Monday, June 30, 2014

Fourth of July Events

30- June-2014

  Some events happen in and around Bogota during the week starting starting Monday 30- June.
   The regular trash collection on Thursday 3- July will also include the Eastern section of the Borough. This will be a Town Wide collection day and there will no collection on Friday 4- July.

Monday 30- June
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey will host a fireworks display on Monday-30-June , 2014. The Independence Day celebration begins at 6:00p and continues until after the fireworks display ends.
The Hasbrouck Heights Lions Club will present this annual event at the Gary Depken Athletic Field, Oldfield Avenue (Route 17 South/Franklin Ave). Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. The show will start at sundown. Fireworks rain date is 2-July 
The 2014 Hasbrouck Heights Patriotic Children’s Parade will be held on Friday morning, 4-July  at 10:00a at Woodland Park. There will be prizes for the Most Patriotic and the Most Creative entries.
Wednesday-2 to Sunday 6-July
Leonia, NJ
   Leonia, New Jersey will celebrate Independence Day  with a 5-day Sports Booster Carnival and July 4th fireworks display. The festivities start on Wednesday,2- July  and continue through Sunday, 6-July . The fireworks display will be held on Friday, July 4th at Overpeck County Park. The fireworks show is produced by Grucci. The Sports Booster Carnival goes on for 5 days and features amusement rides and food vendors. It is open every night from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. With Friday & Saturday running until 11:00p The Overpeck County Park area for these specific July 4th festivities is located at 199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. Click here for more information or call 866-228-4673.

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Tenafly, NJ
The Borough's annual fireworks display will take place on Thursday,3- July at approximately 9:00p behind the Tenafly High School.  Rain Date for the fireworks is Sunday-6-July .  This year the Crescent City Ramblers, a Dixieland Band will be entertaining the crowd before the fireworks display.  Tenafly High School is located at Hickory Ave. and Westerly Dr. in Tenafly , NJ
All residents are invited to attend the Town Wide Independence Day Celebration from 10:00a to 3:00p on Friday,  4-July  that the Roosevelt Common. Join us for a day of amusements, games, food, great music and fun. The rain date for this celebration is Saturday, 5-July. Roosevelt Commons is located along Riveredge Rd at Jefferson Ave. Tenafly , NJ

River Edge, NJ
Thursday-3-July with “MUSIC IN THE PARK” By Soul Finger featuring Jeanie Marri
Veterans Memorial Park. The  Park open for family picnics starting at 6:30p with the entrainment schedule to begin at 7:30p Vendors will serve Cotton Candy & Soda, Water, Italian Ice, Pretzels.
Friday- 4-July  the Parade will start 11:00a on Bogert Road to Continental Avenue
4th of July Grand Marshal will be Former Mayor Bob Graillot
Followed by the Family Fair in Veterans Memorial Park start at 12:30p to 4:30p Amusements (tickets sold – no wristbands)
Music Refreshments Quality Vendors
Free face painting – Free train ride – Free photo booth

Ridgefield Park, NJ

The Village of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey will hold their 120th Annual Fourth of July Celebrations. The Day begins  at 7:30a with a flag raising ceremony by the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of Ridgefield Park. This will be held at memorial located at Euclid & Mt. Vernon St. The Baby and Youth Parade starts at 9:00 am and features decorated bicycles, floats, decorated carriages and more. The 4th of July Civic Parade starts at 11:00 am. This year's parade will include civic and fraternal organizations, sporting organizations, marching bands, classic cars, military vehicles, costumed characters, fire trucks, EMS vehicles, floats and more.

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Hackensack, NJ
Hackensack, New Jersey will celebrate Independence Day 2014 with a full day of events on Friday, 4-July. The festivities in Hackensack will include an all-day flea market, a softball game, a concert, games, rides and a fireworks display all at Forschini Park on River Street. The flea market will begin at 9:00 a, followed by the softball game pits the Hackensack Police Department up against the Fire Department at 10:00 a. The community fair will feature international food vendors, kiddie games and rides all day long. The night’s entertainment will begin at 7:15 p with a performance by the Time Machine Show Band. The fireworks will bring the day to a close, beginning at about 9:15 p

Saturday -5-July
River Edge, NJ

Vintage Baseball at New Bridge Landing
July 5, 2014, Saturday, 11 am DoubleHeader
Date confirmed.
Love baseball? Love history? Step back into yesteryear when the Bergen County Historical Society hosts an old-time game with the Brooklyn Eckford & Flemington Neshanock in the meadow at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge.
Experience the crack of wood against leather, the cheers and jeers of the crowd, and baseball the way great-grandpa saw it, when these reenactor teams play with 19th century rules, equipment, and uniforms in an open field. A great way for the family to enjoy America's game!
Watch for Casey at the Bat at this first big event in The Meadow, make sure to bring a hat, blanket or chair, and sunscreen. Historic New Bridge Landing, 1201 Main Street, River Edge. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children, BCHS members free.
Enter at the corner of Hackensack Avenue & Main Street. Hot dog vendor scheduled for area in front of the Campbell-Christie House, the gift shop will be open with new items including a BCHS t-shirt. Cooks will be in the out kitchen. Short walking tours by BCHS interpreters available.Refreshments available: Two food trucks will be on-site. 

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read

29-June- 2014
   On Saturday 28- June the Bogota Public Library kicked off their Summer Reading Program with a craft & activities event in the Bogota Senior Center. This Summers theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read" and is focusing on reading about Science. With the help from volunteer Student Students from Bogota High School the young reader some things visualise some scientific  principles. Readers were shown how to make chemical reactions, learn about parts of the Human body, what makes machines work , and a chance to make their own comet to fly around their room.
  The program runs until 22-August with rewards available for completing reading projects. For more information about signing -up for the Summer Reading Program, and other Library events in the Summer please visit their web-site at:

Bianca Acevedo (R) helping with Chemical Reactions

Angelina Garcia (L) explaining how the Human body works.

Michael Heck (R) show how to put a machine together.

 Reades making their own Comets.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

BHS Class of 2014

   On  Friday 27-  June Bogota High School held their 88th Commencement Exercise for the Class of 2014. 95 Seniors entered an Air Conditioned Gymnasium greeted by the Families & Friends in attendance. Principal Linda Gattuso welcomed the audiences and spoke of the work, and spirit the Seniors of Bogota High School had shown in the 4-6 years of learning in Bogota.  The Salutatory Address was given by Evan Van Tine recalled times of meeting new classmate back in Kindergarten and sharing the experiences with many of them for the last twelve years. He noted that in terms of hours spent together the graduates may have spend more time with each others then with their Family. This has turned strangers that were first met at the ages of 5 or 6 into a second Family at will have a special bond only with themselves.
   The next speaker was Amanda Mitchell who was the Valedictorian from the Bogota Class of 2008. She return to give the Keynote Address. She told the Seniors that some of the goals a person may want to have in life after High School should be based on the individual as opposed to what others think. Having  and meeting big goal will be satisfying, but smaller goals that turn into moments of happiness are just as important. She asked the Graduates to remember the times at school, and let them help in the future.
  The Valedictory Address was given by Emily Inserra, who started by remembering the  the class trip to Disney World as one of the high points of the year, along with victories won, friendship kept & a rare Friday Night  Home Football Game. She talked about late nights finishing project, last touches on Homework right before handing it in, and worrying about test.  She talked about how all of these and many others will always e apart of her memories of High School. She thanked those who have help in sharing  time in school with her and her fellow Graduates and congratulated the Class of 2014.
   When it was time for the Bogota Choir to sing Martin Nunez Bonilla took the time help turn the Ceremonies into a Celebration of what it means to be a Graduating Senior from Bogota High School. He pointed out those Seniors in the Choir and urge those in attendance to join them in singing & clapping along with " Dance to the Music".  With a more festive mood started then the highlight of the Senior receiving their Diplomas took place, as the Seniors walk forward to accept their degree to the shout of joy from the audience. When class President Zani Tahir lead the class in moving their tassels to the left , the Bogota High School Class of 2014 began to Celebrate their Graduation.

 The Class of 2014

Janel Dupree (L) & Nellina Tomlinson
 singing the National Anthem

 Principal Linda Gattuso addressing the Audience.

Evan VanTine giving his Salutatorian Address

Seniors playing with the Band

Amanda Mitchell BHS Class of 2008 giving the
Keynote Address

Valedictorian Emily Inserra giving
her speech. 

 Martin Nunez-Bonilla leading the Audience in the
Choir performance.


Friday, June 27, 2014


  On Thursday Night the Primary schools of the Bogota School District held their Graduation Ceremonies for the Sixth grade class of 2014. The Steen Students were reminded of their growing up together some from the start of their academic career while first meeting in Kindergarten at Steen, while others have join to become members of the Class of 2014 along the way.  The Sixth Graders were honoured for their achievements throughout the year.  The Students who served on the Steen Safety Patrol were also recognized for the work during the school year to help keep their follow students safe around the school.  After the class performed their song they, then came off stage to present their Parents with a white rose to thank them for their guidance & support while helping through their school years.
  While the Students at Bixby received their awards a day earlier the Class of 2014 & and the Families in attendance were treated to a special moment when Jeziel Marte was allowed to join his fellow Classmates to receive his Certificate of Promotion as a member of the Class of 2014. Mr. Marte was able to have  the time away from the Hospital where he is recovering injuries he received earlier in the spring. He was transported to Bixby School with the aid of Mayor Jackson and the some  members of the Bogota Volunteer Ambulance Squad so he could join his Classmate.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Weekend Events

 Some events happening in and around Bogota for the weekend starting Friday 27-June:

Friday 27-June
   The Bogota High School will hold their Graduation Ceremonies for the Senior  Class of 2014. This will be held in the High School Gymnasium and is scheduled to start at 6:30p The High School is located at 2 Henry Luthin Place Bogota, NJ 

Saturday- 28-June

The Bogota Public Library will have a kick-off party for their Summer reading program. This will be from 11:00a to 12:00p and is open to those who have signed up for the Summer Reading  Program. To sign-up for the program , or for more information please call the library at 201-488-7185. The Bogota public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ


Saturday- 28-June
Teaneck, NJ

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Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot)


Jun. 28 07:00 pm At Puffin Cultural Forum 20 Puffin Way , Teaneck NJ  

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performance is an abbreviated full-cast production hailed as visually stunning and accessible to Shakespeare lovers of all ages! Bring your own chairs, flip-flops, and accoutrements as the performance will be held outdoors in the parking lot.

$10 Suggested Donation
Reservations Recommended

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or 95. It portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors, their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there is a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who's transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites and elves. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.
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Sunday -29-June
  The Bogota Community Alliance  is sponsoring a  Dental Hygiene Workshop at the Bogota Recreation Center.  Services will be provided by Dr. Carlos Ovalle DDS. This is scheduled to start at 3:30p and is free to the public. There will be dental giveaways and refreshment. The Bogota Recreation Center is located at 162 W. Main Bogota, NJ

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    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Bixby Awards

    25-June- 2014
     On Wednesday the Bixby School honoured their Students who have had academic & social achievement over the past school year. Some of the awards were for Attendances, Sportsmanship, Academic Achievement & Improvement, The Principal's Caring Award, the VFW Award for Academics, the High School Student Council Award for Leadership, and The Presidential Education Award.  Sgt Craig lynch of the Bogota Police Dept. also congratulated the Students who were on the Bixby safety patrol for this school year. The loudest applause was for two Awards won by  Jeziel Marte who is still recovering from injuries he suffered in the Spring. They are a Bucs Booster Award for Sportsmanship, and a President's Education Award.
       The Following are only a few of the Award winners from Bixby School.
    Selenne Jimenez

    Olivia Rosado

    Joseph Lechuga

    Josephine Beauharnais

    Carly Nunez

    Sebastian Cabrera

    Riya Chatterji

    The Awards for Jeziel Marte which he will be given.
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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    Future Events & Updates

    24- June-2014

    Sunday 21- Sept. -2014
       Engine Company #3 of the Bogota Volunteer Fire Dept. is sponsoring The Zerbinni Family Circus for one day only on Sunday 21- Sept.  It will be set up in  Olsen  Park and have to shows available. An afternoon show at 2:00p & and the Evening performance at 6:00p Tickets for both shows are available for purchase at an advance price of $8.00 for children under 12 with Adults tickets at $10.  These will be available at the Bogota Recreation Center, The Bogota Public Library & at Box Car Bagels. Ticket purchased on the day of the show will be $10 for students & $12 for Adults.

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    Some updates
     A look at the  planters set up by Bogota Beautiful on 9- June. For more information about sponsoring a planter, or how to volunteer to help with maintenance please go to:

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    The construction of 297 Palisade Ave showing the foundation walls, and footers.

    New Horizon Financial has finished the refurbishment of their office at 320 Palisade Ave.New Horizon Financial has been a long time support of local groups and events in Bogota. When the Robert Wilkins  agency relocated to 52 W. Main St. this allowed New Horizon to expand  themselves. This has allow them to offer more services. Their new Headquarters now has a more open floor plan, for a roomier & bright environment. For more information please contact Edward Sweeney at:  or visit their website at

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    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Trip to Borough hall

      On Monday 23-June the Third Grade classes of Steen School took a field trip to Bogota Borough Hall.
    They were met at the doors to the Council Chambers by Mayor Tito Jackson and Administrator August Greiner. When the student had taken their seats the Mayor introduced some of the other people who work in Borough Hall.  He also talked a little about the history of the building. Then to show the class how the Local Government works he select a number of Students to serve as Council Members. Then he called the meeting to order, did the roll call, and then lead the room in the Flag salute.  Mayor Jackson then  read the first item on the agenda. That was for the Third Grade of Steen School to have a snack. One of  the new Council member put forward the motion, and it was seconded by another. When it came to the full Council to vote it was passed unanimously. The next resolution was read which stated the the Students of Bogota should have a safe & fun Summer vacation. This was again voted on with all six members voting in flavor of the resolution. Then the meeting was open for Public Comments, in which Police Chief John Burke asked if he could share one of the students snacks. Then the Council Member voted to end the session so they could enjoy their snacks.
     After the Student cleaned up, they were given a tour of Borough Hall. While showing the Students the different offices, and explain what  types of jobs are done their, Mayor Jackson stopped at some of the photographs on the wall and explained a little of the History they represent.  The Students also learn that the Building was the first school in Bogota , and opened in 1899. Also at one time the rooms that at now the Clerks & Building  Dept. offices was once the Borough Library. The Students then went down to the Police Dept. headquarters were Police Chief Burke  & Capt. James Sepp talked about how the Police Dept. works.  They Students were shown the room the Detectives use to question people, and even how someone is fingered printed.  
      The last part of the tour was to see the Command vehicle that the Mayor Jackson uses in his role as Head of  Bogota's Office of Emergency Management. The Students also had a chance to go inside of one of Bogota Ambulances to see what type of equipment is use to help in an emergency. Then Students then thanked Mayor Jackson for a look inside Bogota Borough Hall.
    Mayor Jackson welcoming the Steen Third grade Class to Borough Hall

    Administrator Greiner talking about when he attended Steen School 
    Mayor  jackson leading the Flag Salute.

    Some Steen Student being members of Borough Council.

    Mayor Jackson talking about the History of  Borough Hall

     Police Chief John Burke talking about how the Police
    work to keep the residents of Bogota safe.

     The Student looking at some of the vehicle use
     by the Emergency Services Volunteers.

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