Title: Bonaire reporter
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Place of Publication: Port-au-Prince
Publication Date: June 11, 2004
Copyright Date: 2004
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T he Netherlands Antilles has a oigoe photo
new Prime Minister to lead
the new government. He is Etienne
Ys, who last led the country from
January 2002 to July 2003.
Ys was sworn in with the rest of his
cabinet by the Governor of the Neth-
erlands, Bonaire-born Frits
Goedgedrag, on June 3. The previous
government collapsed two months
ago following a corruption scandal
and additional instances of wrongdo-
ing by officials.
Ys announced that there will be many
changes to repair the effects of the
last 10 months when the Louisa
Godett cabinet was in power. To act
as a control a Safeguarding Progress
Committee will track the execution of
the governing accord (the stated ob- Some of the members of the new government.
jectives of the new Cabinet) and will In the front row are Prime Minister Ys, Gover-
report on the progress independently nor Goedgedrag, and Vice Premier Cova.
of the Cabinet. The committee is
made up of representatives of the
Central Bank, the SOAB (Government Accountants Bureau Institute) and the Finance,
Economic Affairs and Judicial Affairs Administrations. The committee's reports will be
sent to the council of ministers, Parliament and the trade unions.
Ys has also promised quick action to get the economy back on track and tackle the coun-
try's debt of NAf4.6 billion ($2.5 billion). He is eager to repair the relationship with the
Netherlands, which he said suffered under the previous government.

A The coalition government sworn in
last Thursday is composed of represen-
tatives from all the five islands with 15
of the 22 Parliament seats: PAR 4, PNP
3, PLKP 2, DP-St. Marten 2, Bonaire's
UPB 2, WIPM St. Marten 1 and DP-
Statia 1. The opposition is formed by
FOL 5, DP-Bonaire 1 and National Al-
liance St. Marten 1.

A Outgoing Antillean Prime Minister
Mirna Louisa-Godett refused sign the
decree to transfer power to her suc-
cessor, Etienne Ys. Instead, the docu-

ment was signed by Deputy Prime Min-
ister Erol Cova (PLKP), who holds the
same position in the new Central Gov-
ernment. Louisa-Godett said she was
still angry about the way Parliament
had forced Justice Minister Ben Kom-
proe to resign.
The departing Prime Minister then went
on to rate her fellow ministers. Minis-
ter Cova got 6 out of 10, "because
when you think you can count on his
support, you don't get it." Education
Minister Nolly Oleana and State Sec-
retary Vos, both Bonaire PDB Democ-

rats who
joined the
out, each
a 9.
The only
top grade,
a 10, was
given to
Plenipo- Outgoing Prime Minister Mirna
tentiary Godett lectures the press.
in The Hague, Maurice Adriaens. In
her opinion, Komproe, despite having
been forced to step down early, did not
deserve a failing grade and received a 6.
"He did try his best."
Transport and Communication Minister
Richard Salas did not get a mark be-
cause he was ill almost the entire time,
while the departing Prime Minister
would not grade herself. "Others will
have to do that," she concluded.

SJust when you think they're down
and out they bounce back. DCA has
announced they will fly five weekly
Amsterdam-Curacao round trip
flights during the high season in addi-
tion to the already announced Air
Exel's three weekly flights and KLM's
jumbos. DCA says they have reserved a
Boeing 767-300 for the next three and a
half years. They did not say which com-
pany will be their partner in this ven-
"Negotiations are practically finalized,
but we have learned our lesson," said

Swimming News
Dietitian (Vitamin & Mineral Quiz)
Dive Festival
Jong Bonaire Fair
Gardner(Oleander, III)
Yoga (Tree Pose)
Parable (Necklace)
Art (Inspiration)
Population Statistics
He Did It. They Did It. Twice.

Flotsam & Jetsam
Police Update
Letters (Brooklyn Boy)
Yacht List & Tide Table
Windsurf Scene
(Novelist on Bonaire)
Pets of the Week (Kittens)
Picture Yourself
(Mt. Vernon)
Hit Parade
What's Happening
Shopping Guide
Dining Guide
On the Island Since
(Lupe Uranie)
Bonaire Sky Park
The Stars Have It

spokesman CUsar Prince. "We will
make an announcement next weekend."
The flights will start by mid-July.
To further stir the mix, Caribbean Air
Travel, the Curaqao sales department of
the now defunct Air Holland, expressed
their intention to re-introduce low-
priced fares this coming October. It was
Air Holland who last year cut the price
of Amsterdam-Curaqao round trip
flights to NAf500 and started a price
war that pleased consumers.

A The progress towards restarting
the campaign for the Bonaire Refer-
endum is stalled until a new Referen-
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dum Committee can be named. The
original committee resigned May 19th.
The Executive Council needs it done as
soon as possible to establish momentum
towards a September 3rd vote. That de-
cision to delay the process, along with
other political factors, are said to be the
reasons for the resignations of Chair-
man Hans Els and other Committee
members. It has been mentioned that
Arthur Sealy, one of the Committee
members may take over as chairman.

A From now on Scuba Vision will of-
fer all of its custom videos on DVD.
Not only will your dive video have su-
perior digital quality but, at no extra
charge, it will include footage of your
resort and more of the underwater
beauty of Bonaire. Using the latest digi-
tal gear, Scuba Vision can also convert
old VHS tapes into DVDs and bulk
copy promotional DVDs for individu-
als, businesses and resorts. For more
information Call Hendrik at 717-2844

A Inmates at the Bon Futuro Federal
Prison in Curacao have been making
call-ins to radio stations in Curaqao,
which have gotten into the habit of let-
ting prisoners speak their minds freely
live on the air, despite requests not to
do so. Phones are banned at the prison.
The issue came to a head last week
when two prisoners were caught trying
to escape. They had a pistol, 12 bullets
and a cell phone in their possession.
One of the prisoners said on the air be-
fore his abortive escape that "it didn't
matter if he killed someone, because
people have to die some day."

A The BOPEC oil terminal in the
northwest corner of Bonaire received
certification from Lloyds-Holland
that it meets the International Envi-
ronmental Standards specified in ISO
14001. It is the first petroleum facility
in the Netherlands Antilles to be so cer-
tified. Assurance that BOPEC is being
operated in an environmentally proper
manner is especially important for
Bonaire which depends on the quality
of its underwater and surface environ-
ment for tourism. Among the items
evaluated for standards compliance
were the operation of the production
plants, the loading and unloading of oil
tankers, the lab and the tugboat service.
ISO 14000 is a series of international
standards on environmental manage-
ment first published in 1996. It the ac-
tual requirements for an environmental
management system. It applies to those
environmental aspects which the or-

A Special Olympics Bonaire is
developing new athletes for the
athletics, bocce, swimming,
bowling and tennis events. The
tennis team, after winning silver
medals in the Olympics World
Games in Dublin, Ireland, is
being coached by Robby Doma-
casse. He said he sees great po-
tential in his new team and
hopes, with the help of Assistant
Coach Irene Melief, to bring out
the best of the athletes.

Coach Robby Domacasse with
the new athletes on the court of
BSF. Missing in the picture is
Assistant Coach Irene Melief

ganization has control and over which it
can be expected to have an influence.

A It's common knowledge that Bon-
aire is out of the hurricane zone. But
that doesn't mean that hurricanes are
unknown here. The last hurricane, with
minimal 65 knot winds, passed closely
south of the island in 1933. In October
of 1988, Tropical Storm Joan, packing
50-knot winds, also passed south of
Bonaire and did substantial coral and
property damage. And most recently, in
July of 1996, Tropical Depression
Georges, with sustained winds of 30
knots, passed right over Bonaire. There
was little harm to buildings but some
yachts in the marina suffered minor
The table below shows the probabilities
of any hurricane and of a major hurri-
cane (>111 mph or faster) passing

within 75 miles in any one
Island P

Kingston, Jamaica
Nassau, Bahamas
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Santo Domingo, D.R.
U.S. Virgin Islands

An interpretation of the ab
for Bonaire means that dui
year period Bonaire can e'

wieler is
right next
door to
Caf6 and
across the
street from

A There's
radio pro-
gram on
the island
that starts
June 13,

The Divi Flamingo resort threw a greatparty last week to celebrate
two years of hosting KLM crews. Lots of "the beautiful people" attended.

year. from 6 to 7 pm. (The other is The Fo-
rob. Prob. rum with Sean Paton on Sundays and
Hurr. Mondays, noon to 2 pm. Both shows
are on Mega FM, 101.1 FM on your
20.0 6.7 dial.) The new one is a radio talk show
8.3 with Sanjay Kumar who had a pro-
gram in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he
2.2 0.6 did live interviews with people who
14.3 made a difference in the community,
experts in plastic surgery techniques; he
22.2 covered subjects like medical relief in
Iraq and abuse against women. Sanjay
12.4 4.2 likens his program to those of Larry
11.1 3.9 King, "just on the edge," he says. San-
16.7 jay's first guest on June 13 will be Po-
lice Chief Gerald Daantje. Tune in
Sunday, June 13, at 6pm, Mega FM,
)ove figures 101.1 FM. You may also listen to the
ring a 100- Sanjay Kumar Show on the web: www.
expect hurri- megafm.com

cane force winds about every 50 years
and a major hurricane once in 200
years. Hurricane probabilities for the
Caribbean show Bonaire as the island
having the lowest chance for a hurri-
This listing is from Hurricane Watch:
Forecasting the Deadliest Storms on
Earth by Dr. Bob Sheets and Jack Wil-
liams. Thanks to Ruud Vermeulenfor
sending us this info.

A DeFreewieler, the bike shop on
Kaya Grandi, is now the place to get
your keys made. They can make keys
immediately for cars, houses and locks.
They carry a large stock of old keys,
even skeleton keys and hard-to-find
keys for old cars. Maybe you have an
old lock that needs a key. Bring it in
and they will try to help you. Prices are
the lowest on the island: lock and house
keys are NAf6, car keys, NA 12. Also
in stock are all sorts of key accessories:
key rings, tags, caps for keys. DeFree-

A The world-famous Bonaire Web-
Cams will live. That's the word from
Jake Richter, the originator of the un-
derwater Reef Cam, one of the four
cameras of the Bonaire Web Cam. A
combination of the Eden Beach busi-
nesses- Eden Beach Resort (http://
www.edenbeach.com), WannaDive
Dive Shop WannaDive Hut (http://
www.wannadivebonaire.com) and
Bongo's Beach Bar and Restaurant
(http://www.bongosbeach.com)- will
take up the responsibility for the cams.
The plan is that the WebCams will go
dark on June 20th, and in a few weeks
be operational in their new location.
Will a BarCam be added to the Reef-
Cam? We'll let you know.

A Maria Koeks just e-mailed us that
this Saturday, at 6.30am, there will be
a guided walk over the Ruta Dos Pos
trail. Meet at Dos Pos, the windmill on
the Rincon tourist road that borders
Goto Meer. The price is NAf5 for kids
and NAf10 for adults. Be sure to wear
good shoes, a hat, bring a bottle of wa-
ter and a very good mood, plus a cam-
era if you want to. Ask your friends to
join you too. At the finish, juice will be
served and there will be time to share
the experience with the other walkers.
For more about Rincon, check out the
Rincon website at http://infobonaire.

A Buddy Dive Resort recently added
another dive boat to its fleet. The Red
Tide is a 30-foot Island Hopper, a well
proven boat for Bonaire's sea condi-
tions and diver comfort. For more infor-
mation call 717-5080 or visit http://


A As we reported in past issues, visi-
tors can participate in a guided light-
house climb and descent. Under the
expert guidance of Climb Master Hans
Voerman and his company, Bonaire
Guide Services, adventure seekers can
climb to the top of one of Bonaire's
19th century lighthouses and descend
by rope. Bonaire Guide Services is lo-
cated at the Caribbean Club Bonaire.
For reservations call 717-4553.

A One of our favorite restaurants serv-
ing Lebanese cuisine, Venezuelan spe-
cialties and pizza, is the Garden Caf6.
It is now offering daily lunch specials
and 10% off to divers and windsurf-
ers. Garden Caf6 is open Monday to
Saturday, with lunch served Monday to
Friday (Saturday dinner only). It is lo-
cated at Kaya Grandi 59. Call 717-

A The Junior Chamber Bonaire, for-
merly known as the Jaycees Bonaire,
has organized a course called
"Parliamentary Procedures." During
the course, among other things, you will
learn how to formally conduct a meet-
ing. The course will be held at Jong
Bonaire on Saturday, June 12, from 9
am to 4 pm. Cost is NAfl0. Everyone
is invited. To participate, call 790-9450,
565-7499 or 785-7828.

A Two workshops will be held this
weekend. On Saturday, June 12 there
will be a workshop on "How to Heal
with Crystals," from 9 am to 1 pm. The
cost is NAf50. The second workshop
will be on "chi" (energy), titled, "Learn
How to Channel Your Energy." It's
on Sunday, June 13 from 6:30 to 9 am
at Sorobon. The cost is NAf50. For
more information and to register for
either course, call 790-9450.

A "Fun Miles," which offers credit
for travel on DCA as well as other pre-
miums, are being given by more and
more Bonaire merchants. It's fun to
collect and redeem them, but they are
not free to the offering merchant. Re-
cently we received a considerable dis-
count on a major appliance purchase
when we declined Fun Miles. If you
want to save money, ask if you can get
a lower price if you refuse Fun Miles. 1
L./G. D.

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P e t I C Et iU PDAS IT4 EI


Dear Editor,
I am new on the island and have been
reading your newspaper for over two
years now. I am an American that was
born in Brooklyn N.Y. where you can
always get a good pizza and a real good
Italian meal. Am sorry to say I have vis-
ited just about every pizza place on this
Island and tried an Italian meal just about
everyplace you can think of. Maybe after
we send some of the new cooks to school
we can get a good Italian meal some
place. If it was possible to get some of the
Italian chiefs that I know in the U.S.A. to
come here and open a good pizza parlor
you would put all the Pizza places on this
Island to shame and they would be forced
to close up. The so called Italian restau-
rants here do not know how to cook spa-
ghetti. I know because I have tried them
We would be happy to get some good
Chinese food cooked the way they cook
in Chinatown. You can not buy any Chi-
nese food here that approaches any-
thing like what you get in the U.S., in
Brooklyn or Long Island N.Y. I am only
73 years of age and I would appreciate it
if we could teach the people here from
China how to cook like they cook in the
U.S.A. A good order of Chinese Spare
Ribs would be appreciated. Also a good
Egg Food Yung. Is this so difficult to do

down here?
I am a resident here also. Have been for
over one year now. I love to fish also but
one thing this Island lacks is a Party Boat
when the price to go out fishing is
not $175.00 US and get nothing but a
boat ride. I enjoyed going fishing in Lac
Bay with a Bonaire fisherman, and I
caught fish also.
I think the people of Bonaire should be
able to fish where ever they want to. I
could fish in the U.S. off of any beach in
N.Y., New Jersey and Connecticut that I
wanted to without any restrictions.
The divers here do not put a Divers Down
flag on any of their boats and the diver in
the water does not use a divers down flag.
I thought this was supposed to be a Di-
vers' Paradise.
Follow the rules here and let the fisher-
man have his area also. Every dive resort
sports a divers flag to show they are a
dive resort. How about using it on the
water like they are required to do in the
Thank You.
Al Curry, a concerned resident.

Assistant Public Prosecutor Justine
Gonggrijp reports:
*Last Monday evening, June 6, around
midnight there was a police action in
Rincon. Three houses were searched
and four people arrested. Investigation
of the case began when a Rincon resi-
dent returned from Holland and found
his house had been burglarized and his
scooter stolen. Police investigating the
crime found the thief, which in turn led
to even more suspects involved in
other break-ins and drug dealing. The
four suspects are being held pending
further investigation.
*Saturday, June 5, a shooting oc-
curred between Karel's Beach Bar
and City Caf6 by an off duty Customs
officer. The Customs officer, in his
uniform, was walking with his girl-
friend when her ex-boyfriend appeared
and wanted to talk with her. She didn't
agree. A discussion ensued and the
Customs officer took out his gun and
shot twice. He claims he felt threatened
and was shooting in self defense be-
cause he thought the other man had a
gun when he saw something shiny in
his hand. He said he gave a warning
shot and then aimed for his legs. Oth-
ers say he aimed for the man's chest.
The victim ran and jumped into the
water. No one was hit or injured. The

Customs officer's gun was confiscated
and he is being held and charged with
attempted homicide.
Because of the incident the Customs
personnel of the Flamingo Team say
they are so shocked that they cannot
perform their duties. Because it is such
a sensitive case, the police and prose-
cutor are being brought in from Cura-
qao to handle it. The outcome will be
decided by a judge.
*Although the Customs officers were
not working at the airport since the Sat-
urday shooting, the SSV staff is. Two
drug smugglers were apprehended this
past weekend.

Charles Suriel of the Police Depart-
ment reports:
*In connection with the case of the
three goat thief suspects, two were
released as there was not enough evi-
dence to hold them. The third (H.S.M.,
23 years old) still remains in custody.
The case is still under investigation.
*Sunday, June 6, around 10 or 11 am
two fishermen were pulling up
their anchor near BOPEC found a dive
tank and BC vest. Inside the dive vest
was a car key belonging to Total Car
Rental. Police are investigating the
case. O L.D.

page 5


we are getting a lot of moral support from
our National Federation and clubs in
Curagao and St. Maarten. With a lot of
practice, more volunteers (particularly
coaches) and donations of much needed
funds Bonaire will indeed be at this meet
next year."
The Bonaire Swim Club trains at the Mer-
alney Sports Complex on Mondays from
17.30 to 18.30 and on Tuesdays from
17.00 to 18.00. There is a water polo
hour for strong swimmers, age 12 to
adults, following the Tuesday training
from 18.00 to 19.00. Minimum age for
"Barracuda" membership is six. The club
does not give swimming lessons so pro-
spective club members have to demon-
strate their swimming abilities before they
can join. For information about swim-
ming lessons for children or adults contact
the Meralney Sports Complex directly.
People wishing to volunteer or make fi-
nancial donations to the club can contact
Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Vala-
rie@telbonet.an. O Valarie Stimpson

Front row: V. Stimpson, Bonaire; D. Antrobus, St. Maarten; Name unavailable,
St. Maarten. Back row: M. Schrijvers, St. Maarten;, D. van der Veen, President
NAZB Curacao; M. Ellis, St. Maarten; E. Solomon, FINA representative
Curagao; C. Hellegers, St. Maarten

T he 5th Annual Dutch Caribbean In-
vitational Swim Meet was held at
Sentro Deporte Korsow last month.
Three hundred swimmers in the seven-to-
20-year-old age group from 12 swim
clubs representing Curagao, Aruba, St.
Maarten, the Netherlands and Suriname
participated in this competition. During
the meet the Netherlands Antilles Swim-
ming Federation (NAZB) (Nederlands
Antilliaanse Zwembond), in conjunction
with The International Swimming Federa-

tion (FINA) and the Netherlands Antilles
Olympic Committee, held a clinic for
swimming officials. Valarie Stimpson of
the newly formed Bonaire swim club par-
ticipated in this course which included
classroom training as well as the opportu-
nity to serve as an apprentice timer and
turn judge during the four-day competi-
tion. Bonaire will participate next year.
Valarie said, "The Antillean swimming
community is truly anxious to see com-
petitive swimming develop in Bonaire so

page 6



We all know that our body needs vitamins and min-
eral in order for it to function at its best. Are you
sure that you are getting enough of each of them? With
this test you can find out quickly. This test counts only for
adults and children 12 years and older.
Each answer has a score on the left. After answering all
seven questions, add up the total number of scores for
your total.

1.I eat a minimum of three serving
spoons of vegetables (150 grams)
10 six or seven days a week
7 five days a week
3 a maximum of 4 days a week
0 seldom

2.1 eat minimum of two portions of
10 six or seven days a week
7 five days a week
3 a maximum of 4 days a week
0 seldom

3.1 eat at least three or more servings
of (cooked) potatoes, rice or pasta
10 six or seven days a week
7 five days a week
3 a maximum of 4 days a week
0 seldom

4. I eat five or more slices of bread
10 six or seven days a week
7 five days a week
3 a maximum of 4 days a week
0 seldom

5.1 eat oneportion (75 grams) of
meat, fish, chicken, meat substitu-
tion or an egg
10 six or seven days a week
7 five days a week
3 a maximum of four days a week
0 seldom

6.1 use four portions of dairy products
(oneportion= one glass of milk,
chocolate milk or soy milk or one
bowl of yogurt or porridge or one
slice of cheese)
10 six or seven days a week
7 five days a week
3 a maximum of 4 days a week
0 seldom

7.1 use margarine or reducedfat mar-
garine (halvarine) on bread
10 six or seven days a week
7 5 days a week
3 a maximum of 4 days a week
0 seldom


Explanation of your score:

64-70 points
Your diet has enough variety and
you don't need to worry about getting
enough vitamins and minerals. It's
important that you continue eating a
variety of foods.

49-63 points
You are possibly not getting enough
of some vitamins and minerals. You
may consult a dietitian to check your
eating pattern and get advice on what
you should eat to get enough vitamins
and minerals.

Fewer than 49 points
There is not enough variation in your
diet, which in the long run can lead to
a vitamin and mineral deficiency. Al-
though you may be taking a vitamin
supplement on a daily basis your eat-
ing pattern is far from good. Remem-
ber that a balanced diet supplies your
body with much more than just vita-
mins and minerals.

In some cases, no matter what your
score, you need extra vitamins. For
Pregnant women need extra Folic
Acid and Vitamin D
Women breastfeeding or over 50
need extra Vitamin D.
-Men over 60 need extra Vitamin D.
D A.S.

Angsiique Salsbach

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Week 2 Begins

T he Dive Festi-
val got off to a
great start with
around 150 people
registered by Sun-
day night. The tra-
ditional "Taste of
Bonaire" opening
event was the big-
gest ever with some
food booths report-
ing double the sales
of last year. Under-
water activities
were well underway
on Monday which
also featured the
opening of the Cap-
tain Don Diving
Museum at Habitat.
These photos tell
part of the story. O


June 5-19, 200+

Desiree Marchena of the TCP signs up Janet
Strassman Perlmutter from Worcester, Mass.
for the 2004 Dive Festival

Some of the longest lines Students from Chez Nous at the High
were for dessert School prepared a delicious
at The Last Bite bakery. seafood paella.

A highlight of the Wilhelmina Park Festival were youngsters' posters telling about
environmental preservation and protection in Bonaire, coordinated by STINAPA's
page 8 Debby Waben.
page 8


J ong Bonaire conducted one of its
periodic fundraising fairs this past
weekend and raised NAJ4.000 for the .
youth center. One highlight of the
sale was the great deal on used com-
puters which went for around NAf300
each. All were sold before the first
hour of the fair was over. O

Jong Bonaire's Paco Veeris
passes out one of the last
computers remaining.



Author Elisa
Carbone re-
turned to sunny Bon-
aire last week for
a two-week holi-
day. Elisa, a pub-
lished novelist, was
seen sailing at windy
Lac Bay. An avid
Elisa returned to Bon-
aire a second time to
enjoy the sea for
snorkeling and wind-
surfing. A visit to this
Caribbean island has
also been a research resource for her next
She is the author of Stealing Freedom, an
ALA (American Library Association) Best
Book for Young Adults; Storm Warriors,
an ALA Notable and winner of the Vir-
ginia Library Association's 2002 Jefferson
Cup Award; and The Pack, a Bank Street
College Best Book of the Year for
2004. Her novels are written for
the elementary and young adult reader.
Elisa shared one of her novels with a Papa
Comes School student, Maggie Wynter.
Maggie just finished reading Stealing
Freedom, a wonderful historical fiction
novel set in the 1800s. The main character,
Ann Maria Weems, lived in the mid-1800s
near the author's home in Maryland. This
fictionalized account of her extraordinary
life fascinated Maggie who knew a little
about African-American history and the
Underground Railroad. She could not put
it down. Maggie said, "At first I was sad
and didn't want to read what happened to
Ann Maria but I needed to know what hap-
pened back then." And now she has a

autographed copy from this friendly and
approachable author. Elisa writes books to
instigate discussion in the classroom and
to delve into aspects of life including
themes of conflict resolution and bullying
as well as the themes of loss and separa-
tion created in Stealing Freedom.
Elisa loves the outdoors. She is an avid
rock climber but loves the sea and worked
hard on improving her windsurfing moves
and skills in what was very challenging
conditions during her stay. The winds this
past week were strong for some white
knuckle sailing.
And what is Elisa up to next? She is writ-
ing a new historical novel based on the
early settlers in Jamestown, Virginia. Be-
fore coming to the first colony many early
settlers traveled though the Caribbean en
route to America. Elisa is inspired to write
this novel experiencing the true feel of a
Caribbean island. Elisa said, "I am getting
a feel for the water, how it looks and
sounds, the plant and animal life here in
Bonaire. It gives me an understanding of
how the first settlers saw the islands." She

also unwinds on Bonaire finding the snor-
keling like a form of meditation. She and
her partner Jim Casbarian, a landscape
photographer spent the last day enjoying
the active reef system at Lac.
Elisa and Jim are sure to return after en-
joying the sea adventures here and also
partaking in their first Dive Festival. They

were last seen enjoying the culinary de-
lights found at "Taste Of Bonaire," the
annual festival of food which is part of the
world famous Dive Festival being held this
and next week. To learn more about Elisa,
visit her website www.elisacarbone.com.
1 Ann Phelan

The Official Results of the King of the Cape Windsurfing Competition in Cape
Cod, US, are just in, and Bonaire's riders did very well. Top winners in the Pro men's
Division were: #1. Tati Frans ($3,000 prize) and #2. Kiri Thode ($2,000 prize). In
the Amateur Men's Division Bonaire's Clay Emer placed first.


Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
El Sabor
Fifth Season
Flying Cloud, USA
Galadrial, USA
Gatsby, USA
Goril Too
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.

Honalee, USA
Hotel California Too, USA
La Contenta
Luna C
Macaby, Netherlands
Natural Selection, USA
Pamela Jean
Pau Hana
Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden

Scintilla, Germany
Soverign III
Sylvia K
Triumphant Lady
Ta B
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Zeno's Arrow, USA

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
6-11 4:55 1.2FT. 8:17 1.3FT. 14:29 1.OFT. 21:54 1.7FT. 46
6-12 6:15 1.1FT. 9:41 1.2FT. 13:59 1.1FT. 22:11 1.8FT. 47
6-13 7:25 1.0FT. 22:32 1.9FT. 52
6-14 8:21 0.9FT. 22:57 2.0FT. 59
6-15 9:10 0.8FT. 23:27 2.0FT. 66
6-16 9:59 0.7FT. 71
6-17 0:26 2.1FT. 10:35 0.7FT. 74
6-18 0:56 2.1FT. 11:15 0.7FT. 77

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This is my third and last article about
the Oleander. With all the nice rain in
the last weeks the Oleanders are showing
us why they are so popular: they bloom
abundantly in the most incredible colors.
As I've said before, there are very different
types needing different treatments and
High Growing Varieties
You can do almost anything with them, but
it is important if you want them to grow
full and bushy, that awhile after they've
been in the ground that you cut off some of
the new growth to let them sprout out. As
soon as you think they are bushy enough,
you can let them grow big. The Oleander
blooms at the end of new growth and then
will sprout out by itself with two or three
new branches. If you want to make an Ole-
ander hedge, make sure you don't cut them
all the time, otherwise you will never have
flowers and get only a green hedge, which
is not particularly attractive. (If you want a
nice thick green hedge, it is better to
choose another plant like a Ficus.) You
will see that older plants also keep produc-
ing new sprouts from the bottom, so use
those as your new branches. We get a lot
of questions about Oleanders that have
become too open at the bottom. There are
no restrictions in pruning them heavily!
The only thing to watch for is to use those
newly grown branches.
Middle High Growing Types
Their treatment is about the same, but if
you choose the right variety you don't need
to trim them very often. Sometimes when
these types are so heavy with flowers that
they start to fall down it's time to cut back
some older lower branches completely so
the new sprouts will grow up again.
The Dwarf Oleander
This one is somewhat different. For a start,

UOeanaer flower ana leaves

they don't need any pruning. But after a
few years they sometimes start to look very
old. Then it's a good time to cut them
back. Look for the old branches, mostly
full with old flowers, and see if they are
starting to sprout out at the bottom. That
tells you they are ready for a start-over.
You can cut all the very old branches
away, giving the new sprouts a chance to
grow rapidly. It is wise to do this along
with feeding them some rich fertilizer like
Peeters or Miracle Grow.
Oleanders don't require a lot of fertilizer.
They can do with just the regular NPK.
Another thing is that they seem to thrive on
septic tank water. The only time you might
have to give them something extra is when
they have suffered from something like
drought or pests. I always recommend con-
necting them to an irrigation system, or if
you don't have one, to give them regular
water- not too much, just regularly. If you
are lucky they might survive on their own

K itten secrets! Whatever could they
be whispering to each other?
These two along with four others are now
up for adoption at the Bonaire Animal
Shelter. And what a selection. There's a
calico, black and white, gray and white
and red and white. Their mothers were
tested for feline leukemia and passed
with flying colors. If the mother is not
infected, neither are any of her kittens.
These cuties are just six weeks old and
should stay with their moms for another
week or so, but you can put in a request
for adoption and reserve one for the near
future. The adoption fee for cats is
NAf75 and that includes testing, worm-
ing, inoculations and sterilization when
they're ready. It's an excellent value and
you know you'll be getting a healthy,
social animal.
To date this year there have been 70
adoptions. For the entire year, 2003,

when they are fully grown, but in dry peri-
ods they will look very ugly!
Oleander is probably the most popular
plant among home gardeners who want to
make their own cuttings. Cut off a branch,
put it in water and most of the time you
have your own-made birthday present!
This goes only for the higher growing va-
rieties, especially the double Reds.
The smaller the variety, the more difficult
it is to get them to root. It took our nursery
a long time to figure out how to reproduce
all the different types. If you make your
own cuttings, always be sure they come

there were 110. In 2002 there were 90.
Other good news: "Wilem," the hand-
some Dalmatian who was Pet of the
Week May 28, has been adopted. He'll
be living in Rincon with his new owner
who appreciates his enthusiastic person-
ality. All the best for a wonderful life
together! OL.D.

from the type that you want to reproduce!
Here are some last golden rules about
- Always plant them in full sun.
- Make sure you have the right variety for
the spot.
- Don't let small children chew on the
leaves; they're poisonous!
- You don't have to worry about goats or
donkeys; they don't like the taste.
Enjoy! OAp 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 terra cotta pots from Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410

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-The [PEMPR"EOT Ez [Lz5H/E
There is nothing worth more than your peace of mind andAcceptance.....
When you live in "a state of acceptance" there is nothing that can throw you off balance or
upset you. You are staying present within yourself not graspingfor pleasure in the outside
world but enjoying the sheer pleasure of each moment.

T his statement is so true, it's all about
This week I was wondering what to write
about. During my personal yoga practice the
words frustration and acceptance kept pop-
ping into my mind.
Knowing that I was feeling frustrated be-
cause I couldn't move into the asana (pose) as
comfortably as I did the day before made me
realize I wasn't accepting where I was at that
present moment. This can be true in any
situation in our lives, but doing yoga on a
regular basis quickly brings this to your at-
I have been fortunate to train with two yoga
masters, David Swenson and Beryl Bender
Birch. To witness their practice and their calm
peacefulness was pure beauty. You see
strength and softness in their eyes and expres-
sion. You see strength and softness in their
bodies and postures. The years of dedicated
practice have given them back acceptance of
who they are with each breath on the mat and
the ability to accept who they are each mo-
ment off the mat. Its truly that dedicated
daily connection between their minds, bodies
and breath that makes it all possible.
So next time when we feel frustrated, in an

Don andDesirje of On every first
"Yoga For You" offer month at 6:3
classes in yoga, from meditation at So
beginners to advanced wooden fisl

asana pose or any other aspect of life, let's not
fight it. Stop pushing, stop pulling, try to feel
it, experience it. Then try inhaling into it and
exhaling, releasing it. Let it go, accept where
you are right now at this present moment.
That's where you need to be. Then become
aware of your peace of mind.
So when we are accepting, nothing can throw
us off balance.
Now let's take a look at our tree pose.
Vrksasana Tree Pose develops the power of
mental concentration and single mindedness
of thought as well as physical balance.

How to practice tree position:
* Start by standing, breathing down through
the feet. Now allow all your weight to go
down through one side only.
* When you have found your balance raise
the other foot from the floor. Let the pelvis
drop, lengthening the spine.
Then place the foot on the thigh of the
straight leg. Reach up high through your
arms, fingertips touching.

Give change a chance D Desir/e

: Saturday of the
30 am there is a
robon Beach by the
herman's hut.

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JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7,
Bonaire Local Art, Art Sup-
plies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am-
5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or phone
717-5246 for appt.

for healthy, strong, affordable
plants all grown on Bonaire. Also
Landscaping. Follow signs starting
in front of Lagoen Hill. Tel. 790-

BonaireNet is the leading con-
sumer and business informa-
tion source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-
line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.

For watercolor and acrylic
classes call Alead 785-6695

BONAIRE. Consultation,
Supervision, Hypnotherapy, Psy-
chotherapy Drs. Johan de
Korte, Psychologist, Phone:

Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery.
Specializing in garden/septic
pumps and irrigation. Kaminda
Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV
(Capt. Don and Janet). Phone:
786-0956 or 787-0956

Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced.
Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013

Jeep Cherokee, color red, power
steering, airco, automatic, 70k, beauti-
ful car for NAf13.500 or Euro 6.200.
Call 717-6887

Must sell immediately 1994 Suzuki
Van. Body good, engine running but
will need rings. NAf1.600 or best of-
fer. Tel. 562-7557

Former Dutch Conservation and Envi-
ronment Officer (CEO) Enit Scholtens
would like to house-sit from the 12th
of July till the 9th of August while she
is here visiting Bonaire. If your house
is available for all or part of this time
please contact- benit@wanadoo.nl

Digital Converter System (AIWA)
NAf475,00 = NTSC-PAL; Pana-
sonic Fax Machine NAf 375,00;
Amana Air Conditioner 12,000
BTU NAf 375,00- Call Jesse Thode
at 717-6030

3 May 1999 3 May 2004
He was so carried away by his enthu-
siasm that he promised me a miracle

House for sale- Nice house at great
location. Surrounded by 15 acres of
land. Incredible view. For details con-
tact: 785-3965/787-0998 email:

Furnished two bedroom oceanfront
apartment for rent as of August 1st
2004. Situated in Belnem. For more
information call 717-8603.

2 bedrooms, choice private location.
Available from July 15 to Jan 15.: For
details contact: (599) 717-5058; 717 -
3293; larjaytee@aol.com

WANTED: Land, private or long
lease in Lima, Nikiboko Zuid, Tera
Cora, Lac area. Call 717-3374

Young couple looking to rent a
kunuku long term. Call 785-9013

Boat, type Boston Whaler, 13 feet
with 25 hp Yamaha, including trailer.
NAf6.500 or Euro 3.000. Call 717-

Traditional Bo-
nairean Sailing
Sloop, 21'. A dream
to sail. Bargain at
NAf10,000. Two
time Regatta winner.
One of the last of its
kind. Call 717-8988
or 785-6125.

YARD SALE at Kaya Utrecht 30 in
Hato -Good Stuff- Saturday, June 12,
9 am

PORCH-SALE- This Saturday the
June 12th -We're selling everything:
beds, tables, chairs, lamps, school-
articles, pans, washing machine,
stove, fridge, fur-animals, hammocks,
a Chevy pick-up and lots and lots
more!!!! Kaya Suecia #1, near Joke's
Minimarket 10.00-14.00


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Once upon a time there was a king-
dom in a far away land. The king,
known as a warlord, had gone to a foreign
country with his army and conquered the
enemy. Unfortunately the King himself
was mortally injured during the battle.
This left the Queen with the total respon-
sibility of guiding the kingdom, not an
easy task.
Bu the Queen was a strong
woman and fulfilled the task with
clarity, honesty and wisdom. Yet
it was a stressful and very de-
manding occupation.
At one point she was called to
attend a very important meeting
with her ministers. The meeting
would be a crossroads for her and
her future depended on it. She
remembered that the late King had
given her a beautiful necklace and
it was her wish to wear it to the
meeting, but no matter where she looked
she couldn't find it. The royal servants
were called to help in the search. Every
comer in the palace was checked and
every stone overturned, but no one could
find it.
Desperate and sad, the Queen went into
the bathroom to freshen up, and as she
looked into the mirror her eyes fell on the
necklace around her neck. Well, what do
you know! There it was the necklace
she was looking for. It was there all along.
It had never left the place were she had
put it right after she had lost the King.

They are even willing to fight for it and
yet even when the enemy is conquered
there is still no peace. Today a lot of peo-
ple try to improve themselves and their
lives with a few hours of aromatherapy a
week or a massage, or go kite-flying,
build models, go swimming or whatever,
just to have experience a moment of
peace. We pay a lot of money just to get
- to Bonaire but, mysteriously,
once we are here and something
happens on the home front......
Sbang.....gone is the peace. That's
when we start looking in our
wallets, purses, handbags and
into all kinds of activities just to
get a little bit of peace because if
not, our mind starts looking at
the negative side of life, and it's
so easy because it is always
S| there.
Looking for the good, more posi-
tive side is more challenging because
sometimes we have to dig deeper, but the
good is always there. It's just like the
necklace... .very near by.
The necklace in the story above represents
Peace. It's always there, inside us, not
very far. It's a real quality each and every
one of us possesses internally, and it is
just a matter of giving it a little bit of at-
tention, just like a plant needs water and
attention. So whenever you get that feel-
ing of being lost or upset, go find a quiet
place where you won't be disturbed for
awhile. Concentrate on the rhythm of your
breathing and dive inside yourself. O

Everybody in the world wants peace. Marie

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H ave you ever had a creative inspi-
ration? Have you ever been
charmed and tempted with an idea that
pulls you into your creative self? Do
you follow through with the idea or do
you just let it pass?
The answer may be that you are not
prepared to follow the idea and that your
daily life does not include a time frame
to make it happen. What you need to do
is try to combine your inspirations with
your daily activities. This is the way to
open up the door to creativity, no matter
what your artistic interests may be. Hibiscus

Here are a few tips to "Get into the Artistic Habit"
1. Look Around For some of us, creating a good habit involves our surround-
ings. Do you have a space allocated for your art? This space doesn't have to
be big. It can be a small space in your house that has a chair and desk. Clear
the table, move the checkbook and bills under the desk! Use something like a
plastic box so that all the art supplies are in one place and easy to find. Make
it convenient and easy to get started on your project.
2. Get Moving We can be stimulated with creative ideas during long walks or
long snorkel swims! Jot down your ideas afterwards or act on them right
away. The key is to "get into a habit" with your schedule. Schedule in one
hour or even 30 minutes a day for your artistic self
3. Use Your Experience If you do not have an inspiration today, use your
daily experiences to create one. "Getting into the habit" of using your brain
to think of something to create makes creating easier as time goes on. Think
of one thing you experienced the day before that can be drawn or painted.
Keep it simple!
4. Make it Real If an everyday habit is not what you are looking for, what
about once a week? Pick a day and an hour. Keep to your schedule and you
will find yourself looking forward to that time allocated to creating and enjoy-
ing your creative self.

Have a "Getting into the Artistic Habit" kind of day! Janice
Huckaby- JanArt

This article is part of a series by Janice Huckaby ofJanArt.
Call 599 717-5246 or 5246 or 7246for information on art lessons
r to view her artworks[




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Some More Interesting Statistics from Bevolking (Census Dept.)

New! Usually 9:00pm

Kill Bill Vol. 2
(Ulma Thurman)

Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)

Man on Fire
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf 7,75
SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De
jacht op de Tsarenkroon
Taking Lives


June 6-18 Bonaire Dive Festival.

Saturday, June 12, 9 am to 4 pm Par-
liamentary Procedure course organ-
ized by the Junior Chamber Bonaire.
Learn how to formally conduct a meet-
ing. At Jong Bonaire. Cost is NAf10.
Everyone is invited. Call 790-9450,
565-7499 or 785-7828.

Saturday, June 12 -Workshop "How to
Heal with Crystals," from 9 am to 1
pm. Cost is NAf50. Tel. 790-9450.

Saturday, June 12, 6:30 am, Guided
Walk on Ruta Dos Pos trail. Meet at
Dos Pos, the windmill on the Rincon
tourist road. NAf5 kids NAf10 adults.

Sunday, June 13-Workshop on chi
(energy): "Learn How to Channel
Your Energy" 6:30 to 9 am, Sorobon.
Cost NAf50. More information & to
register, call 790-9450.

Tuesday, June 15, 4 pm- Bonai Open-
ing at the Onima Indian Inscriptions

Friday, June 18- Aruban jazz great
Delbert Bemabela introduces his new
CD at Croccantino Restaurant. Details
in the next issue of The Reporter.

Friday, June 25, 3-4:30 pm- Opening
of the Bonai Museum at Fort Oranje

July 4 Sunday Dia di Arte, "Art
Day," 10 am-10 pm Wilhelmina Park
More information as the event nears.
See mention in Flotsam and Jetsam. For
more information contact Emma Sint
Jago at 717-7420

Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live
Fla-Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm,
Divi Flamingo
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 introduces Time Sharing and
how to save on your next vacation. 6:15

tmIRT IF E I "lie

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.
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restau-
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 Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf 12
for Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489,
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, Rou-
lette and Black Jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am and Sunday 7 pm- 3

Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at the
Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Con-
versation, fun, yarns, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Confer-
ence Room. Captain Don's Habitat 8:30
pm Tel. 717-8290

The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact
Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Vala-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Con-
tact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-844.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening 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 invited NAf5 entry
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 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


During the months January 2003
through April 2004 (16 months) there
were a total of 290 new people on the
island (44 through birth, 246 through
immigration). On the other side, we
lost a total of 173 people (26 died and
147 emigrated). Therefore, as of April
2004, Bonaire had 117 more people
than at the end of December 2002.
Speaking of Immigration, there were
140 new European Dutch and 46 An-
tillean Dutch who came to the island
during this period, a total of 186 new
people. The remainder of immigrants
were from 15 different countries, the
most coming from the US (11), Vene-
zuela (9) and Colombia (8).
Those who Emigrated or left the is-
land were primarily Dutch: 87 Euro-
pean Dutch and 35 Antillean Dutch.
(That makes 53 more European Dutch
on the island than before and 11 more
Antillean Dutch.) The remainder of
emigrants was from eight different
countries, with Arubans being the
highest (14). The dramatic increase in
European Dutch may be explained by
the relaxation in the requirements for

MangazinadiRei,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 Mu-
seum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catho-
lic 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 holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's most
popular musicians.
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

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-

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Age Group

80` 90`

that group to obtain work and resi-
dency permits. It also shows that the
departure of Antilleans that drove the
population decline of the late 90s has
reversed, probably because of less rosy
economic conditions in The Nether-
lands and an improvement in the Bon-
aire economy.

According to Bevolking, the highest
population group covers the ages be-
tween 38 and 60 years. An interesting
fact is that the male (6,882) and fe-
male (6,498) populations of the is-
land are nearly the same. For many
years there were a lot more women
than men, the men having left the is-
land to get work on ships and on other
The table above shows the distribution
of ages of the 13,380 people who live
on Bonaire. The normal smooth distri-
bution of age is distorted by the 20-34
age group. One factor may be the num-
ber of students and young adults who
leave the island to study and work in
Holland. [ L./G.D.

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, 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 ofCoromoto in An-
triol, in English. Mass in Papiamentu
on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
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De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
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I Lue Urnie

1T was born in Curaqao, in Domin-
I guito, and lived there with my
family until I was 21. My father was a
messenger and a chauffeur with the wa-
ter company and mom was a house-
keeper at a kindergarten. We were eight
children, all very attached to each other
and to our cousins. Sunday was our
'cultural day' at Grandmother Rosa
Rosalia's. We made up poems (later in
life I had a book of poems published-
just two copies for my family), gave
recitals, formed dancing groups and per-
formed plays. The winner would get a
scoop of ice cream, but as Grandma
loved us all the same, everyone got it! It
was a happening! Creativity was highly
appreciated; with very little you had to
invent a lot to come out a winner.
I had an incredibly happy childhood. At
15 I had a group who sang Christmas
carols in Spanish for government events
and at church. From that group another
group started and performed on TV in
Tante Irma's 'Telefiesta.' We danced,
recited and imitated a Venezuelan TV
show, 'Show di Renny,' including our
own interpretation of the commercials.
It was great fun!
At 17 I was asked to
give dance classes at the
Maria College with 40 "Before
students. Ten were
really talented and we work fo
performed in a play in fallen il
Sentro Pro Arte. ma
I'd wanted to be a marked
teacher, but after high nant, bu
school I worked for them wh
Spritzer and Fuhrman
jewelers. Then I was the me. On
announcer for Radio mentio
Hoyer I, II and IV, in
English, Dutch and grown a
Papiamentu. It was one mit I wa
of the greatest times of got fired
my life!
Before I was hired to day a
work for the radio I'd
fallen in love, gotten married and was
pregnant, but I hadn't told them when
they hired me. One day my boss men-
tioned that I'd grown a lot. I had to ad-
mit I was pregnant. I got fired, but only
for a day and a half! The owner said he
didn't want to lose such a beautiful
voice, but I should have told him.
The producer of the news, Juan Came-
lia, was very exacting with Papiamentu
and would correct me and make sure I
pronounced the words correctly. Being
a musician, he taught me to appreciate
classical music. He was the one who
came up with the name for my baby:
Omella, after Omella Fanoni, a Puerto
Rican singer. I was 21 when she was
born in 1976.

n ]
e (


I quit working for the radio and started a
day care at home for children up to four.
Soon I had 35 children and three people
working for me. It wasn't really a lucra-
tive business. I wasn't much of a busi-
ness woman so after four years I started
working as a secretary for a fancy fash-
ion shop in Punda and did accounting
for another business.
In 1980 my second daughter, Pharetsa,
'Phara,' as we call her, was born. I was
lucky to find Tante Lichi to take care of
her and Omella. Hers was a very special
family. When Omella had her own
daughter in 2001 she said, 'Where is
Tante Lichi to help me raise my daugh-
ter?' As a mother I feel that that lady
gave my children more love and atten-
tion than I ever did. But my daughters
say, 'No mom, you couldn't have done
it better!' So, from them I got my di-
Lupe Uranie is an extraordinary bub-
bling personality, full of life and laugh-
ter, very strong and stable and capable
ofmoving mountains.
"One day a friend of mine who was
working with the mentally disabled
asked me if I
wanted to work for
their small founda-
was hired to tion. They needed
a chauffeur to
the radio I'd drive them back
love, gotten and forth from
their homes to the
nd was preg- daycare. I took
I hadn't told some hours off to
n they hired volunteer. The first
day was a com-
day my boss plete disaster.
ed that I'd When the first cli-
ent was carried to
t. I had to ad- the car I got liter-
pregnant. I ally sick and had to
ut only for a stop the car several
times to vomit. I
d a half!" just couldn't be-
lieve people like
that existed. I didn't even want to bring
them back, but the director said, 'We
have nobody else!' Little by little I got
used to it and developed a strong bond
with our clients' families.
By 1983 I was working half time as a
chauffeur and half time as a secretary
for the foundation. Later on I became a
full time secretary; then I replaced the
daycare head for a couple of months.
After 11 years my husband and I got
divorced, and life became really tough
money wise. Don't ask me how, but I
managed to buy a little house. We
cleaned it up and moved in. Little by
little, penny by penny, we fixed it up. I
remember Phara's fifth birthday pre-
sent: Zinc roof plates with awa di
lamoenchi (lemonade) and fried funchi

that the neighbor brought over. On the
weekends I cleaned houses together
with a girlfriend; the mop and the buck-
ets in the car and off we went!
I stayed with the foundation for more
than 13 years, but I was making very
little money there, so I resigned and
started my own cleaning company to
improve my finances. Luckily we did
In 2000 I came to Bonaire. I've always
loved Bonaire! Really! To me Bonaire
is like its old slogan, 'Unspoiled, Un-
hurried and Unforgettable!' Every Re-
gatta my daughters would get a 'lift' to
Bonaire for a week. During the summer
holidays they would come the very first
day to Bonaire to stay with Chinta and
Donny Wout in Rincon. The last two
weeks I would come to pick them up.
After my divorce I almost came to live
here, but it wasn't practical because of
the schools. So, when both children left
for Holland, I felt free to go.
I applied for the job of secretary with
the FKPD and was hired in February. In
April they asked me to take over the
management as the previous manager
had left unexpectedly. In July 2001
became the director."
She leans back in her chair and gives
me a big smile. "So much has happened
in the last four years and it has been one
of the best times of my life because I've
got so many people with whom I can
share my knowledge and experience.
Because I show that I'm proud of my-
self, of what I'm doing, of our clients
and the staff, I taught them to be proud
of themselves too, of their work and of
each other. Last year, for my 50t birth-
day, the entire population of the FPKD
threw me a big party fit for a queen, so I
suppose they love me as I love them.
Reorganization can hurt people, but if
you want to reach a goal you have to be
tough and honest. Still, with all the help
of the board, it has been very hard for

me to reach that point. I've been work-
ing like a horse. Every Friday I feel like
a rag and there have been moments that
I wanted to go back to Curaqao by foot!
Now we have 46 clients who come
every day to work at Pasadia. We have
15 people who live independently, but
under guidance, in houses in Rincon and
Playa. The children's daycare has six
children and we have a staff of 26 peo-
ple. Few call in sick and hardly anyone
shows up late to work.
With the 3.2 million guilders from
AVBZ we're going to build our new
complex in Playa. We've already bro-
ken ground on the land which is behind
the high school. All the building plans
were dated 14 years ago, but prepara-
tions took a lot of time and there was a
lack of know-how. Professionals came
from other islands and Fundashon Kas
Bonairiano, which has been involved
from the very beginning, will supervise
the technical aspects. We hope to start
building before the end of the year. If
not I'll pack my things and go!"
She roars with laughter: "I hope that
will scare them! Nevertheless, I love my
job intensely. Every day gives me great
pleasure and I hope to stay for a long
time. When I'm old, I'll still have my
cozy little house in the countryside in
Curaqao. There is this huge apple tree
that knows all the stories, all the secrets
and all the declarations of love. We
cried and celebrated there, and it's there
where I'll live. I'll sit in my rocking
chair and they
will come, one
by one, to visit
me; the tales of
my life." 1
Greta Kooistra

page i/


That morning his day started at 5
o'clock just as usual. At 7:30 he re-
ceived a nervous call from his friend and
promoter Natalie. His answer to her ques-
tion about possibly canceling the event
because of a rainy day? Laughter, and the
answer "Weather or not I'll just go on till
the end! A typical answer of the 53-year-
old athlete, Nazario Alberto (see article
Bonaire Reporter May 27). His schedule
on that June 4? To establish a record by
walking 102 km in less than 20 hours: the
fearful Torno to Torno (Tower to Tower)
walk, twice. At the same time he wanted
to collect funds to represent Bonaire at
this year's Vierdaagse of Nijmegen. (The
five-day walk centered at the city in Ni-
jmegen in Holland.)

Nazario talks to the media

After an official ceremony at the entrance
of Washington Park with family, friends,
members of the press and government
representatives, Nazario started at 3:20
pm for his long journey. The start, finish
and in-between broadcasts were done live
by Digital FM. During his 102- km walk
different people offered to join him for
part of the trek. Among the people who
accompanied him from the beginning was

Felipe Melaan, a fellow Norteio (person
from the village of Nort di Salifia) well
known in the soccer world and also for his
remarkable speed.
Around 6:20 pm they returned from the
Malmok Lighthouse in Washington Park,
heading to Kralendijk. Nazario's nephew,
Rashid, who started with them, stopped at
the gates In two hours they reached the
WEB plant in Hato where the 'circus'
started: people cheerfully hooting in the
cars. The whole event reached its peak
around 8:45 pm on the Promenade where
the Bonairean nightlife is concentrated.
People stepped out of the cafes and res-
taurants and started cheering and applaud-
ing. A whole caravan of at least 20 cars
covered the whole area, hooting a sym-
phony of joy.
One of the toughest parts was heading
south from the shrimp plant to Willem-
storen due to the harsh salty wind. Despite
this they reached the Willemstoren at
11:50 pm, one hour ahead the schedule!
Joselito Melaan, Felipe's nephew, then
accompanied them for three more hours.

After that
with Ibi
Everts on his
bike. Around
3:45 in the
morning they
reached the
Despite the
late hour
there were
still some
people be-
sides Reina
(his wife)
and Natalie
who were in
their car co-
ordinating everything. Charlton Thomas,
the first official Bonairean FIFA certified
soccer referee, helped them until the end
with professional massage.
The Subi di Broertje Janga road with its
tough hills was no match for them at 6:30
in the morning. The press was then
alarmed that they would definitely reach
the gates long before the scheduled 10
o'clock. Due to an unfortunate incident of
two cameramen not showing up on time,
the crew, Reina and Natalie, had to rush
back to Kralendijk to look for alternatives.
This prevented Nazario and Felipe from
reaching the gates before 8 o'clock, as
they had to wait.
Around 8:40 the emotional countdown
started. Tired, but walking proudly with
their heads held high, they entered the
gates of Washington Park with family and
friends. Risky low-sugar levels in Nazario
and Felipe's heavily cramped calf muscles
were no hindrance to them. The huge Bo-
nairean flag carried by Nazario and Felipe

Natalie A.C. Wanga photo


with everyone singing the national anthem
was a touching sight even for people lis-
tening at home.
As the PR /promoter who arrived back in
Bonaire after being away for 20 years,
this was a very emotional experience for
me: a reencounter with the real Bonairean
characteristics as a proud, involved and
friendly nation. I tended to forget that
these existed, thanks to years of (often
exaggerated) negative media attention in
the Netherlands. No one who accompa-
nied Nazario, either for fun or for serious
purposes (Felipe, medical reasons, mas-
sage, holding the harsh salty wind with
cars, etc.), were programmed or asked for.
Everyone, without exception, arrived
spontaneously and helped. Besides, 95%
of the collected money along the way was
from locals, often people with little re-
sources. What started as a beautiful dream
of one Bonairean ended twice as good 1
NatalieA.C. Wanga

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*to find it, just look up

A Ithough you
may never
have thought of it
before, for people
who live in north-
ern latitudes June
is the month of the
shortest nights for
star gazing. At the
time of the Sum-
mer Solstice, the
first day of sum-
mer, which this
year is Sunday
June 20th, the The Big Dipper, also called Ursa Major
hours of daylight
are the longest and the hours of darkness are the shortest. For us in Bonaire the dif-
ference between the length of the days is only about 1 2 hours, not the five or six
hours occurring in the high latitudes of Europe or the US.
A good start for sky watching in mid-June is around 10 to 11 pm. Facing north
you'll see the Little Dipper at its very highest above the North Star. In fact, the
North Star is the star at the end of the handle of the Little Dipper and sometimes
hard to see from some spots on Bonaire. Now the Little Dipper is not nearly as
large or as bright as the Big Dipper (Ursa Major) which is directly to its left in
the northwest. Four stars mark its cup and three stars mark its handle. And once
you've found it you can shoot an arrow through its handle to find the third brightest
star in the sky, Arcturus, which is the major star of Bootes, the Herdsman
(although the entire constellation looks something like a kite). You can extend that
arrow from Arcturus over to the brightest star of Virgo, Spica. Remember? Arc to
Arcturus, speed on to Spica!
Now, we can tell from the stars alone that spring is almost over because spring's
most famous constellation is just above the western horizon. A sickle-shaped pat-
tern or backward question mark of stars mark the front part of spring's Leo the
Lion and a triangle of stars mark his rear. And he looks like he's getting ready to
lunge below the horizon before summer kicks him out of the evening skies.
Then just look south and there you'll see a giant fish-hook shaped pattern of stars
which is none other than summer's infamous Scorpius, the Scorpion, which is
always trailed by the teapot-shaped portion of stars which make up part of the con-
stellation called Sagittarius, the Centaur. And as a special treat, there, low in the
southwest is the Southern Cross, something those northerners never get to see. So
there you have it, stars for a mid-summer's night around 10 to 11 pm! O Jack
Last week we told you readers about the once-in-a-century or so evenIt 01of the
planet Venus passing in front of the sun. This past Tuesday morning we saw it for
ourselves. We watched it through developed dark X-ray film with our bare eyes
and binoculars as well as through a powerful telescope equipped with solar filters.
It was awe inspiring to see that black spot, which was the planet Venus, move
across the blazing disk of the sun. It brought home the majesty of the mechanics of
the universe. As one of our fellow watchers said, "I hope the others don't get
'Venus Envy' after hearing of our experience." O G.D.

For the week: June 11 to June 18, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) If you're looking to do something worthwhile, con-
sider volunteer work. You can find out important information if you listen to
friends and relatives. Don't let your health suffer because of abuse. Be discreet and
don't reveal any personal information. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may make someone else look bad. Travel will
promote new romantic connections. Don't be too quick to spend money. Use your
obvious talent to work with detail and you can come up with something great.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Try to deal with it quickly; don't dwell on past re-
grets. Misunderstandings could cause confusion and upset. You are best to do
something energetic with friends instead. Someone envious of your popularity
may challenge you to a debate. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don't hesitate to go ahead with any plans for enter-
tainment. Pleasure trips will ease the tension between you and your mate. Good
time for romance. You could be tempted to overspend on unnecessary items.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) The advice you get this week may be based on false infor-
mation. Don't overindulge in any way. Find a way to consolidate. Don't hesitate to
visit someone who hasn't been well. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Get involved in a competitive sport that will bring
the challenges you thrive on. Your persuasive nature will win the heart of someone
you've had your eye on. You may find yourself in a heated dispute with a friend if
you try to change your mind. This might not be a day for hasty decisions. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Travel will stimulate your need to experience exciting
new things. A romantic dinner, followed by a quiet evening with the one who is
enticing you, should be most satisfying. You could be emotional if you didn't take
care of problems with loved ones. Someone you live with may feel totally ne-
glected. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your hypnotic eyes will capture the hearts of
those who interest you. Empty promises are evident and deception probable. The
personal problems you may be having are interfering with your productivity. Your
partner may be somewhat irritable this week. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You may become rundown if you take on
too much. Majorjob changes or opportunities to get ahead professionally are ap-
parent. They will not have the patience to wait for you to complete things that
they've asked you to do. If you're already in a relationship, use this added energy
passionately. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Regardless of your first reaction, the outcome
will be favorable. Uncertainties about your living arrangements may be unnerving.
You may have major blowups with someone you love if you don't back down. Fo-
cus on your domestic scene. Get together with friends or relatives. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Unique forms of entertainment could capture your
attention and bring about a romantic interest. Don't let your jealousy be the reason
for a decaying relationship. You can make money but not through harebrained
schemes or gambling. You will be ready to jump on anyone who gets in the way
of your progress this week. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can make money if you pursue your own busi-
ness. Be careful what you consume this week. Don't let your mate talk you into
going somewhere you'd rather not go. If you can include them in your plans, do so.
Your lucky day this week will be Monday.

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