Happy Mother’s Day

LINDEN — At Linden School No.10 Catherine Reilly’s third grade art classes students learned how to create folded tissue paper flowers. The students in the picture are from Lori DeMarzo’s class and they created beautiful bouquets of flowers to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Hail to the Chief

LINDEN — On Wed, March 27, Cadet/Petty Officer Cristian Checo was promoted to the prestigious rank of Cadet/Chief Petty Officer of the Linden High School NJROTC. Naval Science Instructor Chief Petty Officer Mark Velez, USN (Ret.), pins the CPO collar device on the unit’s newest Chief.

‘Indecisive’ Linden still looking for budget answers

LINDEN — Long after employees have left for the day and the parking lot empties out, the lights in the mayor’s office continue to burn. It’s budget time and that is never an easy time for municipalities. Especially Linden. Last week it appeared that even though the city took drastic measures to reduce the budget […]

Dozens of layoffs likely as budget struggles continue

LINDEN — It looks like the city may have to face the second half of the year without 22 police officers and 32 firemen in order to forestall a financial disaster in 2013. Linden is expected to file a layoff and demotion notice with the state next week, said Mayor Rich Gerbounka. The public safety […]

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Watchdog takes the stand, tries to hide behind Shied law, as prosecutor hammers away

Activist, blogger, journalist, whatever …

After two grueling days on the stand, the decision of whether activist and blogger Tina Renna legally deserves protection under the New Jersey Shield Law for newspersons is in the hands of Superior Court Judge Karen Cassidy. The two-day hearing took place after Renna refused multiple times to provide the Union County Prosecutor’s Office with […]

Council attempts to remove voter-elected president

LINDEN — For the last 39 years or more Linden voters have gone to the polls to elect a council president, but now it appears the city may have been making a mistake by even putting the position on the ballot. Whether that is legal or not is now entirely up to a Superior Court […]

Mayor ‘gets his man’ as new chief quickly takes steps to retire

LINDEN — Although Sal Bivona formally received the police chief title last week, he will not have it for long. The promotion came just three months before he retires, ending a 34-year career with the police department. But come April 1, a new police chief, James Schulhafer, 59, will take over the top cop position. […]

Gerbounka looks ahead in state of the city address

LINDEN — In his state of the city address, Mayor Rich Gerbounka had only one hope — that mother nature did not have another surprise up her sleeve for Linden in 2013. “Think about it. In 2010 we had a record 32 inches of snowfall. In 2011 we had Hurricane Irene plus the Halloween storm,” […]

Healthy, wealthy and wise in Union County

Individual health departments are becoming a rarity as communities look for shared savings

There was a time when towns in Union County had their own local health departments, but those days are coming to an end. Now municipalities are looking at whether the health needs of their community can be handled just as well by a regional health department. Increasing state-mandated services, reduced state aid, and the high […]