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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Council Meeting

16-August-2019
   On Thursday-15-August the Bogota Borough Council held their meeting for the month of August.  The meeting started with two presentation by Mayor Chris Kelemen. The first was to recognize the 100 Anniversary of the founding of the American Legion. Mayor Kelemen presented Francis Carrasco , Commander of the Lodi Post #136  a plaque  to commemorate  the found of the American Legion on 13- March-1919. Commander  Carrasco was joined by Bogota VFW Post  117 Commander Walter Croft in accepting the plaque from the Mayor. Then Mayor Kelemen was presented with an 100th Anniversary coin on behave of the Bergen County American Legion posts.
  Next Mayor Kelemen asked Patricia Morrone to step up in front of the Dias. Ms. Morrone  has recently retired at assistant to the Bogota Chief of Police.  She had been in that job for 18 years spanning three Police Chiefs. As a tribute to her service to the resident of Bogota, she was presented a Key to the City. 
  The majority of time for the rest of the meeting was dedicated to future agenda items and  other potential  government business.  The first was the report of the Borough Attorney’s finding about the video recording of the 6-June meeting. The Attorney stated that the editing of the video fall within the guidelines of the Open Public Meeting Law.  The main content of the meeting were in place and can be viewed by the public. There has been charges that content outside the Open Public Meeting Law limit has been edited.  The  Attorney said that the footage that is not the meeting  itself was subject to editing for space  considerations. 
  Then came a very long discussion of the need, location, cost, and design of a new Firehouse.   Please see related story at : https://www.bogotablognj.com Council Meeting 21-May-2019    The Mayor talked about a number of options. Some of these are purchasing land near the Teaneck border. Another was to purchase property that are now parking lots for private business'. And even swapping land into order to relocate a Borough Park to a new location.  Some of these ideas have been talked about at the committee appointed to look into a new Firehouse. Towards the end of this discussion an agreement was offered to present these on other plains to the  firehouse committee in order to find the best option. The top option would be presented to the public at a future council meeting. Then this will be a template for the architect to follow in order to created the best and most cost efficient design to vote on. 
    Bogota Police Chief  Daniel  Maye  answered Councils question on three items. One was the possible benefits of the acquisition of the bar at E. Ft. Lee Rd and Leonia Ave. This could have two positive impacts. One would be to remove a nuisance location which could increase public safety.  Another would give the Bogota Department of Public Works a more convent location to store equipment. The other item Chief Maye discussed was the changes to the Borough noise ordinance. One point would be violation time would be moved forward to 10:00p and other  small changes in the code.  The last item Chief Maye joined in on was to explain what could be included on a proposed  ordinance to regulate E-Cigarette and other electronic  nicotine delivery devices. 
  The last item to be discussed was the allow for the creation of a Bogota Created Arts team.  This was agreed to and will be vote on at a future meeting, then the members of that committee will then be appointed by Mayor Kelemen. 
  When the item on the consent agenda  was brought forward all items were passed. This also includes a Bond to be issued in order to provide funding for the renovation of the basketball  and tennis courts in Olsen Park. 
     The next Bogota Borough Council will be held on Thursday-5-September. This is scheduled to start at 7:30p, and be held in the Council Chambers located at 375 Larch Ave.  This meeting is open to the Public.
This meeting may be move to the Senior Center located on the second Floor above the Bogota Public Library. 


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Weekend Events

15-August-2019

Some events scheduled to take place in and around Bogota, for the weekend starting on Thursday-15-August. Times and dates may change due weather or other circumstances. Please contact the event for the most up to date information.  More events will be added when they become available.

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Thursday-15-August
Bogota
The Bogota  Public Library will have  story time reading  starting at 10:30a. . This is open available to any Student wishing to join in.  This will be held  under the tree in the Nikki Spiegel Story Time Corner. This is a free event and open to anyone. 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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Thursday-15-August
Bogota  
The Bogota Borough Council will be holding their regular Council meeting  and work session starting at 7:30p.  This will be held in the Council Chambers* located on the second floor  of 375 Larch Ave. Bogota NJ   This meeting is open to the public. 
*This meeting may be moved to the Senior Centre

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Thursday-15-August
Teaneck, NJ
This the Teaneck Farmers Market will be open for this season. Shoppers will be able purchase locally grown  and produced food items.  This annual event will be every Thursday from June to the end of October. The stand open at 12:00 noon and continue until 6:00p   The Teaneck Farmers Market is located in the municipal parking lot along Beverly Rd Teaneck, NJ. There is additional parking available near by.
   Later in the season  the market has a few extra events such as  a fitness demonstration,  a knife sharpener,  food tasting, and a blood drive.  For more information, and a schedule of upcoming events please visit their facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/TeaneckFarmersMarket/

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Saturday-17-August
Bogota
   The Bogota  Public Library  host their Toddler play group. This is an opportunity for   young children and their Parents to play and relax in a safe area. This will  start at 10:30a and be held in the second floor Senior Centre.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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Saturday-17-August
Bogota
The Bogota  Public Library will have  story time reading  starting at 10:30a. También habrá Historias leídas en español en este momento. This is open available to any Student wishing to join in.  This will be held  under the tree in the Nikki Spiegel Story Time Corner. This is a free event and open to anyone. For more information please  about this and other Library events visit their website at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  

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Sunday-18-August
Ridgefield Park, NJ
  The Ridgefield Park Elks Lodge # 1506 will be holding a All you can eat Breakfast. This will start at 8:30a and go until 12:00 noon Prices are $10 for Adults and $5 for student 12 and under. The Breakfast will feature an Omelette station, Pancakes, Bacon,Sausage, French toast, & scrambled eggs. There will also be pastries, cereal along with Coffee, Tea, Milk & Juice. It is asked to bring some Non-perishable food items for the Local Food Pantry.
The Elks lodge is located at the Corner of Spruce & Cedar Sts. Ridgefield Park, NJ

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Monday-19-August
Bogota
 The Bogota Public Library will  host the next evening of Coffee, Cookies, and Coloring.  This is a chance to relax and spend a moment with others over refreshment and do  some creative coloring.This will start at 7:00p. This is a free event, but anyone attending is asked to register with the Library in advance.  To register for this event, or for more information please  about this and other Library events visit their website at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  

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Monday-19-August
Bogota
The next meeting  of the Bogota Test Kitchen will be held in the second floor of the Bogota Library. At this meeting members are to bring a recipe from this month book, and serve it to the other members as a potluck dinner. While over dinner members can discuss the book, why the chose their dish, and what was it like in the cooking process.   This is a free event and open to anyone over the age of 18 years old.  Anyone wishing to participate must register before hand, with the cookbook of the month available at the Library. For more information please  about this and other Library events visit their website at :  http://www.bogotapubliclibrary.org/
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.  

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Monday-19-August
Bogota
The weekly " Meet the Mayor"  event will take place in the office of Mayor Chris Keleman This is open to any Bogota resident who would to ask the Mayor a question about  Bogota, or to discuss any matter to help improve the quality of life in the Borough. Anyone who wishes just to have an informal conversation with the Mayor is also welcome to attend. Meetings will be held on a first come basis. This will run from 5:00p to 7:00p in the Mayor's office. His office is on in Bogota Borough Hall located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.
  Bogota Borough  Hall is located at 375 Larch Ave. in Bogota, NJ.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Class 08 graduation

14-August-2019
   On Tuesday-13-August The Emergency Services Youth Academy in Bogota, NJ  held their graduation ceremony for Class 08. The 60 Cadets  who fulfilled the requirements of the Academy program were honoured at a ceremony in front of Family and Friends in the Bogota High School Gym. Earlier in the day the Cadets did their annual March though Bogota. The Cadets marched through the streets on the Eastern part of the Borough while reciting their cadence calls for this year. Family and Friends stood on the sidewalks and watch the formation pass by. This allowed the Cadets to display the part of their training of working together as one unit they had been taught at the Academy. 
  To  begin the ceremony The Cadets marched into the Gym lead by bagpipe music, they  lead the audience in the pledge of Allegiance and performed a close order drill. The first speaker was previous Program Coordinator Anna Geraghty “Miss Anna”.  She talked working with Sgt Lynch over ten years ago to start this idea to offer instruction to Middle School Students in Bogota. She said how this idea has grown into one of the finest Summer Youth programs in the State of New Jersey.  She continued to say she wishes she could still be apart of the day to day operation of the Academy, but is proud and honoured to see important the Academy  has become to the Students of Bogota. Miss Anna then took the time to ask for everyone in the room to stand and recognize Program Director Sgt Craig Lynch for his vision, dedication, and hard work over the past decade. With a long and loud round of applause the stoic heart of the Academy was rendered speechless with the out pouring of appreciation.
   Program Administrator Elizabeth Wieskus moved the ceremonies along and introduced the guest speakers. First was Bogota Police Chief Daniel Maye, he was followed by Bogota Mayor Chris Kelemen and other members of Bogota Council. They all addressed the Cadets to congratulate them for what the have achieved. The Cadets were also thanked for their effort over the two weeks of training.  The Graduating Cadets were then presented with their Certificate of Achievements from the Academy by Program Director Sgt Craig Lynch and  Program Administrator Elizabeth Wieskus. They also received  Certificate of Recognition from the office of New Jersey Congressman Josh Gottheimer. The Cadets were also given  medals from the Bogota Rescue Squad. 
    The next part of the ceremony was the presentation of awards to the Squads that prevailed at a number of competitions that took place during Academy training.  There were also individual awards for Courage to the Cadets who made the extra effort to succeed, even if the Cadet themselves were unsure they could finish their training. After this three Cadets were asked to step forward. They were honoured for having been a member of three Academy Classes. Michelle Maure # 34, Adrian Rodriguez #55, and Stephen Sanz #60 were present with a framed copy of their uniform in recognition of the retirement of that number from the Academy roster.  Of the over 500 Cadets graduating from this program only 9 had been able to attend three times.  An Academy Alumni Amisha Singh #28  was also was present with her number. She was not able to attend the Academy for a third time due to Family function. Sgt Lynch said that a Students Family will always come first. But he also wanted to acknowledge her commitment to the Academy. Next Class Commander Cadet Michelle Maure was awarded with the leadership Trophy for leading Class 08 on their Duty Days. Finally Sgt Lynch and Program Miss Wieskus announced that Cadet Allie Racioppi  and  Cadet Luis Ferrera where named First & Second runner-ups for the Honor Graduate Award. Then, with the help of previous Honor Graduates it was announced  that Cadet Shea Losino  had won the title of Honor Graduate for Class 08.  Cadet Losino  then posed with his Family for photos.  The one more order was given, which was that Class 08 was dismissed.  They then joined their Family, Friends, as the newest Academy Alumni,  for a small celebration. 


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