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The referendum on the
future government struc-
ture of Bonaire will be held
after the Parliamentary elec-
tions on January 22, 2010, not
before as recommended by the
Referendum Committee. An-
thony Nicholas, Independent
Member of the Bonaire Island
Council, confirmed that last week
adding, "At the end of this month
a representative of the United
Nations is to visit. He will need
two weeks to investigate. Then
two months must be allowed for
an information campaign. Think
March for a referendum."

I The most powerful figure
in Bonaire politics today is An-
thony Nicholaas. He has the
Island Council vote that maintains
the present coalition government
of Bonaire. That government has
suspended the process that would
integrate Bonaire into The Neth-
erlands pending the outcome of a
second referendum. Last week
Councilman Nicolaas unequivo-
cally stated that "Bonaire will not
sit at the table with Holland to
discuss the distribution of
(governing) tasks unless the is-
land conducts its own referen-
dum." He categorized the actions
of State Secretary for Kingdom
Relations Ank Bijleveld, who
threatens to stop the payment of
Bonaire's debts, as intimidation
The Bonaire Government is
suggesting the new referendum to
allow voters to choose between
the course that was chosen by the
former government, integration
with Holland, or an alternative
arrangement called a "free asso-

)University students inter-
viewed Bonaireans from No-
vember 3-8 about their feel-
ings concerning the upcoming
Referendum, Results will be
reported on November 14.

) The Dutch Parliament's
Second Chamber aims to finish
handling the amendments to
Dutch laws for Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba (the BES
islands) mid-January 2010. The

Bonaire referendum, which might
take place after the January 22,
2010, Antillean Parliamentary
elections, will not affect the
Dutch Parliament's plans. Pro-
vided the Dutch First and Second
Chambers ratify the laws, the
word "Bonaire" could be legis-
lated (out or in) during a plenary
meeting of the Second Chamber.

Bonaire's outstanding su-
permarket, Warehouse Bon-
aire, may get competition next
year. Investor Gerard Van den
Tweel is considering opening
supermarkets featuring local, US
and Albert Heijn products in
Aruba and Bonaire in late 2010.
In 2007 Van den Tweel opened
the first Albert Heijn market out-
side of Europe in Curagao.

I More than a year after
throwing an acid bomb into the
middle of a group of Bonaire
delegates at the Dutch Caribbean
School competition in St. Maarten
on April 25, 2008, the young men
responsible received no prison
sentences in court last Wednes-
day. However, Joel Ricaldo
Rosario (22), received a condi-
tional sentence of four months'
imprisonment with two years'
probation and 100 hours of com-
munity service. Carlito Javier
Meyers (16), received two years'
probation and 70 hours commu-
nity service.

) There were chaotic scenes in
Curagao and St. Maarten on the
first day that illegal immigrants
were able to apply for legal
status under the Brooks Tower
Accord. Not so on Bonaire.
While there are tens of thousands
of undocumented workers on
Curagao and St. Maarten, there
are nowhere near the 5,000 il-
legals on Bonaire that the Central
Government suspects. That may
be because Bonaire has been the
pilot site for the "Project Chain
Transformation and Transition
Aliens System" that has been
used here since 2007.
Illegal workers in the Nether-
lands Antilles, who meet specific
strict requirements, may qualify
for legal residence under the
Brooks Tower Accord. Most will

Bonaire's Parallel Worlds

hese days there are three
conversations constantly
going on in Bonaire. There's the
one the Dutch at the Regional
Support Center have with the
Bonaireans, the one the Dutch
are have among themselves and
the one the Bonaireans have with
each other.
The one between the Dutch and
the Bonaireans is courteous and
predictable. It makes the Dutch
happy because it allows them to
think they are doing the right
thing. The Bonaireans keep it up
because it keeps the money and
aid flowing.
The conversation the Dutch are
having among themselves is the
usual incestuous one that perme-
ates any bureaucracy. It dwells
on procedure, selects the right
things to say publically and pro-
tects its own existence. Issues
chum within it before emerging.
That's acceptable if it produces
good results.
The conversation the Bonaire-
ans are having with each other is
the one that really matters, of
course. That conversation is the
talk of the island, a parallel real-
ity, which unfolds alongside
Dutch activities here and in Hol-
land. It's heard in the streets,
homes and particularly on Papia-
mentu language talk radio.
It's mostly cultural differences
that create this situation. Even
though many Bonaireans speak
Dutch essentially as a first lan-
guage, there's still a problem;
because there are no translators

not. In St. Maarten, where it's
believed that there are 20,000
illegals, only 134 persons living
there illegally had filed requests
for the one-year residence per-
mit up to last Saturday. The new
regulations went into effect on
November 3. "This is very dis-
appointing," Justice Minister
Magali Jacoba told reporters.

(Continued on page 9)

for cultural differences. For ex-
ample, a Dutch organized press
conference for Bonaire journal-
ists that starts on time, proceeds
rapidly through the agenda, and
invites questions is not consid-
ered a successful information
exchange but is perceived as a
fast-talking flim-flam filled with
unfamiliar acronyms.
Perhaps the Dutch-led Bonaire
press conferences should be con-
ducted in Papiamentu. We've
been told that press conferences
in Saba and Statia are conducted
in English.
While it may be impossible to
totally overcome the conflicting
styles and traditions of Dutchmen
and Bonaireans, a start toward
mutual respect and better under-
standing might be made by en-
couraging more social interaction
between the staff of the RSC,
starting from the top, and their
Bonairean counterparts. Less
structured press conferences,
informal gatherings and direct
family contacts all can help.
Often more gets accomplished at
a soccer game, over a glass of
beer in a bar or at a picnic than in
a conference room. Let's work
together harmoniously. G.D.

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1 The Reporter has a new
junior staff member, our grand-
daughter. See page 18.

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories

Bonaire's Parallel Worlds 2
The Lionfish Are Here 3
Affordable Homes for Bonaire 3
Spawning 2009 6
Klein Bonaire Cleaned 7
Windsurfing 2009-Gokceada 8
Flamingo Tongue Update 10
WhatisCIEE? 10
Monitoring Trends & Managing forth
Future of Bonaire's Coral Reef-Dr.
Robert Steneck 11
Southem Washington Slagbaai Park
Gate open 11
Letters to the Editor- Beach For Bo-
naireans, baffled by Referendum, Klein
Bonaire Deserves Better 12
Compass Sets Sail 15
Kingdom Island -A New Option 17
AStarlsBorn-AvaWuyts 18
Classical Music Concert 18
Around the World-Carina Juhhova 2C

Weeklv Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (DouglasAbraham)
Bonairean Voices (Nurition in Schools) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Quz #14 -(Cannon) 7
Body Talk -Vitaminsvs. Minerals 12
Picture Yourself (Canada) 13
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 14
Pet ofthe Week (Ezra) 15
Bubbles (Green Turtle) 15
Shopping & Service Guides 16
BonQuz Answer 17
Sudoku Answer 17
Bonaire On Wheels ('66 Mustang) 18
Sky Park (Leonids) 19
The Stars have It(Astrology) 19
How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 /786-6518
Available on-line at:

Printed Every Fortnight,
On-line Every day, 24/7
Next edition printing on
November 24, 2009.
Story and Ad deadline:
November 20, 2009.

A special treat every year for senior citizens groups is
an end of the year dinner where they can all get
together to socialize and enjoy a delicious meal. This year
115 elderly from the senior citizen activity centers from AR GRCR I L L
Rincon, Antriol, North Salina and from Kai Minima will
be dining at the Sunset Grill Restaurant on December 9.
And everyone will get a gift from the Bonaire Gift Shop.
Although the organizers got a very good deal from Kirk -
SGosden at Sunset Grill, a little more money is needed to on C Gift Shop
make this evening come true. You can help brighten our
elders' holiday season with a donation. An easy way is
to drop it off at Mike Gaynor's Chat n' Browse at the
Roundabout near Sunset Beach. For more information
call Delno Tromp at 09-693-1407 or 717-8334.

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The lo nfi'sh M e Hre

It was never a case of
whether lionfish (Pterois
volitans) would be seen in Bon-
aire only when and how many.
Marine biologists got answers to
these questions last week when
the first confirmed sightings of
lionfish in Bonaire were reported.
The first of these sightings oc-
curred at Nukove on October 26th
at a depth of 20 m. As of No-
vember 9th, nine other newly-
settled lionfish have been cap-
tured by the Bonaire National
Marine Park. Ramon de Leon,
the Marine Park Manager, praised
the divers who reported the lion-
fish by saying, "Our success in
capturing the lionfish reported to
[the marine park] is the result of
accurate reporting by divers."

All of the confirmed lionfish
sightings in Bonaire were of small
individuals, averaging 6.35 cm
total length (slightly larger than a
C battery), and ranged in location
from Nukove to Red Slave dive
sites. The lionfish were captured
during both morning and after-
noon hours at depths between 15
and 21 m, except for two indi-
viduals which were collected at
2.4 m and 5.5 m. Mr. de Leon
said that divers observed the juve-
nile lionfish under corals or rocky
ledges, sometimes resting upside-
down. The rapid succession of

lionfish sightings on the leeward
side of Bonaire may be attributed
to a recruitment pulse that carried
lionfish larvae onto the reefs sev-
eral months ago. "[These fish]
have probably just grown to a size
that divers are now able to de-
tect," according to de Leon.
The presence of lionfish in Bo-
nairean waters is not unantici-
pated. The progression of what
has been called "the lionfish inva-
sion" in the Caribbean is closely
monitored by the United States
Geological Survey's Nonindi-
genous Aquatic Species database
(USGS-NAS). Since 2007, this
non-native fish species has been
sighted with increasing frequency
south of Cuba, Haiti, and the Do-
minican Republic (USGS-NAS
2009). Lionfish are considered to
be established on many Caribbean
islands, including Cuba, the Ba-
hamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, the
Dominican Republic, Turks and
Caicos, Puerto Rico, and the Flor-
ida Keys (Schofield 2009). Inter-
estingly, only one sighting has
been reported for the Lesser An-
In the Netherlands Antilles, one
sighting has been reported in
Aruba and two in Curacao (USGS
-NAS 2009; de Leon, personal
communication). Bonaire now
joins the list of Caribbean islands
where this invasive lionfish is

Aiisani te iB

At last there will be some afford-
able and very attractive homes
available that you can build on Bonaire.
On the island the housing market has
escalated to such a degree that middle
income people can't afford a home of
their own,- people like government
workers, young professionals, police,
teachers, customs officers, and repatri-
ates returning to Bonaire, university
graduates from schools in Holland or
the US, elderly Bonaireans, retirees,
second homebuyers and others.

A company in Trinidad, Therml Im-
pac, which has been in business for over
30 years, has contracted with Bonaire
Sunshine Homes to bring in pre-
fabricated materials to build a home for
under NAf 100,000. You provide the
land; they provide all the materials to
build a structurally strong home for you
in two months, turn key: walls, slabs,
ceilings, roofs, facades, windows, doors,
tile floors, toilets, sinks, shower pan,
wall tiles, and kitchen cupboards. These
homes are proven to be fire retardant,
resistant to earthquakes, termites, dry
rot and even hurricanes in winds up to
160 mph. The homes have been suc-
cessfully built all over the world, in-
cluding the Caribbean, but it's the first
time they've been introduced in Bon-
aire. The company in Trinidad is run by
old friends of the Bissessar family of
Bonaire Sunshine Homes.
The main element of the Thermal Im-
pac building system is the Therml Im-

Biologists emphasize that it is
important not to prematurely
panic about this "invasion" but
they do share several concerns,
namely how lionfish will affect
populations of native fishes and
whether injuries to divers will
become more frequent if lionfish
populations continue to grow
(Schofield 2009). The possible
ecological effects of high lionfish
densities on coral reefs in the
Caribbean is unclear because the
range extension of this species is
very recent and few ecological
studies have been conducted
(Schofield 2009). One experi-
mental study in the Bahamas,
where lionfish are abundant,
found that lionfish negatively
affected the recruitment of native
fishes and suggested that lionfish
may also indirectly compete with
native fishes for prey (Albins and
Hixon 2008).
Because many divers regularly
observe fish on Bonaire's reefs,
STINAPA marine park rangers
are optimistic that the abundance
of lionfish can be managed
through a lionfish removal pro-
gram. This will involve trained
members of Bonaire's fishing and
SCUBA diving communities,
who volunteer to capture and re-
move lionfish from the coral

pact Panel, a specially designed, 4 foot
by 8 foot lightweight (27 pounds) high
tensile steel wire cage with a core of
expanded polystyrene. Thermal Impac
steel reinforced panels are finished on
site with concrete, are environmental
friendly, using less sand and cement.
The lower price to build is due to less
material usage and a shorter building
period than a conventional type house.
but with the same finish, quality and
market value as a conventional type.
Bonaire Sunshine Homes offers six
different designs from which to choose:
three, two-bedroom homes and three,
three-bedroom homes. Prices start at
under NAf 100.000 and are commensu-
rate with the size of the house.

On Saturday, November 28, at the
offices of Bonaire Sunshine Homes
(Kaya Lib. Simon Bolivar, opposite
the San Bernardo Church and Scar-
let's Flower Shop) there will be an
Exhibition for the Public from 8:30
am to 5 pm.

Come in and see for yourself. On hand
will be representatives from the Banco
Di Caribe and RBTT who will take
mortgage applications and approve
loans on site. Also Thermal Impac rep-
resentatives will be there to answer
For more information or to make an
appointment for a private interview, call
717-4992, 786-1592 or 701-4050. U
Laura DeSalvo

If you see a lionfish, you should
mark the location with a weighted
buoy made of a lead weight, rope,
and a small float. Weighed buoy
markers can easily be made and
carried in a BCD pocket or
"goodie bag." After your dive,
immediately call STINAPA
Headquarters at 599-717-8444.
Please do not attempt to capture
a lionfish, yourself, before you
have participated in STINAPA-
supervised training. Even though
the lionfish that have been ob-
served are small, the venom in
their spines is very powerful and
painful. Furthermore, when at-
tempts to capture these fish fail, it
appears that lionfish quickly learn
to avoid divers, making them
increasingly difficult to capture.

For more information on report-
ing a lionfish sighting, the use of
marker buoys, or to learn more
about receiving training to safely
and effectively capture lionfish,
please contact Ramon de Leon at

STINAPA Headquarters or email
the marine park at
marinepark(fastinapa.org. E
Kate Jirik

Kate Jirik recently completed her
graduate studies on the behavior and
ecology of marine fishes in southern
California. She is currently teaching
and conducting research at CIEE
Research Station Bonaire
(www.cieebonaire.org). This article
was written on behalfof CIEE.

References for this article can be
found on The Bonaire Reporter web

Ixora -3 bedrooms, 2 baths

Bonaire Reporter- November 13-27, 2009

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Swas born on Curagao
LIDecember 11th, 1987, and
when I was about three months
old we came back to Bonaire.
One of the first places I lived
with my mom, my little brother
Dustin, my grandma and my aunt
Laurie was in a house on the
south coast, close to Red Slave,
called Chogogo. We also lived in
the old land house at
Washikemba and in a little house
at Kaya Karko until we bought
the house in Kaya Mandolin.

I enjoyed my childhood I
have a good relationship with
both my parents and I love them
very much. Most of the time I've
lived with my mom; she's a very
strong woman and it hasn't been
always easy for her, raising two
wild boys! I respect my father
too; he's a man who's very dedi-
cated to his work and his family.
Growing up on an island es-
pecially a small place like Bon-
aire means you have to make it
fun for yourself, you have to 'be
and make the party'! People who
grow up here are exposed to mul-
tiple cultures and languages and
so was I, starting at home. We
spoke English and Papiamentu as
my mom, Christie Dovale, was
born on Curagao from American
parents and my dad, Jopie Abra-
ham, is Bonairean, but he has

Lebanese and Dutch ancestors
On Bonaire you learn how to
deal with diverse types of people.
It's an island you can't just
leave, you know everybody and
everybody knows you. I saw it as
a limitation and as an advantage
because it gives you a different
mindset. You get to know people
from all kinds of backgrounds
and various ways of life. It makes
you grow up fast. On the other
hand, you are less spoiled here. In
a city you can get anything at any
time. Here there are always lim-
its, but it teaches you to appreci-
ate things more, little things. It
gives you a different outlook on
My brother and I were compet-
ing in Taekwondo and we went a
lot of places together Aruba,
Puerto Rico, Curagao and Hol-
land. It was fun! At HAVO high
school I joined the archaeological
Bonai project of Jay Haviser. We
did all kinds of excavations and
we reconstructed a whale that had
been scooped up by a cruise ship
when it was already dead and
drifting. It was taken to the salt
company where it was left for
two or three years until Jay came
along and decided it would be a
good project for us to reconstruct
the skeleton. At the time there
was still a lot of meat left to saw

and chop off. Nobody wanted
to do that," he grins, "but I
enjoyed it! Then we did the
bleaching of the bones and stuff
and we put the skeleton to-
gether. Finally it was placed at
the entrance of Washington
Slagbaai National Park. Jay is
an inspiring guy, an extreme
professional, very passionate
about his work.
We also went to a world ar-
chaeological congress in Trini-
dad and Tobago where we pre-
sented a news letter to all the
visiting groups from the differ-
ent participating countries and
we met the president of the
Republic of Trinidad and To-
bago and were invited at his
house. It was a really good time
and the country was very, very
I learned a lot at HAVO, but
when I got to VWO in Curagao -
I'd left Bonaire August 27th 2006
- it became very difficult because
my Dutch wasn't good enough. I
did well in physics, chemistry
and math, but because of my low

grade in Dutch I didn't pass the
year. So, I stayed in Curagao for
another year and I worked there."
Douglas is a very bright guy with
a great philosophy and a good
sense of humor. He's adventur-
ous, charismatic and real good
"Exactly two years after I'd
left, on August 27h, 2008, I came

"I didn't always do the right thing and
during my time in Curacao I decided
that I needed to focus on my life..."

back to Bonaire. I became a dive-
master at Bonaire Dive and Ad-
venture where I worked for about
eight months. Then I moved on,
working on boats for a small
business owner, Marten. After
that I started working for Boat
Yard Bonaire, owned by Harry
van den Ouweelen and Ruud
Koornstra. I work on fiber glass,
on engines, I paint and I do major
and minor repairs. I basically do
everything and... I love my
work! It's a very good team and
the more we get to know each
other, the better it's getting, and
the job is different every single
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day. That's what I love about it. I'm hop-
ing to gain a lot of experience as I would
like to be a technician, and any course I
can do, I will do to get certified. I want to
learn as much as possible about welding,
engines, boat fiber glass and all that
comes with this work to get skills that I
can use in any situation, anywhere in the
It was different when I was younger. I
didn't always do the right thing, and dur-
ing my time in Curagao I decided that I
needed to focus on my life and get settled
and set my stuff up an apartment, a car -
to make further decisions in life. I felt I
needed a discipline and responsibility in
my life and so far it has been very reward-
ing. I'm fully independent now I have my
apartment, a house that I'm sharing with
Freek Sijsling, (he's my mentor and our
technical manager) and his family. I have
a car, my very good job and a girlfriend,
Alicia. So, for now I'm good and I can
focus on the next step.
I met Alicia when I was living at Sea
Side apartments and she was at the CIEE
group, right next door. One day some
friends and I went over and I met her and
we hung out for two days and then she left
for the States, but we kept in contact.
Then I decided to go up there to see her. I
stayed with her for two weeks in Minnea-
polis and we had a real good time. She's
doing environmental sciences at the Uni-
versity of Minnesota, but she's coming
here in January for a whole semester.
While I was away I kept on calling the
boat yard, to see how they were doing
with the projects we were working on -

but," he laughs "they man-
aged to do without me, al- -
though they were happy when *
I got back!
It's all about what makes
you happy in life. Sometimes
people study for years to end
up doing things that will
never bring them happiness,
things they are not passionate
about. I was worrying about V
not being able to find some-
thing that I would really love
to do. But... I found my pas-
sion at least for now and I
feel I can do this for a long
I want to learn and experi-
ence as much as I can and I '
want to see as much as I can. I
don't want to stay in one
place. I will definitely leave,
but I will always come back. I
know so. I want to see the
world because it's beautiful from I to
the diversity in countries, in weelen, in
peoples, in climates, in land-
scapes, in cities, in cultures and in colors.
I would like to go to Alaska just for the
mountain ranges. I would like to dive in as
many places as I can. I would love to take
a car and drive through all the different
European countries, on all the endless
roads. I would love to go to New Orleans,
just for its food!" He smiles a big smile. "I
love food! I will eat anything at least one
time to try it! I like a lot of things I was
raised like that, raised to eat good. When I
lived in Curagao, I had the TV on night
and day, only the Food Channel and Food

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r. (standing at the back): Freek Sijsling, Sennen Berends and Harry van den Ou-
front (left to right) Horst Lehmann and Douglas the team of Boat Yard Bonaire

Network. I think eating the food some-
where is how to get to know a big part of
the culture.
So, in a way, it's all planned. I have to
save up and I know my team at the boat
yard will back me up, as long as I stay
focused. I see it this way if you live a
chaotic life or you're working three differ-
ent jobs then there's no structure. You
can't set your mind on ,!ii. iiihi, you can't
make time to think what it is you want to
do with your life. That's why I needed to
focus on things one by one. The job

comes first, then you can get an apartment
and you have to learn to live by yourself,
to get to know yourself and to take care of
yourself. To know what's your strength
and what's your weak point and to admit
and accept it and then you have to take
action and start build-
ing up your life... it all
depends on how you do
it -you, yourself."

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Johannetta Gordin describes this
year's coral spawning event:

In the last couple of years we have
been diving a couple of nights every
September and October hoping to catch a
glimpse of coral spawning. It is a return-
ing event for only a few nights two
months every year and you have to be
lucky to be diving in the right spot at the
right time to view the magnificence of
coral spawning.
This year we have been rewarded in dif-
ferent ways. In September we did not see
as much coral spawning, but it seemed as
if a lot was happening underwater any-
way. For example: the flamingo tongues
were very active and seemed to be mat-
ing. Mating and egg-laying with the fla-
mingo tongue usually occurs during the
day throughout the year, though some
observations indicate that the frequency
and timing may change according to the
lunar cycle.
Spawning of corals is also influenced by
the lunar cycle. Also there were all kinds
of shrimp, crabs, hermits, and snails that
you don't usually see in the daytime. We
spotted a Harlequin blue sea goddess for
the first time as well as a kind of flatworm
(Pseudoceros) that has not often been
seen yet. Moreover, my dive buddy, Her-
man, even discovered a kind of night
shrimp that apparently has not been seen
on Bonaire yet.
In October it seemed like a complete
snowstorm underwater: spawning star
coral. First you notice some of the coral
polyps getting swollen on top and some of

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the coral. This is called the setting phase.
Within 5-10 minutes of setting, the colo-
nies release all of their eggs at the same
time in a big sheet. This is so extraordi-
nary. That is why we make the effort to
dive late in the evening; to see the eggs
coming out of the coral and floating in the
dark sea.
At the same time that the corals release

the bundles, other activities start on the
reef. Worms, sea stars, fish and other or-
ganisms appear to eat the eggs. The sea
stars, for example, really seem to hoard
the eggs (see photo above).
Other corals also spawn during these
days, but to us the most impressive is the
loads and loads of eggs released by the
star coral (Montastraea spp). 0
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are facing hard
times dealing with
kids. They come up
with different pro-
grams to improve
the learning skills of
our children.
I received mail
from a friend in the
US which I'd like to
share. She, Laraine
Abbey-Katzev, lives
part-time on Bonaire ad

program for helping a
kids of the High
School SGB (School 7
Gemeenshap Bon-
aire) here in Bonaire and hopes that this program can
expand to the other schools too.
The mail is about the Anthony Elementary School in
Kansas. Hugh Riordan, President of the Center for the
Improvement of Human Functioning International, inter-
viewed several teachers in this school and says,
"Sometimes your school is not doing well. You spend a
great deal of time and money on discipline. Teachers
leave or are not wanted. Students are unhappy and are not
achieving well or the school is avoided by teachers and
parents because they know the students are known as
failures. This means it is time for a change."

Principal Janine Kempker of the Anthony Elementary
School understood the problems and went for a change.
"The school didn't have a nice reputation," she said, "but
with the new program, 'Eat, Exercise and Excel,' the kids
are doing much better." Child Nutrition Director Cynthia
Schrader said they made a few changes in the menu, es-
pecially those products with high sugar content. They
reduced the amount of sugar and went for much better

breakfasts and encouraged the children to eat it, plus tak-
ing their vitamins.
For better socialization they set up this breakfast and
lunch program in the class rooms so the children get to
know their classmates much better. The teachers know
the children better and can teach them better manners
and how to behave inside and outside of the classroom.
Even the unkempt bathrooms are not a problem anymore.
Students are happy and teachers get more prime time to
work on other issues. The 'Eat, Exercise, Excel' program
was made possible by The Sunflower Foundation Heath
Care for Kansas.
Of course the success of the program depends on com-
munication between parents, teachers and students. Wil-
liam Cannon Sr., Student and Parents Liaison, said the
contact with parents had progressed tremendously, thanks
to a new course school leaders took. Physical education
teachers and structured activities aides made it fun for the
children during recess. They work with each class every
day, emphasizing teamwork.
They've solved many problems with their new social-
izing and nutrition program, including less packaging
waste. Behavior is better, food is better, manners are bet-
ter (like eating with a fork, using a napkin and using the
garbage bin). Clay Guthmiller Superintendent of the
Leavenworth, Kansas, Schools, said students can focus
more on what they are doing and every school should try
to find a nutrition program for kids. Vitamins, exercise,
fruits and vegetables help the brain capacity. What is best
for kids is best for adults. It's time to do what is good for
kids and so it can turn out to be good for adults." In my
opinion, as Doctor Hugh Riordan, says, "Every school
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Klein Bonaire Cleanup

On Sunday, October 25, 46 sacks of trash were collected by 50 volunteers on Klein Bonaire. The majority of
the trash, mostly plastic and glass, had washed ashore from distant places as well as"Big" Bonaire. There was
less trash than in the past perhaps because STINAPA volunteers also police the beaches during the May-December
turtle hatching season. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire and STINAPA thank the volunteers from SELIBON,
Woodwind, Freewinds, Jong Bonaire, their own volunteers and others who participated. U Press release

To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9
to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating a
number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. Answer
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BonQuiz #17


The cannon in this photo was one of 74 can-
nons on board the English man-of-war, ship
of the line, Barhem.
Barhem ran aground during the night of April 28th
-29h in the year 1829. This happened off the south-
west shore of Bonaire near the Orange Pond.
(Orange Pond carries the Dutch royal family color,
the other three ponds carry the Dutch flag's colors:
red, white and blue.)
To refloat the ship, as the story goes, 37 of the can-
nons had to be thrown overboard. Until this day only
nine have been salvaged. An anchor was found
The cannon is inscribed and tells us exactly where
it was made.

Q) Do you know where?

Answer on page 17

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Windsurfing 2009 A T#rmbM lt Mslr

G okceada's ancient Greek name,
Imbros, means "Windy Island."

I first heard about this island a while
ago, also while checking the forecast on a
site like "Windfinder." I saw that most of
the time the winds were stronger here
than in other spots in Turkey. So visiting
this island was something I planned to do.
When I finally got there this summer it
was pretty quiet, HOT with no wind.
I took time to fix up some musical tunes
and lyrics while enjoying nature's beauty.
And I got to meet some of the many Bul-
garian windsurfers who marked this is-
land as their own perfect local windsurf
spot: pure flat waters with off shore winds
on the west coast and on shore choppy to
sometimes wavy conditions on the east.
The windsurf spots were discovered about
five years ago by a Bulgarian windsurfer
on a ferry going towards Istanbul, on his
way home from Alacati, the windsurfing
city of Turkey. An old island resident
asked this windsurfer-looking type to visit
his island because he believed that the
winds were good enough for whatever it
is we do with boards and sails. To make a
long story short the windsurfer was super
stoked and was so happy to have made
that stopover.
Not long after its discovery a small cen-
ter was built. Since then windsurfing in
Gokceada started to expand fast as the
Bulgarians never have enough winds, nor
good spots back home. So travelling for
about six hours by car including the ferry
has become the ultimate must-do trip for
the Bulgarian windsurfers who strive to
improve their windsurfing skills. Today I
can count three Bulgarian windsurf sta-
tions, a few camping sites, some with
apartments, and one hotel combined with
a new small Turkish windsurf center
where I hung out with my friends most of
the time.
No chop at all, just a pure feel and
sound of your board skating on the micro
mini waves. Sometimes the winds shift in
the late afternoon and conditions get a bit
bumpy with some nice steep chop to prac-
tice some air moves.
I enjoyed windsurfing in Gokceada-
there are always smiling faces, it's never
too crowded on the water and everyone is
eager to learn and to improve their skills.
I never felt alone either.

-- ,


There were quite a few people covering
themselves with some black mud (above)
from the bottom of a dried out lake from

which I suppose it gives them a healthy
skin after washing up in the sea. The
funny part was that they would always
smile or say Merhaba (Hello) when they
saw me without a T-shirt.
What to do at NIGHT on such a small
laid back island?
Hanging out, talking windsurfing and
water pipes isn't all. The windsurfers of-
ten get organized and do a good beach
BBQ or else everyone meets in the small
town to have some fresh homemade
dishes followed by some traditional "cay"
and of course some homemade ice cream.
The town is so small that you can't miss
the cars packed with windsurf stickers or
the Bulgarian number plates. The real
good restaurants are all on one street,
which is the main street, so you know
who is leaving and who just arrived.
The meeting spot afterwards is the
Crazy Island Center where you have to
take your shoes off before you enter the
spot with carpets, pillows, drinks and mu-
sic. Twice a week or so you could lay
back and enjoy some of the windsurfing
DVDs from Tina's collection.

After the mellow island lifestyle I
cruised back to Alacati to perform a few
freestyle sessions during the Pegasus Air-
lines PWA Slalom World Cup. It was
good to hook up with the organizers who
did a good job making this event happen.
I've known them for three years and every
event they do is bigger and better. They
actually got a bit angry that I wouldn't be
around for the whole week, but that's how
it is: I can't be in two places at the same

The female Windsurfing Freestyle
World Champion was in Turkey for the
first time. That could be no one else but
Saraquita Offringa from Aruba who
joined me on one of my windy freestyle
sessions while the crowds applauded
every time we nailed a trick close to the
beach. It was also cool to see Monique
Meijer again representing Bonaire in the
woman's fleet, doing her very best to
reach the top 10, but happy with a well
deserved 13th position. A big surprise for
me was to hook up with Beth Winkler
whom I met in Bonaire a long, long time
ago when I was trying to master windsurf-
ing. She is definitely a legend from back
in the days, known for her Olympic sail-
ing skills and the many regattas and med-

Monique Meijer with Beth Winkler

als she has won
over the past years.
To see and have met
her here in Turkey
was super cool, and
to see her still going
full power rounding
the marks against
the top athletes was
super interesting.
That same week I
recorded a new
sound track and left
for Sweden to at-
tend another wind-
surf event.

There's more to
come in the next
edition of The Re-
porter. Thanks for
reading. Go explore.
U Ruben 'BNG'
Petrisie, NB50

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Bonaire Reporter- November 13-27, 2009

A Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of
Cee the Bonaire Marine Park cTee
ro2se tilor, Sponsored by CIEE & STINAPA rese 'oaHon

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and a Play by CIEE students

When: November 22, 2-5pm
Where: CIEE Research Station (26 Kaya Gob. DeBrot)
For children 5 to 12 years old
Open to the first 30 children who sign up
Please sign up with: name, phone number, number of children
attending, and ages of children
Call: 717-4146 or
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Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Despite assurances to the contrary, some
undocumented workers are not even show-
ing up because they fear it will mark them
for deportation should they not meet the
Last week Bonaire's government team
was training on how to handle the appli-
cants. The head of Civil Affairs
;F,... I.,-;,, George Mensche, figures there
are between 100 and 500 illegals who can
apply. Because of the tracking system al-
ready in place Bevolking has identified a
number of people without the necessary

) Kunuku houses in the new BES
tax scheme will remain exempt from
property tax. "The property tax exemp-
tions are extended, allowing farmland,
natural parks, government buildings and
'dormant property' (eg. kunuku houses)
exempt from property tax," said an offi-
cial letter.
The import tax on cars was adjusted in
the bill too. The General Use Tax on im-
ported cars that are very fuel efficient is
zero. For all other cars, 25%, not 40% as
previously planned. The sales tax will
rise 1%, from 5% to 6%.

) The Court in Willemstad recently
dealt with a local case that may turn out
to be significant for other islands of the
Netherlands Antilles as well. It concerns a
legal dispute about a (large) property that
was initially owned by one person years
ago, but now, generations later, is owned by
many families (Papiamentu: tera difa-
Sale or division of such a property has
always presented a big problem on many or
all of the islands within the Netherlands
Antilles because it is usually very difficult
to trace all those parties who each own
(often only a small) part of the property and
to ascertain the rights of each of these par-
On April 2007, a statue came into effect
that allows a solution to this long-standing
issue. According to a press release issued by
Court spokeswoman E.A. Saleh, the new
regulation offers the possibility for the Civil
Judge to assign ownership of the entire
property or parts to those who are cur-
rently using it.

1 As of this season, which started No-
vember 1, cruise companies will pay a
head tax of US $2 per passenger when
calling on Bonaire. The proceeds are paid
through the ship's agent to the port author-

The Bonaire team at FCCA

ity and given to the Bonaire Tourism Cor-
poration (TCB) for further development of
the cruise industry and facilities. Bonaire is
one of the least expensive cruiseship desti-
nations. Head taxes average about $15 per
person in the Caribbean and up to $50 for
Commissioner of Tourism Pancratio
"Pancho" Cicilia, TCB Director Ronella
Tjin Asjoe-Croes and Harbor Master Rob
Sint Jago went to St. Lucia to attend the
annual Florida Caribbean Cruise Associa-
tion (FCCA) conference, to continue to
maintain good relations with the cruise lines
that visit the island and received positive
responses. TCB is expecting 148 ships with
more than 230,000 tourists this season.

)Education on Bonaire, Sint Eustatius
and Saba will receive a major boost from
the Netherlands. Minister Plasterk has over
NAf 2 million (853,500 euros) available for
additional teaching materials and training of
counselors and care coordinators in the in-
ternal fund secondary education and office.

IThe revitalized Council of Underwa-
ter Resort Operators (CURO) has elected
a new board. CURO is the Bonairean Dive
operator association, officially recognized
by the government. It was founded by Cap-
tain Don over 30 years ago.
Serving on the board are: President, Bart
Snelder, representing Wannadive Bonaire;
Vice President, Bruce Bowker represent-
ing Carib Inn; Treasurer, Menno de Bree
representing Deep Blue View; Secretary,
Edwin Wuyts representing EW Boat char-
ters; Board members are: Augusto Mont-
brun, representing Buddy Dive Resort,
Gerry Fokke representing Dive Friends
Bonaire, Serge de Groote representing Divi
Dive Bonaire and Karen Chalk represent-
ing Captain Dons' Habitat

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) A new political party, the Akuerdo pa Kambio -APK (Accord for Change)-
will present a list of candidates for the January 22, 2010, Antillean Central Govern-
ment parliamentary election. Independent Anthony Nicolaas will lead the list. Other
candidates will be from the Pro Desaroyo di Boneiru -PRO, Pro Bonaire Develop-
ment; Partido Boneriano Sosial -PABOSO Socialist; Partido Lucha pa Hustisia -
PLH, Struggle for Justice parties and the Movementu Awor Ti Ora -ATO, Now Is
The Time Movement. Party principals are in the photo above.

CURO will strive to enhance cooperation
and support within its membership, enhance
cooperation with the government and other
NGOs, improve the quality of Bonairean
diving in the broadest sense of the word,
and support efforts to protect the environ-
ment. For any questions and remarks, con-
tact curo.bonaire ()hotmail.com

0 Two accomplished classical musi-
cians are performing this Friday night at
the Plaza Resort. The concert features
Violinist Jeroen van der Wel who finalized
his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The
Hague, in 2008 with special distinction
(summa cum laude). He's won many prizes
and performed at several distinguished ven-
ues. Pianist Bas van Bommel is his accom-

panist. He has also won multiple prizes. See
page 18 for details.

California Healing Touch Instructor
Susan Reed will be presenting two classes
at the Bonaire Basics Center on Kaya
Korona in December. Learn skills to sup-
port good health and heal yourself and
others. See notice on page 6. Registration
open now.

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Bonaire Reporter- November 13-27, 2009

Page 9

The People Behind the Pink Tanks:

Or What Is CIEE?

W hat exactly is
CIEE? This
question is brought up
often, and despite hav-
ing been based on
Bonaire for three
years, it seems there is
still an air of intrigue
about who these
young people are driv-
ing around in a big,
white truck, strapping
on bright pink tanks
and setting up under-
water experiments on
the near-shore reefs.
CIEE stands for the Council for International Educational Exchange. It is a US-based
organization with study abroad programs for undergraduate students around the world.
Here on Bonaire, under the directorship of Dr. Rita Peachey, the CIEE program has been
designed for students who have an interest in marine ecology and conservation. Ad-
vanced college students from across the US come to Bonaire to learn about the ecology,
monitoring, protection and restoration of coral reef habitats. In addition to taking four
college classes where they spend time with a professor in lecture and lab, the students
also design and conduct their own independent research during the semester of study. At
the end of their time here students collaborate on a scientific journal, Physis, in which
they report the findings of their work. Their research is also shared with interested
community members during a presentation, which will be held on Tuesday Novem-
ber 24th.

Currently, CIEE employs three full-time faculty members who are well known and
respected within the community. As mentioned previously, Dr. Rita Peachey is Director
as well as professor of Culture and Environmental History of Bonaire and co-instructor
of the Independent Research class. On some days she can be found in the CIEE offices
from dawn until dusk. She has an ever-present smile despite even the most stressful of
days and can be counted on to consider and pursue multiple projects focused on the envi-
ronment, if she can find a way to make them feasible and scientifically sound.
Ms. Caren Eckrich has been a resident of Bonaire for 10 years, working previously in
her own company, Sea & Discover. She is the Dive Safety Officer and leads the students
through a two-week intensive training course to become Scientific Divers-in-Training
according to the standards of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences. Caren
teaches courses in Fundamentals of Scientific Diving and Coral Reef Ecology where she
prepares the students to accurately identify coral reef organisms as well as how to assess
the composition of the coral reef community.
Dr. Amanda Hollebone joined CIEE in 2008 from Georgia where she was teaching at
a large public university. She has an energy which seems boundless and can often be seen
cycling or running around the island when not busy with CIEE classes and activities. Dr.
Hollebone teaches the Marine Conservation Biology course and co-instructs the Inde-
pendent Research class.
In addition to faculty members who are always approachable and accessible, the CIEE
program and its students depend on Anouschka van de Ven who keeps things running in
every detail from managing monthly accounts and
reports to designing the website. Anouschka also Lauren Saulino,
participates in research diving and training and the is an intern at
Cultural History class. CIEE and the re-
For Fall 2009, CIEE has welcomed one of its cent recipient of a
largest classes, 10 students, as well as three interns. Master in Environ-
While this group has just passed its mid-way point mental Sciences
in the semester, we hope that you will stay tuned to with a concentra-
the upcoming presentations, public lectures and tion in Environmental Manage-
other programs that we will be putting on. mentfrom Miami University
Lauren Saulino, Fall 2009 CIEE intern (Ohio).

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Bonaire Reporter- November 13-27, 2009

Monitoring Trends and Managing for

the Future of Bonaire's Coral Reefs
Dr. Robert Steneck, a professor at the University of Maine's Darling Marine Cen-
ter ,has been studying coral reef ecosys- -
tems for more than three decades and has been
visiting Bonaire since 1999. In 2005,
STINAPA requested that Dr. Steneck and his
colleagues provide advice on how best to moni-
tor the coral reefs. STINAPA was interested in
learning which trends should be monitored over
time that would give the best indication of the
health and resilience of our reefs. We have
heard that Bonaire has the best remaining coral
reef in the Caribbean. But what makes a coral
reef "good" or, dare I say, "healthy?"
During a guest lecture at CIEE
(Council for International Educational Ex- ni ne
change) on October 26th Dr. Steneck explained
that coral reefs which are resilient are able to resist change and are able to recover from
the changes that do occur. As we learned in previous articles (see "Death by 1000 Cuts"
in The Bonaire Reporter issue October 16-30), there are many factors which are stress-
ing our coral reefs. While any one of these may not cause a coral reef to drastically
change, the cumulative effect of such things as overfishing, nutrient inputs and coastal
development can cause the ecosystem to "flip" or to change in the diversity and abun-
dances of species present. An example of an ecosystem "flip" which has been witnessed
across the world is the conversion of healthy coral reef communities to ones dominated
by algae.
To manage for healthy, resilient reefs requires the identification of key drivers
and then protecting the positive drivers while minimizing the negative ones. Dr. Steneck
and his colleagues characterize as "strong drivers" those things which have strong popu-
lation effects, such as coralline algae. The presence of coralline algae aids in the recruit-
ment of hard coral polyps; more hard coral "babies" means the reef has a better chance
of being resilient. "Bad" drivers include macroalgae which cover and compete with
small coral polyps for space and light. When there are not enough herbivores (eg:
parrotfish, urchins) macroalgae cover increases and we begin to a see a shift to a sea-
weed reef There is no coral reef in the world which, when covered by seaweed, has
been considered healthy.

Dr. Steneck, his students, and colleagues have reported that in over a decade
of monitoring, the coral reefs of Bonaire have been "resilient" in terms of the number
and amount of live coral present. However, other key factors are showing negative
There is a significant increase in seaweed (macroalgae)
There is a significant decline in coralline algae
There is a decline in parrotfish (and other grazers) and in bite rates of these grazers
There is a decline in urchins and populations are still at a sub-functional level (not
enough grazing to control algae growth)
There is a decline in predators known to feed on damselfish, and thus:
There is an increase in damselfish

In order to reverse the trends currently being observed, Dr. Steneck has devel-
oped the following key points for advising managers on how to monitor and protect our
coral reefs:
Keep it simple
Focus on key drivers
Continue monitoring for changes over time

Things we in the general community might do to help: Limit nutrient runoff which
encourages algal growth, by taking shorter showers, washing cars on grassy areas, re-
ducing the amount of hard surfaces, and maintaining septic tanks so that they don't leak
into the ocean. We can protect parrotfish and other important species by expanding fish
protected areas, limiting recreational fishing and buying fish from grocers and restau-
rants that are considered sustainable* U Lauren Saulino

*for additional information see this story in The Reporter On-line edition.

Southern Washington Slagbaai Park Gate Open

The southern gate of the Washington Slagbaai National Park will be open to the
pubic on the first Sunday of every month beginning in November. Slagbaai's
beach is the longest sand beach after Klein Bonaire's and Boka Chikitu's.
In response to requests from the public and the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the
park STINAPA decided to open the southern gate once a month. This year the entrance will
be free. Beginning in 2010 the public can buy a yearly Park pass for NAf17,50 which can
be purchased at the main entrance to the park, at the STINAPA office or at dive shops.
For security's sake the attendant at the southern gate cannot accept cash. If people haven't
bought a yearly pass they can buy at ticket for NAf 5 for each trip at the main Park
entrance. To make it easy for the public STINAPA will keep a list of the names of all those
persons who have bought a yearly pass which is not transferable. STINAPA has the right to
ask for id, preferably a cedula, otherwise the person will not be allowed in the Park.
STINAPA invites the public to enjoy Slagbaai's beach and nature. In the buildings there is
a bar and good food. Park hours remain the same: you may not enter the Park after 2:45 pm
and you must leave Slagbaai by 4 pm. U Press release


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Bonaire Reporter- November 13-27, 2009

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Body Talk

Dear Editor,
Bonaire needs a perfect beach in a perfect loca-
tion with palm trees and plenty of space for parking
so everyone on Bonaire has a place to enjoy the sea.
And what better place than the old Sunset Beach
Hotel grounds. It is centrally located. Not too far
south or too far north. It is a large area where park-
ing would be easy. Bonaireans could be given con-
cession rights to have small snack and rental busi-
nesses. Cruise ships passengers could use it when in
port. Considering the current economic crisis
and how many years that promises have been
made to build, this land should be given back to
the Bonairean people. Does Bonaire really need
more apartments and hotel rooms?

Dear Editor,
The upcoming referendum keeps baffling me, as
ADB and Awor T'e Ora keep on pursuing it. Alleg-
edly, they want to prevent us Bonaireans from be-
coming "second rate citizens" of the Netherlands.
At the same time, immigrants who haven't reached
the landmark of a continuous 5 year and 50 days
stay on Bonaire are blatantly being denied the right
to vote! Who's a second rate citizen now?
I think ADB and Awor T'e Ora should re-inspect
their favorite constitution line, the one they painted
as a warning against aforesaid second rate citizen-
ship on the bench at Plaza Reina Wilhel-
mina: "Allen die zich in Nederland bevinden,
worden in gelijke gevallen gelijk behandeld." It
translates as, "All who find themselves in the Neth-
erlands, will be treated equally in equal cases." The
actual constitution line at hand continues:
"Discriminatie wegens godsdienst, levensover-
tuiging, politieke gezindheid, ras, geslacht of op
welke ground dan ook, is niet toegestaan." That
translates as: "Discrimination on grounds of relig-
ion, philosophy of life, political conviction, race,
gender or on any grounds whatsoever, is not al-
That second line, very much present on the gov-
ernment bench in The Hague which the one at Plaza
Reina Wilhelmina is mimicking, was omitted on the
Bonairean version. As it appears, omitting it serves
a purpose. Apparently the constitution is of no
value on Bonaire, as the intended execution of the
referendum is obviously not following its principle.
One is only treated equally on Bonaire after five
years and fifty days. How striking that the violated
constitution line is the very constitution line that
ADB and Awor T'e Ora are accusing the Dutch
government to be in violation of.
Recently, at a similar referendum on Curacao, the
immigrant vote was considered to be the toppling
influence in a close call result. Allegedly, it cost
Curacao's NO contingent its victory. Now, on Bon-
aire, the immigrants are being blackballed, taken
out of the mix, by being denied their constitutional
right to vote. I sincerely, vigorously doubt it would
be good for Bonaire that people who take the con-
cept of democracy this lightly should be allowed to
be in power on our island... no matter if they are
right, or not.
Michiel van Bokhorst

Dear Editor,
In 1996 the Foundation for the Preservation of
Klein Bonaire (FPKB) was established because our
sister island, the largest uninhabited island of the
Caribbean, was threatened with massive develop-
ment. After four long years of grinding meetings,
political pressure, sticker campaigns, poster produc-
tion, and fund raising, the island was bought on the
last day of the millennium with the help of funds
from the Dutch government and Bonairean govern-
ments, Dutch NGOs and the FPKB. An incredible
success story! An entire coral island preserved,
"into perpetuity" as was the goal of the FPKB. The
FPKB was, with this single event, at once the most
successful NGO on Bonaire, completely achieving
its goal, and could basically cease its existence.
Can it really? Unfortunately not!
Klein Bonaire is again under threat. Not from real
estate developers, but from its own beauty. After
Klein Bonaire was bought it was given to the island
of Bonaire as a park, who gave the management to
STINAPA. For a while it was just floating there,
visited by divers, snorkelers and the occasional
scientist. Small in numbers. It had a big problem
though. It has by far the most beautiful beach of
Bonaire. At first it was used only sometimes by
humans, peacefully shared by nesting turtles. Over
the years, however, the beach became a destination
for water taxis, making it easier to reach for more
people. More buoys were placed in front of the
beach, but one could still call the numbers sustain-
able. However, since the explosion of cruise tour-
ism a couple of years ago, Klein Bonaire has been
completely overrun, once again threatened in its
natural existence.
One would expect STINAPA to step in, but this
hasn't happened yet. In fact STINAPA placed even
more buoys just last week, so more boats could stop
at Klein Bonaire's No Name Beach. One would
expect STINAPA rangers on the beach, to make
sure all those people wouldn't trample the turtle
nests, or place enough bins to handle all those peo-
ple, but no. One would expect STINAPA to charge
fees to visiting boats, people, and companies, so as
to stem the onslaught, but no. One would expect
STINAPA rangers to enforce rules, to make sure
visitors abide by the rules, but no. One would ex-
pect the government itself, the owner of such price-
less beauty, to step in, but no. One would then ex-
pect the companies that so greatly benefit from the
beauty of the island, to take their responsibility, and
take care of the beach, but no.....
Not one entity, not STINAPA, not the boat rental
companies, not the snorkel boat companies, not the
water taxis, not even the government, no one seems
to care.
It is not that we want to stop anyone from enjoy-
ing Klein Bonaire. On the contrary. In fact most of
the legislation written for Klein Bonaire came from
FPKB bylaws, which among other things state, that
anyone must be free to visit the island if arriving in
a traditional way. That is no longer so. Klein Bon-
aire, victim of its beauty, is threatened to be pristine
no more. Thus, shockingly, the FPKB must come
out of hibernation, to make sure Klein Bonaire
really gets preserved. For perpetuity. And we will!
Foundation Preservation Klein Bonaire

Page 12

Most of us know that vita-
mins and minerals are
very important to the body, and
many take a multi-vitamin sup-
plement for months (even years),
without really knowing if it is
making a difference.
Vitamins and minerals are in-
volved in a variety of functions in
the human body, necessary to
promote growth and regulate
body process. Unfortunately
there are many barriers to vitamin
and mineral absorption that bom-
bard our bodies on a daily basis,
like diet, stress, medications and
pollution. If you think that taking
a multi-vitamin pill every day is
sufficient to keep all those nasties
at bay, you're wrong. Why do
you repeatedly get a cold, upset
stomach, headaches and aches
and pains, to name but a few.
The simple fact is that these multi
-vitamins are synthetic and usu-
ally cannot be assimilated prop-
Have you ever wondered how
our parents and their parents sur-
vived without these supplements?
We have been thoroughly
groomed in this modern culture
that pill popping is ok. There is a
pill for just about every ailment
under the sun! And do they
work? Hell no! They may keep
some problems at bay for a while,
but they cannot improve the con-
dition or even 'cure' it! In fact,
these same supplements could be
harmful to your health. Most
multi-vitamin supplements con-
tain far too much Vitamin D for
this climate. Most of us on Bon-
aire get plenty of sun exposure
and do not need the standard 1000
I.U. per day, when the recom-
mended dosage is about 400I.U.
The intake of this large dosage of
Vitamin D (responsible for cal-
cium absorption in the body) over
long periods of time could cause
other vitamin deficiencies in the
body and could lead to headaches
and weight loss.
Now don't get me wrong, vita-
min and mineral supplements are
Ic \i iiNiticS$IIn ixll of i lldtllin
hI\ in,_' bul I1 is \1:.I miui h like

putting more oil in a car that al-
ready has an oil leak. At some
stage you will have to find out
why it has an oil leak! If you are
mostly eating processed foods,
have incorrect food combinations
like meat with rice or potatoes, a
high refined sugar intake (as in
soda pops) and you add alcohol to
this mix, your acidity level is sky
high, preventing the few vitamins
and minerals from your diet (if
any!) to be absorbed. By taking
these synthetic supplements, there
is no chance of absorption!
Go back to basics, eat unproc-
essed foods! Processed foods
may make your life a little easier,
short-term, but long-term your
health will suffer! How much
raw fruit and vegetables are in
your diet? By improving what
you eat and the way you eat you
will achieve two things. Firstly
you will greatly reduce your acid-
ity level, and secondly because of
a more alkaline system, your
body will be able to absorb all the
nutrients in your corrected diet,
cutting down the need for most of
those supplements. Over-acidity
is the start of disease, and no
amount of supplements will help
you! Nothing can improve your
well-being better than a well-
balanced diet, topped up with a
few well chosen supplements. U
Stephanie Bennett

Author Stephanie Bennett was
born in Cape Town, South Africa,
where she studied herbs, minerals
and nutrition. Before moving to
Bonaire she continued her studies
in UK, and now researches health
issues that par-
ticularly affect
people on Bon-
aire and other
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For sale: Painting of Anton Heyboer
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For rent at Hato, 2 studios for 1 per-
son. Minimum stay 4 months. no airco
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selibon/furnished/garden/parking place/
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600,--Deposit NAf 750 or 600,-- 717
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Wanted: Mature, responsible, single
woman to take of my house and dog in
Belnem in exchange for reduced rent
(NAf 450 a month) for separate, spa-
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private bathroom, and outside "gazebo"
living room--all situated in a beautiful,
walled-in garden. Cable TV and internet
included; utilities NAf 175 a
month. Available Dec. 15 for long-
term. Contact Pauline at
pkaves( idiversitvworksinc.net.

1/2 Container to USA. Need to send
something to the USA? I have half a
container going to the U.S. in Dec.
$1,300. Call 795-1277

Free Packing boxes, from the 13th to
20th of December contact me at
infoisoundfound.com for details.

Two Large Airline Approved Dog
Kennels Needed Please call 528- 1304.

Porch sale at Hato, Kaya Utrecht 25.
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connections/light, dive stuff also tanks
$125,-, kitchen stuff, stove, sliding doors,
curtains, books, clothes, marine wood
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16 Flights a day
Bonaire and

Divi Divi Air
24 hours a day
(5999 839-1515)
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DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht.

*Transport of Money *Vehicle patrols
and Valuables eBurglar Alarms
*Private Investigations *Fire Alarm Systems

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November 16 Monday AidaAura 0800-1600 1260

November 16, Monday Oceana 0800-1800 1950

November 17, Tuesday Sea Princess 1200-1900 2016

November 20, Friday RubyPrincess 0700-1400 3100

November 26 Thursday | Caribbean Princess 1100-1900 3100
Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days-usually 10am
until to early afternoon.

SBy appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAf10 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
sar 786-1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria,
717-6435-best island tour value

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at

Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condos.

Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation

Now through Noveinher 20- DROB
invites comments on the Nature Policy
Plan at Kaya Amsterdam 23. Submit
written comments in a letter to DROB or
e-mail to inspraaknatuur-

Friday, Noveinher 13- Classical Violin
and Piano concert 7:30 pm at the
Plaza Resort (see ad on page 18)

Saturday, Noveinher 14-Market
Study & Action (Study & Jobs), Jong
Bonaire, 3-8 pm. (page 8)

Saturday, Noveinher 14-Public
Meeting at Parke Publico Bonairiano,
Dare to Care Foundation, 7-8:30 pm.

Saturday, Nov. 14-Wine Tasting at
Antillean Wine Company s wMnouse
on Kaya Industria, 7-9 pm. Snacks and
tasting of six wines for $ 10 (NAj 17,50)
per person. Tel. 560-7539. 4

Sunday, Noveinher 22 -International
Day of Diabetes. At the Mariadal Foun-
dation (San Francisco Hospital blue
patio) from 10 arn-2pm.

Sunday, Nov. 22-CIEE Activities for
kids-arts & crafts, pifiata, and a play.
Kids 5-12 invited. First 30 to sign up
can come-717-4146 (page 8)

Tuesday, Nov. 24-CIEE presenta-
tion of Students' Research on Bonaire.
Free (See page 10)

Friday, Noveinher 2 7 Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter Bi-Annual Fundraiser:
inuonesian 1.1inner Tun Art Auction.
Dinner 6 pm, Art Auction 8 pm. Din-
ner is NAJ 55 per person. Auction is
free. Plaza Hotel. Tickets at: Asecom NV
(717- 3207), Jacobs Architekten NV (787
-0466), Jan Kerklaan (786-3454), Animal
Shelter Bonaire (717-4989). Or by email:
paulwichers \

Saturday, Noveinher 28 Sanikolas
(Sint Nicholaas) and Swarte Pieten
(Black Petes) arrive at Town Pier at
9:30 am. The 15th year organized by
Fundashon Ata Sanikolas i Swartepiet
and SEBIKI. Fun and games in Wilhel-
mina Park.


Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide Vi,. .i, every 2nd & 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
inthisvenerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the stoly. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or
796 5681

AA meetings -every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Renata at
796-5591 to find out the evening's loca-
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays, 12
noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting
room above the dive shop. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

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Bonaire Reporter- November 13-27, 2009

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Saliiia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at 9
am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Friday, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
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Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
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are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
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De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
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anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
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Guest Editorial: Kingdom Island, A New Option for Bonaire? j

The Dutch Tweede Kamer
(Legislature) has already approved a
number of new laws for the BES islands and
the on-island officials of Dutch ministries (I
hate the misleading military term kwartier-
makers) have been working hard on the
transition to the new status for almost a
year. On November 2, at the request of the
leader of the ADB Party, Jopie Abraham,
Judge Bob Wit, now a Justice on the Carib-
bean Court of Justice and a former respected
chief judge of the Antilles, sent Senator
Abraham an opinion that was received with
enthusiasm by the opponents of the planned
"openbaar lichaam" (public entity munici-
pality) status for Bonaire.

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Justice of The Caribbean Court Bob Wit

In his 11 page-letter, Judge Wit states that,
contrary to what the Dutch government as-
serts, the people of Bonaire cannot now be
put in a position to choose between the inte-
gration and independence, as proponents of
the concept of "free association" have put
forward. According to him, the people have
the right to choose a status between these
two alternatives.

A Possible Choice
It could be the status of a Konink-
rijkseiland (Kingdom Island), a status simi-
lar to what the British Overseas Territory of
Anguilla has, a concept that has proven to
work. Anguilla is an island in the Caribbean,
with approximately the same population as
Bonaire, but with a much smaller land area.
In this connection, Judge Wit observed
that back in 1993, during the Toekomstcon-
ferentie (Conference about the Future), the
Netherlands proposed to grant Bonaire the
status of a Koninkrijkseiland and subse-
quently, in the second half of that year, in a
bilateral consultation, the Dutch presented a
draft of the Constitution of this new entity.
According to this draft, Bonaire would have
its own "governor" (as a Representative of
the Kingdom perhaps), government and
parliament and particularly its own legisla-
tion, partly autonomous, partly in coopera-
tion with the Netherlands and in some fields
completely in the hands of the Netherlands
(particularly the justice). The status of the
Koninkrikseiland would make it easier for
the Netherlands to deal with Bonaire legisla-
tion which could simply adopt the current
Netherlands Antilles laws only with small

Where the Problem Originated
What the opponents to the new status are
now not mentioning is that in his letter Bob
Wit blames the members of the Island
Council who just recently presented the
motion about the Referendum. Ironically it
is the same Island Council that in 2006 had
approved the Slotverklaring (Final Accord)
which clearly stated that the direct link with
the Netherlands could be realized in the
form of an openbaar lichaam, which means
the integration of Bonaire into the Nether-
lands. Wit writes, "The problem is that the
accord, according to the valid rules of the
international right, could not be made by the
administrators of Bonaire, neither could it

be approved by the representatives of Bon-
aire without a previous, explicit authori-
zation by the people." In other words, the
referendum about the openbaar lichaam
form of government should have been or-
ganized in 2006 and not in 2010. Wit states
in this connection that this error is extremely
lamentable, taking into consideration the
great volume of work already accomplished
and still underway.

Impact On the Planned Bonaire
In his letter, Bob Wit pays special atten-
tion to the recent report of the referendum
advice committee submitted to the Island
Council. He does not agree with the recom-
mendations of the committee with regard to
the questions to be asked in the referendum
and to the criteria for the participation in the
referendum. According to him, the follow-
ing questions should be asked:
a. Do you want Bonaire to become a part
of the Netherlands or do you want Bonaire
to preserve its own autonomy as much as
possible, and for the rest be in a close coop-
eration with the Netherlands?
Answer: 1. part of the Netherlands, or
2. autonomy
In case you want Bonaire to become a part
of the Netherlands, do you agree with the
way it has been defined up until now?
Answer: (1) yes, (2) no.
As far as the recommended participation
criteria are concerned, it is, according to
Wit, absurd that the current Lt. Governor,.
born on Bonaire, as well as the Bonaireans
who returned to the island recently, would
be excluded from the participation in the
According to Wit, it is extremely impor-
tant that unbiased information about both
options be given. This is not simple, taken
into consideration that the work on the inte-
gration option could not have been com-
pleted, while the alternative exists only in a
rudimentary form. And the Referendum is
set for January, 2010.

Local Reaction
Some of the local media, particularly the
radio stations, now feeling significantly
bolstered by Judge Wit's advice, are maxi-
mizing their current efforts to convince the
population that the integration with the
Netherlands would mean a humiliation for
the people of Bonaire. Listening, for exam-
ple, to the radio station Voz di Boneiru, I
have been frequently shocked by the some-
times very emotional messages of callers,
making pronouncements like "makambanan
tapeligroso (Dutch are dangerous) or
"Hulanda ta matando nos (Holland is kill-

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ing us). I really did not know before that
there were Bonaireans with feelings of a
deep hatred of the Dutch.

Blaming Themselves
Unfortunately, the Dutch have only them-
selves to blame. Until now they've only
made limited efforts to make integration
with the Netherlands more attractive and
understandable. That's despite the fact that
the Dutch ministry officials (I avoid the
hated term kwartiermakers, used for them)
have been working on a smooth transition to
the new status. If the Dutch want their ac-
complishments, that they've spent almost a
year working on, not to be in vain they must
take a strong action now. It certainly made
no sense to appoint as their P.R. person
somebody from Holland, well skilled in P.R.
activities, but absolutely lacking in knowl-
edge of Bonaire and unable to communicate
with local people directly in the Papiamentu
Because the overwhelming majority of the
population gets the most information from
the radio, a maximum effort must be made
with the radio stations to reach the people to
explain the advantages of the integration
option, particularly the substantial improve-
ments of living conditions, and being able

to answer directly, without the necessity of
translation, all questions from the callers. To
organize information meetings in the
Sporthall has proven to be ineffective. Only
a few local European Dutch showed up plus
a handful of Bonaireans.

Back In Holland
What is the point of view about the current
political development on Bonaire in Hol-
land? Not only the members of the Dutch
Tweede Kamer (Legislature) but also ordi-
nary Dutch, who have nothing to do with
speculation with high condos which disfig-
ure the coastline of Kralendijk, in their ma-
jority wonder how is it possible that the
same, freely elected representatives of Bon-
aire, who unanimously approved the status
of integration in 2006, are suddenly fiercely
against it. Especially since there's been
three years of intensive work by many
Dutch officials in the Netherlands and on
Bonaire to ensure a smooth transition to the
new status. In the eyes of the Dutch people,
unfortunately, the Bonairean politicians are
confirming the opinion of the extreme right
PVV party that Antil-
leans are untrustworthy
and that the Netherlands
must get rid of the is-
lands as soon as possible.

Jiri Lausman

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Sally, the New Love of Mister Poyck

The 57th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Bonaire/Lagoen Hill -
So suddenly, one day, she
was standing on the left
hand side of the road. Thin,
sleek, her hips barely covered.
Black heels with a white stripe.
She was born in the US in 1996
and she came all the way from
Georgia to arrive on Bonaire in
2009, October the sixth: Bert
Poyck's new love, nicknamed
Sally. Her shiny hubs winked at
me so I stopped the Jeep Wran-
gler and lifted a tip of the veil.
There she was: a turquoise metal-
lic colored Ford Mustang Coupe,
with a nice new license plate,
registered: 5660-B.

So I rang the bell and a man
came out of the house. His name
appeared to be Bert Poyck and
yes he would like to inform me
about his new love, parked in
front of his house.

Bert has lived on Bonaire since
August 1999. He has his Bonair-
ian passport and his cedula and
he is a real member of the com-
munity of the island. Those days,
back in the 20th century, he lived
and worked in the Netherlands. It
was in the old world that he
drove all kinds of sports cars
made by Alfa Romeo in Italy. He
raced specially prepared Alfas
and he drove numerous rallies.
Then, one day, he decided to go
to live on Bonaire. He is a happy
islander now. But he had to leave
his Alfa Romeos in Europe. His
friends were sure Bert would not
survive life on Bonaire without
his beloved Alfas, but Bert did.

Time went by and Bert started
thinking about buying a classic
and sporty car again. His fanta-
sies and remembrances went
back in time to the year 1965. In
Amsterdam in the Netherlands
the brand new Ford Mustang was
introduced during a car exhibi-
tion and Bert remembers that day
in 1965 as if it were yesterday:
that red convertible Ford Mus-
tang, exposed on a turning plat-
form. The shape of this marvel-
ous car was etched in his mind

So some 40 years later he
thought the time was right to
start searching for a nice example
of the first series of the Ford
Mustang. He went on the inter-
net, chasing Mustangs and finally
he ended up in Georgia US. A lot
of email contacts were the result.
There appeared to be a nice
specimen of the Mustang, owned

by a private person, not a car
dealer or a dubious enterprise.
The car was in good condition,
restored to a very acceptable
level, safe and completely road
worthy. So Bert decided to buy
the car. This was the first time in
his life that he bought a car by
the internet without even seeing
the classic vehicle. They had the
idea of driving the car to Miami,
Florida. But getting the car in-
sured for a very short period ap-
peared to be an invincible prob-
lem so they had the car trans-
ported to Miami. On October 6,
2009, the Ford Mustang arrived
on Bonaire. No harm, no dam-
age, no problems. And now Bon-
aire has another member in the
family of special vehicles.

Bert Poyck is very pleased with
his new car. The coup version
of the Ford Mustang is equipped
with a reliable straight six engine
of 200 cubic inches (3200 cc.).
There is an automatic three-
speed gearbox mounted behind
the block and the car has inde-
pendent front suspension and a
ridged rear axle. There are four
traditional drum brakes that try to
stop the car when this is needed.
No power brakes, just pushing
the pedal. There is no power

steering and the side windows
have to be rolled up and down by
hand. The car is not as sporty as
European designed and built
cars, but the Mustang appeared
to be a reliable survivor and it is
nice cruising in the two-door
coup. Bert is thinking of mount-
ing a power brake under the bon-
net. He wants his wife to feel
comfortable in the car too. She
must feel safe in the Mustang
and enjoy shopping and strolling
with the car.

Way back in the 60s you could
buy a kind of sporty American
made car like the Ford Falcon,
the Mercury Comet, the Chevro-
let Corvair and the Chrysler Val-
iant. The factories tried to make
these models a little sportier by
mounting all kinds of fast acces-
sories, but the cars were not that
fast and they became even heav-
ier. In those days the British
made sports cars like the Austin
Healys, the MG As and Bs and
the Jaguar XKs and E-types were
lighter, faster and relatively
cheap. In 1961 Ford decided to
develop an all-American sporty
car with good looks for an af-
fordable price. In 1964, April
17f, they presented the new Ford
Mustang. The car was available

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as a coup, a convertible and a
fastback. Immediately the car
was a success. The youngsters
especially liked the good looking
and affordable vehicle. During
the introduction weekend some
22,000 new Ford Mustangs were
sold. Within four months
100,000 were sold and from the
first generation type of Mustang
(1964-1966) 1,288,577 examples
were sold! Ford started with a six
-cylinder in-line engine. Later on
the mounted engines became
bigger and bigger and V8-power
plants were installed under the
bonnet. In the 70s the fast and
powerful Mach I, the Boss 302
and the Shelby Mustangs were
produced. The oil crisis in the
70s stopped the popularity of the
muscle cars. The Mustangs were
remodeled, redesigned and re-
shaped. The result was the Ford
Mustang II: smaller engines, less
power, more wiring and hoses
and a lot of emission control.

The Ford Mustang is still in
production. The 2010 models
belong to the so called ninth gen-

eration. On the 17" of April 2009
45 years of production of the
Mustang were celebrated in Bir-
mingham, Alabama. Some 3,500
Ford Mustangs showed up and
Bert Poyck was also there.

It is a Friday afternoon. We are
sitting on the front porch of
Bert's house, looking over the
island and Klein Bonaire. The
Mustang is parked in front of us.
We like its turquoise color.

Then fantasies of an annual
meeting start to pop up. Once a
year a meeting on the parking lot
next to the downtown Wilhel-
mina Park. An informal line up
of special and older cars, a small
tour and a little sip of liquid. The
smell of hot iron, oil and leather.
Nice thoughts... September
2010? U
Story & photoby
J(ttn Brouwer

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Predictions are
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Leonid Meteor
Shower Next Week!

E very November
we are treated to a
meteor shower which
appears to originate from
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this event the Leonid
Meteor Shower. Last
year it was a dud because
bright moonlight wiped
out all but the very
brightest of meteors. But
this year there'll be no moonlight to interfere. So if you get far away from lights and
it's clear out you should be able to catch quite a few. Plus some experts predict a
stronger than usual shower this year.
Now the best time to look this year is between the hours of midnight and
dawn next Tuesday morning, November 17th. About 3 am face east where half
way up from the horizon you'll see the bright stars which make up Leo the Lion.
The front part of Leo is marked by stars which trace out a sickle shape or back-
wards question mark. And Leo's rear is marked by three stars which form a triangle.
Plus this year you'll see a bright light above Leo's head which usually isn't there,
planet number four, rouge-gold Mars.
Now every November on the night or nights of the Leonid meteor shower, bright
streaks of light which we call meteors, flash across the sky and appear to come from
Leo's head. But it's only an optical illusion because the meteors are million of times
closer than Leo's stars. You see, meteors are nothing more than tiny bits of comet
debris that slam into our Earth's atmosphere so fast that they heat up and incinerate
and cause gasses in our Earth's atmosphere to briefly light up, kind of like the gas-
ses in a neon tube. So the streak of light you're seeing is not actually the meteor
itself but the lit up gaseous path along which the speck is traveling. "But where do
these specks come from?" you ask.
Well, most meteors are caused by comet litter. You see, every time a comet visits
our Sun it sheds some of its tail and leaves a trail of debris in its orbit. So after hun-
dreds of years and dozens of passages many comet orbits become filled with tiny
specks of comet debris. The comet which causes the Leonids is named Comet
Tempel-Tuttle. It last paid our Sun a visit back in 1998 and won't be back again
until 2031. But every November our Earth plows right through Comet Tempel-
Tuttle's littered orbital pathway so that many specks of debris slam into our Earth's
atmosphere and leave the trails we call the Leonid meteors. Now most of these
specks are very tiny and leave very faint trails, but there are always a few bigger
specks and they can leave brilliant trails which will make you gasp with delight.
Because there is no bright moonlight this year you can expect to see 15 to 20 me-
teors per hour or even more if you follow the rules for maximum viewing. Simply
get as far from lights as possible and watch from about midnight to dawn Tuesday
morning. Lay back on a beach mat or a sun chair with your feet pointing east and
slowly scan the sky back and forth. And if you do that for at least a couple hours
you should see a few bright ones, more perhaps toward dawn. Do not use a tele-
scope or binoculars. This is strictly a naked eye event, which is my favorite kind.
See how many you can count in one hour's time. U JackHorkheimer

ARIES: March 20th April 20" It's a time
for ridding yourself of excess baggage,
whether it's physical or emotional (or both).
Reaching inside of yourself and pulling out
your strength is necessary now. More energy
can be poured into professional matters, al-
though partnering matters are certainly de-
manding your attention and can be distracting.
TAURUS: April 20th May 21st November
is busy with negotiations, adjustments, and
socializing, especially after the 8th. Charm
comes naturally, and you want nothing more
than to find peace with a special someone. An
opportunity for a partnership or joint venture is
possible in the third week of the month. How-
ever, roadblocks are likely from the 16-23.
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st You'll find
that life is busy and perhaps hectic at times,
but the work you tackle now will certainly
allow you more freedom to enjoy yourself
later. Vacation plans move forward in Novem-
ber. Career matters are also strong, and the
roadblocks or delays you have been experienc-
ing recently are lifting. You have a strong
sense of what needs to be done, and you actu-
ally enjoy getting yourself back on track.
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd You might
not have the necessary focus for effectiveness
at work until after the 23rd, but your creativity
is strong. Romantic feelings run high, although
you are likely to feel somewhat entangled
emotionally, and this is a trend that you will
experience for many months. A friend needs a
helping hand in the first few days of the
month. Overspending might be an issue, as
you are prone to purchase impulsively.
LEO: July 22nd- August 23rd A sense that
you can tackle any project or problem that
comes your way is with you. Pressures in part-
nership are easing this month. Even if you
haven't been feeling stress in your relation-
ships, there may have been a feeling of stagna-
tion, and November brings a sense of moving
forward. The first few days of the month bring
career matters to a peak. Much of your focus,
however, is on your home and family until the
23rd, after which you are more sociable.
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd
There are a lot of errands to run and general
"catching up" work to do. While reorganizing
your finances is something that you'll be focus-
ing on for some time, November brings less
pressure in that area, and more interest in
building your skills, learning, and reaching out
to others. Family life is supportive and heart-
warming. Just take it easy.
LIBRA: September 23rd- October 23rd
You are focusing on comfort, financial secu-
rity, and pleasure for the most part in Novem-
ber, dear Libra. You are becoming increasingly
aware of your responsibilities and limitations,

Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For November 2009
and this is a trend that will last for a couple of
years. It's a time of "growing up" and learning
to take better care of yourself, your loved ones,
and the major structures in your life.
SCORPIO: October 23rd- November 22nd
November is a power month for you, dear
Scorpio. The spotlight is on you, and you are
feeling especially confident, focused, and am-
bitious. This is not to say that things are being
handed to you by any means. In fact, a feeling
of being blocked by others or by circumstances
is likely with you now. However, this only
serves to fuel your determination. Relationship
tests in the first days of the month are likely,
but a partner has your best interests at heart.
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd- De-
cember 21st While you are confident and as-
sertive, you are also maintaining some distance
from others as you get the rest you so deserve
this month. Love feels especially private from
the 8th, but you are also enjoying a new sense
of adventure and even a taste of the exotic in
your love life these days. From the 16th, career
opportunities arise, and a partner has your best
interests at heart.
CAPRICORN: December 21st January
20th Group activities, friendships, and net-
working come into focus now. More altruistic
goals are occupying your thoughts. Neverthe-
less, a restructuring of your attitude towards
your professional responsibilities is a long-
term trend--it's simply not as urgent a matter to
you now. Romantic relationships are emotional
around the 2nd. After the 8th, however, love
matters are considerably lighter and easier.
More clarity with finances eases pressure in
that area of your life.
AQUARIUS: January 20th February
19th after which professional pressures ease.
While the spotlight is on your performance, it's
not altogether uncomfortable. In fact, others
are bound to find you especially attractive,
personable, and approachable on the job, par-
ticularly after the 8th. Partnership or social
opportunities through business are likely to
present themselves. New responsibilities are
welcome, as you are confident about meeting
them effectively.
PISCES: February 19th March 20th Pres-
sures are easing, your confidence is building,
and the important people in your life are sup-
portive. Work is especially dynamic, busy, and
possibly demanding of your time and energy.
It's also especially profitable! In the last week
of the month, professional responsibilities are
in focus, and you're expressing yourself in a
highly competent manner. Your ambitions are
building, and attention to practical matters
pays off. It's a good time to think in big terms,
and seize career opportunities as they arise.

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Thurs. November 26
Thanksgiving 2009






Only $25.00 ex.OB sales tax

Butternut squash soup
Seafood chowder
Homemade corn bread
Homemade assorted bread
Marinated sweet potato, corn, apple
and walnut salad
Mixed salad
Crudites mix

The Main Courses
Whole roasted turkey served with three
kinds of stuffing.
-Classic American
-Classic Ground beef
-Rum Runners style

Oven roasted ham with a
maple, garlic & bourbon glaze.

On the side
Sauteed Cauliflower, Broccoli and Carrot
Green veggie casserole with
bacon bits and red onions
Spicy cranberry & apple relish
Cranberry sauce
House style gravy
Mashed potatoes with fresh garlic
and parsley
Candied yams

Pumpkin pie
Sweet potato cakes
Pecan Pie
Fresh fruit salad
Rum Runners Restaurant and Bar
at Captain Don's Habitat
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Reservations (Hiqhly Recommended) 717-8290
Two seatings available: 17:30 and 20:00
Email: rumrunners@habitatbonaire.com

At Rum Runners we do our utmost best to work withfresh ingredients only, However
being on small remote island means that these are not always available ifthis is the
case our chef will adjust the dish accordingly. For this we ask your understanding.

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