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What will fill the "Flotsam" sec-
tion if we can't report the activi-
ties of DCA? That day may be coming
soon. And with it the loss of competition
on air routes between the Antilles. Cura-
cao officials are saying that further at-
tempts at keeping the company opera-
tional are pointless, considering the sei-
zure by creditors whenever government
financial support is provided. The PAR
political party believes the bankruptcy
advised by the General and Legal Affairs
department from the start of the recent
"salvation" exercise should be begun im-
DCA is upside down. Of a fleet that
used to consist of three MD-82 jets, four
DC-9s and two Twin Otters, only two
DC-9 jets are still flying. Schedules and
routes can't be maintained.
PAR doesn't see the point of continuing
to support the practically bankrupt com-
pany. "The Island Council shouldn't put
more money into DCA because it simply
can't be done." The last transfusion of
NA1f2 million in support of DCA was
seized by creditors. To circumvent this,
the party suggested establishing an insti-
tute called "Emergency Welfare for DCA
Employees," to be subsidized with
NAf4.5 million, which would cover the
airline 's employee salary expenses for
three months.

They further suggested providing guid-
ance to airline employees so they can
find otherjobs quickly. PAR will insist
that the Minister of Traffic grant permits
as soon as possible to other companies so
they can take over the open DCA routes.

A The promise made of flying to the
US from Bonaire may soon come true in
an unexpected way, not via BonairExel,
but via CuraqaoExel. CuraqaoExel ex-
pects to start flying Bonaire-Curaqao-St.
Marten next week, on Monday, October
4. Meanwhile requests were made to the
Transportation Ministry for flights to
New York (Newark), Memphis, Miami
and Panama. The company plans to open
those routes in a few weeks. Two leased
Boeing 737-400s are on order. Curaqao-
Exel is not a separate company, but a
subsidiary of Dutch Eagle Express
(DEE), as is BonairExel. They are all part
of the Exel Aviation Group with its head
office in Amsterdam.

A CuracaoExel has scheduled a
morning and afternoon flight to St.
Martin, Monday through Friday. The
morning flight will depart from Hato,
Curaqao, at 10 am, and the afternoon
flight will depart at 4 pm. The return
flights from St. Martin will be at 1 pm
and 7 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays
there will be only a morning flight. Pas-
sengers from Bonaire can connect
through Curaqao without having to
change planes. The flight schedule offers
connection to the flights of the Dutch

CaribbeanExel (on Mondays and Thurs-
days) from Curaqao to Amsterdam.
CuraqaoExel will conduct the flights
with an ATR that can fly to St. Marten in
1 hour and 40 minutes, only a few min-
utes more than a jet. The aircraft is sup-
posed to arrive in Curamao with Curaqao-
Exel livery this Friday. Round trip tickets
to St. Martin from Bonaire will be
NAf397 guilders, the same as from Cura-
A ArubaExel can't seem to be able to
get into the air. Obtaining the necessary
permits from the Aruban authorities is
going much slower than anticipated. The
aircraft reserved for ArubaExel, and
painted in its colors, is being used by Bo-
nairExel because one of its planes is
awaiting a new engine.

A When and if it is taken over by the
Exel Aviation Group, Winair, the Cen-
tral Government-owned airline that ser-
vices the SSS islands (Saba, Statia and
St. Maarten), will be renamed Wind-
wardExel, announced Exel's President
Harm Prins last Friday. Prins said he was
"quite confident" that Exel would take

Ladies' Softball Team
Pia Pia Walk
Windsurf Walkabout
4th Annual Swim to Klein
Klein Clean-up
Coral Spawn 2004
Barracuda Swim News
Jesurun Report
Rincon Marsh6 News
Bonaire's Turtles in National

Flotsam & Jetsam
Police Update
Letters (Seafront Building)
Vessel List & Tide Table
Pet of the Week (Ashley)
Hit Parade
What's Happening
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since (Luz Marina
Picture Yourself (Dominica)
Bonaire Sky Park

over Winair's operations but kept all op-
tions open, as there is no final agreement
yet. The deadline for the takeover is Oc-
tober 15, when Winair's moratorium on
debt payments ends. The airline has been
in financial difficulty for some time.
"There will be a solution by next week.
I would be surprised if that would not be
the case," Prins said. The Central Gov-
ernment, Winair's owner, has to be will-
ing to sell the airline's shares to Exel,
explained Prins. "At this stage we have a
fair agreement with the Central Govern-
ment," he said.
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter October 1 to October 8, 2004

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2004 The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
7252, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Jessie Armacost, Elsmarie Beukenboom, Imre Esser,
Jack Horkheimer, Janice Huckaby, Greta Kooistra, Ann L. Phelan,
Valarie Stimpson, Michael Thiessen, Byron Tromp, Natalie.A.C.
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth
Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by:
DeStad Drukkerij

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Winair's shares would be transferred
to Dutch Eagle Express, the holding
company established in Bonaire. The
three Windward Islands will each hold
a "golden share" that will enable them
to discuss inter-island connections with
Exel. According to CEO Robert Gibbs,
"We are committed, without pressure
from government. We have to make
sure the islands are connected. My fam-
ily from St. Eustatius would also never
accept anything else," he said. In Cura-
qao, Exel has CuraqaoExel, in Bonaire,
BonairExel, and in Aruba, ArubaExel.

A It's been impossible to travel to
Venezuela directly from Bonaire for
some time. To remedy this Jasta Travel
has organized charter flights to Valen-
cia, a popular destination for tourism
and medical treatment. The charter air-
line, Venezolano Aereo Servicio Sur
America (ASSA), will fly its 19-
passenger aircraft three times a week on
Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Con-
tact Jasta Travel at 786-9444, 569-6962
or 563-1697 or pass by their office at
Flamingo Airport. The possibilities of
flying to Los Roques or Margarita are
being considered as well.

SWhile clearing Immigration in
New York last week we noticed pas-
sengers entering the US who were not
US citizens were required to have
their fingerprints taken as part of the
country's additional security measures.
The new procedures began September
30 and will apply to almost all non-US
citizens, with the exception of passen-
gers under age 14 and over age 79.
An inkless fingerprint scanner was
used to take fingerprints. A digital pho-
tograph was also made.
The process took only about two min-
utes. A US government release stated
"As of October 26, all Visa Waiver Pro-
gram (including Dutch passports) trav-
elers entering the US must have a ma-
chine-readable passport. All regular
passports issued by the Kingdom of the
Netherlands since January 1, 1995, are
machine-readable. For more informa-
tion and questions on US entry require-
ments, go to Websiteswww.dhs.gov/us-
visit www.travel.state.gov or www.

A On top of all the usual electric
power outages, lightning caused a
short-circuit in the WEB power plant
at the Trans World antenna site last
Sunday. According to a WEB press
release, 85% of the island was without
power. The outage lasted from 4-10
hours depending on location. There
were continuing outages and surges that
day and the next. The Reporter lost
power in its offices six hours the next
day as well. WEB apoligized for the
inconvenience the power loss caused.
We heard a figure of 17 outages in the

last two weeks. The cost of power out-
ages to the Bonaire economy is monu-

A The consumer price index for
Bonaire rose 0.3 % in August com-
pared to June of this year, according to
the Central Bureau of Statistics. Cook-
ing fat, meat, fish and other foodstuffs
increased but was almost balanced by a
price decrease of potatoes, vegetables,
and fruit. The price index figure for the
food sector went up by 1%. Other sec-
tors rose a fraction of a percent but oth-
ers didn't change. The so-called 12-
month average of price change was
1.6% in August of this year compared

to 1.5 % in June and 1.3 % in April.

A Visiting Rincon is an authentic and
laid back Bonaire experience but that
doesn't mean Rinconeros aren't up to
date in making people aware of the
village's attractions. Rincon, known as
the cradle of Bonairean culture, now
has a website (www.infobonaire.com/
rincon) which provides all the informa-
tion a visitor to Bonaire needs to enjoy
the Rincon area. The site, which was
put together by Caribbean Design &
Marketing, highlights the cultural
events, marketplaces, shops, restaurants
and tours that Rincon has to offer.
(Continued on page 8)

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Date: October 7th-9th
Place: La Sonrisa Ballpark
(Tera Kora)

Entering their home almost made
me want to join the cast of the
movie 'A League of Their Own.' Two
comers of the living room of Claudette
Raphaela, 34, and Edsel Pieter, 37, were
full of impressive trophies and medals.
The enthusiastic welcome of the friendly
and dynamic couple was a good kick off
for our interview.
As coordinator of
the 3rd International
Ladies Softball Tourna-
ment (from 7-9 October) Edsel
has an impressive sports resume. Vol-
leyball was his first love at the age of
eight. The family tradition of volleyball
combined with the strict sport discipline
at school made him excel. Not long after
he joined the most famous sport in his
hometown: baseball. At 17 he had to
make a choice between the two sports
due to school obligations. Volleyball
made it. During the next years he partici-
pated in international competitions.

When he was 21 a talent scout discov-
ered his talent for softball and offered
him the opportunity for a 'Fast
Pitch' (the highest division in softball).
He has an official international degree as
volleyball trainer of the FIVB (the
French official international volleyball
organization). In addition to this he's an
official international softball trainer and
nationally recognized softball umpire.
Last but not least he's part of the veteran
soccer team and loves to cycle with Clau-
dette. Edsel is currently working as a pur-
chaser for an engineering

impressive history as a
r sportswoman. She was al-
"1, ready playing softball at pri-
mary school. Billiards was her next
'thing' during her late teens. The physi-
cal drilling at the Police Academy on
Curaqao paid off during several tourna-
ments of both sports. From '91 until '95
she received several medals and trophies
for, among others, 'most valuable player'
and 'batting champion.' She's a fervent
swimmer, cyclist and is the current chair-
person of the board for the ladies softball

team, Sonrisa (which means smile; the
male softball team's name is La Sonrisa).
Claudette is currently serving her island
as a police officer.
"A stable and well-structured youth
sport policy is essential for Bonaire," ex-
plains Edsel. "It prevents that (situation
where) talented Bonairean youngsters
stand out abroad instead of on their own
island." He provides several painful ex-
amples of Bonairean boys and girls who,
once recognized and admired for their
talents abroad, were forced to play
against Bonaire.
Claudette totally agrees and explains
the existing situation in the ladies softball
team. "It's hard to get women over 35 to
come to training as their tight family
schedule and work make it difficult. If
they had the opportunity to start when
they were kids, it would be much easier
to make it a regular life style." Both
Claudette and Edsel explain the success

Thursday, Oct. 7
Opening Ceremony
Aruba v/s Bonaire
Curaqao v/s Sint Maarten


Friday, Oct. 8
Anguilla v/s Aruba 14.00
Curaqao v/s Bonaire 15.30
Sint Maarten v/s Anguilla 17.00
Bonaire v/s Sint Maarten 18.30
DANCE at Tera Cora Ranch
(Naf10) Glenn and Friends
Dj. Juan Danger, and
Dj. Shanon Isabella.

of the Curaqao and Aruban sports teams:
they all got their motivation as kids, and
possibilities are created for upgrading to
Edsel and Claudette have a well pre-
pared program for hosting the 3rd Interna-
tional Ladies Softball Tournament, a tra-
dition that started two years ago on Cura-
gao. The Regatta board applauded the
initiative by recognizing this tournament
as part of the official Regatta events. This
tournament is dedicated to Ms. Bema-
dette Windster who worked hard to start
ladies' softball teams back in 1992.
After months of preparations and hard
work Claudette managed to hand in this
program two weeks in advance to the
participants and press. It's indeed a
sports program, but still there will be
plenty of time to socialize through gath-
erings and parties. Don't let them pass
you a 'fast ball' and miss this event! 0
Natalie A.C. Wanga

Saturday, Oct. 8
Anguilla v/s Curacao
Sint Maarten v/s Aruba
Bonaire v/s Anguilla
Aruba v/s Curacao
Prize Giving

lie leams:

Sint Maarten


Anguilla Doves
Valero Angels
SBT Sonrisa
The Champion
Mercedes Benz
The Traitors

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Regatta 2004 is dedicated to Dutch/Aruban
Captain Frans Hogesteeger who has partici-
pated in the Bonaire Regatta since 1968 when
he was a crewman aboard Mike Hagen-
doorn's yacht Rex. Following that he com-
peted in his own yachts, Lady Samantha and
Lady Samantha II. He actively promotes the
participation ofArubans to compete in our

t's Regatta Time again in Bonaire. This
year the Regatta returns to a full program
of events after last year's laid back event. Fol-
lowing the traditional Skipper's Meeting at
Regatta House on Sunday, October 3, the public
events will begin with the Parade of Nations
through the streets of Kralendijk. Everyone is
welcome to march along the waterfront
and through the streets to represent their
country. Did you know that among Bon-
aire's 13,000 or so people, over 40 nation-
alities are represented? So join in, show
up, dressed up in clothes representative of
your country or carry flags at 6:30 pm
Sunday at Regatta House. Carin Eckrich,
head of the American contingent, would
like to see a big group of Americans dress
in Red, White and Blue and carrying flags.
Racing begins out in Kralendijk with
the event's longest races to Lac Bay and
around the island bright and early at 7:30
on Monday morning. Come out to the
promenade and enjoy the spectacle of fast
boats and billowing spinnakers.
Races continue all week, the windsurf-
ers at Lac, the sailboats and microboats
in Kralendijk Bay. After the races there

Captain Frans Hogesteeger

are happy hours and later in the evening the Regatta Festival with booths and en-
tertainment for all. Later in the week look for more parades, kayak races, running,
swimming, a bike show and the Ladies International Softball Tournament at
the Sonrisa Ballpark!
The 37" Edition of the Regatta marks a resurgence of the event. Be there and be
part of it. O G.D.


Saturday October 02nd 2004
1400-1800 Pre-Registrations
Sunday October 3rd 2004
0700-1000 Pia Pia Regatta Walk *
0900-1400 Registrations,
1830-1930 Skippers Briefing/Opening Reg
1930-2030 All Nations Parade *
2000-0100 Opening Regatta Festival
Monday October 4th 2004
0730-1700 Sailing Races
1230-1300 Press Briefing
1400-1730 DJ Music/Activities
1600-2000 After the Race Happy Hour
2000-0100 Regatta Festival
Tuesday October 5th 2004
1000-1700 Sailing Races
1230-1300 Press Briefing
1400-1730 DJ Music/Activities
1600-2000 After the Race Happy Hour
1900-2030 Fishing Boats Registration
2000-0100 Regatta Festival
Wednesday October 6th 2004
0830-1030 Kayak Races Round KI. Bonaire *
1000-1200 Fishing Boat Races
1000-1700 Windsurfing Freestyle
1230-1300 Press Briefing

Kas di Regatta

Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
gatta, Kas di Regatta
Kralendijk Streets
Regatta Boulevard

Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
Regatta Boulevard

Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
Regatta Boulevard

Kas di Regatta
Kas di Regatta
Sorobon Beach
Kas di Regatta
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(Continuedfrom page 6)
1300-1600 Micro Boat Races/Swimming contest Kas di Regatta
1400-1730 DJ Music/Activities Kas di Regatta
1730-1830 19th Comcabon-Web Regatta Run *Web Office
1830-2130 Participants BBQ Party Kas di Regatta
2000-0100 Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard
Thursday October 7th 2004
1000-1700 Sailing Races Kas di Regatta
1100-1300 Kayak Races Kas di Regatta
1230-1300 Press Briefing Kas di Regatta
1400-1730 DJ Music/Activities Kas di Regatta
1500-1700 Fishing Boat Races Kas di Regatta
1500-1800 Windsurfing Kids Races Sorobon Beach
1600-1800 Micro Boat Races/Swimming Contest Kas di Regatta
1600-2000 After the Race Happy Hour Kas di Regatta
1730-1900 Working Boat Parade Kralendijk Harbour
1830-2300 3rd Int'l Ladies Softball Tournament La Sonrisa Ball Park
2000-0100 Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard
Friday October 8th 2004
1000-1700 Sailing Races Kas di Regatta
1200-1230 Press Briefing Kas di Regatta
1400-1900 Music/Activities Kas di Regatta
1400-1800 3rd Int'l Ladies Softball Tournament La Sonrisa Ball Park
1500-1700 Fishing Boat Races Kas di Regatta
1500-1700 Windsurfing Kids Races Sorobon Beach
1600-1730 Micro Boat Races/Swimming Contest Kas di Regatta
2000-2130 Awards Ceremony/Closing Regatta Kas di Regatta
2130-0300 Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard
Saturday October 9th 2004
1000-1800 Final Ladies Softball Tournament La Sonrisa Ball Park
1600-1800 12th Niki Tromp Youth Bike Show St. Bernardus School
2000-0300 Closing Regatta Festival Regatta Boulevard
For Information about the Nations Parade, contact Felix (Papy) Cicilia
tel. (5999) 5607440 or at Dept. of Culture
For Kayak Races, contact Andre Nahr at Bonaire Dive and Adventure
tel. (599717) 2227

For the Comcabon/Web Regatta Run, contact Mr. R. Pietersz at tel.
(599717) 8629
For the Working Boat Parade, contact Capt. Ulf Pedersen of Woodwind
at tel. 5607055
For the Niki Tromp Youth Bike Show, contact Mr. Churney Bomba at tel.
(599717) 6873 or (5999) 5684565
For the 3rd International Ladies Softball Tournament, contact Edsel
Pieter at 7860406
For the Pia Pia Regatta Walk, contact Dalitza Victorina-Rijna at
7860299 or Natalie Wanga at 7862225

The above general program is subject to changes.
Regatta Festival offers a variety of stands with food, souvenirs, games, shirts,
bars, land shows nightly with live local and international bands.


What happens when a beautiful
mermaid falls in love with a
handsome hiker? You can guess. The
same synergy occurred when the offi-
cial Regatta board and the walking
group, Pia Pia Kunuku Bieu, started
working together.
For the first time during the famous
Regatta week there will be a warming-
up kick- off with Bonaire's most fa-
mous and jolliest walking group.
You're invited on Sunday October 3rd
for a 1Ok walk starting from and finish-
ing at the Regatta headquarters (Kas di
Regatta) on the boulevard (Malecon).
It will be an early bird walk at 7 am,
but who can resist the breathtaking
sunrise, spectacular ocean view and

fresh air? Besides, everyone will be
having breakfast at the end. And all
this for only NAf7,50 per person
(including water supply during the
Want to show off your new official
Regatta shirt? For only an additional
NAfl2, 50 it will be yours (normal
price NAf 15).
You don't have to be in extremely
good shape to participate. It will be a
fun walk and assistance is available if
you decide to stop on the way. For
tickets or more info call Natalie Wanga
at 786-2225 or Dalitza Victorina at
786-0299. Tickets are also available on
Sunday, but be on time. O Natalie.A.C.

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(Continued from page 4)
Complementary Internet hosting is
provided by Tourist Corporation Bon-
aire (TCB) and NetTech, N.V. The
site's primary sponsor is Maduro & Cu-
riel's Bank (Bonaire) with sponsor
funding also provided by Fundashon
Kas Boneriano and Caribbean Design
& Marketing.

A Sapphira Cof-
fie was awarded a
Doctorate in Hu-
man Resources
Management by
the University of
Rotterdam. Her par-
ents are magistrate
Walter Coffie and
radio host Linda Sapphira Coffie
("Tante" Linda)
Coffie. Congratulations to all and suc-
cess to Sapphira in her new career.

A Artist Janice Huckaby writes: "Did
you know that Bonaire Arts and
Crafts, a little octagon shaped build-
ing in front of the SVB Bank build-
ing, is a non-profit art foundation for
the artists of Bonaire? The official

A The TCB office staff celebrated Rolando Marin's 10" year Anniversary
working at TCB Bonaire. Rolando is one of the TCB's most familiar faces since
he is in the front office and is the main tour guide for all VIPs and press agents
coming to Bonaire. Congratulations Rolando!

name is Foundation Arte Industrial
Bonieriano. The director is Ms. Lydia
The building really needs a fresh coat
of paint. Donations of paint and paint
brushes, new or used, would be appre-
ciated. Volunteers will be painting the
building with art murals of the island.
The children of this Foundation also
need paint and brushes to continue
making driftwood and calabash souve-
nirs to be sold at the store. If you have
any supplies that can be used please
phone 717-7117 or 717-5246. We will

be glad to pick up the supplies, or you
can bring them to the Bonaire Art &
Craft Store. Hours are from 8 am to
noon; 2 to 5 pm weekdays."

A This Satur-
day, October 2,
the Cinnamon
Art Gallery
will host an
opening of
guest artists
Nina Ledezma
and Tony Trinidad at the Gallery from

"We want a
vacation in nice
and quiet places
with some fine
and beautiful
views," said my family. "We'll never
go to Aruba again (because of) those
big building we see all over America."

One of the Arabic states has a build-
ing restriction: "You have permission
to build as high as a palm tree
grows." How wise ! !

7 to 9 pm.
Come meet the
artists and en-
joy traditional
Bonairean mu-
sic and food.
The exhibit
will extend to
November 3. Cinnamon Art Gallery, of
the Bonaire Artists Foundation, is on
Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya
Grandi, behind Banco di Caribe. (See
their ad on page 13.) G./L.D.

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B onaire has a magical quality that
attracts people from all walks of
life. The sea adventures and a wide vari-
ety of land activities offer something for
everyone. Some people are really ad-
dicted to this island, coming back two
and sometimes three times a year.
One windsurf addict is Jeff Adams
from Las Vegas, Nevada. Jeff is taking a
hiatus from life and is doing "A Walk-
about," visiting friends and family and
traveling to some windsurf hot spots such
as Bonaire. Jeff was back for his third
trip this year, and he came back with a
vengeance in hopes of
nailing some more free-
style moves to his current
When Jeff first came to
Bonaire, rumor had it that
he was the skateboard
champion, Tony Hawk.
He is tall like Tony, but
his sport is windsurfing,
not skateboarding. The
name has stuck and many
on the beach simply call
him "Tony." This 43-
year-old is a friendly ap-
proachable guy sporting a
wide grin almost daily. He is a natural
athlete in tiptop form. Jeff s dynamic
personality makes him a favorite repeater
amongst the windsurf crowd. He is in
Bonaire so frequently that he is consid-
ered one of the locals.
In Jeff s earlier days he coached seven
Olympians at Florida State University
and the University of North Carolina in
Track and Field. Jeff was formerly a
world class pole vaulter with a personal
best of 5.65 meters. Before his walk-
about, he was VP of Marketing for the

largest home builder in the world, D.R.
Horton Homes.
As a lifelong jock, Jeff is inspired to
learn as many freestyle moves as possi-
ble. He finds Bonaire offers the perfect
freestyle conditions to perfect his kooky
maneuvers. Jeff was currently recuperat-
ing from a windsurf-related rib injury,
which prevented him from nailing down
some of the more difficult moves. When
he's not sailing he's producing windsurf
videos for his personal use. He likes to
capture images of the windsurf scene in
Bonaire. Jeffs most recent video, "The
2004 Bonaire Wave
Challenge," was pre-
miered at Gameland in
June The house was
packed with young and
old sailors hoping to
get a glimpse of them-
selves in the latest
flick. There was no dis-
appointment this time
as Jeffs film captured
some of the best of
Bonaire windsurf
bloopers as well as in-
credible tricks thrown
by the local talent.
Adding a nice music dub made it an en-
tertaining yet imaginative film effort cov-
ering one of the many windsurf events
that is regularly a part of this island com-
munity. The crowd loved his latest pro-
duction and eagerly awaits his next cine-
matic endeavor.
Jeff travels here often with his life part-
ner, Tina. They are so enchanted by Bon-
aire that they are scouting around for a
second residence. Jeff and Tina embrace
Bonaire for the simplicity it offers in
contrast to the lights and sounds familiar

to their home base in Las Vegas.
Jeff represents the heart and soul of
windsurfing. He seeks to challenge him-
self and immerse himself in an island
community that offers a healthy whole-
some lifestyle. Jeff is one of many Bon-
aire Windsurf Junkies. 1 Ann Phelan

Ann Phelan is the Bonaire based owner
of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, a
windsurf and eco tour specialty travel
service. She is also the Event Coordina-
tor of the Annual Bonaire PWA King of
the Caribbean. To book a trip or consult
with Ann email her at:
ann @bonairewindsurfing. cor

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
10-01 0:09 1.0FT. 14:55 1.7FT. 85
10-02 1:27 0.9FT. 15:49 1.8FT. 77
10-03 2:16 0.8FT. 16:38 1.8FT. 67
10-04 2:54 0.8FT. 17:32 1.8FT. 56
10-05 3:32 0.8FT. 18:14 1.8FT. 46
10-06 4:01 0.8FT. 19:00 1.8FT. 37
10-07 4:26 0.8FT. 19:42 1.8FT. 31
10-08 4:51 0.9FT. 20:18 1.8FT. 31

Akka Iliza Santa Maria, Sweden
Angie Jeanius Scintilla, Germany
Alegria, USA Joy Side by Side
Alaluya Leprechaun Sirius
Alina Macaby, Netherlands Sommer Fuglen
Baku Maggie Sojourner
Bright Sea Makai Southern Cross
Camissa, Chan Is. Marathon Starlight Dancer
Camperdown Marina Em Sylvia K
Cape Kathryn Marnel IV Sylvester, USA
Chacuco Moon Rice Ti Amo, USA
Cop Out Natural Selection, USA Tothill
Delphinius Ottifant Ty Dewi, USA
El Sabor Paganini II Tween
Escapade Pamela Jean Ulu Ulu, USA
Fan-Fan Pastime Unicorn, Norway
Flying Cloud, USA Pomona Varedhuni, Germany
Frajola Precocious Gale, USA Windboer Ill
Gatsby, USA Revid Windmiller, Canada
Gosi Reward Ya-T, BVI
Grey Lady Rumbacon Zahi, Malta
Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Safari
Honalee Sandpiper, USA
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t's this weekend! Sunday, October 3rd at Bongo's Beach. For the fourth year
in a row, the public is invited to swim to Klein Bonaire (and back too, if they
wish). There aren't many rules. You can use fins, masks, snorkels, even a dolphin
assist or nothing at all except your swimsuit. There's no time limit; it's not a race
either. Last year participants ranged from ages 3 to 73. It's simply loads of fun and a
great chance to get together.
The cost, a donation to Jong Bonaire, is only NAf15, and includes lunch and a soft
drink. You can buy your tickets at BonFysio, Croccantino Restaurant and De Free-
wieler bike shop.
Last year a record 199 swim-
mers took part. Peter Zweers was
first to finish in about 27 min-
utes, 38 seconds. The strong
trade winds kicked up a chop and
encouraged a strong northward- -
flowing current which made the
1,600-meter round trip challeng-
ing. The last swimmer needed
over two hours to complete the -
round trip. OG.D.
One of the escort boats

Where were OR durig

Last Ss4a's iw4erstorw storw?

Part of the group that braved rain, thunder and lightning
to clean up Klein Bonaire

ast Sunday morning the planned cleanup of the turtle nesting beaches on
Klein Bonaire was hampered by rain and an electric storm which kept some
participants away. Nevertheless 11 people did show up and filled 50 sacks with
beach trash. Most of the trash found from south of Nearest Point consisted of plas-
tic bottles. The volunteers deserve high marks for fortitude. And the nesting turtles
of Klein Bonaire can continue to find clean beaches to prowl to lay their precious
eggs. O From press release by Elsmarie Beukenboom

Bonaire Reporter October 1 to October 8, 2004


Page 10

A good coral spawn insures a new generation of corals, thus perpetuating the coral
reef. It is great fun to watch. So Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, October 3, 4 and 5,
are good nights to be out on the reef after dinner enjoying the show. O
Jessie Armacost

Background: Information:
Individual Corals spawn only once a year, mostly at night. How they manage to
synchronize the event remains a mystery. Fewer than 20 years ago, conventional
wisdom held that coral reefs did not propagate sexually, but passively and vegeta-
tively, like some plants. Then in the mid-1980s scientists began to document a re-
markable natural event. Once a year several species of reef-building corals spawn en
masse, spewing out billions of eggs and sperm into the water. The discovery of this
phenomenon has shed new light on the intricate workings of the reef and is espe-
cially significant in recent efforts to rebuild and reconstruct reefs.
Now that scientists know that coral reefs time their mass reproduction according to
a lunar calendar, they are getting better at predicting spawning times, but how the
corals synchronize their reproductive cycles to go off once a year remains a biologi-
cal mystery. Bonaire is at the forefront of helping to solve the mystery. O G.D.

Spawning Coral and Christmas Tree Worms

T he annual coral spawn takes place five to seven days after
the full moon in September and October. This year the
spawn is more difficult to predict by the months because the full
moons fall at the end of the months of August and September. So
the full moon that was the trigger for the September spawn was
really in August. The moon was again full on September 28, creat-
ing the October spawning event.
In August the spawn was modest. Some corals produced eggs
and sperm for release, but the main spawning event is more likely
to be on October 3, 4 or 5. This is an exciting time for the coral
reef. Sponges, Brittle Stars, and Sea Cucumbers also spawn at this
time of the year. Corals produce their dramatic show late in the
evening between 9 and 11 pm, but some of the other creatures Montastraea coral spawning
spawn during the day.

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den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103,
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from NAf5 per meal. Call
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Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced.
Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013

Big Yard Sale This weekend, 10-2
and 2, corner of Kaya Mandolin and
Nikiboko South. Only 60 shopping
days until Christmas.

Wanted: clothes and toys for boy
of 3. Tel. 717-79778

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Lines, Karachi 74400, Pakistan

A young
approx. 6
old, was
found in the Santa Barbara area. Her
owners are lost. If anyone finds them,
please bring them to the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter. This well-fed little bun-
dle of energy misses them very much.
Female dog, short hair light tan in
Found near the
traffic circle
by Sand Dollar
Grocery. She
is wearing a
black buckle-
style collar.
If these dogs
are yours, or if
you think you
may know the
dogs' owners
please contact the Animal Shelter at:
#717-4989. Open Monday through
Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturday 10
am to 1 pm.

WANTED: 2-3 bedroom fur-
nished house Jan. 10- June 10.
Budget 500-700,00 NAF per month.
Email tysonpoortthotmail.com or
call 785-6820. Island references

For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-Privacy & security- July 15
to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-
586 0098-e/mail larjaytee aaol.com

Oceanfront, furnished, 2 bedroom
apartment for rent in Belnem. Call

For sale: Narwahl rubber boat (5
meters) with polyester bottom, colors
red with black, needs a little fixing,
NAfJ1500 Tel. 717-7977

Traditional Bonairean Sailing
sloop. Wood, traditional con-
struction, about 21' long. Fiber-
glassed in and out for minimal
maintenance. Two time winner
of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A
dream to sail. Bargain at NAf9,999. One
of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or

For sale: Almost new stroller, NAf
100. Tel. 717-7977

I S t h WE

miling little "Ashley" was found
all alone on a road and brought
into the Shelter. Now that she's in a
place where she feels secure her real per-
sonality has come out. She's perky and a
very upbeat little pup and is about two
and a half months old. She's been
checked over by the vet, given her shots,
wormed and declared ready for adoption.
Ashley should grow up to be a small
dog, so if you're looking for a lap dog,
she could be it. You may see Ashley and
all the other social and healthy cats and
dogs up for adoption at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm,
Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Veterinarian Richard Pitcairn stresses
the importance of regular exercise for
your dogs and cats. "For the wild cousins
of domestic dogs and cats, regular exer-
cise is an integral and necessary part of
daily life," he says. "They must keep on
the move because they must hunt for
food. A walk to the food bowl is the only
exercise many house pets ever get. Yet
regular exercise is essential for optimal
health. Sustained, vigorous use of the
muscles stimulates all tissues and in-
creases circulation. Blood vessels dilate
and blood pressure rises. As a result, tis-
sues become oxygenated, which helps to

clean the
cells of tox-
ins. Diges-
tive glands
secrete their
fluids better
and the
move more
Join your
pet in jog-
ging, taking
a walk,
playing ball
or chasing
sticks and "Ashley"
Nearly all dogs benefit from half an hour
or more of daily vigorous exercise. If
your pet is old and weak or has a bad
heart, settle for slow walks around the
Cats, on the other hand, are not in-
clined to chase balls or jog, but they usu-
ally get enough exercise if they are al-
lowed outside part of the time and have a
suitable place to scratch. Most love to
play 'thing on a string,' chasing and bat-
ting at a piece of string with a loop or
mouse toy attached."[ L.D.

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OCTOBER 18 to 30.

Animal Shelter's Community-wide Program

Tell Your Neighbors!

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T he Bonairean Aquatics Club, "Barracudas," was officially founded on Sep-
tember 14. Its purpose is the practice and promotion of aquatic sports includ-
ing swimming and water polo. The club also plans local aquatic sports competi-
tions. Club officers are President, Simone Sweers; Secretary, Valarie Stimpson;
and Treasurer, Maya Oleana-Claassen. The Barracudas have 45 members in the 6
to 16 age swim division, 15 members in the Jong Bonaire swim program and 10
members in the water polo group. The Barracudas have petitioned for membership
in the Swimming Association of the Netherlands Antilles (NAZB). Once the af-
filiation process is completed Bonaire swimmers will be eligible to compete in
NAZB sanctioned aquatic sports competitions.

Bonairean Aquatics Bond
The Bonairean Aquatics Bond was also formed on September 14. This association
is charged with overseeing local aquatic sports competitions, including Bonaire
championships, representing the interests of Bonaire aquatic sports participants in
the exterior, promoting aquatic sports locally, giving support and technical advice
to various aquatic sport concerns, assisting and supervising present and future Bon-
aire aquatic sports clubs, and the arbitration of aquatic sports issues in general.
Association officers are President Simone Sweers; Secretary and Commissioner of
Competition, Valarie Stimpson; Treasurer Maya Oleana-Claassen; and Commis-
sioner of Water Polo, Frank BOhm. With the founding of this organization Bonaire
becomes only the second island in the Netherlands Antilles to have its own aquatic
sports association.

New Barracuda Training Schedule
Effective October 1st the following training schedule for the Bonaire Barracudas
Aquatics Club:
Age Group I & II and Fun Swim I & II (Ages 6 16)
Monday 17.15 18.15
Wednesday 17.15- 18.15
Friday 17.15- 18.15
Jong Bonaire and Adult Swim
Tuesday 17.00 18.00
Water Polo
Tuesday 18.00 19.00
Adult Swim is a new club division open to fitness swimmers. Please contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at valarie@ telbonet.an if you are interested in participating. O Vala-
rip 'timnnso

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irbe _3Jesurun 3&eport

A NewStructure for the

Netherlands Antilles?

f the Dutch daily newspaper, NRC Handelsblad, is correct about the draft of
the final report of the Jesurun Committee, it could offer firm direction and
impetus toward a new structure for the islands of the Netherlands Antilles.
The NRC Handelsblad obtained a copy of the draft of the final report of the Jesu-
run Committee which makes recommendations on the future of the Netherlands
Antilles. Its recommendations coincide with the outcome of the Bonaire Referen-
dum. The report prepared, by a work group on administrative and financial re-
forms headed by Edsel "Papi" Jesurun, is to be presented to the Dutch and Antil-
lean Governments next week.
It will propose reforms making Curaqao and St. Maarten autonomous countries
within the Dutch Kingdom. Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire would get direct ties
with Holland. A majority voted for that option in the recently completed Bonaire
referendum. This would also spell the end for the Netherlands Antilles, says the
Dutch newspaper. The work group will also propose that Holland take over a large
part of the NAf4.8 billion debt of the islands. The interest would still have to be
paid by the Antilles, but at a much lower rate of 3% to Holland instead of some
9% to financial institutions in the Netherlands Antilles.
"Both Minister Thom de Graaf (Kingdom Relations) and the Antillean Cabinet
have already indicated that the advice will weigh heavily," NRC writes.
For Curaqao and St. Maarten to become autonomous countries, considerable in-
vestments will be needed in law enforcement, public finances and proper govern-
ance. In addition, the 50-year-old Kingdom Charter, the Antillean Constitution and
the Islands Regulation ERNA will have to be amended. The committee urges
quick decision making. A "Round Table Conference" has been scheduled for mid-
2005, at which the dragging constitutional issue must be resolved for once and for
all. Up to now the impression was that the committee would advise keeping some
Central Government, but in a slimmed down form.
The Dutch 2005 budget mentions the premise of maximum authority for the is-
lands, minimal tasks for the Central Government and crucial responsibilities for
the Kingdom. The proposal is not entirely new. Then Dutch Prime Minister Ruud
Lubbers had already suggested in the early 1990s to make Bonaire, Statia and Saba
"Kingdom islands," where the Dutch Government would take care of the most im-
portant government tasks. The proposal sees voluntary cooperation between the
islands for justice, monetary policy, the Social Insurance Bank-SVB, the pension
fund and education. New tasks would have to revert to Kingdom administration.
Granted, it is only the advice of a work group, but it is one that carries consider-
able weight, as an initiative of the Dutch Kingdom Relations Minister, Thom de
Graaf. Up to now The Hague had always insisted that a breaking up the Antilles or
separate status such as that of Aruba was out of the question for other islands, yet
that's what the work group appears to be proposing. O G.D.

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New! Usually 9:00pm
The Clearing
(Robert Redford)
Early Show (usually 7pm)
Cat Woman
(Halle Berry)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
SATURDAY 4 PM Two Brothers
King Arthur

Thursday, September 30-NEW
Nous, SGB (high school) 6:30 pm. To
help send four students to study cui-
sine in Italy for 4 weeks. Call for res-
ervations 717-8120.
Saturday, October 2-Cinnamon Art
Gallery Opening of Artists Nina Le-
dezma and Tony Trinidad, 7-9pm
(see ad on page 13)
Sunday, October 3-4th Annual
Swim to Klein Bonaire sponsored by
Jong Bonaire, from Bongo's Beach.,
8 am (See page 10.)
Sunday October 3-Pia Pia Kunuku
Bieu Early Bird 10k Walk, 7 am,
finishing with breakfast. Start and fin-
ish at the Regatta headquarters. (See
page 7.)
October 3-10-37th Annual Bonaire
International Sailing Regatta (see
pages 6 and 7 for full Regatta sched-
Wednesday, October 6-Bonaire Re-
gatta Run/Walk, 5 km, 5 pm, spon-
sored by Comcabon. Tel. Richard Piet-
ersz at 717-8629 to sign up.
October 7-9-3rd International La-
dies Softball Tournament, Sonrisa
Ballpark at Tera Cora. Dance Friday
at Tera Cora Ranch: Music by Glenn
and Friends; Dj. Juan Danger, and Dj.
Shanon Isabella. (See page 5 for com-
plete schedule)

Sunday, Oct. 10th at 5 pm at KonTiki,
The Down Town Dixie Society band
from the Netherlands. There will be
snacks and drinks. Entrance is free.
This concert is sponsored by Budget

Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful
tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi
Restaurant & 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 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 -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to
all. Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Res-
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.
Saturdays during summer Rincon
Marsh3 opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy
a Bonairean breakfast while you shop:
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAJ12 for Bonaire residents). Tel
717-8489, 540-9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and blackjack, 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 717-5080
Wednesdays (2nd and 4t) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-
Friday- The Captain Don Show-
Conversation, fun, yars, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290

Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246
or 717-7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery during the day.
Contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
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

Marshe Rincon

Saturday, October 2nd
Marsh3 Rincon celebrates a Grand Regatta
Watapana and DJ Anibel entertain us from early in
the morning till 4'o clock in the afternoon
Come enjoy our cultural harvest dance: the "Wapa."
Our booths will display art, handicrafts and
Indulge yourself with our delicious local dishes, grill,
sweets and more.
From early sunrise breakfast to late afternoon
Warapa refreshment

Come enjoy our Culture
Nos ta wardabo (We expect you)

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 in-
vited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day 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, sec.
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse" while
learning about Bonaire's history and culture
and visit typical homes from the 17th cen-
tury. Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Mu-
seum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Churchintown. 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 danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
historic town. Soldachi Tours show
you the Rincon area. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am.
Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus
Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic
circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sun-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in Eng-
lish. Tel. 717-8332
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 Lat-
ter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26
Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in

Papiamentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk 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 (Asemblea di
Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Ser-
vices in English, 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 events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

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Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
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Lunch from NAf7-
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

The Seahorse Cyber Cafe Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.

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BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying
between Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba. Look for The
Bonaire Reporter on board.
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways 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 es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Cafe.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional

Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea.
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Woodwind has it all: Smooth trimaran sailing, to
Klein Bonaire, affordable prices, snorkeling with
equipment, guide, drinks, snacks. Call 560-7055
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern, ef-
ficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located
behind NAPA.

Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys
and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in
the Lourdes Shopping Mall
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
Hotel pickup too.
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 For You. Join certified instructors Desired and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
mind and body. Private lessons too.

Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
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S-T came to help my sister Lola
I and her husband who owned a
restaurant on the road to Sorobon. It
was called 'Egretta,' now 'Kontiki.' I
was 22 It was very difficult for me to
leave Colombia because I was doing
theatre work and folk dancing; we did-
n't get paid, it was just to be happy.
Bonaire was very different and small.
I wasn't planning to stay at all, so after
three months I went back to Colombia.
Then Lola called and said she wanted to
come to Colombia for two or three
months and she needed me in the res-
taurant. While I was working there the
owner of Sorobon Beach Resort, Loes
Rood, saw me, liked me instantly and
offered me a job. I accepted and after
one week Loes asked me if I had an-
other sister. I said yes because we're
eight sisters and two brothers! But the
one I was thinking of was Eunice,
younger and prettier than I! Eunice was
18, still in high school. It was a hard
decision, but she came.
It was so nice to have my sisters, but
Eunice made our life miserable. She
was very young, very beautiful and
Bonaire was very small; there was
nothing for her to do. At the time nei-
ther of us could speak a word of Eng-
lish, we didn't have a driver's license,
so we were stuck at Sorobon, the very
end of the island. We were young and
full of life and everybody liked us. It
was a perfect time! But Eunice didn't
want to stay; she wanted to go to uni-
versity. One day when Lola and I were
completely tired of her complaints, we
told her, 'Go back! But you have to tell
Loes and Karl yourself that you're leav-
ing.' That changed her mind somehow.
She stayed. Three years later she found
a perfect husband in Peter Lensvelt.
They fell in love. It was really love!
They have three beautiful kids and
they're living in Spain now. My sister
Lola and her husband Robert Seket are
living in The Hague and they have two
beautiful children.
I'd been working at Sorobon for about
two years when a very nice couple from
Germany invited me to come and visit
them. I didn't take it seriously, but three
months later the woman called me from
Germany to tell me that she was preg-
nant and would I come to take care of
the baby when it was born. At the same
time a very attractive German boy came
to work at Sorobon. He was sitting out-
side and I remember thinking, 'Oh, how
horrible! How white he looks!' But that
was before I noticed his eyes. He was
only staying for six months and when
he was about to go back the couple
called me to tell me that their baby was
born. Stefan and I were in love so to-

gether we left for Germany, he to Ber-
lin and I to Hamburg. For seven months
we traveled back and forth to see each
other, but with my Latin soul and my
hot blood I couldn't live in such a cold
climate. You see, we can do it, but just
as a break, not forever."
Luz Marina Lara-Gaviria (41) is a
woman who knows how to tell a story;
she has a great sense of humor; her
English is perfect; she 's elegant and
she 's pretty. "I came back to Bonaire.
Loes was very happy and gave me my
old job back. Stefan came several times
to Bonaire and I went a few times to
Germany, but he didn't want to live on
Bonaire and for sure I wasn't going to
live in Germany, so it ended.

"... we left for Germany ...
but with my Latin soul and
my hot blood I couldn't
live in such a cold climate.
You see, we can do it, but
just as a break, not

When Sorobon Beach Hotel was sold,
Loes was very generous and gave me
and Eunice some money. I had this
dream of building my own house in Co-
lombia, so I went back-to find that the
money wasn't enough! One month later
Loes came to visit me and the first
thing she said was, 'Don't you want to
come back to Sorobon?' And again,
there I went with my backpack to Bon-
Anyway, now I have a very beautiful
house in Colombia, in Guare, in the
countryside, close to Medellin. My
mom lives in my house and my brothers
have theirfincas and land nearby. It's
up in the mountains where it's cold and
green and where you can smell the
earth. I love to sit in the kitchen with
my mom and my sisters and talk all
day. I am very happy with my sisters
and brothers; it's like having nine best

license, to be able to go
to Playa to my English
course. I stayed with the
new managers of the
hotel for one year. Dolf
Huijgers, the new
owner of Sorobon
Beach Hotel, asked me
if I wanted to work at
the 'Red Pelican' (now
'Kontiki'). I did that for
one year. Then I met
this couple from Aruba,
homeopathic doctors,
who were opening the
Crystal Light Center in
Nikiboko. I went to
their workshops for six
months and they offered
me a job in October
1996. It was only part
time, so I worked at the
Spa in Harbor Village
in the afternoons.
A little bit earlier, July
20th, all of us Colombi- Jean
ans had celebrated our
Independence Day with a very big party
at Kunuku Warahama. It was there that
I saw Francisco Cano doing the horse
show. He was so impressive that I fell
head over heels in love with him! I
asked a friend to introduce us. She did,
but nothing happened as he had a girl-
friend. Nevertheless, we became good
friends. After he and his girlfriend split
up we became involved and fell in love.
It wasn't much later that I found out
that I was pregnant. I was 35 and felt
happy and quiet inside. I stayed on
Bonaire until I was seven months preg-
nant, then I didn't want to be here any-
more with the heat and the mosquitoes
so I went to Colombia to have my baby.
It was perfect! Everybody was very
happy, except for Francisco. He had to
stay because he was working.
Our son Jean-Paul was born in 1998.
When I came back I brought my mom
with me to look after the baby. I started
working again for Harbor Village, but I
also gave my brother-in-law, Peter, a
helping hand at the reception at Lion's
Dive, I worked for Desired at 'A Place
for You.' I did all kinds of jobs.
Two years after my sister Eunice and
her family left for Spain I decided it
was time for me and Jean-Paul to go
and live there too. Francisco couldn't
come because his Dutch passport was-
n't ready. We stayed for 14 months. I
had my own massage center in a little
town close to Malaga. It was very good
in summer, but in winter there were too
few people to make a living. And Jean-
Paul missed his father very much. He'd
started stuttering. I decided we should

-Paul, Luz Marina, and Francisco

come back and live our lives again on
Well, for now I'm going to stay here.
We have a very beautiful kunuku with
all the animals. We have land in Nort di
Salina and we're renting this house in
Antriol. I have a very strong love for
Bonaire, but when my boy needs to go
to university I think we'll go to Spain.
Our world is open. I'm rich, I have eve-
rything I want. I am an old mama, but I
am very comfortable with my boy. I am
a very adventurous person, but now I
am quiet because I have a son and he's
the most important thing in my life.
I'm enjoying Francisco and Jean-
Paul! I'm 41; I'm not a hot potato any-
more! Bonaire has given me all the op-
portunities to make the best of my life
and that's what I did. When I get nos-
talgic I play my Colombian music, I
dance, I cry and I laugh. It's something
the Colombian people have inside and
it never goes away.
And one day when I am old and my
boy has gone his way, Francisco and I
will return to Colombia. I will sit in my
house and smoke big cigars and I will
drink two aguardientes every day. My
old sisters and I will be sitting there,
talking all day
and when my
come to visit
me, I will tell
them all the sto-
ries." 1
Greta Kooistra

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Dominica, Caribbean

On a recent trip to Dominica, SGB Culinary Arts teacher (and two years in a
row winner of "Best Bartender in the Caribbean") Liz Rijna and her
daughter Chelsea stopped to look at The Bonaire Reporter while at the famous
boiling springs. O

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or
when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand.
Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: pic-
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Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) is fea-
tured in the October 2004 issue
of National Geographic (Dutch
edition). Satellite tracking of
mature sea turtles has not only
caught the attention of the pub-
lic but has also caught the at-
tention of renowned Dutch
magazines like National Geo-
graphic and Grasduinen. This
is the second time in two years
that STCB has received cover-
age in the highly prestigious
National Geographic, a maga-
zine for science and education.
The magazine has a monthly
circulation of 200,000 issues.
National Geographic is acces-
sible on the internet at www.
nationalgeographic. nl.

To date, four Bonairean sea
turtles have been fitted with
satellite transmitters. Two fe-
male hawksbills and one fe-
male loggerhead have been tracked back to their home feeding areas after nesting
on Bonaire. One of the hawksbills traveled back to Mona Island near Puerto
Rico while the other one returned to the Navidad Banks north of the Dominican
Republic. The loggerhead is about 150 km off the coast of Honduras. Typi-
cally, female sea turtles return to the place of their birth to nest about every three
years or so. The fourth, male hawksbill 'Tom,' is still right off Klein Bonaire
where he was tagged in July. We expect him to start his journey to his home
feeding grounds at any time. In October/November two to four more hawksbill
turtles will be fitted with transmitters. For more information about Bonairean sea
turtles and STCB, you can log on to www.BonaireTurtles.org. Olmre Esser

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*to find it, just look up

The Goddess of Love Pays a
Super Close Visit to the Heart of
Leo the Lion and an Old Moon
Makes a Foursome with Saturn
and Gemini

O n Sunday, October 3rd the
brightest planet of them all,
named for the goddess of love, Venus,
will pay a super close visit to Regulus,
the heart star of Leo the Lion, a cosmic
duo that will take your breath away. Plus
on October 7th a very old Moon will
make a foursome, showing you how to
find Saturn, Castor and Pollux.
This Saturday, October 2nd just before
sunrise, face east where the brightest
thing you'll see will be our old friend,
8,000-mile-wide, super brilliant Venus,
our so-called sister planet because it's
almost the same size as Earth. And
parked just below it, and usually looking
very bright when it's in the sky all by
itself but not so bright because it's
parked next to super brilliant Venus, is Regulus, the heart star of the ancient constel-
lation, Leo the Lion. Only one degree will separate them or, if you like to think of it
this way since a full Moon is half a degree wide, two full Moons will separate Venus
from Regulus which is visually very close.
But ta da! Every once in a while a super close meeting occurs which can be abso-
lutely stunning. In fact the next morning, Sunday October 3rd, Venus and Regulus
will be snuggled up side by side only 1/5 of one degree apart. That's less than the
width of a quarter Moon. And I strongly encourage you to look at them through a pair
of binoculars to get an even more exceptional view and see Regulus' blue color more
Of course with all things cosmic this close meeting is only an illusion. In fact, on
Sunday the 3rd Venus will be 98 million miles away from us while Regulus will be
over 5 million times farther away, 85 light years beyond. So Regulus must be pretty
big and bright to be seen at such a distance. And in fact it is 5 million miles wide
which is over five times the diameter of our own Sun and 160 times brighter. It's so
huge we could fit 282 million Venuses or Earths inside it. Wow!
On Monday the 4th they will once again be one degree apart from each other, but
Venus will now be below rather than above Regulus. And if you want to see how
rapidly they move, go out the following Sunday, October 10 and you will see they
are a whopping 8 degrees apart and joined by an exquisite 26-day-old waning cres-
cent Moon. Once again Saturday, the 2nd, Venus approaches Regulus, Sunday they
practically visually collide, and then on Monday they change places in the heavens,
and on the 10th are much farther apart and joined by an exquisite Moon.
But if that's not enough for you, next week, Thursday October 7th, just above Ve-
nus and Regulus you'll see an exquisite 23-day-old crescent Moon and directly above
it the twin stars of Gemini, Pollux and Castor and beside it the wonderful ringed
world, Saturn, which we are visiting right now with our Cassini spacecraft. Fabulous
cosmic goodies just before sunrise. A great reason to get up with the chickens. OJack

Moon Info :. First Quarter October 6th

:) Last Quarter October 20th

. New

Full Moon October 14 th

Moon October 28 th


For the week:
October 1 to 8, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may need a physical outlet that will help you
relieve your tension. Your intellectual charm will win hearts and bring opportunities
that you least expect. Sort situations out as best you can. Watch your spending hab-
its. You can get ahead if you work diligently behind the scenes.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't let others saddle you with guilt that isn't war-
ranted. Travel will promote new romantic encounters and additional cultural knowl-
edge. Be careful when using machinery or electrical equipment. You may find it
necessary to confront a situation that has gotten out of hand. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You will be able to borrow money in order to invest.
Your lover may cost you financially. Your ideas may be good, but they aren't neces-
sarily right for everyone. You can offer your help to others but back off if they ap-
pear to be offended by your persistence. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Entertainment should include your whole family.
Unexpected bills will be impossible for you to pay. Try to spend more time with
children and relatives. You can make financial deals that will bring you extra cash.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) New methods and innovative technology will make your
job far easier than you anticipated. You can take advantage of opportunities if you
are quick to make a move. You will find that money could slip through your fingers.
Don't believe everything you hear. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Someone you live with may cause drastic alterations
in your usual routine. Prove your worth; concentrate on getting the job done and
steer clear of office politics and gossip. Use your better judgment before you sign up
for a costly venture. You can accomplish a lot if you direct your thoughts toward
starting your own small business on the side. Your lucky day this week will be
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You are best to do your research before taking on
such a venture. First find out if they're married. Look into some form of physical
recreation. You could have a need to make some changes this week. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't let an incident at work play on your mind.
Children may pose a problem if they don't like suggestions. Try to get everyone in-
volved; it will help bring you closer together. Do not travel unless absolutely neces-
sary. Be careful. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Opportunities for partnerships are present;
but get every detail in writing. Risky ventures may turn in your favor. Travel and
educational pursuits may help alleviate the stress you have been feeling. You could
do extremely well in competitive sports events. Your lucky day this week will be
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You can find out important information if you
listen to friends and relatives. Don't upset elders in your family who don't under-
stand your present situation. Don't confide in anyone for the time being. You can
expect opposition at work. Don't let your competition be privy to information that
could be incriminating. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You can meet new and exciting friends who will
provide mental stimulation. Help an older member with a problem that faces them.
Go after your goals and don't be afraid to ask for assistance. You'll need to exercise
control. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Communications with loved ones may be strained.
You should channel your efforts into getting rid of bad habits. Upgrading at this
point is not a bad plan. Take a short business trip if possible. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday. O

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