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, […]

Hudak asks why Linden councilman was saved from vote

With more than $128K in back taxes owed, councilman’s delinquent property removed from tax auction at last minute

LINDEN — The Regular Democratic Organization thinks the council pulled a fast one last week when at the 11th hour they saved a council member’s business property from being sold at a tax sale. On May 21 when the city held a tax sale for 40 properties with outstanding taxes, one name was removed from […]

Linden continues to struggle with 2 percent cap

LINDEN — Despite efforts to slash the budget by $5.2 million, the city is still a long way from where they need to be. How that is resolved could depend heavily on who goes back to the negotiation table and who is asked to sit this one out. As of late last week, the FMBA […]

Cinco de Mayo!

LINDEN — Linden High School Spanish III Honors students collaborated and prepared chicken fajitas commemorating Cinco de Mayo festivities, and a typical Mexican Fiesta, singing ‘Cielito Lindo,’ ‘De Colores,’ and ‘Primavera’ by artist Carlos Santana. From left: Kelly Matuszewski, Nigel Sydney, Rocio Horzepa, Michael Barbosa, Tainiz Polanco, and Ignacio Menyou.

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

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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 […]