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Thursday, August 31, 2006

New Shop Offers Trendy Fashion, Music and More

A new store, Jody’s Fashion, Music & Trends, recently opened its doors on Bonaire. Located in the Lagoen Hill section of the island, the shop offers current European fashions from brands including Replay, Armani, Diesel, and Bikkembergs, as well as CDs, Music DVDs, MP3 players, and other trendy goods.

The shop also has a new web site located at www.JodysBonaire.com, featuring an overview of the goods available. It is an eclectic mix of offerings, ranging from DVDs of The Carpenters to CDs of the Baha Men, with a variety of musical talent in between, as well as fashion and perfume.

Jody’s Fashion, Music & Trends, operated by Jo and Dymphie Bux, is located at Lagoen Hill 18 (off Kaminda Lagoen), and is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm. For more information call +599-717-5215. (Source: Announcement from Jody’s Fashion, Music & Trends)

Posted by Jake Richter on August 31, 2006 at 3:49pm AST
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Special Rincon Marshe Begins Bonaire Day Celebrations

The Rincon Marshe Commission invites all to visit the Marshe di Rincon this Saturday, September 2, 2006 beginning the Bonaire Day celebrations with a program filled with educational and cultural activities in the form of a festival.

The marshe (street fair) will begin at 8:00 AM and will last until 4:00 PM.  Throughout the day there will be various cultural and local musical presentations by such groups as Nos Kosecha and Tuti Fruti.  Stands will be open selling locally made souvenirs as well as food and beverages.  The special dish of this week will be made by Mrs. Breinburg with her Surinamese cooking.  For more information on the Rincon Marshes, click here(Source:  Extra)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 31, 2006 at 3:46pm AST
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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bonaire Holds 15th Annual Local Fishing Tournament

This Sunday, all fishermen are invited to participate in the 15th Annual Bonaire Local Fishing Tournament.  This popular event celebrates the maritime history of Bonaire, significant to many local families whose maritime history may go back several generations.

Each year, the event is dedicated to a local, Bonairean fisherman who fishes by traditional methods, and this year Ramon Graciano Janga is honored.  Boats can depart at any time on Sunday, September 3rd for the one-day tournament, but must be back in by 5:00 PM, when the catch will be registered.  In keeping with Bonaire’s reputation for reef conservation, certain restrictions on fish eligibility do apply.  For example, no reef fish, shark, or moray eels can be caught, and no fish under 2 kilograms is eligible.

Registration is free and can be done at the home of Dui Diaz (next to Richard’s Restaurant) by 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 2, 2006.  Be sure to bring proof of boat registration.  (Although boat crews may be of any nationality, boats must be locally registered with the Harbourmaster’s Office.) All registered participants will receive dinner, beverages, and 2 t-shirts.

Friday, September 8th, 2006, is the feast day of the Virgen del Valle (the patron saint of fishermen) and awards will be presented after the traditional “Blessing of the Fleet” at 6:30 PM.  All awards reflect safety equipment necessary to safe operation; VHF radios, flair kits, compasses, GPSs, and first-aid kits are just some of the awards.  The grand prize will be a 17-foot open skiff handmade here on Bonaire by master boat-builder Luty Craane.  (Source:  Tournament Organizers)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 30, 2006 at 3:37pm AST
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Bonaire Welcomes the Wounded Warriors in October

During the week of October 14-21, 2006, nine U.S. soldiers and marines, eight men and one woman who have been seriously injured, will come to Bonaire along with members of their families and representatives from the Handicapped Scuba Association and DEMA to complete the final step in the process of obtaining their dive certifications.

These wounded warriors began the process of scuba certification in July, 2006 at the Disabled Sports USA 2006 Adaptive Water Spots Festival.  As part of its nationwide Wounded Warrior Sports Project, this festival provided the opportunity for injured service men and women, many with single or multiple amputations, to experience water sports like sailing, water skiing, and scuba diving. Of the eleven service people who tried scuba at the Festival, nine of them decided to pursue their dive certification in the warm waters of another country, and Bonaire provides the ideal location.

For additional information, click here(Source:  TCB Press Release)

UPDATE: 2006-08-31 - We have just updated the link shown above with the English language press release from Tourism Corporation Bonaire.

Posted by Susan Davis on August 29, 2006 at 10:31am AST
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Bonaire Artist, Nochi Koffie, Completes Wall Mural in Holland

Bonaire artist, Nochi Koffie, has recently completed a tremendous project in Holland, where he painted a wall mural for Lucas Diving in Holland. 

Mr. Lucas, owner of Lucas Diving and Nochi’s patron in this project, expressed his satisfaction and happiness with the form the project has taken and its final results.  Many people watched Nochi while he was working and admired the different phases of the work.  For additional information, click here(Source:  TCB Press Release)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 29, 2006 at 10:05am AST
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Sixth Annual Bonaire Eco Swim To Be Held on October 21

This one day event will include a 10k Swim along the coastline of Bonaire, the Deep Blue 5k swim from the coast of Bonaire to Klein Bonaire and back rounding fixed buoys, The Metric Mile, a swim from just off Klein Bonaire to the coast of Bonaire and the Fun Swim, which will be approximately 200 meters along the coast of the Island. 

The races will take place in the morning with an awards ceremony that afternoon.  The entry fee for the Deep Blue 10k, 5k and Metric Mile is $75 per swimmer per event and includes welcome dinner, t-shirt and swim cap.  For more information on the event visit http://www.AquaMoonAdventures.com(Source:  EZ News)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 29, 2006 at 9:48am AST
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Monday, August 28, 2006

The Eighth Annual Bonaire Bikers’ Tour Runs from September 1 through 3, 2006

This weekend the Bonaire Bikers MC will hold their eighth annual Bonaire Bikers’ Tour.  With more than 300 total participants expected, bikers from the United States, Holland, St. Martin, Venezuela, and Costa Rica will be converging on Bonaire for the weekend’s festivities.  Those coming from Curacao and Aruba will be attending after having shipped their motorcycles via container.

There will be different activities throughout the weekend program that will be held on the waterfront promenade between Karel’s Beach Bar and City Cafe.  Additionally, there will be rides in Bonaire’s neighborhoods to show the visitors all that the island can offer and to encourage cultural exchange and to show Bonaire’s friendliness with our visitors.

For additional information, including how to register and a schedule of events, click here(Source:  Bonaire Bikers MC)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 28, 2006 at 4:13pm AST
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Bonaire Commissioner Dortalina Offers His Views for the Future of Bonaire under the Netherlands

During a referendum by the residents of Bonaire in 2004, a majority of the population voted that as part of the anticipated change of the nature of the country of the Netherlands Antilles, Bonaire should establish a direct link with the Netherlands. As a result of that referendum and others on the other four islands in the Netherlands Antilles, Curacao and Sint Maarten will be heading to some sort of more independent status, while Saba, Sint Eustasius, and Bonaire will be gaining closer ties with Holland. The devil is in the details, however, and all the islands and Holland are busy at work trying to come to a solution.

Today, Bonaire Commissions Reginald R. Dortalina issued a statement reemphasizing the results of the results of the Bonaire referendum, but also stating that any such direct link must take into account Bonaire’s individual character, culture, and identity, as that is best for Bonaire.

He said in his statement that he feels it is imperative in any future change in status that Bonaire is able to “keep it tailored and made for Bonaire.” This means that any such future change in status be adaptable in its own form to the requirements of a small island such as Bonaire.

Acknowledging that the people of Bonaire have already voted for a direct link with the Netherlands in its past referendum, and that the choice of the people has been ratified unanimously by the Island Council, he stated that Bonaire now has several possibilities from which to choose, such as forming a province, municipality, public body, or the structure of an ultra-peripheral territory.

Becoming a province does not seem viable when one takes into account the small size of Bonaire. In regard to a municipality, Commissioner Dortalina believes the distance between Bonaire and the Netherlands makes this difficult, especially when the differences in character, culture, and identity are also taken into consideration. It is for reasons such as these that Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius have jointly chosen a structure of integration, but with the possibility of deviating from the current structures in the Netherlands.

No matter which structure is chosen, it is imperative that Bonaire keep its own identity, with its own modern port, airport, and fire department, which must meet all international requirements. In considering that Bonaire is dependent, to a high level, upon tourism, Commissioner Dortalina feels that Bonaire must have these infrastructures in place so that tourists are assured of such services.  Additionally, the island must ensure that it has ample training from primary education all the way to specialized education, along with proper road care, rain water drainage, social housing, and social care-especially for the island’s youth and elderly.

Therefore, the Council of State will give its recommendation by the end of September in regard to the new possible structure for the smaller islands of the Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius).  After all recommendations have been submitted, these will be presented for comment to the Island Council of Bonaire. After both the Island Council and the oversight committee have given their comments, members of parliament will make the final decision at a public Council meeting. (Source: Bonaire Government Press Release)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 28, 2006 at 7:32am AST
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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Wind & Sun Vacations Offers Low-Season Dive, Windsurf, and Kiteboard Specials

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations has teamed up with various Bonaire tourist-sector companies to provide a variety of low season packages for divers, windsurfers, and kiteboarders.  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is owned by windsurfer and event promoter Ann Phelan, who has over 19 years experience in Caribbean travel planning. 

For the full news release, click here(Source:  Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 26, 2006 at 9:57am AST
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Friday, August 25, 2006

Bonaire’s Own Delno Tromp Publishes “Recipes for Success”; Proceeds Benefit Special Olympics Bonaire

Recipes for Success is compiled by Delno Tromp, originally from Bonaire, on behalf of the Special Olympics Bonaire, and is a book of 87 pages with over 290 quotations about success.

The book will arrive on Bonaire in October, 2006 with thanks going to KLM for providing cargo transport.  All proceeds will go to the Special Olympics Bonaire for the Bonaire Team to travel to the World Games to be held in Shanghai, China, in October, 2007.

Cover painting is courtesy of Linda Richter of Bonaire. Thanks for proof-reading go to Susan Davis, Mike Gaynor, Marvel Tromp-Muller, Graham Davison, Art and Anna Kleimer, and George and Laura De Salvo.  Quotations from several well known Bonaire residents are also included.

For additional information, visit www.delnotromp.com(Source:  Web site of Delno Tromp)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 25, 2006 at 4:41pm AST
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