Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Weekend Sports


   A brief recap of Bogota sports from the previous weekend. The Bogota/ Weehawken Wrestling squads had two matches over the weekend. On  Friday-27 -January  they traveled to Cliffside Park. In a close contest Bogota/ Weehawken lost the final bout and match  36-37.  Tyler Williams at 138 lbs,  Simon Cardona at 220 lbs, and Evan Schroer at 285 lbs all scored Pin Falls.
 The next day they took on Bergenfield and fell short losing by a score of 31-33. Michael Martinez at 126 lbs,  Brandon Gonzalez at 132 lbs ,  Tyler Williams at 138 lbs all recorded Pin Falls. Nicholas Martinez at 106 lbs scored a Major Decision.
   Bogota/ Weehawken  record after the weekend is now 9-11 . Their next match is on Friday-3-February against Paramus Catholic at home in Speary Gym the first bout is scheduled for 7:00p

   The Bogota Lady Bucs Basketball team traveled to Belleville and suffered a 18-55 loss.

   The Bogota Men's basketball  team  will compete in the Bergen Invitational Tournament. They will play Paramus in a first round game on Sunday 12-February. This will be play at Garfield, NJ with a tip-off time schedule at 4:30p 

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International Day

    On Monday-30 -January  the St. Joseph's School in Bogota held an International Food Fair. In recognition of Catholic School week the Student of St. Joseph's had the opportunity to show the Ethnic diversity of their school. Almost  40 tables were set-up to highlight over two dozen different country that represented the Family background of those who attend the school. Counties from Latin American and the Caribbean were joined by Counties from Europe and Asia in showing the cultural heritage of the Students.  The way the Students showed their ethnic pride came in many forms that included a taste of regional food and history of their country. Visitors, and fellow Students, had a chance to tour the world by tasting unique flavors of traditional recipes. Just some of the items available range from Appetizers which included native cheese & fruits to sushi, and filled dough. Some Main courses of pull pork, Swedish Meatballs and noodle dishes. To  many Deserts of Cannoli, cookies and sugar coated treats.
    Another part of the Student project  was to display facts and and other Cultural highlights from their Country.  Traditional costumes were worn,  history an location could be learned, and  even the record of when the first members of a Family immigrated to America. Visitors were encouraged to move from table to table sampling new taste, being told story of a different Country, and  even hearing native songs and instruments of overseas lands.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Blood Drive

    On Saturday-28-January the Bogota  VFW Ralph Hall Post #5561 hosted a blood drive in cooperation with  the Community Blood Services. A small, but steady of volunteers came in to help supply the need for transfusion-able  blood to be used in Bergen County.  Donors ranged from average Citizens, EMS workers, other Veterans, and people just wanting to help fill a need. This was the first time  Bogota post #5561  sponsored a blood drive of this type. Post Commander Alex Hernandez talked of how post #5561 felt it was important to provide an addition space for the Community Blood Services to accept blood donation. He continued to say that an donation event here can supplement the drives sponsored by the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department and the Girl Scouts.  
   Cmdr. Hernandez hopes that the CBS was encourage by the turn out, and will make the Post #5561 hall an annual event.  He feels that this is another way to show the residents of Bogota, and surrounding area. that this VFW post is open all types of occasions.  Cmdr. Hernandez restated that the  primary goal of  the VFW is to be a place were any Veteran can come in and be welcomed. He also said that, as Veterans, the Women and Men of his post are committed to help the community when needed. 
    For  more information about scheduling an event at his post, or  to join the Bogota VFW Ralph Hall Post #5561 please visit their website at: http://bogotavfw.com/
   For more information about donating blood please contact:  www.communitybloodservices.org


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Sunday, January 29, 2017

International Pot Luck


   On Saturday-28-January the Bogota Public Library and Bogota Beautiful hosted an International Pot Luck Luncheon.  This was held in the second Floor Senior Centre and was attend by Families, Couples and Friend from around Bogota.  They share a variety of tastes from Taco, and Meatloaf, Sausages & Peppers and Empanadas. There were also baked entrees and soups along with deserts cooked and presented by Bogota residents. Local Musicians provided entertainment for the dinners. Erin and John Wohlberg sang hit songs from the 80's and 90's.  They set a relaxed atmosphere as people  enter the dinning area which allowed for the attendees to meet and have causal conversation with their fellow diners. Next  Maxine Musto,  and Francesca Silos on violin with Jimmy Musto playing different percussion instrument  perform cultural folk tunes.  This served as gentle background music as the food was being sampled and shared with others.  Finally Councilman  David MacFarlane played show tunes on the Piano. While  the afternoon affairs was settling down with deserts and more conversation. 
  Tom Shrnich  from the Bogota Library thanked not only the musicians for offering their talents for the occasion. He also thanked Bogota Beautiful for their work in organizing the Luncheon.  Bogota Beautiful Chairperson Amaru Bustamante  took a moment to thank every on for coming,  and for those that donated a meal to share and food to be given to the St. Joseph's Food Bank and all the Bogota Beautiful members who volunteered their time who helped give the Senior Centre a comfortable atmosphere for the afternoon. 
  Also  Library Director Radwa Ali announced that the Children's reading area will be dedication to Nikki Spiegel.  This will take place in the Spring after the the Children's area under goes a series of changed to be a more open and inviting place for Children to read. This will include a reading tree as the main focus were Children and Parents can sit and relax while sharing a  story, or two under the shade of a tree. The Bogota Public Library will soon launch a " Go Fund Me" campaign  for this project.

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