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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Weekend Events

27-Nov.-2013 This Friday 29-Nov there will be an extra trash collection day. On Sunday 1-Dec There will be a Breakfast with Santa at the Bogota Rec Center starting at 9:00P to 12:00 noon. Tickets are$8 per person. For more information please contact Marianela Santana Ana at 347-668-6462

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sylvester J. Mazzella


 This  blog will be suspended for the next few days as I need to visit my Family because of the passing away of my  Father  at the age of 86 in Pittsburgh.
  Anyone  offering prayers to him will be appreciated, but he is not type of man.  My whole life he was a teacher, so the best way to honour him is to help someone learn something new. It was more important to him that someone tries their best and always keep learning.  He was strong, and hard working. As a young man building homes he fell off a platform and crack part of his back.  Instead of the the closest Hospital he insisted  he was taken to the Hospital  that his Girlfriend was working at, and he was not putting down his hammer until was. That  young woman became my Mother. He built the house I grew up in. Showed me that good things happen with hard work, but make sure the facts are right first. He let me be stupid as a kid, but told me how to fix a problem when asked. He had a dry sense of humor, but showed me that sometimes  a meatball can be square, or even a triangle.  I miss going to Penguin game with him (even if I was way too loud) I will try to hold on to  his tools that he gave me. But I always will remember him and my Mother, who he had to live without since her death..
 It is  asked that a donation to the Semper Fi Fund at  http://semperfifund.org/ Which goes to help returning   members of the U.S. Armed Forces with financial, emotional aid to those who have been injured or are ill along wit support for their families as well.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Week end update

23-Nov.-2013
 
 Some results, and future events in and around Bogota.

The  Bogota Republican club donated the food they have been collecting during the Month of November. Susan & Mark Caraccio presented the food pantry with a tub of canned & dry good , along with a frozen turkey & pie.  For more information on how to help the St. Joseph's Food Pantry please call 201-342-6300



  The Trinity Lutheran church also held their Turkey Drive today. for more information to help them with their food drive please call 201-487-3576



The Bogota Lady Bucs Volleyball team won their first round Tournament of Champions  match against Sterling 2-0 (25-12: 25-11) Carly O'Sullivan & Kelliann Brown each had 12 Kills. Tiana Henry had 2 Blocks ans Amanda Manzo had 21 Assists.  In the second round Bogota loss to Immaculate Heart Academy 1-2 (20-25: 25-16: 8-25)  Carly O'Sullivan had 24 Kills with Amanda Manzo with 27 Assists.  The Lady Bucs end their year with a 28-5 record and a Fourth New Jersey Group 1 Championships in a row.

Future Event
Sunday 1- Dec
Bogota 
  The Miss Bogota 2013 will have their next event on Sunday 1 Dec. at the Bogtoa Rec Center. They will be hosting a Breakfast with Santa starting at 9:00a to 12:00 noon. Tickets are $8 per person.For more information please contact  Marianela Santana at 347-668-6462


Sunday 8-Dec.
Bogota
Start II will hold their second annual  Pet Christmas Event at the Bogota Recreation Center. This will run from 1:00p to 5:00p.  Owners can have a photos of their pets with Santa. There will be Christmas Gifts for pets, Caricatures by Silly Pencil, and Dog Trainer advice. The Bogota Recreation Center is Located at 162 W. Main St. Bogtoa , NJ      



Friday -13--Dec.
Bogota
  The Bogtoa Recreation Commission along with Bogota Girl Scout will be hosting the 2013 Bogota tree Lighting. This will be on Friday 13- Dec. at 7:30p  Starting at 6:00p there will be a Trackless train ride on Larch Ave in front of Borough Hall.  Cookies & Hot Chocolate will be served at the W. Broad St. Firehouse.  The Rec Commission will  be collecting  food item to be given to local food pantry. They will also  be accepting new & unwrapped toys for  "Toys for Tots" For more information please contact Jim Moore at 201-487-4368



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Friday, November 22, 2013

Weekend events

22-Nov.-2013

 Some events happening in and around Bogota for the weekend of 23- Nov.
Saturday 23-Nov.-2013 
Hackensack
 The Bixby School's Class of 2014 will be supporting a Flapjack Fundraiser at the Applebee's restaurant located at 450 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack , NJ. This will take place from 8:00a to 10:00a with tickets costing $10.00. For that price the meal includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs &beverage (coffee,tea, juice, or soda)
 For more information and tickets please contact Diana Zayas-Bazan at diana.zayasbazan@gmail.com



Bogota
  The Bogota Republican Club will be presenting  the food pantry of St. Joseph Church with donation of collected items at 2:00p


William Paterson Univ. Wayne NJ
 The Bogota  Lady Bucs a #4 seed in the Tournament of Champions which will be held at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. The Tournament will start on Saturday 23-Nov. with Bogota playing #5 Sterling in a "Play- in" game starting at 2:00p. 

Note:
  Leaf Season has been extended to Monday 9- Dec. Leaves placed in the street along the curb will continue to be collected until that new date. It is asked that leaves do not block Storm Drains or Sewer opening  to limit the back of water. 





Thursday, November 21, 2013

Special Council Meeting

21-Nov.-2013

 There will be a special meeting of the Bogota Borough Council to held on Monday -25-2013. This will take place in the Council Chambers in the Bogota Borough Hall located at 375 Larch Ave in Bogota, NJ The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:30p. The purpose of the meeting is to choose a candidate to replace the mayors seat after the resignation of Mayor Pat McHale. Along with other Borough business.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cheerleading Round-up

17-Nov.-2013

   On Saturday  16- Nov. the Junior Bucs Cheerleaders held their end of season round-up at Speary Gym in Bogota School. This was a chance for the three squads to perform one more time for the 2013 season. Each of the three age groups performed their routines for family & friends. At the end of the evening each cheerleader was given a certificate & trophy to commemorate their work on the sidelines for the Junior Bucs Football teams. Members of those teams also presented the cheerleaders a rose to thank them for their support. Head Coach Leah Toutounjian also honoured the members of the High School Cheerleading Squad who help train & work with the younger girls learn the art of cheerleading. members of the Junior Cheerleader then presented Ms. Toutounjian  a plaque to thank her for the work she put in to have the Junior Cheerleaders be apart of the Junior Football program this year.
  This year the Bogota program welcome some young ladies from Teaneck to join their squads when the Teaneck program was canceled for this year. 
  Sign-up for next years Junior Football & Cheerleader can begin immediately since the BCJSFL will  have an earlier start next season. The earlier students sign up for this program the better the Rec Football & Cheerleaders can work to improve themselves.: All divisions are opened to Girls  and Boys who live and attend any of the schools in Bogota.
- The Pee-Wee is for the youngest players which is for student from 2nd to 4th grade, and are under 11 years of age.
- The Junior division is for those players who are in 5th & 6st grade and are under the age of 13.
- The Senior division are those players who will be in 7th & 8th grade and are younger the 15 years of age.  For more information please the Bogota Recreation commission at bogotarec@gmail.com   


Pee-Wee Cheerleaders performing




Junior & Senior Cheerleaders
" Rockin the Boat"

Pee-Wee Cheerleaders getting their Trophies

Junior Cheerleaders getting their Trophies

Senior Cheerleaders getting their Trophies

Head Coach Leah Toutounjian being thanked for her work.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bogota Sports

16- Nov.-2013

  The last full weekend of High School sports saw all of their varsity teams in postseason action. The Cross Country Squads run in the  the NJSIAA group 1 State Championships at Holmdel Park. The girls race the Lady Bucs as a team finished seventh out of twenty squads racing. The top Bogota runners were Jillian O'Brien placing 12th, Anais Fernandez coming in 15th, with Madeline Rivera & Katherine Vega finishing 51st & 52nd out of 137 runners.
  The Boys Squad finished sixth out of the nineteen  squads running. The Bucs top finishers were Quinn Geraghty coming in at 24th, Chris Rivera 32nd, Andy Jaipersaud 36, & Michael Gioiosa 43. There were 140 runners in the Boys race.
   With none of the Bogota runners placing in the top ten  they did not qualify any runners in the  State meet of Champions next weekend.
  The Bogota Lady Bucs Volleyball team earned their fourth straight Group1 State Championship as the defeated the Rutherford Lady Bulldogs  2-0 (25- 16 : 25-17). The match was played at William Paterson University earlier on Saturday.  Carly O'Sullivan lead the Lady Bucs with 2 Aces, 10 Assists, 3 Blocks, 4 Digs, and 20 Kills. Jennifer Ramirez had 1 Ace, 14 Service Points, and 10 Digs. Both Ms. O'Sullivan & Ms. Ramirez have been apart of all four State titles. Amanda Manzo came in with 1 Ace 2 Service Points 1 Kill, and 26 assist. Kelliann Brown had 5 Kills & 2 Blocks, with Tiana Henry having a match high 4 Blocks. Cathleen Macaroy had 2 Aces, 2 Service Points & 4 Digs. Natalie Torres has 1 Ace, 2  Service Points, 1 Block & 2 Digs.
  The Lady Bucs received at #4 seed in the Tournament of Champions which will be held at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. The Tournament will start on Saturday 23-Nov. with Bogota playing #5 Sterling in a "Play- in" game.
  The Football Bucs played in a Consolation Game against Middlesex at Feigel Field on Saturday. While not as glamorous as a playoff game, this allowed  Bogota one more home game. This also gave Coach Nick DeStefano the opportunity to underclassmen a chance to earn starting position next season. Quarterback Boula Takla, and running back Josh Gonzalez help lead the Bucs to a 21-13 win over the Blue Jays. At the end of the Game Coach DeStefano thanked his players for learning his "not very pretty style of football" and making work all season. He also took a moment to acknowledge the newer starters for taking this opportunity seriously and working hard to help the team. The Football Bucs finished their season 4-6.

 # 32 Cyrus Crayton running in the dust.

#7 Sebastian  Bustamante kicking an extra point

Middlesex # 26 Jacob Giuliano

 # 32 Cyrus Crayton

#21 Josh Gonzalez

Middlesex #11 Brandon Bollin

Bogota #10 Zayn Ksiyer stopping
 Middlesex #24  Anthony Marshell  from scoring at the end of the first half.
 #4 Boula Takla throwing #80 Luis Santos for a late Touchdown.

the 2013 Bogota Bucs Football team.
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Chiefs Foundation

16-Nov. 2013

   On Thursday 14- Nov. Bogota Police Chief  John Burke, along with other members of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation, made a donation of supplies to the Alfred J. Thomas Veterans Home in Garfield , NJ.  Named after Bogota  VFW post 5561 member Alfred Thomas it is an eight bedroom resident that assists homeless veterans who need a safe place to stay and are need of professional aid to help them during hard times. The Chief Foundation provided items such as clothing, towels, blankets, jacket, and  items  for personal use to the home. A donation of food and a check for $500 was also given to aid the Veterans in the residents.
  The Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose Board consists of
active and retired Police Chiefs as well as Associate, Affiliate and Honorary Life members of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association.The primary purpose of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation is to identify and support the needs of active and retired US Military personnel in Bergen County and their families and provide financial support where needed.the Bergen County Police Chiefs Foundation will also identify and support charitable, educational and financial initiatives to Bergen County individuals and groups in need of assistance.  For more information about the Foundation, or to donate to it please go to: www.bcpcf.org or call  201-240-0081


 Chief John Burke (Bogota), Chief Kevin Amos (Garfield) Retired Chief Michael Affrunti (Dumont), two of the veterans, Trudi Dial (BCPCA Foundation Executive Director, and Retired Chief Robert DeWald (Palisades Interstate Parkway Police).
photo provided by John Burke


 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Lady Bucs Volleyball

15-Nov.-2013
  A tournament double header was played on Thursday at Speary Gym to determine the finalist for the NJSIAA Group 1 Championship.  The first match was between #2 Westwood and #3 Rutherford.  The Lady Bulldogs were lead by Erin Moss with 13 Kills, 1 Ace  & 6 Digs. Karolina Kopacz has match highs with 2 Aces, 19 Assists and 9 Digs as they lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 2-0 (25-14 : 25-19) win.

Westwood # 17 Ashley Griffith serving

Westwood # 8 Morgan Hans serving

 Rutherford #16 Karolina Kopacz serving

Rutherford #  Jessica Rodgers placing the ball over

Westwood # 1 Kara Dawson going for a Kill

Rutherford #16 Karolina Kopacz with a Kill

Rutherford #10 Jordan DeCesare & #16 Karolina Kopacz with a block.


   In the second match  #1 Bogota  defeated #5 Secaucus 2-0 (25-15 : 25-9). The Lady Bucs had five different players serve Aces with Natalie Torres leading with 4. Amanda Manzo lead with 10 Service Points & 28 Assist, while Jenifer Ramirez had 8 Digs and Tiana Henry with 4 Blocks giving the Bogota defense the opportunity to start the Offense. . The Lady Bucs had two players in double digits Kills with Kelliann Brown  having 10 and Carly O'Sullivan leading with 16 to go with her 2 Aces, 4 Service Points, 4 Blocks and 6 Digs.
    The Finals of the NJSIAA Group 1 Tournament will be #1 Bogota against #3 Rutherford on Saturday 16 Nov. at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. The tournament is scheduled to start at 12:00 noon.

Secaucus #3 Andrea Lennon serving

Secaucus # 9 Kendall Caruso serving

Bogota # 26 Amanda Manzo serving...

... and calling out a play

Bogota #43 Tiana Henry & #16 Carly O'Sullivan blocking a shot.

Bogota # 11 Kelliann Brown with a Kill.

Bogota #14 Carly O'Sullivan with a drop shot. 

 Members of the other fall sports supporting the Lady Bucs

 Captains Carly O'Sullivan (L) Jenifer Ramierez & Cathleen Macaroy with
the 2013 North section Group1 Trophy.

The 2013 North Section Group 1 Champions Bogota Lady Bucs.










Thursday, November 14, 2013

Up Coming Events

14-Nov.-2013

 Some events happening in and around Bogota for the weekend starting 14- Nov. Along with information on future events.

Thursday 14- Nov.
Bogota
The Semi- Final round of the NJSIAA group 1 tournament will  be hosted by Bogota  in Speary Gym on Thursday 14- Nov. The first game will be #2 Westwood playing #3 Rutherford starting at 5:30p The next game is scheduled for 7:00p with #1 Bogtoa playing #5 Secaucus. 



Saturday 16- Nov.
Holmdel Park
 The Bogota High School Cross County Squads participate in State Group Championships. The  Lady Bucs race at  starts at 2:30p and the Boys race starts at 3:30p




Bogota
  The Football Bucs play in a consolation game against Middlesex at Feigel Field with a Kick-off scheduled for 1:00p


Bogota
   The Bogota Junior Cheerleaders have their end of season round-up in the Bogota High School's Speary Gym starting at 7:00p Admission is free.




Hackensack
Miss Bogota Pageant will be a evening of Bowling at the Bowler City in Hackensack. This will take place on  Saturday 16-Nov. from 3:30p to 5:30p. The price will be $12 which will include shoe rental , and lane time.  Bowler City  is located at 85 Midtown Bridge St Hackensack, NJ.




Saturday 23-Nov.-2013 
Hackensack
 The Bixby School's Class of 2014 will be supporting a Flapjack Fundraiser at the Applebee's restaurant located at 450 Hackensack Ave. Hackensack , NJ. This will take place from 8:00a to 10:00a with tickets costing $10.00. For that price the meal includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs &beverage (coffee,tea, juice, or soda)
 For more information and tickets please contact Diana Zayas-Bazan at diana.zayasbazan@gmail.com


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lady Bucs Volleyball

13-Nov.-2013
  On Tuesday the  Bogtoa Lady Bucs Volleyball team moved into the Semi- Finals of the NJSIAA Group 1 2013 Tournament. # 1 Bogota defeated the #9 Wood-Ridge Lady Blue Devils  2-0 (25-11: 25-7) at Speary Gym. Wood-Ridge kept the Lady Bucs even for the beginning of the first game  having had a 3-1 early and tied the game at 7. Bogota's Carly O'Sullivan then used a string of 11 straight serves   which Bogota was able to convert into points built a 18-7 lead and never trailed in the match after that.  The Lady Blue Devils did not not take the defeat easily, saving a number of sure points and turned them into long rallies by both sides.  Wood-Ridge show focus, and hussle, even as Speary Gym itself tried to play a part in the Match. Plays that would bounce off the ceiling beams, or head to the small space between the court  and the stands were kept in play by the Lady Blue Devils. Bogtoa used it's talent and experience to maintain their game while waiting for the time to strike. When Ms. O'Sullivan looked to be defended the Lady Bucs got Kills from Kelliann Brown with 8 and Natalie Torres added two more. Ms. Torres also had a match high 2 Aces for Bogota. Carly O'Sullivan had  8 Service Points for the Match to go with her 18 Kills. Amanda Manzo had 24 Assists and Jenifer Ramirez finished with 6 Digs.
  The Semi- Final round will again be hosted by Bogota  in Speary Gym on Thursday 14- Nov. The first game will be #2 Westwood playing #3 Rutherford starting at 5:30p The next game is scheduled for 7:00p with #1 Bogtoa playing #5 Secaucus.  The finals for the Group 1 Championship will be held at William Paterson University on Saturday 16- Nov. starting time to be determined later.

 # 14 Carly O'Sullivan playing strong at the net ...

...and at the back line.


 # 44 Natalie Torres &  #43 Tiana Henry  blocking shot

#43 Tiana Henry  blocking shot

# 14 Carly O'Sullivan serving 

# 11 Kelliann Brown with a Kill

#19 Cathleen Macaroy serving 

 #17 Julia Connelly serving .. 

.. and setting a play.

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