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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 Leo Hoogenboom and Sam Willia ms power to the finish. Photo by Zsuzsanna Pusztai @


Page 2 Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 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, November 9, 2014 Story and Ad deadline: Friday, November 7, 2014 o n December 17 St Eustatius will hold a Referendum to select its preference for constitutional status this year. In the last Dutch Caribbean Referendum they chose to remain part of the Netherlands Antilles. However, the Netherlands Antilles ceased to exist as a national entity and the Dutch Government unilaterally decided to join them with Bonaire and Saba to become “public entities” (“ openbaar lichaam ” or “ entidat publiko ” ) in the BES Islands. The choices will be: 1.Status quo 2.Independence 3.Autonomous territory within the Dutch Kingdom 4.Become an integrated part of The Netherlands The Bonaire Island Council had previously decided not to hold a Referendum in 2014. There is a strong movement for Bonaire also to hold a Referendum but that may only occur after the March 2015 Island Council elections. Bonaire’s Gezaghebber (Governor) Rijna has suspended the program to castrate Bonaire’s donkeys for six months which blocked the Island Council’s mandate to further reduce the number of Bonaire donkeys. Meanwhile the Public Prosecutor’s office is not commenting on the defamation lawsuit brought by the Donkey Sanctuary directed toward individuals and groups critical of its operations. As part of an effort to improve communication between cultures on Bonaire, International Bible Church’s Pastor Doug Searle and FORMA (Bonaire’s adult education institution) have teamed up to provide a course in Papiamentu for English speakers. “It was Saskia De Bliek (FORMA’s Coordinator of Courses) who really made it possible for us to offer this high quality course,” said Pastor Searle. “We are very grateful for her work on this project.” Even without much promotion, a sizeable number of folks showed interest in this 12-week course, and the first group of 15 students began work at the church classroom on Thursday, October 16. Anyone interested in future classes is asked to send an e mail to or call 717 8332. To provide Bonaire with a stylish new website look, TCB has announced the launch of their new and much anticipated website redesign at All of the landing pages throughout the website incorporate Bonaire colors, have social media sharing options, SEO functionality and include TripAdvisor reviews about Bonaire’s businesses. Bonaire’s primary telecom operator Telbo will install underground optical fiber to 8,000 households and companies within the next two to three years replacing the existing copper network, Managing Director Gilbert De Bree said. Operation is to begin next February. Consumers on Bonaire can currently choose from two providers for services over fixed lines, namely Telbo and Flamingo TV, that provide television and internet services. Telbo intends to not only invest in fiber direct to the home but also in high speed LTE cellular service which it plans to launch this year. “ Ban Boneiru Bk” (Let’s Go Back to Bonaire) and OCA (the consultation platform for Caribbean people in the etherlands) have entered into a strategic cooperation agreement BBB and OCAN will jointly focus on matching the right professional candidates with vacancies within the Dutch Kingdom. The two chair persons, Celia Fernandes Pedra (BBB), and Glenn Helberg (OCAN) formalized the partnership on October 4. Ban Boneiru Bk (BBB) promotes the remigration of people from Bonaire and operates a recruitment website (www.banboneirubek com/ ) that attracts a large following of job-seekers overseas wishing to return to Bonaire. OCAN expanded its target group to include the islands and first ventured into the field of recruitment a year ago. The platform has been approached by several employers since and successfully delivered skilled workers. WEB has given itself a new look. The island’s water and electric power provider launched its new corporate identity style last week. WEB’s employees and stakeholders were introduced to its new branding, including a new logo (at right) replacing the original one designed in 1986. A new Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), report says about 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas, including the Caribbean, each year —more than seven per hour. The report, “Suicide Mortality in the Americas,” is based on data from 48 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere. It shows that suicide is a significant health problem and one of the region’s leading preventable causes of death. Short term parking at Flamingo Airport is still free, as it’s been for several months. Reportedly they are awaiting replacement parts for the parking system People really like that and business at the small restaurant is up. People have commented that crime seems to be down on Bonaire Perhaps it’s due to the numerous “raids” on locations suspected of having stolen goods and/or firearms. “Keep up the arrests and lock up the criminals for a significant time,” they say. What are some of the most desirable houseplants you ask? Perhaps they are orchids which seem to thrive in Bonaire’s climate. And right now they are for sale at Green Label Garden Center. New house plants from Holland are coming/flying in this week with Arke Fly! See the ad on page 6. Apologies to advertisers and authors who expected stories and updates in this edition. A major computer problem required production of this edition on a backup system with limited capability. Resolution is anticipated for the next issue. (Continued on page 3) From Bonaire Nautico Marina in front of It Rains Fishes Restaurant BO AIRE AUTICO MARI A 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), Call The Reporter at 786-6518 or email if you have something HAPPE I G Fire Protection Products SCUBA Systems and Dive Tank Hydro-test & Maintenance Repair of scuba equipment Pick-up and delivery Computerized system, Printout report of test results Kaya Kilowot # 3310, Next to Bonaire Food Group Phone +599 782-2953, email: Fire Extinguishers Sales Service Inspection This Week’s Stories Classical Concert 3 Tourism Statistics 3 Risky BusinessRestaurant Nostalgia—Where have all the restaurants gone? 5 Happy Birthday Melchoir Martijn 5 Garden-Growing Questions Answered 6 Protecting Coral Reefs Music Video 7 Artists Help Turtles 8 Bondigro is Growing 8 October Is For The Birds 9 An Xtreme Accomplishment 11 DuoXtreme Results 11 Did You Know–Where Do Turtles Go? 14 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since -Paul Westerbeek and Sjoukje Hiemstra 4 Sudoku Puzzle, Answer 5 Picture Yourself (Stairlift in Holland) 7 Classifieds 10 Masthead 10 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 10 Shopping & Dining Guides 12 What’s Happening 13 Pet of the Week – Hilary 14 Shelter News– Half Price Pups, Donations needed for Xmas Market 14 Bonaire Sky Park ( UNSUAL PASSAGES AND ENCOUNTERS 15


Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 Page 3 How would you like to effectively shop at ordstrom's, Old avy, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Forever 21, Ann Taylor, The Limited and others and not leave Bonaire? Now you can. It’s at Penny Lane Exchange— a shop stocked with gently used clothing with the name brands featured at those stores And if you do own top name clothes but are tired of them and they are in good condition bring them to Penny Lane for sale and share the profit when they’re sold. That’s because Penny Lane Exchange is a consignment shop too. Opening is scheduled for Friday, October 31, Halloween. Check them out upstairs at La Terraza, above Botika Bonaire on Kaya Grandi. More information in their ad below. G./L.D. Luigi Eybrecht has been awarded the World Wildlife Fund Jane Goodall Hope and Inspiration Ranger Award Luigi is one of the founding members of the Bonaire Junior Rangers. He helped develop the youth education program and continues to volunteer his free time and weekends as their Commander. Luigi is also now an official park ranger of STINAPA. Penny Lane is on the second floor of La Terraza, downtown Kralendijk Kaya Grandi #23-G—Across from Gio’s Ice Cream, upstairs from Botica Bonaire Phone 599-795-9332 Penny Lane Exchange is an upscale Consignment/Resale Boutique. Come share your gently worn clothing or find great bargains on name brand clothing for the whole family! Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from facing page) The Classical Music Board Bonaire (CMMB) opened its new season on Friday, October 17, with a concert for all school children The students were fascinated by the varied program performed by Inge Laurijssens (violin), Ilja Huang (piano) and Hein van Maarschalkerwaart aka Art Marshall (clarinet). The artists talked about their instruments as well as playing pieces that would appeal to a younger audience to which they were also invited to dance to. The CMBB's schools concerts are important for the musical development of the youth. For many children they offer the only opportunity to ex perience classical music. The main concert was a delig ht show casing works by French impressionists Massenet, Milhaud and Debussy as well as well-known pieces and Romanian music. Especially entertaining were the pieces arranged by Art Marshall some of which were just written for this concert. The highlight was the emotional and very powerful rendition by Inge Laurijssens of Fritz Kreisler's Prelude and Allegro after a theme of Pugnani. She played beautifully rich low notes as well as sparkling high notes on her more-than-200-yearold violin. The new venue, La Birgen Maria di Coromo to Church in Antriol, was chosen as the CMBB's new chairman, Dr Esther Bernabel a, hails from Antriol. Palms, colorful lighting and the concert grand piano transferred the church into a charming concert venue. It was a little hot but the artists pr eferred that to the humming of the fans. The CMBB's next concert will be on Friday 21st ovember in the lovely chapel of Mariadal where the violinis t Jeroen de Groot will perform amongst others and a first for Bonaire Camille SaintSaens' Rond e Capriccio Story by Carla Hay The TCB has reported the total air arrivals for 2014 through September. Although several regional airlines discontinued service to the island, arrivals were up significantly over the same period last y ear. Additional increases are expected especially since Delta has added another weekly flight. Details below:


Page 4 Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 “I came to live here on October 1st, 2012,” says Paul Westerbeek “The year before I was here on vacation and I found it so beautiful that I thought ‘I want to live and work here’. So I went back to Holland where I worked as an ecological consultant at the Department of Public Works. I resigned my job and finished up everything. I am a marine biologist, having graduated in Groningen, Holland. I immediately found a job with the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance and immigrated to Bonaire. I worked at DCNA with great pleasure for one year and nine months. But the budget was exhausted and my contract couldn’t be renewed. Then I met Elly Albers of the Mangrove Center and started to work for her as a tour guide. We start with an introduction about nature, the mangroves, the ecosystem, the kayaking and the flora and fauna. Then we take off in the kayaks and go snorkeling. For me, that’s the best part of it all – to stick my head underwater and to see with my own eyes what’s living in the mangroves… it’s never boring! I deliberately chose marine biology and it’s something I want to keep myself busy with every single day. I grew up in a very small town half the size of Bonaire in the northeast of Holland, Ter Apel. As a little boy I was always digging in the mud of ditches and creeks to see what kind of creatures were living there. We lived in a wooded area and my dad would take me on long walks in the forest. I learned to identify birds by the way they look and later on just by their song. It was always obvious that I would study biology. I met Sjoukje in Holland in 2011 at the Ministry of Economic Affairs where various Dutch parties were discussing the porpoise protection plan. (The porpoise is a small toothed whale with a low triangular dorsal fin and a blunt, rounded snout which lives in the North Sea and around the British Isles.)” “A year later,” Sjoukje says “we met again in the necropsy room of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht as Paul wanted to take a look at what a porpoise looks like from the inside. I was working as a research and management assistant with the porpoise project. Paul told me he’d applied for a job on Bonaire. I didn’t know Bonaire and I’d met Paul only twice, but I said ‘All right, that would make a nice vacation destination for me.’ And now I’ve been living here for one and a half years! Paul left for Bonaire first, but we were already a couple by then. I came three months later for a five-week vacation and three crucial questions: Do I still like Paul? Do I like the island? Will I find a job here? After three weeks it was a definite ‘yes’ to the first two questions, but not to the third one. You see I am a certified animal caretaker and a para-veterinair (a four-year middle professional education) which allows me to assist a veterinarian, doing more than a regular veterinarian assistant. Well, I couldn’t find a job in my field on Bonaire, but I decided I would come back to live here after I’d finished the porpoise project. So on June 11th, 2013 I flew to Bonaire.” “Of all the options that I have in the world in my profession,” Paul says, “I chose to come to Bonaire and to live with much less money, with less luxury. But, the fact is, you don’t need that much here, and it’s a small town and I just love that. Everyone says hello and is friendly and on top of that you live close to nature. I’m delighted I left the busy society. Everything goes slower here and that’s what I love and appreciate. When I came here for the first time in 2011 I felt like I’d arrived on a spot in this world where the rhythm equaled my own personal rhythm.” “From the moment I stepped from the plane I thought it was just lovely,” Sjoukje says “I come from a farm and I grew up in the middle of nature. I learned how to handle it with love and respect. Paul got to know all the forest birds, but I learned what all the meadow birds looked like. Hahaha! In Holland I worked not only for the porpoise project but also in two different zoos with the predators, the birds, the elephants and European ungulates. But… I was a snowboard instructor as well, and I worked as an anesthesiology assistant in an emergency clinic for dogs and cats. On Bonaire I’m involved in a lot of volunteer work. I am a beach keeper fo r STCB, the Turtle Club, and during the nesting season I check Donkey Beach and Te Amo Beach for turtle activities. Also I perform necropsies on dead turtles with STCB, to find out the possible cause of death. We are setting up a tissue bank as well; we take samples of organs or muscle tissue from dead turtles and keep them for later research. Everyone doing research on turtles can use these data. It’s a data bank where you can refer back 10 years for instance. I’m also involved with the Junior Rangers. For Cargill’s tern project I’ve performed necropsy on dead juvenile terns. Cargill, Stinapa and the Institute for Marine Research (Imares) in Holland created little islands on the salt company’s land where the terns are nesting now. Before they were nesting on the access roads on the Cargill terrain and were often killed by trucks, other equipment as well as predators. I am also the education and communication assistant for PPR-ABC ‘Programa Pa Proteh Raton dj’anochi (the Bat Protection Program for the ABC islands). I write articles for the press, I do website work and give presentations. And it’s planned that we are going to organize mist nettings – at the end of the day when the sun goes down – to identify the species, to measure and weigh and to ring them in case they are not ringed yet. We determine the sex, take blood and parasites and we note deviations. Then we give the bat a little bit of sugar water to recover from the stress and we set them free again.” “During this last year,” Paul continues “it has been confirmed that there are bat migration routes between the ABC islands and Venezuela. That’s something totally new. Nobody knew about that. It came out because of the ringing of the species. So the suspicion was confirmed.” “We’re also setting up a tissue bank for which we use dead bats found on all three islands,” Sjoukje adds. “We’re working together with various veterinarian institutes in the Netherlands. But,” she laughs, “ I am also a volunteer with Echo, the reforestation project of Stinapa and Stinapa in general. At home we’re trying to grow our own vegetables and herbs. Some are doing okay like spinach, basil, mint and sweet peppers and our hydroponic container is almost ready. I am also at the Kriabon market every first Saturday of the month with home made products like jams and chutneys, syrups and pesto. I love to cook! For the last couple of weeks we also have two chickens, one of which is already laying eggs. We’ve got three dogs: two from the Shelter and one through the Foundation for Animals. All three of them are very quirky dogs and each came with his own manual. Hahaha! They’re just like us! When Paul is not working he makes things like furniture, a shade house, a chicken coop not just for us but also for other people. He’s very handy and he likes it. In the meantime I did the tour guide course with Sue Felix and starting November 8th I will work for Bonaire Tours.” “We still want to travel to see this part of the world,” Paul says. “I was in Australia and Indonesia for an extensive period of time, but Alaska also appeals to me. I like to go places and stay around for some time. So… we’re taking it by the day, living from year to year and it’s a great way to live. I just love it. When we are in Holland we really enjoy the comforts, but then, when we are back here again we feel at home immediately. We get never bored and it doesn’t matter where we live in this world because you always create your own home.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra “For me, that’s the best part of it all – to stick my head underwater and to see with my own eyes what’s living in the mangroves… it’s never boring!” Sjoukje and Paul and their dog Jack Sjoukje and Paul in front of their nursery


Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 Page 5 Sudoku Puzzle Sudoku Solution 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 T he Reporter (originally Port Call ) has been continually publishing since 1994 and in that time there have been massive changes on Bonaire: population increases, overwhelming development, traffic congestion, lack of parking. One of the changes has been the number of restaurants that were open sometime during the last 21 years and that have closed The moral of this story is: If you like a restaurant that’s operating now, please support it so it won’t go on This List! At the top right is a list of restaurants that have come and gone on Bonaire within the last 21 years. Maybe you can think of others that you may mourn today. Laura DeSalvo RendezVous Croccantino Toys City Caf Cactus Blue Leeward Inn Lost Penguin Beefeater’s Bistro des Amis Richard’s Cozzoli’s Pizza Mi Poron Bali Admiral’s Tavern Blue Moon Garden Caf Den Laman (original one with big fish tank) Old Inn Sandwich Factory De Bonaireaan The Dome China Garden Green Parrot Ankertje Eli Deli Elly’s Deli Luigi’s Je-mar Vegetarian Portuguese Restaurant La Luna Tambu Chez Truus Otello L’Atmosphere CasaBlanca Angel Floating Restaurant Bon Bini Chicken Bonito De Islander DeTuin Papagayo Swiss Chalet Lee’s Bar Lion’s Den Norca’s-above Botika Bonaire Paradise Moon Seahorse Caf Belgian Fries Stiffler’s Caf Buenos Aires The Reef Restaurant RESTAURANT NOSTALGIA WHERE HAVE ALL THE RESTAURANTS GONE? Melchior Martijn A sweet handsome boy we all adore… Celebrating his 4th birthday @ Palm Island. So fun and soo pleasant. Hugs and kisses to all his fans. God bless you with all his hands. — Lots of love from your parents and lil sister. The demolition of The Blue Moon Restaurant on the waterfront. It formerly was Chez Truus. ow a condo/ apartment building occupies the site. This old Bonairean house was a ruin for years before it was opened as the restaurant, DeTuin. Later it was L’Atmosphere. ow it’s the popular Wil’s Grill. This old home across from the Catholic church in Playa was refurbished and opened as Mi Poron, a cozy restaurant featuring local food. It is now under reconstruction for offices, but lost part of itself to the new road. The beloved fine Italian restaurant, Croccantino, reopened as the Mexican eatery, Paradise Moon. The building was totally rehabilitated and now houses Orco Bank Some restaurant closings have happy endings. The de bonairiaan lunch room provided economical meals served by youngsters learning hospitality skills. It’s activity was expanded and is now part of the training complex and longterm residence of the Stichting Project, called Lang Verblijf Huis. Supported by the Forsa training Foundation.


Page 6 Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 Open: 08:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 – 18:00 Address: Kaya Jean B. Vitt r. 3, Kralendijk Phone + (599) 717-5543 /1943 Cell 795-5547/5548 Fax 717 5424 Email: Web: Nutrition Prostheses Furnishings Mobility Aids Also: diabetes aids, hospital bed rental, oxygen therapy, optical & hearing aids, contraceptives, home aids, communication, and many more products and services Downtown Kralendijk 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 t s o f F r e e p a r k i n g B e e r A l c o h o l i c D r i n k s S o d a s C h i p s C o o k i e s B e e r A l c o h o l i c D r i n k s S o d a s C h i p s C o o k i e s B e e r Al c o h o l i c D r i n k s S o d a s C h i p s C o o k i e s C e r e a l s a n d C e r e a l s a n d C e r e a l s 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 b l 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 r e a d s F r e s h r e a d s F r e s h r e a d s C o l d C o l d C o l d B e e r a n d S o d a s B e e r a n d S o d a s B e e r a n d S o d a s 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 I t has been fun. At the Kriabon market last month people recognized me as the one writing about plants in The Reporter and they stopped by with a bunch of questions. I tried to answer as many questions as I could as I was busy selling my stuff too. But later it popped into my head to put some of the questions in The Reporter with answers because maybe more people have the same questions, and others who are just starting might have to deal with the same problems in the future. Q. My pumpkin plant has a lot of flowers but never a pumpkin. Why ? A. There are too few insects here to fertilize the female pumpkin flower, so it needs some human help. The pumpkin plant has male and female flowers. The female has a very small pumpkin behind the flower. Take a little stick or a piece of toilet paper, touch the inside of the male flower so that the yellow pollen inside adheres to the stick, then touch the inside of the female flower so that the pollen sticks there. Do this all the time and for sure one day you will see pumpkins growing. Keep an eye on them because iguanas love these young pumpkins too. Protect them with paper bags or chicken wire. Question: ( Q ) I live close to Punt Vierkant. All the plants that I buy at the market are dying there. Why? Answer: ( A ) The salt in the air and in the soil as well as the strong wind and the full heat are too tough for the plants. It’s hard for them to survive under such circumstances. Try hardy plants that can go in pots on your porch, protected from the wind and sun, and give them some extra vitamins and rainwater. Palm trees are nice for that area. The best easy growing ones for that area are coconut trees. Other plants that might be successful are those you see on Donkey Beach: real beach plants with thick leaves that are always green and can cope with the wind. Don’t try any fruit trees; you will be disappointed. They will die, not only because of the environment by the shore, but from so many iguanas and donkeys. Q. I bought water from Web. And within a few days all my nice healthy plants died. Why ? A. Sometimes water that you buy is salty. It’s not always 100% sweet because of the well that water comes from. Some places on Bonaire have wells with sweet water and some have water with a bit of salt. It depends on the area and whether it is a dry or rainy time. When there is less water in the soil, it can become salty. So you never know. And most plants can't stand that salty water, no matter how little. So be careful with the water. Q. Which plants are dangerous to have growing close to a building? A. Be careful with all big trees like mango, tamarind, neem, druifi Surinam, knepa, mispel, maka pruim, those big flowering trees: flamboyant, hoba and so on. Their roots look for water and will grow in the direction of water pipes, cisterns, beerputs (cesspools) and so on. Their strong roots can damage your (Continued on page 7) Q. My banana trees stay small and skinny even though I water them enough and they are beside the septic tank. Why? A.If banana trees have too many babies around the trunk they cannot grow big; there’s not enough food for all of them. So you have to remove them up when you see they’re not growing big. Plant each one separately. When the bananas come out, chop the purple flower off the banana bunch. If you leave the flower, it takes a lot of energy and food and the bananas stay small and won’t ripen normally. Pumpkin flower (above) Pumpkin forming (below)


Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 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 B onaire tour bus operator and busy person, Therese Rosier, sent us this photo of herself with The Reporter riding her mom’s stair lift in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands. house as well. Plant such trees on the edge of your yard, far away from your house. Also with big trees close to the house, iguanas, rats, mice, birds, ants, etc. which live around the trees because of the fruit can easily come into the house too, looking for food. Q. There are plants which die even when I water them every day. Why? A. Not all plants need water everyday. For example, the beautiful Desert Rose needs only a little bit of water once a week. And if it stays outside now when the rainy season starts, it will die soon because of too much water. So you have to move that plant to a place where it stays dry. There are other plants which only need a small amount of water as well. Q. In my green house there are plants which are doing badly. Why ? A. Not all plants can stand a green house. Some plants, like spinach, tomatoes and peppers, need more or full sun. Some plants need more air, some need more space, like the pumpkin and the parchita. Some plants don’t give any fruit because there are no insects in the green house. Some plants get too much water; the water doesn’t dry fast enough so the plant stays in the wet soil too longwhich it does not like. Okay, I hope some people will be happy with these answers. So try it again. Lots of success! Story & photos by Angliet Baidjoe, A ature Lover Garden (Continued from page 6) T o call attention to the protection of coral reefs, especially in the Caribbean, World Wildlife Federation sponsored a song written by a 10-year-old Dutch WWF ranger. Local musician Benji Schaub arranged the music for the band, and the to be sung in three languages. On Thursday, October 23, at Buddy Dive, a live music video was made and featured: Benji Schaub guitar, composition, production, Gabriel Mercera drums, Lando Tjin-a-Shu bass, vocalists Gea Feeburg, Roy van der Veen, Ethsel Pieternella. Rhonda Bennett’s Foundation Panchito’s Kreative Kids (above), Dara Pestana, Sanne Davidsson, Maria "Mafer" Nava, Meghan Velandia, and Selena Landbrug. L.D. Foundation Panchito’s Kids with WWF rep, Bente van der Wilt, at the filming


Page 8 Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 New items arriving every week. Pass by. Great buys on MEAT, Dutch cheeses and many other items BonDiGro is just off Kaya Industria behind Leen Bakker, across from Warehouse For more information email Phone +599 780 2121 Monday through Friday 08.00 – 18.30 Saturday 08.00 – 13.00, closed Sunday BONAIRE’S ONLY COOPERATIVE DISCOUNT SUPERMARKET 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 On The Waterfront at The Harbour Village Marina — Air-conditioning and al fresco dining 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: O n Friday, September 26th, Hotel Roomers in Belnem was buzzing with activity. Paints were furiously mixed, glue was pushed out to the limit and colored sequences were sorted for mounting. About 50 kids had gathered in the hotel’s lush courtyard to make turtle art. “We’ve been leading these workshops, helping them with their art,” says Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) volunteer Jannie Koning. “ We give them the materials and a turtle shape and they fill it in. Some of the children are really precise. Others make small turtles to take home with them. They all have fun, but this project is also for the children to think about the turtles.” This is the second art workshop conducted by STCB this year. About 10 children work on each piece in a group effort. Eighty young artists were involved in the two workshops. Plus, over 100 more have been involved creating turtle art from Papa Cornes School, Jong Bonaire and STINAPA’s Junior Rangers. All the children’s group work projects will be auctioned at STCB’s turtle art auction to be held at Roomer’s Hotel Saturday night, ovember 29th. Another 100 pieces from adult artists will also be there and up for bid. “We wanted to carry the project through a long period because we really wanted to engage the people of Bonaire. We launched the first art workshop in April and now this one. It’s not only about raising money for STCB. It’s also about educating and raising awareness about sea turtles,” says Koning. The productive workshop was not exclusively about art. Owner Nicole from Roomers supplied snacks for the hungry artists. Plus the kids got to cool off in the hotel’s swimming pool. After all, making turtle art is serious work. For more information on STCB’s Turtle Artwork Auction, log on at Patrick Holian “ Turtle Bank” by Elena (Helen Dovale) Artist– teacher Ady Figaroa I t was only a bit less than one year ago, on Friday, December 6th, that the Bondigro crew opened their first supermarket in the blue building in the same street as The Bonaire Food Group. A couple of months later they moved to a three times bigger building behind the former location of Leen Bakker and Best Brands Bonaire. Signs along the Kaya Industria show you where to find Bondigro but almost every Bonairean knows where to find the new low budget supermarket. About a year ago Roland Schalker made some calculations on the back of an empty cigar box and he discovered it was possible to import and sell basic products for lower prices. And he was right. Now other supermarkets try to follow him in competition. One of their problems are the high overhead costs caused by location, air conditioning, display and advertising. Bondigro is in development from a roaring mouse into a young and energetic lion with its expansion of the range of products and special offers like flat screen and digital TVs, tablets and laptops. Most articles are of well-known top quality brands. The crew is also expanding: Ingrid Saragoza the well-known face for years from The Warehouse, and Dulce icolaas, employee of Cultimara’s Supermarket for years In November Bondigro will start a butchery, working with fresh, cooled and deep frozen meat. IJsbrand de Vries is the new, very experienced, butcher. Bondigro keeps on roaring. Story & photo by Jan Brouwer Ingrid Saragoza and Dulce icolaas, of BonDiGro


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Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 Page 11 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 T he Duo Xtreme MTB race over paved and dirt roads and trails on Sunday, October 19, was a great success. Competing were Bonairean teams and others from the Netherlands, France, Peru, Aruba and Curacao for cash prizes. It is divided into two distance classes: 51km and 83km. From the start/finish line at the Divi Flamingo Resort the two routes it wandered over most of the island. The fastest time on the 51 km course was 3 hours 6 min 15sec by the Bonaire team of JanHenk vd Wier and Martijn Eichorn The fastest time in the 83 km. race was 4 hours 2min 22 sec. by the mixed team from Aruba and Curacao George Winterdal and Faisel Camelia Six teams were unable to complete the course. The last team came in with a time of 5 hours 56 min 40sec. The race was assisted by a team of 45 volunteers, the Red Cross and Police. Winners 51 km. Class MixAdrion Fraser, Annemiek Le Noble Women SeniorByanka van der Veen, Gemma van der Linde WomenKaroline Ligthart, Willeke Dolman Men SeniorJan Henk vd Wier, Martijn Eichhorn MenEduard Meza Quispe, George Guttierrez Father and son team Dennis and Tom Lensink cyclists outside the class competition with the fastest time overall of 3hours, 30 seconds. Tom, at 14, was too young to qualify for the event. 83 km. Class Men SeniorDomingo de Lima, Frank Bohm MenGeorge Winterdal, Faisel Camelia MixHans Bensik, Corine Bos days before we started the race. My outfit was sponsored by Marga Domingo van Lieshout. We left at 6:30 in the morning from Divi Flamingo on our way to Washington Park and then back to the finish at Divi Flamingo where we arrived at 10:30 am. It was hard and hot, but it was fun! Annemiek and I have supported each other in every way and during the race all the people from Forsa stood along the road with a big banner to cheer me on. When I saw them I got more speed! Great! And I won the first place of the team! My next step is maybe to look for a sponsor and cycle more, continue with the training and maybe one day I will participate in races abroad. I feel so much better. I am just very positive about myself and my future.” Story & photo by Greta Kooistra W hen Adrion Fraser (18) came from Statia to Bonaire at the age of 17 it was not for a good reason because he had to spend some time in jail. Born on St. Martin, he’d moved to Aruba when he was six. When he was 16 he moved to Statia, a very small island with about 2,000 inhabitants and nothing much to do. Adrion became bored very quickly and went around with the wrong people, which led to his imprisonment on Bonaire. When he was released he went to Kas Karko, a youth residence run by Youth and Family. From there he went to live in the longterm residence of Stichting Project, called Lang Verblijf Huis. Then it went better, as lots of opportunities were offered when the Forsa Foundation took him under their wing. They trained him on the job at Landhuis de Tuin, where he became a maintenance man and also part of the crew, interacting with the guests. Also once a week Adrion goes to Forma, to evaluate the progress he’s making at work. As mountain biking is part of Forsa’s training program, Adrion was asked if he would be interested and he rode a five-kilometer tour in March. It was tough but he liked it, so Ray Geraerts became his coach and they started training twice a week. Adrion’s condition improved and they trained harder. He participated in a few competitions on Bonaire. Then his coach told him that there would be a big race on Bonaire in October, called Duo Xtreme and was he willing to participate. Adrion took the opportunity and said, “Let’s go for it!” “It wasn’t just about work or sports,” Stichting Project’s and Forsa’s director, Mick Schmit says. “It was also about learning to trust people and to open up and become social, because Adrion was a runaway, not social and very quiet and he used to smoke a lot of pot. Now he’s a mature guy who can speak for himself and tell his story. He’s also accomplished a great achievement in sports.” “On the 19th of October,” Adrion says, “I started the 51kilometer race with Annemiek Le oble whom I had been training with twice, a couple of Adrion Fraser in his sponsored outfit (by Marga Domingo van Lieshout) on the bike he rode the race with Annemiek Le oble— at Landhuis the Tuin (where he works)


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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 A D 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. DE TURE 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. O and I 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. GARDE SUPPLIES A D 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. HEALTH CARE Best Care Logistics provides everything necessary for people who are disabled or sick, including prostheses, diet ary supplements, furnishings, mobility equipment, diabetes aids, hospital beds, oxygen therapy, optical & hearing aids, contraceptives, home aids, communication, and more OPTICIA 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. EW– Drone photography REAL ESTATE /RE TAL AGE TS Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and visit. RESTAURA TS 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. Bobbejans– Bonaire’s quintessential “rib joint” not only has some of the best ribs but tasty extras like Gado-Gado, pork chops and fries. Open Friday night and weekends only. 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 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. Dushi Shoes & Dive Friends Shops – featuring Clarks, Guess, DC Shoes, Reefs – as well as Tee Shirts for men and women. 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. SHIPPI G 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/FIT ESS 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. Open all day and Saturday too. New location across from Warehouse TOP Supermarket— Conveniently located downtown at the old Cultimara location. Featuring a complete selection including liquors, fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. MADE O BO AIRE Semper Kontentu goat cheese. Ask for it at restaurants and look for it in the markets. Lovingly handmade. Souvenir mugs available. 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


Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 Page 13 REGULAR EVE TS 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 €Marshe di Kunukeru (Farmers’ Market ) First Saturday of the month at Kriabon, Kaminda Jatu Baco #55, next to Aquamarin School, 8am to 1pm. €Monthly Cultural Market at Mangazina di Rei—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 eastern entrance to Rincon €Last Saturday of the month – donate foods and household items to Food Bank ( Stichting voedselbank Bonaire) from 9:30am-2pm in front of Van den Tweel Supermarket Z Rei is on the i € 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 79 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 €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. €Kunuku Arawak Music, drinks, local food, dancing, 10 am—6 pm. Live music starts at 4 pm. Tel.7867210 Mondays € Bonaire Goat Cheese Farm Tour—9 am. Meet the goats, see milking, cheese making and more. $10 includes cheese tasting and tea, Kids $5. 786-6950Also on Wednesdays & Fridays. 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 the newest book Reef Windows 5:307pm. Tel. 717-8290 Wednesdays €Bonaire Goat Cheese Farm Tour— 9am. See Monday for more information. € 30-minute Meditation at Yoga Bonaire, 12 noon, Bonaire Basics. Donation. Call 786-6416 email: info@bonaireyoga.coim €Divemaster’s ight at Bistro de Paris Restaurant at Harbour Village Marina. Free house rum when you buy a coke. € Echo Parrot (Lora) Foundation tours of their Dos Pos Conservation Centre. The tour gives an insight into Echo’s work and best of all it is led by local guides who ar e eager to share their knowledge of Bonaire and are donation based. Meet at the Dos Pos windmill before 430 pm and bring good shoes as it’s “off road.” Alternatively you can book a private tour through Flow Bonaire Phone: +599 788 4636. Fridays €Bonaire Goat Cheese Farm Tour— 9am. See Monday for more information Saturdays Every last Saturday of the month, from 9 am to 2 pm, volunteers from the Food Bank collect donations of food at the doors of the Van Den Tweel Supermarket. 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) BO AIRE’S TRADITIO S 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 Chichi i Tan Museum. Step into the past—a typical old Bonairean home, furnishings and garden. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays 10am-3pm. 1st Sunday of month, live performances of local musicians, arts & crafts. Free but donations appreciated. Kaya Melon #4, behind Rose Inn in Rincon. 786-6420/78-7842 Washington-Slagbaai ational 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 MEETI GS Bridge Club Every Wednesday, Bridge Club on Bonaire. 19:15, contact Jeroen Seegers for information tel. 7174200or788-2819 or 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 mornings10am-11:30am. 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 CLOSE-I EVE TS Saturday, ovember 1, Kriabon Farmers Market. Fresh local produce, plants, jams, jellies, chutneys, drinks, bric a brak, chickens, birds, more. 8am-1pm, Kaminda Yatu Baku #55, next to Aquamarin School. Thursday, ovember 6, — Study and Career Fair 2014 Opening Forum from 4-6pm at Captain Don's Habitat Saturday, ovember 8, — 11th Study & Career Fair (SBM) at Jong Bonaire Saturday ovember 15 — Dia di BO AIRE BASICS Bonaire Basics, Kaya Korona 47 (across from Botica Korona) Bonaire Basics organizes a FREE wellness event with yoga, meditation and more. All donations go to the Pasku Briante, Christmas celebration for Antillean children. Everyone is welcome to view and/or experience! Participation is optional. More in the next edition seasons, but simply intensify the rufous colors in the wing of the males. I witnessed a Yellow-billed Cuckoo actually crash on the beach, having fallen out of the sky and was lucky to have landed on dry land. I watched it for about 10 minutes and could see that it was so fatigued that it could not stand nor could it pull its wings up off the sand. It soon recovered and began to hop toward some vegetation and I followed it with my camera at the ready. It jumped a few feet up into the small tree and luckily grabbed one of our endemic tree lizards and heartedly swallowed its first meal after luckily reaching land. This made me realize how lucky some migrants are to find a meal within 20 to 25 minutes after landfall and means that they will survive. I find many dead cuckoos along my bike route toward Rincon: just a pile of feathers indicating a bird that was so weakened that it could not avoid crashing into an automobile. Many cuckoos are brought to me because a dive boat has found one floundering in the water off shore and there is not much can be done for these unlucky sojourners from the north. Jerry Ligon BIRDS (Continued from page 9)


Page 14 Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 T he sweet face and those pale green eyes clearly say, "Please take me home with you!" Hilary is a beautiful, classic calico. She is a quiet and gentle cat about two years old who like most calico cats is affectionate and warm. For hundreds of years the calico cat has been considered a wise old soul that brings good luck and happiness. You may have seen those little "waving" cat figurines in shops and businesses on the island. Those are calico cats. Asian and other ancient cultures believe the calico cat brings prosperity, peace and health to the home and business. Calicos are also considered to be "magical" cats by both European and Asian cultures. Some of Hilary's "magic" is that she loves people and loves affection but is not overly demanding. At her age she is content to nap or knock a toy around until you're ready to give her some love. She is the perfect companion for someone who has a busy life and may not be home during the day. As an adult, she will occupy herself with nondestructive behavior while you are away, as opposed to the hyperactive kitten in need of constant activity. Hilary is healthy, vaccinated, sterilized and ready and waiting for her forever home. Pass by the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagun Road and visit Hilary and all the other wonderful companion animals looking for a forever home. They will be forever grateful for your love, and you will be forever rewarded with their love in return. The Shelter is open Monday-Saturday, 8am-1pm, 3-5pm. Phone 717-4989. On Facebook and Twitter too. Jane MaddenDisko ADOPT A SHELTER PUP FOR HALF PRICE The Bonaire Animal Shelter is overflowing with puppies right now, and the Shelter is making it easier than ever to adopt with reduced fees. Through the end of October, adoption fees are 50% off on the doggies in the puppy kennel and that’s only $37.50 for a puppy! Donations eeded for Shelter Christmas Fair and Flea Market O n Saturday, December 13 the Shelter will hold a Giant Book Fair and Flea Market where you can do all your Christmas shopping. The event will be held on the Shelter grounds on Lagun Road. The event features a large selection of secondhand books and thousands of flea market items ranging from clothing and household goods to paintings and children’s items. The fair is popular and usually draws a large crowd, so it’s a good opportunity to meet up with friends, restock your book supply, pick up some bestsellers for your long f light home, and visit with the animals. All the funds raised from the event go towards keeping the Shelter open for unwanted cats and dogs. Please consider donating your unwanted treasures to the Shelter Flea TUNG FONG STORE N.V. “The Store With Almost Everything” 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. W e now know where sea turtles go after they hatch? This used to be such a mystery to us scientists since the baby turtles are so small. Trackers were out of the question because they were just too big for the little turtles to lug around. New solar powered satellite trackers, which are only activated by air, are providing us with the first information on what these turtles (specifically Loggerheads) do from when they hatch to when they are grown up. It was found that these babies drift, and they drift far! Some drift as much as 4300km, remaining close to the Gulf St ream that runs in the north edge of the Caribbean Sea. These little turtles hide and feed in Sargassum, which is a sea weed that floats on top of the water. Sea turtles are amazing and you know now where they go and grow up to be the majestic creatures that are so fun to see underwater. Story & photo by James Emm Emm is a Ecology for Environmental Science major from the University of orth Texas. He was in Bonaire studying with the CIEE Research Station for the summer semester of 2014. Market. We're not only collecting clothes but any unwanted items such as furniture, accessories, DVDs, art, toys, hardware, electronics, home decor and home appliances. As long as they're fit to use, we'll take them! You can drop your items at the Shelter on Lagoen Road or you can call us at 717-4989 and we will pick them up. Story & photo by Marlies Tiepel HILARY Shelter staff member, Regina, poses with some of the half-price puppies


Bonaire ReporterOct. 27Nov. 10, 2014 Page 15 *to find it... just look up U USUAL PASSAGES A D E COU TERS T here are two planetstar “encounters” coming up next week on the night of November 3rd and the morning of November 4th in the Bonaire Sky Park. On Monday night, November 3rd, the red planet Mars passes exceptionally close to the star in the top of the teapot in Sagittarius and later that evening, just before sunrise on the morning of Tuesday, November 4th, the planet Mercury will have a close encounter with the bright star Spica in the constellation of Virgo the maiden. On Monday night, November 3rd, just after sunset, face southwest. You'll see eight bright stars that mark an asterism known as the teapot. If you look closely on the night of November 3rd, the star marking the top of the teapot will have a reddish companion. That red light is the planet Mars. We don't often get to talk about the individual stars of the teapot, but this star is quite special. Its Bayer designation is Lambda Sagittarii however it was known to the ancients as Kaus Borealis because it marked the northern point of the bow of Sagittarius the Centaur Archer. Kaus Borealis is an orange sub-giant star about 11 times the diameter and two and half times the mass of our sun. It’s also 78 light years away from us, so the light you see tonight coming from Kaus Borealis left the st ar back in 1936. This particular passage of Mars near Kaus Borealis is special because since this star is so close to the ecliptic, it is occasionally occulted by the moon and some of the planets. For example, the last time Kaus Borealis was occulted by a planet was when Venus blocked it from view on November 19th, 1984. Now, for you early morning planet watchers, there is another planet-star rendezvous. About an hour before sunrise on the morning of Tuesday, November 4th, face east. You’ll see the stars of the constellation Virgo the Maiden rising just south of east. You’ll see three bright objects near the horizon. The star Arcturus will be just to the north of east and the planet Mercury will be just to the south of due east. The bright star Spica, which marks the stalk of grain Virgo is holding is just to the right of the planet Mercury. If you've never been able to spot Mercury and know for certain that it is indeed mercury, this is a good time to try your hand at finding it. Spica is a blue-white star approximately 262 light years away from us and over 12,000 times as bright as our sun. Mercury is positioned in just the right spot in the solar system from us that it will appear slightly brighter than Spica. Since there are no bright stars near the center of the constellation Virgo, Mercury will be easy to spot. Compared to Spica, you might notice that Mercury has a pinkish hue to it, but you'll have to be quick if you want to see it. Mercury orbits very close to the sun. So you only have about 15-20 minutes of observing time to see Mercury before the rising sun washes it out. Dean Regas & James Albury By Astrologer Michael Thiessen ovember 2014 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Be discreet and don't reveal any personal information. Arguments may flare up in your home. Having your own business is a good idea. Come to your own conclusions rather than taking the word of someone else. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) You can count on getting a pat on the back for your efforts. You may have difficulties with someone close to you. You must not let fellow workers take advantage of your fine talents. You will be misinterpreted if you get involved in other people's problems. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. GEMI I (May 22-June 21) You can bet officials will be waiting for you when you do. Involvement in groups of interest will bring you in touch with important individuals. You are best to stick to yourself this month. You can make financial gains if you are prepared to take a risk. Your luckiest events will occur on a Monday. CA CER (June 22-July 22) Overindulgence could cause problems for you with your loved ones. Secret enemies will be eager to spread rumors about you. Make sure to arrange in advance to spend quality time together. Involvement in financial schemes will be followed by losses. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday. LEO You are best to keep hard feelings to yourself. You can get good solid advice from relatives or close friends you trust. A need to express yourself may come out in creative ways. You can win if you're open and up front with your boss. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) A better diet, exercise, or a change to a relaxed atmosphere could be ways to soothe your nerves. You've been hurt before and could be again if you don't play hard to get. Make plans to meet again in the near future. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can deal with large institutions or government agencies successfully this month. Don't let others try to create unwarranted guilt if you can't meet their demands. You really can't do anything to change matters this month. Plan to do things with your faithful pet or with youngsters who have interesting hobbies. Your luckiest events will occur on a Monday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You might find that coworkers will support your endeavors. You can sort out any differences you have in an amiable manner. Spend time with friends or family. Family outings that aren't expensive will be enjoyable and help strengthen ties. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You'd be wise to control your spending so your debts don't get out of hand. Do your job and don't ask for favors. Travel will stimulate your need to experience exciting new things. Your family may not be pleased with your decisions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. CAPRICOR (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You can get ahead if you pl ay your cards right. Be careful not to push your luck or take too much for granted when dealing on either a personal or professional level. Your ability to converse with charm will entice someone you may have had an interest in for some time now. Your luckiest events will occur on a Wednesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Your stubborn nature will backfire if you give your mate an ultimatum. If they want help that's great, but if they try to take credit for your work, you will have to set them straight. You need to spend some time with individuals who have more experience than you. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Your creative ideas will be put to good use if you dig in and do things around the house that will make your family happy. Someone you care about may let you down or criticize your methods. Organization will be the key to avoiding discord and family feuds. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. 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 €€ 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


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