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The mud-slinging between ) At the request of Warehouse Bon-
Antillean airlines DAE and Insel aire supermarket personnel a meeting was
Air may benefit the consumer as organized to "give a positive spin to the
( the two airlines lower prices and changes (relating to the BES Island
increase service. But Judge regulations)." Following is a summary
Frank Spreeuwenberg says their for our readers:
S. spat is not in the public interest Queen's Commissioner Henk Kamp (at
and told the airline to come up right) explained that Bonaireans would
with a collective press release in continue to deal with two governments as
which they express their regret on they have been doing. The island govem-
harassing each other, and declare ment of Bonaire will remain and the Dutch
to refrain from such in the future. government will replace the central government of the Netherlands
DAE had instituted a suit against Antilles. The Commissioner assured the group that the European
Insel Air demanding retraction of Dutch officials and kwartiennakers currently working on Bonaire
E arth Day Events will be the statements of Insel Air Chair- would be temporary. "We are now organizing (the structure of) a
held on Bonaire from man Henry van der Kwast and Dutch government on Bonaire. That organization will mainly consist
April 10 through 24, 2010. Director Edward Heerenveen al- of Antilleans. We have more than six months left to make this hap-
To celebrate the island's long- leging the impending bankruptcy pen before the planned transition date of 10/10/10.
standing commitment to preserv- of DAE, lack of policy, deteriorat- Kamp explained that the new general medical insurance would
ing and protecting the land, there ing situation, not using appointed cover dental work and physiotherapy. This insurance will become
will be several cleanup and recy- routes, huge problems with the effective on January 1st, 2011, just like the new tax system. The au-
cling activities to highlight Earth fleet, lack of overhaul on the air- dience applauded when they learned there would be free education
Day (April 22). craft, losses, subsidy of $3 million and free schoolbooks. The Netherlands will be financing the educa-
The first event will be an under- by a large airline company, super- tion at both elementary and secondary levels. The schools will not be
water cleanup of Kralendijk's vision of DAE by a large airline allowed to request any obligated parental contribution in the future.

anchorage, sponsored by Dive
Friends Bonaire and NetTech at 1
pm on Saturday, April 10 at Dive
Inn. For more information, visit
www. dive-friends-bonaire. com.
On Saturday, April 24, the Bon-
aire National Marine Park will
organize a cleanup of the beach
at Washikemba. This location on
the island's east coast collects
trash from other locations in the
Caribbean and South America.
Interested participants should meet
at 7am at Jong Bonaire. Bus trans-
portation will be provided for
those without vehicles, leaving at
7:15am from Jong Bonaire. Be
sure to bring gloves, closed shoes,
sun screen, a cap or hat, and a
beverage container (water and
juice will be provided). Prior par-
ticipant registration is not neces-
sary. For more information, email
info@stinapa.org or contact
STINAPA at 717-8444.
SELIBON, the island's waste
management company, will
partner with Tene Boneiru
Limpi (Keep Bonaire Clean) in
several events. There will be a
recycling fair held with a contest
for the island's children and teen-
agers, to stimulate the youth with
plans on how they can help pre-
serve the planet. For additional
information on any of these joint
programs, email fundashontene-

company, misleading the Depart-
ment of Aviation, DAE's sup-
posed failure to get on the 'White
List di Oropa', and DAE's request
for subsidy from Korpodeko
(government of Curacao finance).

InselAir added two Bandarante
turboprops to its fleet to expand
service between Curacao, Bonaire

D Insel Air announced a low
roundtrip fare between Miami
and Bonaire of $233 including
government taxes and fuel
charges. It excludes departure
taxes and is subject to availability.
This fare will be available for
purchase through Friday, June 4,
Insel Air flight #71908, departs
Miami Saturdays at 3:15pm, and
arrives into Bonaire at 6:55pm.
The return flight is Insel Air
#71907, which departs Bonaire
every Saturday at 11:25am, arriv-
ing in Miami at 2:25pm. These
(Continued on page 9)

Questions and Answers:
Will my take-home pay be more or less with the new tax sys-
Assuming a gross salary ofNAf 1.450 or NAf 1.750 per month, an
employee will gain NAf 70 to NAf 80 (5%) net per month.
Will products become more expensive?
The import taxes will be abolished, but the sales tax will increase
from 5% to 8 %. A refrigerator now costing NAf 800 will then cost
NAf 112 less. The current 32% tax for vehicles will be reduced to
25%. The price differences for food products will be minimal.
When will the sales tax become effective?
The tax will be levied once: upon import, upon production, or upon
delivery of a service.
Will traveling expenses and subsistence still be compensated for
medical treatment on Curacao?
The intention is to perform as many treatments as possible on Bon-
aire. For that purpose, at least five permanent specialists will be re-
quired in the hospital, supplemented with temporary specialists from
the VU Medical Centre and the Academic Medical Centre in Amster-
dam. However, traveling expenses and subsistence will be compen-
sated to a certain extent, if treatment on Curacao appears necessary.
The amount is yet to be determined.
What will be the language of instruction for my children?
The boards of the elementary schools will themselves decide
whether it will be in the Dutch or Papiamentu. If a school chooses
one language, then it is also obligated to give attention to the other
language. In any case, after group eight, the pupils should have
reached the level to attend the Dutch language SGB high school.
Are East Europeans from the Netherlands allowed to reside
and work on Bonaire?
The Dutch Alien Law is not applicable for Bonaire. East Europeans
will only receive a residential permit if they have an employment
permit. The employer is required to apply for the latter.
Is there any prospect for better possibilities to unload container
The government of Bonaire will decide on that. The decision on
expanding and/or relocating the harbor is still pending.

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories

Q & A on effect of BES Transition 2
New island Government 3
BES Laws Approved 3
Stchting Project Extends Care 6
Dia di Rincon Schedule 7
Rotary News (Culinaire check
RotoRally) 9
Letters: Bat Hard Times, Marina Dis-
grace, Easter Island 8
BSSA Sailing in Curacao 1C
Happy Birthday Mare Carrano- 105 10
VV\O UniversityBound 11
Easter Holiday Mart at MCB 11
Panchito Kid's Comer 15
School Buildings Burned 15
ArtistAnna-Marie Kroes 15
One Stitch AtA Time- STCB 18
Found Dog 18
Kite Flying-Kontestdi lR 2C

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Darwin
Gvanny Alba-Bolivar) 4
Sudoku Puzzle
Bonaire On Wheels-'48 Chrysler 7
Bonaire Voices (Rincon Harvest) 8
Bon Qui #27- (Pink Sand) 11
What's Happening, Cruise Ship
Schedule 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Classifieds 13
Tide Table 13
Shopping & Service Guides 14
Picture Yourself-Canada 1
Kid's Comer Answer 16
Bon Quiz Answer 18
Sudoku Solution 18
Pet of the Week (Floracita) 1
Sky Park (Venus and the Moon) 19
The Stars Have It 19

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BES Laws Approved
The first seven laws concerning the
new status of the BES islands as
special municipalities of the Netherlands
were approved in the Tweede Kamer
(Second Chamber), The Dutch House of
Representatives) on March 9 by 92 votes
against 58 votes. The relatively high num-
ber of votes against these laws shows that
besides the radical rightist party PVV and
the Socialist Party (which were principally
against these laws coming up for discus-
sion) numerous representatives of both
government and opposition parties have
objections to these laws.

The reason why the PVV voted against
the laws is the party is hoping that, as a
party in the coalition government formed
after the upcoming June parliamentary elec-
tions, it will be able to stop the whole proc-
ess of giving the islands a new status and to
expel them from the Kingdom of the Neth-
erlands. The PVV is emphasizing that the
BES islands as special municipalities which
have no strategic or economic value for the
Netherlands will cost the Kingdom an
amount of 100 million (about $135 mil-
lion) per year. It means 6,000 for each
citizen of the islands or 6 for each citizen
of the Netherlands.

The Socialist Party has a completely dif-
ferent objection. It does not agree that only
part of the Dutch legislation will be intro-
duced on the islands while a majority of the
existing Antillean laws will remain in force.
In this complicated way, two sorts of Neth-
erlands subjects will be created -European
Dutch citizens and BES Dutch citizens -


f you want to know who's who at the
top levels of the Bonaire Island Gov-
ernment review the photo above. The two
new members of the Island Executive
Council, the Kolegio Ehekutivo, also
known as the Bestuurcollege, or "BC,"
Jopie Abraham and Anthony Nicolaas,
resigned from Central Government posts
to take the jobs as Commissioners replac-
ing Pancho Cicilia and Frensel Janga.
The Departments that the officials head

Sr. Jopie Abraham
Legal Affairs and State Structure
Economic and Labor Affairs (DEZA)

Information and Protocol (V&P)
Personnel Affairs (POI)
Island Owned Corporations

Sra. drs. Marugia Janga
Public Health (DGH)
Social and Welfare (SASO)
Public Housing (FCB)
Civil Registry (Bevolking)
Post and Archives (P&A)
Internal Affairs

Sr. mr. Anthony Nicolaas
Finance (including FWNB)
Traffic and Communication (Harbor,
Airport, Telbo)
(Continued on page 8)

Opinions expressed are solely those
of the author.

by Dutch Parliament

instead of Netherlands citizens with equal
rights and duties.

A Bonairean delegation, formed by M.
Janga, J. Abraham, A. Nicolaas and advisor
D. Boersma, arrived in the Netherlands just
four days before starting the discussion on
the BES laws in the Tweede Kamer on
March 4. The purpose of the visit was to
inform the Tweede Kamer about Bonaire's
point of view concerning the BES laws not
being in accord with Christian values. Un-
fortunately due to the shortage of time, the
delegates weren't able to meet individual
representatives, particularly from the
Christian parties, to explain to them the
objections of the overwhelming majority of
the island population against the "immoral"
BES laws and to convince them to vote
against them. However, the reality has been
that this majority is more a wishful thinking
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W r e came from San
VVCristobal, Tachira,
Venezuela. My father, Freddy,
came first. He started working
for Joubert and Kachito, building
the infrastructure for Republiek
and part of Nort di Salina, to-
gether with Bobby. After one
year my mom, Lisbeth, my sister
Alejandra and I came over. Ale-
jandra was four and I was three. I
learned Papiamentu fast, playing
at the playground of the Sentro di
Bario in Nort di Salina. We lived
in Kaya Sioux, then we moved to
Kaya Pueblo, where my parents
and my younger brother Erick
still are. So I grew up with all the
boys from Nort di Salina.
After kindergarten I went to
Papa Comes elementary school.
At school we spoke Dutch, with
my friends I spoke Papiamentu,
and at home we spoke Spanish.
Bonaire was nice and quiet.
When my dad was off we used to
go to Pink Beach or to Sunset
Beach and of course we played
outside in the streets and there
were always plenty of friends.
After elementary school I went
to SGB high school, to BVO,
administration. I did it for two
years and then I quit. I'd moved
out of the house and went to live
on my own; I was 16. When my
dad stopped working for Joubert,
he became the manager at Lisa's

Gas Station where he stayed for
five years. Then, in 2000, he
opened his own tire shop at Kaya
Jose G. Hemandez, across from
Botica Korona.
At 16 I started working in con-
struction with my uncle Jorge
Alba. He had his own construc-
tion company and he built Lisa's
Carwash and Gas Station and
also Bellafonte in Belnem. It was
hard work and I did it for one
year, then I left for Aruba. I just
went to see what life was all

In Aruba I met this man, the
owner of a Truk'i Pan, a van
where he sold food and snacks.
This man helped me with work
and an apartment and I became
the cook in the truck. At that time
there were many boys from Nort
di Salina in Aruba, at least 20 -
all the guys who are now sitting
under the tree at Mentor's were
Life was very good to me in
Aruba. I didn't know the people

but I treated them with respect
and all went well. I talked a lot
with my boss and I gave him the
idea of opening a tire shop. He
thought it was a good plan and so
he started it off. I'm still in touch
with those people and nowadays
he's living off his tire shop.
Well, many things happened
and I started missing the people
here my parents, my family and
everybody I knew. Aruba was
good, but I missed Bonaire. So, I
came back and started working
as a car mechanic for Metro Mo-

tors Garage, behind Tung Fung
Store. I already knew how to
repair cars because my dad had
taught me, but I'd wanted to try
other things first. I worked there
for three years, then I began to
work for Bert Blokhuis at his
garage. They paid well! And
whenever I had to work week-
ends they paid me extra and on
the same day! They are really
good people. I was working with
their son Walter and it was a big

blow when they closed as Walter
had to go back to Holland. At
their garage I learned a lot about
European cars and the new tech-
nology and in return I taught
Walter about the people and the
mentality here. I was also renting
an apartment above Toyota. It

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Bert Blokhuis' business.
After they closed I started tak-
ing dive courses at Andre Nahr's
and I worked with the tourists on
the dive boats, filled up the dive
tanks, worked with the compres-
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"...and then all went wrong. I didn't
stay with Jimmy, I didn't stay with my
woman and I didn't stay with my son.
Everything turned bad.
It was like a tsunami of misery."

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Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

On the Island Since (Continued from
page 4)

sors, the Nitrox machines and
maintained the boats. I learned a
lot at Andre's. Then I went to
Buddy Dive doing the same
When Jimmy took over the
Bert Blokhuis garage, I went to
work for him. He knew a lot
about European and American
cars and I was eager to learn as
much as I could."
Darwin is a good kid whom
I've known for a long time. He's
fun; he loves to talk and gossip
and he's a good dancer. He's
reliable and a hard worker, very
social, tough on himself and in
his own way he 's pretty wise.
"Shortly after I came back from
Aruba I met Dionne. She's from
Bonaire but she was studying in
Holland to become a certified
nurse. When she was in Holland
she came here for vacation and
that's how we met, at a party.
When she came here to work as a
trainee we started going steady
and I told her she would never go
back to Holland. I 'kidnapped'
her! May 15th 2009 our son Dar-
juan was born I was working
for Jimmy at that time. Yeah..."
he stares at his hands "And then
all went wrong. I didn't stay with
Jimmy, I didn't stay with my
woman and I didn't stay with my
son. Everything turned bad. It
was like a tsunami of misery.
I started to work for myself,

repairing cars at the house where
I lived in Kaminda Djabou. I did
that for a while and then I went
to live at a kunuku of a friend of
mine, Hernan. I'd lived there
before. I went on repairing cars
and I also helped Hernan.
November 6th, 2009, at 10:30 at
night, a pickup truck hit me
while I was driving my dirt bike.
I didn't have lights on my bike,
so that was my fault, but the guy
told the police that he'd seen me.
He didn't turn the steering wheel
though. The ambulance took me
to the hospital and I had to go to
Curaqao. However, the ambu-
lance plane couldn't come that
night. My left leg was dangling
lose from the knee and my right
leg was broken in three places.
The next morning I flew to Cura-
qao. There they put the bones
more or less together and put on
a bandage and that was it. I lay
there for seven days, until No-
vember 15t. They didn't operate
on me because they told me that
the machine to sterilize the in-
struments was out of order, but
they were operating on other
people. My parents flew over
immediately and they were mov-
ing heaven and earth to have me
operated on, but without success.
Meanwhile my leg got infected;
the flesh was turning black and it
started pealing off the bones. My
foot became totally black... ma-
hos, mahos (very, very ugly). I
was in a lot of pain, yeah! Then
they told me, after seven days of

not doing anything,
that my leg had to
be amputated.
It was Aimed
Ayubi from MiTV
who saved me. He
got the word and he
called three peo-
ple: Senator Jopie
Abraham; the act-
ing Governor, Peter
Silberie; as well as
the head of BZV
(government health
Mr. Silberie talked
to the hospital staff
in Curaqao and told
them to operate on
The next day I
was operated on. Darwin
They didn't take
any x-rays and be-
fore they started the operation
they asked me 'which leg is it?'
Four days later the ambulance
flight took me back to Bonaire
and I was sent to my parents'
house... without antibiotics.
I stayed there for one week,
then I got a tremendous infec-
tion. They flew me back to Cura-
qao and again I was operated on.
I stayed there for two months and
the plastic surgeon had to per-
form another operation because
underneath my knee I had a hole
as big as a tennis ball.
Well, to make a long story
short, I still need another opera-
tion because there's a bone in my

in his car with his niece Rodaly (the child of his sister Alejandra)
and his brother Erick.

knee that doesn't belong there
and so I cannot walk or bend my
knee or stand on that leg. I can't
work. I'm living with my sister
Ale, her boyfriend and their little
girl, but if someone would give
me a job I'd do anything to make
it work!
I've learned so many things
already and now, with this prob-
lem, I really have to find some-
thing. I want to get my life back
on track. I've had a lot of time to
think things over, and the way it
is now I cannot live with my
woman and my son, but I will be
with them in the future. I want to
see my boy grow up. I see him

every day and when I don't see
him I think of him, what he's
doing, what life is going to be
like for us how to make it bet-
ter, what to pay more attention to
and how to be more patient with
everything so that my son can
grow up in a good environ-
ment... for I love them both, him
and his mom."E
Story &
photos by

Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

Page 5

AnMtiC mw Prison Director Appointed

n March 19 the TCB (Tourist
Bureau) organized a meeting to
address the alarming increase in thefts
from tourists staying in resorts and
rented accommodations. TCB head
Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes led the
meeting. On hand to listen and
comment were officials John Schagen,
Police Chief; Sr. Van der Giessen,
Police Team Leader; Sr. Oosting, of
Forensics; David Van Delft, Public
Proscutor; Governor mr. Glenn Thod6;
Leo Vermeulen, Kwartiermaker of
Prisons; and Patricia Jean Hassell,
Bonaire prison head. To raise issues
and hear the responses were about 60
Bonaire hoteliers or their
No concrete developments against the
thieves were reported but a better
understanding of the problems and
possible resolutions were obtained.
Over the years many ideas have come
forth at meetings and through letters on
how to solve the crime problem. These
are just a few provided by Bruce
Bowker of Carib Inn who, for 20 years,
has kept a log of the proposals. There
are 77 ideas in his list. Some are pre-
sented below. Some worked somewhat
but most never worked at all:
1.Four color poster telling people to use
common sense
2.have a major meeting about crime
3.new police station in Rincon
4.new police substations on Bonaire
5.crime task force
6.victims help group
7.more police
8.office for fighting crime Komakia
9.take H plates off cars so they do not
look like rental cars
10.take signs off cars as above
11.5-year police plan
12.Holland commission to monitor and
report on police
13.newspaper follow-ups on above on a
weekly basis (ended after 2 or 3
14.have another major crime meeting
15.give games to pnsoners so they have
something to do
16.all government security people
working with police
17.National Guard working with police

Bonaire Prison Director Patricia
Jean Hassell (left) with Antilles Justice
Minister Magali Jacoba. On March 1,
Ms. Hassell was named Director of the
expanded Bonaire jail by the Minister
of Justice. Ms. Hassell is the first fe-
male prison head in the history of the
Antilles. She comes with 20 years of
experience in the Dutch prison and
rehabilitation system.

18.numerous public meetings with the
public and police
19.better lights around hotels and
20.bicycles for police
21.prisoner hard work program
22.mark all personal items such as TVs
etc with ID numbers
23.numerous commercial sector meet-
ings with police
24.leave absolutely nothing in cars
25.security just like Plaza military
uniforms (Plaza guests have been
robbed many times)
26.keep our mouths shut and don't tell
any tourists there is a problem
27.report all crimes in the newspapers
28.a new and larger police headquarters
29.crime form for police
30.huge crime march... etc... E G.D.

A past activity had Stitching Project youngsters interviewing residents of the oldfolks home
titching Project, a rebound center for youth with behavioral problems, is now provid-
ing extended care to youngsters and their parents.
Since February 1, Stitching Project has an afternoon program every weekday from 12:30
to 5 pm (besides the usual morning program from 7:30-12:30). The program is packed with
activities such as creativity, sports and games, music and drama, classes for computers, sci-
ence and cooking. The youngsters are in a safe and educational environment, under the care
of professionals, until their parents get off from work and come to pick them up.
Stitching Project now has an official, very experienced family care professional who sup-
ports, trains and keeps in touch with the families of the youngsters. She is the head of the
parent panel, organizes frequent parent meetings and often visits youngsters at home with
their parents to make plans and appointments for the youngster's welfare.
Stichting Project also works with foster families, who once or twice a month have a
youngster over for the day, where the youngsters get to experience being in another envi-
ronment and just have a nice day out. The Project is looking for more candidates for the fos-
ter parent program. If you feel it is something you and your family would be interested in
doing, contact Stichting Project at stichtingproject@flamingotv.net, 786-6816 or talk to
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Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

The Luxury Dream of Nelson Peters
The 67h of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles
that are "on wheels." On course for 100+
Tera Kora/Bonaire -
So it was on one of those lazy Sunday afternoons in the
month of March that I was driving my double cabin pick up .,, *
truck through the outback of Tera Kora. My loyal Bonairean dog,
Sneetje, was sleeping on the floor behind the front seats of the car.
I did not exactly know where I was on my lovely island. Some-
where in between the road to Lac and Sorobon and the Flamingo
Airport, I thought. Every now and then I got stuck with my vehi-
cle because of huge potholes in the unpaved roads or the slowly
growing branches of the still going strong bushes with all their
defensive needles. Several times I got stuck by nature and I had to
back up my truck, using my three mirrors. Luckily the five tires
contained enough air and the tire tread was in good condition.

Then I put the truck in first gear. The track became wider. I
headed in the direction of some orange and blue roofed houses.
Finally: civilization! Kids without shoes were playing on the un-
paved roads. They had handkerchiefs in front of their mouths to
protect themselves against the blowing dust. It is March on Bon- The dream: to make this backyard planter run again on
aire and it is already so dry. A lot of the roads in this area are still Bonaire roads
unpaved and a lot of Bonaireans like to keep their property as.,
clean as possible. This means: no grass or weeds on their land
which results in a lot of dust. It is not only the humble people of
Bonaire who cause the dust. The pollution is also the result of the
poor condition of the infrastructure and last but not least, the in-
tensive open air mining on the island.

Musing that way I pass a heap of rust. Rust? Iron? A car? A
topic for the 67t article about Bonaire on Wheels? I shifted the
car into reverse and I discovered the curvy lines of the body of a
late 40s American saloon, partly covered by those typical Bo-
nairean trees and bushes. I opened the door of my truck and
stepped out. Late siesta time. Nobody around. I started calling
"Bon tardi! Bon tardi." (Good afternoon! Good afternoon!/jb)
One dog, lounging in the shade of the old vehicle, lifted his right
eye lid. No more activity apart from the blowing wind and the
burning sun. A mint '48 Chrysler New Yorker, Queen of the Road

This car was definitely American made. It had a huge profiled
hood, probably covering a straight six or a V-eight engine. A split
window in the front. Huge mudguards. An impressive harmonica
grille. Some plywood was placed in front of a wheel to protect the
tires against the burn of the sun. The car seemed to have been
parked here for ages! "Bon tardi! Bon tardi!" Then a woman ap-
peared. I explained my intentions. No she was not the owner of
the car. The classic belonged to her brother and he lived on the
opposite side of the unpaved road. And the door was open. So he
was at home.

His name is Nelson Peters and he is a taxi driver. He is the
proud owner of Taxi #4 and he specializes in island tours. He was
born on Aruba but his mother is from Bonaire. And yes, he is the
owner of the car. And no, the car is not for sale because to him the
car is a kind of a museum piece. He bought the car some 20 years
ago in Rincon. He cannot exactly remember when but he does
remember exactly the amount of money that he paid for it: 100
Antillean guilders!

Carefully we approach the mistress. Dogs skip away. I take pic-
tures from every angle and together, Nelson and I, we very care-
fully open the hood of the car. "It is a Chrysler New Yorker, built
way back in 1948," Nelson explains. "Some 20 years ago I bought
it, I parked it in this garden and afterwards it never moved an inch
So now the hood is open. There is the engine. The distributor
has eight cables leading to the spark plugs. This is an eight-in-line
engine. An engine with a length of about three feet! Nelson finds
a dip stick and checks one of the oil compartments. There is still
oil in the vehicle. Then we walk around the New Yorker: split
front window, four doors, rear doors are suicide doors. A lot of
chrome. Chrome bumpers with Dagmars avant le lettre*. On the
side of the baroness it reads, "Chrysler New Yorker," and the
handle on the trunk in the rear says, "Fluid Drive." There is even
a third brake light mounted in 1948. The license plate, rusted all
over, reads, "Bonaire N.A. 421 B 1968." Nice lines, nice shape
with chrome covered alloy rear light housings. A kind of an air-

plane on the hood. A luxurious interior providing space for six
persons, a rectangular shaped new objectivity dashboard. Empire
State building style. (The Empire State building was completed in
1931./jb) Unfortunately the branches from the trees and bushes
are, bit by bit, entering the window openings. The elements are
slowly and permanently consuming the metal parts of this classic.
More and more the New Yorker is getting a tan...
The first generation of the Chrysler New Yorker was produced
from 1938 to 1996 by the Chrysler Corporation of Detroit, Michi-
gan. This flagship had the longest running American car name.
The post-war models were almost the same as the pre-war mod-
els. Just a little bit more chrome and white-wall tires. The first
generation New Yorker was produced as a six-person, four-door
sedan, a two-door coupe and a two-door convertible. The car was
fitted with a 323-cubic inch L-head straight eight, producing a
humble 135 British horse power @3400 revs per minute. The
"Fluid Drive" was a coupling between the engine and the three-
speed gear box. The length of the vehicle was no less than 127.5
inches and the weight was 4,132 pounds. Some 3,000 cars were
produced. The price for the standard model was $ 2,193.
*Originally the Chrysler New Yorker had no less then five over
riders: three mounted on the front bumper and two on the right.
(There are only four over riders left on this particular Chrysler./jb)
These over riders had a kind of bullet-like conical shape. This
New Yorker was apparently ahead of its time. In the early 50s
American vehicles got bigger and bigger over riders, first made of
chromed metal, later in a combination of chrome and rubber.
These protective parts are called "dagmars" after the famous Dag-
mar (Jenny Lewis *1921 +2001). This
bosomy lady was an early American actress,
model and television personality. The busty
blonde was known for her pronounced
cleavage and the somewhat conical shape of
her bra cups.
Story & photo by J@n Brouwer

Dia di Rincon on

April 30

During last year's cleanup

Activity Program
This year marks the 22nd
celebration of Dia di Rincon.
Francisco L. Janga, President of
FU.DE.CU, the organizers, announced
the following events relating to the
Rincon Day celebrations:

If you want a stand, sign up every
day until April 13, from 6 to 8 pm across
from Tusnara Supermarket in the old
government office building. On Apri 13
from 7 to 10 pm there will be a meeting
for all stand holders. Payment must be
made by April 24.

Saturday, April 10 -Kanto Krioyo
Festival, adults, 8 pm 2 am, Centro di
Bario Rincon
Saturday, April 17-Kanto Krioyo
Festival, children, 5-10 pm, Centro di
Bario Rincon
April 9, 16, 23, 27, Tutti Frutti
performs, 8 pm midnight
Friday, April 24 -Simidan parade
leaves from Mangasina di Rei to the
Centro di Bario Rincon, 5 midnight
Saturday April 24 -Cleanup 6 am to 2
pm, involving companies, sports organi-
zations, churches, schools, non-profit
organizations, and all individuals and
groups that love our island. For additional
information please feel free to contact
Lucia Martinez-Beck at Selibon NV,
phone 717-8159 or mobile: 701-2953
Wednesday, April 28 -Festival Chichi
du Bubu organized by San Luis Beltran
school, 6-8 pm, Sentro di Bario Rincon
Thursday, April 29 Children's Simi-
dan Festival organized by San Luis
Beltran School, 4-7 pm, streets of Rincon

Friday, April 30 Dia di
Rincon, 8 am midnight

Friday, April 30- Traditional 17.5 km.
Playa to Rincon Race. Start at Stadium,
6 am for 50+, and speed walkers; 6:30 am
for runners. $200 prize to first man and
woman finishers.
Saturday, May 1 Antique Bicycle
Parade, begins at Sentro di Bario Rincon,
10am. U L./G.D.

Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

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My Rincon, your Rincon,
our sweet Rincon. Rincon,
the oldest town in Bonaire, is about
500 years old. It's a lovely town
with some of the nicest panoramic
views you could ever see like Go-
tomeer Lake, Playa Frans, Wash-
ington Park and Slagbaai- and the
different places you can chill out -
like the Rose Inn, Tropicana Bar
and more.
On Monday, April 5, the second
Easter Day, Rincon celebrated its
Simadan di Pastor, which is an old
cultural and folkloric festival organ-
ized by the pastor of the Catholic
Church in Rincon together with his
followers. For more than 100 years
the people of Rincon have celebrated this
Mrs. Edith Strauss-Marsera (66), coor-
dinator of the festival together with Pastor
Ivan Dario Gomez, will tell us all about it.
"Pastor Ivan is the new pastor for the
Rincon Catholic Church and involved the
whole community of Rincon in its mis-
sion to join the different groups. The ori-
gin of Simadan di Pastor is to thank God
for the rain and the harvest. In the past
90% of the people in Rincon lived from

their plantations or kunukus. The harvest
was brought to the Church as part of an
offering. After the mass they would sell
the produce to get money to repair the
Church and help the poor. Although today
we don't have so much produce in crops
(and also because of the lack of rain. Ed.)
but Rincon has produced many good peo-
ple who are intelligent and who have oc-
cupied many high functioning positions.
And besides them Rincon has produced
talented artists. They came together at this


language, story telling, women's rolls,
men's rolls, living with our neighbors,
ways of dealing with parents and families
and communication) that are still alive.
It is my concern and hope that the gov-
ernment can focus on a department for
Cultural Management. The government
must have a goal for our culture, other-
wise with all these changes it will fade
away. We don't get any money from the
government to organize this festival. Si-
madan di Pastor is based only on all the
fundraising we've done to maintain our
Another thing that's also important is
to introduce our culture back into schools.
If you teach the child from a young age
about its culture it will grow with it. You
must know your past to live your present.
This year's Simadan di Pastor started at
9 in the morning with a mass celebration.
Then at 11 am the selling of krioyo
(local) food began. The Simadan dance
began at 3, starting in the streets of Rin-
con and ended at the Catholic Church
yard. The festival went on until 11 at
If you want to know more about Rincon
Culture and Folklore you can call 717-
4060 or 796-4643.
U Story & Photo by
Siomara Albertus

time to bring their offerings to sell: hand-
crafts, home made cakes, cookies, food,
and beverages. All these proceeds help
the Church fund its mission.

The celebration was in the Church San
Luis Bertrn yard itself. This time the
money from the sales will go towards
youth activities.
In Rincon we have different youth
groups which have started to be very ac-
tive in cultural activities. We have
Magazine di Rei, a cultural land house
with activities for young people. Founda-
tion Plataforma Rincon (an organizing
foundation) and the schools have a sec-
tion for children.
During the festival there were different
activities for young people that were
guided by the youngsters themselves.
Pastor Ivan's mission is for the young
people to join together with other groups
and do something for themselves.
We can say that the Simadan di Pastor
will continue because our Rincon youth
are very interested in their culture. There
are young people who created a cultural
music band like the Foyan Boyz, for in-
stance, and a cultural dance group, Rikesa
di Rincon. The elderly people go to
Magazine di Rei to tell their stories and
give information. Jong Bonaire has a
group of youngsters who often visit the
Magazine to learn more about our culture.
We can say that in Rincon we have both
the folkloric (the way of dressing) and the
cultural (our manners, eating habits, our


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Hard Times on Bonaire for Bats Too

Dear Editor:
I wish to commend the author on aiding
the birds of Bonaire (Reporter, Mar. 19-
Apr.9, Times are Tough). Water is essen-
tial and many species are suffering. I
would suggest that the water be changed
daily as standing water allows mosquitoes
to breed and multiply. In Singapore, leav-
ing water overnight was not allowed in
order to limit the population of these
pests. This year we have noticed a large
increase in the population of these mos-
I should also mention that I supply a
sugar solution in the evenings for the
bats. Last year, there were many, and it
was an experience to stand near the
feeder amidst an estimated 50 or so bats
swirling around, occasionally brushing
their wing tips against me. This year the
numbers are much less, but they do drain
the feeder each evening.
M. Coombs
The Demise of the Public Marina
Dear Editor:
In the 1970s (and later as well) the
Dutch Government committed large
funds to the development of Bonaire.

Workers closing the HV small boat
ramp. High priced slips have replaced it.

Bonaire had no "all weather" harbor for
its fishing boats or for other boats. The
Dutch contributed heavily to create a
good harbor, from scratch. That is now
called the "Harbor Village Marina."
When dug out and the facilities initially
developed, it was chiefly to provide Bo-
nairean fishers and other commerce with
a viable port, to enhance Bonaire's eco-
nomic development. The Dutch created
docks, a dry dock with hauling facilities,
and also a slipway for Bonairean boats to
be hauled in and out of the water for
maintenance and repairs.
These are facilities of the utmost impor-
tance for fishermen and maritime com-
First, the dry dock failed. Then the pub-

lic docks for boats were changed to a
private marina. Then the rights of dock-
ing at the marina or at the moorings in the
anchorage were franchised to the Harbor
Village Marina to operate the marina and
the anchorage, as they saw fit. Now they
see fit to eliminate the slipway that has
always been in the marina, because the
Harbor Village organization would prefer
to have more dock space for the boats
they rent to.
We feel Bonairean interests are being
sold out, bit by bit, without regard for the
original purpose of the marina nor of the
needs of the Bonaire people.
John Lueder,
resident since 1980

Bonaire Emulates Easter Island
Dear Editor:
Centuries ago Easter Island needed
help: they had a shortage of food. So they
erected enormous stone sculptures on
their shores, facing the wind, hoping for
help. Now Bonaire is doing likewise:
enormous wind towers face the east
winds, hoping to create energy to allevi-
ate Bonaire's energy problems.
No help came to Easter Island, the
population grew, the food, wood, etc.,
was all consumed and the people all died.
What will be Bonaire's fate? So far, no
wind energy created or imminent. Future

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New island Government (Continued from page 3)
Environment, Roads and
Infrastructure (DROB.)
Fire Department

Sr. Reynolds "Nolly" Oleana
Education and Culture (SEK)
Land Registry
Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and
Fisheries (LVV)
Environment and Nature
Non-Crime Police (SSV)

Sra. Neery Gonzalez -Island
Intra Government Services

Hon. mr. Glenn Thod&- Lt. Governor
Electorial Affairs
Disaster and Emergency

Almost concurrent with the new Bonaire
Government, the last Central
Government of the Netherlands Antilles
was sworn in in Curacao. Bonaire's new
Senators are Ramonsito Booi and James
Kroon of the UPB and Robby Beuken-
boom for the PDB. G.D.

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cating the person is trained in the legal
profession (i.e.: a lawyer)

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
flight times allow for easy connections in
Miami from a variety of US or Canadian
gateways. Insel Air utilizes an MD 82 jet,
which carries 152 passengers.
The booking window is flexible, and tick-
ets can be purchased through a travel agent
or Insel Air by phone (5999) 737-0444 or
via their web site at www.fly-inselair.com.
We've flown the route several times and
were most satisfied.

> Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) is
expanding its services with new routes to
Cartagena and Panama. The routes all
connect in Aruba, allowing DAE to fly to
Bogota with a connection time of only 30
DAE now offers service to Bogota, Co-
lombia; Bonaire, Caracas, Curagao, St.
Maarten, the Dominican Republic, Vene-
zuela's Valencia Airport, and soon Panama,
with prices starting at around NAf 500.
DAE has a fleet of five planes: three ATRs
with a capacity of 48 seats each, and two
Fokker 100s with a capacity of 100 seats

KLM is now allowing its flyers to
check up to three bags, weighing up to 50
pounds each, free of charge depending on
the cabin class. Flying Blue members will
also receive additional luggage flexibility,
depending upon the level of their member-

Rob van de Vechte, Area Manager
of SSI Dutch Antil-
les and Aruba Area
Office, initiated a
new Project "Scuba I
in Schools" to help scn swoo
local young people
who might otherwise
be unable to afford
the cost of the necessary training to become
a dive instructors. The SBO department of
the SGB high school will run the program.
Over three years they will progress from
Open Water Diver to Divemaster or Open
Water Instructor. Courses include Dutch,
English and Spanish languages as well as
technical training in welding, outboard en-
gines and compressor maintenance as part of
the study.
SSI hopes the students will to be able to
train for a profession important on their own
island and be able to work there as well.
Plus with these qualifications they have the
opportunity to work at the more than 2,500
SSI Dive Centers worldwide.
All SSI Dive Resorts on Bonaire will sup-
port this project by internships and other

Herald PIu,"


)A small private plane on its way from
Curacao to St. Maarten ditched at sea
some 30 miles north of Bonaire last month
after encountering engine problems. The
twin-prop Piper PA-34 Seneca had the pilot
and two passengers aboard. All three made
it out of the plane before it sank, and were
soon spotted floating in their life jackets by
the Coast Guard plane that went looking for
them. The Dash 8 air crew dropped them a
raft. A nearby tugboat, Storm, then picked
them up and waited for the Coast Guard
cutter Panter to return them to Curagao.

Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

) The Narcotics Department of the
Bonaire Police rounded up a drug gang in
cooperation with the Royal Military Police
and the Coast Guard last month. The gang
imported and exported drugs from Bonaire;
23 kilos of cocaine were found on board a
vessel and were confiscated. Five people are
currently in custody and the police do not
preclude more arrests.
The investigation began in September last
year when the Bonairean police discovered
14 kilos of cocaine on board an aircraft with
the Netherlands as its destination. The police
investigated the case during the past months
in order to get an idea of the organization
handling the drugs transports. The organiza-
tion uses, among others, a catering company
at the airport on Bonaire to transport the
drugs. It is the first time the police discov-
ered drugs being transported from Bonaire
to Curagao.
The police, following a tip, confiscated 20
packages of cocaine aboard the boat Baby
Tutu en route to Curagao. The Coast Guard
stopped the boat and towed it to the Parera
navy base on Curagao. The two people on
board were apprehended. Another two peo-
ple were arrested on Bonaire who allegedly
were co-workers at a catering company at
the airport. The gang supposedly exports the
drugs both by sea and through the catering
company. All suspects are being held on
Bonaire and the investigation is still in pro-

Last month the Dutch Council of
Ministers approved a proposal to estab-
lish a transitional arrangement that regu-
lates the admission of Dutch citizens to
the BES islands. The arrangement protects
the islands from an influx of Dutch citizens
once Bonaire becomes integrated with Hol-
land. This law proposal has already been
sent to the Second Chamber where the initial
handling will take place on April 15.

> THE HAGUE-According to the
Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics the
number of Antilleans and Arubans mi-
grating to The Netherlands in 2009 in-
creased compared to previous years. But
for the first time in years there was also an
increase in the number of Antilleans and
Arubans who went back to their home is-
The number of Antilleans and Arubans
taking up residency in the Netherlands in
2009 was 4,095, almost 10% more than in
A total of 2,637 Antilleans and Arubans
returned to the islands, primarily Curagao, in
2009, which is an increase of more than
15% compared to 2008.
The peak movement of Antilleans to Hol-
land came in 2000, when 9,977 persons,
mostly from Curagao, moved to The Nether-
lands while 1,684 returned.

D The US Consulate General in Cura-
cao announces the introduction of the
new Consular Electronic Application
Center (CEAC) and form DS-160. The
new single, internet-based application
form DS-160 will be required of all non-
immigrant visa applicants seeking a visa
for a temporary visit to the US and has
several advantages over the existing applica-
tion forms. Visa applicants applying at the
Consulate General in Curagao will be re-
quired to use the DS-160 starting April 30,
2010, but applicants are encouraged to start
using the new form immediately. The new
CEAC and the form DS-160 may be found
on the CEAC's website at: https//
ceac.state.gov/genniv/ or at the State Depart-
ment website http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/
forms/forms 4230.html.

Based on figures vWt aten
just released Holland PubkcWM:
has been saving about \N
100 million annually ni.,.n \
by having the BES
Islands be part of the
Netherlands Antilles.
According to a report
presented by State-
Secretary Ank Bi-
jleveld at the request of
the Netherlands-
Antilleans and Aruban
Affairs committee, the
provisional annual
costs to the Dutch gov-
emnment for support of
the BES Islands after
their integration are estimated at 101.8
million (NAf 244.3 million)
The total is around 6.000 per Antilles
resident or 6 per Dutch citizen. Spending is
for satisfying past debts, health insurance,
refurbishment of schools, new teaching
methods and more.

Cost by Ministry
SZW (Social Affairs and Employment): 19.2
million euros (46.1 million guilders)
OCW (Education, Culture and Science): 15.7
million euros (37.7 million guilders)
VWS (Public Health, Welfare and Sports):
13.6 million euros (32.6 million guilders)
BZK (Interior and Kingdom Relations): 12
CARICOM has expressed its
"gravest concern" over the possibility of
a ship carrying radioactive waste passing
through Caribbean waters. "It has come
to the attention of the Caribbean Community
that a new shipment of vitrified high-level
waste will soon leave the United Kingdom

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million euros (28.8 million guilders)
Justice: 8.7 million euros (20.1 million guild-
Finances: 3.2 million euros (7.7 million guild-
V&W (Transport and Public Works): 3 million
euros (7.2 million guilders)
EZ (Economic Affairs): 2.2 million euros (5.3
million guilders)
J&G (Youth and Family): 1.7 million euros
(4.1 million guilders)
VROM (Housing, Regional Development and
Environment): 0.6 million euros (1.4 million
LNV (Agriculture, Nature and Food quality):
0.6 million euros (1.4 million guilders)

for Japan, transiting the Caribbean Sea,"
CARICOM said in a statement.
CARICOM said such ships must not pass
though the Caribbean waters because of the
"risk they pose to the lives and livelihoods
of the Caribbean people".

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Sailing Team

Races In Curacao
T his weekend the BSSA (Bonaire
Sailing School Association) kids
went to Curaqao to participate in the
Curaqao Regatta in Optimists and Sun-
fish classes.
Four Kids competed in the Optimist-B
class, two in the Optimist-A, which has a
world class level, and two of our boys
raced in the Sunfish class and had a big
battle against the big waves on the open
sea. The rest of the races were in the
protected bay of Spanish Water.
They had a lot of fun and learned a lot of
things and even came home with a third
place in the Optimist B. Well done Con-
stantijn Botterop! He only missed sec-
ond place by one point.
In this Optimist B class Nils van Eldik
got the fourth place after some bad luck
during the races.
This was a great experience for our kids
and BSSA would like to thank every-
body for helping out with the carwash
(which netted the team NAf 1.500), our
highly appreciated sponsors and Don
Andres for taking our boats. U Artie,
Arjen andAp (The A Team).

BonQuiz #27

Some of the Bonaire Team at the airport: Standing: (Right to left): Santiago
Alvarez -Optimist Class, Juan Jose Alvarez- Sunfish Class, J-son Carter assis-
tant, Ishair Theodor -Sunfish Class, Ruben Van Eldik Optimist class. Front
row: Artie De Vries Trainer, Neils van Eldik Optimist Class

BSSA photos

Optimist racing in Curagao

The young BSSA sailors held a car
wash at Regatta House and earned NAf
1.500for the trip.

Beaches come and beaches go. Even
the man made sandy beaches dis-
appear with time or end up somewhere
else back in the sea or on the reef -
which makes it really hard for a reef to
bounce back. Sometimes you'll see a
patch of sand that's here today but gone
tomorrow, like the famous Pink Beach on
the south west shore. And so we have this
phenomenon on our hands that has to do
with the making of this special pink sand.
The culprit? It lives on and in Bonaire's
reefs. This particular one is red, living
encrusted on a piece of coral. When the
coral is broken off by whatever reason, it
finds itself tumbling in the waves on
shore. With this wave action the red sub-
stance starts to come off, becoming
crumbs, or powder and mixes in with the
pure white sand we enjoy so much, mak-
ing it pink.

Q) What is this substance
that mixes in with our sand?
Answer on page 18

Quiz and photo by Christie Dovale
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regularly in The Re-
porter. It's prepared by
Christie Dovale of
Christie Dovale Is-
land Tours. Contact I
her to arrange a tour,
Phone 717-4435 or 795-3456
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Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

Bonaire's First "Personal" Self Storage Facility
Storage space from closet size to garage size.
Monthly, yearly and long term contracts.

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P.O. Box 50
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Last month SGB Students from
VWO-5 (University Preparation
track) visited several universities in Hol-
land to help them choose where they will
study. This year there were 14 students,
two of whom have never been to Holland
before. They were accompanied by two
teachers and the SGB study counselor.
Here is an excerpt from a report written
by student DauRii Jansen (in English,
Papiamentu and Dutch) about the touring
students in Holland.
"Today was an exciting day! As usual we
left early to hit the roads. Today our destina-
tion was the University of Leiden. Our
handy friend Eva has done a great job get-

ting us there. At our arrival we were greeted
warmly by two law students of the univer-
sity. After some brief information we got a
real lecture from a professor about human
growth, which was very interesting. An-
other interesting lecture followed about the
behavior of children and how this is influ-
enced by education. A great lunch followed.
After this we went into the city to see a stu-
dent association, where most students were
stunned at the impact of the smell of beer.
Everything was very interesting as we also
visited a kind of 'sorority' of the students
who showed us around the city. Our day
ended with a nice group picture. Leiden was
quite wonderful!"M Press Release L.S. 4

On April 1st, MCB Bonaire's Playa Branch held a 60+ Handicraft Fair in front
of the branch downtown. This was on the occasion of pension payday as well
as the upcoming Easter Holidays. The customers who visited the Bank to collect their
pension were treated to the traditional Bonairean chukulat'i pinda' (peanut chocolate)
and kuk'i leter (letter cookies) which they appreciated greatly.
This way, MCB, "Your Friendly Bank" gave a special treat to its valued customers
and wished them a happy Easter weekend. The picture shows the 60+ Handicraft Fair
in front of Playa Branch. 0 Press release

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(floor above Botica)
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Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marsh--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-
* 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
* Meet the Captain Night at Captain
Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close and
personal with Bonaire's dive pioneer.
The Captain's will autograph your copy
of his newest book Reef Windows.

* 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 cen-
ter present a multimedia slide presenta-
tion about Buddy's House Reef pool bar
Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. 717-8529
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 Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an
informative slide show: Sea Turtles of

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April 9, Enchantment of the
Friday 2010 Seas 0700-1530 2446
April 12,
Monday 2010 BRAEMAR 0800-1800 700
April 13,
Tuesday 2010 Ocean Dream 0800-1600 1422 0

Bonaire, at 7pm -every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib
Inn (717-8819)

Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furmished so it appears the family has
just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the
story. OpenMonday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-4.
Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, 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 pmi 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
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.

The Hash House Harriers running and
walking club meets every second
Wednesday for a one hour walk through-
out Bonaire. The location changes each
week. The contact number is 700-4361

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 4h
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 Resort
upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting room
above the dive shop. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 717-2066

Who's Who on The Bonaire Reporter
Take The Reporter Home-1-year subscription: By mail to US $70; By mail to
Europe $150. By Internet, Free (may give a $35 donation.) For information about
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Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles; phone (599) 790-6518, 786-6125, E-mail:
The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo, Editor in
Chief. Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles. Available on-line at:
www.bonairereporter.com Published every two weeks
Reporters: A Team (Artie, Arjen, Ap), Siomara Albertus, J@n Brouwer,
Christie Dovale, Patrick Holian, Jack Horkheimer, Francisco Janga, DauRii Jansen,
Greta Kooistra, Jiri Lausman, Iris Semeleer, Michael Thiessen, Hubert Vis
Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher.
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elisabeth Silberie & Georgina Sanchez
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Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

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 Kral-
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di Bario
Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am. Services in
Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya Korona.) Sun-
day services in English at 9 am; Sunday
evening prayer meeting at Pastor's home,
7 pm. Fridays, 6 to 8 pm, Light & Life
Club, children 5 to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
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-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sun-
day mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:

Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and Papia-
mentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday
School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary
held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors Wel-
come: Call 701-9522 for Information

Send event info to:
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Tel:790-6518, 786-6125

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Cleaning Services
Apartments, Hotels,
Houses, Offices & More.
Efficient Work,
Good References.
Tel. 786-0019

Bonaire Images
Elegant greeting cards and beautiful
boxed note cards are now available at Chat
-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice Cream and
Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by
Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com

For Quality House
and Office Cleaning
Serving Bonaire for more
than 15 years
Honest, Reliable, Efficient,
Thorough, Low rates, Ref-
erences. One time or many
Phone 785-9041 ... and relax.

Starting from NAf6,50 per meal.
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y Does your English need a little
"polishing" for your work in the
tourist industry? Call 788-7919 for
help with conversational English.

Property Services Bonaire B.V. Taking
care of your properties (while you are off
island). Email for information and prices:
property servicesbonaireiahotmail.com

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

Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

Wanted: Late model Toyota double
cab pickup truck. Call George at 790-
8988, 786-6125

Living Accommodations
Wanted: Mature, responsible, sin-
gle woman to take care of my house
and dog in Belnem in exchange for
reduced rent (NAf450 a month) for
separate, spacious guesthouse with
bedroom, kitchen, private bathroom
and outside "gazebo" living room all
situated in a beautiful walled-in gar-
den. Cable TV and Internet included.
Utilities NAf 175 a month. Available
March 19 for long term. Email
Pauline at

FOR RENT 2 bedroom apartment.
Great location Abraham Blvd. NAf
1350/ month long term. Laundry facil-
ity on premises. 788-3837

For long term rental, furnished one
bedroom apartment in Playa, avail-
able immediately, call: 788-7600

Hato -for rent small house 1-2 per-
sons (2 bedrooms). From March. Mini-
mum stay 4 months with airco, water,
electricity, internet, linen, selibon,
furnished, garden, parking area, dish-
washer, washing-machine, boiler etc.
private terrace. (separate TV connec-
tion and gas possible). No pets al-
lowed. 717-2529 or 796-2529.

FOR SALE Telescope & UW
Video System: Meade 90mm ETX
series with Tripod, 2 cases, lots of eye-
pieces, and control software NAf
Light & Motion Mako Housing with
Pelican Case, lights, external monitor,
LCD back, Sony PC-100 video camera
- NAf 800. Contact Jake at 717-4112
or infotrichterart.com

Pinball Machine Jokerz For sale
at NAF 595 or best offer. Over NAF
1500 invested in new circuit boards,
parts etc. Needs finishing up with
some wiring etc. Call 717-8819 8 am
to 5 pm

Refrigerator LG Electrocool, not
even one year old, NAf 750.-. Phone

TV for sale 27" Phillips flat screen
color TV $75 -Please call 717-3809

Brand new Haynes Repair Manual
Jeep Wrangler 1987 thru 2003, all
models: Ang 50,00. Call 796-3637 or

Old book in Dutch language:
"Oude bouwwerken in de Nederlandse
Antillen, [1968]. 50 pages: Ang 15,00.
Spare wheel Toyota Hilux: Ang
50,00. Call 796-3637 or email

16 Flights a day
Bonaire and
Curagao .

Divi Divi Air
24 hours a day
(5999 839-1515)
Or (5999

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tide s height and time

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
4-09 3:44 1.3FT. 9:34 1.6FT. 16:50 1.OFT. 23:05 1.4FT. 39
4-10 4:54 1.2FT. 10:08 1.5FT. 16:50 1.1FT. 23:09 1.5FT. 46
4-11 5:58 1.2FT. 10:49 1.4FT. 16:35 1.1FT. 23:24 1.6FT. 55
4-12 7:12 1.1FT. 11:40 1.3FT. 16:13 1.1FT. 23:48 1.6FT. 64
4-13 0:06 1.7FT. 8:27 1.1FT. 12:27 1.2FT. 15:48 1.1FT. 73
4-15 1:10 1.8FT. 11:17 0.9FT. 85
4-16 1:50 1.9FT. 12:16 0.9FT. 88
4-17 2:38 1.9FT. 13:04 0.8FT. 87
4-18 3:35 1.9FT. 13:47 0.8FT. 84
4-19 4:34 1.9FT. 14:19 0.8FT. 77
4-20 5:41 1.8FT. 14:50 0.8FT. 69
4-21 6:43 1.8FT. 15:20 0.8FT. 61
4-22 0:36 1.3FT. 7:48 1.7FT. 15:40 0.9FT. 22:21 1.3FT. 56
4-23 2:43 1.2FT. 8:46 1.6FT. 15:53 1.OFT. 22:01 1.4FT. 57
4-24 4:12 1.1FT. 9:49 1.5FT. 15:59 1.OFT. 22:14 1.6FT. 64
4-25 5:34 1.1FT. 10:47 1.4FT. 15:57 1.1FT. 22:38 1.7FT. 73
4-26 6:51 1.OFT. 12:01 1.3FT. 15:43 1.1FT. 23:11 1.8FT. 83
4-27 8:10 0.9FT. 13:57 1.1FT. 14:51 1.1FT. 23:56 1.9FT. 91


Wanted: 20' container in good condi-
tion. Call Donna 795-9332

Wanted: child's high chair and a
child's (baby) walker. Call Laura 790-
6518 or 786-6518.

Lost? Forgotten? At the end of March
my repaired Smithsonian black and gray
wet suit disappeared. Did you find it?
JIn Brouwer, digital-
isl956(ahotmail.com, Call 796-3637.

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24 & 25, 10am-
4pm. Kaya Em-
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Mangrove Preservation

A community service project is being con-
ducted by CIEE Spring students in col-
laboration with STINAPA. The project is to
help preserve the Lac Bai Mangrove area by
placing Marine Park-style yellow painted rocks
along the edges of the area to keep vehicular
traffic off of the RAMSAR site.
The project consists of the painting and laying
of 'do not enter' stones (in English, Dutch, and
Papiamentu) along the road and access points to
the site. The hope is that by clearly designating
that entry into the protected area is not allowed,
disturbances and ecological damage will be
On Saturday, April 10th, CIEE will be
hosting a stone placement and appreciation
day at the site along Kaminda di Sorobon
from 8am to noon, where stones will be laid
and presentations will be given on the impor-
tance of these mangrove communities.
The Spring 2010 CIEE Students involved in
the project are Zach Lipshultz, Alicia Reigel,
Colleen Chabot and Kelsey Burlingame. The
CIEE Research Station Bonaire is at Kaya
Gobernador N Debrot 26. Phone 717- 4140
www.cieebonaire.org, info(Acieebonaire.org .0
Press release

Tel. 790-6518, 786-6125

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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

The Bonaire Aero Club invites you to see Bonaire
from the air. Take a one-hour flight with up to three
persons. Ideal for photography or environmental study
or see your house.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.


Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.


Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.


De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike acces-
sories. They do professional repairs on almost anything
on two wheels. Have your keys made here too.


Reef Windows is Captain Don's latest book and fea-
tures the true stories of the naming of many Bonaire
dive sites. A great souvenir as well.


All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an ex-
perienced professional. Repairs while you wait. Next
to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez.


Bistro di Paris A real French restaurant with afford-
able prices and friendly Bonairean ambiance
Owned and operated by a French Chef
On Kaya Gob. Debrot mile north of town
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too. 780-1111 Call ahead to eat
-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch pre-
pared and served by Stichting Project students under
professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2. Kaya Gob.
N.Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts


Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genuine
acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour too.
Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.


Harmony House-The herb and mineral center. Help
your body heal itself.

Natural Way Health Store-The place where all the
hard to find natural and healthy products are. Upstairs
from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.


Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs
of second home owners on Bonaire including inspec-
tion, management and cleaning.


MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.


Taste a Cactus when you try Cadushy of Bonaire
Liqueur. Available in many shops and markets it
makes the perfect souvenir of the island.


Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.


Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.


Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

The Storehouse (Mangazina in Papiamentu) offers
Secure Storage For Vehicles, Household Items, Diving
And Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory.
Across from the northern hotel row.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.
To learn more about these businesses check their ad in
The Reporter
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Hair Affair

We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.

Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

Scuba Sales
Repair Replacement
New Gear Accessories

Check CARIB INN First.
Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
Dive gear specials

Since 1980
717-8819 8 am to 5 pm daily
(next to Divi Flamingo Hotel)

Pasa Bon Pizza


W,,It I w a

Not Just Great Pizzas!

Call ahead

Pre Order

Open Wednesday to Sunday
5 PM to 11 PM

A rtist Kroes' rendering of the panorama of Washikemba is the eye catcher of her
current exhibit at the Kas di Arte (see The Reporter, March 9-April 9, issue #6).
"It's painted on wood, acrylic in only two colors," Kroes says. "It only needed those
"If you look at the water, you see the sunshine. If you look at the cactus, you see them

N ew! Sharpen your Papiamentu and Eng-
lish language skills with this puzzle from *
the creator of Bonaire's top kids' website, Pan- ___S
chitobonaire.com. Tony Angila, "Tio Tony."
(Story in The Reporter of 22 January 2010)








move with the wind.
This panorama is something that needs to be kept for future generations in real life as
well as in a painting."
Anna-Marie's next exhibit on Bonaire will be called "The Children of Bonaire."
She needs the parents of Bonaire to send her pictures of their children, "All colors and
sizes, red hair, blonds, browns, blacks, Chinese, everyone like Noah's Ark," she says.
"Let's paint the future generation. Let's paint the future president, or minister or...."
Kroes continues, "I want to come back next year with a mountain
of canvas, small sizes this time, and not on wood, so I can transport
Anna-Marie Kroes' exhibit, "I left my heart on Bonaire," at the Kas
di Arte is open daily from 5 to 9 pm until this Friday, April 9.
Email: annamariei(kroesart.com. Website: WWW.kroesart.com;
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One Stitch at a Time

his is the most difficult part of the job," explains
I Elsa Martis as she deftly moves her fingers
around the bill of the cap. "It is difficult to hold flat, but
I've learned to grab the cloth this way." (photo at right)

With hat in hand, Martis continues to sew. She is ap-
proaching the completion of her 100th hat for Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire. In order to raise funds for the not-
for-profit organization, STCB sells hats and T-shirts
through two retail stores on island. This money helps fund
research and conservation efforts for the sea turtles of
Bonaire. For her quality handwork, Elsa gets paid by the
"This is my third job. The money helps me pay for
some of my expenses like gas for the car and phone cards.
It helps a lot. I can sew one hat in about 15 minutes. But I
just do it poco poco."

That steady pace allows Martis to concentrate on every
stitch. She rarely lets her mind wander, preferring to focus
on the three patches that are applied to each hat. The diffi-
cult one to sew is the STCB logo that goes on the front.
The other two are fastened to the side-a small turtle de-
sign and a metal tag with a number/letter code that is a
replica of an actual tag attached to turtles for ID purposes
during STCB's annual water surveys.
"That metal tag gives hat buyers that sense of being tied
to this animal that's out there in the sea," states STCB
board member Marlene Robinson. "Buyers can actually go
on to the STCB web site and search their turtle's code.
They can then see the data of that specific turtle-where it
was caught, how much it weighed, what size it was, and
actually see a photo of that turtle."

Customers are also buying products that are involved in
fair trade and fair labor practices. Plus, all the clothing
comes from organically grown cotton, a practice that ad-
heres to the conservation values of which STCB sub-
scribes. The Beach Store at Harbour Village and the Man-
grove Info Center near Lac Cai are the two stores that sell
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire clothing. All money
from the sales goes directly back to the organization.
"That donation of sacrificing their floor space in their
stores, paying their employees-it costs them money to do
this," says Robinson. "They're doing it because they sup-
port sea turtle conservation. It's important to them and
their businesses."

Bonaire women have a history in sewing clothes in order
to make a living. In the late 1940s, Pierre Schunck, a
Dutchman, came to Bonaire and set up a clothing manu-
facturing business. At its height, Schunck's Kledingindus-
trie had 110 employees, most of whom were women who
made overalls, trousers and shirts. Shell Oil bought these
clothes for their refinery workers on Curagao. The women
also made uniforms for police and customs officials in the
Dutch Antilles. After a succession of owners, the factory
finally closed its door in 1991 due to staff reduction in the
refineries in Curagao and Aruba. But Elsa Martis may be

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Guest editorial (Continued from page 3)
of the opponents to the new status of the
BES islands than a fact. The delegation
wasn't able to show any evidence of the
alleged majority, like results of a survey or
referendum on these laws held on Bonaire.
(In my Reporter editorial of December
2009, I proposed that such a survey be or-
Nevertheless, now there seems to be a fair
chance that the introduction of these
"immoral laws" on Bonaire could be re-
jected during the upcoming procedures con-
ceming the BES laws. In order to change
the Status of the Kingdom of the Nether-
lands, the BES laws proposal must be ap-
proved, next by the Tweede Kamer, also by
the Eerste Kamer (First Chamber /Senate)
of the Dutch Parliament. The discussion
on the laws in the Eerste Kamer is planned
to start on May 11.
Although most of the representatives of
two government parties the CDA
(Christian Democrats) and the CU
(Christian Union) voted for the new BES
laws on March 9, it is important to note that
on the same day these parties, together with
the small conservative Christian party
SGP, presented their objections against the
amendments on same sex marriages, abor-
tion and euthanasia because the culture,
tradition and a limited number of inhabi-
tants of the islands were not been taken into
In addition, a motion about the new status
of Bonaire presented by Curagao-bom Cyn-
thia Ortega Martijn, representative of the
CU party, was approved by the majority of
the Tweede Kamer. According to this mo-
tion, the result of a new referendum on
Bonaire, if it indeed happens, must be taken
into account during the process of approval
of the BES laws.
Unfortunately for the opponents of the new
status, there is a real chance that the refer-
endum results could backfire. In spite of a
continuing harsh "anti-colonial" campaign
in the local media, it could be that a referen-
dum on the "immoral" laws on Bonaire will
result in the same disappointment for the
opponents to the new status as the Italian
opponents of legalization of abortion suf-
fered in 1981. Although they were con-
vinced that an overwhelming majority of
Italian Catholics would vote against abor-
tion rights, during a national referendum
held that year in the very religious Italy the
proposal to repeal the law of 1978 legaliz-
ing abortion was rejected by 80% (!) of
While the objections of the opponents of
the "immoral" laws on Bonaire are based
purely on religious grounds, numerous
representatives in the Dutch Tweede Kamer
are convinced that the current disastrous
situation, concerning an alarming number of
illegal abortions on Bonaire, must be reme-
died as soon as possible. Traditionally, me-
dicinal herbs are mostly used to provoke the
abortion. It is evident that this old island
practice endangers the health of the women,
mostly very young girls. The most vocal in
this field is the leftist party Groen Links
(Green Left) which has repeatedly asked
Secretary Anke Bijleveld (CDA party) to
introduce the abortion rights law on Bonaire
within a short time in order to protect the
health of young women on the island. In her
answer in the Tweede Kamer, Bijleveld said
that it cannot happen from one day to the
next because trained personnel and neces-
sary medical equipment for execution of
abortions is currently not yet available on

It is a known fact that the legalization of
abortion in the very religious US drastically
reduced the mortality rate of women during

Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

abortions after it had been approved with
some restrictions in 1973. It is strange that
no reports on illegal abortions on our island
can be heard on the local radio or read in
the local newspapers. Instead, on Voz di
Bonaire, you can hear emotional appeals
from some very excited callers preferring
independence of Bonaire before accepting
the "immoral Dutch laws. Anyway, the
fact is that the island women in distress will
continue to abort, like in all the other coun-
tries, notwithstanding the valid legislation.

The same can be said about euthanasia,
the voluntary ending of life of terminally
ill patients suffering unbearable pain. In
case it not be legally possible, desperate
people may seek any solution to end their
suffering. According to data from the Neth-
erlands, many more patients and very ill old
persons are currently voluntarily dying due
to versterving, which is ceasing to eat and
drink, than as result of the medically per-
formed euthanasia.

Nevertheless, according to some local
politicians and activists as well as the local
media, an overwhelming majority of the
people on Bonaire are against the
"immoral" Dutch laws. But how can they
maintain the myth about this majority when
only about 125 people, (i.e. less than 1%) of
the total Bonaire population participated in
the demonstration against the laws on
March 27?
I am convinced that what the island peo-
ple really want is that the planned improve-
ments, financed by the Dutch, concerning
medical care, education, infrastructure, per-
sonal security and others, will be executed
as soon as possible. The people also wish
for an increase in the current pensions and
social benefits as has already been promised
to the people of Sint Eustasius and Saba. It
is clear to them that real equality with the
citizens of the Netherlands can be reached
only when Bonaire becomes a part of the
Netherlands like Judge Bob Wit empha-
sized in his famous advice.

In this connection, we read that during the
round table discussion of the Tweede Kamer
commission for Antillean and Aruban Af-
fairs on March 31, 2010, four experts in the
field of constitutional law of the Kingdom
of the Netherlands were asked to give their
opinion about the equality of all citizens of
the Netherlands.
According to these experts, it is certainly
not clear that the BES islands people would
not have the right to receive the same social
benefits as the other
inhabitants of the Neth-
erlands. U Jiri Lausman i

Jiri Lausman is a
retired businessman
who lives on Bonaire

Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 9)

Haitian tourists and the hundreds
living in the Netherlands Antilles ille-
gally can stay for a while. In a campaign
to keep thousands from having to return to
the disaster-struck island, Haitians living in
the Antilles now have immunity until De-
cember 31, 2010.

D The Bonaire Heineken Jazz Festival,
May 27 through 30, 2010; once again a
very popular Bonaire tradition will return
to the island for the sixth consecutive year.
A variety of musical styles will be pre-
sented with bands from Brazil, Cuba, the
US and The Netherlands in different ven-
ues around Bonaire as these internationally
known jazz musicians mingle with the best
musical talent Bonaire has to offer.
The festival will kick off at Fort Oranje
on May 27th with an evening of Jazz and
Poetry. On May 28th and 29th, the two
main concerts will take place at the
Tipsy Seagull at the Plaza Resort Bonaire.
This year's top attraction will be the world
renowned trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval
(photo above), performing with his seven-
piece band. Arturo is originally from Cuba,
but now lives in the US. Also performing
will be Manny Moreira from Brazil, BEKU
from the US, Joke Bruijs with Frits Landes-
berg from The Netherlands, and Henk van
Twillert with Tjako van Schie, also from
The Netherlands.
These performers will be joined by Bon-
aire's best local musicians: the Cabaco
Trio, the Silver Bullet Steelband, the
New Generation Dancers, and Kaiia
Brabu, offering a combination of varying
styles of jazz, all with their own character.
Jam sessions with many of the musicians
will be held at Sense just across the street
from the Plaza Resort Bonaire,
starting at 11:30pm on Friday and
The popular Jazz Brunch takes
place on Sunday, May 30th at the
Divi Flamingo Resort, where musi-
cians participating in the festival,
along with other musicians and
singers, will provide a spectacular
jam session while guests enjoy
Heineken is the title sponsor and
the main sponsors to date for the
event this year are: Plaza Resort
Bonaire, Divi Flamingo Resort,
Telbo NV, Breathe-IT, It Rains
Fishes, Budget Rent a Car, Maduro
& Curiel's Bank, Sunbelt Realty, .
Rocargo, Sense, Mega FM, Captain
Don's Habitat and Rum Runners,
Hotel Rochaline, TIS, Don Andres,
HBN Law, Bonaire Affair, Tourism
Corporation Bonaire, and Addo's
Books & Toys. For more informa-
tion, visit www.bonairejazz.net.

1 Bonaire Dive into Summer is com-
ing June 1 though September 30, 2010.
The program will feature a variety of ac-
tivities for everyone, as well as feature
specially priced packages for various hap-
penings, specialty topics, one-of-a-kind
events, and even an online contest for one
lucky winner and a friend to come to Bon-
aire. For more information, visit

Starting in
this edition is a
Kid's Corner.
Prepared by
Tio Tony An-
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the Panchito website
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entertainment for English and Papiamentu
proficient children and even perhaps intro-
duce the Papiamentu language to some of
our adult readers. Try the puzzle on page

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the owner please call the Shelter at 717-
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Winsome "Floricita" was found in
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She's about two months old and looks
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she sports an incredible curling tail. What
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healthy and she has had her tests, worming
and shots. She's ready to go. And the
NAf105 adoption fee covers all that plus
sterilization when she's old enough.
You may see Floricita at the Bonaire
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Monday through Saturday, 9 to 1 and 3 to
5. Tel. 717-4989. Take a look at their
website too. It's kept up to date by a hard
working Shelter manager:

s you can see, in the case of Flo-
ricita and other cats and dogs, the
Shelter's Animal Drop off cage is work-
ing well. People may now drop off un-
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Shelter any time of the day or night, no
questions asked. The cage, with two sepa-
rate compartments with water bowls is
checked every few hours during the day.
Right now the Shelter is looking for
volunteers to help with the cleaning and

feeding duties. There are many different
types of animals that all require different
feeding and cleaning. They are also look-
ing for handypersons and gardeners.
Because dog and cat care is the priority at
the Shelter minor repair work and garden-
ing may go neglected. Your hard work
will be much appreciated by the staff and
Ideally, they are looking for people to
help on a weekly basis, but if you have
time only to help fortnightly or once a
month, then still please contact them.
They are very short of volunteers now
and any time you could offer for the res-
cue animals would be very much appreci-
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Hello Venus! And the Moon Pays a Visit

Y ou have probably
noticed the bright
star in the west after sun-
down. It's Venus back at
last in our early evening
skies. Throughout this
week and next you'll
have the wonderful op-
portunity of seeing the
two planets closest to the
Sun, still very close to
each other in early eve-
ning skies. Plus an ex-
quisite crescent Moon
will not only pay a visit
to planet #1 on April 15,
but it will later pay a visit to the enchanting Seven Sisters. After which planet #2 will
slowly ascend the heavens for its own meeting with the Seven Sisters.
On this Sunday April 1 t, 45 minutes after sunset, face west where the brightest
thing you'll see will be the most brilliant planet of all, planet #2, 8,000-mile-wide,
Earth-sized Venus named for the Roman goddess of love. And just below it and still
very close after its super close meeting with Venus last weekend the smallest planet,
planet #1, 3,000-mile-wide Mercury, named for the swift messenger of the gods, and
just above the two of them the very tiny star cluster, the Seven Sisters.
And now here's the game plan. If you go out every night and take a peek at the rela-
tionship of these three you'll notice that Mercury and Venus will steadily move a little
farther apart from each other, Mercury descending to the horizon and Venus ascend-
h ftih
ing up towards the Seven Sisters: Monday the 12 Tuesday the 13 Wednesday the
14th. But then on Thursday April 15 t, the cosmos will present us with an exquisite
picture of a slender sliver of a two-day-old crescent Moon complete with earthshine
which will look like a grayish black full Moon nestled within it hovering just above
Mercury, a beautiful sight to the naked eye and in binoculars and through a small
And now here's where the really fun part comes in. You see because the Moon is so
close to us it changes its place in the sky drastically from night to night whereas the
planets and stars are so far away they move much slower in relation to us. So make a
note of where the Moon is in respect to Mercury, Venus and the Seven Sisters on
April 15h and then 24 hours later, voila! a slightly fatter Moon will have leapfrogged
past Venus and will make another exquisite picture but this time with the Seven Sis-
Don't miss these two nights, April 15th, the Moon and Mercury and April 16th
the Moon and the Seven Sisters. After which the Moon will continue its leapfrog-
ging around the heavens night after night while Venus slowly continues ascending
and Mercury descending. And believe me your patience will be rewarded because 10
days from April 15th on Sunday April 25th Venus will pay a beautiful visit to the
Seven Sisters and huddle up right beside them, another perfect
picture for the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope.
But once again let me caution you that although these objects
look close to each other they are indeed not. In fact the Moon
will be only 239,000 miles away, Mercury 67 million miles
away, Venus 142 million miles away. But the Seven Sisters a
whopping 2.4 quadrillion miles away. U Jack Horkheimer


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Rewards,
gifts, or money from investments or taxes
can be expected. Stress coupled with diet
will add to stomach problems. Try not to
overspend on luxury items. Sudden trips
may take you by surprise; try to include
your mate, mixing business with pleasure.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Wednesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Pleasure
trips will be favorable and bring about
possible romance. Arguments with rela-
tives may lead to a split in the family.
Don't hesitate to present your unique
ideas. You're intuitive this month; how-
ever, this attribute could get you in trouble
if you tactlessly say what you think. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may
be thinking of starting your own business.
Stretch the truth and you may get blamed
for something you didn't do. Extravagance
will be a problem. You may want to get
involved in financial investments pre-
sented to you. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will
meet exciting new people through interest
groups or functions that you attend with
your children. Plan a day of enjoyment
with them. Opportunities for romance
may develop through dealing with groups
that have a purpose. You will have diffi-
culties spreading yourself between your
work and your home. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Try to iron out
any friction over money with your mate or
conflicts could prevail. Don't overspend
or give too freely to others. Don't overre-
act if your partner has a poor attitude.
Complete those hobbies you started a long
time ago. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Arguments
could prevail. If they don't like the plan,
suggest that they con tribute a little. Op-
portunities for romance will develop
through activities with large groups. You
can make money, but try not to let it slip
through your fingers. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Monday.

y Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For April 2010

LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Spend time
getting to know each other. Real estate
investments will payoff. Your need to put
great detail into everything you do may
cause you to miss the overall picture. You
must consider yourself for a change. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't
make any rash decisions that may affect
friendships. You are ready to blow up and
your stress level has gone into over drive.
You will get along well in social situa-
tions. Your desire for excitement and ad-
venture may be expensive. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Do
not confront situations unless you are sure
you have a good understanding of the
dilemma. New methods and innovative
technology will make your job far easier
than you anticipated. You will enjoy
events that lean toward theater, art, or
music this month. Your ability to dazzle
others with your unique and innovative
ideas will attract attention. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You
may find that your mate is well aware of
the circumstances. Love could develop at
social events that are work related. Oppor-
tunities to get together with friends will be
enlightening and entertaining. Make sure
you concentrate if operating machinery or
vehicles. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Secret
affairs may be brought out in the open.
Get back into a routine that promises a
better looking, more aware individual.
You may find that purchases or entertain-
ment could be expensive. You need to
mingle with people who can spark enthu-
siasm and confidence in you. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You can't
make things better if you don't know what
to fix. Involve yourself in group endeav-
ors. You are best to work behind the
scenes on projects that require detail or
precision. A residential move may be in
order. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Saturday.

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F or 32 consecutive years Bonaire's
Kite Flying Contest (K6ntest di Fli),
organized by Iris Seemeleer of the Fla-
mingo Bookstore has drawn families to-
gether for fun and prizes. This year 160
kites were flown, each supported by a team
from one to 20 or more persons. Many
shipping containers filled with kites were
transported from Curagao alone. Weather
conditions were perfect with winds from 10
-20 knots and mostly sunny skies. In each
round of the day-long flying, the kites were
judged for uniqueness, beauty, originality,
biggest and smallest. To qualify the kite
had to fly for ay least a minute. Most did,
but some of the most spectacular just
couldn't stay in the air. A panel of seven
judges worked tirelessly through the long
day to evaluate the size, "look" and per-
formance of each kite.
Top winners included:
Urlyson Kiridongo, Curagao largest
Jairo Martis, Bonaire smallest kite
Swanley Hanse, Curagao most original,
most beautiful, and most unique kites
Swanley Hanse was also named the over-
all winner
The organizers expressed their apprecia-
tion to all entrants, especially to the com-
petitors from Curagao, the sponsors and the
volunteers who made the event a success.
Now it's time to prepare for next year. 0
Iris Seemeleer Hubert Vis G.D
Iris Semeleer and some of the judges 4

Bonaire Reporter- April 9-23, 2010

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