Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: November 5, 2004
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Joining together as a blessing is given for the new airline Transaven
at Flamingo Airport.

T he never-ending developments
on the aviation scene continue
despite the demise of DCA.
* The Netherlands Antilles pilots' un-
ion, together with the two pilots'
pension funds, will start legal pro-
cedures against the Central Gov-
ernment, the island territory of
Curacao, DCA management and 16
former management and board mem-
bers. The plaintiffs are demanding
NA1f2 million guilders.
New air services are springing up:
Last Monday, Transaven, which
plans flights to Valencia and other
Venezuelan cities, opened a desk at
Flamingo Airport, and Aserca Air-
lines will start flying from Curacao
on November 12th.
American Eagle flew two charters
from Bonaire to Curacao last Sunday
night to accommodate the overflow
of passengers
Bonaire's airport is now host to six
airlines: BonairExel, KLM, Air Ja-
maica, American Eagle, Divi Divi
and now the Venezuelan airline,
A The annual report, Integratiebeleid

(Integration policy), presented to the
Dutch Second Chamber last week by
Minister Rita Verdonk said a relatively
high proportion of Antilleans in The
Netherlands turn to a life of crime. In
2003 Antilleans formed 10.1% of the
jailed population, Surinamers 8.5%,
Moroccans 6.5% and Turks 4.25%. The
percentage of Antilleans in the Dutch
community is less than 1%, Surinamers
and Turks each 2% and Moroccans al-
most 2%.
Between 1992-2001 there were 2,389
murders in The Netherlands. About 0.8
per 100,000 of native Dutch were con-
victed of murder. That figure is 22.1%
for Antilleans; for Turks 9%; for Suri-
namers 9.5%; and for Moroccans 8%.
Half of the victims, as well as the per-
petrators, are foreigners while foreign-
ers form less than 20% of the popula-
A Former Central Government Trans-
port and Communication Minister
Richard Salas, who during his term of
nine months spent only a couple of
weeks in his office because he was seri-
ously ill the rest of the time, left behind
a cellular telephone bill of almost

NAf127.000. He said most of the
charges were because he used his
"roaming" cell phone for business
while hospitalized in Miami. He added,
"I also had to call my family to tell
them when I was going to die in The
Netherlands, Curacao, the US, Bonaire,
Klein Bonaire, my brothers, sisters,
everybody. Thankfully I didn't die, but
I had to keep my family informed."
The phone company probably thanks
him too.
A Heineken threatens to shut down
its Curacao brewery unless the Antil-
lean government honors the promises it
made early this year to provide finan-
cial relief. The removal of the protec-
tive tariff on beer caused the brewery's
problem. If that happens the Antilles'
famous Amstel beer, brewed from dis-
tilled seawater, will disappear from
market shelves.
Heineken, which owns the Amstel
brand as well, wants the government to
cut its taxes in half, introduce an envi-
ronment levy on bottled and canned
beer and enforce a labeling regulation
to prevent smuggling of illegal beer.
According to the brewery's manager the
local brewery can no longer wait for the
government. "Last year we operated at
a loss. This year we're operating at a
loss. We can't carry on like this much
SLarry of Wild Side Diving reports
that Hurricane Ivan's passing to the
north of Bonaire caused minimal
damage to the Blue Hole Dive Site off
of Lac Bay. Things were a little rear-
ranged and the depth of the Hole went
from 39 to 42 feet, but the bottom is
still sandy. Other reports from fanatic
snorkelers say that there are new chan-
nels through the reef at Lac Bay, mak-
ing it easier to get to Blue Hole.
A The Bank of the Netherlands Antil-
les (BNA) announced that there are
counterfeit 25, 50 and 100 guilder
bills in circulation. The new 1998 se-
ries bills are the ones being forged.
Some of the reproductions are of ex-
tremely good quality and difficult to
differentiate from actual bills. The most
obvious difference is the absence of the
silhouette watermark. A counterfeit bill

Restaurant Revolutions 4
Special Crime Feature (Help without
Fear, Bonaire Breathes Easier) 6
Community Crime Fight ... 7
Crime and Accountability 7
Turtle Travels ("Stinapa" starts out) 8
Swim and Ocean Festival 9
Second Birthday
(Face and Body Day Spa) 10
UNESCO Youth Conference 10
Dietitian (Obesity and Diabetes) 11
Criollo Cooking Contest 11
News from Italy 12
Fun at Watapana School 12
Children's Theater 12
Eye On.... Debut 15
Sterilization Program Results 17
Pet Professor (Separation Anxiety) 17
Surinam Jazz Festival 22
Climbing Frame 22

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Letter (Freewinds) 5
Opinion (Fish Protected Areas) 5
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Picture Yourself (Ft. Pierce) 13
(Birthday lan Adams, Wedding Pluimen) 13
Pet of the Week (Karin) 14
Classifieds 14
What's Happening 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since...
(Mary Timmermans) 21
Bonaire Sky Park 23
The Stars Have It 23

A WEB, Bonaire's Electric and Water company, has signed a new contract
with Ionics, Inc. to produce drinking water by reverse osmosis Currently, Ionics
produces half the drinking water for WEB, but with this new contract will add
another 20%. Ionics has more than 50 years experience in the production of
drinking water and water plants in 62 countries and has delivered or installed
more than 3,000 production units for drinking water. The contract should save
WEB NAf500.000 a year according to a WEB press release. There was no men-
tion of reducing the price of water to consumers as a result of the savings.

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

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2004 The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Re-
porter, 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:
Zamir Ayubi, Jacky Bembela, Susan Brown, DEZA, Guus Gerritsen, Jay Haviser, Jack Horkheimer,
Ann Joseph, Maria Koecks-St. Jago, Greta Kooistra, Sara Matera, Angelique Salsbach, Diana Sint Jago,
Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, Robert P. van Dam
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker, Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004


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S Restauran

T he res-
at the Carib-
bean Club
Bonaire at
Hilltop has
reopened under
the guidance of
Chef Paul from
Holland. After
more than 20
years of cook-
ing in all kinds Chef Paul
of restaurants in
Amsterdam from Mexican to Cajun -
Chef Paul felt the call of the Caribbean.
"It was the weather in Holland that got
to me," he said. "I saw an ad for this job,
and I thought, why not try something
else." So here he is at the Caribbean
Club, happy to meet the challenges of
improvising on an island that sometimes
doesn't have every ingredient for the
industrious chef! But Chef Paul seems to
take that in stride. "That's the fun of it,"
he smiles. "I'm very flexible. And be-
sides, the people here seem to under-
stand. In Amsterdam (because the mar-
kets are so abundant) clients expect a

t Revolutions:

ibbean Club is open for lunch with
sandwiches and salads from 10 am. Din-
ners start at 6 pm and the menu offers
some delectable choices. For starters try
the Pasta Salad with Mussels or the
homemade soups with fresh ingredi-
ents the Pumpkin with Parmesan or the
rich Tomato with Basil.
Main dishes span the range of Tender-
loin to Vegetable Quiche, a Chicken
Site or a Beef Stew, Dutch style. The
"special" is the Catch of the Day. The
other night that was large prawn-like
shrimps sauteed in a spicy butter sauce.
Starter prices are from NAf7,50 to 11.
Main dishes are from NAfl5 to

* Croccantino Restaurant suffered a
short circuit in its fuse box last Satur-
day, but the resulting fire was quickly
extinguished by quick-thinking pas-
serby Marcel Nahr, former owner of
RendezVous Restaurant. Croccantino
will soon reopen once repairs are

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
can be distinguished from a genuine
bill by scrutinizing the following au-
thenticity characteristics: a genuine bill
has the silhouette watermark the logo
of the Central Bank which can be rec-
ognized from tints that are lighter and
darker than the paper surrounding it
when viewed through a light.
A BonairExel has announced that it
is nearing completion on the implemen-
tation of a new reservations system
that will allow them to begin issuing
e-tickets. The new system is expected
to be in place early this month. For
more information, or to view their new
schedule visit http: //www.bonairexel.

* From none other than the Sunday,
October 31st N. Y. Times in an article
about Bonaire: "The food, on the
other hand, is surprisingly varied and
surprisingly good. French, Indonesian
and Chinese food are all available in
Kralendijk and so is New York
pizza, at Pasa Bon (Pizza), just
north of downtown." We knew that.

bike races and tours this weekend
(Nov. 6 and 7) on Bonaire. Info and
routes are available on their website:
. Signup
forms are available at BonFysio or can
be printed from their website. Forms
need to be faxed to: 09-4615626.
There is a meeting for participants on
Friday evening at 8 pm at the Pirate
House above Zeezicht Restaurant. It
will be nice if we have a big group of
Bonaireans participating! Contact
Simone Sweers at 717-6513 or 786-
1271 for more information. OG/L.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

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ishermen, divers and scientists
agree that the fish population in
Bonaire is decreasing in size and quan-
tity. This is a worldwide phenomenon,
and the species concerned on Bonaire
are mainly predators: groupers and
snappers. Fish surveys have been car-
ried out and a sustainable development
of the fish population has not been
achieved, therefore the Bonaire Marine
Park needs to find a solution.
One of the possible solutions that has
proven to be successful in other areas of
the world is to create fish protected ar-
eas. This system defines an area in
which nobody is allowed to fish. It is

important to choose a healthy area to be
preserved for breeding and feeding to
ensure the reproduction of the species.
The results and benefits of this policy
can be recognized within three to five
years and have proven to have a 70%
success rate in several environments
and especially in coral reefs.
But before implementation, all stake-
holders need to reach an agreement.
Presently, conversations are taking
place between the local fishermen and
the Bonaire Marine Park to demonstrate
the scientific benefits of implementing
such a policy, which has proven suc-
cessful in many other places such as
Alaska, Australia, the Virgin Islands
and even in St. Lucia where the situa-
tion is similar to Bonaire.
The size and the number of areas need
to be defined: the larger the area, the
better the results. In an exchange pro-
gram, St. Lucia fishermen traveled to
Bonaire to share their experience with
fish protected areas, and fishermen from
Bonaire visited St. Lucia to witness the
results of this policy. Nevertheless,
there is some disagreement between the
Bonaire Marine Park and the fishermen
regarding what causes the fish popula-
tion to decline.
Diver assessments of the two non-
diving areas of Karpata-BOPEC and
Playa Frans-Slagbaai show similar fish
counts to the diving areas, which
proves, they say, that it is not the div-

ing that threatens the fish population,
but more likely the fishing.
Though there is no industrial fishing
on Bonaire, traditional line fishing has
been carried out for more than 500
years and foreign fishermen have also
been fishing in Bonairean waters with
no control because there is no fishery
ordinance. Fishermen claim that they
haven't been fishing on the reef for 10
years but do so in deeper waters. They
say that there are many other things
which may have affected the fish popu-
lation such as: the impact of shore div-
ing on the reef, night diving with flash
lights when fish are asleep or go out for
food, dive boats racing close to the
coast, creating destructive waves for the
reefs and producing diesel exhaust, kay-
aking in the fish breeding areas of the
mangroves etc.
Fishermen fear that a protected area
will never be open for fishing again and
soon other areas will be closed, leaving
the fishermen without jobs. In order to
adopt this new policy of fish protected
areas the fishermen will need to give
their consent since they are the ones
who will implement it, otherwise the
Government will need to take action. 1

Reprinted from the DEZA (Bonaire
Economic Department) because it
clearly describes the Fish Protected
Area issues in Bonaire.


We see the |
island giving a
lot to the cruise
ship Freewinds
but what are we
getting back?
They leave their sewage and garbage
on the island. The sewage is trans-
ported in trucks to the LW land
where it's dumped into holding ponds.
Why don't they pay for a sewage treat-
ment plant on the island, first of all to
take care of their own sewage, and
secondly to help take care of ours?
Their passengers don't shop much in
our stores. They don't take boat trips,
land excursions, use the dive shops,
rent cars or scooters, use taxis, eat in
our restaurants.
We wonder what the ship pays in
docking fees. And if they pay, where
does it go?
Why is it docked at the Town Pier
instead of the Customs Dock? When
it's at Town Pier the area is closed to
divers. Divemasters lose the opportu-
nity to make extra money by taking
tourists to dive at Town Pier.
And, last but not least, it blocks the
view of the sunset from City Caf6
every night! 1

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

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Dear Editor:
Barbara and I wish to say that we are
pleased that the four suspects in our
terrible home invasion, brutal physical
attack and armed robbery have been
captured by the Police and turned over
to the Island Prosecutor.
We are relieved that these four crimi-
nals, that have caused so much fear in
the hearts and minds of all our friends
and families, have been removed from
the streets and barrios of our adopted
homeland of Bonaire.
It is time for a brief rest and good

With the help of God, who saved us,
we pledge our "new lives" to ALL the
people of Bonaire to help take the nec-
essary steps to stop ALL violent crimes
on the Island. To do this we will coun-
sel and help all other victims of crime
to put their fear aside and come for-
ward NOW to tell us about your terrible
secrets. We will help you to be strong
and courageous in your efforts to pre-
vent ALL the criminal elements from
having CONTROL over you and the very
agencies of the Government that must
protect you.
We will work and support you non-

You must take positive action AND
responsibility to cure this terrible can-
cer that has infected your daily lives.
It is time for the Politicians, Minis-
ters, Commissioners, Directors and
Managers of ALL the Departments of
the LOCAL GOVERNMENT to admit to
the people of Bonaire that they have let
them down in their mission to serve the
very people they have sworn to serve.
Barbara and I are here to help in any
way that we can AND we have a very
broad base of experienced friends that
are willing to provide advice, expertise,
technology and training to everyone on
any level who is willing to take the first
step and ASK FOR IT.
We wish you good life on our beauti-
ful Island. O Albert Bianculli

This Wednesday, November 3, the
Biancullis and other victims of crime
were at the Sentro di Bario in North
Salinja at 7pm to begin the crusade
and share their stories with others. Ed.


Three men and a woman
were arrested early last
Friday morning in connection
with the violent robbery of Albert
and Barbara Bianculli on October
11th. In custody are 29-year old
Ellery Nicolaas, 20-year old Ser-
gio Mercera and 45-year old
Dominico Wanga. According to a
police spokesman, tips and testi-
mony from the public led to their
apprehension. Police are also
investigating the further involve-
ment of 20-year old Valery Nico-
laas, the sister of Ellery, in the

robbery. Ellery Nicolaas had
been free, awaiting final sentencing on
a violent act involving a firearm com-
mitted during the last Karaval in Rin-
Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius
hopes that more victims will come for-
ward now that there have been arrests.
Meanwhile police are analyzing the evi-
dence and investigating whether the
items found in the homes of the sus-
pects were stolen during recent robber-
ies. Two of the men were sent to the
Bon Futuro prison in Curagao under
tight security. Police Chief Daantje
said, on the Mega FM Sunday English
language radio program Forum, that he
feels that there is sufficient evidence to
obtain convictions.
All of the arrested suspects, according
to the police, have a criminal past. The

Governor Domacass forcefully speaks against
crime on Bonaire.

three firearms, two revolvers and an
automatic that were found in the course
of the investigation will be tested to
determine if one of them fired the bullet
found at the scene of the latest crime.
Possible stolen items were also recov-
The arrest action began at 3 am on
October 29th and lasted until about 7
am. Arresting police were heavily
armed and were protected by bullet-
proof vests. Four residences were
raided on Kaya Veronica in Antriol,
Kaya Berlin in Sabana and in the
Karafiito bario in Tera Cora.
The Bonaire District Attorney had
earlier announced that 10 Mare-
chaussees, Dutch paramilitary police,
will be assigned temporarily to Bonaire
to assist the local police force. O G.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

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U. Imt us a

Three sets of victims of armed robberies flank Governor Domacassi and face
members of the press during the extraordinary press conference

W hile the people of Bonaire are
relieved that the people be-
hind the violent robbery in Sabadeco
are in custody, they are disturbed that
there has been an increase in crime on
Bonaire overall. The courage of the
Bianculli couple, the most recent vic-
tims, was a major factor in this new
awareness. There is no doubt that the
photos of Mrs. Bianculli's face, disfig-
ured by the brutality of the attack, was
a factor in the decision of members of
the Bonaire community to bring for-
ward to the police certain facts that led
to the arrests.
The leader of this action to "clean-
up" Bonaire is the man at the top, Bon-
aire Governor Hubert Domacass6. In
an extraordinary meeting with the press
last Friday evening he made it very
clear. "The community must set the
standards to return Bonaire to being
calm and secure," he said.
"Government is not the only answer;
there must be a return to wholesome
family values." The governor believes
that the Bianculli attack, as well as
other violent acts, goes beyond a desire
for money. It is evil, and to combat evil
divine help is needed. Today there is
too much tolerance in Bonairean soci-
ety on youngsters influenced by drugs
and alcohol. Adults are providing these
things to children. It's adults who are
setting bad examples of moral behavior.
And small infractions of the law lead to
disrespect for all laws and human
rights. He believes that it is a build up
of negative influences that's resulting
in violent crimes.
Government can do its part, and will,
if the Governor gets his way, by putting
police on the streets, by enforcing exist-
ing laws more efficiently and by having
all government departments be respon-
sive to his initiative. But it is the atti-
tude of Bonaire's population that ulti-
mately determines what the community
is like. Bonaire's honest people must
work together to make it difficult for
dishonest people to be part of the com-
munity, he believes. "Little by little we
will achieve a better Bonaire," he con-

Notably absent from his statement,
which was more like a sermon from a
pastor, were the usual excuses: we
don't have enough police, Curaqao
doesn't provide needed funds, Holland
isn't listening, etc... In fact, he added,
Holland is listening, and is now differ-
entiating between the problems of Bon-
aire and Curaqao. The Dutch Justice
Minister had visited him the day before.
D G.D.



Recent events have helped the
Bonaire community realize that
the island crime fighting has no focus.
Community efforts have also helped in
the arrest and detention of people who
have criminal records.
More needs to be done.
Now the island must deter-
mine what its visitors, resi-
dents, police and govern-
ment can do to ensure that
even petty crime stops. The
future of Bonaire is at stake.
The next step requires ac-
countability. Who is account-
able? How is that accountability meas-
ured? What, if anything, can be done
to remove those who refuse to be ac-
countable? What can tourists do? What
can residents do? What more can the
police do? What more can the Govern-
ment do? What is realistic? What is
practical? What changes, if any, can be
made? How can we effect change?
Action is great. Thoughtful effective
action is better.
Michael Bijkerk, political activist and
lawyer, has agreed to help the commu-
nity start to think about practical solu-
tions to a crime problem that involves
all of us and for which we are all ac-
On Monday night, November 8th at

7 pm. at the International Bible
Church on Kaya Amsterdam (across
from Trans World Radio), Michael
will explore practical solutions to
community concerns about crime
and accountability. Bring your
questions and ideas. Explore
how you can help the Govern-
ment do its job of ensuring the
safety of its residents and visi-
The organizers of this event plan
to have translators on hand so
hat no thought gets neglected
because of language barriers. 1
Ann Joseph

Crime on Bonaire continues. As we
go to press, word has come in that
65+ year-old Raja Daou, owner of
the Garden Caf6, and his wife, were
attacked and robbed by three men on
Tuesday evening, November 2, after
closing time.
Raja is well known for his jovial
disposition and his uncanny resem-
blance to Santa Claus (whom he por-
trays every December). D

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A Green turtle (turtuga
blanku), nesting on
Playa Chikitu in Washington
Slagbaai Park, was fitted with a
satellite transmitter last Sunday
night by a team from Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire (STCB)
and Stichting Nationale
Parken Bonaire (STINAPA).
This is the third turtle to be
tracked during the current nest-
ing season and the first Green
turtle ever fitted with a transmit-
ter on Bonaire.
Based on the pattern of Green
turtle nesting activity observed
on Playa Chikitu during the last
few weeks, STCB staff pre-
dicted the possible return of a
Green turtle to the beach for
Monday night. A field team
consisting of Debby Wauben
(STINAPA), Fernando Simal ,
(Washington Park manager, Gielmon "Funchi" Egbrechts
STINAPA), Hanny Kalk babysitting the turtle.
(volunteer and STCB webmas-
ter), Gielmon Egbreghts and Robert van she covered her nesting area exten-
Dam (STCB) set out at night to monitor sively with sand, the approximately 140
Playa Chikitu for nesting activity. kg animal was intercepted by the team
Around 8 pm a large Green turtle was on her way towards the sea and a trans-
found already up on a sand dune and mitter applied to the top of her cara-
busy digging a large hole for placing pace. At 11:40 pm the Green turtle was
her nest. She soon began laying eggs released and she quickly departed into
and was then measured (95.5 cm the rough surf off Playa Chikitu.
straight carapace length) and tagged on Green turtle 'STINAPA' will be the
her front flippers. An hour later, after third turtle to be tracked from Bonaire


Turtug blanku STINAPA
Sea Turle Cose:va on aonae
t.ktt B WnMtarod y STAP

during the
2004 nesting
season. Track-
ing of this
Green turtle is
made possible
by a full spon-
sorship pro-
vided by
Earlier, the
female Log-
'Extra' was
tracked from
her nesting
beach at
Klein Bon- The turtle returns to the sea.
aire to her
feeding area off the coast of Honduras,
over 1500 km away. Male Hawksbill
'Tom' is currently underway towards
the northeastern Caribbean, over 600
km from Klein Bonaire where he was
found in July and remained until mid-
The turtle tracking works through sig-
nals sent out by the transmitter, which
is switched on whenever the turtle
comes to the surface to breathe. These
transmissions are then collected by Ar-
gos system receivers onboard weather
satellites that circle the globe, yielding
location data that are e-mailed daily to
STCB for each turtle .

As this year's turtle nesting season
comes to an end, STCB will try to find
at least one more nesting turtle to track.
Potential sponsors for next year's turtle
tracking effort are invited to contact
Robert van Dam (599 717 2225, 790
0433, stcb@bonaireturtles.org) for de-
STCB aims to protect sea turtles
through education, research and taking
conservation actions. Founded in 1992,
the STCB is a Bonaire-based, non-
governmental and non-profit organiza-
tion, part of the Wider Caribbean Sea
Turtle Conservation Network. STCB is
also an active member of the 2004-
2005 island-wide outreach and educa-
tion campaign, Proteha nos Turtuga-
nan, that started officially on November
1st, 2004. More on the campaign next
week. O Robert P. van Dam andAndy


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T he 4th Annual Deep Blue 5K Swim and Ocean Festival will take place
this coming weekend. Three open water-swimming races will be held on
Saturday, November 6. This 4th annual open swim will include, like the previous
years, a long distance 5K Race, a 1500-meter "Metric Mile" Race and a 200-meter
"Kids Fun" Race. New this year is a 10k event starting at Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort along the coast to Capt. Don's Habitat. The races are open to men and women
of all ages and abilities. Masks and snorkels can be used without penalty and fins
can also be used, but then you will be placed in a different prize category.
There will be "elite" swimmers like three-time winner Vincent van Rutten com-
peting at top speeds and also a Bay Watch actress for the 10K. Tthe race is really
for FUN and designed for all who wish to swim at their own pace, simply for the
joy of swimming in the pristine waters of Bonaire.
The race course will include the waters between Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. The
first event will be the Metric Mile beginning at Ebo's reef on Klein Bonaire and
ending at Capt. Don's Habitat and also the 10K starting at Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort along the coast and finishing at Capt. Don's Habitat. Next will be the 200-
meter Kids Fun Race. again starting at Cant. Don's Habitat and following the coast.

Finally, the 5K Swim will start at Capt. Don'sHabitat to the Eden Beach area, then
across to Ebo's at Klein and on up towards No Name Beach, turn around and then
follow the course in reverse back to Capt. Don's Habitat.
The registration fee for all participants is NAf35 or US$20.
This includes the registration fee, a pasta dinner, T-shirt, swim cap and other
goodies contained in a goody bag entrants receive. The proceeds, after costs, will
go to the BONHATA Hurricane Relief fund to help out the Caribbean Islands that
sustained damage during Ivan and all the other hurricanes that passed by this sea-
son. For entry forms, drop by the BONHATA office next to the lighthouse at the
Harbour Village Marina and talk to Diana Sint Jago. Remember this need not be
a competition! Come join us and have some fun in the 4th annual Bonaire Eco
The schedule for the event is:
Friday, November 5:
4:00 to 5:30 pm Official Registration at Capt. Don's Habitat
5:30 to 6:30 pm Pre-race meeting at the same venue
6:30 to 8:00 pm A Pasta Dinner, served and sponsored by Rum Runners Res-
taurant at Capt. Don's Habitat for all participants.
Saturday, November 6:
7:00 to 7:30 am Check in at Capt. Don's Habitat for One Mile Swim event. Get
race numbers
7:30 am Depart from Capt. Don's Habitat on boat to Ebo's Reef at Klein Bon-
aire/Depart from Capt. Don's to Divi Flamingo Beach 10K
8:00 am Start One Mile Swim/Start 10 K swim
8:00 to 8:30 am Check in at Capt. Don's Habitat for 5K Swim and get race
9:00 am Start Kids Swim
9:30 am Start 5K Swim

Sponsors for this even are: the Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association
(BONHATA), Capt. Don's Habitat, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, Sand Dollar
Condominium Resort, Aqua Moon Adventures, Rum Runners, Hertz Rent a Car,
the Goddard Catering Group, Maduro & Curiel's Bank, Best Buddies and Bonaire
SPECIAL NOTICE to all pleasure boats, dive boats, fishing boats and oth-
ers: The dive sites in these areas will be closed from 7 am to 1 pm on Saturday,
November 8th. If you are boating through the area, please take extreme care as there
will be many swimmers in the water between the hours mentioned above. O Diana
Sint Jago, BONHATA

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
11-05 3:27 0.8FT. 18:32 1.7FT. 37
11-06 3:36 0.9FT. 19:25 1.6FT. 34
11-07 3:34 1.0FT. 10:32 1.5FT. 15:00 1.4FT. 20:08 1.5FT. 37
11-08 3:20 1.0FT. 10:22 1.6FT. 16:35 1.3FT. 21:08 1.4FT. 45
11-09 3:02 1.1FT. 10:33 1.7FT. 17:57 1.2FT. 22:08 1.3FT. 57
11-10 2:42 1.1FT. 11:00 1.8FT. 19:19 1.0FT. 23:17 1.2FT. 70
11-11 11:34 1.9FT. 20:32 0.9FT. 82
11-1212:10 2.0FT. 21:50 0.8FT. 92
11-13 12:58 2.1FT. 22:48 0.7FT. 98
11-1413:47 2.1FT. 23:37 0.6FT. 101
11-15 0:24 0.6FT. 14:41 2.1FT. 99

Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Crazy Lady
Dolphin Street
El Sabor
Erie Brie
Flying Cloud, USA
Gatsby, USA
Grey Lady
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Honalee, USA
Lady Alice
Luna C. USA
Natural Selection, USA

Pau Hana
Precocious Gale, USA
Sagitarius, Aruba
Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden
Southern Cross
Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Vite Vite
Windborn III
Windmiller, Canada
Zahi, Malta

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

Page 9

N ubia Obando's
Face and Body
Salon has just celebrated
its second year at the Sand
Dollar Mini Mall on Kaya
Gob. N. Debrot, just north
of the traffic circle. Nu-
bia's work is well known
on the island. She worked
for five years at the Spa at
Harbour Village until it
The Face and Body Salon
is quiet and serene and an
inviting spot to relax with a
special massage by Nubia
herself. She's a profes-
sional in massage therapy,
facials, reflexology, lymph
drainage, deep tissue mas-
sage as well as nail and
foot care and waxing too.
To celebrate the salon's
two-year birthday Nubia
has something new to of-
fer: a Deep Massage for Nubia's magic hands at work
Divers an hour-long mas-
sage to improve the circulation and ease muscle aches and tension. Her "Special
Package for Honeymooners" is a combination of aroma Therapy, Massage and a
Hydrating Facial with a Seaweed mask for a special price of $145. Maybe you
don't have to be a honeymooner?
Other packages include an hour of Aroma Therapy with an hour's Hydrating
Facial, with a basic manicure for $142. Or try the package of "After Sun Release
Mask (one hour) and a Deep Tissue Massage (one hour). That also includes a
mini facial all this relaxation for just $126.
Face and Body is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm. Other times
are by appointment. Telephone 785-3398 or 717-2622. OL.D.

Jay Haviser, director of BONAI; Minister Maritsa Silberie, president of
UNESCO Antias; students Arelys Francees and Christopher Frans; Jeanin-
Wong Loi Sing, Bonaire representativefor UNESCO.

From October 25 to 28 an international youth conference was hosted by
UNESCO on St. Lucia with the theme: Youth and Sustainable Develop-
UNESCO sponsored two students from the Netherlands Antilles, which this year
were chosen from Bonaire. The two Bonaire students are Arelys Francees and
Christopher Frans, who are in HAVO-5 at the SGB, and also are active in the
youth organization, BONAI, under the guidance of Dr. Jay Haviser. In the past,
Christopher Frans also participated in a UNDP youth workshop.
The St. Lucia conference has three primary topics for discussion:
1. Life and Love in my Country life ways and culture in my country;
2. My Island Home saving the environment in my country; and
3. Money in my Pocket the economy and opportunities for work.
To participate in this conference the students were required to comply with vari-
ous tasks and preparations. These preparations were to make them able to discuss
the Netherlands Antilles with youth representatives from many other participating
Caribbean and Latin American countries.
As part of their preparations the students met with government officials and com-
missioners, tourism officers and other authorities for information about the islands.
The students made short presentations about the Netherlands Antilles, set up a
small exhibition of posters and information about the Antilles and offered five pri-
orities for youth development in our country.
The Netherlands Antilles National Commission of UNESCO wishes these stu-
dents every form of success and looks forward to their return, full of ideas to share
with other youth of our islands. O Jay Haviser

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004


Page 10



A Healthy Lifestyle with Sufficient Exercise Helps
Prevent Obesity!

A healthy lifestyle is a great support to your quality of
l ife. A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of developing
chronic diseases like diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder in the
way your body uses blood sugar. Blood sugar is made from
Angdlique Salsbach foods we have eaten. It travels in the bloodstream, circulat-
ing throughout the body. When the cells that make up your
body tissues need sugar, they absorb it with the help of a special system: insulin
and insulin receptors. Insulin from the bloodstream binds to special sites called
receptors on cell walls. This opens channels so sugar can pass into the cells.
Two Kinds of Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2:
Type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes), known as juvenile diabetes, is
when the body produces little insulin or none at all. Daily insulin injections must
be taken.
Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes) is when your body doesn't pro-
duce enough insulin or has problems using insulin. The body does produce insulin,
but because of insulin resistance, its cells may not be able to use it properly. Thus,
sugar stays in the blood rather than passing into the cells where it is needed.
Type 2 diabetes develops in adults, most often in people who have family
members with diabetes and who are inactive and overweight.
A person suffering from diabetes who does not follow a treatment is at risk for
developing complications such as heart disease, high blood cholesterol level and
triglycerides, loss of vision, bad circulation, and kidney disease.
Although there is no cure for diabetes, the good news is that you can control it
and avoid the complications by having a healthy lifestyle!
A Healthy Lifestyle Means:
-Eat healthily
The 9 rules for eating healthily are:
1. Have a lot of variety in your diet.
2. Eat foods that are low in fat, especially saturated fat.
3. Have an adequate intake of complex carbohydrates combined with fiber.
4. Eat enough fruits and vegetables.
5. Cut down on salt.
6. Drink a lot of fluids, but limit alcohol.
7. Eat regularly daily: 3 main meals and 3 in-betweens (healthy snacks).
8. Treat food hygienically.
9. Read the labels on food packages.
-Be physically active
Exercise on a daily basis or at least 5 times a week for at least 1/2 -1 hour.
-Don't smoke
-Control alcohol consumption.
Do not drink alcohol on a daily basis and not more than 2 glasses
Manage stress
A healthy lifestyle is the basis for a healthy weight. Nowadays, being overweight
is a worldwide problem and Bonaire is no exception. Investigative report show
that 50% of our population over 18 years and 10% of children between 6 to 11
years are overweight.

Being overweight is one of the most important
risk factors for developing diabetes.
One of the biggest causes of obesity is an unbalance between physical activity
and calorie intake (nutrition). This unbalance means that the person consumes too
many calories (more than the body needs) and at the same time is too inactive and
not able to burn all the calories.
So, to control diabetes, have good eating habits and exercise regularly to main-
tain a healthy weight. IAngelique Salsbach

November 1 to 14.
Talks, Walks, Exercise Sessions. All Free!

The Department of Healthcare started an information campaign from No-
vember 1 to 14. During this campaign there will be an information night
held by a general practitioner about how to prevent diabetes and, if having it, how
to prevent further complications- Thursday, November 4 at the Terra Corra
community center from 7 to 9 pm.
(Continued on page 15)



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he island was soaked with a torrential downpour last Sunday, but it didn't stop
the action at Terasa la Tropicana in Rincon where the Criollo Cooking Contest
was happening. It just shows that it takes a lot to keep people away from an event that
promises good eats. The cooks from Rincon did their utmost to create attractive, deli-
cious dishes with well known ingredients. Surrounding the table with the entries were
booths selling even more Criollo dishes: stews of goat, cucumber, pumpkin and
conch, local soups, rice and beans.
First prize winner was Petrica Frans (see cover) who won for her Conch Stew (Stoba
di Karco). Second prize went to Anchi Coffie. (Anchi sells meals and sweet things
every Saturday at the Rincon Marshe.) Melissa Jansen took away the Third prize.

A health care professional who has a number of older patients in Rincon made this
observation this past weekend. "I noted that many ofmy patients were in very good
shape for their ages; they weren 'tfat, not thin; they were just perfect. I asked them to
what they attributed their good health. All of them answered the same, 'I cook criollo
at home, the way I've been cooking for all my years.' They also added that they didn't
eat at snacks. 1L.D.

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

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T he ABC islands
young chefs
(four from each is-
land's hotel school) are
back from Italy, but
while they were there
emails came in from
Sara Matera, reporting
on their activities. The
students were in the
Emilia Romagna re-
gion of taly for afour-
week intensive course
in cooking, Italian
style, at the prestigious
Serramazzoni Hotel
and Catering School.
As you can see, it's
not all drudge
work in the
kitchen. Sara
"Here's a Typi-
cal Day:
Early wake up 7
am with breakfast
at 8 am sharp fol-
lowed by lessons
from 9 to 1. Lunch
for 2 hours, then
lessons from 3 to 7
pm. Dinner 7 to 8,
after which they
may telephone
home, watch mov- Learning
ies with other stu- Pas;
dents, read, play in
gym sports or just talk and network
with other students. At 10:30 sharp,
lights and music off in all rooms and
sleep time for the next busy day.

The first weekend was filled with a
visit to an old Castle in Dozza where
the regional Enoteca is located, with a
city tour of Ravenna. Then along the
Adriatic Coast, a sleepover and dinner
in Rimini. And finally a visit to the
largest amusement park in Italy, Mara-
bilandia. Loads of fun with rides and
cartoon people.
And here's the most awesome item:
A trip to the Ferrari Museum and fac-
tory with a guided tour where the stu-
dents asked questions like 'How much
does this car cost?' What!
Only Eurosl60.000 was the least ex-
pensive! This is the Formula Car
Maker and driver of year!" 1 Story
and photos by Sara Matera

Pasta making

how to make pastry from renowned
try Chef Giuseppe Gagliardi

At the Ferrari Museum


The JePoBon organization of Bonaire recently produced a theatre perform-
ance ofRdke Buriku Rdke, in cooperation with the Speeltheatre Holland. It's
been performed on Bonaire, Curaqao, Saba, and is planned for Aruba this month.
Every Monday morning in September and October the JePoBon had performances
of the show on the ship Freewinds for all the elementary students of Bonaire, some
1,800 children.
The children's teachers were first given instruction about theatre and the show by
JePoBon director Jacky Bernabela at their schools. Afterwards the children made
colorful donkey masks to wear to the performances on the ship. The young chil-
dren were very enthusiastic about the visit, as many of them have only seen the
ship from afar, and to go onboard was an exciting experience. One child remarked
to the ship's Captain Ludwig that she not only liked the play but she wanted to live
on the ship. For many of the children this was the first time they have ever had the
opportunity to see a real theatre performance on a real theatre stage because Bon-
aire does not have a theatre. The JePoBon hopes that this experience for our chil-
dren will increase awareness of the importance of theatre for enriching our com-
munity. O Story and Photo by Jacky Bernabela

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004


D id you
that at the Wa-
tapana School
in Rincon the
children are
learning to
play the cuarta
under the
guidance of
one of Bon-
aire's best
known musi-
cians, Gabi
Watapana is
a school for
kids with
Gabi Mercera teaches the Cuarta to Watapana students and a
learning dis-
abilities. They
are taught at their own tempo.
This year the Watapana School is celebrating its 30' anniversary. The director of
the school is Mrs. Brenda Tjietjie. If you want to know more about this particular
school, which has received high praise for its program, take a look on the Rincon
website at infobonaire.com/rincon. O1 Maria Koecks St. Jago



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Jos Pluijmen and Astrid Patings
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Astrid works as a teacher at Kolegio
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social and
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one of the staff
of the Bonaire
Animal Shel-
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of "Karin," our
Pet of the
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she's so nice to
have around!"
This darling
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eight months
old, was found
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Want to know what's new at the Shelter? Log on to the official website: WWW.
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2-3 bedroom furnished house
needed Jan. 1- June 1. On-island ref-
erences available. Email tyson-

Wanted: clothes and toys for boy
of 3. Tel. 717-7977

We are looking for some-
one to watch our kunuku
from Dec. 20 to Jan. 5.
Celebrate the holidays
kunuku style with a beau-
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L ast week Dos and Bertie
Winkel breezed onto the
island to debut their newest book in
their new "Eye on..." series: Eye on St.
Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. As
well, their newest video, filmed by
Hendrik Wuyts of ScubaVision, was
presented: Eye on the Caribbean.

In keeping with their previous coffee
table books of our favorite islands
(Watercolours Bonaire, Island Colours
Bonaire, Nature Colours Curagao, The
Nature ofSaba, Eye on Aruba, Bonaire
and Curagao) their latest book of pho-
tographs is a work of beauty from the
very perceptive loving eyes of the pho-
tographers who love their subjects and
want to share them with the rest of us.
The Lt. Governors of the three islands
agree in the forward that the "book is
an embracement of the similarities and
differences of three sister islands." (The
book) "is an eye for the beauty, charm
and richness of our culture, nature and
All three islands, which don't neces-
sarily have much in common, were
conquered by the Dutch in the 17th cen-
tury. The other Dutch islands changed
hands continuously, but these three re-
mained in Dutch hands. However, the
majority of the inhabitants came from
England, Scotland, Ireland and the US

and not from
Holland, so
today all
three islands
are primarily
The excep-
tion is
French St.
Martin which
was settled
by the
French way
back in 1629.
The photo-
graphs of
each island
are truly
ranging from
shots taken
from a plane
high above to
the most de-

Hendrik Wuyts smiles as Dos Winkel describes the movie he
shot, Eye on the Caribbean.

tailed close-ups of an insect, a flower,
the face of an iguana. Particularly inter-
esting in this book are the thumbnail
write-ups of local personalities in the
arts, the environment, history buffs,
lace makers the one thread in com-
mon being their deep affection for their

Jeannette van Ditzhuijzn did a great
job of researching the history and cul-
ture of each island and her writing is a
fine base from which to appreciate the
photographs even more. Her conversa-
tional tone should appeal to those who
normally shy away from history books.
Interestingly, none of the photos were
identified as to who the photographer
was, but by this time who can't recog-
nize the people photos done by Bertie
or the spectacular underwater views by
Eye on St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eusta-
tius should be in the libraries of every-
one who has a deep affection for these
islands. It's available in English, Dutch,
German or French at Photo Tours, for
The video, "Eye on...the Caribbean,"
features Saba and Bonaire, both above
and below the water. The concept is
that Dos and Bertie, aboard the authen-
tic clipper ship, StaadAmsterdam, are
searching for the "perfect picture." The
excellent video footage by Hendrik
Wuyts is interspersed with stills by the
Winkels. The video is available in the
very high quality PAL system and can
also be played on a computer or laptop.
It's $32 and is available at ScubaVision
in the Photo Tours shop on Kaya
Grandi. Telephone 717-2844, cel. 785-


Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

(Diabetes Campaign. Continuedfrom page l1)

And because fighting obesity is a
very important way to prevent diabetes
there will be three activities where
everyone is invited to do exercises:
Sunday, November 7 A walk
starting at 6 am from Wilhelmina
Tuesday, November 9 One hour
of nice exercises with music for eve-
rybody and especially for those
overweight and with diabetes, from
8 until 10 pm at the Sport Hall on
Kaya Amsterdam
-Thursday, November 11 One
hour of exercises (same as Novem-
ber 9) at the Community Center in

During those three days of physical
activities the blood sugar level and
blood pressure level of all the partici-
pants will be tested by professionals
before and after the exercises. Every-
thing is free.

Please come and join us. Support
your own good health. A.S.

Dos and Bertie sign their book for
Fr;tc and onnMMI Divi F laninon Rmcrt Man

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3hneter Manager Jurrie iellema (center) accepts a donation jor the
Sterilization Fund from members ofBonaire's Lion's Club.

n the last two weeks, thanks to a multitude of volunteers and sponsors the
Bonaire Animal Shelter sterilized 222 dogs, of which 13 were males. As
Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema said, "Now those 222 dogs are done and count-
less unwanted puppies have been saved from the street. We couldn't have done it
without the help of the whole community." He added, "There were 20 volunteers
who were motivated and got better and better once they got the hang of it. They
helped make it happen."
There were numerous dogs that were ALREADY pregnant, and at least 10 fe-
males were discovered to have had uterus problems that would have resulted in an
early and painful death.
Especially pleased with the results were Walter Stark and Mary DiSanza who
had tried valiantly to organize such a sterilization program 10 years ago. Mary is a
devoted volunteer who handles the lost and found dogs.
What's next? Jurrie says there are applications for 70 cats, both male and female,
that need to be sterilized. "We even have (operating room) materials left over," he
THANKS! It never could have happened without the help of all these sponsors
who offered dive tanks, cars, rooms, meals, etc. etc. etc. Please accept an apology
if you were forgotten, it was unintentional, but so many people helped it was just
overwhelming. This list is not made in order of importance:

Flamingo Communications
Mega FM
Timbo Cool NV
Warehouse Bonaire
Rento Fun Drive NV
Bonaire Partners
Stichting Buitenlandse
Rotary Club Bonaire
Asecom Business Support
Jacobs Architecten NV
Duijn Bonaire NV
Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
Jong Bonaire
Dierenartsenpraktijk Niki-
boko Zuid
Selibon NV
Hans en Etty Lambeek
Mary Lovie
Cheryl Yuill
Charlie Brown
Trisha Durrence
Tom Nemetz
Captain Don's Habitat
Support Bonaire
Dierenkliniek Bonaire
Roger Blennylips
Bonaire Reporter

Algemeen Dagblad
Antilliaans Dagblad
Rotary Club Zevenbergen
Cinnamon Gallery
Voz di Bonaire
Bon FM
Organisatiecommitee Re-
Tusnara Supermaket,
Tung Fong Store
Lions Club
Budget Car Rental
Plaza Bonaire
Multifunction Management

& ;


This term refers to a fairly com-
mon syndrome in dogs: destruc-
tive behavior when left alone. How-
ever, this behavior has multiple causes,
many of which do not involve any real
To be honest, most of the dogs I have
met (in my boarding kennel) who were
labeled with "separation anxiety" were
not actually anxious at all, but were in
fact quite confident and outgoing. They
did not seem overly attached to the hu-
mans who brought them. They were
not particularly uneasy in new sur-
roundings or concerned about other
unfamiliar dogs or people. If anything,
they were generally smarter than the
average dog, and therefore easily
bored, and understandably resentful at
being left alone or cooped up for long
periods. In fact, some of my clients
confessed to me that their dogs seemed
happier at the kennel than they did at
Well, at the kennel they got plenty of
attention and activity, as opposed to
being home alone for eight or more
hours with nothing to do. So if your
dog is destructive when left alone, and
it seems to be a case of boredom and/or
resentment, what can you do (short of
taking him to doggy daycare or quitting
your job)?

The most obvious solution is to get
him a friend. If that's not feasible, then
give him a good long run before you
go, as well as something to do while
you're gone. For a challenge, fill a
"Kong" (a hollow hard rubber toy with
a small opening) with small treats, or
peanut butter, or both a doggy paci-
fier of sorts.
Leave the radio or TV on. Give him a
selection of large flavored nylabones.
And confine him to an area where he
can't destroy anything, like a kennel
run (make sure he can't dig or jump
out) or your kitchen (make sure your
cabinets are secure). There are also
medications such as Chlomicalm
(chlomipramine) which can help in
more persistent cases or in cases where
dogs are truly anxious. If you are gone
for short times only, then crate training
is the way to go.
In addition to keeping your dog oc-
cupied and out of trouble while you're
gone, remember to make the most of
the time you have with him. This


means lots of obedience training (make
it fun and rewarding for him!), but also
exercise, play, and simple quality time.
Is he a retriever? Then teach him to
fetch various different objects by name.
Is he agile and athletic? Then teach him
Frisbee or agility. Does he like to
swim? Does he like to ride in the car
and go new places? Get to know your
dog, identify what he needs and what
just makes him happy, and then do
your best to provide those things for

Of course sometimes this is simply
not possible. Some dogs need more
than we are able to give because their
personalities simply don't match our
personalities or lifestyles or other limi-
tations. At some point we may be
forced to accept that we are not able to
provide the best home for our dog.
This does not mean taking him to the
shelter so that he can take his chances
at adoption. In such cases, it is our re-
sponsibility and obligation to find our
dog a better home.
Next time I will tell you about a dog
who needed more than I could give. 1
Susan Brown

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

Page 17

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Primary school "The Pelikaan" is a primary school for children aged 4 to
12. The school opened on August 1, 2004 with a heterogeneous group.

We are urgently looking, preferably as per January 1, 2005 for
a: Full-time teacher (m/f)
Applicants are expected to:
have the required certification
have teaching experience, preferably with different groups
have working experience with heterogeneous groups
have experience with development oriented education
be able to work with themes by the story-line approach
be able to set up and execute projects independently
be able to work independently
have good communication skills
be creative
be willing to participate in after school activities

We offer a captivating job in a positive educational climate in a newly
started enthusiastic school on a beautiful tropical island for a reasonable
This advertisement has also been submitted to the Foundation for
Dutch Education Abroad in The Hague.
You can send or email your comprehensive application and CV by Novem-
ber 15, 2004 latest to:
Primary School "The Pelikaan"
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 64
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN)
Email address: pelikaanbasisschool@yahoo.com

For more information you can contact the principal Mrs. W. Bohm-
Sandig, telephone (** 599 ) 717-3301 (school), 717-7604 / 786 9633.

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004

Page 18

pm at the Sport Hall on Kaya Amster- entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
WEEY MOVIE SHOWTII dam the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717- CHURCH SERVICES
I N2500.

Newi Usually9:00 pm
(Kim Basinger)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
The New Beginning
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
SATURDAY 4 PM Two Brothers
The Manchurian Candidate


Thursday, November 4- Diabetes In-
formation Night with a general prac-
titioner on how to prevent diabetes and
further complications at the Terra
Corra community center from 7 to 9

Friday, November 5 -Lecture (in
Dutch) on "How to Create Inner
Peace in a World of Sharks," by Sis-
ter Rita from Curaqao sponsored by
the University for a Better World, 7 to
8:30 pm. Discussion until 9 pm, Kaya
Hulanda 25. No cost

Saturday, November 6 Lecture (in
English) on "How to Create Inner
Peace in a World of Sharks," by Sis-
ter Rita from Curaqao sponsored by
the University for a Better World, 7 to
8:30 pm. Discussion until 9 pm, Kaya
Hulanda 25. No cost

Saturday, November 6 4th Annual
Deep Blue 5K Swim and Ocean Fes-
tival (see page 9)
Saturday and Sunday, November 6-7.
Bicycle tours and races organized by
the Bellissima Bike Club from Cura-
gao. Signup forms are available at
BonFysio. See Flotsam and Jetsam,
last item, for more details or call
Simone Sweers at 717-6513 or 786-
1271 for more information. All Bon-
aire bicycle enthusiasts are welcome to
take part.

Monday, November 8 Michael Bi-
jkerk, political activist and lawyer,
will explore practical solutions to
community concerns about crime
and accountability. Bring your ques-
tions and ideas. Explore how you can
help the Government do its job of en-
suring the safety of its residents and
visitors. ALL INVITED 7 pm at the
International Bible Church on Kaya
Sunday, November 7 Anti Diabetes
Fitness walk starting at 6 am at Wil-
helmina Park.
Tuesday, November 9 One hour of
nice exercises with music for every-
body and especially for those over-
weight and with diabetes, from 8-10

Thursday, November 11 One hour
of nice exercises with music for eve-
rybody and especially for those over-
weight and with diabetes, from 8-10
pm at the community center in Rincon.


Saturday, November 20 Day of the
Child Children's Candlelight pa-
rade sponsored by Sebiki. More info


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

Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering -call Jake at 717-6773 or e-
mail jake@bonairetalk.com for more
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 Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean break-
fast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and
snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NA1f2 for Bonaire residents). Tel
717-8489, 540-9800.
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

Starting Sunday, November 14 -
Multi Image Production BONAIRE
HOLIDAY by Albert Bianculli,
Aquarius Conference Room, Capt.
Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm. Free 717-
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-


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-
rie @ttelbonet.an
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) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659


AA meetings eveiy Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
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 in-
vited NAf5 enty fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
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
andvisit 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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Page 19


See advertisements in this issue


Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday:
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Mexican Night; Fnday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
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(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
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717-5025 Closed Monday under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too.
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Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
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The Lst PeninLow-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style
Across from MCB Ban in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
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Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out or eat there. Everyday a
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday different combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.
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Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the
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between Bonaire, Curaqao 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.
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments,
offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
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

The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Caribbean Club Bonaire is in a tranquil setting at
Hilltop, adjacent to Oil Slick Leap dive site. Cool
breezes, fresh water pool, cozy bar and restaurant.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
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.
Face and Body Day Spa offers the ultimate in ad-
vanced beauty treatments, facials and massage. Call
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.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiff.
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.
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Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
mind and body. Private lessons too.

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I came for the first time in October
'97. A local Bonaire therapy
practice had offered me a job for three
months and as there was very little
work for physiotherapists in Holland at
the time I thought, 'Why not!' I didn't
have a boyfriend or a steady job and no
house of my own so the offer to work
three months in the tropics was very
I'd finished my studies in '94. Since
then I'd only been filling in for others
so I felt it would be much nicer to treat
and attend to a client from the begin-
ning until he was cured so I could see
the results of my work. I'd never been
here, and before I came I thought, 'The
tropics! Palm trees! Lots of green!' I
arrived in October and it hadn't been
raining for ages so when I saw the is-
land I thought, 'I've ended up in the
Wild, Wild West!' It looked like all
cactus and prairies and I was expecting
to see tumbleweeds rolling by at any
moment! I'd been told, 'Either you fall
in love with the island or you don't like
it at all,' and I thought, 'I'll give it a
rest and I will find out later.
Then I met my future boyfriend. He
was one of my patients and I was at-
tracted to him instantly. He was really
very nice and spontaneous but... he
was a patient, and to me it wasn't ethi-
cal to start something with a patient.
When he'd finished his treatment we
both thought, 'now what?' He invited
me for a dive and promised me what he
promises all the tourists frogfishes and
seahorses and I thought, 'Of course!
That will be fun!' After that he took me
out for lunch several times and one
thing led to another and then we were
so very much in love that I didn't want
to go back to Holland anymore! But
nevertheless I went to arrange my
things and then I came back for a three-
month holiday. I did my dive courses
including dive master. And by that time
I realized that not only did I love Bon-
aire but that I'd found my future partner
here too. I always tell everybody, 'That
patient was so cute that I thought I'd
keep him!"
Mary Timmermans is a calm person
with a subtle sense ofhumor. She's
confident, bright, spiritual and wise. A
natural red-head, slender and fair-
skinned. She grins:
"Well, of course I had to go back to
Holland although I didn't feel like it at
all. At the time it wasn't so easy to get a
work permit, but before I left I went to
apply for a job in several practices, but
they didn't need anybody. So I left with
the intention of working hard, saving
some money and coming back. How-
ever, a couple of weeks later I got a call

from Benschop Physiotherapy in Rin-
con asking if I wanted to work for
them. And that was the answer! It was
one of those things that made me real-
ize that you're always sent in a certain
direction and everything will fall in its
place as long as you want to see it.
Since I've lived here I've become more
spiritual. That's something that the is-
land and its local people, especially in
Rincon, teach you. I remember one
night during the first weeks I was here I
was sitting on the back porch of my
apartment in complete silence, with
only the light of the moon and the
sound of the wind, and I felt an utter
peace descending into me, as if the is-
land had put its serenity inside me.
I was bom on a farm in the south of
Holland in the middle of the woods and
it was quiet too, but different. In Europe
you always feel you're surrounded by
people. Here we're bathed by the sea,
and as the people from Rincon say, the
sea takes away all the negativity from
you. And to me there is more. This is-
land really has very good energy.
Well, my boyfriend and I went to live
together, first in Hato, then in Antriol,
where we still are. I am happy. He's a
very good man, but" she laughs: "he
doesn't like publicity and as a matter of
fact, neither do I, but as I got to know
you a little bit better, I thought, 'Well...

"Here we're bathed by the
sea, and as the people from
Rincon say, the sea takes
away all the negativity
from you. And to me there
is even more."

The nice thing about my job is that I
am working independently. I can make
my own decisions just as if I had my
own practice and that's something that
suits me. The thing I had to get used to
is the difference in culture. In Holland
the patient himself takes the initiative
and uses your advice and the doctors' to
work on his health. Here they put the
responsibility in your hands; you are
the one who's supposed to make them
better. And I had to learn how to find
out what was wrong with my patients as
they were telling me very little about
their complaints.
I learned Papiamentu from my clients.
The whole island has been my teacher,
and as most Antilleans also speak
Dutch, they have been a great help. In

2001 was asked by Di-
rector Lupe Uranie to
work for the Pasadia
FKPD (handicapped
center). I had had one of
the visitors of Pasadia as
a client in the practice.
After that I started going
more often to the FKPD
until I started working
for them one day per
week. That's also one of
the things I think was
meant to be. In Holland
I had the opportunity to
work with the mentally
disabled, but it scared
me, and I thought, 'No,
that's not for me.' Now,
the way I see it, it was
like I was pushed in a
certain direction, slowly
but gradually, and now I
feel I wouldn't want to
miss my work with the
FKPD for anything in
the world! Once you've
worked with the men-
tally disabled you realize
how beautiful they are.
Those people are so
pure. They are who they
are and they never pre-
tend. For me it's a very
nice change from my
regular job. I work mostly in the chil-
dren's day care and the day care for the
It's the holistic aspect of a person.
You're not only busy with the physical
part, because with people who are men-
tally disabled it is also very important
to pay attention to the emotional and
social aspects as well as the mental
part. And there are many things I didn't
learn at school, but I'm learning them
there, not only from the visitors them-
selves but also from my colleagues and
the whole team, from everyone who's
After high school I studied to become
a medical biochemist analyst, and I
worked for two years at the Amsterdam
Medical Center lab doing cancer re-
search. After two years I'd had it com-
I went to the International Academy
for Physiotherapy in Utrecht where I
studied acupuncture. After the first year
I took up eight more subjects so I could
do physiotherapy at the same time. Be-
cause I am an acupuncturist I am more
open to all the different aspects a hu-
man being consists of. In the Chinese
healing art of acupuncture one is
taught: 'You are what you inherited
from your parents; you are what you

eat; you are what you think; and you
are what you feel." That's my back-
ground so I often see connections that
people with a regular Western medical
training fail to see. One of my dreams is
to open my own physiotherapy practice
and on the side my own acupuncturist
practice, so that one pays for the other.
That combination is my goal.
For me and my boyfriend I personally
have another dream: I would love to
have a large area of land with a well
with good water so that I can have a
botanical garden with local medicinal
herbs a place where we can live with-
out neighbors, no sound peace and
tranquility. I'm spoiled; I come from a
farm. I don't think I'll ever go back to
Holland, I really don't think so. The
only difficult thing about it is that my
whole family lives there and I do miss
them, but when
I'm in Holland
for a vacation I
just feel I can't
live there any-
more... I am
addicted to
Bonaire." 1

Greta Kooistra

tonaire Reporter November a to 12, Zuu4

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B onaire jazz musicians Lando
Tjin-A-Sjoe and Guus Gerritsen
traveled to Surinam last month to take
part in the Third Surinam Jazz Festival.
It was a tremendous success. Jazz
mixed with local music (Kawina
rhythms) all over the place in Paramar-
ibo, from October 22 to 24.
With the theme "Home Is Where the
Heart Is," excellent Surinamese musi-
cians from Holland, the Caribbean and
elsewhere came to Paramaribo to cre-
ate a musical party in their home coun-
try with local musicians of great qual-
ity. And during the festival, caf6s and
restaurants with local combos were all
jamming till early in the morning, invit-
ing every amateur musician to partici-
pate (which we did).
Paramaribo, already a place to cele-
brate something fun every day, became
a swinging hot place. What an experi-

The highlights of the festival which
centered around top class Surinamers
from Holland were:
* Pablo Nahar (bass) with a trio in an
emotional musical dialog with a
group of six local percussionists.
Denise Jannah, the diva of the festi-
val, bringing the audience nearly to
tears with standards and a children's
song (converted into a jazzy tune)
she learned in school in Surinam.

* The Kollective Groove: four Suri-
namers from Holland presenting an
experimental program of fusions of
Jazz, African rhythms and Kawina.
And on top of all this there was a big
band of 18 people from ages 18 to 80
playing old standards and Latin pieces
with great discipline and much emo-

Surinam can be proud to have so
many excellent musicians. The organi-
zation was satisfied with so many peo-
ple visiting the concerts and the jam
sessions in town.
What can be learned from the formula
of the festival in Suriname is that you
do not need top shots in the musical
landscape to create a high level jazz
happening. What you need is musical
quality but foremost a heart to do it.
The Surinam musicians who left their
country came back to prove that.

TV 11's Jacques Suriel from Curaqao
was at the festival to record the high-
lights. They aired on Tuesday Novem-
ber 2 (from 9 to 10 pm) and will con-
tinue with two more installments on
November 9 and 16.
If you were not in Paramaribo or if
you want to go next year: convince
yourself and have fun with great jazz in
a swinging peaceful city. O Guus Ger-



Designers and builders of the climbing frame: SGB students Bendrick
Saragoza, Julius Martines, Christopher Bernabela

he model for the children's climbing frame that was designed by three SGB
students in 2003 (The Reporter, June 6-12, 2003) will soon be built in its
full size. The project is a culmination of a lot of people's dedication and efforts.
Work will begin soon at the "people's park" just to the south of the Artebon build-
ing on the waterside promenade. The property was given to the people of the
neighborhood of Playa Pabou by the government after adults and children from the
area staged a peaceful demonstration asking for the land to be awarded to them so
that they could build a park for the children. Students from the 3rd class, ages 15 to
16, will be assisting on the project.
Art teacher Wilna Groenenboom reports that there will be a meeting this week in
the vicinity of the Regatta House so that all suggestions for the park can be heard

from the community.
In addition to the climbing frame
another project will be a concrete
wall to protect the children from the Neede
street. Wilna said that a competition
will be held for the students at the If you
SGB for designs which will have the
undersea world as its theme. The de- 717-8
sign should be executed as a mosaic
with colorful tiles, she said, but un-
fortunately there are no colorful tiles
on the island right now. If anyone
knows of any sources or can help in any way, call
the SGB at 717-8120. Or call Wilna Groenenboom at
the school or at 717-6832.
On November 20, to celebrate the Day of the
Child, Sebiki will sponsor their annual children's
candlelight parade to commemorate the opening (but
not the completion) of the park. The parade will end
at the new park. More information later. OL.D.

d: Colorful Tiles

can help, call:
120 or 717-6832.


Diva Denise Jannah

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004


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*to find it, just look up

The Moon Visits Three
Planets and a Lovely
Star in Predawn Skies

Y es, indeed, this week
the two brightest plan-
ets have a super close meeting
in the Bonaire Sky Park. And
next week the Moon will visit
them and the returning, not-so-
bright Mars and the lovely
giant star Spica.
This Thursday and Friday
November 4th and 5", one hour
before sunrise, face east,
where the two brightest plan-
ets, 8,000-mile-wide Venus
and 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter
will be side by side in a super
close meeting which we will
not see again until the year
2008. At any rate, if you miss
them on the 4th and 5th you'll
be able to watch them slowly pull apart from each other day by day. And next
Tuesday November 9th see them joined by an exquisite 26-day-old crescent Moon
complete with Earthshine which will look like a black full Moon nestled within the
bright crescent.
But if you miss it on the 9th you'll see an even skinnier crescent Moon complete
with Earthshine the following day, Wednesday the 10th, when the Moon will have
jumped from above Jupiter and Venus to just below it and almost half way be-
tween Venus and the brightest star of the constellation, Virgo, the Virgin, You
will also see something very dim just below and off to its left, a faint pale reddish-
orange object almost on a line with the Moon, Venus and Jupiter our old friend,
4,000-mile-wide Mars which had its brightest appearance in 60,000 years in Au-
gust 2003 but which is now 70 times dimmer. But it's still making news because
two rovers from Earth are still sending signals back home.
And if you really want to test your eyesight then go out the following day on
Thursday the 11th Extremely close to the horizon you'll see an very slender sliver
of a 28-day-old crescent Moon about as slender a sliver as you'll ever see, if you
can see it.
Once again, Tuesday the 9th, Wednesday the 10th and Thursday the 11Ih. But once
again remember that even though these cosmic objects will look relatively close to
each other nothing could be farther from the truth.
In fact if we use the speed of light, which travels 186,000 miles per second, as a
measuring stick, next week, light from the Moon will reach us in about 11/4 sec-
onds while the light from Venus will reach us in 10 minutes, from almost twice as
far away. Light from Mars will take 20 minutes to reach us, while Jupiter, over
two and a half times as far away as Mars, will need 50 minutes for its light to
reach us. But Spica is way out there. In fact while light from Mars, Venus, Jupiter
and the Moon all take less than one hour to reach us, it takes 275 years for light to
travel from Virgo's brightest star, which means that when you look at Spica next
week, you'll be seeing the light that left it 275 years ago, in the year 1729! Some-
thing to think about as you keep looking up! O Jack Horkhimer
Moon Info (' Last Quarter November 5th 0 New Moon November 12th

SFirst Quarter November 19"t Full Moon November 26th

Bonaire Reporter November 5 to 12, 2004


For the week: November 5 to 12, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Take some time out. Problems with your partner are
apparent. You must deal with an emotional problem with your loved one that you
have been avoiding for some time now. Don't upset elders in your family who don't
understand your present situation. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21)
Consider making pleasure trips or participating in entertainment that will require
energy. Someone you care about may not be too well. Your trendy style and unique
way of doing things will entice new acquaintances. Your determination and stamina
will make your work look flaw less and effortless. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Opportunities to get involved in investment groups
will pay off. Don't push your luck with your boss. Residential moves should be con-
sidered carefully. Don't bang your head against a wall. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Invest wisely. Your personal life could have you
tied up in knots. Get involved in creative projects that could turn into moneymaking
ventures. Get ready to discover love, passion and the desire to enjoy all that life has
to offer. Your added discipline will help you complete the impossible at work. Your
lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can make changes to your living quarters that should
please family members. Try to get everyone involved; it will help bring you closer
together. You need to clear up some important personal documents before the end of
the year. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Travel will turn out to be far more exciting than you
imagined. You will be up and down emotionally. Creative endeavors will give you
somewhat of an outlet. Relatives will be happy that you dropped by. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Think about your priorities. Instant romance could be
yours if you go out with friends. You are best to avoid such unsavory circumstances,
especially if you're in a group situation. You may want to have a heart-to-heart talk
with a close and trusted friend. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your positive attitude and intellectual outlook will
draw others to you. Your temper may get the better of you if a colleague has tried to
ruin your reputation. Short trips may be tiring but rewarding. You should be promot-
ing your ideas. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Try not to say the wrong thing at the wrong
time. Overindulgence may cause conflicts. Ideas may sound good, but be careful if
people are just looking for handouts. Get out and experience the spice of life. Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your creative ability will surface, giving you
good ideas for ways of making money. Someone may be trying to take advantage of
you. Be wary of those who have overly strong convictions. Opportunities to get in-
volved in investment groups will pay off. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't avoid situations that may deteriorate; try to
mend them. Check your personal papers and make sure everything is in order. Ease
the anguish by offering assistance. Get busy trying to make more money. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Groups you belong to will not only enjoy your com-
pany, but they will also share your interests. Don't be too eager to start any debates.
Your interest in religion and philosophy may lead you to specific destinations. Visit
friends or relatives you don't get to see very often. Your lucky day this week will be
Monday. 1

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