (except
for the Karpata discovery, see above). How-


ever, five drug smugglers-Colombians,
Venezuelans and an Antillean, all residents
of Curacao-were arrested at Flamingo Air-
port.
Two youngsters were also detained for
stealing a scooter.

Charles Souriel of the Police Department
reports:
Thursday, April 22, around 2:30 in the
morning, police received a notification that
a woman was in the hospital with a bullet
wound in her arm. The woman said that
she was in the vicinity of the Bar Abow on
Kaya Korona in a discussion with her ex,
(J.) when he took out a gun and shot her in
the left shoulder, after which the suspect left
the site. The victim didn't believe her life
was in danger so after her treatment at the
hospital she went home. The police are
looking for the suspect to give an account-
ing and reason for the attack.

Thursday, April 22, between noon and 1 pm
the police arrested a suspect (J.) who in
the early hours of the morning tried to kill
his ex-"enamorada." The suspect was found
and arrested in the mondi south of Kaya
Raphaela in Antriol. Police didn't find the
gun during the arrest. After interrogation the
suspect will be kept in jail during the inves-
tigation.

Friday, April 23, a very drunk and disor-
derly passenger was arrested after the
KLM flight from Amsterdam landed. He
was possibly under the influence of alcohol
or another drug. The police accompanied by
Dr. v.d. Vaart, went aboard the flight after it
landed. The passenger was paranoid and had
to be given something to calm him by Dr. v.
d. Vaart. After being put into a cell he be-
came completely calm. He has since been


PROTECT YOUR REEF
As a recent tourist to Bonaire, I was im-
pressed with several factors that I feel make
Bonaire unique from other islands I have
visited in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
First, the people of Bonaire are very
friendly and proud; second, the island is
trash free, uncrowded and relativity crime
free; and third, Bonaire's living reef is a
national treasure. Bonaire is truly a gem. I
wonder how long will it remain a gem?
What will it be like in 20 years?
What concerns me most as a wastewater
treatment professional is the plan to build a
secondary treatment plant in Bonaire to
World Health Organization standards.
World Health Organization's mission is to
protect the health of people and stop the
spread of disease. There is nothing wrong
with that, but protecting a rare living reef is
neither their mission nor goal. Nutrients are
not a major health concern, but nutrients
can kill a coral reef. Jack Chalk (Manager
of Capt. Don's Habitat) is right, secondary
treatment is inadequate.
Using the treated effluent from a secondary

sent to Curacao for medical observation.

Wednesday, April 28, around midnight po-
lice were called to deal with a drunk and
disorderly man in the area of Karel's Beach
Bar. When the police arrived there was a
pick-up truck stopped in the street, blocking
traffic. The police ordered the driver to
move. When he didn't the police tried to get
him out of the pick-up. The driver, appar-
ently under the influence of alcohol, stepped
on the accelerator and started to drag the
policeman. The policeman reacted rapidly


plant for irrigation in Bonaire will harm the
reef. The nutrients will quickly travel
through the limestone based soils and sub-
soils to the reef. It would be Jamaica all
over again! Have we learned nothing from
the mistakes made there, in the Florida
Keys and elsewhere? In certain environ-
mentally sensitive areas (like the Chesa-
peake Bay, US), advanced nutrient removal
treatment techniques are being used to re-
duce Total Nitrogen (TN) to below 3 mg/1.
With only secondary treatment TN dis-
charge could be 10 or 20 times higher.
Advanced nutrient removal treatment must
be incorporated into Bonaire's treatment
plant. The time to do it is before it's built,
not after you discover your reef is dying. I
urge you to insist on a state-of-the-art nutri-
ent removal treatment process in order to
protect your reef, while it is still living.
Don Jacobs, P.E.
Mr. Jacobs is a professional engineer and
for the last 23 years has been the Plant Su-
perintendent of the Piscataway Wastewater
Treatment Plant near Washington, DC.
This plant treats 30 million gallons per day
and it is one of the largest and most ad-
vanced treatment facilities in the US.


and let go. During the maneuver the man
nearly ran over some people who were
standing on the side of the street in front of
Karel's Beach Bar. A little while later the
man (M.L., 23 years old, of Kaya Grandi)
was arrested. The suspect resisted arrest and
the police had to use their billy clubs to sub-
due him. During a search, the suspect was
found to be in possession of a small amount
of a substance resembling cocaine in his
trouser pockets. He was taken to jail where
more investigation was done. He was subse-
quently released. OL.D.


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A Prime Minister of the Antilles care-
taker government, Mirna Louisa-Godett,
on behalf of the people of the Netherlands
Antilles, congratulated Dutch Prince
Johan Friso and his wife Princess
Mabel van Oranje-Nassau van Ams-
berg on the occasion of their wedding
on April 22nd.
According to the Central Government
Information Service, the Prime Minister
wished the couple a marriage "blessed
with love, happiness and prosperity.
Masha pabien."
The Dutch prince, second son of Queen


Friso and Mabel with their mothers.


Beatrix, gave up his right of succession to
the Dutch throne when he married his fiance without the permission of the Dutch Govern-
ment. The couple failed to win the government's approval after the new princess admitted
that she had had a closer relationship with murdered mobster Klass Bruinsma than she had
admitted at the time of her engagement.


Flotsam and Jetsam. (Continued from page 3)

A The Special Olympics Team Bonaire is
gearing up for the Pan-Caribbean games in
Jamaica this July. They'll be participating
in Bocce, Swimming and Running. Head
Coach Elizabeth Wigny says they have ex-
cellent new team members from the Wa-


tapana School who are training in those
sports as well as in tennis. They are looking
for tennis racquets for the athletes. If
anyone has any to donate call Elizabeth at
717-5025 (between 5-9 pm) or Delno at
717-8322. They also need coaches for the
swim team who can speak Papiamentu.
The team would also like to give a big thank

hree Bonaireans were named Members in
Order of Oranje-Nassau last week In all
Were 33 ribbons awarded in the Antilles.
onaire, Jose M. Boekhoudt, Muriel U.
ier and Jose (Joe) L. Regales became Mem-
in the Order of Oranje-Nassau. Their rib-
were pinned on by Lt. Governor Herbert
lacasse.
exact nomination process for appointments
secret. To be eligible for a ribbon you must
be nominated. A committee on every island
ns those nominated and the Chapter for the
1 Order approves the nomination. Awards
rally mean that the recipient has made their
w man happy in some way.


TRIATHLON ANYONE?

bout 10 years ago Bonaire hosted a tri-
athlon, but there have been none here
since then except for the mini-triathlon organ-
ized by Jong Bonaire a few months ago which
attracted dozens of competitors. Last week one
was held in Curacao. Now several individuals
are interested in starting a Triathlon Club in
Bonaire to better prepare for these types of
events.
Two Bonaire residents are leading this effort:
Simone Sweers and Annemiek Noble. They
just competed in the Curacao event where


Triathlon girls


Simone placed second in her group. Annemiek would have done well too,
but her bike suffered a flat tire and she had to run with it for the remainder
of the 15 km off-road course. In fact the rest of the events were off-road: a
750 m. swim and a 5 km. run. The ladies were sponsored by De Freeweiler,
Harbourtown Realty and BonairExel. Eighty athletes participated. Contact
Simone or Annemiek at Bonfysio, 717-7030, to get more Triathlon Club
information. O G.D.


you to the Caribbean Club Bonaire for
their very generous contribution of
NAf2.500.

AA cigar bar has opened near the water-
front where the recently shuttered Admiral's
Bar was located.

A A new retail outlet TAMBU has
opened up on Kaya Grandi (opposite Litt-
man's Gift shop). There is a small cafe in
front where fruit shakes, fresh fruit juices,
coffee and snacks are sold. In the back
there's a small souvenir shop. It's open
Monday Saturday from 9 am until 6 pm.

APlans for the opening of the Harbour
Village Spa have been cancelled. The
group from Aruba has withdrawn, and noth-
ing further is planned at this time.

A Mothers Day is this coming this Sun-
day, May 9th. We'd like to wish all the


mothers on Bonaire the happiest day. What
will you be doing for your mother or the
mother of your children? Check out our ad-
vertisers for that perfect gift for her. And
how about taking her out for lunch or din-
ner? See the Dining Guide. C G./L. D.


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L ast week the Referendum Commission opened an office in the Passengralh
("Parliament" building next to Wilhelmina Park). It is staffed by Maria
Maldonado, newly appointed Referendum Assistant. The Commission can be e-
mailed at: referendumbonaire @bonairelive.com.
Two of the original members of the Commission resigned honorably for personal
reasons: Lucia Anthony-Everts and Willem Cicilia. In their places Herbert Piar
and A.M. Jansen were appointed.


This week the Chronicler considers an al-
ternative many people (based on the infor-
mal survey we reported on last week) have
eliminated: retaining the Netherlands An-
tilles.

THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
RECONSTITUTED?
(Part 1 of a 2-Part article)

In 1993 the island of
Curagao launched a
referendum on the peo-
ple's preference for a con-
stitutional overhaul of the
Netherlands Antilles, the
"Land" making up a third
part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the
other partners being Holland and (naughty
boy apart) Aruba. (Bonaire followed suit
with its own referendum in 1994, but then
the die had already been cast.)
The five (!) main parties of Curacao were
united in their selection of options. Con-
tinuation of the N.A. as a form of govern-
ance did not qualify as an option.
The basic choice was to be between inde-


pendence, or status apart, or becoming an
integral part of the Netherlands.
Only one man with not a shred of financial
or political backing (with the possible ex-
ception of a female member of the Maduro
family, later prominent as a PAR politician),
stood up and shouted "foul!" He was Mi-
guel Pourier, a Rincon-bom Bonairean, at
the time a tax consultant and former tax
inspector based on Curacao.
Pourier's view won the day. The N.A.-
continuation option was included in the ref-
erendum choice, and this option carried
70% of the electoral vote on all five islands,
a real landslide. A year later, Pourier capi-
talized on this one-man success, formed the
political party PAR and carried the Curacao
election with a crushing victory over the
established political machine.

The promise on that referendum day was
that the N.A., if re-chosen as an option,
would be vigorously reformed, doing away
with bureaucracy, red tape, and "nannying"
of the individual islands by a central gov-
ernment far removed from the people,
stressing the principle of subsidation, each


island taking care of its own business as
much as its human and economic resources
would allow.
Pourier and his party, PAR, carried the day
and governed the N.A. coalition for close to
eight years. But no political reform was
forthcoming, only the economic reforms
preached by the Netherlands and by the
IMF, the upfront bogey boy of those Dutch
politicians who didn't want to bum their
fingers on the hot Antillean issues of graft,
"clientelism," job padding and plain nepo-
tism,
Miguel Pourier did a heroic job, but retired
as a tired warrior, leaving the political scene
to such harridans as the Godett clan, who
were going to teach the IMF and their devi-
ous makamba backers in Holland a lesson.
Fifteen billion guilders were claimed as the
price for paying off colonial guilt and slave
labor. Or else! Pictures of the 1969 uprising
on Curacao, led by Anthony's father (Papa
Godett, a populist gold-hearted politician)
served as a back-up, and the Frente Obrero
(FOL) sailed into power, only recently relin-
quished. But now?
The N.A. option is not taken seriously by
the people of Bonaire because of the broken
promise to reform the N.A.'s structure and
texture when the 1993/1994 referenda were
launched. "We have been here before, and
we don't buy any empty promises any-
more." A new Miguel Pourier would stand
no chance today.
But is it really true? What if Holland, the
core country of the Kingdom, would take a
more active stance, not hiding behind IMF's
harsh economic measures, and would take
the lead in restructuring the N.A. mold, now


50 years old, and clearly having outspent its
ultimate sales date on the political shelf?

A Brief Sketch of a Reconstituted Nether-
lands Antilles (The Federal Government or
the "Land")
The first job at hand would be to separate
the functions now performed by the Land
government and its main departments and
inspectorates into three categories:
-those which Bonaire could do without
- those which must, of necessity, stay in
place for reasons of governance, expedi-
ence or economy of scale
and then those which could (in a three-
pronged sub choice) be either split up
among the five N.A. islands, with some
form (to be discussed later in this arti-
cle) of central supervision and account-
ability, or be contracted out between the
islands to those best suited for perform-
ing this task, or, on the basis of subsida-
tion, could very well be performed by
each island individually.
Together with some knowledgeable politi-
cians and administrators of both the Land
and Island we have addressed as many as 50
central functions. We will skip the detailed
list for now, as not all our readers would be
interested to know what would be the fate of
the Land Lottery, the meteorological service
or the orphan's council, and concentrate on
some of the main items. O The Chroniclers

Next week to be continued: What Bonaire
can do without? What it cannot do without?
What can it handle on its own? And more.


The aim of the CIbroide team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence
public opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and ques-
tions by the readers will be warmly welcomed and published whenever possible. Active co-
operation and exchange of information is sought with the local/regional media (press, radio,
TV), and the official Referendum Commission. Any item in the Referendum Chronicle can
be freely quoted and/or downloaded via Internet. Opinions expressed are solely those of the
writers. 1


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ROSITA'S FITNESS FACTS


CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY
WITH MOTHER NATURE

A handmade greeting card will always be the
best way to share love with our mothers. 2f'a
This year try using Mother Nature as a guide for 2MOtIfierS 4Dy
creating a special card with leaves you find in th e
garden.


LEAF PAINTING-8 Easy Steps to Create a Beautiful Card


Supplies needed: Several pieces of scrap plain paper;
Wax paper; Card stock paper;


Connie Swart and Rosita demonstrate "The Plank"


What is "The Plank"?
T he "plank" (or hover) is an isola-
tion move used in Pilates and
Yoga and works the abs, back, arms
and legs. The "plank" is one of the most
effective strength training exercises and
also targets your internal abdominal
muscles. It tones internal organs and
increases lung capacity while increasing
the heat in the body.

It is very important to use proper form
while performing abdominal exercises.
We need to realize that there's a right
way and a wrong way to work the abs.
To prevent injuries, it is necessary to
have a correct body position throughout
the entire range of motion for an exer-
cise. It is also important that the body's
muscles and tendons possess adequate
strength, endurance, and flexibility to
maintain proper technique from start to
finish.


How to do it:
Lie face down on a mat with elbows
resting on the floor next to your chest.
Push your body off the floor in a
pushup position with body resting on
elbows or hands. Contract the abs and
keep the body in a straight line from
head to toes.
For beginners, do this move on your
knees and gradually work your way up
to balancing on your toes. For ad-
vanced, slowly raise one leg and rest
foot on top of heel of the lower one as
shown on the photo. Hold, count to
eight and repeat other leg.
Exhale during contraction and inhale
while relaxing the abdominal muscles.
Always maintain focus on the muscles
being exercised.
Till next time, Rosita


Water base craft paint;
Leaves from Mother Nature


1. Before starting the painting process, I use my Microsoft Word program on the
computer to print several Mother's Day greetings on scrap paper. You can also hand
print your message with a bold marker.
2. Take a trip through the garden with a pair of shears or scissors. Pick out several
different leaves for experimentation. Smaller leaves work better for this project.
3. Using your finger, smear a small amount of paint on the back of the leaf. The key
is to get just the right amount of paint on the leaf. Too much paint will create leaf
blobs. Not using enough paint will leave too faint an image.
4. Gently place the painted leaf on the paper. Put wax paper over the leaf. Now rub
the leaf lightly with your finger. The wax paper helps keep the paint off your fingers
that comes out from underneath the leaf and prevents messing up the surrounding
area.
5. Slowly take away the wax paper and the leaf.
6. Repeat the process using the same leaf or a variety of others.
7. After practicing on the scrap paper you should be ready for the card stock paper.
Print your Mother's Day greeting centered on the bottom half of the paper. Be sure to
practice your printing setup on scrap paper to get the correct spacing on the paper.
Fold the card stock in half before applying the leaf paint so you can establish your
painting area. Now have fun decorating.
8. Finally, thank Mother Nature for being so spectacular!

Have a Happy Mother's Day! O Janice Huckaby JanArt


This article is part of a series by Janice Huckaby ofJanArt.
Call 599 717-5246 or 791-5246for information on art lessons
r to view her artworks[


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I YACHTS I ANG ANAT E 'OT SPAGE


WINDSURF SCENE AT SOROBON


WAVE CHALLENGE REDUX


F ollowing the rela-
tively windless
weekend of April 24-25,
this past weekend's
windsurf scene at sunny
Sorobon was action
packed with freestyle
and wave windsurf com-
petitions. Elvis Martines,
windsurf "godfather"
here in Bonaire, has re-
vived the former wind-
surf series by offering an
opportunity for the hard
training members of the
Bonaire Sailing Team to
show off their stuff.
Many of these sailors train daily for hours, performing difficult aerial freestyle moves with
silly names such as Flaka, Grubby, Ponch and Vulcan. From the small juniors to the adult
pros, they all want to show their stuff.
Saturday was a freestyle event held at the Sorobon PWA Event Site. Juniors, Amateurs and
Men were treated to wonderful winds of about 18 -20 knots. Occasional higher gusts chal-
lenged even the more experienced riders. Veterans such as Clay Finies and Sammy Vinger-
hoets dazzled the crowd with their style. Newcomers included brothers Jose and Juan Fa-
jardo Rivera who sometimes train well into the dark on weekdays. Results below:


1st place

2nd place
3rd place


Kids
Amado

Jurgen
Kieren


Juniors
Mosje Vingerhoets

Jaeger St. Jago
Bjorn Saragoza


Men's Amateur
Sammy Vingerhoets

Clay Finies
Jose Fajardo Rivera


Sunday was the Bonaire Wave Challenge. With the return of the trade winds, Cai was the
scene for the hot action that uses the trade wind-driven rollers to get some lift. Top World
Class riders included Taty Frans, 4th in the world on the Professional Windsurfing Associa-
tion (PWA) Tour, and Tonky Frans, rated 5th in the world for freestyle.

Surprises came from two very talented riders who decided to try their luck in the challeng-
ing waves. Sixteen-year-old Christopher Bernabella stunned the crowd with his incredible
aerial maneuvers. This up and coming talent is well deserving of professional sponsorship
and is the one to watch in the windsurf horizon. Sammy Vingerhoets, who has been training
in the waves with Tonky Frans in recent days, showed that practice makes perfect. Sammy
was throwing lots of Table Tops and Back Loops, two very difficult wave moves. The
"Young Guns" of the Bonaire Sailing Team showed they can match the skills of some of the
older riders.
The crowd favorite and another competitor to watch on the 2004 PWA Tour is Kiri Thode.
Kiri beat out his cousin Tonky in the first round of the Double Ladder Elimination. He was
in constant motion during the entire eight-minute heat. His smile and his dynamic personal-
ity steal the hearts of the crowds. In the end, the Frans brothers prevailed.
Many thanks to the volunteer judges and committee members as well as the sponsors, Cri-

The results: 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
Taty Frans Tonky Frans Kiri Thode Keke Dammers

yoyo Paint, Plaza Resorts, Ackerman Toyota Lexus, Larry's Wild Side Dive, Island Sup-
plier and www.bonairecaribbean.com. O Ann Phelan


NOTICES TO MARINERS


T here is a new (free) monthly boating newspa- IT
per aimed at the owners and captains of mega '" ,* ,*I
yachts. Named The Triton it's produced in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida. While filled with articles and .
advertisements aimed at the gold-plater crowd, it
contains articles of general interest to all
boating people. For example, the current issue talks
about the start of the 32nd America's Cup which .- ..
will take place in Valencia and Marseilles during 7
September and October this year. Eighteen teams -
from nine countries will compete. Ai
It reported that USCG Notices to Mariners will
now be available only via the Internet. To sign up
for the electronic version go to www.navcen.uscg.gov/lnm/default. htm. The notices
will include safety information.
And if you cruise the Intracoastal Waterway you will be able to connect to the
Internet at high speed thanks to wireless broadband service from YachtSpots.
You can access The Triton on line at http://www.the-triton.com. A 12-issue an-
nual subscription mailed to US addresses costs $12. Issues are available at the
Harbour Village Marina this month. 0129. O G.D.



KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF


5-07 2:47
5-08 3:45
5-09 4:44
5-10 5:47
5-11 6:44
5-12 1:50
5-13 3:46
5-14 5:17
5-15 6:31
5-16 7:54


2.1FT.
2.0FT.
2.0FT.
1.9FT.
1.8FT.
1.4FT.
1.3FT.
1.2FT.
1.1FT.
1.OFT.


12:22
13:14
13:57
14:32
15:08
7:45
8:38
9:42
10:37
12:11


0.6FT.
0.6FT.
0.6FT.
0.7FT.
0.7FT.
1.7FT. 15:35
1.5FT. 15:50
1.4FT. 15:51
1.3FT. 15:29
1.1FT. 14:15


0.8FT. 22:53
0.9FT. 22:34
1.0FT. 22:40
1.1FT. 22:57
1.1FT. 23:22


1.4FT.
1.5FT.
1.6FT.
1.7FT.
1.8FT.


Alegria
Astrolabe
Angie
Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Betty Jane
Borealis
Camissa, Chan Is.
Camperdown
Cape Kathryn
Cappoquin
Caravela
Chulugi, Netherlands
Danette
Dream Maker
Escotilla
Felecia
Fifth Season
Flying Cloud, USA
Gabrielle, USA
Galadrial, USA
Gatsby, USA
Goril Too
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Hannah


Hero
Honalee, USA
Jalapeno
Jupiter
La Contenta
La Escotilla
Lady Diane
Lionstar
Libertijn
Lucky Lobster, Curacao
Luna C
Macaby, Netherlands
Magalita
Misty Blue
Natural Selection, USA
Nieke
Nuance
One Way Wind
Oz
Pamela Jean
Perseverance
Polecat
Precocious Gale, USA
Queen of Hearts
Rhapsody


Rusty Bucket
Sabbatical, USA
Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden
Scintilla, Germany
Sitiraz
Sirius
Sijoiurner
Soverign III
Surprise, USA
Sundancer Ill
Sylvia K
Triumphant Lady
Ta B
Ti Amo, USA
Today, USA
Traveler, Canada
Trio
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Wanita
Ya-T, BVI
X-to-Sea
Zeno's Arrow, USA


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TURTLE NESTING


SEASON'S HERE.

Y es, it's turtle time again! Bonaire has
seen the first nesting activity of the
year. But before you get too excited or rush
off to the beach, torch in hand, here are a
few tried and tested guidelines we should all
take to heart to ensure that our shores re-
main places which turtles can visit and our
beaches are places where they can safely
come to lay their eggs.
Turtle nesting in the Southern Carib-
bean.
Turtle nesting season in this part of the Car-
ibbean usually begins in April with leather-
back turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
But Bonaire is a little different. Turtles
don't normally begin coming ashore here
until mid-May. This might be because tra-
ditionally everyone goes to the beach over
Easter and in the past early nesters could
have been caught or that there is simply too
much general disturbance on the beach for
them or that leatherback never were so keen
on Bonairean beaches.
Our first turtle crawl
Whatever the reason this year is different.
The Sea Turtle Club recorded the first turtle
crawl of the year at Playa Chikitu recently.
Now we are all waiting with baited breath to
figure out if it is a leatherback or a green
turtle which has visited us so early. If it is a
leatherback, this would be really exciting, as
it would be the first leatherback nesting ac-
tivity we've seen on Bonaire in a decade.
And we won't have to wait long to find out.
I am reliably informed that leatherbacks
come ashore every 10 days and those lazy
old greens can only be bothered to haul
themselves up the beach every 12 days.
Turtle safe beaches
Turtles are globally endangered and we all
have a responsibility to protect them and
their nests and eggs. Even more importantly
for us, turtles return to the same nesting
beaches from which they were hatched. In
other words the turtles that come here to
nest are Bonairean turtles in the truest sense
of the word. They come back year after
year, and if a nesting colony is wiped out,
that's it. No more turtles.
Since we are clearly heading into the turtle
nesting season and can expect more and
more turtle activity, here are some general
guidelines to keep our shores and beaches
as "turtle friendly" as possible.
Fishing line can kill. Turtles breathe air -
just like us which means that they can
drown if they can't reach the surface to
breathe. Sadly this is just what happened to
a turtle recently when it became entangled


NCON DAY 2004


ilc ( ^ 7
-,





These turtles leave their nest in an
unusual daytime hatching


in discarded fishing line. It's easy for fish-
ing line to be lost, especially around the
piers. Let's clean up and keep it clean!
Litter is dangerous. When turtles find plas-
tic bags at sea they can mistake them for
jellyfish, a favorite turtle snack, and eat
them. With plastic in their stomach they die.
Take all your litter home with you from the
beach and make sure plastic items don't
blow away or get washed into the water.
Boat strikes can kill. Turtles sometimes
like to bask at the surface and always come
to the surface to breathe. They may not al-
ways be aware of your boat, especially if
there is a lot of boat traffic. Keep a good
lookout for turtles at sea.
Keep the lights low. If lights are visible
from the beach, turtles can become disorien-
tated and confused. Shield, shade or switch
off any lights you have on and around nest-
ing beaches. Don't use the beach to set up
camp fires or barbecues.
Remove obstructions. Turtles need to be
able to move around the beach if they are to
find a good place to lay a nest of eggs. They
can't do this if there are chairs, umbrella
stands or worse yet, vehicles littering the
shoreline. Keep these things off the beach or
store them overnight and give turtles the run
of the beach.
Keep your pets away. Any patch of sand at
the water's edge is potentially a nesting area
for turtles and dogs will dig up and destroy
a nest in an instant. Keep pets on a leash or
better yet, don't take them to turtle nesting
beaches during the nesting season.
For more information or clarification con-
tact the Sea Turtle Club. Their head offices
are behind Bon Fysio on the Kaya Gob. De-
brot. 717-2225 or 790-0433. O Kalli
DeMeyer


The popular Kuku Bar with Chi Marie makes the best
Urbano Flores boca dushi (sweets)

S eople filled the heart of Rincon last Fri-
day for the 15th annual Rincon Day
celebration, begun by the late Broteje Janga
who passed away last year. It's always a
double party because April 30 is also a Dutch
holiday officially commemorating the
Queen's Birthday. More people visited Rin-
con that day than ever before. BonairExel put
on extra flights, the Tribon ferry brought cars
and people and the "Broteje Janga High-
way," the road connecting Sabedeco and
Rincon was newly graded and relatively
smooth. All day long there was music, dance
groups, parades and lots of stands on the Antonio dePalm, Special Olympics
streets, from the Lamase grocery store to medallist, is coached by Renate
beyond the Centro di Bario, and on the road Rietman during the
to Washington Park as well. The many MCB Rincon Run
stands sold all kinds of food and drinks, es-
pecially those that are unique to Rincon, as well as crafts and gifts.
Later in the afternoon the Simidan (Harvest) parade marched through town with every-
one singing, dancing and waving the whole way. This lets the people of Rincon show
their open-hearted hospitality as they invite everyone to join them in the celebration. O
G.D.


Kalli DeMeyer is Executive Director of Coral Resource Management
(Fundashon pa Bon Koral), a not-for-profit foundation. With 10 years marine
park management experience, Kalli is "Bonaire's voice of the reef." Office:
the Caribbean Club, Hilltop. Mon.-Fri. 8:30-12:30, 2-5 pm. Phone: 786-0675.


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Harbour in Lake Huron in March 2004 taking a long weekend to escape the
city. Chuck's been coming to Bonaire for over 15 years, sometimes two or three
times a year and hopes to retire here. Doesn't the photo make you feel cooler al-
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R ecently
there came
into the Bonaire
Animal Shelter
five very cute
puppies. "Edgar,"
our pet this week, Edgar
is one of them
and he agreed to be the model for his
brothers and sister. Actually, now there
are only four because one of them has
already been adopted. The pups are four
months old, and, according to the staff at
the Shelter, they all have very good dis-
positions and temperaments. They'll be
big dogs when they grow up and will
make good watch dogs as well as being
loyal family members. And, of course,
they're very attractive with their red
noses and gray-blue eyes. In Edgar's
family now there are two dark brown
males and two light brown pups, a male,
and a female. Their mother, who is a fine
dog herself, was always getting pregnant
but now she's sterilized and can look
forward to a rather stress free life with
her owner.
These pups are in excellent health, have
their shots and examinations and will be
sterilized when they come of age. You
can always be assured of a healthy and
social animal when you adopt from the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. The Shelter is
on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Satur-
days until 1 pm. Tel. 717-4989. OL.D.


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t







INTRODUCING THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE BONAIREXEL FAMILY


BonairExel Reservation and Ticketing Staff: Valeska, Danutta, Nereida,
Supervisor Irene, Audette, Julissa and Wendeline

B onairExel's Sales and Marketing Assistant, Roosje Goeloe, reports that
there've been some changes at BonairExel. All the ticketing and passenger
handling will now be done by only BonairExel staff. Previously, Bonaire Air Ser-
vices (BAS) handled these duties in the interim while the airline was getting set up.
But now it's all under the BonairExel "umbrella." You may recognize some of the
friendly faces who've come over from BAS. So, welcome to all the BonairExel
"family members!" See the BonairExel ad on page 3 for individual photos of all the
reservations and ticketing staff so you can get to know them on a first-name basis.
(Next week on page 3 you'll see individual photos of the Passenger Handling
Staff.)
Other news from BonairExel is that the airline is going to hold an art competition
amonn all the students from the six elementary schools un to grade 5 The


BoniarExel Passenger Handling Staff making like an airplane: Estine, Faniska,
Poppy, Elisheba, Angelo, Ilva andAngeli

theme is "What Fun It Is to Vacation with BonairExel." The drawings will be
judged on creativity, so age is not important. The deadline for entrants is May 28.
Each entrant will receive a goody bag.
BonairExel is giving each of the five elementary schools NAf 1.000 worth of airline
tickets to be used for fundraising (raffles, etc.).
The winner for the best drawing or art work will receive two BonairExel tickets,
and his or her school will receive an additional NAf630 worth of tickets to be used
for more fundraising. The second prize winner will also get two BonairExel tickets
and the school gets NAf378 worth of tickets. Third place gets two tickets and the
school receives NAf250 worth of tickets.
Following the competition there will be an exposition of all the works submitted at
a place vet to be determined. It should be fun to see. 1L.D.


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TW LW #WEEKS BAND SONG TITLE
1. 3 6 BANDA SUN G AMOR DE MADRE 2
2. 2 6 ORK. CACHE KASA KU MI
3. 1 6 MASTA/KING LOVER WHEN I HIT YA
4. 6 4 NO GAME JERY
5. 7 4 DC POWER MI KURASON TEY PA BO
6. 4 5 D.J. OPT1K R&B REGGAETON MIX
7. 5 7 COMPACT BAND E CHIKICHI
8. 8 3 USHER/LUDACR./LIL J. YEAH
9. 14 1 I.G.T. UN BUGALU
10. 13 2 ENRICO HENRIQUEZ SIMADANDIADIRINCON
11. 15 1 BEYONCE NAUGHTY GIRL
12. N N NO GAME ATA BO KO
13. N N COMPACT BAND BISADO
14. N N JANET JACKSON ALL NITE (DON'T STOP)
15. N N HAPPY BAND ZORRO

LISTEN TO THE TOP HITS EVERY SATURDAY FROM 12 NOON 1PM
A regular feature of The Bonaire Reporter is the Bonaire Hit Parade, a listing of
the 15 most popular songs on the island. It is compiled by the staff of Digital FM
91.1 and shows this week's (TW) and last week's (LW) songs. 1


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WHAT'S HAPPENING
V 8290
W LRII BI IIUIIES
EKLY ME! I W VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
New! Usually 9:00pm Bonaire Animal Shelter 7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
The Ladykillers Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
(Tom Hanks) Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Early Show (usually 7:00 pm) Special Olympics contact Delno Tromp,
The Passion of 717-7659


Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf 7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Scoobydoo 2-
Monsters Unleashed
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Against the Ropes

COMING
Saturday, May 15 Monthly clean up
Dive at Yellow Submarine. 1 pm, free air,
potluck BBQ
Sunday, May 16 Copa Julia windsurf-
ing event, windsurf event site at Sorobon.
All windsurfers invited to participate. Spe-
cial performance by the "baby class," 1
pm. 717-2288

EVERY WEEK
Sunday -Dinner and live music at Chibi
Chibi Restaurant at the Divi Flamingo 6
to 9 pm.
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
provides an introduction to Time Sharing
and how to save on your next vacation.
6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake@bonairetalk.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm.
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
717-5080
Monday- Touch the Sea introduces Dee
Scarr's unique perspective on marine ani-
mals and divers. Aquarius Conference
Center, Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm.
Tel. 717-8290, or call Dee at 717-8529
Tuesday-Fascinating Fish slide show by
Jessie Armacost at The Old Inn, at 6 pm
opposite the Plaza Resort. Each week a
different show filled with fish ID tips and
other fascinating facts about fish. Tel. 717-
4888
New! Wednesday- Turtle slide show by
the STCB (Turtle Club) at the Buddy Dive
pool Bar at 7 pm.
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Conver-
sation, fun, yars, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-


CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invitedNAf5entryfee.
Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, secretary Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse" while learning
about Bonaire's history and culture and visit
typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call
7174060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum on
Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in
town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's most popular musi-
cians.
Saturday at Rincon Marshe Liber
(smaller markets) 8 am until 2 pm Large
market offering Rincon area tours on
the first Saturday of each month, 10 am to
2 pm

CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at
9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asamblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in Eng-
lish, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at
10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30
am.
Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send in your events to
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(bonairenews.com


CINNAMON GALLERY OPENS TO CROWD

T he
Cin-
namon Art
Gallery
opened its
doors Sat-
urday night,
April 24, to
an overflow
crowd of
more than
300 in
downtown
Kralendijk.
Lt. Gover-
nor Herbert
Domacasse
and Coun-
cilman Ed-
ward Thiel-
man cut the Artist Jake Richter, organizer Wendy Horn, and artists Linda
red ribbon Richter and Avy Benhamron at the opening
signaling
the official opening of the gallery. The Governor commented that he was proud to
recognize the opening of a new business and especially a foundation whose pur-
pose is to support Bonaire-based artists. Attendees enjoyed appetizers provided by
the Last Bite Bakery and were serenaded by Bonaire's popular jazz trio of Henk,
Benji and Guus. The Gallery was jammed with visitors for three hours, and many
people stayed in the street outside to enjoy the music, food and atmosphere. A free
drawing was held to give away artwork donated by founding directors Avy Ben-
hamron, Jake Richter and Linda Richter. Kontiki's Miriam Geerlings and port
visitors Dee Kincade and Tania Hens (from the Yachts Surprise and Alegria, re-
spectively) were the winners. The Gallery is seeking Bonaire-based artists inter-
ested in exhibiting their work and also volunteers to work in the gallery during the
week. For more information, call the Gallery weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm at 717-
7103 or send an email at info(@cinnamonartgallery.org 1


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Chez Lucille Moderate After your warm welcome from owner-chef-hostess Lucille you'll be en-
Dinner 6 to 10 pm thralled with a menu that combines the familiar and the exotic. In an historic
Kaya C.E.B. Hellmund 19, Waterfront, 717-7884 Closed Sundays waterfront home and garden.

Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Sit over the water in the most charming and colorful building on the
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Lunch and Dinner waterfront. Fine service with a broad menu to suit every taste.
717-8285 Open 7 days Special menus often offered. Live music Sundays.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredi-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner ents and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Get served in a garden
717-5025 Closed Monday setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Cafr Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner, Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla

La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf 15 credit is given for meals Bon-
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday aire's best seaside location?
Low-Moderate
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Deliveries 600- Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home o0
717-3293 7:30pm, Closed Sunday resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratch-
Home Delivery or Take OutC d for take out or delivery only.
The Lions Den Beach Bar Moderate-Expensive Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire.
And Restaurant Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
On the sea atLionsDive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden.
717-6616

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Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
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AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The Bonaire
Reporter on board.
APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/COMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name
brands, guarantees and service center.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest number
of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They
also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally re-
pairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes.
BOOKS
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most originalways to remember Bonaire
and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many other
island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essential
in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's shore
dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
pavement.

CLEANING SERVICE
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments, of-
fices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
CYBER CAFES
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
DENTURES
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All
work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator den-
turist. Repairs while you wait.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive


shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school
directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly,
highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keep-
ig in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer
plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
GIFTS SOUVENIRS LIQUORS
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what you
need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get home.
Digital cameras and watches a specialty.
HOTELS
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown Kral-
endijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's lowest prices.
Great for tourists or when visiting family and friends.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast,
fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of items
and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real estate
agent. They specialize in professional customer services
and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in
and see them.

REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or


built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and
exploration.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra measure
of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call 717-
8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire.
Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent.
Call 717-8922/8033.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, efficient
and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located behind
NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless su-
permarket. You'll find American and European brand prod-
ucts. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys and
games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika diAmor orSkiffy. Hotel
pickup too.
WINES
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.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desired and Don
at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind and
body. Private lessons too.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE . .


0oe Vac 0


"A fter I graduated from high
school one of the best things
that could happen to me happened: I got
a scholarship for the US! A present from
heaven! In high school I studied business
administration and was already working
for an agricultural company that proc-
essed cashew nuts. There was a lot of
competition with many people from all
kinds of institutions and schools, and
although there were people who scored
higher than I did, there were also the per-
sonality issues. It turned out that I had
exactly what they wanted so, out of 28,
they chose me!
I was born January 21, 1974, in Chirila-
gua, close to San Miguel, the third larg-
est city in El Salvador. I was 19 when I
left for the States to study food process-
ing and technology at Modesto Junior
College in California. Because I couldn't
speak English and my host family didn't
speak Spanish we started with sign lan-
guage! There was a translator for the first
three months of classes, and we were
taking very intensive English courses.
The goal was that after seven months we
should be able to read, write, speak and
understand English so we could move on
to the normal classes.
The family I lived with for two years was
very nice. Their son, Christopher, who
was 17, and I got along very well to-
gether. I taught them a little Spanish and
spent a lot of time with the mom, espe-
cially after their son moved out to study
somewhere else.
At first I was very busy but I felt like I
wasn't getting it. There was the pressure
of the system, the loneliness and the
homesickness, but after seven months I
felt, 'This is me and here I go!' At col-
lege we started the Latin-Caribbean
Club. I got involved in arranging parties
and cultural events and had a great time.
After two years I graduated and went
back to El Salvador. It was very strange.
Those two years had made a difference
and changed my life in a big way. Now I
was heading for a bigger goal. I stayed
with my parents for a month, taking it
easy, then got a job right away. I was 21
and started working for Del Monte in
beverage production. I worked for them
for one month, but I took my resume to
the companies in that area because I was-
n't happy with the salary.


merce which had a lot of members.
When a company is looking for some-
body they start looking there.
Goddard found my resume and I was
hired as the account manager for Ameri-
can Airlines. After two years I started
moving up and became the operations
chief of United, Continental, Delta and
American Airlines, overseeing all of
them. Then I became the project man-
ager. Grand Cayman came up and I was
transferred, but meanwhile my private
life had changed. I had met Flor. She was
working as an assistant operations man-
ager for a company called Industrial Di-
vision in El Salvador, a kitchen that pro-
vides food for companies. We used to
talk on the phone and once we met eve-
rything started happening. She is very
intelligent; she had control over what she
was doing and I was attracted to that.
Physically we were also attracted. We
started dating and found out that we had
a lot in common. She had a little boy,
Gerardo, from a previous relationship
and then our


daughter Giselle
arrived, and she
got us together
for good!"
The whole fam-
ily is cuddled up
on the couch:
Josd Aristides
Velasco Me-
rino, his sweet,
pretty and preg-
nant wife Flor,
Gerardo, who's
four and


the regional office in Miami, but when
the operations manager in Bonaire re-
signed they sent me. I came to Bonaire


"One night when I first
arrived I passed by Karel's and
heard the mariachis and I
thought, 'This is Latin!' Grand
Cayman was very, very British;
authorities were very strict.
Bonaire is just nice: the
language, the music, the variety
of people."


Giselle, three years old. The children are
the cutest; very well brought up, lovely
and curious. With their little voices they
rattle in Spanish: "Who 's that lady
Daddy is talking to? Will she be coming
every day? Does she have children? "
They are full of questions and Flor an-
swers them patiently, smiling at me. Josd
lays his hand on his wife's belly and
says, looking at her: "Two more months
and the waiting is over. This one is going
to be a Bonairean! Dr. Lont says it's
okay to have the baby here at the hospi-
tal. So, if everything is going well, we'll
go for that.
Where were we? Yes, Grand Cayman.
Flor wanted to come with me, but she
couldn't get a work permit. I went alone,
then Flor came for three months but she
had to go back. That was difficult, espe-
cially because Giselle was only nine
months old. I stayed for 18 months and
only once, at Christmas, I went back to
see them. Nevertheless I liked Grand
Cayman. It's a very well developed is-
land, no tax deductions from your salary,
not at all! That's the best thing! But I
couldn't enjoy it because I was alone. In
the end I became depressed. I had ex-
pressed an interest in being transferred to


for a month, then went
back to Grand Cayman
to wait for my working
papers. What made me
extremely happy about
Bonaire is that Flor
could get a permit and
stay with me! Thank
you, Bonaire, for that!"
His round young face
is beaming with happi-
ness. "Bonaire is a very
nice place for children
to grow up. It's safe.
We grew up in a very


violent environment, and although it's
okay now, we're still happy to be here.
Education is good. The children learn
another language. It's quiet and every-
body greets you in the streets. Flor has
Peruvian, Colombian and Bonairean girl-
friends, and everybody speaks Spanish.
It's a Latin community.
One night when I first arrived I passed by
Karel's and heard the mariachis and I
thought, 'This is Latin!' Grand Cayman
was very, very British; authorities were
very strict. Bonaire is just nice: the lan-
guage, the music, the variety of people.
All those things make it a lot easier for
us. We're getting used to the place and
it's easy to make friends here. Of course
we miss all our family in El Salvador.
But to take a bit from here and there
makes you grow as a person and as a
professional too. You get to know more
about people, to understand them better.
I understand pretty much everything in
Papiamentu. I listen to the radio, read the
newspapers and because it's very close to
Spanish I can pick it up easily. I would
like to learn Dutch though, as a personal
goal. I have a lot of friends who studied
German in school and I would like to be
like them and speak a language from


Europe! It seems very difficult, but be-
cause of that I would like to try. I don't
like easy things!"
Flor offers me two pancakes with a salad
of sauerkraut. "These are called
"pupusas, "Jose says, "They are made of
corn, cheese and beans. You have to put
the salad on the "pupusas and you eat
them with your hands." When I tell them
that they are absolutely divine, they smile
happily. "They are famous. In El Salva-
dor it has become a real big industry.
They freeze them and export them to the
US."
He smiles at his wife with adoration:
"Flor makes a big difference. She is very
caring and treats me with a lot of love.
That's the most important thing!
"Everything is good about him," Flor
says. "He is a good person, a wonderful
father and a good husband. We're very
happy!"
"Right now," Josd says, "the company
has given us what we have, what we are.
Therefore we are very committed to it.
That's why we're working wherever they
need us; we appreciate what they're do-
ing for us. Goddard has a goal to train
people and also to develop the commu-
nity. They look for responsible people
with skills, so now I am the operations
manager. When the time comes for me to
be transferred again I want a Bonairean
to take my position. I don't know how
long I'll stay here. It depends on the
company, but I think I am very fortunate.
A lot of things have changed for the best.
I never believed
when I was in
high school that
my life was go-
ing to be like this
and that I was
going to live in
Bonaire!" 1
Greta Kooistra


Gerardo, Flor, Jose and Giselle Velasco


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THE BONAIRE GARDNER
n my last series of articles I wrote about
the most popular group of plants on Bon-
aire, the Bougainvillea or Trinitaria. The
second most planted and popular group of
plants is the Oleander. Some people say to
me that they can't find them in books, but
that is probably because Oleander is its sec-
ond name. Its full name in Latin is Nerium
oleander.


This group of plants has over 200 different
varieties and cultivars and is widely spread
around the world. They are even popular in
Holland as an "orangerie plant," which
means that they stay outside in the summer
but must be kept above 120 Celsius in win-
tertime.
On Bonaire they do great! They don't have a
lot of demands: they don't need a lot of wa-
ter, can stand really strong winds and are
even known to grow successfully in salty
areas.
The only thing they do require is to be
planted in the full sun and that is not so diffi-
cult on Bonaire! However, they have one
small problem, and that is that their leaves
are a little bit poisonous. When you prune or
touch them in some way, no problem, but
always make sure that little children for ex-
ample don't try to chew the leaves.
But this poisonous factor has also a big ad-
vantage. The goats and donkeys don't want to
eat them either. So that makes them perfect
for planting outside fences and walls or other
unprotected areas where goats and donkeys
have free access.
Nerium oleander comes in a wide range of
forms and flowers, from the N. Oleander
Petit Pink of four feet to the Double Red va-
riety which can get above 30 feet! They


bloom in white, yellow, pink, salmon, red
and everything in between. Some forms
make nice hedges, and other types are perfect
to plant in groups in borders. They all bloom
all year round and blossom the end of their
growing points. So the better they grow the
more flowers they will give.
You can plant them when they're pretty
small, but it is best to always use a potted
plant and not a newly rooted cutting. They
will grow very fast and you can start pruning
them after a few weeks to encourage them to
sprout out more. But with some varieties,
like the half-high growing types like
"Hawaii" or the "Salmon," it is better to wait
with the pruning because they make new
branches themselves.
In my next article I will write more about
the different types. In the meantime, look
around on Bonaire and be surprised how
many types of Oleanders are being used here.
1 Ap. van Eldik


Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping, a company that designs
constructs and maintains residential and commercial gardens. He has
two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk which carries an array
of terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410


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*to find it, just look up


A NEAT Little Comet
for Your Weekend
Viewing ... Maybe!


Y es, you read correctly.
This weekend, what
may be the best comet of
2004 will be at its closest to
Earth and at its brightest.
And if you've got clear dark
skies you'll be able to see it
with the naked eye. This Fri-
day night, May 7th, just after
twilight is over and it's good
and dark out face west.
You'll see several bright
planets and stars, but you'll
have to be far away from any
lights where it's really dark in order to see the comet. And to help you find it let's
first look at some bright objects so I can steer you to it.
First of all, Venus will be absolutely dazzling because it is the brightest planet of
them all and is in fact at its greatest brilliancy for the entire year this week. Just
above Venus, almost on a straight line, you'll see much dimmer reddish orange
Mars. Then on that straight line, just above it, is much brighter, ringed Saturn
which through a small telescope will still dazzle you because its rings are almost
wide open. Then hang a left toward the southwest and you'll see the brightest star
of Canis Minor, the little dog, Procyon. And Procyon is the star we'll use to help
us find our neat comet, which is really neat because, believe it or not, that's part of
its name. Indeed, its proper name is C/2001 Q4 NEAT. It was discovered back in
August 2001 by the Near Earth Asteroid Tracking team, a group of astronomers
who hunt for hitherto unseen sky objects, and who in fact have discovered dozens
of faint comets since they started in the mid 90s. So to find this neat comet, simply
look down to the left of Procyon toward the horizon and it will be about half way
between Procyon and the horizon.
But don't expect it to look like Halley's Comet or Comet Hale-Bopp or Comet
Hyakutake because it is much smaller. In fact to the naked eye all you may see is
just a fuzzy ball of light about as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, which is
why I always recommend using a pair of binoculars when looking at any comet. If
a good tail does develop on Comet NEAT, which we don't know at the time of the
writing of this article, a pair of binoculars will really magnify its light and show
you the tail.
Now according to advance predictions Comet NEAT will be at its closest and
brightest to Earth this Friday May 7th, only 29 million, 840 thousand miles away.
But if you miss it Friday night then Saturday it will be only a little farther away
and just a little higher in the sky, closer to Procyon. On Sunday night it will be
even higher and almost beside Procyon. But by Monday night it will be a million
and a half miles further away than it was on Friday and will then get fainter each
night as it rapidly moves farther away from us.
So there you have it, a neat little comet named NEAT at its closest and brightest
this weekend. Get out those binoculars now! O Jack Horkheimer


For the week: May 7 to May 14, 2004

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Pleasure trips should be on your agenda. Empty
promises are evident. Be ready to explain your actions. Your lover may be an-
noyed if you have been flirtatious or not attentive to their needs. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Avoid friends or acquaintances who drink too
much. You will have to do a lot of running around, so be prepared to fall short of
your expectations. You must act quickly. You need to make changes that will raise
your self esteem, such as a new hairstyle or a new image.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Loss is evident if you don't consider all the angles.
You can gain approval, get kudos, and ask for help if you put a little heart into
your speech or request. Someone may be trying to damage your reputation. You
may be able to get some good advice about your personal problems.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your ability to get the job done will result in added
responsibility and possible promotion. Go out with friends or family. Risky finan-
cial ventures will result in unrecoverable losses. Loss is evident if you don't con-
sider all the angles. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your communication skills are at an all-time high. Finan-
cial gains can be made. You probably aren't getting straight answers to your ques-
tions. Now is the time to concentrate on building a strong financial future for your
family. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Set a limit or you'll wind up on a tight budget. Es-
capist tendencies will result in a poor reputation and a lack of confidence. You
could expand your circle of friends if you get involved in unusual activities. Secret
information will be eye opening. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Disputes on the home front may be hard to avoid.
You'll need to exercise control. Help elders in your family. You can raise your
standard of living if you pick up some freelance work on the side. Your lucky day
this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can stabilize your situation if you compro-
mise. You will be overly generous with children this week. Maybe it's time to look
into ways you can improve your health. Your best efforts will come through mak-
ing changes in your home. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You can get your point across and make
valuable connections. Those who have been too demanding should be put in their
place or out to pasture. You will enjoy events that lean toward theater, art or music
this week. Spend time by yourself to avoid any conflicts with family members.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Minor health problems will cause setbacks if
you haven't taken proper care of yourself. Money problems will be difficult to deal
with if you have a partner. Try to take some time to listen to their complaints, and
in turn, do something to appease them. Joining organizations will provide you with
stimulating romantic contacts. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Talk to your mate about a vacation and discuss the
expectations of your relationship. Channel your energy into passionate interludes
with your lover. Travel opportunities must be taken advantage of. Romantic en-
counters will be full of excitement. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Don't let other people meddle in your private affairs.
Be diplomatic but stem when it comes to giving of yourself. Help children com-
plete projects they're having difficulty with. Refrain from arguing with your mate.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. 1


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