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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy

29-Oct.-2012
The Borough of Bogota is still under a state of emergency until further notice.
All schools within the Borough will remain close for Tues. 30- Oct. NJTransit will still be suspended until after weather conditions have improved. There are fallen trees on some streets and flooding has closed the lower section of W.Ft Lee rd to the Dillard Bridge.
For more any emergency please contact the Bogota Police atwww.bogotapolice.org

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Police Alerts

28- Oct-2012
  Bogota Police have issued several alerts in preparation for the possible of Hurricane Sandy effecting the local area.

- Alert: Governor Christie Declares State of Emergency

- High Wind Warning in effect from 6 a.m. Monday morning through 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Please take all necessary steps to prepare for this weather event by removing all lawn ornaments, decorations, etc. which may become projectiles which will cause damage. 

- With an increase in luring incidents involving our youth the Borough of Bogota has expanded its' curfew restrictions as follows: 

Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Sunday, October 28th through Thursday, November 1st Parents shall not allow unaccompanied juveniles to be in any public place during these hours. 

In edition, PARKING PERMISSIONS will not be accepted from Sunday through Thursday. All Residents are asked to keep vehicles off of roadways so that we may maintain roads and keep them safe. 

Chief John Burke


Bogota Office of Emergency Management Contact # is (201) 646-0802

Please visit www.bogotapolice.org and www.ready.nj.gov for very useful resources to see us through this event safely. 

It is also asked that residents look after neighbors who may need assistance as the storm continues through the area. 



Hurricane Sandy

28-Oct-2012
    In preparation of the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy on the local area the  Bogota Board of Education has canceled all classes for Mon Oct. 29- 2012 As of this time there have been no decision about Tuesday classes. There have been no official announcement about St. Joseph's school, Trinity, or Bogart school. However it would be recommended the Parents of those students should contact their school for updates.    
   New Jersey Transit has started a system wide shut of all transit services, including Train, Buses, and Light Rail systems.  NJ Transit   will assess the status of the system and test critical infrastructure before making any decisions regarding the potential resumption of service.  For more information please go to www.njtransit.com
   For weather updates , and other Hurricane related news please  go the National Weather Service at www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi . 

    In local sports news the Bogota Football Bucs lost at Saddle River yesterday by the score of 12- 34. This drops the Bucs record to 4-4 . There next game is Sat. 3- Nov against Lodi. This will be played at Fiegel Field with a 1:00p Kick-off.
   The Lady Bucs Volleyball team have won the Bergen County Girls Volleyball  Championship, at Old Tappan with a 2-1 (17-25; 25-20: 25-22) victory over Immaculate Heart Academy.  The Lady Bucs become the first group 1 the 38 year old tournament.  Bogota made their chance to face IHA again as the defeat Group 3 Old Tappan 2-0 (25-16: 25-10). Bogota went into the final game with a 24 game winning streak  and would not let the Blue Eagles prevent them  from one more victory.
  This is the third Tournament championship for the Lady Bucs this year already having won the  Northern Valley Invitational  near the beginning of the year. The taking the top spot in the Garden State Classic  in October.  Next for the Lady Bucs is the defense of their Group 1 North, and State titles.




Thursday, October 25, 2012

Police Advisory

25- Oct- 2012
 The Bogota Police Dept. has issued several advisory for local residents.
 The first is in lieu of the news stories about "luring incidents" from the Bogota Police:

In an effort to address the recent luring incidents experienced in our surrounding communities the Bogota Police Department requests all Citizens to be more diligent and observant as to their surroundings and report any suspicious incidents immediately to the police. 

As in the past, Bogota will be enforcing its' Juvenile Curfew Ordinance during the Halloween Holidays which states: 

-No juvenile shall be in any public place in the borough between the hours of 10:00 p.m. on October 29 and 6:00 a.m. on October 30 and 10:00 p.m. on October 30 and 6:00 a.m. on October 31 unless accompanied by the juvenile's parent or guardian. Parents shall not allow unaccompanied juveniles to be in any public place during these hours. 

We will also have additional patrols deployed.; 

Thank you for your continued cooperation. 

Chief Burke


The next is on  the possible effect of Hurricane Sandy on the local area;


All residents are encouraged to begin preparations in advance of the pending weather event which will impact our area sometime between late Sunday through Tuesday. 

Bogota Office of Emergency Management will be continually updating the Borough of Bogota Website and Bogota Police Department Website with useful information and resources to assist all residents during this weather event. Information will be updated prior to and during the event. Please check the websites often. 

Please review safety procedures with your family and neighbors as we attempt to keep everyone in our community safe. 

More information to follow.

Contact Information:
Antero "Tito" Jacksion
Bogota Office of Emergency Management 

201-487-2400
oem@bogotapolice.org

Bogota Sports

25-Oct.-2012
  Some items from High School Sports
 - Girls and Boys cross country teams each had double championship wins, The first was the NJIC League Championship on Tuesday 16- Oct at the Garrett Mountain course Both squads won the Patriot Division title. With seven runners placing in the top 25 and sweeping the first three places  Elizabeth O'Brien lead the Girls squad to victory finishing  in first place, followed by Jillian O'Brien, then Anais Fernandez coming in third with all three crossing the line within 3 seconds of each another.
  The Boys team was lead by Jovanie Sotomayor's second place finish helping secure the win. Liam Geraghty placed fourth, with Quinn Geraghty taking fifth. the Boys placed their seven runners in the top 28 of the 61 man field.
On Saturday 20-Oct. the squads completed their double by winning the Varsity Group D Championships at Darlington Park.
  The Girls place all seven runners in the top 20 with Anais Fernandez finishing in second, Elizabeth O'Brien taking third and Jillian O'Brien finishing fifth.
  For the Boys Jovanie Sotomayor had a second place finish.With  Liam Geraghty placing sixth and Michael Gioiosa taking tenth.

Girls Squad

Boys Squad

Senior Girls

Seniors
Photos courtesy of Mary Ellen Murphy 
In Volleyball the Lady Bucs finished their season 25-2 with a 2-0 (25- 9 ; 25-14)  win at Ramapo the next start the Section playoff ranked as the #1 team and face #32 Roselle in the first round. this will be played Tuesday 30- Oct.

In Football the Bucs travel to Saddle Brook on Saturday for a 1:00p kick-off.






Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Question forCouncil Candidates Part 2

23-Oct-2012
  Part 2 of  five questions for the candidate who are running for the two seat that are being voted on for Bogota Borough  Council. Election day is Tuesday 6- November the polls will be opened from 6:00a to 8:00p
  The Candidates are :
- For the Republican Party:
  Former Councilwoman Anne- Marie Mitchell she was twice elected to the Bogota Borough Council the most recent time being from 2007-2010. Ms. Mitchell is the current Treasurer for the Bogota Library Board ,along with being a Trustee of the Bogota Rescue Squad.
Tina Trotta Is running for Borough Council for the first time she is a member of Big Sisters of America, and a Volunteer for the American Red Cross.
 The questions  will be posted in three parts. Not every question was answered by every candidate but the answers listed are the candidates own work from the correspondents with Bogota Blog NJ. The order in which the answers are presented is random, so each candidate will be the first answer listed for a question.
   Bogota Blog NJ hope this will serve as a useful tool in for the Citizens of the Borough to help them decided on who they should trust with their vote. Bogota Blog NJ will NOT be endorsing any one candidates or party. It is the firm belief of this outlet that the best person with the best ideas be giving the chance to serve the community.
- For the Democratic party:
  Incumbent Councilman Jorge Nunez. he is seeking reelection to a second term as a Bogota Councilman. He is a member of the Bixby School PTA, as well as being a past PTA Board Member. Council Nunez has served as Fire and Police Commissioner during his term as Council Member.
  Rob Robbins  is running for Borough Council for the first time. He has served as a member on the Board of Education, and is the current President of the Bogota Democratic Club. Mr. Robbins also has served as the president of the Bixby School PTA.

Bogota Blog NJ
-At one time there was talk of a Federal Grant to build an overpass at Ft.Lee rd. ( or at least do a study on it.) What has happen to it. Also what kind of plan can be made to quiet the trains at that crossing.

Rob Robbins
It is my understanding that the overpass project at Fort Lee road had a few issues that had put the project on the back burner.
I am told one of the reasons the project had not moved forward was the fact that some trains carried shipments with 2 containers one on top of the other, this presented some clearance issues. 
It has since been filled in but did you know at one time there was an underground walkway? 
Also, I have been told a conductor is required to blow the horn before every crossing as a warning the train is approaching. I am not sure we can do much about the noise. If you are in the walkway I am sure you would want to know a train is coming.

Tina Trotta
I do believe this is a slightly tougher project to make happen.  When dealing with this area or project you must consider that the railroad 
has rights to this area.  Again however with anything in business if you stay focused on an issue and have open and respectful conversation&nbsip;
with parties on a regular basis this develops a relationship where all parties can compromise. I cant imagine that if a consistent (and this is very 
important and lacking in Bogota) council or experienced one could not be able to discuss the need to quiet the trains.  A respectful relationship with 
the railroad for example will only bring co-operation with them to have more consideration for the Bogota residents in terms of the noise. Strong 
leadership is supposed to be able to bring grants to the table for us in our town.  I have not heard of any great effort for new grants for some 
time with the current council.

Anne- Marie Mitchell
Yes at one time there was discussion of a Federal Grant to build an overpass over Fort Lee Road. From my understanding, nothing ever came of it since the railroad (CSX) would not give us permission to use this area.

Jorge Nunez
I am not familiar with anything we can do to reduce or eliminate the noise generated by the passing trains. I would be in favor of looking at what other communities have done to help their residents in this regard.
I support reconnecting or bridging access on Ft. Lee Rd., it is a win/win opportunity for everyone. If re-elected, I will pursue this initiative to a successful outcome.

Bogota Blog NJ
-What can be done to attract more business, and industry to Bogota?

Tina Trotta
Bogota needs to keep its small town old feel - this makes this town 
desirable in terms of real estate values.   For example many garment center companies are running out of room in the North Bergen, Jersey City, 
Secaucus areas which they have located to in order to leave the high rents of NYC.  One example could be a warehousing facility for garment 
center companies. This could create a good amount of JOBS for local Bogota residents.  Could again increase growth for the local restaurants and businesses
and bring in desperately needed tax revenue.  Some of these garment companies are billion dollar organizations that could really bring a great 
amount of help to Bogota.  Recent example is in Jersey City with the cooperation of the state to give the Goya food company breaks to award them the 
ability to build a distribution center.  This not only brings in construction jobs to develop but also much more money into the local economy.   The 
tax revenue for this deal to Jersey City is almost $1 million dollars a year.  Now the Goya project is a large parcel but just think of what might be 
able to be done with the Sifford site in Bogota.

Jorge Nunez
We can start by literally cleaning up Main Street, replace or repair inoperable lampposts, and promote the viability of an attractive and clean main street to the area tenants and landlords through a Business Improvement District initiative that engages the entire community.

Anne- Marie Mitchell

I believe that in order for us to attract more businesses, we need to clean it up, especially Main Street, and the property located on West Fort Lee Road from the railroad to Court Street. We also need to go out and see what businesses would be interested in opening up their businesses in Bogota. I believe the location of our town between New York City and the various airports in the area can be one of the many attractions.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pancake Breakfasts

22-Oct-2012
  Two of the Bogota Volunteer Fire companies are holding pancakes breakfasts.
 Hose Company #2 will have their Fifth annual breakfast this Sunday 28- Oct  starting at 8:00a and going until 1:00p Admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors, & children It will take place at the Hose # 2 fire house located at  164 Central Ave Bogota , NJ for more information please call 201-425-3378




On Saturday 10 November Engine Co. #1 will be hosting a Breakfast at Applebee's restaurant located in the Home Depot shopping plaza 450 Hackensack Ave in Hackensack, NJ this will go from 8:00a to 10:00a. Tickets are $10.00 per person, they can be purchase at the restaurant that morning, or in advance from any member of Engine Co. #1. For more information please call 201-836-4430 or email tsmith224@optonline.net      






Sunday, October 21, 2012

Friends Of Patty Brickley

21- Oct-2012
  On Saturday Night over 230 friends of Patty Brickley meet for dinner at the Bogota High School gym, for some pasta , and to enjoy each others company.  This was the latest fund raising effort to help Ms. Brickley , and her family, as she goes through treatment of Multiple Myeloma. The large group of friend, some knowing " Aunt Patty" for many years , other being introduced to her for the first time, all came together to help out. It is appropriate that this event would be held at the Bucs home court of Speary Gym since Ms Brickley is a fixture at most of the Bogota sporting events. Whether it is taking tickets at the door, or helping keeping the fans in line and safe she has given much to Bogota sports teams in the past. These fund raiser are more than just collecting money for a friend who needs a little help, they are a chance to show Patty that over the years we have seen what you do, and we now can show you what you mean to us.
  Also at Saturday dinner Dianne Bal from the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program was there to present a check to " The Friends of Patty Brickley" Foundation. This was part of the Laps for Ladies held on the
20th-Oct. A check for  $588.50 was presented to Ray Searles which represents the Foundation portion of the laps. The food was provided by Rich Sargenti, a Bogota High School Alumni, Music was played by Susan Fries,also from Bogota. items that were raffled away had been supplied by local  citizens , and business' . All coming together to help a friend in need.
For more information on howto help please go to www.facebook.com/friendsofpattybrickley  Or donations can be sent to:
 Friends of Patty Brickley
P.O.Box 203
Bogota, NJ 07603


 A few "Friends of Patty Brickley" having a little dinner together.

" Aunt Patty" meeting her newest friend Gianna with her Mother Michelle.
 Anne -Marie Mitchell (L) and Rob Robbins from different side of Politics together  for Patty.


Dancing


Diane Bal  (L) of Avon BHOP thanking Connie Carpenter on the " Laps for Ladies"

Diane Bal ( L) also thanking Gabi Carpenter & Andrew Ballester

Diane Bal (L) presenting Ray Searles with a check for the " Friends of Patty Brickley"

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Questions for Council Candidates Part 1

18-Oct 2012

 Five Questions
Bogota Blog NJ sent out five questions to the candidates who are running for the two council seats in the 2012 Election on Tuesday 6- Nov.
 The Candidates are :
- For the Democratic party:
  Incumbent Councilman Jorge Nunez. he is seeking reelection to a second term as a Bogota Councilman. He is a member of the Bixby School PTA, as well as being a past PTA Board Member. Council Nunez has served as Fire and Police Commissioner during his term as Council Member.
  Rob Robbins  is running for Borough Council for the first time. He has served as a member on the Board of Education, and is the current President of the Bogota Democratic Club. Mr. Robbins also has served as the president of the Bixby School PTA.
- For the Republican Party:
  Former Councilwoman Anne- Marie Mitchell she was twice elected to the Bogota Borough Council the most recent time being from 2007-2010. Ms. Mitchell is the current Treasurer for the Bogota Library Board ,along with being a Trustee of the Bogota Rescue Squad.
Tina Trotta Is running for Borough Council for the first time she is a member of Big Sisters of America, and a Volunteer for the American Red Cross.
 The questions  will be posted in three parts. Not every question was answered by every candidate but the answers listed are the candidates own work from the correspondents with Bogota Blog NJ. The order in which the answers are presented is random, so each candidate will be the first answer listed for a question.
   Bogota Blog NJ hope this will serve as a useful tool in for the Citizens of the Borough to help them decided on who they should trust with their vote. Bogota Blog NJ will NOT be endorsing any one candidates or party. It is the firm belief of this outlet that the best person with the best ideas be giving the chance to serve the community.

Bogota Blog NJ
-What items in the Borough Budget would you like to see reduced , or modified?
Anne- Marie Mitchell
   I would like to see the debt in our Budget reduced. I believe we should have a freeze on spending the next several years and only on an emergent “EMERGENCY” should we bond. As I sat on council from 2007-2010, and especially my last year on the council, we began to use the Tax Anticipation Notes (“TANS”) which have continued to date. This is a practice which was started for only a “short” time but seems to continue. We also instituted the Accelerated Tax Sale which I believe to have been a mistake and was one of the reasons why I did not vote for the Budget in 2010. I would like to see the Police Reserves line item put back in the Budget. In 2010 it remained under the Police line item and should be reinstated. I would also like to see another line item under the Rescue Squad by adding in a Vehicle Maintenance line item. Each of the other departments have this line item.  I would also like to see the Recycling Program return to our own DPW.  This program was an approximately $65,000 revenue for us each year which in my view, we gave away.  I also would like to review the Court figures before and after the consolidation of our Municipal Court with Little Ferry to see if it is feasible, or not.

Rob Robbins

I cannot comment on something I did not help to create. I am sure the sitting Board did their best to adopt this current budget.

Tina Trotta
Consolidation of services for a town the size of Bogota is a MUST.  I would start with administrative costs.
Our Borough Administrator is considerably overpaid in comparison to other towns. Another area of consolidation could be 
to merge the Property Maintenance enforcement into the DPW.  Additional consolidations could be under consideration 
but lack of transparency with current Mayor and Council makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly with more specifics.   
This town must also rein in some of the spending it is doing -- there is far too much bonding for items that in these times should be
looked at with much greater scrutiny to see if these items are absolutely necessary during this tough economic times. 



Jorge Nunez
More important than reducing or modifying any single item, I think we need to review every single line in the budget and look at every item through new eyes. We must ask what is being funded specifically, why is it being funded, and what are the alternatives? Are we buying and funding items and/or services in the most prudent and transparent manner? Do we have independent specifications (not from vendors vying for our business) for all major items? 
The other side of the budget relates to revenues. Are we aggressively pursuing grant opportunities? What do we need to do to be proactive in identifying and securing grants?
The Budget is the single most important aspect of the role of a Councilperson. Our approach to future budgets requires doing more less, redefining our priorities, and the discipline to make difficult and necessary decisions that reduce the financial burden on seniors and families in Bogota.




Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bogota Sports

17-Oct. 2012
 Some results from High School Sports
  Both the Girls and Boys Cross Country teams finished first at the NJIC Championship meet at Garret Mountain on Wed. 16- Oct. The meet was originally scheduled for Mon. but was push back a day due to inclimate weather .
  The Bogota Girls took the top three places in the Patriot Division race with Elizabeth O'Brien winning the race , with Jillian O'Brien finishing second and Anais Fernandez finishing third. 
The Bogota Boys placed three runners in the top five lead ny Jovanie Sotomayor finishing second . While Liam Geraghty was fourth , and Quinn Geraghty was fifth. 
The 2012 NJIC Cross Country Champions Patriot Division  Girls & Boys 



Brett Taylor Memorial Invitational Champions Varsity Girls & Boys 
All Cross Country photos courtesy of Mary Ellen Murphy 

  The Lady Bucs Volleyball team, with machine like efficiency, moved their record to 21-2 with a 2-0 ( 25-9 : 25-9) victory at Speary Gym over Wallington tonight. The Lady Bucs used their proven combination of power hitting, along with long service points, to beat the Lady Panthers. In their current run  Bogota have shown that their hard work, and focus on total play they are able to not only beat lesser teams , but those schools that are well over a .500 record. The Lady Bucs have been awarded a number 1 ranking , and are showing that they have earned the top spot, and want to keep it.
  The Lady Bucs next game is  Thursday 18- Oct at Speary Gym against Waldwick starting at 4:00p

The Lady Bucs wearing pink ribbons in support of  cancer research.

Carly O'Sullivan

Kelleanne Brown (#11) and Julia Topor

Brenda Curiel & Julia Topor (#7)

Kelly Daley

  Last Saturday the Football Bucs moved their record to 4-2 with a 27-0 victory at Feigel Field over Emerson.  After the game Bogota Blog NJ was able to ask head Coach Nick DeStefano five questions about the team at just over the halfway part of the season.
    The next game is at home at Feigel Field when Bogota host St. Mary's of Rutherford ,NJ

Bogota Blog NJ
-  Do you feel the team has developed the way you want.
Coach DeStefano
Our record is certainly better than it was at this time last year (4-2 as compared to 1-5). My players know that I am never completely satisfied.  Even when we win, we go back, watch film, and identify areas where we need to improve. 

 Bogota Blog NJ
-  What has been the biggest surprise in the teams play
 Coach DeStefano
I would say the emergence of our QB as a dual threat and overall team defense.

 Bogota Blog NJ
-  What can the team still improve on.
Coach DeStefano  
Special teams.

 Bogota Blog NJ
-  At the start of the season they gave up some leads in the 4th quarter, how has the team learned to finish the game.
Coach DeStefano
     Against New Milford, I think we ran out of gas in the 4th quarter and were still trying to find our way.  It is hard to put together a 100% performance for an entire game.  This past week we were very sloppy in the first half and clicked on all cylinders in the second half.

 Bogota Blog NJ
-  Is the defense planned as a  “ swarming defense” or are they all so focus on the ball carrier that two , or three players are arriving for the tackle at the same time. 
 Coach DeStefano
      The mentality is really to have “11 to the ball” on every play.  It is something that has to be practiced.


# 1 Christian Brito getting to the Emerson Quarterback

#6 Freddy Takla flipping Emerson's #49 Thomas Kelly for the tackle

#3 Gordon Kohles making the first of two interception of the game.

The Bucs defense pressing the Emerson Quarterback.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Fund raisers

16- Oct-2012
  Some events coming up in the next few weeks that will helps raise money for local groups .
  This Saturday  20-Oct there will be a Pasta Dinner at the High School Gym. This is for the " Friends of Patty Brickley. Ms. Brickley a long time Bogota resident , and well known support of Bogota High School sports she can be seen at the entrance to many of the sporting events in town, helping with tickets , and admission. Ms. Brickley have served the Borough in other way as well. She is President of the Bogota Swim Club for the past six years, Coach St. Joseph's Girls Basketball, and work as a crossing guard around Steen School.
  Earlier this year"Aunt Patty" was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma: a type of blood cancer that develops in bone marrow. She is undergoing treatment , and therapy to help the control the effects of the Myeloma. This dinner , and other fundraising events, are taking place to help her , and her family , of set the cost of her medical expenses. At the dinner a check will be presented to the " Friends of Patty Brickley" from the money raised at last weekends ' Lap for Ladies" walk in Olsen Park.
  Tickets for the dinner at $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A tricky tray , and 50/50 raffles are also part of this event. For tickets and more information please contact : Mary Jane at 201-921-8789 or visit www.facebook.com/FriendsofPattyBrickley
Walking for Patty Brickley

On Sunday 21- Oct The Making Strides walk in overpeck park in Ridgefield Park is taking place.This is in cooperation with the American Cancer Society fight against Breast Cancer  The walk is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 21-October-2012 Registration will begin at 9:00a, and the walk will start at 10:00a. It is a 2.3 mile walk for the Bergen -Passaic chapter of the American Cancer Society
To sign up as a team, or an individual can look for more information by going to www.cancer.org/stridesonline and find the Ridgefield Park event. Or one can contact Vicky Green at 201-457-3418 ext. 2209 or by email at nonj.strides@cancer.org
Making Strides walk from June-2012

On Sunday 28- Oct Bogota Fire Dept Hose #2 will hold their fifth annual Pancake Breakfast in order to help with the operating expenses for this one of the Borough's all volunteer Fire Companies. Prices are $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Seniors  & Children all available at the door. Hose #2  Firehouse is located at 164 Central Ave Bogota, NJ For more information please call 201-452-3378

Last year's breakfast 





















Monday, October 15, 2012

Laps for Ladies

15-Oct.-2012
   On Sunday the first " Laps for Ladies" was held at Olsen Park n Bogota. This is a fund raising event organized by Diane Bal of Bogota. Planned as a yearly event in October, this is a walk to help Ms. Bal team for the Avon walk held in New York. Another part of this event is to include another local group, or charity, to share the cost of fundraising with a team effort. This year co-sponsor is the "Friends of Patty Brickley", which is set up to help Ms. Brickley with her medical cost after being diagnosed Multiple Myeloma.
  Both groups walk their laps together to show support for each other. The money raised will be split between the two groups.
   Diane Bal spoke to the walkers assembled at the Rec Center to thank them for coming out on a grey October morning about her part of the Laps. This is their teams effort to support the Avon Breast Heath Outreach Program ( Avon BHOP)  This helps get medical treatment , and preventive screening for Women, and Men who may not be able to afford it own their own. The Bogota Bucs High School Cheerleader are working with Ms. Bal, and helped with the event, along with the bake sale at the football game on Saturday.
  Gabi Carpenter spoke for the "Friends of Patty Brickley"  and told of the need of financial help the Brickley  family could use to help with the medical cost. Ms. Carpenter told of how "Aunt Patty" can be seen at many High School sports events, and how she  and Gabi have become like a second family to each other. Ms. Carpenter also told the walkers of a Pasta dinner on Sat. 20 -Oct at the High School. The dinner will run from 7:00p to 11:00p. Tickets are $25. At the dinner Diane Bal will present a check to the Brickley family with the amount raised from the "laps for Ladies" event
  For more information about the Avon walk please go to :www.avonbhop.org or  contact Diane Bal at 201-450-6255
  For more about " Friend of Patty Brickley" or for tickets to the dinner. please go to www.facebook.com./friendsofpattybrickley or contact Mary-Jane at 201-921-8789

Diane Bal(R) with a sponsor  Five -hour Energy

Diane Bal talking about Avon BHOP

Gabi Carpenter talking for  the " Friends of Brickley'

Diane Bal starting the walkers off.

Allison and her father Mike doing laps together.

Liana Clake (C) with Mom Bianca, and Grandmother Mary-Jane.

Maria Ballester (front) and Maria Perez getting band for their lap count.

Diane Searles (L) and Anglea Searles getting band for their lap count.

Some of the Cheerleaders walking through the park.


Diane Searles and Mary Jane Clarke

Anglela Searles with Connie Carpenter

Andrew running some of his laps

Kathryn Gates - Ferris  and Tamra Browne  walking by a pink ribbon.

Diane Bal thanking a bunch of tried Cheerleaders for their effort.

Bogota Bucs Cheerleaders with Diane Bal