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Some 40
from Holland
will be sent to
the Netherlands
Antilles, start-
ing in Febru-
ary, to assist
local police inl
fighting crime.
That's one
agreement reached after talks in Cura-
qao between Dutch Kingdom Relations
Minister Thom de Graf and the Antil-
lean Cabinet, represented by Prime
Minister Etienne Ys and Justice Minis-
ter Norberto Ribeiro.
In addition to providing the detectives
for a limited period, the Dutch Govern-
ment will assist in expanding the capac-
ity of the lockups to prevent criminals
from being released back on the street
too quickly. Up to 20 Dutch police of-
ficials will also be made available to
support the operation and management
of the judicial system. For border con-
trol teams, Holland will provide 13
Royal Marechaussees (military po-
lice) and 12 Customs agents as well. In
total, some 85 Dutch officials will be
sent to the islands. Antillean police offi-
cers will be free to patrol on the streets.
Holland and the Antilles also plan to
work together to sustain the fight
against crime. The main ingredients are
the recruitment, selection and training
of police officers and prison personnel,
strengthening and expanding the police
cells and holding facilities for illegal

aliens. The two countries hope to sign
the agreement on January 11, 2005.
The Antillean police union
does not agree with the idea of bring-
ing in the 40 Dutch detectives to help
fight crime because they would fall di-
rectly under the Attorney General and
bypass the normal police chain of com-
mand. In their opinion it amounts to a
second Kingdom Detective Team (the
A union spokesman said, "Instead of
looking for police in Holland, we need
to look for politicians, senators and
ministers there, because those who gov-
ern this country have not done their job
as they should. The population, which
is suffering from the crime wave, must
hold government responsible. If they
had listened to us and the police com-
mand in the past, we would not be in so
much trouble now."

S State
Secretary Erno
Labega has been
given full au-
thority to han-
dle judicial mat-
ters in all the
Antillean is-
lands except
Curacao. Ac-
cording to La-
bega, it is the State Secretary
first time a state Erno Labega
secretary has
been granted that power. Through a
ministerial decree Justice Minister Nor-

berto Ribeiro gave Labega authoriza-
tion to act on his behalf in dealing with
the four islands. This includes matters
involving the police, prisons, Court of
Guardianship and the Prosecutor's Of-
"The Justice Minister wants the
proper policy and right state secretary
in place," said Labega. "Now he will
have more freedom and time for the
Civil Defense program and major issues
in Curaqao, without shortchanging the
other islands." As for Bonaire, Labega
said it was a "small island" that "needs
a lot of attention."

P Julien Larmonie, Director of the
General and Judicial Affairs Depart-
ment (AJZ), says if the Netherlands An-
tilles is abolished, 75% of the Central
Government's debt of NAf4.8 billion
will be the responsibility of Curacao,
based on the population size and the
income per head of family. However,
he added, based on a study conducted
two years ago, abolishing the extra
layer of government would mean a sav-
ings of NAf 100 million annually.

A Antillean authorities have al-
ready confiscated more than 500
passports of drug couriers since the
policy was initiated. Once the passport
is confiscated all Dutch embassies are
notified so that they don't issue another
one. The passports are normally held
for a two-year period as part of the
(alternative) sentence for convicted
drug couriers. "If all these people had to
be locked up, they could fill an entire
(Continued on page 4)

Tsunami (Asia) 4
Letters (Robert van Dam) 5
Obituary- Diane DiBona 5
Top Stories of 2004 6
Kingdom Currency 6
KLM 70th Anniversary 7
Dive the Wild Side 8
Indoor Windsurfing? 9
Journalist (Ibi Piar) Award 9
Special Olympic Walk-a-thon 10
Where to Find The Reporter 11
Student Chef Competition 12
FKPD Gala Dinner 15
Bonaire Windows- 18th Palm 16
Captain Don is Home 16
Turtle Travels 17
Jong Bonaire Top Kids 17
STCB Banner Year 17
Pet Professor- Shelter Adoption 18
MCB Press Awards / Jong Bonaire
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself (China) 14
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Micro Movie Review 19
Pet of the Week (Fluffy) 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since
(Eithel George Ammerlaan) 21
Bonaire Sky Park 23
The Stars Have It 23

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Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

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2004 The Bonaire Reporter
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Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

Page 3

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
new prison," commented Justice Minis-
ter Norberto Ribeiro.

A The Exel Aviation Group has
a new Chief Executive Officer. He's
Bart Drechsel, formerly with KLM and
Jet Airways of India. Drechsel succeeds
Harm Prins who is under indictment for
money laundering, extortion and for-
gery. Exel has severed all ties with
Prins, who was recently released from
detention, pending trial. Prins has re-
turned his 15% share in the company to
major shareholder Erik de Vlieger.

A Prior to his departure from Bon-
aire (see story on page 7), KLM Direc-
tor Peter Hartman announced that for-
mation of a regional hub in Curacao
has been delayed, but that it will hap-
pen in 2005. Last month our source for
KLM information said KLM was not
interested in the Caribbean for its own
operations. However, hopes in Curacao
are high that the airline would increase
its involvement on Curaqao.

Just before Christmas Bonaire's
Customs officers walked off their
jobs because, among other things, the
air conditioning and telephone system
in the Customs building were not work-
ing. They agreed to stop theirjob action
only after two new air conditioning
units were installed. Even though Cus-
toms is a Central Government function
and responsibility, it was the Bonaire
Government that provided the aircos.
It was concerned that local businesses
and markets would not be able to re-
ceive their supplies for the holiday sea-

A KLM's management, while
celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the
airline in the Antilles, suggested they
were looking for a "trustworthy con-
nection" in the islands. Peter Hart-
man, KLM's second-in-command, said,
"The best way is to find a partner. We
are looking within our group of compa-
nies to find one: Air France, Northwest,
Transavia. And up until now Bonair-
Exel is proving to be capable of offer-
ing trustworthy connections. This
morning we departed on time." At the
same celebration KLM announced that
its Business Class passengers will be
offered a ceramic model of the Pehna
House. It is the 85"t in the series of the
coveted gin-filled mementos and the
first of a non-Dutch house. Marius

A The seven days of Kwanzaa is
upon us (December 26 to January 1).
Kwanzaa is an African festival tradition
that was reintroduced in the US by
Maulana Karenga during the 1960s.
Kwanzaa is a harvest festival and a
combination of other festivals practiced
in various parts of Africa. It is one of
the most ancient forms of celebration
and has been conducted for over 15,000

to reports from the police union, Minis-
ter of Justice Norberto Ribeiro has put
the transfer of St. Martin Police Chief
Richard Panneflek to Bonaire on
hold. Panneflek had been in Curaqao
awaiting the official transfer to Bonaire.
The Minister informed Bonaire's cur-
rent Police Chief Gerold Daantje in a
letter dated December 15 that effective
immediately he would move to a new
job in Curaqao in two days and that

A Bonaire teens made it another "Shining Christmas" for their less fortunate
neighbors. But this time their neighborhood extended all the way to Aruba! For the fifth
year in a row the "Goodhearted Youngster Group" made Christmas happier for disadvan-
taged children. On Saturday, December 18th they traveled to Aruba and distributed gifts
to 300 children. After flying to Curagao on the 19th they gave out more gifts to another
668 children there. Finally on Friday, December 24th 280 Bonaire kids got their gifts.
This was all made possible by a grant from AMFO and local businessmen. Special thanks
go to the Bonaire Rotary Club and the Venezuelan Consulate.

The world's fifth strongest
earthquake in a century hit southern
Asia on Sunday, triggering a speeding
tsunami that crashed into Sri Lanka and
Asian and African shorelines, drown-
ing tens of thousands and swamping
tourist islands in Thailand and the Mal-
dives. A wall of water up to 10 meters
(33 feet) high set off by the magnitude
9 (Richter scale) earthquake swept into
Indonesia, over the coast of Sri Lanka
and India and along the southern Thai
tourist island of Phuket, leaving at least
1,500 feared dead, officials said. Tsu-
nami related deaths were reported in
Kenya and Somalia, Africa, thousands
of miles away. Two-thirds of the Mal-
dives capital, Male, was flooded, and
officials voiced fears for the fate of
dozens of low-lying, palm-ringed coral
atolls crowded with international tour-
ists for the peak Christmas holiday sea-
son. Some of the popular dive resort
islands were affected. The disaster
spared no one. Among the more than
60,000 victims were Western tourists
killed while sunbathing on beaches.
Poor villagers in homes by the sea and
fishermen in flimsy boats drowned.
The 21-year-old grandson of Thai King
Bhumibol Adulyadej was killed on a
jet-ski. The death toll has exceeded that
resulting from the eruption of Krakatoa
in the 19"tcentury.
The earthquake of magnitude 9 as
measured by the US Geological Survey
first struck at 7:59 am (0059 GMT) last

Earthquake location

Sunday off the coast of the northern
Indonesian island of Sumatra and
swung north with multiple tremors into
the Andaman islands. There is no tsu-
nami warning system for that area of
the world. There is also no warning
system in the Caribbean.
"Nothing like this has ever happened
in our country before," said Thai Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Bonaire will host a tsunami workshop
in January, 2006. Refer to The Bonaire
Reporter articles in the December 10th
and 17"t issues for a history of Carib-
bean tsunamis.
Next week we plan to report on the
progress towards getting a tsunami
warning system operational in our re-

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

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We are publishing this letter because
of the wonderful advances ofBonaire's
Sea Turtle Protection Program over the
last several years that Robert van Dam
was directing research. He has made
many friends and leaves a legacy for
others to follow.
Dear Friends,
Our last nesting turtle of this season,
Hawksbill 'Funny' is now over 1300 km
from Bonaire. She continues to move at
a pace of 80 km per day, turning
slightly towards the north in the direc-
tion of the Cayman Islands. 'Funny' is
now approaching the extensive shal-
low-water banks located between Hon-
duras and Jamaica, with the closest be-
ing the Seranilla and Rosalind Banks,
which are probably good feeding
grounds for turtles. In the next few days
it should become clear whether this is
her destination or she chooses to con-
tinue onwards and upwards.

On a different note, as many of you
are aware, I will be leaving the post of
STCB Project Director as 2004 comes
to a close. In charge of continuing the
Bonaire turtle-ops will be Mabel Nava
(now with Jong Bonaire) together with
'Funchi' Egbreghts, of course. Mabel
brings with her incredible energy, en-
thusiasm and plenty of new ideas for all
aspects of our turtle cause. As a full-
time resident of Bonaire, Mabel will be
able to dedicate much more time to our

many activi-
ties, and es-
pecially to
those that I
have ne-
glected dur-
ing the last
two years. I
look for-
ward to see-
ing how the
STCB pro-
evolves in
Mabel and
hands. While Robert van Dam
I expect to
remain involved mostly at a distance, I
do hope to return to the island plenty in
future for "special projects" such as the
turtle tracking.
This past year has been an exception-
ally good one for our organization, with
lots of very positive achievements. Of
course, the turtles have helped, allow-
ing us to showcase their spectacular
long-distance migrations, record their
ever higher nesting numbers, and even
having a rare leatherback come to lay a
few nests. But only the persistent ef-
forts by a group of very good people
can lead to such publicity highlights as
the fantastic DCNA awareness cam-
paign, "Proteh6 Nos Turtuganan, now
underway, and which will no doubt be-
come a model for other turtle conserva-
tion programs in the Caribbean to fol-

Diane Marie DiBona
1956 2004

My daughter, Diane DiBona,
lived on Bonaire for the past
11 years. She passed away Saturday,
December 18, at 3 am. She had been
sick for a while and was waiting to go
to Curaqao for more tests, but she died
suddenly without any warning. I be-
lieve it was from a tumor on the lung
that had showed up in an X-ray here in
My daughter was a lover of horses
and worked at Kunuku Warahama as
manager for a number of years. Diane
would always put out a helping hand
to anyone who had a sick horse, dog,
bird or other pets. She was a great
teacher for children or grownups who
wished to learn how to ride a horse.

low. To all who make our program
possible -and you know who you are- I
am very, very grateful. Because of you
I can now start on my own homebound
migration, not like some of our nesting
turtles hungry after their two to three-

She was the
first to start
donkey races
on Bonaire.
There are still
people on the
island that
have some of
the donkeys
she raised.
We will all
miss her very
much. She Diane Dibona
had many
friends on the island.
She lived with a Bonaire person that
she loved very much, Eddy Bernabela.
Let God bless her and keep her in his
love forever. O Alonzo Curry

May we add our condolences to
Diane's family.

month fast, but with a belly filled with
Thanks and I hope to see ya' out on a
turtle beach sometime.
We will keep you posted,
Robert P. van Dam

The Bonaire Reporter welcomes letters from readers. Letters must include the
writer's name and telephone number or e-mail address. Letters without that in-
formation will not be published.
If a writer wishes to remain anonymous or just use initials we will honor the
request. Letters should not be more than 400 words in length and may be edited
at the Editor's discretion. Send letters or diskettes to The Bonaire Reporter,
Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire; via fax 717-8988 or E-mail: let-

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

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2.Crime Violent crimes stirred the
population to demand action from
their leaders after a victim allowed a
photo to be published of the effects of
a beating she received from the men
who broke into her house demanding
money. The attackers were appre-
hended, but a new awareness of an
escalation of crime and violence moti-

vated public meetings and strong 7.For the second year in a row the im-
statements by the Governor. At the provements at Washington-
end of the year the Chief of Police Slagbaai National Park made the
was reassigned to Curaqao, but the top 10. Additional facilities at the
order seems to have been suspended. front gate, new trails, mountain bike
Expert anti-crime support is on the access, overnighting at the historic
way from Holland. Slagbaai buildings and many other
enhancements, especially at the mu-
3.Ivan the Hurricane narrowly missed seum, make it a Caribbean park sec-
Bonaire at the last minute. Although ond to none.
the island was battened down it was
obvious that had the Category 5 storm 8.An exceptional rainy season with a
scored a direct hit there would have record one-day downpour turned de-
been incredible devastation. As it sert-like Bonaire into a swamp for a
was, some waterfront facilities were week or more. Roads were washed
destroyed or damaged, there was se- out, infrastructure damaged and all
vere beach erosion and the windward the island's leaky roofs did their
coastline was rearranged. thing. As we go to press we still are
having rain almost every day.
4. The Bonaire Animal Shelter con-
ducted a most successful program to 9. Several stories tied. They included:
sterilize dogs. During the two-week- The opening of the Pelikaan
long effort 151 animals were neutered School Bonaire's first successful
free of charge. It took a concerted ef- private primary school.
fort of the Shelter Manager, volunteer The upgrade of the Port of Bon-

1.The Referendum In July Bonaire's
residents were asked to select their
for a future ourtun1, S sr k
form of N U p'
ment. By a
margin of
over 2 to 1
over any of
the other
choices, 2
59% of the
voters said M
they wanted
a "Direct
Link" with
Holland. The next most popular was
an Aruba-style status apart with
24%. Only 16% voted for the status
quo and <1% wanted independence.
All this was against a background of
criminal convictions at the highest
levels of the Curacao dominated Cen-
tral Government.

vets from Bonaire, Canada, Holland
and the US and a great number of
Bonaire residents to make it happen.

5.Airlines were at the top of the news
all year The collapse of DCA and
Air Holland, the expansion of the
Exel family of airlines and the appear-
ance of South American carriers
changed the complexion of air travel
for Bonaireans. KLM continued using
the island as a technical stop for
flights to Ecuador and Peru, which
provided travelers to our island daily
non-stop connections to The Nether-
lands. KLM celebrated its 70th anni-
versary for flying to the Antilles as

6.Care for its less advantaged citi-
zens, always a distinguishing quality
of the people of Bonaire, reached new
heights Fueled by direct grants from
Holland through AMFO, several care-
giving groups were able to carry out
worthwhile social and environmental
projects; Bonaire's Special Olympics
team competed in the Caribbean
Games in Jamaica thanks to generous
donations; and the FKPD
(handicapped center) celebrated its
25th anniversary and announced an
expansion of its activities and housing

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

Page 6

ast week in Utrecht,
The Netherlands, the
three first "kingdom" coins
were struck. They com-
memorate the signing, 50
years ago, of the Statute
(ERNA) that forms the legal
basis of the Netherlands An-
tilles and Aruban autono-
mous governments. They
are, respectively five euro,
five guilders and five florins,
for each of the members of
the Kingdom. L to R: the Minister-President ofAruba, Nelson
The designers of the statute Oduber; Minister-President of the Netherlands
currencies are Rudy Luijters Antilles, Etienne Ys; and Minister of Kingdom Re-
(euro), Ans Mezas- lations, Thornm de Graf
Hummelink (Antillean guil-
der) and Evelino Fingal
(Aruban florin). The currencies became available on December 15. Gold and silver
commemorative coins were also struck. They are legal tender in the Netherlands,
the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. 1

aire to meet international security
standards. This allows ships like the
Queen Mary 2 and other liners to
call at our island.
The opening of Bonaire's
unique, privately supported art gal-
lery the Cinnamon Art Gallery.
Now our talented artists have a
showcase for their skills.
Bonaire started production of its
own goat cheese from its own
goats. It was about time... and it's

10. The Bonaire Reporter celebrated
10 years of publication. This was
big news to those who predicted its
early demise. Even though Ameri-
cans and other native English speak-
ers constitute only about 5% of the
population, The Reporter seems to be
read by nearly everyone residents
and tourists alike. And "It's Still
Free!" So please remember to visit
our advertisers (who pay the bills)
and say "The Reporter sent me."

The Reporter said final farewell to
several friends including Jim Brandon,
Rody Emerenciana, Jan Mol, Lan Lan
Clarinda, Bam Bam Sint Jago and
Diane DiBona. O G.D.


A top heavy delegation of KLM
brass hosted a cocktail party
last week at the Plaza Resort to com-
memorate the 70th anniversary of
KLM's flights to the Antilles. Attend-
ing the party, in addition to the
KLMers, were Bonaire's Governor and
First Lady Herbert and Lena Doma-
cass6, ruling party leader Ramonsito
Booi, Director of Bonaire Air Services
Larry Gerharts, Public Prosecutor Ernst
Wesselius, several Bonaire elected offi-
cials, the press and invitees.
Peter Hartman, KLM's Deputy Direc-
tor, made a short address explaining
the purpose of his visit first to Bonaire
and then to Curaqao and Aruba. "Our
visit revolves around the 70th anniver-
sary of KLM's inaugural flight to the
islands one of the high points in Dutch
civil aviation history. It was the first
transatlantic flight to this region." The
aircraft 'De Snip' landed at the Hato
Plantation on Curaqao on December 20,
1934, whereupon Governor van Slobbe
named the four-man crew to the Order
of Orange-Nassau. The Christmas mail
for the people of Curaqao was unloaded
and distributed there and then. The next
day De Snip flew on to Aruba to deliver
the Christmas mail there. At the urgent
request of Bonaire's "L.D." Gerharts,
the aircraft also circled over Bonaire a
couple of times, but was unable to land
because there was no suitable airstrip.
The Christmas mail for the island was

therefore shipped over from Curaqao
aboard the Dialma', a single-masted
boat that took eight days to make the
crossing." Hartman quipped, "I don't
know if that was due to any alcohol on
A lot has changed since then. L.D.
Gerharts arranged a meeting in July of
1934 with KLM's founder, Albert Ples-
man, at a sunny sidewalk caf6 on the
Leidseplein in Amsterdam, where he
was promised that KLM would come to
Bonaire. But it took another two years
before the first KLM flight (the airplane
Oehoe) touched down (May 9, 1936) at
a tiny airstrip that had been prepared
under the watchful eye of L.D. near
Subi Blanco, a rather desolate spot be-
tween Playa and Rincon.
"In those days Bonaire was last in
line, but today we have come here
first which just goes to show how
much has changed since the days of De
Snip. The choice was simple because
KLM now operates 12 flights a week to
this island and will increase to 14 in
March, 2005," Mr. Hartman told the
audience. "Bonaire has taken the lead
in modern times because it now has a
well-equipped airport."
Mr. Hartmann continued, "I would
like to take this opportunity to compli-
ment the island of Bonaire on the man-
ner in which it pulled together to pro-
vide the necessary facilities. For the
past two years, Bonaire has been the

hub for our services to Lima and Quito
which stop here on the outbound and
homebound trip on an almost daily ba-
He directed special thanks to three
people without whose dedication and
perseverance all this would not have
been possible: the third generation of
the Gerharts family, Larry Gerharts,
Director of BAS, the company that han-
dles the KLM flights; the undisputed
political and administrative force be-
hind this success, Ramonsito Booi; and
Public Pprosecutor Ernst Wesselius.
"In closing, I would like to thank you
for allowing us to bring our passengers
here and take them home again after a
very pleasant holiday," Hartman said.
"As a child of the Antilles (Hartman
was born in Curaqao), I thank you for
the many decades of hospitality on
dushi Boneiru. Mashi danki forjoin-
ing us here today." 1
Photo and story by Marian Walthie

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

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A totally new diving experience
has been perfected by Larry Bail-
lie, a Canadian-born, 53-year-old dive
instructor who's been on the island for
five years. It's Larry's Wild Side Diving -
a way to dive the usually rough east and
north coast of Bonaire. Until now divers
had to wait for calm weather to explore
those coasts. Not anymore. Larry ex-
plains, "I did research for three and a half
years for the perfect vessel to dive it
safely and comfortably. Eventually, I
spent 10 days at the Zodiac boat dealer in
British Columbia to come up with a de-
sign fit my requirements. It's based on a
concept used by the Canadian Coast
"Wildside Diving began in March this
year," the tough looking, but 'big
hearted,' Canadian continues. "It's all
about safety, which is my main concern.
People are intimidated by the waves; I
want the divers to feel at ease."
And I can tell you (I dove with him)
Larry did a great job on that. Getting back
aboard the boat after the dive is very
smooth. Even rolling on the high waves it
stays flat. The inflated tube of the boat is
pushed aside, the stepladder on the side of
the boat (so it doesn't come out of the

water by the waves) appears and you sim-
ply hop back on the boat. Everything on
the boat is well thought out. In addition,
Larry and his dive-master, Martin
Heinrich, make you feel comfortable.
Before the dive starts you get a thor-
ough boat and dive briefing from the
highly qualified guys. For 12 years Larry
was an army combat diver, four years a
commercial diver, and after that he did
eight years of sports diving in Vancouver,
Canada. He's made thousands of dives.
In 1999 he decided to leave his home-
land to start a new life. He used the Inter-
net to look for a job as a dive instructor at
various islands, then set foot ashore on
Bonaire where he started to work for the
Carib Inn. "I picked Bonaire because of
the clean water, stable government, laid
back atmosphere no hussle bussle and
last but not least the cold beer!" Larry
(who has been living with artist Janice
Huckaby for four years) says, grinning.
"Bonaire grabbed me! The people are just
great, very easy and pretty amazing. I felt
embraced." Larry is moved as he tells
about his reception here.

Martin, according to Larry, is an honest
and straight guy and has all the PADI

dive certificates. And, what makes it even
more interesting for Martin to be in Bon-
aire? "I have degrees in marine and micro
biology. When I find something unusual I
report it to STINAPA and the Marine
Park." Martin, who knocked at Larry's
door two months ago, says, "I met Larry
briefly in the dive shop in Vancouver."
He passed the preliminary boat operation
test by rounding Bonaire where he faced
all different kinds of seas.
Why choose the east coast? Larry con-
tinues in his 'Canadian-cowboy slang,'
"Because of the abundance of sea life,
larger and more frequent. Where you see
'out west' maybe one ray a week. 'Out
east' you'll have the chance to see 14 a
day! Not to mention the schools of ap-
proximately 70 to 80 tarpons, six- to 10-
foot-long sharks, large turtles and rare
Nassau Groupers." Larry gets more and
more excited when he talks about the sea
life on the east coast. "The abundance of
fish is due to the perfect nursery and habi-
tat in the mangroves adjacent to the east
coast; it's a protected area where juve-
niles can grow up in peace."
I can confirm Larry's statements. In
each of the two dives I was overwhelmed
to see a six-foot and later on a 10 (!)-foot
nurse shark. Impressive! Due to the rain
which limits visibility, we missed the rays
but 'stalked' two large turtles and an even
larger green moray. The (soft) corals form
a beautiful underwater garden where it is
a pleasure to float through. Larry prom-
ised me to show the large tarpon gather-
ing another time.
For Larry and Martin every day is a new
adventure. And that is what they want to
share with the divers. A two-tank dive
costs $100, a bit more than a boat dive on
the west coast, "but," Larry assures us,
"it's a better bang for your buck." Larry
says once the divers (from 10 to 70 years
old) take the trip they realize the value
and then they come back several times. O
Story and Photos by Marian Walthie

Bookings: Larry's Wild Side Diving:
Phone: (+599)-790-9156 Phone/Fax:
(+599) 717-5246
E-mail: info@larryswildsidediving.com
Internet : www.larrvswildsidediving.com

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

After each dive the boat is towed ashore

Page 8




Local surfers Reuben, Tati and Tonky mix with a couple offoreign surfers

B onaire's own Taty and Tonky
Frans, Amado Vrieswijlk and Jur-
gen and Bjorn Saragoza head to the United
Kingdom in January to windsurf in a pool.
Yes, you heard it right, in an indoor wind-
surf arena. While all of windsurfing takes
place in some of the windiest ocean ven-
ues, there is a very cool alternative to what
Mother Nature can offer. Two man-made
windsurf pools exist in the world: one in
Bercy, France, and one in London. The
London site is where our local heroes will
visit in January. Located in London's
Docklands, this is a premier indoor pur-
pose built pool. The pool is 70x30 meters.
With man-made wind thanks to giant fans,
winds of 30 knots will create interesting
windsurf conditions for freestyle.
The Schroders Boat Show is hosting the
2nd Annual event, and now home boys
from Bonaire will show what they can do
in an indoor arena. Taty and Tonky will
compete for the prizes of more than
$75,000. Top international competitors all
set to compete include Nik Baker, Robby
Swift, John Skye, Kauli Seadi and Ricardo
Campello. All of these talents have com-
peted multiple times in Bonaire and are
expected to attend the May 15-22 World
Cup Event, King of the Caribbean, being
held in Bonaire. Sadly, one absent this
year will be last year's top five finisher
and local favorite, British windsurf cham-
pion, Andy Funnel. Andy died in a jet ski
accident off the waters of England this
year. The Bonaire pros know Andy from
attending King of the Cape two years ago.
To create perfect indoor conditions in

this 3,000-seat arena, wind specialists
were hired to design the perfect pool to
maximize the wind for the event. This sell-
out event is slated for January 14-16.
Young guns, Amado, Jurgen and Bjom
will be on hand, thanks to their interna-
tional sponsors, Starboard and Hot Sails
Maui. They will put on a show just for fun
to entertain the crowds and once again
show the windsurf world the talent that
comes from Bonaire.
What's really cool is this year it's really
going to be a playground for kids. Over
400 children are expected to attend the
arena to try their hand at a number of wa-
ter sports at the Schroders International
Boat Show, thanks to Dorset's Rockley
Watersports. This will allow the perfect
opportunity for kids to try windsurfing. It
will also be a great time for kids to see our
Bonaire boys do their stuff. When they see
peers doing tricks and more they may be
more apt to want to pursue this hip sport
themselves. O Ann Phelan

Check out www.pwaworldtour.com or
windsurfingchampionships.asp for more

Ann Phelan is the Bonaire based owner of
Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations, a wind-
surf and eco tour specialty travel service.
She is also the Event Coordinator of the An-
nual Bonaire PWA King of the Caribbean.
To book a trip or consult with Ann email her
at: ann@bonairewindsurfing.com

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
1-01 1:12 0.9FT. 15:01 1.5FT. 61
1-02 0:52 1.0FT. 9:52 1.5FT. 54
1-03 0:10 1.0FT. 8:38 1.6FT. 48
1-04 8:43 1.8FT. 18:25 1.1FT. 19:20 1.1FT. 45
1-05 9:10 1.9FT. 18:32 1.0FT. 21:30 1.0FT. 47
1-06 0:01 0.9FT. 9:43 2.0FT. 19:10 0.9FT. 23:48 0.9FT. 56
1-0710:18 2.2FT. 19:54 0.8FT. 68


Congratulations to our colleague, Ibi Piar, who was given a special award for
his work as a sports editor for the year 2004. The award was made by the
Bonaire Sport Federation (BSF).
No matter what the active sport or what the age of the participants Ibi is always
on the scene, taking photos, interviewing and later writing up the stories. Upon
receiving the award Ibi said, "My goal is to serve as a stimulus to continue the
good work for the welfare of the young people and the community. Our children
should begin to prepare themselves (for sports)," he continued, "and the other
members of the media should give more attention to these activities. Especially
during these difficult times we should promote sports as a principal means to help
combat criminality and the negative influences that hang over the heads of our
youngsters." OL.D.

Alegria, USA
Arctic Lady
Bettina, Venezuela
Bright Sea
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Coral Moon
Flying Cloud, USA
Gatsby, USA
Grey Lady
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.

L'Aquila Venezuela
Luna C. USA
Mahi Mahi
Moon Rice
Nana Marie
Natural Selection, USA
One Way Wind
Plane Sailing
Precocious Gale, USA
Pura Vida
Sandpiper, USA
Sea Wolf

Sylvia K
Ti Amo, USA
Tween, Netherlands
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Windmiller, Canada
Zahi, Malta

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January 23. It's been Bonaire's most
popular fund raising event and it all
goes to a great cause sending our
Special Olympic athletes to compete in
international games, the next one here
in Bonaire in April: the First Inter-
insular ABC-St. Martin Bowling com-
petition, sponsored by MCB. Our
teams travel again in November to I
Aruba for the National Games. Then in
2007 the games are in Shanghai, China.

When you sign up, not only are you
contributing to a good cause, but
you'll have a good time. The past
years' Walk-a-Thons have been great
fun. Groups have gotten together to
walk and have gotten others to sponsor
them. This year, walkers from Ennia
Insurance will be getting together with
those from North Salifia's Kunuku
Bieu. Selibon is putting together a
group too. There's even a group com-
ing from Aruba. The Walk-a-Thon or-
ganizers say they will most likely offer
prizes to the winning groups.
You may walk, you may run or bike
or even roller blade. Everyone meets at
5 am at the Slave Huts at the south end
of the island, and the 30-kilometer
walk begins. An added bonus is that
you get to see a Bonaire sunrise along
the way. It's heavenly.

You'll follow the route of the slaves
who worked in the salt pans then made
the trek during the weekend to their
homes in Rincon where they lived. The
Walk-a-Thon's final destination is Pasa
Dia in Rincon. It's a scenic route and
every five kilometers there will be a
"refreshment station" where you'll be
offered water, fruits, snacks and lots of
encouragement. And at the Pasa Dia
you'll receive a certificate and a deli-
cious BBQ and drinks and time to re-
hash the day.
Tickets are NAf25 and include a T-
shirt, canvas bag, water bottle and the
BBQ in Rincon. Get your tickets at
TCB (717-8322), Croccantino Restau-
rant (717-5025) or from any Special
Olympics Bonaire board member. Or
email info@specialolympicsbonaire.
org. O L.D.


Board of Directors

National Director Delno Tromp
President Lupe Uranie
Treasurer/Secty Claire Sealy
Director, Special Events- Onnie Em-
Head of Coaches Elizabeth Wigny
Public Relations Roosje Goeloe

Board members: Mike Gaynor, Chio
Semeleer, Sharon & Scott Barlass,
Aura Kock, Roosje Goeloe

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Captain Don reminisces about 18th Palm, a dive site that was as beautiful and
popular then as it is today. Dive site descriptions were an innovation back then.
When you read the story keep in mind that since the "Flamingo Paradise" waterway
in front of the airport was cut, the road along the water to the airport no longer ex-
ists and the palms are gone, however, the site retains its name.


A small cove at the south end
A of the island shelters a fun
complex of dives. The dives are known
as 18th Palm, Sand River and Windsock
Steep. All of these dives are very close
together, but each gives a very different
type of feeling. The coral is profuse and
The angle of decline at the drop off is
about 30 degrees, so it is a very mild
drop off, very lovely and an easy dive.
The shape of the 18th Palm site is
similar to a scorpion's tail, where the
reef runs out perpendicular from the
shore and gradually curls to the right. It
is in this scorpion's
tail that there grows
a magnificent China-
man's coolie hat that
has been one of the
fun attractions of this
reef. On the inner
side of the tail is an
extremely beautiful
sand lake which lies
at 82 feet. The lake
itself is pure sand
without a bit of
coral, giving the im-
pression of a moun-
tain lake under the
sea. Picture a forest
glen where the trees
end abruptly at the
water's edge. In
about a five-minute
casual swim, with Captain Don snug
the wall to your Verarder, a shi
back, you will notice decorated his
the usual type of
sloping drop off on
your left side. At this writing (1966), I
know of no similar reef profile on Bon-
aire. As you continue toward the airport
at about the 22nd palm, you will note
some reef "garbage" deposited on top of
the coral by Hurricane Janet in 1957.
This is my entry to Sand River. You
cannot see it from the beach, but I have
cut a channel on the right side of the
debris. Sand River has an extreme abun-
dance of coral which is bisected by rivu-
lets of pure sand sliding down
from ........... "

"Hey, Don! What ya doing?"
Paul Tzimoulis, then editor of Skin
Diver magazine, was my guest at the
Flamingo Beach Club. And right now,
he was fooling around with my writing
machine, my wonderful ol' Olivetti
"Seriously, Don, what are you writ-
ing? Reef descriptions? Who are you
doing it for?"
I scrolled the paper back to where it
belonged in my typewriter and turned
around to face Paul. "I've been asking
you for the last year if you were inter-
ested in the Bonaire Reef Descriptions.



You weren't... So..."
"Who wants it?" he probed.
"Okay, if you must know, it's Interna-
tional Diver, a Florida pulp edited by
Timothy O'Keefe. They have a new
summer issue coming out the end of
June. Saw some of the proofs, and they
are great."
Paul, I think, didn't like the direction
of the conversation and asked, "Is that
the famous typewriter that I've heard so
much about?" He pointed at my little
Olivetti. "The one you dove up from
your ship, soaked in diesel oil for a
week, dried in the noon day sun, put a
new ribbon in, and presto, the all Ameri-
can novel."
He leaned over my shoulder to look
more closely at the
Olivetti. Indeed, it
did show signs of
having lived in the
deep for a couple of
weeks. A trace of
fire coral had just
started on one side
of the cover, but
other than that, it
was perhaps better
now than when it
went down with my
old Valerie Queen.
Better it than the
Captain, tradition
not withstanding.
Paul, who had been
silently watching
from behind, inter-
es up to the Golden rupted, "Mind if I
figurehead that suggest a little 3 in 1
ny hotel bars in Oil before you
past. start?"
A woman, whom I
hadn't seen peering over my shoulder,
asked, "Captain Don, what's this dive
site you are writing about? Is it good?
How can we get there?"
"Well, "I said, "drive down towards
the airport. Start counting the palm trees
and pull off the road at the 18th palm.
Gear up and walk toward the sea. You
will see a big piece of driftwood and on
it there will be a pelican. Enter the water
to the left of the pelican."
"Well, if you don't want to tell me
then don't, but quit making fun of my
question!" and she stalked away.
Paul moved off to the bar, and I sat
down again, gazing at my lost friend
from Davy Jones' locker. I entered a
new sheet of paper,
shrugged, and
started my new
novel in earnest.
1 /don

For the latest
news on Captain
Don 's return to
Bonaire see the
next column.

Captain Don

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- ;

F ollowing rapid
recovery from
the surgical amputa-
tion of his right lower
leg, Captain Don re-
turned to Bonaire last
Thursday, December
23rd on the noon Bo-
nairExel flight. He
was escorted by his
partner, Janet Thi-
bault, who said, "This
flight was a lot better
than the air ambulance
flight to Curagao, and
we're glad to be back
in Bonaire." Several
weeks ago Captain
Don, because of immi-
nent congestive heart
failure, was evacuated
by air to St. Eliza-
beth's Hospital in
Curagao. His heart
problem was soon re-
solved, but the infec-
tion in his leg, a 25-
year-long problem,
persisted. Heeding
medical advice, the
Captain opted to have

Captain Don holds his prosthesis on arrival in Bonaire
as he and Janet are welcomed by Habitat Manager Jack

the troublesome leg
removed, all other tries
at curing the problem
having failed. In short order Don felt
better and was free from pain for the
first time in many months. Within a few
days of the operation Don was practic-
ing on his new prosthesis which he
waved to the crowd after landing at Fla-
mingo Airport. "That damn old foot was
poisoning my whole system," Don ex-
L. S A-


On hand to welcome him back were
dozens of his closest friends. The Bon-
aire Motorcycle Club provided an escort
from the airport to his home. It sure is
good to have Don back. We don't want
him to miss his 80th birthday celebration
next June. O G.D.

Captain Don's motorcycle escort in front of Captain Don's habitat

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005


F emale Hawksbill_ r - ^ ^r-
turtle 'Funny' is st z C- Brw
continuing on in the e I2
direction to the north-
west. She'saverag-
ing 80 km a day and .
is now approximately
1.500 km from Bon-
Green turtle
'STINAPA' continues
to transmit from her
feeding ground about
80 km off the coast of
Nicaragua. Although i a
our turtle seems to be
doing well, we re-
cently received a
very sobering update
on the general turtle K er y
situation on the Car- a
ibbean coast of Nica- -
ragua from Cynthia
Lagueux, who has
for years been work-
ing with local com-
munities addressing
turtle issues there. She is concerned about the turtles being slaughtered for food by the
local Indians and the foreign shrimp boats that net turtles as a byproduct of their fish-
ing, which kills the turtles. For more info go to www.wcs.org. O Andy Uhr
PS:Another of Funny's nests hatched Monday night. About 98% of the babies made it!


STCB A Banner Year

S ea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) reports 2004 was a very busy and success-
ful year thus far and for the sea turtles that live around or visit Bonaire. To date,
we have recorded over 100 nests for the nesting season that is just drawing to a close.
Over the year, we tagged 85 sea turtles and recorded and studied 17 sea turtles that were
tagged last year. Since data about size, weight, etc. are recorded for each turtle tagged,
we will soon be able to start analyzing the new data on the recaptured turtles and com-
pare it to the data from last year.
The highlight of the year has been our turtle satellite tracking program. We fitted four
sea turtles with transmitters and achieved a number of firsts for Bonaire. Last year, we
tracked two female Hawksbills. This year we tracked or are in the process of tracking a
female Loggerhead, a male Hawksbill, a female Hawksbill, and a female Green turtle.
The Loggerhead and Green turtles traveled back to their home feeding grounds off the
coast of Honduras and Nicaragua. Each covered over 2,100 kilometers in the course of
their journeys. Unfortunately we lost the signal from the male Hawksbill before he
reached his final destination.
The satellite tracking program has generated a great deal of excitement in Bonaire as
well as in Curagao and Holland. The program was even covered in the Dutch edition of
the National Geographic! Owing, in part, to interest in the program, the Dutch Carib-
bean Nature Alliance (DCNA) was able to secure a grant for an outreach and educa-
tional program on sea turtle conservation. The program will reach all the islands of the
Netherlands Antilles with the exception of Curagao. Here on Bonaire, the program was
launched officially on November 1 and will continue for the next 14 months. STCB is
working closely with DCNA and STINAPA on the project.
For more information on Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, please visit the STCB
website at www.bonaireturtles.org. Click on the links to Nest Counter and Turtle
Tracking. STCB. O Andy Uhr

On the Saturday before Christmas Jong Bonaire selected its outstanding
members for 2004. This year the winners were:
For Miss Jong Bonaire the runners-up were:
First Runner-up Thasjanara Rosario; Second Runner-up Sharisma Josephia
Third Runner-up Flavia Molina; Miss Popularity Sherduena Bemabela
For Mr. Jong Bonaire the runners-up were:
First Runner-up Yelrig Nicolaas; Second Runner-up Marino Leonicia
Third Runner-up Leonard Rojas; Mr. Popularity Yelrig Nicolaas

Congratulations to all the participants and their parents, their supporters, the Jong
Bonaire youth leaders and all the members of Jong Bonaire. O Rudsel Chirino

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

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W ith so many wonderful dogs at the
Shelter, you may just fall in love with
one on sight, and live happily ever after. How-
ever, it can't hurt to take a look at your life-
style and abilities, and evaluate what you want
in a dog, before you go. Consider the follow-
Age: Do you have the time and energy and
patience it takes to care for a puppy? Do you
have other dogs at home? Small children, cats?
If yes to all these, then a puppy would be a good choice for you. Two to four months old is
the ideal time to expose a dog to a wide range of experiences and, because they are depend-
ent on you, puppies are easy to obedience train. Also, most adult dogs will instinctively ac-
cept, or at least tolerate, a young puppy, and if your adult dogs are well-trained they will be
a great help to you in training your new puppy (if they aren't, they won't!).
But don't dismiss the option of adopting an adult dog. There are so many in need and de-
serving of loving homes. You get to skip those pesky teething and potty-training stages, and
you won't have to wonder about how big that puppy is going to be. However, you will need
to evaluate the adult dog for sociability with strangers, other dogs, cats, and small children.
You also may need to spend a little more time on the basics of obedience training, and/or
dealing with issues the dog may have as a result of his past.
Fortunately, most adult dogs can be successfully trained as long as you are consistent and
patient. If you have other dogs, it is advisable to get a dog who is younger than they.
Sex: Either sex can be dominant or submissive, friendly or shy, territorial or protective.
However, if you have a dog already, it is usually better to choose a dog of the opposite sex,
particularly if you are adopting an adult.
Size/activity level: If you have a small home, no yard, and/or work long days, you may
think you need a small dog because large dogs require lots of space and exercise. Actually,
most small dogs require a lot of attention and activity, whereas a large, heavy-boned dog
may be quite content with sleeping on the sofa all day and a brisk walk around the block
with you morning and evening. Most medium sized dogs will want plenty of space and exer-
Intelligence: Everyone wants a smart dog, right? But intelligence does not always equate to
trainability. Smart dogs always ask "why should I ?" And along with intelligence can come
some problematic skills (like opening gates and food bins...). Smart dogs are often easily
bored, requiring more attention and activity, and when they don't get enough of both they
generally get up to no good. However, if you have the time and energy, a smart dog could
be a better companion for you than a dog of less than average intelligence.
Temperament: Many people want a dog who is both friendly and protective...a rare combi-
nation, so decide which is more important to you. Any dog who is territorial will make a
good watch dog (small dogs are excellent at alerting you to intruders), without necessarily
being protective. What you really want to consider is the dog's trainability, how attentive
and cooperative he is, and how he copes with different situations and stimuli. Also, if you
have children, cats, and/or other dogs, bear in mind that some dogs simply do not play well
with others. This is not a training issue; it is just a fact of life.
Grooming: Fluffy little dogs look cute, but they need daily combing and regular clipping.
Large, long-haired or dense-coated dogs are beautiful but require hours of maintenance per
week to avoid matting and chronic skin conditions. They also take forever to dry. On the
other hand, if you object to hair all over your house, you should know that many short-
haired dogs shed more than longer-coated dogs.
Remember that no matter what type of dog you get, you will need to TRAIN him! Next
time: Puppy Testing. O Susan Brown

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4 to January /,


Cal to make sure: Usualy 900
Bridget Jones:
The Edge of Reason
(Renee Zellweger)
Early Show (usually 7pm
Polar Express

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. T
High Schoolers NAf7,75






SATURDAY 4 PM Shark Tale

Seen recently in
Movieland Cinema:
T he Polar Express by ,
Robert Zemeckis, star-
ring Tom Hanks in several
roles. This computer animated movie is
made for IMAX 3D and it must be over-
whelming on such screens. In Bonaire,
however, we have to do with the 2D
version, which gives you the feeling that
the film is slightly out of focus. Or is
the operator in need of new specs?
The filming and scenery are really
beautiful and the colors are brilliant.
The steam train skidding over an ice
lake is a must-see. However, unless
you've grown up with the story or
you're max 14 years old, I don't think
this movie will really thrill you. ODodo


Friday, December 31 -Many stores and
Government offices will close at noon.

Friday, December 31 5k San Silvester
Run. Sponsored by Comcabon. Call Rich-
ard Pietersz, 717-8629

Friday, December 31 Fireworks all over
Bonaire! stores close early

Saturday, January 1- Maskarada-a Bon-
aire tradition-Mysterious costumed char-
acters who dance, play tricks and do skits
start the New Year at the Governor's house
in the morning, then proceed on to the

Wednesday, January 5 "Talking With
Fishes" at Captain Don's Habitat, 7:30
pm. Winner of numerous film awards.
Free admission (free will donation). Call
786-5072 for more information

Now through January 5 -Renate van der
Byl Art Exhibition at the Cinnamon Art
Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off
Kaya Grandi, behind the Banco di Caribe.
Open weekdays from 9 am to noon, 2 to 5
pm. 717-7103 or 786-9563.

Now through January 27- First ever exhi-
bition of artwork underwater "40 Feet Un-
derwater": Moving Light into an Unlim-
ited Territory," Dutch artist Fred Ros. At
the dive site Front Porch, located at Bon-
gos Beach at Eden Beach Resort. Entrance
Fee $5 (Bonaireans free)

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days: Jan.
11-Aida Vida

Saturday, January 8, 2005 Art Exhibit
Opening of Helen Sargent ("Elena") at
the Cinnamon Gallery
Saturday, January 8 Crossfyre Soca
Band / Fundraiser for Regatta in Playa -
Call Elvis Martinus (790-2288) for details
Friday, January 14 Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Student Competition
2005 (students from ABC islands and St.
Martin)- Chef demonstrations -Chez Nous,
SGB- See page 12
Saturday, January 15 Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Student Competition
2005 Gala Awards Dinner and Cocktail
Reception NAf55, place to be an-
nounced. See page 12
Sunday, January 23-3rd Annual Spe-
cial Olympics Walk-a-Thon Youcan
walk, run, bike, roller blade -Entry fee is
NAf25, incudes gifts, BBQ at end & more.
Get tickets from Croccantino (717-5025)
TCB (717-8322) or from board members.
See page 10
Saturday, January 29 Windsurf Ex-
pression Session Event Site 11 am. On
site, special industry people from Hi Fly
and Starboard.
February 5 & 6 Bonaire Windsurfing
Freestyle Frenzy & Beach Bash two
days of the hottest fun freestyle. Ann
Phelan (786-3134) or Elvis Martinus (790-
May 15-22 -King of the Caribbean!!!
This is a World Cup Grand Prix, so many
pros and guests are expected. For info, see
www.pwaworldtour.com or

Saturday Rincon Marsh6 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 music.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying 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
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
on Time Sharing and how to save on your
next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
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 Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-

Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat, 717-
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience at the Aquarius Conference
Center, Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 9:30
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.

Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days 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.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rin-
con 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 reserve.

Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246 or
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.

What a fantastic profile! Can
you see the deep character
in this photo of "Fluffy?" The name
is strange because there's nothing
"fluffy" or "silly" about this dog.
She's a shepherd mix with longish
hair more silky than "fluffy," but
then who knows how she came up
with such a name. This name has got
to go. She's more like a Rachel or
Tanya or even Ingeborg. But if you
are the person who decides to adopt
this very kind and loving dog, feel
free to change her name. I'm sure
she'll thank you for it. She's about
two years old, sweet, very social, and
she's been sterilized and is in excel-
lent health.
You may see her and the other
healthy, adoptable dogs and cats at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open
4 7 Monday through
t Friday, 10amto 2
pm, Saturdays until
1. Tel. 717-4989.

Attention Pet Owners: If you
haven't already, please make arrange-
ments to protect your pets from the

Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005


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onslaught of the fireworks that culmi-
nate on New Years Eve. So many cats
and dogs who are terrified of the
noise take off running and end up in
places so far away that they can't find
their way home. Keep your animals
inside or in a sheltered place where
they can be protected from the loud
explosions. If you have a very nerv-
ous animal, ask the vet for some tran-
quilizers. And offer your dogs some-
thing to chew on to relieve their
nerves. If you do lose an animal or
find a lost one, call the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter. They'll be acting as a
headquarters for lost and found
pets. They're located on the Lagoen
Road, telephone 717-4989. DL.D.


See advertisements in tis issue


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Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
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Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise setting when enjoying a breakfast buf-
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner fet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspir-
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Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Kitchen open 10 am for salads and sandwiches. What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals,
717-7901Reasonably priced dinners
717-7901 ClosedSunday happy hours 5 to 7.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.

Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
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The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
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4 've always been a policeman to
1 the core. I always wore my uni-
form during the time I was the chief, and
I always had time for my colleagues. And
even though it wasn't my job anymore I
would find time to solve problems in the
community. I've been hard on myself and
others. The politicians were always on top
of me because I was from Curagao and
hadn't studied in Holland, but I've always
been straightforward."
So says Bonaire's retired Police Chief
Eithel George Ammerlaan, a very fit look-
ing, robust and dynamic man. (In Bonaire
retirement is mandatory at 60 years)
"I was born in Curagao in 1941. My
father was a certified plumber from Suri-
nam. That's what he did in his free time,
but his regular job was as a skipper on the
pilot boats in Punda. My mother was
from Curagao; she was very independent
and had her own toko (shop). I was one of
eight children: two girls, six boys. We
didn't have much and mother was very
strict, but my boyhood was just great. I
have always been involved in sports: vol-
leyball, basketball, ping-pong and weight-
lifting. Every week I would dive the wild
north coast of Curagao with the aqualung.
We lived at Caracas Bay and on the
weekends we'd go on our bikes to Brak-
keput to go sailing. During the last years
in high school I joined the Sea Scouts. I
think we had the first Sunfish of all the
Dutch Antilles. We used to sail nearly
every Sunday from Spanish Water all the
way to Santa. Barbara Beach. It was a
very positive, wonderful childhood.
After high school I worked for two
years as a clerk with the Maduro and Cu-
riels Bank, but I didn't like office work; it
bored me. So I joined the Dutch Antilles
Police Corps and went one year to the
police academy in Curagao, after that
straight to Aruba. I stayed there for five
years, married an Aruban girl, then we
were transferred to St. Martin. It was
there that our daughter Mignon was born.
In those days St. Martin was far more
sophisticated than Curagao or Aruba, but
a group of local boys from St. Martin who
had nothing to do with the police took
care of us. They showed us around and
organized events to make our stay worth-
while. We were there for three years, and
thanks to those people we had an unfor-
gettable time.
In 1970 I returned to Curagao and stud-
ied to become a sergeant. My wife and I
were divorced, and she went with our
daughter back to her family in Aruba.
In 1972 I was transferred to Bonaire.
The police chief at the time knew me.
He'd been my mentor in Aruba and he'd
asked for me. It was great! For years I
was the second man, but after I took my
courses to become superintendent I be-
came the Chief of Police on Bonaire in
1992. It was nice to work here, and as
long as you behaved like a regular person
everybody was satisfied. The Bonairean

community doesn't like someone from
Curagao to be boss around here, and I
think they are absolutely right. If you be-
haved properly and did a good job,
showed respect and immersed yourself in
the culture, it was okay.
There wasn't much crime in the early
years, just small thefts and domestic prob-
lems. The big issue was mainly that peo-
ple would steal each other's goats. How-
ever, 20 years ago the drug traffic started,
slowly at first. The drug couriers came
from Curagao, and little by little, more
drug related crimes took place on Bon-
aire. What was going on Curagao was
imitated by bad Bonaireans, and so it
went on and drugs changed the whole
island. There were politicians who were
using drugs, and the weaker members of
the community thought, 'If they can do it
while they're in the government, we cer-
tainly can do it too.' What can we say
about values and rules if even a governor
was involved in drugs? Of course there
were also good politicians. For me it did-
n't make any difference, I did my job re-
gardless of who they were.

"The fact is, we're here in a
South American-Caribbean
culture and we have to
adjust to the Dutch judicial
way of thinking, like
rehabilitation and feeling
sorry for the criminals. But
in Holland it never worked
out. On the contrary, it
became worse than ever, so
how can this system make
us better?"

About two years after we were divorced
my ex-wife died in a car accident on
Aruba. I went there to study for eight
months then brought my daughter home
to Bonaire with me with her grandmother
and aunts' permission. I was living with a
woman and her little daughter. From the
time she was nine my daughter Mignon
stayed with us until she finished high
school and went back to Aruba. Then her
aunts sent her to Holland where she fin-
ished school and got married.
I spent my free time with the Juventus
soccer club, and together with Pastor Al-
civar organized tournaments in Rincon
for the brothers and playmates of the boys
who were in Juventus.
I think that two things have influenced
police work on the islands negatively.
First: A new criminal procedure was in-
troduced and the manner of investigation
was changed, the way I see it, to the ad-
vantage of the criminals. Second: A law-
yer investigated the criminal's position

and came to the
conclusion that
police brutality
was being used
against the crimi-
nals. To me a
policeman is bad
when he steals,
when he's not
reliable, when he
uses drugs and
when he drags
the name of the
Corps down be-
cause of a bad
attitude. And if a
policeman does
wrong he de-
serves to be pun-
ished. The Corps
should have that
flexibility. But
the outcome of
the changes was Lau
that people be-
came rude and disrespectful. Before,
when we would suspect a person we
would go out and arrest him. Now we
need a signed declaration of one or more
witnesses to show the Public Prosecutor
before we get permission to make the ar-
rest. Of course those witnesses don't have
any protection at all, so hardly ever does
someone step forward.
The fact is, we're here in a South
American-Caribbean culture and we have
to adjust to the Dutch judicial way of
thinking, like rehabilitation and feeling
sorry for the criminals. But in Holland it
never worked out. On the contrary, it be-
came worse than ever, so how can this
system make us better?
The law abiding, good people keep
complaining, but the hands of the police
are tied... handcuffed. My question is:
What rights do the victims have? What do
they get? They don't get anything; they
have no rights at all! After 50 years under
the Statute (the 'Constitution' of the An-
tilles), one politician in Curagao woke up
and says now, 'We have a right to defend
ourselves in our own home.' Finally
they're working on that law, but I don't
understand why they took so long! I'm
speaking for myself, someone who's born
on Curagao. Of all my 35 years as a po-
lice officer I only worked in Curagao
three years, and I never liked working
there. I'm speaking as a policeman.
I love Curagao. I'm not throwing my
island away; I got my education there
from the friars and European teachers and
I'm tremendously grateful for that. We
had a beautiful family, and all of us re-
spected other people's rights. My mother
never got a medal for it, but she and the
other mothers who raised their children
well should be decorated for that! Not the
And it's not only about mothers. What
about men who make a child with a

rianne, Eithel and Mavis

woman and then run off? As a father,
whether you like it or not, you have your
obligations and your duty too. How can a
child ever respect someone if his own
father let him down, disappeared from his
life? That's when all the misery starts!
For 12 years I've been living with Mavis
Pietersz, and we have a 12-year-old
daughter, Laurianne. I make time for my
daughter; I help her with her schoolwork
and I provide for her, and her mother
takes care of her in many other ways. A
child has a right to that.
Well, in my career I had many setbacks
and I built a lot of walls around me in
order not to fall apart. While I was the
chief on Bonaire I always slept with both
eyes wide open. But I've also had great
support: from the Chief Commissioner of
Police in Curagao, Wim Tweeboom, and
during my years as chief of police on
Bonaire I had a strong bond with the
Governor, Mr. Frits Goedgedrag, who's
now the Governor of the Dutch Antilles.
He trusted me completely, and I'm very
proud that I've worked with such an out-
standing man. And... for everything else
in life I had the best mentor I could have
wished for: my friend Win de Grijze, a
Bonairean of great caliber.
Since I've retired I sleep well, with both
eyes closed; it doesn't matter anymore. I
have a wonderful family, a great group of
friends and I'm proud of myself, real
proud and the
way I see it if
everyone could
be proud of
themselves, we
might make
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter December 31, 2004 to January 7, 2005

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MCB (Maduro Curiels Bank)- Truly Bo Banku Amigu (Your Friendly Bank)

MCB Bank officers Evert Piar, Gabrielle Nahr, Rudy Gomez and Orphaline
Saleh flank Jong Bonaire's Bilha Thomas and Glenda Bernabela.

Last week Maduro & Curiel's
Bank Bonaire, a great friend and
mentor to the Bonairean community,
held its third annual press appreciation
party, this year at Harbour Village. At
the same time they made their Annual
Award to an organization that has had
an impact on the community.
Evert Piar, Managing Director, ex-
plains, "In 2002, on the occasion of the
40th anniversary of our bank on Bon-
aire, we started this traditional end-of-
year get-together...by showing our ap-
preciation of the work that members of

the press do throughout the year work
that is of utmost importance to our
community." He continues, "We use
this opportunity to give special recogni-
tion to a local organization which in our
view has provided a remarkable contri-
bution to our community during the
past year."
In 2002 the Bank made their first
award to the Bonaire Sailing Founda-
tion because of their great job with the
yearly Bonaire Regatta and for organiz-
ing the first windsurfing world cup fi-
nals PWA King of the Caribbean -

to be held on Bonaire.
Last year, in 2003, the award
went to Special Olympics Bon-
aire for not only the terrific
work the board and volunteers
have been doing daily for many
years but for their participation
in the 2003 Special Olympics
Games in Ireland.
Mr. Piar continues, "This year
there were a great many organi-
zations which excelled through
their activities for our commu-
nity. The list of nominees was
long, but as we cannot give the
award to all, we had to pick
This year, according to Orpha-
line Saleh, MCB Assistant Man-
aging Director, the Award is
going to Jong Bonaire, "which
for several years now has been
offering after school activities
for youngsters, providing guid-
ance for proper development and
so creating a sound foundation
for our community's future. With its
activities the Center not only forms ca-
pable leaders of tomorrow but keeps
youngsters off the streets and away
from negative influences, thus contrib-
uting to crime prevention....The Center
now has 160 youth members and caters
to a great many others with separate
It offers a fully equipped computer/
Internet center, in addition to a large

Bilha Thomas accepts the MCB award

number of sports and athletics, art, mu-
sic as well as homework assistance, all
under professional guidance. Consider-
ing that the Center's budget consists
mostly of private donations, these
achievements are truly remarkable, and
the very dynamic Board and manage-
ment of Jong Bonaire deserve high
praise for the well-managed and often
innovative manner in which they ac-
complish this." 1 L.D.

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*to find it, just look up

All Five of the Naked Eye
Planets Ring In the New

H appy holidays, Sky
Park fans. We have a
fine way to ring in the New
Year because through the first
half of January all five of the
naked-eye planets will be visi-
ble at the same time in pre-
dawn skies. Don't miss this
because we won't have a five-
planet, pre-dawn sky show as
good as this until January and
February of 2016.
About 45 minutes before
sunrise, anytime during the
first two weeks of January,
face southeast where the
brightest thing you'll see will
be our old friend, Planet Number Two, 8,000-mile-wide Venus. And directly
above it and much dimmer Planet Number One, the tiny pink planet, 3,000-mile-
wide Mercury. And up to their right, close to the top bright stars of Scorpius, the
4,000-mile-wide, reddish-orange planet Mars, which is always fun to compare
with the heart star of Scorpius, Antares whose name literally means the rival of
Mars, because they frequently look the same brightness and color, although not at
the moment.
Now if you're watching early in the month Mars will be close to the three stars
that mark the top of Scorpius. But if you observe later in the month Mars and
Antares will be side by side. And don't worry about Mars looking so dim right
now because it is speeding toward us and getting closer every single day and will
become super bright once again in November when it will become one of the
brightest objects in the night sky. It will only be outshone by Venus and the Moon.
So start your Mars watch now.
To find the other two of our five planets look close to overhead for the king, gi-
ant 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter. And lastly if you look northwest you'll see the
planet which comes into opposition and is its closest next week the 75,000-mile-
wide ringed planet Saturn.
And may I suggest if you have a relatively clear horizon that, just for fun, draw
an imaginary line from Saturn back up to Jupiter, then back down through Mars,
Mercury and Venus. In so doing you will have drawn what astronomers call the
"ecliptic," which is the narrow path of the planets along which all the planets orbit,
including our Earth, in their journey around the Sun. So if you're having a hard
time finding Jupiter or Saturn, first find Venus, Mercury and Mars, connect them
with an imaginary line, then extend that line and you'll bang right into Jupiter and
then Saturn. And think of this. If we were on any of those planets looking back at
Earth we would see Earth also on that line because the ecliptic, the path of the
planets, is the mutual orbital plane all the planets share. And keep in mind that
even though the planets look like they're all the same distance away from us, if we
could go out into space we'd see their true relationship to one another: Earth here,
Mercury here, Venus here, Mars here, Jupiter and Saturn.
So get out before sunrise the first two weeks of this month and if you got a small
telescope for Christmas now is the time to use it. What a way to ring in the New
Year! O Jack Horkhimer


For the week:
December 31- January 7, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will need to spend extra time sorting through
your work. Speak of your future goals, intentions, and commitments. Your family
may be feeling neglected and unloved. You're in the mood to do things such as com-
petitive sports, or perhaps a night on the town. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Your best efforts will come through making
changes in your home. Some of your new friends may not be that trustworthy. De-
ception is likely. Don't jump too quickly if someone tries to make you join in on
their crusade. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You're eager to learn. Promotions will be yours if
you have acted professionally in times of crisis. You can make new friends by tak-
ing part in social events involving colleagues. Make changes in your domestic
scene. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can expect changes in your financial situation
as well as in your status. Balance is required if you want stability. Romantic oppor-
tunities are evident if you get involved in large groups or organizations. Channel
your energy into projects that will enhance your home. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your self esteem will benefit. Friends will be loyal and
caring. Do some research if you want to find information that you can apply against
the opposition you face. Your words will be taken out of context if you're evasive
with co-workers or employers. Compromising could be on the agenda this week.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You could find yourself having problems with co-
workers and employers. Overexertion and negligence will be your worst enemies.
Don't get upset. Plan your day carefully. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Strengthen your position among your peers. However,
you may not attract the kind of interest you had in mind. Join a choir or a drama
club. You may be considering moving to larger quarters. The locks, stove, gas, or
electric wires may not be secure. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may find yourself in the limelight for the
wrong reasons. Expect temper tantrums on the home front if you haven't been letting
someone have their way. Difficulties at an emotional level may be likely. Think hard
before going into business with friends or family. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Do something constructive outside. You will
have splendid suggestions for fund raising events. Socializing will be more than just
entertaining. Get rich quick schemes will not be successful. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Get together with friends and do something en-
tertaining but not too expensive. You will have a problem holding on to your cash
this week. Your lack of interest in your partner is a problem. Be aware of any emo-
tional deception. Do not sign legal contracts or documents this week. Your lucky
day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Pleasure trips will be favorable and bring about
romance. You can make changes to your home that will be pleasing to all concerned.
You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may try to block your attempts at imple-
menting them. Be prepared to deal with groups and organizations of greater magni-
tude. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Make a point of working on yourself. You will be in
the mood for entertainment. You may find that purchases or entertainment could be
expensive. Accept the inevitable, and opportunities for advancement will follow.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. 1

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