Linden principal wraps up 48 years of service

LINDEN, NJ — When Anthony Cataline started his career in the Linden school system, his classroom had a chalkboard and erasers, No. 2 pencils and paper notebooks. By the end of a 48-year career, all his students had their own MacBook laptops with more computing power than Apollo 11. Technology can change so rapidly that […]

Suspicious fires erupt mile apart

Police probe series of suspicious fires in Linden, Roselle

Suspicious fires erupt mile apart

LINDEN, NJ — Local and county officials are looking into a series of suspicious fires — including one that destroyed a vacant house — that occurred less than 1 mile apart in Linden and Roselle within a matter of hours late Thursday, July 25, and the early morning of Friday, July 26. “While it is […]

County launches opioid addiction hotline program

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Officials have launched a new program — Helping Hands 365 — that features a 24/7 hotline connecting addicts with peers who have achieved sobriety in an effort to reduce opioid-related overdoses in the county. More than 130 county residents died of such overdoses in 2018. Prevention Links, a local nonprofit organization […]

Scutari remains head of county Dems, replaced in Linden

LINDEN, NJ — Mayor Derek Armstead has replaced state Sen. Nicholas Scutari as the chairman of the local Democratic Committee, ousting the longtime incumbent by seven votes in the latest battleground between the two rivals. Armstead prevailed 39-32 over Scutari in a balloting of Linden Democratic Committee members on June 10, one day before Scutari […]

Postal Service looking to replace closed Linden facility

Postal Service looking to replace closed Linden facility

LINDEN, NJ — The U.S. Postal Service plans to open a new post office to replace the city’s Station A, which has been closed for the past year, Kurtis Bullard, a real estate specialist for the Postal Service, announced at the May 21 City Council meeting. Bullard told the council and residents in attendance that […]

Scutari prevails in Linden council vacancy fight

Scutari prevails in Linden council vacancy fight

LINDEN, NJ — State Sen. Nicholas Scutari has prevailed in his battle with Mayor Derek Armstead for the 8th Ward council seat as Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis ruled May 14 that Paul Coates must be seated in the vacant position. After several rounds in court, the decision ends the struggle between the mayor and […]

Linden council rejects proposal on 8th Ward seat

LINDEN, NJ — The battle to fill the 8th Ward seat will return to the courts after a divided City Council rejected a settlement offer at a special meeting on May 2. Mayor Derek Armstead-aligned council members Lisa Ormon, Barry Javick, Peter Brown, Alfred Mohammad, Ralph Strano and Michele Yamakaitis voted against the offer, while […]

EEOC drops probe into Linden fire chief

EEOC drops probe into Linden fire chief

LINDEN, NJ — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found no reason to look any further into accusations of discrimination on the part of fire Chief Joseph Dooley against black firefighters, City Council President Michele Yamakitis announced at the council’s April 16 meeting. “The city did send a report over and an investigation, which has […]

Judge sounds reversal in Linden council seat battle

LINDEN, NJ — The battle for control of the 8th Ward seat on the City Council has been extended, with a judge on March 19 sounding as if she may reverse herself and side with state Sen. Nicholas Scutari in his ongoing feud with Mayor Derek Armstead. Chancery Judge Katherine Dupuis, in court documents dated […]