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>"l 'ie"poot December 19ianuary 2, 2009; Volume 15, Issue 25

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Printed every fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7
Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6125, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994

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Also in this issue:
Light Parade pg. 2
Sea Grass Nets pg. 3
Consumer Prices pg. 6
Glen I Su Geng New CD
Boat Fire pg. 14
... and much more

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T he first Kingdom Day
holiday was celebrated
last Monday, December 15. The
new holiday results from changes
in the political structure of the
Netherlands Antilles since the
concept of the Dutch Antilles as
an integrated country is disap-
pearing. In referenda held during
2000-2005, the island populations
expressed the wish to secede from
the Netherlands Antilles, but to
remain, each in their own way, a
part of the Kingdom of the Neth-
Consequently it was decided to
introduce a new public holiday,
Koninkrijksdag, Dia di Reino or
Kingdom Day instead of Antil-
lean Day.
For the BES Islands it marked a
"soft opening" to their new status
as Dutch municipalities. The
Bonaire Island Council voted 5 to
2 in favor of adopting the laws
that would lead to integration
with Holland.
The "Regional BES Island Ser-
vice Center," to implement the
transition, ceremonially opened
Tuesday, December 16, in the
APNA building on Bonaire.

D Planned "elective opera-
tions" (surgical intervention
recommended but it's not ur-
gent) were postponed at St.
Elizabeth Hospital (Sehos) in
Curagao, Bonaire's regional cen-
ter hospital, because the steam
sterilizers were defective. The
hospital was assisted by a nearby
hospital until the sterilizers were
repaired. Both units were tested
and certified as optimum on No-
vember 28 but nevertheless
failed. New units have been or-
Surgical procedures are now
back to normal in Curagao.

D The Netherlands is at the
top of a list released Thursday
that measures rich governments'
efforts to help build prosperity in
poor countries around the world.
The Netherlands is followed by
Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Japan and South Korea are at the
bottom of the list. The US also
scored low; it ranks 17th out of
the 22 countries on the 2008

Commitment to Development
Index (CDI), produced annually
by the Centre for Global Devel-
opment, an independent think-
tank that works to reduce global

0 Next year, the Dutch econ-
omy is set to shrink for the first
time since the early 1980s, ac-
cording to the latest prediction
from the government's economic
forecasting organization, the
CPB, published on Monday.
The CPB puts the decline at
0.75% in 2009 and says compa-
nies which depend on exports will
bear the brunt of the downturn. In
2010 the economy will pick up
again, with growth reaching 1%,
the organization

> The Dutch
government has
no intention of
altering its 2009
spending plans
in light of the
impending re-
cession, Finance
Wouter Bos
(photo) said.
"We must not
panic. The budget is the right
answer to this situation," Bos was
reported as saying in the Finan-
cieele Dagblad. "Lesson number
one is that you don't adapt your
spending plans on a daily basis."

> The tax office in the Neth-
erlands is to begin experiments
with taking unpaid taxes di-
rectly from people's bank ac-
counts next year, Thursday's AD
newspaper reported. Non-payers
will receive a final demand and
an enforcement order. If they still
don't pay up, the tax office will
be able to take 1,000 euros a
month directly from their bank
account for a period of three
At the moment, unpaid taxes
are collected by seizure of prop-
erty, which is a lengthy and ex-
pensive process.

D During the preparations for
this week's Round Table Confer-

1 One exciting event of the first Kingdom Day was the Natu-
ralization of 41 Bonairean residents as Dutch citizens. The morn-
ing ceremony was guided by the chief of Bonaire's Civil Registry,
George Mensch6. Giving presentations to the new citizens were
Governor Glenn Thod6, former Governor Herbert Domacass6 and
historian Boi Antoin. Governor Thod6 explained the rights and
responsibilities of the new citizens, among other things, and wel-
comed them to the New Bonaire. Boi Antoin gave an overview of
the population and described the histories of Bonairean families.
Former Governor Domacass6 expressed his pleasure at being part of
the nationalization ceremony and also congratulated the new
"Dutchmen and Women."

ence (RTC) in a deliberation with
the Second Chamber, Dutch Prime
Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
advised that The Netherlands will
take over 1.5 billion of the debt
of the Netherlands Antilles, but
only if the islands comply with all
the requirements such as corruption
control, a sound financial manage-
ment and better maintenance of law
and order.
The RTC will focus on establish-
ing the "countries" of Curagao and
St. Maarten and the dissolution of
the Antilles Central Government.
The BES Islands situation is pe-
ripheral to this session of the RTC.

D Justice Minister David Dick
signed a contract with Dutch fund-
ing agency USONA yesterday in
which NAf 25.7 million has been
allocated for the upgrading of the
police forces in Curagao, St.
Maarten and Bonaire.
Some NAf 3.1 million was allo-
cated to Bonaire for the upgrading
of its police services.

Legal controversy is swirl-
ing around the attempt of the
Bonaire government to seize the
incomplete (since 2002) Esmer-
alda Beach property in the south

of Bonaire. Jalan Investments,
belonging to Dutch entrepreneur
Niek Sandmann, is claiming dam-
ages of more than $5.5 million
because of the revocation of its
long lease. The property was ac-
quired at a public sale from the
original developers who began, but
never completed, construction in
1988. The bailiff levied an attach-
ment on the property on November
20 after the seizure judge granted
approval November 18. Sandmann
is known for his aviation invest-
ments- BonairExel, DAE and Wi-
nair- as well as other Bonaire prop-
erty developments.

0 A prominent team of US
based researchers predicted 14
tropical storms in the 2009 Atlan-
tic hurricane season on Wednesday
and said seven would develop into
hurricanes. The Colorado State
University team formed by fore-
casting pioneer William Gray said
2009 would be another "above-
average" hurricane season after an
active 2008. While Bonaire does
not usually experience the full
force of the storms, it is affected by
wind reversals and ground swells.
The hurricane research team said
(Continued on page 6)

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

New Citizens on Kingdom Day 2
Sea Grass Protection at Lac 3
Chicken's Drop-Church Rises 9
Music School Concert and Awards 1 0
New MCB Head Office 1C
Glenn i Su Geng's
NewCD, "PaluGrandi" 11
Young Chefs To Italy 11
Beanie Babies for Bonaire 12
Eco Swim Resutts 13
Letters to the Editor Boat Fire, Two
Cruise Ship Views, VWhat a Shame,
To Be Restored 14
RE/MAX5 Years 18
Dictionary Donations Meet Goal 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since:
Mimalyn 'Machi' Soliana 4
Bonairean Voices (Religion in Schoos-
Part II) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Island View (Turning Point) 8
Pet of the Week ("Yannis") 8
Pet Project 8
Sudoku Solution 9
Classifieds 12
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Picture Yourself (Ireland) 15
Bubbles-Did You Know(Flamingoes) 15
Vhats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Sky Park (Christas Star) 19
Star Power (Asrology) 19

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
The Publisher:

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Sea Grass Protection

At 7am on November 5th
members from Pro-
gressive Environmental Solu-
tions, Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire and STINAPA Bon-
aire began the placement of
swim lines which outline the
sea grass beds along the
shoreline of Sorobon from
Jibe City to the windsurfing
competition area at the penin-
sula. The swim lines are in-
tended to serve as a visual
reminder of the protected
status of all sea grasses on
Bonaire and as a physical
barrier to prevent people from
entering into the sea grass
The sea grass beds in Lac
support the life of many sea
creatures. Green turtles and
queen conch, which are both
endangered species, depend
on the sea grass beds in Lac
for their food. While green
turtles eat the blades them-
selves, conch scrape "bits" of
food from the leaves. Fish
that many of us like to eat
such as snappers and barra-
cuda depend on the sea grass
beds for nutritious food and
protective shelter when they
are juveniles. These beds
provide shelter for breeding
and are a primary nursery for
several commercially impor-
tant reef fish of Bonaire. The
loss of these habitats can se-

verely impact the number and impact these activities have on

size of the fish going later to
the reef. This would not only
negatively impact the dive
industry but will threaten the
resilience and biodiversity of
Lac which in turn will disrupt
a food chain on which many
people of Bonaire depend
This is the first step in a
multi phased project which
will not only include the out-
lining of the sea grass beds
but also buoys marking the
"white zone" boundary (where
no commercial or recreational
activities are allowed), moor-
ings in the area of the coral
"dam" as well as education
and awareness about these
fragile areas.
In order to ensure that a
balance is maintained between
the recreational activities that
are enjoyed in the bay and the

some of the most fragile sys-
tems in the bay, steps must be
taken now to prevent further
deterioration of some of the
most fragile areas of Lac.
This project is being carried
out by a joint effort of Bonaire
National Marine Park, Pro-
gressive Environmental Solu-
tions, Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire, Jibe City and The
Bonaire Windsurf Place with
funding from Progressive
Environmental Solutions, The
Bonaire Windsurf Place and
Jibe City. All of these organi-
zations have long term inter-
ests in the sustainability of
Lac and its unique ecosystem.
The collaboration of these
organizations helps to ensure
the sustainability of the buoy
implementation project for
Lac. 0 Story &photos by
Mabel Nava STCB

O ne of the grandest
parties of the year
was celebrated on the
street on Kaya Grandi -
last Friday night hosted
by RE/Max Paradise
Homes. The celebration
was to say happy birthday
for five years of business
on the island and to pre-
sent the new RE/MAX
Paradise Homes building.
Kaya Grandi was closed
to all vehicle traffic so
the throngs of well wish-
ers could mingle on the
street and admire the new
building which was spar- R
kling like a Christmas
tree. Beverages flowed
and guests were treated to
the elegant and mouth
watering snacks by
Philip's Catering. Jazzy
music and vocals were
provided by Andreina,
Carlos and Lando. 0 L.D.

Homes staff at the party
From the left- standing:
Gisela Allertz, Rob Lau-
rant, EllaRosa Fischer,
Zwanet Kooij, Elise Arbman,
Monique Bergsma, Bob Bartikoski,

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Page 3


4T always wanted to be-
Scome a stewardess be-
cause they see all the different
countries and they get to know
the whole world. But it was too
much to learn and I didn't like
school when I was 13. By that
time I'd become a tough girl; I
liked to fight, I hung out in the
streets and I skipped school -
nobody around to make my head
I was born in Antriol where I
lived with my mother and broth-
ers. I also have a sister; she was
born when I was five, but she
lived with her father. My mom
was working at Sunset Beach
Hotel in housekeeping, some-
thing she did for a long time and
now she's doing it independently.
She is a very good and sweet
mom who gets along with every-
one and she loves to work and
she wants the best for her chil-
When I was eight we moved to
Nort di Salina, where my mom is
from. We had been living with
my step grandparents people
who had brought up my mother -
and when my step grandma died,
we went to live with my mother's
At the age of 13 I went to SGB

high school, to BVO-P, a basic
professional education. A year
later I went to BVO. I had met
Ranjiet 'Pito' Thomas and we'd
become friends. He was six years
older than I and he told me that
school was a good thing, that I
needed to learn more and that it
was important for my future
and... I fell in love with him be-
cause of all the things he said.
Pito had finished Havo-3 high
school. He was a quiet person
and he lived with his mother and
was also from Nort di Salina. She
laughs: "He's known me since I
was two years old, walking
around in Pampers, but of course
that's something I don't remem-
Well, Pito fell in love with me
too, but I was too young and we
couldn't do anything except for
kissing and talking that was it!
But because of him I was doing
much better at school and I chose
to become an administrator. In
my third year at BVO I worked
as a trainee with Akkermans
Auto Supplies and it was fun. In
my fourth year I went to work as
a trainee for Telbo NV. I had to
do everything by myself and
when the director's secretary
went on vacation for a week I

replaced her. What a great ex-
When I was 15 I moved in with
Pito and his mother and a year
later I graduated from BVO. But
I wanted more diplomas and
more experience to get a better
job and so I started with SBO
(secondary professional educa-
tion) in the afternoons, and now I
am in my second year and I like

When I was almost 17 I became
pregnant with my sweet little
boy. It was a conscious choice. I
thought it would be great to have
a baby with the man you love.
Nevertheless, I was a little bit
scared. I was daring, but I didn't
know how to handle a child and
whether I could do it the right
way. Pito was so happy and so

were my mom and Pito's mom
and his sisters. Of course there
were people who thought I
wouldn't go to school anymore -
there are always people who
think badly about you but I
went on studying, for my family
and myself.
Then my girlfriend Fleurtje told
me about a course at Sebiki
(Continued on page 5)

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Born on Bonaire
(Continued from page 4)
called 'Mama Hoben' (Young
Mother), where I could learn
everything about being pregnant,
the delivery and having a baby,
so I went there and they taught
me all I needed to know.
Sarjiet was born September 4th
2007. Pito and I were alone at
home and I started having pains
at 5:15 in the morning. I didn't
tell Pito anything but I went to
wash clothes to take with me to
the hospital. Pito thought it was
strange that I was doing laundry
at that hour and he asked me if I
was in pain, but I said 'No!' Af-
ter a while I said, 'I think I'm in
pain.' We called his mom and his
sisters and nobody else because
my mom had to go to work and I
knew she would become too
nervous. At 9 am we went to Dr.
Lont's office. She told me to go
home and come back when I felt
I couldn't take it any more. At
11:45 we were at home with all
Pito's sisters and Charlisse Tho-
mas and I called my mom to tell
her that I was going to have the
baby. She didn't believe it be-
cause my voice was normal and I
wasn't nervous or scared or cry-
ing. I was just very happy that
my baby was going to be born.
At 12:15 we went back to Dr.
Lont and she said: 'Oh! Good
thing you came. You have to go
to the hospital right now!' At the
hospital I didn't even check in I

went straight to the delivery
room that was fun! People said,
'Look at her, she can't wait!' The
baby was born at 1:15 pm-a
sweet little boy that Pito named
Sarjiet. It was easy. You see, if
you get nervous it becomes diffi-
cult. You have to stay quiet and
do what they told you to do at
Machi Soliana is an extraordi-
nary person. She had to make her
own life and she chose to do it
the right way. She could have
gone anywhere, but here she is-
stable, standing on her own two
feet with a lot ofguts, studying
and working on her future- a
very good mom- a loyal girl-
friend a beautiful 18 year old

"At SBO I'm now working as a
trainee with SVB. It's going well,
but I'm not making a lot of
money and Pito is not working -
he doesn't want to. Before, my
mom and sometimes Pito's mom
would look after Sarjiet, but I
found it better for him to go to
creche so he could learn more
and interact with other children.
He's now with Juffrouw Ana
every day at creche Colita i
This is my last school year but I

should do three more years I'm
still thinking the problem is
money. I'm the only one who's
working and I need the money to
pay the creche and to buy things
for Sarjiet. It's difficult some-
times; it isn't as easy as everyone
thinks it is. But when Sarjiet gets
older, things will be better. I
want to find a good job as an
administrator and I want to be
independent and I want the best
for my child.
Sometimes I go out with a girl-
friend or with my class to Ken-
tucky (KFC). On the weekends I
go swimming with Sarjiet at Sun-
set Beach, or we go to town or to
the Parke Publiko. When I was
young I was into athletics for
many years and I was good. I

was even selected to participate
in tournaments on Curaqao, but it
all changed when I became a
teenager. Now I'm playing on a
soccer team of Nort di Salina, the
Estrellas Girls. I love sports -
mainly to keep my body young!
I'm happy because I love my
baby and if I want do to some-
thing and he can't be there, I
won't do it.
Bonaire is the only place I
know. I've been to Curaqao a
couple of times and that's it. I

would love to go to Holland and
see what the opportunities are
there. To see if we could get our
own house (which is impossible
here), to see about further educa-
tion and jobs, to get to know
other cultures a different life, to
see if it could be better. I don't
want a hard life for us. I don't
want it to stay the way it is now.
And, I still would like to travel
because Pito, Sarjiet and I never
went anywhere as a family. That
would be so great!
On Bonaire it is normal to have
a baby when you're young, but
sometimes women do it for the
wrong reason, hoping the guy
will stay with them. That's not
good at all because a child is
something that you should want
together, otherwise you end up

alone with your baby, and a child
needs two parents. I hope all the
young mamas will do the best
they can for their child. Don't
stay at home or let yourself be
supported by your mother be-
cause it's better to do everything
yourself for your child so you
feel your responsibility. And if
the baby's father is there too,
then you have to get together as a
family, to protect your child, to
give it all the chances it needs
and to bring it up the right way."


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Bonaire Reporter December 19-January 2, 2009

Pre-natal classes conducted by Sebiki

"... a child is something that you should want
together, otherwise you end up alone with
your baby -and a child needs two parents."

Page 5

Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
its forecast for the 2009 season was based
on factors that included warm Atlantic sea
surface temperatures that create favorable
conditions for cyclones.
The long-term average during the six-
month season, which begins on June 1, is 10
or 11 tropical storms and six hurricanes.

Historical research shows that US
President-elect Barack Obama is a de-
scendant of the Pilgrim Fathers who left
the Dutch town of Leiden in 1620 to found
the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts. Cul-
ture Alderman Jan-Jaap de Haan in the Uni-
versity City of Leiden revealed Obama's
ancestors were among those who arrived
there from Britain in 1609 seeking religious
The nonconformist Puritans lived and
worked for 11 years in Amsterdam and Lei-
den before sailing to America, some of them
on the Mayflower.
Obama is the seventh American president
directly descended from Leiden's Pilgrim

D Again this year, as they have for the
past five years, church volunteers are
asking for the donation of food products
from supermarket shoppers. The food will
be distributed to less fortunate people on
Saturday, December 20. Buy something
extra to donate and give to the volunteer as
you leave the market. They include Bonaire
Warehouse, Cultimara, Progreso, More for
Less, Winchun and Tropical Flamingo.
For a direct donation contact pastor
Ramiro Richards at 717-2194 or 529-2547.

Outlet Mol, which offers Bonaire's
largest selection of bikinis and surf wear,
is starting a new ad campaign in The Re-

porter, called "Model of the Week". The
first model of the week is Ruthvianca
Josephia, a Miss Bonaire contestant,

Owned and operated by

Pablo Palacios and family

Creators of Argentine cuisine

on Bonaire

Open for dinner every day except Monday
in the Lighthouse at The Harbour Village Marina
Call 717-7725 for reservations
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which Outlet Mol sponsored. (See ad be- will choose a model from their shoppers,
low). and if the cute girl/handsome guy agrees,
Each week the sales team at Outlet Mol (Continued on page 7)

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Business owners
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Model of the week: fHla

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Bonaire Reporter December 19-January 2, 2009

1 Important elements for a healthy diet, especially to avoid weight gain, are fruit and vegetables. On Bonaire we have access
to products from not only the US and Holland, but also from Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Like most food products their
price has been rising. The Bonaire Consumer Shopping Foundation checked 12 markets and produced the report below.
They advise that quality varies and consumers should select carefully.

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Market n am el _______ __
Fruit and Vegetables Quantity
Kiwi USA each 0,98 x x x x 0,85 x 0,85 x x x x
Apples-red USA each 1,26 1,08 0,85 1,25 x 9,65* 1,00 1,00 1,25 1,49 1,50 1,20
Apples- yellow USA each x 1,07 0,85 x 1,20 6,50* 100 1,00 1,20 1,49 1,50 1,20
Pears USA each 1,12 0,90 0,85 x 1,10 5,55* x 1.15 x x 1,25 x
Oranges USA each 0,98 0,95 0,62 0,85 0,97 4,85* 0,75 x 0,95 0,99 1,25 0,80
Watermelon Ven. each 8,40 8,50 1,35* x 10,00 2,75* x 7,50 x x 2,00 7,95
Grapes-green USA p1kg 12,56 13,05 x x x 10,95 x 9,98 15,90 13,00 9,00 x
Grapes-red USA p1kg 12,56 11,60 x 12,00 10,00 11,50 x 9,98 13,85 13,00 9,00 x
Carrots USA pa sack 2,75 4,95 x 3,95 x 5,50* x 1,75 2,85 2,95 2,50 3,50
Plantains each 1,00 0,95 0,95 0,85 0,85 0,85 1,00 0,99 0,90 1,00 1,00 0,85
Bananas p1kg x 2,95 2,35 2,50 x 2,95 2,50 2,35 x x 2,00 2,50
Cucumbers pikg 3,15 4,90 3,70 3,75 5,00 3,25 4,50 1,49 5,00 4,50 5,00 3,50
Pumpkin Ven. p/kg 2,00 2,35 1,60 2,35 2,50 4,00 x 6,49# 3,00 2,60 2,00 2,00
Melon Ven. each x 5,50 x x 5,00 x x x x x 3,00* 4,50
White Cabbage Ven. each 4,60 4,40 5,25 2,50 3,00 4,50 3,00 3,88 6,60 3,50 4,00 2A0
Green Peppers Ven. p/kg 7,00 8,95 8,15 6.50 6,50 9,60 6,75 x 7,30 7,00 7,00 5,90
Tomatoes Ven. p1kg 4,90 6,20 6,50 5,50 6,00 5,95 7,00 6,50 9,40 6,50 6,00 5,70
Tomatoes USA p1kg 12,20** 10,95 x x x 5,95 x 9,85 x x x x
Celery local p/bunch x x x 195 x x x x x x 1,50 x
Celery USA each 11,35* 4,00 7,91 3,95 3,95 x x 3,87 x 2,50 4,00 x
Sweet potatoes Ven. pikg 6,71 4,40 x 6,00 4,00 5,35 x 9,74 6,25 6,00 5,00 3,50
Broccoli USA p/bunch 11,50" 7,55 x 8,50 x 5,30 x 9,74 x x x x
Cauliflower USA each 13,95* 8,05* x x x x x 4,49 x x x x

Explanation:* price per kg ** from Ecuador ***price per kg from Ecuador # each Ven. -from Venezuela

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T he phrase, religion in school, may
have freaked out many people read-
ing "Religion in School, Part 1" in the last
edition of The Reporter. But if we don't
call it religion let's change the words and
call it "Personal Development." This is
something I learned from Mrs. Lilian Paula
-Crestian and Pastor Ramiro Richards.
Paula-Crestian (49), the SGB (high
school) advisor and counselor, said, "It all
started in 2005 when Bonaire was shocked
by the double murder of the teenage boys.
The Lt. Governor of that time, Mr. Doma-
casse, called a meeting of representatives
of all the religions on Bonaire to start a
program especially for the youth of the
In July 2005 we signed an agreement
approved by the school management team
and the school board to start with a pro-
gram for personal development involving
12 key topics. Unfortunately, it lasted only
two years (2005-2007). We're waiting for
the school board to approve the program in
2009. People need to work on their norms
and values and the SGB students need to be
taught these norms. There are some kids
you often find on the street, living a street
life, and if you don't teach them these val-
ues they may end up in prison.
We have a mixture of different cultures in
school and each one might have their own
way of thinking, so to work on the personal
development of each student is important.
If teachers show more respect and are good
listeners they can get the youngster to open
up. The tendency of fear and vengeance
will go away. My main goal is for every
student to finish school and get a diploma
and that during their school years they may
gain a diploma for their personal develop-
ment, intellectual, social and emotional
motivations. In this way we can count on
one better citizen."
And this was the way Pastor Ramiro
Richards got involved with the SGB. As he
said, "Mrs. Lilian Paula-Crestian, a 2nd




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grade Papia-
mentu edu-
cator at the
SGB, coor-
dinated the
whole Per-
sonal Devel-
opment pro-
ject. We
started with
the first and
second year
students of
the SGB,
once a week
every other week for two years, 2005-2007.
We worked on 12 areas of the student's life
during each school year: 1 .Family,
2.Identity, 3.Authority, 4. Social Relation-
ships, 5.Health, 6.Loyalty, 7.Liberty, 8.
Character development, 9. Obedience,
10.Responsability, 11.Emotions,
12.Sexuality. We got different people from
different congregations to work on the pro-
gram. The students were very open during
the lesson times. We had information
nights for the parents. For two years we
kept the educators informed about the pro-
gram. We made our own materials to send
out the message. There is a need for the
student to learn. As a result in those two
years things improved. Changes in the stu-
dents were visible.
Both Bonairean and foreign educators
need to come together and work for the
benefit of these kids. Some kids look up to
you as someone they can trust and confide
their problems. Young people want to have
a good relationship with grown ups. A
solid and good relationship can bring
changes in a child's behavior. I hope that
these lessons can continue in 2009." U
Siomara E. Albertus

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D If you love art that relates to Bonaire be sure to visit the "Indians Of Bonaire &
Other New Paintings" exhibit by Henk Roosendaal at Kas di Arte. Details on page 16.

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 6)
they will be seen as the model of the
week in The Reporter.
Outlet Mol just received a HUGE ship-
ment of new bikinis, so pass by and see
if you are the lucky one chosen for
model of the week.
The discovery of two species of
coral once thought to be extinct provide
an important link between the Atlantic
and Pacific oceans, US scientists said after
sampling67 locations around Curacao and
found the Isopora ginsburgi and Isopora
Curaqaoensis. Researchers said the occur-
rences of Isopora reported are the oldest
records oflsopora worldwide and key to
understanding the bio-geographic separa-
tion between reef coral life in the Carib-
bean and Indo-Pacific regions. UPI
D Give yourself some time off from
the kitchen this holiday season. Some of
our favorite restaurants are offering special
holiday menus that are guaranteed to
please. Lion's Den Beach Bar and Res-
taurant at Buddy Dive has two and three-
course festive menus during the holiday
period. (See their ad on page 15). Sunset
Bar and Grill will serve two and three
course and traditional menus from Christ-
mas Eve to New Years Day. (See their ad
on page 15). Patagonia Argentinean Res-
taurant at the Lighthouse at Harbour Vil-
lage Marina will have a special menu on
Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. They
will be closed Christmas and New Years
Days. (See their ad on page 6)
Want to celebrate the season but don't
want to go out? Dine elegantly in your own

home with no fuss and bother for you. Call
Philip's Cooking and Organizing. Philip
arranges everything: the food courses,
wines, even the table cloth, candles, dishes
glasses and silver. You pick the menu and
the guests and he'll do the rest. Call 701-

Cooking yourself? Shop where
some of the top restaurants buy. TIS-The
Island Supplier- on Kaya Industria has a
freezer full of premium meats and seafood
like Black Angus steaks, sushi-quality
tuna, king crab and more. If you can afford
the best, visit TIS. Check the list of the
latest refrigerated container contents on the
office door.
Something new for the luxury
loving. Intermezzo Day Spa at Capt.
Don's Habitat is now offering facials
using the most amazing products made
from wine grapes. These grapes -
Chardonay, Reisling, Bordeaux and more,
are grown in Canada just to be the
ingredients for wonderfully aromatic facial
scrubs, moisturizers and masks. The
products are not for sale here but you can
enjoy them as they are applied to your face.
There are a lot of people who would love a
gift certificate from Intermezzo for a
massage or a facial. Intermezzo's phone is
717-8290, ext. 3022 or 717-8848.
> The Reporter is "Still Free," and
wishes all our readers, sponsors and
advertisers an wonderful holiday season.
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When different circumstances
arise, people will change their
behavior accordingly. That sounds logi-
cal; like a tiger will start hunting when he
sees a prey and feels hungry, or a boy will
puff up his chest when he sees a pretty
girl. Those behaviors were triggered by a
key stimulus: for the tiger the sight of a
prey in combination with hunger, and for
the boy the sight of a pretty girl.
In Dutch you have a saying: gelegen-
held maakt de dief (opportunity makes the
thief). "Normal" people can demonstrate
criminal behavior when put in certain
settings. So to understand why people are
doing certain things, we have to find what
key stimulus led to their behavior. This is
in order to better understand and avoid
criminal behavior, of course.
But with a lot of different kinds of be-
havior it is not as straightforward as the
above-mentioned boy who sees the girl.
When you look at behaviors like violence,
crime, teenage pregnancy and dropping
out of school, for example, there is still a
lot of debate going on of what causes
those behaviors. On top of that, all these
behaviors appear to be contagious. For a
period of time everything seems normal,
and then suddenly you have an epidemic
of crime or teenage pregnancies on your
hands. What the researchers are trying to
answer is: what key stimuli will contrib-
ute to a tipping point in change of human
Researchers have done a study in a
ghetto with teenage pregnancies and drop-

ping out of school as the main compo-
nents. We can describe a ghetto as a place
where people of the same cultural back-
ground live together at a low social eco-
nomic standard. They found that teenage
pregnancies and dropping out of school
reaches epidemic proportions as soon as
the share of the high-status workforce
drops under 5%. Somehow the behavior
of teenagers is linked to the work status of
adults from their community.
Let us translate that to the situation on
Bonaire. Here we have a yearly brain
drain of students leaving to do their stud-
ies abroad. A lot of them will stay abroad
because of financial and/or opportunity
reasons. In other words, the Bonairean
students with the most potential to be-
come part of the high-status workforce
leave and they do not come back. To
make the situation even more complex,
the need for high-status workers is not
filled with people from the community,
but with "outsiders." Or in other cases
people with the wrong skills or level of
education will fill up positions for which
they normally never would have been
How does this influence the youngsters
who are still in school here on Bonaire?
You find that it can result in a lack of in-
terest in working for their diploma. Why
should they? A lot of "nice" jobs are
taken by somebody not from the commu-
nity anyway, so why bother. And it some-
times seems that a diploma is not so very
important for landing a good job. We can

also certainly speak of
an epidemic in teenage
pregnancies and school
dropouts. i
These children need
to see the straightfor-
ward cause and effect.
"If I work hard now, I
can get the job I like
later and/or I can make
more money." They
need examples from
their own community,
someone to look up to.
The first thing you
learn when becoming a
teacher is, children
will not do what you
say, but they will do what you do. When
they see more people from their commu-
nity in satisfying jobs, they will try to
follow that example.
The Bonairean government needs to get
really busy. First of all it must be a prior-
ity to bring back the students who are
studying abroad. Check out
But there is also a need for additional
opportunities for the students here on
Bonaire. Special training programs to
advance themselves need to be set up, or
like in the case of the SBO, supported and
expanded. There should be more financial
benefits for anyone who wants to better
him- or herself through study. Any Bo-
nairean who wants to become an example
for the future students must be helped in



every possible way. And anyone who is
worried about how much this is going to
cost us should consider how much poten-
tial we now lose because of teenage preg-
nancies, school dropouts and people not
returning to Bonaire after their studies
If you can fight this epidemic that is
raging in Bonaire by these simple means,
you will have money to spare. Which you
then can spend on, oh, I don't know, roads
Mary Ann Koops

Koops teaches Biology at
the SGB High School. Her
insightful commentary ap-
pears regularly in The Re-

Y annis" the cat is one of the
l favorites of the staff at the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. He just loves to
be held and stroked and always shows his
appreciation by purring. In fact he was
like a big brother to a tiny little puppy
who had to spend some time in the cat
cage because she was too small to be put
in with the other puppies. Yannis played
with her and even let her bite his tail.
What a considerate personality. Yannis is
about a year old; he's handsome with his
incredible green eyes and white accents
to coordinate with the grays of his tabby
fur. He's been checked out by the vet,

has had his shots and worming and
sterilization and is ready to go to the
perfect loving home. You may see
Yannis at the Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Satur-
day, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel.
Although fireworks may be fun for
some people they're hell for the ani-
mals on the island. If you lose your
pet or if you find one, please call the
Shelter at 717-4989. They'll act as a
"go between" and try to reunite the
owner with the lost pet. 0 L.D.

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Benefits the Aniumal Shelter andl Your Pet

Our New Year's celebration will be
festive when we ring in the year
with fireworks, but our pets react with con-
fusion due to the unusual noise. The New
Year period sees the loss of pets who run
away from these loud noises. Fortunately,
help is available in an inexpensive, non-
toxic form. It has helped many people ef-
fectively for a variety stresses. It is named
"Rescue Remedy."
Rescue Remedy is a natural medicine
made from flowers. It was invented in Eng-
land by a physician named Dr. Edward
Bach, who intended to relieve psychologi-
cal suffering of people. That was in 1935.
Since those years, people have used Bach
remedies and shared it with pets.
This year Rescue Remedy will be avail-
able for pet owners to help their animal

companions through the
New Year 2009, thanks to
The Pet Project.
Follow the simple in-
structions on the label. The
cost is NAf 2, which bene-
fits the Animal Shelter.
You may pick up Rescue
Remedy at the Animal
Shelter on Kaminda La-
goen, Bistro de Paris, Chat
and Browse and many
grocery stores.
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Chicken's Drop,

Research was done by one of the
members on chicken manure and found
it to be the best natural fertilizer on the
face of the earth. It is higher in nitrogen,
and has a balanced amount of potash
and phosphorus, more than any other
manure from any animal including ele-
phants and giraffes. Manure is "green"
from any animal but they also found
that it was not healthy to use manure
from animals that eat meat because
there was a danger that viruses could be
picked up by the plants using this mate-
rial. Chicken manure received the vote
of confidence and the "church business"
was born.
The members of the church are now
seeking potential users such as people
who sell plants and maintain gardens for
a business, and others who just like to
balance nature with natural products to
step forward with their orders. The
chairman of the "product distribution"
stated that the professionals, who are
already in the business, will be given the
first bag of manure free for a test run
and if they like it then he will take their
orders for additional bags. He said it is
like the old fashioned "Cracker Jacks."
The more you (in the case of the
Cracker Jacks) eat the more your want.
In the context of the manure, the more
you use the more benefits you will dis-
cover and you will be a customer for life
and coming from the Rooster Boosters'
mouth that is the final poop! If after
reading this, you feel you cannot live
without the product under discussion,
please feel free to call the chairman of
the "product distribution center" and

order up for this Christmas' free
delivery. The bags are potato bags
and quite large and the price is
NAf 12, and if 5 or more bags are
purchased then the price will drop
to NAf 10 per bag.

The chairman says he has taken
many orders and most prospects are
using the product for Christmas
presents. His
island number
is 717-3949.
The interna-
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Music school photo

Students of the Music School (Skol di
Musika) gave a concert at Jong Bonaire last
Sunday afternoon. As a special surprise the Presi-
dent of the Rotary Club Bonaire, Frank deWit, on
behalf of the Rotary Club, donated a piano with
amplifiers to the school. Frank explained that this
award is typical of the Rotary Club's support for
different youth projects such as school meals for
The students performed a variety of music, both
traditional and modem and included some favorite
Christmas songs. They were applauded enthusias-
tically by family and friends.

Performers were: Christopher Ifsenia, Meralny
Bomba, Gary Yang, Nebery Muringen, Devanie
Pourier, Keyoma, Nethanja, Tony Yang, Shaieb
Kartodikromo, Grep Linkels, Cesar van Esveld,
Djanyanti Misier, Siddharta, Sue-Ann Moo, An-
gelica Julio, Georvan Mensche, Luisson Copra,
Javienne and Julienne Sof, Leila Mensche, Tom
Jendrik Janga, Turbion Janga and Orando.
The next recital will take place in the Spring,
hopefully at the Music School, which will have
been refurbished so that the rain will no longer be
allowed to enter and damage the instruments! E
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Glenn i Si

New CD, "P
G lenn i Su Geng's new CD,
"Palu Grandi," is now for
sale. The popular group's leader,
Glenn "Tutu" Lugo composed most
of the 10 songs that are uniquely in
the Glenn i Su Geng's style. Since
the sucess of the group's other
CDs, "Kunuku Bieu"and "Piski,"
the group has achieved tremendous
success in the folkloric culture in
the marketplace. "Palu Grandi"
displays a remarkable variation of
types of music and rhythms,
especially showing the diversity of
beloved Criollo and Antillean
The group plays traditional
instruments such as the kwarta,
bari, raspa, chapi, mandolin,
marak, wiri and baho.
New songs are Palu Granidi; K6rda
Pasa Paga; Milos, a polka/dance
composed and arranged by one of the
masters of the mandolin in Bonaire,
Roberto "Papachi" Salsbach; Promd di
Yanuari, a traditional drum piece for the
end of the year; No Kambia Kaminda
Bieu Pa Kaminda Nobo; Turismo, a
ballad; M'a Seba, a composition by John
"Dj6ni" Leoneta arranged by Richinel
"Rishi" Anthony; Traha Dam Warda
Awa;, La Carisia, a waltz from Micho
Prudencia; and Pa Bisa Ku Bo Tin.
The CD will be baptized on Saturday,
December 20, at E Thras beginning at 9
pm. To celebrate the end of the year the
group will be playing Saturday, December
27 from 6 pm to 2 am at the Sentro di

u Geng's 7

alu Grandi" 1

Not pictured: Sharily Nicolaas, Mir-
chonella Winklaar, Wiliene Merencia
and Migaila Winklaar

Bario Nort Salifia. For more information
or to buy a cd contact any of the members
of the band or email: papitoifcbinfo.org
or ludonicolaasZ@gmail.com.
Members of Glenn i Su Geng are: Glenn
"Tutu" Lugo, Juan "Wanchb" Lugo,
Rigmar "Papito" Lugo, Mario Rudolf
"D61fi" Francees, Jeffrey Schoop, Isidro
"Echo" Statie, Loduvico "Ludo"
Nicolaas, Robert "Papachi" Salsbach,
Elison Mercera, Hubert "Para Ketu
Mucha" Martis, Felix "Papito" Thomas.
Guest musician Genaro Anthony on
conga. CD production and mixing was at
Studio Chiki and Robert Sances also
assisted in the production with the design
of the cover. U Press Release/L.D.

A group of 10 very motivated
SBO students at FORMA, Level
1, has been given the opportunity to
study culinary arts in Italy, thanks to the
Culinary Bonaire Foundation. The foun-
dation, which is made up of Sara
Matera, Moreno Binelli and Ruud Ver-
meulen, has sponsored culinary students
from the SGB in the past to attend this
trainee period at a horeca (food and
beverage) school in Italy.
For the FORMA students this is a
wonderful experience where they will
learn the magnitude of the horeca sector
in Europe and where they will receive
culinary instructions from international
professionals. This will be the first time
for all of the students to travel to
The three-week training period at a

horeca school in the region of Modena,
Emilia Romagna, will be in March
2009. During that time they will learn
Italian culinary skills as well as the hos-
pitality and discipline required in the
field. During the trainee period Miguel
"Poppy" Saragosa, a former SGB culi-
nary student, will be present to help
with the instructions and to translate in
The students have already started
fundraising activities, selling Surinam
food on December 6 at Jong Bonaire
and serving a Christmas dinner on De-
cember 10th and 17th at Chez Nous at
the SGB (high school).
For more information or how you can
help, call Mrs. Eliane Clarinda at 717-
6949 ext. 11. 0 Press Release/L.D.

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Beanie Babies for Bonaire

F or the second year in a
row, part-time Bonaire
resident Bonnie Pascoe has
brought over 100 "Beanie Baby"
bean-bag dolls to Bonaire to be
distributed to less privileged
youngsters on the island. The
small dolls are part of a collec-
tion that Pascoe had created for
her grandchildren, who have
since outgrown them.
"It seemed like such a waste to
have the dolls sitting around and
not being enjoyed," said Pascoe, i,
whose collection totaled over '
400 before she started bringing
them to Bonaire to give away.
Last year and this year Pascoe
turned the small bean-bag dolls
over to Jong Bonaire where teens
in the youth center's KREBO Bonnie
program gift-wrap the dolls and
then host a party for small children who
have been selected by the social services
department. This time the Beanie Baby
party will be in early January.
The Jong Bonaire KREBO program is
made up of teens who each year learn about
caring for small children and then in the
summer work in the many vacation pro-
grams on the island. According to Jong
Bonaire manager Jona Chirino, "The
KREBO program lets the teens consider the
idea of someday working in a kresh
(nursery school) or becoming a teacher.
And it helps them learn how to deal with
small children so that they will all be better

SPascoe and her "babies" at Jong Bonaire

parents. The donated dolls give the teens a
chance to volunteer to help families who
have fewer resources," Chirino said. "It's
good for them to be able to volunteer and
give something to others. It is very gener-
ous of Bonnie Pascoe to share these dolls
with our children."
Pascoe says she has enough Beanie Ba-
bies for one more year of gifts to the Bon-
aire children. "Then my collection is gone."
But she feels good about giving the dolls to
children who can enjoy them and says: "It
feels very good to be able to do something
for the children of Bonaire."0
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Bonaire Eco SwimResults

C lear skies and a calm sea greeted
66 sleepy swimmers as they awoke
on December 6th to prepare for the 8th
Annual Bonaire Eco Swim. Ambling to- *
wards Captain Don's for their race number
markings, participants happily swilled java
and water and exchanged warm, slightly E or
nervous greetings. People from all over l
the world-Venezuela, Canada, as well as
Alaska, California, New York, and many places in-between-gathered together in an air of
anticipation and bonhomie for the 10k, 5k, 3k and 1k races. The stellar water-famous for its
amazing clarity, and beauty-waited in its 82F splendor. The colors ranged from a brilliant
turquoise to rich cobalt, known locally as "the deep blue."
Not without a touch of awe swimmers jumped in for the water start, just as the clouds
kindly rolled in just in time to shade the fair-skinned swimmers. Boat support, generously
provided by the Bonaire National Marine Park and Captain Don's, were already in place, as
were the dedicated kayak support team. As swimmers started off towards their respective
buoys, the race was occasionally interrupted by excited shouts of "turtle!" drawing swimmers
off-course for a closer look. Sea turtles, giant blue parrotfish, great barracuda, and moray eels
were some of the many exotic (at least to the non-locals) species that were encountered dur-
ing the event. Bonaire, famous for its exceptional sea life and coral reefs, also thankfully has
very little in the way of nasty critters, making for an idyllic swim. Jimmy Wellborn, winner
of the 10k swim, was rewarded with a frosty Polar as soon as his hand left the finish buoy. As
swimmers left the dock, they gathered at Rum Runners for icy refreshments and to await the
award ceremony. A special thanks goes out to all that made this event possible and we hope
that we may knock on your door again next year: Dutch Antillean Express, Capt. Don's
Habitat, Rumrunners, Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire),
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KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
12-19 1:33 1.OFT. 8:42 1.6FT. 15:18 1.2FT. 18:49 1.4FT. 57
12-20 1:20 1.OFT. 9:00 1.8FT. 16:38 1.1FT. 20:05 1.2FT. 48
12-21 0:34 1.OFT. 9:27 1.9FT. 17:58 1.OFT. 21:46 1.1FT. 44
12-22 9:54 2.0FT. 18:55 0.9FT. 47
12-23 10:21 2.0FT. 19:58 0.8FT. 53
12-24 10:52 2.1FT. 20:42 0.8FT. 60
12-25 11:26 2.1FT. 21:29 0.7FT. 66
12-26 11:55 2.1FT. 22:11 0.7FT. 71
12-27 12:24 2.0FT. 22:43 0.7FT. 75
12-28 12:58 2.0FT. 23:12 0.7FT. 77
12-29 13:28 1.9FT. 23:41 0.8FT. 78
12-30 0:02 0.8FT. 13:54 1.8FT. 77
12-31 0:25 0.9FT. 14:22 1.7FT. 74
1-01 0:30 1.OFT. 14:47 1.6FT. 70
1-02 0:11 1.OFT. 9:27 1.5FT. 64

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Dear Friends in the Bonaire Community:
While out diving on Thursday, December
4th, our sailboat Constance caught on fire
and in a little over an hour burned down to
the waterline and sank here in Bonaire. We
had owned her since 1990 and had lived
aboard and cruised the western Caribbean to
Bonaire since 2003 along with our little old
boat dog Maddie. Of course we are totally
devastated and still in shock at our loss but
are trying to look ahead to the future. There
seems to be no apparent reason for the fire
except perhaps an electrical failure that we
are unaware of. We cannot think of any-
thing that we would have done differently
except not to have cancelled our insurance
last year (but this is not uncommon on older
yachts like ours).

We left in our dinghy at about 9 am to dive
at "Nearest Point" on Klein Bonaire. When
we ascended from the reef to the surface we
saw the black smoke coming from the town.
We rushed back and to our shock found that
Constance was covered in flames. Our im-
mediate concern was for Maddie who was
left aboard. Thank God, a fellow cruiser,
Alan on Moon Song, had been kayaking
close by and courageously pulled her off of
the flaming bow of the boat. We would not
have been able to handle her loss.

As we hovered in our dinghy unable to do
anything to stop the fire, he was joined and
helped by Alex from Harbor Village Marine
and Dean and Juan Pablo in the Marine
Park boat from STINAPA. With their help
and that of other cruisers, boats were moved
out of the way and ours towed to deeper
water to sink. These men were awesome
with their attitude to do anything they could
to help. The folks at Yellow Submarine dive
shop were also extremely helpful, especially
Jurijn who swam out to Constance and
banged on the hull to make sure no one was
still aboard and then to retrieve Maddie. The
fire boat and the land based fire truck also
came to assist but despite their efforts were
able to do little to stop the raging fire.

Later that day, anticipating our immediate
needs, Detective Senior from the Police
Department wrote up a report and Team
Leader Conquet from Immigration pro-
vided us a memorandum so that we could
fly to Curagao to replace our passports.
From all of the officials we have received
the most sincere sympathy and blessings,
which has helped us to move on from our

Lastly we want to mention the cruiser com-
munity. All of us who wander about the
world in our small boats know that when-
ever we sail into a new harbor or anchorage,
whether there is one or a hundred boats, we
will find friends, either new or old, and that
if we need any help at all someone will pro-
vide it! This is truly the best part of cruis-
ing. While Constance was still burning
friends started helping us. Everything we
own was aboard being consumed by fire so
friends began providing for our needs with
clothing, money, cell phones and many
things we had not even begun to think of.

We have been staying at Port Bonaire with
Bob and Barb Gilmour, ex-cruisers and

the Seven Seas Cruising Association
[SSCA] hosts who arrived here on their boat
Enkidu and fell in love with Bonaire. They
have provided the resources to enable us to
remain here for a spell, while we figure out
what to do next, including a house sitting
opportunity with their friends that is ena-
bling us to have our daughters come and
visit us for Christmas week (something
planned and paid for a long time ago).

We will always feel lucky that this terri-
ble event happened on the special Island
of Bonaire. We love you all. Masha
John and Barbara 0 'Connell and boat dog
Maddie (with 9 lives)



Dear Editor,
I was happy to read in The Reporter
(December 5-19, 2008) that the Government
has finally created a tax for cruise ship pas-
sengers. Except for the very few who profit
directly from their presence, all the majority
of island residents get is inconvenience and
aggravation. Taxing the passengers will
surely bring benefits to all. Or will it? The
same article lists six things that the proceeds
of the tax will be used for. Five of the six
items are for the benefit of the cruise ship
industry and are intended to attract more
cruise ships to Bonaire! The sixth item is
the generic "maintenance of the Marine
Park." The Marine Park fee which goes
toward maintenance of the Park is charged,
as it should be, to everyone who uses the
Park. Except cruise ship passengers.
As for the tax itself, 75 cents is completely
absurd and probably less than the cost of
administering and collecting it. Even the $2
planned for next year is too low. The cruise
ship Caribbean Princess stops in Bonaire as
part of its 14-day, 12-stop tour of the Carib-
bean. The cost for a couple on this cruise:
$5,000-$10,000 plus airfare to and from
Jamaica. And, of course, taxes, about $120
or $5 each per stop.
Cruise ships arrive and depart and leave
nothing good behind them. For the privilege
of visiting Bonaire how about charging
them a reasonable tax that will be used to
benefit all the island and not just the cruise
ship industry?
Webster (Web) Burrfish
Dear Editor:
The letter to the editor regarding the Free-
winds' sewage got me doing a little re-
If Bonaire had a proper sewage treatment
plant then the Freewinds leaving their sew-
age on Bonaire, which "A Disgusted Resi-
dent" so objected to, would be the environ-
mentally friendly thing to do. Otherwise,
guess where it goes? Right in the ocean! All
of the cruise ships that visit Bonaire dump

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Dear Editor,
Until recently Bonaire was blessed with a
particularly distinguished work of Dutch
Caribbean architecture along the waterfront
and front line to the thousands of tourists
that disembark here each year.
The Blue Moon restaurant on C.E.B. Hell-
mund is the topic. This was featured in at
least one architectural review in The Re-
porter that I recall reading in the not too
distant past. Unfortunately for the island,
myself, or anyone else willing and wanting
to restore the building to its original glory, it
was purchased by a greedy developer before
I even knew it was for sale. Having known
sooner, I may have offered more for the
property, just to protect it from the wrecking
ball, and if I couldn't, I know others that
would have given some body parts to
save it as well.
The buyer wasted little time in bulldozing
the property, and there now lies an unsightly
debris field, passed by the throngs of tour-
ists wanting to be impressed with the island,
as well as the rest of us that drive past this
So quick to destroy- too slow to develop,
and now, after a length of time, they have
erected a FOR SALE sign.
I can only hope someone will lose heaps

their sewage into the ocean. Some treat it
beforehand, most don't. How is this possi-
ble? Simple, there are no regulations that
say you can't once you are in international
waters, generally 12 miles from shore.

According to international law once ships
are more than 25 miles from shore it is ille-
gal to dump overboard the following: plas-
tic. That's it, only plastic. Oil discharge is
frowned upon unless you dilute it suffi-
ciently and record it in the "Oil Record
Book." How about garbage? No problem,
over the side but don't forget to log it in the
"Garbage Record Book". The US has a bill
pending entitled the "Clean Cruise Ship Act
of 2008." If this bill passes into law cruise
ships will have to go at least 12 miles off
shore before dumping sewage. If they want
to dump "sewage sludge, incinerator ash,
and hazardous waste" they need to go a little
farther, 200 miles. Imagine what they can
do now.
You would think that with lax regulations
and thousands of people on board watching
cruise ships would have a good record. If
you think that you would be wrong. Royal
Caribbean in 2001 had to ante up $33.5
million to settle several years of dumping
complaints and pleaded guilty to dumping
toxic waste. They got the message and
have spent $100 million on water treatment
systems for their ships. In 2002 Carnival
Lines got caught falsifying records to cover
up pollution. That little error cost them $18
million. Norwegian Cruise Lines made the
same mistake and paid $1.5 million. Let's
hope that out of the 100 plus cruise ships
visiting Bonaire this season someone doesn't
push the wrong button when they are up-
wind. Holy Sh..!
Webster (Web) Burrfish


In a related development the destruction
of Bonaire's historic homes took an
alarming turn for developers when Commis-
sioner Anthony Nicolaas, acting in his posi-
tion as head of DROB (construction per-
mits, etc...), ordered that the "kas di
hala" (pictured above) formerly on the site
of Garden Cafe Restaurant on Kaya Grandi,
that was torn down overnight on September
21, be reconstructed to good condition. The
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of money and a certain body part when it is
Perhaps no one else cares, but the island
has lost a part of history. Who is to blame?
The greedy developer? Yes, but more im-
portantly, buildings such as this should have
been protected as historic, permitting only
original restoration, rather than desecration.
Blame the government for not acting to
prevent this. What a shame.
No doubt there are more wonderful his-
toric landmarks and exceptional works of
art about the island that should be conserved
and preserved, especially along the water-
Does anyone know of any, and how can
we act? Remember, once they are gone, it
is forever.
JP Richau

Editor's Note: To BE RESTORED

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Bubbles from the Biologist

Christina Wickman photo
Did You
that a flamingo
is the only bird
who uses its
beak upside
down? Because
flamingos feed
with their head -
upside down in s -
the water, the
bottom part of
the jaw stays
stationary while
the whole head
moves up and
down. Flamingos spend most of their days in the water. Unlike other birds who fly to
seek out their prey, flamingos merely stand-on one leg! Yup, that's right, the silly
looking stance you always see these great birds in is actually a method for capturing
prey. Flamingos eat the little brine shrimp that live in sunny, shallow, salty waters
like the salinjas of Bonaire. From the brine shrimp's point of view, one flamingo leg
looks much like a stick or plant, providing excellent shelter to settle under-not like a
potential predator that always has at least two legs, right? After a while of waiting, the
bird stretches it long neck and swoops its whole head down into the water, scooping
up all the gathered shrimp. A lovely feast just waiting down there for him.
Flamingos can live to be anywhere from 20 to 40 years old. When a flamingo is
born it is gray and will stay that way for the early years of its life. Only after a while
of eating up all those brine shrimp will he turn pink, and as he gets older he will only
get pinker. So if you ever come across a really pink flamingo you will know that he is
quite old and deserves all the more respect for his brilliant
color. Annemarie Rini
Rini is a Junior Environmental Chemistry Major at Beloit Col-
lege in Wisconsin U.SA. She is currently enrolled in the CIEE
Marine Biology Program Fall semester. Besides science, she
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SBy appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for resi-
dents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
* Rincon Marsh-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3
to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy
and to sell. NAf5 per selling table.
More information and reservations for
a spot call 787-0466
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon.
Call Maria Koeks for more informa-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7 pm
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos
at 565-5225


Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 6:30
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sun-
set Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condo-
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 6:30pm.


Kas Krioyo 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 thm Friday,

9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call
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 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d Ree,
behind the Catholic Church intown Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone: 786
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30
pm) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf&. 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 Bon-
aire 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 Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
For more information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6
to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5
to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk

- Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di
Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church lo-
cated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit #
20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services
are held on Sunday mornings from
10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in
English are on Monday nights from 7
to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH
Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visi-
tors Welcome: 701-9522 for Informa-
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Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
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Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only

Tie up dockside
for $7/day --tax
Water/115/220V & Cable TV
Dinghy tie-up at north-inside dock
US$10 weekly from Saturday to
Saturday. Pay at Kantika di Amor
water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm.
Sundays 10 am only.
Your boat name will be recorded.
At It Rains Fishes Restaurant
Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

De Bonairiaan Restaurant-is a unique restaurant run
by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advi-
sors. Each day a different menu.
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21
(nearly across from Divi Resort)
717-6921, 786-6816
Inexpensive: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch
Lion's Den Beach Bar and Restaurant at Buddy
Dive: Top notch dining and service in a picturesque
setting perched over the water. Special holiday menus.
Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the fmest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out
Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned
and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Reservations 717-7725
Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and
Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all
www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100

Sunset Bar and Grill at the Den Laman Apartments
off the traffic circle offers a delectable varied selection
at lunch and dinner at popular prices. Special holiday

menu too. Reservations788-2698.

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.

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments .

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation above
and below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire's
top videographer

Bon Bida Spa & Gym-Newest on Bonaire, opening
at the beginning of 2009. Antillean owners Tina Wood-
ley and Michiel Verhoef. Across from Sand Dollar.

Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modern workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.
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 chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

RSA, Royal Sun & Alliance is your one-stop shop for
all your insurance needs: auto, home, boat and personal
liability. Top notch service assured.

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.

Sunshine Pool Care is "All About Pools and Spas" -
Building them, caring for them, providing service, sup-
plies and equipment.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your

Bonaire Partners-Rental and Property management

specialists. If you have a place to rent call them

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of choices in real es-
tate-International/US connections. 5% of profits do-
nated to local community. List with them to sell fast.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

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

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

The Salt Shop offers uniquely special Bonaire sea-salt
crystals at its shop in The Rochaline and also at Best
Buddies and the airport shop.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

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. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-noon.

Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are
included in the guides. Free!

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W ith the help of MCB Bank
Bonaire, Margaret &
Frans Booi, Co de Koning and
Russel Insurance Bonaire, Jong
Bonaire this month reached its
goal of placing 500 Papiamentu-
English Dictionaries into schools
on Bonaire, Curagao and Aruba.
By reaching the 500 mark before
the end of the year, Jong Bonaire
will receive a matching grant of
$20,000 from an anonymous donor
in the US.
Making the second MCB dona-
tion of another 40 books at SGB,
Orphaline Saleh spoke to the
HAVO 5 English Class of Dhr. de
Vries, telling the teens that, as a
former student at SGB, she finds
that she must use English every
day in her work since it is the In-
ternational language of business.
She told the teens that she finds the
Papiamentu-English Dictionary
very helpful on the job. Saleh fur-
ther encouraged the students to
plan for their futures and then
work hard to make the plans a
The School Dictionary Donation
program was established to get the
popular Papiamentu-English Dic-
tionary, by Betty Ratzlaff Henri-
quez, into as many schools as pos-
sible. On Bonaire, the program
placed at least one dictionary in
every classroom in the primary
schools and sufficient copies at
SGB that every student in both

Donations Meet Goal Daw of Eh @ hod Pa@iad4

Papiamentu and English classes
will have access to his own dic-
tionary for use in class and at exam
Every time a dictionary is pur-
chased, part of the income goes to
Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bonaire
to help support the after school
program for teens on Bonaire.
The dictionary can be found in
most major bookstores on Bon-
aire, Curagao and Aruba.
Other company donors on Bon-
aire include RBTT Bank, the em-
ployees of Capt. Don's Habitat,
ReMax Paradise Homes, Rocargo,
Rotary, Sunbelt Realty, Digicel,
The Bonaire Reporter and Carib-
bean Homes. On Curagao KPMG
and the American Women's Club
of Curagao made significant dona-
tions and Caribbean Mercantile
Bank also provided dictionaries for
use on Aruba. Individuals also

contributed to the success: Laraine
Katsev, Desiree & Don Seaver,
Thomas & Helen v/d Ven, Otto de
Graaf, Ari & Ann Ilton, Mary
Susan & Chuck Lyon, Mel
McCombie, Ben & Laura
Buchbinder, S. Moore and Bonnie
& David Pascoe.
Any organization or individual
who would like to contribute to
help Jong can contact Jong Bon-
aire via e-mail: or via the website
or by phone +599-717-4303 Ext.
12 during weekday afternoons.
Jong Bonaire is the largest after-
school program
for teenagers in
the Antilles since
Story & photo
by Jane Townsend

A yearly event in Bonaire is the Children's Lantern Parade -
appearing as a giant centipede accompanied by hundreds of
fireflies on the streets of Playa. The event celebrates the Interna-
tional Day of the Child which was on November 20 but due to all
the heavy rain on the island the parade was rescheduled to Novem-
ber. 27.
Many of the children constructed their own lanterns at Jong Bon-
aire with the help of the Jong Bonaire staff and young people from
HAK. Governor Glenn Thod6 was at the Stadium where the parade
began and they were accompanied by DJ Skorpio.
With young children, babies through toddlers to elementary
youngsters from all over the island, the parade wound from the
Stadium to Wilhelmina Park. The excitement of being out at night,
walking together with so many other children and their mothers
and fathers was truly a memorable experience for the youngsters.
In the Park were games, music and entertainment. SEBIKI head
Riet Sealy began the parade in 2002.
The Children's Lantern Parade is sponsored by Sebiki Stichting
Bonairiaanse Jeugdzorg, Jong Bonaire,Voogdijraad,
GVI, SASO, Porta Habri, Fesbo, FAJ/HAK and the Fundashon
Mariadal-Ouder en Kindzorg. U L.D.

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The Christmas

Star's Companion

Christmas season an extremely
bright star-like object appears in early
evening, which prompts many people
to ask, "Is it the Christmas Star?"
And once again it has returned for the
holiday season and is the brightest
object we can see in the nighttime sky,
second only to the Moon. But this
year it has returned with a companion,
which is the third brightest object we
can ever see in the nighttime sky. Let
me explain.
On any night during Christmas week
about 45 minutes after sunset face
southwest where the brightest object you'll see will be the so-called Christmas
Star. And down to its right a not-quite-as-bright star-like object, a companion to
the so-called Christmas Star. But even though both of them look like incredibly
brilliant stars nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact they are much closer
than any star other than our Sun. In fact they are part of our Sun's family, two
planets. The one closest to the horizon is the king of the planets itself, Jupiter.
And if you get a small telescope for Christmas you'll be absolutely fascinated at
the detail you can see. You'll be able to make out horizontal lines, which are
bands of huge gigantic storms which continually encircle this planet. And you'll
also see tiny pinpoints of light lined up on either side of Jupiter, which are its four
largest moons. Plus if you go out hour after hour, night after night, you'll notice
that they constantly change their position in relation to Jupiter and each other.
And that is because they are constantly moving in orbit around it. So that's the
story behind this year's Christmas Star's companion.
The so-called Christmas Star is also a planet, the most reflective planet of them
all because it is constantly enshrouded by a dense cloud cover, which makes this
planet act like a giant mirror. It is our nearest neighbor in space other than the
Moon, Venus. And for centuries whenever Venus has made its appearance during
the Christmas season people have mistaken it for the star mentioned in the Christ-
mas story. And if you look at it through a small telescope you will see that it goes
through phases just like our Moon. In fact during Christmas week this year it will
look like a just-past-first-quarter Moon.
Now Venus, which is almost the same size as our Earth, is much smaller than
Jupiter, only 8,000 miles wide, whereas Jupiter is 88,000 miles wide, which
means we could line up 11 Venuses across its middle. This tells us that it must be
super close to be so much brighter than Jupiter. How close you ask? Well, all
during Christmas week Venus will be only 78 million miles away from Earth, but
Jupiter will be a whopping seven times farther away, 558 million miles beyond.
Which may lead you to ask, "If Jupiter were as close to Earth as Venus, how
bright would it be in our night sky?" Answer: 50 times brighter! So bright we'd
see it every day in the daytime sky. So get out all during Christmas week just
after sunset and enjoy the beauty of the two brightest planets in our solar system.
And see if they don't make your holiday just a little bit brighter. a
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ARIES: March 20th April 20th -Ruler Mars, exalted in your public sector works
wonders for your reputation. Professional contacts and opportunities suddenly manifest
after what has been a long waiting period. While you bask in the recognition you've
been striving for, don't be surprised if a past rival suddenly transforms into a helpful
TAURUS: April 20th -May 21st -This month's new Moonjolts you out of your
comfort zone and suddenly you realize you have a lot to learn! Five planets in your
mind expanding sector inspires you to make a commitment towards future plans. Edu-
cational pursuits or travel, put a gust of wind under your wings and help you grow!
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st -My friend the comic, jokes that every wedding invi-
tation feels like a bill instead of a celebration. You might be feeling the same way this
holiday season. Ruler Mercury and five planets in your house of credit puts you in a
serious mood to consolidate your debt. Thankfully, this months new Moon offers sur-
prising solutions your current dilemma!
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd -Your relationships take a turn for the better thanks
to the new Moon in your house of partners. Others are willing to follow your lead now,
so you're in a good position to demand more. However, in some ways you wish they
would take the lead and whisk you off to an ethereal place. Allow them some time to
grant your wish.
LEO: July 22nd -August 23rd -Powerful planets and in your house of wellness in-
spire you to remember the old adage that health is wealth! It's a good time for check
ups or embarking on a new daily regime. This extra push of energy allows you to
WOW others on the job or look your best this holiday season!
VIRGO:August 23rd September 22nd -A stunning new Moon in your house of
romance and creative pursuits awakens you to new possibilities. With 5 planets in
capable Capricorn, you're most interested in the steady, earthy types now. Others ap-
preciate your serious side and because of their encouragement you begin to feel more
secure and enterprising. You may also delight from cultivating a talent or hobby.
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd -Five planets march into your personal
arena and suddenly you're craving stability and structure. While Mars and Pluto put
you in a whip cracking mood to get things done, you'll find plenty of help along the
way. But this month is not just about getting organized, it also promises fun! Venus
skipping through your house of romance could introduce you to a new love!
SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd -This month's new Moon helps you to
become more focused, especially about practical matters. With 5 planets in Capricorn,
it's an excellent time to get more organized or restructure your daily activities. Study
something that intrigues you may benefit your future/career. Venus puts you in a cozy
mood for the holidays, so plan to party with loved ones!
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd December 21st -Mars and Uranus put you in a risk
taking mood, but Saturn at the top of your chart cautions you to watch your step!
While five planets in serious Capricorn may cramp your generous style, they may also
prevent you from making costly mistakes. Fun loving Venus provides merriment close
to home and with your neighbors!
CAPRICORN: December 21st January 20th -This holiday season may be a little
crazy but promises much delight! With five planets dancing in your sign, you'll be
lucky and appreciated by loved ones. Perhaps best of all, you'll be in the mood to cele-
brate in style! Nearby Venus puts you in touch with bargains, enjoy!
AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th -The new Moon in your house of secrets
alerts you to news of a professional opportunity. This extra edge proves invaluable by
putting you in the right place at the right time. Venus in your sign expands your social
circle. Take advantage of every invitation because the new acquaintances you make
now promise to delight you. If single, you may meet a perfect mate!
PISCES: February 19th March 20th -Five Capricorn planets in your social sector
puts you in the mood to mix business with pleasure. You'll enjoy the company of suc-
cessful types now and one of them might influence your future goals or become a
friend for life. Romantically, you're in the mood for a learning experience; meaning
that you'll enjoy someone has a transformative effect on you! 0

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