Friday, June 30, 2017

Strides Walk Ridgefield Park


    The American Cancer Society will be holding a kick-off Breakfast on Wednesday -9-August  at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe.  This is to start the fundraising for the Ridgefield Park "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk.  This event will take on place on Sunday 29- October  in the Ridgefield Park Section of Overpeck Park.  At this breakfast  individuals or groups can  learn how  to form teams to help raise money that will go to; breast cancer awareness, support for those are affected by breast cancer, and for continuing medical research for treatment, cure & prevention of breast cancer. Attendees will learn how to motivate themselves, and other, to go to Companies, Public & Private Organizations, School & Religious  groups to organize teams that will raise money, and signup participants to attend the walk in October.
  Any individual or group who wishes to form a team this year's walk should  ask for an invitation to the kick-off event. To secure an invitation please call 973-232-2561 before Thursday 27-July.
    For more information about this and other events please visit:  Information can also be obtained by  contacting  
The Ridgefield Park Section of Overpeck Park is Located at 199 Challenger Rd. Ridgefield Park, NJ 

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Weekend Events


Some events scheduled to take place in and around Bogota  for the weekend  starting on Thursday-29-June  Times and dates may change due weather or other circumstances. Please contact the event for the most up to date information.  More events will be added when they become available.


 Starting on Thursday-16 March the  Lt William Ryan Bridge will be closed for replacement.   Construction is schedule to take 10 Months to complete. 

  The  Bogota Public library will present the movie "Lego Batman"  This will start at 6:00p and be held in the Seniors Center on the second floor. Admission is free with snacks  and water available for $1.00 with the process going to help fund future Library events. For more information about this and other Library events please call at 201-488-7185 or visiting their website at:  

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Teaneck, NJ
  The Teaneck Farmers Market will be open from now until Thursday 26-October from 12:00n to 5:00p It is located in the  Beverly Rd parking lot at Garrison Ave  Teaneck, NJ

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Leonia, NJ
  Starting on Thursday -29 and continuing to Sunday-9- July the Leonia Sports Boosters Club will be hosting their annual carnival.   This will take place in the Henry Hoebel area along Ft. Lee Rd  Leonia, NJ. Hours are weekdays 5:00p to 11:00p, weekends 12:00n to 11:00p. On Tuesday- 4-July the carnival will open at 2:00p with a fireworks show schedule at 9:30p

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The Bogota  Public Library will host their weekly Fit Club. This will take place on Fridays in the second Floor Senior Centre.  It will start at 4:00p , and is a free event.  To register for this event, or for more information please  about this and other Library events visit their web site at :
The Bogota Public library is located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ. 

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   Bogota Beautiful will again host their Yoga in the Park classes. These will run every Saturday in May and June. Class will be one hour. These will take place each in Olsen Park and start at 9:00a. Classes will be led by a  Professional Yoga instructor. These classes are open to anyone regardless of age, or  experience.  The classes will meet at the Bandshell in Olsen Park depending on the number of attendees classes may be held in the bandshell or on the lawn in front of the bandshell. Everyone you wishes to attend is required to provide their own mat, towels, and water. Comfortable clothing that will allowed  free and ease of movement  should be worn. This is free to the public, however it is asked to contact  Bogota Beautiful at there website: to make a reservation for as many dates as you wish.  Bogota Beautiful will also have yoga mats available for purchase if needed  Please also visit the same website for more information or to donate to:

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The weekly " Meet the Mayor"  event will take place in the office of Mayor Chris Keleman  This is open to any Bogota resident who would to ask the Mayor a question about  Bogota, or to discuss any matter to help improve the quality of life in the Borough. Anyone who wishes just to have an informal conversation with the Mayor is also welcome to attend. Meetings will be held on a first come basis. This will run from 5:00p to 7:00p in the Mayor's office. His office is on in Bogota Borough Hall located at 375 Larch Ave. Bogota, NJ.
  Bogota Borough  Hall is located at 375 Larch Ave. in Bogota, NJ.

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The Offices of the Bogota Borough Hall will be closed for the 4th of July Holiday
The Bogota Public Library  will be closed the 4th of July Holiday.
Regular Trash collection will take place on Monday-3- July along with yard waste.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Board Of Education

    On Tuesday 27-June the Bogota Board of Education held its second meeting for the month of June. This was held at Bixby School due to work being performed on Speary Gym.  Before the start of the meeting  Ray Pinney of the New Jersey School Boards Association presented Board Members Kathy Van Buren and Charles Severino  with commendations for their years of service to the Bogota Board Of Education.  
  Next  two representatives of  Solutions Architectural firm gave a presentation about possible project the board is considering.  The first was the redesign of the parking lot in front of the High School. This plan would have three parking areas. The current spaces in at Palisades Ave. A new middle level which currently has a lawn area, and an expanded upper area with two handicapped spaces near the entrance to the gym.  There would be a total of 60 parking spaces and two additional handicapped spaces. The drop off area would be relocated between the lower and middle areas with a loop drive which would  allow cars to turn in from Palisade Ave and would incircle the lower area and exit via Henry Luthin Drive.   This would allow the existing drop off  loop to be replace additional parking , a small lawn, and new signage.  With the loop gone more parking may be added to the curve near the Board of Education Building along with a wider roadway to allow deliver, and emergency vehicles access to the upper level.  A second sidewalk would be added to the southern edge of the parking lot for pedestrian traffic.  New retaining walls will allow for grading of the front lawn,  with new steps and more and newer street lights.  The grades of the lower, and upper areas will remain the same, with the middle area being slightly more level.
   There was no timetable for work to start and is dependant on unities and board approval.
   Two other projects were presented which would refurbish the Field House and unused snack bar at Feigel Field. The cost of these project was question by the board considering the relative age (only three years) of the field house. Superintendent Dr. Vincent Varcadipane called on Athletic Director Brad DiRupo for his opinion. Coach DiRupo expressed his views that the  little amount of  improvement that would occur would not be worth the amount it would cost.  The Board did not vote on any of these project at this meeting would focus on the parking lot as most needed. 
   One Parent asked the Board if additional crossing guards, of Police Officers could be assigned to assist with traffic control. Not only when the project was completed but for the upcoming school year. She was informed that  Crossing guards come under jurisdiction the  Bogota Borough Council and invited her to address the Council with her concerns.
   The major decisions on the agenda item  was the hiring of a new Science Teacher and a new Business Agent. Another item was the elimination of the position of Director of Curriculum starting with the 2017-18 school year. 
  The next Board of Education meeting is schedule for Tuesday-29-August. Due to ongoing construction at the High School no location or time had been announced.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bixby Little Library

   Near the end of May of this school year the Bixby School in Bogota opened its Little Free Library. This is an structure placed on a pole between the Main entrance and the garden sitting area along the Fisher Ave walkway. Third grade teachers Ms Debbie Hunter and Ms Nicole Stols  wanted to give their Students a community project for the year. The Third Grade class held a couple of bake sales, and arranged a "dress down" day to help fund the project. They were able to raise enough money to purchase an enclosed box, shaped like a school house, and some books to start the Library off with . The Little Library is"open"seven day a week and can be use for anyone wishing to take a book home, or just to sit on a nearby bench for a quiet read. It is asked that all books taken be returned in a timely manner and in the same condition they were borrowed in.
  Anyone may  donate a book to the Library as long as it is in good  readable condition. Bixby School will also take accept financially donation as well as other books to aid the Little Library. Any donations should be brought to the Biby Main Office during regular business hours.

Principal Englese (b.l.) , Ms Hunter, Ms. Stols
Kingston (f.l.), Scarlett, Hussain, & Hazel
photo courtesy of Ms. Hunter

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Academy Dinner

  On Friday-23-June the Bogota Emergency Services Youth Academy held its benefit dinner for Class 07. This was held in the Bogota VFW Post #5561 to help support this year's Academy Class. Academy Alumni, Family, & Friends joined with many Students who are waiting to see if they have been accepted to become apart of Class 07. Also in attendance were a few Instructors from past Academy Classes. They were joined by Bogota Councilwoman Kathy Gates-Ferris and  Bogota School Board Trustees Connie Carpenter and Amanda Montgomery.  The food was donated by the Wieskus Family While Academy Interns greeted the guest and  were food servers.
   Most of the evening  Academy Alumni past the time by talking with old friends and classmates. Parent of Alumni answered question from those Parents who hoped their Children will be selected to the next Class. 
   Finally Program Coordinator Anna Geraghty and Program Director Sgt Craig Lynch addressed the gathering to thank them for showing their support for the Youth Academy. Sgt stressed that only the first ten recruits will be named today.  There will be a total of 56 Cadets in Class 07 and even if a named was not called this evening  more applicants will be accepted.  Sgt Lynch also addressed the concern that some Academy Alumni will be accepted for  a second time. He said that the goal of the program is more than training the Cadets for two weeks out of the Summer. When a first time Cadet completes the program once the drive, work, and motivation they had shown then could allow them to be selected a second time for their leadership qualities.  This goes to push the Cadets in going beyond what they think they thought they could handle and grow even more. Sgt Lynch assured the Parents that over 90% of all applicant will have a chance to attend the Youth Academy at least once. However, the Cadet must then  show the Academy Staff that they have the leadership potential to earn a berth in a second Class.
    Then Miss Anna started to announce the first ten Recruits for Class 07. The first named called was Honour Graduate from Class 06 Tiffany Alvarez.  With her being named Honour Graduate Class 06 Ms Alvarez was granted admittance to Class 07.  Then the next nine names were announced, and joined Ms Alvarez on stage. There they were congratulated  by Sgt Lynch,  who started their training by getting them to form up into a proper line "not some snake wandering the stage"  With the tenth named call Miss Anna and Sgt Lynch wondered since Honour Graduate Alvarez was an automatically accepted there had only been nine applicants announced. They both agreed one more name should be called in order truly have the first ten new recruits  know they have been accepted. With that the final applicant was the asked to join the others on stage. The latest recruits then were then joined by the attending Instructors for a chance to.have their photos taken.
    Before ending the evening Sgt Lynch reminded everyone this was only the first 11. 45 more applicants will be accepted and will be contacted by the end of June.  
   The Academy will take place starting Thursday-3-August with an assessment day  through Graduation on Tuesday 15-August .  The normal Academy duty day will run for 7:30a to 4:00p. The First training day will take place on Friday 4-August. Then the Duty week will be from Monday 7-August to Tuesday 14-August. The Cadets will have the weekend off.  A typical  Duty day will consist of class work and training sessions about life skills, hygiene, and community service. The other part of the duty day will involve hands on training from all emergency service disciplines. 
  For more information,  about the  Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy please visit their website at :  or by email at
   The Bogota Police Emergency Services Youth Academy has been developing the Students of Bogota, and is recognized one of the finest youth programs in Northern New Jersey.This program  is becoming  an important part in the the education of Bogota Students.  

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