Thursday, December 31, 2015

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31-December 2015==== 1-January-2016

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bogota year in review part 3

 5- September -2015
The Parents for Bogota Football held their Fundraising Dinner and Raffle. 


     The Bogota  VFW Post 5561 hosted a events for Women's Veterans from the US Armed Services. This program " Vets Chat & Chew" 

15- September-2015
     The Bogota Board of Education hired
 of a new Physical Education Teacher:

     The Bogota Volunteer Fire Dept Engine Co.#3 host the Zerbini Family Circus. They set up their tent, for the second year in a row in the Little League field in Olsen Park

The St. Joseph's  Church held their annual Carnival and Food Festival.

       Shoplifting charges against former Mayor Tito Jackson were dismissed.


   The Bogota Band Parents Association  sponsored their annual Town -Wide Garage Sale as a fundraiser event for the marching Buccaneer Band . 


   St. Joseph's Church held an Opening Mass to start their Centennial year celebration.  This was lead by guest Presider, Archbishop Anthony Heblda from the Archdiocese of Newark.


   Members of the various dept of the Emergency Service in Bogota displayed their equipment and  skill in the Valley bank parking lot.


    The St. Joseph's School was able to hold their Spirit Sprint. This was originally schedule for 3- October but was postponed due to the weather

10-October- 2015
    The Bogota VFW post #5561  held an Oldies concert in their Main Hall. 

  The Bogota Public Library re-opened after a week and a-half of refurbishing.


   The reorganize Bogota Boy Scouts  Troop # 66 will hold their first meeting. This will be the kick-off to the new Bogota Troop 66. 


 The Board had two candidates to fill the vacant seat from when Gloria Clark resigned. Amanda Montgomery was voted to fill the vacant seat for one year.Ms Clark was one of two candidates who applied for the seat. 

 21- October-2015

 The Bogota High School PTO, Steen School PTO, and Bixby School PTA hosted a Candidate Debate for the six candidates seeking to be elected to the Bogota Board of Education. 


    The Bogota Volunteer Fire Department  Hose Co. #2 held their annual Pancake breakfast. Process from this event are use for the General operating fund for the Central Ave. Fire House.

     Members of the Bogota Police Dept. hosted an evening of casual conversation  for the residents of Bogota. 

    Nikki Spiegel retired from her position at the Bogota Public Library after 15 years 


    The results of the Elections on 3- November. All Republican Candidates swept into office with large victories. For Mayor Incumbent Chris Keleman  won a full three year term with a more than 360 margin over Councilwoman  Lisa Kohles.  For Council Incumbent Councilwoman Daniele Fede was the top vote getter of the four Candidates for the full three year Council term First time Francisco Miranda won the second seat available. In the race to fill the one year Council seat, vacated when Mr. Keleman won the Mayor's office in 2014  Michael Connors defeated Ingrid Brito by over 300 votes.
   For the three seat available for the Bogota Board of Education Eileen Lewis  was the top vote getter. She was followed by Incumbent Kathryn Van Buren, and Jo-Ellen Granquist.

   Daniel Maye was name as the new  Chief of Bogota Police Department.

7- November-2015 

  Councilwoman Lisa Kohles resigned her seat on Borough Council 

 The Men's race Bogota's James Draney took  first place overall in the meet.  The Bucs took a third in the field of 16 schools.  Daniel Daurio took 5th place while Andy Jaipersaud finished 13th .
  Their next meet will be on Saturday-14 November for the State Group Championship. This will be run in Holmdel , NJ the Women's race is Scheduled to start at 2:00p with the Men's race at 3:00p


   The Bogota Public Library hosted a Community Potluck Dinner. This was in cooperation with Bogota Beautiful


The Bogota VFW  Ralph Hall Post #5561 held their Veteran's Day ceremony.  At this event the VFW took the time to remember The Veterans who have serviced in the Armed Forces to serve and protect the United States of America in overseas conflicts. 

  The Borough of Bogota dedicated the street in front of the Police Station to the former Bogota Police Chief Henry J. Smith. 


  In Volleyball the #1 Bogota Lady Bucs regained the Group 1 State Championship with a 2-0 ( 25-23: 25-12) win over #3 Leonia at William Paterson University.  


   Recreation Director  Jim Moore was involved in a Traffic accident, and charged with driving under the influence.

20- November-2015

    Members of the Bogota High School 7th & 8th grade YAC took time off from starting their weekend to help bring food they had collected to the St. Joseph's Food Bank. 

27-November- 2015

  Bogota High School Principal Linda Gattuso announced her retirement effective 1-January -2016   


   At the Bogota Borough Council meeting on Thursday  3-December Kathy Ferris  was sworn in to be the next Councilwoman for Bogota.


     The Bogota High School Drama Dept. hosted the International Association of Mystery Solvers 2015 conference. This year's topic was "Sherlock Holmes in The Royal Scandal".  


   On Saturday 5-December the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department elected their Chiefs for 2016. 

 The Bogota Board of Education  approved Danian Kennedy as the new Principal for Bogota High School. Principal Kennedy will begin his tenure starting on 1-January-2016. 


    On Thursday the Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy  premiered it's film of Class 05 from the Summer of 2015.


   The Borough of Bogota held their annual lighting of the tree in front of Borough Hall. 

   Scenes from the Bogota High School Winter Concert. Featuring performances by the Concert Choir, The Jazz Band, The La-Di-Da's, and the Concert Band.


   Volunteers from Bogota Beautiful, aided by members of the Schiller Institute Bogota Community Chorus,  went around parts of Bogota singing Christmas Carols

  Ft. Lee Rd west of River Rd fully reopened after construction work. 

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Bogota Sports


  An updated flyer has been issued in order to help find a lost dog from a Family Orchard Terrace. This family is serving as a Foster Home for this Dog who will answer to the name Cleo or Celine. She is a 2 year Shepard mix Brown and Black in colour.  The foster family reported Cleo missing on Wednesday 16-Dec after arriving home from work finding a window broken and Cleo missing. Cleo was last seen wearing a red collar decorated with images of bones on it.  Cleo may be familiar with the area along River Rd. She is described as "fearful" and may ran from strangers.  Cleo has been with her Foster Family for only a few weeks so she may be looking for an older home, or more familiar surroundings.
   The new phone number is: 201-450-5992 this is in cooperation with the group  Buddha Dog Rescue and Recovery.  For more information please visit their website at: If anyone has any information about a dog matching this description they are asked to contact the Bogota Police Dept at 201- 487-2400. Or Cleo's Foster Family at 617-901-0965 ask for Amy

Bogota Sports

  The Bogota Lady Bucs lost their opening round game of the Mt. Olive Tournament to Mt. Olive 11-58
    Their next League game will be on Saturday 2- January-2016 at Secaucus with a tip-off Schedule at 11:00a

The Men's Basketball team lost to  Dwight Englewood 63-74 at the Bergen Holiday Festival.
Andrew Riad lead the Bucs in scoring with 16-Points and 3 Three point baskets. Tim Uzor had a team high 9 Rebounds.
   Their next League game will be on Saturday 2- January-2016 at Secaucus with a tip-off Schedule at 1:00p

#3 Andrew Riad ( file photo)

#5 Tim Uzor ( file photo)

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bogota year in review part 2


   This is the second of a three part series that will highlight some of the stories covered by Bogota Blog NJ for the year 2015.  This post will cover the Months from May to August.

 The Bogota Ralph Hall VFW post #5561 held it's annual Loyalty Day program. This is a day that is use to recognize the heritage of American Freedoms. In honour of this day the Bogota VFW awarded winners in two essay writing categories.  

 2- May-2015

    There were a number of Spring cleanings, along with the planting of flowers to brighten up a Bogota May. The first cleaning happened early in the morning as Volunteer from Jersey Cares went to the Bogota  VFW Post  #5561 to help remove old leaves, and other debris from around the post.
     Volunteers helped Bogota Beautiful do their Spring planting of the Planters on W. Main St.  The Planters were clean of the old flowers from Earth Day in April.


  Students lined up in front of the W. Broad St. Firehouse  to get an application to be apart of the Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy Class 05. 

15- May -2015

The Fine Arts Dept. of Bogota High School presented their Spring Concert for 2015. The evening started with the Concert Band playing pieces ranging from Disney's themes to music based on native drumming. 

The Bogota VFW Ralph Hall Post #5561 held a concert in observance of Armed Forces Day to recognize  those serving in all branches of the U.S. Military.  The evening started with the duet of Bob De Blasio & Tricia Wilson. The a moment of silence for those who were not able return home from the tour of duty accompanied by Louis Santos playing taps. Then the National Anthem  was sung by the group Choice.

 19-May -2015

Bixby School held their Spring Concert. This was a combined performance of the Bixby Bulldog Band and the Bixby String section.

26- May-2015

    Before the Parade in Bogota on Memorial Day the American Legion  Clifford Dunn Post # 117 and the VFW  Ralph Hall Post #5561 held their remembrance service in front of Borough Hall.

26-May-2015    The Borough of Bogota  held it's annual Memorial Day Parade through the street of Bogota.

30- May-2015

The Bogota Police Emergency  Services Youth Academy  held a fundraising dinner for Class 05.  This was held at the Bogota VFW post #5561 hall and allowed graduate and future Cadets along with their Families  a chance to meet and have a Saturday dinner together. 

 31- May-2015 

The Friendship House of Northern New Jersey held its 9th annual Wellness Walk for Mental Health and Autism. 


The Bogota High School Athletic Dept host the first Michael Granquist Sports Award Dinner.  The was named for Mr. Granquist this year after his passing earlier this year.  This was the first public announcement that Kevin Bayani would be the new head Coach of the High School Football team.


Kyle Burrell of Steen School was selected to be Chief for a Day in Bogota

7-June -2015 

The 18th annual " Step up for the ARC Walk" in Olsen park Bogota. 

9- June -2015  

The Fine Arts of Bogota High School held their awards dinner. 

12-June -2015 

 The Bogota High School Drama Club hosted the WBHS Radio Hour. This was a dramatic presentation of the Classic Radio Shows from the 1930's & 40's. 

12-June -2015
 Members of the Bogota Police Dept. and Students from St. Joseph's School took part in the Torch Run for Special Olympics.

 Bogota Day 2015.

 14-June -2015 

 The Bogota Band Parents Organization hosted their first Bucstock Festival. 

15- June -2015 

Bogota High School  held their Academic Awards night. 

 23-June -2015 

The Steen School held it's Graduation Ceremony for the sixth Grade Class of 2015.

 24-June -2015 

 Bixby School held their Sixth Grade Graduation Ceremony.  Longtime Principal Robert Watts gave a final thank-you to the Students 

 25-June -2015  

The Class of 2015 became the 89th to Graduate from Bogota High School. 78 Seniors took  Centre Stage at Feigel Field to receive their Diplomas in front of Family and Friends.

    The Bogota Public Library held its first "Science Heros" for July. In this session Radwa Ali showed the Students the concepts of how  the different ways sound can be changed and controlled to become music.  Student were able to use Household items to make their own instruments 

11- July-2015
      Bogota Beautiful hosted its first Saturday  of  Olsen Park Yoga. Over two dozen participate showed up on a early weekend morning to start their day with  movement. Exercisers included both Women & Men along with couple and Families all working out together.

     Bogota Beautiful organized at cleaning of the small lot at the corner of W.Main St & Larch Ave.  Volunteers from Bogota including members of  Bogota Rescue Squad, a couple members of Borough Council, and residents from the neighborhood  took time on Sunday Morning to help brighten up a part of the Borough.


     The Bogota police Dept. have issued the following alert from anyone who have may witness a  traffic incident that occurred on Palisade Ave on  Early Wednesday Morning  15- July.


  At the Bogota Borough Council meeting on 16 -July Bogota Police Chief John Burke announced to the Council of his request to retire affected at the end of his duty day on Friday 31- July. This was approved by council later at the same meeting. Chief Burke is a 27 year veteran of the Bogota Police Dept and has served as Chief for the last 5 years


  The  Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy held their  graduation ceremonies for Class 05. This was held at the Gymnasium of Steen school in front of Family and Friends of the 57 Cadets who attended this Summer's youth academy. This was the largest class in the five years of   the  Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy. 

      The Bogota Swim Club & New Horizons Financial hosted an Adult Swim at the Bogota Swim Club pool. Proceeds from this event will go to help fund the Parents for Bogota Football with their support of the  Bogota Football Bucs team for the 2015 season. 


   Tito Jackson,  former Bogota Mayor, was charged with shoplifting after police said he left a supermarket in Hackensack with more than $400 in items he did not pay for, authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

   A new business held a grand opening in Bogota. The Men's salon called Mr. Freshcut held  ribbon cutting ceremony with the assistance of Bogota Mayor  Chris Keleman.   

    Former Bogota clerk Consuelo Carpenter filed suit against the Borough of Bogota because of a violation of  New Jersey While-blower act.


     Earlier this Month Bogota Baseball Organization President Nick Barese announced his retirement after 27 years of leading the BBO. At this time the name of the new President has not been announced.  

     Over the previous weekend members of the Ridgefield Park Boy scout troop #3 repainted the Seniors Center located on the second Floor of the Bogota Public Library. Volunteer scouts , and some members of their families patched, and sanded down the walls of the main room of the Senior Center as well as the kitchen, and back hallway.  

22-August- 2015
     The Bogota Swim Club hosted their annual sleep over camp and at the pool. This was a chance for families to set up their tents and sleep under the stars for a night.


   The Kids Safety and Awareness Program held a picnic for Family & Friends to enjoy an August Sunday afternoon.

    The Bogota Police Emergency Service Youth Academy  held an Alumni reunion at the Bogota Swim Club.


   School Board Trustee Gloria Clark resigned from the Board of Education over a issue about hiring a new Physical Education teacher 

  28- August-2015
     Bogota Beautiful held a Community Barbeque in Olsen Park. This was a fundraiser to help support some of Bogota Beautiful future projects.

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