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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bogota Test Kitchen

21-August-2018
  On Monday-20-August The first regular meeting of the Library's Bogota Test Kitchen book club was held in the second floor Senior Centre. The inaugural book chosen was  "Giada's Italy" featuring recipes by Giada De Laurentiis.  The participants each served a different dish  that they prepared with recipes from the book. The items to be sampled this month ranged from Appetizers such as a Burrata with Nectarines & Corn and a White Bean with Tuscan Kale soup. Then moving to Main courses including a Spicy Calabrian Shrimp and Chicken Agroclolce. The finishing  items were deserts including a Fennel Upside Down Cake, and a berry mixture.
  After the member taste all the available item they had a discussion on the quality of the dishes, and reviewed the book itself. It was agreed on that the cooks did a fine job of making and presenting the items they chose. As for a review of the book itself  there were mixed feelings. A major complaint was the need to find many exotic ingredients in order to follow the recipes.  The members also stated that they wished there was some advice on any special techniques that Ms. De Laurentiis could have shared with the readers. Then the members continued to talked amongst themselves and shared there own variations on similar recipes, and what might have worked easier while cooking.  
  They did agree that the experience of trying something different and the chance to share it with others was worth the time used.
  Their next book will be "Dinner in an Instant" by  Melissa Clark. This is a collection of recipes that should allow a person to prepare weekdays meals ahead of time. 
Bogota's Test Kitchen next meeting will be on Monday-17-September starting at 7:00p. This will be held in the second floor Senior Centre above the Bogota Public Library. This is a free event and open to anyone over the age of 18 years old.  Anyone wishing to participate mush register before hand, with this cookbook of the month available at the Library. For more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  

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Rescue Reunion

21-August-2018
   On Monday-20-August the Newlyweds who needed to be pulled out of their strained vehicle, by members of the Bogota Police Dept. returned to the Borough thank the officers and the Dept who came to their rescue.  Sabrina & Connor, after returning from their Honeymoon, traveled from their new home in Western New Jersey to meet the Officers in under calmer circumstances. Officer  Michael LaFerrera,  who help the occupants out of their vehicle, and Sgt. Geoffrey Cole, who guided the Police Hummer next to the wedding party, greeted the couple at the Bogota Police headquarters.  They took them on a brief tour of the Station and met with other Officers and Staff.  When asked what it felt like to be back in Bogota, they answered "Fortunately dry." They talked about the reason they headed into the Borough on that day. Originally they were suppose to go straight to the party after the wedding ceremony, but then took a detoured to allow for one of member of the party to change. The driver misjudge the depth of the water which cause the vehicle to stall out. Then the flood waters started to raise in a matter of minutes. Even after the Officers arrived the waters continued to rise at a faster rate than excepted.  This was one of the first times the Bogota Police had to use their new  Hummer to perform such a rescue.  This vehicle was recently given to the Police Dept. through  the federal program know as the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO).  The Bogota Police intended to use this vehicle in just this type of situation. With the assistance of Officer LaFerrera the wedding party were carefully moved to the back of the Hummer and then driven to safety.  The force of the storm even send the Hummer to a mechanic to make sure there was no damage to the new vehicle.
    The couple was aware of a third party was recording the recuse, but was do not know how it had spread across the internet until their Honeymoon. Since then they have returned to New Jersey and can look back on one of the more memorable Wedding Days, with only a small regret that the gifts for the bridal party was lost to the flood water.  They thanked the Officers one more time and returned to their new life. 

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Construction Update

20-August-2018
   With the closing of access to the front of Bogota High School progress on the front parking lot is more visible. Curbs demarcating the lower parking lot have be installed, with a new entrance off of Palisades Ave in progress. The new side walk on the southern edge of the property has been completed that leads up to four new staircases.  Two stair case will allow access to door #M and the Student Garden. A third staircase goes to door #N and the ground level of the building. The final  stairs brings the walkway to the original level of the main staircase to the Main door of the High School. An new walkway will serve as access to the the front of the upper lot and its 6 new parking spaces. Handicap access will still be at door #C which is closest to Speary Gym. 
   The southern driveway off of Palisades Ave will be  a one way entrance to allow for the drop off of Students near the main entrance. The driveway will continue to Henry Luthin Pl. and serve as the exit back to Palisades Ave. Henry Luthin Pl. , which will be repaved, will still be a two way street and will serve as the entrance to both the lower and upper parking lots. The current sidewalk on the north side of  Henry Luthin Pl will be replaced.  The roadway to the upper lot will now be two way and be widen to allow for deliver, and emergency vehicle access.  
   A small green space will be created on the hillside between the upper and lower lots. This will be the location of the flagpole, and new landscaping.  A new welcome sign is planned for the along the Palisade Ave  sidewalk in the front of the property.  At this time the construction is set to be finished by the opening of the 2018-19 school year on Thursday-6-September.  The one variable is the timetable of removing the overhead electric wires from in front of the building. This part of the project is under the jurisdiction of PSE&G which has not yet announced a schedule for this work to take place. 
  Funding for this project was made possible by using the   Construction budget, which the Board of Education did not need to take  a loan, or the issuing of a municipal bond, to cover the cost , and will not occur any additional interest charges.
   
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