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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bogota Youth Academy Photos

31-Aug.-2013

    A selection of photos from the Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy's First Alumni Cookout are available for purchase at Bogota Blog NJ  Zenfolio store. This has different size prints to select from  as well as  apparel, and collectable that can be customized with any of the photos in the store.   To view the galley  click on the following link : Bogotablognj.zenfolio.com/ Bogota Youth Academy to take you to the Academy Gallery. Other Galleries can be view by going to the home page , then opening any other galleries. Proceeds from the Zenfolio go to help run Bogtoa Blog NJ.
   Photos will be added over time, and if there is a photo from Bogota Blog NJ that you wish to purchase please contact the site at :bogotablognj@gmail.com


Friday, August 30, 2013

Snakes And Scales

30- Aug. 2013
   The Bogota Public Library, as part of their " Dig into Reading" Summer program, hosted a live animal show from Snakes-n-Scales of Wanaque, NJ. Presenter Keke Hammell showed a few animals that go underground in order to live, or to hunt for food.  Her first animal was "Jaba" who is a toad. He goes underground to protect his skin from the Sun. Or to stay moist if the area he is in has little or no rain. Next was "Big Al" a  Red Footed Tortoise. A tortoise will dig a burrow to use as a home for protection, and a place to lay their eggs. After Big Al  Ms. Hammell brought out "Van" a Savannah Monitor who will sometimes share a burrow with a Tortoise and eat the mice that would also try and use the tortoise burrow. At this point Ms. Hammell showed a close image of Van's head so the ear holes that identifies him as a lizard. This was done to show that a Legless Lizard is indeed a  lizard and not a snake. But then a when a snake was brought out  it was "Andy" a Green Anaconda . Andy is still young only about four to five feet long, but could grow up to 30 feet in the wild. In the wild an Anaconda will bury itself underground near a water source and wait for it's prey to take a drink.  At full size an Anaconda could  eat a Goat , or even a Jaguar.
   After answer a few question Ms. Hammell gave the Children a chance to pet Big Al's shell, and look closer at the other animals.
For more information about the Library reading programs please go to:
Bogotapubliclibrary.org/

 Keke Hammell of Snakes N Scales  talking to the audience 


"Jaba" the toad 
"Big Al" a Red Footed Tortoise 


 Big Al going for a walk


Ms. Hammell holding "Van" a Savannah  Monitor

 Showing the ear holes that makes the Legless Lizard an lizard.

 Holding "Andy "a young Green Anaconda 
    

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Up coming events

26-August-2013

 Some upcoming events in and around Bogota for the week of 26-31 August 2013.


  Tuesday-27-Aug.
  Bogota 
  An evening of Salsa Dancing hosted by Blooming Bogota. This will be a fund raiser for Isabel Rodriguez's  Blooming Bogota project. This will be held at the Bogota Recreation Center located at 162 W. Main St. Bogota, NJ. Doors will open at 8:00p and continue until 10:00p.  It has a suggested donation of $20 payable at the door. Salsa Dancing  will be available from Ms. Rodriguez. with music being provided by DJ Ron. There will be refreshments available for purchase.  For more information about this event please email her at bloomingbogota@gmail.com .  Or you can go to her  fundraising page for Blooming Bogota at: gofundme.com/bloomingbogota  for more information or to send a donation.



 Teaneck 
    The Bearded Banjo Blues Band plays at the Teaneck General Store located at 502a Cedar Ln. Teaneck, NJ. The performance is scheduled to start at 7:30p. There will be a $5.00 cover with a $5.00 min . For more information please call 201-530-5046 for go to their web site at: teaneckgeneralstore.com/
 

 Wednesday 28-Aug.
  Ridgefield Park
  The final event in the McGowan Park Summer Concert series is a  performance by Soul Finger providing a blend of Rock and R&B dance music. This concert will feature performances by Ridgefield Park High School  music teachers Mr. Simeone and Mr Elmo. The concert is scheduled to start at 7:00p in McGowan Park located on the Bergen Turnpike in Ridgefield Park, NJ It is advised that anyone attending bring their own lawn chairs ,or blankets. Rain date is the next day Thursday-29-Aug.



 Thursday 29 August
  Bogota
   The Bogota Public Library will have a live animal presentation of " Snakes n Scales"  to learn about different  types of living creature that live underground.  This is part of the Library's Summer reading program  " Dig into Reading" This will take place in the Bogota Senior Center (on the second floor) located at 375 Larch Ave. This event will start at 6:00p and is open to all. For more information please contact the Bogota Library at  201-488-7185 or at www.bogotapubliclibrary.org


 


  Teaneck
  The Teaneck General Store is having a Family Game Night. This will start at 7:00p and go until 8:30p.Teaneck General Store located at 502a Cedar Ln. Teaneck, NJ.  This is open to all ages.
 For more information please call 201-530-5046 for go to their web site at: teaneckgeneralstore.com/
 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Alumni cook-out

24-Aug.-2013
  On Friday evening the Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy held their first Alumni cook out at the Bogota Swim Club pool. This was a chance for the Cadet Graduates to spend some time together in a relaxed setting. This also allowed the families get get a chance to meet each other, and to talk to some of the instructors on a personal level.  Parents & Alumni  took the time to thank Director Craig Lynch & Coordinator Anna Ferris  on what the Academy did for them. Sgt Lynch & Ms. Ferris also thanked the Parents  allowing them to train  with their Children. As well as letting the former Cadets know how  proud they are of the hard work, and learning the Cadets did while at the Academy.  As Sgt. Lunch explained this is another part of showing the Cadet how they are now part of a different type of Family. This will be a growing part of Bogota, bringing members of the community together in a social way  to get to know ones neighbors better. In this way, it is hope, at it will make the Borough a stronger place to live.
 For more information on the  Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth  Academy please email  them at  youthacademy@bogotapolice.org .



 Alumni greeting each other .








 Class #03 getting their framed certificates.

 







 The First three Classes of the Acadeny

Class #01

Class #02

Class #03


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blooming Bogota

21-August-2013

 On Tuesday 27-August  there will be an evening of Salsa Dancing hosted by Blooming Bogota. This will be a fund raiser for Isabel Rodriguez's  Blooming Bogota project. This will be held at the Bogota Recreation Center located at 162 W. Main St. Bogota, NJ. Doors will open at 8:00p and continue until 10:00p.  It has a suggested donation of $20 payable at the door. Salsa Dancing  will be available from Ms. Rodriguez. with music being provided by DJ Ron. There will be refreshments available for purchase.
     This is an effort to raise money to buy, and  install planters  and hanging baskets along Main Street and parts of Palisade Ave.  This, along with a number of business opening on Main St, will try and add a visual appeal to the central part of Bogota.  Ms. Rodriguez is also looking for donations of material for the planters along with some more volunteers to help with the planting.  She would like to start the process early in September before the on set of stronger weather. She has already received the  support of Mayor Pat McHale, and some volunteers to help with the project.  For more information about this event please email her at bloomingbogota@gmail.com .  Or you can go to her  fundraising page for Blooming Bogota at: gofundme.com/bloomingbogota  for more information or to send a donation.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Upcoming Events

20-August-2013

  Some events happening in and around Bogota from 20- Aug. to 25-Aug.
  Wednesday 21-Aug.
  Ridgefield Park
  The next event in the McGowan Park Summer Concert series is a one man  performance by Mark Rust. He will have a show of various musical styles, as well as some of his own original works. The concert is scheduled to start at 7:00p in McGowan Park located on the Bergen Turnpike in Ridgefield Park, NJ It is advised that anyone attending bring their own lawn chairs ,or blankets. Rain date is the next day Thursday-22-Aug.

  Friday 23-Aug.- Sunday 25-Aug.  Lyndhurst, & Teaneck
  Batstock 2013
 A three day event that will showcase the benefits of bats in the local ecosystem, and raise awareness of White Nose Syndrome which is reducing the bat population in the Eastern United States.
 23-Aug. will be at  The Meadowlands Environment Center  is located at Two DeKorte Park Plaza Lyndhurst starting at 6:00p going until 9:00p. It will feature Joe D'Angeli from the Wildlife Conservation & Education Center of Ridgefield Park who will be displaying some of  bats from the Center.  
 24-Aug there will be a concert at Mexicali Live located at 1409 Queen Anne Rd. in Teaneck, NJ. Doors open at 3:00p with the performance starting at 6:00p. Tickets are $10.
25-Aug.  a evening bat walk will take place at Teaneck Creek Conservancy located at  20 Puffin Way Teaneck, NJ. Joe D'Angeli from the Wildlife Conservation & Education Center of Ridgefield Park will also be there with some of the bat from his center.
For more information please go to http://www.thebatcave.org/

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Saturday 24-August 
Rivervale
 The Bergen County Historical Society will be holding a Wine Festival at New Bridge Landing  in River Edge, NJ. This event will showcase some of the wines that produced in the State of New Jersey.  It will start at 12:00p and go until 5:00p and feature wines from seven New Jersey Wineries, as well as live music and provided by local restaurants. Tickets for this event are $20 in advance, $25 at the events $10 for children 12-20 years old and a special $10 ticket for a Designated Driver.  In  admission to the festival will also include three of the historic structures at New Bridge Landing  include The Campbell - Christie House, the Demarest House, and  Steuben House
 New Bridge Landing is located at 1201 Main St. River Edge , NJ The rain date is the next day Sunday 25-Aug. For more information, and to buy tickets please go to  Bergencountyhistory.org/Pages/BCHSWineFestival




Sunday 25- Aug.
Bogota  
The next concert in the Bogart Music Festival will be a performance a Piano Fantasy featuring Jeb Dennis. This is scheduled to start at 4:30p and take place in the Bogart Memorial Reformed Church located at 263 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ . For more information please call 201-591-9729 






Monday, August 19, 2013

Blood Drive

19-Aug.-2013

     The Bogota Volunteer Fire Dept. Hook & Ladder Co. #1 and Engine Co. #1 will hold their second annual Blood Drive on Thursday-26- September. This event will take place at the West Broad St. Firehouse next door to the Police Headquarters.  The drive will start at 3:00p and go to 8:00p, and is being co-sponsored by the Community Blood Services. Along with the collection of red blood cells as well as blood  platelets. The blood cells are use for transfusions for anyone who need to replenish their system due to an accident or surgery. Platelets are use to aid in blood clotting that are use for those going through cancer treatments , or organ transplants. Anyone donating at this event will be eligible to win  two tickets to Super Bowl  XLIII, and receive a Super Community Blood Drive wrist band..  If anyone wants to schedule an appointment please: call 201-251-3703.  However all who wish to can come to the firehouse between 3:00- 8:00p and donate without an appointment.
    Anyone may donate if the are between  17-75 years old, in good heath, and weigh at least 110 lbs. A donor is accepted even if they are prescribed medications that are frequently taken, inform the staff of all medication being taken, and it is recommended that a donor have a good meal , and plenty of fluids prior to donating.
    For more information please contact www.communitybloodservices.org
   This is another way the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department serves the citizens of Bogota. The Bogota Fire Department is an all volunteer organization serving the Borough since 1901. They also provide assistance in  rescue , and other emergency situation. The Bogota Fire Department is now currently recruiting new members to become volunteers. This is open to anyone Female or Male who are at least 18 years of age , and are residents of Bogota as well as Ridgefield Park, Teaneck ,and Hackensack.  Training, and equipment will be provided. There is also a Junior Firefighter program open to young Women, and Men who at at least 16 years of age. A Junior Firefighter will also receive training , and be a part of the support system to the Firefighters themselves. For more information about volunteering please to to bogotafire.org/  or call;
201-342-1736 ext. 2007. There is also a meeting the 1st Wed. of each month at the W. Broad St. Firehouse from 7:00-8:00p



Scenes from last years Blood Drive.


    

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Steen Playground

17-Aug.-2013

A group of Parents & Students of Steen School met on Saturday to do the next part of painting the Playground at Steen. A number of project were taken on to brighten up the school yard before September.
A Four Square space, a Hopscotch board, a large circle with shapes, and a new coat of paint on the Basketball court were painted throughout the day. Organized by the Steen PTO to give the playground a fresh look for the upcoming school year, as well  as give the student more options to have some physical activities during lunch, and  after school. While most of the project had been finished another paint day will be needed to finish the Basketball markings. The Volunteers were treated to coffee,& donuts, and water , & veggies to keep them going during the days work. The Steen PTO supplied , and paint  & stencils while the Parents & Students supplied the hard work to improve the Playground.

 Setting up the stenile for the Four Square box 

 Evan & Adam  painting the Basketball court 


 Eileen Lewis and Ryan painting the centre of the square.


Olivia & Makayla adding some colour.



 Janet  Siri & Moira Vahey  working on the Hopscotch board

Finishing  touches on the Four Square..

..and Hopscotch 


 Parents & Students with a finished square.