Sunday, September 30, 2012

Weekend Sprots

30-Sept- 2012
  Scores and upcoming games for Bogota High School sports.
   - The Football team lost to Weehawken on Friday night by the score of 14-35 this moves their record to 2-2 . They next play at Wallington on Friday 5- Oct with the kick-off scheduled at 7:00p
   - The Lady Bucs Volleyball team beat Palisade Park  on Friday night 2-0 (25-6: 25-4) They next play at Emerson on Tuesday  2- Oct. starting at 6:00 p then play at home at Speary Gym against Secaucus on Wednesday 3- Oct starting at 7:00 p.
    The Girls & Boys Cross Country squads have a tri-meet on Wednesday 3- Oct. at the  Garrett Mountain course against Waldwick , and Cresskill. It is scheduled to start at 4:35 p

Trash pick-up

  Trash pick-up in the Borough of Bogota will once again be only once a week. Starting in October, and going until Spring trash will only be pick-up on Monday, and Tuesday. The normal Wednesday  recycling day will stay the same. This is a budget saving  program started last year, during the cooler weather months.
  Leaf pick-up will be starting on 8-October, and continue to 23- November. Durning that time residents may place piles of leaves on the street in front of their homes for collection. Piles should be placed near the curb, and not be a hindrance to the flow of traffic. After 23 -Nov. all leaf and yard waste must be placed in biodegradable bag, or 30 gallon buckets. All residents are reminded to get leaves , and other debris away from sewer rain to lessen the possibility of flooding.
  For more information please go to the Borough web-site

Blood Drive

  The first blood drive held by Bogota Fire Dept. Engine #1 and Hook & Ladder #1 was held on Thursday 27-Sept. It was held in the back room of the W. Broad St  Firehouse. Organized by Michael Brophy, and held in conjunction with  Community Blood Services. They were hoping to get at least 30 donors to be considered a success, the final donor count was 32. Many of the donors were fellow firefighters, and heath care workers who know the importance of a adequate supply of replacement blood stock. For more information about how , and where to donate please go

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


26- Sept. 2012
  Some item of local interest.
- The Bogota Public Library, along with the rest of the BCCLS libraries are updating their systems to the Polaris system, in order to improve the resources, and productivity of the BCCLS. The system will be fully operational on the 12- Dec. 2012. There will be certain benchmarks in the run-up to the go date of the 12th. For more information please go to the library web sit at
- The Bogota Fire Dept. Engine #1 along with Hook & Ladder #1 is holding a blood drive at the W. Broad St. Station  tomorrow 27- Sept. Starting at 3:30p to 8:00p
- The Bogota Lady Bucs Volleyball team improved it's record to 8-2 with a 2-0 (25-8 : 25-5) victory over Newark East Side at Speary Gym. They next play tomorrow at Cresskill  starting at 5:30p. Then again on Friday at Palisades Park stating at 4:00p
- The Bogota Football team play Friday night 28- Sept. at Weehawken with a 7:00p kick-off.
- The Girls & Boys Cross Country Friday 28- Sept have the Maroon Invitational meet at Garret Mtn.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

St. Joseph's Carnival

   Even if the first and last days of this years carnival were hampered by rain, it still brought in families for a bit of fun, and games. Here are some scenes from the 2012 St. Joseph's Carnival. For other views please go to the official Carnival site.

Different flavors of the food available.

St. Joseph's Church as the backdrop

The Merry- Go- Round

"The Casino"

Prizes waiting to be played for.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bogota Football

22-Sept. 2012
   The Bogota Bucs had a 37-13 victory over the Park Ridge Owls today at Feigel Field. The Bucs got a balanced scoring attack from their offense. Gordon Kohles still scored three touch down, but two of them came on passes to Max Robbins, and to Austin Bautista. Edwin Fiscal added two short runs for touch downs with Juan Cabrea adding  a field goal towards the end of the first half. Bogota lead the game after two quarters 24-7, then kept the defensive presser on Park Ridge limited them to only one other T.D. in the second half, as well as a pass interception in the endzone stopping a Owls scoring drive.
 The win puts Bogota's record 2-1 for the season, while being 2-0 in league play. Their next game is Friday 28- Sept. at Weehawken, with the kick-off at 7:00p

# 55 Devin Rodgers on the tackle

Defensive interception preventing a touch down

Gordon Kohles handing off to Edwin Fiscal

Defensive pressor 

Devin Rodgers carrying defenders with him

Edwin Fiscal scoring

#13 Christian Gonzalez running 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bogota Volleyball

   For the second time in two weeks the Lady Bucs faced- offed against the Blue Eagles of Immaculate heart Academy. Again the the match went to three sets, and unfortunately  for Bogota the outcome was the same, with IHA scoring a 1-2 (25-15: 22-25: 20-25) victory. In the first set the Lady Bucs spurred on by the weekend tournament win, and a large and vocal crowd at Speary Gym. Bogota ran out to an early lead, and kept the presser on IHA through -out the set. The second set, and third, sets were more of what was to be excepted of  a match of this quality. Bogota had a small lead to start the set, but IHA continued to kept the Lady Bucs in reach. When Bogota took a lead the Blue Eagles can back to tie. And when a tie was achieved, Bogota would take back the lead. When IHA finally pulled ahead they moving forward, as it was Bogota turn to keep up. The biggest lead of the middle set was that of the final point in the match. The third set was, again, a heavy- weight bout of two strong teams. IHA took an lead, with the Lady Bucs coming back. Long volleys, and hard play by both teams kept it an enjoyable match to watch. The deciding factor was that IHA was able to limit the number of errors, and hurry the play to keep Bogota from getting enough time to set. The Lady Bucs had a number of fouls giving IHA the points and possession of the ball, this lead IHA servers Caitlyn Floyd, & Kerry McCullagh to slowly build -up their lead. While on defense the Blue Eagles forward line work together to contain Carly O'Sullivan.
   In the end it was the hard work of one team, and outlasted the hard work of the other team. This was the only scheduled meeting between the two teams, but both should feel that the next chapter is in the future, with one knowing the history , and the other needing to change it.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Five Questions

  The Bogota Lady Bucs Volleyball team lost their opening season tournament to Immaculate Heart Academy. Since then they have gone undefeated in league play, as well as sweeping to a a victory in the Northern Valley Tournament over the weekend. Bogota Blog NJ had a chance to the Girls Volleyball coach Brad DiRupo for thoughts on the young season.
  Coach DiRupo is the Athletic Director at Bogota High School. He also coaches the Girls Softball team in the Spring. Coach DiRupo started to coach the Girls Volleyball team in 2007, and going in this season the Lady Bucs have a record of 65-14-0. Always a strong contender in Volleyball the Lady Bucs under Coach DiRupo have won 3 of the 4 school's North 1 Group 1 titles. This includes their back to back championship for the 2010 & 2011 season.
   The  Lady Bucs next game is this Wed. Speary gym against IHA starting at 4:30p
Bogota Blog NJ
 - Do you feel  the team had any extra motivation in the run-up to this tournament after losing to IHA at the beginning of the season?
Coach DiRupo
We played very well on Saturday and actually played well all week. The players were not happy with their performance in losing in the Paramus Tour. finals.  So they really focused on our mistakes which led to our Northern Valley Championship.
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 - Does the fact they did play in a tournament keep the team from looking ahead to IHA, and stay focus on playing one team at a time?
Coach DiRupo
We don’t ever look ahead. Our job is to be the best player we can be whether in practice, tournament, or a match. We take it one day at a time.
Bogota Blog NJ
 - What can you do to keep the team from getting too tired from having to play on three straight days?
Coach DiRupo
We do a lot of physical conditioning so playing three in a row does not bother us.
Bogota Blog NJ
 - What is the best thing thing you see in your team at the start of the season?
Coach DiRupo
Happy with the team at this point.
Bogota Blog NJ
- Is there any thing the the team needs to improve on as the season moves along?
Coach DiRupo
 As long as we continue to grow as a team we will have a shot to achieve our team goals.

Steen School

   Steen School will have it's back to school night on Wed. 19-Sept. starting in the school gym at7:00p, also there will be a clothes drive  on Sun. 23-Sept starting at 9:00a and running until 5:00p Clothes will be collected in the school's playground located off of Orchard Terrace. This is to benefit this years 6th grade class. Items to be collected are usable clothes, along with shoes, belts, and purses. Household linens, along with stuffed animals, and hard toys.
  For more information about the clothes drive please contact Amy Becerra at 201-803-2279


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Town Garage Sale

16- Sept.-2012
   The Bogota Band Parents are having their annual town wide garage sale this Saturday 22- Sept.. It will start at 10:00a and run trough 4:00p rain or shine. There is a $10  fee to place your sale on the Band Parents map. Monday 17-Sept. is the last day to sign-up for map listing. For more information please contact Diane Occhiogrosso at 201-488-8127.
  Also this week the 6th annual St. Joesph's Carnival and food festival  starts Tuesday 18- Sept. and runs until Sat. 22-Sept at the corner of E. Ft. Lee Rd and  Palisade Ave. Rides start at 6:00 and are open until 10:00p ( 11:00p on Friday)

Scenes from last year Garage Sale


Scenes from last year Carnival 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bogota Sports

   Weekend results from a day in Bogota sports.  Rec Football  had it's opening games vs. Norwood at Feigel Field . The Senior team loss by a score of 12- 21. The Junior team had a 0-0 tie, while the pee-Wee team shut-out their opponents by the score of 12-0.  The next games are at home at Feigel Field on Sunday 23-Sept. the the Senior game starting at 1:30p
   The Bucs High School Bucs also had a shut-out ( as reported on posting a 28-0 victory at Wood- Ridge to even their record at 1-1. The Buccaneers  next game is against Park Ridge on Sat. 22- Sept. this is a home game to be played at Feigel Field with the Kick-off at 1:00p
   The Lady Bucs Volleyball team claimed the champion in the Northern Valley Invitational Tournament in Demarest with a 25-15  victory against Hunterdon Central. This is the first time the Lady Bucs have won this tournament. Their next game is at home in Speary Gym Weds. 19-Sept. They host the Immaculate Heart Academy with the game scheduled to start at 4:30p

Bogota Sports

   - Lady Bucs Volleyball
       Friday the Lady Bucs had a 2-0 (25-7;25-10) win over Park Ridge to move their record to 3-1. They next play in the Northern Valley Invitational Tournament today starting at 9:00a. The Tournament will take place at Demarest High School in Demarest, NJ.
 - Buccaneers Football
      Sat. 15- Sept. the Bucs travel to Wood Ridge, NJ to take on the Blue Devils. Kick-off is at 1:00p
 - Cross Counrty
    The Girls & Boys have a Quad-meet Wednesday 19- Sept. at the Darlington course starting at 5:15 for the Girls, and 4:15 for the Boys. They will both be running against squads from Emerson, Park Ridge, and Midland Park.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


   The Bogota Lady Bucs won their first game of the season with a 2-0 (25-17; 25-13) win at West Morris Central on Tuesday. This was their opening of scheduled play after an opening loss to Immaculate Heart Academy  1-2 (17-25; 26-24;24-26) at the Paramus Tournament last Saturday.
   The Lady Bucs home opener is Tomorrow Thursday 13-Sept at Speary Gym The game is Scheduled to start at 7:00p* ( Subject to change)