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A s part of AIDS
Week the government
released recent statis-
tics regarding the
sickness. Since 1985 V,
there have been 1,530
HIV-infected persons
registered in the Antil-
les. Curaqao has 1,009
HIV-infected persons.
Bonaire has 27 (12 women, 15 men).
The rate of infection is not decreasing
said a Public Health spokeswoman. In
2004, 102 new cases were registered in
the Antilles. The HIV/AIDS virus is no
longer a death sentence. With current
treatment it became a chronic disease.
NAf8 million guilders a year is spent
on treatment.

S Last week the Executive Council
of the Island of Curaqao approved the
set up of an Energy Fund to stabilize
the price of water and electricity for
Curaqao consumers. The funding, to be
provided by Curaqao's fuel distributing
company, Curoil, will not apply to Bon-
aire. In essence, Bonaire consumers
are subsidizing Curacao.

A Fernando Simal, Washington Park
Manager, announced that the new
housing facilities at the Washington
Park entrance are 95% ready and
will start to be used this month by a
couple of volunteers. They are only
waiting for the solar equipment. In or-


der to save some money he asks any-
body who has quality kitchen utensils
in good shape and that are not being
used to donate them to the Park.
Needed are: eight chairs, plates, cups,
glasses, bowls, silverware, strainers,
trays, pans, pots, shredders, etc. No
electrical appliances please.

A The police in Bonaire went
back to work at the end of last week
following a two-day job action to pro-
test unjust and inadequate overtime
pay. For two days in a row they an-
swered only emergency calls. Bonaire
police are paid by, and under the con-
trol of, the Central Government.

A Curacao and Bonaire's tempo-
rary coastal watch radars, operating
since the beginning of 2004, will be
replaced by an integrated radar system
with eight linked stations by mid-2006.
The installation and maintenance of the
coastal monitoring system will cost
NAf21 million. Eight radars will be
installed: two in Aruba, three in Cura-
cao and three in Bonaire. The radar sys-
tem is designed to monitor ship move-
ments, drug smuggling and illegal im-
migrants.

A The Atlantic Conveyor, a life-
giving ocean current that keeps
northern Europe warm, is slowing
down, scientists said last week. If the
30% slowdown seen over the past 12
years is not just a blip, temperatures in


northern Europe could drop signifi-
cantly, despite global warming, they
added. The Hadley Centre for Climate
Prediction and Research calculated that
if the current stopped, temperatures in
northern Europe could drop by up to six
degrees centigrade in 20 years.
Although Bonaire was spared any
harmful effects, the 2005 Atlantic hurri-
cane season will be remembered as the
year that storms seemed to be on ster-
oids. It was by far the most active, de-
structive and geographically far-
reaching on record. More than 20 na-
tions, from Mexico to Spain, were af-
fected. Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology professor Kerry Emanuel found
that the strength and duration of storms
have increased by 50% since the 1970s.
It started fast with Tropical Storm
Arlene on June 11 and hasn't let up,
considering Epsilon, the fifth storm
named under the Greek alphabet which
became a hurricane on December 2nd' is
churning on an erratic course as we go
to press.

A Every
household in
Rincon will be
asked for their
input to de-
velop a policy
to guide the
future of the
village. The
Rincon Devel-
opment Foundation, Fundashon De-
saroyo Rincon, in cooperation with the
Plataforma Rincon, is organizing a con-
(Continued on page 3)


ThfltPORTER
IN THIS SUE:
New High School-Unicollege 4
Editorial- A new Bonaire 5
Food Baskets for Elderly 6
For the Diver (Shore Diving
Made Easy) 6
Cinnamon Gallery Heralds Season 6
Understanding Sanikolas 7
Antique Houses (Kas Dorothea) 8
Tracking Turtles 9
End of Year Regatta 9
Sanikolas Visits Warehouse 10
Green Label Stocked for Holiday 10
Kids Bake for Holidays 11
AWC Brings In Beaujolais
Nouveau 12
Snack Boys Guide, Op=Op 13
Announcement Birth of Evanthe
Denou to Tonky Frans &
Sapphira Coffie 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Mega FM Schedule 2
Special Olympic Spotlight
(Shunilla Kroon, Volunteer) 7
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Karnaval 2006 Schedule 13
Reporter Masthead 14
Pet of the Week (Basta) 15
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
December Cruise Ship Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Angel Martinez) 17
Picture Yourself (Rockefeller Center,
N.Y., US & Vienna, Austria) 18
Sky Park (Planets ) 19
The Stars Have It 19


Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005


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4A new play-
ground and park,
Parke Publiko, was
opened two Sundays
ago amid great
hoopla. The multi-
functional park for
all ages is the initia-
tive of the We Dare
To Care Foundation
and is truly a beauti-
ful addition to the
island.


A Last Saturday evening was the closing of local artist Nochi Coffie's exhibit at
the Park Publiko. Nochi, a popular guy, not only does his own art but teaches oth-
ers too. He's shown in front of two of his favorite paintings, "Above the Horizon"
and "Landhuis Sababa," both of which are indicative of his natural style.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
fidential and anonymous survey that will
run from December 2 through the first
week of January, 2006, to collect infor-
mation The poll is financed by the
NGO Platform and AMFO. Hopefully
the results, which will focus on 10 areas -
youth, safety, sports, culture, infrastruc-
ture, tourism, education, family, religion
and the elderly will identify projects
that are necessary for Rincon. Ben
Oleana will coordinate the effort. For
further information Rincon residents can
call 786-0644.

A Want to add your contribution to a
very well run and successful program on
the island, one that needs help to keep up
their good work? It's the Rotary Club's
"Breakfast-in-School" program where
they are making sure that all young stu-
dents receive good nutrition. Recently


they added another school, Watapana in
Rincon, to their list so they need addi-
tional funding. Rotary's creed is "Feed
the body and the mind!"
Please help in whatever way you can.
Donations can be made to the MCB
Account #831-088-02, Rotary Club
Bonaire, PO 240, Bonaire NA.

A Last month Darlene Ellis was snor-
keling with Renee Leech of Renee's
Snorkel Tours
and took this
photo. It is a
Unicorn File
Fish which
has been con-
firmed by REEF and Fish ID Experts as a
new species for Bonaire. Darlene visits
Bonaire twice a year and is an avid fish
watcher.


Artist Nochi Coffie at the Parke Publiko


A The Bonaire Jazz Festival, which
was a great success in 2005, will be
back from May 25 -28, 2006. The organ-
izer has already contracted one top
group: The Cubop City Big Band. This
20-person big band has professional and
international musicians from Holland, led
by Lucas van Merwijk. It's one of the
best Salsa and Latin Jazz big bands on
the international jazz scene.
The band will also visit the Puerto Rico
Jazz Festival in June and give concerts
on Aruba and Curagao. Other groups and
individuals appearing in the 2006 Bon-
aire Festival program will be from Suri-
nam, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Curagao,
Venezuela and Bonaire. The complete
program will be announced in February
2006.

A There was a big fire at Curacao's
Isla refinery over the weekend. The


fire started at 7:20 pm and it took the fire
brigade of the refinery two hours to put it
out. The consulate general of Venezuela,
Lorenzo Angolilo, went in person to
monitor the situation. He said that the
flames were almost 150 meters high.
The fire was started when leaking oil
from the "cat-cracker" caught fire. As a
result of the blaze some of the refinery's
apparatus will be out of service for 3
months..

A More activities are starting to stack
up for the holiday season. Don't miss
something you really want to see. Al-
ways check the "What's Happening"
section of The Reporter on page 15 for
the latest information about events on the
island.

A Help to put a smile on the face of a
senior citizen! For the past three years
some good Samaritans, Delno Tromp and
Croccantino Restaurant's Elisabeth
Wigny have sponsored a nice Christmas
dinner for the Senior Citizens ofKa 'i
Mimina from Tera Kora and the 60 plus
Flor di Orkidia group from Nort di Sa-
lina. This year there are 50 elders who
would like to be invited to one of the
Christmas Dinners at Croccantino Res-
taurant given on December 15 and 16. To
make this happen the organizers are
looking for kind sponsors to make this a
special day for the older people. All you
have to do is to donate $20 (NAf35)
per person for as many as you can. It's
a small price to give to bring a lot of
joy to those whose income is minis-
cule. As, Delno says, "For every $20 for
each Senior Citizen you will be given 5
points on your Mileage Card to Heaven!"
(Continued on page 5)


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First Look at the New High School


F or the first time Bonaire has a pri-
vate high school, UniCollege Bon-
aire, that offers talented youngsters an al-
ternative to the community high school, the
SGB,
UniCollege is a new school for academi-
cally oriented students deemed capable of
HAVO or VWO level studies. HAVO pre-
pares students for Higher Professional Edu-
cation; VWO prepares them for a Univer-
sity. It opened its doors August 15th 2005 at
Kaya Amsterdam #3. The school was
founded by concerned parents who were
looking for a different educational option
for their talented children and is open to all
students with the required schooling rec-
ommendation.
Before UniCollege Bonaire was founded
there was no possibility of getting a VWO
diploma on the island. The SGB high
school offers three years of VWO, but after
that the child either has to go back to
HAVO or continue in Curacao or Holland.
UniCollege offers an education based on
the principles and the demands of the
Dutch HAVO/VWO system. The education
philosophy is based on a new innovative
method of teaching called "Investigative
Learning" and depends on computers for
lesson material. This technique of
"investigative learning" has been used in
Holland for two years at four schools. In
this kind of education the teacher does not
lecture the students; she coaches them in
their search for answers on the questions
they have and guides them to look critically
at what they find.
There are 32 school hours per week and
homework is included in those hours.
UniCollege Bonaire is working closely
with UniC high school in Utrecht, Holland,
and can therefore keep the costs for devel-
opment, operation and lesson material low.


Because of the intensive cooperation with
the Utrecht UniC school the quality of the
education is guaranteed. At the end of their
high school years the children will receive
a diploma that's recognized everywhere in
Holland and the rest of the world.
Inge van der Linden, Director of UniCol-
lege Bonaire, says, "There are two criteria
a child has to pass before admission to the
school. First of all he or she needs a
HAVO/VWO recommendation from the
primary school and secondly he or she has
to fit into the system, meaning the child has
to be independent and curious. I think peo-
ple think we're an exclusive school. Indeed
it is a private school and the parents have to
pay NAf475 per month per child tuition.
But in Holland or Curacao you would have
to pay twice that amount. I don't want this
to be an exclusive school; I want a school
that offers more chances to talented Antil-
lean children. From the 220 children who
left elementary school last year only seven
joined UniCollege. They will always be the
pioneers. I think they have been very brave
to take a different route and leave their
school friends behind. I also think it's a
pity that they had to do so. I would have
loved to have more children because going
to school is also an important social event.
Therefore I hope that next school year we
will have more children. I aim at 12 chil-
dren for the second year and 15 for the
third year.
The school hasn't had much exposure
yet, but next year we will open our doors to
the public in the afternoon so that everyone
can see what we are doing here.
For more info people can call 717-0864
from 7:45 to 12:15 and from 2: to 4 pm or
e-mail Inge@unicollege.org or go to our
Website www.unicollege.org." 1
Greta Kooistra.


What UniCollege students have to say about their school:

Enrique Vasquez:
"When I heard about this school I began to think of what kind of school it
was going to be. Now that I have the choice to study in high school where
I can be more prepared for a college or university I'm going to study in
this high school until 12th grade. The school is fun and educational. I
want to give advice to all the kids on Bonaire. When your parents say
something you have to obey them because they are always right, no matter
if you have to leave your friends behind. I had to do that, and now I miss my friends so
much, but what can I do now? School is always first, then you can do whatever you
want. So do what your parents say to you. This was my opinion for my high school.
Thank you very much and do it for your own good."

Nanouk de Jong:
"I really like this school because you learn things not always from a book.
You learn things to do stuff like draw a skeleton and name the bones from
the skeleton. And there are really nice people. In four months I learned a lot
of things from the computer system we work with. I like the school a lot
and hope I can stay in here for five or six years."


Jeff Marshall:
"When I had almost finished my first year VWO at the SGB, my parents
* were busy with a new school, UniCollege. I was asked if I wanted to do my
first year again (I skipped a class in elementary school) in the new school. It
was a hard choice because I had really good friends. But when I heard that
the level of the new school, UniCollege, was really high and worked with a
system where you work mostly with computers, I said yes. Now I am happy
because the lessons are way more challenging and mostly fun, and when I finish school
I will get a diploma that is approved everywhere in the world (unlike SGB). That's why
I like this school."

Danny Gerharts:
S"Well to be honest, I was skeptical when I heard about this school. I was
hearing all this talk that this new system will make education fun and that
we would get a more advanced learning system. It was very hard for me to
decide between SGB and UniCollege because in SGB I have lots of friends.
Also by going to UniCollege I would have to go back a year, putting me
back in grade 7. But after lots of thinking I decided to go to UniCollege,
and I must say it is more fun than I thought, even though the social life isn't what I'd
like it to be due to the small group. Educationally it is more fun and I learned things in
the first week of UniCollege that I didn't learn in the whole year of SGB."

Derek Aranguren:
"I think it's great that we now have a choice of high schools to go to in-
stead of just one school. I've got to say that up to now this school has been
much better than the elementary school I used to go to. I mean, the learn-
ing system is better, the teacher is nice, we make our own choices and we
don't get the "Sit down and listen!" phrase from the teacher. The only ac-
tual problems are that since we are such a small group, there isn't much
social life going on in school and since we're so small, if something goes wrong in the
group, then it's bad for everyone. But, hopefully next year we'll have more kids and
everything social will be just fine."

Ziran Chin-On:
"My opinion about the school is that it's fun, but also I think that the school
Sis kind of small and that there aren't many kids. But there is an advantage
to having a small number: that the teacher doesn't have to stress as much
and that there is always help around. This school is a lot of fun because you
can learn a lot of hard stuff in a short time by doing it in a fun way."


Rocca Chin-On:
"I think this school is fun because you learn a lot and in a fun way. For one
subject we got to make a giant doll and we also debated. We get to work
together in almost all the subjects, which is really fun. You also get to learn
a lot about other students in the school." 1


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A Last Sunday
was the first of
the Monthly
Jazz Brunches
at Den Laman.
The music was by
the popular Bon-
aire Jazz Group
with musicians
Robbie, Lando,
Guus, Henk and
Chris. In the au-
dience were cou-
ples, families and Jazz at Den Laman
groups of friends. m-I w a -
It was a sellout!
For information call 717-4106. Watch The Reporter for the date of the next jazz
brunch.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
Stop by and drop off your donation to
Elisabeth at Croccantino Restaurant.
Telephone 717-5025 or 785-0581.

A Bonaire Gift Shop (Wine and
Liquor) carries an amazing number of
selections of wine and liquor, and it's
all beautifully organized. If you don't
believe us, just drop in and see for your-
self! Wines are arranged by country or
origin and liquors are by type. The num-
ber of brands of each type of liquor is
awesome from the very high end to the
everyday brands. Looking for an unusual
brand or liquor? They most likely carry
it. And for holiday gift giving there are
special boxes and keepsake bottles con-
taining the good stuff. Take some time to
stroll the aisles; you may see brands
you've only dreamed about. Now it's
more than a gift shop! Bonaire Gift Shop


AThis week begins a new column,
Snacks of Bonaire (page 13 ). As the
authors say, "What would life be like on
Bonaire without our local snacks? These
neighborhood establishments are often
well known to residents, but they are a
mystery to most of our island visitors."
They hope their guide will make you
take the time to visit one of the snacks on
Bonaire and enjoy dinner or perhaps just
a couple of cold beers.

A The lovely model in the Benetton
ad this week is Jermainy Diaz from
Jong Bonaire. She's shown in the Royal
Palm Galleries in front of the ReMax
office. The Benetton ad is on page 20. 1
G./L. D.


THE NEWBONAIRE

We've been asked just what the
main points are that are com-
ing out of the Round Table discussions
that are marking the way to a reorgani-
zation of the Netherlands Antilles and
a sure change to the way of life on
Bonaire. The local officials are calling
it Bonaire Nobo -"New Bonaire."
Here are the essentials:
The Dutch Kingdom will have two
new member countries from July 1,
2007 Curaqao and Sint Maarten. The
country of the Netherlands Antilles
will disappear and along with it the


NAf as a currency.
Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius will
become "kingdom islands," a status yet
to be defined, but is expected to have
direct links, perhaps as a Dutch mu-
nicipality, with The Hague.
The planned series of Round Table
Conferences extending into 2007 will
define the details.
The changes are planned to answer
calls for autonomy by the people of the
Antilles. People on the islands, with
the exception of Sint Eustatius, voted
in favor of leaving the Antilles. Until
recently Holland opposed separate
status for each island. O G.D.


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Food Baskets for the Elderly in Nort di Salifia Cinnamon Gallery Heralds the Season

Xiomara Alberto of the Plataforma T he doors of the Cinnamon Art Gallery were thrown open last Saturday so
Kunuku Bieuw writes: I the busy working public could have time to shop and sample homemade
"E very year at Christmastime we cookies candies, coffee, tea, juice, eggnog and winter rum punch, all in a holiday
celebrate the visit of "Papa
Pasku"in the neighborhood. Father Christ- "Papa atmosphere. The owners were all there looking festive (see photo) and the ambi-
mas and his helpers bring around presents ance was embellished with Christmas music and holiday fragrances, especially that
for the inhabitants (ofNort di Salif la) who of the Winter Rum Punch! There are all sorts of gift ideas at the Cinnamon: 2006
are over 60 years old. This year there are calendars, mugs, postcards, posters, placemats, Christmas decorations and more.
110 people. Stop in. They're located at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi behind the
For five years the Community Center and Banco di Caribe. Telephone 717-7103. O L.D.
Plataforma Kunuku Bieuw have been doing
this, to bring happiness and brightness to the
oldest ones in the neighborhood.
That is why we ask you for your contri-
bution. It will be used to buy important Papa Pasku brings greetings and a
foodstuffs as coffee, tea, milk, canned food hamper to senior citizens
food, biscuits and many other items to
make a Christmas hamper. With your donation or contribution this Christmas will be s "
a happy one again for many of the inhabitants of North Salina. We thank you in ad-
vance for your contribution."
You may drop off your contribution by Thursday, December 22, at the North
Salina Sentro di Bario, Kaya Cacique. They're open nearly every morning. Or call
Xiomara Alberto at 786-2249 or Chio Semeleer at 540-6840 or make a deposit in
their account "Sentro de Bario Nort di Salifia," MCB Account #101-00-577.

Gift for Divers-Bonaire Shore
Diving Made Easy
A great gift for the diver on your list is the authoritative Dive
Guide, Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy
It is available at the following Bonaire Reporter advertiser loca-
tions: Buddy Dive, Divi Dive at Divi Flamingo, Carib Inn,
Photo Tours Divers in town, Wanna Dive/ Wanna Dive Hut,
Photo Tours/Yellow Submarine at Caribbean Court. And also
the following places: Toucan Divers, Belmar Resort, Bonaire Dive m
& Adventure, Chat n' Browse Bonaire Dive & Adventure, Chat n'
Browse, Dive Inn and on-line by sending an e-mail to diving-
guider bonairestuff.com 1 Press release Jake Richter, Avy Benhamron, Linda and Yana Richter


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Uadwcfmdtin i Sb S C IN THE SPOTLIGHT
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A scene from The Netherlands featuring some members of the Antillean com-
munity, Burgemeester Waaijer of Zoetermeer, Sinterklaas, and Antillean Pleni-
potentiary Minister Paul Comenencia plus all the Zwarte Pieten

As an American I learned the truth about Santa Claus as a child. Now I have
to come to grips with Sanikolas who has morphed from his Sint Nicolaas
(or Sinterklaas) Dutch origins while keeping his Zwarte Piet sidekicks. At first I
was miffed at Sanikolas' black "helpers," (Zwarte Pieten, singular Zwarte Piet)
whom I felt were really a caricature of black slaves.
A libel, say Bonairean traditionalists. To them, Zwarte Piet is Sanikolas' valued
companion; his black hue is due more to his clambering up and down Dutch chim-
neys rather than his ethnic origin. (Although it is unclear how soot can bring about
frizzy hair and big red lips.) There is another view, held by me now, and most lo-
cals, namely: who cares? Sanikolas is about having fun and goodwill to all.
OK, how did this tradition begin? According to the online Wikipedia Encyclope-
dia, Saint Nicholas, also known as Nikolaus in Germany and Sinterklaas (a con-
tracted form of Sint Nicolaas) in the Netherlands and Flanders, is the common
name for the historical Saint Nicholas of Myra. Saint Nicholas lived in 4th century
Byzantine Turkey and had a reputation for secret gift giving. He is seen as the
main inspiration for the different varieties of Sanikolas.
For some reason Sanikolas resides most of the year in Spain and comes by boat
to Bonaire with his Moorish Zwarte Pieten usually around November 26 in prepa-
ration for his gift delivery service on
December 5th
In contrast to the sedate Dutch Sint
Nicolaas, on his arrival in Bonaire,
Sanikolas is preceded by the local
drum and bugle corps and either just
walks or rides around in Suzuki jeeps
rather than on a placid white horse.
Saint Nicholas, and by extension,
Sanikolas, has all manner of unusual
connections: he is the saint of seamen,
merchants, archers, children, prosti-
tutes, pharmacists, lawyers and prison-
ers and of Russia and Amsterdam.
When Sanikolas is around, children
traditionally put their shoe near a place
that Sanikolas can reach in hopes of
getting a sweet or a little something
every day.
The big gift-giving day in Sanikolas'
tradition is December 5. He will loudly
knock on the door and when the family
opens the door, he is gone, but a load
of presents has appeared. Fortunately
for Bonaire children the influence of
America has made Christmas Day,
December 25, another day they can get
a few gifts. O G.D.


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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire
Kas Dorothea Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage


t is simple, it is normal, but
for those reasons for me it is
so very special. Every morning
when I pass this house in Niki-
boko, Albert Dorothea is working.
He is a fisherman so for that rea-
son he gutting and cleaning the
fish or repairing his net. Mostly
there are friends who are talking
with him or his wife. It is a very
social place.
Many years ago fishing was a lit-


tle different from what it is today.
He'd go by boat, for example to
Venezuela, and catch everything -
from fish, conch to turtles. In those
days there were two families-
German and Meyer who made
jewelry from turtle shells.
Nowadays it is completely differ-
ent, and the fishing is done only by
two men and a net, and they catch
only fish.
The house has the same simple,


but beautiful character. Most of the
time the family is sitting outside in
front of the house, under the shade
of the tree. The origin and founda-
tion of the house is perhaps from
an 80 to 100-year old Kas di Bara,
(house made of sticks, knoekhuis-
model).
The comer of the wall of the
house is not straight but slants a
little bit. In the front of the house
is a nice chimney which reaches


jauntily into the trees Although
the front of the house has been
added on more recently, it is still
old. 1 W.G.
Wilna Groenenboom is an artist,
photogra-
pher and
teaches art
at the SGB
high school


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a-a The traditionalfishing boats will sail around Klein Bonaire
rra cjkin rrtles


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
inmt Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tid
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEI
1 0_nQ ?1A 1 OFTT 011 1 WT 15 1 F'T 109 11 IT 57


Only one tracking map for this week, but it shows all of our currently tracked
turtles within a stone's throw of one another.






'Jenni' and 'Albert' continue to swim right along the edge of the shallow
shelf that extends from the coast of Honduras and are within 60 km of each
other. "Jenni' is approximately 1,460 km from Klein Bonaire and 'Albert'is 1,420
km away.

pace. Yesterday her rate of travel was approximately 70 km per day. She is only
Only one tracking map for this week, but it shows all of our currently tracked
turtles within a stone's throw of one another.




about'Jenni' and from'Albert' continue to swim right along the edge of thver 1,300 km from shallow
shelf that extends from the coast of Honduras and are within 60 km of each
other. "Jenni' is approximately 1,460 km from Klein Bonaire and 'Albert' is 1,420
km away.
'Mariposita' is swimming over deep water and holding a fairly steady
pace. Yesterday her rate of travel was approximately 70 km per day. She is only
about 125 km from 'Albert' and 155 km from 'Jenni'. She is over 1,300 km from
Klein Bonaire. Andy Uhr & Mabel Nava


Alize
Altair
Always Saturday
Angie
Anouk
Augustijn
Aurora
Blue Moon
Blue Star
Camissa, Chan Is.
Cancubine
Cape Kathryn
Carisea
Cers
Cheers
Delphinus
Eclipse
Endorphin
Estefanie
Est-Oust
Flam
Flying Cloud, USA


Freestyle
Galivanter
Go Bucks
Goril Two
Great Sensation
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Honalee
Invictus IV
Island of Corn
Jan Gerardus
Jennifer
JJ
Kamana
Karminda II
Kat-Anne
La Baronne
Longo Mai
Maggi
Natural Selection
Okeanis
Okura
One Way Wind


Sandpiper, USA
Sapristi
Scintella
Sirius
Summer Breeze
Syjoli
Sylvia K
Tatoosh, Cayman Is,
Three Ships
Ti Amo
Tigger
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicom, Norway
Umiak
Varedhuni, Ger.
Vilje
Ya-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi
Zahi, Malta
Zee Vonic
Zeezot


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12-10 1:56 1.1FT. 9:35 1.8FT. 17:12 1.1FT. 21:07 1.3FT. 56
12-11 1:10 1.1FT. 10:01 1.9FT. 18:23 1.0FT. 22:40 1.1FT. 60
12-12 10:31 2.0FT. 19:37 0.8FT. 68
12-13 11:10 2.1FT. 20:34 0.8FT. 76
12-1411:46 2.1FT. 21:35 0.7FT. 83
12-15 12:20 2.1FT. 22:25 0.6FT. 86
12-1613:00 2.1FT. 23:04 0.6FT. 87


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Holidc3 Pc.3e3s


Sanikolas, Zwarte Pieten visit Warehouse
Bonaire



Y ou'd have
to have
been deaf, dumb
and blind not to
notice them!
Sanikolas and his
Zwarte Pieten
visited Ware-
house Bonaire
last Saturday to
give gifts to the
kids and put on a
noisy, energetic
and fabulously
fun parade
through the aisles
of the store. Led
by the drum play-
ing "musical"
Zwarte Pieten, the group was followed by the rollicking, teasing and trick playing
Pieten who were in turn followed by a conga line of kids. Everyone in the place -
no matter what their age had big smiles on their faces!
In mid-November the children of Bonaire were invited by Warehouse Bonaire to
color pictures of Sanikolas and leave a shoe in the store for Sanikolaas to fill with
goodies. All the pictures and the shoes have been on display at Warehouse since
then. Then last Saturday the children returned to get their drawing and goodies
from Sanikolas and be entertained by the Zwarte Pieten. All this was organized by
Warehouse Manager Roland Verbeek who told us that this is the ninth year they've
been doing this. "The first year we started out with just 14 kids; this year there
were 250!" he said. Another nice thing is that each child is photographed with
Sinter Klaus, and next week, according to Roland, the children can come to pick up
their photo. "We do this because not everyone on the island has a camera," says
Roland. What a very nice memory for a child and his parents! OL.D.


Green Label is Stocked for the Holidays

T he Green La-
bel nursery
shop is crammed
with all sorts of new
garden things.
They've just
unloaded two and a
half containers and
the shop is bursting.
One whole container
came from Florida
with all kinds of
palm trees, including
pigtail palms, fruit
trees like mangoes
and figs, strawberry
guava and flowering
shrubs. Also in that
shipment are fertiliz-
ers and pest controls.
Another one and a
half containers also
arrived, just in time
for the holiday, Nils van Eldik says happy holidays from Green Label!
laden with clay pots
from Colombia and Venezuela. Every room of the shop is filled with pots from
huge, Ali Baba-sized ones to smaller versions- in all shapes and sizes and at all
different prices. They have table-top live conifers that make perfect little Christmas
(or Chanukah) trees and beautiful, healthy poinsettias all of which you can plant
in your garden afterwards.
Green Label, at Kaya Carlos Nicolaas 2, near Napa, is a full service garden com-
pany. They do garden design, construction and maintenance and have nurseries
growing native, hardy and unusual plants. Stop by and see them. They're open six
days a week, Saturdays, 9 to 4 nonstop. Tel. 717-8310, 566-6033, fax 717-3720,
email GreenLabel tbonairelive.com DL.D.


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Holiday Peges on

Kids Learn to Bake For The Holidays

n keeping with the season of giving, 10 young SBO students, from teacher Wilna
Groenenboom's class, spent the afternoon at Cultimara's bakery with six, six to
10-year-old kids. The idea was that this could be a creative experience for the kids -
and it was. They used Amstel beer boxes to boost the kids up to the tables, and Amstel
beer bottles to
help roll out the
dough! Each
child was given a
certain amount of
dough with
which to work,
and the idea was
to make the
popular Dutch
cookie, Speku-
laas. Creativity
ran rampant and
all had a great
time! Afterwards
everyone got a
free drink and all
the children will
get a special cer-
tificate from Cul-
timara Baker
Remsley Bart
with the Speku-
laas recipe on the
back.
Thanks to Cul-
timara for provid-
ing the bakery
and the materials.
SWilna Gro-
enenboom/L.D.


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AWC Brings in the Beaujolais Nouveau

R eal Beaujolais is unfortunately rare. Wine maker Marcel
Lapierre, who also makes the Beaujolais Morgon at Cha-
teau Cambon, makes Beaujolais according to his own stubborn
ideas. There are no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. He even
ploughs (a labor intensive rarity nowadays) and so uses the natural
yeast of the vineyard.
This is one of the few wines in the world without sulphur. It's the
real thing, not a high alcoholic grade of wine that tastes like sweet
bananas because of the yeast used in mass production, but Beaujo-
lais like it used to be and is supposed to be: light, fresh, fruity, thirst
quenching a wine to share with friends.
A tradition we started last year and "naturally" (a word that is
truly in place here) we want to keep up is the Beaujolais Nouveau
2005 from Chateau Cambon. It's unfiltered, there's no sulphur
added, with indigenous yeast. Again it is nothing more and nothing
less than pure fermented grape juice. In keeping with tradition Mar-
.t cel Lapierre made it a wine you will drink and empty the bottle be-
fore you know it. Uncomplicated enjoyment!
And it will stay like that until summer 2006. It's at its best nicely
cooled. MAarjolein Hayden
See the A WC ad on page 11. A WC also carries the Laramon Red
French Table Wine. According to Marjolein this grape was nearly
lost, but here it is now in a bottle 100% of the Laramon grape.
Another rare find is the Lou Carignan, again with that grape being
present 100% in the bottle. These two wines are all naturally made
A WC's Noel and Marjolein and Marjolein Too with the very special Beaujolais Nouveau with no artificial additives.L.D.


CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS

JANART GALLERY
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes.
Open Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Fri-
day 1- 7 pm; or phone 717-5246 for
appt.




BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-line yel-
low 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-N-Browse next to Lover's Ice
Cream and Sand Dollar Grocery.
Photography by Shelly Craig
www.bonaireimages.com


LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981


MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.



SALT TREASURES BONAIRE
100% natural body salts "Scrub Me"


100% natural Bath Salts available at
Chat-n-Browse, KonTiki and Jewel of
Bonaire or call 786-6416 for more infor-
mation.


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
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 profes-
sionals fix it. Bonaire Automation (next
to Hitess) Call 717-4306


For Sale


3 sky-kennels, KLM-approved,
size C: NAf125, size E: NAf150, size
F: NAf300. Tel 786-5582 Edwin

A 1996 Tappan stove. Naf200. Call
717-6098 before 4.30pm.

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km
NAf5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844


B oat ftor
S a He cw


Why import a sail boat when you
can own a fast Regatta winner built
right here? Classic 21' Bonaire Sail


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Fishing boat recently refurbished is
for sale for NAf14,000
Call George 786-6518/717-8988.



W~-a n to 4

Looking for a good
home for a 6 year old
Ridgeback mix. Spayed
female, very friendly,
used to children. Up to
date with all shots, has heartworm and
Frontline for next 3 months. Leaving
island beginning of January to a cold
climate!
Call 786-5209/717-5468


Palm Trading (dive-equipment
wholesaler) on Bonaire needs a full
time helper starting this January.
Must be in the possession of a Driving
License and by preference have some
dive experience. Please contact:
info@palmtradingnv.com / phone
number 717-2072.


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APPLICANTS MUSTBE
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The Snack Boys Guide to


Bonaire's Finest Snacks
What would life be like on Bonaire without our local snacks? These
neighborhood establishments are often well known to residents, but they
are a mystery to most of our island visitors. We hope our guide will make you take
the time to visit one of the snacks on Bonaire and enjoy dinner or perhaps just a
couple of cold beers.

You may ask, "What is a snack?" We have discussed this difficult subject over
many beers, and we have come up with some guidelines to help you determine if
you are eating at a "real" snack, or at just another fancy restaurant. The best part
of "snacks" is that there or no two that are the same, and half the fun is that you
never know what you are going to find once you walk in.

We have defined a snack as a small business serving fresh food and usually serv-
ing cold beer. Some snacks may also serve wine and mixed drinks. A snack is of-
ten a neighborhood place with a bar and at least a couple of tables. You will never
see cloth tablecloths or linen napkins at a snack. The food at a snack is usually
available for take out and is normally delivered in plastic containers for take out.
You can enjoy a couple of cold beers while waiting for your take out order. The
food is usually very tasty, and it is often served in large portions. Most snacks
serve a combination of local dishes, BBQ (chicken and ribs for sure) or Chinese
food. Entrees are rarely more than NAf20 and most dishes are priced from NAf10
to NAf15.

j We have decided to use a rating system that measures the key
factors we consider when visiting a local snack. We rate each
snack on the basis of 1 to 5 beer bottles, 5 being the best. In the
interest of fairness we will try to evaluate all of the snacks we
M visit on the same basis.

Beer Temperature when served a 5 means that the beer is served at a
temperature that is just above freezing.
Beer Price A 5 means that most beer is NAf2 per bottle or less, 4 is for
beer prices from NAf 2 to NAf 2.50, and 3 beers mean that the beer is
over NAf2.50.
Food Quantity A 5 means that a "large" order would feed more than
three people, a 4 would feed two people and a three means there is at
least enough food for you and your dog.
Food Price A 5 means that there is a good selection of entrees big
enough to share for under NA1f2, 4 means that most entrees are under
NAJf5, and 3 means that most entrees are under NAf 20.
Food Quality Based on tastiness and presentation.
Atmosphere and Service -A 5 means that a cold beer arrives at about
the same time that you sit down at the bar.

We, the authors, have invested hundreds of hours in research, so we hope that
you will enjoy our comments and hopefully you will take the time to visit some of
these wonderful local businesses. Our first review follows.

If you have any comments or want to suggest your favorite snack for our review
please send your emails to snackboys bonairereporter.com. O Snack Boys


Op=Op Mater Grills

T his wonderful snack is family owned and operated by Shirley and Sherman.
Their two children, Sherlock and Shermalina, are often there to help cook
as well. This snack is best known for their BBQ which is served hot right off the
grill. These BBQ'd treats include rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, lomito and more. A
whole chicken with French fries is NAf 10, and the same for a rack of BBQ ribs.
Op=Op also offers Creole cooking, fresh fish and stobis (stews) on occasion. You
can always stop by and see what's cooking. Our favorite is the mixed grill which
includes 2 lomito (thin sirloin steak), ribs, /2 chicken, pork chops and 2 chorizo for
NAf 20, including French fries and cole slaw. This will easily serve three people
with some left over for the dogs.

Open from 6 pm to midnight, Tuesday thru Saturday. Noon to 8 pm on Sunday.
Closed Monday. No beer; soft drinks only.
Directions: Located on Kaya Korona, across from the Progresso Supermarket
Conclusion: This is one of the best BBQ style snacks on Bonaire. Take your or-
der home and drink your own beer. Just make sure to have a big appetite.

Ratingst
Beer Temperature No Beer is sold
Beer Price No Beer


Food Quantity -5


M I Food Price -412


0 l Food Quality -412 Mw Atmosphere and Service -4


S Overall -4 (only because they don't serve beer)


The Snack Boys


WHA3i BIO


3006
Schedule:


January 7
February 4
February 17
February 18
February 25
February 26
February 27
February 28


Opening Karnaval
Tumba Festival
Youth Parade Rincon
Youth Parade Playa
Adult Parade Rincon
Adult Parade Playa
Farewell Youth Parade
Farewell Adult Parade


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Pet of the Week
4 LI asta" is enthusiastic, smart
Sand very energetic. She's
independent and afraid of nothing. She
was living with a family with two other
dogs, but because she was so dominant
they couldn't keep her. That's not nec-
essarily a bad thing because with some
time and training she promises to be-
come a fine pet, one who will be a seri-
ous watch dog. She's only seven
months old; she's been sterilized,
checked by the vet and has had her
shots. This one really needs a chance
to show her worth.
Here are some amazing figures: In
addition to the 150 pets that have been
adopted from the Shelter so far this
year there have been an additional 100
animals sterilized all thanks to the
Sterilization Program. That's a total
of 250 animals on Bonaire that have "Basta"
been sterilized this year. Think of
how many unwanted litters of how
many puppies and kittens that have
been eliminated. But all this does cost
money and the Shelter desperately
needs some to keep this very worth-
while project going. Please, if you can,
donate to the "Sterilization Fund,"
MCB Account #10616410. All the
monies go only for sterilization,
nothing else. You may also donate
via Support Bonaire, Inc. Website:
www. SupportBonaire.org/.
Looking for some nice dog collars
and leads? A very kind person donated
some after a pet store in the US went
out of business. They normally would
cost $14 in the States, but the Shelter is
selling them for only NAfl5 each, all
proceeds to the Shelter of course.
The Bonaire Animal Shelter on the
Lagoen Road is open Monday through
Friday, 1 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until
1. Tel. 717-4989. OL.D.


02005 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: Re-
porter@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: Xiomara Alberto, Wilna Groenenboom, Marjolein Hayden, Jack Horkheimer,
Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Snack Boys, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, 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 Drukkerij, Curacao

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WHATS HAPPENING


MOVIELAND


WIILl MnVIE SHOITIMN

Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually 9pm)
Domino
(Mickey Rourke)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
(Steve Carell)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
CLOSED MONDAY TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM
Sky High


THIS WEEK
Friday, December 9 "Mi Gusta
Lesa" ("I Like to Read") project for
children four to eight and their parents or
guardians- fun activities and surprises.
Sentro di Bario Nort Salina, 5 to 7 pm.
Sponsored by SEBIKI with Marie
Craane and Roxiana Goeloe. (Parents:
please bring an old white bed sheet if
you have one.) For further information
contact SEBIKI at 717-2436

Saturday, December 10 Benetton
Fashion Show to celebrate their 15 year
anniversary in Bonaire, Dance Show by
the Ginies and a musical presentation.
7pm, Barracuda Club. General price:
NAf35; VIP price NAf65. Benefit to
Bonaire Foundations. Tickets available
at Benetton Bonaire or call 510-0710.
Saturday, December 10, Ars Cantandi
Christmas Concert at 8 pm in the SGB
High School auditorium of SGB.
Sunday, December 11-Jong Bonaire
Kaminata (walk) A Teener Parade
Fundraiser for anyone who can walk.
NAf7,50 includes lunch & drinks. Start
at Jong Bonaire at 6 am.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days,
starting around 10 am to early afternoon:
Dec.13 Sea Princess; AidaVita.
Dec.17 Silver Whisper. Dec.19 Arcadia

COMING UP
Saturday, December 17- Plaza Re-
sort 10th Anniversary- 7 pm-midnight
at Tipsy Seagull. All invited. Free admis-
sion. Info 717-7500

Sunday, December 18 End of the
Year Regatta 10 am, in front of
Regatta House on the waterfront. All
sailors welcome to the last race of the
year. Food and beverage prizes!! More
information on page 9. For information
call Elvis Martinus 790-2288.

Monday, December 19 SGB Christ-
mas Fair and Market Gifts, food,
drinks, entertainment, Christmas spirit-
NAfl entrance (drawing for a prize).
Sunday, December 25 Bonairean
Christmas Buffet at Divi Flamingo -
Music by Kriollo Kids (Gaitas). The buf-


fet will consist of all-Bonairean Christ-
mas dishes. There will be a cozy Bo-
nairean Christmas ambiance with decora-
tions, Christmas tree, etc. Price to be an-
nounced. Information 717-8285.
Saturday, December 31 Divi Fla-
mingo New Years Party to be an-
nounced

2006

Karnaval 2006 January 7 to February
28 (see page 13).
January 14, 2006 next quarterly clean-
up dive. All are welcome, divers and
non-divers alike. Contact sponsors Yel-
low Submarine (http://www.
bonaireyellowsubmarine.com) or Net-
Tech (http://www.nettech.an).


REGULAR EVENTS
Saturday Rincon Marshe 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- Eve-
ryone is welcome, It's free. Bring a bike
and your own water. Fitness trainer Mi-
guel Angel Brito leads the pack. Tele-
phone him at 785-0767 for more infor-
mation.
Saturday -Wine Tasting at AWC's
warehouse, 6 to 8 pm, Kaya Industria
#23. Great wines NAf2,50 a glass.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm, Divi Fla-
mingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Tuesday -Yoga 5 pm, Beginner; 6.30
pm, Intermediate, Harbour Village Spa
786-6416
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, So-
cial Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per
person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisa-
beth 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."
Wednesday -Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed
Level, Plaza Resort, 786-6416
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday -Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed Level,
Buddy Dive Resort, 786-6416
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, roulette
and blackjack, Monday to Saturday 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-


December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule

Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line

Tue Dec.13 Sea Princess 1200-1900 S.Pier 1950 Princess

Tue Dec.13 AidaVita 1000-2000 N.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.

Sat Dec.17 Silver Whisper 0700-1600 S.Pier 388 Silversea
Cruises

Mon Dec.19 Arcadia 0800-1800 S.Pier 1968 P&O Cruises

Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen

Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger.


bert Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's
Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
slide Show at Captain Don's Habitat,
8:30pm Call 717-8290 for info
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation 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

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AAmeetings -everyWednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening
at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Din-
ner 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 inry
fee. Call Cathy 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel.
717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Jun-
ior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bon-
aire, 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 Domacass6 516-
4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm.
Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2"d and 4th Thurs-
day 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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
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
7174685, 566-4685

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
MangasinadiRei,Rincon. Enjoytheviewfrom
'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit 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, Mu-
seum 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. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire. Wil-
helminaplein. 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- Ser-
vices on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in Papia-
mentu 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. Wednes-
day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info 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 selec-
tion of large and small home appliances. Fast service
and in-store financing too.
ART GALLERY
Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local art-
ists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist is
featured. Stop by. Free entry.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber 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 Oa-
sis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintaining
the highest professional standards. In town at City Cafe
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 neighbor-
hood. 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 Bel-
nem. 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, 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 ser-
vices 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 connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest 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 meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. 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 dis-
counts 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.
WINDSURFING
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruc-
tion, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and
drinks too.
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 de-
livery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desir6e and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body. Pri-
vate 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 an Barf Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the 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 m; 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.

Pasa 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 oftown center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredien aad eet atin o r take i bar too.



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S was born far away in El Salva-
I dor August 26, 1971. I lived
with my grandparents in a small town
called El Transito, outside San Salvador.
We lived in a house that had no windows,
no doors, no running water and no elec-
tricity. It was a simple house. My younger
brother, a cousin and I lived there because
my mother had to leave the country to go
to the United States to make money for
us. In total we are four brothers: two went
with my father and two stayed with my
grandparents, so we never got to know
each other.
I was going to a Christian school on the
main road and many times the govern-
ment troops or the guerillas were looking
to recruit you, because at that time the
country was in a civil war. As I was tall
and looked older, I had to run or hide a
lot. I went to school until the sixth grade.
I was fortunate because some kids grew
up without going to school at all; they
would work or join the military. They
didn't even get the chance.
My grandmother was strict in every-
thing, and she always worked hard mak-
ing tamales, dough stuffed with meat or
chicken and vegetables. When she needed
water we had to walk three miles with a
little container. We'd make it our goal to
fill up the 55 gallon drum at the house.
On weekends we'd go house to house to
sell the tamales if my grandmother's
regular costumers didn't buy them all.
The point was to come home with an
empty basket. During one of those selling
trips I found a whole family murdered,
the bodies lying behind the house.
When I was 12, I saw my father for the
first time when he had to open a bank ac-
count for my mom because she was plan-
ning to get us to the US. Shortly after I
saw him again when he had to sign my
passport. Those were the only two times
in my life that I saw my father. Then we
were busy arranging the travel to the US.
To get us there a friend of my mother
came to El Salvador to accompany us be-
cause he knew the way. The four of us -
my grandmother, my younger brother, I
and the friend arrived in Mexico City in
February, 1985. It was very, very cold,
but it was fun. I'll never forget it! We
went to an uncle's and lived with him for
six weeks, waiting for more money from
my mom and learning to speak like a
Mexican because at that time Mexicans
could cross the border much easier.
After we got ready to leave Mexico
City we went to Tijuana, on the border,
and to our contact person where we
waited for about a week, staying in one
room with 50 other people, waiting for
the right time to cross. When it was our
time, my grandmother, I and three other
persons climbed into a Chevrolet Camino,


lying flat in a hollow bottom. After a 45-
minute ride they told us we were in the
United States... just like that!
The first thing I saw when got up and
looked outside was the sign on the free-
way: Long Beach! It was a relief because
that was where my mom was. We waited
three days for my mom. You have to pay
on delivery and for the four of us she had
to pay close to $4,000.
My mom worked at a gas station and
our way of living was very simple, but we
had an apartment with doors and a TV
and things we were not used to having. I
got a sense of living in a big city and for
me it was very important to educate my-
self, learn the language properly so that I
could understand what the pop songs
were about and become an American!
The city had a good and a bad side and it
was up to you which way you wanted to
go. Compared to where I grew up it was
nice, I thought, but I guess you'd call it a
'ghetto.' It was very difficult to stay on
the good side, because everybody was in
gangs.
My brother was good in elementary
school, but he wanted life to be easy and


".....many times the
government troops or the
guerillas were looking to
recruit you, because at
that time the country was
in a civil war. As I was
tall and looked older, I
had to run or hide a lot. "


started going bad after junior high. He
was in and out of juvenile detention; eve-
rything he did got him into bigger trouble
and he ended up in jail. Because of all the
problems my brother was causing I went
to live in an apartment when I was 21."
AngelMartinez, an admirable, patient
man, continues the story of his incredible
journey to Bonaire. "I tried to combine
three things: school, work and a social
life. Besides liking music I also liked
cars. One of my first real jobs was being a
test driver for cars that were not sold yet.
This company was doing prototype test-
ing for Ford. I worked there for 10 years.
I started as a driver and they sent me to
school to learn and I became a mechanic.
I traveled around the country testing cars
and that's when I met Lucia Beck in San
Francisco. It was 'curiosity at first
sight! '"
"I was in San Francisco for a week,"
Lucia says. "I had just come from Singa-
pore. I was working for this business and


investment guide,
spending three
months in a country.
I was born in Hol-
land, an only child.
My father was Ger-
man, my mom is
from Curagao. I was
raised in Germany
until I was five; then
we left for Curagao
and in 1994 I moved
with my mom and
daughter to Bonaire.
Three months ago I
started to manage
Voz di Bonaire. I
have my own busi-
ness, a PR, market-
ing and advertising
company, and I'm
also in charge of
tourist information
programming at
Mega and I repre-
sent Tele Curagao
on Bonaire.
Well, after we'd
met, Angel would
call me every day to
talk for two hours
while he was driv-
ing home from Lucia, Tin
work! What I liked
about him was that he is a very quiet per-
son and relaxed while I am a loud person.
My mom, who lives with us, is also loud,
and so is my daughter Thibisay (18) who
is studying hotel management in Aruba."
"In the States, what I saw," Angel says,
"is that people are attracted to the 'all
American girl.' I was more attracted to
people from different cultures. The way
Lucia reacted to something, the way she
talked to me it made me want to know
more about her. We met at the beginning
of 1999 and we got married April 22nd
2000, in Moreno Valley, California,
where my mom lives. The next day we
went on a very unique honeymoon: With
the entire family and all our friends we
went to Las Vegas!
Three months later I came to Bonaire.
Two years earlier I didn't even know it
existed! To me it was and it still is para-
dise. I'm working at the salt company as a
mechanic. Even though this is not my
country I feel I belong here. December
24th 2001, our son Timothy was born, and
to have a son changes everything."
"It was the first and only time I saw An-
gel express emotion," Lucia says. "He
never expresses emotion." "I choose to be
like that," Angel replies quietly. "Last
year in February, I visited El Salvador
after 25 years to see my grandparents. My
grandmother had returned seven years


nothy, Godzilla, the Chihuahua,


ago. They're both over 90 and I wanted to
see them. It was a very long trip and my
expectations were really low, but it got
me by surprise it has become so Ameri-
can unbelievable.
My grandparents live on a farm and as I
was walking towards the fence I saw my
grandfather sitting there. The years are
showing, there is a walking cane, but...
he was humming the same song he used
to hum when I was a child. He looked at
me and started laughing... and I went
down and gave him a hug. But the thing
that got me is that he recognized me
still... The whole time I was there I was
trying to explain to him where it was I
was living now, and I think he finally
understood. It was a family reunion. My
mom was there too and also my youngest
brother. But the attitude he had with my
grandparents made me want to leave. I
called Lucia and told her, 'I want to get
out of here now!' After seven days I flew
back. And I know:
This is my place; my
son was born here -
I don't have any
other place to go
to." 1
story and photo by
Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005


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Picture Yourself Vienna, Austria

I nT 11The e R e 2o rter A fter Susanne and Ernst Seeling
Returned from their 22nd trip to
\Ro\kefL Cete. i 1 B Bonaire back to their home town of
V6 Vienna, Austria, they posed with a
S ml i copy of The Bonaire Reporter in front
R t of the giant ferris wheel, "Riesenrad,"
NewYrkCt one of the town's famous attractions.
New jIfrKA I They say, "We are already looking


a IVI I &VALI% j
oan and Alan Zale of
Hartsdale, NY, pose
with a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter in front of the
Rockefeller Center Christ-
mas tree in New York City
on Sunday, December 4.
They own a condo at Sand
Dollar and travel to Bon-
aire twice a year. Joan is a
reading teacher in the
Bronx and Alan is a free-
lance photographer for The
New York Times.


forward to December, when we will
again visit our beloved island Bon-
aire."1


WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bon-
aire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return to your home. Then take a photo of
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*to find it, just look up


How the
Planets
Perform


In addition
to bril-
liant Venus,
which is at its
greatest brilli-
ancy this
week, and
Mars, Saturn
and Jupiter,
which are also
very eye catch-
ing, the first
planet out from
the Sun, Mer-
cury, puts on
its last performance for the year during the second week of December.
But first look west just after dark this week and you'll be dazzled by planet #2
from the Sun, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, which is at its brightest this week and
which is always mistaken for the Christmas star whenever it appears in early eve-
ning skies at Christmas time. Around 8 pm look southeast and up, and you'll see
planet #4, rouge-gold 4,000-mile-wide Mars, still extremely bright even though it
is almost 20 million miles farther away than when it was at its closest on October
29th. At 10 pm look just north of east. Not nearly as bright but much more beauti-
ful through a small telescope you'll see planet #6, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn. And
about one hour before dawn look southeast and you'll see planet #5, 88,000-mile-
wide Jupiter.
But to find planet #1, the most elusive of them all because it pops in and out of
morning and evening skies several times throughout the year and never gets very
high above the horizon, look below Jupiter just above the southeast horizon all
next week about 45 minutes before sunrise for a bright pinkish light and bingo!
You will have spotted Mercury, the tiniest planet of them all except for Pluto,
3,000-mile-wide, Mercury, 1,000 miles wider than our Moon and 1,000 miles
smaller than Mars. It's called the "pink iron planet" because its core actually has
more iron than all the iron on Earth. Its pink color is due to the fact that it never
appears very high above the horizon so we always look at it through dustier layers
of our earth's atmosphere, which gives it this false coloration.
And if you look at it through a small telescope you will see that, like Venus, it
goes through various phases. Venus is steadily shrinking, phase wise, all month
long and will look like a thin crescent moon by New Year's. But tiny Mercury
looks like a gibbous phase of the moon.
Now because Mercury is the first planet out from the Sun it is also the fastest.
We all know that it takes 365 and 1/4 days for our Earth to make one trip around
the Sun, but Mercury, named for the swift messenger of the gods, makes one trip
every 88 days, so a year on Mercury is 88 Earth days long. Back in 1974 we flew
by it for the first time in a spacecraft and saw it close up for the first time. And
amazingly it looks very much like our heavily cratered Moon.
So there you have it: planet number 1 at its best next week and planets number 6,
5, 4 and 2 also visible. And of course we could always throw in planet number 3,
which is the one you're standing on right now. O Jack Horkheimer


23iTZ\ L


For the week: December 4 to 10, 2005
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen


ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Cultural activities open your eyes to new ways of
doing things. You should make sure that your personal papers are in order. Con-
sider applying for a job in another part of the world. Opportunities for romance
will flourish through travel. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Try not to lend or borrow money this week. You
can form new partnerships, but don't move too quickly; things may not be as they
appear. Look into attending seminars that can expand your perception. Your ability
to do detailed work will dazzle those who are less creative. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Discuss your objectives with peers or lovers. Your
positive attitude and intellectual outlook will draw others to you. Exaggeration or
deception coupled with overindulgence might be a problem. Difficulties at an emo-
tional level may be likely. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Lovers may not be truthful. Your professional
attitude will not go unnoticed. You may feel that someone at work is holding you
back. Avoid any gossip and be careful that you aren't misinterpreted. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may need to make a choice. Take time to relax.
Stress and pressure at home may have worn you ragged. You should catch up on
correspondence. If you haven't already, don't be afraid to start your own small
business on the side. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't make excuses. You must not let others talk
you into doing things that will probably limit you financially at a later date. Organ-
ize your day to avoid any setbacks that might ignite temper flare-ups. Be careful
not to let friends or peers make you look bad. Your lucky day this week will be
Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Sudden changes regarding colleagues may surprise
you. You will be able to get along well with colleagues. You can make the most
headway if you put in some overtime. Enlist the aid of family members and con-
sider the feelings of your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need a change of pace. Emotional partner-
ships may develop through projects you initiate. Don't let relatives make demands
of you. You will be a bit of a spendthrift this week. Your lucky day this week will
be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be cautious not to get involved in office
chatter that will cause problems for others. Take time to find out if anyone has a
better suggestion before you make arrangements for the whole family. Lovers will
be demanding. You are best to sign your partner up for activities that will be tiring.
Things at home may be somewhat rocky. Your lucky day this week is Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You are best to move quickly and to get in
good with the boss. Stay away from social unpleasantness. Your changing philoso-
phies may lead you into new circles and open doors that will give you a unique
outlook on life. Someone you work with may be withholding valuable information.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Romance appears. Travel will also entice you.
Your stability will aid you in getting support from your fellow workers. Chances
are you split up the last time because you didn't really want to make a commitment.
Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Travel will be good if you are seeking knowledge.
Opportunities for love will develop while traveling or while attending religious
functions. Club memberships or donations could be expensive and prove unneces-
sary. Put your thoughts into some trendy new ideas. Your lucky day this week will
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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 A s part of AIDS Awareness Week the government released recent statistics regarding the sickness . Since 1985 there have been 1,530 HIV-infected persons registered in the Antilles. Curaçao has 1,009 HIV-infected persons. Bonaire has 27 (12 women, 15 men). The rate of infection is not decreasing said a Public Health spokeswoman. In 2004, 102 new cases were registered in the Antilles. The HIV/AIDS virus is no longer a death senten ce. With current treatment it became a chronic disease. NAƒ8 million guilders a year is spent on treatment. Last week the Executive Council of the Island of Curaçao approved the set up of an Energy Fund to stabilize the price of water and electricity for Curaçao consumers. The funding, to be provided by Curaçao's fuel distributing company, Curoil, will not apply to Bonaire. In essence, Bonaire consumers are subsidizing Curaçao. Fernando Simal, Washington Park Manager, announced that the new housing facilities at the Washington Park entrance are 95% ready and will start to be used this month by a couple of volunteers. They are only waiting for the solar equipment. In order to save some money he asks anybody who has quality kitchen utensils in good shape and that are not being used to donate them to the Park . Needed are: eight chairs, plates, cups, glasses, bowls, silverware, strainers, trays, pans, pots, shredders, etc. No electrical appliances please. The police in Bonaire went back to work at the end of last week following a two-day job action to protest unjust and inadequate overtime pay. For two days in a row they answered only emergency calls. Bonaire police are paid by, and under the control of, the Central Government . Curaçao and Bonaire's temporary coastal watch radars, operating since the beginning of 2004, will be replaced by an integrated radar system with eight linked stations by mid-2006. The installation and maintenance of the coastal monitoring system will cost NAƒ21 million. Eight radars will be installed: two in Aruba, three in Curaçao and three in Bonaire. The radar system is designed to monitor ship movements, drug smuggling and illegal immigrants. The Atlantic Conveyor, a lifegiving ocean current that keeps northern Europe warm, is slowing down , scientists said last week. If the 30% slowdown seen over the past 12 years is not just a blip, temperatures in northern Europe could drop significantly, despite global warming, they added. The Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research calculated that if the current stopped, temperatures in northern Europe could drop by up to six degrees centigrade in 20 years. Although Bonaire was spared any harmful effects, the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered as the year that storms seemed to be on steroids. It was by far the most active, destructive and geographically farreaching on record. More than 20 nations, from Mexico to Spain, were affected. Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Kerry Emanuel found that the strength and duration of storms have increased by 50% since the 1970s. It started fast with Tropical Storm Arlene on June 11 and hasn't let up, considering Epsilon, the fifth storm named under the Greek alphabet which became a hurricane on December 2nd, is churning on an erratic course as we go to press. Every household in Rincon will be asked for their input to develop a policy to guide the future of the village. The Rincon Development Foundation, Fundashon Desaroyo Rincon, in cooperation with the Plataforma Rincon , is organizing a con-(Continued on page 3) IN THIS ISSUE: New High School-Unicollege 4 EditorialA new Bonaire 5 Food Baskets for Elderly 6 For the Diver (Shore Diving Made Easy) 6 Cinnamon Gallery Heralds Season 6 Understanding Sanikolas 7 Antique Houses (Kas Dorothea) 8 Tracking Turtles 9 End of Year Regatta 9 Sanikolas Visits Warehouse 10 Green Label Stocked for Holiday 10 Kids Bake for Holidays 11 AWC Brings In Beaujolais Nouveau 12 Snack Boys Guide, Op=Op 13 Announcement Birth of Evanthe Denou to Tonky Frans & Sapphira Coffie 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Mega FM Schedule 2 Special Olympic Spotlight (Shunilla Kroon, Volunteer) 7 Vessel List & Tide Table 9 Classifieds 12 Karnaval 2006 Schedule 13 Reporter Masthead 14 Pet of the Week (Basta) 15 What’s Happening 15 Movieland Film Schedule 15 December Cruise Ship Schedule 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 On the Island Since (Angel Martinez) 17 Picture Yourself (Rockefeller Center, N.Y., US & Vienna, Austria) 18 Sky Park (Planets ) 19 The Stars Have It 19

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2) fidential and anonymous survey that will run from December 2 through the first week of January, 2006, to collect information . The poll is financed by the NGO Platform and AMFO. Hopefully the results, which will focus on 10 areas youth, safety, sports, culture, infrastructure, tourism, education, family, religion and the elderly will identify projects that are necessary for Rincon. Ben Oleana will coordinate the effort. For further information Rincon residents can call 786-0644. Want to add your contribution to a very well run and successful program on the island, one that needs help to keep up their good work? It’s the Rotary Club’s “Breakfast-in-School” program where they are making sure that all young students receive good nutrition. Recently they added another school, Watapana in Rincon, to their list so they need additional funding. Rotary’s creed is “Feed the body and the mind!” Please help in whatever way you can. Donations can be made to the MCB Account #831-088-02, Rotary Club Bonaire, PO 240, Bonaire NA. Last month Darlene Ellis was snorkeling with Renee Leech of Renee's Snorkel Tours and took this photo. It is a Unicorn File Fish which has been confirmed by REEF and Fish ID Experts as a new species for Bonaire . Darlene visits Bonaire twice a year and is an avid fish watcher. The Bonaire Jazz Festival, which was a great success in 2005, will be back from May 25 -28, 2006. The organizer has already contracted one top group: The Cubop City Big Band. This 20-person big band has professional and international musicians from Holland, led by Lucas van Merwijk. It’s one of the best Salsa and Latin Jazz big bands on the international jazz scene. The band will also visit the Puerto Rico Jazz Festival in June and give concerts on Aruba and Curaçao. Other groups and individuals appearing in the 2006 Bonaire Festival program will be from Surinam, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Curaçao, Venezuela and Bonaire. The complete program will be announced in February 2006. There was a big fire at Curaçao’s Isla refinery over the weekend . The fire started at 7:20 pm and it took the fire brigade of the refinery two hours to put it out. The consulate general of Venezuela, Lorenzo Angolilo, went in person to monitor the situation. He said that the flames were almost 150 meters high. The fire was started when leaking oil from the “cat-cracker” caught fire. As a result of the blaze some of the refinery’s apparatus will be out of service for 3 months.. More activities are starting to stack up for the holiday season. Don’t miss something you really want to see. Always c heck the “What’s Happening” section of The Reporter on page 15 for the latest information about events on the island. Help to put a smile on the face of a senior citizen! For the past three years some good Samaritans, Delno Tromp and Croccantino Restaurant’s Elisabeth Wigny have sponsored a nice Christmas dinner for the Senior Citizens of Ka’i Mimina from Tera Kora and the 60 plus Flor di Orkidia group from Nort di Salina. This year there are 50 elders who would like to be invited to one of the Christmas Dinners at Croccantino Restaurant given on December 15 and 16. To make this happen the organizers are looking for kind sponsors to make this a special day for the older people. All you have to do is to donate $20 (NAƒ35) per person for as many as you can. It’s a small price to give to bring a lot of joy to those whose income is miniscule. As , Delno says, “For every $20 for each Senior Citizen you will be given 5 points on your Mileage Card to Heaven!” (Continued on page 5) A new playground and park, Parke Publiko , was opened two Sundays ago amid great hoopla. The multifunctional park for all ages is the initiative of the We Dare To Care Foundation and is truly a beautiful addition to the island. Artist Nochi Coffie at the Parke Publiko Last Saturday evening was the closing of local artist Nochi Coffie’s exhibit at the Park Publiko . Nochi, a popular guy, not only does his own art but teaches others too. He’s shown in front of two of his favorite paintings, “Above the Horizon” and “Landhuis Sababa,” both of which are indicative of his natural style.

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 F or the first time Bonaire has a private high school, UniCollege Bonaire, that offers talented youngsters an alternative to the community high school, the SGB, UniCollege is a new school for academically oriented students deemed capable of HAVO or VWO level studies. HAVO prepares students for Higher Professional Education; VWO prepares them for a University. It opened its doors August 15th 2005 at Kaya Amsterdam #3. The school was founded by concerned parents who were looking for a different educational option for their talented children and is open to all students with the required schooling recommendation. Before UniCollege Bonaire was founded there was no possibility of getting a VWO diploma on the island. The SGB high school offers three years of VWO, but after that the child either has to go back to HAVO or continue in Curaçao or Holland. UniCollege offers an education based on the principles and the demands of the Dutch HAVO/VWO system. The education philosophy is based on a new innovative method of teaching called “Investigative Learning” and depends on computers for lesson material. This technique of “investigative learning” has been used in Holland for two years at four schools. In this kind of education the teacher does not lecture the students; she coaches them in their search for answers on the questions they have and guides them to look critically at what they find. There are 32 school hours per week and homework is included in those hours. UniCollege Bonaire is working closely with UniC high school in Utrecht, Holland, and can therefore keep the costs for development, operation and lesson material low. Because of the intensive cooperation with the Utrecht UniC school the quality of the education is guaranteed. At the end of their high school years the children will receive a diploma that’s recognized everywhere in Holland and the rest of the world. Inge van der Linden, Director of UniCollege Bonaire, says, “There are two criteria a child has to pass before admission to the school. First of all he or she needs a HAVO/VWO recommendation from the primary school and secondly he or she has to fit into the system, meaning the child has to be independent and curious. I think people think we’re an exclusive school. Indeed it is a private school and the parents have to pay NAƒ475 per month per child tuition. But in Holland or Curaçao you would have to pay twice that amount. I don’t want this to be an exclusive school; I want a school that offers more chances to talented Antillean children. From the 220 children who left elementary school last year only seven joined UniCollege. They will always be the pioneers. I think they have been very brave to take a different route and leave their school friends behind. I also think it’s a pity that they had to do so. I would have loved to have more children because going to school is also an important social event. Therefore I hope that next school year we will have more children. I aim at 12 children for the second year and 15 for the third year. The school hasn’t had much exposure yet, but next year we will open our doors to the public in the afternoon so that everyone can see what we are doing here. For more info people can call 717-0864 from 7:45 to 12:15 and from 2: to 4 pm or e-mail Inge@unicollege.org or go to our Website www.unicollege.org.” Greta Kooistra. What UniCollege students have to say about their school: Enrique Vasquez: “When I heard about this school I began to think of what kind of school it was going to be. Now that I have the choice to study in high school where I can be more prepared for a college or university I’m going to study in this high school until 12th grade. The school is fun and educational. I want to give advice to all the kids on Bonaire. When your parents say something you have to obey them because they are always right, no matter if you have to leave your friends behind. I had to do that, and now I miss my friends so much, but what can I do now? School is always first, then you can do whatever you want. So do what your parents say to you. This was my opinion for my high school. Thank you very much and do it for your own good.” Nanouk de Jong: “I really like this school because you learn things not always from a book. You learn things to do stuff like draw a skeleton and name the bones from the skeleton. And there are really nice people. In four months I learned a lot of things from the computer system we work with. I like the school a lot and hope I can stay in here for five or six years.” Jeff Marshall: “When I had almost finished my first year VWO at the SGB, my parents were busy with a new school, UniCollege. I was asked if I wanted to do my first year again (I skipped a class in elementary school) in the new school. It was a hard choice because I had really good friends. But when I heard that the level of the new school, UniCollege, was really high and worked with a system where you work mostly with computers, I said yes. Now I am happy because the lessons are way more challenging and mostly fun, and when I finish school I will get a diploma that is approved everywhere in the world (unlike SGB). That’s why I like this school.” Danny Gerharts: “Well to be honest, I was skeptical when I heard about this school. I was hearing all this talk that this new system will make education fun and that we would get a more advanced learning system. It was very hard for me to decide between SGB and UniCollege because in SGB I have lots of friends. Also by going to UniCollege I would have to go back a year, putting me back in grade 7. But after lots of thinking I decided to go to UniCollege, and I must say it is more fun than I thought, even though the social life isn’t what I’d like it to be due to the small group. Educationally it is more fun and I learned things in the first week of UniCollege that I didn’t learn in the whole year of SGB.” Derek Aranguren: “I think it’s great that we now have a choice of high schools to go to instead of just one school. I’ve got to say that up to now this school has been much better than the elementary school I used to go to. I mean, the learning system is better, the teacher is nice, we make our own choices and we don’t get the “Sit down and listen!” phrase from the teacher. The only actual problems are that since we are such a small group, there isn’t much social life going on in school and since we’re so small, if something goes wrong in the group, then it’s bad for everyone. But, hopefully next year we’ll have more kids and everything social will be just fine.” Ziran Chin-On: “My opinion about the school is that it’s fun, but also I think that the school is kind of small and that there aren’t many kids. But there is an advantage to having a small number: that the teacher doesn’t have to stress as much and that there is always help around. This school is a lot of fun because you can learn a lot of hard stuff in a short time by doing it in a fun way.” Rocca Chin-On: “I think this school is fun because you learn a lot and in a fun way. For one subject we got to make a giant doll and we also debated. We get to work together in almost all the subjects, which is really fun. You also get to learn a lot about other students in the school.” Inge van der Linden, Director of UniCollege Bonaire, with her students

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3) Stop by and drop off your donation to Elisabeth at Croccantino Restaurant. Telephone 717-5025 or 785-0581. Bonaire Gift Shop (Wine and Liquor) carries an amazing number of selections of wine and liquor, and it’s all beautifully organized. If you don’t believe us, just drop in and see for yourself! Wines are arranged by country or origin and liquors are by type. The number of brands of each type of liquor is awesome – from the very high end to the everyday brands. Looking for an unusual brand or liquor? They most likely carry it. And for holiday gift giving there are special boxes and keepsake bottles containing the good stuff. Take some time to stroll the aisles; you may see brands you’ve only dreamed about. Now it’s more than a gift shop! Bonaire Gift Shop is located on Kaya Grandi 13. See their ad on page 13. This week begins a new column, Snacks of Bonaire ( page 13 ). As the authors say, “What would life be like on Bonaire without our local snacks? These neighborhood establishments are often well known to residents, but they are a mystery to most of our island visitors.” They hope their guide will make you take the time to visit one of the snacks on Bonaire and enjoy dinner or perhaps just a couple of cold beers. The lovely model in the Benetton ad this week is Jermainy Diaz from Jong Bonaire. She’s shown in the Royal Palm Galleries in front of the ReMax office. The Benetton ad is on page 20. G./L. D. THE NEW BONAIRE W e've been asked just what the main points are that are coming out of the Round Table discussions that are marking the way to a reorganization of the Netherlands Antilles and a sure change to the way of life on Bonaire. The local officials are calling it Bonaire Nobo –“New Bonaire.” Here are the essentials: The Dutch Kingdom will have two new member countries from July 1, 2007 Curaçao and Sint Maarten. The country of the Netherlands Antilles will disappear and along with it the NAƒ as a currency. Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius will become "kingdom islands," a status yet to be defined, but is expected to have direct links, perhaps as a Dutch municipality, with The Hague. The planned series of Round Table Conferences extendin g into 2007 will define the details. The changes are planned to answer calls for autonomy by the people of the Antilles. People on the islands, with the exception of Sint Eustatius, voted in favor of leaving the Antilles. Until recently Holland opposed separate status for each island. G.D. OP ED PAGE—OPINION Last Sunday was the first of the Monthly Jazz Brunches at Den Laman . The music was by the popular Bonaire Jazz Group with musicians Robbie, Lando, Guus, Henk and Chris. In the audience were couples, families and groups of friends. It was a sellout! For information call 717-4106. Watch The Reporter for the date of the next jazz brunch. Jazz at Den Laman The New Bonaire ? The Old Bonaire

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 Holiday Pages Food Baskets for the Elderly in Nort di Saliña Xiomara Alberto of the Plataforma Kunuku Bieuw writes : “E very year at Christmastime we celebrate the visit of “Papa Pasku” in the neighborhood. Father Christmas and his helpers bring around presents for the inhabitants (of Nort di Saliña) who are over 60 years old. This year there are 110 people. For five years the Community Center and Plataforma Kunuku Bieuw have been doing this, to bring happiness and brightness to the oldest ones in the neighborhood. That is why we ask you for your contribution. It will be used to buy important foodstuffs as coffee, tea, milk, canned food, biscuits and many other items to make a Christmas hamper. With your donation or contribution this Christmas will be a happy one again for many of the inhabitants of North Salina. We thank you in advance for your contribution.” You may drop off your contribution by Thursday, December 22, at the North Salina Sentro di Bario, Kaya Cacique. They’re open nearly every morning. Or call Xiomara Alberto at 786-2249 or Chio Semeleer at 540-6840 or make a deposit in their account “Sentro de Bario Nort di Saliña,” MCB Account #101-00-577 . Gift for Divers—Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy A great gift for the diver on your list is the authoritative Dive Guide, Bonaire Shore Diving Made Easy It is available at the following Bonaire Reporter advertiser locations: Buddy Dive, Divi Dive at Divi Flamingo, Carib Inn, Photo Tours Divers in town, Wanna Dive/ Wanna Dive Hut, Photo Tours/Yellow Submarine at Caribbean Court . And also the following places: Toucan Divers, Belmar Resort, Bonaire Dive & Adventure, Chat n' Browse Bonaire Dive & Adventure, Chat n' Browse, Dive Inn and on-line by sending an e-mail to divingguide@bonairestuff.com Press release Cinnamon Gallery Heralds the Season T he doors of the Cinnamon Art Gallery were thrown open last Saturday so the busy working public could have time to shop and sample homemade cookies candies, coffee, tea, juice, eggnog and winter rum punch, all in a holiday atmosphere. The owners were all there lo oking festive (see photo) and the ambiance was embellished with Christmas music and holiday fragrances, especially that of the Winter Rum Punch! There are all sort s of gift ideas at the Cinnamon: 2006 calendars, mugs, postcards, posters, placem ats, Christmas decorations and more. Stop in. They’re located at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1, just off Kaya Grandi behind the Banco di Caribe. Telephone 717-7103. L.D. Papa Pasku brings greetings and a food hamper to senior citizens Jake Richter, Avy Benhamron, Linda and Yana Richter

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 A s an American I learned the truth abou t Santa Claus as a child. Now I have to come to grips with Sanikolas who has morphed from his Sint Nicolaas (or Sinterklaas) Dutch origins while keeping his Zwarte Piet sidekicks. At first I was miffed at Sanikolas' black "helpers ," (Zwarte Pieten, singular Zwarte Piet) whom I felt were really a caricature of black slaves. A libel, say Bonairean traditionalists. To them, Zwarte Piet is SanikolasÂ’ valued companion; his black hue is due more to his clambering up and down Dutch chimneys rather than his ethnic origin. (Although it is unclear how soot can bring about frizzy hair and big red lips.) There is another view, held by me now, and most locals, namely: who cares? Sanikolas is about having fun and goodwill to all. OK, how did this tradition begin? According to the online Wikipedia Encyclopedia, Saint Nicholas, also known as Niko laus in Germany and Sinterklaas (a contracted form of Sint Nicolaas) in the Netherlands and Flanders, is the common name for the historical Saint Nicholas of Myra. Saint Nicholas lived in 4th century Byzantine Turkey and had a reputation for secret gift giving. He is seen as the main inspiration for the different varieties of Sanikolas. For some reason Sanikolas resides most of the year in Spain and comes by boat to Bonaire with his Moorish Zwarte Pieten usually around November 26 in preparation for his gift delivery service on December 5th. In contrast to the sedate Dutch Sint Nicolaas, on his arrival in Bonaire, Sanikolas is preceded by the local drum and bugle corps and either just walks or rides around in Suzuki jeeps rather than on a placid white horse. Saint Nicholas, and by extension, Sanikolas, has all manner of unusual connections: he is the saint of seamen, merchants, archers, children, prostitutes, pharmacists, lawyers and prisoners and of Russia and Amsterdam. When Sanikolas is around, children traditionally put thei r shoe near a place that Sanikolas can reach in hopes of getting a sweet or a little something every day. The big gift-giving day in SanikolasÂ’ tradition is Decembe r 5. He will loudly knock on the door and when the family opens the door, he is gone, but a load of presents has appeared. Fortunately for Bonaire children the influence of America has made Christmas Day, December 25, another day they can get a few gifts. G.D. photo by Nico van der Ven A scene from The Netherlands featurin g some members of the Antillean community, Burgemeester Waaijer of Zoetermeer, Sinterklaas, and Antillean Plenipotentiary Minister Paul Comenencia plus all the Zwarte Pieten

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 Albert Bianculli photo SUBSCRIBE TO THE BONAIRE REPORTER BY MAIL $95 ON THE WEB $35 CALL 717-8988 E-MAIL SUBS@BONAIRENEWS.COM WWW.BONAIREREPORTER.COM Preserving Bonaire’s Ar chitectural Heritage Kas Dorothea I t is simple, it is normal, but for those reasons for me it is so very special. Every morning when I pass this house in Nikiboko, Albert Dorothea is working. He is a fisherman so for that reason he gutting and cleaning the fish or repairing his net. Mostly there are friends who are talking with him or his wife. It is a very social place. Many years ago fishing was a little different from what it is today. He’d go by boat, for example to Venezuela, and catch everything from fish, conch to turtles. In those days there were two families— German and Meyer who made jewelry from turtle shells. Nowadays it is completely different, and the fishing is done only by two men and a net, and they catch only fish. The house has the same simple, but beautiful character. Most of the time the family is sitting outside in front of the house, under the shade of the tree. The origin and foundation of the house is perhaps from an 80 to 100-year old Kas di Bara, (house made of sticks , knoekhuismodel ). The corner of the wall of the house is not straight but slants a little bit. In the front of the house is a nice chimney which reaches jauntily into the trees . Although the front of the house has been added on more recently, it is still old. W.G. Wilna Groenenboom is an artist, photographer and teaches art at the SGB high school by Wilna Groenenboom

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 O nly one tracking map for this week, but it shows all of our currently tracked turtles within a stone’s throw of one another. ' Jenni' and 'Albert' continue to swim right along the edge of the shallow shelf that extends from the coast of Honduras and are within 60 km of each other. "Jenni' is approximately 1,460 km from Klein Bonaire and 'Albert' is 1,420 km away. 'Mariposita' is swimming over deep water and holding a fairly steady pace. Yesterday her rate of travel was approximately 70 km per day. She is only about 125 km from 'Albert' and 155 km from 'Jenni'. She is over 1,300 km from Klein Bonaire. Andy Uhr & Mabel Nava VESSELS MAKING A PORT CALL : Alize Altair Always Saturday Angie Anouk Augustijn Aurora Blue Moon Blue Star Camissa, Chan Is. Cancubine Cape Kathryn Carisea Cers Cheers Delphinus Eclipse Endorphin Estefanie Est-Oust Flam Flying Cloud, USA Freestyle Galivanter Go Bucks Goril Two Great Sensation Guaicamar I, Ven. Honalee Invictus IV Island of Corn Jan Gerardus Jennifer JJ Kamana Karminda II Kat-Anne La Baronne Longo Mai Maggi Natural Selection Okeanis Okura One Way Wind Sandpiper, USA Sapristi Scintella Sirius Summer Breeze Syjoli Sylvia K Tatoosh, Cayman Is, Three Ships Ti Amo Tigger Ulu Ulu, USA Unicorn, Norway Umiak Varedhuni, Ger. Vilje Ya-T, BVI Yanti Paratzi Zahi, Malta Zee Vonic Zeezot YACHTING AND WATERSPORTS PAGE KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 12-09 2:14 1.0FT. 9:14 1.6FT. 15:45 1.2FT. 19:51 1.4FT. 57 12-10 1:56 1.1FT. 9:35 1.8FT. 17:12 1.1FT. 21:07 1.3FT. 56 12-11 1:10 1.1FT. 10:01 1.9FT. 18:23 1.0FT. 22:40 1.1FT. 60 12-12 10:31 2.0FT. 19:37 0.8FT. 68 12-13 11:10 2.1FT. 20:34 0.8FT. 76 12-14 11:46 2.1FT. 21:35 0.7FT. 83 12-15 12:20 2.1FT. 22:25 0.6FT. 86 12-16 13:00 2.1FT. 23:04 0.6FT. 87 I t’s a celebration for all sailors on the island to join the final race of the year – The End of the Year Regatta. The tradition has been observed for so many years that even the organizers can’t remember when it actually started. They do know that it is a popular event, not only for the sailors but for the spectators on shore. This year it’s on Sunday, December 18, and races start at 10 am in front of the Regatta House. Participants should be there at 9. All classes of boats, including the traditional fishing boats, and windsurfers are invited. This year there will be races around Klein Bonaire, according to Race Director Elvis Martinus. As is custom and tradition, instead of trophies the winners will get hams, beer, wine, soft drinks great food and beverage items for the holidays. Registration for the Regatta is NAƒ10. For more information call Elvis Martinus 790-2288. L.D. The traditional fishing boats will sail around Klein Bonaire

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 Sanikolas, Zwarte Pieten visit Warehouse Sanikolas, Zwarte Pieten visit Warehouse Sanikolas, Zwarte Pieten visit Warehouse Bonaire Bonaire Bonaire Y ou’d have to have been deaf, dumb and blind not to notice them! Sanikolas and his Zwarte Pieten visited Warehouse Bonaire last Saturday to give gifts to the kids and put on a noisy, energetic and fabulously fun parade through the aisles of the store. Led by the drum playing “musical” Zwarte Pieten, the group was followed by the rollicking, teasing and trick playing Pieten who were in turn followed by a co nga line of kids. Everyone in the place – no matter what their age – had big smiles on their faces! In mid-November the children of Bonaire were invited by Warehouse Bonaire to color pictures of Sanikolas and leave a shoe in the store for Sanikolaas to fill with goodies. All the pictures and the shoes ha ve been on display at Warehouse since then. Then last Saturday the children returned to get their drawing and goodies from Sanikolas and be entertained by the Zwarte Pieten. All this was organized by Warehouse Manager Roland Verbeek who told us that this is the ninth year they’ve been doing this. “The first year we started out with just 14 kids; this year there were 250!” he said. Anothe r nice thing is that each child is photographed with Sinter Klaus, and next week, according to Roland, the children can come to pick up their photo. “We do this because not everyone on the island has a camera,” says Roland. What a very nice memory for a child and his parents! L.D. Green Label is Stocked for the Holidays Green Label is Stocked for the Holidays Green Label is Stocked for the Holidays T he Green Label nursery shop is crammed with all sorts of new garden things. They’ve just unloaded two and a half containers and the shop is bursting. One whole container came from Florida with all kinds of palm trees, including pigtail palms, fruit trees like mangoes and figs, strawberry guava and flowering shrubs. Also in that shipment are fertilizers and pest controls. Another one and a half containers also arrived, just in time for the holiday, laden with clay pots from Colombia and Venezuela. Every room of the shop is filled with pots – from huge, Ali Baba-sized ones to smaller vers ionsin all shapes and sizes and at all different prices. They have table-top live conifers that make perfect little Christmas (or Chanukah) trees and beautiful, healthy poinsettias – all of which you can plant in your garden afterwards. Green Label, at Kaya Carlos Nicolaas 2, near Napa, is a full service garden company. They do garden design, construction and maintenance and have nurseries growing native, hardy and unusual plants. Stop by and see them. They’re open six days a week, Saturdays, 9 to 4 nonstop. Tel. 717-8310, 566-6033, fax 717-3720, email GreenLabel@bonairelive.com L.D. Nils van Eldik says happy holidays from Green Label! Holiday Pages Holiday Pages Holiday Pages

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Page 11 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 K K K ids Learn to Bake For The Holidays ids Learn to Bake For The Holidays ids Learn to Bake For The Holidays I n keeping with the season of giving, 10 young SBO students, from teacher Wilna Groenenboom’s class, spent the afternoon at Cultimara’s bakery with six, six to 10-year-old kids. The idea was that this co uld be a creative experience for the kids – and it was. They used Amstel beer boxes to boost the kids up to the tables, and Amstel beer bottles to help roll out the dough! Each child was given a certain amount of dough with which to work, and the idea was to make the popular Dutch cookie, Spekulaas . Creativity ran rampant and all had a great time! Afterwards everyone got a free drink and all the children will get a special certificate from Cultimara Baker Remsley Bart with the Spekulaas recipe on the back. Thanks to Cultimara for providing the bakery and the materials. Wilna Groenenboom/L.D. Holiday Pages Holiday Pages Holiday Pages

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 Fishing boat recently refurbished is for sale for NAƒ14,000 Call George 786-6518/717-8988. Wanted Looking for a good home for a 6 year old Ridgeback mix. Spayed female, very friendly, used to children. Up to date with all shots, has heartworm and Frontline for next 3 months. Leaving island beginning of January to a cold climate! Call 786-5209/717-5468 Got something to buy or sell? REACH MORE READERS than an y 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 emai l ads@bonairereporter.com CLASSIFIED ADVERTISEMENTS 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-N-Browse 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 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" Palm Trading (dive-equipment wholesaler) on Bonaire needs a full time helper starting this January. Must be in the possession of a Driving License and by preference have some dive experience. Please contact: info@palmtradingnv.com / phone number 717-2072. 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. 100% natural Bath Salts available at Chat-n-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 For Sale 3 sky-kennels, KLM-approved, size C: NAƒ125, size E: NAƒ150, size F: NAƒ300 . Tel 786-5582 Edwin A 1996 Tappan stove . Naf200. Call 717-6098 before 4.30pm. LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale 1991-4X4 drive 1.6 Cyl. 95.000km NAƒ5.400 717-2844 or 786-2844 Boat for Sale Why import a sail boat when you can own a fast Regatta winner built right here? Classic 21’ Bonaire Sail CACTUS BLUE Bar & Restaurant IS NOW LOOKING FOR TRAINED PERSONNEL TO FILL THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS SERVICE STAFF BAR STAFF KITCHEN STAFF CLEANER APPLICANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SPEAK ENGLISH. J.A. ABRAHAM BLVD. 12 KRALENDIJK Telephone 786-0816 for more detailsSTOP BY FOR AN APPLICATION R eal Beaujolais is unfortunately rare. Wine maker Marcel Lapierre, who also makes the Beaujolais Morgon at Chateau Cambon, makes Beaujolais according to his own stubborn ideas. There are no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. He even ploughs (a labor intensive rarity nowadays) and so uses the natural yeast of the vineyard. This is one of the few wines in the world without sulphur . It’s the real thing, not a high alcoholic grad e of wine that tastes like sweet bananas because of the yeast used in mass production, but Beaujolais like it used to be and is supposed to be: light, fresh, fruity, thirst quenching a wine to share with friends. A tradition we started last year and “naturally” (a word that is truly in place here) we want to keep up is the Beaujolais Nouveau 2005 from Chateau Cambon. It’s unfiltered, there’s no sulphur added, with indigenous yeast. Again it is nothing more and nothing less than pure fermented grape juice. In keeping with tradition Marcel Lapierre made it a wine you will drink and empty the bottle before you know it. Uncomplicated enjoyment! And it will stay like that until summer 2006. It’s at its best nicely cooled. Marjolein Hayden – See the AWC ad on page 11. AWC also carries the Laramon Red French Table Wine. According to Marjolein this grape was nearly lost, but here it is now in a bottle– 100% of the Laramon grape. Another rare find is the Lou Carignan, again with that grape being present 100% in the bottle. These two wines are all naturally made with no artificial additives.L.D. AWC’s Noel and Marjolein and Marjolein Too with the very special Beaujolais Nouveau

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 W hat would life be like on Bonaire without our local snacks? These neighborhood establishments are often well known to residents, but they are a mystery to most of our island visitors. We hope our guide will make you take the time to visit one of the snacks on Bona ire and enjoy dinner or perhaps just a couple of cold beers. You may ask, “What is a snack?” We have discussed this difficult subject over many beers, and we have come up with some guidelines to help you determine if you are eating at a “real” snack, or at just another fancy restaurant. The best part of “snacks” is that there or no two that are the same, and half the fun is that you never know what you are going to find once you walk in. We have defined a snack as a small business serving fresh food and usually serving cold beer. Some snacks may also serv e wine and mixed drinks. A snack is often a neighborhood place with a bar and at least a couple of tables. You will never see cloth tablecloths or linen napkins at a snack. The food at a snack is usually available for take out and is normally deli vered in plastic containers for take out. You can enjoy a couple of cold beers while waiting for your take out order. The food is usually very tasty, and it is often served in large portions. Most snacks serve a combination of local dishes, BBQ (chicken and ribs for sure) or Chinese food. Entrees are rarely more than NAƒ20 and most dishes are priced from NAƒ10 to NAƒ15. We have decided to use a rating system that measures the key factors we consider when visiting a local snack. We rate each snack on the basis of 1 to 5 beer bottles, 5 being the best. In the interest of fairness we will try to evaluate all of the snacks we visit on the same basis. Beer Temperature when served – a 5 means that the beer is served at a temperature that is just above freezing. Beer Price – A 5 means that most beer is NAƒ2 per bottle or less, 4 is for beer prices from NAƒ 2 to NAƒ 2.50, and 3 beers mean that the beer is over NAƒ2.50. Food Quantity – A 5 means that a “large” order would feed more than three people, a 4 would feed two people and a three means there is at least enough food for you and your dog. Food Price – A 5 means that there is a good selection of entrees big enough to share for under NAƒ12, 4 means that most entrees are under NAƒ15, and 3 means that most entrees are under NAƒ 20. Food Quality – Based on tastiness and presentation. Atmosphere and Service –A 5 means that a cold beer arrives at about the same time that you sit down at the bar. We, the authors, have invested hundreds of hours in research, so we hope that you will enjoy our comments and hopefully you will take the time to visit some of these wonderful local businesses. Our first review follows. If you have any comments or want to suggest your favorite snack for our review please send your emails to snackboys@bonairereporter.com. Snack Boys Op=Op Master Grill: T his wonderful snack is family owned and operated by Shirley and Sherman. Their two children, Sherlock and Sherma lina, are often there to help cook as well. This snack is best known for their BBQ which is served hot right off the grill. These BBQ’d treats include rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, lomito and more. A whole chicken with French fries is NAƒ 10 , and the same for a rack of BBQ ribs. Op=Op also offers Creole cooking, fresh fish and stobás (stews) on occasion. You can always stop by and see what’s cooking. Our favorite is the mixed grill which includes 2 lomito (thin sirloin steak), ribs, ½ chicken, pork chops and 2 chorizo for NAƒ 20, including French fries and cole slaw. This will easily serve three people with some left over for the dogs. Open from 6 pm to midnight, Tuesday thru Saturday. Noon to 8 pm on Sunday. Closed Monday. No beer; soft drinks only. Directions: Located on Kaya Korona, across from the Progresso Supermarket Conclusion: This is one of the best BBQ style snacks on Bonaire. Take your order home and drink your own beer. Just make sure to have a big appetite. Ratings: Beer Temperature – No Beer is sold Beer Price – No Beer Food Quantity –5 Food Price –4½ Food Quality –4½ Atmosphere and Service –4 Overall –4 (only becau se they don’t serve beer) The Snack Boys January 7 Opening Karnaval February 4 Tumba Festival February 17 Youth Parade Rincon February 18 Youth Parade Playa February 25 Adult Parade Rincon February 26 Adult Parade Playa February 27 Farewell Youth Parade February 28 Farewell Adult Parade Karnaval 2006 Schedule:

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 ©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: Xiomara Alberto, Wilna Groenenboom, Marjolein Hayden, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Mabel Nava, Snack Boys, Michael Thiessen, Andy Uhr, 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 Drukkerij, Curaçao “B asta” is enthusiastic, smart and very energetic. She’s independent and afraid of nothing. She was living with a family with two other dogs, but because she was so dominant they couldn’t keep her. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because with some time and training she promises to become a fine pet, one who will be a serious watch dog. She’s only seven months old; she’s been sterilized, checked by the vet and has had her shots. This one really needs a chance to show her worth. Here are some amazing figures: In addition to the 150 pets that have been adopted from the Shelter so far this year there have been an additional 100 animals sterilized – all thanks to the Sterilization Program. That’s a total of 250 animals on Bonaire that have been sterilized this year. Think of how many unwanted litters of how many puppies and kittens that have been eliminated. But all this does cost money and the Shelter desperately needs some to keep this very worthwhile project going. Please, if you can, donate to the “Sterilization Fund,” MCB Account #10616410. All the monies go only for sterilization, nothing else. You may also donate via Support Bonaire, Inc. Website: www.SupportBonaire.org/. Looking for some nice dog collars and leads? A very kind person donated some after a pet store in the US went out of business. They normally would cost $14 in the States, but the Shelter is selling them for only NAƒ15 each, all proceeds to the Shelter of course. The Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Friday, 1 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. L.D. “Basta”

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 THIS WEEK Friday, December 9 – “Mi Gusta Lesa” (“I Like to Read”) project for children four to eight and their parents or guardians– fun activities and surprises. Sentro di Bario Nort Salina, 5 to 7 pm. Sponsored by SEBIKI with Marie Craane and Roxiana Goeloe. (Parents: please bring an old white bed sheet if you have one.) For further information contact SEBIKI at 717-2436 Saturday, December 10 – Benetton Fashion Show to celebrate their 15 year anniversary in Bonaire, Dance Show by the Ginies and a musical presentation. 7pm, Barracuda Club. General price: NAƒ35; VIP price NAƒ65. Benefit to Bonaire Foundations. Tickets available at Benetton Bonaire or call 510-0710. Saturday, December 10 , Ars Cantandi Christmas Concert at 8 pm in the SGB High School auditorium of SGB. Sunday, December 11 —Jong Bonaire Kaminata (walk) A Teener Parade Fundraiser for anyone who can walk. NAƒ7,50 includes lunch & drinks. Start at Jong Bonaire at 6 am. Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting days, starting around 10 am to early afternoon: Dec.13 Sea Princess; AidaVita. Dec.17 Silver Whisper. Dec.19 Arcadia COMING UP Saturday, December 17 – Plaza Resort 10th Anniversary– 7 pm-midnight at Tipsy Seagull. All invited. Free admission. Info 717-7500 Sunday, December 18 – End of the Year Regatta – 10 am, in front of Regatta House on the waterfront. All sailors welcome to the last race of the year. Food and beverage prizes!! More information on page 9. For information call Elvis Martinus 790-2288. Monday, December 19 – SGB Christmas Fair and Market – Gifts, food, drinks, entertainment, Christmas spiritNAƒ1 entrance (drawing for a prize). Sunday, December 25 Bonairean Christmas Buffet at Divi Flamingo Music by Kriollo Kids ( Gaitas ). The buffet will consist of all-Bonairean Christmas dishes. There will be a cozy Bonairean Christmas ambiance with decorations, Christmas tree, etc. Price to be announced. Information 717-8285. Saturday, December 31 – Divi Flamingo New Years Party – to be announced 2006 Karnaval 2006 January 7 to February 28 (see page 13). January 14, 2006 next quarterly cleanup dive. All are welcome, divers and non-divers alike. Contact sponsors Yellow Submarine (http://www. bonaireyellowsubmarine.com) or NetTech (http://www.nettech.an). REGULAR EVENTS 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, It’s free. 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. Great wines 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, Divi Flamingo Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Tuesday –Yoga 5 pm, Beginner; 6.30 pm, Intermediate, Harbour Village Spa 786-6416 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." Wednesday –Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed Level, Plaza Resort, 786-6416 Friday -Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm Friday –Yoga 8.30 am, Mixed Level, Buddy Dive Resort, 786-6416 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. MondayDee Scarr’s Touch the Sea slide Show at Captain Don’s Habitat, 8:30pm Call 717-8290 for info 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 CLUBS and MEETINGS AA meetings every Wednesday ; Phone 7176105; 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 5670655 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, 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 5164252. 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. 717-8454 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Bonaire Arts & Crafts ( Fundashon Arte Industrial Bonaireano ) 717-5246 or 7117 The Bonaire Swim ClubContact Valarie Stimpson at 785-3451; Valrie@telbonet.an Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help staff gallery. 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 7174685, 566-4685 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon . Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture . Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 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. 7178444/785-0017 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. 717-8332 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. Wednes-day Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm . 717-2194 Send event info to The Bonaire Reporter Email reporter@bonairenews.com Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518 December 2005 Cruise Ship Schedule Day Date Ship Name Time Pier # PAX Line Tue Dec.13 Sea Princess 1200-1900 S.Pier 1950 Princess Tue Dec.13 AidaVita 1000-2000 N.Pier 1260 P&O Ger. Sat Dec.17 Silver Whisper 0700-1600 S.Pier 388 Silversea Cruises Mon Dec.19 Arcadia 0800-1800 S.Pier 1968 P&O Cruises Mon Dec.26 Braemar 0800-1700 S.Pier 720 Fred Olsen Tue Dec.27 AidaVita 1000-2000 S.Pier 1260 P&O Ger. 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 ) Domino (Mickey Rourke) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Steve Carell) MOVIELAND

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 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, honest 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. WINDSURFING The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch and drinks too. 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 17 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 “I was born far away in El Salvador August 26, 1971. I lived with my grandparents in a small town called El Transito, outside San Salvador. We lived in a house that had no windows, no doors, no running water and no electricity. It was a simple house. My younger brother, a cousin and I lived there because my mother had to leave the country to go to the United States to make money for us. In total we are four brothers: two went with my father and two stayed with my grandparents, so we never got to know each other. I was going to a Christian school on the main road and many times the government troops or the guerillas were looking to recruit you, because at that time the country was in a civil war. As I was tall and looked older, I had to run or hide a lot. I went to school until the sixth grade. I was fortunate because some kids grew up without going to school at all; they would work or join the military. They didn’t even get the chance. My grandmother was strict in everything, and she always worked hard making tamales, dough stuffed with meat or chicken and vegetables. When she needed water we had to walk three miles with a little container. We’d make it our goal to fill up the 55 gallon drum at the house. On weekends we’d go house to house to sell the tamales if my grandmother’s regular costumers didn’t buy them all. The point was to come home with an empty basket. During one of those selling trips I found a whole family murdered, the bodies lying behind the house. When I was 12, I saw my father for the first time when he had to open a bank account for my mom because she was planning to get us to the US. Shortly after I saw him again when he had to sign my passport. Those were the only two times in my life that I saw my father. Then we were busy arranging the travel to the US. To get us there a friend of my mother came to El Salvador to accompany us because he knew the way. The four of us my grandmother, my younger brother, I and the friend arrived in Mexico City in February, 1985. It was very, very cold, but it was fun. I’ll never forget it! We went to an uncle’s and lived with him for six weeks, waiting for more money from my mom and learning to speak like a Mexican because at that time Mexicans could cross the border much easier. After we got ready to leave Mexico City we went to Tijuana, on the border, and to our contact person where we waited for about a week, staying in one room with 50 other people, waiting for the right time to cross. When it was our time, my grandmother, I and three other persons climbed into a Chevrolet Camino, lying flat in a hollo w bottom. After a 45minute ride they told us we were in the United States… just like that! The first thing I saw when got up and looked outside was the sign on the freeway: Long Beach! It was a relief because that was where my mom was. We waited three days for my mom. You have to pay on delivery and for the four of us she had to pay close to $4,000. My mom worked at a gas station and our way of living was very simple, but we had an apartment with doors and a TV and things we were not used to having. I got a sense of living in a big city and for me it was very important to educate myself, learn the language properly so that I could understand what the pop songs were about and become an American! The city had a good and a bad side and it was up to you which way you wanted to go. Compared to where I grew up it was nice, I thought, but I guess you’d call it a ‘ghetto.’ It was very difficult to stay on the good side, because everybody was in gangs. My brother was good in elementary school, but he wanted life to be easy and started going bad after junior high. He was in and out of juvenile detention; everything he did got him into bigger trouble and he ended up in jail. Because of all the problems my brother was causing I went to live in an apartment when I was 21.” Angel Martinez, an admirable, patient man, continues the story of his incredible journey to Bonaire. “I tried to combine three things: school, work and a social life. Besides liking music I also liked cars. One of my first real jobs was being a test driver for cars that were not sold yet. This company was doing prototype testing for Ford. I worked there for 10 years. I started as a driver and they sent me to school to learn and I became a mechanic. I traveled around the country testing cars and that’s when I met Lucia Beck in San Francisco. It was ‘curiosity at first sight!’” “I was in San Francisco for a week,” Lucia says. “I had just come from Singapore. I was working for this business and investment guide, spending three months in a country. I was born in Holland, an only child. My father was German, my mom is from Curaçao. I was raised in Germany until I was five; then we left for Curaçao and in 1994 I moved with my mom and daughter to Bonaire. Three months ago I started to manage Voz di Bonaire. I have my own business, a PR, marketing and advertising company, and I’m also in charge of tourist information programming at Mega and I represent Tele Curaçao on Bonaire. Well, after we’d met, Angel would call me every day to talk for two hours while he was driving home from work! What I liked about him was that he is a very quiet person and relaxed while I am a loud person. My mom, who lives with us, is also loud, and so is my daughter Thibisay (18) who is studying hotel management in Aruba.” “In the States, what I saw,” Angel says, “is that people are attracted to the ‘all American girl.’ I was more attracted to people from different cultures. The way Lucia reacted to something, the way she talked to me it made me want to know more about her. We met at the beginning of 1999 and we got married April 22nd 2000, in Moreno Valley, California, where my mom lives. The next day we went on a very unique honeymoon: With the entire family and all our friends we went to Las Vegas! Three months later I came to Bonaire. Two years earlier I didn’t even know it existed! To me it was and it still is paradise. I’m working at the salt company as a mechanic. Even though this is not my country I feel I belong here. December 24th 2001, our son Timothy was born, and to have a son changes everything.” “It was the first and only time I saw Angel express emotion,” Lucia says. “He never expresses emotion.” “I choose to be like that,” Angel replies quietly. “Last year in February, I visited El Salvador after 25 years to see my grandparents. My grandmother had returned seven years ago. They’re both over 90 and I wanted to see them. It was a very long trip and my expectations were really low, but it got me by surprise – it has become so American – unbelievable. My grandparents live on a farm and as I was walking towards the fence I saw my grandfather sitting there. The years are showing, there is a walking cane, but… he was humming the same song he used to hum when I was a child. He looked at me and started laughing… and I went down and gave him a hug. But the thing that got me is that he recognized me still… The whole time I was there I was trying to explain to him where it was I was living now, and I think he finally understood. It was a family reunion. My mom was there too and also my youngest brother. But the attitude he had with my grandparents made me want to leave. I called Lucia and told her, ‘I want to get out of here now!’ After seven days I flew back. And I know: This is my place; my son was born here I don’t have any other place to go to.” story and photo by Greta Kooistra “…..many times the government troops or the guerillas were looking to recruit you, because at that time the country was in a civil war. As I was tall and looked older, I had to run or hide a lot. ” Angel Martinez July 8th 2000. Lucia, Timothy, Godzilla, the Chihuahua,

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 J oan and Alan Zale of Hartsdale, NY, pose with a copy of The Bonaire Reporter in front of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City on Sunday, December 4. They own a condo at Sand Dollar and travel to Bonaire twice a year. Joan is a reading teacher in the Bronx and Alan is a freelance photographer for The New York Times. 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.) A fter Susanne and Ernst Seeling returned from their 22nd trip to Bonaire back to their home town of Vienna, Austria, they posed with a copy of T he Bonaire Reporter in front of the giant ferris wheel, "Riesenrad," one of the town’s famous attractions. They say, “We are already looking forward to December, when we will again visit our beloved island Bonaire.” R ecognize those famous smiles? They belong to windsurf chamption Everon “Tonky” Frans and Sapphira Coffie who are now parents to baby Evanthe Denou who arrived at San Francisco Hospital on November 24 at 4:05 pm. She weighed in at 3,430 grams and was 50 cm. long. Baby and parents are doing very well, and during the photo session little Evanthe even flashed us a baby-style “shaka!” (Check the photo ) L.D. Readers are invited to send their photos of their anniversaries, engagements or weddings to The Reporter . Tonky, Sapphira & Evanthe

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter December 9-16, 2005 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Cultural activities open your eyes to new ways of doing things. You should make sure that your personal papers are in order. Consider applying for a job in another part of the world. Opportunities for romance will flourish through travel. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Try not to lend or borrow money this week. You can form new partnerships, but don't move too quickly; things may not be as they appear. Look into attending seminars that can expand your perception. Your ability to do detailed work will dazzle those who are less creative. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Discuss your objectives with peers or lovers. Your positive attitude and intellectual outlook will draw others to you. Exaggeration or deception coupled with overi ndulgence might be a problem. Difficulties at an emotional level may be likely. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Lovers may not be truthful. Your professional attitude will not go unnoticed. You may feel that someone at work is holding you back. Avoid any gossip and be careful that you aren't misinterpreted. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may need to make a choice. Take time to relax. Stress and pressure at home may have worn you ragged. You should catch up on correspondence. If you haven't already, don't be afraid to start your own small business on the side. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Don't make excuses. You must not let others talk you into doing things that will probably limit you financially at a later date. Organize your day to avoid any setbacks that might ignite temper flare-ups. Be careful not to let friends or peers make you look bad. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Sudden chan ges regarding colleagues may surprise you. You will be able to get along well with colleagues. You can make the most headway if you put in some overtime. Enlist the aid of family members and consider the feelings of your mate. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You need a change of pace. Emotional partnerships may develop through projects you initiate. Don't let relatives make demands of you. You will be a bit of a spendthrift this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Be cautious not to get involved in office chatter that will cause problems for others . Take time to find out if anyone has a better suggestion before you make arrangements for the whole family. Lovers will be demanding. You are best to sign your partner up for activities that will be tiring. Things at home may be somewhat rocky. Your lucky day this week is Monday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You are best to move quickly and to get in good with the boss. Stay away from social unpleasantness. Your changing philosophies may lead you into new circles and open doors that will give you a unique outlook on life. Someone you work with may be withholding valuable information. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Romance app ears. Travel will also entice you. Your stability will aid you in getting support from your fellow workers. Chances are you split up the last time because you di dn't really want to make a commitment. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Travel will be good if you are seeking knowledge. Opportunities for love will develop while traveling or while attending religious functions. Club memberships or donations could be expensive and prove unnecessary. Put your thoughts into some trendy new ideas. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday. How the Planets Perform I n addition to brilliant Venus , which is at its greatest brilliancy this week, and Mars, Saturn and Jupiter , which are also very eye catching, the first planet out from the Sun, Mercury , puts on its last performance for the year during the second week of December. But first look west just after dark this week and you'll be dazzled by planet #2 from the Sun, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, which is at its brightest this week and which is always mistaken for the Christma s star whenever it appears in early evening skies at Christmas time. Around 8 pm look southeast and up, and you'll see planet #4, rouge-gold 4,000-mile-wide Mars, still extremely bright even though it is almost 20 million miles farther away than when it was at its closest on October 29th. At 10 pm look just north of east. Not nearly as bright but much more beautiful through a small telescope you'll see planet #6, 75,000-mile-wide Saturn. And about one hour before dawn look southeast and you'll see planet #5, 88,000-milewide Jupiter. But to find planet #1, the most elusive of them all because it pops in and out of morning and evening skies several times throughout the year and never gets very high above the horizon, look below Jupiter just above the southeast horizon all next week about 45 minutes before sunrise for a bright pinkish light and bingo! You will have spotted Mercury, the tiniest planet of them all except for Pluto , 3,000-mile-wide, Mercury, 1,000 miles wider than our Moon and 1,000 miles smaller than Mars. It's called the “pink ir on planet” because its core actually has more iron than all the iron on Earth. Its pink color is due to the fact that it never appears very high above the horizon so we always look at it through dustier layers of our earth's atmosphere, which gives it this false coloration. And if you look at it through a small telescope you will see that, like Venus, it goes through various phases. Venus is steadily shrinking, phase wise, all month long and will look like a thin crescent moon by New Year's. But tiny Mercury looks like a gibbous phase of the moon. Now because Mercury is the first planet out from the Sun it is also the fastest. We all know that it takes 365 and 1/4 days for our Earth to make one trip around the Sun, but Mercury, named for the swift messenger of the gods, makes one trip every 88 days, so a year on Mercury is 88 Earth days long. Back in 1974 we flew by it for the first time in a spacecraft a nd saw it close up for the first time. And amazingly it looks very much like our heavily cratered Moon. So there you have it: planet number 1 at its best next week and planets number 6, 5, 4 and 2 also visible. And of course we could always throw in planet number 3, which is the one you're standing on right now. Jack Horkheimer For the week: December 4 to 10, 2005 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen *to find it, just look up Internet photo The planets