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Page 2 Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 How to contact us Find Bonaire Reporter on Facebook. Press “Like” The Publisher: George DeSalvo Phone 786-6125 The Editor: Laura DeSalvo Phone 786-6518 Box 407, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean Story tip, question or idea: Phone 786-6518 Available on-line at: Printed Every Fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7 Next edition printing on Sunday, September 28, 2014 Story and Ad deadline: Friday, September 26, 2014 E dison Rijna took the oath of office on August 22 as the new Island Governor of the “Public Entity” of Bonaire. He was sworn in during a solemn session of the Island Council in Papiamentu by acting Crown Representative ( Rijksvertegenwoordiger ) Julian Woodley. Gilbert Isabella, who is the new Crown Representative, stood by. Two receptions followed, one on the patio of the Executive Council building for special guests and a public celebration with a local band in the parking lot. Dignitaries from nearby islands and The Netherlands were on hand as well as former Crown Representative Wilbert Stolte There were numerous speeches. Although cited as the youngest Governor by at least one speaker, he is not. The youngest was Arend van den Brandhof, who was 29 years old in 1890. Governor Rijna is Bonaire born, the founder of Bonaire Recycling and has a background in finance. We believe he will prove capable of doing a fine job in his challenging position. THE HAGUE-The Island Councils in the Caribbean Netherlands have the authority to decide on holding a constitutional referendum not the Dutch government, Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk stated in his recent reply to a letter of Bonaire’s “ Nos Ke Boneiru Bk ” (“We Want Bonaire Back)” NGO, which is against the current constitutional relationship with The Netherlands. They state that the public entity/ integration structure was never the choice of the people as expressed in the 2004 Referendum. The Referendum of 2004 showed that the majority of the population of Bonaire wanted direct ties with The Netherlands In the Final Declaration of 11 October 2006, the Bonaire and the Netherlands delegations agreed that the islands would become a (then not precisely defined) “public body.” Bonaire’s elected representatives ratified these agreements unanimously and the then ruling party, UPB, who strongly supported the arrangement, was voted a majority in the 2007 Island Council elections in 2007, perhaps reflecting support for the arrangement. The Netherlands has already underway an evaluation of the impact of the new political structure of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba with a report expected in 2015. The evaluation is not part of the referendum process. The body of a man who fell in the water while collecting shells on Bonaire was found two days later at Boca Chikitu in Washington/Slagbaai National Park. The 52-year-old had been on the rocks along the north coast near Boca Onima with two friends when he was swept into the sea by a wave. The customs boat as well as the coast guard helicopter began an immediate search and rescue operation, but to no avail. The gross domestic product (GDP) of Bonaire in 2012, the most recent year for figures to be available, was $372 million according to calculations released last week by Statistics Netherlands. Households and government consumption combined contributed $310 million to this. Important items in household consumption are the expenditure on food (21% of household consumption) and the expenditure on rent and electricity and gas (also 21%). Gross capital formation (including the changes in stocks) in 2012 came to $6 million. Consumption and investments together constitute domestic spending. Foreign expenditure in Bonaire (exports of goods and services) mainly come from tourism. Total exports in 2012 amounted to $181 million. Imports of goods and services came to $205 million. Key imported products include food, manufactured goods and oil products. This can be compared to the Federated States of Micronesia which has a GDP of $339 million. In the Caribbean, the island of Dominica is closest to Bonaire with a GDP of $495 million. Both of them have populations significantly higher than Bonaire’s. The Netherlands has the 18th largest GDP in the world at $800,173 million GDP leaders are the US $16,800,000 million and China $9,240,270 million On August 20th the Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) announced the launch of the completely renewed Bonaire destination website, The remodeled website is a fresh new addition to the digital marketing tools that TCB uses to sell Bonaire’s scuba diving, leisure and eco destination to potential visitors. Its crisp and vivid colors, its beautiful pictures and its ease of use brings the Bonaire experience to a screen monitor, tablet or mobile phone. In addition: • The website has become more visual and user friendly. • All pages have social media sharing options and SEO (search engine optimization) functionality, while most pages also include Trip Advisor reviews. • The website is currently in the English language only. However, in the coming weeks, it will be upgraded to include Dutch and Spanish. Should you have any questions related to the website contact Tourism Corporation Bonaire at 717 8322 or email Since 2012 the Bonaire Food Bank has been helping people who have low incomes and must struggle to buy food The food collected by the bank is given free to the needy people. Our readers can help in this effort. Every last Saturday of the month, from 9:30am to 2 pm, volunteers from the Food Bank collect donations of food at the doors of the Van Den Tweel Supermarket. Shoppers are asked to donate long life food items such as rice, pasta, meat and fish in cans, fruit and vegetables in jars or tins, milk, sugar, fruit juice and flour. Those items are then divided up into food parcels and distributed to families registered with the Food Bank. (Continued on page 3) Web: Email: Parts and accessories for all brands of bikes and scooters Beautiful Bike Clothes, shoes 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 €€ 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 This Week’s Stories Pro Active Police 3 Plantation Bolivia 5 Compassionate Care 6 Panchito’s Kreative Kids 7 Art From Behind Bars 8 Wounded Warriors’ Week 9 Karate Wins in Surinam 11 Why Are You Proud Of Bonaire? 11 Departments Flotsam & Jetsam 2 On the Island Since– Richenel Anthony 4 Picture Yourself (Yonkers, NY) 7 Classifieds 10 Masthead 10 Tide Table, Sunrise & Sunset Times, Moon Phase 10 What’s Happening 12 Shopping & Dining Guides 13 Pet of the Week – Gwen 14 Shelter News– Too many Puppies 14 Bonaire Sky Park (Celestial Drama In The Night Sky) 16 The Stars Have It ( Astrology) 16


Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 Page 3 Sadly, more and more families are looking to the Food Bank for help, and the Food Bank is no longer able to supply all the necessary food parcels. Please help by donating food or money. Should that not be convenient you can email to arrange a more suitable time. You can also donate money to the Food Bank at Girobank Bonaire, 21101128 account: Stichting Voedselbank Bonaire So far this year, three hurricanes – Arthur, Bertha and Cristobal—have developed in the Atlantic Cooler-thanaverage temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean are making it difficult for larger storms to develop, the forecasters say. ~ Reuters ~ WILLEMSTAD--Insel Air has had a significant number of delays in the past months. The company issued a press release stating that the issues are a result of major repairs to part of its aged fleet taking more time than expected. The release announced that three planes can now be used again for passengers on routes between the islands. The airline is planning direct flights between Aruba and Bonaire soon. BonDiGro, Bonaire’s only cooperative discount supermarket is now offering a range of freshly cut meat products at attractive prices. Items include: Salami, Turkey Ham, Goose Liver, Roasted Chicken Breast, Sandwich Sausage, Bacon, Nasiham, Berliner. Prices vary between $ 0.70 $ 1.30 per 100 grams. BonDiGro is located just off Kaya Industria, behind Leen Bakker. See their ad on page 8. The Classical Music Board Bonaire (CMBB ) has been working hard putting together interesting concerts for the coming season. It will begin on Friday, October 17, with Ilja Huang (piano), Inge Laurijnsen (violin ) and Hein van Maarschalkenwaard (clarinet) who will perform a varied program with pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Gershwin and Conrad. For the first time the friendly and very acoustic Our Lady of Coromoto church in Antriol will host the evening. During November the well known Dutch violinist Jeroen de Groot ( pictured above) and the American pianist, Brook Cuden will perform a classical program. CMBB would already like to draw attention to a special event in December when the society will be celebrating their fifth anniversary and will offer a free concert. Please watch The Reporter as well as the CMBB website for more information: If you are a caring person, who speaks English, the Bonaire police can use your help for its victim support activity While there are already Papiamentu and Dutch speaking volunteers for victim support, native English speakers are needed as well. Orientation/education will be provided for Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2) qualified volunteers. For more information see the poster below. The next edition of The Reporter will appear on September 29 following a vacation break G./L.D. KPCN photo Bonaire’s police have become more pro-active during the last two weeks. The effort is aimed at stopping the serial robberies involving firearms. As a consequence the “stop and search” policy, begun on August 11 has been extended until September 7, 2014. Since then, dozens of people and vehicles were checked and ammunition and knives confiscated. However, firearms were confiscated in authorized raids in residential neighborhoods on August 26 and 27 and several arrests were made. It is possible that the weapons involved in the robberies are still on the streets. The threatening nature of (fire) arms possession and use in crimes has raised the feeling of insecurity within the Bonaire community. The police recognize that law-abiding citi zens may be affected by this extraordinary power of the police for preventive search es. But because of th e threat it is justified because it is used for the benefit of the safety of these citizens. It also makes clear that the fight against crime and gun control in particular, involves everyone If you have information that can assist this effort via the tip line, number 7177251, or the regular police channels. Citizens’ help is needed. Raids to resolve burglaries also continue. On Thursday, August 28th in the morning hours, a house in the Den Tera neighborhood was raided. The search was performed in connection with burglaries. A man with th e initials B. A. was arrested and articles, which are probably derived from theft, confiscated. Further investigation is planned. On Wednesday, August 27th a number of road checks were held and several fines were given, including driving without a license, failing to pay the tax and driving without valid insurance The surge in police activity is expected to continue. To help the public better understand the roles of the police officer Ronald Schlepper and colleagues presented information on police action, public safety, victim support in the Amboina, Tera Cora and Nikiboko neighborhoods.


Page 4 Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 “I am Bonairean; my mom is from Nikiboko and my dad from Rincon. My big brother and my two sisters who were born before me and my three brothers who were born after me were all born on Bonaire. I am the only one who was born on Curacao, on June 10th, 1967. I grew up in Nikiboko; I had a great childhood. My father played a Cuban guitar called ‘Tres di Cuba.’ The first time I started playing I was five years old. We had a big yard; under the tree I made my own stage with my own instruments: pots and pans and coffee cans, two sticks in my hands and I was drumming away. Sometimes my big brother would also play, but mostly it was me. I loved it! My father played in a band called ‘Carioso.’ One night when he came home I tried to snatch his guitar, but my father said ‘No, no, no! Don’t touch it! Someday I will buy a kuarta (a small guitar with four strings) for you.’ My father used to work for DOW, now SELIBON; every day I told him, ‘Dad, I need a kuarta! ’ His buddy at work was Doei Felida who drove the truck. One day Doei surprised me with a kuarta from Chechi Dortalina. I was eight years old. My father taught me two chords and from then on I learned myself. Every day I was singing and playing and whistling – all music from Bonaire. When I was 12 I played in a group called ‘Las Mariposas,’ gaita and aguinaldo (typical music from Venezuela). I played the wiri (an instrument that looks like a grater). I was in that group for two years and I also played with ‘Magic Sounds’ for one year at Lac and one year gaita, playing the wiri, with Lalan Clarenda. I played from early morning until late at night and I never got tired of it! In the meantime I went to school like any other regular kid. At the lower technical school I studied to become a fitter. In 1986 I also played gaita with a group and there, for the first time, I played the kuarta The group was sponsored by the musician, Julius Andrew, who had a boutique. I only played fo r one year with that group and then I didn’t like it anymore. I was already working for Bruce Bowker at Carib Inn. I’d started part-time, helping in maintenance and the garden; in 1987 I became full-time. At the same time I started with Bruce, I started with a steel band called ‘Silver Bullet’ and… till now I’m still with Bruce and the band! I am very good with Bruce. When I have to play he says ‘Okay!’ Bruce is a very good person; I never had a problem with him in my life. You see this house? Bruce helped me with everything! He always helps people and if I need tools, I can borrow them from him. Bruce is not a guy who stays at the office; he is always working with me! He’s a man who works very hard! Well, in 1993 I joined ‘ Piedra di Boneiru’ and with that group we participated in cultural exchange festivals on Aruba, Curacao and in Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad and Mexico. With the Silver Bullet steel band I went twice to Orlando, Florida, with the windsurf guys Tonki, Tati, Choco and Kiri. I played on the beach and at the hotel; that was fun! We started with four people in ‘ Piedra di Boneiru.’ Then later more people came and by 1993 we were seven, eight people. Around that time I also played in a group called ‘Universal.’ I played a lot in those days! In 2000 ‘ Piedra di Boneiru’ split up and part of the group started anew under the name ‘ Pal’i Wiri,’ with Doei Diaz. Doei had a big tree and we named the band after it. ‘ Pal’i Wiri ’ was the music of Ubaldo Anthony. He was the composer and I did the arrangements together with Lando Tjin Asjoe. I stayed with the group for 10 years, till 2010. Then only four people remained and that wasn’t enough for a band. On Bonaire it’s difficult to have a good group, because almost all the same musicians play in each and every band. Also, in 1993, I joined Emma Sint Jago’s group, ‘ Tutti Frutti .’ I still play with them. It’s now been 21 years with ‘ Tutti Frutti .’ I am the first guitar. I went to Aruba and Curacao with them. We’ve played on the Freewinds and twice in Holland. In July this year we went to an intercultural Caribbean festival in Santiago de Cuba, in Cuba. Surinam was the host. Next year it will be the Bahamas and in 2016 Bonaire. For me it was the first time I was in Cuba. ‘ Glenn y su Geng’ went first, then ‘the Foyan Boys’ and now ‘ Tutti Frutti’ It was good, but not to live there! Too hot! More than 40 degrees Celcius in Santiago de Cuba! I also played in ‘Niki Mix’ and ‘ESO’ and in ‘Michael & Friends’ with Michael Pietersz. In 2006 the group became ‘Crme de la Crme,’ till now. Tonight we’re playing at the Plaza.” “He is never home, only to sleep.” Richi’s wife, Josefina, smiles “I met Josefina here on Bonaire,” Richie says. “She is from Santo Domingo and we’ve been together for tw o years now.” “I like Bonaire,” Josefina nods. “ It’s quiet and I have my husband here; life is very good! Sometimes I accompany him when he plays. The music is different from that in Santo Domingo, but I like it! The little time we have, we share it together as a family with Richie’s son Richmend, who is 13 and who lives with us. And sometimes we go for a drive in the car and to get an ice cream. In Santo Domingo I have my daughter and my son and a precious granddaughter, but here I have my sister. I do massages at Habitat, helping out. However, my most important ‘client’ sits right here! He needs a lot of massages because he gets very tired!” “It’s true,” Richie says. “Every day she massages my fingers, one by one, then the hand, and then the tendons in my wrist. She’s excellent! My son is my only child. He started to learn the kuarta. He plays well; he catches on immediately, but, he likes other things: computers and his telephone. However, he has a good voice; he can sing! He also plays the drums with the steel band and he’s good at it, but he doesn’t feel like it. It’s a pity; I really would like him to play something. Well, something else I do is teach children to play the kuarta at Emma Sint Jago’s Sentro Tuturutu in Rincon on Saturdays from 2 to 3pm. I do get tired sometimes, yes, because on Mondays we practice with the steel band and on Tuesdays with ‘Crme de la Crme.’ Wednesday we play with ‘Silver Bullet’ at Plaza and on Thursday we practice with Tutti Frutti and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday we play with ‘Crme de la Crme.’ When I come home from work, I eat and shower and go to play till midnight. However, most of the time it gets to be much later, because if we don’t play at Karel’s Beach Bar during the weekend, we play at parties that last till 3am. But… I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, I live healthy. I also play checkers; I started playing when I was 13. Over the years I’ve won many prizes and in 2010-2011 I was champion of Bonaire. In April we had the ABC competition and Bonaire won second. It’s always Cu racao who wins. Now we have to work really hard to beat them next time! However, music is my true love. A tourist friend of mine once asked me, ‘Why don’t you go to a place where you can make more money?’ I answered, ‘No, I’ll stay with my people here. I am happy with all that I have and what you give is what you get. I like my lifestyle; I don’t need to be rich. I know everybody and everybody knows me and I can walk anywhere without problems. Bonaire is good. Bonaire is beautiful, but we have to be careful because it’s going too fast. We’re now about 19,000 people and the tourists don’t seem to like that. What I would like for us Bonaireans is that we help each other more instead of being envious and fight amongst ourselves. It’s hard to accomplish something here. You really have to give it all you’ve got and then it’s not easy to be successful. What I wish for myself is that maybe one day I will make my own CD. That’s something to think about for the future.” Story & photos by Greta Kooistra “ A tourist friend of mine once asked me, ‘Why don’t you go to a place where you can make more money?’ I answered, ‘No, I’ll stay with my people here. I am happy with all that I have and what you give is what you get. ” Richie poses in front of some of his awards for Checkers Richie and his wife Josefina


Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 Page 5 Dive Tank Hydro-test & Maintenance *** Repair of scuba equipment All types of cylinder hydro and visual testing Pick-up and delivery Computerized system, Printout report of test results Kaya Kilowot # 3310 Next to Bonaire Food Group Phone +599 782-2953, email: Sudoku Puzzle Sudoku Solution 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 E.M. Rijswijk, Denturist ARE YOUR DENTURES: Loose? Cracked? Missing Teeth? In Your Pocket? Worn? Causing Gum Pain? Call For An Appointmen t 717-2248 or 786-3714 Kaya J.G. Hernandez z/n (Near Botika Korona) New hours: 9 am-12 pm, 2 pm—4 pm Monday-Friday Repairs while you wait. A t the turn of the century, proprietors frequently named their estates on Bonaire after countries, like Colombia, Guatemala, Bolivia. One of the largest was “Bolivia.” Bolivia spans approximately 3,300 hectares of land in the Eastern quadrant of Bonaire from Lagun to Boka Onima. Most of its Middle Terrace limestone consists of dry, evergreen vegetation. Presently most evergreen species are virtually absent due to overgrazing during times gone by. The Middle Terrace receives a significant amount of soil material washed down from nearby Washikemba by rainwater through gullies. In the past, it was used primarily for agriculture and livestock. Boven Bolivia, the top terrace, is a dense “mondi” while the lower terrace of Beneden Bolivia consists of bushes and grasses. Yet almost any tree species present on Bonaire can also be found here. Salt spray and wind strongly influence the vegetation which grows mainly in cracks on solid limestone rock, in small erosional pits, or otherwise shallow soils. After the emancipation of slaves (151 privately owned slaves and 607 owned by the Government), when labor had to be paid for, the Dutch Government tried to find ways to boost exports from Bonaire by using other resources besides salt and aloe. None turned out to be successful: raising stock failed; donkeys roamed wild and became a nuisance; tobacco, flax and cotton crops produced little; even ship building was attempted in 1863. After 1864 when a brick and tile factory was established, bricks were shipped to Curaao, but this attempt at industry also ended in failure. (It is still possible to see scars from these factories.) There were even attempts to ship divi divi pods to Hamburg, Germany. Eventually little or no initiative was displayed by the Government in running Bonaire so considering the island a dead loss, the Government resolved in 1867 to sell its land. As a producing government plantation, Bolivia was one of the largest plantations and was sold on September 1st 1868. At the north end of the property was a “ kas di waycano” where the Vit, or overseer of the property, would reside. A Vit would not spend weekends at the plantation but would go to his home and return after the weekend. So the Vit had a helper, called “Vit’s child,” to watch over the property while he was away. Most of the other workers stayed to support and aid the Vito’s helper. Today the ruins of this house still stand, and inside are remnants of aloe transport boxes, original imported roof tiles, parts of a weighing scale, a ledger, bottles. The men who kept the Bolivia plantation open and clear for ‘traffic’donkey carts and wheel barrows had a very important role in keeping the roads clear of shrubs and rubble so they could be accessible all year ‘round. Besides producing charcoal and aloe, these men also tended to livestock with methods invented on the spot in order to run the plantation efficiently and correctly. A ‘ portero’ was a fenced-in area where goats were kept alive and transported, mainly the males ( chubatus ), which needed to be rounded up before export to Curaao, sometimes via Slagbaai, slaughtered up to 60 or 70 at a time and then salted for preservation. These fences were usually attached higher than normal to posts or trees, so the goats could not jump out and escape. The female goats were kept in porteros for milking. Another innovation was the basin for the animals’ drinking water, which was attached right next to the water cistern of the house. If a dead animal was spotted it was marked in a ledger, its whereabouts, the time of day and date, as not to recount it on a later date by someone else. Living on the plantation required improvisation and ingenuity. For example, the men would eat out of the empty calbash gourds, ( Crecsentia Cujete ) and used the Brazil dyewood ( Hymatoxylon Brasiletto ) inside the home on the open fire as this wood did not smoke heavily. Inside one of the rooms a (Continued on page 6) Source: Report by Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity Foundation, Curaao Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Netherlands


Page 6 Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 Address: Kaya Jean B. Vitt Nr. 3, Kralendijk Phone + (599) 717-5543 /1943 Cell 795-5547/5548 Fax 717 5424 Email: Web: Nutrition Prostheses Furnishings Mobility Aids Also: diabetes aids, hospital bed rental, oxygen therapy, optical & hearing aids, contraceptives, home aids, communication, and many more products and services ‘BECAUSE WE CARE’ B est Care Logistics, a company that rents and sells items like wheelchairs, hearing aids, patient lifts, walkers, crutches, electric scooters, hospital beds (all cleaned and sterilized) and much more, held an open house at their location at Kaya Jean B. Vitt 3 (the road on the left of the WEB office in town). The reason was to get better known by the general public and to inform people what Best Care Logistics stands for and what it is capable of providing. Best Care Logistics was established in 2012 and is all about care for people who are disabled or sick. They offer all three BES islands various medical devices, food supplies and services. Their highly trained certified technicians maintain and service the medical devices and products they offer. Best Care Logistics also sells nutritional supplements, health and fitness products and products for diabetes. And soon Wuzzi Caribe, a home alert system for people who live alone, will be also available to buy or to rent through ZVK (health insurance). Every two weeks an orthotic prosthetic technician who designs, builds and fits orthopedic braces, surgical supports and artificial limbs and who also provides rehabilitation care, has consultation hours at the location as well as a surgical truss maker who makes compression stockings for varicose veins, a CPAP machine specialist (for people with sleep apnea) and occupational therapists. And every week two hearing aid specialists come over from Curacao and Aruba. Best Care Logistics takes care of all people: clients who are referred by their doctor or specialist and who are insured by ZVK, and also tourists and private people. Best Care Logistics is a foundation with a threeperson board: Treasurer Marlon Bermudez, Secretary Gerrald Victorina and Chairman Karl Domacass. Manager is Lupe Uranie, who is assisted (amongst others) by all-round-man Igmar ‘Ibi’ Sili. The Open House was a big success; the website was launched the foundation went on Twitter and on Facebook Bestcare Thuiswinkel and there was lots of ‘ ambiente’ – a great atmosphere thanks to the board, the manager, many volunteers, professionals, clients and the band. Everybody was just happy to be part of it. Story & photos by Greta Kooistra Manager Lupe Uranie (left) and all-round man 'Ibi' Silie and their volunteers at the Open House. Board members Marlon Bermudez and Gerrald Victorina shelf still hangs where they kept their “medicine:” Florida water, bay rum, Vicks VapoRub and awa maravilla. To ward off colds, flu, and fever, they used leaves, roots and stems of a variety of plants and shrubs. Spines were, and still are burned off the prickly pear, creating food for goats during drought. The Kohara, Cawara di Mondi (Cordia Dentata ) blossom placed in water gave it flavor while Stokki, ( Capparis Flexuosa ), a stem of this species, was used as a tooth brush to clean teeth. Cisterns were dug by hand, with rope ladders employed to lower the diggers far enough down to collect all the water from tropical downpours. At one point there were more horses on the Bolivia plantation than donkeys. However, after a long period without rain, horses started to eat the trunks of the kadushi cactus, which was bad for their digestion, and because this phenomenon was ruining the mondi many horses were shipped off. During WWII the horses that still roamed Bolivia plantation were rounded up and slaughtered, and the meat was used to feed those held within the confines of the Internment Camp on Bonaire, ending an era of Plantashi Bolivia Today the area is sparsely populated except for donkeys and goats with a handful of homes without WEB electricity or piped water. The Bonaire Reporter is produced in Bolivia Christie Dovale Plantation Bolivia (Continued from page 5) The ruins of the gate to the Bolivia landhouse


Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 Page 7 W hile having lunch on their 37th visit to Bonaire, Joan and Alan Zale of Hartsdale, NY, who own a condo at Sand Dollar, finally had the chance to meet Bonaire Reporter Editor and Publisher Laura and George DeSalvo. George commented that the Zales probably hold the record for most appearances in the Picture Yourself feature, 11, from eight different states. George also urged them to keep those photos from exotic locations coming, which got Alan thinking, what could be their next exotic location? Laura said she attended high school in Yonkers, NY, the same hometown as Alan. What could be more exotic than Yonkers, NY, which is rich in Dutch history? What better place in Yonkers for a Picture Yourself than Charles E. Gorton High School, the Alma Mater of Reporter Editor Laura. So here again are Alan and Joan Zale, along with fellow Yonkers, NY native Mark Vergari right, who just returned from his second trip to Bonaire, in front of Charles E. Gorton High School holding three consecutive issues of The Bonaire Reporter We Would Love to Print YOUR Photo! Prize for the best photo of the year too. Send to WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next trip or when you return to your home. ROCARGO SERVICES, N.V. International Freight (Car) BV The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Europe/Holland to Bonaire Jupiterweg 1A (Ecopark) 4761 RW Moerdijk, Holland Tel 31-(0) 168-40-94 94 Offering DAILY Express Services from and to Bonaire For shipment tracking The World On Time Kaya Industria 12, KralendijkBonaire—N.A. 717-8922 FAX 717-5791 For All Your Shipping Needs Full service door to door by air and by sea. Customs clearance, transportation, warehousing. International and local relocation. Packing material in stock. Qualified and professional personnel. Timely, accurate and reliable ISO 9001: 2000 Certified Amcar Freight, Inc. The ONLY company offering direct weekly consolidation services from Miami, USA to Bonaire Amcar Freight 12600 NW 25 Street Suite 107 Miami, Fl 33182 “ IT’S ILLEGAL TO LEAVE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS UNPLAYED! WE WOULD BE SO HAPPY TO GIVE THEM A GOOD HOME!” A bout four years ago Panchito’s Kreative Kids was founded by Rhonda Bennett and Anthony Angila under Fundashon Panchito Club, a club for children. “My goal was and is,” Rhonda says, “to bring children of all cultures and origins together, to create an environment of music, art and social skills. What we provide in our after school program is consistency and structure in a loving and caring environment. We learn about bullies; what makes a bully and how to react to them. We learn comparison and empathy and being concerned with other people. My background was in group homes and this is kind of set up as a group home; we are like a family and we have responsibilities, we share and we look after each other. My first rule is ‘Respect yourself and others.’ For our fundraising this year we’re growing plants to sell at the Kriabon market (Saturday, December 6). We are constantly updating the facility and buying sound equipment for performances. Now we’re planning on building an outside bathroom, a basketball court and an ancient calendar. However, for the latter we only need rocks and a pole! We need a drum kit badly. We prepare for two shows this year: one a holiday show and one an end of the school year performance. Last year the kids performed for seven separate holiday events and that’s how we paid for our sound mixer! (Continued on page 10) Some of Panchito’s Kreative Kids pose for the camera


Page 8 Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 New items arriving every week. Pass by. Great buys on MEAT, Dutch cheeses and many other items BonDiGro is just off Kaya Industria behind Leen Bakker, across from Warehouse For more information email Phone +599 780 2121 Monday through Friday 08.00 – 18.30 Saturday 08.00 – 13.00, closed Sunday BONAIRE’S ONLY COOPERATIVE DISCOUNT SUPERMARKET 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 On The Waterfront at The Harbour Village Marina — Air-conditioning and al fresco dining 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 here are some very good artists and craftsmen behind bars in Bonaire. This was evident in the exhibition of paintings, woodwork, fabric, collage, furniture and other items during the second annual show of art works created by inmates of the Correctional Facility Caribbean Netherlands (JICN), the Bonaire prison. Over 100 paintings and other works of art were on display on Saturday, August 23, at the Jorge Nicholas Sports Hall on Kaya Amsterdam. There was a steady stream of interested viewers durin g the afternoon and much of the art was sold. A highlight of the show was an auction of the art. The proceeds of the sales will be used to provide more art materials so JICN inmates can use their productive talents and skills.The artists are supervis ed by local artist an d craftsman Andres (Adi) Figaroa. See the June 23, 2014 edition of The Bonaire Reporter for more about this inspiring man. If you are interested in purchasing call Lucrecie Paula at 795-0056 G.D. This ship model, complete with miniature cannons, was up for auction but the reserve price wasn’t met. Do you want it to be yours? The artists’ teacher, Adi Figaroa. If you are interested in commissioning a painting or craft by one of the inmates, call Adi at 786-5673. JICN head Patricia Hassell (right) examines some of the bracelets and greeting cards fashioned by the inmates of the prison facility. Art is just one of the many activities available to the prisoners to help in their return to community life.


Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 Page 9 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 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 F r e e p a rk i n g 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 Co l d Co l d Co l d Be e r a n d S o d a s Be e r a n d S o d a s Be e r a n d S o d a s S even Wounded Warriors, American soldiers injured in the service to their country, spent a week on the island as guests of numerous Bonaire businesses and government. The men hailed from six different states. Their injuries include amputations, multiple wounds, partial paralysis and PTSD. They were: Henry Isaac Berkowitz from North Carolina; Anthony Radetic from Alabama; Keven Nguyen from Texas; Manny Jimenez from Connecticut; Brian Roberts from Washington; Eric Browy from North Carolina and Tyler Wells from Illinois. Several men were accompanied by spouses, partners or children. During the week they not only received their Open Water Diver Certification at Captain Don’s Habitat, but also went kayaking, island touring, learned about fish identification, shopped, dined at several great restaurants and much more. For a listing of the sponsors of this event and background see the previous edition of The Reporter Story by G.D., Photos by Zsuzsanna Pusztai and Reporter staff Hash tag #WWWB2014 Diving fun at Captain Don’s (above and right) Warriors, at the Governor's reception, were named Bonaire Ambassadors. Great meal at Diver’s Dining downtown


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Web site: 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 Winds and weather can further influence the local tide’s height and time Day High Low High Low High Sunrise Sunset Winter Solstice MISCELLANEOUS ———————————————— For Sale: Bayliner Capri 17ft 115hp Yamaha engine, with Trailer & Cover, $12,500 negotiable Call: 788-3176 ———————————————REAL ESTATE AND RENTALS ============================== For rent 5 studios at Hato Kaya Utrecht 25. All included also use, wifi, gas, water, electricity, linen, furnished. 1/2 persons, or the house is for rent. $459,565,520,650,750.per month. 7962529 or 780-1433 during daylight. ———————————————— Unfurnished House for rent at Belnem, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, large kitchen living room, front and back porch, air conditioner, ceiling fans, garden with drip system, hot water for shower, corner house, lots of privacy. Rent price $ 750 without utilities. 2 months deposit No dogs! Phone: 785-9900 ———————————————Prime private property for sale : Corner lot in Sta. Barbara with 125 square meter bldg. foundation. 1040 square meters: $146,000.Kaya Turkesa 4A – #270 Kadaster Call 795-9760/ The only place on Bonaire for Vegetarian Ayuvedic food ( Indian Food) ————————GoGreen at Bonaire Basics Kaya Korona 47 Lunch: Tue. to Fri 12pm to 2pm Reservations 700-5488 Sept Mon 01 01:44 0.04 ft 06:15 0.31 ft 11:44 0.09 ft 18:16 0.91 ft 6:25 18:45 Tue 02 First Quarter 02:25 0.01 ft 06:54 0.30 ft 12:22 0.06 ft 18:57 0.98 ft 6:25 18:45 Wed 03 03:05 0.04 ft 07:35 0.30 ft 13:06 0.03 ft 19:40 1.02 ft 6:25 18:44 Thu 04 03:46 0.05 ft 08:20 0.32 ft 13:56 0.02 ft 20:26 1.02 ft 6:25 18:44 Fri 05 04:28 0.06 ft 09:09 0.35 ft 14:53 0.03 ft 21:15 0.99 ft 6:25 18:43 Sat 06 05:11 0.06 ft 10:04 0.40 ft 15:56 0.05 ft 22:08 0.92 ft 6:25 18:42 Sun 07 05:56 0.04 ft 11:04 0.47 ft 17:11 0.08 ft 23:07 0.83 ft 6:25 18:42 Mon 08 Full Moon 06:43 0.02 ft 12:08 0.56 ft 18:35 0.10 ft 6:25 18:41 Tue 09 00:12 0.72 ft 07:32 0.00 ft 13:12 0.66 ft 20:06 0.09 ft 6:25 18:40 Wed 10 01:25 0.62 ft 08:23 0.03 ft 14:14 0.76 ft 21:33 0.04 ft 6:25 18:40 Thu 11 02:42 0.54 ft 09:14 0.05 ft 15:12 0.85 ft 22:50 0.02 ft 6:25 18:39 Fri 12 03:57 0.49 ft 10:06 0.08 ft 16:07 0.92 ft 23:56 0.08 ft 6:25 18:38 Sat 13 05:05 0.46 ft 10:57 0.09 ft 16:59 0.97 ft 6:25 18:37 Sun 14 00:54 0.12 ft 06:05 0.45 ft 11:46 0.11 ft 17:49 0.99 ft 6:25 18:37 Mon 15 01:46 0.13 ft 06:59 0.44 ft 12:33 0.12 ft 18:35 0.98 ft 6:25 18:36 Tue 16 02:34 0.12 ft 07:47 0.43 ft 13:17 0.14 ft 19:20 0.95 ft 6:25 18:35 Wed 17 03:20 0.09 ft 08:31 0.42 ft 14:00 0.16 ft 20:03 0.91 ft 6:24 18:35 Thu 18 Last Quarter 04:02 0.04 ft 09:14 0.42 ft 14:42 0.18 ft 20:44 0.85 ft 6:24 18:34 Fri 19 04:43 0.01 ft 09:56 0.42 ft 15:25 0.21 ft 21:25 0.77 ft 6:24 18:33 Sat 20 05:21 0.06 ft 10:38 0.43 ft 16:14 0.24 ft 22:07 0.70 ft 6:24 18:33 Sun 21 05:57 0.12 ft 11:20 0.45 ft 17:12 0.26 ft 22:53 0.61 ft 6:24 18:32 Mon 22 06:31 0.17 ft 12:03 0.48 ft 18:24 0.27 ft 23:48 0.53 ft 6:24 18:31 Tue 23 07:01 0.21 ft 12:46 0.53 ft 19:49 0.26 ft 6:24 18:30 Wed 24 00:56 0.46 ft 07:28 0.25 ft 13:26 0.58 ft 21:13 0.21 ft New Moon 6:24 18:30 Thu 25 02:17 0.40 ft 07:53 0.28 ft 14:06 0.65 ft 22:22 0.15 ft 6:24 18:29 Fri 26 03:36 0.37 ft 08:19 0.30 ft 14:45 0.72 ft 23:15 0.08 ft 6:24 18:29 Sat 27 04:40 0.35 ft 08:50 0.29 ft 15:25 0.80 ft 23:59 0.02 ft 6:24 18:28 Sun 28 05:25 0.34 ft 09:30 0.28 ft 16:06 0.87 ft 6:24 18:27 Mon 29 00:38 0.03 ft 05:58 0.34 ft 10:17 0.25 ft 16:49 0.94 ft 6:24 18:27 Who’s Who on The Bonaire Reporter Celebrating 20+ years of publishing Take The Reporter Home—1-year subscription: By mail to US $75; By mail to Europe $170. 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Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij, Curaao 2014 The Bonaire Reporter +(599) 785-6272 EXPERIENCE A DIFFERENT BONAIRE STAY THREE NIGHTS AT BONAIRE'S ONLY ECO LODGE Last minute prices: $200 (2 pax 3 nights), $250 (3 pax 3 nights), 280$ (4 pax 3 nights) only to be booked max. 2 weeks in advance / min. 3 days in advance. Call **(599) 785-6272 or email : HANSOUTDOOR@HOTMAIL.COM WWW.ECOLODGEBONAIRE.COM At the moment we have around 30 children and we don’t need more. Caesar Pestana helps with the homework and I work with volunteers. I don’t want to discourage or encourage people, so that I will always have a spot for a child who really needs it. We do need money, but volunteers who can give us a big hand in physical construction labor are more than welcome, and you know what,” she grins ‘it’s illegal to leave musical instruments unplayed! It’s almost criminal! We would be so happy to give them a good home and put them in the hands of children to be played! For the time being, until our Facebook page is ready(who has time to do that? who wants to volunteer?) – people can reach us at 786-7657 or mail me or for more info they can go to the Panchito Club Facebook page. Donations are always welcome and you can find us in the address book of the create payment option of Maduro and Curiel’s Bank under the letter P for Panchito Club.” Story & photo by Greta Kooistra Panchito’s Kreative Kids (Continued from page 7) Want to Buy or Sell Something? Do it with an ad in The Reporter Classified Personal ads FREE Business ads CHEAP


Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 Page 11 Choose your size from 5’x5’ to 10’x20’. Prices from $32 to $153 per month. Call 700-1753 O u t o f S p a c e ? A campaign has begun to make us better aw are that Bonaire is a place to be proud of. It’s often too easy for the press, the politicians and people to focus on the negative aspects of island life when in r eality there are far more positive factors. The project is being run by Inisiativa Vishon Akshon and sponsored by MCB, WEB and Telbo and will attempt to make very visible the qualities that make Bonaire the outstanding place it is. One of methods is a media campaign that uses role models who are ordinary Bonaire people from all walks of life to explain why they, themselves are pr oud of their island. There is much more to this campaign but the kickoff event was so close to press time the details will have to wait until the next edition of The Reporter In the meantime fill out the form above and send it in. G.D. B onaire’s karate team continues its winning ways. On the weekend of August 16 and 17 six Bon Karate team members under the leadership of Sensei Peter Silberie competed in the Poeketi International Karate Tournament in Paramaribo, Surinam. It was a well attended event with numerous participants. Taking away awards were: € Ashanty MartinaGold Medal First Place € Kia-San Silberie and Thuersten Winklaar—Silver medals for Second Place € Miguel Pietersz and Bandon Fernando—Bronze Medals for Third Place € In addition Kia-San Silberie was awarded a trophy for being the Most Disciplined Athelete. The team gained valuable experience in the high level of competition in Surinam which will be an asset when they participate in the upcoming PanAmerican Games in Lima, Peru. Press release translation Winners (listed below) with their awards. Sensei Silberie at right.


Page 12 Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 REGULAR EVENTS Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for residents and local people. Tel. 7178489, 540-9800. Parke di Libertat -Park-playground and canteen (formerly Dare to Care Park) Behind the hospital. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm. Free entrance. Saturdays €Marshe di Kunukeru (Farmers’ Market ) First Saturday of the month at Kriabon, Kaminda Jatu Baco #55, next to Aquamarin School, 8am to 1pm. €Monthly Cultural Market at Mangazina di Rei—Last Saturday of the month 8am-2pm. See the real Bonaire: traditional music, crafts, local produce, Creole kitchen, educational presentations. Mangazina di Rei is on the Rincon Road, at the eastern entrance to Rincon €Last Saturday of the month – donate foods and household items to Food Bank ( Stichting voedselbank Bonaire) from 9:30am-2 in front of Van den Tweel Supermarket Z Rei is on the i € 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 79 pm. ( Always call to make sure it’s on: Tel. +5999-560-7539 ) Snacks and tasting of six wines for $10 per person. €PetanqueJeu de Boules, 2:30pm, Tera Cora Ranch. Info: 7860150 Sundays €Landhuis DeTuinReal Jamaican BBQ on the terrace of the land house in the quiet countryside. Jerk Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Seafood Curry, Veggie Dish, Child’s plate, Bread Pudding. On the road to Lac Bai – Kaminda Lac #101. Follow the signs, 12 noon to 6 pm. Tel. +599-786-6816, +599-7011982. A Forsa training school. €Kunuku Arawak Music, drinks, local food, dancing, 10 am—6 pm. Live music starts at 4 pm. Tel.7867210 Mondays € Bonaire Goat Cheese Farm Tour—9 am. Meet the goats, see milking, cheese making and more. $10 includes cheese tasting and tea, Kids $5. 786-6950Also on Wednesdays & Fridays € Happy Hour at Captain Don’s Habitat Bar. The books of Bonaire’s dive pioneer, Captain Don, will be available: Island Adrift, Shangri-la, Sea Trauma and his newest book Reef Windows 5:30-7pm. Tel. 717-8290 Wednesdays €Bonaire Goat Cheese Farm Tour— 9am. See Monday for more information € 30-minute Meditation at Yoga Bonaire, 12 noon, Bonaire Basics. Donation. Call 786-6416 email: info@bonaireyoga.coim €Divemaster’s Night at Bistro de Paris Restaurant at Harbour Village Marina. Free house rum when you buy a coke. € Echo Parrot (Lora) Foundation tours of their Dos Pos Conservation Centre. The tour gives an insight into Echo’s work and best of all it is led by local guides who ar e eager to share their knowledge of Bonaire and are donation based. Meet at the Dos Pos windmill before 430 pm and bring good shoes as it’s “off road.” Alternatively you can book a private tour through Flow Bonaire Phone: +599 788 4636. Fridays €Bonaire Goat Cheese Farm Tour— 9am. See Monday for more information Saturdays Every last Saturday of the month, from 9 am to 2 pm, volunteers from the Food Bank collect donations of food at the doors of the Van Den Tweel Supermarket. FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS Monday Touch the Sea Dee 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 onisland 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 Chichi i Tan Museum. Step into the past—a typical old Bonairean home, furnishings and garden. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays 10am-3pm. 1st Sunday of month, live performances of local musicians, arts & crafts. Free but donations appreciated. Kaya Melon #4, behind Rose Inn in Rincon. 786-6420/78-7842 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 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. 717-4211. 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: 10:30am & 7pm; Wednesday: 7pm. Services in Papiamentu (English also if needed) Address: Kaya Msgr. ndt 25 (same street as Dr. Dorvil) Cell: 796-0721. email: iglesiadicristobonaire CLOSE-IN EVENTS Iron Orders MC Caribbean Pirates Bonaire Day Weekend: Thursday 4th September : Bike Unloading, Welcome and happy hour party at night at IOMC Club House Friday 5th September: Bike Unloading, Registration 8-11pm at the IOMC CH Happy hour start Friday 8pm till Sunday late at the I.O.M.C club house down town Saturday 6th September: The official Bonaire flag day Ride .gathering at; take off 11am with several stops included Sorobon with bikers’ games Ending with happy hour and parties at IOMC CH, Karel's Beach Bar, Divers Diner, Little Havana Sunday 7th September: The famous Sunset Ride, leave 2.30pm from the IOMC CH with several stops including Best Brands at Kaya Industria with st unt show. Ending with the traditional closing ceremony. Saturday, September 6 Bonaire Day. Bonaire’s Flag Day and a legal holiday, at Wilhelmina Park Monthly Kriabon Farmers’ Market – local fruits and vegetables, crafts, food, more This month it’s at Don Paranda, on the road from Nikiboko to Sorobon, 9am to 6 pm — Stichting Adonai Fundraiser -Homemade local food – Goat Stew, Conch Stew, Fried Fish – at Mangazina Aruba, behind the Kolegio Rein Beatrix School, 12-3pm. Everyone is welcome. The Stichting’s aim is to grow our own fruits and vegetables. More information call Lula (+5999) 561-7305 Sunday, September 14 — Mountain Bike Fun Race Information: Frank at DeFreewieler 717-8545 Bonaire Day (legal holiday) Sunday, October 5 —Jong Bonaire's Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire Event 5-11 47th Annual Bonaire Regatta Friday, October 17 —Classical Music Board Bonaire concertpiano, violin, clarinet– Coromoto Church. More on page 3 Saturday, October 18 Dive Friends Bonaire's Underwater Cleanup Sunday, October 19 — Duo Xtreme Mountain Bike Race — Frank at DeFreewieler 717-8545


Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 Page 13 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, personal banking. Each client is a person, not a number. Their office is in the historic building at Kaya Grandi 48. BARS Zazu Bar at the Marina at Harbour Village 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 Hair Affair Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and facial waxing. Great new shop on Kaya Grandi. Walk-in service too. 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. 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 BHM Bonaire Hydro-test & Maintenance offers repair of Scuba Equipment, dive tank hydro testing pressure tests with computerized accuracy. Pickup and delivery too. 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, Dushi Shoes on Kaya Grandi, open now. 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. HEALTH CARE Best Care Logistics provides everything necessary for people who are disabled or sick, including prostheses, diet ary supplements, furnishings, mobility equipment, diabetes aids, hospital beds, oxygen therapy, optical & hearing aids, contraceptives, home aids, communication, and more 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 above or underwater video and still photographer for the wedding or other important events in your life. ScubaVision, Kaya Grandi 6. See website scubavi or ScubaVision on YouTube REAL ESTATE /RENTAL AGENTS 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. Bobbejans– Bonaire’s quintessential “rib joint” not only has some of the best ribs but tasty extras like Gado-Gado, pork chops and fries. Open Friday night and weekends only. 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. 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/FITNESS Bon Bida Spa & Gym World Class fitness and health facilityClasses, top notch machines, trainers. Day, monthly or annual rates. SUPERMARKETS BonDiGro— Cooperative discount super market offering low prices and friendly service. Open all day and Saturday too. New location across from Warehouse TOP Supermarket— Conveniently located downtown at the old Cultimara location. Featuring a complete selection including liquors, fresh meat, fruit and vegetables. 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


Page 14 Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 TUNG FONG STORE N.V. “The Store With Almost Everything” 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. H ere’s “Gwen,” taking a little break between socializing. This pup has proved to be a friendly, outgoing dog who gets along with people – she just loves them and enjoys their company. Gwen is also good with other dogs. Here’s a dog that is always ready to learn. She’s more than just a Dalmatian; she has other qualities she’s gained from her diverse background that’s made her more relaxed and focused than some of her Dalmatian forbearers. All that family background has produced a great looking dog. One would think it was planned that way. She’s about two years old, she’s been sterilized, is in perfect health. The adoption fee includes her shots, worming, exam, sterilization and even an ID chip. You may see her and the other pets who have been checked out for adoption at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 1pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 7174989. They’re on Facebook too. Animal Owners: Here’s a special note for you from Exit Studio I Promise You I’ll care for you for all your life. I’ll protect you from harm. I’ll provide you with a good and safe home. I’ll respect your life. I’ll treat you as a member of my family. I’ll never neglect my responsibilities towards you. I’ll keep you healthy and happy. I’ll always love you. I’ll never abandon you. Story & photo by Laura DeSalvo Kaya Grandi 32B, down a bit in the alley in between Best Pearls and Gio’s Ice Parlor Phone: 717-9181 Experienced Staff Eye Exams on site Advanced Equipment Lens Fabrication Top Brands: Ray Ban, Oakley, Lacoste, Chanel I n the last few weeks the Shelter received lots of puppies. Some of them were found in the drop off cage and were in terrible condition. Sometimes we found whole families of dogs, with the pups in the cage and the mom and dad dogs tied to the fence. It never stops. It is a very frustrating situation for the Shelter. The Shelter provides a free spay and neuter program to prevent unplanned and unwanted puppies We even pick up the dogs from their home if the owner does not have transportation. In fact, the only thing the owner has to do is make an appointment with the vet. They do not have to pay a penny. They do not have to worry about the transportation of the dog to and from the vet. The Shelter takes care of everything. But still a lot of pups are dumped at the Shelter. This is very difficult to accept. Fortunately, there is a growing contingent of people on the island who are acting more responsibly and helping to save animals lives by spaying/neutering their pets. Story & photo by Marlies Tiepel Anneke and Hetty in the puppy kennel “ Gwen ”


Bonaire ReporterSept. 1-29, 2014 Page 15 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), 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 LÂ’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 *to find it... just look up CELESTIAL DRAMA IN THE NIGHT SKY T his is our favorite time of the year for stargazing in the Sky Park. WeÂ’re actually excited because our two favorite constellations, Scorpius and Orion, are perfectly positioned this week to play out a celestial drama in the night sky. Plus, there's a teapot and a very tardy rabbit to throw into the mix. Just after sunset, any time this week face west. Just to the right of the j-shaped star pattern marking Scorpius the scorpion, you'll see the red planet Mars and the ringed planet Saturn As the week passes, you'll see these planets slowly moving among the stars of the constellation, Libra the scales. A celestial drama between two of our favorite constellations is going on. The first player is Scorpius the scorpion. As legend has it, Scorpius was sent by Gaia the goddess of the Earth, to punish Orion the hunter for boasting about what a great hunter he was. So, while Orion was out hunting, the scorpion stung him on his ankle. The gods then placed Orion on the opposite side of the sky so the scorpion wouldn't sting him again. Orion's friend Sagittarius was a centaur, but he was also a very good archer. So, he went to go find the scorpion to kill it in revenge for stinging his friend, Orion. It can be tough to find all the stars in Sagittarius. However, there are eight stars that really stand out. They form an asterism we like to call the teapot. Of these eight stars, you can use these three to mark the spoutÂ… these three to mark the lidÂ… these four to outline the handleÂ… and these four represent the body. As Alice in Wonderland discovered, a tea party is always a lot more fun when you invite friends to join you. So let's modify our story a little bit and say that Scorpius, feeling remorseful for having stung Orion, invites him to have tea. Not wanting to be alone with the scorpion, Orion invites Lepus the hare to join him. According to legend, Lepus was the rabbit Orion was hunting when the scorpion stung him. Lepus the hare is a constellation just to the south of Orion, but like our rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, our rabbit is running late for the party. If you watch the sky throughout the night, you'll see the stars slowly rising in the east and setting in the west. During the course of the night, Scorpius and his teapot are slowly moving across the sky. The problem with this is, that because the gods put Orion on the opposite side of the sky from the scorpion, Orion can never catch up to the scorpion. So tired of waiting for Orion, the scorpion dips below the horizon around midnight, taking the teapot with him. Shortly before 3 in the morning, the handle of the teapot disappears below the western horizon. At the same time, Orion finally appears in the east. So it isn't until almost 4:30 in the morning that both Orion and his lagomorphs (a plant-eating mammal with two pairs of incisors in the upper jaw specifically adapted for gnawing. Rabbits and hares are lagomorphs.) companion are completely above the horizo n. Much to their dismay, the party is over and the scorpion and his teapot are long gone for the night. So, remember, if you're a scorpion, and want to have a tea party, make sure your guests are nearby. Dean Regas & James Albury By Astrologer Michael Thiessen September 2014 ARIES (Mar. 21April 20) Take time to talk things over. Travel for business or pleasure. Be careful; you may say something you'll regret later. Don't overindulge in anyway. This is a great day to spend with family. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. TAURUS (Apr. 21May 21) You may not get your facts correct this month; double-check before making any statements. Be prepared to encounter new friendships that will provide you with valuable information. Your best results will come through business trips. Be honest if you wish to solve the problem. Your luckiest events will occur on a Saturday. GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Opportunities to travel will be favorable in terms of moneymaking connections. Be careful that you don't overextend yourself. It might be best to work on your own; if possible, do your job out of your home this month. You may find that you can be the recipient of valuable information if you're willing to be a good listener. Your luckiest events will occur on a Saturday. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will be able to enlist the help of colleagues who believe in your ideas. Don't be shy; if you want to spend more time with a special person, make a commitment. You will be able to borrow money in order to invest. Try not to get into disputes that will lead to estrangements. Your luckiest events will occur on a Saturday. LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your need to get away could lead you into greater debt. Romantic opportunities will flourish through travel or communication. Be prepared to take care of the issues at hand. Children will want to help.Your luckiest events will occur on a Monday. VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You may find that someone at work hasn't been trustworthy. Try to calm down emotionally about personal financial matters. Don't believe everything you hear. Your ability to organize and get everyone together will enhance your popularity and bring interest from potential mates. Your luckiest events will occur on a Tuesday. LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't deny yourself this month. You'll be tempted to spend extravagantly this month. Chances to express your ideas and beliefs can bring popularity as long as you're not arrogant. Your lack of interest in your partner is a problem. Your luckiest events will occur on a Wednesday. SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Spend time getting into physical activities with your lover. If you can put some work into home improvements, you should. Uncertainty regarding your direction is likely. You need to refrain from being the generous one in the group. Your luckiest events this occur on a Wednesday. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You'll feel much better when your slate is clean again. Sudden changes of heart may cause disruptions in your domestic scene. You must be careful not to reveal secrets or get involved in gossip. Consider starting a small business on the side. Look for a marketable gimmick. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday. CAPRICORN (Dec 22.Jan. 20) Opportunities to make money may interfere with your personal plans. If you put your energy into physical outlets you will avoid confrontations. You may find that others do not do things the way you want; however, if the job gets done, let it pass. Try not to get backed into corners. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday. AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You have a lot to offer. Organize your house and be sure to include the whole family in the projects you have set out to do. It's time to let loose. You can make major decisions regarding your professional direction. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday. PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You should be on the road. You can make career moves that will be prosperous. An older member of the family may need assistance. Travel opportunities must be taken advantage of. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.


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