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Various first responders from New York and New Jersey competed in the annual 1st Responders Bowl at Braddock Park on Nov. 11. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Special Olympics New Jersey. (See briefs for more information)
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Former West New York resident, Uber driver, dies after physical altercation in Manhattan

An Uber driver from West New York died after a man allegedly hit him with a hockey stick in Manhattan on Saturday, per an NYPD statement.

Around 11:58 p.m. Nov. 11, officers responded to a 911 call of a vehicle collision at West and Horatio streets in Chelsea.

When they arrived, they found a collision involving Randolph Tolk, 68, who is an Uber driver. EMTs took Tolk to Lenox Hill Health Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the report said. Tolk had previously resided on Boulevard East in West New York, the NYPD says.

Tolk was driving a Toyota Camry livery cab at the time, per the report.

The police report said that at an intersection, a man in his thirties had an altercation with the driver.

The younger male allegedly struck Tolk in the head with a hockey stick before fleeing, the report states. The incident was caught on video, according to a media report.

Tolk continued driving until he crashed into a center divider at West and Horatio streets.

Officials later identified the suspect as Kohji Kosugi, 39. They arrested him Nov. 12. He is charged with manslaughter.

Tolk had raised two sons in West New York, including comedian/comedy writer and former Hudson Reporter beat reporter Prescott Tolk. In internet posts, Tolk described his father as a “gentle” family man.

The Tolk family started a fundraiser to raise money for the burial, which as of Wednesday exceeded its goal.

Tolk’s younger son, Andrew, told the media, “He put everybody before himself, to a fault. He was a smart man. I know he was an Uber driver, but he was highly educated. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1971. He got a master’s degree in textiles in Leicester, England, and worked in the textile industry.”

The suspect’s attorney has told the press that he was not the aggressor.

Menedez gets a mistrial

The 11-week trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez ended when Judge William Walls declared the mistrial after the jury said they could not come to a verdict.

Prosecutors have not yet said whether they would re-file charges that were the result of a five-year investigation.

Menendez was charged with conspiracy, bribery, and honest services fraud in his duties as U.S. Senator, and for accepting more than $600,000 in political contributions and gifts from a long time friend Dr. Salomon Melgen. Prosecutors attempted to prove Menendez took these things in exchange for political favors to Melgen, who was convicted of unrelated charges earlier this year.

This decision by the court to declare a mistrial also came after a juror was excused and told the press about some of the discussions going on in the jury room.

Menendez grew up in Union City and served as its mayor before becoming a congressman and senator.

North Bergen Library to hold free citizenship courses

The North Bergen Free Public Library is offering free 15-week citizenship courses at both the Main Library and the Kennedy Branch.

The courses are being funded through the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program which was awarded to the library by the Department of Homeland Security.

The grant aims to help organizations promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.

Registration is required and must be completed by Nov. 30. For more information please visit to view the flier or call (201) 869-4715 and ask for a librarian.

Local first responders compete for Special Olympics New Jersey

First responders from New Jersey and New York competed against one another in the annual 1st Responders Bowl at Braddock Park Nov. 11.

The event helps bring awareness to the Special Olympics New Jersey. Proceeds for the Olympics came from donations by local businesses sponsoring the event, as well as a raffle.

Participating departments included the North Bergen Police Department, New York Police Department, Secaucus Police Department, Union City Police Department, and Hoboken Police Department.

The event first began in 2008, according to Danny Rivera, a Hudson County Sheriff’s Officer, and one of the event’s organizers.

It raised around $3,000 last year for the Olympics, he said.

North Bergen honored for Sustainable Jersey Certification

North Bergen has achieved Sustainable Jersey Bronze recertification. Bronze certification means a municipality has made a commitment to sustainability and succeeded in implementing significant steps toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey and world.

Municipalities that earn this certification are considered by their peers, state government, experts, and civic organizations in New Jersey to be among the leading communities in the state.

In order to become Sustainable Jersey certified, North Bergen had to create a green team and complete a balance of the rigorous program’s sustainability actions.

The certification was achieved by Tom Stampe at the North Bergen Municipal Utilities Authority (NBMUA) in collaboration with various departments in town, including public works, health, police, recreation, etc.

North Bergen was honored for this achievement at the Sustainable Jersey Annual Luncheon on Nov. 14.

Free Movie of the Month is ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ on Nov. 18

Everyone is invited to come see the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” at the North Bergen Free Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Admission and refreshments are free.

The North Bergen Free Public Library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave. Call (201) 869-4715 for more information.

Act Now celebrates 2nd anniversary gala during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, so it’s appropriate that the Act Now Foundation is celebrating their second anniversary on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 with a “Music and Memories Gala” from 6 to 10 p.m. at St. Peter University Sky Room, 47 Glenwood Ave., Jersey City.

Come join the Act Now Foundation’s Alzheimer’s Resource Center of NJ in presenting Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise with the first annual “Isa Legacy Award” for his commitment and dedication in helping create a dementia-friendly Hudson County.

The night of big-band music and dancing will feature the John Christian Orchestra with a special appearance by Giselle. Cocktails and hors d’eouvres at 6 p.m. It will be followed by culinary stations at 7 p.m., an open bar, and a silent auction featuring a signed guitar from Bon Jovi. Tickets cost $125 and are available at

Theatre Ensemble presents show for children

The Hudson Theatre Ensemble’s Silly on Sixth Children’s Series presents “Sing Me A Story with Sue!” at the Hudson School Performance Space, 601 Park Ave., Hoboken, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The show runs about 40 minutes and is suitable for children aged 2 to 10. All tickets are $10.

For reservations, call (201) 377-7014 or

And if your child has a November birthday, incorporate Silly on Sixth into your birthday plans. The entire audience will sing Happy Birthday to your child, the kids meet the actors after the show, and you can take photos of your child with the actors. Call Florence for details at (201) 377-7014.

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