Monday, October 31, 2011

Treats after Tricks

    A Halloween the will be remembered more then most has come and gone. After the trick of a very early snow snowstorm, that left parts of the Borough without power from Saturday afternoon. Most of the homes affected had a treat of having their electricity restored this morning. There are still some homes with out power along with power lines & trees across the lower part of Elm Ave. So caution is still advised, until all streets clear. 
    But schools were able to have their Halloween parties for the students, and kids could ( with caution) go out and enjoy gathering treats & candy from their neighbors. 

 Ninjas protecting Mom from ghouls.

Families out together. 

Trapped in a spiders web.

Treats being given.

Bat-girl & a Transformer getting back to Dad

Sunday, October 30, 2011

snow day

Bogota Blog NJ has been hit by the power outage. Will post photo of Halloween,Football,& Snow when possible.
Bogota police reports area is in a state of emergency. Pse&g reports power may be restored to the parts of the boro by Wed.or Thurs. The Basca party has been cancelled. Listen for school closers as they are reported.
Stay calm & carry on.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Election 2011

  The Democratic Candidates for public offices in Bogota held a meet & greet at the Bogota Rec Center last night

Mayor  Pat McHale  talking with voters

Michelle Rupar  talking with Councilman Mike Brophy

Art Konigsberg with Mayor McHale & Councilman Jorge Nunez

Candidate Wanda Uceta with Ms Rupar

Councilman Evaristo Burdiez  with Michelle Rupar, & Bob Ferro

Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekend Preview 29-31 Oct.

   Other weekend events are 
- Sat. 29- Oct 11:00a The Bogota Public Library will have their " Haunted Library"
-Sun. 30 Oct Rec football at Feigel Field starting at 9:00a
More events ( thanks to Karen Rogers) are.
PTO Happenings

Bogota Jr/Sr High School PTO Meeting
Special Presentation on the College Search & College Funding
Monday, November 7th
7:00 PM
HS Auditorium

The journey of finding the right college for your child can be quite overwhelming and funding it can seem frightening.
Where do you begin? When do you begin?
 This presentation will help you find a starting point and explain different paths you can take to fund the tuition costs.

This presentation is for parents & students in all grades. It is never too early to start planning

Padres de habla hispana:
Al final de esta presentacion habra un momento de informaje en espanol sobre las opciones para fundarlos costos de universidad de sus hijos y una persona que ayudara a contestar sus preguntas en espanol.Los esparamos el Lunes, Noviembre 7 a las 7:00 de la noche. 

PTO Teacher Liaison
The PTO would like to thank Mrs. Lydia Gilbert for being the Teacher Liaison for the past few years. Your time and effort are greatly appreciated.
We would like to welcome Ms. Susan Johnson as the new liaison for the 2011-2012 school year. We look forward to a great year!


Box Tops for Education
& Labels for Education
Please send them into school with your child or bring them with you to Back to School Night
There will be a box set up by the front doors

Stop & Shop A+ Bonus Bucks Program
 and register your card number.  Our school ID# is 08201.Tell your friends and family, too.
Once your card is registered, the PTO will earn money every time you shop!

High School Happenings

Halloween Costumes
On Halloween, Monday October 31st, students are permitted to wear costumes.
They are not permitted to wear masks or costumes or carry weapons that depict or promote violence.

Team Based School Planning Meeting
Thursday November 17th
5:00 PM
Mark your calendars

Bogota School District has information on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying on the webpage listed below..

Tonight, Friday October 28th
Lady BUCS vs park Ridge Owls

Tomorrow, Saturday October 29th
1:00 pm
Home @ Feigel Field
 The BUCS vs Harrison Tide
Thank you to the band, twirlers and cheerleaders for entertaining the fans and keeping us engaged during the game!
This will be the last home game and all of our Senior football players, cheerleaders, band members & twirlers and their parents will be recognized.

Cross Country
Congratulations to Liz O’Brien for being North Jersey’s Female Athlete of the week!
Congratulations to the Cross Country Team on their Group D Championship!
Bogota School District has information on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying on the webpage listed below..

Town Happenings
Bogota Police AdvisoryTake Back Initiative
Take Back Initiative this Saturday, 10/29 from 10am-2pm at Bogota Police Department. Drop off unused/expired prescriptions and keep others and our environment safe. 
Go to for more info.
Contact Information:
Chief John C. Burke
Bogota Police Department

5th & 6th Grade Dance
Tonight @ Steen School
Open to all 5th & 6th Graders
Sponsored by Bixby Class of 2012

Childrens Halloween Party
Sponsored by: BACSA
Sunday October 30th
Bogota REC Building

For the 21 and Over -Halloween Costume Dance Party
Hosted by:
TONY (201) 745-9159 OR HUMBERTO (201) 522-4716

Special Presentation:
Navigating the NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights: A Parents' Approach
November 2nd
8:00 PM
Congregation Agudath Israel
20 Academy Road
CaldwellNJ 07006
(973) 226-3600 ext. 123

~ Open to the Community ~

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Drug Abuse Presentation

   It was supposed to be an open discussions with Parents about how to spot the warning signs that a child may be abusing controlled substances. However when just one couple showed up ( from Ridgefield Park) it became a talk between the High School Counselors, and Nick Connolly of the ICCDAA on how to get Parents more involved with their children's lives.
   Points  brought -up were the anger, sadness, & frustration  that more (any) parents did not show-up. But it was also mentioned that some students will actually listen to adults if given a chance. The question of how to let Parents know ( and fine out how to) that it alright for a Parent to be an Adult to help guide their kids to make the right decisions in life. As well as being a friend so their children will feel comfortable tell ask question about life, and listen to advice they might have to help.

 Mary & Nick from Ridgefield Park talking to Nick Connolly

 Counselors Karolyn Misa , Patrica Petrosino, & Tara Amanna

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Election 2011

25-Oct.- 2011
  This Friday 28-Oct. The Bogota Democrats will hold a Meet & Greet of candidates running for office in this years election. It will be held at the Rec Center 162 main St. Bogota. The meeting will start at at 7:00p and go to 9:00p.
  Also scheduled to attend will be State Senator Loretta Weinberg, along with other members of the Democratic party running for County offices.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bogota Volleyball

   The Bogota Lady Bucs Volleyball team ended their regular season at home yesterday with a 2-0(25-8 :25-22) victory over the Midland Park Panthers. The Bucs finish the season with a record of 24-1.
   Before the game Senior Elise Brackett  was honor in recognition of her final home game in her career. Ms. Brackett was presented  flowers from her teammates, as well as her parents. Also Ms. Brackett's Grandparent , from North Carolina, were able to attend the game.
  The seniors for Midland Park were also honored before the game.
  The game itself was well played, and competitive. The first set was closer the the 25-8 score with many long volleys to decide points. These were book-ended around a long series of scoring served by Becky Kelemen.
  The second set was starting to be controlled by the Lady Bucs until Midland Park mounted a strong comeback. Coach DiRepo called a well placed time-out to settle his team down, then they went out and finished the game with two straight points for the victory.

The Lady Bucs honoring their Capt. Elise Brackett 

 Senior Elise Brackett leading her team out for one more time.

 Midland park Seniors also being honoured before the game.

 Ms. Brackett giving Coach Brad DiRepo  a hug.

The family of Elise Brackett cheering her on. 

Julia Topor(#7) and Brenda Curiel (#16) blocking.

Elsie Brackett serving

Carly O'Sullivan (#14) & Becky Kelemen (#23) setting up a play.

Jennifer Ramirez serving.

Kelly Daley serving.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Operation Take-Back

20- Oct-2011
   The Bogota Police will hold another " Operation Take-Back" for the 2nd time this year. This will take place on Sat. 29-Oct from 10;00a to 2:00p. Held every six months this is a joint effort between Local Law Enforcement  and the DEA. to help people dispose of old medications. A box will be placed on the entrance of police Headquarters, located on West Broad St., so citizens can use it anonymously, All types of medications will be accepted,  from Over the Counter medication to Prescription drugs. The the box will be pick-up by the DEA and be dispose of in a safe & environmentally responsible way.

Library Events

    Some up coming events at the Bogota Library
    - Tuesday  25-Oct. Zumba Classes
    - Thursday 27-Oct. The return of Blockbusters with Mr. Romans at 7:30p
    - Saturday 29- Oct. Haunted Library at 11:00a
    - Thursday 3-Nov.  Movie Night  featuring the movie Cars 2
 A events will be in the 2nd floor senior center at the library 375 Larch Ave. Bogota NJ for more please contact the Library at 201-488-7185.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Drug Abuse Presentation

    There will be a presentation for parents on what to look for to identify someone who may be having a substance use problem. Called " The Family Check Engine Light" it will be held in the Cafeteria of Bogota High School. The date is Tuesday 25-Oct-2011 at 6:45p 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Bogota Sports

15- Oct.-2011
     A mixed weekend for Bogota Sports. The start of the weekend on Friday 14-Oct. saw the Lady Bucs lose their first match of the season to top rank Immaculate Heart by the score of 2-0. The Bucs took the first set to extra points before losing 25-27. The lost the next set by 19-25 to stop their winning streak.
   The Boys Buccaneers suffered at 24-28 lose to Hasbrouck Height at Fiegel Field.
   The Lady Bucs got back to winning taking out Elmwood Park by the score of 2-0 ( 25-7 : 25-6)
  Another highlight of the weekend was the Sophomore Carly O'Sullivan was named player of the week by the Star-Ledger Newspaper.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cancer awarness

   Bogota helped observed Breast Cancer Awareness month by lining Palisade  Ave with  pink ribbons from the Susan G Komen Foundation. There will also be a 5k walk this Sunday 16-Oct. in the new section of Overpeck Park located at 199 Challenger Rd ,Ridgefield Park NJ
  Registration is at 9:00a and the walk begins at 10:00a near the Ampitheater.
  For more information please go to  then type in area code 07660 9for Ridgefield Park.
 A symbolic ribbon to stop the spread of Breast Cancer.

Ribbons along Palisade Ave Bogota NJ

A private home support the search for a cure.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bogota Volleyball

12- Oct. 2011
   MSG network will have a story on the Bogota High School Lady Bucs Volleyball team Tomorrow Thursday 13-Oct. The story will air on MSG Varsity during the Sportsdesk show starting at 7:00p.

Bixby Bazaar

12- Oct.-2011
    The Roy Bixby school is looking for vendors to participate in it's 9th annual Holiday Bazaar. The Bazaar will take place on Friday 18 Nov. from 6:00p to 9:00p at the Bixby School Located on Oakwood Ave. Bogota NJ. Tables are $25 a piece ,with all funds to go to the Bixby PTA. The bazaar will be in the School Auditorium, with the entranced off of Oakwood Ave.  Set-up will be from 4:00p to 6:00p. NO tables will be provided, just a space that is 6 feet & chairs
  For more information please contact Trina Olivo at 201-723-3926, or send a check w/ contract to
 E.Roy Bixby School
Attn: Trina Olivo / Holiday Bazaar
Fisher Ave. Bogota NJ 07603

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bogota Volleyball

    After finishing The Garden State Classic on top of the Silver Division, for 5th over all in the Tournament, the Lady Bucs return to  section play. Starting the week with a 2-0 (25-11: 25-11) road victory at Waldwick. Then with a hard working, machine-like display, Bogota defeated Palisade Park  2-0 (25-5: 25-6)

Elise Brackett serving.

Carly O'sullivan spiking over the net.

Brenda Curiel returns the volley.

Becky Keleman on the set.

 Ms. Keleman setting Stephanie Perpepaj.

Iris Batista serving.

#19 Kathy Macardy passing the ball towards the front.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Police Unity Tour

    The police departments from both Bogota & Ridgefield Park are hosting a Beefsteak Dinner on Fri. 4-Nov. This is a fund raiser for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC. The dinner will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ridgefield Park.( at the corner of Bergen Ave & Park St.)  Doors open at 6:00p and goes to 11:00p. Tickets are $45.00 which will include dinner and entertainment. For tickets  email the group at
   This event is sponsored by the Police Unity Tour Riders, a group started in1997 to help raise awareness for Officers who have died in the line of duty. It was founded by Officer Patrick Montuore of the Florham Park P.D.   in New Jersey. The P.U.T.R. also raises money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial which is located  in Washington DC. The group has grown to include chapters from the East Coast  to California. For more information about the dinner & the Unity Tour please go to

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bogota Library

    For the month of October the Bogota Library will forgive the fines on overdue item if a food item ( of equal or greater value than the fine.) is brought in at the time of the return. Items need are canned meat, fish, vegetables, fruit & soups. Boxed cereals (hot & cold) rice, potatoes, cake & pancake mixes,along with syrup,& icing. Boxed juice are also needed. Please check the expiration date on all items, to be sure that are still in usable condition.
   The Library will also except food items from anyone wishing to donate then.  For more information please go to the library website at

Bogota Sports

    A tough night for the Football Bucs with a 0-41 lost to the Hawthorne Bears. Good news that Quarterback Gordon Kohles may be back in action in a couple of weeks.
  The Lady Bucs volleyball continues to move taking a 15-0 record to the Garden State Classic at Ramapo College this weekend. The Lady Bucs go into the tournament having beaten the Ridgefield Royals Friday Afternoon  by the score of 2-0 (25-7 : 25-14)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bogota Volleyball

    The # 3 Bogota Lady Bucs Volleyball team continued their winning ways by posting a 2-0 victory of the #8 West Morris Central Lady Wolfpack. One of the harder fought victory of the season Bogota out lasted their opponent by 25-23 in the first set. Then having to score the last 4 points to earn the final set 26-24. This brings the  Lady Bucs record to  12-0.

Brenda Curiel waiting to make a play.

Jenifer Ramirez serving.

The team focusing on the ball.

Julia Topor serving.

Brenda Curiel blocking the ball.

Danielle Olchese  servicing for West Morris Central.