Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tree Lighting

    The tree lighting for the 2011 holiday season will happen on Friday 9-December at 7:00p. It will be in front of Borough Hall, and is being presented by the Bogota Recreation Commission, and the Girl Scouts of Bogota.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and a donation of canned for is requested.  In addition any new unused toys that are given will go to "Toys for Tots" to be donated to less fortunate children.
   There  may be a performance by the 5th & 6th grade choir the "Vocalneeters"  There will also be a drawing for gift certificate from Toys R Us. And a visit from Santa.
  There will be cookies and hot chocolate served in the Hose # 1 Fire House after the lighting.
  For any question please contact Mr. Moore at the Rec Center at 201-487-4368


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Steen School

    Today the Lillian M. Steen school in Bogota NJ received their grand prize from the New York Jets. It is for the Eat Right Move More program for the 2011-12 school year. This honour is given to Steen school for their continuing effort to provide a healthy ,and balanced food program. As well as the importance  giving the students a full range of physical actives during the school day. On hand to honour the school were the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Mr. Douglas Fisher, The Bergen County Executive Ms. Kathleen Donovan, Assemblywoman Ms. Valerie Huttle. and from Senator Weinberg's Office Mr. Dylan Hawkins. Also Bogota Mayor Patrick Mchale attended to tell the Students, and Facility how proud the town is of the work being done at the school. Finally from the New York Jets football team Mr. D'Brickashaw Ferguson the Spokesman for the Eat Right Move More program.
   Mr. Fisher spoke about what it took for Steen school to win this award. Telling of the effort put in by the staff and facility to make sure the students are getting a healthy program of food & exercise in school.  Mr. Fisher also announced the six student that will attend a Jets football game as guest of the club.Then Ms. Donovan presented  Principal Ms. Anna Falco a Certificate of Commendation from Bergen County on their achievement.  Ms Huttle & Mr. Hawkins also presents Ms. Falco with an Certificate  from the State Legislature in honour of what the school has done. The it was Mr. Ferguson, along with Mr. Fisher, to present Principal Falco the check made out for $5,000 as winner of the grand prize. This money will go to improve, and upgrade the kitchen area with better equipment.
   The Mr. Ferguson had a chance to talk with the Students themselves. He told ,how at a young age, he had to undergo open heart surgery. How this could have made his life different if he did not have a healthy diet, with exercise. He then had time to let some of the students ask him question, some were on  what he does to be a football player, others on what his favorite food is. The assembly ended with the chance to will autographed items from Mr. Ferguson, if the kids (and some Teachers) could answer question about his life.  Principal Falco thanked everyone in attendance, the New York Jets for their award, and her students for earning this honour, and their behavior at the assemble.
Principal Falco welcoming everyone to Steen School

Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher.

The Students who won a chance to go to a Jets game.

Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle  

Principal Falco receiving  Commendation from County Executive  Kathleen  Donovan.

Bogota mayor Pat McHale

On behave of State Senator  Weinberg , Dylan Hawkins. 

 New York Jet D'Brickashaw Ferguson & Mr. Fisher presenting the school with the grand Prize 

Mr. Ferguson talking with the students.

 Deiker Padrino asking questions 

Juliny Cuesta- Acosta  answering  about his favorite sport.

 Mr. Ferguson signing a football for Jorge Crullon

Mr. Ferguson giving Mrs. Piano (front) and Ms.Griffin their prizes.

Football Dinner

   The Parents for Bogota Football will have an end of the season dinner this Sun. 4-Dec.-2011. It will be at the VFW hall in Bogota. 241 W.Shore Ave. The dinner will start at 4:00p and go until 8:00p.  A suggested donation of $20.00  is payable at door. There will be slide show of highlights from the 2011 season.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pasta Dinner

28-Nov. 2011
    The Pasta Dinner at Trinity Church originality scheduled for this Sat. 3-Dec. has been canceled. No make-up date has been made.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Turkey Plunge

26-Nov. -2011
   The third annual North Jersey Turkey Plunge happened today at Cupsaw lake in Ringwood, NJ. Originally for Oakland, NJ it had to be moved to Ringwood  because of the damage from Hurricane Irene. Even with a chance of venue the plunge has raised at least $20,000 for Special Olympics New Jersey. There were some Bogota resident who had the courage to take a run into a late November lake. A few may have taken advantage of the 20 degree warmer than ave. temperature of 64. Council Nunez oldest Daughter Carly got her feet wet, as well as James Sepp and his kids Andrew, Julian, and Carly plunge in to help raise money.
  For more information  about other plunges, or to donate please go to The groups next plunges are Sat. 14 Jan.-2012 in Wildwood NJ. With another one on Sat. 25-Feb.-2012 in Seaside Heights,NJ.

Andrew Sepp  pyching himself up for the Plunge , as his Sister Julian looks on.

...And they are off...
..and running.. get wet for Special Olympics New Jersey

Andrew Sepp getting a chance to warm up afterwards.

Plungers supporting their cause.

Carly Nunez (in yellow) with her family afterwards.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Plunge

25- Nov.-2011
   Members of the Bogota Police Dept. are taking part in the "Thanks-4-Giving" turkey plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. Part of the NJ Law Enforcement Torch -Run. this event will take place tomorrow Sat. 26 Nov. It will be held at 185 Cupsaw Ave, on Cupsaw lake, in Ringwood NJ. There is registration beginning at 10:00a with the "Plunge" happening at Noon. There will food,& entertainment afterwards ,along with a "Tricky Tray"

Thursday, November 24, 2011


24-Nov. -2011
    Wishing everyone a Happy and Wonderful Thanksgiving. And I Thank all who have supported & joined me on Bogota Blog NJ.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Events

   Some events coming up in December. St. Joseph's school is having their breakfast with Santa on Sun. 4 Dec. There are three seating available. The first will start at 8:30a with the second at 9:30a , and the final seating is at 11:00a. Prices for all three are $9.00 for Adults , and $7.00 for Children. St. Joseph's is located at 131 E. Ft. Lee Rd. Bogota NJ. For more information please contact Michelle Pollard at 201-360-9638.
   Another event is Trinity Church Pasta Dinner w/ a Christmas Bazaar table. The dinner will be Sat. 3 Dec starting at 5:00p and goes until 7:00p. Tickets are  $10.00 with children under 10 free. For Reservation please call 201-487-3576.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cheerleader Round-up

21- Nov. 2011
    The Bogota Rec cheerleaders had their end of season round-up Saturday Night in the Gym of Bogota High School. All three squads Pee-Wee, Junior, and Senior performed in front of a full house of family and friends.
The Rec Squads were joined by the Bogota High School Varsity Cheerleaders. The High school squad also performed ,as well as helping the younger girls with their performances. Many of the High Schoolers have been working with the rec girls during the season and had the chance to see the hard work ,by all the girls, pay off. This was also a time to acknowledge the High School Girls, because of the snow on the final home game forced the ceremony to be postponed.
  The Rec girls , under the direction of  Adele  Guerreno-Nunez showed off all they learned through out the year.
All three squads performed their "Hello" cheer ,as well as their half time show, and did a special routine form the round-up.
After all of the performances awards were handed out to all the girls involved. Then the coaches were thanked with flowers ,and hugs. This is once again suppose to be coach Patti Brown last year of coaching , but she will always be around with her girls, and be willing to help when needed.

The Senior squad's performance.

The Junior Squad's performance.

The Pee Wee Squad's performance. 

The Varsity Squad performance.

Adele Nunez thanking coach Patti for all her years of work. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Steen School

20- Nov. -2011
   The Lillian M. Steen School of Bogota has won the Grand Prize in the NY Jets' "Eat Right , Move More program for  2011-2012 school year.
   In partnership with the American Dairy Association,and Dairy Council  the school will receive a reward of $5,000 in order to upgrade the cafeteria with the purchase, and installation, of new sinks, food processors, and blenders. These will help provide a better area for cleaning & preparing fresh fruits and vegetables for the students at the school.
   On Tuesday 29- Nov. D'Brickshaw Ferguson of the NY Jets will visit the school to speak to the students about the benefits of good & healthy eating. And the importance of physical education ,and activities for all children.

Turkey Drive

    The Trinity Lutheran Church in Bogota held their 2011 "Turkey Drive" yesterday. At least 400lbs of frozen turkeys, and other food item, where donated to the church. Trinity  is working with St. Peters Church in River Edge in a joint effort to help those in need. The two groups will then delver all the donations to the Food Bank of NJ, which will distribute the items around Northern New Jersey.  For more information, and to donate, please go to

Nicole Occhiosrosso (L) & Nancy Markowiski  organizing the donated turkeys

Ray & Helene Gwiazdowshi with Pastor Olsen

Ms. Occhiosrossr accepting a donation from Marie Berthou ( from Teaneck) 

Pastor Olsen and the Volunteers with the donations. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Bogota Volleyball

   The Bogota Lady Bucs have had their come to a end today with a 2-0 (25-18 ; 25- 210 loss to River Dell  in the first game of the Tournament of Champions today. The Bucs end their season as a model for smaller schools in the state. Posting a second place in the Bergen County Tournament and a repeat of their Group 1 double championships the Bogota girls can be nothing but proud of their performance and spirit in representing all of the Borough in sport competitions. A young team  that will be with-out one starter, Senior Elisa Brackett,  next year should have a strong corp returning for next season. The continued strong play by thease players with a new team  member who can elevate her her game to match the others will make the Lady Bucs a strong opponent to who ever they face in the future.