Armstead bucks endorsed line, wins Linden Dem mayoral nod

LINDEN, NJ — Incumbent Derek Armstead overcame being shunted off the endorsed Democratic line to capture the mayoral primary in Linden on Tuesday night, fending off Councilwomen Gretchen Hickey and Rhashonna Cosby in what was a nasty intraparty fight. The lopsided win was a slap to state senator and newly elected Union County Democratic Party Chairman […]

What a mess

What a mess

LINDEN, NJ  — A tractor trailer lies on its side at the intersection of South Stiles Street and U.S. Route 1 in Linden while gasoline pools after the truck overturned on Wednesday, May 30. The tanker ruptured and spilled 9,000 gallons of gasoline, closing Route 1 in both directions between Pleasant Street and South Wood […]

Former MLB All-Star arrested in Linden for threatening Uber driver

Former MLB All-Star arrested in Linden for threatening Uber driver

LINDEN, NJ — Former Major League Baseball All-Star Lenny Dykstra was arrested by Linden police May 23, after he allegedly pulled out a gun and threatened an Uber driver, officials said. The 55-year-old outfielder, who played from 1985 to 1996 with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, was arrested outside Linden Police Department Headquarters […]

Linden interviews architects for downtown project

LINDEN, NJ — The Downtown Special Improvement District interviewed two architects regarding the redevelopment of a stretch of commercial properties along Wood Avenue. The six-member SID board interviewed representatives from Mountainside-based Musial Group, and LAN Associates, of Midland Park, at an April 12 meeting. The SID plans to redevelop the area with uniform storefronts, orange […]

Linden mayor takes flak over resolution to change broker

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead came under fire at a March 20 council meeting for attempting to drop a freeholder candidate’s husband as one of the city’s brokers. A resolution put on the agenda by the mayor would have rescinded a January contract appointing Economic Planning Group as a broker for the Voya Financial […]

Two women challenge Armstead for Linden Democratic nod

LINDEN, NJ — The incumbent mayor and two councilwomen will make bids to run as Democrats in the upcoming mayoral primary race, they said. Rhashonna Cosby, the 5th Ward councilwoman, and 10th Ward Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey both announced will seek the mayorship. Mayor Derek Armstead is seeking a second term this year, too. If Cosby […]

Taking it to the streets, priests offer Ashes to Go

LINDEN, NJ — The Rev. Peter De Franco looked slightly out of place in his robes as people rushed passed him to buy train tickets during the morning rush hour on Feb. 14. “Good morning! Would you like ashes?” De Franco asked commuters as they walked toward the train platform around 8:30 a.m. on Ash […]

Linden mayor’s police escort draws questions from officials

LINDEN, NJ — Current and former city officials are questioning Mayor Derek Armstead’s use of a police escort for social events even though he has a city-issued vehicle, a practice that the city attorney said is permissible. Council members Gretchen Hickey and Jorge Alvarez, along with former mayor Richard Gerbounka, said a police escort was […]

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