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P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Phone 786 6518, 786 6518, 786 6518, 786 6125, 6125, 6125, email: email: email: Since 1994 Since 1994 Since 1994 T he 4th Bonaire DuoXtreme Race took place on Sunday, 27 October in perfect weather. It was very successful with 80 participants represen ting Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Venezuela, St. Maarten, Netherlands, UK and Peru. The main category of Xtre me 83k was won by Arubans V. Vrolijk and J.C. Ras in the menÂ’s division and by C. Verheggen and Z. Everon representing Bonaire and Aruba in the Ladies division. The Mi xed Category was won by Bonaire residents Sarah de Groot and Sam Williams The Senior Category (100+) wa s won by BonaireÂ’s own Frank Bohm and Domingo De Lima. The Organization wants to thank all the sponsors and volunteers (more than 50) who gave their support and contribution to make this event a huge success again. Winners of the Duo Xtreme Senior Class, Domingo De Lima and Fran k Bohm, on the single track Duo Xtreme photo Duo Xteme photo


Page 2 Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; How to contact us Find Bonaire Reporter on Facebook. Press “Like” The Publisher: George DeSalvo Phone 786-6125 The Editor: Laura DeSalvo Phone 786-6125 Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Story tip or idea: 786-6518 Available on-line at: Printed Every Fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on Sunday, November 17 € Transport of Money and Valuables € Private Investigations € Vehicle patrols € Burglar Alarms € Fire Alarm Systems In Business Over 30 Years Kaya Nikiboko Nord 37A, PO Box 225 Tel: (599) 7178125 Fax (599) 7176125 E-mail A s we go to press it appears that all the requirements to reopen the Curoil Terminal in Hato have been met. Last Friday, an Antonov 12 cargo plane (above) from Maastricht unloaded two pumps with a capacity of 10,000 liters / minute, at Flamingo Airport. The fire safety pumps were the last element needed It is expected the terminal, which was ordered closed because of safety concerns, will reopen this week in time for the monthly delivery of gasoline and diesel to Bonaire. The pumps will be installed at WEB. As of next Saturday InselAir will no longer operate the non-stop return flight between Miami and Bonaire Starting November 9th, all flights between Miami and Bonaire will connect to another plane in Curacao. Although Bonaire bound passengers will have to switch aircraft, all luggage will be checked through to final destination so passengers do not have to worry about picking up their luggage while in transfer. Consult website for more information on flight numbers and times between Miami and Bonaire. Last month Customs intercepted 990 grams of cannabis and 2,827 grams of cocaine on Bonaire, with a total street value of $66,435. And 123 kilos of rotten meat was destroyed. On September 10th, 2013 the members of the Physical Supervision Team ( Team Fysiek Toezicht ) found 200 grams of cannabis on a female passenger (23) on a flight from Curaao. It appeared during further investigation that the woman had inserted the cannabis in her private parts. The next day 147.5 grams of cannabis was discovered on a male passenger (33) also on a flight from Curaao. The man had inserted the cannabis in his private parts. On September 17th, 123 kilos of meat was intercepted. The meat, packed in 15 bags, was discovered on a Venezuelan fruit boat. The captain did not declare the meat for customs clearance and lacked the relevant license. The meat did not smell fresh and was thawed. It was handed over to the Veterinary Department for further investigation and destruction. Then on September 18th, 248.5 grams of cocaine was found on a female passenger (44) coming from Curaao. Again the cocaine was found inserted in private parts. (According to our sources the movements of a person concealing contraband within their body can be detected by trained Customs Officers. Ed. ). More cocaine was intercepted on the same day and flight. This time 2,578 grams of cocaine was hidden in a bag that was carried by a male passenger (37). Finally, 643 grams of cannabis was discovered on September 21st in the lining of the luggage carried by a female passenger (24) coming from Curaao. WILLEMSTAD--A crisis meeting was called by Curaao’s Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm after both the Kura Hulanda Hotel in Otrobanda and the casino of the Veneto Casino Holiday Beach Resort closed their doors. The hotel was declared bankrupt last Friday, while management abruptly closed the casino Thursday night and told all the workers and guests to get out. The hotel, founded by Jacob Gelt Dekker, is a favorite of Bonaireans visiting Curacao. The Kura Hulanda Lodge at Westpunt with 63 employees is still open, although it too is facing financial difficulties and has been granted a stay of payment until January 24, 2014. Bonaire has a new harbor boat. The venerable 33-year-old Bubi was retired and replaced by a more modern boat, named Velos (registration B-1250). Harbor boats are used for patrols, line handling, towing, emergencies and the harbor pilot. Velos is powered by twin 810 Hp Cummins diesels, Hamilton water-jets drive and capable of 64 km./hr (35 knots). Rocargo, the islands foremost shipper, reminds us that to ensure delivery for Christmas time, arrangements should be made early. Rocargo makes importing and exporting easy and reliable. They assist with effective and fast Customs clearance and provide a single invoice for the shipments. Their partners, AMCAR Freight in the US and IFC International from Europe, provide weekly guaranteed sailings, CCS, bi-weekly from Curacao. King Ocean Services works with them for container-sized shipment and heavy equipment and of course, Federal Express is used for fast worldwide shipment of documents and more with realtime tracking. Contact Rocargo at 599 717-8922 or email They have been serving the Bonaire community for more than 30 years The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season looks set to go down as a big washout, marking the rst time in 45 years that the strongest storm to form was just a minor Category 1 hurricane. However, The Netherlands WAS hit with hurricane force winds on Monday, October 28. The most severe gales to hit the Netherlands since 1990 killed one woman in Amsterdam on Monday and severely disrupted public transport throughout the country. Live north of Bonaire? Cold winter days are coming, but not here. It is almost Christmas again! Do not wait until the last minute to book your vacation villa or condo. Sunbelt Realty has (Continued on page 18) V isit us at our new and modern salon. Call for an appointment or just walk in. S i n c e 1 9 9 4 Services for men and women Haircuts, Coloring, Make-up, Hair removal, Lash coloring Featuring L’Oreal products Kaya Grandi 67 In the Old Dutch Building, Across from Scooters Open : Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 Lots of Free Parking This Week’s Stories Duo Xtreme –2014 1 Letters to the Editor Nikiboko South Roundabout, Open Question, Recycling Kudos 3 Happy Birthday Ava Rose 3 Brave Girl Returns (Helmets) 3 Dushi Shoes Reopening 3 Useful Gadgets –Master Lock 3 Seven Summits Plus One 6 Word On The Street 7 BES Week Disappoints 7 TCB Ready, Cruise Ships, more 8 Edshel’s Nursery 9 Kaminda di Arte 10 Halloween 10 Duo Xtreme photos 11 Unbelievable Restaurant Sunset 11 Direct US Ties-Xander Bogaerts 12 Price Fighter –Bondigro 12 Bon Doet Is On 12 Winning Photo 15 Culinary Winners Honored 15 Tourism History Epilogue 16 Royal Visit Schedule 16 Gun Amnesty 16 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since (Cheky Zimmerman) 4 Bonaire On Wheels (Lada Samara Cabriolet) 6 Picture Yourself– Mt Rushmore 12 Sudoku, Sudoku Answer 13 Classifieds 13 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 13 Shopping & Dining Guides 14 What’s Happening, Mast head, 17 Pet of the Week (Hanny and Fred) 18 Shelter News (Auction) 18 Bonaire Sky Park (Night Sky Witch)19 The Stars Have It ( Astrology) 19 A new operator will take over postal service for BonaireSt. EustatiusSaba beginning January 1, 2014. The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs gave Flamingo Communications N.V. the concession for 10 years with a possible extension of up to three years. Flamingo Communications NV is a wellknown, respected company on Bonaire under new leadership. It will expand its current activities with mail services. The company is currently attempting to make a seamless transition with the existing concessionaire, NPNA, under a new name: Dutch Caribbean Flamingo Express NV. It was recognized that declining mail volumes threaten the profitability of traditional mail services. Therefore, the new concession is based upon a 3-day delivery. The local mail rate will be increased and will be 88 dollar cents. The people on Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba will soon get details about how the new concessionaire (Dutch Caribbean Flamingo Express NV) will do its jobs. Bonaire Govt. photo Bonaire Govt. photo


Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Page 3 Spectacular setting for lunch and dinner Try torch-lit dining on the beach The Harbour Village seaside La Bala ndra restaurant is open for Lunch & Dinner 7 days a week—Call for a reservation 717-7500 Think of Harbour Village for your sp ecial events, weddings, engagement parties & corporate events. Meeting rooms and catering available. For special arrangements and quotes, please call or email Harbour Village Beach Club Phone # 717-7500 Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 71 Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Bonaire’s most enchanting location ISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUSIC ISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUSIC ISLAND BBQ EVERY SATURDAY EVENING WITH LIVE MUSIC Below is a letter from the businesses and shops along Kaya Nikiboko Zuid that has been sent to the Governor of Bonaire and Bestuurscollege : Bonaire October 28, 2013 Subject : The closure of Kaya Nikiboko South concerning reconditioning and construction of the new roundabout. The undersigned, all owners of retail businesses, located along Kaya South Nikiboko direct your urgent attention to the following. Due to the implementation of the above activities is that part of the Kaya Nikiboko South between Simon Bolivar and Kaya Kaya Industria since beginning of October has been closed to vehicular traffic. This has major disadvantages for shops and businesses located there. Their customer visits and sales have been reduced to almost zero. The fixed costs of these small traders remain, however. In this time when it is already difficult to keep their heads above water, this loss of sales and customers many even lead to closure of their companies. This situation cannot continue. ( The completion of the work has been extended into 2014 because of a faulty design-Ed .) The companies will not survive this period. This is why we turn to you with a request for the government to intervene in this before it's too late for the companies to cover their losses without any financial compensation. We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation in this and see your early reply with interest. Brazilian Wear NV, PEB NV, Lisa Convenience Store, Botica Sabana, Palm & Son Minimarket, E Terras and Hitess ————————————————OPEN QUESTION TO ALL RESIDENTS OF BONAIRE! I have recently been hearing the rumblings of Bonaire for Bonaireans. It is reminiscent of the rants of the past when if an outstanding and a highly qualified person emerged and was tapped for a high profile position and he or she was not born on the island, they were automatically relegated to the bottom of the pile. Sound familiar? How many times in the past have there been cases where a candidate for office or for a high position been reduced in stature because they were born on one of the other Dutch Islands? So the question I would love to have answered is what are the requirements to be a real Bonairean? I know that I am turning 69 in January. I lived here a year and a half shy of half my life. I am not completely fluent in Papiamento but can “help myself” as the saying goes. I do have bit of help with Dutch since I can use Google to translate written documents. Since most of the other people here are blessed with superior language skills, I am not at a loss to be well informed. So even though my parents made the error of conceiving and giving birth to me in the US, I have chosen to be a “son of Bonaire!” So, I repeat...what qualifies one to be a Bonairean? I think it is time that we all take stock of where we are as a “country” and how we as individuals fit into the fabric of the culture and society. The community is as diverse as it is homogenous. Our differences in many way are what draws us closer as a single unit in that with the many immigrants and ethnic origins we are a melting pot just waiting to be stirred! Today I had the chance to meet a man from Portugal and his friend from Syria! Not too bad for a Russian/Egyptian Jew living on a Dutch Island in the Southern Caribbean! For the third time ask you to define and categorize for me what I am supposed to look for to be able to tell a real Bonairean from a fake? What litmus test is there to make the final decision? Definitely not color, not ethnic origin, not language nor any one thing except what is in your heart and how you view yourself as a member of a vibrant island that needs lots of TLC to overcome the past errors and be willing to step up and be counted and raise your voices in one accord. Remember the following two words and listen well! TICK TOCK Michael Gaynor ———————————————— KUDOS FOR RECYCLING Hello Bonaire Reporter : I would like to tell you how impressed and happy we are to see the Recycle Depot up and running on Kaya Industria. We visit Bonaire each year by boat, and spend 2-3 months diving and exploring. We have been asking for two years, for the marina to get a recycle bin, or some system in place to collect the bottles/cans etc, but they refuse. Perhaps an article in the paper would nudge them in the right direction. There are usually between 20-30 boats, at any time, on the moorings, and more in the marina. It seems ridiculous, not to have a system in place. Anyway, just a thought! Russell. Bertrand On Sunday, November 3, Ava Rose Wuyts celebrated her 4th birthday at her home with her family and friends. She mentioned she was very excited about starting school on the very next day after her birthday We all love you, Ava Rose! Photo by Oma


Page 4 Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; “I was born on Curacao, January 25th, 1951. My mother is Maria Martha Zimmerman and my father Jos Antero Zimmerman. I grew up in a famous fishermen’s town on Curacao, called St. Michael’s Bay, one of the island’s six natural harbors. My father was a professional fisherman and when there wasn’t any fish to catch he would load and unload ships. We were four children: two girls and two boys. My father passed away after his third heart attack in 1956. We were seven, five, three and two years old. At the time there was no pension for widows and/or orphans and so we lived in simple but respected poverty. My mother worked as a maid servant for a family in Otrabanda where she earned 150 guilders per month.. However, we were never hungry because my dad had left us a house and a little boat and we got an excellent upbringing. My mother was everything to us. When I was 17 I installed running water and electricity in her little house all by myself. My mother never had another husband because she thought my father was the best and I am proud of that! After Lower Technical School I went in the evenings to Middle Technical School and I graduated when I was 20. Then I worked for 35 years for the government on Curacao, at KAE, later called Aquaelectra, the water desalination and electricity production company on Curacao. I started out in the electricity department, then for four years at the drawing office and the last 20 years as a deputy supervisor/official. I retired when I was 55. By that time I had 35 years of service. I was never involved in politics – it’s too messy and the equivalent to corruption. The last 15 years I’ve been a legal social advisor and I’ve won a number of cases on Bonaire. I guess my interest in social legislation started when I was a child and saw what my mom went through. After I was retired I took several courses and I attended many lectures on the subject. I still want to go to Venezuela to obtain my license. I have four childrentwo boys and a girl from my first marriageand with Sulin I have another daughter, Suwela, who has two little sons herself. They’re clever little boys, one of five and one of three. They live on Curacao. From my first marriage I also have one grandchild who’s almost six and lives on Curacao as well. My eldest son died, so now I have two daughters and one son. All my life I felt I was born to paint. Already at elementary school I was chosen to make a drawing on the blackboard of each classroom for the holidays. By the time I was 14 I was selling my work and I had exhibitions. I’ve had expositions in Venezuela, Cuba, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, the ABC islands, Anguilla and Santo Domingo. In 1993 during the International Year of the Reef Dive Festival I won first prize with my painting at the Caribbean Gallery here on Bonaire. A lot of my work I sold to Americans, Venezuelans, Antilleans and Dutch people. Many Dutch have told me, ‘Not only are you a good painter, but you’re also a good salesman!’ Ha! But Seriously, when I paint I can express my feelings, my character – it’s another world. When I’m painting I’m in a different place. I’ve become world famous by painting Dutch Antillean plantation houses. To me it’s like the buildings are telling me their own personal story – why they were built, who owned them, what it was they were planting on the premises, what kind of people lived there, who were the slaves. The whole history of the building comes to my mind; while I’m painting I’m in love with these buildings. Many people believe the plantation houses were owned by the Dutch. They’re wrong, because the owners were the Spaniards. Eight out of 10 owners were Spaniards, maybe two were Dutch. They came much later. An example is Pachi de Sola, a plantation house build by a Spanish family at Waaigat on Curacao. Eventually they sold it to the government and for a long time this historic house served as a register building. I also like to paint nature around my buildings but I cannot paint people or animals. Let me tell you this story. Once there was a Dutchman who wanted me to paint Westpunt (a beach on Curacao) with people who were swimming there. Before I started I told the man that I couldn’t paint people but still he wanted me to paint ‘people swimming at Westpunt’. Well,” he laughs, “I painted more than 70 black heads – just round balls all black in the sea and you know what? The guy liked it! And he paid me! I also paint in black, white and grey. There are people who love colors so much that they don’t have a favorite color, but if you would ask me I would answer ‘black.’ Black is my favorite color because you can combine it with everything. It might seem strange but I think eight out of 10 painters will tell you the same thing. But I also love green very much. Maybe as an artist you need to be colorblind. Well, for more than 30 years I kept coming to Bonaire frequently. I had and still have very good relationships here at all kinds of levels – also work wise. Twenty years ago I built this house in Mexico (a neighborhood on Bonaire), because it was decided by the family that we should come and live here after I retire. I like the quietness. During my lifetime I visited 18 countries in South America and Europe, but South Africa and Mexico are still on my bucket list. I’ve got paintings hanging there you know! This last year I haven’t been painting much. I still have quite a few paintings in stock and it is quiet… and… although my prices are very reasonable, there is also a lot of competition on Bonaire, like Manuela Winklaar who is a very good painter! I’ve learned a lot from her and I even dared to imitate her! Besides painting and selling my paintings and besides Bonaire’s lovely tranquility and nature I also came here as a missionary to help people to get a better insight into themselves and in their relationship with others and with God. In this social and political system many people are getting lost, and when I compare it to other countries I see there is a large backlog here. I didn’t want to say that because it isn’t positive, but it’s true. Everybody makes mistakes, but to blame someone else for it – that’s the biggest mistake. People should read more – the more you read, the more you know. You can’t blame Holland because we all went to school. I find that Dutch should be our language and Dutch should also be the instruction language at school. Let’s be reasonable: you don’t get anywhere with Papiamentu. I don’t love the Netherlands, but I had to learn the language and I finished school and all my children learned it well – they had the chance. Nowadays the political system is destroying its own people. You see the direction most children are going. They become criminals… and that is very serious! I’ve been a Jehovah’s Witness for 42 years and I believe in truth and in logical reasoning. When you talk about a theme you have to be informed about it. I read every day and if all people would read more – every kind of literature, not only spiritual the world would look different today. Now I’m helping people voluntarily to interact with their family and others in a constructive way and I suggest that they should read God’s word. Sometimes it helps and people find a way to change their life in a positive direction. It’s for a reason that we call our services ‘meetings’ because you’re free to ask questions and to analyze the answers. Well, there are a few things I still would like to do, besides going to South Africa and Mexico. I am going to say goodbye to the world of painting with the biggest exhibition that ever took place on the Antilles: 154 plantation houses. I want to paint all my paintings one more time and then I will sell them at an open expo to the highest bidder! In life one should make their own party and invite people to it! Do things that make you feel good. That’s what life is all about. Sulin and I have been married for 20 years and we’ve never hit each other, we’ve never bitten each other and many people love us and we love people back. It’s fun!” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra “I don’t love the Netherlands, but I had to learn the language and I finished school and all my children learned it well – they had the chance.” Cheky and his lovely wife, Sulin, with one of his paintings Cheky Cheky Zimmerman at his art


Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Page 5 THE SIMCA ARONDE-A LE MANS CAB ON BONAIRE This is the 131st of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n –wear a he lmetBrouwer, featuring some of Bonaire’s interesting vehicles and persons that are “on wheels.” Up to at least 200 articles! Bonaire/Antriol Pabou – A couple of years ago I saw a weird red Lada Samara parked in one of the streets of Playa. A lady approached the vehicle and I had a little talk with her. That time there was no time for an article. On Saturday October 26th the now flat red Lada Samara Cabriolet popped up again, parked on the opposite site of the road along which the Pakus di Pruga is situated. I asked the owner of the local Chinese Bar next to Jong Bonaire and he pointed in the direction of the Pakus di Pruga. Then two persons approached the vehicle. I introduced myself. And yes, they knew about The Bonaire Reporter, and yes, they had read the last article about the London cab, and no, an article about this vehicle was not a single problem! Els and Piet Koene are the third owners of this quite unique original Lada Samara Cabriolet. Els’ father was a Lada dealer in the Netherlands. He imported the vehicle from Russia. Then Els’ brother bought the vehicle and finally, some 12 years ago, Piet and Els bought the sturdy and solid cabrio. Piet: “This Samara as made in 1992. I brought it to Bonaire. I also imported a Samara sedan ain parts. So far I haven’t needed many spares as this cabrio is a good and reliable runner. Those days the Samara was for sale for 9,999 Dutch guilders, let’s say some $5,500. It was one of the cheapest cars you could buy for the money. The Samara sedans were chopped and converted into cabriolets by a factory in Germany. The conversions were for sale for 30,000 Dutch guilders, so they were not that successful!” This Samara cabriolet, licensed: B – 3177, is equipped with four eight-spoke light alloy GTI rims and 185/60R13 mud and snow tubeless steel belted radial shoes. The front has four round headlamps and in the front and the rear the vehicle has spoilers. Side skirts are fitted and the hybrid cabrio has a moon roof. The Lada factories are located in the Russian county of Samara. They are said to be the largest car producers in the world with a production line of no less than 145 kilometers and 180,000 employees. The first Lada was the 2101 model, a rugged and reinforced copy of the Italian car of the year 1967: the FIAT 124. Lada bought the production rights and mounted a home designed engine, light alloy drum brakes and higher springs. The first Ladas had a crank to start the engine by hand. (Gloves, jaws together, legs spread wide/jb) Very low Siberian temperatures sometimes made the car battery have a hard time. In 1977 Lada introduced the permanent four-wheel drive Niva. The Niva was made after an original Russian design and fitted with the normal Lada engine. Because of all the reinforcements and the use of a lot of thick metal the Ladas were known as “tanks.” The Samaras were the first more or less modern Russian cars, equipped with three or five doors and front wheel drive. The last Samara was produced in 2013. In this region Ladas were for sale in Cuba, Saint-Martin and Curacao. Story & photo by Jan Brouwer This is the 24rthof a series of Bonaire Reporter short articles by J@n Brouwer, about helmets and helmet awareness. Bonaire/Playa – M onday October 28th was the first day of work for Monique van Hooidonk at Mona Lisa’s bar and restaurant in Kralendijk after an absence of eight months. The Friday before an unofficial party was organized by the crew of the restaurant. The event was heartwarming. Monique met a lot of old friends and clients. She received flowers and little presents. Monique has been on the island of Bonaire for more than 10 years. She’s worked as a waitress at Mona Lisa for some eight years—a fulltime job. As well as that she works part time at the Outlet Mol across the street in the new shopping center. Then, one night, some eight months ago she fell with her little red scooter and got seriously injured. The trauma plane flew her immediately to Aruba where she had to stay for a month because of serious brain damage and paralysis of the left side of her face. After waking up from a severe coma and recovering a little bit from the very serious physical injuries she came back to her island to wait for two months and a half for further medical treatment. It took that much time and a lot of communication and paperwork to be allowed to go the Netherlands for treatment and reevaluation. Now the tough girl is back on the island. She smiles and says: “I’m glad I’m back! It was heartwarming to see that many friends and clients last Friday. Bit by bit my short term memory comes back. I am a little bit tired and sometimes it is a bit difficult to concentrate, but I am still recovering every day! By Skype I have contact with a mime therapist in the Netherlands who helps me to train the nerves and the muscles of the left side of my face.” She smiles once more when I ask her about riding her red scooter again. She replies: “During my crash apparently I protected my little scooter. It has just a few minor scratches. And yes, I will ride my scooter again. I do not really need a car and if I need one I can always use my father’s car. The only restriction for riding my scooter is that my father insists I wear a helmet. So yes, I am convinced and I am going to buy one!” Welcome back, Monique. Have a safe journey along the paths of life. Monique is still recovering. She is vivid, alive and kicking, though. She really enjoyed her first day of work at Mona Lisa’s as the well -known and admirable waitress. Story & photo by Jan Brouwer This is the seventh article in a row of a 100 about useful gadgets for sale on Bonaire. Bonaire/Kralendijk – A t Boomerang Hardware store I found the new hardened Master Lock padlock without keys and without numbers. I got intrigued by the sleek design and the mystery behind the lock. For $15 I became the new owner of the black magic lock. At home I took a position behind my solid mahogany desk in the office, opened the plastic blister and started reading the instruction manual. All in all it took me one day and a half to open the lock for the first time. After reading the manual at least 15 times I still was not able to open the closedpad lock for the first time. Finally an instruction video on YouTube helped me out. I have to admit I am not that smart. On the other hand a thief has to be at least a little bit smarter than me otherwise he is also busy for some one day and a half to replace for instance my motorcycle or my boat trailer. So here is how it works. First you have to press in the hardened handle or grip. Then you have to move the central button of the padlock a certain number of times up, down, to the left and to the right. Finally you are able to unlock the device. No keys or numbers needed. On the back of the lock there is a little switch which enables you to change the code. Interesting and mysterious. It took me a day and a half. This really is a useful gadget. The only problem is you have to be smarter than a thief! Story & photo by Jan Brouwer PIET AND ELS KOENE AND THEIR VERY RARE LADA SAMARA CABRIOLET The photograph is taken in front of Mona Lisa on the Kaya Grandi in Kralendijk. On the left: Douwe Dooper, cook and owner, In the center: Monique, happy, alive and kicking. On the right: Hans Holkenberg bartender and owner. L ast Friday, November 1st, Dushi Shoes had a grand re-opening at new shop at Kaya Grandi # 18. Some 100 islanders visite d the event held in and in front of the shop. And although most dive friends like to be wet, this time they enjoyed the dry evening after a very rainy day. Manager Claire Crowe, Mary Hart, Marlene Thod, Helen Abdul and Inge Engelhart are very proud of their new shop. Mary, working for the company for some 25 years, gave me a tour through the shop, while other visitors enjoyed their drinks and snacks. A variety of shoes and sandals is in stock. Well-known brands like DC Shoes, Birkenstock, Guess, Crocs, Clarks, Ipanema, Havainias a nd Cobian are available. And there are sunglasses from Sunrayz Eyewear. The original Dushi Shoes shop, around the corner, behind Banco di Caribe, now features only Reef brand shoes and clothing. Jan Brouwer The staff and an admirer: Claire, Marlene, Mary, Liliane, Inge (not pictured: Antonia and Helen)


Page 6 Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity AUTOCITY B.V. Kaya Finlandi a 9 Email: bonaire@autocity Tel 717 Tel 717 Tel 717 7800 Fax 717 7800 Fax 717 7800 Fax 717 5254 5254 5254 To Do List: Water the plants Climb the Seven Summits Take out the Kliko T here are only approximately 350 people in the world who could have this completed this “To Do List” posted on their refrigerators….and Bonaire resident Dennis Kellner recently became one of them. On October 11 of this year, Dennis climbed his Seventh Summit, Mt. Kosciusko in Australia, after having finished his Sixth Summit, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, only 13 days earlier. Over a 13-year period, he has safely and successfully climbed the Seven Summits. The Seven Summits consist of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents: Denali/Mt. McKinley (North America), Aconcagua (South America), Mt. Vinson (Antarctica), Mt. Everest (Asia), Mt. Elbrus (Europe), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) and Mt. Kosciuszko (Australia). In 1963, the first Americans reached the summit of Mt. Everest. A story in National Geographic about that climb got Dennis interested in mountaineering. In 1999, a sixday mountaineering course on Mt. Ranier in the US proved to Dennis that it was something he enjoyed and was able to pursue. He didn’t begin climbing with the intent of doing the Seven Summits, but when he was successful at climbing Mt. Everest, he knew that goal was attainable. ( Reporter readers may remember the photo of Dennis at the top of Mt. Everest with a Bonaire Reporter in his -August 2006). Prior to the Everest summit in 2006, Dennis had already climbed Denali, Aconcagua and Mt. Vinson during the years 2000 through 2004. After a six-year break (during which he and his wife, Tamara Brown, took on the “mountainous” task of building their home on Bonaire), Dennis returned to the quest and completed the last three summits in 2012 and 2013. (Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kosciuszko). Tamara had been an active backpacker but had not done any climbing internationally until after she and Dennis met. She traveled to South America to meet Dennis after his summit of Mt. Vinson and they trekked and climbed through Patagonia. She also accompanied him to Mt. Elbrus in Russia and climbed to base camp from where Dennis continued on to the summit push. This year, however, Tamara did the full summits of both Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kosciusko with her husband. Did he enjoy having his best friend along on these recent climbs? “I enjoyed it, although there were times that I was naturally concerned. I was really impressed with Tam’s climbing strength and thoroughly enjoyed having her as a tent mate and climbing buddy!” In response to questions as to the most difficult, the easiest, most enjoyable and most scenic of his summits, Dennis’s answers were quickly given. “The most difficult was Aconcagua. It’s the highest mountain outside the Himalayas. The final push on this mountain is called the Canaleta and it is loose rock and boulder which requires difficult scrambling to get to the actual peak.” The easiest: “Mt. Kosciuszko. It was just a pleasant six-hour day hike, although it’s cold and snowy in early spring.” For Dennis, Denali/Mt. McKinley was both the most enjoyable and the most scenic. “The climbing conditions are great and the scenery is incredible. It also might be because it was my first mountain! This is the one mountain I would enjoy doing again.” Tamara was quick to point out that Dennis has actually done Eight Summits. “The Eighth Summit was wonderful! We climbed Mt. Brandaris (Bonaire) on the one-year anniversary of Den’s summit of Mt. Everest. It was a beautiful day with a great view from the top and we had the mountain to ourselves. The best part……there was no snow!” With the Seven Summits behind him, what’s the next quest? “We’ve been discussing the next quest or adventure….time will tell! For now, we are looking forward to R&R and recovery.” Jane Madden Disko The Bonaire flags on Mt. Kilimanjaro Atop Mt. Kosciuszko with The Reporter New Location! Kaya Grandi 38B (Next to Addo’s Books) Kellner photos Kellner photos


Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Page 7 T he character of downtown Kralendijk, better known as Playa to locals, is changing. The opening of Gio’s ice cream shop a few years ago continued a revitalization of the walking street concept. Mona Lisa's sidewalk tables were soon joined by El Mundo’s patio. More recently the Retro Pizza place and the trendy Cuba Compagnie on Wilhelmina Plaza are the latest editions. • Get your stuff off the street! Beginning October 28, the government launched a so-called "zero toleran ce" investigation of anything and everythi ng that is "placed, tied, fastened, etc." on public property. All owners of businesses that have one or more objects on public property will be visited to determine if they have the necessary permit or other right for the object to be there. Objects include those concrete parking barriers that many business owners have put in to protect their own space or prevent parking in front of their doors.... What about tables and chairs in front of eateries that obstruct the sidewalks? €In a radio news program Island Council Member Rafael Santana that he hasn’t decided under which party’s banner he will run for re-election He declined to comment on rumors that he would become affiliated with UPB. Santana did say that there was little chance that it would be the PHU, the party he represented in the last election. "There are people that perhaps don't know, but I came up with the idea to start PHU.” Huh? •Speaking of Attorney Bijkerk...on December 17 a judge will give his verdict in the case concerning the inequality of pension amounts between the BES islands and the Netherlands This is just one of a series of cases that Bijkerk has filed with the goal of establishing social and economic equality between Holland and the BES now that the islands are supposedly "part of the Netherlands." If the verdict is not in his favor, Bijkerk plans to appeal. The Island council unanimously supported pension equality in a recent resolution. • Whisperings that Den Laman Condominiums have a member of the van der Valk family as new management are not true. The Den Laman Condominiums Homeowners Association recently announced it has awarded the hotel management contract to Debby Rauwers and Marco Vermeulen. Debby and Marco have also jointly owned and operated La Pura Vista, a small, elegant boutique hotel on Bonaire. Debby Rauwers grew up on Bonaire, where in 1980 her family built and operated Buddy Dive Resort. Debby was involved in the operation of the resort before and after her studies at the Higher Hotel Management School in Maastricht, Netherlands. Marco Vermeulen has had broad experience in the travel industry. •Earlier this year, word on the street was that a dive site would be named after the new King Willem Alexander Where is it? Will it be unveiled during his visit here this month? Inquiring minds want to know. • With the takeover of Nieuwe Post by Flamingo Express Dutch Caribbean, what will happen with Punto Mio? Punto Mio, the service that makes internet shopping easy for islanders by offering a Miami address with quick delivery to Bonaire, has been a godsend for shopaholics. Customers report that it offers much better reliability and speed than the E-zone service did. Hey, Flamingo Express...If it works, don't fix it! Please!.....but that seems to be a saying that usually doesn't apply here. €Speaking of “if it works don't fix it.”....or "putting the cart before the horse".... why tear up the ENTIRE length of Nikiboko South from Kaya Simon Bolivar to the traffic circle at van den Tweel and then only work on the traffic circle at the beginning of the closure? Couldn't they have left the street intact until close to the time when the actual resurfacing would be done? Businesses and residents on Nikiboko South are really suffering and all the rain makes it even worse. To add insult to injury....rumor has it Nikiboko South will not be reopened until the middle of 2014! €Check your labels! ...A friend of Bula Bonchi bought a nice apple Danish pastry at a major supermarket this week. Upon arrival home, she noticed that there were two labels on the pastry box, one on top of the other. Curious, she carefully lifted the one on top. Lo and behold the lower label had the packaging date as 28-10-2013 and the label on top said packaging date was 1-11-2013. €Bonaire’s bicycle mounted police are getting serious. In Holland bike mounted officers have proven effective in fighting street crime, They will train with members of the Royal Marechaussee to develop their riding skills. Any officer who cannot meet the high standards will get dropped from the team. • Numerous NGOs and foundations have been invited to set up booths at Wilhelmina Plaza for the King and Queen's arrival this month. The royal pair will pass by the various stands to acquaint themselves with what Bonaire's nongovernmental agencies are doing to promote social, environmental and educational goals. Rumor has it one of the animal protection foundations was not on the invite list. Sra. Bula Bonchi Open Nonstop Monday– Saturday8:00-19:00 Voordeelmarkt Bonaire Bargain Mart Bonaire Bonaire’s Low Cost, High Quality Supermarket T he much anticipated Caribbean Netherlands Week in The Hague ended last Thursday with only small improvements for the BES Islands, mainly due to tight Dutch Government finances. During a press conference Statia Commissioner Reginald Zaandam and his colleagues, Chris Johnson of Saba and Burney el Hage of Bonaire, spoke of a “hectic week” where “small steps” were made. This contrasts with statements of Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk who said the extensive meetings with the various Dutch Ministries had been “fruitful and demanding.” The development plans for the islands and the associated funds as well as the general reevaluation in 2015 were major topics during the week, but the delegations were also able to come agreement to set aside €600,0000 for poverty projects. The property tax was been slightly lowered from 0.8% to 0.7% for second homes. Also the tax free threshold of the property tax for second homes has been increased from $50,000 to $70,000. For Bonaire Commissioner Burney El Hage this was the last Caribbean Netherlands Week as he will be stepping down soon. He said it was becoming more clear that after three years the Dutch Ministries were increasingly seeing the islands as part of the Netherlands. El Hage said he hoped that the money destined for the islands would be spent wisely so the people can optimally profit from it. He pointed out that the people had voted for direct ties and not the expensive consultants hired by the Netherlands. “The Hague has to show an open attitude towards the islands whereby one day agreements with financial consequences will be signed automatically with the assurance that the monies will go to the people.” Press release BES Island and Dutch officials in The Hague Photo: Nico van de Ven


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Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Page 9 From Bonaire Nautico Marina in front of It Rains Fishes Restaurant BONAIRE NAUTICO MARINA At It Rains Fishes Restaurant Call Henk at 560-7254 / Bob 786-5399 /VHF 68 THE ONLY WALKON / WALKOFF Catamaran KANTIKA DI AMOR up to 27 adults or larger catamaran KANTIKA TOO up to 50 adults Also available for group trips Daily trips via resorts 10 am, 12, 2 pm YACHTSMEN! Tie up dockside for min. $10/day+ tax (max 1.90 meter draft), Web: Email: Parts and accessories for all brands of bikes and scooters Beautiful Bike Clothes All type of house and car keys duplicated Kaya Grandi #61 “The blue building” Call 717-8545 Open: 8:30-12:30, 2:00-5:30 Owner Operated Featuring Giant, Bikkel and Golden Lion bikes T here is a little treasure hidden off Kaminda Lagun. Take a left when you hit the Balentina Blokkenfabriek sign, follow some bumpy dirt roads and you’ll find Edshel’s place marked by a sign decorated with a sun and moon and the text “ Mantene Nos Cultura Na Bida.” Here is a typical kunuku from the outside, but upon entering you see the workings of an avid gardener. Edshel, a kind and humble green thumb, used to make a living from his plants, but now it’s become a hobby which he continues despite the rising cost. “If you have lots of plants and they cost a lot of water, no money comes in.” He’s also battling the extremely dry year which he says has been one of the worst and is being besieged by those pesky iguanas. “When I’m out, they come and visit me!” In the past, school children would visit Edshel’s garden and he would talk about traditional food cultivation. He was born in Curacao near the famous gardener and herbalist, Deenah Veeris. In his childhood he was raised to honor the garden and described what he learnt as a necessity because in his time there were no doctors in the area. “When you got a cold you had to go to the garden.” Every year as he grew up they had to plant the kunuku. Inside the first open shade houses the majority of plants are still looking vibrant. You can tell he’s out and about often by the quality of the plants. He shares, “Every morning I HAVE to be out with the plants. I don’t miss a single day.” There is quite a variety here and many native plants. Everything from Palu di Sia, Taki (you can boil and eat the insides including the seed), Beshi, Kibrahacha (you have to harvest seeds after flowering as they don’t grow seedlings beneath the mother tree), Kalabas, Oliba, Wayaka, Tamarind, Mahogany and Shimaruku. We get lost in the finer points discussing the difference between the three types of Palu di Sia, the most well known of which has that trademark orange/brown peeling bark. He patiently explains that there is Bursera simaruba (orange/brown bark), Bursera bonariensis (similar glossy leaves to B.simaruba but silver/white bark) and Bursera tomentosa (similar silver/white bark to B. bonariensis but unusually shaped hairy leaves). The next time you look at a species of Palu di Sia you’ll be able to impress your friends a little more than, “Well, it’s a tree with really nice bark”! Amongst the trees were also the native Sabal Palm which I have mentioned before as the only native palm on Bonaire. Edshel went on to remind me that it is also a PROTECTED palm and that if you “bulldoze one you should go to jail!” Also in the nursery there are fruit trees for anybody’s fancy from Soursop, Pomegranit, Mispel, Kenepa, Mandarin and Suriname Cherry. When I asked how Edshel keeps the leaves of plants looking so vibrant he replied that he mashes the green insides of a Kalabas with water and pours that over the plants. As for nutrients he adds one quarter goat manure to three quarters local soil when potting. For fertilizer, later on he will buy organic liquid fertilizer from Manuel who is sometimes at the Kriabon Farmers Market. When he plants seeds he buys potground from Kooiman as the local soil often contains grass seeds. Another trick he uses is a bucket filled with holes that he fills with water. This acts as a slow release system. There are also some cases of recycling such as his innovative use of bathtubs as planters! Further into his kunuku Edshel has full shade houses. Here, safe from the meddling iguanas, he keeps his tender sprouts and his seedling station. In this area he is sprouting Mint, Starfruit, Potato, Parsley, Celery, Garlic, Italian Basil, Kouseband and “Popeye” Spinach as he calls it! “This is the time to plant seeds, right before the rain.” In the other rooms he has Banana, Moringa, Rosemary (g rown from seed which I had previously heard was impossible), Yucca (the sweeter variety the locals call “yellow”), Custard Apple, Pineapple, Papaya, Cucumber and Oxalis. The last apparently can be used against spots and you can eat the leaves, flowers and carrotlike roots. On the way out I notice a large tree I had never seen before. When I ask what it is he smiles mischievously and asks how I think he got it. I don’t figure it out and he laughs because he found the seed deposited by the sea! He says people tell him stories like, “Ooooh I saw that tree at Noord Salina or ooooh I saw that tree at Hotel Bonaire” and he knows it is not true. It turns out to be a Ficus with rubbery leaves a little smaller then F. elastica. He has only seen it on a visit to Jamaica where he saw a huge specimen. As a final parting nugget of information he lets me know that when he plants a coconut he will add sand and seaweed from Lagun. And judging by his massive coconuts that he’s clearing out for a bargain $150 a piece it’s working a treat. Call Edshel on 796-2534 for directions, to pay a visit or buy plants. Clark Heijbroek – Freelance web designer and landscape architect. Photo credits – Stephanie Rendall If you are interested in sharing your gardening passion please E-mail Bargain oversized coconut trees for only $150 Edshel in his nursery Seedlings in pots


Page 10 Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; O p e n N o n S t o p M o n S a t 7 3 0 a m 8 p m S u n 8 a m Downtown Kralendijk at the old Cultimara Topsupermarket Y o u r F r i e n d l y L o c a l S u p e r m a r k e t L o ts o f Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Be e r Al c o h o l i c Dr i n k s S o d a s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r ea l s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r e a l s Ch i p s Co o k i e s Ce r e a l s a n d a n d a n d F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a b l e s F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a bl e s F r u i t s a n d V e g e t a b l e s F r e s h B r e a d s F r e s h B r e a d s F r e s h B r e a d s a n d M e a t e v er y d a y a n d M e a t e v er y d a y. a n d M e a t e v er y d a y T he American tradition of celebrating Halloween by dressing in costume continues. About 50 children of all ages invaded downtown Kralendijk last Thursday stopping in most shops to beg for candy. Thanks to head witch Corine Gerharts Tapiero they were successful. G.D. T he 20132014 “Kaminda di Arte” (Art Tour) will start on Sunday, November 17th It’s the fourth consecutive year for the event. It will be held every 3rd Sunday, that is on November 17th, December 15th, January 19th, February 16th and on March 16th Several artists will show their work at various locations. Formerly each artist exhibited at home, in his or her own studio, and the Tour spread out all over the island. This year they opted for a slightly changed setting with fewer participants. Additionally, a number of artists will exhibit together at one location. They also offer the possibility to invite guest exhibitors to a location. This should make the “Kaminda di Arte” even more interesting. The locations (see map) can be visited from 11 am tsos 4 pm. Look for signs pointing to the participants’ locations. Descriptions of the route will be available at T.C.B., several hotels, stores and restaurants/bars. Participants and locations: 1. Magreet Faassen-Pijpers Sabal Palm 10 2. Alejandra Riquelme Lagoen Hill 36 3. Wolmoet Jansen Kaya Nikiboko Zuid 124 4. Janice Huckaby Kaya Grandi 14 Kralendijk 5. Luz Aida Franco-Wesselius Kaya Grandi 26-D Kralendijk (Royal Palm Gallery) 6. Josephine Ebing Kaya Grandi 85 Invited artists will include Jose Smit, Tom Bergh, Fred van den Broek and hopefully other local artists like Elena. There will be a total of six locations which can all be visited in a single Sunday outing. Each location will possibly offer a few more creative activities, or occasionally offer to another artist the space to exhibit and thus also have a platform to show his or her work. Press release Angel twins Best face paint Candy pail ready Corine leads the kids


Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Page 11 The Police Bicycle team led the riders north through town. An easy stretch Duo Xtreme photo Rianna and Styn –above Patrick and Annelies left The Start! Mix Class Winners Sam and Sarah Duo Xtreme photo Seafood and Prime Steak Restaurant All photos by Reporter unless otherwise identified


Page 12 Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; We Would Love to Print Your PHOTO! For Picture Yourself With The Bonaire Reporter WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN A PRIZE. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. E-mail to: J oan and Alan Zale are frequent visitors to Bonaire who just completed their 35th trip to the island. Earlier this year on April 25, 2013, Alan fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Mt. Rushmore in Keystone, SD. Mt. Rushmore, often referred to as the President’s Mountain an d America’s Shrine of Democracy is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It features the image carvings of four American presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Gutzon Borglum was the sculptor for the project, which was dedicated in 1941 taking 14 years to complete. The project cost $989,992. Another interesting fact is that no one died competing Mt. Rushmore. Joan and Alan never travel anywhere without taking a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with them and could not pass up this historic photo opportunity. They own a condo at Sand Dollar. I n the first week of December Bondigro b.v. will open a new low budget supermarket in the blue building along the Kaya Industria Pariba, more or less opposite the building of the Van den Tweel Food Group. So in the near future in and around the Kaya Industria area there will be four supermarkets and Bondigro will be by far the cheapest of all. The initiator is Roland Schalker, well known from the Dive Hut and his many years on the island of Bonaire. Schalker is s hhown in front of the new building. Water is connected, soon there will be electricity for the freezers and the coolers. Schalker: “I just wanted to create an alternative to the luxurious and expensive supermarkets we already have. I did a lot of research and made a lot of calculations and I went to the notary for advice. We decided to create a kind of a holding based on co-operation and sharehol ders—shareholders with participation and equal say. The enterprise is a kind of founda tion. The main goal is to present some 350 different products of good quality for a very low price. Most articles will be nonperishables or deep frozen. Of course we will try to make money, but that is not the first goal. The possible benefits out of the enterprise will eventually flow to the shareholders. At this moment we have some 150 shareholders. Some people just bought one share of $150 but there are also persons who bought shares for $10,000! For years I lived in Switzerland where supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl work with the same construction: good products, a small variety, low overhead costs. Germany and the Netherlands are also familiar with these popular and basic supermarkets. In the US Aldi also has supermarkets. We will be like a small and cheap kind of Walmart, the low budget supermarket Sam Walton started way back in 1962. It takes a lot of money to start an enterprise like this. At this moment two 40-f oot containers with products are on their way to our island. It takes some $60,000 to fill and ship one container. I put my own money in the co-operation and together with the shareholders we can do it. So far the newspapers paid attention to th is no nonsense supermarket in Papiamentu and in Dutch. I realized I did not reach the English speaking and reading people on the island so I am glad I am allowed to vent my ideas and plans in The Reporter Facebook also gives information. Just type: Bondigro. Unfortunately most of the Bondigro/Facebook site is still in Dutch. I am going to work on it. For more information people can mail me or phone me: +599 780 2121. Story & photo by Jan Brouwer D id you know that Bonaire has "direct ties"....with the 2014 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox? Xander Bogaerts, 21-year-old infielder for the Red Sox, spent a good part of his youth on Bonaire playing for the Little League Select team here, helping them reach the Caribbean Champion finals in 2005. Born on Aruba, Xander and his twin brother, Jair, were 11 when the Bogaerts family moved to Bonaire. But they eventually moved back to Aruba, first Jair and then Xander, largely because the quality of baseball was higher there. When remembering his time on Bonaire playing under the guidance of Francis Wanga and others, Xander said, "I am happy that I could play on Bonaire as a child when my parents moved to the island of flamingos." He went on to say that he knows Bonaire is grateful that he helped Bonaire reach the final of the Caribbean championship and that Bonaire is waiting for him to do great things "I will never forget Bonaire. I will do my best to see if I can go there th is year when I am back on Aruba." The government of Bonaire presented a special program about Xander on NOSTV and Energia Vision last Wednesday. Although five Arubans have played in the major leagues, Xander is the first Aruban to play in a World Series and the first Aruban to win a World series. Xander is not just a "back up" player. Here's what American sportswriter Tim Britton had to say about Xander before the final series game: "This postseason, Bogaerts hasn't just emerged as a better option at third base than Will Middlebrooks; he's become one of Boston's most important bats at any position. And that breakthrough can have a cascading influence on the team's offseason plans. Behind David Ortiz's otherworldly performance in this World Series, Bogaerts has been the Red Sox's best hitter in the Fall Classic. Entering Wednesday's Game Six, Bogaerts is 5-for-17 (.294) in the series. Better yet, he's 5-for-11 since a hitless first two games....His numbers are even better in th e playoffs as a whole. In 11 postseason games, Bogaerts is hitting .348 with a .467 on-base percentage. Four of his eight hits have gone for extra bases." According to Bonaire Diputado James Kroon, what this young man has done for Bonaire is let us feel that we are part of his achievements and successes. Pabien, Xander! Jane Madden -Disko Xander Bogaerts L ast week was the official start of BON DOET 2014, Bonaire’s gigantic volunteer event. Last year over a thou sand volunteers spread out over the island and did over 60 jobs to help individuals and organizations in need. It’s the 4th year for the event conducted by the NGO Pl atform with the cooperation of the Dutch Oranje Fonds. Press release Roosje van der Hoek and the team switch on the 2014 Bon Doet Roland Schalker USA Today Photo


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Price USD 575.00 (bought for USD 1100.00) Call 7969559 or email Suzuki Motorcycle: GS 850 G year 1984 Price $ 1,000 Very good condition call: 786-2844 ——————————————For sale: two concrete garden tables, size 1m x 1m, each $ 80,00. Phone 717 -2278 or 795-1046 —————————————— Tel (599) 791-6272 / 785-6272 For Quality House and Office Cleaning and Maintenance .. CALL JRA Serving Bonaire for more than 15 years Honest, Reliable, Efficient, Thorough, Low rates, References. One time or many. Phone 785-9041 … and relax. ———————————— LUNCH TO GO Starting from $4.50 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO 717-8981. Web site: Make Your Home More Comfortable FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS Also interior or exterior design advice China-trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call Donna at 795-9332 Bring serenity Into your home With “Feng Shui” Ad Space Available Free for non-commercial use Cheap for business use. 16 Flights a day between Bonaire and Curaao Divi Divi Air Reservations 24 hours a day Call (+5999 839-1515) Bonaire-Sun Rise/Set, Moon Phase and Tides Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset Rondvluchten. Sightseeing Flights. Bonaire from the air, the # 1 adventure! Also photo and CUR flights. Great birthday gift. Max. 3 pass. Call 786-7720 We move almost anything on wheels Disabled vehicles, wrecks, lockouts, fuel delivery, jump start, road equipment, towing, and more. Call MackRoad Service 700-9601 Mon 04 02:38 0.22 ft 05:22 0.21 ft 13:09 1.10 ft 22:13 0.12 ft 6:29 19:22 Tue 05 04:00 0.25 ft 06:24 0.24 ft 14:01 1.13 ft 22:58 0.18 ft 6:29 20:20 Wed 06 04:49 0.30 ft 07:52 0.27 ft 14:55 1.14 ft 23:39 0.23 ft 6:30 21:21 Thu 07 05:29 0.37 ft 09:21 0.30 ft 15:49 1.13 ft 6:30 22:22 Fri 08 00:19 0.25 ft 06:08 0.46 ft 10:45 0.30 ft 16:43 1.07 ft 6:30 23:21 Sat 09 00:58 0.25 ft 06:48 0.56 ft 12:04 0.29 ft 17:36 0.99 ft 6:31 Sun 10 First Quarter 01:35 0.23 ft 07:30 0.67 ft 13:21 0.27 ft 18:31 0.87 ft 6:31 0:19 Mon 11 02:11 0.18 ft 08:13 0.78 ft 14:38 0.24 ft 19:26 0.73 ft 6:31 1:14 Tue 12 02:46 0.12 ft 08:56 0.88 ft 15:56 0.20 ft 20:26 0.58 ft 6:32 2:08 Wed 13 03:19 0.05 ft 09:39 0.95 ft 17:15 0.14 ft 21:32 0.44 ft 6:32 3:00 Thu 14 03:50 0.03 ft 10:24 1.01 ft 18:34 0.07 ft 22:50 0.32 ft 6:32 3:52 Fri 15 04:17 0.11 ft 11:08 1.04 ft 19:49 0.00 ft 6:33 4:44 Sat 16 00:29 0.25 ft 04:37 0.18 ft 11:53 1.05 ft 20:56 0.06 ft 6:33 5:35 Sun 17 02:52 0.24 ft 04:28 0.24 ft 12:37 1.04 ft 21:53 0.10 ft Full Moon 6:34 6:27 Mon 18 13:21 1.01 ft 22:41 0.13 ft 6:34 7:18 05:54 08:56 15:33 6:26 18:13 REAL ESTATE AND RENTALS FOR RENT House 4 Bedrooms, 4 bathroom Spanish Colonial style house.. US$ 1750.per month. Big garden with a nice porch. Appliances include; Dishwasher, Oven, Stove, Microwave, Fridge w/ice maker, Water Heater for Showers, Aircos in all bedrooms. Call: 796-9559 or 796-5885. ——————–———————————————————Spacious house in quiet neighborhood w. alarm system; m er room and 3 bedrooms, bathtub, warm water installation, biological garden w. water tank, 2 driveways and more. Seriously interested? Call 786-5292 ——————–—————————-—————————For rent 1-2 persons 5 studios, $65 p.n. or $650 per month all inclusive also use (except airco); gas, water, electricity, tv, internet, Selibon, parking, gardening, linenset. Call 796 2529. Kaya Utrecht 25. During Regatta still studios available to rent 1-2 persons at Hato. 796-2529 ——————————–——————-————— For rent: new guesthouse Sabadeco. Furnished /1 bedr/1 bath / laundry/ screens, excellent breeze, lots of privacy Price $870,Excl. WEB and TELBO: Tel. 785-8719, email: —————————————— For RENT: Spacious full equipped apartment with nice sun terrace. Quiet and safe location at Punt Vierkant in Belnem. Long term rent two bedrooms $780 per month. Excluding housekeeping + utilities. Deposit required. Available per November 01, 2013. Call 796-5530. —————————————— For Rent – Office Space Office Building in Playa Pariba only 300 meters from the RCN. 250 m2 of high quality office space available. Rent is $6,000/mo. for all, or $3,000/mo. for one floor. Rent is negotiable with a long term lease. Call Bob at 786-7362. ——————————————— Guesthouse for rent in Belnem beginning December 10, 2013. Spacious bathroom, kitchenette, bedroom, and outside gazebo “living room.” Looking for mature, single woman who loves dogs and gardens. $550 a month includes power, water, internet, and cable television. Contact Pauline at or 700-3800. Sudoku Solution Sudoku Puzzle Sudoku Solution What Does This Mean? 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Page 14 Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; AIRLINES Divi Divi AirBonaire’s “on time airline” with 16 flights a day between Bonaire and Curaao. Your first choice fo r inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba. APPLIANCES /TV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS City Shop the mega store, has the island’s widest selection of large and small home appliances, furniture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. In-store financing too. AUTOMOBILE DEALER Check out Auto City Bonaire for the widest selection of new car brands on Bonaire including Chevrolet, Honda, Isuz u, Suzuki, Subaru. Used cars too. Complete service department. Hertz rentals. BANK ORCO Bank offers one-on-one attention, pe rsonal banking. Each client is a person, not a number. Office in the historic building at Kaya Grandi 48. BARS Zazu Bar at the Harbour Village Marina is all you expect in a great bar. Super bartender, quality drinks and friendly service. Plus Bonaire’s only Rum Bar– over 50 types! Great hangout spot for divers and sailors. BEAUTY PARLOR Hair Affair Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. Great new shop on Kaya Grandi. Walk-in service too Beauty Inside Outs— Center for skin care and beauty treatments. Luxury facials, manicures, pedicures, massage, makeup and waxing. Kaya J.A. Abraham #25. CARS AND BIKES De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike accessories. They do professional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Have your keys made here too. Want to see You See Your Business’ Advertisement Here? Contact The Reporter at 786-6518 or email laura@bonair Your “bottom line” will look better as a result of advertising with us. DENTURE REPAIR All Denture Lab —for the best denture care by an experienced professional. Repairs while you wait. Next to Botika Korona on Kaya J. G. Hernandez. ON and IN the WATER Budget Marine has what anyone with a boat needs, and if it’s not in stock they can order it quickly. You can also find special hardware for general use and components for solar and wind electric systems. Dive Friends has four dive schools and three retail shops so you always get the best deals and can be assured of top notch training. Remodeled shop open now. UNDERWATER VIDEO ScubaVision Pro video of your Bonaire vaca tion, above and/or below the water with a custom DVD by Bonaire’s top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts. 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. Off Kaya Industria, behind Lucky Supermarket. HOME CARE VanEps Property Management B.V./Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the needs of second home owners on Bonaire including inspection, management and cleaning. OPTICIAN Buena Vista Optics is Bonaire’s most up-to-date place to get eyeglasses or contact lenses. The combination of experienced personnel and advanced equipment and technology make it a top value PHOTOGRAPHER Bonaire’s creative video and still photographer for the wedding or other important events in your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6. See website or ScubaVision on YouTube REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS Caribbean Homes, “the Refreshing Realtor,” specializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and property management. Yacht sales too. Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insurance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire, stop in and visit. RESTAURANTS Bistro de Paris— Waterfront location at the Harbour Village Marina. Superb menu, genuine French dishes in a waterfront ambiance. Airco if you want it. Its Zazu Bar is a very popular hangout for divers too. La Balandra at The Harbour Village Resort offers Bonaire’s most spectacular setting. Superb cuisine, top notch service. Eat on the deck or with your feet in the sand. Pasa Bon Pizza —Bonaire’s quality pizza-Best ingredients, best baking and best taste. Great salads and lasagna too. Eat in or take away. Unbelievable Restaurant is offers rooftop terrace dining with a view of Kralendijk bay, a fine menu specializing in prime steaks and seafood. Just a short walk from downtown or southern “hotel row.: RETAIL Benetton, world famous designer clothes available now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For men, women and children. Bona Dea is Bonaire’s newest Caribbean lifestyle shop featuring good taste gifts, apparel, shoes, accessories and home dcor SECURITY Special Security Services will provide that extra measure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. STORAGE The Storehouse ( Mangazina in Papiamentu ) offers Secure Storage for Vehicles, Household Items, Diving and Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory. Across from the northern hotel row. SHIPPING Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx agent. What would we do without their superb services? SPAS/GYM/HEALTH Bon Bida Spa & Gym World Class fitness and health facilityClasses, top notch machines, trainers. Day, monthly or annual rates. SUPERMARKETS TOP Supermarket— Conveniently located downtown at the old Cultimara location. Featuring a complete selection including liquors, fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria— Big air conditioned market with a friendly staff, the largest selection and lowest prices on the island. They stock what you need. MADE ON BONAIRE Semper Kontentu goat cheese. Ask for it at restaurants and look for it in the markets. Lovingly handmade. Souvenir mugs available. VARIETY STORE The Tung Fong Store is a great asset to everyone on Bonaire because it stocks so many thing we want: cloth es, hardware, food, auto and bike supplies. If you don’t see it… ask for it. They probably have it. WATER TAXI Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di Amor. Hotel or downtown pickup The only water taxi to Klein Bonaire with an easy on/off built-in ramp at Bonaire Nautic o (It Rains Fishes Restaurant) Sunbelt Realty Mon-Fri8:0019:00


Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Page 15 On The Waterfront at The Harbour Village Marina — Air-conditioning Owned and operated by a French Master Chef Reservations: Tel: 717-7070 email: Zazu Bar at the Harbour Village Marina Open:: Mon-Fri 3-10 pm, Sat: 5-10 pm Bar menu available Tel: 717-7070 email: T he Caribbean Netherlands photo contest, “This Is The Place,” recently ended with brilliant results. Citizens of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, young and old, uploaded beautiful photos of their own island to the CN photo contest's Facebook page, competing to win one of the 29 prizes in different categories. These entries were evaluated by a professional and independent jury, which assessed the entries based on composition, lighting, originality and expressiveness. Of course they also took into account the different categories that were defined at the beginning of the photography contest on September 2nd, 2013. Among the winners was Christie Dovale a frequent contributor to The Bonaire Reporter. The winners are listed below. Their photos will shine in the “CN Expo” which will open on all three islands beginning November 16 as part of a special royal reception at Jong Bonaire. In addition, two extra categories were added: “Originality' and 'eXpressivity.” The contest organizers believe it is important to provide a place in the exhibition for particularly original photos or photos with a significant appeal. There is a winner from each island in both categories. These are: Keval Bissessar, Alessandro Guido, Hannah Madden and Hanneke Magee Quist, Angela van der Heijde, Ellen Richardson. The exhibition will in fact be opened personally by King Willem-Alexander, accompanied by Queen Mxima, on Bonaire in a surprising and unique manner that will allow the opening to be seen simultaneously on all three islands. Winners: The winner of the “ Most popular photo” that received the most votes on Facebook, is Justino Bravo and the “Best of the best” photo, deemed by the jury to be the most outstanding, was taken by Genevieve Aitatus Besides a Lytro camera, both winners also win a week-long vacation on one of the three Caribbean Netherlands islands: Bonaire, Sint Eustatius or Saba. The other winners from Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba are respectively: Tyrii Figaroa (12), Annabelle van Dam (8), Aymee Ayubi (15) Xiomantha Janga ( 15), Christie Dovale (56), Peter de Graaf (43), Genevieve Aitatus (33), Jurgen Leon (6), Makeda Taylor (7), Earduchen Woodley (17), Twiixii Rojas (17), Frini Spanner (55), Maaike Patrick (48), Cheriette van der Lugt (39), Denicio Levenstone (7), Olivia Si mone Ann Johnson (10), Frankelly Wilson (16), Esmeralda Johnson (16), Jasper Oei (36), Hemmie van Xanten (52), and Martijn Schuuring (34). The modern Lytro cameras were won by: Christie Dovale, Xioman tha Janga, Earduchen Woodley, Makeda Taylor, Cheriette van der Lugt, Jasper Oei, Hemmie van Xanten, and Martijn Schuuring. Press release B onaire honored its Culinary Talent at a gala dinner at the Divi Flamingo two weeks ago. At the Taste of the Caribbean Competition in Miami: June 26 – June 30, 2013, the team won three medals and five additional awards including the Award for the Most Innovative Dish utilizing Indigenous Ingredients. Taste of the Caribbean provides education and inspiration through seminars, workshops, tastings and demonstrations, created to enhance performance, style and profitability in food and beverage operations. The preparation for the Taste of the Caribbean starts in the Caribbean as each island holds individual competitions to select the three chefs, pastry chef and one bartender who will make their national team. The team was composed of Tarimar Thom (Bartender at Donna & Georgio’s), Junior Janga (Pastry Chef at Bonaire Food Group), Rhashinda Donge (Plaza Resort / Rum Runners), Robertico Bernabela (Divi Flamin go), Norrison Conquet Jr. (Chef from Rum Runners) and Giovannie Veld, Jr (Chef from It Rains Fishes). Coaches were Liz Rijna (Bartender Coach from SGB) and Isidoor van Riemsdijk (Chef Coach from Forma). Sponsors included: Streefkerk architects + consultants, Bonaire Hotel and Tourism Association, Bonaire Food Group, Cadushy Li quors Bonaire, SGB, Divi Flamingo Resort, Rum Runners Restaurant, Caribbean Bakery Supplies, OICN, Captain Don’s Habitat and The Culinair Bonaire Foundation. Press release text and photo Christie Dovale photo “Leaving the Park in June this year, after taking 20 people on tour, I happened to glance to my right on this narrow road separating two salt flats....the one to my left had the perfect pinkish hue you see in the photo here. I could not resist and took a photo …” Christie Dovale Culinary team and coach Floris


Page 16 Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; A fter 17 bi-weekly articles about the History of Tourism in this publication, I have now come to the end of the installments. My interest in the history of Bonaire’s tourism came about after publishing a book on the same subject on Aruba, where I live. The wealth of subjects regarding Bonaire’s tourism has always been obvious to me: its tranquility, the underwater world, the flamingoes, the national parks, the Regatta, the story of Hotel Zeebad, important players like Captain Don, L D and Hugo Gerharts. All of that merited being documented. I approached Bonaire’s outstanding historian, Bi Antoin, who helped me tremendously by allowing me access to his research on the subject in Papiamento. Without this information, I would never have been able to write in such depth about these subjects. It was not my intention to publish a book, so I approached George DeSalvo, publisher of The Reporter and his immediate reaction was very positive. We started publishing at the end of February and never skipped an installment until today. My thanks to George and Laura are heartfelt. I am equally grateful to Ria Heitknig who helped me to many historic photographs taken by her father Heit. Of course the history of the island’s tourism does not end after what has been published in these articles. It is an on-going process. But essential subjects, most of which occurred in the 60s of the past century, have shaped the tourism industry as it is nowadays. Of course there have been other important players in its development, like Niki Tromp and Toon Abraham. Their contribution has been of the utmost importance as well. Without one man I could not have written my series: Mr. Hugo Gerharts who tirelessly answered all my questions by email about what occurred in his career as a tourism entrepreneur as well as in that of his father, L D. Although we have never met, he trusted me with his father’s memoirs, a major source of information on how Bonaire has developed from an island of fishermen and ‘ kunukeros ’ (farmers) to an important asset of the Caribbean tourism industry. His memoirs have never been published as a book, but with Hugo’s permission I am now publishing its most interesting chapters in the weekend supplement of a Curaao newspaper in Dutch. To fashion a book from this ‘rough copy’ of almost 400 pages will be a totally different undertaking, but it will be an important addition to Bonaire’s written history. Last week, on October 31st, members of the Gerharts family and their friends remembered when L D died, exactly 30 years ago. This man most assuredly deserves a statue in Kralendijk. A final word to the people of Bonaire who are blessed to live on such a precious and beautiful island: I want to congratulate them on all that surrounds them, the island’s natural beauty, its flora and fauna, culture and history. The island has a tradition of defending its wealth, but once again there are predators on the loose, aiming to take commercial advantage of all this beauty, sacrificing what has been protected successfully throughout the years. Sixty years ago, as the first American tourists visited the newly opened Hotel Zeebad, they all came to this conclusion: ‘Don’t ever change this island, keep it as it is!’ Please keep their advice! Evert Bongers The Reporter is most grateful for Mr. Bongers contributions to this newspaper and the historical legacy of Bonaire. History of Tourism: Epilogue It is most appropriate that the historic Passangrahan and Wilhelmina Plaza are being renewed at this time. Zeebad –the hotel that starte d modern tourism on Bonaire F or the first time there will be an amnesty in Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba for handing in illegal (fire)arms and ammunition to the authorities. In principle, this surrender of arms will have no consequences for the possessor of the (fire)arm, unless later on it is evidenced by investigation that such weapon was involved in any crime. Then an investigation will be duly made, however. All other (fire)arms will be destroyed by order of the Public Prosecutor. Also other weapons which are not barred from being kept on hand but which one still wants to get rid of, can be handed in without any legal consequences. On the dates below – between 13.00 and 20.00 hours – weapons and ammunition can be handed in: 1-November 6 in Kralendijk at the Koninklijke Marechaussee office on Kaya Gilberto F. Croes 24 (opposite the stadium), 2-November 7 in Rincon at the suboffice of the Executive Council on Kaya Arcangel (Minguel) Pourier 73 It will also be possible to ask questions and to have weapons checked if one is not sure whether they are illegal or not. The object of this drive is to reduce the amount of illegal weapons and ammunition in circulation and, in doing so, increase integral safety in the BES islands and to inform citizens of applicable rules. On January 1, 2014, a new integral firearms policy will be introduced. Details will be made available later this year. In pursuance of the BES Firearms Act, it is prohibited to have on hand / to possess prohibited firearms and ammunition. Having on hand does not imply that one should have a firearm literally within reach. Also keeping a firearm at home is prohibited and, consequently, punishable. Objects which, in terms of their shape and size, resemble firearms (and therewith are suitable for threats or extortion) are also part of the prohibition of the BES/Firearms Act. For example certain toy weapons, 'BBguns', 'airsoft guns' and other imitations of a firearm or explosive. In exceptional cases, the Island Governor may grant a person authorization to have a firearm on hand. In pursuance of the BES Firearms Act, it is also prohibited to have certain objects on the public road or in any place accessible to the public. The following objects included: • Rifles, air/ gas weapons (weapons with which projectiles can be fired by means of compressed air or gas), daggers, sheath-knives, bayonets, poniards, swords, sabers, bodkins, truncheons, rubber coshes, bulls’ pizzles, blackjacks, knuckle-dusters, lances, spears, pointed sticks, arrows; • Other objects that have obviously been made to be used as a weapon. This should appear from the circumstance or the manner in which they are worn or used. Think, for example of someone who moves around with a baseball bat or a kitchenknife. Press release H is Majesty King WillemAlexander and Her Majesty Queen Mxima will visit Bonaire on Saturday, November 16th, 2013, as part of a 10-day trip to all six islands in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands On Saturday, November 16th they visit Bonaire. It’s hoped that as many people get the opportunity to see the king and queen and a comprehensive tour of Bonaire is planned: Wilhelminaplein After the official reception at Flamingo International Airport the royal party leaves at 10.10 am to waterfront Wilhelmina Plaza, where they arrive around 10.20 am. They get off the bus in the parking lot at the Executive Council, where they attend the finish of the runners of the Special Olympics. Then they get a tour of various sports demonstrations, including chess, volleyball, BMX, judo and karate. Then the royal standards group attends the official start of the campaign hoben sa bo peso adekua” (Youth Weight and Awareness). Then they walk the Plaza, where various social organizations and foundation will present themselves. Pier Chicu Mercelina (Town Pier) Also on the water are demonstrations of sports such as kite surfing, windsurfing and Sunfish sailing. Bonaire world champion windsurfers will explain the windsurfing activities that will be being demonstrated Around 11:20, the royal party leaves to the next part of the program. The Road to / from Rincon and Cocari Around 13.30 the royal party drives from Playa to the Cocari Senior Center in Rincon where they arrive at 13.50. Here the royal party gets an explanation of the transformation of the center and they visit a program put on by the seniors. At 14.15 the company returns to Playa Jong Bonaire At 15.20 is the royal party arrives at Jong Bonaire, where the Caribbean Netherlands photo exhibition, "This Is The Place" will be officially opened by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander. The opening of this exhibition and the reception that follows offered by the Lt. Governor is only for invited guests. The royal party leaves Jong Bonaire at 17.10 for Flamingo International Airport. Press release Queen and King at summer photo shoot in The Hague, casual, dressed like in Bonaire? Photo Heit Photo Heit


Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Page 17 REGULAR EVENTS € Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800. € We Dare to Care Park children’s playground closed due to lack of financing. Saturdays €Last Saturday of the month – donate foods and household items to Food Bank ( Stichting voedselbank Bonaire) from 10 am-4 pm, in front of Van den Tweel Supermarket €Open House at Semper Kontentu milk goat farm. Second Saturday of the month, 8 am to 12 noon. 786-6950 Closed until November €Marshe di Kunukeru (Farmers’ Market ) 1st Saturday of the month at Kriabon, Kaminda Jatu Baco #55, next to Aquamarin School, 8 am to 1 pm. €Bonaire Animal Shelter’s “Garage Sale” Pakus di Pruga—every Saturday 8am-5pm. At Kaminda Liberador Simon Bolivar, across from Brandaris Caf. Tel. 717-4989. Drop off cast offs on Saturdays or at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road weekdays. 717-4989 € Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine Company’s warehouse on Kaya Industria, Second Saturday of the month 7-9 pm. ( Always call to make sure it’s on: Tel. +5999-560-7539 ) Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 per person. € 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 information—7967870. €PetanqueJeu de Boules, Saturdays 2:30 pm Tera Cora Ranch. Info: 786-0150 Sundays €Kunuku Arawak Music, drinks, local food, dancing, 10 am—6 pm. Live music starts at 4 pm. Tel.786-7210 Mondays € Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria, 717-6435– Bonaire’s best island tour value € Meet the Captain Night at Captain Don’s Habitat Bar– Get up close and personal with Bonaire’s dive pioneer. The Captain will autograph your copy of his newest book Reef Windows .. Wednesdays Divemaster’s Night at Bistro de Paris Restaurant at Harbour Village Marina. Free house rum when you buy a coke. 30-minute Meditation at Yoga Bonaire 12 noon, Bonaire Basics. Donation. 786-6416 or Fridays Happy Hour party at Bistro Di Paris Ricky Thomas performs Reggae, Soul, Latin and more 69pm. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Monday Touch the Sea Will resume in NovemberDee Scarr, honored as a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, conducts Bonaire's Touch the Sea programs of personalized dive guiding. She presents a unique perspective on critters and corals, plus an updated Bonaire lionfish report, every Monday when she's on-island at 8:30 pm in the Aquarius Conference Center at Captain Don's Habitat, Call 717-8290. Wednesday Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) presents an informative slide show: Sea Turtles of Bonaire, at 8pm, every 2nd and 4th Wednesday in the conference room at Captain Don's Habitat (717-8290) BONAIRE’S TRADITIONS Mangasina di Rei, Rincon Enjoy the view from “The King’s Storehouse.” Learn about Bonaire’s culture. Visit homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 790-2018 Museo Sentro Chichi’Tan historical home, behind Rose Inn, Rincon, open 10am-4pm daily. Tel. 786-6420 Washington-Slagbaai National Park Museum and Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on December 25th and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or 796 5681 CLUBS and MEETINGS Bridge Club Every Wednesday, Bridge Club on Bonaire. 19:15, contact Jeroen Seegers for information tel. 7174200 or788-2819 or Darts Club plays every other Sunday at City Caf. Registration at 4, games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539. 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 Wednesdays 12:15-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Resort in Peter Hughes meeting room upstairs above the dive shop. All Rotarians welcome. Call Gregory Obersi 785-9446. Toastmasters Club meets every two weeks. For more information call Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez Beck, at 786-2953. CHURCH SERVICES Protestant Congregation of Bonaire: ( VPGB ), Kralendijk, Plaza Wilhelmina; Sunday service-10 am in Dutch. Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian; Sunday service-8:30 am in Papiamentu/Dutch. Children’s club-every Saturday from 4:30-6 pm in Kralendijk, (annex of the church.) Contact; or International Bible Church, Kaya Papago 104, Hato, behind Bon Fysio/Bon Bida Spa & Gym on Kaya Gob. N. Debrot. Sunday 9am-Worship service in English; 10:45am-Sunday school for all ages. Tuesday 7:30 pm-Adult Bible study class. 717-8377 for more info or ride 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. 7174211. Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am. Wed. Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194 Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact: 786-2557. Prayer and Intercession Church, in English. A full Gospel Church located temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are held Sunday mornings10am-11:30am. Bible studies in English on Monday nights from 7-8 pm. Contact: 717-3322 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints : Kaya Sabana #26, Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Services (Translation to English and Papiamentu upon request) 10:20amSunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors welcome: Information: Call 701-9522 Foundation Fountain of Living Waters, Centro Fuente, Service Sunday at Kaya Aruaco 4 at 6 pm, in Papiamentu and Spanish. For Marriage Counseling, contact 717-2161. Iglesia di Cristo (Church of Christ) Sunday: 10:30 am & 7:00 pm; Wednesday: 7:00 pm. Services in Papiamentu (English also if needed) Address: Kaya Msgr. Nieuwindt 25 (same street as Dr. Dorvil) Cell: 796-0721 Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $75; By mail to Europe $170. By Internet, Free (asking a $35 donation.) For information about subscriptions, stories or advertising in The Bonaire Reporter PO Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean; phone (599) 786-6518, 786-6125, E-mail: The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo ( G.D.), Publisher; Laura DeSalvo ( L.D.), Editor Address: P. O. Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean. Available online at: Published every two weeks Reporters: Bula Bonchi, Evert Bongers, J@n Brouwer, Jane Madden-Disko, Clark Heijbroek, Greta Kooistra, David Rankin, Michael Thiessen Unattributed photos are by the editor or publisher. Distribution: Marlene & Co. (Playa), Yuchi Molina (Rincon), Divi-Divi Airline, Ava Rose Wuyts (mailing) Housekeeping: JRA. Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaao 2013 The Bonaire Reporter Call The Reporter at 786-6518 if you have something HAPPENING CLOSE-IN EVENTS Thursday, Nov. 7— Free lecture: Bats of the ABC Islands—Keystone Specieas in Trouble and How You Can Help by Fernando Simal, at CIEE, Kaya Gobernador Debrot #26, 8 pm. Friday, Nov. 8 – Classical MusicConcert at San Bernardo Church – Plaza Reina Juliana 2, Kralendijk: Carel Kraayenhof and his sextet will play World Class Argentinean Tango Music, 8 pm. More on page 10 Saturday, Nov. 9 – Book Debut at Addo’s Books and Toys (via Skype) — Weaving Dreams by Sandra Johnson, former Administrator at Kas di Arte. At Addo's Books and Toys, Kaya Grandi 36 at 5 pm. Friday, Nov. 15 —Study and Job Fair at Jong Bonaire, 11am-6 pm, see above poster Sunday, Nov. 17 —Dia di Gracia— for the needy—at St. Dominicus School behind the church in Playa. Donate non-food items now at family Nicolaas in front of Napa Auto Parts at the snack Cans and dry food will be received on Saturday, Nov. 16 between 7 am-12 noon Call 7172953 or 796-1919 Sunday, Nov. 17 —Kamida di Arte begins See more page 10 Sunday, Dec. 1 Chichi Tan FundashonLocal Artists show work 10 am – 4 pm, behind Rose Inn in Rincon, snacks and drinks too. (same as last issue) Saturday Dec. 7 Christmas Farmers’ Market at Kriabon, 8 am to 1 pm, at Kriabon,Kminda Yatu Bako #55, next to Aquamarin School Annual Animal Shelter Art Auction and Indonesian Dinner, Hotel Roomer. More information on and their Facebook page.


Page 18 Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Choose your size from 5’x5’ to 10’x20’. Prices from $29 to $147 per month. Call 700-1753 O u t o f S p a c e ? A n older and more mellow dog at the Bonaire Animal Shelter right now is “Fred.” He was brought in as a stray and it seems he has “seen it all.” He’s been through the sometimes destructive puppy stage, the wild running around for no apparent reason, the barking at nothing at all. No, Fred is mature and wise. As an example, notice how he shows his appreciation for Shelter Staff member, Hanny, by giving her a kiss. He knows that Hanny has been a tireless foster mom to motherless kittens and puppies, over and over again. Wise Fred is about five years old and is a social guy, not only with other “mature” dogs but with people as well. All he really wants out of life is a loving and calm master or mistress, someone he can love unconditionally, a little time to curl up in a nice basket and some tranquil walks where he can contemplate nature along with his owner. Fred is healthy, he’s had his checkups and shots, been wormed, is sterilized and even comes with an ID chip. You may meet Fred and the other pets up for adoption at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989. Laura DeSalvo BONAIRE ANIMAL SHELTER AUCTION ALERT A rtists and craftsmen and women: The annual Shelter Art Auction needs you Your donated art will be on display and bid upon at this very popular fundraising event. Take this opportunity to show your wares and be part of the fundraising for the Bonaire Animal Shelter. You may donate other items or services (such as painting, plumbing, carpentry, maintenance) or entertainment or other “saleable things.” One of the items up for bid will be a chance for you to have your pet photographed as Guest Pet of the Week. This year the Animal Shelter Art Auction will be on December 7 at Hotel Roomer. An amazing Indonesian dinner prepared by “star chefs” will be served. You may come for the dinner and auction or just show up for the auction. Check outs the Bonaire Animal Shelter Facebook page for more information and reservations. The proceeds of the Auction this year will go towards refurbishing the cat cage which leaks like a sieve when it rains. If you can’t bring the items yourself call the Shelter at 717-4989, and they can even make arrangements to pick up the item(s) you are donating. Check out the Bonaire Animal Shelter Facebook page for more information and reservations Laura DeSalvo TUNG FONG STORE N.V. “The Store With Almost Everything” Great Service Too Kaya Korona 52 Tel. 599 717 4224 FAX. 599 717 5224 Opening hours: 8.30 am 12. 30 pm, 2.30 pm 6.30 pm Open from Monday till Saturday. Sundays closed. Hanny and Fred enjoy a tender moment a few villas and condos left for Christmas. Book now and make sure you don't miss out! Browse through the listings and start dreaming of the gorgeous Bonairean sunsets and crystal clear Caribbean waters for your next Christmas holidays...... Call Sunbelt phone 599 717 6560 Fax 599 717 6570 | or email It’s Still Free The yearly "Dia di Gracia” thanksgiving will be held on Sunday, November 17, at the school behind the big Catholic church in Playa, St Bernardus. Besides the usual goods (like clothing shoes, house wares, bedding, appliances in good condition) they will collect canned and dry food this year. All is for Bonaire’s needy who will get donated items for free. You can bring your goods to the home of family Nicolaas at Kaya Nicolaas, in front of NAPA next to the snack in Playa. Collections also at the school on Saturday, November 16, to collect the canned and dry food. Please participate in "Dia di Gracia.” For more info (any language) call 796-1919 or 560-7412. Flu shots are now available. Ask your house doctor. Elderly and at risk groups have priority. The easiest way to get on line copies of The Bonaire Reporter is to access the George F. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida’s Digital Library of the Caribbean: UF00094093 It’s still free. G.D./L.D. Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)


Bonaire ReporterNovember 4-18, 2013; Page 19 *to find it... just look up ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Recognition will be yours if you meet your deadline. You may not be that popular at home but you should be able to shine at social gatherings. Take time to do something nice for yourself. Stomach problems could prevail if you haven't been watching your diet. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) Don't spend more than is necessary on travel or friends. Be sure to take care of the needs of youngsters. Look into some form of physical recreation. Your attitude is changing rapidly and your plate is overloaded. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Romance may be likely if you travel. Unforeseen changes in your location are apparent. Put your energy into learning new skills or picking up valuable information. Pleasure trips will be most enjoyable if you take them with that special person in your life. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Look into intellectual and physical games that will test your abilities. Organize all the responsibilities that have to be attended to and make sure everyone knows what to do. Ignore colleagues who appear to be going in circles. Take time to help children with projects that may be too hard for them to do on their own. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can visit clients and make a big impression just by giving them some hands-on help. Problems with colleagues are likely. You can make some favorable changes to your looks. Don't let criticism upset you. Hassles will delay your plans. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Make money using your ingenuity and creative talent. Invite friends over rather than spending money on lavish entertainment. Your passionate nature may make you jealous if your mate has been too busy to take care of your needs. You will have excellent ideas and you should be able to help your partner get ahead. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can expect to have a problem with your lover. Don't put off the things that they have asked you to do. New hair, new outfit, new you. Be aware that a female you work with may be trying to hold you back. Be honest in your communication and don't lose your cool if someone backs you into a corner. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Take care of any pressing health problems. Your intellectual charm will entice mates who have common interests. Be cautious while traveling to foreign countries. You will be full of energy and you need to find something constructive to do. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Some time spent with that special someone should be your intent. You may think gifts will win their heart, but it could add stress from lack of funds. Your mate may be distressed if you refuse to make a commitment. Get proper medical attention and confront your situation decisively. Your luckiest events will occur on a Friday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) You can make headway if you share your intentions with someone you care about. You will be able to dazzle others with your obvious charm and your outgoing nature. Be sure to organize events that will keep the children busy. If you can, try to work out of your home this month. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You could receive recognition for a job well done. You will not be pleased with family members who try to put demands on you when you just don't have the time. Uncertainties regarding your love life will surface if you have neglected your mate. Difficulties may be encountered while traveling in foreign countries. Your luckiest events will occur on a Thursday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You will have a childlike approach this month, big hearted and full of spunk. A trip to visit relatives should be rewarding. You should get out and meet new people this month. Your best efforts will come through hard work. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. NIGHT SKY WITCH CAN YOU SEE HER? By Astrologer Michael Thiessen November 2013 T his month you should be able to spot the Constellation Orion He rises a little late but comes earlier each night. Soon, when you walk out just after dark, you will see his bright figure towering over you to the south. He harbors many awesome secrets, one of which . is a witch! She stares back at the bright star Rigel as though it were her own evil creation. Truly, this area of the night sky is haunted. She is seasonally well timed and one of the tougher targets to photograph. You can make out the shape of her head in two ways that I can tell. I see a hat, a large nose, a cheekbone, and a protruding chin. Even without the Halloween influence, what do you see? Do you see the witch's profile? You may look at this photo and wonder, What in the world is going on here? Well, nothing in the world is going on here. The goings-on are happening about 900 lightyears away! That is 900 years traveling at the speed of light. Light travels pretty fast, by the way, about 186,000 miles in one second. The photograph above is actually a representation of what the Witch Head Nebula looked like 900 years ago! No big deal. There are a lot of gas clouds in outer space, and astronomers cryptically refer to them as nebulae" (the Latin word for "clouds"). The light coming from the very bright star Rigel is passing through this gas and splits up, somewhat like that Pink Floyd poster some of you may have seen. Light is made from all colors of the rainbow, but the warmer colors (orange, red) tend to pass through the gas while the cooler colors (blue, purple) tend to bounce off the gas, making the nebula appear blue. Our sky is blue for the exact same reason. This type of nebula is called a reflection nebula, and we live inside one! Where is she? To gain a little perspective, the graphic above shows the location of the Witch Head Nebula inside Orion. Easy to spot with the naked eye but far too faint to be seen without the help of digital photography. David Rankin AFFORDABLE NetTech Tel:717-6773 Fax:717-7854Domain Registrations E-mail Hosting Anti-Spam & Anti-Virus Web Site Design Web Site Hosting Marketing Consulting Internet Consulting Photographic Services Graphic Design Credit: astrophotographer David Rankin


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