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Last week the Central Committee of
Parliament debated a draft law to in-
crease the SVB medical insurance
premium by 1.5% to cover the cost of
sending patients abroad for medical
treatment. The law also defines the cri-
teria for a patient to be considered for
treatment abroad. Of the proposed
1.5% increase the employer has to pay
1.1% while the employee pays 0.4%.
The measure will bring SVB additional
income of NAf8.5 million to NAf9
million each year.

A Curacao's Venezuelan-owned
Isla oil refinery grossly exceeds ac-
cepted environmental standards and
provides the government's Environ-
mental Service with incomplete and
incorrect information. Now a Curaqao
judge is trying to force it to report cor-
rectly. However, according to a story
inAmigoe, even the available informa-
tion shows gross violations. For exam-
ple, the monthly average for the
ground level contamination of sulfur
dioxide (SO2) in the Cas Chikitu
neighborhood was 496 micrograms per
cubic meter in April 2001, while a con-
centration above 80 micrograms is
harmful to health. No recent measure-
ments appear to be available.
The Clean Environment in Curaqao
(SMOC) and Humanitarian Care or-
ganizations are demanding the govern-
ment force Isla to comply with its li-






ThtIPORTER
IN THIS ISSE:
Letters:
Answer for Yachts 5
Thanks for Supporting Rincon 5
Do You SuDoko? 5
Royal Recognition 6
Ana Glenda Bernabela-Nicolaas 6
Iris Fortunata Semeler 6
Alan Gross & Jane Townsend 7
Get Ready for Jazz 8
Dive into Adventure Countdown 9
Make Your Body Your Business 9
Rincon Day 10
Radio Netherlands Expands 13
SuDoko Solution 14
Where to Find The Reporter 14
Reporter Celebrates 12 Years 18
Balashi Best Bartender 18

WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam
Tide Table C
Coral Glimpses
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week ("Dale") 12
Picture Yourself
(Koh Samui, Thailand) 12
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Kees Leeman) 17
Sky Park (Jupiter) 19
The Stars Have It 19


cense under the Nuisance Act. Last
week Joop Drop ordered a preliminary
investigation to begin as a prelude to a
formal hearing in June. On rare occa-
sions the pollution from Isla can be
detected in Bonaire.

A The Central Bureau for Statistics
(CBS) reported that for the first time
in 15 months, prices remained the
same. (March 2006)

A The Central Government's
budgetary deficit for 2006 will sur-
pass NAf200 million. That's NAf40
million more than Parliament approved
in December 2005.

A Anthony Klimkiewicz has been
provisionally recognized and has
been allowed as a consul at the con-
sulate-general of the US in Willem-
stad with jurisdiction over the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba

A The new Dutch
passport to be intro-
duced on August 26
will have an embed-
ded chip with a special
picture and personal
details of the holder.
Minister Alexander
Pechtold of Kingdom Relations pre-
sented the new passport last week.
With the introduction of the electronic
travel document the Netherlands will


comply with the requirements of the
European Union (EU). The chip on the
passport and the new Dutch ID card
contain, among other things, a repro-
duction of the picture in the technical
format of the EU in color, family
name, first name, date of birth and sex,
document number, social security
number (later the citizen service num-
ber); and expiration date. The elec-
tronic passport will cost 8.06 euros ad-
ditional. In the Antilles a new passport
now costs NAf100.

A Peru said on Saturday it with-
drew its ambassador to Venezuela
for the second time this year over
"persistent and flagrant interference" in
the country's affairs by Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez. In a statement,
the Peruvian government cited
Chavez's threat on Friday to withdraw
his ambassador to Lima and cut rela-
tions with Peru if former President
Alan Garcia won the Peruvian presi-
dential election. Chavez favors leftist
Ollanta Humala. Garcia criticized the
Venezuelan leader as "shameless" for
attacking US free-trade deals with Peru
and Colombia while continuing to sell
his country's crude oil to the US.

A Venezuela's President Hugo
Chavez says his country is with-
drawing from the South American
trade bloc, the Andean Community of
Nations. He told a summit in Paraguay
that Venezuela was leaving because
recent trade deals between Peru, Co-
lombia and the US had killed off the
community.


A Victims reach the emergency
room soaked in blood and dazed -
wheeled in on stretchers, carried in
people's arms, some still walking with
the last of their strength. Venezuela is
among the most violent places in
Latin America, and critics of Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez are increasingly
accusing him of failing to make crime
a priority. An underlying cause of the
violence is the stark gap between rich
and poor, which remains despite
Chavez's talk of bringing equality, said
Jonathan Jakubowicz, Director of the
acclaimed film "Secuestro Express," or
"Kidnapping Express," which is set in
Caracas.
Angry protests broke out in Caracas
earlier this month after kidnappers exe-
cuted three young brothers ages 17,
13 and 12. The protesters also cited the
killings of a prominent businessman
and a newspaper photographer who
was shot just as he arrived at one of the
protests. The government has pledged
sweeping police reforms and also put
up $4.6 million for a gun buyback pro-
gram that will offer people money to
hand in revolvers and pistols. Chavez
said the latest killings show symptoms
of a "sick society" warped by capitalist
ambitions. "It made me want to take to
the streets, too," he said, accusing his
enemies of trying to manipulate the
issue for political gain.

A On Thursday this week, at two
minutes and three seconds after 1 in
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(Flotsam & Jetsam. Continuedfrom page 2)
the morning, the time and date will be
01:02:03 04/05/06. That won't ever
happen again. (Thanks, Avy)

P The
Rotary
Club of
Bonaire
celebrated
its 24th year
in service to
the Bonaire
community
last week
and inducted
two new
members:
Frank de Sara Matera "pins" Huub
Wit and Groot. President Edsel
Huub Winklaar looks on.
Groot

A Bonaire's phone company,
TELBO, will charge an additional
NAf5 per month beginning May 1st
for persons who want details of their
international and inter-island calls.
Up until then it was included free on
monthly bills. Call TELBO Customer
Service at 9212 to apply.

A Last week Digicel
Group, the Caribbean's
fastest growing mobile
telecommunications I t
company, officially V
confirmed it has ac-
quired a GSM license in Bonaire in
its continued expansion of a pan-
Caribbean GSM network. Digicel ac-
quired a majority shareholding in An-


tilliano Por N.V., the entity which
holds a business and federal license to
operate telecommunications in Bon-
aire.


A Bonaire's glass recycling pro-
gram entered its second phase last
week with the yellow glass recycling
containers placed in additional is-
land snacks and restaurants. The
program was initiated earlier in the
year with the first containers put at
resorts and high-volume bars. The
commissioner in charge of Bonaire's
environmental policy, Reginald
(Yonchi) Dortalina, inaugurated Phase
2 at the Peking Restaurant. The next
phase will put containers to recycle
glass into Bonaire neighborhoods.
The Lagun Road landfill has a spe-
cial area for glass dumping. The glass
is to be crushed and used for aggregate
on Bonaire's roads.


A While US and Dutch warships
hold exercises in the Caribbean, Vene-
zuela's military will mobilize its own
training exercises this week with
thousands of troops practicing to de-
fend the country's coastline, Vice Ad-
miral Armando Laguna, a top Vene-
zuelan navy official, said last week.
Earlier, Venezuela agreed to cooperate
with the joint American-European na-
val exercises. The Vice Admiral said
10,000 active military personnel and
3,500 civilians and reservists will par-
ticipate in the exercises, which techni-
cally began earlier this month with
seminars and strategic planning. He
said the war games are to start along
the coast and eventually will involve
maneuvers with F-16 planes, ships and
helicopters. The Venezuelan exercises,
dubbed "Operation Integral Defense
Patriot Navy," began April 1 and will
last until June 15, Laguna said. "We
have to prepare ourselves for any
threat to our territory," Laguna said,
adding that troops would also train to
defend the country's oil fields.

A On Sunday 6 May, The Bon-
aire Jazz Group will present a very
special all Brazilian program for the
monthly Latin Jazz & Brunch at the
Den Laman restaurant. On stage will
be vocalist Andreina Marcano and the
group musicians: Robbie Swinkels,
Carlos Jimenez, Lando Tjin a Sjoe,
Chris Morkos and Guus Gerritsen. It
will run from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Reservations strongly recommended.
For reservations and information, call
717-4106


coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)


The coral colony on the right has
dead coral on both sides; it's also light
in color. It may have bleached re-
cently, and the polyps on the sides
died before the algae returned. Also
on the right, you can see the algae
growing over the edge of the living
coral colony. Living coral looks crisp
and clean because its own tissue cov-
ers the skeleton and keeps other
growth off.


A During the entire month of May,
Warehouse Bonaire will celebrate its
10th Anniversary with hundreds of
gifts, giveaways and raffles. Over the
years Warehouse has clearly become
the top supermarket for selection, price
and service. One of the prizes will be a
minute of free shopping.

A There is a real traffic light on
Bonaire... and it's working again, but
you don't have to stop for it unless you
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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)

A The police softball
team, SoDePo (Sosiedat De-
portivo Polisial), christened
its new uniforms last week
in the cafeteria at police HQ.
The uniforms were spon-
sored by Larry's Wild Side
Diving Bonaire. The police
team will be holding various
fund raising events to sup-
port the softball tourney at
the beginning of June and
the Inter-island Police Soft-
ball Tourney in Aruba in
August.

want some of the best pizza on earth.
It's on the porch at Pasa Bon Pizza, of
course. It flashes Red-Yellow-Green...
Stop-For-Pizza. The pizza restaurant,
which also serves awesome salads and
lasagna, is just south of the Harbour
Village Marina on Kaya Grandi.


A There's a special event this week
that Bonaire
lovers
won't want
to miss. It's
a talk by the
entertaining
and fasci- I
nating story
teller and
historian, Frans Booi
Frans Bool
Frans
Booi, on "The Myths of Bonaire."
It's this Thursday, May 4, at 7 pm at
the Kas di Arte. Booi's talk is in con-


junction with the mystical paintings of
his longtime friend Winfred Dania
which are being shown at the Kas di
Arte this month.


A The Chaine des Rotisseuers Chapter of Bonaire had an installation gala last
week at the Blue Water Residence. Chaine members celebrate their occasional
decorous dinners with gourmet food, elaborately prepared, and dress in semi-
formal attire to dine. The organization was founded in France centuries ago and
reformed in the 20th century. Their most recent six-course meal was prepared by
Moreno Binelli and was served by the SGB Hotel School students. V.D. Valk Photo


A If you want a nice car built to
US safety standards check out the ad-
vertisement on page 18. The Korona
Auto Connection has a proven track
record for supplying top quality cars.


>A Support our Bonaire Culinary
Team and have a fabulous three-
course "competition dinner" with
wine. These fundraising dinners are the
A This Tuesday we were pleased team's practices to "Bring Home the
to see the rubble from the demolition Gold" at the "Taste of the Caribbean"
of the Sunset Beach Hotel being Culinary Olympics in Miami in June.
cleaned up. A loader and three trucks Contribution is $25. Dinners will be
worked continuously. No official word served at the high school's Chez Nous
is out on what will be built on the site. every Sunday evening at 7 pm. Make


reservations early with Sara at 786-
9299, Floris at 786-1508 or Laura at
786-6518.

APamper Mom on Sunday, May 14.
Divi Flamingo's Calabas Restaurant is
having a sumptuous Mothers Day
Brunch. Great Escape offers Mothers
Day Specials: a Champagne Brunch or
a three-course Dinner.

A Farewell to a beloved friend of
many years, Dennis Alex Semeleer
(April 13, 1964-April 21, 2006). Our
deepest condolences to his family.
Godspeed, dear Dennis. G./L.D.


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ANSWER FOR YACHTS
Dear Editor,
The "Bonaire: Where have all the
cruisers gone" article of last month I
read with interest. I do only wish to
comment on what Mrs. Exler writes
about our little (Bonaire Nautico) ma-
rina in Bonaire. Indeed, there is no real
public dinghy dock and yes, we have
started charging US$10 per week from / '
Saturday to Saturday for the use of our
dock, unless you have your boat on our
dock at US$7 plus tax per day.
Our marina is always in need of
maintenance, wooden boards have to be replaced, electricity, water, cleats etc. As
an example one single plank of hardwood is presently costing US$10 per piece.
We have now reverted to non-hardwood planks. When we are hit by a wind rever-
sal or storm the boards can be swept into the sea (this way the boards can be col-
lected from the sea and replaced but often get damaged anyway and need to be
repaired or replaced).
The few ships lying at our dock simply do not generate an income to cover all
the overhead. Apart from stealing water other things have taken place, such as
missing lines from the dock, a VHF radio on our water taxi disappeared. Putting
all this in a melting pot plus the irritation created by some of the cruising society
made us say why do the cruisers not participate in a small way by paying the US
$10 per week and enjoy the convenience of our dock being close to the shops and
restaurants, whom all benefit from the cruisers' presence.
In the meantime we (my two sons Bob, Henk and I) see a nicer group of paying
cruisers at our marina, with whom we talk and if necessary we help where we can.
Mrs. Exler, you are welcome at our dock and get to know us a little better.
Finally to answer the question whether cruisers are welcome in Bonaire we can
reply by stating "yes," seeing the amount of buoys at US$10 plus tax per night
which are available in lieu of the non-payment for accommodation, travel etc and
tourist tax, soon to be US$ 75 p.p for non-residents when leaving Bonaire by air.
Henk Ram Sr.
Bonaire Nautico Marina.


Do You Sudoku?

S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in Japanese. It was created
and published in 1979, although the puzzles didn't really gain popularity
until The Times in Britain began printing SuDoku in 2005, and the craze spread
like wildfire across the world.
Solving The Puzzles
To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puz-
zle, without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region.
What makes these puzzles fun is that the rules are simple but require logical rea-
soning skills to solve. Some find it easier to pencil in the possible numeric candi-
dates or write them along the outside of the puzzle. Others find this distracting.
Different levels of difficulty exist. The Reporter will start out with Easy level, and
gradually move on the Tricky and Tough. For more details visit the web site www.
sudokushack.com. They have a tutorial that's a bit easier to understand. Good
luck! Molly Kearney

Answer on page 14


6 3 8

4 2 5 9

7 1 2

8 6 7

9 4 5 3

1 9 4

5 8 6

3 9 6 5

6 9 3


Dear Editor:
Masha Pabien with your 12 years of providing The Reporter.
We are very happy that with your newspaper a lot of people have gotten and still
can get more information about the Bonairean and his way of life, his interests and
also his culture and history and feelings.
For us here in Rincon we are very thankful that since the very beginning of our
Marsh6 Rincon and the historic and nature tours, you were there to give your sup-
port.
I can say that definitely we can show interested visitors that there are many more
things to be done on Bonaire, especially in Rincon.
Our locals are very proud to share their history with all the visitors who are ea-
ger to know more and to feel at home.
Un biaha mas na number di pueblo di Rincon, masha pabien I hopi aha mas ku
The Reporter.


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Recog n ition


Four Bonairean residents were honored with knighthood into the Order of Or-
ange-Nassau last Friday at the Governor's Residence. It's a Queen's Birthday
tradition to honor persons for their extraordinary volunteer services to the commu-
nity over the years. Traditionally their names are not disclosed before the ceremony.
This year's recipients were Glenda Bernabella, Alan Gross, Iris Semeleer and Jane
Townsend. Americans Alan Gross and his wife, Jane Townsend, are Bonaire's first
to be honored who aren't Dutch citizens. They are also the first husband-wife team
receiving honors

The accomplishments of the recipients, as listed in the Kondekorashonnan Real
program follow:

Ana Glenda
Bernabela-Nicolaas

B orn in Aruba, Glenda
came to Bonaire when
she was three.
She has been a dedicated vol-
unteer, beginning when she was
a young girl as a member of
AMG, an organization that
worked with young people.
She worked for 15 years in the
management of Jong Bonaire, a
center for after school activities
for teens. Glenda served as
treasurer, has an understanding
of the teens' problems and
works to help them become pro-
ductive and exemplary adults
and good citizens.
Since 1993 she's been a direc-
tor of FAJ-Kring Bonaire, an
organization made up of 30 Past knighthood recipient Tonchi Nicholaas-
groups working for the welfare and his sister, Glenda Bernabela, who received
of young people. As a volunteer hers last week
with FESBO Glenda was nomi-
nated Volunteer of the Year 2004.
In 1998 Glenda became a member of the steering committee of the Organi-
sashon di Hende Muhe (Women's Organization), the goal of which is
women's rights in the community. She was elected treasurer in 1999. In
2003 she became a member of Klup di Dama Aproda which does fundraising
for other organizations like FKPD, Cocari, kresh, etc. In January 2004
Glenda was elected president.
In 1994, the government of Bonaire established a commission for "The Year
of the Family," and named Glenda to the commission because of her dedica-
tion and enthusiasm.
In 2001 Glenda organized a 30-year reunion of the alumni of Lourdesmulo. A
nice side effect of the reunion was that the alumni decided to paint the
school building.


Iris Fortunata
Semeler

t nine years old Iris Semeler became a member of AMG, a group that
helped to form her character and to become a person whose heart is in
the community. Iris passed all the lev- els of the group and became a top leader.
She formed part of the Pajaritos Navidenos, a group of Christmas carolers
who were very popular in the 60s. She also played the organ at the Coromoto
church and was a radio broadcaster from Bonaire on Radio Hoyer III.
When she was working at Boekhandel

Bean Angel


Pass on The epoet


toa


Fiend


SintAugustinius 28 years
ago she began the now
very popular annual event,
Kontest di Fli (kite con-
test). This year it cele-
brated its 28th consecutive
event, sponsored by Iris'
Flamingo Book Store. It's
a looked-forward-to,
pleasant and creative event
open to all ages. It's be-
come so popular that even
groups come from Cura-
qao to compete.
After AMG no longer
existed Iris dedicated her-
self to work, as one of the
first, with the Sentro di
Bario in North Salinja.
She worked for seven
years as a volunteer with
children and old people in
the barrio. Iris worked The SemalerFamily, Iris in white
closely with Chito Martijn
(q.e.p.d.) who organized Flor di Orkidia, the organization for old people. Because
she showed such dedication and passion, Chito asked her to take the group over. It
was the prelude to a brilliant period for the organization.
Flor di Orkidia is made up of 60 members with Iris and her group of volunteers
who make every effort to raise the quality of life of the elders. Under Iris' guidance
a new building was erected with the aid of the group's fundraising activities and
Sede Antiya. The doors to Sentro Orkidia Profesor Alejandro Saleh were opened
on November 9, 2000.
For many years Iris has helped the Bonaire Lions Club organize the Dia di Ani-
mal where prizes are given to children who give good care to their pets.
In 2002 the Bonaire Press Association named Irish as "Woman of the Year."
On Bonaire Day in 2004 the government of Bonaire named Iris "Citizen of
Honor." (Continued on page 7)


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Royal Recognition (Continued from page 6)

Jane Townsend and
Alan Gross

A lan Gross and Jane Townsend had a successful communication business in
the US, but because of Alan's illness decided to leave their business in
1993 and settle on Bonaire, a place they'd visited often on vacation and liked be-
cause of its nature above and below
the water.
From their arrival the couple got in-
volved in the social community. Their
expertise in marketing, particularly
Jane's gift for organization and Alan's
financial skills, were of great value.
Not only did they help with organiza-
tion in the social areas but they also
gave a great deal of help to the less
fortunate.
In 1997 they collaborated with oth-
ers to conduct an intense investigation
concerning school-going teens and
their parents about the necessity for a
welcoming after school center. This
resulted in bringing back to life,
Stichting Jeugdwerk Prinses Beatrix
(commonly called Jong Bonaire),
which began in 1959 but hadn't been
active for some time. Through fund rais- Alan Gross and Jane Townsend
ing activities they gathered money and
procured aid from Holland. They renewed the building, working with locals, and
built a new canteen, office, computer rooms and sports areas and hired a profes-
sional staff. Alan is treasurer and Jane secretary of the foundation.
They also helped in Fundashon Tene Boneiru Limpi, founded in 1995. Under the
auspices of TCB Bonaire was made the cleanest island in the Caribbean. They've
brought forth new ideas and forms for work that have proved successful in other
countries. They've maintained a constant contact with the press. They are always
there to give others a hand. They've assisted TCB with other projects like statistic
reports and they've conducted marketing investigations as well as other projects.
One of their principal tasks has been with the annual Ban Hasi Boneiru Limpi in
cooperation with the organization, "Clean up the World,' getting all organizations,


government, schools, compa-
nies, churches, clubs, sentro di
barrios involved. It was their
ideas to have someone adopt a
street, collect bottles, recycle
and abolish plastic sacks on the
island thus maintaining our
environment.
Alan and Jane were always
there to help and aid the Turtu-
ganan di Boneiru a snorkel-
ing program for youngsters.
They put in their time and en-
ergy without any personal
benefit.
From the very beginning they
were involved in the NGO Plat-
form an alliance of all the
non-government organizations
on the island. The goal was the
rights and cooperation between
the organizations, working as a Recipients Glenda Bernabella, Alan Gross and
guide and giving assistance to Jane Townsend with Jong Bonaire kids and staff
petitioners for subsidies. Alan,
as treasurer of the organization from 2002, spent many hours on the project, as-
sisted by Jane.
Alan and Jane were the "motors" behind the Red Cross Disaster Plan, working in
cooperation with Red Cross. They were very intensely involved in the organization
and in the combat disaster exercise.

The Order of Orange-Nassau is divided into six classes: Knight Grand Cross,
Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, Knight and Member. However, only the last
two are awarded in the Antilles. Names can be proposed by contacting the head of
the Royal Decorations Advisory Commission President, Ludovicio Nicholaas or
Members of the Commission: Farina Thode-de Palm, Henry Tore, Roxanne Timp
and Jeanne Emers. L./G. D.


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free. It's made possible because of
generous sponsorship and will be a
welcome to festival visitors from the
island and abroad.
Caribbean and Latin Jazz is the
main course. Playing will be three
local Bonairean groups, musicians
from Curacao, Aruba, the Netherlands
and the US, and of course visiting jazz
lovers with an interest in playing, jam-
ming or just to hang out on the island.


F ollowing the magical success
of last year's fest, this year's
Bonaire Jazz Festival will be even
bigger. The second annual Jazz Festi-
val, is organized by the Bonaire Jazz
Foundation in close cooperation with
four main locations: Plaza Resort Bon-
aire, City Caf6, Bongos Beach and
KonTiki Beach Apartments. It's set for
the end of this month, May 25-28. The
four locations, all at the seaside or on
the beach, are expected to host from
300 to 800 persons per day. Concerts
and events will be held three times
daily: sunset jazz time, main concert
and late night jazz, plus jam sessions at
public places and restaurants and bars.
There is a charge only for the three
main concerts, a ridiculously low en-
trance fee of NAf45 (US$ 25) for all
concerts, and all the other events are


Cubop City Big Band


Headlining the action will be the
Cubop City Big Band. The Cubop
City Big Band is a smoking 20-piece
Salsa and Latinjazz big band from The
Netherlands led by drummer/
percussionist Lucas van Merwijk. The
band has gained recognition through-


out the world with its swinging per-
formances and recordings. The orches-
tra has an international lineup with mu-
sicians from Venezuela, US, Panama,
Puerto Rico, England, Germany and
Holland. Attending a concert of the
Cubop City Big Band is like visiting a
steamy, hot New York City Salsa
Club.
Cubop City Big Band: Lucas van
Merwijk, Drums; Leader Marc Bisch-
off; Keyboard, Mick Paauwe; Bass,
Nils Fischer; Percussion, Gerado
Rosales, Alberto Caisedo; vocals, Yma
America; Saxes: Cyrille Oswald, Rolf
Delfos, Gerrit Jan Brinkhorst, Milan
Bongers, Wouter Schueler; Trom-
bones: Ilja Reingoud, Martin van den
Berg, Louk Boudestijn, Frans Cor-
nelissen; Trumpets: Charlie Biggs, Pe-
tere van Soest, Rob van der Wouw,
Michael Simon; Sound: Juan Villoria

We will be reporting more as the
days leading up to the event grow
closer. But plan NOW to be there,
Tickets for all three main concerts are
NAf45 or NAf20 per session. The
musical session on May 25 is free.
Tickets for sale at Plaza Resort, Kon-
Tiki, City Caf6, Bongos Beach, TCB,
Bonaire Boekhandel and at the gates of
the main concert. You can become a
member or supporter of the foundation.
If you donate NAf200 or more you
will receive two free tickets for all
concerts during the festival and a re-
served seat. Guus Gerritsen/G.D.


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Countdown to the Dive Into Adventure

35

Days To Go I)


We are counting down to the premier
Bonaire event June 17 to 24. It's open to divers, snorkelers,
nature lovers and adventurers from around the world. Building on the successes of the
past seven Bonaire Dive Festivals and recognizing Bonaire not only as a dive destina-
tion but also as an eco-adventure destination, June's Dive Into Adventure week-long
extravaganza of activity will take Bonaire visitors to a new level of eco-experience.
The event will feature a daily schedule of diving and adventure activities like kayaking,
windsurfing, kiteboarding, land sailing and mountain biking. Every morning and after-
noon scuba diving participants will have the option of participating in a host of dive-
related adventure activities like digital photography workshops, technical diving, un-
derwater videography and free diving.
For non-divers there is a large menu of topside activity both on the water and on
land. Cave exploration, kayaking, bird watching, sailing (both land and ocean) are just
a few.
Each evening of the Dive Into Adventure Bonaire event participants may come to-
gether for parties, beach BBQs and presentations by featured speakers. As in years
past, the week-long event will kick off with "A Taste of Bonaire," featuring cuisine
from great Bonairean restaurants at bargain prices, music and presentations by local
dignitaries. Keep checking The Reporter right up until the start date for new activities.
For additional information check the event's official website at www.
DivelntoAdventureBonaire.com.


The first full day
of activities fol-
lowing enrollment
and "A Taste of
Bonaire" will be
Monday, June
19th. It will offer
activities focused
on the conserva-
tion of nature and
the environment,
with Bonaire's
own Dee Scarr
(Reef Caretaking)
and world re-
nowned underwa-
ter and nature
photographer Dos
Winkel
(Underwater
Photo Skills) host-
ing daytime work-

dives. K eepingGo Diving with Dos (top left) on Monday
dives. Keeping
with the day's theme, evening presentations will be given by Fernando Simal and
Ramon Leon, Managers of Washington-Slagbaai National Park and the Bonaire Na-
tional Marine Park, respectively; naturalists Bill and Alice Miller (So You Want to
Take Underwater Photos); Larry Baillie of Bonaire's Larry's Wildside Diving; and Dos
Winkel (Talking Pictures). Following the presentations will be a book signing by Mr.
Winkel and a party with drinks and live music. The schedule is below:


Monday, June 19th
9:00 12:00 General Island Diving
9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity
9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure
9:00 11:00 Dee Scarr Lecture & Dive about Reef Caretaking, Capt. Don's
Habitat
9:00 12:00 Dos Winkel Lecture & Dive about U/W Photo Skills, Sand Dollar
(10 maximum)
12:00 16:00 General Island Diving
12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activity
12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure
14:00 15:00 Ramon Leon & Fernando Simal: Park Manager Presentations,
Plaza Resort Bonaire
16:00 17:00 Bill & Alice Miller Lecture/Slide Show "So You Want To Take U/
W Photos," Capt. Don's Habitat
17:30 18:00 Larry Baillie Lecture about East Side Diving, Golden Reef Inn
18:30 19:15 Dos Winkel Talking pictures, Golden Reef Inn
19:00 20:00 Evening Party + Book signing by Dos Winkel, Mariachi Band and
Drinks, Golden Reef Inn
20:00 22:00 Evening Party, Krioyo Buffet, Golden Reef Inn, $25. Reservations
requested
20:00 22:00 Dine Around Options- Island-Wide Dinner: Plaza, Captain Don's
Habitat, Sand Dollar from $20. TCB/G.D.


Make YOUR Body YOUR business
Top Health (TH) Fitness and Health Center opens on Bon-
aire A totally new and different approach towards health
and fitness

Finally, some people are (re) spreading and applying the notion:
we should and must consider our body as a unity ofmind, spirit and
physiology. Our bodies are just 'wandering'further and further into the
endless pit ofdoctors, medical specialists and legalized drugs (approved
medicines). Time to take your body back into your own hands. Make your body your
business. And let the professionals of Top Health Fitness and Health Center assist you
in this process. Start with their Open House on May 6h.

Among the wilderness of fitness and wellness centers, Top Health Fitness and
Health Center offers a bright path to reach your goals: a healthy spirit in a
healthy body. Top Health Fitness and Health Center expresses this concept with the
new and modern fitness center and the Ma Jochi store
Bonaire has already got acquainted with Ma Jochi (formerly located at the Tambu
shop in Kaya Grandi), which specializes in advice, knowledge, lectures, courses, aro-
matherapy, all kinds of oils, incense (more than 80 aromas), and decoration to bum the
oil and incense, crystals, minerals and Feng-shui products.
On Saturday May 6th you're all invited to experience the TH Fitness and Health
Center Open House. Besides the fitness sessions (individual or group) TH Fitness and
Health Center offers aerobic, step aerobic, body shaping, power abs, zumba, circuit
training, fit walking and self-defense classes.
In addition, TH Fitness and Health Center presents weight loss and detox programs
guided by their certified dietician. Lectures on health and wellness are also part of their
philosophy.
For the top-level sport athletes (like windsurfers, football players, swimmers, etc.)
TH Fitness and Health Center presents nutrition programs and adapted fitness pro-
grams all under the guidance of their certified and experienced dietician and instruc-
tors.
Don't have time to attend the group sessions? Still keep your body your business by
a hiring a personal trainer or following, for example, the zumba training on TH's DVD
in your own time!

The icing on the cake (go on... after such professional training you can afford
some!) on May 6th will be the impressive salsa demonstration by Bon-SALSA, featur-
ing Undine Pourier-Nahorst. She is no stranger to the dance world. She's a well-
known professional dancer and co-instructor of the two famous salsa schools on Cura-
9ao: Salsipuedes and Salsation (see also www.salsipuedes.com). Pourier-Nahorst has
won different prizes in national and regional dance contests. She's also attended nu-
merous major salsa conventions in various countries in Europe, Latin America and the
Caribbean. TH Fitness and Health Center is proud to announce that Pourier-Nahorst
will be teaching salsa classes, "Puerto Rican style." Taking care of your body never
felt so rhythmical and sensual.
You may choose between different membership cards: Silver (twice a week), Gold
(three times a week) and Diamond (unlimited).
Too 'mature' or too young? Are you kidding? TH Fitness and Health Center offers
very attractive rates to senior citizens and teens/kids. A complete physical evaluation
(blood pressure, sugar and fat levels, weight etc) will be part of the registration proc-
ess.
On May 6th your body will start becoming your business again. Be your own man-
ager! Natalie A.C. Wanga


TH Fitness and Health Center Open House:
Date : May 6th Time: 10am- 5pm


10:00 leading around
10:30 aerobic
11:00 zumba
11:30 step-aerobic
12:00 salsa-dance
12:30 leading around
13:00 salsa-dance


13:30 aerobic
14:00 salsa
14:30 zumba
15:00 salsa-dance
15:30 step-aerobic
16:00 salsa
16:30 aerobic
17:00 free salsa dancing


Place : La Hacienda Shopping Center, Kaya Nikiboko Nort 44
Phone : 717-5662 E-mail: tophealthbonaire@yahoo.com


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

DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
5-05 7:00 1.7FT. 15:29 0.8FT. 38
5-06 2:48 1.4FT. 2:48 1.4FT. 7:45 1.6FT.
15:42 0.9FT. 23:25 15FT. 32
5-07 4:17 1.3FT. 8:25 1.5FT. 15:45 1.0FT. 22:51 1.5FT. 33
5-08 5:41 1.3FT. 9:19 1.4FT. 15:32 1.0FT. 22:47 1.6FT. 39
5-09 6:51 1.2FT. 10:02 1.3FT. 15:00 1.1FT. 22:57 1.7FT. 48
5-10 8:07 1.1FT. 11:18 1.1FT. 14:18 1.1FT. 23:14 1.8FT. 57


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Pet of the VVeek

R ight now at the Bonaire
Animal Shelter there are
six adorable kittens up for adop-
tion. And to choose which one for
Pet of the Week was a near im-
possibility, but when we saw this
quizzical little face on "Dale," the
tabby, we couldn't resist asking
him to pose as a representative for
the other five kittens. Dale is
about two months old and he
came into the Shelter with his
mom, "Debbie" (Pet of the Week,
April 21-28) and his siblings.
Dale and the rest of his family
were rescued from the street, but
because they were being fed by
some kind tourists they were in "Dale"
pretty good shape. And now, of
course, they're in fabulous form,
having been given good food on a regular basis, had their shots, tested for the
deadly feline leukemia, wormed, and more.
Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema reports that there are 12 puppies up for adoption
now. So far this year there have been 44 adoptions, one of which was the puppy,
"Ranger," shown with Lisa Schut in the April 14 issue.
On a sad note, "Lena," the Golden Retriever looking dog who was one of the
"resident" dogs at the Shelter, has passed away after a debilitating illness. She was
9 1 years old. When she was very young Lena's original owners left her when they
went to Holland, and she never found the perfect owner to adopt her. People said
she was "too shy," but because she was such a good dog with great character, she
was allowed to stay on at the Shelter where she spent most of her life. There are a
few other "resident" dogs and cats that will live out their lives, roaming free in the
Shelter grounds. L.D.



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JANART GALLERY
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.


BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business
information source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (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 gar-
den/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


MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy, healing,
China-trained. Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9332.

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


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 7864651
www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/


For Sale

Dodge Ram pickup extra cab V-8
$10,500.= Frigidaire 3.6 cub freezer
$210.= Brunswick antique windup
turntable 125 years old very good
condition $6400.= Royal Dalton fine
bone china "Imperial Blue" 10 dinner
and 10 rimsoup plates $1,200.= Cel:
565-5448


Refills! Do you have an empty 1.25
oz container of SeaGold, SeaDrops or
a 2-oz. container of PSI 500 defog?
Bring it in and the Carib Inn will fill


Picture ourself f
In~ The PsR o r-ter


Mike and Tina Streit, who have a vacation apartment at Hilltop, sent us this
photo from their visit to Thailand. They are displaying their copy of The
Reporter in front of a Buddhist temple on the island of Koh Samui. As they do
every year they'll be back for some diving in October.

WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when
you return home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. BEST PHOTOS OF
THE YEAR WILL WIN PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bon-
aire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2006 photos are eli-
gible.)


for half the price of a new bottle!!
You must have an original bottle
though.

LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844



Boats fo r
Sale

Why expensively import a sail boat
when you can own a fast Regatta
winner built right here?


The Bonaire Reporter is
looking for a Partner or
Managing
Editor


Join us to
"Publish in Paradise."
Working Partner or Managing Edi-
tor withjoumalism, writing/editing
skills, business sense and energy de-
sired.
Most important: Must Love Bonaire!
Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 786-
6518. Email qualifications to:
search@bonairereporter.com


I fi i" l


Classic 21' Bonaire Sail Fishing
boat recently refurbished is for sale
for NAfl4,000 ($8,000)
Call George 786-6125/717-8988.


N/~-a rn t-edC

Wanted: 1 sea container. Doesn't
have to be seaworthy. Needed for stor-
age. Call Ed 786-5544.


Our cat is missing since 5 April. She
has brown-red stripes and a bit white.
She is a europese and very friendly. She
is 4 years old and her name is Teigetje.
If somebody sees her please call 786-
1716


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Radio Netherlands Expands


Radio Netherlands World Ser-
vice (RNWO) will move its
administrative offices from the marina
area into a new building at its Colom-
bia plantation transmitter site/antenna
farm. Minister of Economic Affairs
Burney Elhage laid the first stone in a
ceremony last Friday. The building is
expected to be complete by the middle
of next year. Station Manager Hans
Linkels said the technical limitations
that required the offices be
"downtown" no longer exist and that it
was more efficient to consolidate the
entire RNWO staff at the transmitter
site.


wave frequencies which are usually
plagued by static, background noises
and fading. "With just one transmitting
station, entire countries or big parts of a
continent can be covered," says Hoek.
Conventional FM broadcasting stations
typically cover from up to 3,000 square
miles.
The new transmitters will output 300
kW for analog and 200 kW for digital


broadcast, about the
same power as the
units they are replac-
ing. However, they
are 50% more effi-
cient than the old
ones. One transmitter
can cover all of North
or South America or
9,000,000 square
miles. A survey re-
ported that about 25%
of vacationing Dutch
people listen to
RNWO broadcasts.
DRM radio has been
available since 1997,
but the signal can
only be captured by
special receivers.
Consumer receivers will be on the mar-
ket in the fall of 2006 and will make it
possible for the public to listen to digi-
tal shortwave (DRM) transmissions.
Receivers currently cost upwards of
$200 and some can be connected to
PCs.
For more information on DRM, go to
www.drm.org. DRM directly competes
with satellite radio and is more popular
with non-American alternative broad-
casters who are moving to Satellite Ra-
dio. G.D.


1969 Transmitter site


Station manager Hans Linkels


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Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter if there are no more atyourfavorite spot


Car Rental Agencies:
At the Airport

Airlines:
Aboard Divi Divi Air

Banks:
MCB (Playa & Hato
branches),
RBTT

Restaurants:
Bistro de Paris
Cactus Blue
Capriccio
City Cafe
Croccantino
Lost Penguin
Lover's Ice Cream
Pasa Bon Pizza

Dive Shops:
Yellow Submarine
WannaDive
Carib Inn

Shops:
Benetton
Bonaire Gift Shop


DeFreewieler
Exito Bakery
INPO
Paradise Photo
Photo Tours, Playa
Plantation Furniture

Hotels:
Buddy Dive
Capt. Don's Habitat
Carib Inn
Caribbean Club Bonaire
Caribbean Court
Divi Flamingo
Eden Beach Hotel
Golden Reef Inn
The Great Escape
Plaza Resort
Sand Dollar Resort

Supermarkets:
Bo Toko, North Salina
Cultimara
Montecatini
Progresso
Sand Dollar Grocery
Tropical Flamingo
Warehouse Bonaire


Government:
Bestuurscollege


Customs
Parliament Office
BVO


Others:
Bonfysio
Botika Korona
Caribbean Laundry
Fit4 Life, Plaza
Hair Affair
Harbour Village Marina
Rocargo
San Francisco Hospital
TCB
Telbo

Bookstores:
Bonaire Boekhandel,
Flamingo Bookstore

Realty Offices:
Harbourtown
Re/Max
Sunbelt


RINCON:
Chinese Store
Joi Fruit Store
Lemari Grocery
Rincon Bakery
Rose Inn


05/06


Still can'tfind a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988


Who's Who on 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: Guus Gerritsen, Jack Horkheimer, Molly Kearney, Greta Kooistra, Sara
Matera, Dee Scarr, Michael Thiessen, Natalie A.C. Wanga
Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Production: Barbara Lockwood
Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy
Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curacao
2006 The Bonaire Reporter


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MOVIELAND





Late Show
Cal tomakesure (LUsually9pm)
Inside Man
(Denzel Washington)
Early Show (Usually 7 pm)
V For Vendetta

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
THURS THRU SUN
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM
MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM
SATURDAY 4 PM
May: The Wild


THIS WEEK
Thursday May 4 Talk by Frans Booi on
"The Myths of Bonaire," Kas di Arte, 7
pm.

Until May 21-Winfred Dania Art Ex-
hibit, Kas di Arte, open daily 10 am-5
pm-see page 10
Saturday, May 6-Top Health (TH) Fit-
ness & Health Center Open House, 10
am-6 pm. See page 9.
Saturday, May 6- Big Monthly Marsh6 in
Rincon from 6 am to 2 pm. Meet the
friendliest people in Bonaire. Local foods,
drinks, gifts, herbs, plants, music, more...
Sunday, May 7 Mothers Day Send a
message to your mom free in the Re-
porter Classifieds. Emal by May 8,
mom @bonairereporter.com Tel./Fax 717-
8988 or 786-6518.
Sunday, May 7-Bonaire Culinary Team
Dinner, 7 pm, Chez Nous, $25 for 3-
course meal with wine. Call Sara 786-
9299, Floris 786-1508, Laura 786-6518
Sunday May 7 The Bonaire Jazz Group
will present a very special all-Brazilian
program for the monthly Latin Jazz &
Brunch at the Den Laman restaurant,
11:30am-2:30pm. Reservations 717-4106.
See page 3
Friday, May 12 Big party and show for
'mom' at Don Paranda, from 8:30 pm to 2
am, entrance F1.35- Featuring Melania van
der Veen, Boy Thode, Romeo Heye, Denis
Cicilia, Wilbert Petronella and DJ HB
Disco. To benefit the FKPD (Handicapped
Foundation) Call 717-6210 for tickets.
UntilMay 14- Fer and Rob de Wit Photo
Exhibition at Plaza Resort. 5-8 pm, Sun-
day, Tuesday and Friday. 717-5398.

COMING
Sunday, May 14- Mother's Day-Treat
Mom: Mother's Day Brunch at Divi Fla-
mingo. Great Escape has mother's day spe-
cials: Champagne Brunch or 3-course Din-
ner
Saturday, May 20h- 30 Km Mountain
Bike Tour- organized by Cycle Bonaire &
BWC. Meet at Cycle Bonaire at 4 pm. Call:
Cycle Bonaire 717-2229 or Bonaire Well-
ness Connexions 785-0767
Thursday, May 25 Ascension Day -
holiday, banks and many shops closed
May 25 28 -Jazz Festival see page 8.


Saturday, May 27 End of the month Flea
Market at Parke Publico- 3 pm into the
night Information call Vicky 786-1592


REGULAR EVENTS
Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-7 pm,
Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5 to 7
pm,
* 2 for 1 appetizer with every entree,
Cactus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and blackjack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm 4 am; Sun. 7 pm 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean
kunuku. $12 (NAfl2 for residents). Tel 717-
8489, 540-9800.

Saturdays
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive
* Rincon Marshe-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
* Mountain Bike Ride- Everyone wel-
come. It's free. Bring a bike and your own
water. Fitness trainer Miguel Angel Brito leads
the pack. Telephone him at 785-0767 for infor-
mation.
* Wine Tasting at AWC's warehouse, 6
to 8 pm, Kaya Industria #23. Great wines -
NAf2,50 a glass.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAf26,50.
Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 .

Sundays
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

Mondays
* Caribbean Night, live local music-
Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435
* Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring
Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden
Reef Inn Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reser-
vations $20, walk ins $25. Drinks available
for purchase. Call 717-5759 or email
info@goldenreefinn.com

Tuesdays
* Live music by the Flamingo Rockers,
5-7 pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine, 5-7
pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue

Wednesdays
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9
pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi


Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers The
Windsurf Place at Sorobon 7:30- 9:30 pm
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

Thursdays
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers" 5-
7pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar

Fridays
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round
Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All
invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith


Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from
1330 to 1630
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo Smash
& snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7 pm
* Manager's Rum Punch Party, Buddy
DiveResort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by AlYou Can
Eat BBQ
* 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

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 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
(STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec. Carib
Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm 717-5080

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
KasKriyoRincon-Stepinto Bonaire'spastinthis
venerable old home that has been restoredand fur-
nished so it appears the family has just stepped out.
Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday thru
Friday, 9 12,2-4. Weekends by appointment Call
717-2445.
MangasinadiRei,Rinon. Enjoy theview from
'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bonaire's
culture. Visit homes fromthe 17th century. Daily. Call
717-4060 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the
Catholic Church intown. 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.

CLUBS and MEETINGS
AAmeetings -every Wednesday, Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday evening at
7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic
Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping Cen-
ter 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10. Call
717-2482/566-6093 for details
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 inviled.NAf5entryfee.
CallCaty 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- 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 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 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
Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome.
Tel. 717-8434

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte In-
dustrialBonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie Stimp-
son 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)- 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child Care)
Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-7984
Volunteers to train children in sports. Con-
tact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-8051

.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 Ser-
vices at9 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-
lish.
Catholic San Bemardus 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. Wednesday
Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to: The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.corn
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 786-6518


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ART
Richter Art- By Jake and Linda: Digital paintings,
Giclees on canvas, limited edition and open prints.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kral-
endijk, at Caribbean Club, Caribbean Court and the
Hamlet Oasis. Join their cleanup dives and BBQ.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach.

FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.


GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden
chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.


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
The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in
Belnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and
bar. New! Spa!
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Nature Exploration
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapeling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail:
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and
services Full digital services.
REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer service, top notch properties and home owners
insurance.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated
to local community. List your house with them for
sale.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.


RETAIL
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.
SILKSCREEN, EMBROIDERY
CesMar-Local company offers top quality, fast ser-
vice for monogramming, silk screening, embroidery.
SUPERMARKETS
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.

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 in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
nights.
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.



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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. 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 Menu
Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 Dinner Bonaire's newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty
(half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Closed Sunday Owner-operated for top service

Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet
At th ii laig ea Resran an erfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar.
At the D17-8285 Flamingo eac Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days Inspiring vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restarant ModerateExpensive Bonaire's Most Romantic Restaurant where dining is a delight! Tuscan
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served in
oClosed Monday a garden setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Take out too.
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 Now in Playa-next to Xerox 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.
Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. at or take away. Nice bar too.
2 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111











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T 'm a vegetarian, only recently,
I because now that I don't have to
cook anymore I can afford to be one!
Sure, I know eating meat is a part of life,
but I don't want to be part of it. One of the
basics of life is to respect life. That's es-
sential; everything begins with that. When
you teach a child to respect nature and
animals he or she will become a different
kind of person. It's very important to me
that my students learn to think about those
things and that they learn how to plan and
how to stand up for themselves so they'll
grow and become a whole person. Also
their profession deserves respect. They're
not just a cook or a waiter. They are pro-
fessionals and that means something.
They've learned the job. And someday if
they have to go abroad and see the world,
they can come back to Bonaire with that
knowledge because that is truly important
for the island.
I have the advantage of being able to set
goals. I always want to go forward. It's
not always possible and sometimes you
have to take a detour. But first you have to
know what you want and what's important
for you. I always knew what that was but
how to get there was something I had to
learn.
I was a chef in Holland, and I worked
with the creme de la creme, the Fagel
family, for several years. I quit my job
because I wanted to become a teacher -
cooking, waiting, bread and pastry. When
I got my teacher's certificate I started
working, not as a teacher, but as a free-
lance chef at the very well known Beurs
van Berlage in Amsterdam.
A very good friend of mine didn't ap-
prove of that at all because she thought I
was way too good for that job. She owned
an apartment on Bonaire; she'd just been
here and she told me, 'Kees! That's some-
thing for you!' They'd just started with
the Lac Bay Resort and restaurant, The
Red Pelican. I was the cook for two years,
then I went to Plaza. Then I became the
manager at the Animal Shelter.
I'd been on the Shelter board for a
while, and I just wanted to make a change.
I couldn't stand the way dogs were being
treated. When the government introduced
the dog licensing fee and the dog catcher
was hired it didn't do any good for the
dogs. Many were dumped in the streets
and every week we had to put so many
dogs to sleep that it gave me nightmares.
It made me sick. At the time I was living
on a small kunuku in Tera Kora a tiny
little house and 20 dogs! I worked at the
Shelter for two years, then I couldn't do it
anymore. Maybe people thought I was too
sentimental. I am an emotional and sensi-
tive person, but the thing that killed me
was that in my eyes all this suffering was
completely unnecessary if only people


would sterilize their dogs! I just didn't get
it! It was a nasty time and it took me a
long time to deal with it.
From Tera Kora I moved to the
Chogogo house in the south. I'd found this
kunuku already. I started fencing the two-
hectare terrain with cactus, little by little.
Every time I had some money I'd build a
bit more while I was living at Chogogo.
At the time I had two jobs. I worked at
Chamballa's, where City Cafe is now, and
I was also an examiner at the SGB high
school. During that time I was asked if I
wanted to teach full time. I started part
time because I didn't know if I was the
right person for the job, but I can tell you
something: those kids taught me a lot! So
I said yes.
I'd had some experience in teaching be-
cause during my school years in Holland,
instead of being an intern, I worked part-


"I always want to go
forward. It's not always
possible and sometimes
you have to take a detour.
But first you have to know
what you want and what's
important for you. I always
knew what that was but
how to get there was some-
thing I had to learn."

time jobs, one of which was at a boarding
school with children with all kinds of so-
cial problems and difficulties. Those first
weeks I'd come home with a headache,
but after a few months it was just great!
You have to learn to bond with the stu-
dents, and they have to bond with you.
Then it becomes fun, and they will show
you a part of who they really are and they
learn to trust again.
So, at SGB I started teaching classes in
bread and pastry. The students thought it
was great; they were working with their
hands it was real fun! Meanwhile they
taught me the best way to handle them and
how to get along together! That was until
two years ago.
Then I joined a group of people to install
SBO (Secondary professional education)
here on Bonaire. There are four disci-
plines: electro technology, administration,
care and welfare, and hotel and restaurant.
We're busy establishing the curriculum.
Every discipline has to be legitimatized
and has to come up to the requirements so
that the diploma will be worth something
too. It's a tremendous job to set up some-
thing like this but at the same time it is a


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Kees Leeman


fantastic challenge for us.
Also I just signed a contract with ETE
(the expertise center for tests and exams)
in Curagao, the exam bureau for VSBO, to
write the exams for VSBO for 2008 to-
gether with two others. I'm also writing
the training program for SBO-hotel and
restaurant courses. So, when Bonaire
wants to start with the training, the pro-
gram is ready. FORMA is doing Level
One with the youngsters, and Inge Berben
and I are trying to create a follow up so
the students can move on. That's my night
job behind the computer.
I have everything here on the kunuku,
even Internet. That's unbelievable; I am
so happy with it! Although we're living
on a very small island, we're still a part of
the big world outside and we have to keep
on thinking in a worldly way too.
When I moved from Holland to Bonaire
it was a shock and it took a while for me
to get adjusted. One of the things I learned
on Bonaire is how to invent! If you can't
buy it you have to make it yourself. That's
how I started with my art, and I've sold a
lot! I made tables, lamps, mirrors and
masks and recently I made my own clay
oven a 'raku' oven, and hopefully when
I have more time next year I'm going to
make ceramics in the primitive way.
That's my project for later and I'm really
looking forward to it. I'm a very creative
and well-organized person and I'm always
doing all kinds of different things. I don't
want to base my life on only one thing. I
think one should do the things that come
to one naturally, and when you do it with
your heart and soul it will go just fine.
Every person has special talents and those
you have to cherish and develop. The one
thing I like best is doing my art. I can lose
myself completely in it, and it also calms
me down."


Kees Leeman (45) is a spiritual man
with a big love and a tremendous drive,
and together with some other ingredients
it's made that which he created a retreat
for him and his animals a peaceful place
of extraordinary beauty where everything
is fine.
"I came to live here five years ago with
24 dogs. Ernst van Vliet from Jibe City
helped me move them. In the beginning,"
he laughs, "they drove me crazy! They are
creatures of habit. They didn't know what
to do on these two hectares so they de-
cided to stick with me with every step I
took! Now I have 16 left. The oldest is
'Janny.' She's 15, has only one eye and
has survived everything. The youngest is
'Kleintje.' He's a year and a half and I
found him nearby.
I will always stay here. When I came to
Bonaire it was my dream to live in a
kunuku. I fought for it and now I can live
my life the way I want it and protect my
animals because they are a very important
part of my life.
I've learned a lot on Bonaire, especially
about people, and I think because we're so
few we get to know each other quite well.
I love Bonaire very, very much, especially
because it gave me this place. For years
I'd traveled to Asia; I was a gypsy, always
busy with new things. I am still a very
restless person, but what Bonaire gave me
is my own place in
this world. Finally,
everything is working
out well. The founda-
tion is good. Now I
don't want to go any-
where anymore... I
am home and that
includes every-
thing..." Story &
photo by Greta Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006


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The ReDorter Is 12 Years Old


Friends and staff of The Reporter


t started 12 years ago as an idea
of a yachtswoman who wanted to
publish a single sheet newsletter for
the yachts in the harbor. It was called
Port Call, and the emphasis of the
news was on the sea with a smattering
of land news that would appeal to
yachtsmen. But after a month or two,
the founder, Jan Smirnow, handed
over the reins of the paper to other
yachtsmen in the harbor, George and
Laura DeSalvo, as she was sailing off
with her husband.
The island cast its spell and so little
by little, the content became more and
more Bonaire oriented; so much so
that with the first issue of the year
2000 the name was changed to The
Bonaire Reporter.
In April of 2001 the format was
changed to the much larger tabloid
version, with 1,500 copies printed at
DeStad in Curamao a big jump from


the heretofore 350 copies printed at
National Printing on Bonaire..
Along the way gifted reporters, writ-
ers and photographers joined to make
The Reporter what it is today. Last
Thursday Reporter staff and col-
leagues celebrated the 12-year birthday
at Pasa Bon Pizza. A great time was
had by all.
A special award was given to Greta
Kooistra for her five-year lustrum as
author of the very popular weekly "On
the Island Since..." column which has
now expanded on occasion to "Born
on the Island...." L.D.


Balashi


B onaire's First
Balashi Bartender
Competition held in Rincon
April 29, the day before
Rincon Day, with the
streets already filled with
people tourists, locals, and
many Curaqao and Aruba
families and friends was a
huge success. The environ-
ment was fun and music
was in the air with Groupo
de Betico from Aruba.
13 nervous bartenders
from area resorts, schools
and restaurants competed.
Bartenders from City Caf6,
Chez Nous Restaurant
(SGB High School), Rum
Runners Restaurant, Buddy
Dive Resort, Lion's Den
Restaurant, Cactus Blue
and the Divi Flamingo
showed their bartending and Jane Coffie from Divi Flamingo, the overall
creativity skills in the seven Winner, gets herprize
minutes they were allowed.
The color of the drinks var-
ied, but they all had the ingredient of Balashi Beer, a twist that was a surprising
added flavor.
Winners were Jane Coffie from Divi Flamingo, first; Miguel Saragoza from
Chez Nous, second; and Joaquin Theodora from Lion's Den Restaurant, third.
The beer and music kept the audience going as they waited for the results. Pre-
senter Eddy de Veer, owner and manger of Balashi Brewery Aruba, and half of
Aruba were there to cheer on the bartenders. Next competition is in Curaqao and
then an ABC island-wide Balashi Bartender Competition later this year. These
young professionals continue to show Bonaire all the great bar and culinary talents
that are in them. Story & Photo by Sara Matera


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Jupiter at Its Closest, Biggest and Brightest This Week

Ses, indeed, the king of
the planets, Jupiter, is
at opposition this week, which
means it's at its closest, biggest
and brightest for the entire
year. And not only will it daz-
zle you with just the naked eye,
but with even a cheap pair of
binoculars you'll be able to see
several of its largest moons.
On any night this week and
next, an hour after sunset, face
southeast where just above the
horizon the brightest light you
see will be the largest of the
planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupi-
ter, which is really big. How
big? Well, our little planet
Earth isg onur ly 8 0 miles The larger moons of Jupiter are like terrestrial
Earth is only 8,000 miles
wide, so we could line up 11 planets, each with an interesting structure.
Earths, side by side, across
Jupiter's middle. How's that for
big? Now although opposition is
an astronomical term, all it really
means is that Jupiter is opposite
the Sun in the sky as seen from
Earth. And whenever a planet is
at opposition it is at its closest
and thus biggest and brightest for
the entire year.
How close? Well this weekend
Jupiter will be only 410 million
miles away from Earth, which is
almost 200 million miles closer
than it was only a few months
ago in October. So it's really
close-so close that some peo-
ple with acute vision may actu- The Ganymede moon casts a shadow as it orbits
ally be able to see with just the
naked eye four of its largest
moons which will look like tiny pinpoints of light. And with a pair of binoculars you'll
have no trouble seeing them at all. In fact this Saturday, Astronomy Day night, you'll
see two on each side of Jupiter: Callisto and Io on one side; Europa and Ganymede
on the other. And all but Europa are larger than our own 2,000-mile-wide Moon.
Wow! Through even the cheapest telescope, you'll see Jupiter's horizontal bands of
weather plus you can actually watch the four largest moons change their position in
relation to Jupiter night after night as they constantly orbit the planet king.
And now to see if you've got your thinking caps on, if Jupiter is opposite the Sun as
seen from Earth right now, how many hours a night do you think you'll be able to see
it? Well theoretically if you have a clear flat horizon all around you you'll see it all the
hours the Sun is not in the sky. You see, when a planet is at opposition it always rises
in the east just as the Sun sets in the west. It then travels higher hour after hour until at
midnight it reaches its highest point then slowly descends toward the west, hour after
hour, until at dawn it sets in the west just as the Sun rises. So simple answer: you can
see Jupiter all night long for the next couple of weeks. Jack Horkheimer


For the week: April 30 to May 7, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Exercise programs will be effective. Direct your energy
into physical entertainment. You will do your best work on your own. You may have
difficulties finishing projects you start. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) You may have difficulties at an emotional level with
mates. Try to be a bit more understanding or you may end up spending an evening
alone. Social activities or travel should be in your plans. You can make alterations to
your appearance that everyone will admire. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your efforts won't go unnoticed; however, someone you
work with may get jealous. You may interest some of them in a service you have to
offer. You could meet an interesting individual you'll want to get to know better.
Don't get involved in other people's private doings. Your lucky day this week will be
Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You might just as well let others do their own thing. If
you're uncertain of your feelings, keep your opinions to yourself. Find out if they
have other commitments. Be sure to take care of any minor ailments. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
LEO_(July 23-Aug 22) You would be wise to consider attending lectures that will
broaden your awareness concerning your professional direction. You will gain valu-
able insight and knowledge through the experiences you have along the way. This
may not be the time to lend or borrow. Avoid any intimate involvements with co-
workers or employers. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
VIRGO_(Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Not everything you hear will be legitimate. Listen to the
advice given by others. You have been going through a period of change that has
caused problems for you with your loved ones. Contracts will not be as lucrative as
you think. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA_(Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be cautious of making any residential changes this week.
All your energy should be directed into moneymaking opportunities. Residential
moves look hectic and sudden changes in your life are likely. You may be likely to
have difficulties with females. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
SCORPIO_(Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to iron out any friction over money with your
mate or conflicts could prevail. Get busy making those changes to your home. Most
partner problems are a result of both people not living up to their promises. Watch
your tendency to live for the day and to spend too much on entertainment and chil-
dren; it could set you back. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS_(Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You should not be concerned with coworkers
who insist on spreading rumors. You can enhance your reputation by making contri-
butions to worthwhile causes. You can make professional decisions this week that
will affect your position You can expect to face opposition on the home front. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
CAPRICORN_(Dec 22.- Jan. 20) You will have an inaccurate assessment of your
status in society. Enlist coworkers in order to get the job done on time. You will have
to face each issue separately and in person. Don't get so wrapped up in being rich that
you overlook the fact that your plan may not be as solid as you thought. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS_(Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Self-improvement projects will pay off in more ways
than one. Control your temper by getting immersed in your work. Be sure to spend
time helping children with projects that are too difficult for them to accomplish alone.
Generosity will put you in the poorhouse. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES_(Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Avoid disputes with family; their complaints can't
change anything anyway. Be aware of deception when it comes to your position, and
be sure not to jump to conclusions. Social evenings at your place will be highly suc-
cessful. Don't hold yourself back because you think you're too old. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.


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Page 2 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 IN THIS ISSUE: Letters: Answer for Yachts 5 Thanks for Supporting Rincon 5 Do You SuDoko? 5 Royal Recognition 6 Ana Glenda Bernabela-Nicolaas 6 Iris Fortunata Semeler 6 Alan Gross & Jane Townsend 7 Get Ready for Jazz 8 Dive into Adventure Countdown 9 Make Your Body Your Business 9 Rincon Day 10 Radio Netherlands Expands 13 SuDoko Solution 14 Where to Find The Reporter 14 Reporter Celebrates 12 Years 18 Balashi Best Bartender 18 WEEKLY FEATURES: Flotsam & Jetsam 2 Tide Table 9 Coral Glimpses 3 Classifieds 12 Pet of the Week (“Dale”) 12 Picture Yourself (Koh Samui, Thailand) 12 Reporter Masthead 14 What’s Happening 15 Movieland Film Schedule 15 Shopping & Dining Guides 16 On the Island Since (Kees Leeman) 17 Sky Park (Jupiter) 19 The Stars Have It 19 Last week the Central Committee of Parliament debated a draft law to increase the SVB medical insurance premium by 1.5% to cover the cost of sending patients abroad for medical treatment. The law also defines the criteria for a patient to be considered for treatment abroad. Of the proposed 1.5% increase the employer has to pay 1.1 % while the employee pays 0.4%. The measure will bring SVB additional income of NAƒ8.5 million to NAƒ9 million each year. Curaçao's Venezuelan-owned Isla oil refinery grossly exceeds accepted environmental standards and provides the government’s Environmental Service with incomplete and incorrect information. Now a Curaçao judge is trying to force it to report correctly. However, according to a story in Amigoe , even the available information shows gross violations. For example, the monthly average for the ground level contamination of sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the Cas Chikitu neighborhood was 496 micrograms per cubic meter in April 2001, while a concentration above 80 micrograms is harmful to health. No recent measurements appear to be available. The Clean Environment in Curaçao (SMOC) and Humanitarian Care organizations are demanding the government force Isla to comply with its license under the Nuisance Act. Last week Joop Drop ordered a preliminary investigation to begin as a prelude to a formal hearing in June. On rare occasions the pollution from Isla can be detected in Bonaire. The Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) reported that for the first time in 15 months, prices remained the same. (March 2006) The Central Government’s budgetary deficit for 2006 will surpass NAƒ200 million . That’s NAƒ40 million more than Parliament approved in December 2005. Anthony Klimkiewicz has been provisionally recognized and has been allowed as a consul at the consulate-general of the US in Willemstad with jurisdiction over the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba The new Dutch passport to be introduced on August 26 will have an embedded chip with a special picture and personal details of the holder. Minister Alexander Pechtold of Kingdom Relations presented the new passport last week. With the introduction of the electronic travel document the Netherlands will comply with the requirements of the European Union (EU). The chip on the passport and the new Dutch ID card contain, among other things, a reproduction of the picture in the technical format of the EU in color, family name, first name, date of birth and sex, document number, social security number (later the citizen service number); and expiration date. The electronic passport will cost 8.06 euros additional. In the Antilles a new passport now costs NAƒ100. Peru said on Saturday it withdrew its ambassador to Venezuela for the second time this year over "persistent and flagrant interference" in the country's affairs by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In a statement, the Peruvian government cited Chavez's threat on Friday to withdraw his ambassador to Lima and cut relations with Peru if former President Alan Garcia won the Peruvian presidential election. Chavez favors leftist Ollanta Humala. Garcia criticized the Venezuelan leader as "shameless" for attacking US free-trade deals with Peru and Colombia while continuing to sell his country's crude oil to the US. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez says his country is withdrawing from the South American trade bloc, the Andean Community of Nations. He told a summit in Paraguay that Venezuela was leaving because recent trade deals between Peru, Colombia and the US had killed off the community. Victims reach the emergency room soaked in blood and dazed — wheeled in on stretchers, carried in people's arms, some still walking with the last of their strength. Venezuela is among the most violent places in Latin America, and critics of President Hugo Chavez are increasingly accusing him of failing to make crime a priority. An underlying cause of the violence is the stark gap between rich and poor, which remains despite Chavez's talk of bringing equality, said Jonathan Jakubowicz, Director of the acclaimed film "Secuestro Express," or "Kidnapping Express," which is set in Caracas. Angry protests broke out in Caracas earlier this month after kidnappers executed three young brothers — ages 17, 13 and 12. The protesters also cited the killings of a prominent businessman and a newspaper photographer who was shot just as he arrived at one of the protests. The government has pledged sweeping police reforms and also put up $4.6 million for a gun buyback program that will offer people money to hand in revolvers and pistols. Chavez said the latest killings show symptoms of a "sick society" warped by capitalist ambitions. "It made me want to take to the streets, too," he said, accusing his enemies of trying to manipulate the issue for political gain. On Thursday this week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1 in (Continued on page 3)

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Page 3 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 (Flotsam & Jetsam. Continued from page 2) the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. That won't ever happen again. (Thanks, Avy) The Rotary Club of Bonaire celebrated its 24th year in service to the Bonaire community last week and inducted two new members: Frank de Wit and Huub Groot Bonaire’s phone company, TELBO, will charge an additional NAƒ5 per month beginning May 1st for persons who want details of their international and in ter-island calls . Up until then it was included free on monthly bills. Call TELBO Customer Service at 9212 to apply. Last week Digicel Group, the Caribbean's fastest growing mobile telecommunications company, officially confirmed it has acquired a GSM license in Bonaire in its continued expansion of a panCaribbean GSM network. Digicel acquired a majority shareholding in Antilliano Por N.V., the entity which holds a business and federal license to operate telecommunications in Bonaire. While US and Dutch warships hold exercises in the Caribbean, Venezuela’s military will mobilize its own training exercises this week with thousands of troops practicing to defend the country’s coastline, Vice Admiral Armando Laguna, a top Venezuelan navy official, said last week. Earlier, Venezuela agreed to cooperate with the joint American-European naval exercises. The Vice Admiral said 10,000 active military personnel and 3,500 civilians and reservists will participate in the exercises, which technically began earlier this month with seminars and strategic planning. He said the war games are to start along the coast and eventually will involve maneuvers with F-16 planes, ships and helicopters. The Venezuelan exercises, dubbed “Operation Integral Defense Patriot Navy,” began April 1 and will last until June 15, Laguna said. “We have to prepare ourselves for any threat to our territory,” Laguna said, adding that troops would also train to defend the country’s oil fields. On Sunday 6 May, The Bonaire Jazz Group will present a very special all Brazilian program for the monthly Latin Jazz & Brunch at the Den Laman restaurant. On stage will be vocalist Andreina Marcano and the group musicians: Robbie Swinkels, Carlos Jimenez, Lando Tjin a Sjoe, Chris Morkos and Guus Gerritsen. It will run from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. Reservations strongly recommended. For reservations and information, call 717-4106 During the entire month of May, Warehouse Bonaire will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with hundreds of gifts, giveaways and raffles. Over the years Warehouse has clearly become the top supermarket for selection, price and service. One of the prizes will be a minute of free shopping. There is a real traffic light on Bonaire … and it’s working again, but you don’t have to stop for it unless you (Continued on page 4) The coral colony on the right has dead coral on both sides; it's also light in color. It may have bleached recently, and the polyps on the sides died before the algae returned. Also on the right, you can see the algae growing over the edge of the living coral colony. Living coral looks crisp and clean because its own tissue covers the skeleton and keeps other growth off. (a bit of information about corals presented each week by naturalist Dee Scarr) Sara Matera welcomes new member Huub Groot while president Edsel Winklaar looks on Bonaire's glass recycling program entered its second phase last week with the yellow glass recycling containers placed in additional island snacks and restaurants . The program was initiated earlier in the year with the first containers put at resorts and high-volume bars. The commissioner in charge of Bonaire's environmental policy, Reginald (Yonchi) Dortalina, inaugurated Phase 2 at the Peking Restaurant. The next phase will put containers to recycle glass into Bonaire neighborhoods. The Lagun Road landfill has a special area for glass dumping. The glass is to be crushed and used for aggregate on Bonaire's roads. Sara Matera “pins” Huub Groot. President Edsel Winklaar looks on.

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Page 4 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 (Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3) want some of the best pizza on earth. It’s on the porch at Pasa Bon Pizza , of course. It flashes Red-Yellow-Green… Stop-For-Pizza. The pizza restaurant, which also serves awesome salads and lasagna, is just south of the Harbour Village Marina on Kaya Grandi. There’s a special event this week that Bonaire lovers won’t want to miss. It’s a talk by the entertaining and fascinating story teller and historian, Frans Booi, on “The Myths of Bonaire .” It’s this Thursday, May 4, at 7 pm at the Kas di Arte. Booi’s talk is in conjunction with the mystical paintings of his longtime friend Winfred Dania which are being shown at the Kas di Arte this month. This Tuesday we were pleased to see the rubble from the demolition of the Sunset Beach Hotel being cleaned up . A loader and three trucks worked continuously. No official word is out on what will be built on the site. If you want a nice car built to US safety standards check out the advertisement on page 18. The Korona Auto Connection has a proven track record for supplying top quality cars. Support our Bonaire Culinary Team and have a fabulous threecourse “competition dinner” with wine . These fundraising dinners are the team’s practices to “Bring Home the Gold” at the “Taste of the Caribbean” Culinary Olympics in Miami in June. Contribution is $25. Dinners will be served at the high school’s Chez Nous every Sunday evening at 7 pm. Make reservations early with Sara at 7869299, Floris at 786-1508 or Laura at 786-6518. Pamper Mom on Sunday, May 14. Divi Flamingo’s Calabas Restaurant is having a sumptuous Mothers Day Brunch. Great Escape offers Mothers Day Specials: a Champagne Brunch or a three-course Dinner. Farewell to a beloved friend of many years, Dennis Alex Semeleer (April 13, 1964-April 21, 2006). Our deepest condolences to his family. Godspeed, dear Dennis. G./L.D. Frans Booi The Chaine des Rotisseuers Chapter of Bonaire had an installation gala last week at the Blue Water Residence. Chaine members celebrate their occasional decorous dinners with gourmet food, el aborately prepared, and dress in semiformal attire to dine. The organization was founded in France centuries ago and reformed in the 20th century. Their most recent sixcourse meal was prepared by Moreno Binelli and was served by the SGB Hotel School students. V.D. Valk Photo The police softball team, SoDePo ( Sosiedat Deportivo Polisial ), christened its new uniforms last week in the cafeteria at police HQ. The uniforms were sponsored by Larry’s Wild Side Diving Bonaire . The police team will be holding various fund raising events to support the softball tourney at the beginning of June and the Inter-island Police Softball Tourney in Aruba in August. Larry (center) helps with baptism

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Page 5 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 ANSWER FOR YACHTS Dear Editor, The “Bonaire: Where have all the cruisers gone” article of last month I read with interest. I do only wish to comment on what Mrs. Exler writes about our little (Bonaire Nautico) marina in Bonaire. Indeed, there is no real public dinghy dock and yes, we have started charging US$10 per week from Saturday to Saturday for the use of our dock, unless you have your boat on our dock at US$7 plus tax per day. Our marina is always in need of maintenance, wooden boards have to be re placed, electricity, water, cleats etc. As an example one single plank of hardwood is presently cos ting US$10 per piece. We have now reverted to non-hardwood planks. When we are hit by a wind reversal or storm the boards can be swept into the sea (this way the boards can be collected from the sea and replaced but often get damaged anyway and need to be repaired or replaced). The few ships lying at our dock simply do not generate an income to cover all the overhead. Apart from stealing water ot her things have taken place, such as missing lines from the dock, a VHF radio on our water taxi disappeared. Putting all this in a melting pot plus the irritation created by some of the cruising society made us say why do the cruisers not participate in a small way by paying the US $10 per week and enjoy the convenience of our dock being close to the shops and restaurants, whom all benefit from the cruisers’ presence. In the meantime we (my two sons Bob, Henk and I) see a nicer group of paying cruisers at our marina, with whom we talk and if necessary we help where we can. Mrs. Exler, you are welcome at our dock and get to know us a little better. Finally to answer the question whether cr uisers are welcome in Bonaire we can reply by stating “yes,” seeing the amount of buoys at US$10 plus tax per night which are available in lieu of the nonpayment for accommodati on, travel etc and tourist tax, soon to be US$ 75 p.p for non-residents when leaving Bonaire by air. Henk Ram Sr. Bonaire Nautico Marina. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING RINCON Dear Editor: Masha Pabien with your 12 years of providing The Reporter. We are very happy that with your newspaper a lot of people have gotten and still can get more information about the Bonairean and his way of life, his interests and also his culture and history and feelings. For us here in Rincon we are very thankful that since the very beginning of our Marshé Rincon and the historic and nature tours, you were there to give your support. I can say that definitely we can show inte rested visitors that there are many more things to be done on Bonaire, especially in Rincon. Our locals are very proud to share their history with all the visitors who are eager to know more and to feel at home. Un biaha mas na nòmber di pueblo di Rincon, masha pabien I hopi aña mas ku The Reporter. Maria Koks Sintjago Tours from Rincon, the Heart of Bonaire. Do You Sudoku? S uDoku means “the digits must remain single” in Japanese. It was created and published in 1979, although the puzzles didn’t really gain popularity until The Times in Britain began printing SuDoku in 2005, and the craze spread like wildfire across the world. To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1 through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle, without repeating a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. What makes these puzzles fun is that the rules are simple but require logical reasoning skills to solve. Some find it easier to pencil in the possible numeric candidates or write them along the outside of the puzzle. Others find this distracting. Different levels of difficulty exist. The Reporter will start out with Easy level, and gradually move on the Tricky and Tough. For more details visit the web site www. sudokushack.com . They have a tutorial that’s a bit easier to understand. Good luck! Molly Kearney Answer on page 14

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Page 6 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 Ana Glenda Bernabela-Nicolaas B orn in Aruba, Glenda came to Bonaire when she was three. She has been a dedicated volunteer, beginning when she was a young girl as a member of AMG, an organization that worked with young people. She worked for 15 years in the management of Jong Bonaire, a center for after school activities for teens. Glenda served as treasurer, has an understanding of the teens’ problems and works to help them become productive and exemplary adults and good citizens. Since 1993 she’s been a director of FAJ-Kring Bonaire, an organization made up of 30 groups working for the welfare of young people. As a volunteer with FESBO Glenda was nominated Volunteer of the Year 2004. In 1998 Glenda became a member of the steering committee of the Organisashon di Hende Muhe (Women’s Organization), the goal of which is women’s rights in the community. She was elected treasurer in 1999. In 2003 she became a member of Klup di Dama Aproda which does fundraising for other organizations like FKPD, Cocari, kresh, etc. In January 2004 Glenda was elected president. In 1994, the government of Bonaire established a commission for “The Year of the Family,” and named Glenda to the commission because of her dedication and enthusiasm. In 2001 Glenda organized a 30-year reunion of the alumni of Lourdesmulo. A nice side effect of the reunion was th at the alumni decided to paint the school building. Iris Fortunata Semeler A t nine years old Iris Semeler became a member of AMG, a group that helped to form her character and to become a person whose heart is in the community. Iris passed all the lev-els of the group and became a top leader. She formed part of the Pajaritos Navidenos , a group of Christmas carolers who were very popular in the 60s. She also played the organ at the Coromoto church and was a radio broadcaster from Bonaire on Radio Hoyer III. When she was working at Boekhandel Sint Augustinius 28 years ago she began the now very popular annual event, Kontest di Fli (kite contest). This year it celebrated its 28th consecutive event, sponsored by Iris’ Flamingo Book Store. It’s a looked-forward-to, pleasant and creative event open to all ages. It’s become so popular that even groups come from Curaçao to compete. After AMG no longer existed Iris dedicated herself to work, as one of the first, with the Sentro di Bario in North Salinja. She worked for seven years as a volunteer with children and old people in the barrio. Iris worked closely with Chito Martijn (q.e.p.d.) who organized Flor di Orkidia, the organization for old people. Because she showed such dedication and passion, Chito asked her to take the group over. It was the prelude to a brilliant period for the organization. Flor di Orkidia is made up of 60 members with Iris and her group of volunteers who make every effort to raise the quality of life of the elders. Under Iris’ guidance a new building was erected with the aid of the group’s fundraising activities and Sede Antiya. The doors to Sentro Orkidi a Profesor Alejandro Saleh were opened on November 9, 2000. For many years Iris has helped the Bonaire Lions Club organize the Dia di Animal where prizes are given to children who give good care to their pets. In 2002 the Bonaire Press Association na med Irish as “Woman of the Year.” On Bonaire Day in 2004 the government of Bonaire named Iris “Citizen of Honor.” (Continued on page 7) Past knighthood recipient Tonchi Nicholaasand his sister, Glenda Bernabela, who received hers last week The SemalerFamily, Iris in white F our Bonairean residents were honored with knighthood into the Order of Orange-Nassau last Friday at the Governor ’s Residence. It's a Queen’s Birthday tradition to honor persons for their extrao rdinary volunteer services to the community over the years. Tradi tionally their names are not disclosed before the ceremony. This year's recipients were Glenda Bernab ella, Alan Gross, Iris Semeleer and Jane Townsend. Americans Alan Gross and his wi fe, Jane Townsend, are Bonaire's first to be honored who aren't Dutch citizens. Th ey are also the first husband-wife team receiving honors The accomplishments of the recipients, as listed in the Kondekorashonnan Real program follow:

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Page 7 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 Royal Recognition (Con tinued from page 6) Jane Townsend and Alan Gross A lan Gross and Jane Townsend had a successful communication business in the US, but because of Alan’s illness decided to leave their business in 1993 and settle on Bonaire, a place they’d visited often on vacation and liked because of its nature above and below the water. From their arrival the couple got involved in the social community. Their expertise in marketing, particularly Jane’s gift for organization and Alan’s financial skills, were of great value. Not only did they help with organization in the social areas but they also gave a great deal of help to the less fortunate. In 1997 they collaborated with others to conduct an intense investigation concerning school-going teens and their parents about the necessity for a welcoming after school center. This resulted in bringing back to life, Stichting Jeugdwerk Prinses Beatrix (commonly called Jong Bonaire), which began in 1959 but hadn’t been active for some time. Through fund raising activities they gathered money and procured aid from Holland. They renewed the building, working with locals, and built a new canteen, office, computer room s and sports areas and hired a professional staff. Alan is treasurer and Jane secretary of the foundation. They also helped in Fundashon Tene Boneiru Limpi, founded in 1995. Under the auspices of TCB Bonaire was made the cl eanest island in the Caribbean. They’ve brought forth new ideas and forms for work that have proved successful in other countries. They’ve maintained a constant contact with the press. They are always there to give others a hand. They’ve assist ed TCB with other projects like statistic reports and they’ve conducted marketing in vestigations as well as other projects. One of their principal tasks has been with the annual Ban Hasi Boneiru Limpi in cooperation with the organization, “Clean up the World,’ getting all organizations, government, schools, companies, churches, clubs, sentro di barrios involved. It was their ideas to have someone adopt a street, collect bottles, recycle and abolish plastic sacks on the island – thus maintaining our environment. Alan and Jane were always there to help and aid the Turtuganan di Boneiru – a snorkeling program for youngsters. They put in their time and energy without any personal benefit. From the very beginning they were involved in the NGO Platform – an alliance of all the non-government organizations on the island. The goal was the rights and cooperation between the organizations, working as a guide and giving assistance to petitioners for subsidies. Alan, as treasurer of the organization from 2002, spent many hours on the project, assisted by Jane. Alan and Jane were the “motors” behind the Red Cross Disaster Plan, working in cooperation with Red Cross. They were ve ry intensely involved in the organization and in the combat disaster exercise. The Order of Orange-Nassau is divided into six classes: Knight Grand Cross, Grand Officer, Commander, Officer, Knight and Member. However, only the last two are awarded in the Antilles. Names can be proposed by contacting the head of the Royal Decorations Advisory Commission President, Ludovicio Nicholaas or Members of the Commission: Farina Thod é-de Palm, Henry Toré, Roxanne Timp and Jeanne Emers . L./G. D. Alan Gross and Jane Townsend Recipients Glenda Bern abella, Alan Gross and Jane Townsend with Jong Bonaire kids and staff

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Page 8 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 F ollowing the magical success of last year’s fest, this year’s Bonaire Jazz Festival will be even bigger. The second annual Jazz Festival, is organized by the Bonaire Jazz Foundation in close cooperation with four main locations: Plaza Resort Bonaire, City Café, Bongos Beach and KonTiki Beach Apartments. It’s set for the end of this month, May 25-28. The four locations, all at the seaside or on the beach, are expected to host from 300 to 800 persons per day. Concerts and events will be held three times daily: sunset jazz time, main concert and late night jazz, plus jam sessions at public places and restaurants and bars. There is a charge only for the three main concerts, a ridiculously low entrance fee of NAƒ45 (US$ 25) for all concerts, and all the other events are free. It’s made possible because of generous sponsorship and will be a welcome to festival visitors from the island and abroad. Caribbean and Latin Jazz is the main course. Playing will be three local Bonairean groups, musicians from Curaçao, Aruba, the Netherlands and the US, and of course visiting jazz lovers with an interest in playing, jamming or just to hang out on the island. Headlining the action will be the Cubop City Big Band. The Cubop City Big Band is a smoking 20-piece Salsa and Latin jazz big band from The Netherlands led by drummer/ percussionist Lucas van Merwijk. The band has gained recognition throughout the world with its swinging performances and recordings. The orchestra has an international lineup with musicians from Venezuela, US, Panama, Puerto Rico, England, Germany and Holland. Attending a concert of the Cubop City Big Band is like visiting a steamy, hot New York City Salsa Club. Cubop City Big Band: Lucas van Merwijk, Drums; Leader Marc Bischoff; Keyboard, Mick Paauwe; Bass, Nils Fischer; Percussion, Gerado Rosales, Alberto Caisedo; vocals, Yma America; Saxes: Cyrille Oswald, Rolf Delfos, Gerrit Jan Brinkhorst, Milan Bongers, Wouter Schueler; Trombones: Ilja Reingoud, Martin van den Berg, Louk Boudestijn, Frans Cornelissen; Trumpets: Charlie Biggs, Petere van Soest, Rob van der Wouw, Michael Simon; Sound: Juan Villoria We will be reporting more as the days leading up to the event grow closer. But plan NOW to be there, Tickets for all three main concerts are NAƒ45 or NAƒ20 per session. The musical session on May 25 is free. Tickets for sale at Plaza Resort, KonTiki, City Café, Bongos Beach, TCB, Bonaire Boekhandel and at the gates of the main concert. You can become a member or supporter of the foundation. If you donate NAƒ200 or more you will receive two free tickets for all concerts during the festival and a reserved seat. Guus Gerritsen/G.D. Cubop City Big Band

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Page 9 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 TH Fitness and Health Center Open House: Date : May 6th Time: 10am5pm Place : La Hacienda Shopping Center, Kaya Nikiboko Nort 44 Phone : 717-5662 E-mail: tophealthbonaire@yahoo.com W e are counting down to the premier Bonaire event June 17 to 24. It’s open to divers, snorkelers, nature lovers and adventurers from around the world. Building on the successes of the past seven Bonaire Dive Festivals and recognizing Bonaire not only as a dive destination but also as an eco-adventure destination, June’s Dive Into Adventure week-long extravaganza of activity will take Bonaire visitors to a new level of eco-experience. The event will feature a daily schedule of diving and adventure activities like kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, land sailing and mountain biking. Every morning and afternoon scuba diving participants will have the option of participating in a host of diverelated adventure activities like digital photography workshops, technical diving, underwater videography and free diving. For non-divers there is a large menu of topside activity both on the water and on land. Cave exploration, kayaking, bird watching, sailing (both land and ocean) are just a few. Each evening of the Dive Into Adventure Bonaire event participants may come together for parties, beach BBQs and presentations by featured speakers. As in years past, the week-long event will kick off with “A Taste of Bonaire,” featuring cuisine from great Bonairean restaurants at bargain prices, music and presentations by local dignitaries. Keep checking The Reporter right up until the start date for new activities. For additional information check the event’s official website at www. DiveIntoAdventureBonaire.com . The first full day of activities following enrollment and “A Taste of Bonaire” will be Monday, June 19th. It will offer activities focused on the conservation of nature and the environment, with Bonaire's own Dee Scarr (Reef Caretaking) and world renowned underwater and nature photographer Dos Winkel (Underwater Photo Skills) hosting daytime workshops and guided dives. Keeping with the day's theme, evening presentations will be given by Fernando Simal and Ramon Leon, Managers of Washington-Slagbaai National Park and the Bonaire National Marine Park, respectively; naturalists Bill and Alice Miller (So You Want to Take Underwater Photos); Larry Baillie of Bonaire's Larry's Wildside Diving; and Dos Winkel (Talking Pictures). Following the presentations will be a book signing by Mr. Winkel and a party with drinks and live music. The schedule is below: DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF 5-05 7:00 1.7FT. 15:29 0.8FT. 38 5-06 2:48 1.4FT. 2:48 1.4FT. 7:45 1.6FT. 15:42 0.9FT. 23:25 15FT. 32 5-07 4:17 1.3FT. 8:25 1.5FT. 15:45 1.0FT. 22:51 1.5FT. 33 5-08 5:41 1.3FT. 9:19 1.4FT. 15:32 1.0FT. 22:47 1.6FT. 39 5-09 6:51 1.2FT. 10:02 1.3FT. 15:00 1.1FT. 22:57 1.7FT. 48 5-10 8:07 1.1FT. 11:18 1.1FT. 14:18 1.1FT. 23:14 1.8FT. 57 KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT) Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides Monday, June 19th 9:00 12:00 General Island Diving 9:00 12:00 Specialized Dive Activity 9:00 12:00 Topside Adventure 9:00 11:00 Dee Scarr Lecture & Dive about Reef Caretaking, Capt. Don's Habitat 9:00 12:00 Dos Winkel Lecture & Dive about U/W Photo Skills, Sand Dollar (10 maximum) 12:00 16:00 General Island Diving 12:00 16:00 Specialized Dive Activity 12:00 16:00 Topside Adventure 14:00 15:00 Ramon Leon & Fernando Simal: Park Manager Presentations, Plaza Resort Bonaire 16:00 17:00 Bill & Alice Miller Lecture/Slide Show “So You Want To Take U/ W Photos,” Capt. Don's Habitat 17:30 18:00 Larry Baillie Lecture about East Side Diving, Golden Reef Inn 18:30 19:15 Dos Winkel Talking pictures, Golden Reef Inn 19:00 20:00 Evening Party + Book signing by Dos Winkel, Mariachi Band and Drinks, Golden Reef Inn 20:00 22:00 Evening Party, Krioyo Buffet, Golden Reef Inn, $25. Reservations requested 20:00 22:00 Dine Around OptionsIsland-Wide Dinner: Plaza, Captain Don’s Habitat, Sand Dollar from $20. TCB/G.D. Go Diving with Dos (top left) on Monday A mong the wilderness of fitness and wellness centers, Top Health Fitness and Health Center offers a bright path to reach your goals: a healthy spirit in a healthy body. Top Health Fitness and Health Center expresses this concept with the new and modern fitness center and the Ma Jochi store Bonaire has already got acquainted with Ma Jochi (formerly located at the Tambu shop in Kaya Grandi), which specializes in advice, knowledge, lectures, courses, aromatherapy, all kinds of oils, incense (more than 80 aromas), and decoration to burn the oil and incense, crystals, minerals and Feng-shui products. On Saturday May 6th you’re all invited to experience the TH Fitness and Health Center Open House . Besides the fitness sessions (individual or group) TH Fitness and Health Center offers aerobic, step aerobic, body shaping, power abs, zumba, circuit training, fit walking and self-defense classes. In addition, TH Fitness and Health Center presents weight loss and detox programs guided by their certified dietician. Lectures on health and wellness are also part of their philosophy. For the top-level sport athletes (like windsurfers, football players, swimmers, etc.) TH Fitness and Health Center presents nu trition programs and adapted fitness programs all under the guidance of their certified and experienced dietician and instructors. Don’t have time to attend the group sessions? Still keep your body your business by a hiring a personal trainer or following, for example, the zumba training on TH’s DVD in your own time! The icing on the cake (go on… after such professional training you can afford some!) on May 6th will be the impressive salsa demonstration by Bon-SALSA, featuring Undine Pourier-Nahorst . She is no stranger to the dance world. She’s a wellknown professional dancer and co-instructor of the two famous salsa schools on Curaçao: Salsipuedes and Salsation (see also www.salsipuedes.com). Pourier-Nahorst has won different prizes in national and regional dance contests. She’s also attended numerous major salsa conventions in various countries in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. TH Fitness and Health Center is proud to announce that Pourier-Nahorst will be teaching salsa classes, “ Puerto Rican style.” Taking care of your body never felt so rhythmical and sensual. You may choose between different membership cards: Silver (twice a week), Gold (three times a week) and Diamond (unlimited). Too ‘mature’ or too young? Are you kidding? TH Fitness and Health Center offers very attractive rates to senior citizens and teens/kids. A complete physical evaluation (blood pressure, sugar and fat levels, weight etc) will be part of the registration process. On May 6th your body will start becoming your business again. Be your own manager! Natalie A.C. Wanga Top Health (TH) Fitness and Health Center opens on Bonaire A totally new and different approach towards health and fitness Finally, some people are (re) spreading and applying the notion: we should and must consider our body as a unity of mind, spirit and physiology. Our bodies are just ‘wandering’ further and further into the endless pit of doctors, medical specialists and legalized drugs (approved medicines). Time to take your body back into your own hands. Make your body your business. And let the professionals of Top Health Fitness and Health Center assist you in this process. Start with their Open House on May 6th. 10:00leading around13:30aerobic 10:30aerobic14:00salsa 11:00zumba14:30zumba 11:30step-aerobic15:00salsa-dance 12:00salsa-dance15:30step-aerobic 12:30leading around16:00salsa 13:00salsa-dance16:30aerobic 17:00free salsa dancing

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Page 10 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 T his year’s 18th Annual e Rincon Day celebration last Sunday had to be one of the biggest ever. It was a United Nations of different kinds people on the streets of the normally sleepy village. Music, laughter, conversation and an ambiance of small town friendliness permeated the air as people strolled the streets. Stands decorated with local materials – maishi , palms, seeds, sorghum stalks and agave flowers – sold local hot and cold foods, sweets, drinks, gifts, even shoes. Groups from Bonaire, Aruba and Curaçao in elaborate costumes entertained on the stages. As the afternoon cooled and in expectation of the final Simadan Parade more and more people joined the crowds. The traditional Simadan song and dance is always a very heartfelt experience. People of all colors and backgrounds link arms and dance and sing together. Congratulations to the organizers for a great 18th Annual Rincon Day! L.D.

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Page 12 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 R ight now at the Bonaire Animal Shelter there are six adorable kittens up for adoption. And to choose which one for Pet of the Week was a near impossibility, but when we saw this quizzical little face on “Dale,” the tabby, we couldn’t resist asking him to pose as a representative for the other five kittens. Dale is about two months old and he came into the Shelter with his mom, “Debbie” (Pet of the Week, April 21-28) and his siblings. Dale and the rest of his family were rescued from the street, but because they were being fed by some kind tourists they were in pretty good shape. And now, of course, they’re in fabulous form, having been given good food on a regular basis, had their shots, tested for the deadly feline leukemia, wormed, and more. Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema reports th at there are 12 puppies up for adoption now. So far this year there have been 44 adoptions , one of which was the puppy, “Ranger,” shown with Lisa Schut in the April 14 issue. On a sad note, “Lena,” the Golden Retr iever looking dog who was one of the “resident” dogs at the Shelter, has passed away after a debilitating illness. She was 9 ½ years old. When she was very young Lena’s original owners left her when they went to Holland, and she never found the perfect owner to adopt her. People said she was “too shy,” but because she was such a good dog with great character, she was allowed to stay on at the Shelter wher e she spent most of her life. There are a few other “resident” dogs and cats that will live out their lives, roaming free in the Shelter grounds. L.D. 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 MOVING INTO A NEW HOUSE? Make it more livable from the start. FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Also interior or exterior design advice, clearings, blessings, energy, healing, China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9332 . LUNCH TO GO Starting from NAƒ5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981 JELLASTONE PETPARK Pet boarding / Dierenpension Day and night care. phone: 786-4651 www.bonairenet.com/jellastone/ For Sale Dodge Ram pickup extra cab V-8 $10,500 .= Frigidaire 3.6 cub freezer $210.= Brunswick antique windup turntable 125 years old very good condition $6400.= Royal Dalton fine bone china "Imperial Blue" 10 dinner and 10 rimsoup plates $1,200 .= Cel: 565-5448 Refills ! Do you have an empty 1.25 oz container of SeaGold, SeaDrops or a 2-oz. container of PSI 500 defog ? Bring it in and the Carib Inn will fill for half the price of a new bottle !! You must have an original bottle though. LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale 1991-4X4 drive 1.6 lt.; 95.000km NAƒ 2.400 717-2844 or 786-2844 Boats for Sale Why expensively import a sail boat when you can own a fast Regatta winner built right here? Classic 21’ Bonaire Sail Fishing boat recently refurbished is for sale for NAƒ14,000 ($8,000) Call George 786-6125/717-8988. Wanted Wanted: 1 sea container . Doesn't have to be seaworthy. Needed for storage. Call Ed 786-5544. The Bonaire Reporter is looking for a Partner or Managing Editor Join us to “Publish in Paradise.” Working Partner or Managing Editor with journalism, writing/editing skills, business sense and energy desired. Most important : Must Love Bonaire ! Call The Reporter at 717-8988, 7866518. Email qualifications to: search@bonairereporter.com Missing Our cat is missing since 5 April . She has brown-red stripes and a bit white. She is a europese and very friendly. She is 4 years old and her name is Teigetje. If somebody sees her please call 7861716 Bonaire Reporter Classifieds— They are still free Got something to buy or sell? REACH MORE READERS than any other WEEKLY NEWSPAPER by advertising in THE BONAIRE REPORTER Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20± words): FREE FREE FREE FREE Commercial Ads only NAƒ0.70 per word, per week. Free adds run for 2 weeks. Call or fax 717-8988 or em ail ads@bonairereporter.com WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to: picture@bonairereporter.com. (All 2006 photos are eligible.) M ike and Tina Streit, who have a vacation apartment at Hilltop, sent us this photo from their visit to Thailand. They are displaying their copy of The Reporter in front of a Buddhist temple on the island of Koh Samui. As they do every year they’ll be back for some diving in October. “Dale”

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Page 13 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 R adio Netherlands World Service (RNWO) will move its administrative offices from the marina area into a new building at its Colombia plantation transmitter site/antenna farm. Minister of Economic Affairs Burney Elhage laid the first stone in a ceremony last Friday. The building is expected to be complete by the middle of next year. Station Manager Hans Linkels said the technical limitations that required the offices be "downtown" no longer exist and that it was more efficient to consolidate the entire RNWO staff at the transmitter site. Radio Netherlands transmits from Bonaire to North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and West Africa. Director Jan Hoek indicated in a newspaper report that it will continue to use the local suppliers and labor, “so that our investment contributes to the strengthening of the local economy.” The complex, located behind the Thousands Steps dive site, originates broadcasts on short-wave as well as satellite and the internet. Two new transmitters, capable of both analog and digital transmissions, will be installed. The new standard for digital transmissions, Digital Radio Mondial (DRM), offers FM radio quality transmissions over long-range shortwave frequencies which are usually plagued by static, background noises and fading. “With just one transmitting station, entire countries or big parts of a continent can be covered,” says Hoek. Conventional FM broadcasting stations typically cover from up to 3,000 square miles. The new transmitters will output 300 kW for analog and 200 kW for digital broadcast, about the same power as the units they are replacing. However, they are 50% more efficient than the old ones. One transmitter can cover all of North or South America or 9,000,000 square miles. A survey reported that about 25% of vacationing Dutch people listen to RNWO broadcasts. DRM radio has been available since 1997, but the signal can only be captured by special receivers. Consumer receivers will be on the market in the fall of 2006 and will make it possible for the public to listen to digital shortwave (DRM) transmissions. Receivers currently cost upwards of $200 and some can be connected to PCs. For more information on DRM, go to www.drm.org . DRM directly competes with satellite radio and is more popular with non-American alternative broadcasters who are moving to Satellite Radio. G.D. Minister Burney el Hage sets the first stone for the new building Station manager Hans Linkels 1969 Transmitter site Radio Netherlands future plans

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Page 14 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 Who’s Who on 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: Guus Gerritsen , Jack Horkheimer , Molly Kearney, Greta Kooistra, Sara Matera, Dee Scarr, Michael Thiessen, Natalie A.C. Wanga Features Editor: Greta Kooistra Translations: Peggy Bakker, Production: Barbara Lockwood Distribution: Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas Acevedo. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaçao ©2006 The Bonaire Reporter Still can’t find a copy? Visit our office at Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6 or Call 717-8988 Car Rental Agencies: At the Airport Airlines: Aboard Divi Divi Air Banks: MCB (Playa & Hato branches), RBTT Restaurants: Bistro de Paris Cactus Blue Capriccio City Café Croccantino Lost Penguin Lover’s Ice Cream Pasa Bon Pizza Dive Shops: Yellow Submarine WannaDive Carib Inn Shops: Benetton Bonaire Gift Shop DeFreewieler Exito Bakery INPO Paradise Photo Photo Tours, Playa Plantation Furniture Hotels: Buddy Dive Capt. Don’s Habitat Carib Inn Caribbean Club Bonaire Caribbean Court Divi Flamingo Eden Beach Hotel Golden Reef Inn The Great Escape Plaza Resort Sand Dollar Resort Supermarkets: Bo Toko, North Salina Cultimara Montecatini Progresso Sand Dollar Grocery Tropical Flamingo Warehouse Bonaire Government: Bestuurscollege Customs Parliament Office BVO Others: Bonfysio Botika Korona Caribbean Laundry Fit 4 Life, Plaza Hair Affair Harbour Village Marina Rocargo San Francisco Hospital TCB Telbo Bookstores: Bonaire Boekhandel, Flamingo Bookstore Realty Offices : Harbourtown Re/Max Sunbelt RINCON: Chinese Store Joi Fruit Store Lemari Grocery Rincon Bakery Rose Inn 05/06 Snip and save so you can always find a copy of The Bonaire Reporter if there are no more at your favorite spot Do You SuDoku? (puzzle and directions on page 5) And the solution is:

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Page 15 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 THIS WEEK Thursday May 4 Talk by Frans Booi on “The Myths of Bonaire,” Kas di Arte, 7 pm. Until May 21 —Winfred Dania Art Exhibit, Kas di Arte, open daily 10 am—5 pm—see page 10 Saturday, May 6 –Top Health (TH) Fitness & Health Center Open House, 10 am-6 pm. See page 9. Saturday, May 6 – Big Monthly Marshé in Rincon – from 6 am to 2 pm. Meet the friendliest people in Bonaire. Local foods, drinks, gifts, herbs, plants, music, more… Sunday, May 7 Mothers Day – Send a message to your mom – free in the Reporter Classifieds. Emal by May 8, mom@bonai rereporter.com Tel./Fax 7178988 or 786-6518. Sunday, May 7 —Bonaire Culinary Team Dinner, 7 pm, Chez Nous, $25 for 3course meal with wine. Call Sara 7869299, Floris 786-1508, Laura 786-6518 Sunday May 7 The Bonaire Jazz Group will present a very special all-Brazilian program for the monthly Latin Jazz & Brunch at the Den Laman restaurant, 11:30am-2:30pm. Reservations 717-4106. See page 3 Friday, May 12 Big party and show for 'mom' at Don Paranda , from 8:30 pm to 2 am, entrance Fl.35Featuring Melania van der Veen, Boy Thode, Romeo Heye, Denis Cicilia, Wilbert Petronella and DJ HB Disco. To benefit the FKPD (Handicapped Foundation) Call 717-6210 for tickets. Until May 14– Fer and Rob de Wit Photo Exhibition at Plaza Resort. 5-8 pm, Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. 717-5398. COMING Sunday, May 14 – Mother’s Day— Treat Mom: Mother’s Day Brunch at Divi Flamingo. Great Escape has mother’s day specials: Champagne Brunch or 3-course Dinner Saturday, May 20th30 Km Mountain Bike Tour organized by Cycle Bonaire & BWC. Meet at Cycle Bonaire at 4 pm. Call: Cycle Bonaire 717-2229 or Bonaire Wellness Connexions 785-0767 Thursday, May 25 Ascension Day – holiday, banks and many shops closed May 25 – 28 -Jazz Festival – see page 8. Saturday, May 27 End of the month Flea Market at Parke Publico– 3 pm into the night – Information call Vicky 786-1592 REGULAR EVENTS Daily (more or less) HH 2 for 1 ( on all beverages ) 5-7 pm, Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar HH—Buddy Dive, 5:30-6:30 HH Cactus Blue (except Sunday) 5 to 7 pm, 2 for 1 appetizer with every entrée, Cactus Blue Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for hot slot machines, roulette and black jack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm– 4 am; Sun. 7 pm– 3 am. Daily by appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAƒ12 for residents). Tel 7178489, 540-9800. Saturdays Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy Dive Rincon Marshé—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 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 information. Wine Tasting at AWC’s warehouse , 6 to 8 pm , Kaya Industria #23. Great wines NAƒ2,50 a glass. All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm, NAƒ26,50. Call for reservations 717-8285 ext. 444 . Sundays 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 Mondays Caribbean Night , live local music– Buddy Dive . Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-6435 Kriyoyo Night BBQ Buffet featuring Chef Gibi and Los Princes Mariachi, Golden Reef Inn . Band 7 pm, BBQ at 7:30 pm. Reservations $20, walk ins $25. Drinks available for purchase. Call 717-5759 or email info@goldenreefinn.com Tuesdays Live music by the Flamingo Rockers, 5-7 pm Divi Flamingo , Balashi Beach Bar Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine , 5-7 pm, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free chicken wings , 5 to 7 pm, Cactus Blue Wednesdays Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to 9 pm, Cactus Blue Live music by Flamingo Rockers Divi Flamingo , Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30 pm Live music by Flamingo Rockers The Windsurf Place at Sorobon 7:309:30 pm Movie Night at Buddy Dive Thursdays Live music by the “Flamingo Rockers” 57pmDivi Flamingo , Balashi Beach Bar Fridays Harbour Village Tennis, Social Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at 565-5225 Live music by the “Flamingo Rockers” Divi Flamingo , Balashi Beach Bar – 5-7 pm Swim lessons for children by Enith Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon from 1330 to 1630 Manager’s Bash —free Flamingo Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo , 5-7 pm Manager’s Rum Punch Party, Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm, followed by All You Can Eat BBQ 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 FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS SaturdayDiscover Our Diversity Slides pool bar Buddy Dive , 7 pm 717-5080 Sunday Bonaire Holiday Multi-media 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, 8:30 pm Call 717-8290 for info. Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conservation (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Brabec . Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm Wednesday –Buddy Dive Cocktail Video Show by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy Dive , 7 pm 717-5080 BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Kas Kriyo Rincon— Step into Bonaire’s past in this venerable old home that has been restored and furnished so it appears the family has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 –12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445. 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 Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays from 8 amnoon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868 Washington-Slagbaai National Park, Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am5 pm. Closed on some holidays. 717-8444/7850017 Sunday at Cai Live music and dancing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to the music of Bonaire’s popular musicians. 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 Cancer Survivor Support Group Majestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093 for details 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. 7172950, 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 516-4252. Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya International, every other Tuesday, 7 pm . Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez. Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday , 12 noon2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate House', above Restaurant Zeezicht. All Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434 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– Call Roosje 786-7984 Volunteers to train children in sports. Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik 717-8051 . 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. 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 Kaya Prinses Marie Behind Exito Bakery Tel. 717-2400 Tickets NAƒ14 (incl. Tax) NEW FILMS BEGIN FRIDAY OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK THURS THRU SUN 2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM MON THRU WED. 1 MOVIE 8PM SATURDAY 4 PM May: The Wild Late Show Call to make sure (Usually 9 pm ) Inside Man (Denzel Washington) Early Show (Usually 7 pm) V For Vendetta MOVIELAND

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Page 16 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 ART Richter Art— By Jake and Linda: Digital paintings, Giclees on canvas, limited edition and open prints. 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. 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 For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels. FURNITURE, ANTIQUES The Plantation H as lots of classy furniture and antiques at very competitive pr ices. Stop in to see great teak furniture and Indonesian crafts. 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. Incredible selection of pots. 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 The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in Belnem. Cyber Café, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar. New! Spa! 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 . Full digital services . REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire’s oldest real estate agent. They specialize in professional customer service, top notch properties and home owners insurance. Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices— International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to local community. List your house with them for sale. 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. SILKSCREEN, EMBROIDERY CesMar— Local company offers top quality, fast service for monogramming, silk screening, embroidery. SUPERMARKETS Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless supermarket. You’ll find American and European brand products. THE market for provisioning. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy . Hotel pickup. WINDSURFING The Bonaire Wind surfing Place can fulfill all your windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert instruction, superb equipm ent on a fine beach. Lunch and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday nights. 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. ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN: Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter. Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 786-6518 Did you know that listing in theGuides is FREE for weekly advertisers? RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES Bella Vista Restaurant Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 717-5080, ext. 538 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 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 David 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 Breakfast every day; Lunch, Dinner Tues-Sun. Bar-Restaurant poolside —under the thatched roof. Cuban cuisine. New kitchen. New cook Happy hours 5 to 7 every day. The Last Bite Bakery Home Delivery or Take Out Now in Playa—next to Xerox 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. 780-1111 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 Cactus Blue Blvd. J. A. Abraham 16 (half-way between town and Divi Flamingo) 717-4564 Moderate Dinner Closed Sunday Trend Setting Menu Bonaire’s newest hot-spot to eat and drink. Margaritas a specialty Owner-operated for top service

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Page 17 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 “I ’m a vegetarian, only recently, because now that I don’t have to cook anymore I can afford to be one! Sure, I know eating meat is a part of life, but I don’t want to be part of it. One of the basics of life is to respect life. That’s essential; everything begins with that. When you teach a child to respect nature and animals he or she will become a different kind of person. It’s very important to me that my students learn to think about those things and that they learn how to plan and how to stand up for themselves so they’ll grow and become a whole person. Also their profession deserves respect. They’re not just a cook or a waiter. They are professionals and that means something. They’ve learned the job. And someday if they have to go abroad and see the world, they can come back to Bonaire with that knowledge because that is truly important for the island. I have the advantage of being able to set goals. I always want to go forward. It’s not always possible and sometimes you have to take a detour. But first you have to know what you want and what’s important for you. I always knew what that was but how to get there was something I had to learn. I was a chef in Holland, and I worked with the crème de la crème, the Fagel family, for several years. I quit my job because I wanted to become a teacher – cooking, waiting, bread and pastry. When I got my teacher’s certificate I started working, not as a teacher, but as a freelance chef at the very well known Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. A very good friend of mine didn’t approve of that at all because she thought I was way too good for that job. She owned an apartment on Bonaire; she’d just been here and she told me, ‘Kees! That’s something for you!’ They’d just started with the Lac Bay Resort and restaurant, The Red Pelican. I was the cook for two years, then I went to Plaza. Then I became the manager at the Animal Shelter. I’d been on the Shelter board for a while, and I just wanted to make a change. I couldn’t stand the way dogs were being treated. When the government introduced the dog licensing fee and the dog catcher was hired it didn’t do any good for the dogs. Many were dumped in the streets and every week we had to put so many dogs to sleep that it gave me nightmares. It made me sick. At the time I was living on a small kunuku in Tera Kora a tiny little house and 20 dogs! I worked at the Shelter for two years, then I couldn’t do it anymore. Maybe people thought I was too sentimental. I am an emotional and sensitive person, but the thing that killed me was that in my eyes all this suffering was completely unnecessary if only people would sterilize their dogs! I just didn’t get it! It was a nasty time and it took me a long time to deal with it. From Tera Kora I moved to the Chogogo house in the south. I’d found this kunuku already. I started fencing the twohectare terrain with cactus, little by little. Every time I had some money I’d build a bit more while I was living at Chogogo. At the time I had two jobs. I worked at Chamballa’s, where City Café is now, and I was also an examiner at the SGB high school. During that time I was asked if I wanted to teach full time. I started part time because I didn’t know if I was the right person for the job, but I can tell you something: those kids taught me a lot! So I said yes. I’d had some experience in teaching because during my school years in Holland, instead of being an intern, I worked parttime jobs, one of which was at a boarding school with children with all kinds of social problems and difficulties. Those first weeks I’d come home with a headache, but after a few months it was just great! You have to learn to bond with the students, and they have to bond with you. Then it becomes fun, and they will show you a part of who they really are and they learn to trust again. So, at SGB I started teaching classes in bread and pastry. The students thought it was great; they were working with their hands – it was real fun! Meanwhile they taught me the best way to handle them and how to get along together! That was until two years ago. Then I joined a group of people to install SBO (Secondary professional education) here on Bonaire. There are four disciplines: electro technology, administration, care and welfare, and hotel and restaurant. We’re busy establishing the curriculum. Every discipline has to be legitimatized and has to come up to the requirements so that the diploma will be worth something too. It’s a tremendous job to set up something like this but at the same time it is a fantastic challenge for us. Also I just signed a contract with ETE (the expertise center for tests and exams) in Curaçao, the exam bureau for VSBO, to write the exams for VSBO for 2008 together with two others. I’m also writing the training program for SBO-hotel and restaurant courses. So, when Bonaire wants to start with the training, the program is ready. FORMA is doing Level One with the youngsters, and Inge Berben and I are trying to create a follow up so the students can move on. That’s my night job behind the computer. I have everything here on the kunuku, even Internet. That’s unbelievable; I am so happy with it! Although we’re living on a very small island, we’re still a part of the big world outside and we have to keep on thinking in a worldly way too. When I moved from Holland to Bonaire it was a shock and it took a while for me to get adjusted. One of the things I learned on Bonaire is how to invent! If you can’t buy it you have to make it yourself. That’s how I started with my art, and I’ve sold a lot! I made tables, lamps, mirrors and masks and recently I made my own clay oven a ‘raku’ oven, and hopefully when I have more time next year I’m going to make ceramics in the primitive way. That’s my project for later and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m a very creative and well-organized person and I’m always doing all kinds of different things. I don’t want to base my life on only one thing. I think one should do the things that come to one naturally, and when you do it with your heart and soul it will go just fine. Every person has special talents and those you have to cherish and develop. The one thing I like best is doing my art. I can lose myself completely in it, and it also calms me down.” Kees Leeman (45) is a spiritual man with a big love and a tremendous drive, and together with some other ingredients it’s made that which he created a retreat for him and his animals a peaceful place of extraordinary beauty where everything is fine. “I came to live here five years ago with 24 dogs. Ernst van Vliet from Jibe City helped me move them. In the beginning,” he laughs , “they drove me crazy! They are creatures of habit. They didn’t know what to do on these two hectares so they decided to stick with me with every step I took! Now I have 16 left. The oldest is ‘Janny.’ She’s 15, has only one eye and has survived everything. The youngest is ‘Kleintje.’ He’s a year and a half and I found him nearby. I will always stay here. When I came to Bonaire it was my dream to live in a kunuku. I fought for it and now I can live my life the way I want it and protect my animals because they are a very important part of my life. I’ve learned a lot on Bonaire, especially about people, and I think because we’re so few we get to know each other quite well. I love Bonaire very, very much, especially because it gave me this place. For years I’d traveled to Asia; I was a gypsy, always busy with new things. I am still a very restless person, but what Bonaire gave me is my own place in this world. Finally, everything is working out well. The foundation is good. Now I don’t want to go anywhere anymore… I am home and that includes everything…” Story & photo by Greta Kooistra “ I always want to go forward. It’s not always possible and sometimes you have to take a detour. But first you have to know what you want and what’s important for you. I always knew what that was but how to get there was something I had to learn.” This feature xxxxxx Kees Leeman

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Page 18 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 I t started 12 years ago as an idea of a yachtswoman who wanted to publish a single sheet newsletter for the yachts in the harbor. It was called Port Call, and the emphasis of the news was on the sea with a smattering of land news that would appeal to yachtsmen. But after a month or two, the founder, Jan Smirnow, handed over the reins of the paper to other yachtsmen in the harbor, George and Laura DeSalvo, as she was sailing off with her husband. The island cast its spell and so little by little, the content became more and more Bonaire oriented; so much so that with the first issue of the year 2000 the name was changed to The Bonaire Reporter . In April of 2001 the format was changed to the much larger tabloid version, with 1,500 copies printed at DeStad in Curaçao – a big jump from the heretofore 350 copies printed at National Printing on Bonaire.. Along the way gifted reporters, writers and photographers joined to make The Reporter what it is today. Last Thursday Reporter staff and colleagues celebrated the 12-year birthday at Pasa Bon Pizza. A great time was had by all. A special award was given to Greta Kooistra for her five-year lustrum as author of the very popular weekly “On the Island Since…” column which has now expanded on occasion to “Born on the Island….” L.D. B onaire's First Balashi Bartender Competition held in Rincon April 29, the day before Rincon Day, with the streets already filled with people tourists, locals, and many Curaçao and Aruba families and friends was a huge success. The environment was fun and music was in the air with Groupo de Betico from Aruba. 13 nervous bartenders from area resorts, schools and restaurants competed. Bartenders from City Café, Chez Nous Restaurant (SGB High School), Rum Runners Restaurant, Buddy Dive Resort, Lion's Den Restaurant, Cactus Blue and the Divi Flamingo showed their bartending and creativity skills in the seven minutes they were allowed. The color of the drinks varied, but they all had the ingredient of Balashi Beer, a twist that was a surprising added flavor. Winners were Jane Coffie from Divi Flamingo, first ; Miguel Saragoza from Chez Nous, second; and Joaquin Theodora from Lion's Den Restaurant, third. The beer and music kept the audience goin g as they waited for the results. Presenter Eddy de Veer, owner and manger of Balashi Brewery Aruba, and half of Aruba were there to cheer on the bartende rs. Next competition is in Curaçao and then an ABC island-wide Balashi Bartender Competition later this year. These young professionals continue to show Bona ire all the great bar and culinary talents that are in them. Story & Photo by Sara Matera Friends and staff of The Reporter Jane Coffie from Divi Flamingo, the overall Winner, gets her prize

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Page 19 Bonaire Reporter May 5 to May 12, 2006 Y es, indeed, the king of the planets, Jupiter, is at opposition this week, which means it's at its closest, biggest and brightest for the entire year. And not only will it dazzle you with just the naked eye, but with even a cheap pair of binoculars you'll be able to see several of its largest moons. On any night this week and next, an hour after sunset, face southeast where just above the horizon the brightest light you see will be the largest of the planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter, which is really big. How big? Well, our little planet Earth is only 8,000 miles wide, so we could line up 11 Earths, side by side, across Jupiter's middle. How's that for big? Now although opposition is an astronomical term, all it really means is that Jupiter is opposite the Sun in the sky as seen from Earth. And whenever a planet is at opposition it is at its closest and thus biggest and brightest for the entire year. How close? Well this weekend Jupiter will be only 410 million miles away from Earth, which is almost 200 million miles closer than it was only a few months ago in October. So it's really close—so close that some people with acute vision may actually be able to see with just the naked eye four of its largest moons which will look like tiny pinpoints of light. And with a pair of binoculars you'll have no trouble seeing them at all. In fact this Saturday, Astronomy Day night, you'll see two on each side of Jupiter: Callisto and Io on one side; Europa and Ganymede on the other. And all but Europa are larger than our own 2,000-mile-wide Moon . Wow! Through even the cheapest telescope, you'll see Jupiter's horizontal bands of weather plus you can actually watch the four largest moons change their position in relation to Jupiter night after night as they constantly orbit the planet king. And now to see if you've got your thinking caps on, if Jupiter is opposite the Sun as seen from Earth right now, how many hours a night do you think you'll be able to see it? Well theoretically if you have a clear flat horizon all around you you'll see it all the hours the Sun is not in the sky. You see, when a planet is at opposition it always rises in the east just as the Sun sets in the west. It then travels higher hour after hour until at midnight it reaches its highest point then slowly descends toward the west, hour after hour, until at dawn it sets in the west just as the Sun rises. So simple answer: you can see Jupiter all night long for the next couple of weeks. Jack Horkheimer ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Exercise programs will be effective. Direct your energy into physical entertainment. You will do your best work on your own. You may have difficulties finishing projects you start. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) You may have difficulties at an emotional level with mates. Try to be a bit more understanding or you may end up spending an evening alone. Social activities or travel should be in your plans. You can make alterations to your appearance that everyone will admire. Your lucky day this week is Tuesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your efforts won't go unnoticed; however, someone you work with may get jealous. You may interest some of them in a service you have to offer. You could meet an interesting individual you'll want to get to know better. Don't get involved in other people's private doings. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You might just as well let others do their own thing. If you're uncertain of your feelings, keep your opinions to yourself. Find out if they have other commitments. Be sure to take care of any minor ailments. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You would be wise to consider attending lectures that will broaden your awareness concerning your professional direction. You will gain valuable insight and knowledge through the experiences you have along the way. This may not be the time to lend or borrow. Avoid any intimate involvements with coworkers or employers. Your lucky day this week will be Monday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Not everything you hear will be legitimate. Listen to the advice given by others. You have been going through a period of change that has caused problems for you with your loved ones. Contracts will not be as lucrative as you think. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Be cautious of making any residential changes this week. All your energy should be directed into moneymaking opportunities. Residential moves look hectic and sudden changes in your life are likely. You may be likely to have difficulties with females. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Try to iron out any friction over money with your mate or conflicts could prevail. Get busy making those changes to your home. Most partner problems are a result of both people not living up to their promises. Watch your tendency to live for the day and to spend too much on entertainment and children; it could set you back. Your lucky day this week will be Friday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You should not be concerned with coworkers who insist on spreading rumors. You can enhance your reputation by making contributions to worthwhile causes. You can make professional decisions this week that will affect your position You can expect to face opposition on the home front. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You will have an inaccurate assessment of your status in society. Enlist coworkers in order to get the job done on time. You will have to face each issue separately and in person. Don't get so wrapped up in being rich that you overlook the fact that your plan may not be as solid as you thought. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Self-improvement projects will pay off in more ways than one. Control your temper by getting immersed in your work. Be sure to spend time helping children with projects that are too difficult for them to accomplish alone. Generosity will put you in the poorhouse. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Avoid disputes with family; their complaints can't change anything anyway. Be aware of deception when it comes to your position, and be sure not to jump to conclusions. Social evenings at your place will be highly successful. Don't hold yourself back because you think you're too old. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. For the week: April 30 to May 7, 2006 By Astrologer Michael Thiessen *to find it, just look up Jupiter at Its Closest, Bigge st and Brightest This Week The larger moons of Jupiter are like terrestrial planets, each with an interesting structure. The Ganymede moon casts a shadow as it orbits