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 A resolution put on the agenda by the mayor would have rescinded a January contract appointing Economic Planning Group as a broker for the Voya Financial […]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 […]

Students tape principal to wall for a good cause

Students tape principal to wall for a good cause

LINDEN, NJ — A packed gymnasium of elementary school children erupted with excitement as Principal William Mastriano was preparing to be taped to a wall. “I think it will be funny, just seeing him miserable taped to the wall,” said Joyce Fitz, a nine-year-old student at School No. 6. Mastriano’s fun-spirited torment was for a […]

Linden Sam’s Club closes, displacing 200 workers

Linden Sam’s Club closes, displacing 200 workers

LINDEN, NJ — The big box retail store Sam’s Club on East Linden Avenue abruptly closed Jan. 4, displacing about 200 employees and spurring responses from multiple officials in Union County. “It is with great saddest (sic) that we are losing one of our box clubs in the area as well as the displacement of […]

Linden OKs $950,000 in bonds for various train station repairs

LINDEN, NJ — The Linden City Council in December approved a $950,000 bond ordinance to make capital improvements to the city’s train station, but without a signed agreement from NJ Transit to pay the city back for the work. The city’s decision to finance improvements to the station has been discussed for months, pending NJ Transit’s […]

Linden police bid Parham farewell

Linden police bid Parham farewell

LINDEN, NJ — Former Linden Police Chief Jonathan Parham hoped his one-year tenure as the city’s first African-American commanding officer would set an example for other minorities who work hard toward their own goals. “I don’t think even I can fully understand the impact that it has, not just on African Americans, but on anyone who […]

Union members amplify labor dispute with stocking of coal

Union members amplify labor dispute with stocking of coal

LINDEN, NJ — Unionized employees at the AristaCare at Delaire nursing home in Linden presented a stocking filled with coal as a symbolic gesture in their labor dispute with the new owners of the facility. “Here, this is for you,” said one member of the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 United Healthcare Workers East on […]

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