Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cabaret Night

 30- Jan.-2013
   The Bogota High School Chapter of the International Thespian Society will hold it's first "Cabaret Night" this Friday  1-Feb. 2013. It will be held in the High School Cafeteria located on the second floor of Bogota High School 2 Henry Luthin Place Bogota, NJ. The performance is scheduled to start at 7:00 p, and is open to the public, with admission of $1.00.
  The  entertainment  for the evening will be provided by members of the Drama club, along with fellow students  as well as some members of the faculty.
  Refreshments will be available for purchase with the proceeds going to help fund the spring performance of the school's musical production of  "Guys & Dolls"

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bogota Sports

29- Jan-2013
   Monday night the Bogota Lady Bucs posted a come from behind victory  57- 51 over Queen of Peace at Speary Gym. After scoring the first two points of the game Bogota gave up the next nine to Q o P, and ended -up trailing  12- 19 after the the first quarter. Bogota fought back to even the score at 21 at one point only to watch it slip away as the Golden Griffins went into halftime with a ten point lead. Whatever Coach Gaffney told his team worked in the next part of the game as the Lady Bucs with all players scoring at least two points in the third quarter. Bogota kept up a higher pace to the game in the second half, starting with their defense. They pressured Queen of Peace in all area of the court, this was shown best by Deanna Brugger who constantly harassed the ball carrier in the front court. She interrupted many of the Q o P  attempts to pass the ball forward , mainly batting the ball out, forcing the visitors to start over again. A few time Ms. Brugger maintained possession leading to scoring chances for Bogota. She showed no fear in any opportunity  to tie up the ball carrier whether it was standing up or fighting on the floor for the ball. This, and other physical play by Bogota slowly started to wear down Queen of Peace as Bogota started the final quarter with a two point lead. The Lady Bucs scorers found it easier to move as the three top scorers Kara Woegen (15 pts) Kristin Bautista (14 pts) and Stephanie Prepepaj (13 pts) to kept  Q o P from mounting a comeback. A number  of the Boys team were on hand giving support, and encouragement to their classmates as the played their way to the  the six point win. The next game is on Thursday 31- Jan. for a 4:00 p start at Midland Park.
   The Boys team suffered at 63- 74 loss to Ft. Lee in the opening round of the Jamboree on Sunday. The Boys next play Midland Park at Speary Gym on Thursday 31- Jan with a 7:00 p tip-off.
   The Bogota wrestlers lost two  of three matches in their Quad meet on Saturday and  having a tie in the third. Their losses were to Ft. Lee 34-43, Rutherford 32-37 and being even with Ridgefield Park 36-36. They now have a record of 14-7-1 with their next match in Elmwood Park on Wed. 30- Jan starting at 7:00p.

 # 15 Kara  Woegen   with two of her game high 15 points.

 #12 Casey Murphy shooting.

 # 25 Stephanie Prepepaj  getting between defenders

 # 11 Deanna Brugger, with Kristin Bautista putting presser on the ball.

 # 11 Deanna Brugger  forcing a turn over

 Casey Murphy  making a free  throw.
 The Lady Bucs transitioning to the offense.

 # 25 Stephanie Prepepaj 

 # 10 Kristin Bautista 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Trinity Pasta Night

   Saturday night the Trinity Lutheran Church held their annual Pre- Super Bowl paste dinner. A chance for members of the church, and neighbor, to spend a relaxing evenings dinner together. There was also a chance to purchase items for the home, and children , and the money raised from that will go the local "Make -A-Wish " foundation.

Pastor Peter Olsen sharing dinner .
 Rachael, & Kim Pulido preparing in the Kitchen. 

 James (R) showing off his purchase.
Having dinner
Troy Pulido cutting up cake for desert...

... as Rachael Pulido servesit.

 Allen Altenkirch getting thanks for his Bolognese  sauce,

Diane Occhiogrosso  selling items for "Make-A-Wish"

Relaxing , and chatting after dinner.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Bogota Sports

25- Jan-2013
  Scores from  High Schools sports:
  The Wrestling team lost to Lakeland  by the score of 28-37. They now have a record of 14-5. Their next match is a Quad meet at Ft. Lee on Sat. 26 - Jan  starting at 7:00 p. The other teams are from Rutherford , and Ridgefield Park.
  The Lady Bucs basketball team lost to Emerson by the score of 36- 44 Their record now stands at 4-10. They next host Queen of Peace at Speary Gym on Mon. 28- Jan starting at 5:30 p
  The Boys team beat Emerson  by the score of 63-44. and moved their record to 10-4. The next play at Dwight Englewood on Fri. 25- Jan starting at 7:00 p
Other events:

   Trinity Church will hold it's annual Pre- Super Bowl pasta dinner from 5:00p to 7:30p. It will be held downstairs of the church located at 167 Palisade  Ave. Bogota. Tickets are $9 with children under 10 free.
For reservations and more information please call 201-487-3576

                      Pre Super Bowl Pasta Dinner

                                                      Trinity Lutheran Church
                                                          167 Palisade Avenue, Bogota, NJ 

                                                       When:  Saturday, January 26th, 2013

                                                      Time:  5:00 pm – 7:30 pm  Continuous Serving
                                                                Pasta with Meat Sauce, Salad and Dessert
                                                      Donation:  $9.00 Adults
                                                              Children under 10 Free
                                                     Call for reservations – 201-487-3576

Ticket prices have been set  at $20.00 for the Police Unity Tour event on Mon. 18- Feb. at the Westside Village Tavern in Ridgefield Park. For tickets please go to Or for more information

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bogota Sports

   The Lady Bucs basketball team had a big victory over Palisade Park by the score of  56-21. This makes their record 4-9. They next play at Emerson on Thursday 24- Jan. with a 7:00 p tip off.
   The Boys team also defeated Palisade Park by a score of 50-45. They improve to 9-4 with their next game at Speary Gym on 24- Jan. when they play Emerson.
   Tuesday game started fast for the Bucs as the scored the opening nine points of the game, and built a 15-8 lead after one quarter. The pace of the game change in the second quarter after Forward Liam Geraghty landed hard on the floor while driving  for the basket. Mr. Geraghty lay on the floor for a number of minutes, before was able to slowly walk back to sidelines. He did not return until the second half. The Tigers took a advantage of the shift in momentum to trail only by seven at the half. Mr. Geraghty scored the last of his game high 17 points, with five  3- point basket. But Palisade Park having a 17- point third quarter brought the score to 38-37 with 8 minutes to play. In a back and forth last quarter the Bucs had a number of near misses until Austin Bautista hit for his only on three point to give Bogota a lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game.

#35 Isiah DelaCruz  watches  #3 Liam Geraghty shot go in

Ruben Acosta driving towards the basket
One of Liam Geraghty five 3-point baskets.

#3 Liam Geraghty getting medical attention.

# 35 Isiah DelaCruz scoring

 Bogota defense 

#11 Ruben Acosta making the winning points.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bogota Sports

 20-Jan. 2013
    Scores from the weekend games by the teams of Bogota High School.
    The Lady Bucs Basketball team lost at Westwood by a score of 30-48. They now have a record of 3-9. They next play at Palisade Park on Tuesday 22- Jan starting at 5:30 p. They then travel to Emerson on Thursday  24- Jan for a 7:00 p game there.
   The Boys team stop a two game losing streak with a 48-45  win in DuMont. This move the Bucs record to 8-4. They play their next to games at Speary Gym first on Tuesday  22-Jan against Palisade Park, then on Thursday 24- Jan. they host Emerson. Both games have a 7:00 p tip-off.
  The Bogota wrestling team continues their strong season starting the weekend off with a 39-29 victory over Waldwick on Friday night. They split a tri- meet on Saturday, they lost the first match to South Brunswick by a score of 35-39. Then came back to defeat North Brunswick 43-27 After the week end their record now stands at 14- 4. Their next match is Wednesday at Lakeland with a 7:00 p start.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Council Meeting

   Results from High School sports
 On Wed. 16- Jan the Wrestling team had a 72-6  victory over Hudson Catholic Their record now is 11-3, with match tonight at Waldwick starting at 7:00p and a Tri match the next day against South , and North Brunswick at 11:00a.
 The Boys team fell to Cresskill by the score of 39- 71. They have a record of 7-4 with their next game Saturday at Dumont starting at 7:00p
  The Lady Bucs also lost to Cresskill by a score of 22-45 marking their record 4-7. They next travel to Westwood on Sat. 19- Jan for a 12:00p game.
At the Borough Council Meeting  a number of ideas were brought up for discussion some were:
- when Bogota Day  2013 should be , one thought was in  May, but many members of Council preferred a weekend in  mid June. One reason is so resident would be back from Memorial Day, and still in town before the 4th of July. Another idea was to move the event from Olsen Park to have it as a "Block Party" event Larch Ave was just one thought, with no final decisions being made.
- another topic was how the Board of Education, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Bogota Police dept can work together to insure the safety of the students at in the Borough's school.
- one other item was to find a Temporary Driver for the Senior Citizen bus while the current drive is away on Vacation. And to find a near by Doctor to do physicals for the Fire and Police dept.
The biggest item can at the end of the meeting when Mayor McHale read a letter of resignation from Borough Administration , and CFO Leonard Nicolosi. Mr Nicolosi has found a position in a private sector company, and would not be able to perform his duties to the Borough as needed. He will remain at his present position until 12- March -2013 when his resignation will then take affect. Mr. Nicolosi thanked members of Council, and Borough staff for his experience of serving  Bogota in number of position including that of Mayor from 1988 to 95. He has served as Borough Administrator since 2008. Mayor McHale , and other members of Council then thank Mr. Nicolosi for his service to the Borough , and wished him well. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bogota Events


  In High School Sports The Lady Bucs Basketball team had a 46-36 home victory over Waldwick Tues. There record  on stands at 3-7. The next play at Cresskill Thursday 17- Jan at 4:00p.
 The Boys team lost at Waldwick 40-55  with a 7 -3 record . They  travel to Cresskill on Thursday for  7:00p game

   Some upcoming events in and around Bogota.
 Sat. 19-Jan
        St. Joseph's School is hosting a Pasta Dinner and talent school. This will take place in the school's Auditorium located at 131 E. Ft. Lee Rd. Bogota, NJ.
Doors open at 6:30p  with the talent show by the students to follow. Tickets are $10 for anyone over 13 in advance and $12 at the door. they are $7 for children and $9 at the door. For more information please contact; Jeannine Lavalle at 201-862-1967.

 Sat. 26- Jan 
    Trinity Church will hold it's annual Pre- Super Bowl pasta dinner from 5:00p to 7:30p. It will be held downstairs of the church located at 167 Palisade  Ave. Bogota. Tickets are $9 with children under 10 free.
For reservations and more information please call 201-487-3576

                      Pre Super Bowl Pasta Dinner
                                                      Trinity Lutheran Church
                                                          167 Palisade Avenue, Bogota, NJ 

                                                       When:  Saturday, January 26th, 2013

                                                      Time:  5:00 pm – 7:30 pm  Continuous Serving
                                                                Pasta with Meat Sauce, Salad and Dessert
                                                      Donation:  $9.00 Adults
                                                              Children under 10 Free
                                                     Call for reservations – 201-487-3576
Scenes from last years dinner.
Fri- 15- Feb.
   Steen School will have their annual International Night starting at 6:30p to 9:00p in the schools gym. Tickets are $5 Adults and $3 for students. This year students, and their families, will have a chance to share Music, Songs, and Dances from their heritage.  Along with a chance to create at table display representing their country background. For tickets, more information, or wanting to volunteer please contact Eileen Lewis at 201-489-5502 or at

Scenes from last years International Night 
Mon.-18- Feb.
  The Bogota & Ridgefield Park Police Unity Tour Riders are hosting a social night at the Westside Village Tavern. This is Located at 18 Paulison Ave. Ridgefield Park, starting at 6:00p to 11:00p. This is a fund raiser for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. As of this posting ticket prices have not be set yet, but for information about them please email And for more information about the Unity riders and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial please go to 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bogota Sports

12-Jan. 2013
   Scores from the weekend of Bogota Sports.
  The Lady Bucs Basketball team lost their game at Rutherford by the score of 44-61. this gives Bogota a  2-7 record. Their next is at home on Tuesday 15- Jan when they host Waldwick at Speary Gym starting at 6:00p
   The Bucs Wrestling team  had a 54-18 win against St. Mary's on Friday night. Then could only take one of their matches at a Quad meet in River Dell  The Bucs lost to River Dell 29-42, and had a loss to Emerson 17- 57. Bogota did post a win against Cresskill 36-35. After this weekend the Wrestling team has a record of 8-3. Their next match is on Wed. 16- Jan at Speary Gym against Hudson Catholic stating at 7:00p
  The next generation of Bogota Athletics started today as the Rec. winter camp started at Steen School Gym.  This is a Rec Program open to the Children of Bogota from grades Kindergarten to Sixth to develop, and to learn more about Basketball.

 K- 1st grade having a game.

Learning passing skills.

2-4 grades game.

Learning good sportsman ship.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bogota Sports


  The Bogota Lady Bucs Basketball team ended the six game losing streak with a 49-20 victory at Hawthorne Christian Academy  Their next game is away to Rutherford on Friday. 11-Jan with a 5:00 p tip-off. The Lady Bucs next home game is on Tues. 15- Jan when they host  Waldwick starting at 6:00 p
   The Boys team needed a past the last second lay-up from Liam Geraghty  with .4 seconds left to beat Hawthorne Christian Academy 44-42 at Speary Gym. The Bucs took a 20-16 lead into the half only to have  HCA out score them 11- 21 in the third quarter to take a six point lead. Bogota held the Defenders to just five 4th quarter point while Ruben Acosta scored 10 of his game high 18 points  to bring the Bucs even. As time was running down a last second shot by Bogota miss the target, but was mishandle by HCA Alex Thomas giving Bogota one last chance. A time out by Hawthorne's coach  to settle his team , along with trying to find out why the game had not ended yet gave Coach Mahoney a chance to give his team a play. With most eyes on Mr. Acosta, Mr. Geraghty found away to slip behind the HCA defense and receive the inbound pass and put up the winning shot while falling towards Speary Gym back wall. When the basket was counted he was joined by his teammates, and students coming out their seats to congratulate him.
  This win moves the Bucs to 7-2, with their next game on Tuesday  15- Jan at Waldwick with a 7:00 p start.
  The  Bucs wrestling team next match is Sat. 12- Jan as Cresskill come to Speary Gym starting at 10:00 a

 A Strong Bucs defense in the 4th Quarter 

# 11 Rubin Acosta  giving Bogota a lead.

#11 Rubin Acosta  bringing the ball forward  for a last shot.

Liam Geraghty  winning lay-up.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

International Night


 Steen School will be holding  it's annual International  Night on Friday 15- Feb.-2013 in the Steen Gym. Parents are encourage to send a dish that reflexes the ethnic heritage of their family. For more information about the event, or how anyone can help during that evening please contact  Eileen Lewis, or Rich Melendez at the address's below.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bogota Sports

5- Jan.-2013

Scores and upcoming games for the Bogota High School teams:
   The Lady Bucs Basketball team fell to a record of 1- 5 as a result of a 27- 42 at Park Ridge.
Their next game is Tuesday 8- Jan at home in Speary Gym against Saddle River with a tip -off at 5:30 p
  The Boys team had a 53-24 victory at Park Ridge on Thursday . This move their record to 5-2. They next travel to Saddle River for a game on Tuesday 8-Jan. starting at 4:00 p
  The Bucs Wrestling team swept their weekend matches. First on Friday the had a 60-15 victory against Manchester Regional. Then on Sat. they won both their matches as part of a Tri- meet.  The first came from behind to beat Bergenfield 39-31. Then finished the day off with a 42-24 victory over Union City. Their next match is at Speary Gym hosting St. Mary's on Friday 11- Jan starting at 7:00 p

Bucs vs. Manchester  Regional 

 Bucs vs Bergenfield

Bucs vs. Union City