Labor rally at Linden’s Laminated gets support

Labor rally at Linden’s Laminated gets support

LINDEN, NJ — After more than a year of unsuccessful attempts by workers at Laminated Industries, located in Linden, to negotiate a fair contract with Laminated owner Mendel Schwimmer, workers, community leaders and union representatives took to the streets in a labor rally Friday, Aug. 19, in support of the workers. Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, Union […]

Linden Police Chief will retire after 39 years

Linden Police Chief will retire after 39 years

LINDEN, NJ — After 39 years with the Linden Police Department, Linden Chief of Police James Schulhafer is bidding farewell to his beloved police force. Schulhafer spent his entire career in law enforcement with LPD. Hired in 1977 along with 15 other recruits, Schulhafer made rank quickly and was promoted to sergeant in 1981, lieutenant in […]

Laminated workers’ negotiations go south

LINDEN, NJ — Workers at Laminated Industries, located in Linden, state they are planning a major strike in protest of what union representatives call the continued failure of Laminated owner, Mendel Schwimmer, to negotiate a fair contract with employees. A previous strike just months ago yielded no results, according to union representatives. This time may be […]

Veterans’ town hall and claims clinic held in Linden

LINDEN, NJ — A town hall meeting and claims clinic was held on Saturday for veterans and their families to help navigate the broad spectrum of veterans’ benefits and services that can often seem overwhelming. Michael Blazis, director of the Newark Regional Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., 10th […]

Linden mayor calls for new police dept. positions

LINDEN, NJ — The city of Linden has introduced an ordinance to create the position of police director. Introduced by the city council at their June 21 meeting, Mayor Derek Armstead told the assembled crowd that creation of the position is necessary in moving the department forward. “I have a responsibility to the residents and to […]

Linden’s Senior of the Year

Linden’s Senior of the Year

LINDEN, NJ — Donald J. Givens was named Linden’s 40th annual Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year by the town’s Department of Public Property and Community Service. He was chosen as the recipient of the award for demonstrating outstanding service to the community. Each year, the town selects a lifelong resident of Linden to be awarded […]

Linden community grapples with tragedy

Linden community grapples with tragedy

LINDEN, NJ — A candlelight vigil was held this past Saturday for 9-year-old Oshiobugie “Shobie” Asekomhe as community leadership, teachers, police officers and firefighters, and members of the Linden community gathered to remember the beloved third-grader who succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning last week. His 11-year-old sister, Emike, remains in critical condition. The children were discovered […]

Music programs shine at Linden public schools

Music programs shine at Linden public schools

LINDEN, NJ — Linden Public Schools have been selected for the second consecutive year as one of the “Best Communities for Music Education” in America. The NAMM Foundation, National Association of Music Merchants, has recognized the district for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. Linden joins 476 districts […]

Exploited employees take on upper management

LINDEN, NJ — It was a take-no-prisoners labor strike that lasted three days. Workers of Laminated Industries in Linden were out as early as 7 a.m., clad in red T-shirts from their union, the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union. They waved large signs. “Workers are not animals,” read one. “Latino workers have American rights,” read another. […]

A ‘perversion of justice’

Linden courts are under scrutiny

LINDEN, NJ — The latest chapter in a civil rights lawsuit filed against the city of Linden and former Linden Municipal Court Judge Louis DiLeo involves a request to enforce subpoenas upon the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts for refusing to produce emails directly related to the case of Kirkland v. City of Linden and […]