New identification cards
(sedulas) will be intro-
duced on Bonaire, St. Eustatius
and Saba after October 10 be-
cause the islands will become mu-
nicipalities of The Netherlands.
However, ID cards issued in Bon-
aire before October 10, will main-
tain their validity until expiration.
Cards issued in Statia and Saba
before October 10 will become
invalid effective July 1, 2011.
An ID card is issued typically
valid for five years.
For foreigners the card will con-
tain information regarding the
legal status of residency, and the
ID card will function as an immi-
gration document, according to the
Dutch Immigration and Naturali-
"Unless changes are made soon,
after 10/10/10 residents of Cura-
cao and St. Maarten will no
longer be able to move freely
between their homes and Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba.
Unless rules are changed they can
stay only six months as visitors.
The reason given is concern that
people of "the nearby islands"
would see the improved facilities
on the BES islands in areas such as
education and health care as an
incentive to move to there.
Additionally, if the incoming cen-
ter-right Dutch Cabinet imposes
"admittance and expulsion regula-
tions" in The Netherlands for An-
tilleans it will extend as well to
Aruba and European Dutchmen.
Critics of the plans say the idea of
"protecting" one part of the King-
dom from the others is outdated
and does not fit in with being
united in the Kingdom under one
"Part of the preparation for the
introduction of the US dollar as
new currency on Bonaire on
January 1, 2011, is the introduc-
tion of the Fair Pricing Code
supervised by the Bonaire Fair
Pricing Code Committee.
Bonaire's Fair Pricing Code
started on October 1st 2010, the
same day that businesses had to
start listing prices in both guilders
and dollars. The two-currency
pricing will remain compulsory
until July 31st 2011.
The Fair Pricing Code is one of the
methods used to prevent price
inflation due to the introduction of
the dollar. Participating businesses
promise to price goods and ser-
vices correctly in two currencies
(on the basis of the official ex-
change rate) and not to increase
prices unfairly. In return, they are
allowed to use the Fair Price logo.
If a business does not comply, they
will lose the right to carry the Fair
Price logo and this will be pub-
lished in the media. This naming
and shaming policy means that the
public knows which traders' busi-
nesses are sticking to the rules and
Businesses can participate by sim-
ply filling in and signing the con-
tract in the Fair Pricing Code leaf-
let. This contract can be sent to the
Bonaire Fair Pricing Code Com-
mittee c/o Chamber of Commerce,
Kaya Korona 3, Kralendijk.
- Ex-commissioner for UPB
(Green party) and former Head of
the Department of Economic Af-
fairs (DEZA), Jeffrey Leven-
stone, (41) was arrested and held
in jail as part of the ongoing
"Fiji-Zambezi" probe into cor-
ruption and money laundering that
was started in September 2009.
His home and office were
searched. It is the same investiga-
tion in which UPB leader Ramon-
sito Booi and former commis-
sioner Burney Elhage are also
"A person died of dengue fever
in Curacao, highlighting the need
to remain vigilant when it comes
to this potentially deadly disease
that is now prevalent throughout
the Caribbean especially consider-
ing the intensive movement of
people within the Netherlands
between the ABC islands. The
victim appeared to have had hem-
orrhagic dengue in combination
with "Dengue Shock Syndrome,"
said the local health authority .
"The Rijksdienst Caribisch
Nederland (RCN) was successful
in employing 41 persons over the
course of the summer, according
to a recent RCN press release. Of
the 41 new staffers, 38 are Antil-
leans; 22 are from Bonaire. Six
,On 10 October 2010, the Dutch Antilles will be replaced
as a country by three governments. Curaqao and St Maarten
will become separate countries within the Kingdom of The
Netherlands, while Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius, the BES
Islands, will become special Dutch municipalities. Aruba al-
ready had a separate status. The process which has taken five
years is supposed to give the larger islands more autonomy and
improve the quality of life on the three smaller islands.
In the ceremony pictured above Prime Minister de Jongh-
Elhage expressed her appreciation for what Bonaireans had
done for The Netherland Antilles.
persons are returning from the
Netherlands. The remaining per-
sons are: five from Curagao,
three from The Netherlands, two
from St. Eustatius and Aruba and
one from Saba.
A spokesperson said, "RCN be-
lieves it is important that the
Dutch government on Bonaire,
St. Eustatius and Saba is repre-
sented by the local community.
There were 415 responses to
advertisements of vacancies at
People on Bonaire, St. Eusta-
tius and Saba with questions
about the RCN or changes after
the constitutional changes on
10/10/10 can call 08008-101010
on weekdays from 1:30 pm to
5pm. People can ask questions in
four languages: Papiamentu,
English, Spanish and Dutch.
"The new Royal Navy's sta-
tion ship for the Dutch Carib-
bean Hr.Ms. Zuiderkruis
(Southern Cross) tied up at town
pier last week. The ship withl82
crew has started its six-month
tour in the islands, during which
it will conduct counter-drug op-
erations for the Navy and the
local Coast Guard. It is 170 me-
ters long, 20.3 meters wide with
an 8.4 meters draft. It is a supply
vessel with a maximum speed of
21 knots. For operations outside
territorial waters there will be a
Law Enforcement Detachment of
the US Coast Guard on board the
warship, which is equipped with
two machine guns, a quick-fire
anti-aircraft cannon and a West-
land Lynx helicopter.
"All existing debts of the
country of The Netherlands
(Continued on page 7)
Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Netherlands Antilles Replaced 2
BOPEC Aftermath 3
Teduki 101010 QuiltProject 6
Tax Discussion 7
Letters to the Editor-Eyesore Removal,
911 Trouble 8
Spiritual Message for 10/10/10 Bonaire 8
Carice Green Turtle Radio Tagged 10
80% of Bonaireans Don't Want a Large
Hotel At Sunset Beach 11
New Baby: Alexa Peiliker 13
More Insel Air Flights 13
Dutch Media Meet Caribbean Nature 15
Klein Swim 15
First Bonaire Eco Lodge 16
Bonaire & Netherlands Govemments
Adventurous Artist-WilDijkstra 16
Cleaning Klein 17
Abuse and Neglect 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On The Island Since (Rhonda Bennett) 4
Picture Yourself-San Diego, USA 6
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Quiz #38 (Market) 7
Latin Music Classics La Bamba-Valens 7
Bonaire Voices- Concerns at Cocari 9
What's Happening, Cruise Ships 12
Reporter Masthead 12
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 13
Shopping & Service Directory 14
Bonaire On Wheels -Rover Dulleart &
Bon Qui Answer 17
Sudoku Solution 17
Pet of the Week (Edward with Merle) 18
DidYou Know(Cone Snail) 18
Sky Park (Hunter's Moon, Jupiter) 19
The Stars Have It 19
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On Thursday, September 9, lightning
was suspected to have ignited a fire in a
naphtha storage tank at Bonaire Petro-
leum Company's tank farm on Bon-
aire's northwest coast.
The fire burned for three days.
The wind was almost calm which al-
lowed the smoke clouds to concentrate
and drift eastward over Bonaire's
Washington National Park and adja-
cent green areas. The full impact of the
environmental damage is still being
assessed. The following story is from a
Bonaire resident living closest down-
wind from the fire.
The Dutch Investigation Council for
Safety will review details of the disaster
said Lt. Governor Glenn Thod6. He
deems the action justified in view of the
impact of the fire. "I decided to call in
the council, as it is independent and
operates according to procedures deter-
mined in advance. It is crucial that no-
body can meddle with the findings of
the investigation," according to Thod6.
Until the investigation is complete
BOPEC will remain closed to preserve
evidence. The investigation will have to
determine for sure if the cause of the
fire was a lightning strike as presumed.
Thod6 also wants an analysis on the
performance of the responding parties
concerned and recommendations for
the future. The signal "fire under con-
trol" was only given 55 hours after the
blaze had started.
Downwind from the BOPEC Fire
Special to the Bonaire Reporter
by Don M. Ricks
4 ] Tever leave home without it," my
1 friend Michael advises. A cam-
era, he means. His words came to mind as,
at 2 am, I stared down into the caldron.
Standing only 500 meters directly uphill
from the BOPEC fire, I was witnessing per-
haps the most spectacular sight of my life.
And I had left home without my camera.
At that time the fire had been burning for
12 hours and was still roaring like a blast
furnace, despite a futile stream of water
arching through the air and disappearing
into the blaze. Later there would be specula-
tion about bringing in foam and helicopters
and other fire fighting equipment. But one
thing would have been obvious to anyone
standing where I was at that time. This fire
had to bum itself out. Nothing would be
able to get near enough, with sufficient im-
pact, to extinguish it.
Rain was coming down steadily, a fact far
more important to the island than it seemed
at the time. A day later, after
the skies cleared and we
watched the heavy plume of
smoke rise high in the air,
everyone was relieved to see
it drift off to the west to
disperse elsewhere. But that
first night and the next day i
the rain poured, driving
down an oily soot with it.
I've heard that soot has
shown up at many sites on
Bonaire. Where we live near
Playa Frans, directly down-
wind from BOPEC, it coated
What seemed to be the
short term impact on the
environment? Well, the local
donkeys turned from sort of
white to distinctly grey.
Now the iguanas that skitter
across the road near the
BOPEC gate are black.
Pools of dark water still
span the road immediately
above BOPEC. A person
touching any vegetation--
when pulling weeds for in-
stance-ends up with
smudged hands. The rainwater that streamed
over the cliff into the sea was coal black,
with who knows what effect on the marine
On the other hand, we've observed no
signs of death. The birds are still signing.
The native trees, shrubs and weeds, re-
sponding to the heavy recent rains, are thriv-
ing. Mushrooms of various shapes, sizes and
colors are colonizing the bush. Whatever the
longer term effects may be, none are pres-
ently apparent to us laypersons.
Regarding our "personal environment,"
we're still living with results of the smoke.
We can now pet our cats without having to
wash our hands afterward, but the floor un-
der our feet stills feels gritty, even after re-
peated cleaning. A light coat of soot still
coats the bottom of the cistern, despite two
draining and scrubbings. Streaks run down
the walls of the buildings where the dirty
water drained off the roof. A washer load of
clothes that was hanging on the line at the
time is of no further use except for one
dress. It was black when Barbara bought it.
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- Rhuab DMBtt
Same here to dive and I
I stayed for the people. My
husband and I sold our house, a
log home at 8,000 feet in the
Colorado mountains: a beautiful
place a Christmas card as
soon as we came back from Bon-
aire. It wasn't even for sale! But
somebody offered us this ridicu-
lous sum of money and we
looked at each other and said
'Let's go! Let's go to Bonaire!'
Once we were here we went to
a porch sale to buy some furni-
ture. Karen van Dijk was leaving
(she came back after a couple of
years). She said, 'My business is
for sale too, Sign Studio Signal.'
So, I bought a business at a porch
sale... It's been the same name
and phone number for at least 20
years now. Sign Studio had al-
ways been an extra income as my
husband worked. But after the
divorce it became my only in-
A week after my husband left -
it was a mutual break-up I was
giving guitar lessons to my first
two students, Derek and Louise,
when a man came to the gate...
He was very dark, wearing dark
clothes. It was Christmas time,
December, and my garden was
an awful mud pool, full of weeds
taller than me and I had to use
my machete to get in and out of
the garden. The man was at the
front gate and he said, 'Can I
clean your garden? I would like
to make some extra money for
Christmas.' So, I showed him
around and the kids are banging
on their guitars and I have bed
sheets blowing in the wind and
not only did I show him my gar-
den but I also told him, 'This
window doesn't close and this
door doesn't lock...' Then I
thought, 'Oh my God, what am I
doing? I am showing a perfect
stranger all my vulnerabilities.
At that moment my sheets
were blowing off the line and I
had to run and catch them. The
guy says it would be NAf 350 to
clean the garden. I said, 'I'm
sorry, but right now I don't have
the money. I gave the cell plioni
to the kids to put down his name
and number and got my sheiets
The man leaves and I start W\ on1
ing about everything I told h1in
Four hours later I hear the doi,
barking outside. I see this gu .
face and think, 'Oh God, I am ll
alone.' Then he says, 'Lady i ou
don't understand. I am not a
criminal. I am a father; my Iki-
are with me here in the car and I
came back to help you. I got thli
money I needed, because do" In
the street they gave me a job a.ind
now I've come back to help 0 ol i
He stuck out his hand and smid I ;
am Angel.'" '
Rhonda smiles: 'That made Im c
stay it was the day I officially
decided to stay on the island. I
was 50 years old.
Honestly... I'd never even th
dreamed of running my own ha
business. I am a hippie musician
type a starving artist, ha! Re- cc
sponsibility has never been my ye
cup of tea I don't have kids so I ac
never had to. Now all of a sudden
I am thousands w
of miles from fa
"You have two choices you can complain
and bitch and moan about things or you can
take the time and focus on all the beauty. "
home and crazy
days are here."
She laughs. "I
am a reluctant
I do as much as
it takes to keep
e debtors off my back, ha! ha!
i! That's terrible!
My clients they just totally
ome word of mouth. In nine
cars I haven't done NAf 500 of
I am good, but I am not fast. I
as born to shoot pictures of
ces faces of people and ani-
als. For the last two years I did
mongst other things) the Buki
Telefon the phonebook all
e shiny pages and the covers.
ut I also do weddings, babies,
iristenings and parties." Rhonda
id her Bonairean family, her
friends, her students, her dogs,
her house, her garden- it's for
real; a full life. She's wise and
whole and charismatic and she
has a great talent for life.
'If you have the right attitude
on Bonaire, everybody becomes
your friend. You have two
choices you can complain and
bitch and moan about things or
you can take the time and focus
on all the beauty. I find it impos-
sible to do both at the same time.
Hey, that's a good quote! You
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On The island Since (Continued from
know, my mother was a human
rights activist. When other kids
were going to the zoo, we were
having a sit-in at the state capitol
with our mother so... I learned
from her. Right now I am the
happiest and most content in my
life; I've learned that the quickest
way to get over yourself is to
help someone else.
I have all this diversity of peo-
ple in my life all of these kids
and all of these students and
Tony Angila and his family. He
was a customer of mine and our
friendship just grew and he
would talk to me about things:
girls and stuff. One day he
stopped and said, 'Hi, Rhonda. I
have somebody in the car I want
you to meet,' and I said,'Really,
who's that?' He said, 'It's the
one!' That was the first time I
met Nataly. So, then they asked
me to be the witness at their wed-
ding and it went on from there. I
could not be more part of a fam-
ily if they came out of my own...
well... I am the godmother of
both their children. I am so grate-
ful that Joyce, Tony's mom, has
let me 'adopt' her son. When she
introduces me to people she says
'this is Tony's other mother' and
that's gracious. Joyce has been
kind enough to share her family
When he was single, Tony was
150% into cars and now he's
150% into kids. Whenever Tony
and Nataly do anything they give
it their all. Tony is doing the
'Panchito Club,' a children's
program on channel 24, every
Saturday from 10 till 11:30 am.
Besides the TV-show, the
'Panchito Club' has a website
all sorts of games, pictures of all
the parties, events and birthdays
involving children on Bonaire
which gets about 15,000 hits per
month. Tony goes to all these
parties and he takes the photos
and he e-mails the photos to me
right away. Then I print them and
he picks them up and takes them
back to the party. And people,
who come from everywhere to
attend such a party, are oh so
happy to get the photos. I am the
creative and arts side and Tony is
doing the educational and enter-
tainment part. We went to the
notary and now we are
'Foundation Panchito Club.'
We're going to get a bank num-
ber this week. We do free movie
nights and free music nights for
everybody. And Tony reminded
me to tell you we could use do-
nations of old musical instru-
ments, working or not. The
Foundation Panchito Club is not
out to change the world. We just
want to encourage children to be
all they can be and to make them
aware of their choices and oppor-
tunities. You got to keep telling
kids, 'You Can!'
I think the answer to peace and
love is blending... integration.
People don't really know Bonaire
unless they get off the main
streets and into the barios until
they've attended a christening, a
wedding, a funeral or a girl's
15th birthday party. Until they've
done all those things they don't
know where they are...
I started music when my dad
put money in the jukebox and let
me sing and dance for his
friends. My mom played the
piano, my dad the guitar. I was in
children's choirs and played the
guitar when I was nine and I
played and sang all my life.
About six years ago I started here
with two kids and it just grew. I
give private lessons voice, gui-
tar, bass and piano but I've got
the heart of a rocker. I play any-
thing. So, it's just natural that all
the rocking kids have just con-
gregated here with their amplifi-
ers and speakers. And thank God
for my neighbors! Soon we're
going to be starting groups, and
private lessons are always avail-
able through Panchito. We will
never turn down a child who
wants to do something artistic -
we will always find a sponsor for
It's because from the day I was
little, my mom pounded into my
head that everybody on this
planet is equal no matter what.
Isn't it a joy to be surrounded by
people from all different walks of
life, all different colors, races and
religions? Isn't it wonderful to
get along and embrace the differ-
ences in each other? I think life
would be so boring just sitting
around with a bunch of people
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In June a few
on Bonaire were
asked to participate
in a unique quilt
project in connec-
tion with the 10-10-
10 event: Teduki na
kaminda. The pro-
ject an initiative of
a group of quilting
ladies in Curaqao -
starts at a large ex-
hibition at Gallery
Alma Blou. The
the road from the
past until today for
the "Land of Cura-
qao" and Bonaire as
part of the new
A Teduki (tea-
towel) is the tropi-
cal "light" version
of a quilt. Quilting
is done by joining
layers of material
together in any
shape to make a
thicker padded ma-
terial. Quilting is
done by hand or by
and some of the
creations may be
considered an art,
because they look like beautiful paint-
Over 40 ladies including four on Bon-
aire participated as "The Teduki La-
dies" in the project. Together they cre-
ated a large quilt from hundreds of
pieces of fabric, including real tedukis.
Each one of them made a colorful per-
sonal message about the future of the
islands. But the quilt also shows impor-
tant events from the past, starting in
1499 when Amerigo Vespucci discov-
The four ladies on Bonaire Marijke
Pool, Marjan Veen, Anita Vader and
Edith Foks- have been working on this
project for eight weeks during their
weekly quilting meetings. They assem-
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On Top of Cowles Mountain
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Marijke Pool, Marjan Veen, Anita Vader
and Edith Foks with the Teduki
bled all the parts from Curaqao, added
the year labels and their own creations
and finally made a original Bonairean
After being introduced in the Gallery
Alma Blou until October 18, the Teduki
Na Kaminda will be exhibited in the
MCB Atrium, Plaza Jojo Correa in
Punda, Curaqao until October 25. Next
exhibition locations will be published
But after all exhibitions the Teduki will
finally return to Bonaire. The Teduki
Ladies will then present the quilt to the
Bestuurscollege of Bonaire, hoping it
will be saved for the future and all Bo-
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Antilles and the Island Territory of
Curacao will become debts
of the Netherlands on October 10. The
other islands were not authorized to take
IState Secretary of Home Affairs and
Kingdom Relations Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten's trip to Curacao this week
will be her last official visit to the islands
in her current capacity, as the final forma-
tion of the new Dutch cabinet is expected
to take place this weekend. Together with
Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Prin-
cess Maxima, she will attend the last meet-
ing of the Antillean Parliament on Satur-
day, October 9, and festivities that same
At the beginning of next year she will take
the job of the Commissioner of the Queen
in her home province of Overijssel. Bi-
jleveld-Schouten (48) guided the restruc-
turing of the Antilles since February 2007.
Just when everyone thought the new
BES Island tax structure was clear
everything is up in the air because Cura-
cao and St Maarten are concerned that
the rules as agreed on by the islands and
by Dutch Caretaker Minister of Finance
(De Jager) will hurt their revenues.
In addition the new coalition govern-
ment partner, the PVV, wants higher
taxes in the islands as well.
It is probable that the tax structures
will include a 15% profit tax and add an
extra income tax scale for the higher
This is the tax plan as it currently
stands. Be advised that they may change
if Holland bows to the wishes of Cura-
cao and the PVV Party:
* Abolishment of Capital Gains
* A "deductible" of $5000 on inter-
est and dividend income. Above that
the tax rate is 5%.
* Shareholder-Directors will be in-
cluded in the withholding wage tax at a
level of $20,000/year
* The penshonadoregeling
(Pensionado Regulation) is abolished.
To solve the puzzle, enter the num-
bers 1 through 9 to the partially
filled in puzzle without repeating a
number in any row, column or 3 x
3 region. Answer on page 17.
1From the initial results of the opinion
poll in the survey of the Central Bureau
for the Statistics (CBS) in June 2010, it
appears that on Bonaire fewer compa-
nies than formerly expect to make a
profit this year. Moreover, a fifth of the
interviewed entrepreneurs experience the
investment climate as 'bad' (21%). That
was 17% just six months ago.
*Zsuzsana (Suz) Hoogenboom, together
with her husband, Leo, will be produc-
ing the tracking maps and stories about
the journey of those turtles being
tracked from Bonaire this year. See
their story on page 10.
Suz also writes, "On September 3rd, we
placed the first transmitter of the 2010
nesting season on a female hawksbill turtle
named Valley. She returned to shore on
September 16th and laid her fourth nest of
the season at No Name Beach on Klein
Bonaire. Current signals position her again
resting on the reef very close to where she
(Continued on page 8)
There will be a 5-year transition until it
disappears. The transition plan hasn't
The wage and income tax is a flat
rate of 30.4%. The premiums of the
BES general old age insurance, the In-
surance Act, general widows and or-
phans and BES health insurance are in-
cluded as income.
The inheritance tax expires. In its
place are three schemes based on special
Foundations or charitable organi-
zations are exempt from income tax.
The current sales tax on Bonaire
and the tax on company turnover on
Saba and St. Eustatius will be re-
placed by a general use tax as described
below (in Dutch Algemene Bestedings
I .'.i, ,10 1 -. ABB).
Services are charged at the time of
the (local) delivery of the service.
The general use 8% tax (ABB) is
divided into three parts: 1) the tax on
imported goods; 2) the charge on the
(domestic) delivery of services and 3)
the tax on supplies of locally produced
For very efficient passenger cars
zero import tax applies. For other cars
a rate of 25% applies.
Import duties for Bonaire will be
There is a unilateral scheme for the
BES islands resembling the Dutch De-
cree on avoidance of double taxation in
2001 (compared to third countries).
The stamp tax, registration tax and
the sales tax will be abolished.
Provided by Bonaire Law
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Bamba" is an
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suggests the nature of the dance, in which
the footwork is done faster and faster as
the music tempo accelerates.
The traditional song inspired Ritchie
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He infused the traditional tune with a rock
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his quaint structure, built in 1935, has
a special place in the hearts of many
Bonaireans. For years it was a place of
social gathering in addition to its true pur-
pose within the community. It is named
after the woman who sold her products
there for years, Machi Mimi.
A sign with her name hangs above. It was
placed there a few years ago by the Gov-
ernment to honor her dedication and hard
work. At the present day it is used as a
fruit and vegetable market. The Venezue-
lan fruit boats, 'barkjes' which were not
permitted to sell their goods from the pier
after security measures, now man the tiny
If you take a look at the west side of the
market you will notice steps leading
into the ocean.
Q) What are the steps for, and what
was originally sold from this market?
Answer on page 17
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LeCtter /_ / o
SJ t' itor
As I have
yet to re-
ceive a re-
- I would
like to redi-
While I believe this little island to be a
better place now that the Divi group has
given up their plan to ruin what should be
a public beach, it seems their eagerness to
erect the huge Quonset "thing" at Sunset
is not matched by their responsibility to
remove the eye sore.
Surely there must be some concern
within the ranks of Divi that their monu-
ment to greed and over development, if
left in place, will not present the message
to this community that would favor Divi,
a partner in preserving what is left of
It would be refreshing if they would now
step forward and remove their trash from
Letter to Divi:
Shucks, just call me lame. Seems as
though if I drop a coke can on the beach
somehow, someway, somebody says I
need to remove the trash.
Gosh, I haven't seen any effort by Divi to
pick up their trash from the beach at Sun-
From everything I've learned, they have
given up the hold they had on the last
strand of beach property on the west side.
Now can we expect they leave their litter
on the sand as so many disrespectful, non
-thinking people have before.
Can we look forward to another couple
of years with a symbol of blight, another
symbol of greed, all the while professing
to represent Bonaire diving at its finest?
Shame on the Divi group and shame on
the authorities for allowing the eye sore
You folks don't have a clue, do you?
Having trouble trying to figure out the
responsibility of this abortion?
Divi should spare no time in removing
the trash from the beach.
911 NEEDED FOR DIALING 911
been a lot of
from people uUsmc
living on a
are suffering from frequent theft. Unfor-
tunately, I can add one story about this
Last week we had a burglar trying to
break in at our kunuku. Our dogs went for
him and started barking big time.
This is what my wife heard and she
started looking for the problem. Then she
saw the man (throwing rocks at the dogs).
She was all alone with our 10-month old
baby and she just thought about one
thing: get out of here and keep the baby
safe. So she went to the nearest neighbor
(by car) and called 911.
They did not pick up !!
She tried again later and then somebody
answered the phone. This operator did not
know how to communicate properly in
those kind of circumstances with a victim
(as we found out later). The neighbor
could help by explaining to the operator
in Papiamentu where the address was.
In the meantime I had hurried home my-
self to find a very distressed spouse and
baby and a very helpful neighbor. The
burglar was gone, thanks to the dogs
To calm down we decided to go to town
and have a coffee as there were still no
police to be seen. Although it was already
1 hour later!
On the way to town I placed a call to the
police to complain about the 911 service.
I never got any feedback from them. Af-
ter 31/2 hours later we were home and we
heard somebody at the gate. Surprise: the
They explained to me that the 911 opera-
tor failed to mention that the burglar was
still at the kunuku at the moment of the
call. And......they could not find the
I can understand they cannot find every
kunuku, but why not call back?
I sincerely hope the 911 operators read
this and get the message. It is a very re-
sponsible job not to be taken lightly and a
lot of people expect a lot of it.
L ast month Michel Steiner, son of Norca Loff (above), came to Bonaire on a mission.
He organized several guided meditations and balancing of the chakras on various
locations on the island. Michel's presence on Bonaire has everything to do with the trans-
formation the island is going through as from the 10th of this month. The essence of his
message is as follows:
"Dear brothers and sisters, you are loved and blessed by the Council of the ancestors of
the light. We bring you a message to the awakening of humanity in united consciousness.
The union made between Bonaire and Holland is not worthwhile if you in your hearts do
not accept it. The union between Bonaire and Holland is a step of consciousness but for it
to take shape you must accept and forgive the qualities and the defects. Create a union
from heart to heart and the transformation will come true." (Channeled by Michel
Steiner). Michel will be back on Bonaire in November. EStory & photo by Greta Kooistra
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 7)
has been nesting. This usually indicates that
she will nest at least one more time."
1CARACAS, Venezuela Supporters
of President Hugo Chavez won a major-
ity in legislative elections held last week,
but the opposition secured at least one-third
of the seats, giving it the ability to block
critical legislation and top federal appoint-
ments. The results revealed a popular vote
across the country that was about evenly
split. The National Assembly had been
tightly controlled by Mr. Chavez's allies
since 2005, when the opposition tactically
erred by boycotting legislative elections
Mr. Chavez's United Socialist Party won at
least 90 of the legislature's 165 seats, while
a coalition of opposition parties won at least
59 seats, said Tibisay Lucena, the president
of the electoral council. She said several
other seats went to a small unaligned leftist
party and to indigenous groups, while the
winners of some seats were yet to be deter-
mined because of close races in parts of the
country. Jorge 11,,,' w, ,...
IChampion bodybuilder and trainer
Tina Woodley will open her new shop,
the GoGreen Natural & Organic Shop on
Sunday10/10/10 at 11 am. It's across from
the St. James Medical School near the big
St. Bernardus church downtown. Her
brother Joe, who helped start the fitness
revolution on Bonaire with Joe's Gym, will
be on hand for the opening.
)Ifyou are interesting in mountain bike
training, see the time schedule below.
Tuesday: 5:30 pm for advanced bikers
Wednesday: 5:30 pm for everyone
Thursday: 5:30 pm for advanced
Saturday: 4:00pm for everyone (long)
Sunday 8:00 am training for the
Xtreem competition (min 3 hours ride)
All rides start at De Freewieler bike shop
on Kaya Grandi.
I Cover story:
Bonaire Regatta Week got off to a wet
start Sunday night with the Parade of
Nations. Bonaire residents from 18 coun-
The last month in Bonaire has been nota-
ble for the lack of wind and plenty of rain.
The lack of wind is badly timed as Bon-
aire's wind turbines are operational but not
producing and the Regatta's sailing races
began on Monday as we go to press.
This Regatta Festival is the most compre-
hensive and elaborate in the event's history.
Look for a report on the Regatta in the next
edition of The Reporter.
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Bonaire Reporter- October 8-22, 2010,
CONCERN AT COCARI
First of all you'll want to know what
the name COCARI stands for. In
1982 a group of nurses Lelia Booi, Gladys
Seraus, Marita Djojopawiro and Jolanda
Domacass6 -came up with the name (in
Papiamentu) Comision Cuido pa Grandi-
nan di Rincon (Commission for Elderly
Care in Rincon).
One of the founding nurses, Jolanda Do-
macass6 (69), has had 25 years of nursing
experience. She's worked nine long years in
the hospital and then in the different
neighborhoods assisting the elderly, espe-
cially in Rincon. It became obvious that that
the once-a-week visits to these elderly peo-
ple in Rincon was not enough for their care.
A group of nurses saw the need to get all the
elderly together in one location, an old
school with facilities for them. Thanks to
the then pastor of the Rincon Catholic
church, Pastor Vasquez, and under the au-
thorization of the late Bishop Ellis, they
were able to get this location.
The place was opened on 25th of January
1982, thanks to the donations of businesses
in Bonaire Playa and Rincon areas. The
commission was made up of Pastor
Vasques, Dr. Bielde (a doctor at that time),
Nurses Nico Sint Jago, Carmen Goeloe,
Elsa Molina, Regina Janga and lots of vol-
unteers. All the work was done voluntarily,
and until today, without pay. The only ones
paid by the Island Government are the
cleaning lady and the bus driver. The rest
What are the concerns of this foundation
today? Nurse Jolanda Domacass6 tells us.
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Bonaire Reporter- October 8-22, 2010
"The number of volunteers is diminishing
and the cost of living is getting higher. Vol-
unteers cannot fill the working hours be-
tween 8:30 am and 2 pm on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday anymore because the
cost of living forces them to look for paying
jobs. They can't afford to work without
getting paid because they have a family to
take care of. Besides this they had to charge
the elderly "visitors" NAf10 a month, but
today it is NAf 50. And the amount of do-
nations isn't enough for all the care. The
'visitors' are served three meals a day:
breakfast, brunch and lunch. People to do
the cooking are very scarce, and those cooks
who usually do the cooking can't come on a
regular basis. Sometimes even the President
of the Foundation, Edilio Jansen, has to get
into the kitchen to give a helping hand to
cook for almost 40 people. What we really
need is a regular cook, nurses to help and to
guide the visitors and of course, volunteers.
What is also needed are lots of donations to
help the elderly in Cocari to get their own
bus and repair or rebuild the buildings. One
of the buildings needs to be rebuilt com-
pletely. These buildings were donated to
Cocari as a visiting center where they have
different activities. We also have trips out-
We need the buses for transportation.
Those members who don't have the means
to come to the center can be picked up from
home and returned. A small bus is also
needed to help those Cocari members who
cannot come to the center by delivering their
meals. Cocari can provide them with this
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service but sometimes the volunteers have
to use their own cars.
Our 'emergency list' of things that really
need full attention are: more volunteers to
guide and set priorities for the elderly in
Rincon, a bus for wheelchair visitors and a
bus for home service which can be the prop-
erty of Cocari itself. The bus that we are
using now has been lent to us by another
foundation. We really need Rincon people
to help three times a week in their spare
time, because most of the volunteers who
have been helping Cocari are over 60 now!
Remember, some of them started 28 years
ago with Cocari!
If there are businesses that would like to
invest money in this Foundation to help the
Elderly in Rincon, they can contact the
President Edilio Jansen at 717-6392 or 786-
5357. For a long time we've been striving to
meet our needs. So we hope we can get a
So many of us are concerned with our
future our pension and how much we have
to pay for the cost of living. The 1st of Octo-
ber 2010, was the International Day of the
Elderly, but we have to remember every day
is the elderly day. As long as they are alive
they have to be able to eat,
drink and be active. U
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W working in teams, staff and volun-
teers from Sea Turtle Conservation
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ter to the carapace of a large female green
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National Park. The turtle came ashore at
19:45 and spent the next two hours digging
her nest and filling it with eggs. Once she
finished carefully covering the nest with
sand and began to head back to sea, the .,-
STCB team intercepted her. Then, working
under beautiful moonlight, the team at-
tached the satellite transmitter and
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"Carice" was named after well-known
Dutch actress, Carice van Houten, who was on
the island last week in her role as an ambassador
of the international conservation organization
World Wide Fund (WWF). Ms van Houten and a
WWF film crew spent five days filming a docu-
mentary featuring Bonaire's world-renowned
natural resources and the work of WWF-
supported projects. WWF provides substantial
operating support to STCB and is the official
sponsor of green turtle "Carice." To learn more
about WWF's support of sea turtle conservation
on Bonaire, go to www.bonaireturtles.org.
"Carice" measures 101 centimeters along the
curved length of her carapace and her weight is
estimated to be in excess of 100 kg (220 lb).
Typically it takes anywhere from 15 to 30 years
for a sea turtle to reach maturity and be able to
reproduce. Sea turtles can live to be 80 years old
hel Nava and Robert van Dam releasing "Carice"
after transmitter deployment
Signals position "Carice" in the neighborhood of
Playa Chikitu. It is anticipated that she will lay
one or more nests before she leaves the area to
return to her home foraging grounds. Now that a
transmitter has been placed, STCB will monitor
the turtle's movements to discover her migratory
route, how far she travels and, if all goes well,
where in the Caribbean Sea her home ground is.
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There is a grass roots movement
underway in Bonaire to ensure
that the property at Sunset, fal-
low for almost a decade, is put to
good use... and that that use in-
cludes a proper beach accessible
and free to all Bonaire residents.
The first ofseveral surveys was
launched in The Reporter's last
edition. This is afollow-up. Nt
Results from three re-
cent surveys show that
80% of Bonaireans and 90% of
all visitors do NOT want a
large hotel built at the Sunset
Two of the surveys were ac-
cessible on-line via the Internet,
one in Papiamentu and one in
English, and the third was printed a,*- .
and circulated in the community
in Papiamentu only.
More than 1,600 people re- -
sponded to the surveys in just -.
two weeks and 75% of the re-
sponses were from island residents.
"After The Bonaire Reporter survey started
we wanted to know what the local people
think so we set up the same questions in a
Papiamentu survey," says Alan Gross, who
has experience in doing market research and
who helped launch the survey project.
"The response was immediate and very
clear," said Alan Gross. "There was fast
response on the Internet and also immediate
response to the printed Papiamentu survey
that was handed out in various locations.
People wanted their voices to be heard."
In the words of one Bonairean: "This
can be a magnificent recreational area for
the people of Bonaire that will attract tour-
ists, too. After we lost Pink Beach we don't
have any other sites like this." [Esaki lo por
ta un area rekreashonal mi,giiko pa ku e
pueblo boneriano, kua alabes lo atrae turis-
tanan. Despues di a perd? Pink Beach no a
keda otro sitio asina]
Another respondent commented: "Let's
hope that more Bonaireans choose to pre-
serve and renovate this site as a public
beach and give Bonaireans a chance for
some small stands that sell local food or art.
And also make a park where families can sit
and enjoy the sunset on a public beach with-
out restrictions on access." [Ohala mas
Boneireano skohe pa preserved i renobd e
sitio aki komo bich publiko i dunayu nan di
tera pues Boneireano e chens di por tin
Iruls of Sunn tIa me Fuluit f ihr ik ai kcb prtinv
Inst kqpadtu s [he lake
algun stentjes pa bende e.o. kuminda lokal i
of nan artenan ku tur bishitante di e bich i
pone tambe un parke pa asina kadafamia
por disfrutd di un bahada di solo na un
playa n&tamente ptibliko i sin restrikshon ku
no por subi ariba]
The research on what the community
wants to happen with Sunset Beach was
fielded two weeks ago after there were re-
ports that a large hotel chain was interested
in the site now that Divi Properties will not
be developing it. "The people want to be
listened to this time,"said Sherwin Pourier,
one of the members of the research group.
"Sunset Beach could be a very valuable
tourism asset and provide many jobs for
local people," said Bous Scholts, former
marketing manager at Plaza Resort and now
a tourism consultant on the island (Carbo
Trade Trust Consultancy NV). "There are
all sorts of jobs that a well developed park
could provide without walling the area off
like large hotels usually do.
"Bonaireans could still get the construc-
tion jobs for developing the site with board-
walks, concession stands, maybe even a
maritime museum or aquarium. And then
Bonairean people could also own and work
in the small concession businesses that the
site could support. There would probably be
more jobs for Bonaireans in this sort of de-
velopment than in a large, foreign-owned
hotel," said Scholts.
The group that fielded the research is
called "Salba nos Sunset" and is working
toward a profitable but also sustainable
mixed-use project that could become the
crown jewel of the Caribbean if it is well
"If you look at how most large hotels
develop their beachfront properties you see
that they make it very difficult and inacces-
sible for local people, even though their
agreement says that the beach remains pub-
lic," said Kris Kats a member of the Sunset
preservation group. "People have to walk
long distances and must often pass through
guard stations to reach the beach at most
"Usually if local people do try to go to
the big hotel beach they do not have access
to facilities and do not feel welcome," Kats
said. "Today there are very smart and excit-
ing things happening in the area of public
beach preservation and development," he
According to a frequent Bonaire visitor
who responded to the survey: "A public
beach would provide locals with access to
their waterfront, making up for the develop-
ment of other parts of the island limiting
access to the water by ordinary Bonaireans.
It would also be a draw for tourists like me
and a place where locals and visitors can
intermingle and enjoy Bonaire's environ-
"This is just like the response to preserv-
ing Klein Bonaire," said Laura DeSalvo,
editor of The Bonaire Reporter and a mem-
ber of the group who fielded the survey.
"Even in The Bonaire Reporter survey, half
of the people who responded were Bonaire
residents. And both groups want to create
"Even in The Bonaire Reporter survey, half
of the people who responded were Bonaire
residents. And both groups want to create
some sort of public beach facility.
"The people know the value of public
lands and they know that today there is very
little public access to local beaches. The
results are very clear that the people of Bon-
aire do not see the need for a large hotel at
the Sunset site and neither do the tourists,"
Some respondents in favor of the public
beach idea said that it might be possible to
allow a small hotel toward the back of the
property if it did not wall off the beach from
public view and public access. "I could
definitely see a sensible project that might
include a small hotel facility if the majority
of the space is dedicated to parkland and
public beach facilities and if it did not block
the beach view from the road," said Alan
"What we need is a world class architect
who has a good imagination and vision to
help the community make the best develop-
ment. Our group has made contact with
such an expert who is willing to work on the
project," Gross continued. "He is a frequent
visitor to Bonaire and loves this island. We
just hope the government will allow the
voice of the people to be heard and allow
our group to play a role in the development
process. It can be just a good if not better
for the people and for the island finances to
develop the area sensibly and sustainably."
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Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts
for residents and local people. Tel. 717
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
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
Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya In-
dustria, second Saturday of the
month, 7-9 pm. Snacks and tasting of
six wines for $10 (NA1f7,50) per per-
son. Tel. 560-7539.
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon.
Call Maria Koeks for more informa-
* 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 Cap-
tain Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close
and personal with Bonaire's dive pio-
neer. The Captain will autograph your
copy of his newest book Reef Win-
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Wednesday Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire (STCB) presents an infor-
mative slide show: Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire, at 7pm, every 2nd and 4th
Wednesday in the conference room at
Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290)
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the fam-
ily has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell
you the story. Open Monday thm Friday, 9 -
12, 24. Weekends by appointment. Call 717
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d Ree, be-
hind the Catholic Church in town Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
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
CLUBS and MEETINGS
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
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Caf6. 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
throughout Bonaire. The location
changes each week. The contact num-
ber is 700-4361
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Con-
tact Renata 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 2"d 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,
12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach
Resort in Peter Hughes meeting room
upstairs above the dive shop. All Ro-
tarians welcome. Tel. 701-1100.
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at
9 am; Sunday evening prayer meeting
at Por's home, 7 pm. Friday, 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
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Sat-
urday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
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. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
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.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors welcome: Call 701-9522 for Infor-
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SHOPPING and SERVICE GUIDE
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to
APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS and
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. F service
and in-store financing too.
ART & GALLERIES
The Richter Art Gallery, located in Belnem, is
Bonaire's only fine art gallery, and features original
paintings, limited edition archival art prints, and
hand made jewelry created by long-time residents
Linda, Jake, and Krystyana Richter.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
Reef Windows is Captain Don's latest book and
features the true stories of the naming of many Bon-
aire dive sites. A great souvenir as well.
CARS AND BIKES
BoCar sells several top brands of cars and provides
maintenance and mechanical and body repair for
your car no matter what brand.
De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
All Denture Lab-for the best denture care by an
experienced professional. Repairs while you wait.
Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hemandez.
Bistro di Paris A real French restaurant with great
food, affordable prices and friendly Bonairean ambi-
ance. Owned and operated by a French Chef
On Kaya Gob. Debrot mile north of town
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas 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
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N..Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.
ON & IN THE WATER
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 computer H.Q.
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new boat, open bar, free snorkel and mask.
ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts
Keep in shape at The Health & Fitness Center
Bonaire. It is the only Real Les Mills Health Center
in the Caribbean.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or
maintain your garden. They can design, install and
maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and
garden chemicals. Now in new expanded location off
Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genu-
ine acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour
too. Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.
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science to find the prob-
lem. Using natural prod-
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Also our Essence range
of herbal teas & hand-
made soaps. At Kaya
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
inspection, management and cleaning.
INTERNET AND CELLULAR SERVICE
MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-
SPEED INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.
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's creative video and still photographer
for the wedding or other important events in
your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6, see website
scubavision.info or YouTube
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL
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 home.
Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializing
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rentals and property manage-
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Sunbelt Realty offers full
real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a
home or to invest in Bonaire,
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.
The Health & Fitness Center Bonaire is the offi-
cial Nike outfitter on the island. Footwear and gym
wear is available.
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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
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Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
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website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will remember it always.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
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Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
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Saba trail guide James Johnson prepares
to apply a "fern tattoo" to the arm of
Daily Herald reporter, Patrick Geans.
Reporters from the Netherlands and the Caribbean gather at the rim of the Quill, a
dormant volcano on the Dutch island of Sint Eustatius.
Author Patrick Holihan at left.
photo by- Robert Jan van Oosten.
A press corps of environmental writ-
ers and photographers from The
Netherlands recently visited the Dutch
islands of Saba and Sint Eustatius on Sep-
tember 20-26. The Dutch Caribbean Na-
ture Alliance (DCNA) sponsored and or-
ganized the trip. "The purpose of this
visit was raise public awareness in The
Netherlands of the biological wealth we
have here in the Dutch Caribbean," ex-
plains DCNA director, Kalli de Meyer.
"To that end, we brought over some of the
top journalists from The Netherlands."
Media representatives from two major
Dutch newspapers, De TR. A,. .- .. rand
Trouw, attended as well as a journalist
from Grasduinen, the Netherlands's num-
ber one nature magazine. Correspondents
from regional media also joined the group
including Curaqao's Paradise FM and the
newspaper, Amigoe, plus reporters from
Sint Maarten 's Daily Herald. "The tim-
ing of this important media event could
not have been better," explains de Meyer.
"Not only is this the IUCN International
Year of Biodiversity, but with the new
political reorganization due on 10/10/10,
it was a timely opportunity for the Dutch
public to learn more about their Carib-
The first part of the media tour was spent
on Saba, often called "the unspoiled
queen." The group hiked many of the
island's nature trails managed by the Saba
Conservation Foundation, the highlight
being a trek to the top of 3,000-foot
Mount Scenery. The trail winds through
a lush cloud forest of elephant ear plants,
mosses, bromeliads and mountain mahog-
any. This was a rare treat for the Dutch
journalists, not only to see the peak's stel-
lar natural beauty, but to scale what is
soon to be the highest point in The Neth-
erlands. The group also hiked to an over-
look with a grand view of Green Island.
Both red billed and white tailed tropic-
birds displayed their amazing aerial ma-
neuvers, soaring above the craggy, rock
pinnacle. Green Island is a critical nesting
ground for tropicbirds and other Carib-
bean water birds such as boobies, nod-
dies, sooty terns and bridled terns.
The neighboring island of Sint Eustatius
was the next stop where the group snor-
keled a dazzling reef at Jenkins Bay, vis-
ited the turtle nesting grounds of Zeelan-
dia Beach and toured the Miriam C.
Schmidt Botanical Garden. STENAPA,
Once the fern is slapped on the arm, it
leaves a white impression.
the Sint Eustatius National Park Associa-
tion, then led the group to the Quill, a
classic, dormant volcanic cone that last
erupted in 400AD. The journalists trekked
to the rim and peered down in the now
silent caldera. STENAPA ranger Hannah
Madden led the more adventurous of the
media to the bottom of the volcano, which
proved to be an arduous hike. A landslide
caused by September's Hurricane Earl
made hiking challenging, but the group
arrived safely at the bottom. There they
witnessed behemoth strangler fig and silk
wood trees towering to heights of over
100 feet. "For me, this is the highlight of
the trip," declared Hans Marijnissen, jour-
nalist for the Dutch newspaper, Trouw.
"Of course, we have nothing like this in
Holland. But it is nice to know that this
beautiful place is part of the Kingdom."
Bonaire, along with Sint Eustatius and
Saba, now form the BES islands of the
Kingdom of The Netherlands, and after
October 10, 2010, will share the same
political status as openbaar lichaam, a
special municipality. The Dutch Carib-
bean Nature Alliance will continue to
serve the national parks of the BES, along
with Curaqao, Sint Maarten and Aruba.
DCNA plans on hosting more media tours
to the Dutch Caribbean in the future. U
Text & tattoo photos by Patrick Holian
O n Sunday the 3rd of October 3, for
the 10th time, Jong Bonaire held its
annual fundraising Swim to Klein Bon-
aire event. In commemoration of its
10th year mementos were awarded to
participants and sponsors over the dec-
ade. Special recognition was given to
Mabel Nava who ran the first swim.
This sport and social event brings to-
gether families and individuals of all
ages to support the children of Jong
Statistics on number of swimmers, ages,
etc. were not available at press time. U
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Owner Hans Voerman looks over part of his "Auriga Eco Lodge"
t's a long and twisty road that takes
you to one of the purest and most
beautiful places on the island, the "Auriga
Eco Lodge," the first eco lodge on Bon-
aire silence and wide open spaces, big
skies and cool air and a stunning accom-
"It's been a project of almost two and a
half years," owner Hans Voerman says. "I
am living here for seven years. About five
years ago I bought this kunuku. It was a
small house and an old horse stable. The
frame of the stable was solid and I didn't
want to lose it it was too good. So, I
thought of renovating it a little bit, and
when I was in the process of doing so, it
struck me that it would be a good idea to
turn it into an eco lodge.
For seven years I've had my company,
Outdoor Bonaire, and I take people hik-
ing, kayaking, climbing, mountain biking
and bird watching, and I do island tours as
well as great caving adventures and full
moon nature walks and many other activi-
ties so... it was a logical consequence that
we would have an eco lodge on this ter-
rain to be able to offer guests a full pack-
age if they want to.
When I started building I thought of
making the lodge the same way I did my
house: oil lanterns, no electricity, no run-
ning water, no refrigerator. But when I
finished, the lodge was way more luxuri-
ous than my own house! Everything is
running on solar energy and the fridge is
on gas. First I had to build a water tower
to put on the tanks. I needed water to mix
the cement for the construction and later
on for the lodge and I didn't want to have
to pump it up and use electricity. Now I
have natural pressure. I reused all the
wood from the old stable; I made shutters
two inches thick, very sustainable, and I
made the tables, the chairs, the sofas and
the beds. I build the walls from cement
and big rocks; they're half a meter thick.
The lodge has two separate apartments-
one downstairs, one upstairs- and each
apartment has one bedroom. I don't rent
the apartments separately they're for
one family or one group of people. Out-
side there's a barbecue place; we have a
stargazing platform; and by the end of the
year I hope to have a chicken pen and a
green house for our guests. And with all
the building I only had to take out one
I remember the first night when every-
thing was ready and when I put on the
lights a friend of mine had been work-
ing on the electricity for one whole week
- I stood there shaking. It had been a pro-
ject, especially for someone who was
never very handy!
Prizes are $89 for two persons, for three
persons $115 and $120 for four people.
Room tax not included.
For more information:
www.ecolodgebonaire.com or call 00599-
791.6272 or 00599-785.6272. U
Story & photos by Greta Kooistra
Bonaire and The Netherlands Governments Form
N early four months since the general election, The Netherlands is poised to have
a minority right wing government with the anti-Islam PVV party as a silent
VVD leader Mark Rutte, expected to become the prime minister, said on public television
that his parliamentary group had unanimously approved the deal of VVD, Christian Democ-
rats CDA and Party for Freedom PVV. The centerpiece of center-right Rutte-Verhagen gov-
ernment is 18 billion in spending cuts. Additionally immigration policies will be tightened
and law and order will be improved. A national police force will be introduced and several
thousand extra police officers hired. Teachers' pay will be linked to performance. There will
be fewer politicians, as the members of the Upper and Lower Houses of parliament in The
Netherlands will be reduced and ministries will merge.
Conformity was reached on two agreements on Tuesday, a coalition agreement between
the conservative VVD and the Christian Democrats as well as a second agreement between
all three parties in which the Freedom Party pledges its parliamentary support. The new
government's motto is "Freedom and Responsibility."
D66 party leader Alexander Pechtold has warned the three parties on the verge of forming
a new cabinet to beware of the risk of polarization in Dutch society."Those who want to
govern with one-half plus one can go their own godly way," Pechtold said, referring to the
fact that the right-wing coalition will control 76 of the 150 seats in the Dutch Parliament.
T he Bonaire Government flip- ,*
flopped on the eve of the 10-
10-10 integration of the island into
Holland. The switch of control from
the red party to the green was trig-
gered by the same elected official,
Anthony Nicolaas, who caused the
previous government to fall.
The change was forced when the
Bonaire Island Council's ADB/
Nicolaas coalition broke up, leaving
Bonaire's Executive Council without
a majority in the Island Council.
Nicolaas abandoned the UPB in May ADB leader Jopie Abraham signs the integra-
2009, withdrawing his support for tion agreement with Holland. Ironically, shortly
the then-all UPB (Green) Executive afterwards his party was ousted from power.
Council, leaving it without the UPB member Jonchie Dortalina looks on.
needed majority.. He then joined a
new Executive Council with the Democratic (ADB- Red) party, led by Jopie Abraham. He
has now withdrawn his support from that Executive Council.
This development comes shortly after the departure of UPB leader Ramonsito Booi from
the Island Council. Party stalwart Onny Emerenciana will take his position on the Island
Council. New Island Council elections are set for March 2011. U G.D.
L ast Saturday Wil
her wonderful exhibi-
tion at the Plaza Re-
sort. She has been
painting quite a lot
since she returned to
Bonaire in March after
being away for three
She returned aboard
a very basic 32' (9
meter)- long boat,
Constante, sailing with
her husband all the
way from The Nether-
lands, and taking
seven months to do it.
During this dream trip
she mentioned several
times that if they made
it alive she would
paint and organize an
exhibition. And she
Before returning to
Holland Wil taught at
the SGB high school:
health care, hospitality
Now the artist is
working at Mangazina
di Rei, teaching stu-
dents from Forma,
SBO and SOSA in
hospitality and tour-
The exhibit will
continue at Plaza
until April 1. Two of
the paintings were sold
at the opening, one to
an owner of a Dutch
art gallery. L./G/D.
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Artist Wil Dijkstra chats with Governor Glenn Thodd
in front of one of her works
Bonaire Reporter- October 8-22, 2010,
Rover Dullaart and His Giant Roaring Mouse
The 77th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bon-
aire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels." On course for 100+
Kralendijk-Flamingo Airport Bonaire -
The sound of a screaming two-stroke
single-cylinder engine. A flash just
about two feet above the tarmac. Then:
nothing to see. The alien disappeared. Then:
the sound of a screaming two-stroke single-
cylinder engine. Again a flash. This appears
to be a youngster racing up and down a re-
mote road. I manage to stop the pilot. His
name is Rover Dullaart and he speaks Eng-
lish as fluently as Dutch. We convert from
English to Dutch because this is his and my
native language. Rover is 11 years old, he is
a student at the Aquamarin School along the
Kaya Nikiboko North and he is a member of
group eight of that school. Rover has been
on the island since 2006.
He is the brand new owner of a real mini
bike or pocket bike. It takes a huge pocket
to fit the bike but I understand the meaning
of the word. Bikes like this are also known
as "origami bikes." Rover just bought the
bike from a female friend. She hardly used
it. Now Rover is testing the little racing
machine, flashing up and down the road.
It takes some guts to control a machine like
this. The engine is quite powerful, the
wheels are small and there is no real suspen-
sion on a bike like this. However, Roland
knows exactly what he is doing. He is rea-
sonably well protected, wearing a jacket
with long sleeves, jeans and shoes. A helmet
and a pair of gloves are still missing. Kiss-
ing the tarmac is always a risk.
He explains about the racing monster to me:
"I just bought the machine from a friend of
mine. She almost never drove it. The ma-
chine is imported from Europe. In Europe
T eenagers from Jong Bonaire accompa-
nied by three youth leaders were the
stars of Saturday, September 25, beach
clean up conducted at No Name Beach on
Klein Bonaire. The clean up was organized
by STCB and STINAPA and is part of the
annual International Coastal Clean-up effort
sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. In
total, 38 people participated in the cleanup
and 42 bags of trash were collected.
No Name Beach is Bonaire's primary
hawksbill and loggerhead nesting beach.
* Mabel Nava/STCB
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they even organize competitions with bikes
like this. It is a 49cc single-cylinder two-
stroke engine. There are no gears. In fact it
has one gear. I have to start it by hand, like
you have to start some lawn mowers or
snow scooters. The cooling system is an
open air forced air system with a ventilator
powered by the crankshaft. Perfect for this
climate. There is a drive chain to connect
the engine to the rear wheel. The alloy
wheels are mounted with 90/65X6.5 tires.
Those tires are way smaller than the tires of
a traditional wheelbarrow! There is no front
or rear suspension. I can only adjust the
pressure of the tires a little to increase the
comfort. As long as I am able to find a flat
track of tarmac without holes (which is be-
coming more and more difficult on
Bonaire./jb) I prefer to ride the bike with
high pressure air in the tires. This makes it
more direct, more sporty!"
Rover's two-tone colored bike, black and
off white, is equipped with a light weight
full top or fairing. The bike can also be con-
verted into a naked bike. The full top makes
the bike good looking, but it only gives
some protection to a dwarf type of driver.
Rover, 11 years, some five feet, just fits the
bike. (In Europe races on origami bikes are
organized for adult drivers!/jb) The bike is
equipped with two disk brakes, operated by
cables, not by hydraulics. According to
Rover the top speed is around 50 kilometers
per hour. A speedometer is not fitted. If you
drive a bike as low as this, riding the bike
feels as fast as flying an airplane. In Europe
these mini bikes are hyper tuned and they
can reach a speed of over 75 kilometers per
hour! A complete racing outfit and a helmet
Rover Dullaart, the 11 year old good looking young owner of a real pocket bike,
smiling from ear to ear, sitting on his two-stroke high performance racing bike.
Then, after I have taken some photo-
graphs, for Rover it is time to hit the road
again. We exchange email addresses and we
say thanks to each other. Then Rover firmly
pulls the starter rope. Just a little bit of
smoke. The typical sound of a high per-
formance engine and an
expansion exhaust and off
he goes. Faster than his
shadow! Good luck Rover!
And be careful! 0
Story & photo by J@n
Bon Quiz (from page 7)
Q) What are the steps for, and what was
originally sold from this Market?
A) The steps were designed so the
fisherman could bring their boats
right up to the market and sell their
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M erle Marsman, a student at the
Aquamarin School, got a nice
surprise as part of her 8th birthday cele-
bration: a trip to the Bonaire Animal
Shelter. Meeting all the pets was a spe-
cial treat as her own two cats at home
came from the Shelter. Here's Merle
enjoying a cuddle with "Edward."
Thanks to Jane Madden for the fol-
lowing biography of Edward.
"Edward, affectionately known to the
Shelter staff as Prince Edward, is a de-
lightful four-month old kitten who is a
classic Tuxedo Cat. As the name im-
plies, the white paws, chest and belly of
his coat resembles a tuxedo. They are
also sometimes called "Jellicle Cats"
which comes from T.S. Eliot's poem
made popularly famous in the musical
play "Cats." Many people claim that
Tuxedo Cats are significantly smarter
than an average cat, and Edward cer- I
tainly lives up to that reputation. Many
of the Shelter staff spend a lot of time
just watching Edward play as he obvi-
ously has a vivid imagination that
sparks laughter in any onlooker. A leaf
becomes a giant monster that Edward attacks by puffing up his fur and jumping at it sideways.
A hanging stuffed toy must be approached on his two back legs and embraced in a giant hug.
And the list goes on. Edward is a good candidate for someone who is looking to have only one
cat as he can certainly entertain himself, but he also loves to play with others and so will fit
right into a multi-cat home. After his play sessions, he's ready to be held and loved and purrs
like a fine-tuned engine. Edward has long legs and will be a tall, slim and handsome adult.
Whoever adopts the lovable Prince Edward will join the ranks of Sir Isaac Newton, William
Shakespeare and Beethoven....all Tuxedo Cat lovers and owners."
You may meet Edward and the other adoptees at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Mon-
day through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Website: WWW.bonaireanimalshelter.com.
S ad but true. This poor pathetic dog, "Sammy," was found
lying on the street by a kind taxi driver and brought to the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. With a dog this far gone, just skin and
bone, with seeping wounds and sick, it's normally best, out of kind-
ness, to put it to sleep. But something about him made the Shelter
manager stop the process. "It was like he knew his life was in our
hands," says Monique. "There's something very special about him.
We couldn't euthanize him!"
Sammy is hopefully on the mend right now, and no matter how
bad he looks, with his bones sticking out he gets up, wags his tail
and greets us as we come into the cage for photos. There's no sign
in his personality that he's suffered such abuse, just his attitude of
being so happy and appreciative to be alive and taken care of.
This is a true example of animal abuse: someone who owns a pet
but gives it no food, no love and attention, no medical care, not
thinking of the consequences and allows it to die a slow and painful
death. If you see a case like this alert the Shelter (717-4989) or ask Ip ,
the owner to take it to the Shelter where it can either be cared for
and put up for adoption or mercifully euthanized. 0 Laura DeSalvo
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Did You Know?...
n the time it takes you to drink a cup of coffee, the deadly toxins found
in the cone snail would have killed you. This of course is a humorous
exaggeration, but it does well to illustrate the harmful effects of such a sting
from these animals. Found mainly along the reefs of the Indo-Pacific, the cone
snail has developed an amazingly potent venom that is injected by a single har-
poon-like tooth from the mouth of the animal. Research has shown that the
venom contains some very beneficial attributes to the field of medicine. One
compound found, by the name of ziconotide, works by blocking proteins in cal-
cium channels of the nervous system. These channels communicate with cells
and are part of the system that tells your brain when you're in pain. By suppress-
ing these channels we can potentially lower the experience of pain, perhaps even
one day eliminating the need for morphine. 0 Ben Daugherty
Ben studied abroad this summer at CIEE Research
Station Bonaire. He is an undergraduate at Emory &
Henry College in the US, pursuing a degree
in medicine. He plays on the men's soccer team at the
college and enjoys spending his time with friends and
family in C I1,,1n,,,;. ,i,. TN. Watch out for that ir,,.
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The Hunter's Moon for 2010 and Use the Moon to Hunt
This month the
Moon will be doing
double duty as it
first helps you to
make sure you
know which bright
light in the night sky
is Jupiter around
October 19. And
then it will serve as
this year's Hunter's
Moon on Friday the
On October 18, at
8:30 pm, face south-
east. Now some-
times when star
gazers see the Moon
it's not always a
welcome sight, as
the Moon can ruin
an evening's star
gazing. But this
month the Moon
will help you find Jupiter. Monday Oc-
tober 18, the 11-day-old, waxing gib-
bous Moon will be about 15 degrees to
the right of Jupiter. Or think of it this
way. Find that big, bright Moon in the
east, then look down and to the left of
the Moon and that bright white light is
the king of the planets, Jupiter. The next
nigh, October 19 the Moon will be a bit
bigger and brighter and even closer to
Jupiter, only 6 degrees above it.
The Moon will be about 250,000
miles away and its light will take only 1
1/3 seconds to get here. Jupiter will be
1,500 times farther away than the
Moon, 380 million miles, and Jupiter's
light will take almost 34 minutes to
reach us. The next night, October 20,
the Moon will have passed on beyond
Jupiter but will still be close enough
that it can still be used as a sign post for
you Jupiter gazers. This October is an
especially good time to take a look at
Jupiter because it is just past opposi-
tion, which means Jupiter is still very
close to Earth which makes it even
big temperature variation around
Jupiter's Red Spot
brighter and bigger than usual.
Another reason to take a look at Jupi-
ter this October is that Jupiter's Great
Red Spot (see photo) is easier to see in
a small telescope or even with binocu-
lars because Jupiter has, temporarily at
least, lost one of the dark equatorial
bands that circle it. The south equato-
rial band has faded since last year at
this time and with this band out of the
way the Great Red Spot is easier to see.
This fading of the equatorial band has
happened before but Jupiteronomers do
not fully understand why it happens.
And an even better reason to keep
watching Jupiter is that this south equa-
torial band will likely reappear quickly
with little or no warning. Again, no one
can tell you quite why. Maybe you'll be
the astronomer who will figure it out. U
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Longtime writer of Sky Park, Jack
Horkheimer recently passed away. At
least one month of columns will be writ-
ten by Chris Trigg, a .rtffer at the Mi-
ami Science Museum.
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For October 2010
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You should
put a little extra effort in at work. Don't
let your work and your personal life inter-
fere with each other. You can form new
partnerships, but don't move too quickly;
things may not be as they appear. Get
back to basics and reevaluate what is im-
portant in life. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You are
best to look into investments that will
grow in value over an extended period of
time. You won't be admired at home if
you haven't been taking care of your
share of the work. Friends or groups that
you're affiliated with may want you to
contribute more cash than you can really
afford. You will be moody and react
poorly to issues concerning your
mate. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Pleasure
trips will promote new romantic encoun-
ters. Sooner or later your partner will
have had enough. Home improvement
projects will run smoothly. Do not expect
others to do your work. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July
22) Opportunities to make financial gains
will develop through your connections
with other people. Try to get out and so-
cialize. You may get upset with peers or
relatives. Residential moves should be
considered carefully. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Wednesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Relatives may
play an important role in your personal
life. Confusion could result when com-
municating with others. You may have a
rather hectic day due to events that chil-
dren are involved in. Pleasure trips will
be favorable and bring about possible
romance. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You have
bent over backward trying to help them
and now it's time to let them stand on
their own two feet. Get thinking about
prolonging longevity. Personal problems
may be hanging over your head but don't
confront the situation. You need to refrain
from being the generous one in the
group. Your luckiest events this month
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will occur on a Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Get busy.
Your ability to deal with humanitarian
groups will enhance your reputation. Ex-
aggeration or deception coupled with
overindulgence might be a problem.
Avoid lending money or belongings to
friends. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Read
some books on self awareness. Travel and
communication will be lucrative for you.
Think hard before going into business
with friends or family. You can stabilize
your financial situation if you make prop-
erty investments. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Saturday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) An
older loved one may be having problems.
Control your emotions and everything
will fall into place. Deal with in-laws this
month. Heed the advice given by family
or old reliable friends.
Your luckiest events this month will oc-
cur on a Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan.
20) Changes to your self-image will be to
your benefit as long as you don't over
pay. Try to keep your opinions to your-
self. Be careful when dealing with invest-
ments. Someone close to you will get
upset easily if you are insensitive to their
needs. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Wednesday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You'd be
wise to control your spending so your
debts don't get out of hand. Do not give
your heart to someone who may not live
up to your standards. Be careful not to
show your temper when dealing with the
boss. Emotional relationships will be
plentiful if you attend group activi-
ties. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Get involved
in groups that are creative in nature. Tem-
pers may flare if you haven't been com-
pletely honest about your intentions or
your whereabouts. Social events will be
plentiful. Delve into your work if you
can't make amends at home. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a
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