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P arliamentary elec-
tion night last Fri-
day turned out to be quite
exciting because all five
islands of the Nether- % -
lands Antilles were
linked by television cov-
erage for the first time.
Ironically, it is the last
time there will ever be a
five-island election since the Antilles
will break apart in 2007.

SIn Bonaire, Ramonsito Booi's UPB
(green) party took two of Bonaire's
three seats in the Antillean parlia-
mentary elections. Jopie Abraham's
PDB (red) party held on to its sin-
gle seat. As far as Bonaire is con-
cerned, its representation is the same
as before the election. The parties

A Tiara Air, a new airline in
Aruba, flew the first test flight with its
Shorts 360-200, a venerable 33-seat



Emily de Jonge, the new PM?

that the UPB was affiliated with in
Curaqao for a ruling coalition, PAR
and PNP, made strong showings, en-
suring Bonaire's continued represen-
tation whatever central government is

commuter airplane. Once approved, the
plane will fly twice a day to Curaqao.

A KLM has announced its summer
schedule and Bonaire will gain one 12
MD-11 flight a week. The daily flight
from Bonaire to Peru will continue
along with five weekly roundtrip flights
to Ecuador via Bonaire on both the out-
bound and Amsterdam-bound legs. The
island is awaiting word of KLM's win-
ter 2006-2007 schedule which is ru-
mored to feature elimination of the Peru

* Results of the parliamentary elections
in Curaqao showed a surprising
turn toward moderation with An-
thony Godett's FOL party reduced to
two seats and Errol Cova's PLKP
losing its only two seats. Godett is
facing jail time in his fraud convic-
tion and Cova was ousted for making
inflammatory statements opposing
government policies. Resigning
Prime Minister Ys' PAR party won
25.9% of the vote, taking five seats
in the 22-member parliament. PAR's
new leader, Emily de Jongh-Elhage,
is a bet for the future Prime Minis-
ter of the Netherlands Antilles. The
MAN party, which didn't win any
seats in the last parliamentary elec-
tion, made a comeback with 18.4%
of the vote, good for three seats.

* Prime Minister Ys presented the
Governor with the letter of resig-
nation of his cabinet last weekend.
According to protocol, the Governor
has asked Ys to stay on until a new

flight in favor of non-stop 777 service
from Amsterdam.

A .Elsmarie Beukenboom notes that
downtown Kralendijk is darker than
it should be. Its because dozens of
streetlights are burned out. She counted
48 out on the Shorefront Promenade, 26
along Kaya Grandi, 53 more in the
town center and in the government
building parking lot 12 more. That
makes a total of 139 lights out and there
still more to find. To its credit the gov-

cabinet is formed. Now that the cur-
rent government is outgoing only
current matters will be concluded and
no new projects will be started.

* Dutch Kingdom Relations Minister
Alexander Pechtold on the TV pro-
gram Studio NL last week acknowl-
edged the potential for the Nether-
lands in the Caribbean with its Antil-
lean islands as a hedge against the
shrinking role of the Netherlands
in the EU and the rising of Asian
economies. "The political future is
positive," he said. "We have a rich
past and a beautiful future. We
should also consider the other side of
the coin. It's not only how useful the
Netherlands is for the Antilles, but
also how useful the Antilles are for
the Netherlands. We should realize
that we have economic potential."
Pechtold added that he thought that
this process could take decades.
For more election news see page 5.

ernment has re-
cently installed a
tall pole-mounted
powerful spotlight
complex that cov-
ers a wide area
with fewer bulbs.
More are planned.
The power com-
pany, WEB, is New Streetlight
responsible for
street light maintenance.
(Continued on page 3)

Election News
Envirowatch (Illegal Dumping)
Youth Run
SGB Open House
Fitness (Stretching)
Lora Count 2006
Reef Balls, above and below
Young Sailors leave for Curacao
Walk-a-Thon is Sunday
Brigitte Kley Exhibit Opens
Dietitian (Vitamin and Mineral Test)
Verhoeven Opens at Kas di Arte
Karnaval Schedule
Cruise Ship Schedule
Antique Houses (Mentor triptych)

2 &5


Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Mega FM Schedule 5
Dee's Coral Glimpses 4
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Reporter Masthead 14
Picture Yourself
(Angel Falls, Venezuela) 14
What's Happening 15
Pet of the Week (Natasha & Kittens) 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Kenneth Kross) 17
Sky Park (Use Moon to Find Mars,
Aldebaran & Pleiades) 19
The Stars Have It 19

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 2

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)

Juvenile mangrove in Lac

A Costs of safeguarding the
world's fast-disappearing coral reefs
and mangroves are small compared
to the benefits they provide from tour-
ism to fisheries, the UN Environment
Program (UNEP) said last week. The
report, to be issued at a conference in
Paris, estimated that intact coral reefs
were worth $100,000-$600,000 per sq
km (0.3861 sq mile) a year to human-
kind and a sq km of mangroves
$200,000-$900,000 a year.
Under another survey, coral reefs in
the Caribbean were estimated to be
worth from $2,000 a year in remote

areas to $1.0 million beside a tourist
resort where it draws scuba divers.
By contrast, the cost of protecting a
sq km of coral reef or mangroves in a
marine park was just $775 a year, it
The report, part of a recent trend try-
ing to place a value on the natural
world, said that pollution, global
warming and expanding human settle-
ments along coasts were among
mounting threats to reefs and man-
A World Wetlands Day is cele-
brated each year on February 2. It
marks the anniversary of the signing of
the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar
Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on Feb-
rary 2, 1971. Bonaire contains several
"Ramsar" sites.
World Wetlands Day was first cele-
brated in 1997. Since that time govern-
ment agencies, non-government or-
ganizations and community groups
have celebrated World Wetlands Day
by undertaking actions to raise public
awareness of wetland values and bene-
fits and promote the conservation and
wise use of wetlands. These activities
include seminars, nature walks, festi-
vals, launching of new policies, an-
nouncement of new Ramsar sites,
newspaper articles, radio interviews
and wetland rehabilitation. The theme
for World Wetlands Day 2006 is
"Wetlands and water supporting life,
sustaining livelihoods."

A New license plate tax stickers
for 2006 went on sale last Monday,

January 30. The stickers, good for six
months, are red with white letters. The
stickers good for a year are yellow
with red letters. The new stickers must
be on all cars on the road by March 4,

Gasoline powered cars with B or V
plates must pay NAf340 for a full year
or NAf170 for a half year, plus NAf4
for the sticker itself. Diesel powered
cars must pay NAf1.500 a year;
NAf750 for half (diesel fuel is untaxed
at the pump). Taxis and AB (public
buses) get about a 25% discount on
these rates. Heavy vehicles, carrying
Z plates, are charged NAf2.250 per
year. Get them at the Island Ont-
vanger's office.

A Provisional dates set for the
Maduro and Curiel's 2006 King of
the Caribbean, Professional Wind-
surfing Association Freestyle Quali-
fier have now been set for April 6 to 9
at Lac Bay. Bonaire is one of the pros'
favorite venues for freestyle. Local
hot shots Tonky (see photo), Taty and
Choko Frans, and the freestyle wiz kid,
Kiri Thode, are already on the water
training hard, preparing to unleash a
slew of new moves sure to dazzle the

visiting pros and spectators. The entire
Bonaire Sailing Team invites everyone
to their training grounds. The purse is
$10,000 for the men and $5,000 for

For further information on the whole
PWA World Tour, check out www.
pwaworldtour.com or www.
bonaireworldfreestyle.com. Email
annl@bonairecaribbean.com for event
details. Sponsors include Maduro and
Curiel's Bank, TCB., Bonaire Wind-
surf Place, KLM, Caribbean Wind &
Sun Vacations, Budget Bonaire, Coco-
palm Gardens, The Bonaire Reporter,
Windguru and Nettech NV.

AA "prepaid" electricity meter,
where the consumer must pay ahead
(Continued on page 4)

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 3

Flotsam & Jetsam. (Continued from page 3)
for his/her energy use, was installed
for the first time, in Tera Cora last
week. The action was motivated by
the sharp escalation in the price of
electricity which made many WEB
(Water and Electricity Bureau) custom-
ers unable to pay their bills. Prepaying
for electric power will allow a home-
owner to better control his/her ex-
penses and not get surprised by a big
bill at the start of the month. Normally,
if a consumer does not pay the electric
bill the line is disconnected and WEB
charges a large amount to reconnect.
This does not apply to a prepaid ac-
count. WEB plans to pilot test a similar
arrangement for prepaying water.

A The Aruba Club "Casibari" to-
gether with the government of Bonaire
inaugurated the "Plasa Libertador

G. F. Betico Croes" and placed a
bust of the Aruban Liberator at the
corer near the post office last week.

A On Monday, David Dick, Antilles
Minister of Justice, announced that a
"new structural policy approach to
immigration" will take effect
throughout the Netherlands Antilles
beginning February 1. "The time has
come for us to focus on our own
(people) and
illegal immi-
gration will
not be toler-
ated any
longer," he
said in a state-
ment issued in
"Illegal im-
migration has
negative eco-
nomic and so-
cial effects on our society. This new
policy is essential and important for the
future of all our islands," he said in his
statement which shied away from de-
tails, but gave a general outline of
some developments within the Immi-
gration Department.
The new policies should inspire a
more efficient department resulting
from training for staff, shorter process-
ing time for applications and stricter
enforcement of the Law on Admission
and Expulsion.
Dick plans to brief the Lt. Governors
of the other Antillean islands to get
their cooperation in executing the new

Illegal dumping continues to
be a problem around Bon-
aire. It may grow after SELIBON
begins to charge commercial in-
terests a fee for dumping at the
landfill. SELIBON has promised
to increase their policing vigi-
lance after the fees for dumping

The material in the photos was
dumped on January 26 or a day
earlier at the first sidetrack to the
left of the upper Kaminda Bro-
ertje Janga. It consisted of (bush)
palm fronds, croton (the yellow-
green variety), weeds and dirty
gravel in paper "Caribbean Bak-
ery Suppliers" bags. O Sabine

He said the Netherlands Antilles al-
ways had and would continue to pre-
sent itself as a multicultural society, a
policy that brings with it the constant
migration of people to the islands.

coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals
designed for Flotsam & Jetsam by
naturalist Dee Scarr)

SEvery individual coral animal in
a coral head is a clone (an asexual
reproduction) of every other coral ani-
mal in that coral head.

A Welcome to Cactus Blue, a
trend setting new restaurant at Kaya
J.A. Abraham 12 (on the main street
about half-way between the downtown
Government buildings and the Divi
Flamingo Resort.) It opened on Febru-
ary 1, so you can be among the first to
give it a try. It's run by Hagen and
Corinna Wegerer, two well known per-
sonalities from Bonaire's water sports
sector. Check out their ad on page 11.
1 G./L.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 4

Election News

While the division of parliamentary
seats for Bonaire remained the
same as before last week's election the
voting results told some interesting sto-
ries. Although elected for a four-year
term, the new senators will probably
serve a shorter term since the Antilles are
set to be dissolved in 2007.
The top vote getters were the UPB
(green) leader, Ramonsito Booi,
"Monchi," with 1,424 of his party's total
of 3,678; Jopie Abraham, head of the
PDB (red), gathered 1,033. Incumbent
Commissioner James Kroon collected
791 votes with strong support from his
hometown, Rincon. The Democrat's
Robby Beukenboom was the next big-
gest vote-getter with 407.
According to local observers, the
Green's winning margin was due to

strong support from the European Dutch
voters in Republiek, Santa Barbara and
Belnem. The 731 vote margin, 11% of
the voters, was narrower than in the pre-
vious elections when the UPB trounced
the PDB. However, in this vote the PDB
slate included candidates who previously
ran under the PABOSO and Labor Party
banners. The PDB would have most
likely still have won a seat in parliament
without the other parties in alliance be-
cause 2,208 votes were needed for a seat.
Nevertheless, candidates Jona Chirino
Felida (former PABOSO, 247 votes) and
Kabuki Frans (former Labor, 272 votes)
brought in a total of 519 votes to Abra-
ham's party. Central Government elec-
tions are sometimes used as a barometer
for the Island elections at the end of the
following year. O G.D.

I meBo.na Sire L ions Clu .*,i A =O Y' uth Race Resultg

Lions with winning runners

ast Saturday was the Fourth An-
nual Bonaire Lions Club and
Comcabon Race for Youngsters, from
the Stadium to Karel's Beach Bar.
Thanks to the fine sponsors: Ennia,
MCB, Karel's Beach Bar, RBTT, SSS
and the Tung Fong Store.

Results were:
Girls -7 to 9 years, 1.5 k
1. Gleni Albertina 6:20
2. Mari Glendi Albertina 6:22
Girls 14 tol5 years, 4 k
Tammy Albertsz 18:52
Women- 16 to 24, 5 k
Raauelita Martiin 37:38 (overall)

Boys, 7 to 9 years, 1.5 k
1. Maxim Wilsoe 6:09
2. Jason Mejia, 6:23
Boys -10 to 11 years, 2 k
Aneldys Albertina 8:23
Boys 12 to 13, 2 k
1. Sharlon Sumter 8:11
2. Juan Carlos Mejia 8:40
Men 16-24 years, 5 k
Hilal El Lazkani 19:48
Men 25 and above, 5 k
1. Rik Roozenburg 16:50
2. Junny Anthony 21:04
3. Leugene Crestian 23:06

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 5

SGB O en House phot*"o n-

Future students and their families at SGB

T he SGB high school had an open house re-
cently for everyone, especially for the pupils
of the sixth grade in the basic (elementary) school and
their families. SGB students manned exhibits, giving
demonstrations of the different classes.
On display were books of the different subjects
which are given during the first two years of SGB.
During their second year at SGB students may choose
which direction they want to take in their third year.
This choice also depends on the marks they get in the
first two years.
The directions (courses of study) are: AGO, PBL,
PKL, TKL (vocational education), HAVO and VWO

(secondary education).
After HAVO 3 the students must make a choice
between three profiles: culture and society, econ-
omy and society, or nature sciences.
After TKL 2 there are three sectors to choose
from: economy, care and welfare, or technique.
In AGO, PBL and PKL, _
the different directions are: Members of the
electricity, car technique, Student Council
construction, metal tech- publish a newslet-
nique, hospitality, admini- ter, SGB Express,
stration, care and welfare. once a month.
DHelen Chung/SGB

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006


Page 6



f you have an active lifestyle or are
involved in the health and fitness in-
dustry, whether it be participating in your favorite
sport, coaching, training or just keeping fit, you
know how annoying and debilitating a sports injury
can be. In reality, your body has been hurt and now
needs time and care to repair itself. And on top of
this, you're also losing the time you could have been
putting into training and improving your sporting
ability. Take it from me, a sports injury is one of the
most frustrating occurrences that can happen to any-
one who's serious about their health, fitness, sport or

So, Where Do You Start?
Most people now understand both the importance
and the benefits of a good warm-up. A correct
warm-up will help to raise body temperature, in-
crease blood flow and promote oxygen supply to the
muscles. It will also help to prepare the mind, body,
muscles and joints for the physical activity to come. Fitness Instructor Rosita
While warming-up is important, a good cool-down Paiman helps Katie Moerlein
also plays a vital role in helping to prevent a sports perfect the ideal stretch.
injury. How? A good cool-down will prevent blood
from pooling in your limbs. It will also prevent
waste products such as lactic acid from building up in your muscles. Not only that, a
good cool-down will help your muscles and tendons relax and loosen, stopping them
from becoming stiff and tight.

While there are a number of basic preventative measures such as warming-up and cool-
ing-down that help prevent sports injuries, there is one technique that has slowly been
gaining in popularity. You've probably used this technique yourself at some point or at
least seen others using it. But the real question is, how dedicated have you been to mak-
ing this technique a consistent part of your athletic preparation?

Stretching is a vital part of any exercise program and should be looked upon as being as
important as any other part of your health and fitness. One of the greatest benefits of
stretching is that you're able to increase the length of both your muscles and tendons.
This leads to an increased range of movement, which means your limbs and joints can
move further before an injury occurs. Let's take a look at an example.

The Hamstring muscles are put under a huge strain when doing any sort of sport which
involves running and especially for sports which require kicking. Short, tight hamstring
muscles can spell disaster for many sports people. By ensuring these muscles are loose
and flexible, you'll cut your chances of a hamstring injury dramatically. Warm up prior
to stretching. This is to prepare the body and mind for more strenuous activity and helps
to increase the muscle temperature. By increasing muscle temperature you are helping
to make the muscles loose, supple and pliable. Make sure to breathe slowly and easily
while stretching. Don't hold your breath. This causes tension in your muscles, which in
turn makes it very difficult to stretch. To avoid this, remember to breathe slowly and
deeply during your stretching. This helps to relax your muscles, promotes blood flow
and increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. Stretch gently and
slowly (avoid bouncing) to relax your muscles, which in turn makes stretching more
pleasurable, relaxing and beneficial. This also helps to avoid muscle tears and strains
that can be caused by rapid, jerky movements. And stretch only to the point of tension;
don't overdo it because stretching is not an activity that was meant to be painful. This is
one of the greatest mistakes you can make when stretching.

Professionals have become more serious about stretching and ultimately, flexibility.
Coaches and trainers are just starting to realize how important flexible muscles are to
helping prevent sports injuries. Flexibility has often been neglected in the overall condi-
tioning of modem athletes. It's only now that its benefits are proving invaluable to all
those serious about staying injury free. While injuries can occur at any time, they are
more likely to occur if the muscles are fatigued, tight and depleted of energy. Fatigued,
tight muscles are also less capable of performing the skills required for your particular
sport or activity. Stretching can help to prevent an injury by promoting recovery and
decreasing soreness. Stretching ensures that your muscles and tendons are in good
working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can
handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they'll become injured.
So as you can see, there's more to stretching than most people think. Stretching is a sim-
ple and effective activity which will help you to enhance your athletic performance,
decrease your likelihood of sports injury and minimize muscle sore-
ness. So why not stretch. Till next time. O Rosita

Owner-operator of Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort, Rosita Paiman, a
STRETCHING. Yes, stretching. The simple technique of stretching can play an im- physicalfitness instructor, personal trainer and nutritionist, offers classes,
portant role in helping you prevent sports injury. Unfortunately, stretching is one area a weight/exercise room and a staff to guide you in reaching your ideal
of athletic preparation often neglected. Do not underestimate its benefits. Don't make physicalfitness level
the mistake of thinking that something as simple as stretching won't be effective.

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 7

T he Lora count this year was suc-
cessful, says Salba Nos Lora
(Save our Parrots Foundation) organizer
Peter Montanus, but we'll have to wait
until next week to find out exactly how
many birds were counted. The figures
from each team must be analyzed to de-
termine whether or not certain birds were
counted more than once.
Nearly 40 hardy volunteers showed up

at numerous sites around the island by
5:45 am last Saturday to be on hand as
the Loras first leave their roosts. Their
leaving is heralded by numerous loud
squawks as the gregarious birds call to
each other before taking wing. In Wash-
ington-Slagbaai Park groups from
STINAPA and the Boy Scout Drum
band 25 people in all stationed them-
selves in known roosting areas to await
the sunrise. Outside the park about 26
volunteers were at 12 different sites.
The Bonairean Lora is a parrot species

that is found only on
our island. This rare
bird is threatened with
extinction. The impor-
tance of an annual Lora
Count is to determine
how the population is
faring, considering the
problems of poaching
and the ageing of the
breeding pairs. O L.D

As afollow up to The Bonaire Reporter
article ofJanuary 19"h, this is a first hand
account of the completion ofPhase 2 of
the Sand Dollar ReefBall project.

S ix years ago, after Hurricane
Lenny, Dee Scarr and Carl Rud-
nick sat on the badly damaged platform
at Sand Dollar and asked the question,
"What can be done to rebuild this reef?"
Reef Balls were being used around the
world for just such a thing, and the idea
of using them to enhance the beautiful
Bari Reef at Sand Dollar was planted that
In November 2005, Jorgen Wetterings,
the new Sand Dollar Condo Owners


President embraced Carl's idea and made
it a reality. On Wednesday, January 25th,
the big day arrived and over 40 Sand
Dollar Condominium owners and guests

garnerea to observe ana parncipate in
Phase 2 of the Sand Dollar Reef Ball pro-
ject. A first for Bonaire, there was ex-
citement in the air as we waited patiently
for the large crane to arrive that would
lower the balls into the ocean. A joint
pilot project with the Bonaire Marine
Park, there was much speculation and
conversation about the project as the
Sand Dollar owners mingled
with Elsmarie Beukenboom
from STINAPA, Ramon de
Leon and his staff from the
Bonaire National Marine Park,
and Junny Janga and his Sand
Dollar maintenance staff. The
maintenance staff who actually
fabricated the reef balls shared
in the excitement of the day,
and some of them assisted the
Marine Park team in the place-
ment of the balls. Many of the
owners were proud sponsors
of a ball and carefully in-
spected "their" ball to see how
it would appear to the fish.
At 10 am the crane arrived, The lift

ana eacn Dan was ninea onto a nat pea
truck. Then slowly the crane and the
truck drove around the buildings to the
ocean in front of Bari Reef. It was a tight
fit, and it looked like a scene from a
monster movie as the crane slowly
peeked around the end of the building.

Continued on page 9

Sbag transported the balls from the crane

the water, a lift bag was used to move the
The sites of each RB had been pre-
selected by Sand Dollar owner Carl Rud-
nick, with naturalists Jerry Ligon of Bon-
aire Dive & Adventure, and myself.
When an RB arrived at its destination,
Sixto and Ramon released air from the
lift bag as Din fine-tuned the landing of
the RB. The low cloud of sand that ap-
peared for a moment was all that marked
the settling of the RB onto the bottom -
and attracted several young wrasses and
at least one goatfish, who came to ex-
plore the areas around the RBs almost
immediately after they were placed.
"The reef off Sand Dollar has a terrific
variety of residents," says Rudnick, "but
the storm surge from Lenny reduced the
habitats out there. The reef balls will
provide new habitats, and we're looking

forward to seeing
who moves into
Sand Dollar
owners and guests
can do more than
simply look at the
critters hanging
around the RBs,
Rudnick told me.
The office at Sand
Dollar has a brand-
new logbook, and
anyone who wants
to record their ob-
servations of life
around the reef
balls is welcome to
do so. (Be sure to
date your entry and
write legibly!) As time passes, these logs

Diver ana liJtwag

(Continued on page 9)

Din sets the ball in place

2 January, 2006, Sand Dollar
SResort, Bonaire. At 10 am on
Wednesday morning, 15 reef balls (RB)
decorated the property at Sand Dollar.
By 12:30 pm, all of the reef balls had
been placed in the sea. The process was
impressive in its efficiency and impres-
sive in at least one other area: not one
single individual coral animal (polyp)
was killed, injured, or even threatened.
Of course, that's what we've come to
expect from the Bonaire National Marine
Park, and it was Park Rangers Din Do-
macass6 and Sixto Trenidad and Man-
ager Ramon De Leon who maneuvered
each reef ball into position. Each RB
was lifted into the water by crane and
lowered to the bottom near the cliff. In

Dee Lawrence photo

A pelican's eye view of theplacement

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 8



(ReefBalls, Above... Continued
from page 8)
The experts from the Ma-

Leon, entered the ocean
with the lift bag to prepare
to receive the balls. Also in
the water were Carl Rud-
nick, who directed the .
placement of the balls,
Junny Janga, and Dee Scarr
and Dee Lawrence who
photographed the process.
The crane operation was
supervised by Randy Bern-
stein and Bob Pirolli. As the
crane extended its long arm
over the ocean, the balls
were gently lifted from the 8
truck into the water for Reef Ball builders
placement. Each one was
then lifted off the sand with the lift bag and moved to its optimal spot. All went
smoothly for two hours with the exception of one ball that popped out of its hold and
crashed into the sea. Still usable, it is a unique ball sitting along the others on the
ocean floor. With the 16th ball placed gently on the ocean floor, the fish immediately
descended on them, curious to inspect these concrete structures. There were parrotfish,
small wrasses, slippery dicks, peacock flounders, banded butterfly fish "checking out"
which ball might be suitable as their new home.
Jerry Ligon, the naturalist for Bonaire Dive & Adventure, conducted surveys prior to
the ball placement to provide a good baseline, and will now be periodically surveying
the balls for marine acceptance.
The placement of these reef balls now provides a unique opportunity for snorkelers
and divers alike to witness the marine assimilation and growth. Readers who are inter-
ested in supporting the project can buy a T-shirt at the Sand Dollar office. O Photos by
Diane Amos and Dee Lawrence, Story by Diane Amos.

Diane Amos is a new Sand Dollar Condominium owner and has been coming to Bon-
aire for 9 years.

(A..And Below. Continued from page 8)
will be an invaluable record of this pilot project. Also, the logs can be useful when the
Marine Park places their own RBs at Slagbaai.
Find out more about this project at www.sanddollarreefballs.com. O Dee Scarr

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
2-03 6:29 1.6FT. 13:51 1.2FT. 17:58 1.3FT. 23:37 1.1FT. 81
2-04 7:15 1.8FT. 15:26 1.0FT. 20:22 1.2FT. 22:34 1.2FT. 69
2-05 7:57 1.9FT. 16:28 0.9FT. 57
2-06 8:35 2.0FT. 17:28 0.8FT. 50
2-07 9:18 2.0FT. 18:15 0.7FT. 48
2-08 9:55 2.1FT. 18:57 0.7FT. 52
2-09 10:29 2.1FT. 19:43 0.7FT. 59


Young Sailors Leave for Curagao Regatta

Sailing Club off to Curacao Regatta on the Mermaid

ast Thursday Bonaire's young
Optimist and Sunfish sailors set
off to Curaqao Regatta with coaches
and some parents on the MV Mer-
maid. The regatta was held in Spanish
Water. Ten kids (ages 10 to 12) sailed
the Optimists; seven (ages 13 to 18)

sailed the Sunfish. Sipke Stapert,
who's also been coaching the young
sailors, competed in the adult class.
Two of Bonaire's sailors competed in
the new "Splash" category. This new
class of boat is a cross between an Op-
timist and a Sunfish. O L.D.

Alter Ego

Blue Moon
Bright Sea

Camissa, Chan Is.
Casa del Mar
Cape Kathryn
Chaina Doll


Eagle's Wing

Flying Cloud, USA

Golden Eye
Goril Two
Guaicamar I, Ven.
Honalee USA
II Songo

Manta Blue Water Rally

Natural Selection
Ocean Breeze

Pishi Porko


Santa Maria
Sandpiper, USA
Summer Breeze
Spart I Vento
Sylvia K

Ta B
Ti Amo
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway

Varedhuni, Ger.
a-T, BVI
Yanti Paratzi

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 9

The Walk.aYThon is Sunday!

t's your last chance to get tickets to
join the Walk-a-Thon on Sunday,
February 5, to benefit Bonaire's Special
Olympics Team. For the last three years
this event has been the major fundrais-
ing event on the island, and this year it
can be even bigger. Everyone on the
island is invited to walk, bike or even
roller blade. Or...you can just buy a
ticket (NAf25) and cheer everyone on
or sponsor a participant. The more the
merrier. The 30-kilometer route is that
which the slaves took, from the salt pans
to Rincon.
Meet at 5 am at the Slave Huts. You
may leave your car at the Stadium in
Playa and catch the FKPD bus at 4:30
am sharp which takes you to the start at
the Slave Huts. All along the route,
every 5 km, there will be a refreshment
stop where you can get water, sports
drinks, pan dushi, and fruit to keep you

of the boar l mittee will also be selling stickers for
going. There will be cars patrolling the members (see box), at NAf2 and handy Fanny Packs for
route to pick up the tired, and the Red Croccantino Restaurant, TCB or Chat NAf15. O L.D.
Cross will be there too to give aid if n' Browse (next to Lover's Ice Cream).
necessary. You may get a ride back to Not only will you know that you're
the Stadium from the Pasa Dia, the end giving to a good cause but you'll receive
of the route. And bikes will be trans- a goody bag with a t-shirt, cap, water
ported back too. bottle, and a hot meal at the end. Present
But you have just until this Saturday your ticket and pick up your goody bag
(February 4) to get your ticket from one at City Cafe/Hotel Rocheline lobby on

Everyone's getting into the Walk-a-Thon spirit. Last week some of the sponsors
along with the Walk-a-Thon organizers got togetherfor a press conference and
photo session at Capt. Don's Habitat.

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 10

BrTgoTte Kleg ExThbTt

Opens at Gitnnarncmon

A new and unique type of exhibit
will soon premiere at the Cinna-
mon Art Gallery. Starting on Saturday,
February 11, Brigitte Kley will bring her
exciting collection of found driftwood art
and brightly colored fabric paintings to the
gallery. The exhibit premiere, which is
open to the public, will take place from
7pm to 9pm on February 11th and light
beverages will be served. This exhibition
continues through March 23.
Brigitte was born in Berlin, Germany, in
1946, and her career as a tri-lingual secre-
tary allowed her to work in France, Bel-
gium, The Netherlands and Bavaria. Addi-
tionally, it offered her the opportunity to
visit a wide variety of towns in different
countries throughout Europe, allowing
Brigitte to study the handicrafts of many
different regions. This expertise with many
mediums is now reflected in her current
Brigitte relocated to Bonaire in 1988.
While in Europe, one of her favorite hob-
bies was knitting, but she found that in the

warm climate of her newly adopted home,
knitted articles of clothing were not
needed, so Brigitte began a quest for a new
handicraft hobby.
Initially, Brigitte worked totally in drift-
wood and was pleased to see that a good
supply was readily available around the
island. However, she soon realized that her
new passion would encompass sewing, and
so her fabric art was born. The brightly
colored wall decorations are reminiscent of
prized quilts and will surely add to the de-
cor of any room. Each one is unique and
have themes which remind one of shared
moments on Bonaire..... diving, snorkel-
ing, sailing, or one of many other Bonaire
snapshots which are kept in our memories.
Currently, Brigitte decorates the vacation
lodgings of Coco Palm Garden with her
own wall hangers. Coco Palm Garden is a
small, intimate inn in Belnem owned by
Brigitte with Richard Dove.
Cinnamon Art Gallery is managed by
Bonaire Artists' Foundation, a non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting the
work of local artists in a permanent gallery
setting. The Gallery does not accept any
payment for the work of its featured art-
ists -- when guests purchase Gallery art,
100% of the monies receivedflow back
directly to the artist. Private donations
provide all of thefundingfor exhibits and
the on-going cost of maintaining the Gal-
lery. The Cinnamon Art Gallery is located
at Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1 in downtown
Kralendijk, just off of Kaya Grandi. For
more information, contact the Gallery at
717-7103 or info@CinnamonArtGallery.
org. O Susan Davis

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Page 11

Ask the Dietitian

Getting Enough Vitamins and Minerals?

Take this test and you will soon know.. If your answer to
each category is "seldom," give yourself 0 points.

I eat at least 3 serving spoons of vegetables ( 150
6-7 days a week 10 points

5 days a week
maximum 4 days a week

I eat at least 2 fruits (apple sized)...
6-7 days a week
5 days a week
maximum 4 days a week

7 points
3 points

10 points
7 points
3 points

I eat 5 (thinly sliced) slices of whole wheat bread...
6-7 days a week 10 points
5 days a week 7 points
maximum 4 days in a week 3 points

I eat at least 3 or more small (egg sized) cookedpotatoes or
3 serving spoons (50 grams each) of rice...
6-7 days a week 10 points

5 days a week
maximum 4 days a week

7 points
3 points

I use 3-4 portions of dairy products (1 portion= 1 glass of milk (150 ml) or I bowl ofyo-
gurt or I slice of cheese)...
6-7 days a week 10 points

5 days a week
maximum 4 days in a week

7 points
3 points

I use margarine or reduced fat margarine on bread or for cooking....
6-7 days a week 10 points
5 days a week 7 points
maximum 4 days a week 3 points

S Your score:
Add all the points of your answers to get your score. No matter what your score, it's
important to know that if you are preparing to be pregnant, pregnant or breastfeeding
you need more vitamins (folic acid and Vitamin D). Women older than 50 years or men
older than 60 also need more Vitamin D.

If you have a score of 64-70 points:
You are getting enough vitamins and minerals. You are eating enough of the different food
groups from the food guide pyramid. It is important to eat a variety in each food group.

If you have a score of 49-63 points:
You are probably getting a poor amount of vitamins and minerals. Maybe you are not eat-
ing enough of the recommended amounts of some food group. Review the questions again
and see where you scored low and work on that. For instance if your score on the first ques-
tion was low you know you need to eat more vegetables.

Less than 49 points:
Your vitamin and mineral intake is poor. You do not eat a great variety of food.
Take a good look at your eating pattern and compare this with the food pyramid guide.
Angelique Salsbach

I eat 1 portion ( 75gram) meat, fish, chicken, meat substi-
6-7 days a week 10 points Angilique Salsbach, a dietitian with Bonaire's Department of Health and Hygiene, has a radio program every
5 days a week 7 points other Tuesday 9 to 9:30 on Bon FM. Her patients have successfully won the "Battle of the Bulge" andbe-
maximum 4 days in a week 3 points come healthier. Write her at dietitan(bionairenews. con or call her at the Dept. of Health Care 717-37370

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

The leading consumer and business in-
formation source on Bonaire. Telephone
(599) 717-7160. For on-line yellow pages
directory information go to http://www.

Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 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

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

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 information.

Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651

Make it more livable from the start.
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive.
Call Donna at 785-9332.

For Sale

AUTO Many new parts including, battery,
tires, shocks, service etc. Drives very well,
genuine reason for sale NAf5250; Tel:

SCUBAPRO Twin Jet fins extra large,
used once. Listed at $179-; Sacrifice $90-
"or best offer"
Leave message for B. Olla at 717-8738
for call back......

For Sale- 21" TV/VCR Quasar, TV
works great, but not VCR. Call for more
info. 100 naf 717-6862

For Sale: Ultra Classic Yoga Mats.
Color: Black Price: NAf60. Call 786-

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

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For Sale: Modern house Santa Barbara
Visit: www.posada-bonaire.com Tel.: 717
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For Sale Cabo
Rico 38 Yacht 1989,
Excellent offshore
cruiser. One-owner,
little used, only 800
engine hours, many
sails, many spares, new s-s rigging. In-
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outboard. Luxurious interior. Bristol condi-
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Phone/fax (599) 717-5038. Email to

Why import a sail boat
when you can own a
fast Regatta winner
built right here? Clas-
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Fishing boat recently
refurbished is for sale for NAf 14,000
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.

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Verhceven Opens at !as 4i Arte

T he new Kas di Arte, on the grounds of the old Artebon, will have its festive
grand opening this Sunday, February 5, from 5 to 8 pm, in the newly reno-
vated light blue building on the boulevard, Kaya J.N.E. Craane #34. The first ex-
hibitor will be well-known, part time resident artist, Ronald Verhoeven. To cele-
brate there will be drinks, snacks, live music by the venerable members of Flor di
Orkadia. Governor Hubert Domacass6 and his wife Lena will open the exhibit.
Kas di Arte Board members will be manning stands selling Verhoeven's beauti-
ful new book in color of his paintings from the last 10 years (in English and
Dutch), activity calendars and agendas, mugs and silk screens with Verhoeven art,
and the new Papiamentu phrase book by Terri Dovale, Barbara Lockwood and
Geraldine Dammers.
Along with Verhoeven there will be an exhibition of photographs by Jan Willem
Gramsma, the proceeds of which will go entirely to the foundation.

The Artist

R onald Verhoeven
has been a part time
resident of Bonaire since
1988 and his paintings in
this exhibit particularly re-
flect the influence of the
island, its culture, colors and
light. The exhibit is made up 4
of 18 very large, very color-
ful pieces.
Born in East Java, Indone-
sia in 1937 Verhoeven
moved to Holland with his parents in
1951 and graduated from the Academy
of Visual Arts in Rotterdam in 1959. Un-
til 1995 he was in advertising and an art
director, having established his own ad-
vertising agency. In 1980 he began paint-
ing, then in 1995 he retired and handed
over his agency to his son so that he
could dedicate himself completely to
visual arts. He has an atelier in Belgium
and in Bonaire, and, for many years, un-
til recently, one in France. He's had exhi-

bitions in the Netherlands, France, Bel-
gium, and Curagao. This is his third in
Art critic Anna van der Burgt says, "...
his paintings show, like his personality,
glitter and glamour one time and hesi-
tance and silence the next. His pictorial
language can be unruly and hard, but
also searching and modest. In his studio
a fierce battle goes on between the
painter and his materials. Verhoeven
usually paints two to four canvases at the

Moat Kas i Arte

he board of Kas di Arte, Artistic
and Cultural Formation, replaced
that of Artebon on November 1, 2005.
The new board is: President- Jackie
Bemabela; Secretary- Henny Verho- pe
even; Treasurer- Ilvio Cicilia; Board
members- Wilna Groenenboom and
Manuela Winklaar. The objective of the
foundation is to strive to be a place of
true art and culture in Bonaire in the
widest sense of the word and particularly
with the youth in mind. So they are
joined by the foundations of JePeBon
(youth theatre) and BONAI (youth ar-
cheology program).
"The first action of the new governing
board," says President Jackie Bemabela,
"is to try to bring in 'enthusiastic' funds
and people to join and make a commit-
ment to the foundation. Money is always
the bottleneck; we already have the enthusi- Henny and Ronald Verhoeven with
asm!" All the board members are volunteers Jackie Bernabella
at this time. However, the Verhoevens (artist
Ronald and his wife Henny) have been fund-
ing and putting in a lot of manual labor themselves to restore the building and sur-
rounding areas. Criollo Paint has helped with the paint and they have one helper.
"We have lots of potential," says President Jackie Bernabela. "We can have perform-
ances outside the building; we can have slide shows (like those at the hotels). We want
to promote literature, theatre, art, music, dance and in a more welcoming atmos-
phere." Artists are welcome to display their works and have shows. The foundation
takes no percentage of the artists' sales but will ask a small rental charge for the build-
ing. For more information call Jackie Bemabela at 786-6333. O L.D.

same time."
We are delighted to see in this exhibit
so many familiar Bonaire themes but
with a new way of depicting them. You
find yourself drawn into another world,
familiar and yet not so. It's mysterious
and exciting. And the colors are magnifi-
Treat yourself to a rich visual exneri-

ence and stop by the Kas di Arte. The
show will continue until March 5. Hours
are Monday through Friday, 10 am to
noon, 2 to 5 pm during the exhibition.

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Late Show
Callto make sure (Usually9 pm)
(Heath Ledger)

Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
King Kong

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Zathura / Cheaper By
The Dozen 2

Saturday, February 4-Big Rincon
Marshe-stands selling gifts, plants, local
fruits & drinks, BBQ, music, guest speak-
ers at 10am -in the center of Rincon- 6 am
until 2 pm.
Sunday, February 5- Special Olympics
Walk-a-Thon. See page 10.
Sunday, February 5 Opening of the Kas
di Arte Artist Ronald Verhoeven, 5 8
pm, Artistic and Cultural Formation, Kaya
J.N.E. Craane 34 (boulevard). Hours during
the exhibition: Monday-Friday 10 am to
noon, 2 to 5 pm. See page 13.
Sunday, February 5 Bonairean Night
Buffet with typical Bonairean dishes, live
kriollo music and folkloric dance perform-
ances at the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort &
Casino- 6-9 pm NAf35. Kids up to 12
years, pay their age in dollars. Reservations
717- 8285, ext. 444
Wednesday, February 8 UniCollege Par-
ents Information Meeting for parents of
prospective new students. 7 -8:30 pm,
Kaya Amsterdam #3, behind TWR activity
Through February 9 Catherine Salis-
bury's underwater photo exhibit,
"Magical Encounters" at Cinnamon Art
Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship visiting days, starting
around 10 am to early afternoon. See
Schedule above.
Saturday, February 11 UniCollege open
to students -to see the innovative learning
system, 10 am to noon. Address -see
Saturday, February 11 Live music by
the "Flamingo Rockers," Coco's Beach
Bar 7-9 pm
Saturday, February 11 Brigitte Kley
Exhibit Opening at Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery; brightly colored fabric paintings and
found wood art, 7-9 pm. See page 11. Ex-
hibit runs through March 23.
Sunday, February 12 Jazz Brunch at
Den Laman
Tuesday, February 14-Jazz Event at
Croccantino -more info next week
Tuesday, February 14 Valentine's Day
FKPD Fundraiser Fiesta at the Light-
house at Harbour Village. All inclusive,
food, drinks, entertainment, music, more, 7
pm midnight


Saturday Rincon Marsh6 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.
Saturday-Mountain Bike Ride Everyone
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
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 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-
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar- Live music by the
"Flamingo Rockers" 5-7pm
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 Bonaire-
Talker Dinner/Gathering at Gibi's, known for
great local food. Call Gibi at 567-0655 for de-
tails, or visit www.BonaireTalk.com, and search
for "Gibi."
Wednesday Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar-
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-6:30
Wednesday The Windsurf Place at Sorobon-
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 7:30 to
9:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Divi Flamingo,
Balashi Beach Bar- Live music by the
"Flamingo Rockers" 5-7pm
Friday-Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from
1330 to 1630
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy
Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30pm
Friday- 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gal-
lery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist Janice Huck-
aby and Larry of Larry's Wildside Diving. New
original paintings of Bonaire and diver stories of
the East Coast every week
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Yoga Classes-
Tel. 786-6416
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.
Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slides pool
bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-5080
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media dual-
projector production by Albert Bianculli, 8.30
pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
Show at Captain Don's Habitat, 8:30 pm 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
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in this
venerable old home that has been restored and funished
so it appears the family hasjust stepped out Local ladies
will tell youthe story. Open Mondaythru Friday, 9 12,
2-4. Weekends by appointment Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiReiRincon. Enjoytheviewfrom "The
King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's culture. Visit
homes fromthe 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behindthe
Catholic Church intown. Open weekdays from 8 am-
noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum
and Visitors' Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm.
Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing starts
about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of
Bonaire's popular musicians.
AAmeetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-6105;
560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at 7

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waste any time giving birth
and by the time one of the
staff came into the Shelter on
Sunday Natasha was a mom!
She has two very beautiful
female kittens, both calicos
and both with blue eyes (at
the moment). Natasha is shown here, relaxing with an expression of contentment with a
job well done. But as soon as the kittens are weaned she will be sterilized and enjoy a
life without worrying about becoming pregnant again. And, as part of the adoption
"package," the kittens will be sterilized when they are old enough. Of course, all the test-
ing for feline leukemia, shots, worming, etc. are also included in the cat adoption fee of
Stop by the Bonaire Animal Shelter where all the pets are the friendliest, most social
and healthy on the island. It's on Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 2
pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-4989. O L.D.

pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly BonaireTalker Gathering and Dinner
at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30 pm call 567-0655
for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at the
Union Building on Kaya Korona, across from
the RBTT Bank. All levels invited.NAf5 entyfee.
Call Cahy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City
Cafe. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-
2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month- Junior
Chamber International Bonaire (JCI Bonaire,
formerly known as Bonaire Jaycees) meets at the
ABVO building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya In-
ternational, every other Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel.
717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday
of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All
Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12 noon-2
pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Res-
taurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome. Tel.
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte Indus-
trial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son at 785-3451;
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to help
staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.

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Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Roosje 717-4685,
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 Ser-
vices 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 Eng-
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 ofCoromoto in Antriol, in English. Mass
in Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios), Kaya
Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wednesday
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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Cinnamon Art Gallery non-profit gallery for local
artists has continuous shows. Each month a new artist
is featured. Stop by. Free entry.
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
concrete pavement.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.
Professional Pest Control is at your service. Get rid
of all the pests that invade your home and garden.
Experienced and reliable.
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
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.
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
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Cafe, DVD rentals, restaurant and
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Now-full digital services.
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them for
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Lower the cost of vacationing in Bonaire and other
places. Visit Perfect Holiday Solutions to discover
ow you can get discounts and more.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
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 For You. Join certified instructors Desirde and
Don for a workout that will refresh mind and body.
Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518

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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. 538 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
Cactus Blue Moderate Trend setting decor and menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service

Calabasi Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At thii Chii R esaurant an Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspiring
At the Divi Flamingo Beac 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 setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take out
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook
717-7488 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Happy hours 5 to 7 every day.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm Closed Sunday 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.
OnP asa b. Dzarot Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderagredients. Salads, desserts.Eat ortake away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sally aheadtos, desserat- in or take cutaway. Nice bar too.790-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

Oh sd. an uar

T had a wonderful childhood, not
I that there weren't any problems,
but the overall feeling I have of those
days is one of happiness. I was raised
with a lot of love from my parents and
also from my grandmother. They were
the three most important people in my
I was born in Paramaribo, Surinam, in
1963. I have one sister. My father was the
principal of a school and my mom was a
teacher. When I was 13 I decided I'd be-
come a Spanish teacher. At teacher's col-
lege I studied Spanish and English. After
I got my bachelor's degree I started
working at high school while studying for
my master's. I was 19 years old; I had
one student who was older than I, and he
told me: 'I won't call you Sir!'
The days were tense. In 1980 we had
the coup and in 1982, when I graduated,
we were in the middle of the military re-
gime. In December that year 15 oppo-
nents of the military regime were exe-
cuted in cold blood. Being a young man,
it had a big impact on me and the way I
thought my life was going to be. You
dream of building a future in your coun-
try and all of a sudden everything falls
apart. Your mind is full of doubts be-
cause you love your country, and I do
love Surinam tremendously, but still you
think about leaving. But I stayed also
when the civil war broke out in 1986.
Then the country had to deal with an eco-
nomic crisis: devaluation of the money
and poverty. Salaries were completely
down and dreams got lost. But by staying
all through those difficult times, I became
the person I am now. I learned that happi-
ness doesn't depend on money or politi-
cal circumstances. I learned to live with
what I had and I went on with my study. I
worked very hard all those years.
But I also enjoyed life. I love music,
every type of music, but especially salsa,
modem jazz and American gospel. I also
did karate for years and became a second
dan, black belt. When I was 20 I had a
girlfriend and together we had a son,
Mark, who's now 21, and a daughter,
Kimberly, who's 13. They're living in
Holland with their mom because after 14
years the relationship ended without any
conflicts. I'd known Joan, my present
wife, for years. We'd been working to-
gether at school; we were colleagues and
good friends; and then we started living
together. She also had two children from
a previous marriage, a son, Natanael,
who's 15 and living in Surinam with his
father, and a daughter, Sharella, 13, liv-
ing with us here on Bonaire. In the begin-
ning we lived together with our four chil-
dren in Surinam, but after two years the

mother of my children wanted them to
live with her in Holland and I decided to
let them go. Joan and I stayed for another
year in Surinam.
During my years in Surinam I worked
as a teacher in all the districts around the
country, and it's a big country, about four
times the size of Holland. I also worked
as a school principal and as a school in-
spector. Then I was offered a job in in-
dustry as personnel manager. It was an
excellent job in those days in Surinam
(the economy was doing a bit better), but
I became a workaholic. Not only was I
the personnel manager, I was also head of
security for the same company, working
at night as well. Health wise I wasn't do-
ing so well, and when I got sick with an
infection and had to be hospitalized for a
week I started thinking. I love children
and my two children had left for Holland.
With this job it was going to be very dif-
ficult to see them as often as I wanted to
because I had only two weeks vacation a
year, and also I wanted to spend more
time with my family at home. And so the
desire grew to change our life and to see
if there would be possibilities elsewhere.

"...15 opponents of the mili-
tary regime were executed in
cold blood. Being a young
man, it had a big impact on
me and the way I thought my
life was going to be. You
dream of building a future in
your country and all of a sud-
den everything falls apart."

I always loved the Dutch Antilles. At
school they said that in the Kingdom the
Dutch Antilles and Surinam were like
brothers, like family. I'd been on vaca-
tion to Curaqao in 1988 and had immedi-
ately fallen in love with the island. In
1990 I spend three months on Aruba; it
was a nice experience. I didn't think
about Bonaire, maybe because it's not so
well known. So, when Joan and I were
about to change our life we got a phone
call from a friend who told us they were
looking for a Spanish teacher at SGB
high school on Bonaire. I applied and
was hired immediately.
Although I wanted to go it was a diffi-
cult decision! I had a lot of security,
benefits and privileges in my job. They
even offered to double my salary, but be-
cause I'd learned that my happiness in
life doesn't depend on money I could
make the decision to leave the company
and free myself. Freedom is more pre-

cious than a good position, money or
privileges. All the decisions I've made in
my life I've put in God's hands and I've
never had any regrets."
Kenneth Kross is a gentle person. He
has patience and understanding and he's
flexible. He's someone who knows him-
self quite well and who is well balanced.
"When I arrived on Bonaire I thought it
was small, but not smaller than Aruba. I
thought it was quiet, but I could use the
silence because I'd been working so hard
to keep things going properly for the
company I'd worked for. But I thought
Bonaire was a beautiful island and I still
think so. The people made me feel at
home. When Joan arrived two months
later she really enjoyed it, especially the
sea. Both of us love to swim! Joan also
went to work at SGB as a teacher in eco-
nomics and administration.
At the moment I work seven days a
week. I'm personnel manager at SGB;
I'm studying theology at the University
of Kampen, Holland, through the Inter-
net; and I'm also the assistant minister at
the Protestant Church on Wilhelmina
In Surinam I went to church fre-
quently, but in Bonaire I built up a tight
and strong relationship with God. I've
grown and become more active in church
here. Domi (minister) Jan Jonkman in-
spired me and guided me and he involved
me more and more in the church work
and also trained me to become the assis-
tant minister.
In 2003 I went to Holland for seven
months to find out if I'd like to live there
(I am still adventurous; we both are), but
two things happened to me there. I found
out that I missed my family and Joan,
who is my great support, and I missed
Bonaire the climate, the beauty and the
freedom and I experienced a calling to

do spiritual work on Bonaire. I myself
experienced all the good God has done
for me in my life and I would like other
people to experience that too. I also know
what it means to live far from God be-
cause I did that too for a while. That's
why I think I can tell the difference.
Our church community is a very lively
one. In Rincon we put new life into the
club house for the youngsters, Hubentut
pa Kristu, with the goal of keeping them
off the streets, and we're planning to do
the same in Playa. The government has
given us half of the old building that's
behind the church, and now we're look-
ing for funds to carry out the project. My
study can still take years, but my appoint-
ment has been confirmed for this year,
April 2006, when Domi Jonkman retires.
He will stay on the island and support
me. It's a pity that I can't stay at SGB,
but the work would be too much, as I will
not only be a minister but also a pastor
and I want to do it right. But I will al-
ways contribute to the school and the
children in whatever way I can.
I love Bonaire; Joan and I got married
here, we're raising our children here, be-
cause in the meantime Sharella has two
more sisters: Kristel, who was born in
2002, and baby Miriam, born in 2005.
We bought a house because I want to stay
for a long time. Sometimes I think of go-
ing back to Surinam when I am old, but I
think this is a very good place too. Look,
every year thousands of people travel
thousands of miles to
see a beautiful place
like Bonaire... and we?
We live here!" 1
Story and photo by
Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

Kenneth Kross and family

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Antique Living Houses of Bonaire

Mentor (triptych) by Wilna Groenenboom Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Hertag

S was born in 1952 at 'Mentor,' the grandparents Helena and Leando can (barely) see the date in the top of the less light because of its very beautiful and
I bright orange house at the end of Nicholaas who built the house. We are white ridge-piece (photo bottom left). The fine decoration of flowers.
Kaya Korona. My parents, Cor Vis and talking here about the island's first and walls of the main house are made of stone This house has the same historical and
Helana Vis-Nicolaas had 12 children... probably the only family factory that pro- which was found in the surrounding area cultural quality as the Boekhoudt house
Father was chief of the hygienic service duced bricks and tiles. and after being built was plastered. At that shown in a previous issue, not only be-
but also a businessman; he owned a brick time not many houses were built this way. cause of its architecture but also because o
and tile factory and a carpenter shop. He This house caught my attention some This house has normal shutters on most the furnishings in the house. The next two
owned a bakery together with his brother time ago. On the Kava Korona side thev sides. The doors on the front side have stories will tell more about the family busi

and a bar/restaurant which he operated for
a long time until he rented it to a Chinese."

lopped some trees down and made a little
"greenhouse" in the shade of those trees.
This cleared the view to the house and its
surroundings. Everybody knows this
house by its name, Mentor, which means
"middle," according to Toontje Vis, in the
middle, between Antriol and Noor di Sa-

green etched glass (lower photo, under
painting). This gives a special relaxing
atmosphere when you are in the living
room. It serves as a kind of sunscreen.
In the house are a lot of beautiful, histori-
cal and cultural old items, from old cup-
boards to beautiful oil lamps. The one on
the right has a reflector at the back to give
more light in the dark. The left one gives


ness. I
Story & photos by Wilna Groenenboom

Bonaire Reporter February 3 to February 10, 2006

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*to find it, just look up
Use the Moon to
Find Mars,
Aldebaran and
the Pleiades

M ark this coming
Sunday and
Monday, February 5th and
6th, as the two nights when
an exquisite first quarter
Moon will visit both the
red planet Mars and the
giant red star which marks
the eye of Taurus the
Bull, Aldebaran. And as
a bonus we'll throw in The
Pleiades, the Seven Sis-
This Sunday eveningThe Pleiades
February 5th, about one
hour after sunset, face west-southwest. And if you look high above the horizon
you will see an exquisite first quarter Moon. And parked right below it, much dim-
mer than it was a couple of months ago but still very bright, is the planet which
we've been visiting for the past quarter century, rouge-gold Mars. It's still brighter
than most of the stars we can see although it is only 1/6th as bright as it was when
it was at its closest and brightest on October 30th. So I strongly suggest you see it
now before it zooms away from us. It's pretty easy to find, especially this Sunday
when you can use the Moon as a finder parked right above it.
Now if you have really good eyesight and look just up to the left of the Moon
you will see the tiny cluster of stars called The Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, al-
though the bright moonlight close by will lessen their brightness. But if you look
at them through a pair of binoculars you'll be absolutely stunned. They're named
for the Seven Daughters of Atlas. And according to western legend they are actu-
ally riding on the shoulder of Taurus the Bull, so Taurus has to be close by and
indeed he is. If you look just to the left of The Pleiades you will see the bright red
star Aldebaran, which marks Taurus' eye. Now a group of stars which form a V
shape are called the Hyades and mark the face of Taurus so you can see The
Pleiades are indeed riding on his shoulder. Now on Monday February 6th the Moon
will be past The Pleiades and just above and to the right of Aldebaran.
And what I'd like you to do Sunday and Monday is to compare the reddish colors
of Mars and Aldebaran because while they'll look quite similar in color there will
be some subtle differences. See if you can detect and describe them. The other dif-
ferences between them are not subtle at all, however. Mars is a 4,000-mile-wide
planet in our solar system, only 100 million miles away on the 5th and 6th, while
Aldebaran is a super giant red star far beyond our solar system, 400 trillion miles
away! The only reason it looks about the same size and brightness as Mars is be-
cause it is so far away. In fact it is 29 million miles wide, so huge we could fit over
397 trillion Mars inside it. Think of it this way: when we look at Mars we see the
light that left it about 9 minutes ago whereas when we look at Aldebaran we see
the light that left it 65 years ago.
So get out this weekend and use the Moon to find the red planet Mars and the red
super star Aldebaran. I guarantee you'll be impressed. O Jack Horkheimer

07tLA Lo

For the week: January 29 to February 4, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Use your quick wit to win points with friends. You'll
be able to break bad habits if you put your mind to it. Try not to donate to organiza-
tions if you can hardly afford to take care of yourself. Your lack of interest in your
partner is a problem. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't expect anyone else to pay your bills for you.
Your ability to put things together will be appreciated by your comrades. You will
have to be careful not to let infatuations with colleagues get out of hand. Over
spending or unexpected bills could set you back. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Hide your cards and learn to say no. You haven't
been watching your spending habits and you may have been neglecting your duties.
You could be tempted to overspend on unnecessary items. Promotions will be yours
if you have acted professionally in times of crisis. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Not the best time for business trips. Uncertain get-
rich quick schemes will not be as lucrative as you anticipate. You can meet new
friends who will let you know just how valuable you are. You should not get in-
volved in joint ventures. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Emotional upset may prevail on the domestic scene if
you have neglected your duties or your mate. Speak of your future goals, intentions,
and commitments. You are best to get out of the house this week. You won't have to
look for the action. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You need some excitement in your life, and meeting
new people in exotic destinations will certainly satisfy your desires. Think twice
before you volunteer information. There might be one who is quite willing to take
the credit for your work. You will have a childlike approach this week, big hearted
and full of spunk. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
LIBRA_ (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may find that you can be the recipient of valu-
able information if you're willing to be a good listener. Your loved ones could set
you off. Your lover may not understand your needs so you must figure out a way to
communicate them. They will jump at the chance to do something without you if it
sounds like more fun. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Problems with in-laws may cause friction in
your personal relationship. Look into intellectual and physical games that will test
your abilities. A little rest will do wonders. Don't let any money slip through your
fingers this week. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your questions will help you ferret out se-
cret information. Deception will play an important factor in relationships. You
could be cornered, so be prepared to tell the truth. You can win if you're open and
up front with your boss. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You need to do more things that you enjoy.
Involvement in fitness clubs will be conducive to engaging romantic connections.
Travel will be on your mind, but you should be sure that you've got all your work
up-to-date. Reevaluate your situation. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Investments concerning your residence will be
profitable. You will find that unfinished projects at home will be most satisfying.
Communication will be the source of your knowledge and you must be sure to
spend time with those who have more experience. Your boss may be pushy.Your
lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Someone you live with is ready to play emotional
games. Situations could easily get blown out of proportion if you have made unrea-
sonable promises. Let your lover know what your personal intentions are. You
could be tempted to overspend on unnecessary items. Your lucky day this week will
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