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P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 6518, 786 6518, 786 6518, 786 6125, 6125, 6125, email: email: email: Since 1994 Since 1994 Since 1994 Stephanie Booi and Said Elkaich selling the most beautiful and freshest vegetables on Bonaire a super initiative! But you have to come real early because by 9am they're practically sold out! The hard core of the market: Aminah an d Galil with their baby ducks and rabbits, fruits, vegetables and plants. Sra. Alba Lombana selling shoes, flip flops and pastechis, and neighbor Angliet Baidjoe with her delicious chutneys and syrups from ginger, lime, tamarind and pineapple. Daymiro Janga and his meat chickens, weighing about 3 kilos each! Selling them for $5.10 per kilo. He buys the little chicks when they are one day old and then he raises them himself without giving them hormones. Mother and son: Ingel and Maaike van Almenkerk selling mint, Surinamese cherries, tomatoes and sweet tamarind. All photos by Greta Kooistra


Page 2 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 How to contact us Find Bonaire Reporter on Facebook. Press “Like” The Publisher: George DeSalvo Phone 786-6125 The Editor: Laura DeSalvo Phone 786-6518 Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Story tip, question or idea: Phone 786-6518 Available on-line at: Printed Every Fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on Sunday, May 4, 2014 Story and Ad deadline: Friday, May 2, 2014 T he Bonaire island Council unanimously approved Simeona “Jona” Chirino-Felida, better known as Jona as Commissioner to serve on the Executive Council to replace Hans Els. Jona is well known for her active social work. She is shown above with Edison Rijna, the deputy governor. According to StatLine, in the Caribbean Netherlands on Bonaire, inflation was 1.3% in the first quarter. This is 0.1 of a percentage point higher than in the fourth quarter of 2013. Higher prices for food and clothing were the main factors in the increase. Fruit and women’s clothing in particular cost more. Electricity prices fell slightly, and had a downward effect on inflation. The up-tick followed several quarters of declining inflation. KLM is preparing to fly to the Caribbean on biofuel. Spokesperson Joost Ruempol confirmed this to the Amigoe newspaper. KLM is not providing any details just yet. KLM first experimented with biofuel in 2009 and already is flying some routes using the fuel. KLM reportedly sold four Fokker F70s, serials 11528, 11537, 11578 and 11583, to Insel Air (Curacao). All deliveries will be between now and June 2014. More than a decade ago, the government of President Hugo Chvez enacted strict exchange controls on the bolvar, the Venezuelan national currency. The controls pegged the bolvar to the dollar and limited trade be tween currencies. Because of these rules, airlines that operate in Venezuela are not allowed to freely exchange their accumulated bolvars for dollars, as they can in countries that have free-floating currencies. Several of the airlines have had to curtail operations as a result. Normally, every 15 days, they ask the government to convert their revenue, according to the International Air Transport Association (I.A. T.A.), a trade association for airlines. But from 2009 to 2012, repayments took around six months, and by the end of 2012 payments were being delayed for as long as a year. And since October, 2013, almost no payments have been approved at all. Now the I.A.T.A. says that the Venezuelan government owes nearly four billion dollars to 24 international airlines including Insel Air and Tiara Air. Airlines are not the only foreign companies that suffer from Venezuela’s rigid currency controls. To yota’s and Ford’s Venezuelan subsidiaries, lacking in dollars, had to cut production of vehicles because they couldn’t import parts from overseas. Two representatives of the National Ombudsman completed their visit to Bonaire last week "Last year we received 25 complaints, this year we got 41 complaints in total,” said Marjolein Bannier of the Ombudsman’s Office. At the end of the year the representatives of the National Ombudsman will return. In the meantime, residents of Bonaire can simply submit their complaints via website The Council of Ministers should take a decision on th e appointment of a new National Government Representative for the Caribbean Netherlands ( Rijksvertegenwoordiger ) on July 8, 2014, announced Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk last week. It’s expected he will revamp the Rijksvertegenwoordiger reporting structure and authority in line with experience gained since 10/10/10. Julian Woodley was named deputy National Government Representative ( Rijksvertegenwoordiger ) for the Caribbean Netherlands back in 2010 when Wilbert Stolte was named Rijksvertegenwoordiger to lead the RCN. Woodley has taken the temporary leadership, however, that was not generally known until recently when the countdown began to Stolte’s May 1 departure. In the past an RCN official performed the Rijksvertegenwoordiger functions rather than Woodley. MIAMI, Florida-The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be quieter than normal, with a below-average number of storms and hurricanes, a leading US hurricane forecasting team said on Thursday. Forecasters predicted this year’s season will see nine tropical storms, three of which will intensify into a hurricane and one becoming a major hurricane with winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph). A typical season has 12 tropical storms, with six hurricanes and two major hurricanes. The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Bonaire is historically out of the path of hurricanes but can suffer from side effects like wind reversals and sea swells. Two out of three persons age 15 and older in the Caribbean Netherlands drank alcoholic beverages last year according to a survey carried out by Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS). The survey showed that 50% of the women and 25% of men in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba had not drunk alcoholic beverages in the past year. One man in eight drinks excessively, comp ared to one woman in 30, CBS stated. In Bonaire, 19% of men are heavy drinkers and 10% excessive drinkers. 6% of women in Bonaire are considered heavy or excessive drinkers. A heavy drinker is defined as someone who drinks six or more alcoholic beverages a day on at least one day a week. Excessive drinkers drink more than 21 glasses per week for men, or more than 14 drinks a week for women. 20% of the population in the European Netherlands did not drink alcohol in 2012, according to CBS. This percentage is almost twice as high in the Caribbean Netherlands: 39%. Caribbean Netherlands Customs intercepted significant amount of cocaine, ecstasy pills, methadone pills, heroin, cannabis and money in March. They confiscated drugs and money. A total of 1,454.10 grams of cocaine, 2,030 pieces of xtc pills, 1,000 methadone pills, 506.70 grams of heroin and 535.60 grams of cannabis were intercepted on Bonaire, representing a total street value of $114,476. The total cash amount seized was €10,324.15. (Continued on page 3) This Week’s Stories Kriabon Farmers’ Market 1 Voting Right 3 Judicial Errors 5 TV Special 5 Jong Bonaire Donors 5 Spearfisherman Caught 6 Winsberg Exhibit 6 German Marcano/Hans Faassen Performance (CMBB) 7 Letters: Sharing The Sea –Kiters 9 Mangazina di Rei Cultural Market10 STCB Fund Raiser 11 Coral Nursery 11 Windsurf Women’s Day 11 Saving Bonaire Donkeys New Direction 12 Bats On the Move 15 Culinary Team Prepares 15 Adopt A Black Cat 19 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since-Linda Schut 4 Word On The Street 7 Picture Yourself Guyana Kaieteur 8 Did You Know=Flying Squid 8 Masthead 12 Classifieds 13 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 13 Shopping & Dining Guides 14 What’s Happening, 16 Bonaire Sky Park (Planets) 17 The Stars Have It ( Astrology) 17 Sudoku, Sudoku Answer 17 Shelter News—Adoptions, Spay & Neuter Super Sisters, Sterilization 18 Choose your size from 5’x5’ to 10’x20’. Prices from $32 to $153 per month. Call 700-1753 O u t o f S p a c e ?


Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Page 3 V oting rights for foreigners in Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius may be taken away. When these islands became special overseas public entities of the Netherlands it was decided to allow foreign residents to vote and/or take part in local elections the way it’s also done in the European part of the Netherlands, based on the argument that people who pay taxes should have some say in the way their municipality is governed. This turned out to be a problem, however, because of plans to let the respective Island Councils elect members to the First Chamber (Senate) of Parliament in The Hague (refer to past editions of The Reporter ). In the European part of the Netherlands this is done via provincial elections in which foreigners cannot participate, but no such option exists on the islands, as they don’t belong to any particular province. The Dutch Cabinet doesn’t want foreigners to be able to influence national policies indirectly in this manner and is now requesting that the Second Chamber reverse the decision that lets them vote and be elected locally on the three islands. The First Chamber itself, but also the Council of State, the Government of Saba and the Dutch Electoral Council are said to be against the idea, so it’s not at all certain the proposed amendment actually will pass in any case before the next Island Council elections of March 2015. This is just one example where steps that were introduced in the interest of democracy in the Caribbean Netherlands perhaps should have been studied better regarding side-effects. Another one was dropping the requirement that candidate lists must earn at least one seat outright before competing for a residual seat. Plus a “separation requirement” was introduced so that Island Council members cannot be commissioners at the same time, something that actually was mandatory in the former Netherlands Antilles. G.D. The Clothing Drive that took place on April 12th was a success. The organization was pleasantly surprised with both the quantity and quality of the clothing that was donated. At the end of the Clothing Drive on Saturday afternoon there was literally a mountain of bags and boxes filled with clothing. Volunteers from Best Brands, SELIBON and Tene Boneiru Limpi sorted clothes by size and category: men/women/children. Left over clothes, will be donated through ADRA Foundation, which has been providing the less fortunate with clothes since 2009. If there are other charities that could use clothing for their clients, contact Onnie Emerenciana at Directie Samenleving & Zorg Bodega di ADRA serves the community every Tuesday afternoon and Sunday morning. ADRA can always use more second hand clothing and furniture. You can find Bodega at the Kaya Pos di Amor, across the street from More For Less supermarket. Look for Hagen’s Cactus Blue food trailer not at Kite Beach but at “Ti Amo” Beach across from the airport. Hagen’s burgers and lionfish burgers are out of this world. It is the Trip Advisor #1 choice in restaurants on Bonaire. Cactus Blue can also cater your outdoor party for which Chef Hagen can offer a good choice of hot and cold dishes, cooked on site. Call him at 786-0816. You can win a dinner for three at Sonia Home Restaurant Send in a photo of your mom at home, at work, maybe with you, or a “selfie” of you and your mom. The winning photo will be judged on creativity and fun. First prize will be a dinner for three (mom, dad and child) at Sonia Home. Other prizes for second and third. Send the photos by May 1 to Winners will be announced in the next Bonaire Reporter (May 5 edition). See the announcement and ad on page 9. Put it on your calendar : A Masquerade Party at Sonia Home Restaurant on Tuesday, April 29, 8pmlate. DJ with all kinds of music for dancing, magician. Free entry. Co-sponsor Heineken. See ad on page 9. Have you been to the Bona Bidaoperated Spa at the Aqua Terrace on the 2nd floor of the Spice Beach Club at Eden Beach? It’s a beautiful location with a view over the sea to Klein Bonaire. There are several classes available including water aerobics and yoga. And of course, massage and manicures. Classes Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) are free for Bon Bida members. Bondigro s expanding and relocating to the old Consales building across from Warehouse. Talk about success! Need footwear for your Bonaire lifestyle? Check out the NEW Reef store around the corner from the Caribe Bank downtown. It’s a shoe-lover’s heaven. Next week is holiday time. Enjoy yourselves. G./L. D. Clothing drive volunteers


Page 4 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 “W hat I know is that my mom had been here to dive when she was 20 and when my dad was in the military service he was stationed on Curacao, so both of them knew the islands. I was born in Utrecht, Holland, where my parents had a printing house. I don’t know why they moved to Bonaire, but I do know that they were looking for something different. So, when I was four and half, the three of us came to live here. I remember I went to kindergarten, Skol Preperatorio Orkidia but I do not remember anything else. My father started working for National Printing and my mom was a substitute teacher at the schools, then later on at the after school care program at Rayvah. They also had a copy mach ine at home where people could have copies made and I would help them with it. From there – exactly 20 years ago – they established a new printing house: Flamingo Communications. When I was eight I began answering the phone and when I was 12 I would insert the pages of the For Sale pamphlet, so I had a really great work experience from the time I was a little girl. As well as the business I was very much into sports, especially sailing, first with Optimists, then with Sunfish – racing and recreation. There were two people who would always win: either Sabina ter Borg or me and… we were best friends! Artie de Vries was the sailing instructor and we had a great group of kids. During Regatta I did win once or twice, but in general Sabina would win and I’d be second. But with the Sunfish we would be together in one boat. However, most years you couldn’t sail during Regatta because of the lack of wind. I never figured out why they would insist on organizing it in October when the wind dies down. I clearly remember that once during a Regatta Sabina and I lay down in the boat to sunbathe as there was no wind at all and the boat was just floating there! My school years at San Bernardo elementary school were awful because I was bullied terribly as I was different. There weren’t a lot of Dutch children at school and even fewer blond ones, and yes, I think it did play a role in my life. It started in the second grad e where the (Dutch) teacher was really picking on me and she made sure that I became very insecure – that’s how it began. I was also very young, almost one year younger than my classmates and still a real child where the others started puberty early. And that’s why ultimately I chose to repeat the sixth grade (at that time it was the last grade) so that I didn’t have to go to SGB with that group of people. It has been one of the best decisions of my life. I ended up with Sabina in the same class and I could finally be myself. Nobody ever bullied me in that class. Super! have very good memories of that year. I graduated from Mavo when I was 16. My mom and I went on vacation to Holland and there I got glandular fever. When we got back I had to stay at home, feeling exhausted, for almost seven months. One month before I became 18 I went to Holland to study to become a beautician with the goal of becoming a make-up artist. But, because of the glandular fever I got fibromyalgia and everything became 10 times more difficult in every possible way. All my muscles hurt constantly. Everything I do hurts. And believe me, there are muscles you don’t even know you havelike your eye muscles or the muscles of your jaw. It’s brain signals that cause the pain. I was told that the training I was going to do – ROC in Utrecht – would be too much for me. In the end I found a private school where the course would take a year. It was extremely hard, but with interruptions and breaks I managed to do it in three years, and I did it! I also graduated as a nail and hair stylist and as a make-up artist, so I have all the diplomas. Then I wanted to leave Holland; it wasn’t my place. They saw me as a Dutch person, but I didn’t feel like one. I’ve always felt like I was a stranger. I didn’t know where to go and I didn’t want to go back to Bonaire either. I also had a boyfriend so I stayed on. I was working in catering, but when the catering was taken over everything went wrong in the organization and I got more and more stressed, then I got overwrought. My relationship suffered and when I came for a vacation to Bonaire – to get away from it all – my boyfriend broke up with me. I wasn’t doing well at all but I’d decided to come back to Bonaire to live. I’d met Wiebe, who is now my boyfriend and business partner, when I was here on vacation. He lived on Bonaire and when I moved back I met him again. First we were friends and then it became a relationship and I started feeling much better. My parents, especially my mom, have been a great support to me. I was working at the office at my parents’ business when I began to feel really bad. I was sitting behind the computer and all my muscles would ache, my vision was blurred and I had headaches all the time. I ended up on AO – sick leave. The doctor wanted me to stay on AO for two years after which I would be definitely incapacitated. But… when you are medically unfit to work on Bonaire your government allowance is less than $300 per month and I cannot live on that! I sat at home for over a year while Wiebe was at school, then I decided to apply for a permit to start a second hand store. At the end of June 2013 I opened the store, ‘Buy, Sell & Trade.’ We are located on Kaya Korona 38A, almost opposite Kooyman. I’ve worked since I was very young, but buying and selling I had to learn, and it’s going better and better. We did buy a lot, but it’s getting quite full, so now we’re trying to focus on selling although people are still coming in to sell their stuff to us. We also change items for other things. We have furniture, electronics, play stations, X-box and games, antiques and curios, clothing, music equipment, decorations, lamps and household appliances, books and even hamsters! Wiebe and I are doing it together and it’s fu n! This is NOT a Pakus di Pruga (Animal Shelter flea market) because we have to buy everything; we don’t get it for free. We also have to pay rent, WEB and salaries, so therefore we cannot be too cheap. Also, our items are of good quality and sometimes even very special and/or unique. But if we get a good deal buying something, we also sell it low-priced. We’re open every day except for Sunday and Monday – from 10:30am till 6:30pm non-stop. I enjoy going to work, maybe because this is my own store and maybe because I see things I would never have guessed you could find here. And whenever I feel tired, I can take a break. That’s another advantage and very important in my case. I am still undergoing treatments – very painful ones, really awful—and I just hope that one day someone will find a cure for fibromyalgia because the disease has made my life very narrow and limited. I’ve never spoken about it up to now, as I didn’t want to be judged by it You see I am NOT the disease, that’s not me! I used to be an outgoing person who loved to party and now I look differently at life. I live a life that would suit an older person, but then… my boyfriend is only 20 and he keeps me young, ha ha ha! To me Bonaire is home. In my roots I feel more Antillean than anything else, but I don’t feel accepted and that might be the consequence of the bullying. The way things are going after 10-10-10 does not make me happy. It seems like everybody has changed, like they’ve held a grudge against each other. I find that hard to deal with. We’re all in the same boat and I think we should get together and find a solution. I hope for better government allowances, for child support, that the standard of living for the people here will be equalized to what it is in Holland and that we can live in harmony, like it was in the old days.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra “...when you are medically unfit to work on Bonaire your government allowance is less than $300 per month. I cannot live on that!” Doctor Michael Hermelijn The 'crew' of 'Buy, Sell & Trade' : Raphael Ranis, Linda Schut, Wiebe Kalkman and Marja Heinemans. Linda and her boyfriend and business partner Wiebe


Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Page 5 Actual testimony by a local victim: “I don’t remember much of th e time when I was little. People have told me I was abused and ill-treated by different men when I was four or five years old. Perhaps that’s the reason why I am really scared of a man in uniform. They took me away from home and put me somewhere else. Now I am living with other people. Sometimes I just have to cry or I am in a rage suddenly. I don’t know why.” APRIL SPECIAL Want a family photo shoot, or would you like to be a model for a day? 1 Hour Photo Shoot on location $95.00 includes all photo edit-correction and retouching. All pictures will be offered on disk in High Resolution. STOP CHILD ABUSE L ast week two apparent failures of our jus tice system came to light. In the first, two (formerly) young men were sentenced to prison for a crime they could not possibly have committed. In the second, two preeminent Bonaire politicians were harassed for over five years for corruption, which charges the court said, were without foundation. The details: For a gross miscarriage of justice The Dutch Government has to pay Bonairean Andy Melaan $1.3 million (around €930,000) because he was wrongly imprisoned for eight years. It is the highest payout of damages for a miscarriage of justice to date, the Dutch daily Volkskrant reported. In the same murder case, Nozai Thomas who was sentenced to four years, will receive almost $680,000 (€490,000). This was decided by the court two weeks ago. The two were wrongly accused, tried and convicted of murder at Spelonk. In 2005, Melaan (35) and Thomas (27) were sentenced to 24 and eight years in prison for a double murder at Spelonk. At that time the local Papiamentu language press were astonished at the incorrectness of the verdict. After a years-long fight the men were cleared of the charges on the 15th of November, 2013. Their case is the sixth miscarriage of justice under Dutch law of this century. Their lawyer, Geert-Jan Knoops, says that the men are victims of the difference in laws between The Netherlands and Bonaire. Knoops says that the men now suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, and that their lives are “irreparably broken.” Melaan was stuck in a police dungeon for six weeks, isolated from the outside world to break him mentally, Knoops stated. His daughters don’t know their father anymore. In 2008, Melaan attempted suicide. The court awarded five times the compensation that acquitted persons normally get. Press release *********************************************** B onaire’s Court of the First Instance acquitted ex-commissioner Burney el Hage and his wife Ginia as well as former UPB-leader Ramonsito Booi of all charges. Judicial authorities said the evidence was inadequate. The Public Prosecutor’s Office immediately announced it would appeal the verdict at the High Court in The Hague. It’s the second blow in a short time to th e Zambezi case, after Judge Irma Lips had already dropped all corruption charges against the trio a few weeks ago. The tough Public Prosecution on Bonaire can be said to have suffered a heavy defeat in the island’s biggest corruption investigation to date. Former politicians, Burney and Genia El Hage and Ramonsito Booi were acquitted by the court of official corruption, fraud and money laundering. The lawyers of the three will hold the Dutch state liable for the persecution, according to their attorney, Jan Knoops, "for enormous damage" that Booi, El Hage and his wife suffered from five and a half years of protracted investigation. That other individuals, never formerly charged, were held in custody for extended periods and had their careers ruined was not mentioned in the verdict. Saskia Crier Andy Melaan free T he super-exciting finale of the 1 +1 = 3 Lito TV show on Monday, 7 April, at 6pm was shown on both NosTV (kanal24) and Energia (kanal02). The students of Reina Beatrix, Pelican and Kristu Bon Wardador schools were the finalists from the preliminary rounds and competed in the final episode to determine which Bonaire school was the best in creative arithmetic. During the TV show there was a Rap battle to see which schools could create the best homemade raps. Questions were asked using short videos about sports and shopping. And Dance Sensation Dance School gave a performance. The TV shows were recorded on Bonaire in a temporary TV studio at the Sports hall. To view the shows got to A DVD with all the episodes of the 1 +1 = 3 can also be ordered. Press release C HUM (City of Houston Undersea Mariners) came to Bonaire to enjoy our underwater environment but they left a lot behind. The group donated a large pile of dive gear which the members of Jong Bonaire will be using to learn the sport that brings so many tourists to Bona ire. Roger Veteto, president of CHUM said, “We're very glad to know that the gear is going to an organization that is having such a positive impact on the island.” Jong Bonaire is the Youth Development Center and has programs after-school, evenings, during vacations and also operates the Learn, Work and Live center where young adults can reside and learn the life-skills that will help prepare them for a good future. Press release


Page 6 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Bulevar Gob. N. Debrot 74 (Across from Sand Dollar) Phone 717-7224 B o n B i d a i s a q u a l i t y l u x u r y t r a i n i n g f a c i l i t y S t a t e o f t h e A r t T e c h n o g y m e q u i p m e n t F u l l S p a s e r v i c e – m a s s a g e m a n i c u r e p e d i c u r e S p o t l e s s l o c k e r s s h o w e r s a n d c h a n g i n g r o o m s T r a i n e d e x p e r i e n c e d f i t n e s s i n s t r u c t o r s S e v e n D IF F E R E N T c l a s s e s S e v e r a l t i m e s a w e e k … s o m e t h i n g f o r e v e r y o n e … e v e n Y o g a O p e n s e v e n d a y s a w e e k W o r k o u t o n Y o u r s c h e d u l e Spectacular setting for lunch and dinner Try torch-lit dining on the beach The Harbour Village seaside La Bala ndra restaurant is open for Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week—Call for a reservation 717-7500 Think of Harbour Village for your sp ecial events, weddings, engagement parties & corporate events. Meeting rooms and catering available. For special arrangements and quotes, please call or email Harbour Village Beach Club Phone # 717-7500 Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 71 Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Bonaire’s most enchanting location ISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUSIC ISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUSIC ISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUSIC Bonaire/Antriol– O n Saturday April 26, at five o’clock in the afternoon the exposition of some 20 oil-on-canvas paintings made by Angelika Winsberg will be opened at “Go Green,” the restaurant located in Bonaire Basics on Kaya Korona in Antriol. Angelika Winsberg was born in Germany, lived in the Netherlands and Aruba. Since 1996 Bonaire is her home. Angelika says, “This is my space, this is my home. I love Bonaire. My heart belongs here. On this island I finally found peace and rest.” Angelika started painting at the age of 13, but soon after her father did not allow her to paint anymore because being a painter is not a job and you cannot make a living from it. Fifteen years later, at the age of 28, Angelika, being independent, finally bought new paint and brushes. For Angelika, who appears to be a very sensitive person, painting is a way of expression. By painting she tries to express her feelings, her fantasies and her dreams. She does not obey the theoretical rules of colors or the signals of the brain. “I am just the painter,” Angelika says, “on one side there are the dreams, the feelings and fantasies. On the other side there are the brushes and the paint. I am the link, the emotional connection in between.” The exposition of Winsberg’s work will be at Bonaire Basics for a month. During the opening of the exposition a complimentary drink and snacks will be served. After the opening wines from the New World will be available for very friendly prices. The art of Winsberg, numbered and priced, will be for sale. Apart from the paintings of Winsberg there will be an additional small exposition of an artist who prefers to remain anonymous. She uses parts of the bark of a European pine tree, golden paint and strong waterproof varnish to create a collection of unique ear rings. The ear ornaments are light weight, easy and classy to wear. Story & photo by Jan Brouwer O n Thursday, March 20, around 3:30 in the afternoon STINAPA headquarters received a phone call about a man who wa s seen entering the ocean with a spear gun downtown in front of Club Nautico. Rangers were mobilized immediately and headed to town. Upon arrival the rangers saw a man snorkeling so they entered the water and approached him. The man was in possession of an illegal spear gun as well as seven fish, all with holes in their body from the spear. The spear gun, fins, snorkel, mask and all the fish were confiscated. Spear fishing is a highly damaging activity as it is very effective and tends to remove the big fish from the reef. In a decision without precedent at the time, Bonaire completely banned spear fishing over 40 years ago. This ban, together with good fishing practices from our fishermen and other management measures, resulted in Bonaire's reef fish population still being one of the healthiest in the Caribbean. Lion fish is the only fish that is allowed to be shot with a spear gun especially designed for hunting lion fish. In order to be awarded a permit for hunting lionfish, an appointment with the Marine Park manager is required. The confiscated fish was donated to the Krusada foundation. Press release STINAPA rangers stop illegal spear fi shing in front of Club Nautico. Angelika Winsberg with her art


Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Page 7 ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. International Freight (Car) BV The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Europe/Holland to Bonaire Jupiterweg 1A (Ecopark) 4761 RW Moerdijk, Holland Tel 31-(0) 168-40-94 94 Offering DAILY Express Services from and to Bonaire For shipment tracking The World On Time Kaya Industria 12, KralendijkBonaire—N.A. 717-8922 FAX 717-5791 For All Your Shipping Needs Full service door to door by air and by sea. Customs clearance, transportation, warehousing. International and local relocation. Packing material in stock. Qualified and professional personnel. Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified Amcar Freight, Inc. The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Miami, USA to Bonaire Amcar Freight 12600 NW 25 Street Suite 107 Miami, Fl 33182 A fter being closed for several months, Boomerang House, Garden and Pet Shop has reopened in a new location, across from SELIBON’s recycling center. Plants, garden stuff and great pet supplies are back on the shelves. € Wilhelmina Plaza is looking great.... new restaurant/night club, new benches, new paving stones, and the Passangran (government building) has just recently completed renovations. And how about those lovely, smelly ( stinki in Papiamentu) dumpsters right next to the Lions Club time capsule? Nice huh? You'd think that if you're paying only a dollar a month rent you could afford to keep your garbage somewhere other than in the middle of the town square. € Speaking of smelly dumpsters.... Bugs Patrol a local pest control company, has started a new service. They will come to your home or business and clean and disinfect your nasty Kliko container for you. They have a new machine with high pressure water hoses that arrives at your place and cleans up all those nasty bins. Bins that should NOT be in the middle of the newly remodeled Plaza! € Rumor has it that the company constructing the "Courtyard" house and apartment complex on Kaminda Djabou has gone belly up. Gossip says it’s over a million dollars in debt. Less than half the project is complete. When is the government going to start requiring a performance bond for these major projects so the island doesn't keep ending up with new "ruins"? (i.e. Esmeralda Beach, Azul, Orange Hill, Delfin, etc., etc.) € The ice cream shop in Hato recently got new owners. Gossip on the street is that another ice cream shop is soon to be on the market. € Divi Flamingo Resort has been looking for a new manager Rumor has it that the manager of one of the island's oldest, largest condominium projects will be taking on the job. € Recent police reports indicate that thieves have been stealing the new license plate stickers off vehicles Here's a tip from Bula Bonchi: After you place the new stickers on your license plate, use a sharp knife or razor blade and cut a large X across the sticker. If someone tries to steal it, they will only get a small piece....useless, just like the thieves trying to take it! € Holy dengue, Batman! News out of Aruba reports that dengue mosquito larvae were found in the holy water basins of a church in the San Nicolas parish. € Jonchi Dortalina long time UPB honcho, has announced he is retiring from the party and from politics. He follows several other leaders in leaving the green party. Local newspaper reports that their sources indicate that Ramonsito Booi will return to the political arena to save what's left of the party...or what's "right" of the party? Bula Bonchi K ralendijk’s Kas di Sosiego chapel, next to San Francisco Hospital, provided the distinctly classic setting for the passion concert organized by the Classical Music Board Bonaire (CMBB) on Saturday 12 April, to a sold out audience. The internationally known cellist, German Marcano, performed an impressive repertoire of two solo suites by Johan Sebastian Bach. Each piece lasts 25 minutes and consists of six movements which are technically challenging and require great stamina. German brought across each movement's own distinct character with tremendous ease, drawing the audience into his world. German's meditative quality combined with the wonderful acoustics added to the haunting sound emanating from his 200year-old cello that had just had some restoration work done on it. Hans Faassen Bonaire's resident pianist, accompanied German for Antonio Vivaldi's 3rd Sonata for cello and harpsichord. This was the first time they had played together and they musically complimented each other, providing for a harmonious balance of sound and delivery. They also performed the emotional piece for piano and solo cello, “Kol Nidrei” by Max Bruch, which brought a tear to the eye of a few in the audience. The whole piece tugs on the heart strings as it is, but their musicality added a new emotional level. A standing ovation followed. As an encore and thought for the state of affairs in Venezuela, Marcano played Gabriel Faur's "Apres un Reve." The concert was another success for the CMBB who has just had to say a fond farewell to their chairman. Raymundo Saleh, ex governor, has retired after five years. He was there at the beginning of the CMBB and has been a force to be reckoned with. The CMBB has organized 50 concerts and hope to continue for many more years to come. The next CMBB concert will be in October 2014. See the website for more information: WWW.ClassicalmusicboardBonaire. Carla Hay Cellist Marcano and pianist Faassen


Page 8 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Open Nonstop Monday– Saturday8:00-19:00 Voordeelmarkt Bonaire Bargain Mart Bonaire Bonaire’s Low Cost, High Quality Supermarket T hat oceanic squid can actually fly? How you may ask? The key is their jet propulsion. Squid suck water into a large chamber in their bodies and force it out through a narrow channel that can be directed in various directions. This feature is important because they commonly use it to make a rapid escape from predators. The jet stream can be so powerful that freeswimming squid are sometimes ejected out of the water, giving the view that they are “flying.” Each “flight” lasts around three seconds and has been classified into four stages. The stages include launching, jetting, gliding and diving. At each stage, the squid changes forms to become more aerodynamic. These flights occur randomly and in the open ocean so keep your camera ready and eyes open! Sarah Girouard Sarah Girouard is an Environmental Science major from Northeastern University in Bo ston, Massachusetts. She studied at the CIEE Research Station Bonaire until last December. B onaire resident Ludwig Tdlohreg remembered to bring his Bonaire Reporter with him on vacation. Here he is (secon d from left) with friends at Kaieteur Falls. Kaieteur Falls is the world's largest single drop waterfall measuring 741 feet. For comparison, Kaieteur is about five times taller than Niagara Falls. Kaieteur Falls is a waterfall on the Potaro River in central Guyana. It is located in the Kaieteur National Park. We Would Love to Print YOUR Photo! Send to WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. We Need More Photos! Take ‘em and Send ‘em! Take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN A PRIZE. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. E-mail to: Picture Credit: : KoutaMuramatusus € Transport of Money and Valuables € Private Investigations € Vehicle patrols € Burglar Alarms € Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 30 Years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail Your ads placed in The Reporter will find customers for your shop or restaurant. Try it and see At over 80 Bonaire locations Call Donna at 795 -9332 or Laura at 786-6518 or email Why? Big format– Your ad is never “lost in the clutter.” Original Bonaire stories, news and letters Balanced views and topics not just press releases €Low ad cost per copy. €€ € Aimed at Locals and Tourists in hotels and markets, shops, more.. €€ € Your ads go Worldwide on the Internet … free In English – *The language € of bargains and business. (Check for yourNeed advertising to boost your business? Consider your ad will look better and get more sales than advertising in other local newspapers… So try Advertising in The Reporter?


Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Page 9 SHARING THE SEA I love Bonaire. This is my 9th year visiting and in this time I have seen many changes. I try to embrace them all. Bonaire has so much to offer to a person of my age, but also for the youth, teens and young adults. Kiteboarding, windsurfing, diving, stand up paddling and sailing are all available. These young folks need more to do and a place to do it. So when I visited Atlantis, commonly called Kite Beach, I saw positive change. It is a great place for kiters and kiter enthusiasts to gather. While kiting is central to Atlantis, the beach has become a nice place just to hang out. The question is how can the kiters continue their sport while allowing others to safely enjoy this part of the coastline? And can this all be accomplished while respecting the marine environment at the same time? Is this possible? Yes, I think so, but awareness on the water and common courtesy are key to making this work. Snorkeling the southwest coast of Bonaire is my passion. My favorite snorkel is a drift from Red Beryl to Margate. These days if I enter the water before 10am, all is good. There are very few kiters. But after 10, especially on windy days, Red Beryl can be scary—not treacherous or dangerous—but scary. I am not over reacting here. Last week while beginning this drift (in the light blue water) I see a kiter coming towards me. I pop up and wave an armto be seenand to alert the kiter that I am there sharing the water. He was very close. Close enough for me to see the look of shock on his face. I was wishing for a “thumbs up” or other signal from him. Letting me know that he had seen me, and that he would remember I was sharing Red Beryl/Margate with him. I received no sign. Just a hasty come about and off again. This has happened more than once. My snorkeling buddy has tried to call out to the kiters in order to alert them that we are sharing the area, but again no response. After a drift snorkel we were admiring a pod of Dolphin swimming and feeding at Red Beryl. They too had the same problem I did. They were keeping an eye on the kiters as well. When I snorkel this area I make it a point to know where the kiters are at all times. I keep my eyes on them, but I wonder if they are keeping their eyes on me? Do they not see me? Are they even aware of the snorkelers and divers using these sites? STINAPA recommends that kiters surf in dark blue water. Wonderful, but do kiters even know this? Is STINAPA getting the word out to them? And is this rule explained to novice kiters when they take their first kite lesson? This is a multi use area. Perhaps a bit of education can help all of us—kiters, divers, and snorkelers—enjoy fantastic southern beaches of Bonaire Flipper Kitesurfers at Atlantis Bo Bodifee photo Visit us on: $10 12 $5 Call for reservations and directions Enter now! Enter now! Send to by May 1 Send to by May 1


Page 10 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 O p e n N o n S t o p M o n S a t 7 3 0 a m 8 p m S u n 8 a m 8 p m Downtown Kralendijk at the old Cultimara Topsupermarket Y o u r F r i e n d l y L o c a l S u p e r m a r k e t L o ts o f F r e e p a rk i n g Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r ea l s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r e a l s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r e a l s a n d a n d a n d F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a b l e s F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a bl e s F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a b l e s F r e s h B r e a d s F r e s h B r e a d s F r e s h B r e a d s a n d M e a t e v er y d a y a n d M e a t e v er y d a y. a n d M e a t e v er y d a y Co l d Co l d Co l d Be e r a n d S o d a s Be e r a n d S o d a s Be e r a n d S o d a s M angazina di Rei had its first Cultural Market last month, Saturday, March 29. It was a joyous event with residents, part time residents and tourists all enjoying the local art, crafts, plants, vegetables, fresh local food, local live music, ladies baking bread the old fashioned way, sightseeing tours. The museum was open, showing how early Bonaireans lived. There were educational talks. Something for everyone. The photos tell the story. The Mangazina Cultural Market will be a monthly event—every last Saturday of the month, 8 am to 2 pm. The second edition of Mangazina di Rei’s cultural market will be held on Saturday April 26. You may take sightseeing tours, buy local art and crafts, plants and vegetables, enjoy an educational presentation and take part in dancefitness workouts in the open-air. Have delicious local food while listening to some of the best local musicians. Mangazina is located at the east entrance of the village of Rincon. Entrance is free. L.D. Organizer-Danilo Christiaan Boy Scouts enjoyed the day Baking Bread in a traditional oven Young entrepreneurs sell their toys


Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Page 11 AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity Tel 717 Tel 717 Tel 717 7800 Fax 717 7800 Fax 717 7800 Fax 717 5254 5254 5254 T he “Turtle Fundraiser” is a great new creative project that combines creativity, fun, nature education and fundraising. This Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) project will run throughout 2014 in partnership with Hotel Roomer, culminating with an auction in November. The purpose of the project is to raise much needed funds for STCB, to help to protect our endangered sea turtles; which includes nesting beach protection and habitat conservation and aims to reduce the threats to Bonaire’s sea turtles. How will it work? Participants will decorate and donate a plywood version of the STCB turtle image, available from STCB ( tel: 701 0433), Hotel Roomer ( ) or STCB volunteers Hans & Jannie Koning ( ). Once the artwork is complete, artists will return it, ready to hang, to be auctioned at Hotel Roomer on 29th November 2014. Artists may choose any size STCB turtle shape they wish, appropriate to the artwork they want to create and the STCB turtle shape can be decorated in any way the artist wishes. There will be special recognition for artworks in the following categories: “Trashtastic ” using found or recycled items e.g. plastics from the beach, packaging etc. “Turtle Extravaganza ” – the most turtles found on a single artwork “True Life ” – the most realistic turtle artwork “Fisherman’s Friend ” – artwork that sends a strong sea turtle conservation message “Junior Delight ” – for those 10 years and under “Turtle Groupie ” – projects done as a team (3 or more artists). The project launch was on 11th April at Hotel Roomer, beginning with a Workshop, where specially invited artists worked with children and students from Liseo Boneriano on group projects. Three fabulous artists agreed to give up their time to attend this launch workshop, namely, Mamita Fox, Adi Figaroa, and Dion Doelman. For further details or to discuss this project please contact Sue Willis STCB Program Assistant, by emailing or phoning (+599) 701 0433. Sue Willis T he Bonaire Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF Bonaire) is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to restoring the shallow water populations of elkhorn and staghorn coral along the coast of Bonaire Since the 1980s coral diseases, bleaching events, loss of sea urchins together with deteriorating water quality and overfishing have affected the staghorn and elkhorn coral populations throughout the Caribbean. CRF Bonaire was born in 2012, when Ken Nedimyer, founder of CRF based in Florida USA, was invited by Buddy Dive Resort to work with and assist Bonaire with their continued efforts to preserve Bonaire's greatest assets, its reefs. By setting coral nurseries and transplanting mature staghorn and elkhorn coral onto degraded areas, the CRF Project aims to restore a portion of the coastal coral reef of Bonaire. To date, more than 6,000 coral fragments are growing in the nurseries in Bonaire and almost 1,000 have already b een transplanted on the reef. G./L. D. Coral Restoration “midwives” Francesca (Italy) and Nathalia (Brazil) – “Restoring marine life one reef at a time.” Ex-governor Lydia Emerencia inaugurated the event Colored Styrofoam turtle shell I t was a beautiful sunny day on Bonaire as are most days and it was my goal to bring women together for an afternoon of fun, food and sailing. I had invited every woman windsurfer I knew to come to the Event Site at Lac Bay for lunch and some sailing. We had a diverse group with a wide spectrum of goals. Levels ranged from the training professional to the basic beginner There are few places on earth where you will find 20 women on the water at one time. This is a male dominated sport and the female form is rare on the water. But not this day. We are very lucky to have some of the top women pros here on the island practicing for the beginning of the pro competition season. But also we were fortunate to have local Bonairean girls join us. We all had a wonderful time supporting each other. This was the first annual. We are already planning the next one hoping to include many more females and more fun. Let us hear from you. Beth Winkler Koleta Abrahamz ( 9 yrs old ) Adi Figaroa teaches


Page 12 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 I ndignation and horror at the so called “contract” to eventually eliminate all donkeys from Bonaire has sparked action by Bonaireans who believe the donkeys play an important role in the island’s heritage and are a wonderful tourist attraction, to say nothing of their concern for the animals on compassionate grounds. The Bonaire government contracted with the well-known popular Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary to collect all the wild donkeys they could find, confine the females and foals in the Sanctuary, castrate the males and set them free with reflectors on their ears, and cull the herd of diseased or infirm donkeys. This was deemed necessary as the donkeys were considered road hazards, destructive to the native plants and sometimes a pest. The donkeys are the responsibility of the local government which can be held responsible for the damage they cause, for example, to motor vehicles resulting from a collision. At that time, last year, the only viable alternative to that plan was to leave the situation as is and accept liability or the wholesale eradication of the donkeys. While many ideas were brought forth, the Sanctuary appeared to offer the only viable alternative to safeguard the animals. There were no other organized groups or individuals able to shelter large numbers of donkeys, until recently. The group called Citizens for a Better, Safer and Animal Friendly Bonaire has a plan and is moving forward to make it happen. They already have gotten the government to stop culling the herd. Their primary objective is to have the wild donkeys stay in the “outback” ( mondi in Papiamentu) for the safety of both animals and people. To do this they must: Begin a massive awareness program that must start immediately. (Watch for animals and no-feeding signs at airports, hotels, tourist and local restaurants etc.) Animal crossings and reintroduction of signs on highways. Long speed bumps on the roads where needed (the type where you can drive at normal speeds but no faster). Get our special Bonairean wild donkeys back a water supply in areas away from main roads (water supplies they had for hundreds of years that were cut off by building/ fencing etc.). They have private parcels of land already allocated away from the high traffic areas that can be used fo r them to stay wild and safe. (Arrangements are being made to repair old wells or to drill new ones where needed). Donkeys that need to be reintroduced to the wild can be. (The method is supplied by wild burro experts with many years of experience). It can be done. A strategy is ready to be put in place that will allow the donkeys that are already domesticated to be embraced and used to a gr eat end goal. It will allow for increase revenue for the persons on pension or othe rs who are in need of work. Large banners for the airport and signs for other areas have been ordered to alert the public and visitors. A another potentially significant fact in favor of preservation of all Bonaire donkeys came to light as a result of preliminary DNA testing done of blood samples from Bonaire donkeys. They may be the direct descendents of the wild Nubian ass, an endangered species as defined by world conservation authorities. Next week 25 more samples of blood will be tested to determine if indeed the genetic connection is viable enough to give the Bonaire donkeys protected species safeguards. Press releases/ G.D. F or the past 22 years while Bonaire’s donkey -lovers were debating and suggesting solutions to care for the island’s donkeys, one person, Marina Melis, and her Donkeys’ Help Sanctuary, were taking action by providing water, food, medical care and shelter for hundreds of the animals. They received minimal government support, relying on donations from individuals and foundations. The operation received glowing reports from inspectors for the conditions provided and general operation, the most recent last week from the Royal Society of the United Kingdom. Contrary to what The Reporter published last edition the Sanctuary did not get government money for expansion and operation. Not in 2003 or in 2012 for relocation, but because of the Sanctuary’s forced relocation away from the airport and urgent request from the government they did get some help with money for fence material and for a short period (three weeks) manpower from the Public Works Department to speed up the move. But they never received a government subsidy to extend the Sanctuary properties or buildings. Recently, as a result of the catch program they do receive money for the new arrivals. The new Sanctuary land was bought with money from donations and sponsors, and since funds are short there is still no house for Marina Melis and her husband Ed to live, so they have been existing in a storage room for the last 31/2 years. While plans may be realized to allow Bonaire’s donkeys freedom to roam as they did in Africa millennia ago, will the Bonaire Donkey Sanctuary remain a safe haven for around 500 of the animals, and an important tourist attraction. It also serves as a source if inspiration for what one person with a passion for animals can do G.D. Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Celebrating 20+ years of publishing Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $75; By mail to Europe $170. By Internet, Free (asking a $35 Internet donation.) 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Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaao 2014 The Bonaire Reporter The Sanctuary celebrates Christmas Starvation– much more common before the expansion of the sanctuary Donkey warning signs get stolen frequently “The Donkey” one of the stars in Bonaire’s Maskarada cultural heritage On The Waterfront at The Harbour Village Marina — Air-conditioning Owned and operated by a French Master Chef Reservations: Tel: 717-7070 email: Zazu Bar at the Harbour Village Marina Open:: Mon-Fri 3-10 pm, Sat: 5-10 pm Bar menu available Tel: 717-7070 email: Road casualties must stop Wilna Groenenboom photo


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Call 786-7720. The Only Place on Bonaire for Vegetarian Ayurvedic food GoGreen at Bonaire Basics Kaya Korona 47 Lunch served Tue. to Fri 12pm to 2pm Reservations 700-5488 Very rare black coral necklace, made before it was prohibited to harvest the coral, around 1950. For more info call 788 7919


Page 14 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 AIRLINES Divi Divi AirBonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaao. Your first choice fo r inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. In-store financing too. AUTOMOBILE DEALER Check out Auto City Bonaire for the widest selection of new car brands on Bonaire including Chevrolet, Honda, Isuz u, Suzuki, Subaru. Used cars too. Complete service department. Hertz rentals. BANK ORCO Bank offers one-on-one attention, personal banking. Each client is a person, not a number. Their office is in the historic building at Kaya Grandi 48. BARS Zazu Bar at the Marina at Harbour Village is all you expect in a great bar. Super bartender, quality drinks and friendly service. Plus Bonaire’s only Rum Bar– over 50 types! Great hangout spot for divers and sailors. BEAUTY Hair Affair Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. Great new shop on Kaya Grandi. Walk-in service too. CARS AND BIKES De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here too. DENTURE REPAIR 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. ON and IN the WATER BHM Bonaire Hydro-test & Maintenance offers repair of Scuba Equipment, dive tank hydro testing pressure tests with computerized accuracy. Pickup and delivery too. Budget Marine has what anyone with a boat needs, and if it’s not in stock they can order it quickly. You can also find special hardware for general use and components for solar and wind electric systems. Dive Friends has four dive schools and three retail shops so you always get the best deals and can be assured of top notch training. Remodeled shop, Dushi Shoes on Kaya Grandi, open now. GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals. Off Kaya Industria, behind Lucky Supermarket. HOME CARE VanEps Property Management B.V./Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspection, management and cleaning. OPTICIAN Buena Vista Optics is Bonaire’s most up-to-date place to get eyeglasses or contact lenses. The combination of experienced personnel and advanced equipment and technology make it a top value PHOTOGRAPHER Bonaire’s creative above or underwater video and still photographer for the wedding or other important events in your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6. See website scubavi or ScubaVision on YouTube REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and visit. RESTAURANTS Bistro de Paris— Waterfront location at the Harbour Village Marina. Superb menu, genuine French dishes in a waterfront ambiance. Airco if you want it. Its Zazu Bar is a very popular hangout for divers too. La Balandra at The Harbour Village Resort offers Bonaire’s most spectacular setting. Superb cuisine, top notch service. Eat on the deck or with your feet in the sand. Pasa Bon Pizza —Bonaire’s quality pizza-Best ingredients, best baking and best taste. Great salads and lasagna too. Eat in or take away. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. The Salt Shop at La Placita on Kaya Grandi has many salt related products for sale which make authentic s ouvenirs and mementos of Bonaire. Other things there will interest everyone. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. STORAGE The Storehouse ( Mangazina in Papiamentu ) offers Secure Storage for Vehicles, Household Items, Diving and Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory. Across from the northern hotel row. SHIPPING 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? SPAS/GYM/HEALTH Bon Bida Spa & Gym World Class fitness and health facilityClasses, top notch machines, trainers. Day, monthly or annual rates. SUPERMARKETS BonDiGro— Cooperative discount super market offering low prices and friendly service. Just opened. TOP Supermarket— Conveniently located downtown at the old Cultimara location. Featuring a complete selection including liquors, fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Big air conditioned market with a friendly staff, the largest selection and lowest prices on the island. They stock what you need. MADE ON BONAIRE Semper Kontentu goat cheese. Ask for it at restaurants and look for it in the markets. Lovingly handmade. Souvenir mugs available. VARIETY STORE The Tung Fong Store is a great asset to everyone on Bonaire because it stocks so many thing we want: cloth es, hardware, food, auto and bike supplies. If you don’t see it… ask for it. They probably have it. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only water taxi to Klein Bonaire with an easy on/off built-in ramp at Bonaire Nautic o (It Rains Fishes Restaurant) Sunbelt Realty Mon-Fri8:0019:00 If you are a regular Reporter advertiser your listing will go here-FREE


Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Page 15 TUNG FONG STORE N.V. “The Store With Almost Everything” Great Service Too Kaya Korona 52 Tel. 599 717 4224 FAX. 599 717 5224 Opening hours: 8.30 am 12. 30 pm, 2.30 pm 6.30 pm Open from Monday till Saturday. Sundays closed. Added Afternoon HoursThursday 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. New items arriving every week. Pass by, BonDiGro is in the blue building on Kaya Industria Pariba diagonally across from BHM and the BFG wholesa ler. For more information email Phone +599 780 2121 Open Monday-Saturday: 08:30-13:00 + Tuesday and Friday: 16:00-19:00 Closed Sunday BONAIRE’S ONLY COOPERATIVE DISCOUNT SUPERMARKET Kaya Grandi 32B, down a bit in the alley in between Best Pearls and Gio’s Ice Parlor Phone: 717-9181 Experienced Staff Eye Exams on site Advanced Equipment Lens Fabrication Top Brands: Ray Ban, Oakley, Lacoste, Chanel Nectar Feeding Bats From The ABC Islands Recaptured In Venezuela D uring the first week of March, four bats of the species Long-nosed bat, Leptonycteris curasoae (at right) marked on the ABC Islands (three from Aruba and one from Bonaire) were recaptured in Venezuela by a team of scientists. The recaptures, lead by Dr. Jafet Nassar from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, occurred close to the city of Coro in the coastal Venezuelan State of Falcn. This is the piece that was missing in the puzzle of the migratory and long distance movements of these amazing flying mammals. Previous inter island recaptures were the first step in confirming the hypothesis from STINAPA’s research unit that these bats are flying overseas among the ABC islands and to the South American mainland. These recaptures demonstrate that we do not have separated populations for the islands and the continent, but instead there is a meta population for the entire ecoregion. This exciting discovery is the product of more than five years of effort invested in scientific research by STINAPA Bonaire, CARMABI, Arikok National Park (united in The Bat Conservation Program of the ABC Islands PPRABC), the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research, and an endl ess list of volunteers and supporting organizations. More than 6,000 individual bats were captured and ringed during this period. This discovery, about mammalian ecology and the population dynamics of this keystone species of our terrestrial ecosystems, has significant implications for the management and conservation of bat population. PPRABC is a member of RELCOM (The Latin American and Caribbean Network for Bat Conservation). Press Release O n Sunday, April 13th, at It Rains Fishes Restaurant, the Bonaire Culinary Team held its first cookout in preparation for the Taste of the Caribbean competition in Miami. "It was a great learning event with the team cooking together for the first time and under pressure for 60 guests," said Team Manage r Floris van Loo. The three-course meal was created from a mystery basket of ingredients—just like the actual competition in Miami. The appetizer was a sweet potato and kari kari glazed with fennel, the main dish was grilled veggies, herb leg of lamb, shrimp w ith a Caribbean Barnaise sauce. Dessert: Cheesecake from Bonairean farm-raised goat cheese. Wines compliments of It Rains Fishes were a perfect match! Bonaire Restaurant Association President Patrice Rannou (Bistro de Paris) opened the evening with a big thanks to all those who support this Team and the past Teams that traveled and competed in “The Taste of Caribbean,” the culinary Olympics. "The chefs learn to be creative in their Caribbean flavors in a competition style," said Patrice, “and Bonaire has such great restaurants and chefs on this small island...." Press Release Bonaire Culinary Team Manager Floris van Loo (left in black-Rum Runners) with the 2014 Culinary TeamNot in order: Pastry Chef Junior Janga (Bonaire Food Group); Chef Rashindra Donge (Plaza Reso rt); Chef Tjitte Knol (Plaza Resort); Jr Chef Giovannie Veld (It Rains Fshes); Jr Chef Ronald Mauricio (Spice Beach Club). Bartender—To be decided at Taste of Bonaire, May 4; bartender coach, Han ten Winkel (Spice Beach Club) not pictured


Page 16 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 REGULAR EVENTS Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 7178489, 540-9800. Parke di Libertat -Park-playground and canteen (formerly Dare to Care Park) Behind the hospital. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm. Free entrance. Saturdays €Last Saturday of the month – donate foods and household items to Food Bank ( Stichting voedselbank Bonaire) from 10 am-4 pm, in front of Van den Tweel Supermarket €Parke di Libertat Bazaar Flea market tables to rent $5. Used items for sale, 9am-2pm. Z Rei is on the i €Marshe di Kunukeru (Farmers’ Market ) 1st Saturday of the month at Kriabon, Kaminda Jatu Baco #55, next to Aquamarin School, 8 am to 1 pm. €Monthly Cultural Market at Mangazina di Rei—every last Saturday of the month 8 am-2pm. See the real Bonaire: traditional music, crafts, local produce, creole kitchen, educational presentations. Mangazina di Rei is on the Rincon Road, just south of Rincon. € Bonaire Animal Shelter’s “Garage Sale” Pakus di Pruga—every Saturday 8am-5pm. At Kaminda Liberador Simon Bolivar, across from Brandaris Caf. Tel. 717-4989. Drop off cast offs on Saturdays or at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road weekdays. 717-4989 € Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, Second Saturday of the month 7-9 pm. ( Always call to make sure it’s on: Tel. +5999-560-7539 ) Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 per person. €PetanqueJeu de Boules, 2:30pm, Tera Cora Ranch. Info: 7860150 Sundays €Kunuku Arawak Music, drinks, local food, dancing, 10 am—6 pm. Live music starts at 4 pm. Tel.7867210 €Landhuis DeTuinReal Jamaican BBQ on the terrace of the land house in the quiet countryside. Jerk Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Seafood Curry, Veggie Dish, Child’s plate, Bread Pudding. On the road to Lac Bai – Kaminda Lac #101. Follow the signs, 12 noon to 6 pm. Tel. +599-786-6816, +599-7011982. A Forsa training school. Mondays € Happy Hour at Captain Don’s Habitat Bar. The books of Bonaire’s dive pioneer, Captain Don, will be available: Island Adrift, Shangri-la, Sea Trauma and his newest book Reef Windows 5:30-7pm. Tel. 717-8290 Wednesdays €Divemaster’s Night at Bistro de Paris Restaurant at Harbour Village Marina. Free house rum when you buy a coke. € 30-minute Meditation at Yoga Bonaire, 12 noon, Bonaire Basics. Donation. Call 786-6416 email: info@bonaireyoga.coim Fridays €Happy Hour party at Bistro De Paris Ricky Thomas performs Reggae, Soul, Latin and more 69pm. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS 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 when she's onisland at 8:30 pm in the Aquarius Conference Center at Captain Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290. Wednesday Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative slide show: Sea Turtles of Bonaire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the conference room at Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290) BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790 -2018 Museo Sentro Chichi’Tan historical home, behind Rose Inn, Rincon, open 10am-4pm daily. Tel. 786-6420 Washington-Slagbaai National Park Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December 25th and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or 796 5681 CLUBS and MEETINGS Bridge Club Every Wednesday, Bridge Club on Bonaire. 19:15, contact Jeroen Seegers for information tel. 7174200 or788-2819 or Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Caf. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. 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 welcome. Call Gregory Obersi 785-9446. Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: ( VPGB ), Kralendijk, Plaza Wilhelmina; Sunday service-10 am in Dutch. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian; Sunday service-8:30 am in Papiamentu/ Dutch. Children’s club-every Saturday from 4:30-6 pm in Kralendijk, (annex of the church.) Contact; or International Bible Church, Kaya Papago 104, Hato, behind Bon Fysio/ Bon Bida Spa & Gym on Kaya Gob. N. Debrot. Sunday 9am-Worship service in English; 10:45am-Sunday school for all ages. Tuesday 7:30 pm-Adult Bible study class. 717-8377 for more info or ride Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304. Our Lady of Coromoto 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. Wed. Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church located temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held Sunday mornings10am11:30am. Bible studies in English on Monday nights from 7-8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20amSunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors welcome: Information: Call 701-9522 Foundation Fountain of Living Waters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 pm, in Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counseling, contact 717-2161. Iglesia di Cristo (Church of Christ) Sunday: 10:30am & 7pm; Wednesday: 7pm. Services in Papiamentu (English also if needed) Address: Kaya Msgr. ndt 25 (same street as Dr. Dorvil) Cell: 796-0721. email: iglesiadicristobonaire ——————————————— Send notice of your activity or event to The Reporter: call 786-6518 or Call The Reporter at 786-6518 if you have something HAPPENING CLOSE-IN EVENTS Tuesday, April 22. — Port call of the 2,400 passenger cruise ship Vision of the Seas from 0800-1800 01End of Winter Cruise ship season .More End of Month Holidays Banks Closed 25 -Friday Kings Day 26 -Celebration Saturday King’s Day 27 -Sunday Banks Closed 28-Monday Rincon Day 30 -Wednesday Labor Day May 1-Thursday Saturday, April 26 —Monthly Cultural Market at Mangazina di Rei. Every last Saturday of the month, 8am-2pm. See the real Bonaire– traditional music, crafts, local produce, creole kitchen educational presentations. Mangazina di Rei is on the Rincon Road, at the east entance to Rincon. Tel. 786-2101—Free entrance — Earth Day Fun Fair sponsored by CIEE at the park next to Kas di Arte. From 8-12 noon. More on page 12 Angelika Winsberg Art Exhibit Go Green Restaurant at Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona, Antriol, 5 pm. More on page 6 Tuesday, April 29, Maskarade Party at Sonia Home Restaurant, 8pm until late— DJ with all kinds of music for dancing, magician. Free entry. More on page 9 Saturday, May 4— Kriabon Monthly Farmers Market (first Saturday of the month), 8 am to 1 pm. Local produce, ornamental plants, fruit trees, local food and drinks, handcrafts, more. Get there early as things get sold out quickly. Kaminda Yatu Baku #55, next to Aquamarin School Sunday May 11 —Mothers’ Day Don’t forget your mother. If it weren’t for her you wouldn’t be here. See Mother’s Day photo contest by Sonia Home Restauant, page 9 Sunday, June 1 Washington Slagbaai National Park Open House and celebration of its 45 years of existence. Admission is free. See page 18


Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Page 17 *to find it... just look up NAKED EYE PLANETS THIS MONTH H ere is a recap on the planets visible in the Sky Park over the next two weeks. It’s a good time for stargazing. Mercury Mercury is unobservable as it is close to the Sun all month. It passes through superior conjunction on April 25 and then, in early May, jumps into evening visibility. Venus Venus is the bright "Morning Star", blazing low in the east-southeast before and during dawn. The planet loses a little of its altitude in April, but at magnitude 4.2 around mid-month you will not have any trouble distinguishing it. The telescopic appearance of Venus changes dramatically during the month. On the 1st, the planet spans 22 arcseconds and shows a disk about 54% lit. By the 30th, Venus' apparent diameter has shrunk to 17 arcseconds, but the disk is then 66% illuminated. Venus, the second of the inferior planets, is almost the same size as the Earth, and is the nearest body in the sky apart from the Moon Until recently, we knew practically nothing about the surface of Venus, and there were constant references to "the Planet of Mystery." Indeed, until the radar measurements of the 1960s even the rate of rotation of the planet was not known. It was then found that Venus turns on its axis once every 243 Earth-days, making the planet's day longer than its year! Even more surprising is the fact that the rotation is retrograde. In other words, Venus spins in the opposite direction to the majority of the planets in the solar system. Mars The most spectacular planet this month has to be Mars. April brings the Red Planet closer to Earth than at any time since the winter of 2007. If you have a telescope, even a small one, now is certainly the time to get it out. Mars pokes above the horizon during evening twilight, among the background stars of the constellation Virgo and is high up in fine view in the south by midnight local daylight time. It gleams so brightly and with such a distinct ruddy hue, you will not confuse it with any other object. Jupiter As darkness falls, gas giant Jupiter rides above the western horizon, around 60 high from the Sky Park’s latitude. The planet lies in Gemini, near the ecliptic's northernmost point, so it remains visible well after midnight despite being three months past opposition. Jupiter is the King of the Planets, and not just because of its enormous size this monster planet is 88,700 miles (142,700 kilometers) in diameter. Jupiter also reigns over the other members of the solar system in the affections of amateur astronomers, because this great ball of gas is just so consistently interesting. Saturn Throughout April, Saturn pokes above the horizon roughly three hours after Mars, and lies a good 30 high in the southwest as dawn begins. The ringed planet resides among the background stars of the constellation Libra and shines at magnitude +0.2, two full magnitudes brighter than any of Libra's stars. Saturn is the most striking member of our planetary family. With an equatorial diameter of about 75,000 miles (120,700 kilometers), it is the second largest planet circling the Sun. Appearing as a bright yellowish object in our night sky Black Moon rising There is a second New Moon this month sometimes called a black moon. Notice how much closer the Sun and Moon are compared to the New Moon on April 1. On April 29, the moon will pass directly in front of the Sun, causing an annular solar eclipse, visible in Antarctica and Australia. Bob Berman AFFORDABLE NetTech Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Sudoku Puzzle Sudoku Solution By Astrologer Michael Thiessen April/May 2014 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) The key to feeling good about yourself will be to do something about it. You may find that you are a little lucky this week. Try not to let your emotions interfere with the completion of your work. Take time to catch up on gossip and make plans to do a little adventure travel. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) The stamina you possess will be apparent in your approach to your hobbies and creative projects. Yo ur accomplishments could exceed your expectations if you mix a little business with pleasure. Romantic encounters will develop through group activity. You can increase the value of your dwelling. Look into residential moves that will give you more space. Your lucky day will be Thursday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Get back to the comforts of cottage or home. You may get some opposition. Personal changes will be to your benefit. Think of changes to your home that will please and add to everyone's comfort. Residential moves should be considered carefully. Your lucky day will be Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You really can't do anything to change matters this week. Money can be made if your are willing to take a chance. Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to confront you with unsavory situations. Don't allow your lover to take advantage of your good nature. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Proceed with caution if operating equipment or vehicles. You can make personal changes that will enhance your reputation and give you greater self confidence. Sign up for courses that will help you understand yourself better. Get more involved in group efforts at work. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You will have original ideas for ways to make extra money. You need to make changes that will raise your self esteem, such as a new hairstyle or a new image. Creative educational pursuits will payoff. You may be ill-treated if you have to deal with institutional environments. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You need to get down to basics with regard to yourself. You can expect to face opposition on the home front. You just hate waste, and when someone else costs you dearly you see red. Some relatives will be extremely perplexing. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will be popular with acquaintances; however, loved ones could feel left out and insecure. You may want to pull out some of those unfinished projects you've got tucked away. Opportunities for love will develop while traveling or while attending religious functions. Arguing won't help. Your lucky day will be Monday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Investments may be misrepresented this week. Try to curb your bad habits. Don't invest too much of your own money. The personal problems you may be having are interfering with your productivity. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Positive changes regarding your personal status are evident. Promote your ideas now. You may not get your facts correct this week; double-check before making any statements. Do something special for them. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Someone you work with may be trying to make you look bad. Romance will unfold if you take trips or get together with friends. You can accomplish a lot if you put some effort into household duties or redecorating plans. Limitations on the home front can be expected if you have been restricting your mate's freedom. Your lucky day will be Sunday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your lover may cost you financially. Do not trust others with important information. Be diplomatic and honest, and that person will only be made to look bad. Put financial speculation with family members or friends on the back burner for now. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.


Page 18 Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 From Bonaire Nautico Marina in front of It Rains Fishes Restaurant BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 /VHF 68 THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran KANTIKA DI AMOR up to 27 adults or larger catamaran KANTIKA TOO up to 50 adults Also available for group trips Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12, 2 pm YACHTSMEN! Tie up dockside for min. $10/day+ tax (max 1.90 meter draft), Dive Tank Hydro-test & Maintenance *** Repair of scuba equipment All types of cylinder hydro and visual testing Pick-up and delivery Computerized system, Printout report of test results Kaya Kilowot # 3310 Next to Bonaire Food Group Phone +599 782-2953, email: “S uper Sisters,” dogs Katja and Kerry who were featured in the last issue of The Reporter have been adopted – saved from having to be euthanized. The dog sisters had been at the Bonaire Animal Shelter since November 2012 and were on “death row.” According to Shelter Manager, Marlies Tiepel, “At the Shelter there is space for 40 dogs, but most of the time there are lots more. Sadly, when there are too many dogs at the Shelter they have to be put down. It’s very sad and very depressing and sometimes it seems that for every dog we save, two more take its place.” So congratulations to Katja and Kerry and to their new owner. May they enjoy many fun years together. Wh ew! That was close! Shelter Manager Marlies Tiepel writes: “T he Bonaire Animal Shelter is offering free spay and neutering for the island dogs and cats. The goal is to help control the pet population, to reduce unwanted litters and promote good pet health and responsible ownership. Since the year 2000 the Shelter on Bonaire has a special fund for free sterilization. Last year the Shelter funded the spaying and neutering for over 450 pets This year they hope to do even more. The Shelter asked for help from the Dierenlot Foundation from Holland. And they got it! Their help makes it possible to give every pet owner who sterilizes their cat or dog a T-shirt and a bumper sticker for their car. For more information call the Shelter: 7174989.” You may also contribute: “Sterilization Fund,” MCB Account #1061640. L.D. Bonaire Animal Shelter staff and volunteers with the new T-shirts Below– The free sterilization bumper sticke r: “There are insufficient owners for all … Now Free Sterilization for your dog or cat”


Bonaire ReporterApril 21May 5, 2014 Page 19 Web: Email: Parts and accessories for all brands of bikes and scooters Beautiful Bike Clothes, shoes All type of house and car keys duplicated Kaya Grandi #61 “The blue building” Call 717-8545 Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated Featuring Giant, Bikkel and Golden Lion bikes Adopt a Black Cat Cats don’t discriminate. People do. Change your mind. Change your hea rt. Change two lives. Unconditional love provided at no extra cost. S tatistics show that black cats are the least likely to be adopted from shelters. This is mainly the case in the US, one of the few countries that consider black cats to be bad luck. Most other countries believe the exact opposite that black cats bring good luck, good fortune and… good luck in love! Right now the Bonaire Animal Shelter has eight beautiful black cats, ranging in age from two months to four years, looking for a fo rever home. Some have been at the Shelter for almost three years, just waiting for the “non-discriminatory” human to realize how special they are. While they may all just look like a “black” cat, on closer inspection you will see that each of them have their own i ndividual features. Some turn “chocolate” in the sunlight; others have long, luxurious fu r; some have tiny white “whiskers” running through their coat; others have subtle “stripes” of varying shades of black. No matter their differences, all of them are beautiful and loving. Because of the genetic coding that produces the black coat, black cats tend to be healthier and more resistant to diseases than other cats and are known to live to quite an old age. Anecdotal evidence further suggests that black cats are also more intelligent and responsive than other cats. Proof of that is evident if you spend time with the Shelter black beauties. And if “looks” are important to you, remember that black goes with everything and it’s a bit exotic having a miniature panther around your house! Black cats have been a favorite of many famous people, including Queen Victoria, John Lennon, Fred Astaire, Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, Ja mes Dean and Edgar Allen Poe. Please come and visit the eight ebony beauties currently living at the Shelter. One of them will surely steal your heart and reward you with the special love and devotion that only a black cat can give. All of the cats are healthy, vaccinated and ready for a home of their own. You can visit the Shelter on the Lagun Road, Monday through Saturday, 9am1pm,3-5pm. Tel. 717-4989, WWWBonaireAni On Facebook too. Jane Madden Disko Photo credits: Barbara Huveneers, Hanny Hoogerkamp, Laura DeSalvo Nicole Schrijver and Toby share an important message. Sammie Ulysses Ingmar Tamara and Thomas Norman Paula Saturday, 26 of April 26th of April


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