Linden gathers to recognize National Day of Service and Remembrance

LINDEN — Linden firefighters, police officers, community leaders, members of the public and Linden School No. 9 students, faculty and staff gathered outside the school by the flagpole, with small American flags lining the entrance of the school. School No. 9, and all of Linden Public Schools, held a ceremony to remember the National Day […]

Councilman hoping residents will be even better neighbors

LINDEN — When 4th Ward Councilman Derek Armstead noticed there were foreclosed properties in his neighborhood that were overgrown with grass and weeds, he decided not to call Town Hall, but to pitch in and do something about the problem. “Look, this is where we live. How do you not want it to look nice?” […]

Layoffs averted after federal grant

LINDEN — Three months ago the city’s financial picture looked very bleak, but ironically things have turned around in the last few weeks thanks to millions in federal and state grants. Especially for the fire department. In early May, city coffers were so strained the town council was seriously considering layoffs of police and firefighters […]

Judge files complaint claiming wrongful termination from bench

LINDEN — Former city municipal judge Louis DiLeo is suing the city and Mayor Rich Gerbounka for wrongfully and improperly terminating him last year after sitting on the local bench since 2003. The lawsuit, filed last week in Elizabeth Superior Court, alleged that starting in 2008 city officials “conspired and discriminated” against the municipal judge, […]

One year later, police seek help with unsolved Clark murder

CLARK/LINDEN — A year after the brutal murders of two women took place in Clark and Linden, the cases remain unsolved. That has not been easy for local police or the Union County Homicide Task force, who continue to focus on apprehending these murderers. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the grisly murder of Clark resident […]

Linden budget works via furloughs, garbage tax

LINDEN — It appears the city will eventually pass a budget of almost $99 million for 2013, but in order to eliminate a $5.2 million shortfall, everyone had to give a little. That includes taxpayers and employees. The final numbers have not been cast in stone, but last week, after the Police PBA Local 42 […]

Field of Dreams

LINDEN — Students walk across the field after receiving their honors and diplomas at the 103rd annual commencement of Linden High School in Tiger Stadium at the Edward R. Cooper Athletic Field on Friday, June 21.

Linden comes to terms with cops, will not have layoffs

LINDEN — It’s over. Monday night, city police voted 57 to 26 in favor of an agreement that will prevent 20 to 30 officers from being laid off Aug. 1. The agreement between the two will go a long way to reducing the $1.2 million the city is over the cap, but not all. Furloughs […]

Linden budget woes continue

Shortfall brings city closer and closer to layoffs of many police officers

LINDEN — The city and Police PBA have yet to come to a meeting of the minds in order to avoid layoffs. Bottom line: If the council and police union cannot strike some kind of deal in the next few weeks, 31 police officers, or less, depending on the number of officers retiring this year, […]

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