Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Community Meeting

31 -August-2011
   The Bogota Police Dept. had the first, of what is hope to become, quarterly  community forums a the Bogota High school Auditorium last night. It was a small,but attentive crowd of about a few dozen resident. The forum was lead by Sgt, Craig Lynch, along with Councilman Tito Jackson and address a number of topics. It started with reaction to the Boroughs response to last weekend hurricane. The Dept. wanted to thank the residents for their cooperation, as well as members of the audience talking about how the Police ,and other emergence services handled the situation. There were suggestions from both sides about how things can improve for future events.
    Next Chief John Burke talked about the new parking rules for the Borough ,that will be at Midnight on 1-Sept-2011. They are a no Street parking from 3:00a to 5:00a on all streets (except as posted) this is different from the old law because it is a straight forward time. The old law was 3hr time frame from 11:00p to 6:00a, which was open to interpretation.  There are times from a resident to ask permission from the Dept. to park on the street. Those are - Out of town visitors, Construction at the residence, or A family emergency. The permission request must come after 7:00p and before 3:00a  Chief Burke said that the new law would allow for a more efficient cleaning of the Borough street, better access for emergency vehicle, and a better way for the Police to monitor the Borough's streets. This also allowed Chief Burke to show the Nixle system that the police use to get information to the public.
    Afterwards Det. Geoffrey Cole spoke on the types of activities that the Police dept. has investigated during the last several months. Det. Cole also talked about how some common sense thinking will help the residents stay safe. And that any thing that is out of the ordinary should be reported to the Police so they could be looked into.
    Finally Sgt Lynch, along with Anna Ferris talked about a highly successful  first year of the Emergency Services Youth Academy. Several of the top students where in attendance, and were ask to share their experiences. Cindy Perpepaj was again honoured as the top cadet.
    Sgt Lynch opened the meeting up to general question, which there were few of because question were asked and answered through out the entire Forum.  

Sgt. Craig Lynch leading the Community Forum.

Councilman Tito Jackson talking about the Borough's response to Hurricane Irene.

Chief John Burke showing how to sign-up for the Nixle  web site.

Anna Ferris with some of the Graduates of the Emergency Services Youth Academy. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Community Meeting

 The  Police Community Forum that was to be at Bogota Rec Center will now be at the High School Auditorium. Time is still 7:00p  All the same topics to be discussed along with any comments about the handling of the Weekend Hurricane response.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Community Meeting

     The Bogota Police dept. will hold a community meeting this Tues. 30-Aug. at 7:00p. The meeting will take place at the Bogota Rec. Center on W.Main St.  This will be a forum to ask question, and give comments on the policy,& activities of the local Police. Topic will include (but not limited to) the Police new parking ordinance, school safety tips, and an update on the Dept. Summer activities. There will also be a presentation of the Bogota Police first Youth Academy. For more information please see the Dept. web site at

Irene Aftermath

   Although Hurricane Irene has passed will no major effects to the borough, Bogota Police still have a no street parking in effect until 5:00 am Mon.29-Aug. This will allow for clearing the street of debris. Police also advise that travel should be limited, as well as no travel should be on barricaded, or flooded roads. Please also be aware of downed power lines,and manhole covers that have become loose due to high water.
   For more information please go to or call 201-487-2400
Fallen branches on Elm Ave

Water filling W.Ft.Lee Rd

A manhole cover over flowing

The Hackensack River flooding  the lower part of W.Ft..Lee rd.

Elm Ave at River Rd

Buddy's Place  being prepared  

Downed power lines on Summit St.

A debris covered but  passably Palisade Ave.

St. Joseph's 9-11 Service

    St.Joseph's Church will hold a special service on Sunday 11-Sept. to honour  emergency workers, and to remember the victims of the Sept. 11th attacks. The service will begin at 7:00p, and will be held outdoors if the weather permits. Scheduled are members of all of the Boroughs emergency services. Their will be a candle lighting ceremony with prayer,songs, accompanied by bagpipes.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

State of Emergency

  As of 7:0p tonight the State of New Jersey , & the Borough of Bogota are under a State of Emergency. All on street parking has been canceled. ANY vehicle parked on the street will be towed. Bogota Police ask to limit travel on the road on when needed. Please be careful if needing to travel , and check on neighbors who may require extra help.
For more information and update please contact the Bogota Police at or 201-487-2400

Bat Stock

   The first ever "Bat Stock" in New Jersey was kicked-off last night at the Wildlife Conservation & Education  Center in Ridgefield Park NJ. This was an event that will help educate the public awareness  of the benefits of  bats in the local area. With a chance to meet & feed a variety of animals  owner Joseph D'Angeli is trying to end the idea that bats are a " Scary" animal, but just another useful part of the environment.  One way that was the most enjoyable to both kids, and adults was a chance to feed the animals.  While some the adults were a bit hesitant at first, the children were excited to do something that is out of the ordinary. And this is one thing that Mr. D'Angeli is count on, so that the younger generation will grow up with a better understanding that all animals in an area are important to that area  environmental heath.
  This was supposed the first day of a three day event to teach and educated about the benefits of bats in the community. As well as a fund raise to fight an infection know as "White Nose Syndrome" (WNS) unfortunately the last two events have been canceled due to the approach of Hurricane Irene.
  WNS is a condition effecting bats in the Northeast United States, and spreading west, which causes them to awake during their Winter Hibernation. With no food available then the bats will starve to death. The resulting loss in bats then allows for the Mosquito, Fly, Moth populations to go unchecked which has resulted in the spread of diseases (West Nile for one). Along with the destruction, and loss of agricultural crops.
  For more information about 'Bat Stock" or WNS please go to Mr. D'Angeli website
Joe D'Angeli tempting Jack the Kinkajou with some popcorn 

Lindey Casanova feeding a Breaded Dragon, while her brother  Lance  watches

Mr. D'Angeli hold Louie, a Flying Fox so Nikki Nozze can get a closer look.

Fred Youngs with daughter Chloe   looking at some animals.

Raevynn Wooddrufft getting a "BatStock" tattoo 

 Sarah Obeiter (L) & Buket Hakanoglu  showing off their 'BatStock"  tattoos.

Friday, August 26, 2011

State of Emergency

     Bogota Mayor Pat McHale has declared that the Borough of Bogota  will be under a sate of emergency until further notice. Governor Chris Christie has already put the entire state of New Jersey  under a state of emergency. All of which is the result of the impending hurricane named IRENE.
   As of 7:00p Saturday 27-August ALL on the street parking will be suspended. This will effect ALL the borough streets with NO EXCEPTIONS. Residents are requested to park all motor vehicles off the streets until further notice. Any vehicle parked on the streets after this time will be towed.  The Bogota Police are also asking residents to limit travel in order to keep roads clear for emergency, and clean-up vehicles.
   In order to prepair for a loss of power , or other emergency, resident should have canned ,and other non-perishable food items, a manual can opener, flash-lights( with full batteries) along with a battery operated radio.
  For more information please contact Chief John Burke at 201-487-2400, or at

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Weekend Preview

   Events happening the weekend of  26-28 August 2011
-  Friday 26 -Aug. 8:00 p Adult Swim at Bogota Swim Club
-  Friday 26- Aug. 7:00p "BatStock" at NJ Batman in Ridgefield Park.

Hose Co. #2 Pancake Breakfast

    Bogota Hose Co. #2 will hold their annual pancake breakfast on Sun. 2-Oct.  from 8:00a to 1:00p
It will be held at Hose #2 Fire House located on Central Ave (between Bogart & James Sts.) in Bogota.
Prices are $8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children & Seniors.
For More information please call 201-452-3378.

Evening Swim

   Bogota Swim club will have another Evening Swim this Friday 26 Aug. It will go from 8:00p to 1:00a at the Bogota Swim Club Pool. Tickets are $10.00 per person,  $20.00 per couple in advance. Then they are $15.00 per person and $30 per couple at the door. For more information please call 201-489-1991

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kick off Dinner

   The Parents for Bogota Football is having their 4th Annual  kick-off Dinner & Tricky Tray on Sat. 3 Sept. at the 101 Pub on Queen Anne Rd. Doors open at 7:30p. Tickets are $15.00 per person, with a buffet dinner included. There is a cash bar available.  All proceeds go to the Bogota Bucs High School Football Team. For more information ,and tickets please contact Karen Rogers at 201-233-9397. Or Lisa Kohles at  201-742-5340


  The Bogota /Teaneck Knights of Columbus is sponsoring  a Soccer Challenge. It is Sat. 10-Sept. at Sagamore Park in Teaneck NJ.  Sagamore park is located on Windsor rd. between Beatrice St. and Sagamore Ave. It is open to Boys & Girls ages 10-14. Starting at 10:00a and goes to 2:00p.  There is NO fee to participate. For more information ,and to register please contact Jorge Nunez at 917-207-4321 or by email at

Monday, August 22, 2011

Bat Stock

     The Wildlife Conservation& Education Center in Ridgefield Park NJ (AKA: the New Jersey Batman) is hosting the first night of  "Bat Stock". This is a three day event to raise awareness, and money for research in a condition called White Nose Syndrome. Bat Stock is a first ever bat festival to be held in New Jersey in order to teach the public more about the condition, and benefits of bats in the state.
     The first night will be the WC&EC  15 Mt Vernon Ave Ridgefield Park NJ  201-257-2231 and is a "Meet A Bat"  along with wine & cheese. Time is from 7:00p to 9:00p There is a suggested donation of $5.00. for more information please go to
    The next night is at Mexicali Live in Teaneck NJ 1409 Queen Anne Rd. 201-833-0011
 It will be a concert with local bands, along with "Batty" items artwork for sale. Tickets are $10.00 in Advance ,and $15.00 at the door. Doors open at 6:00
Please go to for more information
   The final night is a walk at the Flat Rock Nature Center in Englewood NJ 443 Van Nostrand Ave. 201-567-1267. The walk will be lead by Joe D'Angeli. The fee is $8.00, and will take place from 7:30p to 9:30p
please visit for more information.
   All proceeds from these events will go to White Nose Syndrome research, as well local bat rehabbers and conservation groups

Saturday, August 20, 2011

St. Joseph's Carnival

20-August -2011
    St.Joseph Church will have the 5th Annual Carnival & International Food Festival this year for Tues, 20- Sept. to Sat.-24 Sept.  The carnival will be in the church parking lot ,with the food festival on the church grounds.
 This year there will be 2 one price day for rides. Tues & Sat, will be the one price bracelet day for rides. A   "Seafood Extravaganza" will be on Fri. the 23, with a St.Joe's Alumni event on Sat. ( more details to be announced)

    The Carnival is looking for Sponsors, and volunteers for both the game, and food booth. For more information please go the Church web site at   For information on volunteering please contact Mr. Peter Montalbano by e-mail at

 Rides from past years

Bake goods


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Council Meeting


Today Mr. Evaristo Burdiez was sworn in to fill the seat that was vacated by Tara Sharp. Upon being seated Mr. Burdiez thanked the council for the opportunity to sit on the council. He also said that he was committed to work hard at learning how best to serve the citizens of Bogota.
Evaristo Burdiez taking the Oath of Office

Mr. Burdiez thanking the Council for selecting him to serve.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Olsen Park River Walk

 The once criticized " Bridge to nowhere" now has an Official name. The Olsen Park Environmental Walkway. It is just a small stretch of boardwalk, but with benches and sign explaining the wildlife that  may be seen along the Hackensack River, it is another piece of open space for the residents of Bogota to enjoy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Over night parking

  Last week the Bogota  Mayor & Council modified the ordinance for overnight parking on the Borough streets. The new law is that there no parking on the Borough streets from 3:00a to 5:00a unless otherwise posted.
 Permission will be granted  for the following reasons.
 -Overnight guest ( guest should park in resident driveway while resident may park on the street)
 -Construction where resident driveway is inaccessible.
 -Family Emergency
Permissions must be obtain before 3:00a, and may not run for more 3 consecutive days

For more information and permission please contact the Bogota police at 201-487-2400

Bogota Library

  The Bogota Library is holding a "Make your own Ice Cream" Party on Thursday 8-Sept. at 7:00p in the second floor community room. It is opened to every one who has filled at least half of the Summer reading passport from the Library this year. Participants must register before Tues. 6-Sept in order to have enough supplies for all.
For more information please contact the library at 201-488-7185

Monday, August 15, 2011

Return Of Bogota Football (day 1)

  Today was he first official practice for the 2011 Bogota High School football team.  Under new coach Nick DeStefano the Bucs hope to improve from the past few season. After a very disappointing 2010 season which saw the Bucs unable to finish the season due to the lost of manpower. Coach DeStefano, and his assistants held their first practice at Fiegel Field teaching basic skills, along with motivating the club to work their hardest for the new season.

Coach Nick DeStefano talking with his Linemen

Blocking drills

Ball carrying  drills

Coach DeStefano  show how he wants things done.

 Coach DeStefano watching blocking practice.
Asst. Coach Sinclair having a motivational moment with the Offence. 

Passing drills

Coaches and Players take a break

Road Work

   The east bound lane of Main St. in Bogota has been closed so that PSE&G can perform utility work. The section of Main St. between Larch Ave, and Elm Ave. has been closed down. Workers expect to have all work completed ,and the street open tomorrow.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Road Trip

   The Bogota/ Teaneck Knights of Columbus Council; #2586 is sponsoring a trip to see the Trenton Thunder (NY Yankees AA affiliate) hosting the New Britain Rock Cats ( Minnesota Twins AA affiliate)  On Saturday 27 August. Bus will leave at 5:00P and arrive back at about 10:45P .
  Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for children. Price includes Transportation to and from the game. A Buffet Dinner of hot dogs, hamburgers,chicken as well as soft drinks. There will be a fireworks display after the game.
 Please contact  Jorge Nunez at 917-207-4321 or at

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Cozy Tavern

  Cozy Tavern will host an evening of comedy on Sat. 13- August.
The show will be by Mr. Chuck Burks, featured on Comedy Central.
Show time is at 9:00p, there is no cover charge for this show.
Cozy tavern is located at 131 Queen Anne Rd. Bogota NJ
For additional information please call Cozy Tavern at 201-820-4013

Cozy Tavern

07- August-2011
   The Classic Rock Band " Wildflowers" played at Cozy Tavern , in Bogota last night.

The Band "Wildflowers" Playing at Cozy Tavern

Rocky Roccabrunna

Ed Courtney

Jamie Bannon (front) with John Shoes.