Friday, May 31, 2013

Bogota Events

  Some events happen in and around Bogota next week
    The ARC of Bergen, & Passaic Counties will hold their 16th annual walk for Children and Adults with intellectual and development disabilities in Olsen Park. This year the event will take place on Sunday 2-June.
Registration will begin at 9:30a, with the walk it's self starting at 10:30a . Located at 162 W.  Main St. in Bogota , NJ


  On Friday 7-June the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run will pass through Bogota.  This  is a fund raiser for he New Jersey Special Olympics that are being held on Friday 7-June to Sunday 9-June. The games are taking place at the College of New Jersey located in Ewing , NJ 

Torch Run

   On Friday 7-June the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run will pass through Bogota.  This  is a fund raiser for he New Jersey Special Olympics that are being held on Friday 7-June to Sunday 9-June. The games are taking place at the College of New Jersey located in Ewing , NJ 
  Bogota is a section of the 36.9 mile Northeast Bergen County leg of the Torch Run. It will enter Bogota on Palisades Ave coming from Teaneck, and continue to E.Main St. It will turn left onto Main St, and go back through Teaneck on the way to it's finish in Fairview, NJ.
  The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Jersey is a statewide campaign coordinated and managed by all divisions of Law Enforcement officers and officials from throughout the state. Through their efforts, events are conducted year round by the Law Enforcement Community to raise funds for the Special Olympics Movement, serving the athletes of New Jersey. In addition to fundraising, Law Enforcement volunteer at athlete events year round while serving as ambassadors in local communities.
 In 1982, the late Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer Steven Vitale was asked to take photos at a local Special Olympics competition in New Jersey. He was so moved by the determination exhibited by the athletes that he asked other police officers to volunteer at the Summer Games. In 1984, the first New Jersey Torch Run was conceived to raise funds and public awareness for the Special Olympics New Jersey program. The course ran from Liberty State Park in Jersey City to Rutgers Stadium in New Brunswick through eight towns covering 43 miles and raising $7,000. In each succeeding year, the dollar amount became greater and the number of volunteers increased substantially. Today over $2M is raised annually by more than 3,000 officers through local and statewide events including the Law Enforcement Torch Run as part of the annual Summer Games in June.
For more information about the Torch Run , or how to donate to the Special Olympics please go to 

Torch Run

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bogota Day 2013

30- May-2013

   After a year of false starts, and confusion Bogota Day has returned. It will take place on Saturday 29- June- 2013 ( Rain date will be the following Sunday 30-June) It will be held in Olsen Park located at 162 W. Main St. in Bogota, NJ. The event will run from 12:00 noon to 10:00p As in past years any local organization are urged to take part in this event. Registration is FREE to all local groups, but they must be register before Friday 21- June- 2012 At this time there at at least 10 local Organization that will be providing food and refreshment to buy.  As well as another 10 that will provide information, games, crafts , and other entertainment.
  There is also space for crafts, and gift vendors on a first come , first serve basis. For more information about have a space as a Local Organization, To be a Sponsor, or to have a Vending table please got to
  The Bogota Day Car show will also return this year open to all makes, & models. All cars will be able for viewing on the Main St. Extension that runs through Olsen Park. Participants  need to check in stating at 9:30a the day of the event. For more information about the car show please contact Rob Contino at
   As of this date some of the entertainment has been arranged.  There will be rides for the children proved by  " Party Works"
 Bogota's D. J. Raul Lebron will provide music through-out the day, along with keeping the event goers informed of the days activities.
 The Headlining act will be " The Bad Parts" from North Bergen, NJ featuring a mix of Alternative, Punk, Ska, and some covers of Muse , and the Killers. There show will start at about 7:00p to finish the evening of entertainment for this years event.
  Bogota Day starting out as a town block party a number of years ago, has turned into a Summer event to provide the Citizens of the Borough a chance to hang out with Family and Friends, meet their neighbors, and share a Summers evening together between Memorial Day , and the 4th of July. \
Bogota Day is a free family friendly event open to everyone who wants to join in listening to music, being a kid, or just to watch the day go by with others.
  Please keep looking at Bogota Blog NJ for more update, and please go to the Bogota Rec Commission web site for more information when available :

                                                       Scenes from past Bogota Day's

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sports award dinner

29- May- 2013

 On Tuesday Night the students athletes of Bogota High School were honored for their achievements over the past year. 
  Before  the students were given their awards Bogota Superintendent, Dr. Letizia Pantoliano took a moment to thank the coaches for all their hard work in teaching , and guiding the players  during the year. This was reinforced by the fact of the six varsity play in the fall  Coaches from Bogota ; Jay Mahoney for Girls Cross -Country , and Brad DiRupo for Girls Volleyball  were named Coach of the Year .   Those same teams were also named  Teams of the year for their section. 
 Individually  22 students of Bogota High School had been named to the first team all league in their respected sport.  The Bogota Borough Council awarded the three State Champions Group 1 Girls Volleyball team  a proclamation on their success. The Lady Bucs Volleyball team is well known for their State, &  Regional Tournament Championships as they were lead by Player of the year Carly O' Sullivan. There was also a team of the year in the Lady Bucs Cross-County squad.  Top runners Elizabeth O'Brien for the Girls , and Jovanie Sotomayor both setting school records on teams that both won Bergen County Group D Championships. A first in Bergen County.
   A recurring theme of the Coaches speeches was how proud they are of their players for all their hard work and dedication to team play. From  Football Coach Nick DeStefano  and Wrestling Coach Pat Clark who had programs that could not even finish their season a few years ago.  They have been changed into teams that compete in every game they play, and place athletes like Gordon Kohles in All-Star games  and  All- League teams in Football. Or Jonathon Profit winning bout that won the match over higher ranked opponents in Wrestling.  Tom Montalbano , in his first year as Bowling Coach, brought his Football background to that sport and had opponent Coaches talk to him after a match and tell him how "tough" his team was. Because he knew if his team was close he had Meghan Pulido there to get the win.  Sean Gaffney reminding the audience about how the #15 Lady Bucs  went in to # 2 Wallington and came out with a first round victory. He talked about how Deanna Brugger would tirelessly defend her side of the court while Casey Murphy would end the opponents season from long range.  A smile was brought Softball Coach Brad DiRupo face as he told of how Kara Woegens accounted for half the teams runs with just two swings of the bat.  When Boys Basketball  Coach Jay Mahoney  talked about his team in was easy for him to say how the team had made it into the Bergen County  Jamboree, or that Bogota has qualified for the State Tournament in 32 consecutive years. How Liam Geraghty had set a new school record in three point scoring.  But Coach Mahoney took time to talk about a a young Athlete a few years ago could have gone in a different direction.  But with the help of the school's administration. Ruben Acosta turned into a team leader as well as their leading scorer. Even if Coach Mahoney would not give himself any credit every one in the gym knows that if Coach Mahoney thinks a player can do something he will not give up until he has gotten the best out of that player. 
   The evening was as much as a celebration of how the spirit and pride of a small town in New Jersey  has in their student athletes, which goes beyond just wins & loses.     
   Bogota Blog NJ would like to congratulate  The Bogota High School Coaches and Staff as well as  all the student athletes on their hard work through out the year. Making not only their Parents, but the school, and  the Borough proud of their effort.

 Students, and Parents in the gym 

Superintendent Dr. Pantoliano recognizing the achievements of both the Students , and the Coaches.   
Councilman Robbins presenting a Borough Proclamation to Kelly Daley, and all the Volleyball team. 
                                    Below are just a few of the Athletes receiving their honors.
 For Bowling Meghan Pulido

 For Football Edwin Fiscal

 For Cross- County Anais Fernandez

For Softball Ashley Granguist

For Softball Emily Inserra

For  Basketball Kara Woegens

For Basketball  Casey Murphy
For Basketball Isaiah DelaCruz

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Parade 2013

27- May- 2013
  Today the Borough of Bogota joined the Nation  in remembering & honoring the members of the Armed Service who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country.
 The day started with the ceremony in front of Borough Hall with the calling of names of those veterans who are " absent". Each was symbolized by a poppy placed on a cross that is in front of the Borough's World War II Memorial.
 Wreaths were also placed to recognizes those members of the American Legion and the VFW who have served the United States. Another wreath was placed  in front of the MIA- POW Memorial to remember those who have not return home.
  The Bogota Volunteer Fire Dept. along with the Rescue Squad took time to remember their fallen comrades.
  In the Afternoon the Memorial Day Parade made it's way through the Borough, where local groups were joined by marching bands. The bond between Bogota and Ridgefield Park continued as both departments showed off their volunteer members and equipment. Show that service to the Country begins at home.

 World War II Memorial with a cross of poppies

Bogota High School Marching Band leading the Parade

Bogota Police Dept.

The John Duke Band.

Veterans salute the Mayor & Council.

Women's Auxiliary
Bogota Community Allance

Palisade Park Fire Dept. Band.

Congressman  Scott Garrett

Players, and Parents of the BBO

Fife & Drum Corp

Girls Scouts& Brownies

Bergen County Pipe Band.

Bogota Volunteer Fire Dept.

Ridgefield Park Fire Dept.

Oakland Fire Dept.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

27- May-2013

Remember those who have.
Thinking of those who are.
Support those who will.
 Serve and defend our Country at home and over seas.

From Bogota Blog NJ

Friday, May 24, 2013

Arc Walk

24-May -2013
 The ARC of Bergen, & Passaic Counties will hold their 16th annual walk for Children and Adults with intellectual and development disabilities in Olsen Park. This year the event will take place on Sunday 2-June.
Registration will begin at 9:30a, with the walk it's self starting at 10:30a . Located at 162 W.  Main St. in Bogota , NJ
 The ARC  is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide and maintain a full,& independent life style within their own communities. ARC provides advocacy, community education, direct services, and customized support for those people, and their families, who have an intellectual and other disabilities.  There will be live music, games, face painting, and  other actives, before , during ,and after the walk.
 There are a number of way citizens can contribute to The ARC. One is to be an event sponsor. Another is to raise money from pledges for how many miles are walked. This could be as an individual, or to form a team.  For information on how to be a sponsor  for the event, or participate as a walker. Please go to

Scenes from last year ARC walk.