Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publisher: George DeSalvo
Place of Publication: Port-au-Prince
Publication Date: December 31, 2010
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Wilna Groenen-
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This flamingo duo was done by Mylede Oudejans, a Dutch artist who displays her work at her stand near the Passan-
grahan during the cruise ship market. She specializes in art for newborn children. A sample is in the lower right cor-
ner. Photo taken on the 23 of December. Her website is www.my-line.nl.

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The Dutch magic wand will
wave over Bonaire right
after midnight on December 31.
Guilders will be transformed
into dollars in the banks, all resi-
dents will get free medical care,
including eyeglasses and den-
tistry, and the island will become
a free port.
Last week most eligible voters
expressed their position by choos-
ing not to vote in the recent Refer-
endum that might have spoiled the
magic trick.
What will these and other
changes mean to the people who
call Bonaire their home? Eco-
nomically things should boom.
Observe the new investments and
businesses already being made by
Dutch and Chinese businessmen-
two of the most business-savvy
groups on the planet.
Sales tax will disappear from
receipts of both locals and visitors.
It is a fact that Bonaire's economy
plummeted in the 90s when the
sales tax was introduced. Coinci-
dence? Maybe.
Bonaire kids will get better edu-
cation, social support programs
will make a better life especially
for the disadvantaged and aged. A
robust Justice system should re-
duce crime.
Besides repaving the airport
runway there is not much in the
new arrangements that include
improving infrastructure, discour-
aging corruption, preserving island
culture and protecting the rela-
tively unspoiled natural environ-
ment that makes Bonaire a great
place to live and a consistently
winning vacation spot.

1The case brought by the PHU
political party to reverse the
Dutch Parliament's restriction
on non-citizen voting in BES
Island elections, a practice per-
mitted in European Holland,
will be dealt with in court on
Bonaire on January 3, 2011, at
9:30 am. Anybody can follow
the case from the public gallery
in court. All local political par-
ties in the BES-islands (except
the Democratic Party (DP) of
Bonaire and Statia) have de-
clared in writing that they sup-
port the cause. The DP of Bon-
aire, however, has verbally stated
its support. The case asks that
immigrants who've lived more
than five years in Bonaire have
the right to vote in local elec-

1A 59-year old
passenger, Timo-
thy J. Scheibel,
fell while step-
ping off the Em-
erald Princess on
her Bonaire De-
cember 14 visit
and injured his
neck, according to his friends and
family members. He received im-
mediate medical aid from but it
was decided to fly him by air am-
bulance to Miami. There Mr
Scheibel died due to complications
during surgery. Our condolence to
his family.

1The Bonaire Prosecutor plans
to crack down on those people
who haven't paid outstanding
fines. There are a large number of
persons who have ignored letters
from the Prosecutor asking them to
pay up. Those who refuse to pay
will wind up as guests of the new
jail, warned a press release from
the office.
To pay now the following ac-
counts can be used: MCB
402.917.08, RBTT 18087299,
Orco Bank 760100, Girobank
21.00.000, Banco di Caribe
30638801. For those unable to
pay, jail time will be the alterna-
tive. For more information contact
the Ministerio Publiko at 717-

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E co Divers Leo Hoogenboom and Felix Faassen spend a
moment with The Bonaire Reporter during training for the
Eco Dive here on Bonaire. They will raise money for STINAPA
and Sea Turtle Conservation by diving around Klein Bonaire in
one single dive. The dive is taking place as we go to press
(December 27). It is more than 10 km. (6.8 miles) in length and
will take the divers 12-16 hours to complete. During the dive the
team will be assisted by a surface support team.
In this way they would like to raise awareness for the conserva-
tion of Bonaire's nature and animals so that people of Bonaire
and abroad can continue enjoy this unique eco system now and
in the future. We hope to have a story in the next issue. The
event is made possible by Captain Don's Habitat.
For more information and to make a donation go to: http://
Another Picture Yourself is on page 12

workdays from 8 am to 4 pm-
,On January 5, 2011, the Bon- 17.50 Aruban florins per hour.
aire Chamber of Commerce Other times-25 florins per hour.
(Kamer van Koophandel) will The port fee must be paid in
open in its new home at Kaya cash before leaving the harbor.
Grandi # 67 (former BonFysio For more information contact the
location). The Chamber of Corn- security service of APA at tele-
merce is open Monday to Friday phone number 582-6633 (ext.
from 8am-noon, 2-5 pm.. Con- 150) or 582-4216, or send an
tact: Email secre- email to
tary akvkbonaire.com: E-mail: ports.security@aarubaports.com
board(Akvkbonaire.com Tel.
No.: 717-5595; Tel. No.: 717- 1WILLEMSTAD--Curaqao-
5695; Fax. No.: 717-8995 based-Insel Air resumed its
flights to Haiti on December
1ARUBA--Aruba Ports Au- 11 making it the first foreign
thority (APA) announced that airline to do so. Due to the
local as well as international turmoil after the official an-
yachts and sailing boats using nouncement and reaction to the
its harbors of Oranjestad and recent election result, all inter-
Barcadera will have to pay an national carriers suspended
hourly tax per January 1, 2011. service to and from Port an
This port fee must be paid for Prince.
each hour spent in the harbors. It Prnce.
applies even if they are just After thorough consultation
clearing Customs and Immigra- with the local aviation authori-
tion. The rates are as follows: On (Continued on page 17)

This Week's Stories

Round Klein Bonaire with The Reporter 2
The Great Bonaire Give-away 3
Day of North Saliia 6
The Sounds of Music 6
Wilna Groenenboom 6
Pension (AOV) Increases 8
Universal Medical Care 8
Senior Citizen Dinner 8
The Referendum ThatWasnt 9
Farmers' Market 10
MCB Honors FuHiKuBo and B6i Antoin
Stchting Project Fundraiser Dinner 12
OB Ayo, ABB Hello 12
Animal Welfare 13
Holiday Concert Sellout 15
Pre-Xmas Eclipse 15
SSS Award 15
Pet Calm 18

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since.. (Eveline) 4
Bonairean Voices-Rincon Christmas
Market 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Latin Music Classics-Guantanamera 7
Bon Quiz #44 (Slave Huts) 7
Picture Yourself (Athabasca Falls, Canada) 12
Classifieds 13
Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times,
Moon Phase 13
Shopping & Service Directory 14
Masthead 16
What's Happening, Cruise Ship Sked, Art
Exhibits 16
Sudoku Solution 17
Bon Quiz Answer 17
Pet of the Week (Alexia) 18
Bubbles (Blenny) 18
Sky Park (Third Time Is The Charm For
JupiterAnd Uranus) 19
The Stars Have It Overall2011 19

How to contact us

Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
The Publisher:
Box 407, Bonaire,
Neth. Antilles.
Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518/ 786-6518
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build luxury homes and/or condos at the site.
If the reports are true, the government is ignoring a recent poll that shows more than
80% of local Antilleans want to see the beach become a public amenity.
Only 19% favored a large hotel and less than 2% opted for luxury housing on this site.
"If this is true, we are very, very concerned," said Sherwin Pourier, president of Fun-
dashon Playa Publiko (i.o). "This is especially disturbing because over 2,000 Antilleans
said they did NOT want a large hotel or houses at that site. The politicians and government .
have not met with our Foundation yet to hear our proposal." Thanks to Dick and Janny de Jong-Lohuis for these beach photos from the mid-80s
"We call upon the government to show some transparency," said Pourier of Fundashon
Playa Publiko. "Please talk to us and listen to our proposal. Fundashon Playa Publiko is dedicated to
developing the property in a manner that will have maximum economic benefit for Bonaireans and create
a prime tourism location that preserves and enhances public access to the beach."
According to Elsmarie Beukenboom, Fundashon Playa Publiko has created a plan for the Sunset Beach
area which would develop the property intelligently. "We have a plan that would help support and
create local businesses but would also create a public park for residents, tourists and cruise ship
passengers. Our plan would not only create new jobs and businesses but would also keep the prof-
its on the island."
"While the government seems to be saying the public would still have access to the beach, our history
shows that this is just lip-service," said Beukenboom. "How many Bonaireans can really use the
beach at Harbour Village? How easy is it to reach the various beaches and access points in Sa-
badeco? Is Plaza Resort a comfortable place for local people to take their families? No. All of
these sites and more are either completely off limits, no longer accessible from land without tres-
passing or are so unwelcoming that local people won't go there."
According to Fundashon Playa Publiko, Bonaire should not devote any of this magnificent public
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Sn a nutshell: We moved wanted out of life. I really felt at a care giver to her as well. I did
J from Amsterdam to Cu- home with them. Then my vision so for a year and after my mom
racao when I was nine. When I came to me in the midst of that had passed away I took care of
was 17 we moved to America: field of energy and while raising my dad for four years. So, after
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I surely my two boys I worked out the nine years of taking care of oth-
didn't fit in, so I moved to a details of my vision. ers, I myself started suffering
more metropolitan area, Philadel- My mission is: Giving other from exhaustion and I began to
phia, but close enough to my people the opportunity to heal look for a place of refuge.
mom and dad. I was looking for through the heartt sharing the At that time my youngest son
like-minded people; it's impor- healing bliss of being in creative turned 18, so I felt I could walk
tant when you're an artist to energies. I organized poetry and away without guilt. My two
merge with like-minded people story telling evenings at my stu- boys, Leksander, (22) and To-
to inspire each other to grow. dio for children and adults. It was shiro (20), empower my journey
Then I met the father of my chil- about engagement and exchange on earth and encouraged me to
dren, who is an amazing de- of energy. look for a place to heal. They live
signer, and we set up our own But then things fell apart when in the US and they are my big-
company. We started off design- my brother-in-law fell sick with gest teachers and supporters."
ingjewelry, bags, clothes and aids and my focus changed. I was She grabs a white handkerchief
small items. One thing led to asked to be a care giver and I dries her tears and smiles. "That
another and we ended up design- happily obliged. After he passed happens when I think of my
ing big restaurants, away, my mother got sick with a boys...
In Philadelphia I was merged brain tumor. I realized why I had When I started looking for a
with movers and shakers- those the experience with Paul, my place to live, I asked the universe
who start change and it inspired brother-in-law, because now I for three things: I wanted to
my own personal vision of what I could embrace her illness and be speak Dutch, I wanted it to be
warm and I wanted friends. It
was a lot to ask, but the universe
did provide:: Bonaire. When I
"I learned that in passing the came to Bonaire, Germaine Ni-
jdam and Donna Dovale who
love, the love passes on. Any act were friends from my past on
Curacao embraced me immedi-
of kindness is contagious it's ately and they made me feel at
home. They introduced me to
all about love." their friends and my new life
began right away.

With my
vision still
in my
heart, I met
Le Noble
and her
vision and ,
mine had a
because we
wanted to
growth for children on Bonaire
by giving workshops any work-
shop that enables you to grow. I
started my store in organic skin-
care at Bonaire Basics and to-
gether we did some beautiful
things. Then personal circum-
stances necessitated me to use
my year of rent that I had saved
for Annemiek, and I was forced
to close down. But in retrospect
it was the catalyst for my own
personal healing.
And this is where I come in
about the magic energy of Bon-
aire because Bonaire IS a very
magical place. Now I am going
to say something very bold: I
personally believe that people are
pulled in by Bonaire's magical
energy to face the self to face
your truth and deal with it. This

island gives you a confrontation
with the self, wherever that may
lead. And so, in search of healing
my own self, I created my book,
Stepping Stones to Self. In doing
so, I realized the importance of
my mission, 'healing through the
heartrt, by experiencing it first
hand, because while I was writ-
ing, my book was healing me,
which authorized me to express
the passion that drives my mis-
Last October Stepping Stones
was published. People can buy it
at Interiyours in Kaya Grandi.
Also, I just finished my novel,
The book of Lillith, which will
be published in March. So, the
creative energies I absorbed and
experienced on Bonaire have
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given me an avenue to make a living as an
When I met Lous Rood, she became a
very important person in my life. Through
her workshops she enabled me to open a
bigger pathway to my creative self. I
started painting and sculpting and I real-
ized how important it was for my vision
to become a reality."
Eveline is an explosion of energy, a
warm and caring lady, and her house is
like an island of peace, withjl .... i ,
books and art and burning candles in
front of each photograph little ongoing
prayers for the people she cares about.
"Bonaire turned out to be the place of
rebirth for me and I am very, very, grate-
ful. I hope to have my home base here for
a long time to come my beautiful home,
can you imagine? I can never give this up!
This is the place where I want to run
around with my grandchildren! I am a
soul roaming the earth, but Bonaire will
always be my place of tranquility to find
peace and stillness in this wild and wacky,
wonderful world.
With my newfound energy I am com-
pelled to take my vision into the big world
and any art center or group of people
could facilitate this as I want to give peo-
ple the opportunity to experience this
great feeling by giving workshops,
'Healing through the (he)art,'- based on
the marriage of art and spirit.That is what
I want to create via my writing and other
artistic self expressions.That is my contri-
bution to the world.
Then I found this group of like-minds
on the internet, called the Evolutionary
Collective. With their support I was able

to grow spiritually and transform into a
creative entity contributing to the healing
of the earth. That's important. At this
point, being part of a collective, I am able
to realize my vision with their support.
Now I am writing a spiritual play that
will be an experiential workshop abroad
called The Marriage of Spirituality and
Art where people can heal through the
Everybody is creative and capable of
creating something. That's the magic of
divine energy we all have inside of us.
Often people feel they cannot be creative
when it's really a matter of opening them-
selves up to it. By becoming creative it
puts you in another dimension because
with art your spirit speaks through your
heart center and bypasses the ego, which
is your mind. It's a magical experience, an
explosion of joy that soars through your
entire body and it changes you as a per-
son. It transforms you; your whole life
will change.
Now we are entering a new world -
Terra Nova the vibrational energies are
accelerating rapidly. This new energy.."
She laughs. "- I don't want to sound like a
hippy is love. It is all about love unity
conscious, oneness your love and mine
are the same. And in this new world we
communicate through the heart. My book,
Stepping Stones, prepares the Self for
these new energies by explaining the con-
nection between body, mind and spirit.
We are entering the Age of Aquarius
and the new Buddha is the Collective. I
have always said 'I can do this alone', but
I have learned that when you bundle the
energies, your inner light grows stronger.
I am the spokesperson for change. We

are done with greed, violence and ma-
nipulation and we are moving into a world
that is based on heart-centered action:
love, compassion and abundance. It is my
opinion that the marriage of art and spiri-
tuality is the bridge.
Since I was young I have always been
highly sensitive and intuitive but I was
misunderstood because I have high en-
ergy. It's the energy of enthusiasm really
but it's overwhelming for myself and oth-
ers sometimes. I was repressed for a long
time. So, thank the Goddess of Bonaire
who cradled me while I was looking at
myself and who enabled me to come out
like a shining light. I learned that in pass-
ing the love, the love passes on. Any act
of kindness is contagious it's all about

We have been manipulated by govern-
ments, by radio and television to fan fear
and anxiety. Turn off your television and
get to a better place. Change fear into cu-
riosity and surround yourself with beauti-
ful things and your heart will resonate
beauty and love." U
Story & photos by Greta Kooistra
Eveline's websites:
www.evelinebodymindspirit.com and

Eveline's books and
cards are available at
Interiyours and The
Natural Way health
food store.




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Day of North Salifia I Dia di Nort di Salina

Rodeliandra Alba, Shaheely Mercera and
Nayeli Lugo enjoyed the festivities

T he very first Dia di Nort di Salina
was celebrated on Wednesday, De-
cember 15th at its Community Center. One
of the people who took the initiative for this
wonderful festival is Alex Semeleer. "We
felt we needed more social activities in the
village, but to organize such you need
money and so we founded
'Fundashon Nawati.' We
immediately got subsidized
by the government to cele-
brate 'The Day of Nort di
Salina' and from now on it
will be a yearly event on the
15th of December.
During the preparations we
got a tremendous response T
from the people. Everyone
thought it was just a great
idea! We also founded a ....
dancing group and that day
they performed two dances _M
without one mistake! Fur- The Mercera
their, we invited many differ-

family and friends at the Dia di Nort di Salitia

ent bands and two of our own: one of all
youngsters and the other one of people over
35, a Mariachi group called 'Nos Ichos del
The chairman of the board is Gilbert Al-
berto and I am the secretary and we are
planning to organize many more events in
this beautiful and authentic village. We are
working on having some Caiquetio Indians
come over from Venezuela, because there's
where our roots come from. So we are hop-
ing to find out more about our original life
style and, who knows, there might be still
similarities in our way of living!
This day has been a tremendous success:
hopi ambiente, a lot of ambiance, and a lot
of joy for people of all ages, visitors and
people from Nort di Salina who were taking
great pride in this very special day THEIR
day! There were seven police officers who
have been standing here all day and night -
and as far as their work was concerned, they
were bored stiff!" 0 Greta Kooistra

their guitars and all did well. The coordina-
tion was great.
We have great expectations of these stu-
dents at the music school. Support the music
school for the sake of our future, our chil-
dren. If you can help, contact Siegfried
Molina at 523-9161 or at the music school
every day from Monday to Friday after
2pm for donations or information. E
Story & Photo by Siomara Albertus

Bonaire," focusing on some of the island's
venerable buildings, some of which no
longer exist. "I always knew I wanted to
continue with this subject," Wilna explains.
"An Architectural Journey through Bon-
aire" is an extension and much more of that
series, "Not only the architecture, the peo-
ple, the culture, the past history, the things
around it." Her research has even taken her
to Ghana in Africa where she found some of
the same styles and building techniques as
are in Bonaire. The book will be out in early
summer, 2011. 0 Laura DeSalvo

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2011 all current medical insurance plans covering workers, government em-
ployees and the private sector will cease to exist. These plans will be re-
placed by a compulsory health insurance program for all residents of Bon-
aire, Saba and St. Eustatius to be known as Zorgverzekering Caribisch Ned-
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The Zorgverzekering Caribisch Nederland is a comprehensive general
health insurance plan. Nonetheless there will be limitations that may be
covered by supplemental medical insurance. We have years of experience
working cooperatively with medical insurers Fatum and Ennia so can pro-
vide sound and detailed advice regarding options for enhancing the compul-
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O n December 19th, the students of the
music school put on a great per-
formance at Plaza Resort. The youngsters
played classical music on the piano, then
joined together for the first time in a band
under the direction of their teacher, Mr.
Giovanni Mercera. The youngest partici-
pant in the band is seven years old; he
played the percussion.
Four adult ladies, under the direction of
Mr. Siegfied Molina, performed pieces on

Wilna Groenenboom
Artist/Teacher Wilna Gro-
enenboom is on Bonaire for
a couple of weeks, doing
some of the final research
and photos for her upcoming book, "An
Architectural Journey Through Bonaire."
Wilna, a former teacher at the SGB (high
school) is the author of "Document Bon-
aire," a book of photos recording the Bon-
aire of the last decade.
Groenenboom did a popular series for The
Reporter, called "Antique Living Houses of




R incon has been having its outdoor
Marches every Saturday for the past
13 years, and this year they celebrated their
13th Christmas Marche. At the Marche
people from Rincon can exhibit their prod-
ucts. It could be anything: art, groceries,
natural medicines, plants, produce from
their farms, delicious home made cakes and
drinks, cookies, bread and especially Rin-
con krioyo food During this year's Christ-
mas Marche there were all kinds of Christ-
mas delights. I had a nice conversation with
my mother who's been participating in this
market from the start, for 13 years already.
Some of you might remember her, Mrs.
Maria Johnita Albertus-Marcera (72), who
was on the cover of the 14th issue of The
Bonaire Reporter, in the story about "Dia di
Arte." She told me about her ambitions in
art in the past and in the present.
As she starts explaining how she became
engaged in art, she confesses, "From a very
young age I liked art work. I always wanted
to be an expert in not only custom tailoring,
but also in arts and crafts. I was born and
went to school in Bonaire. I took different
courses but never had the opportunity to be
a school teacher in art. In the past you had
to have money to finance your studies. It's
not like now when you can get a govern-
ment loan and pay it back later. In those
days if you didn't have the money or a fam-
ily who could sponsor you, you couldn't get
far enough to become a professional. But
with all the courses that I took I feel like I
became more than an art teacher.
When I was living in Curagao I had the
opportunity to give lessons in the commu-
nity centers and even at my house. I hadn't
learned just about clothing, but also paint-
ing, ceramics and flower making. I loved
my work so much that when I had my three
children Siomara, Gerald and Thirthza I
quit my regular job and began working at
home doing tailoring and art work. I could-
n't ever quit this job. I'd get up in the
morning, do my household chores, take
care of my children, then start with my art
orders that people had been asking for. And
I took custom tailoring very seriously too,
because my clients liked to have nice new
dresses for all celebrations. It was a full
time job and I had to buy a second sewing
machine so a friend could come and help
I had been hired to give lessons in a com-
munity center in Curagao at that time for
troubled children called 'Hubentut
Setenta' (the youths of the 70s) and I gave
art lessons to both girls and boys.

To upgrade my knowledge in
tailoring I took design courses
and when I got my diploma I
started sewing for weddings,

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first communions and carnivals. It was
hard work and tiring, but I never quit. I
participated in art festivals in Curagao
'Punda and Otrobanda' (both are commer-
cial centers of downtown Willemstad,
Curagao) and it was good advertising for
my work. In December you made your
Christmas art objects and sold it all.

But today it's quite different. Stores are
stocked with all kinds of decorations and
art work. The artist can't sell all his or her
work like they did in the past. They need to
make other kinds of items to sell that are
not found in stores. My opinion is that we
need to continue with a focus on art.
At its start 13 years ago the Rincon
March was at its best. During these past
13 years it's experienced a tremendous drop
in visitors. Some of the stand holders have
stopped coming and they were good artists.
The March6 is facing some hard times now
compared with its early years. I don't know
what is going on. We have a lot of tourists
visiting, people who live in Playa, but un-
fortunately few Rincon people.
During the time I was living in Curagao I
used to come to Bonaire to participate in
the Regatta Festival and the Art Day (Dia di
Arte) of Emma Sint Jago. When I moved
back to Bonaire after living in Curagao for
48 years I wished we had a market in Rin-
con where we could exhibit our arts and
crafts. We got it and now we need to keep it
alive. I wish the Rincon Marche would
continue. I'm aging and can't continually
participate, but the youngsters can, and my
dearest wish is for them to take the Marche
seriously and show their talent and art
work. In the beginning they might feel the
money is too little, but they have to start
with that little income for it to become
My mother is married to my father, Guan
Albertus (76), and they live together in
Rincon. Rincon is a wonderful city for them
and for me too. Both of them were born in
Rincon and because of work they went to
Curagao at a very young age, where I, Sio-
mara, my bother Gerald and sister Thirthza
were bom. We are Bonairean and descen-
dants of the "Barrio di Rincon, "from
where the Family Albertus-Marcera send
you the best wishes for the Holidays.

0 Story & photo by
Siomara Albertus

Send your comments to The Bon-
aire Reporter, P.O. Box 407,
Bonaire, or email reporter




4 4 / uantanamera, guajira, Guan-
J tanamera."
Most of the Latin Music Lovers know
these words of this legendary Latin Clas-
sic: Guantanamera.
"Guantanamera" (which means girl from
Guantinamo) is perhaps the best known
song of its home country and that coun-
try's most noted patriotic song. It was
written by Joseito Fernandez in 1929. It
is an almost ideal combination of real
poetry with a great piece of music. The
music is melodically beautiful and rhyth-
mically, what makes the song a real big
hit all over the world.
Just like what happens to the other Latin
Classic, "La Bamba," "Guantanamera"
lent itself from the beginning to become a
standard song on the repertoire of many
Latin artists like Celia Cruz, Wyclef
Jean, the Gipsy Kings, Jose Feliciano,
The Buena Vista Social Club and many

Jody's Music Quiz

Last week's answer: The name of our
own Steel band is: "The Silver Bullet
Steel band."
Klaus Kolbe came up with the answer
and is the winner of a CD. He can pick
up his free CD at Jody's at Lagoen Hill
This week's question:
Where is Guantanamo located?
Please send your answer to:
info(ijodysbonaire.com and be entered
in a drawing to win a CD of your own
choice in Jody's shop at Lagoen Hill #18.
The winner of this week's contest will be
announced in the next edition
of The Reporter.
Please send your answer to:
info(djodysbonaire.com and be entered
in a drawing to win a CD of your own
choice in Jody's shop at Lagoen Hill #18.
The winner of this week's contest will be
announced in the next edition

Jody's is the well-known Fashion-
shop for men and women at
Lagoen Hill.

In the collection they have 100%
original brands like:
Nike, G-Star, Replay, Lacoste,
Zucchero, A Prioro and Zulu.

At the cruise market Jody's Music is
one of the stakeholders and always
tries to bring in the best music for
young and old at the right moment.


W hen driving south along the shore
you'll see two sets of s.Li\
huts" that have been renovated over the
years. The roofs originally were thatched
but have been replaced with marine ply-
wood to avoid continuous maintenance.
The slaves who worked the salt ponds
during the week slept here over night,
protected from the elements. They did not
live here.
Q) What year were these slave
huts built?
Answer on page 17

Christie Dovale

BonQuiz appears regularly in The
Reporter. It's prepared by Christie
Dovale of Island Tours. To arrange a
tour, contact her via
her website:
naire.com Phone 717- .
4435 or 795-3456
Email: christie-


To solve the puzzle, enter the
numbers 1 through 9 to the par-
tially filled in puzzle without
repeating a number in any row,
column or 3 x 3 region. An-
swer on page 17.

4 9
1 6 9
6 7
9 8 7 4 5
1 7 5
3 7 1
8 9
3 1 6
2 8

Bonaire Reporter- Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 14, 2011

Page 7

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after the first of the Hospital
A year all legal resi- San Francisco
dents of Bonaire will have
government-paid health
insurance. The payroll/
income tax-financed cov-
erage, one result of Bon-
aire's integration with
The Netherlands, is very
broad and almost all-
inclusive. Upgrades to
higher service levels will
be available from private
insurers as well.
The RCN, the Dutch
government service that
administers the program .
for the BES Islands, re-
leased a set of frequently ._
asked questions about the
new coverage. i.I'.ii.i.. c

How can persons who do not have an
ID card prove they are registered?
They can request a declaration of place of
residence at the Civil Registry Office

With the new health insurance can I
get health care abroad? Yes, if it is a
medical referral, otherwise the health
insurance compensates (in part) only care
for emergency cases with or without hos-
pital admittance which cannot wait until
return to the Dutch Caribbean. In those
cases contact must be made with the
RCN Health Insurance Office as soon as
possible. The compensation will be maxi-
mized at the price level of the Dutch Car-
ibbean. All other care abroad will not be

I am traveling abroad, should I seek
additional insurance? The Health Insur-
ance Office is advising everyone to ar-
range travel insurance before traveling
abroad. The health insurance will grant
the right to compensation only for emer-
gency care where the compensation is
maximized at the price level of Dutch
Caribbean. All other care abroad will not
be covered.

How is a student studying overseas
insured? A student remains insured if he
goes elsewhere to study full-time. Study-
ing must be associated with living in the
Dutch Caribbean and the concerned must
be younger than 30 years. It does not mat-
ter where the study takes place. If a stu-
dent requires care abroad he is entitled to
compensation of the costs of that care
whereby the compensation is maximized
to the price level of Dutch Caribbean. It
is the responsibility for the student to se-
cure supplementary insurance. The Health
Insurance Office has no role in this.

To what type of treatment am I enti-
tled to at the dentist? Insured people
younger that 18 years are entitled to broad
dental care. What the insured is exactly
entitled to at the dentist is described in
detail in the health insurance package
Adults 18 years and older are entitled to
a one-time course of dental treatment.

The course of dental treatment comprises
X-ray, anesthesia, restoration of teeth
elements with plastic materials and ex-
tractions. Additionally, adults are entitled
to detachable prosthetic facilities and, if
necessary, implants in case of a seriously
injured jawbone. Also extraordinary den-
tal treatments, which are necessary to
help someone regain their dental function,
are covered in certain instances.

In which class will I be admitted if I
go to the hospital? All persons are in-
sured in third class, in a room with air
conditioning and an insect repellant sys-
tem at their disposal. Admittance in a
higher class is covered only if admit-
tance therein is medically required. If
the insured is admitted to a hospital
outside of the Dutch Caribbean and the
accommodations do not have air condi-
tioning and insect repellant systems,
then the insured will be admitted in a
class which does meet these require-
Does the health insurance office
offer supplementary insurance? No.
For supplementary insurance you must
go to a private insurance company.
(See MCB advertisement in this issue
on page 6 for an example.) f

Are glasses and lenses covered? In
2011 insured adults are entitled to cov-
erage of maximum $170 every two cal-
endar years. Insured persons up to 18
years old are entitled to this each calen-
dar year. f

Information brochures are available in
three languages with all details regard- 1
ing the content of the health insurance
package. Persons who would like to
have information now about the content
of the health insurance package can
visit the website
They can also call the RCN informa-
tion line 08008-10-10-10 between 13.30
- 17.00 PM or you can send an email to l
info(tRijksdienstCN.com and they will l
send you a digital copy. A copy of this
document is also available at the
counter at the RCN.E Press release/

Bonaire Senior Citizen

Christmas Dinner

Christmas is a special time
of year for the seniors of
Bonaire and those who care
about them. This year 127
seniors from senior citizens
groups in Noord Salifia, Rin-
con, Tera Cora, Nikiboko, and
Antriol were treated to a three
course holiday din-
ner. Delno Tromp and Nad-
ine Rubin coordinated the
event at Sunset Bar and Grill
and raised money from the
local community to once
again give recognition to this
great group of people.
Many thanks to the contribu-
tions from Bonaire Tours,
Telbo, Bonaire Gift Shop,
Kirk Gosdsen and his staff,
and many individual dona-
tions. Special thanks to Mi-
chael Gaynor, Andreina Mar-
cano, Sebastiano Peluso,
Norma Cole, Mary Starke,
Nicole Chirino and the kids
from Bonaire Outreach Foun-
dation who served as the wait
staff and the choir from the
Protestant Church who pro-
vided the evening's entertain-
ment. Without all of you, this
dinner could not be possible.
Nadine Rubin


As of January 1st a number of mut-
ters will change for pensionei s
The most important changes are that ith
amounts of the different payouts will in-
crease. In 2011 the AOV will increase I\
17% in total. Besides the amounts, the
pension age will also gradually increase
from 60, to 61 in 2015 ending at 65 in
2021. A third change is that starting Jinm-
ary 1st the Social Insurance Bank of 1 li
Netherlands Antilles (SVB) will no longci
make the payments. Rather the Rijksdienst
Caribisch Nederland (RCN) Social Af-
fairs unit will take over these tasks. This
means that as of the turn of the year the
AOV-pension and/or extra allowance
must be applied for at the RCN (Social
Affairs unit ).

The Dutch Minister of Social Affairs
found that the allowances in the Dutch
Caribbean were too low and after January
1st the first increase will take place. It is
agreed that each year the Minister and the
Executive Councils will examine whether
here is space for a further increase. The
current regular AOV full pension is NAf
800 per month. From January 2011 this
will be increased to NAf 937,30
($523.63), an increase of 17%. Within
his increase is also included an inflation
correction (compensation for price in-
creases) which will be adjusted to the al-
owances annually. Also the partner al-
owance and general Widow, Widower
and Orphan pension (AWW) will in-

Scenes from the Dinner (photos: Delno Tromp's Facebook


The Christmas bonus that doubles the
December payment of what a 60-plusser
normally receives in his/her pension re-
mains. Because the research of the Central
Bureau of Statistics shows that prices on
Saba and St. Eustatius are a bit higher
than on Bonaire pensioners on these is-
lands will receive an additional allowance.
Besides the increase in the AOV allow-
ance, the AOV age will also change. AOV
funds are generated from the taxes paid by
persons who are working. Because life
spans are increasing the old age payout
schedule would be unsustainable. That is
the reason why the AOV retirement age
will gradually increase from 60 to 65
years old. Nothing changes for persons
born before 1953. In 2021 the AOV age
will be 65 years for everyone.
The exact amounts of the allowances
available in 2011 can be found on the
website of the RCN:
www.rijksdienstcn.com.E Press release/

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Some people in Bonaire
went to the polls last week
to vote in the island's third con-
stitutional Referendum in the last
15 years. What they didn't say
was more important than what
they did say.
In the first Referendum in 1994
the majority voted as did all the
islands to stay part of the Neth-
erlands Antilles, but the lacklus-

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ter support of the Central Gov-
ernment in Curacao caused Bonaire voters
to overwhelmingly choose direct ties with
the Netherlands in the 2004 second Referen-
Last week's Referendum was to find out if
the people supported the outcome of nego-
tiations that "direct ties" resulted in a
form of integration with The Netherlands.
But instead, 65% of the voters stayed away
from the polls, invalidating the Referendum
and spanking the politicians who spent a


Plants, Trees,

Tours and More
"Almost a solid hectare of growing
potted plants and trees. Thirty minute
tours. Bonaire born and raised,
strong plants for beauti-
ful Bonaire gardens.
Reasonable prices starting from NAf
5. Landscaping designs, graphically
assisted." Captain Don

Open from Friday thru Sunday and all
holidays. 10 am till 4 pm nonstop

Captain Don's Island Grower NV
103 Kaminda Lagun (road to Lagun)
(Look for the blue rock and dive flag)
Phone: 786-0956
A part of Plantation Guatemala

reported more than NAf 300.000 on the
Referendum process.
So then why did this Referendum even
happen? Was it maneuvering by independ-
ent councilman Anthony Nicolaas?
Nicolaas first broke with his former party,
UPB, last year, taking his seat with him and
formed a new coalition with the DP-
Bonaire, for among other things, to oppose
the arrangements in process and organize a
Referendum to reject them. However, the

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Water Taxi :

From Bonaire Nautico Marina

questions and voter criteria chosen by this
coalition were so biased that the Antillean
Governor annulled the scheduled Referen-
dum at the request of Bonaire's Lt. Gover-
nor Thode.
Nicolaas then flip-flopped and formed a
coalition with the same UPB he had left,
who now agreed to hold a third Referen-
dum. But on the eve of this Referendum the
UPB urged people NOT to vote.
Following the Referendum result Nico-






laas also said there was no rule that said a
low turnout automatically meant the result
must be disregarded and that the Island
Council would have to decide on that. In his
opinion, the fact that 84% voted "No" can-
not be ignored. His "analysis" was endorsed
by "Awor T'E Ora," the organization origi-
nating the Referendum for Bonaire who also
counted non-voters as No voters.
UPB leader Ramonsito Booi felt his party
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Page 9

The Farmers' Market
on Saturday, Decem-
ber 18, was held despite
cluttered skies of rain,
sun, drizzle, and was a
resounding success. The
Market was held on the
street behind the Go
Green Health Food Store,
in front of the Catholic
Church in town. "This is
just what this island
needs," exclaimed several
happy buyers. The Mar-
ket, whose brainchild it
was of Tina Woodley of
Go Green, attracted grow-
ers and purveyors of lo-
cal products like goat
cheese, vegetables, plants,
health products, salt
scrubs, and plenty of ea-
ger customers coming to
buy. Organizer Tina
Woodley hopes to hold
this Farmers' Market
every month and encour-
ages even more people
with healthy products to
join. Go, Tina!
The photos tell the story.
* Laura DeSalvo
In the last issue of The
Reporter (December 13-
31, 2010) in the Kriabon
Open House article (page
11), the gentleman in the
photo was misnamed as
Peter de Boer. His correct
name is David Baum.
Apologies to David!

New arrivals

Mr. ~

Bonaire Reporter- Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 14, 2011


Kaya Grandi 29, Kralendijk-Bonaire N.A. tel: 717 5107
Store hours Tuesday through Saturdays
from 9a.m.-12:30p.m. and 2:00p.m.-6:30 p.m.

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MCB Hm FuNIKuBo and BAnt

MCB (Maduro Curiel's Bank) Bon-
aire held its traditional Christmas
reception for the Bonaire Press Corps to
honor a community-minded organization
with a handsome modem sculpture and
cash. In past years they've recognized
Special Olympics, Jong Bonaire, Bonaire
Youth Outreach, the Prinses Wilhelmina
Fonds and four others. This year the choice
fell on FuHiKuBo (Fundashon Hist6riko
Kultural Boneriano- The Bonaire Historical
and Cultural Foundation) led by journalist
and friend B6i Antoin, for its tireless work
to protect, document and conserve an
important part of the history of Bonaire.
In his opening remarks the Bank's Manag-
ing Director, Evert Piar, noted that "If we
were to name the Year 2010, it ought to be
named the Year of Change. Looking back
on 2010, aside from the far-reaching consti-
tutional changes and the broad impact this
had and will have on our community, we
also had the heavy preparations for the up-
coming change: the US Dollar will become
Bonaire's official currency. Especially for
us in the financial and banking sector, this
will have a significant impact. We've been
preparing intensively since last year, and
thankfully today we can say that we are
ready for it."
He congratulated the press for helping to
keep the people informed of the happenings
of the eventful year
Piar expressed his concern for Bonaire's
way of life in the face of changes, "When a
society experiences a substantial transition,
like the one we've been through this year,
culture conservation becomes a major con-
cem. Bonaire has maintained for many years

already its vision of
sustainable develop-
ment with conserva-
tion of nature and
culture. Changes
make it even more
difficult to keep the
indigenous culture
of a people intact, or B A
to develop parallel
to the transition in a
way that the cul-
ture's authenticity is
The bank's choice
for its award this.
year reflected this
concern. "It goes
without saying that "
there were more Bai Antoi
foundations which
without a doubt excelled as well in their
activities and deserve all sorts of praise and
recognition. I do believe, however, that you
will all agree with me how this choice
reflects the strong desire that lives in our
community to preserve our culture and
inheritance, especially now that we are
going through great changes," said Piar.
Assistant Managing Director Orphaline
Saleh expanded on Director Piar's
comments. "What do FuHiKuBo and B6i
Antoin with his team do? First of all, they
conduct interviews with our elders about
how life in Bonaire was years ago, about our
history, how people lived and the culture of
the time. These interviews are recorded and
preserved for the future. FuHiKuBo also
manages an extensive archive, in which

MCB officers surround and congratulate Bbi Antoin

aside from the interviews and other taped
material of elders talking about the past,
many photos, books, documents and
historical-cultural artifacts are kept. It is a
very large collection of recordings and
artifacts which B6i Antoin has gathered
during 25 years. I quote from an article that
recently appeared in the morning paper
Extra: "A large part of the collection
consists of the more than 500 episodes of
the 'Herensia' TV show, which represents
an enormous and important source of
Bonairean history and culture."
Aside from the recording and archiving
activities, FuHiKuBo also provides courses,
gives lectures, and organizes the very
popular nature hikes, and so share
awareness of our history and culture with
the people living on Bonaire.

We should also mention that FuHiKuBo is
currently undertaking a project to digitize all
its recordings, so as to better preserve these
for the future.
MCB concluded the formal part of the
evening by congratulating B6i and his
foundation for this achievement, and
"wished him health, strength and blessings
to keep up the good work, providing
guidance especially to our youth and
making them conscious of the value and
importance of one's own identity, which is
reflected through our culture, our customs
and our values, and that together we must all
strive to maintain and conserve them."
Social activities continued at the Appetite
Restaurant, the venue for the event this year.
* G.D./Press release

Information about Dollarization

Dear customers of Bo Banko Amigu, in connection with Bonaire's change
of official currency to the United States Dollar (USD) on January 1,
2011, we participate the following important information. For general
information, please refer to the Information Bulletin that we previously
sent to our customers, which is also available at our Branches as well
as on our website www.mcbbonaire.com.

Banking Hours
On December 24,2010, MCB Bonaire offices will be open from 8 AM
to 12 PM. In the afternoon all our offices will be closed for the public.
On December 31, 2010 all our offices will be closed the whole day.

Important Announcement: In connection with the conversion, all our
electronic systems, such as ATMs, card payment terminals (Maestro,
credit cards etc) as well as our internet banking systems MCB@Home
and MCBDirect will be down. i.e. not operational starting January 1,
2011 from 12 o'clock midnight until 6 o'clock AM.

As of December 31, 2010 all MCB Bonaire ATMs will carry US dollars.
The ATMs will be able to supply customers with $ 10, $ 20, $ 50 and
$ 100 bills. Only the ATM at the Flamingo Airport will issue $10, $ 20.
$ 50, and Euro 20 bills. Customers who need to withdraw Antillean
Guilders are kindly advised to do so before December 31, 2010. Please
keep in mind that on January 1, 2011 all ATMs will be closed from 12
o'clock midnight until 6 AM.

Customers who use checkbooks may order their USD checkbook as of
now. You can send us your order via fax number 717-8584, via
MCB@Homeor MCBDirect, via email to checkbook@mcbbonaire.com
or drop in at any of our Branches. Your new checkbook will be available
approximately one week after the Bank receives your request For more
information about checkbook fees you may visit our website
www.mcbbonaire.com or call us. Very important: For those accounts
that are in NAF until December 31,2011, the USD checks will not be
valid prior to January 1, 2011, therefore we advise you to refrain from
writing out these USD checks before then.

At this moment our checkbook producing systems have already been
adjusted, reason why unfortunately it is not possible anymore for MCB
Bonaire to produce NAF checkbooks. We kindly request our customers,
who would have needed additional NAF checks until December 31, to
contact our Branches.

We will be issuing additional information in the days to come. Feel free
to visit our website www.mcbbonaire.com or our offices, or email us at
info@mcbbonaire.com for any questions you may have.

'Bo Ba#ko AM/fg' x ta-ord/hary/


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ABS I-Hello

ers won't see
sales tax added
to their bills
anymore... but
that doesn't
mean they won't Gft
be paying it.
Basically, the
8% ABB re-
places the 5% OB (accumulating) tax. Mer-
chants pay the 8% on import of the items
they will sell or use. Services or items
manufactured on Bonaire are also taxed at
8% which must be added to the selling
The new "consumption taxes" are as fol-
Imported items
1. 8% ABB, not import duty. Bread, grain,
potatoes, rice, medicines and medical aids
are untaxed. See below for other exceptions.
2. If you buy products in Curacao for your
own consumption, you can bring back a
total of $175 worth of goods per trip. The
Curacao airport duty free shop says they
will sell "duty-free items" to Bonaire-bound
passengers after 1/1/11.
8% on general merchandise, ABB
9% on insurance
25% on a passenger car
0% on fuel efficient cars
8% on a single cab truck (a double cabin
pickup is considered a passenger car)
There are three sections to the ABB
A. For manufacturers who produce and/or
sell goods on the BES islands
B. For people who provide services on
the BES islands
C. For people who import goods to the
BES islands
A. Concerning taxes on manufactured
1. If you manufacture goods you pay
ABB when you sell the items.
2. For goods you manufacture but sell off
-island the tax is 0%
3. Manufacturing is considered making
products to sell to an intermediary
(wholesaler) who then sells to a cus-
tomer. For instance, if an artist makes a lot
of things to sell to a store that then sells to
consumers, then he is a manufacturer. But
if the artist just sells products directly to
single consumers, he is not a manufacturer
and does not charge ABB.

B. Concerning taxes on Services
1. If there are no goods manufactured,
and a price is charged, it is considered a
service. An assembly business is consid-
ered a service
2. ABB is due if the service is performed
on any of the BES islands.
3. The service provider charges ABB if
the customer is on any of the BES is-
lands. So this means if you use a lawyer in
Curacao, the lawyer needs to charge
ABB. But the customer on the BES island is
responsible for seeing that it gets paid. So if
you buy services from outside, you should
plan on paying the taxes yourself or make it
clear with the vendor whether he is paying
ABB or if you have to do it yourself. This
means making sure you get estimates with
and without ABB.
Exemptions to taxes on services include
a. school bus services
b. non-commercial education

c. Life insurance
d. Extended medical insurance
e. Banking service
f. Rental of a residence to people living
permanently on Bonaire
g. Medical and hospital services
In a combination of products and services,
what is taxable needs clearer definition. For
example, "parts" seem to become a part of a
service when the parts are not the major
element. For instance when you get your car
fixed and they put in new filters. It appears
that the customer gets charged ABB on the
filters as well as the service. But this seems
strange because it requires the vendor to ask
for a refund of the ABB he paid on the fil-
Dispensations -- those who don't have
to charge ABB or file forms. To qualify
you must:
1. Be a one-man business or partnership
or husband/wife operation and established
on BES islands
2. Have turnover less than US$20,000 per
calendar year (exclusive of ABB). This is
calculated on what would ordinarily be tax-
able income (subtract the non-taxable in-
3. And you must keep records to prove
the above for seven years)
HOWEVER: you do have to request the
dispensation and must file forms until you
get the approval.
If an individual has more than one com-
pany, he/she has to total the turnover from
all the companies. The dispensation is to the
business person, not the company.
Some clear exemptions to ABB include:
1. Services performed outside the BES
islands on non-movable property does not
incur ABB. For instance, if a service is
done to a house in Curacao, it will not have
to charge ABB. (but may be liable for OB
on Curacao)
2. Certain transport services: no ABB on
sea or airline tickets
3. Restaurants and snacks that provide
take-out food only do not charge ABB on
the take- away food But if the restaurant
has space for sitting to eat, they have to
charge ABB even if some food is taken
4. Telecommunications
Some murky exemptions include
1. Culture, art, sport, science, education
and relaxation services don't pay ABB.
2.Taxis don't charge ABB if used for pub-
lic transportation. If the taxi is private
transport or a tour, ABB applies.
3. However, if taxis sell their service
through a wholesaler (cruise ship, hotel,
etc.) they would have to. Hotels don't
have to charge it because they have the
daily tourist tax.
4.Advisors, engineers, lawyers and ac-
countants are exempt in some situations
4. Long term leasing (moveable or im-
movable is a consideration)
5. Personnel staffing services
Go to the www.belastingdienst-cn.nl web
site for more specifications
liiip -. i,! '.lni.. i i -cn.nl/nl/
lN ip .. t. I ii.,l.iri i-cn.nl/nl/
belastingdienst/downloads (folders and
handbooks in different languages to
Remember the RCN Helpline is also
available: 08008-101010.E G.D./based
on notes by Jane Townsend

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VWitih rThe Reporter In..

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A I b ert,. Can ad~a

T ineke and Gerard Mourits took a
break from their son's wedding this
summer to visit Jasper National Park.
The wedding was perfect with a beauti-
ful bride and handsome groom: a very
happy couple. And the party was great.
They were pleased that they could break
away for a few days and went to the
Rocky Mountains. That is where this

picture with The Reporter was taken, at
the Athabasca Falls.
They wished they could stay a little
longer at the mountains, because of its
beautiful nature, real fantastic!
They're planning to go back someday
and hire a camper for a few weeks.

B onaire's award-winning youth
help foundation, the Stichting
Project, pulled out all the stops for
their fund raising dinner on Tuesday
night, December 14, at "Les Restau-
rant De Bonairiaan."
The turnout was disappointing as the
event competed with several other parties
at the same time. But the four-course
meal was no disappointment. The profits
of this evening will benefit the activities
of the Stichting Project. The (non alco-
holic) Pifia Coladas were especially deli-
The youngsters participating in the
Project volunteered themselves that eve-
ning. It was interesting to observe how
the efficiency and level of service im-
proved as the meal progressed. Obvi-

ously the youngsters were gaining skill
and confidence.
Those interested in visiting at breakfast
or lunch can call 717-6921 / 786-6816 or
E-mail: stichtingproject#(flamingotv.net
www.stichtingproject.com. U G.D.

This information was reviewed by RCN Management

Bonaire Reporter- Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 14, 2011

Serving and kitchen staff for the dinner

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

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

Starting from NAf6,50 per
meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-
Web site:
www. chinanobobonaire. corn

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

Atelier Jos6
Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Republiek.
Local art, mosaics, driftwood and
more. Open: Saturdays 10-3p.m,
or call 785-6670 for appointment

.1 ./the it rnre livable
frii thelii htirtl.

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| ll..i-I| .u r l n ..l i .p 'r a c!. ,.I in i' _: '
Call Donna ai '95-9332


Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272

We Will Care For Your Home
When You Are Away
Property Services Bonaire b.v.
Caretaker/Beheer onroerend goed
J@n Brouwer
digitalis 1956@hotmail.com

Full leather shoes,
made in Italy Size: 40.5,
color: beige; brand:
Cinderella; Status- not brand-new.
Price:NAf.40 phone; 700-8208

Rentals. Property

House for Rent Available February 1,
2010... Spacious Seaside Villa in Hato
3 BR/2 BA/Open floor plan with LR,
DR and Kitchen. All Bedrooms with
airco. Large lot with garden and pri-
vate pier, Cable TV, furniture, garden
maintenance and weekly cleaning ser-
vice included in rent- 6 month rental
$2795/month excluding cost of elec,
water, telephone and internet.
717.8876 or 786.1016

Furnished house for rent in quiet,
centrally located area, 3 bedrooms, 2
bathrooms, front and back porch, tel:

FOR RENT Office space /
shops 60 m2 1 Bedroom / 1 Bath-
room / Kitchen Apartment
Unfurnished / Long term rent-
als Excl. Utilities $ 500,- NAf 895,-
HATO Blvd Gob.N.Debrot #
92 Cell 785 0918

STUDIO for one person available to
rent DEC 21 on. Best price on the is-
land. Kitchenette, TV airco, laundry
room. famouscaptain(fgmail.com

For Sale or Rent- Located at Hato,
small house or studios. Open house on
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
from 11-2pm. Also paintings.
Tel. 717-2529

Studio apt for rent furnished, kitchen-
ette, airco, pagabon, mitv and internet,
excl water, propane ang 750,00 a
month/ ang 700,00 deposit call 795-

For Rent Office space / Shops 60 m2
1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom / Kitchen
Apartment Unfurnished / Long term
rentals Excl.Utilities $ 500,- NAJ
895,- HATO, Blvd Gob.N.Debrot # 92
Cell 785-0918


For Sale: Hutch 185cm h by 125cm
w by 65cm d $ 700; Coffee table 110
cm by 110cm by 38 hcm $450;
Side table 41 cm by 110cm by 79 h
cm $100
Two Twin beds $250 each; Abstract
paintings Call 786-2692

2 cars Must sell. 2002 Chevrolet
Cavalier, only 49,00 miles $4,500
1998 Ford Escort $2500. or best of-
fer. phone 786-1789

Antiques and Collectibles
Call 795-9760

Got a gift you don't need?
Sell it here free next week

Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Business Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words): FREE
Commercial Ads only NAf1,10 per word, for each two-week issue.
Call 790-6518 or 790-8988 or email info@bonairereporter.com

The Animal Welfare Committee
(' ,,. ii, DierenBescher-
ming) needs sponsors to help them shelter
confiscated animals.
It is working closely with the Dieren
Asiel (Bonaire Animal Shelter) but it does-
n't limit its rescue work to only dogs and
The Bonaire Animal Shelter is often
alerted by concerned neighbors, passers by
or tourists when they witness animal abuse,
so they offer shelter to the dogs and cats
who need this.
But unfortunately there are horses, par-
rots, monkeys that are mistreated as well,
and those need a separate and other well-
equipped place to be nurtured back to
health. The DierenBescherming has placed
one horse in the care of a volunteer horse
lover and this horse has had, for the past



(paid by the word)

Email: george@bonairenews.com

Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides
Winds and weather can, ." .. the local tide's height and time
Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset
02:22 /- 09:30 / 18:18 /- 22:14 /
Fri 31 0.08 ft 1.22 ft 0.15 ft 0.11 ft 6:56 18:21
03:01 /- 10:17 / 19:15 /- 23:38 /
Sat 01 0.04 ft 1.20 ft 0.17 ft 0.07 ft 06:56 AST 18:22 AST
03:30 / 11:05 / 20:14 /-
Sun 02 0.01 ft 1.17 ft 0.20 ft 06:56 AST 18:22 AST
01:21 / 03:51 / 11:53 / 21:09 /-
Mon 03 0.08 ft 0.07 ft 1.11 ft 0.21 ft 06:57 AST 18:23 AST
12:40 / 21:57 /- New
Tue 04 1.03 ft 0.20 ft Moon 06:57 AST 18:23 AST
13:27 / 22:38 /-
Wed 05 0.94 ft 0.18 ft 06:58 AST 18:24 AST
14:13 / 23:11 /-
Thu 06 0.83 ft 0.16 ft 06:58 AST 18:24 AST
06:05 / 08:46 / 14:58 / 23:37 /-
Fri07 0.37 ft 0.36 ft 0.73 ft 0.13ft 06:58 AST 18:25 AST
06:13 / 10:44 / 15:43 / 23:59 /-
Sat 08 0.45 ft 0.37 ft 0.62 ft 0.10 ft 06:58 AST 18:26 AST
06:29 / 12:17 / 16:28 /
Sun 09 0.54 ft 0.34 ft 0.52 ft 06:59 AST 18:26 AST
00:17 /- 06:48 / 13:33 / 17:15 /
Mon 10 0.07 ft 0.62 ft 0.28 ft 0.42 ft 06:59 AST 18:27 AST
00:33 /- 07:09 / 14:36 / 18:03 /
Tue 11 0.05 ft 0.71 ft 0.21 ft 0.33 ft 06:59 AST 18:27 AST
First 00:49 /- 07:33 / 15:32 / 18:51 /
Wed 12 Quarter 0.03 ft 0.79 ft 0.13 ft 0.25 ft 06:59 AST 18:28 AST
01:04 /- 08:00 / 16:26 / 19:40 /
Thu 13 0.03 ft 0.87 ft 0.06 ft 0.17 ft 07:00 AST 18:28 AST
01:21 /- 08:31 / 17:17 / 20:29 /
Fri 14 0.03 ft 0.95 ft 0.00 ft 0.11 ft 07:00 AST 18:29 AST

16 Flights a day
Bonaire and

Divi Divi Air
Cura9ao biV| |lVl

D i v i D i v i A i r .... .............
24 hours a day

(5999 839-1515)
Or (5999

Bonaire Reporter- Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 14, 2011

The island's Bridge
Club is looking for
new members, all
Every Wednesday
from 7.30 till 11
p.m. Location: Kaya
Amsterdam (Sporthal).
Costs: NAJ 2,50 p.p.p. evening.
Call Renata 796-5591.

two years, a i, -

peaceful life.
But there
are confis-&
cated mon-
keys and par-
rots as well
who desper- 0 N X
ately need a
better life. Another animal lover has of-
fered care and a perfect place to build ade-
quate housing for them.
But the foundation needs money for the
materials and the medical and food ex-
penses. If you can help the M&C account
number is .113067-06 (F.A.W.B.). You
may establish a standing order, and that
would be greatly appreciated. For more
information call 717-7021. U Lous Rood

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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

Insel Air- The
Dutch Carib-
bean's own inter-
national airline.
Efficiently run, convenient schedules, low fares and
non-stop to Miami.


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.


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
facial waxing.


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.


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
here too.


Total Home Sustainable Building Products stocks
a large collection of European quality hardware.
Call 701-7011, above Caribbean Homes Realty


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


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.

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.

Dive Friends has four dive schools and two retail
shops so you always get the best deals and assured
of top notch training.

ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vacation,
above and/or below the water with a custom DVD
by Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

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
Kaya Industria.

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.

Go Green-Tina Woodley's new shop, in the build-
ing in front of the church in Playa, offers healthful
and tasty products, many of them from Tree of Life

Harmony House-
.BmI l lU ., s Using science to find
,lIN the problem. Using
natural products to cor-
N4 mtito in Penped"ve rect the problem.
. Also Essence range
of herbal teas & hand-
Et e Cmade soaps. At Kaya
Papa Comes 2

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.

Paradise Photo in the Les 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


Caribbean Homes, "the Re-
freshing Realtor," specializing
in luxury homes, condos, lots,
rentals and property manage-
ment. And now Yachts!

Sunbelt Realty offers full real
estate, rental, and insurance
services. If you want a home
or to invest in Bonaire, stop in
and see them.


Harbourtown Real Estate
has extensive listing of Bon-
aire properties of all kinds.
They can help sell your Bon-
aire home too. Visit their new

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



The Storehouse
(Mangazina in Papia-
mentu) offers Secure Stor-
age For Vehicles, House-
hold Items, Diving And
Sporting Gear, Business
Files or Inventory. Across
from the northern hotel


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

Services N.V.

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?


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

Christie Dovale will personally take you on a fas-
cinating tour of the island. Contact her via her
website: IslandToursBonaire.com Phone 717-4435
or 795-3456. You will remember it always.

BITS (Bonaire IT Services) is tops for Web design/
Graphics, Data Base and E-Commerce, sites Inter-
net Marketing, search engine optimization and more.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only wa-
ter taxi to Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. Kaya
Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.

Join this list of Bonaire's best
businesses. Advertise in
The Bonaire Reporter,
in print and on the Internet

Fortnightly Advertisers in The
Bonaire Reporter are included
in the guide. Free!
To place and ad
call 790-6518, 786-6518
or email

Bonaire Reporter- Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 14, 2011

Holiday Concert Pr.e-C' ri still vas Special Security Services (SSS)


-... concert

B onaire's Second Annual December
Holiday Concert was held for a
standing-room-only audience at Plaza Re-
sort Bonaire's Cacique Hall on Saturday,
December 18. Predominately local musi-
cians and groups filled the hall with music
of the season arranged, played and sung
with an Antillean flare.
Local 8-year old, Grep Linkels, performed
a nineteenth century piano composition for
four hands with his teacher, Hans Odin
Faassen. This recital was followed by pi-
ano and keyboard improvisations by Faas-
sen and his son, Felix Faassen. Trading off
between the grand piano and electronic
keyboard, the two Faassens took off in
their musical explorations based on famil-
iar works from J.S. Bach, Gounod and
Well known local group, Gebby I Su Stre-
anan performed White Christmas in an
island style like no other, followed by Val-
zes in Antillean style. The group's leader,
Gabriel (Gebby) Seleh on piano was
joined by Herbert (Ibi) de Palm on guitar
and bass, Roberto (Papachi) Salsbach on
kwarts dna bass, Norbert (Norbis) Goyla
on wiri, rasp and maraca; and Genaro An-
thony on percussion instruments.
Tutti Frutti, the "pearl of Rincon,"
brought their choir and band to perform a
medley of island songs, including special
Christmas songs from the group's new CD,
"Pasku Krioyo, composed by Veronica
Mercera. "Everyone can understand good
Papiamentu," Mercera said, and the crowd
fervently agreed.
An ensemble from Bonaire's renowned
Silver Bullet Steel Band then played a
medley of traditional Christmas songs on
the pans to the delight of all.
The Classical Music Board Bonaire will
present its next event on Saturday, Janu-
ary 29, 2011. The Concert will feature
three well-known Antillean pianists, Livio
Hermans, Johnny Kleinmoedig and Willem
Statius Muller, performing Chopin and
classical Antillean music, with a special
explanation by writer Jan Brokken.E
Bob Gilmour


There were not many pre-dawn
times like Tuesday, December
21, 2010. Take it from people who
know: astronomers. There was
maybe one time like this Tuesday in
the past 2,000 years. The Total
Eclipse of the Moon, which delighted
sky watchers in the pre-dawn hours,
was followed later in the day by the
arrival of the Winter Solstice.
The last time the two celestial
events occurred within the same cal-
endar day was long before any of our
lifetimes. The year, according to
Geoff Chester, public affairs officer
at the US Naval Observatory, was
1638. Although the solstice does not
always occur on the same date each
year, the date in 1638 was the same
as Tuesday's December 21.
Few alive today are likely to see a
recurrence. The next time the Winter
Solstice and a Total Lunar Eclipse
will occur on the same calendar day
will be December 21, 2094.

The day of the solstice is essen-
tially the shortest of the year in the
Northern Hemisphere. Many people
consider it to be the official start of
the winter season. U
Naval Observatory G.D.



Recently during one of the biggest se-
curity conventions in the world in the
US, Special Security Services had the
honor of receiving the 15th Year Award as
the dealer of First Alert Professional Secu-
rity Systems in Bonaire. The company is
an important division of Honeywell Secu-
rity which is the biggest company in the
world for the manufacture and distribution
of sophisticated electronic systems like
recording cameras, alarms for intrusion
and fire for residential and commercial
buildings. SSS is unique in security in
Bonaire with a central monitoring system
operating 24 hours a day certified by Mi-
croKey, and their technicians are certified
by Honeywell Security. U Press release

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Referendum (Continued from page 9)

did nothing wrong by giving Nicolaas the
Referendum he wanted and then asking
people not to vote. He said the result
proved the majority agreed this was not the
time to judge the new status his party had
negotiated and it was better to wait for the
evaluation after five years that had been
agreed on with The Hague. DP-leader
Robby Beukenboom said the result proved
people were not content and not even the
party that negotiated the current status had
the guts to stand up for it in the Referen-
The Referendum result and expense will
be just one of the elements to figure in the
Island Government /Special Municipality
elections set for March 2011. 0

Sunbelt Realty N.V.
Kaya L.D. Gerharts 8
717 65 60
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Bonaire Reporter- Dec. 31, 2010-Jan. 14, 2011

Receives 15-year Award

SSS's Marisol and Benito Dirksz
with their award

La Terassa, Kava Grandi 23N
(Floorahote Botica Bonaire)
2 717-3353, 510-2318
Open Nlonda%- Saturda%
10 am-3 pm nonstop

K) -Bonaire natural & organic shop

Your Healthy Food Supermarket
Find the best in organic and biotic cereals, oils,
yogurt, cheeses, grains and diet products and
much, much more. Home made sandwiches,
salads and fresh juices too.

Kaya Lib. Simon Bolivar 26
Across from Catholic Church
Phone: 717-2222
Open: Mon. to Fri. 9am to 7pm
Sat. and Sun. 10am to 4pm



New A rivals at

Divers Discount,

Kaya Grandi # 18

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Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Fridays and Cruise Ship Visiting
Days-usually 10 am until ship departure.
Day Date Ship Arrive De- PAX Cap Line
Fri Dec-31 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Princess
Sat Jan 1 Emerald 0700 1400 3100 Princess
2011 Princess

Mon Jan-03 Aida Vita 0800 1600 1260 Aida
Thu Jan-06 Caribbean Prin- 1100 2000 3100 Princess
Fri Jan-07 Grandeur of 0700 1600 2446 Celebrity
the Seas
Oceana 0800 1800 1950 P&O
Mon Jan-10 Westerdam 0800 2400 1918 HAL
Thu Jan-13 Sea Princess 0800 1800 2016 Princess
Fri Jan-14 Friday market 0900 1400_
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Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
Parke Publico children's playground
open every day into the cooler evening
Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm. En-
joy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop,
fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local
sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts, candles,
incense, drinks, music. Big Marche first
Saturday of the month-
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Industria,
second Saturday of the month, 7-9 pm.
Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10
(NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-7539.
* Soldachi Tours-See the real Bon-
aire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and nature
by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call Maria
Koeks for more information-796-7870.
* 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 per-
sonal with Bonaire's dive pioneer. The Cap-
tain will autograph your copy of his newest
book Reef Windows.

Bonaire Chess & Draughts (checkers)
players get together on from 19.00 till
21.00 at the SGB-school: Kaya Frater
Odulfinuz z/n.

* Young Bonaire Chess & Draughts
players get together from 17.00 till 19.00 at
the SGB-school. Kids can start at age six.
Tourists are welcome. Contact Serapio Pop,
at 701-9660
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person. Cash
bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-

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

Monday -- Touch the Sea -- Dee Scarr,
honored as a member of the Women Divers
Hall of Fame conducts Bonaire's Touch the
Sea programs of personalized dive guiding.
She presents a unique perspective on critters
and corals, plus an updated Bonaire lionfish
report, every Monday she's on-island
at 8:30 pm in the Aquarius Conference
Center at Captain Don's Habitat, Call 717-

Wednesday Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative
slide show: Sea Turtles ofBonaire, at 8pm,
every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the
conference room at Captain Don's Habitat

Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.dRee, behind the
Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pmr. 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 eve-
ning 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 location.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda
Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Every-
one is welcome. Contact: Renata Doma-
casse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana # 1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays,
12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
in Peter Hughes meeting room upstairs
above the dive shop. All Rotarians wel-
come. Tel. 701-1100.
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita de
Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck,
at 786-2953.

Wil Dijkstra Exhibition, Plaza Resort,
until April 1,2011

Kaminda di Arte (Art Trail) January 16
and every third Sunday of the month until
June 2011, 11 am to 5 pm. Visit artists'
homes and studios. Information: Karel de
Regt: 717-5785 / 788-4477, ka-
rel@flamingotv.net, or Fred v.d. Broek: 788
-2536, fredvdbroek48@hotmail.com

Call For Appointment
Driftwood and Art by Germaine Nijdam,
Kaya Onix 1, Republiek, Santa Barbara. 717
-2203, 786-1714, Email:
gnart bonairenet.com

Fine Art & Portraits by Renate van der
Bijl, 717-6500, www.renatevanderbijl.com

JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, 717-5246

Jose Atelier, Kaya Aleksandrit 6, Re-
publiek, open Saturdays, 10-3 Tel. 785-6670

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papiamentu,
Sunday, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in Kral-
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rincon.
Bible Study and Prayer meetings, Thurs-
days, 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.) Sunday ser-
vices in English at 9 am; Sunday eve-
ning 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
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Saturday
at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch
& Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
717-2194 Some Church Services were
omitted for lack of space. They will reappear
in the next edition...

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
ties, customs and immigration regarding the
opening and security of the airport, Insel
Air decided to once again fly daily from
Miami and St. Maarten according to its
normal schedule. Insel Air was the also first
outside airline to resume regular flights to
Haiti after the earthquake last January.

>THE HAGUE--The Lower House of
the Dutch Parliament has backed a motion
from the liberal democrat D66 party calling
on government to conduct an investigation
into the viability of Radio Netherlands
Worldwide (RNW). RNW maintains a
large short-wave transmitter site in the
Colombia area of Bonaire.
The motion notes that the role of RNW,
funded by the Dutch government, has been
partially overtaken by technological devel-
opments such as the Internet. RNW's cur-
rent tasks are informing Dutch nationals
abroad, providing independent information
in countries with limited press freedom,"
editor-in-chief Rik Rensen said.
.. ... ..



1Dos and Bettie Winkel have done it
again! The name of their newest book is
Bonaire From The Air and the name says
it all. This perfect souvenir and gift takes
you on a tour around the island from the
sky, starting at Flamingo Airport with a
"low pass" over the Donkey Sanctuary and
a "fly by" along the resorts to Kralendijk,
Hato and Sabadeco. From there we travel
clockwise up the west coast and around the
whole island. You will see the beauty of
Bonaire from a totally different perspective.
What seems to be a barren and pretty color-
less island on land turns out to be all shades
of brown and green from the air, comple-
mented by a pastel palette of pink and lilac
salt pans to the south and surrounded by the
most exquisite blue and turquoise sea.
Check the pages to see if your house is in
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IBonaire's volunteerism initiative, BON
DOET, is off to a fast start. STINAPA has
signed up for the big March 18-19 coastal
cleanup that will need around 100
volunteers. BON DOET, working with the
NGO Platform in cooperation with the
Dutch Oranje Fonds, aims to help organize
projects that will benefit the community.
Most projects are expected to involve about
four hours and a handful of people.
Families, school classes, work groups can
all organize with the help of BON DOET
for community actions. There are over a
hundred NGOs registered on Bonaire and
BON DOET would like as many of them as
possible as well as individuals to take part.
Contact the NGO Plataforma at 717 2366 of
via e-mail
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Plataforma Boneiru will help groups
complete the BON DOET application to
help get funding up to $650 to buy needed
material for their project. Check out the
BON DOET website for more info and
ideas: www.nldoet.nl/bonaire.

1 To celebrate the joyous Christmas sea-
son Digicel treated several charitable
foundations to a delicious Christmas ham
to make this season even more festive.
Digicel managers, together with their fabu-
lous Santa Girl, visited Kas di Kuido, Co-
cari, FKPD, Krusada and Fundashon Rosa
di Sharon, bringing them this nice treat to
celebrate Christmas.

P Eye and Ear Care Foundation
(Fundashon Kuido pa Bista i Oido) Says
Thank You!
Thank you from the
%,c members of the Eye
0- and Ear Care Founda-
( tion to the community
of Bonaire for their
generosity during the
last year. Approxi-
mately NAf 3.000 was
donated to enable the foundation to con-
tinue their projects with the vision and hear-
ing impaired on the island.
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,"
say the members of the foundation, "and we
hope that in the future we will continue to
have the cooperation of the community."

0There is a possibility that a hotel devel-
oper intends to purchase a large tract of
Plantation Bolivia for a resort complex
that would include a golf course.
Most of Bolivia was recently zoned "nature
land" since it provides Bonaire' last remain-



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ing natural bridge for animals and vegeta-
tion between the hills of Washington Park
and the fertile lands of Washikemba. Be-
sides the protection to the environment re-
quired for any development in Bolivia, has
the developer ever tried to play golf in a
stiff trade wind that blows over Bolivia?

0 The Dutch sailing teen, Laura Dekker,
who aims to be the youngest person to
circumnavigate the world, arrived safely
in St. Maarten after a quick trans-Atlantic
passage. It's been reported that while she
has sufficient funds to complete the jour-
ney, there is little for contingencies.
Her father Dick blames the authorities for
the cash shortage. Involvement of child
welfare, he claims, scared off potential
sponsors. And a lot of money went to
legal expenses and there is a. lack of buy-
ers of the video footage. To make up for
the shortfall, people visiting http://
www.lauradekker. nl/English/Home.html
are asked to make a donation.

,Besides being available through archives
at The Bonaire Reporter website,
www.bonairereporter.com, back issues of
The Reporter are kept on line by the Uni-
versity of Florida at

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D-The Reporter wants to make clear that
the comments regarding the Harbour-
town Realty donation to Father Rich-
ards Church of the Baranka in the last
edition of The Reporter were solely
those of The Reporter.
The story expressed The Reporter's ad-
miration for Harbourtown's concern for
the island's poor people and how they
chose to help them directly. Harbourtown
was in no way responsible for the re-

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Give Away( Continued from page 3)
location to private housing. The plans of
Fundashon Playa Publiko would create
opportunities for a number of local Bon-
aire businesses as well as a visitor's educa-
tional center and headquarters for the
STINAPA parks service. The site should
also capture the other unique qualities of
Bonaire: natural beauty, tranquility, cul-
ture, unspoiled, happy interaction between
locals and visitors. If done right, this
could become the crown jewel of the Car-
"Bonaire needs to reestablish its environ-
mental heritage and credentials," said Beu-
kenboom. "While Bonaire was the first
in many preservation areas, we are not
thought of as the leader for this any
longer. We need a new initiative in this
area and the park at Sunset could be it."
"We need a showplace for what Bon-
aire represents in the world of environ-
mentally friendly tourism. A mixed-use
development plan for the site should in-
clude a STINAPA Visitors Center that
gives Bonaire credit for its vision and early
efforts that have been copied around the
world. It could have a museum or two in-
cluding, perhaps, Captain Don's idea of an
Accolade to honor the pioneers of diving
here. Most of all, it needs to look and feel
Bonairean and not just another tropical
We also need something that will ap-
peal to the Bonaire visitor. Since most
are outdoor people (diving, windsurfing,
kite surfing, snorkeling, sailing, etc) this
location can become a major tourist attrac-
tion for our type of tourist. It will also help
the divers and windsurfers who want to
come to Bonaire but their families don't
because there is nothing for the family to
do. This would provide a wonderful site
where families of visitors and locals can
enjoy themselves.
In the vision of Fundashon Playa
Publiko, the Visitor Center should include
an interactive environmental learning cen-
ter that could possibly involve the Turtle
Conservation group and other organiza-
tions. Fundashon Playa Publiko also envi-
sions an amphitheater where the island
could host major events and entertainment
It is possible that the location could
also have a small to medium sized hotel
with conference/meeting rooms so that
Bonaire could lure small groups and meet-
ings for those who are interested in a
unique experience and not just nightlife. U
Fundashon Playa Publiko release

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Page 17



Pet of the Week

S'A lexia," this alert looking black
tan beauty, is
known at the
Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter as

Mother." She i
was brought
into the Shel-
ter with four
totally differ-
ent looking
puppies, fa-
ther(s) un-
Alexia, a very
mellow and
relaxed dog,
was consid-
ered to be the perfect mom to these pups.
All the puppies have been adopted and
Alexia has been sterilized so can now live
her own life. She's very intelligent and se-
rene at the same time. What a nice kind of
dog to have around. When it's necessary she
barks, so she would be a good guard dog,
protecting those she loves. Alexia is about

Benefits Animal Shelter and Your Pet

O ur New Year's celebration will be
festive when we ring in the year
with fireworks. Our pets react with confu-
sion due to the unusual noise. The New
Year period sees the loss of pets that run
away from these loud noises. Fortunately,
help is available in an inexpensive, non-
toxic form. It has helped many people
effectively for a variety stresses. It is
named "Rescue Remedy."
Rescue Remedy is a natural medicine
made from flowers. It was invented in
England by a physician named Dr. Ed-
ward Bach, who intended to relieve psy-
chological suffering of people. That was
in 1935. Since those years, people have
used Bach remedies and shared it with
This year Rescue Remedy will be avail-
able for pet owners to help their animal
companions through the New Year 2011,
fireworks thanks to The Pet Project.
Follow the simple instructions on the
label. The cost is NAf 3, which benefits

one and a half years old. You may see her at
the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Mon-
day through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to
5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
Notice: It's fireworks time again on Bon-
aire. It may be fun for people but it's hell for
animals, not just cats and dogs but for don-
keys, goats, sheep and birds too. There are
things you can do for your own pets. (See
the article on Pet Calm below.)
And bring your pets inside the house to a
quiet room. You might give them something
to chew on as that can relieve some of the
stress. If you can be around to calm them
down it would be even better.
Because of the fireworks, frightened dogs
and cats may run away and become disori-
ented. The Shelter every year acts as
"headquarters" for lost animals. If you
find one please bring it to the Shelter. If
you've lost one, call the Shelter at 717-
4989. It may have been turned in by a
good Samaritan.
Have a happy, healthy and prosperous new
year to all the pet owners and their faithful
See you next year! U Laura DeSalvo


the Animal Shelter.
You may pick up Rescue Remedy at the
Animal Shelter on Kaminda Lagoen, Bis-
tro de Paris, Chat 'n Browse, DA Store,
and many groceries.
Visit us in front of Warehouse Grocery
on December 31! Pick up a remedy and
ask questions concerning your pet.
If you have more questions about Res-
cue Remedy, email fhumming-
birdk(Zvahoo.com. 0 Florence Ditlow
is a Registered Nurse & an herbalist
certified in the use of Bach Remedies
;h. .i,,h the Bach Center.

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W hen you are underwa-
ter, have you ever
noticed two small eyes poking
out from a hole in the rock?
They belong to a cute little fish .
called a tube blenny! Don't be
fooled though. While tube
blennies are cute, they are
miniature gladiators. They live
in abandoned worm holes in-
side corals and rocks. They pop
their tiny heads out to grab
specs of plankton. The highest
hole on the coral or rock has
the most plentiful amounts of plankton
drifting by, but how do the blennies de-
cide who gets this hole? They fight for it!
A blenny in a lower, less desirable hole
will move upwards to a higher hole, and
if it is occupied, it will challenge the
occupant by raising its sail-like fin on its
back and attack! It will try to grab the
head of the hole-owner and throw it out
of its hole. The two blennies sometimes
spin wildly, fighting and biting each
other trying to win the battle. This may
continue for several minutes until a vic-
tor is decided. The challenger seldom
wins. Once the fight is over, the loser
generally returns to a lower hole in de-
This fighting is a vital part of the
blenny's daily life. Usually the smallest,
youngest tube blennies are in the small-
est holes near the bottom of the coral or
rock. As a blenny ages and grows larger,
it tends to move toward the highest
point, challenging or moving into va-
cated holes until it reaches the top where
food is more bountiful. Don't confuse
these little guys with gobies though.

Blennies can be easily distinguished (if
you have a magnifying glass) from go-
bies by small fleshy appendages called
cirri on their heads and snouts. 0
Andrew Brendle

"I'm a senior at the University of
Colorado at Boulder. I'm here this se-
mester studying Marine i1,..t-. i 1 ii
CIEE. I'm new to SCUBA diving and
still .. ",,i. some of the basics down, but
loving every minute of it. My major is
I i,._ .,ii i, .. Physiology, so I'm learning
all about the processes of the human
body. As you
can see, my
major doesn't
have much to do
with marine
biology, but I
decided to study
here and learn
about another
area of biology
besides the hu-
man body.

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Third Time is The Charm

J upiter and Uranus
have been hanging
out together in the sky for
the past six months and
they had super close en-
counters in June and Sep-
tember and will have one
more Tuesday, January 4.
The reason this is a big
deal is that Jupiter is easy
to find in the sky while
Uranus is not. But when
they're close together,
usually every 13 to 14 years, you have an
unusual opportunity to use Jupiter to help
you find the dim 7th planet, Uranus.
On Monday, January 3rd, about an hour
after sunset face southwest and if you
look about half way up from the horizon
you'll see a very bright light in the eve-
ning sky. It's Jupiter the king of the plan-
ets and if you have a pair of binoculars
use them to take a look at Jupiter and its
family of moons. At first you'll probably
be able to see only Jupiter, but give it a
few minutes and you should be able to see
some very tiny points of light on either
side of Jupiter. Jupiter will be about 2,000
times brighter than these points of light,
which are four of the many moons of
Jupiter. They were first seen by Galileo
in 1610 with his small homemade tele-
Now on Monday night there will be
something extra. The dim blue-green
planet Uranus will be visible up to the
right of Jupiter. How far? It'll be about the
width of our Earth's Moon away. You
can see Uranus with the naked eye in a
dark sky, but not many people have actu-
ally done it. Those four moons of Jupiter
are about the same brightness as Uranus
so using binoculars will make it much
easier. Take your time and you'll find
Uranus near Jupiter if you have patience
and clear skies. Next week is special be-
cause Jupiter and Uranus will be very
close for several days and the Moon won't
interfere until later in the week.
Now Jupiter and Uranus are both much
farther from the Sun than our Earth and
orbit very slowly in comparison to the
Earth. Jupiter takes about 12 Earth years
for one circuit of the sun while Uranus


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For Jupiter and Uranus

takes 84 Earth years to do the same. Jupi-
ter will catch up with Uranus every 13 to
14 years and then they'll be in conjunc-
tion. Jupiter and Uranus were in conjunc-
tion on June 8th, September 22, and then
an January 4th we'll see the last close-up
of this triple conjunction.
A triple conjunction means that Jupiter
appears to pass Uranus, then appears to
go on a path that causes it to loop back-
wards past Uranus for a second time. That
backward motion (called "retrograde
motion") soon comes to an end and Jupi-
ter resumes its normal eastward path,
passing Uranus a third and final time. The
last triple conjunction was in 1983 and the
next will be in 2037-38. They don't hap-
pen very often. And this was a real puzzle
for our ancestors to explain.
The reason this happens is that it only
looks like they are slowing down and then
reversing as the Earth passes them on the
inside track, they don't really do it. If you
pass a car on the expressway is it really
going backwards or does it only look like
its backing up? This year Jupiter and Ura-
nus were both at opposition on September
21st and because of their both being at
opposition at nearly the same time there
were three conjunctions of Uranus and
Jupiter this time around. They were in
conjunction on June 8th, September 22
and the last one will be, you guessed it,
next week on Tuesday January 4th. So get
out your binoculars or small telescope
next week and take a look at the 7th
planet Uranus and the 5th planet Jupiter
with its four moons, lo, Europa, Gany-
mede and Callisto.
Dean Regas, Cincinnati Observatory

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
Overall 2011 Horoscope
Aries (March 20 to April 18): For all Libra (September 22 to October 22):
Aries born people, this year will be moder- Those, who have their birthdays between
ately good. You will be busy with your work- September 22 to October 22, are Libras.
ing life and will also enjoy your personal life. Libras are the most balanced personalities of
You may fall in love this year and during the all zodiac signs. They know what to say,
first half of the year, but you have to give what to verdict, and what to do at the right
efforts to make it a successful one. If want to time. The family life and professional life
start your business this year, you should look will be balanced superbly. Moreover, you
after the documents properly. Overall, this may get some added bonus this year, accord-
year will be a good year for all of you. ing to your performance. You will also enjoy
Taurus (April 19 to May 19): Those a good health this year.
who are born between April 19 and May 19, Scorpio (October 23 to November 20):
the year 2011 will be pretty good for their If you are born between October 23 and No-
love life. If you are planning to get married vember 20, you are a Scorpio. You are confi-
will bring some good news for you. You will dent and adorable. There will be no dearth of
have a prosperous professional life and there love in your personal life. Even though, you
are also some chances of promotion. How- may have to face some issues with the elderly
ever, look after your health, since there are member of your family, but you will enjoy a
some chances of poor health conditions this decently good year in Your partner will be
year. understanding and supportive to you. You
Gemini (May 20 to June 20): If you are may also get a hike for your brilliant per-
born between May 20 and June 20, you will formance.
have a good year in.2011. From your per- Sagittarius (November 21 to December
sonal life to professional life, even though 20): If you have your birthday between No-
you may experience some ups and downs, vember 21 and December 20, it will be a
you will enjoy a happy life. Some strong great year for you. You are ambitious and
decisions will be needed to make. If you are this year will bring some amazing opportuni-
planning for wedding, this year may be the ties to fulfill your professional ambitions. If
ideal time for you to tie the knot. you are in a relationship, and want to tie the
Cancer (June 21 to July 21): If you are knot, 2011 is a good year for it. Overall, this
born between June 21 and July 21, you are a year will be financially great for you.
Cancerian. The year will be overall great for Capricorn (December 21 to January
you. You may shift your job during the first 19): If you are born between December 21
half of the year. The excitement and flame in and January 19, you are Capricomian. Capri-
your love life will be there in this year. This cormians are creative. If you are in a creative
year, you may have to spend some valuable field, you will definitely reach to the pinna-
money on the health issues. If there is any cle. You may go for a business trip during the
elderly person in your family, you may have first half of the year. Your family members
to face some health related issues. are very understanding. A new friend may be
Leo (July 22 to August 21): Those, who coming to your life this year and you will
are born between July 22 and August 21, are share a unique bond with him/her.
Leos. You are imaginative and creative. If Aquarius (January 20 to February
you have any new idea or concept, you must 18): Aquarians celebrate their birthday from
share this with your seniors, since your uplift January 20 to February 18. If you are Aquar-
will be depending upon this. You are emo- ian, you must be very creative and ambitious.
tional, but do not show it off in front of oth- Your professional life will be in focus during
ers, as they can take advantage of this. Your the second half of the year, while the first
love life will be sound and quite healthy for half will be excellent for your personal life.
the year of You may also tie the knot during the first few
Virgo (August 22 to September 21): months of the year. There is a chance of job
Those, who celebrate their birthdays from shift after August.
August 22 to September 21, are Virgos. If Pisces (February 19 to March 19):
you are a Virgo, then you will enjoy a com- Those, who have their birthday between Feb-
fortable year. Be it your love life, finance, ruary 19 and March 19, are Pisceans. You
career, family life, or relationships, you will will have a wonderful year. Your family and
have peace in mind. Your family and friends friends will be closer to you and you will also
will be extremely helpful to you. You may enjoy a contented professional life. You may
have to give some efforts for some of your make some new friends this year, but always
relationships, but that will not be difficult for judge them by your instinct
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