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Franklin An-
toin reports:
Last week Divi Divi
Air, which has been
flying for about four
years between Cura-
qao and Bonaire,
added another air-
craft to their fleet.
They now fly four
planes of which
three are 10-seater
Britten-Norman Is-
landers, while the
other is an eight-
seat Cessna 402.
There are plans for
2006 which will be
announced in the
near future.
Divi typically
flies 16 flights be-
tween Bonaire and
Curaqao every day.
The new aircraft is
registered as PJ-
The new Divi-Dil
SEA. Thursday, Oc-Th n
on the
tober 6, the aircraft
flew to Bonaire
landing at 16:04 pm local time. The pilot
aboard this flight was Captain Reginald
Richie who together with his wife, Ger-
maine Richie, own the airline. Divi Divi
is known as the most reliable company
providing flights between Bonaire and
Curaqao.




ThtO*tPORTER
IN THIS ISSUE
Turtle Update, Jenni Transmits 5
Minister Pechtold Visits the BNMP 5
Letter (Raves for Rayvah) 7
Who Owns the Big Yacht?
(Tatoosh) 8
Regatta World of Windsurfing 8
Klein Swim a Hit 10
Regatta Winners 11
Tight Regatta Racing 2005 12
Paradise Photo 10 Years 13
RE/MAX Anniversary Party 14
Announcing a birthday
(Elizabeth Silberie & Gina) 15
New Deep Wall Discovery 16
Perfect Holiday Solutions Opens 16
AMFO Payments Suspended 17
Quarterly Underwater Clean Up 17
Playa Cleanup Dive 17
Roozendaal Mural at Tipsy 22

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
AMFO/NGO Platform:
Tera Corra, Part 1 6
Vessel List & Tide Table 8
Classifieds 14
Picture Yourself
(DEMA, Las Vegas) 15
Reporter Masthead 18
Pet of the Week ("Elaine") 18
What's Happening 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since (Jeroen
Beumer and Justine Gongrijp) 21
Special Olympic Spotlight 22
(Johnny Helmund)
Roozendal's New Mural at Tipsy22
Sky Park
(Halloween, Mars, 7 Sisters) 23
The Stars Have It 23


vi airplane (top photo) First passengers
flight Photos/ Franklin Antoin

A Leeward Islands Airline, LIAT
Ltd., says they are now the Caribbean's
first low-cost carrier, mirroring the
concept of international low cost carriers
such as Ryanair and JetBlue which offer
passengers lower fares, more options
and easier booking. For example: A one-


way ticket from Barbados to Antigua
used to cost from $205 to $78. The new
fares, as of this week, will range from
$130 (highest fare) and $30 (lowest de-
pending on early booking). LIAT re-
ceives government subsidies as did
ALM.

A A labor union leader in Curacao
informed the Curacao press that KLM
will soon abandon its Bonaire operation
in favor of Curacao because of the inef-
ficiencies and high cost of operation in
Bonaire. The statement is unfounded
and is simply inaccurate, said a
spokesman for air services in Bonaire.
Bonaire has, and continues to set, KLM
records for low cost, fast and efficient
operation in its worldwide system.
KLM switched major South American
connecting flights a few years ago from
Curacao and Aruba to Bonaire and has
been operating at near capacity with the
fastest turnaround time in the fleet.

A There have been numerous com-
plaints recently about BonairExpress
not providing meal and accommoda-
tion payments for its passengers who
miss their flights because of late arrival
to connecting airlines. The Reporter has
been advised that a regional carrier is
not obliged to do so unless the passen-
ger's ticket is specially coded, which is
not the case for most US-destination Bo-
nairExpress passengers.

A According to the 2006 budget of
the Dutch Defense Ministry the two
Fokker-60 military aircraft stationed
in Curacao will continue their recon-


Fokker-60


naissance flights at least until 2007. Af-
ter that civilian air reconnaissance will
be employed by the Coast Guard.


A Last Tuesday, the Antillean Coast
Guard introduced new uniforms. The
uniforms are reportedly more appropri-
ate for the tasks that the service carries
out such as stopping drug traffic, illegal
immigration, illegal fishing and environ-
ment destruction. The uniforms will be
produced in the Netherlands Antilles.

A Last Friday, construction of the
Spanish-based Pinero Group's 1,918-
room Bahia Principe Clubs & Resorts at
(Continued on page 4)


Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005


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2005 The Bonaire Reporter
Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 786-
6518, fax 717-8988, E-mail to: Reporter@bonairenews.com The
Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles. Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com
Reporters: Franklin Antoin, Barbara Mason Bianculli, Elsmarie
Beukenboom, Susan Davis, Tonky Frans, Roger Haug, Jack Hork-
heimer, Maria Koeks-Sint Jago, Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Dee
Scarr, Michael Thiessen, Roosje v.d. Hoek
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa);
Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Druk-
kerij, Curacao


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005


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(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
Pear Tree Bottom in St Ann in Jamaica
began. Upon completion it will be the
island's largest resort. The project is esti-
mated to cost some US$200 million. It
has more rooms than all of Bonaire's
resorts combined.

A According to published reports, as
of January 1st Curacao's St. Elisabeth
Hospital (Sehos) will no longer be in-
sured for liability. Insurer MediRisk,
with dozens of hospitals in The Nether-
lands included in its portfolio, considers
that the risk of a Sehos patient filing a
claim has become too great. Sehos is the
hospital most Bonaireans must go to for
serious medical treatment.

A Between October 26th and Novem-
ber 5th at various locations in the Car-
ibbean region, Caucasian people will
walk in replica yokes and chains as a
symbolic sign of penitence for the sins of
their forefathers in the Atlantic slave
trade. Africans and Africans of the Dias-
pora will accompany them. The Africans
are also ready to apologize for selling
their brothers and sisters to the European
traders. This action is also a means of
raising awareness of slavery and racism
in our own day and marks a beginning of
a pilgrimage toward healing, hope and
peace. The first events will take place in
Barbados and then teams will disperse to
important entry points for the French,
Dutch and Spanish slave trades in Mar-
tinique and Guadeloupe, Curaqao and
Cartagena, Colombia. The Expedition is
a series of reconciliation journeys, which
constitute a Christian response to the leg-
acy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. For
more information: Contact Helge van der
Loo, (5999) 522-0032, Email:
helge @carib-online.net


T..


wind reversal. The captain, American
Steve Schmit, who was sailing the boat
single-handedly, was not hurt. The yacht
was on the way to Bonaire for last week's
sailing Regatta. The 70-foot yacht was
pulled off the beach by the Antilles Coast
Guard cutter Jaguar and towed to Cura-
qao.

A Hurricane Wilma formed Monday
in the western Caribbean, tying the re-
cord for the most storms in an Atlantic
season and following a path that menaces
Central America and the US Gulf Coast
later this week. Wilma is the 21st named
storm of the season. Only one other At-
lantic season had more tropical storms
since record keeping began in 1851 -
there were 21 in 1933. The hurricane cen-
ter will turn to the Greek alphabet if
Wilma is used and another storm forms -
it would be called Alpha.


A Four people were arrested last
week during a house raid on Kaya
Shivaro. Police found marijuana, hashish
and cocaine, a scale and other materials
to make "bolitas," as well as dive
watches, a large sum of money and sev-
eral cell phones.

A Bonaire
,A4 rAr Automation,
nthe island's
reliable and competent computer ser-
vice company, just celebrated its first
birthday. It's been serving our island
with quality system administration and
network maintenance for businesses and
homes. Bonaire Automation offers qual-
ity name-brand computers and computer
parts as well as custom built units. They
are celebrating their anniversary by offer-
ing incredible deals on printers. See their
ad on page 22.


A The sailing yacht Hotel California A This Friday, October 21, is Antil-
Too, which holds the speed record for les Day, an official holiday. Ironically,
the Around Bonaire Race, was dam- Holland, the Central Government and
aged after being driven onto the beach at five Antilles islands will be in conference
Klein Curamao during an unexpected discussing the dissolution of the Nether-


lands Antilles on that day..
Antilles Minister of Constitutional Af-
fairs and Interior, Richard Gibson (from
St. Maarten), is optimistic that the July 1,
2007, deadline for a reorganization of the
Netherlands Antilles will be met. How-
ever, the minister seemed less optimistic
that when meetings are held between the
Antilleans and the Dutch later this week
the parties would be able to reach a so-
called headlines agreement
(Hoofdlijnenakkoord).
"The Dutch position feels like a
straitjacket," Gibson said. "They want
us to deal with matters such as debt and
the socio-economic situation first, before
dealing with constitutional change. I
think that is setting the bar too high."
Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations
Alexander Pechtold said he is hopeful
that all parties will be able to come to a
headlines agreement when they meet in
Bonaire on Friday.


A While debating the budget of the
Department of Kingdom Affairs many
parliamentarians in the Dutch Second
Chamber insisted on a better protec-
tion for monuments in the Netherlands
Antilles, especially Bonaire. Recently
demolished monuments include Haus-
mann's Folly (Kas di Ma Didi), Kas di
Yen and the Brion Barracks. Unfortu-
nately, the Central Government 1989 Or-
dinance for Monument Care only applies
to Curaqao and St. Maarten.
Coincidently, next week will mark the
start of a new Reporter bi-monthly fea-
ture column, "Living Houses of Bon-
aire," by Wilna Groenboom. Wilna, an
artist, a photographer and an art teacher
at the SGB (high school), noticed that on
Bonaire there are some simple old build-
ings the unsung heroes of the unique
architecture of Bonaire with very attrac-
tive details. These antique buildings are
not ruins; they are still being lived in or
used in some way. Wilna will be captur-
ing them in her photography.
At the escalating rate that so many of our
old buildings and houses on Bonaire are
being torn down we felt some sort of
photographic record should be made of


these historical places and especially
their interesting details before it's too
late.
A The handsome model in the Benet-
ton ad this week is Jomar Vlijt from
Jong Bonaire. He's shown by one of the
fascinating pillars at Harbourtown Re-
alty. The Benetton ad is on page 24.

A Don't miss the very spooky
Haunted House at Capt. Don's Habitat
this Saturday, October 22, Sunday, Oc-
tober 30 or Monday October 31
(Halloween). The creepy place is open
from 8 to 11 pm. All proceeds will go to
Special Olympics Bonaire. Entrance is
NAf10. Wonder how spooky it really is?
They are recommending that anyone un-
der 12 years old NOT enter! See the ad-
vertisement on page 22 for more informa-
tion. O G./L. D.


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Sea Turtle Update leJenniquippe Minister Pechtold Visits the Bonaire Marine Park


A female Hawksbill tur-
tle nesting on Klein
Bonaire's No Name Beach
was fitted with a satellite
transmitter last Thursday night
by a team from Sea Turtle
Conservation Bonaire (STCB)
and Stichting Nationale
Parken Bonaire (STINAPA).
She has been named "Jenni"
by her sponsors, Michael and
Jenni Stanfield.
Based on the pattern of
Hawksbill turtle nesting activ-
ity observed on Klein Bonaire
during the last few weeks,
STCB staff predicted the pos-
sible return of a turtle to the
beach last Wednesday or
Thursday night. A field team
consisting of Fernando Simal
(Manager, Washington-
Slagbaai National Park,
STINAPA), Patricia Gorrin Mab
(film crew), Gielmon
"Funchi" Egbreghts and Mabel Nava
(STCB), set out each night to monitor
No Name Beach. On Thursday, around
9:15 pm, "Jenni" was discovered on
the beach, digging a nest. As soon as
she began laying eggs she was meas-
ured (93.6 cm/36.85 in straight cara-
pace length) and tagged on her front
flippers. An hour later, after she fin-
ished her nesting activity, the approxi-
mately 130 kg/286 lb turtle was inter-


el and Funchi attach the transmitter

cepted by the team on her way towards
the sea and a transmitter applied to the
top of her carapace. At 12:30 am,
"Jenni" was released and she quickly
departed into the calm waters off
Klein Bonaire.
The pattern of nesting Hawksbills is
to lay about four to six nests per sea-
son with an interval of 14 to 16 days
in between nests. "Jenni" is expected
(Continued on page 8)


ast Sunday, Dutch Minister of
Kingdom Relations, Alexander
Pechtold, in Bonaire for meetings re-
garding constitutional status for the An-
tilles later this week, paid a special visit
to the Bonaire National Marine Park at
the invitation of the World Wildlife
Fund (WWF). In 1979 the WWF was
instrumental in establishing the Bonaire
Marine Park and over the years it has
given substantial support to the Park.
Carel Drijver of WWF, who accompa-
nied the Minister, explained that the


Bonaire Park is not only important to
Bonaire, but that its corals have special
significance to the planet.
During the Minister's visit, Imre Esser
of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) explained about the STCB's in-
water sea turtle survey project and its
importance in understanding and pro-
tecting this endangered species.
Elsmarie Beukenboom of STINAPA
spoke to the Minister about the impor-
tance of the mangrove ecosystem of Lac
(Continued on page 8)


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005


STCB researcher, Gielmon "Funchi" Egbrechts, shows and tells
Minister Pechtold about Bonaire's sea turtles


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Bonaire's Sentro di
Barios:


Tera Corra

Part 1


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A Candidate for Funding from
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4 4 ithfunding from
V V governmental
and non-governmental
groups, like the present-day
organizations ofFESBO
(foundation in support of
community centers), funded
by AMFO, as well as from
the community itself Tera
Corra has continued to
maintain its facilities and
develop programs for the
people. Thus, it has been
able tofulfill its purpose to
strive for educational, so-
cial, and cultural programs
to benefit the people of
Bario Tera Cora as well as
Bonaire. "
Edith Clarinda DePalm

In Tera Corra, the tama-
rind tree is the traditional
meeting place. Here are
Ubaldo Anthony and Rich-
ard Goeloe talking with us.


1950, Tera Corra southeast of Kralendijk, 55 years ago


"See that big tree in the middle of our village? It must be as tall as a church bell tower
and is 300 years old. It's our Tamarind tree. My name is Pieter and I will be able to climb it
before I'm 15 years old. It's kind of a traditional rule for boys here. Already I'm pretty
strong for my size and do a lot of work at our kunuku where my family grows our food -
maize, green beans, watermelon along with some goats. How much we have to eat de-
pends on whether we get enough rain. I go there to do my chores before I go to school, but
first my sisters and I get pails of water from the well at Pos Nobo. Sometimes it takes six
trips to the well to get all the water. The girls take their baths at home, but they make me
wash up from the bucket before our last trip home! The water from the well is also used to
wash clothes. When we have rain, that water is used for drinking and cooking. My mother
works very hard, I think, but she says it is nothing compared to the work of my great-great
grandparents, 100 years ago.

It was back then, on January 31, 1850, my mother says, that a government decree sent 45
families out of Rincon. Some of them, her great grandparents included, settled in an area
that is now our village of Tera Corra. There were no houses here. They had to build shel-
ters out of the few things that were available: mud and clay from the earth and wooden
sticks. There was no cement like we have today and the roof was a thatch made from the
maize leaves. They also had to work the ground and try to grow food to eat along with the
fish, conch and crayfish they sometimes caught in Lac Bay. This new land was close to
three wells Pos di Domingo, Pos Nobo (near the present day airport), Pos Wanapa (on the
way to Lac). Many of the men worked either growing aloe or harvesting the salt. We put
the aloe on our cuts or those of the animals. When I had a bad cough, my aunt made me
drink aloe syrup.

Our families gathered here by the Tamarind tree, the pal'i tamarein, to pray, share news,
visit and make music. My grandfather told me about the tambu and bari songs, which de-
scribed how the government was being bad. Sometimes this made the government angry
and they sent the police to beat them up. Some people had to run for their lives. But great-
grandma believed that God would never tolerate injustice and that someday we would all
receive what belongs to us. It was a difficult time for my relatives, and I'm proud of how
my family survived. I think it's because of their stories that I always take out history books
when I go to the library at our community center each week."


1850, The Early History of Tera Corra, 155 years ago

On August 1, 1850, a new village, called Mundo Nobo "the New World," was estab-
lished by a small group of families from Rincon. Others went to Antriol or Nikiboko.
These first families were: Coffie, de Palm, Domacasse, Emerenciana, Janga and Thomas.
In the beginning of the 20th century it was officially named Tera Corra, the Papiamento


A neighborhood rich in folklore and history,

built on the solid foundation and spirit of its

passionate ancestors



words for "red soil," and included the area that is now Belnem. That name had been used
informally since 1864, according to church records.

The first houses were built with their backs facing Rincon. This was a symbolic gesture
and an early sign of the defiant spirit of the people who wanted to turn their backs on the
bad memories of slavery life. These early settlers worked to produce aloe resin which was
exported for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, collected the pods from the wa-
tapana, or divi-divi trees for their tannin which was used to process animal hides into
leather, and worked at the salt ponds. Other domestic work included collecting manure,
making charcoal and lime, raising pigs, goats, sheep and chickens and cutting wood for
cooking. There was no refrigeration, so meat and fish were preserved with salt. Meals were
cooked in big pots over wood fires. Charcoal was also used, but only for parties or other
special occasions. Life was difficult. Accidents and sickness took many lives.

1925, There were 75 houses in Tera Corra 80 years ago

Traditional family values were central in Tera Corra daily life. Everyone participated in
household chores including cooking for the family meals. Some typical foods prepared
were funchi (cornmeal) with tamarind soup, funchi with beans, banana, papaya, goat or
tripe stew, goat head and iguana soup, grilled salted fish, and conch. Many people liked
tamarind juice with brown sugar for breakfast.

Children were not expected to participate in the adult conversations. They were supposed
to go outside if company came to visit their parents. Girls couldn't go to parties unless ac-
companied by their mothers as chaperones. Parents always stayed with their children until
a party was over. Youth needed permission to go anywhere, and they might be disciplined
by other adults besides their parents. Children also had to do jobs for any neighbors who
didn't have their own children.

Children no longer had the job of carrying water when the government installed pipes to
pump water from the well to Kralendijk. Although the main pipe ran through Tera Corra,
no pipes gave water to Tera Corra. Instead, they purchased the water from a truck which
came through the neighborhood.

The community of Tera Corra played a key role in the WWII internment camp at what is
now Divi Flamingo Hotel by supplying some of the wood from Lac for the cooking fires as
well as doing the cooking for the 461 prisoners.

1968 The First Community Center, 37 years ago


The area near the Tamarind tree, a beautiful shade tree with wide spreading branches,
was the first community meeting place. Children climbed the tree and adults played domi-
noes and volleyball there. The tree produces pods that contain seeds and pulp which can be
made into a delicious syrup or jam, or they can be enjoyed right out of the pod, as the birds
do.

Edith Clarinda DePalm, a member of the first board of the Sentro di Bario says; "We got
the idea for a community organization while on a picnic at Willemstoren. We planned
Christmas and New Year parties. In 1967-8 we started a board that planned the Sentro di
Bario. With the help of Commissioner Raymundo Saleh, we wrote our statutes and by-
laws. Julian Margaritha offered his house, which is near the Tamarind tree, for a commu-
nity center. That's where we held our celebrations. We were the first community center on
Bonaire!

The neighborhood has always had an independent spirit, so in the beginning, it main-
tained the building and paid the bills without any government assistance. Some neighbors
went house to house to raise money to start repairs and cut some of the trees. Teachers at
the high school donated money to buy cement for the building and the community made
the brick stones.

In the renovated community center, courses were organized in sewing, and cooking.
Later, Janchi Janga and others from the community organized craft classes. Udo and Berni
Lusse were among the volunteers from Tera Corra who taught some of the classes working
(Continued on page 7)


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(Tera Corra, Continued from page 6)
with leather. It was in this commu-
nity center that the first commer-
cial tanning of leather was done
on Bonaire. The women were also
interested and they learned an-
other method of leather making.
Additional classes made crafts
using wood, seeds, black coral,
conch and tortoise shells. Like the
goat skins for leather, all the mate-
rials came from Bonaire, and they
were all legal then! The young- Sentro di bario entrance
sters sold these "souvenirs" in
Playa when the cruise ships came in as well as to other visitors. In this way, money was
earned for the community center. Bemi explains the far-reaching effects of the commu-
nity project, "Representatives from the United Nations came to see Tera Corra's suc-
cess!" They eventually sent experts in gold and silver jewelry work, ceramics, wood-
working, leaded glass work, and leather making to train more people. In this way Tera
Cora led the way to Bonairean art and industry!

"The Governor of Bonaire and Mr. Bakker from Holland visited our center," Edith
continues, "and liked what they saw. They proposed to build a new community center
for us and, to be fair, for the other barios. That's how we helped all the barios get cen-
ters!" 1 Story and photos by Barbara Mason Bianculli
Next Week Tera Corra today


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RAVES FOR
RAYVAH

Dear Bonaire
Reporter:


May I give just a
small report on
how good we feel
to have the Ray-
vah Institute here
in Rincon? We'd
like to tell every-
one how good it is
to have the oppor- Some
tunity for informa-
tion and education so close to home, like we now have in Rincon.
Before Rayvah officially opened in Rincon, some ladies and gentlemen
participated in the "Windows Introduction" course during the morning and
afternoon hours. Also the FKPD "visitors" (handicapped center members)
did the Introduction course, and both groups were very happy to receive
their certificates at the official opening of Rayvah in Rincon last month.
We are sure that in Rincon many more persons want to get out of their
homes to learn more about computing and whatever more.
Also for our school kids it is a blessing that they can come back home
earlier, take a shower or a nap, and then visit Rayvah to use the Internet or
to get information for their homework.
On Monday, October 3, another group finished the course, "Getting Ac-
quainted with Microsoft Excel." Our instructor was Mr. Wesley Chirino.
We all hope to move on to Level One of Microsoft Excel.
We are sure that we are moving forward, with everyone's help, and that
we are achieving our goals.
Maria Koeks Sint Jago


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005


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(Sea Turtle Report. Continued from page 5) V
to lay one or more nests before departing to her feeding
grounds. She will be the third turtle to be tracked from Bon-
aire during the 2005 nesting season. Earlier, the female Log- ...
gerhead "Happy" was tracked from her nesting beach at Klein ONv,.-
Bonaire to her feeding area in the Vieques Passage off Puerto
Rico, over 730 km away. Male Hawksbill "Albert" is still currently around
Klein Bonaire and we expect him to leave soon.
As this year's turtle nesting season comes to an end, STCB will try to find
one more nesting turtle to track. If you are interested in sponsoring a turtle for
next year's tracking program please contact Mabel Nava (599-717-2225, 780-
0433, stcb bonaireturtles.org) for details. STCB exists to ensure the protec-
tion and recovery of Bonaire's sea turtle populations throughout their range.
Founded in 1992, the STCB is a Bonaire-based, non-governmental and non-
profit organization, part of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Net-
work. O Story & Photo by Mabel Nava-STCB


(Pechtol Visits BMP. Continued from page 5)
Bay and its relationship to the coral reef. During a stop at Klein Bonaire, Kalli de
Meyer of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance detailed the significance and the
function of coral reefs.
After snorkeling along with Bonaire Lt. Governor Herbert Domacass6 and the
Park staff at Klein Bonaire, Minister Pechtold said he enjoyed the water very much
and was very impressed how clear it was. O Elsmarie Beukenboom


Who Owns That Big White Yacht?


The stunning 330-foot white yacht that arrived on the last day of Regatta and is
tied up at the North Pier this week is M/V Tatoosh, owned by Microsoft's Paul
Allen. The yacht, built in 2000 in Germany, carries a 30-person crew, as many as two
helicopters, a swimming pool, a spa, a private movie theater, six other surface boats
(including a separate 54-foot racing yacht and two Hobie catamarans) and a subma-
rine.
Allen bought the Tatoosh in 2000 when it was America's second largest privately
owned yacht. Three years later, he added the 413-foot-long Octopus (aptly named for
a Microsoft man), enabling him to leapfrog the founder of Victoria's Secret to own


the largest yacht
in the world.
Forbes magazine
in October 2004
dubbed Allen the
third richest
American, after
Bill Gates and
Warren Buffett,
estimating Allen's
personal fortune at
$20 billion. OL.D.


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides


DATE TIME HEIGHT
10-21 1:24 0.7FT. 15:40
10-22 2:07 0.7FT. 16:30
10-23 2:42 0.7FT. 17:26
10-24 3:15 0.7FT. 18:11
10-25 3:41 0.8FT. 19:00
10-26 3:59 0.9FT. 19:43
10-27 4:09 0.9FT. 11:25
10-28 4:10 1.0FT. 10:57


COEF
1.9FT. 81
1.9FT. 70
1.9FT. 58
1.8FT. 46
1.8FT. 37
1.7FT. 31
1.4FT. 14:47 1.4FT. 20:21 1.6FT. 32
1.5FT. 16:15 1.3FT. 21:10 1.5FT. 38


KtI AI IA WUKLU Story&Photosby Tonky
F WIN SFraGn, Bonaire's Champion
OF WINDSURFINGFreestyle Windsurfer


Jurgen Saragoza and Farley Cleofa


MONDAY
T he Regatta competitions started
on Monday, October 10th. Like
forecast there was not much wind that
day. Light wind is ideal especially for
the Big Kids windsurfers (Archuendro
Finies, Bjorn Saragoza and Hendrik
Balentien) who have lightweight
boards. It was obvious that not only the
Big Kids windsurfers but also the Wind-


surfer Juniors, particularly Payo Soliano,
Choko Frans and Kiri Thode, would do
very well on Monday. For these lighter
youngsters it is relatively easy to pump
up the wind with their bodies in order to
get the board sliding on the water. On
day one it was Choco who won the first
place in the Windsurfer Juniors. For the
"elder" windsurfers it is a drama when
(Continued on page 9)


I V E S E L M AK NG P O R C A L:


Aeson
Altair
Alter Ego
Amorita
Angie
Angelique
Annke
Aguila
Augustine
Baku
Bright Sea
Calliope of Arne
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cape Kathryn
Casse Tete
Cruzincat
Dauntless
Delphinius


Destiny
Double Buggey
Elenoa
Ete Infini
Flying Cloud, USA
Freestyle
Gallivanter
Good Hope
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Guerdo
Jan Gerardus
Jomi
Josina
Key Lara
Luna C. USA
La Baronne
Lazzorone
Live Your Dream


Makai
Maggi
Mascalzone
Noorhinder
Papyro
Paranda
Propinquity
Rache VSamba
Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Seascape
Sea Horse
Sho Fun Time
Scintella
ShalimarSirius
Sol Y Mar
Sparti Vento
Sylvia K


Synergy
Tish
Theis
Ttuut lele
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicom, Norway
Valkerie
Varedhuni, Ger.
Ventoso
Volare
Water Musik
Whitewings
Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi


Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005


I


Page 8











(Regatta's Windsurf-
ing. Continuedfrom
page 8)

there is no wind
because even if
you try to pump
up the wind with
your body, your
board will barely
move. But
Ethienne Soliano
knew to sail
faster than the
rest in order to
win the leading
position that day.


TUESDAY
On the second
day of competi-
tion it seemed as
if the wind con-
ditions would be Payo Soleano
the same. The
first start of the
day also began under these poor condi-
tions. But on the second start we were
surprised by a rush of wind and all com-
petitors were sailing as if their lives de-
pended on it. Ronald Mayer: "I had a
very good start but I made the mistake of
sailing too far before making myfirst
tack. This definitely has had its influence
on my position on this day. My sail was
big enough for this light wind condition
but I think that my board was too big
which gave me a hard time making it to
the inflatable marks!"
Ethienne Soliano kept his leading posi-
tion in the Formula category. Ethienne:
"I had a very good start right off but
during the race I discovered that my sail
was not well adjusted. To add to this, I
started to feel my left shoulder aching.
Last month I had an injury andl was told
by my doctor that I am not supposed to
be sailing or racing for a while. Never-
theless, I will do my utmost best to sail
till the end! The wind has been light so
far, but this is in my favor since I am very
light and I am used to these conditions. I
feel great being in the lead but it's not
the end yet and lots of things could still
happen. In the Big Kids category it was
Archuendro Finies again who stole the
show this day, while in the Junior Wind-
surfers it was Choko's day again.


WEDNESDAY
While Wednesday was a day off for the
Formula competitors, it was THE big day
for the kids competing in the several
categories at Sorobon during the Free-
style event. I coordinated this event with
the help of several people and my brother
Taty. The judges for this event were
Ronald Mayer, Choko Frans and Taty
Frans. The scoring official did a good job
keeping the score very efficiently so that
we could have the results as soon as pos-
sible at the end.
The Baby class was a lot of fun to see:
the kids had to race on a course of about
50 meters starting in the middle of the
water at Sorobon beach and ending just
in front of the King of the Caribbean
judging tower. The kids were racing in
very light wind conditions with their
coaches running right behind them just in
case anything might happen. It was a
great sight! It was a pity that there were


gives instructions to his sister


not many spectators at the beach to en-
courage these kids. Hopefully, next year
more people will attend the event.
For the category of Baby kids, all par-
ticipants were declared winners and they
all won a first prize. Both groups of rac-
ers for the Windsurf Super kids and the
Windsurf New Boys had three racing
courses to complete at the Sorobon
Beach. Initially the idea was for them to
do Freestyle also, but we ran out of time,
and on top of that there was practically
no wind. For these two categories the rac-
ing course was adjusted and they had a
longer trajectory to complete. The com-
petitors showed great skills and promis-
ing talent during their performances.
Amado Vrieswijk won the first prize for
Regatta 2005 Windsurf Super kids after a
great battle with Charles Martijn, Dylan
Robles and Jurgen Saragoza. In Regatta
2005 Windsurf New Boys it was David
Lee Winklaar who won the battle from
Ezri Heijmans and Farley Cleofa.


THURSDAY
On Thursday the races for the older rac-
ers continued. It was the day where each
participant could make a difference in
his/her position for the end results. On
Thursday, too, the wind was very light.
When I asked the question, what would
they do to try to move faster, they all had
the same answer: pump to get more wind.
When pumping with your body to get
more wind you will gain more speed un-
der normal circumstances. On the first
start of the day the wind was so light that
the competitors were not even moving on
the water. Some of the riders were pad-
dling with their feet. This paddling re-
sulted in a big discussion after the finish!
Participants were also protesting against
this action. In the end the scoring offi-
cials decided that paddling was not per-
mitted, and the participants who were
guilty of this act were disqualified. On
Thursday, I stole Ethienne's leading posi-
tion in Formula while in the Big Kids
windsurfers Archuendro maintained his
first position and in the Junior Windsurf-
ers Kiri Thode took away the leading po-
sition from Choko Frans.

FRIDAY
Friday was the decisive day with a very


good start in the morning. Wind was co-
operating very well and windsurfers were
enjoying the last Regatta race day. The
second start was less successful though
because the wind died. All the competi-
tors were floating on their boards around
Klein Bonaire while making great efforts
to get back to Bonaire. Again, light-
weight participants were privileged. Kiri:
"This was my weather. I always get good
results in light wind. For the people who
know Kiri, it is no wonder that he was
one of the first to get back on land and
win the first prize of Regatta 2005 for
category Windsurf Junior, followed by
Choko Frans in second place and Payo
Soliano in the third place. In Regatta
2005 windsurfing Formula Class it was
Taty who took first after winning both
races on the last day. The second place
was for me while Ethienne Soliano ended
in the third place. In the Regatta 2005
Big Kids it was of course Archuendro
Finies who won first place (he won every
day), followed by Hendrick Balentien in
second place and in third place Bjorn
Saragoza. And just like this Regatta 2005
came to its end.
Especially on the last day there were
many spectators and the Regatta spirit
was vividly present on the boulevard and
in front of the Kas di Regatta. There was
also a big crowd of spectators during the
prize giving Friday night. I think that
Bonaire can look back to a great Regatta
2005 when it comes to the competitions.
Compliments for the organization!


Tonky photographing winners at
Regatta awards.


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005


Winner Amado Vrieswijk and his sister, Chanel


Page 9











Klein Bonaire Swim A Hit!








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The hard rke The Simal-Navafamil relaxing before th sim.


The guys prepare.
Peter Zweers (right)
last Sunday waswas thefirstton outstandiinish
success with 308 participants o(withoutfins) and
SFrank Bohm (rear)
was second.
The hard woungest of which was two!
thronged the Klein sg thim



Swim sponsored by Jpostpong Bonaire
last Sunday was an outstanding
success with 308 participants of all
ages, the youngest of which was two and
Numerous others, families and friends,
thronged the beach cheering theach
swimmers. After being postponed for a
week due to thunder and lightning last
Sunday, this event had absolutely
perfect weatherall possible: Bon Fysiotherapie.
The two who swam the fastest to and
from Klein Bonaire were Ethiene
Solian, Croca23 minutes, who swam with
fins, and Pietee Zweers, who swaPA
without fins, in 26 minutes. The
Special thanks go to Bongo's Beach
and the rest of the sponsors who made
it all possible: Bon Fysiotherapie,
Harbourtown Real Estate, More for
Less, Crocantino Restaurant, De
Freewieler, CURO with STINAPA,
EHBO, and all the volunteers. The
Director and staff of Jong Bonaire I .. ....
encourage everyone to begin training Chaz and her mom, Simone, Mary, Connie, Franeey and Malin, all dive instructors, swam well andfast
for the Sixth Annual Swim in October made the swim together.
2006! []Press Release/L.D.


Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005


Page 10














)verall Regatta Winners


AWARD WINNERS BONAIRE INTERNATIONAL


Sen. SAILING REGATTA 2005


The sailing Solianos took 1,2,3 in Class C Fish-
ing Boats- Papichi, Jopie and Giovanie holding


Sunfish winners 1" Place winner, newlywed Sipke Stapert
Oswin Margaritha took first in (2"d from right), holds up his new wedding ring from bride
Class B Fishing Boats Dianir Rivas-Torres


Ruben van Eldik
Arnd Chirino
Boy Ottens Bon

Nanouk de Jong
Robin Jansen
Desiree Baaleman

Louis Hendrikx
Deion Van Rooijen
Eugene Hendrickx


Franzl Domacass6/Robbyell Bernabella Bon
Nicolas Maciel/Emanuel Martina Bon
Bryan Bart/Jamal Trinidad Bon


SUNFISHES JUNIOR


Kevin Dijkhoff


Bon


Vianco Serberie Bon
Tirza van der Straaten


SUNFISHES A


WINDSURF BABY KIDS






WINDSURF NEW KIDS GIRLS


WINDSURF NEW KIDS BOYS



WINDSURF SUPERKIDS



WINDSURF WOMEN


WINDSURF KIDS



WINDSURF BIGKIDS



WINDSURF JUNIOR


LASERS


Rene Brandt
Tijn Siebels Cur
Sipke Stapert


Mitchell de Palm
Julia Martinus
Alexson Bloem
Yannick Finies
Anais Pauletta
Arantsa Boezem

2 Mallory de Palm
1 Chanel Vrieswijk


Ezri Heymans Bon
Farley Cleofa Cur
Rodderick Boekhoudt Bon


Dylan Robles
JOrgen Saragoza
Amado Vrieswijk


2 Samantha Diaz
1 Andreina Figaroa


Clifton Piar Bon
Raimyson Ellis
Linomar Isebia


Bj6rn Saragoza Bon
Hendrick Belentien Bon
Archuendro Finies Bon

Arthuro Soliano Bon
Demenson "Kiri" Thode
Evertson "Choco" Frans


2 Augusto Montbuun Bon
1 Chris Marinus Bon


KID OF LAC BAY


PRINCESS OF LAC BAY



PRINCE OF LAC BAY



QUEEN OF LAC BAY


KING OF LAC BAY


WINDSURF FORMULA MEN


VISSERBOTEN C


VISSERBOTEN B (Fishing Boats)l

VISSERBOTEN A (Fishing Boats)l

THE LAC BAY RACE
OPEN
RACING CRUSING I

THE ROUND BANAIRE RACE
RACING II
RACING I


ROUND BONAIRE RACE(OVERALL)


OPEN



RACING CRUSING I


RACING II



RACING I


OVERALL RACING I & II
NIKI TROMP TROPHY


3 David-Lee Winklaar Bon
2 Amado Vrieswijk Bon
1 JOrgen Saragoza Bon


Mallory de Palm
Anais Pauletta
Arantsa Boezem

Archuendro Finies
Harvey Piar Bon
Bj6rn Saragoza


2 Samantha Diaz
1 Andreina Figaroa


Demenson "Kiri" Thode
Evertson "Choco" Frans

Ethienne Soliano
Everon "Tonky" Frans
Elton "Taty" Frans

Morgen Ster Giovanie Soliano
Aranza Jopie Soliano
Unico Karel "Papichi"Soliano

Barabas Oswin Margaritha

Laurita George DeSalvo


SYNERGY SXM
WINDHUSH II


Bon


CHAMBAII
VOLARE


CHAMBA II Jan Ackermans


3 AESON Piet Postma NED
2 CRUZAN CAT Anthony Hagedoorn
1 SYNERGY Lea de Haas


CUR


ARU
SMX


3 MARVIN Chris Hellburg CUR
2 VENUS CALLIPYGE Hans van Straaten CUR
1 WINDHUSH II Zeno Lotman CUR


3 LA DOLCE VITA Arrien Lekkerkerker
2 DEMARAGE Henri Hernandez
1 CHAMBA II Jan Ackermans

3 MASCALZONE Mauricio Constanzo
2 VOLARE Thomas Pollehne
1 RBTT Karel van Haren


RBTT- Karel van Haren


CUR
CUR
CUR

VEN
VEN
CUR


CUR


1 Pieter Zweers


Bonaire Reporter- October 21 to October 28, 2005


OPTIMIST C



OPTIMIST B



OPTIMIST A



SUNFISHES B


CATS


Page 11












Tight Racing

At 6 am on Monday morning, the
first day of the Bonaire Regatta,
a fierce storm hit Bonaire; the sea was
rough, waves crashed on the shore. An
hour and a half later, at the start of the
Around the Island and Lac Bay Race,
conditions changed to almost no wind.
The yachts' start was quite sedate and
the finish unprecedented.
The Regatta officially started the previ-
ous evening at with the traditional Cap-
tain's Meeting followed by the colorful
All Nations Parade.
A total of 27 yachts, divided into four
categories, sailed across the starting line.
Among them past competitors like RBTT
of Karel van Haren, last year's overall
winner, Jan Ackermans' Chamba II,
plus Volare, Papyro, Windhush II, Mel-
ody and Venus Callipyge. Cruzancat,
from Aruba was a first time entry.
A sole Catamaran, sailed by Bonaire's
Pieter Zweers, two Lasers, 20 Sunfish
and 14 Optimists made up the small boat
contingent. Plus, since this is the Carib-
bean's windsurfing capital, a host of
windsurfers participated. For a report on
the hotly contested windsurfer classes
check out Tonky Frans' story on page 8 .
"This is a first in the history of the Bon-
aire Regatta,"' said race official Ivo van
Doom about the after-dark finish of the
50.3-mile-long Around the Island Race.
During the day Aruban Captain Anthony
Hagedoom called in to say that he was
"being overtaken by a jellyfish!" Eleven


in the 2005 Regatta Weird Winds ChallengedRacers
in the 2005 Bonaire Regatta


Yachts set their spinnakersfor a downwind run


early-morning rain shower accompanied
by heavy thunder and lightning woke
everyone up to another day without much
wind. The Optimists, Lasers and Sun-
fishes sailed a shortened course, but the
yachts sailed the full route. Last in, a lit-
tle before 6.30 pm, was the Sirena Vfrom
Venezuela. The racer RBTT and the J-24
Chamba II did not give each other much
leeway and finished close together in first
and second place.
On the Wednesday lay day for the
yachts and small boats, microboat racing
drew the crowds to the waterfront. Bon-
aire's microboat racing is an ABC island
affair, with 19 Aruban boats locking
horns with 46 Curaqaoans, 44 Bonaireans
and 3 surprise Dutchmen. This year ra-
dio-controlled microboats tried their luck
but were frustrated by a lack of wind.
Unhappily the south wind discouraged
the racers; only one microboat reached
the finish line during Wednesday's first
heat. After the finish line was moved,
things changed and the fun started. Lots
of shouting, local music and ambiente
total surrounded this first day of micro-
boat racing.
Thursday was also the first day of racing
for the Fishing Boats. Five wooden beau-
ties crossed the starting line. Captain
George De Salvo with his Laurita came
in first both times.
The small boats and yachts were able to
sail normally, as the winds were variable
and light, but at least they held. The mi-
croboats had some difficulties once
again, with a shifting wind that caused
the organizers to reposition the finish line


Tight starting line action high- Tn"
lighted the starts on the Re-
gatta's last day. Sizzling starts, really
close to the starting boat, made these
races most interesting. One would think
that the captains of these gorgeous, ex-
pensive yachts would sail very cautiously
across the line, but no, they sailed past
with just inches to spare. The yachts
sailed a course which took them to
Wecua at the furthest point of the island
and rounded the Salt Pier buoy before
heading back to Kralendijk and finishing
before the wind died.


Continued on pg 13


e traditionalfishing sailboats all in a line


The Boat Parade Winner-Divi Dive


Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005


Page 12











All Optimist sailors seem to be adorable youngsters


(Regatta Winds. Continued from page 12)
The Laurita and Barabas fought for the
lead in the Fishing Boat class. Toward
the end of their race the inshore breeze
failed for a time, stranding all the boats
out on the course. But after a few anxious
moments a zephyr came up and allowed a
sure finish.
The awards for all classes were pre-
sented at Regatta House that evening.


While the Regatta didn't provide the
heart-stopping action of past years, the
races tested the skills of the participants
and the smooth organization of the events
and entertainment caused most people to
pronounce the 2005 Regatta, the 38t an
unqualified success. O
Regatta Website/G.D.


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ongratulations to Paradise Photo on their 10" year anniversary of bringing
quality photo finishing to the island! Desire Philips and Margo Sterkens
would like to thank all those who've been their local customers all these years.
For nearly a year now Paradise Photo has been processing digital photos from
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shop also has a lot of photography-related items: albums, frames, stationery, post
cards, and greeting cards. And they do passport photos too. Stop in and say
"Happy 10-year Birthday" to these friendly people who are doing such a fine job.
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New Deep Wall Discovered

A new deep wall has been discov-
ered by Roger Haug of Divi
Dive Bonaire while training technical
divers. The training dives were all per-
formed on a Tri-Mix of gasses (helium,
oxygen, nitrogen mixture) rather than
the normal compressed air. The mix al-
lows deeper depth exploration without
getting nitrogen narcosis. Haug and his
students explored four sites on Klein
Bonaire at a depth range to 200 Ft (60
meters) and a bottom time of 25 minutes
each dive. Each dive had a follow up of
staged decompression stops performed The really deep water is just
on NITROX mixes.ehind the diver
Just off Klein Bonaire, while cruising
south at a depth of 190 feet, they spotted
a huge eagle ray cruising at an estimated depth of 140 feet. Its silhouette was pro-
jected down to them by the sunlight exposure from the surface. What a great view.
Looking down they could see a huge vertical wall dropping down from 200 feet
into the blue abyss. With a "Donald Duck voice" caused by the helium Roger
spoke into his regulator to his students. They clearly understood, "Awesome."
They agreed with smiles and all mentally planned more dives there.

At the beginning of the wall the deep-water color was light blue and the sand bot-
tom was visible at an estimated 300 feet. But further down the deep-water color
was dark steel blue. They could only guess about the depth, but the fact remains
that it is a straight-down wall.
The next dive is planned to go to 280 feet for 20 minutes bottom time. Anyone
certified for this range is welcome to join Roger on the next adventure. If you
would like to join, contact him at stingerdiving @yahoo.com. O Photo and story by
Roger Haug

Roger warns:
"No one should attempt these kinds of dives without proper
training and gear. Doing so without these will be FATAL."


Perfect Holida Solution for You!


The Perfect Holiday Solution crew: Shirley, Rien, Henk and Marjolijn


et Perfect Holiday Solutions show
you the perfect solution for your next
vacation. It's a new Vacation Club being
offered on Bonaire that gives its members an
opportunity to save on vacation costs not
only for resorts all around the world but also
here on the island. Members can take
advantage of discounts at Windsock, Yacht
Club Apartments, Lagoen Hill Bungalows,
and at the new Sea Side Resort opening next
year. Not only can members save on
accommodations, but they can take
advantage of lower rates on diving, car
rentals, windsurfing, boat rentals, dining,
outdoor adventures, sailing, fishing and more
on the island. For tourists it's an incentive to
return to Bonaire.
Island residents who join the Vacation


Club may take advantage of these savings
too. As a member of the Vacation Club, you
may receive discounts, up to 65%, on
cruises. And Vacation Club members are part
of RCI whereby you can exchange your
vacation weeks for time in more than 3,700
resorts in 100 countries around the world. All
bookings may be made by Internet.
Stop in and receive a very valuable free
gift, just by letting them tell you how you
can benefit from joining the Vacation Club.
Their office is at Kaya Grandi 52, on the
site of the old Maduro Travel office. Check
out their website at WWW.
perfectholidaysolutions.com or call 717-6030
or 786-2990.
Their motto: "Save money and have better
holidays!" 0 L.D.


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AMFO Payments


From Holland Suspended


Dutch Development Aid payments
to AMFO (Antilliaanse Medefi-
nancieringsorganisatie the Antillean
Co-Financing Organization) have been
suspended pending further investigation.
Administration and financial activities
require further examination, said a
Dutch spokesman. However, NAf2,4
million is still available for NGO pro-
jects for the rest of this year.

AMFO has provided money to deserv-
ing non-governmental organizations
(NGOs) through NGO platforms since
2004. Previously it was done through
Central Government channels and only a
trickle reached islands other than Cura-
gao. Its objective was to spend available
resources more effectively and effi-
ciently.
In 2004 The Netherlands transferred
NAf20 million to AMFO. The payments
were subject to controls, conditions and
reviews by accountants. Last month the
financial reviews of AMFO and the
NGO-Platforms for 2004 were evaluated
in Holland. "These are somewhat worri-
some. It was ascertained
that funds were not spent in A N i
a justified and appropriate IV
manner," Minister Alex
Pechtold wrote in reply to
questions from members of
the Dutch Second Chamber.
"Until such time as AMFO
can demonstrate that they have their ad-
ministrative and internal organization in
order, The Netherlands will not transfer
any more funds to AMFO."

The AMFO suspension may have been
initiated by an incident in St. Eustatius,
where the former treasurer of the Statia
NGO Platform put AMFO funds in her
personal account. AMFO Director,
Werner Wiels, told reporters the woman
had held the NAf8.000 for three
months. When AMFO learned what had
happened it took measures to remove the
woman and have her sign a debt ac-
knowledgement. She has started repay-
ing the money. AMFO also took the
case to court.
In a press release, AMFO says it's
aware of the VNW examiner's analysis
of 2004 transactions. "AMFO had
reached the same conclusions (as the
Dutch Examiners) at an earlier stage,
which led the organization to implement
various changes and improvements in
2005. AMFO also agrees to further pro-
fessionalize these young organizations
and shall intensify the measures already
taken to meet all requirements.


AMFO Director Werner Wiels


Now that it has become clear that one
of the donors has reached the same con-
clusions, this in fact strengthens AMFO
in its conviction that it is on the right
track, but also needs to help develop a
strong and professional NGO sector,"
the release goes on to say.
The VNW examiners said that the
Netherlands had stopped pay-
Sment of the funds for the third
and fourth quarter of 2005. "In
the meantime, both AMFO
and the NGO Platforms have
o to improve their administration
Sand internal control before the
end of this year; if necessary,
with the assistance of the Netherlands."
AMFO, as the funding agency for most
Antillean NGO projects, emphasizes that
this is a temporary measure. Payments to
NGOs that have already received ap-
proval of their financing requests are at
no risk at all, and funding will take place
according to the plan. AMFO and the
NGO Platforms on all Antillean islands
are new and learning organizations.
AMFO has been operational for only
approximately 18 months.

For Bonaire, which is acknowledged
as having the most organized and pro-
fessional NGO Platform and NGOs,
AMFO's distribution of funds has
meant the difference between poverty
and humane survival for many peo-
ple, provided opportunities for youth
that make the difference between
criminality and good citizenship,
made the lives of the elderly more ful-
filling and bettered the lives of count-
less Bonaireans. After all, what devel-
opment assistance is all about is the
"haves" helping the "have nots."


n enthusiastic group of 20 divers plus shore support met on Saturday, Septem-
ber 17 to assist with the quarterly underwater cleanup held in conjunction with
International World Clean Up Day.
After a comprehensive briefing, which included information on what trash to bring
up, as well as information on how to avoid harming the reef or other marine animals,
the group prepared their gear and headed off to clean an area south of the Yellow Sub-
marine Kralendijk location.
The group then was divided into two main working groups. One half began on each
perimeter of the clean-up area, and then worked their way inward, to meet in the mid-
dle. The area of the cleanup was from the shoreline to approximately 40 feet/13 me-
ters.
Shore personnel made up of Yellow Submarine crew stayed on shore to assist with
receiving, sorting, and counting the trash. While doing this, they ensure that no marine
animals are inadvertently caught and brought to the surface. Any marine animals, no
matter how tiny, are immediately returned to salt water and carefully replaced in the
ocean.
During this cleanup, the following trash was collected and removed for proper dis-
posal: 17 bottles, 5, caps or lids, 35 pieces of fishing line, 15 pieces of fishing net, 13
pieces of rope, 51 pieces of foam plastic, 115 pieces of glass, 15 pieces of rubber, in-
cluding one automobile tire, 54 pieces of metal, 23 pieces of paper, 9 pieces of wood,
and 19 pieces of cloth.
The Clean Up was declared a success at the Pot Luck BBQ which followed that eve-
ning at the Yellow Submarine. The BBQ was sponsored by Yellow Submarine and
NetTech, and clean up participants feasted upon chicken and ribs, along with side sal-
ads and other accompaniments provided by participants.
The next quarterly underwater cleanup will be conducted on Saturday, January 14,
2006--all are welcome, divers and non-divers alike. Meet at Yellow Submarine at 1
pm. O Susan Davis Press Release


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Pet of the Week
This lovely calico cat is "Elaine."
She's just over seven months and
is very gentle. She was adopted from the
Bonaire Animal Shelter, but it turned out
the people were not able to keep her and
had to return Elaine to the Shelter. But Elaine"
during the time she spent with the people,
Elaine was very well looked after, and she is still a very mellow soul. As are all the
other pets up for adoption at the Shetler, Elaine is in excellent health, has had her
shots and is sterilized. You may see Elaine at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at the Animal Shelter booth at
Wilhelmina Park during Regatta. It was a rousing success!
Thanks also go to good Samaritans: a couple from Holland who donated dog toys
and brushes to the Shelter and an American lady who spent every morning for a
week of her vaction helping out at the Shelter.

Attention dog owners: Since the rains it's tick season once again. Please
be diligent in checking to see whether your dogs have picked up any because in
worse case scenarios the ticks carry disease. There are a number of remedies.
Check with your vet (the Shelter uses Frontline). DL.D.


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IRLY MOVIE SHDOWIIEi

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
The Skeleton Key
(Kate Hudson)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
Transporter 2
(Jason Statham)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Sky High


THIS WEEK
Friday, October 21- Holiday Antil-
les Day
Market & cultural activities all
day long, Nikiboko Centro di Bario
Washington Park CLOSED
Governmental Summit meeting
with Dutch Minister of Antillean Af-
fairs, Alexander Pechtold, in Bonaire

Saturday, October 22, Sunday, October
30, Monday, October 31 Halloween
Haunted House at Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8 to 11 pm, NAf10. All proceeds
go to Special Olympics Bonaire. Not
recommended for children under 12!

Until October 24- Art Exhibit by
Sipke Stapert and Dianir Rivas Tor-
res at Cinnamon Art Gallery.

COMING
Saturday, October 29- Art Exhibit
Opening Edith Foks-Ferrageau de
Saint Amand at the Cinnamon Gal-
lery, 7 to 9 pm. Exhibit until Novem-
ber 30
Saturday, November 5-Rincon Mar-
sh---Big Monthly Version outdoor
market in Rincon, the soul of Bonaire.
Criollo food, drinks, gifts, music, fruits
& vegetables, plants, candles. Friendli-
est people. Opens at 6 am until 2 pm.
November 24-26- Bonaire Investment
Conference
Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27-


H RPPEMIMG


Long Distance Walk-29/44 km &
29/41 km. Comcabon 717-8629, 780-
7225

EVERY WEEK
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6
am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast
while you shop: fresh fruits and vegeta-
bles, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts
and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks
and music. www.infobonaire.com/
rincon
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride-
Everyone is welcome, no matter what
your skill level. It's free. Just bring a
bike and your own water. Fitness trainer
Miguel Angel Brito leads the pack.
Telephone him at 785-0767 for more
information.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria
#23. Wine NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropi-
cal ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Res-
taurant & Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm.
Live Fla-Bingo-great prizes, 7 pm, Divi
Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon,
the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-
Call Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis,
Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10
per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call
Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext.
14.
Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm Bo-
naireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's,
known for great local food. Call Gibi at
567-0655 for details, or visit www.
BonaireTalk.com, and search for
"Gibi."
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet
artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of
Larry's Wildside Diving. New original
paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of
the East Coast every week
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and black jack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for resi-
dents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity


Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Al-
bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail
Video Show by Martin Cecilia pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246
or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
rie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. 717-
7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje
717-4685, 566-4685

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and
Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm -
call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm
at the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited. NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire or formerly known as
Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.


Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Restaurant Zeezicht.
All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 717-
8454

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit typical homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060/
790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d.
Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town.
Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm.
Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
musicians.

CHURCH SERVICES
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays,
9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-
8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm
in Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at
6 pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in An-
triol, in English. Mass in Papiamentu
on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send events to The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518


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APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
ART GALLERY
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
COMPUTERS
Bonaire Automation B.V. fills all your computer
needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair
and more.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.


Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals.
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
sea.
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed


or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

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

SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SUPERMARKETS
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
VACATION CLUB
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Per-
fect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get
discounts and more. Free gift for learning how.
VILLAS
Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five
kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers.
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518


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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q

Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away

Brasserie Bonaire Low- Moderate Lunch and Dinner Lots of parking in big mall lot
Royal Palm Galleries Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm
Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 Closed Saturday and Sunday Breezy terrace with airco inside-Also serving big sandwiches at dinner

Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chii Resaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At e D Flamino 17-8285eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Dinner chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a gar-
Closed Monday den settmg under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
too.
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon.
717-7488 Open 7 days Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
Low-Moderate
The Last Bite Bakery Orders taken 8 am-4 pm Deliveries 6-7:30 Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out pm, Close Sunday or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 scratch- for take out or delivery only.

The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.

OnPasa n Pizzat owModerate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad esse at in or take Ni bar too.



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"W hen I met Jeroen in Hol-
VV land, it was two days after
I'd heard that I'd gotten the job as an
assistant public prosecutor on Bonaire.
In spite of the fact that I was leaving in
three months we fell madly in love. We
didn't know what to do about it so we
decided to play it by ear. The three
months became four, then five, then six.
Every month was like a beautiful gift,
but after nine months the time was up
and I had to go.
By then it was very serious between
us and we cried our hearts out at the
airport. I arrived in Bonaire July 2003.
Jeroen was supposed to come six
months later. However, after six weeks
he came for two weeks and he broke up
with me."
"When Justine had gone," Jeroen
says, "it caused such emptiness and it
made me realize, what am I going to do
on Bonaire? We'd only known each
other for nine months. I had a very
good job as a consultant in health care,
and when I met Justine I had everything
to be happy for: a good job, a nice
house, great friends and a loving fam-
ily. Was I supposed to leave all this be-
hind and go to Bonaire to be with her?
And another reason was that I didn't
want to mess up this opportunity for
her."
"From the moment I arrived here I
was waiting for Jeroen," Justine says.
"I was working, but I didn't see a lot of
people and I hardly knew anybody here,
so when he came and broke it off, I
wanted to go back to Holland. I was
about to leave, but luckily around that
time I found a wonderful roommate,
Veronique! Together we explored the
whole island and its people, and from
that moment on I really began to like it
here and started enjoying all aspects of
Bonaire.
But...Jeroen and I were calling each
other at least three times a week as we
were still very fond of each other. In
December I went for vacation to Hol-
land and we met again."
"Justine was becoming more and
more positive about Bonaire," Jeroen
says, "so I started thinking about my
future and decided to go for a month.
April 2nd, 2004 I arrived at Flamingo
Airport and... when I saw her, when we
held each other, it was incredible... like
we were 10 feet high. We were radiat-
ing! And so I exchanged my secure life
without Justine for an uncertain future
with her. I gave up my job, rented my
house out and gave a party, and on July
18th 2004 I came to live on Bonaire.
I worked for a while for Elvis at Tjin
N.V. but then I realized, I am on a


tropical island and I want my feet in the
sand! I felt depressed, but Justine was a
great help and very encouraging. She
told me, 'There are so many fun things
to do here,' and she showed me an ad
from Plaza that said, 'Looking for a
kayak guide...' I got the job. Two
months later the manager of sports and
entertainment left and I was given the
opportunity to take over.
In Holland I had been successful: a
cool guy in a Tommy Hilfiger suit, al-
ways busy with my career, always very
strict with my appointments. Here the
Dutch approach wasn't appreciated at
work. The social aspects were far more
important. I got frustrated, but after
three months my friends told me, 'Chill
out! Open your eyes and look at the
beautiful things! Take it as it comes!'
So, on Bonaire I learned to enjoy my
life while I was working! I am sur-
rounded by tourists who are looking for
a fun way to discover the island and I
have a super great team! My life has
changed because Bonaire taught me
how easy it can be to get the most out
of life and that every day you can
choose over and over again to sincerely
enjoy life."




"... and the best thing is to
lead a big criminal investiga-
tion, like now with the double
murder case... from the be-
ginning to the end and you're
successful, which means for
us prosecutors that the perpe-
trators get prosecuted and
punished, you feel that you
made the world a bit safer,
and that's a wonderful feel-
ing!"



Jeroen Beumer (34) and Justine Gon-
grijp (27) are a very warm, loving cou-
ple; both handsome young people,
promising and enterprising. She's
thoughtful and deliberate but open
minded as well, and he is romantic, im-
pulsive and fast and it's great to see
how they obviously adore each other.
"In Holland I was an assistant to the
prosecutor in Amsterdam," Justine
says. "I graduated very early, when I
was only 21, and I thought it was great
to work at the prosecutor's office. But
after three years I felt I was still young
enough to see something of the world


and to do some-
thing exciting!
But I didn't want
to give up my
job, so the only
possibility was
the Antilles. I'd
been to Aruba
once for work,
and that was it.
So, rather dar-
ingly, I started
calling the head
prosecutor's of-
fice in Curaqao
which handles all
the Antilles. They
told me they were
looking for some-
one to handle the Hato drug cases
Curaqao for six months. Eventual
they blew it off, but then I receive
call about a job on Bonaire where
prosecutor needed an assistant. I
thought, let's give it a try! And to
great surprise I got the job!
In the beginning I had to 'fight'
accepted by the police and the juc
chain as my appointment was unk
here. They probably were thinkin
what is this girl going to do here?
ily I had the support of Prosecuto
Wesselius. He was happy with m
helped me tremendously and enco
aged me and made it very clear tc
ryone that I did know what I was
ing about. So, little by little, it we
ter and better and it became more
more fun. At the moment my wor
great pleasure, and I have a very
relationship with the police corps
the other partners involved in the
territory.
In Holland you have many diffe
teams doing specialized cases. He
you do everything, from goat theft
murder cases and from traffic offi
to drugs. In Holland I was with th
'general' team, but if we got a vei
rious crime case, for instance, the
would take it away from us and h
over to a specialized team. And th
what makes the job on Bonaire sc
cial: you're in it from the very beg
ning to the very end.
Every aspect of life passes by u
your nose as people come for div
fights with the neighbors or relati
problems. It's open house every d
although that's not the purpose at
But we give advice to everyone a
send them to the various places w
they can get professional help. Ne
theless, it makes your day very in
ing and not one day is the same.
Now I feel my job is what I hop


Jeroen Beumer and Justine Gongrijp

in would be. It's great that I function here
ly completely as public prosecutor next to
-d a Ernst, and the best thing is to lead a big
the criminal investigation, like now with
the double murder case. When you
my work on such a case from the beginning
to the end and you're successful, which
to be means for us prosecutors that the perpe-
licial trators are being prosecuted and pun-
.nown ished, you feel that you made the world
g, a bit safer, and that's a wonderful feel-
Luck- ing!
r Ernst Because my start on the island was
e. He difficult I have become stronger, and
)ur- just like Jeroen, I realize that here you
Seve- can enjoy life more. We're very busy
talk- now organizing our wedding which is
nt bet- going to be February 24th, 2006. We
and want to get married here because on
k is a Bonaire we found each other again, and
good the island has given us the opportunity
and to meet wonderful and very special
island people who have become our friends.
My contract is ending next year, so
rent we're going back to Holland because I
Ire want to become a public prosecutor
t to there as well. For that I need two more
fences years of work experience, and I can't
is do it here. I have to do it in Holland. I
ry se- am still very young, and it's much bet-
y ter to work for a certain length of time
and it in Holland. But I'm not dismissing the
hat's thought that we'll return to the Antilles
Sspe- again. I think we're going to have a real
gin- difficult time and that we're going to
miss the island very, very much. We're
under still young and flexible and there are so
forces, many things to do in Holland. But in
onship spite of all that I
lay know we're going tor
all! miss Bonaire so
nd much... but... maybe
here I'll come back as the
ever- 'new Ernst Wes-
terest- selius.' You never
know!" Estory and
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est work, a 15-meter long painting on the wall of the Tipsy Seagull at Plaza
Resort last Sunday. "At first I had no idea what I'd paint," declared Henk. "But
because I'm a musician too, I felt like 'playing a solo.' I had to have the sunset, the
flamingoes in the sky, the skyline and the seagulls. I looked for a model and I
found a hotel school student from Curacao working as a trainee at the Tipsy Sea-
gull. The painting became 'The Ballad of the Tipsy Seagull!"
Friends and the press were invited to the opening, with jazz, of course, being
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at this time of
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up almost overhead you will see super bright, bloody red Mars which on the 29th
will be at its closest and brightest for 13 years. And off to its left, also almost over-
head, the legendary tiny cluster of stars called The Pleiades, the Seven Sisters,
which for hundreds of years have been associated with Halloween and other tradi-
tional days of the dead. Indeed, many ancient peoples believed that whenever the
Seven Sisters reached their highest point at midnight, which happens every year
about this time, it was a cosmic signal that this was the time of the year to honor
the dead.
Now, astronomically speaking, whenever the Seven Sisters reach their highest
point in the heavens we call this their "culmination." And whenever they culmi-
nated at midnight some ancient cultures held great ceremonies in honor of this cos-
mic occurrence. Several myths tell us that there was a widespread belief that some
great cataclysm occurred in ancient times when the Seven Sisters culminated at
midnight. And the superstitious and gullible have speculated that this great cata-
clysm might have been the great flood of the Bible or the 10 plagues of Egypt or
even the sinking of Atlantis. In fact the ancient Aztec and Maya conducted spec-
tacular ceremonies to celebrate the Sisters' culmination. And every 52 years when
their two great calendars coincided they had a very special midnight culmination
sacrifice because they believed that the world would actually come to an end on
one of these "Seven Sisters overhead at midnight" nights. Indeed they actually be-
lieved that the world had already been destroyed and recreated not once but four
times and always when the sisters were overhead at midnight.
Now although they no longer culminate at midnight on the exact same nights as
they did long ago, you can still see them almost overhead at midnight every Hal-
loween as a modem reminder that our ancestors were a lot more superstitious
about the stars than we are. Today we know the Seven Sisters for what they really
are. Because, as seen through a telescope, there are not just seven stars there but
over one hundred, all much bigger and brighter than our Sun in a sphere 14 light
years wide. Wow! And this Halloween we can see them almost overhead at mid-
night in the company of the planet Mars at its closest and brightest until 2018!
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For the week: October 17 to 23, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen



ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Your interests could lead you down avenues you never
realized existed. Talking to those you trust and respect will help you sort out any prob-
lems. It might be best to spend time fixing up your premises and making changes that
will be appreciated. If your lover tries to curtail your freedom, it may lead to conflict.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You have been going through a period of change that
has caused problems for you with your loved ones. You will be in the mood to social-
ize. You may find yourself caught in a triangle. You will find the perfect outfit, and the
greatest new accessory for your house. Your lucky day this week is Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can get a lot done if you get your hands on the
right equipment. Try not to take everything so seriously. Residential moves will be in
your best interest. Your depressed mood has been hard to shake. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) They won't pay you back and you'll be upset. Any fi-
nancial limitations will probably have to be dealt with on your own. You will take on
too much if you aren't careful. Stick to basics. You can deal with large institutions or
government agencies successfully this week. Your lucky day this week is Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Relationships will form if you get out and do things that you
enjoy. You may want to get a little extra rest. You are prone to infections and fevers.
Tell them to get out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting together
with them. Your ability to be a self starter will help get things done and motivate oth-
ers. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23)
Travel will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend is quite possible. Your per-
sonal life will be under the gun and you may want to avoid the questions your lover is
going to want to ask you. Go over your finances and figure out a solid budget. You can
make new connections if you play your cards right.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Plan events like camping or white water rafting. There's
lots to be done and if you meet your deadline you'll be in your boss's good books. You
can ask for favors or run your ideas by those who will be able to support your objec-
tives. Your mate may not be too sure about your intentions. Your lucky day this week
will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Put your efforts into making changes to your domes-
tic scene. Don't let criticism upset you. Hassles will delay your plans. Plan events like
camping or white water rafting. Romance and social activity will be a promising com-
bination. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Difficulties will result if you have to deal with
controversial groups this week. Rest and relaxation will be more favorable than you
think. You need to keep everyone on your domestic scene too busy to complain. Your
intellectual charm will win hearts and bring opportunities that you least expect. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Physical activity will help defuse your frustration.
Travel if it's needed to start the ball rolling. You may want to pull out some of those
unfinished project you've got tucked away. You are likely to be left alone if you aren't
willing to bend just a little. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Consider a trial separation if you and your mate just
can't come to terms. Make plans to attend group discussions or get together with
friends who like to talk as much as you do. Lowered vitality could affect your work.
You will earn recognition for the work you are doing. Your lucky day this week will be
Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You should be able to get a lot done. Secret affairs will
come back to haunt you. Set aside any decisions regarding your personal life this week.
You can make profitable investments if you purchase an art object for your home.
Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. 1


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 IN THIS ISSUE Turtle Update, Jenni Transmits 5 Minister Pechtold Visits the BNMP 5 Letter (Raves for Rayvah) 7 Who Owns the Big Yacht? (Tatoosh) 8 Regatta World of Windsurfing 8 Klein Swim a Hit 10 Regatta Winners 11 Tight Regatta Racing 2005 12 Paradise Photo 10 Years 13 RE/MAX Anniversary Party 14 Announcing a birthday (Elizabeth Silberie & Gina ) 15 New Deep Wall Discovery 16 Perfect Holiday Solutions Opens 16 AMFO Payments Suspended 17 Quarterly Underwater Clean Up 17 Playa Cleanup Dive 17 Roozendaal Mural at Tipsy 22 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 AMFO/NGO Platform: Tera Corra, Part 1 6 Vessel List & Tide Table 8 Classifieds 14 Picture Yourself (DEMA, Las Vegas) 15 Reporter Masthead 18 Pet of the Week (“Elaine”) 18 What’s Happening 19 Shopping & Dining Guides 20 On the Island Since (Jeroen Beumer and Justine Gongrijp ) 21 Special Olympic Spotlight 22 (Johnny Helmund) Roozendal’s New Mural at Tipsy 22 Sky Park (Halloween, Mars, 7 Sisters) 23 The Stars Have It 23 F ranklin Antoin reports: Last week Divi Divi Air , which has been flying for about four years between Curaçao and Bonaire, added another aircraft to their fleet . They now fly four planes of which three are 10-seater Britten-Norman Islanders, while the other is an eightseat Cessna 402. There are plans for 2006 which will be announced in the near future. Divi typically flies 16 flights between Bonaire and Curaçao every day. The new aircraft is registered as PJSEA. Thursday, October 6, the aircraft flew to Bonaire landing at 16:04 pm local time. The pilot aboard this flight was Captain Reginald Richie who together with his wife, Germaine Richie, own the airline. Divi Divi is known as the most reliable company providing flights between Bonaire and Curaçao. Leeward Islands Airline, LIAT Ltd., says they are now the Caribbean’s first low-cost carrier , mirroring the concept of international low cost carriers such as Ryanair and JetBlue which offer passengers lower fares, more options and easier booking. For example: A oneway ticket from Barbados to Antigua used to cost from $205 to $78. The new fares, as of this week, will range from $130 (highest fare) and $30 (lowest depending on early booking). LIAT receives government subsidies as did ALM. A labor union leader in Curaçao informed the Curaçao press that KLM will soon abandon its Bonaire operation in favor of Curaçao because of the inefficiencies and high cost of operation in Bonaire. The statement is unfounded and is simply inaccurate, said a spokesman for air services in Bonaire . Bonaire has, and continues to set, KLM records for low cost, fast and efficient operation in its worldwide system. KLM switched major South American connecting flights a few years ago from Curaçao and Aruba to Bonaire and has been operating at near capacity with the fastest turnaround time in the fleet. There have been numerous complaints recently about BonairExpress not providing meal and accommodation payments for its passengers who miss their flights because of late arrival to connecting airlines . The Reporter has been advised that a regional carrier is not obliged to do so unless the passenger’s ticket is specially coded, which is not the case for most US-destination BonairExpress passengers. According to the 2006 budget of the Dutch Defense Ministry the two Fokker-60 military aircraft stationed in Curaçao will continue their reconnaissance flights at least until 2007. After that civilian air reconnaissance will be employed by the Coast Guard. Last Tuesday, the Antillean Coast Guard introduced new uniforms . The uniforms are reportedly more appropriate for the tasks that the service carries out such as stopping drug traffic, illegal immigration, illegal fishing and environment destruction. The uniforms will be produced in the Netherlands Antilles. Last Friday, construction of the Spanish-based Pinero Group’s 1,918room Bahia Principe Clubs & Resorts at (Continued on page 4) The new Divi-Divi airplane (top photo ) First passengers on the flight – Photos/ Franklin Antoin Fokker-60

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 (Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2) Pear Tree Bottom in St Ann in Jamaica began. Upon completion it will be the island’s largest resort. The project is estimated to cost some US$200 million . It has more rooms than all of Bonaire’s resorts combined. According to published reports, as of January 1st Curaçao’s St. Elisabeth Hospital (Sehos) will no longer be insured for liability. Insurer MediRisk, with dozens of hospitals in The Netherlands included in its portfolio, considers that the risk of a Sehos patient filing a claim has become too great. Sehos is the hospital most Bonaireans must go to for serious medical treatment. Between October 26th and November 5th at various locations in the Caribbean region, Caucasian people will walk in replica yokes and chains as a symbolic sign of penitence for the sins of their forefathers in the Atlantic slave trade. Africans and Africans of the Diaspora will accompany them. The Africans are also ready to apologize for selling their brothers and sisters to the European traders. This action is also a means of raising awareness of slavery and racism in our own day and marks a beginning of a pilgrimage toward healing, hope and peace. The first events will take place in Barbados and then teams will disperse to important entry points for the French, Dutch and Spanish slave trades in Martinique and Guadel oupe, Curaçao and Cartagena, Colombia. The Expedition is a series of reconciliation journeys, which constitute a Christian response to the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. For more information: Contact Helge van der Loo, (5999) – 522-0032, Email: helge@carib-online.net The sailing yacht Hotel California Too, which holds the speed record for the Around Bonaire Race, was damaged after being driven onto the beach at Klein Curaçao during an unexpected wind reversal. The captain, American Steve Schmit, who was sailing the boat single-handedly, was not hurt. The yacht was on the way to Bonaire for last week’s sailing Regatta. The 70-foot yacht was pulled off the beach by the Antilles Coast Guard cutter Jaguar and towed to Curaçao. Hurricane Wilma formed Monday in the western Caribbean, tying the record for the most storms in an Atlantic season and following a path that menaces Central America and the US Gulf Coast later this week. Wilma is the 21st named storm of the season. Only one other Atlantic season had more tropical storms since record keeping began in 1851 there were 21 in 1933. The hurricane center will turn to the Greek alphabet if Wilma is used and another storm forms it would be called Alpha. Four people were arrested last week during a house raid on Kaya Shivaro. Police found marijuana, hashish and cocaine, a scale and other materials to make “bolitas,” as well as dive watches, a large sum of money and several cell phones. Bonaire Automation, the island’s reliable and competent computer service company, just celebrated its first birthday . It’s been serving our island with quality system administration and network maintenance for businesses and homes. Bonaire Automation offers quality name-brand computers and computer parts as well as custom built units. They are celebrating their anniversary by offering incredible deals on printers. See their ad on page 22. This Friday, October 21, is Antilles Day, an official holiday. Ironically, Holland, the Central Government and five Antilles islands will be in conference discussing the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles on that day.. Antilles Minister of Constitutional Affairs and Interior, Richard Gibson (from St. Maarten), is optimistic that the July 1, 2007, deadline for a reorganization of the Netherlands Antilles will be met. However, the minister seemed less optimistic that when meetings are held between the Antilleans and the Dutch later this week the parties would be able to reach a socalled headlines agreement ( Hoofdlijnenakkoord ). “The Dutch position feels like a straitjacket,” Gibson said. “They want us to deal with matters such as debt and the socio-economic situation first, before dealing with constitutional change. I think that is setting the bar too high.” Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Alexander Pechtold said he is hopeful that all parties will be able to come to a headlines agreement when they meet in Bonaire on Friday. While debating the budget of the Department of Kingdom Affairs many parliamentarians in the Dutch Second Chamber insisted on a better protection for monuments in the Netherlands Antilles, especially Bonaire. Recently demolished monuments include Hausmann’s Folly ( Kas di Ma Didi ), Kas di Yen and the Brion Barracks. Unfortunately, the Central Government 1989 Ordinance for Monument Care only applies to Curaçao and St. Maarten. Coincidently, next week will mark the start of a new Reporter bi-monthly feature column, “ Living Houses of Bonaire, ” by Wilna Groenboom . Wilna, an artist, a photographer and an art teacher at the SGB (high school), noticed that on Bonaire there are some simple old buildings – the unsung heroes of the unique architecture of Bonaire with very attractive details. These antique buildings are not ruins; they are still being lived in or used in some way. Wilna will be capturing them in her photography. At the escalating rate that so many of our old buildings and houses on Bonaire are being torn down we felt some sort of photographic record should be made of these historical places and especially their interesting details before it’s too late. The handsome model in the Benetton ad this week is Jomar Vlijt from Jong Bonaire. He’s shown by one of the fascinating pillars at Harbourtown Realty. The Benetton ad is on page 24. Don’t miss the very spooky Haunted House at Capt. Don’s Habitat this Saturday, October 22, Sunday, October 30 or Monday October 31 (Halloween) . The creepy place is open from 8 to 11 pm. All proceeds will go to Special Olympics Bonaire. Entrance is NAƒ10. Wonder how spooky it really is? They are recommending that anyone under 12 years old NOT enter! See the advertisement on page 22 for more information. G./L. D. Gert v. Zanten

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 L ast Sunday, Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Alexander Pechtold, in Bonaire for meetings regarding constitutional status for the Antilles later this week, paid a special visit to the Bonaire National Marine Park at the invitation of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). In 1979 the WWF was instrumental in establishing the Bonaire Marine Park and over the years it has given substantial support to the Park. Carel Drijver of WWF, who accompanied the Minister, explained that the Bonaire Park is not only important to Bonaire, but that its corals have special significance to the planet. During the Minister’s visit, Imre Esser of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) explained about the STCB’s inwater sea turtle survey project and its importance in understanding and protecting this endangered species. Elsmarie Beukenboom of STINAPA spoke to the Minist er about the importance of the mangrove ecosystem of Lac (Continued on page 8) A female Hawksbill turtle nesting on Klein Bonaire’s No Name Beach was fitted with a satellite transmitter last Thursday night by a team from Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) and Stichting Nationale Parken – Bonaire (STINAPA). She has been named “Jenni” by her sponsors, Michael and Jenni Stanfield. Based on the pattern of Hawksbill turtle nesting activity observed on Klein Bonaire during the last few weeks, STCB staff predicted the possible return of a turtle to the beach last Wednesday or Thursday night. A field team consisting of Fernando Simal (Manager, WashingtonSlagbaai National Park, STINAPA), Patricia Gorrin (film crew), Gielmon “Funchi" Egbreghts and Mabel Nava (STCB), set out each night to monitor No Name Beach. On Thursday, around 9:15 pm, “Jenni” was discovered on the beach, digging a nest. As soon as she began laying eggs she was measured (93.6 cm/36.85 in straight carapace length) and tagged on her front flippers. An hour later, after she finished her nesting activity, the approximately 130 kg/286 lb turtle was intercepted by the team on her way towards the sea and a transmitter applied to the top of her carapace. At 12:30 am, “Jenni” was released and she quickly departed into the calm waters off Klein Bonaire. The pattern of nesting Hawksbills is to lay about four to six nests per season with an interval of 14 to 16 days in between nests. “Jenni” is expected (Continued on page 8) Mabel and Funchi attach the transmitter Turtle Jenni Equipped to Transmit STCB researcher, Gielmon “Funchi” Egbrechts, shows and tells Minister Pechtold about Bonaire’s sea turtles Photo / STINAPA

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 1950, Tera Corra , southeast of Kralendijk, 55 years ago “See that big tree in the middle of our village? It must be as tall as a church bell tower and is 300 years old. It’s our Tamarind tree. My name is Pieter and I will be able to climb it before I’m 15 years old. It’s kind of a traditional rule for boys here. Already I’m pretty strong for my size and do a lot of work at our kunuku where my family grows our food maize, green beans, watermelon along with some goats. How much we have to eat depends on whether we get enough rain. I go there to do my chores before I go to school, but first my sisters and I get pails of water from the well at Pos Nobo. Sometimes it takes six trips to the well to get all the water. The girls take their baths at home, but they make me wash up from the bucket before our last trip home! The water from the well is also used to wash clothes. When we have rain, that water is used for drinking and cooking. My mother works very hard, I think, but she says it is nothing compared to the work of my great-great grandparents, 100 years ago. It was back then, on January 31, 1850, my mother says, that a government decree sent 45 families out of Rincon. Some of them, her grea t grandparents included, settled in an area that is now our village of Tera Corra. There we re no houses here. They had to build shelters out of the few things that were available: mud and clay from the earth and wooden sticks. There was no cement like we have today and the roof was a thatch made from the maize leaves. They also had to work the ground and try to grow food to eat along with the fish, conch and crayfish they sometimes caught in Lac Bay. This new land was close to three wells – Pos di Domingo, Pos Nobo (near the present day airport), Pos Wanapa (on the way to Lac). Many of the men worked either growing aloe or harvesting the salt. We put the aloe on our cuts or those of the animals. When I had a bad cough, my aunt made me drink aloe syrup. Our families gathered here by the Tamarind tree, the pal’i tamarein , to pray, share news, visit and make music. My grandfather told me about the tambu and bari songs, which described how the government was being bad. Sometimes this made the government angry and they sent the police to beat them up. Some people had to run for their lives. But greatgrandma believed that God would never tolerate injustice and that someday we would all receive what belongs to us. It was a difficult time for my relatives, and I’m proud of how my family survived. I think it’s because of their stories that I always take out history books when I go to the library at our community center each week.” 1850, The Early History of Tera Corra, 155 years ago On August 1, 1850, a new village, called Mundo Nobo , “the New World,” was established by a small group of families from Rincon. Others went to Antriol or Nikiboko. These first families were: Coffie, de Palm, Domacassé, Emerenciana, Janga and Thomas. In the beginning of the 20th century it was officially named Tera Corra, the Papiamento words for “red soil,” and included the area that is now Belnem. That name had been used informally since 1864, according to church records. The first houses were built with their backs facing Rincon. This was a symbolic gesture and an early sign of the defiant spirit of the people who wanted to turn their backs on the bad memories of slavery life. These early settlers worked to produce aloe resin which was exported for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, collected the pods from the watapana, or divi-divi trees for their tannin which was used to process animal hides into leather, and worked at the salt ponds. Other domestic work included collecting manure, making charcoal and lime, raising pigs, goats, sheep and chickens and cutting wood for cooking. There was no refrigeration, so meat and fish were preserved with salt. Meals were cooked in big pots over wood fires. Charcoal was also used, but only for parties or other special occasions. Life was difficult. Ac cidents and sickness took many lives. 1925, There were 75 houses in Tera Corra 80 years ago Traditional family values were central in Tera Corra daily life. Everyone participated in household chores including cooking for the family meals. Some typical foods prepared were funchi (cornmeal) with tamarind soup, funchi with beans, banana, papaya, goat or tripe stew, goat head and iguana soup, grille d salted fish, and conch. Many people liked tamarind juice with brown sugar for breakfast. Children were not expected to participate in the adult conversations. They were supposed to go outside if company came to visit their parents. Girls couldn’t go to parties unless accompanied by their mothers as chaperones. Parents always stayed with their children until a party was over. Youth needed permission to go anywhere, and they might be disciplined by other adults besides their parents. Children also had to do jobs for any neighbors who didn’t have their own children. Children no longer had the job of carrying water when the government installed pipes to pump water from the well to Kralendijk. Although the main pipe ran through Tera Corra, no pipes gave water to Tera Corra. Instead, they purchased the water from a truck which came through the neighborhood. The community of Tera Corra played a key role in the WWII internment camp at what is now Divi Flamingo Hotel by supplying some of the wood from Lac for the cooking fires as well as doing the cooking for the 461 prisoners. 1968 The First Community Center, 37 years ago The area near the Tamarind tree, a beautiful shade tree with wide spreading branches, was the first community meeting place. Children climbed the tree and adults played dominoes and volleyball there. The tree produces pods that contain seeds and pulp which can be made into a delicious syrup or jam, or they can be enjoyed right out of the pod, as the birds do. Edith Clarinda DePalm, a member of the first board of the Sentro di Bario says; “We got the idea for a community organization while on a picnic at Willemstoren. We planned Christmas and New Year parties. In 1967-8 we started a board that planned the Sentro di Bario. With the help of Commissioner Raymundo Saleh, we wrote our statutes and bylaws. Julian Margaritha offered his house, which is near the Tamarind tree, for a community center. That’s where we held our celebrations. We were the first community center on Bonaire! The neighborhood has always had an independent spirit, so in the beginning, it maintained the building and paid the bills without any government assistance. Some neighbors went house to house to raise money to start re pairs and cut some of the trees. Teachers at the high school donated money to buy cement for the building and the community made the brick stones. In the renovated community center, courses were organized in sewing, and cooking. Later, Janchi Janga and others from the community organized craft classes. Udo and Berni Lusse were among the volunteers from Tera Corra who taught some of the classes working (Continued on page 7) Bonaire’s Sentro di Barios: Tera Corra Part 1 A Candidate for Funding from AMFO and the NGO Platform Tera Corra’s first community center In Tera Corra, the tamarind tree is the traditional meeting place. Here are Ubaldo Anthony and Richard Goeloe talking with us. A neighborhood rich in folklore and history, built on the solid foundation and spirit of its passionate ancestors “W ith funding from governmental and non-governmental groups, like the present-day organizations of FESBO (foundation in support of community centers), funded by AMFO, as well as from the community itself, Tera Corra has continued to maintain its facilities and develop programs for the people. Thus, it has been able to fulfill its purpose to strive for educational, social, and cultural programs to benefit the people of Bario Tera Cora as well as Bonaire.” Edith Clarinda DePalm

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 ( Tera Corra, Continued from page 6) with leather. It was in this community center that the first commercial tanning of leather was done on Bonaire. The women were also interested and they learned another method of leather making. Additional classes made crafts using wood, seeds, black coral, conch and tortoise shells. Like the goat skins for leather, all the materials came from Bonaire, and they were all legal then! The youngsters sold these “souvenirs” in Playa when the cruise ships came in as well as to other visitors. In this way, money was earned for the community center. Berni explains the far-reaching effects of the community project, “Representatives from the United Nations came to see Tera Corra’s success!” They eventually sent experts in gold and silver jewelry work, ceramics, woodworking, leaded glass work, and leather making to train more people. In this way Tera Cora led the way to Bonairean art and industry! “The Governor of Bonaire and Mr. Bakker from Holland visited our center,” Edith continues, “and liked what they saw. They proposed to build a new community center for us and, to be fair, for the other barios. That’s how we helped all the barios get centers!” Story and photos by Barbara Mason Bianculli Next Week– Tera Corra today AMFO: Kaya Gob. N. Debrot #31, Bonaire. Tel. 717-7776, Fax 717-7779, website: www.samfo.org, email: info-bon@samfo.org NGO Platforma Bonaire : Plaza Terras, Kaya Grandi 23, Rooms E,F,G. Tel. 717-2366, Fax 717-2367, website: www.ngobonaire.org, email: Platform@ngobonaire.org Sentro di bario entrance RAVES FOR RAYVAH Dear Bonaire Reporter: May I give just a small report on how good we feel to have the Rayvah Institute here in Rincon? We’d like to tell everyone how good it is to have the opportunity for information and education so close to home, like we now have in Rincon. Before Rayvah officially opened in Rincon, some ladies and gentlemen participated in the “Windows Introduction” course during the morning and afternoon hours. Also the FKPD “visitors” (handicapped center members) did the Introduction course, and both groups were very happy to receive their certificates at the official opening of Rayvah in Rincon last month. We are sure that in Rincon many more persons want to get out of their homes to learn more about computing and whatever more. Also for our school kids it is a blessing that they can come back home earlier, take a shower or a nap, and then visit Rayvah to use the Internet or to get information for their homework. On Monday, October 3, another group finished the course, “Getting Acquainted with Microsoft Excel.” Our instructor was Mr. Wesley Chirino. We all hope to move on to Level One of Microsoft Excel. We are sure that we are moving forward, with everyone’s help, and that we are achieving our goals. Maria Koeks Sint Jago OP ED PAGE—LETTERS Thanks to the kind and generous help from Ubaldo Anthony, E. F. Goeloe, Richard Goeloe, Sue Ellen Felix, Arthur Sealy, Hubert Vis, Felix “Papy” Cicilia, Jeanne Emmers, Udo & Berni Lusse, “Chiki” Chirino, Jiri Lausman, and community members who contributed to Tera Corá’s Sentro Bario’s Information Book Some proud Rayveh grads

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 MONDAY T he Regatta competitions started on Monday, October 10th. Like forecast there was not much wind that day. Light wind is ideal especially for the Big Kids windsurfers (Archuendro Finies, Bjorn Saragoza and Hendrik Balentien) who have lightweight boards. It was obvious that not only the Big Kids windsurfers but also the Windsurfer Juniors, particularly Payo Soliano, Choko Frans and Kiri Thode, would do very well on Monday. For these lighter youngsters it is relatively easy to pump up the wind with their bodies in order to get the board sliding on the water. On day one it was Choco who won the first place in the Windsurfer Juniors. For the “elder” windsurfers it is a drama when (Continued on page 9) (Pechtol Visits BMP. Continued from page 5) Bay and its relationship to the coral reef. During a stop at Klein Bonaire, Kalli de Meyer of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Al liance detailed the significance and the function of coral reefs. After snorkeling along with Bonaire Lt . Governor Herbert Domacassé and the Park staff at Klein Bonaire, Minister Pechtold said he enjoyed the water very much and was very impressed how clear it was. Elsmarie Beukenboom T he stunning 330-foot white yacht that arrived on the last day of Regatta and is tied up at the North Pier this week is M/V Tatoosh, owned by Microsoft’s Paul Allen. The yacht, built in 2000 in Germany, carries a 30-person crew, as many as two helicopters, a swimming pool, a spa, a private movie theater, six other surface boats (including a separate 54-foot racing yacht and two Hobie catamarans) and a submarine. Allen bought the Tatoosh in 2000 when it was America's second largest privately owned yacht. Three years later, he added the 413-foot-long Octopus (aptly named for a Microsoft man), enabling him to leapfrog the founder of Victoria's Secret to own the largest yacht in the world. Forbes magazine in October 2004 dubbed Allen the third richest American, after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, estimating Allen's personal fortune at $20 billion. L.D. VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Aeson Altair Alter Ego Amorita Angie Angelique Annke Aguila Augustine Baku Bright Sea Calliope of Arne Camissa, Chan Is. Cape Kathryn Casse Tete Cruzincat Dauntless Delphinius Destiny Double Buggey Elenoa Ete Infini Flying Cloud, USA Freestyle Gallivanter Good Hope Guaicamar I, Ven. Guerdo Jan Gerardus Jomi Josina Key Lara Luna C. USA La Baronne Lazzorone Live Your Dream Makai Maggi Mascalzone Noorhinder Papyro Paranda Propinquity Rache VSamba Santa Maria Sandpiper, USA Seascape Sea Horse Sho Fun Time Scintella ShalimarSirius Sol Y Mar Sparti Vento Sylvia K Synergy Tish Theis Ttuut lele Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Valkerie Varedhuni, Ger. Ventoso Volare Water Musik Whitewings Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 10-21 1:24 0.7FT. 15:40 1.9FT. 81 10-22 2:07 0.7FT. 16:30 1.9FT. 70 10-23 2:42 0.7FT. 17:26 1.9FT. 58 10-24 3:15 0.7FT. 18:11 1.8FT. 46 10-25 3:41 0.8FT. 19:00 1.8FT. 37 10-26 3:59 0.9FT. 19:43 1.7FT. 31 10-27 4:09 0.9FT. 11:25 1.4FT. 14:47 1.4FT. 20:21 1.6FT. 32 10-28 4:10 1.0FT. 10:57 1.5FT. 16:15 1.3FT. 21:10 1.5FT. 38 YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE Story & Photos by Tonky Frans, Bonaire’s Champion Freestyle Windsurfer Jurgen Saragoza and Farley Cleofa M/V Tatoosh (Sea Turtle Report. Continued from page 5) to lay one or more nests before departing to her feeding grounds. She will be the third turtle to be tracked from Bonaire during the 2005 nesting season. Earlier, the female Loggerhead “Happy” was tracked from her nesting beach at Klein Bonaire to her feeding area in the Vieques Passage off Puerto Rico, over 730 km away. Male Hawksbill “Albert” is still currently around Klein Bonaire and we expect him to leave soon. As this year’s turtle nesting season comes to an end, STCB will try to find one more nesting turtle to track. If you are interested in sponsoring a turtle for next year’s tracking program please contact Mabel Nava (599-717-2225, 7800433, stcb@bonaireturtles.org) for details. STCB exists to ensure the protection and recovery of Bonaire's sea turtle populations throughout their range. Founded in 1992, the STCB is a Bonaire-based, non-governmental and nonprofit organization, part of the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network. Story & Photo by Mabel Nava-STCB

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 (Regatta’s Windsurfing. Continued from page 8) there is no wind because even if you try to pump up the wind with your body, your board will barely move. But Ethienne Soliano knew to sail faster than the rest in order to win the leading position that day. TUESDAY On the second day of competition it seemed as if the wind conditions would be the same. The first start of the day also began under these poor conditions. But on the second start we were surprised by a rush of wind and all competitors were sailing as if their lives depended on it. Ronald Mayer: “I had a very good start but I made the mistake of sailing too far before making my first tack. This definitely has had its influence on my position on this day. My sail was big enough for this light wind condition but I think that my board was too big which gave me a hard time making it to the inflatable marks!” Ethienne Soliano kept his leading position in the Formula category. Ethienne: “I had a very good start right off, but during the race I discovered that my sail was not well adjusted. To add to this, I started to feel my left shoulder aching. Last month I had an injury and I was told by my doctor that I am not supposed to be sailing or racing for a while. Nevertheless, I will do my utmost best to sail till the end! The wind has been light so far, but this is in my favor since I am very light and I am used to these conditions. I feel great being in the lead but it’s not the end yet and lots of things could still happen.” In the Big Kids category it was Archuendro Finies again who stole the show this day, while in the Junior Windsurfers it was Choko’s day again. WEDNESDAY While Wednesday was a day off for the Formula competitors, it was THE big day for the kids competing in the several categories at Sorobon during the Freestyle event. I coordinated this event with the help of several people and my brother Taty. The judges for this event were Ronald Mayer, Choko Frans and Taty Frans. The scoring official did a good job keeping the score very efficiently so that we could have the results as soon as possible at the end. The Baby class was a lot of fun to see: the kids had to race on a course of about 50 meters starting in the middle of the water at Sorobon beach and ending just in front of the King of the Caribbean judging tower. The kids were racing in very light wind conditions with their coaches running right behind them just in case anything might happen. It was a great sight! It was a pity that there were not many spectators at the beach to encourage these kids. Hopefully, next year more people will attend the event. For the category of Baby kids, all participants were declared winners and they all won a first prize. Both groups of racers for the Windsurf Super kids and the Windsurf New Boys had three racing courses to complete at the Sorobon Beach. Initially the idea was for them to do Freestyle also, but we ran out of time, and on top of that there was practically no wind. For these two categories the racing course was adjust ed and they had a longer trajectory to complete. The competitors showed great skills and promising talent during their performances. Amado Vrieswijk won the first prize for Regatta 2005 Windsurf Super kids after a great battle with Charles Martijn, Dylan Robles and Jurgen Saragoza. In Regatta 2005 Windsurf New Boys it was David Lee Winklaar who won the battle from Ezri Heijmans and Farley Cleofa. THURSDAY On Thursday the races for the older racers continued. It was the day where each participant could make a difference in his/her position for the end results. On Thursday, too, the wind was very light. When I asked the question, what would they do to try to move faster, they all had the same answer: pump to get more wind. When pumping with your body to get more wind you will gain more speed under normal circumstances. On the first start of the day the wind was so light that the competitors were not even moving on the water. Some of the riders were paddling with their feet. This paddling resulted in a big discussion after the finish! Participants were also protesting against this action. In the end the scoring officials decided that paddling was not permitted, and the participants who were guilty of this act were disqualified. On Thursday, I stole Ethienne’s leading position in Formula while in the Big Kids windsurfers Archuendro maintained his first position and in the Junior Windsurfers Kiri Thode took away the leading position from Choko Frans. FRIDAY Friday was the decisive day with a very good start in the morning. Wind was cooperating very well and windsurfers were enjoying the last Regatta race day. The second start was less successful though because the wind died. All the competitors were floating on their boards around Klein Bonaire while making great efforts to get back to Bonaire. Again, lightweight participants were privileged. Kiri: “ This was my weather. I always get good results in light wind.” For the people who know Kiri, it is no wonder that he was one of the first to get back on land and win the first prize of Regatta 2005 for category Windsurf Junior, followed by Choko Frans in second place and Payo Soliano in the third place. In Regatta 2005 windsurfing Formula Class it was Taty who took first after winning both races on the last day. The second place was for me while Ethienne Soliano ended in the third place. In the Regatta 2005 Big Kids it was of course Archuendro Finies who won first place (he won every day), followed by Hendrick Balentien in second place and in third place Bjorn Saragoza. And just like this Regatta 2005 came to its end. Especially on the last day there were many spectators and the Regatta spirit was vividly present on the boulevard and in front of the Kas di Regatta. There was also a big crowd of spectators during the prize giving Friday night. I think that Bonaire can look back to a great Regatta 2005 when it comes to the competitions. Compliments for the organization! For the windsurfing world it was a great Regatta where we had lots of fun together. We compete with each other regularly, but in the end we are all one big windsurfing family where we all are considered champions in our own right. Congratulations to all the winners of Regatta 2005 in all the different categories. See you again in the Regatta 2006! Payo Soleano gives inst ructions to his sister Winner Amado Vrieswijk and his sister, Chanel Tonky photographing winners at Regatta awards.

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 T he Fifth Annual Klein Bonaire Swim sponsored by Jong Bonaire last Sunday was an outstanding success with 308 participants of all ages, the youngest of which was two! Numerous others, families and friends, thronged the beach cheering the swimmers. After being postponed for a week due to thunder and lightning last Sunday, this event had absolutely perfect weather. The two who swam the fastest to and from Klein Bonaire were Ethiene Soliano, 23 minutes, who swam with fins, and Pieter Zweers, who swam without fins, in 26 minutes. Special thanks go to BongoÂ’s Beach and the rest of the sponsors who made it all possible: Bon Fysiotherapie, Harbourtown Real Estate, More for Less, Crocantino Restaurant, De Freewieler, CURO with STINAPA, EHBO, and all the volunteers. The Director and staff of Jong Bonaire encourage everyone to begin training for the Sixth Annual Swim in October 2006! Press Release/L.D. The hard workers and organizers of the Klein swim Chaz and her mom, Simone, made the swim together. The Simal-Nava family relaxing before the swim. The guys prepare. Peter Zweers (right) was the first to finish (without fins) and Frank Bohm (rear) was second. Mary, Connie, Francey and Ma lin, all dive instructors, swam well and fast

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 Sunfish winners – 1st Place winner, newlywed Sipke Stapert (2nd from right), holds up his new wedding ring from bride Dianir Rivas-Torres Oswin Margaritha took first in Class B Fishing Boats The sailing Solianos took 1,2,3 in Class C Fishing BoatsPapichi, Jopie and Giovanie holding trophies OPTIMIST C 3 Ruben van Eldik Bon 2 Arnd Chirino Bon 1 Boy Ottens Bon OPTIMIST B 3 Nanouk de Jong Bon 2 Robin Jansen Bon 1 Desiree Baaleman Bon OPTIMIST A 3 Louis Hendrikx Cur 2 Deion Van Rooijen Cur 1 Eugene Hendrickx Cur SUNFISHES B 3 Franzl Domacassé/Robbyëll Bernabella Bon 2 Nicolas Maciel/Emanuel Martina Bon 1 Bryan Bart/Jamal Trinidad Bon SUNFISHES JUNIOR 3 Kevin Dijkhoff Bon 2 Vianco Serberie Bon 1 Tirza van der Straaten Cur SUNFISHES A 3 Rene Brandt Cur 2 Tijn Siebels Cur 1 Sipke Stapert Bon WINDSURF BABY KIDS Mitchell de Palm Cur Julia Martinus Bon Alexson Bloem Bon Yannick Finies Bon Anais Pauletta Bon Arantsa Boezem Bon WINDSURF NEW KIDS GIRLS 2 Mallory de Palm Cur 1 Chanel Vrieswijk Bon WINDSURF NEW KIDS BOYS 3 Ezri Heymans Bon 2 Farley Cleofa Cur 1 Rodderick Boekhoudt Bon WINDSURF SUPERKIDS 3 Dylan Robles Bon 2 Jürgen Saragoza Bon 1 Amado Vrieswijk Bon WINDSURF WOMEN 2 Samantha Diaz Bon 1 Andreina Figaroa Bon WINDSURF KIDS 3 Clifton Piar Bon 2 Raimyson Ellis Bon 1 Linomar Isebia Bon WINDSURF BIGKIDS 3 Björn Saragoza Bon 2 Hendrick Belentien Bon 1 Archuendro Finies Bon WINDSURF JUNIOR 3 Arthuro Soliano Bon 2 Demenson "Kiri" Thode Bon 1 Evertson "Choco" Frans Bon LASERS 2 Augusto Montbuun Bon 1 Chris Marinus Bon CATS 1 Pieter Zweers Bon KID OF LAC BAY 3 David-Lee Winklaar Bon 2 Amado Vrieswijk Bon 1 Jürgen Saragoza Bon PRINCESS OF LAC BAY 3 Mallory de Palm Cur 2 Anais Pauletta Bon 1 Arantsa Boezem Bon PRINCE OF LAC BAY 3 Archuendro Finies Bon 2 Harvey Piar Bon 1 Björn Saragoza Bon QUEEN OF LAC BAY 2 Samantha Diaz Bon 1 Andreina Figaroa Bon KING OF LAC BAY 2 Demenson "Kiri" Thode Bon 1 Evertson "Choco" Frans Bon WINDSURF FORMULA MEN 3 Ethienne Soliano Bon 2 Everon "Tonky" Frans Bon 1 Elton "Taty" Frans Bon VISSERBOTEN C 3 Morgen Ster Giovanie Soliano Bon 2 Aranza Jopie Soliano Bon 1 Unico Karel "Papichi"Soliano Bon VISSERBOTEN B (Fishing Boats) 1 Barabas Oswin Margaritha Bon VISSERBOTEN A (Fishing Boats) 1 Laurita George DeSalvo BON THE LAC BAY RACE OPEN SYNERGY SXM RACING CRUSING I WINDHUSH II CUR THE ROUND BANAIRE RACE RACING II CHAMBA II CUR RACING I VOLARE VEN ROUND BONAIRE RACE(OVERALL) CHAMBA II Jan Ackermans CUR OPEN 3 AESON Piet Postma NED 2 CRUZAN CAT Anthony Hagedoorn ARU 1 SYNERGY Lea de Haas SMX RACING CRUSING I 3 MARVIN Chris Hellburg CUR 2 VENUS CALLIPYGE Hans van Straaten CUR 1 WINDHUSH II Zeno Lotman CUR RACING II 3 LA DOLCE VITA Arrien Lekkerkerker CUR 2 DEMARAGE Henri Hernandez CUR 1 CHAMBA II Jan Ackermans CUR RACING I 3 MASCALZONE Mauricio Constanzo VEN 2 VOLARE Thomas Pollehne VEN 1 RBTT Karel van Haren CUR OVERALL RACING I & II NIKI TROMP TROPHY RBTTKarel van Haren CUR AWARD WINNERS BONAIRE INTERNATIONAL SAILING REGATTA 2005

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 A t 6 am on Monday morning, the first day of the Bonaire Regatta, a fierce storm hit Bonaire; the sea was rough, waves crashed on the shore. An hour and a half later, at the start of the Around the Island and Lac Bay Race, conditions changed to almost no wind. The yachts’ start was quite sedate and the finish unprecedented. The Regatta officially started the previous evening at with the traditional Captain’s Meeting followed by the colorful All Nations Parade. A total of 27 yachts, divided into four categories, sailed across the starting line. Among them past competitors like RBTT of Karel van Haren, last year's overall winner, Jan Ackermans’ Chamba II , plus Volare, Papyro, Windhush II, Melody and Venus Callipyge . Cruzancat, from Aruba was a first time entry. A sole Catamaran, sailed by Bonaire's Pieter Zweers, two Lasers, 20 Sunfish and 14 Optimists made up the small boat contingent. Plus, since this is the Caribbean’s windsurfing capital, a host of windsurfers participated. For a report on the hotly contested windsurfer classes check out Tonky Frans’ story on page 8 . “This is a first in the history of the Bonaire Regatta,”' said race official Ivo van Doorn about the after-dark finish of the 50.3-mile-long Around the Island Race. During the day Aruban Captain Anthony Hagedoorn called in to say that he was “being overtaken by a jellyfish!” Eleven boats completed the course, the last, Demarage , having gone aground near Klein Bonaire, crossed the line to cheers at around 11 pm. Day two was not much different. An early-morning rain shower accompanied by heavy thunder and lightning woke everyone up to another day without much wind. The Optimists, Lasers and Sunfishes sailed a shortened course, but the yachts sailed the full route. Last in, a little before 6.30 pm, was the Sirena V from Venezuela. The racer RBTT and the J-24 Chamba II did not give each other much leeway and finished close together in first and second place. On the Wednesday lay day for the yachts and small boats, microboat racing drew the crowds to the waterfront. Bonaire's microboat racing is an ABC island affair, with 19 Aruban boats locking horns with 46 Curaçaoans, 44 Bonaireans and 3 surprise Dutchmen. This year radio-controlled microboats tried their luck but were frustrated by a lack of wind. Unhappily the south wind discouraged the racers; only one microboat reached the finish line during Wednesday's first heat. After the finish line was moved, things changed and the fun started. Lots of shouting, local music and ambiente total surrounded this first day of microboat racing. Thursday was also the first day of racing for the Fishing Boats. Five wooden beauties crossed the starting line. Captain George De Salvo with his Laurita came in first both times. The small boats and yachts were able to sail normally, as the winds were variable and light, but at least they held. The microboats had some difficulties once again, with a shifting wind that caused the organizers to reposition the finish line a number of times. Tight starting line action highlighted the starts on the Regatta’s last day . Sizzling starts, really close to the starting boat, made these races most interesting. One would think that the captains of these gorgeous, expensive yachts would sail very cautiously across the line, but no, they sailed past with just inches to spare. The yachts sailed a course which took them to Wecua at the furthest point of the island and rounded the Salt Pier buoy before heading back to Kral endijk and finishing before the wind died. (Continued on page 13) Yachts set their spinna kers for a downwind run The traditional fishing sailboats all in a line The Boat Parade Winner—Divi Dive A few of the popular microboats on display Weird Winds Challenged Racers in the 2005 Bonaire Regatta Continued on pg 13 Photo/Els Kroon Photo/Els Kroon Photo/Els Kroon

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 (Regatta Winds. Continued from page 12) The Laurita and Barabas fought for the lead in the Fishing Boat class. Toward the end of their race the inshore breeze failed for a time, stranding all the boats out on the course. But after a few anxious moments a zephyr came up and allowed a sure finish. The awards for all classes were presented at Regatta House that evening. While the Regatta didn’t provide the heart-stopping action of past years, the races tested the skills of the participants and the smooth organization of the events and entertainment caused most people to pronounce the 2005 Regatta, the 38th an unqualified success. Regatta Website/G.D. All Optimist sailors seem to be adorable youngsters Lots of action on the Kralendijk waterfront C ongratulations to Paradise Photo on their 10th year anniversary of bringing quality photo finishing to the island! Desirée Philips and Margo Sterkens would like to thank all those who’ve been their local customers all these years. For nearly a year now Paradise Photo ha s been processing digital photos from CDs, memory cards and sticks. All the work is custom, not just run through a machine as in the supermarkets and drug stor es in the US. They can burn photos on CDs and are specialists at processing slides, especially those from underwater. The shop also has a lot of photography-related items: albums, frames, stationery, post cards, and greeting cards. And they do passport photos too. Stop in and say “Happy 10-year Birthday” to these friendly people who are doing such a fine job. L.D. Desirée and Margo at the super state-of-the-art digital photo processing machine Photo/Els Kroon

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 tor with 2 slicing doors. Height: 59 Width: 30 Depth: 19 Inches $1.672; Slicing machine : To cut meat and cheese $ 500; Freezer : Height: 3 Width: 4 Depth: 2.5 Ft $ 175; Horror movies $1 a piece; Christmas Decorations / Jeans size 32 and 38, Food warmer small.: Food Cooler : Food processors : Food mixers : Letter Board : PHONE: 717-2249 LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale 1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km NAƒ5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844 Boat for Sale It breaks my heart to sell the undefeated Bonaire Sail-Fishing boatclass A winner, Laurita . Would cost $20,000 to replace. Refit at Blonk Boat works completed October 2nd. No reasonable offer refused. Call George 786-6125/717-8988. Got something to buy or sell? REACH MORE READERS than any other WEEKLY NEWSPAPER by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE FREE FREE FREE Commercial Ads only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free adds run for 2 weeks. Call or fax 717-8988 or email ads@bonairereporter.com JANART GALLERY Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am5 pm Friday 17 pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt. BONAIRENET The leading consumer and business information source on Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160 . For on-line yellow pages directory information go to http://www. yellowpagesbonaire.com CAPT. DON’S ISLAND GROWER Trees and plants, Bonaire grown . 8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/ septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don and Janet). Phone: 786-0956 Bonaire Images Elegant greeting cards and beautiful boxed note cards are now available at Chat-NBrowse next to Lover’s Ice Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery. Photography by Shelly Craig www.bonaireimages.com LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 Property, Sales & Rentals For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom beach villa -weekly or monthly-choice location-privacy & security. Phone (Bon) (599) 717 3293; (US) (570) 586 0098. May 20 until Jan. 8th. info@pelicanreefbonaire.com or www. pelicanreefbonaire.com Modern house for sale. Santa Barbara www.posada-bonaire.com Wanted Wanted: A Maxi Cosy for baby in good condition with sunshade. Call Inge Berben 717-2483 PARTNER WANTED The Bonaire Reporter is looking for a partner. Join us to “Publish in Paradise.” Working partner with writing/ editing skills, business sense, and energy desired. Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-6518. Advertise with us. From NAƒ62 (Monthly) The best ad vertising deal in Bonaire In English—the language of bargains and good values We provide help with layout and text In 90% of Bonaire’s Ho tels plus over 50 locations around the island Call today717-8988 How Often? 1/8 Page Size 1/4 Page Size 1/2 page Size Full Page Size Every Week Every Other Week Every Month Contact George or La ura at The Reporter: Phone/Fax: 717-8988, 786-6125, 786-6518 E-mail: ads@bonairenews.com MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, Chinatrained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . SALT TREASURES BONAIRE 100% natural body salts "Scrub Me" 100% natural Bath Salts available at Chatn-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more information. JELLASTONE PETPARK Pet boarding / Dierenpension Day and night care. phone: 786-4651 www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/ Is your computer slowing down , not responding the way it used to ? It might be a virus or spyware. Let the professionals fix it. Bonaire Automation (next to Hitess) Call 717-4306 Outboards For Sale Outboard engines; Yamaha 15 hp $800.00, Nissan 8 hp $600.00, Nissan 5 hp (4 stroke), $400.00 contact: kevinstewart7@hotmail.com For Sale For Sale Suzuki Samurai 1995 – Good condition. Big tires, only NAƒ3.800. Call 786-6796 For Sale: Refrigerator : A big refrigeraGreeting the guests at the anniversary pa rty, some of the RE/MAX staff: EliaRosa, Bob, Zwanet and Donna, flanked by bartenders Martin and Stephan

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 T hanks to Dee Scarr of Touch the Sea and Bart Snelder of Wanna Dive, The Bonaire Reporter was at the recently completed Dive Equipment show (DEMA) in Las Vegas. Dee arranged for these notables to be photographed with their copy of The Bonaire Reporter . Text and photos by Dee Scarr WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2005 photos are eligible.) W omen Divers Hall of Fame members Cathy Church (famous underwater photographer), “Her Deepness” Dr. Sylvia Earle ( environmentalist and former Chief Scientist of the US), Dr. Genie “Shark Lady” Clark (who, among other things, studied razorfish on Bonaire), author Paul Humann , coauthor and photographer for the “Divers’ Bibles” in the background. They seemed to like The Bonaire Reporter very much! A s part of the BHG booth at DEMA, Monique van Berge Henegouwen , represented Lagoen Hill, Divers’ Paradise and AB Car Rental while Hilbertus Hargting represented Buddy Dive Water Sports. They too showed off The Reporter to the DEMA crowds. H appy Birthday to a very valuable person on the island, Elisabeth Silberie. Elisabeth, with assistance from her granddaughter, Gina, delivers The Bonaire Reporter every week to all our outlets, and she always does it with a smile! Pabien, Elisabeth. Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversaries, engagements or weddings to The Reporter. The photo and text will be printed free of charge. ElisabethSilberie with her granddaughter and assistant, Gina B onaire environmentalist and Women Divers Hall of Fame member, Dee Scarr , who is also an undercover Bonaire Reporter activist, with world-class environmentalist Phillipe Cousteau.

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 L et Perfect Holiday Solutions show you the perfect solution for your next vacation. It’s a new Vacation Club being offered on Bonaire that gives its members an opportunity to save on vacation costs not only for resorts all around the world but also here on the island. Members can take advantage of discounts at Windsock, Yacht Club Apartments, Lagoen Hill Bungalows, and at the new Sea Side Resort opening next year. Not only can members save on accommodations, but they can take advantage of lower rates on diving, car rentals, windsurfing, boat rentals, dining, outdoor adventures, sailing, fishing and more on the island. For tourists it’s an incentive to return to Bonaire. Island residents who join the Vacation Club may take advantage of these savings too. As a member of the Vacation Club, you may receive discounts, up to 65%, on cruises. And Vacation Club members are part of RCI whereby you can exchange your vacation weeks for time in more than 3,700 resorts in 100 countries around the world. All bookings may be made by Internet. Stop in and receive a very valuable free gift, just by letting them tell you how you can benefit from joining the Vacation Club. Their office is at Kaya Grandi 52, on the site of the old Maduro Travel office. Check out their website at WWW. perfectholidaysolutions.com or call 717-6030 or 786-2990. Their motto: “Save money and have better holidays!” L.D. A new deep wall has been discovered by Roger Haug of Divi Dive Bonaire while training technical divers. The training dives were all performed on a Tri-Mix of gasses (helium, oxygen, nitrogen mixture) rather than the normal compressed air. The mix allows deeper depth exploration without getting nitrogen narcosis. Haug and his students explored four sites on Klein Bonaire at a depth range to 200 Ft (60 meters) and a bottom time of 25 minutes each dive. Each dive had a follow up of staged decompression stops performed on NITROX mixes. Just off Klein Bonaire, while cruising south at a depth of 190 feet, they spotted a huge eagle ray cruising at an estimated depth of 140 feet. Its silhouette was projected down to them by the sunlight expo sure from the surface. What a great view. Looking down they could see a huge vertical wall dropping down from 200 feet into the blue abyss. With a “Donald Duck voice” caused by the helium Roger spoke into his regulator to his students. They clearly understood, “Awesome.” They agreed with smiles and all me ntally planned more dives there. At the beginning of the wall the deep-wat er color was light blue and the sand bottom was visible at an estimated 300 feet . But further down the deep-water color was dark steel blue. They could only gues s about the depth, but the fact remains that it is a straight-down wall. The next dive is planned to go to 280 feet for 20 minutes bottom time. Anyone certified for this range is welcome to join Roger on the next adventure. If you would like to join, contact him at stingerdiving@yahoo.com. Photo and story by Roger Haug Roger warns: “No one should attempt these kinds of dives without proper training and gear. Doing so without these will be FATAL.” The really deep water is just behind the diver The Perfect Holiday Solution crew: Shirley, Rien, Henk and Marjolijn

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 There’s no simpler, mo re satisfactory way to say “Thank You” to the people who bring you The Reporter than to buy a supporting subscription. And all suppor ting subscribers get free access to an e xact duplicate of The Reporter (without advertising) via the Internet. Go to www.bonairereporter.com You DO want to thank them, don’t you? The form is just to the right >>>>>> AT LAST! A New, Improved Reporter Subscription Form! A supporting subscriber is someone who picks up his FREE paper at one of our many convenient outlets, yet PAYS for a subscription. My Name Address City, Town, Village, State, Country, or Planet E-mail address (To send Internet access info) Mail this form and a check for US$35 or NAƒ60 per subscription to: Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN) Yes, I’ll be a Supporting Subscriber! It’s a Gift! Check one or both boxes D utch Development Aid payments to AMFO (Antilliaanse Medefinancieringsorganisatie – the Antillean Co-Financing Organization) have been suspended pending further investigation. Administration and financial activities require further examination, said a Dutch spokesman. However, NAƒ2,4 million is still available for NGO projects for the rest of this year. AMFO has provided money to deserving non-governmental organizations (NGOs) through NGO platforms since 2004. Previously it was done through Central Government channels and only a trickle reached islands other than Curaçao. Its objective was to spend available resources more effectively and efficiently. In 2004 The Netherlands transferred NAƒ20 million to AMFO. The payments were subject to controls, conditions and reviews by accountants. Last month the financial reviews of AMFO and the NGO-Platforms for 2004 were evaluated in Holland. “These are somewhat worrisome. It was ascertained that funds were not spent in a justified and appropriate manner,” Minister Alex Pechtold wrote in reply to questions from members of the Dutch Second Chamber. “Until such time as AMFO can demonstrate that they have their administrative and inte rnal organization in order, The Netherlands will not transfer any more funds to AMFO.” The AMFO suspension may have been initiated by an incident in St. Eustatius, where the former treasurer of the Statia NGO Platform put AMFO funds in her personal account. AMFO Director, Werner Wiels, told reporters the woman had held the NAƒ8.000 for three months. When AMFO learned what had happened it took measures to remove the woman and have her sign a debt acknowledgement. She has started repaying the money. AMFO also took the case to court. In a press release, AMFO says it’s aware of the VNW examiner's analysis of 2004 transactions. "AMFO had reached the same conclusions (as the Dutch Examiners) at an earlier stage, which led the organization to implement various changes and improvements in 2005. AMFO also agrees to further professionalize these young organizations and shall intensify the measures already taken to meet all requirements. Now that it has become clear that one of the donors has reached the same conclusions, this in fact strengthens AMFO in its conviction that it is on the right track, but also needs to help develop a strong and professional NGO sector,” the release goes on to say. The VNW examiners said that the Netherlands had stopped payment of the funds for the third and fourth quarter of 2005. “In the meantime, both AMFO and the NGO Platforms have to improve their administration and internal control before the end of this year; if necessary, with the assistance of the Netherlands.” AMFO, as the funding agency for most Antillean NGO projects, emphasizes that this is a temporary measure. Payments to NGOs that have already received approval of their financing requests are at no risk at all, and funding will take place according to the plan. AMFO and the NGO Platforms on all Antillean islands are new and learning organizations. AMFO has been operational for only approximately 18 months. For Bonaire, which is acknowledged as having the most organized and professional NGO Platform and NGOs, AMFO's distribution of funds has meant the difference between poverty and humane survival for many people, provided opportunities for youth that make the difference between criminality and good citizenship, made the lives of the elderly more fulfilling and bettered the lives of countless Bonaireans. After all, what development assistance is all about is the “haves” helping the “have nots.” G.D. A n enthusiastic group of 20 divers plus shore support met on Saturday, September 17 to assist with the quarterly underwater cleanup held in conjunction with International World Clean Up Day. After a comprehensive briefing, which included information on what trash to bring up, as well as information on how to avoid harming the reef or other marine animals, the group prepared their gear and headed off to clean an area south of the Yellow Submarine Kralendijk location. The group then was divided into two main working groups. One half began on each perimeter of the clean-up area, and then worked their way inward, to meet in the middle. The area of the cleanup was from the sh oreline to approximately 40 feet/13 meters. Shore personnel made up of Yellow Submarine crew stayed on shore to assist with receiving, sorting, and counting the trash. While doing this, they ensure that no marine animals are inadvertently caught and brought to the surface. Any marine animals, no matter how tiny, are immediately returned to salt water and carefully replaced in the ocean. During this cleanup, the following trash was collected and removed for proper disposal: 17 bottles, 5, caps or lids, 35 pieces of fishing line, 15 pieces of fishing net, 13 pieces of rope, 51 pieces of foam plastic, 115 pieces of glass, 15 pieces of rubber, including one automobile tire, 54 pieces of metal, 23 pieces of paper, 9 pieces of wood, and 19 pieces of cloth. The Clean Up was declared a success at the Pot Luck BBQ which followed that evening at the Yellow Submarine. The BBQ was sponsored by Yellow Submarine and NetTech, and clean up participants feasted upon chicken and ribs, along with side salads and other accompaniments provided by participants. The next quarterly underwater cleanup will be conducted on Saturday, January 14, 2006--all are welcome, divers and non-divers alike. Meet at Yellow Submarine at 1 pm. Susan Davis Press Release AMFO Director Werner Wiels

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 T his lovely calico cat is “Elaine.” She’s just over seven months and is very gentle. She was adopted from the Bonaire Animal Shelter, but it turned out the people were not able to keep her and had to return Elaine to the Shelter. But during the time she spent with the people, Elaine was very well looked after, and she is still a very mellow soul. As are all the other pets up for adoption at the Shetler, Elaine is in excellent health, has had her shots and is sterilized. You may see Elaine at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at the Animal Shelter booth at Wilhelmina Park during Regatta. It was a rousing success! Thanks also go to good Samaritans: a co uple from Holland who donated dog toys and brushes to the Shelter and an American lady who spent every morning for a week of her vaction helping out at the Shelter. Attention dog owners: Since the rains it’s tick season once again. Please be diligent in checking to see whether your dogs have picked up any because in worse case scenarios the ticks carry dis ease. There are a number of remedies. Check with your vet (the Shelter uses Frontline). L.D. “Elaine”

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 THIS WEEK Friday, October 21 – Holiday – Antilles Day Market & cultural activities all day long, Nikiboko Centro di Bario Washington Park CLOSED Governmental Summit meeting with Dutch Minister of Antillean Affairs, Alexander Pechtold, in Bonaire Saturday, October 22, Sunday, October 30, Monday, October 31 Halloween Haunted House at Capt. Don’s Habitat, 8 to 11 pm, NAƒ10. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Bonaire. Not recommended for children under 12! Until October 24— Art Exhibit by Sipke Stapert and Dianir Rivas Torres at Cinnamon Art Gallery. COMING Saturday, October 29 – Art Exhibit Opening – Edith Foks-Ferrageau de Saint Amand – at the Cinnamon Gallery, 7 to 9 pm. Exhibit until November 30 Saturday, November 5 —Rincon Marshé—Big Monthly Version – outdoor market in Rincon, the soul of Bonaire. Criollo food, drinks, gifts, music, fruits & vegetables, plants, candles. Friendliest people. Opens at 6 am until 2 pm. November 24-26 – Bonaire Investment Conference Saturday & Sunday, November 26, 27Long Distance Walk —29/44 km & 29/41 km. Comcabon 717-8629, 7807225 EVERY WEEK Saturday Rincon Marshé opens at 6 am 2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks, arts and handicrafts, candles, incense, drinks and music. www.infobonaire.com/ rincon Saturday —Mountain Bike Ride — Everyone is welcome, no matter what your skill level. It’s free. Just bring a bike and your own water. Fitness trainer Miguel Angel Brito leads the pack. Telephone him at 785-0767 for more information. Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC’s warehouse , 6 to 8 pm , Kaya Industria #23. Wine NAƒ2,50 a glass. Sunday Live music 6 to 9 pm while enjoying a great dinner in colorful tropical ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant & Bar . Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla Bingogreat prizes, 7 pm, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20Call Maria 717-6435 Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14. Every Tuesday Night @ 6:30pm BonaireTalker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's, known for great local food. Call Gibi at 567-0655 for details, or visit www. BonaireTalk.com, and search for "Gibi." Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm Friday5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry’s Wildside Diving. New original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of the East Coast every week DailyThe Divi Flamingo Casino is open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm– 4 am; Sunday 7 pm– 3 am. Every day by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slides pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 7175080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multimedia dual-projector productio n by Albert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don’s Habitat. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm Wednesday –Buddy Dive Cocktail Video Show by Martin Cecilia pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Bonaire Arts & Crafts ( Fundashon Arte Industrial Bonaireano ) 717-5246 or 7117 The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie@telbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery during the day. 7177103. Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444. Bonaire Animal Shelter 717-4989. Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607. Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303. Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844. Special Olympics Contact Roosje 717-4685, 566-4685 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 717-6105; 560-7267 or 7173902. Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272 Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655 for directions. Bridge Club Wednesdays , 7:30 pm at the Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from the RBTT Bank. All levels invited. NAƒ5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056. Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Café. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. JCI First Wednesday of the MonthJunior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire or formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata Domacassé 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians are welcome. Tel. 7178454 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Visit the Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. CHURCH SERVICES New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116. International Bible Church of Bonaire – Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle) Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 7178332 Protestant Congregation of Bonaire . Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 8 pm . Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays 8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu, Spanish and English. Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk – Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papiamentu 717-8304 . Saturday at 6 pm at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in English . Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Send events to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ14 (incl. Tax) Children under 12 NAƒ12 NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY SATURDAY 4 PM Sky High Late Show Call to make sure (Usually 9 pm ) The Skeleton Key (Kate Hudson) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) Transporter 2 (Jason Statham)

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Page 20 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 APPLIANCES/ TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop, the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances. Fast service and in-store financing too. ART GALLERY Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is featured. Stop by. Free entry. BANKS Maduro and Curiel’s Bank provides the greatest number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank. They also offer investments and insurance. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair . Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing and professional nail care. BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand bikes. Have your keys made here. BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION APA Construction are professional General Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete pavement. COMPUTERS Bonaire Automation B.V . fills all your computer needs: hardware, software, supplies, service, repair and more. DIVING Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q. Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow Submarine) low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis . Join their cleanup dives and BBQ. WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining the highest professional standards. In town at City Café and at Eden Beach. FITNESS Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule. Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. 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. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices. HOTELS Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the sea. The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Café, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar. METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP b c bBotterop Construction Bonaire N.V. , offers outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including stainless. Complete machine shop too. Nature Exploration Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail : hans@outdoorbonaire.com PHOTO FINISHING Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and services . Now-full digital services . REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer services and top notch properties. Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and see them. REPAIRS Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or built. Ultra reliable, h onest and experienced. Electrical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345 RESORTS & ACTIVITIES Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling and exploration. RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. SUPERMARKETS Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. VACATION CLUB Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover how you can get discounts and more. Free gift for learning how. VILLAS Bonaire Oceanfront villa for up to nine people: five kitchens, five bathrooms. Ideal for divers. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. WINES Antillean Wine Company. You’ve tried the rest; now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free delivery. YOGA Yoga For You . Join certified instructors Desirée and Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Private lessons too. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518 RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 525 Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Dinner during Theme nights only. Open every day Magnificent Theme Nights : Saturday: Beach Grill; Monday: Caribbean Night; Friday: Manager’s Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q Bistro de Paris Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 (half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Moderate Lunch and Dinner Closed Sunday Real French Cooking in an informal setting Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef Owner-operated Eat in or Take away Brasserie Bonaire Royal Palm Galleries Kaya Grandi 26, Next to Re/Max, 717-4321 LowModerate Lunch and Dinner Open 11 am -2:30 pm 5:30-9 pm Closed Saturday and Sunday Lots of parking in big mall lot Kitchen Open 11 am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5:30-9 pm Breezy terrace with airco inside—Also serving big sandwiches at dinner Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront 717-8285 Moderate-Expensive Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Open 7 days Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or à la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine . Croccantino Italian Restaurant Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 717-5025 Moderate-Expensive Dinner Closed Monday Bonaire’s Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients. Be served in a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out too. The Great Escape EEG Blvd #97—across from Belmar 717-7488 Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Open 7 days Bar-Restaurant poolside —under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine. Champagne brunch on Sundays 10 am to noon. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day. The Last Bite Bakery Home Delivery or Take Out 717-3293 Low-Moderate Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 pm , Closed Sunday Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratchfor take out or delivery only. The Lost Penguin Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Call 717-8003. Low-Moderate Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner until 6 pm Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro owned and run by a European educated Master Chef and his wife. Pasa Bon Pizza On Kaya Gob. Debrot ½ mile north of town center. 790-1111 Low-Moderate Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Bonaire’s best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat in or take away. Nice bar too. Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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Page 21 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 “W hen I met Jeroen in Holland, it was two days after I’d heard that I’d gotten the job as an assistant public prosecutor on Bonaire. In spite of the fact that I was leaving in three months we fell madly in love. We didn’t know what to do about it so we decided to play it by ear. The three months became four, then five, then six. Every month was like a beautiful gift, but after nine months the time was up and I had to go. By then it was very serious between us and we cried our hearts out at the airport. I arrived in Bonaire July 2003. Jeroen was supposed to come six months later. However, after six weeks he came for two weeks and he broke up with me.” “When Justine had gone,” Jeroen says , “it caused such emptiness and it made me realize, what am I going to do on Bonaire? We’d only known each other for nine months. I had a very good job as a consultant in health care, and when I met Justine I had everything to be happy for: a good job, a nice house, great friends and a loving family. Was I supposed to leave all this behind and go to Bonaire to be with her? And another reason was that I didn’t want to mess up this opportunity for her.” “From the moment I arrived here I was waiting for Jeroen,” Justine says. “I was working, but I didn’t see a lot of people and I hardly knew anybody here, so when he came and broke it off, I wanted to go back to Holland. I was about to leave, but luckily around that time I found a wonderful roommate, Veronique! Together we explored the whole island and its people, and from that moment on I really began to like it here and started enjoying all aspects of Bonaire. But…Jeroen and I were calling each other at least three times a week as we were still very fond of each other. In December I went for vacation to Holland and we met again.” “Justine was becoming more and more positive about Bonaire,” Jeroen says, “so I started thinking about my future and decided to go for a month. April 2nd, 2004 I arrived at Flamingo Airport and… when I saw her, when we held each other, it was incredible… like we were 10 feet high. We were radiating! And so I exchanged my secure life without Justine for an uncertain future with her. I gave up my job, rented my house out and gave a party, and on July 18th 2004 I came to live on Bonaire. I worked for a while for Elvis at Tjin N.V. but then I realized, I am on a tropical island and I want my feet in the sand! I felt depressed, but Justine was a great help and very encouraging. She told me, ‘There are so many fun things to do here,’ and she showed me an ad from Plaza that said, ‘Looking for a kayak guide…’ I got the job. Two months later the manager of sports and entertainment left and I was given the opportunity to take over. In Holland I had been successful: a cool guy in a Tommy Hilfiger suit, always busy with my career, always very strict with my appointments. Here the Dutch approach wasn’t appreciated at work. The social aspects were far more important. I got frustrated, but after three months my friends told me, ‘Chill out! Open your eyes and look at the beautiful things! Take it as it comes!’ So, on Bonaire I learned to enjoy my life while I was working! I am surrounded by tourists who are looking for a fun way to discover the island and I have a super great team! My life has changed because Bonaire taught me how easy it can be to get the most out of life and that every day you can choose over and over again to sincerely enjoy life.” Jeroen Beumer (34) and Justine Gongrijp (27) are a very warm, loving couple; both handsome young people, promising and enterprising. She’s thoughtful and deliberate but open minded as well, and he is romantic, impulsive and fast and it’s great to see how they obviously adore each other. “In Holland I was an assistant to the prosecutor in Amsterdam,” Justine says . “I graduated very early, when I was only 21, and I thought it was great to work at the prosecutor’s office. But after three years I felt I was still young enough to see something of the world and to do something exciting! But I didn’t want to give up my job, so the only possibility was the Antilles. I’d been to Aruba once for work, and that was it. So, rather daringly, I started calling the head prosecutor’s office in Curaçao which handles all the Antilles. They told me they were looking for someone to handle the Hato drug cases in Curaçao for six months. Eventually they blew it off, but then I received a call about a job on Bonaire where the prosecutor needed an assistant. I thought, let’s give it a try! And to my great surprise I got the job! In the beginning I had to ‘fight’ to be accepted by the police and the judicial chain as my appointment was unknown here. They probably were thinking, what is this girl going to do here? Luckily I had the support of Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius. He was happy with me. He helped me tremendously and encouraged me and made it very clear to everyone that I did know what I was talking about. So, little by little, it went better and better and it became more and more fun. At the moment my work is a great pleasure, and I have a very good relationship with the police corps and the other partners involved in the island territory. In Holland you have many different teams doing specialized cases. Here you do everything, from goat theft to murder cases and from traffic offences to drugs. In Holland I was with this ‘general’ team, but if we got a very serious crime case, for instance, they would take it away from us and hand it over to a specialized team. And that’s what makes the job on Bonaire so special: you’re in it from the very beginning to the very end. Every aspect of life passes by under your nose as people come for divorces, fights with the neighbors or relationship problems. It’s open house every day although that’s not the purpose at all! But we give advice to everyone and send them to the various places where they can get professional help. Nevertheless, it makes your day very interesting and not one day is the same. Now I feel my job is what I hoped it would be. It’s great that I function here completely as public prosecutor next to Ernst, and the best thing is to lead a big criminal investigation, like now with the double murder case. When you work on such a case from the beginning to the end and you’re successful, which means for us prosecutors that the perpetrators are being prosecuted and punished, you feel that you made the world a bit safer, and that’s a wonderful feeling! Because my start on the island was difficult I have become stronger, and just like Jeroen, I realize that here you can enjoy life more. We’re very busy now organizing our wedding which is going to be February 24th, 2006. We want to get married here because on Bonaire we found each other again, and the island has given us the opportunity to meet wonderful and very special people who have become our friends. My contract is ending next year, so we’re going back to Holland because I want to become a public prosecutor there as well. For that I need two more years of work experience, and I can’t do it here. I have to do it in Holland. I am still very young, and it’s much better to work for a certain length of time in Holland. But I’m not dismissing the thought that we’ll return to the Antilles again. I think we’re going to have a real difficult time and that we’re going to miss the island very, very much. We’re still young and flexib le and there are so many things to do in Holland. But in spite of all that I know we’re going to miss Bonaire so much… but… maybe I’ll come back as the ‘new Ernst Wesselius.’ You never know!” s tory and photo by Greta Kooistra “… and the best thing is to lead a big criminal investigation, like now with the double murder case… from the beginning to the end and you’re successful, which means for us prosecutors that the perpetrators get prosecuted and punished, you feel that you made the world a bit safer, and that’s a wonderful feeling!” July 2003 Jeroen Beumer and Justine Gongrijp Jeroen Beumer and Justine Gongrijp

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Page 22 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 H enk Roozendaal, one of Bonaire’s most prolific muralists, unveiled his latest work, a 15-meter long painting on th e wall of the Tipsy Seagull at Plaza Resort last Sunday. “At first I had no idea what I’d paint,” declared Henk. “But because I’m a musician too, I felt like ‘pla ying a solo.’ I had to have the sunset, the flamingoes in the sky, the skyline and the seagulls. I looked for a model and I found a hotel school student from Curacao working as a trainee at the Tipsy Seagull. The painting became ‘The Ballad of the Tipsy Seagull!” Friends and the press were invited to th e opening, with jazz, of course, being played by Henk’s musician cronie s, Guus, Lando, Chris and Pieter. L.D.

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Page 23 Bonaire Reporter October 21 to October 28, 2005 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Your interests could lead you down avenues you never realized existed. Talking to those you trust and respect will help you sort out any problems. It might be best to spend time fixing up your premises and making changes that will be appreciated. If your lover tries to curtail your freedom, it may lead to conflict. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) You have been going through a period of change that has caused problems for you with your loved ones. You will be in the mood to socialize. You may find yourself caught in a triangle. You will find the perfect outfit, and the greatest new accessory for your house. Your lucky day this week is Thursday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can get a lot done if you get your hands on the right equipment. Try not to take everything so seriously. Residential moves will be in your best interest. Your depressed mood has been hard to shake. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) They won't pay you back and you'll be upset. Any financial limitations will probably have to be dealt with on your own. You will take on too much if you aren't careful. Stick to basics. You can deal with large institutions or government agencies successfully this week. Your lucky day this week is Monday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Relationships will form if you get out and do things that you enjoy. You may want to get a little extra rest. You are prone to infections and fevers. Tell them to get out of the mess they are in and then you'll consider getting together with them. Your ability to be a self starter will help get things done and motivate others. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Travel will entice you; however, a tendency to overspend is quite possible. Your personal life will be under the gun and you may want to avoid the questions your lover is going to want to ask you. Go over your finances and figure out a solid budget. You can make new connections if you play your cards right. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Plan events like camping or white water rafting. There's lots to be done and if you meet your deadline you'll be in your boss's good books. You can ask for favors or run your ideas by those who will be able to support your objectives. Your mate may not be too sure about your intentions. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Put your efforts into making changes to your domestic scene. Don't let criticism upset you. Hassles will delay your plans. Plan events like camping or white water rafting. Romance and social activity will be a promising combination. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Difficulties will result if you have to deal with controversial groups this week. Rest and relaxation will be more favorable than you think. You need to keep everyone on your domestic scene too busy to complain. Your intellectual charm will win hearts and bring opportunities that you least expect. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Physical activity will help defuse your frustration. Travel if it's needed to start the ball roll ing. You may want to pu ll out some of those unfinished project you've got tucked away. You are likely to be left alone if you aren't willing to bend just a little. Your lu cky day this week will be Thursday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Consider a trial se paration if you and your mate just can't come to terms. Make plans to attend group discussions or get together with friends who like to talk as much as you do. Lowered vitality could affect your work. You will earn recognition for the work you are doing. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You should be able to get a lot done. Secret affairs will come back to haunt you. Set aside any decisions regarding your personal life this week. You can make profitable investments if you purchase an art object for your home. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. T his Halloween we'll have two very special objects for you to see in the sky all night long: Mars, at its closest and brightest, and the Seven Sisters , which historically have been viewed in a sinister light at this time of year. For Halloween week and the week after, face south at midnight, and if you look up almost overhead you will see super bright, bloody red Mars which on the 29th will be at its closest and brightest for 13 years. And off to its left, also almost overhead, the legendary tiny cluster of stars called The Pleiades , the Seven Sisters, which for hundreds of years have been as sociated with Halloween and other traditional days of the dead. Indeed, many an cient peoples believed that whenever the Seven Sisters reached their highest point at midnight, which happens every year about this time, it was a cosmic signal that this was the time of the year to honor the dead. Now, astronomically speaking, whenever the Seven Sisters reach their highest point in the heavens we call this their “ culmination.” And whenever they culminated at midnight some ancient cultures held great ceremonies in honor of this cosmic occurrence. Several myths tell us that there was a widespread belief that some great cataclysm occurred in ancient times when the Seven Sisters culminated at midnight. And the superstitious and gullible have speculated that this great cataclysm might have been the great flood of the Bible or the 10 plagues of Egypt or even the sinking of Atlantis. In fact the ancient Aztec and Maya conducted spectacular ceremonies to celebrate the Sisters’ culmination. And every 52 years when their two great calendars coincided they had a very special midnight culmination sacrifice because they believed that the world would actually come to an end on one of these "Seven Sisters overhead at midnight" nights. Indeed they actually believed that the world had already been de stroyed and recreated not once but four times and always when the sisters were overhead at midnight. Now although they no longer culminate at midnight on the exact same nights as they did long ago, you can still see them almost overhead at midnight every Halloween as a modern reminder that our ancestors were a lot more superstitious about the stars than we are. Today we know the Seven Sisters for what they really are. Because, as seen through a telescope, there are not just seven stars there but over one hundred, all much bi gger and brighter than our Sun in a sphere 14 light years wide. Wow! And this Halloween we can see them almost overhead at midnight in the company of the planet Mars at its closest and brightest until 2018! Have a heavenly Halloween! Jack Horkheimer For the week: October 17 to 23, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen *to find it, just look up Galileo recorded the movements of the Pleiades Celebrate this Halloween with Mars at Its Brightest until 2018 Accompanied by the Seven Sinister Sisters